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Posted on: March 28, 2011 6:40 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 1:26 pm
 

DaMarcus Smith asks for release from UCF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Louisville (Ky.) quarterback DaMarcus Smith has asked for a release from his letter of intent with Central Florida, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com. Smith also faxed a news release to The Louisville Courier-Journal, who first reported the news.

“Today I have filed a release request with the University of Central Florida, asking to be released from my national letter-of-intent I signed in February, due to extenuating circumstances,” Smith said in the release. “I send my apologies to the University of Louisville and the University of Central Florida for this issue. And I would also like to apologize to the Louisville fans and community who have supported me since the day I originally committed to the Cardinal family. I view this as a private matter and will have no further comment until a later date.”

Smith originally committed to Louisville during his junior season but signed with UCF shortly after Signing Day. Following the departure of Miami head coach Randy Shannon, highly touted quarterback Teddy Bridgewater re-opened his recruitment and eventually enrolled early at Louisville. The domino effect caused Smith to start looking elsewhere and he eventually reneged on his verbal commitment.

Rumors that Smith was looking for his release from the Knights started surfacing almost as soon as the ink was dry on his letter of intent. UCF head coach George O'Leary addressed the situation numerous times and insisted that Smith would enroll in May.

"DaMarcus came to me and said he had second thoughts," O'Leary told CBSSports.com. "My experience with DaMarcus was every time he was here, he had a Cheshire grin on. He's happy as heck. His problem is when he went back to Louisville and whatever was taking place there.

"He's fully confirmed and 100 percent. Sometimes, kids just need to be reassured what's going on."

It is not known if UCF will grant Smith his release or if the school will put restrictions on where he may be released to. He threw for 3,227 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior at Seneca High.

Update: O'Leary told reporters after the Knights' practice on Tuesday that the school would deny Smith his release.
 

Photo courtesy of The Louisville Courier-Journal. 
Posted on: March 17, 2011 5:09 pm
 

MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Offer Update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's still over a month to go before coaches hit the road and begin to see recruits up close and personal in the May Evaluation period. Although that's usually the time when you'll see scores of scholarship offers head out, many of the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 are up to double digit offers a little less than a year before Signing Day. 

We'll be taking a glance over the next few days at the Top 100 and provide an overview of just what offers are out there for some of the top players in the upcoming class. 

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo.) 
Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin. 

Defensive end Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.) 
Offers: Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

Running back Drew Harris (Exton, Pa.) 
Offers: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Miami, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia. 

Defensive end Troy Hinds (Kaysville, Utah) 
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington State. 

Running back Trent Jackson (Cuero, Texas) 
No offers at this time. 

Defensive ened Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga.) 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, UCF, USC, Vanderbilt. 

Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) 
Committed to LSU. 
Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Memphis, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, UCF, USC. 

Running back Nigel Jones (Absecon, N.J.) 
No offers at this time. 

Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas) 
Committed to Texas. 
Offers: Auburn, Baylor, East Carolina, Florida, Iowa State, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia Tech. 

Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio) 
Committed to Ohio State. 
Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Pitt, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Posted on: March 12, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Update from the Orlando Elite 11 competition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ORLANDO, Fla. - The annual ESPN RISE Elite 11 quarterback competition kicked off at Central Florida Saturday morning with several of the top quarterbacks from the state of Florida and elsewhere showing up to display their arms.

One of the top quarterbacks at the event was Plant City (Fla.) signal caller Bennie Coney. Despite having to throw into the wind most of the day, Coney displayed a strong arm and very smooth delivery, throwing a perfect spiral on just about every ball. On top of competing against top flight competition, the senior-to-be came into the day just looking to get better.

"Just basic stuff, footwork, progression and learning how to read the field faster," Coney said. "I felt like I did good, accomplished a lot. "I just felt like I got better overall."

The 6-foot-2, 215 pound quarterback was physically the most impressive looking player at the competition. Already drawing scholarship offers from Auburn, Boston College, Florida State, Michigan and Virginia Tech among others, Coney recently picked up two more from two intriguing programs.

"Cincinnati and USF," he said. "I checked out (Cincinnati's) roster and they're low on quarterbacks. Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame are all good schools too. In the summer I know I'm going to take a lot of unofficial visits."

Coney will not make the short drive over to the Badger Sports 7-on-7 in Tampa this weekend but he is scheduled to attend the Josh Freeman Football Camp in a few weeks.

Other quarterbacks impress

After impressing everyone at the Rutgers Badger Sports 7-on-7, Wayne (N.J.) quarterback Kevin Olsen continued to show why he's in the mix to be the top quarterback in the class of 2013. Displaying a strong arm, he had several very nice looking throws on outs and to the flat. The younger brother of Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen, Kevin stood out as one of the few quarterbacks who was a passer and not a thrower at the position.

Miami commit Gray Crow was also one of the better quarterbacks at the event. The Clearwater (Fla.) native displayed a slightly above average arm but was fairly accurate throughout the day. His footworks and mechanics are very sound and the 6-foot-2, 210 pound Crow was easily one of the more polished passers in attendance.

We'll have more on the Orlando Elite 11 competition and the Badger Sports 7-on-7 at USF later today.

Posted on: March 12, 2011 7:36 am
 

3/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Tons of great action today with the Elite 11 kicking off at UCF, the Badger Sports 7-on-7 at USF and the Jacksonville Under Armour Combine.

- Coveted athlete Shaq Thompson has re-opened his recruitment just days after committing to Cal.

- A brief look at how recruiting could be impacted at Ohio State in the wake of the Jim Tressel controversy.

- A few names to watch at today's previously mentioned Badger Sports 7-on-7.

- Miami could be one of the schools in the running for 2011 quarterback Jerrard Randall.

- Michigan State is eyeing an Ohio running back William Mahone.

Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Smith 100 percent committed according to O'Leary

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ORLANDO, Fla. - Normally, talking about Kentucky recruiting drama means discussing if a top basketball recruit will pick either Louisville or Kentucky. For the past few weeks however, there has been a bit of intrigue centered on class of 2011 quarterback DaMarcus Smith.

One of the top quarterbacks in the country coming out of high school, Smith was committed to Louisville for over a year before signing with Central Florida at the last minute. Shortly thereafter, rumors began to surface that the talented signal caller had asked for his release so he could transfer closer to home.

Though Smith has not talked with the media detailing his future, UCF head coach George O'Leary tried to clarify the entire situation.

"DaMarcus came to me and said he had second thoughts," O'Leary said. "My experience with DaMarcus was every time he was here, he had a Cheshire grin on. He's happy as heck. His problem is when he went back to Louisville and whatever was taking place there.

"He's fully confirmed and 100 percent. Sometimes, kids just need to be reassured what's going on."

The 6-foot-3, 185 pound Smith was considered the crown jewel of the Knight's highly regarded recruiting class that most consider the best the school has ever signed. Named an Elite 11 quarterback before his senior year, O'Leary thinks the hype and pressure that surrounded his recruitment led to some of the rumors circulating.

"He was such a highly recruited kid," said O'Leary. "In getting him, I thought he showed a lot of great character, which I was really impressed with. As I told him, he's not like the normal kids. He stood up in front of the city of Louisville and told them he loved them but chose to attend UCF. It was a business decision based on what he sought. I said that took a lot."

Smith is expected to enroll at UCF in May.

Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Smith 100 percent committed according to O'Leary

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ORLANDO, Fla. - Normally, talking about Kentucky recruiting drama means discussing if a top basketball recruit will pick either Louisville or Kentucky. For the past few weeks however, there has been a bit of intrigue centered on class of 2011 quarterback DaMarcus Smith.

One of the top quarterbacks in the country coming out of high school, Smith was committed to Louisville for over a year before signing with Central Florida at the last minute. Shortly thereafter, rumors began to surface that the talented signal caller had asked for his release so he could transfer closer to home.

Though Smith has not talked with the media detailing his future, UCF head coach George O'Leary tried to clarify the entire situation.

"DaMarcus came to me and said he had second thoughts," O'Leary said. "My experience with DaMarcus was every time he was here, he had a Cheshire grin on. He's happy as heck. His problem is when he went back to Louisville and whatever was taking place there.

"He's fully confirmed and 100 percent. Sometimes, kids just need to be reassured what's going on."

The 6-foot-3, 185 pound Smith was considered the crown jewel of the Knight's highly regarded recruiting class that most consider the best the school has ever signed. Named an Elite 11 quarterback before his senior year, O'Leary thinks the hype and pressure that surrounded his recruitment led to some of the rumors circulating.

"He was such a highly recruited kid," said O'Leary. "In getting him, I thought he showed a lot of great character, which I was really impressed with. As I told him, he's not like the normal kids. He stood up in front of the city of Louisville and told them he loved them but chose to attend UCF. It was a business decision based on what he sought. I said that took a lot."

Smith is expected to enroll at UCF in May.

Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:39 pm
 

MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Offer Update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's still over a month to go before coaches hit the road and begin to see recruits up close and personal in the May Evaluation period. Although that's usually the time when you'll see scores of scholarship offers head out, many of the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 are up to double digit offers a little less than a year before Signing Day.

We'll be taking a glance over the next few days at the Top 100 and provide an overview of just what offers are out there for some of the top players in the upcoming class.

Linebacker Kwon Alexander (Oxford, Ala.) 
Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas Tech, UAB, UCLA.

Offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (Buford, Ga.) 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Nebraska, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC.

Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas) 
Committed to TCU
Offers: Baylor, SMU, Tennessee.

Offensive tackle Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.) 
Committed to USC. 
Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Fresno State, Miami, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State.

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio) 
Committed to Ohio State. 
Offers: Cincinnati, Iowa, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Wisconsin.

Offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 
Offers: UConn, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia.

Wide receiver Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla.) 
Offers: Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee.

Cornerback Deion Bonner (Columbus, Ga.) 
Offers: Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, USC.

Athlete Carnell Boyd (Atlanta, Ga.) 
Offers: UCF

Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 
Committed to Texas
Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington.

Posted on: February 19, 2011 7:39 am
 

2/19 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Miami NIKE Combine is set for today and we'll have plenty of coverage from the event over the next few days. In the meantime, here's some links.

- West Virginia and Michigan are the latest programs to offer Palm Beach (Fla.) offensive tackle Avery Young.

- UCF and George O'Leary had best top class ever in 2011 and the Knights are bringing in a lot of athleticism as a result.

- Better late than never for Florida cornerback Joe Eason, who recently signed with Arizona State.

- N.C. State, Miami and Illinois are the latest schools to offer defensive end Ryan Leahy.

- Wide receiver D’Arthur Cowan just picked up offers from two SEC schools, Mississippi State and Arkansas.

 
 
 
 
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