Tag:Big East
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:12 am
 

8/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Eye on Recruiting is back in action and better than ever. As a result, a super-sized roundup:

- Really good story on the nation's top recruit, Dorial Green-Beckham.

- Florida quarterbacks Tyler Cameron and Kendric Bostic will pick between several schools Tuesday.

- Several BCS schools are recruiting Diddy's son Justin Combs, a cornerback out of New York.

  Michigan's recent tradition of hosting a BBQ at the Big House continued over the weekend and attracted some top recruits.

 Florida target Adam Lane found out he was invited to the Army All-American Bowl.

  Tight end Kurt Freitag is down to four finalists in Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Miami.

As Oklahoma's recruiting class fills up, a good look at how it is a game of chance.

Top offensive tackle Andrus Peat is down to three schools: Texas, Florida State and Nebraska, where his brother is at.
Recruits in Ohio might be thinking twice about going to Ohio State.

Commitments:

Defensive end Chris Wormley committed to Michigan.

Arkansas picked up cornerback Jared Collins and receiver Keon Hatcher.

Quarterback Bennie Coney is headed to Cincinnati.

Running back Marcus Allen, no not that Marcus Allen, committed to Georgia Tech over Florida State, Tennessee and others.

Arizona State continues to grow their recruiting class, picking up offensive lineman Stephon McCray and running back Russell Hansbrough.

Iowa added offensive tackle Ryan Ward as a commitment.

Defensive end Ben Dixon is the latest Arizona commit.

West Virginia added receiver Ray Martin, linebacker Tony Matteo and defensive end Noble Nwachukwu.

Missouri received a commitment from defensive tackle Ed Ray.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Elite 11 quarterback makes the call for Pitt

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just over a week ago at the Elite 11, Cleveland (Tenn.) quarterback Chad Voytik said he was down to Pitt and Vanderbilt. On Thursday, he made his choice and verbally committed to the Panthers.

"It fit in every area," Voytik told Panther-Lair.com. "The staff and I have always clicked, they've got the same beliefs as I do, I really like the offense they run there, and there's a great opportunity that I'm going to have. Plus, it's a great school."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound quarterback displayed a strong arm during the competition in Malibu and outperformed other highly recruited quarterbacks at the event. Time after time he cited his ability to fit into head coach Todd Graham's offense and did so again after committing.

"It's like our high school's offense, it really is," Voytik said. "They ran it at Tulsa, and I feel like I fit in that really well. I think I can work in a pro-style, but the offense that they run, they throw it and put up big numbers and win games. I'm excited about that." 

Voytik is the 11th commitment in the Panthers' class of 2012 and is joined on offense by two wide receivers among others.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:26 am
 

7/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Interesting story on recruiting services for players.
Quarterback Faton Bauta took an unofficial visit to UCF.

Athlete Janarion Grant was one of the top performers at USF's Sling and Shoot 7-on-7 Tournament.

Miami head coach Al Golden talks a little recruiting.

 Minnesota seeks an in-state recruiting coup.

  West Virginia is hoping to close out their summer with a commitment or two out of their summer camp.

With North Carolina coach Butch Davis gone, Virginia Tech lost a recruiting thorn in their side.

Commitments:

Mississippi State added receiver Fred Brown and speedster Brandon Holloway to their class.

 Offensive lineman Joe Harris selected South Carolina over Georgia and Clemson.

 Corner Jhavon Williams will head to UConn to play ball.

 Kansas picked up quarterback Bilal Marshall from South Florida.

  Receiver D'Arthur Cowan made it official: he was going to Arkansas.

Number 18 is in for Arizona State and it's defensive end Jarvis Lewis.
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 11:09 am
 

Badger Sports Nationals: Top Performers

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There was enough talent at Gerald Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU over 4th of July weekend to make the old Mustang teams of the late 1980's jealous. California All-Star team 1925 took home the trophy at the end of the day but there were plenty of individuals who shined with their performances at the tournament. Here are a few names that stood out in the Texas heat:

Harbor City (Calif.) quarterback Troy Williams

Williams was the most polished passer at the tournament and led his 1925 team to the national championship after falling short of a title in several other tournaments. Even when it came down to crunch time and his team needed a score, Williams was calm and collective. He showed nice touch on his deep ball and could really spin the ball on short and intermediate throws. He should be one of the top quarterbacks on the West Coast in 2013.

Greenbelt (Md.) quarterback Shawn Petty

Petty threw one of the nicest balls at the tournament and could really move it downfield. He's a big lefty and delivered a nice, catchable ball to receivers, constantly placing it right where it needed to be. After watching him throw it around this weekend, Petty really looks like he'd be a good fit at Maryland.

Encino (Calif.) running back Mike Davison

The smallest player on the field was electric every time he touched the ball. He could stop on the dime and more often than not, left defenders grasping at air while trying to tag him. He's a perfect player for 7-on-7 and was arguably the Team MVP for eventual champions 1925.

Detroit (Mich.) running back Dennis Norfleet

Make no mistake, Norfleet was the man this weekend for his team, almost single-handedly carrying his Michigan-based squad. He rarely, if ever, came off the field and played both ways. As a running back, he was able to find open space and dart away from defenders. As a corner, he managed to shut down often bigger wide receivers. He's a top-flight athlete and could be a steal on the recruiting trail.

Jacksonville (Fla.) receiver Ahmad Fulwood

Fulwood was a bit of an unknown coming into the competition for Team Louisiana but he quickly made a name for himself as the team's biggest offensive threat. He's got a great frame at 6-foot-4 and moves very fluidly. He's got big hands and, as an underclassman, could develop into one of the top guys in North Florida in next year's class. He already holds a dozen scholarship offers from Florida, South Carolina, Notre Dame and others.

Bellflower (Calif.) receiver Bryce Treggs

Easily the most productive receiver over the weekend, Treggs was often found celebrating a long touchdown catch in just about every game. He has one of the smoothest releases despite being a smaller guy and can flat out fly down the field. He runs routes like the best of them and caught everything thrown his way. He could be a very good slot receiver that stretches the field at the next level.

Upland (Calif.) receiver Kenny Lawler

Lawler was the leader for B2G over the weekend and emerged as their go-to guy. He's got a great pair of hands and they're about as soft as his verbal commitment to Arizona State. He's not overly fast or the most athletic guy on the field but he catches the ball and makes plays.

South Bend (Ind.) receiver Gehrig Dieter

On a team (Goon Squad) with lots of big time players, Dieter was the most consistent player for them all weekend. He fits the label of a very good Big Ten wide out with great speed and reliable hands. Dieter showed off his athleticism by going up for some balls when he wasn't toasting defensive backs with his speed down the field.

McKees Rocks (Pa.) linebacker Deaysean Rippy

Rippy impressed with his coverage skills over the weekend and did so looking like a linebacker that was ready to head to college, not his senior year in high school. He had a good drop and roamed well in coverage. These events allow players to show off their athleticism and Rippy certainly did that.

Fresno (Calif.) athlete Deontay Greenberry

One of the most athletic players on the field, Greenberry was a red zone stud on offense and a shut down safety on defense. He played with swagger both days and was unstoppable on jump balls. Rangy and quick on defense, he allowed only a handful of balls to be completed on his half of the field.

Reserve (La.) cornerback Darion Monroe

Monroe was the defender that stood out for Team Louisiana and pretty much was the definition of shut down. He locked up receivers man-to-man and was savvy enough to drop back into passing lanes during zone. He can really change directions quickly and he had the speed to keep up with everybody he lined up against.

New Rochelle (N.Y.) cornerback Justin Combs

Combs, son of rapper Diddy, was one of the big surprises of the tournament with his play. He grabbed several interceptions over the weekend and managed to stay stride for stride with just about every opposing wide out. He's not the biggest player on the field but he did come to play.
 


Posted on: July 5, 2011 9:07 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 9:13 am
 

7/5 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Now back to the recruiting grind with plenty of links:

- The Sporting News has released their list of 125 of the top recruits from the class of 2012 and starts out with Nos. 125-76.

- Depth at offensive tackle is one of the things this year's recruiting class has that last year's didn't.

Defensive back Chaz Elder is down to Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Maryland wide receiver commit Malcolm Culmer is a speedy deep threat for the Terps.

Oklahoma State has lost several commits and that's something Mike Gundy calls 'disappointing.'

Texas and Texas A&M seem to be out front nationally according to some analysts.

  Some updates on Michigan targets Josh Garnett, Aziz Shittu and Jordan Payton. The Wolverines still need some help at defensive tackle.

Commitments:

Defensive back Julian Whigham committed to Syracuse.
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 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
 
 
 
 
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