Posted: 4:10 pm Monday, January 24th, 2011

Dwyer lineman Shubert Bastien commits to Middle Tennessee 

By Matt Porter

Two out of three was enough for Shubert Bastien.

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The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Dwyer lineman was set to make a third stop on a three-school recruiting tour. He flew to Northern Illinois two weekends ago and was set to see Western Michigan next weekend.

But last weekend’s trip to Middle Tennessee State made Bastien cancel his plans.

Sunday evening, Bastien, the No. 59 player on the PBGametime Big Board, verbally committed to the Blue Raiders. He said the city (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), the campus, and the Raiders’ personable coaching staff was a big reason. He was especially impressed with head coach Rick Stockstill.

“It wasn’t that he talked to certain players, he talked to everybody, redshirts and everyone,” Bastien said.

Middle Tennessee had redshirt junior punter Nathaniel Toulson (King’s Academy) and freshman defensive end Morris Moore (Palm Beach Lakes) on its roster last season. The Blue Raiders (6-7, 5-3) finished third in the Sun Belt Conference and lost to Miami (Ohio) in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Bastien is the 29th of the 75 players on the Big Board to give a verbal commitment.

Verbal commitments are nonbinding. Players can sign letters of intent on national signing day, Feb. 2.