Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:56 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Ohio State offered 2013 quarterback Jalin Marshall.
Junior college tight end Blake Jackson is planning on visiting Arkansas at least one more time. In-state recruiting has changed since the arrival of Bobby Petrino.
Defensive end Jhaustin Thomas has Florida high on his list.
Colorado is losing the in-state recruiting battle so far this year.
Iowa is casting a wide net in recruiting and it's paid off with a few commitments.
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson could be on the verge of getting an offer from Michigan State.
- Wide receiver Austin Aikens has been blowing up this summer.
Florida cornerback Ellis Marder committed to UConn.
Kicker Jaden Oberkrom will head a few miles west after committing to TCU.
Safety Jeremy Clark has accepted a greyshirt offer at Michigan.
Stanford added three wide receiviers to their recruiting class in Kodi Whitfield, Connor Crane and Deante' Gray. The Cardinal also nabbed a commitment from safety Drew Madhu.
Nebraska has been on a roll lately and grabbed the verbal pledge of offensive lineman Paul Thurston.
Penn State added two defensive tackles in Austin Johnson and Derek Dowrey.
Tags: Arkansas, Austin Aikens, Austin Johnson, Blake Jackson, Bobby Petrino, Colorado, Connor Crane, Deante' Gray, Derek Dowrey, Drew Madhu, Ellis Marder, Florida, Iowa, Jaden Oberkrom, Jalin Marshall, Jeremy Clark, Jermaine Edmondson, Jhaustin Thomas, Kodi Whitfield, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Paul Thurston, Penn State, Stanford, TCU, UConn
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 11:27 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Plenty of top players from high school teams all over the state of Florida were in action this past weekend at the 6<sup>th</sup> Annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Tournament. Featuring two teams from MaxPreps' Preseason Top 25 for 2011 and several members from Tom Lemming's Top 100 for 2012, the fields at the King's Academy were filled with fast paced action and plenty of scoring.
One of the standouts was Tampa (Fla.) wide receiver Austin Aikens, who helped propel his team to the title and was one of the top players at the event.
"It felt real good,” Aikens said on Saturday. “I was out there making plays my team needed during the clutch."
"I'm looking to gain some more weight and polish off my route running and catching skills that I've got as a receiver so I can help my team,” he said. “We're pretty much getting there, we're starting to gel together and become one team and know what each other is thinking. Players are starting to step up when we need them to step up."
While the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is still sorting out his offer list, he maintains he'll likely make a decision after the football season is over. He recently took an unofficial visit to several schools in North Carolina and could be leaning towards heading out of state for college.
Palm Beach (Fla.) athlete Faton Bauta is trying to shed the label of “athlete” and get people used to calling him a quarterback. The dual-threat signal caller certainly impressed on the field during the tournament, showing off a strong arm and hitting some tight windows on some of his throws. The transfer from New York is not assured of the starting job just yet so the extra time with his teammates leading up to the season was crucial to developing some chemistry before the pads come on in August.
Dwyer High, ranked 17<sup>th</sup> in the country by MaxPreps, is breaking in several new players into the mix and face the added challenge of moving into a new classification this season. Bauta knows the team needs to gel in the offseason if they want to go from good to great during the regular season.
"Georgia and UCF, that's about it,” he said. “(Georgia) was huge, I went on a pretty big SEC tour and went there and threw for them. They like be a lot and they offered me, I sat down with coach (Mark) Richt and he's a great guy. All of the coaches were great. They're a great school and have top of the line everything. It was great to go out there and see what they're all about."
“That's why I went on the tour, just to show these guys I can throw the ball,” he said. “Hopefully I can show the guys out here that I can throw the ball."
Bauta participated at the Florida State camp on Sunday after wrapping up things in Palm Beach at the Heath Evans tournament. While he doesn't have an offer from the Seminoles at the moment, it's possible they could break into his recruiting with one. Right now however, he's starting to narrow down his list based on a few of his big offers.
"I have a top seven and if you looked at the offers I have, you'd be able to figure it out,” Bauta said. “I'm really just keeping my options open right now in case something pops up with a school. I'm just seeing who likes me and who has the best chance of winning and having the most success during the four years I'm there. I want to get the best connection to the coaches and the players."
Cornerback Tracey Howard of Miramar (Fla.) knows he doesn't have much left to prove after a stellar junior year and a very good offseason on the all-star travel team South Florida Express. But there he was out in the heat, running routes on offense and playing receivers tight on defense.
Howard plans on visiting Miami and Florida State soon and has already visited the other in-state power, Florida, for a spring practice. He plans on committing during the middle of the season or on Signing Day, depending on how his visits work out and if he's comfortable with a certain school. In the mean time, he's just doing what's asked of him to help his team win.
"It was good to play some receiver and make plays for my team,” Howard said. “I don't really play offense but I'm out here with my team having fun."
- One of the underclassmen who had an intriguing blend of size and speed was Tampa (Fla.) linebacker Paris Bostick of Plant High. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder looks like a big safety but he could continue to grow into an outside linebacker. Schools are already interested with him playing safety and while he doesn't have any offers yet, is looking to have a big season after concentrating on getting better this offseason.
"Just get faster and bigger,” Bostick said. “I'm in the weight room a lot with the team but I like to work harder than everybody else. I see people trying to up their game so I'm going to try and up my game more than them and keep my head on and not get into any trouble."
- Virginia Tech commit Donaldven Manning was sporting his future college's logos on some eye black.
- Booker T. Washington was a team full of underclassmen who impressed. They made it to the championship game against Plant but fell just short. Former Miami director of football operations “Ice” Harris is the head coach at the school now.
Tags: ACC, Alabama, Austin Aikens, Big 12, Big East, Boston College, Cincinnati, Conference USA, Donaldven Manning, Duke, Faton Bauta, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Heath Evans 7-on-7, Ice Harris, Louisville, Miami, Missouri, N.C. State, North Carolina, Paris Bostick, SEC, South Florida Express, Temple, Tracey Howard, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Kentucky
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:28 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Certainly an entertaining start to the NCAA tournament with the First Four in action last night. We're slowly getting closer and closer to the real madness this weekend.
- USC has finally signed defensive end Steve Dillon to a letter of intent. Dillon did not sign with the Trojans on Signing Day due to academic issues.
- Some more on Mario Edwards Jr.'s decision to commit to Florida State last night.
- Wide receiver Austin Aikens of Florida powerhouse Plant High has picked up an offer from Vanderbilt.
- Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas Tech are just some of the schools who are heavily recruiting offensive lineman Keenan Allen.
- Quarterback Colby Brown was one of the youngest players at the Orlando Elite 11 last weekend but he was also one of the most impressive.
- Offensive lineman Dan Voltz has committed to Wisconsin.
- Miami is off to a pretty good start with the class of 2012.