By Dave Glenn, ACC Sports Journal
December 13, 2004 Space is limited and time is short this holiday season, so let's briefly summarize the most recent ACC football commitments below, led by key pledges from prep All-Americans for Florida State and North Carolina. Updated commitment lists, additional quotes from prospects and their coaches, and more detailed player capsules can be found at ACCSports.com and in future editions of the ACC Sports Journal. Ramsey (NJ) Bosco WR/DB Michael Ray Garvin, rated one of the top 25 defensive backs in the nation, chose Florida State over Boston College, Georgia and Oklahoma. He also had offers from Colorado, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Kansas State, Maryland, Nebraska, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
"They had everything I wanted. I just feel like I fit in perfectly," Garvin said. "Coach (Bobby) Bowden is a legend, and Coach (Mickey) Andrews has produced a lot of cornerbacks like Deion Sanders for the NFL. They're a team that's built on speed, and that's my game. I also like the fact that they play in the ACC. They're in the best conference, and they're one of the best teams every year, and I want to be a part of that."
Folkston (GA) Charlton County DE Justin Mincey, rated one of the top 25 defensive linemen in the nation, chose Florida State over Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Miami. He also had offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee and UCLA.
"That's it. I'm going to Florida State," said Mincey, who previously announced a commitment to FSU only to re-open the recruiting process. "The only official visit I'm going to take is Florida State. The only place I'm thinking about is Florida State. The coaches and players there are great, perfect for me. I wasn't 100 percent sure (about FSU) last time. I am this time.
"(The Seminoles) need people to get to the quarterback, and that's what I do best. They've sent a lot of players to the NFL at my position. I'll get great competition and great coaching there. I need to get bigger and stronger like everybody else, but if they need me I'll try to be ready right away."
Laurinburg (NC) Scotland QB Cameron Sexton, rated one of the top 25 quarterbacks in the nation, opted for UNC over Clemson, FSU, NCSU and Virginia Tech. He also had offers from Duke, ECU, South Carolina, Syracuse, Texas-El Paso, Wake Forest and West Virginia. Sexton, who graduated from high school in December and joined the Tar Heels for their Continental Tire Bowl preparations, plans to enroll at Chapel Hill in January and go through spring practice with Carolina's returning players.
"I've always wanted to play for Carolina, and now I'm really excited that my dream is going to come true," Sexton said. "They have an excellent coaching staff, great facilities, and you can't beat the academics. I have felt great about Coach (John) Bunting and the rest of the coaches and players there for a long time. That's my school. As soon as I saw that they were winning again and that they took care of Coach Bunting (with a contract extension through 2009), I was ready to follow through on my decision."
Others Select ACC Programs
Pageland (SC) Central RB/DB Sadaat Chambers, rated one of the top 25 seniors in South Carolina, committed to Clemson over South Carolina. N.C. State and Virginia Tech also showed interest. Hawkinsville (GA) High OL Trey Dunmon, rated one of the top 150 seniors in Georgia, switched from Mississippi to Georgia Tech. He also had an offer from Chattanooga. College Park (GA) North Clayton WR/DB Dirk Engram, rated one of the top 75 seniors in Georgia, chose UNC over Clemson. He also had offers from Alabama-Birmingham, Bowling Green, Duke, ECU, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Northwestern, Tulane and Vanderbilt. Powder Springs (GA) McEachern DT Etta Etta-Tawo, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Georgia, picked Clemson over Duke. He also had offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Purdue, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Wake.
Cantonment (FL) Tate PK Graham Gano, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Florida, selected Florida State over Central Florida. Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Southern Miss also showed interest. He kicked a 65-yard field goal this season that was believed to be the longest kick by a high school player in Florida football history. Kingstree (SC) High WR Chadwick Gray, rated one of the top 25 seniors in South Carolina, selected Florida State over Georgia, UNC and South Carolina. He also had an early football offer from Clemson. A two-sport star who plans to play both sports for the Seminoles, he had basketball scholarship offers from College of Charleston, Liberty and South Carolina State, among others. Atlanta (GA) Mays DB Ramon McElrathbey, rated one of the top 75 seniors in Georgia, opted for Clemson over Arkansas and Georgia Tech. He also had offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Louisville, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Western Michigan. Southern Pines (NC) Pinecrest DE Antwon Murch-ison, rated one of the top 50 seniors in North Carolina, selected Clemson over Duke, ECU and N.C. State. UNC and South Carolina also showed interest.
Wilmington (NC) Ashley WR/DB Levin Neal, rated one of the top 30 seniors in North Carolina, picked N.C. State over Virginia Tech. Clemson and Maryland also showed interest. He played only five games as a senior after suffering a broken leg during preseason practice. Newnan (GA) High OL/DT Sergio Render, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Georgia, switched from FSU to Virginia Tech. He also had offers from Arkansas, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Mississippi State and South Carolina. Pinson (AL) Clay-Chalkville LB/DB Terrell Smith, rated one of the 10 seniors in Alabama, picked Clemson over Auburn, LSU and Tennessee. He also had offers from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi and Purdue. Fork Union (VA) Military DB Jermaine Strong, formerly of Shelby (NC) Crest, committed to UNC over interest from Nebraska and N.C. State.
Miami (FL) Coral Reef LB Avery Vogt, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Florida, selected N.C. State over Clemson, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and West Virginia. He also had offers from Boston College, Central Florida, Duke, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi, Northwestern, South Florida and Syracuse. Tallahassee (FL) Leon WR T.J. Williams, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Florida, picked Clemson over Arkansas, Louisville and South Carolina. He also had offers from Central Florida, ECU, Maryland, UNC and N.C. State.