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Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Alex McCalister commits to Florida

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida has been looking to close out their impressive class of 2012 and added another talented defender on Monday when Clemmons (N.C.) defensive end Alex McCalister committed to the Gators at an announcement in his high school.

"It's definitely a dream come true," McCalister told InsidetheGators.com. "If you would have asked me about two years ago, I wouldn't have known what to say about college football. It's all a blessing, having the opportunity to play."

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound edge rusher will also stand up and play linebacker at times for Florida. He held offers from Georgia, Notre Dame, South Carolina and other schools but felt most comfortable with the Gators coaching staff.

"First, it's in the SEC, and they have great coaches," he said. "Coach [D.J.] Durkin, coach [Dan] Quinn, d-line coach [Bryant] Young are all great guys. Florida really hasn't signed anyone at my position yet. I feel like that is my best opportunity to get on the field if I do what I have to do to be successful."

McCalister gives Florida 20 commitments for the upcoming class, seven of which are defensive linemen.

"Alex shows very good athletic ability and gets good leverage for a 6-6 pass rusher," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Needs to add weight and strength but has that great first couple of steps and burst that the college scouts are looking for. He can bend off the edge and has been blessed with super long arms and quick hands. A good, steady high school player who could develop into an outstanding pass rushing DE in college."
Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:34 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 1:39 pm
 

Pre-Signing Day SEC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're less than two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the SEC.

   Alabama (27)

Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.)
Defensive back Deion Belue (Tuscumbia, Ala./Northeast Mississippi Juco)
Wide receiver Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Landon Collins (Geismar, La.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Amari Cooper (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Denzel Devall (Bastrop, La.)
Defensive back Travell Dixon (Miami, Fla./Eastern Arizona Juco)
Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end Kurt Freitag (Buford, Ga.)
Athlete Casey Gladney (Columbia, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.)
Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Tyler Hayes (Thomasville, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Hill (Collierville, Tenn.)
Athlete Cyrus Jones (Baltimore, Md.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Darren Lake (York, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Alec Morris (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end Darius Philon (Prichard, Ala.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland (Madison, Ala.)
Defensive back Geno Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Running back Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Arkansas (21)

Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Ray Buchanan Jr. (Suwanee, Ga.)
Defensive back Jared Collins (Tulsa, Okla.)
Wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan (Olive Branch, Miss.)
Defensive end Austin Flynn (Torrance, Calif./LA Harbor Juco)
Wide receiver Courtney Gardner (Reno, Nev./Sierra Juco)
Wide receiver Keon Hatcher (Owasso, Okla.)
Wide receiver Eric Hawkins (Longview, Texas)
Defensive back Will Hines (Waco, Texas)
Athlete Nathan Holmes (Port Arthur, Texas)
Defensive end Taiwan Johnson (Manvel, Texas)
Defensive end Brandon Lewis (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Defonta Lowe (Bearden, Ark.)
Running back Donovan Roberts (Norman, Okla.)
Defensive end Jeremy Sprinkle (White Hall, Ark.)
Linebacker Jakarri Thomas (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.)  
Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward Pottsville, Ark.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end JaMichael Winston (Prichard, Ala.)
Defensive end Deatrich Wise (Carrollton, Texas)

   Auburn (15)

Offensive lineman Shane Callahan (Parker, Colo.)
Defensive back T.J. Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Joshua Holsey (Fairburn, Ga.)
Athlete Darrion Hutcherson (Dadeville, Ala.)
Defensive back Jonathan Jones (Carrollton, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Robert Leff (Fairhope, Ala.)
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy (Birmingham, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Miller (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Linebacker Javiere Mitchell (Leeds, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Tyler Nero (Atmore, Ala.)
Tight end Ricky Parks (Hogansville, Ga.)
Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Gimel President (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.)
Running back Jovon Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver JaQuay Williams (Tyrone, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Florida (20)

Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.)
Defensive end Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Brian Cox Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Austin Hardin (Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Damien Jacobs (Gray, La./East Mississippi Juco)
Running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Rhaheim Ledbetter (Bolling Springs, N.C.)
Defensive tackle JaFar Mann (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Marcus Maye (Melbourne, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Alex McCalister (Clemmons, N.C.)
Linebacker Antonio Morrison (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.)
Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Brian Poole (Bradenton, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla.)
Tight end Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Colin Thompson (Warminster, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Georgia (16)
 
Defensive tackle John Atkins (Thomson, Ga.)
Kicker Collin Barber (Cartersville, Ga.)
Athlete Faton Bauta (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mark Beard (Adamsville, Ala./Coffeyville Juco)
Defensive end James Deloach (Millen, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Leonard Floyd (Eastman, Ga.) 
Running back Todd Gurley (Tarboro, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Quayvon Hicks (Blackshear, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Marshall Morgan (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Greg Pyke (Baltimore, Md.)
Tight end Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Blake Tibbs (Lithonia, Ga.)

   Kentucky (24)

Defensive back Daron Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Shawn Blaylock (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Zach Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Kory Brown (Moncks Corner, S.C./East Central Juco)
Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman (Louisville, Ky.)
Kicker Landon Foster (Thompson's Station, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Patrick Graffree (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Athlete Jadarion Harmon (Paduchah, Ky.)
Defensive back Josh Harris (Maysville, Ky.)
Offensive lineman T.J. Jones (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Wide receiver A.J. Legree (Fort White, Fla.)
Running back Dyshawn Mobley (Powell, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Zach Myers (Miamisburg, Ohio)
Defensive end Langston Newton (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive back Cody Quinn (Middletown, Ohio)
Defensive back Jonathan Reed (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Daniel Ross (Jeffersontown, Ky.)
Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Swindle (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Linebacker Kadeem Thomas (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Athlete Fred Tiller (Homerville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jon Toth (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Watson (Fayetteville, Ga.)

   LSU (21) 

Offensive lineman Vadal Alexander (Buford, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.)
Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.) 
Offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.)
Offensive lineman Reid Ferguson (Buford, Ga.)
Tight end Dillon Gordon (River Ridge, La.)
Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Jerald Hawkins (Baldwin, La.)
Running back Jeremy Hill (Baton Rouge, La.)
Wide receiver Kavahra Holmes (Breaux Bridge, La.)
Defensive end Danielle Hunter (Katy, Texas)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Deion Jones (New Orleans, La.)
Athlete Lamar Lewis (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Jalen Mills (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Lorenzo Phillips (Patterson, La.)
Defensive back Derrick Raymond (Metairie, La.)
Defensive back Jerquinick Sandolph (Boutte, La.) 
Defensive back Dwayne Thomas (New Orleans, La.)
Tight end John Thomas (Bossier City, La.)

   Ole Miss (15)

Offensive lineman Darone Bailey (Cleveland, Miss./Coahoma Juco)
Quarterback C.J. Beathard (Franklin, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Pierce Burton (Sacramento, Calif./City College of S.F. Juco)
Defensive back Dehendret Collins (Meadville, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln Juco)
Offensive lineman Robert Conyers (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.)
Linebacker Khalid Henderson (Mabelton, Ga.)
Athlete Mike Hilton (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Kenno Loyal (Decatur, Ga.)
Running back I'Tavius Mathers (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Temario Strong (Batesville, Miss.)
Quarterback Bo Wallace (Pulaski, Tenn../East Mississippi Juco)
Running back Jaylen Walton (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Channing Ward (Aberdeen, Miss.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Mississippi State (26)

Defensive end Nelson Adams (Brandon, Miss.)
Defensive back Quadry Antoine (Belle Chasse, La.)
Defensive end Denico Autry (Albermarle, N.C./East Mississippi Juco)
Athlete Adairius Barnes (Port Gibson, Miss.)
Kicker Devon Bell (Vicksburg, Miss.)
Linebacker Torrey Bell (New Oreleans, La.)
Wide receiver Frederick Brown (Jackson, Miss.)
Defensive end Ryan Brown (Marrero, La.)
Offensive lineman Cole Carter (Caledonia, Miss.)
Defensive back Kivon Coman (Florence, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Devon Desper (Madison, Miss.)
Linebacker Lelland Ducksworth (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Athlete Deonte Evans (McComb, Miss.)
Defensive tackle Quay Evans (Morton, Miss.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Xavier Grindle (Columbia, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Dylan Holley (D'Iberville, Miss./Gulf Coast Juco)
Athlete Brandon Holloway (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Nick James (Long Beach, Miss.)
Defensive end A.J. Jefferson (Summit, Miss.)
Defensive back Cedric Jiles (Clinton, Miss.)
Athlete Adarrius Perkins (Brooklyn, Miss.)
Athlete Will Redmond (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Justin Senior (Chatham, Va.)
Offensive lineman Charles Siddoway (Eugene, Ore./Butte Juco)
Tight end Gus Walley (Leakesville, Miss.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Washington (Suwanee, Ga.)

  Missouri (17)

Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Levi Copelin (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Tight end Sean Culkin (Largo, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Simon Goines (Keller, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Running back Russell Hansbrough (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive end Rickey Hatley (Atlanta, Texas)
Quarterback Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive tackle Edmund Ray (St. Louis, Mo.)
Linebacker Michael Scherer (St. Louis, Mo.)
Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Ka'Ra Stewart (O'Fallon, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Williams (Denton, Texas)
Defensive end Evan Winston (Muskegon Heights, Mich.)

   South Carolina (24)

Athlete Jerell Adams (Summerton, S.C.)
Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Jordan Diggs (Capre Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Chaz Elder (College Park, Ga.)
Defensive end Darius English (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive back Kyle Fleetwood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Wide receiver Jody Fuller (Monroe, N.C.)
Defensive back T.J. Gurley (Cairo, Ga.)
Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker Kaiwan Lewis (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Rico McWilliams (Hampton, Ga.)
Quarterback Brendan Nosovitch (Allentown, Pa.)
Tight end Kelvin Rainey (Yulee, Fla.)
Wide receiver Shaq Roland (Lexington, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)
Wide receiver Kwinton Smith (Dillon, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brock Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Clayton Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Kicker Nick St. Germain (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive end Jhaustin Thomas (Decatur, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (Seffner, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mason Zandi (Chapin, S.C.)

   Tennessee (21)

Athlete Cody Blanc (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Defensive back Deion Bonner (Columbus, Ga.)
Defensive back Devante Bourque (Crowley, La.)
Wide receiver Drae Bowles (Jackson, Tenn.)
Kicker George Bullock (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Wide receiver Jason Croom (Norcross, Ga.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Alden Hill (Alliance, Ohio)
Athlete Alton Howard (Orlando, Fla.)
Athlete Justin King (Dunwoody, Ga.)
Defensive end LaTroy Lewis (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Daniel McCullers (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Defensive back LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive Danny O'Brien (Flint, Mich.)
Quarterback Nathan Peterman (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Linebacker Otha Peters (Covington, La.)
Linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas)
Defensive end Darrington Sentimore (Destrehan, La./Gulf Coast Juco)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Running back Queshaun Watson (Athens, Ga.)

  Texas A&M
(20)

Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Wide receiver Sabian Holmes (Southlake, Texas)
Offensive lineman Germain Ifeadi (Houston, Texas)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Defensive end Julien Obioha (New Orleans, La.)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Wide receiver Derel Walker (Athens, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Vanderbilt (21)

Defensive end Torey Agee (Opelika, Ala.)
Defensive end Caleb Azubike (Nashville, Tenn.)
Defensive back Brandon Banks (Brandywine, Md.)
Defensive end Ladarius Banks (Dallas, Ga.)
Wide receiver Cory Batey (Nashville, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Adam Butler (Ducanville, Texas)
Kicker Colby Cooke (Goochland, Va.)
Defensive end Josh Dawson (Tucker, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Blake Fromang (Orlando, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Barrett Gouger (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Defensive back Paris Head (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Darreon Herring (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Will Holden (Green Cove Springs, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Andrew Jelks (Paris, Tenn.)
Running back Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Jaborian McKenzie (Natchez, Miss.)
Athlete Chris Moody (McDonough, Ga.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jacob Sealand (Tucker, Ga.)
Defensive end Stephen Weatherly (Atlanta, Ga.)




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Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Gators add commits for 2012, 2013

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One commitment is good but two must be twice as nice - especially for this year and next. That's the feeling those at Florida must have after adding commitments from Winter Haven (Fla.) 2013 running back Adam Lane and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. on Saturday.

“I’m committing to the University of Florida,” Cox Jr. told 247Sports. “I chose them because I get a great vibe from the Gator Nation. I think I fit well into the system and the degree from Florida means something. The academics are outstanding and I’m really impressed with the coaching staff.”

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Cox Jr. is the son of the former NFL star of the same name and held offers from Iowa, Miami, Michigan State and others. Lane, a 5-foot-8, 210-pound back, turned in a terrific sophomore season and held offers from schools such as Florida State and Georgia despite missing his junior year due to injuries.

“Me and my family sat down and had a meeting and decided Florida was the best fit for me,” Lane said.

Cox Jr. winds up as Florida's 19th commitment for the class of 2012 while Lane becomes the first for the Gators in next year's.
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Phillips set for LSU after visit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LSU's staff has quickly moved on from their national title loss and turned their full attention to the recruiting trail, efforts that paid off on Saturday with the commitment of Patterson (La.) linebacker Lorenzo Phillips.

"I committed, so the visit was all good," Phillips told TigerSportsDigest.com. "It was home, and I felt like I was already a part of the family when I showed up."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder also held offers from Alabama, Florida, Texas A&M and others. His recent visit to Baton Rouge seemed to seal the deal for the Tigers however.

Phillips becomes the 21st commitment for LSU's class of 2012 and comes on the heels of running back Jeremy Hill enrolling in school.
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:53 pm
 

Defensive end Whitehead picks N.C. State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not often a recruit chooses one school over one that played for an SEC title and another who played in a BCS game. That's just what Lithonia (Ga.) defensive end Kenderius Whitehead did however, feeling more comfortable at N.C. State than any other school that was recruiting him.

“I was looking for the best school for me, as far as playing time and my education,” Whitehead told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I want to do computer science and N.C. State is a great school for that degree.”

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound pass rusher picked the school over his other finalists, Georgia and Clemson. Many thought that the Bulldogs were in prime position to land Whitehead but it appeared that heading away from home was a factor in his recruitment.

 “I grew up around Athens my whole life,” he said. “I thought about this decision a lot. I just want to see some different places and do different things.”

Whitehead's commitment gives the Wolfpack 22 for the class of 2012 with Signing Day fast-approaching. He is among the highest-rated the staff has landed a pledge from, with Maxpreps ranking him as the 23rd prospect at his position.

"Kenderius shows the speed and quickness off the edge that the college scouts like," said analyst Tom Lemming. "Needs to add weight and strength but his ability to bend off the edge and then explode into the backfield has impressed many a scouts. He shows very quick hands and the ability to play off blocks and find the ball. He has impressed everyone with his hustle, desire, and aggressive style of play. Plays DE in high school and could wind up playing OLB in college."
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:39 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Sumlin hitting recruiting trail hard at Texas A&M


Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M has not been a regular occurrence in the top 10 team rankings after Signing Day but the school has still done fairly well all on the recruiting trail all things considered. The Aggies are currently 11th in the Maxpreps team rankings and have a good shot to move up and be yet another SEC team within striking distance of the top spot with their class of 2012. New head coach Kevin Sumlin has been on a whirlwind, non-stop march to grab some of the best and brightest in the state of Texas since taking over the program last month and hopes to bring a little more consistency to A&M's recruiting efforts over the coming months and years.

Although most of the leg work for this year's class was done by Mike Sherman and the previous staff, Sumlin has kept things together remarkably well and is even adding a few new recruits here and there. He sat down with CBSSports.com for a wide-ranging Q&A.to discuss his recruiting strategy, how he plans to transition the school to the SEC and why his familiarity with players from being at Houston is an advantage.

CBSSports.com: You're bringing Kliff Kingsbury with you as offensive coordinator, what kind of coach and recruiter is he and how much of an advantage is it to have a guy a lot of recruits grew up seeing play?

Sumlin: "Kliff has been around us for the last four years at Houston. He's done a great job with the quarterbacks, not just Case Keenum but the others. I think we were 13th in the country (in passing) two years ago with a true freshman, 4th string quarterback. He's a great mind and a great player and the kids bond with him.

"It doesn't hurt (in recruiting). There are a lot of kids who know who he is, a lot of parents in the state of Texas who know who he is and remember him for what he accomplished (at Texas Tech). So it doesn't hurt us at all in recruiting, particularly among quarterbacks."

Have you been able to figure out what you have to work with at A&M already
and how do you see the transition going? 


"Winning helps in recruiting. What you want to do is, and what we've done wherever we've been, is utilize the talent that is there and recruit more. We didn't have some big fullbacks at Houston, we had a couple of midgets who were fast. Your job is to win games.

"Some people will look at it as, 'Well, you're losing your quarterback, losing receivers, losing running backs.' But sometimes when you have a young quarterback it's better because you're not having to break somebody down. We've got a freshman that's coming in January (Matt Davis), Johnny Manziel is a redshirt freshman and Jameil Showers is a sophomore. That's three young guys coming into the spring competing. We tried to recruit those guys at Houston too."

How big is it that you know a lot of the roster from recruiting them at Houston?

"We did try to recruit a lot of those guys at Houston so obviously we thought highly of them as prospects. It's going to be fun. Those kids look at is as being fun and they're comfortable with us because they know us."

What's the reception been like in general?

"It's been great. The biggest question I think was what was going to happen to recruiting. For about two weeks, we really just held it together until the Dead Period. We'll have another huge recruiting weekend coming up, the next two weekends will be critical. For the better part of a month, I've been recruiting players and coaches. Coaches are a heck of a lot harder."

Did you make it a point to look for coaches with SEC experience?

"Somebody said that to me, that you have to have coaches with SEC experience. I look at it this way, I've seen it and I know what it looks like. I've coached in two national championship games and every BCS bowl game there is. There's nothing higher than that in college football. We beat Mississippi State in Starkville a couple of years ago with a little bitty team. We'll be alright."

Do you expect some growing pains with the staff transition and the move to a new league?

"There's always growing pains. People forget that at Houston, we started out 1-3. I like the fact that people have forgotten about that. But it gets to a point where the players have a feel for you and you have a feel for them and then you can feel comfortable and handle adversity. I think I'm a better coach now then I was then.

"It helped me to be able out to practice and get a feel for personnel. It helped to go clean up the recruiting board because here are the numbers but here's where we're deficient maybe talent-wise. We've adjusted some of the numbers in recruiting because of that."

A lot of people have questioned the move to the SEC, is there any worry in regards to the level of competition?

"Why isn't it a positive? What's bad about it? You're playing in the best division in the best league in the country. I knew that before I took the job. It's not something they sprung on me. I look forward to it.

"It hasn't hurt (recruiting). We walk around with (SEC logos) on shirts and stuff like that and it hasn't hurt recruiting at all. There are certain kids that just like to compete against what they think is the best league and the best players and be a part of that. Sure it's going to take some work but it also is an opportunity, it gives you a clear choice in the state of Texas right now. It really gives you a division of schools, not just the universities but leagues. You've got the Big East, the Big 12 and the SEC and I think kids pay attention to that."

Of the six straight BCS titles, four teams have won them. Does that parity, if you can call it that, lend encouragement that you can play at a high level in the league?

"If I were to tell you, just five years ago, that Florida or Tennessee were not in the SEC Championship Game and you're talking about South Carolina and Georgia, that's just how much the league has changed. Five, six years ago, the argument was the East was the dominate side. When you look back at it, it's gone back and forth. It's hard to say Tennessee and Florida won't be back. South Carolina was in the game last year for the first time and won 10 or 11 this year. There's been some shifts in power over the last 10, 15 years. From that stand point, you've got to feel good. We're not coming into the league with a short stick, we've got resources. I think we've got a talent pool in the state of Texas and, to a certain extent, Louisiana, that we can draw on and help us and sustain us. So you've got to be encouraged.

Does it help that you coached at A&M before and know the lay of the land there?

"It does. It's a unique place and it has a lot of tradition. A university where, from the outside, you might not understand it but it such a unique environment. I think when we travel and play in some of the venues in the SEC, there may be some people who may be a little shocked when they walk into (Kyle Field) the first time. It is a great place to play, passionate fans, students that stand the whole game. I've come out of both locker rooms there and sometimes you can't even hear anything. As a player and coach, that's the kind of environment you look for. I think that's why we'll be a good fit in the SEC."

Do you worry about other SEC schools invading and recruiting Texas?

"No, I don't worry about that. They came to Houston before this. It's just part of it and it's not going to change."

Did your last game at Houston and the way you went out stick with you a bit?

"It gets under my skin a little bit. I did a poor job. Anytime you play like that, it gets back to you as a coach. Nobody played well, nobody coached well. It was just a poor performance. We've learned from everything. Positives, negatives, handling adversity, that's what you do. Every time, win or lose, we go back and evaluate ourselves and we evaluate ourselves just as much in a win as a loss. You can't take anything for granted and it's damn hard to win every game. We got close but it's hard to do."


Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:17 pm
 

Big weekend for South Carolina with two commits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Carolina landed two big time players for this year and next with commitments from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Army All-American running back Mike Davis and 2013 offensive tackle D.J. Park over the weekend.

"You know, some people don't know, South Carolina stayed on me all the time - even when I was committed to Florida," Davis told Rivals. "I actually was silently committed. I did it [not long] after I de-committed from Florida. My family already knew about it. Everyone is happy for me. My whole family is happy."

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back also seriously considered Georgia and Tennessee after decommitting from Florida. Davis is ranked as the 11th-best tailback in the country by Maxpreps and 157th overall in the class of 2012. He will be joined by one of the top in-state juniors who could be blocking for him soon.

"I just wanted to go ahead and do it," Park said. "I just like being up there. It's close to home and my family can some watch me play."

Davis rushed for 1,924 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior and becomes the 24th commitment for the class of 2012. Park becomes the first pledge for the class of 2013 and is one of Maxpreps top juniors.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:47 am
 

Todd Gurley heads to Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just as they have in past years, Georgia is closing well in the lead up to Signing Day and added another piece of the puzzle last week with the commitment of Tarboro (N.C.) athlete Todd Gurley.

"It was very difficult just having all of these great schools recruiting me," Gurley told UGASports.com. "It kind of came down to Clemson and Georgia and me taking that visit. I kind of love Clemson and always wanted to play there, but deep down inside Georgia is where my heart was at so that's where I needed to be."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder plays primarily at running back and is a very nice complement to fellow Bulldog Keith Marshall in the 2012 class. Gurley was able to see Georgia at a low point during the season and the high point and hopes to give fans more of the latter once he heads to Athens.

"It didn't really bother me too much because they lost to two great teams. Boise State had a lot of experience and a lot of seniors and South Carolina just had a great team," he said. "Then I came back for a visit for the Kentucky game and watched them clinch the East and how big that was for them."

Gurley rushed for over 2,300 yards and 38 touchdowns during his senior season and becomes the 17th class of 2012 commitment for Georgia.

"Todd has a straight up and down running style, great burst, vision, and shows good running instincts," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He can quickly get to the perimeter to cause damage on the outside and is big enough to be effective between the tackles."

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