Tag:T.J. Millweard
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 1:02 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 1:38 am
 

May ACC 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 ACC, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail.

Boston College (1)

Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)


Clemson (4)

Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.)

Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)

Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)

Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)


Duke (5)

Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)

Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
 
Defensive end Allen Jackson(Owings Mills, Md.)

Wide receiver Erich Schneider(Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)


Florida State (10)

Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor(Mobile, Ala.)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo(Groveland, Fla.)

Athlete Chris Casher(Mobile, Ala.)

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member

Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)

Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member

Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)

Running back Mario Pender(Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member

Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey(De Funiak Springs, Fla.)

Defensive back P.J. Williams(Ocala, Fla.)



Georgia Tech (2)

Offensive lineman Chase Roberts(Norcross, Ga.)

Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde(Lakeland, Ga.)


Maryland(3)

Defensive end Roman Braglio(Owings Mills, Md.)

Offensive lineman Nick Brigham(Atlanta, Ga.)

Offensive lineman Mike Madaras(Olney, Md.)


Miami (10)

Linebacker Keith Brown(Miami, Fla.)

Wide receiver Jontavious Carter(Cordele, Fla.)

Quarterback Gray Crow(Clearwater, Fla.)
 
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)

Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)

Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson(Miami, Fla.) 

Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)

Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett(Miami, Fla.)

Defensive end Trent Taylor(Lakeland, Fla.)

Quarterback David Thompson(Miami, Fla.)


North Carolina (7)

Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)

Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.) 

Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)

Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)

Linebacker Shakeel Rashad(Jacksonville, Fla.)

Linebacker Christian Russell(Chatham, Va.)

Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson(Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)


N.C. State(3)

Defensive back Niles Clark(Marietta, Ga.)

Defensive back Josh Sessoms(Bailey, N.C.)

Defensive back James Summers(Greensboro, N.C.)

Virginia (5)

Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.)

Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)

Offenisve lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)

Linebacker Mark Hall(Virginia Beach, Va.)

Defensive back Demeitre Brim(Lakeland, Fla.)


Virginia Tech(11)

Running back J.C. Coleman(Chesapeake, Va.)

Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)

Athlete Der'Woun Greene(Portsmouth, Va.)

Tight end Dakota Jackson(Roanoke, Va.)

Defensive back Donaldven Manning(Miami, Fla.)

Linebacker Dahman McKinnon(Hope Mills, N.C.)
 
Quarterback T.J. Millweard(Fort Worth, Texas)

Athlete Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)

Defensive back Davion Tookes(Fairburn, Ga.)

Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)


Wake Forest (1)

Offensive lineman Joel Suggs(Randleman, N.C.)


Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:55 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 10:00 pm
 

April ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final 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 for the ACC, where the two Florida programs and Virginia Tech are leading the pack with multiple verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Boston College (0)

No commitments at this time.

Clemson (3)

Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)

Duke (2)

Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)

Florida State (8)

Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)

Georgia Tech (2)

Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)

Maryland (3)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)

Miami (7)

Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.) 
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)

North Carolina (3)

Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Linebacker Christian Russell (Chatham, Va.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)

N.C. State (3)

Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Defensive back James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)

Virginia (1)

Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)

Virginia Tech (7)

Running back J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Quarterback T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)

Wake Forest (1)

Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)

Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:58 am
Edited on: April 10, 2011 1:01 am
 

Dewey shines at TCU Elite 11

Posted by Bryan Fischer

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Some of the top quarterbacks from Texas and the Midwest descended upon TCU's campus for the second stop in the 2011 edition of the Elite 11 Regional Quarterback Camp Saturday afternoon.

Although several quarterbacks impressed on a slightly windy but otherwise picturesque spring day, Austin (Texas) quarterback Preston Dewey threw a tight spiral and displayed a strong and accurate arm to take home the Golden Gun Award as the top signal caller at the camp.

"It felt really good, all the hard work I've been doing paid off today," Dewey said. "I just came out here to do what I can do and show everybody that I can play at the next level."

Dewey might have been the best quarterback at either Elite 11 camp this year in terms of being a complete player. He had good footwork and never got off balance too much when throwing. He held the ball tight and has a good release that gets the ball to where he wants it quickly. Dewey has a very good arm that can make all the throws.

The 6-foot-3, 210 pound quarterback is as intriguing off the field as he is on it. Previously at Austin-area powerhouse Westlake High, Dewey transferred to local private school St. Andrew's Episcopal. Taking advantage of transfer regulations, he reclassified to the class of 2012, giving him an extra year of high school.

"A couple people have done it and it's not real common," he said. "Brock Mansion did it at Cal and T.J. Millweard did it at (private Fort Worth school) All Saints. I checked out all the NCAA stuff and if I can be eligible and I can. There's no problem with that. I want to be where I am right now and I want to be recruited by who I am right now instead of going to a smaller school or walking-on."

The 18-year-old Dewey is using the extra time at the prep level to his advantage. Not only did the transfer allow him to start right away at quarterback, it also meant that he could have more time learning from St. Andrew's head coach and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Ty Detmer.

"It's awesome," Dewey said. "With his background, he has all the knowledge in the world. He's helped me out a ton. I think I've learned more about football this past year than I have my entire life just because of everything he knows about the game. I couldn't have asked for a better coach."

As a result of a strong "junior" season last year under Detmer, Dewey is seeing his recruiting picking up. He is up to four scholarship offers, including two from the Pac-12.

"UCLA I actually had never talked to (until recently)," he said. "I was in school and my dad texted me that UCLA just offered. I was like, 'Are you serious?' That was my first big offer.

"Utah and Wyoming both sent me an email and said call them. So I did and they both offered me on the same night. It's pretty exciting knowing Norm Chow and Rick Neuheisel, guys who have been around the game and know what they're looking for in a quarterback, have offered me a scholarship. It's humbling and gives me a lot of confidence."

Because his offers are from schools located around the country, Dewey realizes he will probably be leaving the state to play college football. He was hoping to play for Texas A&M, where his father played football, but the Aggies already have a quarterback for the class of 2012 in San Antonio (Texas) signal caller Trevor Knight. Texas showed some interest but backed off after picking up a commitment from Scottsdale (Ariz.) quarterback Connor Brewer.

"I still want to go to a big school that can compete for a national championship," Dewey said. "I've kind of accepted the fact that I'm going to have to go out of the state and pretty far from home. I really don't have a problem with it."

Dewey says he would like to make a commitment at the end of the summer or right before the start of the season. He's already taken unofficial visits to several schools, including Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson and South Carolina.

Tech commit Nicholas looks sharp

Abilene (Texas) quarterback Clayton Nicholas was one of the few campers in attendance who actually had already committed to a school. A Texas Tech pledge, he preformed well throughout the session and displayed a strong arm but wasn't perfect as he readily admitted.

"I did alright, I missed a throw here or there but you've got to learn from it," Nicholas. "You've got to get the ball downfield and do what you have to do."

The 6-foot-3, 200 pound Nicholas had a very quick drop back and delivery but tended to drop his arm angle at times. He needs to work on throwing over the top a bit more which will should translate into improved accuracy for his otherwise strong arm. Nicholas understood that the camp was also an opportunity to work on things mentally in order to improve as a quarterback.

"I really come out here to work on leadership, command, knowing what all the players are doing what the route is, everything," he said. "All the things an Elite 11 quarterback would work on."

While it is almost common place for verbal commitments to continue to look around as part of the recruiting process leading up to Signing Day, Nicholas seems to be sold on the Red Raiders and firmly committed.

"I am solid with them," Nicholas said. "They're the only school really talking with me and they're the only school I'm looking at. It's a good school for me and they like to throw it around which is what I'm made for.

"All of the offensive coaches have been really good to me."

Nicholas was unsure if he was going to show up Sunday for the TCU Nike Camp but if he did, he might do a little recruiting for the Red Raiders.

Other quarterbacks of note

Underclassmen who made an impression at the event were 2013 quarterback Kenny Hill of nearby powerhouse Southlake Carroll High and 2014 quarterback Jerrod Heard. Seniors-to-be Brady Burgin of Highland Park (Texas), Houston (Texas) quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe and Allen (Texas) quarterback Alec Morris also stood out. Grand Prairie (Texas) quarterback Jared Johnson also looked good and was very accurate but will likely be recruited as an athlete due to his height (about 5-foot-10). Virginia Tech commit and local quarterback T.J. Millweard did not show up.

Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:09 pm
 

March ACC Early Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's 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 for the ACC, where the two Florida programs are leading the pack with multiple verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Boston College (0)

No commitments at this time.

Clemson (2)

Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)

Duke (2)

Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)

Florida State (7)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)

Georgia Tech (1)

Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)

Maryland (3)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)

Miami (8)

Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.)
Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.) 
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)

North Carolina (1)

Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)

N.C. State (2)

Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)

Virginia (1)

Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)

Virginia Tech (4)

Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Quarterback T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)

Wake Forest (1)

Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)

Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Virginia, Virginia Tech each pick up commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It’s rare for Frank Beamer to have to leave the state of Virginia to find good football players but he made an exception for strong-armed quarterback T.J. Millweard, a Fort Worth (Texas) product who became the third commitment for Virginia Tech’s class of 2012.

The 6-foot-5, 220 pound Millweard was receiving interest from Oklahoma, TCU, Missouri and others but the Hokies were the first to pull the trigger and offer a scholarship. He visited campus unofficially last weekend and decided to commit to the coaching staff shortly thereafter.

Millweard passed for 1,621 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for 464 yards.

While Tech is sitting at three commitments for the upcoming class, in-state rival Virginia recently picked up their first commit for the class of 2012 in Virginia Beach (Vir.) athlete Mark Hall. A 6-foot-2, 210 pound linebacker, Hall could play a number of positions for the Cavaliers.

 
 
 
 
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