NCF On The Trail: Georgia Southern Eagles

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.

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.

Jacob Kraut on board with Rutgers

June, 25, 2013
Three-star Jacob Kraut (Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher), a linebacker/fullback, committed to Rutgers over the weekend. He spoke with about his recent multi-day visit to campus:

"It all stood out to me," he said. "I liked it all a whole lot. I saw the Hale Center, the weight room and a few other things."

The Scarlet Knights topped Florida International, Georgia Southern, Maryland, Middle Tennessee, Troy, UAB, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan, which all offered, for his commitment.

Kraut, a 5-foot-11, 241-pound prospect, registered a 4.66 20-yard shuttle, 26-inch vertical and 37-foot power throw on the Nike combine circuit.

Rutgers has 17 verbals for 2014.

Jay Ellison headlines Ga. Southern class 

February, 12, 2013
The Georgia Southern Eagles, who finished 2012 ranked third in the Football Championship Subdivision, signed 23 players for this recruiting cycle, according to the school's official website.

High three-star defensive tackle Jay Ellison (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County) might be the gem of the group. Considered the No. 49-ranked DT by ESPN, Ellison also had scholarship offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Atlanta DB headed to Cincinnati 

January, 30, 2013
Daswhawn Benton (Atlanta/Grady), a 6-foot, 169-pound senior, has pledged to sign with Tommy Tuberville's Bearcats, multiple sources report.

Georgia Southern, Indiana, Memphis, Middle Tennessee and Mississippi State also extended scholarship offers to Benton. Tennessee and Vanderbilt were among the other programs expressing interest.

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Georgia State scores three-star DT Lawrence 

October, 29, 2012
Senior defensive tackle Jalen Lawrence (Macon, Ga./Westside) has turned down offers from multiple established FBS programs and committed to sign with Georgia State, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, Southern University, Texas Tech and Troy pursued the 6-foot, 265-pound prospect.

His father, Jeff Lawrence, told the AJC, "Georgia State doesn’t have an engineering program but our second choice was geology, which deals with oil. He wants to work in the oil industry. If he gets a degree in geology, it won’t take much to get into petroleum engineering, which is where he really wants to land."

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5-foot-11, 220-pound running back Dontravious Wilson (Buford, Ga.) has committed to sign with Western Kentucky, multiple sources report.

According to, Wilson selected the Hilltoppers over scholarship offers from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.

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On the heels of four-star running back Jojo Kemp's (DeLand, Fla.) decision, South Florida picked up commitments from two cornerbacks following the SuperBull event, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Darius Whitty (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), a 6-foot, 180-pound prospect, selected the Bulls over scholarship offers from Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss and West Virginia.

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Georgia Southern showed the nation that its option attack could move the ball against an elite defense when the Eagles amassed 302 rushing yards (7.7 average) against Alabama on Nov. 19. On Wednesday, the program added three BCS-caliber skill players to its roster.

High three-star Vegas Harley (Mount Dora, Fla.), a high school quarterback graded as an athlete by ESPNU, signed with the Eagles over scholarship offers from South Florida, Illinois, Washington State, Memphis and Florida Atlantic.

6-foot-2, 210-pound running back Irving Huggins (Chatham, Va./Hargrave), another high three-star talent, selected Georgia Southern over offers from Temple, Marshall, Central Florida and Ball State and received interest from some BCS programs.

Additionally, dual-threat, three-star signal-caller Matt Dobson (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian) chose the Eagles over offers from Georgia Tech, Florida International and Navy.

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Three-star defensive end Tre Griffin (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb) kicked off Vanderbilt's class last April but then parted ways with the program in October. According to the Marietta Daily Journal, he has found a new play to place.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Griffin committed to Georgia Southern of the Football Championship Subdivision. The Eagles reached the semifinals of the FCS playoffs this season and able to run the football (302 yards) against Alabama in a late season matchup.

Griffin has posted combine-verified figures including a 4.99 40-yard dash, 4.54 20-yard shuttle and 30-inch vertical.

UPDATE: reports that three-star quarterback Matt Dobson (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian) has also committed to Georgia Southern. The athletic signal-caller had offers from Florida International, Georgia Tech, Navy and Samford.

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Two-star defensive end James Mathis (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) has committed to Troy, per his coach, Kipp Adams of ESPN's reports.

Mathis chose Troy over offers from Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and South Alabama.

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Two-star cornerback Tyree Holder (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) enjoyed his visit to Ball State this past weekend so much that he decided to become a Cardinal, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Holder's high school coach Bob Henriquez spoke with Holder earlier this morning:

"He liked the environment. He attended the football banquet and was impressed with the chemistry of the team."

The 5-foot-10, 155-pounder also had offers from Central Michigan, Georgia Southern, Toledo and Washington State.

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Georgia Tech adds Freddie Burden 

January, 15, 2012
Freddie Burden (Statesboro, Ga./Statesboro) made an official visit to Georgia Tech hoping that the Yellow Jackets would make him offer. He got just that on Saturday morning and it came from head coach Paul Johnson.

“I made the decision today,” Burden said. “They offered me on Saturday morning, so I talked it over my parents. It came from coach (Paul) Johnson. At Georgia Tech you get a great education. That’s the first thing for anyone. Football just adds to it. But I have to say that it’s a great place to play football, and it’s the ACC.”

Burden, 6-foot-3 and 290-pounds, played tight end in high school but projects as a guard or center for the Yellow Jackets.

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Georgia Tech has been at the top of senior offensive guard Freddie Burden's (Statesboro, Ga.) list for months. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound prospect made an official visit to campus over the weekend, received an offer, and committed, multiple sources report.

Several Football Championship Subdivision programs including South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Presbyterian and South Carolina State also offered. Other programs including North Carolina State, East Carolina and Middle Tennessee showed interest.

Burden's father, Willie, played running back at North Carolina State before moving on to the Canadian Football League. He was a standout for the Calgary Stampeders earning a place in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

The younger Burden is commitment No. 15 for Georgia Tech. His high school teammate three-star athlete Micheal Summers is also on board with the Yellow Jackets.

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The nation's No. 8-rated kicking prospect Nicholas St. Germain (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern) has committed to sign with South Carolina, multiple sources report.

According to, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound prospect also received scholarship offers from Middle Tennessee and Georgia Southern. Programs such as Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Pittsburgh and East Carolina showed interest.

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