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Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Rochell taking his time during recruitment

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ATLANTA -- Walk around the Rising Seniors Bowl this week and McDonough (Ga.) defensive end Isaac Rochell stands out for his joyful personality off the field as much as his size and pass rushing skills do at practice. One of the most heavily recruited players at the event this week, he doesn't feel the pressure of living up to expectations and really just wants to enjoy the event.

"It's been fun and I've really liked it," Rochell said. "I didn't really expect it to be like this but I really like the experience.

"I'm not saying my high school team isn't good but this gives you a different standard to compare yourself to.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder already holds scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech but despite all the attention schools have shown him after a terrific junior year, Rochell is just sitting back and listening and isn't too concerned with narrowing down his choices right now.

"The last offer I got was Oklahoma about a month ago," he said. "I don't necessarily have a top five but I do have schools I think about more so than others. There are also schools I say I probably won't go to. But I don't have a distinct top five where I will pick from yet."

Still, with every offer that does get extended, Rochell is weighing each school against some of the factors he is looking for.

"Location is a big deal," he said. "Obviously my role in the program and the campus feel and atmosphere, things like that too."

Rochell is planning to attend several junior days over the next couple of months but likely will avoid the camp circuit in the spring and summer outside of one or two stops. He does want to do his research before making a decision, which he already has a time frame picked out to make it in.

"I'm going to try to make it before the season," he said. "It's not something I want to rush because you rush it and you'll regret your decision. I'm just going to take my time."

Though there's no leader at the moment, Rochell has already visited Alabama unofficially for the LSU game - he said the Tigers will win the rematch because of, no surprise, their defensive line - and has developed a close relationship with assistant coach Marion Hobby at Clemson.

But, for now, the Maxpreps 2013 Watch List defensive end is just taking his time with recruiting and focusing on the task at hand in the Rising Seniors Bowl.

Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:27 am
 

12/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Cincinnati has built it's recruiting class primarily with players close to the school.

 A look ahead at Ohio State's class of 2013.

 Michigan is losing some of its lead over Ohio State on the recruiting trail.

 Tight end Adam Breneman is a heavily recruited junior who recently received offers from Miami and Wake Forest.

Cedric Dozier is still solid to Cal and updates on Zach Banner and Josh Garnett's decisions.

 Nebraska's recruiting coordinator position still hasn't been filled.

 Who's the top RB in Georgia? Quinten James is stating his case and already has offers from Clemson, Vanderbilt and others.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:03 am
 

12/21 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel will pick among Notre Dame, LSU and Vanderbilt by Christmas.

 Receiver Brett Bartolone picked up an offer from Washington State.

 Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is playing catch up in recruiting.

 Mark Richt's contract extension at Georgia could help recruiting.

 Defensive end Jonathan Bullard will pick among Clemson, South Carolina and Florida.

 Kansas State's success this season won't change Bill Snyder's recruiting approach.

 Recruiting is a tricky situation for West Virginia.

 Penn State coaches are telling recruits to keep their options open.

 Nebraska and Maryland landed JUCO cornerbacks.

 Michigan extended offers to a couple of 2013 prospects.
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 4:30 pm
 

National Notes: On the way up on defense

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The class of 2012 rankings won't be updated for a few more weeks but with the high school football season over, it's not too hard to see what players might be moving their way up in the rankings and who might slide down a little bit. Here's a look at each position group and some players that might be a little higher on the board come January.

DEFENSIVE END

On the way up: Ramsey (N.J.) five-star end Darius Hamilton.

What did he do: A terror for opposing offensive lines all season, Hamilton was a constant presence in his opponents' backfield. In the state championship game alone he had a hand in four sacks and you would need a super computer to count the number of defensive pressures he had this year. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder finished his senior year with 74 tackles and an impressive 17 sacks.

The case: He's already a five-star so he won't get a bump in that department but based on his season, should move up into the 20's in the overall rankings (he's 38th right now) and at least leap-frog Dante Fowler among defensive ends given that Fowler didn't play a snap this season. Bosco had a great season and Hamilton was a big reason why.

Also on the way up: Jelani Hamilton (Committed to Miami), Tyriq McCord, Faith Ekakitie (Committed to Iowa)

On the way down: Dante Fowler (Committed to Florida State)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

On the way up: Prattville (Ala.) defensive tackle Justin Shanks (committed to Florida State)

What did he do: Despite often drawing double or triple teams, Shanks was a key cog in Prattville's 3-4 defense this season. He racked up 60 tackles and 5.5 sacks but was a big factor in stopping the run. He's got a great motor and helped lead his team to a state title.

The case: Shanks is ranked 21st among defensive tackles - one spot behind future teammate Dalvon Stuckey. He put together a great season and has the size, speed, and quickness you look for in a run-stopping interior lineman.

Also on the way up: Sheldon Day (Committed to Notre Dame), Dante Phillips (Committed to Florida)

On the way down: Aziz Shittu

LINEBACKER

On the way up: Stone Mountain (Ga.) linebacker Raphael Kirby (Committed to Miami) and Madison (Ala.) linebacker Reggie Ragland (Committed to Alabama)

What did they do: Kirby had a great senior year and really showed his speed and explosiveness off his senior year. He played inside for Stephenson but projects well as an outside linebacker who can do well in pass coverage despite being a little undersized. In contrast, Ragland looks like he's ready to play for the Crimson Tide in New Orleans this season. He's another prototype inside backer that runs well and is a great tackler in space or in traffic.

The case: Both sit outside the top 10 at their positions and don't have a spot on the overall rankings but that should change. Each has a chance to play early and develop into all-conference selections.

Also on the way up: Anaheim (Calif.) inside backer Butch Pauu (Committed to BYU) and Norfolk (Va.) inside backer Kwontie Moore (Committed to Virginia).

CORNERBACK

On the way up: Miramar (Fla.) corner Tracy Howard.

What did he do: You can tell how good a cornerback is by how often teams don't throw their way and hardly anybody in the state of Florida even looked Howard's way. He still ended the season with an impressive 10 picks and was easily one of the best defenders along the East Coast.

The case: Howard has been a star for a while now and though he doesn't have 4.3-40 speed, is still fast and fluid. He's also very instinctive and really attacks the ball in the air. Howard is ranked as the 20th best cornerback but should easily be in the top 10 at the very least.

Also on the way up: Pasadena (Calif.) corner Kevon Seymour, Elk Grove (Calif.) corner Marcus Rios (Committed to UCLA), Ocala (Fla.) defensive back P.J. Williams (committed to Florida State).

On the way down: Westlake Village (Calif.) corner Ishmael Adams.

SAFETY

On the way up: Fairfax (S.C.) safety Ronald Geohaghan (committed to Clemson)

What did he do: He's a terrific athlete who can play just about any back seven position if needed. He's best suited as a safety and is rangy and physical enough to take away entire parts of the field.

The case: Geohaghan currently sits as the 23rd-ranked safety in the Maxpreps rankings and based on his physical play and coverage skills should see a bump in the position rankings.

On the way down: Lakewood (Wash.) safety Cedric Dozier, College Park (Ga.) defensive back Chaz Elder.

Video of the week

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Vols flip tight end Meredith from North Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's getting late in the recruiting process and with last-minute pitches and visits, several recruits are starting to flip their pledge from one school to another. Anderson (S.C.) tight end Justin Meredith became the latest, changing his commitment from North Carolina to Tennessee over the weekend.

"It just felt right in my heart," Meredith told VolQuest.com.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound pass catcher had been committed to the Tar Heels for months but was keeping his options open with a new head coach coming in and possible NCAA sanctions. Meredith held scholarship offers from schools such as Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and others but just felt comfortable with the people in Knoxville.

"Just the coaching staff (at UT), and it felt like home. It just didn't feel right in my heart (at UNC anymore), and Tennessee felt right," he said.

Meredith is the only tight end in the Vols class of 2012 and 21st overall commitment. The early enrollee is ranked 4th at his position by MaxPreps.

"Justin runs great routes, catches everything within reach, is a tremendous lead blocker, and can split out and even play WR," analyst Tom Lemming said. "A hybrid in high school who will wind up playing TE in college. When I watched Justin on film I was impressed with his lightning quick reactions, and his ability to quickly avoid traffic, find the open space, catch the ball, and immediately turn up field."
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:13 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 10:13 am
 

Keith Marshall commits to Georgia

By MaxPreps' Steve Spiewak

Keith Marshall, the nation's No. 25 recruit, committed to Georgia Tuesday in a ceremony held at his school.

The Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) star running back selected the Bulldogs over Clemson, South Carolina, and Florida.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Marshall is one of the most explosive running backs in the country, combining good vision with elite speed.

Marhsall burst onto the scene as a sophomore, rushing for more than 1,100 yards and putting together an extremely impressive highlight tape.

Since then, he's become one of the more popular recruits on Twitter, boasting more than 5,000 followers and routinely tweeting about his recruitment, which has intensified this fall.

"It can get really tiring, but it's a good problem to have," Marshall told MaxPreps in September.

With the commitment of Marshall, two of the nation's Top 3 tailbacks have verbally committed to colleges, with Johnathan Gray making a pledge to Texas in April.

Barry Sanders, the nation's No. 2 tailback and No. 15 recruit overall, remains uncommitted.

Marshall joins a recruiting class that also features five-star offensive lineman John Theus.

Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: November 4, 2011 10:48 am
 

11/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some commitments on the Nebraska visitor list this weekend.

Alabama has recruited Louisiana with mixed results.

Maryland, Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida State and Miami are finalists for DT Eddie Goldman.

Chris Moody is down to South Carolina, Mississippi State, N.C. State and Memphis but has to decide what position he wants to play first.

 Ohio State's recruiting woes are not as bad as first thought.

 Tennessee commit Dalton Santos will take visits to Arkansas and Texas A&M.

 Georgia is keeping tabs on N.C. State commit Niles Clark.


Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:49 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 11:59 pm
 

National Notes: Recruiting the recruited

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Three months. Three stress-filled, long months until Signing Day.

To complicate things, it's the stretch run of the season, the holidays and bowl game time. Coaches have to worry about filling out a recruiting class as well as keeping their current commitments from looking around. Surprise official or unofficial visits can sometimes throw staffs for a loop. It's a complicated time of numbers juggling, keeping kids happy and, oh yeah, coaching.

With all that in mind, here's a run down of the top commitments from the ACC, Big 12 and Big East that each school has to keep in the fold and sign in February.

ACC

Boston College: Steven Daniels, linebacker. He signed with the Eagles last year but didn't qualify and could be looking around, they need the tackling machine quickly.

Clemson: Travis Blanks, defensive back. One of the top defensive backs on the East Coast, he can play right away with his coverage skills.

Florida State: Mario Edwards, defensive end. They've got a great defensive line class but no one like Edwards, who is strongly considering Oklahoma.

Maryland: Mike Madaras, offensive linemen. A local kid from a power conference at an area of need, the staff has burned some bridges locally and making sure Madaras stays in the fold is big.

N.C. State: K'Hadree Hooker, defensive tackle. The staff is on shaky ground but they'd be wise to keep the in-state DT.

Wake Forest: Jared Crump, wide receiver. 6-foot-3, 4.5 receivers don't grow on trees nor come from Florida to the Triangle often.

Duke: Deion Williams, linebacker. He's a tad undersized but a great cross-country get for the Blue Devils.

Georgia Tech: Tyler Stargel, linebacker. Would be a big interior presence with his size.

Miami: Jelani Hamilton, defensive end. One of the top players in the area, keeping him home would do wonders for the rest of the class.

North Carolina: Patton Robinette, quarterback. The Elite 11 signal-caller has already taken a few visits elsewhere.

Virginia: Kwontie Moore, linebacker. The complete package, he'd be a much-needed upgrade on defense.

Virginia Tech: Jarontay Jones, defensive end. One of the top players in Georgia, it's possible he could pull a late switch.

Big 12

Baylor: Kiante' Griffin, athlete. Could come in and play on either side of the ball.

Iowa State: Grant Rohach, quarterback. It's not too often ISU gets a quarterback like Rohach out of California.

Kansas: Brian Beckmann, offensive lineman. Big body like Beckmann is someone they must have to build around.

Kansas State: Aderius Epps, offensive lineman. See above.

Missouri: Jonathan Williams, running back. Henry Josey has done a great job and Williams is that type of player.

Oklahoma: Polo Manukainiu, defensive end. He's already a shaky commitment and is taking visits elsewhere.

Oklahoma State: Kendall Sanders, athlete. He would be a great fit for the Cowboys.

Texas: Johnathan Gray, running back. He's pretty solidly committed but that still doesn't mean you stop recruiting #1 RB in the country.

Texas Tech: Dominique Wheeler, wide receiver. He should play early with his speed.

TCU: Daje Johnson, defensive back. You need defensive backs in the Big 12 and Johnson is one of the fastest in Texas.

Big East

Cincinnati: Dennis Norfleet
, running back. He's small but he's dynamic in space a great fit for the offense.

Connecticut: Casey Cochran
, quarterback. Grabbing the best in-state player is always a good start for a new head coach.

Louisville: Larry Jefferson,
defensive end. He could provide a nice boost on either side of the ball.

Pittsburgh: Rushel Shell
, running back. He was likely to end up at Pitt all along but they need to keep the five-star happy.

Rutgers: Leonte Carroo,
wide receiver. One of the top players in the state, he could help them with his Don Bosco teammates.

South Florida:
Chris Bivins, defensive back. One of the better corners in Northern Florida, one wonders if the Gators came in with a later offer.

Syracuse: Tashon Whitehurst,
linebacker. Not the fastest player, he's still a nice get from Florida at his position.

West Virginia: Deontay McManus
, wide receiver. He's a great fit in Dana Holgorsen's offense but the commitment isn't super strong.

Notre Dame sees Perkins decommit

First it was USC that saw a high-profile decommit and now the team they recently beat is suffering the same thing. South Bend (Ind.) linebacker David Perkins opened things up Monday, a loss for the Irish on the defensive side of the ball.

“There are a lot of good schools out there interested in me, and Notre Dame doesn’t let you take visits, and I want to take visits,” Perkins told 247Sports. “I feel like I committed too fast and didn’t give myself a chance to go through the whole recruiting process. I’m going to reopen it and go through the process and see what all is out there."

It's not unusual to hear this kind of thing from kids as we draw closer to Signing Day but interesting to hear it from a local player like Perkins. He has several programs such as LSU, Michigan State, Tennessee and Oregon that could be players if he doesn't keep Notre Dame in the mix.

The Irish have 15 commitments for 2012 as of now.

Video of the week

Here are some highlights of Texas commit Cayleb Jones, the second best wide receiver in the country and a five-star prospect.



Recruiting Roundup

Guito Ervilus has North Carolina as his leader after a visit.

Georgia Tech impressed a good number of recruits in their game against Clemson.

UCLA is the latest offer for running back Fabian Moreau.

Does playing Florida in Jacksonville hurt Georgia's recruiting?

Offenisve lineman Brandon Fanaika is interested in Arkansas.

 Brian Kelly wants easier access to recruits.


 
 
 
 
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