Tag:Tom Lemming
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:43 pm

Defensive back Chaz Elder commits to S. Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- College Park (Ga.) defensive back Chaz Elder was one of the top uncommitted players in the South and had two SEC programs going after his services hard. Elder disappointed one staff and fan base on Thursday by announcing he was going to South Carolina at the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game.

"I like everything about the (program)," Elder said. " The DB's, they have five of them on the field at the same time."

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Elder was also seriously considering Georgia but had the Gamecocks in front during most of his recruitment. He is ranked by Maxpreps as the the 15th best safety in the country but can also play safety.

"Chaz shows good instincts and anticipation," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Loose-hipped, he can turn and run and is known for his hard hitting style of play. Not yet a super but shows flashes of brilliance. He needs to become more consistent.."

Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:25 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 8:25 pm

Channing Ward set for Ole Miss

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Aberdeen (Miss.) defensive end/linebacker Channing Ward was pretty sure he knew where he was going at the beginning of the week but it wasn't until informed coaches on Wednesday and he actually put on the hat on national television before it became a reality. One of the top players at his position, Ward announced he was going to Ole Miss Thursday Night at the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field.

"I'm going to the University of Mississippi," Ward said. "I feel like I'm at home and I get taken care of and get to play with my brother."

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end is versitle enough to also play outside linebacker in a 3-4 system. He had narrowed his choices to Ole Miss, Alabama and Mississippi State but felt that Oxford was the place for him.

"Channing keeps good pad level and plays the game on his feet," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He makes plays from sideline to sideline, is excellent in pursuit, very active, and shows a good closing burst. Blessed with long arms, quick feet, and excellent growth potential."

Ward had a very productive senior season, racking up 116 tackles and 16 sacks. He was named a 2011 Air Force Second team All-American by Maxpreps and ranked 9th in the country at the outside linebacker position.

Ward becomes the 14th commitment for Ole Miss' class of 2012 and a major victory for new head coach Hugh Freeze.

Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:12 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 8:13 pm

Wes Brown commits at Under Armour to Maryland

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It came down to a few for Olney (Md.) running back Wes Brown and while he looked far and wide as to where he wanted to go to school, there was just one place that was right for him. The top back announced he was going to Maryland Thursday Night at the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game in front of a national cable audience in the middle of the game.

"I'm going to Maryland," Brown said. "Just staying at home with my mom and make sure everything is alright. My support is at home."

The 6-foot, 200-pound tailback is versatile enough to play in just about any system but liked the fit in College Park. He had also considered Florida, Vanderbilt, Miami and Virginia Tech.

"He has decent size, he's very fast, and very smart," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Quick footed, he runs hard on every carry, shows good patience and pad level, can pick and slide, and does a good job of finding the hole. He has also turned into an outstanding receiver. One of the more reliable backs on the Atlantic coast, he can get the job done as a runner, receiver, or blocker.."

Brown turned in a stellar senior season despite injuries by accounting for 1,381 yards and 22 touchdowns on his program's run to a state title. He is ranked as the 11th best tailback in the country by Maxpreps and accordingly gives a boost to the upcoming Terps class of 2012.

Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:46 pm

Arizona DE Avery Moss heads to Nebraska

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PHOENIX -- Though the stage was set for some of the nation's best to make the commitments on national television at the Semper Fidelis Bowl, a local player also got his moment in the sun. Playing high school football just a few miles from Bank One Ballpark, Tempe (Ariz.) defensive end Avery Moss committed to Nebraska during the 4th quarter of the all-star game.

"I'm going to be taking my talents down to Nebraska," Moss told CBS Sports Network reporter Molly Qerim. "Great academics and shout out to Coach J.P."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound end was also considering Arizona and Purdue on top of scholarship offers from plenty of schools across the country. Maxpreps ranked him as one of the top defensive ends in the country.

"He looks like a basketball player playing football at times but has what it takes to become a remarkable pass rushing end," said analyst Tom Lemming. "Has huge hands, loves physical contact, shows a great burst, and just needs to add weight and strength and then look out. Has the length that the college scouts like to see in a pass rushing DE and he's a motivated, physical ball player."

Moss' pledge finally allows the Huskers to reach double-digits on their commitment list with 10. He is one of two defensive ends headed to Nebraska in the fall and is part of a growing pipeline from the Phoenix area to the heartland.
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Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:22 pm

Four-star running back Greg Garmon picks Iowa

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PHOENIX -- One of the highest profile recruits to commit at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, Erie (Pa.) running back Greg Garmon wasted no time telling the assembled crowd at Bank One Ballpark and a national television audience on CBS Sports Network what school he was committing to Tuesday night.

"I will be attending the University of Iowa to play for Kirk Ferentz," Garmon said on the sidelines before the 4th quarter. "I was watching the NFL Draft and they said Iowa had a lot of NFL players."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Garmon was also considering Arkansas and Miami. He was ranked as the 26th best player overall in the class of 2012 and fifth-best tailback in the country.

"The complete back, he's been blessed with great size, speed, vision, balance, and hands, he's a three-ring circus who can run, catch, and block," said analyst Tom Lemming. "A do everything kind of back, he's a strong runner who keeps his pads low, fights for yards after contact and keeps his legs moving. He shows good patience and burst, and is one of the more competitive players in western PA."

Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:13 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 7:50 pm

Record-setting WR Dieter commits to SMU

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PHOENIX -- Record-setting South Bend (Ind.) wide receiver Gehrig Dieter was one of several players to announce a commitment from the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and it was no surprise that he pledged to his long time leader.

"I'm going to go to SMU," Dieter told a national audience on CBS Sports Network.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide out was also heavily considering one of his few BCS scholarship offers from Kansas and head coach Charlie Weis but will instead head to Dallas to play for the pass-happy June Jones and his run-and-shoot offense.

Dieter amassed 447 receiving yards, setting a new national record in his high school team's 63-10 win over Elkhart Central (Ind.) in early September. He was named a MaxPreps first team All-American following the season.

"A powerful runner, he's quick off the line, runs precise routes, knows how to get open, and has proven to be a very difficult tackle," analyst Tom Lemming said. "As reliable as they come, he has also proven to be an excellent downfield blocker. A very good athlete, he can track the deep ball over his head and if it's within reach he'll catch it. He also shows very good moves after the catch."

The talented Dieter burst onto the scene over the summer before his senior year during 7-on-7 competitions and continued to rise on many recruiting boards. He'll wind up at SMU as the Mustangs' 20th commitment for the class of 2012.

Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:15 am

Purdue snags big defensive end Ryan Watson

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not too often that Purdue is associated with a top prospect but the Boilermakers reeled one in on Thursday with the commitment of Olney (Md.) defensive end Ryan Watson.

"Mainly it was Coach (Gary) Emmanuel. He's a good coach and I've known him for a while," Watson told Rivals. "It was also the atmosphere. I've got to live there and it's a good atmosphere and real good people. The area around it is real communal, and that really surprised me."

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound end selected Purdue over offers from Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and others. One of the biggest reasons why Watson picked the school was due to academics.

"When you graduate from Purdue it is a real good degree, so that is another thing," he said. "Going in and getting my degree and getting my education is what I am mainly looking at."

Watson becomes the 25th player overall and third defensive end to commit to the Boilermakers' class of 2012.

"He looks to be an All-American at both the DT and OT positions," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He could wind up playing DT or OG in college. A versatile performer, he shows explosive moves off the ball, good short area burst, he's quick to shoot gaps, can run well laterally, and has a good motor."
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