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Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Geno Smith has Alabama out front

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of the top corners in the nation is starting to narrow down his long list of offers and not surprisingly has one of the top defensive talent-producing teams in the country on top. Atlanta (Ga.) defensive back Geno Smith is currently the top player in the state of Georgia and just recently named Alabama as the leader for his services, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I really like a couple of their assistants, and I’ve have had some great conversations with (Nick Saban),” Smith told the paper. “I feel like my relationship with Alabama has grown a lot stronger. I’ve been liking them for the last couple of weeks, or maybe even a little longer than that. They push you hard and make you the best you can be.”

Ranked 19th in the Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012, Smith recently picked up his 28th scholarship offer from Michigan. The five-star cornerback has also accepted an invite to play in the 2012 US Army All-American Bowl.

The 6-foot, 170 pound Smith has already taken unofficial visits to Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Miami for Junior Days. Georgia is also considered a strong contender to land the elite defensive back recruit.

Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: April 11, 2011 11:52 am
 

South Carolina nabs linebacker for commit #2

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A busy weekend at South Carolina was capped off with the commitment of Atlanta (Ga.) linebacker T.J. Holloman Sunday night. The Gamecocks' annual Spring Game was Saturday and Holloman was on hand to take in the exhibition as part of an unofficial visit to the school. 

"I came back from the visit and talked with my family about it all day (Sunday)," Holloman told TheBigSpur.com. "They told me they were in love with it and they liked everything that (USC head coach) Steve Spurrier and his program had to give. I was in love with it. I just felt like a decision was made already and why not do it today."

The 6-foot-3, 220 pound linebacker also had scholarship offers from Louisville, Illinois and N.C. State with several others showing interest. However there were several factors that ultimately led Holloman to choose the Gamecocks and end his recruitment early.

"The graduation rates at South Carolina are real high," he said. "They get players to the NFL. I really like Spurrier's focus. His first focus is on schoolwork. They won a lot of games last year, were 6-1 at home and won the SEC East. I think they are an up and coming program and I want to be part of a good program both on and off the field."

Holloman is the second commit for South Carolina's class of 2012. He is also a high school teammate of five-star cornerback Geno Smith.

Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: April 5, 2011 10:18 am
 

2012 Defensive Backs to Watch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Geismar (La.) star Landon Collins is the top defensive back in the nation according to CBS Sports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other players - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Collins off the top spot and become the top defensive back for the class of 2012.

Travis Blanks (North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, Fla.)

Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 200 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, USF, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt

What's to like: Blanks has good height and projects best at safety but can play nickel corner or on the outside. He can turn his hips very quickly and can overpower smaller receivers at the line of scrimmage.

Needs to work on: Blanks is athletic but we're unsure of the competition he is going against. We'd like to see him against some top flight receivers and see how he does. He needs to get stronger as well.

Jordan Diggs (Bishop Verot High, Fort Meyers, Fla.) 

Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 195 pounds 
Offers from Auburn, Boston College, UConn, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, South Carolina, USF, Tennessee, UCF, Vanderbilt, West Virginia

What's to like: Diggs certainly looks the part of a Division-I safety with or without the pads. He has a physical upper body and can come in and lay a big hit. He closes on the ball quickly and is quite cerebral on the field, directing teammates to where they need to be. The best part about Diggs is his passion for the game and willingness to learn about the position.

Needs to work on: Diggs still needs to work on his quickness and at times seems a bit stiff in his hips.

Tee Shepard (Central East High, Fresno, Calif.)

Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 175 pounds 
Committed to Notre Dame

What's to like: Shepard will be a bigger corner at the next level and his length will give opposing receivers issues. He is one of the best in terms of covering a player one-on-one and does a good job of knowing where the ball is at all times. He also has surprisingly good hands for a defensive back.

Needs to work on: Thompson is not one to lay a huge hit on an opponent and real seems to hang out on the outside. He'll pursue players but really won't attack them at the line of scrimmage.

Geno Smith (St. Pius X School, Atlanta, Ga.)

Height: 6-foot 
Weight: 170 
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech

What's to like: Smith can turn and run with the best of the wide receivers out there and he sticks to them closely. He plays the ball in the air well and is a surprisingly willing and able tackler. He closes on the ball well and could play early on at the nickel corner spot.

Needs to work on: He needs to get stronger and could also work on his press in Cover-2.

Shaquille Thompson (Grant Union High, Sacramento, Calif.) 

Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 195 pounds 
Offers from Auburn, Cal, Oregon, UCLA, UNLV, USC

What's to like: Thompson is the younger brother of former All-American corner Syd'Quan Thompson and you can tell that the family knows how to play the defensive back position. The younger Thompson is a terrific athlete and one of the better tacklers in this class. He closes extremely quickly and does well when in press coverage as well. He will likely play safety but he as the ability to play corner as well.

Needs to work on: Thompson still needs to beef up a little as he would be a bit thin at safety in college. There are times when he seems a bit unsure of what he's doing and just reacts but playing a single position in college will help him focus on getting better.

Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:12 am
 

3/31 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Safe to say NCAA President Mark Emmert's speech at the Final Four will be well attended after the recent Frontline and HBO Real Sports programs this week.

- An ESPN report says Texas A&M was told they had to pay $80,000 to Will Lyles in order to land coveted recruit Patrick Patterson.

- Keller (Texas) offensive tackle Simon Goines could be close to a Missouri offer.

- Atlanta (Ga.) corner Geno Smith likes the way Georgia's number four jersey looks on him.

- Linebacker Kwontie Moore and quarterback Zeke Pike will be visiting Arkansas starting on Friday.

- Allen (Texas) quarterback Alec Morris is drawing interest from SMU, Baylor, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State among others.

Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:43 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Updated list of 2012 U.S. Army All-Americans

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The folks at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Rivals have compiled a list of all the players in the class of 2012 invited to the prestigious high school all-star game. Here's the list, which will eventually be divided into East and West teams.

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, committed to USC
Defensive end Alex Balducci
Offensive tackle Zach Banner
Defensive back Travis Blanks
Wide receiver Drae Bowles
Safety Deon Bush
Defensive back Joel Caleb
Wide receiver Leonte Carroo
Linebacker Josh Clemons
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs
Athlete Cedric Dozier
Athlete Devin Fuller
Offensive tackle Joshua Garnett
Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry
Defensive end Darius Hamilton
Defensive end Eli Harold
Defensive back Tracy Howard
Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries
Defensive tackle Jarron Jones
Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis, committed to Ohio State
Athlete Brian Kimbrow
Quarterback Zach Kline, committed to Cal
Defensive end Javonte Magee
Offensive tackle John McGee
Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy
Tight end Taylor McNamara
Offensive tackle Chris Muller
Wide receiver Davonte Neal
Wide receiver Jordan Payton, committed to USC
Quarterback Zeke Pike
Linebacker Jabari Ruffin, committed to USC
Running back Barry Sanders Jr.
Running back Rushel Shell
Defensive back Tee Shepard, committed to Notre Dame
Safety Elijah Shumate
Offensive tackle Jordan Simmons
Defensive back Geno Smith
Defensive end Noah Spence
Tight end Kent Taylor
Offensive tackle John Theus
Safety Shaq Thompson
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler
Running back Trey Williams
Running back T.J. Yeldon

 
 
 
 
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