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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Carolinas consistently have proved to be one of the top areas in the nation to find gridiron talent. These two states in recent years have produced players like current Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall player in the 2011 class, and Georgia RB Todd Gurley. For the 2014 class, 22 players from these two states are represented in the ESPN 300, and several of them are taking part in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas here this week.

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Malachi Dupre is the nation’s most coveted receiver, and Florida State is going out of its way to make sure he knows he’s wanted; Washington will use Seattle as a big lure with recruits visiting this weekend for the Oregon game; South Carolina is expected to add one of the nation’s top guards on Friday.


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Weekly Commitment Roundup

May, 31, 2013
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ACC
Boston College
James Hendren | OT | Brookline, Mass./Dexter School
HT: 6-7 WT: 307
Position Rank: #56 OT
Stars: 3

Cameron Seward | ATH | Atlanta/Westminster School
HT: 6-0 WT: 189
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Clemson
Demarre Kitt | WR | Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 196
Position Rank: #12 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#99)

Korie Rogers | OLB | Buford, Ga./Buford
HT: 6-1 WT: 207
Position Rank: #11 OLB
Stars: 4

Chris Register | OLB | Greensboro, N.C./Dudley
HT: 6-3 WT: 230
Position Rank: #19 OLB
Stars: 4

Florida State
Jacob Pugh | OLB | Tallahassee, Fla./Godby
HT: 6-4 WT: 224
Position Rank: #5 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#104)

Georgia Tech
Jalen Johnson | ATH | Oneonta, Ala./Oneonta
HT: 6-2 WT: 195
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia
Caanan Brown | OLB | Clearwater, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic
HT: 6-3 WT: 220
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

William Richardson | OG | Burlington, N.C./Hugh M. Cummings
HT: 6-5 WT: 339
Position Rank: #8 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#126)

Virginia Tech
Eric Gallo | OG | Holland, Pa./Council Rock South
HT: 6-2 WT: 275
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Wake Forest
Jaboree' Williams | OLB | Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale
HT: 6-1 WT: 210
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Baylor
James Jacobs III | OLB | Waco, Texas/Midway
HT: 6-4 WT: 201
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Blake Mahon | TE-Y | Coppell, Texas/Coppell
HT: 6-5 WT: 226
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kansas
Joe Dineen | ATH | Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oklahoma State
Trey Roberts | ATH | Houston/Dwight D. Eisenhower
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas
Sione Teuhema | DE | Keller, Texas/Keller
HT: 6-3 WT: 211
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Maea Teuhema | OT | Keller, Texas/Keller
HT: 6-5 WT: 335
Class of 2015

Big East
Cincinnati
Joel Thompson | DT | Hollywood, Fla./McArthur
HT: 6-4 WT: 280
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Florida
Deatrick Nichols | CB | Miami/Miami Central
HT: 5-10 WT: 171
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Michigan
Jabrill Peppers | CB | Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic
HT: 6-1 WT: 205
Position Rank: No. 1 CB
Stars: 5
ESPN 150 (No. 2)

Northwestern
Fred Wyatt | DT | Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State
HT: 6-4 WT: 260
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Arizona
Jonathan Haden | RB | Washington/Friendship Collegiate Academy
HT: 5-8 WT: 185
Position Rank: No. 30 RB
Stars: 4

Arizona State
Manny Wilkins | QB-DT | Novato, Calif./San Marin
HT: 6-2 WT: 183
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

California
Isadore Outing | DE | Houston/Andy Dekaney
HT: 6-3 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Colorado
Isaac Miller | OT | Longmont, Colo./Silver Creek
HT: 6-7 WT: 255
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Grant Wantabe | OLB | San Antonio/William J. Brennan
HT: 5-10 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Zaire Andre | WR | Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood
HT: 5-11 WT: 169
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Keith Harrington | RB | Saint Petersburg, Fla./Northeast
HT: 5-8 WT: 169
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Alabama
O.J. Smith | DT | Bossier City, La./Airline
HT: 6-2 WT: 315
Postion Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Viane Talamaivao | OG | Corona, Calif./Centennial
HT: 6-2 WT: 316
Position Rank: No. 7 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (No. 121)

Auburn
Jakell Mitchell | TE-H | Opelika, Ala./Opelika
HT: 6-3 WT: 213
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Nicholas Ruffin | ATH | Atlanta/Saint Pius X Catholic
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Position Rank: #20 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#144)

Kentucky
Jarrett LaRubbio | OG | Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East
HT: 6-5 WT: 260
Position Rank: #28 OG
Stars: 3

Jared Tucker | CB | Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
HT: 6-0 WT: 161
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mississippi State
Lashard Durr | CB | Gulfport, Miss./Harrison Central
HT: 6-1 WT: 181
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Chris Rayford | CB | Byhalia, Miss./Byhalia
HT: 5-11 WT: 183
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Carolina
Malik Young | OG | Piedmont, S.C./Woodmont
HT: 6-3 WT: 286
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tennessee
Joe Henderson | DE | Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights
HT: 6-3 WT: 205
Position Rank: No. 26 DE
Stars: 3

Charlotte SPARQ All-Combine team

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CHARLOTTE -- More than 1,200 athletes from 14 states made their way to Hough High School just outside of Charlotte looking to prove they have what it takes to get to the next level. Here is a look at the 25 standout performers who make up the Charlotte Nike SPARQ All-Combine Team.

Note: Selections are based upon combine performance as well as past and projected on-field performance. Athletes must have completed two of the four combine tests to be eligible for selection. Athletes are in the Class of 2014 unless otherwise noted.

OFFENSE

QB: Dalton Etheridge, 5-foot-10 , 189 pounds, McDonough (Ga.) Eagle’s Landing
Results: 4.76 40-yard dash, 4.15 shuttle, 35.5-foot power ball toss, 29.0-inch vertical jump, 89.97 SPARQ Rating
Breakdown: Standout junior campaign earned him multiple all-state selections.

RB: Elijah Hood, 6-0, 218, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic
Results: 4.56 40, 4.50 shuttle, 37.0’ PB, 37.0” VJ, 108.84
Breakdown: A national recruit with offers from Ohio State, USC and Notre Dame, to name a few, he posted the day's top SPARQ Rating.

RB: Thomas Banks, 5-9 , 192, Martinez (Ga.) Augusta Christian
Results: 4.74 40, 4.15 shuttle, 35.5’ PB, 34.6” VJ, 99.93 SPARQ
Breakdown: Well-built runner has all the tools now. He just needs to show in between the lines to open some eyes.

RB: Marcelias Sutton, 5-7 , 171, Kenan (N.C.) Warsaw
Results: 4.76 40, 4.31 shuttle, 33.0’ PB, 40.8” VJ, 94.56 SPARQ
Breakdown: As a junior, he rushed for 1,804 yards and 19 touchdowns and has been offered by UNC-Charlotte.

RB: Gaquan Maize, 5-10 , 186, Florence (N.C.) Wilson
Results: 4.65 40, 4.12 shuttle, 33.0’ PB, 33.0” VJ, 96.39 SPARQ
Breakdown: Also a standout track star, finishing second in the state in the 110-meter hurdles.

WR: Lynard Jamison, 5-9 , 148, Blythewood (S.C.) High
Results: 4.53 40, 3.97 shuttle, 28.0’ PB, 33.6” VJ, 91.65 SPARQ
Breakdown: Shifty slot receiver is a perfect fit in any spread offense and creates mismatches against bigger defenders.

WR: Montrell Moore, 6-1 , 216, Apple Valley (Minn.) Eastview
Results: 4.69 40, 4.53 shuttle, 34.0’ PB, 37.4” VJ, 90.90 SPARQ
Breakdown: A key contributor in getting Eastview into the second round of the state playoffs.

WR: Vincynt Smith, 6-1, 173, Blythewood (S.C.) Westwood
Results: 4.72 40, 4.19 shuttle, 30.5’ PB, 34.7” VJ, 86.16 SPARQ
Breakdown: Sure-handed possession receiver averaged over 10 yards per catch with 49 total catches as a junior.

OL: Noah Green (2015), 6-4, 267, Spartanburg (S.C.) Boiling Springs
Results: 5.13 40, 4.50 Shuttle, 42' PB, 30.9" VJ, 104.79 SPARQ
Breakdown: Rising junior was the first offensive lineman to break the 100 SPARQ Rating mark this year.

OL: Malik Young, 6-2.5, 281, Piedmont (S.C.) Woodmont
Results: 4.99 40, 4.62 Shuttle, 33.0' PB, 26.1" VJ, 78.42 SPARQ
Breakdown: Athletic guard prospect raised his SPARQ Rating 13 points since the Atlanta combine, and recorded the third-fastest 40 time for an offensive lineman on the day.

OL: Tobias Edge-Campbell, 6-1, 277, Raeford (N.C.) Hoke County
Results: 5.41 40, 4.72 Shuttle, 36.0' PB, 23.9" VJ, 69.27 SPARQ
Breakdown: Big-time performance earned him an invite to the next day's Nike Football Training Camp.

OL: Kyle Erickson, 6-4, 284, Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt
Results: 5.55 40, 4.91 Shuttle, 37' PB, 23.6" VJ, 67.98 SPARQ
Breakdown: Followed up a great combine performance with a solid showing at Sunday's NFTC.

ATH: Chris Salerno, 5-9 , 179, Rock Hill (S.C.)
Results: 4.74 40, 3.97 shuttle, 29.5’ PB, 32.4” VJ, 90.36 SPARQ
Breakdown: A coach's dream who can be put at any position and play it at a very high level.

DEFENSE

DL: Josh Sweat (2015), 6-4.5, 213, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith
Results: 4.80 40, 4.62 Shuttle, 37.0' PB, 36.9" VJ, 94.11 SPARQ
Breakdown: 2015 prospect had the highest vertical jump and second-fastest 40 for a defensive linemen at the Charlotte NFTC.

DL: Chyshad McGriff, 6-3, 325, Southern Pines (N.C.) Pinecrest
Results: 5.57 40, 5.00 Shuttle, 44' PB, 22.4" VJ, 87.45 SPARQ
Breakdown: Big defensive tackle tied the 2013 Nike tour record for the power ball toss at 44 feet.

DL: Shyheim Tuttle (2015), 6-2, 296, Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson
Results: 5.15 40, 5.10 Shuttle, 37.0' PB, 24.6" VJ, 74.73 SPARQ
Breakdown: Rising junior reports offers from Ohio State, Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee, among others.

DL: Chris Alston, 5-11, 321, Chapel Hill (N.C.) East
Results: 5.68 40, 5.12 Shuttle, 43' PB, 22" VJ, 82.65 SPARQ
Breakdown: The run-stuffing nose guard prospect showed the sort of athleticism coaches are looking for inside at the next level.

LB: Cole Nigro (2015), 6-2, 226, Raleigh (N.C.) Sanderson School
Results: 4.92 40, 4.23 shuttle, 37.5’ PB, 31.9” VJ, 97.98 SPARQ
Breakdown: What a difference a year and some hard work makes. He raised his SPARQ Rating over 30 points since last year's combine.

LB: John Branch (2015), 6-1, 216, Dinwiddie (Va.) Dinwiddie County
Results: 4.71 40, 4.32 shuttle, 31.0’ PB, 34.4” VJ, 91.23 SPARQ
Breakdown: Had a solid first year as a starter, recording 81 tackles to earn a All-Central District selection.

LB: Sadarius Williams, 5-9 , 207, Dinwiddie (Va.) County
Results: 4.95 40, 4.28 shuttle, 32.5’ PB, 33.6” VJ, 84.96 SPARQ
Breakdown: Recorded nearly 80 tackles last year while also rushing for over 1,00 yards.

DB: Rashaad Goodwyn, 6-0 , 190, Dinwiddie (Va.) County
Results: 4.77 40, 4.22 shuttle, 31.5’ PB, 35.6” VJ, 90.15 SPARQ
Breakdown: Was selected to the Richmond Times All-Metro Team as well as was All-Central District as a running back.

DB: Aaron Parker, 5-8, 155, Chesterfield (Va.) Cosby
Results: 4.75 40, 4.00 shuttle, 30.0’ PB, 31.4” VJ, 84.48 SPARQ
Breakdown: Was selected all-district second team for his junior year performance.

DB: Aaron Peak, 5-9 , 174, Blythewood (S.C.)
Results: 4.51 40, 4.41 shuttle, 34.0’ PB, 37.1” VJ, 96.96 SPARQ
Breakdown: A superb athlete that not only is a lock down corner but a key contributor on special teams where he blocked three field goals on the year.

DB: Andrew Bruce, 5-11, 190, Fort Mill (S.C.) Nation Ford
Results: 4.51 40, 4.25 shuttle, 35.0’ PB, 33.2” VJ, 101.40 SPARQ
Breakdown: Excellent slot defender who led his region with four interceptions to go along with 80 tackles.

Ath: Jamaal Darden, 5-9 , 191, Raeford (N.C.) Hoke County
Results: 4.83 40, 4.09 shuttle, 34.0’ PB, 40.0” VJ, 105.87 SPARQ
Breakdown: Was selected to the All-Southeastern 4-A team last year.

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