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Recruiting News - 02/15/05

Discussion in '2005/February' started by 3yardsandacloud, Feb 15, 2005.

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    <font color="#b90000">Tuesday, February 15, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 02/15/05

    New Notre Dame Irish football coach speaks to students at 6 a.m. (Lawrence Wilson) - College Sports

    ... On the heels of the Feb. 2 signing day, Weis also touched on recruiting. Two big-name recruits, defensive end Lawrence Wilson and wide receiver David Nelson chose Ohio State and Florida, respectively, over the Irish. Weis said the athletes offered scholarships by Notre Dame who decided to go to other schools are the ones missing out.

    "We didn't lose them," Weis said. "They didn't want to come here, and that's their loss as far as I'm concerned." ...

    Injured Liwosz leads West A. upset (Dorin Dickerson) - Beaver County Times

    ...While Liwosz was fighting through the challenge posed by his own ankle, the Indians were fighting through the challenge posed by the ankle injury of dynamic forward Dorin Dickerson. The 6-foot-3 forward went down with the Indians leading 8-5 in the first quarter. He did not return.

    "Our kids showed a lot of poise tonight," Bears said. "They have 'Heart of a champion' stamped on their T-shirts, and they truly, truly showed that heart tonight. They were warriors. They kept battling and everybody had to step up for us to overcome the loss of Dickerson. The team effort was unbelievable."

    Liwosz and C.J. Davis, who stepped in for Dickerson, gave West Allegheny a 24-point boost from the bench. They combined for 18 points in the second half, including 12 of the team's 18 points in the final quarter ...

    Robiskie still with Browns (Brian Robiskie) - Akron Beacon Journal

    ... Crennel's decision to keep Robiskie will be a popular one with players. They lobbied for him to replace Butch Davis, who resigned Nov. 30.

    The players appreciated Robiskie's honesty, the family atmosphere that he fostered and the way that he treated them like men after they had been beaten down by the lying and deception of the Davis regime.

    Robiskie, 50, spurned job offers from Minnesota, New Orleans and one other team so he could wait to interview with Crennel.

    Robiskie's son Brian, a wide receiver from Chagrin Falls, signed a football letter of intent with Ohio State on Feb. 2, another reason for Robiskie to remain in the Buckeye State.

    ``I'm thankful to Romeo Crennel and to the Cleveland Browns for giving me the opportunity to continue coaching in Cleveland,'' Robiskie said. ``I have known both Romeo and (offensive coordinator) Maurice (Carthon) for many years and I look forward to my opportunity to continue to grow as a coach and do everything in my power to make the Cleveland Browns a winner.'' ...

    Early commitments sometimes risky - Akron Beacon Journal

    Posted on Tue, Feb. 15, 2005

    Mayberry on recruiting
    Early commitments sometimes risky

    With other schools still keeping the pressure on, player could change mind, or skills could change
    By Darnell Mayberry

    Chris Wells knew which school he wanted to attend. Everything else was a non-factor.

    So the junior running back at Garfield made an oral commitment to attend Ohio State last week. He has no regrets and isn't looking back on other possibilities, even though several have risen since his announcement.

    He thought the selection process was over. He hoped his announcement would put a halt to recruiters' endless phone calls, and his attention could turn to academics and prepping for next season.

    He thought the pressure was off but quickly learned otherwise.

    ``Recruiting just sped up for me,'' Wells said. ``A lot of schools are starting to show more interest now that I committed to Ohio State.''

    Two-time defending national champion Southern California, along with North Carolina and Maryland are just a few of the schools talking about scholarship offers.

    ``They're just telling me that it's too early to make my decision,'' said Wells, who is ranked by some publications as high as the No. 1 junior in the state. ``They're trying to steer me away from Ohio State. Not in a negative way, but just telling me it's just too early.''

    They could be right.

    Wells' decision follows a growing trend of high school athletes making early commitments. Who stands to gain the most in situations like these? The player? The college team?

    In the case of Wells, he thinks the benefits far exceed the negatives. Before finishing his junior academic year, he already has guaranteed himself four years at a major university. The Ohio State coaching staff has said they would still honor his scholarship in the event he got injured during his senior year, Wells said. Most important, he will be surrounded by a group of players he has become familiar with over the years and is staying within two hours of his home.

    Then come the drawbacks, the biggest being unfamiliarity with other potential teams and academic programs. Along with that comes missing the chance of playing for a team that might better suit his needs.

    ``I think for a kid that knows where he wants to go and has that opportunity, it's a great deal,'' Akron football coach J.D. Brookhart said in general of early commitments. ``But the downside is sometimes what they think is their best option really might be their second-best option.''

    Wells, at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, finished last season with 1,930 yards and 20 touchdowns on 212 carries. He could have chosen from just about every major school in the country. Michigan was the leading candidate in the fall, which raises another point -- playing time. Current Wolverines freshman running back Michael Hart just led his team to a 9-2 record and finished nine yards shy of leading the Big Ten in rushing. In Columbus, Antonio Pittman is only a freshman, and the Buckeyes just signed Maurice Wells, a running back from Florida who is listed by as the fourth best all-purpose back in the country.

    Teams always are trying to get better at every position, meaning Wells could have stiff competition for company. Still, Wells felt at home during Ohio State's Junior Day festivities on Feb. 5. ``The whole feel of the community down there and the atmosphere down there was just like wow,'' Wells said.

    Colleges run the risk of easily losing that ``wow'' feeling with early commitments. Brookhart, who said the majority of his signings are seniors, thinks colleges are often affected more by the trend, using Penn State as an example of a program that has cut back on recruiting juniors. Among the risks are: A school doesn't have time to properly evaluate a younger prospect, sometimes leaving a team with a commitment from a player who never will fulfill their promise and the risk of a de-commitment.

    ``The one thing you find out about commitments is that they're never truly committed until they sign,'' Brookhart said. ``You have to keep recruiting those kids as hard as you're recruiting anybody.''

    At least for now, Wells is with the Buckeyes.

    Video: Homan is a tackling machine - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 15, 2005
    Video: Homan is a tackling machine
    The Buckeye state is loaded with talent for the class of 2006. Ohio State received an early verbal commitment from one of the state's finest in Coldwater (OH) linebacker Ross Homan. Now we can all see what the buzz is about as we watch Homan tackle everything in sight in these 5 exclusive video reels.

    Competition stiff for ND with Gibson - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 15, 2005
    Competition stiff for ND with Gibson

    Steve Hare *
    The Ohio State Buckeyes wasted no time in extending a scholarship offer to one of the top in-state players for the Class of 2006. Just one week after Signing Day for the Class of 2005, Thaddeus Gibson, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker from Euclid High School, received his offer when the Buckeye coaching staff called his school. Can Notre Dame keep pace?

    Colerain Lineman On OSU's Priority List - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 15, 2005
    Colerain Lineman On OSU's Priority List

    Mark Rea Managing Editor *
    It wouldn't be the first time and it certainly won't be the last, but Ohio State and Michigan appear to be the early leaders for the services of offensive lineman Connor Smith, a 6-6, 300-pound prospect out of Cincinnati Colerain. One other thing going for the Buckeyes: Smith is the son of Joe Smith, who played for the Buckeyes from 1979-82 and earned Academic All-American honors in 1982.

    More offers, more visits for Brown - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 15, 2005
    More offers, more visits for Brown

    Bill Kurelic Recruiting Analyst *
    Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton offensive lineman Aaron Brown, who the Buckeyes have offered, continues to pull in the scholarship offers. Who are the latest two schools to offer Brown and does he still have OSU at the top of his list?

    Focus '06 - Dustin Jefferson (ATH) - Scout PREMIUM

    Focus '06 - Dustin Jefferson (ATH)
    By Chris Pool
    Date: Feb 14, 2005

    Dustin Jefferson, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound, athlete, from Kankakee, (Ill.) will be one of the top prospects in the Land of Lincoln in 2005. Dustin will be a four-year varsity starter this fall and he’s the son of Kankakee head coach Ira Jefferson. Dustin talks offers, favorites and junior days.

    Focus '06 Greg Davis - Scout PREMIUM

    Focus '06 Greg Davis
    By Jeff Greene
    Date: Feb 14, 2005

    CB/FS Greg Davis of Dyke, VA (6’3, 190, 4.5) is an aggressive playmaker on the field.

    Pa. Standout Hunter Already Attracting Attention (Jeremiha Hunter) - Scout PREMIUM

    Pa. Standout Hunter Already Attracting Attention
    By Steve Helwagen
    Date: Feb 14, 2005

    Manheim (Pa.) Central is known as one of the Keystone State's top football programs and junior running back/linebacker Jeremiha Hunter is already attracting attention from college coaches, including Ohio State. Click here for more on this versatile athlete.

    Thoma Agrees To Walk On At OSU - Scout PREMIUM

    Thoma Agrees To Walk On At OSU
    By Steve Helwagen
    Date: Feb 14, 2005

    We have an update on Louisville (Ohio) St. Thomas Aquinas punter Jonathan Thoma and his plans to enroll at Ohio State in the fall. Plus, we have the latest on Raceland, Ky., kicker prospect Aaron Pettrey.

    Class of 2005 Videos - JJHuddle

    Class of 2005 Videos
    by JJHuddle Staff

    With signing day an all but distant memory, the top seniors in state are all ready to head off the the colleges and universities they have selected to continue with the next stage of their athletic career.*

    In addition to the 2006 prospect videos that have been featured recently here on JJHuddle, we thought it would be an added bonus to post film of the Class of 2005 for those who may not have had the opportunity to see highlights of some of the top players in the state this season.* Or, if you have seen these players in action before, this is simply another opportunity to see some great football as we countdown the kickoff of the 2005 season.

    In the coming weeks we will be posting highlight film of the best from the Class of 2005 in addition to our ongoing coverage of the up and coming stars of 2006.

    First off, we will take a look at Bellbrook's Austin Spitler and Clayton Northmont's Tyler Horner.*

    Note: This exclusive highlight film can only be viewed using Windows Media Player.* If you do not have Windows Media Player, click on the following links to download the media player for either Windows 2000/98 or Windows XP.

    Despite not being very highly rated by national analysts, Austin Spitler's play drew considerable buzz in Southwest Ohio this year. Spitler seemed to be looking hard at Wisconsin, who had been hot on his trail for months, but when Ohio State offered in November, it proved to be the one he was waiting for.

    Spitler is a player who is known for making plays. He put up 135 tackles and two interceptions for Bellbrook's 7-3 team and was named Division III District Defensive Player of the Year. On film, Spitler is an active player who is around the ball and truly makes an impact on the game. Spitler also shows great strength as he has posted 21 bench press reps at 225 pounds and put up 29 reps at 185 at the Nike Combine.*

    Austin Spitler Highlight Film

    Tyler Horner is rated No. 44 among Ohio's top 100 seniors in January's issue of Ohio High Magazine, the official publication of

    Horner, standing in at 6-3, 195-pounds, led the Thunderbolts to a 9-1 record in 2004 but missed the playoffs due to*lack of computer points from forfeits of teams Northmont had beaten.

    Horner was named to the ONN/Ohio High All-Ohio team this season after completing 185 of 322 attempts for 2,641 yards and 36 touchdowns.* For his career Tyler has 5,764 yards passing, 59 touchdown passes, and 6,641 yards of total offense.* His touchdown to interception ration is 59-15 for his career.

    Horner has signed with Southwest Missouri State.

    Tyler Horner Highlight Film

    Boys' hockey (James Laurinaitis) - Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Boys' hockey
    ... James Tabery and Kurt Davis each had one goal and two assists as Wayzata (19-6-0) ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over Minnetonka in the Classic Lake. Tabery and James Laurinaitis scored 35 seconds apart late in the first period to give the Trojans a 3-1 lead ...

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