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Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:52 am
 

2012 Defensive Ends to Watch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Harrisburg (Pa.) star Noah Spence is the top defensive end in the nation according to CBS Sports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other lineman - in no particular order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Spence off the top spot and become the top defensive end for the class of 2012.

Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton Ryan High, Denton, Texas) 
Height: 6-foot-4 
Weight: 260 pounds 
Committed to Florida State.

What's to like: Edwards is almost a defensive tackle rushing the quarterback from the outside. He plays just as well - if not better - against the urn as he does pass rushing. You can tell he's had some coaching (he's the son of former Florida State and NFL player of the same name) because he's quite polished as a defensive end. His massive size also makes him one of the strongest ends in the country.

Needs to work on: There's a lot to like about Edwards but like most ends in high school, he could work on staying low out of his stance and getting his hands in a better position against taller offensive tackles.



Adolphus Washington (Taft High, Cincinnati, Ohio) 
Height: 6-foot-6 
Weight: 240 pounds 
Offers from: Alabama, Boston College, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M, USC

What's to like: Washington has great size, speed and, as a top basketball prospect as well, athleticism. It's simply hard to notice a player who just explodes out of his stance and can move around like a player much smaller than what he really is.

Needs to work on: Washington can get a scholarship in either football or basketball but if it is football, he needs to refine his moves because he is a bit raw. Right now he's a superb athlete but if he sticks with football and refines his technique, Washington might be scary good.

Darius Hamilton (Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.) 
Height: 6-foot-4 
Weight: 245 pounds 
Offers from: Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado, UConn, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF, USC, Wisconsin

What's to like: Hamilton has great size and the long arms you look for in elite lineman. He's got a really good motor and is relentless in his pursuit of the ball. He sheds blocks well and gets to the quarterback quickly. Hamilton could also add some weight to his great frame and slide inside and be a defensive tackle. He also has a good pedigree being the son of former New York Giant Keith Hamilton.

Needs to work on: Hamilton really just needs to refine his techniques and learn the nuances of the position. Going up against some elite offensive tackles this summer might also be a good thing for him as he rarely is challenged in high school.

Jordan Jenkins (Harris Country High, Hamilton, Ga.) 
Height: 6-foot-3 
Weight: 225 pounds 
Offers from: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, USF, Tennessee, UCF, USC, Vanderbilt

What's to like: Several big-time defensive ends have come out of the state of Georgia the past few years and Jenkins appears to be the next in line. What jumps out is his explosion off the line and into the backfield. He's fast enough to run down ball carriers that run away from him and also makes life hard on the quarterback on a straight speed rush.

Needs to work on: Jenkins isn't the most creative at getting into the backfield and could stand to improve on his pass rush moves by mixing in some swim moves and an improved spin move. He can also improve his play recondition.



Jelani Hamilton (St. Thomas Aquinas High, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 245 pounds 
Offers from: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, LSU, Miami, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech

What's to like: Hamilton certainly looks the part of a major prospect at the defensive end position. He displays surprising quickness and is quite athletic for his size. Hamilton ends up making plays wherever he is on the field and he should be coveted by some teams for his ability to add some weight and slide inside in some pass rushing situations.

Needs to work on: Hamilton still needs to learn to fire off the line lower and use his tremendous strength to create leverage.



Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 6:30 pm
 

March SEC Early Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the second day in April but it's also 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 SEC, where Nick Saban leads the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Alabama (10)

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.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland (Madison, Ala.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Running back Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athlete Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member

Arkansas (3)

Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (Navarro JUCO)
Wide receiver Jalen Cobb (Warren, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward (Pottsville, Ark.)

Auburn (3)

Offensive lineman Michael Flint (Oxford, Ala.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy (Birmingham, Ala.)
Wide receiver Alex Taylor (Lester, Ala.)

Florida (8)

Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.)
Running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla.)
Defensive tackle JaFar Mann (Stone Mountain, Ga.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.)
Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga.)

Georgia (5)

Wide receiver C.J. Curry (Gainesville, Ga.)
Defensive end Jalen Fields (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Kicker Marshall Morgan (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Tight end Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga.)

Kentucky (3)

Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive back Josh Harris (Maysville, Ky.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Quarterback Patrick Towles (Fort Thomas, Ky.)

LSU (6)

Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.)
Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.)
Tight end Dillon Gordon (River Ridge, La.)
Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Tight end John Thomas (Bossier City, La.)

Ole Miss (0)

Mississippi State (2)

Offensive lineman Devon Desper (Madison, Miss.)
Athlete Deontay Evans (McComb, Miss.)

South Carolina (1)

Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)

Tennessee (1)

Running back Imani Cross (Gainesville, Ga.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member

Vanderbilt (0)

Posted on: April 1, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: April 1, 2011 11:23 am
 

2012 Offensive Linemen to Watch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Jacksonville (Fla.) offensive tackle John Theus is the top offensive lineman in the nation according to CBS Sports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other lineman - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Theus off the top spot and become the top lineman for the class of 2012.

Zach Banner (Lakes High, Lakewood, Washington) 
Height: 6-foot-9 
Weight: 315 pounds 
Offers from: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, Cal, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin

What's to like: As you can tell from Banner's offer list, just about every program in the country likes what they see of the big tackle. He is simply imposing given his height and is big enough to not be pushed around at left tackle once he gets on campus. He's surprisingly mobile and uses his long arms to drive defenders away.

Needs to work on: He's a bit stiff so improving flexibility to reach those athletic defensive ends at the next level is something Banner could improve. Also, he'll need to improve firing off the ball and staying low.

Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach High, Boynton Beach, Fla.) 
Height: 6-foot-6 
Weight: 315 pounds 
Committed to Florida

What's to like: Dunker exploded onto the recruiting scene late last year and became one of the most coveted players on the East Coast. Dunker has only played one year of football after coming over from basketball so you know he has terrific athleticism. He is a prototypical left tackle's size and weight already.

Needs to work on: Because he has only one year of football experience, he still needs to learn the nuances of playing left tackle. He has a solid year under his belt and he'll need to look at improving his footwork and pass protection.

D.J. Humphries (Mallard Creek High, Charlotte, N.C.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 280 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, USF, Tennessee, Texas, UCF, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

What's to like: Humphries is a mauler out on the field and there's not much that can stop the big guy. At this point, he is probably more of an interior lineman such as a guard based on his size and style of play. Humphries also does a good job of firing off the ball and staying low.

Needs to work on: At times, Humphries can overextend himself and that might leave him vulnerable to double moves from defensive lineman. He is so much bigger and stronger than the other players that he hasn't develop much finesse when he blocks.

Andrus Peat (Corona Del Sol High, Tempe, Ariz.) 
Height: 6-foot-7 
Weight: 285 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest, Washington

What's to like: Peat is one of the best lineman in the country because he's really the complete package at left tackle. He really drives his blocks down the field and there's few, if any, defenders that can get by him. What coaches like even more is that despite his high school team going 1-10 last year, he didn't really loaf or take plays off if you watch some of his film.

Needs to work on: There's not a of things to work on for Peat but he can continue fill out his big frame and improve his footwork.

Jordan Simmons (Crespi High, Encino, Calif.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 330 pounds 
Offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Miami, Michigan, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, San Diego State, SMU, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington

What's to like: Simmons is almost always the biggest player on the field and as a result is like a brick wall to defenders. He does well in one-on-one situations against much more athletic defensive ends uses his very long arms extremely well.

Needs to work on: He has recently dropped some bad weight and needs to continue to do so and add more muscle. He's more of a guard in college so learning to really work inside-out will be another thing to watch next season.

Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 1:40 pm
 

2012 Running Backs to Keep an Eye On

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Aledo (Texas) running back Jonathan Gray is the top running back in the nation according to CBSSports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other running backs - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Gray off the top spot and become the top back for the class of 2012.

Greg Garmon (McDowell High, Erie, Pa.) 
Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 200 pounds 
Offers from: Cincinnati, UConn, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

What's to like: Garmon put everyone on notice that he would be one of the names to watch at the U.S. Army All-American Combine earlier this year when he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash (electronically timed). A fluid athlete, he could lineup at a number of positions such as slot receiver or as a returner. Being a threat in the passing game is just one of the reasons why several schools are really recruiting him heavily.

Needs to work on: Like most backs out of high school, Garmon has the speed to out run defenders and uses it to bounce outside a lot. He'll need to learn when to cut it up inside when necessary and develop a better between the tackles game to really succeed at the next level. 



Matt Jones (Armwood High, Seffner, Fla.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 225 pounds 
Committed to Florida

What's to like: The first thing that sticks out is Jones' size and the fact that he's your prototypical "big back" that many pro-style offensive coordinators are looking for. It's not just size that Jones brings to the table though, as he does have some serious speed to go with it. Despite facing some good Florida competition, Jones slices through defenders with ease. He's also very dangerous on screen plays.

Needs to work on: Unlike some running backs whose offense is built around them, Jones is mainly in a spread offense at Armwood. That means he might have to get used to a more downhill attack if he keeps his commitment to Florida. Jones could stand to add a few pounds and fill out his frame to withstand the punishment he'll take at the next level as well.



Keith Marshall (Millbrook High, Raleigh, N.C.) 
Height: 5-foot-11 
Weight: 185 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, USF, USC, Virginia Tech

What's to like: It must be tough to be a defender in North Carolina opposite of Marshall because the running back is simply elusive. With speed to run past everyone and the quickness to make them miss if they do get close, Marshall is yet another good back to hail from the East Coast. His running style is upright and he stays pretty balanced which is something some players don't often do.

Needs to work on: Marshall isn't the biggest back so durability will be somewhat of a concern if he doesn't add a few pounds of muscle for running inside.

 

Barry Sanders Jr. (Heritage High, Oklahoma City, Okla.) 
Height: 5-foot-9 
Weight: 180 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and UCLA.

What's to like: Although the junior Sanders might not like getting comparisons to his old man, it's hard not to make one with the former Oklahoma State and Detroit Lions star as Sanders is shifty and keeps a low center of gravity. Though he isn't the fastest back out there, he does have enough speed to out run most of the competition. Sanders also has good hands and is a threat in the passing game out of the backfield also.

Needs to work on: Overall game is pretty good but his smaller size is a bit of a concern. He tends to run around defenders rather than through them.



Jonathan Williams (Allen High, Allen, Texas) 
Height: 5-foot-11 
Weight: 205 pounds Offers from Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Rice, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia.

What's to like: Williams isn't afraid to lower his shoulder and run through a defender to get into the end zone. At the same time he also isn't afraid to bust a run to the outside and out run everybody. He does a good job of staying upright when running and has the ability to cut either way at a moment's notice. He also keeps his legs moving when in a pile which is something some players don't do.

Needs to work on: It would be good for Williams to experiment in the slot because he has the makings of an all-purpose back. He's solid when catching the ball on a screen but some versatility in the passing game would be good to see.



Posted on: March 30, 2011 9:21 am
 

3/30 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Very interesting USA Today article about paying players and the market value of a basketball scholarship, which the paper values to be worth at least $120,000 a year. Although there's 85 of them in football, one would figure on a football scholarship being worth slightly more.

- One name who you might be seeing more of is JaQuay Williams, who holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State, Tennessee and South Carolina among others.

- Deion Sanders Jr., son of the famous NFL cornerback, could be a solid playmaker in college despite his lack of height.

- One of the best nicknames in the class of 2012, Alton "Pig" Howard, recently picked up an offer from Notre Dame.

- Michigan extended a verbal offer to sophomore quarterback Shane Morris to give him his second BCS offer.

- Speaking of quarterbacks and Michigan, Zeke Pike discussed his recent visit to Ann Arbor.

- Some Arkansas-related recruiting tidbits.

Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: March 25, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Jadeveon Clowney detained Thursday night

Posted by Bryan Fischer

News that South Carolina point guard Bruce Ellington was joining the Gamecock's football team was only the second most interesting bit of information to come out of Columbia Thursday night. According to Charleston Post & Courier beat writer Travis Haney, Jadeveon Clowney, the nation's number on recruit for the class of 2011, was frisked by police outside of the Salty Nut bar around 2 a.m.

Why Clowney, 18, was detained by police is not completly known but several people in South Carolina tweeted this picture of the 6-foot-6, 240 pound defensive end being frisked just outside of the bar:



The picture, taken by a South Carolina junior according to GamecockCentral.com, is a bit dark but shows Clowney being patted down by two police officers with his hands on a police cruiser. According to witnesses at the scene, several college kids (obviously aware of who Clowney was) started booing and becoming upset once the police pulled Clowney to the side.

It was later confirmed by several outlets that Clowney's high school, South Pointe High, did not have classes this morning due to a furlough day. A New York Times story shortly before Signing Day said the top ranked defensive end had issues and might not qualify for admission which would have made the incident look much worse had there been school today.

Haney reports that this isn't Clowney's first trip to a bar in the area and that he made a trip to one several weeks ago. A police report is expected to be released later today.
I will spell out the specific details at that point, but the preliminary indication is that officers were following a tip about an individual with a gun in the area and the 6-6, 240-pound Clowney fit the description.
Clowney, 18, was detained, searched and released. The Rock Hill native, a senior at South Pointe High, did not have school today. It was a furlough day.

Although it seems as though detaining Clowney was part of a routine search, the fact that he caught in the situation in the first place is enough for many people to raise their eye. This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

UPDATED: Clowney told The State his version of events and that the incident appears to be a big misunderstanding.

“I am just upset because there is stuff on the news about this,” Clowney told the paper. “I didn’t do nothing wrong. Yeah, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I didn’t have anything to do with (a robbery).”

Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:38 am
 

2/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With news late last night that South Carolina point guard Bruce Ellington might also play football this spring, who do you think would be the best basketball player turned football player? If you can come up with a name other than LeBron James, feel free to post in the comments. On to the links.

- Iowa recruit Jake Rudock is already set to redshirt when he arrives on campus.

- Michigan head coach Brady Hoke loves to recruit Detroit, no doubt about it.

- Offensive lineman Ben Braden is close to making his decision and holds offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Syracuse.

- Big time defensive end Kenderius Whitehead picked up his ninth offer from Ole Miss.

- Running back Jonathan Williams could be on the verge of some major offers.

- Congrats to Tampa (Fla.) Plant High coach Robert Weiner on being named the East's head coach for the Army All-American Bowl.

Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:32 am
 

3/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

No NCAA tournament action until later this week so you'll get a nice dose of football this week as several program are starting spring football today and tomorrow.

- Lots of tidbits on several Arkansas targets, including one of the top prep lineman in the upcoming recruiting class, Patrick DeStefano.

- USC is beginning spring practice today and in attendance will be 14 year old wonder kid/quarterback phenom David Sills.

- After being denied the chance to sign with South Carolina after the school oversigned, defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin has finally signed his letter of intent, this time with Louisville.

- Denton (Texas) athlete Dominic Ramacher is seeing his recruiting pick up and already has offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Louisiana Tech and Minnesota.

 
 
 
 
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