Tag:Dorial Green-Beckham
Posted on: March 17, 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. 

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo.) 
Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin. 

Defensive end Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.) 
Offers: Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

Running back Drew Harris (Exton, Pa.) 
Offers: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Miami, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia. 

Defensive end Troy Hinds (Kaysville, Utah) 
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington State. 

Running back Trent Jackson (Cuero, Texas) 
No offers at this time. 

Defensive ened Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga.) 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, UCF, USC, Vanderbilt. 

Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) 
Committed to LSU. 
Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Memphis, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, UCF, USC. 

Running back Nigel Jones (Absecon, N.J.) 
No offers at this time. 

Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas) 
Committed to Texas. 
Offers: Auburn, Baylor, East Carolina, Florida, Iowa State, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia Tech. 

Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio) 
Committed to Ohio State. 
Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Pitt, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Alabama out in front for top 2013 recruit

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

Alabama, fresh off a stellar 2011 recruiting class that closed with Cyrus Kouandjio, is already making big strides with the class of 2012, gaining verbal pledges from eight recruits, including Eddie Williams, Kenyan Drake, and Reggie Ragland.

However, the Crimson Tide is also out in the lead for one of the country's top recruits for the class of 2013: Troup (LaGrange, Ga.) linebacker Reuben Foster.

Foster, who is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, has tremendous size to go along with excellent instinct for such a young linebacker. He recently visited Alabama, where he got to spend time with current players and chat with head coach Nick Saban. He came away extremely impressed.

"They treat me like I'm part of the family already," Foster wrote in a text.

Asked if Alabama was his early leader, he replied, "Oh ya."

Foster also hopes to visit a geographically diverse group of schools that includes South Carolina, Texas and Oregon.

ZACH BANNER HAS OPTIONS 

Zach Banner, one of the nation's top offensive linemen in the class of 2012, has plenty of options to weigh in the recruiting process. The 6-9, 310-pounder has received offers from across the country.

According to Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.) head coach Dave Miller, Banner has been recruited heavily by many Pac-10 programs, but he also has an interest in several schools far from home, including Ohio State and Michigan.

The Wolverines in particular seem to have piqued Banner's interest.

"Michigan is back in with Hoke, going back to the big road graders," Miller said. "Getting the offer from Michigan last week was really exciting for Zach."

Miller said that pedigree for producing top tackles could be an important factor in Banner's decision.

JAMIL POLLARD'S FIRST OFFER IS A BIG ONE 

Florida has done well recruiting in New Jersey recently, landing the likes of Justin Trattou, Will Hill, and Josh Evans. The Gators are hoping to continue that trend by landing West Deptford (Westville, N.J.) two-way lineman Jamil Pollard.

Last week, Florida became the first program to offer the 6-5, 270-pounder, according to West Deptford head coach Clyde Folsom.

Pollard is thought to be a Rutgers lean, but the Scarlet Knights have yet to offer. By offering first, Florida has left an impression on one of the Garden State's best underclassmen.

COACHES ARE LINING UP FOR DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM 

Arguably the nation's top junior, Dorial Green-Beckham continues to be inundated with interest from colleges.

The verbal offers — from nearly every school in the country — had already poured in. Recently, Hillcrest was inundated with college coaches who are attempting to land the 6-6, talent-laden receiver.

According to Tracy Beckham, nearly a dozen head coaches visited the school in January before National Signing Day, from Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino to former Notre Dame head coach and current Florida assistant Charlie Weis.

With the sad news of Green-Beckham's younger brother Darnell being diagnosed with Leukemia, Green-Beckham may be more likely to play his college ball close to home, as the two share a close relationship.

DAVID PERKINS VISITS NOTRE DAME FOR JUNIOR DAY 

David Perkins, a standout athlete at Washington (South Bend, Ind.), visited Notre Dame for Junior Day over the weekend.

The Fighting Irish have yet to offer Perkins, who claims offers from Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Louisville and several MAC schools.

Perkins transferred to Washington after originally beginning his high school career in Michigan. He finished his junior season with 63 tackles and 13 sacks.

BOSCO QUARTET FAR FROM MAKING DECISIONS 

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) boasts four juniors who will be highly sought-after in the next recruiting cycle: defensive end Darius Hamilton, wide receiver Leonte Carroo, and defensive backs Elijah Shumate and Yuri Wright.

The four played an instrumental role in Don Bosco Prep's 12-0 season last year, and figure to be key players for the Ironmen in 2011. All four have heard from numerous colleges and have yet to narrow down their list of schools.

Hamilton is the son of former New York Giants defensive tackle Keith Hamilton, who attended Pitt. The Panthers have already offered the younger Hamilton, who could be the mostly highly coveted of the four.

Photos by Jeff Napier and Dan Coppola.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:33 pm
 

MaxPreps: Class of 2012 Top 10 football recruits

By MaxPreps Stephen Spiewak

With a full year remaining before these players will sign, MaxPreps identifies recruits from the class of 2012 who have already established themselves as elite players with extremely bright futures.

1. Dorial Green-Beckham
School: Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
Position: Wide receiver
Early Offers: Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Florida, et al
Analysis: We first wrote about Green-Beckham after his freshman season, when he was named to our Fresh Faces Top 100 for the Class of 2012 and likened to a young Randy Moss. Since then, he's only gotten bigger, stronger, faster, and downright scarier. He's on pace to shatter receiving records in Missouri, and is college-ready right now.

2. Zach Banner 
School: Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.)
Position: Offensive tackle
Early Offers: Washington, Oregon, Alabama, USC, et al
Analysis: Banner could be the top offensive lineman in a class that features the likes of D.J. Humphries, Vadal Alexander, John Theus, and Arik Armstead (who may play on the defensive side of the ball for USC.) He's still somewhat raw, but his ceiling is sky-high. He has a great build, long arms, and is very agile for his size, as he's also a star basketball player. One college coach called him the best recruit in the state as a junior.

3. Mario Edwards
School: Ryan (Denton, Texas)
Position: Defensive end
Early offers: Florida State, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, et al
Analysis: Arguably the best defensive player in the state of Texas as a junior, Edwards was the total package at defensive end last season. He displayed supreme athleticism and quickness on the outside pass rush but was also strong enough to shed blocks and make tackles. He could end up being recruited as highly as 2009 top recruit Jackson Jeffcoat.

4. Johnathan Gray
School: Aledo (Texas)
Position: Running back
Early offers: Texas Tech, TCU, Texas A&M
Analysis: Gray earned an early reputation as a freshman by flashing outstanding speed in limited varsity reps. He simply exploded after that, winning the MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year and Junior of the Year in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Gray has terrific burst to the outside, but also runs well between tackles. He has displayed an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well.

5. Rushel Shell 
School: Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.)
Position: Running back
Early offers: Pitt, Ohio State, West Virginia, Florida, et al
Analysis: Shell was the MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year in 2008 after he burst onto the scene in Pennsylvania's well-respected WPIAL, rushing for 1,516 yards and 14 scores as a ninth-grader. A patient back with superb vision, Shell has rushed for more than 2,000 yards in each of the last two seasons.

6. Eddie Goldman
School: Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.)
Position: Defensive tackle
Early offers: Maryland, Alabama, Florida, et al
Analysis: Per capita, Washington D.C. produces some of the most talent in the country. In 2012, the nation's capital boasts Goldman, an absolute bully on the defensive line. With his 6-4, 300-pound frame, Goldman is powerful yet agile. On film, he simply overpowers offensive linemen, and as he continues to refine his technique, he'll be extremely difficult to stop.

7. Arik Armstead
School: Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Position: Offensive tackle/defensive end
Early offers: Committed to USC
Analysis: Armstead is big, strong, and athletic. The brother of current Trojan Armond Armstead, Arik is a two-way star for Pleasant Grove, dominating on both sides of the line. While he wants to play defensive end at USC, Armstead's value may be higher at offensive tackle.

8. Shaq Thompson
School: Grant (Sacramento, Calif.)
Position: Athlete
Early offers: California, USC, UCLA, et al
Analysis: Thompson is a physical player who lined up at running back and safety for Grant, one of the country's top teams for much of last season. He can play all over the field at the next level, but is probably going to be utilized in the secondary.

9. Kwon Alexander
School: Oxford (Ala.)
Position: Linebacker
Early offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, et al
Analysis: Alexander is a missile on the field, stretching sideline-to-sideline and delivering punishing tackles. He has outstanding closing speed and the quickness to drop back into coverage. With 147 tackles and 17 sacks as a junior, Alexander was one of the most productive juniors in the country.

10. Noah Spence
School: Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Position: Defensive end
Early offers: Pittsburgh, Penn State, USC, et al
Analysis: With 41 career sacks, the three-year starter has proven that he's the next major recruit to emerge from Bishop McDevitt, which has also produced Rickey Watters, LeSean McCoy and most recently, Jameel Poteat. Spence explodes off the ball and is a sure tackler. He has plenty of room to add weight to his 6-4, 240-pound frame.

 
 
 
 
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