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Dublin’s Barnes commits to South Florida

2:03 a.m. Monday, August 25, 2008

Dublin offensive tackle Trent Barnes has committed to South Florida, head coach Roger Holmes said Wednesday. “He enjoyed the relationship he established with the people who recruited him,” Holmes said. “It’s a successful Top 25 program that has the opportunity to win a national championship.” Holmes said Barnes received offers from Troy State, East Carolina and Western Kentucky. Holmes said Barnes, 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, also has the potential to play tight end. “He has excellent hands, and he is extremely athletic,” Holmes said. “He doesn’t play tight end for us because of the type of offense we run, but he can do that at the next level if he doesn’t put on the needed weight to be an offensive lineman.” Barnes also plays basketball for Dublin. His brother, Thomas Barnes, plays linebacker for North Carolina State.

Oklahoma State hot on the trail of Cedar Shoals LB Lattimore

1:14 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008

Cedar Shoals' DeDe Lattimore saw his scholarship count climb to 15 after claiming an offer from Marshall. The intimidating 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker already had offers from programs such as Central Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Oklahoma State, South Florida and UAB. "Oklahoma State is recruiting me the hardest, " Lattimore said. "I want to go there this fall. I also want to visit Michigan, Louisville and Central Florida." Lattimore, who lives in Athens, said he's been a fan of the Wolverines for several years. "My third grade teacher loved Michigan and he got me to loving them too, " he said. Lattimore is scheduled to retake the SAT in September. He needs to improve on the 840 he scored in the spring. "I've hired my own tutor to help me prepare, " he said.

Chattahoochee's Brendan Cross picks Wake Forest

12:46 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008

NFL analyst Randy Cross got some surprising news from a "caller from Atlanta" on his national radio show. "How would it feel if your son was a Demon Deacon?" asked Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder on "The Opening Drive" on the Sirius Radio NFL Network. "That would be great, " responded Cross. "That's great, because he just committed, " Crowder responded. After a brief moment of silence, the elder Cross realized what was going on and laughed, as did his son, Brendan Cross, who was in his coach's office. "I think we got him pretty good, " Crowder said. "Randy is so proud of his son and was very happy with Wake." The 6-foot-2, 198-pound Cross picked the Demon Deacons over Air Force, Bowling Green and Ohio University. He also had serious interest from Vanderbilt and South Florida. When Wake Forest offered on Monday, Cross quickly accepted it. "It may look like a [rush decision], but it wasn't, " Cross said. "I knew there was the possibility of an offer, and I had thought it all out. It's a great fit for me for football and academics." As a junior last season, Cross passed for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 400 yards in helping the Cougars reach the Class AAAA playoffs. "His arm strength is something all the colleges have bragged about, " Crowder said. "He makes great decisions. He's a 'football guy.' He has just been around the game his whole life." The elder Cross played 13 years in the NFL as an offensive lineman and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

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