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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.

Miami athlete picks Western Michigan 

January, 30, 2013
Athlete Edward Rolle (Miami, Fla./Carol City) better like the cold weather because he has committed to Western Michigan, multiple sources report.

Rolle also had offers from Akron and Howard.

Lineman Antonio Harris set for UMass 

January, 28, 2013
Offensive / defensive line prospect Antonio Harris (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) is slated to continue his career with the Minutemen, according to sources.

"I went up there this weekend and UMass. blew my mind," Harris told the Washington Post. "Last year they had a rough year in their first year [in the Football Bowl Subdivision.] They need people, and I want to be part of what they’re building. I saw other people committing, and I figured I’d better hurry up."

Harris, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound senior, also holds scholarship offers from Buffalo, Howard, Old Dominion and Towson among others.

"(UMass) is a family environment there just like it was at Towson," Harris said. "I really loved Towson, but UMass. just felt like it was home for me."

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WKU lands DE Ismael Aurismond 

September, 7, 2012
Hialeah defensive lineman Ismael Aurismond has made a commitment to sign as part of Western Kentucky's class of 2013, multiple sources report.

Aurismond, a 6-foot-3, 214-pound prospect, also received scholarship offers from Florida International, Howard, Kansas, South Alabama, Tennessee State and Western Michigan.

This spring, Aurismond registered a combine-verified 5.47 40-yard dash, 5.00 20-yard shuttle, 26.8-inch vertical and 54 SPARQ at a Nike event.

The Hilltoppers now have 12 players, including six from Florida, on board for 2013.

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The Monarchs have picked up a commitment from rising senior wide receiver Kevin Privott (Ahoskie, N.C./Hertford County), multiple sources report.

According to, Charlotte, Furman, Hampton, Howard, Liberty, Navy and North Carolina Central also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-1, 182-pound prospect. Other programs including Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest showed interest.

Old Dominion, which will begin playing a full Football Bowl Subdivision schedule in Conference USA for the 2013 season, has four players on board for this recruiting cycle.
Kevin Laudermill (Culver City, Calif./West Los Angeles C.C.) may have to cancel his scheduled visit to Eastern Michigan (Jan. 13), as he has committed to New Mexico State, reports.

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