Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:55 am
Edited on: August 25, 2011 9:56 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Can Georgia lure away Vanderbilt commit Josh Dawson?
Georgia and Arizona State offered offensive lineman Kameron Davis.
Shaq Goodwin wants to revolutionize the wide receiver position and has Alabama, Georgia and Florida as his finalists.
Offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley will officiallly visit Arkansas for their game against Auburn.
Junior Jake Raulerson picked up an offer from Notre Dame.
Baylor, Oklahoma and USC are lined up as official visits for linebacker Brian Nance.
A few Michigan State prospects have some big games this weekend.
Pitt added defensive end Darryl Render out of Ohio.
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:51 am
Edited on: July 16, 2011 8:16 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Heading into the Texas state 7-on-7 Division II championship game, many had pegged Houston area private school The Kinkaid School - one of the smallest in the tournament - as the favorite thanks to the strong arm of quarterback Ford Childress.
Despite leading most of the game and having a shot to tie it with 43 seconds left, the West Virginia commit could only do so much for his team and ended up falling short of a state title. Disappointed after the game, the signal-caller decided to look at the positives of outlasting a lot of good competition and putting his team in a position to win.
"I'm excited to play here and it was a good game," Childress, son of former Texas A&M and Houston Oilers defensive tackle Ray Childress, said. "It's awesome to play at Kyle Field.
"It was really hard (to get here) and really hot. It was definitely worth it though, I definitely think we got a lot better. We almost got it."
After verbally committing to the Mountaineers in early April, one would expect Childress' recruitment to die down a little but there are still several schools who are continuing to recruit him.
"Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Florida State are still looking at me," he said. "I'm not really thinking about changing from West Virginia though, I want to go there."
At the moment, the 6-foot- 4, 210-pounder is firmly locked in to the school and is not planning to take any other official visits.
"That could change," he conceded.
With the turmoil that went down in Morgantown last month between former head coach Bill Stewart and current head coach Dana Holgorsen, some outsiders wandered what the effect would be on West Virginia's recruiting. For offensive recruits such as Childress, the elevation of Hologorsen was a net positive in the end.
"It was a little nerve-racking but it turned out for the best I guess," Childress said. "It really doesn't bother me. (Coach) Holgorsen was the original draw. I went up there and realized why we went there and I think it's going to work for me."
- TCU commit Austin Aune couldn't quite break through with his team either, falling in the first round of the single elimination tournament in a shootout. Also bounced in the first round was Celina High, favored by some to win the whole thing.
- Celina's Jake Raulerson, one of the top 2013 offensive lineman in the state, has a brother, Josh, who played linebacker and he moved pretty well in the team's only game Friday. Jake ended up picking up a Texas A&M offer Friday according to reports but rumors are that he's looking at SEC schools the hardest.
- The best player in the Division II bracket was probably Texas Tech commitment Dominque Wheeler. He carried his team offensively and showed off some really good speed and athleticism.
- Texas A&M commitment Matt Davis showed why some have labeled him as an athlete, playing both ways the entire game despite the heat and humidity. He can really spin the ball but knows when to take some off, crucial in 7-on-7 where most teams dink and dunk their way down the field.
- Notre Dame commit Nicky Baratti also played both ways and though he did well, we can understand why the Irish are bringing him on board as a linebacker prospect. He's big and fast enough to control the middle of the field and should be a good fit.
Tags: Arizona State, Austin Aune, Bill Stewart, Dana Holgorsen, Dominque Wheeler, Florida State, Ford Childress, Houston Oilers, Jake Raulerson, Josh Raulerson, Kyle Field, Matt Davis, Nicky Baratti, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Ray Childress, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas state 7-on-7, Texas Tech, West Virginia
Posted on: April 11, 2011 7:21 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU Nike Camp was loaded with talent from all over Texas and the Southwest Sunday afternoon. While players went through position drills and one-on-one match ups, here are a few names from each position group that caught our eye.
Torshiro Davis, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Shreveport, La. Committed to LSU.
Breakdown: Davis was lightning quick off the ball and got to the quarterback quicker than anyone else at the camp. He tended to take a good line when speed rushing and did a good job of staying low after firing off. He will probably need to add a few pounds in order to play against better competition but he certainly has the frame to do it. Davis looks like he will fit in well as a pass rushing outside linebacker.
Others of note: Mansfield (Texas) defensive end and Texas commit Hassan Ridgeway certainly looked the part of a top flight defensive end at 6-foot-3, 240. Texas A&M commit Michael Richardson was a bit thin but has a good 6-foot-2 frame and was very explosive. He also took a rep or two at defensive tackle during one-on-ones though he was obviously too small to play that in college, he did show good hand placement. 2013 tackle A'Shawn Robinson out of Arlington (Texas) is someone to keep an eye on.
Peter Jinkens, 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Dallas, Texas. Committed to Texas.
Breakdown: With several smaller running backs in attendance, Jinkens was able to show off his athleticism and impressed just about everybody at the camp. He has excellent speed and was easily the quickest linebacker in the group, reading and reacting to everything. He broke down well in the tackling drill and was one of the best in pass coverage by getting a quick drop and sticking to receivers.
Others of note: Nebraska commit and Rockhurst (Mo.) linebacker Michael Rose was short and compact but he proved he could play at the event. He performed well for a middle linebacker and moved well, turning his hips better than players weighing 30 pounds less. Allen (Texas) linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone was a bit thin but had really long arms and turned his hips well. He could be an outside linebacker that also rushes the passer at times.
Kenny Iloka, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Sugar Land, Texas.
Breakdown: There were plenty of cornerback prospects at the camp but Iloka really stood out among the safety group. He has great size and played the center field role of a safety very well in 7-on-7. He stays on his toes and turns his hips to run to the ball in addition to a very nice, smooth backpedal. He is the brother of Boise State safety George Iloka but doesn't hold any offers.
Others of note: Texas commit Bryson Echols didn't seem like much on first glance but once he started going through drills it was clear as to why the Longhorn coaches liked him. Echols has super quick feet and can really close the gap between him and a receiver. He also is very competitive. TCU commit Daje Johnson took home position MVP and was a tough matchup for receivers all day, grabbing at least one interception. Mesquite (Texas) cornerback DeVante Harris also looked smooth and played receivers well.
Michael Starts, 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, Waco, Texas.
Breakdown: Starts was easily the best lineman at the event and was one of the few who held multiple offers among the offensive lineman group. He played both sides of the ball but it was clear from watching him that he is an offensive tackle based on the way he moves his feet and uses his leverage to his advantage.
Others of note: Duncanville (Texas) offensive tackle Adam Butler took home position MVP awards and looked really impressive. He has really long arms, good size and did well in pass blocking drills. Underclassman Jake Raulerson of Celina (Texas) also has a bright future ahead of him but needs to keep adding weight to an otherwise very good 6-foot-5 frame.
Thomas Johnson, 6-foot, 185 pounds, Dallas, Texas. Committed to Texas.
Breakdown: Johnson was impressive all day long and could get to top gear quicker than just about every other wide receiver or defensive back. He has a soft set of hands and is very polished for someone his age. Johnson might not be very tall but he was a very good looking player against several good defensive backs and generally had his way.
Others of note: Baylor commit Kiante Griffin wasn't polished but he found a way to get open and catch the ball. He's another slot receiver type who could develop into a steal for the Bears. 2013 receiver Ellis Jefferson is a big player who could still fill out his frame but nevertheless was able to catch the ball and move well.
Bryan Driskell, 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, McKinney, Texas.
Breakdown: One of the smaller backs in the group, Driskell was also the quickest. He could catch the ball and had such a low center of gravity that he able to cut away from the defender like a mini-Barry Sanders. He has a nice burst out of his cut too and the speed to turn the corner and out run everyone.
Others of note: Allen (Texas) back Jonathan Williams was impressive to no one's surprise. Tavarreon Dickerson won position MVP and was another good scat-back. Lawton (Okla.) sophomore Darius Graham also looked impressive but was a little unsure of himself at times.
Tags: A'Shawn Robinson, Adam Butler, Baylor, Bryan Driskell, Bryson Echols, Daje Johnson, Darius Graham, DaVante Harris, Ellis Jefferson, Hassan Ridgeway, Jake Raulerson, Jonathan Williams, Kenny Iloka, Kiante Griffin, Linebackers, LSU, Michael Richardson, Michael Rose, Michael Starts, Nebraska, Nike Camp, Peter Jinkens, Tavarreon Dickerson, TCU, TCU NFTC, TCU Nike Camp, Texas, Texas A&M, Thaddeus LaGrone, Thomas Johnson, Toshiro Davis