Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:57 pm
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Where's Curtis Grant going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Richmond (VA) linebacker Curtis Grant. MaxPreps' 19th-ranked player overall and second-ranked inside linebacker.

What's the big deal: As MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak details, Grant is one of the best and most heavily recruited linebackers in the country. After racking up 331 tackles over his final two years at Hermitage High, Grant has impressive size for a high school senior at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Unlike a lot of linebackers at his level, Grant reads plays well and attacks the line of scrimmage with his speed and power. It's no stretch to say he could play as a freshman, at the very least on special teams, but he has all the tools to become a future star wherever he goes.

When: He will announce on Signing Day around 1:30 ET at his high school.

Considering: Florida, Ohio State, Virginia and North Carolina.

Best guess: Ohio State. Spiewak says Grant likely ends up at either Ohio State or Florida, adding that head coach Will Muschamp has worked hard to establish a bond with Grant. While Florida has made a push, ultimately the Buckeyes snatch Grant up to add to an impressive and young linebacking core for the sweater vest.
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:31 am
 

1/26 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One week until Signing Day. A week and a half before most recruitniks get something resembling sleep.

- Miami-area linebacker Arrington Jenkins is headed to Florida State. Jenkins cousin is current FSU defensive tackle Jacobi McDaniel.

- Looking back and comparing Washington’s recruiting class to past classes.

- Utah, including new offensive coordinator Norm Chow, had an in-home visit with wide out Devin Lucien – who is also a UCLA target.

- Wide receiver Trey Metoyer, one of the top wide receivers in the class of 2011, is trying to qualify for Oklahoma academically.

- Miami is hot on the heels for quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who is likely on the top of their board.

- If Ohio State grabs another commitment, they may have to do some scholarship maneuvering in order to make it work. And they will get at least one other commitment.

- The 10 fastest recruits in the class of 2011? The 10 fastest recruits in the class of 2011.

Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Michigan picks up LB, keeps another defender

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Tuesday night was Brady Hoke’s night on the recruiting trail as one of the top uncommitted players in the state of Ohio said he was headed to Michigan and a current recruit reaffirmed his commitment to the maize and blue.

Cincinnati (OH) outside linebacker Antonio Poole selected Michigan over Pittsburgh, Miami and Kentucky, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Defense is an area of need for the Wolverines, who ranked 110th in the country in total defense last season. Poole’s commitment is also the first major recruiting victory for new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who was the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator the past two seasons.

Shortly after Poole’s commitment, Owings Mills (MD) cornerback Blake Countess tweeted that he would stay with his decision to go to Michigan. Countess is MaxPreps' sixth-ranked corner and one of the top players in the state of Maryland. He held offers from schools such as Arkansas, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Stanford.

The two commitments provide not only two good players for Hoke, but some momentum heading into Signing Day.

Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:55 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Kouandjio scheduled for Auburn, down to three

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With less than 10 days left until National Signing Day, one of the top linemen in the country is set to wrap up his recruitment. Hyattsville (MD) offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio has scheduled his final official visit this weekend to Auburn, according to the Washington Post.

MaxPreps’ number three overall player and the top offensive tackle on the board, Kouandjio is down to Alabama, Auburn and Iowa. His older brother, Arie, is a freshman lineman at Alabama which makes the consideration of Auburn an intriguing twist to Cyrus’ recruitment.

The 6-foot-7, 300 pound Kouandjio previously considered USC and New Mexico. He joins fellow Washington D.C.-area players Kevin McReynolds and Kevin Hogan in the Team USA vs. The World Game next week.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 24, 2011 7:16 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 7:40 pm
 

NFL All-Pro players were a hodgepodge as recruits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NFL's 2010 All-Pro team was released this morning and like we did yesterday with the NFC Championship game, looking over this list of players as recruits shows the long and winding road that some took to the top of the NFL mountain top. Of those on the list, only Haloti Ngata was listed as a five-star player coming out of high school (several, like Julius Peppers and Ed Reed entered college slightly before the star rankings became especially popular). Some, like Jahri Evans or Clay Matthews, didn't even pick up a Division-I offer. Quite the list and an interesting mix of stories from high school to the All-Pro team.

QB Tom Brady – Lettering in two sports in high school, he headed out of state to play football at Michigan out of San Mateo (CA). Brady’s career path has been well documented ever since, being picked by the Patriots in the 6th round of the 2000 draft and grabbing three Super Bowl trophies after getting the starting job.

RB Arian Foster – A three-star running back from San Diego (CA), Foster held only a handful of offers out of high school. He headed to Tennessee after strongly considering Oregon and West Virginia.

RB Jamaal Charles – Highly recruited out of south Texas, he committed to the Longhorns in 2005 as part of a highly regarded class that won a championship that season. He was a four-star recruit according to Rivals.

WR Roddy White – A two-time all-state receiver from South Carolina, White was one of the top receivers in the South coming out of high school and headed to UAB for college. He proceeded to set several school records for the Dragons.

TE Jason Witten – A Tennessee native who played with the Vols, Witten was part of some incredibly talented teams that consistently challenged for SEC championships.

OL Jake Long – A top five player in the state of Michigan, Long was a four-star tackle that became the cornerstone on Wolverine teams that headed to Rose Bowls, not Gator Bowls.

OL Joe Thomas – One of the top tackles in the country and a four-star recruit according to Rivals, Thomas had his pick of just about every school in the country. He considered Notre Dame, USC, Georgia Tech and Nebraska before settling on the Wisconsin Badgers.

OL Logan Mankins – An all-league player coming out of Catheys Valley (CA), Mankins was lightly recruited out of high school but turned into a dependable starter in college before moving on to the NFL.

Jahri Evans – Evans has had a very roundabout path to the NFL. After suffering from a broken leg that took away most of his scholarship opportunities coming out of high school, Evans attended Bloomsburg University on an academic scholarship. He eventually was drafted in the 4th round by the Saints and has started every game since.

OL Nick Mangold – A Rivals four-star and third-ranked center in the class of 2002, he went to Ohio State before moving on to become the leader of the Jets’ powerful rushing attack.

DE John Abraham – He only played high school football for one season but his explosiveness earned him a scholarship to South Carolina. He wrapped up his college career second on the Gamecock’s career sack list and was a first round pick by the Jets in 2000.

DE Julius Peppers – Recruited heavily in both football and basketball, Peppers turned down playing basketball at Duke to play both sports at North Carolina. A Parade All-American in high school, Peppers has been heavily pursued at every level he’s played at.

DT Haloti Ngata – Perhaps the biggest recruit to ever attend Oregon (literally and figuratively), Ngata was ranked behind only Vince Young in the class of 2002 coming out of high school by Rivals.

DT Ndamukong Suh – The Gatorade Player of the Year in Oregon, Suh wound up at Nebraska despite just about every Pac-10 program making a run at him. A tough loss for in-state program Oregon but he wound up making everybody regret not landing him when all was said and done.

LB Clay Matthews - An unranked linebacker in the class of 2004 coming out of high school, he was able to walk-on at USC mainly because of his last name. By using the weight room to transform himself, Matthews eventually received a scholarship in 2006 from the Trojans.

LB James Harrison – Due to discipline problems, Harrison ended up at Kent State instead of a local power like Ohio State. He was overlooked by the NFL as well, going undrafted before finally latching on with the Steelers.

LB Patrick Willis – Recruited by David Cutcliffe and Mike McIntrye at Ole Miss, Willis didn’t really bloom until Ed Orgeron took over and brought out the best in him. A three-star out of high school, Willis’ talent is now evident anytime you watch football on Sundays.

LB Jerrod Mayo – One of the top players to come out of Virginia in 2004, Mayo signed with Tennessee as part of a top ten class that failed to pan out. Mayo did turn out, eventually becoming a first round pick by the Patriots.

CB Nnamdi Asomugha – Highly recruited out of Los Angeles, Asomugha was one of the top corners in the country after grabbing seven interceptions his senior year in high school.

CB Darrelle Revis – A two-sport athlete in football and basketball in high school, Revis was a three-star defensive back that selected nearby Pitt in 2004. A few years later and Revis Island is now a five-star resort where wide receivers go to get shut down.

S Ed Reed – An all-state player out of Louisiana, Miami stole both Reed and Reggie Wayne from LSU and Gerry DiNardo’s backyard. Reed headed to ‘The U’ to win a national championship and become one of the great safeties in the game.

S Troy Polamalu – Almost wasn’t recruited by USC were it not for his uncle, a former USC player and eventually a coach on the Trojans staff, Kennedy Pola. Polamalu played special teams early his freshman year and by the time he became a starter his sophomore season, Polamalu was known for his play as much as his hair.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: NFL
 
Posted on: January 24, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Jenkins enjoys UGA visit, timetable in the air

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Highly regarded junior college recruit Johnathan Jenkins recently wrapped up an official visit to Georgia and, in a Q&A with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said he was impressed with the Bulldogs.

“Man, it was awesome,” Jenkins told the Journal-Constitution. “It’s just a wonderful scene there. Downtown Athens, all the people, the campus and everything, it’s all great.”

A 6-foot-4, 340 pound defensive tackle, Jenkins previously committed to Oklahoma State in October but has since opened up his recruitment. Holding offers from most of the SEC, Jenkins is considering Georgia, Auburn, Florida and Miami. An official visit to Florida is in the cards for next week where new head coach Will Muschamp is expected to put on a full-court press.

“I’m not making any moves or changes until I take all my visits. After that I’ll sit down and make a decision,” Jenkins said. “There’s no rush. If I decide it on national signing day or right before or right after is not going to change anything.”

Rated by most services as a four-star defensive tackle, Jenkins should fit in well as a nose guard in a 3-4 defensive scheme. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College product had 41 tackles and 2 sacks last season for the Bulldogs.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 24, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Chickillo solid with UM, Savage not with Rutgers

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Anthony Chickillo didn’t know what to think when Randy Shannon was fired as head coach. Looking to become the first third-generation Hurricane football player, Chickillo suddenly was back on the market and looking at other schools.

After a visit to campus and a sit down with head coach Al Golden this weekend, all is well for one of the top recruits in Florida.

“On a scale of one to 10, it was a 10,” Chickillo told the Miami Herald. “The people I was with, all the coaches I met, the way my family was treated. I couldn’t be happier.”

The Tampa (FL) defensive end had a terrific performance in the Under Armour All-American game, earning team MVP honors after racking up four tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery earlier this month. Securing the commitment of Chickillo was a top priority for Al Golden as he looks to build momentum just over a week before Signing Day.

In the same story in the Herald, former Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage expressed considerable interest in transferring to Miami but head coach Greg Schiano has denied permission for the two to speak about the matter.

"I don't understand how one person can be dictator over your son's future," Savage’s father said. "I know they recruit Florida, but the ones that want to go to Rutgers are going to go to Rutgers. … It's just wrong. I will talk to a lawyer.''

Miami lost previously committed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to Louisville with the coaching change. Savage would have to sit out next season but would have three years to play after that.

The CBSSports.com College Football blog has more on the Rutgers situation.
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:27 am
 

1/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just nine days until National Signing Day. Stay tuned to the blog for all of the coverage leading up to and following the Super Bowl of the college football offseason.

- Georgia kicker Ammon Lakip chose Clemson over Georgia Tech with a commitment to the Tigers Sunday night. Lakip’s father attended Georgia Tech and his first offer was from the Yellowjackets.

- A junior college recruit who is considering Utah talked about the recent addition of Norm Chow as offensive coordinator.

- Washington picked up a quarterback commitment in dual-threat Derrick Brown out of Murrieta, CA. Brown’s commitment comes as Washington hosted highly regarded quarterback Jacoby Brissett on an official visit. With just two scholarship QB’s for next year, head coach Steve Sarkisian is likely looking to take two quarterbacks for 2011.

- UCF continues to improve their recruiting profile, going out of state to grab Georgia linebacker Troy Gray. The Kennesaw product is the 21st commitment for the Knights.

- Fresh off an appearance in the BCS title game, Oregon has added to their already impressive recruiting class with the pledge of wide receiver B.J. Kelley.

- Rivals analyst Mike Farrell says linebacker Graham Stewart, a Boston College commit, will not sign an letter of intent on Signing Day.

 
 
 
 
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