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Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:49 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Mike McCray commits to Michigan

By Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak

Mike McCray, a star linebacker on talent-laden Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio), committed to Michigan earlier today, according to head coach Maurice Douglass.

He chose Michigan over offers from Oklahoma, Tennessee, Illinois, Purdue and many others.

Douglass told MaxPreps Tuesday morning that he had expected McCray to select the Wolverines.

"I think it's going to come down to Big Blue," he said.

McCray was a defensive leader on a 15-0 Trotwood-Madison team that captured Ohio's Division II state title last year. He gives Michigan a solid piece at linebacker on the heels of a very impressive 2012 haul at the position.

He becomes the second member of Trotwood-Madison's defense to make a college commitment from the class of 2013; defensive back Cam Burrows pledged to Ohio State last month.

Trotwood-Madison is the favorite to repeat as Division II state champions and should be among the state's most talented teams regardless of class.

Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:52 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2012 11:55 pm
 

New Level 7-on-7 Day One Updates

Posted by Bryan Fischer

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The recruiting landscape shifted into a higher gear on Saturday as hundreds of players from as far away as Michigan descended upon Centennial High School in suburban Atlanta for the first New Level Athletics Elite 7-on-7 tournament of the year. With 18 teams taking part, the event drew some of the top talent from across the country to show off their skills and allowed several to make a name for themselves, hoping that will translate into scholarship offers down the road.

One player who needed no introduction was Marietta (Ga.) running back and Alabama commitment Tyren Jones. Easily among the 10 best players in the state after a terrific junior year, the speedster was the focal point of Team Georgia's offense as they fought their way out of the round-robin format that made up day one.

"Some people might know who I am but I'm not really worried about it," Jones said. "I just want to go out here and help my team win."

Although he is a multi-purpose back, Jones lined up at receiver for the day and looked like a natural. Though he looks like more a guy that would be utilized out of the slot, he typically was found on the outside against the opposition's top cornerback and still had little trouble finding soft spots in coverage or beating his man deep.

"I just want to prove that I can catch the ball well," he said. "I'm lining up to play receiver even though I'm a running back."

The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder's commitment to the Crimson Tide came after attending a recent Junior Day in Tuscaloosa and picking up an offer from head coach Nick Saban. While the timing surprised a few folks, Jones liked what the program was offering and feels his talents will mesh extremely well within the offense.

"It wasn't really a pitch, they just told me that I fit really well into their system and their system really fits me," he said. "They said I'm an all-purpose running back and that's what they need at Alabama. They watched film and saw me split out some an basically said I'm going to come out of the backfield and catch the ball."

Jones was particularly impressed with the facilities and was sold on how well the program took care of the players in terms of nutrition and weightlifting. Although some might be deterred at Alabama signing the top recruiting class seemingly every year, the tailback is looking forward to the competition and thinks the class of 2013 might come in as the best of the past few years anyway.

"I think it's something special this year," Jones said. "We can win some more national championships. They don't really brag about (winning national titles) but they know they have the talent and the recruiting to win another.

Still, that hasn't stopped a few programs from continuing to make their pitch with plenty of time between now and Signing Day.

"Purdue, Florida and I'd say Georgia," he said of programs still recruiting him hard. "They're all still talking to me and sending letters."

Jones' 7-on-7 teammate - and Georgia commit - Shaquille Wiggins was not with the squad because he was in Athens for the Bulldogs' Junior Day but will return for the championship round on Sunday. The addition not only gives the group a top cornerback but somebody that has been very open about his program being the one everybody should be looking at. Although Jones' recent pledge to Alabama is strong, he still hears it from Wiggins despite him being a bit of a recruiter himself.

"Not really, I talk to him every once and a while but it's not too much," Jones said. "I'm really (recruiting teammate) Brandon Kublanow to come down with me. Other than that, I'm talking to friends and trying to make sure Reuben Foster stays (committed). He's real excited but it sounds like he's going to stay with Alabama."

While recruiting will sort itself out for others, Jones will turn his attention to the field on Sunday with hopes of doing something he's planning on doing a lot in college: winning.

Kamara is cold and hot at the same time

One of Michael Jordan's most memorable games in a career full of them was Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. Most remember it simply as 'The Flu Game.'

While the stakes were significantly (significantly) less on the fields Saturday, Norcross (Ga.) running back Alvin Kamara was channeling his inner-Jordan. Under the weather with flu-like systems he was still one of the fastest players at the event and helped contribute several big plays and victories for Georgia Elite.

"I'm trying to hang in there I'm so sick," Kamara said. "I dropped a few balls. But I'm bouncing back, we'll have to see with these next games."

On top of a fever and his skin a few shades lighter than what it normally is, the cheerful Kamara also was dealing with the opposition's best shot. As one of several players with multiple FBS offers, he had a bit of a target on his back while he was running routes and catching passes.

"A little bit," he said. "Some guys see me and say, 'Oh he's got all these offers and blah, blah, blah.' But that's just going to make me play harder."  

The cold and windy conditions in the Atlanta area were pretty much the opposite of Kamara's recruitment. Holding just a single offer, from Syracuse, at the Rising Seniors Bowl right before New Year's, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder has turned into one of the hottest prospects in the country.

"It's been crazy," he said. "From one to eleven. It's just crazy."

HIs most recent offer came from the opposite coast and USC, with plenty of other schools close to extending an one. He doesn't have a top group of schools but there have still been a few that have stuck out in his mind and are recruiting him the hardest.

"Alabama and Georgia are up there," he said. "Everybody heard the story about Alabama. With Georgia, their coaches keep up with me real well."

'The story' about Alabama stems from the fact that the school sent him 105 recruiting letters. In one day.

The memorable recruiting strategy certainly left a mark in the running back's mind even if he held the Crimson Tide in high esteem beforehand.

"It was wild, they just fell out of my mailbox and I wasn't even expecting it," Kamara said. "My mom went wild. She was like, 'Can they do that?'"

Kamara doesn't have any unofficial visits planned and isn't counting on going to any junior days in the next few weeks either. In many ways, he's just going with the flow of the recruiting process that he's seen pick up very quickly. Wisconsin and Oklahoma State might be close to adding to his total of offers and while he will add them to his growing pile, Kamara is evaluating all of them based on what he's looking for in a program before making a commitment.

"Just a school that feels like home, coaches that I get along with and somewhere I can just feel like I belong," he said. "I want to fit in. I'm going to make my decision whenever it feels right. I don't have a time frame."

While his timetable for a commitment is still up in the air, Kamara is interested in seeing things outside of his hometown and that means he'll take visits even if he knows where he wants to go.

"I want to get to everywhere I can and see everything," he said. "I don't want to miss anything. Even if I (commit), I definitely will take (official visits)."

Cheek checks in with Cal

Lawrenceville (Ga.) defensive back Trevellous 'Tre' Cheek was one of the standouts from the first day of competition at the NLA Elite 7-on-7. His play between the lines might have had something to do with his good day outside of them after picking up his first offer from California.

"I've always wanted to go to a (school like) Cal," Cheek said. "They're a great school and great at football too. I have family about an hour away."

While it might sound strange for a Georgia corner to be familiar with the Bears and hold them in high regard, there's a reason he is already planning on a visit out West. Cheek has talked with several members of the team already in order to get to know the program better, including McDonough (Ga.) defensive back Avery Sebastian, a 2011 signee from the area. As a result of being the first to offer, Cal has a slight edge at the moment over other schools - including his childhood favorite.

"I grew up a Florida fan since I can remember. I was brought up that way," Cheek said. "Cal beat them (with an offer) though. That first offer is kind of special. Coach (Ashley) Ambrose is a good guy."

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Cheek attended Kentucky's Junior Day last week and enjoyed the trip to see what the Wildcats had to offer. On his way back home, he stopped by Louisville, where their Junior Day had already ended but the coaching staff waited around for his arrival and to talk to him. Cheek believes both are close to offering and is hearing more from Clemson and Arkansas. He will head to the Tiger's April 14th Junior Day and based on the amount of attention schools are giving him, it figures that won't be the only visit Cheek will take this spring.

"West Virginia is close, coach (Daron) Roberts has been talking to me," Cheek said. "Tennessee (receivers coach Darin Hinshaw) said they'll offer me but he was waiting for Coach (Derek) Dooley to sign off on it and it might take a little time. But I'm looking forward to that one."

Though there were no really big wide receivers at the event, Cheek handled just about everyone with ease on Saturday. He often played press coverage and had no problem turning to run after getting a good jam on the line of scrimmage. His ability to play up close to the offense, Cheek said, is one of the reasons several coaching staffs have been talking to him quite a bit.

"Just about everybody is talking to me as a corner," he said. "Most of the coaches I spoke with said that I've very physical and they haven't seen cornerbacks like that. They think that since I'm a very physical corner, they can teach the coverage part. They can teach that, they can't teach the (physicality)."

With an offer from Cal in his back pocket and plenty more sure to come, Cheek's recruitment should be one to follow on the road to Signing Day. At the moment, he has no issues leaving the state to play college football and is looking more at the school than its location.

"Oh no," he said with a big smile and laugh. "As long as I'm getting an education. I want to major in physical therapy and minor in broadcasting or communication."

Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:41 am
Edited on: February 19, 2012 12:56 am
 

Taco Charlton, Chris Fox cap off day for Michigan

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan's big day just got better after hours as Pickerington (Ohio) linebacker Taco Charlton and Parker (Colo.) offensive lineman Chris Fox, right, both committed to the Wolverines to run the total to six for the program on Saturday.

"You can't pass something like Michigan up after seeing it," Charlton told 247Sports. "It's everything you want in a college."

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Charlton held offers from Notre Dame, Nebraska, UCLA and others but will stay in the Midwest to play his college ball. On the opposite side of the ball, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Fox is built like a prototype left tackle and held offers from Ohio State, Iowa, Colorado and Purdue and committed to the coaching staff despite making the trip to Ann Arbor for what was a defacto Junior Day.

"It's crazy." Charlton said. "The coaches were going crazy. I'm just excited to be a part of the big family now."

The duo cap off a big day for Michigan recruiting and gives Brady Hoke and company nine commitments for the class of 2013.



Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:20 pm
 

Big Ten Signing Day Grades



Posted by Bryan Fischer


MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big Ten
College Commits Top 100
3. Ohio State 24 6
4. Michigan 24 4

Big Ten school-by-school
Legends Division Commits Top Players Grade
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 RB Greg Garmon B- You're not blown away with this group but guys like Garmon will come in and play early. It's just not a deep class but some of the guys at the top are very nice grabs for the Hawkeyes.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DB Terry Richardson A The Wolverines accomplished the two big things you want in bringing in guys that will add depth on top of several that will play right away. The defensive guys in particular looks like they're great fits in Greg Mattison's system and the OL group might be the best in the conference.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 WR Aaron Burbridge B It lost its luster down the stretch with a notable decommit but this is a sneaky good class. Don't sleep on Tyler O'Connor taking over under center before too long.
- Team page
- Commitment list
29 QB Phillip Nelson C+ An interesting mix of guys in this class between Jucos that are hoping to come in and play right away and other players who might need a few years. Nelson could challenge for the starting QB spot early.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 WR Jordan Westerkamp C Perhaps this was the first year where not playing in Texas hurt the Cornhuskers (despite two commits from there) because they appeared to be all over the map. Losing Andrus Peat, with his brother on the team, hurt.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DE Ifeadi Odenigbo B+ It's not too often the Wildcats are landing some high-end talent like Odenigbo or Malin Jones so kudos to the staff for identifying guys that fit the school well and can play.
Leaders Division Commits Top Players Grade
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB TaJarvis Fuller C- The group held up surprisingly well considering the coaching turnover but it's not a particularly good group outside of a handful of guys. It's just a very average class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 LB Jacarri Alexander D It's not just losing Gunner Kiel but the lack of landing some immediate playmakers.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DE Noah Spence A+ There's a great argument to be made about this being the best DL group in 2012. Don't sleep on the offensive guys coming in for spot duty like Bri'onte Dunn either.
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 TE Jesse James D+ Let's face it, this wasn't going to be a great class given all that has happened in State College. James is a nice player and Jamil Pollard is a Big Ten player but just hit the reset button this group.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 QB Austin Appleby C There were a few surprising gets in this class but nobody outside of Appleby that screamed that the Boilermakers did a great job.
- Team page
- Commitment list
11 LB Vince Biegel B The numbers hold back this class from a higher grade but there's definitely some quality players. More than that, each guy is a great fit for the offense/defense that the Badgers run.

Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:34 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big Ten



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Breaking down who won and who lost in the Big Ten on National Signing Day

WINNER: The Recruiting Machine Known To Mankind As Urban Meyer

Scholarship limits, postseason bans, these things matter not to the one known as Urban Meyer. They will not keep him out of your high school classrooms where he's stealing your recruits. Since the day Meyer first set foot in Columbus as its new Caesar, high schoolers have flocked to the Buckeyes, previous commitments be damned. What was already a solid class was boosted on Wednesday by the addition of offensive lineman Kyle Dodson, who had previously committed to Wisconsin. Then there's the work Meyer did on the defensive line, closing on players like Noah Spence, Tommy Schutt, Se'von Pittman and Adolphus Washington, and it's no wonder this class is ranked third in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. Making matters even scarier for the rest of the Big Ten, Meyer's already locked up two top recruits in the 2013 class. The man -- machine? -- just cannot be stopped. 

LOSER: The Bottom Of The Legends And Leaders

Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois and Indiana all managed to finish at the bottom of their respective divisions in 2011, and nothing in their 2012 recruiting classes makes you think any of the four will be climbing the standings anytime soon. Particularly when you compare their classes to the teams above them. Only two 4-star recruits signed with any of them, and both of those players are on their way to Northwestern: defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo and defensive tackle Greg Kuhar.

WINNER: Fans Of The Old Big Ten

Remember the long, long ago of the late 20th and early 21st centuries when the Big Ten was dominated by Ohio State and Michigan? Yes, well, it appears those days may be upon us again. While we already went over Ohio State's impressive haul, the work put in at Michigan by Brady Hoke and his staff shouldn't be ignored. The Wolverines put together the fourth ranked class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25 thanks to signings like offensive lineman Kyle Kalis and defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins. Brady Hoke put a lot of emphasis on the offensive line and the defense in this class, and it could go a long way to ensuring that "Ohio" and "That School Up North" play twice a season for the next few years. For more on Michigan's 2012 class, you can watch Brady Hoke talk about his newest players here.

LOSER: Wisconsin

This isn't a knock on Wisconsin's class, though it is the smallest of any class in the Big Ten with only 12 commits. No, it's more a representation of the fact that Ohio State and Michigan seem to be back on their way to national prominence. The Badgers enjoyed the last few years and the struggles of the Wolverines and Buckeyes, taking advantage of their problems with two straight conference titles and Rose Bowl trips. This isn't to say that the Badgers won't win the Big Ten again anytime soon, but it just got a lot harder to do so.

WINNER: Penn State

You're not used to seeing the term "winner" in relation to Penn State's football program lately, are you? Well, when you consider all that has gone on in Happy Valley over the last six months, combined with the fact the team's new head coach is still busy trying to win a Super Bowl, you have to be impressed with what the Nittany Lions did on Wednesday. No, the 19 players that committed to Penn State won't blow you away as a whole, but it's a class that will ensure there's still talent at Penn State as the program tries to transition to a new era of Nittany Lions football.

LOSER: The Lack Of Attention Paid To Purdue's Class

You're probably confused right now, and I apologize for that. What I'm trying to say here is that while you weren't paying any attention, Purdue and Danny Hope went out and put together a pretty nice class in West Lafayette. Athlete Carlos Carvajal -- all 6 feet and 7 inches of him -- and defensive end Ryan Watson are probably the most intriguing prospects, but from top to bottom, this whole class is pretty solid. Especially considering Purdue's recent troubles on the gridiron. What's more surprising is how this class is spread across the country. While 4 of the 25 signees are from Indiana, the rest come from all four corners of the country, including New York, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Ohio and California. Depending on how quickly these players can contribute, the Boilermakers may catch some people by surprise in the next couple of years.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:33 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Big Ten 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. The Big Ten used to be like the football on the field against SEC opponents, a step slow and a little behind. That's no longer the case thanks to recent hires Urban Meyer at Ohio State and Brady Hoke at Michigan. They say the rivalry between the two schools is everyday and based on how the two newcomers are hitting the recruiting trail, the Midwest is suddenly one of the top battlegrounds in the country.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big Ten
College Commits Top 100 Moving
3. Michigan 24 4
5. Ohio State 23 5

Top storylines

1. Who else does Urban Meyer flip?

Big Ten meet Urban, he's a good recruiter. Some would call him relentless. In just a short time since his hiring, Meyer has taken the Buckeyes from middle of the back in the conference to one of the top five classes nationally. He's flipped several players and seems to have targeted what was Penn State's recruiting class in particular. Not everybody was spared, including Michigan State who lost Se'Von Pittman. Although scholarship reductions will put a crunch on the numbers, the current group isn't a finished product and the Buckeyes are still in the running for players like Armani Reeves so it's possible Meyer scores another big time player.

2. Does Michigan win the head-to-head battle with Ohio State?

At one point, Michigan was lapping the rest of the Big Ten when it came to recruiting but with Meyer in Columbus, the equation has changed slightly. The Wolverines have undergone some defections in the last month but the group of current commitments still adds depth at much needed positions and gives the program what might be the best incoming offensive line group in the country. It's possible to call the two schools' classes equal on the home stretch even if Michigan is ahead in the latest Maxpreps team rankings. The Buckeyes have more star power and are loaded along the defensive line, will that be enough to overtake a deep group of UM commits come Signing Day? Should be interesting to find out.

3. Does anyone else come close?

There's only two conference teams listed in the top 25 classes and that about sums up the situation in the Midwest. To be in an analogous mood, Ohio State is like a Ferrari and Michigan is a Lamborghini while the rest of the Big Ten is driving Yugos. It's not that there's bad players coming in, it's just that there's not enough of them. Indiana, Minnesota and others appear to be set in terms of recruiting but they are not filled with elite players. Michigan State, Wisconsin and others have gone for quality but haven't come close to getting any quantity. It should make for an interesting conference reset come February 2 to see if anybody can cobble together a top 25 class and even come close to what Michigan and Ohio State have done on the recruiting trail.

4. What does newcomer Nebraska's class look like?

It's not big, it's not spectacular and it's left many fans wondering what the heck is up. We're not talking about the latest menu addition at Jack-in-the-Box but Nebraska's recruiting class. Although the season fell short of expectations not many expected the Cornhuskers to struggle this much in terms of recruiting. There's some solid players among the commits, such as wide out Jordan Westerkamp and linebacker Michael Rose but there doesn't appear to be a huge name to be found among the bunch that can come in and leave an impression. The overall number of commits, 13 a week away from Signing Day, is also concerning. It's very possible that Bo Pelini ends up with a decent class of 2012 but, at the moment, it's going to take a lot of work to do so.

Most impressive class: Ohio State

Most underrated class: Wisconsin

Work left to do: Nebraska

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
3. Noah Spence DE Ohio State
14. Stefon Diggs WR Uncommitted
26. Josh Garnett OL Uncommitted
34. Vince Biegel LB Wisconsin
40. Phillip Nelson QB Minnesota
 47. Tommy Schutt DT Ohio State
49. Adolphus Washington DE Ohio State
52. Chris Wormley DL Michigan
54. Greg Garmon RB Iowa
55. Jordan Westerkamp WR Nebraska
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Mike Ekeler, Indiana
Eric Johnson, Iowa
Fred Jackson, Greg Mattison and Mark Smith, Michigan
Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State
Matt Limegrover, Minnesota
John Papuchis, Nebraska
Matt MacPherson, Northwestern
Luke Fickell, Tom Herman and Everett Withers, Ohio State
Larry Johnson, Mac McWhorter and Ron Vanderlinden, Penn State
Gary Nord, Purdue
Mike Markuson and Matt Canada, Wisconsin

Head coach under pressure: Bill O'Brien, Penn State

Top Big Ten class prediction: Ohio State

Top Big Ten signee: Noah Spence

Big Ten school-by-school
Legends Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 DE Faith Ekakite
RB Greg Garmon
DT Jaleel Johnson
A solid class that is heavy along both lines, Ekakite and Johnson are two top pick ups for the Hawkeyes. Given depth issues and his talent, Garmon has a chance to start right away.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 LB Royce Jenkins-Stone
OL Kyle Kalis
OL Erik Magnuson
DB Terry Richardson
The Wolverines held the top spot in the class rankings for most of the year and still have a chance to finish there on Signing Day. This is a great group, especially on the o-line, that fills most of the team's depth needs and should make defensive coordinator Greg Mattison very happy.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 WR Aaron Burbridge
LB Jamal Lyles
QB Tyler O'Connor
A solid but not spectacular class, the Spartans have several diamonds in the rough (so to speak). O'Connor might need a few years but he's got the talent to develop into a very good Big Ten signal-caller.
- Team page
- Commitment list
28 QB Phillip Nelson
OL Jonah Pirsig
 It's not often the Gophers land one top 250 player so it's impressive that Jerry Kill was able to snag two of them. Nelson is a local kid who should adjust well after a redshirt year. There's plenty of Juco transfers to help provide an immediate boost.
- Team page
- Commitment list
13 DE Greg McMullen
OL Paul Thurston
WR Jordan Westerkamp
Needless to say, Bo Pelini still has a lot to work on with this class. The size stands out first and it remains to be seen if the Huskers close strong or just fill out spaces this year. Westerkamp is a good pick up who should play early.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 RB Malin Jones
DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
OL Ian Park
It's always difficult to project where Northwestern's class ends up but there a lot of solid contributors in this group mixed with some impact players like Jones. Odenigbo is a huge boost and should be a situational pass rusher from the start.
Leaders Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DB TaJarvis Fuller
DT Teko Powell
DT Vontrell Williams
Ron Zook didn't exactly get this class off to a flying start and once he was fired, it took a further nose dive. There's some solid players committed so far but it remains to be seen what becomes of this essentially lost class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 LB Jacarri Alexander
WR Kevin Davis
Kevin Wilson has gone after a few guys that fit his system and though they might not be as big or fast as others, might work out just fine in Bloomington.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Bri'onte Dunn
DT Tommy Shutt
DE Noah Spence
DE Adolphus Washington
This class was dead in the water for most of the year but has quickly gone from so-so to top five nationally thanks to Meyer. There's a few offensive contributors but the real star power in this group is along the front seven.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 TE Jesse James
RB Akeel Lynch
DB Armani Reeves
It's amazing this class is as big as it is given all that has happened in State College and the fact that the new head coach hasn't done any in-home visits. James is the best of the bunch and has the potential to be an all-conference tight end.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 QB Austin Appleby
QB Bilal Marshall
OL Jordan Roos
DE Ryan Watson
The Boilermakers got themselves a steal in the strong-armed Appleby. Watson and Roos will be two solid contributors along each line too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
11 LB Vince Biegel
QB Bart Houston
OL Dan Voltz
OL Walker Williams
Quality not quantity is the phrase used for the Badgers class. While there's not a breakaway skill position player in the group, the OL is one of the best in the conference and Houston is a perfect fit for the offense at quarterback.

Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:26 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 9:53 am
 

Pre-Signing Day Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're less than 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 Big Ten.


 Illinois (15)

Offensive lineman Robbie Bain (Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Defensive back Taylor Barton (Orlando, Fla.)
Running back Devin Church (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Kicker Ryan Frain (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Athlete Justin Hardee (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Jevaris Little (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Mason Monheim (Orrville, Ohio)
Linebacker Tyrone Neal (McKeesport, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Teko Powell (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jason Robertson (Mokena, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Joseph Spencer (Mason, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey Warburg (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive tackle Vontrell Williams (Chicago, Ill.)

Indiana (23)

Linebacker Jacarri Alexander (Auburndale, Fla./Iowa Central Juco)
Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey (Carmel, Ind.)
Quarterback Cameron Coffman (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western Juco)
Running back Tevin Coleman (Oak Forest, Ill.)
Linebacker David Cooper (Coffeyville, Kan./Coffeyville Juco)
Wide receiver Caleb Cornett (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Wide receiver Kevin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Dan Freeney (Orland Park, Ill.)
Defensive back Dawson Fletcher (West Chester, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Ralphael Green (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive end Shawn Heffern (Carmel, Ind.)
Wide receiver Ricky Jones (Sarasota, Fla.)
Tight end Tanner Kearns (Lexington, Ohio)
Defensive end Adam Kranda (New Castle, Ind.)
Linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, Ill.)
Defensive back Antonio Marshall (Milledgevilla, Ga.)
Defensive end Justin Rayside (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Juco)
Offensive lineman Wes Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Tight end Jason Spriggs (Elkhart, Ind.)
Defensive back Ryan Thompson (Pontotoc, Miss./Itawamba Juco)
Defensive tackle Alex Todd (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Linebacker Jordan Wallace (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Tregg Waters (Phoenix, Ariz./Glendale Juco)

Iowa (19)

Defensive back Kevin Buford (Canton, Mich.)
Defensive end Faith Ekakitie (Lake Forest, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Maurice Fleming Jr. (Chicago, Ill.)
Running back Greg Garmon (Erie, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (Westchester, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)
Kicker Connor Kornbrath (Bridgeport, W.V.)
Athlete Ruben Lile (Detroit, Mich.)
Wide receiver Greg Mabin (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Anthony Morgan (Plano, Texas)
Defensive end Drew Ott (Giltner, Neb.)
Offensive lineman Eric Simmons (Madrid, Iowa/Iowa Western Juco)
Wide receivers Tevaun Smith (Kent, Conn.)
Quarterback Cody Sokol (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Juco)
Linebacker Laron Taylor (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Daumantas Venckus (Weston, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.)
Wide receiver Cameron Wilson (Dublin, Ohio)

  Michigan (23)

Offensive lineman Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.)
Wide receiver Jehu Chesson (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive back Jeremy Clark (Madisonville, Ky.)
Wide receiver Amara Darboh (West Des Moines, Iowa), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Running back Sione Houma (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Drake Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calf.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Jarrod Wilson (Akron, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Christopher Wormley (Toledo, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

Michigan State (16)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, Ohio)
Defensive tackle David Fennell (Portland, Ore.)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Wide receiver Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kodi Kieler (Gibraltar, Mich.)
Wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Linebacker Jamal Lyles (Southfield, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)
Defensive back Mark Meyers (Toledo, Ohio)
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Lima, Ohio)
Tight end Josiah Price (Greentown, Ind.)
Defensive back Ezra Robinson (Sarasota, Fla.)
Running back Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga.)

Minnesota (28)

Athlete Duke Anyanwu (Blaine, Minn.)
Defensive back Jeremy Baltazar (Mansfield, Texas/Blinn Juco)
Defensive back Briean Boddy (Wilmington, Del./Coffeyville Juco)
Linebacker Drew Davis (Raleigh, N.C.)
Linebacker Cedric Dicke (Cannon Falls, Minn.)
Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (Lewisvile, Texas)
Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (Caledonia, Minn./Rochester Juco)
Running back James Gillum (Pearl River, La./Gulf Coast Juco)
Wide receiver Jamel Harbison (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive back Antonio Johnson (Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Roland Johnson (El Dorado, Kan./Butler County Juco)
Defensive end Alex Keith (Columbia, Mo.)
Quarterback Mitch Leidner (Lakeville, Minn.)
Linebacker Jack Lynn (Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Athlete K.J. Maye (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back Dinero Moss (Surprise, Fla.)
Defensive back Eric Murray (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Brian Nicholson (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (Blue Earth, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Lincoln Pisek (Waco, Texas)
Defensive back Nick Rallis (Edina, Minn.)
Defensive back Martez Shabazz (DeSoto, Texas/Trinity Valley Juco)
Defensive back Damarius Travis (Pensacola, Fla.)
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)
Running back Rodrick Williams (Lewisville, Texas)

  Nebraska (13)

Linebacker Jared Afalava (South Jordan, Utah)
Athlete LeRoy Alexander (Toledo, Ohio)
Linebacker Zaire Anderson (Philadelphia, Pa./Riverside Juco)
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas)
Linebacker Thomas Brown (Gardena, Calif.)
Tight end Sam Cotton (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive end Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Avery Moss (Tempe, Ariz.)
Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Mohammed Seisay (Springfield, Va./Eastern Arizona Juco)
Offensive lineman Paul Thurston (Arvada, Col.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Corey Whitaker (Murrieta, Calif.)

Northwestern (20)

Defenisve back Terrance Brown (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Adam DePietro (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Chris Fitzpatrick (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Athlete Traveon Henry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Greg Kuhar (Concord Township, Ohio)
Defensive end Dean Lowry (Rockford, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Connor Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mike McHugh (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (Centerville, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Eric Olson (Cambridge, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Linebacker Jaylen Prater (Wellston, Ohio)
Wide receiver Andrew Scanian (Royersford, Pa.)
Tight end Jack Schwaba (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Athlete Dan Vitale (Wheaton, Ill.)
Defensive back Dwight White (Cypress, Texas)
Defensive back Eric Wilson (Redford, Mich.)

  Ohio State (23)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Defensive back De'van Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Taylor Decker (Vandalia, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Pat Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Quarterback Cardale Jones (Cleveland, Ohio.)
Wide receiver Roger Lewis (Pickerington, Ohio)
Defensive back Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Colo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker David Perkins (South Bend, Ind.)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Se'von Pittman (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Linebacker Luke Roberts (Lancaster, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Ricquan Southward (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive end Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio)
Wide receiver Michael Thomas (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Defensive end Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

  Penn State (20)

Quarterback Steven Branch (Cairo, Ga.)
Defensive back Da'Quan Davis (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive tackle Derek Dowrey (Winchester, Va.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Malik Golden (Cheshire, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Richland, N.J.)
Athlete Jake Kiley (New Hampton, N.H.)
Offensive lineman Wendy Laurent (Princeton, N.J.)
Wide receiver Eugene Lewis (Plymouth, Pa.)
Defensive back Jordan Lucas (Worchester, Mass.)
Athlete Akeel Lynch (Athol Springs, N.Y.)
Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Defensive back Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, Mass.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jonathan Warner (Camas, Wash.)
Linebacker Nyeem Wartman (Archbald, Pa.)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Wide receiver Trevor Williams (Baltimore, Md.)

  Purdue (25)

Wide receiver Danny Anthrop (Lafayette, Ind.)
Quarterback Austin Appleby (North Canton, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Brown (Tampa, Fla.)
Athlete Carlos Carvajal (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Cameron Cermin (College Station, Texas)
Tight end Jonathan Curry (Phenix City, Ala.)
Linebacker Andy Garcia (Hialeah, Fla.)
Quarterback Aloyis Gray (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.)
Linebacker Jimmy Herman (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive end Kingsley Ike (Pflugerville, Texas)
Offensive lineman Jason King (Little Rock, Ark.)
Running back Benjamin Knauf (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive end Greg Latta (La Quinta, Calif./College of the Desert Juco)
Quarterback Bilal Marshall (Hialeah, Fla.)
Kicker Thomas Meadows (Goochland, Va.)
Tight end Ryan Morris (Barnegat, N.J.)
Wide receiver Cameron Posey (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Roos (Celina, Texas)
Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Devin Smith (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western JUCO)
Defensive end Ryan Watson (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Dion Witty (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jordan Woods (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Wisconsin (11)

Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Hugs Etienne (Plantation, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Wide receiver Reggie Love (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Athlete Reggie Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defenisve back D.J. Singleton (Jersey City, N.J.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Walker Williams (Tacoma, Wash.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

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Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Oklahoma adds Midwest running back Smith

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma was the final official visit for Midlothian (Ill.) running back David Smith and it appears he liked what he saw, making things official and committing to the Sooners on Tuesday.

"I talked it over with my parents, my coach, and next fall I'll be attending the university of Oklahoma," Smith said at a press conference.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound back also held offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Purdue and West Virginia. Maxpreps' 15th-ranked tailback has been high on Oklahoma for some time and should fit in well in their offensive system.

"Shoot, I'm just excited, I don't know. I'm just excited about this, I don't know what to say really. It's crazy man," Smith told SoonerScoop.com. "I mean, it's a dream come true."

Smith rushed for 837 yards and topped 1,000 all-purpose yards last season as a senior. He is Oklahoma's 19th class of 2012 commitment.

"He shows outstanding vision, speed, and cutting ability," analyst Tom Lemming said. "A compact type of back who is a patient runner, he can accelerate on a dime, plays with good balance, runs hard between the tackles, and seems to get stronger as the game progresses. He really came into his own the second half of last season and has become one of the more heavily recruited RB prospects in the Midwest."
 
 
 
 
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