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Recruiting News - 02/24/05

Discussion in '2005/February' started by 3yardsandacloud, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    Just some stuff I've run accross the past few days.


    <font color="#b90000">Thursday, February 24, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 02/24/05


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    Chane The Train names favorites - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 24, 2005
    Chane The Train names favorites
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    Gerard Martinez
    USCFootball.com *
    Mission Viejo (Calif.) running back Chane Moline is a household name among recruiting fans across Southern California. As one of top programs in the country and the top program in California, the Diablos rode Moline for 1,872 yards rushing, 40 touchdowns and a CIF Championship.


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    OSU Tracking Another Top Ohio Lineman - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 24, 2005
    OSU Tracking Another Top Ohio Lineman
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    Chris Nida
    BuckeyeSports.com Staff Writer *
    Recruiting followers have been saying for some time now that Ohio's class of 2006 could feature one of the strongest groups of offensive linemen in the state's history. So far, much of the attention has been focused on Cincinnatians Aaron Brown and Connor Smith and Justin Boren of Pickerington North, as those were the three linemen to receive early offers from Ohio State. However, the group of linemen isn't top-heavy. There's depth in the Buckeye State as well, and not far behind those three offered players is Canton GlenOak lineman Ryan Palmer.


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    Star Maryland OL interested in OSU - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 24, 2005
    Star Maryland OL interested in OSU
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    Bill Kurelic
    BuckeyeSports.com Recruiting Analyst *
    One of the top linemen in the state of Maryland says Ohio State is one of the schools he is interested in. This two-way standout, who has a number of scholarship offers on the table, says he will likely visit the Buckeyes.


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    Aaron Brown "impressed" with Louisville - Scout PREMIUM

    Aaron Brown "impressed" with Louisville
    By Michael McCammon
    Date: Feb 24, 2005

    With 21 written scholarship offers already in hand, offensive lineman Aaron Brown will be able to search for that perfect school and program for him to continue his football career. The Cincinnati Princeton High School junior made an unofficial visit to Louisville on Sunday and left the River City impressed.


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    The Big Board: DBs, Kick Specialists - Scout PREMIUM

    The Big Board: DBs, Kick Specialists
    By Steve Helwagen
    Date: Feb 24, 2005

    In the fourth installment of a five-part series, we examine Ohio State's personnel in the secondary and at the kick specialist positions. Safety Nate Salley will be back for his third year as a starter for the Buckeyes. Click here for more.






    <font color="#b90000">Wednesday, February 23, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 02/23/05


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    ScoutTV- Myron Rolle (S/RB) - Scout

    ScoutTV- Myron Rolle (S/RB)
    By Jamie Newberg National Recruiting Analyst
    Date: Feb 23, 2005

    Myron Rolle, from The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the top recruits among the class of 2006. Rolle is a standout on both sides of the ball at defensive back and running back. Check out these four video highlight packages.

    Myron Rolle recently narrowed down his school choices to Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida State, Miami and Florida. Rolle, 6-2 and 211 pounds, will graduate in December and will be one of the most coveted prospects in the country this recruiting season.

    What position will he play? Rolle wants to be a cornerback but he may be too big. But he certainly has the athletic ability to give it a go. Defensively, he is a big time hitter always around the ball. Rolle is physical and fast and covers a lot of ground. He can walk up to the line of scrimmage and attack the offense or play very well in coverage. Rolle is excellent in run support.

    I was surprised at how good this kid is at running back. Rolle has home run speed and deceptive quickness for a bigger back. He also shows great instincts and vision. Rolle can make you miss or run right through you. He could certainly play the running back position in college.

    His video highlights are below -

    Video 1 (Defense) Watch Video
    Video 2 (Defense) Watch Video
    Video 3 (Offense) Watch Video
    Video 4 (Offense) Watch Video


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    Focus '06: Minnesota OL Matt Carufel - Scout PREMIUM


    Focus '06: Minnesota OL Matt Carufel
    By Josh Clark
    Date: Feb 23, 2005

    "I'd say my aggressiveness is my best strength, especially in this past year when I gained a lot of strength and realized that when I became the aggressor, I have the ability to dominate. I really began to make my downfield blocks, and just finish blocks altogether." Those are the words of Minnesota junior offensive line prospect Matt Carufel, teammate of 2005 Iowa commit Rafael Eubanks. In this 2006 update, Matt talks about his visits to Iowa and his recruitment in general.


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    Chalk up another offer for Brown - Scout PREMIUM

    Chalk up another offer for Brown
    By Steve Ryan
    Date: Feb 23, 2005

    There doesn't seem to be a week that goes by lately, that Princeton high standout lineman Aaron Brown isn't getting another new offer. Well, don't chalk this week up as any different, because yet another one comes in. Aaron and his family have visited almost all of those that have offered, so one has to wonder if this latest school will be one that is to get a visit anytime soon.


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    Top Football Player in Florida? - Scout

    Top Football Player in Florida?
    By Dave Peters
    Date: Feb 23, 2005

    Last year running back Maurice Wells of Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood was considered one of the countries best players.* This year there’s another Sandalwood standout that’s considered even a better prospect and he will most likely be up for Army All-American consideration

    Jamar Hornsby, a 6-foot-5 and 195 pound safety/wide receiver with a 4.45 40-yard dash time, is considered the top player to come through the door of Sandalwood’s head coach Adam Geis’ office.
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    “He’s the best player that I’ve personally seen in six years as a head coach in Florida,” Coach Adam Geis said.* “He’s one of the best offensive and defensive players that I’ve seen.* When you combine that, there’s not even a player close to him.”*
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    Many people have asked Coach Geis what position his star player will end up playing in college.
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    “It just depends on what they need the most,” Geis said.* “I personally see him as a safety in college and Jamar has no preference.* “Jamar is an NFL type of kid and he can do anything on the football field.”
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    So far Hornsby has picked up early offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Maryland.
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    “Every major league school is going after him,” Geis said.* “Florida probably is number one on his list right now.* I feel like it will come down to a Florida/Florida State battle for him in the end.* I’ve seen Fred Rouse on tape and I think he’s an unreal receiver.* Jamar can do what Fred Rouse can do at receiver plus he can come up from the safety position and break your neck.”
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    What does Hornsby think about his football abilities?

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    “I like to hit and score,” he said.* “I’m probably a better safety.* My strength is reading plays before they develop.”
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    The First Coast standout has interest in several schools, including Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Miami and Michigan.
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    “Miami is a great place with South Beach and all,” he said.* “Florida is a great campus and I met some of their players on an unofficial visit.* I know Kyle Jackson from Jacksonville.* Coach Meyer is a great coach.* Florida State is close to home if I decide to stay close to home.”
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    As a junior, he recorded 83 tackles, ten passes broken up and four interceptions.


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    Big 33 Football Roster (Ohio) - Columbus Dispatch


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    OSU Has Early Lead For In-State Prospect - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 23, 2005
    OSU Has Early Lead For In-State Prospect
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    Chris Nida
    BuckeyeSports.com Staff Writer *
    Springboro, Ohio, two-way prospect Jake Ballard knows that he's going to have a future in Division I-A college football. A two-way performer at Springboro, Ohio, he has already received scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Indiana and Duke. A number of other programs, including Ohio State and Iowa, are continuing to show interest in Ballard, with the Buckeyes being the most important school out there.


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    Ohioans attend Michigan junior day - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 23, 2005
    Ohioans attend Michigan junior day
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    Bill Kurelic
    BuckeyeSports.com Recruiting Analyst *
    Year in and year out the Buckeyes battle rival Michigan not only on the field, but on the recruiting front. This season promises to be no exception on both fronts. And things are already taking shape as Michigan hosted a number of prospects from the Buckeye State at the Wolverines' junior day this past weekend.


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    Highlight Video - Brian Robiskie - Scout PREMIUM

    Highlight Video - Brian Robiskie
    By Bucknuts.com Staff
    Date: Feb 23, 2005

    Wide receiver Brian Robiskie of Chagrin Falls (Oh.) is a player that not many fans have had the chance to see play. Today, we have a look at what Robiskie can do on the field. Click on the link to see several highlight clips of the Ohio State freshman-to-be wide receiver.


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    The Big Board: DLs and LBs - Scout PREMIUM

    The Big Board: DLs and LBs
    By Steve Helwagen
    Date: Feb 23, 2005

    In part three of our five-part series, we examine the returning personnel and recruiting possibilities for Ohio State on the defensive line and at linebacker. These are some of the deepest positions on the OSU team, led by All-American OLB A.J. Hawk.










    <font color="#b90000">Tuesday, February 22, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 02/22/05


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    ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN (Jacob Ramsey) - Scout PREMIUM

    ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
    By Bob Lichtenfels
    Date: Feb 22, 2005

    If the Cincinnati Bearcats intend on recruiting well in their home state, they are going to have to battle Ohio State. The Bearcats seem to be trying, as they are courting a running back from the Buckeye’s own backyard. Ohio State has already secured arguably the best junior running back in the state in Chris Wells.


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    Could Buckeyes Return To Sandalwood? - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 22, 2005
    Could Buckeyes Return To Sandalwood?
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    Chris Nida
    BuckeyeSports.com Staff Writer *
    As the only running back in Ohio State's 2005 recruiting class, Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood's Maurice Wells is sure to be a crucial part of the Buckeyes' on-the-field efforts come this fall. He could end up being an important piece of the coaches' off-the-field efforts as well if he can help entice one of his former teammates to join him in Columbus a year from now. Though it's still early in the 2006 recruiting process, Sandalwood wide receiver/defensive back prospect Jamar Hornsby has already been identified as one of the top seniors-to-be in the country.


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    Bucks invite Nagy to their workouts - Rivals PREMIUM

    February 22, 2005
    Bucks invite Nagy to their workouts
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    Bill Kurelic
    BuckeyeSports.com Recruiting Analyst *
    It is a very good year for offensive linemen in the state of Ohio. One of those the Buckeyes are interested in is Bill Nagy from Hudson. Nagy is busy visiting schools and Ohio State is one of the schools to invite this huge junior lineman for to visit.


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    The Big Board: Tight End, Offensive Line - Scout PREMIUM

    The Big Board: Tight End, Offensive Line
    By Steve Helwagen
    Date: Feb 22, 2005

    In part two of this five-part series on Ohio State football, we look at the tight end and offensive line positions. We examine the returning personnel, including left tackle Rob Sims, and recruiting possibilities for these positions.







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


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    Justin Boren Talks About UM Junior Day - Scout PREMIUM

    Justin Boren Talks About UM Junior Day
    By Don Hoekwater
    Date: Feb 21, 2005

    Offensive lineman Justin Boren has been to Ann Arbor many times. His father, Mike, played for Bo Schembechler in the early 80's, and the younger Boren has spent many a fall Saturday afternoon in Michigan Stadium. Will he join his father as a Wolverine? One big step towards that possibility occurred over the Junior Day weekend, and Boren talked with GoBlueWolverine Magazine about the visit.


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    The Big Board: QBs, RBs, WRs - Scout PREMIUM

    The Big Board: QBs, RBs, WRs
    By Steve Helwagen
    Date: Feb 21, 2005

    We are back with the post signing day edition of The Big Board, our complete position by position look at the Ohio State football team. Today, we begin this five-part series with a look at the backs and receivers, including Santonio Holmes. Click here for more.


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    Marlington WR One of the Best in 2006 - JJHuddle

    Marlington WR One of the Best in 2006
    by Gary Housteau

    Meet Troy Pascley. He’s a wide receiver at Marlington High School in Alliance and he’s one of the best kept secrets of the 2006 recruiting season.

    Marlington finished last season with a 1-9 mark but Pascley had 23 catches for over 500 yards on a predominantly run-oriented team.

    “I’ve been playing varsity since my sophomore year and I carry a 3.8 GPA right now,” Pascley said. “My individual success has been pretty good but none of that means anything if you don’t win.”

    As a sophomore Pascley started at defensive back, at safety and corner back, and he played running back on offense. Last season he played exclusively at wide out on offense and their new head coach this season, Dan Pallante, intends to use the 6-3, 190-pound Pascley at various positions when Marlington is on offense next year.

    “I feel like I can help our team more as a receiver because I can stretch the field and set up play-action,” Pascley said. “But I’ll play wherever the team needs me to play to be successful.”

    And that’s basically the way Pascley feels about recruiting and what position he might be best suited to play in college.

    “I see myself as a receiver at the next level,” Pascley said. “Defensive back is a possibility but it depends on what the coaches think. But I’ll play wherever. Whatever it takes to get on the field.”

    Pascley put on a show at the Ohio State camp last summer. He ran a 4.4-second flat 40-yard dash there and he broke the camp broad jump record that Dustin Fox used to have.

    “I think I jumped 10 feet, 4 inches in the broad jump and that’s what caught Coach Tressel’s attention,” Pascley said. “And once he seen me work out one-on-one against some of the top DBs at the camp, I think that’s what really got him and Coach Hazell interested. Coach Hazell is a real good guy. Ever since then they’ve been sending me mail and they’ve called the school and talked to my coach.”

    And now Pascley, with a 35-inch vertical jump, is looking forward to going back Ohio State's camp, and others as well, this summer for an encore performance.

    “I would like to work out for them again,” he said. “It seems that a lot of people still doubt my ability and I want to work out for them again and really show them what I can do.”

    It’s obvious that he’s really excited and anxious about the entire recruiting process.

    “I’m happy with everything right now but the recruiting thing is something that you want to end quickly because it’s so stressful,” Pascley said. “But I’m humbled by it really. I went from my sophomore year not having anybody know who I was until now in my junior year. I went to the camps and got noticed and I’m just trying to handle it all in stride.”

    There’s no Mario Manningham types in this year’s receiver class in Ohio but there is a solid group of four or five wide outs of which Pascley is one. And he’s not about to take a backseat to any of them.

    “Along with my measureables and how I test, I really work hard for everything I have,” Pascley said. “I’m not taking anything away from anybody but I feel that everything that I’ve worked for is finally coming to me now and I feel that I should be rated right up there with everybody.”

    In addition to the requisite size and speed that he has to stand out at the receiver position, Pascley thinks he has something else going in his favor.

    “I think I’m different than other receivers because I’m willing to block,” he said. “If you watch my films, I’m a blocker. I love blocking and I take pride in blocking a lot. That could be the difference in a game, setting your running back free.”

    Pascley is just an overall athlete at the wide receiver position. He runs the 100 meters and long jumps for the school’s track team. Just recently he long jumped 22 feet during an indoor meet at Mount Union College. His best long jump as a sophomore last year was 21' 4" and best 100 meters was 11.0 seconds flat.

    It’s obvious that Pascley has a lot to offer any program willing to take a chance on him.

    “I’m excited about being recruited because it’s everything that I’ve dreamed of and worked for,” he said. “Right now Ohio State is head and shoulders above everybody to me on my list. If I was to go to Ohio State it would just be a dream come true for me.”

    Everything is just now starting to fall into his place in Pascley’s young life both on and off the football field. His mom raised himself and two of his three younger sisters as a single parent.

    “I’ve been raised by my mom my whole life,” he said. “My dad lived with us until I was two years old and I actually just met my dad two years ago. We were struggling a lot coming up and it was hard for my mom raising three kids on her on.”

    Pascley’s mother worked and went to college at the same time trying to get a degree to be a nurse. His grandmother, in her absence, would fix meals and take care of the kids.

    “She has a degree now and she works at Timken hospital,” he said. “Everything is just falling into place for her now and I couldn’t be any more happier for her. I’m proud of my mom for everything that she’s done for me in my life.”

    And his dad actually lives in Columbus. His father, Troy Kirksey, actually played football at Iowa for a brief time in the early 1980's.

    “Every time I go to Columbus when I get invited to a football game, me and him will go together,” Pascley said. “We’re starting to get more closer and closer together. I never really had a father figure in my life until now so I’m really happy. I believe everybody deserves a second chance. And my mom’s very happy for me because she never had a father and she knows how it felt. So she’s happy for me and my sisters to be able to have our father in our lives.

    “So it’s a good time in my life and even better days are ahead for me now on the field and off.”
     
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