Tag:UCF
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Florida linebacker commits to the Terps

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Things haven't gone too well for Maryland on the field in 2011 but they're hoping the class of 2012 is part of a big turnaround for the program. Tallahassee (Fla.) linebacker Dallas Griffiths believes he can help turn the tide and committed to the Terps this week.

"Well, they really don't have too many people that are vocal on that team, and the coaches want me to come in and be the guy that calls the plays and gets the defense set up and be the centerpiece of that defense," Griffiths told TerrapinTimes.com.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder had a dominating senior season with 167 total tackles and one interception to go with a perfect 13-0 record and a state title. He also held offers from Georgia Tech, Southern Miss and UCF but is firmly committed to what Maryland is doing.

"I really liked the coaching staff, I liked what Coach (Randy) Edsall is establishing there with his program. I liked the fan base, it was great, you could tell they were behind him and the team," he said. "And I saw what he did at Connecticut and I am excited and want to be a part of what he is going to do at Maryland."

Griffiths is the 20th commitment for the Terps' class of 2012 and fifth linebacker.

"Dallas came on strong during the second half of the 2010 season showing terrific lateral agility, the ability to break down in the open field and make plays, decent strength, and shows the ability to effectively drop back into the passing lanes," analyst Tom Lemming said of the linebacker.

Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:06 am
 

Boise State big winner with Big East expansion



Posted by Bryan Fischer


Amid some fanfare last Wednesday, the Big East finally announced the addition of Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, Houston and UCF to the conference. The move was designed to replace departing members Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia and marked just the latest chess move in the college realignment chess board. (Navy figures to be next to move)

The reaction, as you can probably tell from the map above, has been mostly incredulous. The Big East includes schools in the Pacific time zone? Well, regardless of how the still-shifting sands settle, the league will have to deal with things on the recruiting trail. Who makes out the best among the new members? It seems pretty clear from a quick glance.

Boise State: Two BCS bowl wins, just three losses in four years.
San Diego State: Two bowl games in 14 years but fertile recruiting area.
SMU: Three straight bowl games but head coach was in talks to go to another school, talent rich city.
Houston: Coach has left for Texas A&M.
UCF: Facing significant NCAA issues.

A lot of the reasoning behind the move to the Big East (football-only for Boise State and San Diego State) is increased access to better bowls, a better chance at making the BCS and greater television exposure. All three matter in recruiting and will no doubt be a selling point each program makes to kids. But more than that, the Broncos success coupled with the increased access to the powerhouse recruiting states of California, Texas and Florida make them a big winner - even if there's elimination of the AQ conference in the near future.

Look at the current class of 2012 for the Broncos and you can understand why they're excited: five players from California, six from Texas and a quarterback from Florida. Due to their success, the program with the blue turf has gotten quite a bit of exposure and figure to become even more of a national brand in a conference that spans four time zones. While there are certainly questions about the Big East in terms of talent and depth, it should also help dispel some concerns that they play "no one."

The other schools will enjoy benefits too. San Diego State should be better able to keep Southern California recruits closer to home and Houston/SMU should be able to get higher caliber players than they have in Conference USA. UCF has issues but is no longer little brother to USF down the road.

There's plenty to dislike about conference expansion but for schools like Boise State, things are not that bad at all from a recruiting perspective. It may seem like a patch-work job in order to keep the league together but it should bring plenty of good things for the new members.



Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:47 am
 

12/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another bowl game in Florida could boost Michigan State's recruiting in the state.

Linebacker Darius Parson decommitted from Syracuse.

 Linebacker Thomas Brown is "set in stone" with Nebraska.

 A Toledo recruit is a big fan of new Illinois head coach Tim Beckman.

New UCLA head coach Jim Mora has plenty of catching up to do, including recruiting.

Funny story about Pete Carroll recruiting Tim Tebow to USC.

 Florida commits won't waver with Charlie Weis at Kansas.

Commitments

 Offensive lineman Ralphael Green committed to Indiana after visiting Missouri.

 Defensive back D.J. White and athlete Anthony Autry committed to Georgia Tech.

 Colorado received the sixth commitment from a defensive lineman in Josh Tupou.

 Safety K.J. Dillon committed to West Virginia on his visit.

 Quarterback Kendric Bostic flipped his pledge from UCF to Princeton.

 Defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown committed to Louisville.

Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Alton 'Pig' Howard set for Tennessee

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was kind of a thud to the end of the season for Tennessee but things might be looking up on the recruiting trail. Orlando (Fla.) athlete Alton 'Pig' Howard committed to the Vols on Wednesday and plenty of fans hope he's just the beginning of a string of players to verbally pledge to the school.

"As far as decision making, it took the man above and myself just sitting back and looking at the process of the coaching connection and how the college overall made me feel," Howard told the Orlando Sentinel. "It wasn't easy, but I have to do what's best.”

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound speedster held plenty of offers from major programs but where he wanted to go to school ultimately came down to UCF and Tennessee.

"I couldn't go wrong with my decision," Howard told VolQuest.com. "I had a strong connection with UCF since my sophomore year. My family was here so I had nothing to lose by picking UCF. With Tennessee, it was about the connection I had with the program. They recruited me hard and showed how bad they wanted me. They were loyal to me and they stood by me every step of the way. That is why I chose Tennessee"

'Pig's' pledge gives the Vols 20 commitments for the class of 2012 and another versatile offensive threat. Maxpreps slots him in as the 13th-best wingback in the class after Howard wrapped up his senior year with 36 catches for 691 yards and six touchdowns.

"He just explodes out of his stance and gets on top of the corner in the blink of an eye," analyst Tom Lemming said of Howard. "He shows great cuts, runs crisp routes, and consistently gets separation from defenders. A burner who can do it all, he can run, catch, and return kicks."
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 10:07 am
 

12/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Plenty of good players at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic as one state looks to maintain the advantage.

  Defensive lineman Mike Pennel decommitted from Arkansas.

  Alton 'Pig' Howard will pick between Tennessee and UCF.

  A look at Oregon State's class of 2012.

  Looking back at Washington's class of 2007.

  South Carolina coach G.A. Mangus will see Eli Shumate and Kaiwan Lewis on Wednesday.

  Defensive end Tyriq McCord made a visit to Miami last weekend.

Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:13 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 4:13 pm
 

NCAA issues cause Montgomery to cross off UCF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With the resignation of wide receivers coach David Kelly and serious NCAA issues at the school, UCF has been dropped as a school under consideration for Winter Park (Fla.) receiver Dvario Montgomery.

“That basically wrapped it up for me and showed me that that’s not where I want to be at all,” Montgomery told the Orlando Sentinel. “I kind of [crossed] them off my list.”

Montgomery is still looking at South Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Louisville. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete recently returned from an official visit to College Park and is now high on the Terps along with the Bulls.

“It was real good,” he said of his visit. “I liked the atmosphere, the only thing about it, it was cold. I could adapt to that fine. Other than that, everything was nice. I loved the coaches. Coach (Randy) Edsall, all of them … they were showing me so much love. They showed me basically everything that happens. The players, everyone was true, there was no messing around … I respected it.”

Montgomery is planning to commit after the season and figures to take his time looking at schools after crossing off local option UCF for numerous reasons.

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: November 2, 2011 10:48 am
 

11/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
  Wisconsin commit Hugs Etienne will be taking a trip to Madison this week.

  Kelvin Rainey discussed his upcoming visit to Arkansas.

  Wide receiver DeAndre Jasper could move UCF up on his list if the Knights move to the Big East.

  Michigan has been away from the Big House for three weeks but will return and host several visitors.

  North Carolina and N.C. State are recruiting to build on defense.


 
 
 
 
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