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Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:24 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 6:32 pm
 

ACC Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. While the past few years haven't been kind to the ACC in terms of on the field reputation, several schools are making quite the push on the recruiting trail. In 2010, no ACC team finished in the top 15 in the Maxpreps top 25 team rankings. In 2012, as many five could, including two top-five class possibilities. The league is very top-heavy but there's a clear talent influx headed to the East Coast with the upcoming class.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, ACC
College Commits Top 100 Moving
6. Miami 31 6
9. Florida State 16 4
13. Clemson 20 2
15. Virginia Tech 26 0
20. Virginia 25 2

Top storylines

1. Can Miami close on a top 10 class despite NCAA cloud?

This isn't what head coach Al Golden signed up for but it's what he has to deal with - which he's done superbly so far. It's no surprise that they've gotten some of the best players in their backyard and really sold recruits on the program despite whatever looming NCAA sanctions are bound to hit during their careers. One thing to keep in mind is that the Hurricanes can offer plenty of early playing time given the losses they've had due to underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft or graduation. There are several players that really aren't up to the caliber that Miami usually recruits but given Golden's track record of molding talent in previous stops, the full story on this class won't be written for some time. There are impact players on both sides of the ball, players who will add much-needed depth and potential redshirt candidates in what could be the ACC's largest class. A handful of players are still being recruited hard by other programs and will not doubt be hearing how hard the program will get hit by the folks in Indianapolis for the Nevin Shapiro scandal. It will be interesting to track down and see if the Hurricanes trend up or down on Signing Day in the team rankings.

2. Does Florida State close with a bang or go bust?

In his first year as head coach, Jimbo Fisher quickly brought the Seminoles back to national prominence in February by grabbing commitments from top recruits in talent producing Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. 2011 had an elite recruit at each position outside of quarterback and FSU finished with a top three class. It looked like the program was destined for a similar finish early in the 2012 recruiting cycle but have been hit by several defections (notably to Alabama) and the crown jewel this year, quarterback Jameis Winston, is a threat to sign with another school and/or get drafted by a major league baseball team. There's still several very talented players, especially along the defensive line, but you wonder if this group gets picked apart or if Fisher and the talented recruiters on his staff close with a bang.

3. Does Clemson bring in another big haul?

If there was one big surprise on Signing Day last year, it was how well Clemson did. One of the frequently asked questions seemed to be how the Tigers were able to pull so many highly regarded recruits but it appears that Dabo Swinney and his staff's recruiting ability is one of the best in the ACC and one of the top groups on the East Coast. This year's group of commitments has plenty of talented players who should see early playing time and help Clemson reload for another ACC title run this season. The group is heavy along both lines but the Tigers are in the running for some impressive skill position talent this final week and could be poised for another big Signing Day.

4. Better in-state battle: Miami-Florida State or Virginia-Virginia Tech?

The fact that Virginia is even in the discussion is a testament to what Mike London had done in terms of turning around the program. Both programs in the state are about done with their recruiting classes and the Cavaliers could wind up with more top 100 commitments than their in-state rival. Virginia Tech's group is deeper and more balanced but doesn't have quite the impact players at the top that you would expect. Still, both programs look like they'll have a strong class come February 2nd.

Further to the South, both Florida programs are locked into a battle that could see both wind up as top 10 classes when all is said and done. Miami will have a bigger, deeper class while Florida State will likely end up with a star-filled group of players that might not have the numbers. Both programs be in a battle down to the final hours to see who finishes with a higher class ranking from the looks of it.

Most impressive class: Miami

Most underrated class: N.C. State

Work left to do: Boston College

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
4. Mario Edwards Jr. DL Florida State
12. Jameis Winston QB Florida State
13. Nelson Agholor ATH Uncommitted
17. Eddie Goldman DT Uncommitted
25. Travis Blanks DB Clemson
41. Eli Harold DL Virginia
45. Joel Caleb ATH Uncommitted
56. Mario Pender RB Florida State
63. Michael Moore DE Virginia
72. Deon Bush DB Miami
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Mike Siravo, Boston College
Chad Morris, Jeff Scott and Brent Venables, Clemson
James Coley, Dameyune Craig, Eddie Gran and Lawrence Dawsey, Florida State
Mike Locksley, Maryland
Mike Reed and Jerry Petercuskie, N.C. State
Matt Lubick, Duke
Brian Bohannon and Andy McCollum, Georgia Tech
Terry Richardson and Brennan Carroll, Miami
Chris Kapilovic and Vic Koenning, North Carolina
Anthony Poindexter, Virginia
Shane Beamer and Torrian Gray, Virginia Tech

Head coach under pressure: Randy Edsall, Maryland

Top ACC class prediction: Florida State

Top ACC signee: Mario Edwards, Jr.

ACC school-by-school
Atlantic Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 LB Steven Daniels
OL Win Homer
There's not a real impact player in this class and that's the biggest issue. A solid group of front seven players and lineman, the lack of skill position talent is notable.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DB Travis Blanks
ATH Germone Hopper
QB Chad Kelly
DT Carlos Watkins
Another very good class for the Tigers, Blanks is versatile and might be the best cover guy in 2012. Kelly has a strong arm and should take over for Tajh Boyd when the time comes.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 DE Chris Casher
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
DE Dante Fowler Jr.
QB Jameis Winston
 This might be the best collection of D-linemen in the country. Edwards is likely to end up in Tallahassee and it's almost unfair to pair him with guys like Casher and Fowler off the edge. If Winston arrives on campus, then this group has great potential down the road.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Wes Brown
LB Abner Logan
OL Mike Madaras
 A solid effort by Edsall, it remains to be seen what kind of magic Locksley can work this year. Brown has a chance to play early in a variety of roles but there's a lot of talent that needs to be developed in this class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 DT K'Hadree Hooker
QB James Summers
DE Kenderius Whitehead
 Though the Wolfpack missed out on some of the top in-state talent, this is an underrated group that has a lot of solid contributors. Summers seems to be the guy going forward while Whitehead is a great addition on the DL.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 QB Tyler Cameron
LB Dominique Gibson
 Jim Grobe doesn't play many recruits early so it will be awhile before we know how good any of this class will be but Cameron is a great pick up and one of the top QBs in South Florida.
Coastal Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 WR Max McCaffrey
DB Dwayne Norman
RB Shaquille Powell
Powell could have played at some bigger programs and is a hard runner who brings a lot to the table for the Blue Devils. There's a lot of skill position players who are not that fast but can contribute in a variety of areas.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 ATH Dennis Andrews
DE Francis Kallon
QB Justin Thomas
 Thomas will be a very good fit in the option offense at QB and might be the fastest triggerman Paul Johnson has ever had. Yellow Jackets also look like they're getting a good overall group of linemen.
- Team page
- Commitment list
31 DB Deon Bush
DE Jelani Hamilton
RB Randy Johnson
DE Tyriq McCord
There's a ton of explosiveness in this class but there's also a few questionable players in this group in terms of talent level. After "Duke" Johnson's senior year, it looks like the Hurricanes are getting the two best players in the state in him and Hamilton.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 LB Shakeel Rashad
OL J.J. Patterson
LB Phillip Williamson
 Between the NCAA, Butch Davis and the new staff, not much is expected of the Tar Heels' 2012 class. Losing QB Patton Robinette during UNC orientation to Vanderbilt is a huge blow.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DE Eli Harold
LB Kwontie Moore
DE Michael Moore
DE Courtnye Wynn
 Kwontie Moore is an impressive linebacker who can hit like Ray Lewis and run like a safety. The defensive linemen in this class should have plenty guys who see early playing time.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 RB J.C. Coleman
RB Drew Harris
DE Jarontay Jones
DB Donaldven Manning
 Jones is a big time DE but the there's plenty of players who will re-stock the wide receiver and defensive back positions. Coleman and Harris are going to be a very good 1-2 punch in the back field very soon.

Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:39 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:15 pm
 

Pre-Signing Day ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the ACC.

  Boston College (15)

Offensive lineman Jim Cashman (Haddonfield, N.J.)
Athlete Dan Crimmins (Demarest, N.J.)
Linebacker Steven Daniels (Worcester, Mass.)
Defensive back Donovan Henry (West  Rosbury, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Defensive tackle Jaxon Hood (Chandler, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Harrison Jackson (Purcellville, Va.)
Athlete Bryce Jones (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Linebacker Tim Joy (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Defensive end Malachi Moore (Sparta, N.J.)
Defensive back Justin Simmons (Stuart, Fla.)
Linebacker Mike Strizak (Ramsey, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Frank Taylor (Warminster, Pa.)
Linebacker Bobby Wolford (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Joel Zoungrana (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)


  Clemson (20)

Defensive lineman Martin Aiken (Bamberg, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Isaiah Battle (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive back Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Zac Brooks (Jonesboro, Ark.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Josh Brown (Aiken, S.C.)
Linebacker T.J. Burrell (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.)
Defensive tackle Kevin Dodd (Chatham, Va.)
Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan (Fairfax, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Oliver Jones (Ninety Six, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Javarius Leamon (Woodruff, S.C.)
Athlete Jay Jay McCullough (Fort Mill, S.C.)
Kicker Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.)
Defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (Aiken, S.C.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Marty Williams (North Augusta, S.C.)


  Duke (18)

Tight end Daniel Beilinson (Cary, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Casey Blaser (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive back Devon Edwards (Covington, Ga.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Defensive tackle Terrell Jackson (Columbus, Ohio)
Kicker Ross Martin (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Defensive back Corbin McCarthy (Norco, Calif.)
Wide receiver Anthony Nash (West Chester, Pa.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Running back Shaquille Powell (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Quarterback Thomas Sirk (Glen St. Mary, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tanner Stone (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive back Michael Westray (Waldorf, Md.)
Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)
Defensive end A.J. Wolfe (Tarrytown, N.Y.)
Defensive end Carlos Wray (Shelby, N.C.)


  Florida State (16)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Punter Cason Beatty (Charlotte, N.C.)
Wide receiver Marvin Bracy (Orlando, Fla.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Daniel Glauser (Roswell, N.M.)
Tight end Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif.)
Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Menelik Watson (Manchester, England/Saddleback Juco)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)
Quarterback Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012


  Georgia Tech (17)

Offensive lineman Will Adams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Marcus Allen (Hilliard, Fla.)
Athlete Dennis Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Anthony Autry (Norcross, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Freddie Burden (Statesboro, Ga.)
Defensive end Roderick Chungong (Olney, Md.)
Athlete Antonio Crawford (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Pat Gamble (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis (Clayton, Victoria, Australia)
Defensive back Lynn Griffin (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Kicker Ryan Rodwell (Deland, Fla.)
Linebacker Tyler Stargel (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Athlete Michael Summers (Statesboro, Ga.)
Quarterback Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back D.J. White (McDonough, Ga.)


  Maryland (23)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Running back Wes Brown (Olney, Md.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (Willingboro, N.J.)
Defensive back Sean Davis (Washington, D.C.)
Linebacker Brock Dean (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end P.J. Gallo (Holland, Pa.)
Defensive back Isaac Goins (San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa JUCO)
Running back Kenneth Goins (Baltimore, Md.)
Linebacker Dallas Griffiths (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Alvin Hill (Locust Grove, Ga.)
Quarterback Perry Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Linebacker Stefan Houston (Clarksburg, Md.)
Wide receiver Levern Jacobs (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Linebacker Abner Logan (Brookline, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Anthony Nixon (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Shawn Petty (Greenbelt, Md.)
Athlete Albert Reid (Washington, D.C.)
Athlete Joe Riddle (Frederick, Md.)
Quarterback Caleb Rowe (Greer, S.C.)
Linebacker Avery Thompson (Chesapeake, Va.)


  Miami (31)

Defensive tackle Jacoby Briscoe (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Deon Bush (Miami, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Defensive back Vernon Davis (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Preston Dewey (Austin, Texas)
Running back Danny Dillard (Venice, Fla.)
Defensive back Nate Dortch (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Taylor Gadbois (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive back Ladarius Gunter (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott JUCO)
Defensive end Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Dwayne Hoilett (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Athlete Brandon Holifield (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Larry Hope (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Daniel Isidora (Weston, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver D'Mauri Jones (Leesburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Wide receiver Malcolm Lewis (Miramar, Fla.)
Wide receiver Robert Lockhart (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive end Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Earl Moore (Tampa, Fla.)
Linebacker Reggie Northrup (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Jake O'Donnell (Doylestown, Pa.)
Defensive end Gabriel Terry (Wellington, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Herb Waters (Homestead, Fla.)
Linebacker Josh Witt (Weston, Fla.)


  North Carolina (17)

Quarterback Kanler Coker (Flowerly Branch, Ga.)
Athlete Kedrick Davis (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman John Ferranto (Burlington, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Jon Heck (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive back Tyreece Jiles (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Peterson (Auburn, Ala.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Jessie Rogers (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Malik Simmons (Lehigh Acres, Fla.)
Running back Nathan Staub (Buford, Ga.)
Defensive end Justin Thomason (McDonough, Ga.)
Athlete Damien Washington (Kannapolis, N.C.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)


  N.C. State (22)

Defensive tackle Deylan Buntyn (Roswell, N.M.)
Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Marchez Coates (Mofret, Md.)
Offensive lineman Eddie Gordon (Boilling Springs, S.C.)
Wide receiver Xavier Griffin (Newark, Del.)
Tight end David Grinnage (Newark, Del.)
Wide receiver Charlie Hegedus (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle K'Hardree Hooker (Deep Run, N.C.)
Defensive back Jarnor Jones (Lithonia, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Bryce Kennedy (Southern Pines, N.C.)
Defensive end Tyler Knox (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Quincy McKinney (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive end Desmond Owino (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive back Majid Salahuddin (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Quarterback Manny Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.)
Quarterback James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)
Running back Shadrach Thornton (Hinesville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman John Tu'uta (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Athlete Lakeith Walls (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive end Kenderius Whitehead (Lithonia, Ga.)
Defensive end Joe Wright (Greenville, N.C.)


  Virginia (26)

Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jamall Brown (Hampton, Va.)
Athlete Maurice Canady (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Tyrell Chavis (Richmond, Va.)
Wide receiver Anthony Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Tight end Kyle Dockins (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)
Wide receiver Adrian Gamble (Fork Union, Va.)
Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Defensive end Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Matt Johns (Warrington, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Sean Karl (Manorville, N.Y.)
Quarterback Greyson Lambert (Jesup, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Andre Miles-Redmond (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Michael Mooney (Malvern, Pa.)
Defensive back C.J. Moore (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Michael Moore (Hyattsville, Md.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Kyle Morgan (Somerset, N.J.)
Wide receiver Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Kelvin Rainey (Houston, Texas)
Athlete Canaan Severin (Worcester, Mass.)
Athlete Max Valles (Hammonton, N.J.)
Running back Divante Walker (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Courtnye Wynn (Norfolk, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012


  Virginia Tech (26)

Defensive end Woody Baron (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jawand Blue (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Linebacker Deon Clarke (Chesterfield, Va.)
Running back J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va.)
Offensive lineman Augie Conte (Powhatan, Va.)
Defensive end Seth Dooley (Salem, Va.)
Linebacker Trey Edmunds (Ringgold, Va.)
Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Running back Drew Harris (Exton, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Mark Irick (St. Matthews, S.C.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive end Jarontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Chris Mangus (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Athlete Brenden Motley (Christianburg, Va.)
Defensive back Donovan Riley (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive tackle Alston Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Wide receiver Thomas Smith (Williamsburg, Va.)
Wide receiver Joshua Stanford (Lithonia, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Adam Taraschke (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)
Linebacker Devin Vandyke (Lorton, Va.)
Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Nigel Williams (Richmond, Va.)
Athlete Jerome Wright (Highland Springs, Va.)


  Wake Forest (18)

Defensive end Josh Banks (Apex, N.C.)
Quarterback Tyler Cameron (Jupiter, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jared Crump (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Quarterback Steve Donatell (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Linebacker Dominique Gibson (Belle Glade, Fla.)
Tight end Zach Gordon (Carrollton, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Ty Haworth (Kingsport, Tenn.)
Athlete Ryan Janvion (Hialeah, Fla.)
Athlete Kevis Jones (Oakland Park, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Seffner, Fla.)
Linebacker Teddy Matthews (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)
Tight end Anthony Rook (Greenville, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Will Smith (Christchurch, Va.)
Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)
Defensive back LaRonji Vason (Prattville, Ala.)
Defensive back James Ward (Deland, Fla.)
Running back Joshua Wilhite (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Jonathan Williams (Atlanta, Ga.)




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Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:29 am
 

Rutgers Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 Top Players

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 started it's 2011 campaign on the campus of Rutgers this past weekend and many of the top prospects from across the Northeast were looking to make an impression over the course of the two-day event.

Here's just a few of the players who stood out from the crowd.

Quarterbacks

Casey Cochran, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Monroe, Conn. 
One of the top quarterbacks on day one, Cochran was an impressive signal caller. He lacks ideal height but makes up for it with a very strong arm that can make every throw. He has a good release and throws a very pretty, catchable ball to his wide outs. He's ok on the move and can work on his weight transfer and keeping his feet closer together when in the pocket. The ball just jumps out of his hand though and he should be adding to his only offer from Boston College.

Blake Rankin, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Bloomsburg, Pa. 
Rankin has ideal size for a pro-style quarterback and had a very nice deep ball, putting just the right amount of touch on most of them. He doesn't have the strongest arm but is very accurate and could develop into a very well-rounded quarterback. He currently has an offer from Rutgers.

Max Ward, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Steelton, Pa. 
One of the impressive things about Ward was his tight spiral on just about every ball he threw. A gunslinger, he has a cannon on his shoulder and that makes up for what he might lack in ideal height. He currently has an offer from Akron.

Kevin Olsen, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Wayne, N.J., class of 2013 
Despite being younger than many of the quarterbacks in the competition, Olsen was near or at the top. He has an excellent frame but needs to add a few pounds to it. He was a little indecisive with some throws but he also had a very quick release and above average footwork. The younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg, several programs are showing interest early on.

David Sills, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Bear, Del., class of 2015 
Sills was the big name at the event as the large number of cameras trained on his every drop back would attest. The first thing you notice is his impressive size for just an eighth grader. He had a good understanding of what the defense was doing but still tried to force a few throws. He wasn't as accurate as he has been at other competition but he was maybe the most vocal leader. Seeing him go through an event like this shows why Lane Kiffin offered him a scholarship as a eighth grader.

Brandon Napoleon, 6-foot, 175 pounds, Jersey City, N.J. 
Napoleon is being recruited as an athlete but he was impressive as a quarterback at the event. He threw a nice ball with some zip and a spiral every time. He's light on his feet and can make every throw on the field. Holding double digit offers, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and North Carolina among them.

Ryan Burns, 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Ashburn, Va., class of 2013 
A big quarterback with a decent drop back, he showed off a very big arm and quick release better than most of the older quarterbacks. His feet get too wide at times which causes him to use almost all arm on some throws. That said, he can throw the ball into any window and already has an offer from Boston College.

Wide receivers

Deontay McManus, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Baltimore, Md. 
One of the top players at the competition, McManus is being pursued by just about every program in the country. A long-strider when he gets going, McManus is more fast than quick. He displayed some impressive ball skills and attacked the ball in the air, rarely letting anything get by him that was thrown his way. Despite his skills at wide receiver, it wouldn't be too surprising to see him move to safety or even outside linebacker in college. His double digit offer list includes Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee among others.

Stefon Diggs, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Olney, Md. 
Diggs was easily one of the top receivers in the competition and was explosive everywhere he went. One of the fastest players on the field with great feet that allowed him to turn on a dime, Diggs was very aware of where the defenders were and would slow it down in order to find open spots in zone coverage. An Army All-American Bowl invitee, he has offers from Alabama, Cal, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame and others. He said he will likely pick a school outside of the northeast.

Anthony Cooper, 6-foot, 180 pounds, Virginia Beach, Va. 
A speedy wide out on a team full of them, Cooper stood out with his impressive ability to catch and run. He also plays defensive back and had a very nice back pedal and good change of direction. Local programs Virginia and Virginia Tech have already offered.

Romond Deloatch, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Hampton, Va. 
Physically the most impressive receiver at the event, Deloatch was a nightmare for opposing defensive backs to cover. He's still a bit raw but displayed quick feet and a good ability to turn on a route quickly. Very fluid while running routes, he's a bit reminiscent of class of 2011 receiver Quinta Funderburk. During one play, he snatched the ball out of a corner's hand on a fade route. He has offers from Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia.

Tight end

Charles Tapper, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Baltimore, Md. 
One of the most physically imposing recruits at the event, Tapper didn't play too much. He will likely be a defensive end or outside linebacker in college but he did flash some potential at tight end. He just picked up an offer from Oklahoma and should be receiving more as the weeks go on.

Kalief Joyner, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Middle Village, N.Y 
More of a receiving tight end in this event and likely at the next level, Joyner has good height and does a solid job of getting off the line. He's not super fast or quick but he does go over the middle and finds spots in zone coverage. He has great hands and several programs are on the verge of offering.

Devin Funchess, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Farmington Hills, Mich. 
A very tall target, Funchess needs to start packing on the pounds to play tight end. He doesn't have great speed as a receiver but could be very good at tight end with his hands and moves in space. Michigan and Michigan State are among the schools to offer.

Defensive back

Brandon Banks, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Brandywine, Md. 
An impressive performance over the weekend from Banks, who might have been the top corner on the field this weekend. A bit skinny, he still wouldn't give up any ground to opposing wide receivers. Fast and smooth, he sinks well when playing in cover-2 and excelled in man coverage. He got to top speed quickly and no receiver was able to create much separation. He currently has an offer from Maryland but should be collecting more soon.

Ronald Darby, 6-foot, 180 pounds, Oak Hill, Md. 
Darby was one of the top players at the event and has seen just about every program send out an offer to him. One of, if not the, fastest players running around the field, he played mostly on defense at safety before eventually playing on both sides of the ball. He was very impressive in coverage with a good backpedal and quick turn to break on the ball. He holds offers from Miami, Florida State, USC, Notre Dame and others and has five-star potential at multiple positions.

Devin Fuller, 6-foot, 185 pounds, Old Tappan, N.J. 
Fuller played on both sides of the ball but stayed mainly in the secondary. He could play a number of positions in college, from quarterback to cornerback to receiver and is being recruited as such. He has very quick feet and reacts well to what is being thrown at him. He was very fluid at cornerback and safety and might be best suited there. He currently has offers from Michigan, Florida State, Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State among others.

Linebacker

Dorian O'Daniel, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Olney, Md., class of 2013 
A running back and linebacker, O'Daniel looked a tad better playing on defense for the Maryland Speed. He has excellent closing speed but did tend to guess a little bit after his initial drop into coverage. He's very physical and despite being just a sophomore, already holds offers from Maryland, N.C. State, Pitt and Virginia.

Eli Ankou, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 
Easily the best player at the event from north of the border, Ankou turned a few heads with his size and agility. He was pretty good side-to-side and played on the balls of his feet. His hips are a bit stiff in coverage but he runs well enough to chase faster players down.

Kenny Bigelow, 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Bear, Del., class of 2013 
He will play defensive end at his size but he came out and competed at linebacker at this event. He was a little too upright and needs to bend at the hips more when standing up but for a young defensive end, did pretty well. At his size, he could develop into a strong side defensive end or slim down and play outside linebacker if needed. He has an offer from Auburn already and is very impressive for a sophomore.

Abner Logan, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Salem, Mass. 
One of the best linebackers in coverage, he could be a great fit at outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He was a tad stiff at times but he has a great base and is very fluid when moving around. He might be a name that starts to receive offers by the bucketload as the summer progresses based on what he showed over the weekend.

Jazzmar Clax, 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, Freehold, N.J. 
Already on the 2012 All-Name team, Clax looked like a good fit as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He was above average on his coverage drops and opened his hips nicely to turn and run. He has an offer from Rutgers.

 
 
 
 
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