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Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:27 pm
 

Another big commit for Ohio State in Evan Lisle

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While the state of Ohio does not necessarily produce the quantity of athletes that Urban Meyer's old haunt of Florida does, there is still plenty of high-end talent with every class. And Meyer is collecting pretty much all of it.

Ohio State continued a stellar start to the class of 2013 on Tuesday by adding a commitment from Centerville (Ohio) offensive tackle Evan Lisle to give the program another big in-state pledge.

"I told coach Meyer that I liked everything about Ohio State, that it's a good program, that it would set me up later in life, and that I just wanted to be a Buckeye," Lisle told BuckeyeGrove.com.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder also held offers from Alabama, Miami, Oklahoma and others despite it being early in the recruiting process. Lisle just felt comfortable at Ohio State after picking up an offer last week however and ended his recruitment before it really got going.

"I just thought that I wanted to have the best senior season that I can and I didn't want to worry about recruiting," he said. "I felt like it was the right time and I didn't want to regret anything and I felt like I just needed to go for it."

The Buckeyes are now up to five commitments for the class of 2013 with Lisle becoming the first on the offensive line.

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Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:50 am
 

2/28 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Could Ole Miss pull off the upset and land Robert Nkemdiche?

 Kentucky's Joker Phillips talked about oversigning rules and landing Justin Taylor.

 Michigan's 2013 class continues to grow.

 Notre Dame signee Davonte Neal has withdrawn from his high school.

 Kansas added a late signee in defensive tackle Neal Page.

 Miami offered offensive lineman Colin Goebel.

 Steve Spurrier said South Carolina was 8-0 on the recruiting trail against Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Clemson.

 Ryan White committed to Louisville after visiting Illinois.
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:08 am
 

2/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Avery Young's high school coach says he wasn't part of a Georgia package deal.

Maryland transfer Max Garcia was offered by Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Ole Miss among others.

 Auburn commit Dee Liner will visit Arkansas for the Hogs spring game.

 Wide receiver Marqui Hawkins picked up an offer from Florida.

 Looking back at Washington's class of 2010.

 North Carolina extended an offer to running back Ryan Green.

 Nebraska offered a few players but isn't rushing after a Junior Day.

 Missouri could add a former Miami commit late in the process.
Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:51 pm
 

Florida Junior Day results in six commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Belle Glade (Fla.) running back Kelvin Taylor decided to commit to Florida Saturday morning but he certainly wasn't the only one who decided the Swamp was the place to be if you're playing college football. Five other players pulled the trigger after Taylor and ran the Gators' Junior Day haul to a total of six pledges, featuring quality as well as quantity in the form of St. Petersburg (Fla.) wide receiver Rodney Adams, Crestview (Fla.) linebacker Dillan Lawson, Bushnell (Fla.) defensive back Keanu Neal, Daytona Beach (Fla.) linebacker Quinton Powell and Jacksonville (Fla.) defensive back Nick Washington.

"Over here was like a family, a lot of the commits brought me in like their brother and I like that," Powell told Inside the Gators. "I was looking for a place that felt like home and that made this an easy choice."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was heavily recruited by top programs from across the country and held offers Arkansas, Clemson, Miami and others. Powell will team up with Lawson, who has the measurable at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds but received his first offer from Florida today and committed. Both defensive backs will likely line up at safety in college.

"It is a great place and a place where my family can come down and watch me play," Washington said. "I just love it. I feel it is the right place for me. I kind of felt like this was the place I wanted to go when I first came back here last year over the summer."

Adams is a big pick up not just because of how highly regarded he is, but because he'll fill a position of need at receiver. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder is a speedster who could see early playing time.

"[The coaches] were very excited. They really want me here. It was a great feeling," he said.

The impressive group gives Florida 10 commitments for the class of 2013, the first program to hit the double-digit mark.

Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:23 am
 

Valentine's Day Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan opts for the personal approach on Junior Days.

 2014 running back Wadzaire Blanc has snagged a South Carolina offer.

Maryland needs their top recruit to help stop the transfers.

 A Q&A with Houston coach Tony Levine where he talks about recruiting some.

 Urban Meyer says Ohio State's 2012 class lacks speed.

 Offensive tackle Will Allen was invited to Alabama's Junior Day.

 Duke Johnson has been the perfect ambassador for Miami football.

 Linebacker/safety Su'a Cravens was at USC's Junior Day and recently picked up a Clemson offer.

 Running back JoJo Kemp has USF as his early leader.

 Derek Dooley rips the SEC's new oversigning rules.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 11:16 am
 

2/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several players are headed to USF's Junior Day.

 Pitt and Penn State had so-so recruiting classes in 2012 but here's how the Panthers can wind up in the top 20.

 Texas' first recruit Jake Raulerson is going from recruited to recruiter. One target should be tight end Durham Smythe.

 Q&A with Al Golden, who discusses recruiting at Miami among other things.

 Several of UCLA's Georgia recruits remembered when Jim Mora won a playoff game with the Atlanta Falcons.

 Recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt described Louisville’s recruiting strategy.


Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:08 am
 

Senat signs up for Florida State's 2013 class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida State grabbed an impressive defensive line class on Signing Day and it appears they're hitting the position again in 2013. Immokalee (Fla.) defensive tackle Deadrin Senat isn't afraid of a little competition and is excited to join the next wave of top recruits headed to Tallahassee.

 "I actually committed to Florida State at the junior day after getting that offer, but wanted to keep it quiet until after signing day," Senat told Warchant.com. "I felt with FSU I could get playing time and the coaches treat everyone equally. I have a good relationship with FSU defensive line coach Odell Haggins."

The 6-foot-1, 300-pounder also held offers from in-state schools Florida and Miami in addition to others from Georgia and Tennessee. The comfort factor with Florida State however, was what led to his commitment.

"FSU runs the 4-3 defense and I just felt at home there. Our coach is actually an alum of Florida State, so we run a lot of the similar formations that they do," he said. "I'm very familiar with FSU because I attended some games."

Senat finished his junior season with nearly 70 tackles and a sack from his interior line position. He gives the Seminoles four commitments for next year, all but one of whom are in-state players, after the program wound up with CBS Sports' sixth-ranked class when all was said and done with the class of 2012.
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:02 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 12:08 pm
 

So. Florida Express tryout brings out top talent

Posted by Bryan Fischer

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The ink on the class of 2012 letters of commitment was barely dry before the next crop of top recruits took to the field at Saturday's South Florida Express tryout as the recruiting cycle begins anew. One of the most popular 7-on-7 travel teams, the tryout brought nearly 200 players from all over the Miami-area to see if they could make the cut, led by a familiar face.

"It was exciting, there was a lot of competition and a lot of stuff that I saw last year cover-wise," Miami (Fla.) quarterback Akeem Jones, a member of last year's squad, said. "It's the same plays and same scheme so I felt comfortable."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound signal-caller was a backup last year as the team traveled across the south to 7-on-7 tournaments. This year however, his heart is set on taking over and leading the team - and himself - to new heights.

"E.J. (Hilliard) was who I studied last year," said Jones. "I watched him as a youngster and studied under him. Now I can take over and become the nation's best. I want to prove a lot and prove a lot of people wrong. Most of all I want to do it for myself.

"I'm putting the work in."

Jones has bulked up slightly during the football season and brought his trademark canon of an arm. He's already drawing noticeable interest from colleges with two verbal scholarship offers already on the table.

"Right now I have two offers, Rutgers and Middle Tennessee," Jones said. "Florida State is close, South Florida is close, (Miami) is close."

With a smile always on his face when not laser-focused between the lines, Jones wasn't as sharp throwing the ball on a cloudy South Florida Saturday but was still the most advanced quarterback of those that showed up for the tryout. Though his talent will earn him a college scholarship, his mental makeup are what will drive him to making the best decision among what likely will be a double-digit offer list and Jones is already considering a few factors that he is looking for.

"Education and character," he said. "I want to surround myself with great coaches and get a good education. I also want to feel comfortable. Character is the biggest part, that will take you a long ways."

Though he projects at several different positions, the athletic Jones is looking to play the only one he's known the past few years: quarterback.

"That's what I want to play," he said. "I'm like (West Virginia quarterback) Geno (Smith)."

The comparison to Smith, who hails from nearby Miramar (Fla.) and is of similar build, is one reason why Jones has West Virginia at the top of his list.

"If they offer, I'm coming," he said. "I've already visited, it was very nice. If they offered, I'm signing.

"I think I can bring more excitement (to the offense) and ability with my legs. I would just carry on what Geno's doing basically and bring the program up. There's still a lot I can learn but it's a good fit."

Grace ready for what's next

One of the most impressive defenders at the event was Miramar (Fla.) linebacker Jermaine Grace. A fluid athlete with a great build, he was all over the field on Saturday and went out of his way to show coaches that was good enough to be an integral part of the team this year.

"I was out here last year but they told me I was too young to play so I came back this year and said I'm going to make it this time. The coaches basically told me I'm already on the team but I still have to go tryout," Grace said. "My coach had me playing different positions, like DB and receiver, just positions I don't normally play. I was able to experience new things and was able to do just as well."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has a good frame to add weight and the athleticism of a safety. Grace is already one of the most highly recruited athletes in South Florida and is a top 2013 prospect to watch.

"I've got (offers from) Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia," he said. "I think Alabama is close. I've talked to the coaches a lot so that's a school I've talked with that hasn't offered."

Grace has been part of a successful Miramar High program so he knows a lot of the ins and outs of the recruiting process and as such, is already beginning to figure out what he's looking for in a college football program and university.

"I want a good business program, good coaching staff, good teammates," he said. "I want to be able to learn and make it to the next level. I don't really mind (leaving home) but I don't want to get too far away from my family. If I have to I'll do it if it's best for me. But for right now, I'm not looking to go too far."

It's that time of year where Junior Days are quickly popping up on the calendar and Grace is receiving invites from several schools across the South. He won't venture outside of the state for one but did recently check out Miami's and enjoyed his time there.

"Yeah I went and it was a new experience for me," he said. "I talked with Al Golden one-on-one and with my family. It was cool. I was able to talk to players and different coaches. It was very exciting."

Grace could play at a variety of positions but appears set at playing linebacker for the South Florida Express and in college.

Shelton's experience shines

There are not too many players committed in the class of 2013 but Plantation (Fla.) cornerback Sojourn Shelton is certainly one of them and he is already building bonds with several of his classmates to make sure they know all the virtues of Florida State.

"There's so many kids, every time I get around a good one I ask if Florida State is recruiting them and tell them to let me know," Shelton said. "It's good to build bonds with player, there are a lot of players that have a chance."

One of the top corners at the event on Saturday, Shelton was a marked man as others were looking to prove something against the big time commit. Though he is "solid" to the Seminoles, he's still keeping his options open with over a year before actually signing.

"I'm definitely going to take an official to LSU," he said. "I know that's a place I want to go to because they are producing DB's. Down the road I'll have my five (official visits) listed out.

"I just want to make sure it's the best fit for me. You only get one shot."

Shelton recently picked up an offer from Wisconsin and should have plenty more despite his verbal to Florida State. With Signing Day earlier in the week, having a chance to see what kind of talent Jimbo Fisher and staff were able to bring in made the 5-foot-9, 160-pound corner quite excited for the future of the program.

"With Eddie Goldman and Mario Edwards Jr., they picked up a great defensive line class," he said. "I think that gives the corners a lot more comfort because it starts with the pressure from those guys. As far as bringing in (Ronald) Darby, P.J. Williams and (Collin Blake), we did a great job as far as recruiting. I think all Noles fans should be pretty excited about the year coming up."

Michel rehab going well

The best player on the field at the tryout didn't even participate. That's because Plantation (Fla.) running back Sony Michel, one of the top 2014 prospects in the country, was still recovering from an ACL tear suffered early in the season last year. Though he wasn't able to be a part of the activities, he came to support several of his teammates at the event as he took a break from rehab.

"It's going good for me right now," Michel said. "I'm probably about 80%. I know I'll be 100% by the season, probably before it. I'm just getting prepared until then."

Michel expects to be released in March but will not take part in Plantation's spring practice. Although doctors have given him a solid timetable, the state's top running back appears well ahead of schedule.

"I'm doing some running right now," he said. "I've been lifting weights since day one. I didn't get out of the weight room even when I was hurt. I'm always lifting."

Because he still has two years before he ultimately has to decide where to go to school, Michel is taking the recruiting process slow while still doing his homework.

"I get a lot of interest from the Florida schools," he said. "I'm looking for a great program. I want a good head coach and coaching staff, especially the running backs coach since I'm going to spend a lot of time with him. Also the atmosphere."

With a bit of free time during the summer, Michel might take a few unofficial visits but is undecided as to where. He's leaning on a few of the upperclassmen who have committed to major programs to help guide him over the next few years.

"I ask for some people's opinions," he said. "I also ask for people that go to school there what their opinion is. I ask how they like it and stuff like that."

Michel mentioned that he grew up a Miami fan and has already visited the hometown program a few times and seen several games.

A few other standouts

Miami (Fla.) linebacker Wendell Dunn, Pompano Beach (Fla.) wide receiver Devante Peete, Winter Garden (Fla.) defensive back Roman Tatum, Opa Locka (Fla.) defensive back Anthony Walker Jr.


 
 
 
 
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