by Brian McCoy
It’s almost summer time, and that means that recruiting starts to get serious for college football prospects. Summer camps give prospects chances to shine in front of college coaches against other college football hopefuls. Although, college coaches know they can’t wait for summer to get the jump in the recruiting battleground. CSU has offered a number of great prospects, but still are waiting for that first commitment. The Orlando, Fla. Dr. Phillips High School supposed pipeline has not created the 4- or 5-star commitment fans would love. Safety Ha-Sean Clinton Dix committed to Alabama after CSU was the first to offer him. His teammate, running back Dee Hart, is likely going to choose between Alabama and Michigan.
Other Dr. Phillips prospects, Roderick Ryles and LaQuentin Smith, have also picked up offers from BCS schools. All is not lost yet though. CSU recently offered receiver Chris Gallon (6’4”/190lb), who transferred to Dr. Phillips for his final season. Gallon has also been offered by Memphis. CSU is also evaluating Dr. Phillips placekicker Shawn Moffit and lineman Darius Johnson (6’4”/245lb).
In addition to Gallon, CSU coaches have extended offers to a handful more of central Florida prospects. Cornerback Trenier Orr from Ocoee, Fla. was a teammate of 2010 Ram signee Nordly Capi. Also getting an offer from CSU is offensive lineman Garrett Clark (6’5”/275lb) from Daytona Beach Mainland High School. Clark was also recently offered by Northwestern.
Size on the defensive line has often been an Achilles heel of the Rams, and CSU coaches are going to a new recruiting area to find a sizable nose tackle. CSU recently offered Auburn, Ala. defensive tackle Jamichael Payne. At 6’1” and 330 pounds, Payne certainly fits the bill as a tough object to move off the line. Payne currently also holds an offer from Western Kentucky, but hopes to get an offer from Auburn University.
Shifting further west, CSU coaches are keeping busy recruiting Texas this spring. Picking up his first Division I offer is Sugarland, Texas running back Julius White of Kempner High School. White plays wingback in Kempner’s Wing-T offense, but a shift to tailback could be in order if he becomes a Ram.
A teammate of 2010 signee Tony Drake from Dallas Skyline High School has received a CSU offer. Linebacker P.J. Dawson (6’1”/195lb) received his first college from CSU earlier this month. Skyline produced 11 Division I letter of intents in the class of 2010, and the class 2011 shouldn’t disappoint either. Dawson will also get a chance to play receiver this fall. Who knows, maybe he will end up playing receiver at CSU.
CSU is also looking at another talent-rich Texas program in Cedar Hills High School. Running back Ronnie Green (5’11”/180lb) is a speedster, and quarterback Driphus Jackson (6’0”/175lb) is a good enough athlete to play on either sides of the ball in college.
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