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Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:52 pm
 

SEC Signing Day Grades



Posted by Bryan Fischer


CBS Sports Top 25 Team Rankings
College Commits Top 100
1. Alabama 28 6
5. Florida 21 5
11. South Carolina 25 1
13. LSU 22 2
14. Texas A&M 21 3
20. Georgia 19 6
21. Tennessee 19 0
22. Auburn 20 5

SEC school-by-school
East Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL D.J. Humphries A- The Gators put together a really good class that should boost numbers and talent but it will be remembered for a few of the misses.
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 OL John Theus B It's not the dream team but it could still be considered one of the better classes in the conference with what they did at RB and on defense.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 QB Patrick Towles C A good quarterback helps but there are a few questionable recruits in the group next to some others that could develop into solid SEC players.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 WR Dorial Green-Beckham B+ The nation's leading passer and the #1 overall recruit will earn you a good grade but it's not a very deep and talented class otherwise.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 WR Shaq Roland B Yet again the Old Ball Coach lands the top recruit in the state and does some very nice things in Georgia, such as landing Mike Davis (a great fit for that offense).
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB LaDarrell McNeil B- A few late decommits took some luster off but a good class nevertheless. They certainly added some offensive weapons but didn't grab an impact defender.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Brian Kimbrow A Best recruiting class in school history and win some head-to-head battles against some big name schools? Impressive. It's not the most talented when compared to others but a great job by the staff in 2012.
West Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
28 DB Landon Collins A+ One national title in January, one in February. This might be one of the most talented recruiting classes Nick Saban has brought in.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 RB Jonathan Williams C+ The Razorbacks figured to have a better class but it's just ok. Striking out on DGB hurt but they still filled needs at the spot and added a good RB in Williams if he can stay healthy.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 OL Avery Young B This is the best OL class in the SEC with some tremendous talent there. The skill position players are very good but there's no doubt the Tigers missed out on a few guys.
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 WR Avery Johnson B- It's hard for a top 15 class to be disappointing but that's what this one was for LSU after some very notable defections on the lead up to Signing Day.
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 DE Channing Ward B- Pretty good class on short notice, a lot of the recruits will play early and often in talent-deprived Ole Miss.
- Team page
- Commitment list
27 DL Denico Autry B- It wasn't a great class outside of the defensive line but that looks like it will be the strength of the team down the road with this group.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 RB Trey Williams B+ It was an up-and-down ride to Signing Day but the Aggies got better and added talent that will certainly help them on offense in addition to a few guys giving a little boost on defense.

Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:10 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 2:58 pm
 

SEC 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. Nobody treats the day more like a national holiday than those in the SEC and this year could be a banner year for the conference, especially with newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri. There's a chance half the league ends up with a top 15 class and it is looking favorable that one team signs the country's top recruit. The rich, it seems, just seem to get richer on Signing Day.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, SEC
College Commits Top 100 Moving
1. Alabama 27 6
4. Florida 19 5
8. LSU 20 1
11. Texas A&M 20 2
12. South Carolina 24 1
16. Auburn 16 4
18. Georgia 17 5
19. Tennessee 21 0
22. Arkansas 22 1
23. Vanderbilt 21 1

Top storylines

1. Is this an all-time great class for Alabama?

As good as Nick Saban is at winning games and building all-time great defenses, he might be even better at recruiting. It hurts to lose trusted lieutenant Sal Sunseri to Tennessee but this still has the makings of one of Alabama's greatest hauls ever. In addition to the elite players the Crimson Tide have already landed, they have a really good chance at grabbing defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and there's still an outside chance they can flip quarterback Jameis Winston. Still, as presently constructed, there's no doubt Alabama winds up #1 in the team rankings and is in the discussions for one of the top classes in recent memory.

2. How well do the newcomers fare?

Welcome to the big, bad SEC Missouri and Texas A&M. Now, how well do you recruit? At the moment, not bad at all. Despite a head coaching change, the Aggies have several talented top 100 players and should finish in the top 12 if they don't crack the top 10. The Tigers grabbed one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country and are in the running for the nation's top recruit (though they may be behind, they're still in the race). The quality depth might be present like elite classes Florida or Alabama have but it appears that the move to a new league hasn't hurt either program.

3. Does Auburn expereince a championship bounce?

It's a catch-22 for the Tigers, on one hand they won a BCS national championship not too long ago and were cleared by the NCAA. On the other hand they've lost both their coordinators and have seen some waffling from some of their commitments. It still looks like they're destined for a top 15 class but it's also possible they lose a top player or two, such as recent decommit Ricardo Louis (whose recruitment isn't over). If they can land one of the elite prospects left on their board, such as lineman Avery Young or linebacker Kwon Alexander, it would be safe to say Auburn's class got a nice uptick from winning a title. If they don't, the staff turnover might have negated it.

4. Can Vanderbilt top Tennessee in the class rankings?

The fact that this is even a storyline is a testament to what James Franklin has done. Neither team has an incoming class that screams 'wow,' but each has a few impressive recruits. Tennessee will probably finish with a deeper class but it might lack an elite prospect while Vanderbilt could wind up with a few top players and solid but not great depth. It's a pivotal year for both programs and you wonder if getting someone like current pledge and top 25 running back Brian Kimbrow to sign will provide a boost for the Commodores over their in-state rival.

Most impressive class: Alabama

Most underrated class: South Carolina

Work left to do: Ole Miss

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
1. Dorial Green-Beckham WR Uncommitted
7. John Theus OL Georgia
10. Landon Collins DB Alabama
13. Nelson Agholor ATH Uncommitted
14. Stefon Diggs WR Uncommitted
17. Eddie Goldman DT Uncommitted
18. D.J. Humphries OL Florida
19. Shaq Roland WR South Carolina
20. Keith Marshall RB Georgia
23. Geno Smith DB Alabama
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Jeremy Pruitt, Chris Rumph, Kirby Smart and Lance Thompson, Alabama
Curtis Luper, Trooper Taylor and Tommy Thigpen, Auburn
Kris Cinkovich, Tim Horton and Chris Klenakis, Arkansas
D.J. Durkin, Aubrey Hill, Derek Lewis and Dan Quinn, Florida
Todd Grantham and Rodney Garner, Georgia
Tee Martin, Randy Sanders and Chuck Smith, Kentucky
Brick Haley, Greg Studrawa and Frank Wilson, LSU
Maurice Harris and Chris Kiffin, Ole Miss
Greg Knox, Tony Hughes and Chris Wilson, Mississippi State
Andy Hill and David Yost, Missouri
G.A. Mangus, Steve Spurrier Jr. and Lorenzo Ward, South Carolina
Darin Hinshaw, Terry Joseph and Sal Sunseri, Tennessee
Clarence McKinney, Brian Polian and Terrell Williams, Texas A&M
John Donovan, Herb Hand and Ricky Rahne, Vanderbilt

Head coach under pressure: Derek Dooley, Tennessee

Top SEC class prediction: Alabama

Top SEC signee: Dorial Green-Beckham

SEC school-by-school
East Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Jonathan Bullard
OL Jessamen Dunker
OL D.J. Humphries
TE Kent Taylor
Will Muschamp has a chance to reload quickly with the current group of commits. He's got good depth coming in along both lines and is in the running for several elite players like Diggs, Nelson Agholor and Tracy Howard.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 RB Todd Gurley
DL Jordan Jenkins
RB Keith Marshall
OL John Theus
It's not a 'Dream Team' like last year but there's several players like Gurley and/or Marshall who will play early on. They have to land their remaining targets, such as OL Avery Young, to go from solid to a great class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DB Zach Blaylock
DT Thomas Chapman
QB Patrick Towles
Towles is the headliner for this group and one of UK's best quarterback commits in a long time. There's three Blaylock's that are supposed to sign and Zach is the best of the bunch. The Wildcats might add one or two more on top of the 24 committed.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 OL Evan Boehm
OL Simon Goines
QB Maty Mauk
This is very solid first effort as the Tigers look to join the SEC and could get even better if they land #1 overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham. Mauk looks to fit right into the Mizzou system and make the transition from prolific high school passer to prolific college passer.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 RB Mike Davis
DB Jordan Diggs
DB Chaz Elder
WR Shaq Roland
There's not the buzz with this group like there was last year grabbing #1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney. Still, they have two great pick ups in Davis and Roland on offense and several other pieces that should make this a top 8-12 class come February 2nd.  
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB Devante Bourque
WR Jason Croom
DB LaDarrell McNeil
TE Justin Meredith
With mass staff changes and a down year, the Vols haven't gotten the elite player or two that everybody is used to seeing. Croom and Meredith are excellent weapons on offense though but there's a chance they could lose one of their top defenders on Signing Day too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB Brandon Banks
RB Brian Kimbrow
QB Patton Robinette
Kimbrow and Robinette appear to be the future of the Commodores offense and that's a great start for a group that might end up as good or better as their counterparts in the state.
West Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
27 DB Landon Collins
DB Geno Smith
ATH Eddie Williams
RB T.J. Yeldon
The Crimson Tide have already won a title in January and it's possible they'll get another come February 1st. This group has so many playmakers on both sides of the ball that several in this group will have to redshirt. Alabama is also in the running for several top commits so the rich might get even richer.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Cordale Boyd
OL Jeremy Ward
RB Jonathan Williams
This isn't a great recruiting class for the Hogs but it could be if Dorial Green-Beckham signs, as many expect. Williams has injury concerns but might be the sleeper running back in the class of 2012.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DB T.J. Davis
TE Darrion Hutcherson
RB Jovon Robinson
WR JaQuay Williams
Coordinator changes hurt this group, especially in terms of depth, but there are quality ball players from top to bottom. It wouldn't be surprising if Hutcherson and Williams leave a mark as freshmen.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Vadal Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis
LB Trey Granier
WR Avery Johnson
The Tigers are still in the running for some elite players when Signing Day rolls around but Les Miles has to be happy with the speed and athleticism the current class has. Johnson, if he sticks, could fill in quickly for the departed Rueben Randle.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 RB I'Tavius Mathers
QB Bo Wallace
DE Channing Ward
This isn't a big class so far as Hugh Freeze looks to completely rebuild Ole Miss but Wallace is one of the top Juco QBs and Ward might be a the best player in-state, so landing him is a huge boost.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 DT Quay Evans
DE A.J. Jefferson
ATH Will Redmond
There's nothing that sticks out about this group in particular but it could move from solid to good if Dan Mullen can secure commitments from QB Jeremy Liggins and LB Richie Brown. Adding those two to recent pledge Jefferson would make for a very nice year for the Bulldogs.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 QB Matt Davis
DB DeVante Harris
LB Jordan Richmond
RB Trey Williams
This was a top 10 class before Mike Sherman was fired and it looks like Kevin Sumlin will be able to keep the Aggies right around there. Davis and Williams are two dynamic players on offense and it's possible they'll be joined by former Texas commit, wide receiver Thomas Johnson too.



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Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:34 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 1:39 pm
 

Pre-Signing Day SEC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're less than 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 SEC.

   Alabama (27)

Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.)
Defensive back Deion Belue (Tuscumbia, Ala./Northeast Mississippi Juco)
Wide receiver Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Landon Collins (Geismar, La.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Amari Cooper (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Denzel Devall (Bastrop, La.)
Defensive back Travell Dixon (Miami, Fla./Eastern Arizona Juco)
Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end Kurt Freitag (Buford, Ga.)
Athlete Casey Gladney (Columbia, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.)
Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Tyler Hayes (Thomasville, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Hill (Collierville, Tenn.)
Athlete Cyrus Jones (Baltimore, Md.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Darren Lake (York, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Alec Morris (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end Darius Philon (Prichard, Ala.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland (Madison, Ala.)
Defensive back Geno Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Running back Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Arkansas (21)

Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Ray Buchanan Jr. (Suwanee, Ga.)
Defensive back Jared Collins (Tulsa, Okla.)
Wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan (Olive Branch, Miss.)
Defensive end Austin Flynn (Torrance, Calif./LA Harbor Juco)
Wide receiver Courtney Gardner (Reno, Nev./Sierra Juco)
Wide receiver Keon Hatcher (Owasso, Okla.)
Wide receiver Eric Hawkins (Longview, Texas)
Defensive back Will Hines (Waco, Texas)
Athlete Nathan Holmes (Port Arthur, Texas)
Defensive end Taiwan Johnson (Manvel, Texas)
Defensive end Brandon Lewis (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Defonta Lowe (Bearden, Ark.)
Running back Donovan Roberts (Norman, Okla.)
Defensive end Jeremy Sprinkle (White Hall, Ark.)
Linebacker Jakarri Thomas (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.)  
Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward Pottsville, Ark.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end JaMichael Winston (Prichard, Ala.)
Defensive end Deatrich Wise (Carrollton, Texas)

   Auburn (15)

Offensive lineman Shane Callahan (Parker, Colo.)
Defensive back T.J. Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Joshua Holsey (Fairburn, Ga.)
Athlete Darrion Hutcherson (Dadeville, Ala.)
Defensive back Jonathan Jones (Carrollton, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Robert Leff (Fairhope, Ala.)
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy (Birmingham, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Miller (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Linebacker Javiere Mitchell (Leeds, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Tyler Nero (Atmore, Ala.)
Tight end Ricky Parks (Hogansville, Ga.)
Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Gimel President (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.)
Running back Jovon Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver JaQuay Williams (Tyrone, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Florida (20)

Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.)
Defensive end Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Brian Cox Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Austin Hardin (Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Damien Jacobs (Gray, La./East Mississippi Juco)
Running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Rhaheim Ledbetter (Bolling Springs, N.C.)
Defensive tackle JaFar Mann (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Marcus Maye (Melbourne, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Alex McCalister (Clemmons, N.C.)
Linebacker Antonio Morrison (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.)
Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Brian Poole (Bradenton, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla.)
Tight end Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Colin Thompson (Warminster, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Georgia (16)
 
Defensive tackle John Atkins (Thomson, Ga.)
Kicker Collin Barber (Cartersville, Ga.)
Athlete Faton Bauta (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mark Beard (Adamsville, Ala./Coffeyville Juco)
Defensive end James Deloach (Millen, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Leonard Floyd (Eastman, Ga.) 
Running back Todd Gurley (Tarboro, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Quayvon Hicks (Blackshear, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Marshall Morgan (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Greg Pyke (Baltimore, Md.)
Tight end Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Blake Tibbs (Lithonia, Ga.)

   Kentucky (24)

Defensive back Daron Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Shawn Blaylock (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Zach Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Kory Brown (Moncks Corner, S.C./East Central Juco)
Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman (Louisville, Ky.)
Kicker Landon Foster (Thompson's Station, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Patrick Graffree (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Athlete Jadarion Harmon (Paduchah, Ky.)
Defensive back Josh Harris (Maysville, Ky.)
Offensive lineman T.J. Jones (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Wide receiver A.J. Legree (Fort White, Fla.)
Running back Dyshawn Mobley (Powell, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Zach Myers (Miamisburg, Ohio)
Defensive end Langston Newton (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive back Cody Quinn (Middletown, Ohio)
Defensive back Jonathan Reed (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Daniel Ross (Jeffersontown, Ky.)
Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Swindle (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Linebacker Kadeem Thomas (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Athlete Fred Tiller (Homerville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jon Toth (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Watson (Fayetteville, Ga.)

   LSU (21) 

Offensive lineman Vadal Alexander (Buford, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.)
Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.) 
Offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.)
Offensive lineman Reid Ferguson (Buford, Ga.)
Tight end Dillon Gordon (River Ridge, La.)
Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Jerald Hawkins (Baldwin, La.)
Running back Jeremy Hill (Baton Rouge, La.)
Wide receiver Kavahra Holmes (Breaux Bridge, La.)
Defensive end Danielle Hunter (Katy, Texas)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Deion Jones (New Orleans, La.)
Athlete Lamar Lewis (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Jalen Mills (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Lorenzo Phillips (Patterson, La.)
Defensive back Derrick Raymond (Metairie, La.)
Defensive back Jerquinick Sandolph (Boutte, La.) 
Defensive back Dwayne Thomas (New Orleans, La.)
Tight end John Thomas (Bossier City, La.)

   Ole Miss (15)

Offensive lineman Darone Bailey (Cleveland, Miss./Coahoma Juco)
Quarterback C.J. Beathard (Franklin, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Pierce Burton (Sacramento, Calif./City College of S.F. Juco)
Defensive back Dehendret Collins (Meadville, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln Juco)
Offensive lineman Robert Conyers (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.)
Linebacker Khalid Henderson (Mabelton, Ga.)
Athlete Mike Hilton (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Kenno Loyal (Decatur, Ga.)
Running back I'Tavius Mathers (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Temario Strong (Batesville, Miss.)
Quarterback Bo Wallace (Pulaski, Tenn../East Mississippi Juco)
Running back Jaylen Walton (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Channing Ward (Aberdeen, Miss.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Mississippi State (26)

Defensive end Nelson Adams (Brandon, Miss.)
Defensive back Quadry Antoine (Belle Chasse, La.)
Defensive end Denico Autry (Albermarle, N.C./East Mississippi Juco)
Athlete Adairius Barnes (Port Gibson, Miss.)
Kicker Devon Bell (Vicksburg, Miss.)
Linebacker Torrey Bell (New Oreleans, La.)
Wide receiver Frederick Brown (Jackson, Miss.)
Defensive end Ryan Brown (Marrero, La.)
Offensive lineman Cole Carter (Caledonia, Miss.)
Defensive back Kivon Coman (Florence, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Devon Desper (Madison, Miss.)
Linebacker Lelland Ducksworth (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Athlete Deonte Evans (McComb, Miss.)
Defensive tackle Quay Evans (Morton, Miss.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Xavier Grindle (Columbia, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Dylan Holley (D'Iberville, Miss./Gulf Coast Juco)
Athlete Brandon Holloway (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Nick James (Long Beach, Miss.)
Defensive end A.J. Jefferson (Summit, Miss.)
Defensive back Cedric Jiles (Clinton, Miss.)
Athlete Adarrius Perkins (Brooklyn, Miss.)
Athlete Will Redmond (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Justin Senior (Chatham, Va.)
Offensive lineman Charles Siddoway (Eugene, Ore./Butte Juco)
Tight end Gus Walley (Leakesville, Miss.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Washington (Suwanee, Ga.)

  Missouri (17)

Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Levi Copelin (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Tight end Sean Culkin (Largo, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Simon Goines (Keller, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Running back Russell Hansbrough (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive end Rickey Hatley (Atlanta, Texas)
Quarterback Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive tackle Edmund Ray (St. Louis, Mo.)
Linebacker Michael Scherer (St. Louis, Mo.)
Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Ka'Ra Stewart (O'Fallon, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Williams (Denton, Texas)
Defensive end Evan Winston (Muskegon Heights, Mich.)

   South Carolina (24)

Athlete Jerell Adams (Summerton, S.C.)
Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Jordan Diggs (Capre Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Chaz Elder (College Park, Ga.)
Defensive end Darius English (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive back Kyle Fleetwood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Wide receiver Jody Fuller (Monroe, N.C.)
Defensive back T.J. Gurley (Cairo, Ga.)
Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker Kaiwan Lewis (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Rico McWilliams (Hampton, Ga.)
Quarterback Brendan Nosovitch (Allentown, Pa.)
Tight end Kelvin Rainey (Yulee, Fla.)
Wide receiver Shaq Roland (Lexington, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)
Wide receiver Kwinton Smith (Dillon, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brock Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Clayton Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Kicker Nick St. Germain (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive end Jhaustin Thomas (Decatur, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (Seffner, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mason Zandi (Chapin, S.C.)

   Tennessee (21)

Athlete Cody Blanc (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Defensive back Deion Bonner (Columbus, Ga.)
Defensive back Devante Bourque (Crowley, La.)
Wide receiver Drae Bowles (Jackson, Tenn.)
Kicker George Bullock (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Wide receiver Jason Croom (Norcross, Ga.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Alden Hill (Alliance, Ohio)
Athlete Alton Howard (Orlando, Fla.)
Athlete Justin King (Dunwoody, Ga.)
Defensive end LaTroy Lewis (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Daniel McCullers (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Defensive back LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive Danny O'Brien (Flint, Mich.)
Quarterback Nathan Peterman (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Linebacker Otha Peters (Covington, La.)
Linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas)
Defensive end Darrington Sentimore (Destrehan, La./Gulf Coast Juco)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Running back Queshaun Watson (Athens, Ga.)

  Texas A&M
(20)

Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Wide receiver Sabian Holmes (Southlake, Texas)
Offensive lineman Germain Ifeadi (Houston, Texas)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Defensive end Julien Obioha (New Orleans, La.)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Wide receiver Derel Walker (Athens, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Vanderbilt (21)

Defensive end Torey Agee (Opelika, Ala.)
Defensive end Caleb Azubike (Nashville, Tenn.)
Defensive back Brandon Banks (Brandywine, Md.)
Defensive end Ladarius Banks (Dallas, Ga.)
Wide receiver Cory Batey (Nashville, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Adam Butler (Ducanville, Texas)
Kicker Colby Cooke (Goochland, Va.)
Defensive end Josh Dawson (Tucker, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Blake Fromang (Orlando, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Barrett Gouger (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Defensive back Paris Head (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Darreon Herring (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Will Holden (Green Cove Springs, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Andrew Jelks (Paris, Tenn.)
Running back Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Jaborian McKenzie (Natchez, Miss.)
Athlete Chris Moody (McDonough, Ga.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jacob Sealand (Tucker, Ga.)
Defensive end Stephen Weatherly (Atlanta, Ga.)




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Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:20 pm
 

2012 All-star game top performers


Posted by Bryan Fischer

The three major all-star games are over and the recruits are all on their way back home as they settle into a big three week stretch before Signing Day rolls around. As the last high school competitions of the 2011 season, the games also gave us a chance to see how players do against future FBS talent. Based on the performances during the Semper Fi game, Under Armour All-American game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, here's a few standouts at each position.

QUARTERBACK

Jeff Lindquist, committed to Washington
Semper Fi game

The Huskies commits shined during all-star game week and Lindquist started things off by being the best QB in the Semper Fi game, tossing two touchdowns and keeping some plays alive with his feet when needed. He's got great pocket awareness and a strong arm, perfect fits in his future college system.

Cyler Miles, committed to Washington
Army All-American Bowl: 7-of-8, 155 yards, two total touchdowns

The co-MVP of the game, Miles was a savvy signal-caller who got the start for the West and was on point most of the game. He took some sacks but generally got the ball out quickly and was accurate in hitting his receivers. He throws a great deep ball and hit Dorial Green-Beckham for the play of the game on the longest touchdown pass in bowl history in the 2nd quarter.

Jameis Winston, committed to Florida State
Under Armour All-American game: 8-of-9, 178 yards and two touchdowns

The MVP, Winston is best described as a gamer. He wasn't perfect but used his legs to escape a collapsing pocket several times and nearly turned in some Michael Vick-esque plays. He was accurate in the passing game and delivered a beautiful deep ball to hit his target in stride for a 75-yard touchdown. If he sticks to football, the sky's the limit based on how good he is despite being raw.

RUNNING BACK

Mike Davis, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: six carries for 16 yards, two catches for 31 yards

Davis showed a great blend of speed and power and had the burst to get out of the hole and into daylight. He had a nice move that he bounced to the sideline for a 26 yard gain and was one of the few East offensive players who could get things going.

Randy 'Duke' Johnson, committed to Miami
Under Armour All-American game: nine carries for 50 yards, three catches for 18 yards, 161 all-purpose yards

It's pretty clear who the best back in the state of Florida is after Johnson put his moves on display for a national audience. His ability to weave in and out of tackles is remarkable and he's got the vision and moves to take advantage of even the smallest amount of space. His 83-yard kick return had him cutting across the field at least three times before being pushed out just short of the end zone. Johnson is clearly a threat to score every time he has the ball in his hands.

T.J. Yeldon, committed to Alabama
Army All-American Bowl: five carries for 16 yards, three catches for 39 yards

The Tide get another great back in Yeldon, who seemed to kick it in an extra gear whenever a defender came near him. He's got great athleticism and showed it off with a leaping try for the endzone that came up just short. He is an every down back with the way he can come out of the back field to catch passes or run between the tackles.

WIDE RECEIVER

Marvin Bracy, committed to Florida State
Under Armour All-American game: two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown

Need speed? Bracy has plenty of it and flaunted it by getting behind several defensive backs as a deep threat. His touchdown came on a 32 yard catch that was easily one of the highlights of the week as he twisted around to grab the ball and held on for the score.

Amari Cooper, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: two catches for 95 yards and a touchdown

Cooper produced a play to start off the game for the White with a 75-yarder from Winston that set the tone in the Under Armour game. He ended up snagging the ball in stride over a defender and was off to the races after that. His blend of good hands and speed make him one of the top players in the country and underrated by anybody who doesn't think he can make a big impact in Tuscaloosa.

D.J. Foster, undecided
Semper Fi game

Foster was a multipurpose tool during the game and played at receiver, running back and took some snaps as a wildcat quarterback. He's a solid guy who can take the ball downhill while using his speed and quickness in the open field.

Dorial Green-Beckham, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: two catches, 88 yards and a touchdown

Green-Beckham had a pair of drops but the one-handed, record-setting grab he had in the first half was enough to overcome them. The first thing that stands out is his size, dwarfing anybody but one or two offensive linemen, and speed (definite two-stepper) that are some of the reasons why he's the top player in the class of 2012. He's still raw but his physical tools are unmatched by any wide out.

Jaydon Mickens, undecided
Semper Fi game

Mickens caught a touchdown and was named the MVP after doing just about everything he could in the West's victory. He nearly had a touchdown pass but the ball went off the receiver's hands but had several nice catch-and-runs to make up for it. He's shifty in traffic and if he's in open space, good luck catching him.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Jonathan Bullard, committed to Florida
Army All-American Bowl: one sack, three tackles

Bullard surprised with his strength and size from the end spot and gave the tackles trouble all game long. He was able to apply a constant stream of pressure and played the run well - a rarity in some of these games. He committed to Florida during the game and should be someone who plays early given how ready he looks for college.

Jordan Jenkins, uncommitted
Under Armour All-American game: eight tackles, two for loss, two sacks

Jenkins was playing out of position at tackle but made an impact with his quickness to get by offensive linemen with ease. He moved outside for a play or two but the ability to handle the interior line like he did was just another sign of a great player.

Noah Spence, committed to Ohio State
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, four for a loss, three sacks

There's a reason he's the number one defensive end in the nation as he was quick off the snap, had the power and agility to pass rush and could play the run well. Spence filled the stat sheet and was in the backfield just about every play. With his size at the moment combined with polished pass rush moves, it won't be too long before every Big Ten quarterback knows his name and number.

Adolphus Washington, committed to Ohio State
Army All-American Bowl: two tackles, two sacks

Another great performance out of Washington is one reason why the Buckeyes' defensive line class looks absolutely frightening in 2012. He displayed a terrific first step and chased players down from the backside like a man on a mission. Though the West offensive line was pretty solid, Washington was a thorn in their side all game long.

Channing Ward, committed to Ole Miss
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, three for a loss, two sacks

Ward was unblockable and terrorized opposing quarterbacks all night long so much that the coaches need to take him out to give the other team a chance. He led the White team defense in every category and had even more pressure than what showed up in the box score. He looked an awful lot like DeMarcus Ware against some talented offensive linemen down in Tampa.

LINEBACKER

Joe Bolden, committed to Michigan
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, one for a loss

Bolden wasn't the most impressive linebacker at the even but he was extremely solid and among the most sound defensive players at the game. He racked up seven tackles and fit the gap well after recognizing run plays.

Reggie Ragland, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, half for a loss

The first thing that stands out is Ragland's size and ability to be just an absolute load coming downhill. He'll fit in well as an inside linebacker playing the run as I didn't see too much of him in coverage.

DEFENSIVE BACK

Landon Collins, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: four tackles, interception

Collins is one of the top players in the country and proved it against all-star competition. He can hit - delivering a touchdown-saving, loud hit at the goal line - and cover. He's instinctive and beyond all else hits another level once the bright lights come on.

De'Vante Harris, undecided
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles

Harris made waves after the game by decommitting from Oklahoma but that shouldn't overshadow his performance on the field. He was able to play wide receivers well and came up to tackle well when needed in run support. What really impressed were his instincts, knowing just when to come off his man and when to sink back.

Tracy Howard, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: one tackle

Howard is as close as it gets to being a shutdown corner for this class and opposing quarterbacks rarely looked his way during the game. What stands out about him is how fluid he is in coverage and the ability to play his man while reading the quarterback. He's savvy and understands the game better than most.

Marcus Maye, committed to Florida
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, fumble recovery

Normally a safety, Maye slid up and played linebacker in the game and impressed with how well he did in traffic. He was flying all around and used his speed to track down some speedy players. He was, naturally, solid in coverage and showed plenty of range that will serve him well at safety. He did a great job of turning his hips and changing directions quickly too.

Kendall Sanders, committed to Texas
Army All-American Bowl: two tackles, two interceptions

Sanders picked off two passes during the game and was roaming around like a ball-hawk that he could be. His position isn't set in college but based on the Army Bowl, cornerback or nickelback is a good start when he arrives in Austin. He turns his hips well and did a good job of sinking off his man into the throwing lane.

Tee Shepard, committed to Notre Dame
Semper Fi game

Shepard locked down his opposing receiver and was rarely tested by opposing quarterbacks all night. He's so lengthy that he can play the press coverage well or back off and roam a little to play ball-hawking corner. He turns his hips so well that he can change directions quicker than a receiver can sometimes.

Shaq Thompson, committed to Cal
Army All-American Bowl: five tackles, two for loss

Thompson was all over the field on Saturday and backed up his number five overall ranking with his play against some of the best in the country. His size stands out but he can run and was a hard hitter that you didn't want to go over the middle in front of. He led the West in tackles and was the enforcer in the secondary.

Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:25 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 8:25 pm
 

Channing Ward set for Ole Miss

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Aberdeen (Miss.) defensive end/linebacker Channing Ward was pretty sure he knew where he was going at the beginning of the week but it wasn't until informed coaches on Wednesday and he actually put on the hat on national television before it became a reality. One of the top players at his position, Ward announced he was going to Ole Miss Thursday Night at the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field.

"I'm going to the University of Mississippi," Ward said. "I feel like I'm at home and I get taken care of and get to play with my brother."

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end is versitle enough to also play outside linebacker in a 3-4 system. He had narrowed his choices to Ole Miss, Alabama and Mississippi State but felt that Oxford was the place for him.

"Channing keeps good pad level and plays the game on his feet," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He makes plays from sideline to sideline, is excellent in pursuit, very active, and shows a good closing burst. Blessed with long arms, quick feet, and excellent growth potential."

Ward had a very productive senior season, racking up 116 tackles and 16 sacks. He was named a 2011 Air Force Second team All-American by Maxpreps and ranked 9th in the country at the outside linebacker position.

Ward becomes the 14th commitment for Ole Miss' class of 2012 and a major victory for new head coach Hugh Freeze.


Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Impressive visitor list in Tuscaloosa for LSU-ALA



Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just a few weeks ago, recruitniks were impressed with the quality and quantity of high level recruits that were in South Bend for the USC-Notre Dame game. Several people termed it Brian Kelly's 'Super Bowl.'

This Saturday is college football's actual Recruiting Super Bowl (well, not actual Super Bowl but as close as one gets in the regular season). On the sidelines, a truly star-studded cast, topping the century mark in terms of number of official and unofficial visitors. Though Nick Saban and his staff will no doubt be occupied with the team in purple and gold, they'll be spending some time hosting the biggest recruiting weekend Tuscaloosa has seen in years.

The biggest visitor coming in is five-star safety Landon Collins. Both LSU and Alabama are battling for his services but it will be tough to lure him out-of-state. A big win over the Tigers and an impressive visit however, might be enough to leave a lasting impression that will pay off on Signing Day. Collins isn't the only five-star or big name headed in for the game though, as illustrated by the partial list below.

Official visitors

DT/OT Arik Armstead
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama commit
DB Landon Collins
LB Noor Davis, Stanford commit
DB Travell Dixon, JUCO
DT Eddie Godlman
DE Jordan Jenkins
OT Avery Young

Unofficial visitors

LB Kwon Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis, LSU commit
DE Denzel Devall
DB Trae Elston
DT Quay Evans
TE Kurt Freitag
DT Issac Gross, Ole Miss commit
OT Brandon Hill
QB Jeremy Liggins
RB Barry Sanders Jr.
DT Justin Shanks, Florida State commit
DB Dwayne Thomas, LSU commit
DT Dalvin Tomlinson
DL Channing Ward
DE Jamichael Winston, Arkansas commit
DB P.J. Williams, Florida State commit
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State commit
RB T.J. Yeldon, Auburn commit

Alabama commitments

DE Ryan Anderson
DT Dakota Ball
WR Chris Black
RB Kenyan Drake
WR Casey Gladney
OL Brandon Greene
K Adam Griffith
OL Caleb Gulledge
LB Tyler Hayes
DT Darren Lake
LB Dillon Lee
QB Alec Morris
DT Darius Philon
LB Reggie Ragland
DB Geno Smith
ATH Justin Thomas
DB Eddie Williams

2013 Recruits:

OL Bradley Bozeman, Alabama commit
DB Cameron Burrows
LB Reginald Carter
DB Antonio Conner
LB Rueben Foster, Alabama commit
RB Derrick Henry, Georgia commit
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama commit
DL Dee Liner, Auburn commit
QB Johnathon McCrary
DE Robert Nkemdiche
OL Lovell Peterson
WR Earnest Robinson
RB Kelvin Taylor (Alabama-Florida battle)
DB Tramel Terry
RB Altee Tenpenny

2014 Recruits:

RB Sony Michel
WR Bo Scarborough
LB Tre Williams
DE Gerald Willis



Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:54 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 1:55 pm
 

8/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Updates on two top offensive tackles, Zach Banner and Joshua Garnett.

- Athlete Demetrious Cox has narrowed down his list to 10 schools.

USC will have to rely on their top five recruiting class this season.

FAU's recruiting will get complicated with Howard Schnellenberger retiring.

 Penn State's recruiting class might get even better.

The SEC could expand their recruiting base if Texas A&M joins the conference. A few Aggie commits discuss the possible move.

Defensive end Channing Ward and defensive tackle Quay Evans talked about recruiting while at Mississippi State.

The surgery on Florida commit Matt Jones went well.

Kentucky commit Patrick Towles is ready for the season to begin.

 An update on Oklahoma commit Ty Darlington.

Good story on Auburn recruit Zeke Pike and quarterback coach George Whitfield saying he has no ceiling.

Commitments:

Defensive back Justin Simmons committed to Boston College.

Penn State picked up two big time players recently.

Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Alabama Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- If one championship was lucky, a second confirms what the South Florida-based Footballers Fire 7-on-7 team thought all along, that they were one of the most talented teams in the country.

Composed mostly of players who were cut from the elite South Florida Express travel team, the Footballers Fire ended up beating them for a title in Tampa and ran through the competition over the weekend to grab their second title on the campus of Samford University.

The group ended up taking three vans from Miami to Birmingham, a trip that lasted over 13 hours. The long drive was the furthest thing from their mind when they held up the championship trophy though.

"Everybody was excited about getting out of Florida and coming to Alabama," Pompano Beach (Fla.) cornerback Adrian Burton said. "The difference between Tampa and here is we came up here undefeated. We didn't lose one game in this tournament and we won outside of our elements. We wanted to prove we were college-ready and came to play outside of our elements by playing in another state."

The team was the most vocal of any of the 15 teams that came to the event from all over the South. Part of the hooting and hollering after every play was strategy, especially once they reached the championship game and kept quiet in order to throw the other team off.

"The competition was really good," Gainesville (Fla.) corner Chris Bivins said. "We talked a bunch throughout the day but we decided to calm it down for the championship game and make them think we weren't playing. We were quiet and things started clicking."

Bivins is not full-time member of Footballers Fire but decided to come along on the trip and play with several of his friends on the team. He deferred to other members of the team in terms of playing time but still managed to make an impact in the secondary, playing both slot and outside receivers.

Burton, on the other hand, was in for nearly every play on defense and picked off two passes during the tournament, one more than he had in Tampa. Grabbing an extra pick wasn't as meaningful for the talented corner as grabbing a second title however.

"It meant a lot to me personally," Burton said. "We heard on ESPN that there was no way we can repeat, it was a fluke. Honestly we don't take that too lightly. We went from the cut list (from the South Florida Express) to winning two 7-on-7 championships. What more can we say?"

Texas Tech is one school showing a lot of interest in Burton but has yet to offer him a scholarship. Defensive backs coach Otis Mounds is the coach recruiting him and Burton had good things to say about the former South Florida high school coach.

"He has to be one of the coolest guys I've met who is a recruiter," Burton said. "He talks about real stuff, real situations, he doesn't actually talk that much about football. In his words, there's only two things they want us to come to Texas Tech for, to play ball and get your education. Education and football, I'm glad he pointed that out and it's not just football."

Bivins is also seeing his recruitment pick up with the May Evaluation period in full swing and already holds five offers, including ones from Utah and USF. He picked up his first SEC offer from South Carolina on Thursday and is excited about what the Gamecocks bring to the table.

"They've been contacting me lately. Coach (Steve) Spurrier Jr. came to school but I wasn't there because I had a track meet," Bivins said. "I called him on the phone and he said they were going to offer me a scholarship because they love big corners with long arms and speed."

Both players will head to the Badger Sports National 7-on-7 Tournament in Dallas over Fourth of July weekend.

Ward drops into coverage

Aberdeen (Miss.) defensive end Channing Ward didn't show up for Day One of the tournament and many thought he had taken an unofficial visit or just stayed home for the weekend. Turns out he had a good excuse as he was anchoring Aberdeen High's 4x100 and 4x200 track team and ended up running a 11.3 second 100 meters at a hefty 6-foot-2, 250 pounds.

The big and fast defensive end ended up playing linebacker for much of Day Two of the tournament and did so mainly to get better with his footwork and show off a little bit more to observers.

"It was a good challenge," Ward said. "I had to keep my feet moving. I think it will make me a better defensive end because I have to keep my feet moving. I felt ok."

Ward recently picked up another offer to add to his growing list that is sitting at 16 and includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and Notre Dame among others.

"I picked up an offer from Miami last Friday," Ward said. "I have interest in them."

There are also several schools close to extending a scholarship and Ward offered up one school who might be the next to pull the trigger.

"Florida State. The've been writing me a lot and told me to come to their camp," Ward said. "I'm going this summer. I'll also probably go to LSU and Auburn (camps). I've been to both of them to watch a game and on Junior Day."

Alabama and Mississippi State are the two schools recruiting him the hardest with Crimson Tide assistant Jeff Stoutland being his primary recruiter and one of the few who are recruiting him as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. He still hasn't narrowed down his list of schools but looking for a few things in his future school.

"Graduation rate, good vibe from the coaches," he said.

Ward has offers from just about every SEC schools and projects more as a defensive end than linebacker in college.

Dural doesn't live up to his own high standards

One of the few commitments participating in the tournament was Beaux Bridge (La.) wide receiver Travin Dural. The LSU commitment didn't get too many balls thrown his way and had trouble meshing with his teammates he met just two days before on their way from Louisiana.

"I didn't feel like I played my best, I kind of had an off weekend," Dural said. "I did alright in some games but just didn't really get it going."

Although he didn't live up to his own high standards, Dural did compete against some of the best defensive talent he's seen and he felt he measured up well despite having an off weekend.

"I wanted to play with the best and see how I do," he said. "They say these are some of the best players in the country so I wanted to see how good I really am. I kind of showed that I can compete with them."

Firmly committed to LSU, his commitment was pretty open and shut as soon as the Tigers became interested in the in-state prospect.

"When I got the offer," he said of when he committed. "That was the school I wanted to go to ever since I was little. That helped because I wanted to go there and didn't have to worry about committing when I wanted to go there."

The 6-foot-2, 170 pound Dural is still receiving mail from several programs but isn't being actively recruited by anybody. Many schools will stop by to see him when spring football starts in two weeks but putting on the pads isn't something Dural is looking forward to.

"No," he said with a grin. "It's going to be hot out there. I'm in track right now so I'm not even in football shape. I do the 200 and high jump, long jump and 4x200 (relay). I've got the state track meet next weekend at LSU. Last week at regionals, our relay team ran the seventh fastest time in the nation."

Gross looks good at quarterback

There were not a lot of high caliber quarterbacks in Birmingham but Memphis (Tenn.) signal caller Will Gross was one of the top two or three at the event, throwing a good spiral and really showing some velocity on throws. He's already received offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt and picked up a big one last week after a few schools stopped by during the evaluation period.

"Memphis, Wake Forest, Alabama and UConn," Gross said of the schools that came by Melrose High. "Alabama offered Thursday. I'm blessed. I'm glad the coaches see something in me. They have a good program and get you ready for the NFL. They have a great staff. I'm going to visit next month."

While some schools are recruiting him as an athlete, Alabama is recruiting him as quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 175 pound Gross wants to play quarterback in college and that will be an issue he'll bring up to those schools pursuing him.

"Mississippi State and Arkansas State," he said of schools that are recruiting him the hardest. "It doesn't matter where I go. I'm very patient and want to take my time. I might commit during the season."

Gross has already taken a few unofficial visits and will take some time over the next few weeks to plan where he'll go next. He won't limit his planning to just unofficial visits though, he plans on taking all five of his official visits and is already trying to figure out when and where to go.

"I don't know them all," he said. "I know three, Louisville, Kentucky and Alabama. Those are my top three right now."

Alabama's recent offer appears to make them the co-leader along with Louisville for Gross but he remains open until taking his visits.

Recruitment of Kimbrow heating up

A few miles away from Gross, running back Brian Kimbrow is becoming a hot name for recruiters. The city of Memphis is always a must stop for coaches on their way around the south and Memphis East is becoming the first destination in the city thanks in large part to Kimbrow.

"Duke stopped by, Western Kentucky, Tennessee and some more coaches are supposed to come by next week," Kimbrow said. "Notre Dame has come by. Lots of people."

The 5-foot-9, 170 pound scat-back recently picked up offers from Maryland and Wake Forest to put his total number of offers at close to 30. With so much attention being shown at this point in the recruiting process, Kimbrow is just taking everything as it comes and keeping a level head.

"It's hard to say right now because I'm being patient. I don't want to rush into recruiting and end up going somewhere that doesn't fit me," he said.

So far Kimbrow is taking unofficial visits like most top recruits and is starting out local before heading out to schools outside of the region this summer.

"I've been to Tennessee, Memphis and I have plans to go to Cincinnati and Vanderbilt," he said. "I have plans to go to Notre Dame. I've also been to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss."

Kimbrow has no set timetable for when he makes his commitment but the talented athlete, who also could be a slot receiver in college, is looking to stay focused on his high school team before worrying about where he'll end up in college.

"More than likely it will be after the season so I can focus on that during the season," he said of a commitment date. "Right now though, I'd say Tennessee and Vanderbilt and Cincinnati are standing out though.

"It doesn't matter where I go, I just want a place that fits me."

Notes

- Talented Lemming Top 100 linebacker Deaysean Rippy didn't play too much this weekend due to nagging injuries but did mention he was hearing a lot from Florida and that the Gators are at the top of his list at the moment. He was planning on taking more unofficial visits over the next few months so that might change.

- Marietta (Ga.) sophomore quarterback Eddie Printz did not have a very good first day, struggling to throw a spiral and get things going for Team Georgia. He came back much sharper on day two however, really spinning the ball well while leading his team to the championship game. He had some serious talent to throw to at wide out and while they saved him on day one, Printz made them look good on day two with some very nice deep balls.

- One of Printz's wide outs was Norcross (Ga.) athlete Jason Croom. He was the top receiver at the event and was a nightmare to cover with his 6-foot-5, 230 pound frame. At this point, he's a bit of a hybrid receiver/tight end until he fills out but he certainly has some very good pass catching skills. Georgia might be close to offering which might change things in his recruitment but it looks like Miami might be the team to beat at the moment. Georgia commit C.J. Curry was also on the team and played well but it was Croom who was the best receiver at the event.

- Justin Combs, son of Sean "Diddy" Combs, picked up offers Middle Tennessee and Wyoming recently and took an unofficial to UAB after the tournament. He has family in Alabama and one of his coaches said he is looking to step out from his dad's shadow but doesn't mind going to a smaller school to play football.

- Memphis (Tenn.) running back Jovon Robinson has a bit of a rivalry with Kimbrow in terms of who will be the top running back in the city and certainly showed he was capable of the top spot in terms of pass catching and quickness. His most recent offer was from Penn State and he said several SEC schools who have already offered stopped by to evaluate him further last week.

- Olive Branch (Miss.) wide receiver De'Arthur Cowan was one player who impressed from the Mississippi team. He said he had five offers, including ones from Arkansas and Mississippi State. Ole Miss visited his school last week and could be the next to offer. Cowan displayed good hands and ran nice routes but he needs to add some weight to his very skinny frame.

- Footballers Fire quarterback Ghierry Van der Kuyp has a very unusual sidearm throwing motion but he managed to be the most accurate quarterback at the event. He is being recruited by several programs as a wide receiver and the Hialeah (Fla.) athlete is close to getting offers from Miami and Florida. A commitment to Miami might follow if they offer because both of his parents are Miami fans. When Footballers Fire went up big on Team Georgia in the championship game, Van deer Kuyp played some wide receiver but badly injured his ankle and had to be taken off the field.

 
 
 
 
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