Tag:Tom Lemming
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:06 am

UCLA flips one, adds another commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

UCLA took advantage of a shifting recruiting landscape on the West Coast by grabbing two commitments Sunday from Mission Viejo (Calif.) offensive lineman Colby Cyburt and Murrieta (Calif.) linebacker/defensive end Jeremy Castro.

"I committed to UCLA this weekend," Castro told Scout. "I mean, with the new coaching staff, the great academics and that its closer to home, it's perfect."

Cyburt held offers from schools such as Arizona, Colorado and Utah and joins a Bruins position group that badly needs reinforcements. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Castro was previously committed to both Washington and Oregon before coming around to UCLA and says he's firmly committed just a week and a half before Signing Day.

"I feel comfortable at UCLA and that's the place for me," he said. "I'm done."

The pair bumps the Bruins' class of 2012 up to 26 commitments with Cyburt becoming the fifth offensive line pledge and Castro joining four other members of the front seven.

"He bends well off the edge, is excellent in pursuit, and shows very good closing speed," analyst Tom Lemming said of Castro. "The scouts love his motor and his potential. He uses his hands well and plays an aggressive brand of football. Has the frame to weigh 270 pounds in college and proves to be a natural athlete with long arms, quick feet, and a very good straight line speed."
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:58 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 2:04 pm

Curt Warner's son, two others commit to Penn St.

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was a somber Sunday in Happy Valley with the passing of legendary head coach Joe Paterno but Penn State fans did receive some uplifting news when word surfaced that Camas (Wash.) wide receiver Jonathan Warner and Baltimore (Md.) teammates Trevor Williams and Da'Quan Davis all committed to the Nittany Lions.

"I just talked to Coach (Bill) O'Brien over the phone, he was getting ready for his game against the Ravens, I sat down with my family and the rest of the coaching staff and we talked to him over the speaker phone," Davis told Lions247. "We basically just got it done. He said he was happy to have me."

Davis, a defensive back, and Williams, a wide receiver, are both former West Virginia pledges who recently re-opened their recruitment and just picked up offers from the new staff. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Warner, who is the son of famed Penn State running back Curt Warner, didn't hold any other offers but the wide out had also recently picked up one from the Nittany Lions and wasted no time in committing after a visit to the program his family name has been associated with for a long time.

"I just officially committed!" an excited Warner told the site.

The trio gives Penn State 17 commitments for the class of 2012 with just over a week left until Signing Day. Davis is one of the top corners in the Northeast and provides a nice boost to O'Brien's recruiting efforts.

"He shows good quickness and overall athletic ability to go with good technique and big-time instincts," analyst Tom Lemming said of Davis. "Physical in coverage, he's exceptional in man to man defense, he can accelerate quickly to full speed, and has a smooth backpedal. Known for his ability to lock down the opposing team's top receiver, he put together an outstanding junior campaign."

Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:36 am

Caleb Stacey stays closer to home, commits to UC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There are plenty of factors that go into a recruit making a commitment and distance from home is almost always near the top of the list. Cincinnati (Ohio) offensive lineman Caleb Stacey kept thinking about that in the months since pledging to Michigan, enough that he flipped to nearby Cincinnati on Saturday.

"Before it gets out from anyone but me I have decided to decommit from Michigan to stay home and play ball at the University of Cincinnati," Stacey tweeted.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder will likely wind up at guard in college and was lightly recruited after committing to the Wolverines in March.

"Very athletic for a 285 pounder, he has a great work ethic," analyst Tom Lemming said of Stacey. "He's as intense as they come, shows the ability to slide outside to cut off edge rushers, and dominates as a run blocker. Not super strong but very intense and tough."

Stacey becomes the 32 commitment in Cincinnati's class of 2012. His high school career isn't quite done yet as he will play in the International Bowl on CBS Sports Network, which takes place on Signing Day this year.
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:14 am

Lohn latest to join Stanford's growing class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stanford has been on one of the most successful runs in school history over the past few years and hopes the class of 2012 is able to help things continue. Kansas City (Mo.) defensive tackle Nathaniel Lohn is the latest to join the Cardinal's recruiting class, committing to the program on Friday.

"I just committed to Stanford University," Lohn told 247sports.com. "I talked to Coach (David) Shaw, and he said, 'I'm very excited to have you on our team.'"

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound interior presence picked Stanford over Iowa and Kansas State.

"Tough, aggressive, and instinctive, he shows the ability to be productive on running and passing plays," analyst Tom Lemming said of Lohn. "He normally beats the offensive tackle to the punch, can bend off the edge, and shows a decent closing speed."

Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:26 pm

Meyer flips another in LB Camren Williams

Posted by Bryan Fischer

He did it again.

Urban Meyer flipped yet another recruit Friday afternoon, getting West Roxbury (Mass.) linebacker Camren Williams to switch his commitment from Penn State to Ohio State.

"It's official, I'm a Buckeye! #GoBucks #BuckeyeNation," Williams tweeted.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Williams is one of the top recruits in the Northeast and had been committed to the Nittany Lions since March. He recently started taking visits ever since the Jerry Sandusky scandal hit the school and recently tripped to Columbus with teammate and Penn State commitment Armani Reeves - who could also end up a Buckeye before Signing Day.

"His film shows a defender who stays low, runs well, and is relentless in pursuit," analyst Tom Lemming said of Williams. "Powerfully built, he's a consistent and strong tackler. Known for his ability to deliver the big hit, he can make plays from sideline to sideline. Very fluid in his movement, he does a great job of avoiding blocks and finding the ball."

Williams had 119 tackles last season as a senior and becomes the 23rd commitment for Ohio State's class of 2012. Maxpreps ranks the three-star prospect as the eighth-best inside linebacker in the class.
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:15 pm

Ricardo Louis stays in-state and commits to FSU

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The lead up to Signing Day is usually the most hectic time of the recruiting "season," with kids taking late official visits and coaches doing their best to flip them from one school to theirs with an in-home visit. Case in point is Miami Beach (Fla.) wide receiver Ricardo Louis, who took a late visit to Florida State and wound up changing his commitment from Auburn because of it Friday morning.

"FSU likes to spread the ball around a lot so that is what I liked a lot," Louis told Warchant.com. "They also give all their receivers a chance to play or make plays, so that's one of the main reasons I picked them. FSU also never stopped recruiting me even when I was committed to Auburn. So I knew how much they wanted me."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver was committed to Auburn since late May and also held scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. One of the big reasons he flipped from the Tigers to the Seminoles was the relationship he had developed with assistant Dameyune Craig.

"Coach Craig was always the main one that stayed in touch with me even when I committed to Auburn as I said before," Louis said. "I liked how straight forward he was about FSU. After I sat down with my family and discussed my decision, we all thought FSU was the best choice for me, plus I could stay close to home."

Louis becomes Florida State's 16th commitment for the class of 2012 and the second wide out in the group. He is ranked as a top receiver and athlete by Maxpreps and gives the Seminoles a big time threat on offense.

"Has the frame to weight 220, shows good hands and strong running ability at the WR position," analyst Tom Lemming said.

Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:45 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 6:49 pm

Urban Meyer off and running in 2013 with Burrows

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Given the fact that Urban Meyer spotted programs around the country a few months and still delievered what will likely be a top five recruiting recruiting class in 2012, it's somewhat scary to think what he'll do in 2013. The master recruiter got a off to a great start on Thursday, as one of the top players in the Midwest, Trotwood (Ohio) defensive back Cameron Burrows committed to Ohio State.

"(The hiring of Meyer) helped a lot," Burrows told BuckeyeGrove.com. "Urban is a great man and a great coach."

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Burrows can play multiple positions and picked the Buckeyes over finalists Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Stanford and Wisconsin. Although it's rare for players who are juniors to make commitments this early, the top defensive back wanted to end the process to avoid distractions as recruiting typically picks up after Signing Day.

"I wanted to get it over with before my senior season so I could just focus on the season," Burrows said. "I didn't want to have to worry about recruiting and coaches talking to me and everything. I wanted to focus on my team and on school."

Burrows is not only the Buckeyes' first 2013 commitment but a big recruit to build around. He is a Maxpreps Top Junior and racked up 46 tackles and four interceptions while leading his team to a state title in 2011. He added touchdowns on each side of the ball last season and was an impact player patrolling the secondary for Trootwood-Madison.

"He definitely has what it takes to become an All-American in the class of 2013," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Powerful with great coverage skills, he fills gaps and can turn and run with the best of them. He's active, athletic, and as intense as they come. He needs to get stronger but the rest of his game is already there. He plays big in big games, impresses you with the way he can quickly close on the ball, and has a strong work ethic and leadership skills."

Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:14 pm

Reshawn Hooker commits to Utah

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Utah's move to a BCS conference has brought with it better and better recruits and head coach Kyle Whittingham picked up another good one in Fontana (Calif.) linebacker Reshawn Hooker, who committed to the Utes following a visit last weekend.

"My family decided that it was the best place that I could fit in as far as football schematically," Hooker told InsidetheUtes.com. I think I'll fit in real good with their scheme and what they want to do."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound outside backer also held offers from Arizona, Boise State, Oregon State and others. The recent visit to Salt Lake City seemed and the chance to see all that the program offered seemed to be just what Hooker needed to feel comfortable enough to commit.

"The education side of it things is academically sound and that is important," he said. "It's not too far from home. It's far enough but not too far."

Utah is close to a full class with Hooker's commitment, the 23rd for the class of 2012. He racked up eight sacks and picked off two passes last season as a senior.

"He shows good quickness, balance, and a nose for the ball," analyst Tom Lemming said. "A sure tackler who rarely misses, he's great at diagnosing plays, shows good ball skills, and makes plays in coverage. Needs to add weight and strength but the athletic ability is certainly there."

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