Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:46 pm

Arizona DE Avery Moss heads to Nebraska

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PHOENIX -- Though the stage was set for some of the nation's best to make the commitments on national television at the Semper Fidelis Bowl, a local player also got his moment in the sun. Playing high school football just a few miles from Bank One Ballpark, Tempe (Ariz.) defensive end Avery Moss committed to Nebraska during the 4th quarter of the all-star game.

"I'm going to be taking my talents down to Nebraska," Moss told CBS Sports Network reporter Molly Qerim. "Great academics and shout out to Coach J.P."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound end was also considering Arizona and Purdue on top of scholarship offers from plenty of schools across the country. Maxpreps ranked him as one of the top defensive ends in the country.

"He looks like a basketball player playing football at times but has what it takes to become a remarkable pass rushing end," said analyst Tom Lemming. "Has huge hands, loves physical contact, shows a great burst, and just needs to add weight and strength and then look out. Has the length that the college scouts like to see in a pass rushing DE and he's a motivated, physical ball player."

Moss' pledge finally allows the Huskers to reach double-digits on their commitment list with 10. He is one of two defensive ends headed to Nebraska in the fall and is part of a growing pipeline from the Phoenix area to the heartland.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:15 am

Purdue snags big defensive end Ryan Watson

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not too often that Purdue is associated with a top prospect but the Boilermakers reeled one in on Thursday with the commitment of Olney (Md.) defensive end Ryan Watson.

"Mainly it was Coach (Gary) Emmanuel. He's a good coach and I've known him for a while," Watson told Rivals. "It was also the atmosphere. I've got to live there and it's a good atmosphere and real good people. The area around it is real communal, and that really surprised me."

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound end selected Purdue over offers from Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and others. One of the biggest reasons why Watson picked the school was due to academics.

"When you graduate from Purdue it is a real good degree, so that is another thing," he said. "Going in and getting my degree and getting my education is what I am mainly looking at."

Watson becomes the 25th player overall and third defensive end to commit to the Boilermakers' class of 2012.

"He looks to be an All-American at both the DT and OT positions," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He could wind up playing DT or OG in college. A versatile performer, he shows explosive moves off the ball, good short area burst, he's quick to shoot gaps, can run well laterally, and has a good motor."
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:31 pm

12/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Colorado added a pledge from cornerback Marques Mosley to give the Buffs 22 commitments for the class of 2012.

Purdue added commit #23 in defensive end Kingsley Ike.

 Running back Greg Garmon enjoyed his visit to Arkansas.

 Top athlete Nelson Agholor has visited Oklahoma, Florida and Notre Dame already and all three are serious contenders for his commitment.

 Cornerback Tyree Holder was offered by Toledo.

 Big time offensive tackle Jordan Diamond has visits to Michigan, Arkansas and Wisconsin left.

 Arizona State's new coaching staff is going after a few top local players already committed.

 Looking back and evaluating Florida's class of 2010.

Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:19 pm

Oklahoma State adds commitment from Trace Clark

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma State has been a school known mostly for their offense under head coach Mike Gundy. That doesn't mean he can't recruit good defensive players however, as this year's opportunistic defense can attest to. Wichita (Kan.) defensive end Trace Clark was identified early as a priority by the coaching staff and their hard work in selling him on the program paid off Thursday with a commitment.

"Just the feeling that I got when I was down at my official visit," Clark told OStateIllustrated.com of what all factored into his decision. "I liked the place, I liked the coaches, and I liked the players also and so I just had a good feeling from that trip. I came home and sat down with my parents and talked about each and every one of the schools and what I liked about each of them and how they were different. Then on Sunday about a week after my visit we just really looked at it hard and decided that Oklahoma State would be the best place for me and was the best option out of all of those schools."

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound end had offers from across the country but had narrowed his focus on Purdue, Stanford, Iowa and, of course, Oklahoma State. The Cowboys staff recruited Clark heavily throughout the process and was a key factor in him deciding to commit.

"From a football perspective I think the coaching really played a big part because I was comfortable with Coach Gundy and I really like Coach Young the position coach," he said. He's been calling me each week and we talk and I really think that I could play well under him and he could get me where I need to be. He said that the possibility for playing time my first year is there but they're not going to give anything to me so it'll be mine to work and fight for and I thought that could also be good for me."

Clark becomes the 16th commitment for Oklahoma State's class of 2012 and fourth defensive end headed to Stillwater. He posted 106 tackles and six sacks as a senior this season.

"Not yet a dominating player but shows that kind of potential," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He possesses good lateral quickness, is excellent in pursuit, is a sure tackler, can disengage quickly, and shows a big-time closing burst. Not super fast but very, very quick."

Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:12 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:15 pm

Another Florida pledge for W. Virginia in Burney

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Illinois' firing of Ron Zook cost the school at least one recruit and Dana Holgorsen had no problem taking advantage. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) running back Roshard Burney came down to the two schools but committed to West Virginia on Monday.

“It’s been on my mind since I got back,” Burney told the Palm Beach Post. “Ever since I came back from that visit, I’ve loved West Virginia. It was a great atmosphere and I feel good about the coaching. They want what’s best for me.”

The 6-foot, 205-pound running back also held scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, Rutgers and others but it appeared to be a two-horse race the entire time for his pledge. As Burney was in the process of setting up an official visit to see the Illinois, Zook was let go by the school and that made the decision to commit to West Virginia an easy one.

“The whole Coach Zook thing threw me off,” Burney said. “I just talked to him last week. He was trying to set up my visit, and the next day, he was gone.”

Burney is the seventh player from the state of Florida and gives the Mountaineers 21 commitments for the class of 2012. He is the only primary running back in the group and has 1,966 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season.

Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 7:31 pm

Local defensive end picks North Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Sometimes a player just wants to play college football close to home. Raleigh (N.C.) defensive end Desmond Owino is one of those players and made things official on a visit to North Carolina this past weekend.

“I made the decision Tuesday, but I wasn’t 100-percent sure,” Owino told InsideCarolina.com. “I came [Saturday] and spoke to Coach [Everett] Withers. I just got a feeling as soon as I stepped on campus. I told him what I was thinking, and he accepted.”

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound end held scholarship offers from N.C. State, Maryland, Wake Forest and Purdue. Though he had plenty to think about, Owino is firmly committed to the Tar Heels no matter what happens with the coaching staff and impending NCAA issues.

“For me, it doesn’t matter who goes or who comes to UNC,” he said. “I’m going to stick with UNC. I committed to the school for the education.”

Owino only recently started playing football but becomes the 19th commitment for the class of 2012.

Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:46 am

Miami receives commitments from two players

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Dealing with issues on and off the field, Miami football continues to show what kind of brand it is and how good of a recruiter Al Golden is by picking up two commitments recently in Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Ricquan Southward and Venice (Fla.) running back Danny Dillard Jr.

"I called coach (Terry) Richardson, the running backs coach, and he asked me if I was ready to be a 'Cane," Dillard told the Orlando Sentinel. "Then I talked to the offensive coordinator (Jedd Fisch) and he was telling me how they lost some running backs and how they wanted me, and then head coach Al Golden got on the phone. I told him I'd call back after I talked to my family and everything."

"I can't believe this is happening," Southward told Canesport.com. "It's exciting."

Southward's commitment is a soft one, holding offers from Ole Miss and Ohio State, he'll take visits to others schools before Signing Day.

"I'll still visit other colleges just to look around - I'm set up to see Ohio State the 19th," he said. "I've never been up there. Right now that's only official I have set up."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dillard is a lifelong Hurricanes fan and had an easy decision to pledge to Miami over offers from Illinois, N.C. State, Purdue and UCF among others.

"I was real happy. All my life they've been my favorite," Dillard said. "Last week I talked to the coach (Richardson) and they were talking about offering and then they finally did (Sunday)."

The pair gives Golden and the Hurricanes 26 commitments for the class of 2012. Dillard is ranked by Maxpreps as the 22nd best running back in the country.

"In my opinion, he shows All-American ability," analyst Tom Lemming said of the running back. "A thick, strongly built back who keeps his legs moving at all times and has a nose for the end zone. He doesn't fumble and shows awareness in the open field. A good all around back who can run, block, and catch."

Dillard has 730 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season while Southward has over 700 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.

Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:14 am

10/27 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Realignment is becoming a recruiting issue for some Big East coaches.

  Wide receiver Jehu Chesson will visit Michigan this weekend.

  2013 offensive lineman Austin Bland was offered by Purdue.

  Michigan State hosted cornerback Ezra Robinson and the visit went well.

  How will Randy Edsall recruit more speed and athleticism to Maryland?

  In-state recruiting is vital for Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill.

  Kyle Murphy is playing the recruiting game at his pace and recently returned from Oregon.

  Nebraska is hosting several notable visitors this week.
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