Tag:Tom Lemming
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:50 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 3:57 pm

Mornhinweg flips to Florida from Penn St.

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the most famous names -- and better quarterbacks -- in the class of 2012 has reportedly decided to head for the SEC.

Gator Country has reported that Skyler Mornhinweg, son of current Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator and former Detroit Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg, has pledged to sign with Florida over Penn State. Skyler originally committed to Stanford as a rising sophomore at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, but switched to the Nittany Lions last summer when Jim Harbaugh left the Cardinal.

New Gator offensive coordinator Brent Pease and Marty Mornhinweg played together at Montana, potentially giving Pease a window in which to make his pitch to Skyler after the recent coaching transition at Penn State. Skyler visited Florida's campus last weekend, Gator Country reports.

At 6'3" and 190 pounds, Mornhinweg has been among his class's more highly-prized pro-style quarterbacks, with reported offers from programs like Tennessee and Illinois as well as Stanford, Penn State, and the Gators. Tom Lemming writes this in his evaluation of Mornhinweg:

He impresses you with his arm strength, poise, smarts, and overall game. You can tell he's the son of a coach, I watched him throw down in Phoenix last December and was impressed with his quick setup and even quicker release. Shows great poise and field vision, not a sprinter but he can escape the rush and buy time with his feet. A winner with a great attitude.

Mornhinweg becomes the 21st commitment --and only quarterback -- of Will Muschamp's impressive 2012 class. The Gators currently rank fourth in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings.

Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:07 pm

VIDEO: Tom Lemming on top uncommitted recruits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Where is Dorial Green-Beckham heading? CBS Sports Network's Tom Lemming discusses where he believes the top uncommitted recruits will end up.

Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:17 am

Ryan Brodie latest for impressive Rutgers class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Rutgers has quietly been assembling one of the top classes in the Big East and added yet another name on Wednesday as Long Branch (N.J.) offensive lineman Ryan Brodie committed to the Scarlet Knights at a ceremony at his school.

“I called coach (Greg) Schiano and he knows every time I call him it’s about business,” Brodie told Scout. “We talked for a while and I told him, ‘Coach, I plan on committing and coming in.’ I asked him to keep it on the low because I didn’t want to put it out publicly."

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound lineman is a three-star prospect according to MaxPreps and ranked as the 22nd offensive lineman in the class of 2012. Brodie held offers from across the country but picked Rutgers over UConn thanks to the comfort factor with the school down the road.

“I loved both schools,” he said. “If I didn’t have the Rutgers offer, I would be at UConn. But I didn’t feel as comfortable as I did at Rutgers. The two times I went up there I didn’t feel that comfortable. Even from my first Rutgers visit, I felt comfortable there. It was natural, and from my sophomore year."

Brodie recently participated in the Semper Fi All-American Game in Phoenix after a solid senior season. He becomes Rutgers' 17th commitment for the class of 2012 and fifth o-line pledge.

"He shows the footwork, the long arms, the quickness, and the explosive moves the college scouts love to see at the LT position," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Shows the balance, body control, and aggressiveness to remain at the LT position at college but can also wind up playing guard. He gets into his pass sets quickly, can extend his arms, and rides rushers past the pocket. He seems to do everything effortlessly and with good strength."
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:35 am

DE Sheldon Rankins signs up for Louisville

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With just days until Signing Day, many uncommitted players are taking in-home visits from coaches in order to reassure themselves of their commitment or simply to make one. Covington (Ga.) defensive end Sheldon Rankins hosted Louisville coaches on Tuesday and that was enough for him to pull the trigger and commit to the rising program.

"They brought coaches in and spent time with my family,” Rankins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I was already leaning towards Louisville. I had heard from other people that they might move me inside to defensive tackle, but they assured me that I’m their guy at defensive end. That’s all I needed to hear."

The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder held offers from Ole Miss, North Carolina, Nebraska, Wake Forest and others. Rankins was one of the top ends in the state and drew interest from a host of other major programs but was injured and missed the final two games of his senior season. Still, it looks like the Cardinals are get another very good player from Georgia.

"Sheldon shows the long arms, burst, and aggressive style of play the college scouts are looking for," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He's excellent in pursuit, and plays the game with leverage and extension. He also plays the game on his feet. Strong, explosive, and instinctive, he could wind up playing DT at the next level."

Rankins gives Louisville 23 commitments for the class of 2012.
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:18 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 6:19 pm

VIDEO: Tom Lemming on Ohio State recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer
CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming explains how Urban Meyer has been able to successfully recruit for Ohio State and put the Buckeyes in prime position to land a top five class this year.

Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:10 pm

Alex McCalister commits to Florida

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida has been looking to close out their impressive class of 2012 and added another talented defender on Monday when Clemmons (N.C.) defensive end Alex McCalister committed to the Gators at an announcement in his high school.

"It's definitely a dream come true," McCalister told InsidetheGators.com. "If you would have asked me about two years ago, I wouldn't have known what to say about college football. It's all a blessing, having the opportunity to play."

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound edge rusher will also stand up and play linebacker at times for Florida. He held offers from Georgia, Notre Dame, South Carolina and other schools but felt most comfortable with the Gators coaching staff.

"First, it's in the SEC, and they have great coaches," he said. "Coach [D.J.] Durkin, coach [Dan] Quinn, d-line coach [Bryant] Young are all great guys. Florida really hasn't signed anyone at my position yet. I feel like that is my best opportunity to get on the field if I do what I have to do to be successful."

McCalister gives Florida 20 commitments for the upcoming class, seven of which are defensive linemen.

"Alex shows very good athletic ability and gets good leverage for a 6-6 pass rusher," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Needs to add weight and strength but has that great first couple of steps and burst that the college scouts are looking for. He can bend off the edge and has been blessed with super long arms and quick hands. A good, steady high school player who could develop into an outstanding pass rushing DE in college."
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:53 pm

VIDEO: Donaldven Manning & Justin Combs Interview

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBS Sports Network analyst Tom Lemming interviews Virginia Tech commit Donaldven Manning and UCLA pledge Justin Combs.

Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:30 am

Three-star Akeel Lynch set for Penn State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Although it was with heavy hearts, Penn State recruiting was productive over the weekend. In addition to landing three commitments, the Nittany Lions also snared a late night pledge from Buffalo (N.Y.) running back Akeel Lynch.

"I always had an admiration for Penn State growing up, so I just had to give it a chance and see it up close and personal," Lynch told Lions247. "It was a very great place."

The 6-foot, 205-pound back also held offers from Boston College, Duke, Iowa and others. It didn't appear that Penn State was a serious contender for Lynch's pledge until recently, with a visit over the weekend sealing the deal.

"Definitely like the direction they're headed in, and the coaching staff that they have there now," he said. "Also what Joe Paterno built there will never be destroyed, only added on to."

Lynch becomes the 18th commitment for Penn State's class of 2012. He rushed for over 2,100 yards and had nearly 25 total touchdowns last season as a senior.

"He brings good size, speed, balance, and vision to the recruiting table," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He excels at running between the tackles but can also flash the outside speed the scouts are looking for."
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