By Dave Glenn and staff, ACCSports.com
January 19, 2004 In early and mid-January, North Carolina and Clemson ( see chart) gained lots of momentum on the recruiting trail, with college football's annual signing period (Feb. 4-April 1 this year) looming on the horizon. Here are the league's latest commitment capsules, led by the Tar Heels' most recent additions, with most of the details provided directly by college coaches, high school coaches, the players or their families. East Tennessee State TE transfer Scott Brumett, formerly of Huntsville (TN) Scott, enrolled at North Carolina for the spring semester. Because ETSU dropped its football program, he is eligible immediately under NCAA rules. A three-year starter at linebacker, Brumett led his team with 94 tackles as a sophomore and had 64 as a junior, including 9.5 for loss. One of his fellow linebackers at ETSU last fall, Marco Bryant, is a former UNC defensive back. In high school, Brumett was an all-state selection as a linebacker in 1999, and he compiled more than 5,000 yards in career total offense as a quarterback. Brumett, who is projected as a tight end for the Tar Heels, has one season of eligibility remaining. Chesapeake (VA) Deep Creek RB Antwain Carey, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Virginia, opted for North Carolina over N.C. State (visit). He also had offers from ECU, Marshall, Syracuse and Virginia Tech, although the Hokies withdrew their offer after landing another tailback. As a senior, Carey played only three games (400-plus yards, four touchdowns) because of a foot injury, and he was scheduled to undergo surgery for the problem in late January. As a junior, he rushed for 1,102 yards and 20 TDs while averaging 9.3 yards per carry. He also missed part of his sophomore season with a broken foot. Deep Creek graduates on Division I-A rosters in 2003 included LB James Anderson (VT), WR Chris Clifton (VT), OL Gary Freeman (ECU), DB DeAngelo Hall (VT), WR Josh Hyman (VT), LB Darius Leak (UConn), LB Donte Newsome (Marshall), LB Vegas Robinson (VT), DT Paul Sinclair (Marshall) and DE Darryl Tapp (VT). Former Deep Creek FB Deon Dyer had a very successful career at UNC (1996-99) and in the NFL. Carey, who runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds, was part of a Deep Creek 400-meter relay team that won the Championship of America at the prestigious Penn Relays in 2003. With a 2.5 GPA and a sub-800 SAT score, he must improve his GPA/SAT combination to meet NCAA minimum standards for freshman eligibility. His main recruiter with the Tar Heels is tight ends coach Ken Browning. Boiling Springs (SC) High WR Brooks Foster, rated one of the top 10 seniors in South Carolina, picked North Carolina over Kentucky (visit) and Maryland (visit). He also had offers from Clemson, Duke, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. As a senior, he had 45 receptions for 750 yards and seven touchdowns, plus two kick returns for scores. As a junior, he had 30 receptions for about 700 yards and six TDs. Davidson, Mercer, Western Carolina and others recruited him for basketball, and he plans to be a walk-on for the UNC hoops team. On the hardcourt, he averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game as a junior, and he's averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds so far this season. He benches 280 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.55 seconds. He has a 3.7 GPA and a 980 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Tar Heels is running backs coach Andre' Powell. Robersonville (NC) Roanoke WR/DB Trimane Goddard, rated one of the top 10 skill athletes in the nation, chose childhood favorite North Carolina over FSU, Tennessee and Virginia (visit). He also had offers from Colorado, Duke, ECU, Georgia, NCSU, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. A three-time first-team all-state selection, he had 1,881 rushing yards, 900 passing yards and 36 touchdowns (25 rushing, 11 passing) for a 7-2-1 team as a senior. He also had 102 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions on defense, and he was named the state's Mr. Football in Class 1A. As a junior, playing mostly quarterback and cornerback, he had 1,856 rushing yards, 942 passing yards and 39 touchdowns (27 rushing, 12 passing) on offense, with 117 tackles and six interceptions on defense, for an 11-3 team. His career numbers at Roanoke included 5,050 rushing yards, 3,038 passing yards, 64 touchdowns, 375 tackles and 21 interceptions. Also an outstanding baseball prospect (.486 batting average; 7-3 pitching record as a junior), he also may play on the diamond at UNC. He runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds. He has a 2.6 GPA and an 860 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Tar Heels is tight ends coach Ken Browning. Little Rock (AR) Pulaski DB Stephen Green, rated one of the top 10 seniors in Arkansas, chose North Carolina (one of first offers, last spring) over Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska. He also had offers from Boston College, Colorado, Iowa and Vanderbilt. One of his half-brothers, Greg Wesley, plays safety for Kansas City in the NFL, and Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil (a good friend of UNC head coach John Bunting, who played for Vermeil in the NFL) recommended Green to the Tar Heels. Another of Green's half-brothers, Dante Wesley, plays cornerback for the NFL's Carolina Panthers. As a senior, Green rushed for 1,602 yards and scored 25 touchdowns for a 13-2 state championship team, with 99 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks on defense. As a junior, he rushed 133 times for 932 yards and seven TDs, with 26 receptions for 189 yards and another score. He benches 250 pounds, runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds and has won state (6-8) and AAU (6-10) championships in the high jump. He has a 2.8 GPA and a 19 ACT score. His main recruiter with the Tar Heels is offensive line coach Hal Hunter. UNC doesn't normally recruit Arkansas, but Hunter discovered Green while on a trip to his assigned area in Louisiana. Sarasota (FL) Booker DB Daniel Phelps, rated one of the top 150 seniors in Florida, opted for North Carolina over Indiana (visit), Louisville and South Florida. He also had offers from Central Florida, ECU, Iowa State, Kentucky and Southern Miss. An honorable mention Class 3A all-state selection, he rushed 48 times for 262 yards on offense and had 72 tackles on defense as a senior for a 13-1 team. As a junior, he had five interceptions and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns. Booker graduates on Division I-A rosters in 2003 included DE Baraka Atkins (Miami), DB Abe Brown (Louisville), DB Johnnie Jones (South Florida) and PK Matt Leach (Florida). Phelps benches 250 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds. His main recruiter with the Tar Heels is offensive line coach Hal Hunter. Tallahassee (FL) Godby WR Del Roberts, rated one of the top 75 seniors in Florida, opted for North Carolina over Iowa (visit), Louisville and Syracuse. He also had offers from Central Florida, Connecticut, Iowa State, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee State, Nebraska, Toledo, Troy State and Vanderbilt, but not hometown favorite Florida State. A first-team Class 3A all-state selection as a utility player, he had a school-record 69 receptions for 1,054 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior for a 6-6 team. A three-year starter, he set career records for catches (117), yards (1,799) and TD receptions (15). Godby graduates on Division I-A rosters in 2003 included DB Jarvis Adams (Northwestern), DB Carlos Andrews (Alabama), WR Landel Bembo (Syracuse), RB Reggie Davis (N.C. State), WR Chavez Donnings (South Carolina), TE Tarry Givens (Alabama), OL Brian Johnson (LSU), LB Edmund Miles (Iowa) and DB Mike Williams (Kentucky). Also an excellent return man, Roberts benches 300 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds. He has a 3.0 GPA and a 17 ACT score. His main recruiter with the Tar Heels is receivers coach Gunter Brewer. East Tennessee State DB transfer Gerald Sensabaugh, formerly of Kingsport (TN) Dobyns-Bennett, enrolled at North Carolina for the spring semester after also considering Michigan. Because ETSU dropped its football program, he is eligible immediately under NCAA rules. A three-year starter and two-time first-team All-Southern Conference selection, Sensabaugh was a third-team Division I-AA All-American pick in 2003 as a junior, when he had 74 tackles, two sacks, eight pass breakups and five blocked kicks for a 5-7 team. As a high school senior, he had 42 receptions for 480 yards and scored seven touchdowns, earning Class 5A honorable mention all-state honors. He also was the Tennessee triple jump champion in May 2001. Sensabaugh, who is projected as a safety for the Tar Heels, has one season of eligibility remaining.
Others Select Area Schools Brooklyn (NY) Poly OL Idris Izzy Bauta, rated one of the top 10 seniors in New York, committed to Duke over Maryland (visit) and Ohio State (visit). He also had offers from Indiana, Rutgers and South Florida. His brother Lavdrim is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman for the Blue Devils. Izzy said he also likes the academic reputation of the school, the family atmosphere of the players, the level of competition in the ACC and the direction of the program under new head coach Ted Roof. As a senior, Bauta helped his team post an 8-1 record. Poly Prep graduates on Division I-A rosters in 2003 included RB Lance Bennett (Indiana), LB Brian Flores (Boston College), DB I-Perfection Harris (Georgia Tech), WR Patrick Kunle (Northwestern), FB John Pannozzo (Indiana), DE Kwakou Robinson (Virginia) and RB Marcus Wilson (Notre Dame). Bauta, who (like his brother) is projected as a guard for the Blue Devils, benches 310 pounds, squats 600 and runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He has a 3.4 GPA and a 1,050 SAT score. His main recruiter at Duke is inside linebackers coach Brad Sherrod. Bluefield (VA) Graham DB Ahmad Bradshaw, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Virginia, picked Virginia over West Virginia. Maryland, Tennessee (visit) and Virginia Tech (visit) also showed interest. A two-time first-team Group 2A all-state selection, he rushed for 2,557 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior. As a junior, when he was named the Group 2A player of the year, he rushed 224 times for 2,282 yards and 27 TDs, with 36 receptions for 390 yards and three more scores. His career totals over four seasons: 553 rushes for 5,265 yards and 66 TDs; 88 receptions for 1,569 yards and 18 TDs; 45 punt returns for 1,019 yards and four TDs; 44 kickoff returns for 993 yards and two TDs; 479 tackles and 10 interceptions, two for scores. Also a high-scoring (34 points per game so far this season) guard in basketball, he was a first-team Group 2A all-state pick on the hardcourt as a junior and recently surpassed 1,000 career points. Projected as a safety (the other position he played for Graham) for the Cavaliers, he runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He has a 2.5 GPA but still needs a qualifying SAT score. His main recruiter with the Cavaliers was running backs coach Kevin Ross, who recently left UVa to become the offensive coordinator for his father Bobby Ross at Army. Salinas (CA) North RB Ronnie Drummer, rated one of the top 250 seniors in California, chose Duke over Wyoming. Kansas State and UCLA were two of the many schools that recruited him for track, and Colorado offered a football grant last summer before going in other directions. Born and raised in Florida, Drummer moved to California for high school but said he's been looking for a way to get back to the East Coast. He said he particularly likes new head coach Ted Roof, new assistant coach David Kelly (who recently left Stanford), the direction of the program and the academic reputation of the school. His commitment represents a change in philosophy for Duke, which had only one California product (QB Adam Smith) on its 2003 roster and didn't have a coach assigned to the Golden State under former coach Carl Franks. As a senior, Drummer rushed for a school-record 1,783 yards and scored 18 touchdowns. As a junior, he rushed 154 times for 1,136 yards and 11 TDs. A top-ranked sprinter in track who was a state finalist in the 100 and 200 meters last year, he repeatedly ran the 40-yard dash in sub-4.4 times at various summer camps in 2003. He has a 3.4 GPA and a qualifying SAT score. Columbia (SC) Spring Valley DE Mack Frost, rated one of the top 10 seniors in South Carolina, chose Maryland over Auburn, Florida, South Carolina (visit) and Virginia. He also had offers from Clemson, Duke, Kentucky, UNC, NCSU, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. He said he particularly likes the Terps' coaching staff and recent records, and he said Maryland is the closest to winning a national championship of the schools that offered him a scholarship. A three-year starter, Frost had 66 tackles and five sacks for an 8-5 team as a senior, when he earned honorable mention all-state honors. As a junior, he had 77 tackles and six sacks for an 8-5 team. Spring Valley graduates who were on major Division I-A rosters in 2003 included LB Michael Boulware (FSU), FB Steven Jackson (Clemson) and LB Travis Williams (Auburn). Frost benches 320 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. He has a 3.3 GPA and a 1,080 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Terps is outside linebackers coach Al Seamonson. Greenbelt (MD) Roosevelt DT Jared Gaither, rated one of the top 10 seniors in Maryland, opted for Maryland over Clemson, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. He also had offers from Pittsburgh and Temple. As a senior, in his only season of organized football, he had 89 tackles and eight sacks for a defense that posted six shutouts, becoming an honorable mention all-state selection and a sought-after Division I-A target despite being completely off the gridiron radar prior to the 2003 season. As a tight end, he had three receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Also an outstanding basketball prospect, he committed to South Carolina for hoops in September over Charlotte, George Mason and Providence before deciding to pursue football at the college level. As a junior, he averaged 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks per game on the hardwood. Roosevelt, one of the top programs in Maryland, has sent numerous players to the Terps in recent years, including RB Josh Allen, DB Chris Choice, DT Charles Hill, WR Mancel Johnson, WR Jermaine Lewis and 2004 LB/DE commitment George Covington. Roosevelt graduates on Division I-A rosters in 2003 included Allen, Choice, DB Mike Crumpler (Bowling Green), DB Anthony Davis (Temple), DB Derrick Johnson (UNC), DE Matthew Rice (Penn State), LB Derron Thomas (Pittsburgh), LB Ricky Walston (Toledo) and DB Marvin Ward (Northwestern). Gaither benches 300 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He has a 2.3 GPA and still needs a qualifying SAT score. His main recruiter with the Terps is receivers coach James Franklin. Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek OL Andrew Gardner, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, selected Georgia Tech over Wake Forest. He also had offers from Duke, Furman and Navy. A Class 4A honorable mention all-state selection as a senior, he helped a 10-1 team that averaged more than 36 points per game. Sandy Creek graduates on Division I-A rosters in 2003 included walk-on FB/TE Gavin Bourgeois (Georgia Tech), DT Jonathan Callahan (MTSU), RB Kelvin German (MTSU), DT Kendric Golston (Georgia), DB Jermaine Harris (South Carolina), RB J.R. Lemon (Stanford), OL Brandon McCloud (Troy State) and DB Riley Swanson (Wake Forest). A projected tackle who gained 30 pounds (to 285) between his junior and senior seasons, Gardner runs the 40 in 4.9 seconds. He has a GPA over 3.0 and an SAT score over 1,000. Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek WR Calvin Johnson, rated one of the top 25 receivers in the nation, picked Georgia Tech over Georgia (visit). He also had offers from Auburn, Florida, Maryland, UNC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. He said he particularly likes the Tech coaching staff, the school's engineering program and the location (20 minutes from his home) of the campus. When the Yellow Jackets had an in-home visit with Johnson, Tech's entire offensive staff attended, and he surprised them by making his decision in their presence. A first-team Class 4A all-state selection, Johnson had 40 catches for 820 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior for a 10-1 team. As a junior, he had 34 receptions for 780 yards and 10 TDs for a 7-4 team. He benches 250 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He has a 3.0 GPA and a 960 SAT score. St. Louis (MO) Gateway WR Jarrell Johnson, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Missouri, picked Georgia Tech over Arkansas State. Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State also showed interest. Johnson has relatives in the Atlanta area, and he said he's always been a fan of the Yellow Jackets. As a senior, playing for a run-based offense, he had nine receptions for 274 yards and nine rushes for 131 yards for a 5-5 team, with 55 tackles and two interceptions on defense. He has a 3.5 GPA and a qualifying SAT score. Minneapolis (MN) Breck WR Brandon Robinson, rated one of the top 10 skill athletes in the nation, chose Boston College over Colorado (visit), UCLA (visit) and Vanderbilt (visit) after he was denied admission to Stanford (favorite). He also had offers from California, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He said he particularly likes BC's coaching staff, the academic-athletic balance in the program and the small class sizes at the school. An all-state receiver and placekicker, he set school records for career points (453) and single-season points (226 in 2003). As a senior, he had a school-record 82 receptions for 1,566 yards and a school-record 24 touchdowns as a receiver, plus four interceptions as a cornerback, for a 14-0 Class 2A state championship team. As a junior, he had 53 receptions for 777 yards and 11 TDs as a receiver and eight interceptions as a cornerback for a 10-2 team. He runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He has a 3.3 GPA, a 24 ACT score and a 1,090 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Eagles is assistant head coach Jerry Petercuskie. Sarasota (FL) Riverview LB/DB Charles Robinson, rated one of the top 250 seniors in Florida, opted for Duke over East Carolina, Hofstra and Southern Illinois. Riverview graduates on Division I-A rosters in 2003 included DB Jahmile Addae (West Virginia), DB Trae Gomes (Central Florida), WR Chris Hannon (Tennessee), OL Steve Rissler (Florida) and LB Courtney Watson (Notre Dame). Projected as a safety or outside linebacker for the Blue Devils, Robinson runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds.
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