Posted: 1:28 pm Friday, January 15th, 2010
By Jason Lieser
Over the past two years, Glades Central football has led the area in de-commitments and the Raiders could add to that total over the next few weeks.
Coach Jessie Hester said safety Travis Bell (West Virginia), receiver Greg Dent (Florida State) and tight end Clive Walford (Miami) appear to be holding firm in their commitments.
But some of the second-tier recruits are candidates to switch.
Running back Antwon Chisholm, who also plays cornerback, already de-committed from Oklahoma State in favor of Mississippi State. Now, Hester said, Chisholm is considering Marshall and plans to visit this month.
“One guy that might make a change might be Chisholm,” Hester said. “I’ve had some conversations with him. He’s going on a visit to Marshall. That indicates to me that he’s still open to the process.”
Rivals.com already lists Chisholm as a Marshall commit.
Chisholm (5-8, 165, No. 37 on The Big Board) rushed for 307 yards and five touchdowns on 65 carries this year despite playing behind a mediocre offensive line and taking most of his handoffs in the shotgun.
Quarterback L.J. Thomas (6-2, 175, No. 39 on The Big Board) committed to Hampton in November. At that point, Hampton was the only school offering him a scholarship.
Several schools have shown interest in Thomas, especially Florida International, and more offers could surface before national signing day (Feb. 3).
All commitments are non-binding. No player is locked into a school until he signs a national letter of intent.
“L.J. has some deals coming up with South Dakota, Eastern Illinois, Western Michigan and FIU continues to sniff around,” Hester said. “I expect (FIU) to pull the trigger on him, but he’s still committed to Hampton.”
Hester said he is disappointed that Marshall has not asked about Thomas.
Defensive lineman Isiah Corbett has not officially committed but last month sounded like he would land at Iowa State. Corbett said last week he plans to visit Marshall this weekend and Iowa State next weekend. Middle Tennessee, Illinois, Buffalo, FIU and Eastern Illinois have called him as well and one of those schools could come forward with an offer.
Glades Central had two major prospects de-commit last season. Offensive lineman Henry Orelus and wide receiver Rantavious Wooten committed to LSU prior to their senior seasons, but changed their minds to Florida State and Georgia, respectively.
This year Chisholm and Dent already have one de-commitment each.
“I never know what these kids are thinking,” Hester said. “Sometimes they can get a little intimidated by the recruiting process.”