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Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:56 am
 

May Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The calendar has turned from May to June and it's time to see how schools are building their class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big Ten, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail but Michigan is the leader of the pack. 


Illinois (2)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber(Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Wide receiver Jason Robertson (Mokena, Ill.) 

Indiana(0)

Iowa (1)

Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)

Michigan (14)

Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden(Rockford, Mich.) 
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cornerback Anthony Standifer (Crete, Ill.)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Michigan State (4)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)

Minnesota(3)

Wide receiver Andre McDonald (Minnetonka, Minn.) 
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.) 
Tight end Maxx Williams(Waconia, Minn.)

Nebraska (2)

Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.) 

Northwestern (4)

Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones(Naperville, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko(Lewis Center, Ohio)

Ohio State (8)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Josh Perry(Galena, Ohio)
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio) 

Penn State (8)

Offensive lineman J.J. Denman (Fairless Hills, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive tackle Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James(McKeesport, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko(Warren, Ohio)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson(Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams(West Roxbury, Mass.)

Purdue (1)

Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Wisconsin (4)

Running back Vonte Jackson(Kenosha, Wis.)
Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz(Barrington, Ill.)

Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Top 10 Tom Lemming recruiting misses

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

MaxPreps/CBS Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming has identified many NFL superstars and college standouts over the last 30 years.

From Peyton Manning to Randy Moss, Beanie Wells to Seantrel Henderson, Lemming has consistently highlighted future stars from the high school ranks.

However, Lemming's track record is not flawless, as he and others have missed some players who quietly developed from unheralded recruits to some of football's biggest stars.

1. Barry Sanders

Sanders attended North (Wichita, Kan.), where he closed his high school career with a strong senior season. Lemming thought he was solid but unspectacular. He lacked good size and top-level speed, and didn't catch the attention of many college coaches.

"Every school in the country turned him down. He visited Northwestern, and they turned him down. Oklahoma State took him mostly because they missed out on everyone else," he said.

Sanders' son, also named Barry, has had a totally different recruiting experience. He's currently the No. 10 player in Lemming's 2012 Top 100.

2. Drew Brees

One of the top quarterbacks in the NFL flew entirely under Lemming's radar as a prospect hailing from Westlake (Austin, Texas).

"I missed Drew Brees completely," Lemming said. 

According to Lemming, Jim Chaney recruited the undersized Brees to Purdue after he was passed on by many bigger programs, including the Texas Longhorns.

"Nobody really went after him. He's from Austin and Texas turned him down," Lemming said.

3. Brett Favre

Favre, one of the greatest players at his position ever, played in an offense at Hancock (Kiln, Miss.) that was ill-suited to match his skill set, Lemming recalled.

"He could throw the ball through a brick wall, always could," he said. "His dad [and Hancoack North Central football coach] had him in an option offense. He didn't have the production," Lemming said.

The recently retired Favre made Lemming's magazine, but was not considered a future star.

4. Kurt Warner

Beating the odds and outperforming expectations were a common theme in Kurt Warner's career, and it began in high school at now-defunct Regis (Cedar Falls, Iowa).

The future Super Bowl MVP did little to lead anyone to think he'd play on Sundays one day, nevermind reach the pinnacle of the sport. Lemming was one of the many talent evaluators who underestimated Warner.

"I didn't have him in my magazine. I completely missed him," Lemming said.

After Regis, Warner headed to Northern Iowa, where he started only as a senior.

5. Terrell Owens

Now second in all-time receiving touchdowns, Terrell Owens was far from a ballyhooed prospect coming out of Russell (Alexander City, Ala.). Lemming wasn't sure how Owens' frame would project at the next level.

"He was very thin and didn't get recruited at all," he said. "He had to go to JuCo, and then he grew."

Owens, who would go on to become a third-round draft pick out of Tennessee-Chattanooga, never appeared in Lemming's magazine.

Read more of this story on MaxPreps 
Posted on: May 24, 2011 9:32 am
Edited on: May 24, 2011 9:38 am
 

5/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Top 2013 prospect Robert Nkemdiche addressed rumors that he had secretly committed to Alabama.

- A quick update on the state of UCLA recruiting.

- Some Oregon recruits performed well at the state track meet and received a visit from Chip Kelly.

- Wide out Monty Madaris picked up an offer from Purdue.

- Safety Lucas Thompson added a big offer from Miami.

- Michigan added their first defensive back commitment last week and could be poised for a run at the position.

Running the numbers on the class of 2011 and finding out where they came from. 
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Ramacher heads to Oklahoma State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While Oklahoma State lost one athlete over the weekend, they gained another as Denton (Texas) prospect Dominic Ramacher committed to the Cowboys. The 6-foot-3, 230 pounder made an unofficial visit to the school on Saturday, picked up an offer while he was there and was the newest member of the Oklahoma State class of 2012 by Sunday.

"I took my unofficial visit up there and I just fell in love with the place," Ramacher told Rivals. "The coach and everything, I just loved it. I want to major in journalism and when it came to the academics they got me everything I needed to know on it. Everything about it, I just fell in love with the school. I knew right away that was where I wanted to go, no doubt."

Ramacher holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon and Purdue among others. A versatile player, he is being recruited at full back, tight end and linebacker in college. His future spot once he gets to Stillwater is still to be determined however.

"They're pretty much recruiting me as an athlete," he said. "They told me, with all the things I can do, I was the kind of player they didn't want to pass up on so they offered. When the time comes they're going to find a position for me since I can really do whatever they need me to. They didn't offer me at a specific position which is another thing I liked about it."

Ramacher is the seventh commitment for the Cowboys' next recruiting class, all of whom are from the state of Texas.

Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Floyd makes the call for Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There are plenty of ways a recruit can contact a coach to talk. He can Facebook them, direct message on Twitter, email them, send them a letter and, of course, call them. It's the last form of communication that the coaches like most, especially when the recruit has some good news for them.

Eastman (Ga.) athlete Leonard Floyd had some especially good news Thursday afternoon for Georgia head coach Mark Richt and assistant Scott Lakatos: he was a Bulldog.

"I chose Georgia over Alabama and Florida because of the coaching staff," Floyd told UGASports.com. "I get along with every one of them. I like the way Coach (Todd) Grantham gets his defense fired up, and the way he plans to use me on defense."

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Floyd will head to Athens as an athlete but as he alluded to, will likely end up playing college football on defense.

"They said I could play tight end or outside linebacker for Georgia, so I will just choose which one I feel most comfortable with," he said. "It will likely be on defense though. I plan on having double digit sacks and touchdown catches this fall, and hopefully lead my team to a winning season."

Floyd caught 29 passes for 549 yards and 3 touchdowns on offense and had 81 tackles and 6 sacks on the other side of the ball.

“He’s ecstatic about it,” said Dodge County assistant Ricky Collins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He has been smiling at school all day. Everybody has been congratulating him on choosing Georgia. It really has been a great day for Leonard.”

Floyd is Georgia’s sixth commitment for its 2012 class. He also held offers from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, Purdue and South Carolina.

Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:59 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 10:00 pm
 

April Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer



It's the final week in April 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 Big Ten, where three traditional powers lead the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Illinois (1)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)

Indiana (0)

Iowa (1)

Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)

Michigan (6)

Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.) 
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Michigan State (0)

Minnesota (3)

Wide receiver Andre McDonald (Minnetonka, Minn.) 
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.) 
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)

Nebraska (1)

Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)

Northwestern (2)

Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)

Ohio State (6)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)

Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio)

Penn State (6)

Defensive tackle Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.)

Purdue (1)

Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Wisconsin (3)

Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.)

Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:28 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Pearson not committed to Louisville

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Louisville has lost the commitment from defensive tackle Tyrone Pearson for the second time in as many months, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

On top of that, Pearson is apparently leaving Seneca High School and the city of Louisville for powerhouse Warren Central High in Indianapolis.

"My mom . . . she made me de-commit and focus on my books and focus on them and football second," Pearson told the Courier-Journal. "I can’t be committed to a school until I am eligible to go to college."

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle has been hot and cold on the Cardinals for some time. He committed in February before re-opening his recruitment less than a month later. He recommitted in March and has now backed off that pledge in April. Pearson also holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCF among others.

The Cardinals now have only two commitments in the class of 2012.

Posted on: April 9, 2011 10:56 am
 

Top 100 Offers and Leaders: 11-20

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Tom Lemming's Top 100 for 2012 List was released this week and it has some of the most talented recruits in the country for the upcoming class. In an ongoing series, we'll take a look at who they have offers from and who might be the leader for their commitment.

11. Running back Rushel Shell (Aliquippa, Pa.)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia, West Virginia.

Possible leader: Pitt.

12. Offensive lineman Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash.)

Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, Cal, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin.

Possible leader: Washington.

13. DT Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.)

Offers: Alabama, Boston College, UConn, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, Tennessee.

Possible leader: Notre Dame.


14. Athlete Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md.)

Offers: Alabama, Cal, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.


Possible leader: Florida State.

15. Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, USF, Tennessee, Texas, UCF, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest.

Possible leader: Tennessee.

16. DB Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, USF, Southern Miss, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt, West Virginia.

Possible leader: Alabama.

17. OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz.)

Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest, Washington.

Possible leader: USC.

18. DT Eddie Goldman (Washington, D.C.)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

Possible leader: Alabama.

19. DB Geno Smith (Atlanta, Ga.)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech.

Possible leader: Georgia.

20. WR Shaq Roland (Lexington, S.C.)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina. 

Possible leader: Clemson.

 
 
 
 
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