Posted on: March 25, 2011 12:24 pm

3/25 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Though the big news of the day was related to the class of 2011 and Jadeveon Clowney, here's a few nuggets about some players in the class of 2012.

- Arlington (Texas) running back Russell Hansbrough recently picked up an offer from TCU and after visiting the Horned Frogs, could be close to committing.

- Roebuck (S.C.) offensive tackle Patrick DeStefano denies that Clemson is a lock for his commitment.

- Noted quarterback Zeke Pike is going to visit Arkansas next weekend. Another quarterback, Cyler Miles, received an offer from the Hogs recently.

- Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey will visit West Virginia this weekend.

Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:03 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2011 9:06 pm

Florida State picks up legacy defensive end

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's rare for Texas kids to leave the state, especially when Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns come to recruit you. It's hard to blink an eye however, when Denton (Texas) defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. committed to Florida State Tuesday evening.

After all, his father was a starting cornerback for the Seminoles in the 90's and in the younger Edwards' recruitment, it appears blood is thicker than water.

“He committed today,” said Mario Edwards Sr. told Noles247.com. “It was a family vibe and when he got here, he said it felt like a family for him. When he walked into the (Coyle E.) Moore Center, he realized the tradition that FSU has with top defensive ends and wanted to be a part of it.”

The 6-foot-4, 270 pound Edwards Jr. is yet another big defensive end to head to Tallahassee. He took an unofficial visit this past weekend but even his father was caught off guard by the decision to commit so early in the process.

"To be honest with you, I didn’t know he was going to commit when he came,” Edwards Sr. told the website. “I had no idea. He actually wasn’t planning on committing to anybody until after his senior year but things change. Plans change. Lawrence Dawsey did a great job of recruiting him and making him feel at home. He’s not the number one recruiter in the ACC for nothing.”

MaxPreps' Senior Writer Stephen Spiewak says Edwards Jr. displays supreme athleticism and quickness on the outside pass rush but was also strong enough to shed blocks and make tackles. He held offers from Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, Notre Dame, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M.

In addition to giving Jimbo Fisher one of the top defensive players in the country, Edwards becomes the seventh commitment for the Seminoles class of 2012.

Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:09 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.

Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas)

Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Pitt, Purdue, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulane, Tulsa, Utah.

Running back Brionte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)

Committed to Ohio State.

Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee.

Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.)

No offers.

Defensive tackle Quay Evans (Morton, Miss.)

Offers: Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss.

Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Committed to Florida State.

Offers: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, USF, Tennessee, USC.

Offensive tackle Abraham Garcia (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Offers: Florida, Marshall, USF.

Offensive tackle Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash.)

Offers: Auburn, Boise State, Cal, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State.

Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (Washington, D.C.)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Virginia Tech.

Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.)

Committed to LSU.

Running Back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas)

Offers: Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC.

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 7, 2011 2:10 pm

All about the running backs

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The class of 2012 has several talented running back prospects but there are two from the middle of the country that might receive the lion's share of attention - and for good reason.

Aledo (Texas) running back Johnathan Gray recently narrowed down his list of colleges to Texas, Texas A&M and TCU but it was the Longhorns who were recently given the chance to shine. Gray took an unofficial visit to Austin on Saturday to see Texas go through a spring practice and came away impressed.

“Extremely physical on both sides of the ball. It was great to see everyone fighting for a job,” Gray told VypeDFW. “When you practice like that it makes everyone better.

“I’m glad I had a chance to come down. The offense they’re installing will give them a chance to be physical.”

The MaxPreps 2012 Watch List member rushed for over 3,000 yards and 59 touchdowns as a junior. Texas already landed top running back Malcolm Brown as part of their 2011 class but head coach Mack Brown has put on a full court press (it is March after all) for the speedy running back as of late.

Even Gray's father, former Texas Tech running back James Gray, was impressed on the visit, particularly by the new coaching staff.

“Having a chance to meet the new staff was important because it gave us an idea of which direction they’re going,” the elder Gray said. “Offensively, they’re trying to get back to running the football and that is impressive. Coach Harsin and Coach Applewhite seem to have a good relationship. We also had a chance to meet and talk to returning players. They were excited about the challenge ahead of them.”

A few hundred miles north of Aledo, big name Oklahoma City (Okla.) running back Barry Sanders Jr. is starting to focus on several out-of-state schools with Alabama and Florida State standing out from the pack.

“I went to Alabama’s junior day, enjoyed myself. I haven’t gone to any other schools besides FSU and 'Bama,” Sanders told Noles247.com. “The schools that standout to me are the two that I’ve visited and been on their campus, Florida State and Alabama.

“With both FSU and Alabama, they are both prestigious programs. Alabama is coming off a recent national title win and Florida State has a lot of tradition behind them as well.”

In addition to scholarship offers from the two schools, the 5-foot-10, 190 pound Sanders holds offers from just about every program in the country, including his father's alma matter of Oklahoma State. Not expected to make a decision before the season, Sanders will closely watch what the Crimson Tide and Seminoles do on the field this year before narrowing things down.

“For me, seeing what kind of offense each team runs is just as important as the relationships I have with the coaching staffs," he told the website. "I want to see how Bama looks with the loss of Mark Ingram and Julio Jones. Then with (Christian) Ponder leaving FSU, that will be interesting. It’s something I definitely want to look at with those two teams.”

Expect to hear more from both running backs as the summer camp schedule heats up and they take other unofficial visits.

Posted on: March 4, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 1:23 pm

Aggies grab 2012 signal-caller

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There may be more people discussing Texas recruiting around the country but their main rival Texas A&M has quietly been burning up the recruiting trail with the class of 2012. The Aggies picked up their nation-leading 16th commitment Thursday night in San Antonio (Texas) quarterback Trevor Knight.

“It's a gut feeling,” Knight told the San Antonio Express-News. “I've been up there three times, and I just saw myself in College Station for four or five years.”

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound quarterback is a threat running or passing, racking up over 2,200 all-purpose yards and 23 total touchdowns as a junior at Ronald Reagan High. Although he grew up a Longhorns fan, Texas has not offered a scholarship and has already snapped up their quarterback for the class in Connor Brewer.

Knight chose A&M over offers from Texas Tech and TCU.

“At all three places I would have been happy," Knight told Gigem247.com. "But Texas A&M was the gut feeling."

This would be the third year in a row where head coach Mike Sherman was able to get one of the top in-state dual threat quarterbacks. Kerrville (Texas) gunslinger Johnny Manziel signed with the Aggies in February as part of the class of 2011.

Posted on: March 3, 2011 9:58 am

3/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

No honor code violations here, just recruiting links for your perusal.

- One of the top prospects in the Peach State received an offer from the University of Georgia, which pushed defensive lineman Jordan Watkins' offer list to 29.

- Stud Texas tailback Johnathan Gray has narrowed down his recruitment to Texas, Texas A&M and TCU in no particular order.

- Highly rated tight end Kent Taylor received an offer from Notre Dame. Speaking of the Irish, some more on their first commit of 2012, Tee Shepard.

- Michigan State is the latest to offer tight end A.J. Williams. Big Ten newcomer Nebraska offered receiver Monty Madaris.

- Looking back at UCLA's highly regarded class of 2010.

Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:31 pm

Virginia, Virginia Tech each pick up commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It’s rare for Frank Beamer to have to leave the state of Virginia to find good football players but he made an exception for strong-armed quarterback T.J. Millweard, a Fort Worth (Texas) product who became the third commitment for Virginia Tech’s class of 2012.

The 6-foot-5, 220 pound Millweard was receiving interest from Oklahoma, TCU, Missouri and others but the Hokies were the first to pull the trigger and offer a scholarship. He visited campus unofficially last weekend and decided to commit to the coaching staff shortly thereafter.

Millweard passed for 1,621 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for 464 yards.

While Tech is sitting at three commitments for the upcoming class, in-state rival Virginia recently picked up their first commit for the class of 2012 in Virginia Beach (Vir.) athlete Mark Hall. A 6-foot-2, 210 pound linebacker, Hall could play a number of positions for the Cavaliers.

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