NCF On The Trail: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Panthers up to a dozen for 2014

June, 24, 2013
Shane Roy (Reading, Ohio/Reading) and Brian O'Neill (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) are both on board with Pittsburgh, according to multiple reports.

Roy, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end, selected Pitt over offers from Ball State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Illinois, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee, Ohio, Toledo and Western Kentucky.

Reading coach Scott Thamann told "He liked so many schools, but Pitt really stood out for him. He really liked the campus and the coaching staff. He likes that they want him to play a true 4-3 defensive end."

Roy earned a first-team all-league selection last fall after registering 22 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks.

O'Neill, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end, also was offered by Coastal Carolina, Colgate, Old Dominion, Tulane, William & Mary and Youngstown State.

The Panthers held just one commitment -- from three-star guard Connor Hayes (Traverse City, Mich./West) -- entering June.

Athletic QB Porter picks South Florida

June, 19, 2013
The Bulls landed a commitment Wednesday from Deiondre Porter (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson), a high school quarterback who could play corner for at South Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Coastal Carolina, Iowa State and Samford also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-1, 167-pound prospect.

Last fall, Porter threw for 2,276 yards (61 percent), 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and rushed for 400 yards and five scores.

Additionally, this spring he displayed the athleticism necessary for a move to the defensive backfield. He registered an electronically-timed 4.67 40-yard dash and 36.9-inch vertical at a Nike Combine.

USF has eight pledges for 2014.

ODU scores productive quarterback

May, 7, 2013
Quarterback Shuler Bentley (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes) committed to sign with Old Dominion. Coastal Carolina and Delaware also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect. Clemson and Duke showed interest.

"It's very exciting," he told the Spartanburg (S.C) Herald-Journal. "They are making a jump to Conference USA. Their quarterback throws it all over the place. He threw for 5,100 yards and broke [Steve] McNair's record. Their offense sparked my interest. It was something I felt like I wanted to be a part of. I also fit in really well with the coaches."

Bentley exploded on the scene as a sophomore in 2011 when he completed 235 of 363 attempts (64.7 percent) for 3,495 yards, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

He followed up that performance by completing 299 of 462 passes for (64.7 percent) for 4,718 yards, 59 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2012 and was named South Carolina's Gatorade Player of the Year.

Bentley is Old Dominion's second pledge for 2014. Defensive tackle Brandon Tyson (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill) committed in April.