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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 18, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Midseason Big 12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the halfway point in the college football season and as part of our midseason look at the sport on CBSSports.com, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big 12.

   Baylor (18)

Offensive lineman Tre-Von Armstead (Port Arthur, Texas)
Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive end Dominique Banks (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Devin Chafin (Burkburnett, Texas)
Athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Linebacker Kendall Ehrlich (Pearland, Texas)
Defensive tackle Zorrell Ezell (Humble, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Defensive back Sabian Holmes (Southlake, Texas)
Linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end Jamal Palmer (McKinney, Texas)
Defensive back Ryan Reid (Sherman, Texas)
Defensive back Zach Sanchez (Keller, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Searcy (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JUCO)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)

   Iowa State (13)

Defensive end Pierre Aka (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Collin Bevins (Creston, Iowa)
Offensive lineman Daniel Burton (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Wide receiver Patrick Harris (Groveland, Fla.)
Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive end Mitchell Meyers (The Woodlands, Texas)
Kicker Cole Netten (Ankeny, Iowa)
Linebacker Adam Pavlenko (Tempe, Ariz.)
Athlete Charles Rodgers (Iowa City, Iowa)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)
Linebacker Kane Seeley (Perry, Iowa)
Wide receiver Quan West (Willis, Texas)

   Kansas (8)

Offensive lineman Brian Beckmann (Overland Park, Kan.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Derek Keaton (Camden, Ark.)
Quarterback Bilal Marshall (Hialeah, Fla.)
Defensive back H.B. Rosser (Clarksville, Texas)
Quarterback Seth Russell (Garland, Texas)
Tight end Jordan Smith (Waco, Texas)
Defensive end De'Jon Wilson (Washington, D.C.)

   Kansas State (10)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive tackle Travis Britz (Harrisonville, Mo.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Offenisve lineman Aderius Epps (Cedar Hill, Texas)
Defensive tackle Wesley Hollingshed (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley JUCO)
Wide receiver Tray Rabon (Dallas, Texas)
Athlete Matt Seiwert (Conway Springs, Kan.)
Tight end Cody Small (Cypress, Texas)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)

   Missouri (15)

Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Offensive lineman Simon Goines (Keller, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Defensive back Will Hines (Waco, Texas)
Defensive tackle Donald Hopkins (Lago Vista, Texas)
Offensive lineman Germian Ifedi (Houston, Texas)
Quarterback Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio)
Linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive tackle Edmund Ray (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
Defensive end Evan Winston (Muskegon Heights, Mich.)

   Oklahoma (14)

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)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive end Polo Manukainiu (Euless, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas)
Wide receiver Trey Metoyer (Chatham, Va./Hargrave Military Academy)
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.)
Athlete Charles Tapper (Baltimore, Md.)

   Oklahoma State (15)

Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JUCO)
Offensive lineman Greg Brantley (Carthage, Texas)
Wide receiver C.J. Curry (Flowery Branch, Ga.)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Offensive lineman Donald Hawkins (Senatoba, Miss./Northwest MS JUCO)
Defensive end Victor Irokansi (Pflugerville, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Offensive lineman Paul Lewis (Galena Park, Texas)
Quarterback Wes Lunt (Rochester, Ill.)
Defensive end Emmanuel Ogabah (Richmond, Texas)
Athlete Dominic Ramacher (Denton, Texas)
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)
Tight end Zac Veatch (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Wide receiver Blake Webb (The Woodlands, Texas)

  TCU
(16)

Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Running back B.J. Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Ricky Collins (Kilgore JUCO, Kilgore, Texas)
Defensive end Devonte Fields (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Keivon Gamble (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley JUCO)
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Hunt (El Campo, Texas)
Athlete Daje Johnson (Plugerville, Texas)
Running back Rashodrick Linwood (Linden, Texas)
Athlete Kolby Listenbee (Arlington, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive end James McFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Kicker Jaden Oberkrom (Arlington, Texas)
Kicker Ethan Perry (Spring Branch, Texas)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, 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 (23)

Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive back Colin Blake (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive tackle Logan David (Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Troy Green (Brenham, Texas)
Running back Marion Grice (Brenham, Texas/Blinn JUCO)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
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.)
Defensive end Julien Obioha (New Orleans, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson (Baytown, Texas)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, 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)
Offensive lineman Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas)

   Texas Tech (18)

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)
Defensive end Desimon Green (Chatham, Va./Hargrave Military Academy)
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)

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Adam Pavlenko, Aderius Epps, Adrian Bellard, Aiavion Edwards, Aiavion Edwards, Alex De La Torre, Alex Norman, Alex Ross, Alonzo Williams, Anthony Smith, Ashton Lampkin, Austin Aune, B.J. Catalon, Barkley Hill, Baylor, Big 12, Bilal Marshall, Blake Webb, Braion Addison, Bralon Addison, Brian Beckmann, Bryson Echols, C.J. Curry, Caleb Bluiett, Calvin Barnett, Cameron Bailey, Camrhon Hughes, Cayleb Jones, Charles Rodgers, Charles Tapper, Chaston Cuffee, Christian Okafor, Clayton Nichols, Cody Small, Cole Netten, Colin Blake, Collin Bevins, Commitment List, Connor Brewer, Corey Coleman, Corey Thompson, Curtis Riser, Daje Johnson, Daniel Brooks, Daniel Burton, Daniel Gray, Darion Monroe, De'Jon Wilson, Derek Keaton, Desimon Green, DeVante Harris, Devin Chafin, Devonte Fields, Dominic Ramacher, Dominique Banks, Dominique Wheeler, Donald Hawkins, Donald Hopkins, Donavin Newsom, Durron Neal, Edmund Ray, Edward Pope, Emmanuel Ogabah, Endall Ehrlich, Eric Davis, Eric Striker, Ethan Perry, Evan Boehm, Evan Winston, Germain Ifedi, Grant Rohach, Greg Brantley, Griffin Gilbert, H.B. Rosser, Halapoulivaati, Hassan Ridgeway, Iowa State, J.J. Bynum, Jaden Oberkrom, Jaevon Richardson, Jamal Palmer, James McFarland, Jared Kaster, Jeremiah Tshimanda, Joey Hunt, Joey Searcy, John Michael McGee, Johnathan Gray, Jonathan Williams, Jordan Richmond, Jordan Smith, Julien Obioha, Kane Seeley, Kansas, Kansas State, Keenon Ward, Kelvon Gamble, Kendall Sanders, Kennedy Estelle, Kenneth Marshall, Kiante Griffin, Kimo Tipoti, Kolby Listenbee, Kris Williams, Kyle Marrs, La'Darius Newbold, LaDarius Anthony, Laith Harlow, Lemming Top 100, Logan David, Luke Knott, Lynx Hawthorne, Malcom Brown, Marcus Johnson, Marion Grice, Markus Golden, Matt Davis, Matt Seiwert, Maty Mauk, Micah Awe, Michael Richardson, Michael Scherer, Michael Starts, Michael Wilson, Midseason Commitment List, Mike Matthews, Missouri, Mitchell Meyers, Morgan Steward, Nick Jordan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Orlando Thomas, Otis Jacobs, Patrick Harris, Paul Boyette, Paul Lewis, Peter Jinkens, Pierre Aka, Polo Manukainiu, Quan West, Rashodrick Linwood, Reginald Davis, Ricky Collins, Ryan Flannigan, Ryan Reid, Sabian Holmes, Seth Russell, Simon Goines, Sterling Shepard, Tavarius Bender, Terrell Burt, Terrence Singleton, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Thaddeus LaGrone, Thomas Johnson, Timothy Cole, Torey Boozer, Travis Britz, Tray Rabon, Tre-Von Armstead, Trent Momon, Trevor Knight, Trey Keenan, Trey Metoyer, Trey Williams, Troy Green, Ty Darlington, Tyler Matthews, Tyrone Taylor, Vernon Vaughn, Victor Irokansi, Wes Lunt, Wesley Hollingshed, Will Davis, Will Hines, Zac Veatch, Zach Sanchez, Zorrell Ezell
 
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Recruiting Showdown: Texas vs. Oklahoma

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's Red River Rivalry week in Dallas and what better time to take a look at the recruiting battles between the two flagship universities of each state, Texas and Oklahoma. Using Rivals' listing of scholarship offers, we found recruits who held scholarship offers from both the Longhorns and the Sooners and committed to one school over the other. The results:

Johnathan Gray Lemming Top Player    
Cayleb Jones Lemming Top Player    
Thomas Johnson    
Malcom Brown Lemming Top Player    
Paul Boyette Jr.    
Daniel Brooks    

Head-to-head winner: Texas

Mack Brown appears to beat Bob Stoops like he did back in 2005 (45-12 at the Cotton Bowl), winning five of six recruiting battles. But don't fret Oklahoma fans, there's an explanation behind the scoreboard even if Texas fans will continue to point to it no matter what happens on the field Saturday.

First, Texas offers players - especially those in-state - extremely early and gathers most of their commitments within the first few months of the recruiting cycle. As a result, Oklahoma and other schools rarely even offer players or commits they know they are unlikely to get a verbal commitment from. Some, like Brooks, they will compete over but for the most part the Horns jump on their players early while the Sooners pick out who they want on their own terms. Also keep in mind that Stoops has diversified his recruiting base to not rely only on his Texas pipeline, grabbing players from Florida and California among others in 2012.

Posted on: September 12, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Surveying the Field: Michigan's big night

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Get kids on campus.

Visits, whether they be of the unofficial or the official variety, are the single biggest recruiting tool coaching staffs have and their best opportunity to leave a lasting impression on recruits. A big win at a full stadium while players are lined up on the sideline? Nothing goes further in terms of moving one school up to the top of the list or gathering a commit.

Brady Hoke had turned around Michigan's fortunes on the recruiting trail before even coaching a game in Ann Arbor, pulling in the top recruiting class in the nation before the season started. Following the team's last second win against Notre Dame Saturday in the first ever night game at home, Hoke made an even louder statement to the nation and, most importantly for his future, to recruits.

When Rich Rodriguez took over the program, one of the first things he tried to do was get a night game scheduled against a big name opponent. Why? It was all about recruiting and bringing in some big names for recruiting purposes. Though RichRod is no longer the head coach, his mission was certainly accomplished and Hoke will be the one to taste the fruits of his labor.

The list of visitors at the Big House this weekend was impressive and will be hard to top by any school this year. Five star offensive tackle Zach Banner, 2013 tackle Steven Elmer, 2013 running back Berkley Edwards (younger brother of Braylon Edwards), former USC commit Jordan Payton and 2013 receiver Laquon Treadwell were among the notable names in town for the game. Current UM commits Pharaoh Brown, Jeremy Clark, Allen Gant, Matt Godin, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Erik Magnuson, Mario Ojemudia, Terry Richardson and others were in attendance as well.

With the school's current recruiting class sitting at 23, Michigan is nearly finished with the class of 2012. As a result, the big win under the lights wasn't so much about this year but next. Following the game, 2013 safety Dymonte Thomas pulled the trigger and committed and he probably won't be the last to commit in the near future either.

Given that fellow Big Ten recruiting powerhouse Ohio State is dealing with an interim head coach and faces possible NCAA sanctions, Michigan is not only the class of the conference for the next couple of years but they appear to be back as a national power. The Midwest hasn't had the depth of previous years in terms of talent but Hoke has grabbed the best of the best and is looking to cherry-pick some of the best players in the West. His staff has several ties out there having coached at San Diego State and with the program rolling so far in 2011, don't be surprised to see more and more kids nationally taking visits to Michigan in the near future. Given the success of the game this past weekend, look for Michigan to continue to host a night game at least once a year going forward.
 
Following the game, 2013 quarterback Shane Morris tweeted Ann Arbor was the place to be. Based on the visitor list, it certainly was.
 
Don Bosco routs California's Mission Viejo

MaxPreps Recap
The game of the week as far as high schools go was probably the cross-country showdown between top ranked Don Bosco Prep and California powerhouse and 23rd-ranked Mission Viejo. One would expect a team as well coached as the Diablos to be pretty competitive despite going up against superior competition but they were blown off the field by Don Bosco. Quarterback Alex Bridgeford, a top Southern California quarterback, was sacked six times and threw four interceptions. Boston College commit Michael Strizak had two sacks by himself as the team applied pressure all night that Mission Viejo just couldn't handle.

It wasn't just Bridgeford that had trouble getting going against a nasty defense either. USC-bound running back Jahleel Pinner, a good-sized back who has no trouble running down hill, was limited to 47 yards on 18 carries. Considering the team has at least three FBS-caliber offensive linemen on the team, it was a bit surprising there were so many problems up front.

The Mission defense didn't help out at all during the game either, allowing Don Bosco running back John Wilkins to rush for 114 yards and two scores. Featuring two Big East commits, an ACC-bound linebacker and stud defensive end Darius Hamilton, this is a talented team that earned their ranking. Several players have mentioned competing for a mythical national championship this year and, based on the start of their season, might be well on their way to accomplishing the goal.

Gray runs into the record books

Ever since taking over as the primary rusher for Aledo (Texas), Johnathan Gray has been scoring touchdowns and racking up the yards at a record pace. The Texas commit set an impressive record on Friday and passed some pretty good players while doing so. Gray scored four times as his team fell to 4A powerhouse Lake Travis but that was still good enough to become the state's all-time leader in touchdowns scored with 148 over his career.

It's an impressive list of names he climbed over to take the record. Traylon Shead of Cayuga (Texas) was the previous record holder with 146. Former Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers had 136 touchdowns in high school. Cedric Benson and legend Kenneth Hall of Sugar Land (Texas) both had 127. Considering that Gray still has most of his season and a playoff run ahead of him, he should extend the record to where it won't be broken in a long time.

Allen tops Longview

Staying in the Lone Star State, huge win for Allen over one of the state's best teams in Longview. The Eagles are led on offense by Alabama-bound quarterback Alec Morris and Missouri commit Jonathan Williams, who both helped the team roll 42-23 on Friday. Morris threw for five touchdowns and the big signal caller is looking at making a big jump in the national rankings based on how he's performed during the summer camp circuit and into his senior year.

Big game Brian

Auburn commit Jovon Robinson and Vanderbilt-bound Brian Kimbrow are good friends and some of the top players in the state of Tennessee. The two played each other on Friday and Kimbrow put on a show, rushing for 367 yards and five (count 'em, five) touchdowns. Amazingly, he has over 1,100 yards through four games.

Video(s) of the week

There were so many good plays this week in high school games across the country that I had to select two videos. The first comes from Chatham (N.J.) as a broken play turns into fumble, pass and eventual 73 yard touchdown.


Florida running back commitment Mike Davis rushed for over 200 yards against Tifton County but this was the best run he had bar none.



Recruiting Roundup

- Several top prospects hold the key to winning the SEC recruiting battle.

Oklahoma State is making recruiting inroads into the Tulsa area.

Across the state, Oklahoma is developing a pipeline from Euless (Texas) Trinity High.

The Alabama game made for an epic recruiting weekend for Penn State even though the Nittany Lions fell short.

2013 receiver Ahmad Fulwood loved his visit to Florida last week.

TCU commit Tyler Matthews pulled out a win and threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns over the weekend.

Florida State and Miami coaches were out at the Miramar-Blanche Ely high school game to watch several top recruits.

Great profile of quarterback Luke Falk, who has Stanford, Arizona State and Utah at the top of his list.


Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: September 2, 2011 9:48 am
 

9/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- A list of all the commitments to schools in the state of Florida.

Michigan State's class of 2007 wasn't highly regarded but has led a turnaround in East Lansing.

Virginia Tech's new staff has been producing on the recruiting trail.

Offensive lineman Evan Goodman is in South Bend to see Notre Dame play South Florida.

The recruiting of Penn State commit Eugene Lewis has created huge buzz in his community.

Virginia doesn't want to be left behind and is building an indoor practice facility, in large part due to recruiting.

Defensive end Kenderius Whitehead has Georgia on top of his list.

Arkansas commit Robert Gregory could be more than a quarterback for the Razorbacks.

Texas commit Johnathan Gray is one of several players on the MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watch List.

Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:42 am
 

Halfway to Signing Day: Big 12 Edition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the Big 12 and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

Big 12 Commitment List

Best class: Texas

It's no surprise to see the Longhorns occupying the top spot in recruiting at this point in the year as they've once again jumped out and grabbed a number of top in-state commitments. They've nabbed the best running back in the state for the second year in a row in Johnathan Gray and the top receiver as well in Cayleb Jones. There's a lot of depth at multiple positions and it wouldn't surprise anyone if a number of players can make an early impact once they get to Austin.

Work left to do: Kansas

The Jayhawks obviously are not going to be like a Texas or an Oklahoma and get a ton of quality commitments early on but it still seems like the program is a bit behind their peers. They have one of the smallest classes in the country to begin with and that includes two players who are quarterbacks. Things will likely pick up once the season gets going but there's a lot of work left to do.

Under the radar class: Oklahoma

The Sooners won't take a full class based on their scholarship numbers but they've assembled a good group so far. It doesn't have the flash as their Red River rivals but it fills needs and brings in quality players. They've gone all over the country and have simply added a lot of good athletes that should develop into quality players down the road. For being a top 15 class, they are not really talked about like they should but Bob Stoops is doing a really great job this year.

Top commit: Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas), committed to Texas.

Loading up: Texas Tech on offensive linemen (5), Baylor on defensive backs (5), Texas A&M on defensive ends (4).

Frequent Fliers: Iowa State with commitments from six states.

Fence builders: Baylor and Texas Tech, all of the schools' commitments are from Texas.

Road to Signing Day storyline: Will Texas finish on top?

There's no doubt that year-in and year-out, Texas is in the top 10 nationally when Mr. February himself, Mack Brown, has been directing things down on the 40 acres. After a season in which everything that could have gone wrong did, it's remarkable for the Longhorns to be sitting at the halfway point with the number two class in the country. They're still in the running for some other top prospects, such as offensive lineman Andrus Peat, so there's still a very good chance the program could finish with the best class come Signing Day.

Top 25 Teams:

2. Texas
4. Texas A&M
13. Oklahoma
15. Missouri
23. Texas Tech
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:52 pm
 

End of July Big 12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The month of July has come to a close and what better time to take a broad overview of how a conference is doing on the recruiting trail than the first week in August, roughly six months from Signing Day. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big 12, where the Aggies and the Longhorns might have thought this month was Signing Day with all their commitments.

   Baylor (18)

Offensive lineman Tre-Von Armstead (Port Arthur, Texas)
Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive end Dominique Banks (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Devin Chafin (Burkburnett, Texas)
Athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Linebacker Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Linebacker Kendall Ehrlich (Pearland, Texas)
Defensive tackle Zorrell Ezell (Humble, 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)
Defensive back Ryan Reid (Sherman, Texas)
Defensive back Zach Sanchez (Keller, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)

   Iowa State (8)

Wide receiver Patrick Harris (Groveland, Fla.)
Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive end Mitchell Meyers (The Woodlands, Texas)
Linebacker Adam Pavlenko (Tempe, Ariz.)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)
Linebacker Kane Seeley (Perry, Iowa)
Wide receiver Quan West (Willis, Texas)

   Kansas (5)

Offensive lineman Brian Beckmann (Overland Park, Kan.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Derek Keaton (Camden, Ark.)
Quarterback Bilal Marshall (Hialeah, Fla.)
Quarterback Seth Russell (Garland, Texas)

   Kansas State (7)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive tackle Travis Britz (Harrisonville, Mo.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Offenisve lineman Aderius Epps (Cedar Hill, Texas)
Wide receiver Tray Rabon (Dallas, Texas)
Athlete Matt Seiwert (Conway Springs, Kan.)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)

   Missouri (15)

Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Offensive lineman Simon Goines (Keller, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Defensive back Will Hines (Waco, Texas)
Defensive tackle Donald Hopkins (Lago Vista, Texas)
Offensive lineman Germian Ifedi (Houston, Texas)
Quarterback Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio)
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
Defensive end Evan Winston (Muskegon Heights, Mich.)

   Oklahoma (12)

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)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, 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.)
Athlete Charles Tapper (Baltimore, Md.)

   Oklahoma State (9)

Offensive lineman Greg Brantley (Carthage, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive end Victor Irokansi (Pflugerville, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Offensive lineman Paul Lewis (Galena Park, 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 (21)

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.)
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.)
Defensive end Julien Obioha (New Orleans, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson (Baytown, Texas)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, 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)
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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The Opening: Top Offensive Performers

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Quarterback Tanner Mangum (Eagle, Idaho), committed to BYU

Mangum was the top quarterback at the event and impressed with his strong arm and decision making. He's got a good release that was evident in the 7-on-7 setting and was probably the most accurate signal-caller on the field. He was a leader and was on the same page as his teammates early on, so it's no surprise he guided them to the championship game.

Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), committed to TCU

One of the bigger quarterbacks on the field, he was a big guy who delivered a catchable ball right where the receiver was expecting it. He's got a strong arm that can get the ball downfield and displayed nice touch on corner routes and when trying to hit guys against a cover-2. He seems as if he'll be a perfect fit in Fort Worth with his skill set and football IQ.

Athlete Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla.)

One of the top athletes in the country, Agholor could play on either side of the ball but spent his time at The Opening as a receiver. He's got the size to be very effective and can really flash his speed and create space for the offense. The only thing that we didn't see was for him to take over during 7-on-7 play and dominate but he was certainly a top performer based what he showed last week.

Running back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas), committed to Texas

It seemed as if Gray touched the ball on just about every series for his 7-on-7 team (fellow Texas commit Connor Brewer was the quarterback by the way) and he ended up showing great burst and change of direction as soon as he snagged the ball out of the air. Ranked at the best running back in the nation, Gray showed he was a complete package and someone Longhorn fans should get very excited about in Brian Harsin's offense in 2012.

Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry (Fresno, Calif.), committed to Notre Dame

Greenberry has put together two dominant performances in back-to-back weeks against national competition. He's athletic and fast and is one of the few players who stood out as really being able to take over a game. He was, quite simply, dominant and able to get any ball he wanted. He sometimes gets a little lazy running his routes, but his talent is off the charts.

Wide receiver Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif.), committed to USC

Mickens almost looked as if he was on the JV compared to some of the players at the event but that didn't matter as he is a flat-out player. He turned in the play of the day Friday by zigging across the field several times and stopping on a dime. He's fast enough to pull away from just about anybody, and even if you think you're close to "tackling" him, he more often than not can scoot away.

Tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.), committed to Arizona

There were plenty of weapons on McNamara's 7-on-7 team, but he was its most consistent target. He's got the size to create match-up issues with linebackers and safeties alike. He's still rail thin but has the size and skills to develop into another great tight end in the desert. He gets off the line well and also has a solid pair of hands.

Tight end Sean Price (Citra, Fla.), committed to USF

Every time you turned around it seemed Price was catching a touchdown or making a big play. He's done well in these types of competitions, and against top talent at The Opening, he was no exception. He's got great size and, with is gigantic hands, seemed to nab everything thrown his way. Though he's not the fastest guy, he's got football speed and just finds a way to get open.

Offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (Buford, Ga.)

Alexander showed remarkable improvement from the Georgia Nike Camp over a month ago and was solid throughout the week. He was named position MVP and did so by rarely losing one-on-ones and showing off good athleticism for someone his size.

Offensive tackle Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash.)

Easily the biggest player at the entire event, the 6-foot-7, 340-pounder was able to handle much quicker defensive ends surprisingly well considering that is something he normally struggles with. Banner was dominant in the run-blocking drills and though he didn't win every one-on-one rep, managed to move his feet well and keep his man in front of him most of the time.

Offensive lineman Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash.)

With so many tackles at the event, Garnett decided to move inside and get several reps at guard and he left many observers impressed. One of the calmest, nicest players off the field, he had a mean streak on the field and was like a brick wall. He's got the athleticism to play just about every position on the line and showed it during the event.

Offensive tackle Patrick Miller (West Palm Beach, Fla.)

Miller is tall and lean but surprisingly moved well side-to-side and handled fast, big defensive lineman pretty well. He still needs to get stronger but he more than held his own and showed off a bit of a mean streak during drills. There were times when he got a little bit off balance but for the most part, he was a difficult match up for all the defenders. 

Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (Desoto, Texas), committed to Texas

Riser was dominant throughout the entire week, and it was a bit of a surprise that he didn't get MVP honors. He was excited for each rep and had a good celebration whenever he stopped one of the defensive linemen. He's very big and certainly looks to be the part of a guard but still was able to move fairly well. The one thing that stood out was how powerful he was, often driving back the defensive linemen coming at him.

 
 
 
 
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