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Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:47 am
 

3/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're inching closer to baseball's opening day and Deion Sanders wants you to get excited. Need a recruiting connection? The former two-sport star's son is a quarterback in the Dallas area who has an offer from Houston.

- Tight end Dakota Jackson committed to Virginia Tech.

- USC wide receiver commit Jordan Payton will take his first official visit to Arkansas.

- Defensive back Terrell Burt has committed to Baylor.

- Offensive lineman Avery Young is number one on a list of top South Florida talent. Very neat picture of Young to lead the list off.

- Speaking of a list, here's another of top talent from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

- A list of the unofficial visitors to Michigan this week, led by quarterback Zeke Pike. The Wolverines have addressed a lot of needs early with their recent commitments.

- Nice spotlight on defensive back Nequan Phillips.

- Good photo gallery from Rivals of this past weekend's Nike Football Training Camp in Miami. Here are a bunch of names to know from the event.

Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:09 pm
 

March ACC Early Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in March and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the ACC, where the two Florida programs are leading the pack with multiple verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Boston College (0)

No commitments at this time.

Clemson (2)

Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)

Duke (2)

Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)

Florida State (7)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)

Georgia Tech (1)

Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)

Maryland (3)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)

Miami (8)

Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.)
Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.) 
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)

North Carolina (1)

Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)

N.C. State (2)

Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)

Virginia (1)

Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)

Virginia Tech (4)

Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Quarterback T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)

Wake Forest (1)

Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)

Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:15 am
 

Randall signs with LSU

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Although the verbal commitments for the class of 2012 are well under way this late in March, it took until Saturday evening for the class of 2011 to finally wrap up. Well over a month after Signing Day, Hollywood (Fla.) quarterback Jerrard Randall ended up signing his letter of intent with LSU, the school confirmed.

The former Oregon commitment started looking elsewhere close to Signing Day after he did not make a qualifying test score for the school. He reopened his recruitment and since made the necessary test score to enroll with the Tigers.

"I just signed with LSU...like right now. It is a done deal," Randall told Rivals. "I wanted to find a place I could call home and LSU is that place for me."

Randall was MaxPreps 18th-ranked dual-threat quarterback for last year's class and held scholarship offers from Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and others.

"After I got my score, Oregon told me they didn't have a spot for me and I started looking around at schools," he said. "I started looking around at schools and LSU was one of the first that contacted my high school coach."

Randall is LSU's 23 signee and the third quarterback for the class of 2011, joining Stephen Rivers and junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger.

Posted on: March 17, 2011 5:09 pm
 

MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Offer Update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's still over a month to go before coaches hit the road and begin to see recruits up close and personal in the May Evaluation period. Although that's usually the time when you'll see scores of scholarship offers head out, many of the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 are up to double digit offers a little less than a year before Signing Day. 

We'll be taking a glance over the next few days at the Top 100 and provide an overview of just what offers are out there for some of the top players in the upcoming class. 

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo.) 
Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin. 

Defensive end Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.) 
Offers: Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

Running back Drew Harris (Exton, Pa.) 
Offers: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Miami, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia. 

Defensive end Troy Hinds (Kaysville, Utah) 
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington State. 

Running back Trent Jackson (Cuero, Texas) 
No offers at this time. 

Defensive ened Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga.) 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, UCF, USC, Vanderbilt. 

Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) 
Committed to LSU. 
Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Memphis, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, UCF, USC. 

Running back Nigel Jones (Absecon, N.J.) 
No offers at this time. 

Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas) 
Committed to Texas. 
Offers: Auburn, Baylor, East Carolina, Florida, Iowa State, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia Tech. 

Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio) 
Committed to Ohio State. 
Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Pitt, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:09 pm
 

MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Offer Update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's still over a month to go before coaches hit the road and begin to see recruits up close and personal in the May Evaluation period. Although that's usually the time when you'll see scores of scholarship offers head out, many of the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 are up to double digit offers a little less than a year before Signing Day.

We'll be taking a glance over the next few days at the Top 100 and provide an overview of just what offers are out there for some of the top players in the upcoming class.

Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas)

Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Pitt, Purdue, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulane, Tulsa, Utah.

Running back Brionte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)

Committed to Ohio State.

Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee.

Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.)

No offers.

Defensive tackle Quay Evans (Morton, Miss.)

Offers: Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss.

Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Committed to Florida State.

Offers: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, USF, Tennessee, USC.

Offensive tackle Abraham Garcia (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Offers: Florida, Marshall, USF.

Offensive tackle Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash.)

Offers: Auburn, Boise State, Cal, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State.

Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (Washington, D.C.)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Virginia Tech.

Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.)

Committed to LSU.

Running Back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas)

Offers: Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC.

Posted on: March 12, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Update from the Orlando Elite 11 competition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ORLANDO, Fla. - The annual ESPN RISE Elite 11 quarterback competition kicked off at Central Florida Saturday morning with several of the top quarterbacks from the state of Florida and elsewhere showing up to display their arms.

One of the top quarterbacks at the event was Plant City (Fla.) signal caller Bennie Coney. Despite having to throw into the wind most of the day, Coney displayed a strong arm and very smooth delivery, throwing a perfect spiral on just about every ball. On top of competing against top flight competition, the senior-to-be came into the day just looking to get better.

"Just basic stuff, footwork, progression and learning how to read the field faster," Coney said. "I felt like I did good, accomplished a lot. "I just felt like I got better overall."

The 6-foot-2, 215 pound quarterback was physically the most impressive looking player at the competition. Already drawing scholarship offers from Auburn, Boston College, Florida State, Michigan and Virginia Tech among others, Coney recently picked up two more from two intriguing programs.

"Cincinnati and USF," he said. "I checked out (Cincinnati's) roster and they're low on quarterbacks. Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame are all good schools too. In the summer I know I'm going to take a lot of unofficial visits."

Coney will not make the short drive over to the Badger Sports 7-on-7 in Tampa this weekend but he is scheduled to attend the Josh Freeman Football Camp in a few weeks.

Other quarterbacks impress

After impressing everyone at the Rutgers Badger Sports 7-on-7, Wayne (N.J.) quarterback Kevin Olsen continued to show why he's in the mix to be the top quarterback in the class of 2013. Displaying a strong arm, he had several very nice looking throws on outs and to the flat. The younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen, Kevin stood out as one of the few quarterbacks who was a passer and not a thrower at the position.

Miami commit Gray Crow was also one of the better quarterbacks at the event. The Clearwater (Fla.) native displayed a slightly above average arm but was fairly accurate throughout the day. His footworks and mechanics are very sound and the 6-foot-2, 210 pound Crow was easily one of the more polished passers in attendance.

We'll have more on the Orlando Elite 11 competition and the Badger Sports 7-on-7 at USF later today.

Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:00 am
 

MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Offer Update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's still over a month to go before coaches hit the road and begin to see recruits up close and personal in the May Evaluation period. Although that's usually the time when you'll see scores of scholarship offers head out, many of the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 are up to double digit offers a little less than a year before Signing Day.

We'll be taking a glance over the next few days at the Top 100 and provide an overview of just what offers are out there for some of the top players in the upcoming class.

Offensive tackle Ryan Brodie (Long Branch, N.J.) 
Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, UConn, Rutgers, South Carolina.

Running back Coy Brown (Nappanee, Ind.) 
No offers at this time.

Running back Wes Brown (Olney, Md.) 
Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, N.C. State, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Temple, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

Quarterback Neal Burcham (Greenbrier, Ark.) 
No offers at this time.

Athlete Joel Caleb (Midlothian, Va.) 
Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

Defensive end Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.) 
Committed to Florida State. 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia.

Wide receiver Nathan Cole (Memphis, Tenn.) 
Offers: Alabama, Ole Miss.

Safety Landon Collins (Geismar, La.) 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M.

Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.) 
Committed to Miami.

Linebacker Derek David (Rockdale, Texas)
Committed to Texas Tech.
Offers: Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC.

Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:29 am
 

Rutgers Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 Top Players

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 started it's 2011 campaign on the campus of Rutgers this past weekend and many of the top prospects from across the Northeast were looking to make an impression over the course of the two-day event.

Here's just a few of the players who stood out from the crowd.

Quarterbacks

Casey Cochran, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Monroe, Conn. 
One of the top quarterbacks on day one, Cochran was an impressive signal caller. He lacks ideal height but makes up for it with a very strong arm that can make every throw. He has a good release and throws a very pretty, catchable ball to his wide outs. He's ok on the move and can work on his weight transfer and keeping his feet closer together when in the pocket. The ball just jumps out of his hand though and he should be adding to his only offer from Boston College.

Blake Rankin, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Bloomsburg, Pa. 
Rankin has ideal size for a pro-style quarterback and had a very nice deep ball, putting just the right amount of touch on most of them. He doesn't have the strongest arm but is very accurate and could develop into a very well-rounded quarterback. He currently has an offer from Rutgers.

Max Ward, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Steelton, Pa. 
One of the impressive things about Ward was his tight spiral on just about every ball he threw. A gunslinger, he has a cannon on his shoulder and that makes up for what he might lack in ideal height. He currently has an offer from Akron.

Kevin Olsen, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Wayne, N.J., class of 2013 
Despite being younger than many of the quarterbacks in the competition, Olsen was near or at the top. He has an excellent frame but needs to add a few pounds to it. He was a little indecisive with some throws but he also had a very quick release and above average footwork. The younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg, several programs are showing interest early on.

David Sills, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Bear, Del., class of 2015 
Sills was the big name at the event as the large number of cameras trained on his every drop back would attest. The first thing you notice is his impressive size for just an eighth grader. He had a good understanding of what the defense was doing but still tried to force a few throws. He wasn't as accurate as he has been at other competition but he was maybe the most vocal leader. Seeing him go through an event like this shows why Lane Kiffin offered him a scholarship as a eighth grader.

Brandon Napoleon, 6-foot, 175 pounds, Jersey City, N.J. 
Napoleon is being recruited as an athlete but he was impressive as a quarterback at the event. He threw a nice ball with some zip and a spiral every time. He's light on his feet and can make every throw on the field. Holding double digit offers, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and North Carolina among them.

Ryan Burns, 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Ashburn, Va., class of 2013 
A big quarterback with a decent drop back, he showed off a very big arm and quick release better than most of the older quarterbacks. His feet get too wide at times which causes him to use almost all arm on some throws. That said, he can throw the ball into any window and already has an offer from Boston College.

Wide receivers

Deontay McManus, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Baltimore, Md. 
One of the top players at the competition, McManus is being pursued by just about every program in the country. A long-strider when he gets going, McManus is more fast than quick. He displayed some impressive ball skills and attacked the ball in the air, rarely letting anything get by him that was thrown his way. Despite his skills at wide receiver, it wouldn't be too surprising to see him move to safety or even outside linebacker in college. His double digit offer list includes Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee among others.

Stefon Diggs, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Olney, Md. 
Diggs was easily one of the top receivers in the competition and was explosive everywhere he went. One of the fastest players on the field with great feet that allowed him to turn on a dime, Diggs was very aware of where the defenders were and would slow it down in order to find open spots in zone coverage. An Army All-American Bowl invitee, he has offers from Alabama, Cal, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame and others. He said he will likely pick a school outside of the northeast.

Anthony Cooper, 6-foot, 180 pounds, Virginia Beach, Va. 
A speedy wide out on a team full of them, Cooper stood out with his impressive ability to catch and run. He also plays defensive back and had a very nice back pedal and good change of direction. Local programs Virginia and Virginia Tech have already offered.

Romond Deloatch, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Hampton, Va. 
Physically the most impressive receiver at the event, Deloatch was a nightmare for opposing defensive backs to cover. He's still a bit raw but displayed quick feet and a good ability to turn on a route quickly. Very fluid while running routes, he's a bit reminiscent of class of 2011 receiver Quinta Funderburk. During one play, he snatched the ball out of a corner's hand on a fade route. He has offers from Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia.

Tight end

Charles Tapper, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Baltimore, Md. 
One of the most physically imposing recruits at the event, Tapper didn't play too much. He will likely be a defensive end or outside linebacker in college but he did flash some potential at tight end. He just picked up an offer from Oklahoma and should be receiving more as the weeks go on.

Kalief Joyner, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Middle Village, N.Y 
More of a receiving tight end in this event and likely at the next level, Joyner has good height and does a solid job of getting off the line. He's not super fast or quick but he does go over the middle and finds spots in zone coverage. He has great hands and several programs are on the verge of offering.

Devin Funchess, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Farmington Hills, Mich. 
A very tall target, Funchess needs to start packing on the pounds to play tight end. He doesn't have great speed as a receiver but could be very good at tight end with his hands and moves in space. Michigan and Michigan State are among the schools to offer.

Defensive back

Brandon Banks, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Brandywine, Md. 
An impressive performance over the weekend from Banks, who might have been the top corner on the field this weekend. A bit skinny, he still wouldn't give up any ground to opposing wide receivers. Fast and smooth, he sinks well when playing in cover-2 and excelled in man coverage. He got to top speed quickly and no receiver was able to create much separation. He currently has an offer from Maryland but should be collecting more soon.

Ronald Darby, 6-foot, 180 pounds, Oak Hill, Md. 
Darby was one of the top players at the event and has seen just about every program send out an offer to him. One of, if not the, fastest players running around the field, he played mostly on defense at safety before eventually playing on both sides of the ball. He was very impressive in coverage with a good backpedal and quick turn to break on the ball. He holds offers from Miami, Florida State, USC, Notre Dame and others and has five-star potential at multiple positions.

Devin Fuller, 6-foot, 185 pounds, Old Tappan, N.J. 
Fuller played on both sides of the ball but stayed mainly in the secondary. He could play a number of positions in college, from quarterback to cornerback to receiver and is being recruited as such. He has very quick feet and reacts well to what is being thrown at him. He was very fluid at cornerback and safety and might be best suited there. He currently has offers from Michigan, Florida State, Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State among others.

Linebacker

Dorian O'Daniel, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Olney, Md., class of 2013 
A running back and linebacker, O'Daniel looked a tad better playing on defense for the Maryland Speed. He has excellent closing speed but did tend to guess a little bit after his initial drop into coverage. He's very physical and despite being just a sophomore, already holds offers from Maryland, N.C. State, Pitt and Virginia.

Eli Ankou, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 
Easily the best player at the event from north of the border, Ankou turned a few heads with his size and agility. He was pretty good side-to-side and played on the balls of his feet. His hips are a bit stiff in coverage but he runs well enough to chase faster players down.

Kenny Bigelow, 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Bear, Del., class of 2013 
He will play defensive end at his size but he came out and competed at linebacker at this event. He was a little too upright and needs to bend at the hips more when standing up but for a young defensive end, did pretty well. At his size, he could develop into a strong side defensive end or slim down and play outside linebacker if needed. He has an offer from Auburn already and is very impressive for a sophomore.

Abner Logan, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Salem, Mass. 
One of the best linebackers in coverage, he could be a great fit at outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He was a tad stiff at times but he has a great base and is very fluid when moving around. He might be a name that starts to receive offers by the bucketload as the summer progresses based on what he showed over the weekend.

Jazzmar Clax, 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, Freehold, N.J. 
Already on the 2012 All-Name team, Clax looked like a good fit as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He was above average on his coverage drops and opened his hips nicely to turn and run. He has an offer from Rutgers.

 
 
 
 
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