Tag:Teddy Bridgewater
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:56 am
 

Trio commits to Louisville

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Vanderbilt wasn't the only school to have an impressive recruiting haul on Thursday as Louisville collected a trio of quality commitments Thursday in Miami (Fla.) defensive tackle Teko Powell and athlete Brandon Snell and Brunswick (Ga.) cornerback Demetrius Frazier.

"I just committed to Louisville," Powell told Scout. "I like the program. It fits me right now and I think it's the best opportunity for me. I'm looking to go in and start and get some playing time freshman year."

The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder also held offers from Alabama, LSU, Florida State and Florida among others. Grabbing a verbal commitment over such traditional powers shows how far head coach Charlie Strong and ace recruiter Clint Hurtt have elevated the program. Hurtt visited Powell's high school Thursday morning and a few hours later the talented defensive tackle committed.

Snell, who also held a Rutgers offer and will likely play wide out in college, had an offer from the Cardinals for some time. He is cousins with current Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and someone many had pegged as a future commit for the school for a while.

"I just committed to Louisville," Snell said. "I really like the program and me and Teko Powell committed together. It fits me good for now."

Fraizer held an offer from the school since he was a sophomore and was close with the coaching staff throughout the recruiting process, believing he could come in and make an impact with the Cardinals right away.

"I feel I can be an impact corner," Frazier said Rivals. "I can play off and on, in man or zone and fly around the football."

Fraizer had 41 tackles and five interceptions last year as a junior. The trio gives Louisville five commitments for the class of 2012.

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Posted on: March 28, 2011 6:40 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 1:26 pm
 

DaMarcus Smith asks for release from UCF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Louisville (Ky.) quarterback DaMarcus Smith has asked for a release from his letter of intent with Central Florida, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com. Smith also faxed a news release to The Louisville Courier-Journal, who first reported the news.

“Today I have filed a release request with the University of Central Florida, asking to be released from my national letter-of-intent I signed in February, due to extenuating circumstances,” Smith said in the release. “I send my apologies to the University of Louisville and the University of Central Florida for this issue. And I would also like to apologize to the Louisville fans and community who have supported me since the day I originally committed to the Cardinal family. I view this as a private matter and will have no further comment until a later date.”

Smith originally committed to Louisville during his junior season but signed with UCF shortly after Signing Day. Following the departure of Miami head coach Randy Shannon, highly touted quarterback Teddy Bridgewater re-opened his recruitment and eventually enrolled early at Louisville. The domino effect caused Smith to start looking elsewhere and he eventually reneged on his verbal commitment.

Rumors that Smith was looking for his release from the Knights started surfacing almost as soon as the ink was dry on his letter of intent. UCF head coach George O'Leary addressed the situation numerous times and insisted that Smith would enroll in May.

"DaMarcus came to me and said he had second thoughts," O'Leary told CBSSports.com. "My experience with DaMarcus was every time he was here, he had a Cheshire grin on. He's happy as heck. His problem is when he went back to Louisville and whatever was taking place there.

"He's fully confirmed and 100 percent. Sometimes, kids just need to be reassured what's going on."

It is not known if UCF will grant Smith his release or if the school will put restrictions on where he may be released to. He threw for 3,227 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior at Seneca High.

Update: O'Leary told reporters after the Knights' practice on Tuesday that the school would deny Smith his release.
 

Photo courtesy of The Louisville Courier-Journal. 
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:23 pm
 

UCF grabs another in QB DaMarcus Smith

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Longtime Louisville commitment DaMarcus Smith finally signed his letter of intent today… with Central Florida, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

A Cardinal commit for well over a year, Smith waivered in the process following the early enrollment of touted All-American quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

"I love the University of Louisville, all the fans and the passion,” Smith said at his press conference. “But for the next four years I'll be with Central Florida."

The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Smith tried to enroll early at Louisville but was not cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse after enrolling at an accelerated high school program. He is the 30th player to sign with the Knights as part of their highly regarded 2011 class.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:16 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:17 pm
 

National Signing Day: Big East Winners/Losers

Posted by Chip Patterson

Overview: The Big East did not have a ton of involvement in the drama-aspect of National Signing Day in 2011. Coming into Wednesday, most coaches had a good idea of what their classes were going to look like, and it was just a matter of catching the faxes as they came through the machine. But there were still winners, and still losers.

Winners

Louisville - Charlie Strong knew he would have to put in work on the recruiting trail to replace all of the talent leaving Louisville, and his hard work paid off. The Cardinals finished the highest ranked recruiting class in the conference. Strong made the biggest splash by pulling Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers, and Jermaine Reve from Miami Northwestern High School - normally a pipeline to the Hurricanes.

Rutgers - Greg Schiano pulled in a really nice class for the Scarlet Knights, headlined by running back Savon Huggins. Huggins committed in the days coming into National Signing Day, but he is arguably the best prospect in the conference. Rutgers did get on official commitment from former Pitt commit Marquise Wright on Wednesday. Wright, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman, is one of the best of a group of in-state prospects Schiano was able to keep in New Jersey.

South Florida - The Bulls pulled of the biggest stunner on National Signing Day in the conference with Elkino Watson's theatrical snub of the Hurricanes. The lineman grew up a Miami fan, but when it was time to make his announcement the entire Watson family threw up the Bull horns.

Losers

Syracuse - Syracuse entered signing day with one last target on their board, and it was arguably their most important. But when defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds signed with UCLA, head coach Doug Marrone's class was complete. Marrone did pull in 27 players, but that 28th would have made a big difference for Syracuse.

West Virginia - West Virginia has been known to pull some stunners on National Signing Day, and many Mountaineer fans believed it could happen again with Dominique Terrell. Terell, one of the top athletes in the Class of 2011, reportedly lost interest in the Mountaineers after running backs coach Chris Beatty was fired in late December. Bill Stewart, Dana Holgorsen and the rest of the Mountaineers staff tried, but were unable to keep the Terrell from signing with Virginia.

Louisville - They did have a good class, but it could have been a GREAT class with the addition of tight end Jon Davis, who signed with Illinois.

Check out Tom Lemming's breakdown of the Big East on Signing Day



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Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:24 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 5:26 pm
 

MaxPreps: First-year coaches' grades

By MaxPreps's Stephen Spiewak

A head coach's first recruiting class is often his worst.

Taking a head coaching job in the middle of the offseason, a critical time in the recruiting period, is a burdensome task. New hires rush to retain recruits from the previous regime by quickly building and reaffirming relationships with current commits while also branching out to land their own targets to fit their offensive and defensive philosophies.

However, new hires do benefit from the media deluge that typically follows the announcement that they're taking the job.

Here's a look at some notable coaches in their first recruiting season at their current school and how they fared on the recruiting trail.

Brady Hoke-Michigan 
Notable recruits lost: Demetrius Hart
Notable recruits gained: Christian Bryant 
Analysis: Hoke became the man at Michigan after a long, drawn out process that not only involved former coach Rich Rodriguez but also the likes of Jim Harbaugh and Les Miles. The Wolverines landed on Hoke, who didn't hit many home runs, but brought in solid recruits like Bryant, Antonio Poole, and Thomas Rawls.  Grade: B+

Will Muschamp-Florida 
Notable recruits lost: Nick Waisome, Ryan Shazier
Notable recruits gained: Marcus Roberson 
Analysis: Coming off an epic 2010 recruiting class, it would've been nearly impossible for any coach to match what Urban Meyer did last year - even Urban Meyer himself. Muschamp had to focus his efforts on re-recruiting existing Florida commits. He couldn't close on the type of recruit that the Gators had become used to landing, like Tim Jernigan and Curt Maggitt. He should improve vastly in 2012. Grade: C+

Al Golden-Miami 
Notable recruits lost: Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers
Notable recruits gained: Jalen Grimble 
Analysis: Golden certainly has some work to do, as most of South Florida's top recruits went elsewhere. Bringing in Grimble was a big surprise, and Golden has the Hurricanes poised to land quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He convinced Anthony Chickillo to stick with his commitment while mending fences at Miami Central and bringing in Thomas Finnie. Grade: A

David Shaw-Stanford 
Notable recruits lost: Anthony Sarao, Amir Carlisle 
Notable recruits gained: Wayne Lyons
Analysis: Stanford often loses recruits late in the recruiting cycle due to its strict academic standards, but the departure of Jim Harbaugh exacerbated the Cardinal's losses. However, it was not all bad news for Shaw and Stanford, which still landed Wayne Lyons, the nation's No. 45 recruit. With all of Stanford's success on the field this season, this is a slightly disappointing class, even taking into account the coaching turmoil. Grade: B

Randy Edsall-Maryland 
Notable recruits lost: none 
Notable recruits gained: Jeremiah Hendy 
Analysis: Maryland has seen some change in its recruiting class in the post-Ralph Friedgen era. The Terrapins lost recruits like Ryan Malleck and Jimmy Stewart, but Edsall was able to regain a pledge from A.J. Hendy. Otherwise, this class is similar to what it was before Edsall arrived: underwhelming. However, Edsall did a great job identifying and cultivating talent at UConn. Maryland fans have to hang their hats on next year's recruiting class, because the 2011 group is underwhelming. Grade: C

More Signing Day coverage on CBSSports.com
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:31 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Big East needs, commits and hopes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Cincinnati

Biggest need: Offensive line. Two starters are already gone due to graduation and next season could feature seniors across the board. This is not only an area of need for the future but one that needs bodies heading into next season as well.

Best verbal commit: Running back Jameel Poteat.

Hope to get: Linebacker Dexter Moody.

Connecticut

Biggest need: Receiver. The new staff will likely see a big hole at a lot of positions with several seniors gone from the Big East champion. Finding a dynamic wide receiver to help take pressure off the running game will likely be at or near the top of the recruiting board.

Best verbal commit: Linebacker Jefferson Ashiru.

Hope to get: Defensive back Adrian Amos.

Louisville

Biggest need: Offensive linemen. The Cardinals take a huge hit on the offensive line due to graduation so it’s important to find players to fill out the depth chart and be ready to step in if there’s injuries.

Best verbal commit: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Hope to get: Tight end Jon Davis.

Pitt

Biggest need: Defensive end. Brandon Lindsey returns to a unit that should be solid next year but will be a senior so new head coach Todd Graham will have to replace him shortly. It’s tough to recruit when you’re the third coach since the end of the season but Graham will have to make adding an end a priority.

Best commit: Defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith.

Hope to get: Quarterback Michael Eubank.

Rutgers

Biggest need: Defensive line. Rutgers was dead last in the Big East in sacks by a mile. They need at least one player in the current class to step in and help out.

Best verbal commit: Running back Savon Huggins.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Marquise Wright.

South Florida 

Biggest need: Skill players. The Bulls have someone to build around in quarterback B.J. Daniels but the key is finding some playmakers to put around him. There are a few on the roster but adding to the current group can give USF a chance in the Big East.

Best verbal commit: Wide receiver Andre Davis.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Elkino Watson.

Syracuse

Biggest need: Secondary. Syracuse had a lot of youth on the team last year but can still improve in several areas. The Orangemen will pencil in three seniors at the backend so there’s at least one position group that needs some added depth.

Best verbal commit: Wide receiver Dyshawn Davis.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds.

West Virginia

Biggest need: Defensive line. The Mountaineers had a very good defense last year (third in the country in total defense) but will need to add a player or two to the defensive line with an eye for 2012 with a senior-laden bunch already in Morgantown.

Best verbal commit: Defensive back Terrell Chestnut.

Hope to get: Safety Roderick Ryles.

 
 
 
 
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