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

September 16, 2002

Chase Goggans
Height: 5-10 Weight: 160
Position: Placekicker
Douglas (GA) Coffee
ACC, Florida State

Chase Goggans has been kicking field goals a long time for his high school team, and many of them have traveled a long way.

Entering his senior season at Coffee High School in Georgia, he had booted 15 field goals of more than 40 yards. Last year, he was the team's No. 1 offensive threat.

Goggans kicked 14 field goals as Coffee finished 6-4-1 after a first-round loss in the state playoffs. His longest was a 53-yarder that provided a 17-14 win over Valdosta Lowndes. He also had field goals of 49, 47, 45, 42 and 40 yards, with two 43-yarders. He made all 17 of his extra-point attempts and scored 59 points.

Three of his seven field goal misses last season were blocked. He booted seven field goals in 12 attempts as a sophomore, with a long of 43, and nailed five of six three-point tries as a freshman, the longest for 48 yards. That season, he connected on 25 of 26 extra-point kicks.

“Our offense was kind of toothless last year,” Coffee coach Bonwell Royal said. “We would bog down, and Chase would come on the field.

“He has a real strong leg, but he's an athlete, too. He plays soccer and is a real competitor. Against Tift County last season, he went through two blockers and made a tackle that saved us a touchdown. He was the last man. Chase is a tough kid and is very confident. He kicks off and consistently puts the ball down around the five, sometimes into the end zone. He has been kicking since the eighth grade.

“I think he will be a good college kicker, and one reason is that people don't bother him. I've seen people call timeout to make him think about a kick, and he would talk to his holder about something that doesn't even pertain to football. He doesn't rattle. He has good work habits and a personality good for someone who has to go out there in tight situations like kickers face.”

Goggans has a 3.9 GPA and scored 1,140 on the SAT. He committed to Florida State in July.

“This is a great University of Georgia stronghold, and then comes Florida State. People here have kind of adopted Florida State as their team,” Royal said. “Tallahassee is just 125 miles away, so his family and friends can get to the games. Florida State was the only school to offer a scholarship. Chase called me, and I told him to hold up a little while. He thought about it and went ahead and committed. He went to kicking camp at Florida State and committed then.

“His mother graduated from North Carolina. He went up there and looked around, but they don't need a kicker. Neither did Georgia or Georgia Tech. Florida State has a strong program, and I think he will do well there.”

Jon Hamlett
Height: 6-4 Weight: 245
Position: Tight End
Forest (VA) Jefferson Forest
ACC, North Carolina

North Carolina was all in the family as far as Jon Hamlett was concerned, and the 6-4, 245-pound tight end wanted to keep it that way.

That's why he committed to the Tar Heels back in March. Carolina was the first school to offer a scholarship, and that was all Hamlett needed. Virginia, Tennessee, East Carolina and Virginia Tech also showed a lot of early interest.

The family connection is a big one. His grandfather, John Woodell, was a two-way lineman at UNC during the Charlie Justice era. Over the years, Hamlett attended numerous games in Kenan Stadium and saw quite a few Tar Heel basketball games as well.

“Going to Carolina is a dream come true for Jon,” said Terry Smith, who coaches Hamlett at Jefferson Forest High School in Virginia. “He always wanted to go there. When they offered, he said yes.”

Hamlett caught 22 passes for 355 yards and a touchdown as a junior as Jefferson Forest went 5-5. He is a three-year starter at tight end. After playing only on offense as a sophomore, he also played backup linebacker last season. This year, he is starting on both sides of the ball, playing outside linebacker on defense.

“We throw to Jon quite a bit,” Smith said. “He's a big target and has very good hands. He has good agility, too, and moves around well. He gets open and runs well when he catches the football. He is a real solid blocker with good technique and good feet. He is big and strong and drives well when blocking. Jon is also our fullback when we go to our power set.”

Hamlett had four receptions in Jefferson Forest's 51-6 trouncing of Moneta Staunton River. He also rushed for one touchdown and made eight tackles.

“He will definitely be a tight end at Carolina,” Smith said, “although I think he could be a real good linebacker. He is just as good a receiver as he is a blocker, and he has gotten better since last season. Jon is much stronger, more aggressive, more determined and more confident. He has matured.”

Hamlett has been clocked at 5.0 seconds in the 40-yard dash and bench presses 300 pounds. He has a 2.7 GPA and scored close to 1,000 on the SAT.

Adamm Oliver
Height: 6-3 Weight: 240
Position: Defensive End
New Port Richey (FL) Ridgewood
ACC, Georgia Tech

Adamm Oliver was a one-man demolition crew for Ridgewood High School's football team last year. His coach figures the future Yellow Jacket can do even more with a little help at the college level.

“He's a stud,” first-year Ridgewood coach Troy Cornwell said. “He can do a little of everything out there.”

Oliver, a three-year, two-way starter, did just that in a preseason game against Inverness Citrus County. He made 10 tackles, four of them for losses, recorded two sacks, forced three fumbles and blocked two punts. He also rushed for 46 yards.

The 6-3, 240-pounder is starting at defensive end for the third year and moving to tailback after spending two seasons at fullback. As a junior, he made 65 solo tackles and registered nine sacks for a 1-9 team, while rushing for about 400 yards and three touchdowns. He earned first-team all-conference and all-county honors.

“Adamm will be a defensive end in college,” Cornwell said. “He's a natural for the position, a speed rusher with a long body like (former NFL star) Ted Hendricks used to be. They called him the Stork, and Adamm is the same way. He looks thin, but he is just ripped. He will weigh 280 or 290 pounds when he gets out of college. When he hits a guy, Adamm extends right over him. He pops people and sheds them. He's tough.”

Oliver has been clocked in the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. He benches 325 pounds and clean-and-jerks 275. He has a 3.7 GPA and scored 1,100 on the SAT.

“He's our hammer on offense,” Cornwell said. “We run him inside a while, then bring in our faster tailback. Defensively, he was always very good, and now he is even better. He used to go around blocks. Now he goes through them. That's because Adamm's technique is so much better.

“He has worked hard in the weight room and improved the way he does things. He is one of those kids who is out there working on his own when nobody else is. He has been doing it since he was in the seventh grade. He's a hard worker and is real coachable.”

Oliver committed to Georgia Tech in July. Maryland and Boston College were planning on offering scholarships, according to Cornwell, but never got the chance. Florida coaches continue to call.

“Atlanta is closer to home (about seven hours away) than those other places,” Cornwell said, “and they have a strong engineering school. That's what Adamm wants. So he gets the best of both worlds with Tech's academics and football. He went to Florida's camp and then to the Georgia Tech camp. Three days afterward, Tech called and offered. Two days later, he committed.”

Marcus Stone
Height: 6-2 Weight: 230
Position: Quarterback
Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt
ACC, N.C. State

 

Marcus Stone expects to be the next outstanding N.C. State quarterback, and he appears to have the credentials for the job.

The four-year starter at Bishop McDevitt High School in Pennsylvania posted less than impressive statistics as a junior, but there were many reasons. He completed 85 of 220 passes for 1,487 yards and 10 touchdowns with 15 interceptions as the Crusaders went 2-8.

“We had a lot of injuries in the offensive line,” Bishop McDevitt coach Jeff Weachter said, “so Marcus didn't get real good protection. In fact, he took a beating. There were also a lot of dropped balls and passes that bounced off our receivers and became interceptions.”

Perhaps Stone's sophomore season better reflected what he is capable of doing. He set a middle Pennsylvania passing efficiency record by throwing for more than 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns, with just five interceptions for a 9-1 team. He passed for over 300 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Harrisburg Central Dauphin.

In this season's opener, also against Central Dauphin, he completed 11 of 15 throws for 231 yards and four touchdowns, with just one picked off, in a 42-23 Crusader win.

“Marcus has good size and is a super strong kid,” Weachter said. “He can take some punishment, and he's hard to bring down back there. He often gets out of trouble to either complete a pass or run for good yardage. We run some veer to keep defenses honest, and in a preseason scrimmage, he kept the ball and ran 67 yards for a touchdown.”

The 6-2, 230-pounder has been clocked at 4.7 seconds for the 40-yard dash. He benches 350 pounds. He has benched 220 pounds for 22 repetitions. He averaged around 20 points a game last year in basketball and has more than 700 career points. He has a 3.0 GPA and scored 940 on the SAT.

“He really has a strong arm,” Weachter said. “Most of our receivers in the last four years have broken fingers trying to catch his passes. He really zings the ball on out patterns and can throw a frozen rope on a 20-yard out. But he has a very good touch, too. We run a multiple pro offense. We don't line up in a shotgun and throw the ball every time. We average about 20 passes a game and have a Division I tailback in Jesse Pitt. So Marcus isn't out there throwing 30 or 40 times a game and mounting up big numbers.

“He and I are very close. Marcus is more advanced than a lot of kids. Dick Shiner (a former Maryland quarterback who played several years in the NFL) has worked with him since his freshman year.”

Choosing N.C. State was a fairly easy decision for Stone.

“They were the first to offer him a scholarship,” Weachter said. “That was Sept. 1, 2001. I knew Curt Cignetti, their recruiting coordinator, and he started calling every two weeks. Marcus went down to N.C. State's spring game and liked it there. Curt told me Marcus was No. 1 on their quarterbacks board. Marcus wanted to get it done before our season started. He was looking for certain things: an offense that could showcase his NFL talents and a school with good receivers.

“His final five were N.C. State, Notre Dame, Maryland, Tennessee and Michigan, and he went to all of those camps this summer. He committed to State at the end of June. Marcus likes the offense there and the chance to get early playing time. He could redshirt as a freshman or possibly play if Philip Rivers leaves early for the pros. Either way, he could start right away.”

Among his five favorites, all but Notre Dame offered Stone a scholarship. He also had offers from Arizona, Boston College, Iowa, Michigan State and Pittsburgh. Colorado and Penn State also showed interest.

James Terry
Height: 6-2 Weight: 225
Position: Running Back/LB
Woodbridge (VA) High
ACC, Virginia

James Terry plays running back and linebacker for Woodbridge High School in Virginia, and he does a little coaching as well.

“He knows what everybody on offense and defense is supposed to do,” Woodbridge coach Keith King said. “When coaches are going over something, he doesn't just pay attention to what he's doing, he's listening to the responsibilities for the other positions, too. James is a student of the game and is real knowledgeable. He isn't like a coach on the field; he is a coach on the field.”

Terry also is quite a player, beginning his third year as a starter at running back and linebacker. He rushed for 790 yards and nine touchdowns in just six games last season, when he missed four contests with a high ankle sprain. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry. On defense, he had 63 solo tackles, 32 assists and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. He had nine tackles for minus yardage, one sack, forced three fumbles and recovered two.

He rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in Woodbridge's 36-6 win over Manassas Osborne. Two of the scoring runs covered 70 and 45 yards.

Terry, who stands 6-2 and weighs 225 pounds, has been clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He benches 375 pounds. He was the sixth man on Woodbridge's basketball team last season.

“Virginia recruited him as a running back,” King said, “and so did Pittsburgh. Maryland, Tennessee and Clemson offered him scholarships to play linebacker. He still may end up on the defensive side. I'm a defensive person, so if I were recruiting James for college, I would want him as a linebacker. But he wants to carry the ball. He plays inside linebacker for us, but he would be an outside linebacker in college. He has the ability to run people down and has that explosion on tackles. He runs through people.

“James committed to Virginia for several reasons. He knows a lot of guys they signed last year. He wants to be a part of something good that is happening there. He wanted to go ahead and get it done and not have to worry about it (recruiting) his senior season.

“Virginia is big on using one big back, and that's what James is. I think they are looking at him playing as a freshman. He has the size, so he doesn't need a year to get bigger. The Maryland coaches say they are still going to try to get him to visit, but I think he's solid for Virginia.”

Terry has a 2.9 GPA. He hasn't yet taken the SAT.

Drew Weatherly
Height: 6-3 Weight: 195
Position: Wide Receiver
Georgetown (DE) Sussex Central
ACC, Maryland

Drew Weatherly usually runs a long way when he gets his hands on the football.

“Any time he gets the ball, it's a highlight film,” said John Wells, Weatherly's coach at Sussex Central High School in Delaware. “He is so athletic. He has speed, he jumps high and he has real good hands.

“He is pretty solid in the secondary. He made tons of open-field tackles. If a corner gets beaten, Drew can get over the top and break up the pass, make the interception or make the tackle.”

Weatherly caught 25 passes for 550 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, averaging 22 yards a reception. He rushed 25 times for 300 yards and four TDs and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns. He also intercepted five passes as Sussex Central went 9-2 and reached the state playoffs.

“Dover High School tried to play man-to-man on Drew with Jason Lilly (now at Boston College for football and track),” Wells said, “and Drew took him to school.”

In that game, Weatherly got behind everyone for a 60-yard touchdown pass, caught a ball underneath and turned it into a 35-yard TD and broke loose for a 69-yard touchdown reception.

“In our last game of the regular season,” Wells said, “we had a few kids banged up and we rested some kids because we had the playoffs clinched. We were behind at the half, 13-6, and our players were down. Drew went up to the seniors and said, ëI'll win this one for us; just give me the ball and just keep blocking and tackling.' Now he wasn't being cocky or anything; he just wanted to win that game for the seniors.

“He returned the second-half kickoff across midfield, then ran a sweep 40 yards for a touchdown. On the next possession, he ran a stop pattern and caught about an eight-yard pass, broke two tackles and turned it into a 65-yard touchdown. He had about 180 yards of offense and we won 20-13.”

Weatherly had 17 catches and ran back two kickoffs all the way as a sophomore, when his team finished 10-2 after a loss in the state championship game. He also played in the secondary, helping Sussex Central, the second-smallest Division I school in the state, make its first trip to the large-school playoffs.

Weatherly, who stands 6-3 and weighs 195 pounds, is a three-year starter at wide receiver and free safety. He has been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He has done five repetitions bench pressing 225 pounds.

He averaged around 10 points per game as a sophomore, helping Sussex Central win the conference basketball championship. He did not play hoops last year.

“Drew is a high flyer and big dunker,” Wells said. “He is good on defense and rebounding.”

Oregon, Penn State, Iowa, Virginia and Virginia Tech also planned to offer scholarships to Weatherly, according to Wells, and Tennessee was very interested. But he made an early commitment to Maryland.

“I was impressed with the way (defensive coordinator and secondary coach) Gary Blackney recruited him,” Wells said. “Location was also a big factor. College Park is an hour and 45 minutes from here, so his family can see him play. The success Maryland has had also played a part in his decision. Good things are happening over there, and Drew wants to be a part of them.”

Weatherly has a 2.5 GPA and scored 760 on his first SAT attempt.