Area players take big step

Two area players recently committed to Football Bowl Subdivi-sion (previously Division I) programs over the weekend, becoming the area's second and third major college commitments.


Chris Crenshaw, a rising senior at Jefferson County High, made a verbal commitment to Georgia Tech and South Aiken High's JerQuari Schofield did the same with Tennessee.

Crenshaw committed to Georgia Tech after attending a camp there this past weekend. He's a three-star player, according to recruiting Web site

"His best football is really in front of him," Jefferson County coach J.B. Arnold said. "He's just started growing."

Crenshaw, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end, has gained 30 pounds since the end of his junior season.

"And it hasn't slowed him down," Arnold said.

Schofield committed to Ten-nessee after he attended camp at the school last week, South Aiken coach Robert Wrightenberry said.

Tennessee was the first FBS school to offer Schofield a scholarship, Wrightenberry said. His only previous offer was from Division II Newberry College.

"They're the first real big-time school to offer him," Wrightenberry said. "I think he was just real comfortable up there."

Schofield, a three-year starter on the offensive line, is listed at 6-6, 300 pounds.

Brandon Watts, a Washington County High linebacker, is the only other area player to commit to a BCS-conference school. He made a verbal commitment to Georgia Tech in the spring.

Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 or



HIGH SCHOOL: Jefferson County

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-foot-2, 235 pounds

POSITION: Defensive end

NOTABLE: Committed to Georgia Tech last weekend. ... All-region pick last year. ... Three-star recruit, according to ... Has gained 30 pounds since last season.


HIGH SCHOOL: South Aiken

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-foot-6, 300 pounds

POSITION: Offensive lineman

NOTABLE: Committed to Tennessee last weekend. ... Three-year starter for Thoroughbreds. ... Tennessee was the first Football Bowl Subdivision school to offer him, though more offers might come, according to coach Robert Wrightenberry.