Posted on: January 27, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 3:44 pm

Where's Tony Steward going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: St. Augustine (FL) linebacker Tony Steward. MaxPreps’ sixth-ranked player overall and second-ranked outside linebacker.

What’s the big deal: Steward has the size and speed to be an impact player on defense and special teams. Very aggressive when blitzing, he had six sacks as a senior and five the year before. Although he might take some time to adjust to the pace of the passing game in college, he can be an effective run-stopper early in his career. Looks ready physically but he should be able to put on a few more pounds when he gets in a college conditioning program, which is a scary thought given his 6-foot-2, 235 pound frame.

When: He will announce on Signing Day at 10 a.m. ET at his high school. Considering: Florida State, Clemson and UCLA.

Best guess: Florida State. Steward has pretty much narrowed his choice down to the Seminoles and the Tigers. He visited Tallahassee last week and Clemson the week before so he’s familiar with both schools. FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher is set to be his final in-home visit and you can look for him to lock the talented in-state linebacker up then.

Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:49 am

Where's Ray Drew going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Thomasville (GA) defensive end Ray Drew. MaxPreps’ third-ranked defensive end and 18th-ranked player overall.

What’s the big deal: Already 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Drew has the frame to add weight and is all you look for in a defensive end coming out of high school. He probably projects better as an end in the 4-3 defense but he could play outside linebacker in the 3-4 if given time to learn the system. A combination of great speed and athleticism, Drew is a going to be a big pick up for whatever school lands him.

When: Drew will announce his college choice on Friday morning at his high school. 

Considering: Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Georgia and Miami.

Best guess: Georgia. The Bulldogs are the local program and they have been on a tear lately, grabbing a commitment from top tight end Jay Rome and are hot on the trail of running back Isiah Crowell too. Several commits to the school have been nicknaming the class of 2011 as the “Dream Team” and Drew would certainly add to that moniker. Drew has played his options pretty close to the vest so don’t be surprised to see him announce for Auburn or LSU either.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:27 am

1/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just nine days until National Signing Day. Stay tuned to the blog for all of the coverage leading up to and following the Super Bowl of the college football offseason.

- Georgia kicker Ammon Lakip chose Clemson over Georgia Tech with a commitment to the Tigers Sunday night. Lakip’s father attended Georgia Tech and his first offer was from the Yellowjackets.

- A junior college recruit who is considering Utah talked about the recent addition of Norm Chow as offensive coordinator.

- Washington picked up a quarterback commitment in dual-threat Derrick Brown out of Murrieta, CA. Brown’s commitment comes as Washington hosted highly regarded quarterback Jacoby Brissett on an official visit. With just two scholarship QB’s for next year, head coach Steve Sarkisian is likely looking to take two quarterbacks for 2011.

- UCF continues to improve their recruiting profile, going out of state to grab Georgia linebacker Troy Gray. The Kennesaw product is the 21st commitment for the Knights.

- Fresh off an appearance in the BCS title game, Oregon has added to their already impressive recruiting class with the pledge of wide receiver B.J. Kelley.

- Rivals analyst Mike Farrell says linebacker Graham Stewart, a Boston College commit, will not sign an letter of intent on Signing Day.

Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:38 am

1/18 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Hope those that had yesterday off had a great three day weekend. College coaches around the country didn’t get a day off however, most were out recruiting as you can see from the links below. 

- Ohio State picked up their 21st commitment in linebacker Ejuan Price. His cousin, Dorian Bell, is a redshirt freshman for the Buckeyes. 

- As expected by several experts, linebacker Anthony Sarao has switched his pledge from Stanford to USC. The first contact by the USC staff was after the U.S. Army All-American game and about a week later, Sarao is headed to Los Angeles. 

- Ron Zook has always been able to get talent out of Florida and he’s bringing some more of it up north with the commitment of defensive back Eaton Spence

- Orlando-area linebacker Steven Michel has committed to Colorado State. 

- Highly regarded linebacker Tony Steward didn’t commit on an official visit to Clemson and it remains a race between Florida State and the Tigers. 

- Details on defensive end Ray Drew and his recent visit to Miami and bond with defensive tackle John Jenkins

- MaxPreps.com breaks down the recruitment of Savon Huggins and asks where he’ll wind up at. 

- The up and down and around recruitment of linebacker Kris Frost has finally – we think – come to a close after Auburn finally accepts his commitment.
Posted on: January 16, 2011 4:11 pm

Clemson grabs defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Lose one, gain another. That's what has happened to Clemson after losing defensive end De’Quan Bowers to the NFL draft but picking up a key recruit in Ashville (NC) defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan, according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal

A former Florida commitment, Pagan decommitted following the retirement of head coach Urban Meyer and the departure of defensive line coach Dan McCarney to become head coach at North Texas. At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Pagan has good size and a frame to add more weight and move inside to tackle. With a very quick first step, he could grab playing time early at Clemson in pass rush situations. 

He MaxPreps.com’s second best defensive end for the class of 2011 and the 24th commitment for the Tigers.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 14, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: January 14, 2011 10:23 am

1/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Nineteen days until signing day and the coaches are already hitting the recruiting trail hard to close out their classes. That said, at least most of them play on Saturdays on green grass unlike the coaches in the first link.

- This is not recruiting related but worth passing on as New Braunfels (TX) Canyon High has replaced their stadium turf - Eastern Washington-style. The red turf, the first in the nation at the high school level, might not be the only colored turf in the state of Texas as the University of Texas San Antonio is considering an orange field. Although I like the Boise State blue field, the way things are going, I wouldn't want to be the ones that eventually have a pink football field. 

- The South Florida Blur, a 7-on-7 travel team sponsored by SoFlaFootball.com and Under Armour, has released its roster full of underclass all-star talents. All-star teams from Florida, Texas, California and others are always an amazing collection of talent on the field.

- Staying in Florida, one of the top uncommitted quarterbacks has moved Florida State and LSU down on his list. Jacoby Brissett has quickly become a hot name out on the recruiting trail and after taking a visit to South Carolina, is expected to choose between Miami, Florida and Washington.

- Clemson has backed off recruiting running back Marlin Lane after he didn't firm up his commitment to the Tigers. Clemson currently has one running back commit, stud Mike Bellamy.

- Former Ohio State receiver, and son of Cris Carter, Duron Carter will not be returning to Ohio State his junior college coach confirmed. Maimi is an option for Carter, who is from Ft. Lauderdale.

- Stanford commit Amir Carlisle will visit USC this weekend. Carlisle expressed interest in the Trojans before committing to the Cardinal so it will be interesting if this visit opens up his recruitment in the wake of the Stanford coaching change. Another Stanford-commit who is on the fence with the coaching change, linebacker James Vaughters, is also having second thoughts due to the likely departure of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

- MaxPreps.com has an update on Sam Meredith, who will head to San Diego State despite the departure of Brady Hoke to Michigan. MaxPreps.com also named Pearland (TX) coach Tony Heath as its U.S. Air Force National Coach of the Year.

- Mississippi State added defensive end Barron Dixon to their recruiting class after canceling a visit to Vanderbilt. Though he is listed at defensive end, he is expected to slide inside to tackle.
- Tosh Lupoi continues to do excellent work and has built Cal's defensive line into one of the best in the nation with the recent commitment of Brandon Scarlett from Portland (OR). Scarlett was pursued by several schools around the country.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 8:58 am

1/13 Morning Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
Welcome to a daily feature we’d like to call the Recruiting Roundup, featuring stories, links, tweets and everything else covering the world of college football recruiting. Faster than your 40, we'll go straight to the links for your perusal.

- Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman unfortunately may be best known for missing two kicks against Nevada this year but he did have an excellent career, setting an FBS-record for points scored. The Broncos may have just found his able replacement in Upland (CA) kicker/punter Jake Van Ginkel, who committed on Wednesday. For some background on Van Ginkel, check out this profile from earlier in the year by the L.A. Times. 

- Oregon State picked up a commitment from defensive end Noa Aluesi out of Jefferson High in Oregon. At 6-foot-8 and 255 pounds, Aluesi gives the Beavers an impressive athlete to use on either side of the ball. 

- Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee are on Ashville (NC) defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan’s shortlist. The former Gator commit says they are still in the picture but Clemson is where he’s most comfortable right now. 

- Highly recruited Valdosta (GA) products tight end Jay Rome and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will make their college choices on January 20th. Staying in state, Thomasville (GA) defensive end Ray Drew will take an official visit to Miami this weekend

- A record-setting quarterback from the Dallas-area will enroll early at West Virginia as a walk-on. Flower Mound (TX) signal caller Paul Millard threw for 47 touchdowns last season and commits to West Virginia over offers from UTEP and Stephen F. Austin. 

- Stanford lost out on a commitment from Oradel (NJ) Shutang Mungwa but it was not because of the coaching change but because he was not accepted into the school. Mungwa, a defensive back, switched his commitment to Syracuse about 30 minutes after finding out he was not accepted. Brooklyn (NY) wide receiver Brandon Reddish also committed to the Orange.
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