Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:47 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 10:48 pm

No issues for Staub in committing to UNC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There are a myriad of issues at North Carolina but that didn't matter for Nathan Staub, not as much as the school itself and the chance to play football at the next level. The Buford (Ga.) linebacker committed to the Tar Heels Tuesday afternoon, ending the recruiting process to focus on his high school team's state playoff run.

“I just felt like North Carolina was where I needed to be," Staub told InsideCarolina.com. "There was a lot about it. I love the college atmosphere, great education, the culture down there is good, the coaching staff is good. Everything just kind of came together at North Carolina, I guess, as far as my criteria.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound inside linebacker selected UNC over Maryland, East Carolina and Virginia. Though people constantly refer to possible NCAA sanctions at the school, Staub shook off the negativity to see what the Tar Heels could offer.

"Not too much because North Carolina [offers] an incredible education," he said. "And past that they’re committed to their football program. So I felt like as long as I felt comfortable on the campus with the guys that I’ll be playing with and with the degree I was getting that I’d be okay. If there is a coaching change, I’ll cross that bridge if I come to it, but I’ll probably stick to my commitment.”

Staub is the 18th commitment for North Carolina's class of 2012 and sixth (yes, sixth) linebacker coming in next year.

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 10, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 1:06 pm

2013 defensive tackle commits to Florida State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

This is a big week in the state of Florida with Miami travelling to Tallahassee to play Florida State in their annual rivalry game but the Seminoles have already scored in the recruiting game, picking up a commitment from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) defensive tackle Maquedius Bain.

"I spoke with the coaching staff and I'm so excited about the decision," Bain told Warchant.com. "I have been thinking about this for a while because I feel as a defensive tackle I love how I fit into the FSU defensive front. I can be a power rusher or the pass rusher they need. Not to mention the decision was made easier because my cousin Bobby Hart already at Florida State."

The Seminoles have aggressively moved on to recruiting several 2013 targets and grabbing one from the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Bain is a good start on the defensive line for Jimbo Fisher and company.

"I've always loved everything about the Florida State defense. It's athletic, aggressive, and fits my style because I can create a lot of problems in the 4-3 defensive scheme they run," Bain said. "I have built a great relationship with FSU assistant coach Eddie Gran and head coach Jimbo Fisher. They are like a big family. I think another thing that impressed me about the FSU defense is how relentless they are with their pressure to the quarterback and that's how I play."

Florida State now has three class of 2013 commitments. The program currently has a top five class in 2012 as Signing Day is only a few months away.

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: October 26, 2011 11:28 pm

DT James Hamilton switches commitment to USF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Florida head coach Skip Holtz has done well on the recruiting trail in Florida and may bring his best class in with the Bulls' 2012 group. The young coach grabbed one of his biggest recruiting coups on Tuesday, flipping Florida State commitment James Hamilton to USF.
“Me and my family sat down and talked about it and it seemed like the right thing for me and my family,” Hamilton told the Orlando Sentinel. “Playing time played a role in my decision a little bit but the major role was staying close to home so I can be close to my mom and lil sis.”

The 6-foot-3, 340-pound Orlando (Fla.) defensive tackle committed to the Seminoles in June over offers from Clemson, Michigan State, Texas A&M and others.

 “The coaching staff is great, the campus is amazing and the faculties were amazing too and it just seemed like the right place for me,” he said.

Hamilton is the 12th commitment for USF's class of 2012. His cousin Corian Hamilton is a freshman linebacker.

"He's a big body with quick feet and always seems to be able to get the job done," analyst Tom Lemming said of James. "Not fancy but effective. He already has NFL size, sustains his blocks well, can anchor and effectively pull and trap. He needs to watch his weight but certainly shows the quickness and overall athletic ability to excel at the next level."
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:24 pm

Midseason ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the halfway point in the college football season and as part of our midseason look at the sport on CBSSports.com, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the ACC.

  Boston College (14)

Offensive lineman Jim Cashman (Haddonfield, N.J.)
Athlete Dan Crimmins (Demarest, N.J.)
Linebacker Steven Daniels (Worcester, Mass.)
Tight end Sam Grant (North Royalton, Ohio)
Defensive back Donovan Henry (West  Rosbury, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Wide receiver Harrison Jackson (Purcellville, Va.)
Linebacker Tim Joy (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Running back Akeel Lynch (Athol Springs, N.Y.)
Defensive end Malachi Moore (Sparta, N.J.)
Defensive back Justin Simmons (Stuart, Fla.)
Linebacker Mike Strizak (Ramsey, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Frank Taylor (Warminster, Pa.)
Wide receiver Joel Zoungrana (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

  Clemson (20)

Defensive lineman Martin Aiken (Bamberg, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Isaiah Battle (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive back Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Zac Brooks (Jonesboro, Ark.)
Linebacker T.J. Burrell (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Kevin Dodd (Chatham, Va.)
Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan (Fairfax, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Oliver Jones (Ninety Six, S.C.)
Quarterback Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Javarius Leamon (Woodruff, S.C.)
Athlete Jay Jay McCullough (Fort Mill, S.C.)
Kicker Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.)
Defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (Aiken, S.C.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C.)
Athlete Marty Williams (North Augusta, S.C.)

  Duke (14)

Tight end Daniel Beilinson (Cary, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Casey Blaser (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Kicker Ross Martin (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Wide receiver Anthony Nash (West Chester, Pa.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Quarterback Thomas Sirk (Glen St. Mary, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tanner Stone (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive back Michael Westray (Waldorf, Md.)
Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)
Defensive end A.J. Wolfe (Tarrytown, N.Y.)
Defensive end Carlos Wray (Shelby, N.C.)

  Florida State (16)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Punter Cason Beatty (Charlotte, N.C.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.)
Wide receiver Marvin Bracy (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Offensive lineman James Hamilton (Orlando, Fla.)
Tight end Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif.)
Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)
Quarterback Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member

  Georgia Tech (11)

Offensive lineman Will Adams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Marcus Allen (Hilliard, Fla.)
Athlete Dennis Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive end Roderick Chungong (Olney, Md.)
Athlete Antonio Crawford (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Pat Gamble (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)
Defensive end Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Linebacker Tyler Stargel (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Athlete Michael Summers (Statesboro, Ga.)

  Maryland (16)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (Willingboro, N.J.)
Defensive back Sean Davis (Washington, D.C.)
Linebacker Brock Dean (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end P.J. Gallo (Holland, Pa.)
Defensive back Alvin Hill (Locust Grove, Ga.)
Quarterback Perry Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Linebacker Stefan Houston (Clarksburg, Md.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Anthony Nixon (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Shawn Petty (Greenbelt, Md.)
Athlete Joe Riddle (Frederick, Md.)
Quarterback Caleb Rowe (Greer, S.C.)
Linebacker Avery Thompson (Chesapeake, Va.)

  Miami (24)

Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker James Burgess Jr. (Homestead, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Defensive back Vernon Davis (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Preston Dewey (Austin, Texas)
Defensive back Nate Dortch (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Taylor Gadbois (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive end Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive end Dwayne Hoilett (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Athlete Brandon Holifield (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Larry Hope (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver D'Mauri Jones (Leesburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Earl Moore (Tampa, Fla.)
Linebacker Reggie Northrup (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Jake O'Donnell (Doylestown, Pa.)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Herb Waters (Homestead, Fla.)
Linebacker Josh Witt (Weston, Fla.)

  North Carolina (15)

Athlete Kedrick Davis (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman John Ferranto (Burlington, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Jon Heck (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive back Tyreece Jiles (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Bryce Kennedy (Southern Pines, N.C.)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.)
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Defensive end Jessie Rogers (Arlington, Texas)
Linebacker Christian Russell (Chatham, Va.)
Athlete Damien Washington (Kannapolis, N.C.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)

  N.C. State (13)

Defensive tackle Deylan Buntyn (Roswell, N.M.)
Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Terry Davis (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Eddie Gordon (Boilling Springs, S.C.)
Wide receiver Xavier Griffin (Newark, Del.)
Tight end David Grinnage (Newark, Del.)
Wide receiver Charlie Hegedus (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle K'Hardree Hooker (Deep Run, N.C.)
Defensive back Majid Salahuddin (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Quarterback Manny Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.)
Quarterback James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)
Defensive end Joe Wright (Greenville, N.C.)

  Virginia (25)

Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jamall Brown (Hampton, Va.)
Athlete Maurice Canady (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Tyrell Chavis (Richmond, Va.)
Wide receiver Anthony Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Tight end Kyle Dockins (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)
Wide receiver Adrian Gamble (Fork Union, Va.)
Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Defensive end Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Quarterback Matt Johns (Warrington, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Sean Karl (Manorville, N.Y.)
Quarterback Greyson Lambert (Jesup, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Andre Miles-Redmond (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Michael Mooney (Malvern, Pa.)
Defensive back C.J. Moore (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Michael Moore (Hyattsville, Md.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Running back Kyle Morgan (Somerset, N.J.)
Wide receiver Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Kelvin Rainey (Houston, Texas)
Athlete Canaan Severin (Worcester, Mass.)
Athlete Max Valles (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Courtnye Wynn (Norfolk, Va.)

  Virginia Tech (27)

Defensive end Woody Baron (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jawand Blue (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Linebacker Deon Clarke (Chesterfield, Va.)
Running back J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va.)
Offensive lineman Augie Conte (Powhatan, Va.)
Defensive end Seth Dooley (Salem, Va.)
Linebacker Trey Edmunds (Ringgold, Va.)
Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Tight end Chris Hall (Fork Union, Va.)
Running back Drew Harris (Exton, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mark Irick (St. Matthews, S.C.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive end Jarontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Wide receiver Robert Lockhart (Fork Union, Va.)
Running back Chris Mangus (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Athlete Brenden Motley (Christianburg, Va.)
Defensive back Donovan Riley (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive tackle Alston Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Wide receiver Thomas Smith (Williamsburg, Va.)
Offensive lineman Adam Taraschke (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)
Linebacker Devin Vandyke (Lorton, Va.)
Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Nigel Williams (Richmond, Va.)

  Wake Forest (12)

Defensive end Josh Banks (Apex, N.C.)
Wide receiver Jared Crump (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Tight end Zach Gordon (Carrollton, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Ty Haworth (Kingsport, Tenn.)
Athlete Ryan Janvion (Hialeah, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Seffner, Fla.)
Tight end Anthony Rook (Greenville, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Will Smith (Christchurch, Va.)
Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)
Defensive back LaRonji Vason (Prattville, Ala.)
Running back Joshua Wilhite (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Jonathan Williams (Atlanta, Ga.)

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Posted on: October 17, 2011 6:12 pm

Clemson adds Carlos Watkins for 2012 class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Clemson is undefeated and in the top 10 with a good chance of capturing an ACC title this year thanks in large part to true freshman Sammy Watkins. While he's made an impact on the offensive side of the ball, head coach Dabo Swinney added another Watkins (no relation) who he hopes can make an impact early on the defensive side of the ball after Forest City (N.C.) defensive tackle Carlos Watkins committed to the Tigers Friday night.

"They treated me like family down there," Watkins told Tigerillustrated.com. "It's only an hour and a half away, so distance is a factor and I'm a family man. I also really like the season they are having."

Heavily recruited by Florida, the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder is ranked as the 19th-best defensive tackle in the country by MaxPreps. Although he took several trips to Gainesville to unofficially visit, Watkins knew he wanted to commit to Clemson well before this past week.

"I told coach Swinney (I would silently commit) at the Auburn game," he said. "It was just me and him talking and he didn't tell anyone else."

Watkins is the 19th commitment for the Tigers' class of 2012 and is part of a highly rated defensive line group that only gets better with his pledge.

"He shows quick hands and the ability to dominate against the run," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Not yet a great pass rusher but he more than makes up for it with his desire, strength, and ability to collapse the pocket. Quick and powerful off the snap, he shows good balance after initial contact, keeps his pads low, and is always moving forward."
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:34 pm

RB Drew Harris commits to Virginia Tech

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech has put together one of their best recruiting classes in recent years, currently ranked number nine in the latest Maxpreps team rankings. It looks like they're ticketed to move up even further given their latest commitment, Exton (Pa.) running back Drew Harris.

“I didn’t really know how much pressure I was under until now,” Harris told Scout. “It’s relieving. I just feel so blessed to have the opportunity to go to Virginia Tech and I’m confident I will do well and follow in the footsteps of the great players they had there.”

The sixth-ranked big back in the country, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Harris gives the Hokies another young option at running back next season. He held offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Penn State and others offered a scholarship but he selected Tech due mainly to Frank Beamer and staff.

“It was the relationship I have with the coaches, and how comfortable I felt when I went down there,” said Harris. “(Beamer) was excited. I’ve been feeling it a while. It’s genuinely how much they want me to go there. And the conversations they had with my dad and things like that.”

Harris has already rushed for over 600 yards on the season and is looking to top the 2,000 yard mark he came up just short of last year. He is the Hokies' 25th commitment for the class of 2012.

"He's as durable and tough as they come, flashes great size, strength, quickness, and instincts," analyst Tom Lemming said of Harris. "He runs with a low center of gravity that keeps him balanced and allows him to bounce off tacklers on a regular basis. Shows good vision to find holes, and the lateral quickness to get outside for long gainers."

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