Troy extends lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth after two-out RBI from Brandon Brown and Tyler Vaughn
He was also hearing from Memphis, Bowling Green, UMass, FAU, FIU, Florida A&M, Bethune Cookman & Elon. Florida Atlantic and Florida International had both indicated they would offer.
When asked about his reasons for choosing South Alabama Football, Alves responded, “I committed to USA because I like the area. I can see myself there for the next 4 years. It’s a school that is on the rise. They work extremely hard. Plus, it’s only 8 hours from home. South has been recruiting me since the spring and they offered around the end of April or early May.”
While Caleb hasn’t been on campus yet, he’s excited about his first visit and has researched the area and the school extensively on the internet. He doesn’t plan on visiting any other schools, however if the situation comes up he’s says it will just be for the experience, stating “I’m all Jag. I’m happy to be a Jag.”
Academically, Caleb Alves has a 2.9 gpa and has received an 18 on his ACT (with plans to take it again to score higher). He’d like to study sports medicine or sports business.
When asked about the possibility of playing both Football and Basketball, another sport Alves excels in, on the next level, Caleb replied, “I would definitely love to play both sports in college. I’ve played both all my life. If it’s possible, I would play both.”
Not only does he excel at two sports, as a football player he gets it done on both sides of the football. He sounds like he’d have no problem being a contributor on either side, “The thing I love most about football is making plays. Also, I love to hit people. They say football a contact sport but they’re wrong, it’s a collision sport. I love the game. I am a receiver but I’d love to play db in college. Wherever I’m used to help my team. It doesn’t matter to me.”
Personally, I’m excited about the prospects of a 6’3 athletic wide receiver with a linebacker’s mentality (or a safety with wide receiver ball skills, however it works out).
The 6'4" 230lb pass rusher had never played organized football until last season, having focused on basketball previously. Wells was in Mobile for the USA 7 on 7 tournament and really impressed the South Alabama coaching staff with his athleticism.
That athleticism was evident in the spring when he competed fro Dublin's track team, triple jumping 34-11 and running the 5000 meters, an unusual event for a big athlete as it requires a tremendous amount of endurance.
With his frame and physical abilities, Wells projects to add another 40+ pounds in the future and become a force on the defense line.
Wells is ranked a three-star player by 247Sports.com and the 80th best tight end in the country (he caught 29 passes for 600 yards and eight touchdowns) while Scout.com designates him a two-star prospect and the 123rd best outside linebacker.
His highlights can be seem at http://www.hudl.com/athlete/785767/highlights/13510381
The Jaguars now have 15 verbal commitments.
6'2" 215lb linebacker/safety hybrid Brandon King has given his pledge to USA. Originally a signee of Norfolk State out of Alabaster, Alabama, King was a defensive force for the Highland Community College Scotties as he racked up 118 tackles, six tackles for a loss, one sack and one forced fumble in 2011.
King is projected to play at safety for the Jaguars. He selected South Alabama over offers from Bowling Green, Toledo, UAB, Troy, Kansas and Rutgers.
The other USA commitments for 2013 are: CB Tiquan Lang of Lowndes HS (GA), FS Terrell Pinson of Itawamba CC, RB Xavier Johnson of Chamberlain HS (FL), WR/TE Caleb Hayman of Gainesville HS (GA), WR Dejon Funderburk of Washington HS (FL), QB Taylor Lamb of Calhoun HS (GA), RB Justin Jones of NE Miss JC ,S Roman Buchanan of Daleville HS (AL), WR Tevaris McCormick of Biloxi HS (MS), DT Jacob Chaffin of Spain Park HS (AL), S Devon Earl of Hoover HS (AL), OL Noah Armstrong of Lawrence Co HS (AL) and DE Willie Williams of Americus-Sumter HS (GA).
Armstrong visited for the first time on Thursday, July 19th and was so impressed that he gave his commitment almost immediately.
"When I came up there, everything was more than I could have expected," he said. "Everything was top-notch. My Dad and I both built a relationship with the coaches and seeing what they had to offer as academics and the football facilities, I just couldn't say no."
Armstrong had a total of six offers and USA was not near the top of his list until his visit.
"I had narrowed it down to three Sun Belt schools (Arkansas State and Western Kentucky were the other two) and the only reason South Alabama was still in there was because of their communication," he said. "But they went from the bottom of my list to the top in just one day."
At 6’7,293 he is blessed with athleticism, balance and great feet. All of those attributes along with his wing span and natural bulk give him huge upside as an OT, particularly as a pass blocker even though he’s admittedly further along as a run blocker.
"Coach Mathews, the offensive line coach (and coordinator) said that there's a good possibility that I could play within the first two years and actually start. The said that they need a big tackle, someone who could move people out of the way and protect the quarteback. Coach Mathews said I was good fit for it and he wanted me. He's got me now."
An aspiring mechanical engineer, Armstrong is a good student (3.8 gpa) who is already qualified.
When asked how firm a commitment this is, Armstrong's comments should make Jag fans extremely happy.
"Me and my Dad had always made the decision that if I was to commit, it would be a commitment that would require something major to happen for me to go against it and I stand by that. Unless something catastrophic happens, I am going to the Univeristy of South Alabama."