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Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: September 2, 2011 9:48 am

9/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- A list of all the commitments to schools in the state of Florida.

Michigan State's class of 2007 wasn't highly regarded but has led a turnaround in East Lansing.

Virginia Tech's new staff has been producing on the recruiting trail.

Offensive lineman Evan Goodman is in South Bend to see Notre Dame play South Florida.

The recruiting of Penn State commit Eugene Lewis has created huge buzz in his community.

Virginia doesn't want to be left behind and is building an indoor practice facility, in large part due to recruiting.

Defensive end Kenderius Whitehead has Georgia on top of his list.

Arkansas commit Robert Gregory could be more than a quarterback for the Razorbacks.

Texas commit Johnathan Gray is one of several players on the MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watch List.

Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:45 am

6/1 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The weather is literally heating up across the country but as the calendar has turned to June, recruiting has slowed down thanks to the end of the Spring Evaluation Period. There's still plenty of links though:

- Be sure and check out CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy's story about the issue of oversigning dominiating the SEC spring meetings this week.

- The issues at Ohio State could result in dramatic changes in recruiting in the Big Ten going forward. 

- Eric Berry's younger brothers are definitely going to be a package deal.

- Tight end Josh Parris decommitted from South Florida

- South Carolina extended an offer to safety Lucas Thompson
Posted on: May 17, 2011 9:49 pm

Kirby is a 'Cane

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stephenson High's annual spring game is usually full of Division I talent and Tuesday's edition featured as many 10 players who might sign with an FBS-level school. With four players already committed to play at schools like Florida and South Carolina, the high school in Stone Mountain (Ga.) added one more Tuesday night with a verbal pledge from linebacker Raphael Kirby following the spring game.

"Miami, when they offered they immediately jumped to my top," Kirby told CaneSport.com. "It's just such a great school, great tradition. I'm looking to get the U back to where it needs to be."

The Hurricanes offered Kirby just four days ago but have been recruiting Kirby for some time. One of the reasons why the talented linebacker will head south to play college football was running backs coach and co-recruiting coordinator Terry Richardson.

"He said he wanted me to be part of the family," Kirby said of Richardson. "It took them a little while to offer because of the staff changes, which I understood. Having a team offer late, most guys say `screw it.' But I considered what they had to say about why they offered late. And I've always liked the U, so I couldn't turn them down. I've rooted for Miami since I was small. It was something about Miami that I love, and it all started with knowing Ray Lewis went there. He's one of my favorite players."

Florida wound up a close second for Kirby's services and the Gators likely won't back off him given their need for linebackers this class. Two Stephenson players, defensive tackle JaFar Mann and running back Mike Davis, are currently committed to Florida.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Kirby racked up 120 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles last season as a junior. He is the ninth commitment for the Hurricanes' class of 2012 and is planning on enrolling early in Coral Gables.

Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:05 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 10:35 pm

Maryland talent shines at Badger Sports 7-on-7

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers is alternatively called its official name of the state university of New Jersey but thanks to several talented teams at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament, it was temporarily renamed the University of Maryland North.

Four teams from the state of Maryland made the quarterfinals of the 32 team tournament, which featured some of the best talent from all over the northeast and Michigan, Virginia and Canada. Despite being the team from the Old Line State that just about everyone overlooked entering the tournament, the Maryland Flex Team used a consistent attack to wear down opponents and eventually become Badger Sports East region champions by upsetting Maryland Dream Team 14-13 Sunday afternoon.

“It’s great, it’s always good to win and I’m happy for the team to come here and win,” Flex team quarterback Shawn Petty said. “A lot of people wouldn’t think of us as the team to come up here and win this thing but it feels good to get the win. You had the five stars on the other teams and all that but we came up here and got the W.”

Petty's numbers in the final game weren't all that pretty - 14 of 21 with a touchdown and two interceptions - but the lefty got the job done in the clutch, continuously moving the chains and leading his team down the field. After gathering being presented the trophy, the 6-foot-3, 230 pound quarterback joined in to a raucous celebration which ended in shouts of "Mar-a-land!"

Though he doesn't hold any offers, the Greenbelt (Md.) quarterback said Maryland is showing the greatest interest and an offer could come soon after he attended a Junior Day at the school a few weeks ago. Petty winds up a little when throwing and needs to work on his feet but he certainly has the ideal size to fit in about any system. The quarterback shied away from talking about his recruitment however, instead trying to bring more attention to high school teammate and frequent target Tyrone TeMoney.

“He goes to my school and I’m not going to quite say he’s my favorite target but he’s my clutch guy I go to,” Petty said. “He’s a great receiver and he needs to be more publicized than most of the people out here.”

Runner up Maryland Dream Team had an impressive collection of talent and was running around the competition throughout the day. Towson (Md.) quarterback Tommy Stuart powered a precision attack that received big plays from wide receivers Deontay McManus, Josh McPherson, and DeQuan Davis. A bit on the smaller side at about 6-foot, 180 pounds, Stuart was nevertheless one of the most accurate quarterbacks at the competition on short and intermediate routes. He is hearing from Ivy League schools and is receiving looks from FBS-level schools as well.

“I think our team played really well,” Stuart said. “We played together and it wasn’t meant to be in the final. Overall, I’d say probably A-, if we’d brought it home an A+. We had some tough times in the game before and we found a way to win.

“My wide outs all played great today. I missed a few passes but we didn’t drop hardly any. We all did a great job.”

McManus in particular was almost uncoverable over the weekend, making several tough catches while doing just about whatever he wanted to defensive backs. The Baltimore (Md.) receiver holds upwards of 25 scholarship offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers and Tennessee. A legitimate 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, McManus caught everything thrown his way and was very impressive when getting off the line. With an impressive combination of power and speed, he is easily one of the top wide outs on the East coast.

Also impressive was tight end/defensive end Charles Tapper. The Baltimore (Md.) athlete played on offense and only received limited repetitions, Tapper was easily one of the biggest players at the competition. He just picked up an offer from Oklahoma and though he will be recruited as a defensive end, the 6-foot-4, 250 pound Tapper displayed good enough speed to go along with his soft hands to get looks at tight end in college as well.

The top four teams in the tournament will all receive invites to the Badger Sports national competition in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the end of April. By winning the East regional, Maryland Flex will be one of the tournament's four number one seeds.

Virginia, Pennsylvania also shine Sunday

Maryland wasn't the only state that came to play Sunday as teams from Virginia and Pennsylvania also impressed on their way to the semifinals.

One of the largest teams in terms of size, Virginia had several notable recruits on the offensive side of the ball. Wide receivers Anthony Cooper, Romond Deloatch and quarterback Ryan Burns headlined.

Deloatch was perhaps the most physically impressive player at the competition, at a very cut 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. He needs to work on accelerating off the line but was very fluid when running route and has large, soft hands. Deloatch’s best play of the day came on a fade route in the end zone during Virginia’s quarterfinal game, literally jumping up and wrestling an underthrown ball from a defensive back.

“I’m out here to get better for the season,” Deloatch said. “There’s a lot of talent out here and I want to produce and do my thing. I also want to have fun and make new friends.”

Deloatch claims offers from Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia with several more possibly on the way once he receives his SAT scores back. His size and speed compare favorably to fellow Virginian and class of 2011 receiver Quinta Funderburk and he could be a name that starts to receive a lot more attention. Wearing North Carolina eye black stickers on Sunday, Deloatch said the Tar Heels are in the mix but he would not consider them the leaders for his commitment.

“Not really,” he said. “I just got them and I don’t have any answer (as to who’s leading).”

Tournament number two seed Pennsylvania Playmakers also had several talented members to help in their tournament run to the semifinals. Steelton (Pa.) quarterback Max Ward showed off his strong arm for the second straight day. He had several very good options to throw to, including receivers Jalen Strong-Rankin and Kyle Kerrick.

Tournament Notes

- The team from Michigan upset star quarterback David Sills’ Red Lion Christian Academy team in the first round before eventually falling to tournament winner Maryland Flex.

- There was some late controversy in the final between Maryland Dream and Maryland Flex after the score was incorrectly called a tie as Maryland Dream was driving late in the period. The Dream failed their conversion attempt after their first touchdown, which ended up being the difference in the game.

- The team from Connecticut was the closest competition before the final for Maryland Dream. Wide out DaQuan Davis had a terrific one-handed catch in the back of the end zone to seal the win for the Dream.

- Virginia quarterback Ryan Burns looked the part of a pro-style quarterback at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. He needs to improve his footwork, specficially working on keeping his feet underneith him better, but has a big arm and should see an increase in offers throughout the summer. Boston College is currently his only offer.

- The next Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament will be at the University of South Florida on March 12th and 13th.

Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 3:46 pm

Big East Recruiting Breakdown

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We continue our daily conference-by-conference breakdown of Signing Day with a look at the Big East.

1. Louisville

Overview: Head coach Charlie Strong knows what Florida talent can do in the college game and he certainly injected a lot of the Sunshine state into his class of 2011. In addition to some solid in-state guys, the wave of Florida talent, especially at the skill positions, should serve the Cardinals well going forward.
Hidden gem: Wide receiver DeVante Parker isn’t the highest ranked receiver in this class but with a redshirt year and a bit of polish, should turn out to be a contributor on offense.
Pencil in for the fall: Safety Gerod Holliman attracted a host of SEC offers but headed to Louisville instead. He should be able to play on special teams and in nickel packages right away but it shouldn’t be too long until he’s the starter.

2. Rutgers

Overview: A good year for talent in the Northeast and Greg Schiano was able to take advantage. Although he missed on a few kids in the state of New Jersey, Josue Matias comes to mind, the Scarlet Knight nevertheless have an impressive class for 2011.
Hidden gem: Defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey originally signed with the class of 2010 but headed to prep school for a year. He’s a player who has the size to jump into the rotation at tackle right away and make an impact.
Pencil in for the fall: Running back Savon Huggins is the headliner in this class and he should jump in at running back right away. Several people have compared him to a bigger Ray Rice.

3. West Virginia

Overview: It’s no surprise to see several speedy offensive players in this class with the arrival of Dana Holgorsen to Morgantown. The final class of the Bill Stewart-era might not be the best brought in but it certainly is very good top to bottom.
Hidden gem: Running back Dustin Garrison is a small speedster out of Texas who impressed many on his high school’s run to a state championship this year. Very quick and very fast, he should fit in well for the Mountaineers.
Pencil in for the fall: The departure of Noel Devine leaves the running back spot open for the taking and Andrew Buie could be the guy that helps fill it. Like Garrison, he’s not the biggest back but he is very explosive and should do well in the passing game too.

4. South Florida

Overview: Although some didn’t think Skip Holtz took advantage of some of the in-state turmoil at programs such as Miami and Florida, he did sign a very solid class. There’s lots of needs filled and several solid contributors.
Hidden gem: A surprising get out of Alabama, offensive tackle David Simon has the size and strength you look for in a tackle. He probably is a bit of a project but he has the tools to develop in to a very solid offensive lineman.
Pencil in for the fall: With B.J. Daniels at quarterback, finding some young targets for him to throw to were key for this class. Receiver Andre Davis should be able to jump in right away and contribute a number of ways on offense.

5. Syracuse

Overview: Doug Marrone has slowly turned the program around this class should help fuel the push up the Big East ladder. There’s a lot to like on the offensive side of the ball coming and that’s good considering where the Orangemen were on offense last year (97th in the country).
Hidden gem: Receiver Brandon Reddish is a very good receiver who could develop into a very good slot receiver. Very fast with good hands, he could also make an impact on special teams early in his career.
Pencil in for the fall: Tight end Louie Addazio stayed with Syracuse instead of going with his dad, Steve, to Temple. Known more as a blocker than a receiver, Addazio should also help the ground game.

6. Cincinnati

Overview: Despite the disappointing season, Butch Jones did turn things around a bit on the recruiting trail. There are several very good prospects in this group as well as a few guys who should use a redshirt to develop.
Hidden gem: Quarterback Stephen Weatherford is a nice player out of Florida with a very good arm. He needs to work on his footwork but could fit in nicely in the Bearcats’ offense.
Pencil in for the fall: Running back Jameel Poteat is a great pickup late in the process after previously committing to Big East rival Pitt. Very impressive when you watch him, Poteat has great speed to go along with his very good frame.

7. Pitt

Overview: It was tough going through three coaches in less than two months and that shows up in this class. That said, new coach Todd Graham did a good job of keeping several recruits in the fold while getting several former Tulsa targets to head to Pittsburgh.
Hidden gem: Running back Malcolm Crockett might need to add a bit of weight to match his running style but he could be a very good fit in Graham’s offense down the road.
Pencil in for the fall: Safety LaQuentin Smith has great size and speed for his position and it wouldn’t shock anybody if he makes an impact right away. He’ll likely start out on special teams but he could be a factor early depending on how Pitt chooses to play him.

8. UConn

Overview: It’s no surprise to see the Huskies at the bottom of the Big East recruiting classes, Randy Edsall or not, UConn never brought in a highly regarded class. There are a few players who should develop in solid players but we still have to see how the new staff chooses to integrate them.
Hidden gem: Corner David Stevenson is small but he has enough speed and leaping ability to cover many of the Big East receivers.
Pencil in for the fall: Don’t be surprised if Marquise Vann immediately makes an impact on defense.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:16 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:17 pm

National Signing Day: Big East Winners/Losers

Posted by Chip Patterson

Overview: The Big East did not have a ton of involvement in the drama-aspect of National Signing Day in 2011. Coming into Wednesday, most coaches had a good idea of what their classes were going to look like, and it was just a matter of catching the faxes as they came through the machine. But there were still winners, and still losers.


Louisville - Charlie Strong knew he would have to put in work on the recruiting trail to replace all of the talent leaving Louisville, and his hard work paid off. The Cardinals finished the highest ranked recruiting class in the conference. Strong made the biggest splash by pulling Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers, and Jermaine Reve from Miami Northwestern High School - normally a pipeline to the Hurricanes.

Rutgers - Greg Schiano pulled in a really nice class for the Scarlet Knights, headlined by running back Savon Huggins. Huggins committed in the days coming into National Signing Day, but he is arguably the best prospect in the conference. Rutgers did get on official commitment from former Pitt commit Marquise Wright on Wednesday. Wright, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman, is one of the best of a group of in-state prospects Schiano was able to keep in New Jersey.

South Florida - The Bulls pulled of the biggest stunner on National Signing Day in the conference with Elkino Watson's theatrical snub of the Hurricanes. The lineman grew up a Miami fan, but when it was time to make his announcement the entire Watson family threw up the Bull horns.


Syracuse - Syracuse entered signing day with one last target on their board, and it was arguably their most important. But when defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds signed with UCLA, head coach Doug Marrone's class was complete. Marrone did pull in 27 players, but that 28th would have made a big difference for Syracuse.

West Virginia - West Virginia has been known to pull some stunners on National Signing Day, and many Mountaineer fans believed it could happen again with Dominique Terrell. Terell, one of the top athletes in the Class of 2011, reportedly lost interest in the Mountaineers after running backs coach Chris Beatty was fired in late December. Bill Stewart, Dana Holgorsen and the rest of the Mountaineers staff tried, but were unable to keep the Terrell from signing with Virginia.

Louisville - They did have a good class, but it could have been a GREAT class with the addition of tight end Jon Davis, who signed with Illinois.

Check out Tom Lemming's breakdown of the Big East on Signing Day

More Recruiting Coverage can be found here at CBSSports.com
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:53 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:54 am

Elkino Watson picks USF over Miami and Louisville

Posted by Chip Patterson

Elkino Watson grew up a Miami football fan, and many believed that the standout defensive tackle from Booker T. Washington High School would keep it in Miami-Dade County for his collegiate decision.  But on National Signing Day, Watson shocked the state by picking Skip Holtz and South Florida .

When the 275 pound lineman stared down his hat options, he saw Miami , Florida , and Louisville represented.  But after telling the Miami Herald that he was not focused on theatrics , Watson used the big stage to pull off one of the biggest shocks of the morning thus far.  According to Luke Stampini of 247sports.com, someone emerged from the crowd with a USF hat that Watson donned for his big announcement. 

Just to make sure that no one in attendance misunderstood the situation...

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