Tag:Vanderbilt
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:39 am
 

3/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Vanderbilt's James Franklin talked a little about 'helicopter recruiting.'

 UConn and ECU have offered athlete Janarion Grant.

Georgia is the frontrunner for Maryland offensive line transfer Max Garcia.

 ECU dipped into their recruiting base for a commitment from Jamieon Moss.

 Good early look at Virginia's 2013 recruiting.

 Braylon Edwards wonders why Michigan isn't recruiting his brother Berkley.

 Running back Derrick Green likes what he saw at Clemson.
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

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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: 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 21, 2012 10:37 pm
 

Running back Tyren Jones commits to Alabama

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not surprising but when Alabama starts rolling, there's no stopping the Tide. Nick Saban added another impressive commitment Tuesday night as Marietta (Ga.) running back Tyren Jones made his pledge known.

"I committed to Alabama tonight," Jones told Scout. "I spoke with Coach Saban, coach Smart and coach Burns. They were very excited about my decision. They told me to keep working hard."

The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder is one of the top backs in the Southwest and held scholarship offers from schools such as Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Jones was in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's recent Junior Day this past weekend and the trip seemed to be just what was needed in order to produce a commitment.

"Alabama felt like the best place for me. I had the feeling it was the right school," he said. "I really like the situation there. I like the school and the coaches a lot."

Jones was one of the stars of December's Rising Seniors Bowl, leading the victorious West squad in all-purpose yardage. His junior season was a breakout campaign in which he rushed for over 2,300 yards and scored 38 total touchdowns.

Alabama is now up to eight commitments in the class of 2013, with Jones becoming the second running back in the group to go along with Altee Tenpenny. The former can be lined up in the slot and in various other positions on offense as well.




Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:15 am
 

Vanderbilt starts 2013 class off with a bang

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Vanderbilt added one of the top classes in school history with the program's 2012 signees and it appears James Franklin and staff are going to continue the momentum into Signing Day next year. On a previously quiet Thursday night, the Commodores added one of the top signal-callers in the South in Ellenwood (Ga.) quarterback Jonathan McCrary to give the school its first commitment in the 2013 class and a big one at that.

“It all happened fairly quick,” McCrary told 247Sports. “I called them and they said to call back that night and I did and he had the whole staff on the line, talking numbers and playing time and playing at Vanderbilt. I liked the environment and thought that that was pretty nice having the whole staff on the line. I had been calling back frequently and they’d always get the whole staff on the line.”

The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is a true dual threat who held offers from powerhouse programs such as Alabama, Georgia and Florida State. The connection McCrary developed with the coaches and the fact that he would be the only incoming recruit at his position made all the difference in the world to him and resulted in an early commitment.

“Coach (Sean) Spencer just laid it on me talking about bringing me in as the only quarterback for the class of 2013 saying that I have a great chance of competing and being a starting quarterback for Vanderbilt,” he said.

A MaxPreps Top Junior for 2013, McCrary will be the cornerstone for Vanderbilt's next class and gives the program their quarterback of the future.
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:28 am
 

2/10 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Talented athlete Stefon Diggs is expected to commit to Maryland later today.

 Auburn is waiting on the decisions of Diggs and Alex Kozan.

 James Franklin clarified his words about decommits he made to Vanderbilt supporters.

 North Carolina started 2013 recruiting with package deal.

 A strong finish in 2012 would help Arkansas close on big name recruits.

 The country's top tight end, Adam Breneman, is impressed with Penn State coach Bill O'Brien.

 A record crowd turned up to hear Gary Pinkel talk about Missouri's 2012 recruiting haul.

 Meet UCLA's 2012 recruiting class.

 Michigan State is interested in some linemen who are already picking up offers.
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:56 am
 

2/8 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Running back Derrick Green has 17 offers and is planning on visiting Arkansas.

 A look at the recruiting territories for the Illinois coaching staff.

 Vanderbilt doubled its football recruiting budget.

 Having two former Wisconsin players on staff could help in recruiting.

 Michigan picked up players in 2012 and 2013. The Wolverines are still in the running for Alex Kozan too.


Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:52 pm
 

SEC Signing Day Grades



Posted by Bryan Fischer


CBS Sports Top 25 Team Rankings
College Commits Top 100
1. Alabama 28 6
5. Florida 21 5
11. South Carolina 25 1
13. LSU 22 2
14. Texas A&M 21 3
20. Georgia 19 6
21. Tennessee 19 0
22. Auburn 20 5

SEC school-by-school
East Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL D.J. Humphries A- The Gators put together a really good class that should boost numbers and talent but it will be remembered for a few of the misses.
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 OL John Theus B It's not the dream team but it could still be considered one of the better classes in the conference with what they did at RB and on defense.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 QB Patrick Towles C A good quarterback helps but there are a few questionable recruits in the group next to some others that could develop into solid SEC players.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 WR Dorial Green-Beckham B+ The nation's leading passer and the #1 overall recruit will earn you a good grade but it's not a very deep and talented class otherwise.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 WR Shaq Roland B Yet again the Old Ball Coach lands the top recruit in the state and does some very nice things in Georgia, such as landing Mike Davis (a great fit for that offense).
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB LaDarrell McNeil B- A few late decommits took some luster off but a good class nevertheless. They certainly added some offensive weapons but didn't grab an impact defender.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Brian Kimbrow A Best recruiting class in school history and win some head-to-head battles against some big name schools? Impressive. It's not the most talented when compared to others but a great job by the staff in 2012.
West Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
28 DB Landon Collins A+ One national title in January, one in February. This might be one of the most talented recruiting classes Nick Saban has brought in.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 RB Jonathan Williams C+ The Razorbacks figured to have a better class but it's just ok. Striking out on DGB hurt but they still filled needs at the spot and added a good RB in Williams if he can stay healthy.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 OL Avery Young B This is the best OL class in the SEC with some tremendous talent there. The skill position players are very good but there's no doubt the Tigers missed out on a few guys.
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 WR Avery Johnson B- It's hard for a top 15 class to be disappointing but that's what this one was for LSU after some very notable defections on the lead up to Signing Day.
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 DE Channing Ward B- Pretty good class on short notice, a lot of the recruits will play early and often in talent-deprived Ole Miss.
- Team page
- Commitment list
27 DL Denico Autry B- It wasn't a great class outside of the defensive line but that looks like it will be the strength of the team down the road with this group.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 RB Trey Williams B+ It was an up-and-down ride to Signing Day but the Aggies got better and added talent that will certainly help them on offense in addition to a few guys giving a little boost on defense.

 
 
 
 
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