Tag:Zach Kline
Posted on: April 1, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 5:06 pm
 

March Pac-12 Early Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the first day in April but also the final week in March and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments in the Pac-12, where it's no surprise that uber-recruiter Lane Kiffin leads the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Arizona (0)

Arizona State (1)

Wide receiver Kenny Lawler (Upland, Calif.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member

California (1)

Quarterback Zach Kline (Danville, Calif.)

Colorado (3)

Running back Benjamin Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Defensive tackle Tyler Henington (Denver, Col.)
Defensive end Clay Norgard (Highlands Ranch, Col.)

Oregon (0)

Oregon State (0)

Stanford (1)

Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member

UCLA (0)

USC (5)

Defensive tackle Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Athlete Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.), MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List member
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif.)
Lineabcker Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.)

Utah (0)

Washington State (1)

Wide receiver Dalen Jones (Woodland, Calif.)

Washington (2)

Wide receiver Braden Bishop (Mountain View, Calif.)
Running back Tairen Owens (Pasadena, Calif.)

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

Posted on: March 29, 2011 12:35 pm
 

2012 Quarterbacks to Keep an Eye On

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel is the top quarterback in the nation according to CBSSports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other quarterbacks - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Kiel off the top spot and become the top quarterback for the class of 2012.

Connor Brewer (Chaparral High, Scottsdale, Ariz.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 190 pounds 
Committed to Texas

What's to like: Brewer is an accurate downfield passer and works the middle of the field very well for a quarterback his age. He's mobile and though he's not the fastest player under center, he can escape out of the pocket and pick up a first down fairly easy. Brewer has a nice feel of the pocket but it is his quick release might be one of the best things about the Arizona signal caller.

Needs to work on: Playing mostly in the shotgun in a spread-based offense, Brewer needs to work on improving his footwork this summer and fall. After taking a snap, he sometimes becomes a bit lazy and that's when he becomes a bit heavy footed. He's not too balanced when he gets out of the pocket and throws on the run either but he's still maintains his accuracy.



Shane Dillon (Christian High, El Cajon, Calif.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 190 pounds 
Offers from Cincinnati and Ohio State.

What's to like: Dillon is your prototypical pro-style quarterback. He's got pretty quick feet for someone who's 6-foot-5 and is working on refining his mechanics with noted quarterback coach George Whitfield. He's accurate down the field and can throw the ball anywhere but also adds touch with each pass. Unlike many quarterbacks coming out of high school, he plays a lot under center which should be a big plus to several programs.

Needs to work on: He needs to add some weight to his slender frame but that's not as big of an issue at the high school level as it will be in college. He's got a decent arm but needs to work on getting his whole body behind a throw. He could also stand to shorten his throwing motion up a bit and aim for a quicker release. A bit raw at the moment, he needs some refining here and there to make a run at the top spot.



Zach Kline (San Ramon Valley High, Danville, Calf.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 195 pounds 
Committed to California.

What's to like: Kline is probably the top quarterback on the West Coast and the only thing that keeps him from being considered an elite prospect is his height. He has a cannon on his right shoulder and is very accurate on most routes. Surprisingly mobile, Kline can take off down the sideline and keep the chains moving when he wants to but has good pocket presence and isn't rattled if defenders start to close in. Kline also has pretty good touch on the deep ball.

Needs to work on: He has a fairly quick release but still has a bit of a wind-up or hitch in his delivery. At times he will not have his feet underneath him when he throws in the pocket so becoming more compact after dropping back is a minor thing he can work on. He also hasn't met a window too small for him to throw through.



Cyler Miles (Mullen High, Denver, Col.) 
Height: 6-foot-4 
Weight: 220 pounds 
Offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Notre Dame, Pitt, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington.

What's to like: Miles is another impressive quarterback west of the Mississippi with a big arm. Surprisingly mobile for someone his size, he can run the option and get to the edge with his speed. He can make any throw on the field and can seriously wing it down the field. Miles' best trait may be keeping his eyes down the field and withstanding pressure in the pocket before unloading for a big play. Accurate and confident in the pocket, he could be a better version of 2011 Florida commit Jeff Driskel.

Needs to work on: The one pass where he could practice some more is the out route. Though he has a cannon and can throw a bullet 40 or 50 yards down the field, he doesn't seem to be as accurate or throw the ball as hard when he tosses the out route.There's a lot to like about Miles but some work on a few minor things should vault him higher in everybody's book.

Zeke Pike (Dixie Heights High, Fort Mitchell, Kent.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 225 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Louisville, Kentucky, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC and Virginia among others.

What's to like: Pike is one of the biggest quarterbacks in the class and it's hard not to draw at least a little comparison to former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen when you see Pike dwarf some of his teammates on film. He's a load coming downhill and almost looks like Tim Tebow with the way he carries the ball. Pike keeps the play alive a lot with his legs but is constantly keeping his eyes up so it's not an automatic run if he starts to scramble.

Needs to work on: Pike is still quite raw as a quarterback but there is a lot of underlying talent to work with. He might not have the strongest arm but he gets the ball where it needs to go. His mechanics are not great and he needs to make his delivery much more compact and quicken his release. At this point, it's hard to imagine him playing in anything but a shotgun-based spread offense.



Posted on: March 6, 2011 12:10 am
Edited on: March 6, 2011 12:11 am
 

Cal adds top in-state athlete Thompson

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of the top players in the state of California has decided to stay close to home. Sacramento (Calif.) defensive back/running back Shaq Thompson ended the recruiting process early by committing to Cal on Saturday night.

"I did, I did," Thompson told BearTerritory.com. "Meeting all of my future teammates, just spending time, me and them, they're good. They're great. I felt comfortable with everybody there, including the coaches."

Thompson attended Cal's Junior Day, which included taking in the Golden Bears' 74-55 win over arch rival Stanford.

"They had real good food," he said. "But really, it was just meeting everybody and my future teammates. It was just a good day."

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound athlete rushed for 1,882 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior at powerhouse Grant High. He also had 54 tackles and one interception as a defensive back, which is likely where he ends up playing in college. 

Thompson is also the younger brother of former Cal defensive back and current Denver Bronco Syd'Quan Thompson. He held numerous scholarship offers, including ones from Auburn, Oregon, UCLA, USC and UNLV.

The MaxPreps 2012 Top 100 Watch List member follows in the footsteps of teammates Viliami Moala and Puka Lopa, who signed with the Bears' class of 2011. Thompson is Cal's second commit for the class of 2012, joining Danville (Calif.) quarterback Zach Kline.

 
 
 
 
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