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Coffeyville stars commit

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They say when it rains, it pours.
That's the case for the blue-chip players at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.
Gearing up for a big bowl game against Snow Junior College, Red Raven assistant coach Rico Cherico said three of his top players have made commitments in the past few 24 hours.
"Ron Prince was just down here," Cherico said. "And Gary Chandler just committed to K-State not even an hour ago. He's going to K-State and will be with Deon Murphy, who already committed a few weeks back."
Chandler, a 5-foot-11, 186-pound safety, is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 4 junior college player in the nation.
He will not take scheduled visits to Missouri and picked the Cats over offers from Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa State. Murphy (5-10, 165) is a three-star athlete that picked the Wildcats back on October 26.
Chandler wasn't the only big name to commit, though.
Three-star offensive guard Joe Blaes committed to Georgia last night, Cherico said.
"He went out there this past weekend and came back and was thinking about visiting Ole Miss," Cherico said.
"But I just told him that it's Georgia and that he needed to take them up on that offer as soon as he could. In the 12 years, I've been here, Georgia has never stepped foot on our campus. But that just shows you how highly they think of Joe.
"He called them up and told them he was heading to Athens. He also visited Baylor and liked that, but it wasn't Georgia."
The Red Ravens other offensive guard James Barnard also made up his mind in the past few days. After taking an official visit to Baylor back on Nov. 17, Barnard recently committed to the Bears after receiving an offer.
"Guy Morriss is coming out to our bowl game to watch James play," Cherico said.
"James was really pumped up about his commitment."
As far as Coffeyville's other top targets, the other big news is that four-star defensive tackle Tommie Duhart is now set up to take an official visit to Florida on Jan. 19.
"He just set it up last night," Cherico said. "We really didn't know much about it, and the Pittsburgh coaches are coming in tomorrow to talk to him. But he came in this morning and told me that he's heading to Florida in January for a visit. It's back home for him, and Florida is playing for the SEC Championship, so I can see how that would be an attractive situation for him."
Outside linebacker Jerrson Davis is also set up to take an official visit to Memphis next weekend.
And four-star safety Larry Asante is set to visit Arkansas on Dec. 8 and then Clemson on Dec. 15.
"He just got back from Nebraska this weekend and he really liked it up there," Cherico said about Asante's visit to Lincoln. "He's going to take two more visits and then make up his mind."
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