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Posted on: April 15, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Gator four-star signee McRoy transfers to Tx Tech

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

For Tommy Tuberville and Texas Tech, an impressive Signing Day haul has turning into an impressive Signing Spring haul as prospects around in the country have turned towards Lubbock after electing to leave their original destinations.

Per Red Raider Sports, Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Javares McRoy has asked for his release from Florida (one the Gators have granted) with the intent of transferring to Tech. A consensus four-star prospect who Maxpreps' Tom Lemming ranked the No. 24 wide receiver in the class of 2011 , McRoy is the second major catch for the Red Raiders in two days; just yesterday, Pennsylvania top-10 defensive tackle Delvon Simmons (who asked for a release from North Carolina after his defensive line coach left the Tar Heels) announced he would also be attending Texas Tech.

As for McRoy, he originally committed to Tech back in early 2010, following in the footsteps of his brother Ben McRoy, a sophomore running back for the Red Raiders. But he later switched his commitment to the Gators, stuck with it even after the hire of Will Muschamp, and enrolled early in Gainesville to go through spring drills.

But apparently those spring workouts under Muschamp and Charlie Weis didn't go smoothly, and with his brother already there and his preexisting familiarity with the Red Raider coaching staff, Lubbock was a natural landing spot.

And so at week's end, what was already one of the best 2011 classes in the Big 12 has gotten much, much better. (And what was already a somewhat underwhelming first effort for Muschamp -- by Gator standards, anyway -- has gotten a little bit more underwhelming.)



Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Alabama out in front for top 2013 recruit

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

Alabama, fresh off a stellar 2011 recruiting class that closed with Cyrus Kouandjio, is already making big strides with the class of 2012, gaining verbal pledges from eight recruits, including Eddie Williams, Kenyan Drake, and Reggie Ragland.

However, the Crimson Tide is also out in the lead for one of the country's top recruits for the class of 2013: Troup (LaGrange, Ga.) linebacker Reuben Foster.

Foster, who is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, has tremendous size to go along with excellent instinct for such a young linebacker. He recently visited Alabama, where he got to spend time with current players and chat with head coach Nick Saban. He came away extremely impressed.

"They treat me like I'm part of the family already," Foster wrote in a text.

Asked if Alabama was his early leader, he replied, "Oh ya."

Foster also hopes to visit a geographically diverse group of schools that includes South Carolina, Texas and Oregon.

ZACH BANNER HAS OPTIONS 

Zach Banner, one of the nation's top offensive linemen in the class of 2012, has plenty of options to weigh in the recruiting process. The 6-9, 310-pounder has received offers from across the country.

According to Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.) head coach Dave Miller, Banner has been recruited heavily by many Pac-10 programs, but he also has an interest in several schools far from home, including Ohio State and Michigan.

The Wolverines in particular seem to have piqued Banner's interest.

"Michigan is back in with Hoke, going back to the big road graders," Miller said. "Getting the offer from Michigan last week was really exciting for Zach."

Miller said that pedigree for producing top tackles could be an important factor in Banner's decision.

JAMIL POLLARD'S FIRST OFFER IS A BIG ONE 

Florida has done well recruiting in New Jersey recently, landing the likes of Justin Trattou, Will Hill, and Josh Evans. The Gators are hoping to continue that trend by landing West Deptford (Westville, N.J.) two-way lineman Jamil Pollard.

Last week, Florida became the first program to offer the 6-5, 270-pounder, according to West Deptford head coach Clyde Folsom.

Pollard is thought to be a Rutgers lean, but the Scarlet Knights have yet to offer. By offering first, Florida has left an impression on one of the Garden State's best underclassmen.

COACHES ARE LINING UP FOR DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM 

Arguably the nation's top junior, Dorial Green-Beckham continues to be inundated with interest from colleges.

The verbal offers — from nearly every school in the country — had already poured in. Recently, Hillcrest was inundated with college coaches who are attempting to land the 6-6, talent-laden receiver.

According to Tracy Beckham, nearly a dozen head coaches visited the school in January before National Signing Day, from Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino to former Notre Dame head coach and current Florida assistant Charlie Weis.

With the sad news of Green-Beckham's younger brother Darnell being diagnosed with Leukemia, Green-Beckham may be more likely to play his college ball close to home, as the two share a close relationship.

DAVID PERKINS VISITS NOTRE DAME FOR JUNIOR DAY 

David Perkins, a standout athlete at Washington (South Bend, Ind.), visited Notre Dame for Junior Day over the weekend.

The Fighting Irish have yet to offer Perkins, who claims offers from Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Louisville and several MAC schools.

Perkins transferred to Washington after originally beginning his high school career in Michigan. He finished his junior season with 63 tackles and 13 sacks.

BOSCO QUARTET FAR FROM MAKING DECISIONS 

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) boasts four juniors who will be highly sought-after in the next recruiting cycle: defensive end Darius Hamilton, wide receiver Leonte Carroo, and defensive backs Elijah Shumate and Yuri Wright.

The four played an instrumental role in Don Bosco Prep's 12-0 season last year, and figure to be key players for the Ironmen in 2011. All four have heard from numerous colleges and have yet to narrow down their list of schools.

Hamilton is the son of former New York Giants defensive tackle Keith Hamilton, who attended Pitt. The Panthers have already offered the younger Hamilton, who could be the mostly highly coveted of the four.

Photos by Jeff Napier and Dan Coppola.
Posted on: February 4, 2011 9:44 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Brissett heads to Florida against mother's wishes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

They say mother knows best but for West Palm Beach (Fla.) quarterback Jacoby Brissett, the appeal of playing in the Swamp for offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was enough to go against his own mother's wishes.

MaxPreps’ 10th-ranked dual-threat quarterback, Brissett selected Florida over Miami, Wisconsin and Washington at a ceremony before his basketball game Friday night. After announcing his choice, the Sun Sentinel reported that he did not sign his letter of intent and that his family continue to talk to him about his decision to join the Gators.

"It's not my choice. I didn't like the way Florida handled the process," Brissett’s mother, Ellicia Brown told the Sun Sentinel. "I was never able to meet the head coach. All the other coaches took the time to come and meet me. Will (Muschamp) never did. I never met him face to face. And I find that very disrespectful. I'm just hurt by the whole process."

Brown said her and Brissett’s cousin, current Miami wide receiver Travis Benjamin, would continue to lobby the quarterback to sign with the Hurricanes.

Also a standout basketball player at Dwyer High, Brissett was told he would be allowed to try out for the basketball team at all four schools under consideration.

Related story: Texas A&M commit Floyd Raven’s mother forged his signature on his Letter of Intent sent to Ole Miss.

Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:47 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Who could win the Heisman from the class of 2011?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Now that the deadline to declare for the NFL Draft has come and gone, it’s never too early to take a look at who might be in the frontrunners for the 2011 Heisman Trophy. With National Signing Day approaching however, who from the class of 2011 might one day end up hearing his name called in New York? Here’s five recruits who could end up hoisting the trophy sometime during their college careers (in alphabetical order):

Malcolm Brown

Cibolo (TX), 6-foot, 220 pound running back. Committed to Texas. 

Since Ricky Williams won the Heisman in 1998, Texas has had just two running backs finish in the top ten in the country in rushing (Jamaal Charles in 2007 and Cedric Benson in 2004). That’s two players in the top ten in 13 years. With the Texas offense looking more like North Texas’, expect a healthy dose of Brown as a freshman in order to take the load of whoever will be the quarterback in 2011. Brown hits the hole hard and is a North-South runner. He might have to adjust to the speed of the game and improve his vision after getting the ball but there’s no reason he couldn’t become the next Texas back to crack the national rushing list. He will also have the advantage of having a channel devoted to showing his highlights 24/7.

Jadeveon Clowney 

Rock Hill (SC), 6-foot-6, 250 pound defensive end. Considering Alabama, South Carolina and Clemson. 

Defensive players have had to climb Mount Everest just to be invited to New York for the Heisman but 2009’s push by Ndamukong Suh should have others reconsidering before writing off a defensive player. Clowney is the most advanced defensive end coming out of high school in some time, having the speed, size and explosiveness you look for. One NFL scout told my colleague Bruce Feldman he would draft Clowney in the first round in this year’s NFL Draft. A season where he could at least replicate Suh’s stats in 2009 (12 sacks, 23 tackles for a loss) isn’t out of the question and given the recognition he already has, one has to have Clowney on the list somewhere.

Jeff Driskel

Oviedo (FL), 6-foot-4, 225 pound quarterback. Committed to Florida. 

Being the quarterback at Florida generally positions a player to make a run at the Heisman no matter what you do the season before. With Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator and installing in a pro-style offense, Driskel has the chance to put up very good numbers when he eventually takes over under center. His legs are an asset but he has a very strong arm and quick release. The best quarterback in the class, Driskel has a chance to turn things around at Florida and then take a trip north to New York.

Jerrard Randall

Hollywood (FL), 6-foot-2, 190 pound quarterback. Committed to Oregon. 

Unless you’re a die-hard recruitnik or Oregon fan, you might be wondering who Randall is. A dual-thread QB from talent-rich South Florida, Randall is slated to take over for Darron Thomas eventually. Given the numbers Thomas and his predecessors have put up in Oregon’s prolific offense, it’s no surprise to find Randall on this list. Chris Houston, better known as the Heisman Pundit, has touted Randall as possible Heisman winner and if you watch some tape, it’s hard to disagree. A strong arm and the speed of a fast running back, Randall might be the player who can bring home the Heisman that former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon almost did.

De’Anthony Thomas 

Los Angeles (CA), 5-foot-9, 165 pound athlete. Committed to USC. 

Being the running back at USC usually sets you up pretty well to win the Heisman. After all, five Trojan running backs have won the award (well, four actually). In the backfield is where Thomas says he will play at USC but he might be better suited in the secondary. With scholarship limits hitting USC over the next few years, head coach Lane Kiffin might choose to play Thomas on both sides of the ball. Nicknamed ‘The Black Mamba,’ he could be a factor in all three-phases of the game in the mold of Heisman winner Charles Woodson.

Posted on: January 17, 2011 9:33 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Sorry Charlie, Florida commit switches to ND

Posted by Bryan Fischer
You knew that former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis would cross paths with his old school in his new job but maybe not this soon. Just a week after joining the Florida as offensive coordinator following the Kansas City Chiefs playoff loss, Weis had his first major decommitment on offense in Kirtland (OH) offensive lineman Chase Hounshell.

A 6-foot-5, 240 pound tackle, Hounshell confirmed on his Twitter page that he switched his pledge to the Irish, saying, "I committed 2 the Univ of Notre Dame!!! Want 2 thank Gator Country for all ur support, You guys are the best, but I had 2 do whats best for me."

Hounshell had committed to Urban Meyer and Florida in August and reaffirmed his commitment to the Gators after an in-home visit from head coach Will Muschamp and staff this past weekend. Notre Dame staff had an in-home visit Monday evening, shortly before Hounshell committed to the Irish.

He is the third decommitment for Florida since Urban Meyer retired and continues a string of recent high profile commitments for Notre Dame.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 15, 2011 11:02 am
 

1/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NFL playoffs are still going strong this weekend but most college coaches won’t watch a second. Why? This is one of the biggest official visit weekends on the recruiting calendar. One of the many reasons there’s really no offseason in college football. 

- Former Purdue commitment, Marcus Caffey, has changed his mind and is headed to Kentucky. The running back is the seventh player from Georgia to head to the Wildcats. 

- Highly rated linebacker Curtis Grant is taking his official visit to Florida this weekend. He is considering Florida, Ohio State, North Carolina and Virginia. His host will be one of last year’s top recruits Ronald Powell.

- Washington commitment Joel Willis has changed his pledge to a school a little closer to home. The Pacifica (CA) athlete is the latest commit to an impressive California Golden Bears class of 2011. 

- New Colorado coach Jon Embree is experiencing his first recruiting weekend since coming to college from the pros. As Kyle Ringo notes in this story, Embree has made up significant ground given the state of recruiting in the wake of lame duck head coach Dan Hawkins. Things have gotten off to a good start as Colorado has picked up their second verbal commitment under Embree in quarterback Stevie Dorman. 

- Also coming from the pros and going back to college, Charlie Weis made his first recruiting trip as a member of the Florida staff. The former Notre Dame head coach visited quarterback Jacoby Brissett and defensive end/outside linebacker Curt Maggitt. 

- Great story on the academic turnaround of LSU pledge Kenny Hilliard. An Army All-American this year, Hilliard is now getting it done on and off the field. 

- Finally, be sure and check out MaxPreps.com’ ranking of the top 20 recruiting classes as we approach signing day. Plenty of time for teams to move up or down but it’s a good overview of where everybody’s at right now.
 
 
 
 
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