Wednesday, February 6, 2008

High School Recruit Signing Day News


According to what I just read, Terrelle Pryor will not say where he's going to play his college football just yet. The rumor is that it's down to either Ohio State or Michigan, but that is just rumor.

My favorite recruiting day news is this story, though, about the kid who held a press conference to announce he's going to Cal. Cal says they've never heard of him.
From USA Today:
It's unclear whether Kevin Hart was duped or staged a hoax himself.

What is clear is that the 6-4, 305-pound offensive lineman from Fernley (Nev.) High School will not be signing with California on Wednesday — the first day of the national signing period for football players — or any other major Division I program.

Hart held a news conference Friday at Fernley, saying he had chosen the Golden Bears over Oregon. He said he'd talked with Cal coach Jeff Tedford "a lot, and the fact that the head coach did most of the recruiting of me kind of gave me that real personal experience."

"This guy apparently has no offers," said Bobby Burton, recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. "I've never run across a case like this. It ranks right up there."

Hart is rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals, the lowest level of players the service ranks. His father declined to comment when reached by the Reno Gazette-Journal on Monday.

"We have not been recruiting him," said California associate media relations director John Sudsbury, who cited NCAA rules that prevent him from commenting further about recruits. "That's all we can say."

An official from Oregon denied having contact with Hart. "We're kind of perplexed. We've not ever heard of the young man," said David Williford, assistant AD for media services.

Hart also claimed to have recently taken a recruiting trip to Oklahoma State, but "he doesn't appear to be someone that we're recruiting," associate AD Kevin Klintworth said.

The Lyon County School District, in which Fernley resides, issued a release Tuesday that said it has been unable to verify Hart was offered an athletic scholarship or letter of intent to play football at California, Oregon or Oklahoma State.


Check out the picture, he has the little hats and everything! Too bad those schools aren't interested.

As for the Terrell Prior show:
Terrelle Pryor's news conference is going on as planned, but the highly touted prep quarterback won't be making a head coach very happy on signing day.

The Associated Press sent Pryor a text message a few hours before he was to address the media at Jeannette (Pa.) High School, asking if he would announce where he will attend college.

"No, I'm not," Pryor replied in a text message to the AP.

Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, a family friend and recruiting adviser, said Pryor simply is not ready to make a decision.

"I told him, 'Don't make a decision under duress because everybody wants you to,' and I don't fault him for delaying it," Batch told the AP. "Just because it's the first day, it doesn't mean he has to sign today."


Some News:
Florida State has a great looking class:
A.J. Alexander

5-11, 170, RB

Altoona, PA (Altoona)

RANKINGS: Prep Star -- 117th, Rivals -- 203rd, Rivals -- 19th (ATH), Rivals -- 8th (Pennsylvania Top 40), Scout -- 27th (WR), ESPN -- 40th (ATH), SuperPrep - 21st (WR), SuperPrep - 8th (Pennsylvania)

PrepStar Dream Team member...Rivals calls Alexander the 19th-best athlete in this year's class...the eighth-best prospect out of the state of Pennsylvania named all-county and all-conference as a junior and senior...consistently times in the low 4.3's in the 40...played quarterback in high school...senior year he rushed for 1000+ yards and 23 TDs...caught six touchdowns and amassed more than 400 yards receiving...returned two kicks for scores as well...as a junior he finished the year with over 1000 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns...in the air, he had another 400 yards with four scores... benches 280 pounds, squats 410 and has a 42 inch vertical jump...also ran track (10.5-100m, 21.5-200m)...ran the fastest 40 among wide outs and the ninth-fastest 40 overall at the State College Nike Training Camp in 2006...posted a 3.2 GPA in high school... father played football at Maryland...had over 40 offers and chose FSU over Tennessee, North Carolina and Pittsburgh among others.

Nigel Bradham

6-2, 225, OLB

Crawfordville, FL (Wakulla)

RANKINGS: CSTV--6th, ESPN 150--60th, ESPN150--4th (ILB), Rivals100--16th, Rivals--1st (ILB), SI Takkle 100--7th, SI Takkle--2nd (LB), Scout -- 1st (MLB), Prep Star -- 5th, Prep Star -- 1st (LB)

One of the top recruits in the nation, Bradham is already enrolled at FSU...PARADE All-American...SuperPrep All-American...ranked the top player in the state, the 13th-best prospect in the nation and the top OLB in America by Rivals...a five-star rated outside linebacker by Rivals and Scout.com...Scout's top-rated middle linebacker and Prep Stars No. 1 linebacker...ESPN ranks him as their fourth-best OLB and the 60th-best player in America...Tom Luginbill of Scouts, Inc. considers him an outstanding prospect...Sports Illustrated and TAKKLE have Bradham rated as the seventh-best player in America...a finalist for the 2008 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award...received honorable mention Army All-America honors as the best tackler...led the East team to a 33-23 victory and recorded four tackles in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl...was the recipient of the EAS Speed and Strength Award...Tallahassee Democrat All-Big Bend Defensive Player of the Year...PrepStar Dream Team member...FSWAA All-State 3A First Team Defense... AJC Super Southern 100...Rivals says Bradham has the best instincts of any linebacker, the third-most closing speed and is the fifth-best athlete among linebackers this year...finished his senior season with 147 tackles, 12 sacks and four defensive touchdowns in leading Wakulla to a district championship...as a junior he tallied 145 tackles, eight sacks and four interceptions, two of which he returned for TDs...recorded over 430 tackles and 20 sacks during his three-year career at Wakulla...had one of the five best games in the nation this year according to Rivals when he registered 15 tackles in a 16-0 win over Blountstown...timed at 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, can bench press 440 pounds and clean jerk 310...had over 40 offers and chose the Seminoles over Georgia, Mississippi and Florida.

Andrew Datko

6-6, 267, OG

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas)

RANKINGS: Rivals -- 35th (OG), Scout -- 44th (OT), ESPN -- 50th (OT)

Three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout.com...the 35th-best guard in America according to Rivals...Scout lists him as the 44th-best tackle prospect in this class...rated 50th among offensive tackles this year by ESPN...disciplined player who understands technique, leverage and balance according to Scout.com...Scout considers Datko one of the top offensive line prospects in Broward County...PrepStar All-Region Team...FSWAA All-State 5A First Team offense...Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel All-Broward County...ran the 40 in a time of 5.3...played on St. Thomas' 14-1 State Championship squad...played for the state title every year of his high school career...chose FSU over UCF and FIU.

Everett Dawkins

6-2, 242, DE

Duncan, SC (Byrnes)

RANKINGS: Rivals 250 -- 242nd, Rivals -- 8th (WDE), Rivals -- 8th (South Carolina), ESPN 150 -- 20th (DE), Scout -- 41st (DE), SuperPrep - 4th (South Carolina), SuperPrep - 31st (Defensive Line)

Rated a four-star defensive end by Rivals...garnered three stars from Scout.com...a top 20 defensive end prospect according to ESPN...Rivals has Dawkins as a top 10 prospect among weakside defensive ends and the eighth-best player coming out of South Carolina this season...Scout ranks him as the 41st-best defensive end prospect...PrepStar All-Region Team...AP All-State selection as a senior...his Byrnes team went 15-0 and captured the state championship...played in Max Emfinger's All-American Bowl Game Classic in Jackson, Mississippi...captained his team to a 42-0 victory as he recorded five sacks and double digit tackles...also played in the 71st annual Shrine Bowl where he recorded three tackles and broke up a pass...this past season he recorded 115 tackles, 14 sacks and recovered five fumbles... in 2006 he recorded 46 solo tackles, 56 assists, three sacks and 18 tackles for loss...posted a 4.68 in the 40...received scholarship offers from 10 schools including Illinois, Michigan State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

EJ Manuel

6-4, 201, QB

Virginia Beach, VA (Bayside)

RANKINGS: SI/Takkle -- 8th, SI/Takkle -- 2nd (QB), Prep Star -- 17th, CSTV -- 17th, Rivals 100 -- 43rd, Rivals -- 2nd (Dual Threat QB), Rivals -- 1st (Virginia), ESPN 150 -- 51st, ESPN 150 -- 6th (QB), SuperPrep - 12th, SuperPrep - 2nd (Virginia), SuperPrep - 3rd (Quarterbacks)

One of the top quarterback recruits in the nation in 2008... PARADE All-American...three major services (Rivals, Scout and SI) have Manuel listed as the second-best QB... SI/Takkle rate Manuel the eighth-best recruit regardless of position...a five-star QB recruit according to Scout...rated the best player in the state of Virginia this year by Rivals...Rivals has Manuel rated second for arm strength and accuracy...Tom Luginbill of Scouts, Inc. considers him an outstanding prospect...PrepStar Dream Team member...AJC Super Southern 100... SI/Takkle calls Manuel a "world-class quarterback" who "could be a superstar on the next level"...starting QB in the Under Armour All-American game where he completed 5 of 6 passes for 71 yards in leading Team White to a win...Scouts, Inc. compared Manuel to "a smaller JaMarcus Russell" after watching the QB practice in Orlando...honorable mention "Best Arm" at the Under Armour All-Star game...accounted for almost 7,400 yards and 68 TDs in his high school career...threw for 48 TDs and ran for 12 in his career at Bayside...completed at least 56% of his passes every season of his high school career...passed for nearly 4,000 yards combined in his junior and senior seasons... had at least 1,300 yards passing as a sophomore, junior and senior...nearly threw for 2,000 yards (1,973) as a junior and had 19 TD passes as a senior...also rushed for 541 yards as a senior...earned All-Tidewater district honors...named second-team all-state in Group AAA...participated in Elite 11 camp...runs a 4.6 in the 40...a Dallas Cowboy fan who models his game after New England QB and NFL MVP Tom Brady...chose FSU over LSU, Oregon, Tennessee and Alabama among others.

Nick Moody

6-1, 218, S

Philadelphia, PA (Roman Catholic)

RANKINGS: CSTV -- 86th, Rivals 100 -- 100th, Rivals -- 9th (OLB), Rivals - 5th (Pennsylvania), ESPN 150 -- 46th (LB), Scout -- 35th (S), Scout - 19th (Pennsylvania), SuperPrep - 9th (ATH), SuperPrep - 10th (Pennsylvania)

Four-star prospect and a top five player in the state of Pennsylvania according to Rivals...Rivals considers him the ninth-best OLB prospect in this class...PrepStar All-Region Team...played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl...named honorable mention for best closing speed and most physical at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl...won the league championship with Roman Catholic as a senior as he was named a Class 4A First Team All-State selection...recorded 65 tackles, four sacks and five pass break-ups as a junior while playing safety, cornerback and linebacker...caught 13 TD passes his sophomore season...clocked at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash...chose FSU over offers from Penn State, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Temple.

Terrance Parks

6-1, 200, CB

Fairburn, GA (Creekside)

RANKINGS: Scout -- 22nd (CB), ESPN 150--36th, ESPN 150--5th (CB), Rivals--32nd (CB)

Georgia native is already enrolled at Florida State...rated the 36th-best player in America by ESPN and the fifth-best cornerback...ESPN believes he has the potential to become an elite player at the next level...according to ESPN Parks is "an absolute monster of an athletic cornerback with versatility on offense and the measurables every coach in America wants in their perimeter players" and that he can match up with "just about any player in America"...Tom Luginbill of Scouts, Inc. considers him an outstanding prospect...Scout.com gave Parks four stars and considers him the 22nd best CB in the nation...Rivals ranks him as the 32nd-best safety in the 2008 class and the 27th-best prospect in the state of Georgia...a three-star safety according to Rivals... Prep Star All-Region Team...participated in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game...Scouts, Inc. said Parks reminded them of Baltimore Ravens coner Chris McAllister after watching the FSU commit practicing in Orlando...led Team Click-Clack with three tackles in the game...recorded 45 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries during his senior year for the Creekside Seminoles...recorded 43 tackles and had four interceptions during his junior season...timed at 4.43 in the 40 and benched 305 pounds...graduated with a 3.0 GPA...chose Florida State over Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee.

Blake Snider

6-4, 285, OG

Ft. Heflin, AL (Cleburne County)

Pigskin Round-Up All Star Team 2007...advanced to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs in 2007...tore his ACL in 2006 Class 4A State Playoff game...his father is the defensive coordinator at Cleburne County...chose FSU over Samford and Troy.

Toshmon Stevens

6-5, 198, DE

Crescent City, FL (Crescent City)

RANKINGS: Rivals -- 20th (DE), Rivals - 85th (Florida), Scout -- 59th (DE), ESPN 150 -- 63rd (DE)

Three-star lineman according to both Rivals and Scout.com...PrepStar All-Region team...FSWAA All-State 2B First Team Defense...played football for a full season for the first time in 2006...in 2006 he recorded 37 tackles and eight sacks defensively and caught three passes for 50 yards and a TD as a tight end...as a senior he recorded 56 tackles and 12 sacks...Crescent City went 10-0 his senior season...also plays center for the basketball team at Crescent City...runs the 40 in 4.56, has a 30.5" vertical and maxes out at 285 on the bench...has a personal best of 6'8" in the high jump...placed twice in that event in the state finals...holds 17 offers and chose FSU over South Carolina, Tennessee, NC State, Virginia Tech, UCF and Arizona State.

Jermaine Thomas

6-1, 190, RB

Jacksonville, FL (First Coast)

RANKINGS: ESPN 150 -- 47th, ESPN 150 -- 3rd (ATH), Rivals -- 15th (RB), Rivals - 49th (Florida), Scout -- 46th (RB), SuperPrep - 31st (Florida)

Three-star back according to both Rivals and Scout.com...Scouts, Inc. says Thomas is an outstanding prospect who has the "ability to create mismatches against most opponents" and considers him a player that could be a contributor as a true freshman...ESPN says Thomas has a "supreme blend of size and speed"...PrepStar All-Region team...AJC Super Southern 100...FSWAA All-State 4A Second Team Offense...rushed for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior...played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl...chose FSU over LSU, Illinois, Georgia Tech, NC State, South Carolina and Purdue.

Vincent Williams

6-0, 210, ILB

Davenport, FL (Ridge Community)

RANKINGS: ESPN 150 -- 40th (LB), Rivals 250 -- 197th, Rivals -- 10th (LB), Scout -- 24th (MLB)

One of three early enrollees in the 2008 class...four-star inside linebacker by Rivals.com...ranked the ninth-best inside linebacker in the country and the 24th-best prospect in the state of Florida by Rivals...also a member of the Rivals 250...scout ranks Williams as the 24th-best inside linebacker prospect...ESPN has Williams rated at #40 at his position... Prep Star All-American...named Polk County Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and all-county as a sophomore...totaled almost 300 tackles in three seasons with 48 TFL and 25 sacks...had 122 tackles, nine sacks, 20 QB hurries and 26 TFL as a junior in 2006...also played running back where he carried the ball 72 times for 604 yards as a junior... rushed for 138 yards on just 13 carries (10.6 average) and scored two touchdowns in Davenport's 27-0 shutout win over Auburndale (Fla.)...FSWAA All-State 3A Second Team Defense...co-MVP of the Scout.com combine in Jacksonville...ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68...maxed out at 320 on the bench and squatted 545 pounds...vertical measured at 30"... chose Florida State over LSU, Ohio State and Florida.

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