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Recruiting News - 01/15/05 - SCOUT/SUPER PREP - SOUTH

Discussion in '2005/January' started by 3yardsandacloud, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    <font color="#b90000">Saturday, January 15, 2005</font> SUPER PREP - SOUTH


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    All American Commitment - Scout


    All American Commitment
    by Scott Kennedy of PantherReport.com, January 15, 2005 at 1:13pm ET
    Maurice Wells Profile
    Maurice Wells is a hugely productive running back from Sandalwood High School that has been pointing for the U.S. Army All-American game today to make his college decision.
    Wells had trimmed dozens of scholarship offers to two of his favorites, and moments ago he chose Ohio State over Georgia Tech.
    Wells is a dynamite running back in the open field. He has the kind of ability to change directions that could make him an excellent cornerback on the next level as well, but he will get his first shot and has been recruited at running back.


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    Latest Update - Scout (SuperPrep)

    Latest Update
    by Rob Gidel of InsideKentucky.com, January 15, 2005 at 7:30pm ET
    Gary Williams Profile

    According to an article in the Lexington Herald Leader printed today, February signee Garry Williams is still working on his eligibility after failing to gain eligibility in time for a January enrollment;

    UK hopes to have offensive lineman Garry Williams, the fifth grayshirt from the 2004 class, enroll in August. Williams failed to qualify for freshman eligibility last season.


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    Officially Enrolls - Scout (SuperPrep)

    Officially Enrolls
    by Rob Gidel of InsideKentucky.com, January 15, 2005 at 7:07pm ET
    Johnny Williams Profile

    Four new Kentucky Wildcat freshman football players, defensive back Trevard Lindley, linebacker Mikhail Mabry, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, and linebacker Johnny Williams, along with junior-college offensive lineman Fatu Turituri, have enrolled at the UK, Coach Rich Brooks has announced.

    Lindley, Mabry, Pryor, and Williams signed with UK in Feb. 2004 but delayed enrollment until now, a process known as “grayshirting.” All four players will be able to participate in spring practice and play in the fall. They will have five years to complete their four seasons of eligibility. Turituri signed in December and has two years of eligibility.

    The five new Wildcats will count on the limit of 25 initial scholarships. Signing day for the remainder of the new class is Feb. 2.

    Johnny Williams
    Linebacker, 6-3, 235, Fr-HS
    Jacksonville, Fla. (Fletcher)

    High School: Second-team all-state as a senior in the highly competitive Florida Class AAAAA ranks … Helped lead Fletcher HS of Neptune Beach, Fla., to a 12-2 record and a trip to the state semifinals, the finest season in school history … Accumulated 89 tackles from his defensive end post, adding 15 quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries … Named All-First Coast, All-Metro Jacksonville, all-conference, and all-district … Came on strong in his senior year after missing all but two games of his junior campaign because of injury … Started at defensive end as a freshman and sophomore at Ribault HS in Jacksonville … Projects as a linebacker on the collegiate level … Coached at Fletcher by Joe Reynolds … “Johnny is relentless,” Reynolds said. “He was a great pass rusher for us, a fierce tackler, handles double-team blocking, and also runs well.” … A two-year letterman on the track and field team, competing in the shot put and discus … Honor-roll student who was awarded the Ace Scholarship … His recruiting finalists included Kentucky, Central Florida, Bowling Green, Clemson, and Georgia Tech.

    Personal: Born in Tampa, Fla. … Son of Johnny Lee Williams Sr. and Antoinette Williams … Plans a major in biology


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    Officially Enrolls - Scout (SuperPrep)

    Officially Enrolls
    by Rob Gidel of InsideKentucky.com, January 15, 2005 at 7:05pm ET
    Myron Pryor Profile
    Four new Kentucky Wildcat freshman football players, defensive back Trevard Lindley, linebacker Mikhail Mabry, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, and linebacker Johnny Williams, along with junior-college offensive lineman Fatu Turituri, have enrolled at the UK, Coach Rich Brooks has announced.

    Lindley, Mabry, Pryor, and Williams signed with UK in Feb. 2004 but delayed enrollment until now, a process known as “grayshirting.” All four players will be able to participate in spring practice and play in the fall. They will have five years to complete their four seasons of eligibility. Turituri signed in December and has two years of eligibility.

    The five new Wildcats will count on the limit of 25 initial scholarships. Signing day for the remainder of the new class is Feb. 2.

    Myron Pryor
    Defensive Lineman, 6-1, 295, Fr-HS
    Louisville, Ky. (Eastern)

    High School: Explosive defensive lineman who has been likened to former Wildcat and first-round NFL draft choice Dewayne Robertson … Three-year starter at offensive tackle and in the defensive line at Eastern HS in Louisville, Ky. … First-team all-state by the Louisville Courier-Journal and second-team all-state by The Associated Press as a senior … Named to the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” list of the top-22 seniors in Kentucky … Selected All-Metro Louisville by the Voice-Tribune … Given the Republic Bank Award for the top defensive lineman in Louisville … Eastern’s recipient of the Unitas Scholarship Award … Senior year defensive stats feature approximately 30 tackles, with 10 tackles for loss and five fumble recoveries … Also played running back in some short-yardage situations and scored one touchdown … Second-team all-state as a junior by the Courier-Journal … Helped Eastern to a 9-3 record as a junior, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs … Two-year member of the all-district team … Strength is noted by his top lifts, 390 pounds in the bench press, 585 in the squat, 270 in the power clean, and a state-record 690 in the dead lift … An All-South Region selection by PrepStar … The No. 7 prospect in Kentucky as named by Rivals.com and SuperPrep … Coached by Lance Dudley … “Myron is a naturally strong and gifted athlete,” Dudley said. “He runs very well for his size and has surprising agility. One of his strengths is his football instincts; he knows how to find the football. He also takes pride in his technique” … Two-year letterman on the wrestling and track and field teams … Competed in the shot put and discus throw … Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Selected Kentucky over Indiana, Louisville, and Cincinnati.

    Personal: Born in Louisville, Ky. … Son of Marylin Pryor … Major is undecided.


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    Officially Enrolls - Scout (SuperPrep)

    Officially Enrolls
    by Rob Gidel of InsideKentucky.com, January 15, 2005 at 7:00pm ET
    Trevard Lindley Profile

    Four new Kentucky Wildcat freshman football players, defensive back Trevard Lindley, linebacker Mikhail Mabry, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, and linebacker Johnny Williams, along with junior-college offensive lineman Fatu Turituri, have enrolled at the UK, Coach Rich Brooks has announced.

    Lindley, Mabry, Pryor, and Williams signed with UK in Feb. 2004 but delayed enrollment until now, a process known as “grayshirting.” All four players will be able to participate in spring practice and play in the fall. They will have five years to complete their four seasons of eligibility. Turituri signed in December and has two years of eligibility.

    The five new Wildcats will count on the limit of 25 initial scholarships. Signing day for the remainder of the new class is Feb. 2.

    Trevard Lindley
    Cornerback, 6-0, 175, Fr-HS
    Hiram, Ga. (Hiram)

    High School: Three-year starter at cornerback and a two-year regular at running back at Hiram (Ga.) HS … Missed most of his senior season because of a dislocated kneecap, but showed plenty to catch the eyes of college coaches … Played only three games, but posted some gaudy numbers during that time … Made three interceptions and had 22 tackles … Rushed 10 times for 109 yards, a phenomenal 10.9-yard average, and two touchdowns … Caught two passes for 63 yards and a TD … Returned two kickoffs for 96 yards, including one return for a TD … The injury healed fully, as returned to the basketball and track teams … Ran for approximately 960 yards as a junior, scoring eight touchdowns … Made three interceptions and returned a kickoff for a TD … The No. 38 prospect in Georgia, according to SuperPrep magazine … Coached by Lynn Rowe … “Trevard is very fast, yet he runs so smoothly that he makes it look effortless,” Coach Rowe said. “He has a very unassuming personality and he does everything so naturally that you don’t realize how much he’s done until you look at the stats after the game.” … Three-year letterman in basketball … Although just six feet tall, his athletic ability enabled him to play a post position … Helped his team advance to the state tournament his junior year … Four-year letterman in track, competing in the triple jump, 100- and 200-meter dashes, and the 4x100-meter relay … Won the regional meet in the 200 as a junior and competed in the state meet in the 100 and 200 … Honor roll student … Chose Kentucky over North Carolina and Southern Mississippi.

    Personal: Name is pronounced “tre-VARD” … Born in Litha Springs, Ga. … Son of Terry Lindley, Sr. and Stephanie Lindley … His brother, Terry, is a freshman football player at Tennessee-Chattanooga … Plans a major in design engineering.



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    Jerrell Powe - Scout (SuperPrep)

    All American Commitment
    by Scott Kennedy of PantherReport.com, January 15, 2005 at 3:37pm ET
    Jerrell Powe Profile
    There are surprises every year in the recruiting season, and Jerrell Powe just shocked the SEC by picking the LSU Tigers. It was long considered that he was going to be a Tiger in the SEC West, but it was long considered that he was going to be an Auburn Tiger.
    Powe is a dominating defensive tackle that is currently the #1 player at his position by Scout.com, and he will be as good on the next level as he wants to be. He is of the rare breed that can get penetration from his defensive tackle position as well as occupy a double team to free up his ends and linebackers.
    Powe may have to start his career at a prep school or junior college, but teams have been battling all year for the right to sign him. The Bayou Bengals pulled off a huge recruiting coup.


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    Defensive Tackle Powe Picks LSU Tigers - Scout (SuperPrep) PREMIUM

    Defensive Tackle Powe Picks LSU Tigers
    By Jason Caldwell Inside the Auburn Tigers
    Date: Jan 15, 2005

    The highly regarded defensive tackle from Missisisppi says he will sign with LSU, but is it his final choice?

    San Antonio, Tex.--The nation’s top-ranked defensive tackle prospect, Jerrell Powe of Wayne County High of Waynesville, Miss., announced on Saturday that he has committed to the LSU Tigers.

    Powe made the announcement at the Army All-Star Game at the Alamodome, which features top high school senior prospects from around the country.

    Powe was a frequent visitor to the Auburn campus in the last year to check out games on unofficial visits and to see his two former high school teammates, safety Steve Gandy and running back Mike McLaughlin, who were redshirted this past fall for the Tigers as freshmen. He says that he had been seriously considering AU up to this point and they're still in the picture even though he committed on national TV Saturday.

    "“It was a hard choice,” Powe says. “Auburn and LSU were still neck-and-neck, but I like Coach Les Miles. They were high on my list at Oklahoma State. I was considering them. When they came to LSU and I got to talking to them, and LSU is a great team, this was just something I wanted to do on TV. I think I worked hard to get down here. I really wanted to set an example for my kids back at home. A lot of guys look up to me. I didn’t have to do that. I’m not the type that likes all the attention. My whole school was watching this on a big screen.

    “I like LSU, but it’s just something I basically (did on TV). I was the first one from my school ever to be an All-American. That’s basically how my decision was made. It’s still subject to change on signing day. Auburn is still neck-and-neck and Ole Miss is slightly behind them. This is not my final choice. I just like LSU and I was actually doing what my mom said, that I should do it for the kids.”



    Powe chases down a quarteback during Saturday's U.S. Army All-Americn Bowl.

    A 6-3, 322-pounder, Powe took his official visit to Auburn in December. In 12 games Powe he made 75 tackles, seven sacks and recovered two fumbles to earn All-Area and All-District honors for a third straight season. He says that he wants to take a closer look at Auburn and his other schools before his final decision.

    “I have been around Auburn a lot, but I want to see how they really are,” Powe says. “Anybody can show you a good time. It’s like when you first meet somebody. I just can’t go by that. I have to see how the relationship is between the players and how the coaches do. They might laugh in your face, but when you get there it’s different. I want to see some one-on-one with some guys and say ‘tell me the truth. How do you like it? Do you think you made a bad decision?’ That’s how my decision is going to be made in February and I might withhold then.”


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    Roy Miller - Scout (SuperPrep)

    All American Commitment
    by Stacy Dean of PantherReport.com, January 15, 2005 at 2:36pm ET
    Roy Miller Profile
    Killeen Shoemaker DT Roy Miller was one of the most talked about prospects on the West All-American roster and he just made is verbal pledge on NBC. He’s a 4-star DT who flat out brings it on each and every down and has the stamina to play all four quarters. His blue-collar work ethic will make him an instant favorite with the Longhorn defensive coaching staff. Not to mention, Miller’s low center of gravity, coupled with the strength he’s developed from living in the weight room, makes him a huge get for anybody.


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    U.S. Army Bowl: Roy Miller Picks Texas - Scout (SuperPrep)

    U.S. Army Bowl: Roy Miller Picks Texas
    By Thayer Evans
    Date: Jan 15, 2005

    SAN ANTONIO–With just over 12 hours left until the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Killeen, Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller was more than ready to make his commitment Friday night.

    "It’s Texas," Miller told InsideTexas.com on the eve of the game. "That’s where I am announcing."



    On Saturday, Miller did just that, committing to the Longhorns over Oklahoma and Utah with just over three minutes left in the second quarter.

    "It’s a great school academically," he said. "The coaches are great and so are the players. Texas is a great situation for me to play and that’s where I need to be."

    In Austin, Miller said he is looking forward to be "mentored" by the likes of Rodrique Wright, Larry Dibbles and Frank Okam.

    "That’s real important to me," he said. "I really respect those guys and feel that I have a lot to learn from them."

    For Miller, he said the attention he received from the Texas coaches throughout the recruiting process was instrumental in his decision.

    "I really like the way Texas recruits," he said. "I appreciate the way the coaches treated my family."

    Miller said he has high expectations for his freshman year.

    "I definitely expect to play," he said.

    Yet Texas might still have some work to get Miller’s signature on Feb. 2. He said he has been talking with the Oklahoma coaches this week and could have an in-home visit with them next week.

    "That’s a possibility," Miller said. "You know, I’m not really going to rule anything out." [IT subscribers click here for more on Miller and the Sooners.]

    But at least for now and a nationwide television audience on Saturday, Miller is a Longhorn.

    "Shoot, this feels good," he said. "Hook’em."


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    Still Open to All Suitors - Scout (SuperPrep)


    Still Open to All Suitors
    by Ryan Bass of GoJackets.com, January 15, 2005 at 10:43am ET
    Jammie Kirlew Profile
    Jamie Kirlew (Scout.com 3-star DE) has some options right now for a college choice but his coach, Bruce James, is hoping more options come along soon. According to James, “He’s visited Boston College. He’s visited Navy and now he’s going to Army today.” “He hasn’t set up anything other than this last visit.” When asked if Kirlew would be ready to make a decision after the Army visit, his coach said, “No, I don’t see him making it until there’s more out there. I sent some more tapes out.” Army coach Bobby Ross is scheduled for an in-home with Kirlew on Monday after the visit.

    So what would Kirlew like to do ideally? Coach James says, “Engineering, that’s the biggest thing. He’s got a 4.0 GPA, a full qualifier.” What about the military options? “I don’t know if he wants to go military or not,” says James. “Anything that comes our way, we’ll look at it though.”

    Early on Georgia Tech was a school that showed some interest in Jamie, where does that school stand? Coach James says, “They sort of held back on him because I think they got prior commitments filled at the linebacker and defensive line play.” “The coaches were big on him early on and I thik they just backed off on him a little bit.” We’re waiting, they said next week we should know a little more on Georgia Tech. He’d love to go to Georgia Tech, I know that.” GT linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary is the coach who was recruiting Kirlew. Coach James believes Tech was looking at Kirlew as a defensive end.

    How about Kirlew’s physical build? Coach James says, “6’4”, 235. He’s going to gain some weight, I know he will. He’s in basketball


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    2B ALL STATE FOOTBALL - 2004 - Scout (SuperPrep) PREMIUM

    2B ALL STATE FOOTBALL - 2004
    By Florida Sports Media Prep Editors
    Date: Jan 15, 2005

    Introducing the very best football players in the state of Florida in this list of 2B All-State Football Teams for 2004.

    Class 2B
    First team offense
    QB: Trey Revell, Florida High, Jr.
    RB: Antone Smith, Pahokee, Sr.
    RB: C.J. Spiller, Union County, Jr.
    WR: Andre Powell, Pahokee, Sr.
    WR: Mike Moore, North Broward Prep, Sr.
    OL: Jonathan Rogers, Union County, Sr.
    OL: Jasper Santos, Pahokee, Sr.
    OL: A.J. Trump, Clearwater Central Catholic, Sr.
    OL: Michael Esford, Union County, Sr.
    TE/OL:Kasey Nobles, Union County, Jr.
    K: Ryan Paros, Marathon, Sr.
    UTL: Jock Sanders, St. Pete. Catholic, Soph.
    UTL: Charlie O'Neill, Marathon, Sr.

    First team defense
    DL: Rudy Robinson, Pahokee, Jr.
    DL: Carlos Lezcano, Marathon, Jr.
    DL: Justin Cotman, Dixie County, Sr.
    LB: Mews Janvier, Curley, Sr.
    LB: Kevin Alexander, Union County, Jr.
    LB: Will Currid, Walton, Sr.
    DB: Colin McCarthy, Clearwater Central Catholic, Jr.
    DB: Paul O'Hara, Dixie County, Sr.
    DB: Riley Cooper, Clearwater Central Catholic, Jr.
    DB: Leo Sliney, Dixie County, Sr.
    UTL: Carl Teague, St. Pete. Catholic, Sr.
    UTL: Vincent Cheves, Pahokee, Jr.
    UTL: Josh Nettles, Walton, Jr.

    Second team offense
    QB: Dexter Davidson, North Broward Prep, Jr.
    RB: Jeremy Brown, Union County, Sr.
    RB: Reggie Jones, Florida High, Sr.
    WR: Verlin Moore, Pompano, Sr.
    WR: Jeremiah Weatherspoon, Florida High, Sr.
    OL: Ralph Jones, Dixie County, Sr.
    OL: Andrew White, Walton, Jr.
    OL: Marcus Haywood, Pahokee, Jr.
    OL: Will Condon, Pensacola Catholic, Sr.
    OL: J.W. Myers, Episcopal, Sr.
    OL: Dusty Parrish , Fort White, Sr.
    UTL: D.J. Johnson, Crescent City, Soph.
    UTL: Carlton Thomas, Frostproof, Fr.

    Second team defense
    DL: Darius Wilson, John Carroll, Sr.
    DL: Joey Yanchunis, St. Pete. Catholic, Sr.
    DL: Jason Bryan, Walton, Sr.
    LB: Michael Brown, Pensacola Catholic, Sr.
    LB: Mario Neal, Newberry, Sr.
    LB: Brendan Odom, Union County, Jr.
    DB: VerNell Tapper, Pompano Beach, Sr.
    DB: Ricky Gary, Phokee, Jr.
    DB: Rashad Etheridge, St. Pete Catholic, Sr.
    DB: Xavier Jackson, Walton, Soph.
    DB: Martin Baldwin, Walton, Sr.
    UTL: Ronnie Bailey, Wildwood, Sr.
    UTL: Francis Baptiste, Curley, Sr.

    Honorable Mention
    John Lowell, Ransom Everglades, Jr.; Billy Tapp, St. Pete Catholic; Jamelle Murray, North Broward Prep, Jr.; Steven Cavanah, Marathon, Jr.; Bubba Murphy, Marathon, Jr.; Leviticus Bennett, Crescent City, Soph.; Carl Robinson, Wildwood,S r.; Roland Allen, Marathon, Jr.; Jeremy Green, Newberry, Sr.; Abdul Ruise, Union County, Sr.; Jacade Jackson, Wildwood, Sr.; Lashon Smilley, Crescent City, Sr.; Justin Bruland, Marathon, Jr.; Myron Lewis, Pompano Beach, Jr.; Antonio Brunson, John Carroll, Sr.



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    Smith's Absence Conspicuous for Army Game - Scout (SuperPrep) PREMIUM

    Smith's Absence Conspicuous for Army Game
    By GatorCountry.com Staff GatorCountry.com
    Date: Jan 15, 2005

    SAN ANTONIO — The US Army All-American Bowl Game brings 78 of the best high school football players in the nation together for the biggest and best all-star game in the country. As good as these guys are, though, this year’s game is conspicuous for the absence of Paokee’s Antone Smith.

    For reasons that miff most of the experts who have spent the week in San Antonio watching the East-West practices, Antone Smith, the number two ranked running back in the nation by Scout.com, wasn’t selected to participate.

    “The best running back I’ve seen this year has to be Antone Smith,” said Rey Maualuga, a 6-2, 240-pound linebacker from Eureka, California, who will suit up for the West. “I played against him in the CaliFlorida Bowl and he was incredible.”

    Smith won the 2004 Mr. Football award for the state of Florida after leading Pahokee to its second straight state championship. In 12 games, the 5-8, 180-pound tailback scored 44 touchdowns, rushing for 2814 yards. In the CaliFlorida Bowl Game, Smith was the Most Valuable Player, leading Florida to a 24-22 victory over California. He rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown in the all-star game.

    Smith is the man of a thousand moves. Tackling him has been described as trying to grab Jello with chopsticks.

    “He runs really low to the ground and it makes him pretty hard to tackle,” Maualuga added. “He is going to be a force wherever he decides to play college ball at the next level.”

    With his dynamic personality, Smith would be perfect to have at the US Army game. At various points throughout the game, some of the All-Americans will be announcing their college choice. Smith, who makes everyone’s all-interview team, would have been a marvelous interview.

    Smith’s final choices are Miami, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia. He’s already visited Auburn and is at Miami this weekend. He’s expected to visit Florida January 21 and Florida State on January 28.

    Most experts think that Smith will sign with Miami, particularly since Frank Gore and Roscoe Parrish have declared early for the National Football League. He won’t give any clues what that choice will be. Instead, he’ll go public on signing day with a press conference that will be televised by ESPN.

    Another Florida back, Maurice Wells of Jacksonville Sandalwood, said on Thursday that he would be amenable to a visit to the University of Florida, but Scout.com reported on Friday that the 5-10, 185-pound tailback will announce his choice between Ohio State and Georgia Tech at halftime of the Saturday game.

    The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played in San Antonio at the Alamo Dome on Jan. 15, 2005, and broadcast nationally on NBC at 1 p.m. Eastern. Scout.com is a sponsor, the official selection partner and exclusive on-line partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as well as the associated U.S. Army Combine for underclassmen.
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2005

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