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Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:45 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 6:49 pm
 

Urban Meyer off and running in 2013 with Burrows

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Given the fact that Urban Meyer spotted programs around the country a few months and still delievered what will likely be a top five recruiting recruiting class in 2012, it's somewhat scary to think what he'll do in 2013. The master recruiter got a off to a great start on Thursday, as one of the top players in the Midwest, Trotwood (Ohio) defensive back Cameron Burrows committed to Ohio State.

"(The hiring of Meyer) helped a lot," Burrows told BuckeyeGrove.com. "Urban is a great man and a great coach."

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Burrows can play multiple positions and picked the Buckeyes over finalists Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Stanford and Wisconsin. Although it's rare for players who are juniors to make commitments this early, the top defensive back wanted to end the process to avoid distractions as recruiting typically picks up after Signing Day.

"I wanted to get it over with before my senior season so I could just focus on the season," Burrows said. "I didn't want to have to worry about recruiting and coaches talking to me and everything. I wanted to focus on my team and on school."

Burrows is not only the Buckeyes' first 2013 commitment but a big recruit to build around. He is a Maxpreps Top Junior and racked up 46 tackles and four interceptions while leading his team to a state title in 2011. He added touchdowns on each side of the ball last season and was an impact player patrolling the secondary for Trootwood-Madison.

"He definitely has what it takes to become an All-American in the class of 2013," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Powerful with great coverage skills, he fills gaps and can turn and run with the best of them. He's active, athletic, and as intense as they come. He needs to get stronger but the rest of his game is already there. He plays big in big games, impresses you with the way he can quickly close on the ball, and has a strong work ethic and leadership skills."



Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:42 am
 

1/18 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Here's a podcast I did where Gunner Kiel and parents in the recruiting process came up. Kiel is settling into life at Notre Dame today.

 SMU got four early enrollees this year, including a Parade All-America.

 Dalvin Tomlinson not visiting Georgia could be good news for Georgia Tech.

 Quarterback Kanler Coker flipped from East Carolina to North Carolina.

 West Virginia added athlete Nana Kyeremeh.

 Houston added a commitment from defensive tackle Donald Hopkins.

 Bret Bielema has been working to keep his recruiting class together.

 Defensive end Michael Onuoha will visit Missouri this weekend.

 Several prospects, such as Jordan Diamond, enjoyed their trip to Michigan.

Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:26 am
 

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With official visits being scheduled left and right and coaching hires being made, the recruiting process for several top players is still in flux during the month of January. Such is the case for Chicago (Ill.) offensive lineman Jordan Diamond, who has a short list of schools but his final destination is still undetermined.

"I've got five but things could change," Diamond said. "With coaching staff changes going on, I'm definitely going to wait it out."

Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Auburn and Arkansas are the final five listed by the Maxpreps number seven offensive tackle in the class of 2012. He has officially visited all but the Wolverines so far and is looking for each program to match the criteria he's laid out.

"The opportunity to play early is going to be key," he said. "The ultimate thing is being comfortable though. Wherever I go I want to feel comfortable and fit in with the players and coaching staff. I want to bond as soon as I get there. When that feeling comes, I'll make the decision."

The Buckeyes, with new head coach Urban Meyer, appear to be one of the favorites to land the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder. In addition to being on the short list, Diamond's visit last month was a chance to get to know the program better.

"I took a visit on the 17th," he said. "The staff is very energetic. I love the players there and the coaching staff. Urban Meyer brings a lot of energy to what he does. I just had a good time overall there."

Diamond is ranked as the 41st overall recruit in the class of 2012 and plans on making an announcement on Signing Day.
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:59 am
 

Live Chat: Bryan Fischer talks Recruiting

Join recruiting blogger Bryan Fischer for a live chat at 1 p.m. ET to talk about the Top 25 Recruiting Rankings, which has Alabama at No. 1.

Can Alabama and Nick Saban dominate the college football world for the next few seasons? How are USC and Oregon doing recruiting wise? What should we expect on National Signing Day on Feb. 1? Join us to answer these questions and more.


Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:20 pm
 

2012 All-star game top performers


Posted by Bryan Fischer

The three major all-star games are over and the recruits are all on their way back home as they settle into a big three week stretch before Signing Day rolls around. As the last high school competitions of the 2011 season, the games also gave us a chance to see how players do against future FBS talent. Based on the performances during the Semper Fi game, Under Armour All-American game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, here's a few standouts at each position.

QUARTERBACK

Jeff Lindquist, committed to Washington
Semper Fi game

The Huskies commits shined during all-star game week and Lindquist started things off by being the best QB in the Semper Fi game, tossing two touchdowns and keeping some plays alive with his feet when needed. He's got great pocket awareness and a strong arm, perfect fits in his future college system.

Cyler Miles, committed to Washington
Army All-American Bowl: 7-of-8, 155 yards, two total touchdowns

The co-MVP of the game, Miles was a savvy signal-caller who got the start for the West and was on point most of the game. He took some sacks but generally got the ball out quickly and was accurate in hitting his receivers. He throws a great deep ball and hit Dorial Green-Beckham for the play of the game on the longest touchdown pass in bowl history in the 2nd quarter.

Jameis Winston, committed to Florida State
Under Armour All-American game: 8-of-9, 178 yards and two touchdowns

The MVP, Winston is best described as a gamer. He wasn't perfect but used his legs to escape a collapsing pocket several times and nearly turned in some Michael Vick-esque plays. He was accurate in the passing game and delivered a beautiful deep ball to hit his target in stride for a 75-yard touchdown. If he sticks to football, the sky's the limit based on how good he is despite being raw.

RUNNING BACK

Mike Davis, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: six carries for 16 yards, two catches for 31 yards

Davis showed a great blend of speed and power and had the burst to get out of the hole and into daylight. He had a nice move that he bounced to the sideline for a 26 yard gain and was one of the few East offensive players who could get things going.

Randy 'Duke' Johnson, committed to Miami
Under Armour All-American game: nine carries for 50 yards, three catches for 18 yards, 161 all-purpose yards

It's pretty clear who the best back in the state of Florida is after Johnson put his moves on display for a national audience. His ability to weave in and out of tackles is remarkable and he's got the vision and moves to take advantage of even the smallest amount of space. His 83-yard kick return had him cutting across the field at least three times before being pushed out just short of the end zone. Johnson is clearly a threat to score every time he has the ball in his hands.

T.J. Yeldon, committed to Alabama
Army All-American Bowl: five carries for 16 yards, three catches for 39 yards

The Tide get another great back in Yeldon, who seemed to kick it in an extra gear whenever a defender came near him. He's got great athleticism and showed it off with a leaping try for the endzone that came up just short. He is an every down back with the way he can come out of the back field to catch passes or run between the tackles.

WIDE RECEIVER

Marvin Bracy, committed to Florida State
Under Armour All-American game: two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown

Need speed? Bracy has plenty of it and flaunted it by getting behind several defensive backs as a deep threat. His touchdown came on a 32 yard catch that was easily one of the highlights of the week as he twisted around to grab the ball and held on for the score.

Amari Cooper, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: two catches for 95 yards and a touchdown

Cooper produced a play to start off the game for the White with a 75-yarder from Winston that set the tone in the Under Armour game. He ended up snagging the ball in stride over a defender and was off to the races after that. His blend of good hands and speed make him one of the top players in the country and underrated by anybody who doesn't think he can make a big impact in Tuscaloosa.

D.J. Foster, undecided
Semper Fi game

Foster was a multipurpose tool during the game and played at receiver, running back and took some snaps as a wildcat quarterback. He's a solid guy who can take the ball downhill while using his speed and quickness in the open field.

Dorial Green-Beckham, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: two catches, 88 yards and a touchdown

Green-Beckham had a pair of drops but the one-handed, record-setting grab he had in the first half was enough to overcome them. The first thing that stands out is his size, dwarfing anybody but one or two offensive linemen, and speed (definite two-stepper) that are some of the reasons why he's the top player in the class of 2012. He's still raw but his physical tools are unmatched by any wide out.

Jaydon Mickens, undecided
Semper Fi game

Mickens caught a touchdown and was named the MVP after doing just about everything he could in the West's victory. He nearly had a touchdown pass but the ball went off the receiver's hands but had several nice catch-and-runs to make up for it. He's shifty in traffic and if he's in open space, good luck catching him.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Jonathan Bullard, committed to Florida
Army All-American Bowl: one sack, three tackles

Bullard surprised with his strength and size from the end spot and gave the tackles trouble all game long. He was able to apply a constant stream of pressure and played the run well - a rarity in some of these games. He committed to Florida during the game and should be someone who plays early given how ready he looks for college.

Jordan Jenkins, uncommitted
Under Armour All-American game: eight tackles, two for loss, two sacks

Jenkins was playing out of position at tackle but made an impact with his quickness to get by offensive linemen with ease. He moved outside for a play or two but the ability to handle the interior line like he did was just another sign of a great player.

Noah Spence, committed to Ohio State
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, four for a loss, three sacks

There's a reason he's the number one defensive end in the nation as he was quick off the snap, had the power and agility to pass rush and could play the run well. Spence filled the stat sheet and was in the backfield just about every play. With his size at the moment combined with polished pass rush moves, it won't be too long before every Big Ten quarterback knows his name and number.

Adolphus Washington, committed to Ohio State
Army All-American Bowl: two tackles, two sacks

Another great performance out of Washington is one reason why the Buckeyes' defensive line class looks absolutely frightening in 2012. He displayed a terrific first step and chased players down from the backside like a man on a mission. Though the West offensive line was pretty solid, Washington was a thorn in their side all game long.

Channing Ward, committed to Ole Miss
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, three for a loss, two sacks

Ward was unblockable and terrorized opposing quarterbacks all night long so much that the coaches need to take him out to give the other team a chance. He led the White team defense in every category and had even more pressure than what showed up in the box score. He looked an awful lot like DeMarcus Ware against some talented offensive linemen down in Tampa.

LINEBACKER

Joe Bolden, committed to Michigan
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, one for a loss

Bolden wasn't the most impressive linebacker at the even but he was extremely solid and among the most sound defensive players at the game. He racked up seven tackles and fit the gap well after recognizing run plays.

Reggie Ragland, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, half for a loss

The first thing that stands out is Ragland's size and ability to be just an absolute load coming downhill. He'll fit in well as an inside linebacker playing the run as I didn't see too much of him in coverage.

DEFENSIVE BACK

Landon Collins, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: four tackles, interception

Collins is one of the top players in the country and proved it against all-star competition. He can hit - delivering a touchdown-saving, loud hit at the goal line - and cover. He's instinctive and beyond all else hits another level once the bright lights come on.

De'Vante Harris, undecided
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles

Harris made waves after the game by decommitting from Oklahoma but that shouldn't overshadow his performance on the field. He was able to play wide receivers well and came up to tackle well when needed in run support. What really impressed were his instincts, knowing just when to come off his man and when to sink back.

Tracy Howard, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: one tackle

Howard is as close as it gets to being a shutdown corner for this class and opposing quarterbacks rarely looked his way during the game. What stands out about him is how fluid he is in coverage and the ability to play his man while reading the quarterback. He's savvy and understands the game better than most.

Marcus Maye, committed to Florida
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, fumble recovery

Normally a safety, Maye slid up and played linebacker in the game and impressed with how well he did in traffic. He was flying all around and used his speed to track down some speedy players. He was, naturally, solid in coverage and showed plenty of range that will serve him well at safety. He did a great job of turning his hips and changing directions quickly too.

Kendall Sanders, committed to Texas
Army All-American Bowl: two tackles, two interceptions

Sanders picked off two passes during the game and was roaming around like a ball-hawk that he could be. His position isn't set in college but based on the Army Bowl, cornerback or nickelback is a good start when he arrives in Austin. He turns his hips well and did a good job of sinking off his man into the throwing lane.

Tee Shepard, committed to Notre Dame
Semper Fi game

Shepard locked down his opposing receiver and was rarely tested by opposing quarterbacks all night. He's so lengthy that he can play the press coverage well or back off and roam a little to play ball-hawking corner. He turns his hips so well that he can change directions quicker than a receiver can sometimes.

Shaq Thompson, committed to Cal
Army All-American Bowl: five tackles, two for loss

Thompson was all over the field on Saturday and backed up his number five overall ranking with his play against some of the best in the country. His size stands out but he can run and was a hard hitter that you didn't want to go over the middle in front of. He led the West in tackles and was the enforcer in the secondary.

Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Ifeadi Odenigbo commits to Northwestern

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not everyday that Northwestern lands a top tier recruit but that was the case on Saturday as the Wildcats landed Dayton (Ohio) defensive end/linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is a pass rushing specialst off the edge and can play at either defensive end or as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

"He shows a remarkably quick first step, superior pass rushing skills, great balance, the ability to bend off the edge, and he's been blessed with strong hands and very quick feet," said analyst Tom Lemming. "A versatile ball player who can play DE, ILB or ILB. He has already made an impact as a pass rusher and shows the tools to do the same at the Division I level. He can make plays from sideline to sideline, is excellent in pursuit, shows good recognition skills and displays playmaking ability."

Odenigbo participated in the Under Armour All-American game last week and recorded two sacks after a solid week of practice. He held offers from schools like Ohio State, Michigan and UCLA put picked Northwestern over his other finalists, Stanford and Notre Dame.

The four-star is ranked as the 49th player in the class of 2012 by Maxpreps.
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:12 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 1:04 pm
 

West takes Army All-American Bowl 24-12



Posted by Bryan Fischer


SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Plenty of the nation's top recruits defended upon the Alamodome for yet another U.S. Army All-American Bowl and once again they did not disappoint. The final of the three major high school football all-star games wrapped up a busy start to 2012 with a West victory over the East 24-12 before a record crowd of 39,011 that put college bowl games to shame with the amount of talent on the field and the number of people in the stands.

"It was a great week," said Westlake Village (Calif.) wide receiver Jordan Payton. "It's so great to be out here with (the Army), that's the best part. It's an honor to be playing with all these guys, I love them all. I feel like we've been playing forever. It's been the best week of my life and football career."

Payton did not end up with a reception during the game but was one of 14 players to put on a school hat and commit. In the four-star receiver's case, he was one of three players to verbally pledge to California on national television, giving the Golden Bears as big of a win Saturday afternoon as the West squad.

"I think this is going to be real big," Sacramento (Calif.) safety and Maxpreps' number five overall player Shaq Thompson said. "Our class, the 2012 class, is really going to change things."

The top defensive tackle in the country and number eight overall player in the class, Monrovia (Calif.) product Ellis McCarthy was the other commitment.

"I just really like Coach Tosh (Lupoi) ," McCarthy said on NBC. "I like the progam a lot and I've built a relationship with him and the team."

While there was plenty of attention paid to the recruiting story lines taking place behind the end zone, there were also several players who had no trouble finding the area for six points either. The West took the opening drive 44 yards in eight plays and was capped off with a four-yard quarterback keeper by Washington commit Cyler Miles for the game's first points.

The East squad answered right back on the next series, marching down the field in a 10-play, 77-yard drive that saw Norfolk (Va.) linebacker and Virginia commit Kwontie Moore flip over to fullback and take it in for a two-yard touchdown.

"There was some real talent here and it was an honor to be on the same field as them," East quarterback and LSU pledge Gunner Kiel said. "This was the best of the best."

The Columbus (Ind.) signal-caller finished the day 3-of-6 for 71 yards and one interception to lead his team in passing. Kiel was one of several quarterbacks under siege by the opposing defensive line and struggled to stay in the pocket to find time to throw. The number two overall prospect in the class of 2012, he was overshadowed in the game by the only other player above him in the rankings, Hillcrest (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder had what wound up as the deciding touchdown late in the 2nd quarter, connecting with Miles on a 79-yard pass with a one-handed grab over future Clemson defensive back Travis Blanks before pulling away for the score. The play was the longest touchdown pass in the bowl's history.

"It was great, some of these guys will probably start wherever they go to school," Green-Beckham said. "I came out here to get ready for next year and try to be the best worker out here.

"It was a big adjustment speed-wise but I wanted to just come out here and keep competing."

Green-Beckham and Miles were named co-MVPs for the victorious West team but the record that will be in future Army Bowl programs was just as meaningful for the quarterback.

"That's a great honor," Miles said. "It's a great feeling, (Green-Beckham) has such a range. You can put it in a lot of places. 6-6, 225, you really can't miss with him."

East defensive back Yuri Wright, who is uncommitted but considering Notre Dame, Michigan and Rutgers among others, also covered Green-Beckham was equally impressed.

"Dorial Green-Beckham is a really good player," Wright said. "I'm not going to lie, he's really good."

Both teams finished about even in the yardage department (202 for the West, 198 for the East) but turnovers turned a close game into a rout. UCLA-bound corner Ishmael Adams had one interception while Texas pledge Kendall Sanders grabbed two to help shut down the East passing game.

With all-star games typically dominated by defensive lines that can force quarterbacks out of the pocket, the West stood up to the test better and was able to help protect Miles, 7-of-8, 155 yards and two total touchdowns, and buy him plenty of time to find his targets.

"The offensive line did great, I'm proud with those guys," he said. "That goes back to coaching during the week. We prepared great and we showed it. The o-line definitely performed today."

"You have to be ready for this, you knew you were going to play against all-stars from across the country and they play big time football," Uncommitted West offensive tackle Zach Banner said. "For you to come out here and not expect it, you're either cocky or you're stupid. I knew what these guys were going to bring and I think I raised my game."




Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:13 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Jordan Payton commits to California

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Westlake Village (Calif.) wide receiver Jordan Payton let it out via his Twitter account on Friday but put on the California hat at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl to publicly announce that he had committed to the Bears.

"I'll be going, for the next four years, to the University of California," Payton said. "I just felt most comfortable at Cal, I love everything about the school and the coaches."

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder was USC's first commitment for the class of 2012 but opened things back up during the summer. He also considered Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA among other schools.

"He can stretch the field, shows sure hands, excellent speed, size and leaping ability," analyst Tom Lemming said. "An athletic WR who can get in and out of his cuts quickly, runs precise routes, has the agility to change directions quickly, and has the burst and speed to get separation on the fastest of defenders. A go-to guy with the ability to become an impact offensive player in college."

The four-star is the number seven wide receiver and 81st overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps, Payton had 61 catches for 769 yards and 10 touchdowns and played safety and grabbed 40 tackles and two interceptions.



 
 
 
 
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