Tag:Kenny Lawler
Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 3:33 pm
 

On the hot seat: How some coaches are recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBSSports.com Senior Writer Dennis Dodd rolled out his annual Hot Seat Ratings, giving every FBS head coach a grade from 0 (can't be touched) to 5 (it's time to win now). Only one head coach is burning up on the seat with the maximum rating of 5 but there are plenty of others who begin the season feeling some heat. Being on the list puts a lot of the coaches in a tough position on the recruiting trail as they look to turn things around while battling the perception that they won't be there when the recruit steps on campus. Taking a look at several of the coaches on the list, here's how they're doing on the recruiting trail:

Dennis Erickson, Arizona State
Hot Seat Rating: 3.5
2012 Commitments:12
Top Recruit: Wide receiver Kenny Lawler

Erickson is in an interesting position. With a team featuring plenty of upperclassmen and what is expected to be a very good defense, the Sun Devils are likely the favorites for the first Pac-12 South title. Erickson has only had one really good season in Tempe and never has been able to break through and grab elite talent on the recruiting trail. He put together a class last year that mostly addressed needs and was solid but not spectacular. The 2012 class could be one of the better ones Arizona State has pulled in recently, getting off to a good start and leading the Pac-12 with 12 commitments. This is an offense-heavy class with plenty of skill players and he recently added quarterback T.J. Millweard, who was committed to Virginia Tech.

Mark Richt, Georgia
Hot Seat Rating: 3.5
2012 Commitments:10
Top Recruit: Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor

Richt responded to critics and managed to put together what might have been his best recruiting class ever last year. It was a strong year for talent in Georgia and the Bulldogs took advantage, grabbing a "Dream Team" of recruits. The prize was running back Isaiah Crowell, who many think can come in and make an instant impact on offense after the in-state team fought off powers like Alabama and Florida State for his services. The 2012 class hasn't seemed to build off the momentum however, as Georgia has already lost out on some in-state commitments and are behind in others. There's plenty of time for the tide to turn, however, and as Richt proved last year, he can close down the stretch.

Ron Zook, Illinois
Hot Seat Rating: 4.0
2012 Commitments: 4
Top Recruit: Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller

Zook is known as a good recruiter and he put together a diverse class last year. It's not a great year for talent in the Midwest and Zook is using the southern ties he had while at Florida to make Illinois active in the South, especially in Georgia. He made a nice pickup with Fuller and with a bit of instability in the Big Ten, could nab a prospect or two that might have gone elsewhere. Zook will ultimately have to win to keep Illinois in the minds of the rising seniors but he's on pace to pull in another solid class this year.

Mike Locksley, New Mexico
Hot Seat Rating: 4.5
2012 Commitments: 0

New Mexico is New Mexico so it will always be tough to get recruits to come, especially in the midst of a 2-22 run under Locksley. But credit to the head coach and his staff, they were able to reach into California, Florida and Maryland among other places to get some talent. Known as a superb recruiter in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area, the fact that Locksley got five-star tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to make a visit to the school and keep the Lobos in his final five was quite the accomplishment. The school doesn't have any commitments in 2012 and it will be interesting to see how many wait to see if the hot seat gets too hot for Locksley to stay on it.

Luke Fickell, Ohio State
Hot Seat Rating: 3.5
2012 Commitments: 8
Top Recruit: Running back Warren Ball

Fickell had his fingerprints all over Ohio State's last recruiting class as co-defensive coordinator and was the lead recruiter for one of the Buckeyes' key linebacker commitments, Ryan Shazier from Florida. He is dropped into a very difficult situation however, first following a beloved and successful head coach in Jim Tressel and second, dealing with the looming threat of NCAA sanctions. While he managed to keep the prize of the 2012 class, top 100 offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, in the the fold for awhile, he ended up decommitting and now the Buckeyes are seeing the state of Ohio raided by other Big Ten programs like Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan State. Fickell is a tried and true Buckeye so he knows how to sell the school, the only question is if he'll be successful at it and that remains to be seen.

Rick Neuheisel, UCLA
Hot Seat Rating: 4.0
2012 Commitments: 3
Top Recruit: Running back Steven Lakalaka

Just about everybody thought UCLA was on the right track when Neuheisel managed to pull in two top 20 classes in 2008 and 2009. Since then however, things have reversed course on the field and off. Last year's class did manage to get two big talents from out-of-state in defenisve tackle Kevin McReynolds and top 100 quarterback Brett Hundley but it was by no means a deep and talented class. While it was going to be small due to scholarship numbers, Neuheisel just didn't seem to be able to close with some players and the Bruins are barely on the map in California this year, taking a back seat to Arizona State, Washington, Oregon and their crosstown rival USC. It's getting close to a make or break year for UCLA and Neuheisel and he can only hope that Hundley is as advertised and can make a difference in the win column this season.

Paul Wulff, Washington State
Hot Seat Rating: 5.0
2012 Commitments:5
Top Recruit: Wide receiver Dalen Jones

It's not easy to recruit to the Palouse though Wulff has added some nice pieces over the years, but just can't seem to find enough of them. Wulff reached into Florida and California very well last year and even managed to grab highly regarded offensive lineman Alex Mitchell out of nearby Portland. That said, Wulff is on the hot seat (a very hot seat) and, because it's the hot seat at Washington State, that generally takes the school out of the running for any big time recruits. They've done well all things considered and have extended early scholarships to several California and Florida athletes in hopes of building up an early relationship. It will always be tough for Wulff to recruit and doing so while worried about job security is extra tough.
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 10:57 pm
 

May Pac-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 Pac-12, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail.

Arizona (2)

Quarterback Josh Kern (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman Beau Boyster (Bellflower, Calif.)

Arizona State (7)

Offensive lineman Dejon Allen (Compton, Calif.)
Wide receiver Josiah Blandin (Long Beach, Calif.)
Linebacker Salamo Fiso (Long Beach, Calif.)
Wide receiver Randall Goforth (Long Beach, Calif.)
Defenisve back Oliver Johnson (Pierece JUCO/Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Wide receiver Kenny Lawler (Upland, Calif.)
Wide receiver Richard Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)

California (2)

Linebacker Michael Barton (Concord, Calif.)
Quarterback Zach Kline(Danville, Calif.)

Colorado(3)

Quarterback Shane Dillon (El Cajon, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Tyler Henington(Denver, Col.)
Defensive end Clay Norgard(Highlands Ranch, Col.)

Oregon(1)

Defensive back Eric Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Stephen Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Tight end Evan Baylis (Aurora, Colo.)
Wide receiver Oshay Dunmore (Newport, Ore.)
Quarterback Jake Rodrigues (Rocklin, Calif.)

Oregon State
(2)

Tight end Dustin Stanton (Marysville, Wash.)
Wide receiver Cleveland Wallace (San Jose, Calif.)

Stanford(4)

Safety Alex Carter(Ashburn, Va.)
Linebacker Noor Davis (The Villages, Fla.)
Wide receiver Dontonio Jordan (Cornith, Texas)

UCLA (2)

Running back Steven Lakalaka (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Running back Psalm Wooching (Kailua Kona, Hawaii) USC (9)

Defensive tackle Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Jaydon Mickens(Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Jahleel Pinner (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers(Carson, Calif.)
Lineabcker Jabari Ruffin(Downey, Calif.)
Linebacker Scott Starr (Norco, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Running back Kevin York (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton JUCO)

Utah (4)

Defensive back Austin Lee (Sandy, Utah)
Offensive lineman Kiha Sai (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive end Sione Tupouata (Ephraim, Utah)
Quarterback Travis Wilson (San Clemente, Calif.)

Washington State(2)

Defensive back David Bucannon (Vacaville, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dalen Jones(Woodland, Calif.)

Washington (4)

Wide receiver Braden Bishop(Mountain View, Calif.)
Quarterback Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash.)
Running back Tairen Owens(Pasadena, Calif.)
Defensive back Darien Washington (Orange, Calif.)

Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 4:40 pm
 

April Pac-12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the last 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 in the Pac-12, where the Sun Devils are off to a good start and lead the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Arizona (1)

Quarterback Josh Kern (San Antonio, Texas)

Arizona State (6)

Wide receiver Josiah Blandin (Long Beach, Calif.)
Linebacker Salamo Fiso (Long Beach, Calif.)
Wide receiver Randall Goforth (Long Beach, Calif.)
Defenisve back Oliver Johnson (Pierece JUCO/Woodland Hills, Calif.)

Wide receiver Kenny Lawler (Upland, Calif.)

Wide receiver Richard Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)



California (1)

Quarterback Zach Kline (Danville, Calif.)

Colorado (3)

Running back Benjamin Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Defensive tackle Tyler Henington (Denver, Col.)
Defensive end Clay Norgard (Highlands Ranch, Col.)

Oregon (1)

Wide receiver Oshay Dunmore (Newport, Ore.)
 
Oregon State (1)

Wide receiver Cleveland Wallace (San Jose, Calif.)


Stanford (1)

Safety Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.)

UCLA (0)

USC (5)

Defensive tackle Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif.)
Lineabcker Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.)

Utah (1)

Offensive lineman Kiha Sai (Honolulu, Hawaii)


Washington State (2)

Defensive back David Bucannon (Vacaville, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dalen Jones (Woodland, Calif.)

Washington (2)

Wide receiver Braden Bishop (Mountain View, Calif.)
Running back Tairen Owens (Pasadena, Calif.)

Posted on: April 1, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 5:06 pm
 

March Pac-12 Early Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the first day in April but also 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 in the Pac-12, where it's no surprise that uber-recruiter Lane Kiffin leads the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Arizona (0)

Arizona State (1)

Wide receiver Kenny Lawler (Upland, Calif.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member

California (1)

Quarterback Zach Kline (Danville, Calif.)

Colorado (3)

Running back Benjamin Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Defensive tackle Tyler Henington (Denver, Col.)
Defensive end Clay Norgard (Highlands Ranch, Col.)

Oregon (0)

Oregon State (0)

Stanford (1)

Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member

UCLA (0)

USC (5)

Defensive tackle Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Athlete Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif.)
Lineabcker Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.)

Utah (0)

Washington State (1)

Wide receiver Dalen Jones (Woodland, Calif.)

Washington (2)

Wide receiver Braden Bishop (Mountain View, Calif.)
Running back Tairen Owens (Pasadena, Calif.)

Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Las Vegas Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LAS VEGAS - One of the top corners at the Las Vegas Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament this past weekend was Ishmael Adams of event runner-up Team 1925. A big reason why he was routinely shutting down opposing teams' best receivers is the on and off the field work he puts in.

"I never feel like I'm at the peek of my game," Adams said. "I'm working on my speed with Maurice Greene. Out on the field, Brian Kelly is helping me with my footwork and hands. Keyshawn Johnson is helping me with my alignment and reading wide receivers and what they're going to do. Kelly helps a lot with cover-two because he's been to the pros where they practice that a lot."

Holding offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Oregon, SMU and Washington, Adams is planning on taking a few unofficial visits to get to know some schools a bit better.

"I'm going to Oregon's Junior Day," he said. "I'm going to visit Washington and try and go to a Cal camp. I'm going to try and get to UCLA, I think I'm going to try and get up there next week or the week after that. I'm also trying to get to a USC camp."

"With Adams' recruitment figuring to heat up over the coming months, especially with the May Evaluation period on the horizon, the 5-foot-10, 185 pound corner is looking at all schools but does see one standing out from the pack.

Not yet, I'm just keeping everything open right now," Adams said. "Washington talks to my family a lot so I talk with them and they're being real with me."

One of the first things Adams is looking for in a school is a strong dentistry program, which is what he would like to major in. Facilities and coaching staff are two other factors that will influence his eventual decision.

Utah athlete Hansen impressing at multiple positions

One of the most intriguing players at the competition was Highland (Utah) athlete Chase Hansen. A true embodiment of the athlete label, the talented recruit was working on one side of the ball during most of the tournament.

"I've been working on a lot of quarterback things but I'm out (at 7-on-7) mainly working all defense," Hansen said. "I'm definitely trying to work on defensive back/linebacker type stuff like footwork and whatever else I need."

Hansen likely projects best as a safety on defense with his 6-foot-3, 210 pound frame and good speed. However, he displayed a strong arm in limited action as a junior and has seen a number of teams also give him a look on the offensive side of the ball.

"It's been mixed. Basically what they've been saying is athlete," he said. "Some schools have said quarterback, other schools have said linebacker. Utah has said athlete while Washington has said just quarterback.

"Whatever position I'll be best at but I've been kind of working towards quarterback. We'll see what happens because I feel like I can play defense. But quarterback is definitely something I'll be working towards."

Holding just two scholarship offers, Hansen is starting to see interest from several Pac-12 schools increase and could be on the verge of several more offers.

"Just BYU and Utah right now," he said. "Stanford is recruiting me pretty heavily as a safety/quarterback and Washington as just a quarterback. As far as BYU and Utah, I'm just waiting to see what happens and get an idea of what I want to do."

Hansen is planning on taking in one-day camps at Stanford, USC, BYU and Utah over the next few months to continue to get noticed by college coaches. He recently took an unofficial visit to see the Cardinal in person and is in the process of planning several others.

"I just took one to Stanford and might take one to Washington as well as Oregon," he said. "Stanford was awesome. I mean it's Stanford. I've always kind of wondered what the visit would be like and it was good, if not better than I thought it would be. The facilities, the tradition, the field was awesome. The city where it's located is awesome too."

Hansen plans on taking his time and waiting for more offers to come in before making a decision.

Cope-Fitzpatrick sees recruiting pickup

Rocklin (Calif.) tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick is one of the top pass catchers on the West Coast and is starting to see his list of scholarship offers reflect as much.

"I picked up two from Colorado and Nebraska," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "It's nice getting an offer from Nebraska, outside the Pac-12. Florida said they are going to offer in May. A lot of schools said when they come out (for the May Evaluation Period) they're going to offer."

Though the May Evaluation period may see his stock take off even further, Cope-Fitzpatrick is planning to tone things down between now and then on the recruiting front.

"It looks like I'm going to take a break right now," he said. "I've got spring ball so no visits or anything. Right around May things should pick back up again. I'm going to the Stanford Nike Camp because it's closer to where i live in the Sacramento area. It's convenient so I can take more trips. I'm going to do some college camps but I don't know which ones yet. Maybe to some ones that I don't have an offer to so I can show them."

Cope-Fitzpatrick recently took in Cal's Junior Day and throughly enjoyed his visit the Berkley. The Bears are one of his five Pac-12 offers but he doesn't plan on narrowing the list anytime soon.

"My main thing right now is to just get quantity," he said. "I'd like to get as many as I can until July and then cut it down to eight and stick with my eight all the way through December. Then I'll make my decision in early December. Definitely before Signing Day, I want schools to know I'm their guy."

News and Notes

- 2013 Bingham (Utah) defensive end Lowell Lotulelei was named Defensive Line MVP while Encino (Calif.) tackle Jordan Simmons was named Offensive Line MVP.

- Upland (Calif.) wide receiver Kenny Lawler said his recent commitment to Arizona State, "Was a soft verbal." He'll take all five of his official visits in the fall and will visit UCLA's spring practice and go to the Nike Camp at USC. Lawler also plans on attending the Arizona State Junior Day on April 2nd.

- Marc Evans was the top quarterback at the event and led his team, B2G, to a comeback win in the championship game. Though he doesn't have an offer, he said Cal and Oregon State are the front runners. He added that he plans on taking in Oregon State's spring game next month.

- Wide receiver Bryce Treggs said he was still sitting at eight offers, including ones from Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA. He is in the process of attending Junior Days over the next few months in order to get to know the coaching staffs of several schools.

"I'm going to ASU Junior Day and Notre Dame on the 16th," he said. "I was at Cal Junior Day and that was pretty good."

- Quarterback Jeff Lindquist reported offers from Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Northern Colorado but it appears that the Huskies might have the upper hand in his recruitment.

"It's really exciting, that's been my childhood school," he said. "I like the coaches and it's a really good school. Both my parents went there and I like that it's close to home."

- Wide out Kodi Whitfield is holding an Arizona State offer and recently picked up one from Washington. The Atlanta-born Whitfield said he plans on checking out several SEC schools such as Georgia in addition to taking a closer look at several Pac-10 schools.

"I have a lot of interest in Washington and I want to take a visit up there and will probably go up there for their spring game on April 30th," he said. "I'm thinking about going to Arizona State's Junior Day on the 2nd. I've taken a Junior Day visit to UCLA and have been receiving mail from Pac-10 schools like Oregon, Stanford, USC, Cal and some Big 10 schools like Northwestern."

Posted on: February 15, 2011 10:05 am
 

2/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Post-Valentine's and post-Clowneypalooza, where will the recruiting news come from? Highly likely the drama continues to stream in from everywhere.

- The media circus that was Jadeveon Clowney's announcement yesterday will likely continue according to Andy Staples.

- Arizona State received the verbal commitment of Upland (Calif.) wide receiver Kenny Lawler.

- Good list of news and notes on the state of Arkansas recruiting.

- Colorado added a late commit to the class of 2011 in wide receiver Tyler McCulloch.

- Did Auburn offer a scholarship to 14-year old quarterback David Sills?

- All-Name Team quarterback Vegas Harley enjoyed his visit to Florida this past weekend but he's made it clear to teams that he wants to play quarterback.

- Despite a top 10 class in 2011, have the Texas Longhorns lost their recruiting momentum in the Dallas area?

 
 
 
 
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