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Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Alabama out in front for top 2013 recruit

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

Alabama, fresh off a stellar 2011 recruiting class that closed with Cyrus Kouandjio, is already making big strides with the class of 2012, gaining verbal pledges from eight recruits, including Eddie Williams, Kenyan Drake, and Reggie Ragland.

However, the Crimson Tide is also out in the lead for one of the country's top recruits for the class of 2013: Troup (LaGrange, Ga.) linebacker Reuben Foster.

Foster, who is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, has tremendous size to go along with excellent instinct for such a young linebacker. He recently visited Alabama, where he got to spend time with current players and chat with head coach Nick Saban. He came away extremely impressed.

"They treat me like I'm part of the family already," Foster wrote in a text.

Asked if Alabama was his early leader, he replied, "Oh ya."

Foster also hopes to visit a geographically diverse group of schools that includes South Carolina, Texas and Oregon.

ZACH BANNER HAS OPTIONS 

Zach Banner, one of the nation's top offensive linemen in the class of 2012, has plenty of options to weigh in the recruiting process. The 6-9, 310-pounder has received offers from across the country.

According to Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.) head coach Dave Miller, Banner has been recruited heavily by many Pac-10 programs, but he also has an interest in several schools far from home, including Ohio State and Michigan.

The Wolverines in particular seem to have piqued Banner's interest.

"Michigan is back in with Hoke, going back to the big road graders," Miller said. "Getting the offer from Michigan last week was really exciting for Zach."

Miller said that pedigree for producing top tackles could be an important factor in Banner's decision.

JAMIL POLLARD'S FIRST OFFER IS A BIG ONE 

Florida has done well recruiting in New Jersey recently, landing the likes of Justin Trattou, Will Hill, and Josh Evans. The Gators are hoping to continue that trend by landing West Deptford (Westville, N.J.) two-way lineman Jamil Pollard.

Last week, Florida became the first program to offer the 6-5, 270-pounder, according to West Deptford head coach Clyde Folsom.

Pollard is thought to be a Rutgers lean, but the Scarlet Knights have yet to offer. By offering first, Florida has left an impression on one of the Garden State's best underclassmen.

COACHES ARE LINING UP FOR DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM 

Arguably the nation's top junior, Dorial Green-Beckham continues to be inundated with interest from colleges.

The verbal offers — from nearly every school in the country — had already poured in. Recently, Hillcrest was inundated with college coaches who are attempting to land the 6-6, talent-laden receiver.

According to Tracy Beckham, nearly a dozen head coaches visited the school in January before National Signing Day, from Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino to former Notre Dame head coach and current Florida assistant Charlie Weis.

With the sad news of Green-Beckham's younger brother Darnell being diagnosed with Leukemia, Green-Beckham may be more likely to play his college ball close to home, as the two share a close relationship.

DAVID PERKINS VISITS NOTRE DAME FOR JUNIOR DAY 

David Perkins, a standout athlete at Washington (South Bend, Ind.), visited Notre Dame for Junior Day over the weekend.

The Fighting Irish have yet to offer Perkins, who claims offers from Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Louisville and several MAC schools.

Perkins transferred to Washington after originally beginning his high school career in Michigan. He finished his junior season with 63 tackles and 13 sacks.

BOSCO QUARTET FAR FROM MAKING DECISIONS 

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) boasts four juniors who will be highly sought-after in the next recruiting cycle: defensive end Darius Hamilton, wide receiver Leonte Carroo, and defensive backs Elijah Shumate and Yuri Wright.

The four played an instrumental role in Don Bosco Prep's 12-0 season last year, and figure to be key players for the Ironmen in 2011. All four have heard from numerous colleges and have yet to narrow down their list of schools.

Hamilton is the son of former New York Giants defensive tackle Keith Hamilton, who attended Pitt. The Panthers have already offered the younger Hamilton, who could be the mostly highly coveted of the four.

Photos by Jeff Napier and Dan Coppola.
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:23 am
 

2011 Recruiting Oscars

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Oscars are tonight and while Hollywood and the recruiting world don’t often mesh, we’re about to change that. Although the class of 2011 didn’t put on a tuxedo to announce what college they’re committing to (though we assume that’s coming), pretend for a second that they did and the NCAA handed out some golden statues to the best stories of the year. Who would they go to?

May we present the Recruiting Oscars for 2011:

Best Picture goes to... 

Georgia running back commit Isaiah Crowell for ‘Bulldog’s are for me.’

Actor in a leading role goes to... 

Georgia commit Jay Rome for being the ringleader for the ‘Georgia Dream Team.’

Actor in a supporting role goes to...

Alabama offensive lineman Arie Kounadjio for helping convince his brother Cyrus to attend Alabama and then announcing it to the world on his Twitter account.

Best costume design goes to... 

Alabama for the presentation (and subsequent controversy) of 'Fax Cam' and the outfit worn by Fax Cam Girl.

Best director goes too... 

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, who, despite being a head coach for less than two years, cleaned up in the state of Florida and brought in one of the top classes in the nation.

Best visual effects goes to... 

Defensive back Floyd Raven, who's mother designed a picture perfect forgery of a Letter of Intent to send to Ole Miss before Raven eventually signed with Texas A&M.

Best makeup goes to...

USC head coach Lane Kiffin for being able to put a lot of makeup on USC's sanctions and scholarship limits to bring in 30 recruits to the land of Troy.

Best adapted screenplay goes to... 

It's rare for sequels to win Oscars but Jadeveon Clowney takes home the golden statue for 'Number One Recruit Waits to Sign.'

Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Everybody's Prep All-Americans

By MaxPreps' Kevin Askeland 

What do La'el Collins, Jadeveon Clowney, Anthony Johnson and Curtis Grant have in common?

Besides all being supremely talented athletes, they were the only four high school football players to be named to each of the seven All-American football teams that have been published since the end of the 2010 season.

MaxPreps, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Tom Lemming and Scout all selected All-American teams and the fearsome foursome listed above were the only unanimous selections out of 108 total All-American players selected across the seven teams.

Here's a look at the consensus All-American selections followed by the teams that they made.

Everybody's All-Americans

WR - Kasen Williams, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) - MaxPreps, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
WR - George Farmer, Serra (Gardena, Calif.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, ESPN Rise, Scout
TE - Ben Koyack, Oil City (Pa.) - MaxPreps, Parade, Scout
OL - La'el Collins, Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, La.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
OL - Brandon Shell, Goose Creek (S.C.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
OL - Brey Cook, Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Parade, Scout
OL - Christian Westerman, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) - Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Scout
QB - Kiehl Frazier, Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.) - Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
RB - Malcolm Brown, Steele (Cibolo, Texas) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
RB - Demetrius Hart, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) - MaxPreps, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade
K - Kyle Brindza, Plymouth (Canton, Mich.) - MaxPreps, Rivals, ESPN Rise, Parade

DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
DL - Anthony Johnson, O. Perry Walker (New Orleans) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
DL - Viliami Moala, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) - MaxPreps, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
DL - Tim Jernigan, Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) - Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
LB - Curtis Grant, Hermitage (Richmond, Va.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
LB - Stephone Anthony, Anson (Wadesboro, N.C.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
LB - Tony Steward, Menendez (St. Augustine, Fla.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today
DB - Demetrious Nicholson, Bayside (Virginia Beach, Va.) - MaxPreps, Rivals, Parade, Scout
DB - Ha'sean Clinton-dix, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, Scout
DB - Brandon Swindall, Millwood (Oklahoma City) - MaxPreps, ESPN Rise, Parade
DB - Doran Grant, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) - Tom Lemming, ESPN Rise, Scout
P - Tommy Hibbard, Butler (Matthews, N.C.) - MaxPreps, ESPN Rise

Posted on: February 17, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Class Comparison: Alabama vs. Auburn

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're still digesting the class of 2011 and what better way to look at it than through the lens of two rivals. Given all that's gone on in the state of Alabama the past few days, looking at Auburn and Alabama's recent classes were a natural start.

Alabama vs. Auburn
Quarterback
 

Kiehl Frazier vs. Phillip Ely. Frazier is MaxPreps' second ranked dual-threat quarterback and is a terrific blend of athleticism with a strong arm. Ely has seen his stock slip since his junior year and a disappointing performance at the Army All-American Bowl weekend backed that up. The departure of Cam Newton also means Frazier could be the starting quarterback sooner rather than later.

Running Back
 

Quan Bray and Tre Mason vs. Dee Hart. This was a narrow win for Auburn as Hart is one of the most electrifying backs in the class. Signing both Bray and Mason is a big coup for the Tigers, especially the slightly underrated Mason.

Wide Receiver
 

Danny Woodson, Bradley Sylve and Marvin Shinn vs. Jaylon Denson and Sammie Coates. Both schools bring in several big wide outs that should fit in well in their respective offenses. Shinn has all the tools to develop into a future star with his height and speed, while Sylve should be dynamite in the slot if he can stay healthy. Denson and Coates are two underrated pickups for Auburn.

Tight End
 

C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse vs. Malcolm Faciane. Auburn wins the battle at the tight end using quality and quantity. Faciane is coming off knee surgery but if he comes back to 100%, he should be a quality player given his size. Fulse is the big name and he should be a big threat in the passing game with his skills.

Offensive Line
 

Aaron Douglas, Ryan Kelly, Isaac Luatua and Cyrus Kouandjio vs. Reese Dismukes, Thomas O’Reilly, Greg Robinson and Christian Westerman. These are easily two of the top offensive line classes in the nation and the only reason Alabama gets the nod is the flip in commitment by Kouandjio. Westerman and Robinson are two players who might be in line for early playing time but the Tide brings in a true starter in former Freshman All-American Douglas and a potential first round left tackle in Kounadjio.

Defensive Line
 

Quinton Dial, Xzavier Dickson, Jeoffrey Pagan, D.J. Pettway, LaMichael Fanning and Jessee Williams vs. Keymiya Harrell, JaBrian Niles, Angelo Blackson and Gabe Wright. Another impressive defensive line class for Nick Saban. Grabbing the very large, to say the least, Williams should provide a big run-stuffer in the middle right away. Pagan could be a monster coming off the edge as well. Wright might have to fill the void of Nick Fairley… fairly quickly.

Linebacker
 

Brent Calloway, Trey DePriest and Vinnie Sunseri vs. Kris Frost, Justin Garrett, Chris Landrum and Devaunte Sigler. Grabbing DePriest out of Ohio was a notable get for the Crimson Tide and he should team with Calloway to play early on special teams before sliding into a starting role. Frost is the headliner for Auburn and he has everything you look for in a linebacker in college.

Secondary
 

Enrique Florence, Jonathan Rose, Anthony Swain, Robenson Therezie and Jermaine Whitehead vs. Hasean Clinton-Dix, Chris Jones and Jabriel Washington. Clinton-Dix is a terrific prospect but Auburn nabs two quality players in Florence and Therezie who might play early and often. Rose is big for a corner but could also be a very good safety.

Overall
 

Two national titles in the past two seasons has treated both programs well when it comes to recruiting the class of 2011. Auburn brings in a lot of skill position talent but the depth of Alabama’s class puts the Crimson Tide just ahead of their bitter rivals. Alabama’s nine MaxPreps Top 100 athletes gives them two more than anybody in the SEC and the top class in the nation.

 
 
 
 
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