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Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: May 9, 2011 11:16 am

Post-Spring Top 25: Impact Recruits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBSSports.com senior writer Dennis Dodd rolls out an updated Post-Spring Top 25 today and while he names an MVP for each team, we figure every team is going to need an incoming freshman to step up if they want to keep their spot in the top 25 throughout the season. Here's each team's impact freshman out of their class of 2011:

1. Oklahoma: Dodd notes that the class of 2010 has turned out very well for the Sooners but they'll need a few guys from the class of 2011 to help fill out the depth chart. Running back Brandon Williams is a talented running back out of the state of Texas who is expected to play right away with DeMarco Murrary gone and the offense needing another player in their "diamond" formation with three running backs. 

2. Alabama: Alabama's defense is expected to be one of the best Nick Saban has ever had but that doesn't mean a freshman can't be a contributor on special teams and with spot play on defense. Linebacker Trey DePriest enrolled early and seemed to make an impression on the coaching staff. Junior college transfer Aaron Douglas, a freshman All-American at Tennessee, could also end up being a starting tackle too.

3. LSU: Anthony Johnson was one of the top defensive tackles coming out of high school and he looked like he would be the next great LSU man in the middle after a very good spring for an early enrollee. He has the size and quickness to play right away and could make an impact as a pass rusher on third down as he gets acclimated to the speed of college football.


4. Oregon: The Ducks don't have to replace much on offense but they are looking for a few pass catching threats to step up for quarterback Darron Thomas. Another early enrollee and one of the highest rated recruits Oregon has brought in, Colt Lyerla could be one of the answers at tight end, receiver and running back. In short, he's a great athlete and Chip Kelly will find a way to get the ball in his hands.

5. Stanford: The Cardinal are pretty set on offense with Andrew Luck back and running the show but there are a few spots on defense where some freshmen could come in. The new staff must find two new linebackers for this upcoming season and it wouldn't be surprising if James Vaughters ends up making a push for one of them.

6. Oklahoma State: Already expected to have an explosive offense this year to possibly propel them to a BCS game, the Cowboys have high hopes for incoming running back Herschel Sims. Defenses will have to make sure they are ready for the passing game first and Sims might be able to take advantage of some daylight.

7. Texas A&M: Defensive leader Von Miller is off to the NFL (if there is an NFL next year) and while it will be hard for any freshman to replace that kind of production in College Station, look for linebacker Shaun Ward to at least be in the mix to play once he gets on campus.

8. Florida State: The Seminoles are going to have high expectations for the first time in awhile and there are high expectations being placed on incoming tight end Nick O'Leary. While most people talk about him as being the grandson of golfer Jack Nicklaus, the talented O'Leary is also quite a pass catcher who should play right away.

9. Ohio State: There could be two impact players for the Buckeyes depending on how things shake out in fall camp. Quarterback Braxton Miller is certainly in the race to be the starter with Terrelle Pryor suspended for five games and showed flashes during the spring. Linebacker Curtis Grant was one of the top players coming out of high school and should be able to fill in right away on defense.

10. Nebraska: The Huskers have their sights on a Big Ten title in their first year in the league and if they're going to take some pressure off quarterback Taylor Martinez, running back Aaron Green could be a big part of the offense.

11. Michigan State: Mark Dantonio fought off some big time programs for in-state linebacker Lawrence Thomas and one of the reasons why is Thomas is expected to come in right away and play well for the Spartans.

12. Wisconsin: The Badgers typically don't play many freshmen but tight end Austin Traylor could help break in a new quarterback as both a blocker and receiver.


13. Arkansas: Brey Cook knew the Razorbacks would need to replace both tackles and he enrolled early and ended up at the top of the depth chart coming out of spring ball. Anytime you can get a young freshmen start at tackle, you know you have a good one on your hands.

14. Boise State: Most of the freshmen for Boise State are expected to redshirt and develop but kicker Jake van Ginkel could end up the starter with a good fall camp because he has quite a leg.


15. Auburn: Where to start? The Tigers lose a lot of players to either graduation or the draft and several from this class are expected to compete for playing time. Don't be surprised if Kris Frost is a starter at linebacker and able to leave his mark on the Plains early on.

16. TCU: Gary Patterson expereinced a Rose Bowl bounce on the recruiting trail and landed a very good athlete in LaDarius Brown, who will be able to contribute right away on offense and special teams.

17. Virginia Tech: The Hokies need to replace a lot of their secondary and the incoming class is loaded with defensive backs as a result. Ronny Vandyke might be the one to step up based on his size and speed and help out right away.

18. South Carolina: This happens to be the easiest choice on the list since Jadeveon Clowney was the number player in the class of 2011. He should provide an instant pass rush threat to a team that didn't generate much from the front four last year.

19. Notre Dame: Irish fans came out of the spring singing the praises of Aaron Lynch and the early enrollee defensive end certainly put on a show to give them a reason for it.


20. Mississippi State: Defensive tackle P.J. Jones was one of the top guys in the incoming class and Bulldog fans hope he can be a factor early on under a new defensive coordinator. 


21. Arizona State: There's very few spots avaliable for the incoming Sun Devils with so much of the starting lineup set with upperclassmen but Mo Latu should be able to provide some depth along the offensive line. 


22. Utah: The Utes brought in a very good class and you could tell they sold the opportunity to be the first to play in the Pac-12 their entire careers at Utah. Running back Harvey Langi is a load with the football and junior college safety Keith McGill is a big body who can come in play right away.

23. Georgia: The "Dream Team" recruiting class will come into Athens with high expectations but top running back Isaiah Crowell should boost a rushing attack that was in the bottom three in the SEC last year.


24. West Virginia: New offensive coordinator/future head coach Dana Holgorsen should have an explosive offense led by Geno Smith and incoming running back Andrew Buie could be another speedy player to get the ball in his hands.

25. Florida: The Gators will transition to more of a pro-style offense under Charlie Weis so it's to be determined how everyone fits in but look out for tight end A.C. Leonard. He looks the part and could be a nice weapon for quarterback John Brantley. 

Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:39 pm

April Big 12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final 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 for all 10 schools in the Big 12, where the programs in Texas are leading the pack both in terms of quality and quantity.

Baylor (7)

Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)

Iowa State (3)

Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)

Kansas (0)

Kansas State (3)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)

Missouri (2)

Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)

Oklahoma (4)

Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Oklahoma State (7)

Athlete Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tim Hines (Bryan, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)

Texas (16)

Defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette (Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Running back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas)
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Thomas Johnson (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Alex Norman (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas)

Texas A&M (19)

Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive tackle Logan David (Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Troy Green (Brenham, Texas)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson (Baytown, Texas)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas)
Running back Dennis Smith (Wimberley, Texas)
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012

Offensive lineman Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas)

Texas Tech (5)

Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Erick Hallmon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)

Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:39 am

4/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Happy Earth everyone. In addition to rinsing, reusing and recycling, be sure to reuse the Eye on Recruiting blog by continuing to visit for all of the latest recruiting information.

- Several top recruits have made their way to East Lansing to unofficially visit Michigan State.

- Athlete Dvario Montgomery was recently named a US Army All-American.

- Oklahoma State commit Dalton Santos is high on Arkansas after visiting for their spring game.

- Maryland and Mississippi State are the two latest offers for tight end Kent Taylor.

- Good look at how much top 25 BCS schools spend on recruiting as a school.
Posted on: April 21, 2011 4:01 pm

Auburn adds big tight end for 2012

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Less than 24 hours after picking up a commitment from big time quarterback Zeke Pike, Auburn added the verbal of another big (literally) player in Dadeville (Ala.) tight end Darrion Hutcherson Thursday afternoon.

"I have been down there and I just feel real comfortable at Auburn," Hutcherson told AuburnSports.com. "I think it's time for me to join the family."

The 6-foot-6, 245 pound Hutcherson is a pass catching threat despite his size thanks to a 4.6 40-yard dash. He had 14 catches for over 400 yards as a junior and also grabbed 57 tackles and six sacks playing on the defensive line.

The talented athlete credited Auburn tight ends coach Jay Boulware as one of the key reasons why he decided to be part of the Tiger family.

"Coach Boulware is the best coach I have ever been around in my life," said Hutcherson. "He showed me around and talked to me. I really liked the things he told me. I gave him my word and I'm not going to go against it."

Hutcherson took an unofficial visit to campus last weekend and was impressed enough to give his commitment at a ceremony at his school. He also had offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State among others. Hutcherson is also the Tigers' fifth commitment for the class of 2012 and he has already been in contact with several of the others in order to build something special on the Plains.

"Me, Zeke, Cassanova (McKinzy) and the rest of the group are going to be in it together and we are going to get that crystal ball again before we leave," Hutcherson said.

Hutcherson lives about 20 minutes away from the school.

Photo courtesy David Morrison of the Opelika-Auburn News.

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

Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:36 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:39 pm
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Posted on: April 17, 2011 11:57 pm

Oklahoma State nabs Texas safety's commitment

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma State has found success on defense using players from Texas and they hope to find it again after dipping into the Lone Star State and pulling out the commitment of South Houston (Texas) safety Kenneth Marshall on Saturday.

"I committed to Oklahoma State yesterday," Marshall told Rivals on Sunday. "I had gone up there for their spring game and decided to go ahead and let them know I wanted to commit."

The 6-foot, 190 pound defensive back took an unofficial visit to Stillwater to see the campus and take in the Cowboys' spring game. It didn't take Marshall too long before realizing he wanted to add his name to the Oklahoma State commitment list.

"I kind of had it in my head a little bit," he said. "I wasn't for sure that I was going to do it that day though. Once I talked to them and got a chance to see how they run things I knew I was going to.

The talented senior-to-be held offers from Texas A&M and Houston as well as his Oklahoma State offer. One of the biggest reasons why he committed to head coach Mike Gundy and company was the lure of early playing time at the Big 12 school.

"I liked the opportunity I had there," Marshall told the site. "They told me I had a very good chance of coming in and starting as a freshman. They're going to have both safety spots wide open. I felt like that was a good opportunity to fight for a starting job instead of fighting for a second string spot because a starter already has everything locked up before I get there."

Marshall is the seventh commitment for the Cowboys' class of 2012 and fifth on the defensive side of the ball.

Posted on: April 17, 2011 9:45 am

Texas A&M adds pair of Top 100 commits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M added two major pieces on offense to their already terrific class of 2012 Saturday afternoon after hosting several recruits following the Aggies' Spring Game.

Spring (Texas) running back Trey Williams wasn't planning on committing this early in the process but when good friend and major quarterback recruit Matt Davis committed, the talented duo decided to give the Aggies a double dose of good news.

"Matt and I were looking to the future" Williams told AggieYell.com. "We were wanting to work together. We had talked a little bit about it."

The 5-foot-9, 170 pound Williams is another standout in-state running back A&M has managed to snag. He is ranked 51st in the country according to CBSSports/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming and is a very fast and effective runner who averages close to nine yards a carry in high school.

For Williams, who was already contemplating a commitment, having Davis also buy into the program at the same time made all the difference.

"I already had [a commitment] on my mind," Williams told the website. "I was always thinking about it. I can definitely see myself having fun, making plays and winning ballgames while I'm up there. Matt and I were like, 'Are you going to do it?' and the other was like 'Yeah, I'm doing to do it.' After the spring game, we told coach Sherman that we needed to talk to him. We went to his office and gave him the story."

Davis is ranked 73rd in the country according to Lemming and gives the Aggies their quarterback of the future. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound signal caller is a dual threat out of the backfield and has enough speed to be a good defensive back if he wanted to. Both players will have to change things up and learn to work together when they get to College Station after years of competing against each other.

"We had played each other in Little League," Williams said. "I played against (current Oklahoma State commit) Bralon Addison in football and basketball and Matt in basketball. It seemed like that we were always competing against each other."

The pair gives the Aggies a nation-leading 19 commitments in the class of 2012, well ahead of the pace they set last year.
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