NCF On The Trail: Jacksonville State Gamecocks

LB Holcombe picks Mississippi State

July, 20, 2013
Four-star prospect Keith Holcombe (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) pledged to sign with Mississippi State, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker also holds scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Jacksonville State, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Northern Illinois, Southern Miss, Tulane and Vanderbilt.

"It was the best fit for me and the main thing with my decision was finding a place where I felt at home. For me and my family, we all thought that best fit was at Mississippi State," he told

Last fall, Holcombe recorded 116 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and nine pass breakups.

The Bulldogs has 15 commitments for 2014. Holcombe is now their highest-rated defensive pledge.

Yellow Jackets grab their signal-caller

June, 30, 2013
Three-star dual-threat quarterback Matthew Jordan (Jackson, Ala./Jackson) pledged on Saturday to sign with Georgia Tech, reports.

Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Furman, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, South Alabama, Texas State, Tulane, UAB and Western Kentucky offered the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete.

"The last two really came down to South Alabama and Georgia Tech," he said. "I really liked Nebraska; that's just a long ways. South [Alabama] is really close to home -- it's my hometown school. I always grew up a South Alabama fan. But Georgia Tech, when I went over there for a visit, they're the ones who treated me the best and with their facilities, I just think I can call it home."

Last season, Jordan completed 83 of 143 pass attempts for 1,324 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for more than 700 yards and 11 more scores.

He's Georgia Tech's 10th verbal for 2014.

Austin Hudson says yes to Wisconsin

June, 28, 2013
The Wisconsin Badgers picked up a commitment Thursday night from Sunshine State safety Austin Hudson (Tampa, Fla./Plant), reports.

Florida Tech, Holy Cross and Jacksonville State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-2, 186-pound prospect. Pittsburgh, Purdue and Stanford showed interest, according to multiple sources.

"I love the coaches and I love the faith the coaches put in me and believed in me. How much they wanted me was definitely a factor," he said. "As well as the academics. It's a great school. It's a great campus life. The fans are crazy; they're like the best fans in America."

Hudson, who hopes to graduate from high school early, added, "It was something I was incredibly sure about. There was no other place for me, except for Wisconsin. It is the whole package."

The Badgers have 10 players on board for 2014.

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.

Rangy 'backer Julian Thomas picks Wake 

January, 28, 2013
The Demon Deacons have secured a verbal commitment from outside linebacker Julian Thomas (Dothan, Ala./Dothan), multiple sources report.

Thomas, who led his team in tackles this past season, also had offers from Arkansas State, Jacksonville State and Southern Miss.

Wake's coaching staff impressed Thomas on in-home visits, according to the Dothan Eagle:

Nick Mullens makes third commitment 

January, 28, 2013
Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.) quarterback Nick Mullens has switched his pledge for a second time and is now set to play for Southern Miss, according to multiple sources.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior originally selected Jacksonville State of the Football Championship Subdivision in November. Earlier this month, he dropped Jacksonville State for the hometown UAB Blazers.

Murray State also offered. Programs such as Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky showed interest in the two-star prospect.

Mullens put up huge numbers as a senior, passing for 3,649 yards, 40 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions, leading Spain Park to a 10-3 record and a region title.

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Prolific-passer Nick Mullens flips to UAB 

January, 14, 2013
Two-star quarterback Nick Mullens (Hoover, Ala./Spain Park) has switched his commitment from Jacksonville State to Alabama-Birmingham during an official visit this past weekend, according to multiple sources.

Mullens, who held an offer from Murray State as well, told "I had also been hearing from Arkansas State and Western Kentucky, but when UAB offered, it's where I knew I was going."

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound signal-caller was named Alabama's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012 after throwing for 3,649 yards and 40 touchdowns. During his high school career, Mullens threw for 8,663 yards, which ranks seventh all-time in AHSAA history.


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The Thundering Herd got back to work on the recruiting trail last weekend picking up a commitment from three-star pocket-passer Kevin Anderson (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community), multiple sources report.

“WE ARE MARSHALL!!” Anderson posted on his Facebook page. “I am officially committed to MARSHALL UNIVERSITY!!!”

Illinois State and Jacksonville State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-1, 189-pound quarterback. According to the Palm Beach Post, Wisconsin showed interest.

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Coveted defensive tackle Jacob Chaffin (Hoover, Ala./Spain Park) announced for South Alabama, multiple sources report.

Arkansas State, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Middle Tennessee, Samford, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane and Western Kentucky also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-2, 260-pounder. Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee showed interest.

"Once I went down there for the first time I fell in love with it,'' Chaffin told the Press-Register. "Everything is first class. Everything they've got going there is just amazing -- the facilities, the coaches. I love the coaches there, coach [Joey] Jones, coach [Bill] Clark [defensive coordinator]; they're all great people. Coach Jones has done an incredible job with the program and I want to be a part of the history of bringing South to the top and being one of the elite programs in the country.''

The Jaguars have seven pledges for 2013.

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Troy picked up three new verbal commitments for the Class of 2013, multiple sources report.

Offensive tackle David Gross (Montgomery, Ala./Trinity Presbyterian) chose the Trojans over offers from Alabama State, Jacksonville State and Tulane. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder is not about to rest on his laurels however, as he told the Montgomery Advertiser:

"I want to get bigger, stronger, faster, eat good, go to workouts. Work out, work out, work out. That's about all I'll be doing [this summer]."

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Offensive tackle Cameron Fraser (Phenix City, Ala./Central) committed to sign with South Florida over the weekend, multiple sources report.

Arkansas, UAB, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee and Jacksonville State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect. Ole Miss showed interest.

Fraser registered a 5.6 40-yard dash, 4.88 20-yard shuttle and 24.1-inch vertical on the combine circuit prior to his junior year.

Fraser, who will be a part of ESPN's recruiting rankings update this week, is the third verbal for South Florida.

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Outside linebacker Mohamed Camara (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth) has become the latest 2013 verbal for South Carolina, according to multiple sources.

The 6-foot, 200-pound prospect also received scholarship offers from Western Kentucky and Jacksonville State. Arkansas, Florida State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Ball State, Miami-FL and Middle Tennessee showed interest.

Camara posted an electronically-timed 5.24 40-yard dash, 4.43 20-yard shuttle, 32.8-inch vertical and 82.32 SPARQ at the Atlanta Nike Combine in March.

He's the sixth pledge for South Carolina. Another Georgia linebacker, Kight Dallas (Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain), picked the Gamecocks earlier this month.

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After taking his official visit to Starkville, Miss., two-star outside linebacker Lelland Ducksworth (Hattiesburg, Miss./North Forest) is no longer slated to sign with the in-state Bulldogs next week, multiple sources report.

Ducksworth, 6-foot-1, 215-pounds, claims additional scholarship offers from Arkansas State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Ole Miss, Purdue and Southern Miss.

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K.J. Maye (Mobile, Ala./Murphy) has ended the process and committed to Minnesota, multiple sources report.

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The Trojans have added a commitment from in-state athlete Terris Lewis (Linden, Ala.), multiple sources report.

Lewis chose Troy over offers from UAB, Jacksonville State, Memphis and South Alabama. He believes Troy gives him a chance to make it to the next level according to the Dothan Eagle:

"I like the school and I like the coaches. I think that in four years, I can come in and get a good education and hopefully have a chance at the NFL."

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder did everything for his high school team, as he played linebacker, tight end, wide receiver and H-back.

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