Posted on: June 3, 2011 12:00 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 12:01 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The calendar has turned from May to June and it's time to see how schools are building their class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the SEC, where several schools - as one would expect - are having a strong year so far.
Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.) Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.) Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.) Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.) Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Tyler Hayes (Thomasville, Ala.)
Linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland(Madison, Ala.) Running back Justin Taylor(Atlanta, Ga.) Athlete Justin Thomas(Prattville, Ala.) Athlete Eddie Williams(Panama City, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (Memphis, Tenn.) Wide receiver Jalen Cobb (Warren, Ark.) Athlete Nathan Holmes (Port Arthur, Texas) Running back Donovan Roberts (Norman, Okla.) Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.) Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward Pottsville, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Shane Callahan (Parker, Colo.)
Offensive lineman Michael Flint (Oxford, Ala.)
Defensive back Joshua Holsey (Fairburn, Ga.)
Athlete Darrion Hutcherson (Dadeville, Ala.)
Wide receiver Ricardo Louis (Miami Beach, Fla.) Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy(Birmingham, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Darius Philon (Prichard, Ala.)
Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.) Running back Mike Davis(Stone Mountain, Ga.) Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Running back Matt Jones(Seffner, Fla.) Defensive tackle JaFar Mann(Stone Mountain, Ga.) Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.) Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.) Linebacker Jeremi Powell(Largo, Fla.)
Tight end Colin Thompson (Warminster, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams(Tyrone, Ga.)
Wide receiver C.J. Curry(Gainesville, Ga.) Defensive end Jalen Fields (Milledgeville, Ga.) Athlete Leonard Floyd(Eastman, Ga.) Kicker Marshall Morgan(Miami, Fla.) Wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw (Milledgeville, Ga.) Tight end Ty Smith(Moultrie, Ga.)
Defensive back Shawn Blaylock (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman(Louisville, Ky.) Defensive back Josh Harris(Maysville, Ky.) Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles(Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.) Wide receiver Travin Dural(Beaux Bridge, La.) Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.) Tight end Dillon Gordon(River Ridge, La.) Linebacker Trey Granier(Thibodaux, La.)
Defensive end Jerald Hawkins (Baldwin, La.)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson(Pompano Beach, Fla.) Athlete Lamar Lewis (Lafayette, 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 (4)
Quarterback C.J. Beathard (Franklin, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.) Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.) Defensive end Temario Strong(Batesville, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Devon Desper(Madison, Miss.)
Athlete Deontay Evans(McComb, Miss.)
South Carolina (5)
Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.) Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.) Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brock Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Clayton Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Running back Imani Cross(Gainesville, Ga.)
Wide receiver Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive end Ladarius Banks (Dallas, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Barrett Gouger (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Defensive end Tre Griffin (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Linebacker Darreon Herring (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker Jacob Sealand (Tucker, Ga.)
Defensive end Stephen Weatherly (Atlanta, Ga.)
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Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:45 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The weather is literally heating up across the country but as the calendar has turned to June, recruiting has slowed down thanks to the end of the Spring Evaluation Period. There's still plenty of links though:
- Be sure and check out CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy's story about the issue of oversigning dominiating the SEC spring meetings this week.
- The issues at Ohio State could result in dramatic changes in recruiting in the Big Ten going forward.
- Eric Berry's younger brothers are definitely going to be a package deal.
- Tight end Josh Parris decommitted from South Florida.
- South Carolina extended an offer to safety Lucas Thompson.
Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:14 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Shortly before Signing Day, a New York Times report raised questions as to whether the top recruit in the class of 2011, Jadeveon Clowney, would qualify for school and get through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Tuesday night it appears we have an answer.
Tony Morrell, a recruiting analyst at South Carolina site TheBigSpur.com, tweeted that a source told him Clowney had qualified by NCAA standards. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end should be admitted to the school in June, begin summer workouts around the same time and start classes in July.
While Clowney technically must still be admitted to school, the sticking point was with the NCAA and not the school's admission's office. Either way, looks like the top recruit in the class of 2011 will indeed be terrorizing SEC quarterbacks this fall.
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:34 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
When the SEC spring meetings begin in Destin, Florida next week, there will be plenty of attention on commissioner Mike Slive and what the rest of the conference's presidents and athletic directors do about the controversal topic of oversigning. It was just two years ago that the SEC pushed through a rule limiting signing classes to 28 players but schools have taken advantage of several loopholes to get around it (South Carolina signed 32 players as part of their class of 2011 and Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt has the reputation of being a coach who frequently oversigns). Now it appears the conference is going to send an even stronger message by passing a new set of proposals that will make oversigning even tougher to do.
“We will not oversign,” Georgia president Michael Adams told The Athens Banner-Herald in February. “Issues of grayshirting and oversigning in football – and some of the other issues that have been in the press – are issues that I know to be on the presidents’ agenda for Destin.”
The Banner-Hearld found out some of the details about the new proposals and, if passed, they would represent a major change in how coaches go about building their recruiting class and manage their roster. Some of the details include:
- Limiting signing classes to 25 for those that sign with a school between December 1st to August 1st. The current limit is 28 signees from Signing Day to May 31st.
- Signees would count against the number if they attend summer school on scholarship. There are currently no limits on who can attend summer school.
- More control for the SEC office over handing out medical scholarship exemptions.
- Limit early enrollees from signing a financial aid agreement until they enroll in school.
From the sounds of it, several of the coaches are not happy about new limitations but this is being pushed by many of the presidents in the league. Nutt, who signed 37 players in 2009 and is thought to have prompted the rule limited schools to 28 signees, says the latter number is a good number and making it 25 would limit his ability to manage his roster.
“It’s a very difficult job to try to manage, to keep two, three deep at every position,” Nutt told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger. “Until you’ve done it, until you’ve actually done it, it’s one of the most difficult things, ever.”
The majority of the support for limiting oversigning seems to come from schools in the SEC East, such as Georgia and Florida, while the majority of the opposition for further restrictions seems to come from schools in the SEC West, such as Ole Miss and Alabama.
It should make for an interesting few days in Destin as coaches, presidents and athletic directors discuss the issue.
Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:00 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 12:01 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Ole Miss picked up a late 2011 commitment over the weekend and the most interesting thing about him might not be his game film or his size but his last name. Loganville (Ga.) defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche took an official visit last week and liked the school enough to so much, he cancelled a visit to in-state power Georgia and pulled the trigger on a commitment to the Rebels.
"They said they thought I could come in and play immediately," Nkemdiche told RebelGrove.com. "If I get (to Ole Miss) in the summer focused and dedicated, there's no reason I can't get on the field this fall. (The visit) was awesome. I loved it. I like what they're trying to do. I like the team they're trying to build. ...It was relaxed. I got a good feel for it. I saw how pretty the atmosphere was, how pretty the campus was."
There were a few eyebrows raised once word of Nkemdiche's commitment broke. Denzel's younger brother, Robert, is one of - if not the - top players in the class of 2013 as a dominating defensive end who starred at the recent Georgia Nike Camp and already holds scholarship offers from Alabama, South Carolina and others. Naturally, everyone thanks that the Rebels took Denzel in hope of getting the inside track to land Robert after both have talked about playing college ball together.
“Robert’s words were ‘I can’t wait to take an official visit to Ole Miss, and have you as my recruiting host,’” Denzel told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He’s really liking them a lot because he knows I wasn’t too sure about them before my official visit and then I absolutely loved it there. He wants to see what they are all about. He’s excited about coming to my games and everything.”
It's not all about landing the younger brother however, as the Rebels do pick up a 6-foot, 210-pound speedster at corner in Denzel. It was an area of need for the team, which lost two players on Signing Day and has seen a rash of defections on the team to leave them well below the limit of 85 scholarships.
“Ole Miss never put any pressure on me to commit," the older Nkemdiche said. "But when I left there on Thursday, I felt like I was leaving my school. It was just a feeling I had. That’s why I decided to go ahead and commit to Ole Miss. It’s my school.”
Nkemdiche was not expected to qualify for admission earlier in the recruiting process and therefore didn't sign a letter of intent. He is still waiting on test results to meet NCAA Clearinghouse requirements but is expected to qualify, according to the paper. The Ole Miss compliance staff will be working overtime as soon as they receive the results, as Nkemdiche is trying to get enrolled this week so that he can join the team next week for summer school and the corresponding summer workouts.
Though he can only sign scholarship papers with the school, Nkemdiche should be the 29th player in the Rebels' class of 2011 once he officially enrolls. With his brother not expected to select a school until early 2014 after his senior season, that's plenty of time for Denzel and the Ole Miss staff to whisper in the ear of Robert about The Grove, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and what it's like to play football at the school.
Only time will tell if the brothers really become a package deal however.
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:58 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
CBSSports.com senior writer Dennis Dodd has tabbed Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict as his preseason defensive player of the year. Burfict is a known quality at the college level but things get a bit murkier when you start to look at possible candidates for freshman defensive player of the year. It's difficult for high schoolers to make the jump to the next level and make an impact but some, such as Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson last season, have what it takes to play right away and provide a boost to their team's defense. Here's five candidates to be freshmen defensive player of the year out of the class of 2011.
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Clowney was the consensus best player in the class of 2011 and is expected to contribute right away as a pass rusher for the Gamecocks. He's already big enough to play in college and is lightning quick coming out of his stance, often blowing by the tackle before they've even moved. South Carolina led the SEC in sacks last season and should put even more pressure on the quarterback with Clowney making his way to the backfield.
Karlos Williams, Florida State
Williams is one of the bigger safeties coming out of high school and could almost bulk up a little and play linebacker. Wherever he lines up, expect Seminoles defensive coordinator Mark Stoops to put Williams in a position to make plays. Freshmen have come in and played well for FSU in the past and the talented 6-foot-2, 215 pound safety might be the next one to.
Ray Drew, Georgia
The Pastor of the Pass Rush, as Drew is affectionately nicknamed, is a terror for opposing quarterbacks. He can standup and play a little linebacker in Georgia's 3-4 scheme and has the flexibility of moving around the defensive line. He should be able to compete for a starting spot from day one and will at least be used situationally to generate some pass rush. The top player in the state of Georgia coming out of high school should be a household name nationally before too long.
Aaron Lynch, Notre Dame
Notre Dame seemed to collect defensive ends like they were candy in the class of 2011 but Lynch was one of the few who enrolled early. He impressed coaches throughout the spring and dominated during the annual Blue and Gold game, racking up seven tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss. The expectations are sky high for Lynch and with there's no reason to think he can't get on the field to make an impact for the nation's most televised team.
Marcus Roberson, Florida
Still a bit skinny, Roberson will have to learn to be a good tackler at the next level. That said, he's a terrific cover corner and can turn and runs with the best wide outs in the game. It was thought he would play early for the Gators in nickel situations but the dismissal of Janoris Jenkins might mean he's starting at corner sooner rather than later.
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:53 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
A happy (?) Friday the 13th. Have another Elite 11 competition today, this one should draw a ton of great quarterbacks from all over the West to the Cal campus. Look for a recap on the blog late tonight.
- Arkansas is going after a few junior college transfers and they're looking for some experienced players.
- As one would expect, Texas is recruiting well in the Lone Star State.
- Michigan State has been sending out a few more offers to out of state recruits.
- LSU commit Avery Johnson has an offer from South Carolina and is still considering the school.
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: May 9, 2011 11:16 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
CBSSports.com senior writer Dennis Dodd rolls out an updated Post-Spring Top 25 today and while he names an MVP for each team, we figure every team is going to need an incoming freshman to step up if they want to keep their spot in the top 25 throughout the season. Here's each team's impact freshman out of their class of 2011:
1. Oklahoma: Dodd notes that the class of 2010 has turned out very well for the Sooners but they'll need a few guys from the class of 2011 to help fill out the depth chart. Running back Brandon Williams is a talented running back out of the state of Texas who is expected to play right away with DeMarco Murrary gone and the offense needing another player in their "diamond" formation with three running backs.
2. Alabama: Alabama's defense is expected to be one of the best Nick Saban has ever had but that doesn't mean a freshman can't be a contributor on special teams and with spot play on defense. Linebacker Trey DePriest enrolled early and seemed to make an impression on the coaching staff. Junior college transfer Aaron Douglas, a freshman All-American at Tennessee, could also end up being a starting tackle too.
3. LSU: Anthony Johnson was one of the top defensive tackles coming out of high school and he looked like he would be the next great LSU man in the middle after a very good spring for an early enrollee. He has the size and quickness to play right away and could make an impact as a pass rusher on third down as he gets acclimated to the speed of college football.
4. Oregon: The Ducks don't have to replace much on offense but they are looking for a few pass catching threats to step up for quarterback Darron Thomas. Another early enrollee and one of the highest rated recruits Oregon has brought in, Colt Lyerla could be one of the answers at tight end, receiver and running back. In short, he's a great athlete and Chip Kelly will find a way to get the ball in his hands.
5. Stanford: The Cardinal are pretty set on offense with Andrew Luck back and running the show but there are a few spots on defense where some freshmen could come in. The new staff must find two new linebackers for this upcoming season and it wouldn't be surprising if James Vaughters ends up making a push for one of them.
6. Oklahoma State: Already expected to have an explosive offense this year to possibly propel them to a BCS game, the Cowboys have high hopes for incoming running back Herschel Sims. Defenses will have to make sure they are ready for the passing game first and Sims might be able to take advantage of some daylight.
7. Texas A&M: Defensive leader Von Miller is off to the NFL (if there is an NFL next year) and while it will be hard for any freshman to replace that kind of production in College Station, look for linebacker Shaun Ward to at least be in the mix to play once he gets on campus.
8. Florida State: The Seminoles are going to have high expectations for the first time in awhile and there are high expectations being placed on incoming tight end Nick O'Leary. While most people talk about him as being the grandson of golfer Jack Nicklaus, the talented O'Leary is also quite a pass catcher who should play right away.
9. Ohio State: There could be two impact players for the Buckeyes depending on how things shake out in fall camp. Quarterback Braxton Miller is certainly in the race to be the starter with Terrelle Pryor suspended for five games and showed flashes during the spring. Linebacker Curtis Grant was one of the top players coming out of high school and should be able to fill in right away on defense.
10. Nebraska: The Huskers have their sights on a Big Ten title in their first year in the league and if they're going to take some pressure off quarterback Taylor Martinez, running back Aaron Green could be a big part of the offense.
11. Michigan State: Mark Dantonio fought off some big time programs for in-state linebacker Lawrence Thomas and one of the reasons why is Thomas is expected to come in right away and play well for the Spartans.
12. Wisconsin: The Badgers typically don't play many freshmen but tight end Austin Traylor could help break in a new quarterback as both a blocker and receiver.
13. Arkansas: Brey Cook knew the Razorbacks would need to replace both tackles and he enrolled early and ended up at the top of the depth chart coming out of spring ball. Anytime you can get a young freshmen start at tackle, you know you have a good one on your hands.
14. Boise State: Most of the freshmen for Boise State are expected to redshirt and develop but kicker Jake van Ginkel could end up the starter with a good fall camp because he has quite a leg.
15. Auburn: Where to start? The Tigers lose a lot of players to either graduation or the draft and several from this class are expected to compete for playing time. Don't be surprised if Kris Frost is a starter at linebacker and able to leave his mark on the Plains early on.
16. TCU: Gary Patterson expereinced a Rose Bowl bounce on the recruiting trail and landed a very good athlete in LaDarius Brown, who will be able to contribute right away on offense and special teams.
17. Virginia Tech: The Hokies need to replace a lot of their secondary and the incoming class is loaded with defensive backs as a result. Ronny Vandyke might be the one to step up based on his size and speed and help out right away.
18. South Carolina: This happens to be the easiest choice on the list since Jadeveon Clowney was the number player in the class of 2011. He should provide an instant pass rush threat to a team that didn't generate much from the front four last year.
19. Notre Dame: Irish fans came out of the spring singing the praises of Aaron Lynch and the early enrollee defensive end certainly put on a show to give them a reason for it.
20. Mississippi State: Defensive tackle P.J. Jones was one of the top guys in the incoming class and Bulldog fans hope he can be a factor early on under a new defensive coordinator.
21. Arizona State: There's very few spots avaliable for the incoming Sun Devils with so much of the starting lineup set with upperclassmen but Mo Latu should be able to provide some depth along the offensive line.
22. Utah: The Utes brought in a very good class and you could tell they sold the opportunity to be the first to play in the Pac-12 their entire careers at Utah. Running back Harvey Langi is a load with the football and junior college safety Keith McGill is a big body who can come in play right away.
23. Georgia: The "Dream Team" recruiting class will come into Athens with high expectations but top running back Isaiah Crowell should boost a rushing attack that was in the bottom three in the SEC last year.
24. West Virginia: New offensive coordinator/future head coach Dana Holgorsen should have an explosive offense led by Geno Smith and incoming running back Andrew Buie could be another speedy player to get the ball in his hands.
25. Florida: The Gators will transition to more of a pro-style offense under Charlie Weis so it's to be determined how everyone fits in but look out for tight end A.C. Leonard. He looks the part and could be a nice weapon for quarterback John Brantley.
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