National Outlook

In a week that saw several ACC teams receive multiple commitments, the Virginia Tech Hokies may have had the best week of all as they added four pledges, including Indianapolis Warren Central's Darren Evans.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Evans rushed for a staggering 2,248 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2004 and followed that up with a 2,148 yard, 39 touchdown season this past fall while leading Warren Central to their third straight Indiana state title. Scout.com's No. 22-ranked running back possesses an impressive combination of power and speed, making him an extremely difficult runner to bring down. Wisconsin and Mississippi State were his other finalists.

Evans was not the only four-star recruit to commit to the Hokies this week. Offensive lineman Will Alvarez of Woodbridge, Va. committed to Virginia Tech on the same day as Evans. He is versatile enough to play any of the line positions, but at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds he will probably get his first look at one of the tackle spots. Alvarez picked Virginia Tech over Penn State, Miami, and North Carolina.

The name Josh Oglesby has been mentioned prominently in recruiting circles this season. The five-star offensive tackle from St. Francis, Wis. committed to his home state Badgers back in April. This week, the other Josh Oglesby, a running back from Garner, N.C. chose Virginia Tech. While several other schools, including North Carolina, were recruiting him as an athlete, Oglesby liked the fact that Frank Beamer and his staff want him to play tailback. Oglesby also considered Wake Forest and North Carolina State.

The Hokies other commitment came from Alexandria, Va. wide receiver Danny Coale. Coale was also being recruited by Virginia to play lacrosse.

North Carolina also did their share of work this week as they picked up six commitments. Four-star athlete Danorris Searcy and three-star offensive lineman Lamar Milstead are the headliners of the group.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Searcy rushed for over 700 yards last year at Towers High School in Decatur, Ga. and he may line up in the backfield for the Tar Heels, but he also was named first team all-county and honorable mention all-state for his play on defense. He has safety size at the moment, though some experts feel that he will be able to put on enough weight to be an effective weak-side linebacker. Searcy turned down offers from Virginia Tech, Florida, and LSU.

Washington, D.C. native Milstead also had an impressive offer list, which included Auburn, Georgia, and Virginia. But North Carolina had been his leader for several weeks, and after showing off the campus and the program to his parents, he made his decision final. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Milstead has extremely long arms, which will serve him well as a tackle in the ACC.

While Georgia Tech did not get as many commitments as Virginia Tech or North Carolina, they sure got quality in the three that they did receive. Roddy Jones, a four-star running back from Chamblee, Ga., ran for 1,654 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2005, and with a big senior season he may become the leading rusher in the history of Dekalb County. Jones selected Georgia Tech over Clemson.

Four-star athlete Willie White also decided on the Yellow Jackets this week. The Kingsland, Ga. resident is part of a dynamic defensive backfield at Camden County High School, which includes possible division one prospects Adam House and William Scott. White believes that he will be a safety at Georgia Tech, but he is rated as the No. 26 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com and the Yellow Jacket offensive coaches like his potential at that position as well. Virginia Tech and South Carolina were the other schools in White's top three.

Three-star defensive tackle Logan Walls of Dawsonville, Ga. also had many impressive scholarship offers, but his final decision came down to the two major programs in the Peach State. It was his experience at the Georgia Tech camp that gave the Yellow Jackets the edge over the Bulldogs. Having a brother at Tech did not hurt, either. The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder became Georgia Tech's tenth commitment.

Duke and Boston College were the two other ACC schools that added multiple names to their commitment lists this week. Duke picked up three recruits while BC landed two. Wake Forest and Florida State each received a commitment to round out a busy week in the ACC.

Outside the ACC, Auburn and Georgia were the most active schools this week. Auburn got commitments from three players, of which linebacker Eltoro Freeman is the most highly regarded. The Alexander City, Ala. native had 100 tackles in 2005. His great speed and smallish size make him the prototypical Auburn linebacker. Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and Memphis were among the schools that offered Freeman a scholarship.

Georgia's big commitment of the week was Columbia, Mo. quarterback Logan Gray. He is rated as the No. 12 quarterback in America by Scout.com. At 6-foot-2 and just 175 pounds Gray is aware that he will have to redshirt a year to add some size and strength. It will also open up a two-year gap between Gray and last year's prized quarterback recruit Matt Stafford. Gray chose Georgia over Florida.

Gray's decision may have an affect on where four-star quarterback Josh Nesbitt winds up going to school. Nesbitt is rated as the No. 8 quarterback in the land by Scout.com and is from Greensboro, Ga. He has not begun to narrow his list down, but with the home-state Bulldogs taking Stafford last year and Gray this year, there may not be a spot in Athens for Nesbitt. Georgia Tech also added a quarterback this recruiting season in Steven Threet, meaning Nesbitt may be leaving the state to attend college. Florida State and Auburn are other schools that he is considering.

Lastly, Gilmer, Texas quarterback G.J. Kinne committed to Baylor, where his father is an assistant coach. Kinne was first team all-state in Texas last season and was named Mr. Texas football, beating out, among others, Michigan commit Ryan Mallett. Kinne chose Baylor over Tennessee.


IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories