Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:25 pm

Louisville adds Indiana lineman

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Louisville just wrapped up their first week of spring practices but head coach Charlie Strong surely didn't mind taking a few moments to celebrate an addition to the class of 2012. Indianapolis (Ind.) offensive tackle Sid Anvoots decided to end the recruiting process early Saturday afternoon and commit to the Cardinals while on an unofficial visit.

"I went home with my dad, compared some notes and we decided we would come down again on Friday because we had kind of a short visit," Anvoots told CardinalSports.com. "Me and my mom came down, saw the academics and felt like I was at home. I felt that way the first time and felt even more that way the second time."

The 6-foot-4, 290 pound tackle picked Louisville in part because of the close proximity to his hometown.

"That definitely helped too because that will make it a lot easier on my whole family when they come down and see games," Anvoots told the website. "It really was the coaching staff and the academics that really sold me."

Anvoots joins defensive tackle Tyrone Pearson in the Cardinals' class of 2012.

Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:32 am

3/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

No NCAA tournament action until later this week so you'll get a nice dose of football this week as several program are starting spring football today and tomorrow.

- Lots of tidbits on several Arkansas targets, including one of the top prep lineman in the upcoming recruiting class, Patrick DeStefano.

- USC is beginning spring practice today and in attendance will be 14 year old wonder kid/quarterback phenom David Sills.

- After being denied the chance to sign with South Carolina after the school oversigned, defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin has finally signed his letter of intent, this time with Louisville.

- Denton (Texas) athlete Dominic Ramacher is seeing his recruiting pick up and already has offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Louisiana Tech and Minnesota.

Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:39 pm

Smith 100 percent committed according to O'Leary

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ORLANDO, Fla. - Normally, talking about Kentucky recruiting drama means discussing if a top basketball recruit will pick either Louisville or Kentucky. For the past few weeks however, there has been a bit of intrigue centered on class of 2011 quarterback DaMarcus Smith.

One of the top quarterbacks in the country coming out of high school, Smith was committed to Louisville for over a year before signing with Central Florida at the last minute. Shortly thereafter, rumors began to surface that the talented signal caller had asked for his release so he could transfer closer to home.

Though Smith has not talked with the media detailing his future, UCF head coach George O'Leary tried to clarify the entire situation.

"DaMarcus came to me and said he had second thoughts," O'Leary said. "My experience with DaMarcus was every time he was here, he had a Cheshire grin on. He's happy as heck. His problem is when he went back to Louisville and whatever was taking place there.

"He's fully confirmed and 100 percent. Sometimes, kids just need to be reassured what's going on."

The 6-foot-3, 185 pound Smith was considered the crown jewel of the Knight's highly regarded recruiting class that most consider the best the school has ever signed. Named an Elite 11 quarterback before his senior year, O'Leary thinks the hype and pressure that surrounded his recruitment led to some of the rumors circulating.

"He was such a highly recruited kid," said O'Leary. "In getting him, I thought he showed a lot of great character, which I was really impressed with. As I told him, he's not like the normal kids. He stood up in front of the city of Louisville and told them he loved them but chose to attend UCF. It was a business decision based on what he sought. I said that took a lot."

Smith is expected to enroll at UCF in May.

Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:49 am

3/8 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Tons of links headed your way in the roundup today. Already appears to be a busy Tuesday in the recruiting world.

- Recruiting services have been thrust to the forefront of the recruiting world with the issues at Oregon. The Seattle Times examined Washington's use of them and how much several of them cost.

- Wide receiver Dwayne Stanford picked up a pair of big offers from USC and Louisville.

- Linebacker Joe Bolden added an N.C. State offer.

- Defensive back Samuel Green added an offer from nearby USF.

- Three Palm Beach County offensive linemen are being recruited by major programs across the country.

- Michigan has scheduled several players to come in for an unofficial visit over the upcoming weeks, including top offensive lineman Dan Voltz.

- More on Alabama commit Brandon Greene. Two other Georgia players, James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor, are being recruited by several BCS conference schools.

Posted on: March 2, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 3:48 pm

Oversigning victim could land at Louisville

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After being told there was no room for him at South Carolina right before Signing Day, Atlatna (Ga.) defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin could end up at Louisville, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“That’s a pretty good option for me,” Mauldin told the Journal-Constitution. “I believe it’s better than prep school. I’ll already be there with the team and I could be playing football the next fall.”

Louisville and head coach Charlie Strong have offered Mauldin the chance to pay his own way for his first year at the school before coming on scholarship for the remaining years of his eligibility. If he qualifies out of high school, he would be able to come on scholarship right away.

Mauldin, who is currently in a group home, said he would be able to afford the tuition if he did not end up qualifying.

“I have supporters that are not alumni of Louisville that will help me out with that,” he said. “Playing football here [at Maynard Jackson HS], I’ve gotten to know a lot of people who want to help me. Plus, there’s the Pell Grant. So, yes, I think I can come up with [the money].”

South Carolina signed 32 players as part of their class of 2011. Mauldin and Groveland (Fla.) linebacker Jordan Montgomery were two players who were told that they would not be able to enroll this fall as a result of the numbers crunch.

According to Mauldin though, South Carolina assistant coach Lorenzo Ward said the Gamecocks would have room for him if he qualifies out of high school.

“He said if I get the score I will get the scholarship from one of the other boys who won’t academically qualify,” Mauldin said. “He tells me that’s his word. A man’s word is his bond, so I’m hoping that will be carried out.”

Mauldin is awaiting his ACT score and is expected to take the test at least one more time. April 1st is the last day a recruit can sign a National Letter of Intent but they can sign scholarship papers at any time before school begins.

Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 1:04 pm

Alabama out in front for top 2013 recruit

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

Alabama, fresh off a stellar 2011 recruiting class that closed with Cyrus Kouandjio, is already making big strides with the class of 2012, gaining verbal pledges from eight recruits, including Eddie Williams, Kenyan Drake, and Reggie Ragland.

However, the Crimson Tide is also out in the lead for one of the country's top recruits for the class of 2013: Troup (LaGrange, Ga.) linebacker Reuben Foster.

Foster, who is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, has tremendous size to go along with excellent instinct for such a young linebacker. He recently visited Alabama, where he got to spend time with current players and chat with head coach Nick Saban. He came away extremely impressed.

"They treat me like I'm part of the family already," Foster wrote in a text.

Asked if Alabama was his early leader, he replied, "Oh ya."

Foster also hopes to visit a geographically diverse group of schools that includes South Carolina, Texas and Oregon.


Zach Banner, one of the nation's top offensive linemen in the class of 2012, has plenty of options to weigh in the recruiting process. The 6-9, 310-pounder has received offers from across the country.

According to Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.) head coach Dave Miller, Banner has been recruited heavily by many Pac-10 programs, but he also has an interest in several schools far from home, including Ohio State and Michigan.

The Wolverines in particular seem to have piqued Banner's interest.

"Michigan is back in with Hoke, going back to the big road graders," Miller said. "Getting the offer from Michigan last week was really exciting for Zach."

Miller said that pedigree for producing top tackles could be an important factor in Banner's decision.


Florida has done well recruiting in New Jersey recently, landing the likes of Justin Trattou, Will Hill, and Josh Evans. The Gators are hoping to continue that trend by landing West Deptford (Westville, N.J.) two-way lineman Jamil Pollard.

Last week, Florida became the first program to offer the 6-5, 270-pounder, according to West Deptford head coach Clyde Folsom.

Pollard is thought to be a Rutgers lean, but the Scarlet Knights have yet to offer. By offering first, Florida has left an impression on one of the Garden State's best underclassmen.


Arguably the nation's top junior, Dorial Green-Beckham continues to be inundated with interest from colleges.

The verbal offers — from nearly every school in the country — had already poured in. Recently, Hillcrest was inundated with college coaches who are attempting to land the 6-6, talent-laden receiver.

According to Tracy Beckham, nearly a dozen head coaches visited the school in January before National Signing Day, from Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino to former Notre Dame head coach and current Florida assistant Charlie Weis.

With the sad news of Green-Beckham's younger brother Darnell being diagnosed with Leukemia, Green-Beckham may be more likely to play his college ball close to home, as the two share a close relationship.


David Perkins, a standout athlete at Washington (South Bend, Ind.), visited Notre Dame for Junior Day over the weekend.

The Fighting Irish have yet to offer Perkins, who claims offers from Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Louisville and several MAC schools.

Perkins transferred to Washington after originally beginning his high school career in Michigan. He finished his junior season with 63 tackles and 13 sacks.


Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) boasts four juniors who will be highly sought-after in the next recruiting cycle: defensive end Darius Hamilton, wide receiver Leonte Carroo, and defensive backs Elijah Shumate and Yuri Wright.

The four played an instrumental role in Don Bosco Prep's 12-0 season last year, and figure to be key players for the Ironmen in 2011. All four have heard from numerous colleges and have yet to narrow down their list of schools.

Hamilton is the son of former New York Giants defensive tackle Keith Hamilton, who attended Pitt. The Panthers have already offered the younger Hamilton, who could be the mostly highly coveted of the four.

Photos by Jeff Napier and Dan Coppola.
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 3:46 pm

Big East Recruiting Breakdown

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We continue our daily conference-by-conference breakdown of Signing Day with a look at the Big East.

1. Louisville

Overview: Head coach Charlie Strong knows what Florida talent can do in the college game and he certainly injected a lot of the Sunshine state into his class of 2011. In addition to some solid in-state guys, the wave of Florida talent, especially at the skill positions, should serve the Cardinals well going forward.
Hidden gem: Wide receiver DeVante Parker isn’t the highest ranked receiver in this class but with a redshirt year and a bit of polish, should turn out to be a contributor on offense.
Pencil in for the fall: Safety Gerod Holliman attracted a host of SEC offers but headed to Louisville instead. He should be able to play on special teams and in nickel packages right away but it shouldn’t be too long until he’s the starter.

2. Rutgers

Overview: A good year for talent in the Northeast and Greg Schiano was able to take advantage. Although he missed on a few kids in the state of New Jersey, Josue Matias comes to mind, the Scarlet Knight nevertheless have an impressive class for 2011.
Hidden gem: Defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey originally signed with the class of 2010 but headed to prep school for a year. He’s a player who has the size to jump into the rotation at tackle right away and make an impact.
Pencil in for the fall: Running back Savon Huggins is the headliner in this class and he should jump in at running back right away. Several people have compared him to a bigger Ray Rice.

3. West Virginia

Overview: It’s no surprise to see several speedy offensive players in this class with the arrival of Dana Holgorsen to Morgantown. The final class of the Bill Stewart-era might not be the best brought in but it certainly is very good top to bottom.
Hidden gem: Running back Dustin Garrison is a small speedster out of Texas who impressed many on his high school’s run to a state championship this year. Very quick and very fast, he should fit in well for the Mountaineers.
Pencil in for the fall: The departure of Noel Devine leaves the running back spot open for the taking and Andrew Buie could be the guy that helps fill it. Like Garrison, he’s not the biggest back but he is very explosive and should do well in the passing game too.

4. South Florida

Overview: Although some didn’t think Skip Holtz took advantage of some of the in-state turmoil at programs such as Miami and Florida, he did sign a very solid class. There’s lots of needs filled and several solid contributors.
Hidden gem: A surprising get out of Alabama, offensive tackle David Simon has the size and strength you look for in a tackle. He probably is a bit of a project but he has the tools to develop in to a very solid offensive lineman.
Pencil in for the fall: With B.J. Daniels at quarterback, finding some young targets for him to throw to were key for this class. Receiver Andre Davis should be able to jump in right away and contribute a number of ways on offense.

5. Syracuse

Overview: Doug Marrone has slowly turned the program around this class should help fuel the push up the Big East ladder. There’s a lot to like on the offensive side of the ball coming and that’s good considering where the Orangemen were on offense last year (97th in the country).
Hidden gem: Receiver Brandon Reddish is a very good receiver who could develop into a very good slot receiver. Very fast with good hands, he could also make an impact on special teams early in his career.
Pencil in for the fall: Tight end Louie Addazio stayed with Syracuse instead of going with his dad, Steve, to Temple. Known more as a blocker than a receiver, Addazio should also help the ground game.

6. Cincinnati

Overview: Despite the disappointing season, Butch Jones did turn things around a bit on the recruiting trail. There are several very good prospects in this group as well as a few guys who should use a redshirt to develop.
Hidden gem: Quarterback Stephen Weatherford is a nice player out of Florida with a very good arm. He needs to work on his footwork but could fit in nicely in the Bearcats’ offense.
Pencil in for the fall: Running back Jameel Poteat is a great pickup late in the process after previously committing to Big East rival Pitt. Very impressive when you watch him, Poteat has great speed to go along with his very good frame.

7. Pitt

Overview: It was tough going through three coaches in less than two months and that shows up in this class. That said, new coach Todd Graham did a good job of keeping several recruits in the fold while getting several former Tulsa targets to head to Pittsburgh.
Hidden gem: Running back Malcolm Crockett might need to add a bit of weight to match his running style but he could be a very good fit in Graham’s offense down the road.
Pencil in for the fall: Safety LaQuentin Smith has great size and speed for his position and it wouldn’t shock anybody if he makes an impact right away. He’ll likely start out on special teams but he could be a factor early depending on how Pitt chooses to play him.

8. UConn

Overview: It’s no surprise to see the Huskies at the bottom of the Big East recruiting classes, Randy Edsall or not, UConn never brought in a highly regarded class. There are a few players who should develop in solid players but we still have to see how the new staff chooses to integrate them.
Hidden gem: Corner David Stevenson is small but he has enough speed and leaping ability to cover many of the Big East receivers.
Pencil in for the fall: Don’t be surprised if Marquise Vann immediately makes an impact on defense.

Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:23 pm

UCF grabs another in QB DaMarcus Smith

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Longtime Louisville commitment DaMarcus Smith finally signed his letter of intent today… with Central Florida, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

A Cardinal commit for well over a year, Smith waivered in the process following the early enrollment of touted All-American quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

"I love the University of Louisville, all the fans and the passion,” Smith said at his press conference. “But for the next four years I'll be with Central Florida."

The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Smith tried to enroll early at Louisville but was not cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse after enrolling at an accelerated high school program. He is the 30th player to sign with the Knights as part of their highly regarded 2011 class.

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