Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 1:34 pm

Kalis decommits from Ohio St., others to follow?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Ohio State recruitniks have been bracing for bad news ever since the resignation of coach Jim Tressel and lingering questions about the school's NCAA infractions case continued to surface. Things might have gone from bad to worse Tuesday night as Kyle Kalis, the only Top 100 member in the Buckeyes' 2012 class, decommitted and re-opened his recruitment.

"I did speak to (interim coach) Luke Fickell minutes ago, and I told him I was de-committing from Ohio State," Kalis told Scout. "I want to keep all my options open, and will consider several programs going forward, including Ohio State. That's really all I want to say about my recruitment at this time."

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman holds scholarship offers form Alabama, Iowa, LSU, Notre Dame and Wisconsin among others. He is planning a visit to Michigan this week and, given that the Wolverines have been cleaning up on the recruiting trail lately, that has to make some of the Buckeye faithful a little uneasy.

Kalis is friends with defensive end and Michigan commit Tom Strobel, and he'll likely be in Kalis' ear about what to do while he's in Ann Arbor (like, say, committing to the Maize and Blue). With the decommitment, Ohio State currently sits at eight verbal commitments.

But Kalis isn't the only Ohio State commitment thinking about decommitting. Canton (Ohio) running back Bri'onte Dunn has been on shaky ground ever since Tressel's resignation was announced, and his comments have not been reassuring for Ohio State coaches.

Although some players in the recruiting class seem to be on solid footing with the program, they will no doubt be receiving plenty of attention from opposing coaches. With even Michigan State jumping in on some good Ohio talent this recruiting class, it could be a long road to Signing Day for the Buckeyes.
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 3:49 pm

Wide receiver Cameron Wilson selects Iowa

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's been awhile (over two months, but who's counting except for some fans) since Iowa picked up a football commitment, but that was remedied Tuesday afternoon with the verbal pledge of Dublin (Ohio) wide receiver Cameron Wilson.

"Well, I've been putting a lot of thought into it the past few months and especially this last week, and I just felt like Iowa has everything that I wanted in a school so I didn't have to look any further." Wilson told HawkeyeReport.com. "Iowa was the right place for me, so I decided to commit."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver selected Iowa over Boston College, Illinois, Purdue and Pitt. After visiting Iowa City and touring campus a few times during the spring, Wilson just felt at home with the Hawkeyes and comfortable enough to commit.

"I really liked the football atmosphere," he said. "We were there for the spring scrimmage and it was a really cold day, but they still had a lot of fans there cheering for them. The coaches, the players, and everyone treated me really well and I just enjoyed it there." 

Wilson is the second commit for Iowa's recruiting class of 2012. He hauled in 77 catches for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns for Jerome High School last season.
Posted on: June 8, 2011 11:16 am

Perkins stays home and joins Notre Dame's class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

David Perkins doesn't have the connection to Notre Dame that many think he does playing high school football just a few miles from campus. The talented athlete grew up in Kalamazoo (Mich.) before transferring to Washington High in northern Indiana and making a name for himself with a breakout season in 2010. After seeing his recruitment pickup this spring however, Perkins started to get closer to the school down the street.

Finally, on Tuesday, the South Bend (Ind.) athlete made it official that he would stay close to home and play for the Irish.

“After I visited, they just started growing on me,” Perkins said at his press conference, according to The South Bend Tribune. “And then they just recruited me hard after that.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Perkins plays a variety of positions and excelled at defensive end at the recent Ohio State Nike Camp. He held scholarship offers from Arizona, Boston College, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State among others but once Perkins picked up an offer from Notre Dame, the recruiting process was over.

"The plan that they set out for me," he said of what he liked about the school. "The strong relationship that I built with the coaches. Notre Dame, it's not just a four-year decision. This is something to be proud of having an education from there, moving forward even after football, it's a great thing to carry on your résumé. They recruit great players, great people and all in honesty, I do believe Notre Dame will win the National Championship and I will be part of it."

Perkins rushed for 765 yards and three touchdowns and also caught four touchdowns on offense last season as a junior. On the other side of the ball at defensive end and linebacker, he racked up 63 tackles and 13 sacks. He's currently a three-star player according to MaxPreps but could be in line for a fourth with another big year this fall.

“He’s tall and he can run, and that’s two qualities Notre Dame looks for,” recruiting analyst Tom Lemming told the paper. “He’s not yet a super player, but he has the potential to be that.”

Picking up Perkins gives the Irish 10 commitments for the class of 2012.

Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:56 am

May Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The calendar has turned from May to June and it's time to see how schools are building their class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big Ten, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail but Michigan is the leader of the pack. 

Illinois (2)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber(Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Wide receiver Jason Robertson (Mokena, Ill.) 


Iowa (1)

Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)

Michigan (14)

Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden(Rockford, Mich.) 
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cornerback Anthony Standifer (Crete, Ill.)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Michigan State (4)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)


Wide receiver Andre McDonald (Minnetonka, Minn.) 
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.) 
Tight end Maxx Williams(Waconia, Minn.)

Nebraska (2)

Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.) 

Northwestern (4)

Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones(Naperville, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko(Lewis Center, Ohio)

Ohio State (8)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Josh Perry(Galena, Ohio)
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio) 

Penn State (8)

Offensive lineman J.J. Denman (Fairless Hills, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive tackle Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James(McKeesport, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko(Warren, Ohio)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson(Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams(West Roxbury, Mass.)

Purdue (1)

Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Wisconsin (4)

Running back Vonte Jackson(Kenosha, Wis.)
Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz(Barrington, Ill.)

Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:26 am

Standifier is number 14 for Michigan

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Most recruiting experts predict that Michigan will be the school who will take advantage of the troubles at Ohio State the most. While it's too early to see if that's the case, the Wolverines continued their momentum they've had since head coach Brady Hoke was hired as Crete (Ill.) cornerback Anthony Standifer pledged to the school Wednesday afternoon after taking an unofficial visit there.

"I had went down there today and was overwhelmed… so I committed," Standifer told TheWolverine.com. "I liked the whole coaching staff, and especially Coach (Greg) Mattison who came from the Baltimore Ravens. It feels like I have another family."

The 6-foot-1, 180 pound corner is yet another defensive player in the next recruiting class for Michigan. He also held offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, Notre Dame and Syracuse among others. All it took to get his commitment was a first class visit to Ann Arbor that allowed him to connect to the coaching staff better.

"I learned more about the coaches and finally met the head coach," he said. "It was good to meet them instead of them just talking to me on the phone." 

Notre Dame had been a strong contended for Standifer's services and he was supposed to visit there shortly after returning from Michigan. He can play both safety and corner at the next level but will likely stay at his native corner position.

Standifier becomes the 14th commitment for Michigan's class of 2012, third defensive back and 10th on the defensive side of the ball. He had 44 tackles, nine interceptions and a forced fumble last season as a junior.
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:33 pm

Colorado adds wide receiver to 2011 class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There are still a few players out there still available to be signed to a scholarship in the class of 2011 and days after Ole Miss added a cornerback, Colorado picked up DeSoto (Texas) wide receiver Austin Vincent as a late addition to their recruiting class.

"The atmosphere at Colorado is really nice and the coaching staff is great," Vincent told BuffStampede.com. "I think I am going to have a good time up here."

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver took an official visit to see the campus in Boulder and will head back to join the team for summer workouts in late June. Several schools were interested in Vincent and he originally planned to sign with Iowa but was a late qualifier.

UTEP, Kansas and Oklahoma State were among the schools that showed interest once he received a qualifying score but it was Colorado that came out on top.

"I did research on Colorado and looked at the roster and their depth chart and their coaching staff," he said. "They don't have that many receivers. They have a big time sophomore (Paul Richardson), a senior that is going to play in the NFL (Toney Clemons) and a transfer from Georgia (Logan Gray) at receiver. They are expecting me to play, too. They are expecting me to come in and compete. I just have to do my thing."

Buffalos' receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, a former assistant at Texas, was key in getting Vincent to head to the north.

"I already had a relationship and knew Coach Kennedy, who is going to be my position coach at Colorado, before when he was at Texas," Vincent said. "He is really the main reason I decided to visit Colorado and was a big reason why I committed. I am real cool with Coach Kennedy."

Due to NCAA rules with the signing period over, Vincent will not sign a letter of intent and can only sign scholarship grant-in-aid papers. He broke his leg last season but scored six touchdowns on just 16 catches prior to the injury.

Vincent is the 22nd commitment for Colorado in 2011 and third wide receiver to join the Buffs.

Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:03 am

5/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Lots of conference meetings underway (Big Ten's last week, Big East's this week, SEC's next week, etc.) and recruiting rules and oversigning are expected to be topics of discussion. We'll be sure and track what, if anything, comes out of the meetings. On to the links:

- Some details on what Auburn and Alabama pay for recruiting services.

- Offensive tackle Kameron Davis holds offers from West Virginia, Texas Tech, Louisville and others.

- Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine is planning on taking visits to Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Tennessee.

- Defensive back Josh Holsey will choose a school among Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Virginia Tech tomorrow.

- D.J. Gallo is up to eight offers, N.C. State, Maryland and UConn among them.
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:55 pm

Iowa extends a very, very early offer

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The May Evaluation period is a busy time for coaches across the country. From the middle of April to the end May, assistant coaches are scouring the country for players by visiting high schools and watching them practice. It's usually around this time that scholarship offers start flying off the metaphorical shelf.

While most of the offers are given to soon-to-be seniors, there are usually a few rising juniors that receive an offer here and there if the coaches like what they see. Iowa, however, felt strongly enough about one freshman to go ahead and pull the trigger on offering this week. Hinsdale (Ill.) offensive lineman Brian Allen was the lucky recipient and he was astonished more than anything else.

"When my dad first told me that Iowa was going to offer, I thought he was kidding at first," Allen told HawkeyeReport.com. "I mean I'm only a freshman, so it's kind of unreal for them to do that now, but we called Coach (KirkFerentz today and he confirmed it."

Verbal scholarship offers are non-binding and the earliest a written offer may be made is August 1st of a prospect's senior year in high school. That means there's a lot of time for the 6-foot-1, 245 pound Allen to improve his game.

"It's unreal," Allen added. "After getting the offer, I think I just have to work harder now. It's inspiring and will drive me to do more and be even better."

Allen, who has never even played a down of varsity football, is very much an exception to the normal recruiting process. The Hawkeye staff is familiar with the family after recruiting Brian's older brother, Jack, who signed with Michigan State and was also offered by Iowa. The biggest reason for the early offer was not genetics however, but rather Brian's prowess on the wrestling mat.

"I think my wrestling background helped a lot with the Iowa offer," Allen told the website. "They are big on wrestling up there and it seems like they end up offering a lot of wrestlers."

He finished third in the state in the 215 pound weight class as a freshman and is expected to be a starter on his high school team next year on the offensive line. Michigan State has kept in contact with the family and is showing interest in the younger Allen but has not offered.

It remains to be seen what, if any offers are in Allen's future but he's not the only one in the class of 2014 to receive a scholarship offer. According to Rivals, 10 other players in the class hold at least one offer with Bamberg (S.C.) linebacker Kevin Crosby listed as holding six offers. Class of 2015 quarterback David Sills was offered by USC as an 8th grader and committed to the Trojans shortly afterwards.

Still, quite the accomplishment for Allen as the latest member of a very exclusive club.
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