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
Posted on: February 7, 2011 2:24 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 3:00 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Signing Day is over and now that there’s been a little time to reflect, we’re ranking the Big Ten recruiting classes (all 12 of them) and breaking them down at the same time.
1. Ohio State
Overview: Bringing in the top class in the Big Ten is nothing new for the Buckeyes. This group is filled with impact players, especially on defense. Linebackers Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant and corner Doran Grant should be terrorizing opposing offenses for years to come.
Hidden gem: Offensive guard Michael Bennett is someone who could develop into an all-league type of lineman.
Pencil in for the fall: Quarterback Braxton Miller has enrolled early in order to compete for the starting job and could be the guy that fills in for Terrelle Pryor given his skill set.
Overview: The transition class to the Big Ten should have no problem coming in and helping the Cornhuskers win a bunch of games over the next few years. It will be interesting to see if star quarterback Bubba Starling chooses to actually enroll in Lincoln and not play professional baseball but for now, he’s part of this talented class.
Hidden gem: Athlete Jamal Turner can play all over the field but he could be best utilized as a game-breaking receiver.
Pencil in for the fall: Running back Aaron Green is one of the best backs in the country and should provide a nice complement to Rex Burkhead in Nebraska’s rushing attack.
Overview: Head coach Ron Zook is known as a terrific recruiter and once again he delivered with a very solid class after rumors swirled early that it would be his last season in Champaign. There’s a good number of players who can compete for playing time right away and the Illini did well in grabbing several out of state players.
Hidden gem: Dondi Kirby is a great athlete who was wanted by several powerhouse programs. He has the tools to become a great safety in college.
Pencil in for the fall: With the departure of Mikel LeShoure to the NFL, running back Donovonn Young could come in right away and get some playing time.
4. Michigan State
Overview: This class is headlined by Lawrence Thomas but there are several other very good players coming in. Wide receiver Juwan Caesar should be a favorite target of whoever is under center and Darien Harris has the tools to play special teams right away while eventually taking over at linebacker.
Hidden gem: Offensive tackle Donavon Clark has the frame to develop into a top flight lineman and is already very good in blocking for the run game.
Pencil in for the fall: Linebacker Lawrence Thomas is one of the best defensive players to head to East Lansing out of high school. He could play at defensive end and be a nice speed rusher or at linebacker.
Overview: The news of several Iowa players being sent to the hospital and the negative reaction to how Kirk Ferentz handled the situation didn’t seem to have any effect on this class. There were not a ton of highly rated guys but the ones they did get will fit in very nicely.
Hidden gem: Quarterback Jake Rudock is likely not going to start right away but he could develop into the signal caller of the future.
Pencil in for the fall: Given the attrition at running back, Rodney Coe should vie for early playing time as the next in the line of impressive freshmen running backs.
Overview: This class was hurt all year long by the rumors that Rich Rodriguez would be fired. Once the coach eventually was fired, several key commits went out the door as well, such as running back Dee Hart to Alabama. Nevertheless, new head coach Brady Hoke did a great job of keeping most of the class in the fold and even picking up a few kids.
Hidden gem: Corner Delonte Hollowell isn’t as highly regarded as fellow defensive back Blake Countess but he could still turn out to be a very good player in a secondary that needs all the help it can get.
Pencil in for the fall: The loss of Dee Hart and the lack of a big time tailback could mean Justice Hayes gets to line up next to Denard Robinson early in his career.
Overview: Another solid but not spectacular class for Wisconsin. Not getting quarterback Jacoby Brissett was a big loss but there are other pieces to build around. The coaching staff did do a good job of putting up a wall around the state and keeping the best players home.
Hidden gem: Jake Keefer is a very athletic player who should slide in at outside linebacker for the Badgers. He can put his hand on the ground if needed but should be a terror standing up and making plays.
Pencil in for the fall: A.J. Jordan is probably the most talented player in the class and should be able to provide a boost in the passing because he has terrific hands.
8. Penn State
Overview: Not expected to be a big class, the Nittany Lions still should have done better in terms of quality. They fill needs at offensive line with some great players but there just are not the athletes on defense that Joe Paterno needed to bring in.
Hidden gem: Bill Belton isn’t the biggest guy on the field but he can play a few different positions on offense and can be a threat just about anywhere.
Pencil in for the fall: Don’t be surprised if Angelo Mangiro is a quality backup who gets playing time early next season along the interior line. A few injuries could easily lead to a few starts down the road.
Overview: Like Penn State, not a large class but there’s some good underlying talent for the Wildcats. Linemen make up the bulk of the class but there are some talented skill position players mixed in as well.
Hidden gem: Quarterback Zach Oliver might have been a bit overlooked on the recruiting trail but he has all the tools to develop into a very good Big Ten signal caller based on his highlight reel.
Pencil in for the fall: Wide out Christian Jones would be a starter at a lot of programs and it wouldn’t be surprising if he makes an immediate impact in the Northwestern passing game once he steps on campus.
Overview: All things considered, new head coach Jerry Kill did a pretty good job making the recruiting transition from the MAC to the Big Ten. He kept most of the class intact and managed to fill several needs for the Gophers. They may not be four-stars but they’re solid nevertheless.
Hidden gem: Joe Bjorklund not only has a fitting name for a Big Ten offensive lineman but he could turn out to be a good one. A little on the skinny side for an interior lineman, Bjorklund has a very solid frame to add weight, which should only help his physical run-blocking style.
Pencil in for the fall: Tommy Olson is rated by many as the top lineman from the state of Minnesota so he should be somewhere on the two deep pretty quickly.
Overview: A very small class but one that should find a few contributors for the Boilermakers over the next few years.
Hidden gem: Tight end Robert Kugler is the son of Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler and you figure that acumen that comes from being the son of a coach will translate well in college, especially with the younger Kugler’s physical skills.
Pencil in for the fall: Linebacker Armstead Williams is one of the best defensive recruits to head to Purdue and it would surprise no one to see him playing significant time on defense by the end of the year.
Overview: Not exactly a huge surprise to see the Hoosiers on this list given their past recruiting history and the added burden of a staff change. Although they’re last in 2011, don’t be surprised if they make a climb on the rankings once Kevin Wilson has a full year to bring in recruits.
Hidden gem: Linebacker Kyle Kennedy does a good job reading a developing play and wrapping up when making a tackle. He’s also pretty good at shedding a block and seems like a very solid player going forward.
Pencil in for the fall: Athlete Shane Wynn is a playmaker and should be able to contribute at multiple positions on offense.
Tags: A.J. Jordan, Aaron Green, Angelo Mangiro, Armstead Williams, Big Ten, Big Ten Signing Day, Bill Belton, Blake Countess, Brady Hoke, Braxton Miller, Bubba Starling, Christian Jones, Curtis Grant, Darien Harris, Dee Hart, Delonte Hollowell, Denard Robinson, Donavon Clark, Dondi Kirby, Donovonn Young, Doran Grant, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jacoby Brissett, Jake Keefer, Jake Rudock, Jamal Turner, Jerry Kill, Joe Bjorklund, Joe Paterno, Justice Hayes, Juwan Caesar, Kevin Wilson, Kirk Ferentz, Kyle Kennedy, Lawrence Thomas, MAC, Michael Bennett, Michigan, Michigan State, Mikel LeShoure, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Prudue, Rich Rodriguez, Robert Kugler, Rodney Coe, Ron Zook, Ryan Shazier, Shane Wynn, Terrelle Pryor, Tommy Olson, Wisconsin, Zach Oliver
Posted on: February 3, 2011 4:15 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Nick Saban continues to tear it up on the recruiting trail, once again bringing a top three recruiting class to Tuscaloosa in 2011. Dee Hart and Brent Calloway are just a few of the names you should be hearing about when the Crimson Tide take the field in the fall.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:31 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:29 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Overview: Overall it was a pretty good recruiting season for the Big Ten. There weren't a whole lot of shocking decisions on National Signing Day, though both Ohio State and Iowa were able to pick up some key members of their 2011 class.
Ohio State - Ohio State generally leads the Big Ten in recruiting every season, and 2011's class doesn't seem to be any different. While the Buckeyes had a strong class coming into Wednesday's festivities, getting Curtis Grant to commit during the day put this class over the edge. Grant joins what should be a strong class on defense, where the Buckeyes will look to replace Cam Heyward with guys like Kenny Hayes, Chase Farris and Steve Miller in a few years. Of course, Jim Tressel didn't concentrate solely on defense, as the Bucks picked up quarterback Braxton Miller as the possible successor to Terrelle Pryor in 2012.
Iowa - The Hawkeyes and Kirk Ferentz never seem to put together a jaw-dropping class, yet every year they tend to find themselves ranked in the top 25 classes. This year is no different, as MaxPreps has Iowa at 17, and the Hawkeyes signed 23 players. The final player was DT Darian Cooper, who chose Iowa on Wednesday, and comes from the same school Iowa landed RB Marcus Coker from last season. Kirk Ferentz generally doesn't go for flash as much as he finds players he can mold and fit into his system at Iowa, but you should expect to grow more familiar with names like Rodney Coe, Ray Hamilton, Austin Blythe and Jordan Walsh in the next few seasons.
Nebraska - Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers had a good class coming into National Signing Day, but added the crown jewel on Wednesday with running back Aaron Green. Green combined with all the beef Bo Pelini is bringing in on the offensive and defensive lines should have his team ready for its new home. Of course, the wild card in all of this is quarterback Bubba Starling. He's the type of player that could make this a great class, but a lot of people seem convinced that Starling will never play a down in Lincoln, as he's expected to be a first round draft pick in the MLB draft this summer.
Penn State - There are plenty of talented players coming to Happy Valley next season. Defensive ends Deion Barnes, Shawn Oakman and QB/DB Bill Belton are strong, athletic players. The problem with Penn State's class this season is its just not up to snuff for Penn State. A 16-member class just isn't what the Nittany Lions are accustomed to, and you really have to wonder how much longer Penn State can afford to stand by Joe Paterno. When two of your best recruiters, Larry Johnson Sr and Tom Bradley, are spending time looking for new jobs instead of working recruits -- which may have cost Penn State Ishaq Williams -- then things need to be fixed. This may be Joe Paterno's last Signing Day at Penn State.
Michigan - Don't get me wrong, Michigan has a nice class. A class that got even better on Wednesday with tight end Chris Barnett, but I'm putting them in the losers section based on what this class could have been. The Wolverines lost a lot of talent after firing Rich Rodriguez, and Brady Hoke just didn't have a chance to keep guys like Dee Hart in Ann Arbor. As a result, a potentially great class can only be considered solid at this point.
Purdue - Listen, nobody was expecting Danny Hope and Purdue to blow the doors off of this class, but while they put together a nice class, it's certainly not the type that will help propel Purdue up from the bottom half of the Big Ten. Plus, anytime you're a school that needs as many athletes as it can get, getting banned from a high school in Florida is probably the worst thing you can do.
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Tags: Aaron Green, Austin Blythe, Big Ten National Signing Day, Bill Belton, Bo Pelini, Bob Bradley, Brady Hoke, Braxton Miller, Bubba Starling, Cam Heyward, Chase Farris, Chris Barnett, Curtis Grant, Danny Hope, Darian Cooper, Dee Hart, Deion Barnes, Iowa, Ishaq Williams, Jim Tressel, Joe Paterno, Jordan Walsh, Kenny Hayes, Kirk Ferentz, Larry Johnson Sr, Marcus Coker, Michigan, National Signing Day, National Signing Day 2011, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Ray Hamilton, Rich Rodriguez, Rodney Coe, Shawn Oakman, Steve Miller, Terrelle Pryor, Video
Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 1:44 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Taking stock of the day in the SEC:
Alabama: No surprise that Nick Saban's crew put together yet another huge Signing Day, with the No. 1 spot in the Maxpreps team rankings wrapped up after adding No. 1 offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to what had already been a massive haul. The Tide pulled in a perfect 3-4 defensive end in Jeoffrey Pagan (pictured) and flipped supremely athletic outside linebacker Brent Calloway back from Auburn (after he'd committed to the Tigers at the U.S. Army All-American game), two major missions accomplished. Top those off with the rest of the Tide's commitments -- including five-star teammates RB Dee Hart and S Hasean Clinton-Dix -- staying securely in the fold, and missing out on Isaiah Crowell (and likely No. 1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney ) barely even stings.
Video: Jeoffrey Pagan highlights
Georgia: Linebacker Kent Turene was an awfully nice pickup. But landing Crowell was a seismic development, the one member of the much-ballyhooed "Dream Team" the tailback-starved Bulldogs absolutely had to have. He alone was enough to push Mark Richt into the winner's column, but add in Turene and the successful fending off of challenges for commits like defensive back Corey Moore, and even missing out on Pagan won't be enough to wipe the smile off of the faces of Bulldog fans.
Video: Todd Grantham talks Signing Day
Auburn: Losing Calloway to the hated Tide stung, and the euphoria of watching Kouandjio announce for the Tigers dissipated quickly as he elected not to sign his LOI on Signing Day, eventually joining Calloway and his older brother in Tuscaloosa. But Chizik got a ton of help for his occasionally-porous defense anyway, inking one of the nation's best safeties in Erique Florence and a rock-solid defensive tackle prospect in Crowell teammate Gabe Wright. The Tigers also wasted no time replacing cornerback decommitment Marcus Roberson with coveted Mississippi athlete Jermaine Whitehead, a Mississippi State commitment. Even without Kouandjio, the Tigers landed a top-10 class that proved their program-changing 2010 haul was no fluke. Still, Tiger fans have to wonder: if they weren't coming to Auburn, couldn't Calloway and Koundjio have gone somewhere other than Alabama?
Video: Gene Chizik talks Signing Day at CBS College Sports , Kiehl Frazier commits , Coaches react to Erique Florence decision
Ole Miss: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen enjoys pointing out the raw numbers of his team's players and recruits come from the state they share with the Rebels, but it was Houston Nutt who ran away with nearly all of the state's top-ranked talent. Having already secured the signatures of former Bulldog commitment five-star linebacker C.J. Johnson and highly-regarded receiver Tobias Singleton, the Rebels added to their in-state haul by keeping top-100 wideout Nickolas Brassell out of the clutches of the Tide. The battle between Nutt and Mullen on the recruiting trail was more-or-less a draw in 2010, but there's little question who had the upper hand this season.
LSU: The day was unusually quiet by the usually madcap Bayou Bengals' Signing Day standards, but that happens when you have your state on virtual lockdown and that state provides enough talent for one of the nation's best classes all on its own. Simply making sure their commitments (most notably offensive tackle La'El Collins and defensive counterpart Anthony Johnson) made it across the dotted line would have guaranteed Les Miles a successful Signing Day. But keeping Shreveport's Jermauria Rasco (pictured) -- one of the nation's most highly sought-after defensive ends -- at home (and away from Texas) more than made up for missing out on Florida defensive tackle Tim Jernigan.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores won't finish anywhere near the top of the league's recruiting rankings, of course. But given the limited time James Franklin had to work with, the results were quite impressive. Franklin flipped Virginia Tech quarterback commitment Lafonte Thourogood first thing Signing Day morning and brought in several other candidates for immediate playing time, like Ohio tight end Dorien Bryant.
Florida: The Gators, as always, can still boast one of the nation's best classes, and no one anywhere signed a better QB-RB combo than Jeff Driskel and the underrated Mike Blakely. Roberson's arrival was a nice Signing Day surprise, and Will Muschamp and Co. turned away a serious Ohio State challenge for receiver JaJuan Story. But particularly looking at the way their rivals at Georgia and Florida State finished, Gator fans won't be happy about being unable to make up any ground with prospects like Jernigan, Curtis Grant, or Stephone Anthony. Roberson wound up the only new addition on Signing Day, and even he somewhat fell into the Gators' laps after his wild commitments and decommitments to Texas Tech and Auburn. Muschamp will be cut plenty of slack this season after his late arrival in Gainesville, but another class that so completely cedes the limelight to the Dawgs and 'Noles won't be as easily forgiven.
Mississippi State: How thin was the Bulldogs' final class after seeing the likes of Johnson, Singleton and -- most painfully -- Whitehead decommit? Not one of their 23 commitments ranked among the top 25 at their position, according to Tom Lemming. The Bulldogs struggled going head-to-head with Ole Miss within Mississippi, and came up empty when going abroad for players like Washington D.C.-based Kevin McReynolds, who signed with UCLA. Players like receiver Joe Morrow and defensive tackle P.J. Jones are unquestionably SEC-grade talents, but after such a productive, promising year on the field, the lack of recruiting punch is puzzling.
Arkansas: There's nothing particularly disappointing about the Razorbacks' 2011 class (though watching tight end commitment Chris Barnett sign with Michigan wasn't fun), and keeping home-grown talent like quarterback Brandon Allen and tackle Brey Cook in Arkansas was a bright spot. But when you share a division with Alabama, LSU, and Auburn, "nothing particularly disappointing" may not be good enough to stay in the mix for a division title.
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