Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:34 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 1:39 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
We're less than two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the SEC.
Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.)
Defensive back Deion Belue (Tuscumbia, Ala./Northeast Mississippi Juco)
Wide receiver Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Landon Collins (Geismar, La.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Amari Cooper (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Denzel Devall (Bastrop, La.)
Defensive back Travell Dixon (Miami, Fla./Eastern Arizona Juco)
Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end Kurt Freitag (Buford, Ga.)
Athlete Casey Gladney (Columbia, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.)
Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Tyler Hayes (Thomasville, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Hill (Collierville, Tenn.)
Athlete Cyrus Jones (Baltimore, Md.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Darren Lake (York, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Alec Morris (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end Darius Philon (Prichard, Ala.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland (Madison, Ala.)
Defensive back Geno Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Running back Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Ray Buchanan Jr. (Suwanee, Ga.)
Defensive back Jared Collins (Tulsa, Okla.)
Wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan (Olive Branch, Miss.)
Defensive end Austin Flynn (Torrance, Calif./LA Harbor Juco)
Wide receiver Courtney Gardner (Reno, Nev./Sierra Juco)
Wide receiver Keon Hatcher (Owasso, Okla.)
Wide receiver Eric Hawkins (Longview, Texas)
Defensive back Will Hines (Waco, Texas)
Athlete Nathan Holmes (Port Arthur, Texas)
Defensive end Taiwan Johnson (Manvel, Texas)
Defensive end Brandon Lewis (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Defonta Lowe (Bearden, Ark.)
Running back Donovan Roberts (Norman, Okla.)
Defensive end Jeremy Sprinkle (White Hall, Ark.)
Linebacker Jakarri Thomas (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward Pottsville, Ark.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end JaMichael Winston (Prichard, Ala.)
Defensive end Deatrich Wise (Carrollton, Texas)
Offensive lineman Shane Callahan (Parker, Colo.)
Defensive back T.J. Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Joshua Holsey (Fairburn, Ga.)
Athlete Darrion Hutcherson (Dadeville, Ala.)
Defensive back Jonathan Jones (Carrollton, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Robert Leff (Fairhope, Ala.)
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy (Birmingham, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Miller (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Linebacker Javiere Mitchell (Leeds, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Tyler Nero (Atmore, Ala.)
Tight end Ricky Parks (Hogansville, Ga.)
Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Gimel President (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.)
Running back Jovon Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver JaQuay Williams (Tyrone, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.)
Defensive end Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Brian Cox Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Austin Hardin (Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Damien Jacobs (Gray, La./East Mississippi Juco)
Running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Rhaheim Ledbetter (Bolling Springs, N.C.)
Defensive tackle JaFar Mann (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Marcus Maye (Melbourne, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Alex McCalister (Clemmons, N.C.)
Linebacker Antonio Morrison (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.)
Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Brian Poole (Bradenton, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla.)
Tight end Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Colin Thompson (Warminster, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle John Atkins (Thomson, Ga.)
Kicker Collin Barber (Cartersville, Ga.)
Athlete Faton Bauta (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mark Beard (Adamsville, Ala./Coffeyville Juco)
Defensive end James Deloach (Millen, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Leonard Floyd (Eastman, Ga.)
Running back Todd Gurley (Tarboro, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Quayvon Hicks (Blackshear, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Marshall Morgan (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Greg Pyke (Baltimore, Md.)
Tight end Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Blake Tibbs (Lithonia, Ga.)
Defensive back Daron Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Shawn Blaylock (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Zach Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Kory Brown (Moncks Corner, S.C./East Central Juco)
Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman (Louisville, Ky.)
Kicker Landon Foster (Thompson's Station, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Patrick Graffree (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Athlete Jadarion Harmon (Paduchah, Ky.)
Defensive back Josh Harris (Maysville, Ky.)
Offensive lineman T.J. Jones (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Wide receiver A.J. Legree (Fort White, Fla.)
Running back Dyshawn Mobley (Powell, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Zach Myers (Miamisburg, Ohio)
Defensive end Langston Newton (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive back Cody Quinn (Middletown, Ohio)
Defensive back Jonathan Reed (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Daniel Ross (Jeffersontown, Ky.)
Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Swindle (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Linebacker Kadeem Thomas (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Athlete Fred Tiller (Homerville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jon Toth (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Watson (Fayetteville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Vadal Alexander (Buford, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.)
Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.)
Offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.)
Offensive lineman Reid Ferguson (Buford, Ga.)
Tight end Dillon Gordon (River Ridge, La.)
Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Jerald Hawkins (Baldwin, La.)
Running back Jeremy Hill (Baton Rouge, La.)
Wide receiver Kavahra Holmes (Breaux Bridge, La.)
Defensive end Danielle Hunter (Katy, Texas)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Deion Jones (New Orleans, La.)
Athlete Lamar Lewis (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Jalen Mills (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Lorenzo Phillips (Patterson, La.)
Defensive back Derrick Raymond (Metairie, La.)
Defensive back Jerquinick Sandolph (Boutte, La.)
Defensive back Dwayne Thomas (New Orleans, La.)
Tight end John Thomas (Bossier City, La.)
Ole Miss (15)
Offensive lineman Darone Bailey (Cleveland, Miss./Coahoma Juco)
Quarterback C.J. Beathard (Franklin, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Pierce Burton (Sacramento, Calif./City College of S.F. Juco)
Defensive back Dehendret Collins (Meadville, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln Juco)
Offensive lineman Robert Conyers (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.)
Linebacker Khalid Henderson (Mabelton, Ga.)
Athlete Mike Hilton (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Kenno Loyal (Decatur, Ga.)
Running back I'Tavius Mathers (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Temario Strong (Batesville, Miss.)
Quarterback Bo Wallace (Pulaski, Tenn../East Mississippi Juco)
Running back Jaylen Walton (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Channing Ward (Aberdeen, Miss.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Mississippi State (26)
Defensive end Nelson Adams (Brandon, Miss.)
Defensive back Quadry Antoine (Belle Chasse, La.)
Defensive end Denico Autry (Albermarle, N.C./East Mississippi Juco)
Athlete Adairius Barnes (Port Gibson, Miss.)
Kicker Devon Bell (Vicksburg, Miss.)
Linebacker Torrey Bell (New Oreleans, La.)
Wide receiver Frederick Brown (Jackson, Miss.)
Defensive end Ryan Brown (Marrero, La.)
Offensive lineman Cole Carter (Caledonia, Miss.)
Defensive back Kivon Coman (Florence, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Devon Desper (Madison, Miss.)
Linebacker Lelland Ducksworth (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Athlete Deonte Evans (McComb, Miss.)
Defensive tackle Quay Evans (Morton, Miss.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Xavier Grindle (Columbia, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Dylan Holley (D'Iberville, Miss./Gulf Coast Juco)
Athlete Brandon Holloway (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Nick James (Long Beach, Miss.)
Defensive end A.J. Jefferson (Summit, Miss.)
Defensive back Cedric Jiles (Clinton, Miss.)
Athlete Adarrius Perkins (Brooklyn, Miss.)
Athlete Will Redmond (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Justin Senior (Chatham, Va.)
Offensive lineman Charles Siddoway (Eugene, Ore./Butte Juco)
Tight end Gus Walley (Leakesville, Miss.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Washington (Suwanee, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Levi Copelin (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Tight end Sean Culkin (Largo, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Simon Goines (Keller, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Running back Russell Hansbrough (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive end Rickey Hatley (Atlanta, Texas)
Quarterback Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive tackle Edmund Ray (St. Louis, Mo.)
Linebacker Michael Scherer (St. Louis, Mo.)
Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Ka'Ra Stewart (O'Fallon, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Williams (Denton, Texas)
Defensive end Evan Winston (Muskegon Heights, Mich.)
South Carolina (24)
Athlete Jerell Adams (Summerton, S.C.)
Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Jordan Diggs (Capre Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Chaz Elder (College Park, Ga.)
Defensive end Darius English (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive back Kyle Fleetwood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Wide receiver Jody Fuller (Monroe, N.C.)
Defensive back T.J. Gurley (Cairo, Ga.)
Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker Kaiwan Lewis (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Rico McWilliams (Hampton, Ga.)
Quarterback Brendan Nosovitch (Allentown, Pa.)
Tight end Kelvin Rainey (Yulee, Fla.)
Wide receiver Shaq Roland (Lexington, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)
Wide receiver Kwinton Smith (Dillon, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brock Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Clayton Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Kicker Nick St. Germain (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive end Jhaustin Thomas (Decatur, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (Seffner, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mason Zandi (Chapin, S.C.)
Athlete Cody Blanc (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Defensive back Deion Bonner (Columbus, Ga.)
Defensive back Devante Bourque (Crowley, La.)
Wide receiver Drae Bowles (Jackson, Tenn.)
Kicker George Bullock (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Wide receiver Jason Croom (Norcross, Ga.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Alden Hill (Alliance, Ohio)
Athlete Alton Howard (Orlando, Fla.)
Athlete Justin King (Dunwoody, Ga.)
Defensive end LaTroy Lewis (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Daniel McCullers (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Defensive back LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive Danny O'Brien (Flint, Mich.)
Quarterback Nathan Peterman (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Linebacker Otha Peters (Covington, La.)
Linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas)
Defensive end Darrington Sentimore (Destrehan, La./Gulf Coast Juco)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Running back Queshaun Watson (Athens, Ga.)
Texas A&M (20)
Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Wide receiver Sabian Holmes (Southlake, Texas)
Offensive lineman Germain Ifeadi (Houston, Texas)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Defensive end Julien Obioha (New Orleans, La.)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Wide receiver Derel Walker (Athens, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Torey Agee (Opelika, Ala.)
Defensive end Caleb Azubike (Nashville, Tenn.)
Defensive back Brandon Banks (Brandywine, Md.)
Defensive end Ladarius Banks (Dallas, Ga.)
Wide receiver Cory Batey (Nashville, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Adam Butler (Ducanville, Texas)
Kicker Colby Cooke (Goochland, Va.)
Defensive end Josh Dawson (Tucker, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Blake Fromang (Orlando, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Barrett Gouger (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Defensive back Paris Head (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Darreon Herring (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Will Holden (Green Cove Springs, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Andrew Jelks (Paris, Tenn.)
Running back Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Jaborian McKenzie (Natchez, Miss.)
Athlete Chris Moody (McDonough, Ga.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jacob Sealand (Tucker, Ga.)
Defensive end Stephen Weatherly (Atlanta, Ga.)
Tags: A.J. Jefferson, A.J. Legree, A.J. Turner, Adairius Barnes, Adam Butler, Adam Griffith, Adarrius Perkins, Adrian Bellard, Alden HIll, Alec Morris, Alex McCalister, Alex Taylor, Alonzo Williams, Alphonse Taylor, Alton Howard, Amari Cooper, Andrew Jelks, Antonio Morrison, Arkansas, Auburn, Austin Flynn, Austin Hardin, Avery Johnson, Barrett Gouger, Ben Still, Blake Fromang, Bo Wallace, Bralon Addison, Brandon Banks, Brandon Greene, Brandon Hill, Brandon Holloway, Brandon Lewis, Brendan Nosovitch, Brian Cox Jr., Brian Kimbrow, Brian Poole, Brock Stadnik, C.J. Beathard, C.J. Curry, Caleb Azubike, Caleb Gulledge, Carlos Hood, Casey Gladney, Cassanova McKinzy, Cedric Jiles, Channing Ward, Charles Siddoway, Chaston Cuffee, Chaz Elder, Chris Black, Chris Moody, Clayton Stadnik, Cody Blanc, Cody Quinn, Cody Waldrop, Colby Cooke, Cole Carter, Colin Thompson, Collin Barber, Commitment List, Cordale Boyd, Corey Thompson, Cory Batey, Courtney Gardner, Cyrus Jones, D'Arthur Cowan, D.J. Humphries, Dakota Ball, Dalton Santos, Damien Jacobs, Daniel Gray, Daniel McCullers, Daniel Ross, Danielle Hunter, Danny O'Brien, Dante Phillips, Darion Monroe, Darius English, Darius Philon, Daron Blaylock, Darone Bailey, Darren Lake, Darreon Herring, Darrington Sentimore, Darrion Hutcherson, Deatrich Wise, Defonta Lowe, Dehendret Collins, Deion Belue, Deion Bonner, Deion Jones, DeMarcus Sweat, Denico Autry, Denzel Devall, Deontay Evans, Derek Edinburgh, Derel Walker, Derrick Raymond, Devante Bourque, DeVante Harris, Devon Bell, Devon Desper, Dillon Gordon, Dillon Lee, Donavin Newsom, Donovan Roberts, Drae Bowles, Dwayne Thomas, Dylan Holley, Dyshawn Mobley, Eddie Williams, Edmund Ray, Eric Hawkins, Evan Boehm, Evan Winston, Faton Bauta, Florida, Fred Tiller, Frederick Borwn, Geno Smith, George Bullock, Georgia, Germain Ifeadi, Gimel President, Greg Pyke, Gus Walley, I'Tavius Mathers, Issac Gross, Jaborian McKenzie, Jacob Sealand, Jadarion Harmon, JaFar Mann, Jakarri Thomas, Jalen Mills, James Deloach, JaMichael Winston, JaQuay Williams, Jared Collins, Jason Croom, Javiere Mitchell, Jaylen Walton, Jerald Hawkins, Jerell Adams, Jeremi Powell, Jeremy Hill, Jeremy Sprinkle, Jeremy Ward, Jerquinick Sandolph, Jessamen Dunker, Jhaustin Thomas, Jody Fuller, John Atkins, John Theus, John Thomas, Jon Toth, Jonathan Bullard, Jonathan Jones, Jonathan Reed, Jonathan Taylor, Jonathan Williams, Jordan Diggs, Jordan Jenkins, Jordan Richmond, Jordan Washington, Jordan Watson, Jordan Williams, Josh Dawson, Josh Harris, Joshua Holsey, Jovon Robinson, Julien Obioha, Justin King, Justin Meredith, Justin Senior, Justin Taylor, Justin Thomas, Ka'Ra Stewart, Kadeem Thomas, Kaiwan Lewis, Kavahra Holmes, Keithon Redding, Kelvin Rainey, Kendric Salley, Kenneth Marshall, Kenno Loyal, Kent Taylor, Kentucky, Kenyan Drake, Keon Hatcher, Khalid Henderson, Kimo Tipoti, Kivon Coman, Kory Brown, Kurt Freitag, Kwinton Smith, Kyle Fleetwood, Ladarius Banks, LaDarrell McNeil, Lamar Lewis, Landon Collins, Landon Foster, Langston Newton, LaTroy Lewis, LaTroy Pittman, Lelland Ducksworth, Lemming Top 100, Leonard Floyd, Levi Copelin, Lorenzo Phillips, LSU, Marcus Maye, Markus Golden, Marshall Morgan, Mason Zandi, Matt Davis, Matt Jones, Maty Mauk, Michael Richardson, Michael Scherer, Mike Davis, Mike Hilton, Mike Matthews, Mississippi State, Missouri, Morgan Steward, Nathan Holmes, Nathan Peterman, Nelson Adams, Nick James, Nick Saban, Nick St. Germain, Ole Miss, Otha Peters, Otis Jacobs, Paris Head, Patrick Graffree, Patrick Miller, Patrick Towles, Patton Robinette, Pierce Burton, Pre-Signing Day Commitment List, Quadry Antoine, Quay Evans, Quayvon Hicks, Queshaun Watson, Quinteze Williams, Ray Buchanan Jr., Reggie Ragland, Reid Ferguson, Rhaheim Ledbetter, Rickey Hatley, Ricky Parks, Rico McWilliams, Robert Conyers, Robert Leff, Ronnie Feist, Russell Handbrough, Ryan Anderson, Ryan Brown, Sabian Holmes, Sean Culkin, SEC, Shane Callahan, Shaq Roland, Shawn Blaylock, Simon Goines, South Carolina, Stephen Weatherly, T.J. Davis, T.J. Gurley, T.J. Holloman, T.J. Yeldon, Taiwan Johnson, Taylor, Temario Strong, Tennesee, Texas A&M, Thomas Chapman, Todd Gurley, Torey Agee, Torey Boozer, Torrey Bell, Toshiro Davis, Travell Dixon, Travin Dural, Trent Momon, Trent Taylor, Trey Granier, Trey Williams, Ty Smith, Tyler Hayes, Tyler Nero, Tyrone, Vadal Alexander, Vanderbilt, Will Hines, Will Holden, Will Redmond, Willie Bailey, Xavier Grindle, Zach Blaylock, Zach Myers, Zeke Pike
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:19 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 8:28 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Had a chance to go out to see San Francisco Bay Area powerhouse De La Salle play California High last Friday. The Spartans have been one of the most successful programs in the country this decade and have sent plenty of players to Division I schools and eventually the NFL.
This year's squad has three seniors already committed to FBS schools and two juniors drawing plenty of attention as well. The headliner is four-star quarterback and Wisconsin commitment Bart Houston, who is every bit of his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame. Houston had a very good summer on the camp circuit and parlayed that into a solid season with the Spartans, leading them to a 9-1 record heading into the playoffs. If there's one thing you'll hear about him, it's that he's the perfect fit for the Badgers offensive system with a quick release, some mobility, good decision-making and the arm to get the ball downfield on post and fade routes.
Houston ended up 13-of-20 for 220 yards against California in a 24-3 win that didn't have the De La Salle ground game looking as sharp as it normally is. The signal-caller showed flashes of what makes him a top 100 player according to Maxpreps however, displaying nice touch on intermediate routes and spinning the ball well on short routes. There was only one or two decisions Houston would have liked back but was efficient the entire night and even added a short touchdown run. In short, you can understand why the Badgers went out of their normal recruiting areas to heavily recruit Houston because he certainly fits the mold of their previous quarterbacks to a T.
"Bart really impressed me with his accuracy, poise, leadership skills, pocket presence, and arm strength," analyst Tom Lemming says of Houston. "His accuracy is uncanny and he seems to put the ball on the money just about every time even when under pressure."
The best player on the field however was junior linebacker Michael Hutchings, who is also the top defensive player in the Bay Area and top underclass linebacker on the West Coast. At 6-foot-2, 210-pounds or so, Hutchings moves well in space and covers a whole lot of ground in the passing game. He likely will end up as an outside linebacker but it's not hard to see him bulking up and being able to play inside in a 3-4 scheme. Physically he has a big upper body and reminds some of former USC linebacker Keith Rivers. He got lost on a few plays but for the most part read his keys very well and you can tell he'll head to college with a plenty of experience.
"Last year we had a tough game against Cal High when I was on the field as a sophomore," Hutchings said. "It was definitely a grind, something we wanted to come back and get. I still say it was a sub par performance this game but they're a heck of a team."
The De La Salle linebacking corps is one of the best units in the country and also features California commit Michael Barton. The pair is close on and off the field and continue to develop into better players with the senior mentoring the younger linebacker.
"Barton is such a hard worker," Hutchings said. "Him and (Boise State commit Blake) Renaud guided me last year and now Barton has taken over this year. I just want to follow in their footsteps and keep the tradition going."
Hutchings is approaching the 15 offer mark and figures to see plenty more college coaches contact him in the coming months as the recruiting cycle shifts over to the class of 2013 on a full-time basis. Most of the Pac-12 has been in touch or extended an offer but even with plenty of time until Signing Day, Hutchings is already starting to develop a short list of schools.
"I have a group of favorites, USC, Cal, UCLA, Washington," he said. "And Oklahoma also.
"I was at Cal last week for the Washington State game. I looked at AT&T Park a little bit and got to be around the team. I probably won't take any other visits in the next couple of weeks but after the season in December I will."
Don't be surprised if this comes down to a USC/Cal battle with Hutchings committing some time over the summer following visits to both schools. Academics seem to be a big part of each school's pitch and the Bears have De La Salle alum and ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi assigned to the impressive linebacker. Though he's already successfully recruited Barton, it might be a little tougher for Lupoi to land Hutchings as USC is just one of several schools who are also making the future top 100 player a priority.
For now though, recruiting is being pushed aside as the Spartans turn their attention to the playoffs. With a title in hand thanks to a perfect 7-0 mark in the East Bay Athletic League and likely number one seed headed into the North Coast Section playoffs, another state championship is out there for the taking.
"We don't want to have any regrets," Hutchings said. "We want to go into every game, hit hard, don't make mistakes and have no regrets. We want to go into the playoffs and finish the season off right. As a junior, I just want to lead the junior and help the seniors win their state championship just like they did last year."
Georgia adds versatile quarterback
There weren't a ton of commitments this weekend but the most notable was Palm Beach (Fla.) quarterback Faton Bauta. A transfer from New York, he came in and won the quarterback spot at one of the big local programs - Palm Beach Dwyer - and has been dead set at playing the position in college, which Georgia appeared to recruit him at.
"My goal is set on being a quarterback at the next level and beyond. I am going to do whatever it takes and work hard every day like I do to get that goal I have set," he told UGASports.com. "My goal is still growing, to be an elite quarterback. I am going to keep working hard on my skills to do everything to make myself a better quarterback."
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is a versatile athlete and could play multiple positions in college such as linebacker or an H-back type. Bauta does have a strong-arm and is a hard-nosed runner who has passed for 1,006 yards on the season with 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Though he still has to learn some of the subtleties of being a quarterback, that's the position he'll start off at in college.
"What Aaron Murray does, I know he's a dual threat as well; he runs the ball well, and throws the ball well. For me, I'm going to strive to be the best quarterback I can be. And in my eyes, I know I can be Aaron Murray and more," Bauta said.
Georgia now has 14 commitments for the class of 2012 and though it is not as stacked as last year's 'Dream Team' was, adds the talented Bauta to a group that includes five-star offensive tackle John Theus and impressive defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor. The Bulldogs did take a quarterback with last year's class and have also received a pledge from 2013 signal-caller Brice Ramsey.
Video of the week
This week was a big one for Belle Glade (Fla.) running back Kelvin Taylor, who broke Emmitt Smith's (yes, that Emmitt Smith) all-time rushing record in the state of Florida on a 388 yard, six touchdown night Friday. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder now has 8,975 yards and 141 touchdowns for his career and amazingly he's just a junior. He is the son of former NFL and Florida Gators running back Fred Taylor. It appears to be a Florida-Alabama battle for his commitment at this point with the Gators having a bit of an edge obviously.
Below is video of Taylor's run to break the record, a 34 yard scamper for a touchdown followed by him giving his mother the ball. He briefly discussed the record-setting performance here.
Pitt commit Rushel Shell also set a record over the weekend, rushing for more than 100 yards in his 39th consecutive game.
Auburn commit Zeke Pike will enroll early.
A few notes and some analysis of Oregon recruiting.
Texas commit Johnathan Gray is getting close to some very impressive records himself.
Adolphus Washington's visit to Cincinnati went very well.
Georgia is gaining ground with defensive end Jordan Jenkins after he visited for the Auburn game. The program also recently offered DeVondre Seymour, son of former All-Pro defensive tackle Richard Seymour.
Tags: Aaron Murray, Adolphus Washington, Alabama, AT&T Park, Auburn, Bart Houston, Blake Renaud, Boise State, Brice Ramsey, Bryan Fischer, California, Cincinnati, De La Salle, DeVondre Seymour, Emmitt Smith, Faton Bauta, Florida, Fred Taylor, Georgia, John Theus, Jonathan Gray, Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Jenkins, Keith Rivers, Kelvin Taylor, Michael Barton, Michael Hutchings, National Notes, NFL, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pac-12, Pitt, Richard Seymour, Rushel Shell, Texas, Tom Lemming, Tosh Lupoi, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin, Zeke Pike
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:26 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- Interesting story on recruiting services for players.
Quarterback Faton Bauta took an unofficial visit to UCF.
Athlete Janarion Grant was one of the top performers at USF's Sling and Shoot 7-on-7 Tournament.
Miami head coach Al Golden talks a little recruiting.
Minnesota seeks an in-state recruiting coup.
West Virginia is hoping to close out their summer with a commitment or two out of their summer camp.
With North Carolina coach Butch Davis gone, Virginia Tech lost a recruiting thorn in their side.
Mississippi State added receiver Fred Brown and speedster Brandon Holloway to their class.
Offensive lineman Joe Harris selected South Carolina over Georgia and Clemson.
Corner Jhavon Williams will head to UConn to play ball.
Kansas picked up quarterback Bilal Marshall from South Florida.
Receiver D'Arthur Cowan made it official: he was going to Arkansas.
Number 18 is in for Arizona State and it's defensive end Jarvis Lewis.
Tags: Al Golden, Arizona State, Arkansas, Big 12, Big East, Bilal Marshall, Brandon Holloway, Butch Davis, Clemson, D'Arthur Cowan, Faton Bauta, Fred Brown, Georgia, Janarion Grant, Jarvis Lewis, Jhavon Williams, Joe Harris, Kansas, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Pac-12, SEC, Sling and Shoot, South Carolina, UCF, UConn, USF, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 11:27 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Plenty of top players from high school teams all over the state of Florida were in action this past weekend at the 6<sup>th</sup> Annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Tournament. Featuring two teams from MaxPreps' Preseason Top 25 for 2011 and several members from Tom Lemming's Top 100 for 2012, the fields at the King's Academy were filled with fast paced action and plenty of scoring.
One of the standouts was Tampa (Fla.) wide receiver Austin Aikens, who helped propel his team to the title and was one of the top players at the event.
"It felt real good,” Aikens said on Saturday. “I was out there making plays my team needed during the clutch."
"I'm looking to gain some more weight and polish off my route running and catching skills that I've got as a receiver so I can help my team,” he said. “We're pretty much getting there, we're starting to gel together and become one team and know what each other is thinking. Players are starting to step up when we need them to step up."
While the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is still sorting out his offer list, he maintains he'll likely make a decision after the football season is over. He recently took an unofficial visit to several schools in North Carolina and could be leaning towards heading out of state for college.
Palm Beach (Fla.) athlete Faton Bauta is trying to shed the label of “athlete” and get people used to calling him a quarterback. The dual-threat signal caller certainly impressed on the field during the tournament, showing off a strong arm and hitting some tight windows on some of his throws. The transfer from New York is not assured of the starting job just yet so the extra time with his teammates leading up to the season was crucial to developing some chemistry before the pads come on in August.
Dwyer High, ranked 17<sup>th</sup> in the country by MaxPreps, is breaking in several new players into the mix and face the added challenge of moving into a new classification this season. Bauta knows the team needs to gel in the offseason if they want to go from good to great during the regular season.
"Georgia and UCF, that's about it,” he said. “(Georgia) was huge, I went on a pretty big SEC tour and went there and threw for them. They like be a lot and they offered me, I sat down with coach (Mark) Richt and he's a great guy. All of the coaches were great. They're a great school and have top of the line everything. It was great to go out there and see what they're all about."
“That's why I went on the tour, just to show these guys I can throw the ball,” he said. “Hopefully I can show the guys out here that I can throw the ball."
Bauta participated at the Florida State camp on Sunday after wrapping up things in Palm Beach at the Heath Evans tournament. While he doesn't have an offer from the Seminoles at the moment, it's possible they could break into his recruiting with one. Right now however, he's starting to narrow down his list based on a few of his big offers.
"I have a top seven and if you looked at the offers I have, you'd be able to figure it out,” Bauta said. “I'm really just keeping my options open right now in case something pops up with a school. I'm just seeing who likes me and who has the best chance of winning and having the most success during the four years I'm there. I want to get the best connection to the coaches and the players."
Cornerback Tracey Howard of Miramar (Fla.) knows he doesn't have much left to prove after a stellar junior year and a very good offseason on the all-star travel team South Florida Express. But there he was out in the heat, running routes on offense and playing receivers tight on defense.
Howard plans on visiting Miami and Florida State soon and has already visited the other in-state power, Florida, for a spring practice. He plans on committing during the middle of the season or on Signing Day, depending on how his visits work out and if he's comfortable with a certain school. In the mean time, he's just doing what's asked of him to help his team win.
"It was good to play some receiver and make plays for my team,” Howard said. “I don't really play offense but I'm out here with my team having fun."
- One of the underclassmen who had an intriguing blend of size and speed was Tampa (Fla.) linebacker Paris Bostick of Plant High. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder looks like a big safety but he could continue to grow into an outside linebacker. Schools are already interested with him playing safety and while he doesn't have any offers yet, is looking to have a big season after concentrating on getting better this offseason.
"Just get faster and bigger,” Bostick said. “I'm in the weight room a lot with the team but I like to work harder than everybody else. I see people trying to up their game so I'm going to try and up my game more than them and keep my head on and not get into any trouble."
- Virginia Tech commit Donaldven Manning was sporting his future college's logos on some eye black.
- Booker T. Washington was a team full of underclassmen who impressed. They made it to the championship game against Plant but fell just short. Former Miami director of football operations “Ice” Harris is the head coach at the school now.
Tags: ACC, Alabama, Austin Aikens, Big 12, Big East, Boston College, Cincinnati, Conference USA, Donaldven Manning, Duke, Faton Bauta, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Heath Evans 7-on-7, Ice Harris, Louisville, Miami, Missouri, N.C. State, North Carolina, Paris Bostick, SEC, South Florida Express, Temple, Tracey Howard, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Kentucky
Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 10:58 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Perhaps it was no surprise but several Florida State commitments performed well during the latest stop in the Nike Football Training Camp tour just a few miles where they will one day play college football.
The camp was another opportunity for some of the South's best talent to showcase their skills and get discovered but it was Seminole commit Dante Fowler who ended up stealing the show - for the second year in a row.
"It was real good. I'm blessed to get MVP for the second year," Fowler said. "I'm working hard and making sure everybody still remembers who I am."
The St. Petersburg (Fla.) defensive end was not the tallest or biggest defensive lineman at the camp but he did have the best motor. Fowler never lost a rep and seemed to get to the quarterback in one-on-one drills quicker than just about anybody. Part of the reason Fowler did so well was the camp offering the opportunity to go full bore.
"I turn it up a lot," he said. "My offensive linemen in practice want a lot of work and everything but sometimes I just don't want to hurt them. There's a lot of stuff I do out here that I don't do school. But when we get in pads, I'm going to really show everyone what's up."
Fellow Florida State commit and defensive end Chis Casher was also impressive and was Fowler's closest competition for position group MVP. The talented duo of commitments ended up pushing each other to do better throughout the day.
"I think that's the reason neither of us didn't lose any battles," Fowler said. "It was a competition and we didn't want to lose. We were going to get the MVP award and see who the best is. Chris Casher, he's really good. I tip my hat to him."
The 6-foot-2, 230 pound Fowler says he is still committed to the Seminoles but is still picking up offers and being recruited by several schools across the country. His most recent offer is also the one that intrigues him the most.
"The newest offer that I got was USC," Fowler said. "Coach Monte Kiffin and Coach (Ed) Orgeron are real energetic. They really want me to come out and we'll see about doing that. They called me at 6:15 AM (Friday) and I was still asleep. I left the house around 6:45 and when I came home, I saw that the phone (caller ID) said USC. It shows that they're really interested in me even though I committed to a school. I'm going to show USC some respect."
The recruiting process will continue throughout the spring and summer for Fowler. The talented end is still planning on taking several unofficial visits but will likely save most of his long distance travel for official visits.
"If I do take any unofficials, I'm going to stay in Florida," he said. "Probably Florida and Miami and USF, I've got to show my hometown some love. If I take my official visits, it will be Florida State, USC, Miami and USF."
The weekend also offered the chance for Fowler to get a glimpse at what awaits him once he arrives as a full time student in Tallahassee. The Seminoles Garnet and Gold spring game was not the only thing he did on Saturday however.
"Florida State is a great school and I like what they're doing with their program," Fowler said. "I was at the Spring Game and it was good seeing a lot of people I'm going to be playing with. Seeing some of the recruits that might commit to Florida State, I tried doing a little bit of recruiting. It was nice."
Casher a close second but primed to dominate
One of the players who certainly passed the eye test this weekend was Mobile (Ala.) defensive end Chris Casher. Also a Florida State commitment, he came to this year's Nike Camp determined to use the techniques he learned last year to dominate the competition.
"I had fun. Last year when I went to the Nike Camp, the thing I wanted to work on was my hand technique in tight quarters," Casher said. "In one-on-ones today, I saw it pay off and I did real good at that."
The 6-foot-4, 240 pound end had no problem going up against the plethora of offensive linemen but it was his fellow FSU commit that was his toughest competition on the day. The friendly rivalry - coupled with a few laughs and a bit of boisterous applause - was one of the highlights for the future defensive line mates.
"I feel as though me and Dante were the two best as far as D-line," Casher said. "We're friends but we still compete against each other, he wants to beat me and I want to beat him."
Like Fowler, Casher is still receiving attention from college recruiters who feel they're not out of it yet. Despite the communication that goes on between him and colleges, Casher says he's still sold on Florida State being the place for him.
"Oh yeah," he said. "On Friday's my coach gives me a pile of letters. But I'm solid, I'm not going anywhere.
"I've always sort of been a fan and when I got on campus, it felt like family. I wanted to be a part of that. It was just a connection. I watched and rooted for them because my dad is a Florida State fan. When I got up in age and schools started recruiting me and when Dameyune Craig was going to talk to me, I jumped on it. When I wanted to commit my dad wanted to make sure that I wasn't doing it just because he was a fan and I told him no."
Like many other commitments, Casher attended the Seminoles' spring game and liked what he saw of his future battery-mates.
"The defense was solid, they were real solid," he said of the spring game. "I'm looking forward to being able to join the team and get that jersey. I was looking at (quarterback E.J. Manuel) and E.J. might be bigger than me. I talked with Coach (Jimbo) Fisher too."
Hicks impresses at end but could see future on offense
One of the more intriguing prospects at the camp was Blackshear (Ga.) athlete Quayvon Hicks. A compact but explosive player, Hicks was one of the tougher match ups during one-on-one drills thanks to a quick first step and the ability to bull rush using his tremendous upper body strength.
"I think I did pretty good today," Hicks said of his day. "I wanted to learn how to use my hands better against the offensive line."
As one of over 30 players from the state of Georgia who will be heading to a FBS school, Hicks was determined to not only get better but also prove himself against some of the best in the region.
"I think it makes me better as an athlete to come out here and compete against some of the best athletes in my class and even other classes," he said. "Dante Fowler and an FSU commit (Casher) in my class were out here and we're all going at it. I went at both inside and outside and was just trying to do my thing."
Already holding offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami and Tennessee, more than one school is close to offering according to Hicks.
"A lot of SEC schools are evaluating film and what position I'll play at the next level," he said. "I think some will come through in the spring and see me."
The schools that are close to offering are evaluating him at mainly at fullback and defensive end. The May Evaluation Period will be key for some of them to get a chance to see what skills he has and where he might fit in best. Despite not really knowing where he might play, Hicks is receiving plenty of attention from schools as his recruitment is starting to pick up.
"Auburn, Alabama, Florida State and Georgia," he said were his top schools. "I might play fullback or something until my body grows. So after the first year or second year, I think most of them are going to move me to defense."
Hicks is mainly looking at the school and not necessarily the position he will play in college. That said, he does have a position of preference and based on what he showed at the Nike Camp, it's easy to see why.
"I love to rush the quarterback, that's what I live for," he said. "But I wouldn't mind playing where I'm needed at."
The 6-foot-2, 255 pound bowling ball is planning on taking a few unofficial visits in the months leading up to when he can officially visit. Though he didn't have an exact date nailed down in terms of a commitment, he said he wanted to make sure he has seen several schools to get an understanding of everyone that is recruiting him. Alabama and Auburn are two schools who will be receiving a visit in the near future.
Laith more than impressive at tight end
It's often hard for a tight end to stand out at an event like the Nike Camp outside of his size given the abundance of wide receivers and other skill position talent. That said, it wasn't too surprising to see Tallahassee (Fla.) tight end Laith Harlow make play after play against competition he's generally not used to seeing.
"Coming out here meant a lot today because it's the top of the top of the top," Harlow said. "You want to come where you get the most experience and get shown the most. I had a lot of fun out here today and I felt like I got better and worked with the top and competed and overall today was a good day for me."
With well over 20 offers, Harlow is not quite ready to start narrowing down his list. Still open to just about everybody, expect schools to extend an offer if they haven't already done so once they size up Harlow when they stop by Godby High this spring.
"I've got quite a few offers already," he said. "I'm just focused on high school right now and I love every college right now and I'm taking everything into consideration. There's nobody who really stands out or is recruiting me harder than the other."
Because he's still open to just about everybody, Harlow is flexible as far as when he makes a verbal commitment. Right now he has it tentatively pegged for the first Wednesday in February but there's no timetable at the current moment.
"It doesn't really matter to me, I'm not set on Signing Day being the day, I may commit early," he said. "It's whenever you feel that home feeling, that, 'this is it' right now, that's when you commit."
The 6-foot-5, 240 pound tight end looked like he could be a major addition in any offense thanks to his size and flexibility as a blocker in addition to being able to flex out and run routes. Harlow is deceptively fast and runs crisp, precise routes. Although he hasn't started to really begin unofficially visiting schools, he did manage to make a trip all the way to Eugene to visit Oregon this past weekend.
"Oregon was a lot of fun, they showed me a lot of love up there," Harlow said. "It was a good time, the coaches were really nice, the players were really cool and down to earth. Real nice campus and I'm not really afraid of leaving home so that's not a problem for me."
Miller eyes a few SEC schools
It was a strong group of offensive linemen at the camp and the player with the best looking frame was Palm Beach (Fla.) tackle Patrick Miller. You can tell Miller used to play a bit at tight end not because of his height but due to the way he moves his feet. He held his own during limited reps during one-on-ones but didn't live up to his own high expectations for the day.
"Not as well as I wanted to," Miller said. "I just came out to show what I have to offer and check out what Florida State has to offer. I have some friends from here so it was kind of a little vacation too."
The Seminoles are one of several schools who have already offered and Miller used the day before the camp to check out the Garnet and Gold spring game and see just what the school has to offer despite them not recruiting him heavily.
"I went in at the beginning for the tour and then I left and watched the spring game with some of my friends," he said. "I have an offer from FSU but I think they're pretty good on lineman and need a left tackle as much as some other schools."
There are several schools that are looking for a top-flight offensive tackle among the double digit list of offers Miller has. Unlike many players who are just starting to look closely at the recruiting process, the 6-foot-7, 270 pound Miller is primarily looking at schools in the SEC.
"Florida, Auburn, LSU are the three that keep repeating, those are my top three" he said. "Who knows. I just got an offer from Alabama too. They offered me and my quarterback Faton Bauta."
The Florida State visit was not Miller's first nor was it his last. Although he won't travel extensively, he hopes to narrow things down before the season starts so he can take just a select few official visits.
"I've taken a few unofficial visits," he said. "Whenever the time comes around I'll take three officials and I'll just do the top three schools and keep it simple. I know all these schools can show you a good time and try to persuade you but you've got to be smart."
While being in the SEC seems to be requirement number one for the talented offensive lineman, there are a host of other qualities Miller is looking for before he eventually makes a verbal commitment later in the year.
"I'm looking for someone who needs a left tackle," he said of his preference for early playing time. "I'm looking for a good college town to have fun but also able to work hard. Playing time and other people at my position are factors. I want to see a bunch of offensive linemen who are just like me that like to work hard. I don't care where I go, I'll go wherever but I'm trying to stay in the SEC."
Competing is just the name of the game for Patti
If there's a football camp or competition in the South, the chances are good that Orlando (Fla.) quarterback Nick Patti will be there and ready to throw the ball to wherever an open receiver is.
"Coming in and measuring yourself going up against some of the best competition in the country," he said. "I always keep a chip on my shoulder because I'm always proving myself to people. But I love it and it's what I want to do."
Height is always an issue with Patti, who is about 5-foot-10. Despite his small stature, he can sling the football around with the best of them and was one of the most accurate quarterbacks at the event. It's clear that all Patti does is love to compete and he performed well enough in Tallahassee to be named position group MVP.
"It means a lot. Tyler Cameron was out here and I think a lot of him, he's good quarterback," Patti said. "It's good to come out on top every once and awhile."
There is budding interest in the Central Florida signal caller who currently holds offers from Louisiana Tech, Indiana and UCF. Patti expects USF to visit his school to see him on Thursday and has been told some 50 schools will stop by Dr. Phillips to see him and a host of other FBS-level recruits.
"I'm talking to a lot of people right now, pretty much it's UCF, Indiana, Boise State and USF," he said of schools standing out. "I'll be at Boise State on Tuesday and I just got back from Indiana last week. I loved Indiana, I was real surprised about it. It's a real college town, it's old and has a lot of history and you can just feel it. I loved the coaches, Coach (Kevin) Wilson, you can just tell he has a good thing going there and he's going to do great things."
The trip up to Boise offers Patti a chance to see a school that, much like him, is all about playing against bigger competition and often coming out on top.
"They're a hidden gem," he said. "They're like me, they constantly want to prove people wrong and play the big dog and beat the big dog. That's what I want to do."
There's not a throw Patti cannot make and he was one of the most sound quarterbacks mechanically at the event. Although it seems as though his height is an issue, his grit and determination seem to make up for any shortcomings. As more and more schools start to jump in to the picture, Patti is comfortable in his own skin and just looking for a system that allows him to succeed.
"Somewhere where I can come in and play," he said. "I think I can play in any system, whether it's pro-style, spread, option, anything really. I think I can do it and I just want a system where the coach wants me the most."
- In addition to Patti and Fowler winning their respective position group MVPs, Citra (Fla.) running back Jamie Gilmore, Orlando (Fla.) receiver Drico Johnson, Lake City (Fla.) offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, Fleming Island (Fla.) linebacker Cameron McCurry and Tallahassee (Fla.) defensive back Travis Blanks also took home an MVP award.
- In addition to Blanks, cornerback P.J. Williams was particularly impressive at defensive back and made several plays while never seeming to let his man get out of half an arm's reach. Williams sported a Florida State hat that he has frequently worn at events and didn't mind answering any questions fellow recruits had about the local team. Still, he was overshadowed by Blanks, who lived up to his billing as the Maxpreps' top ranked defensive back. Not only did he have an interception after savvily baiting a quarterback and dropping into his zone like a veteran, but Blanks rarely had any receiver even get a look from a quarterback just because he was on him.
- Although the sidelines at the event were quite crowded, there was one parent who stood out from the crowd and it wasn't just because he was taller than most in attendance. Ken Griffey Jr., yes that Ken Griffey Jr., came to support his son Trey, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver who impressed those at the camp regardless of his last name. He has a good frame and runs routes well. He has soft hands and they're so big, you'd think he has on one of his dad's mitts instead of receiver gloves. He recently transferred to Orlando powerhouse Dr. Phillips and if he has a big season, look for him to grab a few BCS offers. Several schools are already interested in him but he is staying grounded thanks to his father.
"He teaches me what i need to do and what I should and shouldn't say," the younger Griffey said. "He wants me to take the SAT and that's the one thing he puts emphasis on. SAT and the ACT and always try your hardest, never give half effort."
- Jupiter (Fla.) quarterback Tyler Cameron was one of the other standouts in the quarterback group that was much better overall than at the Athens Nike Camp (which Cameron also attended). Cameron is getting looks from several quality programs and already holds offers from Boston College, Illinois, Louisville and Rutgers among others. He has the size you look for and was pretty accurate, spinning the ball well throughout the camp. Florida isn't known for producing a ton of great quarterbacks but Cameron could fight to have his name be under consideration as the top guy in-state. He needs to work on getting his arm angle up however because at times he'd get a little lazy and drop it on short to intermediate routes.
- It wasn't a huge surprise to see Jamie Gilmore perform well at this event given it really suits his skillet. He once again showed off quick feet and really seemed to keep his center of gravity low while exploding in and out of breaks. He holds a few offers from Big East and ACC programs but given his production, it might be just a matter of time before teams overlook his height and realize he's a playmaker.
- Although Chris Casher was impressive physically, Yulee (Fla.) 2013 running back Derrick Henry gave him a run for his money. Muscular for someone his age, the 6-foot-3, 230 pound Henry was the SPARQ MVP award winner after putting up eye-popping numbers, including a 4.53 40-yard dash. He looked a little bit stiff as a running back and ran a bit upright but several programs have extended offers, including most of the in-state schools. You could end up seeing Henry as an H-back or on defense as a linebacker or defensive end.
- Several of the local recruits had a good day but Lincoln High teammates Raphael Andrades and Ronald Butler were particularly impressive. Andrades is a 6-foot, 200 pound wide receiver who is well built and is a sleeper prospect as a slot guy. He runs crisp routes and has great hand. The best thing about Andrades is he's pretty polished, looking the ball in at all times, tucking it away quickly and knowing just how to run his routes. He holds offers from Illinois and Stanford at the moment but he should see his list start to grow quickly. Butler performed well at quarterback and was very sharp in all phases. He had a quick drop back and threw a very nice deep ball, turning over a sweet spiral.
- Lake City (Fla.) offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is an up-and-comer but looked good doing drills and in one-on-ones. He has the requisite size and a great frame to add weight. He is just a sophomore so his impressive showing means he's one to watch once the season rolls around. Several schools have already taken notice as he claimed offers from USC, USF, Florida and Arkansas.
- Others who impressed were Orlando (Fla.) offensive lineman Duaron Williams, Jacksonville (Fla.) quarterback Nathan Peterman, Gainesville (Fla.) cornerback Chris Bivins, Tampa (Fla.) quarterback Greg Windham, Birmingham (Ala.) tight end Canon Smith, Southlake (Fla.) receiver James Brooks and Palm Beach (Fla.) defensive tackle Mike Minns among others.
Tags: ACC, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Big East, Boise State, Boston College, Cameron McCurry, Canon Smith, Chirs Casher, Chris Bivins, Dameyune Craig, Dante Fowler, Derrick Henry, Drico Johnson, Duaron Williams, E.J. Manuel, Ed Orgeron, Faton Bauta, Florida, Florida State, Florida State Nike Camp, FSU NFTC, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Greg Windham, Illinois, Indiana, James Brooks, Jamie Gilmore, Jimbo Fisher, Ken Griffey Jr., Kevin Wilson, Laith Harlow, Laremy Tunsil, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Mike Minns, Monte Kiffin, Nathan Peterman, Nick Patti, Nike Camp, Oregon, P.J. Williams, Patrick Miller, Quayvon Hicks, Raphael Andrades, Ronald Butler, Rutgers, SEC, Stanford, Tennessee, Travis Blanks, Trey Griffey, Tyler Cameron, UCF, USC, USF
Posted on: February 19, 2011 7:04 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
MIAMI - The sun was shining, a light breeze was blowing and quite a few records fell at the Nike Sparq Combine at Miami North Stadium Saturday afternoon. Around 500 high school football players from around the state of Florida came to get tested in four events (a 40 yard dash, agility shuttle run, power ball toss and vertical jump), which were turned into their Sparq rating. Generally, anything over 90 is considered an upper echelon test score.
Much of the high-end talent in the state was not in attendance due to Florida State and Florida Junior Days being held on Saturday afternoon. Although there were not as many big names in attendance, a few players did get their names on everyone's radar after putting up some impressive numbers.
Faton Bauta - They say timing is everything and Bauta’s was impeccable this week - on and off the field. He attended the Nike Combine in Philadelphia last week but, having recently moved to nearby Palm Beach from New York, he was able to stop by for a second go around at the Sparq test. He posted one of the top Sparq scores in Miami with a 101.85 and, although he played quarterback last year, looks more like a linebacker. His 4.15 shuttle time was particularly impressive at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. Bauta recently enrolled at South Florida powerhouse Palm Beach Dwyer High School and already has several programs evaluating him, likely as an athlete.
Adrian Burton - Despite a slow (for a top corner) 40 time of 4.67, Burton still was impressive in other events to record a 98.46 Sparq rating. He said he ran a 4.55 last year at a combine and that’s the time most college coaches like. Burton has good size and could also play safety if needed. He went to Miami’s recent Junior Day and is close to receiving an offer from the Hurricanes.
Kilto Meme - A running back from a small school, Premier Academy in Pompano Beach (Fla.), Meme posted an impressive Sparq rating of 94.14. At 5-foot-10 and 193 pounds, Meme looked certainly looked the part and his 4.55 40 yard dash should have a few coaches interested in seeing his film. The Nike combine was the first of a few camps Meme plans on attending and depending on his senior season, could be an name to look out for on the recruiting trail.
Cameron Smith - A tight end/defensive end at the high school level, Smith projects as an outside linebacker in college based on his size. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Smith needs to add some muscle but he has a very good frame to do so. Not really a big name coming into the camp, his Sparq score of 94.5 should garner some more interest from schools. Boston College, Ole Miss , Iowa State, USF, Miami, Vandy and Duke are some of the schools who have shown interest but Smith does not have any offers. He ran a 4.61 in the 40 yard dash and had a very good vertical of 33 inches.
Justin Horton - After turning in his card listing his times, Horton quickly got most of the Nike staff excited. It was easy to see why when they announced his Sparq score, a 115.95, which was the best score in the nation this year at the Nike combines. The 6-foot-2, 207 pound Horton ran a 4.58 in the 40 yard dash, a 4.47 in the shuttle and had a 37 inch vertical jump to go along with an impressive 41 foot toss of the power ball. Louisville and USF are two schools to show interest in Horton but his eye-popping athleticism might make several schools pop in his tape and see him make 65 tackles last year. He will likely play linebacker at the next level.
John Green - South Florida is known for producing some of the fastest players in the country and the Miami combine allowed John Green to add his name to the list in 2012. He ran a 4.46 in the 40 yard dash (times are recorded electronicly), which is the top time at a Nike Combine this year. A 5-foot-10, 165 pound slot receiver, Florida State, Kansas and Duke are some of the schools showing interest. He said his fastest 40 was 4.33 and that he ran a 10.87 in the 100 meters last year. Green plans to attend several camps over the summer and could see his stock rise depending on how he does in 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 drills.
Pedro Sibiea - One of the few lineman to come to the combine (they generally are geared for skill position players), he posted an impressive 95.10 Sparq rating. A solid 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, Sibiea tested well in just about every category. If he can shave a little bit of time off his already impressive 4.87 40 yard dash, he could see a lot of scholarships come his way.
Akeem Jones - A class of 2013 quarterback, Jones is a hot name on the recruiting circuit after making the South Florida Express 7-on-7 travel team. He posted an 81.12 Sparq rating and is a legitimate 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. He ran a 4.89 in the 40 and had a 4.34 shuttle. Already seeing interest from several major programs, Jones stock should continue to rise.