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Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 1:17 pm
 

June Big 12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in June, and as the temperature gauge continues to rise and we move into July, it's time to see how schools are building their recruiting class of 2012. Today, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big 12, where Texas and Texas A&M are top dogs nationally when it comes to commitments. 

   Baylor (12)

Offensive lineman Tre-Von Armstead (Port Arthur, Texas)
Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Devin Chafin (Burkburnett, Texas)
Athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Quarterback Jared Johnson (Refugio, Texas)
Linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end Jamal Palmer (McKinney, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)

   Iowa State (5)

Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive end Mitchell Meyers (The Woodlands, Texas)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)
Wide receiver Quan West (Willis, Texas)

   Kansas (3)

Offensive lineman Brian Beckmann (Overland Park, Kan.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Derek Keaton (Camden, Ark.)

   Kansas State (4)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Athlete Matt Seiwert (Conway Springs, Kan.)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)

   Missouri (10)

Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Kentrell Brice (Ruston, La.)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Offensive lineman Germian Ifedi (Houston, Texas)
Linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Mo.)
Linebacker Michael Scherer (St. Louis, Mo.)
Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

   Oklahoma (10)

Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Tight end Laith Harlow (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas)
Wide receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Linebacker Eric Striker (Seffner, Fla.)

   Oklahoma State (7)

Offensive lineman Greg Brantley (Carthage, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Quarterback Wes Lunt (Rochester, Ill.)
Athlete Dominic Ramacher (Denton, Texas0
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)

   Texas (18)

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), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle (Pearland, 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
Kicker Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas)
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)
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)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, 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 (16)

Defensive back Micah Awe (Mansfield, Texas)
Defensive tackle J.J. Bynum (College Station, Texas)
Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri, Texas)
Wide receiver Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Jared Kaster (Altair, Texas)
Offensive lineman Trey Keenan (Argyle, Texas)
Defensive back La'Darius Newbold (Lancaster, Texas)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Defensive tackle Anthony Smith (Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Michael Starts (Waco, Texas)
Offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Haltom City, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas)
Athlete Kris Williams (Dallas, Texas)

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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: April 27, 2011 9:39 pm
 

April Big 12 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 for all 10 schools in the Big 12, where the programs in Texas are leading the pack both in terms of quality and quantity.

Baylor (7)

Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)


Iowa State (3)

Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)

Kansas (0)

Kansas State (3)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)


Missouri (2)

Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)

Oklahoma (4)

Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Oklahoma State (7)

Athlete Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)

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 (19)

Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
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)
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 (5)

Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Erick Hallmon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)

Posted on: April 11, 2011 7:21 pm
 

TCU NIke Camp Top Performers

Posted by Bryan Fischer

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU Nike Camp was loaded with talent from all over Texas and the Southwest Sunday afternoon. While players went through position drills and one-on-one match ups, here are a few names from each position group that caught our eye.

Defensive line

Torshiro Davis, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Shreveport, La. Committed to LSU.

Breakdown: Davis was lightning quick off the ball and got to the quarterback quicker than anyone else at the camp. He tended to take a good line when speed rushing and did a good job of staying low after firing off. He will probably need to add a few pounds in order to play against better competition but he certainly has the frame to do it. Davis looks like he will fit in well as a pass rushing outside linebacker.

Others of note: Mansfield (Texas) defensive end and Texas commit Hassan Ridgeway certainly looked the part of a top flight defensive end at 6-foot-3, 240. Texas A&M commit Michael Richardson was a bit thin but has a good 6-foot-2 frame and was very explosive. He also took a rep or two at defensive tackle during one-on-ones though he was obviously too small to play that in college, he did show good hand placement. 2013 tackle A'Shawn Robinson out of Arlington (Texas) is someone to keep an eye on.

Linebackers

Peter Jinkens, 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Dallas, Texas. Committed to Texas.

Breakdown: With several smaller running backs in attendance, Jinkens was able to show off his athleticism and impressed just about everybody at the camp. He has excellent speed and was easily the quickest linebacker in the group, reading and reacting to everything. He broke down well in the tackling drill and was one of the best in pass coverage by getting a quick drop and sticking to receivers.

Others of note: Nebraska commit and Rockhurst (Mo.) linebacker Michael Rose was short and compact but he proved he could play at the event. He performed well for a middle linebacker and moved well, turning his hips better than players weighing 30 pounds less. Allen (Texas) linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone was a bit thin but had really long arms and turned his hips well. He could be an outside linebacker that also rushes the passer at times.

Secondary

Kenny Iloka, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Sugar Land, Texas.

Breakdown: There were plenty of cornerback prospects at the camp but Iloka really stood out among the safety group. He has great size and played the center field role of a safety very well in 7-on-7. He stays on his toes and turns his hips to run to the ball in addition to a very nice, smooth backpedal. He is the brother of Boise State safety George Iloka but doesn't hold any offers.

Others of note: Texas commit Bryson Echols didn't seem like much on first glance but once he started going through drills it was clear as to why the Longhorn coaches liked him. Echols has super quick feet and can really close the gap between him and a receiver. He also is very competitive. TCU commit Daje Johnson took home position MVP and was a tough matchup for receivers all day, grabbing at least one interception. Mesquite (Texas) cornerback DeVante Harris also looked smooth and played receivers well.

Offensive line

Michael Starts, 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, Waco, Texas.

Breakdown: Starts was easily the best lineman at the event and was one of the few who held multiple offers among the offensive lineman group. He played both sides of the ball but it was clear from watching him that he is an offensive tackle based on the way he moves his feet and uses his leverage to his advantage.

Others of note: Duncanville (Texas) offensive tackle Adam Butler took home position MVP awards and looked really impressive. He has really long arms, good size and did well in pass blocking drills. Underclassman Jake Raulerson of Celina (Texas) also has a bright future ahead of him but needs to keep adding weight to an otherwise very good 6-foot-5 frame.

Wide receiver

Thomas Johnson, 6-foot, 185 pounds, Dallas, Texas. Committed to Texas.

Breakdown: Johnson was impressive all day long and could get to top gear quicker than just about every other wide receiver or defensive back. He has a soft set of hands and is very polished for someone his age. Johnson might not be very tall but he was a very good looking player against several good defensive backs and generally had his way.

Others of note: Baylor commit Kiante Griffin wasn't polished but he found a way to get open and catch the ball. He's another slot receiver type who could develop into a steal for the Bears. 2013 receiver Ellis Jefferson is a big player who could still fill out his frame but nevertheless was able to catch the ball and move well.

Running back

Bryan Driskell, 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, McKinney, Texas.

Breakdown: One of the smaller backs in the group, Driskell was also the quickest. He could catch the ball and had such a low center of gravity that he able to cut away from the defender like a mini-Barry Sanders. He has a nice burst out of his cut too and the speed to turn the corner and out run everyone.

Others of note: Allen (Texas) back Jonathan Williams was impressive to no one's surprise. Tavarreon Dickerson won position MVP and was another good scat-back. Lawton (Okla.) sophomore Darius Graham also looked impressive but was a little unsure of himself at times.

Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:43 am
Edited on: April 11, 2011 12:47 am
 

Texas' best shines at TCU Nike Camp

Posted by Bryan Fischer

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Well over 500 of Texas and the Southwest's finest football players came out for the annual Nike Football Training Camp on the campus of TCU Sunday afternoon. Although perhaps not as deep in terms of talent at some position groups than years past, the camp was nevertheless a destination for several of the top committed and uncommitted players in the area.

Dallas (Texas) linebacker and Texas commit Peter Jinkens was one of the top linebackers at event and it showed at the end when he was awarded the position MVP. He was explosive all day and seemed to ratchet up his game as the competition grew more intense.

"It's an honor and a blessing because there was a lot of good linebackers out here," Jinkens said. "To know that I'm the best one is a source of pride for me."

The 6-foot-1, 210 linebacker had several particularly good match ups with Allen (Texas) running back Jonathan Williams. The two had a few one-on-ones in the pass rush drill with Williams winning the first by getting physical against Jinkens' rush. The next play Jinkens made quick rush and got to the ball after making a move. The third rep could be considered a tie after Jinkens made a move and appeared to have Williams beat before he recovered to block Jinkens just long enough before reaching the ball.

"It was real fun," Jinkens said. "I went against him a lot in the pass rushing drill. I was kind of shocked myself. Today when we were doing pairs, I started crying. I don't know why but I just felt the passion of the game right there. I went in to competition mode and turned it up."

"It's competition all day," Williams said. "Me and Jenkins kept going up against each other in one-on-ones, they wanted us to go every time. It was a good competition."

One of the top linebackers in the state, much less at the Nike Camp, Jinkens was just one of several Longhorn commitments in attendance.

"Yeah, Hassan (Ridgeway), Curtis Riser, Thomas Johnson and I are all real good friends," he said.

The group was also at the camp doing a bit of recruiting and spreading the word about the Longhorns.

"Oh yes, we're trying to get a few more," Jinkens said with a smile before mentioning Johnathan Gray.

Gray is the nation's number one running back and has Texas as one of three schools he is considering.

Allen duo shines

Williams did not come home with the running back MVP award but he was one of the best looking backs competing. He had a slight injury issue that limited him most of the afternoon but showed flashes when he was out on the field.

"I think I did pretty well, I tweaked my groin a little bit so I didn't do all of the drills," Williams said. "I came out here to compete in one-on-ones and I felt I did real good.

"I just wanted to come out here and compete against the best players in the state of Texas. That's the main thing I was looking for."

Ranked 91st in Tom Lemming's Top 100 for 2012, Williams has emerged as one of the top players in a deep year at running back in the state of Texas. He recently reached the double-digit scholarship offer mark and has several out of state programs recruiting him heavily.

"I'm up to ten now," Williams said. "Michigan State just offered me for my tenth offer. It's all pretty close right now, I like Missouri right now though."

The 6-foot, 200 pound running back is aiming to commit to a school before the season and possibly even after completing spring football. Although the exact date of a commitment is up in the air, Williams is planning a few unofficial visits to become more familiar with schools.

"I'm going to try and go to Arkansas over the summer," he said. "I know I'm going to Missouri's Spring Game next Saturday. That should be fun. They're recruiting me pretty hard and I like them academically because I want to major in sports broadcasting. They have a real good journalism school."

Williams' teammate, quarterback Alec Morris also performed well at the camp, taking home Quarterback MVP honors after displaying good accuracy and arm strength throughout the day.

"It's a good surprise, I wasn't too sure coming in because this is one of the few camps I've done," Morris said. "I felt like I did well and I'm happy to hear that I was MVP."

The interest in the 6-foot-3, 220 pound quarterback has continued to pick up steam. With several quarterbacks in attendance who held multiple offers, Morris came out to the camp to prove that his skills were right there with them.

"I've actually been working with (former Texas A&M quarterback) Kevin Murray," Morris said. "He was running me through the paces and help me out at this camp. I wasn't really coming to work on anything because I really just came to show I can play at the next level."

Though Morris doesn't hold any offers at the moment, several schools are showing interest in the big signal caller.

"No offers yet but there's a bunch of schools coming down this spring (for the May Evaluation period)," he said. "Oklahoma State, Arkansas, West Virginia, Utah and a few others.

"We'll see how it goes this summer, see what schools come down and figure things out once spring ball is over."

Starts is the offensive line star

A week after several offensive linemen performed well in Los Angeles, the stop in Fort Worth was expected to equal it in terms of star power. Texas commit Curtis Riser didn't participate and Texas A&M pledge Kimo Tipoti didn't show up. In the end it didn't matter because that allowed Waco (Texas) lineman Michael Starts to perform well as both an offensive and defensive lineman.

"I like playing both sides of the ball," Starts said. "I think it's best for me to stay tuned up and in shape."

Starts was best suited as an offensive tackle, displaying a quick drop step and good frame at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds. He also took a few reps at defensive tackle and though he definitely has the size, still appeared a bit raw at the position.

"I'd love to play defense but if coaches wants me on offense or wherever they need me, that's where I'll play," he said. "They've said they might move me back and forth."

Starts has been on the radar for awhile mostly as an offensive lineman and holds offers from every major school in the state. He is, however, seeing several out of state schools get into the mix for his recruitment but he appears a bit skittish on going to far from home.

"I have Auburn, Notre Dame and Michigan (offers)," he said. "They're all kind of far from home so I really don't know if I'm able to do that. There's a chance that I might but I don't know until I make my decision. We have (official visits) planned."

The big tackle has already taken several unofficial visits the past few months. Though recruiting is picking up among the local schools, Starts has all of the in-state schools on a level playing playing field.

"Unofficially, Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and TCU," he said. "I like them all the same. It's pretty even. I just want to fit in and be around people who accept me for who I am and stuff like that."

Notes

- LSU commit Toshiro Davis was one of several players from the state of Louisiana to make the trip north to attend the camp. He said he was solid with LSU and likes that he'll be playing in a hybrid linebacker roll with the Tigers. Davis exploded off the ball and was never really challenged in one-on-ones which is not quite what he wanted after doing much the same his junior year.

"I really came here for the competition," Davis said. "Some of the games I played last year, I really feel like the competition wasn't all that high. I want to expand my game."

- Defensive line MVP was Mansfield (Texas) defensive end Hassan Ridgeway. Offensive line MVP was Duncanville (Texas) tackle Adam Butler. Arlington (Texas) running back Tavarreon Dickerson took home position group MVP as well.

- Austin (Texas) wide receiver Cayleb Jones, Tom Lemming's number three overall recruit, showed up at the camp but did not participate. The Texas commit said he rolled his ankle two weeks ago and was being precautions.

- One of the many scat back types that made an impression was North Little Rock (Ark.) running back Altee Tenpenny. The sophomore was a bit on the lean side but was very quick and very fast. He had the top SPARQ rating at the Nike combine on Saturday and managed to run a 4.52 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump.

Posted on: February 26, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Longhorns add three more on junior day

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We're not even to the end of February yet, and the Texas Longhorns have already picked up 11 commitments for its 2012 class. With Texas holding a junior day this weekend. It's the second junior day Texas has held, and it will also be the last, so it's not surprising to hear that a number of players have given a verbal commitment.

Today there have been three.

- Linebacker Peter Jinkens of Dallas Skyline. The 6'1, 195-pound Jinkens is the second member of Dallas Skyline to commit to Texas this month, joining wide receiver Thomas Johnson.

- Caleb Bluiett of Beaumont West Brook is the second defensive end to join Texas' 2012 class, joining Hassan Ridgeway. Bluiett has good size for his age, already checking in at 6'3 and 235 pounds.

- Defensive tackle Paul Boyette Jr completes the defensive haul so far today. Boyette checks in at 6'4 and 275 pounds, and had offers from Texas A&M and Notre Dame.

Not a bad day for the Longhorns.
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Texas grabs star wide receiver for commit #7

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of the top receivers in the state of Texas decided to end the recruiting process early and was able to do so by flashing the "Hook'em Horns" sign. Skyline (Texas) wide receiver Thomas Johnson was the latest commit to join Texas' 2012 recruiting class, informing Mack Brown and the coaching staff late Monday night according to several recruiting websites.


"It just felt right for me. Overall, it's a great school," Johnson told Orangebloods.com. "It's the school I wanted to go to. If you know where you want to go, why not go ahead and do it now?" 

Johnson picked up a scholarship offer from the Longhorns at the recent Junior Day in Austin and pulled the trigger about a week later. He held upwards of 20 verbal offers from programs such as Auburn, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU and USC

"It's a big monkey off my back," he added. "I'm just glad to be committed to a place I really want to go to. Now I don't really have to worry about having to do anything with any other colleges. I'm just relieved and excited." 

The 6-foot, 185 pound receiver was hampered by injuries his junior year but had over 2,000 multi-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns as a sophomore. Johnson is the second Skyline receiver to sign with Texas after freshman starter Mike Davis did last year. 

Johnson is the only wide out committed to the Longhorns for the class of 2012 and should team up with current quarterback commit Connor Brewer in a few years.
 
 
 
 
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