Ellison has a bunch of offers some to mention are; Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Old Dominion, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
“My recent trip was to Virginia Tech. I’ve been to Maryland, Rutgers, Old Dominion, North Carolina and Penn State. I’m trying to get up to Michigan State.” Jordan said
“I went to Virginia Tech on my birthday,” Jordan said. “It was cool got to see all the coaches, went to a spring game. It was really cool. They said they will keep my eye out on me, they want me back down again and hopefully I will. I want to see the studio, so I might go down and see that.”
“Virginia Tech likes how I get off the line and have a good motor too.” Jordan added
Maryland is loaded with prospects every year. The Terps want to keep that talent home and be competitive in the newly Big Ten Conference.
“It (Maryland) was cool they talked to me about being on the field, liked my movement. I give it a lot of effort.” Jordan said
“Maryland is trying to keep all the in state players from going to other schools. Dwayne Haskins is a good friend he committed to Maryland, but that doesn’t mean I have to commit to Maryland.” Jordan said
UNC might be falling off.
“Last year I had a good relationship with Ted Gilmore but he went to Notre Dame. I’m going to see if I can get back down there. I don’t know if they still want me down there for college. They send me like little tiny letters. I haven’t talked to the defensive line coach yet. They haven’t come by my school anything like that.” Jordan said
“That’s one school (Michigan State) that’s on my mind that I would like to visit, but I’m not really sure. My parents talked about it, I hope to get out there for a visit. They were my first offer.” Jordan said
“We didn’t get a chance to see the whole campus.” When asked about his trip to West Virginia. “We had car trouble. The towing company were nice and took us to West Virginia campus. It was all good.”
West Virginia coaches did take some time out to talk with the Jordan family.
“I talked to Coach Lonnie Galloway and the defensive coordinator (Tony Gibson). The head coach (Tony Holgorsen) went to North Carolina for a Nike thing. It was all cool.”
“I haven’t been up there.” Jordan comments about Boston College efforts. “Coach always wants me up there but I can’t make it to every school, there is so much you can go to. I can’t see everyone.”
What’s your school days like?
“I get up at 5 AM and I don’t get back home until 8 PM. My dad drops me off at the bus stop and it takes me to Baltimore, might do some homework but mainly sleep and listen to my music.” Jordan said
“It’s (Baltimore) pretty cool bit I live in the D.C. area (Upper Marboro). Baltimore is OK I like it. I’m not a Baltimorean but it’s pretty cool.”
So, what’s important picking a school?
“First my social life where I can fit in at school. I’m looking at academically support. Make sure the coaches will be there if I need anything. Athletically everybody want to win a championship, but I want to be successful on and off the field. Playing time I don’t know about that. I’m not sure about playing time, I just want to compete and see what happens.” Jorda said
ERIC BURRELL, SAF, 6-0, 190, OWINGS MILLS (MC DONOGH), MARYLAND
Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest all offered plus a few others. Eric visited Duke and Wake Forest and will plan more visits soon.
Duke a serious player
“I loved it.” Burrell said of his visit to Duke. “I even went to one of their basketball games. I liked all the coaches they showed me a lot of love. They have great facilities and it’s a great academic program.”
“They (Duke) are taking one safety and they want me to be that guy. I’ve been talking with the coaches about every day and staying in touch.” Burrell said
“They think I attack the ball well.” Burrell comments what the Duke Coaches say about his abilities. “They like guys like that, that can be a ball hawk back there. They need them to step up and distribute.”
“It’s pretty much the same think with Duke,” In reference to the coaching staff at Wake Forest. “I toured there and I really liked the facilities, it’s a beautiful campus, they pretty much push academics stuff. That’s because academics is really important too.
“I like the coaches there (Wake), I talk to Head Coach Dave Clausen, I really like him a lot. I went on their field. I like their field.”
Burrell said he is going to visit Nebraska, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Syracuse later this summer.
Big Ten, Nebraska, Stewart
“It’s the Big Ten.” Burrell responded what he likes about Nebraska. “I’ve been talking to a coach (Brian Stewart) on Twitter. He said he really wants me to get there, he just came down to see me.”
“They (Nebr.) really like how I attack the ball. He (Stewart) wants a guy to put in there and get the job done. Once I call you, I’m going to call him and stay up on me.” Burrell said
“I told him (Stewart) all the offers I have, he said I really don’t care about that, he just wants me to be there. I’m going up there (Nebr.) in June I don’t know what date yet. Me, my dad and my coaches will sit down Thursday (today) and decide when I can get out there.” Burrell said
“I’m not a home boy,” Burrell said. “I would like to get out to explore stuff. Whatever the best fit for me. I will travel.”
Rutgers: They recruited his brother
“I like all the coaches (Rutgers) I’ve been keeping in touch with. My brother was actually recruited by them, I’ve been up there before. I’m going back up there I just need to figure out what date on Thursday. I’ making out my all my schedule Thursday.” Burrell said
“They are trying to build a great program.” Burrell says about the Rutgers program. “They pretty much said the same thing, get me out there soon as I can and show me what Rutgers has to give me.”
“Oh, yea I love the Big Ten!” Burrell’s continued praise of the Big Ten Conference. This time it’s about Wisconsin. “I love coach Daronte’ Jones he’s the defensive back coach I’ve been keeping in touch with. He’s really a good guy and wants me to get out there.”
“I’ve been to Penn State when they played against Temple,” he says, “It was a crazy atmosphere, the coaches were there but I really didn’t get to talk to them. I just went up there in the morning ate breakfast went down stairs and go on the field. I talked to James Franklin on the field. Couldn’t really say anything because he was getting ready for the game. I loved it!”
Why the Big Ten?
“It’s one of the best, go up against high talented people. I would to go against my friends, most of them committed to the Big Ten. So, it’s like for me to be in the Big Ten. It is good competition and I love the big stadiums.” Burrell said
Future plans determined today
“I’m pretty much going to figure everything out on Thursday. My dad I think wants me to commit after season, but I don’t know what my coaches feel.” Burrell said
Ryan has offers from Air Force, Nebraska, North Texas, Northwestern, Rice, SMU, Texas Tech, and University Texas – San Antonio. He was able to visit Texas, UTSA, Texas State and SMU this spring.
Texas Longhorn’s want to try out Becker in person before making a decision where to go from here.
“They (Texas) didn’t offer because I didn’t play tight end in high school. They want me to come to a summer camp; go there and see me catch. They don’t have any film on me playing tight end. I played tackle my sophomore year and a little bit of defensive end here and there.” Becker said
“When I grew up I followed the Longhorns they have always been around and have been good. Texas has been just a big school, it’s prestigious around here in Texas.” Becker said
“I would still be wide open.” When asked if Texas would be leader if offered. “I would like to know what playing time I would get, who’s all in front of me. Look at the coaches more, go visit, make sure I like the school. I still have to do my research.”
Nice coaches; nice school
“It (UTSA) was cool they didn’t have a lot of nice stuff; it’s an upcoming program. The coaches are nice in a couple of years they will be pretty good. So, the school I liked it a lot.” Becker said
“I have a pretty good relationship with coaches up there (UTSA). They’re cool I like them a lot. They are recruiting me as a defensive end.”
“They looked at me as a tight end too.” Becker said what the plans are with Texas State. “The campus is pretty nice. Its campus is pretty nice how it’s set up, it’s just real small. I liked that part of it that was pretty cool. They want me to go to camp and see how I move around.” Becker said
“I went up there (SMU) it reminds me of my high school campus. They lost some players but, they will be good the couple of years. I could possible play earlier that’s definitely a plus.” Becker
“It’s a really good offer (Nebraska). I need to get up there and visit the school and keeping up with the coaches and all of that stuff. It’s just far to visit, I do need to go up there and check it out. I’ve talked to Coach Tavita Thompson the tight ends coach the most. I need to visit and learn more about him.” Becker said
“They (Nebr.) are a base school, football is a big, big deal up there in Nebraska. It’s kind of like Texas everybody in Nebraska knows the Cornhusker's in the NFL. Nebraska, the big deal to me is the atmosphere and how everybody is bought into the program.” Becker said
KOLTON PRATER, OL, 6-4, 270, BOSSIER CITY (AIRLINE), LOUISIANA
Arkansas State, Houston, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Mc Neese State, Memphis, Mississippi State, Tulane, Tulsa and Utah all offered.
“Recently the only trips I’ve taken were TCU and Texas A&M. I went their (TCU and A&M) for a practice or spring games or whatever,” Prater said
TCU might be the team to beat
“They (TCU) are recruiting me mostly. Which has a lot of value for me. It’s something to be said about being wanted. They are recruiting me the hardest, them and Mississippi State.” Prater said
“TCU said if you want a place we have a spot for you. I mean there is an opportunity anywhere. They (TCU) also said we are not going to put you out there and not be ready for college football. I’m considering on graduating early, so that would do pretty good head start.” Prater said
“The TCU campus itself is so nice. It’s smaller it’s not like LSU or Alabama. Just real good nice people and it’s a good education.” Prater said
“TCU said they like my feet, my hips, quickness, intelligence and more stuff.”
Is TCU too far away to play ball?
“In comparison to some of the others it’s pretty close, it’s about 3 ½ hours away. LSU is pretty close about 4; Alabama and Mississippi State are all 6. TCU is pretty close university.” Prater said
“I actually talk to them on Facebook.” When asked if he hears from Texas A&M much. “They came to my spring practice last week. They said they were really impressed, but far as inside interior linemen they are waiting to see who they will offer. If they offer another inside guy.”
“I talked to Coach John Hevesy (MSU) last week, He said I want you for sure. I want you to be a Bulldog. He thinks I can play center and control their offensive line which sounds exciting to me.” Prater said
Roll the film and let’s take a look.
“Basically the same everybody said. I have quick feet, flexible hips, football smarts, and intelligent play. Majority of the schools project me as a center in college. I’m not long enough to play tackle. I think center will suit me well.” Prater said
No future plans
“I’m taking a class this summer so I can graduate midterm. That take up most of my summer.” Prater said
Keion has offers from Cincinnati, Indiana and Kentucky. He took some spring visits to Florida, Purdue, Tennessee and Indiana.
“They are taking the recruiting process slowly in evaluating me,” When asked if the Gators might offer later. “They were very impressed with my film, like what I do with ball when I get it. They run the same offense like my high school – the spread.”
“They (Purdue) really like me and I am high on their list. The same thing with my play making ability. They like me as a receiver, I can play both the slot and wide receiver in college. It doesn’t bother me which to play I do like the slot more. You’re out there in space more and create a miss match.” Wakefield said
“I loved Tennessee.” Wakefield said. “It’s not the best (overall) I’ve seen, because I’ve been to Alabama and Oregon too. I like the offense at Tennessee and they treat you like family.”
“I’m very high on them (Vols) and they are coming to see me in the spring. They like my play making ability and my route running.”
“Indiana is close to home and they are like family too. I’m a family orientated guy that’s what I love about Indiana. There is good competition in the Big Ten.” Wakefield said
“I’ve been to Alabama to see a game mostly because my brother plays at Kentucky. He wants it to be my decision where I want to go. He won’t have an influence on it.” Wakefield said
“Kentucky is very nice, I haven’t met the coordinator yet since they changed it. Coach Stoops and everybody is like family too. They (KY) said I’m a great route runner and I can take over a game any second.” Wakefield said
Jack is a good reliable offense tackle. He has narrowed it down pretty much to four schools; Clemson, Georgia Tech, Mississippi and Tennessee. Schools like Illinois, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Virginia Tech have also offered.
“I’ve been to Clemson, Georgia Tech and Mississippi. I plan on visiting Tennessee this summer.” DeFoor said
Likes Clemson hurry up offense
“I like Clemson they like how athletic I am. They play with a hurry up offense and no huddle. That’s what we do in high school. I like the environment there and the coaches are really nice. I met Coach Dabo Swinney we talked about things other than football. It sounds like they are in a need for tackles.” DeFoor said
“I like Georgia Tech it’s my home state. With their education I can get a good job after football.” DeFoor said
“Last year I went to the Miami and Clemson games. It was a white out for the Miami game they (Ga. Tech) won the fans stormed the field. Their fan base isn’t real big, but from what I saw they showed up.” DeFoor said
“I liked it (Mississippi) there, I have a good relationship with the O-Line coach (Matt Luke). The SEC West is the best conference in football. I feel like they are going to have a good season. I just like the fact it’s SEC football.” DeFoor said
“They (Ole Miss.) have facilities too that are nice. I like their business program which I’m interested in.”
“I’m going to Tennessee soon as I can when the coaches get back from their evaluations. I want to go up there.” DeFoor said
NU coach: "He's Really A Good Guy"
“Coach Mike Cavanaugh (Nebraska) came this summer. He was the first coach to call me. He’s really a good guy, you can tell I would enjoy being coached by him. I talked to him (Cavanaugh) a couple weeks ago and pretty much told him who I narrowed it down to.” DeFoor said
“I’m not sure.” When asked if this is his final four schools. “I really liked the people I narrowed it down. If someone else comes in the picture depending who they are I might consider, but I’m really content with the people I have.”
“I want to commit before the season, so I’ll probably only take an official visit to the school I’m committed to.”
AARON HANSFORD, LB, 6-2, 210, WASHINGTON DC (ST. JOHNS COLLEGE)
Aaron is another athlete that has plenty of offers. Some to mention are; Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Wisconsin
“I went on a couple visits this spring, I went to Penn State and Ohio State. When I went down there (Penn State) they offered me. They kind of showed me that I can use my talents over there. I’m very athletic, just complements my play.” Hansford said
PSU short on numbers; wants Hansford
“I’m Penn State’s priority because they are getting their scholarships back. They had a lot of players that weren’t on scholarship so the depth was not that strong. They could really use me over there that’s what they say.” Hansford said
Ohio State pushing hard
“I did they actually offered me too.” Hansford comments about his Ohio State offer during his visit. “Pretty much what Penn State did, I’m a priority guy for them. Players like me don’t come along at my position with my speed and athleticism. They really want me over there and will keep in touch and build a relationship.” Hansford said
“I loved the facilities (OSU), the practices, the coaches up there are great and they treated me pretty well. And they are a very competitive school. They won a national championship, they beat Alabama, beat all those high profile schools. They made a statement.” Hansford added
“I’ll probably commit sometime after football season. I want to wait for my official visits. Go on visits and get a better understanding what’s goes on – campus life other than football.”
AUSTIN MACK, WR, 6-2, 210, FT. WAYNE (BISHOP LUERS), INDIANA
Nationwide prospect has a lot of school to choose from. Alabama, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Tennessee, Wisconsin and many more.
His own list
“I narrowed it down myself personally, but I’m not going to make the list publically. This spring I went to Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan. I’m headed to Tennessee this weekend.” Mack said
“Notre Dame was awesome.” Mack said. “It was probably one of the most impressive visits I took. I have a former teammate there and hung out with the players; feel out Notre Dame. Their moto is 4 for 40. Four years of education is like time after football. It’s not the best entertainment place (South Bend) but, it’s close to home.”
“They (ND) were looking at me when I was there. The coaches were telling me I can really fit their system. Come in and play my freshman year. Coach Mike Denbrock is a humble guy, the receivers coach, hopefully can make me some minutes.” Mack said
Met Doc at Ann Arbor
“It (Michigan) was pretty neat. I went up there got to meet a doctor head heart surgeon with pediatrics. I got to talk to Coach Jim Harbaugh and told me what to do to be successful. He’s (Harbaugh) a pretty nice guy likes to talk about other things than football.” Mack said
What did Michigan say?
“Basically the same thing, sounds like I’m their (Michigan) number one priority as a receiver. They are trying to make a class to bring it back up. Be a part of a class like that puts you over the top.” Mack said
Buckeye’s popular with Championship
“You know its (Ohio State) really popular right now they just won the championship. The fans are great, probably one of the best fans around. They are one of my favorite football staffs, and they like to throw the ball. The facilities are one of the best, but you don’t want to base things off facilities.” Mack said
What’s the deal with Alabama?
“Being in the south, actually it (Alabama) was really awesome. The players were really respectful, see how they work their system. How they do things out there. It’s something I really noticed when I went on my visit. The facilities are more spread out. Like Michigan you have more in door facilities.” Mack said
“Since they (Alabama) offered me they are really high on my route running. Skill wise I’m high end compared to some other receivers.” I’m pretty polished as a high school receiver. I’m really good with my routes.” Mack said
“Yea.” When asked if Mack is still interested in Nebraska. “It’s just a matter of keeping communications with Coach Keith Williams, which I have. I’ve been talking to him every so often. And hope to get up there for a visit.”
“He’s (Williams) telling people what he’s done in the past – his career. Just telling me who he is as a person and as a coach.”
Kofi is highly recruiting athlete that has a lot of offers to choose from. Arizona State, Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Houston, Iowa, Texas Tech, Washington, Kansas and Colorado are among some.
“I talk to the coaches at Mississippi. I’ll probably make a visit down this summer or an official visit for a game. They want me to play slot receiver for them, they are looking for a slot receiver.” Boateng said
“Coach Grant Heard wants a big tall receiver; they are looking for more athletic receivers for the slot. That’s what they said after watching my film.” Boateng adds more about the Mississippi situation
Arizona State looking to play both positions
“I’m going to make a visit there (ASU) at the end of the summer, I like the weather there. I like the offense I’ve talked to Coach Del Vaughn Alexander. He said I was a priority, by watching my film they want me as a slot receiver, but they also like me wide too. I like the offensive style of throwing the ball.” Boateng said
“It doesn’t matter to me where I play, I just want to find the best spot for the future.”
Play with the best
“If they (Maryland) were still in the ACC it wouldn’t be as bad but in the Big Ten I would go up against the National Champions and other big schools, so that makes it better.”
“I talked to coach Brent Pease (Washington). He said they wanted me to come there and play possibly wide out. They need two fast athletic wide receivers; to build a foundation for the team. Need someone to run routes well also.” Boateng said
“I’ve been looking into Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor. I have an offer from Texas Tech. The only other Texas school that has offered is Houston. I visited them (Texas and Texas Tech) earlier, so I want to talk to the coaches more and see what’s going on.” Boateng
KENTRELL LOVE, CB, 6-2, 175, CORONA (CENTENNIAL), CALIFORNIA
Colorado and Nebraska are Kentrell’s only offers so far. He said Oregon State, Washington and Arizona State are close.
Coach Banker expresses his need to land Love
“They (Nebraska) have a great football team and the coaches are pretty good too. I’ve just started hearing from them lately. Coach Mark Banker wanted me to call him and that’s when he offered me. He told me I’m physical and likes my length. And a couple other coaches started talking to me on Twitter.” Love said
“He (Banker) said I’m a lock down corner and he wants me to go up there and press all the time. He tells me there is some Cali kids that went out there (Nebr.) now.”
“Coach Banker offered me when I was in the house. Then I went upstairs and told them (parents), they were excited as well.” Love said
Colorado offered Love but shows a little love
“I haven’t heard from Colorado much,” Love said. “They did come down and see me and offered me. Coach Tony Neinas said he also liked my film and how tall I was too. He wants me to come down in June, but we don’t know yet.”
“Arizona State told me they are coming down for my Showcase and watch me. Hopefully, they will offer.” Love said
“I’m going to try to make it to Nebraska and Colorado this year. I really like Nebraska they’re not too far away.”
Greg has currently committed to Miami but has strong interest in Nebraska. Keeping it wide open as he looks around.
“One of my mentors Coach Wonderful Monds played for Nebraska in the day, he’s also went to my high school. He was telling me about the time when he played at Nebraska – he loved it actually. He was an All-American at Nebraska. Ultimately I want to get out of Florida and just see the United States,” Simmons said
“I talked to Coach Trent Bray (Nebr.) he likes how I move and I can play all three linebacker positions, Mike, Will and Sam. I’m really high on Nebraska.” Simmons said
“He (Bray) actually said I could play right away if I want to it’s my decision to play or just to redshirt; know the system, know what I’m doing. Time after my redshirt I will know everything and the ability to play well.” Simmons said
Where is the sun tan lotion?
“Coach Bray a few days ago came up for a practice he waited in the hot sun. He stayed four hours just to talk to me after practice, so I just take that into consideration. I know right there he was serious about me and we just took it from there. I talk to him about every day on Twitter.
“He cared about me”
“He (Bray) showed how much he cared about me. When he stood in the sun about four hours and didn’t really complain about it and at the end he was still there and it was real from there.”
“I hear from Coach Brian Stewart and Coach Mike Riley. I hear from Riley from time to time. He tells me about the system and about their tradition of winning stuff like that. We talk about the environment and have to come up there and see it for myself.” Simmons said
“Nebraska has a lot of history by its school.” Simmons said. “I’ve never hear anything negative, great coaches they had. They graduate great players that go to the NFL.”
“I like the tradition and the ability to graduate more than 70 percent of the athletes and many go to the NFL to be great. They (Nebr.) have the ability to play in big time games like Ohio State - the Big Ten conference.” Simmons said
Plans to visit Nebraska
Simmons said he needs get by the clearing house before he plans a visit to Nebraska after his spring game. Was asked if he came to Nebraska and liked it would he flip his commitment to Nebraska.
“I mean anything can happen. Like I said I’m going to keep my eyes open with my options anything can happen.”
Simmons said he didn’t have any other plans just his visit to Nebraska this spring. Went on to say Miami will not get an official visit because he wants to see schools he’s never been to.
NU up first
“I plan on taking all my five official visits. My first will be Nebraska from there I’ll decide later.” Simmons said
Simmons said He’s hearing from USF, Penn St, a lot of west coast teams, Temple, North Carolina State and Mississippi State.
DYMOND LEE, WR, 6-2, 180, WEST HILLS (CHAMINADE), CALIFORNIA
“I just got my 11th (offer) last week from Fresno State. I’ve got offers from Miami, Tennessee, UCLA, Washington, Colorado, Washington State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Tulane, Utah and Fresno State.” Lee said
“I went to an unofficial visit to UCLA, I’ve been to Washington two week ago go to see a practice and checked out their facilities.” Lee said
Really liked his trip to Westwood
“The atmosphere was nice, the players seemed nice they enjoyed me out there it was a fun experience, and it’s a job out there which I liked. The coaches were nice talking to them we got a good idea where I can fit into their system. Where their program will be in the next couple of years.” Lee said
Lee elaborates what he means it’s a job at UCLA
“I’ve talked to a lot of the college players and they said that coming from high school it’s more of a commitment. And it’s pretty much your job when you get to that point, because that’s how you are being paid to get through that school. So in sense it does become a job of a commitment, but it seems like a fun commitment at UCLA.” Lee said
“It seems like I’m high on their (UCLA) list.” Lee said. “I think they knew where I can fit in the things they said to me. I appreciate them and agree I can fit into their program.”
Lee comments the fit process with the UCLA coaches
“Mainly I told them (UCLA) I wanted to play quarterback and Coach Eric Yarber said he would talk to head Coach Jim Mora about it. I could have a chance to go in pretty much try at the quarterback position. Right now they are most interested in receiver.” Lee said
Let’s talk about Nebraska
“I talked to Coach Keith Williams a couple of times. I called him a couple of times on the phone and I had Coach Mark Banker come out and see my coach the other day at my school. He talked to Coach Ed Croson (Chaminade) for a while. I got a little face time how the program was and he was a very, very nice guy. Seems like he knows a lot about his program, he has a lot of confidence in his team.” Lee said
“He (Banker) is recruiting me as a wide receiver as well. I could enter into their system nicely, because they would like to get the football in the air. They say I’m a sure handed target. Whatever comes my way they have confidence in me.” Lee said
“Just on the phone, I don’t think he recruits this area.” Lee says about his conversation with Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams. “I think he understand how I am as a player. He said he would love to have me out there. Its big time football out there and their conference.”
“And they (Nebr.) have a lot of people come out very week and see the games, and it’s going to be a very exciting atmosphere. And if I’m up for it then I have a position.”
Is Nebraska too far?
“I’m really not afraid to travel anywhere. Nebraska could be a good option for me. I have family out there. I’m actually from Texas. I’m familiar with the terrain out there and the weather. It’s a bit colder in Nebraska but that shouldn’t be a problem. It could be a good option for me and I going to see where it goes.” Lee said
Would like to visit NU later
“The first chance I get I would love to come out there (Nebr.) they had their spring game so, I won’t get a chance to see them live until there next practice whenever that is. I would love to come down and see the campus, the town around it and get a feel if that would be the place for me.” Lee said
“I know it’s a football town. I know if I’m there the whole stage will be on my back. I have a player, Terrell Newby, he is there now he came from Charminade the same school I’m at. I knows he loves it. “
“I’ve seen him (Newby) on TV and two. They show him a lot of love, they give him the ball in the open space. It looks like they know how to use their players.” Lee adds
Would like to hear more from Miami
“I’ve seen their coaches around our campus a few times, but I really haven’t had any real contact with them. We haven’t spoken on the phone recently, but I would like to have some contact with them.” Lee said
Do you like the Sooners?
“I do and it seems they like me. Their receivers coach actually went to the University of Texas. I am not sure where they want me or not. I need to go and talk to their coaches and find out how they are ranking them (Wide receivers) with the recruits.” Lee said
Lee really wants to play quarterback in college bit if it doesn’t work out wide receiver would be OK
“Quarterbacks would be the biggest position if you look in the NFL; their guy everyone looks too. I feel like I can be a reliable person, someone to look up too on the team no matter where I am. So if I don’t have the ability and tenacity to play quarterback at the next level, I am always willing to play wide receiver as well.” Lee said
“They like to call me a dual-threat quarterback, but I do have the ability to stand in the pocket and drop back deliver the ball accurately and effectively. I can also run the ball because I do have some athleticism, but I don’t like to rely on that. I like to rely on reading the defenses, connect with open receivers.” Lee said
“I think so it depends on where the other schools are with their recruits.” Responds when he might narrow down the list. “Every school is still trying to get the guy they want, so I don’t want to be too late get caught out with the school I want to go to. I’ll narrow it down once I get to visit more schools, talk to some more coaches, and understand what they have to offer. But for a set date I don’t have a set time where I want to narrow down the list and make a decision.” Lee said
Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech offered Jordan with a bunch others.
“I like Texas it’s great tradition and a great place to be. They want me pretty bad could come in and make plays. I like Texas but I’m wide open.” Carmouche said
“I like LSU (no offer) me and my family are from Louisiana. It was great visiting my state. The linebacker coach Bradley Dale Peveto said he was coming to check up on me.”
“I like Baylor coaches Art Briles and Chris Achuff,” Carmouche said. “They both told me I’m a top priority and they want me pretty bad. They like how I can play sideline to sideline. I make a lot of play.”
“I have a chance to play early at Baylor. It doesn’t have to me an upperclassman to get playing time; anybody can get a spot.” Carmouche said
“Arkansas was good, it’s in the SEC, good competition. The coaches are great I just love it down there. They showed a lot of love when I was down there. I was a priority.” Carmouche said
THOMAS SCHAFFER, OL, 6-7, 250, LAKE FOREST (LAKE FOREST ACADEMY), ILLINOIS
Thomas has offers from all over the country, solid player originally from Austria. California, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford and Wisconsin to list a few
Taking his time
“I’m trying to see places that are close, I’ll narrow it down during the summer and have a Top 10. Over the course of the season I’ll probably narrow it down to a Top 5, then schedule my official visits.” Schaffer said
“This summer I’m going home to my home country Austria, when I come back (Fall) I will consult some of my friends, former coaches, just everybody what they know about the schools.” Schaffer
Pro coach draws interest
“I went on a visit (Illinois) once and talked to the coaches. It’s a good program it seems like it’s on the rise. I like the D-Line coach Mike Phair he came from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I like him he’s a pretty good coach, seems like he has a lot of experience. They like to recruit the in-state players first then the other areas.” Schaffer said
What about Nebraska?
“It’s a good program it’s the Big 10. I hear from the assistant coach Mike Cavanaugh once in a while over Twitter. They are recruiting me now and then.”
“I heard Nebraska is one of the schools everybody want to go to because of their legacy and everything. I just know some schools are dream schools like Nebraska, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, but I really don’t know why. I’m kind of unbiased.” Schaffer said
“I’ve been to Northwestern, I went to Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa.”
“They’re good (Northwestern) I went to a scrimmage. They really get into it and the coaches are really nice. They have some good guys for next year – see how they do.” Schaffer said
“Obviously they (Michigan State) are one of the best programs. I talked to the strength coach, the O-Line coach, D-Line coach, the head coach; all of these are great guys.” Schaffer said
Wisconsin seems like a good fit
“I like the coaches at Wisconsin, I liked the whole campus, and it was a great experience. They have very good facilities and the team is always ranked.” Schafer said.
“They (Wisconsin) want me to be a defensive lineman for them. They like my athleticism and my size. They like the schemes I run, like a downhill lineman, and just my dominance on the defensive line.” Schaffer said
What side of the ball
“I only have a few that specially want me to play O-Line. Like Michigan State want me to be O-Line but also wants me as a defensive lineman. With Nebraska and Pittsburgh they only O-Line, but I have Oregon, Stanford, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, are just looking at me as a D-Lineman. California for example offered me as both.”
“I’ll finalize that by the end of the summer, like what I want to play and what I would be good at and most succeed; what ultimately makes me happy in college.” Schaffer said
“I will take all my visits, go home for the winter (break), and maybe back home I will announce it (commitment). And maybe it will take a while for my thought process; might announce it sometime in January.” Schaffer said
Terry has offers from Arkansas State, Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, Nebraska, New Mexico State and UNLV
How the Husker offer started
“Soon as I got off the phone with Coach Mike Riley, I called my mom and told my coach. They were really happy for me.”
Familiar with Nebraska
“What I like about Nebraska they have a good program. I went down last June for a camp. I went to their campus and it’s a big place. I’m going down there in June to visit – see how it goes.” Wilson said
“I really don’t know much about them (Nebraska). I know when I was down there I loved it. They know how to play some football, so that’s the only think I know about them.” Wilson said
NU coaches like what they see
“What I like about Nebraska they have a good program. I went down last June for a camp. I went to their campus and it’s a big place. I’m going down there in June to visit – see how it goes.” Wilson said
“I’m a great player”
“He’s a great guy.” Wilson’s commented about NU quarterback Coach Danny Langsford. "I’m just ready to build a relationship with him. He had a one on one talk with my coach and stuff. Coach Danny Langsford told my coach I’m a great player.”
“Their (Colorado) head Coach Mike McIntyre said he’s going to recruit me hard. I can go in there and make a big impact on the team early. They want me to get down there too.” Wilson said
Wilson took a visit to Houston, might visit Indiana
“Actually last spring I just got back from a visit to Houston. I watched their scrimmage down there, I like them a lot. Indiana, I’m trying to make it out to Indiana, I don’t know if I can with the Nebraska visit coming up.”
“What I like about Houston is the coaches they made me feel like home. The coaches take care when I got there the minute I stepped in the door. They’re just great people. Wilson said
What type of quarterback are you?
“I really don’t like to call it a dual-threat. I’m a quarterback that can run. Some people get it mixed up as a dual-threat quarterback. Some dual-threats run first, don’t look to pass. I’m really a pass first guy, if I have to run I will.” Wilson said
“I’m trying to go down to Nebraska June 13 and Colorado later on, but I’m not sure. I heard from Colorado yesterday (4/22), that’s when I talked to coach. We are going to talk later down the road.”
“I want to commit before the season. I’ll take most of my visits during the summer or I can wait and take a visit in the fall, so I can watch a game while I’m on that visit.” Wilson said
Pookie has offers from BYU, Nevada, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State, Washington, Washington State and Wyoming.
Maka plans on taking some visits to Arizona State and USC.
“I like the defensive scheme Arizona State’s got down there and how they play the defensive ends. It’s like getting to the quarterback and be aggressive.” Maka said
“They (ASU) told me they wanted me to come down and visit them soon as I can. I like the Pac 12 conference and it’s not too far away from home from the other schools that offered me.” Maka said
“I took some visits to Utah, Utah State and BYU; they all want me to stay in state.” Maka said
“They (BYU) likes how I play, like I have my head on fire. The main thing is they are recruiting me as an outside linebacker, and are a school of my religion (Latter Day Saints). They will let me choose if I want to go on a mission or not. If I do go it’s for two years then come back.” Maka said
“I went to Utah for the Red and White game. It’s a really good area and their facilities are very nice. They tell me how I will fit in their defensive scheme as a defensive end, and they would love to have me down.” Maka said
“I think Utah’s facilities are way better than Utah State’s, I get a better vibe I guess.”
KOLBY QUANSAH, LB, 6-1, 215, WEST HARTFORD (KINGSWOOD OXFORD), CT
Kolby has several offers, some of the major ones are from Boston College, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.
Visits and more planned
“I recently visited Boston College, North Carolina, after school I’ll probably take more visits. I would like to plan a trip to see Wisconsin, Michigan, Stanford and some other schools.” Quansah said
“I’ve been to Boston College several times for camps and junior days. This time I went to see the academic side. What they offer than football.” Quansah said
Boston College wants to keep the Kingswood connection going
“They (B.C.) said they are trying to keep all the Kingswood guys close to home. One of my teammates Sharrieff Grice signed with Boston College all ready. Boston College is recruiting me the hard to come over there.” Quansah said
“Coach Steve Addazio said I’m a versatile linebacker, also drop in the zone, but basically as a standup linebacker.”
“I like how they (UNC) sends a lot of players in the NFL, I’m going back there and see the academic side. So far I saw the football facilities.” Quansah said
“Coach John Papuchis said he can vision me in the new defense at North Carolina. They haven’t been dominate on the defensive side of the ball. He said I could possible play outside.” Quansah said
“Maryland said I could play early, but it’s up to me there is always going to be competition. It’s something I would have to work hard on.” Quansah said
MULBAH CAR, RB, 5-11, 195, AUSTIN (JOHN H REAGAN), TEXAS
Car and Nebraska’s running back coach Reggie Davis are Twitter friends, and they have establish a good relationship. Coach Davis contacted Car’s high school coach to have Mulbah Car give him a return phone call. The phone call was a valuable one as Coach Reggie Davis offered Car a scholarship to the University of Nebraska.”
“Liked me on film”
“Coach Davis said he liked me on film, I’m a good player. They (Nebr.) have a new staff coming in with a new coach, so he let me know about that. He is recruiting the Austin area.” Car said
He likes to run
“He (Davis) said he likes how I run downhill - I’m aggressive. I’m a type of person with the ball and go downhill that’s what he likes about me. He wants to coach me. All we do in high school is run with the ball.” Car said
Would like to visit NU
“I’m hoping he (Davis) will send me an invitation so I can go there and check it out; that’s what my coach told me. I’m not sure yet (visit) they haven’t said anything. The thing they (Nebr.) did say they will come up here for spring ball and check me out.” Car said
“Coach Davis told me he likes me, we will talk more about it. It was the first time we talked; we will talk more and more. He said it’s good to call the players and communicate with them form a bond and call more.” Car said
JACOB HALLENBECK, QB, 6-3, 215, WEST HARTFORD (KINGSWOOD OXFORD), CT
Jacob has an offer from the University of North Carolina.
Offer from Tar Heels is still on the table
“I haven’t talked to them (UNC) in a while they liked me in camp as a quarterback. They like how I’m a pocket passer that’s what they are looking for. They say I have the smarts for a quarterback; keep my eyes down field, stay in the pocket as long as I can.” Hallenbeck
“I just went to UMass and I’m going to Rutgers Saturday. I went to Syracuse, and I went to UConn in early March.”
Hallenbeck made a previous trip to Rutgers for a football game, and is one of this top schools.
“I went down for the Michigan game last year and I really liked it. Coach Kyle Flood and I talk quite a bit. I just like where they are going. Coach Ben Mc Daniels really likes me from a big list of guys (QB’s). Obviously, when I go to their camp he can coach me up a little bit.” Hallenbeck said
Friends at Rutgers
“I do like them (Rutgers) quite a bit, I have some friends that play there and they tell me how it is, they don’t beat around the bush. They are straight forward and tell me all the things.” Hallenbeck said
“I really liked Coach Tim Lester (Syracuse) a lot we get along well. That program is headed in the right direction - It’s close to home too. Their new offense is going to pro style and stuff.” Hallenbeck said
“I do like the area (Syracuse) it’s not too far, it’s about 4 hours away. One of my Aunts went to school there. They have a good sports management program. That’s what I want to study.”
Spring time could be huge for Hallenbeck’s chances of more offers
“Hopefully, coming May when coaches come around to campuses I might get some offers. I’m hearing a lot from Syracuse, Rutgers and UConn. The Ivy’s have been contacting me, Harvard, Cornell and Dartmouth. I heard quite a bit from Holy Cross.” Hallenbeck said
JAVIOUS BARDNEY, OL, 6-4, 275, JACKSON (CALLAWAY), MISSISSIPPI
Three offers for now; most likely more
As of now Alabama, Mississippi, and Mississippi have offered. Getting interest from Arkansas State, Auburn, Notre Dame, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Arkansas.
“It was a lively visit (Alabama) I got to meet Coach Nick Saban it was the greatest thing. I liked the campus and fans up there. Coach Saban liked how I block, quickness and very athletic as a tackle, also my flexibility. I liked the area (Birmingham), was very small but lively.” Bardney said
“I liked the campus, football field and weight room.” Bardney added about his visit to Alabama. “My recruiter Bo Davis told me they really needed me.”
Keep the high school connection going
“I liked it a lot up there (Ole Miss.) I talk to Hugh Freeze a lot. I have some high school friends up there and they talk to me about Ole Miss all the time. When I go up to Ole Miss the coaches told me they wanted to continue the Callaway (pipeline) of players.” Bardney said
“Their (Mississippi State) environment has a lot of hype.” Comments about game day atmosphere at Miss. State. “It’s loud, I like their A-game type and their facilities. They also said they like my foot work, and I will play on the offensive side of the ball.”
TRAVEON BECK, CB, 5-10, 180, BELLFLOWER (St. JOHN BOSCO), CALIFORNIA
Arizona State, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and Washington State all have offered. Beck said Utah is close to offering, UCLA has shown some interest.
“I took an unofficial to Arizona State, I was supposed to take a visit to San Jose State in a week or two.” Beck said
“I really liked everything up there (ASU), I liked the program, the setting, the environment. It just seems like a cool place.” Beck said
“Arizona State is real cool. Early on there were talking to me a lot, they seem that they want me and want me to play there. They told me I fit their system as a corner.”
“They (ASU) said I’m quick to the ball, they said I play with a passion for the game; they really like that about me. That’s why they want me there.” Beck said
Beck has a relative that attends San Jose State that has them as a possibility
“I really like their (San Jose State) DB coach (Donte Williams), they are one of the best defenses around. I’m going down there and see how things are, they are a cool school. I’ve been up to San Jose State before I have a cousin who is a student there.” Beck said
“I’ll definitely visit Washington State sometime in the summer. Their program is up and coming, they really need DB’s and hopefully start as a freshman.” Beck said.
DARION SLADE, ATH, 5-11, 178, CLEMMONS (WEST FORSYTH), NORTH CAROLINA
Duke, Wake Forest and West Virginia has offered Slade. Penn State, Ohio State, North Carolina and North Carolina State are other possibilities, they want to evaluate Slade more in the upcoming months.
“I’ve been to Carolina (UNC) junior day and I’ve been to a practice at Wake. I liked Carolina a lot the environment and the school in general they said might offer later, they like my athletic abilities as an athletic.” Slade said
“I always been a big Carolina fan, I like the area too. I have friends in Raleigh and around that area, so it would be a good fit for me if I go there.” Slade said
“I like Duke far as education and I like the people there – the environment. The coaches there seem they care a lot. They want me pretty bad, they want me to play slot for them.” Slade said
Much to like about Wake Forest
“I like Wake Forest,” he says, “I probably talk to them most of all the schools and I grew up in Winston-Salem it’s my home town school. I see myself going there. I like the coaches they always talk about things. I like the campus, I like how it’s a private school where it’s not very many people.”
“They (Wake) want me to play defensive back and slot, a lot of positions, move me around as an athlete. They just want to get me on the field. I’m the biggest recruit for the 2015 – 2016 class.”
Buckeye’s keeping interest
“They (OSU) said they were going to offer me last summer, but they want me to come up there and see the campus, facilities, and practices and stuff like that. In the summer time I will go up there.” Slade said
Penn State just started to recruit Slade
“They are the last school to pretty much recruit me. I haven’t talked to them much. I talk to the quarter back coach Ricky Rahne, he sends me letters. I like Penn State – the competition they play.” Slade said
TONY JONES, RB, 6-1, 212, BRADENTON (IMG ACADEMY), FLORIDA
“I liked the coaching staff, the tradition, and the environment there, the campus things like that.” Said the Notre Dame commit
“I went up there the 21st (March) and loved it like a player. They were a welcoming staff. The coaches said I’m a versatile back that I can bring to the table. I can block, catch out of the back field and I’m a big back.”
“Coach Mike Denbrock (ND RB Coach) said I’m a big back that can move, that has good hands and all of that.” Jones said
“I liked them (ND) but my favorite team is Florida. They have been here a few times, think about me now and then.” Jones said
“I’m still hearing from South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Miami. I’ll probably visit them for my officials, but I don’t know which ones.” Jones said
Jones is originally from. St. Petersburg, Florida.
It all started in 1885, Lone Grove was established in the Chickasaw Nation of the Indian Territory.
Lone Grove had its share of tragedies.
In 1888 a major fire destroyed many of the businesses and homes. Then a tragic murder occurred on June 28, 1970 when an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman was killed by his own gun.
February 2009 an EF-4 tornado violently killed eight people and destroyed 114 mobile homes, and 46 people were injured.
Today, more than 8,000 people live in Lone Grove, which most residents commute to Ardmore for work.
Then comes Jeremy Lewis who was offered a scholarship by the University of Nebraska.
"They like my style of play," Lewis said. "I run hard, catch balls out of the backfield, great vision. I plan on visiting Nebraska this summer with my family. I might commit after my visit, but I would have to talk it over with my family."
Nebraska has had its share of great running backs, Lewis might me the next one.
"I like Nebraska," he says. "They are a good running back school every year. I like the tradition there and academics."
"Coach Reggie Davis (Nebr. RB Coach), called my high school coach last week for me to call him back. I did that and he (Davis) offered me a scholarship. He wants me to visit Nebraska this summer. I like him quite a bit he seems like a good guy." Lewis said
"Some of my friends know I have an offer my Nebraska. My parents are proud of me that Nebraska offered, very excited."
"I'm considering all the schools that offered (Arkansas State, Tulsa and Nebraska). I hear a little from OU but not much. I hear from Wyoming a lot too."
As of now Jamal has offers from Michigan State, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple and West Virginia. North Carolina said they will offer once they see him in person. Temple, also has offered in basketball; which the football coach said it was OK to play both sports.
Holloway said he has not made it out this spring to visit some school because of his tight track schedule. Holloway participates in the Long Jump, High Jump, 100 Meters, and 200 Meters. Once school is out Holloway plans on visiting the offered schools.
Holloway said he has not heard from Michigan State lately but he likes their style of play.
“I like Pitt,” Holloway said. “I visited them last year for a game. The coaches said they like how I come off the ball. They said I need to work on my hands more and my strength.”
Rutgers continues to make the strong pitch to keep in state talent.
“Of course I like Rutgers, but I’m wide open right now. I went there before for some games. They are recruiting me the hardest with mail and phone calls. They are trying to keep all the Jersey player in state.”
‘Cuse likely to get a visit
“I’m trying to make a visit to Syracuse next weekend,” he said. “It’s just that I have track and it’s up in the air right now. They want me to come down for a junior day or practice; I’m trying to get up there.”
“I’ve been to Virginia for a few games. The atmosphere was great and I have a good relationship with the coaching staff. It’s kind of family orientated.” Holloway said
Saivon committed to LSU this month over abundance of schools which included; Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and a bunch more.
“I liked the coaching staff.” Smith said of his future college. “Me and my dad had a good relationship with the coaches and the atmosphere is great.”
“At first I was a (college football) fan then when I turned to my recruitment, I did my research of the schools who produces the most defensive backs in the League, it was LSU. That played a factor into it.” Smith said
“I’m 100 percent committed to LSU, but Coach Les Miles said I could take my visits after my senior season. And enjoy my senior season that’s when I’ll take some of my visits.” Smith said
“They (LSU) like how I’m a play maker on the field, they like my character off the field. They like how physical I am off the line, they want me to work on my feet a little more and they like how strong my hands are off the line.’ Smith said
Academics played a big part
“I committed when I was up there. I liked LSU academic wise, the (Academic) facility is right across the football operations building. I like how they tutor for the freshman and its structure.”
“I feel like I can focus there (Baton Rouge) when I get there. There won’t be a lot of distractions, it’s not too far away from home if I need to come home with a quick trip. I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia.” Smith said
MALIK STAPLES, RB, 6-1, 210, SUWANEE (PEACH TREE RIDGE), GEORGIA
Malik has several offers on the tables, some of the major ones include; Boston College, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Louisville, Oregon State and Wake Forest.
"I have interest in every school so far, I have to evaluate each of them. I can't give a hype about a school name yet. I have to evaluate what's best for me." Staples said
"I liked Auburn." Who Staples visited about two weeks ago. "It went fast, fast. The coaches were in a meeting room with them (players) and they liked me. The thing is they haven't seen me in person (spring practice), but they loved my film and everything."
"They (Auburn) have a young group of running backs and are only taking one running back in the class. I guess they are going to stop when they get a running back commit, but they are coming down this spring, hopefully that's when they will offer me. They do like me a lot" Staples said
"Auburn was nice, the facilities, the coaching staff is second to none - they are really cool. It was crazy to see Will Mushchamp in person. I was talking to the running backs coach Tim Horton he said all the players will get paid next year."
"They (players) will get 50 dollars a month in addition a student gets a Pell Grant and receive more money, I know it was passed in the Big 5 Conference schools."
Staples traveled a little
"I've been to Boston College and Georgia Tech and I've been to Wake Forest nice, but that was way before they knew me. I was like a freshman." Staples said
"It's cold up there"
"Boston College it's cold up there but I but I love Coach Al Washington, and that the program is on a rise. I love everything about it right now. Georgia Tech, I love about their team, you will get the ball. I would get the ball and they (Tech) have people in the NFL, so I know they will be successful. Their academics are second to none, outstanding academics." Staples
"Wake Forest it was real nice up there." Staples said. "I camped down there my freshman year, I looked at the stadium imagined myself playing there. They want me to come back and see the life style, because I've all ready been on campus. They want me to get a feel down there."
Mother supports his decision
"My mom said it doesn't matter where I go, but Iowa they are in the Big 10. It's a team that likes running the ball that's a big plus and they do a good job with their players. They are a program on a rise they just need a couple things around their program - get it back up."
"I'll probably take my officials before I commit, so I don't have to de-commit to another school. I'm looking at a number of things. A great program, a school that makes me a better man. A school if all the coaches leave I want to be committed to the school. I'm looking for early playing time and also looking at academics." Staples said
Lucas, one of the top players in Arizona and the country. An overall athlete that can play both sides of the ball.
Arizona, Arizona State, California -Berkeley, Colorado, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Utah State and Washington are some schools that would like to sign Lucas next February.
Came back from Southern Cal visits
“I just got done visiting UCLA and USC last week, I love UCLA and USC. USC was talking to me about using me as a Hybrid. USC, I loved the coaching staff they showed me around (campus), showed me around the area, it was awesome. ” Lucas said
“Like to play both ways”
“UCLA did the same, showed me around campus, showed me the positions I will be playing. They’re a great coaching staff. UCLA asked me what positions I wanted to play in college, I told them I would like to play both ways. I would like to play some corner and some slot receiver.” Lucas said
Likes Bruin’s offense
“I like the offense, they (UCLA) are using the receivers on the fly. They use the backs as receivers and I would get hand off stuff, that’s the type of offense we used in high school. It would suit me well.” Lucas added
“I loved it.” Lucas comments about the surroundings around Pasadena. “The weather out there is perfect. The area around UCLA is amazing, close to Malibu and all that stuff. The people there are very nice, it just felt like home up there. I really, really liked what UCLA had to offer me.”
Possible Trojan offer
“I though they (USC) would offer me the other day when I went there, but I’m not sad about it or anything. I know they take their time with their recruits. Hopefully, they will offer me this spring or something.” Lucas said
“USC is just an amazing school,” he says. “The area around is not as nice as UCLA but they have rich tradition, other than that the campus is beautiful. They are really high on academics, that’s a big thing for me where I want to go to college.”
Lucas said he had visits lined up for California-Berkeley and Stanford but couldn’t make it. He will visit there at a later date. Cal recently offered Lucas.
Cal-Berkeley coaches likes his abilities too.
“They like how much versatility I have, I can play corner and play outside (receiver). Cal likes my body type, I’m at 180 pounds and long – have long arms. They like my action with foot work. They actually think I can play corner at the next level.” Lucas said
“I hear from them a lot, I really do like them. I like the coaching staff, Coach Mike Riley he just switched from Oregon State to Nebraska. He was actually the second coach to offer me when at Oregon State. When he took the Nebraska job he offered me on the spot.”
“That showed me that the coaches (Nebr.) really cared about me, they know what I can do on the field and help them out for the next level. That really stood out to me, he (Riley) doesn’t talk to me as much as other schools. When we do talk it’s for a very long time.” Lucas said
“I really don’t talk to any other coach than Mike (Riley), I’ve known Mike for so long he was the second coach to recruit me. So, we have a really strong relationship. If I go to Nebraska I don’t know what position I will play, they just put me down as an athlete.” Lucas said
Is Nebraska too far?
“Oh now I’m looking everywhere in the country it doesn’t matter if it’s close to home or anything. I really want to go out to Nebraska, just get a feel for Nebraska just see how football is out there. I’m excited, hopefully take a visit sometime this year.” Lucas said
Environment is important to Lucas and Nebraska will have their turn.
“On my first visit (Nebr.) I would like to get a feel. Go on campus talk to all the coaches, get a feel for the area. Hopefully if I like it and if it’s a school I will go to, I’ll take an official visit.” Lucas said
OL Line tradition.
“I know they (Nebr.) have a fan base football team, they recruit a lot of linemen. As to me as a running back that’s what you can ask for. Linemen that push people back five yards down the field, find an open lane to make a touchdown. I know they are really big on their linemen and they are also big on their receivers.” Lucas said
“The fan base is ridiculous.” Lucas comment about the success Nebraska of putting fans in the seats. “They sold out like 300 plus consecutive games, that’s insane, it’s a college game. There is like 95,000 people every game; that’s a lot of support, that’s a lot of love that Nebraska has to offer. I’m going to take my time going and seeing Nebraska.”
Back yard schools.
“My home schools ASU and U of A. ASU was the first to offer me a scholarship my sophomore year.”
“They (Arizona State) will always be on my list. They like what I can do on the field that shows me I can actually go to their school as a receiver and a National Championship.” Lucas said
The plusses of being a Wildcat.
“U of A Coach Rich Rodriguez is an amazing coach. When N’Keal Henry (Chandler) and Byron Murphy (Saguaro) went there (visit), they were telling me how big the players were in the living room. I’m going U of A in the next couple months. Just to see what they have to offer me.”
“I love Notre Dame, I really do.” says Lucas, “They were my third offer coming out my sophomore year. That’s a huge, huge school. They actually want me to play
corner at Notre Dame. They keep me updated with the team, they call me every week, the coaches’ care about me. I know Coach Bob Elliott, he’s the one who offered me; I talk to him once every week.”
KORY CHARLES, ATH, 5-11, 165, TALLAHASEE (NORTH FLA. CHRISTIAN), FLORIDA
Kory comes from a high school that produces every year, and this year is exception. Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Wisconsin are a handful of schools that want this athlete badly.
Talks big about the Seminoles
“I’ve been over there (FSU) like a bunch of times. I’ve been with Coach Lawrence Dowsy the receivers coach and pretty much the whole staff.” Charles said
“It’s a great environment at Florida State. They pretty much want me to come in and play as an athlete. Coach Charles Kelly wants me as a defensive back and receivers coach (Dowsey) want me to play receiver.”
“Florida, I like their facilities. I really haven’t had time really to see the campus, but I liked the area (Gainesville)” Charles said
“They (Florida) wants me pretty bad.” Charles said. “The main thing they want pretty much like an athlete on offense and defense. Pretty much like running back, receiver, taking kick offs.”
“I like Mississippi State, I like how they are pretty much involved down there, like the fan base. The school is real nice especially the coaching staff. They didn’t actually talk where they want me to play. It’s a nice little area too.” Charles said
Mississippi State and Washington State has offered, most likely more to come later.
"Washington State coaches want me to come up for a visit, but it's a little too far away from home. They do have a great program and all." Sailo said
"Coach Joe Salave'a (Wash. State) likes how I play and all of that. Wants to coach me up and all that stuff. He likes how mean I'am off the ball, good upper body strength, fly off the ball and all of that." Sailo said
"I like them too." Responds about Mississippi State Rebels. "I like how everybody goes to the games, how they get all hyped up, I went there for the Auburn game."
"Western Kentucky wanted me to go to one of their games but I didn't go it's too far away. Middle Tennessee State wants me to come to their summer camp. I'm not going to any camps I can't afford it and it's a long drive over there." Sailo said
"Coaches say I'm really quick for my size, they like how I get off the ball. I can play defensive end or linebacker."
MAURICE CHANDLER, CB, 6-1, 190, MIAMI (NEO JUNIOR COLLEGE), OKLAHOMA
Chandler is originally from Lawton, Oklahoma and is currently playing at Northeast Oklahoma Junior college. His offer list of Utah, Utah State, Nebraska, Arkansas State and Toledo, and is about to blow up.
“I haven’t been out there (Nebraska) yet but, I’m going there this spring and make it to a practice. I just know they have a good fan base. I don’t know much until I get out there. I do like the coaching staff and the tradition, and the style of play.” Chandler said
“I just know the coaching staff (Nebr.) when they were at Oregon State, they recruited me out of high school.” Chandler adds
Might visit SEC teams
Chandler said he’s going to try to take a couple unofficial visits this spring to Texas A&M and Missouri. The same situation like another school make an appearance and hopefully get an offer.
Chandler likes the style of defense A&M plays and with Missouri he would like to see how they play the corners.
Press Coverage his favorite
“They (A&M) like my abilities to play man coverage. Texas A&M plays bump and run. Press coverage that’s my favorite coverage. Missouri, they just like how I am as a cornerback. I like being one and one – an island type guy.” Chandler said
Seminoles come to visit; possible offer
“I might visit Florida State,” he says. “They like the way I play and they will come around this spring and watch me in person. I believe they will offer then.”
Chandler went on to say that Oklahoma Sooner haven’t shown much interest. He thinks LSU is another school that will offer. Texas likes Chandler a little bit, keeping an eye on him for now.
Carlin has 14 offers, big time player, touch decision to make. Some schools that offered; Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina State, Ohio State, South Carolina.
"I liked everything, the coaches, the players, the facilities, running backs coach Tim Harris," Fils-Amie explains his junior day trip to Miami. "He (Harris) said he would like to see me at the "U" and he thinks things will turn around at the "U". I spoke with coach Larry Scott and he also would like me at the "U".
The Hurricanes would like to make it a package deal with Carlin and his brother Tyler who has already committed to Miami.
"It would be great if I go be with my brother Tyler and like to see it happen. Every time I've been in the area (Coral Gables) it's really a quiet place. The campus is beautiful and at the same time go some place and have some fun. Go to the beach and be with the team." Fils-Amie said
Fils-Amie said he would like to visit Georgia, Ohio State and Michigan also a trip to North Carolina.
"It's (Georgia) a great running back school and the new (RB) coach Thomas Brown just came by and is a real funny guy, I just texted him that I'm thinking about coming this summer. He said he saw my film and he thought I was great. We didn't speak much he was busy at the moment." Fils-Amie-Amie said.
What about Ohio State?
"I wouldn't mind going there (Ohio State) because of coach Urban Myer, but I haven't really spoken to anybody there. I'll try to make it up there if I can. They have a great program and one of our backs, Carlos Hyde, went there that's what makes me interested in them. See him get that level (NFL) and go further on. They (OSU) would help push me as a player."
Might make the Michigan trip possible
"Coach D J Durkin (Michigan) came down a few months ago and we spoke with my brother beside me. He spoke about both of us going to Michigan, seeing the campus. And we (brother Tyler) were talking about going up there with one of the coaches (high school) if that was possible, and I wish I can make it happen."
"During the summer when I go visit my house, I will visit quite a bit of schools. I like it in Naples but I have another house in North Carolina. The running backs coach Larry Porter (UNC), I speak to him a lot he's a great guy really funny. I really like him."
Naquan is rated one of the top defensive tackles in the country, he has 14 offers so far. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina and Wisconsin are some of the schools that offered.
Jones listed Ohio State, South Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin are the top schools so far.
March third was a busy day for Jones. Nebraska’s offer and took his ACT test. Now that the test is complete I expect Jones to start planning his summer visits.
“I really don’t know much about Nebraska,” Jones said, “Coach Hank Hughes contacted me on Twitter, asked me to call him (March 3) and was offered a scholarship on the phone.”
“He (Hughes) said they looked at my film, the whole coaching staff looked over, basically excited about offering. They want me to come down soon, that’s how I’m going to do my visits. I took my ACT today; I’m able to take my visits now.” Jones said
Good relationship with coaches’ goes a long way.
“They (Ohio State) have a good coaching. I have a good relationship with Coach Tim Ash he’s my recruiter. Michigan State I’m really close with the defensive line Coach Ron Burton.” Jones said
“Michigan they just see me where I can put me at on defense. I can play inside or outside. The like my speed.”
Jones said he’s has a good relationship with the Purdue coaches too. Jones said he feels that Michigan and Illinois is recruiting him the hardest.
TOMMY JACOBSSON, LB, 6-12, 220, PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA
Tommy has an offer from Boise State and is hearing from Washington, Washington State, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern and Michigan State.
Jacobsson did visit Boise and explains what he liked.
“The practice facility, the campus, I have a real good connection with the coaches and now it’s time to think of me if I’m going to spend 4 years there. They (Boise) do like me a lot, I do feel like I’m welcome there. It’s definitely one of the top schools.” Jacobsson said
“They (Boise) really like how I’m on and off the field – in the class room. Try to be a leader out there for the group.”
“As far as I know it’s linebacker I guess.” When asked what position Boise plans on using him on the field. “It could change my dad is 6 foot 7, I’m only 6 foot 2 right now. Obviously if I was 6 foot 5 or 6 foot 6 it could change.”
Previous injury has slowed the offers but is sending tapes that his injury has been healed and ready to go.
“From last year, my junior season, I ended up injured in the fifth game. Some schools just want to see some film of me if I can come back 100 percent. I’m going to be doing some film work with one of my trainers. We are going to send the out to all the coaches. I do think some schools will offer once they see me in the report that I’ve done better since the injury.” Jacobsson said
“I went down to USC last summer spent some time there. It’s a high energy camp they seem to have interest in me as well. And I wanted to get up to Washington and see their school. It’s a beautiful campus.” Jacobsson said
Buffs' impressive facilities
“The whole campus (Colorado) blew me away it was just amazing, what they had to offer, and all the activities. The facilities that were to be recreated when I was there was amazing.” Jacobsson said
What about Stanford?
“Stanford was huge,” Jacobsson said. “It was amazing to look at too. Obviously the academics are above and beyond that anybody could want. So having the education that anybody would want along with top notch football is tough to beat.”
“I wouldn’t say (Stanford) extremely interested, they invited me to their junior day, so that was really nice because everybody who was there was top notch football players. I got the indication they are looking at me as an athlete than others. A bunch of other coaches want to see my film after injury.” Jacobsson said
“I haven’t got any letter from them (Nebraska) yet. My coach talked to some of the coaches when they were at Oregon State. I believe they have been talking and keeping updates for them.” Jacobsson said
“Their (Nebraska) facilities are amazing I looked into them as well as the program.”
Its cold out there
“I don’t care about weather, I’m a Norwegian boy and I never been in the cold. I’m not worried about that at all. A lot of players would be afraid to go to a colder school; that’s not a problem at all.” Jacobsson said
A J TAYLOR, ATH, 5-11, 190, KANSAS CITY (ROCKHURST), MISSOURI
Taylor, a sought after player in the Kansas City area. Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Missouri and Northwestern all have offered.
Nebraska offered A. J. March 4th, Coach Gunderson made the call.
“Coach Ryan Gunderson he had called me earlier in the day. And when I got to meet up with (H.S. Coach) he told me to give him a call. So I gave him (Gunderson) a call and it went down like that.” Taylor said
“He (Gunderson) was just like ‘we watched your film’, he definitely wanted me up their pretty soon. He definitely said he likes me as a running back. We would love to get you the ball and Nebraska was the kind of place that could really give you the ball, It was like ‘Yea’.
Great backs at NU
“I was compared to Ameer Abdullah and some other running backs that came to Nebraska. I would be a great offense to be a part of. He (Gunderson) didn’t say too much about it (offense) he just kind of told me they like to pound the ball, running the ball that opens up the passing game for us, so they need a good runner.” Taylor said
“I’m trying to make it to (Nebraska) spring game,” Taylor said. “That’s where he want me to make it too. I have to talk to my parents about it if it’s something we can afford to do.”
Nebraska has two former Rockhurst players on the roster now. That something Taylor takes a liking to.
“Yea definitely, they have two former Rockhurst players (Zach Hannon and Michael Rose) which is pretty cool. I think they could be good mentors for me and they definitely help get to the classes, they know what the transition is like from Rockhurst to Nebraska. I haven’t talked to Rose too much but I and Hannon were pretty cool friends.”
“I’ve only been there (Nebr.) once before. I went down for a game it was for Miami. It was a pretty good game, I liked the atmosphere, and I loved the big crowd. It seemed like everybody was into the game, everybody was hyped, and everybody loved it.” Taylor said
Huskers’ dominate football in state
“I do like how Nebraska kind of the only dominate football spot in Nebraska that adds that much to the fan base. And I also liked how the coaches were into it and the players are really into it.” Taylor said
Missouri on his tail
“Oh definitely, Mizzou there are in a good spot. My mom actually went there. I’ve kind of talking to Missouri since I was a freshman. I use to go to Mizzou football camp and all that stuff.” Taylor said
“Yes they are,” When asked if the Tigers are making Taylor a priority. “Missouri is recruiting me pretty hard. They actually slowed down a little bit but I have been getting mail a lot. I did go down to junior day, that was pretty packed pretty full of stuff. Then I’m going down for a game pretty soon. I’m getting my Mizzou attention.”
“Junior day, they (Missouri) are great at marketing: everybody was pretty welcoming. I like the coaches. You’re not supposed to fall in love with coaches but still like the coaches and everything. I like they are close to me. It’s (Columbia) not too far but it’s far enough and I just like their program – it can really develop athletes.” Taylor said
“I really haven’t been too much with the Iowa schools. Kansas I really went to junior day their which was cool. I also went to K-State for their junior day that was pretty nice too.”
“We really want you up there.” Kansas State coaches said to Taylor, “We could make you a good receiver, we really like your film, we want you to play slot.” Taylor said
Northwestern a serious contender
“Oh yea definitely, Northwestern will always be there. They are a great academic school. We are actually going up there next Friday March 14, and see a practice, stay up at Northwestern for a day.” Taylor said
“The fact they (Northwestern) are in Chicago is great. They have a nice little spread offense that was talking to the coach about. The running back can be like a receiver and also a running back to run the ball. That’s what I kind of like right there. It’s a nice little spot.”
“I’ll probably commit right before the season – so in July"
“I have some interest form Tulsa, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Illinois, Stanford and Oklahoma State.”
P J BLUE, LB, 6-4, 200, MONTGOMERY (PARK CROSSING), ALABAMA
P J has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina
Blue attended Alabama junior day and it at Auburns’ this week end.
Tide very much wants Blue
“It was very well organized,” Blue said of Alabama’s junior day. They want me bad I’m a top priority for them and I can fit into their program. They are recruiting me as a safety or linebacker. They like how I play with high energy and how I play physical.”
Blue said he is enjoying his junior day trip so far at Auburn, it’s like a family atmosphere. He will have a meeting with the coaches Sunday to see if he gets offered. Blue said Auburn is recruiting him the hardest even though he has no offer. They have been in contact a lot lately.
“No, I’m considering them (Nebraska).” When asked if Nebraska is still in the mix. “I like they are a championship contender. I like the way things are looking good for them.” Blue said
“I talk to Coach Trent Bray (Nebr.). He told me that I could be a really good player for them. I could potentially play right away. They need linebackers in the class of 2016, and I have a chance to play right away.” Blue said
Blue said he would like to visit Nebraska this spring but he needs to talk to his parents about it.
“I like the school (Clemson), the campus and all of that. They told me I can help their football team and they think highly of me.”
“I’m going to take my visits (official), but I’ll probably commit before the football season. That’s what I want to do but I have to see what my heart says. I have to make sure.” Blue said
Another prospect with tons of offers, just to name a few; Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, USC, Mississippi, Mississippi State.
Dredrick said Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State and Florida are the top schools he’s concentrating on right now.
What do the Buckeyes have to offer?
“Everything, they throw the ball to the receivers, Coach Urban Myer is a great coach. They said I’m physical and I can make plays with the ball. I don’t have a problem with the Big Ten, it’s a National Championship team.” Snelson said
“Everything,” When asked about Auburn. “They are SEC, big receivers. They throw the ball too. I’m going to visit them this summer and find out more about them. They like everything about me. I’m a baby Anquan Boldin. Coach Rhett Lashlee just loves me.”
Snelson said he likes Florida State’s campus and academics. Coach Jimbo Fisher has talked to him a few times and Dredrick is high on his character. He likes the fact that FSU has a good business school, just over all a good place.
He likes Florida about the same reasons as FSU. The new coaching staff is pretty cool. Dredrick mentions that it’s a special place talks to the coaches a lot and want him to be part of The Gator Nation.
“I’m going to UCF on their junior day in March. I don’t have a problem with them they have a pretty good program. I have to learn more about the school.”
“Oh yea they (Nebraska) are still sending me letters. The Coach (Keith Williams) e-mailed me, the receivers coach. I was talking to him. We really wasn’t talking
about football, we were talking about life, school, not much about football.” Snelson said
“He’s (Williams) trying to get me up there. That might be a little bit too far, but anything can happen, you never know what will happen. So, I’ll keep them in mind.”
“He loves me on film, he just said I’m a play maker. I do things with the ball and hard to tackle.” Snelson added more about Coach Williams’ conversation.
Snelson said he was thinking about committing June 4th at the NIKE’s The Opening in Oregon.
Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota State have offered Noah; Iowa State and Purdue have shown interest lately.
Fant’s phone conversation March 4th with Nebraska Coach Mike Riley made it official offer with an offer.
“Coach Riley said I have an explosive step off the ball, that I use my hands pretty well. I have some natural talent that you can’t teach kids and stuff. He said I have some good grades and I look passion what I do. They offered me at two different, but the tight end coach is recruiting me also. ” Fant said
Even though Fant lives in Nebraska, he elaborates what he likes about the program.
“I like the fan support, it’s a great program they are really focused getting better. The new coaching staff, they seem like great coaches and I’m really excited to get to know about Nebraska.” Fant said
“I’m going up there (Nebr.) March 14th for a junior day. They said we are going to have a meeting with the coaches, my family. We will sit down and talk about the offer and everything. Get to know one another and see where it goes from there.” Fant said
Ames this weekend
“I’m going to Iowa State on March 7th this Saturday. They have been talking to me a lot lately. It sounds like they are pretty close (offer).”
“They invited me up to a junior day March 28th. Actually don’t know much about Purdue. I’m going up there and learn, learn what their program is like, coaches and stuff. I’ excited to get up there meet everyone, know the coaches that are recruiting me.” Fant said
Fant transferred from Omaha Burke to South High.
“My brother and cousins started working at (Omaha) South. It was just an easier transit. I can ride with my brother at school, that’s why I transferred over.”
“The last couple year’s South football program wasn’t the best transferring into that. Some people were against it. Coming in working really hard, just try to change it around. I definitely think it’s moving in the right direction.” Fant said
“Their (South) is really nice, the weight room is pretty good. It’s great facilities and school.”
“They (coaches) like my pass progressions, explosive off the ball, fast first step. I use my hands pretty well, I have some good moves to get to the quarterback, so they said that’s all pretty good.” Fant said
ANDRE COLLINS, WR, 6-4, 220, SANTA ANA (MATER DEI), CALIFORNIA
Andre has no offers but is hearing from; USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Cal-Berkeley and Washington State
“I’m thinking more schools will start offering around after spring. I didn’t know if you know recently I had an injury but right now I’m ready to go, but they (coaches) just want me on the field to see if I’m OK. So when I show it on the field I’m thinking schools will offer me.” Collins said
“I’m going to visit Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State. I might be taking a trip to Oregon and Washington State.” Collins said
Likes Colorado’s academics
“It’s (Colorado) a good program, I want to major in business, and they already have a good business school.” Collins said
“Mostly mail.” Collins said of Colorado’s interests. “And they been saying they want me to come up there and visit the campus, go to a junior day something like that. It’s a beautiful campus from what I’ve seen.”
Collins teammate at UCLA; good relationships with coaches
“I like UCLA too their good program I like Coach Eric Yarber I talk to him a lot. Actually of the Mater Dei Monarchs, Thomas Duarte, he’s up there right now I’ve talked to him. So’ it’s a good program and the coaches like me.” Collins said
“Coach Jim Mora (UCLA) visited the school recently we talked a little bit. He said he wants me to take a visit up there and talk to the coaches more, learn more about the program. I know a lot about the sports aspects but I really haven’t had the chance to learn more about the academic aspect.” Collins said
“That’s (academics) what my mother pushes very hard. She doesn’t care about the football that much – she wants to know about the academics.”
“I haven’t recently talked to Arizona State but Coach Chip Long wants me to take a visit up there soon. They send me some stuff about junior day.” Collins said.
“No I haven’t yet,” Collins said if he’s been up to Eugene. “but soon I will take a visit, and Washington State as well.”
“Oregon, their school is a beautiful campus. I know the coaches want me to take a visit. Washington State has been sending me mail about every day, they want me to come up and meet the coaches too.” Collins said
“It’s beautiful, beautiful campus.” Collins comments about the Oregon Ducks. “I like the school of business which is what I want to major in. They are number two business schools in the country. I just like the way it’s structured, how everything corresponds.”
“In the fall they (Cal-Berkeley) they said I was fast, they said they liked my speed. I have a 6 foot 7 inch wing span they (coaches) loved it. Being bigger target I can get up and get the ball and love the yardage after contact.” Collins said
“I don’t think I will commit early,” Collins said. “I want to see a school get a sense what the schools have to offer and what to offer in a school.” Collins said
“My mom and dad have four things to look for. (1) Does it feel like you can live there for four years? (2) What you want to major in and your education can offer you that. (3) What the community is like, is there a lot of trouble around you, will you get in trouble easily. Is it a quiet place and keep your head in school. (4) The football program; can you play there? Get a lot of reps.”
NATHAN SMITH, OL, 6-7, 265, MURRIETA (MESA), CALIFORNIA
Nathan has lots of offers and is considered a top priority offensive tackle by many schools. Arizona, Arizona State, California – Berkeley, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, and Washington State are among the schools that want Smith to join their team.
Trips lines up
“I know I’m going to Miami in April and in March I’m going to Nebraska – a couple schools out there. We’re going to Mizzou over spring break drive around and see other schools.” Smith said
“The only west schools I’ve been to is Oregon and Oregon State. I’m going to visit USC tomorrow (March 1) and UCLA on March 14. They (Oregon) are very interested and they all same thing like Nebraska coaches say.” Smith said.
“It’s kind of a surprise to me I never thought it would get this big. I’m open to anyone. There is no preference for me right now. I’m just trying to find the right fit where I’m going to spend 4 or 5 years, make sure it’s the right choice.”
Family roots in Nebraska
“That’s (Nebraska) my dad’s end of the family that was his favorite team (childhood favorite). I never had a favorite football team until this year, but I don’t know it seems like they (Nebr.) are very good sending people in the NFL. They’re a very good team and a great area. The fans are the best in the business.” Smith said
“Yea, I mean I kind of have no choice how it is in my house.” Smith why Nebraska is one of his top schools. “It’s my dad’s favorite school team. So, I’m looking forward getting a good feel of the coaches.”
“He (his father) was born in Arizona traveled around a little bit with his parents. My dad’s dad is the one who’s up there, up around Nebraska. It’s just family he goes in Nebraska.” Smith said
“I know he loves the school, he tells me when he was a kid goes over his friends watching Nebraska games, loves the tradition, over his house every single game.” Smith said
Husker O-Line coach calls Smith then offers
“He (Mike Cavanaugh) was the one I got on the phone with – I got the offer. He said I’m really good offensive lineman and speed and all that stuff. He said I move around really, really well, my hips, my knees. I’m really looking forward getting out there.” Smith said
“Right now I’m at 6 foot 7, I’m any where’s between 265 and 270. I was up at 279 I was getting a little bit of fat, so I got rid of all the fat. I’m building myself up with a little muscle. I’ll probably play my senior season around about 270.”
“I’m very long and fast, always finish my blocks, super aggressive. They (coaches) say I understand my leverage very well. My hands always finds the perfect spot to keep leverage. The main thing is usually how I play.” Smith said
So far Oshea has offers from Arizona, Kentucky, Univ. of South Florida, Kansas, Florida International U., Florida Atlantic Univ., Purdue, Iowa State and UConn.
Likes local schools
“I already went to South Florida a few times. I like that its close, the program, I love all the coaches, it’s real close to home.” Grant said
“I talked to a few people this week at USF. I talked to their safety right now Jamie Byrd, I talk to him a lot and close friend has committed there Danny Thomas from Tallahassee.” Grant said
Academic’s is a top priority
“I like them (Purdue) I’m going there March 7. I like the academics they have a real nice Sports Medicine major (program).” Grant said
“Purdue said I was their number one receiver, they really want me to come out there. I would be a great fit stuff like that. They really want me to come up there.”
Arizona still hot after Grant
“I’m going to Arizona (unofficial visit). I was actually committed to Arizona at one point in time. I de-committed right before the 2015 signing date. That’s my favorite coaching staff. Coach Bill Kirelawich is my favorite coach.” Grant said
“They (Arizona) like me as a safety, they want me to come and play safety. They said I’m a top player for them and I can run track if I want.” Grant said
“I have family up there in Arizona. One of my cousins actually goes to Arizona not playing sports just goes there.”
“I like their basketball program”
“Yes I like Kentucky.” Grant said. “Again the coaches. They were one of my favorite programs growing up, I like their basketball program. And I like Coach Chad Scott that’s my second favorite coach.”
“I’m high on their (UK) board. They had a player that signed that talked to me. They took a lot of DB’s in this year’s class; they will take one or two more.” Grant said
“It’s a beautiful area (Lexington) and I also have family on my mother’s side up there too. My grandmother and sister lives up there too.”
Possible offer; other schools interested
“I hear form Troy, Michigan, Florida State, Miami, a lot of bigger schools. I honestly think Troy will offer me Saturday when I visit them. They basically told me before they offer me they want me to be on campus. They want to offer me on campus. And Houston I’m going up there this summer, the same thing, they want me on campus.” Grant said.
A’Shan has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Miami (Ohio), Ohio U., Toledo, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
“I don’t know too much about them yet,” Riggins said about Illinois. “I haven’t been out there to visit. The only schools I visited from my offers were Indiana, and Miami (Ohio). In March I’m going to Illinois.”
“They (Illinois) just like how athletic I am at the corner position and my size is a plus as a corner. Indiana really likes me. I think I can go there and play right away. I talk to them almost every day, and I’ve been up there a couple of times.” Riggins said
“Illinois really likes my film overall they didn’t say anything specific, they just like the fact I’m an athlete at that position.”
“It’s (Illinois) a really nice campus. They have really great facilities as far as the football program.” Riggins said
“I’m just now getting in touch with Coach Jim Reid with Iowa,” Riggins said. “Trying to get down there with this communication thing with Twitter. We’re starting to get a better relationship going.”
“I’ve known Iowa for a while. I’ve always seen them have great seasons and bowl games. It’s not all about school.”
“I think West Virginia and Purdue.” When asked what others schools might offer. “I like West Virginia, I’ve never been too big on Purdue.”
“My family is from that area (West Virginia). I feel my family followed them; like I’ve known West Virginia for a while, and I guy (Adam Pankey) who use to go to my high school went there. He plays there now.” Riggins said
ZACHARIUS NASH-KELLY, WR, 6-2, 178, ROUND ROCK, TEXAS
Zacharius has no offers yet but is hearing from Boise State, Mississippi, Arkansas, LSU, Nebraska and Purdue. Boise state and Purdue are close to offering. Zacharius will visit Boise State April 4 and Purdue on March 27.
Nebraska has told Nash- Kelly hoping that he would have a great season and they might make it down there this spring.
“Honestly I like Amir Abdullah and the receiver Kenny Bell. They have a nice receiver corps.” Nash-Kelly said
“Boise, just out of nowhere just started sending me things, I’m going to see what’s going on over there.” Nash-Kelly said
“Just like Boise, they (Purdue) just started to recruit me out of the blue. Each school gave me a date to see what going on. I know Purdue’s academics are great.”
More schools interested
“I know when spring ball starts things will start to roll in. I have a couple schools say they are coming. Baylor came in and seen me a couple weeks ago, TCU and Minnesota.” Nash-Kelly
Ethan has offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio U.
No offers, others looking
“I know Indiana and Kentucky are very close (offering). Other schools that are close are Duke, Michigan State. Ohio State and Notre Dame maybe; just go to spring practice to see more, know the coaches a little better, and maybe get an offer in the future.” Tucky said
“I like their (Indiana) coaching staff, right now they sort of reached out to me. The communications between them is a good feel that’s what I like now.” Tucky said
“I’ve never been to Bloomington before but I’ve heard great things about it. To see a college and see the area around it is pretty important too.”
“They (Indiana) said they looked how I play; my motor that kind of stuff. Be a good player out in the field, so I would be really helpful to their program.” Tucky said
Kentucky, Mom’s home state
“Lots of my mom’s family is from Kentucky,” Tucky said. “My mom has personal ties there. I definitely know they are turning around with Coach Mark Stoops and everything.”
“There (UK) in the SEC, a bunch of renovations right now. They are definitely my team in the future how they will have a big impact.” Tucked added
Will take official to Boston College
“I just haven’t visited them (Boston College) yet, just for the fact it’s a 12 hour drive there. It’s a pretty big commitment.” Tucky said
“Coach Al Washington (BC) is my recruiter I absolutely love the guy. I’ve met him a few times in person, I’ve contacted with him on the phone and stuff. He’s a really, really good guy. I have nothing but praise for him.” Tuckey said
“I will be doing an official there in the fall, I just don’t know actually when yet. The fact I can fly out there and be paid for.”
“Actually I do.” When asked if he likes Cincinnati. “Two of my pretty good friends are there now. So, I’ve been down there a few times. I went down there two years ago for the Louisville game, a really good atmosphere that’s what I liked about it.
New Linebacker coach
“I like how unique the campuses are – like urban campuses. It’s different than what I like about it. They also have a new linebacker’s coach Jeff Koonz. I really like how he does the recruiting. He talks to me, not too pushy about it, he’s honest and all kind of stuff.” Tucky said
“Right now it’s been the outside linebacker position. Some (schools) maybe if I gain a lot of weight I can play defensive end, but that’s kind of shot in the dark.” Tucky said.
“Right now the overall consensus they like my speed, motor, my want to play, leaving it on the field right now.”
“I’m looking for the right fix. I’m going to spend 4 years maybe 5 at a schools. Being the right campus, like the coaching staff. A lot of small factors add up in the end.” Tucky said
Mason has offers from Boston College, UMass and Colorado
“They (Colorado) got to see me play in person which is cool because we played Valor, it was the last game of the season. After the game they offered me that following Monday as an athlete.” Moran said
“It (CU offer) was such a blessing and everything, it was really cool because Coach Mike Mac Intyre is a big time Christian guy.”
“Boston College that was my first offer. My sophomore year they (BC) pulled me out of class and offered me. They watched my film and they said they liked the way I played so they offered me as an athlete (QB or Safety).” Moran said
Moran has ties to the East Coast and would consider anything
“No. I mean I would consider all colleges because I’m actually from the east coast. So it would be like where I’m from; I’m from Virginia so I’m pretty much open to go anywhere.” Moran said
“I’m not sure,” When asked if Virginia will offer later. “I mean any offer is a good offer to me that’s the way I look at it. And for me I also don’t have a dream school even Virginia being my home town.”
“Just like pretty much like a nutshell. They (Coaches) like my speed, the way how I play the game. They like my durability to go both ways.” Moran said
“I’m just looking for the right place for me, I don’t know actually right now. Whenever that time comes it will come down with a lot of prayer, for the love of God, that’s where I end up going.” Moran said
Mason said Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Oregon State, Michigan State and Northwestern has shown interest.
Mayden has narrowed down his list down to three schools among several offers, TCU, Oregon, and Ohio State. Some schools that are; Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Nebraska, UCLA, Mississippi, and Texas.
“I like coach Patterson (TCU) and the defensive schemes seems to fit what I can do. It’s nice and a very cool place. Nice private school setting.” Mayden said
“They (TCU) likes my size and my speed and the foot work and stuff I have. They said I could make an immediate impact.”
“Me and Coach Chris Ash (Ohio St.) have been talking quite a while and Coach Kerry Coombs said I could bring a very good defense to Ohio State. And I’ve been up there twice. They have a good campus and Urban Meyer – I like him also. He (Meyer) said he was going to make me a top priority as a cornerback in 2016.” Mayden said
“No, but I’m visiting in April,” when asked if Oregon is too far away from home to play ball. “I’ve been talking to Coach John Neil since my sophomore year all the way into now and the conversations we had have been very good. Coach Don Pellum beginning of my junior year conversations to see how I’m doing. I have no problem leaving Texas.”
DARION SLADE, ATH, 5-11, 178, CLEMMONS (WEST FORSYTH), NORTH CAROLINA
Darion has offers from Duke, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Slade has good things to say about Duke, coaches very interested.
“Its home, the environment and coaches. I like Coach Jim Collins he’s more like a mentor type of coach. He comes down all the time and talks to me things like that.” Slade said
“They (Duke) have good academics, my mother keeps telling me to get a degree, and it opens a lot of things in life. Get a job and everything. With all my visits I’ve probably been there about four times.” Slade said
“I like Wake Forest too.” Slade said, “Coach Kevin Higgins comes and visits me all the time. I might go up there Sunday for their junior days. That’s home town (Winston-Salem). My family will be able to see me play things like that.”
“I went to the Wake Forest and Clemson game this past season. They bought out the Gold Helmets that was pretty cool.”
Wake coaches making Slade a priority
“The 2016 Class I’m the top recruit and they really won’t me to commit to them, bring commits to Wake Forest.” Slade said
Thoughts on West Virginia
“Big football school. Coach Lonnie Galloway, he’s real cool with my coach here at West Forsyth. I wasn’t able to get up there but I would like to go up there and see how it is.” Slade said
What’s most important
“I would like to have a good bond with the coach, somebody I could talk to for helping things.”
JAVON KINLAW, DE, 6-5, 275, GOOSE CREEEK, SOUTH CAROLINA
Javon has offers from Alabama, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Louisville and South Carolina. Went on to say that South Carolina and Florida are his top schools right now.
“Its (USC) not very far away they are only an hour away where I live. They keep in contact with me stuff like that. I really don’t like them as a football team they are just always around. Always at my school checking up on me and stuff like that.” Kinlaw said
“I’ve been to two games and this year’s junior Days. There were a lot of people at the games and it’s really noisy.”
“I just like them (Florida) as a football team. I like their defensive schemes and stuff like that. I haven’t been to Florida (Gainesville) but I will make it there.” Kinlaw said
“It (Clemson) was alright,” Kinlaw said about his brief time at Clemson’s junior days. “They have a lot of tree’s up there. I really didn’t talk to the coaches, I left early.”
"Coaches like how I come off the edge, speed at the ball, get my hands up try to deflect the ball.”
JACOB CAPRA, OL, 6-5, 265, AUBURN (PLACER), CALIFORNIA
Capra has offers from California-Berkeley, San Jose State, Utah and Washington State. And he’s hearing from PAC 12 schools, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Purdue. Distance is not a factor in his decision.
“Obviously, very academically, and academics come first. Every school has their qualities. I’ve been to a few games. Coming from Northern California it’s pretty close to home.” Capra lists a few things what he likes about California.
San Jose State
“I did. I went to a camp there (SJSU). They were my first offer. They were very friendly, family; coaching staff were pretty nice.”
“Absolutely!” When asked if he would consider Utah. “It’s not far at all. My brother he just signed with them yesterday and I went with him on his official visit as a family member.”
“It’s (Utah) nice I love the atmosphere up there it’s a nice school. I would not say they are my leader. Everybody has a chance, I just want to finish out my high school season.” Capra said
“They (Utah) want me both as a package but I have to look at all of my options.”
College coaches say they like how Jacob moves, his speed and athletic ability for his size.
Academics is his top priority when making a college decision. Wants a family atmosphere.
This weekend Nebraska will entertain South Carolina transfer Laiwan Lewis.
“That’s the plan,” when asked if Lewis will visit Nebraska for sure this weekend. “Coach Mike Riley will be here this week and talk about it. Nebraska is a good team and I like the opportunity to play there. Have the opportunity to play right away.”
“I like to go where they have a good D-Line which allows the linebackers to cover. Nebraska was in the top three in pass defense, they have some good DB’s, they’re pretty good. Coach Trent Bray (NU LB Coach) is giving an opportunity to play in their defense.”
Coach Bray said I would be a good fit for the defense. I would be a good fit for the Big 10.” he said
“It’s (Nebr.) probably the best fan base in the country.” Lewis said. “I like the swagger their defense has the black shirts. I like the tradition of the school, so I like it a lot.”
“I like using my eyes on the field – looking for the ball. I like to get to the ball.” Lewis said
Lewis said the Rutgers coaches will visit this weekend too to finalize a visit January 30.
ADRIENNE TALAN, LB, 6-1, 210, HOLLYWOOD (FLANAGAN), FLORIDA
Another original Oregon State commit that decided to look around once Coach Riley took the Nebraska job. Riley, and his staff has offered Talan as a Husker. See how it unfolds.
"It was a small college town." Talan comments on his visit to Nebraska. "It (Lincoln) was the capital so, and the stadium. I liked the fans how they were really involved, they love football. It was nice it does get cold there but it was nice. It wouldn't be Nebraska if it wasn't Nebraska Football."
"The facilities are Grade A. They had every thing you possible need."
"It was the same coaching staff that was at Oregon State, they wanted me their (Nebraska). They say 'Hey we offered you at Oregon State and you get an offer from Nebraska. We still want you.'"
"Oh yea Trent Bray that's my guy. Coach Bray he tells me that you are coming to Nebraska with me. Told me from the top. He said I'm fast, explosive and I'm physical. He said I would have a chance to play early, they (Nebr.) had a whole bunch of senior linebackers."
"I want to go somewhere a family atmosphere, a good academic school. I want to go somewhere I can learn football and be around some good guys." Talan said
A one time commit to Oregon State has opened up his recruitment.
Baber, who hit it off with Coach Mike Riley when at Oregon State is now the new head coach at DONU (Dear Old Nebraska U).
Baber doesn't have an offer from Nebraska, he waiting to hear back from Coach Riley after the dead period.
"He told me he will let me know if they have any scholarships available. When he got there (Nebraska) they already got a commit (safety). I hope to hear back in a week or so."
Riley's thought on Baber.
"He (Riley) said the way I play, I'm physical, my speed. They like how I go after the ball, that's basically it. I'm a smart football player."
Enjoyed it at Corvallis.
"Yea, liked it up there. The coaches that were there I have a good connection with. The people were nice up there, the players, they treated me well, but the coaches left for Nebraska. That's when I decided to open up my recruiting process." Baber said
SHERIRON JONES JR, QB, 6-3, 190, MORENO VALLEY (RANCHO VERDE), CA
Jones Jr has offers from Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee, Akron, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland and Ole Miss.
We weren’t able to speak to Sheriron the player but, his dad Sheriron Senior took some time out about the recruiting process.
“We’ll he hasn’t told me anything yet.” His father said about future recruiting visits. “He hasn’t spoken on schools it’s something as it goes. Everybody (college coaches) told him wait until after the bowl game (for visits). “
“Only one (visit) I know for sure possibly is Tennessee. He (junior) said he likes the coaches, the facilities, it’s a good environment and likes the offensive players.”
Sheriron’s dad said he took a trip to Tennessee and liked everything - the coaches, the facilities. The coaches were straight up with his son. The players were real friendly and he liked the players the most.
“He’s (junior) ranked as a dual/threat QB but he’s basically, in the last two years, he stays in the pocket. He runs only when he has too.”
“He’s been waiting to hear from Nebraska, but they went through a coaching change. We are just waiting it out to see if they will get back with him or how they were going to go.”
“He likes Nebraska. He likes their tradition when he spoke with coaches (former staff). He said they were good coaches and could see himself playing for them.”
AVAN ALSTON, WR, 5-11, 175, VENTURA (ST. BONAVENTURE), CALIFORNIA
Alston tripped at two schools so far. Cal Berkeley Oct 17; Oregon State Nov 28,
"I loved everything about them." Alston comments about the California Bears. "I know a lot of the players on their team. I like the players, the coaching staff. Coach Rob Likens is really a good coach; coach Sonny Dykes is really a good coach too. And the whole Southern California weather, especially academics as well."
"They (Cal) are telling me basically do what I have to do and I can play early. It depends how I play in practice just like any other program. I definitely have a chance to play early if I went to another school."
Beavers still interested
"I still like Oregon State," Alston said. "I talked to coach Gary Anderson he's a really good guy, he's a winning coach. I don't know too much about him. He and coach Brent Brennan are coming in after the Holidays for a home visit, so I'll be able to talk to him a little better."
"Yes, it's beautiful." Alston raves about the city of Corvallis. "I like the college atmosphere. I went to a Civil War (Oregon and Oregon State game), so everyone in Oregon was at the game. I like Corvallis a lot."
Nebraska just offered
"They offered me a few days ago. I like coach Mike Riley a lot. I liked him a lot when he was at Oregon State. Hopefully when he gets a new receivers coach - get in contact with him. Also talk to coach Riley because I only talked to him on the phone since he's been at Nebraska. I'll see what happens." Alston said
"I'm a receiver I don't like their (Nebr.) tradition running the football. It's a new head coach so it's up to him (Riley) and their new offensive coordinator.....knowing coach Riley from Oregon State he likes throwing the ball and run a pro style offense that's all ways good, but traditionally they don't throw the ball a lot." Alston said
Alston said he plans on taking a visit to Nebraska before signing day and will make it up to Washington State and Utah.
Cougars air it out
"Washington State throws the ball more than any other team in the PAC 12, so throw the ball a lot. I also like their receivers coach David Yost he's a good guy he came to visit me and my family. Utah, I'm in contact with coach Taylor Stubblefield, he's the receivers coach at Utah. I knew him since my junior year. I just been in contact with him, hopefully I will be visiting them soon." Alston said
The Film Room
"They like my speed, the explosiveness, my ability to run routes, catch the ball consistently. And they also like my special teams, my punt returns and kick returns. I'm a pretty good package for the college coaches."
"I'm looking for a program that fits me perfectly that I can learn from the head coach and the receivers coach. A team that will give me the ball early If I prove myself in practice. And a team that will get me to the next level which is the NFL." Alston said