Tag:Kyle Kalis
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's been a trying few days at Ohio State. From the bang-bang news Monday of head coach Jim Tressel resigning and a damaging Sports Illustrated article, there's been plenty of "down" moments for Buckeye fans across the country. It is, however, not all bad for the football program on the recruiting front as Ohio State reinforced the notion that the program is one of the few that can withstand major issues that would otherwise derail others.

The first sign of good news came Tuesday as the prize in the Buckeyes' class of 2012, Lakewood (Ohio) offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, planned on decommitting from the program but was convinced to remain a part of the class by interim head coach Luke Fickell over a 45 minute phone conversation.

"The only way I'd go to Ohio State is if Coach Fick is the coach," Kalis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I know him pretty well. He knows the way I'm a fighter and I don't give up on things. He said he went through the same thing in college and ended up going to Ohio State, and he said if I go to Ohio State, it will be the best decision of my life."

Kalis is ranked 61st overall in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming, the only member of the OSU recruiting class to be ranked in the top 100. Like many players, fans and recruits, Kalis' initial reaction to hearing that Tressel had resigned was one of complete surprise.

"My first thought was shock. My heart sank and my stomach started hurting," he told the paper. "I turned my phone off and went back to bed. I had 87 missed calls from all over, the New York Times, ESPN. I didn't return one of them. I thought it would be disrespectful, like I was talking behind coach Tressel's back."

The 6-foot-5, 310 pound Kalis is one of two offensive linemen committed to the school at the moment. In another bit of good news, Kalis was joined in the Buckeyes' class by Bedford (Ohio) safety Tyvis Powell, who committed to the school Wednesday afternoon. A lifelong Ohio State fan, Powell was unphased by all that's gone on in Columbus.

"I made this decision, I'd say back in 2003," Powell told Bucknuts.com. "For eight years I've known where I want to go.

"I'm not going to take my talents to another state. It's about dedication to Ohio. I can't leave. I can't see myself going out-of-state to play my football."

Powell, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound defensive back who plays both safety and corner, becomes the eight commitment for the class of 2012 - all of whom are from Ohio. He selected Ohio State over offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State, Minnesota and West Virginia among others.

Things are not going well in Columbus with the NCAA circling around ahead of the school's August hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions and an interim head coach but at least there is a little positive news on the recruiting front.
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 16, 2011 9:42 am
 

5/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- An overview of Oklahoma State recruiting with needs and targets for the class of 2012.

- Thoughts from offensive lineman and Ohio State commit Kyle Kalis growing up with a dad who played in the NFL.

- Sophomore Adam Breneman is already up to four scholarship offers.

- Linebacker Justin Horton received an offer from Temple.

- Colorado has their man in Shane Dillon.

- Linebacker Dillon Lee is set to pick a school tonight and will choose either Alabama, USC or Florida State.
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Football recruits stand by Jim Tressel & Ohio St

By MaxPreps contributor Jarrod Ulrey

In the midst of an ongoing NCAA investigation involving Ohio State's football program and coach Jim Tressel, business as usual might be the best way to describe what's going on inside recruiting circles.

On Tuesday, the Buckeyes reeled in a big fish when Upper Arlington (Columbus, Ohio) wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos made a verbal commitment to be a part of their 2012 recruiting class. That came just four days after the NCAA sent OSU President E. Gordon Gee a "notice of allegations" accusing Tressel of lying to investigators when he failed to disclose that a tipster had told him some of his players had been given free tattoos in exchange for signed memorabilia.

"My parents went there and my sister went there, and on top of that, they've got one of the best coaching staffs in the country," said Epitropoulos, who chose Ohio State over Michigan State, Stanford and Wisconsin. "(The situation with Tressel) made me pause, but I know coach Tressel. It was a lot harder of a decision than I thought, but I couldn't pass up Ohio State."

Epitropoulos became the sixth member of the 2012 recruiting class for the Buckeyes, joining Joshua Perry from Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio), Warren Ball from St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio), Kyle Kalis from St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), Brionte Dunn from Glen Oak (Canton, Ohio) and Jacoby Boren from Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio).

See who signed with Ohio State from the Class of 2011

In the days after first getting an e-mail regarding the tattoos-for-memorabilia exchange last April, Tressel kept the information and subsequent updates from university officials even as he frequently contacted others about alleged violations by current and former players, according to reports in the Columbus Dispatch. That failure to reveal the potential violations led the NCAA to accuse Tressel of dishonesty and knowingly using ineligible players throughout the 2010 season.

If proven, the allegation could lead to severe punishment from the NCAA.

Read more of this story at MaxPreps

Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:59 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 10:00 pm
 

April Big Ten 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 in the Big Ten, where three traditional powers lead the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Illinois (1)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)

Indiana (0)

Iowa (1)

Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)

Michigan (6)

Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.) 
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Michigan State (0)

Minnesota (3)

Wide receiver Andre McDonald (Minnetonka, Minn.) 
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.) 
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)

Nebraska (1)

Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)

Northwestern (2)

Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)

Ohio State (6)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)

Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio)

Penn State (6)

Defensive tackle Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.)

Purdue (1)

Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Wisconsin (3)

Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.)

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

Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:36 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:39 pm
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Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:18 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 7:28 pm
 

March Big Ten Early Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in March and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments in the Big Ten, where it's no surprise that Ohio State leads the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Illinois (1)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)

Indiana (0)

Iowa (0)

Michigan (2)

Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.) 
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Michigan State (0)

Minnesota (4)

Wide receiver Andre McDonald (Minnetonka, Minn.) 
 Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.) 
 Defensive back Nick Rallis (Edina, Minn.) 
 Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)

Nebraska (1)

Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member

Northwestern (2)

Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)

Ohio State (5)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio)

Penn State (4)

Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.)

Purdue (0)

Wisconsin (2)

Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)

Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.)

 
 
 
 
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