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January 28, 2010

Another Shrine Bowl OL commits

Coastal Carolina has added another Shrine Bowl offensive linemen to its 2010 recruiting class.

Summerville's Devin Taylor committed to the Chanticleers Thursday, Green Wave coach John McKissick said. The 6-foot-3, 276-pounder played center and longsnapper in high school.

Coastal has now landed three of the nine Palmetto state offensive linemen selected to the Shrine Bowl. Assuming they all ink with the Chants next Wednesday on National Signing Day, James Island's Chad Hamilton, Belton-Honea Path's Matthew Ashley and Taylor will provide depth at a need position.

The Chants struggled along the offensive front last fall and lost several contributors, including two starters, to graduation. With junior tackles Tim Franklin and Bryan Brooks a year older and Jamey Cheatwood and Kaleb Dees, both promising players who redshirted last season, ready to step in, the Chants will likely have a new-look unit in 2010.

Taylor was a two-year starter for Summerville.

"He's a hard-working kid and a good student," McKissick said. "He works really hard in the weight room. ... We liked him, because he was really intelligent. He could call out all of the blocking."

Coastal now has commitments from four offensive linemen chosen for an all-star game. Dobyns-Bennett (Tenn.) standout Patrick Hansen, who committed in December, was chosen for Tennessee's East-West game but couldn't participate due to an ankle injury.

Coastal may now have completed its recruiting class. The Chants weren't expected to sign more than 11-12 players due to the addition of several transfers and a lack of free scholarships.

Coastal Carolina commitments (11)
Devin Taylor, OL, Summerville
Chad Hamilton, OL, James Island
Cody Craig, QB, Timberland
Philip George, DB, Keenan
Matthew Ashley, OL, Belton-Honea Path
Matt Hazel, WR, North Augusta
Mike McClure, LB, Rock Hill
Nay'Quan Fleming, WR, Ridge View
Pernell Williams, DB, Coffee County (Ga.)
Aaron Jones, RB, Western Guilford (N.C.)
Patrick Hansen, OL, Dobyns-Bennett (Tenn.)

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