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Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:39 am
 

Big East May 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 East, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail but TCU is the leader of the pack. 


Cincinnati (6)

Running back Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio)
Defensive back Drake Burns (Fort Thomas, Kent.)
Defensive end Jonathan Burt (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Ryan Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Connecticut (1)

Offensive lineman Tyler Samra (Ramsey, N.J.) 

Louisville (5)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots(Indianapolis, Ind.)
Athlete Demetrius Frazier (Brunswick, Ga.)
Defensive end Larry Jefferson(College Park, Ga.)
Defensive end Teko Powell (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Brandon Snell (Miami, Fla.)

Pittsburgh(0)

Rutgers (5)

Wide reciever Carlton Agudosi (Franklin, N.J.)
Linebacker Steve Longa (Saddle Brook, N.J.)
Running back Desmon Peoples (Warminister, Pa.)
Quarterback Blake Rankin (Bloomsburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Ruhann Peele(Linden, N.J.) 

South Florida (5)

Defensive back D.J. White (McDonogh, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Reno Henderson (Ocala, Fla.)
Defensive back Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla.)
Defensive end Ryan Brown(Marrero, La.) 
Wide receiver Rayshawn Jenkins(St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Syracuse(3)

Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Linebacker Myles Davis (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)

TCU (11)

Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Running back B.J. Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Defensive end Devonte Fields (Arlington, Texas)
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Hunt (El Campo, Texas)
Athlete Daje Johnson (Plugerville, Texas)
Athlete Kolby Listenbee (Arlington, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.)
Defensive end James McFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas)

West Virginia (4)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Ford Childress(Houston, Texas)  
Running back Jarrod Harper(Frostburg, Md.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson(Jacksonville, Fla.)

 

Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:35 pm
 

TCU's move to the Big East already paying off

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBSSports.com Senior Writer Brett McMurphy is in Ponte Vedra, Florida this week covering the Big East's spring meetings and got a chance to catch up with the league's newest member, TCU head coach Gary Patterson. While still getting the hang of things looking East instead of West (or in this case, Mountain West, the league the Horned Frogs are leaving after this season), Patterson told McMurphy that things are already going well on the recruiting front.

“I think there will be [excitement moving to the Big East],” Patterson said. “The excitement is the new recruiting class, they’re the ones the Big East will have an effect on and maybe the class coming in. We haven’t really talked about it. Our whole thing is getting a chance to win one more championship in the league we’re in.” 

In talking with recruits, administrator at TCU and Patterson, the coach's words are very much on the mark. At their current pace, the program should sign their highest rated recruiting class ever next year. Things are looking very bright in Fort Worth and this week's meetings give Patterson and others a glimpse at what life will be like next year.

Be sure to read McMurphy's full story about TCU and the Big East.
Posted on: May 21, 2011 2:00 am
Edited on: May 24, 2011 12:59 am
 

Winston, Kiel impress at Ohio State Elite 11

Posted by Bryan Fischer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The sixth and final stop of the Elite 11 quarterback competition turned out to be one of the best stops of the entire spring camp circuit. Three of the top four quarterbacks in the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 showed up and just about everyone met or exceeded expectations.

Hueytown (Ala.) signal caller Jameis Winston had the longest trip out of just about everyone who showed up Friday afternoon but came out throwing and looked sharp throughout the two and a half hour throwing session.

“I think it was a productive day. I did some good things, I could have done better on some things but I don't think I did anything bad,” Winston said.

Ranked as the second best quarterback in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps, the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder threw a very nice ball and was exceptional on fade routes where he could show off his arm. Winston was light on his feet during drills, moving well and showing off improved footwork – one area of his game where he felt he could have improved on even more.

“Drops,” he zeroed in on. “I'm not that comfortable with the five step drops, the seven step drops. When I'd hitch, I was on my back leg a lot. My arm made up for it but I've got to get better at it.

“What people don't know is that my whole life I was a Wing-T quarterback. I've only had two years in a spread system. I've really only had two years throwing the football.”

A true dual-threat quarterback who can beat a team with his arm and his legs, Winston admits he is still a little more comfortable when he's throwing on the run outside of the pocket.

“Well, god gave me the legs to do it,” he said with a smile. “I am comfortable running just because I have more space but I'm more comfortable in the pocket as well.”

Winston doesn't really have a preference for what type of system he plays in college and certainly has his pick of whichever spread or pro-style system suits him best. With well over 25 scholarship offers with his name on it headed to Hueytown once coaches can send written offers, Winston is only beginning to pare down his recruiting.

“I'm starting to narrow it down, but not quite (all the way down) yet,” Winston said. “I plan on committing in July. I've just got to get out more, my parents haven't been out with me a lot.”

The trip to Ohio State for the Elite 11 will afford Winston the opportunity to take an unofficial visit to see the Buckeyes. He'll be visiting with the coaching staff and see all the school has to offer on Saturday before returning home.

“I hope Terrelle Pryor is up there so I can meet that big guy,” he said, only half-joking. “I just want to meet with the coaches, talk with coach (Jim) Tressel a little bit. This is a dream, being up here. I'm practicing on the same field as people like Eddie George and all those guys.”

An unofficial visit to LSU is in the cards for next week and there are several more penciled in on the calendar as Winston looks to keep to his schedule and commit in July.

“I've got to take my parents down to Florida State, I've got to take them down there because that's a place where I could see myself playing at,” he said. “LSU, Florida State and Oklahoma too. Oklahoma is my favorite school growing up so I'm going to try and get down there. And Vanderbilt, I like Vanderbilt a lot too. I'm going to try and go out west and visit schools like UCLA and Stanford.”

Both in-state schools, Alabama and Auburn, are also heavily pursuing the star QB. Winston says he's open to leaving home however, and is searching for a school that meets his criteria because he isn't worried about staying too close to home.

“First of all, people say academics but I actually am looking at academics,” Winston said. “I have a good GPA, I'm at a 4.1 right now. So I'm looking for academics but I'm also looking for players around me that want to win, that's the main thing.”

A two-sport star, Winston is one of the top high school baseball players in the country. A five-tool player who stars in the outfield, at shortstop and as a pitcher, several baseball scouts think he could go in the first three rounds of the upcoming MLB draft. While he is leaving the football/baseball decision for another day, wrapping up spring football at his high school last week means it's time for him to shift gears and go grab his glove.

“Baseball is going great,” he said. “I start summer ball next week. I'm going to be out there hitting home runs and striking people out.”

Winston said Alabama's baseball program is recruiting him the hardest and if he were to redshirt his first year in college football, he'd try and focus on baseball before competing to be the starting quarterback in the spring. While the strength of a school's baseball programs seems to be secondary to that of its football program in terms of Winston's recruitment, it is still a factor.

Based on the way he threw the ball around the Elite 11 however, it would seem that his future belongs on the gridiron first and the diamond second.

Pike not pleased with his performance

Five-star quarterback Zeke Pike came into the Elite 11 excited to prove that he was one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. After nearly three hours of throwing in the humid Columbus air however, the talented player didn't feel like he brought his “A” game to the competition.

“I did alright,” Pike said. “I didn't throw the ball as well as I thought I would. I'm kind of sore, I've been working real hard this week because it's the last week of summer ball. No excuses but I did preform the way I wanted to.

“That's part of being a quarterback, you're going to have a good game and you're going to have a bad game and you've got to bounce back.”

The Edgewood (Ky.) quarterback struggled at times during the competition, usually with his accuracy. He tended to overstride a little and didn't throw as tight a spiral as he normally does. There might be a little bit of truth to his arm being just a little bit tired as he has had a non-stop schedule since the beginning of the year. On top of leading a 7-on-7 travel team, Pike's high school just wrapped up spring practices right before he made the trip up.

“It's going good, we finished our last thing yesterday,” he said. “We're done for the rest of the school year and then we'll start back up June 1st so it's exciting.

“I'm going to 7-on-7 in Dallas later this summer. I'll probably go down to (Auburn's summer camp) and throw. I'll probably go down there a few more times but we'll see.”

As Auburn's only commitment in the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 – he's 30th overall – Pike is the cornerstone in the Tigers' recruiting class. He plans on doing a bit of recruiting for the school at Saturday's Nike Camp and talked glowingly about his connection with the school and the coaching staff.

“It's a place I kind of fell in love with,” he said. “It's where I knew I'd be happy and I'd love going to school there for four or five years. When it all comes down to it, it's about more than just football. It's about where you'll be happy at, where you can be successful at and I felt it there and that's where I felt the most comfortable at too.”

While he's a solid verbal commitment to the Tigers, that hasn't stopped several schools from continuing to pursue the him.

“They still send me a lot of mail and emails and messages,” Pike said. “I don't really read them anymore. I don't talk to as many coaches anymore but I try to keep the lines open with a couple coaches just in case anything ever happens, you never know. But I'm committed to Auburn and I'm going to be loyal to them.”

Kempt an underclassman to keep an eye on

The Elite 11 events are always a good time to see how underclassmen perform against top competition. Massillion (Ohio) quarterback Kyle Kempt was one of several at the event to catch the eye of observers and with good reason as he flashed all the tools he needed to be successful at the next level.

“I felt very good. I felt like I did very well in the drills,” Kempt said. “I was pretty accurate and I didn't try and do something I couldn't do. I just did everything I could to make it a catchable ball for the receiver and come out and show what I've got.”

The 6-foot-5, 190 pound Kempt throws a very catchable ball in a tight spiral. He seemed a bit neverous at the beginning but grew more comfortable as the event went on and was sharp when throwing routes to wide receivers.

“In reality, you're just competing against everybody,” he said. “It's a lot of fun. You have some of the best quarterbacks in the nation here and it's awesome to be able to come out here and compete with them.”

Kempt performed at the Elite 11's first stop, in Orlando, but decided to come back and go through the ringer once again. It's all part of his strategy to go to as many camps as possible to both learn from instructors on how to be a better quarterback and also show off what he can do in hopes of picking up more scholarship offers.

“For college camps, we're going down to Alabama, we're going to go to USC, hopefully Stanford, then Oregon State and Washington.” He continued, “Then we're going to come back here and go to Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. We're going to do Notre Dame and Boston College and any other area camps we can find.”

Just a rising junior, Kempt already holds a verbal scholarship offer from Stanford and plenty of other schools are giving him a look.

“There are other schools showing interest,” he said. “I'm just going out and trying to prove myself and prove that they need to show a lot of interest in me.”

The offer from the Cardinal was a significant one for Kempt, not only because it was a major Division-I offer from a prestigious school, but because of the coach who saw something in him while he was just a sophomore.

“It meant a lot to me,” Kempt said. “Stanford is a great academic school. The guy who offered me was Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and (the offer) is still standing. Just to get it from him, from an NFL guy, it really meant a lot.”

Kempt is originally from Portland (Ore.) and moved to Ohio almost a year ago. While he now has roots in both the Midwest and the West Coast, where he eventually goes to school doesn't matter as much as some of the other criteria he is looking for in a program.

“A great campus, great academics,” he said. “I'm more of a pro-style offense quarterback so that's definitely the type of school I'm looking for. I really want a coaching staff that I can relate to and that I know I can go to for anything.”

Kempt's older brother was a backup quarterback at Oregon a few years ago and while he has talked with the Ducks a little, their spread system isn't the best fit for him so it's unlikely he'll head to his brother's alma matter. He is, however, already knee deep in the recruiting process and is able to go through it with ease thanks to the experience the family had with his brother.

“I've made an unofficial to Oregon State, I've made an unofficial to Washington,” he said. “I was actually here (at Ohio State) when they played Penn State and that was a great game. It was awesome, great atmosphere and some of the nicest people you'll meet.”

Based on his performance on the Ohio State practice fields Friday, don't be surprised to hear Kempt's name come up more and more as he makes his way around the country.

Notes

- Another underclassman who caught just about everyone's eye was Warren (Mich.) quarterback Shane Morris. While it probably had something to do with the way he was spinning the ball during the competition, he made sure everybody knew who he was by wearing a bright yellow Michigan shirt and cap. The recent commit to the school has good size and has an accurate arm. He plans on doing a bit of recruiting for the maize-and-blue at Saturday's Nike Camp.

- The country's top-ranked quarterback and number two overall player Gunner Kiel showed up and did not disappoint. He had to leave as soon as the camp was over but he was impressive from the first snap to the last. He's got a cannon for an arm and throws a really tight spiral. Kiel was the best looking quarterback at any of the Elite 11 stops and was extremely accurate in all phases.

He has plus footwork and physically looks ready to play at the next level immediately at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. He can shave a few ticks off his release but it's pretty good as is. His downfield throws were beauties, turning over the nose of the ball perfectly. Mechanically sound, he kept the ball high and should be a great pickup for whatever school lands him.

- North Canton (Ohio) quarterback Austin Appleby already has a double digit offer list but should see increased interest from BCS-level schools in the near future. He's got great size and a very strong arm. His release is a little long but has the makings of a BCS-level signal caller. His most recent offer was from Miami of Ohio and he's receiving heavy interest from Michigan State, Michigan and others.

“We really covered a lot of Big East schools during the spring,” Appleby said. “Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut they all said I'm very high on their board. In the SEC, Vanderbilt seemed very impressed. A lot of them are real close and they say they it's just going to take a camp date (to get an offer).”

- Monroe (Conn.) quarterback Casey Cochran was sharp in yet another camp and should continue to get more interest as the year goes on. He just picked up an offer from Boston College and plans to go to camps at UConn, Temple and Syracuse among others.

- Buffalo (N.Y.) quarterback Chad Kelly can really move and has the arm to throw it around the field, he was sharp all day and can really spin it.

- A few others who impressed were TCU commit Tyler Matthews, Matt Alviti from Park Ridge (Ill.), Sean Maguire of West Orange (N.J.) and Brian Blackburn from Detroit (Mich.).

Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Running back switches pledge from Colorado to TCU

Posted by Bryan Fischer

If a recruit makes a very early verbal commitment, there's actually a pretty good chance that he doesn't end up signing with that school. The changing of commitments for some kids is an almost monthly occurrence and it's particularly an issue in May and June as coaches are extending offers after seeing players during the evaluation period.

Houston (Texas) running back B.J. Catalon is the latest to change schools, switching his commitment from Colorado to TCU after receiving an offer from the Horned Frogs this week.

"I'm a little disappointed in myself for committing as early as I did to Colorado" Catalon told PurpleMenance.com. "Colorado is a great school and I feel bad for letting them down. That's how I feel, like I let them down. But, you know, I have to do what's best for me and it's too good of an opportunity at TCU for me to pass up."

In addition to staying closer to home, TCU provided a better fit for the 5-foot-8, 190 pound back academically.

"They have the #1 business school in Texas and it's just a great fit for me," he told the site. "I'm a Texas kid and I've been in Texas my whole life. To be able to get an education from a well known Texas school is going to help me out over the next 10 years and into the future. I have to think about what a business degree from TCU can do for me further down the road."

The big back also held offers from Missouri, Texas Tech, Baylor, Vanderbilt and Virginia, with several more reportedly on the way. Catalon is the second running back in TCU's class of 2012 and 11th commit overall.

Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:41 am
 

5/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

What a great 24 hours for this country with the news of Osama bin Laden's death last night. For more on the story, be sure to check CBS News for the latest on the raid and the entire story of how it went down. On to the recruiting links though:

- Will Lyles talked with Jason Whitlock about his recruiting service and denies influencing several players in a podcast, here's a quick summary.

- Lots of updates involving South Carolina and Clemson to go along with wide receiver Shaq Roland possibly making his commitment soon.

- It's a good year for offensive tackles and here's details on a few of them.

- Sophomore defensive end D.J. Ward picked up an offer from Texas A&M.

- West Virginia is recruiting Texas talent in hopes of competing with TCU in the Big East.

Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Big East April Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer



It's the final 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 Big East, where the conference is off to slow start in terms of the overall number of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Cincinnati (6)

Running back Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio)
Defensive back Drake Burns (Fort Thomas, Kent.)
Defensive back Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Ryan Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Connecticut (0)

Louisville (2)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Larry Jefferson (College Park, Ga.)

Pittsburgh (0)

Rutgers (1)

Wide receiver Ruhann Peele (Linden, N.J.)  

South Florida (3)

Defensive back Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla.)
Defensive end Ryan Brown (Marrero, La.)  
Wide receiver Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Syracuse (3)

Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Linebacker Myles Davis (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)  

TCU (9)
Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Hunt (El Campo, Texas)
Athlete Daje Johnson (Plugerville, Texas)
Athlete Kolby Listenbee (Arlington, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.)
Defensive end James McFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas)

West Virginia (4)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Ford Childress (Houston, Texas)  
Running back Jarrod Harper (Frostburg, Md.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Athlete Listenbee pledges to TCU as quarterback

Posted by Bryan Fischer

TCU added another talented local athlete over the likes of in-state rivals Texas A&M and Texas Tech as Arlington (Texas) athlete Kolby Listenbee committed to the Horned Frogs over the weekend.

"I went on a visit over there and I liked it a lot," Listenbee told Scout. "The coaches there felt like my coaches and they have really good fans. It is close to home and it gives me a good opportunity."

The 5-foot-11, 170 pound Listenbee is listed as an athlete but has been playing quarterback in high school. He recently grabbed an accuracy award at the Elite 11 stop at TCU a few weeks ago and it looks like he'll be given the opportunity to continue to play the position in college.

"They are going to let me play quarterback and if that does not go as planned then they are going to give me a shot at receiver or wildcat quarterback," he told the website.

Listenbee passed for 970 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior last season. He is the ninth commitment for TCU in the class of 2012 and joins fellow quarterbacks Austin Aune and Tyler Matthews at the position.

Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:14 am
Edited on: April 22, 2011 1:27 am
 

Nation's top running back heads to Texas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Everyone knew that Aledo (Texas) running back Johnathan Gray would play college football close to home, the only mystery was what school. With his options narrowed to Texas, Texas A&M and TCU, the accomplished back finally made his pick much to the delight to many fans across the state.

He'll be a Texas Longhorn.

The nation's top running back and eighth-ranked player overall according to CBSSports/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming, Gray is yet another talented in-state player to be scooped up by the Longhorns early in the recruiting process. He made his commitment at 12:05 Friday morning, which was also his 18th birthday.

The 5-foot-11, 190 pound Gray rushed for an eye-popping 3,221 yards and 61 touchdowns as a junior last season. The number also includes eight touchdowns in the state 4A championship game, which capped off Aledo's perfect 16-0 season.

Gray is currently sitting at 7,000 yards and 135 touchdowns for his high school career and a similar season to last year would put him within striking distance of the national career marks for yardage (11,232) and touchdowns (204).

His father, James, actually played at Texas Tech and nearly every school in the country extended an offer to the talented high school player but in the end, it was state power Texas that was the best fit for him. Gray will form a dangerous backfield with five-star running back Malcolm Brown, who signed with the Longhorns as part of the class of 2011.

Gray is the 16th commitment for Texas in the class of 2012, which is currently ranked as the top class in the country according to MaxPreps.

Image for MaxPreps Video.

Photo courtesy of James Gray, via Rivals' Brian Perroni.

 
 
 
 
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