North Recruiting Notebook
Brock DeCicco
Brock DeCicco
Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted Oct 13, 2008
Bob Lichtenfels

There were a bunch of big games around the region this weekend and that means a lot of recruits were visiting schools. tries to catch you up on the latest around the North Region.

Chesapeake (Va.) Great Bridge five-star wide receiver Logan Heastie was kind of caught off-guard when he was asked about the recent rumors of him potentially decommitting from West Virginia. Earlier in the day, it was reported and confirmed by multiple sources including that Heastie’s close friend Tajh Boyd had decommitted from the Mountaineers.

“Yeah, I’m not sure where all those rumors were coming from,” Heastie said. “I just took my official to West Virginia for the Marshall game and I’m solid. I’m not planning on taking anymore visits to anywhere else.

Heastie informed us that since he committed he has not heard much from other schools, although he did say one Big Ten power has been staying pretty active.

“After I committed everything just dropped off,” Heastie explained. “The last few weeks though Penn State has been very active. They basically just try and keep in touch and they said if anything happens I can call them.” Great Bridge has started out the season with a (4-2) mark and the air attack has been struggling. Heastie has caught 45 passes for 550 yards and seven scores.

Pittsburgh received a pleasant surprise late Sunday evening, when Jefferson Hills (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson four-star tight end Brock DeCicco made his intentions known after cancelling a visit to Wisconsin.

“I never set the visit in stone,” DeCicco said. “When it came time to set the visit, I realized that I did not want to go away from home. Pitt is where I want to be, so I figured why put it off.”

DeCicco went down to the Panthers practice facility and told head coach Dave Wannstedt in person that he intended on being a Panther.

“Its an exciting time to be a part of the Pitt program,” DeCicco said. “They have the program going in the right direction and I want to be a part of that.”

It doesn’t hurt Pitt’s cause that they upset then ranked No. 10 South Florida on a nationally televised game in front of a lot of recruits.

“That was a great moment for Pitt,” DeCicco said. “My brother (Dom) had a big pick. I can’t wait to get started.”

Tajh Boyd
Perhaps one of the biggest stories of the week came late when Hampton (Va.) Phoebus High School quarterback Tajh Boyd took back his verbal commitment from West Virginia on Sunday evening. The four-star signal caller apparently wasn’t very thrilled with how the offense has been looking in Morgantown and felt it was best to look around. There are no signs to where he will be looking to instead at this point.

One player that seems to be more and more excited about the Mountaineers lately however is Quron Pratt, an athlete from Palmyra High School in Palmyra, N.J., that may not be a big name in recruiting, but has put up huge numbers in his home state and is one of the most feared players in South Jersey. Right now he is approaching double-digits offers and may pick one up from WVU soon.

Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann-Goretti High School offensive lineman Kadeem Custis continues to rack up the offers, but it sounds like Pittsburgh and West Virginia are standing out right now. Each school likes him on the opposite side of the ball, but Custis has no preference. One thing to watch here is that going to Morgantown would give him the opportunity to play on the same defensive line as his friend Chris Palmer.

Columbus East High School (Indiana) quarterback Dusty Kiel and Jeffersonville High School (Indiana) quarterback Edward Wright-Baker will soon be teammates at Indiana. But this weekend the two matched up for what many felt would be a big-time battle.

In the end it was all Kiel and his East teammates as they defeated Jeffersonville 34-6.

Wright-Baker was held to 13 yards rushing on seven carries and went 11-of-21 for 101 yards while Kiel went 11-of-19 for 225 yards and three scores and added another 133 yards rushing and two scores. Fellow Hoosier commitment and Kiel’s teammate Duwyce Wilson was on the other end of six of his completions and picked up 167 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller of Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne High School picked up his second offer on Thursday as Ohio State joined Cincinnati as schools that have offered the super talented signal caller. Miller went down with an injury three weeks ago and at best could return at some point in the playoffs if the Warriors advance.

Senior quarterback Zach Lewis (Clay County HS, Kentucky) now holds the career passing yards record in the Commonwealth of Kentucky that belonged to former Kentucky and NFL quarterback Tim Couch. Lewis passed for 391 yards in his teams 39-25 victory and broke the record on a 70-yard touchdown pass. With a few games left Lewis now stands with 12,489 career passing yards.

Keep an eye out for another super player from Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) High School in the coming years as Antwan Gilbert is making a name for himself. On Friday the sophomore rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns. After eight games Gilbert has 585 yards on 105 carries and 6 touchdowns. Keep in mind he only had 21 carries in the first four games and has seen his past three games give him the bulk of his numbers as he’s rushed for 173 yards, 133 yards and the 155 this weekend against Troy.

A couple of other Midwest juniors picked up new offers this week. Goodrich (Mich.) quarterback Joe Boisture (6'6, 210) picked up offer number one from Boston College. Warren (Mich.) Fitzgerald linebacker Austin Gray picked up his first two on Friday as Purdue and Toledo both extended offers and Palatine (Ill.) Fremd offensive tackle Christian Lombard was offered by Indiana and North Carolina, bringing his total up to eight.

Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike junior wide receiver Dyjuan Lewis may not be getting a ton of passes thrown his way this season, but colleges have still noticed his talent. The 6'2, 190-lb Lewis picked up recent offers from Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Iowa and Colorado.

Said Red Devils head coach Derek Moyers, "“He went up to Notre Dame a couple weeks ago for the Notre Dame-Purdue game and he’s been up to Purdue to check them out. Michigan State and Kentucky have asked him to come and visit. It’s tough right now for him, he’s so busy, but he’ll make some visits as our season winds down.”

The Kansas Jayhawks swooped in picked up a commitment from a Midwest sleeper in Althoff Catholic (Belleville, Ill.) offensive tackle Tom Mabry. The 6'5, 270-lb Mabry had a second offer from Kansas State as well as interest from Michigan State, Purdue and Illinois. A three year varsity starter for the Crusaders, Mabry also plays basketball on the varsity level and has the frame and athletic feet to develop into a good college tackle.

**Allen Trieu, Dave Berk and Matt Alkire contributed to this report.

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