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Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:53 pm
 

Defensive end Whitehead picks N.C. State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not often a recruit chooses one school over one that played for an SEC title and another who played in a BCS game. That's just what Lithonia (Ga.) defensive end Kenderius Whitehead did however, feeling more comfortable at N.C. State than any other school that was recruiting him.

“I was looking for the best school for me, as far as playing time and my education,” Whitehead told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I want to do computer science and N.C. State is a great school for that degree.”

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound pass rusher picked the school over his other finalists, Georgia and Clemson. Many thought that the Bulldogs were in prime position to land Whitehead but it appeared that heading away from home was a factor in his recruitment.

 “I grew up around Athens my whole life,” he said. “I thought about this decision a lot. I just want to see some different places and do different things.”

Whitehead's commitment gives the Wolfpack 22 for the class of 2012 with Signing Day fast-approaching. He is among the highest-rated the staff has landed a pledge from, with Maxpreps ranking him as the 23rd prospect at his position.

"Kenderius shows the speed and quickness off the edge that the college scouts like," said analyst Tom Lemming. "Needs to add weight and strength but his ability to bend off the edge and then explode into the backfield has impressed many a scouts. He shows very quick hands and the ability to play off blocks and find the ball. He has impressed everyone with his hustle, desire, and aggressive style of play. Plays DE in high school and could wind up playing OLB in college."
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:39 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:15 pm
 

Pre-Signing Day ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the ACC.

  Boston College (15)

Offensive lineman Jim Cashman (Haddonfield, N.J.)
Athlete Dan Crimmins (Demarest, N.J.)
Linebacker Steven Daniels (Worcester, Mass.)
Defensive back Donovan Henry (West  Rosbury, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Defensive tackle Jaxon Hood (Chandler, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Harrison Jackson (Purcellville, Va.)
Athlete Bryce Jones (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Linebacker Tim Joy (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Defensive end Malachi Moore (Sparta, N.J.)
Defensive back Justin Simmons (Stuart, Fla.)
Linebacker Mike Strizak (Ramsey, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Frank Taylor (Warminster, Pa.)
Linebacker Bobby Wolford (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Joel Zoungrana (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)


  Clemson (20)

Defensive lineman Martin Aiken (Bamberg, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Isaiah Battle (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive back Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Zac Brooks (Jonesboro, Ark.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Josh Brown (Aiken, S.C.)
Linebacker T.J. Burrell (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.)
Defensive tackle Kevin Dodd (Chatham, Va.)
Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan (Fairfax, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Oliver Jones (Ninety Six, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Javarius Leamon (Woodruff, S.C.)
Athlete Jay Jay McCullough (Fort Mill, S.C.)
Kicker Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.)
Defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (Aiken, S.C.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Marty Williams (North Augusta, S.C.)


  Duke (18)

Tight end Daniel Beilinson (Cary, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Casey Blaser (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive back Devon Edwards (Covington, Ga.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Defensive tackle Terrell Jackson (Columbus, Ohio)
Kicker Ross Martin (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Defensive back Corbin McCarthy (Norco, Calif.)
Wide receiver Anthony Nash (West Chester, Pa.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Running back Shaquille Powell (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Quarterback Thomas Sirk (Glen St. Mary, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tanner Stone (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive back Michael Westray (Waldorf, Md.)
Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)
Defensive end A.J. Wolfe (Tarrytown, N.Y.)
Defensive end Carlos Wray (Shelby, N.C.)


  Florida State (16)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Punter Cason Beatty (Charlotte, N.C.)
Wide receiver Marvin Bracy (Orlando, Fla.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Daniel Glauser (Roswell, N.M.)
Tight end Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif.)
Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Menelik Watson (Manchester, England/Saddleback Juco)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)
Quarterback Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012


  Georgia Tech (17)

Offensive lineman Will Adams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Marcus Allen (Hilliard, Fla.)
Athlete Dennis Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Anthony Autry (Norcross, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Freddie Burden (Statesboro, Ga.)
Defensive end Roderick Chungong (Olney, Md.)
Athlete Antonio Crawford (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Pat Gamble (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis (Clayton, Victoria, Australia)
Defensive back Lynn Griffin (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Kicker Ryan Rodwell (Deland, Fla.)
Linebacker Tyler Stargel (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Athlete Michael Summers (Statesboro, Ga.)
Quarterback Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back D.J. White (McDonough, Ga.)


  Maryland (23)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Running back Wes Brown (Olney, Md.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (Willingboro, N.J.)
Defensive back Sean Davis (Washington, D.C.)
Linebacker Brock Dean (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end P.J. Gallo (Holland, Pa.)
Defensive back Isaac Goins (San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa JUCO)
Running back Kenneth Goins (Baltimore, Md.)
Linebacker Dallas Griffiths (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Alvin Hill (Locust Grove, Ga.)
Quarterback Perry Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Linebacker Stefan Houston (Clarksburg, Md.)
Wide receiver Levern Jacobs (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Linebacker Abner Logan (Brookline, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Anthony Nixon (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Shawn Petty (Greenbelt, Md.)
Athlete Albert Reid (Washington, D.C.)
Athlete Joe Riddle (Frederick, Md.)
Quarterback Caleb Rowe (Greer, S.C.)
Linebacker Avery Thompson (Chesapeake, Va.)


  Miami (31)

Defensive tackle Jacoby Briscoe (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Deon Bush (Miami, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Defensive back Vernon Davis (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Preston Dewey (Austin, Texas)
Running back Danny Dillard (Venice, Fla.)
Defensive back Nate Dortch (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Taylor Gadbois (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive back Ladarius Gunter (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott JUCO)
Defensive end Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Dwayne Hoilett (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Athlete Brandon Holifield (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Larry Hope (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Daniel Isidora (Weston, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver D'Mauri Jones (Leesburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Wide receiver Malcolm Lewis (Miramar, Fla.)
Wide receiver Robert Lockhart (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive end Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Earl Moore (Tampa, Fla.)
Linebacker Reggie Northrup (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Jake O'Donnell (Doylestown, Pa.)
Defensive end Gabriel Terry (Wellington, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Herb Waters (Homestead, Fla.)
Linebacker Josh Witt (Weston, Fla.)


  North Carolina (17)

Quarterback Kanler Coker (Flowerly Branch, Ga.)
Athlete Kedrick Davis (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman John Ferranto (Burlington, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Jon Heck (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive back Tyreece Jiles (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Peterson (Auburn, Ala.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Jessie Rogers (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Malik Simmons (Lehigh Acres, Fla.)
Running back Nathan Staub (Buford, Ga.)
Defensive end Justin Thomason (McDonough, Ga.)
Athlete Damien Washington (Kannapolis, N.C.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)


  N.C. State (22)

Defensive tackle Deylan Buntyn (Roswell, N.M.)
Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Marchez Coates (Mofret, Md.)
Offensive lineman Eddie Gordon (Boilling Springs, S.C.)
Wide receiver Xavier Griffin (Newark, Del.)
Tight end David Grinnage (Newark, Del.)
Wide receiver Charlie Hegedus (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle K'Hardree Hooker (Deep Run, N.C.)
Defensive back Jarnor Jones (Lithonia, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Bryce Kennedy (Southern Pines, N.C.)
Defensive end Tyler Knox (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Quincy McKinney (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive end Desmond Owino (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive back Majid Salahuddin (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Quarterback Manny Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.)
Quarterback James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)
Running back Shadrach Thornton (Hinesville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman John Tu'uta (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Athlete Lakeith Walls (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive end Kenderius Whitehead (Lithonia, Ga.)
Defensive end Joe Wright (Greenville, N.C.)


  Virginia (26)

Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jamall Brown (Hampton, Va.)
Athlete Maurice Canady (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Tyrell Chavis (Richmond, Va.)
Wide receiver Anthony Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Tight end Kyle Dockins (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)
Wide receiver Adrian Gamble (Fork Union, Va.)
Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Defensive end Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Matt Johns (Warrington, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Sean Karl (Manorville, N.Y.)
Quarterback Greyson Lambert (Jesup, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Andre Miles-Redmond (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Michael Mooney (Malvern, Pa.)
Defensive back C.J. Moore (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Michael Moore (Hyattsville, Md.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Kyle Morgan (Somerset, N.J.)
Wide receiver Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Kelvin Rainey (Houston, Texas)
Athlete Canaan Severin (Worcester, Mass.)
Athlete Max Valles (Hammonton, N.J.)
Running back Divante Walker (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Courtnye Wynn (Norfolk, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012


  Virginia Tech (26)

Defensive end Woody Baron (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jawand Blue (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Linebacker Deon Clarke (Chesterfield, Va.)
Running back J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va.)
Offensive lineman Augie Conte (Powhatan, Va.)
Defensive end Seth Dooley (Salem, Va.)
Linebacker Trey Edmunds (Ringgold, Va.)
Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Running back Drew Harris (Exton, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Mark Irick (St. Matthews, S.C.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive end Jarontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Chris Mangus (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Athlete Brenden Motley (Christianburg, Va.)
Defensive back Donovan Riley (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive tackle Alston Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Wide receiver Thomas Smith (Williamsburg, Va.)
Wide receiver Joshua Stanford (Lithonia, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Adam Taraschke (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)
Linebacker Devin Vandyke (Lorton, Va.)
Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Nigel Williams (Richmond, Va.)
Athlete Jerome Wright (Highland Springs, Va.)


  Wake Forest (18)

Defensive end Josh Banks (Apex, N.C.)
Quarterback Tyler Cameron (Jupiter, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jared Crump (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Quarterback Steve Donatell (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Linebacker Dominique Gibson (Belle Glade, Fla.)
Tight end Zach Gordon (Carrollton, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Ty Haworth (Kingsport, Tenn.)
Athlete Ryan Janvion (Hialeah, Fla.)
Athlete Kevis Jones (Oakland Park, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Seffner, Fla.)
Linebacker Teddy Matthews (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)
Tight end Anthony Rook (Greenville, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Will Smith (Christchurch, Va.)
Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)
Defensive back LaRonji Vason (Prattville, Ala.)
Defensive back James Ward (Deland, Fla.)
Running back Joshua Wilhite (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Jonathan Williams (Atlanta, Ga.)




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Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:47 am
 

Todd Gurley heads to Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just as they have in past years, Georgia is closing well in the lead up to Signing Day and added another piece of the puzzle last week with the commitment of Tarboro (N.C.) athlete Todd Gurley.

"It was very difficult just having all of these great schools recruiting me," Gurley told UGASports.com. "It kind of came down to Clemson and Georgia and me taking that visit. I kind of love Clemson and always wanted to play there, but deep down inside Georgia is where my heart was at so that's where I needed to be."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder plays primarily at running back and is a very nice complement to fellow Bulldog Keith Marshall in the 2012 class. Gurley was able to see Georgia at a low point during the season and the high point and hopes to give fans more of the latter once he heads to Athens.

"It didn't really bother me too much because they lost to two great teams. Boise State had a lot of experience and a lot of seniors and South Carolina just had a great team," he said. "Then I came back for a visit for the Kentucky game and watched them clinch the East and how big that was for them."

Gurley rushed for over 2,300 yards and 38 touchdowns during his senior season and becomes the 17th class of 2012 commitment for Georgia.

"Todd has a straight up and down running style, great burst, vision, and shows good running instincts," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He can quickly get to the perimeter to cause damage on the outside and is big enough to be effective between the tackles."

Photo by Troy Cherry
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:12 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 1:04 pm
 

West takes Army All-American Bowl 24-12



Posted by Bryan Fischer


SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Plenty of the nation's top recruits defended upon the Alamodome for yet another U.S. Army All-American Bowl and once again they did not disappoint. The final of the three major high school football all-star games wrapped up a busy start to 2012 with a West victory over the East 24-12 before a record crowd of 39,011 that put college bowl games to shame with the amount of talent on the field and the number of people in the stands.

"It was a great week," said Westlake Village (Calif.) wide receiver Jordan Payton. "It's so great to be out here with (the Army), that's the best part. It's an honor to be playing with all these guys, I love them all. I feel like we've been playing forever. It's been the best week of my life and football career."

Payton did not end up with a reception during the game but was one of 14 players to put on a school hat and commit. In the four-star receiver's case, he was one of three players to verbally pledge to California on national television, giving the Golden Bears as big of a win Saturday afternoon as the West squad.

"I think this is going to be real big," Sacramento (Calif.) safety and Maxpreps' number five overall player Shaq Thompson said. "Our class, the 2012 class, is really going to change things."

The top defensive tackle in the country and number eight overall player in the class, Monrovia (Calif.) product Ellis McCarthy was the other commitment.

"I just really like Coach Tosh (Lupoi) ," McCarthy said on NBC. "I like the progam a lot and I've built a relationship with him and the team."

While there was plenty of attention paid to the recruiting story lines taking place behind the end zone, there were also several players who had no trouble finding the area for six points either. The West took the opening drive 44 yards in eight plays and was capped off with a four-yard quarterback keeper by Washington commit Cyler Miles for the game's first points.

The East squad answered right back on the next series, marching down the field in a 10-play, 77-yard drive that saw Norfolk (Va.) linebacker and Virginia commit Kwontie Moore flip over to fullback and take it in for a two-yard touchdown.

"There was some real talent here and it was an honor to be on the same field as them," East quarterback and LSU pledge Gunner Kiel said. "This was the best of the best."

The Columbus (Ind.) signal-caller finished the day 3-of-6 for 71 yards and one interception to lead his team in passing. Kiel was one of several quarterbacks under siege by the opposing defensive line and struggled to stay in the pocket to find time to throw. The number two overall prospect in the class of 2012, he was overshadowed in the game by the only other player above him in the rankings, Hillcrest (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder had what wound up as the deciding touchdown late in the 2nd quarter, connecting with Miles on a 79-yard pass with a one-handed grab over future Clemson defensive back Travis Blanks before pulling away for the score. The play was the longest touchdown pass in the bowl's history.

"It was great, some of these guys will probably start wherever they go to school," Green-Beckham said. "I came out here to get ready for next year and try to be the best worker out here.

"It was a big adjustment speed-wise but I wanted to just come out here and keep competing."

Green-Beckham and Miles were named co-MVPs for the victorious West team but the record that will be in future Army Bowl programs was just as meaningful for the quarterback.

"That's a great honor," Miles said. "It's a great feeling, (Green-Beckham) has such a range. You can put it in a lot of places. 6-6, 225, you really can't miss with him."

East defensive back Yuri Wright, who is uncommitted but considering Notre Dame, Michigan and Rutgers among others, also covered Green-Beckham was equally impressed.

"Dorial Green-Beckham is a really good player," Wright said. "I'm not going to lie, he's really good."

Both teams finished about even in the yardage department (202 for the West, 198 for the East) but turnovers turned a close game into a rout. UCLA-bound corner Ishmael Adams had one interception while Texas pledge Kendall Sanders grabbed two to help shut down the East passing game.

With all-star games typically dominated by defensive lines that can force quarterbacks out of the pocket, the West stood up to the test better and was able to help protect Miles, 7-of-8, 155 yards and two total touchdowns, and buy him plenty of time to find his targets.

"The offensive line did great, I'm proud with those guys," he said. "That goes back to coaching during the week. We prepared great and we showed it. The o-line definitely performed today."

"You have to be ready for this, you knew you were going to play against all-stars from across the country and they play big time football," Uncommitted West offensive tackle Zach Banner said. "For you to come out here and not expect it, you're either cocky or you're stupid. I knew what these guys were going to bring and I think I raised my game."




Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:42 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 8:02 pm
 

DE Jonathan Bullards commits to Florida

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Shelby (N.C.) defensive end Jonathan Bullard had Florida as his leader throughout most of his recruitment but had Clemson surge late to lead many to guess that would be where he'd wind up at in February. He made things public with an announcement Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and headed South.

"I will be attending the University of Florida," Bullard said. "QUOTE."

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder also considered South Carolina but this pretty much came down to a two-school race for his services. Head coach Will Muschamp and staff are getting a good one in Bullard, who turned in a terrific senior season with 16 sacks and over 80 tackles.

"He shows the speed, strength, quickness, burst, and determination needed to become an impact DE at the next level," analyst Tom Lemming said. "This guy dominates from his DE position, has an exceptionally quick first step, and is as explosive as they come. A quick twitch athlete with a great motor, he's highly competitive and relentless when in pursuit. He is a pass rusher who will not stay blocked."

Bullard is rated as the 14th best defensive end and 124th overall in the class of 2012 by Maxpreps.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:45 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Top 10 linebacker Nick Dawson picks Louisville

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Charlotte (N.C.) linebacker Nick Dawson is one of the top players on the East Coast but will be playing college football a little more in the middle of the country, announcing Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he was committing to Louisville.

"I'm going to go back home to my home state," Dawson said. "I just wanted to pick my school and where is going to be the best fit for me. It's not where you play and it's how you progress and I'm going to take my talents to Louisville."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is a huge pickup for head coach Charlie Strong and indicative of how far he has elevated the program. Dawson can play either inside or outside but is ranked by Maxpreps as the 10th best outside linebacker in the class of 2012.

"He's a sideline to sideline type of backer, shows good speed, instincts, and the ability to read QB's," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Film shows him dominating at both the end and tackle positions."

Dawson selected Louisville over Clemson and N.C. State.



Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:18 pm
 

1/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Tennessee commit Alton 'Pig' Howard is reconsidering his options with the changes at the program. Two recruits from Georgia have already parted ways.

 Ex-Florida recruit Mike Davis reveals what went wrong with the Gators.

 Notre Dame target Josh Garnett is on top of his game on and off the field.

 Offensive tackle Avery Young is down to Auburn, Florida and Georgia.

 Two class of 2011 players finally enrolled at Washington.

 Charlie Weis named a recruiting coordinator at Kansas and he's a familiar face.

 Playing in the Orange Bowl puts Clemson in a recruiting hotbed.

 Recruits are avoiding Penn State with the scandal and uncertainty at head coach.

 Junior college quarterback Cody Sokol picked Iowa over Arizona.

Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:31 am
 

West wins Rising Seniors Bowl in 2013 showcase

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ATLANTA -- The top juniors in the state of Georgia became friends all during the week but as soon as they donned the gray and blue uniforms and took to the field at Grady Stadium, just about everybody flipped a switch and turned into competitors.

Though there was a slight talent disparity in favor of the West squad, the East almost pulled off the upset but couldn't convert a blocked punt into points with under a minute left and fell 27-20 in the 2011 edition of the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl.

The West roster featured plenty of Division I talent and was heavily favored by practice observers with players such as LaGrange (Ga.) linebacker and Alabama commitment Reuben Foster and Newnan (Ga.) and Georgia commit Tray Matthews. The team struggled on offense all night outside of a few big plays but managed to keep the lead thanks to special teams and defense. Foster didn't play as big of a role as many imagined, leaving with a concussion early in the game after making a tackle for a loss and hitting his head.

The two teams took several drives to get their feet under them in fact, before Alpharetta (Ga.) quarterback Joshua Dobbs was inserted for the East squad. He moved the offense efficiently, kept his eyes downfield and easily finished with the best passing numbers in the game, connecting on 20-of-31 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns.

"It was a great game and I had the opportunity to compete against the best talent around Georgia," Dobbs said. "My goal was just to come out here and prove myself, listen to the great speakers and enjoy the entire experience."

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound signal-caller holds just a scholarship offer from Princeton but is hearing from schools such as Duke, Vanderbilt and Stanford. With a good frame and the ability to take off and run (he led the East in rushing with 40 yards), Dobbs could be the latest under the radar recruit to emerge from the Rising Seniors game.

"There was a lot of good talent on the other side of the football," he said. "It always feels good to be successful in any game you play though."

Several all-purpose threats made a big impact for each side and provided some electrifying plays during the few times anybody was in the open field. Marietta (Ga.) running back Tyren Jones was the leading rusher and receiver for the West squad with 116 all-purpose yards and played a major role in his team's victory.

"We came in pretty cocky, we were figuring we were kind of stacked," said Jones. "We knew we were going to come together as a team and pull through with a win.

Jones already has offers from Duke, Georgia and Vanderbilt and could pick up a few more in the coming months after attending several Junior Days throughout the South. He scored go-ahead touchdown late in 4th quarter on a 44 yard run up the middle that showcased his pull-away speed.

Norcross (Ga.) athlete Alvin Kamara also flashed plenty of speed Friday night and should be in line for several more offers beyond the single one he holds from Syracuse.

"They lined me up in the slot so I just tried to come out here and play it as best that I could," Kamara said. "I really found out this week that I'm pretty versatile. I can play running back, catch, run the ball, do it all.

"I feel like I'm a little underrated so playing on (ESPN3.com) helped increase my stock a little bit hopefully."

Kamara appeared to be the fastest player on the field at times and impressed even his opponents with his quickness and ability to turn the corner. He's currently hearing from Georgia Tech and Maryland and could be close to picking up another offer in the next few weeks.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Vienna (Ga.) defensive tackle Montravious Adams had his name called all night among the players in the trenches. He racked up two tackles, a sack, forced a fumble and blocked a punt. It was a standout performance for a player from one of the smaller schools in the state.

"It was a lot harder than from where I'm from," Adams said. "Where I'm from, they're not that big and they're not that strong. If they play like that in college and I play like I did, I'll be a hall of famer."

Adams already holds a Clemson offer and feels Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Florida State are close.

Special teams was the biggest reason why the West was able to win the game. The squad had three blocked punts - one for a touchdown - and had the field position advantage most of the night. Matthews blocked an extra point on the East's final touchdown of the night and played well roaming the secondary at safety. His biggest impact however, was on a 2nd quarter kickoff return that he took 93-yards for a score.

"I was just hoping I'd find a little crease," Matthews said. "I stuttered stepped a little bit. Then I found that hole and burst through it and show everybody my speed. Hit the hole and score the touchdown."

Georgia's class of 2012 is just a few months from signing letter of intents an is among the deepest classes in recent memory. Based on the Rising Juniors game however, the class of 2013 should have no problem stating their case to be just a little bit better.
 
 
 
 
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