Area players take big step

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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 rivals.com.

"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 matt.middleton@augustachronicle.com.

COMMITTED

CHRIS CRENSHAW


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 rivals.com. ... Has gained 30 pounds since last season.




JERQUARI SCHOFIELD


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.

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TheChairman
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TheChairman 06/19/08 - 06:16 am
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Chris and Brandon, Welcome to

Chris and Brandon, Welcome to Georgia Tech!! Now hit the books an the weight room, good luck in you senior years!

Thoroughbred Fan
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Thoroughbred Fan 06/19/08 - 09:14 am
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Great Job JerQuari

Great Job JerQuari Schofield!!!. I have watched you play over the years. Does the University of Tennessee realize what caliber of player they have picked up? Big Phil did a excellent job recruiting you. I knew you would go big. The best is yet to come. This is your year to increase your STOCK. Continue to work hard in the classroom and work hard to increase your game. Keep up the Great work.

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