Tag:FIU
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:41 am
 

10/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
- A video interview with one of the elite 2013 athletes Jake Raulerson.

One of the top 2013 running backs, Kelvin Taylor, is down to Florida and Alabama.

Florida State commit Dante Fowler returned to practice after his suspension.

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin used a helicopter to visit recruits over the weekend.

Georgia offered Brandon Kublanow recently.

Miami stopped by to keep an eye on defensive back Nicco Whigham and linebacker Erick Hallmon.

Running back David Smith has set up official visits for Boston College, Iowa and West Virginia.

California offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa will be on an official visit at Oregon this week.

A look at Michigan's top remaining recruits for 2012.

FIU picked up receiver Adrian Jenkins and running back Lamarq Caldwell.
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:58 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:59 am
 

9/30 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Plenty of Ohio recruits will be paying attention to the Michigan State-Ohio State game this weekend.

The Spartans still have a chance with highly touted running back William Mahone.

Likewise, recruits in the northeast will have their eye on Syracuse-Rutgers.

Brian Kelly is focusing on skill position players for Notre Dame's class of 2012.

Mekale McKay won't choose between basketball and football, he'll play both at UTEP.

At USF, FIU and South Alabama among others, recruiting is different when selling a program with no history.

Linebacker Bryce Cottrell will visit Oregon next week for an official visit.

Florida State commit Dante Fowler is flirting with Florida yet again.

A list of visitors for the Alabama-Florida game with plenty of big names.

Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:32 am
Edited on: September 23, 2011 10:33 am
 

9/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Good profile of top overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham.

Linebacker Josh Witt says he is 100% committed to Miami.

Arkansas has plenty of top recruits coming in for the next home game and hope to be 5-0 when they take the field.

Cyrus Jones has Virginia Tech, Auburn, Alabama, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio State on his short list.

Receiver Richard Benjamin has planned visits to Florida and USF.

Wisconsin and Miami are still on top for lineman Danny Isidora.

All-purpose threat Jeremy Smith will give FIU a replacement for T.Y. Hilton.

Visits to Georgia, Florida, LSU and Louisville have been set up for Josh Harvey-Clemons.

2013 running back Kamani Thomas has been compared to Trent Richardson by some and has Michigan as his dream school.


Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:40 am
Edited on: September 15, 2011 9:40 am
 

9/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Wide receiver Brandon Sheperd has Missouri and Oklahoma State at the top of his list.

Michigan State is targeting several players from the state of Florida.

UCF's game at FIU could have a recruiting impact for both programs.

Taft High teammates Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford are both considering a trip to Alabama.

Georgia commit Collin Barber apologizes to fans for his arrest last month.


Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: September 6, 2011 9:50 am
 

9/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Check out some new photos of #1 overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham.

Missouri commit Donavin Newson could be out for the season with a torn MCL.

Former Georgia commit Kent Turene and former FIU commit Corey Tindal are both at an Atlanta area prep school.

Cincinnati is the first major offer for offensive lineman Austin Bland.

Several Baylor and Tulsa commitments shined in week one.

Texas A&M's move to the SEC could expand the recruiting footprint for other conference teams.

Georgia commit Derrick Henry may be having second thoughts and is considering Florida.

Commitments:

Vanderbilt added offensive tackle Blake Fromang out of Florida.

Posted on: August 16, 2011 8:14 pm
 

The whispers have just begun for Miami

Posted by Bryan Fischer

On Sunday, Miami added commitment to their class of 2012 in Tampa (Fla.) defensive tackle Earl Moore. He held offers from Florida State, South Carolina and several others. Moore might be the last bit of good news for the program in the wake of the devastating Yahoo! Sports report released detailing scores of extra benefits provided by a Hurricanes booster.

Just like North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, USC or any other program dealing with a major infractions case, now is when the whispers start for Moore and other players. Facebook messages, currently unregulated, are likely filling recruits' inboxes with links to the Yahoo! story and a note that any coach on staff is free to talk. Head coach Al Golden's toughest task over the next few months is two-fold: keep his team focused and stick to his message about the violations and their possible aftermath.

There will still be players in South Florida that want to play for "The U" no matter what. One could see a day however, where Miami is competing with FAU and FIU for recruits instead of Florida and Florida State if sanctions are bad enough. But because we're only in the initial stages of the investigation, Golden and staff can preach that no one knows what will happen to the program - which is 100% true even if it doesn't look good.

But that doesn't mean every recruit won't be afraid of what could happen. If you're even an average recruit, why take the chance?

That's likely what plenty of opposing coaches are telling plenty of recruits right now. The whispers have just begun for the Hurricanes.
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Another Stephenson High player commits to the SEC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stone Mountain (Ga.) is quite the football town and Stephenson High is quite the high school. DeMarcus Sweat is a talented wide receiver on the team and his commitment to Kentucky on Sunday gives the high school a whopping seven FBS commitments, five of which are to SEC programs.

“I told Coach (Joker) Phillips that I wanted to be a Wildcat," Sweat told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I said I really wanted to talk to my parents first about it, but wanted to go ahead and commit because I didn’t want to lose that spot if another wide receiver committed. Coach Phillips was great about it. He said ‘I know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry about it. We got your scholarship. We’ll hold your spot. Talk to your parents and call me back later.'"

The Wildcats of course held a spot for the 6-foot-2, 190 pound Sweat. He made his commitment shortly after going through the school's camp in Lexington and felt very comfortable on the field he soon will be playing college football on.

"(The camp) went very well," Sweat told CatsIllustrated.com. "I got shown so much love; that's back home where I'm from. And when I went up there I was shown so much love that I just followed through with my play on the field."

Sweat is the fourth commitment for Kentucky's class of 2012 and first wide receiver in the group. He's also one of an expected 17 players who could sign with a FBS school to play for Stephenson.

Sweat picked Kentucky over Indiana and Florida International among others.
Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Miami Nike Combine/Ft. Lauderdale NUC Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

FORT LAUDERDALE - Once again, the South Florida region continues to amaze with the sheer amount of skill position talent available. Although it’s a particularly good year for Florida linemen, several unknown skill position players from the region jumped into the spotlight after the Nike Sparq Combine in Miami on Saturday and the National Underclassman Combine (NUC) in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

Coming from out of nowhere, outside linebacker Justin Horton posted the best Sparq score in the nation on Saturday with a 115.95. The Clermont (Fla.) defender ran a 4.58 in the 40 yard dash at 6-foot-2, 207 pounds and was easily the talk of the combine.

“I had gone to a previous combine and I just wanted to come out here and grab a better score,” Horton said. “I didn’t think much of it until I came over and everybody started getting excited. I really didn’t know what to expect today.”

The impressive Sparq score is an indicator of Horton’s athleticism and he certainly looks the part of an outside linebacker at the next level. Although he played mostly at defensive end last year, he racked up 65 tackles and hopes to have an even bigger season in 2011 by playing some linebacker. With only a little interest from schools such as Louisville and USF, expect coaches from around the South to be asking for Horton’s highlight tape this week.

Coral Springs (Fla.) defensive end/linebacker Cameron Smith posted a slightly lower 94.50 Sparq score but certainly looked the part of a Division I player. Although he doesn’t have any offers, several schools are showing interest.

“I want to play (defensive) end,” he said. “Most schools are looking at me as defensive end or outside linebacker. I’ve got a couple of letters, a lot actually, from Boston College. I’ve had some from Iowa State, USF, awhile ago I had some from Miami, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Duke.”

Smith displayed nice side-to-side movement and after racking up double-digit sacks as a junior, could be primed for a breakout senior year if the combine is any indication.

Jones impresses

Sophomore quarterback Akeem Jones stood out from the crowd of skill position players on both Saturday and Sunday. Already receiving interest from the likes Miami, Florida State, Florida and Rutgers, Jones has been a hot name in recruiting circles after making the 7-on-7 travel team South Florida Express two weeks ago.

Recording an 81.12 Sparq score at the Nike Combine, the 6-foot-3, 190 pound Jones showed off his arm at the NUC, throwing a very catchable ball with good accuracy on short to intermediate throws. Jones didn’t play much during the season due to injury so he’s using camps over the summer to get better on the field for his upcoming season.

“I got hurt the fourth game of the season, broke my ankle in three places. I wasn’t able to play the rest of the season,” Jones said. “Right now my mindset is I just want to win a state championship. I want to get my team to that next level and see how I’m going to lead them there. I want people to say, ‘look at how he set an example for a lot of kids.’ That’s my goal.”

Jones looks like a taller version of former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor with his throwing motion and strong arm. He won the NUC Leadership Award and was almost like another coach on the field by helping out his receivers and correcting their alignment on plays during the one-on-one portion of the combine. Expect to keep hearing Jones’ name as he travels around the country to other camps and competitions.

Speed is the name of the game

South Florida produces some of the fastest players in the country and both camps had two players turn in blazing 40 yard dash times.

At the NUC combine, Hollandale (Fla.) running back Jared Sanders blazed a 4.37 and 4.40 (hand-timed) in the 40 yard dash to grab the fastest man award. A bit small at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, Sanders could be a slot receiver in college despite playing running back in high school. He was a terror to cover in one-on-one drills and had better hands than most, if not all, the wide receivers competing.

Sanders has had some interest from Miami, Illinois and FIU and could see even more schools start to take a look as the summer goes on.

Miami (Fla.) receiver John Green was the fastest man at the Nike camp, running a 4.46 (electronically-timed) 40 yard dash, which was the fastest time in the nation among all Nike combines this year.

“My fastest 40 is a 4.33,” he said. “I play slot receiver, kick returner and this year I’ll be the starting safety.”

Also a track star, Green has no offers but is being shown interest from coaches at Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State and Duke but says he hopes to hear from Miami soon. He plans on attending camps at Florida State and Kansas among others.

Burton takes Overall MVP award at NUC

2012 cornerback Adrian Burton attended both combines and made his name known at both of them. Posting a 98.46 Sparq rating at the Nike combine, Burton was hampered by a bit of fatigue from being in the sun all day and still managed to run a 4.67 in the 40 yard dash. He did much better on Sunday at the NUC, running a 4.51 and showing off impressive coverage skills in one-on-ones.

“It felt good to come out here after recovering and show that I am a D-1 prospect,” Burton said.

Burton was very fluid and excelled in press coverage against the top competition at the NUC. He took home Overall MVP honors and is seeing his recruiting pick up as of late. In-state programs like Florida and Florida State have shown interest but Miami is recruiting Burton the hardest. He recently went to the Hurricanes’ Junior Day and expects an offer to come from the staff shortly.

“I went to the one versus North Carolina,” Burton said. “I loved it, it felt just like home. Coach (Al) Golden is a real good coach, he’s really interactive with the players. I feel real comfortable there.”

As one of the top corners in Miami, expect to keep hearing Burton’s name pop up during the summer.

NUC Awards

2012 Quarterback MVP: Chase Bender from Cardinal Gibbons HS.
Running back MVP: Bo Ellis, a 2013 running back from Miami Gulliver Prep who ran a 4.57 in the 40 yard dash.
Defensive back MVP: Deshawd Tucker from Hollandale HS, he has interest from Miami, Oregon, Wisconsin and FIU but no offers at this time.
Wide Receiver MVP: Davaunte Robbins, who ran a 4.55 40 yard dash.
Combine King and Fastest Man: Jared Sanders.
Overall MVP: Adrian Burton.

Top Nike Sparq Scores

Top Sparq Rating: Justin Horton
Top 40 Yard Dash: John Green
Top Vertical Jump: Billy Crook (QB, Naples, Fla.)
Top Agility Shuttle: Kevon Caffey (RB, Miami, Fla.) 
Top Power Ball Toss: Pedro Sibiea (DE, Homestead, Fla.)
 
 
 
 
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