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December Means Many Commitments

Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

By Dave Glenn, ACC Sports Journal
December 22, 2005

Here's a quick roundup of some of the most recent ACC football commitments from members of the Class of 2006, as many prospects turned their attention back to the recruiting process upon the late November or early December completion of their senior seasons on the gridiron:

Oxford (AL) High P Dan Caldwell, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Alabama, committed to Wake Forest over Jacksonville State after a Dec. 2-4 official visit to Winston-Salem. Southern Mississippi, Stanford and Vanderbilt also showed interest. Caldwell said he was particularly impressed with the track record of Wake assistant head coach Billy Mitchell, who handles the team's kickers. As an assistant to coach Jim Grobe, Mitchell helped develop punter Dave Zastudil (Baltimore Ravens) while at Ohio, then both first-team All-American punter Ryan Plackemeier and freshman All-American kicker Sam Swank while at Wake. A left-footed kicker and punter, Caldwell averaged about 42 yards on 31 punts as a senior. As a junior, he averaged 44 yards and booted a career-best 72-yarder. His main recruiter with the Demon Deacons is linebackers coach Brad Lambert.

Memphis (TN) Melrose DT Mike Carter, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Tennessee, picked Wake Forest over Mississippi. He also had offers from Arkansas State and Tennessee State. As a two-way tackle for a state runner-up team this fall, Carter was a Class 4A Mr. Football finalist for lineman of the year. As a junior, he had 97 tackles and 16 sacks for a 14-1 state runner-up that allowed only 4.6 points per game. He benches 350 pounds, squats 620 and runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He has a 3.2 GPA and a 19 ACT score. His main recruiter with the Demon Deacons is defensive coordinator Dean Hood.

Norfolk (VA) Maury QB/DB Kameron Chancellor, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Virginia, selected Virginia Tech over James Madison and Kent State after a Dec. 2-4 official visit to Blacksburg. As a senior, he passed for more than 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns, and he ran for more than 400 yards and five TDs, leading Maury to a 10-2 season and the Group 3A playoffs. As a junior, he threw for about 1,000 yards and 12 TDs and ran for about 250 yards, despite missing half of the season with a thumb injury. Chancellor, who played both quarterback and safety in high school, said he has been promised a shot at QB by Tech. He runs the 40 in 4.55 seconds. His main recruiter with the Hokies is offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring.

Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna DB Jordan Delegal, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Florida, opted for N.C. State over Iowa and Wisconsin after a Dec. 9-11 official visit to Raleigh. He also had offers from Iowa State, Louisville, Mississippi, Mississippi State and others. Wide receiver John Dunlap and tight end Octavius Darby of the Wolfpack are graduates of Chaminade, although they never played with Delegal, who attended Fort Lauderdale (FL) Dillard as a freshman and sophomore. As a senior, Delegal had 43 tackles, six sacks and three interceptions for 11-2 Chaminade, the Class 2A state champion. An outside linebacker and strong safety in high school, he's expected to play rover at NCSU. He runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He must improve his academic credentials to qualify. His main recruiter with the Wolfpack is defensive line coach Todd Stroud.

Mesquite (TX) North Mesquite DE Patrick Egboh, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Texas, chose Duke over Tulane after a Dec. 9-11 official visit to Durham. He also had offers from Baylor and New Mexico, plus interest from Stanford, where his older brother Pannel is a defensive tackle. As a senior, Patrick had 79 tackles and 10.5 sacks for a Class 5A (largest schools) team that finished 3-7. He previously attended Dallas (TX) Bishop Lynch. He benches 260 pounds, squats 350 and runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds. An outstanding student with a 3.7 GPA and a 1,610 (new version) SAT score, Egboh plans to study pre-med at Duke. His main recruiter with the Blue Devils is defensive line coach Scott Brown.

Jacksonville (FL) Bolles OL Cannon Gaskin, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Florida, selected Wake Forest over Kentucky after a Dec. 2-4 official visit to Winston-Salem. He also had offers from ECU and Temple. At Wake, freshman defensive lineman John Russell and freshman quarterback Riley Skinner also are products of Bolles, a strong academic school that has one of the top gridiron programs in the Sunshine State. Gaskin benches 325 pounds, squats 500 and runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He has a 3.5 GPA and a 1,250 (old version) SAT score.

Wheaton (MD) Good Counsel TE Drew Gloster, rated one of the top 10 seniors in Maryland, opted for Maryland over long-time favorite Virginia Tech after a Dec. 9-11 official visit to College Park. He also claimed offers from BC, Florida, Georgia, Michigan State, Nebraska, UNC, Oklahoma, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia. He said the Maryland coaches and junior tight end Vernon Davis himself told him that Davis will apply for the NFL draft this spring. Gloster's grandfather Sandy Stephens was one of the first black quarterbacks in Division I-A football, at Minnesota in the 1960s. As a senior, playing mostly wide receiver, Gloster had 26 receptions for 434 yards and five touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 25 passes for 362 yards and two TDs, earning honorable mention all-state honors. Projected as a tight end in college, he benches 300 pounds, squats 430 and runs the 40 in 4.55 seconds. He has a 3.0 GPA and a 1,330 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Terps is defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo.

Richmond (VA) Meadowbrook DE John Graves, rated one of the top 10 seniors in Virginia, chose Virginia Tech over Georgia and Virginia after a Dec. 9-11 official visit to Blacksburg. He also had offers from Florida, Maryland, Michigan State, NCSU, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. As a senior, Graves had 58 tackles (23 for loss) and 14 sacks for a 10-2 team, earning district player of the year honors. As a junior, he had 78 tackles (17 for loss) and seven sacks for the 13-1 Group 3A Division 5 state champions, earning second-team all-state recognition. He also set a school record with 12 career blocked kicks. He benches 380 pounds, squats 420 and runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds. He has a 2.5 GPA and an 850 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Hokies is rovers coach Jim Cavanaugh.

Berwyn (PA) Conestoga LB Mark Herzlich, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Pennsylvania, switched from Virginia to Boston College after a Dec. 9-11 official visit to Chestnut Hill. At the time of his commitment to the Cavaliers in June, Herzlich also had offers from Army, BC, Duke, Louisville, UNC and Vanderbilt. He had second thoughts about UVa after taking two unofficial visits to Charlottesville this fall, and he said the Cavaliers' recent staff defections had nothing to do with his change of heart. As a senior, Herzlich had 140 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions for a 10-2 team. As a junior, he had 145 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions for a 10-1 team. A projected middle linebacker at BC, he benches 360 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. He has a 3.8 GPA and a 1,320 (old version) SAT score. His main recruiter with the Eagles is defensive backs coach Kevin Lempa.

Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military FB Ced Hickman, formerly of Winston-Salem (NC) North Forsyth, picked N.C. State over Connecticut after a Dec. 9-11 official visit to Raleigh. He also had offers from ECU, Mississippi and South Florida. At Hargrave this fall, he ran for about 500 yards and six touchdowns while serving mainly as a blocker for an 8-3 team. As a senior at North Forsyth, Hickman ran for about 1,700 yards (including 295 in one game) and 16 TDs as a tailback, and he also was a standout linebacker. He runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He graduated from Hargrave in mid-December and plans to enroll at NCSU in January. His main recruiter with the Wolfpack is tight ends coach Curt Cignetti.

Matthews (NC) Butler OL Michael Ingersoll, rated one of the top 40 seniors in North Carolina, selected childhood favorite North Carolina over Vanderbilt after a Dec. 2-4 official visit to Chapel Hill. He also had offers from Duke, ECU, Illinois and Virginia, plus interest from Georgia Tech, Miami, N.C. State and Wake Forest. A three-year starter at Class 4A Butler, Ingersoll led his team to a 10-3 season as a senior and earned a place in the Shrine Bowl. A tight end (senior) and offensive guard (junior) in high school, he caught 12 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown this fall but is expected to play on the offensive line at Carolina. A UNC summer camper, he benches 280 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.9 seconds. He has a 4.1 GPA and a 1,300 (old version) SAT score. His main recruiter with the Tar Heels is wide receivers coach Dave Brock.

Absecon (NJ) Holy Spirit WR/DB Zach Luckett, rated one of the top 25 seniors in New Jersey, chose Virginia Tech over Boston College. He also had offers from Connecticut, Iowa, UNC, Rutgers, Syracuse, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia. One of his Holy Spirit classmates, Dennis Horner, is an N.C. State basketball signee. As a senior, Luckett had about 100 carries for 700-plus yards while playing mostly tailback. As a junior, he had 22 receptions for 384 yards and six TDs as a wideout, plus 587 yards and 10 more scores as a tailback. Projected as a wideout or safety at Tech, he benches 315 pounds, squats 415 and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He has a 2.6 GPA and a 1,240 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Hokies is quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers.

Memphis (TN) University OL Russell Nenon, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Tennessee, opted for Wake Forest over Memphis after a Dec. 2-4 official visit to Winston-Salem. He also had an offer from Kentucky, plus interest from Mississippi, UNC, Vanderbilt and Virginia. A versatile prospect who played all three offensive line positions in high school, Nenon played mostly tackle as a junior and mostly center as a senior. He benches 350 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.2 seconds. He has a 3.3 GPA, a 1,730 (new version) SAT score and a 22 ACT score. His main recruiter with the Demon Deacons is defensive coordinator Dean Hood.

Charlotte (NC) Myers Park QB/DB Jamarr Robinson, rated one of the top 50 seniors in North Carolina, selected Maryland over East Carolina after a Dec. 9-11 official visit to College Park. He also had offers from Eastern Kentucky, James Madison and several other Division I-AA programs. As a senior, Robinson rushed 167 times for 865 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he threw for 1,618 yards for an 8-6 playoff team. He said Maryland promised him a chance to play a Joe Hamilton-like role at quarterback, although he also could end up as a defensive back. Robinson runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He has a 2.7 GPA and a 1,000-plus SAT score. His main recruiter with the Terps is tight ends coach Ray Rychleski.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) Cardinal Gibbons LB John Ware, rated one of the top 150 seniors in Florida, chose N.C. State over Mississippi. He also had offers from Akron, Colorado State, Iowa, Iowa State, Rutgers and Wyoming. His former teammate, Mike Greco, is a freshman quarterback for the Wolfpack, and Ware's parents recently purchased a house in North Carolina with plans to move there in 2006. A three-year starter, Ware had 76 tackles and a sack as a linebacker for a 6-3 team this fall, and he had 800-plus yards rushing, 200-plus yards receiving and 12 touchdowns as a running back. As a junior, he had 763 rushing yards and six TDs, plus 69 tackles and an interception on defense. He benches 300 pounds, squats 525 and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. With a 2.8 GPA and a 710 SAT score, he must improve his academic credentials to qualify. His main recruiter with the Wolfpack is defensive line coach Todd Stroud.

Chesapeake (VA) Smith DE Brian Whitmore, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Virginia, committed to Maryland over long-time favorite Virginia Tech after a Dec. 9-11 official visit to College Park. He also claimed offers from Florida, LSU, Miami, UNC, NCSU, Penn State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia, but his only official visit was to Maryland. As a senior, Whitmore had 12 sacks and earned first-team all-district honors. As a junior, he had 75 tackles (18 for loss) and 10 sacks for an 11-1 team. He benches 315 pounds, squats 515 and runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. He must improve his academic credentials to qualify. His main recruiter with the Terps is offensive line coach Tom Brattan.