NCF On The Trail: Old Dominion Monarchs

SEC's top recruiting visits 

October, 31, 2014
There are once again some big games around the SEC this weekend. The Auburn at Ole Miss game looks to be loaded with big-time visitors. Mississippi State is trying to capitalize on its success by bringing in several recruits for its game against Arkansas and Vanderbilt is hoping to build some momentum against Old Dominion. The Florida-Georgia game will be watched by many recruits but because its a neutral site game both teams have agreed not to allow visitors for the game. Here’s a closer look at some of the top visitors in the SEC this weekend.

Auburn at Ole Miss

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After a tough loss to LSU last weekend, Ole Miss is hoping to rebound with a big win over Auburn on Saturday. The Rebels will have several recruits in attendance including running back commit Eric Swinney, offensive line commit Drew Richmond, who has visited Tennessee recently, and ESPN 300 safety Cam Ordway. The 164th-ranked prospect in the country Josh McMillon is also expected to attend.

Former 2016 Arizona quarterback commit Shea Patterson will be making his third unofficial visit to Ole Miss. Patterson is the 35th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300. Patterson will be joined by an ESPN Junior 300 wide receiver Mykel Jones. Junior offensive tackle Javious Bardney, who already has offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State and safety Donte Vaughn are also expected to attend the game.

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.

Weekly Recruiting Roundup

July, 19, 2013
American Athletic
Kimoni Fritz DE Ringgold, Va./Dan River
HT: 6-3 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Brice McAllister RB Suffield, Conn./Suffield Academy
HT: 5-11 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mason Denley DE Columbus, Texas/Columbus
HT: 6-5 WT: 255
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kaliq Kokuma RB League City, Texas/Clear Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 180
Position Rank: #58 RB
Stars: 3

South Florida
Juwuan Brown OLB Tampa, Fla./Thomas Jefferson
HT: 6-2 WT: 210
Position Rank: #87 OLB
Stars: 3

Joey Connors DT Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison
HT: 6-4 WT: 270
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Georgia Tech
Michael Preddy DE Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud
HT: 6-4 WT: 245
Position Rank: #66 DE
Stars: 3

North Carolina
M.J. Stewart ATH Arlington, Va./Yorktown
HT: 5-11 WT: 191
Position Rank: #67 ATH
Stars: 3

Ty Tomlin ILB Marietta, Ga./Marietta
HT: 6-0 WT: 220
Position Rank: #22 ILB
Stars: 3

Marcus Collins ATH Madison, Wis./La Follette
HT: 6-4 WT: 200
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia Tech
Michael Santamaria K Athens, Ga./Athens Academy
HT: 5-10 WT: 165
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Wake Forest
Thomas Dillon CB Houston, Texas/Kinkaid School
HT: 5-11 WT: 173
Position Rank: #61 CB
Stars: 3

Kalin McNeil OLB McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Senior
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Isaiah Robinson RB Charlotte, N.C./Independence
HT: 5-10 WT: 223
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Jarell Broxton Gaithersburg, Md./Lackawanna College (JC)
HT: 6-5 WT: 328
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Terrence Harris DE Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic
HT: 6-2 WT: 250
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Michigan State
Matt Morrissey S Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Position Rank: #81 S
Stars: 3

FBS Independents
Notre Dame
Corey Holmes WR Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas
HT: 6-2 WT: 176
Position Rank: #8 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#77)

Old Dominion
Christian Byrum S Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood
HT: 6-0 WT: 195
Position Rank: #75 S
Stars: 3

Royce Freeman RB Imperial, Calif./Imperial
HT: 6-0 WT: 227
Position Rank: #11 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#154)

Harrison Phillips DE Omaha, Neb./Millard West
HT: 6-4 WT: 240
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Lane Veach DE Chandler, Ariz./Perry
HT: 6-5 WT: 220
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Austin Roberts WR Carmel, Ind./Carmel
HT: 6-2 WT: 217
Position Rank: #21 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#166)

Donovan Isom QB-PP Destrehan, La./Destrahan
HT: 6-4 WT: 245
Position Rank: #34 QB-PP
Stars: 3

Joe Tukuafu TE-Y Salt Lake City, Utah/East
HT: 6-4 WT: 235
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kweishi Brown CB El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont College (JC)
HT: 6-0 WT: 185
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Christopher Murphy CB Marietta, Ga./Lassiter
HT: 5-10 WT: 177
Position Rank: #45 CB
Stars: 3

Raashed Kennion DE Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast
HT: 6-6 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Stanton Truitt ATH Monroe, Ga./Monroe Area
HT: 5-10 WT: 182
Position Rank: #23 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#198)

Sean White QB-PP Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South
HT: 6-1 WT: 199
Position Rank: #16 QB-PP
Stars: 4

Kendall Gant S Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson
HT: 6-3 WT: 184
Position Rank: #32 S
Stars: 3

Dyshon Sims OT Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes
HT: 6-4 WT: 265
Position Rank: #28 OT
Stars: 3

Shakenneth Williams WR Macon, Ga./Rutland
HT: 6-1 WT: 196
Position Rank: #45 WR
Stars: 4

Isaiah Wynn OG Saint Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood Senior
HT: 6-2 WT: 274
Position Rank: #5 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#115)

Cameron Gamble K Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound
HT: 5-11 WT: 185
Position Rank: #12 K
Stars: 3

Brandon Harris QB-DT Bossier City, La./Parkway
HT: 6-2 WT: 186
Position Rank: #2 QB-DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#48)

Sione Palelei RB Gonzales, La./East Ascension
HT: 5-10 WT: 202
Position Rank: #57 RB
Stars: 3

South Carolina
Al Harris CB Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas
HT: 5-11 WT: 158
Position Rank: #72 CB
Stars: 3

Eric Lauderdale WR Fayetteville, Ga./Saddleback College (JC)
HT: 6-1 WT: 195
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Cortez McDowell S Locust Grove, Ga./Locust Grove
HT: 6-1 WT: 200
Position Rank: #13 S
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#221)

Ray Raulerson OT Tampa, Fla./Plant Senior
HT: 6-5 WT: 271
Position Rank: #87 OT
Stars: 3

Brendan Brosnan OT Park Ridge, Ill./Maine Township South
HT: 6-5 WT: 250
Position Rank: #77 OT
Stars: 3

Bailey Grainer OT Galliano, La./South Lafourche
HT: 6-6 WT: 350
Position Rank: #29 OT
Stars: 3

Tre Herndon CB Ooltewah, Tenn./East Hamilton
HT: 6-0 WT: 173
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Trace McSorley ATH Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods
HT: 6-1 WT: 182
Position Rank: #57 ATH
Stars: 3

Conference USA
Florida International
Chett Levay TE-H Tampa, Fla./Sickles
HT: 6-2 WT: 195

Chris Miller OT Orlando, Fla./The First Academy
HT: 6-4 WT: 295

J.T. Ibe S Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield
HT: 5-11 WT: 167

Eastern Michigan
Ian Eriksen RB Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
HT: 5-10 WT: 185

Frank Carter OG Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough
HT: 6-2 WT: 334

Miami (OH)
Kellen Snider OLB Fort White, Fla./Fort White
HT: 6-0 WT: 212

Northern Illinois
Max Scharping OT Green Bay, Wisc./Southwest
HT: 6-5 WT: 260

Robbie Walker WR Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College
HT: 5-9 WT: 173

Western Michigan
Zach Novoselsky OT Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson
HT: 6-5 WT: 260

Mountain West
Colorado State
Johnathan Lewis ATH La Porte, Texas/La Porte
HT: 6-0 WT:179

San Jose State
Thai Cottrell WR Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside
HT: 5-7 WT: 165

Sun Belt
Texas State
Stephan Johnson CB The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park
HT: 5-11 WT: 182

Western Kentucky
Keegan Karim CB Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison
HT: 6-0 WT: 182


Trace McSorley to the Commodores

July, 13, 2013

Vanderbilt has gained its second pledge in as many days with the addition of high three-star athlete Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods), according to multiple reports.

Connecticut, Boston College, Massachusetts, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Ohio, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Charlotte, Purdue and Western Michigan were his other offers.

Northwestern, Maryland, Michigan State, Duke, Rutgers, Penn State, Virginia and West Virginia also recruited the 6-foot-1, 182 pound rising senior.

Last fall, he threw for 2,548 yards and 33 touchdowns and rushed for 709 yards and 9 more scores.

McSorley is commitment No. 13 for Vanderbilt.

NC State beefs up defensive front

July, 1, 2013
6-foot-2, 302-pound defensive tackle Deshaywn Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) has committed to sign with North Carolina State, according to multiple reports.

His other offers include Appalachian State, Citadel, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Elon, Hampton, Old Dominion and Wake Forest. Auburn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia showed interest.

Middleton has posted an electronically-timed 5.27 40-yard dash, 5.13 20-yard shuttle, 23.3-inch vertical and 66.84 SPARQ at a Nike Combine.

NC State now has 22 verbals, which constitutes the country's largest 2014 class. The Wolfpack's group of commitments is ranked 26th by ESPN RecruitingNation.

Justin Noye commits to UConn

June, 28, 2013
Class of 2014 athlete Justin Noye (East Rochester, N.Y./East Rochester) has committed to sign with Connecticut, according to multiple reports.

Albany, Florida Atlantic, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Rutgers and Temple also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-1, 191-pound prospect. Pittsburgh and Syracuse showed interest.

Noye is commitment No. 3 for the Huskies. All three players announced this month.
Three-star linebacker Tyler Burke (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) committed to Maryland on Tuesday and became the Terrapins' seventh commit.

"I just like all the coaches and players, and I just get that feeling when I'm on campus," Burke said. "They have been recruiting me for over a year now, so it shows they want me."

Burke chose Maryland over a dozen other schools, including Boston College, UConn, Georgia Tech, UMass, N.C. State, Old Dominion, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker played tight end and linebacker for Coatesville, which reached the state title game last fall before coming up short. Burke still impressed, though, with 17 solo tackles, two assisted stops and two fumble recoveries in that game.

He's the third defensive commit of the 2014 class for Maryland, and he's the first linebacker.

NC State grabs DeMatha's Deonte Holden

June, 25, 2013
Rising senior defensive end Deonte Holden (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic) decided Monday to continue his career with the North Carolina State Wolfpack, according to multiple reports.

He was recruited by NC State cornerbacks coach Richard McNutt.

Boston College, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Duke, East Carolina, Hawaii, Iowa, Marshall, Old Dominion, Temple, Toledo, Virginia and Wake Forest were his other scholarship offers. Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Penn State and Rutgers also pursued the 6-foot-4, 213-pound Holden.

N.C. State has 21 players on board for 2014.

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.

Vols lose 2014 WR Lawrence Lee

June, 20, 2013
Four-star wide receiver Lawrence Lee (Pensacola, Fla./West Florida Tech) is no longer committed to Tennessee, according to media reports.

Lee did not specify his motives to the Pensacola News Journal: "There were just some things I didn't feel comfortable with. I don't really want to talk bad about them, I just wasn't comfortable with some of the things I was hearing."

The 5-foot-10, 164-pound athlete currently holds offers from Missouri, Memphis, Old Dominion and South Alabama. He plans to visit Mississippi State and Auburn in the near future.

The Volunteers now have 16 commitments for the Class of 2014.

Huskers land productive athlete

June, 16, 2013
Rising senior athlete Demornay Pierson-El (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) committed to Nebraska, according to the Omaha World-Herald. He was on campus for the program's Big Red Weekend.

"It was just how comfortable I felt," he said about the experience. "By the end of the night, all my questions were answered. I feel like Nebraska can make me the best [player] possible. Perfect fit."

Boston College, North Carolina and Old Dominion also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-9, 172-pound prospect. Maryland, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia showed interest.

Pierson-El, who expects to play in the slot and return kicks at Nebraska, rushed for 1,658 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior.

His Nike combine figures include an electronically-timed 4.73 40-yard dash, 4.38 20-yard shuttle, 31.2-inch vertical and 73.47 SPARQ.

Pierson-El is Nebraska's ninth commitment for 2014. Cornhuskers wide receivers coach Rich Fisher was his primary recruiter.

Peach State WR Phillips to Purdue

May, 31, 2013
Class of 2014 wide receiver Gregory Phillips (Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain) committed Friday to sign with the Purdue Boilermakers, according to multiple sources. He was recruited by Purdue receivers coach Kevin Sherman.

Air Force, Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Ball State, Charlotte, Georgia State, Iowa State, Old Dominion and Western Kentucky also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot, 181-pound prospect.

This spring, Phillips posted an electronically-timed 4.77 40-yard dash, 4.40 20-yard shuttle, 25.3-inch vertical, 30-foot power throw and 60.87 SPARQ at a Nike Combine.

The Boilermakers have three pledges for 2014.
Four-star running back Jonathan Haden (Washington/Friendship Collegiate) pledged to sign with Arizona, he confirmed in a text message.

Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio, Ohio State, Old Dominion, Syracuse, Tennessee, Toledo and West Virginia were his other scholarship offers.

Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin also recruited the 5-foot-8, 185-pound prospect.

Jonathan is one of four younger brothers of Cleveland Browns cornerback and former Florida All-American Joe Haden. Two other brothers, Josh and Jordan, also reached the FBS level. Josh signed with Boston College before transferring to Toledo. Jordan signed with Florida and also ended up at Toledo.

Haden is Arizona's fourth commitment for 2014. The Wildcats already have received a commitment from an ESPN 150 prospect in athlete Cameron Denson (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) and tw0 four-star running backs in Haden and Nick Wilson (Fresno, Calif./Central). Three-star tight end Nick Nataro (Estero, Fla./Estero) is also on board.

Ryan Londree accepts offer from ODU

May, 19, 2013
Class of 2014 defensive lineman Ryan Londree (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) has committed to sign with Old Dominion, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

At this time, his only scholarship offer is from the Monarchs, but Richmond, Virginia Military, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and William & Mary also recruited the 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect.

"Ryan just felt like ODU was the schools for him," Albemarle coach Mike Alley said. "He went to ODU (on an unofficial visit) determined that if they were going to offer him, he was going to accept. He accepted very quickly after they offered him."

Following last season, Londree was selected to the all-district defensive first team and offensive second team. Additionally, he plays on Albemarle's basketball squad.

Old Dominion now has three players on board for 2014.

Vandy grabs second Stephenson pledge

May, 17, 2013
Class of 2014 tight end Montez Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) committed Thursday to sign with Vanderbilt, multiple sources report. His high school teammate, four-star running back Dallas Rivers, picked the Commodores in March.

Sweat, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound prospect, also holds scholarship offers Buffalo, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia State, Marshall, Mississippi State, Old Dominion and West Virginia.

The Commodores have nine commitments and sit at No. 18 in ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.