City: Troy, AL
Conference: Sun Belt
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Courtney Dalcourt||B||5'11"/195||Franklin Simpson||Athlete||Central Michigan, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Stanford and Troy|
|Jahron Brown||B+||6'0"/225||East Paulding High School||Running back||East Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, Troy, Western Carolina and Western Michigan|
|Jay Stansberry||B||6'4"/270||Bremen High School||Offensive guard||Troy|
|Jimmy Staten||B-||6'3"/220||Ware County High School||Defensive end||Georgia Tech and Troy|
|Montavious Williams||B||6'2"/260||Cairo High School||Defensive tackle||Troy|
|Tavarus Lewis||B-||6'1"/195||Shaw High School||Wide receiver||Troy|
|Taylor Johnstone||B||6'5"/305||Chapel Hill High School||Offensive tackle||Alabama-Birmingham, Furman, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State and Troy|
Jefferson County defensive end Chris Crenshaw, who committed to Georgia Tech in June, continues to hold just two scholarship offers. But while other recruits have seen their offer count climb well into double-digit figures, Crenshaw said his total number of offers is of little concern to him. “The only other school that offered me was Troy,” said Crenshaw, a member of the AJC’s GEORGIA TOP 150 AJC’s Georgia Top 150. “Yeah, I’m a little bit surprised [over the lack of offers], but I really don’t think about it. “And even if I got other offers, I’d stay with Tech.” Crenshaw remains in touch with his recruiting coach, Tech assistant Giff Smith, on a regular basis. He attended a practice at Tech earlier this summer. “I noticed how it was really different at that level compared to high school,” Crenshaw said. “I talked to mostly the defensive linemen and asked them what it’s like at that level and about how fast it is.”
One of the biggest surprise teams of the year could be senior-laden Westlake. The Lions were 5-5 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004. But the 30-plus seniors on the team are primed to turn things around. While offensive lineman Chance Warmack --- an AJC Georgia 150 selectee who has committed to Alabama --- gets most of the attention, several other seniors are getting serious recruiting looks. Running back Jarrett Kyles said he has received "about 40 or 50" letters from Middle Tennessee State. "And they are hand-written notes, too, which is kind of cool, " said Kyles (5-foot-11, 190 pounds), who ran 4.45 in the 40 at Auburn's camp this summer. "Auburn has sent me letters and Georgia Southern, too." Kyles said he thinks an offer will come from MTSU once they see some game film. Many of his fellow senior teammates are in a similar situation, including defensive end/offensive lineman Todd Wilcher (6-1, 240), who is being recruited by Georgia Southern, Indiana, Troy and Ole Miss. "[Georgia Southern] said they were going to come up and see me play, and they want to see some film, too, " Wilcher said. Other Westlake players being heavily recruited include running back Devon Babb (Alabama-Birmingham, MTSU, Savannah State and Troy), defensive back Dwayne Fields (MTSU and Georgia Southern), receiver Robert Jennings (Alabama-Birmingham, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Troy and Vanderbilt), quarterback Lewis Kindle (Eastern Kentucky, Leon, MTSU, Tennessee-Martin and Troy) and safety Julian Smith (Georgia Southern and West Virginia).
Ole Miss is still heavily recruiting Warner Robins tailback Rashad Wynes after his surprise commitment to Alabama-Birmingham. With NCAA coaches being in a "dead period" and not allowed to call prospective student-athletes at this time, Ole Miss has used the good old-fashioned way of letting Wynes know he is still wanted: Mail. Wynes, a member of the AJC's Georgia Top 150, said he has gotten hand-written letters from Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix. Ole Miss is recruiting Wynes at safety or cornerback, while UAB wants him at tailback or wide receiver. Wynes, who was also considering offers from Troy and Georgia Southern, said he has no regrets about his early commitment to UAB. "It's a great fit for me. When I visited there, it felt like it was the future home for me."