Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:04 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
UCLA's Jim Mora has made some good moves with his assistants to make an impact in recruiting.
Ohio State's scholarship limitations means some numbers crunching.
The Tenneessee recruiting class is more stable than the Vols coaching staff.
Nicky Baratti made the early decision to go to Notre Dame.
Despite loses, LSU should still reel in a top recruiting class.
North Carolina's strong class is mostly headed out of state to Georgia, Florida and others.
Alabama and Vanderbilt are two schools winning the in-state recruiting battle.
Offensive tackle Kyle Murphy visited USC this weekend and will not take any more trips.
North Carolina added a commitment from defensive end Justin Thomason.
Wide receiver Joshua Stanford committed to Virginia Tech.
A pair of recruits, Kenneth Crawley and Derek McCartney, committed to Colorado on Sunday.
Athlete Guito Ervilus overcame an ACL tear to commit to USF.
Oklahoma State added two yesterday in offensive tackle Michael Wilson and wide receiver Chance Allen.
Punter Ryan Rodwell is pledge #17 for Georgia Tech.
Troubled cornerback Deion Bonner committed to Tennessee.
Very big pick up for Mississippi State in defensive end A.J. Jefferson.
Marshall commit Sean Connolly flipped to Kansas.
Minnesota tight end Cal Bloom committed to UCF.
Illinois added two in running back Devin Church and defensive back Jevaris Little.
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Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:22 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Notre Dame is 17th in the latest MaxPreps team rankings about halfway to Signing Day but Brian Kelly and staff have their eye on another top 10 class. The current group of 13 commitments is a bit light on linemen but more than makes up for that fact in the skill position department.
Defensive back Ronald Darby has high-end speed and can roam the secondary as either a safety or a cornerback. It might be tough to keep his commitment all the way through Signing Day but he's a five-star player who could come in and play early for the Irish. Cornerback Tee Shepard is a talented cover corner and was a top performer this summer at several 7-on-7 competitions. Shepard's cousin, wide receiver Deontay Greenberry, is also a great pick up for the staff and he can flat-out dominate at times.
The most recent commit is defensive tackle Sheldon Day and he's a big body on the inside but has the quickness of a defensive end. His first step explosiveness is much better than defensive linemen Notre Dame had been getting and he's an Indiana kid to boot. Others of note in this class include Nicky Baratti, who's a big safety prospect out of Texas, and outside linebacker David Perkins, who is a terror as a speed rusher off the edge. Justin Ferguson is a very good looking receiver who can matchup well against some physical defensive backs with his size.
The Irish still have plenty of time to add to their class of 2012. They are in the running for several top players, including big-time running back Keith Marshall out of North Carolina. Several other elite prospects have the Irish in their top five and with the season starting, a good start on the field for Notre Dame could pay dividends off the field. Though it is an away game, there will be a lot of eyes on the Michigan night game and there will be a ton of recruits from all over the country on the sidelines. A home game versus USC will also draw a lot of players that the Irish can impress.
Notre Dame has a solid but not elite recruiting class at the moment but there are several reasons why they are a class that could be on the rise.
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:51 am
Edited on: July 16, 2011 8:16 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Heading into the Texas state 7-on-7 Division II championship game, many had pegged Houston area private school The Kinkaid School - one of the smallest in the tournament - as the favorite thanks to the strong arm of quarterback Ford Childress.
Despite leading most of the game and having a shot to tie it with 43 seconds left, the West Virginia commit could only do so much for his team and ended up falling short of a state title. Disappointed after the game, the signal-caller decided to look at the positives of outlasting a lot of good competition and putting his team in a position to win.
"I'm excited to play here and it was a good game," Childress, son of former Texas A&M and Houston Oilers defensive tackle Ray Childress, said. "It's awesome to play at Kyle Field.
"It was really hard (to get here) and really hot. It was definitely worth it though, I definitely think we got a lot better. We almost got it."
After verbally committing to the Mountaineers in early April, one would expect Childress' recruitment to die down a little but there are still several schools who are continuing to recruit him.
"Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Florida State are still looking at me," he said. "I'm not really thinking about changing from West Virginia though, I want to go there."
At the moment, the 6-foot- 4, 210-pounder is firmly locked in to the school and is not planning to take any other official visits.
"That could change," he conceded.
With the turmoil that went down in Morgantown last month between former head coach Bill Stewart and current head coach Dana Holgorsen, some outsiders wandered what the effect would be on West Virginia's recruiting. For offensive recruits such as Childress, the elevation of Hologorsen was a net positive in the end.
"It was a little nerve-racking but it turned out for the best I guess," Childress said. "It really doesn't bother me. (Coach) Holgorsen was the original draw. I went up there and realized why we went there and I think it's going to work for me."
- TCU commit Austin Aune couldn't quite break through with his team either, falling in the first round of the single elimination tournament in a shootout. Also bounced in the first round was Celina High, favored by some to win the whole thing.
- Celina's Jake Raulerson, one of the top 2013 offensive lineman in the state, has a brother, Josh, who played linebacker and he moved pretty well in the team's only game Friday. Jake ended up picking up a Texas A&M offer Friday according to reports but rumors are that he's looking at SEC schools the hardest.
- The best player in the Division II bracket was probably Texas Tech commitment Dominque Wheeler. He carried his team offensively and showed off some really good speed and athleticism.
- Texas A&M commitment Matt Davis showed why some have labeled him as an athlete, playing both ways the entire game despite the heat and humidity. He can really spin the ball but knows when to take some off, crucial in 7-on-7 where most teams dink and dunk their way down the field.
- Notre Dame commit Nicky Baratti also played both ways and though he did well, we can understand why the Irish are bringing him on board as a linebacker prospect. He's big and fast enough to control the middle of the field and should be a good fit.
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Posted on: April 17, 2011 12:16 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Notre Dame added to an already stellar defensive back class Saturday with an impressive recruiting haul on the same day as the annual Blue and Gold Spring Game.
Headlining the trio of commitments the Irish picked up is Oxon Hill (Md.) athlete Ronald Darby. The 6-foot, 170 pound Darby is one of the fastest players in the country and held an offer from Notre Dame for quite some time. It wasn't until stepping foot on campus this weekend until everything just clicked.
“I had all my questions answered," Darby told Scout. "All the things I wanted to do on this trip I did. I got to get a good feel for the campus. They have so many great fans that already knew so much about me. They were asking for pictures and autographs. It was crazy. I was able to see how the teachers and coaches are there. They care about the students and the players. It is a special place that will take care of me for the next fifty years not just the next four."
Darby is the second ranked athlete in the class of 2012 according to CBSSports/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming and the 26th best player overall in the class. Able to make an impact at either safety or as a slot receiver, Darby will likely suit up on the defensive side of the ball in South Bend.
“The Notre Dame fans can expect me to give 150,000%," he said. "I want to be an early enrollee. I will be a student-athlete. I will be strong in the classroom and a playmaker on the field.”
Joining him in the secondary is another talented athlete in Spring (Texas) quarterback Nicky Baratti.
“I am really excited. I saw that Ronald Darby made his commitment before the game,” Baratti told Scout. “I was going to wait until after the game, but I went ahead and said let me get this off my chest.”
Baratti played safety as a sophomore before flipping over to offense and playing quarterback for his high school team. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound athlete held offers from Arizona State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State among others.
“I really found the right spot for me at Notre Dame," he said. "It is everything I expected it to be so I wanted to get this decision out of the way and commit."
The Irish also brought on Downers Grove (Ill.) long snapper Scott Daly.
The trio gives Notre Dame five commitments for the class of 2012.
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:54 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Several schools around the country are looking forward to another weekend of pressing the flesh and impressing players from the class of 2012. Notre Dame, Tennessee and Washington are just three schools who are hosting a Junior Day this Saturday or Sunday.
The Huskies will hold theirs on Sunday in conjunction with the school's basketball game against in-state rival Washington State. Head coach Steve Sarkisian pulled in a MaxPreps top 20 class in 2011 and is aiming even higher in 2012. The staff has been on many of the top in-state prospects early and continues to make California a top priority on the recruiting trail.
Expected in attendance are Mercer Island (Wash.) quarterabck Jeff Lindquist, Everett (Wash.) running back Keivarae Russell and Tacoma (Wash.) Michael Rector, according to the Seattle Times. Washington does not have a commitment for next year's class but could end up picking up one or more on Sunday.
Tennessee is also looking to secure their first 2012 commitment this weekend. The Volunteers look like they will be hosting several players from the state of Georgia, which has turned into an SEC recruiting hotbed as of late. Gainesville (Ga.) running back Imani Cross is one of several players holding scholarship offers who will be in Knoxville on Saturday. Cross even told GoVolsXtra.com that there's "a high possibility (he) could just go ahead and commit to Tennessee" this weekend.
Among the other scheduled recruits are Bamberg (S.C.) defensive end Martin Aiken, Millen (Ga.) defensive end James Deloach and Anderson (S.C.) tight end Jordan Meredith.
Notre Dame is also holding their first Junior Day of the year and plans on hosting about 40 recruits according to BlueandGold.com. With a national recruiting base, the Irish and head coach Brian Kelly will bring several unofficial visitors from around the country to South Bend on Saturday. Oklahoma City (Okla.) wide receiver Sterling Shepard, Hyattsville (Md.) defensive lineman Mike Moore, Spring (Texas) cornerback Nicky Baratti and Nashville (Tenn.) offensive lineman Blake Bars are among the recruits scheduled to visit.
Washington, Tennessee and Notre Dame are just three of the major program hosting Junior Days this weekend but each is looking to leave a lasting impression on the recruits who stop by to meet the coaching staff and receive a tour of the facilities. Because this is their first chance to show off for many of the players in the class of 2012, expect it to be a hectic, yet fun, weekend for the coaching staffs in Seattle, Knoxville and South Bend.