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Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:45 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Top 10 linebacker Nick Dawson picks Louisville

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Charlotte (N.C.) linebacker Nick Dawson is one of the top players on the East Coast but will be playing college football a little more in the middle of the country, announcing Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he was committing to Louisville.

"I'm going to go back home to my home state," Dawson said. "I just wanted to pick my school and where is going to be the best fit for me. It's not where you play and it's how you progress and I'm going to take my talents to Louisville."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is a huge pickup for head coach Charlie Strong and indicative of how far he has elevated the program. Dawson can play either inside or outside but is ranked by Maxpreps as the 10th best outside linebacker in the class of 2012.

"He's a sideline to sideline type of backer, shows good speed, instincts, and the ability to read QB's," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Film shows him dominating at both the end and tackle positions."

Dawson selected Louisville over Clemson and N.C. State.



Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:33 am
 

12/13 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- A list of ACC recruiting commitments.

  Alabama-bound kicker Adam Griffith won a state championship -- can he kick in New Orleans in a few weeks?

  Offensive lineman Terry Davis decommitted from N.C. State.

  USC offered junior safety Max Redfield, one of the best players in their backyard.

  Boise State's class of 2012 shows how far the Broncos have come.

  Charlie Weis is already recruiting to Kansas and targeting a familiar transfer.

  Miami and Florida are busy with the recruits.

  Colorado is making a move in the recruiting rankings.

  New Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin will focus on recruiting right now. One recruit wants to keep the class intact.

Commitments

  Offensive tackle Abe Abdelkarim committed to Nevada.

  Junior college defensive tackle Stetzon Bair committed to Oregon.
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:56 am
 

12/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Top quarterback Gunner Kiel will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.

  Several Oklahoma State commits are upset at the Cowboys missing out on the title game.

  N.C. State commit Charlie Hedegus has some interest in South Florida.

  Steve Fairchild's firing has left Colorado State's recruiting in limbo.

  What happens if top running back Keith Marshall does not pick Georgia?

  Defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson rated his visit to Georgia Tech as a '8 or 9.'

  Carl Pelini was hired in part to fix FAU's recruiting problems.

  Rice fired recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Rick LaFavers.

Commitments

  Quarterback Tyler Cameron switched his commitment from USF to Wake Forest. The Bulls added a JUCO offensive lineman however.

  Wide receiver Chris Harper became the latest in a Southern California to SMU pipeline.

  Former Texas Tech pledge Christian Okafor has committed to Cal.

  Washington added North Torrance (Calif.) athlete Ryan McDaniel.

  Another commit for UCLA despite the coaching change as running back Paul Perkins pledged to be a Bruin.

Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Local defensive end picks North Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Sometimes a player just wants to play college football close to home. Raleigh (N.C.) defensive end Desmond Owino is one of those players and made things official on a visit to North Carolina this past weekend.

“I made the decision Tuesday, but I wasn’t 100-percent sure,” Owino told InsideCarolina.com. “I came [Saturday] and spoke to Coach [Everett] Withers. I just got a feeling as soon as I stepped on campus. I told him what I was thinking, and he accepted.”

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound end held scholarship offers from N.C. State, Maryland, Wake Forest and Purdue. Though he had plenty to think about, Owino is firmly committed to the Tar Heels no matter what happens with the coaching staff and impending NCAA issues.

“For me, it doesn’t matter who goes or who comes to UNC,” he said. “I’m going to stick with UNC. I committed to the school for the education.”

Owino only recently started playing football but becomes the 19th commitment for the class of 2012.

Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 11:54 am
 

11/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Brandon Weeden has transformed Oklahoma State and that will have an effect on recruiting.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is considering Michigan.

 Georgia is in the running for top 2013 player Robert Nkemdiche, who his coach says is better than anybody on Alabama's 1992 national championship squad.

 FAU's poor season won't impact the Owls recruiting, according to Howard Schnellenberger.

 N.C. State and North Carolina have benefited from a few change of hearts.

 Wide receiver Amara Darboh will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.

 Daniel Glauser has a quest to be the first D-I football player from Switzerland and is considering Arkansas.

 Wide out Rayshawn Jenkins flipped his commitment from USF to Miami.

Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Shadrach Thornton commits to N.C. State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Despite a coaching staff on shaky ground, former Kentucky commitment and Hinesville (Ga.) running back Shadrach Thornton committed to N.C. State last Friday night.

“I really like the pro-style offense that North Carolina State runs and I like (running backs) coach (Everette) Sands. After he saw my highlights, he was all over it,” Thornton told the Savannah Morning News. “Even when I took trips to other schools, he stayed on me and let me know how much he wanted me to play there.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound back picked the Wolfpack over his other finalists Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.

“I hope I can have an impact right away,”  he said. “I’m a competitor and I believe anything is possible.”

Thornton is the 16th commitment for N.C. State's class of 2012. He rushed for 1,738 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.

"He runs low to the ground, breaks tackles, falls forward, keeps his pads low, and does a good job of finishing off his runs," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Not a super blazer but a very dependable back who can get you the tough inside yards but also has enough pop to cause problems on the outside. A bit of a one move TB but has proven to be capable of carrying a heavy load."


Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:46 am
 

Miami receives commitments from two players

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Dealing with issues on and off the field, Miami football continues to show what kind of brand it is and how good of a recruiter Al Golden is by picking up two commitments recently in Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Ricquan Southward and Venice (Fla.) running back Danny Dillard Jr.

"I called coach (Terry) Richardson, the running backs coach, and he asked me if I was ready to be a 'Cane," Dillard told the Orlando Sentinel. "Then I talked to the offensive coordinator (Jedd Fisch) and he was telling me how they lost some running backs and how they wanted me, and then head coach Al Golden got on the phone. I told him I'd call back after I talked to my family and everything."

"I can't believe this is happening," Southward told Canesport.com. "It's exciting."

Southward's commitment is a soft one, holding offers from Ole Miss and Ohio State, he'll take visits to others schools before Signing Day.

"I'll still visit other colleges just to look around - I'm set up to see Ohio State the 19th," he said. "I've never been up there. Right now that's only official I have set up."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dillard is a lifelong Hurricanes fan and had an easy decision to pledge to Miami over offers from Illinois, N.C. State, Purdue and UCF among others.

"I was real happy. All my life they've been my favorite," Dillard said. "Last week I talked to the coach (Richardson) and they were talking about offering and then they finally did (Sunday)."

The pair gives Golden and the Hurricanes 26 commitments for the class of 2012. Dillard is ranked by Maxpreps as the 22nd best running back in the country.

"In my opinion, he shows All-American ability," analyst Tom Lemming said of the running back. "A thick, strongly built back who keeps his legs moving at all times and has a nose for the end zone. He doesn't fumble and shows awareness in the open field. A good all around back who can run, block, and catch."

Dillard has 730 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season while Southward has over 700 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.

Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: November 4, 2011 10:48 am
 

11/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some commitments on the Nebraska visitor list this weekend.

Alabama has recruited Louisiana with mixed results.

Maryland, Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida State and Miami are finalists for DT Eddie Goldman.

Chris Moody is down to South Carolina, Mississippi State, N.C. State and Memphis but has to decide what position he wants to play first.

 Ohio State's recruiting woes are not as bad as first thought.

 Tennessee commit Dalton Santos will take visits to Arkansas and Texas A&M.

 Georgia is keeping tabs on N.C. State commit Niles Clark.


 
 
 
 
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