May 14, 2009

Calhoun quarterback taking his time

Like so many other prospects who dream of playing college ball, action is about to pick up for Calhoun quarterback Nance Nash.

Actually, it already has.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder just garnered his sixth offer, this one from from West Virginia, following up ones he's already received from Chattanooga, UCF, Harvard, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

Others are paying close attention as well.

Nash told UGASports during a visit to his school Tuesday that approximately 20 college coaches have been by the past two weeks, a list that includes Duke, Wake Forest, Florida and Clemson.

"At first it takes some getting used to with everybody watching you, but after the first or second day you don't really think about it," Nash said. "You just go out there, try to have fun and do your own things. You just try to get better and not worry about it. So far, that's what we've done."

That's not to say that Nash hasn't started thinking about his collegiate future.

This summer, Nash said he plans on setting up approximately eight visits before resuming practice in August.

The quarterback, who transferred to Calhoun from Darlington, isn't the only member of his team garnering attention from college coaches.

On the contrary:

Linebackers Kendron Acre has received a number of offers while Cody Ralson has committed to Central Florida. But it's wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, who Rivals rates as the top prospect in the state, that is getting the most attention.

Rogers told UGASports Tuesday that he's whittled his choices to Georgia and Florida, although he won't start picking one over the other until he visits the Gators in June.

"He's got the top two," Nash said. "He's always talking about how good the SEC is, and he's right about that. I agree the SEC is the best conference, so I expect it will come down between Florida and Georgia, maybe Alabama or somebody like that."

As for Nash, he said he may try to graduate early and enroll at the school of his choice come January.

"I've been thinking about that because I'd like to play early, but it's also going to be important for me to find a school with a really good academic background. That's going to be the main thing," he said. "If something happens and football doesn't work out, I want to have a good academic background to fall back on."

But first, Nash wants to help lead Calhoun back to the state playoffs.

"We really want to take it all (win a state championship," Nash said. "Of course, we want to win another region championship. Everyone is excited about that, and I'm looking forward to leading us to that. There's a lot of pressure, but we've got a lot of speed, a lot of strengths. This team really looks solid this year."

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