Tag:Kyle Kalis
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:17 am
 

7/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Does 7-on-7 success equal real football success? It seemed to last year in Texas.

Cool look back over the past 10 years from Rivals, which found that USC was the school that recruited the best over the past decade.

Good story on Maty Mauk, a Missouri commit who is racking up the yards and on pace to break a lot of records.

Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis talks some more about his flip from Ohio State to Michigan.

New linebackers coach Mike Vrabel brings some credibility with him on the recruiting trail.

A recruiting surge means the future is bright for Virginia Tech.

Some more on Iowa commitment Jaleel Johnson.

Commitments:

Virginia Tech landed former Georgia offensive lineman Brent Benedict.

Quarterback Will Gardner selected Louisville over Alabama and Mississippi State.
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:18 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Kalis makes flip from Ohio State to Michigan

Posted by Bryan Fischer

When Lakewood (Ohio) offensive lineman Kyle Kalis decommitted from Ohio State following the resignation of Jim Tressel, many pegged archrival Michigan as the odds-on favorite to land the top 100 prospect. Sunday afternoon, Kalis ended speculation and made it public that he will be a Wolverine.

Why Michigan? "The coaches, recruiting class, feeling comfortable," Kalis told 247Sports.com.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder is ranked 61st overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps and is just the latest addition to an impressive recruiting class by new head coach Brady Hoke. Kalis is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Todd Kalis, who went to school at Arizona State and played for the Vikings, Steelers and Bengals during an eight-year career.

Kalis told MGoBlog.com that he would have committed to Michigan several weeks ago following his first official visit but that his coach told him to wait. Instead, he committed following his second unofficial visit to the school on Sunday and has already started recruiting for the school.

The addition of Kalis gives the Wolverines 19 commitments in the class of 2012 and their third Top 100 player. He is also the fifth offensive lineman to verbally pledge as Hoke overhauls the offense in Ann Arbor.
Posted on: June 26, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Bogard keeps Glenville pipeline open to Ohio St.

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High has sent at least one player to Ohio State every year since 2002, when the powerhouse program sent future Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith to become a Buckeye. Despite a coaching change and looming NCAA sanctions, the pipeline remained open with the commitment of cornerback Devan Bogard Sunday afternoon.

“I called coach (Luke) Fickell and told him," Bogard told Bucknuts.com. "He was excited – really excited. I’m excited too. It feels good.”

Holding scholarship offers from schools such as USC, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin, Bogard was a heavily pursued athlete and a big pickup for Ohio State as they look to get back some momentum following the decommitment of MaxPreps Top 100 offensive lineman Kyle Kalis.

“I know Ohio State is going through a little tough spell right now,” Bogard said. “But I had to stay loyal to the school."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bogard has played linebacker and defensive back in high school but will wind up playing the latter for the Buckeyes in college. He racked up 55 tackles and four sacks last season.

Bogard is the ninth commitment for Ohio State in 2012 and second defensive back. His highlights are below.

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 23, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:02 pm
 

6/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- As the No. 2 overall recruit and the top quarterback in 2012, Gunner Kiel is keeping his recruitment low key.

- Running the numbers on SEC recruiting compared to ACC recruiting turns out about how you'd expect.

Arkansas is keeping tabs on speedy wide receiver Eric Hawkins.

Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, USF and Miami are defensive tackle Earl Moore's top five according to this Q&A he did.

The decommitment of Kyle Kalis is just the latest news in Ohio State's recruiting woes.

Offensive lineman Blake Bars visited Michigan and now has a top five.

Wisconsin is off to a fast start in putting together their 2012 recruiting class.


Commitments:

Florida added the commitment of kicker Austin Hardin, who selected the Gators over Auburn and Tennessee.

Cornerback Hugs Etienne committed to Wisconsin over West Virginia.

Pitt added former Ohio State signee Ejuan Price.

Dual threat quarterback Brenden Motley selected Virginia Tech over Virginia and Georgia Tech.
Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Kalis decommits from Ohio St., others to follow?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Ohio State recruitniks have been bracing for bad news ever since the resignation of coach Jim Tressel and lingering questions about the school's NCAA infractions case continued to surface. Things might have gone from bad to worse Tuesday night as Kyle Kalis, the only Top 100 member in the Buckeyes' 2012 class, decommitted and re-opened his recruitment.

"I did speak to (interim coach) Luke Fickell minutes ago, and I told him I was de-committing from Ohio State," Kalis told Scout. "I want to keep all my options open, and will consider several programs going forward, including Ohio State. That's really all I want to say about my recruitment at this time."

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman holds scholarship offers form Alabama, Iowa, LSU, Notre Dame and Wisconsin among others. He is planning a visit to Michigan this week and, given that the Wolverines have been cleaning up on the recruiting trail lately, that has to make some of the Buckeye faithful a little uneasy.

Kalis is friends with defensive end and Michigan commit Tom Strobel, and he'll likely be in Kalis' ear about what to do while he's in Ann Arbor (like, say, committing to the Maize and Blue). With the decommitment, Ohio State currently sits at eight verbal commitments.

But Kalis isn't the only Ohio State commitment thinking about decommitting. Canton (Ohio) running back Bri'onte Dunn has been on shaky ground ever since Tressel's resignation was announced, and his comments have not been reassuring for Ohio State coaches.

Although some players in the recruiting class seem to be on solid footing with the program, they will no doubt be receiving plenty of attention from opposing coaches. With even Michigan State jumping in on some good Ohio talent this recruiting class, it could be a long road to Signing Day for the Buckeyes.
Posted on: June 14, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: June 14, 2011 5:15 pm
 

The Class of 2012 and their famous fathers

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Father's Day is coming up on June 19 and in anticipation, CBSSports.com has declared it to be"Dad Week" on the site. Join us over the next few days as we take a look at some of the fatherly influence seen throughout the sporting world.

One place where dads are seemingly an omnipotent presence is in football recruiting. Plenty of players are sons of coaches, some have their dad at every camp they go to and a surprisingly large number of players let their father handle every detail of their recruitment. The class of 2012 in particular has quite a few players who have famous fathers and also happen to be top 100-level recruits. Here's five players who have the bloodlines but are making a name for themselves on the gridiron.

Andrus Peat, offensive tackle, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol

Father: Todd Peat Sr. was an offensive lineman at Northern Illinois and had a six-year NFL career with the Cardinals and Raiders.

The younger Peat is ranked 17th overall in the MaxPreps Top 100 and holds well over 40 offers from just about every powerhouse in the country. He might be one of the players best prepared for the next level after receiving coaching from his father and having to play against his brother - Todd Jr., who signed with Nebraska in 2011 - on a daily basis over the past few years. Andrus recently visited Michigan and Notre Dame unofficially and is expected to narrow down his list of schools shortly.

Kyle Kalis, offensive tackle, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, committed to Ohio State

Father: Todd Kalis, who played his college ball for John Cooper at Arizona State and lead the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl in his three years as a starter. He played 103 games in the NFL over eight years for the Vikings, Steelers and Bengals.

Kyle was an early commitment to the Buckeyes and once Jim Tressel resigned, thought about decommitting. A phone call from interim head coach Luke Fickell convinced him to remain committed and he's really the foundation their class of 2012 is built on. Ranked 61st overall in the MaxPreps Top 100, he is the third best player from the talent-producing state of Ohio. The younger Kalis can play either tackle or guard, which his father excelled at in college.

Mario Edwards Jr., defensive end, Denton (Texas) Ryan, committed to Florida State

Father: Mario Edwards Sr. was a six-year NFL veteran and known mostly for his time with the Dallas Cowboys. The cornerback was also part of some successful Florida State teams in the late 90s but had his career hurt by injuries.

Edwards Jr. is physically not a whole lot like his father at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds. As big as a defensive tackle but with speed and moves like a defensive end, he is the top defensive end in the country and ranked fifth overall by MaxPreps. Edwards is literally following in his father's footsteps, though, after making a solid committment to Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles earlier this year.

Deion Sanders Jr., athlete, Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus

Father: Deion Sanders needs no introduction but the NFL Hall of Famer would probably want one anyway. One of the great athletes of his time, Sanders played in the NFL for 16 years, most notably with the Cowboys and Falcons. "Prime Time" also played baseball for four teams and is the only man to play in both the World Series and the Super Bowl.

Neon Deion's son is not as highly recruited as some of the others on this list but he's quite the playmaker for his high school team. With the same blazing speed as the elder Sanders, Deion Jr. is a wildcat quarterback/wide receiver and a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. His height might keep him from playing major college football (he's 5-foot-7) but he already has an offer from Houston and will likely pick up a few more with a strong senior campaign.

Barry Sanders Jr., running back, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Heritage Hall

Father: NFL Hall of Famer and one of the greatest running backs ever, Barry Sanders Sr. was a 10 time All-Pro and won the Heisman Trophy in 1988. He played his entire career with the Detroit Lions after they took him with the No. 3 overall pick.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound prep running back has film that is simlar to his father (but is much, much clearer thanks to modern technology). A shifty back who can make cuts at full speed, the younger Sanders has plenty of potential at the college level. Holding offers from Alabama, Auburn and Florida State among others, it looks like he will go out-of-state and not head to his father's alma mater of Oklahoma State despite the Cowboys recruiting him heavily.

One name that might ring a bell in the class of 2013 is Ray Lewis III, son of the Ravens linebacker with the same name. He's a running back who put on an impressive showing last season when he racked up 504 total yards and two touchdowns in a big win.

Check out some highlights of Barry Sanders Jr. (above) and his father (below) and see how they compare:








Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:56 am
 

May Big Ten 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 Big Ten, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail but Michigan is the leader of the pack. 


Illinois (2)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber(Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Wide receiver Jason Robertson (Mokena, Ill.) 

Indiana(0)

Iowa (1)

Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)

Michigan (14)

Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden(Rockford, Mich.) 
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cornerback Anthony Standifer (Crete, Ill.)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Michigan State (4)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)

Minnesota(3)

Wide receiver Andre McDonald (Minnetonka, Minn.) 
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.) 
Tight end Maxx Williams(Waconia, Minn.)

Nebraska (2)

Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.) 

Northwestern (4)

Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones(Naperville, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko(Lewis Center, Ohio)

Ohio State (8)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Josh Perry(Galena, Ohio)
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio) 

Penn State (8)

Offensive lineman J.J. Denman (Fairless Hills, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive tackle Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James(McKeesport, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko(Warren, Ohio)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson(Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams(West Roxbury, Mass.)

Purdue (1)

Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Wisconsin (4)

Running back Vonte Jackson(Kenosha, Wis.)
Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz(Barrington, Ill.)

 
 
 
 
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