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Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:40 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 10:20 am
 

6/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Running back Greg Garmon has overcome obstacles to become both a cancer survivor and a Top 100 recruit.

One of the top quarterbacks in Georgia, Greyson Lambert, will visit South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Florida State in July.

 Big offensive line recruit Vadal Alexander will visit Geogia but says his leaders are Alabama, LSU and Auburn.

 Offensive lineman Alex Kozan took in the sights and sounds of Arkansas yesterday.

Nebraska is making itself at home in the state of Ohio.

 Notre Dame offered quarterback Jalin Marshall.

 The Orlando Sentinel says Florida State's recruiting class narrowly edges out Florida.

 Running back David Smith could follow his friend Maurice Fleming Jr. to Illinois.


Commitments:

 Al Golden and Miami picked up two players in the 2012 class in linebacker Reggie Northrup and tight end Brandon Holifield.

 Wide receiver Lamarlin Wiggins has pledged to attend USF.

 It was a good day for Washington, which picked up commitments from safety Taylor Lagace, defensive end Kalei Auelua and defensive back Bryan Harper.

 Texas added kicker Nick Jordan to their upcoming class.

 Running back Joe Riddle pulled the trigger on a commitment to Maryland.
Posted on: June 28, 2011 6:11 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 6:59 pm
 

June Big East Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in June and as the temperature gauge continues to rise and we move into July, it's time to see how schools are building their recruiting class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big East, where conference newcomer TCU is hitting the recruiting trail hard.


   Cincinnati (13)

Offensive lineman Deyshawn Bond (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Kevin Brown (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Drake Burns (Fort Thomas, Kent.)
Running back Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Jonathan Burt (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Athlete Alex Dale (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jeremy Graves (Maple Heights, Ohio)
Defensive back Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Ryan Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Wide receiver Vincent Miller (Lexington, Ky.)
Defensive end Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Williamson (Cincinnati, Ohio)

   Connecticut (8)

Wide receiver Neally Cunningham (Palm Bay, Fla.)
Linebacker John Hicks (Paimyra, Pa.)
Athlete Michael Marder (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive back Obi Melifonwu (Grafton, Mass.)
Defensive tackle Mikal Myers (Newburgh, N.Y.)
Linebacker Elijah Norris (Washington, D.C.)
Offensive lineman Tyler Samra (Ramsey, N.J.)
Linebacker Jason Sylva (Plymouth, Mass.)

   Louisville (8)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Joshua Appleby (Harvest, Ala.)
Athlete Demetrius Frazier (Brunswick, Ga.)
Defensive back Kevin Houchins (South Eucid, Ohio)
Defensive end Larry Jefferson (College Park, Ga.)
Offensive lineman T.C. Klusman (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Teko Powell (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Brandon Snell (Miami, Fla.)

   Pittsburgh (6)

Wide receiver Trenton Coles (Clairton, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Brandyn Cook (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Marzett Geter (McKees Rocks, Pa.)
Defensive end Myles Hilliard (Bedford, Ohio)
Defensive back William Parks (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Linebacker Alkwan Williams (Johnnstown, Pa.)

   Rutgers (6)

Wide receiver Carlton Agudosi (Franklin, N.J.)
Linebacker Steve Longa (Saddle Brook, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.)
Wide receiver Ruhann Peele (Linden, N.J.)
Running back Desmon Peoples (Warminister, Pa.)
Quarterback Blake Rankin (Bloomsburg, Pa.)

   South Florida (8)

Defensive back Chris Bivins (Gainesville, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Reno Henderson (Ocala, Fla.)
Wide receiver Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Defensive end Daniel Perry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Tight end Sean Price (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla.)
Defensive back D.J. White (McDonogh, Ga.)
Athlete LaMarlin Wiggins (Plant City, Fla.)

   Syracuse (9)

Defensive end Poncho Barnwell (Rochester, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Wide receiver Alvin Cornelius (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Linebacker Myles Davis (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Defensive end Jason Emerich (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.)
Athlete Devante McFarland (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)
Tight end Joshua Parris (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker James Washington (Winter Park, Fla.)

   TCU (13)

Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Running back B.J. Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Defensive end Devonte Fields (Arlington, Texas)
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Hunt (El Campo, Texas)
Athlete Daje Johnson (Plugerville, Texas)
Running back Rashodrick Linwood (Linden, Texas)
Athlete Kolby Listenbee (Arlington, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive end James McFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Kicker Jaden Oberkrom (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas)

   West Virginia (10)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Ford Childress (Houston, Texas)
Defensive back Da'Quan Davis (Towson, Md.)
Running back Jarrod Harper (Frostburg, Md.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Deontay McManus (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Brandon Napoleon (Jersey City, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky (Lakewood, Ohio)
Athlete Albert Reid (Washington, D.C.)
Athlete J.T. Washington (Satellite Beach, Fla.)

Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 10:15 am
 

6/28 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- 7-on-7 team Florida Footballers Fire, which has won two tournaments and features recruits such as USF's Chris Bivins and Miami's Larry Hope, can't make it to a national competition because of lack of money.

- A look at a couple of Dallas-area recruits.

- High school all-star games have become a very big business

 Defensive back Jarrod Wilson could select Michigan, but the Wolverines are battling Notre Dame and Penn State for his commitment.  

 Two recent commitments have some worrying Penn State's recruiting class has lost momentum.

 Louisville picked up a commitment from punter Joshua Appleby, who might just have the most polished recruiting website out there.
Posted on: June 26, 2011 7:39 pm
 

USF gets two big in-state commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With new coaching staffs at Miami and Florida, many observers thought that USF could capitalize on the turnover and steal a few recruits that might otherwise head to those two schools or go out-of-state. Skip Holtz and the Bulls picked up two such players this weekend with the commitments of Citra (Fla.) tight end Sean Price and Gainesville (Fla.) cornerback Chris Bivins.

“There is so much to like about USF,” Price, right, told USFNation.com. "When I visited with them and got to hang with Coach (Phil) McGeoghan, Coach (Larry) Scott, Coach Holtz, the whole staff, and some of the players, I felt like it was one big family and I wanted to be part of it.”

Price held scholarship offers from Florida, Miami, Alabama, LSU and Notre Dame among others and has had a terrific summer at 7-on-7 competitions. Despite all of the attention from powerhouse programs in the recruiting process however, it was the school just down the highway that offered Price the best chance to improve his game.

“The campus was real nice, the facilities are awesome and it’s a place where I feel like I can grow into a man at. The whole atmosphere there is electric,” said Price. “They’re a young team and are just going to get better and better, and I know I can go in there and play my freshman year.”

Like Price, Bivins has been a mainstay on the 7-on-7 circuit and camp circuit. He ended up committing at the SuperBull camp put on by USF coaches at Raymond James Stadium.

"After I did everything with the coaches, had some experience with the coaching staff to see how they did things, everything just felt good," Bivins told The St. Petersburg Times.

Bivins' sister, a volleyball player, committed to USF earlier in the week. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound corner also held offers from Arkansas, Illinois and South Carolina. Even with several other programs close to offering this summer, it was tough for the family to be separated and therefore Chris became the second member of the Bivins clan to commit to USF.

"We've been together all our lives. It would be hard for us to separate," he said. "I love my sister to death. I've got to be her big brother and not let anything happen to her. She's older than me, but I still think of myself as her big brother."

The in-state duo give USF six commitments for the class of 2012, including four defensive backs.
Posted on: June 24, 2011 9:50 am
 

6/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A big international flavor at last night's NBA draft. Wonder how different things would be if college recruiting was a draft instead of its current system?

Five issues that will shape Notre Dame's upcoming recruiting class. 

 Athlete Anthony Brown hopes he'll get a USF offer soon.

 Running back William Mahone visited Michigan State this week.

 LSU has 12 commits in this list of top players in the state of Louisiana.

 Mike Stoops and Arizona have opened a pipeline from the state of Oklahoma.

 Offensive tackle Jordan Diamond said he plans to visit Arkansas in early August.

Commitments:

 Northwestern
added three commitments Thursday night. 


 Fellow Big Ten program Indiana also added three commitments yesterday. 

 Linebacker Jamal Lyles and defensive end Josiah Price both committed to Michigan State. 

 Defensive end James Washington pledged to Syracuse
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:02 pm
 

6/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- As the No. 2 overall recruit and the top quarterback in 2012, Gunner Kiel is keeping his recruitment low key.

- Running the numbers on SEC recruiting compared to ACC recruiting turns out about how you'd expect.

Arkansas is keeping tabs on speedy wide receiver Eric Hawkins.

Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, USF and Miami are defensive tackle Earl Moore's top five according to this Q&A he did.

The decommitment of Kyle Kalis is just the latest news in Ohio State's recruiting woes.

Offensive lineman Blake Bars visited Michigan and now has a top five.

Wisconsin is off to a fast start in putting together their 2012 recruiting class.


Commitments:

Florida added the commitment of kicker Austin Hardin, who selected the Gators over Auburn and Tennessee.

Cornerback Hugs Etienne committed to Wisconsin over West Virginia.

Pitt added former Ohio State signee Ejuan Price.

Dual threat quarterback Brenden Motley selected Virginia Tech over Virginia and Georgia Tech.
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: June 22, 2011 10:18 pm
 

6/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Plenty of NCAA related news yesterday, so here's a super roundup full of recruiting nuggets for those looking to avoid talk of monitoring and sanctions.

Top 100 cornerback Geno Smith says Alabama and Auburn are his frontrunners.

Running back Ryan Green picked up an offer from Florida State. Wide out Monty Madaris also picked up an offer from the Seminoles.

Rumors were circulating that Dante Fowler was considering Florida, but he's firm to Florida State.

Michigan recruit Erik Magnuson says it's time for the Wolverines to dominate. The school's camp brought in plenty of top prospects.

Figuring out how many scholarships Washington might be able to offer in 2012.

Ohio beat Pennsylvania in the Big 33 game and plenty of recruits shined.

A detailed USC recruiting roundup.

USF offered local quarterback Darryl Richardson.

SoCal athlete Jherremya Leuta-Douyere picked up a scholarship from BYU.

- Wide receiver Trey Griffey, son of Junior, shined at a recent 7-on-7 event.

Commitments:

Georgia Tech picked up wide receiver Michael Summers Jr. and quarterback Dennis Andrews.

Linebacker Blake Rodgers is headed to Seattle to play for the Huskies.

Quarterback King Davis committed to New Mexico State.

Defensive back Paris Head pledged to Vanderbilt, as did linebacker Josh Dawson.

Wide receiver Austin Sheehan is headed to Kentucky.

Defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis committed to Virginia.
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:11 am
 

Productive weekend for 'Noles as they land three

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida State fans were expecting a big recruiting weekend in Tallahassee and Jimbo Fisher and staff delivered, bringing in three commitments so far this week with a few more on the horizon as the Jimbo Fisher Summer Camp gets underway. 

The first player to commit to the Seminoles was Orange (Calif.) tight end Christo Kourtzidis, who made his pledge public on Saturday.

"It came down to FSU, Nebraska, and California," Kourtzidis told Warchant.com. "It was nothing against all the other schools because all of them were great but FSU just fit me in every single way. The offense, campus, it was just the perfect fit."

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Californian is another big time commitment at the position after the school added nationally-ranked tight end Nick O'Leary in last year's recruiting class. One of the biggest factors that led Kourtzidis' to commit was the relationship he had with the coaching staff and in particular with his position coach James Coley.

"He's a players coach and I love that about Coach Coley," he said. "I'm really looking forward to having him coach me at Florida State."

The good news continued for the staff on Sunday as they added the commitments of Charlotte (N.C.) punter Cason Beatty and Orlando (Fla.) defensive tackle James Hamilton.

"I just liked the vibe of Florida State, liked the coaching staff," Hamilton told Warchant. "Coach Fisher and Coach Odell (Haggins) are two great guys. They want me to play defensive tackle, and I decided I do want to play defensive tackle in college. The school is great, it's close to home and they compete every year for a big bowl game and the national championship." 

The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Hamilton is also a standout offensive lineman in high school. He held offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Michigan State, USF and Texas A&M among others but the experience at Fisher's summer camp led him and the coaching staff to feel like his future was at Florida State on defense.

"They saw what I can do, saw my quickness, my explosiveness and what kind of damage I can do on the defensive side of the ball," he said. 

The trio's pledges give the Seminoles 13 commitments for the class of 2012. Beatty is the second kicker to join the class, while Hamilton is the fifth defensive lineman planning on heading to Tallahassee next fall. 

Fisher's Summer Camp resumes Monday and several of Florida State's commitments and recruiting targets are expected to be in attendance. 
 
 
 
 
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