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Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:13 pm

Florida adds another on the defensive line

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida defensive line coach Dan Quinn also doubles as the Gators' defensive coordinator and he's quickly leaving his mark on the class of 2012, picking a third defensive lineman commit in Tyrone (Ga.) tackle Quinteze Williams.

"We just liked it,” Ellis Williams, Quinteze’s father, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We feel like the atmosphere there is right for him. We liked the schemes and feel like the staff down there is just unmatched."

The 6-foot-4, 300 pound Williams plays on both lines in high school but will be coached by Quinn in college. He plans on graduating in December and enrolling early at Florida.

Holding offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, USF, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, Williams selected Florida after the school relentlessly recruited him much better than even the in-state programs.

“Georgia Tech, they offered, but it was just an offer, you know?,” Mr. Williams told the paper. “They never really showed a lot of interest beyond that. Georgia approached us early on but they wanted him as an offensive lineman. They recently came forth with an offer as a defensive lineman, a couple of weeks ago. But they didn’t really show a lot of interest either and we were already leaning another way at that point.

“At the end of the day, you like who likes you.”

Williams is the eighth commitment for the Gators' class of 2012 and joins Stone Mountain (Ga.) tackle JaFar Mann and Venice (Fla.) tackle Dante Phillips as incoming defensive lineman.

Posted on: March 29, 2011 12:35 pm

2012 Quarterbacks to Keep an Eye On

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel is the top quarterback in the nation according to CBSSports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other quarterbacks - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Kiel off the top spot and become the top quarterback for the class of 2012.

Connor Brewer (Chaparral High, Scottsdale, Ariz.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 190 pounds 
Committed to Texas

What's to like: Brewer is an accurate downfield passer and works the middle of the field very well for a quarterback his age. He's mobile and though he's not the fastest player under center, he can escape out of the pocket and pick up a first down fairly easy. Brewer has a nice feel of the pocket but it is his quick release might be one of the best things about the Arizona signal caller.

Needs to work on: Playing mostly in the shotgun in a spread-based offense, Brewer needs to work on improving his footwork this summer and fall. After taking a snap, he sometimes becomes a bit lazy and that's when he becomes a bit heavy footed. He's not too balanced when he gets out of the pocket and throws on the run either but he's still maintains his accuracy.

Shane Dillon (Christian High, El Cajon, Calif.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 190 pounds 
Offers from Cincinnati and Ohio State.

What's to like: Dillon is your prototypical pro-style quarterback. He's got pretty quick feet for someone who's 6-foot-5 and is working on refining his mechanics with noted quarterback coach George Whitfield. He's accurate down the field and can throw the ball anywhere but also adds touch with each pass. Unlike many quarterbacks coming out of high school, he plays a lot under center which should be a big plus to several programs.

Needs to work on: He needs to add some weight to his slender frame but that's not as big of an issue at the high school level as it will be in college. He's got a decent arm but needs to work on getting his whole body behind a throw. He could also stand to shorten his throwing motion up a bit and aim for a quicker release. A bit raw at the moment, he needs some refining here and there to make a run at the top spot.

Zach Kline (San Ramon Valley High, Danville, Calf.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 195 pounds 
Committed to California.

What's to like: Kline is probably the top quarterback on the West Coast and the only thing that keeps him from being considered an elite prospect is his height. He has a cannon on his right shoulder and is very accurate on most routes. Surprisingly mobile, Kline can take off down the sideline and keep the chains moving when he wants to but has good pocket presence and isn't rattled if defenders start to close in. Kline also has pretty good touch on the deep ball.

Needs to work on: He has a fairly quick release but still has a bit of a wind-up or hitch in his delivery. At times he will not have his feet underneath him when he throws in the pocket so becoming more compact after dropping back is a minor thing he can work on. He also hasn't met a window too small for him to throw through.

Cyler Miles (Mullen High, Denver, Col.) 
Height: 6-foot-4 
Weight: 220 pounds 
Offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Notre Dame, Pitt, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington.

What's to like: Miles is another impressive quarterback west of the Mississippi with a big arm. Surprisingly mobile for someone his size, he can run the option and get to the edge with his speed. He can make any throw on the field and can seriously wing it down the field. Miles' best trait may be keeping his eyes down the field and withstanding pressure in the pocket before unloading for a big play. Accurate and confident in the pocket, he could be a better version of 2011 Florida commit Jeff Driskel.

Needs to work on: The one pass where he could practice some more is the out route. Though he has a cannon and can throw a bullet 40 or 50 yards down the field, he doesn't seem to be as accurate or throw the ball as hard when he tosses the out route.There's a lot to like about Miles but some work on a few minor things should vault him higher in everybody's book.

Zeke Pike (Dixie Heights High, Fort Mitchell, Kent.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 225 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Louisville, Kentucky, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC and Virginia among others.

What's to like: Pike is one of the biggest quarterbacks in the class and it's hard not to draw at least a little comparison to former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen when you see Pike dwarf some of his teammates on film. He's a load coming downhill and almost looks like Tim Tebow with the way he carries the ball. Pike keeps the play alive a lot with his legs but is constantly keeping his eyes up so it's not an automatic run if he starts to scramble.

Needs to work on: Pike is still quite raw as a quarterback but there is a lot of underlying talent to work with. He might not have the strongest arm but he gets the ball where it needs to go. His mechanics are not great and he needs to make his delivery much more compact and quicken his release. At this point, it's hard to imagine him playing in anything but a shotgun-based spread offense.

Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:39 pm

MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Offer Update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's still over a month to go before coaches hit the road and begin to see recruits up close and personal in the May Evaluation period. Although that's usually the time when you'll see scores of scholarship offers head out, many of the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 are up to double digit offers a little less than a year before Signing Day.

We'll be taking a glance over the next few days at the Top 100 and provide an overview of just what offers are out there for some of the top players in the upcoming class.

Linebacker Kwon Alexander (Oxford, Ala.) 
Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas Tech, UAB, UCLA.

Offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (Buford, Ga.) 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Nebraska, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC.

Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas) 
Committed to TCU
Offers: Baylor, SMU, Tennessee.

Offensive tackle Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.) 
Committed to USC. 
Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Fresno State, Miami, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State.

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio) 
Committed to Ohio State. 
Offers: Cincinnati, Iowa, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Wisconsin.

Offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 
Offers: UConn, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia.

Wide receiver Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla.) 
Offers: Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee.

Cornerback Deion Bonner (Columbus, Ga.) 
Offers: Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, USC.

Athlete Carnell Boyd (Atlanta, Ga.) 
Offers: UCF

Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 
Committed to Texas
Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington.

Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:51 am

3/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The major story making the airwaves is this CBS News/Sports Illustrated report on college football players and recruits and crime. Well worth the time to read and you can find more on the Eye on College Football Blog throughout the day.

- Missouri has sent out an offer to offensive tackle Simon Goines.

- Arizona State added two junior college wide receivers to their class of 2011.

- A recap of all the recruiting news in Kentucky that went on this past weekend. Some recruiting notes from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

- Alabama and Penn State are the latest to offer tight end Kent Taylor.

- Colorado, Arizona State and Kansas State are the latest to offer offensive tackle Alex Kozan

- Michigan is going after offensive linemen in the class of 2011.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:49 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:36 pm

USC grabs two out of state blue chippers

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Flight restrictions were not part of the sanctions placed on USC by the NCAA . That much was clear Wednesday morning as the Trojans pulled two blue chip players from high schools that normally send their players off to college in cars, not planes.

News leaked a bit early but Glenville (OH) offensive tackle Aundrey Walker spurned heavily-favored Ohio State by faxing his letter of intent to USC. Walker is MaxPreps’ ninth-ranked offensive tackle and fills a huge area of need for head coach Lane Kiffin and company.

Glenville had been known as a Buckeye pipeline recently, sending players such as Ted Ginn Jr. up the road to play in Columbus.

Danville (KY) linebacker Lamar Dawson was another player to surprisingly don the cardinal and gold. A Kentucky lean for most of the recruiting process, Dawson visited Tennessee last weekend on an official visit and late reports out of Kentucky had him heading back to Knoxville for college. In a ceremony streamed live online, Dawson ended the suspense and said he was actually heading west.

“I will be attending the University of Southern Cal,” Dawson proudly proclaimed.

Dawson is MaxPreps’ sixth-ranked inside linebacker and 69th in Tom Lemming’s Top 100 . The two pickups push the Trojans into the top five in the MaxPreps’ Team Rankings .

More Signing Day Coverage

Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:23 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 8:25 am

MaxPreps: Dawson to Tennessee?

By MaxPreps' Steve Spiewak

Hearing strong buzz that Boyle County (Danville, Ky.) linebacker Lamar Dawson is heading to Tennessee.

Originally, we thought Dawson was going to land at Kentucky. However, the latest word is that he will commit to the Vols at 9 a.m. EST.

Tennessee is finishing on a tear. They landed defensive end Curt Maggitt late last night, pushing them to No. 13. If Dawson commits, they'll move to No. 9. Adding Gabriel Wright would bump them even higher.

More Signing Day Coverage
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:39 am

1/27 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- The commitment of Tre Mason to Auburn has resulted in Isiah Crowell dropping the Tigers from consideration and canceling an official visit.

- Georgia Tech continues to close on several prospects, recently landing defensive end Trey Flowers of Hunstville, AL.

- Great story on how Florida International has gone from worst to first by winning the Sun Belt, but they are now starting to compete with BCS-conference schools on the recruiting trail.

- An update on Kentucky commitment Jon Davis, who is considering Illinois and Louisville as well.

- New Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has dipped in Florida for his most recent commitment, landing defensive tackle Keith Bowers.

- Quarterback Jacoby Brissett will visit Miami, not Florida, with his final official visit before Signing Day.

Posted on: January 15, 2011 11:02 am

1/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NFL playoffs are still going strong this weekend but most college coaches won’t watch a second. Why? This is one of the biggest official visit weekends on the recruiting calendar. One of the many reasons there’s really no offseason in college football. 

- Former Purdue commitment, Marcus Caffey, has changed his mind and is headed to Kentucky. The running back is the seventh player from Georgia to head to the Wildcats. 

- Highly rated linebacker Curtis Grant is taking his official visit to Florida this weekend. He is considering Florida, Ohio State, North Carolina and Virginia. His host will be one of last year’s top recruits Ronald Powell.

- Washington commitment Joel Willis has changed his pledge to a school a little closer to home. The Pacifica (CA) athlete is the latest commit to an impressive California Golden Bears class of 2011. 

- New Colorado coach Jon Embree is experiencing his first recruiting weekend since coming to college from the pros. As Kyle Ringo notes in this story, Embree has made up significant ground given the state of recruiting in the wake of lame duck head coach Dan Hawkins. Things have gotten off to a good start as Colorado has picked up their second verbal commitment under Embree in quarterback Stevie Dorman. 

- Also coming from the pros and going back to college, Charlie Weis made his first recruiting trip as a member of the Florida staff. The former Notre Dame head coach visited quarterback Jacoby Brissett and defensive end/outside linebacker Curt Maggitt. 

- Great story on the academic turnaround of LSU pledge Kenny Hilliard. An Army All-American this year, Hilliard is now getting it done on and off the field. 

- Finally, be sure and check out’ ranking of the top 20 recruiting classes as we approach signing day. Plenty of time for teams to move up or down but it’s a good overview of where everybody’s at right now.
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