Tag:Lemming Top 100
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Texas keeps big offensive lineman in-state

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas
has assembled another very good class loaded with plenty of early commitments and they added their biggest - literally - recruiting target left on their board in Pearland (Texas) offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle at the Longhorns football camp Sunday.

"Being with all the players and around the coaches and the running backs - we have two of the best running backs in the country - and a good quarterback coming," Estelle told Orangebloods.com when asked what made him commit. "We're going to be a championship team."

The big tackle held offers from just about every major program in the country and had considered going out-of-state before pledging to the Longhorns. In addition to keeping another top player close to home, the Longhorns get an offensive lineman to build around in the future.

"In my experience in watching so much football, you don't have many 6-7, 300-pound kids that can bend and move like him. He's an explosive player off the ball. His ability to run, whether he's getting downfield or pulling on counter plays, he runs like a linebacker," Estelle's head coach, Eric Wells, told the site. "He'll be in college when he turns 18. He's a very intense player, always trying to ask about ways he can get better. As a coach, you love those types of kids."

Estelle is the 17th player and third offensive lineman to commit to Texas for the class of 2012, another solid start for Mack Brown and company. The program already has four commitments in the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012, including Estelle's future offensive line teammate Curtis Riser.
Posted on: June 3, 2011 12:00 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 12:01 am
 

May SEC 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 SEC, where several schools - as one would expect - are having a strong year so far.

Alabama (12)

Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.) Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.) Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.) Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.) Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Tyler Hayes (Thomasville, Ala.)
Linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland(Madison, Ala.) Running back Justin Taylor(Atlanta, Ga.) Athlete Justin Thomas(Prattville, Ala.) Athlete Eddie Williams(Panama City, Fla.)

Arkansas (6)

Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (Memphis, Tenn.) Wide receiver Jalen Cobb (Warren, Ark.) Athlete Nathan Holmes (Port Arthur, Texas) Running back Donovan Roberts (Norman, Okla.) Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.)   Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward Pottsville, Ark.)

Auburn (8)

Offensive lineman Shane Callahan (Parker, Colo.)
Offensive lineman Michael Flint (Oxford, Ala.)
Defensive back Joshua Holsey (Fairburn, Ga.)
Athlete Darrion Hutcherson (Dadeville, Ala.)
Wide receiver Ricardo Louis (Miami Beach, Fla.) Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy(Birmingham, Ala.) 
Defensive tackle Darius Philon (Prichard, Ala.)

Florida(9)

Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.) Running back Mike Davis(Stone Mountain, Ga.) Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Running back Matt Jones(Seffner, Fla.) Defensive tackle JaFar Mann(Stone Mountain, Ga.) Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.) Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.) Linebacker Jeremi Powell(Largo, Fla.)
Tight end Colin Thompson (Warminster, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams(Tyrone, Ga.)

Georgia(6) 

Wide receiver C.J. Curry(Gainesville, Ga.) Defensive end Jalen Fields (Milledgeville, Ga.) Athlete Leonard Floyd(Eastman, Ga.)   Kicker Marshall Morgan(Miami, Fla.) Wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw (Milledgeville, Ga.) Tight end Ty Smith(Moultrie, Ga.)

Kentucky (5)

Defensive back Shawn Blaylock (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman(Louisville, Ky.) Defensive back Josh Harris(Maysville, Ky.) Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles(Fort Thomas, Ky.)

LSU (12) 

Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.) Wide receiver Travin Dural(Beaux Bridge, La.)   Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.) Tight end Dillon Gordon(River Ridge, La.) Linebacker Trey Granier(Thibodaux, La.)
Defensive end Jerald Hawkins (Baldwin, La.)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson(Pompano Beach, Fla.) Athlete Lamar Lewis (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Derrick Raymond (Metairie, La.)
Defensive back Jerquinick Sandolph (Boutte, La.)  Defensive back Dwayne Thomas (New Orleans, La.) Tight end John Thomas(Bossier City, La.)

Ole Miss (4)
 
Quarterback C.J. Beathard (Franklin, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.) Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.) Defensive end Temario Strong(Batesville, Miss.)

Mississippi State(2)

Offensive lineman Devon Desper(Madison, Miss.)
Athlete Deontay Evans(McComb, Miss.)

South Carolina (5)

Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.) Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.) Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brock Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Clayton Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)

Tennessee (2)

Running back Imani Cross(Gainesville, Ga.)
Wide receiver Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio)

Vanderbilt (6)

Defensive end Ladarius Banks (Dallas, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Barrett Gouger (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Defensive end Tre Griffin (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Linebacker Darreon Herring (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker Jacob Sealand (Tucker, Ga.)
Defensive end Stephen Weatherly (Atlanta, Ga.)
 
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:01 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Missouri gets up close look at Green-Beckham

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The May Evaluation period ended Tuesday night but that doesn't mean college coaches are going to stop evaluating players this summer. While assistants have been going from high school to high school over the past month and a half to look at players up close and personal, they are now able to do so near their college campus in the form of school camps. Missouri is one of the schools taking advantage right away, hosting a school camp in nearby Springfield, Missouri on Wednesday.

The same Springfield, Missouri that is also home to a Missouri target who also happens to be the nation's top player: Dorial Green-Beckham.

"I can't comment on that," head coach Gary Pinkel said when asked about Green-Beckham. "I'd go to jail. I don't want to go to jail."

While Pinkel wouldn't go to jail if he mentioned the talented wide out's name but he would commit an NCAA secondary violation. Nevertheless, the Tigers staff did what they could to impress Green-Beckham, with Pinkel riding to the event in a black and gold Harley Davidson motorcycle according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver visited Columbia last week on an unofficial visit but had yet another opportunity to gauge how the staff works as he was put through the paces at one of the four summer camps put on by the Tigers. According to the Post-Dispatch:

Still recovering from a hamstring strain that kept him from defending his 100-meter title at Missouri's track and field championships last week, Green-Beckham was extremely limited in the camp. The soon-to-be senior spent some time catching passes from different quarterbacks but mostly conversed with members of the Missouri coaching staff. He has been on Missouri's recruiting radar since he was in eighth grade, and it was not long before other top schools around the nation started showing attention as well.

Green-Beckham holds scholarship offers from just about every school in the country and has recently begun to narrow down his list. Missouri, Oklahoma and several SEC schools have emerged as leaders for the receiver that MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming has compared to Randy Moss.

"I think you look for competitiveness, quickness and speed," Pinkel said of qualities he looks for in a player. "It's all about movement, change of direction. That's what football is."

Pinkel also described a lot of the qualities the county's top wide receiver has. There were 343 players at the camp in Springfield but it was the local star, Green-Beckham, who likely drew most of the attention from the Missouri staff Wednesday as a result.
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 10:57 pm
 

May Pac-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 Pac-12, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail.

Arizona (2)

Quarterback Josh Kern (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman Beau Boyster (Bellflower, Calif.)

Arizona State (7)

Offensive lineman Dejon Allen (Compton, Calif.)
Wide receiver Josiah Blandin (Long Beach, Calif.)
Linebacker Salamo Fiso (Long Beach, Calif.)
Wide receiver Randall Goforth (Long Beach, Calif.)
Defenisve back Oliver Johnson (Pierece JUCO/Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Wide receiver Kenny Lawler (Upland, Calif.)
Wide receiver Richard Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)

California (2)

Linebacker Michael Barton (Concord, Calif.)
Quarterback Zach Kline(Danville, Calif.)

Colorado(3)

Quarterback Shane Dillon (El Cajon, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Tyler Henington(Denver, Col.)
Defensive end Clay Norgard(Highlands Ranch, Col.)

Oregon(1)

Defensive back Eric Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Stephen Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Tight end Evan Baylis (Aurora, Colo.)
Wide receiver Oshay Dunmore (Newport, Ore.)
Quarterback Jake Rodrigues (Rocklin, Calif.)

Oregon State
(2)

Tight end Dustin Stanton (Marysville, Wash.)
Wide receiver Cleveland Wallace (San Jose, Calif.)

Stanford(4)

Safety Alex Carter(Ashburn, Va.)
Linebacker Noor Davis (The Villages, Fla.)
Wide receiver Dontonio Jordan (Cornith, Texas)

UCLA (2)

Running back Steven Lakalaka (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Running back Psalm Wooching (Kailua Kona, Hawaii) USC (9)

Defensive tackle Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Jaydon Mickens(Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Jahleel Pinner (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers(Carson, Calif.)
Lineabcker Jabari Ruffin(Downey, Calif.)
Linebacker Scott Starr (Norco, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Running back Kevin York (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton JUCO)

Utah (4)

Defensive back Austin Lee (Sandy, Utah)
Offensive lineman Kiha Sai (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive end Sione Tupouata (Ephraim, Utah)
Quarterback Travis Wilson (San Clemente, Calif.)

Washington State(2)

Defensive back David Bucannon (Vacaville, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dalen Jones(Woodland, Calif.)

Washington (4)

Wide receiver Braden Bishop(Mountain View, Calif.)
Quarterback Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash.)
Running back Tairen Owens(Pasadena, Calif.)
Defensive back Darien Washington (Orange, Calif.)

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 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: May 31, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Greenberry is number nine for the Irish

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Notre Dame was looking to add a big time wide receiver to their class of 2012 and they landed one over the weekend, picking the commitment of Fresno (Calif.) receiver Deontay Greenberry.

“I always knew I was going to end up there, it was just a matter of time,” Greenberry told 247Sports.com. “It just came to my mind that I needed to commit. A bunch of recruiters from different schools were calling my coach all the time, so I think he was getting tired of it. I just decided the sooner, the better.”

The reason the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Greenberry said he was always going to end up at Notre Dame is that his cousin, cornerback Tee Shepard, has been committed to the Irish for several months. 

"We're doing something we've dreamed of," Greenberry told IrishIllustrated.com. "We've talked about it since schools started blowing up. It just happened to be the Irish. It's the Fighting Irish."

Greenberry is ranked number 74 overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming. His stock has taken off this spring after performing well at the BadgerSports 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas and the recent Stanford Nike Camp

“Physically, he already looks like a major-college wide receiver,” Lemming told the South Bend Tribune.

The talented wide out held offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Cal and UCLA among others. Greenberry has not taken an unofficial visit to South Bend to see the Irish facilities but plans to in early June. He is the ninth commitment for the class of 2012 overall for the school and the second receiver.

Notre Dame now has two commitments in the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 and appears well on their to building a top five class again this year.
Posted on: May 21, 2011 2:00 am
Edited on: May 24, 2011 12:59 am
 

Winston, Kiel impress at Ohio State Elite 11

Posted by Bryan Fischer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The sixth and final stop of the Elite 11 quarterback competition turned out to be one of the best stops of the entire spring camp circuit. Three of the top four quarterbacks in the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 showed up and just about everyone met or exceeded expectations.

Hueytown (Ala.) signal caller Jameis Winston had the longest trip out of just about everyone who showed up Friday afternoon but came out throwing and looked sharp throughout the two and a half hour throwing session.

“I think it was a productive day. I did some good things, I could have done better on some things but I don't think I did anything bad,” Winston said.

Ranked as the second best quarterback in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps, the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder threw a very nice ball and was exceptional on fade routes where he could show off his arm. Winston was light on his feet during drills, moving well and showing off improved footwork – one area of his game where he felt he could have improved on even more.

“Drops,” he zeroed in on. “I'm not that comfortable with the five step drops, the seven step drops. When I'd hitch, I was on my back leg a lot. My arm made up for it but I've got to get better at it.

“What people don't know is that my whole life I was a Wing-T quarterback. I've only had two years in a spread system. I've really only had two years throwing the football.”

A true dual-threat quarterback who can beat a team with his arm and his legs, Winston admits he is still a little more comfortable when he's throwing on the run outside of the pocket.

“Well, god gave me the legs to do it,” he said with a smile. “I am comfortable running just because I have more space but I'm more comfortable in the pocket as well.”

Winston doesn't really have a preference for what type of system he plays in college and certainly has his pick of whichever spread or pro-style system suits him best. With well over 25 scholarship offers with his name on it headed to Hueytown once coaches can send written offers, Winston is only beginning to pare down his recruiting.

“I'm starting to narrow it down, but not quite (all the way down) yet,” Winston said. “I plan on committing in July. I've just got to get out more, my parents haven't been out with me a lot.”

The trip to Ohio State for the Elite 11 will afford Winston the opportunity to take an unofficial visit to see the Buckeyes. He'll be visiting with the coaching staff and see all the school has to offer on Saturday before returning home.

“I hope Terrelle Pryor is up there so I can meet that big guy,” he said, only half-joking. “I just want to meet with the coaches, talk with coach (Jim) Tressel a little bit. This is a dream, being up here. I'm practicing on the same field as people like Eddie George and all those guys.”

An unofficial visit to LSU is in the cards for next week and there are several more penciled in on the calendar as Winston looks to keep to his schedule and commit in July.

“I've got to take my parents down to Florida State, I've got to take them down there because that's a place where I could see myself playing at,” he said. “LSU, Florida State and Oklahoma too. Oklahoma is my favorite school growing up so I'm going to try and get down there. And Vanderbilt, I like Vanderbilt a lot too. I'm going to try and go out west and visit schools like UCLA and Stanford.”

Both in-state schools, Alabama and Auburn, are also heavily pursuing the star QB. Winston says he's open to leaving home however, and is searching for a school that meets his criteria because he isn't worried about staying too close to home.

“First of all, people say academics but I actually am looking at academics,” Winston said. “I have a good GPA, I'm at a 4.1 right now. So I'm looking for academics but I'm also looking for players around me that want to win, that's the main thing.”

A two-sport star, Winston is one of the top high school baseball players in the country. A five-tool player who stars in the outfield, at shortstop and as a pitcher, several baseball scouts think he could go in the first three rounds of the upcoming MLB draft. While he is leaving the football/baseball decision for another day, wrapping up spring football at his high school last week means it's time for him to shift gears and go grab his glove.

“Baseball is going great,” he said. “I start summer ball next week. I'm going to be out there hitting home runs and striking people out.”

Winston said Alabama's baseball program is recruiting him the hardest and if he were to redshirt his first year in college football, he'd try and focus on baseball before competing to be the starting quarterback in the spring. While the strength of a school's baseball programs seems to be secondary to that of its football program in terms of Winston's recruitment, it is still a factor.

Based on the way he threw the ball around the Elite 11 however, it would seem that his future belongs on the gridiron first and the diamond second.

Pike not pleased with his performance

Five-star quarterback Zeke Pike came into the Elite 11 excited to prove that he was one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. After nearly three hours of throwing in the humid Columbus air however, the talented player didn't feel like he brought his “A” game to the competition.

“I did alright,” Pike said. “I didn't throw the ball as well as I thought I would. I'm kind of sore, I've been working real hard this week because it's the last week of summer ball. No excuses but I did preform the way I wanted to.

“That's part of being a quarterback, you're going to have a good game and you're going to have a bad game and you've got to bounce back.”

The Edgewood (Ky.) quarterback struggled at times during the competition, usually with his accuracy. He tended to overstride a little and didn't throw as tight a spiral as he normally does. There might be a little bit of truth to his arm being just a little bit tired as he has had a non-stop schedule since the beginning of the year. On top of leading a 7-on-7 travel team, Pike's high school just wrapped up spring practices right before he made the trip up.

“It's going good, we finished our last thing yesterday,” he said. “We're done for the rest of the school year and then we'll start back up June 1st so it's exciting.

“I'm going to 7-on-7 in Dallas later this summer. I'll probably go down to (Auburn's summer camp) and throw. I'll probably go down there a few more times but we'll see.”

As Auburn's only commitment in the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 – he's 30th overall – Pike is the cornerstone in the Tigers' recruiting class. He plans on doing a bit of recruiting for the school at Saturday's Nike Camp and talked glowingly about his connection with the school and the coaching staff.

“It's a place I kind of fell in love with,” he said. “It's where I knew I'd be happy and I'd love going to school there for four or five years. When it all comes down to it, it's about more than just football. It's about where you'll be happy at, where you can be successful at and I felt it there and that's where I felt the most comfortable at too.”

While he's a solid verbal commitment to the Tigers, that hasn't stopped several schools from continuing to pursue the him.

“They still send me a lot of mail and emails and messages,” Pike said. “I don't really read them anymore. I don't talk to as many coaches anymore but I try to keep the lines open with a couple coaches just in case anything ever happens, you never know. But I'm committed to Auburn and I'm going to be loyal to them.”

Kempt an underclassman to keep an eye on

The Elite 11 events are always a good time to see how underclassmen perform against top competition. Massillion (Ohio) quarterback Kyle Kempt was one of several at the event to catch the eye of observers and with good reason as he flashed all the tools he needed to be successful at the next level.

“I felt very good. I felt like I did very well in the drills,” Kempt said. “I was pretty accurate and I didn't try and do something I couldn't do. I just did everything I could to make it a catchable ball for the receiver and come out and show what I've got.”

The 6-foot-5, 190 pound Kempt throws a very catchable ball in a tight spiral. He seemed a bit neverous at the beginning but grew more comfortable as the event went on and was sharp when throwing routes to wide receivers.

“In reality, you're just competing against everybody,” he said. “It's a lot of fun. You have some of the best quarterbacks in the nation here and it's awesome to be able to come out here and compete with them.”

Kempt performed at the Elite 11's first stop, in Orlando, but decided to come back and go through the ringer once again. It's all part of his strategy to go to as many camps as possible to both learn from instructors on how to be a better quarterback and also show off what he can do in hopes of picking up more scholarship offers.

“For college camps, we're going down to Alabama, we're going to go to USC, hopefully Stanford, then Oregon State and Washington.” He continued, “Then we're going to come back here and go to Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. We're going to do Notre Dame and Boston College and any other area camps we can find.”

Just a rising junior, Kempt already holds a verbal scholarship offer from Stanford and plenty of other schools are giving him a look.

“There are other schools showing interest,” he said. “I'm just going out and trying to prove myself and prove that they need to show a lot of interest in me.”

The offer from the Cardinal was a significant one for Kempt, not only because it was a major Division-I offer from a prestigious school, but because of the coach who saw something in him while he was just a sophomore.

“It meant a lot to me,” Kempt said. “Stanford is a great academic school. The guy who offered me was Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and (the offer) is still standing. Just to get it from him, from an NFL guy, it really meant a lot.”

Kempt is originally from Portland (Ore.) and moved to Ohio almost a year ago. While he now has roots in both the Midwest and the West Coast, where he eventually goes to school doesn't matter as much as some of the other criteria he is looking for in a program.

“A great campus, great academics,” he said. “I'm more of a pro-style offense quarterback so that's definitely the type of school I'm looking for. I really want a coaching staff that I can relate to and that I know I can go to for anything.”

Kempt's older brother was a backup quarterback at Oregon a few years ago and while he has talked with the Ducks a little, their spread system isn't the best fit for him so it's unlikely he'll head to his brother's alma matter. He is, however, already knee deep in the recruiting process and is able to go through it with ease thanks to the experience the family had with his brother.

“I've made an unofficial to Oregon State, I've made an unofficial to Washington,” he said. “I was actually here (at Ohio State) when they played Penn State and that was a great game. It was awesome, great atmosphere and some of the nicest people you'll meet.”

Based on his performance on the Ohio State practice fields Friday, don't be surprised to hear Kempt's name come up more and more as he makes his way around the country.

Notes

- Another underclassman who caught just about everyone's eye was Warren (Mich.) quarterback Shane Morris. While it probably had something to do with the way he was spinning the ball during the competition, he made sure everybody knew who he was by wearing a bright yellow Michigan shirt and cap. The recent commit to the school has good size and has an accurate arm. He plans on doing a bit of recruiting for the maize-and-blue at Saturday's Nike Camp.

- The country's top-ranked quarterback and number two overall player Gunner Kiel showed up and did not disappoint. He had to leave as soon as the camp was over but he was impressive from the first snap to the last. He's got a cannon for an arm and throws a really tight spiral. Kiel was the best looking quarterback at any of the Elite 11 stops and was extremely accurate in all phases.

He has plus footwork and physically looks ready to play at the next level immediately at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. He can shave a few ticks off his release but it's pretty good as is. His downfield throws were beauties, turning over the nose of the ball perfectly. Mechanically sound, he kept the ball high and should be a great pickup for whatever school lands him.

- North Canton (Ohio) quarterback Austin Appleby already has a double digit offer list but should see increased interest from BCS-level schools in the near future. He's got great size and a very strong arm. His release is a little long but has the makings of a BCS-level signal caller. His most recent offer was from Miami of Ohio and he's receiving heavy interest from Michigan State, Michigan and others.

“We really covered a lot of Big East schools during the spring,” Appleby said. “Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut they all said I'm very high on their board. In the SEC, Vanderbilt seemed very impressed. A lot of them are real close and they say they it's just going to take a camp date (to get an offer).”

- Monroe (Conn.) quarterback Casey Cochran was sharp in yet another camp and should continue to get more interest as the year goes on. He just picked up an offer from Boston College and plans to go to camps at UConn, Temple and Syracuse among others.

- Buffalo (N.Y.) quarterback Chad Kelly can really move and has the arm to throw it around the field, he was sharp all day and can really spin it.

- A few others who impressed were TCU commit Tyler Matthews, Matt Alviti from Park Ridge (Ill.), Sean Maguire of West Orange (N.J.) and Brian Blackburn from Detroit (Mich.).

 
 
 
 
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