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Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: June 22, 2011 10:18 pm
 

6/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Plenty of NCAA related news yesterday, so here's a super roundup full of recruiting nuggets for those looking to avoid talk of monitoring and sanctions.

Top 100 cornerback Geno Smith says Alabama and Auburn are his frontrunners.

Running back Ryan Green picked up an offer from Florida State. Wide out Monty Madaris also picked up an offer from the Seminoles.

Rumors were circulating that Dante Fowler was considering Florida, but he's firm to Florida State.

Michigan recruit Erik Magnuson says it's time for the Wolverines to dominate. The school's camp brought in plenty of top prospects.

Figuring out how many scholarships Washington might be able to offer in 2012.

Ohio beat Pennsylvania in the Big 33 game and plenty of recruits shined.

A detailed USC recruiting roundup.

USF offered local quarterback Darryl Richardson.

SoCal athlete Jherremya Leuta-Douyere picked up a scholarship from BYU.

- Wide receiver Trey Griffey, son of Junior, shined at a recent 7-on-7 event.

Commitments:

Georgia Tech picked up wide receiver Michael Summers Jr. and quarterback Dennis Andrews.

Linebacker Blake Rodgers is headed to Seattle to play for the Huskies.

Quarterback King Davis committed to New Mexico State.

Defensive back Paris Head pledged to Vanderbilt, as did linebacker Josh Dawson.

Wide receiver Austin Sheehan is headed to Kentucky.

Defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis committed to Virginia.
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Kyle Murphy's stock taking off

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In what is turning out to be an excellent year for offensive linemen on the West Coast - maybe the best in a decade - it is starting to get hard to say just who is the best of the best. One player who has no trouble standing out at 6-foot-7, 275 pounds is San Clemente (Calif.) tackle Kyle Murphy.

Based on his performance at the Stanford Nike Camp, it's also no trouble for talent evaluators everywhere to say he's one of the top guys in Southern California and is in the running for a spot in everybody's top 100. The camp didn't feature a ton of top flight defensive linemen but playing next to other tackles like Erik Magnuson and Cedrick Poutasi allowed Murphy to elevate his game this past weekend.

"I think it's good just to give you a little feel for what the next level might be like. It's nice to come out and compete against some elite athletes," Murphy said. "Playing with guys who are at a high level raises your game a little because you're playing against them. It does help you improve."

Murphy's services along the line are being pursued by schools across the country and he recently picked up scholarship offers from two major programs to add to his list of nearly 30 offers.

"Last week Oklahoma did and Alabama did as well," he said. "They're pretty big offers but I haven't really looked at them real closely just because I live in Southern California. Oklahoma and Alabama are pretty far away. Football-wise they're some of the top programs and pretty good school-wise. They're both national contenders year in and year out so that's definitely something to look at."

At the moment, it looks as though Murphy will stay closer to home and play for a Pac-12 university but that's still to be decided. College recruiters from schools outside the region are stopping by his high school on a daily basis during the Evaluation Period and constantly calling hoping the talented left tackle will consider a school outside of his comfort zone. Even he admits it's up in the air as to where he'll go so there's a little hope for the out of state recruiters.

"I'm just not sure yet," Murphy said. "I still have to check out places that are far away from home to see if I'm comfortable there.

The senior-to-be isn't ready to name a top five quite yet but he is pretty set in what he's looking for in a school.

"Not really, I'm still staying pretty open in my recruitment," Murphy said. "I'm looking for a good football program where I can have success in and has good, solid academics. I want to get myself a good degree. Just the people that are around too, the coaches, the people, the players; just to make sure I fit in at the right place and enjoy myself for the next four or five years."

Three schools where Murphy has already unofficially visited seem to be in the lead however. All three are close to home and offer the mix of academics and football success he's looking for.

"USC is coming after me pretty hard," he said. "I'd say the schools that are coming after me the most are probably USC, Stanford and Cal. We've stopped by Stanford for a little bit and talked with the coaches."

The trip to Palo Alto for the Nike Camp is one of Murphy's few camp stops. His summer camp and unofficial visit schedule isn't set yet but it sounds like he'll be trying to keep it light while focusing on what he needs to do for his recruitment.

"No plans right now," he said. "I might head to the USC (Rising Stars) Camp. As far as trips go, I might go to a few places just to check them out ahead of officials. Where I'm not sure."

At least we're sure that Murphy is one of the most talented tackles on the West Coast and it appears that just about every college coach agrees.

Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:28 am
 

Stanford Nike Camp Top Performers: Offense

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Football is a sport played in the elements and the hundreds of top athletes from all over the West Coast got a dose of rain, wind and hail during Sunday's Nike Training Camp on the Stanford campus. Here's a few of the top performers on the offensive side of the ball:

Offensive linemen

One of the strongest groups at the camp, the offensive linemen might have welcomed the chance to play in a little bit of rain the most. It's a good year for linemen on the West Coast and this group was very reflective of that.

Erik Magnuson

Magnuson has a great frame and could fill out even more into a monster at left tackle. He's got a bit of a mean streak and was very competitive all day, especially in one-on-ones. He uses his hands well and keeps the defender in front of him very well. He was very flexible and probably could play either right or left tackle at the next level.

Kyle Murphy

Another big tackle prospect, Murphy showed why he's receiving attention from schools all over the country. He stays upright with the proper bend at the hips and had one of the better kick steps. He knew which angle the defender was taking during one-on-ones and adjusted well to stay between him and the quarterback. He can improve his footwork just a tad but it's already some of the best in the West.

Isaac Seumalo

Seumalo took home position group MVP and was the most technically sound and consistent offensive lineman at the camp from start to finish. You could tell his dad is a coach (at Oregon State) and how he was ready for just about anything thrown at him. He's got good size and can play either offense or defense because of his quickness. Seumalo looks like he could really be an asset run blocking with the way he gets after things and drives defenders off the ball.

Running backs

It wasn't a particularly strong group at running back with only a handful actually holding offers. Lewis, an SMU commitment, was the best of the best and nabbed the MVP award.

Robert Lewis

Seeing Lewis up close, it's hard to see him being a 15 carry a game back. At the same time, he's a huge threat to score with his combination of speed and quickness; he moves side-to-side extremely well. Lewis can catch the ball well and he can really excel at the next level in the slot or even as a multipurpose threat like Oregon State's James Rodgers.

Wide receivers

Probably the deepest group at the camp, the wide outs were very impressive despite the less than ideal pass catching weather. Arizona speedster Davonte Neal took home MVP honors and couldn't find a matchup out of the slot he didn't like.

Deontay Greenberry

Greenberry has seen his stock take off the past few months and he did nothing to slow it down at the Farm. He accelerates into top gear quicker than just about everybody and is very fluid while running his routes. It actually was difficult for the quarterbacks to throw to him because they often wouldn't anticipate him running so fast. Greenberry tended to round off his routes and not get into and out of his breaks however.

Jaydon Mickens

Mickens and Neal were the two guys out of the slot that just about everyone had trouble covering. Mickens has a pair of good hands and does a good job of taking off towards the end zone as soon as he's secured the ball. A bit on the small side, he's just too quick for anybody to really get a hand on him for that to matter.

Kenny Walker

Walker holds a host of offers and seems to be on the cusp of going from a good wide receiver to a great one. He's got good size and is similar to Greenberry in terms of speed and quickness. He caught just about everything thrown his way and was able to create separation with defensive backs on deep routes.

Ian Taubler

Taubler might have been the biggest player at the event that was not an offensive lineman. Despite being a big tight end, he showed he could move and has surprisingly decent speed. His routes are pretty sharp and he comes off the ball well and gets into and out of his breaks quickly. In terms of looks and game, he's somewhat similar to Nick O'Leary out of the 2011 class but not quite as big.

Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick

Cope-Fitzpatrick was stating his case for the top tight end in California and did a good job. He's built very well physically and likely can come in as a tight end that can be a threat in both the passing game and blocking for the run game. He's one of the faster tight ends but still needs to improve his route running a bit.

Quarterbacks

The quarterbacks got the spotlight on Friday and just about everyone - with the notable exception of Connor Brewer - returned for another go around at Stanford's practice fields. Once again Zach Kline made a big impression by showing off his big arm and took home position group MVP.

Zach Kline

There's not much for Kline to do at this point after shining two days in a row and collecting his second MVP award in as many Bay Area Nike Camps. The Cal commit has an arm that is one of the strongest in the class of 2012 and he can really put the ball wherever he wants to on the field. Kline has good fundamentals and his footwork is excellent. Overall, just he's very balanced from snap to throw and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him play early.

Tanner Mangum

The BYU commit also followed up a good Elite 11 performance with what might have been an even sharper Nike Camp performance. He stands tall in the pocket and is very accurate at all three levels. He doesn't quite have the arm strength as Kline but it is still very good. At this point, it's hard to argue Magnum being the top prospect in Idaho based on what he's shown on the field and during the camp circuit.

Matt Morin

Morin was MVP of the LA Nike Camp and had another good showing up North. While he wasn't quite as good as he was earlier, Morin was still sharp and the lefty displayed one of the strongest arms on Sunday. He would go through spurts where he wasn't as accurate but most of the day he was spinning the ball very well.
 
 
 
 
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