NCF On The Trail: UAB Blazers

Jordan Howard rushed for 1,600 yards at UAB this season, and now that the program has been shuttered, recruiters are lining up to get his transfer. Plus, with the Brady Hoke news, Michigan lost four-star tight end commitment Chris Clark. So where do recruits think he’ll end up?

SMU’s move to hire Texas native Chad Morris will pay off big time on the recruiting trail. Plus, you have to really give credit to UAB coach Bill Clark for the recruiting job he did while his administrators were shuttering his program.


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video Toa Lavatai's prayers went unanswered.

When Lavatai committed to UAB in July, he thought he was picking an up-and-coming program that was about turn the corner under coach Bill Clark. As the season progressed and the Blazers finished 6-6 and became eligible to play in a bowl game, Lavatai became even more excited about UAB. The three-star offensive lineman out of Creekside High School (St. Johns, Fla.) knew he made the right decision.

But Lavatai -- or any of the eight other recruits who had stuck with the Blazers over the past month -- will never get a chance to play at UAB because the school announced Tuesday it is ending a program that has struggled financially. For Lavatai, it was crushing news that left him with more questions than answers.

“It’s all I’ve been thinking about these past few days,” said Lavatai, who was also offered a scholarship by South Alabama before his commitment this summer. “The coaches kept telling me it was just rumors, to stick with them, and I have. Now that they terminated the program, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m still not sure why they wanted to end the program, and I’ve been praying a lot that they don’t cancel the program. It’s a shame.”

It especially is for Lavatai, who was the highest-ranked position player in UAB's 2015 class. Lavatai is known as one of the most dominating run-blockers in the Jacksonville area, and the Blazers' coaches loved his mean streak. However, he suffered a knee injury requiring ACL surgery during the first game of the season. The Blazers coaches weren’t too concerned about it, but Lavatai is worried other schools might be scared away by the injury or the fact that he doesn’t have any senior film.

It also doesn’t help that signing day is only 64 days away.

“I have a lot going against me,” Lavatai said. “I’m pretty disappointed, but all I can do now is look and hope other schools are still interested. I had two coaches message me today that are Division II, but I really don’t want to play D-II unless it’s my only option.”

Lavatai isn’t the only UAB recruit taking the news hard.

Running back Michael Frederick of Miami (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic committed to UAB in July, turning down offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Jacksonville State and Temple. He said he had remained in contact weekly with Blazers offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent but understood, given all the information out there, that the program would likely be shut down. He said he’s back to square one with the recruiting process and hopes somebody will come knocking on his door.

Maxwell Joseph, a running back out of Naples (Fla.) High School, joined other Blazers commits by voicing his frustrations through social media. He, too, is unsure about his future but is trying to remain positive.


“I’m both mad and sad,” Joseph said. “I would have loved to see UAB continue to grow as a football program. I wish I could have been able to be a part of the program with such great people. Those coaches started amazing things for UAB, and it’s a shame what’s happening. I am close with Coach Vincent, and he’s been awesome through the recruiting process. I hope they all find new jobs.

“This whole thing is awful. I can’t imagine how the players feel. I am kind of worried about my situation, but I have faith that everything will be all right. Schools have stayed in touch with me, but I am open to all other options.”

UA jersey tour: Brandon Martin

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Brandon Martin is an actions-first type of athlete. He's not the most vocal person.

As a wide receiver, he needs only to speak with his hands and feet. And he speaks volumes.

Martin's talents were recognized Friday, as he earned an Under Armour All-America Game jersey during a ceremony sponsored by American Family Insurance.

"It's a dream for me," Martin said. "I'm excited. I got the word at practice. I was shocked.

"It makes you want to keep working hard. A lot of big things can happen if you just put a lot of work in it."

The ceremony was a highlight for a player who has had his share of adversity. Martin is a move-in from Monroe, Louisiana, where he attended Wossman High School. He lived in New Orleans before being displaced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He moved to Dallas and had to find his role in his first year at Dallas' Prime Prep Academy, the charter school cofounded by Deion Sanders.



Martin's presence at Prime Prep has been much welcomed, particularly with Prime Prep losing SMU receiver commit James Proche II, who transferred to DeSoto High School before the start of the season. Martin is averaging better than 22 yards per catch.

At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Martin is a huge target for any quarterback. He becomes even more dangerous when his 4.42-second 40-yard dash is included in his tangibles. Martin has watched his stock rise over the past three months. He has offers from Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, Temple, Louisiana-Monroe and UAB, and he's drawing more and more interest daily from top schools coast to coast.

Martin said he's looking at all schools equally, and while he's yet to take an official visit, he's hoping to do so beginning next month.



Quick hits on Brandon Martin

All-time best UA game player: Leonard Fournette and Speedy Noil

Favorite athlete: Calvin Johnson

Ready to line up against ... Kevin Toliver II

Jersey number significance: "I wear No. 5. I've had it all my life. I had it before Hurricane Katrina."

Did you know: "I like doing the extra work. Rain, sleet or snow, I'm out there."
Austin King saw the pile and immediately knew something was different about today’s mail. As one of the Georgia’s most heavily recruited quarterbacks, he’s used to getting letters from schools all over the country. But the stack of 100 envelopes addressed to him from South Florida caught his attention.

USF letters
TwitterClass of 2015 signal-caller Austin King received 100 letters at once from South Florida.
As King ripped through envelope after envelope, he discovered this just wasn’t some mass mailing of form letters with a few handwritten notes sprinkled in from a school -- a recruiting tactic used by a number of programs in the past. He knew that this was something different.

“As I opened each letter, I discovered they were 100 hand-written notes with exactly 100 reasons why I should commit to South Florida,” King said. “They’re all handwritten. There’s so many. I haven’t even gotten through all of them yet. It definitely feels great being wanted at a school like this. I'm still in a little bit of a shock."

King isn’t leaning toward a school, but he does have scholarship offers from South Florida, West Virginia, Southern Miss and UCF, among others, with schools such as North Carolina, Mississippi State and Notre Dame showing interest. It’s safe to say he has plenty of reasons now to consider South Florida even more than before.

Mississippi State lands DT Hoyett

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Senior defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett (Pelham, Ala./Pelham) committed Friday to sign with Mississippi State. He posted the decision, which has been confirmed by multiple reports, on Twitter:

 


According to AL.com, Hoyett selected the Bulldogs over Miami (Fla.). In April, he said, "I really like the chance at Mississippi State. Miami was the first school that offered me, too. I have a really good relationship with those coaches as well. I can't think of anything that I wouldn't like about Miami, but I really do like Mississippi State, though."

Since that statement, the Hurricanes picked up commitments from five high school defensive linemen and now have 26 total commitments.

Samford, South Alabama and UAB also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 274-pound prospect. Auburn, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Missouri, Ole Miss and Tennessee showed interest.

The Bulldogs have 16 pledges. Their class is currently ranked 33rd by Recruiting Nation.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

August, 9, 2013
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American Athletic
Cincinnati
Hayden Moore QB-PP Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Alex Thomas WR Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory School
HT: 6-0 WT: 167
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Connecticut
Alec Bloom TE-Y Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley
HT: 6-7 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tom Rodrick ILB Leicester, Mass./Leicester
HT: 6-3 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: #52 ILB
Stars: 2

Houston
Elton Dyer WR South Houston, Texas/South Houston
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Positional Ranking: #142 WR
Stars: 3

Darius Joiner OT Temple, Texas/Temple
HT: 6-4 WT: 262
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Henry Smith WR River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Louisville
Poona Ford DT Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head
HT: 6-0 WT: 285
Positional Ranking: #21 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#275)

Chris Nelson DT Lakeland, Fla./Victory Christian
HT: 6-2 WT: 280
Positional Ranking: #69 DT
Stars: 3

Isaac Stewart ILB Matthews, N.C./Butler
HT: 6-1 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: #27 ILB
Stars: 3

Memphis
Curtis Akins ILB Byhalia, Miss./Byhalia
HT: 6-0 WT: 208
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Florida
Michael Galati OG Bradenton, Fla./Manatee
HT: 6-2 WT: 292
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

ACC
Georgia Tech
Will Bryan OG Carnesville, Ga./Franklin County
HT: 6-3 WT: 265
Class of 2015

Terrell Lewis OLB Ocoee, Fla./Ocoee
HT: 6-2 WT: 206
Positional Ranking: #32 OLB
Stars: 4

Miami (FL)
Brandon Powell ATH Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
HT: 5-9 WT: 169
Positional Ranking: #34 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#276)

Virginia
Jeff Farrar ATH Upland, Calif./Upland
HT: 6-0 WT: 194
Positional Ranking: #21 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#188)

Virginia Tech
Greg Stroman ATH Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson
HT: 5-11 WT: 152
Positional Ranking: #142 ATH
Stars: 3

Big 12
Baylor

Ronnie Major OT Huntsville, Texas/Huntsville
HT: 6-6 WT: 280
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Class of 2015

Kansas State
D'Vonta Derricott ILB Garden City, Kan./Garden City CC
HT: 6-1 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oklahoma
Mark Andrews TE-H Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
HT: 6-6 WT: 220
Positional Ranking: #8 TE-H
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#295)

TCU
Ty Barrett OT Dallas/Skyline
HT: 6-5 WT: 310
Positional Ranking: #36 OT
Stars: 3

West Virginia
Devante Averette ILB Iowa Falls, Iowa/Ellsworth CC
HT: 6-0 WT: 230
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Davonte James OLB Springfield, Ohio/Springfield
HT: 6-1 WT: 233
Positional Ranking: #17 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#236)

Big Ten
Michigan State
Robert Bowers DE Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge
HT: 6-5 WT: 210
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jayru Campbell QB-DT Detroit/Cass Technical
HT: 6-3 WT: 175
Class of 2015

Pac 12
Arizona

Jamie Byrd S Dade City, Fla./Iowa Western CC
HT: 5-11 WT: 195
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jeff Worthy DT Santa Ana, Calif./Santa Ana CC
HT: 6-3 WT: 290
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Arizona State
Chad Adams CB Allen, Texas/Allen
HT: 5-9 WT: 162
Positional Ranking: #62 CB
Stars: 3

Jamal Scott ATH Anaheim, Calif./Magnolia
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Positional Ranking: #85 ATH
Stars: 3

Oregon State
Najee Toran OG Houston/North Shore
HT: 6-2 WT: 242
Positional Ranking: #43 OG
Stars: 3

Stanford
Hayden Lekacz K Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West
HT: 6-1 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

UCLA
Antreal Allen CB Auburn, Ala./Auburn
HT: 5-11 WT: 176
Positional Ranking: #54 CB
Stars: 3

JoJo McIntosh S West Hills, Calif./Chaminade College Prep
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: #99 S
Stars: 3

SEC
Alabama
Ricky Town QB-PP Ventura, Calif./Saint Bonaventure
HT: 6-4 WT: 190
Positional Ranking: #2 QB-PP
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr. 300 (#42)

Auburn
Racean Thomas RB Oxford, Ala./Oxford
HT: 5-11 WT: 202
Positional Ranking: #5 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#34)

Mississippi State
Gerri Green DT Greenville, Miss./Greenville Weston
HT: 6-4 WT: 215
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri
Marvin Zanders QB-DT Jacksonville, Fla./Raines
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Positional Ranking: #33 QB-DT
Stars: 3

Texas A&M
Rodney Anderson RB Katy, Texas/Katy
HT: 6-1 WT: 205
Positional Ranking: #9 RB for 2015
Stars: 4

Independent
Army
Alex Aukerman Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove
HT: 6-1 WT: 205

Brigham Young
Tyler Cook-Nolan OLB Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta
HT: 6-3 WT: 212
Positional Ranking: #91 OLB
Stars: 3

Kavika Fonua S Syracuse, Utah/Syracuse
HT: 6-0 WT: 203

Navy
Evan Akins OT Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville
HT: 6-5 WT: 285

Jake Banholzer DT Rolla, Mo./Rolla
HT: 6-2 WT: 261

Notre Dame
Matt Dickerson DT San Mateo, Calif./Junipero Serra
HT: 6-5 WT: 275
Positional Ranking: #27 DT
Stars: 4

Richard Yeargin III OLB Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South
HT: 6-3 WT: 225
Positional Ranking: #25 OLB
Stars: 4

Conference USA
Florida International

Tyler Sayles DE Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
HT: 6-1 WT: 242

Tulane
Eric Bowie OLB Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish
HT: 6-1 WT: 219

Tulsa
Jeremy Smith TE-Y Tulsa, Okla./Berryhill
HT: 6-4 WT: 230

UAB
Jalen Stewart DT Columbus, Miss./Columbus
HT: 6-1 WT: 260

UTSA
Kevin Strong DT Cleveland, Texas/Cleveland
HT: 6-1 WT: 280

Mid American
Akron
Zach Gingerich K Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine
HT: 6-3 WT: 202

Bowling Green
Jalen Brady QB-PP Southfield, Mich./Southfield
HT: 5-11 WT: 204

Buffalo
Skylar Hartley OG Hilliard, Ohio/Bradley Hilliard
HT: 6-1 WT: 317

Northern Illinois
Mayomi Olootu Jr. CB Allen, Texas/Allen
HT: 5-8 WT: 170

Mountain West
Air Force
Chandler Hawkins S Bellflower, Calif./Saint John Bosco
HT: 5-11 WT: 175

LaJuan Hunt RB Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South
HT: 5-9 WT: 192

San Diego State
Rayshawn Boyce DE Los Angeles/Salesian
HT: 6-2 WT: 216

Sun Belt
Georgia State
Chandon Sullivan CB Winder, Ga./Winder-Barrow
HT: 5-10 WT: 174

Lousiana-Lafayette
Adrian Goodacre OG Carthage, Texas/Carthage
HT: 6-3 WT: 305

Louisiana-Monroe
David Griffith OLB Plano, Texas/Plano
HT: 6-1 WT: 195

Cody McGuire ILB Monroe, La./Sterlington
HT: 6-2 WT: 230

Kaylon Watson ATH Mexia, Texas/Mexia
HT: 5-11 WT: 200

Texas State
Cedric Gambrell DE Cleveland, Texas/Cleveland
HT: 6-5 WT: 225

Brelynd Goods OLB Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire
HT: 6-3 WT: 209

Stedman Mayberry RB Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge
HT: 5-10 WT: 180

Western Kentucky
Evan Sayner DE Paducah, Ky./Lone Oak
HT: 6-3 WT: 250

Weekly Commitment Roundup

July, 26, 2013
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American Athletic
Cincinnati
Carter Jacobs S Plantation, Fla./American Heritage
HT: 6-0 WT: 186
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Corey Ferguson CB Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton College
HT: 5-10 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Davin Pierce S Orlando/Dr. Phillips
HT: 6-1 WT: 170
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Houston
Davious Ballard DT Irving, Texas/Irving
HT: 6-4 WT: 290
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mychealon Thomas DT Dallas/Skyline
HT: 6-2 WT: 321
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Louisville
Devin Pike TE-Y Cincinnati/Elder
HT: 6-5 WT: 225
Positional Rank: #28 TE-Y
Stars: 3

Terry Ramsey DE Clayton, Ohio/Northmont
HT: 6-5 WT: 240
Positional Rank: #46 DE
Stars: 3

Memphis
Christian Boutte CB Opelousas, La./Opelousas
HT: 5-10 WT: 173
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Florida
Chris Jones CB Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood
HT: 6-0 WT: 162
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

ACC
Clemson
Jabril Robinson DT Leland, N.C./North Brunswick
HT: 6-4 WT: 260
Positional Rank: #71 DT
Stars: 3

Duke
Nicodem Pierre QB-DT Miami/Coral Reef
HT: 6-2 WT: 203
Positional Rank: #7 QB-DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#265)

Florida State
Fredrick Jones DT Miami/Central
HT: 6-2 WT: 270
Positional Rank: #81 DT
Stars: 3

Javonte Seabury WR Orlando/Timber Creek
HT: 5-9 WT: 165
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jonathan Vickers RB Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian
HT: 6-0 WT: 212
Positional Rank: #39 RB
Stars: 4

Dexter Wideman DT Saluda, S.C./Saluda
HT: 6-4 WT: 275
Positional Rank: #14 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#169)

Miami-FL
Nigel Bethel CB Miami/Booker T. Washington
HT: 5-9 WT: 172
Positional Rank: #19 CB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#234)

Terry McCray OLB Pompano Beach, Fla./Blanche Ely
HT: 6-3 WT: 205
Positional Rank: #105 OLB
Stars: 3

Chad Thomas DE Miami/Booker T. Washington
HT: 6-5 WT: 240
Positional Rank: #17 DE
Stars: 3
ESPN 300 (#184)

North Carolina
Bentley Spain OT Charlotte, N.C./Providence
HT: 6-6 WT: 292
Positional Rank: #11 OT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#131)

Pittsburgh
Phillipie Motley ATH Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson
HT: 5-11 WT: 180
Positional Rank: #130 ATH
Stars: 3

Big 12
Baylor
Josh Malin DE Cibolo, Texas/Steele
HT: 6-6 WT: 260
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Iowa State
William Windham OT Schertz, Texas/Clemens
HT: 6-4 WT: 310
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kansas
Tyler Patrick WR The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands
HT: 5-11 WT: 171
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kansas State
Winston Dimel FB Manhattan, Kan./Manhattan
HT: 6-1 WT: 217
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oklahoma State
Lem Galeai OG Euless, Texas/Trinity
HT: 6-5 WT: 305
Positional Rank: #48 OG
Stars: 3

Ramon Richards ATH San Antonio/Brackenridge
HT: 6-0 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

James Washington WR Stamford, Texas/Stamford
HT: 5-11 WT: 178
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

TCU
Breylin Mitchell DE Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock
HT: 6-4 WT: 253
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Class of 2015

Jaylon Myers CB North Augusta, S.C./Hutchinson CC
HT: 6-1 WT: 195
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Justin Scott OT Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College
HT: 6-5 WT: 290
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Illinois
Geronimo Allison WR Council Bluffs, Ia./Iowa Western CC
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tyree Stone-Davis CB Philadelphia/Pierce College
HT: 6-3 WT: 190
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tyrin Stone-Davis WR Philadelphia/Pierce College
HT: 6-3 WT: 190
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Indiana
Nick Carovillano DE Cincinnati/St. Xavier
HT: 6-4 WT: 230
Positional Rank: #52 DE
Stars: 3

Jermane Conyers DT Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland
HT: 6-2 WT: 281
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Iowa
Ben Niemann OLB Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore
HT: 6-3 WT: 195
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Minnesota
Andrew Stelter DE Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna
HT: 6-4 WT: 247
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Purdue
Drue Tranquill OLB Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll
HT: 6-3 WT: 207
Positional Rank: #76 OLB
Stars: 3

PAC-12
Arizona
Jerod Cody DE Las Vegas/Glendale Community College
HT: 6-2 WT: 250
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Arizona State
Coltin Gerhart QB-DT Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta
HT: 6-0 WT: 200
Positional Rank: #37 QB-DT
Stars: 3

Tyler Whiley CB Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral
HT: 6-0 WT: 187
Positional Rank: #10 CB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#70)

Oregon
Jalen Jelks DE Phoenix/Desert Vista
HT: 6-5 WT: 246
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oregon State
Glyeb Ewing DE Waukon, Ia./Waukon
HT: 6-4 WT: 235
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Alabama
Christian Miller OLB Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley
HT: 6-4 WT: 212
Positional Rank: #2 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#76)
Under Armour All-American

Dallas Warmack OG Atlanta/Benjamin E. Mays
HT: 6-1 WT: 295
Positional Rank: #19 OG for 2015
Stars: 3
ESPN Jr.300 (#297)

Arkansas
Dwayne Eugene S Metairie, La./Archbishop Rummel
HT: 6-0 WT: 218
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Colton Jackson OT Conway, Ark./Conway
HT: 6-6 WT: 291
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Class of 2015

Corey McBride WR Geismar, La./Dutchtown
HT: 6-1 WT: 173
Positional Rank: #43 WR
Stars: 4

Torrance Mosley WR Geismar, La./Dutchtown
HT: 5-9 WT: 152
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jovan Pruitt OT Dallas/Bishop Dunne
HT: 6-6 WT: 295
Positional Ranking: #38 OT
Stars: 3

Henre' Toliver CB Metairie, La./Archbishop Rummel
HT: 6-0 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: #36 CB
Stars: 3

Auburn
D'haquille Williams WR Laplace, La./Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
HT: 6-3 WT: 210
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Florida
Dontae Angus OG Philadelphia/Martin Luther King
HT: 6-5 WT: 310
Positional Rank: #26 OG
Stars: 3

Justus Reed DE Clearwater, Fla./Central Catholic
HT: 6-3 WT: 215
Positional Rank: #22 DE
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#262)

Georgia
Lamont Gaillard DT Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest
HT: 6-4 WT: 300
Positional Ranking: #2 DT
Stars: 5
ESPN 300 (#12)
Under Armour All-American

Kentucky
Cory Johnson DT Chambersburg, Pa./ASA College
HT: 6-3 WT: 282
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mississippi State
Keith Holcombe OLB Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest
HT: 6-3 WT: 210
Positional Ranking: #26 OLB
Stars: 4

Missouri
Sam Bailey OT Lamar, Mo./Lamar
HT: 6-5 WT: 250
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Lawrence Lee
WR Pensacola, Fla./West Florida Tech
HT: 5-10 WT: 164
Positional Ranking: #51 WR
Stars: 4

Roderick Winters OLB Arlington, Texas/Bowie
HT: 6-0 WT: 200
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ole Miss
Victor Evans OLB Dallas/Skyline
HT: 6-3 WT: 220
Positional Ranking: #47 OLB
Stars: 3

South Carolina
Chauncey Rivers DE Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
HT: 6-2 WT: 232
Positional Rank: #21 DE for 2015
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr.300 (#185)

Tennessee
Dominique Booth WR Indianapolis/Pike
HT: 6-0 WT: 196
Positional Ranking: #23 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#173)

Rashaan Gaulden S Nashville, Tenn./Independence
HT: 6-1 WT: 173
Positional Ranking: #58 S
Stars: 3

Kevin Mouhon ILB Norcross, Ga./Norcross
HT: 6-1 WT: 215
Positional Ranking: 12
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#264)

Vanderbilt
Jesse Burkett OT Jacksonville, Fla./Bartram Trail
HT: 6-5 WT: 285
Positional Ranking: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Grant Haley CB Atlanta/The Lovett School
HT: 5-10 WT: 180
Positional Ranking: #38 CB
Stars: 3

Independents
Army
Max Regan S Leander, Texas/Vandegrift
HT: 6-2 WT: 190

Brigham Young
Michael Shelton CB Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield
HT: 5-8 WT: 170

Conference USA
Florida Atlantic
Brandon Pylar TE-H Orlando, Fla./University
HT: 6-3 WT: 220

Louisiana Tech
Marcus Gaines WR Covington, La./Saint Pauls School
HT: 5-8 WT: 155

Deonte McCrady OG Arlington, Texas/Lamar
HT: 6-5 WT: 290

Marshall
Ryan Bee OT Jeromesville, Ohio/Hillsdale
HT: 6-6 WT: 250

Rice
Martin Nwakamma OLB Leander, Texas/Leander
HT: 6-1 WT: 210

Destri White ATH Mesquite, Texas/Horn
HT: 6-0 WT: 192

Southern Miss
Quade Alexander S Florence, Ala./Florence
HT: 6-0 WT: 175

Jon Michael Edwards DE Montgomery, Ala./Carver
HT: 6-4 WT: 212

Curtis Mikell CB Bassfield, Miss./Bassfield
HT: 5-8 WT: 165

Picasso Nelson CB Hattiesburg, Miss./Oak Grove
HT: 5-10 WT: 174

Tulsa
Tyler Bowling OT Yukon, Okla./Yukon
HT: 6-5 WT: 280
Positional Ranking: #104 OT
Stars: 3

UAB
Aaron Duckworth RB Orange Park, Fla./Oakleaf
HT: 5-9 WT: 196

Demarcus Kirk RB Dora, Ala./Dora
HT: 5-10 WT: 175

Collin Lisa WR Alpharetta, Ga./Chattahoochee
HT: 5-10 WT: 177

UTSA
Anthoula Kelly CB Galena Park, Texas/Galena Park
HT: 5-9 WT: 160

Mid-American
Ball State
Roy Denson S Cape Coral, Fla./Ida Baker
HT: 6-1 WT: 180

Bowling Green
Odell Spencer WR Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights
HT: 6-0 WT: 173

Jack Walz III S Lakewood, Ohio/Saint Edward
HT: 5-11 WT: 191

Jared Weyler OT Centerville, Ohio/Centerville
HT: 6-5 WT: 266

Ohio
Derrick Ingram S Tampa, Fla./Thomas Jefferson
HT: 6-2 WT: 193

Joe Lowery OT Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge
HT: 6-6 WT: 283

Western Michigan
Nathan Braster DE Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side
HT: 6-5 WT: 240

Leo Ekwoge RB Olney, Md./Good Counsel
HT: 5-11 WT: 195

Jarvion Franklin RB Tinley Park, Ill./Tinley Park
HT: 6-0 WT: 220

Stephen Louis ATH West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes
HT: 5-11 WT: 193

Noa Merritt DE Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII
HT: 6-0 WT: 245

Kenneth Rawls WR Pompano Beach, Fla./Blanche Ely
HT: 6-2 WT: 180

Mountain West
San Jose State
Charles Wright DE Irvine, Calif./Arnold O. Beckman
HT: 6-3 WT: 193

Sun Belt
Arkansas State

Jarrod Chandler ATH Barton, Ark./Barton
HT: 6-1 WT: 208

Charles Grant S Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite
HT: 5-11 WT: 183

Joshua Liddell S Pine Bluff, Ark./Dollarway
HT: 6-0 WT: 195

Micah Thomas ILB Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge
HT: 6-2 WT: 247

Louisiana-Monroe
Doug Lofton OG Taylorsville, Miss./Taylorsville
HT: 6-4 WT: 298

Texas State
Michael Rios DT Fort Worth, Texas/Amon Carter-Riverdale
HT: 6-3 WT: 280

Western Kentucky
Chaka Diarrassouba S Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King
HT: 6-1 WT: 192

Vandy lands in-state DB Herndon

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Tre Herndon (Ooltewah, Tenn./East Hamilton), a 6-foot, 173-pound cornerback, has committed to sign with Vanderbilt, according to multiple reports.

Middle Tennessee, Northern Illinois, UAB, Memphis, Chattanooga and Appalachian State also extended scholarship offers to the rising senior. Cincinnati showed interest.

Herndon registered an electronically timed 4.65 40-yard dash, 4.44 20-yard shuttle, 32-inch vertical and 30-foot power throw this spring at a Nike combine.

Vanderbilt now has 12 pledges in its nationally-ranked 2014 recruiting class.

Weekly commitment roundup

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American Athletic
Cincinnati
Luke Callahan OT Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty
HT: 6-foot-4 WT: 271 pounds
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Connecticut
Arkeel Newsome RB Ansonia, Conn./Ansonia
HT: 5-8 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Temple
Dae'Juan Funderburk S Washington/Friendship Collegiate
HT: 6-1 WT: 187
Positional Rank: #40 S
Stars: 3

ACC
Boston College
Richard Wilson RB Beverly Hills, Calif./Detroit Country Day
HT: 5-10 WT: 221
Positional Rank: #72 RB
Stars: 3

Clemson
Justin Falcinelli OT Middletown, Md./Middletown
HT: 6-4 WT: 300
Positional Rank: #25 OT
Stars: 3

Florida State
Treon Harris ATH Miami/Booker T. Washington
HT: 5-11 WT: 186
Positional Rank: #30 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#250)

Syracuse
KJ Williams WR Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Positional Rank: #76
Stars: 3

Virginia Tech
Colt Pettit OG Hamler, Ohio/Henry
HT: 6-4 WT: 250
Positional Rank: #22 OG
Stars: 3

Big 12
Oklahoma
Bobby Evans TE-Y Allen, Texas/Allen
HT: 6-3 WT: 240
Class of 2015

Big Ten
Illinois
Julian Hylton ATH Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way North
HT: 6-0 WT: 180
Positional Rank: #85 ATH
Stars: 3

Indiana
J-Shun Harris WR Fishers, Ind./Fishers
HT: 5-8 WT: 162
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Iowa
Mick Ellis K Allen, Texas/Lovejoy
HT: 5-10 WT: 182
Positional Rank: #23 K
Stars: 3

Nebraska
Larenzo Stewart RB Klein, Texas/Klein Oak
HT: 5-6 WT: 165
Positional Rank: #77
Stars: 3

Northwestern
Noah Westerfield OLB Frisco, Texas/Wakeland
HT: 6-3 WT: 215
Positional Rank: #65 OLB
Stars: 3

Purdue
Gelen Robinson DE St. John, Ind./Lake Central
HT: 6-2 WT: 231
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Wisconsin
D.J. Gillins QB-DT Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault
HT: 6-3 WT: 181
Positional Rank: #13 QB-DT
Stars: 4

Pac-12
Colorado
Evan White S Aurora, Colo./Cherokee
HT: 6-2 WT: 192
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Utah
Kyle Christiansen DT Hyrum, Utah/Mountain Crest
HT: 6-3 WT: 315
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Tristan Vizcaino K La Verne, Calif./Damien
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Arkansas
Zach Rogers OG Carrollton, Texas/Hebron
HT: 6-2 WT: 297
Class of 2015

Auburn
Tyler Queen QB-PP Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb
HT: 6-2 WT: 237
Class of 2015

Kentucky
T.V. Williams WR McKinney, Texas/McKinney
HT: 5-8 WT: 148
Positional Rank: #75 WR
Stars: 3

Ole Miss
Rod Taylor OG Jackson, Miss./Callaway
HT: 6-3 WT: 323
Positional Rank: #2 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#56)
Under Armour All-American

Vanderbilt
Michael Sawyers DT Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth
HT: 6-2 WT: 290
Positional Rank: #24 DT
Stars: 4

Independents
Army

Malik Crossdale RB Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Prep
HT: 5-11 WT: 190

New Mexico State
William Clement OLB Houston/Kinkaid
HT: 6-3 WT: 195

Notre Dame
Grant Blankenship DE The Colony, Texas/The Colony
HT: 6-5 WT: 230
Positional Rank: #37 DE
Stars: 3

Conference USA
Middle Tennessee
Robert Behanan OG Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield
HT: 6-4 WT: 281

Rice
Preston Gordon DT Frisco, Texas/Heritage
HT: 6-1 WT: 271

Southern Miss
Darian Yancey OLB Auburn, Ala./Auburn
HT: 6-1 WT: 213

UAB
Chris Hudson OT Ocala, Fla./West Port
HT: 6-5 WT: 277

Mid-American
Ball State

Damon Singleton OLB Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt
HT: 6-1 WT: 210

Quentin Turner CB Lithonia, Ga./Miller Grove
HT: 5-9 WT: 171

Bowling Green
Ben Hale S Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles
HT: 6-1 WT: 190

Northern Illinois
Martayveus Carter RB East Chicago, Ill./Central
HT: 5-11 WT: 200

Mountain West
Fresno State
Tobenna Okeke S Missouri City, Texas/Elkins
HT: 6-2 WT: 194

San Jose State
Rueben Leasau OLB La Mesa, Calif./Helix
HT: 6-2 WT: 205

Sun Belt
South Alabama
Malcolm Buggs S Opelika, Ala./Opelika
HT: 5-9 WT: 192

Western Kentucky
Nick True TE-Y Ft. Thomas, Ky./Highlands
HT: 6-5 WT: 240

Early efforts pay off for Memphis

July, 3, 2013
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Class of 2014 offensive lineman Chase Johnson (Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch) has committed to sign with Memphis.

Johnson announced his decision, which has been confirmed by multiple reports, on Twitter:

 

His other offer was from UAB. Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss showed interest.

"The real reason is that [Memphis] was the first school to start recruiting me," Johnson told the Clarion Ledger. "They've been in contact with me since halfway through my junior season. They've been the school that has been recruiting me the hardest."

Memphis has three verbals.

Yellow Jackets grab their signal-caller

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

Jacob Kraut on board with Rutgers

June, 25, 2013
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Three-star Jacob Kraut (Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher), a linebacker/fullback, committed to Rutgers over the weekend. He spoke with NJ.com 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.

Finding the Future: Atlanta NFTC 

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Editor's note: Finding the Future is a RecruitingNation feature that will appear throughout camps and combine season, ranking prospects strictly on their on-field performance at the particular event. It does not reflect where each will land when the class is ranked by ESPN.

BUFORD, Ga. -- The NFTC was loaded with top upperclassmen prospects on Sunday, but a handful of 2015 prospects showed they could compete with some of the top older competition in the state.

1. 2016 CB Khalil Ladler
5-foot-11, 175 pounds
Stephenson (Ga.) H.S.


Considering: Has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Charlotte, South Florida and Cincinnati

What we learned: Ladler could pass for a rising senior, which is why the offers are rolling in for the young freshman. His position coaches were stunned to find out that he was two years younger than most of the other defensive backs at the NFTC. Also, it is not just his size that commands attention. Ladler displayed refined techniques that prospects work for years to develop.

“Ladler is promising," ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert said. "Look at his frame: he is long and lengthy. He is very smooth. In a cornerback group that had some good 2014 guys, he was in that next level of guys jumping out. He has all of the natural tools, and with that type of size already, as well as being quick and smooth, he is certainly a guy to watch. From what I saw he was one of the better secondary players here.”


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Lessons Learned: VTOSports Charlotte 

March, 18, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The VTOSports Prep 100 is annually one of the strongest fields for the camp series, and this year’s 208 participants certainly helped to continue that tradition of excellence.

Recruiting Nation writer Miller Safrit attended the event and here are five things he learned:


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