Tag:Virginia Tech
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:08 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Monday night recruiting update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After a full day in which rumors ran wild, at least one site has finally caught up with Crenshaw (CA) athlete De’Anthony Thomas. The speedy Thomas has been committed to USC since May of last year and one of the Trojans biggest recruiters but late Sunday night, several reports had him switching his commitment to Oregon.

One of the chief reasons for the speculation was a last minute trip to officially visit Oregon over the weekend.

“Man, it was everything I thought it would be and more,” Thomas told DuckTerritory.com. “That program is loaded with talent. It is one of the things that caught my eye when I was there.”

Thomas has not told any outlets what his plans are and if he has even decommitted for USC. Multiple USC recruiting cites are reporting that he will announce at 5 pm PT on Signing Day. USC has their Signing Day press conference scheduled for 5:30 pm, while Oregon’s is scheduled for 1 pm.

There was positive news for USC today with the commitment of Moreno Valley (CA) wide receiver Junior Pomee. At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, Pomee can play receiver or grow into a tight end in college. He is the Trojans’ 25th commitment and 17th that will sign on Wednesday.

News also broke out of Florida on two commitments, one of which is a big change of commitment. West Boca Raton (FL) receiver Robert Lockhart verbally committed to Virginia Tech. In non-BCS recruiting news, Dade City (FL) safety Jamie Byrd changed his commitment from Boise State to TCU.

More nuggets will be posted in tomorrow’s Recruiting Roundup.

Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:23 pm
 

ACC needs, commits and hopes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Boston College    
Biggest need: Linemen. Three offensive line starters depart, including talented tackle Anthony Castonzo. Things are great depth-wise on the defensive line either. The Eagles have already lost out on lineman Brandon Clemons to Michigan State. 


Best verbal commit: Defensive back Albert Louis-Jean.

Hope to get: Linebacker Graham Stewart, who is being persued by Florida and Syracuse.

Clemson 

Biggest need: Defensive line. Clemson loses one of the best defensive ends in the country in Da’Quan Bowers to the NFL Draft while depth for the future is somewhat lacking beyond the upcoming season. The two quarterbacks who enrolled early will be a big help for a team that had just one on scholarship beforehand. 

Best verbal commit: Running back Mike Bellamy

Hope to get: Linebackers Tony Steward or Stephone Anthony.

Duke 

Biggest need: Defensive line. The Blue Devils have to replace two starters and will likely have to replace two more after this season. Finding some quality D-line guys will also go a long ways in helping other positions on defense. 

Best verbal commit: Athlete Blair Holliday

Hope to get: Tight end Cameron Clear.

Florida State 

Biggest need: Offensive line starters Rodney Hudson and Ryan McMahon will be tough to replace with freshmen but the key to continued success will lie in grabbing offensive lineman on Signing Day. 

Best verbal commit: Running back James Wilder Jr. 

Hope to get: Linebacker Tony Steward or defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.

Georgia Tech 

Biggest need: Outside linebacker/defensive end. Defensive coordinator Al Groh plays a 3-4 scheme so the outside linebackers are key in getting pressure on the quarterback as well as mixing things up in the passing game. Higher caliber athletes and more of them are big this recruiting class. 

Best verbal commit: Linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days. 

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Darian Cooper.

Maryland 

Biggest need: Secondary. Safety Antwine Perez graduated and at least two starters will be seniors in 2011 so finding a few players who might be ready to contribute early will be key. 

Best verbal commit: Offensive lineman Nathaniel Clarke 

Hope to get: Cornerback Jeremiah Hendy, who has also looked at Virginia and Iowa following the coaching change.

Miami 

Biggest need: Quarterback. Jacory Harris is a senior and Stephen Morris figures to challenge or win the starting spot but beyond that, the pickings are slim. Grabbing a quarterback, at the very least for depth, is a must. 

Best verbal commit: Defensive end Anthony Chickillo

Hope to get: Quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

North Carolina 

Biggest need: Running back. It was tough last year with the injuries that hit the team but one group that seemed to really get banged up was the running backs. Ryan Houston returns as a redshirt senior but finding a nice, young compliment to him will be key. 

Best verbal commit: Offensive lineman Kiaro Holts.

Hope to get: Linebacker Curtis Grant.

North Carolina State 

Biggest need: Kicker. Laugh if you will but the Wolfpack must replace their starting kicker and punter. 

Best verbal commit: Wide receiver Hakeem Flowers

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Ty McGill.



Virginia 

Biggest need: Defensive line. After Zane Parr's puzzling defection to the NFL Draft, the Cavaliers will need to find quality guys to replace him and at least one defensive tackle.

Best verbal commit: Defensive back Brandon Phelps.

Hope to get: Linebacker Curtis Grant.

Virginia Tech 

Biggest need: Running back. The double whammy of Ryan Williams and Darren Evans leaving for the NFL has created a big hole for a team that will also be breaking in a new quarterback. 

Best verbal commit: Defensive tackle Kris Harley

Hope to get: Linebacker Stephone Anthony.

Wake Forest 

Biggest need: Linebacker. More than anything, Wake needs to find athletes at this position if they are to improve defensively. 

Best verbal commit: Quarterback Kevin Sousa.

Hope to get: Athlete Darius Jennings.
Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:59 am
 

1/21 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Happy Friday everybody! Enjoy the links as the second to last recruiting weekend before Signing Day takes hold.

- Virginia Tech is looking at South Florida wide out Robert Lockhart. The surprise offer from the Hokkies - he learned about it on an official visit - certainly shakes up Lockhart's recruitment. 

- Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels has left to take the same position at Texas but his Bulldog recruits are staying put and headed to Athens.

- Tight end Chris Barnett has shaken up his recruitment by officially visiting Miami and Michigan the next two weeks. An Arkansas commit, it sounds like Barnett could go a number of different ways on or after Signing Day.

- Washington has picked up a new commitment, this time from Southern California. A 6-foot-7, 270 pound defensive end, Stephan Nembot was previously a Washington State verbal commitment. He has a great story too, having just started playing football two years ago after coming to the United States from California.

- The weekend could be even bigger for the Huskies as Army All-American QB Jacoby Brissett will head to the Northwest for an official visit.

- Ole Miss is in the hunt for highly ranked linebacker C.J. Johnson and down the road at Mississippi State, things are gearing up for the 'crazy period.'
 
 
 
 
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