Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:28 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
South Florida head coach Skip Holtz has done well on the recruiting trail in Florida and may bring his best class in with the Bulls' 2012 group. The young coach grabbed one of his biggest recruiting coups on Tuesday, flipping Florida State commitment James Hamilton to USF.
“Me and my family sat down and talked about it and it seemed like the right thing for me and my family,” Hamilton told the Orlando Sentinel. “Playing time played a role in my decision a little bit but the major role was staying close to home so I can be close to my mom and lil sis.”
The 6-foot-3, 340-pound Orlando (Fla.) defensive tackle committed to the Seminoles in June over offers from Clemson, Michigan State, Texas A&M and others.
“The coaching staff is great, the campus is amazing and the faculties were amazing too and it just seemed like the right place for me,” he said.
Hamilton is the 12th commitment for USF's class of 2012. His cousin Corian Hamilton is a freshman linebacker.
"He's a big body with quick feet and always seems to be able to get the job done," analyst Tom Lemming said of James. "Not fancy but effective. He already has NFL size, sustains his blocks well, can anchor and effectively pull and trap. He needs to watch his weight but certainly shows the quickness and overall athletic ability to excel at the next level."
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:24 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's the halfway point in the college football season and as part of our midseason look at the sport on CBSSports.com, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the ACC.
Boston College (14)
Offensive lineman Jim Cashman (Haddonfield, N.J.)
Athlete Dan Crimmins (Demarest, N.J.)
Linebacker Steven Daniels (Worcester, Mass.)
Tight end Sam Grant (North Royalton, Ohio)
Defensive back Donovan Henry (West Rosbury, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Wide receiver Harrison Jackson (Purcellville, Va.)
Linebacker Tim Joy (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Running back Akeel Lynch (Athol Springs, N.Y.)
Defensive end Malachi Moore (Sparta, N.J.)
Defensive back Justin Simmons (Stuart, Fla.)
Linebacker Mike Strizak (Ramsey, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Frank Taylor (Warminster, Pa.)
Wide receiver Joel Zoungrana (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Defensive lineman Martin Aiken (Bamberg, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Isaiah Battle (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive back Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Zac Brooks (Jonesboro, Ark.)
Linebacker T.J. Burrell (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Kevin Dodd (Chatham, Va.)
Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan (Fairfax, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Oliver Jones (Ninety Six, S.C.)
Quarterback Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Javarius Leamon (Woodruff, S.C.)
Athlete Jay Jay McCullough (Fort Mill, S.C.)
Kicker Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.)
Defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (Aiken, S.C.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C.)
Athlete Marty Williams (North Augusta, S.C.)
Tight end Daniel Beilinson (Cary, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Casey Blaser (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Kicker Ross Martin (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Wide receiver Anthony Nash (West Chester, Pa.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Quarterback Thomas Sirk (Glen St. Mary, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tanner Stone (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive back Michael Westray (Waldorf, Md.)
Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)
Defensive end A.J. Wolfe (Tarrytown, N.Y.)
Defensive end Carlos Wray (Shelby, N.C.)
Florida State (16)
Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Punter Cason Beatty (Charlotte, N.C.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.)
Wide receiver Marvin Bracy (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Offensive lineman James Hamilton (Orlando, Fla.)
Tight end Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif.)
Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)
Quarterback Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Georgia Tech (11)
Offensive lineman Will Adams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Marcus Allen (Hilliard, Fla.)
Athlete Dennis Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive end Roderick Chungong (Olney, Md.)
Athlete Antonio Crawford (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Pat Gamble (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)
Defensive end Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Linebacker Tyler Stargel (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Athlete Michael Summers (Statesboro, Ga.)
Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (Willingboro, N.J.)
Defensive back Sean Davis (Washington, D.C.)
Linebacker Brock Dean (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end P.J. Gallo (Holland, Pa.)
Defensive back Alvin Hill (Locust Grove, Ga.)
Quarterback Perry Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Linebacker Stefan Houston (Clarksburg, Md.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Anthony Nixon (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Shawn Petty (Greenbelt, Md.)
Athlete Joe Riddle (Frederick, Md.)
Quarterback Caleb Rowe (Greer, S.C.)
Linebacker Avery Thompson (Chesapeake, Va.)
Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker James Burgess Jr. (Homestead, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Defensive back Vernon Davis (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Preston Dewey (Austin, Texas)
Defensive back Nate Dortch (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Taylor Gadbois (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive end Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive end Dwayne Hoilett (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Athlete Brandon Holifield (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Larry Hope (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver D'Mauri Jones (Leesburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Earl Moore (Tampa, Fla.)
Linebacker Reggie Northrup (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Jake O'Donnell (Doylestown, Pa.)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Herb Waters (Homestead, Fla.)
Linebacker Josh Witt (Weston, Fla.)
North Carolina (15)
Athlete Kedrick Davis (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman John Ferranto (Burlington, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Jon Heck (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive back Tyreece Jiles (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Bryce Kennedy (Southern Pines, N.C.)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.)
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Defensive end Jessie Rogers (Arlington, Texas)
Linebacker Christian Russell (Chatham, Va.)
Athlete Damien Washington (Kannapolis, N.C.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)
N.C. State (13)
Defensive tackle Deylan Buntyn (Roswell, N.M.)
Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Terry Davis (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Eddie Gordon (Boilling Springs, S.C.)
Wide receiver Xavier Griffin (Newark, Del.)
Tight end David Grinnage (Newark, Del.)
Wide receiver Charlie Hegedus (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle K'Hardree Hooker (Deep Run, N.C.)
Defensive back Majid Salahuddin (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Quarterback Manny Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.)
Quarterback James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)
Defensive end Joe Wright (Greenville, N.C.)
Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jamall Brown (Hampton, Va.)
Athlete Maurice Canady (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Tyrell Chavis (Richmond, Va.)
Wide receiver Anthony Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Tight end Kyle Dockins (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)
Wide receiver Adrian Gamble (Fork Union, Va.)
Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Defensive end Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Quarterback Matt Johns (Warrington, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Sean Karl (Manorville, N.Y.)
Quarterback Greyson Lambert (Jesup, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Andre Miles-Redmond (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Michael Mooney (Malvern, Pa.)
Defensive back C.J. Moore (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Michael Moore (Hyattsville, Md.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Running back Kyle Morgan (Somerset, N.J.)
Wide receiver Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Kelvin Rainey (Houston, Texas)
Athlete Canaan Severin (Worcester, Mass.)
Athlete Max Valles (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Courtnye Wynn (Norfolk, Va.)
Virginia Tech (27)
Defensive end Woody Baron (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jawand Blue (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Linebacker Deon Clarke (Chesterfield, Va.)
Running back J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va.)
Offensive lineman Augie Conte (Powhatan, Va.)
Defensive end Seth Dooley (Salem, Va.)
Linebacker Trey Edmunds (Ringgold, Va.)
Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Tight end Chris Hall (Fork Union, Va.)
Running back Drew Harris (Exton, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mark Irick (St. Matthews, S.C.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive end Jarontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Wide receiver Robert Lockhart (Fork Union, Va.)
Running back Chris Mangus (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Athlete Brenden Motley (Christianburg, Va.)
Defensive back Donovan Riley (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive tackle Alston Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Wide receiver Thomas Smith (Williamsburg, Va.)
Offensive lineman Adam Taraschke (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)
Linebacker Devin Vandyke (Lorton, Va.)
Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Nigel Williams (Richmond, Va.)
Wake Forest (12)
Defensive end Josh Banks (Apex, N.C.)
Wide receiver Jared Crump (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Tight end Zach Gordon (Carrollton, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Ty Haworth (Kingsport, Tenn.)
Athlete Ryan Janvion (Hialeah, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Seffner, Fla.)
Tight end Anthony Rook (Greenville, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Will Smith (Christchurch, Va.)
Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)
Defensive back LaRonji Vason (Prattville, Ala.)
Running back Joshua Wilhite (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Jonathan Williams (Atlanta, Ga.)
Tags: A.J. Leggett, A.J. Wolfe, ACC, ACC Commit List, Adam Taraschke, Adrian Gamble, Akeel Lynch, Allen Jackson, Alphonse Taylor, Alston Smith, Alvin Hill, Amba Etta-Tawo, Andre Miles-Redmond, Angelo Jean-Louis, Angelo Jean-Louis, Anthony Cooper, Anthony Nash, Anthony Nixon, Anthony Rook, Antonio Crawford, Augie Conte, Avery Thompson, Boston College, Bradley Pinion, Brandon Holifield, Brenden Motley, Brock Dean, Bryce Kennedy, C.J. Moore, Caleb Rowe, Canaan Severin, Carlos Watkins, Carlos Wray, Casey Blaser, Cason Beatty, Chad Kelly, Charlie Hegedus, Chase Roberts, Chris Casher, Chris Hall, Chris Mangus, Christian Russell, Christo Kourtzidis, Clemson, Cordrea Tankersley, Courtneye Wynn, D'Mauri Jones, Dahman McKinnon, Dakota Jackson, Dalvon Stuckey, Damien Washington, Dan Crimmins, Dan Mastromatteo, Daniel Beilinson, Dante Fowler Jr., David Grinnage, David Thompson, Davion Tookes, Deion Williams, Demeitre Brim, Dennis Andrews, Deon Clarke, Der'Woun Greene, Desmond Frye, Devin Vandyke, Deylan Buntyn, Donaldven Manning, Donovan Henry, Donovan Riley, Drew Harris, Duke, Duke Johnson, Dwayne Hoilett, Dwayne Norman, Earl Moore, Eddie Gordon, Eli Harold, Ereck Flowers, Ereck Flowers, Erich Schneider, Florida State, Francis, Frank Taylor, Georgia Tech, Germone Hopper, Gray Crow, Greyson Lambert, Harrison Jackson, Herb Waters, Isaiah Battle, J.C. Coleman, J.J. Patterson, Jack Willenbrock, Jake O'Donnell, Jamall Brown, Jameis Winston, James Burgess Jr., James Hamilton, James Summers, Jared Crump, Jarontay Jones, Javarius Leamon, Jawand Blue, jay Guillermo, Jay Jay McCullough, Jelani Hamilton, Jessie Rogers, Jim Cashman, Joe Riddle, Joe Wright, Joel Suggs, Joel Zoungrana, Jonathan Williams, Jontavious Carter, Josh Banks, Josh Seeoms, Josh Witt, Joshua Wilhite Commitment List, Junior Gnonkonde, Justin Meredith, Justin Meredith, Justin Shanks, Justin Simmons, K'Hardree Hooker, Kallon, Kedrick Davis, Keith Brown, Kelvin Rainey, Kevin Dodd, Kwontie Moore, Kyle Dockins, Kyle Morgan, LaRonji Vason, Larry Hope, Majid Salahuddin, Malachi Moore, Malcolm Culmer, Malcolm Culmer, Manny Stocker, Marcus Allen, Mario Edwards Jr., Mario Nixon, Mario Pender, Mark Hall, Mark Irick, Martin Aiken, Marty Williams, Marvin Bracy, Maryland, Matt Johns, Maurice Canady, Max McCaffrey, Max Valles, Miami, Michael Mooney, Michael Moore, Michael Westray, Midseason Commitment List, Mike Madaras, Mike Strizak, Mmichael Summers, N.C. State, Nate Dortch, Nick Brigham, Nigel Williams, Niles Clark, North Carolina, Oliver Jones, P.J. Gallo, P.J. Williams, Pat Gamble, Patrick Destefano, Patton Robinette, Perry Hills, Phillip Williamson, Phillip Williamson, Preston Dewey, Raphael Kirby, Raphael Kirby, Reggie Northrup, Robert Lockhart, Roberto Aguayo, Roderick Chungong, Roman Braglio, Ronald Geohaghan, Ross Martin, Ryan Doull, Ryan Janvion, Sam Grant, Sean Davis, Sean Karl, Sean Maguire, Sean Maguire, Seth Dooley, Shakeel Rashad, Shaquille Lawson, Shawn Petty, Shledon Lewison, Stefan Houston, Steven Daniels, T.J. Burrell, Tanner Stone, Taylor Gadbois, Terrance Knox, Terrance Knox, Terry Davis, Thomas Sirk, Thomas Smith, Tim Joy, Travis Blanks, Trent Taylor, Trey Edmunds, Ty Haworth, Tyler Stargel, Tyreece Jiles, Tyrell Chavis, Ukeme Eligwe, Ukeme Eligwe, Vernon Davis, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Wilfred Wahee, Will Adams, Will Smith, Win Homer, Woody Baron, Xavier Griffin, Zac Brooks, Zach Gordon
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:01 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Plenty went on over the weekend in the recruiting world it's time to get caught up and figure out what it all means.
The big news was five-star tackle Arik Armstead had decommitted from USC. Perhaps one of the few recruits who you figured would follow through on his verbal pledge because his brother was a senior defensive lineman at the school, Armstead surprised many observers by announcing that he was exploring other options. His brother, Armond, was expected to play significantly at defensive end and tackle for the Trojans but has been withheld from competition after a medical scare sent him to the hospital in March. No reason was given by USC coaches and Armond has apparently passed all tests.
"Obviously, [Arik] was disappointed with the way things were handled between the school and our family the last six months," said his father, Guss Armstead, in a statement.
The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Arik is also a standout basketball player, adding a layer to his recruitment. He is still considering USC for both sports but it appears he'll be taking other visits and listening closer to what other coaches have to say. He'll be in South Bend for an official visit to see Notre Dame play USC this week and will take one to Alabama for their big showdown against LSU.
"It weighs on me a little bit, and I know I have a tough decision coming ahead, but I'm looking forward to it," Arik told USCFootball.com. "Going through the recruiting process, this will definitely change a lot for me. But I'm eager to see what new schools and other options I'll have after making this decision [to de-commit]."
As soon as he opened his recruitment up, Armstead picked up offers from Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon. It sounds as though they might be too late and the big tackle's recruitment will come down to the schools he was considering before pledging to the Trojans: Cal, Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame and Arkansas.
It will be tough to read how the rest of his recruitment will shake out simply because he's been off the market for so long. The Trojans aren't a long shot to get his signature on Signing Day but they certainly are not the favorite given the history over the past few months. That's a big blow as Armstead was USC's big fish in a small recruiting class this year. Family is important so that might give Cal a leg up for Arik but don't sleep on Notre Dame.
Either way, plenty of time for Armstead to figure out things and he is someone to keep tabs on.
Oregon hosts five-star talent and leave impression
While USC lost a five-star, Oregon is doing their best to land a few. They hosted a number of quality recruits for their game against Arizona State and managed to land two of them. The two the Ducks are really hoping to get a commitment out of however are Sacramento (Calif.) safety Shaq Thompson and Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy.
Oregon hasn't seen their recruting reflect their status as a top 10 team and BCS bowl participant, showing modest improvement over the past few years but still behind other schools in the Pac-12. It's been a great year for West Coast talent however and it looks like they could capitalize with a few of the upper tier prospects.
"The crowd was amazing," Thompson told 247Sports. "It was probably the best part for me. They just stay crazy the whole game. I've never heard anything like it and I've been in a lot of different environments. You can tell the whole community rallies around the team, which is cool because that's how it is in Del Paso Heights (his neighborhood)."
A longtime Cal commit, Thompson opened things back up and has started to show considerable interest in Oregon and Washington, to the point that it appears to be a three-way race. His brother was a Bear and he's made good connections to the staff in Berkeley but the other two Pac-12 programs have come after him hard. Adept at playing either running back or safety at the next level, most schools are recruiting the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder on the defensive side of the ball. Don't expect a decision you can count on until he puts pen to paper even if he verbally commits to a school.
For McCarthy, it was a busy week as he was presented with his Army All-American jersey Monday afternoon. Despite the festivities going on, he still had his trip to Eugene on his mind.
"They don't spare any expense on their players, on anything, for academics and athletics," he told Rivals. "They spend whatever money they need to for their players to get better and to be in better shape and to stay healthy."
It might be a stretch to say that Oregon is the leader for McCarthy, long thought to be considered a USC lean, but the Ducks are certainly high on the list. He'll take several other official visits, so look for a commitment afterward but before Signing Day.
Eye-popping numbers all over
It seemed like everywhere you looked a high school player was throwing or rushing or catching an insane amount of yards or touchdowns this week. Here's a sampling of the records that happened over the weekend.
- Orlando (Fla.) freshman quarterback Tucker Israel tied a national record with 10 touchdown passes in a 68-10 win last Friday. At 6-foot, 180-pounds, he's bound to have a college coach or 10 keep tabs on him in the future.
- Future 2013 five-star - and son of Florida legend Fred Taylor - Kelvin Taylor rushed for 426 yards in a win, setting a county record. He's being heavily recruited by Florida and Alabama right now but it would be shocking to see him get away from the Gators. As this story notes, he could break Emmitt Smith's state rushing record this season as a junior and is within straking distance of the all-time high school mark.
- Wide receiver Robbie Rhodes caught 10 passes for 394 yards and eight touchdowns to tie a national receiving record. Both the yards and touchdowns scored were state records.
- Number one overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham came close to matching Rhodes last week (354 yards, three touchdowns) but has a chance to set a national receiving record this week against Marshfield High. Here's some highlights of Green-Beckham's game from this week.
Video of the week
Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins committed to Clemson after his high school game and did so in a very unique manner.
Auburn commit Josh Holsey is planning visits to Florida State, LSU and maybe Georgia.
Offensive tackle Avery Young's first official visit will be to Auburn.
If recruits pick TCU, it might not be because of the Horned Frogs move to the Big 12.
Oklahoma State commit Zac Veatch is a versatile athlete.
Conference realignment concerns are clouding West Virginia's recruiting.
Tags: Alabama, Arik Armstead, Arizona State, Arkansas, Armond Armstead, Auburn, Avery Young, BCS, Big 12, Cal, Cal, Carlos Watkins, Clemson, Dorial Green-Beckham, Ellis McCarthy, Emmitt Smith, Florida, Florida State, Fred Taylor, Georgia, Guss Armstead, Josh Holsey, Kevin Taylor, LSU, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pac-12, Robbie Rhodes, Shaq Thompson, TCU, Texas, Tucker Israel, USC, Washington, West Virginia, Zac Veatch
Posted on: October 17, 2011 6:12 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Clemson is undefeated and in the top 10 with a good chance of capturing an ACC title this year thanks in large part to true freshman Sammy Watkins. While he's made an impact on the offensive side of the ball, head coach Dabo Swinney added another Watkins (no relation) who he hopes can make an impact early on the defensive side of the ball after Forest City (N.C.) defensive tackle Carlos Watkins committed to the Tigers Friday night.
"They treated me like family down there," Watkins told Tigerillustrated.com. "It's only an hour and a half away, so distance is a factor and I'm a family man. I also really like the season they are having."
Heavily recruited by Florida, the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder is ranked as the 19th-best defensive tackle in the country by MaxPreps. Although he took several trips to Gainesville to unofficially visit, Watkins knew he wanted to commit to Clemson well before this past week.
"I told coach Swinney (I would silently commit) at the Auburn game," he said. "It was just me and him talking and he didn't tell anyone else."
Watkins is the 19th commitment for the Tigers' class of 2012 and is part of a highly rated defensive line group that only gets better with his pledge.
"He shows quick hands and the ability to dominate against the run," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Not yet a great pass rusher but he more than makes up for it with his desire, strength, and ability to collapse the pocket. Quick and powerful off the snap, he shows good balance after initial contact, keeps his pads low, and is always moving forward."
Posted on: October 7, 2011 7:02 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:15 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Two of the top players in the country - well, the top two players according to Maxpreps - have been added to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster according to Rivals. Springfield (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and Columbus (Ind.) quarterbackand Indiana commit Gunner Kiel were both announced to be a part of the game Friday, giving the annual high school talent showcase two of the biggest stars in the country.
The game is Saturday January 7, 2012 and the full roster is below.
Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Anthony Alford (Petal, Miss.)
Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), Committed to USC
Alex Balducci (Portland, Ore.), Committed to Oregon
Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash.)
Brandon Beaver (Compton, Calif.)
Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.), Committed to Wisconsin
Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Committed to Clemson
Drae Bowles (Jackson, Tenn.), Committed to Tennessee
Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.), Committed to Miami
Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C.)
Deon Bush (Miami, Fla.)
Joel Caleb (Midlothian, Va.)
Leonte Carroo (Ramsey, N.J.), Committed to Rutgers
Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.), Committed to Stanford
Tim Cole (Brenham, Texas), Committed to Texas
Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Committed to Oklahoma
Toshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.), Committed to LSU
Nick Dawson (Charlotte, N.C.)
Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md.)
Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio), Committed to Wisconsin
Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash.)
Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Committed to Florida State
Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, N.J.)
Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo.)
Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Purdue
Darius Hamilton (Ramsey, N.J.)
Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.), Committed to Virginia
Josh Clemons (Valdosta, Ga.)
Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Clemson
Tracy Howard (Miramar, Fla.)
D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Florida
Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.), Committed to Michigan
Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Committed to Notre Dame
Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas), Committed to Texas
Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Committed to Michigan
Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii), Committed to Stanford
Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.), Committed to Indiana
Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.), Committed to Vanderbilt
Raphel Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Committed to Miami
Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Committed to Alabama
Javonte Magee (San Antonio, Texas)
Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calif.), Committed to Michigan
Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif.)
Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Committed to TCU
Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.)
Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla.)
John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas), Committed to Oklahoma
Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.), Committed to Arizona
LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas, Texas), Committed to Tennessee
Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo.), Committed to Washington
Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.), Committed to Virginia
Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.), Committed to Rutgers
Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif.)
Brian Nance (Euless, Texas)
Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Committed to Oklahoma
Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Committed to Florida State
Ethan Perry (Spring Branch, Texas), Committed to TCU
Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.), Committed to Florida
Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Committed to Auburn
Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.), Committed to Clemson
Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.), Committed to Michigan
Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas), Committed to TCU
Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas), Committed to Texas
Jovon Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), Committed to Auburn
James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Committed to Michigan
Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.), Committed to USC
KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash.)
Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas), Committed to Oklahoma State
Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Committed to Penn State
Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif.)
Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.), Committed to Florida State
Aziz Shittu (Atwater, Calif.)
Elijah Sumate (Ramsey, N.J.)
Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif.)
Geno Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Committed to Alabama
Dwayne Stanford (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Michael Starts (Waco, Texas), Committed to Texas Tech
Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes, Fla.)
John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.) Committed to Georgia
Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.)
Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Committed to USC
Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Committed to Wisconsin
Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn.), Committed to Pitt
Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.), Committed to Iowa
Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C.)
Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas), Committed to Texas Tech
Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif.)
Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J.)
T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.), Committed to Auburn
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Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:55 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
A.J. Williams is blocking in high school but will be catching passes at Michigan. Lineman Tristan Nickelson is high on the Wolverines.
Miami's highly touted 2008 recruiting class never met expectations.
Utah will have to deal with quarterback Keith Price this week, someone they once recruited before landing another QB.
The coach for defensive end Dalvin Thomlinson denied rumors about his top player and Alabama.
Top offensive tackle Jordan Diamond says Arkansas will receive an official visit after the season.
The Florida-Alabama game will be as big as it gets in recruiting.
Florida State commit Dante Fowler and his father spoke out about the former's indefinite suspension.
Georgia commit and five-star John Theus will visit Notre Dame on an official visit.
Clemson is one of the favorites for defensive lineman D.J. Reader.
Alton 'Pig' Howard has official visits set to Tennessee and Cincinnati.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:52 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
You win some, you lose some. The old saying certainly applies to the recruiting game and, in the case of Georgia, applied over the weekend. The Bulldogs lost one wide receiver commitment in Goose Creek (S.C.) 2013 wide receiver Tramel Terry and gained one in Lithonia (Ga.) wide out Blake Tibbs.
“Yeah, I pretty much rushed my decision,” Terry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I don’t want to be committed to Georgia unless I’m 100 percent in. I have other schools I’m looking at. Georgia is still on top of my list. I just feel like I wasn’t committed even when I was, so it was time to go ahead and do this.”The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Terry was one of three top 2013 prospects to commit at Georgia's summer camp in July. Though the school is still under consideration, in-state programs South Carolina and Clemson are coming on strong in the recruiting process.
“I feel the same way about Clemson as I do South Carolina," he said. "It’s out in the middle of nowhere but everybody treats each other like family there. It’s real cool.”
Tibbs' commitment softens the blow and fills a more immediate need since he's in the class of 2012. He held offers from North Carolina and Kentucky among others.
“I watched college football all day on Saturday, started thinking about recruiting, and UGA kept popping up in my head,” Tibbs told the AJC. “I was thinking about all the boys in my area that Georgia is recruiting … and that if we all go down to Georgia together, we can make an impact there.”The pair's decisions give Mark Richt 15 commitments for the class of 2012 and three in the class of 2013.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:45 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:50 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Miami commit Keith Brown could be the first big decommit and is favoring Clemson.
Florida State has the best recruiting class in the state of Florida.
- A breakdown of big offensive lineman Andrus Peat's options.
Nevada is looking to reach in to Texas for some players this year.
Texas could be looking at taking two quarterbacks in the 2012 class.
Defensive end Jordan Jenkins could be close to a decision and will pick either Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Auburn or Tennessee.