Buford LB Nathan Staub commits to UNC

Buford LB Nathan Staub

Buford LB Nathan Staub

Buford, the four-time defending Class AA state champions, has six seniors committed to D1 program after linebacker Nathan Staub picked North Carolina on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder picked the Tar Heels over Maryland, East Carolina, Virginia and Harvard.

It was a big pickup for North Carolina, which is under NCAA investigation for nine major violations and fired coach Butch Davis in July.

“I’m really excited for Nathan,” Buford coach Jess Simpson told the AJC. “I know North Carolina’s coaching staff is a little in flux, and maybe there are some question marks moving forward. But they convinced Nathan of their desire for him to be at North Carolina.

“They recruited him as a linebacker all along, which was very important to him. I think Nathan feels very good about the stability there and the education at North Carolina speaks for itself. It seems  like overall it was a very good fit.”

Staub, who has a 3.8 GPA, starts both ways for Buford.

“Nathan is a throwback type of player,” Simpson said. “He’s extremely strong in the weight room. I think he really impressed people last summer by going to camps with this 40-yard times. He consistently ran in the 4.6 range. He is a tough and hard-nosed kid. He plays the game the right way. He is really respected by is teammates and his coaches, and is a fine young man.”

Buford’s other D1 commitments are AJC Super 11 LB Dillon Lee (Alabama), OL Vadal Alexander (LSU), DB Paris Head (Vanderbilt), long snapper Reid Ferguson (LSU) and DB CJ Moore (Virginia).

TE Kurt Freitag will decide between Florida and Alabama at next month’s state championship game. “Kurt has thought long and hard after visiting both Alabama and Florida,” his mother said. “He is definitely making the ‘best choice’ for himself. And it was definitely not the just the football like some kids.”

Also, Buford DT Dequan Clark has offers from Indiana and Illinois. Buford has several other players getting looks, including DB Ryan Dillard.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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57 comments Add your comment

Congratulations

November 15th, 2011
2:32 pm

Harvard? I thought Ivy league does not offer athletic scholarships.

Michael Carvell

November 15th, 2011
2:37 pm

@Congratultions, Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships, but if you’re recruited to play sports there, you will likely be going there for next to free in most cases. However, rather than get wrapped up in all in the details about that, we group the Ivy League schools with the other offers to make it easier to understand.

gbal

November 15th, 2011
2:58 pm

No love for uga in Buford, Huh.

1eyedJack

November 15th, 2011
2:58 pm

Dawgs need to flip Dillon Lee.

Dr. Phil

November 15th, 2011
3:03 pm

This must be a very bright young man. The out-of-state admission standards for UVA are similar to those of the military academies. Given those choices, I would take UVA, but UNC will straighten itself out.

UGA Fan

November 15th, 2011
3:25 pm

Seems strange that UGA seldom signs any Buford players. Obviously a problem and too bad for the kids that play ball there. UGA is right down the road and would be close for the parents and friends!!

BigTimeTechFan

November 15th, 2011
3:29 pm

Micheal, your correct about Ivy League schools, when they recruited me and my cost at the time would have been only about $300 a year but I would not have received athletic scholarship. Good deal so I took it.

Jdawg

November 15th, 2011
3:30 pm

He obviously wasn’t good enough to play between the hedges or he would have been offered.

BobDawg

November 15th, 2011
3:30 pm

Dawgs will close strong this year and then dominate in 2013… Already have our QB who will be like the Pied Piper….

opinion

November 15th, 2011
3:31 pm

Lee is the only one UGA wants. And that want is not really strong.

danny

November 15th, 2011
3:38 pm

Of course Jdawg

loel

November 15th, 2011
3:48 pm

all from just a AA school???? huh!!!!

jack handy

November 15th, 2011
3:48 pm

@opinion. As of last weekend, Dillion Lee has now decided to take an official visit to UGA. There is a chance of flipping him. We do want him, he’s a great athelete.

Been There Done That

November 15th, 2011
3:52 pm

Buford HS kids have been going else where since Darius Walker went to Notre Dame.

Scott

November 15th, 2011
3:54 pm

Buford players dont have much of a track record in college

Amos

November 15th, 2011
4:00 pm

Bufords coach went to Alabama…what do you expect!

opinion

November 15th, 2011
4:02 pm

jack handy
November 15th, 2011
3:48 pm

@opinion. As of last weekend, Dillion Lee has now decided to take an official visit to UGA. There is a chance of flipping him. We do want him, he’s a great athelete.

I said UGA wants him. But not the highest priority. I’ve seen him play multiple times against AA teams with 220 lb offensive tackles. Looks good against them.

InTheTrenches

November 15th, 2011
4:15 pm

FYI, Harvard does not offer athletic scholarships…they only offer need based aid. Also, a student still has to be admitted to the university and unlike schools that do offer athletic scholarships, little to no preference is given for athletic talent. That said, most people that are accepted to Harvard (and similar institutions) usually receive a number of other outside scholarships b/c they are academically inclined. Either way, good luck to him and others.

Jess

November 15th, 2011
4:15 pm

Buford’s coach Jess Simpson didn’t go to Bama…he went to Auburn. Coach Wood went to Bama.

Mean Machine

November 15th, 2011
4:20 pm

I wonder what this current group of Buford players have against UGA. We’ve had some good ones from time to time, Dallas being the most recent. But there’s also been Mikey Henderson and Nick Jones, two very good players for UGA. I hope they reconsider.

steve

November 15th, 2011
4:21 pm

How is it that all of these D-1 prospects live in Buford?? We haven’t had a D-1 prospect at our AA high school in 25 years…

who cares

November 15th, 2011
4:23 pm

UGA is not really a convenience for the parents of Buford’s players, as they are recruited from all over the state to go there. Actually, it may be quicker to go over to Auburn or Florida State, depending on where the kid transferred in from.

Uncle Sam

November 15th, 2011
4:40 pm

The young man obviously wants a great educational opportunity, and is looking far beyond sports to become a productive, high-earning citizen of these United States of America.

Bishop Eddie Long's Red Panties

November 15th, 2011
5:01 pm

Buford is a city school so they don’t have the same set of rules as the county school systems The recruit country wide for their players and cap enrollment to play in AA If you remember correctly
Darius Walker was only from Buford till he graduated and when he was anounced at his first game
in South Bend he was “Darius Walker Lawrenceville Ga”

scott

November 15th, 2011
5:02 pm

steve if you could see the facilities you would want to go there to

Dawg stuck in Bammer...

November 15th, 2011
5:06 pm

UGA feels like most Buford players have been coached up so well that they’ve peaked in their abilities. Think about the number of big recruits that have come out of there that never panned out. Only 2 that I can think of really…Omar Hunter & Darius Walker. We got lucky with Mickey Henderson. He wasn’t really a name before he bulked up at UGA. Thin as a rail these days now that he’s not in the UGA weight room.
Buford=better than some D-II schools really. These kids are so well coached and it shows in their record. Too well coached for most kids to “move up” to D-I

Bishop Eddie Long's Red Panties

November 15th, 2011
5:07 pm

Buford’s Weight Room makes UGA’s look like a out house

Dawg stuck in Bammer...

November 15th, 2011
5:09 pm

Ivy League schools don’t offer “sports” scholarships but do have these random scholarships that just happen to go only to athletes. The “North Georgia Alumni Recommendation” scholarship kind of thing that will all of a sudden appear for an athlete from North Georgia. They still give them…don’t be fooled.

Dawg stuck in Bammer...

November 15th, 2011
5:11 pm

Yep, have you seen Buford’s media room? Makes almost any 1-AA and some 1-A look bad!!

bugs

November 15th, 2011
5:12 pm

Bufords coach and his father played for Auburn.

Bishop Eddie Long's Red Panties

November 15th, 2011
5:12 pm

Don’ feel bad Steve if Buford had to play players from the area around Buford only the couldn’t
whip their way out of a wet paper bag Just Saying I have lived in Sugar Hill the last 25 years

fes

November 15th, 2011
5:18 pm

Quagmire

November 15th, 2011
5:20 pm

UGA doesn’t recruit players that can read!!!!. Plus, UNC is a better school than UGA

firebill

November 15th, 2011
5:27 pm

Buford recruits from all over greater Atlanta. They are not a double A school but a bunch of cheaters

padre

November 15th, 2011
5:31 pm

who is dillion lee

firebill

November 15th, 2011
5:31 pm

The GHSA needs to do something to stop Buford’s recruiting practice. Maybe a move to 4A or 5A would balance the field.

Worm

November 15th, 2011
5:32 pm

Anybody commited to N.C. or State is fair game…Both current Coaches are goners…Shadrach thornton was a ’shocker’ because O’Brien is toast!

Bishop Eddie Long's Red Panties

November 15th, 2011
5:38 pm

They could move them to 7AAAAA and play North Gwinnett oh no I forgot
Buford won 34 and lost only 1 and I was there for the win Maybe Div 2AA and we will see what the mighty wolves are made of

clarification

November 15th, 2011
5:58 pm

Why are people saying Mikey Henderson and Nick Jones went to Buford? Henderson played at Carrollton and Jones was down the road at Bowdon.

just the truth

November 15th, 2011
6:00 pm

To stop the recruiting at all schools including Buford they would need to do what Div. 1 does and say you have to sit out the first year if you’ve come from another school !

Jon

November 15th, 2011
6:26 pm

@Clarification. Mikey Henderson did go to Buford not Carrollton. Look it up. I agree Nick Jones did go to Bowden though.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

November 15th, 2011
6:26 pm

Offers from UNC, UVA and Harvard – must be a bright kid. Good luck to him in Chapel Hill – it’s a beautiful place and a good school. He certainly is not going there to play for any particular coach because Tom O’Brien is as likely to be HC at UNC next year as Everett Withers.

Richard

November 15th, 2011
6:29 pm

Amazing video of a high school player from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team.

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g

Gary

November 15th, 2011
6:43 pm

First! Just kidding. Nathan is a great kid and will be a four-year starter. But I do wonder why this smart, great-athlete, Christian young man was not a top priority for Mark Richt. UGA news a fullback and strong, fast outside linebackers.

Achtung

November 15th, 2011
8:32 pm

Buford players definitely seem to peak in high school. Schools like Westkake put lots of guys in NFL, Buford not so much. For all their success, have any Buford players gone on to be All conference or All American anywhere? I can’t remember any.

Blind Willie

November 15th, 2011
8:52 pm

Buford picks and chooses who comes to school. Most public schools do not have open enrollment. Buford has playes playing from Gwinnett Co, Hall Co., Fulton Co. and even Barrow county. This is the same school who had a basketball player who did not live in the city of Buford and did not pay tution. Every win they get in any sport is tainted.

WnE

November 15th, 2011
9:34 pm

I’d rather CPJ roll the dice with GEORGIA HS RECRUITS like this player rather than getting rejects from North Carolina and rejects from Alabama that don’t get offers from Aubie or Bama.

As much as GT’s fanbase likes to complain about Academics scaring away good athletes, GT continues to lose very good athletes from the Metro Area to ND, Stanford, Vandy, UNC and schools like that.

And though I don’t have any scientific proof, it seems that our closure rate on Academic Qualifiers from here in Ga. has gone DOWN since Coach-You-Know Who has arrived and this is what has forced us to Recruit more “reaches” out of NC, SC and Alabama.

It seems that that the combination of CPJ’s gimmicky triple-SLOPtion Offense and CPJ’s gruff personality is really hurting GT’s Recruiting.

It seems as if CPJ is really helping, UT’s, Auburn’s, USCe’s, Clemson’s, Vandy’s recruiting all by himself.

Paul in NH

November 15th, 2011
10:31 pm

Was that really a drive by from WnE? I didn’t see a single reference to Kung Fu Panda.

jack handy

November 15th, 2011
11:35 pm

Nick Jones from Bowden. Mikey Henderson from Buford. End of story.

THEHILLISREAL

November 16th, 2011
12:12 am

@ AMOS ….. Mickey Conn the head coach at Grayson played at ALabama… with some Mays Raiders.