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Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:22 pm
 

Four-star running back Greg Garmon picks Iowa

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PHOENIX -- One of the highest profile recruits to commit at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, Erie (Pa.) running back Greg Garmon wasted no time telling the assembled crowd at Bank One Ballpark and a national television audience on CBS Sports Network what school he was committing to Tuesday night.

"I will be attending the University of Iowa to play for Kirk Ferentz," Garmon said on the sidelines before the 4th quarter. "I was watching the NFL Draft and they said Iowa had a lot of NFL players."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Garmon was also considering Arkansas and Miami. He was ranked as the 26th best player overall in the class of 2012 and fifth-best tailback in the country.

"The complete back, he's been blessed with great size, speed, vision, balance, and hands, he's a three-ring circus who can run, catch, and block," said analyst Tom Lemming. "A do everything kind of back, he's a strong runner who keeps his pads low, fights for yards after contact and keeps his legs moving. He shows good patience and burst, and is one of the more competitive players in western PA."


Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:15 am
 

Purdue snags big defensive end Ryan Watson

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not too often that Purdue is associated with a top prospect but the Boilermakers reeled one in on Thursday with the commitment of Olney (Md.) defensive end Ryan Watson.

"Mainly it was Coach (Gary) Emmanuel. He's a good coach and I've known him for a while," Watson told Rivals. "It was also the atmosphere. I've got to live there and it's a good atmosphere and real good people. The area around it is real communal, and that really surprised me."

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound end selected Purdue over offers from Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and others. One of the biggest reasons why Watson picked the school was due to academics.

"When you graduate from Purdue it is a real good degree, so that is another thing," he said. "Going in and getting my degree and getting my education is what I am mainly looking at."

Watson becomes the 25th player overall and third defensive end to commit to the Boilermakers' class of 2012.

"He looks to be an All-American at both the DT and OT positions," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He could wind up playing DT or OG in college. A versatile performer, he shows explosive moves off the ball, good short area burst, he's quick to shoot gaps, can run well laterally, and has a good motor."
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Wide receiver Chesson picks Michigan

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan's top ranked recruiting class added another piece Wednesday morning. St. Louis (Mo.) wide receiver Jehu Chesson made things official by committing to the Wolverines, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder held scholarship offers from Missouri, Northwestern, Iowa and UCLA among others.

Chesson becomes the Wolverines 24th commit in the class of 2012 and second receiver, joining fellow midwest wide out Amara Darboh. The pair badly fill a position of need for the team ahead of Signing Day.

"He is one of the hardest working WR's I've seen in getting off the line, finding the open seam, and catching everything within reach," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He has tremendous work ethic and is not satisfied with being just a good player. Like the above mentioned receivers, he's a tall, athletic, and agile WR with soft, natural hands. He catches the ball away from his body and normally in full stride, adjusts well to poorly thrown balls, and catches the ball in traffic on a regular basis."

Chesson caught 53 passes for 757 yards and six touchdowns as a senior.
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 4:30 pm
 

National Notes: On the way up on defense

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The class of 2012 rankings won't be updated for a few more weeks but with the high school football season over, it's not too hard to see what players might be moving their way up in the rankings and who might slide down a little bit. Here's a look at each position group and some players that might be a little higher on the board come January.

DEFENSIVE END

On the way up: Ramsey (N.J.) five-star end Darius Hamilton.

What did he do: A terror for opposing offensive lines all season, Hamilton was a constant presence in his opponents' backfield. In the state championship game alone he had a hand in four sacks and you would need a super computer to count the number of defensive pressures he had this year. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder finished his senior year with 74 tackles and an impressive 17 sacks.

The case: He's already a five-star so he won't get a bump in that department but based on his season, should move up into the 20's in the overall rankings (he's 38th right now) and at least leap-frog Dante Fowler among defensive ends given that Fowler didn't play a snap this season. Bosco had a great season and Hamilton was a big reason why.

Also on the way up: Jelani Hamilton (Committed to Miami), Tyriq McCord, Faith Ekakitie (Committed to Iowa)

On the way down: Dante Fowler (Committed to Florida State)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

On the way up: Prattville (Ala.) defensive tackle Justin Shanks (committed to Florida State)

What did he do: Despite often drawing double or triple teams, Shanks was a key cog in Prattville's 3-4 defense this season. He racked up 60 tackles and 5.5 sacks but was a big factor in stopping the run. He's got a great motor and helped lead his team to a state title.

The case: Shanks is ranked 21st among defensive tackles - one spot behind future teammate Dalvon Stuckey. He put together a great season and has the size, speed, and quickness you look for in a run-stopping interior lineman.

Also on the way up: Sheldon Day (Committed to Notre Dame), Dante Phillips (Committed to Florida)

On the way down: Aziz Shittu

LINEBACKER

On the way up: Stone Mountain (Ga.) linebacker Raphael Kirby (Committed to Miami) and Madison (Ala.) linebacker Reggie Ragland (Committed to Alabama)

What did they do: Kirby had a great senior year and really showed his speed and explosiveness off his senior year. He played inside for Stephenson but projects well as an outside linebacker who can do well in pass coverage despite being a little undersized. In contrast, Ragland looks like he's ready to play for the Crimson Tide in New Orleans this season. He's another prototype inside backer that runs well and is a great tackler in space or in traffic.

The case: Both sit outside the top 10 at their positions and don't have a spot on the overall rankings but that should change. Each has a chance to play early and develop into all-conference selections.

Also on the way up: Anaheim (Calif.) inside backer Butch Pauu (Committed to BYU) and Norfolk (Va.) inside backer Kwontie Moore (Committed to Virginia).

CORNERBACK

On the way up: Miramar (Fla.) corner Tracy Howard.

What did he do: You can tell how good a cornerback is by how often teams don't throw their way and hardly anybody in the state of Florida even looked Howard's way. He still ended the season with an impressive 10 picks and was easily one of the best defenders along the East Coast.

The case: Howard has been a star for a while now and though he doesn't have 4.3-40 speed, is still fast and fluid. He's also very instinctive and really attacks the ball in the air. Howard is ranked as the 20th best cornerback but should easily be in the top 10 at the very least.

Also on the way up: Pasadena (Calif.) corner Kevon Seymour, Elk Grove (Calif.) corner Marcus Rios (Committed to UCLA), Ocala (Fla.) defensive back P.J. Williams (committed to Florida State).

On the way down: Westlake Village (Calif.) corner Ishmael Adams.

SAFETY

On the way up: Fairfax (S.C.) safety Ronald Geohaghan (committed to Clemson)

What did he do: He's a terrific athlete who can play just about any back seven position if needed. He's best suited as a safety and is rangy and physical enough to take away entire parts of the field.

The case: Geohaghan currently sits as the 23rd-ranked safety in the Maxpreps rankings and based on his physical play and coverage skills should see a bump in the position rankings.

On the way down: Lakewood (Wash.) safety Cedric Dozier, College Park (Ga.) defensive back Chaz Elder.

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Oklahoma State adds commitment from Trace Clark

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma State has been a school known mostly for their offense under head coach Mike Gundy. That doesn't mean he can't recruit good defensive players however, as this year's opportunistic defense can attest to. Wichita (Kan.) defensive end Trace Clark was identified early as a priority by the coaching staff and their hard work in selling him on the program paid off Thursday with a commitment.

"Just the feeling that I got when I was down at my official visit," Clark told OStateIllustrated.com of what all factored into his decision. "I liked the place, I liked the coaches, and I liked the players also and so I just had a good feeling from that trip. I came home and sat down with my parents and talked about each and every one of the schools and what I liked about each of them and how they were different. Then on Sunday about a week after my visit we just really looked at it hard and decided that Oklahoma State would be the best place for me and was the best option out of all of those schools."

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound end had offers from across the country but had narrowed his focus on Purdue, Stanford, Iowa and, of course, Oklahoma State. The Cowboys staff recruited Clark heavily throughout the process and was a key factor in him deciding to commit.

"From a football perspective I think the coaching really played a big part because I was comfortable with Coach Gundy and I really like Coach Young the position coach," he said. He's been calling me each week and we talk and I really think that I could play well under him and he could get me where I need to be. He said that the possibility for playing time my first year is there but they're not going to give anything to me so it'll be mine to work and fight for and I thought that could also be good for me."

Clark becomes the 16th commitment for Oklahoma State's class of 2012 and fourth defensive end headed to Stillwater. He posted 106 tackles and six sacks as a senior this season.

"Not yet a dominating player but shows that kind of potential," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He possesses good lateral quickness, is excellent in pursuit, is a sure tackler, can disengage quickly, and shows a big-time closing burst. Not super fast but very, very quick."

Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:08 am
 

12/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Excellent story about seeing Notre Dame through the eyes of a Chicago recruit this week.

  West Virginia is hosting plenty of official visiotrs this weekend, including several from the state of Florida.

  Likewise, Michigan State has plenty of top prospects coming into town for visits.

  College coaches have changed how they recruit at state championship games such as ones in Georgia.

  Bobby Petrino is having to recruit and search for a pair of coordinators at the same time.

  Michigan coach Brady Hoke is making moves on the recruiting trail, as is the man who held his job, Rich Rodriguez.

  There will be more players from Texas than any other when Army-Navy take to the field on CBS, which makes the state a big target for recruiting.

  More on recent Iowa commitment Faith Ekakitie.

  Penn State's Tom Bradley is still recruiting as he prepares the program for a bowl game and the future.

Commitments

  Oregon State added No. 21 in running back Chris Brown.

  Washington picked up a commitment from defensive end Cory Littleton.

  Louisville landed two players, defensive tackle DeQuan Ivery from Florida and JUCO tight end Ryan Hubbell.

Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:27 am
 

12/8 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
  Ohio State will hit the ground running on recruiting thanks to an NCAA waiver.

  Even with Keith Marshall committed, Georgia is still going after former Florida commit Mike Davis. Breaking down the Bulldogs class.

  Michigan is waiting for a decision from running back Bri'onte Dunn.

  Arik Armstead is an option for Notre Dame basketball as well as football.

  Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State are showing interest in 2013 offensive lineman Alex Gall.

Commitments:

  Washington State picked up a commitment from junior college athlete Theron West.

  Great stuff on Iowa's latest commit, Faith Ekakitie.
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:21 am
 

Justin Combs, son of Diddy, commits to UCLA

Posted to Bryan Fischer

Although UCLA just let head coach Rick Neuheisel go, the school still offers a good education, BCS program and the sunny locale of Los Angeles as a backdrop. It was mostly the latter couple of things that New Rochelle (N.Y.) cornerback Justin Combs saw in the Bruins and despite the idea of playing for a new coach, decided to announce that he had committed late Monday night.

“It was love at first sight,” Combs told Scout. “When I first went on a visit, I fell in love with the program and I fell in love with the environment and the tradition. I was good friends with Rahim Moore too and just to hear it from the players, it was love at first sight."

A 5-foot-9, 170-pound cornerback, Combs performed well over the summer at 7-on-7 competitions and camps and held scholarship offers from school such as Illinois, Iowa, Virginia and others. Though he has lived out East close to his father, rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs, the West Coast lifestyle and chance to play Pac-12 football was just too good to pass up despite a coaching change.

“I have faith in the program that everything will be ok,” said Combs. “My love for UCLA is so strong. I trust and know that everything will work out.”

Combs will play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January along with close friend, linebacker Deaysean Rippy. He gives the Bruins 17 commitments for the class of 2012 and becomes the fifth member of the secondary coming in next year.

"Not real tall but very quick and elusive," analyst Tom Lemming said of Combs. "Last year he put together a heck of a season at the CB position showing the ability to turn and run with the swiftest of receivers."



 
 
 
 
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