Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Clemson invites Concord 1st Assembly's Miller for official visit this weekend

Ainsley Miller, Concord First Assembly’s huge DT, will take an official visit to Clemson this weekend, First Assembly coach Mike Minter said.

“Clemson is very hot in this race now,” Minter said. Miller has already visited New Mexico, and other schools, including Maryland and North Carolina, are showing interest in the 6-foot-4, 270-pound defender.

Miller has numbers more befitting a defensive end; eight sacks, 65 tackles, four forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles through seven games.

*Minter says S/WR/QB Brandon Stegall is also stirring up considerable interest.

“He’s taken official visits to North Carolina and N.C. State in the past month,” Minter said. “He’s caught four touchdown passes at wide receiver, and rushed for about 400 yards and three TDs at quarterback.”

Minter laughed. “We don’t throw when he’s at quarterback.”

He added that Stegall has just one interception, primarily because opponents keep the ball away from him.

*The QB that does throw for Concord is David Larson, who Minter said has passed for at least 160 yards in each of the past three games, since the coach opened up the offense a bit. He’s thrown for eight TDs.

Virginia asked for film on him, but we’ve got to get him more looks,” Minter said.

*And how about RB/CB Tony Moore? He has rushed for 1,205 yards through seven games, and is just hitting his stride.

“In his last three games, he has rushed for 260, 230 and 225 yards,” Minter said. “And he has seven touchdowns.”

He also has four interceptions at CB.

“He’ll probably have to go to junior college or prep school first,” Minter said. “But he can play for somebody, probably at cornerback.”

*Kyle Grisby, another of these Concord seniors, has 4.4 speed and has scored five TDs from his slot receiver post.

“He also returns kicks, and is averaging 175 all-purpose yards a game,” Minter said.

Grisby, though, is 5-foot-8, and that scares off the bigger programs. Catawba and some other Division II schools are looking at him hard, though.

*Finally, don’t forget MLB Matt Wallace, who has five sacks of his own. Minter said that Wallace, a tough and smart player, is a step slow for BCS schools, but is getting attention from smaller programs such as Wingate.

“And we’ve got more kids coming,” Minter said. “In the next few years, those recruiters better just grab a tent and camp out here.”

--Stan Olson

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