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Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:25 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 12:26 am
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Pac-12

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Breaking down who won and lost in the Pac-12 on National Signing Day.


WINNERS

Stanford's future backfield. We don't want to say anyone could succeed at quarterback or tailback behind a line featuring Andrus Peat, Kyle Murphy, and John Garnett. Dame Helen Mirren would fail, probably. We wouldn't like Bill Nye, the Science Guy's odds. Most 12-year-olds would struggle.

But when we're talking about an offensive line class David Shaw said "could be one of the best in college football historywithout hyperbole, it's hard to rule anyone out. And when it comes to players like potential 2012 quarterback starter Brett Nottingham or new running back signee Barry J. Sanderswe think the chances of success are so sky-high as to be nearly guaranteed. Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck might be gone, but if the results of National Signing Day are any indication, the Cardinal as a program aren't going anywhere.

Players to watch: DT Aziz Shittu, RB Barry J. Sanders, OT Andrus Peat.

The checkbooks of future Pac-12 assistants. The conversions of five-star Shaq Thompson (pictured) and receiver Jordan Payton to Washington from Cal (even if the latter was only temporary) were already evidence enough for the impact of ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi's move from Berkeley to Seattle. The Huskies capping their late surge by stealing away USC commitment Pio Vatuvei and fending off a late challenge from the Trojans for quarterback Cyler Miles was just beating a dead horse, really.

Which is why any coach with bona fide West Coast recruiting connections is likely about to find himself a much hotter commodity than they were before Signing Day began. The Huskies aggressively pursued Topoi, doubled his salary at Cal with their new conference media money, and saw immediate, dramatic dividends. Topoi might have been the first coach to have his wallet fattened overnight by Larry Scott's TV negotiations, but with results like these, he won't be the last.

Washington players to watch: DB Shaq Thompson, ATH Jaydon Mickens, CB Brandon Beaver.

Jim L. MoraTo silence the doubters for good, Mora will have to win on the field as well as the recruiting trail. But there's little doubt that Mora has at least done the latterWith another high-profile Cal exile safely in the fold in Ellis McCarthy, the Bruins spent Signing Day polishing up an already impressive haul with a pair of blue-chip receivers in Payton and Javon Williams--an area of sore need with Nelson Rosario gone.

The Bruin brass appeared to be aiming to hire the next Pete Carroll when they took a chance on Mora, and though there's still a long way to go before the comparison is valid at the collegiate as well as pro level, this class is a heck of a step in that direction.

Players to watch: DT Ellis McCarthyATH Devin FullerDB Ishmael Adams.



LOSERS

Lane Kiffin's pied piper flute. Around mid-afternoon, this was shaping up to be a typical Signing Day for college football's most notorious late-game recruiter; sure, Vatuvei had gon to the Huskies, but Kiffin had also managed to pull both high-upside end Leonard Williams and No. 1 athlete Nelson Agholor (pictured) out of Florida despite each's various Sunshine State suitors. With Miles, Peat, Murphy, and Shittu all considering the Trojans and Murphy's late announcement rumored to be potentially affected by Peat's, another matching set of Signing Day coups appeared within reach.

Instead, the Cardinal swept the big linemen while Miles stuck with the Huskies. Those decisions didn't exactly make the Trojan class a disappointment--far from it, given that it finished 9th in the country while boasting just 16 (uniformly outstanding) recruits. But it does mark the first time that Kiffin wasn't able to simply snap his fingers on Signing Day and come away with a bushel of five-stars; it will be interesting to see if, in 2013, Kiffin doesn't leave things quite so late.

Players to watch: OL Zach Banner, WR Nelson Agholor, OL Jordan Simmons.

Cal. It's not that the Bears' class wasn't solid, maybe even better than solid; Tom Lemming ranked it 15th despite only having 17 signees, and the Bears did an excellent job of filling needs at both offensive line and wide receiver. It's that it was so close to being a game-changing, program-momentum-turning, spectacular class before Lupoi's defection took the air out of the sails. 

Tedford is right that the commitments at the Army All-American game from Thompson, McCarthy, and Payton didn't mean anything on the Bears' bottom line, but it's silly to think they didn't mean the Bears had a clearcut opportunity to sign all three (and others) they couldn't take advantage of. It's debatable, too, when that kind of opportunity will come again for Tedford.

Players to watch: QB Zach Kline, WR Bryce Treggs, OL Freddie Tagoloa  

Oregon State's secondary. Want another example of the impact of position coaches on current Pac-12 recruiting? Look no further than the Beaver defensive backfield, which saw no less than four players decommit after OSU secondary coach Keith Heyward -- like Lupoi -- defected to Washington. (One of them was highly regarded corner Devian Shelton, who did get Kiffined away to USC.) The Beavers recovered to still sign four defensive backs, but when even Mike Riley was admitting there were holes at corner that went unfilled, it's safe to say things didn't go as planned.

Players to watch: OL Isaac Seumalo, TE Caleb Smith, QB Brett VanderVeen  




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Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:06 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 2:41 am
 

Pre-Signing Day Pac-12 Commitment List

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 Pac-12.

  Arizona (17)

Quarterback Javelle Allen (Prosper, Texas)
Wide receiver Jarrell Bennett (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive tackle Gerron Borne (Reserve, La.)
Offensive lineman Beau Boyster (Bellflower, Calif.)
Wide receiver Julian Brooks (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Defensive lineman Cayman Bundage (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Athlete Dakota Conwell (Upper St. Clair, Pa.)
Linebacker C.J. Dozier (Temecula, Calif.)
Wide receiver Trey Griffey (Orlando, Fla.)
Offensive lineman T.D. Gross (Santee, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Zach Hemmila (Chandler, Ariz.)
Defensive end Kyle Kelley (Irvine, Calif.)
Quarterback Josh Kern (San Antonio, Texas)
Running back Anthony Lopez (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Defensive end Dwight Melvin (Laveen, Ariz.)
Defensive back Yamen Sanders (Culver City, Calif.)
Defensive back Leo Thomas (San Antonio, Texas)

Arizona State (19)

Wide receiver Alonzo Agwuenu (Chino Hills, Calif./Mt. San Antonio Juco)
Defensive back Jamar Allah (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Josiah Blandin (Long Beach, Calif.)
Running back Terrell Davis (Victoria, B.C., Canada)
Linebacker Salamo Fiso (Long Beach, Calif.)
Wide receiver Randall Goforth (Long Beach, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Evan Goodman (Lakeland, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Nate Ingram (Ashley, Mich./Pierce Juco)
Defensive back Oliver Johnson (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce Juco)
Defensive tackle Milo Jordan (Corona, Calif.)
Tight end Kody Kohl (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Offensive lineman Stephon McCray (Fresno, Calif.)
Linebacker Carlos Mendoza (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Linebacker Kimball Niumatalolo (Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena City Juco)
Athlete Darwin Rogers (Chicago, Ill./Arizona Western Juco)
Linebacker Matthew Rowe (Long Beach, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Jake Sheffield (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Wide receiver Richard Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Easton Wahlstrom (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

  California (18)

Linebacker Michael Barton (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Matt Cochran (Atwater, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash.)
Running back Damariay Drew (Livermore, Calif.)
Running back Maximo Espita (Salem, Ore.)
Wide receiver Chris Harper (Encino, Calif.)
Defensive back Zach Hoffpauir (Peoria, Ariz.)
Quarterback Zach Kline (Danville, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Cole Leininger (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Steven Moore (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Linebacker Hardy Nickerson (Oakland, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Wide receiver Darius Powe (Lakewood, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa (Richmond, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Bryce Treggs (Bellflower, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Kenneth Walker (Richmond, Calif.)

  Colorado (25)

Running back Donta Abron Jr. (Upland, Calif.)
Defensive back Kenneth Crawley (Washington, D.C.)
Running back Terrence Crowder (Galena Park, Texas)
Quarterback Shane Dillon (El Cajon, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Tyler Henington (Denver, Col.)
Offensive lineman Jeromy Irwin (Cypress, Texas)
Tight end Sean Irwin (Cypress, Texas)
Defensive end Kisima Jagne (Chandler, Ariz.)
Defensive end Samson Kafovalu (Riverside, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Gerrad Kough (Pomona, Calif.)
Defensive end Derek McCartney (Arvada, Colo.)
Athlete Marques Mosley (Upland, Calif.)
Defensive end Clay Norgard (Highlands Ranch, Col.)
Running back Davien Payne (Perris, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Kory Rasmussen (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Tight end Austin Ray (Columbia, Mo.)
Defensive tackle Justin Solis (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Defensive end John Stuart (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Wide receiver Gerald Thomas (The Colony, Texas)
Wide receiver Jeffrey Thomas (Duncanville, Texas)
Defensive tackle Josh Tupou (Buena Park, Calif.)
Defensive back John Walker (Washington, D.C.)
Wide receiver Peyton Williams (Southlake, Texas)
Athlete De'Jon Wilson (Washington, D.C.)
Defensive back Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J.)

  Oregon (18)

Defensive back Eric Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Stephen Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Linebacker Brett Bafaro (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Defensive tackle Stetzon Bair (St. Anthony, Idaho/Iowa Western Juco)
Defensive end Alex Balducci (Portland, Ore.)
Tight end Evan Baylis (Aurora, Colo.)
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Defensive end DeForest Buckner (Honolulu, Hawaii), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Cody Carriger (Butte, Mont.)
Linebacker Bryce Cottrell (Plano, Texas)
Defensive end Terrence Daniel (Oakland, Calif.)
Defensive back Reggie Daniels (Chandler, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Oshay Dunmore (Newport, Ore.)
Quarterback Jeff Lockie (Danville, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Long (Charlottesville, Va./Saddleback Juco)
Running back Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Jake Rodrigues (Rocklin, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dwayne Stanford (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

Oregon State
(24)

Offensive lineman Gavin Andrews (Granite Bay, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Grant Bays (Oceanside, Calif.)
Defensive back Kentrell Brice (Ruston, La.)
Running back Chris Brown (Fresno, Calif.)
Linebacker Cade Cowdin (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Chase Eldredge (Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Wide receiver Malik Gilmore (Lakewood, Calif.)
Defensive back Tyler Hasty (Bellevue, Wash.)
Defensive back Kendall Hill (LaMarque, Texas)
Defensive back Chris Miller (Pomona, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Josh Mitchell (Snoqualmie, Wash.)
Defensive back Cyril Norland (Ruston, La.)
Wide receiver Zach Robinson (Tahlequah, Okla.)
Linebacker Caleb Saulo (Kent, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore.)
Defensive back Devian Shelton (Inglewood, Calif.)
Linebacker Joel Skotte (Bend, Ore.)
Tight end Caleb Smith (Renton, Wash.)
Tight end Dustin Stanton (Marysville, Wash.)
Defensive tackle Calvin Tonga (Yuma, Ariz.)
Quarterback Brent Vanderveen (Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
Wide receiver Cleveland Wallace (San Jose, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Garrett Weinreich (Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
Defensive back Chris Young (Auburn, Wash./Arizona Western Juco)

  Stanford (17)

Safety Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive line Johnny Caspers (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Wide receiver Connor Crane (Denton, Texas)
Offensive lineman Nick Davidson (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Noor Davis (The Villages, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Brandon Fanaika (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
Wide receiver Deante Gray (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Dontonio Jordan (Cornith, Texas)
Defensive end Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive end Nathaniel Lohn (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Drew Madhu (Tampa, Fla.)
Linebacker Blake Martinez (Oro Valley, Ariz.)
Defensive Tackle Ikenna Nwafor (Irving, Texas)
Running back Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Graham Shuler (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Watkins (College Park, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Kodi Whitfield (Los Angeles, Calif.)

  UCLA (25)

Defensive back Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Eli Ankou (Bear, Del.)
Defensive end Jeremy Castro (Murrieta, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Alexandru Ceachir (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica Juco)
Defensive back Justin Combs (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Colby Cyburt (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Defensive back Shannon Edwards (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Offensive lineman Carl Hulick (Anaheim, Calif.)
Tight end Nate Iese (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Wide receiver Taylor Lagace (Arcadia, Calif.)
Running back Steven Lakalaka (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas)
Running back Fabian Moreau (Davie, Fla.)
Linebacker Kenny Orjioke (Marietta, Ga.)
Running back Tairen Owens (Pasadena, Calif.)
Athlete Paul Perkins (Chandler, Ariz.)
Linebacker Aaron Porter (La Habra, Calif.)
Athlete Christian Powell (Upland, Calif.)
Defensive back Jerico Richardson (Mission Hills, Calif.)
Defensive back Marcus Rios (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Tight end Ian Taubler (Fresno, Calif.)
Athlete Trayvon Watson (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Lacy Westbrook (Compton, Calif.)


  USC (12)

Defensive back Gerald Bowman (Philadelphia, Pa./Pierce Juco)
Defensive end Morgan Breslin (Walnut Creek, Calif./Diablo Valley Juco)
Tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif.)
Running back Jahleel Pinner (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif.)
Linebacker Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Scott Starr (Norco, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Pio Vatuvei (Patterson, Calif.)
Defensive end Chad Wheeler (Santa Monica, Calif.)

  Utah (22)

Wide receiver Brian Allen (La Marque, Texas)
Offensive lineman J.J. Dielman (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Defensive end Hunter Dimick (Syracuse, Utah)
Defensive end Moses Folauhola (West Valley City, Utah)
Athlete Chase Hansen (Highland, Utah)
Linebacker Resahwn Hooker (Fontana, Calif.)
Linebacker Jake Jackson (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Lio Lafaele (Corona, Calif.)
Defensive back Austin Lee (Sandy, Utah)
Defensive end Koliniasi Leota (Walnut, Calif./Mt. San Antonio Juco)
Offensive lineman Zach Lindsay (Kaysville, Utah)
Wide receiver Delshawn McClellon (Cerritos, Calif.)
Athlete Reginald Porter (Amite, La.)
Offensive lineman Nua Poteki (Sandy, Utah)
Offensive lineman Cedrick Poutasi (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Offensive lineman Marc Pouvave (San Diego, Calif./Southwestern Juco)
Offensive lineman Junior Salt (Salt Lake City, Utah./Mt. San Antonio Juco)
Defensive back Justin Thomas (Orange, Texas)
Defensive end Sione Tupouata (Ephraim, Utah)
Defensive tackle Vaha Vainuku (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Tight end Jeremiah Valoaga (Oxnard, Calif.)
Quarterback Travis Wilson (San Clemente, Calif.)
Running back Kevin York (Geismar, La./Fullerton JUCO)

  Washington (20)

Defensive end Kalei Auelua (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive tackle Josh Banks (Clovis, Calif./San Joaquin Delta Juco)
Offensive lineman Nathan Dean (Kirkland, Wash.)
Kicker Korey Durkee (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Jake Eldenkamp (Bellevue, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Cory English (Auburn, Wash.)
Defensive end Malcolm Jackson (Spring Valley, Calif.)
Quarterback Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Cory Littleton (Spring Valley, Calif.)
Running back Ryan McDaniel (Torrance, Calif.)
Quarterback Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Michael Rector (Tacoma, Wash.)
Linebacker Blake Rodgers (Las Flores, Calif.)
Athlete Kendyl Taylor (Chandler, Ariz.)
Quarterback Jason Thompson (Renton, Wash.)
Defensive end Damion Turpin (Compton, Calif.)
Defensive back Darien Washington (Orange, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dwayne Washington (Cerritos, Calif.)
Athlete Erich Wilson (San Mateo, Calif.)
Running back Psalm Wooching (Kailua Kona, Hawaii)

  Washington State
(23)

Quarterback Austin Apodaca (Longmont, Colo.)
Wide receiver Brett Bartolone (La Habra, Calif.)
Defensive back David Bucannon (Fairfield, Calif.)
Running back Teondray Caldwell (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Defensive back Freddie Davey (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Denzell Dotson (Glendale, Ariz.)
Linebacker Kieth Ewing (Bellaire, Texas)
Offensive lineman Sam Flor (Bothell, Wash.)
Defensive tackle Ioane Gauta (Placentia, Calif./Fullerton Juco)
Wide receiver Alex Jackson (Culver City, Calif.)
Running back Robert Lewis (South Gate, Calif.)
Wide receiver Gabriel Marks (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Eduardo Middleton (Oceanside, Calif.)
Defensive end Kache Palacio (Gardnea, Calif.)
Linebacker Khalil Pettway (Culver City, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Niu Sale (Los Alamitos, Calif./LA Harbor Juco)
Offensive lineman B.J. Salmonson (Everson, Wash.)
Defensive back Taylor Taliulu (Alea, Hawaii)
Defensive end Jacob Tuivaiave (Tacoma, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Pierson Villarrubia (Mandeville, La.)
Running back Theron West (Wilmington, Calif./LA Harbor Juco)

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National notes: Movers & shakers in team rankings

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's getting down to crunch time on the recruiting trail, with just over a month until National Signing Day. With most of the Holiday season over with and attention turned to the new year, things are about to pick up even more as the decommits, recommits and surprises start happening.

The Eye on Recruiting has already given you some players ticketed for a rise on offense and defense in the recruiting rankings and now it's time to cast a critical eye on the teams that are looking to move up and a few that could be on their way down.

Team rankings movers

Alabama

Is there a better recruiter than Nick Saban? Currently, it's hard to argue with the man's success on the field and on the recruiting trail. He could be putting together an all-time great class in 2012 and just recently added lineman Alphonse Taylor and highly regarded running back T.J. Yeldon. Though they already have a quarterback in Alec Morris, the Tide are heavily pursuing dual-threat signal-caller Jameis Winston, one of the best players in the state and at his position, and top safety Landon Collins. If they can add Winston and close in on a few other top targets, Saban's team could vault to the top of the team rankings when everybody signs on the dotted line.

Ohio State

In just a short amount of time, Urban Meyer has made his presence felt in Columbus and nationally thanks to his recruiting acumen. The biggest splash has been made along the defensive line, where's he's grabbed commitments from the number three player in the country Noah Spence, tackle Tommy Schutt and end Se'Von Pittman. Though the NCAA handed out a bowl ban to the program, that probably won't deter too many recruits and playing for Meyer will be enough for some of them. They could land top 100 players like offensive tackle Jordan Diamond and athlete Davonte Neal so expect the Buckeyes to close well.

Notre Dame

The Irish and Brian Kelly put together a great group of defensive lineman last year and appear to have a balanced group of quality players at every position this year. California commits Deontay Greenberry and Tee Shepard seem solid and can make an impact right away after getting aclimated to South Bend. As is usual for Notre Dame, plenty of top recruits like Nelson Agholor, Arik Armstead and Gunner Kiel have the Irish on their short list and could turn a good class into a great one.

USC

The Trojans' great year in 2011 has proven they're one of the few schools who can shake off harsh NCAA sanctions and still play and recruit well. Lane Kiffin has a plan to deal with scholarship reductions and it will be put to the test in 2012 with 2012 being the first class limited to 15 players. USC has already signed a few top players early, such as linebacker Scott Starr and top JUCO safety Gerald Bowman. They have a chance at some top national guys Agholor and Andrus Peat so it's possible for it to be a small but great recruiting class for the Trojans.

California

Like their Pac-12 counterparts, the Bears could come on strong late with some top recruits. They're in good position to land Armstead and most consider five-star safety Shaq Thompson a lock to go to Berkeley. Ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi is a tremendous recruiter and with a great year out West for talent, should do pretty well. Cal's current group of commits, with quarterback Zach Kline and wide receiver Bryce Treggs, is a good start.

Team rankings shakers

Florida State

This is still a very good group of players but there's no doubt that the Seminoles class has taken hit in the past few weeks - thanks in large part to Alabama. Defensive end Chris Casher is a solid building block but future teammate Mario Edwards is looking hard at Oklahoma and Texas. Losing Winston would be a huge blow and there's a slim chance some, like Dante Fowler and Mario Pender, could pull a switch on Signing Day. Jimbo Fisher has done very well with the 2012 class but fans have a reason to be a little nervous at how they'll close.

Florida

A 6-6 season and losing offensive coordinator (and noted recruiter) Charlie Weis to Kansas have caused the Gators to slip a little. It still looks like they'll be a lock for a top 10 class come February with so many top 100 recruits but there's no doubt the uncertainty surrounding the program could come back to bite them. The loss of Weis in particular could hurt with possible pledges like Agholor and put a damper on Will Muschamp's first full recruiting class. Expectations are high with Meyer doing what he's doing in Columbus so a class that isn't filled with five-stars will further the perception that the program is slipping a bit.

Auburn

Will there be a meltdown on the Plains? It seems as though things haven't been going the Tigers' way recently with rival Alabama in the national championship game and stealing top commit in Yeldon. On top of that, defensive coordinator Ted Roof is gone and big time offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn surprisingly moved on to a head coaching job. This is still a very good class but they'll need to hold the current group together as well as snag a few top recruits to help reload an already young team.

Teams sitting pretty

Texas

Mack Brown has pulled in some impressive recruiting classes to Austin but this may be his best yet. The country's top running back and second-ranked wide receiver are headed to the 40 Acres and the depth of the group is one of the reasons why the Longhorns are the top ranked team in the latest Maxpreps rankings. There's no doubt that they should finish among the top three but it still remains to be seen if they can keep the top spot. Texas isn't completely done recruiting and could add a few impact players between now and Signing Day.

Michigan

Brady Hoke put together the bulk of this class before even coaching a game and has occupied the top team spot for most of the year. From top-to-bottom this might be the best class in the country with plenty of players who should come in and make an impact early  The Wolverines have seemingly filled all their holes and are still in the running for a few national recruits that could bolster their ranking so Michigan definitely has a shot at being ranked as the best.

Mora turning heads in Westwood

As soon as Jim Mora was hired in Westwood, the first question would be how well could the longtime NFL coach recruit at the college level? As it turns out, pretty well if early indications are to hold up in the future.

Mora's best recruiting job was the hiring of his assistants, notably ace recruiter Adrian Klemm, secondary coach Demetrice Martin  and former Arizona State offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. The trio, among others, have plenty of West Coast ties and have allowed the staff to hit the ground running despite being hired so late in the game. Keep an eye on this group poaching a few recruits from the Sun Devils once-promising class as well as a few Los Angeles natives.

December has seen the Bruins' class add several good players. Defensive backs Marcus Rios and Ishamel Adams are two players who could play early on defense and landing linebacker Kenny Orjioke out of Atlanta is a solid get for the staff. For the most part, the commitments prior to the new staff have hung in and seem sold on the direction of the program.

Though they're not anywhere close to getting elite talent, the signs out of UCLA are encouraging for a relatively inexperienced staff. The problem in the past has not been about recruiting however, it's been talent development and in that area things are still TBD. Still, given the progress on the recruiting trail, the coaching change has given plenty of Bruin fans something to smile about in a relatively dour year.

Video of week

I'm headed out to the Rising Seniors Bowl in Atlanta this year, which features some of the top juniors (class of 2013) in the state of Georgia. Among the headliners this week is linebacker Reuben Foster, an Alabama commit and easily one of - if not the - top players at his position next year. Here's some of his highlights:

Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:03 am
 

UCLA lands coveted corner Ishmael Adams

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of Jim Mora's priorities in the time between officially taking over at UCLA and Signing Day was to make a big splash on the recruiting trail and he did just that on Monday. Westlake Village (Calif.) cornerback Ishamel Adams was not planning on committing to the Bruins but felt he could best help the class in doing so.

"It was coming down to the wire and UCLA needs to make moves on bigger recruits," Adams told BruinBlitz.com. "They thought that my name might bring out other recruits to UCLA and change the program with me. I decided to declare earlier and not wait to the end."

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound defensive back was considered a heavy Cal lean but surprised many by staying close to home. Adams held scholarship offers from schools such as Arizona, Notre Dame, Oregon and others but the new staff in Westwood won him over with their approach to the game.

"The new coaches are total 'league' minded right now," he said. "They are all about business and winning games."

Adams becomes the 22nd commitment in UCLA's class of 2012 a little over a month away from Signing Day. The four-star corner is ranked 111th overall in the country by MaxPreps and is considered the 12th-best player at his position.

"An expert at the bump and run, he competes on every down and shows All-American skills in man to man coverage," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Stocky in his build, he loves to mix it up, breaks on the ball quickly, and rarely misses a tackle. Has fast hands and can turn and run with the swiftest of receivers. He's as confident and hard working as they come."

Adams had 34 tackles and two interceptions his senior season.

Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 4:30 pm
 

National Notes: On the way up on defense

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The class of 2012 rankings won't be updated for a few more weeks but with the high school football season over, it's not too hard to see what players might be moving their way up in the rankings and who might slide down a little bit. Here's a look at each position group and some players that might be a little higher on the board come January.

DEFENSIVE END

On the way up: Ramsey (N.J.) five-star end Darius Hamilton.

What did he do: A terror for opposing offensive lines all season, Hamilton was a constant presence in his opponents' backfield. In the state championship game alone he had a hand in four sacks and you would need a super computer to count the number of defensive pressures he had this year. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder finished his senior year with 74 tackles and an impressive 17 sacks.

The case: He's already a five-star so he won't get a bump in that department but based on his season, should move up into the 20's in the overall rankings (he's 38th right now) and at least leap-frog Dante Fowler among defensive ends given that Fowler didn't play a snap this season. Bosco had a great season and Hamilton was a big reason why.

Also on the way up: Jelani Hamilton (Committed to Miami), Tyriq McCord, Faith Ekakitie (Committed to Iowa)

On the way down: Dante Fowler (Committed to Florida State)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

On the way up: Prattville (Ala.) defensive tackle Justin Shanks (committed to Florida State)

What did he do: Despite often drawing double or triple teams, Shanks was a key cog in Prattville's 3-4 defense this season. He racked up 60 tackles and 5.5 sacks but was a big factor in stopping the run. He's got a great motor and helped lead his team to a state title.

The case: Shanks is ranked 21st among defensive tackles - one spot behind future teammate Dalvon Stuckey. He put together a great season and has the size, speed, and quickness you look for in a run-stopping interior lineman.

Also on the way up: Sheldon Day (Committed to Notre Dame), Dante Phillips (Committed to Florida)

On the way down: Aziz Shittu

LINEBACKER

On the way up: Stone Mountain (Ga.) linebacker Raphael Kirby (Committed to Miami) and Madison (Ala.) linebacker Reggie Ragland (Committed to Alabama)

What did they do: Kirby had a great senior year and really showed his speed and explosiveness off his senior year. He played inside for Stephenson but projects well as an outside linebacker who can do well in pass coverage despite being a little undersized. In contrast, Ragland looks like he's ready to play for the Crimson Tide in New Orleans this season. He's another prototype inside backer that runs well and is a great tackler in space or in traffic.

The case: Both sit outside the top 10 at their positions and don't have a spot on the overall rankings but that should change. Each has a chance to play early and develop into all-conference selections.

Also on the way up: Anaheim (Calif.) inside backer Butch Pauu (Committed to BYU) and Norfolk (Va.) inside backer Kwontie Moore (Committed to Virginia).

CORNERBACK

On the way up: Miramar (Fla.) corner Tracy Howard.

What did he do: You can tell how good a cornerback is by how often teams don't throw their way and hardly anybody in the state of Florida even looked Howard's way. He still ended the season with an impressive 10 picks and was easily one of the best defenders along the East Coast.

The case: Howard has been a star for a while now and though he doesn't have 4.3-40 speed, is still fast and fluid. He's also very instinctive and really attacks the ball in the air. Howard is ranked as the 20th best cornerback but should easily be in the top 10 at the very least.

Also on the way up: Pasadena (Calif.) corner Kevon Seymour, Elk Grove (Calif.) corner Marcus Rios (Committed to UCLA), Ocala (Fla.) defensive back P.J. Williams (committed to Florida State).

On the way down: Westlake Village (Calif.) corner Ishmael Adams.

SAFETY

On the way up: Fairfax (S.C.) safety Ronald Geohaghan (committed to Clemson)

What did he do: He's a terrific athlete who can play just about any back seven position if needed. He's best suited as a safety and is rangy and physical enough to take away entire parts of the field.

The case: Geohaghan currently sits as the 23rd-ranked safety in the Maxpreps rankings and based on his physical play and coverage skills should see a bump in the position rankings.

On the way down: Lakewood (Wash.) safety Cedric Dozier, College Park (Ga.) defensive back Chaz Elder.

Video of the week

If you haven't seen it already, you have to check out this video of .




Posted on: October 7, 2011 7:02 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Green-Beckham, Kiel added to Army Bowl roster

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Two of the top players in the country - well, the top two players according to Maxpreps - have been added to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster according to Rivals. Springfield (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and Columbus (Ind.) quarterbackand Indiana commit Gunner Kiel were both announced to be a part of the game Friday, giving the annual high school talent showcase two of the biggest stars in the country.

The game is Saturday January 7, 2012 and the full roster is below.

Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Anthony Alford (Petal, Miss.) Lemming Top Player
Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), Committed to USC  Lemming Top Player
Alex Balducci (Portland, Ore.), Committed to Oregon
Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash.) Lemming Top Player
Brandon Beaver (Compton, Calif.)
Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.), Committed to Wisconsin  Lemming Top Player
Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Committed to Clemson  Lemming Top Player
Drae Bowles (Jackson, Tenn.), Committed to Tennessee
Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.), Committed to Miami
Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C.)
Deon Bush (Miami, Fla.) Lemming Top Player
Joel Caleb (Midlothian, Va.) Lemming Top Player
Leonte Carroo (Ramsey, N.J.), Committed to Rutgers  Lemming Top Player
Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.), Committed to Stanford
Tim Cole (Brenham, Texas), Committed to Texas
Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Committed to Oklahoma  Lemming Top Player
Toshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.), Committed to LSU
Nick Dawson (Charlotte, N.C.)
Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md.) Lemming Top Player
Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio), Committed to Wisconsin
Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash.)
Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Committed to Florida State
Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, N.J.) Lemming Top Player
Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo.)
Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Purdue
Darius Hamilton (Ramsey, N.J.) Lemming Top Player
Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.), Committed to Virginia  Lemming Top Player
Josh Clemons (Valdosta, Ga.) Lemming Top Player
Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Clemson
Tracy Howard (Miramar, Fla.)
D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Florida  Lemming Top Player
Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.), Committed to Michigan
Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Committed to Notre Dame Lemming Top Player
Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas), Committed to Texas
Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Committed to Michigan  Lemming Top Player
Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii), Committed to Stanford
Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.), Committed to Indiana
Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.), Committed to Vanderbilt  Lemming Top Player
Raphel Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Committed to Miami
Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Committed to Alabama Lemming Top Player
Javonte Magee (San Antonio, Texas) Lemming Top Player
Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calif.), Committed to Michigan  Lemming Top Player
Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Committed to TCU  Lemming Top Player
Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla.)
John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas), Committed to Oklahoma
Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.), Committed to Arizona
LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas, Texas), Committed to Tennessee
Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo.), Committed to Washington  Lemming Top Player
Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.), Committed to Virginia
Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.), Committed to Rutgers
Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif.)
Brian Nance (Euless, Texas)
Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Committed to Oklahoma Lemming Top Player
Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Committed to Florida State  Lemming Top Player
Ethan Perry (Spring Branch, Texas), Committed to TCU
Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.), Committed to Florida
Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Committed to Auburn  Lemming Top Player
Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.), Committed to Clemson
Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.), Committed to Michigan
Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas), Committed to TCU
Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas), Committed to Texas
Jovon Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), Committed to Auburn
James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Committed to Michigan
Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.), Committed to USC
KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash.)
Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas), Committed to Oklahoma State
Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla.) Lemming Top Player
Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Committed to Penn State  Lemming Top Player
Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif.)
Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.), Committed to Florida State
Aziz Shittu (Atwater, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Elijah Sumate (Ramsey, N.J.)
Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Geno Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Committed to Alabama  Lemming Top Player
Dwayne Stanford (Cincinnati, Ohio) Lemming Top Player
Michael Starts (Waco, Texas), Committed to Texas Tech
Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes, Fla.) Lemming Top Player
John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.) Committed to Georgia Lemming Top Player
Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Committed to USC
Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Committed to Wisconsin  Lemming Top Player
Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn.), Committed to Pitt
Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.), Committed to Iowa
Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio) Lemming Top Player
Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C.)
Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas), Committed to Texas Tech
Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M  Lemming Top Player
Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif.)
Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J.) Lemming Top Player
T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.), Committed to Auburn


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Posted on: September 5, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Surveying the Field on September 5

Posted by Bryan Fischer

What a great weekend of football. The college game is back and not only that, we've had five glorious days of it.

In what will be a regular feature called Surveying the Field, I'll be taking a look at the week that was in college football and in high school football to get everybody caught up on the star players, big plays and great wins that happened over the weekend.

The curious case of Gehrig Dieter

If I gave you three guesses as to who was the nation's best wide receiver through the first couple of weeks of the high school season, chances are you would never guess South Bend (Ind.) wide-out Gehrig Dieter.

You likely heard his name this week however, after he racked up 447 yards receiving to set an Indiana and national high school record. Yes, you read that right, 447 yards.

"I just broke the national record for yards in a game. DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAMED the entire game. 447 yards and 4 TDs #humbled," he tweeted after the game.

The amazing accomplishment gives Dieter an impressive 1,158 receiving yards on the year through three games. How many players would be thrilled to get that in an entire season?

Curiously, Dieter's recruitment has tracked with his eye-popping stats. Prior to this weekend he held offers from Akron, Ball State, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, SMU, Toledo and Western Michigan. Yep, not a single BCS offer.

That should change shortly I'm guessing.

"A very good athlete, he can track the deep ball over his head and if it's within reach he'll catch it. He also shows very good moves after the catch," CBS/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming wrote of Dieter.

Having seen Dieter in action during a 7-on-7 tournament over the summer, I was shocked that schools were not showing much interest. As Lemming wrote, he certainly is a great athlete and has the size and speed to be a big contributor for a good program in the future. My guess is he'll wind up in the Big Ten and be a better version of Dane Sanzenbacher at Ohio State.

Diggs helps Good Counsel top Manatee

It was an impressive showing by Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel to beat Manatee (Fla.) on Saturday. The game was a little sloppy but the Falcons still managed to beat a solid team with playmakers on defense like Clinton Heaven and Darius White.

No surprise to see athlete Stefon Diggs power Good Counsel to victory with two touchdowns, including the game winning score in double overtime. Diggs finished the day with six catches for 132 yards and showed why he excels in getting behind the defense. He's one of the fastest players in the country and is ranked 14th overall in the class of 2012.

“There was a lot of speed on both sides of the ball," Diggs told the Maryland Gazette. “Their defense was fast; faster than what we’re used to."

Diggs is being recruited as a wide receiver and defensive back. Having seen him in action, he'd be a great fit either way but he's such a dynamic playmaker it will be hard to put him at corner. He's narrowed his list down to about 10 schools and plans to commit at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He hasn't selected where he'll take all five of his official visits to but Alabama, Cal, Florida State, Maryland and Virginia Tech are all serious players.

Execution powers Bellvue and De La Salle

California was host to some great high school games this weekend between several top 25 teams this weekend.

Just as Boise State used execution and sound defense to beat a Georgia team with superior athletes on Saturday, Bellvue (Wash.) managed to simply out work a talented Oaks Christian (Calif.) team. According to MaxPreps' Mitch Stephens, don't be surprised if Bellvue's talented sophomore running back Bishard Baker starts drawing attention from Pac-12 schools. Defensive back Tyler Hasty also starred with two interceptions and should see several schools show more interest as a result.

On the Oaks Christian side, their two best players have been receiving plenty of attention from schools on the West Coast. Cornerback Ishmael Adams is close to making a decision and it's pretty clear he's not going too far from home. UCLA seems to be the leader in the club house at this point (he visited there unofficially two weeks ago), but Cal, Colorado and Arizona State are pushing hard for his services. Notre Dame is also in the mix.

His teammate, wide receiver Jordan Payton, seems to be intent on leaving the area however. He had a solid game against Bellvue with nine catches for 103 yards and played well on defense. The USC de-commit will be one of several top 100 players headed to Michigan to see their night game against Notre Dame and both teams are in the running for his verbal commitment. At this point it seems like Michigan and Cal are in the lead but don't be surprised if Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Nebraska stay in the race for Payton's signature.

In a big match up between two top California teams, Wisconsin commit Bart Houston managed to give De La Salle a thrilling victory to edge Bellarmine on Saturday. Amazingly, both teams missed extra points late but the third-ranked Spartans still managed to come out on top after Houston sneaked across the goal line for a touchdown.

While Houston is solidly committed to the Badgers, the recruiting attention on the team centers on junior linebacker Michael Hutchings. Playing alongside Cal commit Michael Barton, De La Salle has a fantastic linebacking corps and Hutchings is the player that has scouts most excited for what he can do at the next level. Long thought to a USC lean, he recently came out and said that UCLA and Cal were really recruiting him heavily.

"I think all three in-state schools are about equal," Hutchings told Rivals. "Those are the three teams to beat right now."

With a good number of Spartans already committed to major FBS schools, keeping track of who the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has at the top of the list should be fun over the next year or more.

Video of the day

Check out this crazy punt return by Duluth (Ga.) athlete Myles Campbell and note the big hit that springs him free.


Recruiting Roundup

- Top recruit Dorial Green-Beckham won't reveal his list of schools but he is cutting it down to five.

- The Onion details new NCAA rules that have reduced recruiting to winks and eyebrow raises.

- Great story on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez' ties to his high school and Mission Viejo head coach Bob Johnson.

Texas high school football is big time and now it's a part of Oregon.

Defensive end Jordan Jenkins has Alabama as his leader, Florida in second and Auburn in third. Tigers head coach Gene Chizik made a visit to see Jenkins this week.

USC commit Darreus Rogers had a big game as Carson High beat Mater Dei.

Running back Keith Marshall, one of the top players in the country, defended Georgia coach Mark Richt after their loss to Boise State.

Receiver Corey Jones made a commitment to Pitt over the weekend.

Keep an eye on

Denton Guyer (Texas) vs. Cedar Hill (Texas), 9 ET on September 5

These two teams play in the annual Herbstriet Classic at Cowboys Stadium and it should be a rematch after Cedar Hill edged Guyer 42-41 last year in the event before Guyer got revenge in the state playoffs later that season. Cedar Hill already has a loss on their record after falling to the top team in the state, Allen, last week 28-13. They'll need to get the offense going and tighten their pass defense if they want to compete with Denton. Sophomore Jerrod Heard is the quarterback for Guyer and he showed some good things in the team's win against Garland last week. Should be a great game between two of Texas' top high school teams.

Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:23 am
Edited on: July 24, 2011 9:35 am
 

Gridiron Kings find Southeast on top

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ORLANDO -- Gridiron Kings, the final recruiting event of the summer, kicked off at the Wide World of Sports complex Saturday afternoon near Disney World, featuring some of the top talent in the country.

Divided into four regions, the players from the Southeast continued their impressive dominance of the event, going undefeated in the first two games of pool play in an event the team has won every year since its inception.

"It's been a great experience so far, I'm playing with some of the best talent from the Southeast," Fairburn (Ga.) defensive back Joshua Holsey said. "We're playing against everyone from around the country and that's a great experience. We're having fun and since we're winning, it's really fun."

The Southeast lucked out in its two wins, however. The deciding touchdowns in each game came with less than a minute remaining, but the find-a-way attitude was just part of the spirit the athletes from the South exuded.

"Our offense just brings us back and our defense just tries to do what we can to stop the offense from scoring," Holsey said. "We all pretty much know each other from The Opening. We all have a close bond, either in the locker room or on the field, it's just like playing with each other (for years), we know what each other does and likes. That's the greatest thing."

Though most of the players at Gridiron Kings are already committed to a school, that didn't stop the Auburn-bound Holsey from trying to get a few players to join him on The Plains.

"Yes, I'm trying to get as many recruits to come to Auburn as possible," Holsey says without hesitation. "Me, JaQuay (Williams), we always talk about getting the best guys. We want to go down there and win, we're trying to win the national championship ourselves. We're trying to build a class that can go down there and compete and have fun."

Holsey has been committed to the Tigers since May and points to one thing above others as being the reason he is firmly a part of Auburn's recruiting class.

"Just the coaches," he said. "They're really nice to me. The players, the whole facilities, it just feels like a family and a place where I can spend the next four years there."

Adams close to decision

If there was one team really looking forward to toppling the Southeast, it was the West squad. Westlake Village (Calif.) cornerback Ishmael Adams helped the squad to a 1-1 mark, with the lone loss coming thanks to a pass that was tipped by a defender right into the hands of a Southeast receiver for a score with less than 30 seconds left. Despite the close loss, spirits were high throughout the day for a dangerous squad come the knockout round.

"It's a great time with all the fellas, just hanging out," Adams said. "We're putting in work."

Adams and his West teammates are closer than the other three regional teams in part because they've seen each other early and often this summer.

"Just from camps and doing all these different things, we're very comfortable with each other," he said. "The chemistry is there. We're looking to do well."

Doing well also includes a bit of trash talk between the squads. For the West, according to Adams, that means shouts of "West Side All Day," or "West Side is the Best Side." He is also pretty talkative on the field with his teammates about what to expect from the offenses and didn't mind talking about his recruiting either.

"I'm very close," he said of a decision. "I'm still going to take all my official visits but I'm pretty sure with where I want to go right now. I'm taking my visits to see what the other schools have. I want to make the decision before I go into the season."

Holding offers from most of the Pac-12, Adams has always looked to stay somewhat close to Southern California and has narrowed down his list to include programs with strong ties to the area.

"UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona State," he said were his finalists. "UCLA and Cal, they're on me real big, then ASU. I've also always talked to the Oregon coach and he's told me he's not really hard on calling me every day. He just let me know that he wants me at the school and if I want to come, it's my decision."

Adams added that fellow West teammate Bryce Treggs, who committed to Cal two weeks ago, was heavily recruiting him for the Bears.

Notes

-- Tampa (Fla.) athlete Nelson Agholor wasn't supposed to be at the event but was a late -- and impact -- substitution for the Southeast squad. He's a fluid athlete who was a favorite target on offense and could really get off the line. He's tremendous at safety, but the way he can influence a game on either side of the ball, it's no wonder schools are just recruiting to get him on campus and then figure out a position later. He said he didn't want to talk recruiting and instead wanted to focus on what happened on the field.

-- SMU commit Robert Lewis and Texas A&M commit Trey Williams were the two most impressive players out of the backfield. Lewis was able to find soft spots in the defense and exploit them at all three levels of the passing game. Williams had two highlight plays when he shaked and baked his way down the field for a big gain and then followed it up with a touchdown on a seam route.

-- Tight end Sean Price continues to impress this summer. The Citra (Fla.) product was once again a matchup issue for linebackers who either couldn't handle his speed or couldn't handle his size. He has a good release off the line, but it can get better, which will only make him more dangerous in the passing game. Price made one of the best catches of the day when he dove for a ball and caught it one-handed for a touchdown.

-- 2013 quarterback Shane Morris had a bit of an up-and-down day. He wasn't as sharp as he normally was in 7-on-7 settings, sometimes lapsing when making an easy throw and turning it into an incompletion. The lefty didn't have the athletes that some of the other quarterbacks did but he still should have performed better.

-- Texas A&M commit Matt Davis was one of four Aggies in Orlando and just flat-out moved the ball downfield for the Southwest team. He doesn't throw the tightest spirals, but he moves the chains and gets the ball to the right receiver.

-- Boise State commit Marcus Rios had a nice day and grabbed a spectacular interception off a deflection versus the Southeast team.

-- It's going to be tough to get past the Southeast team when they have players like defensive backs Chaz Elder and Travis Blanks. The pair hooked up on an interception with Blanks tipping the ball and Elder pulling down the turnover. The pair simply were ball hawks all evening.

-- The top wide receiver in the country, Texas commit Cayleb Jones, went down with a hand injury early in the day. Fellow Longhorn Thomas Johnson made sure he wouldn't be missed with a terrific day. He has great hands, runs good routes and catches everything.

-- The more athlete Ronald Darby plays defensive back, the more he looks like a top-flight safety prospect. The talented athlete has speed and burst almost unmatched and does a really good job of focusing on his man and reading what he does.

-- It was a very good day for Scottsdale (Ariz.) athlete Davonte Neal. There's still debate as to whether he's best suited for offense or defense and he played both equally well on Saturday. He's still a bit stiff in his hips when he turns and runs at corner but he nevertheless was an impact player on both sides of the ball and made several plays in the secondary.


 
 
 
 
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