Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:02 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- As the No. 2 overall recruit and the top quarterback in 2012, Gunner Kiel is keeping his recruitment low key.
- Running the numbers on SEC recruiting compared to ACC recruiting turns out about how you'd expect.
Arkansas is keeping tabs on speedy wide receiver Eric Hawkins.
Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, USF and Miami are defensive tackle Earl Moore's top five according to this Q&A he did.
The decommitment of Kyle Kalis is just the latest news in Ohio State's recruiting woes.
Offensive lineman Blake Bars visited Michigan and now has a top five.
Wisconsin is off to a fast start in putting together their 2012 recruiting class.
Florida added the commitment of kicker Austin Hardin, who selected the Gators over Auburn and Tennessee.
Cornerback Hugs Etienne committed to Wisconsin over West Virginia.
Pitt added former Ohio State signee Ejuan Price.
Dual threat quarterback Brenden Motley selected Virginia Tech over Virginia and Georgia Tech.
Tags: ACC, Arkansas, Auburn, Austin Hardin, Big East, Big Ten, Blake Bars, Brenden Motley, Earl Moore, Ejuan Price, Eric Hawkins, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Gunner Kiel, Hugs Etienne, Kyle Kalis, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Pitt, SEC, South Carolina, Tennessee, USF, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 11:27 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Plenty of top players from high school teams all over the state of Florida were in action this past weekend at the 6<sup>th</sup> Annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Tournament. Featuring two teams from MaxPreps' Preseason Top 25 for 2011 and several members from Tom Lemming's Top 100 for 2012, the fields at the King's Academy were filled with fast paced action and plenty of scoring.
One of the standouts was Tampa (Fla.) wide receiver Austin Aikens, who helped propel his team to the title and was one of the top players at the event.
"It felt real good,” Aikens said on Saturday. “I was out there making plays my team needed during the clutch."
"I'm looking to gain some more weight and polish off my route running and catching skills that I've got as a receiver so I can help my team,” he said. “We're pretty much getting there, we're starting to gel together and become one team and know what each other is thinking. Players are starting to step up when we need them to step up."
While the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is still sorting out his offer list, he maintains he'll likely make a decision after the football season is over. He recently took an unofficial visit to several schools in North Carolina and could be leaning towards heading out of state for college.
Palm Beach (Fla.) athlete Faton Bauta is trying to shed the label of “athlete” and get people used to calling him a quarterback. The dual-threat signal caller certainly impressed on the field during the tournament, showing off a strong arm and hitting some tight windows on some of his throws. The transfer from New York is not assured of the starting job just yet so the extra time with his teammates leading up to the season was crucial to developing some chemistry before the pads come on in August.
Dwyer High, ranked 17<sup>th</sup> in the country by MaxPreps, is breaking in several new players into the mix and face the added challenge of moving into a new classification this season. Bauta knows the team needs to gel in the offseason if they want to go from good to great during the regular season.
"Georgia and UCF, that's about it,” he said. “(Georgia) was huge, I went on a pretty big SEC tour and went there and threw for them. They like be a lot and they offered me, I sat down with coach (Mark) Richt and he's a great guy. All of the coaches were great. They're a great school and have top of the line everything. It was great to go out there and see what they're all about."
“That's why I went on the tour, just to show these guys I can throw the ball,” he said. “Hopefully I can show the guys out here that I can throw the ball."
Bauta participated at the Florida State camp on Sunday after wrapping up things in Palm Beach at the Heath Evans tournament. While he doesn't have an offer from the Seminoles at the moment, it's possible they could break into his recruiting with one. Right now however, he's starting to narrow down his list based on a few of his big offers.
"I have a top seven and if you looked at the offers I have, you'd be able to figure it out,” Bauta said. “I'm really just keeping my options open right now in case something pops up with a school. I'm just seeing who likes me and who has the best chance of winning and having the most success during the four years I'm there. I want to get the best connection to the coaches and the players."
Cornerback Tracey Howard of Miramar (Fla.) knows he doesn't have much left to prove after a stellar junior year and a very good offseason on the all-star travel team South Florida Express. But there he was out in the heat, running routes on offense and playing receivers tight on defense.
Howard plans on visiting Miami and Florida State soon and has already visited the other in-state power, Florida, for a spring practice. He plans on committing during the middle of the season or on Signing Day, depending on how his visits work out and if he's comfortable with a certain school. In the mean time, he's just doing what's asked of him to help his team win.
"It was good to play some receiver and make plays for my team,” Howard said. “I don't really play offense but I'm out here with my team having fun."
- One of the underclassmen who had an intriguing blend of size and speed was Tampa (Fla.) linebacker Paris Bostick of Plant High. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder looks like a big safety but he could continue to grow into an outside linebacker. Schools are already interested with him playing safety and while he doesn't have any offers yet, is looking to have a big season after concentrating on getting better this offseason.
"Just get faster and bigger,” Bostick said. “I'm in the weight room a lot with the team but I like to work harder than everybody else. I see people trying to up their game so I'm going to try and up my game more than them and keep my head on and not get into any trouble."
- Virginia Tech commit Donaldven Manning was sporting his future college's logos on some eye black.
- Booker T. Washington was a team full of underclassmen who impressed. They made it to the championship game against Plant but fell just short. Former Miami director of football operations “Ice” Harris is the head coach at the school now.
Tags: ACC, Alabama, Austin Aikens, Big 12, Big East, Boston College, Cincinnati, Conference USA, Donaldven Manning, Duke, Faton Bauta, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Heath Evans 7-on-7, Ice Harris, Louisville, Miami, Missouri, N.C. State, North Carolina, Paris Bostick, SEC, South Florida Express, Temple, Tracey Howard, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Kentucky
Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 3:40 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Oklahoma has already raided the state of Florida for a tight end and the coaching staff went back to the state again this week and managed to grab a commitment from offensive lineman Ty Darlington out of Apopka (Fla.), one of the top offensive linemen from the Sunshine State.
"That sort of hit me last night when I called coach (James) Patton," Darlington told SoonerScoop.com on Thursday. "I got home real late because I had a baseball game I had to go to. Well when I got home my brothers and sisters have accumulated a lot of Oklahoma's gear and they had it on. I don't know if you knew but I'm the oldest of seven and they were all dressed up in their OU stuff, my mom was all excited. After I talked to coach Patton I called all my aunts and uncles, and my grandparents and let them know."
The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Darlington is one of the top interior linemen in the country and ranked 75th overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps. He held offers from Auburn, Florida State, LSU and Virginia Tech among others but his mother went to school at Oklahoma and the family ties were just too much to overcome.
"I definitely feel like I can get a great education at Oklahoma, at some other places, I felt like I had to give them a look," he said. "I've just been praying about it and realized I needed to follow my heart, and since I was a little kid I've wanted to go to Oklahoma and that's sort of been my dream, when God gives you that opportunity you need to accept it."
The second offensive line commit for the Sooners, Darlington is also the ninth commitment overall. He tight end Laith Harlow in going from Florida to Norman next fall.
The four-star's commitment marks a strong recruiting push for Oklahoma as he is the second top 100 player to commit to the school in as many weeks. Darlington will likely lineup at center when he first steps on campus.
Posted on: June 4, 2011 7:17 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2011 7:17 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Stone Mountain (Ga.) defensive end Jarontay Jones had planned a summer full of unofficial visits and school camps. It didn't take long, however, for him to stop by Virginia Tech and feel comfortable enough to make his commitment, verbaling to the Hokies Saturday afternoon on the way back home from their camp.
"I was ready to leave and it was on my mind, I can't come all this way down here without committing, they're my top school," Jones told Rivals. "I can't come; drive nine hours in the car."
The 6-foot-1, 240 pounder had already visited Florida and Auburn, two of the over 20 schools that had extended an offer. The visit to Blacksburg showed him everything about Virginia Tech though and had him feeling it was time to pull the trigger on one of his leaders.
"I didn't really know much about the school, but they were already my top school, but seeing it made me want to commit more," he said. "It's everything about it. It's the beautiful facilities, the coaches and everything about the school, it's so great."
Jones is the eighth player from Stephenson High to commit to a FBS school and the second to an ACC school (linebacker Raphel Kirby is committed to Miami). The talented defensive end is also the 12th commitment for the Hokies' class of 2012. He finished last season with 90 tackles and an impressive 16 sacks last season as a junior.
Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:02 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 1:38 am
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 ACC, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail.
Boston College (1)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson(Owings Mills, Md.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider(Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Florida State (10)
Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor(Mobile, Ala.)
Kicker Roberto Aguayo(Groveland, Fla.)
Athlete Chris Casher(Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)
Running back Mario Pender(Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey(De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams(Ocala, Fla.)
Georgia Tech (2)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts(Norcross, Ga.)
Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde(Lakeland, Ga.)
Defensive end Roman Braglio(Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham(Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras(Olney, Md.)
Linebacker Keith Brown(Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter(Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow(Clearwater, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson(Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett(Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Trent Taylor(Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson(Miami, Fla.)
North Carolina (7)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.)
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad(Jacksonville, Fla.)
Linebacker Christian Russell(Chatham, Va.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson(Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Defensive back Niles Clark(Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms(Bailey, N.C.)
Defensive back James Summers(Greensboro, N.C.)
Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)
Offenisve lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)
Linebacker Mark Hall(Virginia Beach, Va.)
Defensive back Demeitre Brim(Lakeland, Fla.)
Running back J.C. Coleman(Chesapeake, Va.)
Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene(Portsmouth, Va.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson(Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning(Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon(Hope Mills, N.C.)
Quarterback T.J. Millweard(Fort Worth, Texas)
Athlete Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Davion Tookes(Fairburn, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)
Wake Forest (1)
Offensive lineman Joel Suggs(Randleman, N.C.)
Tags: A.J. Leggett, ACC, ACC Commit List, Allen Jackson, Alphonse Taylor, Angelo Jean-Louis, Angelo Jean-Louis, Boston College, Chase Roberts, Chris Casher, Christian Russell, Clemson, Dahman McKinnon, Dakota Jackson, Dalvon Stuckey, Dan Mastromatteo, Dan Mastromatteo, Dante Fowler Jr., David Thompson, Davion Tookes, Deion Williams, Demeitre Brim, Der'Woun Greene, Desmond Frye, Donaldven Manning, Duke, Duke Johnson, Dwayne Norman, Ereck Flowers, Ereck Flowers, Erich Schneider, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Germone Hopper, Gray Crow, J.C. Coleman, J.J. Patterson, Jack Willenbrock, James Summers, jay Guillermo, Joel Suggs, Jontavious Carter, Josh Seeoms, Junior Gnonkonde, Justin Meredith, Justin Meredith, Keith Brown, Kwontie Moore, Mario Edwards Jr., Mario Nixon, Mario Pender, Mark Hall, Maryland, Max McCaffrey, May Commitment List, Miami, Mike Madaras, N.C. State, Nick Brigham, Niles Clark, North Carolina, P.J. Williams, Patrick Destefano, Phillip Williamson, Phillip Williamson, Raphael Kirby, Raphael Kirby, Roberto Aguayo, Roman Braglio, Ryan Doull, Sean Maguire, Sean Maguire, Shakeel Rashad, Shaquille Lawson, T.J. Millweard, Terrance Knox, Terrance Knox, Trent Taylor, Ukeme Eligwe, Ukeme Eligwe, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Wilfred Wahee, Win Homer
Posted on: May 27, 2011 1:07 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
If there's a position of need for Notre Dame in the class of 2012, it's in the secondary. The Irish addressed part of that need Thursday night with the verbal commitment of Woodberry Forest (Va.) safety C.J. Prosise.
"It kind of just happened," Prosise told BlueandGold.com. "I woke up and felt like it was what I wanted to do. I've been thinking about it all week so I decided to go ahead and commit."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back was only recently offered by the Irish but Notre Dame was the one place that had everything he was looking for so Prosise decided to end any and all drama and pull the trigger on a commitment.
"No schools compare to them academically or athletically," he said. "It's the kind of school that I can find success both on and off the field and I know it's the right place for me."
Prosise will visit South Bend in early June for an unofficial visit to get a feel for campus and talk with the coaching staff more in person. He had 42 tackles and seven interceptions last season as a junior.
"He's got good size and he's physical," MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming told The South Bend Tribune about Prosise. "Possibly could grow into a linebacker."
The talented safety also held offers from Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest among others. He is the eighth commitment for the Irish's class of 2012 and third defensive back. Notre Dame is expected to add several other defensive backs between now and Signing Day as well.
Prosise's highlights are below:
Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:27 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The state of Georgia has been one of the top talent producing states in the country over the past few years and just across the state line in Alabama at Auburn, they've taken advantage and used several Georgia athletes to propel them to a BCS championship.
Gene Chizik and the rest of the coaching staff are going right back to where they've found success before and are finally starting to experience a bit of a championship bounce in recruiting, picking up a commitment from one of the top defensive backs in the state with Fairburn (Ga.) corner Josh Hosley Tuesday afternoon.
“I just thought it was the right school for me to go to and pursue my future, and do what I want to do in life and be the best person I can be,” Holsey told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Auburn is the right place for me to go.”
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback selected the Tigers over his other finalists Georgia, LSU and Virginia Tech. Holsey held well over 20 scholarship offers total at the time he made his commitment.
In what has become a recurring theme for several players in the state, the Georgia entered the picture late in the recruiting process, only recently offering Holsey. The late start hurt his childhood favorite but still received consideration from the corner.
“They were serious contenders," he said. "I figured they recruited me too late. I wasn’t able to get over there and talk to the coaches as much as I did at Auburn.”
Holsey is part of a talented Creekside High team, which is the alma mater of former All-American safety Eric Berry. Holsey has started since he was a freshman and managed to pick off nine passes last season as a junior.
Auburn now has five commitments in the class of 2012.
Photo via Michael Carvell, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:03 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Lots of conference meetings underway (Big Ten's last week, Big East's this week, SEC's next week, etc.) and recruiting rules and oversigning are expected to be topics of discussion. We'll be sure and track what, if anything, comes out of the meetings. On to the links:
- Some details on what Auburn and Alabama pay for recruiting services.
- Offensive tackle Kameron Davis holds offers from West Virginia, Texas Tech, Louisville and others.
- Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine is planning on taking visits to Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Tennessee.
- Defensive back Josh Holsey will choose a school among Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Virginia Tech tomorrow.
- D.J. Gallo is up to eight offers, N.C. State, Maryland and UConn among them.