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Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:48 am
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Big 12 junior college early signees

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Wednesday, December 21st was the first day Junior College players can sign with schools across the country and the faxes are already in for several commitments. Here's a list of each Big 12 team and who has signed or is expected to sign paperwork soon. This is for the early period only.

Baylor

Riverside C.C. (Calif.) linebacker Eddie Lackey
Corsicana JUCO (Texas) defensive tackle Joey Searcy

Iowa State

Iowa Western C.C. (Iowa) defensive end Cory Morrissey
Trinity Valley C.C. (Texas) defensive back Clifford Stokes

Kansas

None.

Kansas State

Navarro J.C. (Texas) wide receiver Marquez Clark
Trinity Valley C.C. (Texas) defensive tackle Wesley Hollingshed
Navarro J.C. (Texas) offensive lineman Tavon Rooks

Oklahoma

Pierce C.C. (Calif.) defensive back Kasseim Everett
Fort Scott C.C. (Kan.) tight end Brannon Green

Oklahoma State

Navarro J.C. (Texas) defensive tackle Calvin Barnett
Scottsdale C.C. (Ariz.) tight end Blake Jackson

TCU

None.

Texas

Northwest Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) offensive lineman Donald Hawkins
East Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) defensive tackle Brandon Moore

Texas Tech

Riverside C.C. (Calif.) defensive end Lee Adams
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) wide receiver Javon Bell
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) Rashad Fortenberry
Riverside C.C. (Calif.) Sadale Foster
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) linebacker Chris Payne
Riverside C.C. (Calif.) linebacker Will Smith
Pierce C.C. (Calif.) defensive back Austin Stewart

West Virginia

None.
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:10 am
 

12/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Despite a visit to USC, Deontay Greenberry and Tee Shepard are still Notre Dame bound.

 Georgia gained one recruit and lost another.

 Texas rarely signs JUCO players but grabbed two yesterday.

 Maryland keeps loading up on linebackers this class.

 Gene Chizik says Auburn is in great shape on the recruiting trail.

 Joker Phillips discussed recruiting at Kentucky for a bit.

 Plenty of Virginia and Virginia Tech recruits on this all-area team.

 Will a bowl ban affect Ohio State recruiting much?
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:18 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 8:36 pm
 

National Notes: On the way up on offense

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The class of 2012 rankings won't be updated for a few more weeks but with most high school seasons over, it's not too hard to see what players might be moving their way up in the rankings and who might slide down a little bit. Here's a look at each position group and some players that might be a little higher on the board come January.

QUARTERBACK

On the way up: Hueytown (Ala.) dual-threat quarterback Jameis Winston (Committed to Florida State)

What did he do: Winston threw for over 2,400 yards and 28 touchdowns against just two interceptions. He also rushed for over 1,000 yards and had 15 touchdowns on the ground at a pace of nearly one every 10 carries. He was co-MVP of the Elite 11 over the summer and will play in the Under Armour All-American game. He recently performed well in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

The case: He can't move up much further but there's little doubt that he's been the most impressive quarterback in the country since the summer on. He can make plays with his legs and has improved significantly as a passer. There's no doubt that he should be in the top 10 and there's a good case to be made for him to leap-frog Gunner Kiel as the top signal-caller overall.

Also on the way up: Maty Mauk (committed to Missouri), Zach Kline (committed to Cal)

On the way down:
Zeke Pike (committed to Auburn)

RUNNING BACK

On the way up: Houston (Texas) running back Trey Williams (committed to Texas A&M) and Daphne (Ala.) running back T.J. Yeldon (committed to Auburn).

What did they do: Williams has been putting up eye-popping numbers at Dekaney to the tune of over 3,600 yards and 45 touchdowns. He had six touchdowns in his last outing to lead his team to the state title game. Yeldon finished the regular season with close to 2,200 yards and 31 touchdowns.

The case: As much press as top-ranked running back Johnathan Gray gets in Texas, Williams has been doing just as good - if not better - in a tougher district. Both are the focal points for their teams but Williams has done extremely well as an all-around runner. Yeldon has dominated the state of Alabama on the ground and easily has been one of the best backs in the entire country this season.

Also on the way up: Mike Davis, Randy Johnson (Committed to Miami)

On the way down: Johnathan Williams (committed to Arkansas), Malin Jones (committed to Northwestern)

TIGHT END

On the way up: Buford (Ga.) tight end Kurt Freitag (committed to Alabama)

What did he do: Playing for powerhouse Buford, Freitag was an integral part of the offense in the passing game and running game this season. He had several touchdowns as a red zone threat and was a nasty blocker. He also played on defense.

The case: Freitag displayed soft hands and ran solid routes all season - drawing the attention of plenty of major colleges. He's got great size at 6-foot-3, 245-pounds and in a weak year at the position, should be moving way, way up.

Also on the way up: Sean Price (committed to USF), Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (committed to USC).

WIDE RECEIVER

On the way up: Bellflower (Calif.) wide receiver Bryce Treggs (committed to Cal) and Carson (Calif.) receiver Darreus Rogers (committed to USC)

What did they do: Offensive line and wide receiver were extremely deep position groups out on the West Coast and Treggs and Rogers were both among the best of the best. Treggs continued to impress after a terrific summer and finished with close to 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns. Despite being triple-teamed at times, Rogers racked up 1,251 yards and eight touchdowns, including three 200+ yard performances in Carson's biggest games. He stepped up when needed and looked primed for a jump.

The case: Both are ranked as top 15 wide outs but should be ticketed for a jump, possibly into the top 100. Treggs is not the biggest guy but still shows flashes of DeSean Jackson with his ability to get behind defenses and Rogers was a flat-out gamer.

Also on the way up: Amara Darboh (committed to Michigan), Chris Black (committed to Alabama)

On the way down: Jordan Payton

OFFENSIVE LINE

On the way up: DeSoto (Texas) offensive lineman Curtis Riser (committed to Texas) and Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) offensive tackle Max Tuerk (committed to USC).

The case: It's always hard to project certain linemen but these two stated why they're the top linemen in their respective states. It's a good year for versatile players at the position in Texas but Riser had most of the regular season to show why Longhorns fans and coaches are excited about him going to the 40 acres. He got hurt near the end of the season but he was a rock for a big time DeSoto squad. Tuerk started the year overshadowed in Southern California by Erik Magnuson and Kyle Murphy but out played each during the season, including Murphy head-to-head last week.

Video of the week

Since he was mentioned as someone on the rise, here's some senior highlights of running back Trey Williams.




Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Texas shores up secondary with two commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas has been moving aggressively to wrap up their 2012 recruiting class and added two defensive backs over the weekend in Brownwood (Texas) cornerback Kevin Vaccaro and Mineral Wells (Texas) safety Adrian Colbert, both committing to the Longhorns on Sunday.

Both players had flown under the radar for some but Texas coaches had kept tabs with both of them as they went through their senior seasons. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Vaccaro is the younger brother of current Longhorn defensive back Kenny Vaccaro and held offers from Nevada and Wake Forest among others. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Colbert held several major BCS offers from schools and had been committed to Baylor but he quickly flipped to Texas after visiting Austin over the weekend.

The pair give the Longhorns 25 commitments for the class of 2012, at least four of which will wind up playing for secondary coach Duane Akina.
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Sumlin can save promising Texas A&M class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

As soon as Mike Sherman was let go as head coach at Texas A&M, many speculated that Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin would take the drive up highway 6 and take over. That's exactly what will happen, with CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman confirming that Sumlin had accepted an offer to be the Aggies next coach on Saturday morning.

Sumlin, 47, understands the culture in College Station and knows how to recruit there. He worked under R.C. Slocum at the school and was an assistant on Bob Stoops' Oklahoma staff before moving on to Houston. Sumlin took over for Art Briles and led the Cougars to two 10-win seasons and two division titles while compiling a 35-17 record.

As Feldman notes, Sumlin has the reputation of being a good motivator, player's coach while maintaining discipline. Sherman left him some talent as the Aggies move to the SEC next season and a top 10 recruiting class for 2012. In addition to hiring a good staff, the first task that Sumlin has to do is hit the recruiting trail and try and keep the pieces for February together.

At the moment, there have only been a handful of defections following Sherman's firing and it's doubtful there will be many more. MaxPreps has A&M's class ranked ninth in the country with top players such as quarterback Matt Davis, linebacker Jordan Richmond and running back Trey Williams. After securing everybody's pledge over the next few weeks with in-home visits, Sumlin will have to go about filling the rest of the class out. He knows Texas high schools very well and can bring in a few players who maybe hadn't considered the Aggies before.

Going forward, it's obviously a step up in terms of a job. Conference USA to SEC is quite a leap on the field. Off the field, Sumlin knows the lay of the land and will have that added selling point of playing in the country's best conference. He likely will try to lock down the talent-rich Houston area and it should be fun to see how he does against Texas and other powerhouses such as LSU on the recruiting trail.

The facilities are there in College Station, it's a solid program and now they have a pretty good salesman. It shouldn't be too hard for Sumlin to save the 2012 class and hit the ground running in 2013.

Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:36 am
 

Texas dips into JUCO ranks for two commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's rare for Mack Brown to recruit any players from a junior college given the abundance of high school talent in-state but due to numbers and needs, went after two of them in 2012. Northwest Mississippi JUCO offensive tackle Donald Hawkins and East Mississippi JUCO defensive tackle Brandon Moore both committed to Texas on Wednesday to give the Longhorns much-needed depth on both lines.

"I just felt comfortable there," Moore told Orangebloods.com. "With coach (Bo) Davis, he was already my defensive line coach one time in my career, so this second time I already know what to expect and he knows what I need to improve on."

Scheduled to be an early enrollee, Moore originally signed with Alabama out of high school and held offers from Auburn, Michigan and Miami among others this year. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Hawkins held offers from several SEC schools but the draw of playing for the Longhorns was too much.

"The chances of me playing here are very high," he told Orangebloods.com following his visit to the school. "The expectations of me here are very high. I was impressed with the recruiting class they have coming in. By my senior year, the should be a national championship contender. That's something I want. Another thing that stood out to me was how the players embraced me. They made me feel welcome. They want me to come here, said they need me. They said the missing link is me. I was impressed by that."

The pair gives Texas 23 commitments for the class of 2012, of which they're the only ones not going to Austin from high school. Moore had 38 tackles and three sacks in helping his team to a junior college national championship this season.
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:13 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 10:13 am
 

Keith Marshall commits to Georgia

By MaxPreps' Steve Spiewak

Keith Marshall, the nation's No. 25 recruit, committed to Georgia Tuesday in a ceremony held at his school.

The Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) star running back selected the Bulldogs over Clemson, South Carolina, and Florida.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Marshall is one of the most explosive running backs in the country, combining good vision with elite speed.

Marhsall burst onto the scene as a sophomore, rushing for more than 1,100 yards and putting together an extremely impressive highlight tape.

Since then, he's become one of the more popular recruits on Twitter, boasting more than 5,000 followers and routinely tweeting about his recruitment, which has intensified this fall.

"It can get really tiring, but it's a good problem to have," Marshall told MaxPreps in September.

With the commitment of Marshall, two of the nation's Top 3 tailbacks have verbally committed to colleges, with Johnathan Gray making a pledge to Texas in April.

Barry Sanders, the nation's No. 2 tailback and No. 15 recruit overall, remains uncommitted.

Marshall joins a recruiting class that also features five-star offensive lineman John Theus.

Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:46 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Texas two-step as Longhorns add to class late

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A recruit making a commitment to Texas in the month of December is pretty rare given that Mack Brown usually has the entire class locked up by the end of the spring. The Longhorns added two players over the weekend however, as Athens (Texas) athlete Kendall Sanders and Clear Springs (Texas) wide receiver Marcus Johnson.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Johnson has been on a wild ride the past month with his recruitment. Originally a Texas Tech commitment, he pledged to Texas A&M following the team's Thanksgiving night loss to Texas. The Longhorns got involved with a late offer and after head coach Mike Sherman was let go, it was only a matter of time before he committed elsewhere.

“I picked Texas because I've grown up loving the program,” Johnson told Hookem.com. “It's an honor to receive an offer from Texas. It really is a dream come true.”

Sanders also went through much the same process as Johnson. Maxpreps' 23rd-ranked athlete decommitted from Oklahoma State on Monday after being a part of the the Cowboys class since right after Signing Day in February. But Sanders simply had to change his pledge once the Longhorns coaching staff extended the four-star an offer.

"Really, I was like Texas?! Texas?! It was my dream," he told Orangebloods.com. "I got this opportunity to see my dream, take it or go somewhere else? So I was like, I have to go with my dream. I have to complete my dream."

Both players add to what will likely be the top wide receiver groups in the country with MaxPreps 2nd-ranked receiver Cayleb Jones and 13th-ranked Thomas Johnson. Texas has 21 commitments for the class of 2012, which is ranked second overall.

"Sanders shows very good speed to the ball, great range, and he's an aggressive defender who attacks the line of scrimmage in run support and delivers hard hits," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He can read and react with the best of them and does a good job when playing the ball. Considered to be one of the top three prospects in northeast Texas and is an explosive ball player who reads and reacts well and is as active as they come."

 
 
 
 
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