NCF On The Trail: Charlotte 49ers

Missouri dips into Peach State for Ross

August, 29, 2013
Senior prospect Tavon Ross (Cochran, Ga./Bleckley County) has committed to play in the SEC for Missouri, according to multiple reports.

Ross, 6-feet, 193-pounds, selected the Tigers over scholarship offers from Charlotte, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

He plays quarterback for Bleckley but, according to The Telegraph, is expected to line up in Missouri's defensive backfield.

The Tigers now have 20 pledges for 2014. Ross is their first verbal from Georgia.

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.

ESPN 300 DT Poona Ford commits

August, 7, 2013
Highly-coveted defensive tackle Poona Ford (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head) pledged to sign with Louisville Tuesday, according to multiple sources.

"I guess I just had a feeling. The feeling you get when you know you're welcome," he told The State. "I went up there for a visit, and they talked to me about coming in my freshman year and playing my very first game at home against Miami."

Ford selected the Cardinals over scholarship offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Boise State, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Marshall, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Toledo, UCF and Utah State.

Last fall, the 6-foot, 285-pound four-star terrorized opponents to the tune of 154 total tackles, 44 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

Ford, ranked No. 275 nationally, is now Louisville's highest-rated defensive pledge. The Cardinals have 24 verbals for 2014.

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.

S Mike Rogers picks UCF, not done yet

August, 2, 2013
According to the Orlando Sentinel, three-star safety Mike Rogers (Smyrna, Ga./Campbell) has committed to UCF.

"The campus was really nice," he said. "But what called my attention was the coaches and everything and the academics. They were really focused on school work and football. They make sure you get a degree and do something you love at the same time. That caught my attention."

However, Rogers added that he hasn’t completed “shut down” the recruiting process. Charlotte, Cincinnati, Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Old Dominion, Ole Miss and Syracuse also offered the 6-foot, 180-pound defender.

He’s the 12th 2014 pledge for the Knights and their top commit on the defensive side of the ball.

Trace McSorley to the Commodores

July, 13, 2013

Vanderbilt has gained its second pledge in as many days with the addition of high three-star athlete Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods), according to multiple reports.

Connecticut, Boston College, Massachusetts, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Ohio, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Charlotte, Purdue and Western Michigan were his other offers.

Northwestern, Maryland, Michigan State, Duke, Rutgers, Penn State, Virginia and West Virginia also recruited the 6-foot-1, 182 pound rising senior.

Last fall, he threw for 2,548 yards and 33 touchdowns and rushed for 709 yards and 9 more scores.

McSorley is commitment No. 13 for Vanderbilt.

Big RB Isaiah Robinson to Wake

July, 13, 2013
Wake Forest picked up a verbal Friday from Isaiah Robinson (Charlotte, N.C./Independence), according to multiple reports.

The bruising 5-foot-10, 223-pound running back selected Wake over scholarship offers from Connecticut, Louisville, East Carolina, Ohio, Buffalo and Charlotte. Clemson, Duke, North Carolina and NC State were also in the mix.

Robinson is the first offensive player to jump on board with the Demon Deacon's 2014 class.

Deshon Cooper says yes to Bulldogs

June, 27, 2013
Mississippi State has secured a pledge from outside linebacker Deshon Cooper (Decatur, Ga./Columbia), according to multiple reports.

Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Rutgers, South Florida, Vanderbilt and West Virginia were the other BCS schools to offer the 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect. Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Tennessee expressed interest.

Charlotte, East Carolina, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall and Middle Tennessee offered from the non-BCS and FCS ranks.

Cooper is commitment No. 13 for the Bulldogs.

Marcelias Sutton commits to NC State

June, 26, 2013
2014 running back Marcelias Sutton (Warsaw, N.C./Kenan) is set to play in-state for the Wolfpack, reports.

Charlotte, East Carolina, North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-8, 171-pound prospect.

Sutton rushed for 1,804 yards and 26 touchdowns during his junior campaign.

This spring, he recorded an electronically-timed 4.76 40-yard dash, 4.31 20-yard shuttle, 40.8-inch vertical, 33-foot power throw and 94.56 SPARQ at a Nike event.

NC State has 22 commitments.

Shawn Payne earns VT offer, commits

June, 25, 2013
Holding only a scholarship offer from Charlotte, rising senior Shawn Payne (Chesterfield, Va./Bird) competed earlier this month at a Virginia Tech camp, received an offer and is now on board with the Hokies, the Roanoke Times reports.

He's a 6-foot-2, 185-pound high school safety who could also play cornerback or wide receiver in college. Associate head coach / running backs coach Shane Beamer led the Hokies' pursuit of Payne.

Virginia Tech now has 11 verbals for 2014.

NC State grabs DeMatha's Deonte Holden

June, 25, 2013
Rising senior defensive end Deonte Holden (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic) decided Monday to continue his career with the North Carolina State Wolfpack, according to multiple reports.

He was recruited by NC State cornerbacks coach Richard McNutt.

Boston College, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Duke, East Carolina, Hawaii, Iowa, Marshall, Old Dominion, Temple, Toledo, Virginia and Wake Forest were his other scholarship offers. Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Penn State and Rutgers also pursued the 6-foot-4, 213-pound Holden.

N.C. State has 21 players on board for 2014.

Terence Ricks makes the call for Wake 

June, 21, 2013
The Demon Deacons picked up their fourth pledge on Thursday from athlete Terence Ricks (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch), according to media reports.

Charlotte was the 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back/linebacker's other scholarship offer. Duke, East Carolina, Michigan State, Virginia and Virgina Tech also recruited Ricks.

Jaylen Bradshaw accepts offer from VT

June, 6, 2013
Wide receiver Jaylen Bradshaw (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith) committed Wednesday to play for his longtime favorite, the Virginia Tech Hokies, according to the Roanoke Times. He earned a scholarship offer Sunday following his performance at VT's camp.

"I was telling my mom, I refuse to leave this camp without an offer," he said. "So I mean, I went there with a purpose and did what I had to do and it paid off."

Campbell, Charlotte, Massachusetts and Towson were his other scholarship offers. James Madison and Virginia, among others, also recruited the 6-foot-1, 166-pound receiver.

Bradshaw, the cousin of former University of Washington and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Reggie Williams, caught 35 passes for 720 yards (20.6 average) and 3 touchdowns during his junior campaign.

He registered an electronically timed 4.81 40-yard dash, 4.31 20-yard shuttle, 38.8-inch vertical, 29.5-foot power throw and 81.72 SPARQ this offseason on the Nike combine circuit.

Virginia Tech now has 10 pledges, including seven from in-state prospects.

Peach State WR Phillips to Purdue

May, 31, 2013
Class of 2014 wide receiver Gregory Phillips (Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain) committed Friday to sign with the Purdue Boilermakers, according to multiple sources. He was recruited by Purdue receivers coach Kevin Sherman.

Air Force, Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Ball State, Charlotte, Georgia State, Iowa State, Old Dominion and Western Kentucky also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot, 181-pound prospect.

This spring, Phillips posted an electronically-timed 4.77 40-yard dash, 4.40 20-yard shuttle, 25.3-inch vertical, 30-foot power throw and 60.87 SPARQ at a Nike Combine.

The Boilermakers have three pledges for 2014.

Virginia scores ESPN 150 OG Richardson

May, 25, 2013
Four-star offensive guard William Richardson (Burlington, N.C./Cummings), the No. 126-ranked recruit in the nation, committed Saturday to play for the University of Virginia, multiple sources report.

The massive, 6-foot-5, 339-pound blocker selected Virginia over scholarship offers from Ball State, Charlotte, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina State, Ohio and Virginia Tech.

ESPN writes in Richardson's scouting evaluation, "He is an intriguing prospect who is arguably flying a bit under the radar at this stage. If he can manage his size and play at a good weight, he could develop into a very good college offensive lineman."

Richardson is Virginia's second ESPN 150 pledge for 2014. Five-star Under Armour All-American safety Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) announced for the Cavs in February. Virginia now has five verbal commitments.