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Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:54 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 9:03 pm

Top 2013 defensive lineman Bigelow commits to USC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After crushing crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday, head coach Lane Kiffin had just one thing on his mind as USC served out the final year of their bowl ban: recruiting.

The win over their rival sent the Trojans out on a high note as the staff hit the road to recruit the next day and it's already paying dividends as Bear (Del.) defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow committed Wednesday night, giving the program its first 2013 pledge and one of the nation's top players in the class.

“It’s a beautiful place out there,” Bigelow told 247Sports. “I really liked the environment. Just to be out in California for the weekend and seeing the sights, it’s a really great place. Seeing the alumni come out of USC, and not just football greats, but actors like Will Ferrell and movie producers is amazing.”

Likely to be one of the top players at his position once the rankings come out, the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder already held scholarship offers from Auburn, UConn, Rutgers, Oklahoma and Illinois among others. Bigelow took an unofficial visit to the Coliseum over the weekend to see the win over UCLA and with the Trojans entering scholarship reductions due to NCAA sanctions in 2012, he sees an opportunity for playing time and the chance to learn from the best in line coach Ed Orgeron.

“I think I can go into that football program and standout immediately,” Bigelow said. “They have a great defensive line, I saw a lot of defensive ends, but I didn’t see a lot of defensive tackles. I think I could go there and compete for a starting position and make that defense a lot better.”

Bigelow is USC's first commitment for the class of 2013 and the Trojans have just two defensive ends committed in 2012. He racked up 20 sacks this season while playing on the same high school team as quarterback David Sills, also a Trojan commitment but in the class of 2015.

Photo credit Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com

Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:24 am

9/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Maryland commit A.J. Liddell is on Georgia's radar.

Good article on USC commit David Sills and five other star freshman quarterbacks.

UNC and other North Carolina schools are having trouple keeping recruits at home.

A look at several Nebraska targets for 2012. Three top recruits will be in Lincoln for the Washington game.

Top 2013 recruit Altee Tenpenny took in Arkansas' game last week.


Offensive lineman Fernando Villanueva committed to Washington State.

Arizona picked up safety Devian Shelton.
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:55 pm

Iowa extends a very, very early offer

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The May Evaluation period is a busy time for coaches across the country. From the middle of April to the end May, assistant coaches are scouring the country for players by visiting high schools and watching them practice. It's usually around this time that scholarship offers start flying off the metaphorical shelf.

While most of the offers are given to soon-to-be seniors, there are usually a few rising juniors that receive an offer here and there if the coaches like what they see. Iowa, however, felt strongly enough about one freshman to go ahead and pull the trigger on offering this week. Hinsdale (Ill.) offensive lineman Brian Allen was the lucky recipient and he was astonished more than anything else.

"When my dad first told me that Iowa was going to offer, I thought he was kidding at first," Allen told HawkeyeReport.com. "I mean I'm only a freshman, so it's kind of unreal for them to do that now, but we called Coach (KirkFerentz today and he confirmed it."

Verbal scholarship offers are non-binding and the earliest a written offer may be made is August 1st of a prospect's senior year in high school. That means there's a lot of time for the 6-foot-1, 245 pound Allen to improve his game.

"It's unreal," Allen added. "After getting the offer, I think I just have to work harder now. It's inspiring and will drive me to do more and be even better."

Allen, who has never even played a down of varsity football, is very much an exception to the normal recruiting process. The Hawkeye staff is familiar with the family after recruiting Brian's older brother, Jack, who signed with Michigan State and was also offered by Iowa. The biggest reason for the early offer was not genetics however, but rather Brian's prowess on the wrestling mat.

"I think my wrestling background helped a lot with the Iowa offer," Allen told the website. "They are big on wrestling up there and it seems like they end up offering a lot of wrestlers."

He finished third in the state in the 215 pound weight class as a freshman and is expected to be a starter on his high school team next year on the offensive line. Michigan State has kept in contact with the family and is showing interest in the younger Allen but has not offered.

It remains to be seen what, if any offers are in Allen's future but he's not the only one in the class of 2014 to receive a scholarship offer. According to Rivals, 10 other players in the class hold at least one offer with Bamberg (S.C.) linebacker Kevin Crosby listed as holding six offers. Class of 2015 quarterback David Sills was offered by USC as an 8th grader and committed to the Trojans shortly afterwards.

Still, quite the accomplishment for Allen as the latest member of a very exclusive club.
Posted on: March 26, 2011 11:46 am

3/26 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While the NCAA tournament might be ongoing, several schools are also hosting unofficial visitors this weekend which, in certain parts of the country, take precedence over basketball.

- Great story on Tyler Fisher, who has had to overcome a concussion he suffered last year that knocked him out of most of the season.

- An interview with 8th grader and USC quarterback commit David Sills, who has attended practice the Trojans' spring practices the past two days.

- Clemson has taken the lead in the recruitment of wide receiver Jabril Solomon.

- The new coaches on West Virginia's staff are looking to make a new out-of-state recruiting connection.

Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:32 am

3/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

No NCAA tournament action until later this week so you'll get a nice dose of football this week as several program are starting spring football today and tomorrow.

- Lots of tidbits on several Arkansas targets, including one of the top prep lineman in the upcoming recruiting class, Patrick DeStefano.

- USC is beginning spring practice today and in attendance will be 14 year old wonder kid/quarterback phenom David Sills.

- After being denied the chance to sign with South Carolina after the school oversigned, defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin has finally signed his letter of intent, this time with Louisville.

- Denton (Texas) athlete Dominic Ramacher is seeing his recruiting pick up and already has offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Louisiana Tech and Minnesota.

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.


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.


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.

Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:05 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 10:35 pm

Maryland talent shines at Badger Sports 7-on-7

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers is alternatively called its official name of the state university of New Jersey but thanks to several talented teams at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament, it was temporarily renamed the University of Maryland North.

Four teams from the state of Maryland made the quarterfinals of the 32 team tournament, which featured some of the best talent from all over the northeast and Michigan, Virginia and Canada. Despite being the team from the Old Line State that just about everyone overlooked entering the tournament, the Maryland Flex Team used a consistent attack to wear down opponents and eventually become Badger Sports East region champions by upsetting Maryland Dream Team 14-13 Sunday afternoon.

“It’s great, it’s always good to win and I’m happy for the team to come here and win,” Flex team quarterback Shawn Petty said. “A lot of people wouldn’t think of us as the team to come up here and win this thing but it feels good to get the win. You had the five stars on the other teams and all that but we came up here and got the W.”

Petty's numbers in the final game weren't all that pretty - 14 of 21 with a touchdown and two interceptions - but the lefty got the job done in the clutch, continuously moving the chains and leading his team down the field. After gathering being presented the trophy, the 6-foot-3, 230 pound quarterback joined in to a raucous celebration which ended in shouts of "Mar-a-land!"

Though he doesn't hold any offers, the Greenbelt (Md.) quarterback said Maryland is showing the greatest interest and an offer could come soon after he attended a Junior Day at the school a few weeks ago. Petty winds up a little when throwing and needs to work on his feet but he certainly has the ideal size to fit in about any system. The quarterback shied away from talking about his recruitment however, instead trying to bring more attention to high school teammate and frequent target Tyrone TeMoney.

“He goes to my school and I’m not going to quite say he’s my favorite target but he’s my clutch guy I go to,” Petty said. “He’s a great receiver and he needs to be more publicized than most of the people out here.”

Runner up Maryland Dream Team had an impressive collection of talent and was running around the competition throughout the day. Towson (Md.) quarterback Tommy Stuart powered a precision attack that received big plays from wide receivers Deontay McManus, Josh McPherson, and DeQuan Davis. A bit on the smaller side at about 6-foot, 180 pounds, Stuart was nevertheless one of the most accurate quarterbacks at the competition on short and intermediate routes. He is hearing from Ivy League schools and is receiving looks from FBS-level schools as well.

“I think our team played really well,” Stuart said. “We played together and it wasn’t meant to be in the final. Overall, I’d say probably A-, if we’d brought it home an A+. We had some tough times in the game before and we found a way to win.

“My wide outs all played great today. I missed a few passes but we didn’t drop hardly any. We all did a great job.”

McManus in particular was almost uncoverable over the weekend, making several tough catches while doing just about whatever he wanted to defensive backs. The Baltimore (Md.) receiver holds upwards of 25 scholarship offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers and Tennessee. A legitimate 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, McManus caught everything thrown his way and was very impressive when getting off the line. With an impressive combination of power and speed, he is easily one of the top wide outs on the East coast.

Also impressive was tight end/defensive end Charles Tapper. The Baltimore (Md.) athlete played on offense and only received limited repetitions, Tapper was easily one of the biggest players at the competition. He just picked up an offer from Oklahoma and though he will be recruited as a defensive end, the 6-foot-4, 250 pound Tapper displayed good enough speed to go along with his soft hands to get looks at tight end in college as well.

The top four teams in the tournament will all receive invites to the Badger Sports national competition in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the end of April. By winning the East regional, Maryland Flex will be one of the tournament's four number one seeds.

Virginia, Pennsylvania also shine Sunday

Maryland wasn't the only state that came to play Sunday as teams from Virginia and Pennsylvania also impressed on their way to the semifinals.

One of the largest teams in terms of size, Virginia had several notable recruits on the offensive side of the ball. Wide receivers Anthony Cooper, Romond Deloatch and quarterback Ryan Burns headlined.

Deloatch was perhaps the most physically impressive player at the competition, at a very cut 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. He needs to work on accelerating off the line but was very fluid when running route and has large, soft hands. Deloatch’s best play of the day came on a fade route in the end zone during Virginia’s quarterfinal game, literally jumping up and wrestling an underthrown ball from a defensive back.

“I’m out here to get better for the season,” Deloatch said. “There’s a lot of talent out here and I want to produce and do my thing. I also want to have fun and make new friends.”

Deloatch claims offers from Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia with several more possibly on the way once he receives his SAT scores back. His size and speed compare favorably to fellow Virginian and class of 2011 receiver Quinta Funderburk and he could be a name that starts to receive a lot more attention. Wearing North Carolina eye black stickers on Sunday, Deloatch said the Tar Heels are in the mix but he would not consider them the leaders for his commitment.

“Not really,” he said. “I just got them and I don’t have any answer (as to who’s leading).”

Tournament number two seed Pennsylvania Playmakers also had several talented members to help in their tournament run to the semifinals. Steelton (Pa.) quarterback Max Ward showed off his strong arm for the second straight day. He had several very good options to throw to, including receivers Jalen Strong-Rankin and Kyle Kerrick.

Tournament Notes

- The team from Michigan upset star quarterback David Sills’ Red Lion Christian Academy team in the first round before eventually falling to tournament winner Maryland Flex.

- There was some late controversy in the final between Maryland Dream and Maryland Flex after the score was incorrectly called a tie as Maryland Dream was driving late in the period. The Dream failed their conversion attempt after their first touchdown, which ended up being the difference in the game.

- The team from Connecticut was the closest competition before the final for Maryland Dream. Wide out DaQuan Davis had a terrific one-handed catch in the back of the end zone to seal the win for the Dream.

- Virginia quarterback Ryan Burns looked the part of a pro-style quarterback at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. He needs to improve his footwork, specficially working on keeping his feet underneith him better, but has a big arm and should see an increase in offers throughout the summer. Boston College is currently his only offer.

- The next Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament will be at the University of South Florida on March 12th and 13th.

Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:49 am

Several QB's impress on BadgerSports 7-on-7 Day 1

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - They came from far and wide (and even from north of the border). They came to throw. They came to pass.

But mostly, the over 700 players that attended the first Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament came to compete.

The 32 team field that converged on Rutgers’ indoor practice facility had some of the most talented players from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Canada. One of the most competitive groups of the day took place late in the afternoon, headlined by Red Lion Christian Academy and USC quarterback commit David Sills and defensive end Kenny Bigelow.

Despite the hype on Sills - he’s not even a freshman but has been committed to USC for over a year - Monroe (Conn.) class of 2012 quarterback Casey Cochran was the most impressive signal-caller of the group with a strong arm, quick release and a cannon on his shoulder.

“After the state championship game, I hurt my ankle so I really couldn’t do a lot of things,” Cochran said. “This feels great coming out here and working things. I try not to go crazy, I want to stay with my progressions. A lot of guys, they come out and they try and force some balls. That’s the biggest things, try not to force balls and go through your progressions.”

Cochran already holds a scholarship offer from Boston College while Rutgers and Connecticut could be on the verge of extending an offer soon. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound quarterback was particularly impressed with what the new UConn coaching staff has said. Cochran displayed good anticipation when throwing but does need to work on his balance, as he throws off his back foot and leans back sometimes.

Sills was nevertheless one of the top quarterbacks to throw Saturday. His 6-foot-3 frame is impressive and he certainly fits into the USC mold of pro-style quarterbacks. Most impressive is Sills’ knowledge of the passing game and leadership skills. Though he was easily one of the youngest players at the competition, he was calling out plays and making sure his receivers were properly aligned.

The one flaw in Sills’ game Saturady was that he forced several balls into coverage and threw three interceptions as a result - which may be, as Cochran said,  a product of 7-on-7 competitions. It's easy to understand the hype around him when you see him throw (as the four or five cameras he almost hit with every dropback would attest).

Looking like a very good year for Northwest quarterbacks

After several down years for producing quarterbacks, 2012 is shaping up to be quite nice if Saturday's competition is any indication.

The PA Playmakers team actually had two of the better quarterbacks throwing in Bloomsburg (Pa.) Blake Rankin and Steelton (Pa.) Max Ward. The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Rankin certainly has the build of a pro-style quarterback and had good touch on several of his deep balls. His arm is not the strongest however, while Ward’s seemed like he was firing balls out of a rifle. Impressive wide receiver Greg Garmon caught most of what was thrown his way. Although he's not the fastest wide out, he does have good body control and attacks the ball when it is in the air.

2013 quarterback Kevin Olsen also stood out from the crowd. The younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen, the 6-foot-3, 210 pound signal-caller could be one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, if not the Northeast. A little thin and somewhat hesitant in the pocket, Olsen was still one of the most accurate QB's in attendance. If he can refine his throwing motion into something a little more compact, he could be someone who racks up offers in the coming months.

Jersey City (N.J.) athlete Brandon Napoleon was also sharp in the pocket. Holding offers from North Carolina and Rutgers, he threw a nice, tight spiral and had a very powerful arm. Because of his size (6-foot, 170 pounds) he will likely be offered as an athlete at BCS-caliber schools but it wouldn't be surprising if he were giving a shot at quarterback in the right system.
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