Tag:Jacoby Brissett
Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:40 am

4/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp is today and should feature all of the best talent from all over the West. Stay tuned to the blog where we'll have full coverage up on the blog tonight.

- Lemming Top 100 offensive lineman Ty Darlington has Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska and Oklahoma on top in his recruitment.

- Florida football signee Jacoby Brissett was impressive on the basketball court in the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational this past Thursday.

- Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan recently picked up an offer from Pitt.

Posted on: February 13, 2011 11:02 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 10:59 pm

Miami grabs three commitments at Junior Day

Posted by Bryan Fischer

New Miami head coach Al Golden received the commitments from three of the top players in Florida at what could only be described as a very productive Junior Day.

Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) cornerback Daniel Gray made his commitment at the Miami Under Armour Combine Sunday morning before notifying the coaching staff later in the day at the Hurricanes’ Junior Day. The 5-foot-11, 170 pound Gray is one of the top corners in South Florida and turned in a solid junior year with 26 tackles and two interceptions.

“Today when I attend [Miami’s] Junior Day, I will be committing at the University of Miami,” Gray told the Sun Sentinel. “One-hundred percent that is the school I am going to.”

The news kept getting better for the Hurricanes as the day went on. Despite missing out on Jacoby Brissett in the class of 2011, Golden picked up his quarterback of the future in Gray Crow. The Clearwater (Fla.) signal-caller led his team to an undefeated regular season last year and is on MaxPreps' 2012 Top 100 Watch List.

Miami baseball commit David Thompson of Westminster Christian High in Miami also decided to verbally pledge to play football for the Hurricanes. The Baseball America National Player of the Year, Thompson had been a longtime commit for baseball but the Junior Day festivities gave him the perfect opportunity to add a football commitment as well.

“(Golden) told me he had spoken to (baseball coach) Morris and they agreed I could play both sports. He said I could commit right now if I wanted to,” Thompson told CaneSport.com. “I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t really think, I was so happy.”

A quarterback and defensive back, Thompson’s commitment gives Miami eight recruits in their class of 2012.

Posted on: February 7, 2011 2:24 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 3:00 pm

Big Ten Recruiting Breakdown

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Signing Day is over and now that there’s been a little time to reflect, we’re ranking the Big Ten recruiting classes (all 12 of them) and breaking them down at the same time.

1. Ohio State

Overview: Bringing in the top class in the Big Ten is nothing new for the Buckeyes. This group is filled with impact players, especially on defense. Linebackers Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant and corner Doran Grant should be terrorizing opposing offenses for years to come.
Hidden gem: Offensive guard Michael Bennett is someone who could develop into an all-league type of lineman. 
Pencil in for the fall: Quarterback Braxton Miller has enrolled early in order to compete for the starting job and could be the guy that fills in for Terrelle Pryor given his skill set.

2. Nebraska

Overview: The transition class to the Big Ten should have no problem coming in and helping the Cornhuskers win a bunch of games over the next few years. It will be interesting to see if star quarterback Bubba Starling chooses to actually enroll in Lincoln and not play professional baseball but for now, he’s part of this talented class. 
Hidden gem: Athlete Jamal Turner can play all over the field but he could be best utilized as a game-breaking receiver. 
Pencil in for the fall: Running back Aaron Green is one of the best backs in the country and should provide a nice complement to Rex Burkhead in Nebraska’s rushing attack.

3. Illinois

Overview: Head coach Ron Zook is known as a terrific recruiter and once again he delivered with a very solid class after rumors swirled early that it would be his last season in Champaign. There’s a good number of players who can compete for playing time right away and the Illini did well in grabbing several out of state players. 
Hidden gem: Dondi Kirby is a great athlete who was wanted by several powerhouse programs. He has the tools to become a great safety in college. 
Pencil in for the fall: With the departure of Mikel LeShoure to the NFL, running back Donovonn Young could come in right away and get some playing time.

4. Michigan State

Overview: This class is headlined by Lawrence Thomas but there are several other very good players coming in. Wide receiver Juwan Caesar should be a favorite target of whoever is under center and Darien Harris has the tools to play special teams right away while eventually taking over at linebacker. 
Hidden gem: Offensive tackle Donavon Clark has the frame to develop into a top flight lineman and is already very good in blocking for the run game. 
Pencil in for the fall: Linebacker Lawrence Thomas is one of the best defensive players to head to East Lansing out of high school. He could play at defensive end and be a nice speed rusher or at linebacker.

5. Iowa

Overview: The news of several Iowa players being sent to the hospital and the negative reaction to how Kirk Ferentz handled the situation didn’t seem to have any effect on this class. There were not a ton of highly rated guys but the ones they did get will fit in very nicely. 
Hidden gem: Quarterback Jake Rudock is likely not going to start right away but he could develop into the signal caller of the future.
Pencil in for the fall: Given the attrition at running back, Rodney Coe should vie for early playing time as the next in the line of impressive freshmen running backs.

6. Michigan

Overview: This class was hurt all year long by the rumors that Rich Rodriguez would be fired. Once the coach eventually was fired, several key commits went out the door as well, such as running back Dee Hart to Alabama. Nevertheless, new head coach Brady Hoke did a great job of keeping most of the class in the fold and even picking up a few kids. 
Hidden gem: Corner Delonte Hollowell isn’t as highly regarded as fellow defensive back Blake Countess but he could still turn out to be a very good player in a secondary that needs all the help it can get. 
Pencil in for the fall: The loss of Dee Hart and the lack of a big time tailback could mean Justice Hayes gets to line up next to Denard Robinson early in his career.

7. Wisconsin

Overview: Another solid but not spectacular class for Wisconsin. Not getting quarterback Jacoby Brissett was a big loss but there are other pieces to build around. The coaching staff did do a good job of putting up a wall around the state and keeping the best players home. 
Hidden gem: Jake Keefer is a very athletic player who should slide in at outside linebacker for the Badgers. He can put his hand on the ground if needed but should be a terror standing up and making plays. 
Pencil in for the fall: A.J. Jordan is probably the most talented player in the class and should be able to provide a boost in the passing because he has terrific hands.

8. Penn State

Overview: Not expected to be a big class, the Nittany Lions still should have done better in terms of quality. They fill needs at offensive line with some great players but there just are not the athletes on defense that Joe Paterno needed to bring in. 
Hidden gem: Bill Belton isn’t the biggest guy on the field but he can play a few different positions on offense and can be a threat just about anywhere. 
Pencil in for the fall: Don’t be surprised if Angelo Mangiro is a quality backup who gets playing time early next season along the interior line. A few injuries could easily lead to a few starts down the road.

9. Northwestern

Overview: Like Penn State, not a large class but there’s some good underlying talent for the Wildcats. Linemen make up the bulk of the class but there are some talented skill position players mixed in as well. 
Hidden gem: Quarterback Zach Oliver might have been a bit overlooked on the recruiting trail but he has all the tools to develop into a very good Big Ten signal caller based on his highlight reel. 
Pencil in for the fall: Wide out Christian Jones would be a starter at a lot of programs and it wouldn’t be surprising if he makes an immediate impact in the Northwestern passing game once he steps on campus.

10. Minnesota

Overview: All things considered, new head coach Jerry Kill did a pretty good job making the recruiting transition from the MAC to the Big Ten. He kept most of the class intact and managed to fill several needs for the Gophers. They may not be four-stars but they’re solid nevertheless.
Hidden gem: Joe Bjorklund not only has a fitting name for a Big Ten offensive lineman but he could turn out to be a good one. A little on the skinny side for an interior lineman, Bjorklund has a very solid frame to add weight, which should only help his physical run-blocking style. 
Pencil in for the fall: Tommy Olson is rated by many as the top lineman from the state of Minnesota so he should be somewhere on the two deep pretty quickly.

11. Purdue

Overview: A very small class but one that should find a few contributors for the Boilermakers over the next few years. 
Hidden gem: Tight end Robert Kugler is the son of Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler and you figure that acumen that comes from being the son of a coach will translate well in college, especially with the younger Kugler’s physical skills. 
Pencil in for the fall: Linebacker Armstead Williams is one of the best defensive recruits to head to Purdue and it would surprise no one to see him playing significant time on defense by the end of the year.

12. Indiana

Overview: Not exactly a huge surprise to see the Hoosiers on this list given their past recruiting history and the added burden of a staff change. Although they’re last in 2011, don’t be surprised if they make a climb on the rankings once Kevin Wilson has a full year to bring in recruits. 
Hidden gem: Linebacker Kyle Kennedy does a good job reading a developing play and wrapping up when making a tackle. He’s also pretty good at shedding a block and seems like a very solid player going forward. 
Pencil in for the fall: Athlete Shane Wynn is a playmaker and should be able to contribute at multiple positions on offense.

Posted on: February 5, 2011 10:34 am

2/5 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Super Bowl Eve is upon us. Still hard to fathom that Aaron Rodgers didn't have a single scholarship offer coming out of high school.

- An interview with Jacoby Brissett following his decision to attend Florida.

- Colorado's staff has had to adjust quickly to the recruiting game because many of the coaches came from the NFL.

- After years of getting the bottom of the barrel players, SMU is making a strong push in recruiting under coach June Jones.

- Nose tackle John Jenkins has made up his mind and will select from Georgia, Florida and Miami later today.

- Some radio interviews with Tennessee signees for your listening pleasure.

Posted on: February 4, 2011 9:44 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 9:53 pm

Brissett heads to Florida against mother's wishes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

They say mother knows best but for West Palm Beach (Fla.) quarterback Jacoby Brissett, the appeal of playing in the Swamp for offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was enough to go against his own mother's wishes.

MaxPreps’ 10th-ranked dual-threat quarterback, Brissett selected Florida over Miami, Wisconsin and Washington at a ceremony before his basketball game Friday night. After announcing his choice, the Sun Sentinel reported that he did not sign his letter of intent and that his family continue to talk to him about his decision to join the Gators.

"It's not my choice. I didn't like the way Florida handled the process," Brissett’s mother, Ellicia Brown told the Sun Sentinel. "I was never able to meet the head coach. All the other coaches took the time to come and meet me. Will (Muschamp) never did. I never met him face to face. And I find that very disrespectful. I'm just hurt by the whole process."

Brown said her and Brissett’s cousin, current Miami wide receiver Travis Benjamin, would continue to lobby the quarterback to sign with the Hurricanes.

Also a standout basketball player at Dwyer High, Brissett was told he would be allowed to try out for the basketball team at all four schools under consideration.

Related story: Texas A&M commit Floyd Raven’s mother forged his signature on his Letter of Intent sent to Ole Miss.

Posted on: February 4, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 9:49 pm

Reports: Jacoby Brissett is headed to Florida

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Update: Brissett did select Florida.

Florida will add a second highly regarded quarterback to their class of 2011 in West Palm Beach (FL) star Jacoby Brissett later today, according to the Palm Beach Post. A source also confirmed the news to the Gainesville Sun about Brissett, who is slated to pick the Gators later tonight before his high school basketball game.

Brissett is MaxPreps 10th-ranked dual-threat quarterback and one of the few players remaining who have not signed their letter of intent. Miami, Wisconsin and Washington were the other schools in the running for Brissett. 

The four-star quarterback will likely battle senior John Brantley and early enrollee Jeff Driskel for the starting job if he joins the team.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 10:10 am

2/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The day after the day after Signing Day could actually bring two commitments in Jacoby Brissett and Cyrus Kounadjio.

- UCF has already brought in the top class in school history but it could get even better.

- Stanford offered 2012 linebacker Joe Bolden.

- Utah joining the Pac-12 has allowed the Utes to grab a talented recruiting class, a sign that the move has already paid off.

- Some more Washington-related links from after Signing Day.

- One prediction of where quarterback Jacoby Brissett will go. His announcement is tonight at halftime of his basketball game.

Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:16 pm

Where's Jacoby Brissett going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: West Palm Beach (FL) quarterback Jacoby Brissett. MaxPreps 10th-ranked dual-threat quarterback.

What’s the big deal: Cyrus Kouandjio and Jadeveon Clowney are not the only players who have chosen to wait to sign with a school. Brissett is the not only one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in Florida but the nation. He has ideal size at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and uses his athleticism with great success in basketball as well. He does not have a picture-perfect delivery but nevertheless is a fairly accurate passer who can make plays in the passing game.

When: He will announce his choice Friday evening during halftime of his high school basketball team’s game.

Considering: Florida, Miami, Wisconsin and Washington.

Best guess: Miami. Late rumors were swirling Wednesday and Thursday that Brissett had made a decision to attend Florida but word has since come out that he has not made up his mind. His mother has been on record as preferring Brissett go to Miami to stay close to home and it will be difficult to overcome that even if he wants to go elsewhere. Al Golden has been relentless in his pursuit of Brissett following the decommitment of Teddy Bridgewater and in the end it’s very likely he gets his quarterback.

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