Tag:Tennessee
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:22 pm
 

LB Otha Peters flips to Arkansas from Vols

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Help is on the way for Arkansas's occasionally porous defense, though it's coming at the expense of suddenly backsliding Tennessee.

Already stung by Texas linebacker Dalton Santos switching his commitment  from the Vols' "UT" to the Longhorn version this past weekend, Derek Dooley's class took another blow Tuesday when Covington (La.) linebacker Otha Peters committed to Bobby Petrino's Razorbacks following an official visit to Fayetteville. Peters was also visited last week in Covington by Petrino and new defensive coordinator Paul Haynes.

In addition to the Razorbacks and Volunteers, Peters also claimed offers from Texas A&M, Ole Miss, TCU and Nebraska.

Peters' high school coach Malter Scobel told the Times Picayune that Peters had concerns about Dooley's job stability after the Vols' lackluster 2011 season.

“Otha had some valid reasons to make his change,” Scobel said. “It wasn’t anything silly. Tennessee’s up against a different challenge than they are in Arkansas. Otha was very straightforward with Tennessee about the decision, and I think they still would like to have him.”

We don't doubt it--the 6'1", 220-pound Peters was named 5A All-State even in talent-rich Louisiana, having recorded north of 14 tackles per game.

The Vols and Hogs are two of five SEC teams clustered between 20 and 25 in the current edition of the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25, with Tennessee four spots ahead of Arkansas. But the way both teams are trending, that may not be the case for long.

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Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:20 pm
 

Bryce Cottrell flips to Texas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a bit of advice for college coaches across the country: if a player has given you his commitment already, do everything in your power to keep that recruit from visiting Texas the weekend before signing day.

Defensive end Bryce Cottrell of Texas' Plano West announced that he'd switched his commitment from Oregon to Texas on Monday night.

“I’m committed to Texas,” Cottrell told the Austin American Statesman. “Texas fit me and my family.”

Cottrell becomes the third player to visit Texas over the weekend that decided to flip his commitment, joining athlete Daje Johnson (previously committed to TCU) and linebacker Dalton Santos (was committed to Tennessee). All of which means that Texas went three-for-three on its visits over the weekend, and if my math is correct, that's a 100% conversion rate.

Cottrell becomes the 27th member of Texas' class, and is the third defensive end to join the fray, along with Hassan Ridgeway and Caleb Bluiett
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Memphis CB Dawson picks Georgia over Ole Miss

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A long night for Ole Miss got even longer as the Rebels' Memphis target Sheldon Dawson committed to Georgia Monday instead.

A top athlete projected to play cornerback at the collegiate level, Dawson had long been committed to hometown Memphis but was expected to flip to either the Bulldogs or the nearby Rebels once he began receiving SEC offers. Dawson told Scout.com that he is "100 percent committed" to Georgia and will not consider a late switch to any other team.

"I am definitely signing with Georgia, and I feel relieved to end this process," Dawson said. In addition to the Bulldogs' and Rebels' offers, Dawson visited Cincinnati and claimed interest from Arkansas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

Maxpreps' Tom Lemming agrees with the consensus that Dawson -- a 5'11", 170-pound athlete from Memphis's Ridgeway High School that has also seen time at running back and wideout -- is "best suited" for cornerback:

Proves to be a flexible athlete with excellent speed, he can flip his hips and run vertically, can support the run, and is also an explosive punt returner.

Dawson is Georgia's 17th commitment for 2012, a class currently ranked 22nd in the Maxpreps team recruiting top 25. For Ole Miss, Dawson's decision was insult to the already sizable injury of seeing hometown quarterback Jeremy Liggins announce in downtown Oxford he would be signing with LSU instead.

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Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:45 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 1:01 pm
 

Dalton Santos switches to Texas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As we mentioned on Saturday when we told you about Daje Johnson committing to Texas this weekend, switching his commitment from TCU, he might not be the only recruit to have a change of heart in Austin this weekend. Turns out, he wasn't.

Linebacker Dalton Santos, who had originally committed to Tennessee, changed his commitment to Texas on Sunday--going from one UT to another.

"He committed to Texas this morning and he's fired up to be a Longhorn," Dalton's father, Albert Santos, told Orangebloods.com.

An Under Armour All-American, Santos is a 6-foot-3, 252 pound linebacker out of Van, Texas. He was considered one of the best linebacker prospects in the state of Texas this season. Tom Lemming of MaxPreps called Santos "one of the more physical defensive players in the state, he's very athletic with good tools, he will come right at you on every play, and never backs down."

Santos is the 26th member of Texas' 2012 class.
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:12 pm
 

Alabama adds two for 2013 at Junior Day

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Most schools are hoping for a big finish to their 2012 classes. But with Alabama's loaded current class already at a full 27 commitments and ranked No. 1 in the nation, the Tide have mostly moved their focus to 2013--and seeing that focus pay off with a rash of early commitments.

The Tide received three of them over the weekend at their annual Junior Day, including a pair Sunday in New Orleans wide receiver Raheem Falkins and Fultondale (Ala.) athlete ArDarius Stewart. Arkansas running back Altee Tenpenny committed to the Tide on Saturday. The commitments bring Alabama to a total of seven for their 2013 class already.

"I like their program, they've got a nice program,'' Falkins told the Times-Picayune. "Coach [Nick] Saban, he recruited me the hardest. He competed with other schools and showed the most interest.''

Both Falkins and Stewart project as two of the higher-ranked prospects at their positions for next year's class. The 6'4", 190-pound Falkins pulled in 53 passes for 989 yards as a junior and earned all-state honors. He claims early offers from Tennessee, Colorado and Illinois--though not home-state LSU, which still might complicate things for the Tide down the road.

Stewart was named Alabama's class 2A Back of the Year after piling up 50 total touchdowns and more than 3,400 yards of total offense in 2011.

Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Texas lands Daje Johnson

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas' 2012 recruiting class, which is already ranked as the second best in the country by MaxPreps, got a bit stronger on Saturday.

Four-star athlete Daje Johnson tweeted on Saturday that he had commited to the Longhorns while visiting the campus this weekend. The announcement makes Johnson the 25th commitment in Texas' class.

Johnson is an all-purpose player that can play either offense or defense for the Longhorns. During his senior year at Pflugerville Hendrickson, Johnson rushed for 2,075 yards and 23 touchdowns, caught another 6 touchdowns, and even returned 3 touchdowns on special teams.

Johnson had previously committed to play at TCU, but it seems his visit to Austin changed his mind.

Though signing day is on Wednesday, it's also possible that Johnson won't be the last commitment Texas lands before then. Linebacker Dalton Santos and defensive end Bryce Cottrell are also in Austin on a visit this weekend. Both players have already committed to Tennessee and Oregon respectively. 
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 25, 2012 4:00 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:03 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings



Posted by Bryan Fischer


We're a week away - if you can believe it - from the class of 2012 finally putting pen to paper and ending all of the drama surrounding their recruitment. There's still plenty of uncommitted players out there and lots of teams looking to move up in the class rankings. At the moment, it looks like Alabama has a stranglehold on the top spot but there's a small chance that another team could knock them out if a surprise or two ends up committing.

Below is an overview of the current Maxpreps top 25 class rankings,  from the Crimson Tide to the Cardinal, and a few notes on each.


MaxPreps Top 25 recruiting classes for 2012
School Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
27 DB Landon Collins
DB Geno Smith
ATH Eddie Williams
RB T.J. Yeldon
The Crimson Tide have already won a title in January and it's possible they'll get another come February 1st. This group has so many playmakers on both sides of the ball that several in this group will have to redshirt. Alabama is also in the running for several top commits so the rich might get even richer.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DT Malcom Brown
RB Johnathan Gray
WR Cayleb Jones
OL Curtis Riser
Just another ho-hum group of stars for the Longhorns. The class is highlighted by Gray, who set just about every record imaginable in high school and should be a factor early on in running the ball.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 LB Royce Jenkins-Stone
OL Kyle Kalis
OL Erik Magnuson
DB Terry Richardson
The Wolverines held the top spot in the class rankings for most of the year and still have a chance to finish there on Signing Day. This is a great group, especially on the o-line, that fills most of the team's depth needs and should make defensive coordinator Greg Mattison very happy.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Jonathan Bullard
OL Jessamen Dunker
OL D.J. Humphries
TE Kent Taylor
Will Muschamp has a chance to reload quickly with the current group of commits. He's got good depth coming in along both lines and is in the running for several elite players like Stefon Diggs, Nelson Agholor and Tracy Howard.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Bri'onte Dunn
DT Tommy Shutt
DE Noah Spence
DE Adolphus Washington
This class was dead in the water for most of the year but has quickly gone from so-so to top five nationally thanks to Urban Meyer. There's a few offensive contributors but the real star power in this group is along the front seven.
- Team page
- Commitment list
31 DB Deon Bush
DE Jelani Hamilton
RB Randy Johnson
DE Tyriq McCord
There's a ton of explosiveness in this class but there's also a few questionable players in this group in terms of talent level. After "Duke" Johnson's senior year, it looks like the Hurricanes are getting the two best players in the state in him and Hamilton.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 OL John Michael McGee
TE Taylor McNamara
WR Durron Neal
WR Derrick Woods
The offense reloads at receiver quite well and Neal has a chance to be a special playmaker with his talent. The offensive line also gets a nice boost with McGee and Ty Darlington in the interior.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Vadal Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis
LB Trey Granier
WR Avery Johnson
The Tigers are still in the running for some elite players when Signing Day rolls around but Les Miles has to be happy with the speed and athleticism the current class has. Johnson, if he sticks, could fill in quickly for the departed Rueben Randle.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 DE Chris Casher
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
DE Dante Fowler Jr.
QB Jameis Winston
 This might be the best collection of D-linemen in the country. Edwards is likely to end up in Tallahassee and it's almost unfair to pair him with guys like Casher and Fowler off the edge. If Winston arrives on campus, then this group has great potential down the road.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 QB Zach Kline
OL Freddie Tagaloa
DB Shaq Thompson
WR Bryce Treggs
This is a top 10 class for now. The emphasis is added because the departure of Tosh Lupoi to Washington has really thrown this group for a loop and caused several, such as Thompson, to look around before signing.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 QB Matt Davis
DB DeVante Harris
LB Jordan Richmond
RB Trey Williams
This was a top 10 class before Mike Sherman was fired and it looks like Kevin Sumlin will be able to keep the Aggies right around there. Davis and Williams are two dynamic players on offense and it's possible they'll be joined by former Texas commit, wide receiver Thomas Johnson too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 RB Mike Davis
DB Jordan Diggs
DB Chaz Elder
WR Shaq Roland
There's not the buzz with this group like there was last year grabbing #1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney. Still, they have two great pick ups in Davis and Roland on offense and several other pieces that should make this a top 8-12 class come February 2nd.  
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DB Travis Blanks
ATH Germone Hopper
QB Chad Kelly
DT Carlos Watkins
Another very good class for the Tigers, Blanks is versatile and might be the best cover guy in 2012. Kelly has a strong arm and should take over for Tajh Boyd when the time comes.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 QB Gunner Kiel
WR Deontay Greenberry
DB Tee Shepard
DB Elijah Shumate
Landing Kiel is a signature moment for Brian Kelly and gives the Irish their quarterback of the future. The Cali Kids, Greenberry and Shepard, will play right away.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 RB J.C. Coleman
RB Drew Harris
DE Jarontay Jones
DB Donaldven Manning
 Jones is a big time DE but the there's plenty of players who will re-stock the wide receiver and defensive back positions. Coleman and Harris are going to be a very good 1-2 punch in the back field very soon.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DB T.J. Davis
TE Darrion Hutcherson
RB Jovon Robinson
WR JaQuay Williams
Coordinator changes hurt this group, especially in terms of depth, but there are quality ball players from top to bottom. It wouldn't be surprising if Hutcherson and Williams leave a mark as freshmen.
- Team page
- Commitment list
12 WR Darreus Rogers
LB Jabari Ruffin
OL Jordan Simmons
OL Max Tuerk
This is the first class truly limited by NCAA sanctions but that doesn't mean Lane Kiffin hasn't been able to pull in some great players. The Trojans are also in the running for elite, top 20 players on Signing Day too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 RB Todd Gurley
DL Jordan Jenkins
RB Keith Marshall
OL John Theus
It's not a 'Dream Team' like last year but there's several players like Gurley and/or Marshall who will play early on. They have to land their remaining targets, such as lineman Avery Young, to go from solid to a great class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB Devante Bourque
WR Jason Croom
DB LaDarrell McNeil
TE Justin Meredith
With mass staff changes and a down year, the Vols haven't gotten the elite player or two that everybody is used to seeing. Croom and Meredith are excellent weapons on offense though but there's a chance they could lose one of their top defenders on Signing Day too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DE Eli Harold
LB Kwontie Moore
DE Michael Moore
DE Courtnye Wynn
Kwontie Moore is an impressive linebacker who can hit like Ray Lewis and run like a safety. The defensive linemen in this class should have plenty guys who see early playing time.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 DE DeForest Buckner
RB Byron Marshall
QB Jake Rodrigues
WR Dwayne Stanford
Chip Kelly's flirtation with the NFL has thrown some for a loop but it looks like the Pac-12 champs will only add to a very good 2012 class. Marshall and Rodrigues are perfect fits on offense
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Cordale Boyd
OL Jeremy Ward
RB Jonathan Williams
This isn't a great recruiting class for the Hogs but it could be if Dorial Green-Beckham signs, as many expect. Williams has injury concerns but might be the sleeper running back in the class of 2012.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB Brandon Banks
RB Brian Kimbrow
QB Patton Robinette
Kimbrow and Robinette appear to be the future of the Commodores offense and that's a great start for a group that might end up as good or better as their counterparts in the state.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Devonte Fields
ATH Daje Johnson
QB Tyler Matthews
Very few teams in the country are bringing in as fast, collectively, a group as the Horned Frogs are. Johnson is a special talent and Matthews can take his time to develop into a nice signal-caller.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 OL Nick Davidson
LB Noor Davis
RB Barry Sanders
DT Jordan Watkins
It's not often you find the Cardinal in the top 25 in recruiting but things are rolling on the Farm. This is linemen heavy and has several recruits who should see early playing time. Stanford is also in the mix for elite offensive linemen Josh Garnett and Andrus Peat.



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