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Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Las Vegas Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LAS VEGAS - One of the top corners at the Las Vegas Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament this past weekend was Ishmael Adams of event runner-up Team 1925. A big reason why he was routinely shutting down opposing teams' best receivers is the on and off the field work he puts in.

"I never feel like I'm at the peek of my game," Adams said. "I'm working on my speed with Maurice Greene. Out on the field, Brian Kelly is helping me with my footwork and hands. Keyshawn Johnson is helping me with my alignment and reading wide receivers and what they're going to do. Kelly helps a lot with cover-two because he's been to the pros where they practice that a lot."

Holding offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Oregon, SMU and Washington, Adams is planning on taking a few unofficial visits to get to know some schools a bit better.

"I'm going to Oregon's Junior Day," he said. "I'm going to visit Washington and try and go to a Cal camp. I'm going to try and get to UCLA, I think I'm going to try and get up there next week or the week after that. I'm also trying to get to a USC camp."

"With Adams' recruitment figuring to heat up over the coming months, especially with the May Evaluation period on the horizon, the 5-foot-10, 185 pound corner is looking at all schools but does see one standing out from the pack.

Not yet, I'm just keeping everything open right now," Adams said. "Washington talks to my family a lot so I talk with them and they're being real with me."

One of the first things Adams is looking for in a school is a strong dentistry program, which is what he would like to major in. Facilities and coaching staff are two other factors that will influence his eventual decision.

Utah athlete Hansen impressing at multiple positions

One of the most intriguing players at the competition was Highland (Utah) athlete Chase Hansen. A true embodiment of the athlete label, the talented recruit was working on one side of the ball during most of the tournament.

"I've been working on a lot of quarterback things but I'm out (at 7-on-7) mainly working all defense," Hansen said. "I'm definitely trying to work on defensive back/linebacker type stuff like footwork and whatever else I need."

Hansen likely projects best as a safety on defense with his 6-foot-3, 210 pound frame and good speed. However, he displayed a strong arm in limited action as a junior and has seen a number of teams also give him a look on the offensive side of the ball.

"It's been mixed. Basically what they've been saying is athlete," he said. "Some schools have said quarterback, other schools have said linebacker. Utah has said athlete while Washington has said just quarterback.

"Whatever position I'll be best at but I've been kind of working towards quarterback. We'll see what happens because I feel like I can play defense. But quarterback is definitely something I'll be working towards."

Holding just two scholarship offers, Hansen is starting to see interest from several Pac-12 schools increase and could be on the verge of several more offers.

"Just BYU and Utah right now," he said. "Stanford is recruiting me pretty heavily as a safety/quarterback and Washington as just a quarterback. As far as BYU and Utah, I'm just waiting to see what happens and get an idea of what I want to do."

Hansen is planning on taking in one-day camps at Stanford, USC, BYU and Utah over the next few months to continue to get noticed by college coaches. He recently took an unofficial visit to see the Cardinal in person and is in the process of planning several others.

"I just took one to Stanford and might take one to Washington as well as Oregon," he said. "Stanford was awesome. I mean it's Stanford. I've always kind of wondered what the visit would be like and it was good, if not better than I thought it would be. The facilities, the tradition, the field was awesome. The city where it's located is awesome too."

Hansen plans on taking his time and waiting for more offers to come in before making a decision.

Cope-Fitzpatrick sees recruiting pickup

Rocklin (Calif.) tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick is one of the top pass catchers on the West Coast and is starting to see his list of scholarship offers reflect as much.

"I picked up two from Colorado and Nebraska," Cope-Fitzpatrick said. "It's nice getting an offer from Nebraska, outside the Pac-12. Florida said they are going to offer in May. A lot of schools said when they come out (for the May Evaluation Period) they're going to offer."

Though the May Evaluation period may see his stock take off even further, Cope-Fitzpatrick is planning to tone things down between now and then on the recruiting front.

"It looks like I'm going to take a break right now," he said. "I've got spring ball so no visits or anything. Right around May things should pick back up again. I'm going to the Stanford Nike Camp because it's closer to where i live in the Sacramento area. It's convenient so I can take more trips. I'm going to do some college camps but I don't know which ones yet. Maybe to some ones that I don't have an offer to so I can show them."

Cope-Fitzpatrick recently took in Cal's Junior Day and throughly enjoyed his visit the Berkley. The Bears are one of his five Pac-12 offers but he doesn't plan on narrowing the list anytime soon.

"My main thing right now is to just get quantity," he said. "I'd like to get as many as I can until July and then cut it down to eight and stick with my eight all the way through December. Then I'll make my decision in early December. Definitely before Signing Day, I want schools to know I'm their guy."

News and Notes

- 2013 Bingham (Utah) defensive end Lowell Lotulelei was named Defensive Line MVP while Encino (Calif.) tackle Jordan Simmons was named Offensive Line MVP.

- Upland (Calif.) wide receiver Kenny Lawler said his recent commitment to Arizona State, "Was a soft verbal." He'll take all five of his official visits in the fall and will visit UCLA's spring practice and go to the Nike Camp at USC. Lawler also plans on attending the Arizona State Junior Day on April 2nd.

- Marc Evans was the top quarterback at the event and led his team, B2G, to a comeback win in the championship game. Though he doesn't have an offer, he said Cal and Oregon State are the front runners. He added that he plans on taking in Oregon State's spring game next month.

- Wide receiver Bryce Treggs said he was still sitting at eight offers, including ones from Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA. He is in the process of attending Junior Days over the next few months in order to get to know the coaching staffs of several schools.

"I'm going to ASU Junior Day and Notre Dame on the 16th," he said. "I was at Cal Junior Day and that was pretty good."

- Quarterback Jeff Lindquist reported offers from Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Northern Colorado but it appears that the Huskies might have the upper hand in his recruitment.

"It's really exciting, that's been my childhood school," he said. "I like the coaches and it's a really good school. Both my parents went there and I like that it's close to home."

- Wide out Kodi Whitfield is holding an Arizona State offer and recently picked up one from Washington. The Atlanta-born Whitfield said he plans on checking out several SEC schools such as Georgia in addition to taking a closer look at several Pac-10 schools.

"I have a lot of interest in Washington and I want to take a visit up there and will probably go up there for their spring game on April 30th," he said. "I'm thinking about going to Arizona State's Junior Day on the 2nd. I've taken a Junior Day visit to UCLA and have been receiving mail from Pac-10 schools like Oregon, Stanford, USC, Cal and some Big 10 schools like Northwestern."

Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Several programs looking to impress this weekend

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several schools around the country are looking forward to another weekend of pressing the flesh and impressing players from the class of 2012. Notre Dame, Tennessee and Washington are just three schools who are hosting a Junior Day this Saturday or Sunday.

The Huskies will hold theirs on Sunday in conjunction with the school's basketball game against in-state rival Washington State. Head coach Steve Sarkisian pulled in a MaxPreps top 20 class in 2011 and is aiming even higher in 2012. The staff has been on many of the top in-state prospects early and continues to make California a top priority on the recruiting trail. 

Expected in attendance are Mercer Island (Wash.) quarterabck Jeff Lindquist, Everett (Wash.) running back Keivarae Russell and Tacoma (Wash.) Michael Rector, according to the Seattle Times. Washington does not have a commitment for next year's class but could end up picking up one or more on Sunday.

Tennessee is also looking to secure their first 2012 commitment this weekend. The Volunteers look like they will be hosting several players from the state of Georgia, which has turned into an SEC recruiting hotbed as of late. Gainesville (Ga.) running back Imani Cross is one of several players holding scholarship offers who will be in Knoxville on Saturday. Cross even told GoVolsXtra.com that there's "a high possibility (he) could just go ahead and commit to Tennessee" this weekend.

Among the other scheduled recruits are Bamberg (S.C.) defensive end Martin Aiken, Millen (Ga.) defensive end James Deloach and Anderson (S.C.) tight end Jordan Meredith

Notre Dame is also holding their first Junior Day of the year and plans on hosting about 40 recruits according to BlueandGold.com. With a national recruiting base, the Irish and head coach Brian Kelly will bring several unofficial visitors from around the country to South Bend on Saturday. Oklahoma City (Okla.) wide receiver Sterling Shepard, Hyattsville (Md.) defensive lineman Mike Moore, Spring (Texas) cornerback Nicky Baratti and Nashville (Tenn.) offensive lineman Blake Bars are among the recruits scheduled to visit.

Washington, Tennessee and Notre Dame are just three of the major program hosting Junior Days this weekend but each is looking to leave a lasting impression on the recruits who stop by to meet the coaching staff and receive a tour of the facilities. Because this is their first chance to show off for many of the players in the class of 2012, expect it to be a hectic, yet fun, weekend for the coaching staffs in Seattle, Knoxville and South Bend.  

Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:05 am
 

Stephon Tuitt is headed for South Bend

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame has had a lot of faxes coming in this morning, but perhaps the one the school was anticipating the most belonged to DE Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt, out of Monroe, Georgia, had wavered a bit in his commitment in the last few weeks. He had changed from Notre Dame to Georgia Tech before once again being sold on the Irish, but until that letter of intent came in, nobody could know for sure.

They know now.

Brian Kelly tweeted that Tuitt's LOI had come in, and he's now officially a member of Notre Dame's 2011 class. Tuitt is ranked at 42 in MaxPreps' Top 100 players, and now gives the Irish eight commits from the Top 100.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:44 am
 

Notre Dame adds Atkinson, Rabasa

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The fax machine at Notre Dame keeps on rolling this morning. After receiving 13 letters of intent earlier on Wednesday, head coach Brian Kelly reports that two more players have sent their LOIs in and have been approved.

Those players are RB/DB Josh Atkinson and DE Anthony Rabasa.

Those two players bring Notre Dame's signing day total to 15, and when you add that to the five players who enrolled in January, 20 of the 22 recruits in Notre Dame's class are officially in the fold.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:26 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:27 am
 

Notre Dame's fax machine lighting up

Posted by Tom Fornelli

All the snow in the midwest hasn't slowed down the steady stream of faxes coming in to Notre Dame. According to head coach Brian Kelly on Twitter, the Fighting Irish have received 13 letters of intent before 9am local time.

So far DE Ben Councell, WR/DB Matthias Farley, OT/DT Conor Hanratty, DB Eilar Hardy, OT/DE Chase Hounshell, TE/LB Ben Koyack, T/DE Tony Springmann, RB Cam McDaniel, OL/DL Nick Martin, LB Jarrett Grace, WR/RB Davaris Daniels, WR/FS George Atkinson and OL/DL Matt Hegarty have all faxed in their LOIs to Notre Dame.

None of these 13 are a surprise, and the Irish -- whom MaxPreps has ranked with the top class in 2011 -- still have plenty of big names that they're waiting on. Specifically Stephon Tuitt, who MaxPreps has ranked at 70 in its Top 100.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:48 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:58 am
 

CBS Sports National Signing Day Show

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Super Bowl is still a few days away but college football's offseason equivalent is finally upon us with National Signing Day 2011. CBS Sports is providing fans across the country with the most extensive multi-media coverage of National Signing Day across the CBS College Sports Network, CBSSports.com, MaxPreps.com and the CBSSports.com College Network.

CBS College Sports Network will have seven hours of coverage in households across the country beginning at 10 AM ET. Featuring recruiting expert Tom Lemming and guest analysis from former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, the CBS Sports National Signing Day Show will deliver in-depth analysis of all the news throughout the day.

Hosts Adam Zucker and Molly Qerim will be joined in studio by Lemming, Rodriguez and former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer. Brian Jones reports from Austin, Texas, where he will interview many of the nation’s elite prep players, who are gathered for USA Football's Team USA vs. The World game. Aaron Taylor will report from the west coast on Pac-12 football.

Below is a brief rundown of some of the elements of the show, which features interviews with players and coaches from across the country.

Early Show 10 AM – 1 PM ET

10 AM Hour

Tom Lemming’s Top Ten recruiting classes are unveiled and Brian Jones interviews Notre Dame commits George Atkinson III (#12 WR), Josh Atkinson (#25 CB), and Matt Hegarty (#1 OG).

11 AM Hour

A conference-by-conference recruiting breakdown with Lemming and Rodriguez as well as an interview with Nebraska commit Aaron Green (#3 RB).

12 PM Hour

An interview with Texas head coach Mack Brown, new Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and new Miami head coach Al Golden. Brian Jones also interviews Auburn commit Kiehl Frazier (#2QB).

Late Show 3 PM – 7 PM ET

3PM Hour

Tom Lemming will update his Top Ten Recruiting Classes and there will be interviews with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. Fresh off a win in the BCS National Championship game, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik will discuss the run to the title and the incoming class he hopes fuels the Tigers to another.

4 PM Hour

Rutgers commit Savon Huggins (#1 RB) joins the program for an interview as well has his future head coach Greg Schiano. SEC head coaches Derek Dooley of Tennessee and Nick Saban of Alabama will also discuss their recruiting class of 2011.

5PM Hour

UCF head coach George O’Leary and Boise State’s Chris Petersen join the program to provide prospective from non-BCS conference schools.

6PM Hour

Aaron Taylor will interview new Stanford head coach David Shaw and Cardinal commit Wayne Lyons (#4 safety) will also join the program for an interview. CBSSports.com college football columnist Dennis Dodd will provide his thoughts before the show wraps up with the day’s winning (and losing) recruiting classes.

Tune in and get all the latest about the nation’s best high school athletes and more, only on the CBS College Sports Network. More Signing Day coverage

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Non-AQ Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The impact of signing day isn't just felt inside the BCS conferences, so here's a look at how Wednesday will impact some major non-AQs.

Players to Watch

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Monroe (Monroe, GA): Tuitt could be the third member of the MaxPreps Top 100 to join Notre Dame's defensive line in 2011. The 6'6 255 pound defensive end has been a force at Monroe Area in Georgia, and though he's currently given Notre Dame his verbal, he's flirted with Georgia Tech in the last few weeks. While he's expected to sign with Notre Dame on Wednesday, nothing will be certain until he puts pen to paper. If he does sign with the Irish, he'll join Aaron Lynch (#22 on MaxPreps Top 100) and Ishaq Williams (#70) as defensive linemen in this class. A pretty nice haul. No wonder MaxPreps has Notre Dame atop its team rankings.

Ladarius Brown, ATH, Waxahachie (Waxahachie,TX): Brown is one of the best athletes in the country, and one that Gary Patterson can use in a lot of ways at TCU. Brown could find himself playing anywhere from wide receiver, cornerback, safety or linebacker in Fort Worth. Of course, he has to get to Fort Worth first. He originally gave his verbal to Oklahoma before going with TCU. Should Brown sign on Wednesday he'll be one of key members of a solid if not spectacular TCU class.

Jimmy Laughrea, QB, Rocklin (Rocklin, CA): Chris Petersen and Boise State seldom bring in highly rated recruiting classes, but the Broncos don't exactly pick up scraps either. With Kellen Moore entering his senior season it's time for Boise to look for his replacement, and they may find it in 6'2 180-pound Laughrea. The northern California quarterback gave his verbal commitment to Boise State back in June, and has shown no signs of wavering on it since.

Teams to Watch

Notre Dame: When Brian Kelly took the job at Notre Dame last winter, there were plenty of Irish fans worried about whether or not he'd be able to land the type of recruiting classes to get Notre Dame back to the top of the rankings. Well, is the best class in the country good enough? Of course, with such a strong recruiting class, the already high expectations in South Bend will only get higher. Still, stocking up on the defensive side of the football as Kelly has done in this class is a good first step toward meeting them.

TCU: TCU and Gary Patterson are bringing in a nice class for 2011, the school's final season in the Mountain West before moving on to the Big East. So this is the last class that the school will bring in as a non-AQ, and Patterson will be hoping that guys like Ladarius Brown, Chuck Hunter and Deryck Gildon can help the Horned Frogs get a little more consideration for a national title one of these days.

UCF: The Golden Knights aren't going to finish with a class that's ranked in the Top 25, but after finishing there in the polls following a win over Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, the school will have to bring in some players to make sure they stay ranked. After all, UCF wouldn't mind moving to the Big East along with TCU, and the Knights are hoping players like DE Toby Jackson and DB Jeremy Davis can help them get there.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

You're not going to hear many people complain about the job Kyle Whittingham has done since replacing Urban Meyer at Utah. Still, with the Utes moving from the Mountain West to the new Pac-12, life is going to get a bit tougher. No longer will middle of the pack recruiting classes be good enough to compete for a conference title and possible BCS berth. The Utes will be hoping that having the doors to California opened to them on a larger scale will help, and as of now, over a third of their expected signees come from the Golden State.

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