Phillip Ely, three-star quarterback from Tampa-Plant, Fla., pulled the surprise of the summer when he announced for the University of Alabama. He was offered a scholarship a couple of weeks ago and kept a low profile before announcing for the national champs at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. He led Plant High School to the 5A state championship in 2009 and has never lost a game as a starter since his junior high days. Other offers included
The Duke Blue Devils added a commitment to their class of 2011 with Chris Tavarez who is a safety prospect from Atlanta-Westlake, Ga. Scholarship offers were impressive from the likes of Harvard, Kentucky, Maryland, Princeton and Tulane.
Sunshine, Blue Skies
Chase Hounshell, three-star defensive end from Mentor-Lake Catholic, Ohio, committed to the Florida Gators. The future offensive tackle's other scholarship offers included Boston College, Iowa, Michigan State, UCF and Wisconsin.
Florida International added a running back commitment from Shane Coleman from Green Cove Springs-Clay, Fla. The speedster also collected scholarship offers from Arkansas State and Troy. Coleman finished his junior season with more than 1,500 yards rushing with 24 touchdowns.
Phillip Rivers' Little Brother
The LSU Tigers picked up a commitment from Stephen Rivers, three-star quarterback from Athens, Ala. The signal caller passed for 2,200 yards with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during his junior season. He decided to sit out the 2010 basketball season in order to gain and maintain more weight for his senior football season. Rivers held other scholarship offers which included Arizona State, Florida State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and Vanderbilt.
Maurice Morgan, from LaGrange-North Lenoir, N.C., chose North Carolina State over a scholarship offer from East Carolina. He plays on both sides of the ball and special teams. He rushed for approximately 700 yards last season.
Collins Moore, three-star wide receiver from Madison-Bob Jones, Ala., committed to the Ole Miss Rebels. One of the more underrated prospects in the country had 50 receptions for 1,057 yards and 17 touchdowns during his junior season. He returned four punts for touchdowns and had four interceptions on defense. He earned Team MVP and All-State honorable mention. Moore's other scholarship offers included Illnois, Kentucky, LSU, Tulane and Vanderbilt.
Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley scored big this week when he kept home four-star offensive tackle Kyler Kerbyson from Knoxville (Catholic) Tenn. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect held scholarship offers from across the country including Alabama, Arkansas, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Memphis, Stanford, Syracuse, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
Wake Forest reeled in a commitment from Desmond Floyd a three-star defensive end from Union (County) S.C. The 6-foot-5, 229-pounder held close to two dozen scholarship offers including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, N.C. Satte, South Carolina, UCF, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Special Teams Player of the Year
Devontay Chaffin, from Wichita Falls, Texas, committed to Louisiana Tech. He had more than 1,100 all-purpose yards which included 38 receptions for 667 yards and nine touchdowns, and 10 kick returns for an amazing 487 yards and four touchdowns. His performance garnered District 5-4A Special Teams Player of the Year.
Deion Green, defensive end/linebacker from Orlando-Edgewater, Fla., committed to UCF. Other scholarship offers included Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Iowa State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers and South Florida.
Blair Burns, cornerback from Plano, Texas committed to ULM. The two-sport speedster intercepted two passes last season and sports a 41-inch vertical.