Spiller still headlines area prospects

Published: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.


Local Commitments

Kevin Alexander, Union County OLB - Clemson
Dustin Doe, Suwannee LB - Florida Aaron Harris, Williston DL - South Florida
James Jamison, Bradford RB/CB - Central Florida
Shawn Jones, Lafayette DL - Samford Kasey Nobles, Union County TE - Rice Willie Oliver, Union County DL - Bethune-Cookman
Derrick Robinson, P.K. Yonge DB/WR - Florida
Teddy Tomlin, Columbia DL - Wake Forest -Compiled by John Patton

The final weekend before National Signing Day has arrived and while many questions have been answered, many more remain.
Locally, the biggest question centers on Union County running back C.J. Spiller.
Having already taken official visits to Southern California, Florida and Miami, Spiller's childhood favorite, Florida State, will get face time with the state's top-rated uncommitted prospect.
Spiller has said he looks at his college selection like a business decision, often reviewing depth charts, early departures to the NFL and who has produced the most pro talent. He also has said personal touches like relationships with players and coaches, as well as which school offers the most for him academically fit into the equation.
Spiller already has had three teammates commit to colleges (defensive end Willie Oliver to Bethune-Cookman, linebacker Kevin Alexander to Clemson and tight end Kasey Nobles to Rice), and coach Buddy Nobles said a few others may be close to naming their choices.
Linebacker Brendan Odom has visited Rice and Florida A&M, and will visit Bethune-Cookman this weekend. Defensive lineman Steven Baggett and offensive lineman Spencer Bell have trips set up to Jacksonville University, which nabbed Tigers' fullback Jeremy Brown last year, this weekend.
The area's most recent commitment came Friday when Lafayette defensive lineman Shawn Jones selected Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. over Murray State and Bethune-Cookman.
At Eastside, coach Kent Johnson said he has quite a few players trying to finalize decisions, including offensive lineman Vernard West (Louisville is among those interested) and defensive lineman Jeremy Jenkins (Bethune-Cookman or Liberty). Johnson hopes running back/safety Tim Shankle and cornerback Micguel Johnson, as well as a few others, will sign sometime during the signing period, if not Wednesday.

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