By Dave Glenn, ACC Sports Journal
October 28, 2002 Every year on the football recruiting trail, there's an extended lull between the flood of summer commitments and the end of the high school football season. Here are some details on the four prospects who committed to ACC area schools in the last two weeks: Chattanooga (TN) Notre Dame WR Adarius Bowman, rated one of the top 25 wide receivers in the nation, committed to North Carolina over Georgia and Tennessee. Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Marshall, Mississippi, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest also
offered scholarships. He had 52 receptions
(a school record) for 1,339 yards and scored 20 touchdowns last season. He runs the
40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds and won the 2001-02 Tennessee championship in the high jump.
UNC also has early commitments from four other prep All-Americans: Wilmington
(NC) Laney DT Marcus Hands, Wendell (NC) East Wake DE Terry Hunter,
Cherry Hill (NJ) Camden Catholic LB Joe Kedra and Rocky Mount (NC) High
Pickens (SC) High OL Marion Dukes, rated one of the top 25 seniors in South Carolina, chose Clemson over Georgia and USC. He also had offers from Army, Maryland, MTSU, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. UNC, NCSU, Tennessee and Virginia also showed interest. Dukes grew up rooting for the Tigers, both of his parents are long-time IPTAY members and his home is located less than 30 minutes from Clemson. He benches 325 pounds, squats 475 and runs the 40 in 5.0 seconds. He has a 3.0 GPA and scored 950 on the SAT and 26 on the ACT.
Shelby (NC) Crest WR Travis Lee, rated one of the top 25 seniors in North Carolina, opted for South Carolina over Georgia. He also had offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech and UNC. As a junior, he had 33 receptions for 833 yards and 10 TDs. He benches 275 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He has a 2.9 GPA and scored 880 on the SAT.
Washington (DC) Woodson DB Roland Minor, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Maryland/D.C., chose Virginia Tech over Penn State and Temple. Maryland and Virginia also showed interest. Also an excellent prep receiver and return man with 4.4 speed in the 40, he runs the 200 (21.8 seconds) and 400 meters in track and is a six-foot high jumper. He has a 3.2 GPA and scored 1,030 on the SAT.
Talented Targets Head Elsewhere
Butler (AL) Patrician Academy OL Brian Anderson, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Alabama, committed to Mississippi State over Southern Miss and Troy State. Georgia Tech and LSU also showed interest. ... Dalton (GA) High TE Cole Bennett, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, opted for Auburn over Georgia Tech and MTSU. ... Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha OL/DT Cornelius Campbell, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Maryland, selected Syracuse over interest from Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest. ... Clearwater (FL) Central Catholic LB/DE Nick Capogna, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Florida, committed to South Florida over Connecticut, Central Florida and San Diego State. An all-county selection as a junior, he's a four-year starter who has played fullback, tight end, linebacker and defensive end. His brother Vinny is a freshman linebacker for the Bulls. ... Orlando (FL) Olympia LB Randy Dozier, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Florida, picked Central Florida over ECU. Florida, NCSU and USC also showed interest.
Cairo (GA) High OL Tom Gainous, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, chose Georgia over Alabama-Birmingham and MTSU. Auburn, Central Florida and FSU also showed interest. ... LaGrange (GA) Troup County DE Avery Hannibal, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, picked Mississippi State over Central Florida, ECU and Troy State. FSU and Georgia also showed interest. ... Buford (GA) High WR/DB Mike Henderson, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, picked Georgia over interest from Alabama, Clemson and Georgia Tech. A first-team Class A selection as a junior, he's a 155-pound special teams playmaker with legit 4.4 speed. ... Warner Robins (GA) Houston County TE/DE Trahern Holden, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, picked Georgia over Wake Forest. Clemson, Georgia Tech, Indiana, USC and Vanderbilt also showed interest. ... Shreveport (LA) Evangel Christian DB Chad Johnson, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Louisiana, selected Texas Tech over Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado State, Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and others.
Roswell (GA) High OL Merritt Kirchoffer, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, picked Vanderbilt over interest from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska and USC. ... Lexington (KY) Catholic WR John Logan, rated one of the top 25 wide receivers in the nation, opted for Kentucky over Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Tennessee. He also had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wake Forest. ... Lilburn (GA) Parkview OL Zeb McKinzey, rated one of the top 25 offensive linemen in the nation, selected Georgia over Clemson and FSU. An excellent student (3.5 GPA, 1,190 SAT), he also had offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Central Florida, Georgia Tech, MTSU, South Florida, Tulane and Vanderbilt. ... D'Iberville (MS) High DT Sean Merrill, rated one of the top 25 defensive linemen in the nation, picked Mississippi over Florida, LSU, USC and Tennessee. He also had offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Marshall, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Rice, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt. ... Ballwin (MO) Parkway West TE/DE Will Paul, rated one of the top 10 tight ends in the nation, selected Michigan over Clemson, Illinois, LSU, Nebraska and Wisconsin. He had more than 30 scholarship offers.
Smiths (AL) Smith Station LB Mitchell Thomas, rated one of the top 25 linebackers in the nation, opted for Alabama over Florida, LSU, USC and Vanderbilt. He also had offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Notre Dame. ... Thomson (GA) High LB Danny Verdun, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Georgia, opted for Georgia over Auburn and Florida. Clemson, Colorado and USC also showed interest. ... Rockmart (GA) High RB/LB Danny Ware, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Georgia, picked Georgia over Clemson and UNC. He also had offers from Alabama-Birmingham, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tulane. ... Winter Park (FL) Trinity Prep P Eric Wilbur, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Florida, committed to Florida over Central Florida and Miami. FSU and Notre Dame also showed interest.
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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