Tag:Lemming Top 100
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Green-Beckham #1 in Tom Lemming Top 100

Posted by Bryan Fischer

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It was no surprise to see Springfield (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham top the initial Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012. After all, the talented athlete was the first sophomore to ever win the MaxPreps National Athlete of the Year award and he might have his own page in the state record books by the time he is finished.

The 6-foot-6, 220 pound Green-Beckham has some of the most impressive game film for a wide receiver in years and there was no doubt who Lemming thought was the best player in the class of 2012.

"He's got everything," Lemming said. "Height, super long arms, leaping ability, speed, and most of all, production. He's the best high school wide receiver since Randy Moss."

That's high praise for someone who hasn't even played their senior year of high school but Green-Beckham's impressive numbers back up the ranking. As a sophomore he caught 66 passes for 1,616 yards and 23 touchdowns and topped those numbers as a junior with 70 catches for 1,706 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Green-Beckham is also a talented athlete on the track and the court, leading his team to a state title in both sports. The big receiver is far and away the best player at his school in football and still puts up eye-popping numbers despite being double and sometimes even triple-teamed.

Holding scholarship offers from just about every school in the country, it's safe to say that Green-Beckham is drawing even more attention than last year's number one overall player Jadeveon Clowney. Although Big 12 schools close to home figure to play a key role in the recruiting process, top flight competition in the South is very intriguing to the talented wide receiver.

"A lot of the schools he has interest in are in the SEC," John Beckham, Green-Beckham's adopted father and high school coach told MaxPreps. "That seems to be where there are more schools that he's interested in."

The recruiting plans of the nation's number one player may be pushed back a bit however, as Green-Beckham deals with his brother Darnell, who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia.

Despite the tragic news, the nation's top player will look to fight through the difficult situation and aim for an even more impressive senior campaign. No matter what though, expect to know the name Dorial Green-Beckham very well by the time Signing Day rolls around.

Kiel number two, several others in contention for top QB spot

After two down years at the quarterback position, the class of 2012 looks to be one of the stronger groups to come out of high school in the past few years. Columbus (Ind.) signal caller Gunner Kiel tops the position group rankings and slides in behind Green-Beckham as the number two overall player in Lemming's rankings.

The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Kiel is the nephew of former Notre Dame quarterback Blair Kiel and his family is no stranger to the recruiting process with two brothers having gone through it. Brother Dusty is a quarterback at Indiana and his other brother, Drew, plays the same position at Illinois State. All three brothers might be quarterbacks but it's Blair who stands out as the most talented.

"He seems to have everything," Lemming said. "He's got great size, has the arm and all the intangibles to become a great college quarterback."

Kiel looks like a polished product on film and he has coaches from across the country salivating over the possibility of landing him. Notre Dame and Indiana are two schools that are recruiting him heavily that are close to home but Oklahoma, Missouri and Alabama are pursuing Kiel with all they've got. He recently took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa to see the Crimson Tide and figures to make several other visits to schools this summer.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) quarterback and Texas commit Connor Brewer, Edgewood (Ky.) quarterback Zeke Pike and Plant City (Fla.) standout Bennie Coney are just a few of the other quarterbacks nationally that add to a very good position group this year.

Good year along the offensive line

One of the best position groups in the country top to bottom in the Lemming Top 100 is the offensive linemen. Jacksonville (Fla.) tackle John Theus is the number six overall player and is just one of several players 6-foot-6 or taller that college coaches hope will be their left tackle of the future.

Four offensive lineman are in the top 20, including Tempe (Ariz.) tackle Andrus Peat, Charlotte (N.C.) lineman D.J. Humphries and Lakewood (Wash.) tackle Zach Banner. The West in particular has an especially good and deep group of lineman this year. If you consider, as many do, Elk Grove (Calif.) lineman Arik Armstead an offensive tackle instead of a defensive tackle, he might just be in contention for the number one overall ranking.

Florida leads the way, Texas not far behind

It's no surprise but once again Florida, Texas and California are well represented in the initial top 100. Florida has 16 players on the list, led by Theus and Tallahassee (Fla.) defensive back Travis Blanks.

Texas has 10 athletes on the list but staggeringly has three of the top 10, the only state with multiple players among the elite of the elite. Georgia continues to churn out quality Division I talent and this year is no different as eight players from the Peach State made the list. California also had eight players make the cut with several quality players just missing out.

School-wise, the Texas Longhorns are well represented on the Top 100 as usual. Wide receiver commit Cayleb Jones is the number three recruit overall and quarterback Connor Brewer is 28th overall. Offensive lineman Curtis Riser out of DeSoto (Texas) is 79th. Lane Kiffin continues to recruit well at USC, landing verbal commitments from Armstead and Westlake Village (Calif.) receiver Jordan Payton.

Florida State looks well on their way to putting together another top five class in 2012 with commitments from Denton (Texas) defensive end and number five player overall Mario Edwards, 29th ranked defensive end Dante Fowler and the last player to make the list, Cape Coral (Fla.) running back Mario Pender who checks in at number 100.

Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:25 am
 

4/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Remember, the Tom Lemming Top 100 list will be released today so be sure to check back at CBSSports.com and MaxPreps.com.

- Several Michigan teams and players will compete at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament at Pitt this weekend.

- Linebacker Bryce Cottrell is planning a trip to Arizona this weekend.

- Lemming Top 100 quarterback Zeke Pike unofficially visited Arkansas and here's his impression of the school.

- It's an exceptionally good year for kickers in the state of Illinois.

- Michigan is in a good position with linebacker Kaleb Ringer, the younger brother of former Michigan State star Javon Ringer.

Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:52 am
 

2012 Athletes to Watch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Olney (Md.) star Stefon Diggs is the top athlete in the nation according to CBS Sports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other players - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Diggs off the top spot and become the top athlete for the class of 2012.

Nelson Agholor (Berkeley Prep, Tampa, Fla.) 

Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 185 pounds 
Offers from: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, USF, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt

What's to like: Agholor is an exceptional athlete and does so well at both defensive back and wide receiver, it's hard to figure out which position he actually would be better at in college. He's a big play receiver and has a tremendous leaping ability to go up and snatch the ball out of the air. He's fluid running routes and can sit down, catch a pass and then take off. Defensively, he plays press coverage very well and can turn and run like the best of them.

Needs to work on: There's not a lot that Agholor can't do. It would be nice to see him improve his tackling and aggressiveness.



Arik Armstead (Pleasant Grove High, Elk Grove, Calif.) 

Height: 6-foot-7 
Weight: 280 pounds 
Committed to USC

What's to like: The argument could be made that Armstead is the top player in the country and top offensive tackle. He also plays along the defensive line as a mammoth defensive tackle who can really fill two gaps and explode off the line. At this point however, he seems best suited as a left tackle at the next level. His size and strength allow him to simply overpower most of the competition and he has surprising quickness and speed to boot.

Needs to work on: Because most feel he's best suited to be a tackle, staying at the position and working on pass protection would be the one thing Armstead could do to really prepare himself for college.



Ronald Darby (Potomac High, Oxon Hill, Md.) 

Height: 5-foot-11 
Weight: 180 pounds 
Offers from: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, Tennessee, USC, Virginia, West Virginia

What's to like: Darby is one of the fastest players in this class and he can turn on the jets on offense and dart his way past defenders. He's very quick as well and closes on the ball as a defensive back like few others. He could fill a variety of roles on offense but might be best suited for safety in college.

Needs to work on: He still needs to learn the nuances of the safety position and could also work on his tackling if he ends up on defense.



Davonte Neal (Chaparral High, Scottsdale, Ariz.) 

Height: 5-foot-9 
Weight: 175 pounds 
Offers from: Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Penn State, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC

What's to like: Neal is a firecracker on offense and a dynamic threat that can take it to the house at anytime. He is a good kick/punt returner who is shifty enough to make defenders miss. On defense, he's a solid corner who is a real ball hawk.

Needs to work on: He's a bit stiff in the hips to play corner and is so good on offense he'll likely end up on that side of the ball in college. Neal should continue to work on his speed and quickness as well.



Justin Thomas (Prattville High, Prattville, Ala.) 

Height: 5-foot-11 
Weight: 185 pounds 
Committed to Alabama

What's to like: Thomas is one of the fastest players in the state and is a legitimate threat to score because of his ability to shift into that top gear. He plays quarterback in high school mostly because he is the best player on his team but he won't be playing that position in college. His quickness and ability to make people miss is something that is pretty special.

Needs to work on: He will be raw wherever he starts out in college so trying to get some work in at receiver (likely in the slot) or at defensive back will help him adjust to his future role. Learning the little things will be his biggest challenge but he's smart enough to adjust.



Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: April 5, 2011 10:18 am
 

2012 Defensive Backs to Watch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Geismar (La.) star Landon Collins is the top defensive back in the nation according to CBS Sports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other players - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Collins off the top spot and become the top defensive back for the class of 2012.

Travis Blanks (North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, Fla.)

Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 200 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, USF, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt

What's to like: Blanks has good height and projects best at safety but can play nickel corner or on the outside. He can turn his hips very quickly and can overpower smaller receivers at the line of scrimmage.

Needs to work on: Blanks is athletic but we're unsure of the competition he is going against. We'd like to see him against some top flight receivers and see how he does. He needs to get stronger as well.

Jordan Diggs (Bishop Verot High, Fort Meyers, Fla.) 

Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 195 pounds 
Offers from Auburn, Boston College, UConn, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, South Carolina, USF, Tennessee, UCF, Vanderbilt, West Virginia

What's to like: Diggs certainly looks the part of a Division-I safety with or without the pads. He has a physical upper body and can come in and lay a big hit. He closes on the ball quickly and is quite cerebral on the field, directing teammates to where they need to be. The best part about Diggs is his passion for the game and willingness to learn about the position.

Needs to work on: Diggs still needs to work on his quickness and at times seems a bit stiff in his hips.

Tee Shepard (Central East High, Fresno, Calif.)

Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 175 pounds 
Committed to Notre Dame

What's to like: Shepard will be a bigger corner at the next level and his length will give opposing receivers issues. He is one of the best in terms of covering a player one-on-one and does a good job of knowing where the ball is at all times. He also has surprisingly good hands for a defensive back.

Needs to work on: Thompson is not one to lay a huge hit on an opponent and real seems to hang out on the outside. He'll pursue players but really won't attack them at the line of scrimmage.

Geno Smith (St. Pius X School, Atlanta, Ga.)

Height: 6-foot 
Weight: 170 
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech

What's to like: Smith can turn and run with the best of the wide receivers out there and he sticks to them closely. He plays the ball in the air well and is a surprisingly willing and able tackler. He closes on the ball well and could play early on at the nickel corner spot.

Needs to work on: He needs to get stronger and could also work on his press in Cover-2.

Shaquille Thompson (Grant Union High, Sacramento, Calif.) 

Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 195 pounds 
Offers from Auburn, Cal, Oregon, UCLA, UNLV, USC

What's to like: Thompson is the younger brother of former All-American corner Syd'Quan Thompson and you can tell that the family knows how to play the defensive back position. The younger Thompson is a terrific athlete and one of the better tacklers in this class. He closes extremely quickly and does well when in press coverage as well. He will likely play safety but he as the ability to play corner as well.

Needs to work on: Thompson still needs to beef up a little as he would be a bit thin at safety in college. There are times when he seems a bit unsure of what he's doing and just reacts but playing a single position in college will help him focus on getting better.

Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:12 pm
 

2012 Linebackers to Watch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oxford (Ala.) star Kwon Alexander is the top linebacker in the nation according to CBS Sports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other linebackers - in no particular order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Alexander off the top spot and become the top linebacker for the class of 2012.

Deaysean Rippy (Sto-Rox High, McKees Rocks, Pa.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 210 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, UConn, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, South Carolina, Syracuse, Temple, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin

What's to like: It's no surprise to see Rippy become one of the most recruited athletes in the country after watching his film. He has been on the radar since his sophomore year and is a really versatile player as an outside linebacker. His pass rush skills are exceptional and he is fast enough to even be a safety at the next level. Rippy is one of the best players in coverage among this group of linebackers.

Needs to work on: Rippy is still a bit undersized if he wants to play outside linebacker in a 4-3 and could add a bit of weight.



Noor Davis (The Villages High, The Villages, Fla.) 
Height: 6-foot-4 
Weight: 225 pounds 
Offers from: Alabama, Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pitt, Purdue, USF, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF, UCLA, USC, Virginia

What's to like: Davis is an exceptional prospect at the outside linebacker position and it's hard not to like what you see when you see him in person or on film. He is a smart player on the field who reads the play quickly and almost always takes a good angle to make the tackle. It's almost funny to see him standout on the field due to his size and the way he hits.

Needs to work on: Davis needs to learn some of the nuances of playing outside linebacker and move beyond a pass rusher from the outside.



Jabari Ruffin (Downey High, Downey, Calif.) 
Height: 6-foot-3 
Weight: 245 pounds 
Committed to USC

What's to like: Ruffin certainly looks the part and is probably the best linebacker west of the Mississippi. He looked sharp at the recent LA Nike Camp and his athleticism jumps out at you when you realize he played offense last season. Not only does he have speed to burn but his explosiveness is really apparent when you see him get ready to deliver a big hit.

Needs to work on: There's not a whole lot more that Ruffin needs to do to be successful but he should benefit from playing only linebacker in college. Becoming a read and react player instead of relying mostly on his athleticism to make plays is the next step for him to become a great player.



Reggie Ragland (Bob Jones High, Madison, Ala.) 
Height: 6-foot-4 
Weight: 235 pounds 
Committed to Alabama

What's to like: Ragland's size and speed make him a very, very good prospect manning the middle linebacker position. He's instinctive and when he reads his keys is one of the best in the country. He fills gaps very well and usually ends up blowing people up rather than just tackling them. He also does a good job of engaging a defender and then getting said defender out of his way.

Needs to work on: Ragland is a bit of a lose cannon at times and sometimes tries to do too much. He'll need to improve his coverage skills as well, especially if he's to be a middle backer in a Cover-2 scheme that requires him to run down the field.

Cassanova McKinzy (Woodlawn High, Birmingham, Ala.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 230 pounds 
Committed to Auburn

What's to like: McKinzy's name first of all. Beyond that though, there's plenty of things that Auburn coaches saw in McKinzy, including great size and speed at outside linebacker. He's very athletic and could play running back at the next level if he wanted to. McKinzy wraps up very well when tackling and is very instinctive.

Needs to work on: McKinzy may have all the measurables but he is still a bit raw at linebacker. He'll need to refine his coverage skills and improve his ability to read and react.

Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:52 am
 

2012 Defensive Ends to Watch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Harrisburg (Pa.) star Noah Spence is the top defensive end in the nation according to CBS Sports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other lineman - in no particular order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Spence off the top spot and become the top defensive end for the class of 2012.

Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton Ryan High, Denton, Texas) 
Height: 6-foot-4 
Weight: 260 pounds 
Committed to Florida State.

What's to like: Edwards is almost a defensive tackle rushing the quarterback from the outside. He plays just as well - if not better - against the urn as he does pass rushing. You can tell he's had some coaching (he's the son of former Florida State and NFL player of the same name) because he's quite polished as a defensive end. His massive size also makes him one of the strongest ends in the country.

Needs to work on: There's a lot to like about Edwards but like most ends in high school, he could work on staying low out of his stance and getting his hands in a better position against taller offensive tackles.



Adolphus Washington (Taft High, Cincinnati, Ohio) 
Height: 6-foot-6 
Weight: 240 pounds 
Offers from: Alabama, Boston College, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M, USC

What's to like: Washington has great size, speed and, as a top basketball prospect as well, athleticism. It's simply hard to notice a player who just explodes out of his stance and can move around like a player much smaller than what he really is.

Needs to work on: Washington can get a scholarship in either football or basketball but if it is football, he needs to refine his moves because he is a bit raw. Right now he's a superb athlete but if he sticks with football and refines his technique, Washington might be scary good.

Darius Hamilton (Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.) 
Height: 6-foot-4 
Weight: 245 pounds 
Offers from: Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado, UConn, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF, USC, Wisconsin

What's to like: Hamilton has great size and the long arms you look for in elite lineman. He's got a really good motor and is relentless in his pursuit of the ball. He sheds blocks well and gets to the quarterback quickly. Hamilton could also add some weight to his great frame and slide inside and be a defensive tackle. He also has a good pedigree being the son of former New York Giant Keith Hamilton.

Needs to work on: Hamilton really just needs to refine his techniques and learn the nuances of the position. Going up against some elite offensive tackles this summer might also be a good thing for him as he rarely is challenged in high school.

Jordan Jenkins (Harris Country High, Hamilton, Ga.) 
Height: 6-foot-3 
Weight: 225 pounds 
Offers from: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, USF, Tennessee, UCF, USC, Vanderbilt

What's to like: Several big-time defensive ends have come out of the state of Georgia the past few years and Jenkins appears to be the next in line. What jumps out is his explosion off the line and into the backfield. He's fast enough to run down ball carriers that run away from him and also makes life hard on the quarterback on a straight speed rush.

Needs to work on: Jenkins isn't the most creative at getting into the backfield and could stand to improve on his pass rush moves by mixing in some swim moves and an improved spin move. He can also improve his play recondition.



Jelani Hamilton (St. Thomas Aquinas High, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 245 pounds 
Offers from: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, LSU, Miami, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech

What's to like: Hamilton certainly looks the part of a major prospect at the defensive end position. He displays surprising quickness and is quite athletic for his size. Hamilton ends up making plays wherever he is on the field and he should be coveted by some teams for his ability to add some weight and slide inside in some pass rushing situations.

Needs to work on: Hamilton still needs to learn to fire off the line lower and use his tremendous strength to create leverage.



Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Texas adds two major commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After a disappointing 2010 season, Texas fans had hoped to get a glimpse of the future of their program on Sunday afternoon and they ended up getting more than a look at next year's team. In addition to seeing 2011's best and brightest compete at the annual Spring Game, the Longhorns also picked up two big commitments from Brenham (Texas) linebacker Tim Cole and defensive tackle Malcom Brown.

"They did commit. It felt like the right fit for them," Brenham head coach Glenn West told Orangebloods.com. "They visited several schools, visited numerous schools numerous times. They decided this was the right decision for them. They did not rush into anything."

Both Cole and Brown had been strongly considering both Texas and Texas A&M but in the end went with their hearts and selected the Longhorns.

"It was kind of a roller coaster for them at times. Different schools were their favorites at different times," West said. "But I think in general, it was simply that they both felt that it was the school that they wanted to go to."

The 6-foot-2, 210 pound Cole was one of the best linebackers in the state last year, racking up 63 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior. The 6-foot-2, 280 pound Brown was just as disruptive to opposing offenses with 72 tackles and four sacks.

Brown is also member of Tom Lemming's Top 100 players for the class of 2012. With the pair's commitment, the Longhorns now have 15 players in the upcoming recruiting class.

Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:40 am
 

4/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp is today and should feature all of the best talent from all over the West. Stay tuned to the blog where we'll have full coverage up on the blog tonight.

- Lemming Top 100 offensive lineman Ty Darlington has Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska and Oklahoma on top in his recruitment.

- Florida football signee Jacoby Brissett was impressive on the basketball court in the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational this past Thursday.

- Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan recently picked up an offer from Pitt.

 
 
 
 
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