Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:08 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Baylor picked up its 23rd commitment on Thursday as cornerback Patrick Levels of Roosevelt high school in Dallas committed to the Bears. The 5'9 175-pound corner had offers from UTEP, Central Arkansas, Morgan State and Northern Colorado, but it seems as if the appeal of playing in a BCS conference along with other factors played a role in his choosing Baylor.
He made an official visit to Waco on January 13th.
Levels runs a 4.62 40-yard dash and was measured as having a 34.4-inch vertical leap, which will no doubt come in handy while defending some of the larger receivers in the Big 12.
Levels is the fourth defensive back to commit to Baylor this season, along with Terrell Burt, Aiavion Edwards, and Ryan Reid. It's a position that is very important in the pass-happy Big 12, and Art Briles is certainly focusing on the area as he tried to improve the Baylor defense.
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:58 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:59 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Plenty of Ohio recruits will be paying attention to the Michigan State-Ohio State game this weekend.
The Spartans still have a chance with highly touted running back William Mahone.
Likewise, recruits in the northeast will have their eye on Syracuse-Rutgers.
Brian Kelly is focusing on skill position players for Notre Dame's class of 2012.
Mekale McKay won't choose between basketball and football, he'll play both at UTEP.
At USF, FIU and South Alabama among others, recruiting is different when selling a program with no history.
Linebacker Bryce Cottrell will visit Oregon next week for an official visit.
Florida State commit Dante Fowler is flirting with Florida yet again.
A list of visitors for the Alabama-Florida game with plenty of big names.
Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:01 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: July 16, 2011 11:53 pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Bryson Echols just couldn't help himself.
Minutes after winning the Texas state Division I 7-on-7 championship, the longtime Texas commitment threw up the 'Hook 'em' sign at Texas A&M's Kyle Field with a very large grin on his face.
"It's very good," Echols said. "I know what they're missing out on.
"It's even better that we won at A&M."
Echols' fellow DeSoto (Texas) teammates were just as happy after the team ran through the competition at one of the biggest events in the state undefeated and in the process, accomplished one of their many team goals.
"It's exciting, we worked hard all summer for this," fellow corner Jalen Mills said. "Now we've got to go out and win the real state championship."
The Eagles were one of the most athletic teams at the event and used their quickness and speed to blow through the rest of the field in impressive fashion. It meant a little bit more to many members of the team after they fell just short of grabbing a medal last year.
"It's special because last year I thought we were going to win it for sure," Echols said. "This year I had a few doubts but we won and that's all that matters."
"It's a rush because you're playing against the best athletes in the state of Texas," Mills added. "You have to bring it every game."
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Echols played well for the second consecutive week after participating in Nike all-star event The Opening in Oregon. While there were not a ton of prospects for him to recruit for the Longhorns at the state tourney, he has been active for the school for several others.
"At The Opening, I was whispering in everybody's ear," he said. "There was the safety, Landon Collins, him. And a running back, he's a sophomore, (Altee) Tenpenny."
Echols is one of two players from DeSoto headed to Austin next fall and one of several FBS-level recruits on a loaded team primed for a run at state later this year. Mills is one of the few uncommitted players on the team and has seen his recruitment pick up following a good summer at 7-on-7 tournaments.
"I have offers from Pitt, Virginia, Baylor, Houston, Tulsa, UTEP, Louisiana Tech, Memphis and a couple of others," he said. "Coach Norwood at Baylor and Coach Henson at Virginia are coming after me the hardest. And Coach Norvell at Pitt."
Mills says he'll head to Florida State next week and that defensive coordinator Mark Stoops is recruiting him and may offer him soon if he performs well at the Seminoles camp next Tuesday. An offer from the school will certainly change things but at the moment he remains wide open and really only has two schools he knows will make his short list.
"I know I want to visit Virginia and Pitt, those two colleges for sure," said Mills. "Probably later in the season is when I'll end up making my decision."
Given his offer list, it appears the 6-foot, 180-pounder is headed outside the state to play college ball but that isn't a problem for Mills, who says distance is not a factor in his recruitment.
"Not at all," he said. "I just want to go to where the team plays the top level competition every game and goes out there and wins."
Davis enjoying time in Aggieland
If there was one player who really gave it his all this weekend, it was Houston (Texas) quarterback Matt Davis. Ranked 73rd overall in the country by MaxPreps, Davis showed he was fully recovered from a knee injury last season by playing both quarterback and safety for his Klein Forest team in every game despite it being roughly 100 degrees two days in a row.
"It's pretty hot but I'm doing what's best for the team," Davis said. "It's all about athleticism. Anything that comes in the air, we try and snatch it up. We just try and make plays."
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is a Texas A&M commitment and represented the Aggies well, throwing a nice spiral and really spinning the ball well in the 7-on-7 setting. Being able to grab some wins in the fields near where he will one day play was an experience and just one of the reasons why he'll eventually make his way up to College Station.
"It's great," he said. "I'm always looking back over there at Kyle Field."
"I talked with Coach Williams yesterday, he was just asking how we did. I told him we won all three and had a game tomorrow. He's great."
Though he holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma State and others, Davis is a very solid commitment to Texas A&M because of that relationship with the current staff.
"That's the main reason why I committed," Davis said. "They have great coaches here, great fans, great recruits."
In between games and even during them, the four-star signal-caller is one of several Aggie recruiters, hoping to lure the next wave of talent to the program.
"There's a kid on Plano's team, a 2013 kid, so I told him to come to the A&M camp tomorrow," Davis said. "There's a lot of kids out here. I know there's a kid from Arlington, (linebacker) Sam Douglas, they say he's a player. In between possessions, I may talk to him a little bit."
- Texas A&M, Oregon, USC, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and others have shown interest in Rosenberg Terry High wide receiver Derrick Griffin. The 2013 prospect was dominant Saturday, powering his team to a consolation game win and using his 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame to shield the ball from defenders. Griffin is already well known from playing AAU basketball (he already holds an Oklahoma offer) but it not surprising when he said he'll likely be playing both sports in college after his performance at the 7-on-7 tournament. He has already camped at Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
- Baylor commit Kiante Griffin played both ways for his team and looked good when observed. He could succeed at the next level at either but it still seems like he'll wind up on offense.
- TCU pledge Kolby Listenbee had on an Oregon shirt Saturday but not to worry TCU fans, he didn't have a Horned Frogs shirt and the Ducks shirt was all that he had in his bag after returning from The Opening last week.
- Texas Tech quarterback commit Clayton Nicholas had a very good tournament, leading his team to the consolation game final and looked very sharp. He was named to the All Tournament team over several other deserving players but easily earned the honor.
- One 2013 player that caught just about everyone's eye was Austin (Texas) Lake Travis wide receiver Dannon Cavil. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound rising junior impressed with size and speed but he has a very good pair of hands. Several colleges are already interested and pursuing him.
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Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:33 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
There are still a few players out there still available to be signed to a scholarship in the class of 2011 and days after Ole Miss added a cornerback, Colorado picked up DeSoto (Texas) wide receiver Austin Vincent as a late addition to their recruiting class.
"The atmosphere at Colorado is really nice and the coaching staff is great," Vincent told BuffStampede.com. "I think I am going to have a good time up here."
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver took an official visit to see the campus in Boulder and will head back to join the team for summer workouts in late June. Several schools were interested in Vincent and he originally planned to sign with Iowa but was a late qualifier.
UTEP, Kansas and Oklahoma State were among the schools that showed interest once he received a qualifying score but it was Colorado that came out on top.
"I did research on Colorado and looked at the roster and their depth chart and their coaching staff," he said. "They don't have that many receivers. They have a big time sophomore (Paul Richardson), a senior that is going to play in the NFL (Toney Clemons) and a transfer from Georgia (Logan Gray) at receiver. They are expecting me to play, too. They are expecting me to come in and compete. I just have to do my thing."
Buffalos' receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, a former assistant at Texas, was key in getting Vincent to head to the north.
"I already had a relationship and knew Coach Kennedy, who is going to be my position coach at Colorado, before when he was at Texas," Vincent said. "He is really the main reason I decided to visit Colorado and was a big reason why I committed. I am real cool with Coach Kennedy."
Due to NCAA rules with the signing period over, Vincent will not sign a letter of intent and can only sign scholarship grant-in-aid papers. He broke his leg last season but scored six touchdowns on just 16 catches prior to the injury.
Vincent is the 22nd commitment for Colorado in 2011 and third wide receiver to join the Buffs.