Tag:Geno Smith
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:48 pm

Shutdown CB Geno Smith commits to Alabama

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta, Ga.) cornerback Geno Smith committed to Alabama today in an announcement held at his school.

Smith, the nation's No. 18 recruit and No. 2 defensive back chose the Crimson Tide over fellow finalist and rival Auburn, from a pool of dozens of offers.

With the addition of Smith, Alabama jumps to No. 5 in the team recruiting rankings, giving it the second-strongest class in the SEC behind only Florida.

Michigan, with five Top 100 recruits, retains its hold on the No. 1 spot in the rankings.

Smith joins an already-impressive recruiting class that features standout defenders Eddie Williams, Dillon Lee and Reggie Ragland.

Earlier today, Smith was named a 2011 Preseason All-American, joining Ragland as the only Alabama commits to receive such honors.
Photo by Tom Lemming
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:10 am

Halfway to Signing Day: SEC Edition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the SEC and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

Commitment List

Best class: Vanderbilt

Georgia. Florida. Alabama. National Champion Auburn... nope Vanderbilt has the best recruiting class in the SEC, maybe not by the total talent they are bringing in but by the quality of athletes they've managed to get in 2012 compared to past years. The job head coach James Franklin has done at a school that generally finishes last in the SEC recruiting rankings has been nothing short of amazing - especially when you consider he hasn't even coached a game as a head coach, much less at Vandy.

Work left to do: Tennessee

The Volunteers have really built up some momentum with a great month of July but they need to make sure they sustain it. This class was amongst the smallest in the country a few weeks ago and while it has grown, there's no impact, top flight player that we're used to seeing Tennessee get. There's plenty of needs to fill and players to recruit so it's up to Derek Dooley and staff to close strong this year.

Under the radar class: LSU

For a top 10 class, you sure don't hear much about the Tigers' class of 2012. Build largely on in-state talent, Les Miles and staff have done a great job of targeting athletic players who are fast and quick no matter what position they play. Davante Bourque and Torshiro Davis are among the names you'll likely hear more of once they start their senior seasons and linebacker Trey Granier is a big-time pick up who could play early on defense or special teams.

Top commit: Offensive tackle John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.), committed to Georgia.

Loading up: Kentucky on offensive linemen (5), Vanderbilt on defensive ends (5), South Carolina on wide receivers (4).

Frequent Fliers: Auburn with commitments from eight states.

Fence builders: LSU, 14 of the school's 18 commitments are from Louisiana.

Road to Signing Day storyline: Who finishes on top in the conference?

If you look at the top 25 team standings (below), you'll see a list littered with SEC teams. The only question is who will finish on top come February. Florida is on top at the moment but that could certainly change. Alabama has missed out on a few top recruits but is still in it with several top 100 prospects. Auburn could move ahead of their rival if players such as corner Geno Smith select the Tigers over the Tide. Either way, should be a fun six months until Signing Day

Top 25 Teams:
3. Florida
7. Alabama
9. LSU
10. Auburn
12. South Carolina
20. Georgia
23. Vanderbilt

Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: June 22, 2011 10:18 pm

6/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Plenty of NCAA related news yesterday, so here's a super roundup full of recruiting nuggets for those looking to avoid talk of monitoring and sanctions.

Top 100 cornerback Geno Smith says Alabama and Auburn are his frontrunners.

Running back Ryan Green picked up an offer from Florida State. Wide out Monty Madaris also picked up an offer from the Seminoles.

Rumors were circulating that Dante Fowler was considering Florida, but he's firm to Florida State.

Michigan recruit Erik Magnuson says it's time for the Wolverines to dominate. The school's camp brought in plenty of top prospects.

Figuring out how many scholarships Washington might be able to offer in 2012.

Ohio beat Pennsylvania in the Big 33 game and plenty of recruits shined.

A detailed USC recruiting roundup.

USF offered local quarterback Darryl Richardson.

SoCal athlete Jherremya Leuta-Douyere picked up a scholarship from BYU.

- Wide receiver Trey Griffey, son of Junior, shined at a recent 7-on-7 event.


Georgia Tech picked up wide receiver Michael Summers Jr. and quarterback Dennis Andrews.

Linebacker Blake Rodgers is headed to Seattle to play for the Huskies.

Quarterback King Davis committed to New Mexico State.

Defensive back Paris Head pledged to Vanderbilt, as did linebacker Josh Dawson.

Wide receiver Austin Sheehan is headed to Kentucky.

Defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis committed to Virginia.
Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:46 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 5:53 pm

Big Cat Weekend nets Auburn three commits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Auburn's Big Cat Weekend was expected to be another big recruiting haul for the Tigers and it looks like the final count is three commitments to the program as a result of the event. This year was very successful not only in terms of the number of commitments but in the quality of players unofficially visiting the Plains as number one rated running back Barry Sanders Jr. and top cornerback Geno Smith were among the recruits in attendance.

Still, it was the three commitments that likely have the Auburn coaches excited. Parker (Co.) offensive tackle Shane Callahan not only took one of the longest trips to visit but also kicked things off by committing in the middle of Big Cat Weekend on Saturday.

"The coaches, they're phenomenal," Callahan told AuburnSports.com. "But it's really a place... You're not always going to have football, so if they weren't here, it would be a place I would want to be even without football. It's one of the greatest towns, colleges, campuses. And the football team... They're one big family and I'm really excited to be part of that family."

The 6-foot-6, 280 pound Callahan will enroll in the school early and come in and compete at both tackle spots. He held offers from Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, Washington and Vanderbilt but does not plan on taking any other visits. He is the second offensive lineman in Auburn's class of 2012.

While Callahan was the only player to commit during Big Cat Weekend, two other players waited to return home and discuss things with their parents before pulling the trigger on a commitment. Prichard (Ala.) defensive end Darius Philonwas one who took his unofficial visit last week but he didn't end up getting an offer from Auburn. He already held offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State and Texas Tech among others but it was one from the Tigers (that eventually came) he was waiting on.

"Yes sir, I committed," Philon told AUTigers.com. "I actually decided on Friday. They wanted me to come see the campus and I did. They showed me around. It's where I've wanted to go since I was a little boy."

The 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive lineman committed to Auburn on Monday. The final commitment came Tuesday afternoon as Miami Beach (Fla.) wide receiver Ricardo Lewis pledged to the Tigers after visiting during Big Cat over the weekend.

"I came back from Auburn and I just fell in love with the place and felt real comfortable," Louis told AuburnSports.com. "Everything felt right, going there, meeting the coaches, going over the plays, I just felt like I fit in their offense."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Lewis formed an especially close bond with receivers coach Trooper Taylor and he was one of the main reasons why the talented receiver decided to join the reigning National Champions.

"Coach 'Troop' is great, down to earth, feels like a dad," Louis said. "I feel like part of his family and they said they will take care of me."

The trio gives Auburn eight commitments from the class of 2012 at a variety of positions. Proving that a BCS title has expanded the visiblity of the program, five different states are represented in the Tigers' upcoming class.

Photo of Darius Philon via Maxpreps

Posted on: May 27, 2011 2:27 pm

Auburn's Big Cat Weekend hosting plenty of talent

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's Big Cat Weekend for Auburn and if you haven't heard about it (there were a few secondary violations at the event in 2009 that made the news), you might want to get up to speed quickly because there's plenty of talented headed to the Plains for the 2011 edition. This weekend is the Tigers' biggest recruiting effort of the year and involves a huge number of top prospects from all over the country. Given that the school just won the BCS national championship, this year's edition could be the most sucessful.

Below is a list of notable recruits expected to be there via of The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

WR Stefon Diggs, Olney, Md.
OL D.J. Humphries, Charlotte, N.C.
LB Kwon Alexander, Oxford, Ala.
OL Vadal Alexander, Buford, Ga.
CB Travis Blanks, Tallahassee, Fla.
OL Shane Callahan, Parker, Col.
OL Kyle Dodson, Cleveland, Ohio
CB Joshua Holsey, Fairburn, Ga. (Auburn commit)
CB Cyrus Jones, Baltimore, Md.
ATH Brian Kimbrow, Memphis, Tenn.
WR Ricardo Louis, Miami, Fla.
LB Cassanova McKinzy, Birmingham, Ala. (Auburn commit)
TE Justin Meredith, Anderson, S.C.
OL Patrick Miller, West Palm Beach, Fla.
LB Javierre Mitchell, Leeds, Ala.
TE Ricky Parks, Hogansville, Ga.
QB Zeke Pike, Edgewood, Ky. (Auburn commit)
RB Jovon Robinson, Memphis, Tenn.
DL Justin Shanks, Prattville, Ala.
CB Geno Smith, Atlanta, Ga.
TE Kent Taylor, Land O’Lakes, Fla.
WR JaQuay Williams, Franklin, Ga.
RB T.J. Yeldon, Daphne, Ala.
ATH Evan Berry, Fairburn, Ga. (class of 2014)
ATH Elliott Berry, Fairburn, Ga. (2014)
RB Jordan Huff, Mobile, Ala. (2013)
DL Dee Liner, Muscle Shoals, Ala. (2013)
DL Henry Poggi, Baltimore, Md. (2013)
LB Tre’ Williams, Mobile, Ala. (2014)

Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:50 am

5/27 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Top defensive back Geno Smith says his leaders are Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn, Texas and Tennessee

- Pitt offered defensive tackle Trae Clark

- Auburn's biggest recruiting weekend of the year is coming up and they're hoping Big Cat Weekend reels in the recruits

- Michigan State is reaching into Big 12 territory and extending offers. 

- One of the best quarterbacks in the country, Jameis Winston, is starting to tire of the recruiting game
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:14 pm

4/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- A few reasons why Johnathan Gray picked Texas

- Safety Trae Elston plans to visit Arkansas, Clemson, LSU, Auburn and Oregon among others.

- Tight end Joe Bolden picked up an offer from Tennessee.

- Top defensive back Geno Smith has Alabama, Tennessee and Florida State in his top three.

- Former five-star wide out Chris Dunkley is exploring a transfer from Florida to USF.

- More on the commitment of tight end A.J. Williams to Michigan.
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 7:07 pm

Updated list of 2012 U.S. Army All-Americans

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The folks at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Rivals have compiled an updated list of all the players in the class of 2012 invited to the prestigious high school all-star game. Here's the list, which will eventually be divided into East and West teams.

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, committed to USC
Defensive end Alex Balducci
Offensive tackle Zach Banner
Linebacker Vince Biegel
Defensive back Travis Blanks
Wide receiver Drae Bowles
Safety Deon Bush
Defensive back Joel Caleb
Wide receiver Leonte Carroo
Linebacker Josh Clemons
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington
Safety Jordan Diggs
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs
Athlete Cedric Dozier
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe
Athlete Devin Fuller
Offensive tackle Joshua Garnett
Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry
Defensive end Darius Hamilton
Defensive end Eli Harold
Defensive back Tracy Howard
Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries
Defensive tackle Jarron Jones, committed to Penn State
Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis, committed to Ohio State
Athlete Brian Kimbrow
Quarterback Zach Kline, committed to Cal
Defensive end Javonte Magee
Offensive tackle John McGee
Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy
Tight end Taylor McNamara
Safety LaDarrell McNeil
Offensive tackle Chris Muller
Wide receiver Davonte Neal
Wide receiver Durron Neal
Wide receiver Jordan Payton, committed to USC
Running back Mario Pender, committed to Florida State
Quarterback Zeke Pike, committed to Auburn
Linebacker Jabari Ruffin, committed to USC
Athlete Kendall Sanders, committed to Oklahoma State
Running back Barry Sanders Jr.
Cornerback Kevon Seymour
Running back Rushel Shell
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks
Defensive back Tee Shepard, committed to Notre Dame
Defensive tackle Aziz Shittu
Safety Elijah Shumate
Offensive tackle Jordan Simmons
Defensive back Geno Smith
Defensive end Noah Spence
Tight end Kent Taylor
Offensive tackle John Theus
Safety Shaq Thompson
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler
Running back Trey Williams, committed to Texas A&M
Cornerback Yuri Wright
Running back T.J. Yeldon

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