Tag:Semper Fi Bowl
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:02 pm

Kozan finally signs with Auburn

Posted by Bryan Fischer

No, the class of 2012 wasn't over.

26 days after Signing Day, Castle Rock (Colo.) offensive lineman Alex Kozan put one of the finishing touches on the class by signing with Auburn, the school confirmed in a release.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder had narrowed it down to finalists Auburn, Iowa and Michigan before finally faxing in his Letter of Intent on Monday to the Tigers.

Kozan's commitment caps a very good class of 2012 at the offensive line position for Auburn, having also signed Avery Young, Shane Callahan, Patrick MIller, Jordan Diamond, Robert Leff and Will Adams. Kozan becomes the 22nd commit overall and participated in the inaugural Semper Fi Bowl ealier this year.

"A super technician who never forgets an assignment," analyst Tom Lemming said of Kozan. "A strong and quick LT, he can bend his knees and move his feet. Rarely caught out of position, he shows the ability to slide and cut off edge rushers, can redirect quickly, and is the leader of an exceptionally good offense and led his team to a state title in 2010. Has what it takes to play LT or OG in college."
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:46 pm

Arizona DE Avery Moss heads to Nebraska

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PHOENIX -- Though the stage was set for some of the nation's best to make the commitments on national television at the Semper Fidelis Bowl, a local player also got his moment in the sun. Playing high school football just a few miles from Bank One Ballpark, Tempe (Ariz.) defensive end Avery Moss committed to Nebraska during the 4th quarter of the all-star game.

"I'm going to be taking my talents down to Nebraska," Moss told CBS Sports Network reporter Molly Qerim. "Great academics and shout out to Coach J.P."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound end was also considering Arizona and Purdue on top of scholarship offers from plenty of schools across the country. Maxpreps ranked him as one of the top defensive ends in the country.

"He looks like a basketball player playing football at times but has what it takes to become a remarkable pass rushing end," said analyst Tom Lemming. "Has huge hands, loves physical contact, shows a great burst, and just needs to add weight and strength and then look out. Has the length that the college scouts like to see in a pass rushing DE and he's a motivated, physical ball player."

Moss' pledge finally allows the Huskers to reach double-digits on their commitment list with 10. He is one of two defensive ends headed to Nebraska in the fall and is part of a growing pipeline from the Phoenix area to the heartland.
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:22 pm
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Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:22 pm

Four-star running back Greg Garmon picks Iowa

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PHOENIX -- One of the highest profile recruits to commit at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, Erie (Pa.) running back Greg Garmon wasted no time telling the assembled crowd at Bank One Ballpark and a national television audience on CBS Sports Network what school he was committing to Tuesday night.

"I will be attending the University of Iowa to play for Kirk Ferentz," Garmon said on the sidelines before the 4th quarter. "I was watching the NFL Draft and they said Iowa had a lot of NFL players."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Garmon was also considering Arkansas and Miami. He was ranked as the 26th best player overall in the class of 2012 and fifth-best tailback in the country.

"The complete back, he's been blessed with great size, speed, vision, balance, and hands, he's a three-ring circus who can run, catch, and block," said analyst Tom Lemming. "A do everything kind of back, he's a strong runner who keeps his pads low, fights for yards after contact and keeps his legs moving. He shows good patience and burst, and is one of the more competitive players in western PA."

Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:11 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 8:13 pm

Offensive lineman Matt Cochran commits to Cal

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PHOENIX -- It was down to two schools for Atwater (Calif.) offensive lineman Matt Cochran and when better to commit to where you want to go to college than on national television at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl with friends and family looking on.

"I'm going to be attending the University of California, Berkeley," Cochran said.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound interior lineman was also seriously considering Tennessee and held offers from schools across the country. Cochran likely will play center upon arriving in the Bay Area but can also play guard or defensive tackle.

He is teammates with top 100 defensive tackle Aziz Shittu and had a monster year for Buhatch Colony High. Cochran's brother, Aaron, is a top 2013 recruit.

Maxpreps ranks Cochran as the 24th best guard/center in the country.

Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:13 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 7:50 pm

Record-setting WR Dieter commits to SMU

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PHOENIX -- Record-setting South Bend (Ind.) wide receiver Gehrig Dieter was one of several players to announce a commitment from the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and it was no surprise that he pledged to his long time leader.

"I'm going to go to SMU," Dieter told a national audience on CBS Sports Network.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide out was also heavily considering one of his few BCS scholarship offers from Kansas and head coach Charlie Weis but will instead head to Dallas to play for the pass-happy June Jones and his run-and-shoot offense.

Dieter amassed 447 receiving yards, setting a new national record in his high school team's 63-10 win over Elkhart Central (Ind.) in early September. He was named a MaxPreps first team All-American following the season.

"A powerful runner, he's quick off the line, runs precise routes, knows how to get open, and has proven to be a very difficult tackle," analyst Tom Lemming said. "As reliable as they come, he has also proven to be an excellent downfield blocker. A very good athlete, he can track the deep ball over his head and if it's within reach he'll catch it. He also shows very good moves after the catch."

The talented Dieter burst onto the scene over the summer before his senior year during 7-on-7 competitions and continued to rise on many recruiting boards. He'll wind up at SMU as the Mustangs' 20th commitment for the class of 2012.

Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:47 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 6:51 pm

DeForest Buckner commits to Oregon at Semper Fi

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Honolulu (Hawaii) defensive end DeForest Buckner made history Tuesday evening by becoming the first ever commitment to announce at the first ever Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, pledging to Oregon.

"I will be taking my talents to the University of Oregon," Buckner said before the assembled crowd at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix and on CBS Sports Network nationally.

The 6-foot-7, 238-pounder had offers from most of the Pac-12, including Arizona, Washington and Washington State.

Buckner becomes the 19th commitment for the Ducks class of 2012, committing less than 24 hours after the school won their first Rose Bowl since 1917.

Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:46 pm
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