Thursday, January 3, 2008

Check out ACC's future on Saturday

You tune in to the McDonald’s All-America basketball game expecting to see the next generation of players headed to North Carolina schools.

That’s not always so with national high school all-star football games because Carolinas schools don’t regularly compete with Ohio State, Texas and Notre Dame for top football recruits.

But Saturday’s Under Armour All-America game (2 p.m., ABC), might be worth checking out to see Carolinas ACC quarterbacks of the future. Quarterbacks on the roster include:

  • Charlotte Latin’s Braden Hanson, who’s committed to North Carolina.
  • Mike Glennon of Westfield, Va., rated the nation’s No. 4 dropback QB by, an N.C. State commitment.
  • Clemson commitment Kyle Parker of Jacksonville, Fla.
What does this mean for the Carolinas schools? The other quarterbacks in the game are committed to Florida, Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma, Texas and UCLA. Those are traditionally strong, national-caliber programs, and having quarterbacks in the same class as those schools is an indication that football in the Carolinas is strengthening.

The all-star roster attests to Clemson’s strong recruiting class. The Tigers also have commitments from DT Daquan Bowers (Bamberg, S.C.), CB Xavier Brewer (Jacksonville, Fla.) and RB Andre Ellington (Moncks Corner, S.C.), who are scheduled to play.

Clemson also has the only Carolinas commitment in the U.S. Army All-America game (1 p.m. Saturday, NBC) in OG A.J. Harmon of Louisville, Ga.

In addition to Hanson, the Charlotte area is represented in both all-star games by Butler High safeties. Spencer Adams, who’s undecided on a college, is at the Under Armour game. Notre Dame commitment Robert Blanton is at the U.S. Army game.

– Ken Tysiac