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Posted on: August 2, 2011 3:25 pm
 

End of July ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The month of July has come to a close and what better time to take a broad overview of how a conference is doing on the recruiting trail than the first week in August, roughly six months from Signing Day. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the ACC, where most of the conference is about halfway to a full recruiting class.

  Boston College (13)

Offensive lineman Jim Cashman (Haddonfield, N.J.)
Athlete Dan Crimmins (Demarest, N.J.)
Tight end Sam Grant (North Royalton, Ohio)
Defensive back Donovan Henry (West  Rosbury, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Wide receiver Harrison Jackson (Purcellville, Va.)
Linebacker Tim Joy (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Running back Akeel Lynch (Athol Springs, N.Y.)
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.)
Wide receiver Joel Zoungrana (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)


  Clemson (14)

Defensive lineman Martin Aiken (Bamberg, S.C.)
Defensive back Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Zac Brooks (Jonesboro, Ark.)
Linebacker T.J. Burrell (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan (Fairfax, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Oliver Jones (Ninety Six, S.C.)
Quarterback Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Javarius Leamon (Woodruff, S.C.)
Kicker Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.)
Defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (Aiken, S.C.)


  Duke (14)

Tight end Daniel Beilinson (Cary, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Casey Blaser (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Kicker Ross Martin (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Wide receiver Anthony Nash (West Chester, Pa.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
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 (15)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Punter Cason Beatty (Charlotte, N.C.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.)
Wide receiver Marvin Bracy (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Offensive lineman James Hamilton (Orlando, Fla.)
Tight end Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif.)
Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)


  Georgia Tech (10)

Offensive lineman Will Adams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Marcus Allen (Hilliard, Fla.)
Athlete Dennis Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Athlete Antonio Crawford (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Pat Gamble (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)
Defensive end Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Linebacker Tyler Stargel (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Athlete Michael Summers (Statesboro, Ga.)


  Maryland (14)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (Willingboro, N.J.)
Linebacker Brock Dean (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end P.J. Gallo (Holland, Pa.)
Defensive back Alvin Hill (Locust Grove, Ga.)
Quarterback Perry Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Anthony Nixon (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Shawn Petty (Greenbelt, Md.)
Athlete Joe Riddle (Frederick, Md.)
Quarterback Caleb Rowe (Greer, S.C.)
Linebacker Avery Thompson (Chesapeake, Va.)


  Miami (22)

Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker James Burgess Jr. (Homestead, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Defensive back Vernon Davis (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Preston Dewey (Austin, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive end Dwayne Hoilett (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Athlete Brandon Holifield (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Larry Hope (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver D'Mauri Jones (Leesburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Reggie Northrup (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Jake O'Donnell (Doylestown, Pa.)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Herb Waters (Homestead, Fla.)
Linebacker Josh Witt (Weston, Fla.)


  North Carolina (11)

Athlete Kedrick Davis (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive back Nate Dortch (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Offensive lineman John Ferranto (Burlington, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Jon Heck (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Christian Russell (Chatham, Va.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)


  N.C. State (12)

Defensive tackle Deylan Buntyn (Roswell, N.M.)
Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Quarterback A.J. Doyle (West Roxbury, Mass.)
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 back Majid Salahuddin (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Quarterback Manny Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.)
Quarterback James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)
Defensive end Joe Wright (Greenville, N.C.)


  Virginia (18)

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.)
Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Quarterback Matt Johns (Warrington, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Sean Karl (Manorville, N.Y.)
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.)
Defensive end Michael Moore (Hyattsville, Md.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Max Valles (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Courtnye Wynn (Norfolk, Va.)


  Virginia Tech (23)

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.)
Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Wide receiver Mark Irick (St. Matthews, S.C.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive end Jarontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Athlete Brenden Motley (Christianburg, Va.)
Athlete Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Donovan Riley (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive tackle Alston Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Wide receiver Thomas Smith (Williamsburg, Va.)
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.)


  Wake Forest (9)

Defensive end Josh Banks (Apex, N.C.)
Tight end Zach Gordon (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Seffner, Fla.)
Quarterback Alec Morris (Allen, Texas)
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.)
Running back Joshua Wilhite (Missouri City, Texas)

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Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:39 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 1:28 pm
 

6/30 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- One columnist asks if recruiting rankings are fair.

Lots of talented players coming to Nike's "The Opening" next week.

 Wisconsin coach Brett Bielema talked about recruiting baseball player/transfer student Russell Wilson. 

 Michigan State has 10 commitments and they are looking for more.

  Georgia's "fastest recruit," corner Jonathan Jones, recently accepted an offer from Auburn after visiting there. 

Commitments:

 N.C. State grabbed commitments from tight end David Grinnage, linebacker Manny Stocker and quarterback A.J. Doyle. Duke also landed quarterback Thomas Sirk.

 Nice add for Virginia in offensive tackle Sean Karl. 

 Penn State received a verbal pledge from out-of-state offensive lineman Joey O'Connor.
Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 11:31 am
 

June ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in June and as the temperature gauge continues to rise and we move into July, it's time to see how schools are building their recruiting class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the ACC, where most of the conference has gone over the double-digit commitment mark.

  Boston College (4)

Offensive lineman Jim Cashman (Haddonfield, N.J.)
Tight end Sam Grant (North Royalton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Linebacker Tim Joy (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Frank Taylor (Warminster, Pa.)


  Clemson (12)

Defensive lineman Martin Aiken (Bamberg, S.C.)
Defensive back Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Zac Brooks (Jonesboro, Ark.)
Linebacker T.J. Burrell (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan (Fairfax, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)
Quarterback Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Kicker Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.)
Defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (Aiken, S.C.)


  Duke (11)

Tight end Daniel Beilinson (Cary, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Casey Blaser (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Kicker Ross Martin (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tanner Stone (Dallas, Texas)
Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)
Defensive end A.J. Wolfe (Tarrytown, N.Y.)
Defensive end Carlos Wray (Shelby, N.C.)


  Florida State (13)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Punter Cason Beatty (Charlotte, N.C.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Offensive lineman James Hamilton (Orlando, Fla.)
Tight end Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif.)
Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)


  Georgia Tech (7)

Athlete Dennis Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Pat Gamble (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)
Defensive end Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Linebacker Tyler Stargel (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Athlete Michael Summers (Statesboro, Ga.)


  Maryland (10)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Linebacker Brock Dean (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (Willingboro, N.J.)
Defensive back Alvin Hill (Locust Grove, Ga.)
Quarterback Perry Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Wide receiver A.J. Liddell (Douglasville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)
Athlete Joe Riddle (Frederick, Md.)
Quarterback Caleb Rowe (Greer, S.C.)


  Miami (17)

Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Defensive back Vernon Davis (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Preston Dewey (Austin, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive end Dwayne Hoilett (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Defensive back Larry Hope (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver D'Mauri Jones (Leesburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Jake O'Donnell (Doylestown, Pa.)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)


  North Carolina (10)

Athlete Kedrick Davis (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive back Nate Dortch (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.)
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Christian Russell (Chatham, Va.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)


  N.C. State (4)

Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Wide receiver Xavier Griffin (Newark, Del.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Defensive back James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)

  Virginia (11)

Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)
Athlete Maurice Canady (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Tyrell Chavis (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)
Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Quarterback Matt Johns (Warrington, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Michael Mooney (Malvern, Pa.)
Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Michael Moore (Hyattsville, Md.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Max Valles (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)


  Virginia Tech (12)

Running back J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va.)
Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive end Jarontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Athlete Brenden Motley (Christianburg, Va.)
Athlete Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Donovan Riley (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)


  Wake Forest (3)

Tight end Anthony Rook (Greenville, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)
Defensive back LaRonji Vason (Prattville, Ala.)

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Heath Evans 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Plenty of top players from high school teams all over the state of Florida were in action this past weekend at the 6<sup>th</sup> Annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Tournament. Featuring two teams from MaxPreps' Preseason Top 25 for 2011 and several members from Tom Lemming's Top 100 for 2012, the fields at the King's Academy were filled with fast paced action and plenty of scoring.

One of the standouts was Tampa (Fla.) wide receiver Austin Aikens, who helped propel his team to the title and was one of the top players at the event.

"It felt real good,” Aikens said on Saturday. “I was out there making plays my team needed during the clutch."

While Plant High ended up taking the taking the title for the first time, it was just as satisfying toppling last year's state champion St. Thomas Aquinas, which beat Plant for the championship last fall. Aikens knows, however, that beating Aquinas in the summer is a different matter from beating them in the fall and he's trying to step his game up as a result.

"I'm looking to gain some more weight and polish off my route running and catching skills that I've got as a receiver so I can help my team,” he said. “We're pretty much getting there, we're starting to gel together and become one team and know what each other is thinking. Players are starting to step up when we need them to step up."

Events like Heath Evans are designed not only to give players an outlet to compete but also to showcase their skills. With the spring evaluation period over and the summer camp schedule picking up, Aikens already holds several scholarship offers and is starting to see plenty of attention from college coaches.

"It's going good,” he said. “I have offers from Missouri, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Temple, Boston College. So it's going pretty well for me. I'm still wide open."

While the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is still sorting out his offer list, he maintains he'll likely make a decision after the football season is over. He recently took an unofficial visit to several schools in North Carolina and could be leaning towards heading out of state for college.

"About four weeks ago I went up and visited Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest,” Aikens said. “It was good, I really liked North Carolina's campus and facilities. North Carolina has some interest in me too."

Bauta shines in race to become starter

Palm Beach (Fla.) athlete Faton Bauta is trying to shed the label of “athlete” and get people used to calling him a quarterback. The dual-threat signal caller certainly impressed on the field during the tournament, showing off a strong arm and hitting some tight windows on some of his throws. The transfer from New York is not assured of the starting job just yet so the extra time with his teammates leading up to the season was crucial to developing some chemistry before the pads come on in August.

"It's going very well just being out here with them and competing with them,” Bauta said. “I like the way these guys play and I enjoy throwing the ball to them.

"I usually throw with them a lot on weekends or whenever we get the chance during the week. But out here, it's definitely good to work on the timing, there's more real game situations because you have
defenders."

Dwyer High, ranked 17<sup>th</sup> in the country by MaxPreps, is breaking in several new players into the mix and face the added challenge of moving into a new classification this season. Bauta knows the team needs to gel in the offseason if they want to go from good to great during the regular season.

"We look great but obviously we have a lot to work on,” he said. “We're working towards perfection and we still have a lot of work to do but hopefully we'll be a great team this season. Hopefully we'll win that state championship."

Bauta already holds offers from Alabama, Louisville, Miami and West Virginia among others and a few recent unofficial visits netted him some more.

"Georgia and UCF, that's about it,” he said. “(Georgia) was huge, I went on a pretty big SEC tour and went there and threw for them. They like be a lot and they offered me, I sat down with coach (Mark) Richt and he's a great guy. All of the coaches were great. They're a great school and have top of the line everything. It was great to go out there and see what they're all about."

While several schools continue to recruit Bauta as an athlete, he's a quarterback at heart and that's what he wants to play at the next level.

“That's why I went on the tour, just to show these guys I can throw the ball,” he said. “Hopefully I can show the guys out here that I can throw the ball."

Bauta participated at the Florida State camp on Sunday after wrapping up things in Palm Beach at the Heath Evans tournament. While he doesn't have an offer from the Seminoles at the moment, it's possible they could break into his recruiting with one. Right now however, he's starting to narrow down his list based on a few of his big offers.

"I have a top seven and if you looked at the offers I have, you'd be able to figure it out,” Bauta said. “I'm really just keeping my options open right now in case something pops up with a school. I'm just seeing who likes me and who has the best chance of winning and having the most success during the four years I'm there. I want to get the best connection to the coaches and the players."

Howard makes plays on both sides of the ball

Cornerback Tracey Howard of Miramar (Fla.) knows he doesn't have much left to prove after a stellar junior year and a very good offseason on the all-star travel team South Florida Express. But there he was out in the heat, running routes on offense and playing receivers tight on defense.

"I think it's good because I'm out here with my team rather than as an individual,” Howard said. “I'm on my team getting better, developing chemistry on my team is a good feeling."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound corner is working on getting stronger in the offseason and wants to improve his tackling before the season begins. At the same time he's looking to get better as an individual, Howard constantly has to fight off college recruiters looking to land his services.

"It's picking up,” he said. “It's getting kind of crazy right now but I try to stay humble about it and stay focused about it. I get help from my coaches and my family.

"I'm just staying open with the process. I won't say I have a long time to think about it like a year but I'm just trying to stay open.”

Howard plans on visiting Miami and Florida State soon and has already visited the other in-state power, Florida, for a spring practice. He plans on committing during the middle of the season or on Signing Day, depending on how his visits work out and if he's comfortable with a certain school. In the mean time, he's just doing what's asked of him to help his team win.

"It was good to play some receiver and make plays for my team,” Howard said. “I don't really play offense but I'm out here with my team having fun."

Notes

- One of the underclassmen who had an intriguing blend of size and speed was Tampa (Fla.) linebacker Paris Bostick of Plant High. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder looks like a big safety but he could continue to grow into an outside linebacker. Schools are already interested with him playing safety and while he doesn't have any offers yet, is looking to have a big season after concentrating on getting better this offseason.

"Just get faster and bigger,” Bostick said. “I'm in the weight room a lot with the team but I like to work harder than everybody else. I see people trying to up their game so I'm going to try and up my game more than them and keep my head on and not get into any trouble."

- Virginia Tech commit Donaldven Manning was sporting his future college's logos on some eye black.

- Booker T. Washington was a team full of underclassmen who impressed. They made it to the championship game against Plant but fell just short. Former Miami director of football operations “IceHarris is the head coach at the school now.

Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Clemson adds pair of top flight defensive backs

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Clemson brought in one of, if not the, top linebacker groups as part of their class of 2011 and they are now in good position to being in the top defensive back class in 2012 based on a pair of recent commitments. Fairfax (S.C.) safety Ronald Geohaghan and Top 100 defensive back Travis Blanks of Tallahassee (Fla.) both pledged to the Tigers this week, giving the school two elite players for an already strong recruiting class.

"There's just something about Clemson," Geohaghan told TigerIllustrated.com. "They put out great players in so many sports and you see so many guys getting great jobs after they leave Clemson. I see it all over the place here. They have good citizens that represent the university well."

"I called up coach (Dabo) Swinney, told him and he was ecstatic," Blanks told the site Friday. "It was crazy. Coach Swinney is on the front-end of his coaching career and Clemson's been getting some big-time commits."

The 6-foot, 190-pound Geohaghan is high school teammates with Clemson commit Bashaud Breeland. The pair wanted to play together at the next level and it looks like both enjoyed Clemson enough for that to be the school they'll head to next fall.

"Bashaud and I had talked about playing together in college back when we were in high school," Geohaghan said. "Now it's going to happen and it's a dream come true. I'm going to work hard and hopefully play as a freshman."

Blanks is the 16th overall player in the class of 2012, according to analyst Tom Lemming. At 6-foot-1 and 195-pounds, he can play either safety or corner and starred at both during the recent Tallahassee Nike Camp, shutting down opposing receivers with ease. Holding well over 30 offers from powerhouse programs across the country, it was the Clemson coaching staff made the best connection with the talented Florida athlete and a big reason why he pulled the trigger on a commitment.

"They did a tremendous job," Blanks said. "They kept it real with me. They didn't hound me. I like those type of guys."

The five-star athlete had 104 tackles and four interceptions last year as a junior and added eight touchdowns on offense and special teams. He was expected to leave Tallahassee (home of Florida State) for college and had given strong consideration to Auburn and Miami. Geohaghan acutally played linebacker last season in high school and had 97 tackles and seven sacks. He was considering Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and South Carolina before picking the Tigers.

The pair's commitments give Clemson seven total players in the class of 2012, including three defensive backs for secondary coach Charlie Harbison. Both participated in Swinney's football camp this week prior to making their commitment.

Photo via MaxPreps of Travis Blanks.

Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:02 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 1:38 am
 

May ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The calendar has turned from May to June and it's time to see how schools are building their class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the ACC, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail.

Boston College (1)

Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)


Clemson (4)

Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.)

Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)

Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)

Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)


Duke (5)

Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)

Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
 
Defensive end Allen Jackson(Owings Mills, Md.)

Wide receiver Erich Schneider(Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)


Florida State (10)

Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor(Mobile, Ala.)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo(Groveland, Fla.)

Athlete Chris Casher(Mobile, Ala.)

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member

Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)

Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member

Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)

Running back Mario Pender(Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member

Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey(De Funiak Springs, Fla.)

Defensive back P.J. Williams(Ocala, Fla.)



Georgia Tech (2)

Offensive lineman Chase Roberts(Norcross, Ga.)

Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde(Lakeland, Ga.)


Maryland(3)

Defensive end Roman Braglio(Owings Mills, Md.)

Offensive lineman Nick Brigham(Atlanta, Ga.)

Offensive lineman Mike Madaras(Olney, Md.)


Miami (10)

Linebacker Keith Brown(Miami, Fla.)

Wide receiver Jontavious Carter(Cordele, Fla.)

Quarterback Gray Crow(Clearwater, Fla.)
 
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)

Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)

Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson(Miami, Fla.) 

Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)

Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett(Miami, Fla.)

Defensive end Trent Taylor(Lakeland, Fla.)

Quarterback David Thompson(Miami, Fla.)


North Carolina (7)

Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)

Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.) 

Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)

Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)

Linebacker Shakeel Rashad(Jacksonville, Fla.)

Linebacker Christian Russell(Chatham, Va.)

Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson(Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)


N.C. State(3)

Defensive back Niles Clark(Marietta, Ga.)

Defensive back Josh Sessoms(Bailey, N.C.)

Defensive back James Summers(Greensboro, N.C.)

Virginia (5)

Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.)

Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)

Offenisve lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)

Linebacker Mark Hall(Virginia Beach, Va.)

Defensive back Demeitre Brim(Lakeland, Fla.)


Virginia Tech(11)

Running back J.C. Coleman(Chesapeake, Va.)

Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)

Athlete Der'Woun Greene(Portsmouth, Va.)

Tight end Dakota Jackson(Roanoke, Va.)

Defensive back Donaldven Manning(Miami, Fla.)

Linebacker Dahman McKinnon(Hope Mills, N.C.)
 
Quarterback T.J. Millweard(Fort Worth, Texas)

Athlete Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)

Defensive back Davion Tookes(Fairburn, Ga.)

Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)


Wake Forest (1)

Offensive lineman Joel Suggs(Randleman, N.C.)


Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:07 am
 

UNC gets commitments from two tight ends

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One commitment is nice but two is, of course, twice as nice. North Carolina was lucky enough to reel in not just two commitments but two players at the same position as Anderson (S.C.) athlete Justin Meredith and Concord (N.C.) tight end Terrance Knox both pledged to be Tar Heels Wednesday evening.

“I just wanted to be one of the ones who had the opportunity to go to Carolina," Knox told CarolinaBlue.com. "I didn’t want to look back and have any regrets that I had wished I had gone to Carolina. It’s where I wanted to go. It’s where my heart is.

“I love how they use their tight ends, I love the coaching staff and they have the right degree for me. It’s just a big relief off my shoulders."

Both players are expected to be a hybrid H-back/tight end once they step foot on campus. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound Meredith also has the size to be an impact blocker at the position.

"I chose UNC because of the coaches and the balance of academics and athletics there," Meredith told Scout. "I committed to Coach 'Mo' (Allen Mogridge) and I committed to them over Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, and Duke."

Knox also held an offer from Louisville. Meredith will participate in the Under Armour All-American game next year. The pair give North Carolina seven commitments for the class of 2012 and should allow the coaching staff to focus on filling other positions on offense.

Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Alabama Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- If one championship was lucky, a second confirms what the South Florida-based Footballers Fire 7-on-7 team thought all along, that they were one of the most talented teams in the country.

Composed mostly of players who were cut from the elite South Florida Express travel team, the Footballers Fire ended up beating them for a title in Tampa and ran through the competition over the weekend to grab their second title on the campus of Samford University.

The group ended up taking three vans from Miami to Birmingham, a trip that lasted over 13 hours. The long drive was the furthest thing from their mind when they held up the championship trophy though.

"Everybody was excited about getting out of Florida and coming to Alabama," Pompano Beach (Fla.) cornerback Adrian Burton said. "The difference between Tampa and here is we came up here undefeated. We didn't lose one game in this tournament and we won outside of our elements. We wanted to prove we were college-ready and came to play outside of our elements by playing in another state."

The team was the most vocal of any of the 15 teams that came to the event from all over the South. Part of the hooting and hollering after every play was strategy, especially once they reached the championship game and kept quiet in order to throw the other team off.

"The competition was really good," Gainesville (Fla.) corner Chris Bivins said. "We talked a bunch throughout the day but we decided to calm it down for the championship game and make them think we weren't playing. We were quiet and things started clicking."

Bivins is not full-time member of Footballers Fire but decided to come along on the trip and play with several of his friends on the team. He deferred to other members of the team in terms of playing time but still managed to make an impact in the secondary, playing both slot and outside receivers.

Burton, on the other hand, was in for nearly every play on defense and picked off two passes during the tournament, one more than he had in Tampa. Grabbing an extra pick wasn't as meaningful for the talented corner as grabbing a second title however.

"It meant a lot to me personally," Burton said. "We heard on ESPN that there was no way we can repeat, it was a fluke. Honestly we don't take that too lightly. We went from the cut list (from the South Florida Express) to winning two 7-on-7 championships. What more can we say?"

Texas Tech is one school showing a lot of interest in Burton but has yet to offer him a scholarship. Defensive backs coach Otis Mounds is the coach recruiting him and Burton had good things to say about the former South Florida high school coach.

"He has to be one of the coolest guys I've met who is a recruiter," Burton said. "He talks about real stuff, real situations, he doesn't actually talk that much about football. In his words, there's only two things they want us to come to Texas Tech for, to play ball and get your education. Education and football, I'm glad he pointed that out and it's not just football."

Bivins is also seeing his recruitment pick up with the May Evaluation period in full swing and already holds five offers, including ones from Utah and USF. He picked up his first SEC offer from South Carolina on Thursday and is excited about what the Gamecocks bring to the table.

"They've been contacting me lately. Coach (Steve) Spurrier Jr. came to school but I wasn't there because I had a track meet," Bivins said. "I called him on the phone and he said they were going to offer me a scholarship because they love big corners with long arms and speed."

Both players will head to the Badger Sports National 7-on-7 Tournament in Dallas over Fourth of July weekend.

Ward drops into coverage

Aberdeen (Miss.) defensive end Channing Ward didn't show up for Day One of the tournament and many thought he had taken an unofficial visit or just stayed home for the weekend. Turns out he had a good excuse as he was anchoring Aberdeen High's 4x100 and 4x200 track team and ended up running a 11.3 second 100 meters at a hefty 6-foot-2, 250 pounds.

The big and fast defensive end ended up playing linebacker for much of Day Two of the tournament and did so mainly to get better with his footwork and show off a little bit more to observers.

"It was a good challenge," Ward said. "I had to keep my feet moving. I think it will make me a better defensive end because I have to keep my feet moving. I felt ok."

Ward recently picked up another offer to add to his growing list that is sitting at 16 and includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and Notre Dame among others.

"I picked up an offer from Miami last Friday," Ward said. "I have interest in them."

There are also several schools close to extending a scholarship and Ward offered up one school who might be the next to pull the trigger.

"Florida State. The've been writing me a lot and told me to come to their camp," Ward said. "I'm going this summer. I'll also probably go to LSU and Auburn (camps). I've been to both of them to watch a game and on Junior Day."

Alabama and Mississippi State are the two schools recruiting him the hardest with Crimson Tide assistant Jeff Stoutland being his primary recruiter and one of the few who are recruiting him as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. He still hasn't narrowed down his list of schools but looking for a few things in his future school.

"Graduation rate, good vibe from the coaches," he said.

Ward has offers from just about every SEC schools and projects more as a defensive end than linebacker in college.

Dural doesn't live up to his own high standards

One of the few commitments participating in the tournament was Beaux Bridge (La.) wide receiver Travin Dural. The LSU commitment didn't get too many balls thrown his way and had trouble meshing with his teammates he met just two days before on their way from Louisiana.

"I didn't feel like I played my best, I kind of had an off weekend," Dural said. "I did alright in some games but just didn't really get it going."

Although he didn't live up to his own high standards, Dural did compete against some of the best defensive talent he's seen and he felt he measured up well despite having an off weekend.

"I wanted to play with the best and see how I do," he said. "They say these are some of the best players in the country so I wanted to see how good I really am. I kind of showed that I can compete with them."

Firmly committed to LSU, his commitment was pretty open and shut as soon as the Tigers became interested in the in-state prospect.

"When I got the offer," he said of when he committed. "That was the school I wanted to go to ever since I was little. That helped because I wanted to go there and didn't have to worry about committing when I wanted to go there."

The 6-foot-2, 170 pound Dural is still receiving mail from several programs but isn't being actively recruited by anybody. Many schools will stop by to see him when spring football starts in two weeks but putting on the pads isn't something Dural is looking forward to.

"No," he said with a grin. "It's going to be hot out there. I'm in track right now so I'm not even in football shape. I do the 200 and high jump, long jump and 4x200 (relay). I've got the state track meet next weekend at LSU. Last week at regionals, our relay team ran the seventh fastest time in the nation."

Gross looks good at quarterback

There were not a lot of high caliber quarterbacks in Birmingham but Memphis (Tenn.) signal caller Will Gross was one of the top two or three at the event, throwing a good spiral and really showing some velocity on throws. He's already received offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt and picked up a big one last week after a few schools stopped by during the evaluation period.

"Memphis, Wake Forest, Alabama and UConn," Gross said of the schools that came by Melrose High. "Alabama offered Thursday. I'm blessed. I'm glad the coaches see something in me. They have a good program and get you ready for the NFL. They have a great staff. I'm going to visit next month."

While some schools are recruiting him as an athlete, Alabama is recruiting him as quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 175 pound Gross wants to play quarterback in college and that will be an issue he'll bring up to those schools pursuing him.

"Mississippi State and Arkansas State," he said of schools that are recruiting him the hardest. "It doesn't matter where I go. I'm very patient and want to take my time. I might commit during the season."

Gross has already taken a few unofficial visits and will take some time over the next few weeks to plan where he'll go next. He won't limit his planning to just unofficial visits though, he plans on taking all five of his official visits and is already trying to figure out when and where to go.

"I don't know them all," he said. "I know three, Louisville, Kentucky and Alabama. Those are my top three right now."

Alabama's recent offer appears to make them the co-leader along with Louisville for Gross but he remains open until taking his visits.

Recruitment of Kimbrow heating up

A few miles away from Gross, running back Brian Kimbrow is becoming a hot name for recruiters. The city of Memphis is always a must stop for coaches on their way around the south and Memphis East is becoming the first destination in the city thanks in large part to Kimbrow.

"Duke stopped by, Western Kentucky, Tennessee and some more coaches are supposed to come by next week," Kimbrow said. "Notre Dame has come by. Lots of people."

The 5-foot-9, 170 pound scat-back recently picked up offers from Maryland and Wake Forest to put his total number of offers at close to 30. With so much attention being shown at this point in the recruiting process, Kimbrow is just taking everything as it comes and keeping a level head.

"It's hard to say right now because I'm being patient. I don't want to rush into recruiting and end up going somewhere that doesn't fit me," he said.

So far Kimbrow is taking unofficial visits like most top recruits and is starting out local before heading out to schools outside of the region this summer.

"I've been to Tennessee, Memphis and I have plans to go to Cincinnati and Vanderbilt," he said. "I have plans to go to Notre Dame. I've also been to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss."

Kimbrow has no set timetable for when he makes his commitment but the talented athlete, who also could be a slot receiver in college, is looking to stay focused on his high school team before worrying about where he'll end up in college.

"More than likely it will be after the season so I can focus on that during the season," he said of a commitment date. "Right now though, I'd say Tennessee and Vanderbilt and Cincinnati are standing out though.

"It doesn't matter where I go, I just want a place that fits me."

Notes

- Talented Lemming Top 100 linebacker Deaysean Rippy didn't play too much this weekend due to nagging injuries but did mention he was hearing a lot from Florida and that the Gators are at the top of his list at the moment. He was planning on taking more unofficial visits over the next few months so that might change.

- Marietta (Ga.) sophomore quarterback Eddie Printz did not have a very good first day, struggling to throw a spiral and get things going for Team Georgia. He came back much sharper on day two however, really spinning the ball well while leading his team to the championship game. He had some serious talent to throw to at wide out and while they saved him on day one, Printz made them look good on day two with some very nice deep balls.

- One of Printz's wide outs was Norcross (Ga.) athlete Jason Croom. He was the top receiver at the event and was a nightmare to cover with his 6-foot-5, 230 pound frame. At this point, he's a bit of a hybrid receiver/tight end until he fills out but he certainly has some very good pass catching skills. Georgia might be close to offering which might change things in his recruitment but it looks like Miami might be the team to beat at the moment. Georgia commit C.J. Curry was also on the team and played well but it was Croom who was the best receiver at the event.

- Justin Combs, son of Sean "Diddy" Combs, picked up offers Middle Tennessee and Wyoming recently and took an unofficial to UAB after the tournament. He has family in Alabama and one of his coaches said he is looking to step out from his dad's shadow but doesn't mind going to a smaller school to play football.

- Memphis (Tenn.) running back Jovon Robinson has a bit of a rivalry with Kimbrow in terms of who will be the top running back in the city and certainly showed he was capable of the top spot in terms of pass catching and quickness. His most recent offer was from Penn State and he said several SEC schools who have already offered stopped by to evaluate him further last week.

- Olive Branch (Miss.) wide receiver De'Arthur Cowan was one player who impressed from the Mississippi team. He said he had five offers, including ones from Arkansas and Mississippi State. Ole Miss visited his school last week and could be the next to offer. Cowan displayed good hands and ran nice routes but he needs to add some weight to his very skinny frame.

- Footballers Fire quarterback Ghierry Van der Kuyp has a very unusual sidearm throwing motion but he managed to be the most accurate quarterback at the event. He is being recruited by several programs as a wide receiver and the Hialeah (Fla.) athlete is close to getting offers from Miami and Florida. A commitment to Miami might follow if they offer because both of his parents are Miami fans. When Footballers Fire went up big on Team Georgia in the championship game, Van deer Kuyp played some wide receiver but badly injured his ankle and had to be taken off the field.

 
 
 
 
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