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Recruiting News - 02/08/05

Discussion in '2005/February' started by 3yardsandacloud, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    <font color="#b90000">Tuesday, February 8, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 02/08/05

    Early commitment a coup for Tressel and Buckeyes - NN of Central Ohio (Mansfield News Journal)

    Early commitment a coup for Tressel and Buckeyes

    By Larry Phillips,
    Everything seems to happen early for Chris Wells. The best recruiting news seems to happen early for Ohio State.

    Perhaps the two were destined for each other.

    The Akron Garfield running back is only 16 years old. He's only a junior in high school.

    Already he's projected as the best prep running back in the nation in the Class of 2006. Already Wells has been offered scholarships by Oklahoma and Michigan. The Sooners' staff said Wells could be the next Adrian Peterson.

    If Wells lives up to that kind of hype, he's going to do it at Ohio State.

    The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Wells offered a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes on Sunday, after returning home from Junior Day festivities.

    Wells is related to former Michigan standout Billy Taylor, and reportedly grew up a Wolverine fan. His first trip to the Horseshoe included a 37-21 pounding of Michigan. On Saturday, Wells watched the basketball team administer a similar beating to the Wolverines and heard the students chant "Just like football."

    For an Ohio youngster, whose mother wanted him to stay close to home, Wells said that was all it took. He was done with recruiting.

    "I'm 100 percent sure about Ohio State," Wells told on Sunday. "I haven't called the other coaches, but I will call them (Monday) and let them know about my decision. I couldn't be happier and my mother couldn't be happier. I couldn't put into words how I am about this decision."

    Wells is rated the seventh-best overall prospect in the nation by, and the No. 1 running back.

    As a junior (playing at the same school that sent Antoine Winfield to Ohio State), Wells rushed for 1,939 yards and 20 touchdowns. He averaged 9.1 yards a carry while flashing a punishing style and surprising speed. recruiting analyst Duane Long describes Wells as the state's best running back since Maurice Clarett -- without the baggage.

    Wells is also the big back that hammers a defense, and that doesn't exist on the OSU roster.

    Finally, for Ohio State, the Wells commitment continues an interesting trend. Jim Tressel has absorbed more than his share of abuse for being unable to land a big fish on or about National Signing Day.

    Such criticism arrived over the past three years as Ohio State lost nationally-rated prospects including Shawn Crable (Michigan), Stanley McClover (Auburn), Dwayne Jarrett (USC) and Jason Gwaltney (West Virginia) at the very end of the process.

    Those scenarios led some to question Tressel's ability as a closer. However, no one can question Tressel's ability as a starter.

    Ohio State's strong recruiting classes in the Tressel Era have traditionally been bolstered by early commitments, including Clarett, Justin Zwick and Jamario O'Neal. In fact, O'Neal committed as a sophomore at Mansfield Senior and went on to play in the Army All-American Bowl last month. Clarett and Zwick both committed as juniors. Clarett pulled the trigger shortly after Tressel was hired as the OSU coach. Zwick followed suit a couple of months later and lured other stars in the 2002 class, which was rated No. 2 in the nation.

    According to Long, Wells has a similar mindset that could draw others to next year's Buckeye recruiting haul.

    No matter who else OSU lands on National Signing Day 2006, the key recruit for the class is already on board, and he won't turn 17 until August.

    It's an early bonanza for both.

    Coldwater’s Homan verbally commits to Ohio State - Lima News

    Coldwater’s Homan verbally commits to Ohio State
    • From staff reports •

    ***COLDWATER —Coldwater High School junior linebacker Ross Homan verbally committed on Monday to sign with Ohio State next year.
    ***Homan, a 6-1, 233-pound two-way player for the Cavaliers, is rated one of the top juniors in the state by several recruiting analysts.
    ***“I just couldn’t see myself going anywhere else. That was pretty much it,” Homan said.
    ***Homan had 165 tackles and was named first-team All-Ohio in Division IV last season when Coldwater went 13-1 and reached the state semifinals.
    ***Ohio State offered him a scholarship last Wednesday around 9 a.m. on the day it signed its recruits for this season.
    ***Besides growing up an Ohio State fan, Homan had another connection to the Buckeyes. He is a first cousin of former OSU quarterbacks Bob Hoying and Tom Hoying.
    ***Notre Dame, Michigan, Iowa and Virginia were among the other schools recruiting him

    Groza award was no prize (Chris Wells, Rob Schoenhoft, Lawrence Wilson) - Dayton Daily News

    Big back commits

    The Buckeyes lassoed the big running back they've been seeking, but he won't suit up until 2006.

    Junior Chris Wells of Akron Garfield made a verbal commitment over the weekend. The 6-foot-1, 227-pound bruiser rushed for 1,939 yards last season with 20 touchdowns and a 9.1-yard average.

    He is the top-rated junior in Ohio and turned down offers from Michigan, Oklahoma and Penn State.

    "He's the best back from Ohio since Maurice Clarett and probably the No. 1 back in the country," recruiting analyst Duane Long said. "He's unbelievable."

    Having been spurned by coveted big back Jason Gwaltney in the 2005 class, landing Wells was considered a must for the Buckeyes.

    "He's a big, slashing runner," Long said. "People want to compare him to Eddie George, and he does run with great power. But he can make you miss just as much as run over top of you."

    Wells made a trip to Columbus on Saturday for junior-day festivities.

    "I never thought I would fall in love with a school like I fell in love with Ohio State," he told "I couldn't be happier and my mother couldn't be happier."

    Ohio is expected to produce a bumper crop of recruits in the 2006 class, and Wells plans to make numerous phone calls to get as many players on board as possible.

    Schoenhoft lauded

    Incoming freshman Rob Schoenhoft passed for just 1,159 yards as a senior, but there are plenty of reasons the Cincinnati St. Xavier product had colleges salivating.

    The 6-foot-6, 225-pound quarterback has such a strong arm that his coaches had to teach him to ease up so his receivers could handle his throws.

    "Robbie Schoenhoft is special," OSU coach Jim Tressel said. "He's a competitor. He's a big, strong guy, and everyone knows he has a rocket arm.

    "But what I appreciate even more is that he moves better than some might anticipate, and I like the way he managed his team."

    Wilson gets attention

    Tressel couldn't help chuckling over the lengths to which his staff resorted in order to land defensive end Lawrence Wilson of Akron.

    After hearing Note Dame visited the player with a seven-coach brigade, OSU sent a posse of six assistants to the Wilson home a few days later.

    "Sometimes you have to show guys some love — as much as other teams do," Tressel said.

    "It was just a response that if that's going to make a difference, we'll send six or seven."

    Illinois junior RB talks latest suitors - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 8, 2005
    Illinois junior RB talks latest suitors

    Tim O'Halloran Recruiting Analyst *
    Gurnee (Ill.) junior running back prospect Mitchell Moore (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) from Warren Township High School has been enjoying the Blue Devils success on the hardwood this winter, yet Moore is also keeping an eye on his football recruiting. Moore fills us in on his latest suitors as well as his college junior day plans in this recruiting update.

    Texas QB looking toward the Big 10 - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 7, 2005
    Texas QB looking toward the Big 10

    Brian Gates Recruiting Analyst *
    Ft. Worth (Texas) Nolan quarterback Sean Hakes has already been on the road a lot in his life having moved from Ohio to Texas and back. Then to the Lone Star State again. Now, he's looking to make the move back to Big 10 country, one more time.

    Erb named among top recruiters in the nation (Top 25 Recruiters) - Rivals

    February 8, 2005
    Erb named among top recruiters in the nation
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *
    Lester Erb is among the top 25 recruiters in the nation.It's easy to say that the head coaches are the reasons why a team has a successful recruiting class. Yet any true college football connoisseur knows that the backbone is the assistant coach that spends countless hours making calls, making in-home visits and wooing his program's top recruits.

    There is an elite group of assistant coaches that have separated themselves as the best in the business. Florida State assistant Kevin Steele has been named National Recruiter of the Year. also honors the top 25 recruiters in the game today with the list below. Top 25 Recruiters

    Eric Bieniemy, UCLA
    A two-time top-25 selection, Bieniemy is on the fast track in the coaching community.

    John Blake, Nebraska
    Landed super running back Marlon Lucky and was the closer on almost all of NU's four-star recruits.

    Mike Cassity, Louisville
    Was the closer on The Ville's top recruits like Earl Heyman and Zach Anderson and was a prime factor in getting several highly ranked kids in for visits.

    Mario Christobal, Miami
    Landed two of the 'Canes top recruits in the ultra-competitive state of Texas when he hooked Reggie Youngblood and Dejleon Farr.

    Bob Connelly, Alabama
    Connelly quickly gained a reputation in Florida by landing Roy Upchurch and Michael Johnson, and he reached into California for two more top players.

    Mark D'Onofrio, Virginia
    Recruited Eugene Monroe, Mike Brown and Rashawn Jackson to UVa out of New Jersey and is making a name for himself as one of the best in the East.

    Stan Eggen, Texas A&M
    A two-time selection by, Eggen is still considered the Aggies best recruiter and a big reason why they finished with a top 10 class.

    Lester Erb, Iowa
    Any other year would be recruiter of the year, landing five of the top seven players in Illinois' top talent pool in 10 years.

    James Franklin, Maryland
    Another two-time selection by, Franklin helped the Terps land another top 25 class and reeled in Melvin Alaeze.

    Rodney Garner, Georgia
    Considered the dean of recruiters in the Southeast, Garner is the top Dawg for UGA and a two time selection as a top 25 recruiter.

    Ron Gould, California
    Gould had already been established as one of the best recruiters in the game, but he took his game to the next level, helping the Bears land a third-straight top 20 recruiting class.

    Mark Hagen, Purdue
    Signed all nine of Purdue's players from Indiana, including four-star prospects Selwyn Lymon and J.B. Paxson.

    Doc Holliday, Florida
    Holliday's move to Florida from N.C. State didn't allow him to be in the spotlight as much as in the past, but this two-time selection is among the best.

    Rob Ianello, Notre Dame
    A two-time selection, Ianello recently moved to Notre Dame after causing plenty of damage for the Wisconsin Badgers.

    David Kelly, Duke
    After stints at LSU, Georgia Tech and Stanford, he's reeled in some of Duke's biggest recruits ever, including six in this class.

    Lane Kiffin, Southern Cal
    Landed Fred Davis and Dwayne Jarrett last year and was the key recruiter on Patrick Turner, the nation's No. 2 player, this year.

    Tim Kish, Arizona
    Any time a team finishes with a losing record and signs a top 25 class, somebody is responsible, and Kish was a huge part of it by owning the Valley of the Sun.

    Mike Locksley, Illinois
    Was on his way to helping Florida put together a top class until was wooed away to Illinois with Ron Zook, and is a two-time selection.

    Terry Malone, Michigan
    Landed three Rivals 100 players from Michigan and has snagged the top in-state prospect every year since 2001.

    Kevin Steele, Florida State
    Named the National Recruiter of the Year. The Noles top recruiter, most trusted closer and a two-time selection by

    Rick Stockstill, South Carolina
    A huge reason why Steve Spurrier's class started to pick up momentum late in the recruiting process.

    Dabo Swinney, Clemson
    Signed nine players in 2003 and matched that number again this year with strong efforts in Alabama, Northern Florida and South Carolina.

    Trooper Taylor, Tennessee
    Making a name for himself as one of the best recruiters in the Southeast and the main reason why many of South Florida's best looked at UT.

    Charlie Wiles, Virginia Tech
    Made some real inroads in North Carolina and pulled Stephan Virgil away from UNC and N.C. State.

    Darrell Wyatt, Oklahoma
    After landing Adrian Peterson last season, Wyatt landed five-star DeMarcus Granger and four four-star players in class of 2005. Has never landed a recruit lower than four stars.

    Video: Schlichter carries on family tradition - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 8, 2005
    Video: Schlichter carries on family tradition
    Miami Trace quarterback Miles Schlichter is out to prove that there is more to him than just a famous last name. Check out exclusive video of the 6-foot-2 signal caller and see why several top programs are all high on him.

    Top Lineman Wants To Get Early Start - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 8, 2005
    Top Lineman Wants To Get Early Start

    Mark Rea Managing Editor *
    Offensive line prospect Justin Boren of Pickerington (Ohio) North isn't sure which school is going to get his verbal commitment just yet, but he is positive that the recruiting process won't take long. The 6-4, 305-pound offensive guard prospect is expected to touch off the latest recruiting war between archrivals Ohio State and Michigan although several other schools are expected to get in on the chase as well.

    Homan commits to Ohio State - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 7, 2005
    Homan commits to Ohio State

    Bill Kurelic and Mark Rea Staff *
    Coldwater, Ohio, linebacker Ross Homan became the second member of Ohio State's recruiting class of 2006 when he gave the OSU coaching staff the good word just moments ago. Homan becomes the second top-rated Ohioan in just the past 36 hours to issue his commitment, following Akron Garfield running back Chris Wells.

    Focus '06 - Carl Fisher (WR) - Scout PREMIUM

    Focus '06 - Carl Fisher (WR)
    By Chris Pool
    Date: Feb 8, 2005

    Carl Fisher is one of the top junior wide receiver prospects in the Midwest. He received his first scholarship offer last April from Utah and several schools since then have contacted him via-mail. Fisher talks about his early contacts and which schools are at the top of his wish list.

    Schlichter Hopes To Decide During Summer - Scout PREMIUM

    Schlichter Hopes To Decide During Summer
    By Dave Biddle
    Date: Feb 8, 2005

    Quarterback Miles Schlichter hopes to make his decision sometime before his senior season. Schlichter attended Ohio State's Junior Day over the weekend and enjoyed the trip. caught up with him for the latest.

    Video Interview - Jamario O'Neal - Scout PREMIUM

    Video Interview - Jamario O'Neal
    By Steve Helwagen
    Date: Feb 8, 2005

    Defensive back Jamario O'Neal of Cleveland Glenville is coming to OSU with plenty of talent. He can play multiple positions, but defensive back appears to be his destination. Steve Helwagen caught up with O'Neal last week to talk about his future as a Buckeye, and we have O'Neal's thoughts for you in a special video interview.

    Gibson Talks About OSU Offer, Recruiting - Scout PREMIUM

    Gibson Talks About OSU Offer, Recruiting
    By Duane Long
    Date: Feb 7, 2005

    One linebacker committed today -- what about the other who was offered? We caught up with Thaddeus Gibson of Euclid, Ohio to find out his thoughts on his recruiting situation.

    Ohio State Adds Second Commitment - Bucknuts

    Ohio State Adds Second Commitment
    By Duane Long
    Date: Feb 7, 2005

    OSU's recruiting momentum for 2006 continued to gain today as Coldwater linebacker Ross Homan became the second player to commit to the Buckeyes. Homan is one of the state's top ten prospects. Duane Long has more.

    A second player in the Class of 2006 bas decided he would like to be a Buckeye. Linebacker Ross Homan of Coldwater, Ohio said he committed to the Buckeyes today. He did not talk to Jim Tressel but did commit to linebackers coach Luke Fickell.

    "I spoke to my coach in his office and we called Coach Fickell," Homan said. "I committed to him."

    What prompted Homan to make the decision?

    "We sat down and looked over the situation," Homan said. "It's where I want to be and the situation is right for me. I will be coming in as a Will linebacker."

    Homan also plans on heading to OSU for camp this summer.

    "I will be going to Ohio State camp though," he said. "It's an opportunity to get better."

    Homan stands at 6-1, has been clocked at 4.57 in the 40 and currently lists his weight at 233. He is one of two linebackers in Ohio OSU has extended an offer to, the other being Euclid's Thaddeus Gibson, who is being recruited as a Sam linebacker.

    Homan, an All-Ohio performer, has had over 500 tackles in his first three seasons in high school. He also is a standout at running back and returned two kicks for touchdowns last year.

    Coldwater linebacker makes early commitment for 2006 - Columbus Dispatch$

    Coldwater linebacker makes early commitment for 2006
    Tuesday, February 08, 2005
    Tim May

    Ohio State would have it made if attracting football players was always as easy as winning the nod from Ross Homan.

    The junior linebacker from Coldwater, in western Ohio’s Mercer County, took in the sights and sounds of OSU’s junior day Saturday, and last night committed to the class of 2006.

    But then, OSU had an in.

    "I can’t see myself going anywhere else," said Homan, a cousin of former Buckeyes Bob and Tom Hoying.

    And just like that, the class of 2006 is two strong. The Buckeyes picked up a commitment Sunday from running back Chris Wells of Akron Garfield.

    "I think that just says we’re trying to get something going with this class," Homan said.

    The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Homan led Division IV state semifinalist Coldwater in tackles with 189 last season. But he had gained OSU’s attention even before that by popping a 4.5-second 40-yard dash in the Buckeyes’ summer camp.

    "He is the No. 1 linebacker in the state for 2006," said Bill Kurelic of "Linebacker is going to be a big priority in this recruiting class (with the Buckeyes scheduled to lose their top four after the season). So getting Homan is very big from that standpoint."

    2006 Offensive Recruiting Needs and Names (Tim Tebow) - Scout

    2006 Offensive Recruiting Needs and Names
    By Dave Peters**
    Date: Feb 5, 2005

    This is an early look at what some of Florida State’s needs on the offensive side of the ball for the 2006 recruiting class. Check out a few names of prospects that will most likely get an early look by the Seminole coaching staff.


    Needs: With Florida State missing out on two of their targets in 2005, look for the Noles to sign one quarterback in the class of 2006.

    Possible Targets:

    Matt Stafford of Dallas (TX) Highland Park is School Preseason No.1 ranked junior in the country. The 6-foot-3 and 210 pound standout list Florida State, Georgia and Oklahoma as his three. His parents are both graduates of Florida State. As a sophomore, he passed for 3,180 and 38 touchdowns with only five interceptions. In July, Stafford will attend the Florida State camp and he will most likely make a decision by the end of summer.

    Tim Tebow of St. Augustine (Fla.) Nease is also a national recruit and he’s considered the top junior quarterback in the state of Florida. Some of the schools he’s considering are Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Michigan Ohio State, Notre Dame and Tennessee. Both of his parents are graduates of Florida and his brother also attends Florida. As a junior, he set a state record by passing for 4,286 yards and 46 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,266 yards and 24 touchdowns ...
  2. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    Just thought I'd start searching for a few of the names that are appearing for the '06 Buckeye class. Here's what turned up from the past few days of news:

    Coaches now turn attention toward Class of '06 - Pittsburgh Live (Tribune Review)

    Coaches now turn attention toward Class of '06
    By Kevin Gorman
    Thursday, February 3, 2005

    Before the ink was dry on the national letters of intent from the Class of 2005, colleges turned their focus to the top junior prospects.

    Recruiting has become a vicious cycle -- one where the wheels spin year-round and some of the WPIAL's top juniors already have received scholarship offers.

    "People start that in December, actually," Woodland Hills coach George Novak said. "I personally don't agree with it, but some of the schools don't want anybody to get ahead of them."

    Woodland Hills is one of a handful of WPIAL schools with several top prospects, including cornerback Darrin Walls, linebacker Greg Webster and receiver Wes Lyons. Gateway has multi-purpose back Aaron Smith, offensive tackle Chris Hanna and linebacker Dan Loheyde. McKeesport has running back Travis McBride and linebacker Anthony Leonard. Baldwin has defensive end Jason Pinkston and running back-linebacker Justin Hargrove.

    "It's amazing how, when they came in here in December, they were laying the groundwork for next year's class," Baldwin coach Mike Silianoff said. "It seems to be pretty intensified. They're not asking about kids. They already know who the players are."

    Walls, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder with 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, is expected to be the most heavily recruited player in Western Pennsylvania this year.

    "He's super athletic," Metro Index scouting director Joe Butler said. "He's got an explosive burst of speed."

    Butler noted that Western Pennsylvania has gained a reputation for producing defensive backs. Three of the NFL's 64 starting corners -- Ty Law, Will Peterson and Shawntae Spencer -- are former WPIAL stars. Michigan's Marlin Jackson (Sharon) is expected to be a first-round pick. And Gateway's Justin King a Penn State recruit was the nation's top corner prospect.

    Another player drawing rave reviews is Pinkston, a 6-4 1/2, 270-pounder who led Baldwin with 100 tackles and six sacks. Pinkston received his first written scholarship offer -- from Pitt -- on Saturday.

    "Jason Pinkston is a multi-faceted guy who can play offense or defense," Butler said. 'He can push the pocket. He has quick feet. He can drop his feet and drive people or shed blockers and make the tackle."

    Adds Novak: "He's the best D-lineman I've seen in a lot of years."

    Webster leads a strong linebacker corps, which includes Loheyde Penn Hills' Archie Donald, Central Catholic's Nate Williams, McKeesport's Anthony Leonard, Thomas Jefferson's Jason Kolodziej and Nate Nix and South Park's Tyler Scruggs.

    "It's going to be a real good class," Metro Index's Butler said. "It's similar to the class two years ago (2004) in terms of depth. You don't have the big-name guys like two years ago, but there's a lot of good kids."

    WPIAL/City League Class of 2006
    Top 25 prospects

    Name Ht. Wt. Pos. High School
    Desmond Brentley 6-2 230 QB Perry
    Aaron Brown 6-3 195 DB Burrell
    Ashton Cobb 6-0 200 DB Center
    Dorin Dickerson 6-2 205 WR-LB West Allegheny
    Connor Dixon 6-5 180 QB South Park
    Archie Donald 6-2 220 LB Penn Hills
    Elijah Fields 6-2 205 WR Duquesne
    Chris Hanna 6-4 290 OL Gateway
    Justin Hargrove 6-4 235 LB Baldwin
    Tyler Henderson 6-0 195 RB Burrell
    Tyler Huether 6-1 185 QB Penn-Trafford
    Pat Illig 6-5 290 OL Central Catholic
    Jason Kolodziej 6-1 240 LB Thomas Jefferson
    Anthony Leonard 6-1 1/2 212 LB McKeesport
    Dan Loheyde 6-2 220 LB Gateway
    Wes Lyons 6-6 185 WR Woodland Hills
    Travis McBride 6-0 185 RB McKeesport
    Terrance McCrae 6-3 190 WR Connellsville
    Nate Nix 6-3 215 LB Thomas Jefferson
    Darren Rodgers 6-1 190 QB Quaker Valley
    Tyler Scruggs 6-2 220 LB South Park
    Aaron Smith 6-1 175 DB Gateway
    Darrin Walls 6-0 175 DB Woodland Hills
    Greg Webster 6-2 225 LB Woodland Hills
    Nate Williams 6-2 210 LB Central Catholic

    Basketball Roundup - Beaver County Times

    ... NORTH FAYETTE TWP. - West Allegheny celebrated Senior Night with a non-section victory that moved its overall record to 16-6. Senior Mark Gillooly led the Indians with 12 points, and Dorin Dickerson added 11 ...

    PG West: West Allegheny boys' basketball team is enjoying its extreme makeover (Dorin Dickerson) - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    ... Senior guard Donnie Pugliese has scored in double digits in each of the past five games, including 20 last Friday. Junior Dorin Dickerson and senior C.J. Davis are providing a low-post presence that was lacking.

    "That's really opened up the offense," Bears said.

    "With Dorin and C.J. working well down low, that really opens stuff up, so it's good all-around for everyone," Gillooly said ...

    OSU-bound Panther? (Thaddeus Gibson) - News Herald

    .. OSU-bound Panther?
    Euclid junior linebacker Thaddeus Gibson has been offered a scholarship to play football at Ohio State, Panthers basketball coach Sean O'Toole said.

    The 6-foot-3, 207-pound standout was a 2004 N-H Varsity All-Star. He had 40 solo tackles, 17 for loss, 12 sacks and 16 quarterback hurries last season for the Panthers ...

    Bruins' Recruiting Class Goes to Heart of the City - LA Times

    ... Brothers following brothers to college had a strong impact with two top national recruits this year. On Tuesday, two players passed on USC — Ekom Udofia, a defensive tackle from Scottsdale, Ariz., who picked Stanford where his brother plays, and Jason Gwaltney, a running back from Long Island, N.Y., who chose West Virginia where his half-brother plays.

    UCLA may be hoping that trend continues.

    Moline's younger brother, Chane, is a top-rated junior running back for Mission Viejo and he has the Bruins high on his list of schools.

    In Chase Moline, UCLA is getting a defensive player not recruited heavily by other major programs because of his lack of size at 6 feet 2 and 250 pounds.
    But Moline is the type of player Dorrell says he is committed to recruit.

    Moline is the first player from Mission Viejo to sign with the Bruins since Bob Johnson, father of former UCLA quarterback Bret Johnson, became the Diablos' coach in 1999 ...

    TITLE - Pasadena Star News

    UCLA class short on stars, but long on heart

    ... "The Bruins also targeted other juniors to aggressively pursue in the next few weeks, including Sylmar High tailback C.J. Gables and Mission Viejo High running back Chane Moline, the brother of Chase (Moline, UCLA Defensive Tackle)


    Larry Blustein and has released the Pre-Spring Top 275 among football players in the Class of 2006:

    Rank/Player Pos.Ht.Wt. School
    1. Jamar HornsbyDB/WR6-4185Jacksonville Sandalwood
    2. C.J. SpillerDB/RB5-10180Lake Butler Union County
    3. Tim TebowQB6-3225Ponta Vedra Beach Nease
    4. Corey HobbsDL6-5320Oviedo
    5. Leslie StirrupsDL6-4305Tampa Hillsborough
    6. Kenrick EllisDL6-4305John I. Leonard
    7. D'Andre McDanielDB6-1180Tallahassee Godby
    8. Brandon HeathS6-1190Palm Beach Lakes
    9. Sam YoungOL6-7290St. Thomas Aquinas
    10. Antonio WilsonWR/DB6-1180Daytona Beach Mainland
    11. Donsay HardemanS6-2215Jacksonville Raines
    12. Carlton SaltersWR6-1180Tallahassee North Florida Christian
    13. Riley CooperS6-3195Clearwater Central Catholic
    14. Courtney JonesRB6-2190Pensacola
    15. Preston ParkerWR6-0180Atlantic
    16. Javarris JamesRB6-2215Immokalee
    17. Marcus SimsLB/RB6-0220Tallahassee N. Florida Christian
    18. John PaulDE6-4260Immokalee
    19. LaBrandon GloverLB6-1210Pensacola
    20. Bryant MillerDL6-4250Miami Central
    21. Deron RoseOL6-5275Tampa Jefferson
    22. Cas PiurowskiTE6-7240Land O'Lakes
    23. A.J. JonesLB6-3190Tampa Middleton
    24. Ricky GaryDB5-9170Pahokee
    25. Richard JacksonWR6-4195Clermont East Ridge
    26. Emmanuel CookLB6-0205Palm Beach Gardens
    27. Terron SandersDL6-3310Bradenton Southeast
    28. Thaddeus LewisQB6-2180Hialeah Miami Lakes
    29. Tertavian IngramWR6-0185Tampa Jefferson
    30. Reggie OdomOL/DL6-3275Deland
    31. Lambert EdwardsRB5-10180Homestead South Dade
    32. Kareem CrowellDE6-4240Tallahassee Godby
    33. Laurence MariusAthlete5-11175Key West
    34. Dougie ThompsonLB5-11225Seffner Armwood
    35. James JamisonAthlete5-11175Starke-Bradford County
    36. Jeremy DevaneOL6-4240Daytona Beach Seabreeze
    37. Quinton PointerDB6-0175Cape Coral Mariner
    38. Darrell RosemanDL6-4240Dunedin
    39. Chavez GrantDB5-11175Miami Booker T. Washington
    40. Daniel WengerOL6-3265St. Thomas Aquinas
    41. Allen BruceS5-11175Miami Edison
    42. Charles DeasOL/DL6-5320Broward Christian
    43. DeMario MerricksDB/WR6-2170Fort Pierce Central
    44. Javon HillOL6-5335Miami Monsignor Pace
    45. Ryan HillDB6-0185Tallahassee Rickards
    46. Leston EllisDL6-3260Ocala Forest.
    47. Kevin AlexanderDE/LB6-3220Lake Butler Union County
    48. Marcus GilbertOL6-6265St. Thomas Aquinas
    49. Matt SpeedLB5-11210Dwyer
    50. Kevin PerezOL6-4280Miami Killian

    53. Sherman LangS5-11165Boca Raton
    59. Vincent ChevesLB6-0200Pahokee
    99. Tyler RiceLB6-3235St. Andrew's
    100. Ken ChastineDL6-3340John I. Leonard
    101. Cody ClintonQB6-2200Boca Raton
    107. Marcus HarwoodOL6-3280Pahokee
    119. Rudy RobinsonDE6-2210Pahokee
    120. Markus WhiteDE6-3220John I. Leonard
    127. Tamarcus PorterWR/S6-0190Royal Palm Beach
    144. David BeckfordDE6-5220Palm Beach Lakes
    149. Nikita WhiteDB6-0175Pahokee
    168. Matt DilapiWR6-3185Wellington
    179. Jeremy BakerOL6-6320Palm Beach Gardens
    198. Robert LoveQB/DB5-11170Pahokee
    208. Dillon BetancourtS5-10180Suncoast
    215. Robert BalkunasOL6-2280Boca Raton
    245. Matt LynchWR5-9170Benjamin
    249. Maitland O'BrienOL6-1330Pahokee
    271. Dior StephensRB5-9180Palm Beach Gardens
    273. Christian RasmussenS6-1175Jupiter

    Class of 2006 Focus - Top Georgia RB - Scout

    Class of 2006 Focus - Top Georgia RB
    By Scott Kennedy** - Southeast
    Date: Jan 7, 2005

    Carlos Brown is one of the best running backs in the south for the Class of 2006. He did it all for Heard County in Georgia last year on offense and defense including passing for a touchdown when he lined up at quarterback. See him in action, and read what he has to say about some of his early favorites in this presentation of ScoutTV.

    Carlos Brown has a good blend of size and speed. At 6-0 and 195 pounds, Brown has excellent vision and moves in the open field, and then he has the speed to finish a run once he has broken free.

    He lines up in a variety of positions for Heard County including tailback, wing back, wide receiver, quarterback, and

    Carlos Brown safety in addition to returning kicks. He projects as a running back on the next level, and he will be one of the best prospects for the Class of 2006.

    "I had 1,286 yards and 21 touchdowns this year," said Brown. "I had twenty rushing, and then I threw for one too."

    The fact that he didn't give his defensive stats may be a clear indicator of where he would like to play on the next level. What about the destination?

    "I'm really pretty wide open right now."

    OK, but if signing day were next month for him instead of in 13 months, which schools would he want to visit?

    "I guess Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, and Clemson."

    What about the two instate schools? Would they need visits, or would the visits be used for out of state?

    "I like Georgia Tech a little bit better than Georgia right now on the in state schools?"

    What about games this fall?

    "I went to Georgia's first game against Georgia Southern, and I went over to Auburn too."

    Brown is a three sport athlete that will try his hand at possibly a fourth this year.

    "I'm playing basketball now, and I was thinking about playing baseball this year. I want to try and run track in the spring again if I can too. Maybe do a little of both. Run track when I don't have a baseball game."

    Brown is going to be busy this spring, and he is going to be busy with recruiting as one of the top running backs in the south next year.

    See him in action on both sides of the ball in ScoutTV:

    #6 RB/QB Carlos Brown**
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    #6 DB/PR Carlos Brown
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  3. korchiki

    korchiki Junior

    Thanks for all of your work
  4. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    You're welcome Korchiki.
  5. horseshoe1

    horseshoe1 Newbie

    Thanks for a great job. Much enjoyed.
  6. Folanator

    Folanator Brawndo's got electrolytes...

    Awsome read.
    Looks like Rivals has a bunch more video on these kids than BN. BN better get there act together. They do not have anything on either of our two commits yet. Lame.

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