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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: August 22, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: August 22, 2011 11:03 am
 

Ranking the Mountain West recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. TCU

One could technically include this class in the Big East rankings but they top the Mountain West rankings for the last time. Quarterback Tyler Matthews has had a terrific summer and is a sharp signal-caller and the rest of the class is full of speed athletes like defensive back Daje Johnson.

2. Boise State

There seems to be more talent in this class, at this point, than other years thanks to the rise in the Broncos' profile. The staff has done well in talent-rich Florida, Texas and California and have a great quarterback incoming in Nick Patti.

3. San Diego State

The departure of head coach Brady Hoke last year means a new recruiting pitch for the Aztecs but they've managed to bring in some quality players. Quarterback Matt Morin is a strong-armed pick up for the program and they have several other underrated local talents halfway until Signing Day.

4. Air Force

It's always hard to judge service academy recruiting classes but at the moment, Air Force is winning the recruiting version of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Running back Johnathan Johnson has BCS offers and the rest of the class is full of solid players.

5. Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, Wyoming

These four school do not have any commitments for the class of 2012.

Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 3:33 pm
 

On the hot seat: How some coaches are recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBSSports.com Senior Writer Dennis Dodd rolled out his annual Hot Seat Ratings, giving every FBS head coach a grade from 0 (can't be touched) to 5 (it's time to win now). Only one head coach is burning up on the seat with the maximum rating of 5 but there are plenty of others who begin the season feeling some heat. Being on the list puts a lot of the coaches in a tough position on the recruiting trail as they look to turn things around while battling the perception that they won't be there when the recruit steps on campus. Taking a look at several of the coaches on the list, here's how they're doing on the recruiting trail:

Dennis Erickson, Arizona State
Hot Seat Rating: 3.5
2012 Commitments:12
Top Recruit: Wide receiver Kenny Lawler

Erickson is in an interesting position. With a team featuring plenty of upperclassmen and what is expected to be a very good defense, the Sun Devils are likely the favorites for the first Pac-12 South title. Erickson has only had one really good season in Tempe and never has been able to break through and grab elite talent on the recruiting trail. He put together a class last year that mostly addressed needs and was solid but not spectacular. The 2012 class could be one of the better ones Arizona State has pulled in recently, getting off to a good start and leading the Pac-12 with 12 commitments. This is an offense-heavy class with plenty of skill players and he recently added quarterback T.J. Millweard, who was committed to Virginia Tech.

Mark Richt, Georgia
Hot Seat Rating: 3.5
2012 Commitments:10
Top Recruit: Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor

Richt responded to critics and managed to put together what might have been his best recruiting class ever last year. It was a strong year for talent in Georgia and the Bulldogs took advantage, grabbing a "Dream Team" of recruits. The prize was running back Isaiah Crowell, who many think can come in and make an instant impact on offense after the in-state team fought off powers like Alabama and Florida State for his services. The 2012 class hasn't seemed to build off the momentum however, as Georgia has already lost out on some in-state commitments and are behind in others. There's plenty of time for the tide to turn, however, and as Richt proved last year, he can close down the stretch.

Ron Zook, Illinois
Hot Seat Rating: 4.0
2012 Commitments: 4
Top Recruit: Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller

Zook is known as a good recruiter and he put together a diverse class last year. It's not a great year for talent in the Midwest and Zook is using the southern ties he had while at Florida to make Illinois active in the South, especially in Georgia. He made a nice pickup with Fuller and with a bit of instability in the Big Ten, could nab a prospect or two that might have gone elsewhere. Zook will ultimately have to win to keep Illinois in the minds of the rising seniors but he's on pace to pull in another solid class this year.

Mike Locksley, New Mexico
Hot Seat Rating: 4.5
2012 Commitments: 0

New Mexico is New Mexico so it will always be tough to get recruits to come, especially in the midst of a 2-22 run under Locksley. But credit to the head coach and his staff, they were able to reach into California, Florida and Maryland among other places to get some talent. Known as a superb recruiter in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area, the fact that Locksley got five-star tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to make a visit to the school and keep the Lobos in his final five was quite the accomplishment. The school doesn't have any commitments in 2012 and it will be interesting to see how many wait to see if the hot seat gets too hot for Locksley to stay on it.

Luke Fickell, Ohio State
Hot Seat Rating: 3.5
2012 Commitments: 8
Top Recruit: Running back Warren Ball

Fickell had his fingerprints all over Ohio State's last recruiting class as co-defensive coordinator and was the lead recruiter for one of the Buckeyes' key linebacker commitments, Ryan Shazier from Florida. He is dropped into a very difficult situation however, first following a beloved and successful head coach in Jim Tressel and second, dealing with the looming threat of NCAA sanctions. While he managed to keep the prize of the 2012 class, top 100 offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, in the the fold for awhile, he ended up decommitting and now the Buckeyes are seeing the state of Ohio raided by other Big Ten programs like Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan State. Fickell is a tried and true Buckeye so he knows how to sell the school, the only question is if he'll be successful at it and that remains to be seen.

Rick Neuheisel, UCLA
Hot Seat Rating: 4.0
2012 Commitments: 3
Top Recruit: Running back Steven Lakalaka

Just about everybody thought UCLA was on the right track when Neuheisel managed to pull in two top 20 classes in 2008 and 2009. Since then however, things have reversed course on the field and off. Last year's class did manage to get two big talents from out-of-state in defenisve tackle Kevin McReynolds and top 100 quarterback Brett Hundley but it was by no means a deep and talented class. While it was going to be small due to scholarship numbers, Neuheisel just didn't seem to be able to close with some players and the Bruins are barely on the map in California this year, taking a back seat to Arizona State, Washington, Oregon and their crosstown rival USC. It's getting close to a make or break year for UCLA and Neuheisel and he can only hope that Hundley is as advertised and can make a difference in the win column this season.

Paul Wulff, Washington State
Hot Seat Rating: 5.0
2012 Commitments:5
Top Recruit: Wide receiver Dalen Jones

It's not easy to recruit to the Palouse though Wulff has added some nice pieces over the years, but just can't seem to find enough of them. Wulff reached into Florida and California very well last year and even managed to grab highly regarded offensive lineman Alex Mitchell out of nearby Portland. That said, Wulff is on the hot seat (a very hot seat) and, because it's the hot seat at Washington State, that generally takes the school out of the running for any big time recruits. They've done well all things considered and have extended early scholarships to several California and Florida athletes in hopes of building up an early relationship. It will always be tough for Wulff to recruit and doing so while worried about job security is extra tough.
Posted on: April 1, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: April 1, 2011 11:23 am
 

2012 Offensive Linemen to Watch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Jacksonville (Fla.) offensive tackle John Theus is the top offensive lineman in the nation according to CBS Sports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other lineman - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Theus off the top spot and become the top lineman for the class of 2012.

Zach Banner (Lakes High, Lakewood, Washington) 
Height: 6-foot-9 
Weight: 315 pounds 
Offers from: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, Cal, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin

What's to like: As you can tell from Banner's offer list, just about every program in the country likes what they see of the big tackle. He is simply imposing given his height and is big enough to not be pushed around at left tackle once he gets on campus. He's surprisingly mobile and uses his long arms to drive defenders away.

Needs to work on: He's a bit stiff so improving flexibility to reach those athletic defensive ends at the next level is something Banner could improve. Also, he'll need to improve firing off the ball and staying low.

Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach High, Boynton Beach, Fla.) 
Height: 6-foot-6 
Weight: 315 pounds 
Committed to Florida

What's to like: Dunker exploded onto the recruiting scene late last year and became one of the most coveted players on the East Coast. Dunker has only played one year of football after coming over from basketball so you know he has terrific athleticism. He is a prototypical left tackle's size and weight already.

Needs to work on: Because he has only one year of football experience, he still needs to learn the nuances of playing left tackle. He has a solid year under his belt and he'll need to look at improving his footwork and pass protection.

D.J. Humphries (Mallard Creek High, Charlotte, N.C.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 280 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, USF, Tennessee, Texas, UCF, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

What's to like: Humphries is a mauler out on the field and there's not much that can stop the big guy. At this point, he is probably more of an interior lineman such as a guard based on his size and style of play. Humphries also does a good job of firing off the ball and staying low.

Needs to work on: At times, Humphries can overextend himself and that might leave him vulnerable to double moves from defensive lineman. He is so much bigger and stronger than the other players that he hasn't develop much finesse when he blocks.

Andrus Peat (Corona Del Sol High, Tempe, Ariz.) 
Height: 6-foot-7 
Weight: 285 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest, Washington

What's to like: Peat is one of the best lineman in the country because he's really the complete package at left tackle. He really drives his blocks down the field and there's few, if any, defenders that can get by him. What coaches like even more is that despite his high school team going 1-10 last year, he didn't really loaf or take plays off if you watch some of his film.

Needs to work on: There's not a of things to work on for Peat but he can continue fill out his big frame and improve his footwork.

Jordan Simmons (Crespi High, Encino, Calif.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 330 pounds 
Offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Miami, Michigan, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, San Diego State, SMU, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington

What's to like: Simmons is almost always the biggest player on the field and as a result is like a brick wall to defenders. He does well in one-on-one situations against much more athletic defensive ends uses his very long arms extremely well.

Needs to work on: He has recently dropped some bad weight and needs to continue to do so and add more muscle. He's more of a guard in college so learning to really work inside-out will be another thing to watch next season.

Posted on: March 28, 2011 9:40 am
 

3/28 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

So everyone had Butler-VCU in their bracket's Final Four, right? I think the equivalent would be Cyrus Kouandjio actually signing with New Mexico on Signing Day.

- Wide receiver Tyson Graham is seeing interest from UCLA, Miami, Penn State and Georgia.

- Lots of updates from Michigan's Junior Day from this past weekend.

- Nice photo gallery from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from the Atlanta MVP Camp.

- Just a few names to keep an eye out for this year who could become the 2012 version of Jadeveon Clowney.

- Some more on tight end Brent Wilkerson's commitment to Penn State.

Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: March 20, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Badger Sports Day 1 Standouts

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LAS VEGAS - Wind? Check. Cold? Check. Elite talent? Double check.

That was the story at the Badger Sports Elite Lineman Challenge and 7-on-7 competition held on the campus of UNLV on Saturday. Some of the top talent from all over the west came to compete and get noticed. Here's six players who stood out with their play on the field.

1. Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry

The Fresno (Calif.) wide out/safety was one of the few players to make consistent play after play despite the conditions. It's hard to stand out from the crowd with so many players at an event like this but Greenberry easily was the top performer. The 6-foot-2, 180 pounder has good size and speed and was a touchdown machine all day. Greenberry was also smooth in coverage and picked off several passes. At this point he is probably more of a wide receiver but he could play safety due to his excellent size.

2. Wide receiver Darreus Rogers

The USC commit was the complete package out on the field. Rodgers ran good route and got in and out of his break quickly on most routes while using his body to effectively keep defensive backs away from the ball. He was a terror in the red zone and had a great set of hands that snatched the ball out of the air.

3. Quarterback Troy Williams

On a day where the wind was gusting up to 40 miles per hour, Williams was one of the few quarterbacks who seemed to deal with the wind well. Though he doesn't have ideal height at 6-foot-1, he has a cannon and can throw the ball just about everywhere on the field. The Harbor City (Calif.) signal caller said he has offers from Washington and Nevada but that Oregon has been showing interest. Though he didn't have the best set of receivers on the field at times, Williams made his team better and led them on an impressive run in round-robin play, including an upset of all-star Team 1925.

4. Offensive lineman Jordan Simmons

Simmons is one of the best offensive linemen in California and he showed he's one of the best in the west with his performance in the Elite Lineman Challenge earlier in the morning. He's adjusted his weight and looks better than he has in the past but still projects to be a very good guard at the next level. He threw bags and defenders away with ease and was surprisingly agile for someone his size. He said he'll visit local school USC unofficially in a few weeks but he's wide open at this point and has offers from coast-to-coast.

5. Cornerback Kevon Seymour

Holding down the corner spot for one of the top teams in the event, B2G, Seymour was impressive in coverage against some of the top wide receivers in the competition. The Pasadena (Calif.) corner played well in press coverage but also peeled off his man and played zone very effectively. By the end of the day, quarterbacks stopped throwing in his direction because they just couldn't complete anything. Expect his recruitment to take off as he's quickly becoming one of the top corners in California.

6. Defensive end/offensive lineman Dejon Allen

One of the few defensive lineman to impress at the event, Allen was very good in one-on-ones and won nearly every repetition. He showed a good initial burst but also good footwork and strength to push around opposing lineman. He also was one of the better offensive lineman when going on that side of the ball but at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, projects better on the defensive side. He reports offers from Arizona and New Mexico.

Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:00 am
 

MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Offer Update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's still over a month to go before coaches hit the road and begin to see recruits up close and personal in the May Evaluation period. Although that's usually the time when you'll see scores of scholarship offers head out, many of the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 are up to double digit offers a little less than a year before Signing Day.

We'll be taking a glance over the next few days at the Top 100 and provide an overview of just what offers are out there for some of the top players in the upcoming class.

Offensive tackle Ryan Brodie (Long Branch, N.J.) 
Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, UConn, Rutgers, South Carolina.

Running back Coy Brown (Nappanee, Ind.) 
No offers at this time.

Running back Wes Brown (Olney, Md.) 
Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, N.C. State, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Temple, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

Quarterback Neal Burcham (Greenbrier, Ark.) 
No offers at this time.

Athlete Joel Caleb (Midlothian, Va.) 
Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

Defensive end Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.) 
Committed to Florida State. 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia.

Wide receiver Nathan Cole (Memphis, Tenn.) 
Offers: Alabama, Ole Miss.

Safety Landon Collins (Geismar, La.) 
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M.

Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.) 
Committed to Miami.

Linebacker Derek David (Rockdale, Texas)
Committed to Texas Tech.
Offers: Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC.

Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Oklahoma adds 2012 Texas athlete

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Head coach Bob Stoops has had a lot of success recruiting in the Lone Star state and he headed back to the well for Oklahoma's latest commitment, talented Rockdale (Texas) athlete Daniel Brooks, according to SoonerScoop.com.

Primarily a running back in high school, Brooks could end up as a defensive back upon enrolling in Norman.

"They've talked about using me some as a return guy, running back, a slot guy, and they are looking for me on defense," he told the website earlier this week. "Coach (Brent) Venables says would love to see me at defensive back. I'm going to find my place."

The 5-foot-10, 175 pound Brooks also held a scholarship offer from New Mexico and received his offer from Oklahoma just two days ago. He recently attended one of the Sooners' Junior Days and decided to end the recruiting process early after taking everything in.

Brooks is the Sooners' fourth commit in the class of 2012.
 
 
 
 
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