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Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 1:17 pm
 

June Big 12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in June, and as the temperature gauge continues to rise and we move into July, it's time to see how schools are building their recruiting class of 2012. Today, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big 12, where Texas and Texas A&M are top dogs nationally when it comes to commitments. 

   Baylor (12)

Offensive lineman Tre-Von Armstead (Port Arthur, Texas)
Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Devin Chafin (Burkburnett, Texas)
Athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Quarterback Jared Johnson (Refugio, Texas)
Linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end Jamal Palmer (McKinney, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)

   Iowa State (5)

Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive end Mitchell Meyers (The Woodlands, Texas)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)
Wide receiver Quan West (Willis, Texas)

   Kansas (3)

Offensive lineman Brian Beckmann (Overland Park, Kan.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Derek Keaton (Camden, Ark.)

   Kansas State (4)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Athlete Matt Seiwert (Conway Springs, Kan.)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)

   Missouri (10)

Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Kentrell Brice (Ruston, La.)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Offensive lineman Germian Ifedi (Houston, Texas)
Linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Mo.)
Linebacker Michael Scherer (St. Louis, Mo.)
Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

   Oklahoma (10)

Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Tight end Laith Harlow (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas)
Wide receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Linebacker Eric Striker (Seffner, Fla.)

   Oklahoma State (7)

Offensive lineman Greg Brantley (Carthage, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Quarterback Wes Lunt (Rochester, Ill.)
Athlete Dominic Ramacher (Denton, Texas0
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)

   Texas (18)

Defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette (Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle (Pearland, Texas)
Running back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas)
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Thomas Johnson (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Kicker Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas)
Defensive tackle Alex Norman (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas)

   Texas A&M (22)

Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive tackle Logan David (Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Troy Green (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson (Baytown, Texas)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas)
Running back Dennis Smith (Wimberley, Texas)
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas)

   Texas Tech (16)

Defensive back Micah Awe (Mansfield, Texas)
Defensive tackle J.J. Bynum (College Station, Texas)
Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri, Texas)
Wide receiver Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Jared Kaster (Altair, Texas)
Offensive lineman Trey Keenan (Argyle, Texas)
Defensive back La'Darius Newbold (Lancaster, Texas)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Defensive tackle Anthony Smith (Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Michael Starts (Waco, Texas)
Offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Haltom City, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas)
Athlete Kris Williams (Dallas, Texas)

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Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Texas keeps big offensive lineman in-state

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas
has assembled another very good class loaded with plenty of early commitments and they added their biggest - literally - recruiting target left on their board in Pearland (Texas) offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle at the Longhorns football camp Sunday.

"Being with all the players and around the coaches and the running backs - we have two of the best running backs in the country - and a good quarterback coming," Estelle told Orangebloods.com when asked what made him commit. "We're going to be a championship team."

The big tackle held offers from just about every major program in the country and had considered going out-of-state before pledging to the Longhorns. In addition to keeping another top player close to home, the Longhorns get an offensive lineman to build around in the future.

"In my experience in watching so much football, you don't have many 6-7, 300-pound kids that can bend and move like him. He's an explosive player off the ball. His ability to run, whether he's getting downfield or pulling on counter plays, he runs like a linebacker," Estelle's head coach, Eric Wells, told the site. "He'll be in college when he turns 18. He's a very intense player, always trying to ask about ways he can get better. As a coach, you love those types of kids."

Estelle is the 17th player and third offensive lineman to commit to Texas for the class of 2012, another solid start for Mack Brown and company. The program already has four commitments in the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012, including Estelle's future offensive line teammate Curtis Riser.
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:15 am
 

May Big 12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The calendar has turned from May to June and it's time to see how schools are building their class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big 12, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail but two Texas rivals are battling it out for top dog.

Baylor (8)

Offensive lineman Tre-Von Armstead (Port Arthur, Texas)
Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt(Wylie, Texas)
Athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards(Stephenville, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)

Iowa State (4)

Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott(Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Quarterback Grant Rohach(Moorpark, Calif.)
Wide receiver Quan West (Willis, Texas)

Kansas (1)

Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)

Kansas State (3)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)

Missouri (5)

Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Morgan Steward(Kansas City, Mo.)

Oklahoma (6)

Athlete Daniel Brooks(Rockdale, Texas)
Tight end Laith Harlow (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs(San Antonio, Texas)
Athlete Alex Ross(Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard(Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Oklahoma State (8)

Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall(South Houston, Texas)
Athlete Dominic Ramacher (Denton, Texas0
Athlete Kendall Sanders(Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Dalton Santos(Van, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda(North Richland Hills, Texas)
Quarterback Adam Wing (Morehead, Ky.)

Texas (16)

Defensive end Caleb Bluiett(Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette(Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer(Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas) Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre(Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Running back Johnathan Gray(Aledo, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes(Harker Heights, Texas)
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Thomas Johnson(Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones(Austin, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Alex Norman(Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway(Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser(DeSoto, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Orlando Thomas(Copperas Cove, Texas)

Texas A&M (22)

Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard(Brenham, Texas)
Athlete Devante Bourque (Crowley, La.)
Defensive tackle Logan David(Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis(Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Troy Green(Brenham, Texas)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
Quarterback Trevor Knight(San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews(Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon(Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe(Reserve, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson(Baytown, Texas) Linebacker Michael Richardson(DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond(Denton, Texas)
Running back Dennis Smith(Wimberley, Texas)
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor(Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson(Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti(Hurst, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Michael Wilson(Aledo, Texas)

Texas Tech (7)

Defensive tackle J.J. Bynum (College Station, Texas)
Wide receiver Reginald Davis(Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Erick Hallmon(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols(Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor(Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Haltom City, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward(Snyder, Texas)

 
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:39 pm
 

April Big 12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in April and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for all 10 schools in the Big 12, where the programs in Texas are leading the pack both in terms of quality and quantity.

Baylor (7)

Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)


Iowa State (3)

Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)

Kansas (0)

Kansas State (3)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)


Missouri (2)

Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)

Oklahoma (4)

Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Oklahoma State (7)

Athlete Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)

Texas (16)

Defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette (Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Running back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas)
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Thomas Johnson (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Alex Norman (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas)

Texas A&M (19)

Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive tackle Logan David (Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Troy Green (Brenham, Texas)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson (Baytown, Texas)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas)
Running back Dennis Smith (Wimberley, Texas)
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

Offensive lineman Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas)

Texas Tech (5)

Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Erick Hallmon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)

Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:43 am
Edited on: April 11, 2011 12:47 am
 

Texas' best shines at TCU Nike Camp

Posted by Bryan Fischer

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Well over 500 of Texas and the Southwest's finest football players came out for the annual Nike Football Training Camp on the campus of TCU Sunday afternoon. Although perhaps not as deep in terms of talent at some position groups than years past, the camp was nevertheless a destination for several of the top committed and uncommitted players in the area.

Dallas (Texas) linebacker and Texas commit Peter Jinkens was one of the top linebackers at event and it showed at the end when he was awarded the position MVP. He was explosive all day and seemed to ratchet up his game as the competition grew more intense.

"It's an honor and a blessing because there was a lot of good linebackers out here," Jinkens said. "To know that I'm the best one is a source of pride for me."

The 6-foot-1, 210 linebacker had several particularly good match ups with Allen (Texas) running back Jonathan Williams. The two had a few one-on-ones in the pass rush drill with Williams winning the first by getting physical against Jinkens' rush. The next play Jinkens made quick rush and got to the ball after making a move. The third rep could be considered a tie after Jinkens made a move and appeared to have Williams beat before he recovered to block Jinkens just long enough before reaching the ball.

"It was real fun," Jinkens said. "I went against him a lot in the pass rushing drill. I was kind of shocked myself. Today when we were doing pairs, I started crying. I don't know why but I just felt the passion of the game right there. I went in to competition mode and turned it up."

"It's competition all day," Williams said. "Me and Jenkins kept going up against each other in one-on-ones, they wanted us to go every time. It was a good competition."

One of the top linebackers in the state, much less at the Nike Camp, Jinkens was just one of several Longhorn commitments in attendance.

"Yeah, Hassan (Ridgeway), Curtis Riser, Thomas Johnson and I are all real good friends," he said.

The group was also at the camp doing a bit of recruiting and spreading the word about the Longhorns.

"Oh yes, we're trying to get a few more," Jinkens said with a smile before mentioning Johnathan Gray.

Gray is the nation's number one running back and has Texas as one of three schools he is considering.

Allen duo shines

Williams did not come home with the running back MVP award but he was one of the best looking backs competing. He had a slight injury issue that limited him most of the afternoon but showed flashes when he was out on the field.

"I think I did pretty well, I tweaked my groin a little bit so I didn't do all of the drills," Williams said. "I came out here to compete in one-on-ones and I felt I did real good.

"I just wanted to come out here and compete against the best players in the state of Texas. That's the main thing I was looking for."

Ranked 91st in Tom Lemming's Top 100 for 2012, Williams has emerged as one of the top players in a deep year at running back in the state of Texas. He recently reached the double-digit scholarship offer mark and has several out of state programs recruiting him heavily.

"I'm up to ten now," Williams said. "Michigan State just offered me for my tenth offer. It's all pretty close right now, I like Missouri right now though."

The 6-foot, 200 pound running back is aiming to commit to a school before the season and possibly even after completing spring football. Although the exact date of a commitment is up in the air, Williams is planning a few unofficial visits to become more familiar with schools.

"I'm going to try and go to Arkansas over the summer," he said. "I know I'm going to Missouri's Spring Game next Saturday. That should be fun. They're recruiting me pretty hard and I like them academically because I want to major in sports broadcasting. They have a real good journalism school."

Williams' teammate, quarterback Alec Morris also performed well at the camp, taking home Quarterback MVP honors after displaying good accuracy and arm strength throughout the day.

"It's a good surprise, I wasn't too sure coming in because this is one of the few camps I've done," Morris said. "I felt like I did well and I'm happy to hear that I was MVP."

The interest in the 6-foot-3, 220 pound quarterback has continued to pick up steam. With several quarterbacks in attendance who held multiple offers, Morris came out to the camp to prove that his skills were right there with them.

"I've actually been working with (former Texas A&M quarterback) Kevin Murray," Morris said. "He was running me through the paces and help me out at this camp. I wasn't really coming to work on anything because I really just came to show I can play at the next level."

Though Morris doesn't hold any offers at the moment, several schools are showing interest in the big signal caller.

"No offers yet but there's a bunch of schools coming down this spring (for the May Evaluation period)," he said. "Oklahoma State, Arkansas, West Virginia, Utah and a few others.

"We'll see how it goes this summer, see what schools come down and figure things out once spring ball is over."

Starts is the offensive line star

A week after several offensive linemen performed well in Los Angeles, the stop in Fort Worth was expected to equal it in terms of star power. Texas commit Curtis Riser didn't participate and Texas A&M pledge Kimo Tipoti didn't show up. In the end it didn't matter because that allowed Waco (Texas) lineman Michael Starts to perform well as both an offensive and defensive lineman.

"I like playing both sides of the ball," Starts said. "I think it's best for me to stay tuned up and in shape."

Starts was best suited as an offensive tackle, displaying a quick drop step and good frame at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds. He also took a few reps at defensive tackle and though he definitely has the size, still appeared a bit raw at the position.

"I'd love to play defense but if coaches wants me on offense or wherever they need me, that's where I'll play," he said. "They've said they might move me back and forth."

Starts has been on the radar for awhile mostly as an offensive lineman and holds offers from every major school in the state. He is, however, seeing several out of state schools get into the mix for his recruitment but he appears a bit skittish on going to far from home.

"I have Auburn, Notre Dame and Michigan (offers)," he said. "They're all kind of far from home so I really don't know if I'm able to do that. There's a chance that I might but I don't know until I make my decision. We have (official visits) planned."

The big tackle has already taken several unofficial visits the past few months. Though recruiting is picking up among the local schools, Starts has all of the in-state schools on a level playing playing field.

"Unofficially, Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and TCU," he said. "I like them all the same. It's pretty even. I just want to fit in and be around people who accept me for who I am and stuff like that."

Notes

- LSU commit Toshiro Davis was one of several players from the state of Louisiana to make the trip north to attend the camp. He said he was solid with LSU and likes that he'll be playing in a hybrid linebacker roll with the Tigers. Davis exploded off the ball and was never really challenged in one-on-ones which is not quite what he wanted after doing much the same his junior year.

"I really came here for the competition," Davis said. "Some of the games I played last year, I really feel like the competition wasn't all that high. I want to expand my game."

- Defensive line MVP was Mansfield (Texas) defensive end Hassan Ridgeway. Offensive line MVP was Duncanville (Texas) tackle Adam Butler. Arlington (Texas) running back Tavarreon Dickerson took home position group MVP as well.

- Austin (Texas) wide receiver Cayleb Jones, Tom Lemming's number three overall recruit, showed up at the camp but did not participate. The Texas commit said he rolled his ankle two weeks ago and was being precautions.

- One of the many scat back types that made an impression was North Little Rock (Ark.) running back Altee Tenpenny. The sophomore was a bit on the lean side but was very quick and very fast. He had the top SPARQ rating at the Nike combine on Saturday and managed to run a 4.52 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump.

Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Green-Beckham #1 in Tom Lemming Top 100

Posted by Bryan Fischer

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It was no surprise to see Springfield (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham top the initial Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012. After all, the talented athlete was the first sophomore to ever win the MaxPreps National Athlete of the Year award and he might have his own page in the state record books by the time he is finished.

The 6-foot-6, 220 pound Green-Beckham has some of the most impressive game film for a wide receiver in years and there was no doubt who Lemming thought was the best player in the class of 2012.

"He's got everything," Lemming said. "Height, super long arms, leaping ability, speed, and most of all, production. He's the best high school wide receiver since Randy Moss."

That's high praise for someone who hasn't even played their senior year of high school but Green-Beckham's impressive numbers back up the ranking. As a sophomore he caught 66 passes for 1,616 yards and 23 touchdowns and topped those numbers as a junior with 70 catches for 1,706 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Green-Beckham is also a talented athlete on the track and the court, leading his team to a state title in both sports. The big receiver is far and away the best player at his school in football and still puts up eye-popping numbers despite being double and sometimes even triple-teamed.

Holding scholarship offers from just about every school in the country, it's safe to say that Green-Beckham is drawing even more attention than last year's number one overall player Jadeveon Clowney. Although Big 12 schools close to home figure to play a key role in the recruiting process, top flight competition in the South is very intriguing to the talented wide receiver.

"A lot of the schools he has interest in are in the SEC," John Beckham, Green-Beckham's adopted father and high school coach told MaxPreps. "That seems to be where there are more schools that he's interested in."

The recruiting plans of the nation's number one player may be pushed back a bit however, as Green-Beckham deals with his brother Darnell, who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia.

Despite the tragic news, the nation's top player will look to fight through the difficult situation and aim for an even more impressive senior campaign. No matter what though, expect to know the name Dorial Green-Beckham very well by the time Signing Day rolls around.

Kiel number two, several others in contention for top QB spot

After two down years at the quarterback position, the class of 2012 looks to be one of the stronger groups to come out of high school in the past few years. Columbus (Ind.) signal caller Gunner Kiel tops the position group rankings and slides in behind Green-Beckham as the number two overall player in Lemming's rankings.

The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Kiel is the nephew of former Notre Dame quarterback Blair Kiel and his family is no stranger to the recruiting process with two brothers having gone through it. Brother Dusty is a quarterback at Indiana and his other brother, Drew, plays the same position at Illinois State. All three brothers might be quarterbacks but it's Blair who stands out as the most talented.

"He seems to have everything," Lemming said. "He's got great size, has the arm and all the intangibles to become a great college quarterback."

Kiel looks like a polished product on film and he has coaches from across the country salivating over the possibility of landing him. Notre Dame and Indiana are two schools that are recruiting him heavily that are close to home but Oklahoma, Missouri and Alabama are pursuing Kiel with all they've got. He recently took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa to see the Crimson Tide and figures to make several other visits to schools this summer.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) quarterback and Texas commit Connor Brewer, Edgewood (Ky.) quarterback Zeke Pike and Plant City (Fla.) standout Bennie Coney are just a few of the other quarterbacks nationally that add to a very good position group this year.

Good year along the offensive line

One of the best position groups in the country top to bottom in the Lemming Top 100 is the offensive linemen. Jacksonville (Fla.) tackle John Theus is the number six overall player and is just one of several players 6-foot-6 or taller that college coaches hope will be their left tackle of the future.

Four offensive lineman are in the top 20, including Tempe (Ariz.) tackle Andrus Peat, Charlotte (N.C.) lineman D.J. Humphries and Lakewood (Wash.) tackle Zach Banner. The West in particular has an especially good and deep group of lineman this year. If you consider, as many do, Elk Grove (Calif.) lineman Arik Armstead an offensive tackle instead of a defensive tackle, he might just be in contention for the number one overall ranking.

Florida leads the way, Texas not far behind

It's no surprise but once again Florida, Texas and California are well represented in the initial top 100. Florida has 16 players on the list, led by Theus and Tallahassee (Fla.) defensive back Travis Blanks.

Texas has 10 athletes on the list but staggeringly has three of the top 10, the only state with multiple players among the elite of the elite. Georgia continues to churn out quality Division I talent and this year is no different as eight players from the Peach State made the list. California also had eight players make the cut with several quality players just missing out.

School-wise, the Texas Longhorns are well represented on the Top 100 as usual. Wide receiver commit Cayleb Jones is the number three recruit overall and quarterback Connor Brewer is 28th overall. Offensive lineman Curtis Riser out of DeSoto (Texas) is 79th. Lane Kiffin continues to recruit well at USC, landing verbal commitments from Armstead and Westlake Village (Calif.) receiver Jordan Payton.

Florida State looks well on their way to putting together another top five class in 2012 with commitments from Denton (Texas) defensive end and number five player overall Mario Edwards, 29th ranked defensive end Dante Fowler and the last player to make the list, Cape Coral (Fla.) running back Mario Pender who checks in at number 100.

Posted on: March 29, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 5:56 pm
 

March Big 12 Early Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in March and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for all 10 schools in the Big 12, where the programs in Texas are leading the pack with multiple verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Baylor (3)

Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri City, Texas)

Iowa State (2)

Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)

Kansas (0)

Kansas State (1)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)

Missouri (2)

Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson JUCO/Hutchinson, Kan.)
Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)

Oklahoma (4)

Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Oklahoma State (4)

Athlete Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)

Texas (13)

Defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette (Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas)
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive tackle Alex Norman (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas)

Texas A&M (17)

Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive tackle Logan David (Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Running back Troy Green (Brenham, Texas)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson (Baytown, Texas)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas)
Running back Dennis Smith (Wimberley, Texas)
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Offensive lineman Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas)

Texas Tech (5)

Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Erick Hallmon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)

Posted on: February 25, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Longhorns grab number eight

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Slowly - for once - but surely, the Longhorns are creeping toward a double-digit number of commitments before the end of February. Friday night was DeSoto (Texas) defensive back Bryson Echols' turn to add to the number, verbally committing to Texas and becoming pledge number eight for the class of 2012.

"I just committed to Texas," Echols told Orangebloods.com. ""Education is big in my family, real big, so when they said 80-percent of their players graduate I said yeah I like that. That really stood out to me and I really liked that."

The 5-foot-10, 175 pound defensive back is the second player from DeSoto to commit to Mack Brown's latest recruiting class, joining teammate and MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 watch list member Curtis Riser. Echols also held verbal scholarship offers from Arizona, Kansas and North Texas.

Echols was recruited by Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina, who briefly left for the same position at Arizona before returning to Austin. Having Akina at Texas seemed to be a key factor in pulling the trigger on a commitment. 

"That was the first person I met with. We met with him for a good 45-50 minutes when I first got there," Echols told Orangebloods. "It really seemed like all the coaches cared about me."

Echols is the only defensive back committed to Texas for the class of 2012 at the moment.

 
 
 
 
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