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Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:56 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 7:04 pm
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Pro Impact takes Atlanta NLA 7-on-7 title



Posted by Bryan Fischer

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ROSWELL, Ga. -- Despite windy, chilly conditions on the outskirts of Atlanta, 7-on-7 team Pro Impact lived up to their number one seed and won the first New Level Athletics Elite tournament of the year. The national competition drew teams from Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia to feature some of the top recruits in the country making a run at the large NLA trophy at the end.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based Pro Impact had nearly half the team made up of underclassmen but the group was composed throughout their run to the title game and acted like seasoned veterans.   

"It was a lot of fun," wide receiver Isaiah Ford said. "I looked forward to going against some of the top prospects, top performers in the country and seeing how I matched up.

"It's just amazing. It's even better to win."

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound rising junior was one of the top players on the team and had several impressive catches over the middle. Wearing a pair of white-and-black striped socks, Ford and Pro Impact were remarkably consistent on offense, moving the ball down the field before taking shots at the end zone when needed. The team ran into a similarly talented Team Georgia in the final but was able to pull out a win and good seed for NLA 7-on-7 Nationals  in a tough double overtime victory.

"I had fun," Marietta (Ga.) running back and Alabama commitment Tyren Jones said. "I met some new people, it was a good thing and a great experience. Everybody was great, we just have to get the chemistry right and we'll win nationals.

"I think we represented (Georgia) well."

Both teams will have a chance to take home a national 7-on-7 title in the middle of June after earning automatic qualification on Sunday.

Langley enjoys trip to Athens

There was one new face at Centennial High School for the tournament phase of the NLA event on Sunday that only added to the star power at the stadium. Marietta (Ga.) defensive back Brendan Langley was on an unofficial visit to Georgia and missed Saturday's action but his return immediately boosted the secondary for a Goon Squad team that was knocked out in overtime.

"It was pretty fun. I wish I would have been able to come out yesterday," Langley said. "Just from this one game it was a fun experience. Hopefully I'll be able to travel with the team to Pittsburgh and Vegas."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder played mostly at safety during the event, using his long reach to break up passes when quarterbacks dared to throw to his area. It doesn't take long to see why Langley is one of the top players in the state and a natural defensive back based on how fluid he is in coverage. His skill set is one reason he has a double-digit number of offers and headed up to Athens for what was nicknamed Very Important Dawg (VID) Day.

"It was nice. I tell you, it's different going up there just as a prospect and going up there with an offer is two totally different things," he said. "I went up there for the first Junior Day on the 28th of January and they didn't show me nearly as much love as they did yesterday.

"I brought a friend up there, Josh Fuller, he plays corner. Shaquille Wiggins, Tray Matthews - I was in a DB meeting with them. Tremel Terry was also a friend of mine there. It was fun."

The short drive from home to see the campus and get to know the coaching staff better certainly left an impact on Langley, who had notable excitement in his voice when talking about the trip. Although he did not commit to the program on the way back, it's clear the Bulldogs are certainly a favorite to land one from him at the moment.

"I can't say they are the leader but I can say it's between them and Alabama for the top spot," Langley said. "I think they might be recruiting me just as hard as the other. Yesterday, (Will) Friend the offensive line coach, he had offensive linemen blowing up his phone but he was with me the whole time. It's things like that that I notice."

With almost all of the SEC schools extending an offer and several coaches recruiting him hard, Langley has a difficult decision ahead. He is trying to take in each school and view the positives and negatives with each program before eventually sitting down and making his commitment sometime later this year.

"The number one thing is development," he said. "Where they're going to get me and not just in football, where they're going to get me in the future. It's something I definitely look for."

The only visits Langley has taken is to Tuscaloosa and Athens and figures to return to each for a spring practice or two in addition to a few other stops over the next few months.

"Right now I'm just going day-by-day," he said. "Hopefully I can maybe get down to Gainesville to see Florida, up to South Carolina and up to Knoxville (for Tennessee) and then make a decision after that. I don't want to make any irrational decision right now being that I've only been to Georgia and Alabama."

Mizzell shows off speed to burn

One of the neat parts of events like the NLA Elite 7-on-7 is to see players from different parts of the country play against top-flight competition. Virginia Beach (Va.) running back Taquan Mizzell is one of the top players in the state and came down to Georgia determined to prove he belonged in the conversation as a top recruit.

"This was really a chance for me to better myself and get other people recruited," Mizzell said. "I really wanted to work on my route running and catching abilities, getting up the field faster and things like that."

The speedster did it all for his Team Virginia as they made it all the way to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Pro Impact. Mizzell was an impact player, using his quickness to pull away from defensive backs and showed soft hands out of the backfield and on routes. Given his performance, it's easy to see why he's grabbing offers just about every week.

"The most recent offer is the University of Cal," he said. "It caught me a little off guard so I was very excited about that one.  Watching college football growing up, their running back Jahvid Best used to be my favorite back. I used to watch his highlight tape all the time. Once they told me they were offering me I was kind of surprised but so happy about it."

While the Bears are a big offer on Mizzell's table with plenty of them on there, a big Midwest power could be the next to pull the trigger.

"I have 13 right now," he said. "The 14th one is basically Notre Dame. They told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship but all I have to do is send my transcript. Once they see that and everything is good, they'll confirm it."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has been hearing from several schools across the country but the recent one to show him extra attention is Ohio State. The Buckeyes have already developed quite a reputation for their recruiting prowess under new head coach Urban Meyer and it appears that Mizzell is the latest the coaching staff is going after with vigor.

"(Running backs coach Stan Drayton) saw my film and said it was a no-brainer to offer me and that I was a guy for them," he said. "They wanted to get me up to the school. They basically want to build up a relationship and offer me a scholarship. Once we talked and he told me what it was, I talked to the head coach (Meyer) and the receivers coach (Zach Smith).

"It was kind of how they recruited Percy (Harvin) out of Virginia and how they used him at Florida. They would use me similarly. Also how they used Chris Rainey."

The success Harvin had in Meyer's offense is a big selling point for Ohio State and the fact that he is from the same area as Mizzell is an important one for the 2013 back because Harvin is one of his role models.

"I always want to see players from our area and Virginia do well," Mizzell said. "I look up to Percy and how he's in the NFL. My old teammate (Virginia cornerback) Demetrious Nicholson was very successful too. Running back-wise, I used to try and be like Jahvid Best but right now, I'd have to say like (LeSean) McCoy."

Mizzell plans to compete in several stops in the spring and summer camp circuit, including the NLA event in Pittsburgh. Although he's not sure what other school visits he'll take, he knows a few things that he is looking for each program when he does wind up on a campus.

"I just want a good education," he said. "I also want a chance to impact the team early on. Transportation, that's no problem because I know wherever I go my family will support me as long as I get a good education. If I can get on the field, that's good because I can try and make it to the next level."

757's future is promising with underclass talent

Mizzell wasn't the only player from Team Virginia to impress at the event. With seven underclassmen on the squad looking to make a name for themselves, no body stood out physically and with their play than Virginia Beach (Va.) defensive back Quin Blanding.

"I just wanted to show people that the 757 has all the talent," Blanding said. "We came in to play our game. Where we come from is the same as everybody else."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder roamed the secondary quite well on Saturday and Sunday. It's easy to see why the 2014 prospect is already drawing plenty of interest from schools across the country.

"Most recent is North Carolina," he said of his offers. "All the colleges that have offered me, I just look at them the same. I'm not thinking about them as my sophomore year finishes but when my junior year comes around, I'll start going through the process. I've got seven right now: Virginia, Virginia Tech, UConn, UNC, N.C. State, ECU and Vanderbilt.

"Most coaches want me to play safety. I prefer to play that… I like to hit. I had a lot of tackles last year and like seven or eight interceptions. I played receiver too."

Despite the attention almost two years before when he can sign a letter of intent, there are two programs who Blanding wouldn't mind hearing from in the coming months.

"I grew up a Florida State fan with my dad and watching them," he said. "Now I'm an Oregon fan. I just like that fast-paced offense and defense that keeps moving and moving. They haven't show any interest but I look forward to it."

In the meantime, Blanding has plans to go to several camps but hasn't yet figured out his schedule.

Paris impresses once again at NLA Elite

At this point, Mansfield (Texas) defensive back Edward Paris a wiley old veteran of 7-on-7 competitions despite being just a rising junior. Already looking physically like a college player and with 4.4 speed, it's no surprise to hear that colleges are already recruiting him as much as they can in hopes of landing one of Texas' top defenders.

"I just recently got offers from Georgia Tech and Washington State," Parris said. "I think USC is close to offering and Alabama too."

Before this week, LSU and SMU had already extended offers and are two of the schools Paris has been hearing from for some time.

"I'm hearing a little more from LSU and UCLA," he said. "I'm interested in all schools right now. I'm just looking for a school that I can fit in socially and that has a really good education."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is adept at playing either safety or corner but could continue to grow and wind up as an outside linebacker at the next level.

"I think a lot of them see me as a very physical guy on and off the line," he said. "I also have make-up speed in case I get beat."

Right after the tournament ended, Parris was taking advantage of the trip home by making his way West for two unofficial visits with programs who have been recruiting at a high level and have shown interest.

"After this tournament, we're going to go to Auburn and Alabama for a visit," he said. "I'll go to the Alabama camp and the LSU camp again and maybe Florida also."

Paris figures to have plenty of other opportunities on the travel team Goon Squad over the coming months and could be well beyond the double-digit offer mark by the end of the summer.


Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:11 pm
 

ACC Signing Day Grades



Posted by Bryan Fischer


CBS Sports Top 25 Team Rankings
College Commits Top 100
6. Florida State 23 6
7. Miami 33 1
12. Clemson 21 2
16. Virginia Tech 28 1
20. Virginia 25 2

ACC school-by-school
Atlantic Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 LB Steven Daniels C- Small and without a big time athlete, this class is lacking quite a bit. If you're looking for an impact player, look at others.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB Travis Blanks B+ It was a relatively quiet day for the Tigers but they still reeled in a very good class. There are a few guys who will redshirt and wait their turn but also a few like Blanks who will play right away.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 DE Mario Edwards Jr. A+ As much as people talk about Stanford's OL class, they should also be discussing the FSU DL class with both ends and tackles forming an imposing bunch. Jameis Winston, if he doesn't go to the MLB Draft, is a quarterback who could be special if he utilizes all his talent.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 RB Wes Brown B- Mike Locksley was supposed to grab some high profile talent but outside of Brown, there's not a ton of guys. Solid? Yes. But not impact guys and only a handful who should play early.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 DE Kenderius Whitehead B- It's actually kind of impressive that the Wolfpack didn't land one top in-state guy. They still put together a decent class but missing on talent close to home with your rival in a state of flux isn't a good thing.
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 QB Tyler Cameron C+ Because so many will redshirt, it will be awhile before we really know how this class will turn out but adding Cameron is a big pick up because after that it's a lot of under the radar guys that may grow into the system there.
Coastal Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 RB Shaquille Powell B This looks like one of Duke's better classes in recent year with a few recruits who went a bit under the radar but are just plain old good football players.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 QB Justin Thomas C+ There were several players who the Yellow Jackets whiffed on and they simply didn't go a great job of capitalizing on the deep talent base in the state this year.
- Team page
- Commitment list
33 RB Randy 'Duke' Johnson A- The 2012 group will be remembered for picking the Hurricanes despite the NCAA cloud hanging over the program. There are some guys that aren't truly Miami-level guys but also plenty of impact players who should see lots of playing time as freshmen.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 OL J.J. Patterson B All things considered - a staff change and looming NCAA report - this was a good class. It's not deep but you can tell there are some nice players like Patterson. Losing a quarterback late hurts though.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DE Eli Harold A- Relative to what Virginia recruiting has been, this is a terrific class. Mike London really made in-roads in the Tidewater and has several guys on defense that have a nice blend of speed and size to develop into big time players.
- Team page
- Commitment list
28 ATH Joel Caleb B+ Landing a talented athlete like Caleb on Signing Day is a big boost. There a lot of speed in this class and a healthy handful of guys who will take some time to develop in addition to guys like Caleb and Drew Harris, who will play early.

Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:40 am
 

VIDEO: N.C. State's Tom O'Brien on recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer

North Carolina State head coach Tom O'Brien sits down with CBS Sports Network's Tom Lemming to explain how he evaluates players and what he looks for in recruits.


Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:59 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 5:00 pm
 

QB Summers flips commitment from NC State to UNC

Posted by Chip Patterson

NC State verbal commit James Summers has decided to take his talents a half-hour down Interstate 40 to North Carolina, switching his commitment on Thursday.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound quarterback from Greensboro (N.C.) Page, considered one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2012 class, led his team to the 4AA state title in 2011. Summers collected MVP honors after completing 11 of 16 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns while adding 116 yards rushing and an interception on defense in the title game. He was a runner-up for AP state player of the year, and previously committed to the Wolfpack in April 2011.

Summers' arrival is a huge boost to Larry Fedora's first class at North Carolina, after losing top QB recruit Patton Robinette to Vanderbilt during UNC orientation earlier this month. Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, who served in the same position under Fedora at Southern Miss, continued to recruit Summers despite his commitment to the Wolfpack. The dynamic quarterback also had offers from Clemson and East Carolina.

Another factor in Summers' decision may have been the transfer of Colorado State quarterback Pete Thomas. Thomas will first be eligible to play for NC State in 2013, with two seasons of eligibility remaining. If the transfer works out well for Thomas, the in-state quarterback may not see the field until 2015. At North Carolina, the competition is wide open behind junior quarterback Bryn Renner.

For much more on North Carolina and NC State, check out the ACC Signing Day Overview as well as Tar Heels RapidReports and Wolfpack RapidReports.

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Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:24 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 6:32 pm
 

ACC Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. While the past few years haven't been kind to the ACC in terms of on the field reputation, several schools are making quite the push on the recruiting trail. In 2010, no ACC team finished in the top 15 in the Maxpreps top 25 team rankings. In 2012, as many five could, including two top-five class possibilities. The league is very top-heavy but there's a clear talent influx headed to the East Coast with the upcoming class.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, ACC
College Commits Top 100 Moving
6. Miami 31 6
9. Florida State 16 4
13. Clemson 20 2
15. Virginia Tech 26 0
20. Virginia 25 2

Top storylines

1. Can Miami close on a top 10 class despite NCAA cloud?

This isn't what head coach Al Golden signed up for but it's what he has to deal with - which he's done superbly so far. It's no surprise that they've gotten some of the best players in their backyard and really sold recruits on the program despite whatever looming NCAA sanctions are bound to hit during their careers. One thing to keep in mind is that the Hurricanes can offer plenty of early playing time given the losses they've had due to underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft or graduation. There are several players that really aren't up to the caliber that Miami usually recruits but given Golden's track record of molding talent in previous stops, the full story on this class won't be written for some time. There are impact players on both sides of the ball, players who will add much-needed depth and potential redshirt candidates in what could be the ACC's largest class. A handful of players are still being recruited hard by other programs and will not doubt be hearing how hard the program will get hit by the folks in Indianapolis for the Nevin Shapiro scandal. It will be interesting to track down and see if the Hurricanes trend up or down on Signing Day in the team rankings.

2. Does Florida State close with a bang or go bust?

In his first year as head coach, Jimbo Fisher quickly brought the Seminoles back to national prominence in February by grabbing commitments from top recruits in talent producing Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. 2011 had an elite recruit at each position outside of quarterback and FSU finished with a top three class. It looked like the program was destined for a similar finish early in the 2012 recruiting cycle but have been hit by several defections (notably to Alabama) and the crown jewel this year, quarterback Jameis Winston, is a threat to sign with another school and/or get drafted by a major league baseball team. There's still several very talented players, especially along the defensive line, but you wonder if this group gets picked apart or if Fisher and the talented recruiters on his staff close with a bang.

3. Does Clemson bring in another big haul?

If there was one big surprise on Signing Day last year, it was how well Clemson did. One of the frequently asked questions seemed to be how the Tigers were able to pull so many highly regarded recruits but it appears that Dabo Swinney and his staff's recruiting ability is one of the best in the ACC and one of the top groups on the East Coast. This year's group of commitments has plenty of talented players who should see early playing time and help Clemson reload for another ACC title run this season. The group is heavy along both lines but the Tigers are in the running for some impressive skill position talent this final week and could be poised for another big Signing Day.

4. Better in-state battle: Miami-Florida State or Virginia-Virginia Tech?

The fact that Virginia is even in the discussion is a testament to what Mike London had done in terms of turning around the program. Both programs in the state are about done with their recruiting classes and the Cavaliers could wind up with more top 100 commitments than their in-state rival. Virginia Tech's group is deeper and more balanced but doesn't have quite the impact players at the top that you would expect. Still, both programs look like they'll have a strong class come February 2nd.

Further to the South, both Florida programs are locked into a battle that could see both wind up as top 10 classes when all is said and done. Miami will have a bigger, deeper class while Florida State will likely end up with a star-filled group of players that might not have the numbers. Both programs be in a battle down to the final hours to see who finishes with a higher class ranking from the looks of it.

Most impressive class: Miami

Most underrated class: N.C. State

Work left to do: Boston College

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
4. Mario Edwards Jr. DL Florida State
12. Jameis Winston QB Florida State
13. Nelson Agholor ATH Uncommitted
17. Eddie Goldman DT Uncommitted
25. Travis Blanks DB Clemson
41. Eli Harold DL Virginia
45. Joel Caleb ATH Uncommitted
56. Mario Pender RB Florida State
63. Michael Moore DE Virginia
72. Deon Bush DB Miami
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Mike Siravo, Boston College
Chad Morris, Jeff Scott and Brent Venables, Clemson
James Coley, Dameyune Craig, Eddie Gran and Lawrence Dawsey, Florida State
Mike Locksley, Maryland
Mike Reed and Jerry Petercuskie, N.C. State
Matt Lubick, Duke
Brian Bohannon and Andy McCollum, Georgia Tech
Terry Richardson and Brennan Carroll, Miami
Chris Kapilovic and Vic Koenning, North Carolina
Anthony Poindexter, Virginia
Shane Beamer and Torrian Gray, Virginia Tech

Head coach under pressure: Randy Edsall, Maryland

Top ACC class prediction: Florida State

Top ACC signee: Mario Edwards, Jr.

ACC school-by-school
Atlantic Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 LB Steven Daniels
OL Win Homer
There's not a real impact player in this class and that's the biggest issue. A solid group of front seven players and lineman, the lack of skill position talent is notable.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DB Travis Blanks
ATH Germone Hopper
QB Chad Kelly
DT Carlos Watkins
Another very good class for the Tigers, Blanks is versatile and might be the best cover guy in 2012. Kelly has a strong arm and should take over for Tajh Boyd when the time comes.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 DE Chris Casher
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
DE Dante Fowler Jr.
QB Jameis Winston
 This might be the best collection of D-linemen in the country. Edwards is likely to end up in Tallahassee and it's almost unfair to pair him with guys like Casher and Fowler off the edge. If Winston arrives on campus, then this group has great potential down the road.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Wes Brown
LB Abner Logan
OL Mike Madaras
 A solid effort by Edsall, it remains to be seen what kind of magic Locksley can work this year. Brown has a chance to play early in a variety of roles but there's a lot of talent that needs to be developed in this class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 DT K'Hadree Hooker
QB James Summers
DE Kenderius Whitehead
 Though the Wolfpack missed out on some of the top in-state talent, this is an underrated group that has a lot of solid contributors. Summers seems to be the guy going forward while Whitehead is a great addition on the DL.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 QB Tyler Cameron
LB Dominique Gibson
 Jim Grobe doesn't play many recruits early so it will be awhile before we know how good any of this class will be but Cameron is a great pick up and one of the top QBs in South Florida.
Coastal Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 WR Max McCaffrey
DB Dwayne Norman
RB Shaquille Powell
Powell could have played at some bigger programs and is a hard runner who brings a lot to the table for the Blue Devils. There's a lot of skill position players who are not that fast but can contribute in a variety of areas.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 ATH Dennis Andrews
DE Francis Kallon
QB Justin Thomas
 Thomas will be a very good fit in the option offense at QB and might be the fastest triggerman Paul Johnson has ever had. Yellow Jackets also look like they're getting a good overall group of linemen.
- Team page
- Commitment list
31 DB Deon Bush
DE Jelani Hamilton
RB Randy Johnson
DE Tyriq McCord
There's a ton of explosiveness in this class but there's also a few questionable players in this group in terms of talent level. After "Duke" Johnson's senior year, it looks like the Hurricanes are getting the two best players in the state in him and Hamilton.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 LB Shakeel Rashad
OL J.J. Patterson
LB Phillip Williamson
 Between the NCAA, Butch Davis and the new staff, not much is expected of the Tar Heels' 2012 class. Losing QB Patton Robinette during UNC orientation to Vanderbilt is a huge blow.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DE Eli Harold
LB Kwontie Moore
DE Michael Moore
DE Courtnye Wynn
 Kwontie Moore is an impressive linebacker who can hit like Ray Lewis and run like a safety. The defensive linemen in this class should have plenty guys who see early playing time.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 RB J.C. Coleman
RB Drew Harris
DE Jarontay Jones
DB Donaldven Manning
 Jones is a big time DE but the there's plenty of players who will re-stock the wide receiver and defensive back positions. Coleman and Harris are going to be a very good 1-2 punch in the back field very soon.

Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:53 pm
 

Defensive end Whitehead picks N.C. State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not often a recruit chooses one school over one that played for an SEC title and another who played in a BCS game. That's just what Lithonia (Ga.) defensive end Kenderius Whitehead did however, feeling more comfortable at N.C. State than any other school that was recruiting him.

“I was looking for the best school for me, as far as playing time and my education,” Whitehead told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I want to do computer science and N.C. State is a great school for that degree.”

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound pass rusher picked the school over his other finalists, Georgia and Clemson. Many thought that the Bulldogs were in prime position to land Whitehead but it appeared that heading away from home was a factor in his recruitment.

 “I grew up around Athens my whole life,” he said. “I thought about this decision a lot. I just want to see some different places and do different things.”

Whitehead's commitment gives the Wolfpack 22 for the class of 2012 with Signing Day fast-approaching. He is among the highest-rated the staff has landed a pledge from, with Maxpreps ranking him as the 23rd prospect at his position.

"Kenderius shows the speed and quickness off the edge that the college scouts like," said analyst Tom Lemming. "Needs to add weight and strength but his ability to bend off the edge and then explode into the backfield has impressed many a scouts. He shows very quick hands and the ability to play off blocks and find the ball. He has impressed everyone with his hustle, desire, and aggressive style of play. Plays DE in high school and could wind up playing OLB in college."
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:39 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:15 pm
 

Pre-Signing Day ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the ACC.

  Boston College (15)

Offensive lineman Jim Cashman (Haddonfield, N.J.)
Athlete Dan Crimmins (Demarest, N.J.)
Linebacker Steven Daniels (Worcester, Mass.)
Defensive back Donovan Henry (West  Rosbury, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Defensive tackle Jaxon Hood (Chandler, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Harrison Jackson (Purcellville, Va.)
Athlete Bryce Jones (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Linebacker Tim Joy (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Defensive end Malachi Moore (Sparta, N.J.)
Defensive back Justin Simmons (Stuart, Fla.)
Linebacker Mike Strizak (Ramsey, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Frank Taylor (Warminster, Pa.)
Linebacker Bobby Wolford (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Joel Zoungrana (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)


  Clemson (20)

Defensive lineman Martin Aiken (Bamberg, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Isaiah Battle (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive back Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Zac Brooks (Jonesboro, Ark.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Josh Brown (Aiken, S.C.)
Linebacker T.J. Burrell (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.)
Defensive tackle Kevin Dodd (Chatham, Va.)
Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan (Fairfax, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Oliver Jones (Ninety Six, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Javarius Leamon (Woodruff, S.C.)
Athlete Jay Jay McCullough (Fort Mill, S.C.)
Kicker Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.)
Defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (Aiken, S.C.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Marty Williams (North Augusta, S.C.)


  Duke (18)

Tight end Daniel Beilinson (Cary, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Casey Blaser (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive back Devon Edwards (Covington, Ga.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Defensive tackle Terrell Jackson (Columbus, Ohio)
Kicker Ross Martin (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Defensive back Corbin McCarthy (Norco, Calif.)
Wide receiver Anthony Nash (West Chester, Pa.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Running back Shaquille Powell (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Quarterback Thomas Sirk (Glen St. Mary, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tanner Stone (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive back Michael Westray (Waldorf, Md.)
Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)
Defensive end A.J. Wolfe (Tarrytown, N.Y.)
Defensive end Carlos Wray (Shelby, N.C.)


  Florida State (16)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Punter Cason Beatty (Charlotte, N.C.)
Wide receiver Marvin Bracy (Orlando, Fla.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Daniel Glauser (Roswell, N.M.)
Tight end Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif.)
Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Menelik Watson (Manchester, England/Saddleback Juco)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)
Quarterback Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012


  Georgia Tech (17)

Offensive lineman Will Adams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Marcus Allen (Hilliard, Fla.)
Athlete Dennis Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Anthony Autry (Norcross, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Freddie Burden (Statesboro, Ga.)
Defensive end Roderick Chungong (Olney, Md.)
Athlete Antonio Crawford (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Pat Gamble (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis (Clayton, Victoria, Australia)
Defensive back Lynn Griffin (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Kicker Ryan Rodwell (Deland, Fla.)
Linebacker Tyler Stargel (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Athlete Michael Summers (Statesboro, Ga.)
Quarterback Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back D.J. White (McDonough, Ga.)


  Maryland (23)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Running back Wes Brown (Olney, Md.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (Willingboro, N.J.)
Defensive back Sean Davis (Washington, D.C.)
Linebacker Brock Dean (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end P.J. Gallo (Holland, Pa.)
Defensive back Isaac Goins (San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa JUCO)
Running back Kenneth Goins (Baltimore, Md.)
Linebacker Dallas Griffiths (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Alvin Hill (Locust Grove, Ga.)
Quarterback Perry Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Linebacker Stefan Houston (Clarksburg, Md.)
Wide receiver Levern Jacobs (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Linebacker Abner Logan (Brookline, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Anthony Nixon (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Shawn Petty (Greenbelt, Md.)
Athlete Albert Reid (Washington, D.C.)
Athlete Joe Riddle (Frederick, Md.)
Quarterback Caleb Rowe (Greer, S.C.)
Linebacker Avery Thompson (Chesapeake, Va.)


  Miami (31)

Defensive tackle Jacoby Briscoe (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Deon Bush (Miami, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Defensive back Vernon Davis (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Preston Dewey (Austin, Texas)
Running back Danny Dillard (Venice, Fla.)
Defensive back Nate Dortch (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Taylor Gadbois (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive back Ladarius Gunter (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott JUCO)
Defensive end Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Dwayne Hoilett (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Athlete Brandon Holifield (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Larry Hope (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Daniel Isidora (Weston, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver D'Mauri Jones (Leesburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Wide receiver Malcolm Lewis (Miramar, Fla.)
Wide receiver Robert Lockhart (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive end Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Earl Moore (Tampa, Fla.)
Linebacker Reggie Northrup (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Jake O'Donnell (Doylestown, Pa.)
Defensive end Gabriel Terry (Wellington, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Herb Waters (Homestead, Fla.)
Linebacker Josh Witt (Weston, Fla.)


  North Carolina (17)

Quarterback Kanler Coker (Flowerly Branch, Ga.)
Athlete Kedrick Davis (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman John Ferranto (Burlington, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Jon Heck (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive back Tyreece Jiles (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Linebacker Dan Mastromatteo (Absecon, N.J.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Peterson (Auburn, Ala.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Jessie Rogers (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Malik Simmons (Lehigh Acres, Fla.)
Running back Nathan Staub (Buford, Ga.)
Defensive end Justin Thomason (McDonough, Ga.)
Athlete Damien Washington (Kannapolis, N.C.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)


  N.C. State (22)

Defensive tackle Deylan Buntyn (Roswell, N.M.)
Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Marchez Coates (Mofret, Md.)
Offensive lineman Eddie Gordon (Boilling Springs, S.C.)
Wide receiver Xavier Griffin (Newark, Del.)
Tight end David Grinnage (Newark, Del.)
Wide receiver Charlie Hegedus (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle K'Hardree Hooker (Deep Run, N.C.)
Defensive back Jarnor Jones (Lithonia, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Bryce Kennedy (Southern Pines, N.C.)
Defensive end Tyler Knox (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Quincy McKinney (Fork Union, Va.)
Defensive end Desmond Owino (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive back Majid Salahuddin (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Quarterback Manny Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.)
Quarterback James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)
Running back Shadrach Thornton (Hinesville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman John Tu'uta (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Athlete Lakeith Walls (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive end Kenderius Whitehead (Lithonia, Ga.)
Defensive end Joe Wright (Greenville, N.C.)


  Virginia (26)

Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jamall Brown (Hampton, Va.)
Athlete Maurice Canady (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Tyrell Chavis (Richmond, Va.)
Wide receiver Anthony Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Tight end Kyle Dockins (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)
Wide receiver Adrian Gamble (Fork Union, Va.)
Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Defensive end Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Matt Johns (Warrington, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Sean Karl (Manorville, N.Y.)
Quarterback Greyson Lambert (Jesup, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Andre Miles-Redmond (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Michael Mooney (Malvern, Pa.)
Defensive back C.J. Moore (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Michael Moore (Hyattsville, Md.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Kyle Morgan (Somerset, N.J.)
Wide receiver Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Kelvin Rainey (Houston, Texas)
Athlete Canaan Severin (Worcester, Mass.)
Athlete Max Valles (Hammonton, N.J.)
Running back Divante Walker (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Courtnye Wynn (Norfolk, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012


  Virginia Tech (26)

Defensive end Woody Baron (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jawand Blue (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Linebacker Deon Clarke (Chesterfield, Va.)
Running back J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va.)
Offensive lineman Augie Conte (Powhatan, Va.)
Defensive end Seth Dooley (Salem, Va.)
Linebacker Trey Edmunds (Ringgold, Va.)
Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Running back Drew Harris (Exton, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Mark Irick (St. Matthews, S.C.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive end Jarontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Chris Mangus (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Athlete Brenden Motley (Christianburg, Va.)
Defensive back Donovan Riley (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive tackle Alston Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Wide receiver Thomas Smith (Williamsburg, Va.)
Wide receiver Joshua Stanford (Lithonia, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Adam Taraschke (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)
Linebacker Devin Vandyke (Lorton, Va.)
Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Nigel Williams (Richmond, Va.)
Athlete Jerome Wright (Highland Springs, Va.)


  Wake Forest (18)

Defensive end Josh Banks (Apex, N.C.)
Quarterback Tyler Cameron (Jupiter, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jared Crump (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Quarterback Steve Donatell (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Linebacker Dominique Gibson (Belle Glade, Fla.)
Tight end Zach Gordon (Carrollton, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Ty Haworth (Kingsport, Tenn.)
Athlete Ryan Janvion (Hialeah, Fla.)
Athlete Kevis Jones (Oakland Park, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Seffner, Fla.)
Linebacker Teddy Matthews (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)
Tight end Anthony Rook (Greenville, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Will Smith (Christchurch, Va.)
Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)
Defensive back LaRonji Vason (Prattville, Ala.)
Defensive back James Ward (Deland, Fla.)
Running back Joshua Wilhite (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Jonathan Williams (Atlanta, Ga.)




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Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:34 am
 

Vols add big defensive tackle and speedy athlete

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was a productive weekend for Tennessee despite some coaching uncertainty as the program added two players who are complete opposites in terms of what they do on the field with pledges from speedy Crowley (La.) athlete Davante Bourque and mammoth Milledgeville (Ga.) junior college defensive tackle Daniel McCullers.

“They were the first one to offer me, so that was a big thing to me,” McCullers told GoVols247.com. “When they came up here, we talked. We had a good time. They’re real down-to-earth, the whole coaching staff. The new D-coordinator (Sal Sunseri), I know him from Alabama."

In addition to the Vols and Crimson Tide, Peters - all of 6-foot-6, 380-pounds - also held an offer from N.C. State and was drawing interest from several other programs. He will team up with the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Bourque, who previously was committed to Texas A&M and LSU before settling on Tennessee after an official visit and close ties with the current staff.

“Coach (Terry) Joseph and I have developed a really good relationship,” Bourque told InsideTennessee.com. “He is my main recruiter and he is a Louisiana guy so that has made things easier. He has been to the house a couple of time for visits and we sat down on the couch and had some gumbo.”

The pair gives the program a total of 20 commitments for the class of 2012. Bourque is ranked as the 20th best athlete in the class by Maxpreps.
 
 
 
 
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