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Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:15 pm
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Clemson picks up commit number three in McDonald

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Clemson is hoping that the best season in recent school history will translate into even more success on the recruiting trail and it appears to have paid off in the form of a commitment on Wednesday morning from Hialeah (Fla.) linebacker Isaac McDonald after a Junior Day visit this past weekend.

“They showed us a really good time. They showed us that they’re willing to do things for student-athletes that make them want to come to their school,” McDonald told CUTigers.com.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder also held offers from Louisville, South Carolina and West Virginia among others. New defensive coordinator Brent Venables played a big role in McDonald picking Clemson over the other schools recruiting him hard however.

“He was talking about how he was a coach at Oklahoma for 12 years, but when he switched schools, they made them feel like he was at home,” McDonald said.

Clemson is now up to three commitments in the class of 2013. McDonald racked up 75 tackles and five sacks last season as a junior playing multiple positions.


Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:12 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 10:55 pm
 

Florida State picks up four during Junior Day

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Junior Days tend to result in commitments and, in the case of Florida State on Saturday, lots of them. The Seminoles grabbed plenty of talent as part of future classes as Orlando (Fla.) linebacker Ro'derrick Hoskins, Auburndale (Fla.) athlete Derwin James, Orlando (Fla.) wide receiver Tony Stevens and Jacksonville (Fla.) linebacker Tyrell Lyons all committed to the program.

"I felt like I was at home. The coaches treated us good ... just everything," Hoskins told the Orlando Sentinel. "The school was nice and that’s pretty much it."

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Hoskins picked up his offer while in Tallahassee. His high school teammate, Stevens, has been one of the hottest prospects in the South, adding Ohio State and Florida offers this week before picking FSU.

"The visit went much better than I expected," Stevens told 247Sports. "Everything was better than I thought it would be."

James is a versatile athlete who gives the Seminoles and Fisher their first class of 2015 commitment. The other three peg Florida State's upcoming class of 2013 at eight.


Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:14 pm
 

Virginia Tech grabs first two commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech is on the board for 2013. The Hokies picked up their first two commitments in the class on Saturday with pledges from Midlothian (Va.) defensive back Holland Fisher and Richmond (Va.) athlete Cequan Jefferson.

"I was just sitting here thinking to myself, out of all the places I've visited, everywhere I've been, nowhere made me feel as good as Virginia Tech did," Fisher told HokieHaven.com. "I feel like I fit in perfectly."

The 6-foot-2, 198-pound safety also held offers from Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia among others but will follow his senior teammate Joel Caleb to Blacksburg. Shortly after Fisher committed, Jefferson did the same after a great experience on his unofficial visit during Junior Day.

"One was their foundation there, it's awesome and then another one is the fact they have a great football team," Jefferson said. "Also, their academic program is out of this world and they will provide all the help you can get. You can't leave there without getting a diploma and I don't want to be just a football player, I want to graduate too. That is a huge part of why I chose Virginia Tech."

Hokies assistant Shane Beamer was responsible for landing both players to kick off Virginia Tech's recruiting in the class of 2013.
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:22 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Michael Johnson is commit No. 5 for Florida State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The 2013 evaluation process is well under way and scholarship offers are going out left and right from most programs. After signing a top 10 class a few weeks ago, Florida State is busy talking with the next wave of recruits and extended Miami (Florida) defensive back Michael Johnson an offer last week and it didn't take him long to wind up committed to the Seminoles.

"I just committed to Florida State. Just called Coach (James) Coley," Johnson told Warchant.com on Monday. "I love everything about FSU and have for a long time. Coach Coley is from this area so I know as a player I can trust him."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder will likely come to Tallahassee as a safety. Johnson did not hold any other offers but was drawing interest from a number of programs.

Florida State's class of 2013 now stands at five members with the addition of Johnson.

Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:34 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 7:36 pm
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Posted by Bryan Fischer

High profile recruits have increasingly waited until after Signing Day to commit to a school in recent years and with the class of 2012 it was Olney (Md.) athlete Stefon Diggs who kept coaches, fans and recruits wondering which program he would wind up at.

The answer finally came Friday night as the five-star athlete put on a Maryland cap at a local restaurant and committed to the hometown Terps.

Diggs took official visits to California, Florida, Auburn and Ohio State but saved his final trip to Maryland for after Signing Day. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is the nation's No. 14 overall recruit according to MaxPreps and ranked as the third-best athlete in the class.

One of the fastest players in the country, Diggs runs in the 4.4 range in the 40-yard dash and can play on either side of the ball as a wide receiver or defensive back. The five-star will likely end up on offense in college after accounting for 1,443 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, leading Our Lady of Good Counsel to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title last season.

Much of the credit in Maryland landing Diggs goes to new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. The former head coach at New Mexico and offensive coordinator at Illinois is well-known for his connections in the Washington, D.C. area as a recruiter. In addition to Diggs, teammate and the country's 10th-ranked running back Wes Brown signed with the program. Though the commitment is not enough to put Maryland in the top 25 class rankings, it does give head coach Randy Edsall and the program a marquee recruit in 2012.

"On the field he's one of the nation's most exciting ball players, an elite prospect and a difference maker," analyst Tom Lemming said of Diggs. "Exceptional with the ball in his hands, he's a high school superstar be it running with the ball, catching the ball, or picking off a pass. He seems to do everything with ease and is a natural, all around athlete."

The Maxpreps All-American gives Maryland 23 commitments in the class of 2012.
Photo by Jim Stout



Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:56 pm
 

North Carolina grabs two to kick off 2013 class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Although most North Carolina fans were bummed out thanks to Duke basketball player Austin Rivers, things were not all bad for the school Wednesday night as Durham (N.C.) teammates Khris Francis and Korrin Wiggins committed to the football program, according to TarHeelIllustrated.com.

The pair, from Hillside High, become new head coach Larry Fedora's first commitments for the class of 2013. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Francis is a running back who rushed for over 2,200 yards as a junior. Wiggins is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound safety/receiver and did not hold any other offers.

North Carolina signed 23 players last week as part of Fedora's first recruiting class.

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:26 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 1:50 pm
 

Top 2013 Recruits to Know



Posted by Bryan Fischer


The class of 2012 was so last week and it's time for everybody to turn their attention to the Class of 2013. This class may or may not be as talented as last year's group but it has a lot of high end talent even if it's not as deep. Here are 25 recruits just about everybody should know from coast-to-coast.

Photo by Dennis Carter/MaxPreps.com

 25 Recruits to Know
Player Position Size Location Notes
Robert Nkemdiche DE/OLB 6-5, 260 Grayson, Ga. Will likely be a consensus #1 overall prospect in this class, Nkemdiche is one of the most talented and driven athletes to come out of Georgia on the defensive side of the ball. He's got the speed to chase down the quarterback and is a savvy player who understands the game. Most expect him to end up at Alabama but Georgia, Ole Miss and others will try hard to land him. Highlights
Kenny Bigelow DL  6-3, 285 Bear, Del. It's rare to see such a talented player come out the Northeast like Bigelow but there's a reason why he picked up a ton of early offers from powerhouse programs from across the country. He is athletic enough to play tight end but will wind up playing a variety of positions along the defensive line and has a nice set of pass rush moves. Committed to USC. Highlights
Adam Breneman TE 6-5, 230 Camp Hill, Pa. The top tight end in the country, Breneman is the next in a wave of prototype players who can split out, block or get releases inside from a three-point stance. His hands are soft and he's a very good route runner. Highlights
Max Browne QB 6-5, 200 Sammamish, Wash. The top quarterback on the West Coast, Browne is the latest Evergreen state signal-caller to impress scouts. He is a bit on the skinny side but has a great frame, strong arm and a very good pocket presence. Not a great runner, his arm more than makes up for it. Highlights
Greg Bryant RB 5-10, 210 Delray Beach, Fla. Bryant has been well known in the state of Florida for sometime and is one of the headliners in a strong year for running backs. As quick as he is fast, he runs well between the tackles and knows how to get to the second level and into the open field. Highlights
Cameron Burrows DB 6-2, 200 Trotwood, Ohio Burrows is one of the top players in Ohio this year and can play pretty much any position in the secondary equally well. He's fast, has hands like a wide out and isn't afraid to come up and hit people. He also has an advanced degree in reading the quarterback because he reacts very well in coverage. Committed to Ohio State. Highlights
Su'a Cravens DB/LB 6-1, 210 Murrieta, Calif. The top defensive player out West, Cravens is a terror at multiple spots. He is fast enough to be a safety but will likely end up at outside linebacker who can rush the passer. His motor is always running and he doesn't seem to stop until the ball carrier is on the ground. Highlights
Reuben Foster LB 6-2, 228 LaGrange, Ga. Foster will be one of the top linebackers in the country and it looks like he's ready to step on campus this fall. He needs to work on his coverage skills a little but he's one of the hardest hitters in this class and is just a load coming downhill at an offensive player. Committed to Alabama. Highlights
Kendall Fuller DB 6-0, 180 Olney, Md. He's talented enough to play multiple positions but will likely end up being one of the Northeast's top recruits at corner. He's fluid DB who can turn and run stride for stride with any receiver and plays the ball well. He has a few things to work on but is someone you want taking away one side of the field. Highlights
Ahmad Fulwood WR  6-4, 200 Jacksonville, Fla. Fulwood really burst onto the scene last summer and drew a host of offers early. He's a bit lean but has a great frame to add weight and still maintain his speed. He's a quarterback's best friend for jump balls and isn't afraid to go over the middle to make a tough catch. Highlights
Derrick Griffin WR 6-6, 215 Rosenberg, Texas Because he's also a highly-ranked basketball star, Griffin is a huge, athletic target but is also a lot faster than most people expect. He's got very good hands and obviously can go up and snag the ball from pretty much anywhere on the field. You could see him adding a few pounds and being a very good tight end. Committed to Texas A&M. Highlights
Vernon Hargreaves DB 6-0, 175 Tampa, Fla. He's got a good case as one of the top corners on the East Coast and certainly has a great teacher considering his father is the secondary coach at USF. He's quick and understands coverages very well, sinking into throwing lanes and coming up in run support if needed. Highlights
Derrick Henry RB 6-3, 230 Yulee, Fla. The most impressive athlete in the class, Henry could play a number of positions in addition to his preferred spot at running back. He is physically bigger than just about everybody in high school and needs at least two defenders to bring him down. Committed to Georgia. Highlights
Michael Hutchings LB 6-1, 205 Concord, Calif. One of the top linebackers in the country, Hutchings is a sound player who has been extremely well coached. He's upper body-heavy and is a sure tackler who can run well. He can read the line and blitz very effectively. Highlights
Ty Isaac RB 6-2, 220 Joliet, Ill. Isaac has good speed even if he's not the quickest prospect out there. He also has good vision and is one of the top players in the Midwest due to his versatility that could see him play a little slot or wing back in college. Highlights
Dee Liner DE 6-4, 260 Muscle Shoals, Ala. One of the top linemen in the South this year, Liner does an excellent job of coming off the ball and keeping his pad level down. He's a big guy who can play either end or tackle and is fast enough to chase guys down from behind the play. Committed to Auburn. Highlights
Shane Morris QB  6-2, 180 Warren, Mich. He has solid arm strength but is very accurate, especially on intermediate passes over the middle. Morris has light feet and a solid pocket presence that can move outside and make throws on the run. He is a smart kid who can read coverages quickly and shows great anticipation. Committed to Michigan. Highlights
Marquez North WR 6-3, 210 Charlotte, N.C. A smooth, fluid receiver who can score at any time, North is used to plenty of attention at his powerhouse high school. He's a two-stepper who can return kicks and punts in addition to being a game-changing wide out. Highlights
Jake Raulerson ATH 6-5, 250 Celina, Texas It's not often you get athletes like Raulerson who could play multiple positions on each side of the ball and be highly ranked at each. His feet are terrific and one reason why he's a great offensive lineman and tight end. In addition, he's good on the defensive line and can play the run very well. Committed to Texas. Highlights
Max Redfield DB 6-3, 195 Mission Viejo, Calif. Probably the top safety on the West Coast, Redfield has the size and speed to be an impact defender patrolling the secondary in college. He reads the quarterback as well as anybody, has a fluid backpedal and can turn on a dime. Highlights
Tyrone Swoopes QB 6-5, 220 Whitewright, Texas An athletic dual-threat, Swoopes has as high an upside as any quarterback in 2013. He can get the ball out quickly with a strong arm and is one of the fastest players at his position. He is a perfect fit for a spread offense. Highlights
Altee Tenpenny RB 5-10, 200 North Little Rock, Ark. Was one of the few underclassmen to attend last summer's The Opening, Tenpenny wows with his athleticism. He missed his junior season but that didn't stop any school in the country from offering. Committed to Alabama. Highlights
Laremy Tunsil OL 6-6, 280 Lake City, Fla. His size stands out but his athleticism is what allows him to be dominant and one of the top tackles in the country. Tunsil isn't stiff and is an advanced pass blocker with excellent feet. He also reaches the second level well and can handle linebackers as easy as he does ends.
Thomas Tyner RB 6-0, 200 Beaverton, Ore. One of the fastest players in the class, Tyner brings his 10.4 100m track speed to the football field. He gets into and out of cuts quickly and seems to hit the extra gear as soon as he sees daylight in the open field. Committed to Oregon. Highlights
Eddie Vanderdoes DL 6-3, 275 Placer, Calif. The Sacramento-area has produced some quality talent the past few years and Vanderdoes is the next elite guy. He has excellent size and gets up the field quickly from an interior line position but flexible enough to rush the passer from outside. Highlights



Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Elite list of schools pursuing 2013 linebacker

By MaxPreps Stephen Spiewak

With the class of 2012 (mostly) in the books, college coaches are now laser-focused on the class of 2013. One recruit who has long been on the radar of many elite programs is E.J. Levenberry.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker earned U.S. Air Force All-American honors as a junior after making 151 tackles and eight sacks on a Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.) squad that finished 11-1.

He's been hearing from colleges since his freshman season and has taken numerous visits. Now, the process is intensifying.

Levenberry has a short list of teams that have been working overtime to land him.

"Florida State, Michigan, Florida and Notre Dame are on me hard," Levenberry told MaxPreps, later adding Ohio State to that group.

Levenberry has no trips currently planned, outside of a visit to the Big House for Michigan's spring game. He's already taken unofficial trips to both Florida and Florida State.

 
 
 
 
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