NCF On The Trail: Towson Tigers

Jaylen Bradshaw accepts offer from VT

June, 6, 2013
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Wide receiver Jaylen Bradshaw (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith) committed Wednesday to play for his longtime favorite, the Virginia Tech Hokies, according to the Roanoke Times. He earned a scholarship offer Sunday following his performance at VT's camp.

"I was telling my mom, I refuse to leave this camp without an offer," he said. "So I mean, I went there with a purpose and did what I had to do and it paid off."

Campbell, Charlotte, Massachusetts and Towson were his other scholarship offers. James Madison and Virginia, among others, also recruited the 6-foot-1, 166-pound receiver.

Bradshaw, the cousin of former University of Washington and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Reggie Williams, caught 35 passes for 720 yards (20.6 average) and 3 touchdowns during his junior campaign.

He registered an electronically timed 4.81 40-yard dash, 4.31 20-yard shuttle, 38.8-inch vertical, 29.5-foot power throw and 81.72 SPARQ this offseason on the Nike combine circuit.

Virginia Tech now has 10 pledges, including seven from in-state prospects.

LB Christian Lezzer commits to BC

May, 6, 2013
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The Eagles received their eighth pledge for 2014 Sunday in linebacker Christian Lezzer (Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield), multiple sources report.

Lezzer announced his decision on Twitter:

 
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound prospect selected Boston College over scholarship offers from Arizona, Bucknell, Kent State, Temple and Towson. Akron, Duke, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers also expressed interest. Additionally, Lezzer received congratulations from several of his future BC teammates, including the Eagles' top pledge, four-star running back Marcus Outlow (Norwich, Conn./Free Academy):

 

Lezzer is the second linebacker to pick Boston College for 2014, joining Kevin Cohee (West Roxbury, Mass./Roxbury Latin).

N.C. State lands second tight end

May, 2, 2013
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Micah Till (Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise) committed Thursday to sign with the Wolfpack, multiple sources report. Another tight end, Garrett Bradbury (Charlotte, N.C./Christian), picked N.C. State last month.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Till also held scholarship offers from Buffalo, UConn, James Madison, Temple and Towson and received interest from Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

N.C. State now has three players on board for 2014. Wide receiver Bo Hines (Charlotte, N.C./Christian), Bradbury's teammate, was the Wolfpack's first pledge back in early April.

Lineman Antonio Harris set for UMass 

January, 28, 2013
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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."

Juco wide receiver flips to Cal 

January, 8, 2013
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City College of San Francisco receiver Drake Whitehurst has committed to sign with California, multiple sources report. He was originally pledged to Idaho.

Hawaii, Middle Tennessee and Towson also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-6, 215-pound target. Additionally, he had a preferred walk-on offer from Oregon.

Whitehurst is not rated by ESPN but will be evaluated soon.

The Golden Bears have 21 players on board for 2013.

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Tall target set for Idaho 

December, 21, 2012
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City College of San Francisco wide receiver Drake Whitehurst has committed to the Vandals, multiple sources report.

Whitehurst, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound Portland, Ore. native, turned down scholarship offers from Hawaii, Middle Tennessee and Towson.

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Kent State lands productive RB 

December, 1, 2012
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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, PennLive.com 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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Class of 2014 tight end Cannon Smith (Columbia, S.C./Hammon) has made an early pledge to Clemson, the Spartanburg Herald Journal reports. His father, Bill Smith, played defensive line for the Tigers and currently serves on the board of trustees.

"It was a great feeling to be a part of the tradition," Cannon said. "I like the brotherhood feeling the players have towards each other and I wanted to be a part of that. It's a nice fit for me and I love it."

While Clemson was first to offer, other programs including Appalachian State, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Towson showed interest.

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Two more for Maryland 

June, 18, 2012
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Athlete DeAndre Lane (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) and defensive lineman Michael Williams (Severn, Md./Archbishop Spalding) have joined the commitment parade to Maryland, multiple sources report.

Maryland extended Lane his first offer and he quickly accepted. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound prospect was also recruited by James Madison, Lafayette, Lehigh, North Carolina State, Temple, Towson, Wake Forest, West Virginia and William and Mary.

Last season, Lane rushed for more than 1,700 yards and scored more than 20 times. Prior to his junior year, Lane posted a 4.61 40-yard dash, 4.4 20-yard shuttle and 28-inch vertical on the combine circuit.

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The Golden Flashes have received a verbal commitment from two-star wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (Piscataway, N.J.), Rivals.com reports.

Sharpe also had offers from Pittsburgh, Akron, Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, Temple, Towson and Villanova.

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