Tag:Jadeveon Clowney
Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:27 am
Edited on: February 1, 2011 9:28 am

2/1 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Less than 24 hours before the pens meet the paper and the faxes start rolling in. Of course, there’s still a handful of players who will be committing today and after Signing Day to keep everyone on their toes.

- The nation’s top recruit, Jadeveon Clowney, is such a big deal that he doesn’t mind Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier’s calls go straight to voice mail. He’ll find time for them in between the TV appearances.

- An update on the state of recruiting in Maryland. One recruit from the area might be leaning towards Miami over Virginia and West Virginia.

- TCU’s elevated profile from a few BCS appearances has translated into recruiting classes that are competing with the rest of the Big 12.

- A defensive end committed to Mississippi State has flipped his commitment to Vanderbilt. That’s just one more hit to the Bulldogs recruiting class and the departure of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is one reason why.

- The Hampton Roads area of Virginia is known for producing great talent and they have another in recently named Parade All-American Demetrious Nicholson

- After a test score issue, receiver Rontavious Atkins is now headed to Western Michigan and not USF.

- Nice Q&A with Florida State commit Nick O’Leary, a tight end who is also the grandson of golfer Jack Nicklaus.

- Colorado State’s class took a big hit (literally) with the decommitment of Largo (FL) lineman Adarius Rayner.

- Nice snapshot of Georgia Tech ahead of Signing Day.

- UCLA picked up a recruit in the badly needed area of the offensive line.

- Across town, recruiting hasn’t slowed at all at USC despite the sanctions.

Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:47 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 9:03 pm

Who could win the Heisman from the class of 2011?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Now that the deadline to declare for the NFL Draft has come and gone, it’s never too early to take a look at who might be in the frontrunners for the 2011 Heisman Trophy. With National Signing Day approaching however, who from the class of 2011 might one day end up hearing his name called in New York? Here’s five recruits who could end up hoisting the trophy sometime during their college careers (in alphabetical order):

Malcolm Brown

Cibolo (TX), 6-foot, 220 pound running back. Committed to Texas. 

Since Ricky Williams won the Heisman in 1998, Texas has had just two running backs finish in the top ten in the country in rushing (Jamaal Charles in 2007 and Cedric Benson in 2004). That’s two players in the top ten in 13 years. With the Texas offense looking more like North Texas’, expect a healthy dose of Brown as a freshman in order to take the load of whoever will be the quarterback in 2011. Brown hits the hole hard and is a North-South runner. He might have to adjust to the speed of the game and improve his vision after getting the ball but there’s no reason he couldn’t become the next Texas back to crack the national rushing list. He will also have the advantage of having a channel devoted to showing his highlights 24/7.

Jadeveon Clowney 

Rock Hill (SC), 6-foot-6, 250 pound defensive end. Considering Alabama, South Carolina and Clemson. 

Defensive players have had to climb Mount Everest just to be invited to New York for the Heisman but 2009’s push by Ndamukong Suh should have others reconsidering before writing off a defensive player. Clowney is the most advanced defensive end coming out of high school in some time, having the speed, size and explosiveness you look for. One NFL scout told my colleague Bruce Feldman he would draft Clowney in the first round in this year’s NFL Draft. A season where he could at least replicate Suh’s stats in 2009 (12 sacks, 23 tackles for a loss) isn’t out of the question and given the recognition he already has, one has to have Clowney on the list somewhere.

Jeff Driskel

Oviedo (FL), 6-foot-4, 225 pound quarterback. Committed to Florida. 

Being the quarterback at Florida generally positions a player to make a run at the Heisman no matter what you do the season before. With Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator and installing in a pro-style offense, Driskel has the chance to put up very good numbers when he eventually takes over under center. His legs are an asset but he has a very strong arm and quick release. The best quarterback in the class, Driskel has a chance to turn things around at Florida and then take a trip north to New York.

Jerrard Randall

Hollywood (FL), 6-foot-2, 190 pound quarterback. Committed to Oregon. 

Unless you’re a die-hard recruitnik or Oregon fan, you might be wondering who Randall is. A dual-thread QB from talent-rich South Florida, Randall is slated to take over for Darron Thomas eventually. Given the numbers Thomas and his predecessors have put up in Oregon’s prolific offense, it’s no surprise to find Randall on this list. Chris Houston, better known as the Heisman Pundit, has touted Randall as possible Heisman winner and if you watch some tape, it’s hard to disagree. A strong arm and the speed of a fast running back, Randall might be the player who can bring home the Heisman that former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon almost did.

De’Anthony Thomas 

Los Angeles (CA), 5-foot-9, 165 pound athlete. Committed to USC. 

Being the running back at USC usually sets you up pretty well to win the Heisman. After all, five Trojan running backs have won the award (well, four actually). In the backfield is where Thomas says he will play at USC but he might be better suited in the secondary. With scholarship limits hitting USC over the next few years, head coach Lane Kiffin might choose to play Thomas on both sides of the ball. Nicknamed ‘The Black Mamba,’ he could be a factor in all three-phases of the game in the mold of Heisman winner Charles Woodson.

Posted on: January 22, 2011 8:36 pm

No. 1 recruit Clowney gets serenaded by SC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

If you're the nation's number one recruit like Jadeveon Clowney, you tend to get special treatment while on your official visit to a school. In the SEC especially, the red carpet tends to include a few personalized cheers by the students on campus.

While on his official visit to South Carolina Saturday, Clowney took in the Gamecocks basketball game against Kentucky and received more attention from the fans than the basketball team did.

Although this sort of thing isn't limited to the top recruit in the country or the SEC, it does show how much fans know and embrace recruiting. South Carolina is the favorite to land the South Point (SC) defensive end but Alabama, Clemson and Florida State are in the mix.

Kentucky won 67-58 but it's doubtful that will have Clowney reshuffling his leader board. He's there to play football after all.

Posted on: January 22, 2011 1:13 pm

Updated Tom Lemming top 100 list for 2011

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBS Sports/MaxPreps recruiting analyst Tom Lemming has updated his Top 100 football list for the class of 2011 and there's plenty of changes, including one at the top.

22 players joined the top 100 while there was significant movement among the holdovers. Now a unanimous pick among recruiting services, Rock Hill (SC) defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is the number one ranked prospect for the class of 2011.

"(Clowney) is a freak of nature," Lemming told MaxPreps' Mitch Stephens. "He's the best I've seen since Mario Williams. He got better his senior year, while Wilder had some injuries and didn't play as well as his junior season."

Tampa (FL) running back James Wilder, Hyattsville (MD) offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, Wadesboro (NC) linebacker Stephone Anthony and running back Savon Huggins of Jersey City (NJ) rounded out Lemming's top five. Of that group, only Wilder is verbally committed to a school after pledging to go to Florida State in August of last year.

Notre Dame has an impressive eight commitments in top 100, followed by LSU and Alabama with six and Florida State with five. There are 18 uncommitted players in the top 100 and with National Signing Day on February 2nd, it won't be too long before everyone will know where they are going.

Highly regarded defensive back Doran Grant was the biggest mover on Lemming's list, jumping to number 32 after a terrific senior season at St. Vincent-St.Mary's in Akron (OH), the same high school of NBA superstar LeBron James. Grant has verbally committed to Ohio State.
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