Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:13 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 7:50 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
PHOENIX -- Record-setting South Bend (Ind.) wide receiver Gehrig Dieter was one of several players to announce a commitment from the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and it was no surprise that he pledged to his long time leader.
"I'm going to go to SMU," Dieter told a national audience on CBS Sports Network.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide out was also heavily considering one of his few BCS scholarship offers from Kansas and head coach Charlie Weis but will instead head to Dallas to play for the pass-happy June Jones and his run-and-shoot offense.
Dieter amassed 447 receiving yards, setting a new national record in his high school team's 63-10 win over Elkhart Central (Ind.) in early September. He was named a MaxPreps first team All-American following the season.
"A powerful runner, he's quick off the line, runs precise routes, knows how to get open, and has proven to be a very difficult tackle," analyst Tom Lemming said. "As reliable as they come, he has also proven to be an excellent downfield blocker. A very good athlete, he can track the deep ball over his head and if it's within reach he'll catch it. He also shows very good moves after the catch."
The talented Dieter burst onto the scene over the summer before his senior year during 7-on-7 competitions and continued to rise on many recruiting boards. He'll wind up at SMU as the Mustangs' 20th commitment for the class of 2012.
Posted on: September 5, 2011 3:15 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
What a great weekend of football. The college game is back and not only that, we've had five glorious days of it.
In what will be a regular feature called Surveying the Field, I'll be taking a look at the week that was in college football and in high school football to get everybody caught up on the star players, big plays and great wins that happened over the weekend.
The curious case of Gehrig Dieter
If I gave you three guesses as to who was the nation's best wide receiver through the first couple of weeks of the high school season, chances are you would never guess South Bend (Ind.) wide-out Gehrig Dieter.
You likely heard his name this week however, after he racked up 447 yards receiving to set an Indiana and national high school record. Yes, you read that right, 447 yards.
"I just broke the national record for yards in a game. DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAMED the entire game. 447 yards and 4 TDs #humbled," he tweeted after the game.
The amazing accomplishment gives Dieter an impressive 1,158 receiving yards on the year through three games. How many players would be thrilled to get that in an entire season?
Curiously, Dieter's recruitment has tracked with his eye-popping stats. Prior to this weekend he held offers from Akron, Ball State, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, SMU, Toledo and Western Michigan. Yep, not a single BCS offer.
That should change shortly I'm guessing.
"A very good athlete, he can track the deep ball over his head and if it's within reach he'll catch it. He also shows very good moves after the catch," CBS/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming wrote of Dieter.
Having seen Dieter in action during a 7-on-7 tournament over the summer, I was shocked that schools were not showing much interest. As Lemming wrote, he certainly is a great athlete and has the size and speed to be a big contributor for a good program in the future. My guess is he'll wind up in the Big Ten and be a better version of Dane Sanzenbacher at Ohio State.
Diggs helps Good Counsel top Manatee
It was an impressive showing by Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel to beat Manatee (Fla.) on Saturday. The game was a little sloppy but the Falcons still managed to beat a solid team with playmakers on defense like Clinton Heaven and Darius White.
No surprise to see athlete Stefon Diggs power Good Counsel to victory with two touchdowns, including the game winning score in double overtime. Diggs finished the day with six catches for 132 yards and showed why he excels in getting behind the defense. He's one of the fastest players in the country and is ranked 14th overall in the class of 2012.
“There was a lot of speed on both sides of the ball," Diggs told the Maryland Gazette. “Their defense was fast; faster than what we’re used to."
Diggs is being recruited as a wide receiver and defensive back. Having seen him in action, he'd be a great fit either way but he's such a dynamic playmaker it will be hard to put him at corner. He's narrowed his list down to about 10 schools and plans to commit at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He hasn't selected where he'll take all five of his official visits to but Alabama, Cal, Florida State, Maryland and Virginia Tech are all serious players.
Execution powers Bellvue and De La Salle
California was host to some great high school games this weekend between several top 25 teams this weekend.
Just as Boise State used execution and sound defense to beat a Georgia team with superior athletes on Saturday, Bellvue (Wash.) managed to simply out work a talented Oaks Christian (Calif.) team. According to MaxPreps' Mitch Stephens, don't be surprised if Bellvue's talented sophomore running back Bishard Baker starts drawing attention from Pac-12 schools. Defensive back Tyler Hasty also starred with two interceptions and should see several schools show more interest as a result.
On the Oaks Christian side, their two best players have been receiving plenty of attention from schools on the West Coast. Cornerback Ishmael Adams is close to making a decision and it's pretty clear he's not going too far from home. UCLA seems to be the leader in the club house at this point (he visited there unofficially two weeks ago), but Cal, Colorado and Arizona State are pushing hard for his services. Notre Dame is also in the mix.
His teammate, wide receiver Jordan Payton, seems to be intent on leaving the area however. He had a solid game against Bellvue with nine catches for 103 yards and played well on defense. The USC de-commit will be one of several top 100 players headed to Michigan to see their night game against Notre Dame and both teams are in the running for his verbal commitment. At this point it seems like Michigan and Cal are in the lead but don't be surprised if Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Nebraska stay in the race for Payton's signature.
In a big match up between two top California teams, Wisconsin commit Bart Houston managed to give De La Salle a thrilling victory to edge Bellarmine on Saturday. Amazingly, both teams missed extra points late but the third-ranked Spartans still managed to come out on top after Houston sneaked across the goal line for a touchdown.
While Houston is solidly committed to the Badgers, the recruiting attention on the team centers on junior linebacker Michael Hutchings. Playing alongside Cal commit Michael Barton, De La Salle has a fantastic linebacking corps and Hutchings is the player that has scouts most excited for what he can do at the next level. Long thought to a USC lean, he recently came out and said that UCLA and Cal were really recruiting him heavily.
"I think all three in-state schools are about equal," Hutchings told Rivals. "Those are the three teams to beat right now."
With a good number of Spartans already committed to major FBS schools, keeping track of who the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has at the top of the list should be fun over the next year or more.
Video of the day
Check out this crazy punt return by Duluth (Ga.) athlete Myles Campbell and note the big hit that springs him free.
- Top recruit Dorial Green-Beckham won't reveal his list of schools but he is cutting it down to five.
- The Onion details new NCAA rules that have reduced recruiting to winks and eyebrow raises.
- Great story on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez' ties to his high school and Mission Viejo head coach Bob Johnson.
Texas high school football is big time and now it's a part of Oregon.
Defensive end Jordan Jenkins has Alabama as his leader, Florida in second and Auburn in third. Tigers head coach Gene Chizik made a visit to see Jenkins this week.
USC commit Darreus Rogers had a big game as Carson High beat Mater Dei.
Running back Keith Marshall, one of the top players in the country, defended Georgia coach Mark Richt after their loss to Boise State.
Receiver Corey Jones made a commitment to Pitt over the weekend.
Keep an eye on
Denton Guyer (Texas) vs. Cedar Hill (Texas), 9 ET on September 5
These two teams play in the annual Herbstriet Classic at Cowboys Stadium and it should be a rematch after Cedar Hill edged Guyer 42-41 last year in the event before Guyer got revenge in the state playoffs later that season. Cedar Hill already has a loss on their record after falling to the top team in the state, Allen, last week 28-13. They'll need to get the offense going and tighten their pass defense if they want to compete with Denton. Sophomore Jerrod Heard is the quarterback for Guyer and he showed some good things in the team's win against Garland last week. Should be a great game between two of Texas' top high school teams.
Tags: Akron, Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Ball State, Bart Houston, BCS, Big Ten, Bob Johnson, Boise State, Brishard Baker, Cal, Central Michigan, Clinton Heaven, Colorado, Corey Jones, Dane Sanzenbacher, Darius White, Darreus Rogers, Dorial Green-Beckham, Florida, Florida State, Gehrig Dieter, Gene Chizik, Georgia, Ishmael Adams, Jerrod Heard, Jordan Jenkins, Jordan Payton, Keith Marshall, Mark Richt, Mark Sanchez, Maryland, Michael Barton, Michael Hutchings, Michigan, Myles Campbell, NCAA, Nebraska, New York Jets, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Pitt, SMU, Stefon Diggs, Texas A&M, Toledo, Tom Lemming, Tyler Hasty, U.S. Army All-American Bowl, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan, Wisconsin
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:52 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Lots of FBS-caliber talent at the Badger Sports/New Level Athletics 7-on-7 National Championship this weekend. Here's plenty of highlights from some of the top matchups of the tournament.
Round robin play
1925 vs. B2G
1925: Troy Williams, Tyler Stewart, Jorday Payton, Bryce Treggs, Mike Davison, Chris Harper, Jaydon Mickens, Deontay Greenberry, Ishmael Adams, Randall Goforth, Richard Smith, Tee Shepard, Johnny Johnson, Shaq Thompson, Jeremiah Allison, Marc Phillipi.
B2G: Marc Evans, Matt Morin, Derrick Turner, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, Trenton Irwin, Robert Lewis, Gabriel Marks, Michael Robert, Kenny Lawler, Kahlil Pettway, Shannon Edwards, Jeff Coprich, Devian Shelton, Jermaine Ervin, Seth Jacobs.
1925 vs. Goon Squad
Goon Squad: Zeke Pike, Eddie Printz, Charless Davis, Gehrig Dieter, Elliot Fareber, Goose Cohorn, Jason Croom, Roger Lewis, Jeremy Graves, David Williams, Jesse James, Darrion Hutcherson, Ike Spearman, Deaysean Rippy, Steven Longa, Justin Combs, Jalen Mills, Brandon Simmons, Graham Gillispie, Edward Parris.
1925 vs. Team Houston
Team Houston: Jordoan Scott, Kaylon Melancon, Shane McCarley, Javonte Collins, Ashton Bennett, Tavares Garner, Xazier Murry, Josh Martinez, Seth Lensford, Chris Dismutte, Richard Rose, Jared Ambres, Allan Scott, Selwyn Green.
Tags: 1925, B2G, Badger Sports 7-on-7 National Championship, Brandon Simmons, Bryce Treggs, Charless Davis, Chris Harper, Darrion Hutcherson, David Williams, Deaysean Rippy, Deontay Greenberry, Derrick Turner, Devian Shelton, Eddie Printz, Edward Parris, Elliot Fareber, Gabriel Marks, Gehrig Dieter, Goose Cohorn, Graham Gillispie, Ike Spearman, Ishmael Adams, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, Jalen Mills, Jason Croom, Jaydon Mickens, Jeff Coprich, Jeremiah Allison, Jeremy Graves, Jermaine Ervin, Jesse James, Johnny Johnson, Jorday Payton, Justin Combs, Kahlil Pettway, Kenny Lawler, Marc Evans, Marc Phillipi, Matt Morin, Michael Robert, Mike Davison, Randall Goforth, Richard Smith, Robert Lewis, Roger Lewis, Seth Jacobs, Shannon Edwards, Shaq Thompson, Steven Longa, Tee Shepard, Trenton Irwin, Troy Williams, Tyler Stewart, Zeke Pike
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 11:09 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
There was enough talent at Gerald Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU over 4th of July weekend to make the old Mustang teams of the late 1980's jealous. California All-Star team 1925 took home the trophy at the end of the day but there were plenty of individuals who shined with their performances at the tournament. Here are a few names that stood out in the Texas heat:
Harbor City (Calif.) quarterback Troy Williams
Williams was the most polished passer at the tournament and led his 1925 team to the national championship after falling short of a title in several other tournaments. Even when it came down to crunch time and his team needed a score, Williams was calm and collective. He showed nice touch on his deep ball and could really spin the ball on short and intermediate throws. He should be one of the top quarterbacks on the West Coast in 2013.
Greenbelt (Md.) quarterback Shawn Petty
Petty threw one of the nicest balls at the tournament and could really move it downfield. He's a big lefty and delivered a nice, catchable ball to receivers, constantly placing it right where it needed to be. After watching him throw it around this weekend, Petty really looks like he'd be a good fit at Maryland.
Encino (Calif.) running back Mike Davison
The smallest player on the field was electric every time he touched the ball. He could stop on the dime and more often than not, left defenders grasping at air while trying to tag him. He's a perfect player for 7-on-7 and was arguably the Team MVP for eventual champions 1925.
Detroit (Mich.) running back Dennis Norfleet
Make no mistake, Norfleet was the man this weekend for his team, almost single-handedly carrying his Michigan-based squad. He rarely, if ever, came off the field and played both ways. As a running back, he was able to find open space and dart away from defenders. As a corner, he managed to shut down often bigger wide receivers. He's a top-flight athlete and could be a steal on the recruiting trail.
Jacksonville (Fla.) receiver Ahmad Fulwood
Fulwood was a bit of an unknown coming into the competition for Team Louisiana but he quickly made a name for himself as the team's biggest offensive threat. He's got a great frame at 6-foot-4 and moves very fluidly. He's got big hands and, as an underclassman, could develop into one of the top guys in North Florida in next year's class. He already holds a dozen scholarship offers from Florida, South Carolina, Notre Dame and others.
Bellflower (Calif.) receiver Bryce Treggs
Easily the most productive receiver over the weekend, Treggs was often found celebrating a long touchdown catch in just about every game. He has one of the smoothest releases despite being a smaller guy and can flat out fly down the field. He runs routes like the best of them and caught everything thrown his way. He could be a very good slot receiver that stretches the field at the next level.
Upland (Calif.) receiver Kenny Lawler
Lawler was the leader for B2G over the weekend and emerged as their go-to guy. He's got a great pair of hands and they're about as soft as his verbal commitment to Arizona State. He's not overly fast or the most athletic guy on the field but he catches the ball and makes plays.
South Bend (Ind.) receiver Gehrig Dieter
On a team (Goon Squad) with lots of big time players, Dieter was the most consistent player for them all weekend. He fits the label of a very good Big Ten wide out with great speed and reliable hands. Dieter showed off his athleticism by going up for some balls when he wasn't toasting defensive backs with his speed down the field.
McKees Rocks (Pa.) linebacker Deaysean Rippy
Rippy impressed with his coverage skills over the weekend and did so looking like a linebacker that was ready to head to college, not his senior year in high school. He had a good drop and roamed well in coverage. These events allow players to show off their athleticism and Rippy certainly did that.
Fresno (Calif.) athlete Deontay Greenberry
One of the most athletic players on the field, Greenberry was a red zone stud on offense and a shut down safety on defense. He played with swagger both days and was unstoppable on jump balls. Rangy and quick on defense, he allowed only a handful of balls to be completed on his half of the field.
Reserve (La.) cornerback Darion Monroe
Monroe was the defender that stood out for Team Louisiana and pretty much was the definition of shut down. He locked up receivers man-to-man and was savvy enough to drop back into passing lanes during zone. He can really change directions quickly and he had the speed to keep up with everybody he lined up against.
New Rochelle (N.Y.) cornerback Justin Combs
Combs, son of rapper Diddy, was one of the big surprises of the tournament with his play. He grabbed several interceptions over the weekend and managed to stay stride for stride with just about every opposing wide out. He's not the biggest player on the field but he did come to play.
Tags: Ahmad Fulwood, Arizona State, B2G, Badger Sports 7-on-7 National Championship, Big East, Big Ten, Bryce Treggs, Darion Montroe, Deaysean Rippy, Dennis Norfleet, Deontay Greenberry, Diddy, Florida, Gehrig Dieter, Goon Squad, Justin Combs, Kenny Lawler, Maryland, Mike Davison, Notre Dame, Shawn petty, SMU, South Carolina, Troy Williams