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Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:56 am
 

12/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Top quarterback Gunner Kiel will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.

  Several Oklahoma State commits are upset at the Cowboys missing out on the title game.

  N.C. State commit Charlie Hedegus has some interest in South Florida.

  Steve Fairchild's firing has left Colorado State's recruiting in limbo.

  What happens if top running back Keith Marshall does not pick Georgia?

  Defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson rated his visit to Georgia Tech as a '8 or 9.'

  Carl Pelini was hired in part to fix FAU's recruiting problems.

  Rice fired recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Rick LaFavers.

Commitments

  Quarterback Tyler Cameron switched his commitment from USF to Wake Forest. The Bulls added a JUCO offensive lineman however.

  Wide receiver Chris Harper became the latest in a Southern California to SMU pipeline.

  Former Texas Tech pledge Christian Okafor has committed to Cal.

  Washington added North Torrance (Calif.) athlete Ryan McDaniel.

  Another commit for UCLA despite the coaching change as running back Paul Perkins pledged to be a Bruin.

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.
Posted on: June 18, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Myles Hilliard commits to Pitt

Posted by Bryan Fischer

When Todd Graham took over the head coaching duties at Pitt, many thought the school would concentrate their out-of-state recruiting on Texas, where Grahm coached in high school and recruited well while at Rice and Tulsa. While his staff has focused a lot of their efforts in the state, they haven't forgotten about nearby talent in the midwest. That paid off Friday with the commitment of Oakwood (Ohio) defensive end Myles Hilliard to the Panthers after he unofficially visited the school.

"On the way back, me and my dad were talking about it," he told PantherLair.com. Then when I got home, I went to sleep and woke up at four o'clock in the morning and I was just thinking about it, and I realized, yeah, I want to go there.

Hilliard held offers from Cincinnati, Minnesota, Syracuse and West Virginia, among others, but it was the connection he developed with the coaching staff at the school's summer camp that really sealed the deal for Pitt.

"It was just the coaches," he said. "Every college looked nice, but it was the coaches. I wanted somebody who I had a great relationship with and who was going to coach me and make me better."

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end spent time with position coach Paul Randolph and outside linebackers coach Randall McCray while camping and the two had been recruiting him hard ever since he picked up an offer from the school two weeks ago. Hilliard is the fourth commit for Pitt in the class of 2012, all but one of whom is on defense.
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 1:40 pm
 

2012 Running Backs to Keep an Eye On

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Aledo (Texas) running back Jonathan Gray is the top running back in the nation according to CBSSports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other running backs - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Gray off the top spot and become the top back for the class of 2012.

Greg Garmon (McDowell High, Erie, Pa.) 
Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 200 pounds 
Offers from: Cincinnati, UConn, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

What's to like: Garmon put everyone on notice that he would be one of the names to watch at the U.S. Army All-American Combine earlier this year when he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash (electronically timed). A fluid athlete, he could lineup at a number of positions such as slot receiver or as a returner. Being a threat in the passing game is just one of the reasons why several schools are really recruiting him heavily.

Needs to work on: Like most backs out of high school, Garmon has the speed to out run defenders and uses it to bounce outside a lot. He'll need to learn when to cut it up inside when necessary and develop a better between the tackles game to really succeed at the next level. 



Matt Jones (Armwood High, Seffner, Fla.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 225 pounds 
Committed to Florida

What's to like: The first thing that sticks out is Jones' size and the fact that he's your prototypical "big back" that many pro-style offensive coordinators are looking for. It's not just size that Jones brings to the table though, as he does have some serious speed to go with it. Despite facing some good Florida competition, Jones slices through defenders with ease. He's also very dangerous on screen plays.

Needs to work on: Unlike some running backs whose offense is built around them, Jones is mainly in a spread offense at Armwood. That means he might have to get used to a more downhill attack if he keeps his commitment to Florida. Jones could stand to add a few pounds and fill out his frame to withstand the punishment he'll take at the next level as well.



Keith Marshall (Millbrook High, Raleigh, N.C.) 
Height: 5-foot-11 
Weight: 185 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, USF, USC, Virginia Tech

What's to like: It must be tough to be a defender in North Carolina opposite of Marshall because the running back is simply elusive. With speed to run past everyone and the quickness to make them miss if they do get close, Marshall is yet another good back to hail from the East Coast. His running style is upright and he stays pretty balanced which is something some players don't often do.

Needs to work on: Marshall isn't the biggest back so durability will be somewhat of a concern if he doesn't add a few pounds of muscle for running inside.

 

Barry Sanders Jr. (Heritage High, Oklahoma City, Okla.) 
Height: 5-foot-9 
Weight: 180 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and UCLA.

What's to like: Although the junior Sanders might not like getting comparisons to his old man, it's hard not to make one with the former Oklahoma State and Detroit Lions star as Sanders is shifty and keeps a low center of gravity. Though he isn't the fastest back out there, he does have enough speed to out run most of the competition. Sanders also has good hands and is a threat in the passing game out of the backfield also.

Needs to work on: Overall game is pretty good but his smaller size is a bit of a concern. He tends to run around defenders rather than through them.



Jonathan Williams (Allen High, Allen, Texas) 
Height: 5-foot-11 
Weight: 205 pounds Offers from Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Rice, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia.

What's to like: Williams isn't afraid to lower his shoulder and run through a defender to get into the end zone. At the same time he also isn't afraid to bust a run to the outside and out run everybody. He does a good job of staying upright when running and has the ability to cut either way at a moment's notice. He also keeps his legs moving when in a pile which is something some players don't do.

Needs to work on: It would be good for Williams to experiment in the slot because he has the makings of an all-purpose back. He's solid when catching the ball on a screen but some versatility in the passing game would be good to see.



 
 
 
 
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