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Posted on: September 5, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Surveying the Field on September 5

Posted by Bryan Fischer

What a great weekend of football. The college game is back and not only that, we've had five glorious days of it.

In what will be a regular feature called Surveying the Field, I'll be taking a look at the week that was in college football and in high school football to get everybody caught up on the star players, big plays and great wins that happened over the weekend.

The curious case of Gehrig Dieter

If I gave you three guesses as to who was the nation's best wide receiver through the first couple of weeks of the high school season, chances are you would never guess South Bend (Ind.) wide-out Gehrig Dieter.

You likely heard his name this week however, after he racked up 447 yards receiving to set an Indiana and national high school record. Yes, you read that right, 447 yards.

"I just broke the national record for yards in a game. DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAMED the entire game. 447 yards and 4 TDs #humbled," he tweeted after the game.

The amazing accomplishment gives Dieter an impressive 1,158 receiving yards on the year through three games. How many players would be thrilled to get that in an entire season?

Curiously, Dieter's recruitment has tracked with his eye-popping stats. Prior to this weekend he held offers from Akron, Ball State, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, SMU, Toledo and Western Michigan. Yep, not a single BCS offer.

That should change shortly I'm guessing.

"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," CBS/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming wrote of Dieter.

Having seen Dieter in action during a 7-on-7 tournament over the summer, I was shocked that schools were not showing much interest. As Lemming wrote, he certainly is a great athlete and has the size and speed to be a big contributor for a good program in the future. My guess is he'll wind up in the Big Ten and be a better version of Dane Sanzenbacher at Ohio State.

Diggs helps Good Counsel top Manatee

It was an impressive showing by Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel to beat Manatee (Fla.) on Saturday. The game was a little sloppy but the Falcons still managed to beat a solid team with playmakers on defense like Clinton Heaven and Darius White.

No surprise to see athlete Stefon Diggs power Good Counsel to victory with two touchdowns, including the game winning score in double overtime. Diggs finished the day with six catches for 132 yards and showed why he excels in getting behind the defense. He's one of the fastest players in the country and is ranked 14th overall in the class of 2012.

“There was a lot of speed on both sides of the ball," Diggs told the Maryland Gazette. “Their defense was fast; faster than what we’re used to."

Diggs is being recruited as a wide receiver and defensive back. Having seen him in action, he'd be a great fit either way but he's such a dynamic playmaker it will be hard to put him at corner. He's narrowed his list down to about 10 schools and plans to commit at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He hasn't selected where he'll take all five of his official visits to but Alabama, Cal, Florida State, Maryland and Virginia Tech are all serious players.

Execution powers Bellvue and De La Salle

California was host to some great high school games this weekend between several top 25 teams this weekend.

Just as Boise State used execution and sound defense to beat a Georgia team with superior athletes on Saturday, Bellvue (Wash.) managed to simply out work a talented Oaks Christian (Calif.) team. According to MaxPreps' Mitch Stephens, don't be surprised if Bellvue's talented sophomore running back Bishard Baker starts drawing attention from Pac-12 schools. Defensive back Tyler Hasty also starred with two interceptions and should see several schools show more interest as a result.

On the Oaks Christian side, their two best players have been receiving plenty of attention from schools on the West Coast. Cornerback Ishmael Adams is close to making a decision and it's pretty clear he's not going too far from home. UCLA seems to be the leader in the club house at this point (he visited there unofficially two weeks ago), but Cal, Colorado and Arizona State are pushing hard for his services. Notre Dame is also in the mix.

His teammate, wide receiver Jordan Payton, seems to be intent on leaving the area however. He had a solid game against Bellvue with nine catches for 103 yards and played well on defense. The USC de-commit will be one of several top 100 players headed to Michigan to see their night game against Notre Dame and both teams are in the running for his verbal commitment. At this point it seems like Michigan and Cal are in the lead but don't be surprised if Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Nebraska stay in the race for Payton's signature.

In a big match up between two top California teams, Wisconsin commit Bart Houston managed to give De La Salle a thrilling victory to edge Bellarmine on Saturday. Amazingly, both teams missed extra points late but the third-ranked Spartans still managed to come out on top after Houston sneaked across the goal line for a touchdown.

While Houston is solidly committed to the Badgers, the recruiting attention on the team centers on junior linebacker Michael Hutchings. Playing alongside Cal commit Michael Barton, De La Salle has a fantastic linebacking corps and Hutchings is the player that has scouts most excited for what he can do at the next level. Long thought to a USC lean, he recently came out and said that UCLA and Cal were really recruiting him heavily.

"I think all three in-state schools are about equal," Hutchings told Rivals. "Those are the three teams to beat right now."

With a good number of Spartans already committed to major FBS schools, keeping track of who the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has at the top of the list should be fun over the next year or more.

Video of the day

Check out this crazy punt return by Duluth (Ga.) athlete Myles Campbell and note the big hit that springs him free.


Recruiting Roundup

- Top recruit Dorial Green-Beckham won't reveal his list of schools but he is cutting it down to five.

- The Onion details new NCAA rules that have reduced recruiting to winks and eyebrow raises.

- Great story on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez' ties to his high school and Mission Viejo head coach Bob Johnson.

Texas high school football is big time and now it's a part of Oregon.

Defensive end Jordan Jenkins has Alabama as his leader, Florida in second and Auburn in third. Tigers head coach Gene Chizik made a visit to see Jenkins this week.

USC commit Darreus Rogers had a big game as Carson High beat Mater Dei.

Running back Keith Marshall, one of the top players in the country, defended Georgia coach Mark Richt after their loss to Boise State.

Receiver Corey Jones made a commitment to Pitt over the weekend.

Keep an eye on

Denton Guyer (Texas) vs. Cedar Hill (Texas), 9 ET on September 5

These two teams play in the annual Herbstriet Classic at Cowboys Stadium and it should be a rematch after Cedar Hill edged Guyer 42-41 last year in the event before Guyer got revenge in the state playoffs later that season. Cedar Hill already has a loss on their record after falling to the top team in the state, Allen, last week 28-13. They'll need to get the offense going and tighten their pass defense if they want to compete with Denton. Sophomore Jerrod Heard is the quarterback for Guyer and he showed some good things in the team's win against Garland last week. Should be a great game between two of Texas' top high school teams.

Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: June 27, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Safety John Turner commits to Notre Dame

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The third time was the charm for Indianapolis (Ind.) safety John Turner. After unofficially visiting Notre Dame twice without picking up a scholarship offer, Turner came back one more time to prove he had what it took this week for the Irish's summer camp. He ended up performing well enough to pick up an offer and shortly thereafter he came the programs' newest commitment.

“I just loved the school and the tradition,” Turner told IrishIllustrated.com. “I’m a big tradition person. It just seemed like if I ever got the opportunity I would go there.”

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defensive back also held offers from schools such as Minnesota, Indiana and Western Michigan. He came back to Notre Dame's campus to deliver the good news of his commitment to the coaching staff in person on Sunday. Turner is obviously pretty familiar with the Irish at this point and had no problems drawing a few comparisons between his current high school and his future college.

“They’re both known for academics and the football team," he said. "Both have great football traditions and football teams. They’re always winning championships. Those are the main reasons why.”

Cathedral High School wears similar uniforms to Notre Dame and are also called the Irish, so the adjustment to the next level won't be too tough for Turner. He snagged four interceptions and had 55 tackles last season as a junior.

Turner gives Brian Kelly and staff 11 commitments in 2012, five of whom are defensive backs.
Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:27 am
Edited on: February 1, 2011 9:28 am
 

2/1 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Less than 24 hours before the pens meet the paper and the faxes start rolling in. Of course, there’s still a handful of players who will be committing today and after Signing Day to keep everyone on their toes.

- The nation’s top recruit, Jadeveon Clowney, is such a big deal that he doesn’t mind Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier’s calls go straight to voice mail. He’ll find time for them in between the TV appearances.

- An update on the state of recruiting in Maryland. One recruit from the area might be leaning towards Miami over Virginia and West Virginia.

- TCU’s elevated profile from a few BCS appearances has translated into recruiting classes that are competing with the rest of the Big 12.

- A defensive end committed to Mississippi State has flipped his commitment to Vanderbilt. That’s just one more hit to the Bulldogs recruiting class and the departure of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is one reason why.

- The Hampton Roads area of Virginia is known for producing great talent and they have another in recently named Parade All-American Demetrious Nicholson

- After a test score issue, receiver Rontavious Atkins is now headed to Western Michigan and not USF.

- Nice Q&A with Florida State commit Nick O’Leary, a tight end who is also the grandson of golfer Jack Nicklaus.

- Colorado State’s class took a big hit (literally) with the decommitment of Largo (FL) lineman Adarius Rayner.

- Nice snapshot of Georgia Tech ahead of Signing Day.

- UCLA picked up a recruit in the badly needed area of the offensive line.

- Across town, recruiting hasn’t slowed at all at USC despite the sanctions.

 
 
 
 
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