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Five things I learned this weekend

11/28/2011

Diggs makes final official visit

Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast) took his fifth and final visit over the weekend to South Carolina, where he enjoyed the Gamecocks' win over the in-state rival Clemson Tigers.

“It was great,” Diggs said via text message. “I really enjoyed myself.”

The four-star safety prospect has had a busy summer. Prior to his trip to Columbia this weekend he visited Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Michigan State.

“My top five schools are the schools I took official visits too,” Diggs said. “I’m going to announce at the U.S. Army All-American Game.”

Diggs is the No. 16-ranked safety in the country and the No. 45 rated recruit from the state of Florida.

Wolfpack's new safety

NC State picked up an under-the-radar safety prospect in Jarnor Jones (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), who loved his recent official visit to Raleigh.

“I just had that great feeling when I went up there,” Jones said. “I have a few family problems at home so when I went up there I forgot about everything at home. Being there felt so right for me. I also love the coaching staffs of both the football and basketball teams.”

Jones, who averaged six tackles per game and had two interceptions this past season, is also one of the top basketball prospects in the state of Georgia. He’s looking forward to playing both sports for the Wolfpack.

“I am a combo guard in basketball and I will be playing hoops there as well,” Jones said. “But to be honest my first love is baseball and it’s probably my best sport. I may try and play this season for MLK. I just got to the point where I was getting a little bored with it.”

This was his first season playing for the MLK football team. He didn’t play football his junior year.

“The thing I enjoyed the most was being with my teammates and coaches,” Jones said. “We had a great year and had to fight through a lot of adversity. I can’t wait to get to N.C. State and get to know my teammates there. I think I have some upside in football. I am big and athletic and can make plays. I am passionate and love to win. I am great with the team and don’t bring any problems.”

Jones was originally committed to Middle Tennessee State. He’s the Wolfpack’s 20th commitment.

Jones hopeful on Georgia Tech offer

Miles Jones (Ackworth, Ga./Allatoona) had a big senior season, rushing for 2,142 yards and 30 touchdowns. His high school team lost a heartbreaker on Friday to Waynesboro Burke County 32-28, ending Jones senior campaign. But those impressive numbers will likely earn the 5-9, 190-pounder a scholarship offer, possibly from Georgia Tech.

“I think they are very close,” Jones said. “That could happen this week. Tech is the top school recruiting me the hardest right now.”

Now that his season is over, the Allatoona coaches will get the Jones film out to all the schools that have shown late interest.

“My coach has been fielding a lot of questions about me and now that we are done they are going to get the tape out,” Jones said.

Although he was a tad late on Saturday Jones did take in the Georgia Tech/Georgia game.

“We had a four-hour drive home from Burke County so I didn’t get home until real late. So I was a little late to the Georgia Tech game,” Jones said. “I didn’t get a chance to talk with the coaches beforehand. I am sure we will talk this week.”

Future bright for Strong, Cardinals

One of the big surprises in the Big East is the play of Louisville and the Cardinals 7-5 finish. Lost in the overall record is their 5-2 conference record and a share of the Big East title. The future looks bright, especially with the play of true freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, an ESPNU 150 member last season. In Friday’s road win in Tampa against USF, Bridgewater passed for 241 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cardinals have won five of their past six games. While Bridgewater hasn’t exactly set the Big East on fire he has played well for a true freshman during the second half of the season, throwing for 1,146 yards, nine touchdowns and only four interceptions.

Mississippi state finals

The state championships are set in the state of Mississippi and some of the Magnolia State’s finest prospects are hoping to win that championship ring.

D’Arthur Cowan, a three-star Arkansas commitment, will lead Olive Branch against Petal for the 5A title. Petal is home to ESPNU 150 athlete Anthony Alford. Alford, 6-0 and 210 pounds, plays quarterback and can do it all. He’s also one of the country’s top baseball prospects.

Running back Kailo Moore will challenge Antonio Conner (Batesville, Miss./South Panola) for the state’s top prospect honors next season. This junior running back leads Rosedale West Bolivar against Columbia East Marion for the 2A state championship. Moore has already committed to Ole Miss. East Marion is led by three-star running back commitment Xavier Grindle, who’s committed to Mississippi State.

ESPNU 150 athlete Jeremy Liggins and his Oxford Lafayette team will be gunning for their 32nd consecutive win in this weekend’s 4A championship game against Laurel. Liggins, 6-3 and 270 pounds, is being recruited by most schools like LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State to play quarterback.