Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 1:04 pm
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.
Tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Bobby Petrino, Charlie Weis, Cincinnati, Cyrus Kounadjio, Darius Hamilton, Darnell Green-Beckham, David Perkins, Dorial Green-Beckham, Eddie Williams, Elijah Shumate, Florida, Jamil Pollard, Josh Evans, Justin Trattou, Kenyan Drake, Leonte Carroo, Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nick Saban, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Pitt, Reggie Ragland, Reuben Foster, Rutgers, South Carolina, Texas, Will Hill, Yuri Wright, Zach Banner
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:23 am
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
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.
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
Tags: All-American, Anthony Johnson, Ben Koyack, Brandon Shell, Brandon Swindall, Brey Cook, Christian Westerman, Curtis Grant, Cyrus Kounadjio, Dee Hart, Demetrious Nicholson, Doran Grant, ESPN, George Farmer, Ha'sean Clinton-Dix, Jadeveon Clowney, Kasen Williams, Kiehl Frazier, Kyle Brindza, La'el Collins, Malcolm Brown, MaxPreps, Parade All-American, Rivals, Scout, Stephone Anthony, Tim Jernigan, Tom Lemming, Tommy Hibbard, Tony Steward, USA Today, Villami Moala
Posted on: February 17, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 3:04 pm
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.
Tags: Aaron Douglas, Alabama, Angelo Blackson, Anthony Swain, Auburn, Bradley Sylve, Brandon Fulse, Brent Calloway, C.J. Uzomah, Chris Jones Jabriel Washington, Chris Landrum, Christian Westerman, Class Comparison, Cyrus Kounadjio, D.J. Pettway, Danny Woodson, Dee Hart, Devaunte Sigler, Enrique Florence, Gabe Wright, Greg Robinson, Hasean Clinton-Dix, Isaac Luatua, JaBrian Niles, Jaylon Denson, Jeoffrey Pagan, Jermaine Whitehead, Jessee Williams, Jonathan Rose, Justin Garrett, Keymiya Harrell, Kiehl Frazier, Kris Frost, LaMichael Fanning, Malcolm Faciane, Marvin Shinn, Nick Saban, Phillip Ely, Quan Bray, Quinton Dial, Reese Dismukes, Robenson Therezie, Ryan Kelly, Sammie Coates, Thomas O'Reilly, Tre Mason, Trey DePriest, Vinnie Sunseri, Xzavier Dickson