Monday, December 19, 2011

An Early Look at 2012 Recruiting - Part 1

While it will be hard to top the great years JSU had in 2010 and 2011, there is good momentum for the 2012. As there is a lot of information, we will probably do three spots. The focus is on players that we believe Jacksonville State is recruiting hard. There are probably other players that will come in and out of the mix.

Dushonta Broughton. DB, 5-11, 160, 23 ACT, Lovejoy High School. Broughton is one of three Lovejoy products rumored to be committed to JSU. These guys led their team to the State Championship Game in Georgia.

Jamal Covington, DL, 6-4, 270, Lovejoy High School. Covington drew recruiting interest from BC, Duke, La. Tech and apparently had an offer from the Naval Academy. The Clayton Daily News named him to their All Star team in 2010, commenting: "Dominant run blocker with great pass blocking skills." He's dominating in one area and great in another, what else is there?

Jermaine "Junior" Hough, ATH, 5-10, 180, Lovejoy High School. Drew recruiting interest from Miami, NC and South Carolina and was offered by the Air Force Academy. One JSU fan saw him play in the State Championship game and commented that it seemed like he had about 20 tackles.

Desmond Brown. S, Cherokee County High School (Clemson). There is still some work to do to get Brown eligible, but he would be a huge pickup for JSU where he would join high school teammates Coty Blanchard and Country Chambers. Brown was rated a 3 Star prospect out of high school by both Rivals and Scout.

Troymaine "Buster" Pope. 5-9, 188, 4.5 40, Anniston High School. AL.Com had this to say about the Anniston product: "At 5’10” 188lbs, Pope utilizes a rare combination of speed and power; he either runs around defenders or runs over them. When it comes to “measurables” Troymaine definitely has them, as he has been clocked at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, bench presses 315lbs, and squats upwards of 500lbs." Troymaine has been heavily recruited by big schools and FCS schools including Clemson, Miss. St., Samford and Clemson.

Calvin Baker. OL, 6-4, 285, 32 ACT, Oxford High School. had this to say about Baker: "Baker is a tremendous competitor who finishes every block and does not quit until the whistle has blown. Playing at the 6A level will only help Baker develop into an even more well-rounded offensive lineman. In addition to his athletic prowess, Calvin also boasts a 4.1 GPA and a score of 32 on the ACT… definitely a qualifier. We fully expect Calvin Baker to emerge from the 2011 campaign as a highly-sought-after prospect with offers from numerous big-time programs." The Gamecocks are really battling Samford for Baker's services. Baker will have to decide whether he wants to play in front of 20,000 passionate fans at JSU or 1,100 at Samford.

Josh Barge, Athl. 6-1, Carrolton High School. Barge is a very talented player from a Carrolton program that is rich with talent. He is a good student- National Honor Society member. His father was a Coach at Carrolton and passed away before his junior season. Barge has six siblings and is very motivated to get a football scholarship in order to help out financially.


  1. Baker from Oxford has a lot more interest than just JSU or Samford.

    Merry Christmas.

  2. Thanks for the update. Please keep us posted. We hear this guy is a terrific lineman.

  3. Word is that Baker, left guard from Oxford, committed to JSU this weekend. Samford toyed with him and then took a Florida kid (slimy Trickett's eating his dad's crumbs at FSU). Brown from the Ivy League wanted him badly, but too far away, and they wanted him to pay for the privilege (40k a year after an academic scholly, I hear), Air Force academy came in late (too late for a visit), UNA, and Murray. Ole Miss talked about a gray shirt at the end, but he was nervous with all of the gray shirt reversals (read Sabin and whole SEC).

    This kid is an all star in the classroom and took out several 6A DT's at Oxford. His uncle says that he can squat with the JSU senior OL's. I also heard Yeager at Mountain Brook thought this kid was better than Flint at Oxford (commit to Arkansas State) and had him listed for the AL/Miss game but was overruled by all of Flint hype from that player's 10th grade year.