Tag:Elite 11
Posted on: March 13, 2011 7:06 am

Elite 11/Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

TAMPA, Fla. - To play against a team of all-stars, bringing your “A game” is a must. Sometimes, even an “A+ game” isn’t enough.

Such was the case at the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament Saturday night. Despite several terrific - some would even say ridiculous - catches by Citra (Fla.) tight end Sean Price, Team Showtime narrowly lost to all-star travel team South Florida Express in one of the most exciting games in day one round-robin play.

Price nearly pulled off the upset single-handedly, slightly misjudging a deep pass that would have given Showtime a two-score advantage late in the game. Though he didn’t make that play, the talented tight end used it as motivation.

“I’m used to making plays, that’s nothing new,” Price said. “On the last play, I felt kind of disappointed in myself though because I kind of underestimated the ball and what was going to happen. I can’t hold my head on it, it happens. I just have to play better the next game.

The 6-foot-4, 210 pound Price put on a show for much of the evening, bringing down several one-handed catches and showing off his vertical leap by out-jumping more athletic defensive backs. His best quality was the ability to attack the ball in the air and snatch it away from just about everybody. Though the Showtime team was at times relying exclusively on Price for offense, the young tight end said the team was starting to gel as the night progressed.

“We just started and have only had a few practices,” Price said. “End of the night, we’re starting to get our swag and chemistry up. Things started to click. We know we’re just as good as that team and one of the best out here.”

Price and Team Tampa/Land O’Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor were both impressive at the position and will likely battle for the title of best in the state at the position throughout the upcoming season. Price already holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State and others.

“Recent offers are Tennessee, Clemson, LSU, Miami and USF,” he said. “Most are looking at me on offense at tight end. A few have said I could play at defensive end if I want to because I play that in high school too.”

Given Price’s frame, adding weight and playing linebacker at the next level could be something for college coaches to consider, especially considering how well he moved in coverage in limited time on defense during the competition. With multiple schools after his services, Price plans on committing after his senior season and has already scheduled an unofficial visit to Miami next week to give a close look at one of his favorites.

“My top four would be Florida, USF, Miami and possibly Alabama,” he said. “I’m going to go wherever they give me love. If it’s out of state, doesn’t matter, I’ll go there too.”

Fuller tries his hand at safety

Another player who caught the eye of several observers with stellar play Saturday was Fort Myers (Fla.) linebacker/safety Tajarvis Fuller. Playing at both linebacker and safety, the junior used the Badger Sports 7-on-7 competition to adjust to his new position in the secondary after playing mostly linebacker in high school.

“I’m working on trying to be a better safety,” Fuller said. “All of the colleges recruiting me are recruiting me as a strong safety. I’ve never played it before so I’m working on my feet, turning my hips and getting my body right. I just want to show everybody that I’m capable of playing the safety position and showing them what I’m capable of doing.”

The 6-foot-2, 185 pound athlete displayed good quickness but was timid at times while in coverage. Thin for a linebacker, Fuller readily admitted that he would try to add some weight despite changing positions.

“I’ll be playing safety in the spring,” he said. “I still want to get bigger and bulk up 10, 15 pounds. I don’t want to get up to like 230 though.”

Holding scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, UCF and UCLA, Fuller wore a Miami hat most of the afternoon and did not shy away from expressing his excitement over his most recent offer from the Hurricanes.

“We went down there last Saturday and again on Thursday,” he said. “That’s two times in one week and we talked with Coach (Al) Golden and (defensive backs coach Paul Williams). I was really excited about it. We went down there for the first spring practice.

“Illinois is recruiting me very, very heavily. Top five, Miami is number one, Clemson number two. Alabama is number three but I don’t have an offer. Georgia Tech maybe and then Illinois.”

Although Miami is firmly in the lead, Fuller’s recruitment also has one other factor that will have an effect on where he plays college football.

“Me and Christian Brown, a defensive tackle at my school, we’re going to go to the same college,” Fuller said. “The plan is to commit, maybe, after spring or right at the beginning of the fall.”

Brown’s offer list doesn’t quite match up with Fuller’s but the two do share several offers and both figure to pick up several more over the next few months.

Crow solid throwing and in commitment

The Elite 11 competition in Orlando featured a spirited competition among many of the top quarterbacks from the region and Miami commit Gray Crow was one of several that stood out from the pack. Although he might not have been the top guy at the event, he did turn in a solid performance even if he thought it wasn’t that great.

“Personally, I’m a perfectionist, so I felt like I left a little out here,” Crow said. “I felt like I could have done better. I’m going to take these drills I learned out here and use them to try and improve every single time I put my cleats on.”

Though several schools have reached out and continued to recruit him, Crow remains firmly committed to the Hurricanes for a number of reasons.

“It was my favorite school as a little kid and the combination of academics and the relationship with Coach (Jedd) Fisch and Coach Golden,” he said. “The type of people they are, match my personality. I really like that and having a pro-style offense. Then you get to play at a school like Miami also.”

“I’m set on Miami, no doubt about it.”

The Clearwater (Fla.) product recently traveled down to see Miami go through spring practice and was impressed with the new direction of the program under Golden.

“The practices are very different, very fast paced,” Crow said. “He just brings the attitude that we want to win. He has very good character like myself and he’s going in there and picking everybody back up.”

News and notes

- In addition to Crow and the other quarterbacks mentioned in an earlier update, Tampa (Fla.) quarterback Greg Windham stood out. Earning a coveted yellow jersey as one of the most accurate passers, Windham was very fluid when throwing the ball and has decent size at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds.

- Orlando (Fla.) quarterback Nick Patti surprised with a great arm despite being about 5-foot-10. A quick release and an accurate arm normally gets attention at Elite 11 competitions and Patti earned a yellow jersey as well on top of being named one of the best at the event. The only knock seems to be his height but he is a player and showed his competitiveness off at the event. He was scheduled to throw at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 later in the day but pulled a muscle according to the Orlando Sentinel.

- Class of 2013 quarterback Akeem Jones displayed a cannon of an arm in both events Saturday. He has great size at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and gets the ball to the receiver in a hurry. Jones is still raw as a passer but making the elite travel team as a sophomore is an indication of just how talented he is. He might end up playing wide receiver in college but he’s got a good head on his shoulders and a great work ethic so it wouldn’t be too surprising if he ended up getting a shot to play quarterback first.

- Former Colorado coach Dan Hawkins is an instructor at the Elite 11 this year. The always enthusiastic Hawkins said he will be attending several spring practices, starting with BYU next week, and instructing at the Elite 11 camps on the weekend. His son, former Colorado quarterback and Elite 11 counselor Cody Hawkins, is in Sweden preparing to play quarterback for a team there.

- Teams from South Florida dominated the Badger Sports event, with three going undefeated in round-robin play. Elite travel team South Florida Express went a perfect 4-0 and had an unbelievable collection of talent at wide receiver, led by LSU commit Avery Johnson and Herb Waters. The South Florida Blur were led by several good performances from wide out Jamie Wilson.

- Florida commit Matt Jones did not play with an undisclosed injury.

- Orlando (Fla.) defensive back Ty Law said he recently picked up offers from N.C. State and West Virginia.

Posted on: March 12, 2011 3:04 pm

Update from the Orlando Elite 11 competition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ORLANDO, Fla. - The annual ESPN RISE Elite 11 quarterback competition kicked off at Central Florida Saturday morning with several of the top quarterbacks from the state of Florida and elsewhere showing up to display their arms.

One of the top quarterbacks at the event was Plant City (Fla.) signal caller Bennie Coney. Despite having to throw into the wind most of the day, Coney displayed a strong arm and very smooth delivery, throwing a perfect spiral on just about every ball. On top of competing against top flight competition, the senior-to-be came into the day just looking to get better.

"Just basic stuff, footwork, progression and learning how to read the field faster," Coney said. "I felt like I did good, accomplished a lot. "I just felt like I got better overall."

The 6-foot-2, 215 pound quarterback was physically the most impressive looking player at the competition. Already drawing scholarship offers from Auburn, Boston College, Florida State, Michigan and Virginia Tech among others, Coney recently picked up two more from two intriguing programs.

"Cincinnati and USF," he said. "I checked out (Cincinnati's) roster and they're low on quarterbacks. Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame are all good schools too. In the summer I know I'm going to take a lot of unofficial visits."

Coney will not make the short drive over to the Badger Sports 7-on-7 in Tampa this weekend but he is scheduled to attend the Josh Freeman Football Camp in a few weeks.

Other quarterbacks impress

After impressing everyone at the Rutgers Badger Sports 7-on-7, Wayne (N.J.) quarterback Kevin Olsen continued to show why he's in the mix to be the top quarterback in the class of 2013. Displaying a strong arm, he had several very nice looking throws on outs and to the flat. The younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen, Kevin stood out as one of the few quarterbacks who was a passer and not a thrower at the position.

Miami commit Gray Crow was also one of the better quarterbacks at the event. The Clearwater (Fla.) native displayed a slightly above average arm but was fairly accurate throughout the day. His footworks and mechanics are very sound and the 6-foot-2, 210 pound Crow was easily one of the more polished passers in attendance.

We'll have more on the Orlando Elite 11 competition and the Badger Sports 7-on-7 at USF later today.

Posted on: March 12, 2011 7:36 am

3/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Tons of great action today with the Elite 11 kicking off at UCF, the Badger Sports 7-on-7 at USF and the Jacksonville Under Armour Combine.

- Coveted athlete Shaq Thompson has re-opened his recruitment just days after committing to Cal.

- A brief look at how recruiting could be impacted at Ohio State in the wake of the Jim Tressel controversy.

- A few names to watch at today's previously mentioned Badger Sports 7-on-7.

- Miami could be one of the schools in the running for 2011 quarterback Jerrard Randall.

- Michigan State is eyeing an Ohio running back William Mahone.

Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:39 pm

Smith 100 percent committed according to O'Leary

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ORLANDO, Fla. - Normally, talking about Kentucky recruiting drama means discussing if a top basketball recruit will pick either Louisville or Kentucky. For the past few weeks however, there has been a bit of intrigue centered on class of 2011 quarterback DaMarcus Smith.

One of the top quarterbacks in the country coming out of high school, Smith was committed to Louisville for over a year before signing with Central Florida at the last minute. Shortly thereafter, rumors began to surface that the talented signal caller had asked for his release so he could transfer closer to home.

Though Smith has not talked with the media detailing his future, UCF head coach George O'Leary tried to clarify the entire situation.

"DaMarcus came to me and said he had second thoughts," O'Leary said. "My experience with DaMarcus was every time he was here, he had a Cheshire grin on. He's happy as heck. His problem is when he went back to Louisville and whatever was taking place there.

"He's fully confirmed and 100 percent. Sometimes, kids just need to be reassured what's going on."

The 6-foot-3, 185 pound Smith was considered the crown jewel of the Knight's highly regarded recruiting class that most consider the best the school has ever signed. Named an Elite 11 quarterback before his senior year, O'Leary thinks the hype and pressure that surrounded his recruitment led to some of the rumors circulating.

"He was such a highly recruited kid," said O'Leary. "In getting him, I thought he showed a lot of great character, which I was really impressed with. As I told him, he's not like the normal kids. He stood up in front of the city of Louisville and told them he loved them but chose to attend UCF. It was a business decision based on what he sought. I said that took a lot."

Smith is expected to enroll at UCF in May.

Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:45 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 12:45 pm

2011 Summer Camp Schedule

Posted by Bryan Fischer

As everybody’s attention slowly turns to the class of 2012, one of the best opportunities to see how players stack up against top flight competition are the various camps and combines put on around the country. Below is a (mostly) complete list of all the major camps and competitions going on throughout the summer. The National Underclassmen Combines are also held throughout the summer and a good place to see younger recruits from the classes of 2013 and 2014.

Feb. 12 – Under Armour Combine – Miami (Dolphins Training Facility)
Feb. 13 – Under Armour Combine – Miami (Dolphins Training Facility)
Feb. 19 – Nike Combine – Miami
Feb. 19 – Under Armour Combine –Phoenix (Univ. of Phoenix Stadium)
Feb. 20 – Under Armour Combine –Phoenix (Univ. of Phoenix Stadium)
Feb. 26 – Badger Sports 7-on-7 – New Brunswick, NJ (Rutgers)
Feb. 27 - Badger Sports 7-on-7 – New Brunswick, NJ (Rutgers)
Mar. 5 – Nike Combine - Houston
Mar. 5 - – Under Armour Combine – Los Angeles (Santa Monica Community College)
Mar. 5 - – Under Armour Combine – Los Angeles (Santa Monica Community College)
Mar. 6 – Nike Combine – Mobile, AL
Mar. 12 – Elite 11 – Orlando (UCF)
Mar. 12 – Badger Sports 7-on-7 – Tampa (USF)
Mar. 12 – Under Armour Combine – Jacksonville (Atlantic Coast HS)
Mar. 13 – Under Armour Combine – Jacksonville (Skinner-Barco Stadium)
Mar. 13 – Nike Combine – Orlando
Mar. 13 – Badger Sports 7-on-7 – Tampa (USF)
Mar 19 – Badger Sports 7-on-7 – Las Vegas (UNLV)
Mar 19 – Nike Combine – Charlotte
Mar. 20 – Nike Combine – Atlanta
Mar. 20 – Badger Sports 7-on-7 – Las Vegas (UNLV)
Mar. 26 – Nike Combine – Chicago
Mar. 26 – Badger Sports 7-on-7 – Ann Arbor, MI (Michigan)
Mar. 26 – Under Armour Combine – Dallas (Southlake HS)
Mar. 27 – Under Armour Combine – Dallas (Southlake HS)
Mar. 27 – Nike Training Camp – Miami (Dolphins Training Facility)
Mar. 27 – Nike Combine – Pittsburgh
Mar. 27 – Badger Sports 7-on-7 – Ann Arbor, MI (Michigan)
Apr. 2 – Nike Combine – Los Angeles
Apr. 2 – Under Armour Combine – Houston (Westfield HS)
Apr. 3 - Nike Training Camp – Los Angeles (USC)
Apr. 3 – Under Armour Combine – Houston (Westfield HS)
Apr. 9 – Elite 11 – Ft. Worth (TCU)
Apr. 9 – Under Armour Combine – New Orleans (Saints Practice Facility)
Apr. 10 – Nike Training Camp – Ft. Worth (TCU)
Apr. 10 – Under Armour Combine – New Orleans (Saints Practice Facility)
Apr. 15 – Elite 11 – Athens, GA (UGA)
Apr. 16 – Nike Training Camp – Athens, GA (UGA)
Apr. 16 – Under Armour Combine – Atlanta (Grady Stadium)
Apr. 17 – Nike Training Camp – Tallahassee, FL (FSU)
Apr. 17 – Under Armour Combine – Atlanta (Grady Stadium)
Apr. 23 – Nike Combine – Baltimore
Apr. 29 – Elite 11 – State College, PA (Penn St.)
Apr. 30 – Nike Training Camp – University Park, PA (Penn St.)
Apr. 30 – Badger Sports 7-on-7 – Tuscaloosa (Alabama)
Apr. 30 – Under Armour Combine – Baltimore (M&T Stadium)
May 1 – Nike Training Camp – New Brunswick, NJ (Rutgers)
May 1 – Badger Sports 7-on-7 – Tuscaloosa (Alabama)
May 1 – Under Armour Combine – Baltimore (M&T Stadium)
May 7 – Nike Training Camp – Houston (UH)
May 13 – Elite 11 – Berkeley, CA (Cal)
May 14 – Nike Combine – Oakland
May 15 – Nike Training Camp – Stanford, CA (Stanford)
May 20 – Elite 11 – Columbus, OH (Ohio St.)
May 21 – Nike Training Camp – Columbus, OH (Ohio St.)
May 22 – Nike Training Camp – Durham, NC (Duke)
May 28 – Under Armour Combine – Tampa
May 29 - – Under Armour Combine – Tampa
June 4 – Nike Combine – Portland, OR
June 4 – Under Armour Combine – Charlotte (Panthers Practice Facility)
June 5 – Nike Training Camp – Eugene, OR (Oregon)
June 5 - – Under Armour Combine – Charlotte (Panthers Practice Facility)
June 11 – Under Armour Combine – Chicago (Lake Barrington Fieldhouse)
June 12 – Under Armour Combine – Chicago (Lake Barrington Fieldhouse)
June 19 – Nike Training Camp – Seattle (UW)

Posted on: February 7, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: February 7, 2011 10:14 am

2/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another great Super Bowl, congrats to all of the Packers fans. Unlike the NFL however, college football knows that there will a game played when the calendar turns to fall.

- The PARADE All-America Team was announced yesterday, a terrific honor for all of the athletes selected.

- Interesting note about Iowa’s class of 2011 compared to a few other Big Ten classes, the new Hawkeyes live twice as far from Iowa City than Ohio State’s do from Columbus. That’s notable considering some of the out of state recruits the Buckeyes picked up this year.

- Good look at the recruitment of Isaiah Crowell and how the freshman might be ready to make an impact early at Georgia.

- Jadeveon Clowney has set his announcement time for Valentine’s Day and it’s still a three horse race between Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama.

- An update about some 2012 prospects for Michigan and who Brandy Hoke’s staff might target.

- It flew under the radar but the dates and locations for the Elite 11 quarterback camps were announced for 2011.

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