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O/D All-American Bowl East PM Notebook
West Afternoon Notebook Afternoon Updates Family Matters - D.C. Jefferson had a nice afternoon before the showers made the pigskin a little hard to handle. Jefferson has been a little slippery with his college recruitment the past few weeks. Jefferson now claims that he is firmly committed to Rutgers and that he is no longer accepting phone calls from other coaches. The talented signal caller reports that being close to friends and family played a role in his decision. He Said, He Said - Corey Liuget has begun to exert himself a bit and make an impression on his teammates and coaches. The fast growing defensive lineman reports that he has sought the advice of LSU's Ricky-Jean Francois and Illinois' Juice Williams regarding his college destination. Corey has a final three of Illinois, LSU and Miami. No More Drama - Earl Okine says there should be no question about his college choice. The talented defensive end has already completed his high school course work and will enroll at the University of Florida next week. Earl claims he will treat the spring semester as his redshirt year and he expects to be in the Gators' defensive line rotation this fall. Okine has done a very nice job controlling his edge and will be a tough match-up for the west. Proving Them Wrong - Justin Tuggle felt that he had a lot to prove this season. Like his father Jessie, Justin had some critics who felt he would be unable to play division one football. Tuggle says when he received his first offer from Mississippi State that it was proof positive that his hard work was beginning to pay off. The Boston College commitment had a very nice showing in the afternoon session and hooked up with DeJuan Miller for the best hook-up of the day, a 50-yard touchdown pass. Open Season? - Running back Michael Shaw says that even though he is taking some visits that he expects to be a "Penn Stater". Shaw claims that he has spent a lot of time with the other Penn State commitments in attendance and that those players expect him to be playing with them next season. Shaw believes that he and Devoe Torrence are going to prove to be a formidable duo for the west defense. Shaw calls Torrence "an Ohio State kind of back" and that his slashing running style is a great change of pace. Answering the Call - Running back Jermaine Thomas sat at home over the Christmas break wondering why he was sitting out the nation's All-American games. Thomas got the call earlier this week to join the O/D East roster and celebrated by rubbing his father's "bald head". Jermaine is currently listed as a commitment to Florida State, but with an official visit to LSU scheduled for later this month things could change. Mutual Commitment - Devoe Torrence says that a Buckeye is what he will be. Devoe has been sporting his OSU gear all week and he plans to be sporting some official issue Scarlet and Grey this fall. Torrence reports that Ohio State head coach Jim Tressell is in regular contact with him and the Buckeyes' commitment to only signing one running back in this class makes him feel even better about his decision. My Other Son Melvin - Alabama fans need not worry about the commitment of four star wideout Melvin Ray. Ray reports that his college recruitment ended when he made his verbal pledge to the Tide. With the depth chart turning over next fall, Melvin expects to make a strong case for some early playing time. Ray is also helping the Tide in their recruitment of Julio Jones and T.J. Bryant. Melvin has been a standout throughout the day and will be counted on heavily in riday night's game. An interesting note about Melvin, the talented Ray has the same first and last name of his father and his younger brother. All Things Come to an End - Dalton Freeman felt that his college recruitment was beginning to teeter on the verge of absurdity. The contact period brought college coaches to his home in large numbers and the amount of phone calls had increased. Freeman was ready to just end the speculation and get a little peace. Freeman has had his hands full against some very talented pass rushers today, but has more than held his own. It will be interesting to see where the coaches choose to start him this weekend. The Man in his Life - Brandon Boykin was not looking for another father figure in his college coach, but he found one anyway. Boykin reports that he is extremely close to his father and that his father is easily the president of his fan club. Boykin credits his father's guidance as a big influence on his decision to attend the University of Georgia. Brandon had two picks on the day and he is looking to add a few pounds and compete for some playing time as a true freshman. Personal Protector - Cordy Glenn is beginning to make his case to be considered the top offensive lineman for the east. Glenn has been lining up at left tackle and has done a nice job picking up inside pressure. He had some footwork issues when the rains came, but he believes his choice of footwear is to blame for most of his difficulties. Glenn claims that he is solid with Georgia and that he feels that he has known his fellow UGA commitments for years.
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