Tag:Boise State
Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:10 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Nike Pro Combat uni headed to high schools

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of the more recent trends in recruiting has been appealing to high school players using new and innovated uniforms. Of course Oregon gets all of the press with their 1.2 million combinations (there's not that many it seems like it) but Nike has designed so-called Pro Combat Uniforms for several other teams to let them in on the action. For example, this weekend Georgia and Boise State will battle in the Georgia Dome using new uniforms from the line.

Now the trend has filtered down into the high school ranks. TexasHSFootball.com posted Nike's latest creation for the Trinity (Texas) Trojans, who will wear the uniforms in their game against Abilene. This marks the first time that a high school team will wear jerseys from the line but likely not the last. While Trinity cannot recruit high school athletes, perhaps with their latest unis, they won't have too.

According to Nike, they "worked closely with Trinity to bring relevant elements of the school's rich heritage into a distinguished, modern uniform design. The uniforms capture the team's unique character.

The redesigned base layer facilitates the uniform's overall innovation, delivering the ultimate in lightweight protection for maximum speed. Strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones also help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage"

I don't think the kids on the team care much about innovation and lightweight protection, they're probably too excited about how they look.




Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Atkins stays in-state, big DT headed to Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While most of the state of Georgia is focused on the big upcoming game against Boise State in Atlanta, one recruit delivered some good to anxious fans hours before the big match up. Thompson (Ga.) defensive tackle John Atkins surprised some by putting on a big red Bulldogs' hat Friday morning but became the latest defensive line pick up for Mark Richt's team.

"I told Coach Richt. I called him and when I told him he screamed," Atkins told UGASports.com's Emily Nerland. "I chose Georgia because it's close and my family can come and see games. And once you are a Bulldog, you are a Bulldog forever."

The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder is a big body in the middle for coordinator Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense. Though Atkins will still take official visits to other schools, one of the key reasons why he committed to Georgia was linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti.

"I have a very strong relationship with Coach O," he said. "He wrote me a whole paragraph saying how he liked that I was becoming a Dawg," Atkins said. "I also have a very strong relationship with Ray Drew. He was a big part of the whole recruiting process."

Atkins is the 13th verbal commitment for Georgia in the class of 2012 and third along the d-line.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: August 22, 2011 11:03 am
 

Ranking the Mountain West recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. TCU

One could technically include this class in the Big East rankings but they top the Mountain West rankings for the last time. Quarterback Tyler Matthews has had a terrific summer and is a sharp signal-caller and the rest of the class is full of speed athletes like defensive back Daje Johnson.

2. Boise State

There seems to be more talent in this class, at this point, than other years thanks to the rise in the Broncos' profile. The staff has done well in talent-rich Florida, Texas and California and have a great quarterback incoming in Nick Patti.

3. San Diego State

The departure of head coach Brady Hoke last year means a new recruiting pitch for the Aztecs but they've managed to bring in some quality players. Quarterback Matt Morin is a strong-armed pick up for the program and they have several other underrated local talents halfway until Signing Day.

4. Air Force

It's always hard to judge service academy recruiting classes but at the moment, Air Force is winning the recruiting version of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Running back Johnathan Johnson has BCS offers and the rest of the class is full of solid players.

5. Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, Wyoming

These four school do not have any commitments for the class of 2012.

Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:40 am
 

8/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Defensive tackle Vontrell Williams will announce his commitment on CBS Sports Network in mid-September.

Kentucky commit Patrick Towles and Auburn commit Zeke Pike have found some common ground.

Will Muschamp has Florida off to a fast start in the recruiting process.

More on Auburn commit Trey Johnson making his pledge to the Tigers.

Top running back Keith Marshall said Georgia would be one of his three official visits, along with Notre Dame and Florida.

Offensive lineman Patrick Miller has LSU, Auburn and Miami in his top three.

Good profile of Oklahoma commit Durron Neal.

Arkansas is in the top three for hard-hitting safety K.J. Dillon.

One FAU recruit thinks former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach will be the Owls next head coach.

Commitments:

Chris Santini committed to Boise State Monday night.

Defensive back Erich Wilson verbally pledged to Colorado.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:44 am
 

8/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- A top South Florida (the area, not the school) recruit has been ruled ineligible for the upcoming season.

- There's plenty of confusion over the NCAA's interpretation on recruiting services like Rivals and Scout.

Michigan State is one school enjoying the newest trend of getting early commitments.

Good read on Derek Dooley's recruiting methods, which are a little frustrating for some Tennessee fans.

Georgia Tech basketball recruit Chris Bolden will play football this year.

Oklahoma recruit Sterling Shepard talks about the upcoming season.

Quarterback Bennie Coney is one reason why Cincinnati is rolling.

Auburn commit Zeke Pike has thrown a few Twitter bombs at Iron Bowl rival Alabama.

Commitments:

Boise State's newest recruit is linebacker Andrew Pint.

Kentucky received a commitment from defensive back Jacoby Glenn.

Ohio State added local receiver Roger Lewis to their class of 2012.
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: August 10, 2011 10:04 am
 

8/10 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Good story from the NY Times about social networking changing recruiting.

- All the recruits from the Coastal Division of the ACC.

All Michigan has left for this recruiting class is a need at receiver.

BYU's move to indepednence has brought change to their recruiting.

Safety K.J. Dillon has Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia in his top three.

Boise State commit Nick Patti is one of the top players in central Florida.

Commitments:

Nebraska reached into SEC territory for linebacker Deion Jones.

Defensive tackle K'Hadree Hooker is the latest addition to N.C. State's recruiting class.

Running back Davien Payne has committed to Colorado.

Roderick Chungong committed to Georgia Tech over Michigan State and Virginia.

Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:23 am
Edited on: July 24, 2011 9:35 am
 

Gridiron Kings find Southeast on top

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ORLANDO -- Gridiron Kings, the final recruiting event of the summer, kicked off at the Wide World of Sports complex Saturday afternoon near Disney World, featuring some of the top talent in the country.

Divided into four regions, the players from the Southeast continued their impressive dominance of the event, going undefeated in the first two games of pool play in an event the team has won every year since its inception.

"It's been a great experience so far, I'm playing with some of the best talent from the Southeast," Fairburn (Ga.) defensive back Joshua Holsey said. "We're playing against everyone from around the country and that's a great experience. We're having fun and since we're winning, it's really fun."

The Southeast lucked out in its two wins, however. The deciding touchdowns in each game came with less than a minute remaining, but the find-a-way attitude was just part of the spirit the athletes from the South exuded.

"Our offense just brings us back and our defense just tries to do what we can to stop the offense from scoring," Holsey said. "We all pretty much know each other from The Opening. We all have a close bond, either in the locker room or on the field, it's just like playing with each other (for years), we know what each other does and likes. That's the greatest thing."

Though most of the players at Gridiron Kings are already committed to a school, that didn't stop the Auburn-bound Holsey from trying to get a few players to join him on The Plains.

"Yes, I'm trying to get as many recruits to come to Auburn as possible," Holsey says without hesitation. "Me, JaQuay (Williams), we always talk about getting the best guys. We want to go down there and win, we're trying to win the national championship ourselves. We're trying to build a class that can go down there and compete and have fun."

Holsey has been committed to the Tigers since May and points to one thing above others as being the reason he is firmly a part of Auburn's recruiting class.

"Just the coaches," he said. "They're really nice to me. The players, the whole facilities, it just feels like a family and a place where I can spend the next four years there."

Adams close to decision

If there was one team really looking forward to toppling the Southeast, it was the West squad. Westlake Village (Calif.) cornerback Ishmael Adams helped the squad to a 1-1 mark, with the lone loss coming thanks to a pass that was tipped by a defender right into the hands of a Southeast receiver for a score with less than 30 seconds left. Despite the close loss, spirits were high throughout the day for a dangerous squad come the knockout round.

"It's a great time with all the fellas, just hanging out," Adams said. "We're putting in work."

Adams and his West teammates are closer than the other three regional teams in part because they've seen each other early and often this summer.

"Just from camps and doing all these different things, we're very comfortable with each other," he said. "The chemistry is there. We're looking to do well."

Doing well also includes a bit of trash talk between the squads. For the West, according to Adams, that means shouts of "West Side All Day," or "West Side is the Best Side." He is also pretty talkative on the field with his teammates about what to expect from the offenses and didn't mind talking about his recruiting either.

"I'm very close," he said of a decision. "I'm still going to take all my official visits but I'm pretty sure with where I want to go right now. I'm taking my visits to see what the other schools have. I want to make the decision before I go into the season."

Holding offers from most of the Pac-12, Adams has always looked to stay somewhat close to Southern California and has narrowed down his list to include programs with strong ties to the area.

"UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona State," he said were his finalists. "UCLA and Cal, they're on me real big, then ASU. I've also always talked to the Oregon coach and he's told me he's not really hard on calling me every day. He just let me know that he wants me at the school and if I want to come, it's my decision."

Adams added that fellow West teammate Bryce Treggs, who committed to Cal two weeks ago, was heavily recruiting him for the Bears.

Notes

-- Tampa (Fla.) athlete Nelson Agholor wasn't supposed to be at the event but was a late -- and impact -- substitution for the Southeast squad. He's a fluid athlete who was a favorite target on offense and could really get off the line. He's tremendous at safety, but the way he can influence a game on either side of the ball, it's no wonder schools are just recruiting to get him on campus and then figure out a position later. He said he didn't want to talk recruiting and instead wanted to focus on what happened on the field.

-- SMU commit Robert Lewis and Texas A&M commit Trey Williams were the two most impressive players out of the backfield. Lewis was able to find soft spots in the defense and exploit them at all three levels of the passing game. Williams had two highlight plays when he shaked and baked his way down the field for a big gain and then followed it up with a touchdown on a seam route.

-- Tight end Sean Price continues to impress this summer. The Citra (Fla.) product was once again a matchup issue for linebackers who either couldn't handle his speed or couldn't handle his size. He has a good release off the line, but it can get better, which will only make him more dangerous in the passing game. Price made one of the best catches of the day when he dove for a ball and caught it one-handed for a touchdown.

-- 2013 quarterback Shane Morris had a bit of an up-and-down day. He wasn't as sharp as he normally was in 7-on-7 settings, sometimes lapsing when making an easy throw and turning it into an incompletion. The lefty didn't have the athletes that some of the other quarterbacks did but he still should have performed better.

-- Texas A&M commit Matt Davis was one of four Aggies in Orlando and just flat-out moved the ball downfield for the Southwest team. He doesn't throw the tightest spirals, but he moves the chains and gets the ball to the right receiver.

-- Boise State commit Marcus Rios had a nice day and grabbed a spectacular interception off a deflection versus the Southeast team.

-- It's going to be tough to get past the Southeast team when they have players like defensive backs Chaz Elder and Travis Blanks. The pair hooked up on an interception with Blanks tipping the ball and Elder pulling down the turnover. The pair simply were ball hawks all evening.

-- The top wide receiver in the country, Texas commit Cayleb Jones, went down with a hand injury early in the day. Fellow Longhorn Thomas Johnson made sure he wouldn't be missed with a terrific day. He has great hands, runs good routes and catches everything.

-- The more athlete Ronald Darby plays defensive back, the more he looks like a top-flight safety prospect. The talented athlete has speed and burst almost unmatched and does a really good job of focusing on his man and reading what he does.

-- It was a very good day for Scottsdale (Ariz.) athlete Davonte Neal. There's still debate as to whether he's best suited for offense or defense and he played both equally well on Saturday. He's still a bit stiff in his hips when he turns and runs at corner but he nevertheless was an impact player on both sides of the ball and made several plays in the secondary.


Posted on: July 23, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Elite 11 Top Performers

Posted by Bryan Fischer

MALIBU, Calif. -- The 2011 edition of the Elite 11 quarterback competition wrapped up on Friday on the gorgeous campus of Pepperdine University. With 24 of the country's best signal-callers in attendance, it was tough to narrow down the list to 11. The staff at the event had their list of 11 and here's a breakdown of how CBSSports.com saw it after watching everyone throw (in alphabetical order).

Neal Burcham (Greenbrier, Ark.)

Burcham rolled into the Elite 11 as an unknown with only one offer (from Central Arkansas) but left with everyone excited to see how his recruitment will take off - because it will. There was no glaring hole in his game and he was able to make all the throws. He's got good height but might be a tad on the thin side, nothing to scare teams off though. He makes a quick decision during 7-on-7 drills and 99% of the time it's the right one. The coaching staff were shaking their heads at how he could be so lightly recruited and after seeing him, so were we.

Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.), Committed to Wisconsin

If there's one thing you think when watching Houston, it's how he really is a perfect fit for Wisconsin. He's cerebral in the pocket and can diagnose what is going on quickly, then delivers a precision strike. There's nothing that jumps off the page with him but that's because he's solid in every area you look at. He knows when to check down and didn't seem to force anything all week.

Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.), Committed to Clemson

Kelly has had a productive July, looking good at The Opening and turning in another good performance at the Elite 11. He has a strong arm and was able to get the ball to the perfect spot. Kelly was outgoing on the sidelines with his fellow campers but once he was on the field, he got very serious. Just an overall good performance by the Clemson commit.

Zach Kline (Danville, Calif.), Committed to Cal

Kline had the best arm out of anyone in Malibu and one of the receivers even remarked he was surprised at how quickly the ball got to him. He tossed some beautiful fade routes and there really wasn't any spot on the field he couldn't get it to. There are times where he'll be a bit wild or take a chance he shouldn't but Kline no doubt proved he was the top quarterback on the West Coast.

Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.)

Kiel is the nation's top quarterback and number two overall player and did nothing at the Elite 11 to suggest otherwise. He's one of the most polished prospects to come out of high school in some time and has great mechanics and a very strong arm. He lapsed at times but nevertheless showed everything you look for in a future all-conference quarterback.

Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash.), Committed to Washington

Lindquist turned in his best performance of the summer and showed why it might be a tighter battle with fellow Washington commit Cyler Miles when they both get to campus. He was actually one of the few quarterbacks to have the arm strength to complete one drill that focused on using only the upper body. Lindquist threw a tight spiral all week and delivered a really catchable ball to the right spot just about every time.


Tanner Mangum (Eagle, Idaho), Committed to BYU

Not sure anyone has had a better month of July than Mangum. He proved he could not only hang with players more nationally recognized but that he was in the conversation to join them. Mangum has a really strong arm, sound mechanics and was a cerebral type who got the ball to where it needed to go. After watching him in action, he might be a better prospect out of high school than current Cougars starter Jake Heaps was.

Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo.), Committed to Washington

Miles was one of the bigger players at the event and looked more like some of the college players then the other high schoolers. Miles didn't have the strongest arm but he can make the throws. He had a really good week during 7-on-7 and was making the right reads. The event didn't allow him to show off his athleticism but he used it to showcase his quarterback IQ.

Nick Patti (Orlando, Fla.), Committed to Boise State

Patti wasn't perfect all week but still threw the ball well enough to get on this list. Everyone brings up his height and if he were a few inches taller, he'd be on everybody's radar. Based on what he showed at the Elite 11, it doesn't matter how tall he is, he's a flat-out player. Patti can deliver the ball on a rope but also knows when to put some touch on the ball. He was a little off on downfield throws but very good on short to intermediate routes.

Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn.)

Voytik is very compact and drops back very quickly and fluidly. There's no doubt he had one of the strongest arms at the camp and the ball just flew out of his hands. It was really impressive to seem him spin the ball and he proved that he deserved the national recognition that he was craving.

Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Ala.)

Winston really had a good week and was at the top of his game. He's been playing mostly baseball and was a bit skinny but still could spin the ball well. Watch Winston in a game and his athleticism pops out but in a different setting this week, he showed in he is a complete player by making reads and every throw the playbook.

Just missed the cut: Shane Dillon, Zeke Pike, Patrick Towles, Travis Wilson.
 
 
 
 
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