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Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Greenberry is number nine for the Irish

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Notre Dame was looking to add a big time wide receiver to their class of 2012 and they landed one over the weekend, picking the commitment of Fresno (Calif.) receiver Deontay Greenberry.

“I always knew I was going to end up there, it was just a matter of time,” Greenberry told 247Sports.com. “It just came to my mind that I needed to commit. A bunch of recruiters from different schools were calling my coach all the time, so I think he was getting tired of it. I just decided the sooner, the better.”

The reason the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Greenberry said he was always going to end up at Notre Dame is that his cousin, cornerback Tee Shepard, has been committed to the Irish for several months. 

"We're doing something we've dreamed of," Greenberry told IrishIllustrated.com. "We've talked about it since schools started blowing up. It just happened to be the Irish. It's the Fighting Irish."

Greenberry is ranked number 74 overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming. His stock has taken off this spring after performing well at the BadgerSports 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas and the recent Stanford Nike Camp

“Physically, he already looks like a major-college wide receiver,” Lemming told the South Bend Tribune.

The talented wide out held offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Cal and UCLA among others. Greenberry has not taken an unofficial visit to South Bend to see the Irish facilities but plans to in early June. He is the ninth commitment for the class of 2012 overall for the school and the second receiver.

Notre Dame now has two commitments in the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 and appears well on their to building a top five class again this year.
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Kyle Murphy's stock taking off

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In what is turning out to be an excellent year for offensive linemen on the West Coast - maybe the best in a decade - it is starting to get hard to say just who is the best of the best. One player who has no trouble standing out at 6-foot-7, 275 pounds is San Clemente (Calif.) tackle Kyle Murphy.

Based on his performance at the Stanford Nike Camp, it's also no trouble for talent evaluators everywhere to say he's one of the top guys in Southern California and is in the running for a spot in everybody's top 100. The camp didn't feature a ton of top flight defensive linemen but playing next to other tackles like Erik Magnuson and Cedrick Poutasi allowed Murphy to elevate his game this past weekend.

"I think it's good just to give you a little feel for what the next level might be like. It's nice to come out and compete against some elite athletes," Murphy said. "Playing with guys who are at a high level raises your game a little because you're playing against them. It does help you improve."

Murphy's services along the line are being pursued by schools across the country and he recently picked up scholarship offers from two major programs to add to his list of nearly 30 offers.

"Last week Oklahoma did and Alabama did as well," he said. "They're pretty big offers but I haven't really looked at them real closely just because I live in Southern California. Oklahoma and Alabama are pretty far away. Football-wise they're some of the top programs and pretty good school-wise. They're both national contenders year in and year out so that's definitely something to look at."

At the moment, it looks as though Murphy will stay closer to home and play for a Pac-12 university but that's still to be decided. College recruiters from schools outside the region are stopping by his high school on a daily basis during the Evaluation Period and constantly calling hoping the talented left tackle will consider a school outside of his comfort zone. Even he admits it's up in the air as to where he'll go so there's a little hope for the out of state recruiters.

"I'm just not sure yet," Murphy said. "I still have to check out places that are far away from home to see if I'm comfortable there.

The senior-to-be isn't ready to name a top five quite yet but he is pretty set in what he's looking for in a school.

"Not really, I'm still staying pretty open in my recruitment," Murphy said. "I'm looking for a good football program where I can have success in and has good, solid academics. I want to get myself a good degree. Just the people that are around too, the coaches, the people, the players; just to make sure I fit in at the right place and enjoy myself for the next four or five years."

Three schools where Murphy has already unofficially visited seem to be in the lead however. All three are close to home and offer the mix of academics and football success he's looking for.

"USC is coming after me pretty hard," he said. "I'd say the schools that are coming after me the most are probably USC, Stanford and Cal. We've stopped by Stanford for a little bit and talked with the coaches."

The trip to Palo Alto for the Nike Camp is one of Murphy's few camp stops. His summer camp and unofficial visit schedule isn't set yet but it sounds like he'll be trying to keep it light while focusing on what he needs to do for his recruitment.

"No plans right now," he said. "I might head to the USC (Rising Stars) Camp. As far as trips go, I might go to a few places just to check them out ahead of officials. Where I'm not sure."

At least we're sure that Murphy is one of the most talented tackles on the West Coast and it appears that just about every college coach agrees.

Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:28 am
 

Stanford Nike Camp Top Performers: Offense

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Football is a sport played in the elements and the hundreds of top athletes from all over the West Coast got a dose of rain, wind and hail during Sunday's Nike Training Camp on the Stanford campus. Here's a few of the top performers on the offensive side of the ball:

Offensive linemen

One of the strongest groups at the camp, the offensive linemen might have welcomed the chance to play in a little bit of rain the most. It's a good year for linemen on the West Coast and this group was very reflective of that.

Erik Magnuson

Magnuson has a great frame and could fill out even more into a monster at left tackle. He's got a bit of a mean streak and was very competitive all day, especially in one-on-ones. He uses his hands well and keeps the defender in front of him very well. He was very flexible and probably could play either right or left tackle at the next level.

Kyle Murphy

Another big tackle prospect, Murphy showed why he's receiving attention from schools all over the country. He stays upright with the proper bend at the hips and had one of the better kick steps. He knew which angle the defender was taking during one-on-ones and adjusted well to stay between him and the quarterback. He can improve his footwork just a tad but it's already some of the best in the West.

Isaac Seumalo

Seumalo took home position group MVP and was the most technically sound and consistent offensive lineman at the camp from start to finish. You could tell his dad is a coach (at Oregon State) and how he was ready for just about anything thrown at him. He's got good size and can play either offense or defense because of his quickness. Seumalo looks like he could really be an asset run blocking with the way he gets after things and drives defenders off the ball.

Running backs

It wasn't a particularly strong group at running back with only a handful actually holding offers. Lewis, an SMU commitment, was the best of the best and nabbed the MVP award.

Robert Lewis

Seeing Lewis up close, it's hard to see him being a 15 carry a game back. At the same time, he's a huge threat to score with his combination of speed and quickness; he moves side-to-side extremely well. Lewis can catch the ball well and he can really excel at the next level in the slot or even as a multipurpose threat like Oregon State's James Rodgers.

Wide receivers

Probably the deepest group at the camp, the wide outs were very impressive despite the less than ideal pass catching weather. Arizona speedster Davonte Neal took home MVP honors and couldn't find a matchup out of the slot he didn't like.

Deontay Greenberry

Greenberry has seen his stock take off the past few months and he did nothing to slow it down at the Farm. He accelerates into top gear quicker than just about everybody and is very fluid while running his routes. It actually was difficult for the quarterbacks to throw to him because they often wouldn't anticipate him running so fast. Greenberry tended to round off his routes and not get into and out of his breaks however.

Jaydon Mickens

Mickens and Neal were the two guys out of the slot that just about everyone had trouble covering. Mickens has a pair of good hands and does a good job of taking off towards the end zone as soon as he's secured the ball. A bit on the small side, he's just too quick for anybody to really get a hand on him for that to matter.

Kenny Walker

Walker holds a host of offers and seems to be on the cusp of going from a good wide receiver to a great one. He's got good size and is similar to Greenberry in terms of speed and quickness. He caught just about everything thrown his way and was able to create separation with defensive backs on deep routes.

Ian Taubler

Taubler might have been the biggest player at the event that was not an offensive lineman. Despite being a big tight end, he showed he could move and has surprisingly decent speed. His routes are pretty sharp and he comes off the ball well and gets into and out of his breaks quickly. In terms of looks and game, he's somewhat similar to Nick O'Leary out of the 2011 class but not quite as big.

Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick

Cope-Fitzpatrick was stating his case for the top tight end in California and did a good job. He's built very well physically and likely can come in as a tight end that can be a threat in both the passing game and blocking for the run game. He's one of the faster tight ends but still needs to improve his route running a bit.

Quarterbacks

The quarterbacks got the spotlight on Friday and just about everyone - with the notable exception of Connor Brewer - returned for another go around at Stanford's practice fields. Once again Zach Kline made a big impression by showing off his big arm and took home position group MVP.

Zach Kline

There's not much for Kline to do at this point after shining two days in a row and collecting his second MVP award in as many Bay Area Nike Camps. The Cal commit has an arm that is one of the strongest in the class of 2012 and he can really put the ball wherever he wants to on the field. Kline has good fundamentals and his footwork is excellent. Overall, just he's very balanced from snap to throw and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him play early.

Tanner Mangum

The BYU commit also followed up a good Elite 11 performance with what might have been an even sharper Nike Camp performance. He stands tall in the pocket and is very accurate at all three levels. He doesn't quite have the arm strength as Kline but it is still very good. At this point, it's hard to argue Magnum being the top prospect in Idaho based on what he's shown on the field and during the camp circuit.

Matt Morin

Morin was MVP of the LA Nike Camp and had another good showing up North. While he wasn't quite as good as he was earlier, Morin was still sharp and the lefty displayed one of the strongest arms on Sunday. He would go through spurts where he wasn't as accurate but most of the day he was spinning the ball very well.
Posted on: May 14, 2011 3:24 am
 

Stanford Elite 11 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Some of the most talented quarterbacks from up and down the West Coast descended upon the beautiful campus of Stanford and in the process, turned the 2011 edition of the Bay Area Elite 11 into the circuit's best stop. While most of the quarterbacks in attendance were already committed to a school, several under the radar players managed to make an impression on observers as well.

The headliner of the group was Cal commitment Zach Kline. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound quarterback had a slow start to the day but finished strong and was easily one of the top performers.

"I actually started the camp out a little shaky," Kline said. "The coaches started to get on me and say I'm better than that. I started to put 100% focus into every throw and you have to do that on every single one at the next level. If you don't, that's when the picks and incompletions happen and that separates the Andrew Luck's from all the other guys. Once I started (focusing better), I had a great camp from then on."

One of the camp instructors was former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer. Although Kline won't get to work with Cal head coach Jeff Tedford - known in the past for quarterback development - for a few more months, being put through the paces by Dilfer at the camp was quite the learning experience.

"He's an intense guy but when he's yelling, it's for a reason," Kline said of Dilfer. "You kind of learn to listen to what he's saying and not how he's saying it. When you listen like that, that's how you get the best things out of when he's coaching you. You listen to what he has to say and then you use it. It helps leaps and bounds."

Normally the Bay Area Elite 11 is held at Cal's Memorial Stadium. Kline preformed well there last year and though he had to throw the ball around in enemy territory at rival Stanford, he did manage to see the bigger picture.

"Well, I'm happy that Cal is getting a new stadium for sure," he said with a smile. "But it's good having the camp here and doing well might mean having a good game in future years. Either way, both places have great facilities."

Kline displayed the strongest arm at the camp and can really throw the ball wherever he wants. He generally throws a tight spiral with plenty of force on the ball and should continue to be in contention for the top quarterback on the West Coast.

Rodrigues makes an impression

While there were plenty of commitments on hand, several of the quarterbacks who held offers but hadn't yet pulled the trigger wanted to show that they had what it takes to compete at the next level. One of the real surprises of the camp was how well Rocklin (Calif.) quarterback Jake Rodrigues threw and he might have ended up the top guy at the entire event as a result.

"I'm ecstatic right now," Rodrigues said after the camp. "I've been wanting to play college football since I was three years old and this is just another step in my long journey I have. It means the world to me."

Like most of the campers, the time spent learning from a Super Bowl-winning quarterback like Dilfer was a great opportunity for Rodrigues to learn from the best.

"It's surreal. You grow up watching him on TV and then you're talking to him and he's coaching you up," he said. "What more can you ask for as a quarterback? Coming out here and competing is the best thing you can do. They're all good out here and to have Dilfer watching us, analyzing us and getting in our faces like how it is in a real game situation; everything out here has been just phenomenal."

The 6-foot-2, 215 pound signal caller even managed to get a personal lesson and help correct a small flaw in his footwork.

"Coach Dilfer said work on my drive step," Rodrigues said. "When you're done with your three, five, seven-step drops, that last step I need to stay off the tips of my toes and really drive it into the arch of my foot. I'll get more power coming off and I got that out of it today which is great."

Rodrigues has a very quick release and compact throwing motion but can still spin the ball well. He already holds offers from Colorado, Michigan, Utah, Oregon State and Washington but is receiving attention from several other big time programs.

"Standing out I would say USC and Oregon but all of them are going hard right now," he said. "They're all doing a great job and I'm open to everything still. I don't even have a top five or top three, I'm just taking it all in. "

Planning on graduating in December, Rodrigues is hoping to settle on a school by July and then concentrate on his senior season. He's already visited Washington and Oregon and will attend USC's Rising Stars Camp later in the summer. A trip to unofficially visit Tennessee might also be in the cards.

Baker the touchdown maker

The coaches seemed to enjoy calling Fresno (Calif.) quarterback Mike Baker the nickname they bestowed upon him while going through drills, particularly the accuracy challenge.

"Mike Baker, the touchdown maker!" they'd shout once he hit a target.

The nickname was apt as the Central California star was among the best performers at the camp, showing off a strong arm and very good mobility.

"I did good, competed well," Baker said. "It's just about seeing what I can do to get better and competing. Then have some fun."

The 6-foot-3, 190 pound signal caller came to the camp excited to play against some of the best quarterbacks in the country but did have one thing he wanted to work on with the instructors.

"My footwork," he said. "Just get all the coaching they offer and there's a lot of good coaches out here. I just want to take their coaching points and try to make me a better QB."

With the Evaluation Period in full swing, several schools are stopping by Central High East but so far Baker holds just one scholarship offer.

"Just San Diego State right now," he said. "I'm waiting on a few other ones. USC wants me to go down to their camp. Just a lot of colleges want to see me live and in person on their campus before they offer.

"I'm going to the Arizona camp and will be at Washington. I want to go to North Carolina because they keep calling."

Receiving interest from several other out of state schools, Baker is focused on evaluating his future schools primarily on two factors. He already has a top five and if one of the schools on the list extends an offer, a commitment will likely follow it.

"I want to go somewhere where I know the coaches are going to stay and go to a pro-style (offense), because I know there's a better chance of going to the pros from there," he said. "If it's one of my top five, then I'm going to commit. If not, I'll let it go through my senior year and make my decision."

Baker is teammates with cornerback Tee Shepard, who is one of the top defensive backs in the nation. With so much attention on Central East High thanks to Shepard, Baker is benefiting from the added attention of having a top player in the same locker room.

"It's great because a lot of college come by to see him and they also know I go to school with him," he said. "They watch film so they call me or talk to me too. The people that are looking at him are basically looking at me too so that's nice."

What can Browne do for you?

The Elite 11 is always a chance to see some up and coming quarterbacks and the Bay Area stop was no exception. Class of 2013 product Max Browne was the top underclassman at the event and displayed a very strong arm and was accurate at all three levels.

"I felt I did good, my feet were real good," Browne said. "It was a good day and great weather."

The Sammamish (Wash.) native is the latest in a long line of top quarterbacks at Skyline High. A legitimate 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, Browne looked more like a rising senior throwing the football around the Farm.

"You can't look at it as an underclassman, everyone is here to compete," he said. "You just have to push yourself, whether the guy's a freshman or going to be a senior, it doesn't matter. Every throw, every drop back you do."

Browne already holds an offer from nearby Washington and is receiving a lot of interest from other Pac-12 schools early in the process.

"No other offers but I've had some contact from schools and some guys stop by my high school," he said. "I'll be making a few trips this June and maybe in July. I don't know where I want to go."

Despite receiving a lot of attention from college coaches at an early age, Browne is guided by a high school staff who has been through the process with a host of Division I players.

"It helps because not only have I seen it happen, but my coach knows what to expect," Browne said. "It's not a new process for him so he can help me out. With all of this stuff, I can ask questions and he can provide the answers."

Notes

- Recent Utah commitment Travis Wilson was the most physically imposing quarterback at the event. Every bit of 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds. He can spin the ball but does tend to drop his arm angle which is a bad habit.

- Austin Bray, the younger brother of Tennessee starting quarterback Tyler Bray, competed at the camp.

- Lefty Matt Morin out of Temecula (Calif.) followed up his MVP performance at the LA Nike Camp with another strong showing. Morin has a very strong arm and appears on the verge of receiving his first offer in the next few weeks.

- Washington commit Jeff Lindquist was another top thrower at the event. Although he doesn't have the strongest arm in the class, he throws a very accurate ball that still arrives in the receiver's hands quickly. His footwork and throwing motion are also very good.

- Scottsdale (Ariz.) quarterback Connor Brewer was very accurate throughout the three hour camp and though he doesn't have elite arm strength, you can see why Texas coaches made him their quarterback for this recruiting class. Brewer is really a passer and is similar to BYU quarterback Jake Heaps.

- Speaking of BYU, commit Tanner Mangum showed why he was the top prospect out of the state of Idaho with a good showing. He doesn't have prototypical size at about 6-foot-1 but he has a good arm and really drives off his back foot.

- Yet another commit who preformed well was Idaho State pledge and Moorpark (Calif.) quarterback Grant Rohach.

Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Cal adds local linebacker

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just days after Cal fans reveled in the announcement of a big new media deal, they were given another reason to stay in high spirits Friday afternoon with the commitment of Concord (Calif.) linebacker Michael Barton.

"The people and the atmosphere at Cal is the place I could see myself fitting in the most out of all the schools that offered," Barton told Rivals. "I didn't want to drag this process on. I knew where I wanted to go right away and that was Cal."

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound linebacker from nearby powerhouse De La Salle High picked up an offer from the Bears about two months ago and has visited unofficially several times between then and committing. One of the major factors in pulling the trigger so early in the recruiting process was the relationship Barton developed with the coaching staff.

"I've been over there a few times already and I got really close to coach Tosh (Lupoi) and the linebackers coach, coach (Clancy) Pendergast," Barton said. "The coaching staff is just amazing there."

Barton also held offers from LSU, SMU and most of the Pac-12 schools with the notable exception of USC but selected the Bears to become the second member of their class of 2012.

"There was always an interest because I grew up watching Cal when I was little," he added.

He racked up 72 tackles and three sacks last season for the Spartans as a junior.

Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:11 am
 

4/30 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With the devastation in the region, the Badger Sports 7-on-7 event scheduled to take place has been moved from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham. We'll see what players still show up but there should be some talent at the event today no matter what.

- Tight end Christo Kourtzidis added two more offers to his pile, the most recent ones coming from Cal and Oklahoma.

- Offensive tackle Travis Averill picked up another Pac-12 offer from Arizona.

- Offensive lineman J.T. Hamilton is the first player ever nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl from his high school.

- Arkansas is in the top five for a top five quarterback in Cyler Miles.

- Defensive end Adolphus Washington has a few visits he'd like to take after already visiting Ohio State and Kentucky.
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 4:40 pm
 

April Pac-12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the last week in April and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments in the Pac-12, where the Sun Devils are off to a good start and lead the pack in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Arizona (1)

Quarterback Josh Kern (San Antonio, Texas)

Arizona State (6)

Wide receiver Josiah Blandin (Long Beach, Calif.)
Linebacker Salamo Fiso (Long Beach, Calif.)
Wide receiver Randall Goforth (Long Beach, Calif.)
Defenisve back Oliver Johnson (Pierece JUCO/Woodland Hills, Calif.)

Wide receiver Kenny Lawler (Upland, Calif.)

Wide receiver Richard Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)



California (1)

Quarterback Zach Kline (Danville, Calif.)

Colorado (3)

Running back Benjamin Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Defensive tackle Tyler Henington (Denver, Col.)
Defensive end Clay Norgard (Highlands Ranch, Col.)

Oregon (1)

Wide receiver Oshay Dunmore (Newport, Ore.)
 
Oregon State (1)

Wide receiver Cleveland Wallace (San Jose, Calif.)


Stanford (1)

Safety Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.)

UCLA (0)

USC (5)

Defensive tackle Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif.)
Lineabcker Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.)

Utah (1)

Offensive lineman Kiha Sai (Honolulu, Hawaii)


Washington State (2)

Defensive back David Bucannon (Vacaville, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dalen Jones (Woodland, Calif.)

Washington (2)

Wide receiver Braden Bishop (Mountain View, Calif.)
Running back Tairen Owens (Pasadena, Calif.)

Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Updated list of 2012 U.S. Army All-Americans

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The folks at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Rivals have compiled an updated list of all the players in the class of 2012 invited to the prestigious high school all-star game. Here's the list, which will eventually be divided into East and West teams.

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, committed to USC
Defensive end Alex Balducci
Offensive tackle Zach Banner
Linebacker Vince Biegel
Defensive back Travis Blanks
Wide receiver Drae Bowles
Safety Deon Bush
Defensive back Joel Caleb
Wide receiver Leonte Carroo
Linebacker Josh Clemons
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington
Safety Jordan Diggs
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs
Athlete Cedric Dozier
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe
Athlete Devin Fuller
Offensive tackle Joshua Garnett
Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry
Defensive end Darius Hamilton
Defensive end Eli Harold
Defensive back Tracy Howard
Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries
Defensive tackle Jarron Jones, committed to Penn State
Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis, committed to Ohio State
Athlete Brian Kimbrow
Quarterback Zach Kline, committed to Cal
Defensive end Javonte Magee
Offensive tackle John McGee
Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy
Tight end Taylor McNamara
Safety LaDarrell McNeil
Offensive tackle Chris Muller
Wide receiver Davonte Neal
Wide receiver Durron Neal
Wide receiver Jordan Payton, committed to USC
Running back Mario Pender, committed to Florida State
Quarterback Zeke Pike, committed to Auburn
Linebacker Jabari Ruffin, committed to USC
Athlete Kendall Sanders, committed to Oklahoma State
Running back Barry Sanders Jr.
Cornerback Kevon Seymour
Running back Rushel Shell
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks
Defensive back Tee Shepard, committed to Notre Dame
Defensive tackle Aziz Shittu
Safety Elijah Shumate
Offensive tackle Jordan Simmons
Defensive back Geno Smith
Defensive end Noah Spence
Tight end Kent Taylor
Offensive tackle John Theus
Safety Shaq Thompson
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler
Running back Trey Williams, committed to Texas A&M
Cornerback Yuri Wright
Running back T.J. Yeldon

 
 
 
 
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