Tag:Keith Marshall
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:04 pm
 

10 uncommitted recruits to watch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Dorial Green-Beckham

The nation's top recruit overall has played the recruiting game pretty close to the vest so far and will withdraw from most media opportunities as the season begins. He has apparently cut his list down to five schools and took unofficial visits to schools such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Alabama and Texas this summer. The one thing to keep an eye on with Green-Beckham (besides how he dominates defensive backs in high school this season) is where he takes his official visits to. Look for a commitment after the season.

2. Noah Spence

The number four overall recruit, and top defensive lineman, has narrowed his list of schools down to seven and probably won't make a decision until right before (or on) Signing Day. His dad played at one of his finalists, N.C. State, so they are a dark horse in a group of powers like Penn State, Florida, Notre Dame and USC. Maryland and North Carolina both have gone through coaching changes which could have an impact but look for an official to either ot them. After racking up 22 sacks last season, you can also keep an eye on if he gets in the backfield even more too.

3. Ellis McCarthy

There's big defensive tackles and there's McCarthy, who is big, quick and really, really good. From a lot of indications, it appears the seventh overall will state in-state given the frequent unofficial visits to Cal, USC and UCLA. He took in the Bruins scrimmage over the weekend and has shown up at USC several times during the spring. He's been pretty adamant that he'll make a decision on Signing Day so it wouldn't be surprising if he takes all five official visits.

4. Barry Sanders Jr.

You were probably already keeping tabs of Sanders Jr. because of his last name but he's someone to keep an eye on considering he's a top 10 recruit. He's been all over the map on the recruiting trail however, taking plenty of unofficials over the past few months and having a somewhat fluid top group of schools. He has apparently narrowed it down to Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Stanford. There could be a school (Notre Dame? UCLA?) that also sneaks onto the list. It will be a circus wherever he takes an official visit so it probably won't be hard to watch Sanders' recruitment from afar this year.

5. Rushel Shell

Another player who you didn't hear much about this summer, Shell begins the season with plenty of hype and the skills to back it up. Because he didn't really go to any camps, the first month of the season will be the first chance to see if he's improved any since last year. He hasn't talked about recruiting hardly at all, leaving most of the media to talk to his head coach. Alabama and local schools Pitt and Penn State are somewhere on his list and likely will remain there until he makes his decision after the season.

6. Andrus Peat

A five-star who is part of a strong group of linemen out West, Peat will likely be playing college football out-of-state. His brother Todd is at Nebraska and the Huskers will be a player until the end for the younger and more talented of the two brothers. He's taken unofficials to Florida State, Texas, Notre Dame and Michigan and that group of schools will likely get an official visit during the season as well. Longhorn commit Connor Brewer, from just down the road in the Phoenix area, has been doing his best talking about what Texas has to offer him too.

7. Zach Banner

While Peat is likely headed East, Banner is likely staying out West. He's narrowed down his list to 10 and will cut it again shortly. Florida State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan and Notre Dame are some of the non-Pac-12 options for the mammoth offensive tackle but it's likely that Cal, Washington, Oregon and USC all will be in-line for an offical visit when the time comes. Expect a decision before Signing Day in late January.

8. Nelson Agholor

It's like pulling teeth to get Agholor to even name a school but it appears there might be some movement on that front soon. He's said he cut list down but isn't naming schools until discussing things with his coach and his mother, who has been out of the country for some time. The Florida schools will be major players but several indications are that USC is also a strong out-of-state contender. It will certainly be interesting to see where Agholor goes on official visits but don't hold your breath waiting on a decision before Signing Day.

9. Keith Marshall

There's plenty of rumors surrounding the all-purpose back, who hasn't come out with a set list of schools and stuck with them. He has scheduled three official visits to Georgia, Notre Dame and Florida and it looks like those three are his leaders but there are several other schools fighting for an offical and he seems to be pretty open at this point.

10. Robert Nkemdiche

The only junior to make this list does so for a reason. Likely the number one overall recruit for the class of 2013, he already has offers from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and others. There's very few players coming out of high school who have pass rush skills as polished as Nkemdiche. He will take several unofficial visits this year and will likely see his brother at Ole Miss for sure. It's a long time before he'll sign but it will still be interesting to see how the nation's top junior handles the increased attention this year.

Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:22 am
 

Notre Dame recruiting breakdown

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Notre Dame is 17th in the latest MaxPreps team rankings about halfway to Signing Day but Brian Kelly and staff have their eye on another top 10 class. The current group of 13 commitments is a bit light on linemen but more than makes up for that fact in the skill position department.

Defensive back Ronald Darby has high-end speed and can roam the secondary as either a safety or a cornerback. It might be tough to keep his commitment all the way through Signing Day but he's a five-star player who could come in and play early for the Irish. Cornerback Tee Shepard is a talented cover corner and was a top performer this summer at several 7-on-7 competitions. Shepard's cousin, wide receiver Deontay Greenberry, is also a great pick up for the staff and he can flat-out dominate at times.

The most recent commit is defensive tackle Sheldon Day and he's a big body on the inside but has the quickness of a defensive end. His first step explosiveness is much better than defensive linemen Notre Dame had been getting and he's an Indiana kid to boot. Others of note in this class include Nicky Baratti, who's a big safety prospect out of Texas, and outside linebacker David Perkins, who is a terror as a speed rusher off the edge. Justin Ferguson is a very good looking receiver who can matchup well against some physical defensive backs with his size.

The Irish still have plenty of time to add to their class of 2012. They are in the running for several top players, including big-time running back Keith Marshall out of North Carolina. Several other elite prospects have the Irish in their top five and with the season starting, a good start on the field for Notre Dame could pay dividends off the field. Though it is an away game, there will be a lot of eyes on the Michigan night game and there will be a ton of recruits from all over the country on the sidelines. A home game versus USC will also draw a lot of players that the Irish can impress.

Notre Dame has a solid but not elite recruiting class at the moment but there are several reasons why they are a class that could be on the rise.
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:40 am
 

8/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Defensive tackle Vontrell Williams will announce his commitment on CBS Sports Network in mid-September.

Kentucky commit Patrick Towles and Auburn commit Zeke Pike have found some common ground.

Will Muschamp has Florida off to a fast start in the recruiting process.

More on Auburn commit Trey Johnson making his pledge to the Tigers.

Top running back Keith Marshall said Georgia would be one of his three official visits, along with Notre Dame and Florida.

Offensive lineman Patrick Miller has LSU, Auburn and Miami in his top three.

Good profile of Oklahoma commit Durron Neal.

Arkansas is in the top three for hard-hitting safety K.J. Dillon.

One FAU recruit thinks former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach will be the Owls next head coach.

Commitments:

Chris Santini committed to Boise State Monday night.

Defensive back Erich Wilson verbally pledged to Colorado.
Posted on: April 9, 2011 8:52 am
 

4/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Headed out to the Elite 11 competition at TCU later today. Should be a great chance to get a good look at some of the top Texas quarterbacks.

- The 2012 Under Armour game picked up commitments to play in the all-star competition from defensive end Adolphus Washington and wide receiver Dwayne Stanford.

- Florida linebacker commit Jeremi Powell picked up an offer from rival Alabama.

- Carrollton (Texas) athlete Kiante Griffin has committed to Baylor.

- A Q&A with top Georgia running back Keith Marshall.

- USC commit Jordan Payton is planning to visit Arkansas soon.

Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 1:40 pm
 

2012 Running Backs to Keep an Eye On

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Aledo (Texas) running back Jonathan Gray is the top running back in the nation according to CBSSports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other running backs - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Gray off the top spot and become the top back for the class of 2012.

Greg Garmon (McDowell High, Erie, Pa.) 
Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 200 pounds 
Offers from: Cincinnati, UConn, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

What's to like: Garmon put everyone on notice that he would be one of the names to watch at the U.S. Army All-American Combine earlier this year when he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash (electronically timed). A fluid athlete, he could lineup at a number of positions such as slot receiver or as a returner. Being a threat in the passing game is just one of the reasons why several schools are really recruiting him heavily.

Needs to work on: Like most backs out of high school, Garmon has the speed to out run defenders and uses it to bounce outside a lot. He'll need to learn when to cut it up inside when necessary and develop a better between the tackles game to really succeed at the next level. 



Matt Jones (Armwood High, Seffner, Fla.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 225 pounds 
Committed to Florida

What's to like: The first thing that sticks out is Jones' size and the fact that he's your prototypical "big back" that many pro-style offensive coordinators are looking for. It's not just size that Jones brings to the table though, as he does have some serious speed to go with it. Despite facing some good Florida competition, Jones slices through defenders with ease. He's also very dangerous on screen plays.

Needs to work on: Unlike some running backs whose offense is built around them, Jones is mainly in a spread offense at Armwood. That means he might have to get used to a more downhill attack if he keeps his commitment to Florida. Jones could stand to add a few pounds and fill out his frame to withstand the punishment he'll take at the next level as well.



Keith Marshall (Millbrook High, Raleigh, N.C.) 
Height: 5-foot-11 
Weight: 185 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, USF, USC, Virginia Tech

What's to like: It must be tough to be a defender in North Carolina opposite of Marshall because the running back is simply elusive. With speed to run past everyone and the quickness to make them miss if they do get close, Marshall is yet another good back to hail from the East Coast. His running style is upright and he stays pretty balanced which is something some players don't often do.

Needs to work on: Marshall isn't the biggest back so durability will be somewhat of a concern if he doesn't add a few pounds of muscle for running inside.

 

Barry Sanders Jr. (Heritage High, Oklahoma City, Okla.) 
Height: 5-foot-9 
Weight: 180 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and UCLA.

What's to like: Although the junior Sanders might not like getting comparisons to his old man, it's hard not to make one with the former Oklahoma State and Detroit Lions star as Sanders is shifty and keeps a low center of gravity. Though he isn't the fastest back out there, he does have enough speed to out run most of the competition. Sanders also has good hands and is a threat in the passing game out of the backfield also.

Needs to work on: Overall game is pretty good but his smaller size is a bit of a concern. He tends to run around defenders rather than through them.



Jonathan Williams (Allen High, Allen, Texas) 
Height: 5-foot-11 
Weight: 205 pounds Offers from Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Rice, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia.

What's to like: Williams isn't afraid to lower his shoulder and run through a defender to get into the end zone. At the same time he also isn't afraid to bust a run to the outside and out run everybody. He does a good job of staying upright when running and has the ability to cut either way at a moment's notice. He also keeps his legs moving when in a pile which is something some players don't do.

Needs to work on: It would be good for Williams to experiment in the slot because he has the makings of an all-purpose back. He's solid when catching the ball on a screen but some versatility in the passing game would be good to see.



 
 
 
 
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