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Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:31 am
 

2/27 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some great action out in Piscataway at the BadgerSports 7-on-7, which continues today with the single elimination bracket to determine a championship. 

- Offensive lineman Frank Taylor is seeing his recruitment pick up considerably, with recent offers from Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia

- Washington signee Austin Seferian-Jenkins may wind up playing basketball for the Huskies in addition to football. He will need head coach Steve Sarkisian's permission first of course. 

- Some details on who Michigan State is targeting at their Junior Day today.
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:49 am
 

Several QB's impress on BadgerSports 7-on-7 Day 1

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - They came from far and wide (and even from north of the border). They came to throw. They came to pass.

But mostly, the over 700 players that attended the first Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament came to compete.

The 32 team field that converged on Rutgers’ indoor practice facility had some of the most talented players from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Canada. One of the most competitive groups of the day took place late in the afternoon, headlined by Red Lion Christian Academy and USC quarterback commit David Sills and defensive end Kenny Bigelow.

Despite the hype on Sills - he’s not even a freshman but has been committed to USC for over a year - Monroe (Conn.) class of 2012 quarterback Casey Cochran was the most impressive signal-caller of the group with a strong arm, quick release and a cannon on his shoulder.

“After the state championship game, I hurt my ankle so I really couldn’t do a lot of things,” Cochran said. “This feels great coming out here and working things. I try not to go crazy, I want to stay with my progressions. A lot of guys, they come out and they try and force some balls. That’s the biggest things, try not to force balls and go through your progressions.”

Cochran already holds a scholarship offer from Boston College while Rutgers and Connecticut could be on the verge of extending an offer soon. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound quarterback was particularly impressed with what the new UConn coaching staff has said. Cochran displayed good anticipation when throwing but does need to work on his balance, as he throws off his back foot and leans back sometimes.

Sills was nevertheless one of the top quarterbacks to throw Saturday. His 6-foot-3 frame is impressive and he certainly fits into the USC mold of pro-style quarterbacks. Most impressive is Sills’ knowledge of the passing game and leadership skills. Though he was easily one of the youngest players at the competition, he was calling out plays and making sure his receivers were properly aligned.

The one flaw in Sills’ game Saturady was that he forced several balls into coverage and threw three interceptions as a result - which may be, as Cochran said,  a product of 7-on-7 competitions. It's easy to understand the hype around him when you see him throw (as the four or five cameras he almost hit with every dropback would attest).

Looking like a very good year for Northwest quarterbacks

After several down years for producing quarterbacks, 2012 is shaping up to be quite nice if Saturday's competition is any indication.

The PA Playmakers team actually had two of the better quarterbacks throwing in Bloomsburg (Pa.) Blake Rankin and Steelton (Pa.) Max Ward. The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Rankin certainly has the build of a pro-style quarterback and had good touch on several of his deep balls. His arm is not the strongest however, while Ward’s seemed like he was firing balls out of a rifle. Impressive wide receiver Greg Garmon caught most of what was thrown his way. Although he's not the fastest wide out, he does have good body control and attacks the ball when it is in the air.

2013 quarterback Kevin Olsen also stood out from the crowd. The younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen, the 6-foot-3, 210 pound signal-caller could be one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, if not the Northeast. A little thin and somewhat hesitant in the pocket, Olsen was still one of the most accurate QB's in attendance. If he can refine his throwing motion into something a little more compact, he could be someone who racks up offers in the coming months.

Jersey City (N.J.) athlete Brandon Napoleon was also sharp in the pocket. Holding offers from North Carolina and Rutgers, he threw a nice, tight spiral and had a very powerful arm. Because of his size (6-foot, 170 pounds) he will likely be offered as an athlete at BCS-caliber schools but it wouldn't be surprising if he were giving a shot at quarterback in the right system.
Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Miami Nike Combine/Ft. Lauderdale NUC Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

FORT LAUDERDALE - Once again, the South Florida region continues to amaze with the sheer amount of skill position talent available. Although it’s a particularly good year for Florida linemen, several unknown skill position players from the region jumped into the spotlight after the Nike Sparq Combine in Miami on Saturday and the National Underclassman Combine (NUC) in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

Coming from out of nowhere, outside linebacker Justin Horton posted the best Sparq score in the nation on Saturday with a 115.95. The Clermont (Fla.) defender ran a 4.58 in the 40 yard dash at 6-foot-2, 207 pounds and was easily the talk of the combine.

“I had gone to a previous combine and I just wanted to come out here and grab a better score,” Horton said. “I didn’t think much of it until I came over and everybody started getting excited. I really didn’t know what to expect today.”

The impressive Sparq score is an indicator of Horton’s athleticism and he certainly looks the part of an outside linebacker at the next level. Although he played mostly at defensive end last year, he racked up 65 tackles and hopes to have an even bigger season in 2011 by playing some linebacker. With only a little interest from schools such as Louisville and USF, expect coaches from around the South to be asking for Horton’s highlight tape this week.

Coral Springs (Fla.) defensive end/linebacker Cameron Smith posted a slightly lower 94.50 Sparq score but certainly looked the part of a Division I player. Although he doesn’t have any offers, several schools are showing interest.

“I want to play (defensive) end,” he said. “Most schools are looking at me as defensive end or outside linebacker. I’ve got a couple of letters, a lot actually, from Boston College. I’ve had some from Iowa State, USF, awhile ago I had some from Miami, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Duke.”

Smith displayed nice side-to-side movement and after racking up double-digit sacks as a junior, could be primed for a breakout senior year if the combine is any indication.

Jones impresses

Sophomore quarterback Akeem Jones stood out from the crowd of skill position players on both Saturday and Sunday. Already receiving interest from the likes Miami, Florida State, Florida and Rutgers, Jones has been a hot name in recruiting circles after making the 7-on-7 travel team South Florida Express two weeks ago.

Recording an 81.12 Sparq score at the Nike Combine, the 6-foot-3, 190 pound Jones showed off his arm at the NUC, throwing a very catchable ball with good accuracy on short to intermediate throws. Jones didn’t play much during the season due to injury so he’s using camps over the summer to get better on the field for his upcoming season.

“I got hurt the fourth game of the season, broke my ankle in three places. I wasn’t able to play the rest of the season,” Jones said. “Right now my mindset is I just want to win a state championship. I want to get my team to that next level and see how I’m going to lead them there. I want people to say, ‘look at how he set an example for a lot of kids.’ That’s my goal.”

Jones looks like a taller version of former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor with his throwing motion and strong arm. He won the NUC Leadership Award and was almost like another coach on the field by helping out his receivers and correcting their alignment on plays during the one-on-one portion of the combine. Expect to keep hearing Jones’ name as he travels around the country to other camps and competitions.

Speed is the name of the game

South Florida produces some of the fastest players in the country and both camps had two players turn in blazing 40 yard dash times.

At the NUC combine, Hollandale (Fla.) running back Jared Sanders blazed a 4.37 and 4.40 (hand-timed) in the 40 yard dash to grab the fastest man award. A bit small at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, Sanders could be a slot receiver in college despite playing running back in high school. He was a terror to cover in one-on-one drills and had better hands than most, if not all, the wide receivers competing.

Sanders has had some interest from Miami, Illinois and FIU and could see even more schools start to take a look as the summer goes on.

Miami (Fla.) receiver John Green was the fastest man at the Nike camp, running a 4.46 (electronically-timed) 40 yard dash, which was the fastest time in the nation among all Nike combines this year.

“My fastest 40 is a 4.33,” he said. “I play slot receiver, kick returner and this year I’ll be the starting safety.”

Also a track star, Green has no offers but is being shown interest from coaches at Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State and Duke but says he hopes to hear from Miami soon. He plans on attending camps at Florida State and Kansas among others.

Burton takes Overall MVP award at NUC

2012 cornerback Adrian Burton attended both combines and made his name known at both of them. Posting a 98.46 Sparq rating at the Nike combine, Burton was hampered by a bit of fatigue from being in the sun all day and still managed to run a 4.67 in the 40 yard dash. He did much better on Sunday at the NUC, running a 4.51 and showing off impressive coverage skills in one-on-ones.

“It felt good to come out here after recovering and show that I am a D-1 prospect,” Burton said.

Burton was very fluid and excelled in press coverage against the top competition at the NUC. He took home Overall MVP honors and is seeing his recruiting pick up as of late. In-state programs like Florida and Florida State have shown interest but Miami is recruiting Burton the hardest. He recently went to the Hurricanes’ Junior Day and expects an offer to come from the staff shortly.

“I went to the one versus North Carolina,” Burton said. “I loved it, it felt just like home. Coach (Al) Golden is a real good coach, he’s really interactive with the players. I feel real comfortable there.”

As one of the top corners in Miami, expect to keep hearing Burton’s name pop up during the summer.

NUC Awards

2012 Quarterback MVP: Chase Bender from Cardinal Gibbons HS.
Running back MVP: Bo Ellis, a 2013 running back from Miami Gulliver Prep who ran a 4.57 in the 40 yard dash.
Defensive back MVP: Deshawd Tucker from Hollandale HS, he has interest from Miami, Oregon, Wisconsin and FIU but no offers at this time.
Wide Receiver MVP: Davaunte Robbins, who ran a 4.55 40 yard dash.
Combine King and Fastest Man: Jared Sanders.
Overall MVP: Adrian Burton.

Top Nike Sparq Scores

Top Sparq Rating: Justin Horton
Top 40 Yard Dash: John Green
Top Vertical Jump: Billy Crook (QB, Naples, Fla.)
Top Agility Shuttle: Kevon Caffey (RB, Miami, Fla.) 
Top Power Ball Toss: Pedro Sibiea (DE, Homestead, Fla.)
Posted on: February 19, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Miami Nike Combine Standouts

Posted by Bryan Fischer

MIAMI - The sun was shining, a light breeze was blowing and quite a few records fell at the Nike Sparq Combine at Miami North Stadium Saturday afternoon. Around 500 high school football players from around the state of Florida came to get tested in four events (a 40 yard dash, agility shuttle run, power ball toss and vertical jump), which were turned into their Sparq rating. Generally, anything over 90 is considered an upper echelon test score.

Much of the high-end talent in the state was not in attendance due to Florida State and Florida Junior Days being held on Saturday afternoon. Although there were not as many big names in attendance, a few players did get their names on everyone's radar after putting up some impressive numbers.

Faton Bauta - They say timing is everything and Bauta’s was impeccable this week - on and off the field. He attended the Nike Combine in Philadelphia last week but, having recently moved to nearby Palm Beach from New York, he was able to stop by for a second go around at the Sparq test. He posted one of the top Sparq scores in Miami with a 101.85 and, although he played quarterback last year, looks more like a linebacker. His 4.15 shuttle time was particularly impressive at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. Bauta recently enrolled at South Florida powerhouse Palm Beach Dwyer High School and already has several programs evaluating him, likely as an athlete.

Adrian Burton - Despite a slow (for a top corner) 40 time of 4.67, Burton still was impressive in other events to record a 98.46 Sparq rating. He said he ran a 4.55 last year at a combine and that’s the time most college coaches like. Burton has good size and could also play safety if needed. He went to Miami’s recent Junior Day and is close to receiving an offer from the Hurricanes.

Kilto Meme - A running back from a small school, Premier Academy in Pompano Beach (Fla.), Meme posted an impressive Sparq rating of 94.14. At 5-foot-10 and 193 pounds, Meme looked certainly looked the part and his 4.55 40 yard dash should have a few coaches interested in seeing his film. The Nike combine was the first of a few camps Meme plans on attending and depending on his senior season, could be an name to look out for on the recruiting trail.

Cameron Smith - A tight end/defensive end at the high school level, Smith projects as an outside linebacker in college based on his size. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Smith needs to add some muscle but he has a very good frame to do so. Not really a big name coming into the camp, his Sparq score of 94.5 should garner some more interest from schools. Boston College, Ole Miss , Iowa State, USF, Miami, Vandy and Duke are some of the schools who have shown interest but Smith does not have any offers. He ran a 4.61 in the 40 yard dash and had a very good vertical of 33 inches.

Justin Horton - After turning in his card listing his times, Horton quickly got most of the Nike staff excited. It was easy to see why when they announced his Sparq score, a 115.95, which was the best score in the nation this year at the Nike combines. The 6-foot-2, 207 pound Horton ran a 4.58 in the 40 yard dash, a 4.47 in the shuttle and had a 37 inch vertical jump to go along with an impressive 41 foot toss of the power ball. Louisville and USF are two schools to show interest in Horton but his eye-popping athleticism might make several schools pop in his tape and see him make 65 tackles last year. He will likely play linebacker at the next level.

John Green - South Florida is known for producing some of the fastest players in the country and the Miami combine allowed John Green to add his name to the list in 2012. He ran a 4.46 in the 40 yard dash (times are recorded electronicly), which is the top time at a Nike Combine this year. A 5-foot-10, 165 pound slot receiver, Florida State, Kansas and Duke are some of the schools showing interest. He said his fastest 40 was 4.33 and that he ran a 10.87 in the 100 meters last year. Green plans to attend several camps over the summer and could see his stock rise depending on how he does in 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 drills.

Pedro Sibiea - One of the few lineman to come to the combine (they generally are geared for skill position players), he posted an impressive 95.10 Sparq rating. A solid 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, Sibiea tested well in just about every category. If he can shave a little bit of time off his already impressive 4.87 40 yard dash, he could see a lot of scholarships come his way.

Akeem Jones - A class of 2013 quarterback, Jones is a hot name on the recruiting circuit after making the South Florida Express 7-on-7 travel team. He posted an 81.12 Sparq rating and is a legitimate 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. He ran a 4.89 in the 40 and had a 4.34 shuttle. Already seeing interest from several major programs, Jones stock should continue to rise.

Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:32 am
Edited on: February 11, 2011 9:33 am
 

2/11 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another day, another roundup. The wheels are definitely in motion for the class of 2012, when one of the first major combines kicks off in Miami this weekend.

- Andy Staples of SI.com headed to the tryouts for the South Florida Express travel team and remarks on how youth football is slowly turning into AAU hoops.

- Looking back and reviewing Washington’s class of 2007 and why the team will not have many senior this year.

- Alabama’s Sal Sunseri is known as one of the best recruiters in the country and you can see his pitch to LSU commit Jermauria Rasco on video here.

- Penn State coach Jay Paterno pens his latest column on oversigning and recruiting rankings. Well worth the read.

- Boston College has extended an offer to tight end A.J. Williams.

- An unsigned defensive back may end up being a late addition to Miami.

Posted on: January 29, 2011 10:54 am
 

1/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Less than five days until Signing Day and some recruits still don’t know where they want to go. Should be a fun few weeks coming up as a result.

- Where will Nickolas Brassell go? The talented wide out is currently on a visit to Alabama and will likely choose between the Tide and Ole Miss.

- Former Oklahoma football player John Goodman says that when he was recruited by the Sooners, the recruiting game wasn’t so slimy. Of course, as he mentions, Oklahoma was coming off probation at the time.

- Oklahoma State running back Herschel Sims has an eye-popping highlight reel but beyond the gridiron is where he is really impressive.

- Boston College lost a good linebacker in Graham Stewart, who ended up committing to Florida after an in-home visit from Will Muschamp.

- Good look at players changing their minds during the recruiting process – or as some see it, schools poaching recruits.

- Impressive quarterback Brett Hundley is the foundation for UCLA’s recruiting class.

Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:23 pm
 

ACC needs, commits and hopes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Boston College    
Biggest need: Linemen. Three offensive line starters depart, including talented tackle Anthony Castonzo. Things are great depth-wise on the defensive line either. The Eagles have already lost out on lineman Brandon Clemons to Michigan State. 


Best verbal commit: Defensive back Albert Louis-Jean.

Hope to get: Linebacker Graham Stewart, who is being persued by Florida and Syracuse.

Clemson 

Biggest need: Defensive line. Clemson loses one of the best defensive ends in the country in Da’Quan Bowers to the NFL Draft while depth for the future is somewhat lacking beyond the upcoming season. The two quarterbacks who enrolled early will be a big help for a team that had just one on scholarship beforehand. 

Best verbal commit: Running back Mike Bellamy

Hope to get: Linebackers Tony Steward or Stephone Anthony.

Duke 

Biggest need: Defensive line. The Blue Devils have to replace two starters and will likely have to replace two more after this season. Finding some quality D-line guys will also go a long ways in helping other positions on defense. 

Best verbal commit: Athlete Blair Holliday

Hope to get: Tight end Cameron Clear.

Florida State 

Biggest need: Offensive line starters Rodney Hudson and Ryan McMahon will be tough to replace with freshmen but the key to continued success will lie in grabbing offensive lineman on Signing Day. 

Best verbal commit: Running back James Wilder Jr. 

Hope to get: Linebacker Tony Steward or defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.

Georgia Tech 

Biggest need: Outside linebacker/defensive end. Defensive coordinator Al Groh plays a 3-4 scheme so the outside linebackers are key in getting pressure on the quarterback as well as mixing things up in the passing game. Higher caliber athletes and more of them are big this recruiting class. 

Best verbal commit: Linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days. 

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Darian Cooper.

Maryland 

Biggest need: Secondary. Safety Antwine Perez graduated and at least two starters will be seniors in 2011 so finding a few players who might be ready to contribute early will be key. 

Best verbal commit: Offensive lineman Nathaniel Clarke 

Hope to get: Cornerback Jeremiah Hendy, who has also looked at Virginia and Iowa following the coaching change.

Miami 

Biggest need: Quarterback. Jacory Harris is a senior and Stephen Morris figures to challenge or win the starting spot but beyond that, the pickings are slim. Grabbing a quarterback, at the very least for depth, is a must. 

Best verbal commit: Defensive end Anthony Chickillo

Hope to get: Quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

North Carolina 

Biggest need: Running back. It was tough last year with the injuries that hit the team but one group that seemed to really get banged up was the running backs. Ryan Houston returns as a redshirt senior but finding a nice, young compliment to him will be key. 

Best verbal commit: Offensive lineman Kiaro Holts.

Hope to get: Linebacker Curtis Grant.

North Carolina State 

Biggest need: Kicker. Laugh if you will but the Wolfpack must replace their starting kicker and punter. 

Best verbal commit: Wide receiver Hakeem Flowers

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Ty McGill.



Virginia 

Biggest need: Defensive line. After Zane Parr's puzzling defection to the NFL Draft, the Cavaliers will need to find quality guys to replace him and at least one defensive tackle.

Best verbal commit: Defensive back Brandon Phelps.

Hope to get: Linebacker Curtis Grant.

Virginia Tech 

Biggest need: Running back. The double whammy of Ryan Williams and Darren Evans leaving for the NFL has created a big hole for a team that will also be breaking in a new quarterback. 

Best verbal commit: Defensive tackle Kris Harley

Hope to get: Linebacker Stephone Anthony.

Wake Forest 

Biggest need: Linebacker. More than anything, Wake needs to find athletes at this position if they are to improve defensively. 

Best verbal commit: Quarterback Kevin Sousa.

Hope to get: Athlete Darius Jennings.
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:27 am
 

1/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just nine days until National Signing Day. Stay tuned to the blog for all of the coverage leading up to and following the Super Bowl of the college football offseason.

- Georgia kicker Ammon Lakip chose Clemson over Georgia Tech with a commitment to the Tigers Sunday night. Lakip’s father attended Georgia Tech and his first offer was from the Yellowjackets.

- A junior college recruit who is considering Utah talked about the recent addition of Norm Chow as offensive coordinator.

- Washington picked up a quarterback commitment in dual-threat Derrick Brown out of Murrieta, CA. Brown’s commitment comes as Washington hosted highly regarded quarterback Jacoby Brissett on an official visit. With just two scholarship QB’s for next year, head coach Steve Sarkisian is likely looking to take two quarterbacks for 2011.

- UCF continues to improve their recruiting profile, going out of state to grab Georgia linebacker Troy Gray. The Kennesaw product is the 21st commitment for the Knights.

- Fresh off an appearance in the BCS title game, Oregon has added to their already impressive recruiting class with the pledge of wide receiver B.J. Kelley.

- Rivals analyst Mike Farrell says linebacker Graham Stewart, a Boston College commit, will not sign an letter of intent on Signing Day.

 
 
 
 
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