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Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 4:41 pm
 

SEC April Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the last 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 in the SEC, where Nick Saban leads the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle but the Gators are hot on his trail.

Alabama (11)

Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.)
Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.)
Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland (Madison, Ala.)
Running back Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athlete Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla.)

Arkansas (6)

Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (Memphis, Tenn.)
Wide receiver Jalen Cobb (Warren, Ark.)
Athlete Nathan Holmes (Port Arthur, Texas)
Running back Donovan Roberts (Norman, Okla.)
Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.)  
Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward (Pottsville, Ark.)

Auburn (4)

Offensive lineman Michael Flint (Oxford, Ala.)
Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy (Birmingham, Ala.)
Wide receiver Alex Taylor (Lester, Ala.)

Florida (9)

Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.)
Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla.)
Defensive tackle JaFar Mann (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.)
Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.)
Linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga.)

Georgia (6)

Wide receiver C.J. Curry (Gainesville, Ga.)
Defensive end Jalen Fields (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Athlete Leonard Floyd (Eastman, Ga.)  
Kicker Marshall Morgan (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Tight end Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga.)

Kentucky (3)

Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive back Josh Harris (Maysville, Ky.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles (Fort Thomas, Ky.)

LSU (9)

Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.)
Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.)  
Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.)
Tight end Dillon Gordon (River Ridge, La.)
Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.)
Athlete Lamar Lewis (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Dwayne Thomas (New Orleans, La.)
Tight end John Thomas (Bossier City, La.)

Ole Miss (3)

Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Temario Strong (Batesville, Miss.)  

Mississippi State (2)

Offensive lineman Devon Desper (Madison, Miss.)
Athlete Deontay Evans (McComb, Miss.)

South Carolina (3)

Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)

Tennessee (1)

Running back Imani Cross (Gainesville, Ga.)

Vanderbilt (1)

Defensive end Tre Griffin (Kennesaw, Ga.)

Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 6:30 pm
 

March SEC Early Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the second day in April but it's also 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 in the SEC, where Nick Saban leads the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Alabama (10)

Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.)
Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.)
Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland (Madison, Ala.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Running back Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athlete Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member

Arkansas (3)

Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (Navarro JUCO)
Wide receiver Jalen Cobb (Warren, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward (Pottsville, Ark.)

Auburn (3)

Offensive lineman Michael Flint (Oxford, Ala.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy (Birmingham, Ala.)
Wide receiver Alex Taylor (Lester, Ala.)

Florida (8)

Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.)
Running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla.)
Defensive tackle JaFar Mann (Stone Mountain, Ga.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.)
Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga.)

Georgia (5)

Wide receiver C.J. Curry (Gainesville, Ga.)
Defensive end Jalen Fields (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Kicker Marshall Morgan (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Tight end Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga.)

Kentucky (3)

Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive back Josh Harris (Maysville, Ky.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Quarterback Patrick Towles (Fort Thomas, Ky.)

LSU (6)

Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.)
Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.)
Tight end Dillon Gordon (River Ridge, La.)
Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Tight end John Thomas (Bossier City, La.)

Ole Miss (0)

Mississippi State (2)

Offensive lineman Devon Desper (Madison, Miss.)
Athlete Deontay Evans (McComb, Miss.)

South Carolina (1)

Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)

Tennessee (1)

Running back Imani Cross (Gainesville, Ga.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member

Vanderbilt (0)

Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:42 am
 

2012 Wide Receivers to Keep an Eye On

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Springfield (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is the top wide out in the nation according to CBSSports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other wide outs - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Green-Beckham off the top spot and become the top pass catcher for the class of 2012.

Avery Johnson (Blanche Ely High, Pompano Beach, Fla.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 180 pounds 
Committed to LSU

What's to like: Johnson isn't the athlete his big brother, former LSU corner Patrick Patterson, is but he is fast and can adjust his body whichever way he needs to make a catch. He's good very reliable hands and is one of the better players when it comes to attacking the ball in the air.

Needs to work on: Johnson is rail thin and and is somewhat reminiscent of A.J. Green in that respect but it doesn't mean he couldn't add a few pounds of muscle. Working on his speed and refining his route running are two other things Johnson can work on this upcoming year.



Cayleb Jones (Austin High, Austin, Texas) 
Height: 6-foot-3 
Weight: 200 pounds 
Committed to Texas

What's to like: Jones has great size coming out of high school and combines that with terrific speed running down the field. He's athletic enough to get a jump ball in the end zone and can two-step his way their off of a screen. Jones can really control his body well and position himself between the ball and defensive backs.

Needs to work on: Jones could stand to polish his route running by making sharper breaks and getting in and out of them better.



Durron Neal (DeSmet High, St. Louis, Mo.) 
Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 180 
Offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC, Wisconsin

What's to like: Neal is a true athlete and can be used all over but is a firecracker in the slot. Just as quick as he is fast, Neal can cover some ground and has is simply electric when he has the ball in his hands. He actually looks like a dynamic running back when he gets the ball on reverses or fly sweeps and that's not a bad thing in Neal's case.

Needs to work on: Despite great athleticism, he could still improve his vertical jump and really going up after the ball in the air. At this point, it would be nice to see Neal focus on just being a receiver but it would be a tough task considering he has to do just about everything for his high school team.



Jordan Payton (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village, Calif.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 200 pounds 
Committed to USC

What's to like: Payton has been one of the top wide outs in the country since he was a freshman and committed to USC extremely early in the process. He's a pretty polished route runner and has very big hands that make it easy to grab the ball out of the air. Payton is also pretty savvy out on the field, knowing when to slow down when he finds a spot in zone coverage.

Needs to work on: Payton is not the fastest wide receiver out there so improving his top gear speed and quickness is one thing he can do. He also is inconsistent catching the ball at times.



Bryce Treggs (St. John Bosco High, Bellflower, Calif.) 
Height: 5-foot-10 
Weight: 165 pounds 
Offers from Arizona State, Cal, Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.

What's to like: Treggs really gets off the ball well and explodes into his route. He's really dangerous on a slip screen and is best suited to the slot in college. He's got a great pair of hands that just seems to suck the ball in and not let it go no matter where it's thrown. Once he gets into the open field, defenses have a tough time catching up to him.

Needs to work on: Though he's never going to be 200 pounds and be able to keep his speed, Treggs does need to get into the weight room like most of the kids on this list. Treggs works mostly on the outside but will probably have to transition into the slot in college.



Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:12 am
 

3/31 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Safe to say NCAA President Mark Emmert's speech at the Final Four will be well attended after the recent Frontline and HBO Real Sports programs this week.

- An ESPN report says Texas A&M was told they had to pay $80,000 to Will Lyles in order to land coveted recruit Patrick Patterson.

- Keller (Texas) offensive tackle Simon Goines could be close to a Missouri offer.

- Atlanta (Ga.) corner Geno Smith likes the way Georgia's number four jersey looks on him.

- Linebacker Kwontie Moore and quarterback Zeke Pike will be visiting Arkansas starting on Friday.

- Allen (Texas) quarterback Alec Morris is drawing interest from SMU, Baylor, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State among others.

Posted on: March 17, 2011 5:09 pm
 

MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Offer Update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's still over a month to go before coaches hit the road and begin to see recruits up close and personal in the May Evaluation period. Although that's usually the time when you'll see scores of scholarship offers head out, many of the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 are up to double digit offers a little less than a year before Signing Day. 

We'll be taking a glance over the next few days at the Top 100 and provide an overview of just what offers are out there for some of the top players in the upcoming class. 

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo.) 
Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin. 

Defensive end Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.) 
Offers: Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

Running back Drew Harris (Exton, Pa.) 
Offers: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Miami, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia. 

Defensive end Troy Hinds (Kaysville, Utah) 
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington State. 

Running back Trent Jackson (Cuero, Texas) 
No offers at this time. 

Defensive ened Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga.) 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, UCF, USC, Vanderbilt. 

Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) 
Committed to LSU. 
Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Memphis, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, UCF, USC. 

Running back Nigel Jones (Absecon, N.J.) 
No offers at this time. 

Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas) 
Committed to Texas. 
Offers: Auburn, Baylor, East Carolina, Florida, Iowa State, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia Tech. 

Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio) 
Committed to Ohio State. 
Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Pitt, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:46 pm
 

USF Badger Sports 7-on-7 Highlights

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Courtesy of the folks at Elite Scouting, here's some highlights from this weekend's USF Badger Sports 7-on-7 competition.

Included in the video are top plays from Sean Price, Kent Taylor, Latroy Pittman, Nequan Phillips, Tracy Howard, Nelson Agholor, Alvin Bailey, Duke Johnson, Chris Bivins, Amari Cooper, Ahmad Fulwood, Avery Johnson, Drico Johnson, James Brooks, Malcolm Lewis, Tyrece TJ Jiles, Keith Brown, Larry Hope, Tyriq McCord and Leon McQuay.

Posted on: March 13, 2011 7:06 am
 

Elite 11/Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

TAMPA, Fla. - To play against a team of all-stars, bringing your “A game” is a must. Sometimes, even an “A+ game” isn’t enough.

Such was the case at the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament Saturday night. Despite several terrific - some would even say ridiculous - catches by Citra (Fla.) tight end Sean Price, Team Showtime narrowly lost to all-star travel team South Florida Express in one of the most exciting games in day one round-robin play.

Price nearly pulled off the upset single-handedly, slightly misjudging a deep pass that would have given Showtime a two-score advantage late in the game. Though he didn’t make that play, the talented tight end used it as motivation.

“I’m used to making plays, that’s nothing new,” Price said. “On the last play, I felt kind of disappointed in myself though because I kind of underestimated the ball and what was going to happen. I can’t hold my head on it, it happens. I just have to play better the next game.

The 6-foot-4, 210 pound Price put on a show for much of the evening, bringing down several one-handed catches and showing off his vertical leap by out-jumping more athletic defensive backs. His best quality was the ability to attack the ball in the air and snatch it away from just about everybody. Though the Showtime team was at times relying exclusively on Price for offense, the young tight end said the team was starting to gel as the night progressed.

“We just started and have only had a few practices,” Price said. “End of the night, we’re starting to get our swag and chemistry up. Things started to click. We know we’re just as good as that team and one of the best out here.”

Price and Team Tampa/Land O’Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor were both impressive at the position and will likely battle for the title of best in the state at the position throughout the upcoming season. Price already holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State and others.

“Recent offers are Tennessee, Clemson, LSU, Miami and USF,” he said. “Most are looking at me on offense at tight end. A few have said I could play at defensive end if I want to because I play that in high school too.”

Given Price’s frame, adding weight and playing linebacker at the next level could be something for college coaches to consider, especially considering how well he moved in coverage in limited time on defense during the competition. With multiple schools after his services, Price plans on committing after his senior season and has already scheduled an unofficial visit to Miami next week to give a close look at one of his favorites.

“My top four would be Florida, USF, Miami and possibly Alabama,” he said. “I’m going to go wherever they give me love. If it’s out of state, doesn’t matter, I’ll go there too.”

Fuller tries his hand at safety

Another player who caught the eye of several observers with stellar play Saturday was Fort Myers (Fla.) linebacker/safety Tajarvis Fuller. Playing at both linebacker and safety, the junior used the Badger Sports 7-on-7 competition to adjust to his new position in the secondary after playing mostly linebacker in high school.

“I’m working on trying to be a better safety,” Fuller said. “All of the colleges recruiting me are recruiting me as a strong safety. I’ve never played it before so I’m working on my feet, turning my hips and getting my body right. I just want to show everybody that I’m capable of playing the safety position and showing them what I’m capable of doing.”

The 6-foot-2, 185 pound athlete displayed good quickness but was timid at times while in coverage. Thin for a linebacker, Fuller readily admitted that he would try to add some weight despite changing positions.

“I’ll be playing safety in the spring,” he said. “I still want to get bigger and bulk up 10, 15 pounds. I don’t want to get up to like 230 though.”

Holding scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, UCF and UCLA, Fuller wore a Miami hat most of the afternoon and did not shy away from expressing his excitement over his most recent offer from the Hurricanes.

“We went down there last Saturday and again on Thursday,” he said. “That’s two times in one week and we talked with Coach (Al) Golden and (defensive backs coach Paul Williams). I was really excited about it. We went down there for the first spring practice.

“Illinois is recruiting me very, very heavily. Top five, Miami is number one, Clemson number two. Alabama is number three but I don’t have an offer. Georgia Tech maybe and then Illinois.”

Although Miami is firmly in the lead, Fuller’s recruitment also has one other factor that will have an effect on where he plays college football.

“Me and Christian Brown, a defensive tackle at my school, we’re going to go to the same college,” Fuller said. “The plan is to commit, maybe, after spring or right at the beginning of the fall.”

Brown’s offer list doesn’t quite match up with Fuller’s but the two do share several offers and both figure to pick up several more over the next few months.

Crow solid throwing and in commitment

The Elite 11 competition in Orlando featured a spirited competition among many of the top quarterbacks from the region and Miami commit Gray Crow was one of several that stood out from the pack. Although he might not have been the top guy at the event, he did turn in a solid performance even if he thought it wasn’t that great.

“Personally, I’m a perfectionist, so I felt like I left a little out here,” Crow said. “I felt like I could have done better. I’m going to take these drills I learned out here and use them to try and improve every single time I put my cleats on.”

Though several schools have reached out and continued to recruit him, Crow remains firmly committed to the Hurricanes for a number of reasons.

“It was my favorite school as a little kid and the combination of academics and the relationship with Coach (Jedd) Fisch and Coach Golden,” he said. “The type of people they are, match my personality. I really like that and having a pro-style offense. Then you get to play at a school like Miami also.”

“I’m set on Miami, no doubt about it.”

The Clearwater (Fla.) product recently traveled down to see Miami go through spring practice and was impressed with the new direction of the program under Golden.

“The practices are very different, very fast paced,” Crow said. “He just brings the attitude that we want to win. He has very good character like myself and he’s going in there and picking everybody back up.”

News and notes

- In addition to Crow and the other quarterbacks mentioned in an earlier update, Tampa (Fla.) quarterback Greg Windham stood out. Earning a coveted yellow jersey as one of the most accurate passers, Windham was very fluid when throwing the ball and has decent size at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds.

- Orlando (Fla.) quarterback Nick Patti surprised with a great arm despite being about 5-foot-10. A quick release and an accurate arm normally gets attention at Elite 11 competitions and Patti earned a yellow jersey as well on top of being named one of the best at the event. The only knock seems to be his height but he is a player and showed his competitiveness off at the event. He was scheduled to throw at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 later in the day but pulled a muscle according to the Orlando Sentinel.

- Class of 2013 quarterback Akeem Jones displayed a cannon of an arm in both events Saturday. He has great size at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and gets the ball to the receiver in a hurry. Jones is still raw as a passer but making the elite travel team as a sophomore is an indication of just how talented he is. He might end up playing wide receiver in college but he’s got a good head on his shoulders and a great work ethic so it wouldn’t be too surprising if he ended up getting a shot to play quarterback first.

- Former Colorado coach Dan Hawkins is an instructor at the Elite 11 this year. The always enthusiastic Hawkins said he will be attending several spring practices, starting with BYU next week, and instructing at the Elite 11 camps on the weekend. His son, former Colorado quarterback and Elite 11 counselor Cody Hawkins, is in Sweden preparing to play quarterback for a team there.

- Teams from South Florida dominated the Badger Sports event, with three going undefeated in round-robin play. Elite travel team South Florida Express went a perfect 4-0 and had an unbelievable collection of talent at wide receiver, led by LSU commit Avery Johnson and Herb Waters. The South Florida Blur were led by several good performances from wide out Jamie Wilson.

- Florida commit Matt Jones did not play with an undisclosed injury.

- Orlando (Fla.) defensive back Ty Law said he recently picked up offers from N.C. State and West Virginia.

 
 
 
 
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