Tag:UCLA
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:15 am
Edited on: December 17, 2011 3:53 am
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OL Max Tuerk 100% committed to USC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CARSON, Calif. -- One of the top offensive linemen in Southern California, plenty of doubters thought offensive lineman Max Tuerk's Santa Margarita (Calif.) team didn't deserve to play for the state championship. For awhile, late Friday night at the Home Depot Center, Tuerk was one of them.

That was until the Eagles started marching down the field, putting together a eight-play, 79-yard drive that had them inches from the lead on 4th down. It was every linemen's dream to have the game - and a title - on the line in that situation and thanks to quarterback Johnny Stanton's keeper with seconds left on the clock, Tuerk's came true.

"It was the best game of my life," he said after Santa Margarita's 42-37 win over Bellarmine Prep (Calif.). "I didn't even think we were going to win, I was kind of scared to be honest. But we pulled it out. The underclassmen really played great and it was a great game."

The 6-foot-6, 254-pounder is ranked as the 17th-best offensive tackle in the country by MaxPreps but played at multiple spots along the line in the win. Tuerk helped pave the way for the do-everything Stanton, who finished with 306 yards passing and six total touchdowns.

"I like moving around," he said. "It's fun to get a little guard work in.

"We played pretty good today. There were a couple of sacks we gave up but we played pretty well when it came down to it."

Tuerk is Santa Margarita's top recruit in the class of 2012 but the young team features two underclass linemen receiving early interest from FBS programs in Erik Bunte and Riley Sorenson. Bunte holds an early scholarship offer from SMU and figures to gain a long look from UCLA now that former offensive line coach Adrian Klemm has moved to Westwood. While Tuerk departs a California Division I state champion, the affable tackle hopes it's just the beginning of a run for the school.

"We want to keep the tradition going," he said. "They're all studs, Coach (Marty) Spalding is an awesome coach, we owe all our credit to him."

"There are probably three or four D-1 guys on that line," Stanton said. "You don't get many O-lines like that in the entire United States in high school. It's huge having those guys and all of them support each other and us."

Tuerk had a solid junior season in 2010 but didn't see heavy interest from scholarships until the following spring. He committed to USC in late May and recently received an in-home visit from the coaching staff to check in on him.

"Coach (Ed) Orgeron did a couple of weeks ago," Tuerk said. "(I'll visit) January 13th."

Several members of the Trojans coaching staff were on hand last week to see Tuerk battle one of Southern California's other top tackles, Kyle Murphy, in the CIF Southern Section Championship. With a coaching staff change across town at UCLA, many are looking for signs of waffling among the nine USC commitments. With offensive line coach James Cregg among those in attendance Friday night, Tuerk remains firmly committed despite other schools' interest in getting his signature before Signing Day.

"They tried talking to me but I'm 100% USC," he said. "Nobody's really (coming after me), I've told them I'm 100% USC."




Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Mora boosts recruiting quickly with two hires

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Jim Mora knows that he has some limitations coming from a long career in the NFL and, recently, from television. Taking over at UCLA, he identified recruiting as one area he would need help in and he significantly boosted the Bruins ability to do that Tuesday night, hiring SMU offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm and Arizona State receivers coach Steve Broussard.

The two will take on slightly different responsibilities in Westwood, with Klemm also coordinating the run game and Broussard moving over to running backs.

Klemm's hiring is a coup for Mora given his signficant ability to land West Coast talent and, in particular, Los Angeles-area recruits. A former NFL lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, Klemm went to school at nearby St. Monica High before playing at Hawaii. While at SMU, he had a knack at bringing Southern California recruits to Dallas.

Venice (Calif.) wide receiver Gabriel Marks and South Gate (Calif.) running back Robert Lewis are just two top recruits Klemm landed in the class of 2012 for the Mustangs. There's a good chance both stay closer to home and flip their pledges to UCLA with the hiring.

Broussard has numerous ties to the region thanks to time at Arizona State and Washington State, where he was a stand out running back. He managed to break into area powerhouse Long Beach Poly and snag five commitments for the Sun Devils this year.

UCLA has 18 commitments for the class of 2012.
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Productive weekend for Cal with commit of WR Powe

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Jeff Tedford has hosted big recruiting weekends in Berkeley before but this past weekend's list of official and unofficial visitors might have been one of the more impressive collection of recruits at Cal in some time. The success of the weekend will be measured with commitments though and the Bears grabbed at least one in Lakewood (Calif.) wide receiver Darius Powe.

"It's the education, the location, the fans, the players and trust in the coaches," Powe told BearTerritory.net.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide out held offers from Arizona, Nebraska, Oregon and UCLA but saw interest by Cal coaches pick up in the past few weeks. Visiting the school with commits such as Bryce Treggs and, especially, quarterback Zach Kline helped convince Powe to join the class as much as the coaches did.

"Oh yeah, we'll get closer," Powe said of playing with Kline. "It's really big to have a big QB there with me."

Powe becomes the fourth player at his position in the Bears' class of 2012 as the staff looks to replace several departing seniors. He wrapped up his senior season with 33 catches for 516 yards and eight touchdowns. California recently added a commitment from Freddie Tagaloa the week before Powe's as they look to pick up the momentum in the class of 2012.
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:47 am
 

12/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another bowl game in Florida could boost Michigan State's recruiting in the state.

Linebacker Darius Parson decommitted from Syracuse.

 Linebacker Thomas Brown is "set in stone" with Nebraska.

 A Toledo recruit is a big fan of new Illinois head coach Tim Beckman.

New UCLA head coach Jim Mora has plenty of catching up to do, including recruiting.

Funny story about Pete Carroll recruiting Tim Tebow to USC.

 Florida commits won't waver with Charlie Weis at Kansas.

Commitments

 Offensive lineman Ralphael Green committed to Indiana after visiting Missouri.

 Defensive back D.J. White and athlete Anthony Autry committed to Georgia Tech.

 Colorado received the sixth commitment from a defensive lineman in Josh Tupou.

 Safety K.J. Dillon committed to West Virginia on his visit.

 Quarterback Kendric Bostic flipped his pledge from UCF to Princeton.

 Defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown committed to Louisville.

Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:56 am
 

12/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Top quarterback Gunner Kiel will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.

  Several Oklahoma State commits are upset at the Cowboys missing out on the title game.

  N.C. State commit Charlie Hedegus has some interest in South Florida.

  Steve Fairchild's firing has left Colorado State's recruiting in limbo.

  What happens if top running back Keith Marshall does not pick Georgia?

  Defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson rated his visit to Georgia Tech as a '8 or 9.'

  Carl Pelini was hired in part to fix FAU's recruiting problems.

  Rice fired recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Rick LaFavers.

Commitments

  Quarterback Tyler Cameron switched his commitment from USF to Wake Forest. The Bulls added a JUCO offensive lineman however.

  Wide receiver Chris Harper became the latest in a Southern California to SMU pipeline.

  Former Texas Tech pledge Christian Okafor has committed to Cal.

  Washington added North Torrance (Calif.) athlete Ryan McDaniel.

  Another commit for UCLA despite the coaching change as running back Paul Perkins pledged to be a Bruin.

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 10:04 am
 

12/1 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Auburn is recruiting quarterback Jameis Winston, despite their self-imposed restrictions.

 Coaching changes at like Arizona State, Illinois, UCLA and Washington State have recruits concerned about the future.

 Missouri quarterback commit Maty Mauk was named Mr. Ohio.

 Urban Meyer should instantly enhance recruiting at Ohio State.

 Georgia will have its chance to impress defensive back Chaz Elder.

 Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman is ramping up recruiting on defense.

 Tom Bradley is out selling the positives of Penn State to recruits.

Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:54 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Top 2013 defensive lineman Bigelow commits to USC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After crushing crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday, head coach Lane Kiffin had just one thing on his mind as USC served out the final year of their bowl ban: recruiting.

The win over their rival sent the Trojans out on a high note as the staff hit the road to recruit the next day and it's already paying dividends as Bear (Del.) defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow committed Wednesday night, giving the program its first 2013 pledge and one of the nation's top players in the class.

“It’s a beautiful place out there,” Bigelow told 247Sports. “I really liked the environment. Just to be out in California for the weekend and seeing the sights, it’s a really great place. Seeing the alumni come out of USC, and not just football greats, but actors like Will Ferrell and movie producers is amazing.”

Likely to be one of the top players at his position once the rankings come out, the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder already held scholarship offers from Auburn, UConn, Rutgers, Oklahoma and Illinois among others. Bigelow took an unofficial visit to the Coliseum over the weekend to see the win over UCLA and with the Trojans entering scholarship reductions due to NCAA sanctions in 2012, he sees an opportunity for playing time and the chance to learn from the best in line coach Ed Orgeron.

“I think I can go into that football program and standout immediately,” Bigelow said. “They have a great defensive line, I saw a lot of defensive ends, but I didn’t see a lot of defensive tackles. I think I could go there and compete for a starting position and make that defense a lot better.”

Bigelow is USC's first commitment for the class of 2013 and the Trojans have just two defensive ends committed in 2012. He racked up 20 sacks this season while playing on the same high school team as quarterback David Sills, also a Trojan commitment but in the class of 2015.

Photo credit Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com






 
 
 
 
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