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Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:18 am
 

9/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Two sport star Shaq Goodwin, a receiver in football, has Georgia, UCLA, Florida and Memphis on top of his list and had three schools visit with him recently.
For tight ends like Oklahoma commit Laith Harlow, the recruiting road wasn't paved with gold like others.

Quarterback/athlete Devin Fuller is no longer hearing from South Carolina.

Running back Todd Gurley has dropped Clemson from his top five.

An overview of Ohio State's recruiting efforts recently.

Running back Brandon Watkins is on Michigan State's radar.

Commitments

Offensive lineman Terry Davis committed to N.C. State on Tuesday.
Posted on: September 12, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Surveying the Field: Michigan's big night

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Get kids on campus.

Visits, whether they be of the unofficial or the official variety, are the single biggest recruiting tool coaching staffs have and their best opportunity to leave a lasting impression on recruits. A big win at a full stadium while players are lined up on the sideline? Nothing goes further in terms of moving one school up to the top of the list or gathering a commit.

Brady Hoke had turned around Michigan's fortunes on the recruiting trail before even coaching a game in Ann Arbor, pulling in the top recruiting class in the nation before the season started. Following the team's last second win against Notre Dame Saturday in the first ever night game at home, Hoke made an even louder statement to the nation and, most importantly for his future, to recruits.

When Rich Rodriguez took over the program, one of the first things he tried to do was get a night game scheduled against a big name opponent. Why? It was all about recruiting and bringing in some big names for recruiting purposes. Though RichRod is no longer the head coach, his mission was certainly accomplished and Hoke will be the one to taste the fruits of his labor.

The list of visitors at the Big House this weekend was impressive and will be hard to top by any school this year. Five star offensive tackle Zach Banner, 2013 tackle Steven Elmer, 2013 running back Berkley Edwards (younger brother of Braylon Edwards), former USC commit Jordan Payton and 2013 receiver Laquon Treadwell were among the notable names in town for the game. Current UM commits Pharaoh Brown, Jeremy Clark, Allen Gant, Matt Godin, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Erik Magnuson, Mario Ojemudia, Terry Richardson and others were in attendance as well.

With the school's current recruiting class sitting at 23, Michigan is nearly finished with the class of 2012. As a result, the big win under the lights wasn't so much about this year but next. Following the game, 2013 safety Dymonte Thomas pulled the trigger and committed and he probably won't be the last to commit in the near future either.

Given that fellow Big Ten recruiting powerhouse Ohio State is dealing with an interim head coach and faces possible NCAA sanctions, Michigan is not only the class of the conference for the next couple of years but they appear to be back as a national power. The Midwest hasn't had the depth of previous years in terms of talent but Hoke has grabbed the best of the best and is looking to cherry-pick some of the best players in the West. His staff has several ties out there having coached at San Diego State and with the program rolling so far in 2011, don't be surprised to see more and more kids nationally taking visits to Michigan in the near future. Given the success of the game this past weekend, look for Michigan to continue to host a night game at least once a year going forward.
 
Following the game, 2013 quarterback Shane Morris tweeted Ann Arbor was the place to be. Based on the visitor list, it certainly was.
 
Don Bosco routs California's Mission Viejo

MaxPreps Recap
The game of the week as far as high schools go was probably the cross-country showdown between top ranked Don Bosco Prep and California powerhouse and 23rd-ranked Mission Viejo. One would expect a team as well coached as the Diablos to be pretty competitive despite going up against superior competition but they were blown off the field by Don Bosco. Quarterback Alex Bridgeford, a top Southern California quarterback, was sacked six times and threw four interceptions. Boston College commit Michael Strizak had two sacks by himself as the team applied pressure all night that Mission Viejo just couldn't handle.

It wasn't just Bridgeford that had trouble getting going against a nasty defense either. USC-bound running back Jahleel Pinner, a good-sized back who has no trouble running down hill, was limited to 47 yards on 18 carries. Considering the team has at least three FBS-caliber offensive linemen on the team, it was a bit surprising there were so many problems up front.

The Mission defense didn't help out at all during the game either, allowing Don Bosco running back John Wilkins to rush for 114 yards and two scores. Featuring two Big East commits, an ACC-bound linebacker and stud defensive end Darius Hamilton, this is a talented team that earned their ranking. Several players have mentioned competing for a mythical national championship this year and, based on the start of their season, might be well on their way to accomplishing the goal.

Gray runs into the record books

Ever since taking over as the primary rusher for Aledo (Texas), Johnathan Gray has been scoring touchdowns and racking up the yards at a record pace. The Texas commit set an impressive record on Friday and passed some pretty good players while doing so. Gray scored four times as his team fell to 4A powerhouse Lake Travis but that was still good enough to become the state's all-time leader in touchdowns scored with 148 over his career.

It's an impressive list of names he climbed over to take the record. Traylon Shead of Cayuga (Texas) was the previous record holder with 146. Former Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers had 136 touchdowns in high school. Cedric Benson and legend Kenneth Hall of Sugar Land (Texas) both had 127. Considering that Gray still has most of his season and a playoff run ahead of him, he should extend the record to where it won't be broken in a long time.

Allen tops Longview

Staying in the Lone Star State, huge win for Allen over one of the state's best teams in Longview. The Eagles are led on offense by Alabama-bound quarterback Alec Morris and Missouri commit Jonathan Williams, who both helped the team roll 42-23 on Friday. Morris threw for five touchdowns and the big signal caller is looking at making a big jump in the national rankings based on how he's performed during the summer camp circuit and into his senior year.

Big game Brian

Auburn commit Jovon Robinson and Vanderbilt-bound Brian Kimbrow are good friends and some of the top players in the state of Tennessee. The two played each other on Friday and Kimbrow put on a show, rushing for 367 yards and five (count 'em, five) touchdowns. Amazingly, he has over 1,100 yards through four games.

Video(s) of the week

There were so many good plays this week in high school games across the country that I had to select two videos. The first comes from Chatham (N.J.) as a broken play turns into fumble, pass and eventual 73 yard touchdown.


Florida running back commitment Mike Davis rushed for over 200 yards against Tifton County but this was the best run he had bar none.



Recruiting Roundup

- Several top prospects hold the key to winning the SEC recruiting battle.

Oklahoma State is making recruiting inroads into the Tulsa area.

Across the state, Oklahoma is developing a pipeline from Euless (Texas) Trinity High.

The Alabama game made for an epic recruiting weekend for Penn State even though the Nittany Lions fell short.

2013 receiver Ahmad Fulwood loved his visit to Florida last week.

TCU commit Tyler Matthews pulled out a win and threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns over the weekend.

Florida State and Miami coaches were out at the Miramar-Blanche Ely high school game to watch several top recruits.

Great profile of quarterback Luke Falk, who has Stanford, Arizona State and Utah at the top of his list.


Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:09 am
Edited on: September 7, 2011 10:10 am
 

9/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A look at several players being recruited by Nebraska.

Georgia Tech is looking pretty smart to offer defensive end Francis Kallon.

Kudos to Alabama and Nick Saban for honoring Justin Taylor's scholarship offer even after he tore an ACL.

Former top recruit, Oklahoma running back Jonathon Miller, will transfer from the Sooners.

Texas linebacker Bryce Cottrell has Arkansas as one of his top three schools.

Running back Akeel Lynch is considering taking an official visit to Fayetteville among these Arkansas tidbits.


Commitments:

Stanford landed a commitment from defensive end Luke Kaumatule.

Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Texas defensive end latest Sooners pledge

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma has been the center of attention in the college football world this week, thanks to realignment and due to the Sooners' number one ranking in all of the polls. Fans of the team received news of a different kind on Monday night however, as Euless (Texas) defensive end Polo Manukainio committed to the school.

"For the past three months I had been going back and forth between OU, Baylor and Arkansas," Manukainiu told SoonerScoop.com. "Oklahoma is perfect because it's not that far from home but it really isn't that close either."

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound end also was considering Miami and Nebraska among his double-digit list of offers but liked the pitch from Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and defensive coordinator Brent Venables best.

"Coach Stoops said the same as Coach Venables," Manukainiu said. "He said that I'm physical enough and I've got the attitude and I'm humble enough to come in and play as a freshmen and get some playing time and he said that I have the academic knowledge to come and get though school and earn my degree. And also I could be lucky enough to go to the league with it and he believes I could do that."

Manukainiu is the 14th commitment for the Sooners in the class of 2012 and second at the defensive end position.



Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Top 10 safety Blake commits to Texas A&M

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While most of Texas A&M's class of 2012 was on board before the Aggies rumored move to the SEC surfaced, it appears their latest addition is very excited about the possible departure from the Big 12. San Antonio (Texas) defensive back Colin Blake is the latest commitment for the program and the pending move was one of the reasons why he committed over the holiday weekend.

"I think it makes them more attractive to me because that's the best conference in college football so I would love to have a chance to play in the SEC," Blake told AggieYell.com. "They look real good going into the year this year and I think they are going to do well in the Big 12 this year. I like A&M a lot, so I want them to win the Big 12."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder held offers from Arizona, Cal, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Missouri and others. Interestingly, Blake had given up football early in his career to concentrate on basketball but ended up coming back to play on the gridiron and, as a result, ended up with a full ride to a great in-state school.

"I wasn't excelling in basketball though," he said. "Football is the sport at our school so I decided to go back, give it a try, and see what happened. I came out during our boot about three weeks before spring practice. That's when I figured out that I could still play football."

Blake had 68 tackles and one interception last season as a junior. He becomes the Aggies' 22nd commitment for the class of 2012 and is ranked as the 10th-best safety in the country by MaxPreps.

Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Senior Writer Dennis Dodd tackled the difficult task of putting together the CBSSports.com preseason top 25. One of the common themes is that the national champ usually has to come from behind in the polls. Taking a look at the recruiting rankings, it's usually the opposite. Sure there are the Signing Day closers, such at USC or Florida, but the Alabama's, Texas' and Florida State's of the world put together a good class early and head to February with a good idea of who they're signing while holding out hope a top guy will put on their hat late in the process.

Here's a breakdown of the current MaxPreps Top 25 recruiting rankings and a little bit of insight as to who will eventually be declared recruiting national champion.

The favorites

1. Michigan (top recruit: #33 Terry Richardson)

2. Texas (#3 Cayleb Jones)

3. Florida (#12 D.J. Humphries)

4. Florida State (#5 Mario Edwards)

6. Alabama (#19 Geno Smith)

One Big Ten team, one Big 12 team, two SEC teams and the ACC banner-carrier are the favorites to take home the mythical February title. It's no surprise to see some of the names on this list but newcomer Michigan is one considering Brady Hoke has yet to coach a game. It's not a deep year for Midwest talent but the Wolverines have certainly grabbed the creme of the crop and as a result sit in the pole position past the halfway point.

The contenders

5. Miami (#77 Jelani Hamilton)

7. Texas A&M (#51 Trey Williams)

9. Auburn (#30 Zeke Pike)

10. LSU (#58 Avery Johnson)

11. Virginia Tech (Donaldven Manning)

15. Clemson (#16 Travis Blanks)

18. Notre Dame (#13 Jarron Jones)

The next group of teams has an outside shot of moving up into the top five and challenging for the title with a strong close. Miami is in a difficult position in that they have a strong class filled with local talent but given the NCAA investigation swirling around the program, no one knows how long Al Golden can keep things up. With recent news that the Aggies would be moving to the SEC, one figures they could see a bounce and grab one or two top prospects by selling playing time in the nation's best football conference. Auburn has done well again this year and is seeing a championship bounce with their current group and could see other prospects come around to playing on the Plains. LSU and Virginia Tech have put together under the radar classes but they're both strong enough to put them in position to move up with a top 100 recruit committing. Clemson and Notre Dame both have small classes but have shown they can get things done between now and players putting pen to paper.

The pretenders

8. Virginia (#50 Michael Moore)

12. Penn State (#36 J.J. Denman)

13. South Carolina (#20 Shaq Roland)

14. Arizona State (#45 Evan Goodman)

16. Oklahoma (#47 Durron Neal)

This group of teams look like they can make a strong push to finish in the top five but it will be a steep up hill battle. Virginia is ranked highly due to the numbers they have and when others catch up in that department, they'll slide back down to the middle of the pack. Penn State has been solid but not spectacular in a good year for Pennsylvania talent. South Carolina is comfortable with their class but likely won't grab a top 10 player to push them up and Arizona State will likely not finish as the top Pac-12 class at the end of the day. Oklahoma is limited in terms of numbers this year and while they might sneak in the top group, it will be hard to go much further.

No chance

17. Cincinnati (#72 Bennie Coney)

19. Missouri (#91 Jonathan Williams)

20. Michigan State (#63 Sevon Pittman)

21. Wisconsin (#67 Dan Voltz)

22. Indiana (#2 Gunner Kiel)

23. Rutgers (#71 Leonte Caroo)

24. Washington (#70 Cyler Miles)

25. West Virginia (Brandon Napoleon)

It's a nice year for this group of team but it will be tough for any of these schools to move above 15 in the rankings. Likewise, it might be tough for Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Michigan State to stay in the top 25 as other schools start filling out their class with 20 or more recruits.


Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Top recruits in action this weekend

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There are a ton of great high school football games this weekend and the biggest reason they are, well, big games are the recruits leading their teams into action. MaxPreps took a look at the top 10 games on Friday and Saturday and here's a list of the recruits to watch in five of the games.

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Prattville

Keep an eye on: Florida State commit and defensive tackle Justin Shanks, Alabama-bound athlete Justin Thomas and defensive end Caleb Gulledge and corner/Wake Forest verbal LaRonji Vason for Prattville. St. Thomas Aquinas is powered by defensive end/Miami commit Jelani Hamilton, uncommitted running back Dami Ayoola and defensive end Bryan Cox Jr.
Armwood vs. Bishop Gorman

Keep an eye on: Armwood is loaded with talent, including offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (going to South Carolina), linebacker Eric Striker (Oklahoma), defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Wake Forest) and uncommitted defensive back Jarvis McCall. The team will be without Florida-bound running back Matt Jones due to an injury. Gorman has several uncommitted recruits leading the charge, including offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley and Ron Scoggins and running back Shaq Powell.

South Panola vs. Hoover

Keep an eye on: Panola is powered by Ole Miss commits Issac Gross and Temario Strong on the defensive line.

Cedar Hill vs. Allen

Keep an eye on: For Cedar Hill, offensive lineman Aderius Epps is headed to Kansas State next year and defensive end David Harris is drawing some interest. Allen has a trio of commits leading the top five team with quarterback Alec Morris (Alabama), running back Jonathan Williams (Missouri) and linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Baylor).

Harrison vs. Cass Tech

Keep an eye on: Cass Tech is loaded once again with Michigan-bound cornerback Terry Richardson and linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone, along with linebacker Laron Taylor (committed to Iowa). There's two future Wolverines on Harrison as well in tight end Devin Funchess and defensive end Mario Ojemudia. Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge is headed to Michigan State.

For more, be sure to check out MaxPreps' weekend preview.
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:35 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 10:36 am
 

8/26 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Players in the state of Illinois are making early commitments, a trend that is happening nationwide.

Cal, USC and Oregon State among others have commits in this list of top Los Angeles area wide receivers.

Darreus Rogers is a USC commit and pass-catching playmaker.

Michigan won't rush defensive lineman Danny O'Brien into making a decision.

Oklahoma's class of 2010 was the best freshman class under Bob Stoops.

Bubba Starling made the right choice by playing baseball instead of going to Nebraska to play football.

It will be Georgia, South Carolina or Vanderbilt for defensive back Chaz Elder.

Quarterback Robert Gregory is making his decision on September 2 and has Arkansas number one on his list.

 
 
 
 
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