Tag:SEC
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:15 am
 

Legacy running back Kelvin Taylor commits to UF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some people thought it was only a matter of when for Belle Glade (Fla.) running back Kelvin Taylor and it turns out Junior Day was the opportune time to make a commitment. One of the country's top back's, the Florida legacy committed to the Gators Saturday morning on an unofficial visit and will follow in his record-setting father's footsteps.

"I LOVE MY GATOR FAM!!!! #gatornation," Taylor tweeted.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder passed Emmitt Smith to become the state's all-time career rushing leader last season as a junior. Taylor's father, Fred, was a former star in Gainesville before becoming an all-Pro in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Florida wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill was actually teammates with the elder Taylor on several SEC championship squads and the prior relationship no doubt helped land the younger Taylor, who also strongly considered Alabama.

"Congrats to my son @ImKelvinTaylor on his commitment to the best university in the world #GATORNATION," Fred Taylor tweeted shortly after his son committed.

A Maxpreps Top Junior, Taylor enters his senior season with 9,698 career yards and will be ranked as one of the top running backs in a deep year at the position in the state of Florida. He becomes the fifth commitment for Florida in the class of 2013 and second running back, joining the smaller, quicker Winter Haven (Fla.) back Adam Lane.

Photo via Kelvin Taylor



Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Tennessee adds late 2012 linebacker commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Though most have moved on to next year's recruiting class, Tennessee added one the final pieces to their 2012 group on Wednesday as Jacksonville (Fla.) linebacker Kenneth Bynum signed late with the Volunteers following a visit to Knoxville.

“I had a great time on my visit,” Bynum told InsideTennessee.com.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was committed to Cincinnati but delayed signing in order to visit Tennessee. Bynum also held offers from schools such as North Carolina, Rutgers and West Virginia but was impressed with the UT staff and new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri in particular.

“He is an intense guy and he really seems like he knows his stuff,” Bynum said. “He has coached a lot of great players. I think he is a great coach. It was nice to meet with him.”

Bynum becomes Tennessee's 22nd class of 2012 commitment.
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:23 am
 

Valentine's Day Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan opts for the personal approach on Junior Days.

 2014 running back Wadzaire Blanc has snagged a South Carolina offer.

Maryland needs their top recruit to help stop the transfers.

 A Q&A with Houston coach Tony Levine where he talks about recruiting some.

 Urban Meyer says Ohio State's 2012 class lacks speed.

 Offensive tackle Will Allen was invited to Alabama's Junior Day.

 Duke Johnson has been the perfect ambassador for Miami football.

 Linebacker/safety Su'a Cravens was at USC's Junior Day and recently picked up a Clemson offer.

 Running back JoJo Kemp has USF as his early leader.

 Derek Dooley rips the SEC's new oversigning rules.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:51 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Huggins is number six for Texas A&M

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M had a very good haul on Signing Day with their 14th-ranked recruiting class and it looks like the Aggies might be able to best that effort based on their start with the 2013 class. Dallas (Texas) defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins was the latest to commitment to the SEC-bound program, picking A&M on Saturday.

"I like the tradition, the coaches, the academics, all of that," Huggins told AggieYell.com. "Really, I like everything."

A 6-foot-3, 280-pound interior presence also held offers from Colorado State, SMU and Texas Tech with plenty of others showing interest.

Huggins' Skyline High teammate, wide receiver Thomas Johnson, signed with Texas A&M and it looks like the Aggies are getting two impact players on both sides of the ball in consecutive years.

"I'm a straight defensive tackle," Huggins added. "I like to take on blockers and get in the backfield after whoever's got the ball."

The pledge gives new head coach Kevin Sumlin six commitments for 2013, three of whom play along the defensive line.

Photo by Lonnie Erickson
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Shaq Wiggins adds to strong 2013 start by Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With a slew of Junior Days scheduled by programs across the country, this weekend figures to be a pretty busy one on the recruiting trail. Tyrone (Ga.) cornerback Shaquille Wiggins decided to start things off early however, committing to Georgia on Friday afternoon.

“It felt right; it’s the place for me,” Wiggins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound defensive back is one of the Peach state's top 10 prospects for the class of 2013 and has shown he can cover receivers of any size on the field. Though he needs to add weight, he showed a lot of toughness at the Rising Seniors Bowl late last year when he battled injuries to be one of the game's top defenders.

Wiggins held offers from schools such as Tennessee, Michigan, Ole Miss and others. He is the fourth class of 2013 commitment for Georgia and joins Newnan (Ga.) safety Tray Matthews in the secondary.

"It's a little bit of everything," Wiggins told CBSSports.com about what he was looking for in a program. "The school itself, the education, the environment - I want to be surrounded by good people. Just things like that. Coaches, players and the team overall too."

Click here to view Wiggins' highlights

Photo courtesy RisingSeniors.com

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:26 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 1:50 pm
 

Top 2013 Recruits to Know



Posted by Bryan Fischer


The class of 2012 was so last week and it's time for everybody to turn their attention to the Class of 2013. This class may or may not be as talented as last year's group but it has a lot of high end talent even if it's not as deep. Here are 25 recruits just about everybody should know from coast-to-coast.

Photo by Dennis Carter/MaxPreps.com

 25 Recruits to Know
Player Position Size Location Notes
Robert Nkemdiche DE/OLB 6-5, 260 Grayson, Ga. Will likely be a consensus #1 overall prospect in this class, Nkemdiche is one of the most talented and driven athletes to come out of Georgia on the defensive side of the ball. He's got the speed to chase down the quarterback and is a savvy player who understands the game. Most expect him to end up at Alabama but Georgia, Ole Miss and others will try hard to land him. Highlights
Kenny Bigelow DL  6-3, 285 Bear, Del. It's rare to see such a talented player come out the Northeast like Bigelow but there's a reason why he picked up a ton of early offers from powerhouse programs from across the country. He is athletic enough to play tight end but will wind up playing a variety of positions along the defensive line and has a nice set of pass rush moves. Committed to USC. Highlights
Adam Breneman TE 6-5, 230 Camp Hill, Pa. The top tight end in the country, Breneman is the next in a wave of prototype players who can split out, block or get releases inside from a three-point stance. His hands are soft and he's a very good route runner. Highlights
Max Browne QB 6-5, 200 Sammamish, Wash. The top quarterback on the West Coast, Browne is the latest Evergreen state signal-caller to impress scouts. He is a bit on the skinny side but has a great frame, strong arm and a very good pocket presence. Not a great runner, his arm more than makes up for it. Highlights
Greg Bryant RB 5-10, 210 Delray Beach, Fla. Bryant has been well known in the state of Florida for sometime and is one of the headliners in a strong year for running backs. As quick as he is fast, he runs well between the tackles and knows how to get to the second level and into the open field. Highlights
Cameron Burrows DB 6-2, 200 Trotwood, Ohio Burrows is one of the top players in Ohio this year and can play pretty much any position in the secondary equally well. He's fast, has hands like a wide out and isn't afraid to come up and hit people. He also has an advanced degree in reading the quarterback because he reacts very well in coverage. Committed to Ohio State. Highlights
Su'a Cravens DB/LB 6-1, 210 Murrieta, Calif. The top defensive player out West, Cravens is a terror at multiple spots. He is fast enough to be a safety but will likely end up at outside linebacker who can rush the passer. His motor is always running and he doesn't seem to stop until the ball carrier is on the ground. Highlights
Reuben Foster LB 6-2, 228 LaGrange, Ga. Foster will be one of the top linebackers in the country and it looks like he's ready to step on campus this fall. He needs to work on his coverage skills a little but he's one of the hardest hitters in this class and is just a load coming downhill at an offensive player. Committed to Alabama. Highlights
Kendall Fuller DB 6-0, 180 Olney, Md. He's talented enough to play multiple positions but will likely end up being one of the Northeast's top recruits at corner. He's fluid DB who can turn and run stride for stride with any receiver and plays the ball well. He has a few things to work on but is someone you want taking away one side of the field. Highlights
Ahmad Fulwood WR  6-4, 200 Jacksonville, Fla. Fulwood really burst onto the scene last summer and drew a host of offers early. He's a bit lean but has a great frame to add weight and still maintain his speed. He's a quarterback's best friend for jump balls and isn't afraid to go over the middle to make a tough catch. Highlights
Derrick Griffin WR 6-6, 215 Rosenberg, Texas Because he's also a highly-ranked basketball star, Griffin is a huge, athletic target but is also a lot faster than most people expect. He's got very good hands and obviously can go up and snag the ball from pretty much anywhere on the field. You could see him adding a few pounds and being a very good tight end. Committed to Texas A&M. Highlights
Vernon Hargreaves DB 6-0, 175 Tampa, Fla. He's got a good case as one of the top corners on the East Coast and certainly has a great teacher considering his father is the secondary coach at USF. He's quick and understands coverages very well, sinking into throwing lanes and coming up in run support if needed. Highlights
Derrick Henry RB 6-3, 230 Yulee, Fla. The most impressive athlete in the class, Henry could play a number of positions in addition to his preferred spot at running back. He is physically bigger than just about everybody in high school and needs at least two defenders to bring him down. Committed to Georgia. Highlights
Michael Hutchings LB 6-1, 205 Concord, Calif. One of the top linebackers in the country, Hutchings is a sound player who has been extremely well coached. He's upper body-heavy and is a sure tackler who can run well. He can read the line and blitz very effectively. Highlights
Ty Isaac RB 6-2, 220 Joliet, Ill. Isaac has good speed even if he's not the quickest prospect out there. He also has good vision and is one of the top players in the Midwest due to his versatility that could see him play a little slot or wing back in college. Highlights
Dee Liner DE 6-4, 260 Muscle Shoals, Ala. One of the top linemen in the South this year, Liner does an excellent job of coming off the ball and keeping his pad level down. He's a big guy who can play either end or tackle and is fast enough to chase guys down from behind the play. Committed to Auburn. Highlights
Shane Morris QB  6-2, 180 Warren, Mich. He has solid arm strength but is very accurate, especially on intermediate passes over the middle. Morris has light feet and a solid pocket presence that can move outside and make throws on the run. He is a smart kid who can read coverages quickly and shows great anticipation. Committed to Michigan. Highlights
Marquez North WR 6-3, 210 Charlotte, N.C. A smooth, fluid receiver who can score at any time, North is used to plenty of attention at his powerhouse high school. He's a two-stepper who can return kicks and punts in addition to being a game-changing wide out. Highlights
Jake Raulerson ATH 6-5, 250 Celina, Texas It's not often you get athletes like Raulerson who could play multiple positions on each side of the ball and be highly ranked at each. His feet are terrific and one reason why he's a great offensive lineman and tight end. In addition, he's good on the defensive line and can play the run very well. Committed to Texas. Highlights
Max Redfield DB 6-3, 195 Mission Viejo, Calif. Probably the top safety on the West Coast, Redfield has the size and speed to be an impact defender patrolling the secondary in college. He reads the quarterback as well as anybody, has a fluid backpedal and can turn on a dime. Highlights
Tyrone Swoopes QB 6-5, 220 Whitewright, Texas An athletic dual-threat, Swoopes has as high an upside as any quarterback in 2013. He can get the ball out quickly with a strong arm and is one of the fastest players at his position. He is a perfect fit for a spread offense. Highlights
Altee Tenpenny RB 5-10, 200 North Little Rock, Ark. Was one of the few underclassmen to attend last summer's The Opening, Tenpenny wows with his athleticism. He missed his junior season but that didn't stop any school in the country from offering. Committed to Alabama. Highlights
Laremy Tunsil OL 6-6, 280 Lake City, Fla. His size stands out but his athleticism is what allows him to be dominant and one of the top tackles in the country. Tunsil isn't stiff and is an advanced pass blocker with excellent feet. He also reaches the second level well and can handle linebackers as easy as he does ends.
Thomas Tyner RB 6-0, 200 Beaverton, Ore. One of the fastest players in the class, Tyner brings his 10.4 100m track speed to the football field. He gets into and out of cuts quickly and seems to hit the extra gear as soon as he sees daylight in the open field. Committed to Oregon. Highlights
Eddie Vanderdoes DL 6-3, 275 Placer, Calif. The Sacramento-area has produced some quality talent the past few years and Vanderdoes is the next elite guy. He has excellent size and gets up the field quickly from an interior line position but flexible enough to rush the passer from outside. Highlights



Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Elite list of schools pursuing 2013 linebacker

By MaxPreps Stephen Spiewak

With the class of 2012 (mostly) in the books, college coaches are now laser-focused on the class of 2013. One recruit who has long been on the radar of many elite programs is E.J. Levenberry.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker earned U.S. Air Force All-American honors as a junior after making 151 tackles and eight sacks on a Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.) squad that finished 11-1.

He's been hearing from colleges since his freshman season and has taken numerous visits. Now, the process is intensifying.

Levenberry has a short list of teams that have been working overtime to land him.

"Florida State, Michigan, Florida and Notre Dame are on me hard," Levenberry told MaxPreps, later adding Ohio State to that group.

Levenberry has no trips currently planned, outside of a visit to the Big House for Michigan's spring game. He's already taken unofficial trips to both Florida and Florida State.

Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:39 am
 

Josh Boutte latest commit for LSU in 2013

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Nobody in the country is as hot as LSU on the recruiting trail for the class of 2013 and the Tigers added another on Tuesday with the commitment of New Iberia (La.) offensive lineman Josh Boutte.

"I was kind of undecided so I decided to talk with my coaches about it and they told me the pros and cons of being a LSU player and committing early," Boutte told TigerBait.com "They said being recruited early is a big accomplishment. I feel LSU is the best thing for me. I feel I will be a good addition to their program."

The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder did not hold any other offers but was drawing significant interest from major schools across the country. Boutte was named 1st team all-District and to the all-State team last season and appeared to be a priority for head coach Les Miles.

"He told me not to rush into it because being committed to him is basically making a promise," Boutte said. "He said I'm committing to you and I expect you to commit to me. I told him today that I was ready to be a Tiger."

Boutte becomes the fifth commitment in the Tigers' class of 2013 and first offensive lineman. LSU signed four players along the line with the previous class and don't figure on signing too many with the upcoming group.

Click here for Boutte's junior highlights
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