Tag:Army All-American Bowl
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 11:36 pm
 

National Notes: Top assistants to keep an eye on

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Welcome to December, otherwise known as closing time. Bowl practices and holidays make things a little more complicated for some coaches but others enjoy the grind as they hit the home stretch two months out from Signing Day. Here's a list of four recruiters in each part of the country to keep an eye on in each part of the country.

West

Ed Orgeron, USC

Does any recruiter have a better reputation than Ed Orgeron? Probably not. The Trojans defensive line coach has been relentless in the recruiting trail and instrumental in helping manage the program's numbers situation with limited scholarships to hand out. He's hit SoCal hard and been a big reason why plenty of offensive (Max Tuerk, Jordan Simmons) and defensive (Ellis McCarthy, Noah Spence) are committed to, or looking at, USC. Also note that linebackers coach Joe Barry has done a great job with his position group, Orange County (Calif.) and Arizona during his time in LA.

Tosh Lupoi, California

It's been pretty amazing to see Lupoi's rise as a recruiter and coach at Cal but you can see why when looking at his handiwork. He's a younger Orgeron but is quickly becoming his equal after landing players such as Brennan Scarlett and Viliami Moala last year. As a Bay Area-native, he's done a great job of getting talent close to home while also going national and bringing players in. Though the Bears class is somewhat small, expect it to grow in a cover as Lupoi enters the home stretch. His top target right now is five-star Arik Armstead.

Demetrice Martin, Washington

The Huskies staff has lots of Southern California connections but Martin has been a great closer down the stretch with kids. He's relatable as a young guy and knows many of the high school coaches in the area. Don't be surprised if he lands some skill position talent for UW's class this year from the LA area.

John Neal, Oregon

One of the Ducks' ace recruiters, Neal has hit other areas of the country with success and does well in the cities. He landed nearby athlete Oshay Dunmore and had a hand in defensive backs Eric and Stephen Amoako committing from the Dallas-area. Several athletes from the East and Southern California are in contact with him and don't be shocked to hear his name come up some more.

South

Dameyune Craig, Florida State

Not sure anybody has gone into another powerhouse's backyard and raided it like Craig has Alabama's. The big star was quarterback Jameis Winston but he's also been instrumental in landing Chris Casher and Justin Shanks. There's a few more targets on the Seminoles board and don't be surprised if Craig is the one helping get them to Tallahassee.

Mike Bobo, Georgia

It's funny but Bobo's on the field duties have caused a few Georgia fans to want him out of the program but his time spent in recruits' homes and on the trail has been a big asset to the Bulldogs. He was one of the people behind last year's 'Dream Team' and has managed to sell stability at a program that only got it with 10 straight wins during the regular season. This year appears to be another time for him to shine with in-state recruits once again.

Tee Martin, Kentucky

That Martin has done a good job as a recruiter should surprise no one but given that he the former Tennessee star has done it at Kentucky is a little bit. He managed to get a huge surprise last Signing Day in wide out Daryl Collins and might be able to pull off the same magic again this year. Martin has done a great job in Alabama in particular and the only question seems to be if he can resist heading back to Knoxville with a staff opening there.

Frank Wilson, LSU

Last year he was a machine, with a hand in landing offensive tackle La'El Collins, defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and running back Kenny Hilliard among others (all three saw plenty of playing time in LSU's run to New Orleans). Easily the Tigers' best recruiter, Wilson has been one reason why there's a figurative fence around the state of Louisiana. Linebacker Trey Granier was one of his big gets with the 2012 group and don't be surprised if he gets a few others as well.

Midwest

Tony Alford, Notre Dame

Don't be surprised if Alford can snag a big fish for Notre Dame late in the process. He got a commitment from Justin Ferguson out of Florida and appears to be focusing his time on the state to land a few others. With some issues at Florida, he could be one person to take advantage given his ties in the northern part of the state.

Fred Jackson, Michigan

The Wolverines have put together the best class of 2012 in the country and Jackson is a big part of it. He's mainly an in-state guy and lucky for him he's got a great group coming out and done an even better job of keeping them home. He's plucked two out of Farmington Hills (Mich.) in Devin Funchess and Mario Ojemudia and played a role in Royce Jenkins-Stone's pledge. He's been at the school a long time and knows how to sell Michigan to players.

Adrian Klemm, SMU

Klemm is not a household name by any means but should be based on what he's done this year. Though SMU isn't exactly a powerhouse, June Jones has engineered a turnaround in Dallas and Klemm has been a big part as recruiting coordinator. Though the school is located in a talent-rich area of a talent-rich state, the former New England Patriot has done a great job getting talented Los Angeles-area players to come East. Six SoCal natives are committed to the Mustangs class of 2012 at the moment and more could be coming. With rumors of Jones taking the Arizona State job, expect Klemm to come along to really ramp up the LA ties.

Urban Meyer/Luke Fickell, Ohio State

Yes, Meyer's not an assistant coach. But he hasn't really assembled his staff at this point and thus is going a significant share of the recruiting himself. He has certainly been active and because Fickell is remaining on staff, we'll count these two as one super-recruiter. Though recruiting hasn't been up to Ohio State standards with the 2012 group, that was to be expected given the turnover at head coach and NCAA violations in Columbus. Fickell landed Curtis Grant and Ryan Shazier last year and did a good job with Adolphus Washington this year. The two are going to be a very good asset despite what amounts to a false start with the upcoming class. Things have already paid off dividends and the Buckeyes are in the running for defensive end Noah Spence.

Davis decommits from Florida

Been a wild few days down in the South. Stone Mountain (Ga.) running back Mike Davis was one of the recent invites to the Army All-American Bowl and had the jersey ceremony for himself and fellow teammate Raphael Kirby on Thursday. At the time, rumors started to surface that he was having issues with the staff and would soon decommit.

Over the weekend he went on an official visit to Tennessee and finally on Sunday night, he made the new official that he was no longer a Florida pledge.

"My mind right now is open," Davis told Rivals. "My recruitment has opened back up. I've talked to my parents, my mom, my brother, all my family. Right now it's Florida State, South Carolina, Alabama and Miami. But things can change."

From the sounds of things, the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder is completely wide open and will not be considering the Gators despite being in their 2012 class since February and one of their biggest supporters.

"I can't really talk about it," he said cryptically. "Some things happened that I don't want to comment on between me and the coaches. All I'll say is that it was a miscommunication between them, me and my brother. Some things that weren't supposed to happen." 

Ranked as the 10th-best running back in the country by Maxpreps, losing Davis is big blow to Florida as the new staff tries to remake the team using more of a pro-style offense. One of the central pieces of the class and expected to compete early on for some playing time as a change of pace guy, Charlie Weis is now down to just Matt Jones at running back in 2012. With their top 2013 target off the board to Georgia in Derrick Henry, Florida now has to scramble to get another player back into the fold at the position.

Busy week for Armstead

After decommitting from USC, the recruitment of Pleasant Grove (Calif.) lineman Arik Armstead has steadily picked up. He's been going on several official visits the past few weeks and has kept his phone close by.

USC and Notre Dame are among the schools that have already stopped by for an in-home and several more are lined up over the next few days. Among the scheduled ones this week are Washington, Oregon and Auburn. He'll be making the short trip to Cal at some point during the weekend. Also keep in mind that Armstead wants to play basketball and that will be a factor in his decision.

Video of the week



Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: October 12, 2011 10:05 am
 

10/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan commit Royce Jenkins-Stone has been selected to the Army All-American game.

A Thursday night, national TV game provides a recruiting opportunity for USC.

Arizona commits react to Mike Stoops mid-season firing.

With West Virginia off this week, it gives Dana Holgorsen and staff a chance to go recruit.

Florida's struggles on the field have resulted in a mixed bag in terms of recruiting.

Georgia is still recruiting the state's top linebackers even if they're committed elsewhere.

Jon Embree says Colorado's 1-5 record isn't hurting recruiting too much.

Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley enjoyed his official visit to Arkansas.

Alton 'Pig' Howard has Tennessee as his leader.


COMMITMENTS:

East Carolina landed linebacker Reece Speight and wide receiver Dayon Pratt.

Wide receiver Cameron Posey commited to Purdue.

Center Cameron Dees becomes the seventh player from his high school to commit to an FBS program, pledging to Marshall.



Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:12 am
 

8/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Eye on Recruiting is back in action and better than ever. As a result, a super-sized roundup:

- Really good story on the nation's top recruit, Dorial Green-Beckham.

- Florida quarterbacks Tyler Cameron and Kendric Bostic will pick between several schools Tuesday.

- Several BCS schools are recruiting Diddy's son Justin Combs, a cornerback out of New York.

  Michigan's recent tradition of hosting a BBQ at the Big House continued over the weekend and attracted some top recruits.

 Florida target Adam Lane found out he was invited to the Army All-American Bowl.

  Tight end Kurt Freitag is down to four finalists in Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Miami.

As Oklahoma's recruiting class fills up, a good look at how it is a game of chance.

Top offensive tackle Andrus Peat is down to three schools: Texas, Florida State and Nebraska, where his brother is at.
Recruits in Ohio might be thinking twice about going to Ohio State.

Commitments:

Defensive end Chris Wormley committed to Michigan.

Arkansas picked up cornerback Jared Collins and receiver Keon Hatcher.

Quarterback Bennie Coney is headed to Cincinnati.

Running back Marcus Allen, no not that Marcus Allen, committed to Georgia Tech over Florida State, Tennessee and others.

Arizona State continues to grow their recruiting class, picking up offensive lineman Stephon McCray and running back Russell Hansbrough.

Iowa added offensive tackle Ryan Ward as a commitment.

Defensive end Ben Dixon is the latest Arizona commit.

West Virginia added receiver Ray Martin, linebacker Tony Matteo and defensive end Noble Nwachukwu.

Missouri received a commitment from defensive tackle Ed Ray.
Posted on: July 23, 2011 2:55 pm
 

7/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Defensive end Tyriq McCord received an invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

  Does Michigan have a spot for running back Dennis Norfleet?

 Receiver D’Arthur Cowan made his second trip to Arkansas.

 Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is focused on recruiting, not what Mississippi State is doing with billboards.

 Florida State commit Marvin Bracy ran a very impressive 10.09 100-meter dash.

 Pretty cool video from Florida's famous summer camp, Friday Night Lights:



Commitments:

Baylor added defensive back Zack Sanchez to their class.

 Offensive tackle Adam Taraschke became Virginia Tech's 23rd commit, which gives the program the most in the nation.

 Wideout Keithon Redding committed to Tennessee.

 Defensive back Antonio Crawford verbally pledged to Georgia Tech.


Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:38 am
 

2/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With news late last night that South Carolina point guard Bruce Ellington might also play football this spring, who do you think would be the best basketball player turned football player? If you can come up with a name other than LeBron James, feel free to post in the comments. On to the links.

- Iowa recruit Jake Rudock is already set to redshirt when he arrives on campus.

- Michigan head coach Brady Hoke loves to recruit Detroit, no doubt about it.

- Offensive lineman Ben Braden is close to making his decision and holds offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Syracuse.

- Big time defensive end Kenderius Whitehead picked up his ninth offer from Ole Miss.

- Running back Jonathan Williams could be on the verge of some major offers.

- Congrats to Tampa (Fla.) Plant High coach Robert Weiner on being named the East's head coach for the Army All-American Bowl.

Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: March 11, 2011 9:39 am
 

3/11 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Terrible news out of Japan late last night as a massive earthquake struck the region. Thoughts and prayers go out to the people affected. On to the recruiting links:

- One of the top quarterbacks in the nation, Zeke Pike, picked up offers from Maryland, Miami, Florida State and Colorado. He is planning on unofficially visiting Georgia, Florida State, North Carolina and LSU over his spring break.

- Several Army All-American Bowl invites were handed out yesterday, with offensive tackle Avery Young, offensive tackle Jessamen Dunker and tight end Kent Taylor all being honored.

- Lots of recruiting tidbits from the state of Georgia, including an update on Georgia Tech and former Oregon commit, quarterback Jerrard Randall.

- Big time running back Jonathan Williams picked up another offer yesterday, this one from Vanderbilt.

- Arkansas signed one prospect from Virginia in 2011 and hopes to grow the pipeline by adding another in 2012.

- Texas A&M and Arkansas are two of the programs after Texas athlete Corey Thompson.

Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:31 am
 

2/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Word on the street is that Carmelo Anthony also insisted on two five-star linebackers going to Syracuse in his deal to go to New York. Still trying to confirm...

- Boise State has a late add to their class of 2011 in cornerback Malcolm Holland.

- An update on a few recruiting tidbits from the Chicago area.

- Wide receiver Connor Crane picked up offers from Kansas and Kansas State after visits.

- Cornerback Tracy Howard was invited to both the Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-American game.

- More quotes from Alabama commit Justin Taylor.

Posted on: January 23, 2011 6:58 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Like father, like son?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Most movie sequels simply are not as good as the first. That’s not always the case when it comes to football players (Mark Ingram Jr. won a Heisman, something his father never came close to).

Why bring this up? Check out these high school highlights from Barry Sanders Sr. and his son Barry Sanders Jr.





Sanders Jr. is a running back in the class of 2012 and holds double-digit scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame and, of course, Oklahoma State. Although some consider the Cowboys the favorite because his father was a star there, Sanders has openly looked at other schools. Already named a participant for next year’s Army All-American Bowl, Sanders will be someone to keep an eye out for – and not just because of his last name.

(Hat tip to Rand Getlin)
 
 
 
 
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