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Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:13 am
 

9/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- If you're looking for a quarterback, Texas is the place to find one if you take into account NFL success.

Florida State had an impressive visitor list for their game against Oklahoma.

Running back David Smith made an unofficial visit to Iowa and tackle Jordan Diamond was at Illinois.

Defensive back Jordan Diggs has set an official visit to South Carolina.

2013 receiver Jorian Jordan-Brown is leaning toward North Carolina and South Carolina among others.

UConn commit Bobby Puyol hopes the Huskies go to the ACC.

Top 2013 prospect Jake Raulerson had a good time at the Arkansas-Troy game and is very interested in the Razorbacks.
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Vanderbilt nabs top 25 receiver McDonald

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Vanderbilt has been turning heads on the recruiting trail ever since James Franklin took over the program and they continue to put together a top 25 recruiting class with out-of-state recruits. The Commodores' picked up one of their biggest verbal commitments over the weekend, as Minnetonka (Minn.) wide receiver Andre McDonald decided to come south to play college football.

"I had an official visit down to Vanderbilt this past weekend and everything I saw down there was wonderful," McDonald told Rivals. "I got to meet the coaches, their families and just bond. I got to see the changes they were making down there and how they are turning the program around and I just decided I wanted to be a part of that."

Rated as the 16th-best receiver in the class of 2012, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is a huge offensive boost for Vandy's upcoming class. McDonald held offers from Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State among others but it appears he is firmly committed to going to Nashville next fall.

"I'm 100 percent with Vanderbilt," he said. "I made a quick decision before and didn't get to feel everything out, so I was not as excited before as I am now. I'm excited about the next four years of my life, playing for the SEC and playing for Coach Franklin."

McDonald had 1,144 yards and 19 touchdowns last year as a junior. He is the 16th commit for Vanderbilt's class of 2012.
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 9:54 am
 

9/13 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Florida's big rivals around the South are doing well on the recruiting trail.

  2013 running back Greg Bryant has the Gators as his leaders.

  How does Georgia's 0-2 start affect their recruiting?

  It's Stanford or Georgia for defensive tackle Jordan Watkins Tuesday afternoon.

  Greg Schiano says Rutgers offensive line recruiting has dipped the past few years.

  Defensive end Faith Ekakitie has narrowed his list to Northwestern, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Oregon and UCLA.

  Louisville vs. Kentucky will be a recruiting tool for both programs.

Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Combs drawing attention, set for Lemming Report

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Look up and down the top 100 lists for the class of 2012 and a few people out there might spot a famous last name or two among the bunch.

Top quarterback and Indiana pledge Gunner Kiel's a recognizable name to Notre Dame fans who saw his uncle, Blair, play for the Irish. Auburn commit Zeke Pike's dad Mark played several years in the NFL. Mario Edwards Jr. is headed to Florida State because his father starred there under Bobby Bowden.

As much as those players have made a name for themselves on the football field, there's another 2012 recruit who is hoping more and more coaches are noticing him only for his play. If you're wondering where you might have heard of New Rochelle (N.Y.) cornerback Justin Combs, chances are you were likely thinking of his father, Sean "Diddy" Combs. Slowly but surely however, several FBS programs are coming around to see him as a legitimate defensive back prospect at the next level.

UCLA is the most recent scholarship offer for the younger Combs after he took a trip West to unofficially visit the Bruins during a pre-season scrimmage. Virginia, Illinois, Wyoming, Iowa and West Virginia are other programs to extend an offer with several other schools showing legitimate interest depending on how he plays his senior year.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder performed well for the 7-on-7 travel team "Goon Squad" over the summer and was a top performer at the Badger Sports national tournament. Combs was also recently invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January and joins his friend and top 100 linebacker Deaysean Rippy in the game. He'll be in-studio with his rap mogul father on the Lemming Report on CBS Sports Network Friday at 7 PM ET to discuss the latest with his recruitment and where he can see himself playing.

Click here for an excerpt from the interview. Combs' highlights from last season are below. 



Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Gregory is commitment number 17 for Arkansas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Chicago area is typically known as fertile recruiting ground for Big Ten programs and Notre Dame but that doesn't mean that a few SEC programs can come in and grab a commitment or two. Arkansas is the latest to do just that, grabbing a verbal pledge from Chicago (Ill.) quarterback Robert Gregory on Monday.

“When I came down to Arkansas to visit, I just hit it off with the coaches – especially the quarterback coach - they had great facilities, they play in the SEC and the atmosphere is fantastic,” Gregory told Scout. “I decided to just go ahead and commit today. I was kind of tired of the recruiting thing and knew where I wanted to go so there was no reason to wait.”

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal-caller is MaxPreps' 7th-ranked dual-threat quarterback. Gregory had offers from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota among others but one of the big reasons why he decided to head south to play college football was the connection he made with the Razorbacks offensive coordinator Garrick McGee.

“He’s a Chicago guy,” Gregory said. “He wasn’t born here or grew up here, but he coached here and he knows everything about this city. I think he has great knowledge as a coach and is going to help me become the best quarterback I can be.”

Gregory is the 17th commitment for Bobby Petrino's team and plans to officially visit the school in early October. He threw for over 1,700 yards and rushed for close to 1,000 yards last season as a junior.

"He's a dangerous scrambler, can create in the open field, and he's a natural leader who showed improvement with every game during the 2010 season," recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said. "His footwork is excellent and he's an elusive athlete who can be deadly when throwing the ball on the run."
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Top recruits in action this weekend

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There are a ton of great high school football games this weekend and the biggest reason they are, well, big games are the recruits leading their teams into action. MaxPreps took a look at the top 10 games on Friday and Saturday and here's a list of the recruits to watch in five of the games.

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Prattville

Keep an eye on: Florida State commit and defensive tackle Justin Shanks, Alabama-bound athlete Justin Thomas and defensive end Caleb Gulledge and corner/Wake Forest verbal LaRonji Vason for Prattville. St. Thomas Aquinas is powered by defensive end/Miami commit Jelani Hamilton, uncommitted running back Dami Ayoola and defensive end Bryan Cox Jr.
Armwood vs. Bishop Gorman

Keep an eye on: Armwood is loaded with talent, including offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (going to South Carolina), linebacker Eric Striker (Oklahoma), defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Wake Forest) and uncommitted defensive back Jarvis McCall. The team will be without Florida-bound running back Matt Jones due to an injury. Gorman has several uncommitted recruits leading the charge, including offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley and Ron Scoggins and running back Shaq Powell.

South Panola vs. Hoover

Keep an eye on: Panola is powered by Ole Miss commits Issac Gross and Temario Strong on the defensive line.

Cedar Hill vs. Allen

Keep an eye on: For Cedar Hill, offensive lineman Aderius Epps is headed to Kansas State next year and defensive end David Harris is drawing some interest. Allen has a trio of commits leading the top five team with quarterback Alec Morris (Alabama), running back Jonathan Williams (Missouri) and linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Baylor).

Harrison vs. Cass Tech

Keep an eye on: Cass Tech is loaded once again with Michigan-bound cornerback Terry Richardson and linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone, along with linebacker Laron Taylor (committed to Iowa). There's two future Wolverines on Harrison as well in tight end Devin Funchess and defensive end Mario Ojemudia. Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge is headed to Michigan State.

For more, be sure to check out MaxPreps' weekend preview.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:01 am
Edited on: August 12, 2011 11:04 am
 

Ranking the Big Ten recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Michigan

Not much to say about the top class in the country other than to say you have to be impressed with what Brady Hoke has done without coaching a game. He's landed the elite Midwest talent and also gone to Utah, Tennessee and California to fill out the rest of the spots. There's plenty of players who should see early playing time as Hoke transforms the program in Ann Arbor.

2. Penn State (#20)

This is a meat and potatoes group for Joe Paterno as eight players are offensive or defensive lineman. There's no elite skill position player but quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg is a good pick up and tight end Jesse James was impressive this summer in 7-on-7. There are still some elite prospects the program could add but it's doubtful they can move up to the top spot.

3. Michigan State (#23)

The Spartans are seeing a little bit of a bounce from their big season last year with this class, landing players such as end Se'Von Pittman and Elite 11 quarterback Tyler O'Connor. They've gone out of region more and while they're not doing as well as in-state rival Michigan, there's a lot of solid, building block players.

4. Ohio State

Buckeyes are facing the double barrel of having their head coach gone and the possibility of NCAA sanctions, both of which are, without a doubt, effecting the program's recruiting. There's no true elite prospect, running back Brionte Dunn is as close as the school gets and he's has the weakest commitment in the class.

5. Indiana

Why is Indiana in the top half of the recruiting rankings? Number one quarterback and number two overall prospect Gunner Kiel is the biggest reason why. Head coach Kevin Wilson has done a good job overall of getting Midwest talent beyond the crown jewel too.

6. Wisconsin

A small but talented class, Wisconsin has the best bang for your buck in the Big Ten. Bart Houston is an Elite 11 and top 100 quarterback who is a perfect fit for the Badgers offense and linebacker Vince Biegel should be able to get into the lineup sooner rather than later.

7. Northwestern

An under the radar but solid effort from the Wildcats this year. Running back Malin Jones and guard Adam DePietro are both very good pickups. There's a little bit of a mix of in-state players and because of Northwestern's academic reputation, some national players in there too.

8. Iowa

The Hawkeyes are used to evaluating late and closing their class strong the past couple of months. This year they have a pretty solid start as cornerback Maurice Fleming is a good get from Chicago and offensive lineman Jaleel Johnson is a very good lineman.

9. Minnesota

Who wouldn't want to play for a coach named Kill? This class surprisingly has several players from the state of Florida (5) and the staff has locked up most of the in-state talent this year. Altogether a solid effort this year for the Gophers.

10. Nebraska

What's Nebraska doing down at number ten? Well it's a numbers game and the Cornhuskers just don't have them. They have a good group with linebacker Michael Rose and end Greg McMullen but they'll need to step up the number of commits soon.

11. Purdue

The headliner is quarterback Austin Appleby who has the size of a college signal-caller while still in high school. He impressed at the Elite 11 and has two targets in the pair of tight ends committed. Anytime a third of your class is kickers however, there's a reason why you're near the bottom of the conference.

12. Illinois

Also a smaller class, Ron Zook has recruited all over the country without focusing on one area in particular. There's potential in this group but the Illini still need to build some momentum.

Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 1:41 pm
 

End of July Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The month of July has come to a close and what better time to take a broad overview of how a conference is doing on the recruiting trail than the first week in August, roughly six months from Signing Day. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big Ten, where Ohio State is off to a slower start than normal given the problems surrounding the program and Nebraska hasn't taken advantage of the move quite yet.


 Illinois (6)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Defensive back Cody Quinn (Middletown, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jason "JJ" Robertson (Mokena, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Joseph Spencer (Mason, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey Warburg (Louisville, Ky.)

Indiana (15)

Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey (Carmel, Ind.)
Wide receiver Caleb Cornett (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Linebacker Mike Cotton (O'Fallon, Ill.)
Wide receiver Kevin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Dan Freeney (Orland Park, Ill.)
Defensive back Dawson Fletcher (West Chester, Ohio)
Tight end Tanner Kearns (Lexington, Ohio)
Quarterback Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Adam Kranda (New Castle, Ind.)
Linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Wes Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Tight end Jason Spriggs (Elkhart, Ind.)
Linebacker Darrius Stroud (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Alex Todd (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Linebacker Jordan Wallace (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Iowa (8)

Athlete Maurice Fleming Jr. (Chicago, Ill.)
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (Westchester, Ill.)
Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)
Kicker Connor Kornbrath (Bridgeport, W.V.)
Athlete Michael Malloy (Sioux City, Iowa)
Defensive end Drew Ott (Giltner, Neb.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.)
Wide receiver Cameron Wilson (Dublin, Ohio)

Michigan (22)

Offensive lineman Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.)
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Defensive back Jeremy Clark (Madisonville, Ky.)
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Running back Sione Houma (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calf.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Standifer (Crete, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Jarrod Wilson (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive end Christopher Wormley (Toledo, Ohio)

Michigan State (13)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Wide receiver Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, Pa.)
Wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Linebacker Jamal Lyles (Southfield, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Lima, Ohio)
Defensive end Se'von Pittman (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Tight end Josiah Price (Greentown, Ind.)
Running back Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga.)

Minnesota (11)

Linebacker Josh Ballesteros (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Drew Davis (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (Lewisvile, Texas)
Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (Rochester JUCO/Rochester, Minn.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Tight end Samad Hinds (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Mitch Leidner (Lakeville, Minn.)
Linebacker Jack Lynn (Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Defensive back Dinero Moss (Surprise, Fla.)
Defensive back Eric Murray (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.)
Linebacker Brian Nicholson (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (Blue Earth, Minn.)
Defensive end Dominic Twitty (Mount Holly, N.J.)
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)
Running back Rodrick Williams Jr. (Lewisville, Texas)

Nebraska (5)

Tight end Sam Cotton (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive end Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio)
Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Paul Thurston (Arvada, Col.)
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.)

Northwestern (13)

Offensive lineman Adam DePietro (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Chris Fitzpatrick (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Dean Lowry (Rockford, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Connor Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mike McHugh (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Eric Olson (Cambridge, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Tight end Jack Schwaba (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Athlete Dan Vitale (Wheaton, Ill.)
Defensive back Dwight White (Cypress, Texas)

Ohio State (11)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Defensive back De'van Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Pat Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Defensive back Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio)
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Linebacker Luke Roberts (Lancaster, Ohio)
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio)

Penn State (13)

Offensive lineman J.J. Denman (Fairless Hills, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Derek Dowrey (Winchester, Va.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Tight end J.P. Holtz (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Richland, N.J.)
Athlete Jake Kiley (New Hampton, N.H.)
Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Col.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Linebacker Nyeem Wartman (Archbald, Pa.)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.)

  Purdue (10)

Quarterback Austin Appleby (North Canton, Ohio)
Tight end Jonathan Curry (Phenix City, Ala.)
Linebacker Andy Garcia (Hialeah, Fla.)
Kicker Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.)
Linebacker Jimmy Herman (Carmel, Ind.)
Running back Benjamin "BJ" Knauf (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive back Steffon Martin (Arizona Western JUCO, Yuma, Ariz.)
Kicker Thomas Meadows (Goochland, Va.)
Tight end Ryan Morris (Barnegat, N.J.)
Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Wisconsin (8)

Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Hugs Etienne (Plantation, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Athlete Reggie Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
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