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Recruiting News - 02/21/05

Discussion in '2005/February' started by 3yardsandacloud, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    <font color="#b90000">Monday, February 21, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 02/21/05


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    Pennsylvania star names favorites - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 21, 2005
    Pennsylvania star names favorites
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    Bill Kurelic
    Rivals100.com *
    Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills defensive back Darrin Walls, who has a couple of scholarship offers on the table, talks about his favorite schools.


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    Aldridge Ready To Break Loose - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 21, 2005
    Aldridge Ready To Break Loose
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    Brian Smith
    BlueandGold.com *
    After suffering an ACL injury that cut his junior season one game short, James Aldridge is rehabbing and preparing for the next football season. College coaches from across the country have already taken notice of Aldridge. He will be one of the nation's more highly recruited tailbacks this year.


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    Ohio OL high on Pitt - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 21, 2005
    Ohio OL high on Pitt
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    Harry G. Psaros
    Pantherlair.com *
    One of the better offensive lineman prospects in Ohio will be Glen Oak's Ryan Palmer. Palmer discusses the schools recruiting him and if Ohio State is a lock for his services. He has visited Pitt before and has some great things to say regarding Pitt's new coaching staff...


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    Pennyslvania star names favorites - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 21, 2005
    Pennyslvania star names favorites
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    Bill Kurelic
    BuckeyeSports.com Recruiting Analyst *
    Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills defensive back Darrin Walls, who has a couple of scholarship offers on the table, talks about his favorite schools. Where does Ohio State stand on Walls' list?


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    Top RB Visits The Classic City - Scout PREMIUM

    Top RB Visits The Classic City
    By Ryan Jordan
    Date: Feb 21, 2005

    Heard County standout Carlos Brown is already a hot commodity amongst college recruiters as he holds 3 offers to his credit thus far. This weekend, he took a trip to visit one of his favorite schools when he made the trip east to Athens, GA.


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    The Tucker Pipeline to Continue? - Scout

    The Tucker Pipeline to Continue?
    By Scott Kennedy Scout.com - South
    Date: Feb 21, 2005

    Asher Allen is next in line to continue the great running back tradition of the Tucker Tigers, and like Brandyn Young before him and Thomas Brown before him, he is also an excellent defensive back that could see time on either side of the ball in college. Allen has a list of scholarships that totals a Lucky 7 thus far. Who are they, and does he have a favorite at this point?

    "I played slot receiver, running back, free safety, and corner last year," said Asher Allen. "I've gotten offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Duke, Maryland, Ohio State, and Vanderbilt. Some of the schools are recruiting me at running back, some of the schools are saying corner, and some are just saying 'athlete'. I don't really care; just put me on the field."

    Allen took in junior day in Athens, and it looks like the home state Bulldogs could continue their Tucker Pipeline.

    "I had a whole lot of fun there. I've been up there two times so far. I got a chance to talk with all of the coaches, and with Thomas (Thomas Brown) and stuff. I've been invited to some other junior days, but I'm not sure which ones I'm going to."

    Any leaders amongst his seven offers?

    "I haven't really visited that many campuses, so I can't really say anything, but I've been to Georgia a lot. I've always been a fan of Georgia. More than likely I'll have my decision before the season starts next year."

    In the meantime, Allen stays busy on the field and in the classroom.

    "I'm running track again this year. I run the 100, 200, and the 4x100. I went to state in the 100 last year, and I want to win it this year."

    Allen also works just as hard in the classroom.

    "I have a core 3.4 GPA right now, and last semester I got a 3.85. I took the SAT when I was a freshman, and I'll take it again soon."

    Allen scored high enough on the SAT to be a full qualifier as a freshman, but he is a competitor off the field as well as off the field, and is looking forward to posting an even higher score.


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    Junior to watch: DB Jamar Hornsby - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 20, 2005
    Junior to watch: DB Jamar Hornsby
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    Lee Gordon
    Warchant.com *
    Remember the name Jamar Hornsby. He may end up at Florida State, but if he doesn't, you may have him on your NFL fantasy football team one day. At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Hornsby is one of the nation's top safety prospects for the class of 2006. He already has an impressive offer list and look for Florida State to join that group in the very near future.


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    Ex-Wolverine is in middle of contest to recruit son - Columbus Dispatch

    Ex-Wolverine is in middle of contest to recruit son
    Pickerington North’s Boren sought by Michigan, OSU
    Sunday, February 20, 2005
    Tim May
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    As Mike Boren recalled, Bo Schembechler wasn’t sure what to make of the news that Boren’s older son was considering a scholarship offer to play football for Ohio State.

    Boren, a Columbus native, played for Schembechler at Michigan, where he was a standout linebacker in the early 1980s. Now Boren’s son Justin, a junior at Pickerington North, is considered one of the top offensive line prospects in the country.

    He received a scholarship offer from Ohio State more than a year ago. An offer from Michigan coach Lloyd Carr arrived Friday.

    The tug of war is on.

    As far as Schembechler was concerned, though, there is nothing to discuss.

    "Bo just said, ‘He’s your son. You tell him where he’s going to go,’ " Mike Boren said with a laugh. "But I told Bo, ‘I’m not going to tell him where to go. He has to make this decision for himself.’ "

    If anything, Boren has cautioned his son not to be hasty.

    "My dad wants me to go through the process, to take all five official visits, because he said it’s a great experience, and you never know, there might be another school out there that surprises me," Justin Boren said. "So my doors are wide open, and I am going to keep them that way for a little while."

    Justin, who plans to graduate next winter to facilitate an early move to college, expects to commit before the 2005 highschool season. His father will back that decision, as long as it’s based on more than just football.

    "It’s a privilege to have this opportunity," Justin Boren said. "I’m looking at it not just for football but also to get a good education. Football is not going to last forever."

    On that topic, father knows best. Mike Boren left Eastmoor High School for Michigan in 1980 intent on someday playing in the NFL. He might have, too, if he hadn’t suffered a knee injury his senior season.

    "I took football for granted, and then when I didn’t have football anymore, I about cried," Mike Boren said.

    Upon leaving Michigan, he had a degree in education, but he had no desire to be a teacher or a coach. That he has become the owner of three successful businesses is more of a testament to his work ethic.

    "He went after a major in college that he hasn’t used his whole life," Justin Boren said. "He went to college, he said, just to play football. And he has told me, ‘Do as I say, not as I did.’

    "He wants me to get an education I can use, because he went to college to play football and it came back to bite him in the butt."

    Justin Boren will seek a major in construction management or civil engineering. Which is why now is not the time to play favorites, at least with his heart.

    "I was always a big Michigan fan; I hated Ohio State growing up," Boren said. "But I got around to seeing it’s not all about what college you like. It’s about what college is best for you."

    If you think Schembechler is having a hard time understanding that philosophy, Mike Boren said, you ought to talk with Justin’s 13-year-old brother, Zach.

    "He is such a huge Michigan fan, and he is so sick about Justin even contemplating going to Ohio State, he is crying," Mike Boren said. "But Justin has got to make his own decision. And I told Zach, when it comes his time, he’ll have to make his own decision, too."


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    Focus '06 - Mike Canfield (QB) - Scout

    Focus '06 - Mike Canfield (QB)
    By Chris Pool Midwest Recruiting Analyst
    Date: Feb 19, 2005

    There were nearly 600 prospects at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio last month. One prospect that stood out in my eyes was Michigan signal caller Mike Canfield. The 6-foot-1, 216-pounder, from Lansing (Everett) showed a very strong arm and he’ll be a Midwest quarterback to keep an eye on in 2005. Canfield is making his junior day rounds.

    “I’ll be at Michigan this weekend for a junior day,” Mike Canfield said. “I’ll be at Purdue next weekend. I don’t have any offers yet.
    “Both Michigan and Michigan State are sending me hand-written letters. My early favorites are Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

    “I’m completely open. I’ll look at any school that wants to offer me a scholarship. I’m going to make a lot of unofficial visits this summer.”
    Canfield has started his entire high school career at quarterback. As a freshman, he played at Lansing (Eastern) and transferred to Everett as a sophomore. He started at quarterback for Everett as both a sophomore and as a junior.

    In 2004, Canfield threw for 2,100 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 500 yards. Canfield was named honorable mention all-state.
    Canfield told Scout.com what makes him a D-1 quarterback recruit.

    “I have great arm strength,” Canfield said. “I can also make things happen with my legs if the pocket breaks down. I consider myself a dual-threat quarterback.”

    Canfield carries a 3.0 GPA in the classroom.
     

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