Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:54 pm

Vanderbilt reaches into Alabama for DL

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Vanderbilt has been on quite the roll recently, not only posting a 2-0 record but grabbing a commitment from a top 25 wide receiver recently. James Franklin's staff kept things rolling this week, going into Opelika (Ala.) to grab a commitment from defensive end Torey Agee on Wednesday.

"I called up the coaches yesterday and told them Vandy was the school I want to be at," Agee told Rivals Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder held offers from Arkansas State, Duke, Memphis, Southern Miss and Stanford but went with Vandy due to their academics and the fact that the program was on the rise under their new head coach.

Agee's father, Tommie Agee, played running back at Auburn next to Heisman winner Bo Jackson and in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys.

The younger Agee racked up 29 tackles and two sacks in an injury shortened junior year. He is the 17th commitment for the Commodores' in the class of 2012.

"His coach calls him a monster who is hard to block and I concur," Maxpreps analyst Tom Lemming said. "His film shows him disrupting the opposition's backfield more times than not. Plays with good pad level, his motor is always going, and he's been blessed with a explosive first step."
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 10:28 am

Two big in-state players commit to 'Canes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

When Miami coach Al Golden sat down with CBSSports.com earlier this year, he said there was a misconception about "building a fence" around the three counties close to the school and that he would worry more about, "the ones that could play." That strategy has paid dividends because the Hurricanes picked up two commitments Monday afternoon and both can flat-out play.

"Miami was so close to home," Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) defensive end Jelani Hamilton told CaneSport.com. "It has my major of marine biology. Their football program has a lot of tradition, and that's very important." 

A four-star player from local powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Hamilton is ranked 77th overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps. He has played both end and tackle in high school but commits to Miami as a 6-foot-5, 255 pound defensive end who wants to bring a few things to Coral Gables before he graduates.

"A national championship," he said. "That's what it's about. And winning the Lombardi, Heisman. But winning the national championship as a team is my goal. I'm a team player, put the team ahead of myself."

Hamilton held offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU and Oklahoma among others. He racked up six sacks last season as a junior.

In addition to the big defensive pledge, Leesburg (Fla.) wide receiver D'Mauri Jones also committed to Miami on Monday.

"It started when (receivers coach George) McDonald came out to my school during the spring and watched me," Jones told the site. "Miami was a school I had always thought about since I was little. I was pretty excited, but I had to keep my cool so I didn't get all crazy and mess up. I had a pretty good practice that day and they offered me soon after that. I was excited about it. But I had to stay humble. I wanted to get down to Miami and confirm it." 

The big, 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver made an unofficial visit to the school over the weekend and it wasn't too long before he made his commitment public after falling in love with the city and the school.

"I've decided what I want to do," Jones said. "I like the facilities at Miami and way they interact with the players. And I love the city. It was my first time in Miami. I really liked it a lot. I am from Leesburg. It's a little slow here. I liked the faster paced city."

The pair gives the Hurricanes 17 commitments for the class of 2012. Hamilton is the fourth defensive end and Jones the third wide receiver in Golden's first full recruiting class.
Posted on: June 3, 2011 4:52 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 5:03 pm

Dewey commits to Miami

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Al Golden spoke earlier in the year to CBSSports.com about his need to re-stock the Miami roster at certain positions and it appears he identified quarterback as one of them. Austin (Texas) quarterback Preston Dewey became the third in the Hurricanes' upcoming class after committing to the school Friday afternoon, according to his quarterbacks coach. 

"After my visit, I just wanted to think about it, but I kept coming back to Miami," Dewey told CaneSport.com. "So I decided to pull the trigger."

Dewey performed well at the TCU Elite 11 competition earlier in the spring. His stock took off since performing well in Fort Worth and held scholarship offers from schools such as SMU, North Carolina, Tennessee and UCLA at the time of his commitment. He informed Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch this morning about his commitment to Miami.

"He was pretty ecstatic," Dewey said. "They told me that I will have a chance to compete to start for three to four years. I will compete my hardest." 

Dewey joins Gray Crow and David Thompson as quarterbacks headed to the 'U.' Both Dewey and Crow are expected to enroll in Janurary. Based on his throwing Dewey has good footwork, has a good release that gets the ball to where he wants it quickly and has a good arm that can make all the throws. 

The 6-foot-3, 210 pound quarterback has an interesting backstory as he was previously at Austin-area powerhouse Westlake High before transferring to local private school St. Andrew's Episcopal. Taking advantage of transfer regulations, he reclassified to the class of 2012, giving him an extra year of high school.

The 11th overall commitment for the Hurricanes class of 2012, Dewey threw for over 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. His high school head coach is former BYU quarterback and Heisman winner Ty Detmer.   
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:47 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 9:03 pm

Who could win the Heisman from the class of 2011?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Now that the deadline to declare for the NFL Draft has come and gone, it’s never too early to take a look at who might be in the frontrunners for the 2011 Heisman Trophy. With National Signing Day approaching however, who from the class of 2011 might one day end up hearing his name called in New York? Here’s five recruits who could end up hoisting the trophy sometime during their college careers (in alphabetical order):

Malcolm Brown

Cibolo (TX), 6-foot, 220 pound running back. Committed to Texas. 

Since Ricky Williams won the Heisman in 1998, Texas has had just two running backs finish in the top ten in the country in rushing (Jamaal Charles in 2007 and Cedric Benson in 2004). That’s two players in the top ten in 13 years. With the Texas offense looking more like North Texas’, expect a healthy dose of Brown as a freshman in order to take the load of whoever will be the quarterback in 2011. Brown hits the hole hard and is a North-South runner. He might have to adjust to the speed of the game and improve his vision after getting the ball but there’s no reason he couldn’t become the next Texas back to crack the national rushing list. He will also have the advantage of having a channel devoted to showing his highlights 24/7.

Jadeveon Clowney 

Rock Hill (SC), 6-foot-6, 250 pound defensive end. Considering Alabama, South Carolina and Clemson. 

Defensive players have had to climb Mount Everest just to be invited to New York for the Heisman but 2009’s push by Ndamukong Suh should have others reconsidering before writing off a defensive player. Clowney is the most advanced defensive end coming out of high school in some time, having the speed, size and explosiveness you look for. One NFL scout told my colleague Bruce Feldman he would draft Clowney in the first round in this year’s NFL Draft. A season where he could at least replicate Suh’s stats in 2009 (12 sacks, 23 tackles for a loss) isn’t out of the question and given the recognition he already has, one has to have Clowney on the list somewhere.

Jeff Driskel

Oviedo (FL), 6-foot-4, 225 pound quarterback. Committed to Florida. 

Being the quarterback at Florida generally positions a player to make a run at the Heisman no matter what you do the season before. With Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator and installing in a pro-style offense, Driskel has the chance to put up very good numbers when he eventually takes over under center. His legs are an asset but he has a very strong arm and quick release. The best quarterback in the class, Driskel has a chance to turn things around at Florida and then take a trip north to New York.

Jerrard Randall

Hollywood (FL), 6-foot-2, 190 pound quarterback. Committed to Oregon. 

Unless you’re a die-hard recruitnik or Oregon fan, you might be wondering who Randall is. A dual-thread QB from talent-rich South Florida, Randall is slated to take over for Darron Thomas eventually. Given the numbers Thomas and his predecessors have put up in Oregon’s prolific offense, it’s no surprise to find Randall on this list. Chris Houston, better known as the Heisman Pundit, has touted Randall as possible Heisman winner and if you watch some tape, it’s hard to disagree. A strong arm and the speed of a fast running back, Randall might be the player who can bring home the Heisman that former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon almost did.

De’Anthony Thomas 

Los Angeles (CA), 5-foot-9, 165 pound athlete. Committed to USC. 

Being the running back at USC usually sets you up pretty well to win the Heisman. After all, five Trojan running backs have won the award (well, four actually). In the backfield is where Thomas says he will play at USC but he might be better suited in the secondary. With scholarship limits hitting USC over the next few years, head coach Lane Kiffin might choose to play Thomas on both sides of the ball. Nicknamed ‘The Black Mamba,’ he could be a factor in all three-phases of the game in the mold of Heisman winner Charles Woodson.

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