Tag:Brian Kelly
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Impressive visitor list in Tuscaloosa for LSU-ALA



Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just a few weeks ago, recruitniks were impressed with the quality and quantity of high level recruits that were in South Bend for the USC-Notre Dame game. Several people termed it Brian Kelly's 'Super Bowl.'

This Saturday is college football's actual Recruiting Super Bowl (well, not actual Super Bowl but as close as one gets in the regular season). On the sidelines, a truly star-studded cast, topping the century mark in terms of number of official and unofficial visitors. Though Nick Saban and his staff will no doubt be occupied with the team in purple and gold, they'll be spending some time hosting the biggest recruiting weekend Tuscaloosa has seen in years.

The biggest visitor coming in is five-star safety Landon Collins. Both LSU and Alabama are battling for his services but it will be tough to lure him out-of-state. A big win over the Tigers and an impressive visit however, might be enough to leave a lasting impression that will pay off on Signing Day. Collins isn't the only five-star or big name headed in for the game though, as illustrated by the partial list below.

Official visitors

DT/OT Arik Armstead
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama commit
DB Landon Collins
LB Noor Davis, Stanford commit
DB Travell Dixon, JUCO
DT Eddie Godlman
DE Jordan Jenkins
OT Avery Young

Unofficial visitors

LB Kwon Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis, LSU commit
DE Denzel Devall
DB Trae Elston
DT Quay Evans
TE Kurt Freitag
DT Issac Gross, Ole Miss commit
OT Brandon Hill
QB Jeremy Liggins
RB Barry Sanders Jr.
DT Justin Shanks, Florida State commit
DB Dwayne Thomas, LSU commit
DT Dalvin Tomlinson
DL Channing Ward
DE Jamichael Winston, Arkansas commit
DB P.J. Williams, Florida State commit
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State commit
RB T.J. Yeldon, Auburn commit

Alabama commitments

DE Ryan Anderson
DT Dakota Ball
WR Chris Black
RB Kenyan Drake
WR Casey Gladney
OL Brandon Greene
K Adam Griffith
OL Caleb Gulledge
LB Tyler Hayes
DT Darren Lake
LB Dillon Lee
QB Alec Morris
DT Darius Philon
LB Reggie Ragland
DB Geno Smith
ATH Justin Thomas
DB Eddie Williams

2013 Recruits:

OL Bradley Bozeman, Alabama commit
DB Cameron Burrows
LB Reginald Carter
DB Antonio Conner
LB Rueben Foster, Alabama commit
RB Derrick Henry, Georgia commit
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama commit
DL Dee Liner, Auburn commit
QB Johnathon McCrary
DE Robert Nkemdiche
OL Lovell Peterson
WR Earnest Robinson
RB Kelvin Taylor (Alabama-Florida battle)
DB Tramel Terry
RB Altee Tenpenny

2014 Recruits:

RB Sony Michel
WR Bo Scarborough
LB Tre Williams
DE Gerald Willis



Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:49 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 11:59 pm
 

National Notes: Recruiting the recruited

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Three months. Three stress-filled, long months until Signing Day.

To complicate things, it's the stretch run of the season, the holidays and bowl game time. Coaches have to worry about filling out a recruiting class as well as keeping their current commitments from looking around. Surprise official or unofficial visits can sometimes throw staffs for a loop. It's a complicated time of numbers juggling, keeping kids happy and, oh yeah, coaching.

With all that in mind, here's a run down of the top commitments from the ACC, Big 12 and Big East that each school has to keep in the fold and sign in February.

ACC

Boston College: Steven Daniels, linebacker. He signed with the Eagles last year but didn't qualify and could be looking around, they need the tackling machine quickly.

Clemson: Travis Blanks, defensive back. One of the top defensive backs on the East Coast, he can play right away with his coverage skills.

Florida State: Mario Edwards, defensive end. They've got a great defensive line class but no one like Edwards, who is strongly considering Oklahoma.

Maryland: Mike Madaras, offensive linemen. A local kid from a power conference at an area of need, the staff has burned some bridges locally and making sure Madaras stays in the fold is big.

N.C. State: K'Hadree Hooker, defensive tackle. The staff is on shaky ground but they'd be wise to keep the in-state DT.

Wake Forest: Jared Crump, wide receiver. 6-foot-3, 4.5 receivers don't grow on trees nor come from Florida to the Triangle often.

Duke: Deion Williams, linebacker. He's a tad undersized but a great cross-country get for the Blue Devils.

Georgia Tech: Tyler Stargel, linebacker. Would be a big interior presence with his size.

Miami: Jelani Hamilton, defensive end. One of the top players in the area, keeping him home would do wonders for the rest of the class.

North Carolina: Patton Robinette, quarterback. The Elite 11 signal-caller has already taken a few visits elsewhere.

Virginia: Kwontie Moore, linebacker. The complete package, he'd be a much-needed upgrade on defense.

Virginia Tech: Jarontay Jones, defensive end. One of the top players in Georgia, it's possible he could pull a late switch.

Big 12

Baylor: Kiante' Griffin, athlete. Could come in and play on either side of the ball.

Iowa State: Grant Rohach, quarterback. It's not too often ISU gets a quarterback like Rohach out of California.

Kansas: Brian Beckmann, offensive lineman. Big body like Beckmann is someone they must have to build around.

Kansas State: Aderius Epps, offensive lineman. See above.

Missouri: Jonathan Williams, running back. Henry Josey has done a great job and Williams is that type of player.

Oklahoma: Polo Manukainiu, defensive end. He's already a shaky commitment and is taking visits elsewhere.

Oklahoma State: Kendall Sanders, athlete. He would be a great fit for the Cowboys.

Texas: Johnathan Gray, running back. He's pretty solidly committed but that still doesn't mean you stop recruiting #1 RB in the country.

Texas Tech: Dominique Wheeler, wide receiver. He should play early with his speed.

TCU: Daje Johnson, defensive back. You need defensive backs in the Big 12 and Johnson is one of the fastest in Texas.

Big East

Cincinnati: Dennis Norfleet
, running back. He's small but he's dynamic in space a great fit for the offense.

Connecticut: Casey Cochran
, quarterback. Grabbing the best in-state player is always a good start for a new head coach.

Louisville: Larry Jefferson,
defensive end. He could provide a nice boost on either side of the ball.

Pittsburgh: Rushel Shell
, running back. He was likely to end up at Pitt all along but they need to keep the five-star happy.

Rutgers: Leonte Carroo,
wide receiver. One of the top players in the state, he could help them with his Don Bosco teammates.

South Florida:
Chris Bivins, defensive back. One of the better corners in Northern Florida, one wonders if the Gators came in with a later offer.

Syracuse: Tashon Whitehurst,
linebacker. Not the fastest player, he's still a nice get from Florida at his position.

West Virginia: Deontay McManus
, wide receiver. He's a great fit in Dana Holgorsen's offense but the commitment isn't super strong.

Notre Dame sees Perkins decommit

First it was USC that saw a high-profile decommit and now the team they recently beat is suffering the same thing. South Bend (Ind.) linebacker David Perkins opened things up Monday, a loss for the Irish on the defensive side of the ball.

“There are a lot of good schools out there interested in me, and Notre Dame doesn’t let you take visits, and I want to take visits,” Perkins told 247Sports. “I feel like I committed too fast and didn’t give myself a chance to go through the whole recruiting process. I’m going to reopen it and go through the process and see what all is out there."

It's not unusual to hear this kind of thing from kids as we draw closer to Signing Day but interesting to hear it from a local player like Perkins. He has several programs such as LSU, Michigan State, Tennessee and Oregon that could be players if he doesn't keep Notre Dame in the mix.

The Irish have 15 commitments for 2012 as of now.

Video of the week

Here are some highlights of Texas commit Cayleb Jones, the second best wide receiver in the country and a five-star prospect.



Recruiting Roundup

Guito Ervilus has North Carolina as his leader after a visit.

Georgia Tech impressed a good number of recruits in their game against Clemson.

UCLA is the latest offer for running back Fabian Moreau.

Does playing Florida in Jacksonville hurt Georgia's recruiting?

Offenisve lineman Brandon Fanaika is interested in Arkansas.

 Brian Kelly wants easier access to recruits.


Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:52 am
 

National Notes: Kiel, Notre Dame's big weekend

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Quite a busy week on the recruiting trail.

Things kicked off on Friday with the decommitment of five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel from Indiana, which was surprising only in regards to the timing. Many were quite surprised when he chose the Hoosiers over national powers like Oklahoma and Alabama but it made sense on some levels - his brother was there, they were the in-state school close to home, Kevin Wilson had a good reputation for developing quarterbacks.

Still, top-flight quarterbacks do not usually wind up at schools like Indiana and especially not when there were not other major recruits coming with them and winning is a major issue. I went to see Kiel play in his playoff game but he was held out by coaches for precautionary reasons after he was slightly injured during practice. In talking with him after the game, you got the sense that because he was "reconsidering" his commitment, this was an opening for him to make sure that he took his official visits and checked out other schools.

"To be honest I'm just reevaluating my decision," he said. "I just want to go out and see other places and see if IU is the right place."

Kiel has remained fairly quiet about his recruitment but you almost get the sense that he was boxed into making his commitment too early. He was planning to announce in late June but kept pushing things back and pushing things back. Then fellow top 100 signal-caller Jameis Winston committed to Florida State, which set off a chain of dominoes. Kiel's other finalists, perhaps sensing that he wouldn't be picking them, moved on to others. It's rare for the five-star guy not to be the one that sets off the chain but that could be the case here.

Now he's back on the market and looking at schools. He was part of a star-studded visiting class in South Bend for USC-Notre Dame (more on that later) and figures to quickly schedule several visits to schools. It's hard to say which schools are in the running since he's pretty tight-lipped but polished quarterbacks like Kiel don't fall off trees and you'd have to think he received quite a few calls from college coaches. Since he wants to enroll early this won't be a four month ordeal but it will be an interesting six or so weeks for the country's number two player.

Stars came out in South Bend
There are some games that just seem to draw the official visitors out and Notre Dame's rivalry game against USC was billed as their Super Bowl on and off the field. 12 members from the Maxpreps Top 100 were in South Bend taking in the sights and sounds over the weekend, with several coming in Saturday so as to spend an extra night in town before flying out Monday.

Of course, things didn't exactly go as planned for the Irish on the field, falling to the Trojans 31-17 but that didn't have too much of an effect on the visitors.

"The game atmosphere was crazy, even the pre-game atmosphere was crazy," Zach Banner told 247sports. "The whole school was amped up and you could feel the tradition. It's an old rivalry and you could just feel a lot was on the line. I like how Notre Dame sticks with their tradition."

The problem for Notre Dame wasn't the weather, crowd or anything like that, it was that they A) lost the game by more than the score indicated and B) lost to a school they're recruiting against for several of the visitors. Recent USC decomit Arik Armstead was among those in attendance, as were several other California recruits. It will be awhile before the freshness of the official visit wears off of the players but, long-term, losing to USC in the manner they did doesn't exactly help Brian Kelly's efforts.

The Irish are still going to recruit very well however, and are in line for another top 15 class this year. They still have a very good chance at landing running back Keith Marshall and several others so Notre Dame fans shouldn't get too caught up in how many commitments they bring in from this group until further down the road. The biggest thing the team has to do now is win, because that seems to cure just about everything on the recruiting trail.

Video of the week

Check out this reverse by KJ Dillon and his alternative method of reaching the end zone.



Recruiting Roundup

Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford will take their official visits to Ohio State this week.

With Georgia off last week, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo went to check out commit Brice Ramsey.

Guito Ervilus is back on the field and considering North Carolina, Louisville, Tennessee, Florida State and Florida.

Arkansas commit Jakarri Thomas remains firm in his commitment to the Hogs.

Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:58 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:59 am
 

9/30 Recruiting Roundup

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: September 21, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Elmer gives ND recruiting win over Michigan

By Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak

Steve Elmer attended the instant classic between Notre Dame and Michigan two weeks ago on an unofficial visit with the Wolverines, in which Michigan won 35-31 in the game's closing seconds.

One week later, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound tackle from Midland (Mich.) committed to the Fighting Irish.

Elmer made the verbal pledge to Brian Kelly and the Irish over the weekend during a visit to South Bend, Ind. He chose Notre Dame over Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

According to his father, Steve Sr., Elmer made the call when the time was right for him.

"He has been on many campuses many times. We told him to pick one when he felt comfortable and when he knew with certainty, but don't rush it," he told MaxPreps. "He's a smart kid, very analytical by nature. We are confident and pleased with his decision."

According to Elmer, his trip to the Big House solidified his feelings about Notre Dame.

"I went to the Michigan-Notre Dame game last weekend at the Big House (in Ann Arbor)," Elmer told the Midland Daily News. "I'm being recruited by Michigan. I should be jumping around like the other 115,000 people. But I wasn't happy. I was a little bit upset that Notre Dame lost.

"I just knew, walking out to the car after the game, that I was going to go to Notre Dame. ... That was the defining moment. I really like Michigan too, but when I was upset (after that game), I knew that I couldn't go to Michigan because I loved Notre Dame too much."

Elmer's recruiting stock has skyrocketed over the last six months, where he's emerged as a top offensive linemen in the Class of 2013.

It seemed like Elmer's recruitment would be a photo finish between Michigan and Notre Dame, though Elmer did a great job of not tipping his hand. In retrospect, Notre Dame clearly had the inside track.

"I'm not sure how close it really was between Notre Dame and Michigan," Steve Sr. said. "He really liked the football programs at all four schools, but he followed our original plan and chose the best school for him, the one he would choose even if he wasn't playing ball."

Elmer becomes Notre Dame's first recruit for the class of 2013.

Landing him is an impressive recruiting victory for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish beat out a team in Michigan that currently has the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in 2012 and a blue-chip recruit already in the fold for 2013, Shane Morris.

This will likely not be the last time the two schools do battle in the 2013 cycle.

Both schools would love to pluck Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio) defensive back Cam Burrows from Ohio State's backyard. Burrows told MaxPreps that he was in Ann Arbor when the Wolverines took on Notre Dame, like Elmer, and similarly made the trip to South Bend the following week.

Texas offensive lineman Jake Raulerson also has early offers from Michigan and Notre Dame, though it may be difficult to pull the Celina (Texas) junior from Texas.

Taco Charlton, from Pickerington Central (Ohio), also attended the Michigan vs. Notre Dame game in Ann Arbor. He has an offer from Michigan, but also plans to visit South Bend this fall.
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Chris Brown latest pledge to Notre Dame

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Notre Dame turned their season around on Saturday with a win against Michigan State and while that was good news for Irish fans, they received even more good news afterwards as Hanahan (S.C.) wide receiver Chris Brown committed to the program.

“It feels really good,” Brown told Scout. “You can’t beat the tradition, you can’t beat the (degree), they have a real young defense but they make plays. I think with me and (fellow Notre Dame commit Ronald) Darby going there, we can make a positive contribution to them”.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder was in South Bend for the game as part of an official visit and despite offers from Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina and others, the comfort with the Notre Dame coaching staff was one of the deciding factors in verbally committing.

“I talked to the offensive coordinator and the receivers coach, and they said they know I’m a good person,” Brown said. “I want to be challenged, and not only getting my degree there, but working for that degree there. They were really impressed with me, I was really impressed with them and it just felt right."

Brown is the 15th commitment for Brian Kelly's class of 2012 and joins Justin Ferguson and Deontay Greenberry as the third wide out in the group. Maxpreps has Brown ranked 21st among wingbacks across the country.

Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:04 am
 

Jarron Jones commits to Notre Dame

MaxPreps Staff Report

Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) defensive tackle Jarron Jones has committed to Notre Dame, according to a report in the Democrat and Chronicle.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Jones, who verbally committed to Penn State in April only to decommit in July, said he enjoyed the atmosphere in South Bend, Ind.

"I felt Notre Dame is a lot like Aquinas," Jones told the Democrat and Chronicle. "There is a good Christian community. It's a smaller school, smaller classes, more hands-on learning. That's where I need to be."

Jones, the nation's No. 13 overall recruit, joins a Fighting Irish recruiting class that features fellow defensive tackle Sheldon Day.

Notre Dame appears to be set on the defensive line for years to come. In its 2011 recruiting haul, Brian Kelly landed Aaron LynchStephon Tuitt and Ishaq Williams, all impressive recruits at the position. Notre Dame, which had been ranked No. 18 in the MaxPreps team recruiting rankings, is sure to rise with Jones now on board.

Monrovia (Calif.) standout Ellis McCarthy remains the top defensive lineman yet to commit. McCarthy is the nation's No. 7 recruit.
Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Will Muschamp eyes Texas recruit Jake Raulerson

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

Although Will Muschamp is already eight months into his role as Florida’s head football coach, he’s hardly forgotten his roots in Texas, where he spent three seasons as the Longhorns' defensive coordinator.

He certainly hasn’t forgotten top recruiting targets in the state of Texas.

Muschamp has the Gators involved in the recruitment of Celina (Texas) offensive lineman Jake Raulerson,  a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tackle who is shooting up recruiting boards.

Raulerson, who recently received his 17th verbal offer by way of Brian Kelly and Notre Dame, told MaxPreps that the two schools recruiting him hardest right now are Florida and Texas.

A member of the MaxPreps 2013 Top 100 watch list, Raulerson was extremely busy visiting colleges this summer, checking out in-state schools Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and SMU, while traveling to visit Oklahoma State, Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas.

His most recent visit was likely his furthest: a trip to Gainesville, Fla.

In the class of 2011, a class largely assembled by Urban Meyer, Muschamp did not sign a single recruit from Texas. In fact the Gators only have one Lone Star State native of the roster, redshirt junior Omarius Hines.

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