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Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:09 pm
 

March ACC 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 the ACC, where the two Florida programs are leading the pack with multiple verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Boston College (0)

No commitments at this time.

Clemson (2)

Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)

Duke (2)

Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)

Florida State (7)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)

Georgia Tech (1)

Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)

Maryland (3)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)

Miami (8)

Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.)
Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.) 
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)

North Carolina (1)

Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)

N.C. State (2)

Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)

Virginia (1)

Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)

Virginia Tech (4)

Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Quarterback T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)

Wake Forest (1)

Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)

Posted on: March 13, 2011 7:06 am
 

Elite 11/Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

TAMPA, Fla. - To play against a team of all-stars, bringing your “A game” is a must. Sometimes, even an “A+ game” isn’t enough.

Such was the case at the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament Saturday night. Despite several terrific - some would even say ridiculous - catches by Citra (Fla.) tight end Sean Price, Team Showtime narrowly lost to all-star travel team South Florida Express in one of the most exciting games in day one round-robin play.

Price nearly pulled off the upset single-handedly, slightly misjudging a deep pass that would have given Showtime a two-score advantage late in the game. Though he didn’t make that play, the talented tight end used it as motivation.

“I’m used to making plays, that’s nothing new,” Price said. “On the last play, I felt kind of disappointed in myself though because I kind of underestimated the ball and what was going to happen. I can’t hold my head on it, it happens. I just have to play better the next game.

The 6-foot-4, 210 pound Price put on a show for much of the evening, bringing down several one-handed catches and showing off his vertical leap by out-jumping more athletic defensive backs. His best quality was the ability to attack the ball in the air and snatch it away from just about everybody. Though the Showtime team was at times relying exclusively on Price for offense, the young tight end said the team was starting to gel as the night progressed.

“We just started and have only had a few practices,” Price said. “End of the night, we’re starting to get our swag and chemistry up. Things started to click. We know we’re just as good as that team and one of the best out here.”

Price and Team Tampa/Land O’Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor were both impressive at the position and will likely battle for the title of best in the state at the position throughout the upcoming season. Price already holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State and others.

“Recent offers are Tennessee, Clemson, LSU, Miami and USF,” he said. “Most are looking at me on offense at tight end. A few have said I could play at defensive end if I want to because I play that in high school too.”

Given Price’s frame, adding weight and playing linebacker at the next level could be something for college coaches to consider, especially considering how well he moved in coverage in limited time on defense during the competition. With multiple schools after his services, Price plans on committing after his senior season and has already scheduled an unofficial visit to Miami next week to give a close look at one of his favorites.

“My top four would be Florida, USF, Miami and possibly Alabama,” he said. “I’m going to go wherever they give me love. If it’s out of state, doesn’t matter, I’ll go there too.”

Fuller tries his hand at safety

Another player who caught the eye of several observers with stellar play Saturday was Fort Myers (Fla.) linebacker/safety Tajarvis Fuller. Playing at both linebacker and safety, the junior used the Badger Sports 7-on-7 competition to adjust to his new position in the secondary after playing mostly linebacker in high school.

“I’m working on trying to be a better safety,” Fuller said. “All of the colleges recruiting me are recruiting me as a strong safety. I’ve never played it before so I’m working on my feet, turning my hips and getting my body right. I just want to show everybody that I’m capable of playing the safety position and showing them what I’m capable of doing.”

The 6-foot-2, 185 pound athlete displayed good quickness but was timid at times while in coverage. Thin for a linebacker, Fuller readily admitted that he would try to add some weight despite changing positions.

“I’ll be playing safety in the spring,” he said. “I still want to get bigger and bulk up 10, 15 pounds. I don’t want to get up to like 230 though.”

Holding scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, UCF and UCLA, Fuller wore a Miami hat most of the afternoon and did not shy away from expressing his excitement over his most recent offer from the Hurricanes.

“We went down there last Saturday and again on Thursday,” he said. “That’s two times in one week and we talked with Coach (Al) Golden and (defensive backs coach Paul Williams). I was really excited about it. We went down there for the first spring practice.

“Illinois is recruiting me very, very heavily. Top five, Miami is number one, Clemson number two. Alabama is number three but I don’t have an offer. Georgia Tech maybe and then Illinois.”

Although Miami is firmly in the lead, Fuller’s recruitment also has one other factor that will have an effect on where he plays college football.

“Me and Christian Brown, a defensive tackle at my school, we’re going to go to the same college,” Fuller said. “The plan is to commit, maybe, after spring or right at the beginning of the fall.”

Brown’s offer list doesn’t quite match up with Fuller’s but the two do share several offers and both figure to pick up several more over the next few months.

Crow solid throwing and in commitment

The Elite 11 competition in Orlando featured a spirited competition among many of the top quarterbacks from the region and Miami commit Gray Crow was one of several that stood out from the pack. Although he might not have been the top guy at the event, he did turn in a solid performance even if he thought it wasn’t that great.

“Personally, I’m a perfectionist, so I felt like I left a little out here,” Crow said. “I felt like I could have done better. I’m going to take these drills I learned out here and use them to try and improve every single time I put my cleats on.”

Though several schools have reached out and continued to recruit him, Crow remains firmly committed to the Hurricanes for a number of reasons.

“It was my favorite school as a little kid and the combination of academics and the relationship with Coach (Jedd) Fisch and Coach Golden,” he said. “The type of people they are, match my personality. I really like that and having a pro-style offense. Then you get to play at a school like Miami also.”

“I’m set on Miami, no doubt about it.”

The Clearwater (Fla.) product recently traveled down to see Miami go through spring practice and was impressed with the new direction of the program under Golden.

“The practices are very different, very fast paced,” Crow said. “He just brings the attitude that we want to win. He has very good character like myself and he’s going in there and picking everybody back up.”

News and notes

- In addition to Crow and the other quarterbacks mentioned in an earlier update, Tampa (Fla.) quarterback Greg Windham stood out. Earning a coveted yellow jersey as one of the most accurate passers, Windham was very fluid when throwing the ball and has decent size at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds.

- Orlando (Fla.) quarterback Nick Patti surprised with a great arm despite being about 5-foot-10. A quick release and an accurate arm normally gets attention at Elite 11 competitions and Patti earned a yellow jersey as well on top of being named one of the best at the event. The only knock seems to be his height but he is a player and showed his competitiveness off at the event. He was scheduled to throw at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 later in the day but pulled a muscle according to the Orlando Sentinel.

- Class of 2013 quarterback Akeem Jones displayed a cannon of an arm in both events Saturday. He has great size at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and gets the ball to the receiver in a hurry. Jones is still raw as a passer but making the elite travel team as a sophomore is an indication of just how talented he is. He might end up playing wide receiver in college but he’s got a good head on his shoulders and a great work ethic so it wouldn’t be too surprising if he ended up getting a shot to play quarterback first.

- Former Colorado coach Dan Hawkins is an instructor at the Elite 11 this year. The always enthusiastic Hawkins said he will be attending several spring practices, starting with BYU next week, and instructing at the Elite 11 camps on the weekend. His son, former Colorado quarterback and Elite 11 counselor Cody Hawkins, is in Sweden preparing to play quarterback for a team there.

- Teams from South Florida dominated the Badger Sports event, with three going undefeated in round-robin play. Elite travel team South Florida Express went a perfect 4-0 and had an unbelievable collection of talent at wide receiver, led by LSU commit Avery Johnson and Herb Waters. The South Florida Blur were led by several good performances from wide out Jamie Wilson.

- Florida commit Matt Jones did not play with an undisclosed injury.

- Orlando (Fla.) defensive back Ty Law said he recently picked up offers from N.C. State and West Virginia.

Posted on: March 12, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Update from the Orlando Elite 11 competition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ORLANDO, Fla. - The annual ESPN RISE Elite 11 quarterback competition kicked off at Central Florida Saturday morning with several of the top quarterbacks from the state of Florida and elsewhere showing up to display their arms.

One of the top quarterbacks at the event was Plant City (Fla.) signal caller Bennie Coney. Despite having to throw into the wind most of the day, Coney displayed a strong arm and very smooth delivery, throwing a perfect spiral on just about every ball. On top of competing against top flight competition, the senior-to-be came into the day just looking to get better.

"Just basic stuff, footwork, progression and learning how to read the field faster," Coney said. "I felt like I did good, accomplished a lot. "I just felt like I got better overall."

The 6-foot-2, 215 pound quarterback was physically the most impressive looking player at the competition. Already drawing scholarship offers from Auburn, Boston College, Florida State, Michigan and Virginia Tech among others, Coney recently picked up two more from two intriguing programs.

"Cincinnati and USF," he said. "I checked out (Cincinnati's) roster and they're low on quarterbacks. Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame are all good schools too. In the summer I know I'm going to take a lot of unofficial visits."

Coney will not make the short drive over to the Badger Sports 7-on-7 in Tampa this weekend but he is scheduled to attend the Josh Freeman Football Camp in a few weeks.

Other quarterbacks impress

After impressing everyone at the Rutgers Badger Sports 7-on-7, Wayne (N.J.) quarterback Kevin Olsen continued to show why he's in the mix to be the top quarterback in the class of 2013. Displaying a strong arm, he had several very nice looking throws on outs and to the flat. The younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen, Kevin stood out as one of the few quarterbacks who was a passer and not a thrower at the position.

Miami commit Gray Crow was also one of the better quarterbacks at the event. The Clearwater (Fla.) native displayed a slightly above average arm but was fairly accurate throughout the day. His footworks and mechanics are very sound and the 6-foot-2, 210 pound Crow was easily one of the more polished passers in attendance.

We'll have more on the Orlando Elite 11 competition and the Badger Sports 7-on-7 at USF later today.

Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:00 am
 

MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Offer Update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's still over a month to go before coaches hit the road and begin to see recruits up close and personal in the May Evaluation period. Although that's usually the time when you'll see scores of scholarship offers head out, many of the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 are up to double digit offers a little less than a year before Signing Day.

We'll be taking a glance over the next few days at the Top 100 and provide an overview of just what offers are out there for some of the top players in the upcoming class.

Offensive tackle Ryan Brodie (Long Branch, N.J.) 
Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, UConn, Rutgers, South Carolina.

Running back Coy Brown (Nappanee, Ind.) 
No offers at this time.

Running back Wes Brown (Olney, Md.) 
Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, N.C. State, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Temple, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

Quarterback Neal Burcham (Greenbrier, Ark.) 
No offers at this time.

Athlete Joel Caleb (Midlothian, Va.) 
Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

Defensive end Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.) 
Committed to Florida State. 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia.

Wide receiver Nathan Cole (Memphis, Tenn.) 
Offers: Alabama, Ole Miss.

Safety Landon Collins (Geismar, La.) 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M.

Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.) 
Committed to Miami.

Linebacker Derek David (Rockdale, Texas)
Committed to Texas Tech.
Offers: Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC.

Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:17 am
 

2/18 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While the NBA descends upon Los Angeles for All-Star weekend, the recruiting world takes their talents to South Beach this weekend for the Miami Nike Combine and NUC Underclassman combine.

- After getting through his first class at Michigan, Brady Hoke has now turned his attention to the class of 2012. Speaking of Michigan, many of the best in the midwest region are headed to Ann Arbor for UM's annual camp.

- A nice Q&A with Miami commit Gray Crow (and yes, it's Gray).

- A pair of South Florida prospects are taking an unofficial visit to Miami but still have UCF in the lead.

- Arizona extended an offer to Dallas area offensive tackle Trey Keenan.

- Lots of Arkansas recruiting tidbits from this notebook.

Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 11:00 pm
 

2/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Pitchers and catchers report for spring training... oh hey, Jadeveon Clowney committed today. Who knew? Check out the front page of CBSSports.com for all of the coverage. And Happy Valentine's Day!

- Texas grabbed one more commitment out of their Junior Day in offensive lineman Curtis Riser. Some more info on several Dallas area recruits.

- Some more details on recent Miami commit Gray Crow. Speaking of Miami, they also landed a few more commits late last night.

- Florida has extended an offer to tight end Kent Taylor. N.C. State also sent out an offer to a tight end, offering A.J. Williams out of Ohio.

- Very good story on Big Ten oversigning and how the conference rules put their schools at a disadvantage.

- Barry Sanders Jr. is one of the biggest names in the class of 2012 - and not just because of his famous father. The electric running back is keeping an open mind on the recruiting front and is looking to pave his own path.

Posted on: February 13, 2011 11:02 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Miami grabs three commitments at Junior Day

Posted by Bryan Fischer

New Miami head coach Al Golden received the commitments from three of the top players in Florida at what could only be described as a very productive Junior Day.

Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) cornerback Daniel Gray made his commitment at the Miami Under Armour Combine Sunday morning before notifying the coaching staff later in the day at the Hurricanes’ Junior Day. The 5-foot-11, 170 pound Gray is one of the top corners in South Florida and turned in a solid junior year with 26 tackles and two interceptions.

“Today when I attend [Miami’s] Junior Day, I will be committing at the University of Miami,” Gray told the Sun Sentinel. “One-hundred percent that is the school I am going to.”

The news kept getting better for the Hurricanes as the day went on. Despite missing out on Jacoby Brissett in the class of 2011, Golden picked up his quarterback of the future in Gray Crow. The Clearwater (Fla.) signal-caller led his team to an undefeated regular season last year and is on MaxPreps' 2012 Top 100 Watch List.

Miami baseball commit David Thompson of Westminster Christian High in Miami also decided to verbally pledge to play football for the Hurricanes. The Baseball America National Player of the Year, Thompson had been a longtime commit for baseball but the Junior Day festivities gave him the perfect opportunity to add a football commitment as well.

“(Golden) told me he had spoken to (baseball coach) Morris and they agreed I could play both sports. He said I could commit right now if I wanted to,” Thompson told CaneSport.com. “I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t really think, I was so happy.”

A quarterback and defensive back, Thompson’s commitment gives Miami eight recruits in their class of 2012.

 
 
 
 
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