Posted: 2:43 pm Monday, September 8th, 2008

Dwyer stars thinking next level 

By Jason Lieser

Made a quick stop at Dwyer this weekend and got the latest recruiting updates on three of the Panthers’ big weapons.

Let’s start with linebacker/safety/wide receiver Matt Elam. Elam (5-10, 200, 4.49 in the 40) is only a junior, and the official offers came rolling in this week, including bids from Florida, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Elam seemed especially happy to get the offer from the Gators, and it’s no stretch to call them the frontrunner at this point.

Or maybe he’ll just turn pro. I know he can’t, but the kid looks the part. He was wearing Jets gear from his brother Abram, a cornerback for New York, and it’s easy to envision him as an NFL defensive back in the next few years. Matt Elam is can’t-miss material.

Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said Iowa State, South Carolina and Wisconsin remain the top options for multi-threat Bradley Wallace, who is being recruited primarily as a safety. The University of Miami is making a big mistake by not throwing itself at this kid.

As for running back Donald Russell, who picked up 85 yards on just 10 carries against Royal Palm Beach, his favorite seems to be South Carolina, according to Daniels.

If South Carolina can land Russell or Wallace (or both), it would be the Gamecocks’ first big success in the county this year. South Carolina was a runner-up on Pahokee wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson in May, and has been listed as a finalist for several other players who chose other schools or appear to be looking elsewhere.