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Posted on: May 7, 2011 12:17 pm
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5/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Pants on Fire, Mucho Macho Man and Soldat are some of the long shots in today's Kentucky Derby. Who's your pick to win the 137th running?

- Defensive ilneman Ashton Henderson likes Arkansas' laid back atmosphere around the program.

- A few details about the recruiting of running back Isaiah Crowell by Georgia assistant Bryan McClendon.

- Down the road at Georgia Tech, all of their recruits are expected to qualify.

- One ranking of the recruiting classes of the Big Ten schools has Michigan out on top.

- Tennessee's Lance Thompson will go to great lengths to recruit, including driving through a tornado.
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Huskers grab Illinois WR for second commitment

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Nebraska's move to the Big Ten left many wondering how quickly the Huskers would start recruiting some of the Northern states as opposed to the areas they carved out in the South after many years in the Big 12. The answer appears to be sooner rather than later.

The school has always been interested in recruiting places like Chicago but the coaching staff is hoping Friday's commitment of Lombard (Ill.) wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp is the start of a new pipeline for the Huskers. No matter how future recruiting shakes out though, they picked up a good wide receiver in the 6-foot-1, 190 pounder.

"I'm a hard worker, I'm never satisfied with anything," Westerkamp told Huskers Illustrated. "I'm always striving to get better and be the best player on the field that I can and be the best person off the field. We've had two good years here and are hoping for another run this year for a three-peat. I was a junior captain last year. I've been on varsity all four years so I'm going to try to be the role model, the leader and try to help people when they need it. I'm just going to try to be that role model that people look up to."

Westerkamp held offers from Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois, Boston College and Arizona among others before pulling the trigger and committing to Nebraska. He made the trip to Lincoln for the annual Red and White spring game and the big crowd and general atmosphere left quite an impression on the young receiver.

“It was pretty great,” he said. “Great football tradition, the stadium, it seemed like the total package when I was there. I enjoyed everything, the parents enjoyed it. It seemed like everything was clicking there."

According to Westerkamp's coach, the compact receiver is a very good blocker which allows him to fit into Nebraska's physical run game while making an impact on special teams and on offense.

Westerkamp is the Huskers' second commitment for the class of 2012. He caught 89 passes for 1,631 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior last year.

Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:59 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 10:00 pm
 

April Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer



It's the final week in April and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments in the Big Ten, where three traditional powers lead the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Illinois (1)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)

Indiana (0)

Iowa (1)

Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)

Michigan (6)

Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.) 
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Michigan State (0)

Minnesota (3)

Wide receiver Andre McDonald (Minnetonka, Minn.) 
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.) 
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)

Nebraska (1)

Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)

Northwestern (2)

Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)

Ohio State (6)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)

Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio)

Penn State (6)

Defensive tackle Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.)

Purdue (1)

Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Wisconsin (3)

Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.)

Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Hawkeyes get number one

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Iowa picked up their first commitment for the class of 2012 Thursday afternoon in Port Byron (Ill.) offensive lineman Mitch Keppy.

"We went up to practice last week and then yesterday received word that they were offering a scholarship," Myron Keppy, Mitch's father, told HawkeyeReport.com. "Iowa has always been at the top of Mitch's list and he was just kind of waiting to see if they would offer. Once they did, I think it was an easy choice for him."

Not only was Keppy the first commitment for the Hawkeyes, but he is also a legacy. Myron Keppy was a letterman at the school in 1986 and 1987 as a defensive tackle under Hayden Fry. The elder Keppy ended up practicing against current head coach Kirk Ferentz, who was the offensive line coach at the time. The familiarity with the current staff was key in the recruitment of Mitch.

"We've been up there several times and we're always very impressed with the coaching staff," the elder Keppy told the website. "Mitch has been to their camp the last two summers and really enjoyed working with offensive line coach Reese Morgan and everyone."

The 6-foot-5, 280 pound offensive lineman did not hold any other scholarship offers but several other Big Ten schools were close to extending an offer. Iowa had only three offensive lineman in the class of 2011 so Keppy commitment is at a position of need.

Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:18 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 7:28 pm
 

March Big Ten 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 in the Big Ten, where it's no surprise that Ohio State leads the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Illinois (1)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)

Indiana (0)

Iowa (0)

Michigan (2)

Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.) 
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Michigan State (0)

Minnesota (4)

Wide receiver Andre McDonald (Minnetonka, Minn.) 
 Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.) 
 Defensive back Nick Rallis (Edina, Minn.) 
 Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)

Nebraska (1)

Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member

Northwestern (2)

Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)

Ohio State (5)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio)

Penn State (4)

Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.)

Purdue (0)

Wisconsin (2)

Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)

Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.)

Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Las Vegas Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LAS VEGAS - One of the top corners at the Las Vegas Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament this past weekend was Ishmael Adams of event runner-up Team 1925. A big reason why he was routinely shutting down opposing teams' best receivers is the on and off the field work he puts in.

"I never feel like I'm at the peek of my game," Adams said. "I'm working on my speed with Maurice Greene. Out on the field, Brian Kelly is helping me with my footwork and hands. Keyshawn Johnson is helping me with my alignment and reading wide receivers and what they're going to do. Kelly helps a lot with cover-two because he's been to the pros where they practice that a lot."

Holding offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Oregon, SMU and Washington, Adams is planning on taking a few unofficial visits to get to know some schools a bit better.

"I'm going to Oregon's Junior Day," he said. "I'm going to visit Washington and try and go to a Cal camp. I'm going to try and get to UCLA, I think I'm going to try and get up there next week or the week after that. I'm also trying to get to a USC camp."

"With Adams' recruitment figuring to heat up over the coming months, especially with the May Evaluation period on the horizon, the 5-foot-10, 185 pound corner is looking at all schools but does see one standing out from the pack.

Not yet, I'm just keeping everything open right now," Adams said. "Washington talks to my family a lot so I talk with them and they're being real with me."

One of the first things Adams is looking for in a school is a strong dentistry program, which is what he would like to major in. Facilities and coaching staff are two other factors that will influence his eventual decision.

Utah athlete Hansen impressing at multiple positions

One of the most intriguing players at the competition was Highland (Utah) athlete Chase Hansen. A true embodiment of the athlete label, the talented recruit was working on one side of the ball during most of the tournament.

"I've been working on a lot of quarterback things but I'm out (at 7-on-7) mainly working all defense," Hansen said. "I'm definitely trying to work on defensive back/linebacker type stuff like footwork and whatever else I need."

Hansen likely projects best as a safety on defense with his 6-foot-3, 210 pound frame and good speed. However, he displayed a strong arm in limited action as a junior and has seen a number of teams also give him a look on the offensive side of the ball.

"It's been mixed. Basically what they've been saying is athlete," he said. "Some schools have said quarterback, other schools have said linebacker. Utah has said athlete while Washington has said just quarterback.

"Whatever position I'll be best at but I've been kind of working towards quarterback. We'll see what happens because I feel like I can play defense. But quarterback is definitely something I'll be working towards."

Holding just two scholarship offers, Hansen is starting to see interest from several Pac-12 schools increase and could be on the verge of several more offers.

"Just BYU and Utah right now," he said. "Stanford is recruiting me pretty heavily as a safety/quarterback and Washington as just a quarterback. As far as BYU and Utah, I'm just waiting to see what happens and get an idea of what I want to do."

Hansen is planning on taking in one-day camps at Stanford, USC, BYU and Utah over the next few months to continue to get noticed by college coaches. He recently took an unofficial visit to see the Cardinal in person and is in the process of planning several others.

"I just took one to Stanford and might take one to Washington as well as Oregon," he said. "Stanford was awesome. I mean it's Stanford. I've always kind of wondered what the visit would be like and it was good, if not better than I thought it would be. The facilities, the tradition, the field was awesome. The city where it's located is awesome too."

Hansen plans on taking his time and waiting for more offers to come in before making a decision.

Cope-Fitzpatrick sees recruiting pickup

Rocklin (Calif.) tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick is one of the top pass catchers on the West Coast and is starting to see his list of scholarship offers reflect as much.

"I picked up two from Colorado and Nebraska," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "It's nice getting an offer from Nebraska, outside the Pac-12. Florida said they are going to offer in May. A lot of schools said when they come out (for the May Evaluation Period) they're going to offer."

Though the May Evaluation period may see his stock take off even further, Cope-Fitzpatrick is planning to tone things down between now and then on the recruiting front.

"It looks like I'm going to take a break right now," he said. "I've got spring ball so no visits or anything. Right around May things should pick back up again. I'm going to the Stanford Nike Camp because it's closer to where i live in the Sacramento area. It's convenient so I can take more trips. I'm going to do some college camps but I don't know which ones yet. Maybe to some ones that I don't have an offer to so I can show them."

Cope-Fitzpatrick recently took in Cal's Junior Day and throughly enjoyed his visit the Berkley. The Bears are one of his five Pac-12 offers but he doesn't plan on narrowing the list anytime soon.

"My main thing right now is to just get quantity," he said. "I'd like to get as many as I can until July and then cut it down to eight and stick with my eight all the way through December. Then I'll make my decision in early December. Definitely before Signing Day, I want schools to know I'm their guy."

News and Notes

- 2013 Bingham (Utah) defensive end Lowell Lotulelei was named Defensive Line MVP while Encino (Calif.) tackle Jordan Simmons was named Offensive Line MVP.

- Upland (Calif.) wide receiver Kenny Lawler said his recent commitment to Arizona State, "Was a soft verbal." He'll take all five of his official visits in the fall and will visit UCLA's spring practice and go to the Nike Camp at USC. Lawler also plans on attending the Arizona State Junior Day on April 2nd.

- Marc Evans was the top quarterback at the event and led his team, B2G, to a comeback win in the championship game. Though he doesn't have an offer, he said Cal and Oregon State are the front runners. He added that he plans on taking in Oregon State's spring game next month.

- Wide receiver Bryce Treggs said he was still sitting at eight offers, including ones from Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA. He is in the process of attending Junior Days over the next few months in order to get to know the coaching staffs of several schools.

"I'm going to ASU Junior Day and Notre Dame on the 16th," he said. "I was at Cal Junior Day and that was pretty good."

- Quarterback Jeff Lindquist reported offers from Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Northern Colorado but it appears that the Huskies might have the upper hand in his recruitment.

"It's really exciting, that's been my childhood school," he said. "I like the coaches and it's a really good school. Both my parents went there and I like that it's close to home."

- Wide out Kodi Whitfield is holding an Arizona State offer and recently picked up one from Washington. The Atlanta-born Whitfield said he plans on checking out several SEC schools such as Georgia in addition to taking a closer look at several Pac-10 schools.

"I have a lot of interest in Washington and I want to take a visit up there and will probably go up there for their spring game on April 30th," he said. "I'm thinking about going to Arizona State's Junior Day on the 2nd. I've taken a Junior Day visit to UCLA and have been receiving mail from Pac-10 schools like Oregon, Stanford, USC, Cal and some Big 10 schools like Northwestern."

Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Kouandijo's view of Iowa changed with rhabdo case

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last month on National Signing Day, Cyrus Kouandijo became a bit of a household name in the college football world. The offensive lineman out of Maryland high school football powerhouse Dematha originally committed to Auburn on signing day. He then quickly changed his mind, and over the next week there was plenty of speculation as to why Kouandijo had changed his mind, and where he'd end up.

Eventually Cyrus would choose Alabama, where his older brother Arie Kouandijo had spent the 2010 season as a redshirt lineman. Just another chapter in the Alabama-Auburn rivalry. Of course, there was a third school that had been in the running for Kouandijo's services, and that school was Iowa. In fact, in a recent interview with The Sporting News, Kouandijo says that Iowa was the front-runner pretty early, but it turns out that the outbreak of rhabdomyolysis amongst 13 iowa football players after an offseason workout swayed his decision.

"At first I really, really, really wanted to go to Iowa," Kouandijo answered when asked where he was leaning in the fall. "I even told my best friend that I was going to Iowa. But when everything went down with them with the workouts and all, that was different. I had a bad vibe when I went there. Alabama may be far from home, but Iowa—living-style wise—it’s just out there and just not me. I wouldn’t have been able to thrive in that environment. I love their coaches and I love their team, but it was really just out for me."

I must admit that I do find it odd that Kouandijo's view of Iowa City itself changed. After all, the school was located in the same place before so many football players had to be hospitalized. So it seems that Kouandijo began looking at the school through a different lense following the rhabdomyoysis outbreak. After all, it's not like Tuscaloosa or Auburn are in the middle of giant metropolitan areas themselves.
Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 11:00 pm
 

2/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Pitchers and catchers report for spring training... oh hey, Jadeveon Clowney committed today. Who knew? Check out the front page of CBSSports.com for all of the coverage. And Happy Valentine's Day!

- Texas grabbed one more commitment out of their Junior Day in offensive lineman Curtis Riser. Some more info on several Dallas area recruits.

- Some more details on recent Miami commit Gray Crow. Speaking of Miami, they also landed a few more commits late last night.

- Florida has extended an offer to tight end Kent Taylor. N.C. State also sent out an offer to a tight end, offering A.J. Williams out of Ohio.

- Very good story on Big Ten oversigning and how the conference rules put their schools at a disadvantage.

- Barry Sanders Jr. is one of the biggest names in the class of 2012 - and not just because of his famous father. The electric running back is keeping an open mind on the recruiting front and is looking to pave his own path.

 
 
 
 
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