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Posted on: July 10, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:28 pm
 

The Opening: Day 4 closes out all-star event

Posted by Bryan Fischer

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- As things wrapped up on Day 4 of The Opening, one couldn't help feeling a tinge of sadness on behalf of the nearly 150 athletes at the event. Knowing the end was coming and that they soon would have to hop on a plane home, many players couldn't believe the all-star event had come to a close. 

"It's a very humbling, lifetime experience," Yulee (Fla.) running back Derrick Henry said. "I'll never forget it. All this competition, the whole 150, it's a blessing. It's nice getting guys' prospectives on different colleges and stuff like that, it's been good."

As one of three sophomores at the event, Henry was just trying to soak in the event. Playing with some of the top players in the country, The Opening was a chance to learn from the best in anticipation of coming back next year as the elder statesman.

"This is my first time coming up here, and I'm starting to enjoy the whole thing," he said. "But next time it's going to be business."

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Henry was one of the most impressive athletes, physically, at the event. Though he plays running back in high school, if he continues to grow, he might develop into a tight end -- a position he got reps at during the 7-on-7 portion of the event.

"It just gives me a chance to get out there and catch some balls and get some touchdowns," he said. "I'll do anything to get my team the win."

Though he was split out catching passes instead of running down hill, there's no question what position he wants to play at the next level.

"Oh running back, that's what I play," Henry said. "I'm just doing this because it's 7-on-7. You've got to do what you've got to do to get the ball."

The Opening also gave Henry a chance to talk with plenty of older, heavily recruited athletes such as Nelson Agholor, Terry Richardson and Dillon Lee just on his 7-on-7 team. Already solidified as one of the top players in the Class of 2013, Henry has been picking up scholarship offers at a good clip over the past few months.

"I got an offer from Stanford, North Carolina, Tennessee and some others," he said. "I know I'm over 50. It's a humbling experience. I thank god everyday for this opportunity. I just use it as motivation to keep working hard in the weight room and the classroom and the field. Hopefully I can give back to my teammates by using my talent and my name to get them opportunities for the young guys who are under (the radar)."

Although many had considered him a Florida State lean early on, it's another in-state program that has moved out in front nearly a year and a half before he eventually signs a letter of intent.

"Florida is my leader, then Georgia, Florida State and Alabama," Henry said. "I'm open to any school; it's just where I feel comfortable and at home at, that chemistry I have with the coaches and where my family likes."

Reeves down to two

With so many talented players on the fields at the Nike campus, tempers were bound to flare given the level of competition. But, surprisingly, things were mostly limited to some good-natured trash talking because of the bond the players had formed over the past few days.

"It's very competitive out here,” defensive back Armani Reeves said. “But they're all good guys. When we go inside the lounge in there, we're all family and have a good time. But when we come out to (the fields), that's the time to compete and that's what we do.”

Things have been competitive on the recruiting front for the Roxbury (Mass.) corner. Reeves recently narrowed down his list of schools to two and talked about both, starting with Notre Dame.

"They're a great school academically," he said. "Coach (Bob) Diaco, Coach (Brian) Kelly, they're trying to turn that program around and make it a championship school. When they talked they had a lot to offer. When they showed me around, the campus was beautiful and I got to hang out with a bunch of the players. I had a good time there.”

The Irish are not the only program in the running for Reeves' services, as the Nittany Lions are neck and neck with them in Reeves' eyes.

"As far as Penn State goes, it feels like home," he said. "Coach (Joe) Paterno, I talk to him every time I see him. We even Skype now. All of those coaches treat me like family and express how much they want me. I'm just enjoying the process and trying to think about everything."

Several recruits have reported they have Skyped with the coaching legend and like the others, Reeves feels it's a unique connection to one of college football's icons thanks to a bit of modern technology.

"Yeah it's pretty cool," Reeves said. "He was cracking jokes with me. He's new to the whole thing so when you have an old guy like him doing something like Skype, it's just fascinating. He was just talking and we forgot about recruiting, telling me stories and stuff. It was really fun, I had a good time."

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back returned from unofficial visits to both schools shortly before heading to Oregon for The Opening. While he is officially down to two schools, a timetable for a decision on which one he will commit to is up in the air.

"Hopefully I'll make a decision soon but if not, I don't mind waiting," he said. "I just came back from those visits like two or three weeks ago so I'm just taking this time enjoying my time out here with these fellas."

Elder getting closer to decision 

Proving that defensive backs can also have a pair of good hands, College Park (Ga.) corner Chaz Elder made one of the defensive plays of the day when he caught a beautiful over the shoulder interception in the end zone to prevent a touchdown.

“My teammate told me to watch for the corner,” Elder said. “So I went over to try and get over the top. I got over there a little to late, but luckily the wide receiver missed it and I was able to catch it.”

Coming a long way from home and making plays is something new for Elder, but the overall experience in Portland has been a rewarding one for the talented cornerback.

“It's been great,” he said. “This is the furthest I've ever been outside of Georgia. I like it. (The plane ride) is kind of long. It's very long but it's alright.”

One of the top players in a deep pool of talent in Georgia this year, Elder has more than 25 scholarship offers from major powerhouses, but he has narrowed his list to three schools.

“With (Georgia), I like the fact that me and Coach Mark Richt have a good relationship,” Elder said. “South Carolina, I like the fact that they're known for having good DB's. Plus I like the defense they run because it's similar to what I run now in high school. With Vanderbilt, they're upcoming and I could help change the face of the program.”

Vanderbilt is making news in the recruiting world by picking several major commitments, including one from Top 100 running back Brian Kimbrow. The momentum the school has under new coach James Franklin is something that matters to Elder.

“That's a big factor,” he admitted. 

Elder won't open up as to which of the three programs is out in front but plans to make a decision soon, likely in August before his senior seasons begins. 

Howard staying open

There were plenty of players who had fun at The Opening, but it was hard to top the excitement about the event that Miramar (Fla.) defensive back Tracy Howard had following a 7-on-7 win.

“It's been one of the best experiences of my life,” Howard said. “To come way out to Portland, Oregon, I know I haven't been this far from home. The only place I've been is the Bahamas on a cruise. It's definitely a blessing to get out here with the top talent and compete against those guys.”

A talkative player on the field, Howard doesn't mind finding a player on the opposing team and talking a little trash to back up his coverage skills

“Oh Sean Price,” Howard responds almost instantly about who he talks the most trash with. “We're good friends, it's not bad talk, we're just getting each other better.”

Though Howard has been leaning toward Florida for a good portion of the recruiting process, he's narrowed his list of schools he's considering and looking at all of the options equally.

“I'm just staying open right now,” he said. “I'm down to a few: Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, LSU, South Carolina and Notre Dame.”

Notes 

-- Very impressive day by defensive linemen Sheldon Day and Ellis McCarthy. Though Day was named position group MVP, McCarthy was unblockable during one-on-ones and went around and through his man, all on a bad ankle. Aziz Shittu rebounded from a sub-par day Friday to perform well. Curtis Riser was the top offensive lineman of the group on Saturday to go with good performances from Vadal Alexander and Issac Seumalo.

-- No matter what position he played, Fresno (Calif.) athlete Deontay Greenberry was a flat-out player. From skying on jump balls in the end zone to intercepting passes during limited time on defense, the Notre Dame-bound Greenberry was consistently a top performer over all three days of competition.

-- Geismar (La.) safety Landon Collins was named the 7-on-7 MVP and overall MVP of The Opening. He was everywhere on the field and quite literally had too many interceptions to count over the two days of 7-on-7. He more than lived up to his billing as a top 10 player in the class of 2012 and might even be underrated based on what he has done this summer.

-- Another defensive back that stood out was Clemson commit and Tallahassee (Fla.) safety Travis Blanks. Blanks had two interceptions in the opening game Saturday (and nearly had two more) and continued his stellar play throughout the day. He is one of the most versatile defensive backs in that he's equally good as a safety and cornerback.

-- There weren't many of them, but the walking wounded on the sidelines generally sported cardinal and gold. USC commits Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (stitches) and Jabari Ruffin (fractured wrist) were both out of action Saturday.

-- Team Alpha Talon, with honorary coaches Josh Freeman and Dwayne Bowe, won the 7-on-7 tournament. The team featured Bralon Addison, Nelson Agholor, Deon Bush, Landon Collins, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, Trae Elston, Justin Ferguson, Derrick Henry, Germone Hopper, Chad Kelly, Duke Johnson, Dillon Lee, Kaiwan Lewis, Steven Longa, Lamar Louis, Marcus Maye, Armani Reeves, Terry Richardson and Randy Uzoma.  

-- The overall offensive line MVP was Vadal Alexander while Sheldon Day took home the same honors on the defensive line. Offensive tackle Kyle Murphy and defensive end Jamal Marcus were one-on-one champions.

-- The 7-on-7 All-Tournament team was Travis Blanks, Cyrus Jones, Johnathan Gray, Deontay Greenberry, Marcus Maye, Bryce Treggs and Tee Shepard.

Posted on: July 8, 2011 12:17 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:37 pm
 

The Opening Day Two Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Day 2 of "The Opening" didn't finish up with a bang like day one did with a national champion being crowned in the SPARQ rating. Instead, some of the top players in the country took to the fields of the Nike campus for what amounted to a regular Nike camp in the middle of the day before getting chance to hang out for several hours before selecting 7-on-7 teams.

No more testing for some of the finest recruits in the country, it was time to get into the actual football part of the camp.

"It's been great. Playing against the top recruits, competing against each other, having fun in the lounge, it's great," Aledo (Texas) running back Johnathan Gray said.  "I expected everything. If you've got the top 150 kids in the country, you expect nothing but the best. That's what you get (from Nike). They're treating us like superstars out here. We're just enjoying our time."

When not outrunning linebackers (he out ran them all on Thursday afternoon), Gray spent a good chunk of the afternoon in the players' lounge relaxing and mingling with other recruits. As one of several players committed to Texas at the event, the 6-foot, 200-pounder has been able to spend some quality time with his future teammates and the bonding they are doing is something Gray hopes will pay off later.

"There's a couple of us here from Texas just playing and going through the drills," he said. "It's fun, I met them earlier so being up here with them, it's fun being with your fellow commits and building that team chemistry up."

Ranked as the best running back in the country and eighth overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps, Gray knows there are plenty of eyes on him while he's going through drills, perhaps even more than on his fellow commitments. Despite the added outside pressure, he is saying focused on the task at hand.

"I don't really look at is as number one and all that stuff, I just come out here to have fun and compete," he said. "That's what this is about. Doing your best."

A solid verbal commitment to the Longhorns, there's not much Gray has on his docket football-wise between now and when his high school begins fall camp in August. With an outside shot of breaking the national rushing record, the upbeat running back is just looking to focus on getting better over the coming month.

"This will be the last camp I do," he said. "I'll just go back to my high school and go workout and go through conditioning drills and stuff to get ready for the season."

While 40-yard dashes and weight room sessions will take up a good chuck of his time in the near future, he won't be limiting himself to the football field. Though his high school team qualified for the Texas state 7-on-7 tournament next week at Texas A&M, Gray will be somewhere where there's plenty of lights, action and air conditioning.

"I'll be in Vegas for a basketball tournament," he said. "It's going really good, the team is doing good and they're winning. This will be my first time back with them since surgery and track and all that. I'm waiting to meet up with those guys.

"I'm a defensive guy, they put me in to stop the best player on the other team."

When asked if one of the greatest offensive threats on the football field is like former NBA defensive specialist Bruce Bowen on the court, Gray takes a second to think about it.

"Yeah," he said with a laugh. "You can call me that."

Everybody is recruiting Alexander

As one of the top linebackers in the country with scholarship offers from just about every school, Kwon Alexander knows all about the recruiting process. It follows him everywhere, from his phone to his email to, it appears, The Opening.

"Kwon's a good kid, I love him," Stephenson (Ga.) running back and Florida commit Mike Davis says while wrapping his arm around Alexander. "I just hope he comes to Florida. I'm recruiting him."

"They're up there," Alexander confirms within earshot of Davis. "They're in my top ten."

Such is life for the Oxford (Ala.) five-star linebacker. Luckily Alexander is aware that he can't be as open about schools as he once was. As a result of it getting closer and closer to the season, he has started to narrow down his list and dial in on just a few schools in the recruiting process.

"Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Oregon, USC, Ole Miss," he said. "Distance is not a factor.

"I'm looking for a family. I'm looking for good academics, a great team, some good people to be around and to just play ball."

With one of the schools he is strongly considering just down the highway from Nike's campus in Oregon, Alexander acknowledges that the situation involving the NCAA is making him a little hesitant about the Ducks but not enough to eliminate them.

"I'm still looking at them," Alexander said. "I mean, it's Oregon. They still look good."

While the two West Coast programs are receiving attention, there's still plenty of schools closer to home that are trying hard not to let Alexander get away from the region. With plenty of SEC powerhouses chasing after him, he knows that things are only just beginning to pickup among is selected few schools.

"Of the local schools, probably Auburn is recruiting me the hardest," he said. "Then probably Alabama after that. LSU is coming after me."

It often takes a unique approach to land the signature of an athlete of Alexander's caliber and there's at least one school who has thrown something different at him.

"Ole Miss offered me in basketball," he said. "That stuck out because that's my first offer in basketball. I haven't really thought about (playing both sports). It's nice but I don't know.

"I know it would be a lot of stress and stuff from playing both sports. I know I wouldn't have time to do a lot of things so I really just don't know yet."

Alexander plans to narrow his list down again before the season starts with a decision coming next year.

McCarthy down to five

Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy isn't planning on making a final decision on a school until the U.S. Army All-American Bowl but that hasn't stopped him from narrowing down his list to five. With all of that time before making a decision, the top interior defensive lineman in the country is using it to his advantage and taking in a few of the schools on his list.

“Right now, it's USC, Cal, Oregon, Washington and Florida,” McCarthy said. “(Unofficals) to just the close ones like USC. I went to UCLA a couple of weeks ago. It went really well, I just talked to the coaches and they showed me around campus."

With constant contact between him and all five of the schools, the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder is mainly looking for one thing in the recruiting process.

“When I talk to all those coaches, they make me feel comfortable,” McCarthy said. “When I went to Cal, they made me feel reel comfortable with all the players and stuff like that. When I talk with the USC players, they make me feel that way.

“I haven't talked to the (USC) coaches lately. After I get home, I might call them. At USC I talk to Coach “O” (Ed Orgeron). At Cal I mainly talk to coach Tosh (Lupoi).”

Ranked seventh overall in the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012, McCarthy realizes he's a target for plenty of schools as an uncommited player ranked so highly. While it's hard for him to say if a school is standing out, it doesn't take him that long to come up with an answer to who is recruiting him the hardest.

“Probably Cal,” he said. “It's between Cal and USC.”

McCarthy is planning on taking official visits to four of the five schools on his list. The local school, USC, will likely not receive an official visit during the season because he has been to the Coliseum for plenty of games over the years. While on any of his visits however, McCarthy has a few things that he will be looking for and checking off once he gets there.

“I just want to go to a place where I feel comfortable and if I weren't playing football I could stay for four years,” he said. “I want to major in business. It's really important, I might want to go to a really big business school.”

Aziz Shittu is ready for action

With day two of The Opening marking the transition into actual football drills, there was perhaps no player who was happier to stop running 40-yard dashes and start doing some field work than Buhach (Calif.) defensive lineman Aziz Shittu.

"With the testing, I wasn't coming out here looking forward to the testing," Shittu said. "I'm a football player-type of guys, I play football. It was fun though."

The Opening is a unique camp because players will be in football pads, which should make for some great action along the trenches. Count Shittu as one of those that can't wait for full speed, one-on-one drills. In fact, he's already picked out one of the five-star offensive linemen at the event he wants to compete against.

"I'm looking forward to going against Zach Banner," Shittu said. "For reasons he should know. If he sees this, it's Zach Banner."

One of the more outgoing players at the event, the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder is making friends at the event just as quickly as he get to the quarterback.

"Oh yeah, it's great getting acquainted," Shittu said. "Me, I'm a talkative guy. Ellis McCarthy is my roommate, Korren Kirven, Luke (Kaumatule), I'm talking to everybody."

It's not to often you'll find McCarthy and Shittu more than 20 feet away from each other when they are at the same event. The two California defensive lineman have competed before at Nike Camps and it appears the two close friends are looking to ensure that their friendship lasts well through college.

"We're going to go to the same school," Shittu said. "That's the plan, that's what we talk about. 

"Me and Ellis, we just chill. I'll be telling jokes and he'll be laughing and I'll be telling jokes and he'll be laughing. We're just compatible."

On the recruiting front, Shittu recently decommitted from Stanford because it was just too soon in the process for him to be locked into one school. Though the Cardinal are still under consideration, the door is open for several other schools to jump on the talented defensive lineman.

"Stanford is still in the mix," he said. "Everybody is kind of standing out in my top 10. Cal, USC, UCLA, Washington, all those schools are standing out, just to name a few."

Shittu doesn't have any visits planned and is looking to schedule his official visits after week two of the college football season once he gets a better idea of what teams he wants to visit and for what games.

Bivins doesn't mind getting schooled by a legend

Everybody knew he run some routes from the moment they saw that NFL legend Jerry Rice had on cleats and gloves. Rice was much more selective on day two of The Opening however. Though he was mainly a teacher Thursday, coaching many of the wide receivers on how to get a better release off the line for example, everybody knew he'd run a route or two against the defensive backs. 

The only question was who would he go against?

"I was with him at first," Gainesville (Fla.) cornerback Chris Bivins recounted. "But then he ran like a 20-yard comeback. It was the longest comeback I've ever had to guard."

Bivins got the opportunity of the lifetime to defend against Rice. Though the former All-Pro managed to catch the ball, the 6-foot, 170-pound Bivins did a good job of staying close for most of Rice's route before the 'oohs' and the 'ahhs' came from the crowd after he caught it.

"I can tell why he was beating everybody back in the day," Bivins said. 

A South Florida commitment, Bivins fought and clawed his way to the event with a very impressive run during the spring and summer camp circuit. One of the hardest workers in the defensive back group, the talented corner ended up with a great reward for all that he put in over the past few months.

"He only did one rep and that was with me," he said. "It was a real good experience. One of the best to ever play the game."

Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 1:17 pm
 

June Big 12 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 Big 12, where Texas and Texas A&M are top dogs nationally when it comes to commitments. 

   Baylor (12)

Offensive lineman Tre-Von Armstead (Port Arthur, Texas)
Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Devin Chafin (Burkburnett, Texas)
Athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Quarterback Jared Johnson (Refugio, Texas)
Linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end Jamal Palmer (McKinney, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)

   Iowa State (5)

Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive end Mitchell Meyers (The Woodlands, Texas)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)
Wide receiver Quan West (Willis, Texas)

   Kansas (3)

Offensive lineman Brian Beckmann (Overland Park, Kan.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Derek Keaton (Camden, Ark.)

   Kansas State (4)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Athlete Matt Seiwert (Conway Springs, Kan.)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)

   Missouri (10)

Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Kentrell Brice (Ruston, La.)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Offensive lineman Germian Ifedi (Houston, Texas)
Linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Mo.)
Linebacker Michael Scherer (St. Louis, Mo.)
Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

   Oklahoma (10)

Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Tight end Laith Harlow (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas)
Wide receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Linebacker Eric Striker (Seffner, Fla.)

   Oklahoma State (7)

Offensive lineman Greg Brantley (Carthage, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Quarterback Wes Lunt (Rochester, Ill.)
Athlete Dominic Ramacher (Denton, Texas0
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)

   Texas (18)

Defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette (Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle (Pearland, Texas)
Running back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas)
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Thomas Johnson (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Kicker Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas)
Defensive tackle Alex Norman (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas)

   Texas A&M (22)

Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive tackle Logan David (Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Troy Green (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson (Baytown, Texas)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas)
Running back Dennis Smith (Wimberley, Texas)
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas)

   Texas Tech (16)

Defensive back Micah Awe (Mansfield, Texas)
Defensive tackle J.J. Bynum (College Station, Texas)
Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri, Texas)
Wide receiver Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Jared Kaster (Altair, Texas)
Offensive lineman Trey Keenan (Argyle, Texas)
Defensive back La'Darius Newbold (Lancaster, Texas)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Defensive tackle Anthony Smith (Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Michael Starts (Waco, Texas)
Offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Haltom City, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas)
Athlete Kris Williams (Dallas, Texas)

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 8:22 am
 

6/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Texas commit Johnathan Gray, along with Texas A&M running back Cyrus Gray, landed on the cover of Dave Campbell's Texas Football.

- Arkansas commitment Jeremy Ward took home offensive line MVP at the Razorbacks summer camp.

- Miami, among other big schools, is in safety Deon Bush's top five.

- Wide receiver Daniel Braverman plans to visit Wake Forest.

- Big time athlete Charles Tapper is adjusting to the busy life of being a highly recruited player.

- Several Michigan State targets are at the school's summer camp for the coaches to see.

COMMITMENTS:

- Colorado added a big running back from Texas in Terrence Crowder.

- Wide receiver Mike McHugh committed to Northwestern.

- Wide out JaQuay Williams waved the towel around and committed to Auburn.

- Number 12 is in for Florida as the Gators added the commitment of linebacker Lorenzo Phillips.

- North Carolina found their quarterback for the class of 2012 in Patton Robinette.
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:15 am
 

May Big 12 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 Big 12, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail but two Texas rivals are battling it out for top dog.

Baylor (8)

Offensive lineman Tre-Von Armstead (Port Arthur, Texas)
Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt(Wylie, Texas)
Athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards(Stephenville, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)

Iowa State (4)

Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott(Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Quarterback Grant Rohach(Moorpark, Calif.)
Wide receiver Quan West (Willis, Texas)

Kansas (1)

Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)

Kansas State (3)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)

Missouri (5)

Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Morgan Steward(Kansas City, Mo.)

Oklahoma (6)

Athlete Daniel Brooks(Rockdale, Texas)
Tight end Laith Harlow (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs(San Antonio, Texas)
Athlete Alex Ross(Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard(Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Oklahoma State (8)

Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall(South Houston, Texas)
Athlete Dominic Ramacher (Denton, Texas0
Athlete Kendall Sanders(Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Dalton Santos(Van, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda(North Richland Hills, Texas)
Quarterback Adam Wing (Morehead, Ky.)

Texas (16)

Defensive end Caleb Bluiett(Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette(Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer(Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas) Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre(Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Running back Johnathan Gray(Aledo, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes(Harker Heights, Texas)
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Thomas Johnson(Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones(Austin, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Alex Norman(Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway(Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser(DeSoto, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Orlando Thomas(Copperas Cove, Texas)

Texas A&M (22)

Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard(Brenham, Texas)
Athlete Devante Bourque (Crowley, La.)
Defensive tackle Logan David(Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis(Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Troy Green(Brenham, Texas)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
Quarterback Trevor Knight(San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews(Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon(Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe(Reserve, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson(Baytown, Texas) Linebacker Michael Richardson(DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond(Denton, Texas)
Running back Dennis Smith(Wimberley, Texas)
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor(Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson(Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti(Hurst, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Michael Wilson(Aledo, Texas)

Texas Tech (7)

Defensive tackle J.J. Bynum (College Station, Texas)
Wide receiver Reginald Davis(Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Erick Hallmon(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols(Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor(Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Haltom City, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward(Snyder, Texas)

 
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:28 pm
 

MaxPreps' Preseason High School Football Top 25

Posted by Bryan Fischer

MaxPreps has released their preseason list of the Top 25 high school football teams in the country and it features some of the top programs from coast to coast. As with any team, their stregth relies on how deep the entire roster is but there's plenty of star power on each. Below is a list of the top 25 and the top recruit for each team.

Click here for a detailed breakdown of each team on MaxPreps.

1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) - Defensive end Darius Hamilton

Hamilton is an explosive prospect who lives in the backfield. He has what college coaches are looking for at the position and it's no surprise to see his offer list bascially be a who's-who of powerhouse programs.

2. Armwood (Sneffer, Fla.) - Running back Matt Jones (Committed to Florida)

Jones is a big back who runs with power but also displays the quickness to change directions quickly. 

3. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) - Quarterback Bart Houston (Committed to Wisconsin

Houston should fit the Badgers' system perfectly and he proved he was one of the top quarterbacks in the country at the recent Stanford Elite 11 competition.

4. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) - Defensive end Jelani Hamilton

One of the top players in a talent-rich area of the country, Hamilton is an impact player with the size and speed you look for in a strongside end.

5. Allen (Allen, Texas) - Running back Jonathan Williams (Committed to Missouri)

It's never not a good year for runnning backs in the state of Texas and Williams is near the top this year. He puts up good numbers in the Eagles' spread and is a threat out of the backfield to catch the ball as well.

6. Prattville (Prattville, Ala.) - Quarterback Justin Thomas (Committed to Alabama

A multipurpose threat, Thomas can do it all with the ball in his hands. He's a very good quarterback and is able to keep the chains moving.

7. Trinity (Euless, Texas) - Linebacker Brian Nance

Nance holds offers from schools across the country and it's easy to see why when the 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker is running all over the field making tackles. 

8. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) - Athlete Arik Armstead (Committed to USC)

Armstead is a big body at defensive tackle - which he says he'll play in college - but he has the prototype size and skills to be an elite offensive tackle, a position he dominates at in high school. 

9. St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) - Offesnive lineman Kyle Kalis (Committed to Ohio State)

Kalis reaffirmed his commitment to the Buckeyes but they'll know plenty of programs will continue to recruit one of the Midwest's top players.

10. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) - Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley

It's a very good year for offensive linemen and Stanley is in the upper echelon with his size (6-foot-7, 290 pounds) and can handle any move defensive ends throw at him.

11. Katy (Katy, Texas) - Quarterback Brooks Haack

Haack is the triggerman for an offense that is normally very balanced but he could take advantage of defenses gearing up to stop the run by showing off his arm this season.

12. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) - Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Committed to Ole Miss)

Gross mans the middle for the South Panola defense and is a quick tackle who has the size plenty of BCS programs were salivating over before he committed to the Rebels.

13. Centennial (Corona, Calif.) - Running back Romello Goodwin

Despite being the backup, Goodwin still turned in a very good season last year and figures to be rushing behind a very good offensive line.

14. Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.) - Linebacker Dominique Gibson

A rangy, athletic linebacker, Gibson should continue to make plays and rack up tackles despite a thin defenisve line infront of him.

15. Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) - Athlete Stefon Diggs

One of the most explosive athletes in the class of 2012, Diggs changes direction on a dime and can blow by defenisve backs as easily as he can shutdown wide receivers. 

16. Harrison (Farmington Hills, Mich.) - Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Committed to Michigan)

A storied high school program, Ojemudia is one of the best defenders to come through on the defensive line and is a terror for opposing offensive linemen to block.

17. Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) - Offensive tackle Patrick Miller

Dwyer will be searching for a new quarterback this season but luckliy for whoever starts at the position they won't have to worry about defenders coming from Miller's side as he has the frame and the movement you look for in a tackle.

18. Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) - Defensive tackle Tyrone Pearson

One of the top players in the region, the transfer from the Louisville area will be part of one of the top defensive lines in the country.

19. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) - Linebacker Nate Gerbus

The biggest question mark for the team is at the linebacker spot but Gerbus should easily be able to hold down the fort.

20. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) - Quarterback Travis Wright

Wright led an explosive offense a year ago and will place high expectations on his shoulders as he looks to prove he's one of the top quarterbacks in the state.

21. Aledo (Aledo, Texas) - Running back Johnathan Gray (Committed to Texas)

One of the top running backs in state history already, Gray figures to put up eye-popping numbers once again. A great blend of speed and power, he's the top running back in the country for the class of 2012.

22. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) - Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Committed to USC)

A known commodity since he burst onto the scene as a freshman, Payton has a good set of hands and runs very precise routes.

23. Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) - Running back Latrell Dukes

Dukes was the team's leading rusher a year ago and figures to put up even better numbers in the Wing-T offense the school runs.

24. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) - Quarterback Connor Brewer (Committed to Texas)

Brewer does not have the strongest arm but he is among the most accurate quarterbacks in the country and has plenty of weapons around him to get the ball to.

25. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) - Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (Class of 2013)

Nkemdiche is one of the top - if not the top - players in the next recruiting class. He's explosive, physically looks the part and already has the pass rush moves of someone much older.
Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:21 am
 

5/8 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A very Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there, especially those that have to deal with the stress of their sons being recruiting.

- One of the top receivers in the class of 2013, Richard Benjamin, is seeing schools and offers roll in.

- Some more on Texas A&M commit Devante Bourque.

- Some more on Texas' ability to pull a commitment out of top running back Johnathan Gray.

- They're starting a program at North Carolina-Charlotte and that means recruiting is starting up.

- A look at Georgia's recruiting at quarterback going forward.
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:39 pm
 

April Big 12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in April and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for all 10 schools in the Big 12, where the programs in Texas are leading the pack both in terms of quality and quantity.

Baylor (7)

Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)


Iowa State (3)

Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)

Kansas (0)

Kansas State (3)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)


Missouri (2)

Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)

Oklahoma (4)

Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Oklahoma State (7)

Athlete Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)

Texas (16)

Defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette (Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Running back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas)
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Thomas Johnson (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Alex Norman (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas)

Texas A&M (19)

Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive tackle Logan David (Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Troy Green (Brenham, Texas)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson (Baytown, Texas)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas)
Running back Dennis Smith (Wimberley, Texas)
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

Offensive lineman Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas)

Texas Tech (5)

Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Erick Hallmon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)

 
 
 
 
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