NCF On The Trail: Appalachian State Mountaineers

Syracuse continues to build with Benzschawel

October, 10, 2013
Senior tight end Beau Benzschawel (Grafton, Wis./Grafton) has committed to Syracuse, according to multiple reports. He made an official visit last weekend for the Orange's 49-14 loss to Clemson, but still came away impressed.

Benzschawel spoke with the Post-Standard about his trip. "Just being in the loud house just really made me feel like this place has a lot to offer. The student section was going crazy. It just felt right."

He originally announced the news on Twitter:


Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Iowa State, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming also offered the 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect. Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin showed interest.

Syracuse has 14 commitments for this recruiting cycle.

Wake tops state rivals for WR Barbour

August, 10, 2013
Three-star wide receiver Jaylan Barbour (Monroe, N.C./Monroe) has ended the recruiting process and will play for Wake Forest, according to the Enquirer-Journal.

Duke and East Carolina also were squarely in the mix for Barbour's verbal. Appalachian State, Charlotte, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina and West Virginia were his other scholarship offers.

"I had been thinking about it lately, and I decided to call and tell them I was coming there," he told the Enquirer-Journal. "I visited last weekend, and I really enjoyed the campus. The coaches showed me a lot of love. I thought about it a lot this week."

"I liked that everything's within walking distance," Barbour added. "I observed a practice, and everybody was working hard and getting along. ... I finally got my decision off my chest, and I'm good now."

Barbour arrived on the scene as a sophomore when he caught 44 passes for 861 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 164-pound prospect missed time last fall due to an ankle injury but still hauled in 42 balls for 521 yards and 3 scores.

Before his junior year, Barbour posted an electronically timed 4.97 40-yard dash, 4.49 20-yard shuttle, 27.3-inch vertical and 59.28 SPARQ at a Nike event.

The Demon Deacons' class now holds nine pledges.

West Virginia adds juco LB Averette

August, 7, 2013
Six-foot, 230-pound linebacker Devante Averette (Iowa Falls, Ia./Ellsworth Community College) is on board with the Mountaineers, according to multiple reports.

His other scholarship offers include Appalachian State, Florida Atlantic, North Texas and Oklahoma State. Arkansas, Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota also expressed interest.

West Virginia now has three pledges from the junior-college ranks, and 13 overall, for the 2014 class.

Cardinals continue to build with Stewart

August, 5, 2013
Three-star inside linebacker Isaac Stewart (Matthews, N.C./Butler) committed Monday to sign with Louisville, according to multiple sources.

Its been widely reported that Stewart holds offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, North Carolina and North Carolina State. also lists Kent State, Kentucky, Marshall, Mississippi State, Purdue and Toledo as having offered.

Louisville holds 23 pledges for 2014 and has the 21st-best recruiting class in the current class rankings.

More three-star talent headed to Memphis

August, 1, 2013
Roderick Proctor, a three-star wide receiver from Florida powerhouse Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) has committed to play in the newly-formed American Athletic Conference, according to multiple reports.

Appalachian State, Arizona, Bowling Green, South Alabama and Western Michigan also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-11, 161-pound athlete. Kentucky and South Florida expressed interest.

Proctor registered an electronically timed 4.57 40-yard dash, 4.59 20-yard shuttle, 33.4-inch vertical, 35.9-foot power throw and 78.42 SPARQ this spring at at Nike combine.

Memphis has just five pledges for 2014, but four of those players have been evaluated by ESPN RecruitingNation with each receiving a three-star grade.

WR Stanley Clerveaux picks USF 

August, 1, 2013
South Florida has gained a commitment from three-star wide receiver Stanley Clerveaux (North Miami, Fla./North Miami), according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-3, 187-pound prospect also holds scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, South Alabama, Temple, Toledo and Tulane.

This spring, he posted an electronically timed 4.59 40-yard dash, 4.41 20-yard shuttle, 32-inch vertical, 30-foot power throw and 79.17 SPARQ at a Nike event.

The Bulls' class now sits at 14.

Duke scores ESPN 300 QB Pierre

July, 25, 2013
video Nicodem Pierre (Miami/Coral Reef), the nation's seventh-best dual-threat quarterback, has committed to play for Duke, according to multiple reports. He is now the Blue Devils' highest-rated recruit for 2014.

His list of scholarship offers includes Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Florida International, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Howard, Kansas State, Louisville, Marshall, Mississippi State, Nebraska, South Alabama, South Florida, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin.

Other programs, including Clemson and Miami (Fla.), also recruited the 6-foot-2, 203-pound prospect, who is No. 265 in the ESPN 300.

Pierre displayed impressive athleticism for a quarterback this spring on the Nike combine circuit, posting an electronically-timed 4.82 40-yard dash, 4.50 20-yard shuttle, 34.3-inch vertical, 40-foot power throw and 95.61 SPARQ.

Duke's Class of 2014 now holds 12 commitments.

Bearcats return to Florida for another pledge

July, 24, 2013
Class of 2014 safety Carter Jacobs (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) committed to Cincinnati on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot, 186-pound prospect also holds scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Miami-OH and Western Kentucky. Boston College, Louisville, Missouri and Rutgers showed interest.

Jacobs is Cincinnati's fourth verbal from the Sunshine State, and 14th overall, during this recruiting cycle. The Bearcats signed eight players from Florida this past February.

Hoosiers nab Peach State DL Cpnyers

July, 20, 2013
Rising senior Jermane Conyers (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) committed Friday to play in the Big Ten for Indiana, according to multiple reports.

Appalachian State, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Marshall and Western Kentucky also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-2, 281-pound defensive tackle.

IU defensive line coach Jon Fabris led the Hoosiers' pursuit of Conyers.

Indiana, which also recently picked up three-star defensive end Nick Carovillano (Cincinnati/St. Xavier), now has 10 verbals.

Vandy lands in-state DB Herndon

July, 13, 2013
Tre Herndon (Ooltewah, Tenn./East Hamilton), a 6-foot, 173-pound cornerback, has committed to sign with Vanderbilt, according to multiple reports.

Middle Tennessee, Northern Illinois, UAB, Memphis, Chattanooga and Appalachian State also extended scholarship offers to the rising senior. Cincinnati showed interest.

Herndon registered an electronically timed 4.65 40-yard dash, 4.44 20-yard shuttle, 32-inch vertical and 30-foot power throw this spring at a Nike combine.

Vanderbilt now has 12 pledges in its nationally-ranked 2014 recruiting class.

NC State beefs up defensive front

July, 1, 2013
6-foot-2, 302-pound defensive tackle Deshaywn Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) has committed to sign with North Carolina State, according to multiple reports.

His other offers include Appalachian State, Citadel, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Elon, Hampton, Old Dominion and Wake Forest. Auburn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia showed interest.

Middleton has posted an electronically-timed 5.27 40-yard dash, 5.13 20-yard shuttle, 23.3-inch vertical and 66.84 SPARQ at a Nike Combine.

NC State now has 22 verbals, which constitutes the country's largest 2014 class. The Wolfpack's group of commitments is ranked 26th by ESPN RecruitingNation.

Yellow Jackets grab their signal-caller

June, 30, 2013
Three-star dual-threat quarterback Matthew Jordan (Jackson, Ala./Jackson) pledged on Saturday to sign with Georgia Tech, reports.

Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Furman, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, South Alabama, Texas State, Tulane, UAB and Western Kentucky offered the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete.

"The last two really came down to South Alabama and Georgia Tech," he said. "I really liked Nebraska; that's just a long ways. South [Alabama] is really close to home -- it's my hometown school. I always grew up a South Alabama fan. But Georgia Tech, when I went over there for a visit, they're the ones who treated me the best and with their facilities, I just think I can call it home."

Last season, Jordan completed 83 of 143 pass attempts for 1,324 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for more than 700 yards and 11 more scores.

He's Georgia Tech's 10th verbal for 2014.

BC dips into Florida for a pair

June, 25, 2013
Monday, the Eagles received verbals from Sunshine State prospects Gabriel McClary (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) and Ty Schwab (Merritt Island, Fla./Merritt Island), according to multiple reports.

McClary is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver. Appalachian State, Illinois, North Carolina and South Florida have offered. Additionally, 247Sports lists Arizona, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Marshall and Western Michigan as also having offered.

Schwab is a 6-foot, 208-pound linebacker who was also pursued by Massachusetts, Tulane, UTEP and Western Michigan.

Head coach Steve Addazio, in his first full recruiting season with the Eagles, has quickly secured one of the country's largest classes, which is rated 25th by ESPN RecruitingNation.

Two more verbals for Temple

June, 24, 2013
The Temple Owls continued to build momentum on the trail in June, adding pledges from Marquise Watts (Waldorf, Md./North Point) and William Updegrove (Berwick, Pa./Berwick), according to multiple reports.

Watts is a 6-foot-4, 233-pound, three-star tight end. His list of offers includes Appalachian State, Duke and Toledo. Other suitors, such as Maryland, North Carolina State and Rutgers, also pursued.

Temple was the first school to offer a scholarship to Updegrove, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive end. Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Rutgers expressed interest.

The Owls have 13 commitments for 2014, with eight coming during this month.

Four-star LB Kendall Joseph to Clemson

June, 18, 2013
The Tigers picked up a commitment Monday from four-star inside linebacker Kendall Joseph (Honea Path, S.C./Belton-Honea Path), according to multiple reports.

Appalachian State, Duke, Furman, Georgia Tech, Louisville and UCLA also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot, 227-pound prospect. South Carolina and Vanderbilt showed interest.

Joseph posted a 4.38 20-yard shuttle, 27.8-inch vertical and 35.5-foot power throw on this spring's Nike circuit. Additionally, the Post and Courier writes that he's a three-time state weightlifting champion who bench presses 350 pounds and squats 480.

Last season, he registered 129 total tackles, six tackles for loss and 10 quarterback hurries.

Clemson now has 12 pledges for 2014 and the country's 10th best class, according to ESPN RecruitingNation. The Tigers have secured seven players from the newly released ESPN 300, and three four-stars from outside the 300.