Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:56 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 7:04 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
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ROSWELL, Ga. -- Despite windy, chilly conditions on the outskirts of Atlanta, 7-on-7 team Pro Impact lived up to their number one seed and won the first New Level Athletics Elite tournament of the year. The national competition drew teams from Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia to feature some of the top recruits in the country making a run at the large NLA trophy at the end.
The Jacksonville, Fla.-based Pro Impact had nearly half the team made up of underclassmen but the group was composed throughout their run to the title game and acted like seasoned veterans.
"It was a lot of fun," wide receiver Isaiah Ford said. "I looked forward to going against some of the top prospects, top performers in the country and seeing how I matched up.
"It's just amazing. It's even better to win."
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound rising junior was one of the top players on the team and had several impressive catches over the middle. Wearing a pair of white-and-black striped socks, Ford and Pro Impact were remarkably consistent on offense, moving the ball down the field before taking shots at the end zone when needed. The team ran into a similarly talented Team Georgia in the final but was able to pull out a win and good seed for NLA 7-on-7 Nationals in a tough double overtime victory.
"I had fun," Marietta (Ga.) running back and Alabama commitment Tyren Jones said. "I met some new people, it was a good thing and a great experience. Everybody was great, we just have to get the chemistry right and we'll win nationals.
"I think we represented (Georgia) well."
Both teams will have a chance to take home a national 7-on-7 title in the middle of June after earning automatic qualification on Sunday.
Langley enjoys trip to Athens
There was one new face at Centennial High School for the tournament phase of the NLA event on Sunday that only added to the star power at the stadium. Marietta (Ga.) defensive back Brendan Langley was on an unofficial visit to Georgia and missed Saturday's action but his return immediately boosted the secondary for a Goon Squad team that was knocked out in overtime.
"It was pretty fun. I wish I would have been able to come out yesterday," Langley said. "Just from this one game it was a fun experience. Hopefully I'll be able to travel with the team to Pittsburgh and Vegas."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder played mostly at safety during the event, using his long reach to break up passes when quarterbacks dared to throw to his area. It doesn't take long to see why Langley is one of the top players in the state and a natural defensive back based on how fluid he is in coverage. His skill set is one reason he has a double-digit number of offers and headed up to Athens for what was nicknamed Very Important Dawg (VID) Day.
"It was nice. I tell you, it's different going up there just as a prospect and going up there with an offer is two totally different things," he said. "I went up there for the first Junior Day on the 28th of January and they didn't show me nearly as much love as they did yesterday.
"I brought a friend up there, Josh Fuller, he plays corner. Shaquille Wiggins, Tray Matthews - I was in a DB meeting with them. Tremel Terry was also a friend of mine there. It was fun."
The short drive from home to see the campus and get to know the coaching staff better certainly left an impact on Langley, who had notable excitement in his voice when talking about the trip. Although he did not commit to the program on the way back, it's clear the Bulldogs are certainly a favorite to land one from him at the moment.
"I can't say they are the leader but I can say it's between them and Alabama for the top spot," Langley said. "I think they might be recruiting me just as hard as the other. Yesterday, (Will) Friend the offensive line coach, he had offensive linemen blowing up his phone but he was with me the whole time. It's things like that that I notice."
With almost all of the SEC schools extending an offer and several coaches recruiting him hard, Langley has a difficult decision ahead. He is trying to take in each school and view the positives and negatives with each program before eventually sitting down and making his commitment sometime later this year.
"The number one thing is development," he said. "Where they're going to get me and not just in football, where they're going to get me in the future. It's something I definitely look for."
The only visits Langley has taken is to Tuscaloosa and Athens and figures to return to each for a spring practice or two in addition to a few other stops over the next few months.
"Right now I'm just going day-by-day," he said. "Hopefully I can maybe get down to Gainesville to see Florida, up to South Carolina and up to Knoxville (for Tennessee) and then make a decision after that. I don't want to make any irrational decision right now being that I've only been to Georgia and Alabama."
Mizzell shows off speed to burn
One of the neat parts of events like the NLA Elite 7-on-7 is to see players from different parts of the country play against top-flight competition. Virginia Beach (Va.) running back Taquan Mizzell is one of the top players in the state and came down to Georgia determined to prove he belonged in the conversation as a top recruit.
"This was really a chance for me to better myself and get other people recruited," Mizzell said. "I really wanted to work on my route running and catching abilities, getting up the field faster and things like that."
The speedster did it all for his Team Virginia as they made it all the way to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Pro Impact. Mizzell was an impact player, using his quickness to pull away from defensive backs and showed soft hands out of the backfield and on routes. Given his performance, it's easy to see why he's grabbing offers just about every week.
"The most recent offer is the University of Cal," he said. "It caught me a little off guard so I was very excited about that one. Watching college football growing up, their running back Jahvid Best used to be my favorite back. I used to watch his highlight tape all the time. Once they told me they were offering me I was kind of surprised but so happy about it."
While the Bears are a big offer on Mizzell's table with plenty of them on there, a big Midwest power could be the next to pull the trigger.
"I have 13 right now," he said. "The 14th one is basically Notre Dame. They told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship but all I have to do is send my transcript. Once they see that and everything is good, they'll confirm it."
The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has been hearing from several schools across the country but the recent one to show him extra attention is Ohio State. The Buckeyes have already developed quite a reputation for their recruiting prowess under new head coach Urban Meyer and it appears that Mizzell is the latest the coaching staff is going after with vigor.
"(Running backs coach Stan Drayton) saw my film and said it was a no-brainer to offer me and that I was a guy for them," he said. "They wanted to get me up to the school. They basically want to build up a relationship and offer me a scholarship. Once we talked and he told me what it was, I talked to the head coach (Meyer) and the receivers coach (Zach Smith).
"It was kind of how they recruited Percy (Harvin) out of Virginia and how they used him at Florida. They would use me similarly. Also how they used Chris Rainey."
The success Harvin had in Meyer's offense is a big selling point for Ohio State and the fact that he is from the same area as Mizzell is an important one for the 2013 back because Harvin is one of his role models.
"I always want to see players from our area and Virginia do well," Mizzell said. "I look up to Percy and how he's in the NFL. My old teammate (Virginia cornerback) Demetrious Nicholson was very successful too. Running back-wise, I used to try and be like Jahvid Best but right now, I'd have to say like (LeSean) McCoy."
Mizzell plans to compete in several stops in the spring and summer camp circuit, including the NLA event in Pittsburgh. Although he's not sure what other school visits he'll take, he knows a few things that he is looking for each program when he does wind up on a campus.
"I just want a good education," he said. "I also want a chance to impact the team early on. Transportation, that's no problem because I know wherever I go my family will support me as long as I get a good education. If I can get on the field, that's good because I can try and make it to the next level."
757's future is promising with underclass talent
Mizzell wasn't the only player from Team Virginia to impress at the event. With seven underclassmen on the squad looking to make a name for themselves, no body stood out physically and with their play than Virginia Beach (Va.) defensive back Quin Blanding.
"I just wanted to show people that the 757 has all the talent," Blanding said. "We came in to play our game. Where we come from is the same as everybody else."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder roamed the secondary quite well on Saturday and Sunday. It's easy to see why the 2014 prospect is already drawing plenty of interest from schools across the country.
"Most recent is North Carolina," he said of his offers. "All the colleges that have offered me, I just look at them the same. I'm not thinking about them as my sophomore year finishes but when my junior year comes around, I'll start going through the process. I've got seven right now: Virginia, Virginia Tech, UConn, UNC, N.C. State, ECU and Vanderbilt.
"Most coaches want me to play safety. I prefer to play that… I like to hit. I had a lot of tackles last year and like seven or eight interceptions. I played receiver too."
Despite the attention almost two years before when he can sign a letter of intent, there are two programs who Blanding wouldn't mind hearing from in the coming months.
"I grew up a Florida State fan with my dad and watching them," he said. "Now I'm an Oregon fan. I just like that fast-paced offense and defense that keeps moving and moving. They haven't show any interest but I look forward to it."
In the meantime, Blanding has plans to go to several camps but hasn't yet figured out his schedule.
Paris impresses once again at NLA Elite
At this point, Mansfield (Texas) defensive back Edward Paris a wiley old veteran of 7-on-7 competitions despite being just a rising junior. Already looking physically like a college player and with 4.4 speed, it's no surprise to hear that colleges are already recruiting him as much as they can in hopes of landing one of Texas' top defenders.
"I just recently got offers from Georgia Tech and Washington State," Parris said. "I think USC is close to offering and Alabama too."
Before this week, LSU and SMU had already extended offers and are two of the schools Paris has been hearing from for some time.
"I'm hearing a little more from LSU and UCLA," he said. "I'm interested in all schools right now. I'm just looking for a school that I can fit in socially and that has a really good education."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is adept at playing either safety or corner but could continue to grow and wind up as an outside linebacker at the next level.
"I think a lot of them see me as a very physical guy on and off the line," he said. "I also have make-up speed in case I get beat."
Right after the tournament ended, Parris was taking advantage of the trip home by making his way West for two unofficial visits with programs who have been recruiting at a high level and have shown interest.
"After this tournament, we're going to go to Auburn and Alabama for a visit," he said. "I'll go to the Alabama camp and the LSU camp again and maybe Florida also."
Paris figures to have plenty of other opportunities on the travel team Goon Squad over the coming months and could be well beyond the double-digit offer mark by the end of the summer.
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Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:51 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 3:02 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Texas A&M had a very good haul on Signing Day with their 14th-ranked recruiting class and it looks like the Aggies might be able to best that effort based on their start with the 2013 class. Dallas (Texas) defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins was the latest to commitment to the SEC-bound program, picking A&M on Saturday.
"I like the tradition, the coaches, the academics, all of that," Huggins told AggieYell.com. "Really, I like everything."
A 6-foot-3, 280-pound interior presence also held offers from Colorado State, SMU and Texas Tech with plenty of others showing interest.
Huggins' Skyline High teammate, wide receiver Thomas Johnson, signed with Texas A&M and it looks like the Aggies are getting two impact players on both sides of the ball in consecutive years.
"I'm a straight defensive tackle," Huggins added. "I like to take on blockers and get in the backfield after whoever's got the ball."
The pledge gives new head coach Kevin Sumlin six commitments for 2013, three of whom play along the defensive line.
Photo by Lonnie Erickson
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:55 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 11:10 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. Things are in a state of flux in the Big East and it seems that the lack of stability at some programs has hampered some recruiting classes. Things are still going well but it's going to be an interesting Signing Day for the league with several new head coaches and programs shuffling in and out like recruits change commitments.
1. Does Greg Schiano leaving destroy Rutgers' class?
If there's a coaching change to come out of left field, it might be Schiano's, who leaves just days before Signing Day. Rutgers had been in the middle of building their best recruiting class in years and had locked up a lot of in-state talent in a great year for recruits in New Jersey. Now all of that is in jeopardy with the shock recruits are feeling quite evident from many of their comments. Expect the Scarlet Knights to drop out of the running for several of the top uncommitted guys on their board and other school calling everybody in their class to see if they want to take a late official visit and reconsider their pledge.
2. Can Paul Chryst build out a good first effort?
Another swift departure out of town for Todd Graham has led to a very good hire for Pittsburgh in Chryst, who jumps over from Wisconsin where he did an excellent job of developing talent. Graham did a good job of keeping top in-state talent close to home and landed the top big back in the country in Rushel Shell. There are a lot of good pieces, especially on offense, but it's up to Chryst to keep everybody committed and build on it with others in his first effort on the recruiting trail as head coach. More than anything, he can hopefully bring some stability to the program.
3. How are the newcomers doing?
Every report and indication has the Mountaineers playing in the Big 12 in 2012, until the i's are dotted and t's crossed, they're going to be stuck in Big East purgatory for now. Dana Holgorsen knows the league and recruiting in Texas in particular but has hit the state of Florida extremely hard with the incoming class. Regardless of the exact timing, this will be the first group of recruits brought in to play in the Big 12 so it's worth tracking to see if that leads to a boost when the faxes are in or whether the big Orange Bowl victory or coaching turnover has a bigger impact.
4. West Virginia's first Big 12 class... at some point.
While the majority of teams the Big East has added over the past year or so won't join the league for another year, it's still worth tracking how the newcomers fare on the recruiting trail. In the case of a school like Boise State, the past success of the program has led to one of the best classes in recent memory with solid depth and a handful of players that should be in the mix for playing time earlier than is normal on the Blue Turf. Houston and UCF have done a solid job considering coaching turnover and scandal while SMU has still tried to keep things going despite losing the school's top recruiter. The class of 2012 might not play right away in the Big East but you have to keep tabs on them since they will in the not to distant future.
Most impressive class: Pittsburgh
Most underrated class: South Florida
Work left to do: Syracuse
Assistant recruiters of note:
Kerry Coombs, Mark Elder and Steve Stripling, Cincinnati
George DeLeone, UConn
Vance Bedford, Clint Hurtt and Brian Jean-Mary, Louisville
Bob Bostad and Joe Rudolph, Pittsburgh
Brian Angelichio and Jeff Hafley, Rutgers
Todd Fitch and Phil McGeoghan, South Florida
Scott Shafer and Tyrone Wheatley, Syracuse
Robert Gillespie and Daron Roberts, West Virginia
Head coach under pressure: Skip Holtz, South Florida
Top Big East class prediction: Louisville
Top Big East signee: Rushel Shell
Tags: Adam Bisnowaty, Adam Bisnowaty, Bennie Coney, Big East, Bob Bostad, Boise State, Brandon Napoleon, Brian Angelichio, Brian Jean-Mary, Butch Jones, Caleb Stacey, Casey Cochran, Chad Voytik, Charlie Strong, Chris Bivins, Cincinnati, Clint Hurtt, Conneticut, D'Vario Montgomery, Dana Holgorsen, Darius Hamilton, Daron Roberts, Dennis Norfleet, Deontay McManus, Devin Fuller, Ford Childress, George DeLeone, Greg Schiano, Houston, J.J. Denman, James Burgess, Jeff Hafley, Joe Rudolph, John Green, Keith Brown, Kerry Coombs, Kyle Knapp, Leonte Carroo, Louisville, Mark Elder, Neally Cunningham, Nick Dawson, Pancho Barnwell, Paul Chryst, Phil McGeoghan, Pitt, Pittsburgh, Quanzell Lambert, Quanzell Lambert, Robert Gillespie, Ron Thompson, ROnald Darby, Rushel Shell, Rushel Shell, Rutgers, Scott Shafer, Sean Price, SEC, Signing Day Overview, Skip Holtz, SMU, South Florida, Steve Stripling, Syracuse, Todd Fitch, Todd Graham, Tyrone Wheatley, UCF, UConn, USF, Vance Bedford, Wayne Morgan, West Virginia
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:54 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 11:19 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. For a snapshot of the Non-BCS recruiting scene, we will take a close look at independents Notre Dame and BYU, as well as the five schools headed to the Big East in 2013: Boise State, Houston, San Diego State, SMU, and UCF.
1. How quickly will Gunner Kiel see the field at Notre Dame?
One of the storylines of Gunner Kiel's recruitment was the star quarterback's inability to make up his mind. Some have suggested that playing time is a big concern for Kiel, and there is no guarantee on when he may take the starting position. The first-string quarterback spot is there for the taking, but head coach Brian Kelly has already shown a happy trigger finger when it comes to switching signal-callers. How is Kiel, who seemed to be always eyeing greener grass, going take it if and/or when he is sent to the pine.
2. Will there be an effect from the assistant coach changeover at Boise State?
2012 kicked off with Chris Petersen losing two valuable members of his coaching staff to BCS schools. Will Muschamp tapped offensive coordinator Brent Pease to join his staff in Florida, then special teams coach Jeff Choate left to join Mike Leach's staff at Washington State just a week later. Both coaches played a big role in recruiting the 2012 class, and there was some concern that the staff shakeup could have an effect in recruiting. A firm commitment from QB Nick Patti after Pease's move to Florida was a good sign for Boise State. This class still stacks up well against previous groups, but you wonder if/when we will start seeing an on-field effect of this assistant exodus.
3. Schools on the move
Navy recently added themselves to the group of schools headed towards the Big East, leaving Army, BYU, and Notre Dame as the last FBS independents after 2015. The Black Knights have been fairly grounded in their independent status, but both the Irish and Cougars have flirted with the notions of joining one of the power conferences. In announcing their move to the Big East, Navy school officials mentioned the scheduling difficulties associated with being an independent. As more schools hold future dates for conference play, it had become increasingly difficult to assemble a competitive schedule without that built-in slate of opponents. If the Big 12 comes calling again to BYU, Navy's move might have the Cougars reconsidering their options.
Assistant recruiters of note:
Bob Diaco and Mike Denbrock, Notre Dame
Sean Beckton, UCF
Carlton Hall, Houston
Tony White, San Diego State
Jeff Reinebold, SMU
Tags: Arik Armstead, Austin Maass, Ben Weaver, Blake Davis, Bob Diaco, Boise State, Brent Pease, Brian Kelly, Bryan Fischer, Butch Pauu, BYU, Carlton Hall, Central Florida, Chip Patterson, Chris Petersen, D.J. Foster, Damien Neroes, Daniel Roundtree, Deontay Greenberry, DJ Foster, Donald Hopkins, Elijah Shumate, George O'Leary, Gunner Kiel, Houston, Jarron Jones, Jeff Choate, Jeff Reinebold, Jonathan Wallace, June Jones, Kendrick Mathis, Kevin Sumlin, Kwayde Miller, Mike Denbrock, National Signing Day, National Signing Day Overview, National Signing Day Preview, Nelson Agholor, Nick Patti, Non-BCS, Non-BCS Signing Day Overview, Notre Dame, Prescott Line, Rocky Long, Ron Darby, Ronald Darby, Ronnie Stanley, San Diego State, Sean Beckton, Seaver Myers, Sheldon Day, Signing Day, Signing Day Overview, SMU, Southern Methodist, Tanner Mangum, Taylor Oldham, Tee Shepard, Terrence Taylor, Tim Hines, Tomme Mark, Tony Levine, Tony White, Travis Averill, Troy Hinds, UCF
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:12 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The big story yesterday was recruit Yuri Wright, recruited by Rutgers, Notre Dame, Michigan and others, getting expelled for tweeting.
Gunner Kiel is happy and relieved at Notre Dame.
Tennessee is not recruiting the younger brothers of Eric Berry.
Andrus Peat will take a late trip to Florida State.
Alex Balducci and Byron Marshall are among the visitors to Oregon this week.
This is a big recruiting weekend for UConn.
Likewise, it's a key weekend for Will Muschamp and Florida.
Michigan State is seeking a strong finish to the class of 2012.
A few Texas recruiting updates and analysis less than two weeks away from Signing Day.
Tosh Lupoi's move to Washington has had a big impact on California's class.
UCLA picked up tight end Nate Iese Thursday night.
Quarterback K.J. Maye committed to Minnesota.
Running back Robert Lewis flipped from SMU to Washington State.
Offensive lineman Caleb Peterson will follow Larry Fedora from Southern Miss to North Carolina.
Syracuse added JUCO defensive tackle Zian Jones.
Georgia Tech picked up commit #16 in Lynn Griffin and could be adding another from Australia.
Arkansas flipped Missouri pledge and cornerback Will Hines.
Meanwhile, Missouri flipped Houston commit Levi Copelin.
Tags: Alex Balducci, Andrus Peat, Arkansas, Byron Marshall, Caleb Peterson, California, Eric Berry, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Gunner Kiel, Houston, K.J.Maye, Larry Fedora, Levi Copelin, Lynn Griffin, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nate Iese, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Robert Lewis, Rutgers, SMU, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Tennessee, Tosh Lupoi, UCLA, UConn, Washington, Washington State, Will Hines, Will Muschamp, Yuri Wright, Zian Jones
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:42 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Here's a podcast I did where Gunner Kiel and parents in the recruiting process came up. Kiel is settling into life at Notre Dame today.
SMU got four early enrollees this year, including a Parade All-America.
Dalvin Tomlinson not visiting Georgia could be good news for Georgia Tech.
Quarterback Kanler Coker flipped from East Carolina to North Carolina.
West Virginia added athlete Nana Kyeremeh.
Houston added a commitment from defensive tackle Donald Hopkins.
Bret Bielema has been working to keep his recruiting class together.
Defensive end Michael Onuoha will visit Missouri this weekend.
Several prospects, such as Jordan Diamond, enjoyed their trip to Michigan.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:57 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
UCLA is still finalizing their class of 2012 but Jim Mora seems to have picked up that does not mean you focus only on the upcoming signees. The Bruins added a commitment from a 2013 player by going across the country on Monday and grabbing Marietta (Ga.) quarterback Eddie Printz.
"I committed to UCLA," Printz said. "I'm looking forward to playing for Jim Mora and the Bruins."
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback was previously committed to SMU and held offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky and Vanderbilt among others. He recently visited Westwood on an unofficial visit and after meeting the coaching staff, including former recruiter Adrian Klemm and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.
“I decided to commit after sitting down and talking with the UCLA coaches,” Printz told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It became apparent with their desire to bring me on board and continue to build a winning program. After taking a tour around the campus, I got to see everything they had to offer — such as gorgeous facilities, a beautiful campus, the year-round sunny weather, being so close to the beach, the academic reputation … the decision became very clear.”
Printz threw for 3,350 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior and is no doubt familiar with Mora from his time down the road as the Atlanta Falcons head coach. The signal-caller's teammate, senior linebacker Kenny Orjioke, is also committed to the Bruins.
"Technically sound, he reads defenses well, he's exceptional in short to intermediate passes, and he can also throw the deep out with authority," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He can place the ball in tight spaces and is exceptional when throwing the ball on the run. A major talent with a bright future."
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:02 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Mike Leach has brought a bit of attention and recruiting acumen to Washington State and it's paying off in the form of commitments. The latest two to sign up for the Palouse pirate ship are Gardena (Calif.) linebacker Kache Palacio and Los Angeles (Calif.) wide receiver Gabriel Marks, right, who committed over the weekend following visits.
"It's very inviting because the numbers they've put up and the players (Leach) put out is really impressive with (Wes) Welker, (Michael) Crabtree and a bunch of good players," Marks told Rivals. "It could be a really good thing to catch a lot of balls and make a lot of plays.
Marks and Palacio are both former SMU commits but seemed to open things up as soon as their primary recruiter, Adrian Klemm, left for UCLA. Both enjoyed their visits and appear to be set on signing with the Cougars.
"They didn't say anything except I would have a chance to come in and compete for playing time and get on the field," Marks added. "They said if I was the best they would play me so I have to come in and make plays."
The California duo are the 21st and 22nd commitments for Washington State's class of 2012, half of which are from Leach's new talent base of California. Palacio racked up 92 tackles and 13.5 sacks during his senior season while Marks has had over 2,000 all-purpose yards over the past two seasons.