Tag:Tom Lemming
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:34 pm
 

Tairen Owens flips from Washington to UCLA

Posted by Bryan Fischer

New UCLA head coach Jim Mora has already stolen defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin from Washington and now he has swiped a commitment. The Huskies first class of 2012 pledge, Pasadena (Calif.) running back Tairen Owens flipped on Saturday to the Bruins.

"I switched because I feel that it's a better fit for me," Owens told Scout. "I get to stay home in Pasadena and things will be much more convenient for me and my family."

The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder attends Martin's alma mater and is a longtime UCLA fan, causing the change in commitment.

"Coach Martin was recruiting me for Washington is now at UCLA and now he's recruiting me even harder, which makes our connection that much stronger," he said.

Owens was a multipurpose threat that scored 10 total touchdowns during his senior season. He becomes the 22nd commitment for the Bruins class of 2012.

"Tairen shows a good burst, vision, balance, and proves to be one of the more slippery backs in Southern California," analyst Tom Lemming said. Very tough to get a hold of, he catches the ball well coming out of the backfield and is very creative in the open field."

Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:48 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- With a famous last name, Oklahoma City (Okla.) running back Barry J. Sanders knew there'd be a lot of pressure and interest in where he chose to go to school. There was his dad's alma mater and school down the road, Oklahoma State, of course but also an intriguing program out West that was drawing his attention.

Sanders ended the suspense on Saturday however and committed to Stanford at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"I'm going to spend my next few years of college playing at the Farm," Sanders said. "I get a chance to play with the greatest student-athletes in the world. They've been improving each year and have a bright future."

The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder had also considered Alabama and Florida State among other schools but will try to forge his own path in Palo Alto. One of the top running backs in the country, it's clear the junior Sanders has plenty of his father, famous NFL running back Barry Sanders, in him and is a huge addition to the Cardinal's recruiting class.

"He shows remarkable balance, vision, and speed, plus the ability to break tackles," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Quick footed and agile, he shows inherited instincts and breakaway speed. He does a good job of pressing the line, and picking and sliding. As competitive and confident as they come, he can turn a game around with one play. Has the kind of speed and quickness to scare a defense to death."

The five-star back is ranked as the number two tailback in the country by MaxPreps and 15th overall in the class of 2012. Sanders rushed for 1,343 yards and scored 24 touchdowns this past season.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:42 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 8:02 pm
 

DE Jonathan Bullards commits to Florida

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Shelby (N.C.) defensive end Jonathan Bullard had Florida as his leader throughout most of his recruitment but had Clemson surge late to lead many to guess that would be where he'd wind up at in February. He made things public with an announcement Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and headed South.

"I will be attending the University of Florida," Bullard said. "QUOTE."

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder also considered South Carolina but this pretty much came down to a two-school race for his services. Head coach Will Muschamp and staff are getting a good one in Bullard, who turned in a terrific senior season with 16 sacks and over 80 tackles.

"He shows the speed, strength, quickness, burst, and determination needed to become an impact DE at the next level," analyst Tom Lemming said. "This guy dominates from his DE position, has an exceptionally quick first step, and is as explosive as they come. A quick twitch athlete with a great motor, he's highly competitive and relentless when in pursuit. He is a pass rusher who will not stay blocked."

Bullard is rated as the 14th best defensive end and 124th overall in the class of 2012 by Maxpreps.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:31 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 8:00 pm
 

#5 safety Shaq Thompson commits to California

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Though he spoiled the surprise a little on his Twitter account, Sacramento (Calif.) safety Shaq Thompson took the national stage of the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl to publicly announce that he had committed to long-time leader California.

"I'm going to go the University of California," Thompson said. "(The other recruits and I) always felt real comfortable there and are going to change the game."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Thompson also excelled on the field at running back but will be roaming the Bears secondary much like his older brother, Syd'Quan Thompson, did a few years ago. The highest ranked safety in the West, the younger Thompson also considered Washington, Notre Dame and USC.

"He is smart, quick, fast, hard working, and an incredible athlete," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows the burst and pure speed to cut in front of a receiver and make the tough interception. Quick to diagnose, he can jump routes and has been blessed with exceptional ball skills."

The five-star and number five overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps, Thompson had 57 tackles on defense and rushed for 1,135 yards and 15 touchdowns.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:25 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Notre Dame grabs commitment from Elijah Shumate

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Notre Dame had taken some hits to their recruiting class with several targets committing elsewhere but added a big verbal on Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with Ramsey (N.J.) safety Elijah Shumate.

"I'm going to be playing at the University Notre Dame," Ramsey said. "I felt it was the best fit for me."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was also looking at in-state school Rutgers and, in warming climates, South Carolina. Shumate is one of the top players on powerhouse Don Bosco Prep and will look to continue a stellar career in South Bend.

"He shows brilliant speed, instincts, determination, and an aggressive style of play. A hard hitter, he shows very good closing speed.," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He hits like a linebacker but shows the coverage skills of a lockdown corner. He covers a lot of ground and rarely takes a missed step but when he does, he shows very good recovery speed."

Shumate is rated as the seventh-best safety by Maxpreps and is 136th overall in the class of 2012.



Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:15 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:56 pm
 

McCarthy commits to Cal but recruitment not over

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Throughout the process, Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy had pretty much been tied to staying in the state but which school it would be remained a mystery. The top 10 recruit finally made a public announcement to California on Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl but even then, things might not end up that way on Signing Day.

"I just really like Coach Tosh (Lupoi) ," McCarthy said on NBC. "I like the progam a lot and I've built a relationship with him and the team."

The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder had USC as his leader throughout much of his recruitment but Cal made a late push, with commits like Shaq Thompson and Jordan Payton leaning on McCarthy to commit during Bowl practices earlier in the week. While the Trojans are unlikely to stop pursuing him until the end, he is a great pickup for the moment for the Bears.

"He has come out of nowhere to become one of the most recruited defensive players in the nation," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Film shows him dominating at both the end and tackle positions."

The five-star is the top defensive tackle and eighth overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps. McCarthy racked up 55 tackles and nine sacks despite missing three games because of injury during his senior year.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:10 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Anthony Alford picks Southern Miss at Army Bowl

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- One of the more intriguing prospects at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl was Petal (Miss.) quarterback Anthony Alford. A multi-sport athlete, he showed off his arm and his athleticism Saturday afternoon at the Alamodome before committing to Southern Miss during a break in the action on national television.

"I'm going to stay home close to my family and go to Southern Mississippi," Alford said.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound signal-caller is also a standout baseball player and considered other in-state schools Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He's a great pick up for new head coach Ellis Johnson and could provide an option right away for the offense.

"If he sticks with football he certainly shows the ability to become an All-American at the college level," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Shows a super strong arm, can make every throw, has knowledge of the game, is a leader both on and off the field, and combines strength, explosive moves, great vision, and tremendous instincts. Over the past year he turned from just being a great athlete into a premier QB."

The four-star is the fifth-best dual-threat quarterback and is ranked as the 84th overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps. Alford passed for 2,058 yards and rushed for 1,731 while scoring 44 touchdowns during his senior season.




Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:02 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:50 pm
 

Kevon Seymour stays local, commits to USC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Pasadena (Calif.) cornerback Kevon Seymour had looked at just about every Pac-12 school but ended up staying close to home and committing to powerhouse USC on Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"The next four years I'm going to be attending the University of Southern California," Seymour said.

The 6-foot, 180-pounder had USC as his leader late in the process but also was strongly considering UCLA and Washington among others. With the Trojans limited to just 15 scholarships the next three years, the coaching staff gets someone who can play early and play often during his career in Los Angeles.

"He shows good height, quick feet, long arms, and even quicker hands," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows good recovery speed, can flip his hips, and is tall enough to keep tall receivers honest. He reads routes well, rarely gets fooled, and is smooth in transition."

Seymour had five interceptions and 46 tackles during his senior season at Muir High. Maxpreps ranks him as the 16th-best cornerback in the country.


 
 
 
 
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