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Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:26 am
 

7/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Interesting story on recruiting services for players.
Quarterback Faton Bauta took an unofficial visit to UCF.

Athlete Janarion Grant was one of the top performers at USF's Sling and Shoot 7-on-7 Tournament.

Miami head coach Al Golden talks a little recruiting.

 Minnesota seeks an in-state recruiting coup.

  West Virginia is hoping to close out their summer with a commitment or two out of their summer camp.

With North Carolina coach Butch Davis gone, Virginia Tech lost a recruiting thorn in their side.

Commitments:

Mississippi State added receiver Fred Brown and speedster Brandon Holloway to their class.

 Offensive lineman Joe Harris selected South Carolina over Georgia and Clemson.

 Corner Jhavon Williams will head to UConn to play ball.

 Kansas picked up quarterback Bilal Marshall from South Florida.

  Receiver D'Arthur Cowan made it official: he was going to Arkansas.

Number 18 is in for Arizona State and it's defensive end Jarvis Lewis.
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Maryland end is number 12 for Oklahoma

Posted by Bryan Fischer

If you look back at Oklahoma's recruiting classes, they are understandably full of kids from Texas and Oklahoma but the Sooners have had success going to other states from time to time and pulling out some kids. Not like their current class of 2012 however, as Bob Stoops and company added a commitment from Baltimore (Md.) defensive end Charles Tapper on Sunday to give them a player from a fifth different state.

"I believe Oklahoma was the best fit for me to get my degree and also the best choice to get me to the next level," Tapper told Scout.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound athlete held offers from West Virginia, Penn State, Miami and others but felt going to Norman was best for him. A talented but raw athlete, Tapper is also a very good basketball player and performed well in the Badger Sports 7-on-7 at Rutgersin the spring.

"I think it is going to be great because I think I will be able to learn a lot from coach Stoops," he said.

Tapper is the 12th commitment for Oklahoma in the upcoming class, which is expected to be on the smaller side numbers-wise. He is the first defensive lineman for the Sooners.
Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:32 am
Edited on: July 17, 2011 10:44 am
 

7/17 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

-- Good, in-depth look at oversigning.

Tennessee extended an offer to local athlete Cody Blanc.

Notre Dame's current recruiting class just isn't as impactful as last year's.

Despite an NCAA investigation, Auburn recruiting is continuing to roll.

West Virginia's new recruiting coordinator has a better understanding of NCAA rules than recruiting ins and outs and that isn't a bad thing.

Ohio State might not get a top 10 player from the state of Ohio.

Michigan State, however, is doing very well in the state of Ohio.

Receiver DeAndre Jasper loved his visit to UCF.

Michigan has done well in-state, landing five of the top seven recruits.

Some notes from Arkansas' latest summer camp.

- The inside story on how Georgia turned Dawg Night into a commitment-fest.

Some highlights of new Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight.

Georgia Tech's NCAA troubles could cost them a quarterback recruit.

Commitments:

Arizona State added California linebacker C.J. Dozier.

Florida grabbed a commitment from safety Rhaheim Ledbetter.

Offensive lineman Joe Spencer committed to Illinois.

Half of Colorado's class is from Texas after wideout Peyton Williams committed.

Defensive athlete Jason Thompson is the latest Washington Husky.

South Carolina received a commitment from offensive lineman Cody Waldrop.

Kicker Bobby Puyol committed to UConn.
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:51 am
Edited on: July 16, 2011 8:16 am
 

WVU commit Childress falls short of 7-on-7 title

Posted by Bryan Fischer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Heading into the Texas state 7-on-7 Division II championship game, many had pegged Houston area private school The Kinkaid School - one of the smallest in the tournament - as the favorite thanks to the strong arm of quarterback Ford Childress.

Despite leading most of the game and having a shot to tie it with 43 seconds left, the West Virginia commit could only do so much for his team and ended up falling short of a state title. Disappointed after the game, the signal-caller decided to look at the positives of outlasting a lot of good competition and putting his team in a position to win.

"I'm excited to play here and it was a good game," Childress, son of former Texas A&M and Houston Oilers defensive tackle Ray Childress, said. "It's awesome to play at Kyle Field.

"It was really hard (to get here) and really hot. It was definitely worth it though, I definitely think we got a lot better. We almost got it."

After verbally committing to the Mountaineers in early April, one would expect Childress' recruitment to die down a little but there are still several schools who are continuing to recruit him.

"Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Florida State are still looking at me," he said. "I'm not really thinking about changing from West Virginia though, I want to go there."

At the moment, the 6-foot- 4, 210-pounder is firmly locked in to the school and is not planning to take any other official visits.

"That could change," he conceded.

With the turmoil that went down in Morgantown last month between former head coach Bill Stewart and current head coach Dana Holgorsen, some outsiders wandered what the effect would be on West Virginia's recruiting. For offensive recruits such as Childress, the elevation of Hologorsen was a net positive in the end.

"It was a little nerve-racking but it turned out for the best I guess," Childress said. "It really doesn't bother me. (Coach) Holgorsen was the original draw. I went up there and realized why we went there and I think it's going to work for me."

Notes

- TCU commit Austin Aune couldn't quite break through with his team either, falling in the first round of the single elimination tournament in a shootout. Also bounced in the first round was Celina High, favored by some to win the whole thing.

- Celina's Jake Raulerson, one of the top 2013 offensive lineman in the state, has a brother, Josh, who played linebacker and he moved pretty well in the team's only game Friday. Jake ended up picking up a Texas A&M offer Friday according to reports but rumors are that he's looking at SEC schools the hardest.

- The best player in the Division II bracket was probably Texas Tech commitment Dominque Wheeler. He carried his team offensively and showed off some really good speed and athleticism.

- Texas A&M commitment Matt Davis showed why some have labeled him as an athlete, playing both ways the entire game despite the heat and humidity. He can really spin the ball but knows when to take some off, crucial in 7-on-7 where most teams dink and dunk their way down the field. 

- Notre Dame commit Nicky Baratti also played both ways and though he did well, we can understand why the Irish are bringing him on board as a linebacker prospect. He's big and fast enough to control the middle of the field and should be a good fit. 

Posted on: July 14, 2011 8:34 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 8:51 am
 

7/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech's Shane Beamer is on a recruiting tear recently.

Minnesota seems to be targeting one unusual area for recruiting: South Florida.

Seems like more and more Colorado is becoming a destination for Texas recruits.

Florida's Friday Night Lights camp continues to add top talent from all over the region.

Offensive lineman John Theus headlines the list of players at Georgia's Dawg Night camp.

A few top performers from Michigan State's recent camp.

Georgia Tech is looking to add some linemen during their summer camp.

Commitments:

Wide receiver Devonte Robinson committed to West Virginia.

Florida linebacker Jakarri Thomas selected Arkansas yesterday.
Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:36 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 3:07 pm
 

7/11 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Hope everyone knows about getting a free Slurpee at 7-11 today. As a result, the roundup is extra sugary...

-- Really good story on something that's asked a lot, just how do recruiting services such as Rivals, Scout and Maxpreps rank players?

-- Cornerbacks in South Florida are flying off the recruiting board.

Great wrap up of Virginia Tech's camp with plenty of recruiting nuggets.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy discusses what he looks for in recruits.

Wide receiver D’Arthur Cowan has Arkansas as his top school behind Mississippi State and Alabama.

Maryland commit P.J. Gallo just fell in love with the school.

Commitments:

West Virginia added JUCO offensive lineman Will Latu as its 12th commitment.
Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Fuller commits to South Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It wasn't all fun and games at The Opening this week in Oregon, at least not for Monroe (S.C.) receiver Jody Fuller, who made a serious decision and committed to South Carolina on national TV Friday night.

“I just like the relationship that I had with my coaches,” Fuller told TheBigSpur.com afterwards. “(Jay Graham), Steve Spurrier Jr. and the program period and where they are going. It was great that they were on me since I was a sophomore in high school and wanted me to be a part of their program for so long.”

The 6-foot, 205-pounder is part of a recent run of receivers to commit to the Gamecocks over the past few weeks. Fuller held offers from Arkansas, Miami, Michigan, West Virginia and others but the fit in South Carolina's offense was just too good to pass up.

“It’s a good offense for me and what I do,” he said. “In that slot position, I think I can really do something.”

Fuller is the fourth commitment this week for the program and 12th overall. The talented slot receiver caught 77 passes for 845 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior.
Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:27 am
 

7/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Final day at The Opening should be the best yet. Stay tuned for plenty of content coming on the blog.

- Speaking of The Opening, here are five thoughts on recruiting out of the event.

A quick recruiting update on the nation's top player, Dorial Green-Beckham

Vanderbilt, believe it or not, has a recruiting edge on Tennessee

 Alex Hammond has been named the new recruiting coordinator at West Virginia by head coach Dana Holgorsen.

A look at Washington's 2009 recruiting class and how it's panned out so far.

UCLA's recruiting is starting to pick up so here's an update
 
 
 
 
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