Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:35 am

1/17 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas had six recruits enroll early this week.

 Tennessee can sign a full 25 players with the roster they currently have.

 More on the Cal/Tosh Lupoi saga and the impact on Shaq Thompson and Arik Armstead.

 UCF grabbed two quarterbacks, including transfer maven Tyler Gabbert.

 Can Brent Pease recruit at Florida? Seems like it.

A recruiting profile of USC-bound safety Gerald Bowman.

 Arizona State's loss is Arizona's gain.

 Jameis Winston could be a boon to Florida State's offense.

 Utah grabbed two players out of Texas, a wide receiver and a defensive back.

 Josh Manley committed to Syracuse on Sunday.

 Xavier Stephens is going to be calling Nevada home.

 Playing time was a factor so defensive end Javonte Magee picked Baylor.

 Running back Anthony Wales is going to make his way to Louisville.

Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:33 am

12/13 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- A list of ACC recruiting commitments.

  Alabama-bound kicker Adam Griffith won a state championship -- can he kick in New Orleans in a few weeks?

  Offensive lineman Terry Davis decommitted from N.C. State.

  USC offered junior safety Max Redfield, one of the best players in their backyard.

  Boise State's class of 2012 shows how far the Broncos have come.

  Charlie Weis is already recruiting to Kansas and targeting a familiar transfer.

  Miami and Florida are busy with the recruits.

  Colorado is making a move in the recruiting rankings.

  New Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin will focus on recruiting right now. One recruit wants to keep the class intact.


  Offensive tackle Abe Abdelkarim committed to Nevada.

  Junior college defensive tackle Stetzon Bair committed to Oregon.
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:35 pm

Texas shores up secondary with two commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas has been moving aggressively to wrap up their 2012 recruiting class and added two defensive backs over the weekend in Brownwood (Texas) cornerback Kevin Vaccaro and Mineral Wells (Texas) safety Adrian Colbert, both committing to the Longhorns on Sunday.

Both players had flown under the radar for some but Texas coaches had kept tabs with both of them as they went through their senior seasons. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Vaccaro is the younger brother of current Longhorn defensive back Kenny Vaccaro and held offers from Nevada and Wake Forest among others. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Colbert held several major BCS offers from schools and had been committed to Baylor but he quickly flipped to Texas after visiting Austin over the weekend.

The pair give the Longhorns 25 commitments for the class of 2012, at least four of which will wind up playing for secondary coach Duane Akina.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:45 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:50 am

9/27 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Miami commit Keith Brown could be the first big decommit and is favoring Clemson.

Florida State has the best recruiting class in the state of Florida.

- A breakdown of big offensive lineman Andrus Peat's options.

Nevada is looking to reach in to Texas for some players this year.

Texas could be looking at taking two quarterbacks in the 2012 class.

Defensive end Jordan Jenkins could be close to a decision and will pick either Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Auburn or Tennessee.

Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:11 am

March Non-BCS Schools Early Commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

March is over and the calendar has turned to the month of April so it's time to take a look at some notable non-BCS schools' early commitments for the class of 2012.

Boise State (1)

Defensive back Marcus Rios (Elk Grove, Calif.)

BYU (4)

Defensive back Matt Hadley (Connell, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Zach Lindsay (Kaysville, Utah)
Defensive back Rhett Sandlin (Sandy, Utah)
Wide receiver Josh Weeks (Show Low, Ariz.)

East Carolina (1)

Athlete Quataye Smyre (Statesville, N.C.)

Houston (5)

Offensive lineman Blake Herman (Needvile, Texas)

Defensive end Gregory Jackson (Aldine, Texas)

Wide receiver Jordan Jolly (Navarro JUCO)

Running back Terrence Taylor (Diboll, Texas)

Defensive back Davonte Thomas (Aldine, Texas)

Marshall (2)

Offensive lineman Tyler Combs (Louisa, Ky.)

Linebacker Devon Johnson (Richlands, Va.)

Nevada (0)

SMU (1)

Running back Robert Lewis (South Gate, Calif.)

Tulsa (1)

Defensive back Rob Riederer (Holton, Kan.)

UCF (0)

Posted on: April 3, 2011 12:32 am
Edited on: April 3, 2011 12:57 am

Long Beach Nike Combine Recap

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Over 1,000 high school athletes came out to Veterans Memorial Stadium on an overcast Saturday afternoon determined to break records at the Long Beach Nike SPARQ Combine.

After the last 40-yard dash had been run and the final score calculated however, only Canoga Park (Calif.) wide receiver Randy Uzoma was able to say that he accomplished what he set out to do.

"I'm just doing what I have to do to break records," Uzoma said. "That's what I came here for."

Uzoma recorded a 130.26 SPARQ rating, the best mark in the country through 10 Nike Combines. Any SPARQ score above a 90 is considered an elite score. Uzoma also ran a 4.47 40-yard dash.

"My reaction was I worked hard for this," Uzoma said. "I worked hard and this is what I get out of it. I put a lot into this and the results came out in my favor."

Although some players tend to use the spring time as a chance to not work as hard, Uzoma has pressed hard during the offseason both physically and mentally.

"After offseason practice, I usually stay after until 6 o'clock everyday," he said. "Then I'll do my homework to keep my grades up. I don't do spend any time doing nonsense stuff."

The very humble wide receiver excels in the classroom in addition to the field. He holds a 3.7 GPA and gets his work ethic from his parents, who immigrated to the United States from Nigeria.

"He's just a great kid," Uzoma's head coach, Ivan Moreno said. "He does everything right."

Uzoma does not hold any scholarship offers at this time but will continue to hit the camp circuit this spring and summer to continue to get his name out. He is receiving interest from Arizona State, Northwestern, Nebraska and Nevada. He'll attend Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp at USC as well.

Neal impresses with good performance at the Combine

One of the top players in the West, Chaparral (Ariz.) wide receiver Devonte Neal also came to break records on Saturday and though he didn't end up breaking any nationally, he did do well.

"I did good out there compared to what I normally do," Neal said.

The 5-foot-9, 175 pound Neal recorded a 114.06 rating and ran a 4.47 40-yard dash. Though the times were impressive on Saturday, Neal and several of his teammates are looking forward to showcasing their skills against top flight competition at the USC Nike Camp.

"Our quarterback, Connor Brewer, linebacker Cody Ippolito, one of our tight ends Pete Greene and another receiver Zach Buzzard," Neal said. "We just want to come out and compete and represent Arizona."

Neal said he will not be making any recruiting decisions, including visits and a decision date, until after the upcoming season.

Combine Top Fives

Overall Rating

1. Randy Uzoma, WR, Canoga Park (Canoga Park, Calif.) 130.26 
2. Sean Miller, WR, San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 116.88 
3. Shaquille Powell, RB, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 116.58 
4. Marcus Williams (13), DB, Durango (Las Vegas, Nev.) 114.57 
5. Davonte Neal, WR, Chaparral (Chaparral, Ariz.) 114.06

40-yard dash

1. Delshawn McClellon, WR, Gahr (Cerritos, Calif.) 4.37
2. Garry Lewis, WR, Corona (Corona, Calif.) 4.41
3. Louis McMorris, RB, Legacy (North Las Vegas, Nev.) 4.43
4. (Tie) Randy Uzoma, WR, Canoga Park (Canoga Park, Calif.) 4.47
5. (Tie) Davonte Neal, WR, Chaparral (Chaparral, Ariz.) 4.47

20-yard shuttle

1. Lavell Sanders, DB, Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) 3.98
2. Troy Baljeu, WR, Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 4.00
3. (Tie) Allen Avelar, CB, Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 4.03
3. (Tie) Marquis Mosley, DB, Eastside (Lancaster, Calif.), 4.03
4. Chase Krivashei (2013), WR, Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 4.06

Power Ball

1. Randy Uzoma, WR, Canoga Park (Canoga Park, Calif.) 45.5
2. Lavon Coleman (2013), RB, Lompoc (Lompoc, Calif.) 43
2. Thomas Duarte (2013), WR, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 42.5
3. (Tie) Sean Miller, San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.) 42.0
3. (Tie) Miles Finley, LB, Xavier College (Bermuda Dune, Calif.) 42.0 
3. (Tie) Nico Siragusa, OL, Mater Dei (Chula Vista, Calif.) 42.0

Vertical Jump

1. Demarye Williams, RB, Cimarron Memorial (Las Vegas, Nev.) 39.3
2. (Tie) Jessie Riley, RB, Redlands Valley East (Redlands, Calif.) 38.6
2. (Tie) Essan Cassidy, DB, Sunny Hills (Buena Park, Calif.) 38.6
4. Kam Brenn Heatley, RB, Palo Verde (Las Vegas, Nev.) 38.4
5. Garry Lewis, WR, Corona (Corona, Calif.) 37.4

Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: March 20, 2011 9:12 pm

Badger Sports Day 1 Standouts

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LAS VEGAS - Wind? Check. Cold? Check. Elite talent? Double check.

That was the story at the Badger Sports Elite Lineman Challenge and 7-on-7 competition held on the campus of UNLV on Saturday. Some of the top talent from all over the west came to compete and get noticed. Here's six players who stood out with their play on the field.

1. Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry

The Fresno (Calif.) wide out/safety was one of the few players to make consistent play after play despite the conditions. It's hard to stand out from the crowd with so many players at an event like this but Greenberry easily was the top performer. The 6-foot-2, 180 pounder has good size and speed and was a touchdown machine all day. Greenberry was also smooth in coverage and picked off several passes. At this point he is probably more of a wide receiver but he could play safety due to his excellent size.

2. Wide receiver Darreus Rogers

The USC commit was the complete package out on the field. Rodgers ran good route and got in and out of his break quickly on most routes while using his body to effectively keep defensive backs away from the ball. He was a terror in the red zone and had a great set of hands that snatched the ball out of the air.

3. Quarterback Troy Williams

On a day where the wind was gusting up to 40 miles per hour, Williams was one of the few quarterbacks who seemed to deal with the wind well. Though he doesn't have ideal height at 6-foot-1, he has a cannon and can throw the ball just about everywhere on the field. The Harbor City (Calif.) signal caller said he has offers from Washington and Nevada but that Oregon has been showing interest. Though he didn't have the best set of receivers on the field at times, Williams made his team better and led them on an impressive run in round-robin play, including an upset of all-star Team 1925.

4. Offensive lineman Jordan Simmons

Simmons is one of the best offensive linemen in California and he showed he's one of the best in the west with his performance in the Elite Lineman Challenge earlier in the morning. He's adjusted his weight and looks better than he has in the past but still projects to be a very good guard at the next level. He threw bags and defenders away with ease and was surprisingly agile for someone his size. He said he'll visit local school USC unofficially in a few weeks but he's wide open at this point and has offers from coast-to-coast.

5. Cornerback Kevon Seymour

Holding down the corner spot for one of the top teams in the event, B2G, Seymour was impressive in coverage against some of the top wide receivers in the competition. The Pasadena (Calif.) corner played well in press coverage but also peeled off his man and played zone very effectively. By the end of the day, quarterbacks stopped throwing in his direction because they just couldn't complete anything. Expect his recruitment to take off as he's quickly becoming one of the top corners in California.

6. Defensive end/offensive lineman Dejon Allen

One of the few defensive lineman to impress at the event, Allen was very good in one-on-ones and won nearly every repetition. He showed a good initial burst but also good footwork and strength to push around opposing lineman. He also was one of the better offensive lineman when going on that side of the ball but at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, projects better on the defensive side. He reports offers from Arizona and New Mexico.

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