City: Winston Salem, NC
Web site: http://wakeforestsports.cstv.com/
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Brendan Cross||B+||6'2"/200||Chattahoochee High School||Quarterback||Wake Forest|
|Henry Anderson||B+||6'6"/245||Woodward Academy||Defensive end||Central Florida, East Carolina, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia|
|Justin Randolph||B||5'10"/175||Kell High School||Running back||Air Force, Furman, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest|
|Kris Redding||No Rating||6'3"/240||Whitefield Academy||Defensive end||Wake Forest|
|Tony Caldwell||B-||6'0"/200||Douglas County High School||Quarterback||Furman, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest|
Blessed Trinity guard Matt Crisafi will spend Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., a place he wouldn’t mind calling home during the next four years. “This will be my fourth or fifth visit to Vanderbilt,” said the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Crisafi, who has scholarship offers from Delaware, Middle Tennessee State and Tulane and is being courted by the Commodores and Wake Forest. “I talk to the offensive line coach and the offensive coordinator there once a week. I’ve been up there for camp for two years, junior day and their spring game. “I just truly love Nashville. And the academics at Vanderbilt are top of the line when it comes to their business school. They compete in the SEC and seem to get better every year.” Crisafi’s trek to Vandy for their game against Rice comes one week after a trip to Winston-Salem, N.C. “It was real nice at Wake Forest,” said Crisafi, who is being recruited as a center and guard. “It was my third time up there. It’s quiet and quaint and they have a lot of pride. “The coaches have been together a long time and they have a system that works. They still want to see my senior tape, but there’s a couple of scholarships still on the line there.”
A posting on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s college recruiting blog earlier this week, which focused on Douglas County quarterback Tony Caldwell, has captured the attention of coaches at Oklahoma State. Monday’s blog revealed that Caldwell opened his senior season on Friday by completing 19 of 27 passes for 274 yards and one touchdown. The entry, which was posted at 12:16 p.m., also noted that he threw for 354 yards in one game and rushed for more than 200 yards in another during his junior season. And it went on to mention that Caldwell maintains a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1680 on the SAT. Those lofty statistics caught the eye of recruiters in Stillwater. “Oklahoma State called on Monday,” Caldwell said. “They called my coach and said they saw the article on me on the Internet and they want a highlight tape after my first three games. “I would definitely be interested in Oklahoma State if they want me to come out and visit, or if they offer.” Caldwell, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150, is also receiving interest from Furman, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State and Wake Forest.
Middle Tennessee State will likely extend a scholarship offer to Thomson senior safety Darius Eubanks in September. Eubanks, who has seen some action at the receiver position for the Bulldogs but is primarily being recruited as a safety, has the potential to wind up with several offers this fall. “I think Middle Tennessee State will be the first team to offer,” predicted Eubanks, a member of the AJC’s Georgia Top 150. “They’ll probably have coaches coming to our first couple of games.” Eubanks, who intercepted six passes last year, was forced to move from safety to cornerback during the midpoint of the 2007 season when injuries struck the Thomson secondary. “I only got to play five games at safety before folks started getting hurt in the defensive backfield,” said Eubanks, who is an academic qualifier. “Now, a lot of schools have said they want to come see me play a few games and make sure I’m the real deal and not a fluke from last year. Then they’ll offer.” Realizing it’s a longshot to receive an offer from an ACC or SEC program entering his senior season, Eubanks says he’ll still likely attend one of Georgia’s first two home games. “I still get letters from Georgia every other day,” he said. “I’m also hearing from Wake Forest, North Carolina, N.C. State and Alabama.”
Parkview two-sport star Brandon Jacobs committed to Auburn to play football. A running back, Jacobs rushed for 881 yards and seven touchdowns and had 224 receiving yards and two scores as a junior last season. He chose Auburn over schools such as Wake Forest and Alabama-Birmingham. Jacobs also had a breakout season in baseball, leading the Panthers in on-base percentage (.554), batting average (.500) and RBIs (37). Parkview baseball coach Chan Brown thinks his star outfielder might have a choice to make eventually. "I think it's good for him, " Brown said of Jacobs' decision to go to Auburn. "[But] he's become a big-time baseball prospect. "We'll see what happens with baseball."
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.