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 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 9:36 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 3:07 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Hope everyone knows about getting a free Slurpee at 7-11 today. As a result, the roundup is extra sugary...
-- Really good story on something that's asked a lot, just how do recruiting services such as Rivals, Scout and Maxpreps rank players?
-- Cornerbacks in South Florida are flying off the recruiting board.
Great wrap up of Virginia Tech's camp with plenty of recruiting nuggets.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy discusses what he looks for in recruits.
Wide receiver D’Arthur Cowan has Arkansas as his top school behind Mississippi State and Alabama.
Maryland commit P.J. Gallo just fell in love with the school.
West Virginia added JUCO offensive lineman Will Latu as its 12th commitment.
Posted on: July 5, 2011 9:07 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 9:13 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Now back to the recruiting grind with plenty of links:
- The Sporting News has released their list of 125 of the top recruits from the class of 2012 and starts out with Nos. 125-76.
- Depth at offensive tackle is one of the things this year's recruiting class has that last year's didn't.
Defensive back Chaz Elder is down to Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Maryland wide receiver commit Malcolm Culmer is a speedy deep threat for the Terps.
Oklahoma State has lost several commits and that's something Mike Gundy calls 'disappointing.'
Texas and Texas A&M seem to be out front nationally according to some analysts.
Some updates on Michigan targets Josh Garnett, Aziz Shittu and Jordan Payton. The Wolverines still need some help at defensive tackle.
Defensive back Julian Whigham committed to Syracuse.
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 1:17 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's the final week in June, and as the temperature gauge continues to rise and we move into July, it's time to see how schools are building their recruiting class of 2012. Today, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big 12, where Texas and Texas A&M are top dogs nationally when it comes to commitments.
Offensive lineman Tre-Von Armstead (Port Arthur, Texas)
Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Devin Chafin (Burkburnett, Texas)
Athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Quarterback Jared Johnson (Refugio, Texas)
Linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end Jamal Palmer (McKinney, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)
Iowa State (5)
Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive end Mitchell Meyers (The Woodlands, Texas)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)
Wide receiver Quan West (Willis, Texas)
Offensive lineman Brian Beckmann (Overland Park, Kan.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Derek Keaton (Camden, Ark.)
Kansas State (4)
Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Athlete Matt Seiwert (Conway Springs, Kan.)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)
Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Kentrell Brice (Ruston, La.)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Offensive lineman Germian Ifedi (Houston, Texas)
Linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Mo.)
Linebacker Michael Scherer (St. Louis, Mo.)
Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Tight end Laith Harlow (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas)
Wide receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Linebacker Eric Striker (Seffner, Fla.)
Oklahoma State (7)
Offensive lineman Greg Brantley (Carthage, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Quarterback Wes Lunt (Rochester, Ill.)
Athlete Dominic Ramacher (Denton, Texas0
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)
Defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette (Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle (Pearland, Texas)
Running back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas)
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Thomas Johnson (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Kicker Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas)
Defensive tackle Alex Norman (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas)
Texas A&M (22)
Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive tackle Logan David (Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Troy Green (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson (Baytown, Texas)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas)
Running back Dennis Smith (Wimberley, Texas)
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas)
Texas Tech (16)
Defensive back Micah Awe (Mansfield, Texas)
Defensive tackle J.J. Bynum (College Station, Texas)
Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri, Texas)
Wide receiver Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Jared Kaster (Altair, Texas)
Offensive lineman Trey Keenan (Argyle, Texas)
Defensive back La'Darius Newbold (Lancaster, Texas)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Defensive tackle Anthony Smith (Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Michael Starts (Waco, Texas)
Offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Haltom City, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas)
Athlete Kris Williams (Dallas, Texas)
Tags: Adrian Bellard, Aiavion Edwards, Alex De La Torre, Alex Norman, Alex Ross, Alonzo Williams, Anthony Smith, Ashton Lampkin, Barkley Hill, Baylor, Big 12, Braion Addison, Bralon Addison, Brian Beckmann, Bryson Echols, Caleb Bluiett, Cameron Bailey, Camrhon Hughes, Cayleb Jones, Chaston Cuffee, Christian Okafor, Clayton Nichols, Connor Brewer, Corey Coleman, Corey Thompson, Curtis Riser, Daniel Brooks, Daniel Gray, Darion Monroe, Dennis Smith, Derek Keaton, DeVante Harris, Devin Chafin, Dominic Ramacher, Dominique Wheeler, Donavin Newsom, Durron Neal, Eric Davis, Eric Striker, Evan Boehm, Germain Ifedi, Grant Rohach, Greg Brantley, Halapoulivaati, Hassan Ridgeway, Iowa State, J.J. Bynum, Jaevon Richardson, Jamal Palmer, Jared Johnson, Jared Kaster, Jeremiah Tshimanda, John Michael McGee, Johnathan Gray, Jonathan Williams, Jordan Richmond, June Commitment List, Kansas, Kansas State, Keenon Ward, Kendall Sanders, Kennedy Estelle, Kenneth Marshall, Kentrell Brice, Kiante Griffin, Kimo Tipoti, Kris Williams, Kyle Marrs, La'Darius Newbold, Laith Harlow, Lemming Top 100, Logan David, Luke Knott, Lynx Hawthorne, Malcom Brown, Marcus Johnson, Markus Golden, Matt Davis, Matt Seiwert, Micah Awe, Michael Richardson, Michael Scherer, Michael Starts, Michael Wilson, Mike Matthews, Missouri, Mitchell Meyers, Morgan Steward, Nick Jordan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Orlando Thomas, Otis Jacobs, Paul Boyette, Peter Jinkens, Quan West, Reginald Davis, Ryan Flannigan, Sterling Shepard, Tavarius Bender, Terrell Burt, Terrence Singleton, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Thaddeus LaGrone, Thomas Johnson, Tim Hines, Timothy Cole, Torey Boozer, Tre-Von Armstead, Trent Momon, Trevor Knight, Trey Keenan, Trey Williams, Troy Green, Ty Darlington, Tyrone Taylor, Vernon Vaughn, Wes Lunt, Will Davis
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 3:36 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is putting together another top 15 recruiting class, and his 2012 edition reached the double-digit commitment mark Wednesday night as the Sooners landed a verbal pledge from Texarkana (Texas) offensive lineman John Michael McGee.
“When I went up to Oklahoma for junior day in January, it felt like my home away from home," McGee told 247Sports.com. "My parents went with me way back when I visited and they both liked it, too. Oklahoma has a nice campus, they win championships, have what I’m looking for academically and can help me accomplish my goals."
The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder also held scholarship offers from Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma State and Clemson among others. The biggest reason he'll end up a Sooner, however, was the time and effort the coaching staff made in the recruiting process.
“They were the first to offer me and have been recruiting me the longest,” McGee said. “Coach (Josh) Heupel and Coach (James) Patton have come down to watch me as much as they can, including basketball games, and have shown how much they want me.”
McGee is the 10th commitment for Oklahoma's upcoming class and the fourth from the state of Texas. McGee could play either guard or tackle in college but will likely end up on the inside next to fellow 2012 offensive line commit Ty Darlington.
Posted on: June 14, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: June 14, 2011 5:15 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Father's Day is coming up on June 19 and in anticipation, CBSSports.com has declared it to be"Dad Week" on the site. Join us over the next few days as we take a look at some of the fatherly influence seen throughout the sporting world.
Tags: Alabama, Andrus Peat, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona State, Atlanta Falcons, Auburn, Baltimore Ravens, Barry Sanders, Barry Sanders Jr., Cincinnati Bengals, Dad Week, Dallas Cowboys, Deion Sanders, Deion Sanders Jr., Detroit Lions, Father's Day, Florida State, Houston, Jim Tressel, John Cooper, Kyle Kalis, Luke Fickell, Mario Edwards, Mario Edwards Jr., Michigan, Minnesota Vikings, Nebraska, NFL, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ray Lewis, Ray Lewis III, Rose Bowl, Super Bowl, Todd Kalis, Todd Peat Jr., Todd Peat Sr., World Series