Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:09 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Junior college linebacker Eddie Porter has Arkansas, Cal and Mississippi State as his top 3.
Clemson's prized recruits from last year are expected to make an instant impact.
Three Michigan State recruits are in Oregon for "The Opening."
Offensive lineman Jordan Watson is following his high school teammate to Kentucky and Jon Toth is following Watson.
Linebacker Jawand Blue verbally committed to Virginia Tech yesterday.
North Texas added two to their class of 2012.
Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:10 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 10:21 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
DALLAS – Right before the championship game, Keyshawn Johnson was hoping this would be his team's moment.
Sunday afternoon was indeed Johnson's moment however as 1925 got over the hump and finally hoisted a trophy, winning the Badger Sports/New Level Athletics 7-on-7 National Championship at SMU's Gerald Ford Stadium.
“Being in it two years and winning a championship (is great),” said Johnson, a former USC wide receiver, before joking, “I told one of the kids who is going to Notre Dame, I told him if you go to Notre Dame you won't be winning one of these.”
“We were going to championships and we were losing,” said running back Mike Davison. “But nationals were the one we wanted and that's what we need to win. That's the one that matters and I'm glad we won because we're national champs and we've got the bragging rights.”
1925 lost three players due to injury before the tournament but still managed to run through the championship bracket undefeated using plenty of FBS-bound athletes. One of the keys to the team though was actually the smallest player on the field, the 5-foot-3 Davison, and one of the few who didn't hold a major scholarship offer.
“It was a great experience, it was fun. We were working hard at it and I knew we were going to get it done,” he said. “It's very important to me too. I'm trying to get more offers, more exposure. I'm glad I was a big factor in this so now colleges can say this guy can do it. Hopefully I can go D-1.”
Davison holds an offer from Alabama State with several other schools on the verge of offering the speedy scatback. Able to cut a full speed and stop a dime, he was easily the most elusive player on the roughly 115-degree turf the past two days.
Known by his nickname of “Mike-Mike,” Davison was often imitated but no one could come close to the real thing. After a player on the team from Louisiana made a few quick cuts against the 1925 defense, Notre Dame commit and 1925 athlete Deontay Greenberry yelled out, “You're not Mike-Mike!”
After battling the eventual runner up, Team Houston, to a tie at the end of the first of their two games, 1925 failed to complete a play in the sudden-death, longest-yard overtime. As a result, all Team Houston had to do was get a yard on a running play to win the game but it ended up being Davison who saved the day for 1925.
“They were like, 'Mike get on the field' because the other team just needed one play to win the game,” he said. “I ran on to the field and they said 'hike' and I just sprinted into the back field and tackled him. Then we won the game when I got the draw and got a couple of yards.”
Although his team got knocked out early, Norcross (Ga.) wide receiver Jason Croom put together an impressive two days worth of catches. Using his big 6-foot-5 frame, he was a weapon in the end zone and also made some tough catches in traffic to solidify himself as one of the best options on the Goon Squad.
Scheduled to make a decision later next month, Croom has narrowed down his recruiting list to just two schools as he wraps up a very productive run on the spring and summer camp circuit.
“It's between Mississippi State and Tennessee,” he said.
Croom has already made it down to Knoxville for an unofficial visit and had plenty of good things to say about the Volunteers.
“I really like everything,” said Croom. “I like the coaching staff. When I went down there, I liked the facilities a lot and the academics. That's the most important part, they have a good APR rating and they push you on and off the field. They told me I can make a big impact and all I'll have to do is go down there and show what I can do.”
While Croom wouldn't leave any hints about which school he was leaning towards, it's clear he has a special connection with Mississippi State and that could be a major factor in to his decision.
“I've had a good relationship with them for the longest time because they were my second offer,” he said. “I've been talking to them throughout this whole thing so I've got a good relationship with basically the whole coaching staff. When I went down there I met some of the players and they were real cool, they treat you like family and joke around and stuff. But when I went down there they were also working real hard in the weight room and stuff and I know they help their players academically. They make sure they finish their classwork before they do anything else.”
Croom will commit on August 18th, which is right before his senior season gets underway. He's narrowed his choices down to two and will only take an official visit to whichever program he ends up verbally committing to next month.
“Miami, they were in my top three but they're out of it now.” he said. “I'll just take one (official) because I've already got my decision made.”
Marks enjoys his time in Texas
In addition to 1925 capturing the championship, the other California All-Star team, B2G, was very impressive over the two day event. Los Angeles (Calif.) wide receiver Gabe Marks impressed with his route running ability, hands and was savvy enough to know where holes were in the defense. Despite being a fairly polished receiver, he came out to help his team win and improve between the lines.
“I really want to work on my routes and my releases,” Marks said. “I'm just trying to win some games and go against some of the top competition.”
Working alongside Ventura (Calif.) quarterback Marc Evans and teaming up with Upland (Calif.) receiver Kenny Lawler, B2G had quite a day on offense before running out of gas late. For the most part though, the group was clicking in large part because they had been playing with one another throughout the summer.
“We work out with each other all the time and we do all of the events together,” Marks said. “We definitely have a good chemistry. We like sticking with one quarterback so we don't have to worry about that transition if a new guy plays with us.”
Holding offers from several Pac-12, Mountain West and Conference USA programs, Marks is beginning to focus on just a handful of programs to allow time for him to compete during his senior season in high school.
“I'm starting to narrow down my list of schools, I've got SMU, Utah and UCLA as my top three.” he said. “Then I have Colorado and Boston College to finish out my top five.”
The trip to Dallas has allowed him a chance to get an in-depth look at what it would be like if he committed to SMU. Outside of adjusting to the extremely hot weather – especially for someone who lives just a few miles from the beach – the experience was a good one overall.
“SMU is a great school, they're definitely one of the nicer schools I've seen,” said Marks. “The one thing would be the weather, that'd take some getting used to. But I love the coaches, they're great and it's a great system that would be a good fit for me.”
One of the big drawing points for the private school on the field is head coach June Jones' Run and Shoot offense, which has allowed receivers similar to Marks put up big numbers. Off the field, there's a lot of positives as well.
“Their academics are top notch,” he said. “You can have a good career after football and that's what I'm using football for. If I don't make it to the league, I want something to fall back on.”
If Marks is looking to stay closer to home, UCLA offers that option and the Bruins have plenty going for them as they try to land the 6-foot, 170-pounder.
“Their academics and the fact they're so close to home,” Marks said when asked what he liked about the school. “You grow up watching the coaches and the team so they're the hometown school.”
Marks will likely make a decision in December after taking official visits. At the moment, he has already planned three visits, to Utah, SMU and UCLA, during the season.
Liggins looking to stay in the SEC
One of the biggest – if not the biggest – players on the field was actually Oxford (Miss.) quarterback Jeremy Liggins. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound signal caller was sharp for most of day two of the tournament and made several nice throws into tight windows.
“I felt like we did pretty good,” Liggins said. “Keyshawn Johnson's team though, he brought in some ballers. We just kind of threw a team together and we didn't have a practice or anything. I felt like if we practiced, we could come out and compete with these boys.”
Playing for the Louisiana team, Liggins led an overachieving squad that made a very nice, deep run in the double-elimination event. Developing some timing with his newfound receivers was key to moving the ball on Sunday after a bit of a slow start the day before.
“It's pretty hard because I'm not used to how these guys run,” he said. “But after the first game yesterday, we kinda started to connect and I felt pretty comfortable with those guys (today) because I know that once I put the ball out there, they're going to go make plays on the ball.”
Liggins holds several scholarship offers already and figures to pick up more once the season begins. If there's one thing he's locked into with the recruiting process, it's a certain brand of southern football.
“I've got a lot of offers but I'm really just looking at the SEC,” he said. “I've got ones from Florida, South Carolina and others.”
With his size and speed, Liggins knows that plenty of coaches are looking to move him to other positions. He could wind up as a defensive lineman in college at first glance but he's also trying to make it clear that he wants a shot behind center first.
“In 10th grade, they were looking at me as an athlete but now a lot want me at QB,” Liggins said. “I want to play QB. I feel like if I get the right training, I can be a good quarterback. But if I have to move somewhere (to another position) to help a team win, that's what I'll do.”
After a busy spring evaluation period and a summer full of unofficial visits, Liggins has already narrowed down his list of schools in anticipation of making a decision later this year.
“I'd say my top four is LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State,” he said. “I've been to all of them. I like them because they're all pretty nice campuses. Playing with Alabama and LSU, you know you're going to compete for a national championship every year and that's what I'm looking for. And I know they're a pipeline for the NFL.
“Playing time, playing QB and the school. All of it. I'm looking for a school that has good tradition and that put good students out and have a good graduation rate.”
Hutchinson excited to be building at Auburn
While there were plenty of commitments playing in the tournament, it was somewhat rare to have two on the same team. Such was not the case with the Goon Squad, which featured a pair of future Auburn Tigers in Dadeville (Ala.) tight end Darrion Hutcherson and Edgewood (Ky.) quarterback Zeke Pike. The two connected on plenty of throws over the weekend and even when one player hit a rough patch, the other was able help turn things around.
“If I'm struggling, he'll pick me up and if he's struggling, I'll pick him up,” Hutcherson said. “That's just how it is.”
The bond the two developed over the past few months on the 7-on-7 circuit is something Hutcherson expects to have dividends when the two eventually end up on the Plains.
“It definitely allows us to build that relationship early,” he said. “We're going to have a strong relationship at Auburn because we're out here doing (7-on-7). This is just like a vacation and getting extra work in.”
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end is aware that Auburn is losing several pieces from their magical run to the BCS championship last year but believes the current group of 2012 commitments can be part of another big run in a couple of years.
“You just have to go somewhere where your heart feels comfortable at,” Hutcherson said of why he picked the school. “Auburn had a great year with Cam Newton and Nick Fairley coming in and winning all the awards and the national championship. They've got a great coaching staff and now they're on a rebuilding year. Me and Zeke are going down there to start the number one recruiting class to get Auburn back rolling like they used to be.”
Hutcherson mentioned that he will an official visit to nearby Auburn and will possibly schedule one to Utah just to visit the school.
Tags: 1925, 1925 All-Stars, Alabama, Alabama State, Auburn, B2G, Badger Sports 7-on-7 National Championship, Badger Sports National Championship, Boston College, Brian Kelly, Cam Newton, Colorado, Conference USA, Darrion Hutcherson, Deontay Greenberry, Florida, Gabe Marks, Goon Squad, Jason Croom, Jeremy LIggins, June Jones, Kenny Lawler, Keyshawn Johnson, LSU, Marc Evans, Mike Davison, Mississippi State, Mountain West, New Level Athletics, NFL, Nick Fairley, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Pac-12, Run and Shoot, SEC, South Carolina, Team Houston, UCLA, USC, Utah, Zeke Pike
Posted on: July 2, 2011 1:07 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The temperature gauge continues to rise and, as we move into July, it's time to see how schools are building their recruiting classes of 2012. Today, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the SEC.
Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.)
Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Athlete Casey Gladney (Columbia, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.)
Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Tyler Hayes (Thomasville, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Darren Lake (York, Ala.)
Linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Linebacker Reggie Ragland (Madison, Ala.)
Running back Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athlete Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (Memphis, Tenn.)
Wide receiver Jalen Cobb (Warren, Ark.)
Athlete Nathan Holmes (Port Arthur, Texas)
Running back Donovan Roberts (Norman, Okla.)
Defensive end Jeremy Sprinkle (White Hall, Ark.)
Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward Pottsville, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Shane Callahan (Parker, Colo.)
Defensive back Joshua Holsey (Fairburn, Ga.)
Athlete Darrion Hutcherson (Dadeville, Ala.)
Wide receiver Ricardo Louis (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy (Birmingham, Ala.)
Tight end Ricky Parks (Hogansville, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive tackle Darius Philon (Prichard, Ala.)
Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Wide receiver JaQuay Williams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.)
Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Kicker Austin Hardin (Atlanta, Ga.)
Running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive tackle JaFar Mann (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.)
Linebacker Lorenzo Phillips (Patterson, La.)
Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Brian Poole (Bradenton, Fla.)
Linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla.)
Tight end Colin Thompson (Warminster, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Kicker Collin Barber (Cartersville, Ga.)
Wide receiver C.J. Curry (Gainesville, Ga.)
Defensive end James Deloach (Millen, Ga.)
Defensive end Jalen Fields (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Athlete Leonard Floyd (Eastman, Ga.)
Athlete Quayvon Hicks (Blackshear, Ga.)
Kicker Marshall Morgan (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Tight end Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Offensive lineman Darone Bailey (Coahoma JUCO/Clarksdale, Miss.)
Defensive back Daron Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Shawn Blaylock (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Zach Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive tackle Patrick Graffree (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Defensive back Josh Harris (Maysville, Ky.)
Offensive lineman Zach Myers (Miamisburg, Ohio)
Defensive back Jonathan Reed (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Athlete Devante Bourque (Crowley, La.)
Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.)
Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.)
Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.)
Offensive lineman Reid Ferguson (Buford, Ga.)
Tight end Dillon Gordon (River Ridge, La.)
Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive end Jerald Hawkins (Baldwin, La.)
Wide receiver Kavahra Holmes (Breaux Bridge, La.)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Athlete Lamar Lewis (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Derrick Raymond (Metairie, La.)
Defensive back Jerquinick Sandolph (Boutte, La.)
Defensive back Dwayne Thomas (New Orleans, La.)
Tight end John Thomas (Bossier City, La.)
Ole Miss (7)
Defensive back Jordan Batiste (Lutcher, La.)
Quarterback C.J. Beathard (Franklin, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Jake Meador (Whiteland, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Temario Strong (Batesville, Miss.)
Running back Jaylen Walton (Memphis, Tenn.)
Mississippi State (8)
Defensive end Nelson Adams (Brandon, Miss.)
Defensive back Quadry Antoine (Belle Chasse, La.)
Linebacker Torrey Bell (New Oreleans, La.)
Defensive end Ryan Brown (Marrero, La.)
Offensive lineman Cole Carter (Caledonia, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Devon Desper (Madison, Miss.)
Athlete Deonte Evans (McComb, Miss.)
Defensive back Cedric Jiles (Clinton, Miss.)
South Carolina (10)
Defensive end Darius English (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive back Kyle Fleetwood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Athlete Rico McWilliams (Hampton, Ga.)
Tight end Kelvin Rainey (Yulee, Fla.)
Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brock Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Offensive lineman Clayton Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Mason Zandi (Chapin, S.C.)
Running back Imani Cross (Gainesville, Ga.)
Linebacker Khalid Henderson (Austell, Ga.)
Wide receiver Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive end Caleb Azubike (Nashville, Tenn.)
Defensive end Ladarius Banks (Dallas, Ga.)
Wide receiver Cory Batey (Nashville, Tenn.)
Defensive end Josh Dawson (Tucker, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Barrett Gouger (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Defensive end Tre Griffin (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Defensive back Paris Head (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Darreon Herring (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Running back Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jacob Sealand (Tucker, Ga.)
Defensive end Stephen Weatherly (Atlanta, Ga.)
Tags: A.J. Turner, Adam Griffith, Alex Taylor, Arkansas, Auburn, Austin Hardin, Avery Johnson, Barrett Gouger, Ben Still, Brandon Greene, Brian Kimbrow, Brian Poole, Brock Stadnik, C.J. Beathard, C.J. Curry, Caleb Azubike, Caleb Gulledge, Carlos Hood, Casey Gladney, Cassanova McKinzy, Cedric Jiles, Clayton Stadnik, Cole Carter, Colin Thompson, Collin Barber, Cordale Boyd, Cory Batey, Dakota Ball, Dante Phillips, Darius English, Darius Philon, Daron Blaylock, Darone Bailey, Darren Lake, Darreon Herring, Darrion Hutcherson, DeMarcus Sweat, Deontay Evans, Derrick Raymond, Devante Bourque, Devon Desper, Dillon Gordon, Dillon Lee, Donovan Roberts, Dwayne Thomas, Eddie Williams, Florida, Georgia, Imani Cross, Issac Gross, Jacob Sealand, JaFar Mann, Jake Meador, Jalen Cobb, Jalen Fields, James Deloach, JaQuay Williams, Jaylen Walton, Jerald Hawkins, Jeremi Powell, Jeremy Sprinkle, Jeremy Ward, Jerquinick Sandolph, Jessamen Dunker, John Thomas, Jonathan Reed, Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Batiste, Josh Dawson, Josh Harris, Joshua Holsey, June Commitment List, Justin Taylor, Justin Thomas, Kavahra Holmes, Kelvin Rainey, Kendric Salley, Kentucky, Kenyan Drake, Khalid Henderson, Kyle Fleetwood, Ladarius Banks, Lamar Lewis, LaTroy Pittman, Lemming Top 100, Leonard Floyd, Lonnie Outlaw, Lorenzo Phillips, LSU, Marshall Morgan, Mason Zandi, Matt Jones, Mike Davis, Mississippi State, Nathan Holmes, Nelson Adams, Nick Saban, Ole Miss, Paris Head, Patrick Graffree, Patrick Towles, Quadry Antoine, Quayvon Hicks, Quinteze Williams, Reggie Ragland, Reid Ferguson, Ricardo Louis, Ricky Parks, Rico McWilliams, Ronnie Feist, Ryan Anderson, Ryan Brown, SEC, Shane Callahan, Shawn Blaylock, South Carolina, Stephen Weatherly, T.J. Holloman, T.J. Yeldon, Temario Strong, Tennesee, Thomas Chapman, Torrey Bell, Toshiro Davis, Travin Dural, Tre Griffin, Trey Granier, Ty Smith, Tyler Hayes, Vanderbilt, Willie Bailey, Zach Blaylock, Zach Myers, Zeke Pike
Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:16 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
For ages upon ages, Vanderbilt was looked at as a school that grabbed recruits that either other schools didn't want or because they simply wanted to get a good education. Under new head coach James Franklin, it appears the perception has changed and the school, at least for a few 2012 recruits, is a place to get a good education and play SEC football.
The Commodores made their biggest statement on the recruiting trail in years (probably decades) Friday afternoon as Nashville (Tenn.) defensive end Caleb Azubike, wide receiver Corey Batey and running back Brian Kimbrow all committed to the school in a big ceremony that was carried live on a state-wide radio station.
“The reason I made that decision is I like to be different,” Kimbrow, right, told 247Sports.com. “I like a challenge. I don’t want anything to be given to me. It’s close to home and it felt like home and it gave me an opportunity to be successful after football.”
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound running back is considered the top prospect in the state of Tennessee and ranked 38th in the MaxPreps Top 100. He spurned scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Arkansas, Notre Dame and USC to play for Vandy and while some see the decision to go to the school as a mistake, Kimbrow sees it as an opportunity.
“It’s very exciting, very exciting,” he said. “Most people might say I’m making a bad decision but I feel like it’s the best decision for me. Coach Franklin told me that fe feels like he can put me in a good situation and we can write our own destiny. That’s something that interests a lot of players around here.”
For Azubike, a 6-foot-4 pass rushing threat, the school that Coach Franklin was selling seemed to fall perfectly in-line with what he was looking for in his future program.
“I’ve been thinking about committing for a long time,” Azubike said. “I really liked Boston College and Mississippi State those are great schools. I decided Vandy was better. I still plan on taking visits to see what out there in the fall but right now Vandy is the best school for me.“
The trio puts Vanderbilt over the double-digit commitment mark for the class of 2012 with 11 total. All of the players in the class are from either Tennessee or Georgia so it's clear that Franklin and his staff are hitting two states for the majority of their talent.
Given the way Stanford has successfully pitched academics with competitive football over the past few years, perhaps it's time to think about Vanderbilt following in their footsteps.
Posted on: June 24, 2011 6:16 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:43 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
If new Maryland coach Randy Edsall's first few summer camps are any indication, Terrapin fans should enjoy getting commitments in bunches in the future. The program added three verbal pledges this week over three days, with the first coming from Locust Grove (Ga.) cornerback Alvin Hill after he picked up an offer at the camp on Tuesday.
“I took a couple of days to think about it; I talked with my family and my brother and they all felt like it was a good opportunity,” Hill told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I called Maryland and they were a little surprised that I committed within two days. I told them that they had showed me a lot of love and I was comfortable with my decision. They were really excited about coming there.”
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back selected Maryland over interest from Tennessee, Mississippi State and Georgia. He had 42 tackles and 6 interceptions last season and is the younger brother of Virginia Tech cornerback Detrick Bonner.
Hill was only the beginning for the new staff however. Greer (S.C.) quarterback Caleb Rowe committed to the school after throwing at the summer camp and taking in campus to see all the school had to offer him.
"I really wasn't sure about Maryland until I got here," Rowe told TerrapinTimes.com. "But I got to campus early and took a tour of the campus and I really liked the facilities and the atmosphere up there. The coaches were great, and I like how excited Coach Edsall was."
The offer from Maryland was Rowe's first from a FBS-level school. He threw for 27 touchdowns and nearly 2,700 yards last season as a 6-foot-2, 190-pound field general and is the second quarterback to join the team's recruiting class of 2012.
"When I got the offer, I just felt like I needed to commit," he said. "All my dad said to me is to pick a school that's good for me and where I can get a good education and play football for a good coach."
Friday afternoon was when the Terrapin staff received the good news that they picked up yet another pledge when Harrisburg (Pa.) linebacker Brock Dean committed.
"I love the overall atmosphere," Dean told TurtleSportsReport.com. "Each time I visited, I got the feeling that this is where I need to be. It is where I belong. It is a great atmosphere with great people and just the best overall fit for me. Academically, I want to major in Entrepreneurship and Maryland is ranked ninth in the nation for that specific major. That just reaffirmed to me that it was a perfect fit.”
Playing for Pennsylvania powerhouse Bishop McDevitt, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound rising senior had 93 tackles and four sacks last season. Dean selected Maryland over offers from Arkansas, Pitt and Temple.
The trio gives Maryland seven verbal commitments for the class of 2012.
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:44 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 2:38 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
With a rigid academic profile and a football team that is now BCS-caliber, Stanford has to search the country for recruits that fit their specific profile for what they're looking for. The Cardinal staff went all the way into Brentwood (Tenn.) Monday night for their latest commitment, offensive lineman Graham Shuler, who felt the school was just what he was looking for.
"I actually decided a couple of weeks ago but I’ve really just been praying about it and talking about it with my coaches and my family and just really making sure that this is the best decision for me and at the end of last week, I just really realized this is it, this is where I want to be and what I want to do," Shuler told Scout. "I wanted to go to a school where I could get an incredible academic environment and a great education that would prepare me for my future. There’s no better school in the country that can prepare me for the field like Stanford can and the rest of my life in the classroom."
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Shuler is the son of former Auburn tackle Rob Shuler, who played in the early 80's. While the son didn't follow in his father's footsteps to the SEC, he is on board with a rising power in the Pac-12 and is looking to help recruit a promising class for the school this year.
"I mean, right now I’m very excited about my decision," he said. "I’m not really sure what all I’m allowed to do. I want to better Stanford as much as possible and I will be a spokesperson, advocate for them for the rest of my life. So might as well start now. I want to be the best, I want to be on the team that’s the best, and that happens by surrounding yourself with the best players."
The fifth commitment for Stanford's class of 2012, Shuler has a 3.9 GPA and held offers from Clemson, Boston College, Mississippi State and Syracuse among others. As a testiment to the the Cardinal's national reach, all five commitments are from a different state and none of them are from California.
Posted on: June 18, 2011 7:47 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Headed out to the Heath Evans 7-on-7 tournament today, should be some great high school teams from all over the state of Florida participating.
Wide receiver Jason Croom lists Tennessee, Miami and Mississippi State as his leaders but he's waiting on a Georgia offer.
Despite being just a backup last year, quarterback Darryl Richardson picked up his second offer from Ohio State.
Some of the top players from the USF Sling-N-Shoot 7-on-7 tournament.
Wide receiver Monty Madaris is visiting Florida State this weekend and other Ohio recruiting nuggets.
Offensive lineman Blake Bars is headed to an unofficial visit to Michigan.
- Several Michigan recruits will play in the Big 33 All-Star game.
Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:23 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- USF brought out transfer Chris Dunkley to help recruit wide receiver Dvario Montgomery.
- Every Georgia signee expected to enroll this summer will do so.
- Defensive end Noah Spence sits at the top of Penn State's recruiting wish list.
- Brady Hoke is kicking off his first camp at Michigan and has plenty of good players coming to town.
- Ohio State could see things get tougher out on the recruiting trail going forward.
- Mississippi State picked up linebacker and New Orleans native Torrey Bell.
- Kentucky landed a commitment from defensive lineman Patrick Graffree and Indiana added one from lineman Alex Todd.
- Washington received a commitment from defensive end Malcolm Jackson.
- Offensive tackle Evan Boehm committed to Missouri and that's a big pick up for the school.
- Wide out Alvin Cornelius committed to play at Syracuse.
- Athlete Taylor Oldham is the first member of UCF's 2012 recruiting class.
- Boise State added offensive lineman Steven Baggett.
- N.C. State added talented receiver Xavier Griffin and North Carolina did the same with athlete Kedrick Davis.
Tags: Alex Todd, Alvin Cornelius, Boise State, Brady Hoke, Chris Dunkley, Dvario Montgomery, Evan Boehm, Georgia, Indiana, Kedrick Davis, Kentucky, Malcolm Jackson, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, N.C. State, Noah Spence, North Carolina, Ohio State, Patrick Graffree, Penn State, Steven Baggett, Syracuse, Taylor Oldham, Torrey Bell, UCF, USF, Washington, Xavier Griffin