Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 12:02 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's been a busy few days between Media Days and a short vacation for the Eye on Recruiting blog. Because we haven't put up every commitment on the blog, here's a recap on players who have committed over the past couple of days, sorted by conference.
Florida State: defensive tackle Justin Shanks
Georgia Tech: running back Marcus Allen
Maryland: linebacker Avery Thompson
N.C. State: defensive end Joe Wright, receiver Charlie Hegedus
USF: offensive lineman Kofi Amichia
Wake Forest: running back Joshua Wilhite, tight end Zach Gordon
Cincinnati: quarterback Bennie Coney, linebacker Erroll Clarke
Pitt: defensive back Marchez Coates, quarterback Chad Voytik
Rutgers: offensive lineman Derrick Nelson
TCU: junior college receiver Ricky Collins
UConn: defensive back Jhavon Williams
West Virginia: receiver Ray Martin and Trevor Williams, linebacker Sam Lebbie, defensive end Noble Nwachukwu, offensive lineman Tony Matteo
Indiana: offensive lineman Jason Spriggs, quarterback Gunner Kiel
Michigan: defensive end Chris Wormley
Michigan State: receiver Aaron Burbridge, defensive back Jermaine Edmondson
Minnesota: offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig
Purdue: tight end Jonathan Curry, linebacker Andy Garcia
Baylor: cornerback Ryan Reid, defensive end Dominique Banks, linebacker Kendall Erhlich
Iowa State: wide receiver P.J. Harris, linebacker Adam Pavelenko
Kansas: quarterback Bilal Marshall and Seth Russell
Kansas State: offensive lineman Aderius Epps
Missouri: defensive lineman Ed Ray
Oklahoma State: defensive end Victor Irokansi
Texas A&M: defensive end Julian Obioha
Arkansas: receiver D'Arthur Cowan, defensive back John Gibson
Auburn: defensive end Gimel President
Mississippi State: cornerback Will Redmond, receiver Frederick Brown
Ole Miss: tight end Austin Ray
South Carolina: linebacker Kaiwan Lewis, offensive lineman Joe Harris
Tennessee: kicker George Bullock, junior college defensive lineman Damien Jacobs
Arizona: defensive tackle Dwight Melvin
Arizona State: offensive lineman Evan Goodman and Stephon McCray, defensive end Ben Dixon and Jarvis Lewis, running back Russell Hansbrough, linebacker Carlos Mendoza and Matt Rowe
UCLA: offensive lineman Isaiah Folasa
USC: defensive end Pio Vatuvei
Tags: Aaron Burbridge, ACC, Adam Pavelenko, Aderius Epps, Andy Garcia, Auburn, Austin Ray, Avery Thompson, Baylor, Ben Dixon, Bennie Coney, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Bilal Marshall, Carlos Mendoza, Chad Voytik, Charlie Hegedus, Chris Wormley, D'Arthur Cowan, Damien Jacobs, Derrick Nelson, Dominique Banks, Dwight Melvin, Ed Ray, Erroll Clarke, Evan Goodman, Florida State, Frederick Brown, George Bullock, Georgia Tech, Gimel President, Gunner Kiel, Indiana, Iowa State, Isaiah Folasa, Jarvis Lewis, Jason Spriggs, Jermaine Edmondson, Jhavon Williams, Joe Harris, Joe Wright, John Gibson, Jonah Pirsig, Jonathan Curry, Joshua Wilhite, Julian Obioha, Justin Shanks, Kaiwan Lewis, Kansas, Kansas State, Kendall Erhlich, Kofi Amichia, Marchez Coates, Marcus Allen, Maryland, Matt Rowe, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, N.C. State, Noble Nwachukwu, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, P.J. Harris, Pac-12, Pio Vatuvei, Pitt, Purdue, Ray Martin, Ricky Collins, Russell Hansbrough, Rutgers, Ryan Reid, Sam Lebbie, SEC, Seth Russell, South Carolina, Stephon McCray, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tony Matteo, Trevor Williams, UCLA, UConn, USC, USF, Victor Irokansi, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Will Redmond, Zach Gordon
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: July 25, 2011 11:37 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
ORLANDO -- Some of the nation's top recruits descended upon Disney's Wide World of Sports complex this past weekend for the third annual Gridiron Kings tournament. Here's the best of the best on offense from the final recruiting event of the summer.
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Davis was easily the best signal-caller at the event and a key to the Southwest's victory in the event. The offensive MVP, he threw well at all three levels but was especially sharp making the right decision on intermediate routes that just killed the defense. He fit balls into some small windows and showed he has great arm strength, the ball really zips out of his hand. Davis tossed some beautiful fade routes, and though he didn't throw a perfect spiral every time, he showed he's a much better passer than people think and not just a dual-threat guy.
Running back Duke Johnson (Miami, Fla.), Committed to Miami
Johnson thrives in 7-on-7 events in the open field, and that was certainly the case at Gridiron Kings. He's got soft hands and has the burst you look for out of a cut. Either out of the slot or coming out of the backfield, he was a mismatch for linebackers who couldn't keep up with his speed or quickness. Johnson danced a little bit with the ball in his hands, but he did do a good job of getting up field.
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Williams was a huge part of the Southwest's strategy to dink-and-dunk down the field while taking a shot or two downfield. He burst out of the backfield on draws and was someone who left defenders grasping at air after making a cut. One of his teammates shouted Williams stops on a dime, and it's hard to argue. He also has a great set of hands, making a couple of terrific catches along the sideline on corner routes and on fades down the seam.
Wide receiver Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla.)
Every time you looked up it seemed as if Agholor was making his way toward the end zone. He is such an athlete that he might be a better fit at safety, but no matter what position he plays, he'll be a great player for whatever school ends up landing him. He's a burner who can get behind the defense and has the quickness to make things happen when he has a defender in front of him. Overall, just a fluid athlete.
Wide receiver Thomas Johnson (Dallas, Texas), Committed to Texas
Johnson started off slowly, but when Cayleb Jones went down, he took off. He didn't seem to catch the ball using his body much and really snagged the ball out of the air. He made a living attacking safeties in the middle of the field and really used his speed to create separation. He's awfully quick and should be a dynamic threat out of the slot in college.
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas), Committed to TCU
If there was a player who surprised with a great weekend, the unheralded TCU commit Gilbert was the player. He might have had only one drop the entire time and made some tough, tough catches. He's more of a pass-catching threat, but he has a great frame that can add a few pounds of muscle. He was split out most of the time and really showed off his athleticism. Gilbert won plenty of jump balls and made plenty of tough catches in traffic.
Tight end Sean Price (Citra, Fla.), Committed to USF
Price capped off a great summer with another impressive performance at Gridiron Kings. He's gotten better at route running, but it's still impressive how he just seems to be open, especially near the goal line. With his size and speed, he's a mismatch for all but the elite linebackers.
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:14 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2011 10:39 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
ORLANDO -- The Southeast's run of titles at the Champion Gridiron Kings is over as the Southwest team was the only one left standing and took home the championship Sunday afternoon at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.
The team's run was fueled by players from the state of Texas, mostly commitments from Texas and Texas A&M. While many of them will be bitter rivals in a couple of years, they banded together to put on an impressive show at the final recruiting event of the season.
"Texas football, it's like religion, there's nothing like it," said Aggie commit Matt Davis, the tournament's offensive MVP. "This award is for the offense as a whole. I can't take credit for this at all, those guys they made me look good."
"It was fun repping our region," defensive MVP and Oklahoma-bound cornerback DeVante Harris said. "Everybody knows that Texas has a lot of talent and to come out and prove that we do is great."
"We knew we were going to win," running back Trey Williams said. "We came in here with a winning attitude. When we first met each other, we were talking and I could just tell from then that we were going to work together."
The Southwest team lost MaxPreps' second-ranked receiver and number three overall player Cayleb Jones early on day one after he broke his ring finger on a freak play. In his absence, fellow Texas commit Thomas Johnson more than filled in, catching everything thrown his way and torching opposing defensive backs using his speed.
"I just wanted to win," Thomas said. "We would have done better with him but, as a team, we just had to come together."
When the Aggies and Longhorns weren't scoring touchdowns on the field they were often discussing strategy off it. Sometimes this strategy involved how to get one another to switch their commitment to the rival school.
"It's a little bittersweet because of Thomas and Cayleb. I have a great relationship with them but... they're going to Texas," Davis said. "It hurts that they're going there but whoever is throwing to Thomas and Caleb, they are blessed because those guys make plays. I'm blessed to have Trey and Bralon (Addison) coming (to A&M) because they were making plays all day too."
"We were trying to recruit the Texas guys," Williams added. "They know good and well they want to be an Aggie."
Williams was working on flipping linebacker Tim Cole while Davis was working on a adding even more offensive firepower to the Aggies class of 2012.
"I wish i could get Thomas and Cayleb," Davis said. "I know we don't have too much room in our class but I'd put them in my suitcase if need be."
Not sure if the 6-foot-4 wide receiver would fit, especially when you consider the suitcase has a crystal MVP trophy in it too.
Price wraps up summer same way he started it
The favorite for the event was the Southeast team that had a perfect record until being upset by the 0-3 (at the time) Midwest bunch. Though the team fell short of the title, they had a strong run led by players such as Citra (Fla.) tight end Sean Price.
"It's ok, we can't hold our head down about it," Price said. "You lose. You win. But the great players they overcome it and get better. They take this as motivation and get hungry for the next game. That's how I feel about it."
Price had a huge week at The Opening and often heard his name called followed by the word touchdown. The two events were quite different with the notable exception being that the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder was a huge threat in the passing game.
"(The Opening) was an all-star team and this was more region-by-region," he said. "It was just a great workout and feels good to be out here."
The talented tight end has excelled at 7-on-7 throughout the summer by being a complete mismatch with linebackers. Drops have not been an issue at all and one can see why when he holds up his very large hands. Price has definitely taken advantage of his opportunities to go from relative unknown to one of the top tight ends in the nation.
"It's been amazing and I'm not going to lie, it does feel good," he said. "At the same time, I've got to stay humble because most players lose who they are and think they're this and that. That's when their game begins to fall because they lose their work ethic. I'm not trying to be like that."
The Southeast team had several players who, like Price, are committed to USF. The biggest draw to the school besides football for Price is the Bulls' medical program because he would one day like to be a radiologist. While he has his future plans squared away on the academic side, getting a glimpse at what it will be like to play with his fellow commits was a welcome opportunity at Gridiron Kings.
"It's great to play with some of my future brothers, they're ballers just like I am," Price said. "I'm pretty sure they're going to work just as hard if not harder than I am when we all get to college."
- In the upset of the day, the Midwest beat the heavily favored Southeast team 18-14. 2013 quarterback Shane Morris was much better on Sunday than he was Saturday and he a big reason why the team was in contention. He threw a very nice deep ball and made much better decisions. One of his favorite targets was Southfield (Mich.) tight end Ronald Thompson. The big pass catcher was surpassingly agile despite being one of the biggest players on the field. He's down to Michigan, Syracuse and Maryland and will likely announce his decision shortly. Thompson says 'Cuse coach Tyrone Wheatley is recruiting him the hardest but it's still very close among the three.
"Pretty much the same things stand out. I'm pretty comfortable with all the coaches, they're all honest with me and tell me where I stand," Thompson said. "I want to make a decision before the season but I kind of want to take official visits. I'll get it worked out."
- Virginia commit Kwontie Moore probably could have been named the defensive MVP despite being on the losing end of things on the Midwest team. He helped get the team back in the final game with an interception in the end zone and made the defensive play of the day when he took a pick 80 yards to the house.
- The most low key player who made some huge plays was Southwest tight end Griffin Gilbert. The TCU-bound player had reliable hands and skied up for three or four jump balls and ended up with a catch overtime. He also had a great one-handed catch that resulted in a 40-yard gain along the sidelines.
- It was a bit of a quiet weekend for Cal commit Bryce Treggs. The West quarterback, Mike Baker, didn't really look his way but the deep threat did manage to find the end zone a few times by getting behind the defense using his speed and sharp route running ability.
- The two players who really impressed with their speed and quickness were wide receiver Nelson Agholor and defensive back Ronald Darby. It took awhile for Darby, a Notre Dame commit, to get into a rhythm but he was able to shut receivers down in the second half of games. Agholor probably ended up with more touchdowns then anyone this weekend. Agholor avoided talking recruiting this weekend but the scuttlebutt on him was that it remains between USC and several of the Florida schools.
- After Trey Williams zigged and zagged for a big gain on a running play, including reversing field and leaving a defender grasping at air, cornerback Darion Monroe shouted, "He can stop on a dime! He can stop on a dime!"
Tags: Bralon Addison, Bryce Treggs, Cal, Cayleb Jones, Darion Monroe, DeVante Harris, Gridiron Kings, Gridiron Kings 2011, Griffin Gilbert, Kwontie Moore, Maryland, Matt Davis, Michigan, Mike Baker, Nelson Agholor, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ronald Darby, Ronald Thompson, Sean Price, Shane Morris, Syracuse, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, The Opening, Thomas Johnson, Tim Cole, Trey Williams, Tyrone Wheatley, USC, USF, Virginia
Posted on: July 16, 2011 11:53 pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Bryson Echols just couldn't help himself.
Minutes after winning the Texas state Division I 7-on-7 championship, the longtime Texas commitment threw up the 'Hook 'em' sign at Texas A&M's Kyle Field with a very large grin on his face.
"It's very good," Echols said. "I know what they're missing out on.
"It's even better that we won at A&M."
Echols' fellow DeSoto (Texas) teammates were just as happy after the team ran through the competition at one of the biggest events in the state undefeated and in the process, accomplished one of their many team goals.
"It's exciting, we worked hard all summer for this," fellow corner Jalen Mills said. "Now we've got to go out and win the real state championship."
The Eagles were one of the most athletic teams at the event and used their quickness and speed to blow through the rest of the field in impressive fashion. It meant a little bit more to many members of the team after they fell just short of grabbing a medal last year.
"It's special because last year I thought we were going to win it for sure," Echols said. "This year I had a few doubts but we won and that's all that matters."
"It's a rush because you're playing against the best athletes in the state of Texas," Mills added. "You have to bring it every game."
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Echols played well for the second consecutive week after participating in Nike all-star event The Opening in Oregon. While there were not a ton of prospects for him to recruit for the Longhorns at the state tourney, he has been active for the school for several others.
"At The Opening, I was whispering in everybody's ear," he said. "There was the safety, Landon Collins, him. And a running back, he's a sophomore, (Altee) Tenpenny."
Echols is one of two players from DeSoto headed to Austin next fall and one of several FBS-level recruits on a loaded team primed for a run at state later this year. Mills is one of the few uncommitted players on the team and has seen his recruitment pick up following a good summer at 7-on-7 tournaments.
"I have offers from Pitt, Virginia, Baylor, Houston, Tulsa, UTEP, Louisiana Tech, Memphis and a couple of others," he said. "Coach Norwood at Baylor and Coach Henson at Virginia are coming after me the hardest. And Coach Norvell at Pitt."
Mills says he'll head to Florida State next week and that defensive coordinator Mark Stoops is recruiting him and may offer him soon if he performs well at the Seminoles camp next Tuesday. An offer from the school will certainly change things but at the moment he remains wide open and really only has two schools he knows will make his short list.
"I know I want to visit Virginia and Pitt, those two colleges for sure," said Mills. "Probably later in the season is when I'll end up making my decision."
Given his offer list, it appears the 6-foot, 180-pounder is headed outside the state to play college ball but that isn't a problem for Mills, who says distance is not a factor in his recruitment.
"Not at all," he said. "I just want to go to where the team plays the top level competition every game and goes out there and wins."
Davis enjoying time in Aggieland
If there was one player who really gave it his all this weekend, it was Houston (Texas) quarterback Matt Davis. Ranked 73rd overall in the country by MaxPreps, Davis showed he was fully recovered from a knee injury last season by playing both quarterback and safety for his Klein Forest team in every game despite it being roughly 100 degrees two days in a row.
"It's pretty hot but I'm doing what's best for the team," Davis said. "It's all about athleticism. Anything that comes in the air, we try and snatch it up. We just try and make plays."
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is a Texas A&M commitment and represented the Aggies well, throwing a nice spiral and really spinning the ball well in the 7-on-7 setting. Being able to grab some wins in the fields near where he will one day play was an experience and just one of the reasons why he'll eventually make his way up to College Station.
"It's great," he said. "I'm always looking back over there at Kyle Field."
"I talked with Coach Williams yesterday, he was just asking how we did. I told him we won all three and had a game tomorrow. He's great."
Though he holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma State and others, Davis is a very solid commitment to Texas A&M because of that relationship with the current staff.
"That's the main reason why I committed," Davis said. "They have great coaches here, great fans, great recruits."
In between games and even during them, the four-star signal-caller is one of several Aggie recruiters, hoping to lure the next wave of talent to the program.
"There's a kid on Plano's team, a 2013 kid, so I told him to come to the A&M camp tomorrow," Davis said. "There's a lot of kids out here. I know there's a kid from Arlington, (linebacker) Sam Douglas, they say he's a player. In between possessions, I may talk to him a little bit."
- Texas A&M, Oregon, USC, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and others have shown interest in Rosenberg Terry High wide receiver Derrick Griffin. The 2013 prospect was dominant Saturday, powering his team to a consolation game win and using his 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame to shield the ball from defenders. Griffin is already well known from playing AAU basketball (he already holds an Oklahoma offer) but it not surprising when he said he'll likely be playing both sports in college after his performance at the 7-on-7 tournament. He has already camped at Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
- Baylor commit Kiante Griffin played both ways for his team and looked good when observed. He could succeed at the next level at either but it still seems like he'll wind up on offense.
- TCU pledge Kolby Listenbee had on an Oregon shirt Saturday but not to worry TCU fans, he didn't have a Horned Frogs shirt and the Ducks shirt was all that he had in his bag after returning from The Opening last week.
- Texas Tech quarterback commit Clayton Nicholas had a very good tournament, leading his team to the consolation game final and looked very sharp. He was named to the All Tournament team over several other deserving players but easily earned the honor.
- One 2013 player that caught just about everyone's eye was Austin (Texas) Lake Travis wide receiver Dannon Cavil. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound rising junior impressed with size and speed but he has a very good pair of hands. Several colleges are already interested and pursuing him.
Tags: Alabama, Altee Tenpenny, Arkansas, Baylor, Big 12, Bryson Echols, Clayton Nicholas, Dannon Cavil, Derrick Griffin, Florida State, Houston, Jalen Mills, Kiante Griffin, Kolby Listenbee, Kyle Field, Landon Collins, Landon Collins, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Mark Stoops, Matt Davis, Memphis, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pitt, Sam Douglas, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas state 7-on-7 tournament, Texas Tech, The Opening, Tulsa, USC, UTEP, Virginia
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:51 am
Edited on: July 16, 2011 8:16 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Heading into the Texas state 7-on-7 Division II championship game, many had pegged Houston area private school The Kinkaid School - one of the smallest in the tournament - as the favorite thanks to the strong arm of quarterback Ford Childress.
Despite leading most of the game and having a shot to tie it with 43 seconds left, the West Virginia commit could only do so much for his team and ended up falling short of a state title. Disappointed after the game, the signal-caller decided to look at the positives of outlasting a lot of good competition and putting his team in a position to win.
"I'm excited to play here and it was a good game," Childress, son of former Texas A&M and Houston Oilers defensive tackle Ray Childress, said. "It's awesome to play at Kyle Field.
"It was really hard (to get here) and really hot. It was definitely worth it though, I definitely think we got a lot better. We almost got it."
After verbally committing to the Mountaineers in early April, one would expect Childress' recruitment to die down a little but there are still several schools who are continuing to recruit him.
"Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Florida State are still looking at me," he said. "I'm not really thinking about changing from West Virginia though, I want to go there."
At the moment, the 6-foot- 4, 210-pounder is firmly locked in to the school and is not planning to take any other official visits.
"That could change," he conceded.
With the turmoil that went down in Morgantown last month between former head coach Bill Stewart and current head coach Dana Holgorsen, some outsiders wandered what the effect would be on West Virginia's recruiting. For offensive recruits such as Childress, the elevation of Hologorsen was a net positive in the end.
"It was a little nerve-racking but it turned out for the best I guess," Childress said. "It really doesn't bother me. (Coach) Holgorsen was the original draw. I went up there and realized why we went there and I think it's going to work for me."
- TCU commit Austin Aune couldn't quite break through with his team either, falling in the first round of the single elimination tournament in a shootout. Also bounced in the first round was Celina High, favored by some to win the whole thing.
- Celina's Jake Raulerson, one of the top 2013 offensive lineman in the state, has a brother, Josh, who played linebacker and he moved pretty well in the team's only game Friday. Jake ended up picking up a Texas A&M offer Friday according to reports but rumors are that he's looking at SEC schools the hardest.
- The best player in the Division II bracket was probably Texas Tech commitment Dominque Wheeler. He carried his team offensively and showed off some really good speed and athleticism.
- Texas A&M commitment Matt Davis showed why some have labeled him as an athlete, playing both ways the entire game despite the heat and humidity. He can really spin the ball but knows when to take some off, crucial in 7-on-7 where most teams dink and dunk their way down the field.
- Notre Dame commit Nicky Baratti also played both ways and though he did well, we can understand why the Irish are bringing him on board as a linebacker prospect. He's big and fast enough to control the middle of the field and should be a good fit.
Tags: Arizona State, Austin Aune, Bill Stewart, Dana Holgorsen, Dominque Wheeler, Florida State, Ford Childress, Houston Oilers, Jake Raulerson, Josh Raulerson, Kyle Field, Matt Davis, Nicky Baratti, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Ray Childress, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas state 7-on-7, Texas Tech, West Virginia
Posted on: July 11, 2011 4:13 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:40 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Mangum was the top quarterback at the event and impressed with his strong arm and decision making. He's got a good release that was evident in the 7-on-7 setting and was probably the most accurate signal-caller on the field. He was a leader and was on the same page as his teammates early on, so it's no surprise he guided them to the championship game.
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), committed to TCU
One of the bigger quarterbacks on the field, he was a big guy who delivered a catchable ball right where the receiver was expecting it. He's got a strong arm that can get the ball downfield and displayed nice touch on corner routes and when trying to hit guys against a cover-2. He seems as if he'll be a perfect fit in Fort Worth with his skill set and football IQ.
Athlete Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla.)
One of the top athletes in the country, Agholor could play on either side of the ball but spent his time at The Opening as a receiver. He's got the size to be very effective and can really flash his speed and create space for the offense. The only thing that we didn't see was for him to take over during 7-on-7 play and dominate but he was certainly a top performer based what he showed last week.
Running back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas), committed to Texas
It seemed as if Gray touched the ball on just about every series for his 7-on-7 team (fellow Texas commit Connor Brewer was the quarterback by the way) and he ended up showing great burst and change of direction as soon as he snagged the ball out of the air. Ranked at the best running back in the nation, Gray showed he was a complete package and someone Longhorn fans should get very excited about in Brian Harsin's offense in 2012.
Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry (Fresno, Calif.), committed to Notre Dame
Greenberry has put together two dominant performances in back-to-back weeks against national competition. He's athletic and fast and is one of the few players who stood out as really being able to take over a game. He was, quite simply, dominant and able to get any ball he wanted. He sometimes gets a little lazy running his routes, but his talent is off the charts.
Wide receiver Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif.), committed to USC
Mickens almost looked as if he was on the JV compared to some of the players at the event but that didn't matter as he is a flat-out player. He turned in the play of the day Friday by zigging across the field several times and stopping on a dime. He's fast enough to pull away from just about anybody, and even if you think you're close to "tackling" him, he more often than not can scoot away.
Tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.), committed to Arizona
There were plenty of weapons on McNamara's 7-on-7 team, but he was its most consistent target. He's got the size to create match-up issues with linebackers and safeties alike. He's still rail thin but has the size and skills to develop into another great tight end in the desert. He gets off the line well and also has a solid pair of hands.
Tight end Sean Price (Citra, Fla.), committed to USF
Every time you turned around it seemed Price was catching a touchdown or making a big play. He's done well in these types of competitions, and against top talent at The Opening, he was no exception. He's got great size and, with is gigantic hands, seemed to nab everything thrown his way. Though he's not the fastest guy, he's got football speed and just finds a way to get open.
Offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (Buford, Ga.)
Alexander showed remarkable improvement from the Georgia Nike Camp over a month ago and was solid throughout the week. He was named position MVP and did so by rarely losing one-on-ones and showing off good athleticism for someone his size.
Offensive tackle Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash.)
Easily the biggest player at the entire event, the 6-foot-7, 340-pounder was able to handle much quicker defensive ends surprisingly well considering that is something he normally struggles with. Banner was dominant in the run-blocking drills and though he didn't win every one-on-one rep, managed to move his feet well and keep his man in front of him most of the time.
Offensive lineman Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash.)
With so many tackles at the event, Garnett decided to move inside and get several reps at guard and he left many observers impressed. One of the calmest, nicest players off the field, he had a mean streak on the field and was like a brick wall. He's got the athleticism to play just about every position on the line and showed it during the event.
Offensive tackle Patrick Miller (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Miller is tall and lean but surprisingly moved well side-to-side and handled fast, big defensive lineman pretty well. He still needs to get stronger but he more than held his own and showed off a bit of a mean streak during drills. There were times when he got a little bit off balance but for the most part, he was a difficult match up for all the defenders.
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (Desoto, Texas), committed to Texas
Riser was dominant throughout the entire week, and it was a bit of a surprise that he didn't get MVP honors. He was excited for each rep and had a good celebration whenever he stopped one of the defensive linemen. He's very big and certainly looks to be the part of a guard but still was able to move fairly well. The one thing that stood out was how powerful he was, often driving back the defensive linemen coming at him.
Posted on: June 28, 2011 6:11 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 6:59 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Tags: Albert Reid, Alex Dale, Alkwan Williams, Alvin Cornelius, Andre Jones, Austin Aune, B.J. Catalon, Ben Barrett, Big East, Blake Rankin, Brandon Napoleon, Brandyn Cook, Branodn Snell, Carlton Agudosi, Chris Bivins, Chris Muller, Cincinnati, D.J. White, Da'Quan Davis, Daje Johnson, Daniel Perry, Delonte Buckley, Demetrius Frazier, Deontay McManus, Desmon Peoples, Devante McFarland, Devonte Fields, Deyshawn Bond, Drake Burns, Edward Pope, Elijah Norris, Ford Childress, Griffin Gilbert, Imarjaye Albury, J.T. Washington, Jaden Oberkrom, Jalen Spencer, James McFarland, James Washington, Jarrod Harper, Jason Emerich, Jason Sylva, Jeremy Graves, Joey Hunt, Jon Hicks, Jonathan Burt, Joseph Jackson, Josh Posley, Joshua Appleby, Joshua Parris, June Commitment List, Kevin Brown, Kevin Houchins, Kolby Listenbee, Kyle Williamson, LaDarius Anthony, LaMarlin Wiggins, Larry Jefferson, Louisville, Marcus Foster, Marzett Geter, Michael Ellis Marder, Mikal Myers, Mikal Myers, Myles Davis, Myles Hilliard, Neally Cunningham, Obi Melifonwu, Omari Palmer, Pittsburgh, Poncho Barnwell, Rashodrick Linwood, Rayshawn Jenkins, Reno Henderson, Ruhann Peele, Rutgers, Ryan Leahy, Sid Anvoots, Steve Longa, Syracuse, T.C. Klusman, TCU, Teko Powell, Trenton Coles, Tyler Matthews, Tyler Orlosky, Tyler Samra, UConn, USF, Vincent Miller, West Virginia, William Parks
Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:56 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Ohio State offered 2013 quarterback Jalin Marshall.
Junior college tight end Blake Jackson is planning on visiting Arkansas at least one more time. In-state recruiting has changed since the arrival of Bobby Petrino.
Defensive end Jhaustin Thomas has Florida high on his list.
Colorado is losing the in-state recruiting battle so far this year.
Iowa is casting a wide net in recruiting and it's paid off with a few commitments.
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson could be on the verge of getting an offer from Michigan State.
- Wide receiver Austin Aikens has been blowing up this summer.
Florida cornerback Ellis Marder committed to UConn.
Kicker Jaden Oberkrom will head a few miles west after committing to TCU.
Safety Jeremy Clark has accepted a greyshirt offer at Michigan.
Stanford added three wide receiviers to their recruiting class in Kodi Whitfield, Connor Crane and Deante' Gray. The Cardinal also nabbed a commitment from safety Drew Madhu.
Nebraska has been on a roll lately and grabbed the verbal pledge of offensive lineman Paul Thurston.
Penn State added two defensive tackles in Austin Johnson and Derek Dowrey.
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