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Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:44 pm
 

MaxPreps' 2011 high school football kickoff guide

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

With states like Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina getting underway this weekend, it's safe to say that high school football is officially back.

While every season brings its own magic, the 2011 season — chock full of rare talent, tremendous games and intriguing storylines — has a chance to be truly special.

MaxPreps has compiled a comprehensive guide to the season, for high school pigskin fans and recruiting followers alike.

Welcome back, football.
CLICK HERE FOR THE MAXPREPS HIGH SCHOOL KICKOFF GUIDE
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:52 pm
 

MaxPreps Releases MaxStatsFB 2011 for iPad

CAMERON PARK, Calif. -- MaxPreps.com, the online high school sports leader and a CBSSports.com site, today released the 2011 version of MaxStatsFB, the most comprehensive mobile stat tracker application tailored for high school football. Available for the iPad, MaxStatsFB features an intuitive, "scorebook-like" interface which allows users to keep real-time football stats from the stands or sidelines, providing the ultimate tool for high school football statisticians, coaches and super fans.

The MaxStatsFB application connects to the MaxPreps.com database of schedules and rosters for all Varsity, JV and Freshman levels at each of the 16,400 high school football programs across the United States, providing instant access to scoring summaries during the game. Immediately following each game recorded using MaxStatsFB, full game statistics are available to be uploaded to each team's page on MaxPreps.com.

MaxStatsFB can be downloaded from the iTunes store here: http://bit.ly/pubQVk

"With an easy-to-use platform, the 2011 edition of MaxStatsFB provides high school football coaches and their programs the necessary technology to streamline the entire stats process for their games," said Andy Beal, President of MaxPreps.com. "As penetration rates for devices such as the iPad continue to rise, I expect the MaxStatsFB app to become the industry standard for statisticians in high school athletics."

Users can choose between a free version of MaxStatsFB or upgrade to the MaxStatsFB Varsity Edition for $9.95.

Both free and MaxStatsFB Varsity Editions feature:

· Simple & powerful in-game stat manager for all levels - Varsity, JV & Frosh
· Schedule & roster synced from MaxPreps.com
· Live team & player summaries for quick analysis
· Ability to keep fans & media up-to-date with live scoring
· Stats automatically pushed to MaxPreps.com

MaxStatsFB Varsity Edition ($9.95) features:

· Add custom stat categories, plays, formations & motions
· Create "scouting games" for opponent film analysis
· Print & customize stat reports
· Capture and tag video & photos to any play
· Keep notes on each play for post-game review

Free MaxPreps.com membership is required. Requires OS 4.3 or greater and an Internet connection.
Posted on: July 11, 2011 8:04 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 8:18 pm
 

The Opening: the good & bad of an all-star event

Posted by Bryan Fischer

I'm glad I wasn't alone.

In talking with most of my colleagues at The Opening, we all pretty much had the same thought: This. Is. Great.

One of the biggest reason why Rivals, Scout, ESPN, 247Sports and CBS Sports/MaxPreps send reporters all over the country to cover camps and competitions, such as the one held on the Nike Campus this past week, is access. For four days, nearly 100 of the top players in the country were measured, tested, put through drills, played in 7-on-7 games, photographed, filmed and available to be interviewed. There should be over 20,000 words and hours of video from a majority of the players at The Opening on the Eye on Recruiting Blog alone.

As a media member, the event could not have been better.

As a media member, I also see why some people have serious concerns about events like The Opening.

The event was a collaboration between ESPN and Nike, who run most of the Nike Football Training Camps and Elite 11 quarterback competitions around the country. Nike paid players' travel costs and - depending on their respective state football association - gave them some free Nike gear. Just about every player was part of a group that saw a Nike presentation about their upcoming products and why said products are better than their competitors.

When people talk about "AAU Football," it's not necessarily all-star 7-on-7 events that come closest to that term, it's actually something like The Opening.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a fan of Nike's products (and Under Armour's and adidas'…) and jumped at the chance to go to the Nike Employee Store when offered. I don't think that any of that clouded my judgement of what I wrote or did, I was there to cover the event to the best of my abilities and I think that I did. There's a lot of good people involved with running The Opening and associated events, people who I believe have the best interests in the kids at heart. All that said, there's something at least a little unsettling about a company - even one as reputable as Nike - putting on this type of event.

Though I know what most of the NCAA enforcement staff looks like, I didn't see anyone in Beaverton but was told someone from the organization was on hand to look around. Everyone always asks me if I see "shady" people at recruiting events and to be honest, there was really only one person who I saw around the sidelines that looked out of place.

If Under Armour or adidas came to CBS Sports wanting to do something similar, I'd tell them to jump at it to be honest. Events such as The Opening are the future of football recruiting like it or not.

Do they contribute to a sense of inflated egos on the part of the players? Absolutely. Are they great events full of good competition? Absolutely. Do they lead to players getting scholarship offers based on their performance? Yes indeed.

Outside of banning events in the first place - something the NCAA could do quicker than you might think - the current model is actually pretty good right now. It's much better and cleaner than basketball and, despite what some might tell you, not headed down that slippery slope too quickly. In fact, I'd invite the conference commissioners and senior athletic administrators to come out and take a look at the events before the speak ill about them and casting all of them into one generic "bad for the game" category.

Are things perfect? Nope.

But it is the future as far as I can tell.

Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:36 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 3:07 pm
 

7/11 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Hope everyone knows about getting a free Slurpee at 7-11 today. As a result, the roundup is extra sugary...

-- Really good story on something that's asked a lot, just how do recruiting services such as Rivals, Scout and Maxpreps rank players?

-- Cornerbacks in South Florida are flying off the recruiting board.

Great wrap up of Virginia Tech's camp with plenty of recruiting nuggets.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy discusses what he looks for in recruits.

Wide receiver D’Arthur Cowan has Arkansas as his top school behind Mississippi State and Alabama.

Maryland commit P.J. Gallo just fell in love with the school.

Commitments:

West Virginia added JUCO offensive lineman Will Latu as its 12th commitment.
Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Maxpreps: An early look at top 2012 classes

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Like the weather or Les Miles' level of sanity, the world of recruiting can change dramatically in a matter of days or weeks, much less the 10 months still remaining before Signing Day 2012.

Nonetheless, the accelerated pace of modern recruiting means it's not too early to take a look at which teams have jumped out to an early read in the race towards next year's mythical recruiting "national championship." Which is what Stephen Spiewak and our colleagues at Maxpreps have done, compiling a top 10 2012 classes as they stand nearing the end of spring practice.

Many of the usual suspects are there, with Texas topping the list at No. 1, Florida and Florida State waging Sunshine State war at Nos. 3 and 2, respectively, and traditional recruiting powers USC, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State also featuring.

But there's some surprises, too. Perhaps taking their cue from the in-state rival Longhorns' practice of racking up early commitments, both Texas A&M and TCU have sprinted out to quick starts to rank at Nos. 4 and 8. And after a start so slow to the 2011 recruiting cycle that they had to play catch-up to conference rivals like Indiana and Iowa, Penn State has burst out of the gates with some big out-of-state pickups and ranks ninth.

Read the entire rankings breakdown to see what recruits are fueling these fast starts and which ones each team will need to land to stay in the top 10 when next February rolls around.

Posted on: March 25, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Northeast home to blue-chip defensive linemen

Posted by Bryan Fischer

My colleague at MaxPreps, Stephen Spiewak, takes a look at the Northeast in his weekly column. Although you might find the elite defensive line talent in the South, the class of 2012 has several blue chip recruits hailing from the area this year, such as Eddie Goldman and Noah Spence among others.

Don't believe that there's some big time talent from the area? Check out Spence's highlights from his junior year and I'm sure you'll change your mind.

Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Everybody's Prep All-Americans

By MaxPreps' Kevin Askeland 

What do La'el Collins, Jadeveon Clowney, Anthony Johnson and Curtis Grant have in common?

Besides all being supremely talented athletes, they were the only four high school football players to be named to each of the seven All-American football teams that have been published since the end of the 2010 season.

MaxPreps, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Tom Lemming and Scout all selected All-American teams and the fearsome foursome listed above were the only unanimous selections out of 108 total All-American players selected across the seven teams.

Here's a look at the consensus All-American selections followed by the teams that they made.

Everybody's All-Americans

WR - Kasen Williams, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) - MaxPreps, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
WR - George Farmer, Serra (Gardena, Calif.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, ESPN Rise, Scout
TE - Ben Koyack, Oil City (Pa.) - MaxPreps, Parade, Scout
OL - La'el Collins, Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, La.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
OL - Brandon Shell, Goose Creek (S.C.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
OL - Brey Cook, Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Parade, Scout
OL - Christian Westerman, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) - Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Scout
QB - Kiehl Frazier, Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.) - Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
RB - Malcolm Brown, Steele (Cibolo, Texas) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
RB - Demetrius Hart, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) - MaxPreps, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade
K - Kyle Brindza, Plymouth (Canton, Mich.) - MaxPreps, Rivals, ESPN Rise, Parade

DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
DL - Anthony Johnson, O. Perry Walker (New Orleans) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
DL - Viliami Moala, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) - MaxPreps, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
DL - Tim Jernigan, Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) - Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
LB - Curtis Grant, Hermitage (Richmond, Va.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
LB - Stephone Anthony, Anson (Wadesboro, N.C.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
LB - Tony Steward, Menendez (St. Augustine, Fla.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today
DB - Demetrious Nicholson, Bayside (Virginia Beach, Va.) - MaxPreps, Rivals, Parade, Scout
DB - Ha'sean Clinton-dix, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, Scout
DB - Brandon Swindall, Millwood (Oklahoma City) - MaxPreps, ESPN Rise, Parade
DB - Doran Grant, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) - Tom Lemming, ESPN Rise, Scout
P - Tommy Hibbard, Butler (Matthews, N.C.) - MaxPreps, ESPN Rise

Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 8:22 pm
 

ACC Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Chip Patterson

Before we get geared up with the madness known as National Signing Day, here is a rundown of some of the last minute names and stories in the ACC.

Players to Watch

Stephone Anthony (pictured), LB, Anson (Wadesboro, NC): The talented outside linebacker has narrowed his choices to Clemson and Virginia Tech, and plans to make his intentions known at 11:30 ET on national television.  MaxPreps has Anthony as the top rated player at his position and number 4 overall.  Anthony is credited as being an "every down type player" who can make an immediate impact if necessary.  Getting Anthony would be great news for Clemson, who said goodbye to Brandon Maye earlier this week.

Tony Steward, MLB/RB, Menendez (St. Augstine, FL): Considered the next best linebacker behind Anthony, Steward also finds himself flirting with Clemson, but also could end up with Florida State after an in-home with Jimbo Fisher on Friday.  Steward will announce before Anthony, also on national television.  If Steward ends up with the Seminoles, there will be much more pressure for Anthony to end up with Clemson (where some of the Twitter rumors on Tuesday have him committing).

Darius Jennings, QB/DB, Gilman (Baltimore, MD): MaxPreps has Jennings ranked as the #5 athlete in the class of 2011, but the Baltimore native has some unique schools left on his final list before National Signing Day.  In addition to Ohio State, Jennings is still considering offers from Virginia and recently added Wake Forest.  His 4.4 speed makes him a threat that could be plugged in at any position, but many believe he may find his spot at defensive back.  Regardless of position, a player of this caliber would be a huge sign for the Cavaliers or the Demon Deacons.

Teams to Watch

Florida State: With six players in the MaxPreps Top 100 and No. 2 ranking from Tom Lemming, Florida State will be the biggest topic of discussion on National Signing Day in the ACC. All of this and the Seminoles still have the possibility of adding Tony Steward and Tim Jernigan. Jimbo Fisher has worked the recruiting trail as hard as anyone in the conference. His message to the Seminole fanbase is to re-establish Florida State's position atop the ACC.

Clemson: Despite a less than stellar season under Dabo Swinney, and some major changes on the coaching staff, the Tigers find themselves right in contention with the best schools in the country coming into National Signing Day. They already have a nationally ranked class, and are battling down to the wire for Tony Steward, Stephone Anthony, and defensive tackle Phillip Dukes, among others.

North Carolina: Despite spending most of the season in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, head coach Butch Davis has been able to keep North Carolina on the list of many top recruits. According to local reports, Davis has been making no promises to recruits regarding possible NCAA sanctions. Davis has been stacking four-star recruits, and still could make a splash on National Signing Day with Curtis Grant.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher needed only one season as head of the program to get them right back to the top of the national scene. After a strong finish that included their first appearance in the ACC Championship Game since 2005, Florida State could end up landing one of the best recruiting classes in nation. If Timmy Jernigan and Tony Steward do end up hopping on board, it could be one of the best classes in a long time in Tallahassee.


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