Tag:Semper Fi All-American game
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:53 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 10:54 pm

Another top recruit picks Ohio State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

If this is how Urban Meyer recruits after only two months on the job, the rest of the Big Ten - and the nation - is on notice. The Ohio State head coach flipped another former Penn State commitment and landed West Roxbury (Mass.) cornerback Armani Reeves on Sunday night.

"I'm going......BuckeyeNation SilverBullets GoBucks !!!!!! God led me here n in god I trust !! Lets go BuckeyeNation !!!!" Reeves pledged on Twitter.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder was down to heated rivals Michigan and Ohio State after opening things up with the turmoil at Penn State. Reeves is teammates with linebacker Camren Williams, who also flipped from the Nittany Lions to the Buckeyes recently.

Reeves is ranked as the #11 cornerback in the class of 2012 and #124 overall. He was a noticble presence at the Semper Fi All-American Game earlier in the month and had been hotly pursued by several college programs over the last several months. The three-star becomes Ohio State's 24th commitment with Signing Day just three days away and gives the Buckeyes an impressive seven commits in the top 125.

Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:17 am

Ryan Brodie latest for impressive Rutgers class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Rutgers has quietly been assembling one of the top classes in the Big East and added yet another name on Wednesday as Long Branch (N.J.) offensive lineman Ryan Brodie committed to the Scarlet Knights at a ceremony at his school.

“I called coach (Greg) Schiano and he knows every time I call him it’s about business,” Brodie told Scout. “We talked for a while and I told him, ‘Coach, I plan on committing and coming in.’ I asked him to keep it on the low because I didn’t want to put it out publicly."

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound lineman is a three-star prospect according to MaxPreps and ranked as the 22nd offensive lineman in the class of 2012. Brodie held offers from across the country but picked Rutgers over UConn thanks to the comfort factor with the school down the road.

“I loved both schools,” he said. “If I didn’t have the Rutgers offer, I would be at UConn. But I didn’t feel as comfortable as I did at Rutgers. The two times I went up there I didn’t feel that comfortable. Even from my first Rutgers visit, I felt comfortable there. It was natural, and from my sophomore year."

Brodie recently participated in the Semper Fi All-American Game in Phoenix after a solid senior season. He becomes Rutgers' 17th commitment for the class of 2012 and fifth o-line pledge.

"He shows the footwork, the long arms, the quickness, and the explosive moves the college scouts love to see at the LT position," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Shows the balance, body control, and aggressiveness to remain at the LT position at college but can also wind up playing guard. He gets into his pass sets quickly, can extend his arms, and rides rushers past the pocket. He seems to do everything effortlessly and with good strength."
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:53 am

Bam Bradley enjoys all-star game, decision coming

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After a good week of practice and an even better game against some of the top players in the country, Trotwood (Ohio) safety Bam Bradley had a chance to reflect on being part of the first class of top recruits to play in the Semper Fi All-American game on national television and, no surprise, the humble but hard-hitting player was happy to be part of the experience.

"It says something about the players," Bradley said. "Being the inaugural game, I'm sure they picked this very selectively. It was a great game and had some of the best athletes in it. It meant a lot.

"Practice was really good even though it was an all-star game. It was all about getting yourself better and making plays on a national stage. It was a lot of fun."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is one of the top defensive players in the Midwest who has yet to make a verbal commitment. With just three weeks left until Signing Day, he was planning on committing in Phoenix during the all-star game but didn't feel like he had the decision set yet.

"My mom and coaches still have to sit down and talk," he said. "We have to decide what is what. I was supposed to commit at the game but my mom didn't want me to, she wanted to talk to me when I got home."

Four schools are currently in the running for his eventual signature.

"Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford and Pittsburgh," he said. "You can get a great education from all of them and get to play good football. It will be where my heart tells me to go."

The All-American is rated by Maxpreps as the 17th best safety in the country and figures to be a great grab by any of the four programs in the running for his commitment.

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