Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:21 am
Posted to Bryan Fischer
Although UCLA just let head coach Rick Neuheisel go, the school still offers a good education, BCS program and the sunny locale of Los Angeles as a backdrop. It was mostly the latter couple of things that New Rochelle (N.Y.) cornerback Justin Combs saw in the Bruins and despite the idea of playing for a new coach, decided to announce that he had committed late Monday night.
“It was love at first sight,” Combs told Scout. “When I first went on a visit, I fell in love with the program and I fell in love with the environment and the tradition. I was good friends with Rahim Moore too and just to hear it from the players, it was love at first sight."
A 5-foot-9, 170-pound cornerback, Combs performed well over the summer at 7-on-7 competitions and camps and held scholarship offers from school such as Illinois, Iowa, Virginia and others. Though he has lived out East close to his father, rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs, the West Coast lifestyle and chance to play Pac-12 football was just too good to pass up despite a coaching change.
“I have faith in the program that everything will be ok,” said Combs. “My love for UCLA is so strong. I trust and know that everything will work out.”
Combs will play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January along with close friend, linebacker Deaysean Rippy. He gives the Bruins 17 commitments for the class of 2012 and becomes the fifth member of the secondary coming in next year.
"Not real tall but very quick and elusive," analyst Tom Lemming said of Combs. "Last year he put together a heck of a season at the CB position showing the ability to turn and run with the swiftest of receivers."
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 4:55 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Look up and down the top 100 lists for the class of 2012 and a few people out there might spot a famous last name or two among the bunch.
Top quarterback and Indiana pledge Gunner Kiel's a recognizable name to Notre Dame fans who saw his uncle, Blair, play for the Irish. Auburn commit Zeke Pike's dad Mark played several years in the NFL. Mario Edwards Jr. is headed to Florida State because his father starred there under Bobby Bowden.
As much as those players have made a name for themselves on the football field, there's another 2012 recruit who is hoping more and more coaches are noticing him only for his play. If you're wondering where you might have heard of New Rochelle (N.Y.) cornerback Justin Combs, chances are you were likely thinking of his father, Sean "Diddy" Combs. Slowly but surely however, several FBS programs are coming around to see him as a legitimate defensive back prospect at the next level.
UCLA is the most recent scholarship offer for the younger Combs after he took a trip West to unofficially visit the Bruins during a pre-season scrimmage. Virginia, Illinois, Wyoming, Iowa and West Virginia are other programs to extend an offer with several other schools showing legitimate interest depending on how he plays his senior year.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder performed well for the 7-on-7 travel team "Goon Squad" over the summer and was a top performer at the Badger Sports national tournament. Combs was also recently invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January and joins his friend and top 100 linebacker Deaysean Rippy in the game. He'll be in-studio with his rap mogul father on the Lemming Report on CBS Sports Network Friday at 7 PM ET to discuss the latest with his recruitment and where he can see himself playing.
Click here for an excerpt from the interview. Combs' highlights from last season are below.
Tags: Auburn, Blair Kiel, Bobby Bowden, Diddy, Florida State, Goon Squad, Gunner Kiel, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Justin Combs, Lemming Report, Mario Edwards Jr., Mark Pike, NFL, Notre Dame, P.Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Combs, Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, UCLA, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, Zeke Pike
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:12 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The Eye on Recruiting is back in action and better than ever. As a result, a super-sized roundup:
- Really good story on the nation's top recruit, Dorial Green-Beckham.
- Florida quarterbacks Tyler Cameron and Kendric Bostic will pick between several schools Tuesday.
- Several BCS schools are recruiting Diddy's son Justin Combs, a cornerback out of New York.
Michigan's recent tradition of hosting a BBQ at the Big House continued over the weekend and attracted some top recruits.
Florida target Adam Lane found out he was invited to the Army All-American Bowl.
Tight end Kurt Freitag is down to four finalists in Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Miami.
As Oklahoma's recruiting class fills up, a good look at how it is a game of chance.
Top offensive tackle Andrus Peat is down to three schools: Texas, Florida State and Nebraska, where his brother is at.
Recruits in Ohio might be thinking twice about going to Ohio State.
Defensive end Chris Wormley committed to Michigan.
Arkansas picked up cornerback Jared Collins and receiver Keon Hatcher.
Quarterback Bennie Coney is headed to Cincinnati.
Running back Marcus Allen, no not that Marcus Allen, committed to Georgia Tech over Florida State, Tennessee and others.
Arizona State continues to grow their recruiting class, picking up offensive lineman Stephon McCray and running back Russell Hansbrough.
Iowa added offensive tackle Ryan Ward as a commitment.
Defensive end Ben Dixon is the latest Arizona commit.
West Virginia added receiver Ray Martin, linebacker Tony Matteo and defensive end Noble Nwachukwu.
Missouri received a commitment from defensive tackle Ed Ray.
Tags: ACC, Adam Lane, Alabama, Andrus Peat, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Army All-American Bowl, BBQ at the Big House, Ben Dixon, Bennie Coney, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Chris Wormley, Cincinnati, Diddy, Dorial Green-Beckham, Ed Ray, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Jared Collins, Justin Combs, Kendric Bostic, Keon Hatcher, Kurt Freitag, Marcus Allen, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Noble Nwachukwu, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pac-12, Ray Martin, Russell Hansbrough, Ryan Ward, SEC, Stephon McCray, Tennessee, Texas, Tony Matteo, Tyler Cameron, West Virginia
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 11:09 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
There was enough talent at Gerald Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU over 4th of July weekend to make the old Mustang teams of the late 1980's jealous. California All-Star team 1925 took home the trophy at the end of the day but there were plenty of individuals who shined with their performances at the tournament. Here are a few names that stood out in the Texas heat:
Harbor City (Calif.) quarterback Troy Williams
Williams was the most polished passer at the tournament and led his 1925 team to the national championship after falling short of a title in several other tournaments. Even when it came down to crunch time and his team needed a score, Williams was calm and collective. He showed nice touch on his deep ball and could really spin the ball on short and intermediate throws. He should be one of the top quarterbacks on the West Coast in 2013.
Greenbelt (Md.) quarterback Shawn Petty
Petty threw one of the nicest balls at the tournament and could really move it downfield. He's a big lefty and delivered a nice, catchable ball to receivers, constantly placing it right where it needed to be. After watching him throw it around this weekend, Petty really looks like he'd be a good fit at Maryland.
Encino (Calif.) running back Mike Davison
The smallest player on the field was electric every time he touched the ball. He could stop on the dime and more often than not, left defenders grasping at air while trying to tag him. He's a perfect player for 7-on-7 and was arguably the Team MVP for eventual champions 1925.
Detroit (Mich.) running back Dennis Norfleet
Make no mistake, Norfleet was the man this weekend for his team, almost single-handedly carrying his Michigan-based squad. He rarely, if ever, came off the field and played both ways. As a running back, he was able to find open space and dart away from defenders. As a corner, he managed to shut down often bigger wide receivers. He's a top-flight athlete and could be a steal on the recruiting trail.
Jacksonville (Fla.) receiver Ahmad Fulwood
Fulwood was a bit of an unknown coming into the competition for Team Louisiana but he quickly made a name for himself as the team's biggest offensive threat. He's got a great frame at 6-foot-4 and moves very fluidly. He's got big hands and, as an underclassman, could develop into one of the top guys in North Florida in next year's class. He already holds a dozen scholarship offers from Florida, South Carolina, Notre Dame and others.
Bellflower (Calif.) receiver Bryce Treggs
Easily the most productive receiver over the weekend, Treggs was often found celebrating a long touchdown catch in just about every game. He has one of the smoothest releases despite being a smaller guy and can flat out fly down the field. He runs routes like the best of them and caught everything thrown his way. He could be a very good slot receiver that stretches the field at the next level.
Upland (Calif.) receiver Kenny Lawler
Lawler was the leader for B2G over the weekend and emerged as their go-to guy. He's got a great pair of hands and they're about as soft as his verbal commitment to Arizona State. He's not overly fast or the most athletic guy on the field but he catches the ball and makes plays.
South Bend (Ind.) receiver Gehrig Dieter
On a team (Goon Squad) with lots of big time players, Dieter was the most consistent player for them all weekend. He fits the label of a very good Big Ten wide out with great speed and reliable hands. Dieter showed off his athleticism by going up for some balls when he wasn't toasting defensive backs with his speed down the field.
McKees Rocks (Pa.) linebacker Deaysean Rippy
Rippy impressed with his coverage skills over the weekend and did so looking like a linebacker that was ready to head to college, not his senior year in high school. He had a good drop and roamed well in coverage. These events allow players to show off their athleticism and Rippy certainly did that.
Fresno (Calif.) athlete Deontay Greenberry
One of the most athletic players on the field, Greenberry was a red zone stud on offense and a shut down safety on defense. He played with swagger both days and was unstoppable on jump balls. Rangy and quick on defense, he allowed only a handful of balls to be completed on his half of the field.
Reserve (La.) cornerback Darion Monroe
Monroe was the defender that stood out for Team Louisiana and pretty much was the definition of shut down. He locked up receivers man-to-man and was savvy enough to drop back into passing lanes during zone. He can really change directions quickly and he had the speed to keep up with everybody he lined up against.
New Rochelle (N.Y.) cornerback Justin Combs
Combs, son of rapper Diddy, was one of the big surprises of the tournament with his play. He grabbed several interceptions over the weekend and managed to stay stride for stride with just about every opposing wide out. He's not the biggest player on the field but he did come to play.
Tags: Ahmad Fulwood, Arizona State, B2G, Badger Sports 7-on-7 National Championship, Big East, Big Ten, Bryce Treggs, Darion Montroe, Deaysean Rippy, Dennis Norfleet, Deontay Greenberry, Diddy, Florida, Gehrig Dieter, Goon Squad, Justin Combs, Kenny Lawler, Maryland, Mike Davison, Notre Dame, Shawn petty, SMU, South Carolina, Troy Williams
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:05 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The lockout appears to be over and the NFL Draft is inching closer and closer but only the recruiting news is 24/7/365.
- Great job by SI.com's Andy Staples, who went back and compiled a list of how many stars projected 1st round draft picks were coming out of high school.
- Miami is the latest to offer offensive tackle Kyle Murphy.
- Defensive end James Washington picked up offers from Illinois and Iowa State.
- With all the Jim Tressel mess, several experts think Ohio State recruiting won't take a big hit.
- The son of Diddy, Justin Combs, is a defensive back and isn't too shabby.
- Wide receiver Marvin Bracy has been selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
- Michigan seems to be adding players in pairs.
- Finally, here's the Nuggets' J.R. Smith with his best impression of a quarterback. Might be a four-star but needs to work on his feet...