Tag:Tom Lemming
Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The rumors had been circulating for weeks that Daphne (Ala.) running back T.J. Yeldon would be decommitting from Auburn and flipping to rival Alabama. Sunday afternoon, the four-star running back turned the rumors into news and officially changed his commitment to the Crimson Tide.

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve really put a lot of time and thought into where I want to go to school and continue my football career. I am blessed to be in a situation where I have several great opportunities and I appreciate everyone involved who has helped me get to this point," Yeldon said in a statement issued to the media. "I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on the things I need to do to prepare for college both athletically and academically. I am going to enroll at the University of Alabama in January"

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder had been hotly pursued by the Tide coaching staff despite his commitment. Ranked 123rd overall and the 7th-best big back in the country by MaxPreps, Yeldon gives the program an able replacement should Heisman finalist Trent Richardson depart to the NFL.

"I have a lot of respect for Auburn, the coaches, and all of the people there, but at the end of the day I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation and fit for me and my family," Yeldon said. "I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about it and I’m excited to get started.”

An early enrollee, Yeldon becomes the 22nd commitment for Alabama's class of 2012 and is joined at the running back position by Kenyan Drake. He was recently named MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game and rushed for 2,193 yards and 31 touchdowns during his senior season.

"T.J. blends good size with great power and speed," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows explosive big-play capabilities, good movement skills, and is able to cut on a dime. He's a reliable receiver and also a very reliable between the tackles runner."

Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Cornerback Kevin Peterson commits to Oklahoma

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma's recruiting class got a little bit bigger on Sunday as Wagoner (Okla.) cornerback Kevin Peterson committed to the Sooners in the middle of one of the biggest recruiting weekends in Norman in some time.

"My decision (to commit) was a collection of everything really," Peterson told SoonerScoop.com. "Talking to coach (Willie) Martinez through the day, what he had to say - it really stood out to me."

The 6-foot, 170-pounder had been on the Sooners' radar for a while but had not received an offer. With interest picking up in Peterson following the conclusion of his senior season, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M had extended offers before the one he finally wanted came through in Oklahoma.

"They said eventually they could see me at either, they could see me playing either (corner) position," he said. "They just said we just have to get you in the program and handle the weight room."

Peterson becomes the 17th commitment for the Sooners class of 2012 and second defensive back. He led his team to a state title two weeks ago and racked up 36 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

"He proves to be an outstanding cover corner," analyst Tom Lemming said. :Shows a nose for the ball, a smooth backpedal, and can turn and run with the best of them. Shows excellent lateral agility and the explosive burst needed to play major college ball."
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Oklahoma State adds commitment from Trace Clark

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma State has been a school known mostly for their offense under head coach Mike Gundy. That doesn't mean he can't recruit good defensive players however, as this year's opportunistic defense can attest to. Wichita (Kan.) defensive end Trace Clark was identified early as a priority by the coaching staff and their hard work in selling him on the program paid off Thursday with a commitment.

"Just the feeling that I got when I was down at my official visit," Clark told OStateIllustrated.com of what all factored into his decision. "I liked the place, I liked the coaches, and I liked the players also and so I just had a good feeling from that trip. I came home and sat down with my parents and talked about each and every one of the schools and what I liked about each of them and how they were different. Then on Sunday about a week after my visit we just really looked at it hard and decided that Oklahoma State would be the best place for me and was the best option out of all of those schools."

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound end had offers from across the country but had narrowed his focus on Purdue, Stanford, Iowa and, of course, Oklahoma State. The Cowboys staff recruited Clark heavily throughout the process and was a key factor in him deciding to commit.

"From a football perspective I think the coaching really played a big part because I was comfortable with Coach Gundy and I really like Coach Young the position coach," he said. He's been calling me each week and we talk and I really think that I could play well under him and he could get me where I need to be. He said that the possibility for playing time my first year is there but they're not going to give anything to me so it'll be mine to work and fight for and I thought that could also be good for me."

Clark becomes the 16th commitment for Oklahoma State's class of 2012 and fourth defensive end headed to Stillwater. He posted 106 tackles and six sacks as a senior this season.

"Not yet a dominating player but shows that kind of potential," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He possesses good lateral quickness, is excellent in pursuit, is a sure tackler, can disengage quickly, and shows a big-time closing burst. Not super fast but very, very quick."

Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Weis lands first commitment at Kansas in Parmalee

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Charlie Weis is known mostly for his recruiting prowess and it didn't take long for him to strike upon arriving in Lawrence. Overland Park (Kan.) wide receiver Tre Parmalee is very familiar with Weis and after his hiring at Kansas, made the easy decision to commit after he was extended an offer.

"I talked with my parents about it and how it all unfolded," Parmalee told JayhawkSlant.com. "I felt Kansas was the best place to be and it was close to home. Plus I know some good friends that are also looking at KU."

Parmalee's father, Bernie, is a tight ends coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and was on Weis' staff at Notre Dame for five years. His high school coach, Tim Grunhard, will also be headed to Kansas as offensive line coach to further enhance the school's attractiveness for the former Northern Illinois commit.

"I really liked Northern Illinois and all of their coaches," Parmalee said. "But Kansas is close to home and I have always wanted to play for coach Weis. I want to be a part of rebuilding the program."

The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder is the Jayhawks seventh commitment for the class of 2012, five of whom are on the offensive side of the ball.

"He runs tremendous routes, shows terrific hands and blazing speed," analyst Tom Lemming said of Parmalee. "In fact, coaches at Bishop Miege said he has the best hands and ran the best routes they've ever seen at the high school level."

Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:41 am
Edited on: December 14, 2011 11:45 am
 

Justin Thomas flips to Georgia Tech from Alabama

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not often Nick Saban loses a recruit to another school. It's hard to figure out when was the last time he lost one to an ACC school from Alabama however, much less to a school like Georgia Tech. Such was the case Tuesday, as Prattville (Ala.) athlete Justin Thomas decommitted from the Crimson Tide and pledged to the Yellow Jackets in a stunning flip.

"The Bama people have been great about this including Coach Saban who told Justin he can always come home if he wants. I think Justin feels relieved now and he was really worried about it, but after talking with Coach Saban yesterday and today and Coach Johnson and Coach Kelly at Tech everything seems to right," Thomas' father, Milton, told JacketsOnline.com. "Justin is very happy with his decision."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Thomas has been labeled as an athlete and was expected to enroll at Alabama as a defensive back. He had a change of heart however and wanted to play quarterback - which he did in high school - at the next level, making the speedster a perfect fit for Georgia Tech's option offense.

"Bama said they would give Justin a shot at quarterback and he believes them, but Coach (Paul) Johnson's offense is centered around guys with Justin's type of talent and Justin has a point he wants to prove to a lot of people about being a quarterback and not just an athlete," Milton Thomas said. "He has won championships at every level in every sport he has played including football and even AAU basketball. He wants to bring that to Georgia Tech now."

The younger Thomas recently led his Prattville High team to an Alabama state championship. His flip leaves the Tide with 21 commitments for the class of 2012 and gives the Yellow Jackets 14. Thomas is ranked as the 9th best athlete in the class by Maxpreps and 92nd overall.

"A QB in high school, he reminds me of Pat White, a great ballhandler with decent arm strength but who shows incredible running skills," analyst Tom Lemming said. "In the right program, he could be a difference maker at quarterback."



Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was only a matter of time.

As soon as Urban Meyer became the head coach at Ohio State, it was only a matter of when - not if - his impact on the recruiting trail would be felt. He landed his first two recruits since taking over in Columbus and they are big ones: Glenbard West (Ill.) defensive tackle Tommy Schutt and Canton (Ohio) defensive end Se'Von Pittman.

"My reasoning was just to follow my heart," Pittman told Rivals. "I wanted to be a Buckeye so I went with that feeling."

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound end is ranked 63rd overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps and was committed to Michigan State. All it took was an official visit to Ohio State and some face time with Meyer however and he was ready to flip his commitment.

"Honestly, I probably would have (stuck with Michigan State)," he said. "Coach (Mark) Dantonio is a great coach and he's a great person, period. For me to leave a coach like that, (Meyer) had to be a great coach and a great person too and everything he told me was what I wanted to hear to be comfortable enough to leave."

"A physical specimen who plays on one of Ohio's more storied programs," analyst Tom Lemming said of Pittman. "He's a legitimate DE prospect who can get up field in a hurry."

Pittman wasn't the first player to flip for Meyer however, as top 100 tackle Schutt was already wavering on his verbal to Penn State and all it took to make things official with Ohio State was a visit to Columbus this past weekend.

“I had a great visit and got to know some of the commits,” Schutt told 247Sports. “They were great guys and guys I look forward to playing with, and it’s a great coaching staff, and the whole environment of Ohio State is unbelievable.” 

Ranked as the 5th-best interior lineman in the country, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Schutt had been thinking about changing ever since Joe Paterno was forced out of State College. He held offers from just about every program in the country and you understand why when watching his film.

"Tommy dominates from start to finish," Lemming said. "Aggressive, tough, and instinctive, he's also very productive. Very fluid in his movements, he can redirect in the blink of an eye, is exceptionally quick off the ball, dominates the point of attack, and can split the double-team and apply pressure on the QB. He has the uncanny knack to play off blocks and find the ball."

The pair gives Ohio State 18 commitments for the class of 2012, now including three interior linemen ranked in the top 10 at their position.

Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Alton 'Pig' Howard set for Tennessee

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was kind of a thud to the end of the season for Tennessee but things might be looking up on the recruiting trail. Orlando (Fla.) athlete Alton 'Pig' Howard committed to the Vols on Wednesday and plenty of fans hope he's just the beginning of a string of players to verbally pledge to the school.

"As far as decision making, it took the man above and myself just sitting back and looking at the process of the coaching connection and how the college overall made me feel," Howard told the Orlando Sentinel. "It wasn't easy, but I have to do what's best.”

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound speedster held plenty of offers from major programs but where he wanted to go to school ultimately came down to UCF and Tennessee.

"I couldn't go wrong with my decision," Howard told VolQuest.com. "I had a strong connection with UCF since my sophomore year. My family was here so I had nothing to lose by picking UCF. With Tennessee, it was about the connection I had with the program. They recruited me hard and showed how bad they wanted me. They were loyal to me and they stood by me every step of the way. That is why I chose Tennessee"

'Pig's' pledge gives the Vols 20 commitments for the class of 2012 and another versatile offensive threat. Maxpreps slots him in as the 13th-best wingback in the class after Howard wrapped up his senior year with 36 catches for 691 yards and six touchdowns.

"He just explodes out of his stance and gets on top of the corner in the blink of an eye," analyst Tom Lemming said of Howard. "He shows great cuts, runs crisp routes, and consistently gets separation from defenders. A burner who can do it all, he can run, catch, and return kicks."
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:58 am
 

Michigan finds wide receiver in Darboh

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan was searching for one last piece of their recruiting puzzle, a wide receiver, and it appears they found one. Des Moines (Iowa) pass catcher Amara Darboh made things official Monday night that he would be joining the Wolverines on Signing Day.

“Michigan it is,” Darboh told the Detroit Free Press.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder took an official visit to witness the historic win over Ohio State several weeks ago. Darboh also held offers from schools such as Michigan State and Nebraska and caught 48 passes for 765 yards and 11 touchdowns in an injury-shortened senior year.

"Amara shows that rare combination of size, speed, concentration, and body control," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He can consistently catch outside of his frame and is able to slip the jam at the line and separate from his defender quickly. Very aggressive to the ball, he's not afraid of contact and shows excellent strength making it very difficult for defenders to bring him down after they've caught up with him."

Darboh is ranked as the 11th-best receiver in the country by Maxpreps and the 139th player overall. The first wide receiver commitment for Michigan, he is the Wolverine's 24th for the class of 2012.

 
 
 
 
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