Posted on: June 3, 2011 12:00 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 12:01 am
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 SEC, where several schools - as one would expect - are having a strong year so far.
Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.) Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.) Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.) Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.) Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Tyler Hayes (Thomasville, Ala.)
Linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland(Madison, Ala.) Running back Justin Taylor(Atlanta, Ga.) Athlete Justin Thomas(Prattville, Ala.) 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.) Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.) Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward Pottsville, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Shane Callahan (Parker, Colo.)
Offensive lineman Michael Flint (Oxford, Ala.)
Defensive back Joshua Holsey (Fairburn, Ga.)
Athlete Darrion Hutcherson (Dadeville, Ala.)
Wide receiver Ricardo Louis (Miami Beach, Fla.) Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy(Birmingham, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Darius Philon (Prichard, 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 Running back Matt Jones(Seffner, Fla.) Defensive tackle JaFar Mann(Stone Mountain, Ga.) Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.) Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.) Linebacker Jeremi Powell(Largo, Fla.)
Tight end Colin Thompson (Warminster, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams(Tyrone, Ga.)
Wide receiver C.J. Curry(Gainesville, Ga.) Defensive end Jalen Fields (Milledgeville, Ga.) Athlete Leonard Floyd(Eastman, Ga.) Kicker Marshall Morgan(Miami, Fla.) Wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw (Milledgeville, Ga.) Tight end Ty Smith(Moultrie, Ga.)
Defensive back Shawn Blaylock (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman(Louisville, Ky.) Defensive back Josh Harris(Maysville, Ky.) Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles(Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.) Wide receiver Travin Dural(Beaux Bridge, La.) Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.) Tight end Dillon Gordon(River Ridge, La.) Linebacker Trey Granier(Thibodaux, La.)
Defensive end Jerald Hawkins (Baldwin, La.)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson(Pompano Beach, Fla.) 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 (4)
Quarterback C.J. Beathard (Franklin, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.) Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.) Defensive end Temario Strong(Batesville, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Devon Desper(Madison, Miss.)
Athlete Deontay Evans(McComb, Miss.)
South Carolina (5)
Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.) Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.) Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brock Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Clayton Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Running back Imani Cross(Gainesville, Ga.)
Wide receiver Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive end Ladarius Banks (Dallas, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Barrett Gouger (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Defensive end Tre Griffin (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Linebacker Darreon Herring (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker Jacob Sealand (Tucker, Ga.)
Defensive end Stephen Weatherly (Atlanta, Ga.)
Tags: A.J. Turner, Adam Griffith, Alex Taylor, Arkansas, Auburn, Avery Johnson, Barrett Gouger, Ben Still, Brandon Greene, Brock Stadnik, C.J. Beathard, C.J. Curry, Caleb Gulledge, Carlos Hood, Cassanova McKinzy, Clayton Stadnik, Colin Thompson, Cordale Boyd, Dakota Ball, Dante Phillips, Darius Philon, Darreon Herring, Darrion Hutcherson, DeMarcus Sweat, Deontay Evans, Derrick Raymond, Devon Desper, Dillon Gordon, Dillon Lee, Donovan Roberts, Dwayne Thomas, Eddie Williams, Florida, Georgia, Imani Cross, Issac Gross, Jacob Sealand, JaFar Mann, Jalen Cobb, Jalen Fields, Jerald Hawkins, Jeremi Powell, Jeremy Ward, Jerquinick Sandolph, Jessamen Dunker, John Thomas, Josh Harris, Joshua Holsey, Justin Taylor, Justin Thomas, Kendric Salley, Kentucky, Kenyan Drake, Ladarius Banks, Lamar Lewis, LaTroy Pittman, Lemming Top 100, Leonard Floyd, Lonnie Outlaw, LSU, Marshall Morgan, Matt Jones, May Commitment List, Michael Flint, Mike Davis, Mississippi State, Nathan Holmes, Nick Saban, Ole Miss, Patrick Towles, Quinteze Williams, Reggie Ragland, Ricardo Louis, Ronnie Feist, Ryan Anderson, SEC, Shane Callahan, Shawn Blaylock, South Carolina, Stephen Weatherly, T.J. Holloman, Temario Strong, Tennesee, Thomas Chapman, Toshiro Davis, Travin Dural, Tre Griffin, Trey Granier, Ty Smith, Tyler Hayes, Vanderbilt, Willie Bailey, Zeke Pike
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: May 9, 2011 11:16 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
CBSSports.com senior writer Dennis Dodd rolls out an updated Post-Spring Top 25 today and while he names an MVP for each team, we figure every team is going to need an incoming freshman to step up if they want to keep their spot in the top 25 throughout the season. Here's each team's impact freshman out of their class of 2011:
1. Oklahoma: Dodd notes that the class of 2010 has turned out very well for the Sooners but they'll need a few guys from the class of 2011 to help fill out the depth chart. Running back Brandon Williams is a talented running back out of the state of Texas who is expected to play right away with DeMarco Murrary gone and the offense needing another player in their "diamond" formation with three running backs.
2. Alabama: Alabama's defense is expected to be one of the best Nick Saban has ever had but that doesn't mean a freshman can't be a contributor on special teams and with spot play on defense. Linebacker Trey DePriest enrolled early and seemed to make an impression on the coaching staff. Junior college transfer Aaron Douglas, a freshman All-American at Tennessee, could also end up being a starting tackle too.
3. LSU: Anthony Johnson was one of the top defensive tackles coming out of high school and he looked like he would be the next great LSU man in the middle after a very good spring for an early enrollee. He has the size and quickness to play right away and could make an impact as a pass rusher on third down as he gets acclimated to the speed of college football.
4. Oregon: The Ducks don't have to replace much on offense but they are looking for a few pass catching threats to step up for quarterback Darron Thomas. Another early enrollee and one of the highest rated recruits Oregon has brought in, Colt Lyerla could be one of the answers at tight end, receiver and running back. In short, he's a great athlete and Chip Kelly will find a way to get the ball in his hands.
5. Stanford: The Cardinal are pretty set on offense with Andrew Luck back and running the show but there are a few spots on defense where some freshmen could come in. The new staff must find two new linebackers for this upcoming season and it wouldn't be surprising if James Vaughters ends up making a push for one of them.
6. Oklahoma State: Already expected to have an explosive offense this year to possibly propel them to a BCS game, the Cowboys have high hopes for incoming running back Herschel Sims. Defenses will have to make sure they are ready for the passing game first and Sims might be able to take advantage of some daylight.
7. Texas A&M: Defensive leader Von Miller is off to the NFL (if there is an NFL next year) and while it will be hard for any freshman to replace that kind of production in College Station, look for linebacker Shaun Ward to at least be in the mix to play once he gets on campus.
8. Florida State: The Seminoles are going to have high expectations for the first time in awhile and there are high expectations being placed on incoming tight end Nick O'Leary. While most people talk about him as being the grandson of golfer Jack Nicklaus, the talented O'Leary is also quite a pass catcher who should play right away.
9. Ohio State: There could be two impact players for the Buckeyes depending on how things shake out in fall camp. Quarterback Braxton Miller is certainly in the race to be the starter with Terrelle Pryor suspended for five games and showed flashes during the spring. Linebacker Curtis Grant was one of the top players coming out of high school and should be able to fill in right away on defense.
10. Nebraska: The Huskers have their sights on a Big Ten title in their first year in the league and if they're going to take some pressure off quarterback Taylor Martinez, running back Aaron Green could be a big part of the offense.
11. Michigan State: Mark Dantonio fought off some big time programs for in-state linebacker Lawrence Thomas and one of the reasons why is Thomas is expected to come in right away and play well for the Spartans.
12. Wisconsin: The Badgers typically don't play many freshmen but tight end Austin Traylor could help break in a new quarterback as both a blocker and receiver.
13. Arkansas: Brey Cook knew the Razorbacks would need to replace both tackles and he enrolled early and ended up at the top of the depth chart coming out of spring ball. Anytime you can get a young freshmen start at tackle, you know you have a good one on your hands.
14. Boise State: Most of the freshmen for Boise State are expected to redshirt and develop but kicker Jake van Ginkel could end up the starter with a good fall camp because he has quite a leg.
15. Auburn: Where to start? The Tigers lose a lot of players to either graduation or the draft and several from this class are expected to compete for playing time. Don't be surprised if Kris Frost is a starter at linebacker and able to leave his mark on the Plains early on.
16. TCU: Gary Patterson expereinced a Rose Bowl bounce on the recruiting trail and landed a very good athlete in LaDarius Brown, who will be able to contribute right away on offense and special teams.
17. Virginia Tech: The Hokies need to replace a lot of their secondary and the incoming class is loaded with defensive backs as a result. Ronny Vandyke might be the one to step up based on his size and speed and help out right away.
18. South Carolina: This happens to be the easiest choice on the list since Jadeveon Clowney was the number player in the class of 2011. He should provide an instant pass rush threat to a team that didn't generate much from the front four last year.
19. Notre Dame: Irish fans came out of the spring singing the praises of Aaron Lynch and the early enrollee defensive end certainly put on a show to give them a reason for it.
20. Mississippi State: Defensive tackle P.J. Jones was one of the top guys in the incoming class and Bulldog fans hope he can be a factor early on under a new defensive coordinator.
21. Arizona State: There's very few spots avaliable for the incoming Sun Devils with so much of the starting lineup set with upperclassmen but Mo Latu should be able to provide some depth along the offensive line.
22. Utah: The Utes brought in a very good class and you could tell they sold the opportunity to be the first to play in the Pac-12 their entire careers at Utah. Running back Harvey Langi is a load with the football and junior college safety Keith McGill is a big body who can come in play right away.
23. Georgia: The "Dream Team" recruiting class will come into Athens with high expectations but top running back Isaiah Crowell should boost a rushing attack that was in the bottom three in the SEC last year.
24. West Virginia: New offensive coordinator/future head coach Dana Holgorsen should have an explosive offense led by Geno Smith and incoming running back Andrew Buie could be another speedy player to get the ball in his hands.
25. Florida: The Gators will transition to more of a pro-style offense under Charlie Weis so it's to be determined how everyone fits in but look out for tight end A.C. Leonard. He looks the part and could be a nice weapon for quarterback John Brantley.
Tags: A.C. Leonard, Aaron Douglas, Aaron Green, Aaron Lynch, Alabama, Andrew Buie, Anthony Johnson, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Austin Traylor, Big Ten, Boise State, Brandon Williams, Braxton Miller, Brey Cook, Charlie Weis, Chip Kelly, Colt Lyerla, Curtis Grant, Dana Holgorsen, Florida, Florida State, Gary Patterson, Georgia, Harvey Langi, Herschel Sims, Isaiah Crowell, Jadeveon Clowney, Jake van Ginkel, James Vaughters, Keith McGill, Kris Frost, LaDarius Brown, Lawrence Thomas, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Mo Latu, Nebraska, Nick O'Leary, Nick Saban, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, P.J. Jones, Ronny Vandyke, Shaun Ward, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Top 25, Trey DePriest, Utah, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 3:39 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- If one championship was lucky, a second confirms what the South Florida-based Footballers Fire 7-on-7 team thought all along, that they were one of the most talented teams in the country.
Composed mostly of players who were cut from the elite South Florida Express travel team, the Footballers Fire ended up beating them for a title in Tampa and ran through the competition over the weekend to grab their second title on the campus of Samford University.
The group ended up taking three vans from Miami to Birmingham, a trip that lasted over 13 hours. The long drive was the furthest thing from their mind when they held up the championship trophy though.
"Everybody was excited about getting out of Florida and coming to Alabama," Pompano Beach (Fla.) cornerback Adrian Burton said. "The difference between Tampa and here is we came up here undefeated. We didn't lose one game in this tournament and we won outside of our elements. We wanted to prove we were college-ready and came to play outside of our elements by playing in another state."
The team was the most vocal of any of the 15 teams that came to the event from all over the South. Part of the hooting and hollering after every play was strategy, especially once they reached the championship game and kept quiet in order to throw the other team off.
"The competition was really good," Gainesville (Fla.) corner Chris Bivins said. "We talked a bunch throughout the day but we decided to calm it down for the championship game and make them think we weren't playing. We were quiet and things started clicking."
Bivins is not full-time member of Footballers Fire but decided to come along on the trip and play with several of his friends on the team. He deferred to other members of the team in terms of playing time but still managed to make an impact in the secondary, playing both slot and outside receivers.
Burton, on the other hand, was in for nearly every play on defense and picked off two passes during the tournament, one more than he had in Tampa. Grabbing an extra pick wasn't as meaningful for the talented corner as grabbing a second title however.
"It meant a lot to me personally," Burton said. "We heard on ESPN that there was no way we can repeat, it was a fluke. Honestly we don't take that too lightly. We went from the cut list (from the South Florida Express) to winning two 7-on-7 championships. What more can we say?"
Texas Tech is one school showing a lot of interest in Burton but has yet to offer him a scholarship. Defensive backs coach Otis Mounds is the coach recruiting him and Burton had good things to say about the former South Florida high school coach.
"He has to be one of the coolest guys I've met who is a recruiter," Burton said. "He talks about real stuff, real situations, he doesn't actually talk that much about football. In his words, there's only two things they want us to come to Texas Tech for, to play ball and get your education. Education and football, I'm glad he pointed that out and it's not just football."
Bivins is also seeing his recruitment pick up with the May Evaluation period in full swing and already holds five offers, including ones from Utah and USF. He picked up his first SEC offer from South Carolina on Thursday and is excited about what the Gamecocks bring to the table.
"They've been contacting me lately. Coach (Steve) Spurrier Jr. came to school but I wasn't there because I had a track meet," Bivins said. "I called him on the phone and he said they were going to offer me a scholarship because they love big corners with long arms and speed."
Both players will head to the Badger Sports National 7-on-7 Tournament in Dallas over Fourth of July weekend.
Ward drops into coverage
Aberdeen (Miss.) defensive end Channing Ward didn't show up for Day One of the tournament and many thought he had taken an unofficial visit or just stayed home for the weekend. Turns out he had a good excuse as he was anchoring Aberdeen High's 4x100 and 4x200 track team and ended up running a 11.3 second 100 meters at a hefty 6-foot-2, 250 pounds.
The big and fast defensive end ended up playing linebacker for much of Day Two of the tournament and did so mainly to get better with his footwork and show off a little bit more to observers.
"It was a good challenge," Ward said. "I had to keep my feet moving. I think it will make me a better defensive end because I have to keep my feet moving. I felt ok."
Ward recently picked up another offer to add to his growing list that is sitting at 16 and includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and Notre Dame among others.
"I picked up an offer from Miami last Friday," Ward said. "I have interest in them."
There are also several schools close to extending a scholarship and Ward offered up one school who might be the next to pull the trigger.
"Florida State. The've been writing me a lot and told me to come to their camp," Ward said. "I'm going this summer. I'll also probably go to LSU and Auburn (camps). I've been to both of them to watch a game and on Junior Day."
Alabama and Mississippi State are the two schools recruiting him the hardest with Crimson Tide assistant Jeff Stoutland being his primary recruiter and one of the few who are recruiting him as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. He still hasn't narrowed down his list of schools but looking for a few things in his future school.
"Graduation rate, good vibe from the coaches," he said.
Ward has offers from just about every SEC schools and projects more as a defensive end than linebacker in college.
Dural doesn't live up to his own high standards
One of the few commitments participating in the tournament was Beaux Bridge (La.) wide receiver Travin Dural. The LSU commitment didn't get too many balls thrown his way and had trouble meshing with his teammates he met just two days before on their way from Louisiana.
"I didn't feel like I played my best, I kind of had an off weekend," Dural said. "I did alright in some games but just didn't really get it going."
Although he didn't live up to his own high standards, Dural did compete against some of the best defensive talent he's seen and he felt he measured up well despite having an off weekend.
"I wanted to play with the best and see how I do," he said. "They say these are some of the best players in the country so I wanted to see how good I really am. I kind of showed that I can compete with them."
Firmly committed to LSU, his commitment was pretty open and shut as soon as the Tigers became interested in the in-state prospect.
"When I got the offer," he said of when he committed. "That was the school I wanted to go to ever since I was little. That helped because I wanted to go there and didn't have to worry about committing when I wanted to go there."
The 6-foot-2, 170 pound Dural is still receiving mail from several programs but isn't being actively recruited by anybody. Many schools will stop by to see him when spring football starts in two weeks but putting on the pads isn't something Dural is looking forward to.
"No," he said with a grin. "It's going to be hot out there. I'm in track right now so I'm not even in football shape. I do the 200 and high jump, long jump and 4x200 (relay). I've got the state track meet next weekend at LSU. Last week at regionals, our relay team ran the seventh fastest time in the nation."
Gross looks good at quarterback
There were not a lot of high caliber quarterbacks in Birmingham but Memphis (Tenn.) signal caller Will Gross was one of the top two or three at the event, throwing a good spiral and really showing some velocity on throws. He's already received offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt and picked up a big one last week after a few schools stopped by during the evaluation period.
"Memphis, Wake Forest, Alabama and UConn," Gross said of the schools that came by Melrose High. "Alabama offered Thursday. I'm blessed. I'm glad the coaches see something in me. They have a good program and get you ready for the NFL. They have a great staff. I'm going to visit next month."
While some schools are recruiting him as an athlete, Alabama is recruiting him as quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 175 pound Gross wants to play quarterback in college and that will be an issue he'll bring up to those schools pursuing him.
"Mississippi State and Arkansas State," he said of schools that are recruiting him the hardest. "It doesn't matter where I go. I'm very patient and want to take my time. I might commit during the season."
Gross has already taken a few unofficial visits and will take some time over the next few weeks to plan where he'll go next. He won't limit his planning to just unofficial visits though, he plans on taking all five of his official visits and is already trying to figure out when and where to go.
"I don't know them all," he said. "I know three, Louisville, Kentucky and Alabama. Those are my top three right now."
Alabama's recent offer appears to make them the co-leader along with Louisville for Gross but he remains open until taking his visits.
Recruitment of Kimbrow heating up
A few miles away from Gross, running back Brian Kimbrow is becoming a hot name for recruiters. The city of Memphis is always a must stop for coaches on their way around the south and Memphis East is becoming the first destination in the city thanks in large part to Kimbrow.
"Duke stopped by, Western Kentucky, Tennessee and some more coaches are supposed to come by next week," Kimbrow said. "Notre Dame has come by. Lots of people."
The 5-foot-9, 170 pound scat-back recently picked up offers from Maryland and Wake Forest to put his total number of offers at close to 30. With so much attention being shown at this point in the recruiting process, Kimbrow is just taking everything as it comes and keeping a level head.
"It's hard to say right now because I'm being patient. I don't want to rush into recruiting and end up going somewhere that doesn't fit me," he said.
So far Kimbrow is taking unofficial visits like most top recruits and is starting out local before heading out to schools outside of the region this summer.
"I've been to Tennessee, Memphis and I have plans to go to Cincinnati and Vanderbilt," he said. "I have plans to go to Notre Dame. I've also been to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss."
Kimbrow has no set timetable for when he makes his commitment but the talented athlete, who also could be a slot receiver in college, is looking to stay focused on his high school team before worrying about where he'll end up in college.
"More than likely it will be after the season so I can focus on that during the season," he said of a commitment date. "Right now though, I'd say Tennessee and Vanderbilt and Cincinnati are standing out though.
"It doesn't matter where I go, I just want a place that fits me."
- Talented Lemming Top 100 linebacker Deaysean Rippy didn't play too much this weekend due to nagging injuries but did mention he was hearing a lot from Florida and that the Gators are at the top of his list at the moment. He was planning on taking more unofficial visits over the next few months so that might change.
- Marietta (Ga.) sophomore quarterback Eddie Printz did not have a very good first day, struggling to throw a spiral and get things going for Team Georgia. He came back much sharper on day two however, really spinning the ball well while leading his team to the championship game. He had some serious talent to throw to at wide out and while they saved him on day one, Printz made them look good on day two with some very nice deep balls.
- One of Printz's wide outs was Norcross (Ga.) athlete Jason Croom. He was the top receiver at the event and was a nightmare to cover with his 6-foot-5, 230 pound frame. At this point, he's a bit of a hybrid receiver/tight end until he fills out but he certainly has some very good pass catching skills. Georgia might be close to offering which might change things in his recruitment but it looks like Miami might be the team to beat at the moment. Georgia commit C.J. Curry was also on the team and played well but it was Croom who was the best receiver at the event.
- Justin Combs, son of Sean "Diddy" Combs, picked up offers Middle Tennessee and Wyoming recently and took an unofficial to UAB after the tournament. He has family in Alabama and one of his coaches said he is looking to step out from his dad's shadow but doesn't mind going to a smaller school to play football.
- Memphis (Tenn.) running back Jovon Robinson has a bit of a rivalry with Kimbrow in terms of who will be the top running back in the city and certainly showed he was capable of the top spot in terms of pass catching and quickness. His most recent offer was from Penn State and he said several SEC schools who have already offered stopped by to evaluate him further last week.
- Olive Branch (Miss.) wide receiver De'Arthur Cowan was one player who impressed from the Mississippi team. He said he had five offers, including ones from Arkansas and Mississippi State. Ole Miss visited his school last week and could be the next to offer. Cowan displayed good hands and ran nice routes but he needs to add some weight to his very skinny frame.
- Footballers Fire quarterback Ghierry Van der Kuyp has a very unusual sidearm throwing motion but he managed to be the most accurate quarterback at the event. He is being recruited by several programs as a wide receiver and the Hialeah (Fla.) athlete is close to getting offers from Miami and Florida. A commitment to Miami might follow if they offer because both of his parents are Miami fans. When Footballers Fire went up big on Team Georgia in the championship game, Van deer Kuyp played some wide receiver but badly injured his ankle and had to be taken off the field.
Tags: Adrian Burton, Alabama, Alabama Badger Sports 7-on-7, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Auburn, Brian Kimbrow, C.J. Curry, Channing Ward, Chris Bivins, Cincinnati, De'Arthur Cowan, Deaysean Rippy, Duke, Eddie Printz, Florida, Florida State, Footballers Fire, Georgia, Ghierry Van der Kuyp, Jason Croom, Jeff Stoutland, Jovon Robinson, Justin Combs, Kentucky, Lemming Top 100, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Otis Mounds, SEC, South Carolina, South Florida Express, Steve Spurrier Jr., Tennessee, Texas Tech, Travin Dural, UAB, UConn, USF, Utah, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, Will Gross, Wyoming
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 4:41 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's the last week in April and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments in the SEC, where Nick Saban leads the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle but the Gators are hot on his trail.
Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.)
Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.)
Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland (Madison, Ala.)
Running back Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athlete Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala.)
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.)
Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward (Pottsville, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Michael Flint (Oxford, Ala.)
Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy (Birmingham, Ala.)
Wide receiver Alex Taylor (Lester, 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
Running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla.)
Defensive tackle JaFar Mann (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.)
Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.)
Linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Wide receiver C.J. Curry (Gainesville, Ga.)
Defensive end Jalen Fields (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Athlete Leonard Floyd (Eastman, Ga.)
Kicker Marshall Morgan (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Tight end Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive back Josh Harris (Maysville, Ky.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.)
Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.)
Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.)
Tight end Dillon Gordon (River Ridge, La.)
Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.)
Athlete Lamar Lewis (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Dwayne Thomas (New Orleans, La.)
Tight end John Thomas (Bossier City, La.)
Ole Miss (3)
Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Temario Strong (Batesville, Miss.)
Mississippi State (2)
Offensive lineman Devon Desper (Madison, Miss.)
Athlete Deontay Evans (McComb, Miss.)
South Carolina (3)
Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)
Running back Imani Cross (Gainesville, Ga.)
Defensive end Tre Griffin (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Tags: A.J. Turner, Adam Griffith, Alex Taylor, April Commitment List, Arkansas, Auburn, Avery Johnson, Ben Still, Brandon Greene, C.J. Curry, Caleb Gulledge, Carlos Hood, Cassanova McKinzy, Cordale Boyd, Dakota Ball, Dante Phillips, Deontay Evans, Devon Desper, Dillon Gordon, Donovan Roberts, Dwayne Thomas, Eddie Williams, Florida, Georgia, Imani Cross, Issac Gross, JaFar Mann, Jalen Cobb, Jalen Fields, Jeremi Powell, Jeremy Ward, Jessamen Dunker, John Thomas, Josh Harris, Justin Taylor, Justin Thomas, Kendric Salley, Kentucky, Kenyan Drake, Lamar Lewis, LaTroy Pittman, Lemming Top 100, Leonard Floyd, Lonnie Outlaw, LSU, Marshall Morgan, Matt Jones, Michael Flint, Mike Davis, Mississippi State, Nathan Holmes, Nick Saban, Ole Miss, Patrick Towles, Quinteze Williams, Reggie Ragland, Ronnie Feist, Ryan Anderson, SEC, South Carolina, T.J. Holloman, Temario Strong, Tennesee, Thomas Chapman, Toshiro Davis, Travin Dural, Tre Griffin, Trey Granier, Ty Smith, Vanderbilt, Willie Bailey, Zeke Pike
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:46 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
There are plenty of ways a recruit can contact a coach to talk. He can Facebook them, direct message on Twitter, email them, send them a letter and, of course, call them. It's the last form of communication that the coaches like most, especially when the recruit has some good news for them.
Eastman (Ga.) athlete Leonard Floyd had some especially good news Thursday afternoon for Georgia head coach Mark Richt and assistant Scott Lakatos: he was a Bulldog.
"I chose Georgia over Alabama and Florida because of the coaching staff," Floyd told UGASports.com. "I get along with every one of them. I like the way Coach (Todd) Grantham gets his defense fired up, and the way he plans to use me on defense."
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Floyd will head to Athens as an athlete but as he alluded to, will likely end up playing college football on defense.
"They said I could play tight end or outside linebacker for Georgia, so I will just choose which one I feel most comfortable with," he said. "It will likely be on defense though. I plan on having double digit sacks and touchdown catches this fall, and hopefully lead my team to a winning season."
Floyd caught 29 passes for 549 yards and 3 touchdowns on offense and had 81 tackles and 6 sacks on the other side of the ball.
“He’s ecstatic about it,” said Dodge County assistant Ricky Collins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He has been smiling at school all day. Everybody has been congratulating him on choosing Georgia. It really has been a great day for Leonard.”
Floyd is Georgia’s sixth commitment for its 2012 class. He also held offers from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, Purdue and South Carolina.
Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:39 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Happy Earth everyone. In addition to rinsing, reusing and recycling, be sure to reuse the Eye on Recruiting blog by continuing to visit for all of the latest recruiting information.
- Several top recruits have made their way to East Lansing to unofficially visit Michigan State.
- Athlete Dvario Montgomery was recently named a US Army All-American.
- Oklahoma State commit Dalton Santos is high on Arkansas after visiting for their spring game.
- Maryland and Mississippi State are the two latest offers for tight end Kent Taylor.
- Good look at how much top 25 BCS schools spend on recruiting as a school.
Posted on: April 21, 2011 4:01 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Less than 24 hours after picking up a commitment from big time quarterback Zeke Pike, Auburn added the verbal of another big (literally) player in Dadeville (Ala.) tight end Darrion Hutcherson Thursday afternoon.
"I have been down there and I just feel real comfortable at Auburn," Hutcherson told AuburnSports.com. "I think it's time for me to join the family."
The 6-foot-6, 245 pound Hutcherson is a pass catching threat despite his size thanks to a 4.6 40-yard dash. He had 14 catches for over 400 yards as a junior and also grabbed 57 tackles and six sacks playing on the defensive line.
The talented athlete credited Auburn tight ends coach Jay Boulware as one of the key reasons why he decided to be part of the Tiger family.
"Coach Boulware is the best coach I have ever been around in my life," said Hutcherson. "He showed me around and talked to me. I really liked the things he told me. I gave him my word and I'm not going to go against it."
Hutcherson took an unofficial visit to campus last weekend and was impressed enough to give his commitment at a ceremony at his school. He also had offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State among others. Hutcherson is also the Tigers' fifth commitment for the class of 2012 and he has already been in contact with several of the others in order to build something special on the Plains.
"Me, Zeke, Cassanova (McKinzy) and the rest of the group are going to be in it together and we are going to get that crystal ball again before we leave," Hutcherson said.
Hutcherson lives about 20 minutes away from the school.
Photo courtesy David Morrison of the Opelika-Auburn News.
Posted on: April 17, 2011 12:16 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Notre Dame added to an already stellar defensive back class Saturday with an impressive recruiting haul on the same day as the annual Blue and Gold Spring Game.
Headlining the trio of commitments the Irish picked up is Oxon Hill (Md.) athlete Ronald Darby. The 6-foot, 170 pound Darby is one of the fastest players in the country and held an offer from Notre Dame for quite some time. It wasn't until stepping foot on campus this weekend until everything just clicked.
“I had all my questions answered," Darby told Scout. "All the things I wanted to do on this trip I did. I got to get a good feel for the campus. They have so many great fans that already knew so much about me. They were asking for pictures and autographs. It was crazy. I was able to see how the teachers and coaches are there. They care about the students and the players. It is a special place that will take care of me for the next fifty years not just the next four."
Darby is the second ranked athlete in the class of 2012 according to CBSSports/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming and the 26th best player overall in the class. Able to make an impact at either safety or as a slot receiver, Darby will likely suit up on the defensive side of the ball in South Bend.
“The Notre Dame fans can expect me to give 150,000%," he said. "I want to be an early enrollee. I will be a student-athlete. I will be strong in the classroom and a playmaker on the field.”
Joining him in the secondary is another talented athlete in Spring (Texas) quarterback Nicky Baratti.
“I am really excited. I saw that Ronald Darby made his commitment before the game,” Baratti told Scout. “I was going to wait until after the game, but I went ahead and said let me get this off my chest.”
Baratti played safety as a sophomore before flipping over to offense and playing quarterback for his high school team. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound athlete held offers from Arizona State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State among others.
“I really found the right spot for me at Notre Dame," he said. "It is everything I expected it to be so I wanted to get this decision out of the way and commit."
The Irish also brought on Downers Grove (Ill.) long snapper Scott Daly.
The trio gives Notre Dame five commitments for the class of 2012.