Posted on: October 7, 2011 7:02 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:15 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Two of the top players in the country - well, the top two players according to Maxpreps - have been added to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster according to Rivals. Springfield (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and Columbus (Ind.) quarterbackand Indiana commit Gunner Kiel were both announced to be a part of the game Friday, giving the annual high school talent showcase two of the biggest stars in the country.
The game is Saturday January 7, 2012 and the full roster is below.
Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Anthony Alford (Petal, Miss.)
Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), Committed to USC
Alex Balducci (Portland, Ore.), Committed to Oregon
Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash.)
Brandon Beaver (Compton, Calif.)
Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.), Committed to Wisconsin
Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Committed to Clemson
Drae Bowles (Jackson, Tenn.), Committed to Tennessee
Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.), Committed to Miami
Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C.)
Deon Bush (Miami, Fla.)
Joel Caleb (Midlothian, Va.)
Leonte Carroo (Ramsey, N.J.), Committed to Rutgers
Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.), Committed to Stanford
Tim Cole (Brenham, Texas), Committed to Texas
Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Committed to Oklahoma
Toshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.), Committed to LSU
Nick Dawson (Charlotte, N.C.)
Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md.)
Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio), Committed to Wisconsin
Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash.)
Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Committed to Florida State
Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, N.J.)
Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo.)
Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Purdue
Darius Hamilton (Ramsey, N.J.)
Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.), Committed to Virginia
Josh Clemons (Valdosta, Ga.)
Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Clemson
Tracy Howard (Miramar, Fla.)
D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Florida
Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.), Committed to Michigan
Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Committed to Notre Dame
Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas), Committed to Texas
Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Committed to Michigan
Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii), Committed to Stanford
Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.), Committed to Indiana
Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.), Committed to Vanderbilt
Raphel Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Committed to Miami
Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Committed to Alabama
Javonte Magee (San Antonio, Texas)
Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calif.), Committed to Michigan
Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif.)
Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Committed to TCU
Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.)
Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla.)
John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas), Committed to Oklahoma
Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.), Committed to Arizona
LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas, Texas), Committed to Tennessee
Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo.), Committed to Washington
Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.), Committed to Virginia
Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.), Committed to Rutgers
Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif.)
Brian Nance (Euless, Texas)
Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Committed to Oklahoma
Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Committed to Florida State
Ethan Perry (Spring Branch, Texas), Committed to TCU
Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.), Committed to Florida
Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Committed to Auburn
Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.), Committed to Clemson
Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.), Committed to Michigan
Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas), Committed to TCU
Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas), Committed to Texas
Jovon Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), Committed to Auburn
James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Committed to Michigan
Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.), Committed to USC
KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash.)
Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas), Committed to Oklahoma State
Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Committed to Penn State
Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif.)
Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.), Committed to Florida State
Aziz Shittu (Atwater, Calif.)
Elijah Sumate (Ramsey, N.J.)
Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif.)
Geno Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Committed to Alabama
Dwayne Stanford (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Michael Starts (Waco, Texas), Committed to Texas Tech
Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes, Fla.)
John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.) Committed to Georgia
Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.)
Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Committed to USC
Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Committed to Wisconsin
Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn.), Committed to Pitt
Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.), Committed to Iowa
Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C.)
Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas), Committed to Texas Tech
Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif.)
Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J.)
T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.), Committed to Auburn
Tags: 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Adolphus Washington, Alabama, Alex Balducci, Alex Carter, Anthony Alford, Arik Armstead, Arizona, Auburn, Aziz Shittu, Barry Sanders, Bradley Pinion, Bralon Addison, Brandon Beaver, Brian Kimbrow, Brian Nance, Byron Marshall, Carlos Watkins, Cedric Dozier, Chad Voytik, Chris Muller, Clemson, Cyler Miles, D.J. Humphries, Dan Voltz, Dante Phillips, Darius Hamilton, Deon Bush, Derrick Woods, Devin Fuller, Dillon Lee, Dominique Wheeler, Dorial Green-Beckham, Drae Bowles, Durron Neal, Dwayne Stanford, Edward Pope, Eli Harold, Elijah Sumate, Ellis McCarthy, Erik Magnuson, Ethan Perry, Florida, Florida State, Geno Smith, Georgia, Germone Hopper, Gunner Kiel, Hassan Ridgeway, Iowa, Ishmael Adams, Jabari Ruffin, James Ross, Jarron Jones, Javonte Magee, Joel Caleb, John Michael McGee, John Theus, Jonathan Bullard, Jordan Diggs, Jordan Payton, Jordan Simmons, Josh Clemons, Jovon Robinson, Justin Shanks, Keith Brown, KeiVarae Russell, Kendal Sanders, Kent Taylor, Kevon Seymour, Kwontie Moore, Kyle Dodson, Kyle Kalis, Kyle Murphy, LaDarrell McNeil, Leonte Carroo, LSU, Luke Kaumatule, Mario Pender, Max Tuerkm, Miami, Michael Starts, Michigan, Mike Matthews, Nick Dawson, Nick Jordan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ondre Pipkins, Oregon, Paul Griggs, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Raphel Kirby, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Rutgers, Ryan Ward, Shaq Thompson, Stanford, Stefon Diggs, T.J. Yeldon, Taylor McNamara, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tim Cole, Tommy Schutt, Toshiro Davis, Tracy Howard, Travis Blanks, Trey Williams, Ty Darlington, Tyler Matthews, Tyriq McCord, U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Ukeme Eligwe, USC, Vanderbilt, Vince Biegel, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Yuri Wright, Zach Banner, Zeke Pike
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:58 am
Edited on: October 5, 2011 9:58 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- New rules will change the state of recruiting at junior colleges.
Defensive tackle Danny O'Brien will announce his commitment on Thursday and is considering Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Alabama.
Alabama commitment Brandon Greene could switch his commitment to Georgia.
Mississippi State's assistant recruiting coordinator Mark Ouimet has resigned.
Offensive lineman Kyle Murphy will take an official visit to Florida.
Luke Adams quietly committed to UCF late Sunday night.
Running back Drake Martinez was offered by Nebraska.
Jordan Washington talked about getting an offer from Ohio State.
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:39 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With 150 of the best high school football players in attendance and several NFL players and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice looking on, Geismar (La.) safety Landon Collins knew what had to be done and, on the campus of Nike headquarters, embodied the company's motto and simply went out and did it.
The eventful first day of “The Opening” was capped by Collins winning the Nike SPARQ national championship and hosting a trophy so large that even he admits he'll have trouble getting it home.
“I don't know,” Collins said with big grin. “I don't even know if I can make it to the gates with this.”
Collins, a 6-foot, 210-pound defensive back, ran, jumped and tossed his way to taking home the prize, which awards all-around athleticism. That he beat a majority of the top 100 players from the Class of 2012 came of no surprise to the always confident Collins.
“No I wasn't surprised,” he said. “My fastest time was a 4.39, and I knew I had it in me. After coming out and running a 4.5 (initially), I was like, 'I have to do better than this.'”
Ranked ninth overall in the Class of 2012 by MaxPreps, Collins has started to narrow down his recruiting and is focused mainly on in-state power LSU and powerhouses Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Texas.
“It's a beautiful place,” Collins said of the Longhorns. “It's got all the academics at that spot. The team is great, they always have a chance for the BCS. (Tennessee) same thing. They're coming up with a new strategy for their DBs. They have everything they're looking for. I like Alabama, it's a beautiful place, in Tuscaloosa. I love the coaches. Florida is in a great city, me and my brother came up from there not to long ago. They greeted us with open arms and wanted us to play there.
“Distance will not be a factor for me. I've been on my own at home and when I'm on my own I do everything by myself.”
Collins plans to make his decision at January’s Under Armor All-American game. Despite all of the attention that's surrounded his life over the past year or so, he tries to stay humble in the face of constant pressure from others.
“My parents keep me well trained, they keep me doing everything a kid should be doing and not getting in trouble,” he said. “Not get a big head like most people do.”
Rodrigues staying a Duck
Rocklin (Calif.) quarterback Jake Rodrigues was more excited than most of the other campers to head up to Oregon. As a future commitment to the Ducks, he found The Opening offered him a chance to experience the state where he'll eventually end up moving to.
“It's been great, we're up here in beautiful Oregon and there's a lot of good guys out here, that's for sure,” Rodrigues said. “We're competing and having fun. It's great with all these guys, we all have the same goals, same things we have to worry about and same things we have to work on.
“It's cool that we're up here in Oregon, knowing that I'm going to live here the next four, five years of my life. It's just really cool and the fact that we're up here together having fun is even better.”
Rodrigues is aware of the rumors swirling around the Oregon program about a NCAA investigation. Despite the possibility there could be issues down the road, Rodrigues is sticking with his verbal pledge.
“All that is going on doesn't matter. I'm a Duck and I'm going to be a Duck for life,” he said. “That's where I stand.”
Firm in his commitment, Rodrigues has been able to proudly wear the Green and Yellow around the Nike campus and is turning into a mini-recruiter for the program with so many talented players in town.
“My roommate, Eugene Lewis, just got offered last week, so I'm trying to hit him up,” Rodrigues said. “I'm just talking good about the Ducks because they're the greatest and that's what it's all about.”
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound signal-caller will likely visit Eugene once more before the season and then take an official visit to Oregon for a game later this fall. For the moment, however, he's focused on getting better at an event filed with great coaching.
“It's not really about stacking up; it's about getting better out here,” he said. “That's why I'm out here. I've been blessed with the talent to play football. Nike was great and they invited me out here and I'm glad to be out here because I want to get better everyday. These guys have been there before and they know what they're talking about.”
Simmons representing the West
Though Encino (Calif.) offensive guard Jordan Simmons lives nearly three hours by plane from Beaverton, the gorgeous weather during the first day of competition at The Opening wasn't too shabby for him and reminded him a bit of Los Angeles.
“It's pretty good, I love it out here,” Simmons said. “It feels like home a little. It's better (weather) than home right now. There's no weather changes in L.A.”
As one of the top offensive lineman on a West Coast region full of them, Simmons is excited to perform against defensive lineman outside of the area and prove he's the best of the best nationally.
“Going against the guys from Georgia and Florida and comparing myself against the south,” he said of what he is most looking forward to. “West vs. South, that's all. I've already been against all the West dudes out here so I want to see where I stand against everybody.
“For me, it's not a rivalry, I just like to compete. If I do good, then I do good. It lets me know where I'm at and I can always get better.
Recruiting-wise, the 6-foot-5, 320-pounder is close to narrowing his college options. Holding offers from just about every program in the country, Simmons will cut his list after delaying a decision for roughly two weeks on which programs stay in contention. At the moment, he does know some schools that will make the list for sure.
“USC, Oregon, Washington,” he said. “I'll be (at Oregon) on Sunday. I don't really know what to expect. They always have something new so I don't know what to expect. It's a pretty nice campus.”
Simmons is taking the better late than never approach.
“Next week, for sure,” he said. “It's been postponed for two weeks already.”
As someone considering Oregon and programs like Ohio State, the fact that the NCAA might hit the schools with penalties is something in the back of his mind when he is looking at where he wants to play college football.
“A little bit,” Simmons said. “A lot of schools are having NCAA problems that I stopped looking at because of it. Ohio State is still up there though.”
Keeping calm, Murphy enjoying experience
It takes something special for San Clemente (Calif.) offensive tackle Kyle Murphy to truly get excited, but the experience so far at the Nike campus has been good enough to qualify.
“It's just a cool experience with all the top players in the country trying to get better,” Murphy said. “We're just having fun. It was great flying out here to the Nike complex. There's a whole game room, and they're feeding us well and getting us all that cool stuff. It's pretty surreal. They're showing us a bunch of new products, giving us a preview of that stuff.”
With scholarship offers from most of the Pac-12, Michigan, Notre Dame and plenty of others, Murphy is just beginning to take a long look at each of his options and move toward a more manageable four or five schools.
“I'm trying to look at all that,” he said. “I'll probably have a top list pretty soon. I'm not sure who will be on it yet.”
Though he remains open to just about every school, a few of them are already standing out, and for the most part, the programs are not too far from home.
“Stanford's always coming after me pretty hard, along with Cal," Murphy said. “USC, Florida too. I've visited USC, Cal, Stanford and Oregon and they all pressed me pretty well.”
As one of the top offensive tackles who haven't selected a school, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound Murphy has become a target of sorts for plenty of the committed players, who aren't shy talking about why he should join them at their school.
“There's plenty of guys that are committed and joking around and that stuff,” Murphy said. “Nothing too bad though.”
Cincinnati (Ohio) defensive end Adolphus Washington is a bit of a perfectionist. That's why he wasn't truly happy with the 4.87 40-yard dash he ran during testing Wednesday evening.
“It could have been a lot better,” Washington said. “I'd like it to be at least a 4.7, 4.6. I just have to get somebody to work with me on it, that's all.”
Taking part in the inaugural “The Opening” is a source of pride for the talented Ohioan. In addition to representing his school, his state and the Midwest, Washington is excited to be part of the initial group to go through the all-star camp.
“It feels good to be the first,” he said. “We're the first to get this thing started. If some of us make it to the league, maybe some of us can come back like (Ndamunkong) Suh and them did and talk to the kids. It could be pretty cool.
“This was a really nice experience to see all of the competition and all the rankings and stuff like that. It's cool to see who's ranked higher and who's where and how they actually look in person.”
On the recruiting trail, things can change daily but as of the moment there's one program that seems to be out in front in Washington’s mind.
“It's going good; I'm really liking Michigan State right now because I've been talking to Se'Von (Pittman),” he said. “Me and him really like the same kind of things so I'm going to start listening to them heavily.”
In addition to being close to Pittman, Washington is very close with Taft High teammate and wide receiver Dwayne Stanford. The two are planning on taking most of their official visits together and the possibility they play at the same college remains high.
“We're definitely trying to go to the same school,” Washington said. “We're probably going to take an official to Alabama. I'm probably going to go to Michigan State but I'll have to talk to him to see if he wants to go. We'll probably take an unofficial to Kentucky and stuff like that.”
With well over 15 scholarship offers from programs around the country, the visits should help the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Washington trim his list but as of the moment, it remains hard to put his finger on the schools standing out.
“Probably by the middle of the football season,” he said. “Then I'll probably make my decision after the football season. There's really not anybody standing out.”
Like plenty of other prospects who are from the state of Ohio, the ongoing NCAA mess in Columbus will have an affect on his decision to consider the school but it is such a deep-rooted connection that the Buckeyes will still be considered.
“I still love Ohio State,” he said. “I just want to see how the probation thing is going to work out. I haven't really been talking to them about it because I don't want to make them seem like I'm not interested anymore. I just talk to them to see how they're doing.”
Tags: Adolphus Washington, Alabama, Cal, Dwayne Stanford, Florida, Jake Rodrigues, Jerry Rice, Jordan Simmons, Kyle Murphy, Landon Collins, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, NCAA, Ndamunkong Suh, NFL, Nike, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Pac-12, Se'Von Pittman, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, The Opening, The Opening 2011, Under Armour All-American game, USC, Washington
Posted on: June 9, 2011 9:44 am
Edited on: June 9, 2011 9:44 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- Michigan State's recruiting in Ohio remains strong and could get stronger with the issues at Ohio State.
- With a national TV contract in hand, the newly independent BYU is looking to broaden their recruiting.
- Defensive tackle Trae Clark added offers from Michigan State and North Carolina.
- Offensive tackle Kyle Murphy is headed to the elite competition "The Opening" hosted by Nike.
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 3:53 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
In what is turning out to be an excellent year for offensive linemen on the West Coast - maybe the best in a decade - it is starting to get hard to say just who is the best of the best. One player who has no trouble standing out at 6-foot-7, 275 pounds is San Clemente (Calif.) tackle Kyle Murphy.
Based on his performance at the Stanford Nike Camp, it's also no trouble for talent evaluators everywhere to say he's one of the top guys in Southern California and is in the running for a spot in everybody's top 100. The camp didn't feature a ton of top flight defensive linemen but playing next to other tackles like Erik Magnuson and Cedrick Poutasi allowed Murphy to elevate his game this past weekend.
"I think it's good just to give you a little feel for what the next level might be like. It's nice to come out and compete against some elite athletes," Murphy said. "Playing with guys who are at a high level raises your game a little because you're playing against them. It does help you improve."
Murphy's services along the line are being pursued by schools across the country and he recently picked up scholarship offers from two major programs to add to his list of nearly 30 offers.
"Last week Oklahoma did and Alabama did as well," he said. "They're pretty big offers but I haven't really looked at them real closely just because I live in Southern California. Oklahoma and Alabama are pretty far away. Football-wise they're some of the top programs and pretty good school-wise. They're both national contenders year in and year out so that's definitely something to look at."
At the moment, it looks as though Murphy will stay closer to home and play for a Pac-12 university but that's still to be decided. College recruiters from schools outside the region are stopping by his high school on a daily basis during the Evaluation Period and constantly calling hoping the talented left tackle will consider a school outside of his comfort zone. Even he admits it's up in the air as to where he'll go so there's a little hope for the out of state recruiters.
"I'm just not sure yet," Murphy said. "I still have to check out places that are far away from home to see if I'm comfortable there.
The senior-to-be isn't ready to name a top five quite yet but he is pretty set in what he's looking for in a school.
"Not really, I'm still staying pretty open in my recruitment," Murphy said. "I'm looking for a good football program where I can have success in and has good, solid academics. I want to get myself a good degree. Just the people that are around too, the coaches, the people, the players; just to make sure I fit in at the right place and enjoy myself for the next four or five years."
Three schools where Murphy has already unofficially visited seem to be in the lead however. All three are close to home and offer the mix of academics and football success he's looking for.
"USC is coming after me pretty hard," he said. "I'd say the schools that are coming after me the most are probably USC, Stanford and Cal. We've stopped by Stanford for a little bit and talked with the coaches."
The trip to Palo Alto for the Nike Camp is one of Murphy's few camp stops. His summer camp and unofficial visit schedule isn't set yet but it sounds like he'll be trying to keep it light while focusing on what he needs to do for his recruitment.
"No plans right now," he said. "I might head to the USC (Rising Stars) Camp. As far as trips go, I might go to a few places just to check them out ahead of officials. Where I'm not sure."
At least we're sure that Murphy is one of the most talented tackles on the West Coast and it appears that just about every college coach agrees.
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:28 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Football is a sport played in the elements and the hundreds of top athletes from all over the West Coast got a dose of rain, wind and hail during Sunday's Nike Training Camp on the Stanford campus. Here's a few of the top performers on the offensive side of the ball:
One of the strongest groups at the camp, the offensive linemen might have welcomed the chance to play in a little bit of rain the most. It's a good year for linemen on the West Coast and this group was very reflective of that.
Magnuson has a great frame and could fill out even more into a monster at left tackle. He's got a bit of a mean streak and was very competitive all day, especially in one-on-ones. He uses his hands well and keeps the defender in front of him very well. He was very flexible and probably could play either right or left tackle at the next level.
Another big tackle prospect, Murphy showed why he's receiving attention from schools all over the country. He stays upright with the proper bend at the hips and had one of the better kick steps. He knew which angle the defender was taking during one-on-ones and adjusted well to stay between him and the quarterback. He can improve his footwork just a tad but it's already some of the best in the West.
Seumalo took home position group MVP and was the most technically sound and consistent offensive lineman at the camp from start to finish. You could tell his dad is a coach (at Oregon State) and how he was ready for just about anything thrown at him. He's got good size and can play either offense or defense because of his quickness. Seumalo looks like he could really be an asset run blocking with the way he gets after things and drives defenders off the ball.
It wasn't a particularly strong group at running back with only a handful actually holding offers. Lewis, an SMU commitment, was the best of the best and nabbed the MVP award.
Seeing Lewis up close, it's hard to see him being a 15 carry a game back. At the same time, he's a huge threat to score with his combination of speed and quickness; he moves side-to-side extremely well. Lewis can catch the ball well and he can really excel at the next level in the slot or even as a multipurpose threat like Oregon State's James Rodgers.
Probably the deepest group at the camp, the wide outs were very impressive despite the less than ideal pass catching weather. Arizona speedster Davonte Neal took home MVP honors and couldn't find a matchup out of the slot he didn't like.
Greenberry has seen his stock take off the past few months and he did nothing to slow it down at the Farm. He accelerates into top gear quicker than just about everybody and is very fluid while running his routes. It actually was difficult for the quarterbacks to throw to him because they often wouldn't anticipate him running so fast. Greenberry tended to round off his routes and not get into and out of his breaks however.
Mickens and Neal were the two guys out of the slot that just about everyone had trouble covering. Mickens has a pair of good hands and does a good job of taking off towards the end zone as soon as he's secured the ball. A bit on the small side, he's just too quick for anybody to really get a hand on him for that to matter.
Walker holds a host of offers and seems to be on the cusp of going from a good wide receiver to a great one. He's got good size and is similar to Greenberry in terms of speed and quickness. He caught just about everything thrown his way and was able to create separation with defensive backs on deep routes.
Taubler might have been the biggest player at the event that was not an offensive lineman. Despite being a big tight end, he showed he could move and has surprisingly decent speed. His routes are pretty sharp and he comes off the ball well and gets into and out of his breaks quickly. In terms of looks and game, he's somewhat similar to Nick O'Leary out of the 2011 class but not quite as big.
Cope-Fitzpatrick was stating his case for the top tight end in California and did a good job. He's built very well physically and likely can come in as a tight end that can be a threat in both the passing game and blocking for the run game. He's one of the faster tight ends but still needs to improve his route running a bit.
The quarterbacks got the spotlight on Friday and just about everyone - with the notable exception of Connor Brewer - returned for another go around at Stanford's practice fields. Once again Zach Kline made a big impression by showing off his big arm and took home position group MVP.
There's not much for Kline to do at this point after shining two days in a row and collecting his second MVP award in as many Bay Area Nike Camps. The Cal commit has an arm that is one of the strongest in the class of 2012 and he can really put the ball wherever he wants to on the field. Kline has good fundamentals and his footwork is excellent. Overall, just he's very balanced from snap to throw and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him play early.
The BYU commit also followed up a good Elite 11 performance with what might have been an even sharper Nike Camp performance. He stands tall in the pocket and is very accurate at all three levels. He doesn't quite have the arm strength as Kline but it is still very good. At this point, it's hard to argue Magnum being the top prospect in Idaho based on what he's shown on the field and during the camp circuit.
Morin was MVP of the LA Nike Camp and had another good showing up North. While he wasn't quite as good as he was earlier, Morin was still sharp and the lefty displayed one of the strongest arms on Sunday. He would go through spurts where he wasn't as accurate but most of the day he was spinning the ball very well.
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:05 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The lockout appears to be over and the NFL Draft is inching closer and closer but only the recruiting news is 24/7/365.
- Great job by SI.com's Andy Staples, who went back and compiled a list of how many stars projected 1st round draft picks were coming out of high school.
- Miami is the latest to offer offensive tackle Kyle Murphy.
- Defensive end James Washington picked up offers from Illinois and Iowa State.
- With all the Jim Tressel mess, several experts think Ohio State recruiting won't take a big hit.
- The son of Diddy, Justin Combs, is a defensive back and isn't too shabby.
- Wide receiver Marvin Bracy has been selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
- Michigan seems to be adding players in pairs.
- Finally, here's the Nuggets' J.R. Smith with his best impression of a quarterback. Might be a four-star but needs to work on his feet...