By Dave Glenn, ACC Sports Journal
August 25, 2003
Although the overwhelming majority of prospects on the ACC Sports Journal's
list of the area's preseason All-Americans remain available, commitments continue
to pour in from recruits at a hectic pace.
Of those on this year's Fabulous 50 list (see chart), which consists exclusively
of high school seniors from the ACC's Maryland-through-Florida geography, only
14 had announced early college decisions at press time. Of that group, five
are consensus prep All-Americans who committed to play in the ACC: Miami (FL)
Killian DB J.R. Bryant to Miami, Woodlawn (MD) High OL Scott Burley
to Maryland, Greensboro (NC) Dudley RB Jamaal Edwards to Florida State,
Miami (FL) Killian RB Bobby Washington to Miami and Land O' Lakes (FL)
High QB Drew Weatherford to Florida State.
Here are detailed capsules on all of the prospects who announced for ACC schools
since our last edition:
Denver (CO) South TE/DE Calais Campbell, rated one of the top five
seniors in Colorado, picked Miami over Colorado State and Nebraska. He also
had offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, San Diego State,
Washington and Wyoming. A first-team all-state selection, he had 104 tackles
and a state-best 19 sacks as a junior for a 9-2 team. A four-year starter, he
also holds the state record for career sacks, with 38 going into his senior
year. His brother Ciarre plays at Colorado State, and his brother Raj plays
at Butte (CA) Junior College. Calais (pronounced Kuh-LAY-us) benches 275 pounds
and runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. Also an all-state basketball player, he averaged
22.7 points, a state-best 16 rebounds and a state-best 3.3 blocks on the hardwood
last season. He said the Hurricanes told him he can play both sports in college.
He has a 3.0 GPA and a qualifying ACT score.
Greenbelt (MD) Roosevelt LB/DE Tre Covington, rated one of the top
10 seniors in Maryland, chose Maryland over Virginia. He also had offers from
Bowling Green, Colorado, Connecticut, Duke, Kent State, Syracuse and Temple.
Penn State and West Virginia also showed interest. An all-county selection,
he had 90 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior. A defensive end in high school,
he's expected to play the ìLeoî position (an end/linebacker hybrid) at Maryland.
He benches 330 pounds, squats 580 and runs the 40 in 4.55 seconds. He has a
3.1 GPA and a 1,080 SAT score.
Lewisberry (PA) Red Land FB/LB Mike Cox, rated one of the top 50 seniors
in Pennsylvania, selected Georgia Tech over Boston College and Temple. Maryland,
Pittsburgh and Purdue also showed interest. As a junior, he rushed 70 times
for 292 yards but missed three-plus games with a dislocated shoulder. As a sophomore,
he rushed 68 times for 413 yards. He said one of the biggest factors in his
decision was that the Yellow Jackets promised him he would be able to run the
ball, while other schools said he'd mainly block. Cox, who benches 310 pounds
and runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds, also hopes to play baseball at Tech. His main
recruiter with the Yellow Jackets was passing game coordinator Buddy Geis.
Chantilly (VA) Westfield QB Sean Glennon, rated one of the top 25 quarterbacks
in the nation, picked Virginia Tech over Georgia Tech. He also had offers from
Akron and Wake Forest. Boston College, Marshall, Maryland, UNC, Notre Dame,
Ohio State and Virginia also showed interest. A second-team Class 3A all-state
pick as a junior, Glennon completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,776 yards
and 21 touchdowns, with only four interceptions. As a sophomore, he had 21 TD
passes and three interceptions. He runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds and benches 260
pounds. He has a 3.6 GPA and a 1,270 SAT score.
Hinesville (GA) Bradwell LB/DE Gary Guyton, rated one of the top 75
seniors in Georgia, chose Georgia Tech over Duke, Louisville, South Carolina
and Vanderbilt. Army, Central Florida, Maryland, Navy, Nebraska, Stanford and
Wake Forest also showed interest. As a junior, he had 92 tackles and 11.5 sacks
for a 9-2 team. He attended the Yellow Jackets' camp this summer and wants to
major in electrical engineering. Guyton plays linebacker in high school and
was recruited for that position by Tech, but he said he could grow into the
defensive end position. He runs the 40 in 4.55 seconds and handles 245 pounds
in the power clean, the preferred lift at his school. His brother Terrence played
at Tennessee State. An excellent student, Gary said he may take official visits
to other schools despite his commitment to Tech.
Aberdeen (MD) High LB Erin Henderson, rated one of the top 25 seniors
in Maryland, chose Maryland over Virginia. UNC, Penn State and Purdue also showed
interest. A two-way starter who also plays quarterback, he said he chose the
Terps (childhood favorite) in part because they promised him a chance to begin
his college career as a QB. (The Cavaliers and others told him they saw him
strictly as a linebacker.) As a junior, he threw for 1,005 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Henderson, the younger brother of former Maryland star and All-American LB E.J.
Henderson, attended the Terps' camp this summer. Erin runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds.
In basketball, he averaged 14 points and 8.7 rebounds a game last season.
Frisco (TX) High DB Chessly Johnson, rated one of the top 200 seniors
in Texas, opted for Wake Forest over Brigham Young and Kansas. SMU, Texas A&M,
Texas Christian and Tulsa also showed interest. A nephew of former N.C. State
and NBA point guard Spud Webb, Johnson also is a track star in several events.
He recorded the longest prep triple jump (51-1.75) in the nation last year,
when he won the Class 4A state title, and he also excels in the long jump and
100 meters. He runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds. He said he may take official visits
to Arkansas, BYU and Kansas despite his commitment to Wake, and he will play
football and run track in college.
Charlotte (NC) Providence Day FB/LB Cori Powell, rated one of the top
25 seniors in North Carolina, selected UNC (childhood favorite) over Maryland.
Clemson, Duke, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest also showed interest. Powell attended
the Tar Heels' summer camp and was named a preseason All-American by PrepStar.
As a junior, playing linebacker full-time and fullback part-time, he had 95
tackles and 14 sacks. He runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds and benches 300 pounds.
He has a 2.7 GPA and a 1,030 SAT score.
Columbia (MD) Wilde Lake DT/DE Dane Randolph, rated one of the top
10 seniors in Maryland, picked Maryland over Virginia. Florida and Penn State
also showed interest. Randolph, who transferred to Wilde Lake from Jacksonville
(FL) Sandalwood prior to his junior year, earned all-county and honorable mention
all-state honors in 2002 after posting 57 tackles and 11 sacks. He attended
the Terps' summer camp and was named a preseason All-American by PrepStar. He
runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds. He has a 3.4 GPA and a 960 SAT score.
Asheville (NC) Reynolds LB Chase Rice, rated one of the top 25 seniors
in North Carolina, committed to North Carolina over Duke and Wake Forest. Clemson,
FSU, NCSU, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech also showed interest. His brother
Chad played linebacker for the Blue Devils from 2000-02 and hopes to attend
UNC's law school. Chase, who attended the Tar Heels' camp this summer and was
named a preseason All-American by PrepStar, had 123 tackles, 4.5 sacks and three
interceptions last season for a 14-1 team that captured the Class 4A state championship.
He runs the 40 in 4.55 seconds and has a 38-inch vertical leap, and his 20-yard
shuttle time (3.83 seconds) led the field at this summer's Nike Camp in Blacksburg.
He has a GPA over 3.0 and a qualifying SAT score.
Fairfax (VA) Robinson WR/DB Clarence Vaughn, rated one of the top 25
seniors in Virginia, selected Wake Forest over interest from Colorado, Marshall,
Maryland, UNC, NCSU, Virginia and Virginia Tech. A North Carolina native whose
family moved to Virginia from Colorado in 2002, he attended the Deacons' summer
camp this year and said he has relatives in the Winston-Salem and Goldsboro
areas. As a junior, he sprained his knee early and played less than half the
season. He caught just one pass but took it 55 yards for a TD. His teammate
and close friend, star defensive end Olu Hall, also is considering Wake Forest.
Vaughn runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds.
Land O' Lakes (FL) High QB Drew Weatherford, rated one of the top 25
quarterbacks in the nation, chose Florida State (childhood favorite) over Auburn
and Tennessee. He also had offers from Duke, Louisville, Minnesota, N.C. State,
South Carolina, South Florida, SMU, Tulane, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. A second-team
Class 4A all-state selection as a junior, he completed 162 of 249 passes for
2,645 yards and 39 TDs (and just six interceptions) for a 12-1 team. He also
rushed for 269 yards and five scores, despite playing the entire season on an
injured knee that required postseason surgery. Weatherford's father played quarterback
at SMU, and an older brother plays at Division
I-AA Fordham. Drew benches 280 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. He has a 3.2 GPA. Metter (GA) High DB Eric Williams, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, opted for Georgia Tech over Maryland. Arkansas, Auburn and Florida also showed interest. An all-region selection as a safety, he had 114 tackles and four interceptions as a junior for a 12-2 team. As a receiver, he had 17 receptions for 254 yards and five TDs. Williams benches 220 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He has a 3.8 GPA and a qualifying SAT score. He attended Tech's camp this summer, and his main recruiter with the Yellow Jackets was defensive line coach Glenn Spencer.