Posted on: December 17, 2011 6:48 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 7:35 pm

ND commit Deontay Greenberry to visit USC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CARSON, Calif. -- Fresno (Calif.) wide receiver Deontay Greenberry has drawn plenty of attention to himself over the years thanks to his offensive skills but late in the game Saturday - with his team's undefeated record and a state title on the line - his three best grabs might have been on the defensive side of the ball.

With Washington Union's offense slowed to a halt since the first quarter in the California Division III Championship game, Greenberry's fumble recovery, 4th quarter interception and onside kick recovery had just as much impact on the 21-16 final score than his early touchdown catch.

"I wasn't even supposed to play defense today because I had a minor shoulder injury," Greenberry said. "Coach just put me out there and I made some big plays. Defenses win the game and big ups to them."

The 6-foot-3, 187-pounder was naturally the focus of the opposing Campolindo defense for much of the day. He often had a safety over the top of him to prevent deep routes and was at the very least double teamed every time he was targeted. Despite all that, he established a new state-record with his 33rd touchdown catch of the season in the first quarter, soaring above two defensive backs to haul in a 26-yard beauty.

"That was my goal I set in the summer," he said. "I'm happy I achieved it. I wanted to break a state record."

Though the Notre Dame commit is in the Los Angeles area for the championship game, he will not be leaving with his team and will stay in the city as part of a last-minute official visit to USC.

"Tee (Shepard) said he was really interested in them so he wanted me to go out there and check it out," Greenberry said. "He graduated early and has one more trip left. He just wants to go out and take it."

A five-star cornerback also out of Fresno, Shepard sat out this season after transferring from Central East High to Washington Union but was in the stands to see his cousin, Greenberry, capture the title. Although it seems as though he is having second thoughts about the Irish, Greenberry was adamant that the two would be signing with the same school in February.

"Of course," Greenberry said. "No matter what."

Any doubts about going halfway across the country seem to lie only with Shepard. Greenberry has been very upfront with most of the programs that have offered him a scholarship that he will almost certainly be leaving California for school.

"Like I said at the beginning of my recruitment, I want to leave the state," he said. "That's where my mind is right now.

"It's not just Notre Dame, I just want to get away from home and experience new things. That's pretty much what I want to do."

Greenberry is still going to listen to what the Trojans and primary recruiter Clay Helton have to say during the visit a few miles from where he ended his high school career but he has given no indications that he will flip his commitment any time in the future.

"Right now I'm still solid to Notre Dame and that's where I'm at," Greenberry said. "Who knows (after the visit) but right now I'm solid."

Posted on: September 14, 2011 6:57 pm

Boise St. goes international for latest recruits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A quick check of the Boise State commitment list shows 14 commitments from four different states across the country. Chris Petersen's staff has always done a great job of finding diamonds in the rough from the surrounding area and California but the program's recent BCS-busting success has allowed them to expand their recruiting base nationally.

And, it appears, internationally too.

The Broncos added two commitments this week in defensive linemen Elliott Hoyte of Tavistock, England and future teammate Rory Connop from Edmonton, Canada.

"It’s really the opportunity I’ve been waiting for," Hoyte told the Tavistock Times. "I’m really looking forward to it — I’m a bit apprehensive, I don’t think there’s anything I can’t handle from the sporting side, the only thing I think I will struggle with is not seeing my family for such a long time."

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Englishman plays for Great Britain's national youth team as a tight end-defensive end. His father, Nigel, played football in the states when he was younger and is now a coach for the national team and a mentor to his son.

"Boise is a really good place, I’ve met the coaches, they are very much into the kids getting their education and working hard, there’s no way he will be allowed to fail academically," the elder Hoyte told the paper.

Closer to Boise, or at least on the same continent, Connop did not play high school football but managed to become a Prarie Football League All-Star for the Edmonton Wildcats. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman also held offers from Kansas, Tulsa and Pitt.

Hoyte is scheduled to arrive at Boise State in January and begin practicing with the team during the spring. The international pair gives the Broncos 18 total commitments for the class of 2012.

(Hat tip to the Idaho Statesman)
Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: June 27, 2011 12:09 pm

Safety John Turner commits to Notre Dame

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The third time was the charm for Indianapolis (Ind.) safety John Turner. After unofficially visiting Notre Dame twice without picking up a scholarship offer, Turner came back one more time to prove he had what it took this week for the Irish's summer camp. He ended up performing well enough to pick up an offer and shortly thereafter he came the programs' newest commitment.

“I just loved the school and the tradition,” Turner told IrishIllustrated.com. “I’m a big tradition person. It just seemed like if I ever got the opportunity I would go there.”

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defensive back also held offers from schools such as Minnesota, Indiana and Western Michigan. He came back to Notre Dame's campus to deliver the good news of his commitment to the coaching staff in person on Sunday. Turner is obviously pretty familiar with the Irish at this point and had no problems drawing a few comparisons between his current high school and his future college.

“They’re both known for academics and the football team," he said. "Both have great football traditions and football teams. They’re always winning championships. Those are the main reasons why.”

Cathedral High School wears similar uniforms to Notre Dame and are also called the Irish, so the adjustment to the next level won't be too tough for Turner. He snagged four interceptions and had 55 tackles last season as a junior.

Turner gives Brian Kelly and staff 11 commitments in 2012, five of whom are defensive backs.
Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:11 am

March Non-BCS Schools Early Commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

March is over and the calendar has turned to the month of April so it's time to take a look at some notable non-BCS schools' early commitments for the class of 2012.

Boise State (1)

Defensive back Marcus Rios (Elk Grove, Calif.)

BYU (4)

Defensive back Matt Hadley (Connell, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Zach Lindsay (Kaysville, Utah)
Defensive back Rhett Sandlin (Sandy, Utah)
Wide receiver Josh Weeks (Show Low, Ariz.)

East Carolina (1)

Athlete Quataye Smyre (Statesville, N.C.)

Houston (5)

Offensive lineman Blake Herman (Needvile, Texas)

Defensive end Gregory Jackson (Aldine, Texas)

Wide receiver Jordan Jolly (Navarro JUCO)

Running back Terrence Taylor (Diboll, Texas)

Defensive back Davonte Thomas (Aldine, Texas)

Marshall (2)

Offensive lineman Tyler Combs (Louisa, Ky.)

Linebacker Devon Johnson (Richlands, Va.)

Nevada (0)

SMU (1)

Running back Robert Lewis (South Gate, Calif.)

Tulsa (1)

Defensive back Rob Riederer (Holton, Kan.)

UCF (0)

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