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Posted on: July 10, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:28 pm
 

The Opening: Day 4 closes out all-star event

Posted by Bryan Fischer

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- As things wrapped up on Day 4 of The Opening, one couldn't help feeling a tinge of sadness on behalf of the nearly 150 athletes at the event. Knowing the end was coming and that they soon would have to hop on a plane home, many players couldn't believe the all-star event had come to a close. 

"It's a very humbling, lifetime experience," Yulee (Fla.) running back Derrick Henry said. "I'll never forget it. All this competition, the whole 150, it's a blessing. It's nice getting guys' prospectives on different colleges and stuff like that, it's been good."

As one of three sophomores at the event, Henry was just trying to soak in the event. Playing with some of the top players in the country, The Opening was a chance to learn from the best in anticipation of coming back next year as the elder statesman.

"This is my first time coming up here, and I'm starting to enjoy the whole thing," he said. "But next time it's going to be business."

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Henry was one of the most impressive athletes, physically, at the event. Though he plays running back in high school, if he continues to grow, he might develop into a tight end -- a position he got reps at during the 7-on-7 portion of the event.

"It just gives me a chance to get out there and catch some balls and get some touchdowns," he said. "I'll do anything to get my team the win."

Though he was split out catching passes instead of running down hill, there's no question what position he wants to play at the next level.

"Oh running back, that's what I play," Henry said. "I'm just doing this because it's 7-on-7. You've got to do what you've got to do to get the ball."

The Opening also gave Henry a chance to talk with plenty of older, heavily recruited athletes such as Nelson Agholor, Terry Richardson and Dillon Lee just on his 7-on-7 team. Already solidified as one of the top players in the Class of 2013, Henry has been picking up scholarship offers at a good clip over the past few months.

"I got an offer from Stanford, North Carolina, Tennessee and some others," he said. "I know I'm over 50. It's a humbling experience. I thank god everyday for this opportunity. I just use it as motivation to keep working hard in the weight room and the classroom and the field. Hopefully I can give back to my teammates by using my talent and my name to get them opportunities for the young guys who are under (the radar)."

Although many had considered him a Florida State lean early on, it's another in-state program that has moved out in front nearly a year and a half before he eventually signs a letter of intent.

"Florida is my leader, then Georgia, Florida State and Alabama," Henry said. "I'm open to any school; it's just where I feel comfortable and at home at, that chemistry I have with the coaches and where my family likes."

Reeves down to two

With so many talented players on the fields at the Nike campus, tempers were bound to flare given the level of competition. But, surprisingly, things were mostly limited to some good-natured trash talking because of the bond the players had formed over the past few days.

"It's very competitive out here,” defensive back Armani Reeves said. “But they're all good guys. When we go inside the lounge in there, we're all family and have a good time. But when we come out to (the fields), that's the time to compete and that's what we do.”

Things have been competitive on the recruiting front for the Roxbury (Mass.) corner. Reeves recently narrowed down his list of schools to two and talked about both, starting with Notre Dame.

"They're a great school academically," he said. "Coach (Bob) Diaco, Coach (Brian) Kelly, they're trying to turn that program around and make it a championship school. When they talked they had a lot to offer. When they showed me around, the campus was beautiful and I got to hang out with a bunch of the players. I had a good time there.”

The Irish are not the only program in the running for Reeves' services, as the Nittany Lions are neck and neck with them in Reeves' eyes.

"As far as Penn State goes, it feels like home," he said. "Coach (Joe) Paterno, I talk to him every time I see him. We even Skype now. All of those coaches treat me like family and express how much they want me. I'm just enjoying the process and trying to think about everything."

Several recruits have reported they have Skyped with the coaching legend and like the others, Reeves feels it's a unique connection to one of college football's icons thanks to a bit of modern technology.

"Yeah it's pretty cool," Reeves said. "He was cracking jokes with me. He's new to the whole thing so when you have an old guy like him doing something like Skype, it's just fascinating. He was just talking and we forgot about recruiting, telling me stories and stuff. It was really fun, I had a good time."

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back returned from unofficial visits to both schools shortly before heading to Oregon for The Opening. While he is officially down to two schools, a timetable for a decision on which one he will commit to is up in the air.

"Hopefully I'll make a decision soon but if not, I don't mind waiting," he said. "I just came back from those visits like two or three weeks ago so I'm just taking this time enjoying my time out here with these fellas."

Elder getting closer to decision 

Proving that defensive backs can also have a pair of good hands, College Park (Ga.) corner Chaz Elder made one of the defensive plays of the day when he caught a beautiful over the shoulder interception in the end zone to prevent a touchdown.

“My teammate told me to watch for the corner,” Elder said. “So I went over to try and get over the top. I got over there a little to late, but luckily the wide receiver missed it and I was able to catch it.”

Coming a long way from home and making plays is something new for Elder, but the overall experience in Portland has been a rewarding one for the talented cornerback.

“It's been great,” he said. “This is the furthest I've ever been outside of Georgia. I like it. (The plane ride) is kind of long. It's very long but it's alright.”

One of the top players in a deep pool of talent in Georgia this year, Elder has more than 25 scholarship offers from major powerhouses, but he has narrowed his list to three schools.

“With (Georgia), I like the fact that me and Coach Mark Richt have a good relationship,” Elder said. “South Carolina, I like the fact that they're known for having good DB's. Plus I like the defense they run because it's similar to what I run now in high school. With Vanderbilt, they're upcoming and I could help change the face of the program.”

Vanderbilt is making news in the recruiting world by picking several major commitments, including one from Top 100 running back Brian Kimbrow. The momentum the school has under new coach James Franklin is something that matters to Elder.

“That's a big factor,” he admitted. 

Elder won't open up as to which of the three programs is out in front but plans to make a decision soon, likely in August before his senior seasons begins. 

Howard staying open

There were plenty of players who had fun at The Opening, but it was hard to top the excitement about the event that Miramar (Fla.) defensive back Tracy Howard had following a 7-on-7 win.

“It's been one of the best experiences of my life,” Howard said. “To come way out to Portland, Oregon, I know I haven't been this far from home. The only place I've been is the Bahamas on a cruise. It's definitely a blessing to get out here with the top talent and compete against those guys.”

A talkative player on the field, Howard doesn't mind finding a player on the opposing team and talking a little trash to back up his coverage skills

“Oh Sean Price,” Howard responds almost instantly about who he talks the most trash with. “We're good friends, it's not bad talk, we're just getting each other better.”

Though Howard has been leaning toward Florida for a good portion of the recruiting process, he's narrowed his list of schools he's considering and looking at all of the options equally.

“I'm just staying open right now,” he said. “I'm down to a few: Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, LSU, South Carolina and Notre Dame.”

Notes 

-- Very impressive day by defensive linemen Sheldon Day and Ellis McCarthy. Though Day was named position group MVP, McCarthy was unblockable during one-on-ones and went around and through his man, all on a bad ankle. Aziz Shittu rebounded from a sub-par day Friday to perform well. Curtis Riser was the top offensive lineman of the group on Saturday to go with good performances from Vadal Alexander and Issac Seumalo.

-- No matter what position he played, Fresno (Calif.) athlete Deontay Greenberry was a flat-out player. From skying on jump balls in the end zone to intercepting passes during limited time on defense, the Notre Dame-bound Greenberry was consistently a top performer over all three days of competition.

-- Geismar (La.) safety Landon Collins was named the 7-on-7 MVP and overall MVP of The Opening. He was everywhere on the field and quite literally had too many interceptions to count over the two days of 7-on-7. He more than lived up to his billing as a top 10 player in the class of 2012 and might even be underrated based on what he has done this summer.

-- Another defensive back that stood out was Clemson commit and Tallahassee (Fla.) safety Travis Blanks. Blanks had two interceptions in the opening game Saturday (and nearly had two more) and continued his stellar play throughout the day. He is one of the most versatile defensive backs in that he's equally good as a safety and cornerback.

-- There weren't many of them, but the walking wounded on the sidelines generally sported cardinal and gold. USC commits Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (stitches) and Jabari Ruffin (fractured wrist) were both out of action Saturday.

-- Team Alpha Talon, with honorary coaches Josh Freeman and Dwayne Bowe, won the 7-on-7 tournament. The team featured Bralon Addison, Nelson Agholor, Deon Bush, Landon Collins, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, Trae Elston, Justin Ferguson, Derrick Henry, Germone Hopper, Chad Kelly, Duke Johnson, Dillon Lee, Kaiwan Lewis, Steven Longa, Lamar Louis, Marcus Maye, Armani Reeves, Terry Richardson and Randy Uzoma.  

-- The overall offensive line MVP was Vadal Alexander while Sheldon Day took home the same honors on the defensive line. Offensive tackle Kyle Murphy and defensive end Jamal Marcus were one-on-one champions.

-- The 7-on-7 All-Tournament team was Travis Blanks, Cyrus Jones, Johnathan Gray, Deontay Greenberry, Marcus Maye, Bryce Treggs and Tee Shepard.

Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:17 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:33 pm
 

The Opening: Day 3 -- Pads and 7-on-7

Posted by Bryan Fischer

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Day three of The Opening could not have turned out any better for the assembled campers as wall-to-wall 7-on-7 action and a lineman challenge took place on a picturesque day at the Nike campus.

After NFL players and Nike coaching staff members drafted teams from the nearly 150 players at the event on Thursday night, the pressure was on to gel quickly during round-robin play all day Friday. One of the consistent playmakers at the event with his blazing speed, fluid routes and soft hands was Tampa (Fla.) athlete Nelson Agholor.

A threat at multiple positions on the field, the talented Floridian was a touchdown threat every time he touched the ball on offense. Despite standing out on the field, it was hard to get him to talk about himself off it as he personified the definition of a team player.

"Yeah, I hope we have a good one the next day. We're ready to go and play hard," Agholor said. "We've got a great team."

NFL stars Josh Freeman of Agholor's local team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Kansas City Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe were the honorary coaches of “Team Alpha Talon.” The 7-on-7 setting provided the players they picked a chance to spread the field and allow players such as Agholor to go up and make plays.

"We were blessed with two great coaches that put a bunch of athletes on the team," Agholor said. "We're going to do well. There's not one bad guy on our team. Everyone on our team is really good."

Featuring quarterback Chad Kelly (committed to Clemson), receiver Bralon Addison (Texas A&M) and  running back Duke Johnson (Miami) among others, Agholor's team was one of the best in the field. Boasting players from 10 states, the all-star squad was an opportunity for Agholor and others to bond with players they had only heard about.

"These are guys you want to compete against everyday,” he said. “They say everyone around the nation is getting better, these are the guys that they're talking about. Now we're all together having fun and winning together."

Ranked 22nd overall in the MaxPreps Top 100, schools such as Florida, Florida State, Miami, Texas and USC are heavily pursuing the talented athlete as both a receiver and defensive back. With so much attention on the recruiting trail, Agholor is almost to the point where he narrows his list down to a more manageable five to 10.

"I have sort of an idea of a shorter list," he said. "That's between me and my coaches and parents right now. We're going to work something out and hopefully narrow it down soon.

"There's many things I'm looking for. When I first started recruiting, it was all about people and their morals, that was always number one. Academics is number two because I feel like there's a degree out there for everyone, it's up to you to go get it."

In terms of a decision, that will be awhile for the five-star athlete.

"I think I want to sign on National Signing Day," Agholor said. "I really want to think this all through. Schools know, who I'm in contact with, they know what type of interest is coming in and if not, I'm going to make it a little bit clearer soon."

Miller enjoys getting some pad work

While most of the skill position athletes were playing games, the big fellas down in the trenches were also having some fun and it came in something unique to The Opening: pads.

"It was fun, I haven't put pads on in awhile since I didn't play in the spring game," West Palm Beach (Fla.) offensive tackle Patrick Miller said. "It was sweet, I got a little hitting time in."

Armed with full shoulder pads and helmets, the one-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive linemen were one of the highlights of the camp. For some players, such as Miller, who have largely been without contact, it did take a bit of an adjustment.

"Definitely, you're getting the cob webs out," he said. "You kind of forget how to pass set or something like that. But you're with all these great coaches and stuff and you get your technique back to where it was and everything. It's just part of getting ready for the season."

Working with former NFL lineman LeCharles Bentley among others, the 6-foot-7, 270-pound Miller has been able to pickup plenty of small tips and tricks that should serve him well going into his senior year.

"There's just so many small, miscellaneous things," Miller said. "I mean a pro tells you, and you're like, alright and you listen to him then. The only people I like to listen to is my head coach, my position coach but obviously, if an NFL player says it, you know it's right."

As one of the top offensive tackles in South Florida, Miller has offers from just about every SEC school, as well as Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami and others. He has taken several unofficial visits recently and will likely take a few more between now and trimming his list down.

"I think I'm going to narrow it down in the middle of the season," Miller said. "I know I'm going to visit Oklahoma and North Carolina. I've already visited Auburn, LSU and Tennessee and Florida too. I liked them all a lot, I liked Auburn a lot obviously. After taking these visits, I definitely was thinking I wanted to commit somewhere but now I realize I just want to wait and weigh my options. There might be something better out there for me."
 
Mangum sharp again in 7-on-7 setting

If you wanted to have a good 7-on-7 team at an event like this, you needed to pick a good quarterback. Noted quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr., who has worked Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton among others, was in charge of drafting “Team Vapor Carbon” with rookie Patrick Peterson. It's no surprise that Whitfield's acumen was on the money as Eagle (Idaho) quarterback Tanner Mangum was the top signal caller throughout the day.

"I'm just doing my best to make them look good," Mangum said. "I know they're talented, they're playmakers, so I'm just doing my best to make good decisions and keep up with them. It's an honor to be playing with them so I don't want to make them look bad."

Mangum team featured Notre Dame-bound receiver Deontay Greenberry, Florida-bound running back Mike Davis and plenty of other impressive skill position players. Being able to throw to such a talented group was nice for the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback but that wasn't the biggest take away from the event.

"There's so many things but I think it's forming relationships with these guys," Mangum said. "These are the top players from across the country and you wouldn't have any other chance to meet them but here. It's an honor to be considered among them and it's been even better getting to know them."

As a BYU commitment for several months, Mangum is one of several players who are already dead-set on their college of choice. With 11 players on his team who have not made a commitment and plenty more at the event, there has surprisingly not been many conversations asking him for advice on the recruiting process.

"Not too much," he said. "Everyone here is pretty set in where they're going, there's a few guys that aren't committed. There aren't any here, but I'm doing my best to recruit some guys to get to the "Y." Dylan Collie and I are working together to get some guys to BYU. There's some big recruits that have committed there and I think that 2012 recruiting class will be pretty good."

The recruiting class that the pair is apart of is the Cougar's first as a football independent. The opportunity to go out on their own and the advantages with that are a big draw for several recruits according to Mangum.

"I think it's helping a lot, it's a big positive," he said. "It allows us to play some big time teams on national television and I think guys draw to that and want to play for that. It's helping out a lot."

The Opening is not the only national competition Mangum is taking part in. He will head down to Pepperdine in a little over a week for the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp, something he lights up when asked about it.

"I'm very excited," Mangum said. "I've grown up watching that since I was a kid and it's always been a dream of mine. So it's a dream come true for sure."

Dawson sees two recruiting him hard

One of the more physically imposing defenders on the field was 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker Nick Dawson. Flying across the country from Charlotte (N.C.) to the Nike campus was no problem for the talented athlete as he's having a blast so far at The Opening.

"Everything's great," Dawson said. "It's so unique it doesn't make sense. And every day it gets better and better. I'm just out here to compete with the top 150 and I'm doing going good."

Like many players, the opportunity to interact and learn from NFL players has been a moment that often leaves Dawson in awe as he receives tips from the best of the best.

"I'm just getting coached up, you can't ask for any more than this,” he said. “Aaron Curry is out here coaching the linebackers Ray Rice with the running backs. Dwayne Bowe with the receivers, there's just so many unique athletes out here."

Holding offers from schools such as Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, USC and others, Dawson is trying to begin the arduous task of narrowing down his list of programs he is considering.

"Everything is going great with my recruiting," he said. "I'm trying to narrow it down but I don't really have a top five right now."

Just because it's tough to limit his options going forward, doesn't mean a few schools aren't standing out.

"Louisville and Clemson are recruiting me the hardest," he said. "I went to Clemson's camp and Louisville's also. They were great, everything was great. Both of the schools were perfect. I'm just trying to figure out which one is the best, best, best for me. I'm in the process of doing that right now."

Dawson had entertained thoughts of committing during The Opening but could not decide on a school enough to give his verbal pledge. He said he was unsure when he would eventually pull the trigger and commit.

Notes:

- It wasn't a great day of football for USC commitment Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. He banged his head against another player while making a play for a ball and ended up having to sit out most of the day (against his wishes it should be noted) after receiving stitches above his eye.

"Four. It wasn't too bad," Cope-Fitzpatrick said before getting to the bad news. "If football doesn't work out, I'm trying to be a model for Nike."

- Oregon commit Jake Rodrigues struggled mightily during 7-on-7, tossing more interceptions than touchdowns and misreading the defense a few times. He was able to throw the ball better as the day went on but he just wasn't as sharp as he was yesterday.

- USF-bound tight end Sean Price has performed well in 7-on-7 events before and did so once again Friday afternoon. He was able to use his big frame and speed to create mismatches and was a nice target in the red zone.

- All-around athlete Cedric Dozier is really rangy as a defensive back. He grabbed quite a few interceptions, including a nice one off Cal commit Zach Kline. Top ten defensive back Landon Collins also impressed in the secondary.

-  Number one ranked running back Johnathan Gray is a special back. Known for his rushing skills, he was explosive out of the backfield and displayed some soft hands. He lined up next to future Texas teammate Connor Brewer and the pair definitely had some chemistry out on the field.

- Tight end Taylor McNamara, headed to Arizona, had a really nice day and went up and caught some throws that very few people could get to. Ray Rice jokingly started calling him Todd Heap after making so many plays.

- The play of the day came from receiver Jaydon Mickens. The USC-bound athlete took a short pass and turned it into a 40+ yard touchdown by traversing the field three times and leaving several defenders unable to move. Even speedy Dwayne Bowe was impressed and quite excited about the play.

Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:11 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Wideout Smith is number 11 for the Gamecocks

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A week after South Carolina receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. landed tight end Kelvin Rainey, the talented recruiter and head coach's son picked up yet another commitment from a talented pass catcher in Dillon (S.C.) receiver Kwinton Smith.

“I had good chemistry with Coach Spurrier Jr. and all of the coaches,” Smith told TheBigSpur.com. “It is close to home and my family would be able to come and watch me play. South Carolina has a great program and they have good academics. It is a good home basically.” 

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide out held offers from nearly every SEC school as well as from Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Clemson and others. With a body-type similar to Alshon Jeffrey, the Gamecocks are hoping that Smith is an able replacement once the star receiver leaves Columbia.

“I know that I have big shoes to fill at the receiver position,” Smith said. “I’m just going to work hard to try to become the player that Alshon is. I’m going to stay out of trouble and do what is right.” 

Smith is the 11th commitment for the Gamecocks in the class of 2012 and caught 45 passes for 830 yards and 15 touchdowns. Six of South Carolina's commitments are on the offensive side of the ball.
Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:09 pm
 

7/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Junior college linebacker Eddie Porter has Arkansas, Cal and Mississippi State as his top 3.

Clemson's prized recruits from last year are expected to make an instant impact.

Three Michigan State recruits are in Oregon for "The Opening."

Commitments

Offensive lineman Jordan Watson is following his high school teammate to Kentucky and Jon Toth is following Watson.

Linebacker Jawand Blue verbally committed to Virginia Tech yesterday.

 North Texas added two to their class of 2012.
Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 11:31 am
 

June ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in June and as the temperature gauge continues to rise and we move into July, it's time to see how schools are building their recruiting class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the ACC, where most of the conference has gone over the double-digit commitment mark.

  Boston College (4)

Offensive lineman Jim Cashman (Haddonfield, N.J.)
Tight end Sam Grant (North Royalton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Linebacker Tim Joy (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Frank Taylor (Warminster, Pa.)


  Clemson (12)

Defensive lineman Martin Aiken (Bamberg, S.C.)
Defensive back Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Zac Brooks (Jonesboro, Ark.)
Linebacker T.J. Burrell (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan (Fairfax, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)
Quarterback Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Kicker Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.)
Defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (Aiken, S.C.)


  Duke (11)

Tight end Daniel Beilinson (Cary, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Casey Blaser (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Kicker Ross Martin (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tanner Stone (Dallas, Texas)
Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)
Defensive end A.J. Wolfe (Tarrytown, N.Y.)
Defensive end Carlos Wray (Shelby, N.C.)


  Florida State (13)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Punter Cason Beatty (Charlotte, N.C.)
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
Offensive lineman James Hamilton (Orlando, Fla.)
Tight end Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif.)
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.)
Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)


  Georgia Tech (7)

Athlete Dennis Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Pat Gamble (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)
Defensive end Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Linebacker Tyler Stargel (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Athlete Michael Summers (Statesboro, Ga.)


  Maryland (10)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Linebacker Brock Dean (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (Willingboro, N.J.)
Defensive back Alvin Hill (Locust Grove, Ga.)
Quarterback Perry Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Wide receiver A.J. Liddell (Douglasville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)
Athlete Joe Riddle (Frederick, Md.)
Quarterback Caleb Rowe (Greer, S.C.)


  Miami (17)

Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Defensive back Vernon Davis (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Preston Dewey (Austin, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive end Dwayne Hoilett (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Defensive back Larry Hope (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver D'Mauri Jones (Leesburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Jake O'Donnell (Doylestown, Pa.)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)


  North Carolina (10)

Athlete Kedrick Davis (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive back Nate Dortch (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.)
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Christian Russell (Chatham, Va.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)


  N.C. State (4)

Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Wide receiver Xavier Griffin (Newark, Del.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Defensive back James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)

  Virginia (11)

Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)
Athlete Maurice Canady (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Tyrell Chavis (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)
Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Quarterback Matt Johns (Warrington, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Michael Mooney (Malvern, Pa.)
Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Michael Moore (Hyattsville, Md.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Max Valles (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)


  Virginia Tech (12)

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 end Jarontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Athlete Brenden Motley (Christianburg, Va.)
Athlete Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Donovan Riley (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)


  Wake Forest (3)

Tight end Anthony Rook (Greenville, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)
Defensive back LaRonji Vason (Prattville, Ala.)

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Michigan keeps rolling, adds OL Bars to the fold

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan no longer plans to run a fast-paced, spread offense under new coach Brady Hoke, but the Wolverines are running a fast-paced, spread-over-the-country recruiting plan. They continued their recruiting success Sunday with a commitment from Nashville (Tenn.) offensive lineman Blake Bars after his second unofficial visit to Ann Arbor.

"Overall I had a great feel for it," Bars told Scout. "I felt like I would fit in well. They have a great program. I really like coach Hoke and his staff. The academic support is there. I also really like the campus. I feel like all three of those things factored into my decision."

Not to be overlooked, a key factor in the 6-foot-5, 275-pound tackle's decision to commit to Michigan was Hoke's ability to convey a sense of family to the out-of-state player.

"While we were up there we sat in coach Hoke's office for 45 minutes," Bars said. "He talked about his philosophy and what he looks for in players. He said he keeps his players in check athletically, academically and off-the-field. He said he would be like a second family to us.

Bars held offers from schools such as Clemson, Florida, Penn State and LSU. His father was a linebacker at Notre Dame; he does not, however, have an offer from the Irish. His older brother is a defensive end for the Nittany Lions, so he certainly has a good college football pedigree.

The verbal pledge from Bars is Michigan's 18th for the class of 2012. He also becomes the fourth offensive lineman to commit to Hoke and the Wolverines.
Posted on: June 26, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Aiken takes familiar path to Clemson

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In case you haven't noticed, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney can recruit. While the coach has been placed on the hot seat by some, that hasn't affected him on the recruiting trail as he reeled in another top recruit on Sunday in Bamberg (S.C.) defensive end Martin Aiken.

"I told (Swinney) I was going to try to hold onto it until I was absolutely positive and could announce it to everybody," Aiken told Clemson247.com about a conversation after Clemson's camp last week. "He smiled, looked at me and said if I hadn’t told him that right then, he’d have been jumping up and down and hugging me because he’s wanted me for a long time. So he told me to take my time and if anything changed, let him know."

The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder selected the school over South Carolina and Georgia Tech and held offers from schools such as Auburn, USC and Tennessee. He got to talk with former Clemson and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High defensive linemen Da'Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp about the program before making his own decision.

"I know a lot of people think they probably pushed me there, but those guys didn’t," Aiken told the site. "It was more like they thought I was really considering going somewhere else. We hung out at camp, and they were like, 'Wow, you’ve got a lot of offers. How you feel about Clemson.' I told them, and when I told them, they were surprised because I had all these big offers. They told me they weren’t going to try to influence me, but encouraged me to go wherever fit me best. Just make your own decision. Those are good guys, they really helped me out."

Clemson now has 12 commits in their class of 2012 after Aiken's pledge. He had a monster season as a junior last year, racking up 12 sacks and over 100 tackles as a defensive end.
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Sooners land big offensive lineman

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is putting together another top 15 recruiting class, and his 2012 edition reached the double-digit commitment mark Wednesday night as the Sooners landed a verbal pledge from Texarkana (Texas) offensive lineman John Michael McGee.

“When I went up to Oklahoma for junior day in January, it felt like my home away from home," McGee told 247Sports.com. "My parents went with me way back when I visited and they both liked it, too. Oklahoma has a nice campus, they win championships, have what I’m looking for academically and can help me accomplish my goals."

The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder also held scholarship offers from Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma State and Clemson among others. The biggest reason he'll end up a Sooner, however, was the time and effort the coaching staff made in the recruiting process.

“They were the first to offer me and have been recruiting me the longest,” McGee said. “Coach (Josh) Heupel and Coach (James) Patton have come down to watch me as much as they can, including basketball games, and have shown how much they want me.”

McGee is the 10th commitment for Oklahoma's upcoming class and the fourth from the state of Texas. McGee could play either guard or tackle in college but will likely end up on the inside next to fellow 2012 offensive line commit Ty Darlington.
 
 
 
 
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