Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 11:31 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's the final week in June and as the temperature gauge continues to rise and we move into July, it's time to see how schools are building their recruiting class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the ACC, where most of the conference has gone over the double-digit commitment mark.
Boston College (4)
Offensive lineman Jim Cashman (Haddonfield, N.J.)
Tight end Sam Grant (North Royalton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Linebacker Tim Joy (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Frank Taylor (Warminster, Pa.)
Defensive lineman Martin Aiken (Bamberg, S.C.)
Defensive back Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Zac Brooks (Jonesboro, Ark.)
Linebacker T.J. Burrell (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan (Fairfax, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)
Quarterback Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Kicker Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.)
Defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (Aiken, S.C.)
Tight end Daniel Beilinson (Cary, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Casey Blaser (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Kicker Ross Martin (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tanner Stone (Dallas, Texas)
Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)
Defensive end A.J. Wolfe (Tarrytown, N.Y.)
Defensive end Carlos Wray (Shelby, N.C.)
Florida State (13)
Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Punter Cason Beatty (Charlotte, N.C.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Offensive lineman James Hamilton (Orlando, Fla.)
Tight end Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif.)
Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)
Georgia Tech (7)
Athlete Dennis Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Pat Gamble (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)
Defensive end Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Linebacker Tyler Stargel (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Athlete Michael Summers (Statesboro, Ga.)
Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Linebacker Brock Dean (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (Willingboro, N.J.)
Defensive back Alvin Hill (Locust Grove, Ga.)
Quarterback Perry Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Wide receiver A.J. Liddell (Douglasville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)
Athlete Joe Riddle (Frederick, Md.)
Quarterback Caleb Rowe (Greer, S.C.)
Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Defensive back Vernon Davis (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Preston Dewey (Austin, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive end Dwayne Hoilett (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Defensive back Larry Hope (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver D'Mauri Jones (Leesburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Jake O'Donnell (Doylestown, Pa.)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)
North Carolina (10)
Athlete Kedrick Davis (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive back Nate Dortch (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.)
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Christian Russell (Chatham, Va.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)
N.C. State (4)
Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Wide receiver Xavier Griffin (Newark, Del.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Defensive back James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)
Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)
Athlete Maurice Canady (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Tyrell Chavis (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)
Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Quarterback Matt Johns (Warrington, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Michael Mooney (Malvern, Pa.)
Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Michael Moore (Hyattsville, Md.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Max Valles (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)
Virginia Tech (12)
Running back J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va.)
Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive end Jarontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Athlete Brenden Motley (Christianburg, Va.)
Athlete Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Donovan Riley (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)
Wake Forest (3)
Tight end Anthony Rook (Greenville, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)
Defensive back LaRonji Vason (Prattville, Ala.)
Tags: A.J. Leggett, A.J. Liddell, A.J. Wolfe, ACC, ACC Commit List, Allen Jackson, Alphonse Taylor, Alvin Hill, Angelo Jean-Louis, Angelo Jean-Louis, Anthony Rook, Boston College, Bradley Pinion, Brenden Motley, Brock Dean, Caleb Rowe, Carlos Wray, Casey Blaser, Cason Beatty, Chad Kelly, Chase Roberts, Chris Casher, Christian Russell, Christo Kourtzidis, Clemson, Cordrea Tankersley, D'Mauri Jones, Dahman McKinnon, Dakota Jackson, Dalvon Stuckey, Dan Mastromatteo, Dan Mastromatteo, Daniel Beilinson, Dante Fowler Jr., David Thompson, Davion Tookes, Deion Williams, Demeitre Brim, Dennis Andrews, Der'Woun Greene, Desmond Frye, Donaldven Manning, Donovan Riley, Duke, Duke Johnson, Dwayne Hoilett, Dwayne Norman, Ereck Flowers, Ereck Flowers, Erich Schneider, Florida State, Francis, Frank Taylor, Georgia Tech, Germone Hopper, Gray Crow, J.C. Coleman, J.J. Patterson, Jack Willenbrock, Jake O'Donnell, James Hamilton, James Summers, Jarontay Jones, jay Guillermo, Jelani Hamilton, Jim Cashman, Joe Riddle, Joel Suggs, Jontavious Carter, Josh Seeoms, June Commitment List, Junior Gnonkonde, Justin Meredith, Justin Meredith, Kallon, Kedrick Davis, Keith Brown, Kwontie Moore, LaRonji Vason, Larry Hope, Malcolm Culmer, Mario Edwards Jr., Mario Nixon, Mario Pender, Mark Hall, Martin Aiken, Maryland, Matt Johns, Maurice Canady, Max McCaffrey, Max Valles, Miami, Michael Mooney, Michael Moore, Mike Madaras, Mmichael Summers, N.C. State, Nate Dortch, Nick Brigham, Niles Clark, North Carolina, P.J. Williams, Pat Gamble, Patrick Destefano, Patton Robinette, Perry Hills, Phillip Williamson, Phillip Williamson, Preston Dewey, Raphael Kirby, Raphael Kirby, Roberto Aguayo, Roman Braglio, Ronald Geohaghan, Ross Martin, Ryan Doull, Sam Grant, Sean Maguire, Sean Maguire, Shakeel Rashad, Shaquille Lawson, T.J. Burrell, Tanner Stone, Terrance Knox, Terrance Knox, Tim Joy, Travis Blanks, Trent Taylor, Tyler Stargel, Tyrell Chavis, Ukeme Eligwe, Ukeme Eligwe, Vernon Davis, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Wilfred Wahee, Win Homer, Xavier Griffin, Zac Brooks
Posted on: June 26, 2011 7:58 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
In case you haven't noticed, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney can recruit. While the coach has been placed on the hot seat by some, that hasn't affected him on the recruiting trail as he reeled in another top recruit on Sunday in Bamberg (S.C.) defensive end Martin Aiken.
"I told (Swinney) I was going to try to hold onto it until I was absolutely positive and could announce it to everybody," Aiken told Clemson247.com about a conversation after Clemson's camp last week. "He smiled, looked at me and said if I hadn’t told him that right then, he’d have been jumping up and down and hugging me because he’s wanted me for a long time. So he told me to take my time and if anything changed, let him know."
The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder selected the school over South Carolina and Georgia Tech and held offers from schools such as Auburn, USC and Tennessee. He got to talk with former Clemson and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High defensive linemen Da'Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp about the program before making his own decision.
"I know a lot of people think they probably pushed me there, but those guys didn’t," Aiken told the site. "It was more like they thought I was really considering going somewhere else. We hung out at camp, and they were like, 'Wow, you’ve got a lot of offers. How you feel about Clemson.' I told them, and when I told them, they were surprised because I had all these big offers. They told me they weren’t going to try to influence me, but encouraged me to go wherever fit me best. Just make your own decision. Those are good guys, they really helped me out."
Clemson now has 12 commits in their class of 2012 after Aiken's pledge. He had a monster season as a junior last year, racking up 12 sacks and over 100 tackles as a defensive end.
Posted on: June 24, 2011 6:16 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:43 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
If new Maryland coach Randy Edsall's first few summer camps are any indication, Terrapin fans should enjoy getting commitments in bunches in the future. The program added three verbal pledges this week over three days, with the first coming from Locust Grove (Ga.) cornerback Alvin Hill after he picked up an offer at the camp on Tuesday.
“I took a couple of days to think about it; I talked with my family and my brother and they all felt like it was a good opportunity,” Hill told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I called Maryland and they were a little surprised that I committed within two days. I told them that they had showed me a lot of love and I was comfortable with my decision. They were really excited about coming there.”
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back selected Maryland over interest from Tennessee, Mississippi State and Georgia. He had 42 tackles and 6 interceptions last season and is the younger brother of Virginia Tech cornerback Detrick Bonner.
Hill was only the beginning for the new staff however. Greer (S.C.) quarterback Caleb Rowe committed to the school after throwing at the summer camp and taking in campus to see all the school had to offer him.
"I really wasn't sure about Maryland until I got here," Rowe told TerrapinTimes.com. "But I got to campus early and took a tour of the campus and I really liked the facilities and the atmosphere up there. The coaches were great, and I like how excited Coach Edsall was."
The offer from Maryland was Rowe's first from a FBS-level school. He threw for 27 touchdowns and nearly 2,700 yards last season as a 6-foot-2, 190-pound field general and is the second quarterback to join the team's recruiting class of 2012.
"When I got the offer, I just felt like I needed to commit," he said. "All my dad said to me is to pick a school that's good for me and where I can get a good education and play football for a good coach."
Friday afternoon was when the Terrapin staff received the good news that they picked up yet another pledge when Harrisburg (Pa.) linebacker Brock Dean committed.
"I love the overall atmosphere," Dean told TurtleSportsReport.com. "Each time I visited, I got the feeling that this is where I need to be. It is where I belong. It is a great atmosphere with great people and just the best overall fit for me. Academically, I want to major in Entrepreneurship and Maryland is ranked ninth in the nation for that specific major. That just reaffirmed to me that it was a perfect fit.”
Playing for Pennsylvania powerhouse Bishop McDevitt, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound rising senior had 93 tackles and four sacks last season. Dean selected Maryland over offers from Arkansas, Pitt and Temple.
The trio gives Maryland seven verbal commitments for the class of 2012.
Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 4:25 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Fort Worth (Texas) quarterback T.J. Millweard had thought the recruiting process was over and he was looking at heading east for college. Turns out he wasn't quite sure of his commitment to Virginia Tech and ended up looking west for a college.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound signal caller switched his verbal commitment on Thursday, pledging to Arizona State. His commitment gives the Sun Devils 12 commitments for the class of 2012, the most in the Pac-12.
The Hokies landed a commitment from Christianburg (Va.) quarterback Brenden Motley yesterday as well.
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:02 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- As the No. 2 overall recruit and the top quarterback in 2012, Gunner Kiel is keeping his recruitment low key.
- Running the numbers on SEC recruiting compared to ACC recruiting turns out about how you'd expect.
Arkansas is keeping tabs on speedy wide receiver Eric Hawkins.
Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, USF and Miami are defensive tackle Earl Moore's top five according to this Q&A he did.
The decommitment of Kyle Kalis is just the latest news in Ohio State's recruiting woes.
Offensive lineman Blake Bars visited Michigan and now has a top five.
Wisconsin is off to a fast start in putting together their 2012 recruiting class.
Florida added the commitment of kicker Austin Hardin, who selected the Gators over Auburn and Tennessee.
Cornerback Hugs Etienne committed to Wisconsin over West Virginia.
Pitt added former Ohio State signee Ejuan Price.
Dual threat quarterback Brenden Motley selected Virginia Tech over Virginia and Georgia Tech.
Tags: ACC, Arkansas, Auburn, Austin Hardin, Big East, Big Ten, Blake Bars, Brenden Motley, Earl Moore, Ejuan Price, Eric Hawkins, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Gunner Kiel, Hugs Etienne, Kyle Kalis, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Pitt, SEC, South Carolina, Tennessee, USF, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:46 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 3:33 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Florida State is experiencing quite the recruiting haul with Jimbo Fisher's summer camp underway and attracting plenty of talent from all over Florida and the Southeast this week. While most schools use the camps as a time to grab commitments from their upcoming class, Fisher and the Seminoles managed to add to their 2013 class with the verbal pledge of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) cornerback Sojourn Shelton on Wednesday.
"Growing up down in south Florida you either want to go to Miami or Florida State and I always wanted to go to Florida State," Shelton told Noles247.com. "When I was at camp I knew I really loved Florida State."
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound defensive back is one of the top corners in South Florida despite being just a rising junior. He has drawn interest from Florida, Miami and Ohio State among others but they'll have to move on to other recruits for next year's class as Shelton is solidly committed to the Seminoles.
"This is where I want to be," he said. "I made that decision a year ago. I said if I come to camp and FSU offers me, then I was going to pull the trigger. Now I'm a 'Nole and I will be on signing day."
Shelton is actually the second commitment for Florida State's class of 2013, joining Prattville (Ala.) offensive lineman Austin Golson. While Signing Day is over a year and a half away for those two, Fisher and his staff are also busy building their class of 2012, which currently has 12 commitments.
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 12:51 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
SEATTLE – The 13th and final stop on the annual Nike Training Camp schedule made it's way back to the Northwest, and plenty of elite talent came out to Husky Stadium to compete. While these events are typically a time for the skill-position players to impress, the offensive linemen were actually the ones who stole the show.
Puyallup (Wash.) offensive tackle Joshua Garnett showed why he was a Top 100 prospect by flat-out dominating the opposition.
"I'm just happy to be out here, glad to get the MVP today,” Garnett said. “Definitely glad I didn't lose any one-on-ones, the only lineman that didn't lose any. Went over to the defensive side of the ball and won three of the four reps on defensive line, felt pretty good about that. Definitely showed my athleticism on both sides of the ball."
Garnett wasn't the only top offensive lineman in attendance. One of his good friends, Top 100 tackle Zach Banner, also participated. While the two play the same position and therefore didn't really go head-to-head, Garnett had no problem mentioning that he won the MVP award.
“Oh yeah, it felt good,” Garnett said. “He likes to talk a lot, he's a little louder than I am if you guys didn't notice. I'm definitely a little more calm, more mellow. I think it's good to come out and show people my talent. Just because I'm not 6-9, 350, I can still play and do the same exact stuff.
"When we go out in public, people say, 'Jeez, is that Zach Banner?' then we'll come out here in the drills and they'll see my athleticism. I'm not saying he's not, but he did allow some guys to go inside. Definitely I think it's good to come out here and show the difference."
The pair are so close that as recruiting has taken off, they've been able to talk and bounce ideas off each other. One idea many observers have floated is that the two are a package deal, and Garnett does not shy away from the fact that the two might end up at the same school.
“We're definitely going to be looking at the same schools, we're good friends,” he said. “We're going to look at the same schools just because of that chemistry we have together.
“Looking at Zach's list, there's going to be a couple schools that aren't going to be on (my list), probably about three or four of them. Me and Zach have different goals going to college. I'm really big into the football, don't get me wrong I want to play football, but I'm going to be looking into medical school and looking more at a pre-med program than I am a football power. I know I can can go to Florida or Miami or any SEC school, but I want to look at my life past if I played in the NFL.”
The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder is ranked 43rd in the country for the class of 2012 by MaxPreps. The four-star prospect is focused on life off the field as much as he is on it when it comes to recruiting. The biggest thing he's looking for is a program that allows him to succeed on the field while also preparing him for a career in medicine. Coincidentally, there was a top school across the street from where he was performing Sunday.
“U-Dub, obviously they have a great medical school,” Garnett said. “No. 1 medical school in the nation, so I'll definitely talk to some of the biology teachers and stuff. I'm definitely looking at U-Dub hard, and it helps them an awful lot having this medical school right next to it.
“Next week me and my dad are planning on going down to Stanford and Cal. My uncle lives close to Pasadena, in Upland, so we're going to go to UCLA and 'SC just to see those schools.”
Garnett holds more than 30 scholarship offers from powerhouses across the country, but at least two West Coast programs are sticking out as recruiting him the hardest.
“SC is coming after me hard, and so is Cal-Berkley, probably the hardest,” Garnett said.
Banner narrows list, impresses at Nike Camp
While Garnett is the athletic tackle that coaches look for, Lakewood (Wash.) offensive tackle Zach Banner is the mammoth left tackle prototype that has coaches drooling over his 6-foot-8, 320-pound frame. He performed well Sunday and left no doubts that he was an elite college recruit.
“I feel like I did good, I came out here and worked my tail off,” Banner said. “I got invited to The Opening and it's all a blessing. Me and Josh are going to go down there together. We've been working our tails off this whole spring and summer, and it's paying off for us. I know it's paying off for me, and coaches are seeing it.”
Like his good friend Garnett, Banner enjoys some healthy competition and felt the camp setting brought out the best in the both of them, even if he wasn't the one taking home the MVP award.
“Definitely. Even though we play the same position, we both come out to prove that we're the best,” Banner said. “It's always friendly competition, and we'll go back and laugh at it.”
On a strong year for West Coast linemen, Banner stands out literally and figuratively. Ranked 12th overall in the class of 2012, he has no problem answering who is the top offensive lineman in the state, much less the country.
“Yes, yes I do,” he said, confirming he was the state's top dog. “You think about it, me and Josh, we're best friends. If they were a defensive end or someone who played across from me, then it would be pure battle. Not only do we play the same position, but we work out together, we're good friends, we're getting recruited by the same person.
“We care about getting better, and I know, for sure, both of us got better today.”
On the recruiting front, Banner holds offers from just about every school in the country and has started the process of narrowing things down.
“I gave out my top nine earlier this week and in no particular order, it's U-Dub, Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, USC, LSU, Florida State and Oklahoma,” he said. “I'm just narrowing it down as we go. I'm about to go into my senior year, so you have to do it sooner rather than later and I just felt like the nine, I'm not cutting anybody off.
“I'm going to narrow it down to a top five in December. I'll take all five of my official visits. No unofficials scheduled, but I do have two officials scheduled ... Michigan on Sept. 10 for the Notre Dame game and I'll be there all weekend for those two days. Then Notre Dame on Oct. 21 and 22 for the USC game. They're both good, and Michigan's game is the first night game there ever and the Notre Dame game will be the first night game in like 25 years. ”
Husky commits have friendly competition
Banner and Garnett were not the only players who had a healthy competition going. The two quarterbacks committed to the University of Washington, Denver signal caller Cyler Miles and Mercer Island (Wash.) quarterback Jeff Lindquist, both threw well this weekend as a preview of what's to come over the next four or five years for the Huskies.
“A little bit I guess,” Miles said when asked about the competition. “He's a cool guy, and I've got a lot of respect for him. He's a great quarterback, and I like him a lot. It's going to be fun. We're going to make each other better and wherever you go, there's going to be quarterbacks so it will be a good competition.”
“I met him today, so it was nice to get that relationship started,” Lindquist said. “In terms of competition, it was more of a friendly competition and trying to make each other better. There was no dirty mouthing or anything like that.”
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Miles enjoyed meeting Lindquist and several other future Washington teammates, who he ended up throwing to on a few occasions once he was warmed up.
“I felt I did all right, I was a little rusty at first,” he said. “It was good to interact with all the guys, a couple of whom have already committed just like me, so it was good to just hang with them. It was nice to see where I'm going to be at the next four years.”
The overcast skies forced the organizers to turn on the lights at Husky Stadium which was fine by Miles. The experience of playing on the turf and throwing into the end zone with big Washington lettering was a nice experience for him.
“It was nice, big old stadium with about 75,000 ...,” Miles trailed off, thinking about playing on the field in a few years. “It's great, though, to picture myself here next year and the year after that. It's exciting and something to look forward too.”
Miles pulled the trigger on a commitment to Washington just a few weeks ago in large part because of the relationship he developed with the coaching staff there.
“I just love the relationships the coaches have with the players,” he said. “It's a good fit for me because of the offense. I love the Pac-12 and the coaches, they were the ones most sincere with me, my mom and dad. I just felt like this fit me best.”
With two quarterbacks in the fold for 2012, both are continuing to spread the gospel about the Pac-12 program and trying to recruit a few others for the upcoming class.
“I'm trying to get Garrnett and Banner,” Miles said. “I'm just talking to them a little bit, at the end it's their choice. I'd love for all of them to come here and help build this program as it's rising up.”
“We'll probably get that coordinated,” Lindquist said of the two tackles. “We'll chip in here and there. I don't want to annoy them, but we'll get in a word here and there.”
Neal impresses once again
Scottsdale (Ariz.) athlete Davonte Neal is no stranger to the camp circuit. He's performed at both the LA and Stanford Nike Camps among others, and he surprisingly showed up in Seattle, hungry to improve his game.
"I felt I did good, but there's still some things I could work on,” Neal said. “I'm never satisfied, I'm always hungry and try and stay humble and keep working."
Neal's father, who handles all of his recruiting, showed up to watch his son in a UCLA sweatshirt on the chilly day. The younger Neal made sure to remind everybody that his dad was just trying to adjust to the weather, which was just a little bit different from the triple-digit heat at home.
"No, no, no, no indication at all, it's just to keep warm, that's all,” he said. “That's why he's wearing that and I'm wearing it and I have a Nike sweater on."
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete showed off his athleticism all day and played at a high level at both receiver and corner. Schools are recruiting him at both, but Neal has no preference where he'll play at the next level.
"I feel comfortable at both positions," he said. "If they want to put me at receiver, I'll play receiver; if they put me at corner, I'll play corner. It doesn't matter, I just want to get on the field. Either/or, it doesn't matter to me. They're recruiting me as both. Some as receiver, some as corner. It just depends on where they want me to play."
Neal holds offers from more than 25 schools but plans on pushing all his official visits and a decision until after the football season.
"There is no list," he said. "There's only undecided. A lot of people are recruiting me heavily. They're all really pushing hard, but I just let my dad handle the recruiting and I just play football.
"I'm just relaxing until after my senior season. ... I'll take all five officials, but I'm just going to do them all after the season when I have a lot of free time."
Led by quarterback and Texas commit Connor Brewer, Neal is focused on helping Chaparral High, ranked No. 24 in the country by Maxpreps, to success yet again in his senior season.
"We're going to be good. Hopefully we'll get that three-peat,” Neal said. “That's going to be on our shirts."
-- One of the players who Neal frequently battled against -- on both sides of the ball -- was Lakewood (Wash.) athlete Cedric Dozier. The two would have one rep where Neal was the receiver and Dozier playing the press corner, and then they'd flip around. Their match-up was pretty even, and Dozier felt it helped him improve his all-around game.
“I did all right for the most part,” Dozier said. “I competed with a lot of good players from all over, and it really forced me to step up. There's competition and you've got to play. I didn't come here just to play no nobodies. You've got to come out here to play. There's people from all over that's really good, and that means you have to step up.”
Dozier said he's completely open as to what school he'll attend, but Cal and Washington are recruiting him the hardest. He'll likely make a decision after the season.
-- Washington commit Michael Rector made his pledge public just a few days before the camp and, it turns out, there was a reason for making a commitment earlier than he had originally planned.
“At first my parents and I wanted to wait until July or after school,” he said. “With a new receiver (Dwayne Washington) committing too, they were only going to take two, so we thought about it the day before school was out and thought it wasn't too soon to make the decision.”
Rector tried to hook up with the two Husky quarterbacks as much as he could while at the camp in order to start developing timing before any of them even stepped on campus for college.
“It was fun,” he said. “We got together whenever we could and ran routes and stuff. We like it a lot, and we're looking forward to it.”
The most impressive quarterback at the event was not the pair of commitments to Washington but rising junior Max Browne. He impressed earlier this year at the Stanford Elite 11 and recently picked up an offer from Clemson. He grabbed the MVP award and displayed a very strong arm, fluid motion and was able to make all the throws. Lefty Matt Morin, also a regular on the camp circuit, also impressed.
-- Everett (Wash.) running back Keivarae Russell took home running back MVP honors and showed the ability to get into and out of breaks very quickly. Seattle cornerback Jayshawn Jordan won the defensive back award and performed well, playing his man and the ball closely.
Tags: ACC, Alabama, Big 12, Big Ten, Cal, Cedric Dozier, Clemson, Connor Brewer, Cyler Miles, Davonte Neal, Florida, Florida State, Jayshawn Jordan, Jeff LIndquist, Joshua Garnett, Keivarae Russel, LA Nike Camp, LSU, Matt Morin, Max Browne, Miami, Michael Rector, Michigan, NFL, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pac-12, SEC, Stanford, Stanford Nike Camp, Texas, UCLA, USC, Washington Nike Camp, Zach Banner, Zach Banner
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 11:27 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Plenty of top players from high school teams all over the state of Florida were in action this past weekend at the 6<sup>th</sup> Annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Tournament. Featuring two teams from MaxPreps' Preseason Top 25 for 2011 and several members from Tom Lemming's Top 100 for 2012, the fields at the King's Academy were filled with fast paced action and plenty of scoring.
One of the standouts was Tampa (Fla.) wide receiver Austin Aikens, who helped propel his team to the title and was one of the top players at the event.
"It felt real good,” Aikens said on Saturday. “I was out there making plays my team needed during the clutch."
"I'm looking to gain some more weight and polish off my route running and catching skills that I've got as a receiver so I can help my team,” he said. “We're pretty much getting there, we're starting to gel together and become one team and know what each other is thinking. Players are starting to step up when we need them to step up."
While the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is still sorting out his offer list, he maintains he'll likely make a decision after the football season is over. He recently took an unofficial visit to several schools in North Carolina and could be leaning towards heading out of state for college.
Palm Beach (Fla.) athlete Faton Bauta is trying to shed the label of “athlete” and get people used to calling him a quarterback. The dual-threat signal caller certainly impressed on the field during the tournament, showing off a strong arm and hitting some tight windows on some of his throws. The transfer from New York is not assured of the starting job just yet so the extra time with his teammates leading up to the season was crucial to developing some chemistry before the pads come on in August.
Dwyer High, ranked 17<sup>th</sup> in the country by MaxPreps, is breaking in several new players into the mix and face the added challenge of moving into a new classification this season. Bauta knows the team needs to gel in the offseason if they want to go from good to great during the regular season.
"Georgia and UCF, that's about it,” he said. “(Georgia) was huge, I went on a pretty big SEC tour and went there and threw for them. They like be a lot and they offered me, I sat down with coach (Mark) Richt and he's a great guy. All of the coaches were great. They're a great school and have top of the line everything. It was great to go out there and see what they're all about."
“That's why I went on the tour, just to show these guys I can throw the ball,” he said. “Hopefully I can show the guys out here that I can throw the ball."
Bauta participated at the Florida State camp on Sunday after wrapping up things in Palm Beach at the Heath Evans tournament. While he doesn't have an offer from the Seminoles at the moment, it's possible they could break into his recruiting with one. Right now however, he's starting to narrow down his list based on a few of his big offers.
"I have a top seven and if you looked at the offers I have, you'd be able to figure it out,” Bauta said. “I'm really just keeping my options open right now in case something pops up with a school. I'm just seeing who likes me and who has the best chance of winning and having the most success during the four years I'm there. I want to get the best connection to the coaches and the players."
Cornerback Tracey Howard of Miramar (Fla.) knows he doesn't have much left to prove after a stellar junior year and a very good offseason on the all-star travel team South Florida Express. But there he was out in the heat, running routes on offense and playing receivers tight on defense.
Howard plans on visiting Miami and Florida State soon and has already visited the other in-state power, Florida, for a spring practice. He plans on committing during the middle of the season or on Signing Day, depending on how his visits work out and if he's comfortable with a certain school. In the mean time, he's just doing what's asked of him to help his team win.
"It was good to play some receiver and make plays for my team,” Howard said. “I don't really play offense but I'm out here with my team having fun."
- One of the underclassmen who had an intriguing blend of size and speed was Tampa (Fla.) linebacker Paris Bostick of Plant High. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder looks like a big safety but he could continue to grow into an outside linebacker. Schools are already interested with him playing safety and while he doesn't have any offers yet, is looking to have a big season after concentrating on getting better this offseason.
"Just get faster and bigger,” Bostick said. “I'm in the weight room a lot with the team but I like to work harder than everybody else. I see people trying to up their game so I'm going to try and up my game more than them and keep my head on and not get into any trouble."
- Virginia Tech commit Donaldven Manning was sporting his future college's logos on some eye black.
- Booker T. Washington was a team full of underclassmen who impressed. They made it to the championship game against Plant but fell just short. Former Miami director of football operations “Ice” Harris is the head coach at the school now.
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