Tag:West Virginia
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:36 am
 

Ranking the Big East recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Rutgers (Ranked 19th overall by MaxPreps)

There's no "wow" class in the Big East but Rutgers is on top of the rankings with a solid class from top to bottom. Recent pick up Leonte Carroo is a talented wide receiver the program was able to keep close to home.

2. Cincinnati (20th)

This class recently received a bump from a couple of Michigan recruits but the prize is quarterback Bennie Coney out of Florida. Plenty of athletes on both sides of the ball in this class.

3. West Virginia (24th) 

With Dana Holgorsen in charge, it's no surprise to see offensive talent commit to West Virginia. Quarterback Ford Childress has a strong arm and receiver Deontay McManus is an explosive pass catcher.

4. Pitt

Todd Graham has assembled a very good first (full) class and it wouldn't be surprising if he makes some more headway out on the recruiting trail. Quarterback Chad Voytik is the star of this group.

5. Louisville

If there's one school that could take advantage of Miami's troubles, it could be Charlie Strong and Louisville. This is a good group of offensive linemen to build around too.

6. USF

It's not a big class at the moment but it does have great talent and the best bang for buck in the conference. Tyler Cameron is a great fit at quarterback and Sean Price had a breakout summer.

7. UConn

Paul Pasqualoni has put together an under the radar group drawing on some Northeast talent with a few Florida players mixed in. Casey Cochran is a nice local pick up at quarterback

8. Syracuse

This is a bit of a grab-bag class with a little bit of everything from everywhere. The best player might be safety Julian Whigham.

Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: August 10, 2011 10:04 am
 

8/10 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Good story from the NY Times about social networking changing recruiting.

- All the recruits from the Coastal Division of the ACC.

All Michigan has left for this recruiting class is a need at receiver.

BYU's move to indepednence has brought change to their recruiting.

Safety K.J. Dillon has Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia in his top three.

Boise State commit Nick Patti is one of the top players in central Florida.

Commitments:

Nebraska reached into SEC territory for linebacker Deion Jones.

Defensive tackle K'Hadree Hooker is the latest addition to N.C. State's recruiting class.

Running back Davien Payne has committed to Colorado.

Roderick Chungong committed to Georgia Tech over Michigan State and Virginia.

Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Arizona reaches into Texas for linebacker

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Arizona has had recruiting success in Texas thanks in large part to head coach Mike Stoops' ties with coaches around the Lone Star state built up when he was at Oklahoma. Things paid off once again Sunday evening as Klein (Texas) linebacker A.J. Hilliard decided to head west for college football with a commitment to the Wildcats.

"I just woke up today and I just wanted to pull that trigger," Hilliard told Rivals. "I had to talk to my dad a lot, talk to my brother and some more family. I knew I for sure wanted to do it after that."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker gives Arizona a much-needed defender with the size and speed to play early on in the Pac-12. Hilliard held offers from Louisville, Michigan State, West Virginia and others but was impressed with the direction Arizona was heading.

"I was just amazed by all the things they were installing," he said. "There are new facilities and the jumbotron they're getting is probably like third in the nation. All the facilities are new and kept up really well. All the people I met there were really nice like the coaching staff and the strength coach."

Hilliard racked up 101 tackles and two interceptions last season. He is the 13th commitment for the Wildcats and the only linebacker as part of the class
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 9:51 am
 

8/8 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A few updates on Michigan targets such as offensive lineman Kyle Bosch.

Florida State pledge Sean Maguire is ready to compete with top quarterback and fellow commit Jameis Winston.

Georgia, Florida and Auburn are at the top of offensive tackle Avery Young's list.

Interesting story on Notre Dame pulling a scholarship offer from defensive tackle Tommy Schutt.

Safety Denzel Conyers received a UConn offer despite being injured.

Florida commit Matt Jones has a slight tear in his meniscus and will miss some games.

A look at West Virginia's first recruiting class under Dana Holgorsen.

Joker Phillips is rebuilding Kentucky through recruiting.

Commitments

Texas offensive lineman Hiva Lutui committed to UCLA.

Rutgers grabbed in-state talent Leonte Carroo over the weekend.

Arkansas picked up commitment Deatrich Wise for the class of 2012.

Florida athlete Anthony Brown is headed to Purdue.

Illinois reached into Georgia and picked up a commitment from defensive back Zach Jackson.

Georgia went out of state to get a pledge from offensive lineman Greg Pyke.

Linebacker Dalton Santos picked Tennessee over Texas A&M.

Stud wide receiver Chris Black committed to Alabama.

West Virginia received a commitment from defensive end Korey Harris.

Tight end Jay Jay McCullough became Clemson's 17th commitment.

Pitt picked up two players in linebacker Devon Porchia and offensive lineman/transfer Tom Ricketts.

Georgia's top quarterback, Greyson Lambert, committed to Virginia.

Number two offensive lineman D.J. Humphries has committed to Florida.

Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Halfway to Signing Day: Big East Edition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the Big East and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

Big East Commitment List

Best class: TCU

The Horned Frogs are taking advantage of the move to a BCS conference on the recruiting trail, pulling in a very good class that isn't too far off of the other in-state powers. They've got two good quarterbacks in Austin Aune and Top 100 signal-caller Tyler Matthews, both of whom should benefit from a redshirt year once the arrive on campus. Tight end Griffin Gilbert is a bit of an under-the-radar guy but he catches everything thrown his way and could certainly add to the pro-style offense the team runs. Stud athlete Daje Johnson should be an all-conference performer in no time under Gary Patterson.

Work left to do: Rutgers

It's a solid but not spectacular class for the Scarlet Knights. They have some good pieces that fills some needs but there is no impact player that can come in and make an impact from day one like Savon Huggins was as part of last year's class.

Under the radar class: USF

The Bulls have the smallest class on the list but they have some players who could come in and play right away in tight end Sean Price and cornerback Chris Bivins. They picked up a quarterback who flashed a lot of potential in limited time last year in Tyler Cameron and have done a good job of grabbing other players who could play at one of the state's big three. They still need to find some more players to fill it out but halfway to Signing Day, the program is in good shape.

Top commit: Quarterback Bennie Coney (Plant City, Fla.), committed to Cincinnati.

Loading up: Louisville on offensive linemen (4), West Virginia on wide receivers (4), Cincinnati on defensive backs (4).

Frequent Fliers: Louisville, Syracuse and West Virginia, each with commitments from seven states.

Fence builders: TCU, 13 of 15 commitments from Texas.

Road to Signing Day storyline: Will the new coaches be able to close out?

The Big East is full of new head coaches (and a few entering their sophomore seasons) who are looking to close out their first full recruiting classes with a bang. Dana Holgorsen is out of his normal recruiting area at West Virginia but so far has done well, grabbing very good athletes such as Deontay McManus. Todd Graham has made in-roads at Pitt early on and could land some quality local athletes as well. But it's a long six months to Signing Day and it will be interesting to see if they can make their first effort at their new school a building block for the future.

Top 25 Teams:

22. West Virginia
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 8:36 pm
 

End of July Big East Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The month of July has come to a close and what better time to take a broad overview of how a conference is doing on the recruiting trail than the first week in August, roughly six months from Signing Day. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big East, where every school has a double-digit commitment list.


   Cincinnati (15)

Offensive lineman Deyshawn Bond (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Kevin Brown (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Drake Burns (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Running back Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Jonathan Burt (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Linebacker Errol Clarke (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Bennie Coney (Plant City, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Athlete Alex Dale (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jeremy Graves (Maple Heights, Ohio)
Defensive back Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Ryan Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Wide receiver Vincent Miller (Lexington, Ky.)
Defensive end Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Williamson (Cincinnati, Ohio)

   Connecticut (13)

Defensive end Brendan Battles (North Eastham, Mass.)
Wide receiver Neally Cunningham (Palm Bay, Fla.)
Running back Montrell Dobbs (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Linebacker Jon Hicks (Paimyra, Pa.)
Defensive back Chauncey Lanier (Davie, Fla.)
Athlete Michael Ellis Marder (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive back Obi Melifonwu (Grafton, Mass.)
Defensive tackle Mikal Myers (Newburgh, N.Y.)
Linebacker Elijah Norris (Washington, D.C.)
Kicker Bobby Puyol (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tyler Samra (Ramsey, N.J.)
Linebacker Jason Sylva (Plymouth, Mass.)
Defensive back Jhavon Williams (Wellington, Fla.)

   Louisville (12)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Joshua Appleby (Harvest, Ala.)
Athlete Demetrius Frazier (Brunswick, Ga.)
Quarterback Will Gardner (Douglas, Ga.)
Offensive lineman DeAndre Herron (Avon, Ind.)
Defensive back Kevin Houchins (South Eucid, Ohio)
Defensive end Larry Jefferson (College Park, Ga.)
Offensive lineman T.C. Klusman (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joe Manley (Bowling Green, Ky.)
Defensive back Devontre Parnell (Winnsboro, S.C.)
Linebacker Daqual Randall (Palmetto, Fla.)
Wide receiver Brandon Snell (Miami, Fla.)

   Pittsburgh (11)

Defensive back Marchez Coates (Pomfret, Md.)
Wide receiver Trenton Coles (Clairton, Pa.)
Linebacker Dakota Conwell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Brandyn Cook (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Wide receiver Chris Davis (Austintown, Ohio)
Athlete Demitrious Davis (Austintown, Ohio)
Defensive back Marzett Geter (McKees Rocks, Pa.)
Defensive end Myles Hilliard (Bedford, Ohio)
Defensive back William Parks (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Quarterback Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn.)
Linebacker Alkwan Williams (Johnstown, Pa.)

   Rutgers (13)

Wide receiver Carlton Agudosi (Franklin, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Arcidiaconco (Warminster, Pa.)
Kicker Kyle Federico (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
Tight end Michael Giacone (Jersey City, N.J.)
Athlete Davon Jacobs (Wayne, N.J.)
Linebacker Steve Longa (Saddle Brook, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Derrick Nelson (Washington, D.C.)
Wide receiver Ruhann Peele (Linden, N.J.)
Running back Desmon Peoples (Warminister, Pa.)
Defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick (Montclair, N.J.)
Quarterback Blake Rankin (Bloomsburg, Pa.)
Athlete Delon Stephenson (Parlin, N.J.)

   South Florida (10)

Offensive lineman Kofi Amichia (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive back Chris Bivins (Gainesville, Fla.)
Quarterback Tyler Cameron (Jupiter, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Reno Henderson (Ocala, Fla.)
Wide receiver Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Defensive end Daniel Perry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Tight end Sean Price (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla.)
Defensive back D.J. White (McDonogh, Ga.)
Athlete LaMarlin Wiggins (Plant City, Fla.)

   Syracuse (16)

Defensive end Poncho Barnwell (Rochester, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Defensive tackle Harold Brantley (Hershey, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Marcus Coleman (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
Wide receiver Alvin Cornelius (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Defensive end Jason Emerich (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.)
Defensive back Dontez Ford (McKees Rocks, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Knapp (Portage, Mich.)
Athlete Ben Lewis (Middletown, Md.)
Athlete Devante McFarland (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
Linebacker Leroy Owens (Palatka, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)
Tight end Joshua Parris (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker James Washington (Winter Park, Fla.)
Defensive back Julian Whigham (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Linebacker Tashon Whitehurst (Gainesville, Fla.)

   TCU (15)

Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Running back B.J. Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Ricky Collins (Kilgore JUCO, Kilgore, 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)
Running back Rashodrick Linwood (Linden, Texas)
Athlete Kolby Listenbee (Arlington, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive end James McFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Kicker Jaden Oberkrom (Arlington, Texas)
Kicker Ethan Perry (Spring Branch, Texas)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas)

   West Virginia (17)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Ford Childress (Houston, Texas)
Defensive back Da'Quan Davis (Towson, Md.)
Running back Jarrod Harper (Frostburg, Md.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Darreall Joyner (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Sam Lebbie (Hyattsville, Md.)
Offensive lineman Tony Matteo (Akron, Ohio)
Wide receiver Deontay McManus (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Brandon Napoleon (Jersey City, N.J.)
Defensive end Bret Niederreither (Lewisberry, Pa.)
Defensive end Noble Nwachukwu (Wylie, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky (Lakewood, Ohio)
Athlete Albert Reid (Washington, D.C.)
Wide receiver Devonte Robinson (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Athlete J.T. Washington (Satellite Beach, Fla.)
Wide receiver Trevor Williams (Towson, Md.)


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Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Catching up on a few commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's been a busy few days between Media Days and a short vacation for the Eye on Recruiting blog. Because we haven't put up every commitment on the blog, here's a recap on players who have committed over the past couple of days, sorted by conference.

ACC:

Florida State: defensive tackle Justin Shanks

Georgia Tech: running back Marcus Allen

Maryland: linebacker Avery Thompson

N.C. State: defensive end Joe Wright, receiver Charlie Hegedus

USF: offensive lineman Kofi Amichia

Wake Forest: running back Joshua Wilhite, tight end Zach Gordon


Big East:

Cincinnati: quarterback Bennie Coney, linebacker Erroll Clarke

Pitt: defensive back Marchez Coates, quarterback Chad Voytik

Rutgers: offensive lineman Derrick Nelson

TCU: junior college receiver Ricky Collins

UConn: defensive back Jhavon Williams

West Virginia: receiver Ray Martin and Trevor Williams, linebacker Sam Lebbie, defensive end Noble Nwachukwu, offensive lineman Tony Matteo


Big Ten:

Indiana: offensive lineman Jason Spriggs, quarterback Gunner Kiel

Michigan: defensive end Chris Wormley

Michigan State: receiver Aaron Burbridge, defensive back Jermaine Edmondson

Minnesota: offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig

Purdue: tight end Jonathan Curry, linebacker Andy Garcia


Big 12:

Baylor: cornerback Ryan Reid, defensive end Dominique Banks, linebacker Kendall Erhlich

Iowa State: wide receiver P.J. Harris, linebacker Adam Pavelenko

Kansas: quarterback Bilal Marshall and Seth Russell

Kansas State: offensive lineman Aderius Epps

Missouri: defensive lineman Ed Ray

Oklahoma State: defensive end Victor Irokansi

Texas A&M: defensive end Julian Obioha


SEC:

Arkansas: receiver D'Arthur Cowan, defensive back John Gibson

Auburn: defensive end Gimel President

Mississippi State: cornerback Will Redmond, receiver Frederick Brown

Ole Miss: tight end Austin Ray

South Carolina: linebacker Kaiwan Lewis, offensive lineman Joe Harris

Tennessee: kicker George Bullock, junior college defensive lineman Damien Jacobs


Pac-12:

Arizona: defensive tackle Dwight Melvin

Arizona State: offensive lineman Evan Goodman and Stephon McCray, defensive end Ben Dixon and Jarvis Lewis, running back Russell Hansbrough, linebacker Carlos Mendoza and Matt Rowe
UCLA: offensive lineman Isaiah Folasa

USC: defensive end Pio Vatuvei




Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:12 am
 

8/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Eye on Recruiting is back in action and better than ever. As a result, a super-sized roundup:

- Really good story on the nation's top recruit, Dorial Green-Beckham.

- Florida quarterbacks Tyler Cameron and Kendric Bostic will pick between several schools Tuesday.

- Several BCS schools are recruiting Diddy's son Justin Combs, a cornerback out of New York.

  Michigan's recent tradition of hosting a BBQ at the Big House continued over the weekend and attracted some top recruits.

 Florida target Adam Lane found out he was invited to the Army All-American Bowl.

  Tight end Kurt Freitag is down to four finalists in Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Miami.

As Oklahoma's recruiting class fills up, a good look at how it is a game of chance.

Top offensive tackle Andrus Peat is down to three schools: Texas, Florida State and Nebraska, where his brother is at.
Recruits in Ohio might be thinking twice about going to Ohio State.

Commitments:

Defensive end Chris Wormley committed to Michigan.

Arkansas picked up cornerback Jared Collins and receiver Keon Hatcher.

Quarterback Bennie Coney is headed to Cincinnati.

Running back Marcus Allen, no not that Marcus Allen, committed to Georgia Tech over Florida State, Tennessee and others.

Arizona State continues to grow their recruiting class, picking up offensive lineman Stephon McCray and running back Russell Hansbrough.

Iowa added offensive tackle Ryan Ward as a commitment.

Defensive end Ben Dixon is the latest Arizona commit.

West Virginia added receiver Ray Martin, linebacker Tony Matteo and defensive end Noble Nwachukwu.

Missouri received a commitment from defensive tackle Ed Ray.
 
 
 
 
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