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Georgia State football has held official visits the last two weekends at their downtown Atlanta campus and the fruits of that labor have paid off with two more commitments to the 2012 recruiting cycle. According to his high school coach Victor Floyd, Avery Sweeting of Brunswick HS is the 18th verbal pledge and Jah-Mai Davidson of Brookwood HS per The Gwinnett Daily Post is the 19th verbal pledges for coach Bill Curry and his coaching staff.
Sweeting is a 5'9, 160lbs slot wide receiver with tremendous speed. While small in stature, he has tremendous acceleration and may be one of the fastest players in the state. He has tremendous agility, change of direction and game breaking speed. Dallas Jackson of RivalsHigh described Avery as "hard to cover" and "may be on the fastest players" at a 7 on 7 event in South Carolina his past summer. He could be an immediate candidate for kick returning duties for the Panthers.
Davidson is a 6'4, 260lbs defensive line prospect with good lower body strength. Jah-Mai could project at either an edge player or with his hand on the ground at defensive end. He has above average feet and works hard to get to the football. Davidson is a fighter and works well in open space. He could project at nearly 285lbs with college level strength and conditioning.
Georgia State football is expected to sign 22-25 players on National Signing Day.
Georgia State football continues its torrid pace on the recruiting trail as the Panthers picked up another talented prospect for the 2012 cycle. Per his classmates Twitter account and confirmed within sources close to Boyan, Eau Claire HS (Columbia, South Carolina) Athlete Marquis Boyan has verbally committed to head coach Bill Curry and staff.
Boyan is a 5'11, 185lbs athlete who played a multitude of positions for the Shamrocks including quarterback, strong safety and wide receiver. He is being recruiting at safety for the Panthers who lost starter Brandon Jones and back up Jocquez Fears to graduation in 2011. Boyan is a tremendous hitter from the strong safety position and does not shy away from contact. He has very good burst and upper body strength at this stage in his development. Georgia State beat out Marshall, Arkansas State and Furman.
2010 Highlights (Jr. Year)
Boyan is the 17th committment of the 2012 class. Georgia State is expected to sign 20-24 players from four states on February 1st.
Georgia State football has faced its share of challenges on the field this season playing a brutal schedule in its second year of existence but the coaching staff has continued to roar off the field landing another commitment from a talented prospect. According to Keith Niebuhr of Rivals.com, Portal HS defensive tackle Joe Lockley made it official and pledged his service to Georgia State coaching staff.
Lockley is a 6'1, 290lbs defensive tackle/nose guard prospect with tremendous athleticism for someone his size. He also serves as the Portal's place kicker. Joe also competes in track and field with a personal best 123-10' in the discus and 32-1' in the shot put. Joe also had offers from future Sun Belt member South Alabama and interest from multiple SEC and ACC schools.
Georgia State now has 16 verbal commits for the 2012 cycle and could sign as many as 22 players on National Signing Day on February 1st.
Georgia State football continues to roll on the recruiting trail and picked up another speedy athlete to bolster its roster for the 2012 recruiting cycle. Per Chad Simmons of Scout.com, Lake Marion HS (SC) Athlete Chris Jenkins has verbally committed to head coach Bill Curry and the Panthers coaching staff.
Jenkins is 5'10, 170 multi dimensional athlete who projects at either slot wide receiver or cornerback at the next level. He has very good speed and acceleration. Primarily used as a dual threat QB at the high school level, Jenkins shows tremendous burst and very good downfield vision.
In 2010, Chris rushed for 1250 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground. He also passed for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air. Jenkins also played very well in the defensive backfield breaking up six passes and totaling 23 tackles on the year.
Georgia State was the first school to offer Jenkins who chose the Panthers over offers from Charlotte and Presbyterian. Charles is the first commit from South Carolina in this cycle but will join three other natives in LT Ramell Davis, WR Jordan Giles, RT Grant King on the roster. He is the 15th verbal commit of this cycle.
Purnell is a 5’9, 170lbs prospect with elite speed, as he has been clocked as fast as 4.48 in the 40 yard dash. He is begin utilized as a running back in the Lions offense but has very good hands. Purnell is being recruited as an Athlete right now but could easily make an immediate impact on special teams and possibly as a slot wide receiver in the Panthers offense.
Charles may remind college football fans in the southeast of former Ole Miss RB Dexter McLuster because of his speed and versatility. He chose Georgia State over offers from Kentucky and Arkansas State.
Purnell is the 14th commit for this cycle and 10th prospect from the state of Georgia. Georgia State is expected to sign 20-22 players next February.
Rice joins Grayson teammate Garrett Gorringe in the Class of 2012 and is the second defensive end prospect to pledge his services, joining Liberty County HS Melvin King, to coach Bill Curry this recruiting cycle. Georgia State football expects to sign between 18-22 players in February.
Georgia State football had an unfavorable result in Week 2 on the field but they continue to rock and roll off the field raking in another commit for the 2012 recruiting cycle. According to Street Light Productions, Safety Deion Anderson out of Auburn (Alabama) HS has verbally committed to the Panthers coaching staff.
Anderson is a 6'1, 180lbs free safety prospect with big play ability and willingness to make a huge hit. He is a very good tackler in the secondary and has very good recognition skills as always seems to be around the football. Georgia State is Deion's first public offer to this point. He also has the frame to carry an additional 15-20lbs with college level strength and conditioning.
Deion is the third Alabama high school prospect to commit to Georgia State joining Dothan HS teammates OLB Joseph Peterson and OG Aaron Thomas. Georgia State is expected to sign 20-22 players next February.
Georgia State football received another bit of good news as the team prepares for its second season as the coaching staff received a much needed verbal from a local Quarterback prospect. According to Thompson's Facebook page, McEachern HS Trent Thompson has verbally committed to Georgia State.
Will be a Georgia State Panther next fall!
Thompson is 6'2, 185 pound left handed Pro Style QB with very good arm strength and accuracy. Thompson is an average athlete but makes up with very good feel for pressure and very good touch on passes. He played in a back up role in 2010 as Senior QB Dondre Purnell got the majority of the starts for the Indians. Per Keith Niebuhr of Rivals.com, Thompson threw 14 touchdowns and only 3 INTs in limited action. is an excellent student reporting a 3.5 GPA. Thompson committed after visiting the Georgia State practice facility this morning.
Thompson is the 12th prospect to commit this summer and is the 8th from the state of Georgia. Georgia State football is expected to sign 18-20 players in February.
The calendar has been turned to August but Georgia State football continues to roar on the recruiting trail as they picked up their 11th commitment for the 2012 recruiting cycle. Per Keith Niebuhr of Rivals.com, defensive end Melvin King of Liberty County HS is the newest prospect to give his verbal pledge to coach Bill Curry and the Panthers.
King is a 6'4, 220 pound weakside defensive end prospect with tremendous quickness out of his stance. He has timed at 4.75 in the 40 yard dash and has very long arms. He's an above average athlete who also played tight end for Panthers. He is a very tackler from the defensive line position registering 51 stops in 2010. He also has the ability to drop into coverage breaking up four passes last season. He has a very good frame and could easily play in 255-260 pound range with college level strength and conditioning.
Junior Highlights (defensive highlights begin at 0:53):
King is the 11th prospect to commit this summer and is the 7th from the state of Georgia. Georgia State football is expected to sign 18-20 players in February.
While Fall practice is still nearly one week away, the Georgia State football coaching staff has wasted no time putting quality players in the pipeline for the 2012 recruiting cycle. According to Keith Niebuhr or Rivals.com, free safety Chris Jones out of Brooks County HS becomes verbal commit No. 10 for the Panthers this month.
Jones is a 6'1, 180lbs heavy hitter at the FS/Rover position. He has dynamic speed, posting a 10.68 in the 1-AA Area Region Track meet in 2011, and takes very good pursuit angles to the football. He is an impact player on special teams and has the frame to carry 200 pounds with ease.
Jones joins verbal commits ATH Nathan Schuster, OG Garett Gorringe, OT Trevor Flannigan, Safety Alex Reason, RB Jonathan Jean-Bart, WR Robert Theus, LB Joseph Peterson, OG Aaron Thomas and OLB Bryan Williams this month. Georgia State football is expected to sign 18-20 players next February.
Georgia State Football continues to rock and roll on the recruiting trail this summer as they've grabbed three promising offensive prospects from Georgia high schools. Per Eric Niebuhr of Rivals.com, ATH Nathan Schuster of Chattooga HS, OG Garrett Gorringe of Grayson HS and OT Trevor Flannigan of Trion HS have verbally committed to the Panthers. These give the second year team nine commits before the end of July.
Schuster is a 6'2, 200 dual threat quarterback from Chattooga HS in north Georgia. The Rome News and Tribune recognized him as an All Area player for his 2010 season:
Schuster was the unquestioned leader of the Indians offense at quarterback. He led the team in touchdowns, had five games of more than 100 yards rushing and accounted for more than 500 yards combined rushing and passing against Gordon Central.
Nathan also played strong safety and is a very good athlete playing baseball and basketball for the Indians. He is being recruited as an athlete for the Panthers and is a more than capable runner.
Gorringe is a 6'5, 270 pound offensive tackle prospect who has great hands, feet and a high ceiling. He was primarily utilized at left guard for the Rams in 2010 and has the frame to carry 295-300 pounds with college level strength and conditioning. Has very good mechanics when pass protecting and does a very good job getting his hands on the defensive player and maintaining his block. According to Paul Jones of BulldogBlitz.com, he also held offers from UAB, Ball State and Charlotte.
Flannigan is a 6'4, 270 pound offensive tackle prospect who is another under the radar guy who plays at a smaller school. According to his head coach David Humphreys, Trevor had active interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, FCS schools: Samford, Eastern Ky, Tenn. Tech., Air Force, Navy and several Ivy League Schools. In 2010, the Chattanooga Times Free Press named Trevor an All Georgia Offensive pick and mentioned that he graded out at 90 percent for the 2010 season and amassed 30 pancake blocks on the year. He is also an All-Area caliber wrestler who knows how to mix it up in the trenches.
Schuster, Gorringe and Flannigan join verbal commits Safety Alex Reason, RB Jonathan Jean-Bart, WR Robert Theus, LB Joseph Peterson, OG Aaron Thomas and OLB Bryan Williams this month. Georgia State football is expected to sign 18-20 players next February.
Georgia State football is a little over a month from beginning its second season but they have already made a huge impact on the recruiting trail securing their commitment No. 6 of the 2012 recruiting cycle. Safety Alex Reason out of West Mesquite HS in Mesquite, Texas verbally committed today announcing his decision via his Facebook page.
Reason is a 6'1, 190lbs free safety/rover prospect in the Panthers 3-4 has very good speed and flies to the football. He is a reckless tackler, very good in run support and swarms to the football. The Panthers were the first team to publically offer Reason and he is planning to visit campus in the next week or so. This summer Alex has camped at Oklahoma and Houston.
Reason joins verbal commitments RB Jonathan Jean-Bart, WR Robert Theus, LB Joseph Peterson, OG Aaron Thomas and OLB Bryan Williams this month. Georgia State football is expected to sign 18-20 players next February.
The 5'10, 192lbs power back has very good vision and quickness for his size. He is truly an under the radar guy but performed well at this summer's Under Armour camp in Atlanta which caught the coaching staffs eye and grabbed an offer. Jon had offers from Ball State and FCS Gardner-Webb.
Derrick Mahone of the Clayton News Daily gave us this scouting report on Jean-Bart:
He has played varsity since his sophomore season. Coach Mike Rozier nominated him for honorable mention All-Southern Crescent (Clayton & Henry counties school). Hasn't used him as much because of other offensive weapons, but does has pass-catching and running skills because of the team's offensive skills.
2010 stats: 11 games - 69 carries, 366 yards, 5 TDs rushing
13 catches, 158 yards, 2 TDs receiving
Georgia State football continues to roar on the recruiting trail and have offered three more scholarships for the 2012 recruiting cycle in WR Ghierry van der Kuyp, LB Andy Garcia and CB Adrian Burton per Chris Nee of Rivals.com.
Van der Kuyp is a 6'2, 180lbs X wide receiver out of Hialeah HS in Hialeah, FL. He has very good hands and above average speed. Ghierry is a very good route runner at this stage and has the ability to get behind corners. He registered more than 1000 all purpose yards, scored nine touchdowns and played WR, QB and Safety for the Thoroughbreds in 2010. He also has offers from Nebraska, Maryland and a handful of MAC schools.
Garcia is a 6'0, 217lbs middle linebacker prospect who also hails from Hialeah HS. He has tremendous speed (reportedly ran a 4.6 in the 40 yard dash at 217lbs) and is known across South Florida for his speed and strength. Andy has been called a "throwback" type of football players who is likely to fit right in to coach Bill Curry's team. He piled up guady stats in 2010 with 111 tackles, 12 sacks, 38 tackles for loss, 7 forced fumbles and 6 passes broken up. He also has offers from Kentucky, Vanderbilt and multiple MAC and Sun Belt conference schools.
Burton is a 5'10, 175lbs cornerback out of Blanche Ely HS in Pompano Beach, Florida. He has very good feet and quick hip turn (as shown in his Nike Camp film HERE). He fits the style well of a press coverage cornerback and will remind Panther fans as a younger D'Mario Gunn. Adrian also holds offers from Indiana, Southern Miss and multiple MAC schools.
The Panthers have already secured four verbal commitments in WR Robert Theus, LB Joseph Peterson, OG Aaron Thomas and OLB Bryan Williams this month. Georgia State football is expected to sign 16-18 players next February.
The Georgia State football coaching staff continues to comb the Southeast for talented prospects to fill the 2012 recruiting class. Fresh off their first four verbal commitments, the Panthers have extended offers to Collins Hill HS teammates Athlete Nick England and linebacker Jermichael Bailey and Trinity Episcopal (Natchez, MS) Athlete Jaborian McKenzie.
England is a 6'0, 170lbs athlete who played wide receiver in 2010 for the Eagles. I had a chance to catch up with Brandon Brigman of the Gwinnett Daily Post to discuss both Collins Hill prospects:
He's Gwinnett County's second leading returning receiver, but he'll probably see more time at running back this fall. He also has offers from Central Michigan, Troy, Florida International, which are fairly decent [FBS] programs.
Bailey is a 6'1, 210lbs outside linebacker prospect with a very agility and recognition skills.
Brigman's Breakdown on Bailey:
I think State has a really good shot with him, right now. His only other offer is from Wofford. His stock could rise, though, this fall as he's probably the best returning player on defense.
‘Tip' McKenzie is a 5'9, 175lbs athlete who plays running back, wide receiver and returns kicks for Trinity Episcopal. He had eye popping numbers in 2010 with 58 carries, 812 yards and 8 TDs on the ground and 35 catches for 797 yards and 14 TDs through the air. He has verbally committed to Southern Miss but the Panthers coaching staff is still recruiting him hard.
Georgia State turned quite a few heads with the depth of offers and mileage logged on the recruiting trail thus far for the 2012 recruiting cycle. Coach Bill Curry and staff continue to reap the rewards of this work as they received their fourth verbal committment, according to Rivals.com Keith Niebuhr, in Chamblee HS wide receiver Robert Theus.
Theus is a 6'1, 180lbs wide receiver with very good speed and plays very physical for his size. He has long arms and very good hands. He was utilized as a Wildcat quarterback by the Bulldog coaching staff in 2010 but projects as a Y wide receiver in the Panthers offense. Robert has very good change of direction and agility.
Theus is the first commit from the state of Georgia and joins Dothan HS teammates OG Aaron Thomas, OLB Jordan Peterson and Miramar HS (Florida) OLB Bryan Williams in the growing class. Georgia State is expected to sign 16-18 players on signing day in February 2012.
Per Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Miramar HS standout linebacker Bryan Williams has given the Panthers coaching staff a verbal commitment.
The 6'3, 200lbs outside linebacker has above average speed and makes plays around the football. He jumped at his first offer and according to Carvell, has increasing recruiting interest from South Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State, Florida Atlantic and Central Florida.
Williams led his Miramar in tackles in 2010 and has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.69 seconds. He has a 2.9 GPA, plans to be in law enforcement and discussed his future ambitions post-football:
"I want to take crime off the street and make the world better."
Williams joins Dothan HS teammates Joseph Peterson and Aaron Thomas as the first three commitments of this cycle. Schools in Georgia State's classification rarely get verbal pledges in July and the Panthers coaching staff is expected to take a class in the range of 16-18 prospects in February
Georgia State Football grabbed their second verbal commitment of the 2012 cycle today and it came from the same site as the first Dothan High School in Dothan, AL. OG Aaron Thomas gave the coaching staff his pledge according to Rivals.com Keith Niebuhr.
Thomas is a 6'3, 290lbs offensive lineman lined up at left tackle in 2010 for the Tigers but projects at left guard at the collegiate level. He has very good bend and has very good strength in his lower body. Aaron is very agile for someone his size and has solid lateral quickness. He finishes his blocks well and plays very low for someone his size. Aaron also held an offer from South Alabama.
The Georgia State coaching staff is expected to take three players on the offensive line in this class. Aaron joins outside linebacker Joseph Peterson, who made his commitment official in June, as the Panthers first two verbal pledges.
Fresh off its first verbal, the Georgia State football coaching staff continues to shell out offers to talented defensive players out of South Georgia. Defensive tackle Derious Bennett of Carver (Columbus) HS and linebacker Mark Thomas of Glynn Academy now hold offers from the Panthers.
Bennett is a 6'0, 285 lbs dominant defensive tackle prospect with great hands and good quickness. He is the prototypical nose guard in the Panthers 3-4 defense. Derious has tremendous lower body strength and utilizes his power very effectively. He also holds offers from Houston, Marshall, Wake Forest and Arkansas State.
Thomas is a 6'3, 210lbs who is very quick to the football. He was very productive in 2010 at the defensive end position piling up 75 tackles but projects as an outside linebacker at the collegiate level. He actually started his career at strong safety and continued to get bigger giving you an idea about his athletic ability. Mark also holds offers from Georgia Southern and The Citadel.
The Georgia State football team has hit the recruiting trail hard to reload for the 2012 recruiting cycle and it's paid off with its first commitment from an out of state prospect. According to 247sports.com linebacker Joseph Peterson of Dothan HS in Dothan, Alabama has given his verbal pledge to the Panther coaching staff.
Peterson is a 6'0, 210lbs outside linebacker who is a tackling machine. He is very quick to the football and has a frame to hold 20+lbs with college level strength and conditioning. As a Junior, he piled up 123 tackles, four sacks, six tackles for loss.
Joseph committed sight unseen but plans to visit the Atlanta campus later this summer. He is currently classified as a "soft" commit as he will take additional visits this summer and Fall. He was holding offers to Southern Miss and Western Kentucky.
Georgia State is expected to sign 15-18 players on National Signing Day on February 1, 2012.
The Georgia State football team continued to extend offers as the calendar creeps toward July. Defensive end Steven Cornellier out Bishop King HS in Jacksonville, FL and wide receiver Andrew Everett out of Collins Hill HS now hold grants in aid from the Panthers for the 2012 cycle.
Cornellier is a 6'3, 225lbs strongside defensive end with impressive speed and strength. He plays with a low base and has a frame to easily add 20+ lbs without losing speed or quickness. Named All-District and All-City in 2010 after racking up 75 tackles and 14 sacks. He currently holds offers from Florida International and an academic package from Air Force.
Everett is a 6'4, 190lbs wide receiver with excellent hands and above average speed. He is very tough and actually plays defensive end for the Eagles as well. Andrew can stretch the field and has the frame to continue to get stronger. He also holds offers from Southern Miss, Ball State, UMASS and FCS Gardner-Webb.
The Georgia State football team has reported for summer workouts to work with the strength and conditioning staff to prepare for the 2011 season while their coaching staff, led by Bill Curry, continues to comb the Southeast for impact players for 2012. The Panthers latest offers are to DE James Mathis, ATH John Silas and C Kyron Samuels.
Mathis is a 6'0, 250lbs strongside defensive end from Lowndes HS with very good burst and great hands. He has very good upper body strength and is powerful in collapsing the pocket from the defensive tackle or defensive end spot. James has a very good swim move and looks to be a good athlete for his size. He also hold offers from Troy and FCS Samford.
Silas is a 6'0, 207lbs linebacker prospect from Hillgrove HS. He is a solid tackler who is likely projected as at outside linebacker at the college level. John also holds an offer from Ball State and academic packages to Air Force and Navy.
Samuels is a 6'2, 295lbs BCS caliber center prospect from the Fairhope School in Fairhope, AL. He is one of the strongest offensive line prospects in the state of Alabama. Already listed as a 3 star prospect, Kyron has increasing interest from Auburn and Alabama holding more than a dozen offers from Sun Belt, MAC and FCS schools.
Georgia State football continues to make inroads on the recruiting trail this summer as the coaching staff has extended offers to four prospects for the 2012 cycle. Offensive tackle Jackson Buonamia, quarterback Trent Thompson, offensive tackle/defensive tackle Josh Brown, linebacker Jatavis Brown and wide receiver Rokeem Williams now hold grants in aid for the downtown Atlanta school.
Buonamia is a 6'3, 280lbs offensive lineman who has played both tackle and guard positions at Brookwood HS. He protected current Georgia State freshman quarterback Ben McClane and comes highly recommended. He projects as a guard on the collegiate level and has good drive and solid hands. Jackson also holds offers from Buffalo, Arkansas State, Ball State and an academic package to Air Force.
Thompson is a 6'2, 180lbs left handed pro style quarterback from McEachern HS. He is a tall, left-handed signal caller who is very good at throwing on the run. Trent heads into his third year as the starting quarterback for the Indians. He also was an attendee of the Bill Curry prospect camp and had a tremendous showing leading to the increased interest. This is Trent's first scholarship offer.
Brown is a 6'4, 262lbs defensive tackle prospect from South Aiken HS. He played along the offensive line and defensive tackle in 2010 but projects as a defensive tackle/nose guard in the Panther 3-4 scheme. He has the frame to easily play at 285-290lbs with college level strength and conditioning.
Brown is a 6'1, 190lbs linebacker prospect out of Glades Central HS in Belle Glade, FL. The coaching staff is very familiar with the area of Florida called "The Muck" as DB coach Anthony Midget is from the area as are current Panthers OL B Robert Ferguson and WR-P Bo Schlechter. Rumors spread back in February that Brown may have committed to Miami after a strong showing at the ‘Canes Junior Day but Brown confirmed he had not received an offer. Jatavis does also hold an offer from East Carolina, Marshall and FCS Illinois State.
Williams is a 6'2, 190lbs wide receiver from Williston Elko HS and is considered one of the top offensive weapons in the state of South Carolina. He has tremendous speed and very good agility on a growing frame. He put up impressive stats in 2010 with 36 catches for 805 yards and 7 touchdowns. Rokeem also holds an offer from Miami (OH) and has increasing interest from Clemson and East Carolina.
Georgia State is expected to sign between 15-18 players in the 2012 recruiting cycle.
"I like the location and I'm very interested in the School of Medicine that's going to open. I like how it's a new program trying to be great. (FAU has) an excellent head coach and they are playing some of the best teams in the country with an aspiration to beat them."
Arkansas, Baylor, Southern Methodist, Boise State and Houston had shown interest in Ogbonda.
Shalom committed sight unseen which is leading some to tag this commit as "soft." He has been to Miami but has never visited FAU's Boca Raton campus and researched the FAU program, then sent the Owls a highlight video. Shortly thereafter he received an email from FAU quarterback coach and Oklahoma native Jared Allen. Ogbonda and Allen have been communicating via email and phone calls ever since. He will compete in 2011 as 16-year-old during his senior season in high school, not turning 17 in late December.
The Georgia State coaching staff currently has three public offers to defensive end prospects.
The 2012 recruiting cycle has reached its quiet period but the Georgia State football coaching staff has not slowed much at all offering two more scholarships this past weekend. QB Corey Mayton of Burke County HS and DT Trent Dunne of Hoover HS in Hoover, AL are the latest to hold grant in aid offers.
Mayton is a 6'1, 212lbs dual threat quarterback with very good on field speed. He throws very well on run, shows nice touch and has a slightly lower release point but shows good arm strength. He put up tremendous numbers as a first year starter in 2010 for the Bears. Corey racked up 1,465 passing yards and 1,013 rushing yards last season. This includes a tremendous run (842 total yards and 7 touchdowns in four games) in Burke County's AAA state playoff run that ended on the floor of the Georgia Dome. The Panthers are the first school to offer Mayton.
Junior HighlightsDunne is a 6'1, 275lbs athletic defensive tackle who is likely being recruited at noseguard for the Panthers 3-4 hybrid scheme. He is the prototypical high motor defensive lineman who makes play in the backfield and is quick enough to make plays up the field on screens and short passes. He has the frame to gain 15-20lbs with college level strength and conditioning. This is his first scholarship offer.
Georgia State football continues to extend offers to 2012 prospect as the calendar turns to June. Safety Destin Challenger and offensive guard Inuka Rhaheed now claims offers from the Panther coaching staff.
Challenger is a 5'11, 215lbs safety/outside linebacker prospect out of Spain Park HS in Birmingham. He is likely being recruited to play outside linebacker in the Panthers 3-4 hybrud scheme. He is a sure tackler and has good quickness but not elite speed. Destin also has an offer from The Citadel and has visited Florida State and Mississippi State so far this spring.
Rhaheed is a 6'3, 280lbs out of Ft. Pierce Westwood HS in Ft. Pierce, Florida who played right guard and defensive tackle in 2010. He is very powerful on the offensive line and has a good base. Inuka is a good athlete and could hold play at 300lbs on either side of the ball at the college level. He also has an offer from Buffalo.
The Georgia State football coaching staff had been locked on prospects in Georgia, Florida and Alabama thus far in the 2012 recruiting cycle. Defensive end Shalom Ogbonda of Kempner HS in Sugarland, Texas now holds an offer from the Panthers.
The 6'4, 232lbs strongside defensive end has very good quickness and is very active in run support. Brian Perroni of Rivals.com has called Ogbonda "one of the better kept secrets in the Houston area." He has long arms and good technique for a taller end. Shalom is a very good athlete and has seen his interest increase after good showings at camps in Houston. He has the frame to add 20-25lbs with college level strength and conditioning without losing speed. Ogbonda currently has offers from Virginia, Florida Atlantic and Louisana-Lafayette.
The Panthers coaching staff could sign as many as four defensive lineman in this cycle as they lose starting DE Christo Bilukidi, DE Kalan Jenkins and DT Khirrey Karriem to graduation.
Georgia State football continues to dish out offers to prospects in Georgia and Florida for the 2012 recruiting cycle as the last day of the contact cycle came to a close. QB Nathan Schuster, WR Jason Croom, CB Aaron Sibley, OG Jamal Gay, C Fred Zerblis and DE Raynard Felton are the latest high school prospects to be given offers.
Schuster is a 6'2, 200 dual threat quarterback from Chattooga HS in north Georgia. The Rome News and Tribune recognized him as an All Area player:
Schuster was the unquestioned leader of the Indians offense at quarterback. He led the team in touchdowns, had five games of more than 100 yards rushing and accounted for more than 500 yards combined rushing and passing against Gordon Central.
This is his first public offer to this point.
Croom is a 6'4, 212lbs is a 4 star wide receiver from Norcross HS and may be the highest profile member of the 2012 recruiting class to have an offer from the Panthers coaching staff. He is a dynamic pass catcher who reminds many of Calvin Johnson with his big play ability. Croom has an impressive list of offers including Florida State, LSU Auburn, Arkansas and a litany of other big programs.
Sibley is a 5'10, 165lbs defensive back from Stone Mountain HS who is highly productive and projects as a cornerback at the collegiate level. He put up impressive numbers for a loaded team in 2010 with 104 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 INTs. This is his first public offer to this point.
Gay is a 6'3, 272lbs offensive guard from Florida State University HS in Tallahassee. He played left tackle in 2010 but projects as a offensive guard at the collegiate level. Gay has the frame to easily hold an additional 15-20lbs with college level strength and conditioning. This is his first public offer to this point.
Zerblis is a 6'2, 290lbs center from Grayson HS and interest continues to pick up. He has an excellent frame and could play both guard positions or center at the collegiate level. He also holds offers from UAB, Arkansas State and Western Kentucky.
Felton is a 6'5, 225lbs strongside defensive end from Ribault HS in Jacksonville, Florida. He has an excellent first step and strength from the strongside position. Felton also played tight end for the Trojans and has very good hands. This is his first public offer to this point but has interest from Georgia Tech and Kentucky, Syracuse and other FBS programs.
The Panthers coaching staff, led by Bill Curry, is expected to sign 15-18 players in February.
Georgia State football have been extremely busy this Spring identifying prospects for 2012 and are determined to add speed and continue to offer talent. Running back DiAndre Atwater of Peachtree Ridge HS and Athlete Mike Hilton of Sandy Creek HS are the latest prospects to receive scholarship offers from the Panthers coaching staff.
Atwater is a 5'9, 195lbs is a dynamic power back and son of former Denver Bronco great Steve Atwater. He has a compact, powerful body and has very good balance playing in a Wing T offense. This is his first public offer to date but has gaining interest from South Carolina, Florida, Georgia Tech and Louisville.
Hilton is a 5'8, 178lbs athlete who played defensive back, running back and returned kicks as Junior at Sandy Creek. He will likely stay at running back as a Senior as he has the explosive speed and will put up big numbers for the Patriots. He currently holds offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati, Southern Miss, Buffalo, Marshall and Western Kentucky.
The Panther coaching staff has spread across the Georgia as these two prospects are offers No. 14 and 15 from the state.
The Georgia State football coaching staff has put an emphasis on offering top level skill position athletes for the 2012 recruiting cycle and their latest stays with this plan. Wide receiver Andrej Suttles of East Paulding HS is the latest to receive a scholarship offer from the Panthers coaching staff.
The 5'10, 180lbs wide receiver was utilized in a multitude of ways by the Raider coaching staff as a Junior coming out of the backfield, as an X WR, on reverses and with slip screens. While he has not run lightning quick 40 yard dash times on the camp circuit (times in the 4.59-4.64 range), Suttles shows very good acceleration, agility and posted a 33 inch vertical leap at the Georgia VTO Elite 100 combine last weekend.
Suttles has very good hands and catches everything thrown in his direction. His film shows very good change of direction and body control. Andrej currently holds offers from Furman and an academic package from the Air Force Academy.
The Georgia State football team continues to comb the Southeast extending two more offers for 2012 to safety Davison Colimon of Suncoast HS in Riviera Beach, Florida and athlete Jordan Marshall of Hillgrove HS.
Colimon is a 6’1, 190lbs safety who is a heavy hitter with above average hands. He projects as a free safety in the Panthers defense and could hold 10-15lbs easily with college level strength and conditioning. Colimon is not overally fast but quick to the football. He currently holds offers from Florida International and Northern Illinois.
Marshall is a 5’8, 170lbs lightning quick athlete who projects as a slot wide receiver and kick returner for the Panthers. He has tremendous acceleration and pretty good strength for his compact size. Marshall is an excellent leaper and good body control. He can be an immediate impact player on special teams as he has similar make up as current Panther Darren McCray. Georgia State is Marshall’s first offer.
The Panthers coaching staff is expected to sign 15-18 players for the 2012 cycle in February.
Georgia State football has been on the search for offensive weapons to replace eight starters in 2011 and has offered their second quarterback in the 2012 cycle. Steven Bench of Bainbridge HS received a scholarship offer from the Panthers.
Bench is a 6'2, 210lbs quarterback who has seen the interest from big time schools continue to grow. He is playing in a triple option offense in high school but he looks to have the footwork and mechanics to transition to a pro style offense. Bench has a quick release and an above average arm. He has the frame to hold an additional 15-20lbs with college level strength and conditioning.
He currently holds offers from Rice, South Alabama and Jacksonville State to this point but has heard from Florida State, Alabama, Troy and UAB. He has camped at Georgia and is still working on throwing a tighter ball.
The Georgia State football coaching staff continues to comb the Southeast this Spring seeking to reload for 2012 and have reached into the state of Alabama for their latest offer. Athlete Jake Ganus of Chelsea High School claims his first offer from the Panthers. The 6'3, 190lbs athlete was utilized as a spread option quarterback and kick returner in 2010. He accounted for 1673 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air and 1055 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on the ground. As a Sophomore, Ganus played linebacker and made 92 tackles, one interception and blocked four kicks. Ganus was born and grew up in Alpharetta and his family moved to the Birmingham suburb in 2008. He has attended camps at Southern Miss and Alabama where both of his older siblings are currently attending. Ganus is likely being recruited as a defensive back on the college level but the Panthers could certainly use him in various packages including spread option quarterback. Junior Highlights
The Georgia State football coaching staff continues to comb the Southeast this Spring seeking to reload for 2012 and have reached into the state of Alabama for their latest offer. Athlete Jake Ganus of Chelsea High School claims his first offer from the Panthers.
The 6'3, 190lbs athlete was utilized as a spread option quarterback and kick returner in 2010. He accounted for 1673 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air and 1055 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on the ground. As a Sophomore, Ganus played linebacker and made 92 tackles, one interception and blocked four kicks.
Ganus was born and grew up in Alpharetta and his family moved to the Birmingham suburb in 2008. He has attended camps at Southern Miss and Alabama where both of his older siblings are currently attending. Ganus is likely being recruited as a defensive back on the college level but the Panthers could certainly use him in various packages including spread option quarterback.
According to his coach Tommy Parks, Harris County middle linebacker Jaggar Buggs has been offered a scholarship by Georgia State football.
Buggs has blossomed into a prospect in the last few months according to Parks:
"The kid has grown right before our eyes. Last season he played at 200 pounds. Now he’s 6-2 and 230 pounds and is a good looking middle linebacker. I mean he came out of now where. He’s so aggressive, runs well and loves contact. He’s still growing and has a lot of upside."
Buggs has good vision and is very quick to the ball. The added weight will certainly add to more explosive plays and he could hold an additional 10-15lbs with college level strength and conditioning. Georgia State is his first offer with SEC schools like Kentucky, South Carolina and Mississippi State showing interest.
The Panthers coaching staff, led by Bill Curry, will be tasked with replacing three Senior linebackers in Jake Muasau, Louie Muasau and Evan Bostic this Fall.
Per Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia State football has offered a scholarship to versatile offensive lineman Joseph Scelfo of North Oconee HS.
"Joseph is so focused. I have seen very few kids have the intensity and mentality that he has," said North Oconee coach Terry Tuley. "He's such a tough kid and he really enjoys contact and delivering the blow. Like all linemen he enjoys dominating his opponent."
Joseph is used to taking trips to the Georgia Dome as his father is Atlanta Falcons tight ends coach Chris Scelfo. He is also holding offers from Lousiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Syracuse, Tulane, UAB and Western Kentucky.
The Panthers will graduate five offensive lineman this Fall including three projected starters in Left Tackle Clyde Yandell, Left Guard Joe Gilbert and Center Ben Jacoby.
Georgia State football continues to extend a multitude of offers this Spring and has offered inside linebacker John Law of Grady High School.
Law is a 5’11, 230lbs and is very quick to the football despite a slow 40 yard dash time. He is solid tackler and uses leverage well to shed blockers. Has pretty good hands and drops into coverage well. Take good angles to the football and very effective in defending the spread offense played in Region 5A of AAA. He has the frame to carry 15-20lbs with college level strength and conditioning.
Law was a tackling machine in 2010 as he registered 106 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles caused while leading the Knights to the AAA semifinals.
He also has offers from FBS Western Kentucky and FCS Eastern Kentucky with interest from South Carolina picking up after a very impressive showing at the Rivals.com/VTO Sports Georgia Elite 100 Camp back in April.
Georgia State will lose three scholarship linebackers in outside linebacker Jake Muasau, inside linebacker Louie Muasau and inside linebacker Evan Bostic to graduation this Fall.
Georgia State football continues its steady recruiting march into the state of Florida, more specifically into the Treasure Coast area, as the coaching staff has offered cornerback Alex Hook of Lake Worth HS.
The 5'10, 175lbs cover corner is primarily defensive weapon but has made an impact on special teams and running the football on reverses and sweeps. He has very good hands and very versatile on the high school level. Hook accounted for 163 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries in the last two seasons. He is also holding an FBS offer from Bowling Green.
Hook is the seventh player holding a grant offer for the 2012 recruiting cycle from the Panthers coaching staff led by Bill Curry. We efforted a comment from Rivals.com Florida Chris Nee but he mentioned that Hook is a relatively new name to him. Hook attends the same high school as current Panther running back Rosevelt Watson who scored the Panthers first ever touchdown in 2010.
2010 Stats: 47 tackles, 4 interceptions, 12 passes broken up
Georgia State does not graduate a corner back in 2011 but is looking to add one, possibly two for the 2012 recruiting cycle at this position.
According to Rivals.com Chris Nee via Twitter, wide receiver Devonte Robinson of Village Academy in Delray Beach, Florida is public offer #15 for the Georgia State football team in the 2012 recruiting cycle.
Robinson is a 6’1, 170 speedy slot wide receiver who has game changing speed. He has very good hands and moves very well in space. He has a long, wiry frame that can hold an additional 20lbs with college level strength and conditioning. Robinson has very good quickness out of his breaks and eludes jams very well for his size.
In a recent interview, Robinson mentioned that he’s looking for a school with a strong academic background and location doesn’t seem to factor in his decision.
At the Under Armour camp held in Miami, Robinson posted an electronic timed 4.47 in the 40 yard dash. Robinson currently holds offers from West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Memphis and various Sun Belt schools.
The Georgia State coaching staff is expected to sign 15-18 players in 2012 and have four scholarships available for 2011.
The Georgia State football coaching staff has turned quite a few heads thus far in the 2012 recruiting cycle to evaluate prospects early and offer quickly. The Panthers have extended offers to two talented defensive end prospects in Ryan Watson of Heritage HS and Samuel Batiste of Collins Hill HS.
Watson is 6’3, 220lbs and is very quick. He is very much a motor guy with very strong pursuit to the football. He will continue to get stronger and project as a 250-265 weakside defensive end. He put up very impressive numbers for the Patriots as a Junior with 24 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in 2010. Watson’s only other current offer is an academic package to Air Force.
Batiste is 6’2, 238lbs and played both defensive end and defensive tackle in 2010. He has very strong play recognition skills from the strong side and has a very strong base to build upon. He uses his hands well and has multiple moves which screams very good HS coaching. He looks to have a frame that could easily put on 25+ lbs with no change in agility or quickness. Batiste is also holding academic packages to Air Force and Harvard.
Georgia State football continues its march on in state prospects by offering running back Shadrach Thornton from Liberty County HS in Hinesville.
The 6'1, 205lbs power back has put up eye popping stats the last two seasons and will most certainly see an increase of BCS level offers this summer and through his senior season. Thornton is a very upright runner was has tremendous body strength at this point. Liberty County HS ran him in multiple sets in 2010 including I formation tailback, Triple Option B-Back and in the spread option as his HS team struggled mightily to throw the ball down the field in a disappointing 2-8 season.
Thornton also holds offers from NC State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. He has interest from Georgia Tech, Not only is he hearing from Georgia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Stanford.
The Georgia State coaching staff is expected to sign 15-18 players in the 2012 recruiting cycle.
2010 Stats: 224 rushing attempts, 1213 yards, 10 TDs
2009 Stats: 242 rushing attempts, 1251 yards, 17 TDs
For the first several months of the recruiting year, the Georgia State football coaching staff has focused on chasing down some of the Southeast's best skill position players offering multitude of grants to players in Florida and Georgia. Many Panther fans were wondering: Where's the Beef?
Georgia State has offered their first interior lineman in DT Shaquille Huff of Eastside HS in Covington, GA. The 6'1, 305lbs nose guard is very quick out of his stance and the film is impressive. He shows very good feet for someone his size and has a very effective swim move.
Many high school players of his size utilize their massive size to bull rush opposing offensive lineman but Huff seems to have the agility to put multiple moves together over the course of a game. This is Huff's third offer as Louisville and Arkansas State have extended offers to this point.
Georgia State's recruiting pitch to Huff will be early playing time as the Panthers lose starting NG Khirrey Karriem to graduation this offseason. This is the 11th confirmed public offer for the 2012 recruiting cycle for coach Bill Curry's Panthers.
The Georgia State football coaching staff led by coach Bill Curry began their recruiting spin for 2012 with an outside in approach by combing Florida for speed and skill position talent offering seven scholarships along the way. The Panthers have offered three more grants in state this week to Georgia high school players in Clinch County teammates ATH Fred Tiller and WR Rashad Grant as well as Banneker HS WR Artraverious James.
Tiller is a 6'1, 178lbs athlete who could likely play Y wide receiver or cornerback at the collegiate level. He's very long and plays well above his height on offense. Tiller has good speed but is not a breakaway guy. He currently has offers from Mississippi State, Nebraska and Florida Atlantic.
Grant is a 5'11, 175lbs slot wide receiver who is very good at running in space. He has tremendous balance and has very good vision for his position. He did play some defensive back as a Junior but I believe he will fit well as a slot wide receiver. Georgia State is Grant's first offer but he's made the rounds to Georgia Tech and Florida's Spring Games.
James is a 6'4, 180lbs X wide receiver who seems to be a bit of a sleeper. He has very good grades and has a frame that could easily hold an additional 20-25lbs. It seems he is only scraping the surface at how good he can be with another high profile player in Chaz Elder seeming to grab the national spotlight. James is a good route runner and is a goal line threat with very good length. Georgia State is the first school offer to James.
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The Georgia State football team has been extremely active this Spring in the 2012 recruiting cycle mainly focusing on out of state recruits (mainly Florida, to this point). The Panthers coaching staff offered their first home state product in Quarterback Trey Dorsey of Richmond Hills HS.
Dorsey is a 6’0, 181lbs Pro Style passer has very good speed and was clocked at 4.65 in the 40 yard dash at the 2011 South Showcase in Athens earlier this month. After a solid showing at the Orlando Elite 11 camp in March, he grabbed an offer from Conference USA member UCF. Trey has a strong arm, quick release and has a frame that could easily hold 18-25lbs with college level strength and conditioning.
From Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every:
Spins the ball well. Good velocity on his passes.
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The Panthers are his most recent offer to date as coach Bill Curry has made it a priority to sign one quarterback each recruiting cycle.
Burney is a 5'10, 205lbs running back with tremendous speed, very good balance, very good acceleration and tremendous agility. There were even rumblings that he would transfer to Florida HS power Dwyer school but those have been put to rest as of now. His other current offer is from Big East member Rutgers. He was a more than capable pass catcher and often used in slip screens.
As seen in his Nike Camp highlights from the beginning of this month, he looks to be in better shape than he was in 2010. Not that he was out of shape but has gained muscle while maintaining his top end speed.
This is another example of the Panther coaching staff evaluating talent early and getting on the radar of an out of state prospect. Burney is the 6th confirmed scholarship offer for the 2012 recruiting cycle as Bill Curry and staff are expected to sign between 15-18 players next Spring.2010 Highlights 2011 Nike Camp Highlights
The Georgia State football is continuing their recruiting assault on the state of Florida as they’ve extended an offer to RB Brian Grove of King’s Academy in West Palm Beach. Grove is the 5th confirmed scholarship offer for the 2012 recruiting cycle and each has been to a prospect from the state of Florida.
The 5’10, 188lbs speedy tailback has piled up tremendous numbers last year for the Lions rushing for 1536 yards and 20 TDs in 11 games. Grove has very good vision and is the prototypical one gap running back to fit in OC John Bond’s system. This is his first confirmed scholarship offer.
Georgia State is the first school to offer a scholarship to Grove but he’s sure to receive much more interest this summer and into the Fall.
The Panthers had 11 different players carry the ball in the 2010 season and are likely to see some attrition at this position after Spring practice concludes.
The 6’3, 175lbs Simmons played WR, CB and Safety for the Tigers in 2010. He has tremendous hands and great leaping ability. He had a frame that could easily hold 15-20lbs without losing speed or body control. He could make a significant impact at either the CB or Safety position. According to Smith, Simmons has collected 12 interceptions in the last two seasons and is a very good basketball player. This is his first scholarship offer.
This is the Georgia State football staff led by Coach Bill Curry’s 4th confirmed offer for the 2012 recruiting cycle and, so far, all have been to Floridians. It seems that Coach Anthony Midget is working his home state very hard. The Panthers are set to graduate eight players on the offensive side of the ball and nine players on the defensive side of the ball.
The Georgia State football team began spring practice on Monday, and while coach Bill Curry is focused on getting the 2011 team better, recruiting never stops. The Panthers coaching staff extended their first offers of the 2012 cycle to Floridians ATH Travares Copeland, RB Gabe Johnson and WR Bernard Davis.
Travares Copeland is a six-foot, 180-pound highlight-reel athlete who will play at the factory known as Treasure Coast HS as a Senior. He played QB for Ft. Lee Westwood and did it all playing QB, WR and DB in 2010. He currently holds offers from Kentucky, South Florida and Louisville.
Rivals.com Chris Nee on Copeland: Copeland is a special talent. He plays QB in high school but can be a very good WR at the collegiate level. Kid is very well put together and very athletic with good hands. He will blow up as a senior at Treasure Coast.
Gabe Johnson is a five-foot-nine, 190-pound power running back who may have fallen on some boards after reportedly not showing well at a combine. His offense is a very good fit to what OC John Bond and the Panther run. His Jr. numbers may not be eye-popping, with 86 carries for 432 yards and 5 TDs. He has proven to be a valuable pass receiver out of the backfield the last two seasons with 30 catches for 416 yards and 3 TDs. Georgia State is his first confirmed offer.
Rivals.com Chris Nee on Watson: Saw him last season against St. Augustine (Fla.) Pedro Menendez. I liked him. Capable back with good hands who is a receiving option. His speed on the field is good, but heard he recently ran a poor 40 at a camp or combine.
Bernard Davis is a 6'2, 175lbs X WR who has very strong hands. He has very good ball skills and has been very productive for Lake Worth HS with 38 catches for 635 yards and 13 TDs. With starting X WR Senior Sidney Haynes moving on after this season, Davis looks like a capable replacement. Georgia State is his first confirmed offer.
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