Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:41 pm

Duo becomes Texas Tech's first 2013 commits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville received an early Valentine on Monday night as Texas Tech's class of 2013 received its first two commitments in Manvel (Texas) defensive back Tavares Garner and Houston (Texas) wide receiver Devin Lauderdale.

"Texas Tech is always been where I wanted to go," Lauderdale told "That's what I would play on video games and stuff like that. I knew I was going to make my decision today because I told my friend -- he's like a cousin to me -- Tavares Gardner. We've known each other since second grade, he told me, 'Whatever college you go to, I'm going to go to.' And I told him the same thing.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide out also held offers from Baylor, Notre Dame and TCU among others. His close friend Gardner only had an offer from Tech but the 5-foot-11 corner enjoyed his unofficial visit so much he quickly committed.

"The reason I committed is because I like the campus and the coaching staff was great, especially coach Chad Scott," Garner said. "Coach Scott made me like I was at home. It was just a great trip. All the coaches showed a lot of love and made it feel like home so that's why I committed."

Texas Tech signed 26 players in their class of 2012, including six defensive backs and four wide receivers. Garner had three interceptions and nearly 50 tackles last season as a junior.
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:23 am

Valentine's Day Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan opts for the personal approach on Junior Days.

 2014 running back Wadzaire Blanc has snagged a South Carolina offer.

Maryland needs their top recruit to help stop the transfers.

 A Q&A with Houston coach Tony Levine where he talks about recruiting some.

 Urban Meyer says Ohio State's 2012 class lacks speed.

 Offensive tackle Will Allen was invited to Alabama's Junior Day.

 Duke Johnson has been the perfect ambassador for Miami football.

 Linebacker/safety Su'a Cravens was at USC's Junior Day and recently picked up a Clemson offer.

 Running back JoJo Kemp has USF as his early leader.

 Derek Dooley rips the SEC's new oversigning rules.
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:05 pm

Ohio State adds another in lineman Billy Price

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another day, another top recruit for Urban Meyer. After taking an unofficial visit to Columbus over the weekend, Austintown (Ohio) lineman Billy Price decided to end his recruiting early and commit to Ohio State on Monday.

"I was up there Saturday for a banquet and got a tour ahead of time," Price told Rivals. "It kind of clicked on campus. I really realized Columbus was my home. Talking with the academic staff, some of the football staff and some of the students, it really seemed to be my place."

The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder can play on either side of the line but will probably wind up on defense when he steps on campus next year. Price already had a host of offers from schools such as Michigan, Notre Dame and Tennessee but Ohio State just felt like the place for him.

"It is a huge thing with the fact that my family will be able to come to the home games and some of the away games," he said. "Then, everybody is supporting what you are doing and watching you play every Saturday in front of 105,000 people is unreal."

Price is the third commitment for the Buckeyes' class of 2013, all of whom are in-state recruits. He racked up 40 tackles and three sacks as a defensive tackle last season as a junior.

Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:22 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 1:26 pm

Michael Johnson is commit No. 5 for Florida State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The 2013 evaluation process is well under way and scholarship offers are going out left and right from most programs. After signing a top 10 class a few weeks ago, Florida State is busy talking with the next wave of recruits and extended Miami (Florida) defensive back Michael Johnson an offer last week and it didn't take him long to wind up committed to the Seminoles.

"I just committed to Florida State. Just called Coach (James) Coley," Johnson told on Monday. "I love everything about FSU and have for a long time. Coach Coley is from this area so I know as a player I can trust him."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder will likely come to Tallahassee as a safety. Johnson did not hold any other offers but was drawing interest from a number of programs.

Florida State's class of 2013 now stands at five members with the addition of Johnson.

Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:47 am
Edited on: February 13, 2012 11:50 am

USF picks up first two commits for 2013

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Thanks to a successful Junior Day, South Florida is on the board with the class of 2012. The program picked up two commitments over the weekend from Immokalee (Fla.) athlete Tshumbi Johnson and wide receiver Xavier Richardson.

"It was my first choice -- so close to home, so all my people can come up and watch me play," Johnson told the Tampa Bay Times.

USF was the first offer for the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Johnson, who plays quarterback in high school and taken home all-state honors at the position but will likely end up at wide out for the Bulls. Richardson held a South Carolina offer but the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder enjoyed his time on a campus that isn't too far from home enough to commit.

"It is a good school for me, education-wise, socially, and it's close to home," said Richardson.

The pair is a good start to the class of 2013 for the Bulls, who are coming off signing one of the better classes in the program's history in 2012. Johnson racked up 45 touchdowns last season as a junior while Richardson hauled in seven scores and over 600 yards receiving.

Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:23 am

2/13 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Georgia might crack the top five for 2013's top prospect, Robert Nkemdiche.

 Great story on Penn State signee Jamil Pollard, who has gone through quite a bit.

 Texas shockingly had no commitments out of their Junior Day this weekend. They're going after several DFW area players though.

 Athlete Juwaan Williams was offered by Georgia Tech.

 Arizona State has jumped in with an offer for tight end Hunter Henry.

 Offensive lineman David Dawson will visit Arkansas in the spring after getting an offer.

Defensive end Devin Washington plans on getting up to South Carolina during the spring.

- A complete list of the 2012 signees in the Pac-12.

Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:51 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 3:02 pm

Huggins is number six for Texas A&M

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M had a very good haul on Signing Day with their 14th-ranked recruiting class and it looks like the Aggies might be able to best that effort based on their start with the 2013 class. Dallas (Texas) defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins was the latest to commitment to the SEC-bound program, picking A&M on Saturday.

"I like the tradition, the coaches, the academics, all of that," Huggins told "Really, I like everything."

A 6-foot-3, 280-pound interior presence also held offers from Colorado State, SMU and Texas Tech with plenty of others showing interest.

Huggins' Skyline High teammate, wide receiver Thomas Johnson, signed with Texas A&M and it looks like the Aggies are getting two impact players on both sides of the ball in consecutive years.

"I'm a straight defensive tackle," Huggins added. "I like to take on blockers and get in the backfield after whoever's got the ball."

The pledge gives new head coach Kevin Sumlin six commitments for 2013, three of whom play along the defensive line.

Photo by Lonnie Erickson
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:34 pm

Two for Mizzou after first Junior Day

Posted by Bryan Fischer

You can call this commitment weekend with the slew schools that are hosting Junior Days with top prospects. Missouri was no different, building around the basketball team's game against Baylor on Saturday and the Tigers came out of the experience with two commitments from Jefferson City (Mo.) linebacker Joe Burkett and St. Louis (Mo.) athlete Aarion Penton.

"I'm a MIZZOU TIGER now baby!!" Penton tweeted to let everybody know where he pledged to.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Penton did not hold any other offers but had no problem committing to a school he had grown up a fan of. The same was true of the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Burkett, who saw his recruitment come to a close just as quickly as it began.

"Living in Jeff City, you grow up a Mizzou fan," Burkett told "It was a pretty easy decision."

The pair gives the Tigers their first recruits in the class of 2013 and come just two weeks after the program made headlines for the landing number one overall player in the class of 2012, Dorial Green-Beckham. Penton had 1,144 total yards and 18 touchdowns last season as a junior on offense and 50 tackles and two interceptions on defense. Burkett ended last year with 115 tackles and two interceptions.
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