Tag:Memphis
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Memphis CB Dawson picks Georgia over Ole Miss

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A long night for Ole Miss got even longer as the Rebels' Memphis target Sheldon Dawson committed to Georgia Monday instead.

A top athlete projected to play cornerback at the collegiate level, Dawson had long been committed to hometown Memphis but was expected to flip to either the Bulldogs or the nearby Rebels once he began receiving SEC offers. Dawson told Scout.com that he is "100 percent committed" to Georgia and will not consider a late switch to any other team.

"I am definitely signing with Georgia, and I feel relieved to end this process," Dawson said. In addition to the Bulldogs' and Rebels' offers, Dawson visited Cincinnati and claimed interest from Arkansas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

Maxpreps' Tom Lemming agrees with the consensus that Dawson -- a 5'11", 170-pound athlete from Memphis's Ridgeway High School that has also seen time at running back and wideout -- is "best suited" for cornerback:

Proves to be a flexible athlete with excellent speed, he can flip his hips and run vertically, can support the run, and is also an explosive punt returner.

Dawson is Georgia's 17th commitment for 2012, a class currently ranked 22nd in the Maxpreps team recruiting top 25. For Ole Miss, Dawson's decision was insult to the already sizable injury of seeing hometown quarterback Jeremy Liggins announce in downtown Oxford he would be signing with LSU instead.

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Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:52 am
Edited on: January 9, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Aggies swipe Baylor commitment Holmes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The rivalry between Texas A&M and Baylor was turned up just a notch with last year's realignment mess and it no doubt means some tensions on the recruiting trail as well. Southlake (Texas) athlete Sabian Holmes is the latest to be in the middle as he flipped his commitment from the Bears to the Aggies over the weekend.

"(A&M) offered me earlier this week as a receiver," Holmes told Aggieyell.com. "I had heard from the other staff some, but it was for defense. When they told me they wanted as a receiver, I thought about for a few days and then called (wide receivers) coach (David) Beatty and told him I wanted to be part of the Aggie family."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder was wanted by Baylor as a defensive back and also held offers from Arkansas State, Memphis and Wyoming. Still, the chance to play wide out at the next level was too enticing for Holmes and being in new head coach Kevin Sumlin's offensive system didn't hurt either.

"They spread the ball around and everyone gets their chance," he said. "That was the big thing for me. They've also got a program with a great tradition."

Holmes becomes the 24th commitment for the Aggies' class of 2012. He caught 85 passes for 1,336 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior year as the Dragons won the 5A state title.

Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: November 11, 2011 11:36 am
 

Crimson Tide add offensive tackle for 2012

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Though Alabama didn't win their 'Game of the Century' against fellow SEC West member LSU, the Crimson Tide did come out of it with a commitment from Collierville (Tenn.) offensive tackle Brandon Hill.

“I committed to Alabama three hours before the game on Saturday,” Hill told BamaOnLine.com. “I was talking to my mom and she always asks me what college I want to go to and that she wants me to be close. I’ve always been thinking to myself that I would get that feeling on what college to go to when I’m asking myself ‘why wouldn’t I go to that college?’ When I got to Alabama over the weekend and we were talking about academics and all that, I thought ‘Why wouldn’t I go to Alabama?’”

The 6-foot-6, 350-pounder also held offers from Georgia, Kentucky, Memphis and Ole Miss but picked Alabama due to a number of factors, including sending a good number of their players to the NFL.

“Most players that go to Alabama and do well go to the league and I want to make my dreams come true," he said. "Why wouldn’t I want to go to Alabama and go against the best of the best every day? The atmosphere, the academic plan, and the coaches all stood out."

Hill's commitment gives Nick Saban and staff an even 20 commitments - three of whom are offensive linemen - for the class of 2012 with a few months left until Signing Day.

Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: November 4, 2011 10:48 am
 

11/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some commitments on the Nebraska visitor list this weekend.

Alabama has recruited Louisiana with mixed results.

Maryland, Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida State and Miami are finalists for DT Eddie Goldman.

Chris Moody is down to South Carolina, Mississippi State, N.C. State and Memphis but has to decide what position he wants to play first.

 Ohio State's recruiting woes are not as bad as first thought.

 Tennessee commit Dalton Santos will take visits to Arkansas and Texas A&M.

 Georgia is keeping tabs on N.C. State commit Niles Clark.


Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:26 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 10:27 am
 

10/13 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several top prospects will be in East Lansing this weekend as Michigan State plays Michigan.

Colorado coach Jon Embree is recruiting big running backs.

The realities of Georgia's 'Dream Team' recruiting class was not all it was made out to be.

 Some updates on several Ohio State commits and targets in this notebook.

Really good story about Maryland recruit Avery Thompson missing key recruiting time to be with family overseas.

Notre Dame recruit Chris Brown is looking around and will take an official visit to South Carolina.

Two-sport star Shaq Goodwin is setting up official visits to Florida, Georgia, UCLA, Memphis and Arizona.

Wide receiver Monty Madaris said he is considering official visits to Florida State, Michigan and Michigan State.

Running back Traveon Henry verbally committed to Northwestern.
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:18 am
 

9/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Two sport star Shaq Goodwin, a receiver in football, has Georgia, UCLA, Florida and Memphis on top of his list and had three schools visit with him recently.
For tight ends like Oklahoma commit Laith Harlow, the recruiting road wasn't paved with gold like others.

Quarterback/athlete Devin Fuller is no longer hearing from South Carolina.

Running back Todd Gurley has dropped Clemson from his top five.

An overview of Ohio State's recruiting efforts recently.

Running back Brandon Watkins is on Michigan State's radar.

Commitments

Offensive lineman Terry Davis committed to N.C. State on Tuesday.
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: August 23, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Ranking the Conference USA recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. SMU

The Mustangs have gone out-of-state a lot for their 2012 commitments and received several verbals from the state of California. With a solid base of Texas talent, especially on defense, to go with skill position players from out-of-state, SMU is doing well under June Jones on the recruiting trail.

2. Tulsa

There's a trio of solid wide receivers coming in 2012 for an offense that is without offensive coordinator Chad Morris (who's now at Clemson) so it will be interesting to see if they can eventually put up numbers like those in the past. Running back Quinton White is small but quick and a good fit at Tulsa.

3. Southern Miss

Offensive lineman Caleb Peterson is the headliner of this class as Southern Mississippi snatched him away from Auburn (the city that is). This is a good mix of players that fills needs while also bringing in good size and speed at the skill positions.

4. Memphis

This class would be a lot higher if they had more commitments but keeping dual-threat quarterback Will Gross at home is big for a program without a lot of success the past few years. Corner Sheldon Dawson is another local player the Tigers have picked up who is going to contribute early.

5. Houston

No surprise to see the Cougars grab several local commitments given the depth of talent in the Houston area. Steven Aikens is an underrated linebacker who has size and speed to play at a high level in college.

6. Rice

A smaller class but one that relies on underrated Texas talent. Darrion Pollard is a really speedy, sharp wideout and the program should continue to receive a few verbals once they have a chance to evaluate players during their senior season.

7. Tulane

It's rare for a program like Tulane to get a player as fast as Walker Van Hooser but the 5-foot-11 wide receiver will bring 10.6 100-meters speed to the team in 2012. Plus his nickname is "Fudge" so that's worth at least a little bump in the rankings.

8. UAB

Pretty quiet on the recruiting front for UAB with a class relying mostly on Alabama and Georgia for recruits. Kelton Brackett is a solid pick up at the corner spot.

9. Marshall/ECU/UCF/UTEP

All four of these schools have fewer than five commitments so it's tough to do anything but lump them together at the bottom of the conference rankings.
 
 
 
 
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