Tag:South Carolina
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:45 pm
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Mangus is commit number 24 for Virginia Tech

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While most of the nation was excited about the college football season kicking off, Raleigh (N.C.) running back Chris Mangus was looking forward to just one team Thursday evening, verbally committing to Virginia Tech after returning from an unofficial visit there.

"I just talked to my parents and was weighing the pros and cons and made the decision," Mangus told HokieHaven.com. "I pretty much enjoyed everything about my visit, the whole trip, everything about it. The coaches and they also have a good football program. Being on campus and talking to the coaches, knowing the history about Virginia Tech, that's what really did it."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder was also considering Virginia and held scholarship offers from Notre Dame and N.C. State among others. The much-needed commitment at the running back position was due in large part to the Virginia Tech coaching staff winning him over with their success in Blacksburg.

"Coach (Mike) O'Cain was a cool guy, he was laid back and pretty much he was honest, he spoke the truth," Mangus said. "I talked to Coach Shane Beamer as well. He's a young coach and he has a lot of experience being at South Carolina. He knows what he's talking about."

Mangus is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in high school and scored 13 touchdowns last years. He is the 24th commitment for the Hokies, tying them for tops in the nation in terms of number of commitments.

"Not real big but runs with decent power, shows good vision, instincts, moves well, and does a great job of following his blockers," recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said of Mangus. "He runs low to the ground and does a good job of avoiding direct hits."

J.C. Coleman is also committed to the program at the running back position and ranked as the 26th-best running back in the country by MaxPreps.
Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Senior Writer Dennis Dodd tackled the difficult task of putting together the CBSSports.com preseason top 25. One of the common themes is that the national champ usually has to come from behind in the polls. Taking a look at the recruiting rankings, it's usually the opposite. Sure there are the Signing Day closers, such at USC or Florida, but the Alabama's, Texas' and Florida State's of the world put together a good class early and head to February with a good idea of who they're signing while holding out hope a top guy will put on their hat late in the process.

Here's a breakdown of the current MaxPreps Top 25 recruiting rankings and a little bit of insight as to who will eventually be declared recruiting national champion.

The favorites

1. Michigan (top recruit: #33 Terry Richardson)

2. Texas (#3 Cayleb Jones)

3. Florida (#12 D.J. Humphries)

4. Florida State (#5 Mario Edwards)

6. Alabama (#19 Geno Smith)

One Big Ten team, one Big 12 team, two SEC teams and the ACC banner-carrier are the favorites to take home the mythical February title. It's no surprise to see some of the names on this list but newcomer Michigan is one considering Brady Hoke has yet to coach a game. It's not a deep year for Midwest talent but the Wolverines have certainly grabbed the creme of the crop and as a result sit in the pole position past the halfway point.

The contenders

5. Miami (#77 Jelani Hamilton)

7. Texas A&M (#51 Trey Williams)

9. Auburn (#30 Zeke Pike)

10. LSU (#58 Avery Johnson)

11. Virginia Tech (Donaldven Manning)

15. Clemson (#16 Travis Blanks)

18. Notre Dame (#13 Jarron Jones)

The next group of teams has an outside shot of moving up into the top five and challenging for the title with a strong close. Miami is in a difficult position in that they have a strong class filled with local talent but given the NCAA investigation swirling around the program, no one knows how long Al Golden can keep things up. With recent news that the Aggies would be moving to the SEC, one figures they could see a bounce and grab one or two top prospects by selling playing time in the nation's best football conference. Auburn has done well again this year and is seeing a championship bounce with their current group and could see other prospects come around to playing on the Plains. LSU and Virginia Tech have put together under the radar classes but they're both strong enough to put them in position to move up with a top 100 recruit committing. Clemson and Notre Dame both have small classes but have shown they can get things done between now and players putting pen to paper.

The pretenders

8. Virginia (#50 Michael Moore)

12. Penn State (#36 J.J. Denman)

13. South Carolina (#20 Shaq Roland)

14. Arizona State (#45 Evan Goodman)

16. Oklahoma (#47 Durron Neal)

This group of teams look like they can make a strong push to finish in the top five but it will be a steep up hill battle. Virginia is ranked highly due to the numbers they have and when others catch up in that department, they'll slide back down to the middle of the pack. Penn State has been solid but not spectacular in a good year for Pennsylvania talent. South Carolina is comfortable with their class but likely won't grab a top 10 player to push them up and Arizona State will likely not finish as the top Pac-12 class at the end of the day. Oklahoma is limited in terms of numbers this year and while they might sneak in the top group, it will be hard to go much further.

No chance

17. Cincinnati (#72 Bennie Coney)

19. Missouri (#91 Jonathan Williams)

20. Michigan State (#63 Sevon Pittman)

21. Wisconsin (#67 Dan Voltz)

22. Indiana (#2 Gunner Kiel)

23. Rutgers (#71 Leonte Caroo)

24. Washington (#70 Cyler Miles)

25. West Virginia (Brandon Napoleon)

It's a nice year for this group of team but it will be tough for any of these schools to move above 15 in the rankings. Likewise, it might be tough for Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Michigan State to stay in the top 25 as other schools start filling out their class with 20 or more recruits.


Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: August 29, 2011 10:05 am
 

8/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The high school season has already started and this week brings the start of the college football season. As a result, here's a supersized roundup.

- Number one recruit Dorial Green-Beckham started his season off with a bang.

- Nice profile of top 10 defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy.

Local talent buying in has been key to South Carolina on the recruiting trail.

Wide receiver Dwayne Stanford will schedule visits to Alabama, LSU and Arizona State.

A look at who has the edge in recruiting among rivals such as Alabama and Auburn.

The stat lines for some notable Texas commitments who began their season this weekend.

Athlete Traveon Henry will visit Florida State and Yale, yes Yale, for sure.

Great story about three players from one high school staring at USC.

Offensive tackle Abraham Garcia has a top three of LSU, Wisconsin and Auburn.

Jeff Scott used his relationship with players to help lure several wideouts to Clemson.

Keeping a recruiting tie to Texas is key for Oklahoma State.

Ron Zook is looking near and far for recruits.

Tennessee hopes for a recruiting boost now that the NCAA investigation is over.

2013 linebacker Peter Kalambayi calls Florida his dream school.

Commitments:

UNLV added running back David Greene this past week.

Colorado received a commitment from Texas offensive tackle Jeromy Irwin.

Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Top recruits in action this weekend

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There are a ton of great high school football games this weekend and the biggest reason they are, well, big games are the recruits leading their teams into action. MaxPreps took a look at the top 10 games on Friday and Saturday and here's a list of the recruits to watch in five of the games.

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Prattville

Keep an eye on: Florida State commit and defensive tackle Justin Shanks, Alabama-bound athlete Justin Thomas and defensive end Caleb Gulledge and corner/Wake Forest verbal LaRonji Vason for Prattville. St. Thomas Aquinas is powered by defensive end/Miami commit Jelani Hamilton, uncommitted running back Dami Ayoola and defensive end Bryan Cox Jr.
Armwood vs. Bishop Gorman

Keep an eye on: Armwood is loaded with talent, including offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (going to South Carolina), linebacker Eric Striker (Oklahoma), defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Wake Forest) and uncommitted defensive back Jarvis McCall. The team will be without Florida-bound running back Matt Jones due to an injury. Gorman has several uncommitted recruits leading the charge, including offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley and Ron Scoggins and running back Shaq Powell.

South Panola vs. Hoover

Keep an eye on: Panola is powered by Ole Miss commits Issac Gross and Temario Strong on the defensive line.

Cedar Hill vs. Allen

Keep an eye on: For Cedar Hill, offensive lineman Aderius Epps is headed to Kansas State next year and defensive end David Harris is drawing some interest. Allen has a trio of commits leading the top five team with quarterback Alec Morris (Alabama), running back Jonathan Williams (Missouri) and linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Baylor).

Harrison vs. Cass Tech

Keep an eye on: Cass Tech is loaded once again with Michigan-bound cornerback Terry Richardson and linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone, along with linebacker Laron Taylor (committed to Iowa). There's two future Wolverines on Harrison as well in tight end Devin Funchess and defensive end Mario Ojemudia. Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge is headed to Michigan State.

For more, be sure to check out MaxPreps' weekend preview.
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:35 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 10:36 am
 

8/26 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Players in the state of Illinois are making early commitments, a trend that is happening nationwide.

Cal, USC and Oregon State among others have commits in this list of top Los Angeles area wide receivers.

Darreus Rogers is a USC commit and pass-catching playmaker.

Michigan won't rush defensive lineman Danny O'Brien into making a decision.

Oklahoma's class of 2010 was the best freshman class under Bob Stoops.

Bubba Starling made the right choice by playing baseball instead of going to Nebraska to play football.

It will be Georgia, South Carolina or Vanderbilt for defensive back Chaz Elder.

Quarterback Robert Gregory is making his decision on September 2 and has Arkansas number one on his list.

Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:04 pm
 

10 uncommitted recruits to watch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Dorial Green-Beckham

The nation's top recruit overall has played the recruiting game pretty close to the vest so far and will withdraw from most media opportunities as the season begins. He has apparently cut his list down to five schools and took unofficial visits to schools such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Alabama and Texas this summer. The one thing to keep an eye on with Green-Beckham (besides how he dominates defensive backs in high school this season) is where he takes his official visits to. Look for a commitment after the season.

2. Noah Spence

The number four overall recruit, and top defensive lineman, has narrowed his list of schools down to seven and probably won't make a decision until right before (or on) Signing Day. His dad played at one of his finalists, N.C. State, so they are a dark horse in a group of powers like Penn State, Florida, Notre Dame and USC. Maryland and North Carolina both have gone through coaching changes which could have an impact but look for an official to either ot them. After racking up 22 sacks last season, you can also keep an eye on if he gets in the backfield even more too.

3. Ellis McCarthy

There's big defensive tackles and there's McCarthy, who is big, quick and really, really good. From a lot of indications, it appears the seventh overall will state in-state given the frequent unofficial visits to Cal, USC and UCLA. He took in the Bruins scrimmage over the weekend and has shown up at USC several times during the spring. He's been pretty adamant that he'll make a decision on Signing Day so it wouldn't be surprising if he takes all five official visits.

4. Barry Sanders Jr.

You were probably already keeping tabs of Sanders Jr. because of his last name but he's someone to keep an eye on considering he's a top 10 recruit. He's been all over the map on the recruiting trail however, taking plenty of unofficials over the past few months and having a somewhat fluid top group of schools. He has apparently narrowed it down to Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Stanford. There could be a school (Notre Dame? UCLA?) that also sneaks onto the list. It will be a circus wherever he takes an official visit so it probably won't be hard to watch Sanders' recruitment from afar this year.

5. Rushel Shell

Another player who you didn't hear much about this summer, Shell begins the season with plenty of hype and the skills to back it up. Because he didn't really go to any camps, the first month of the season will be the first chance to see if he's improved any since last year. He hasn't talked about recruiting hardly at all, leaving most of the media to talk to his head coach. Alabama and local schools Pitt and Penn State are somewhere on his list and likely will remain there until he makes his decision after the season.

6. Andrus Peat

A five-star who is part of a strong group of linemen out West, Peat will likely be playing college football out-of-state. His brother Todd is at Nebraska and the Huskers will be a player until the end for the younger and more talented of the two brothers. He's taken unofficials to Florida State, Texas, Notre Dame and Michigan and that group of schools will likely get an official visit during the season as well. Longhorn commit Connor Brewer, from just down the road in the Phoenix area, has been doing his best talking about what Texas has to offer him too.

7. Zach Banner

While Peat is likely headed East, Banner is likely staying out West. He's narrowed down his list to 10 and will cut it again shortly. Florida State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan and Notre Dame are some of the non-Pac-12 options for the mammoth offensive tackle but it's likely that Cal, Washington, Oregon and USC all will be in-line for an offical visit when the time comes. Expect a decision before Signing Day in late January.

8. Nelson Agholor

It's like pulling teeth to get Agholor to even name a school but it appears there might be some movement on that front soon. He's said he cut list down but isn't naming schools until discussing things with his coach and his mother, who has been out of the country for some time. The Florida schools will be major players but several indications are that USC is also a strong out-of-state contender. It will certainly be interesting to see where Agholor goes on official visits but don't hold your breath waiting on a decision before Signing Day.

9. Keith Marshall

There's plenty of rumors surrounding the all-purpose back, who hasn't come out with a set list of schools and stuck with them. He has scheduled three official visits to Georgia, Notre Dame and Florida and it looks like those three are his leaders but there are several other schools fighting for an offical and he seems to be pretty open at this point.

10. Robert Nkemdiche

The only junior to make this list does so for a reason. Likely the number one overall recruit for the class of 2013, he already has offers from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and others. There's very few players coming out of high school who have pass rush skills as polished as Nkemdiche. He will take several unofficial visits this year and will likely see his brother at Ole Miss for sure. It's a long time before he'll sign but it will still be interesting to see how the nation's top junior handles the increased attention this year.

Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:43 am
 

8/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oregon and Oregon State use cool summers in the state as a positive recruiting angle.

Recent Maryland pledge Sean Davis is 'unbelievably smooth.'

Alabama and Georgia Tech are the co-leaders for top Georgia prospect Dalvin Tomlinson.

Louisville commit Will Gardner suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

South Carolina is still in it with defensive back Lucas Thompson.

Clemson is on top of defensive back Trae Elston's list.

Commitments:

 Safety D.J. Singleton committed to Wisconsin on Monday.


Posted on: August 16, 2011 8:14 pm
 

The whispers have just begun for Miami

Posted by Bryan Fischer

On Sunday, Miami added commitment to their class of 2012 in Tampa (Fla.) defensive tackle Earl Moore. He held offers from Florida State, South Carolina and several others. Moore might be the last bit of good news for the program in the wake of the devastating Yahoo! Sports report released detailing scores of extra benefits provided by a Hurricanes booster.

Just like North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, USC or any other program dealing with a major infractions case, now is when the whispers start for Moore and other players. Facebook messages, currently unregulated, are likely filling recruits' inboxes with links to the Yahoo! story and a note that any coach on staff is free to talk. Head coach Al Golden's toughest task over the next few months is two-fold: keep his team focused and stick to his message about the violations and their possible aftermath.

There will still be players in South Florida that want to play for "The U" no matter what. One could see a day however, where Miami is competing with FAU and FIU for recruits instead of Florida and Florida State if sanctions are bad enough. But because we're only in the initial stages of the investigation, Golden and staff can preach that no one knows what will happen to the program - which is 100% true even if it doesn't look good.

But that doesn't mean every recruit won't be afraid of what could happen. If you're even an average recruit, why take the chance?

That's likely what plenty of opposing coaches are telling plenty of recruits right now. The whispers have just begun for the Hurricanes.
 
 
 
 
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