Tag:SEC
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Tramel Terry recommits to Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Goose Creek (S.C.) wide receiver Tramel Terry has already shown up on Georgia's class of 2013 commitment list. The talented athlete had committed last summer but decided to re-open things in order to make sure about where he would go to college. After a visit to Athens this past weekend however, he has reaffirmed his commitment to the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

“I am going to Georgia, I am a Georgia Bulldog,” Tramel Terry told Scout. “I did commit to Georgia at Dawg Night, but I just wasn’t ready then, and I did that with all the hype that night, and stuff. This time, I know I am committed to Georgia, my family is happy about it, and my decision is made.”

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder held offers from schools such as Clemson, Florida, South Carolina and others. Terry is considered the top prospect in the state by some and is the first in the last couple of years in such a position to not wind up with the Gamecocks. The feeling he got at Georgia was one of the key factors in choosing to play south of the state line.

“It is really hard to explain and to put into words what I feel when I am there," he said. "I just belong there – I belong around those players, those coaches, and it is the right place for me. They have something there that I want to be a part of.”

Terry becomes the eighth commitment for Georgia's class of 2013, well ahead of Mark Richt's pace with last year's class. The Maxpreps' Top Junior scored 10 touchdowns rushing last season on top of his 833 yards receiving and six touchdowns.


Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:56 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Pro Impact takes Atlanta NLA 7-on-7 title



Posted by Bryan Fischer

Click here for day one updates

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: March 2, 2012 12:19 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Combine 40's: What state is the fastest?


Posted by Bryan Fischer


Ask anybody who has played football (or coached or even watched it for that matter) how many times they have run 40 yards at full speed and they can probably give you the number with one hand. Testing for players has revolved around the 40 yard dash for some time however and at this past week's NFL Combine, no drill received more attention from the public than how fast Robert Griffin III or Dre Kirkpatrick flew down the sideline at Lucas Oil Stadium. While it's probably not something we'll see in a game, it definitely does give us some idea of who's fast and who's, um, average.

With that in mind, the blog crunched the numbers of all of the players who ran in Indianapolis and sorted them in various ways. The Eye on College Football will have a breakdown as to how each conference did in the drill but we're going to focus on where the players come from. Using the hometown listed in each player's bio on their school website, we were able to figure out which state was the fastest in the 40 yard dash at the combine and what area produced the fastest players. It's no surprise to see some of the states near the top of the list but it was to see others in the middle of the pack. Keep in mind this isn't data that is conclusive but let's just say that Nick Saban was not lacking for speed on Saturday's with his skill position group at Alabama.

Below is the list by state. Obviously numbers can be skewed based on the number of linemen invited and other factors such as that. The list above has only states with more than two players who ran the 40 by the way. Skill position data did not include quarterbacks, offensive and defensive linemen. The top official 40 time of each player was obtained directly from the NFL Combine website. CBSSports.com has imported all of this data and made it easily sortable if you want to check out the numbers directly.

40 Average (All players)
State Average
S. Carolina 4.57
Arkansas 4.59
Tennessee 4.65
Michigan 4.67
Florida 4.68
Virginia 4.69
Louisiana 4.76
Ohio 4.78
Georgia 4.79
Nevada 4.79
Texas 4.79
New Jersey 4.80
Pennsylvania 4.83
California 4.85
Mississippi 4.87
N. Carolina 4.90
Illinois 4.95
Idaho 4.99
Alabama 5.01
Washington 5.12
Wisconsin 5.12
40 Average (Skill positions only)
State Average
Alabama 4.51
Arkansas 4.51
Florida 4.57
Georgia 4.57
Michigan 4.57
S. Carolina 4.57
Tennessee 4.57
New Jersey 4.57
Ohio 4.60
Louisiana 4.61
Texas 4.61
Pennsylvania 4.62
Mississippi 4.63
California 4.65
N. Carolina 4.68
Nevada 4.71








South Carolina and Arkansas are obviously helped by the number of skill position players at the combine and lack of linemen in their group that would up the average. On the other end of the spectrum, you can see that Washington and Wisconsin were linemen heavy, including the Evergreen state having one of the five heaviest players ever at the event. Still, if you're on the look out for some fast wide outs or cornerbacks, I'd check out Alabama, Arkansas or Florida first. No surprise when you look at recruiting to see those areas fueling the SEC and others with plenty of speed to burn.

Now, let's dive further into the data. Need a defensive back? Check out Texas and Florida first, as both had an average time of 4.57 among the 19 guys that ran from the two states. Of the five states with more than two players in the DB group, California had the slowest time with an average of 4.62. Fastest linebackers? From Florida (4.74). Here's every position:

Defensive back average: 4.61. By state: Florida (11 players, 4.57 average), Texas (eight players, 4.57 average), Louisiana (four, 4.58), Georgia (six, 4.60), California (six, 4.62).

Linebacker average: 4.75. By state: Florida (five, 4.74), Texas (four, 4.77), California (four, 4.78)

Running back average: 4.58. By state: Florida (three, 4.51), Texas (three, 4.54), California (seven, 4.63).

Tight end average: 4.74. Offensive line average: 5.35.

Wide receiver average: 4.53. By state: Florida (four, 4.41), California (four, 4.46), Arkansas (three, 4.51), North Carolina (three, 4.57), Texas (four, 4.58), Ohio (four, 4.60).

Defensive line average: 4.98. By state: Georgia (three, 4.84), Ohio (three, 4.92), Florida (three, 4.93), North Carolina (five, 5.05), Texas (seven, 5.08), California (six, 5.14).

Let's look at each region now.

State of Texas
State Average
Texas Average 4.79
Texas Median 4.70
Dallas/Ft. Worth Average 4.69
DFW Median 4.73
Houston Average 4.84
Houston Median 4.67
State of California
State Average
State Average 4.85
State Median 4.75
Bay Area Average 4.69
Los Angeles Average 4.92
Orange County Average 4.72
Sacramento Average 4.88

Based on the numbers, Dallas is faster than Houston. There were 11 players from each metro area that ran the 40.

Though the Bay Area is a touch quicker than the Los Angeles basin, you can dive down into the numbers and see that's largely because there were fewer players from up there (just two). Still, overall, NorCal (4.83 average, 4.64 median) was faster than SoCal (4.87 average, 4.87 median). Among the counties in California it went: Bay Area (two players, 4.69 average), Orange Country (five, 4.72), San Bernardino (four, 4.80), Sacramento area (four, 4.88), Riverside (four, 4.90), Los Angeles (six, 4.92).

Palm Beach/Broward/Dade Counties
State Average
State Average 4.79
State Median 4.70
Palm Beach Average 4.69
Broward Average 4.73
Miami-Dade Average 4.84
There's no question that a major talent-producing area for college football players is down in Miami. The three counties that make up the metro area produced 19 players who ran the 40 in Indianapolis and it's no surprise to see each have an impressive set of numbers. The fastest 40 the entire week was run by Syracuse's Dorian Graham (Plantation, Fla.) at 4.32 and UCF's Josh Robinson was a tick behind him at 4.33 (Sunrise, Fla.), giving Broward the two fastest 40's even if Palm Beach took home the title based on average. An impressive 10 players at the combine were from Miami-Dade alone.

The state as a whole had 31 players run, good for third behind California and Texas (36 each). The average statewide was 4.68 and the median was 4.67. South Florida (4.66 average, 4.65 median) was faster than North Florida (4.72 average, 4.67 median).

What does it all mean? If you're looking to recruit some fast players, Florida is the place to be.

















Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:44 am
 

3/1 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stringent standards have helped Stanford elevate itself in recruiting

  Jimbo Fisher thinks Florida State is one of the few schools who can play and recruit against SEC schools.

 It's a big recruiting weekend coming up for Virginia.

 Toledo picked up a commitment.

 Florida has another 2013 player who is a legacy they're recruiting.

 Alabama has offered defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.

 Safety Malik Greaves liked what he heard and committed to Vanderbilt.

 Michigan is turning its attention to recruiting defensive players.

 Texas and Baylor lead the state in stockpiling local recruits.
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:48 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Johnson becomes seventh commit for Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Georgia has been one of several SEC programs to hit the recruiting trail hard early with the class of 2013. Mark Richt and company added to their group on Tuesday as Newnan (Ga.) defensive lineman DeAndre Johnson committed to the Bulldogs after previously saying he would wait.

"I saw how UGA had offered a few guys at my position, and I decided to go ahead and get on board," Johnson told UGASports.com "I decided to take they spot they were offering me, and I committed."

The defensive tackle also held offers from Tennessee, Georgia Tech and South Carolina among others. Tray Matthews, who is from the same area as Johnson, is one of the headliners in Georgia's upcoming class and both players will be looking to improve the defense upon arriving down in Athens.

"Right now, I'm 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, and the coaches want me to play nose guard," Johnson said. "They want me to lock down the middle, and that is what I am comfortable doing. I will be doing a lot more of that in my senior year here."

With Johnson in the fold, Georgia's class of 2013 stands at seven commits - five of whom are on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive tackle had 36 tackles and two sacks last season as a junior.



Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:02 pm
 

Kozan finally signs with Auburn

Posted by Bryan Fischer

No, the class of 2012 wasn't over.

26 days after Signing Day, Castle Rock (Colo.) offensive lineman Alex Kozan put one of the finishing touches on the class by signing with Auburn, the school confirmed in a release.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder had narrowed it down to finalists Auburn, Iowa and Michigan before finally faxing in his Letter of Intent on Monday to the Tigers.

Kozan's commitment caps a very good class of 2012 at the offensive line position for Auburn, having also signed Avery Young, Shane Callahan, Patrick MIller, Jordan Diamond, Robert Leff and Will Adams. Kozan becomes the 22nd commit overall and participated in the inaugural Semper Fi Bowl ealier this year.

"A super technician who never forgets an assignment," analyst Tom Lemming said of Kozan. "A strong and quick LT, he can bend his knees and move his feet. Rarely caught out of position, he shows the ability to slide and cut off edge rushers, can redirect quickly, and is the leader of an exceptionally good offense and led his team to a state title in 2010. Has what it takes to play LT or OG in college."
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:13 pm
 

Kamryn Melton headed to the Plains

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Auburn gained a commitment from an offensive player over the weekend and it didn't take long for the Tigers to match it on the defensive side, adding a pledge on Monday from Dothan (Ala.) defensive back Kamryn Melton.

"I told (secondary coach Willie) Martinez first and then circled around and talked with Gene Chizik," Melton told 247Sports. "He was very excited about it: ‘Just don’t go to anybody else.’ I was like, ‘Yes sir, I’m not going to switch.’ From there, they just welcomed me to the family. I was very excited. My mom too. She’s an Auburn fan and my whole family is Auburn fans. My whole family is excited. I’m proud to be a part of it. War Eagle."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder also held offers from Kentucky and UAB but his visit to the Plains was what won him over and allowed Melton to feel comfortable enough to commit early.

"When I went to lunch during Junior Day and I sat down with the Tigerettes. They invited me over and were asking me questions," he said. "I saw that the people down here are really friendly. They want you with your family. Right then, I was like, ‘Whoa, this is where I need to be.'"

Melton becomes the fifth commitment in Auburn's class of 2013 and the first defensive back of the group.
 

Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Wide receiver Earnest Robinson picks Auburn

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Although their in-state rival has received plenty of attention, Auburn has done a very good job on the recruiting trail early in the process and the Tigers added to their class on Saturday with the commitment of Pinson (Ala.) wide receiver Earnest Robinson.

“I committed today,” Robinson told 247Sports. “I’m coming down to Auburn and going to be part of the family. I’m an Auburn Tiger now."

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder held offers from Alabama, Florida State and Oregon among others and was one of the most productive receivers in the state last year. Robinson's relationship with Auburn assistant Trooper Taylor and other staff members was one of the key reasons he is staying close to home however.

“I really love Troop He’s like my family, like my dad," the wide out said. "He’ll take care of me and be on me hard about my education. (Coach Tommy) Thigpen is just like my dad. He’s cool, laid back. I can talk to them about anything."

Robinson's commitment bumps Auburn's class of 2013 up to four and follows on the heels of landing punter Jimmy Hutchinson earlier in the week. He is the first offensive player to commit since the hiring of offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler and caught 12 touchdowns on just 30 catches last season as a junior.

 
 
 
 
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