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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 24, 2011 10:08 am
 

8/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Lots of top players have been confirmed to play in the first ever Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

- Recruiting will take a back seat to the season for top overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham.

It's Georgia vs. Stanford for defensive tackle Jordan Watkins.

10 questions for Oregon State recruit Isaac Sumalo.

Michigan commit Matt Godin is the latest star lineman from his high school.

Only time will tell if Colorado's first recruiting class under Jon Embree will pan out.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham talks about his philosophy on recruiting junior college players.

Running back Dami Ayoola has set up visits to Notre Dame and Illinois.

Commitments:

Auburn added yet another cornerback to their class in T.J. Davis.
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 9, 2011 9:36 am
 

8/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- The CEO of Cincinnati Bell has become a mentor for defensive end Adolphus Washington.

- The always interesting Athlon Consensus 100 is out, bringing together all of the online ranking services.
- Tight end Kent Taylor is narrowing down his list on Wednesday.

Georgia commit Derrick Henry and fellow running back Kelvin Taylor are both special players.

Michigan's 2012 class is almost complete with Ondre Pipkins' commitment.

Could Florida be in-line for more five-stars?

Commitments:

Michigan State added offensive tackle Kodi Kieler as commitment 14 for this class.

Running back Mike Hilton committed to Ole Miss over Mississippi State and Kentucky. Running back I'Tavius Mathers has also committed to the Rebels.

Very nice pick up for BYU as defensive end Troy Hinds committed to the school.

Athlete Taylor Barton will leave Florida for college after committing to Illinois.
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 9:51 am
 

8/8 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A few updates on Michigan targets such as offensive lineman Kyle Bosch.

Florida State pledge Sean Maguire is ready to compete with top quarterback and fellow commit Jameis Winston.

Georgia, Florida and Auburn are at the top of offensive tackle Avery Young's list.

Interesting story on Notre Dame pulling a scholarship offer from defensive tackle Tommy Schutt.

Safety Denzel Conyers received a UConn offer despite being injured.

Florida commit Matt Jones has a slight tear in his meniscus and will miss some games.

A look at West Virginia's first recruiting class under Dana Holgorsen.

Joker Phillips is rebuilding Kentucky through recruiting.

Commitments

Texas offensive lineman Hiva Lutui committed to UCLA.

Rutgers grabbed in-state talent Leonte Carroo over the weekend.

Arkansas picked up commitment Deatrich Wise for the class of 2012.

Florida athlete Anthony Brown is headed to Purdue.

Illinois reached into Georgia and picked up a commitment from defensive back Zach Jackson.

Georgia went out of state to get a pledge from offensive lineman Greg Pyke.

Linebacker Dalton Santos picked Tennessee over Texas A&M.

Stud wide receiver Chris Black committed to Alabama.

West Virginia received a commitment from defensive end Korey Harris.

Tight end Jay Jay McCullough became Clemson's 17th commitment.

Pitt picked up two players in linebacker Devon Porchia and offensive lineman/transfer Tom Ricketts.

Georgia's top quarterback, Greyson Lambert, committed to Virginia.

Number two offensive lineman D.J. Humphries has committed to Florida.

Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Florida nabs Illinois linebacker

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With Will Muschamp running the defense down at The Swamp, one would expect a few defensive players to flock to the program even if he hasn't coached a game there yet. Bolingbrook (Ill.) linebacker Antonio Morrison was certainly interested in playing for the defensive mastermind and made a verbal commitment to Florida on Tuesday via his high school's Facebook page.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder gives the Gators some much needed size at the linebacker position. He is the third commitment at the spot and 16th overall for the program.

Morrison also held offers from Alabama, Miami, Illinois, Oregon and others. He racked up 82 tackles and four sacks last year as a junior.


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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Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:32 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 10:32 am
 

8/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- It could be a big day for Big Ten recruiting on Friday with several Detroit area stars set to commit.

  Defensive tackle Trae Clark added an offer from Illinois.

  Top 2013 receiver Richard Benjamin received an offer from Florida.

  Michigan's recruiting class has a strong Ohio flavor.


Commitments:


UCF added two nice pickups on offense in quarterback Kedric Bostic and receiver Drico Johnson.

Bostic wasn't the only quarterback to commit to a Florida program as Tyler Cameron selected USF. A look at Cameron's possible impact on the program.

Arizona strayed from their usual recruiting grounds to add defensive tackle Gerron Borne from Louisiana.

Joker Phillips and Kentucky received a commitment from athlete Daniel Ross and offensive tackle T.J. Jones.

Virginia continued to impress on the recruiting trail, getting a verbal pledge from defensive end Eli Harold over Penn State and Florida.

Iowa State reached into Florida to pull out receiver P.J. Harris.

 
 
 
 
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