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BC lands speedy RB Alston

August, 23, 2013
Five-foot-6, 165-pound prospect Sherman Alston (Montvale, N.J./St. Joseph) has committed to play in the ACC for Boston College, according to multiple reports.

"Boston College is a good academic school, and it's still close to home," he told "I'm also thankful that they didn't hold my size against me."

Albany, Bryant, Delaware and New Hampshire were the other schools that offered the senior running back, who is expected to return kicks and punts for the Eagles.

While not possessing ideal BCS size, Alston has shined on the field and in a combine setting. He rushed for 896 yards and 12 touchdowns last season on just 103 carries (8.7 average). Prior to his junior campaign, Alson registered an electronically timed 4.45 40-yard dash and 32.1-inch vertical at a Nike event.

The Eagles now have 22 players on board for 2014. Their class is currently ranked 34th by ESPN RecruitingNation.

West Virginia lands three prospects

July, 31, 2013

Defensive end Tyree Owens (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo) and pair of offensive tackles -- Jamie Herr (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian) and Walter Rauterkus (Avon, Ohio/Avon) -- each committed this week to West Virginia, according to multiple reports.

Owens, a 6-foot-4, 236-pound prospect, selected the Mountaineers over scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Eastern Illinois, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Marshall, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Troy, Virginia, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

He posted an electronically-timed 4.88 40-yard dash, 4.62 20-yard shuttle, 32.5-inch vertical, 34-foot power throw and 81.78 SPARQ this spring at a Nike combine.

"West Virginia had the best family feel," Owens told the Orlando Sentinel. "When I got there (on a visit this past weekend) they welcomed me with open arms and it was everything I could have hoped for... just great the whole time I was there."

Herr, one of many FBS prospects from Eastern Christian Academy, was also offered by Boston College, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Temple. He's 6-5 and 265 pounds.

Ohio was Rauterkus' only other scholarship offer. Programs including Ball State, Bowling Green, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue also recruited the 6-6, 285-pound prospect.

West Virginia's 2014 class is at 11 players.

Jerome Dews talks Tennessee verbal

June, 27, 2013
Sleeper outside linebacker Jerome Dews (Oxon Hill, Md./Potomac), a 6-foot-3, 197-pound prospect, committed this week to sign with Tennessee, according to multiple reports.

Prior to receiving the Volunteers' offer, Dews was only holding scholarships from lesser-known programs such as Delaware, Hampton, James Madison, Robert Morris, St. Francis and Temple.

"For them to be an SEC school and take that chance on me with me having no other big offers shows they're nothing but real people," he told the Washington Post. "They don't care about publicity and all that stuff, the politics. They like me, and they don't care about none of that other stuff."

Dews continued, "Man, I love everything about Tennessee. I just love the coaches. … You don't usually fall in love that quick. It's crazy. I can't even explain how happy I am."

Last season, he recorded 14 sacks and caught 15 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

This spring, Dews registered an electronically-timed 5.47 40-yard dash, 4.22 20-yard shuttle, 25.7-inch vertical and 31-foot power throw at a Nike event.

He is commitment No. 17 for the Volunteers.

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.

BC adds a quarterback, defensive end 

April, 12, 2013
Boston College recently picked up commitments from dual-threat quarterback Darius Wade (Middletown, Del./Middletown) and defensive end Harold Landry (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest), according to multiple reports.

Kent State lands productive RB 

December, 1, 2012
Roman Clay (Lancaster, Pa./Catholic), an under-the-radar three-star running back, committed Friday night to play in the Mid-American Conference for Kent State, reports.

Clay selected the Golden Flashes over Delaware. Duquesne, Massachusetts, Old Dominion and Towson also extended scholarship offers the 5-foot-11, 209-pound prospect. Penn State, Pittsburgh and Miami-OH showed interest.

ESPN calls him, "a dominant inside runner with the playing speed that makes it very difficult to run him down once a step is gained on the defense ... appears to be flying under the radar as a BCS prospect, however his dominant inside running skills coupled with his playing speed, balance and agility warrant continued evaluation."

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Delaware scores three-star WR 

November, 5, 2012
Senior Diante Cherry (Lancaster, Pa./J.P. McCaskey) has committed to become a Fighting Blue Hen and play in the Football Championship Subdivision, reports.

Fordham, Robert Morris and Towson also extended scholarship offers to Cherry. Other schools including Maryland, North Carolina State, Old Dominion, Penn State and Pittsburgh showed interest.

Cherry earned all-state recognition last fall after catching 65 passes for 1,003 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season. Entering last Friday night's contest, he had 32 receptions for 632 yards and 7 scores.

The 5-foot-10, 167-pound talent also stars on the hardwood, where he's a 1,000 point scorer.

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Fullback/linebacker Matt Walsh received a scholarship offer from UConn on Thursday, made an unofficial visit to campus Friday and committed to the program, according to the Middletown Press.

“Since the beginning of the process, and growing up, I’ve always wanted to go to UConn,” Walsh said. “It was always the big team around here and they were always the home team for me. I have been up to Storrs many times. The facilities are amazing and I love everything about it.

“It was really exciting, especially being in coach [Paul] Pasqualoni’s office, but I still think it hasn’t set in yet. It is going to take a few days to fully set in.”

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Rising senior offensive tackle Moise Larose (Fort Meade, Md./Wilde Lake), previously considered a "soft" verbal to the Scarlet Knights, has solidified his commitment to Rutgers, according to multiple sources.

Boston College, Delaware, Duke, East Carolina, Navy and Old Dominion also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect.

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The Yellow Jackets picked up commitments from Damon Mitchell (Egg Harbor, N.J./Cedar Creek), Antonio Messick (Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County) and Tolando Cleveland (Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove) over the weekend, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The headliner of the group is Mitchell, a 6-foot-2, 199-pound dual-threat quarterback who picked Georgia Tech over scholarship offers from Arizona State, Boston College, UConn, Delaware, Iowa, James Madison, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tulane, Central Florida, Villanova, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

“Georgia Tech was one of the first to offer at QB, and that really excited him early on,” Cedar Creek coach Tim Watson said. “Georgia Tech was on his shortlist, and when he got down there, he was blown away by the coaches, the campus and the academics. You could tell by his voice he was really feeling the place."

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Rising senior ball-carrier Zaire Williams (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) became the eighth Class of 2013 verbal for West Virginia, according to the Courier Post.

“I love the facilities, the town, the people. The fan base is great,” Williams said. “I felt at home when I was there. It’s where I feel most comfortable. Once I got the offer, West Virginia was definitely in my top five.”

UConn, Delaware, Iowa, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Temple and Wisconsin also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-11, 190-pound prospect. Boston College and Rutgers showed interest.

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Three-star tight end Nick Arcidiacono (Warminster, Pa./Archbishop Wood) committed Thursday to play for the Scarlet Knights, according to multiple sources. His older brother, Brandon, is an incoming freshman offensive lineman for Rutgers.

Nick, a second team all-league selection last fall, announced his decision during a 3 p.m. news conference in Archbishop Wood's gymnasium.

Boston College, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Delaware, Lafayette and Temple also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 230-pound TE-Y. Program such as Maryland and Penn State showed interest.

He's the eight 2013 pledge for Rutgers.

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5-foot-11, 199-pound outside linebacker George Vinson (Damascus, Md.) committed Thursday to play for Buffalo, multiple sources report.

Delaware, Temple, Old Dominion, Colgate, Kent State, Stony Brook and Bryant also extended scholarship offers to the rising senior defender.

Wide receiver Kyvaune Brammer (Brooklyn, N.Y./Tech) is Buffalo's other verbal.

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Penn State landed a commitment from high three-star outside linebacker Brandon Bell (Mays Landing, N.J./Oakcrest), according to multiple sources.

Boston College, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia, Central Florida and Temple also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot, 225-pound prospect.

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Frank Porter, a linebacker from Wise High School (Upper Marlboro, Md.), has pledged to sign with Old Dominion of the Football Championship Subdivision, reports.

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