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By Dave Glenn, ACC Sports Journal
February 10, 2003 Here are the individual capsules for the prospects who committed to (and later signed with) ACC area schools in the past two weeks. Preliminary team rankings are included in the mailbag. Our annual, 16-page football recruiting supplement will be included in the late February edition of the ACC Sports Journal. Hampton (VA) Phoebus LB Xavier Adibi, rated one of the top 25 linebackers in the nation, signed with Virginia Tech over Tennessee. He also had offers from Clemson, Georgia, Maryland and NCSU. A first-team Group 3A all-state selection and the player of the year in the Commonwealth, he had 110 tackles and 13 sacks for a 14-0 state championship team as a senior. As a fullback on offense, he rushed for 575 yards and scored 11 TDs. As a junior, he had 100 tackles and a school-record 19 sacks on defense, with 900 yards and 21 TDs as a fullback, for another state championship team. His brother, Nathaniel, plays defensive end for the Hokies. Xavier benches 350 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He has a 2.9 GPA and an 800 SAT score.

Bartow (FL) High DE Alex Boston, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Florida, chose Florida State over ECU, Louisville and Maryland. He also had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa, UNC, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, but most of those schools later backed off. A second-team Class 3A all-state selection, he had 62 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior. Also a pro prospect as an outfielder, he led his baseball team to a state championship as a junior and may be a high pick in the draft this spring, although he recently suffered an ACL tear (while playing soccer) and will miss the 2003 season on the diamond. His mother, Nadine, grew up a few houses away from FSU assistant Odell Haggins in Bartow. Alex plans to play football and baseball for the Seminoles. He benches 300 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.65 seconds. He has a 3.1 GPA and a 780 SAT score.

Moncks Corner (SC) Berkeley LB Ryan Brown, rated one of the top 25 linebackers in the nation, chose South Carolina over Clemson. He also had offers from Florida, Maryland, UNC, NCSU, Penn State, Tennessee and Wake Forest. A first-team all-state selection, he had 114 tackles and three interceptions as a senior. A three-year starter, he had 48 tackles and two sacks as a junior despite missing half the season with a broken ankle. One of his best friends and former Berkeley teammates, Jabari Levy, is an offensive lineman for the Gamecocks. Brown benches 370 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.65 seconds. He has a 3.1 GPA and a 1,080 SAT score.

Boonville (NC) Starmount OL William Brown, rated one of the top 50 seniors in North Carolina, switched from ECU (committed last summer) to South Carolina. He also had offers from The Citadel and Elon, while UNC and Virginia also showed interest. An all-state selection, he graded out at 83 percent and was selected to the Shrine Bowl as a senior. He benches 360 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.3 seconds. He has a 3.0 GPA and a 1,040 SAT score.

Washington (DC) Dunbar TE/WR Vernon Davis, rated one of the top 10 tight ends in the nation, picked Maryland over Florida and Virginia. He also had offers from Boston College, Clemson, ECU, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. The Gatorade player of the year in the District of Columbia, he had 21 catches for 511 yards and scored eight TDs (three on punt/kick returns) as a senior. As a junior, he had 35 receptions for 375 yards and 10 TDs on offense, with 65 tackles, six sacks and six interceptions on defense. He benches 320 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. One of his former Dunbar teammates, Marcus Wimbush, is a defensive back for the Terps. Davis has a 2.8 GPA and an 880 SAT score.

Jacksonville (FL) Mandarin RB Brian Dennison, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Florida, picked N.C. State over Iowa and Mississippi State. He also had offers from Iowa State, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee State, Penn State, Syracuse and Wake Forest. A first-team all-state selection in Class 6A, the Sunshine State's extremely competitive large-school classification, he rushed for 1,864 yards and scored 21 TDs as a senior for a 6-4 team. A three-year starter, he rushed for 1,056 yards and scored 31 TDs as a junior. He benches 250 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. With a 2.3 GPA and a 17 ACT score, he must slightly improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Jacksonville (FL) White LB Guerlin Dervil, rated one of the top 150 seniors in Florida, picked N.C. State over Mississippi and Mississippi State. He also had offers from Central Florida, Louisville, South Florida and Syracuse. An honorable mention Class 6A all-state selection, he had 64 tackles and five sacks as a senior. A former wide receiver who grew out of that position, he benches 330 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. Dervil, who is originally from Haiti, had trouble understanding English early in his prep career but now speaks the language fluently. He must improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Hackensack (NJ) High LB Jermaine Dias, rated one of the top 25 linebackers in the nation, chose Virginia over Boston College, Maryland and UNC. He also had offers from Central Florida, Colorado, Duke, Iowa, Michigan, NCSU, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wisconsin and others. A first-team all-state selection, he had 104 tackles and 16 sacks for an 8-4 team as a senior. A four-year starter, he had 84 tackles and 12 sacks and was a third-team all-state pick as a junior. He benches 320 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.65 seconds. He has a 2.4 GPA and an 830 SAT score.

Quincy (FL) Shanks WR DeCody Fagg, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Florida, opted for Florida State over Florida and Georgia. He also had offers from Auburn and Clemson. A first-team Class 2A all-state selection, he had 41 catches for 808 yards and 11 TDs as a senior. As a junior, he had 29 receptions for about 600 yards and scored seven TDs. He benches 230 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He has a 2.6 GPA and a 16 ACT score.

Scottsdale (AZ) Community College RB Kevin Fain, formerly of Melbourne (FL) Palm Bay, picked East Carolina over Idaho. Colorado State, Florida, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, Utah and Washington also showed interest. His favorite team coming out of high school was Florida, and he was recruited by the Gators in 2000 but failed to qualify academically. After a redshirt season at Coffeyville (KS) Community College in 2001 and then one season at Scottsdale, he'll have three years to use three seasons of eligibility with the Pirates. In seven games at Scottsdale during the 2002 season, he carried 98 times for 765 yards. He runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds and was recruited as a fullback by most schools.

Boca Raton (FL) High DB Brian Fleuridor, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Florida, switched from Colorado State to Georgia Tech. He was a second-team Class 5A all-state selection as a junior in 2001 but did not earn all-state honors in 2002. (Florida has first, second and third teams, plus honorable mention, in each of its six classifications.) He runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He has a 3.7 GPA.

Cartersville (GA) High DT Andre Fluellen, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Georgia, picked Florida State over Auburn, Florida, Maryland and Vanderbilt. He also had offers from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Indiana and South Carolina. A first-team Class 3A all-state selection, he had 94 tackles and 12 sacks for a 4-6 team as a senior. As a junior, he had 98 tackles and six sacks for a 12-2 team. Fluellen, whose brother attends college at Florida A&M in Tallahassee, wants to follow in his mother's footsteps and become a doctor. He benches 340 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.0 seconds. He has a 3.2 GPA and an 1,160 SAT score.

Tampa (FL) Jesuit RB Aaron Fryer, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Florida, opted for Duke over Boston College and South Florida. He also had offers from California, Central Florida, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, plus serious interest from Army, Navy and Air Force, which don't offer athletic scholarships. A first-team Class 3A all-state selection, he rushed for 1,978 yards and scored 26 TDs as a senior for an 11-2 team. A four-year starter, he rushed for 1,580 yards and scored 16 TDs for a 12-1 team as a junior. His father, Artie, played basketball at Florida State. His former high school teammate, end Casey Camero, enrolled at Duke in January after a semester of prep school. Aaron benches 280 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He has a 3.0 GPA and a 990 SAT score.

Marietta (GA) Walton DB Joe Gaston, rated one of the top 75 seniors in Georgia, opted for Georgia Tech over Alabama-Birmingham, Furman, Georgia Southern and Navy. Florida and Vanderbilt also showed interest. An honorable mention Class 5A all-state and first-team all-county selection as a senior, he had 80 tackles and four interceptions on defense. On offense, he rushed for 335 yards on 53 carries and scored 12 TDs as a running back and kick returner for an 8-3 team. A three-year starter, he had 93 tackles and four interceptions as a junior for an 8-3 team. His father, Bruce, played quarterback at Clemson, and he has a sister who attends Georgia. Joe runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He is on track to qualify academically.

Reedley (CA) Community College DB Lionell Green, rated one of the top 25 junior college prospects in the nation, chose North Carolina over Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas Tech. Formerly of Wharton (TX) High, he also had offers from Kansas State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas A&M, West Virginia and others. A second-team JC Gridwire All-American and two-time all-conference selection, he had 56 tackles, three interceptions and 10 blocked kicks as a juco sophomore. His Reedley team went 12-0, won the school's first California state championship and captured the 2002 juco national championship. Nicknamed “Woobie,” he runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds.

Conyers (GA) Salem TE Zach Green, rated one of the top 75 seniors in Georgia, picked Clemson over Middle Tennessee State. Arkansas and Georgia Tech also showed interest. A two-time all-county selection, he had 15 receptions for more than 200 yards as a senior. He benches 280 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.9 seconds. He has a 2.7 GPA and a 1,050 SAT score.

Milton (FL) High QB/WR Bruce Hall, rated one of the top 150 seniors in Florida, chose Wake Forest over Middle Tennessee State. He also had offers from Central Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Florida, Southern Miss and Troy State, plus an appointment to Navy, although many of those schools later backed off. A first-team Class 3A all-state selection as a utility player, he threw for more than 2,400 yards (and 26 TDs) and rushed for more than 1,200 yards (and 16 TDs) for a 10-3 team. As a junior, he threw for 2,200 yards (and 18 TDs) and rushed for 900 yards (and 12 TDs) for an 11-3 team. A quarterback in high school who will start at that position for the Demon Deacons, he runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. He has a 3.0 GPA and a 24 ACT score.

Chesapeake (VA) Western Branch LB Vince Hall, rated one of the top 25 linebackers in the nation, chose Virginia Tech over UNC and Tennessee. He also had offers from Clemson, ECU, Maryland, NCSU, Penn State, South Carolina and Syracuse. A first-team Group 3A all-state selection and the Gatorade player of the year in Virginia, he had 120 tackles and 10 sacks for a 12-1 team as a senior. As a junior, he had 102 tackles and 13 sacks. He benches 300 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. He has a 2.5 GPA and an 880 SAT score.

Lehigh Acres (FL) Lehigh OL Mario Henderson, rated one of the top 150 seniors in Florida, selected Florida State over Clemson and NCSU. He also had offers from Central Florida, Louisville, Pittsburgh, South Florida and Wisconsin. He didn't play football as a junior, when he sat out under state rules after departing Fort Myers (FL) Bishop Verot, but was a second-team Class 4A all-state selection as a senior. He benches 325 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.4 seconds. With a 2.5 GPA and a 680 SAT score, he must improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military WR Michael Hinton, formerly of Burlington (NC) Cummings, opted for Virginia Tech over Louisville and NCSU. He also had offers from ECU and West Virginia. In 2002, he had 79 tackles and seven interceptions as a safety, but he may play wide receiver for the Hokies. He transferred from Cummings to Hargrave last summer because, at 19, he was too old to play high school football in North Carolina. He benches 330 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds.

Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor DB Phillip Holloman, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Virginia, chose N.C. State over Marshall. ECU, UNC, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech also showed interest. As a senior, he had one interception as a cornerback and five TDs as a return man for an 8-3 team. He runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He has a 2.9 GPA and an 890 SAT score.

Lexington (NC) High QB Cory Holt, rated one of the top 25 seniors in North Carolina, picked Virginia Tech over conditional scholarship offers from ECU, Maryland, NCSU and Wake Forest. As a senior, he completed 92 of 178 passing attempts for 1,780 yards and 22 TDs. He also rushed for 915 yards and 17 TDs for a 9-4 team. As a junior, he completed 112 of 210 attempts for 2,038 yards and 29 TDs. He benches 220 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds. With a 2.1 GPA and a 16 ACT score, he must improve his academic credentials to qualify. He's expected to attend Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military this fall, then (if qualified) enroll at Tech in January 2004.

Tampa (FL) Jefferson TE Jamesly Jean, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Florida, chose N.C. State over Auburn. He also had offers from Indiana, Iowa, LSU, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. A second-team Class 4A all-state selection, he had 22 receptions for 370 yards and five TDs for a 13-2 team as a senior. He benches 260 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. He has a 2.4 GPA but must improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Gibsonton (FL) East Bay DE Josh Johnson, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Florida, opted for South Carolina over South Florida. He also had offers from Connecticut, Iowa State and Michigan State. He had 87 tackles as a senior.

Hialeah (FL) Miami Lakes DE Brandon Jones, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Florida, chose East Carolina over Rutgers and Troy State. Auburn, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, UNC and NCSU also showed interest. An all-county selection as a senior, he had 40 tackles and nine sacks for a 2-8 team while playing defensive tackle. As a junior, he had 70 tackles and 10 sacks despite missing three games with a broken arm. He runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds. He has a 2.5 GPA.

Daytona Beach (FL) Seabreeze LB Anthony Kelly, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Florida, chose Florida State over Central Florida, ECU and South Florida. Florida also showed interest. A first-team Class 3A all-state selection, he had 111 tackles and six sacks as a senior. As a junior, he missed football season with an ACL injury. His half-brother and teammate, Xavier Lee, is one of the top-ranked quarterback prospects in the Class of 2004. Kelly runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. With a 2.5 GPA and a sub-800 SAT score, he must improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military DT Shane Lucas, formerly of Angier (NC) Harnett Central, picked N.C. State over FSU. He also had offers from Maryland and Mississippi. In 2002, he had 48 tackles and eight sacks for Hargrave. An all-area and all-conference linebacker at Harnett Central as a high school junior, he didn't play football during his senior year, which he spent at Erwin (NC) Cape Fear Christian. He benches 420 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds.

Pensacola (FL) High DB Jhermaine McAroy, rated one of the top 150 seniors in Florida, opted for Florida State over South Carolina and Troy State. He also had offers from Central Florida, Clemson and LSU. A third-team Class 4A all-state selection, he had 44 tackles and three interceptions as a senior. As a junior, he had 80 tackles and two interceptions. He runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He has a 2.8 GPA and a 16 ACT score.

Jacksonville (FL) First Coast OL Aubrey McPhadden, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Florida, chose Florida State over NCSU. He also had offers from Auburn, Florida, Maryland, South Carolina and West Virginia. As a senior, he was a second-team Class 4A all-state selection for a 3-7 team despite battling ankle injuries. He played his junior season at Jacksonville (FL) Jackson but transferred after repeated conflicts with coach Gil Carroll, who called McPhadden “lazy and disrespectful” at the time. McPhadden benches 340 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.3 seconds. With a 2.3 GPA and a 790 SAT score, he must improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Bennettsville (SC) Marlboro County QB Syvelle Newton, rated one of the top 25 quarterbacks in the nation, opted for South Carolina over Clemson and Vanderbilt. Much earlier in the recruiting process, he also had offers from Duke, ECU, Michigan, Nebraska, UNC, NCSU and Wake Forest. A first-team all-state selection as an all-purpose player and the Gatorade player of the year in South Carolina, he rushed for 1,029 yards, threw for 933 yards and accounted for 20 TDs (15 rushing, five passing) for a 9-2 team as a senior. As a junior, he rushed for 2,063 yards, threw for 1,761 yards and accounted for 47 TDs (24 rushing, 23 passing) for a 15-0 state championship team. He benches 300 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He has a 2.6 GPA and a 990 SAT score.

Pottstown (PA) High OL Brandon Nixon, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Pennsylvania, picked Maryland over Penn State. He also had offers from Indiana, NCSU, Rutgers, Temple and West Virginia. A first-team all-area selection, he had 58 pancake blocks as a senior but did not receive any all-state honors. (Pennsylvania selects first, second and third teams.) A three-year starter, he benches 380 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.2 seconds. He has a 2.7 GPA but must improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Tampa (FL) Plant LB Kyle Pupello, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Florida, picked Georgia Tech over interest from Boston College and South Florida. A four-year starter, he played at Tampa (FL) Plant as a freshman, then at Tampa (FL) Catholic for two years. As a senior at Plant, he had 85 tackles. His father, Joe, had a brief football career at Florida around the same time Tech coach Chan Gailey played for the Gators. Kyle benches 330 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.65 seconds.

Elizabethton (TN) High LB/DE Vince Redd, rated one of the top 10 seniors in Tennessee, opted for Virginia over Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He also had offers from Alabama, Marshall, Mississippi and Texas Tech. A first-team Class 4A all-state selection as a senior, he had 110 tackles and two interceptions as a middle linebacker for an 8-4 team. A tight end on offense, he had 21 receptions for 310 yards and scored four TDs. A three-year starter, he had 104 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions as a junior. Also a standout center (14 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior) in basketball, he hopes to play both sports for the Cavaliers. He runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds.

Temple (GA) High DB Robert Reese, rated one of the top 75 seniors in Georgia, picked Clemson over Auburn and Troy State. Colorado and Marshall also showed interest. An honorable mention Class A all-state selection, he was an option QB as a senior, rushing for 1,126 yards and 20 TDs and passing for 776 yards for a 5-6 team. On defense, he had 58 tackles and six interceptions. As a junior, he rushed for more than 1,300 yards and accounted for 29 TDs. An outstanding athlete, he also excels in baseball, basketball and track. He runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds. With a 2.4 GPA and a 16 ACT score, he must improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Union (SC) High LB Curtis Rice, rated one of the top 25 seniors in South Carolina, picked South Carolina over Chattanooga, Clemson and Western Carolina. Middle Tennessee State and UNC also showed interest. As a senior, playing defensive end, he had 99 tackles and 12 sacks. As a junior, playing linebacker, he had 62 tackles and three interceptions. A two-time all-region selection, he played on teams that advanced to four straight Class 3A championship games, winning three (1999, 2000, 2002). His teammate, receiver David Smith, committed to the Gamecocks last fall. Rice benches 270 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He has a 2.8 GPA and a 780 SAT score.

Cedartown (GA) High DE Matthew Robinson, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Georgia, chose Wake Forest over Boston College, Georgia Tech, Southern Miss and Troy State. Arkansas also showed interest. A first-team Class 3A selection, he had 86 tackles and 13 sacks for a 10-3 team as a senior. As a junior, he had 82 tackles and 14 sacks for a 10-3 team and was named area defensive player of the year. His twin brother, Drew, also is a Division I-A prospect. Matthew benches 330 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. He has a 3.6 GPA and an 870 SAT score.

Evans (GA) High WR Steven Rogers, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, picked East Carolina over Furman, Liberty and Valdosta State. Alabama-Birmingham, Memphis and Vanderbilt also showed interest. As a senior, he had 58 receptions for 800 yards and eight TDs for a 2-8 team. As a junior, playing for Evans (GA) Lakeside, he had 63 catches for 920 yards and eight TDs. He benches 240 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He has a 2.4 GPA and a 960 SAT score.

Gainesville (FL) High DB Kasey Ross, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Florida, selected East Carolina over interest from Central Florida, Florida and Iowa State. A second-team Class 4A all-state selection as a utility player, he completed 100 of 179 passes for 1,529 yards and 11 TDs as a senior. The area offensive player of the year, he also rushed for 985 yards and five TDs for a 4-6 team. His uncle, Keith Ross, played at FSU. Kasey is projected to play cornerback for the Pirates.

Daytona Beach (FL) Seabreeze DB Kenny Scott, rated one of the top 25 defensive backs in the nation, chose Georgia Tech over FSU and Tennessee. He also had offers from Boston College, Central Florida, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, UNC, NCSU, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, West Virginia and others. He has a sister who attends Florida A&M in Tallahassee. A first-team Class 3A all-state selection as a defensive back, he had 45 tackles and two interceptions as a senior despite (according to his coach) playing “80 percent offense.” As a tailback, he rushed for 1,274 yards and scored 21 TDs, but he said he wants to play cornerback in college. Scott, who attended the Yellow Jackets' summer camp in 2002, ran the 40 in 4.4 seconds at a Nike camp last summer. He has a 2.7 GPA and a 960 SAT score.

Miami (FL) Killian DB Miguel Scott, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Florida, chose N.C. State over Florida and Rutgers. He also had offers from Iowa State, Kentucky and West Virginia. A third-team Class 6A all-state selection, he had 63 tackles and three interceptions as a senior for an 11-1 team. As a junior, he had 65 tackles and six interceptions for a 9-4 team. Teammate Stephen Tulloch committed to NCSU earlier this year, and former Killian stars Andre Maddox and Pat Thomas already play for the Wolfpack. Scott runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. With a 2.2 GPA and a 780 SAT score, he must improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Rock Hill (SC) High DB Ko Simpson, rated one of the top 25 seniors in South Carolina, opted for South Carolina over Middle Tennessee State. Clemson, FSU, Georgia, UNC and NCSU also showed interest. A first-team all-state selection, he had 120 tackles and three interceptions as a senior. As a junior, he had 112 tackles and four interceptions. He benches 230 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. With a 2.3 GPA and a 13 ACT score, he must improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Lovejoy (GA) High DT Todd Springfield, rated one of the top 75 seniors in Georgia, selected East Carolina over Connecticut, Memphis and West Virginia. Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU and Mississippi also showed interest. A second-team all-area selection, he had 75 tackles and two sacks for a 9-3 team as a senior. He benches 350 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.9 seconds. He has a 2.4 GPA and an 800 SAT score.

Marietta (GA) Sprayberry TE/DE Zach Stukes, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, picked Wake Forest over Bowling Green, Georgia Southern, Miami-Ohio and Middle Tennessee State. South Carolina and Vanderbilt also showed interest. An honorable mention all-area selection as a senior, he benches 330 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.9 seconds.

Boca Raton (FL) High WR Jimmie Sutton, rated one of the top 25 wide receivers in the nation, switched from Texas to N.C. State. He also had offers from Central Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Rutgers and West Virginia. A second-team Class 5A all-state selection as a utility player, he had 31 catches for 365 yards and scored three TDs as a senior. On defense, he had 20 tackles and three interceptions. As a junior, he had 47 receptions for 1,043 yards. A friend of NCSU sophomore Tramain Hall, Sutton said he changed his mind because he knows several Wolfpack players and he wanted to attend a school where it would be easier for his family to see him play. He benches 280 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.4 seconds at a Nike camp last summer. With a 2.4 GPA and a sub-820 SAT score, he must improve his academic credentials to qualify.

Dodge City (KS) Community College OL Woodly Telfort, formerly of North Miami (FL) High, chose South Carolina over Central Florida, Clemson and Southern Miss. He also had offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Purdue, Troy State and Tulsa. As a juco freshman in 2002, after attending one semester at Dodge City as a non-athlete, he was a second-team all-conference selection. In high school, he was a three-year starter and a three-time all-district selection. He originally signed with Pittsburgh in 2001 but failed to qualify. He benches 420 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.3 seconds.

Winston-Salem (NC) Carver DT Isaiah Thomas, rated one of the top 25 defensive linemen in the nation, chose North Carolina over NCSU and Tennessee. He also had offers from Clemson, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and others. A first-team all-state selection, he had 91 tackles and 12 sacks for a 15-0-1 Class 3A state championship team as a senior. A long-time UNC summer camper, he had 79 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior. Nicknamed “Puff,” he benches 420 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He has a 2.9 GPA and an 860 SAT score.

Atlanta (GA) Westlake DE Kwam Williams, rated one of the top 75 seniors in Georgia, picked Clemson over Kansas, Middle Tennessee State, Oklahoma State and Troy State. UNC also showed interest. A first-team all-city selection, he had 81 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior. He runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds.

Atlanta (GA) Mays DB Sam Williams, rated one of the top 75 seniors in Georgia, picked Georgia Tech over several Division I-AA schools. An honorable mention all-metro selection, he had 65 tackles and six interceptions as a senior. He runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds.

Dave Glenn, the editor and football recruiting analyst for the ACC Area Sports Journal, has been covering football recruiting and the ACC since 1987.

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