Tag:Tom Lemming
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:46 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 2:49 pm

Tyriq McCord picks Miami, will still take visits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Tampa (Fla.) defensive end Tyriq McCord has been torn between leaving the state of Florida or staying close to home. Though there's still several weeks until Signing Day and he's planning on taking other official visits, McCord made a public announcement Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and committed to Miami.

"I'm going to take my talents to South Beach," McCord said. "Coach (Al) Golden has that program pointed in the right direction and I want to be part of it.."

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound end's recruitment is not over. He was heavily pursed by Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and has said that if distance wasn't a factor, he'd be committing to USC. He plans to take an official visit to see the Trojans later this month and that's one reason why you can list McCord as a soft verbal but, for now, a terrific pickup for the Hurricanes' class.

"He attacks the pocket, uses his long arms to effectively shed blocks and get to the ball, and is very athletic with outstanding quickness and surprising leverage," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Needs to add weight and strength and when he does, look out."

The five-star had 11.5 sacks during his senior season and added one more in the 1st half of the Army Bowl.

Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:13 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:37 pm

Jordan Payton commits to California

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Westlake Village (Calif.) wide receiver Jordan Payton let it out via his Twitter account on Friday but put on the California hat at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl to publicly announce that he had committed to the Bears.

"I'll be going, for the next four years, to the University of California," Payton said. "I just felt most comfortable at Cal, I love everything about the school and the coaches."

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder was USC's first commitment for the class of 2012 but opened things back up during the summer. He also considered Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA among other schools.

"He can stretch the field, shows sure hands, excellent speed, size and leaping ability," analyst Tom Lemming said. "An athletic WR who can get in and out of his cuts quickly, runs precise routes, has the agility to change directions quickly, and has the burst and speed to get separation on the fastest of defenders. A go-to guy with the ability to become an impact offensive player in college."

The four-star is the number seven wide receiver and 81st overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps, Payton had 61 catches for 769 yards and 10 touchdowns and played safety and grabbed 40 tackles and two interceptions.

Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:58 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:08 pm

Keith Brown settles on Louisville

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- It was a long and winding commitment for Miami (Fla.) linebacker Keith Brown. Committed to Miami for several months, he flipped to Illinois after an official visit only to see head coach Ron Zook fired weeks afterward. Brown made yet another change Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and hopes this one sticks.

"I'm going to take my talents to Louisville," Brown said.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder held offers from several other top programs but ends up as a great addition to Charlie Strong's class that is already young and shared the Big East title in 2011.

"He makes plays from sideline to sideline, is excellent in coverage, rarely gets caught up in traffic, plays the game on his feet, and is known for his hard hitting style of play," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows good ball skills, is as durable as they come, and can effectively plug the gap and shut off the inside run."

Brown had 124 tackles, two sacks and a touchdown as he led Norland High's defense to an undefeated year and state championship. Maxpreps ranks him as the 15th-best outside linebacker in the class of 2012. Fellow Army player Nick Dawson committed to the Cardinals earlier in the afternoon.

Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:45 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:45 pm

Top 10 linebacker Nick Dawson picks Louisville

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Charlotte (N.C.) linebacker Nick Dawson is one of the top players on the East Coast but will be playing college football a little more in the middle of the country, announcing Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he was committing to Louisville.

"I'm going to go back home to my home state," Dawson said. "I just wanted to pick my school and where is going to be the best fit for me. It's not where you play and it's how you progress and I'm going to take my talents to Louisville."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is a huge pickup for head coach Charlie Strong and indicative of how far he has elevated the program. Dawson can play either inside or outside but is ranked by Maxpreps as the 10th best outside linebacker in the class of 2012.

"He's a sideline to sideline type of backer, shows good speed, instincts, and the ability to read QB's," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Film shows him dominating at both the end and tackle positions."

Dawson selected Louisville over Clemson and N.C. State.

Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:28 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:00 pm

Texas linebacker Brian Nance commits to Baylor

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- As usual, there were plenty of Texas players looking to make an impact at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Euless (Texas) linebacker Brian Nance was one of the few to make a commitment however.

"I will attending Baylor University," Nance said.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is one of several of his high school teammates who are headed to an FBS program in the fall and also considered Arkansas and UCLA. Nance suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for half of his senior year but racked up 160 tackles as a junior.

"(Nance) never takes a play off and impresses you with his desire and makeup," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He flies to the ball and is a physical ball player who can dominate the point of attack, and he's quick, tough, and aggressive with a relentless style of play. He's exceptional in pursuit and a sure tackler who can break down in space and make plays."

The four-star is the 14th outside linebacker and 134th overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps.

Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:09 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:29 pm

Top 100 defensive back Deon Bush commits to Miami

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Torn between staying home and playing for Miami or heading to the SEC to play for Alabama or Auburn, Miami (Fla.) cornerback Deon Bush couldn't really lose. The top five recruit defensive back finally made the though decision with a public announcement Saturday before the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl to stay home and play at Miami.

"It was a hard decison and all of them were a great schools," Bush said. "But I think I've got to put my city back on the map right now."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is another talented athlete out of the area. Bush is ranked by Maxpreps as the fifth-best corner in the country and cracks the top 100 at #65 in the class of 2012.

"Tall, he's a legit 6-footer with very long arms, a smooth backpedal and he can turn and run with the best of them," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Smart, technically sound, very fluid in coverage, can turn his hips, and gets in and out of his breaks quickly. He is excellent in man coverage and does everything effortlessly and athletically. Blessed with long arms, he has great acceleration."

Bush had seven interceptions and 40 tackles his senior year at Columbus High.

Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:28 am

VIDEO: Tom Lemming on LSU's recruiting class

LSU prepares to take on Alabama for the national title. CBS Sports Network analyst Tom Lemming breaks down LSU's incoming recruiting class including 2nd ranked high school prospect quarterback Gunner Kiel.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:31 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 12:10 am

Top 100 athlete Cyrus Jones selects Alabama

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baltimore (Md.) athlete Cyrus Jones was one of several athletes to announce Thursday Night at the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game in front of a national audience and didn't surprise many by picking Alabama over Virginia Tech.

"The people down there really care about you and I felt most comfortable there," Jones said. "I'm ready to go spend four years there and make my dreams come true and get to the next level.

"Alabama is just a place that I fell in love with right off the bat. Great people, great coaches and great guys going to the school already. I'm ready to get down there and get the knowledge from the coaches already to make my dreams come true and play in the NFL."

The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder will likely head to college as a slot receiver but is versatile enough to play just about any skill position. Jones had offers from just about every program in the country but will head to Tuscaloosa as part of a huge recruiting haul for the Tide.

"I'm going to be playing slot, kind of what Marquis Maze is doing right now," he said. "I'm going to do punt returns and kick returns, stuff like that. Running routes and taking sweeps too, just trying to be explosive and use my talent. I want to make the best of my opportunity."

Jones informed the Alabama staff about a month ago of the decision and though he kept it a secret from just about everybody, is another great addition to the program's upcoming class.

"He's another ball player who can play on either side of the ball, return kicks and has proven to be a sure-handed and instinctive ball player with excellent leaping ability, timing and anticipation," analyst Tom Lemming said. "A big play receiver who seems to possess all the tools for future stardom. He's remarkable in the open field and once he latches onto the ball, look out. He turns up field quickly and shows good moves and superior speed. Quick as a cat, he can get in and out of his breaks like no one's business, he dominates most games, and must be double teamed at all times."

Jones is ranked as 7th best athlete in the class of 2012 by Maxpreps and 88th overall. He rushed for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season in addition to catching 39 passes for 635 yards and six touchdowns.

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