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Rumors and Wires: Week of August 18, 2014

August 20th

Trinity Christian, FL WR Christian Barr has committed to Utah

August 19th

The Miami Hurricanes have landed a commitment from 4 star safety Jaquan Johnson Killian HS, Miami, FL

2016 Coconut Creek defensive backs Trayvon Mullen and Maleek Young have both received offers from Virginia Tech

August 18th

Top rated WR Tyron Johnson released his Top 10 schools.  Here they are: Texas A&M, Texas Tech, LSU, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Florida and Tennessee

 

Recruiting School: Grey Shirt, what’s that?

By: Chad Wilson – Editor in Chief – GridironStuds.com Blog
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We’ve all heard the term red shirt in the college football lingo.  It’s basically when a college program decides that a freshman will have little impact on the playing field or court in the upcoming season and would benefit from not using a year of live action eligibility.  The coach of the team decides to “red shirt” the individual thus giving them a year to grow, learn or even rehab an injury.  All individuals competing in interscholastic sports have five years to complete four years of live action.  So a redshirt is afforded to all parties competing.

A lesser known term out there is called a grey shirt.  This has come into play more often over the last half decade.  The practice has stemmed from another more common practice now of over signing by college programs.  The practice has also been more commonly used by college football programs.  Basically,  a team will sign more than their allotted amount for a giving signing period.  In an effort to avoid the penalties of doing so,  the team will defer the enrollment of one or more players in their February signing class till the Spring semester after the Fall semester the athlete would have normally entered in.

So, Joe Smith,  for example, signed a letter of intent in February 2014.  He would normally enter and enroll in school in August 2014.  However,  instead of enrolling in August,  he will now enroll in January of 2015.  That is what is known as a grey shirt.  What this allows the team to do is count the player against the following signing period.  Each Division I school is allowed to sign 25 players each signing period.  By using the grey shirt,  a school can sign 27,  for example and grey shirt two players and have them count towards the next recruiting cycle.

What does the grey shirt mean to the individual athlete?  Normally,  the school will direct the athlete to a junior college where they can take college courses under one important stipulation:  the athlete can not take 12 credits or more.  Taking 12 credits or more of college courses will essentially start that athlete’s “eligibility clock”.  This means that, although the player is not on campus, practicing or playing with the team,  their eligibility to play would have started and the Fall semester will count.

What the players will normally do is go to the junior college,  take less than 12 credits (for which they are responsible to pay for),  freeze their eligibility and then start their eligibility clock in the spring semester.  The advantage in doing this is giving the player an additional spring semester to use during their eligibility.  So, rather than entering school during the semester in which competition will begin,  you enter the school in a spring semester giving you more preparation time before your first semester of competitive play.  This is sorta of the opposite of early enrollment.

Who typically gets offered a grey shirt?  A grey shirt is typically offered to a player that coaches feel are not a strong candidate to contribute to the team right away.  This individual,  in the eyes of the coaching staff is more likely to redshirt in that Fall Semester than get actual meaningful snaps.  Rather than starting eligibility now,  the athlete can start in the spring and get more practice time under their belt.

Many athletes view the grey shirt as a negative because it’s a shot to their ego.  They feel it implies that the player is not good enough to compete right away and thus the school wants you to wait and come in later. It’s a quasi form of rejection.  However,  it should not necessarily be looked at that way.  First,  the school offered you a scholarship and accepted your letter of intent so they want you.  Second, they are being realistic iabout your immediate role on the team.  Perhaps they are really excited about your potential and are looking for the best way to maximize it.  Third, you would benefit from the extra semester of taking college courses and adapting to teaching the college way.  Finally, you also benefit from being able to practice in the spring,  learn the schemes and build your body up before actual competition takes place.  Of course,  explaining this to your boys and withstanding the jabs on social media may prove too tough for most adolescents to handle.  If you are strong minded enough and can see the plan for your future,  a grey shirt could work strongly in your favor.


Six College Cornerbacks You May Not Know but Need to in 2014

By: Chad Wilson – Editor Gridironstuds.com

College Football is a big game full of a lot of players.  Many of them are very good.  With the advent of the spread offense and wide open passing games,  college football secondaries have a spotlight on them.  Many players shined in 2014 and quite a few were underclassmen who will return in 2014.  You know the major names at the major programs like Ifo Ekpre-Olomu at Oregon, Vernon Hargreaves at Florida and Quandre Diggs from Texas but I have found six cornerbacks sliding under the radar that were major playmakers for their teams in 2013.

 

#6 Steven Nelson – Oregon St. – 5’10 192 lbs. – Senior

With all eyes on Oregon St. senior cornerback Rashaard Reynolds in 2013,  opposing teams thought it best to try the new name on the other side of the field.  It didn’t take long for them to find out that there were better strategies out there.  Not only did Nelson lock down opposing receivers with stingyness of a certified public accountant but he made plays that mattered too.  Nelson tied with Reynolds for the team lead in interceptions with six and ran one back for a touchdown.  In addition, he added 62 tackles and led the team in pass breakups with eight.  His highlight video is one to watch as you will be inspired by his high energy play. Teams may shy away from him in 2014 but when they forget,  something tells me Nelson will be eager to remind them why they didn’t throw there in the first place.

 

#5 Greg Henderson – Colorado – 5’11″ 185 lbs. – Senior 

After laying low for the first two years of his Buffalo career,  Henderson jumped to the forefront in 2013.  Playing for a Colorado team that didn’t do much winning or playing defense,  Henderson was a gem in the Colorado secondary.  His exclusion from the 2014 Jim Thorpe watch list can be classified as a snub directly related to Colorado’s present low stature in major college football. Henderson led the Buffs with four interceptions last season returning one of those picks for six.  He also added 58 tackles along with defending a team high 10 passes.  Henderson even addd a forced fumble making him one of the more productive defensive backs in hte entire Pac-12. The hopes is that Colorado will improve in 2014 but if Henderson can turn in a 2014 like 2013,  he will become an intruiging NFL prospect.

#4 Jordan Lucas – Penn St. 6’0″ 193 lbs. – Penn St. – Junior 

Penn St. is no longer the major player in the Big 10 like they used to be but it doesn’t mean they don’t still play good football.  Leading the charge on that on defense is cornerback Jordan Lucas.  The 2014 Jim Thorpe Watch List member snagged three interceptions in 2013 while providing tight coverage on the top wide receivers Penn St. faced.  On top of the interceptions, Lucas had 65 tackles and 10 PBUs.  He also added a pair of forced fumbles to help Penn St. stay above .500 in 2013.  He will be a much watched player in Happy Valley this season.

#3 Kendall Fuller – Virginia Tech – 5’11″ 193 – Sophomore

There are many who will line up to tell you just how hard the transition from high school to college football is but Kendall Fuller laughs at that suggestion.  This true freshman who played along side his newly NFL drafted brother at Virginia Tech in 2013, bursted on the scene in grand fashion.  Fuller was what many keen analysts thought he would be as a college football player only he did it sooner.  Making plays was Fuller’s forte as he hauled down six interceptions to lead the Hokies secondary.  He also lead the team in passes defended with 11 and was one of seven Hokies to force a fumble last season.  Fuller will be lurking around the Virginia Tech secondary in 2014 ready to add to this already impressive resume of big plays in his college football career.

#2 Lorenzo Doss – Tulane – 5’11″ 175 lbs. – Junior

The Tulane Green Waves secondary is one of the best kept secrets in college football.  The unit is made up of quartet of playmakes of which Doss is the biggest creator.  Doss was the man in 2013 for the Green Wave pulling in seven interceptions for 185 return yards and taking two back to the house.  Doss was added nine pass breakups which amazingly was third on the team.  Doss has 11 career INTs for Tulane and will no doubt add to that number this upcoming season.  Enjoy watching these highlights of the Tulane secondary includes Doss wearing #6

#1 Djoun Smith – Florida Atlantic – 5’11″ 175 – Senior

Florida Atlantic didn’t do a whole lot right in 2013 but Djoun Smith did.  The sophomore cornerback was a regular Johnny on the spot when it came to big plays and provided Owl fans with a quite a bit of excitement in an otherwise dull season.  Smith had a team high six interceptions which he returned for 112 yards.  Included in those six interceptions was one that he took back for a touchdown.  Smith was also the team leader,  by a wide margin, in pass breakups with 13 and added 34 tackles.  The junior cornerback also forced a fumble to help the Owls’ defense.  It will be interesting to see how much opposing team go after Smith after the kind of 2013 season he was able to put together.


The Fastest 40 Yard Dash Ever

 

What Research Found Out On This Very Important Topic
By: Chad Wilson   @Gridironstuds

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Football fans across America continue to obsess over the most simple drill in the game of football. Is there anything more discussed than the 40 yard dash? Every Spring, this drill takes center stage and undoubtedly the question is asked 1,o00′s of times. What’s the fastest 40 yard dash?

Just as sure as you get the question asked 1,000 times, you will get dozens of ridiculous answers. For starters, let’s find out why the 40 yard dash? When and why did 40 yards become so significant? It started in the 1960′s with the NFL team that had the most developed and comprehensive scouting department and that was the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to this time period, NFL coaches chose the 50 yard dash as the mark of measure to determine a player speed worthiness. In 1960, Gil Brandt, the director scouting for the Cowboys along with his department came up with the 40/20/10 measurement. The 40 was used for all players. The 20 yard split time of the 40 was of great significance for linemen since the thought was that they rarely run 40 yards in a game. The 10 yard split was important for wide receivers as a measure of their burst off of the line of scrimmage. With this, a drill was born and almost 50 years later, it has become the center piece of info on a prospective high school, college or professional football player.

So who had the fastest 40 yard dash ever? Research confirmed what I already knew and that there is no way to really tell. Here are some important things to know about the 40 yard dash:

Run your fastest 40 ever. Click on the pic.

- A hand time (use of a stop watch) will usually be faster than an electronic time

– There are two types of electronic times:

1. When a watch is started by a coach and an electronic beam records the time when it picks up the player crossing the end point

2. When an electronic beam picks up the movement of a player from the start and starts the clock. An electronic beam also detects the player at the end point and stops the clock. This time will be slower than version #1 and even slower than a hand time in which a coach starts his stop watch when he sees the player begin the run and then stops the watch when he sees the player cross the finish line.

- An accurtrack time will be the slowest of all. Accutrack is what is used at track meets. The clock in accu-track timing starts when the starter’s pistol is shot. The runner’s time for the event is recorded digitally when the technology detects the player crossing the finish line.

Studies have shown that that average reaction time by a human to a starter’s pistol is .25 seconds. For this reason, anyone who compares a 40 yard split time in a 100 meter event and compares it to reported hand timed 40 yard dash marks is making a big mistake. If you want compare the 40 yard split of a runner in a 100 meter event, subtract .25 seconds from the recorded time. So, Olympic runner Justin Gatlin’s 4.42 forty yard dash split recorded during his Gold Medal winning 9.85 100 meter run, would convert to a 4.17 forty yard dash by football standards.

After much research a few things have come up over and over and over. These things plus my own two eyes would lead me to believe that Darrell Green, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders were the fastest football players to ever play the game.

It has been said consistently that Darrell Green recorded a time of 4.09 at the Washington Redskins’ training camp in 1986. That’s a hard time to swallow but Green’s obvious speed has been put on display many times while he was in the NFL. Green ran down from significant distances two of the fastest running backs to play in the NFL (Tony Dorsett and Eric Dickerson). Green has said in interviews that the fastest time he has ever been aware of running is 4.15. To his credit, Green does have a verifiable and official time of 10.08 in the 100 meters while he was a college student at Texas A&I University. If anyone could run a sub 4.1 forty, it was Darrell Green.

Many sources report a 4.12 forty yard dash time for Bo Jackson and if you watched him turn the corner and run down the sidelines in 1987 versus the Seattle Seahawks, you would not doubt any time reported by this freak of nature. Repetition does not make it a fact but if enough sources have reported this time to make me believe it. Jackson has an official 10.39 time in the 100 meter dash in college.

Deion Sanders has the closest thing of the three as a verifiable 40 yard dash time. Sanders ran a 4.21 forty yard dash at the 1989 NFL combine and kept right on going through the finish line into the first round of that year’s NFL draft. Like Green and Jackson, anyone who watched Sanders play would have little trouble believing that Sanders pulled off this feat. Sanders recorded a 10.21 100 meter mark while at Florida St.

Of course there are scores of reported 40 yard dash times that have made the rounds on the Internet. Some are ridiculous like the 3.9′s attached to a couple of players and some 4 flats that were attached to some others.

Here are some of the problems with reported 40 yard dash times from team workouts. Some times you can’t be sure that the distance run was indeed 40 yards. There’s always the chance that the distance was not properly marked. When teams do individual private workouts for teams, often times the scout has not brought the necessary tool to mark off the distance. There’s also the chance that player’s will cheat the distance. I have first hand knowledge of a player starting in front of the starting point to run a forty, fully taking advantage of the fact that there was only one scout on hand and that he could not tell if the player was indeed starting at the correct mark. Another problem is the angle of the surface. There are plenty of practice fields across the country that have a slope. Coaches see great value in having their players run on a slight decline to record eye popping times. Savvy scouts will insist that players run up one way and then down the other. An average of the two times is taken to get the most accurate time. One other problem is that some players run the 40 yard dash with cleats on grass while other places have their players run on a synthetic track with spikes on. Guess who would record the fastest time.

In my personal experiences, I have seen some sub 4.3 forty yard dashes in my time. Kevin Williams of the University of Miami (1989-92) ran a 4.28 forty yard dash before my own eyes. Former Hurricanes Tremain Mack (4.25) and Al Shipman (4.27) ran sub 4.3 forties before my own eyes. Track star Henry Neal recorded a 4.20 forty yard dash before my own eyes in a workout for the Miami Dolphins in 1996. The Dolphins did not sign Neal since his football background was quite limited. I never watched him run an actual 40 yard dash but after having to cover him in training camp, I am inclined to believe every second of Joey Galloway’s reported 4.18 forty yard dash.

One player that is not on the list is Bob Hayes of the Dallas Cowboys. No doubt, Hayes was one of the fastest men, if not

Bullet Bob Hayes

Bullet Bob Hayes

the fastest man to put on an NFL uniform. However, as it relates to the 40 yard dash, I could find no time recorded for this Olympic Gold medalist. Hayes has the fastest 100 meter time for an NFL player at 10.05. Should current Florida Gator Jeffery Demps make it to the NFL for any significant amount of time, he will own the fastest time at 10.01. Demps ran this as a high schooler and owns the national prep record for the event.

The fastest recorded 40 yard split on record belongs to Olympian Maurice Greene. During his World Record 60 meter run of 6.33, a mark that still exists, Green crossed the 40 yard mark at 4.18. Remembering that .25 seconds must be subtracted from that time due to Accu-track timing and you come up with a 40 yard dash time of 3.93 seconds. What’s the problem with that time? It was run on an indoor track with spikes on giving the runner an advantage over the football players who have run on grass with cleats.

In an effort to centralize all the reported 40 yard dash times. I will start what we call the SUB 4.3 Club. I will attempt to keep a running record of the sub 4.3 forty yard dashes and their owners in this list. I will refrain from adding times of the ridiculous and will do some research on all times that qualify. I will say one thing, can you web surfers stop reporting that Deion Sanders ran a 4.57 forty yard dash backwards. That’s just flat out ridiculous.

Enjoy the following list of reported (and somewhat believable) 40 yard dashes run under 4.3 seconds. We will continue to add on to this list over time. Did I miss someone? Comment on this article and make your case. Please do not quote high school forty yard dash times. Nothing against them, let’s just stick to college and pro football right now.

Listings in bold are new ones added since last update.

The Official Unofficial Sub 4.3 Forty Yard Dash List at Gridironstuds.com
1 Bo Jackson Auburn Tigers 4.12
2 Michael Bennett Minnesota Vikings 4.13
3 Alexander Wright Dallas Cowboys 4.14
4 Darrell Green Washington Redskins 4.15
5 Ahman Green Nebraska Cornhuskers 4.17
6 Joey Galloway Ohio St. Buckeyes 4.18
7 Terrell Sinkfield Northern Iowa 4.19
8 Henry Neal Blinn JC 4.2
9 Onterio McCalebb Auburn Tigers 4.21
10 Deion Sanders Florida St. Seminoles 4.21
11 Kevin Curtis Utah St. Aggies 4.21
12 Don Beebe Buffalo Bills 4.21
13 Donte Stallworth Tennessee Volunteers 4.22
14 Willie Parker North Carolina Tar Heels 4.23
15 Clayton Holmes Dallas Cowboys 4.23
16 Rondel Melendez Eastern Kentucky (1999) 4.24
17 Chris Johnson East Carolina Pirates 4.24
18 Taylor Mays USC 4.24
19 Marquis Goodwin Texas Longhorns 4.25
20 Tavon Austin West Virginia 4.25
21 Steve Williams California 4.25
22 Ike Taylor Pittsburgh Steelers 4.25
23 Randy Moss Marshall University 4.25
24 Michael Vick Virginia Tech Hokies 4.25
25 Jerome Mathis Hampton 4.25
26 Sam Shields University of Miami (Packers) 4.25
27 Dri Archer Kent St. 4.26    added  2/26/14
28 Devin Hester University of Miami 4.27
29 Darren McFadden Arkansas Razorbacks 4.27
30 James Jett West Virginia 4.27
31 Jacoby Ford Clemson Tigers 4.27
32 Trindon Holliday LSU 4.27
33 DeMarcus Van Dyke University of Miami 4.28
34 Kevin Williams University of Miami 4.28
35 Champ Bailey Georgia Bulldogs 4.28
36 CJ Spiller Clemson Tigers 4.28
37 Raghib Ismail Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4.28
38 Walter Sutton SW Minnesota St. 4.28
39 Rod Woodson Purdue Boilermakers 4.28
40 Standord Routt University of Houston (2005) 4.29
41 Fabian Washington Nebraska Cornhuskers 4.29
42 Laveranues Coles Florida St. Seminoles 4.29
43 James Williams Fresno St. 4.29
44 Gaston Green UCLA 4.29
45 Johnny Knox Abiliene Christian (Chi. Bears) 4.29


Note Updated 1/11/12:
Three new additions to the list.  Clayton Holmes as prompted by a visitor named Kane who reminded me about the speedster front the Cowboys.  After some research I was satisfied that he did indeed run a 4.23 forty yard dash during him time with the Cowboys.  The other two additions came from an interview I happened to view from Tom Shaw who has trained some of the fastest men that have ever played and continue to play in the NFL.  Ike Taylor of the Steelers who Shaw says ran a 4.25 coming into the NFL.  Shaw also said Taylor once ran a 4.18 but I will stick with the 4.25 run before pro scouts.   Shaw also mentioned how Rod Woodson ran a 4.28 at the NFL combine.  I don’t know how that fact escaped me but it has escaped me no longer.  So three new additions.

Note Updated 2/26/14:  While the 2013 combine added four new members to our list, 2014 was not as generous. Kent St.’s Dri Archer was the only member of this year’s combine to go sub 4.3 and thus get added to the list.  Archer listed at 5’7 3/4″ completed his dash in 18 steps which equals 6’5″ Calvin Johnson’s mark for the fewest amount of steps for the 40 yard dash at the combine.  That is truly amazing power in his strides. With Archer, the list now grows to 45 in total.

Note Updated 2/25/13: 2013 Combine has done well to add to our growing list. First Tavon Austin blazed up the Indy track with an effort-less 4.25.  Then Texas WR Marquis Goodwin refused to be outdone and posted up his own 4.25.  Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb made them both sit down with his hand timed 4.21.  Only Goodwin remained under 4.3 when the official times released as he ended up with 4.27.  McCalebb and Austin both ended up with 4.34 official 40 times.  I do count hand times for this list so all three make it.

Note Updated 3/05/13: Added Steve Williams from California who ran an unofficial 4.25 at the combine. Also added former Northern Iowa WR Terrell Sinkfield who ran a 4.19 at Minnesota U’s Pro Day on 3/04/13.  Here’s an article discussing Sinkfield’s run.

Notes Updated 3/05/11: Two new additions to the list.  I added the 4.20 forty yard dash that I witnessed Henry Neal run at a Dolphin tryout in 1996.  I remember it well because I had to run my 40 after his.  My 4.44 clocking seemed pedestrian after Henry mowed the lawn for the scouts.  Neal was not a football player but a track star that was well put together.  He was 5’9″ 177  of all muscle.  Perhaps some Dolphin scout saw him on his travels and flew him in for the workout.

The other addition is Walter Sutton.  I was reminded of this by an ex-Miami teammate of mind named Kelvin Harris who resides from the Fort Myers area that Walter Sutton also came from.  Sutton was drafted in the 4th round in 1991 by the Atlanta Falcons.  Sutton unfortunately was not able to start his NFL career because he was prosecuted on a drug dealing charge.  Sutton attended SW Minnesota St. and the best way to get drafted that high out of a school that size is to have speed and Walter did clocking a 4.28 forty for the Falcons in a pre draft workout.

Notes Updated 3/02/11: DeMarcus Van Dyke is the latest addition to the list after clocking a 4.28 at the NFL combine.  That’s about as legit as it gets.  Van Dyke is the 4th Miami Hurricane to make the list.

Notes Updated 1/24/11: Foolish me for not updating this sooner with Sam Shield’s 40 time since I witnessed it myself on his pro timing day last spring.  While I still had my mouth open from his 11’3″ broad jump where he seemingly got stuck in the air,  I watch Shields go out and chew up the first 40 yards like a 6 year old chews up a pack of bubbilicious.  He then smoothly coasted through the 2nd twenty and had scouts huddling up like they were calling a play on 4th and 1.   There were times all over the place ranging from 4.30 to 4.22 but the one most heard was 4.25 so that’s what I went with.  Johnny Knox is also deserving to be on this list. Knox, from the Bears, ran a 4.34 at the combine when he was coming out but he also ran on his pro timing day and there are may reports that put his time in the 4.26-4.29 range.  4.29 is what I have heard the most,  so that is what I went with.

Notes Updated: 3/04/10: USC’s Taylor Mays has been added to the list with his unofficial 4.24 at the NFL Combine.  Eventhough his official time was a 4.43,  I must include Mays’ time since several of the times on the list are hand times just like his.  Pretty amazing given Mays size (6’3″, 230 lbs.).  I may say that’s outside of Bo Jackson’s time,  Mays’ may be the most impressive when you take in the size factor.  Trindon Holliday has also been added for his unofficial 4.27 run at the combine on 3/01/10.

Notes Updated 3/01/10: Clemson’s Jacoby Ford and CJ Spiller were added to the list today.  Ford’s time at the Indianapolis NFL combine was a 4.27 unofficially and 4.28 officially.  CJ Spiller’s unofficial time was also a 4.28 but his official time ended up being a 4.37.  I am taking the 4.28 because there are many times on this list that are unofficial hand times.  Any way you look at it,  CJ Spiller can fly.

Notes Updated 1/04/09: Who knew this article would become so popular.  This has ended up being one of the most popular sports articles on the Internet since I wrote.  Just goes to show how much of a hot topic 40 yard dash times are.  I have received so many comments and emails about 40 yard dash times.  Please understand this 40 yard dash list is an “official” list meaning the times on it can be verified.  I am sure there have been some sub 4.3′s run out there but they have been done in a way that can not be verified.  There are a 100 stories about some boy name “D-Rock” who ran a 4.17 with some high tops on at lunch time on the grass field.  I can’t put those times on there.  There are even times that may be closer to official that I won’t even include.  For instance,  anyone who has seen C.J. Spiller or Jacoby Ford from Clemson or Trindon Holliday from LSU run could guess that these guys probably run sub 4.3 forty’s.  I am sure they have probably run them for some coach or strength and conditioning guy.  In fact,  Ford is said to have run a 4.26 at Clemson.  Holliday’s high school coach claims he ran a 4.27 but I am suspicious of high school forty yard dash times.  I need to tell you that up front.  Spiller has an alleged low time of 4.28.  However,  he also has a high time of 4.47.  On situations like that,  I will just wait to see what they run at the combine or in their private NFL workouts.  Sometimes,  they don’t hit the times you expect them to hit.

NOTE: Some of the times listed above may have been run on a track with spikes on. In cases where I know that to be true, those players are excluded from this list. Football is not played on a synthetic rubber surface with track spikes on. DeAngelo Hall’s reported 4.15 on Virginia Tech’s indoor track when he was a junior in college would be an example of that.

Is there someone missing from the list? Comment on this article with name and the time. I will check it out and add it if research dictates that it should be there. Comment on this article.


Top Under The Radar Recruits Still Uncommitted for 2014

It’s the mad rush known as the final three weeks of the college football recruiting season leading up to National Signing Day on February 5th. While the focus has been on where the top players in the country are going to end up. There are a number of top high school football players who are still looking for a home for their talents. Here are some of great football players that can come in and help college football programs across the country. Click the link for their highlight videos.

Athlete Commited School
LaJuan Hunt – 2014 RB – University School – 5’9″ 188 yes Utah St.
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/977556/highlights/108474376
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Andrew Korakakos-2014–LB – University School – 5’10 218 LBs
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/2041942/highlights/108795378
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Kaylan Striggles–2014 LB/DE –University School – 6’2″ 225 Lbs
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/2041977/highlights/108578377
Denzel Hatcher – 2014 LB – St. Thomas Aquinas HS – 5’11″ 210 lbs. no -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJR2ZA9QjnA
Albert Smalls – 2014 – DB – Miami Pace HS – 6’2″ 190 lbs. yes N. Illinois
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2185064/highlights/101723414?autoplay=1
Crispen Lee – 2014 – CB – Flanagan HS – 6’1″ 165 lbs. no -
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/794593/highlights/101607395?autoplay=1
Malik Kearse – 2014 – CB – Miami Pace HS – 6’1″ 165 lbs no -
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/2168467/highlights/118789383
Dyantre Colston – 2014 – WR – Bellview HS – 6’3″ 190 lbs. no -
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/1878127/highlights/61078375
Craig Riche – 2014 – RB – Bellview HS – 5’9″ 160 lbs. no -
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/1121534/highlights/63099385
Ben Jones – 2014 – OL – Bellview HS – 6’7″ 255 lbs. no -
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/1121558/highlights/61207379
Stanley Barnwell – 2014 – DB – Miami Pace HS – 6’1″ 195 lbs. no -
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/2168459/highlights/68816375 
Gregory Howell – 2014 – RB – Coral Gables HS – 6’1″ 200 lbs. yes FAU
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3198870/highlights/68443375?autoplay=1 
Cameron Rigby – 2014 – RB – Miramar HS – 5’8″ 170 lbs. yes Bethune Cookman
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1863774/highlights/108812378?autoplay=1 
Emmanuel Shittu – 2014 – ATH – Travis HS – 6’3″ 185 lbs. no -
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3324957/highlights/96559377
Dallas Perez–2014–WR – American Heritage HS – 5’9″ 170 lbs. no -
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/93775/highlights/118011386 
Kyle Perez–2014–DB – American Heritage HS – 5’10″ 170 lbs. no -
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/2652242/highlights/118563383
Jarrett Morgan – 2014 – Cooper City HS – 5’10″ 175 lbs. no -
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2584459/highlights/94563398?autoplay=1 

 

 

Fit-Speed Looking to Make Impact in Athletic Performance

Athletics is big business nowadays and football is a big slice of the pie.  With more and more at stake with each season, workout and performance,  athletes are taking their training extremely serious these days.  Seizing on this newfound level of concern about athletic performance,  a number of sports specific training facilities are opening up across the country with a great deal of them making their home in South Florida.

Not to be outdone by any other establishment is Fit-Speed Athletic Performance in Weston, Florida started by Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and former F.A.S.T. employee and trainer Matt Gates. Gates and Marshall hooked up during Marshall’s college football days at Central Florida.  Marshall was looking to up his athletic profile.  He had God given size but wanted to increase his speed to become a total threat.  Marshall ran a 4.75 forty going into his senior season at Central Florida and was looking to shave that time down when he met Gates at Chris Carter’s F.A.S.T program.  After just one month of working with Gates,  Marshall lowered his time to a 4.47.   The two have been partners in success ever since.

Marshall’s career has taken off in the NFL and a lot of it is due to his athletic training with Gates.  With that in mind,  the two partnered in a business venture called Fit-Speed Athletic Performance and set up shop in Weston, Florida.  Fit-Speed started off as a facility where Brandon and some of his teammates came and got in quality work with Matt and the staff.  Over time,  college, high school and now even youth athletes have discovered the excellence going on at Fit-Speed.  Former Bengals, Patriots and Dolphins wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco works out at the facility as he tries to stay in shape for a possible return to the NFL.

Marshall also spends time mentoring some of the younger athletes during the off-season to make sure they don’t collide with some of the pitfalls of being a potential professional athlete.  So athletes working with Fit-Speed not only getting quality athletic training they get some important life lessons as well.  With all of this available it seems that any athlete looking seriously to raise their game to the next level would do well to contact Fit-Speed today by either visiting their website Fit-Speed.com or giving them a call right now at (954) 656-4047

GridironStuds Show Football Picks Week 6

Here are the picks as delivered by hosts Chad Wilson and Emil Calomino during the Football Friday broadcast of The GridironStuds Show on BlogTalkRadio.  You can listen to the 2 hour Football Friday broadcast in which high school, college and NFL football was covered by clicking on the following link: GridironStuds Show 10/4/13 – click here

Current Records

vs. the spread 

College Football

Chad: 10-4-1
Emil: 8-6-1

NFL Football

Chad: 5-5-2
Emil: 3-9

College Football Picks
Chad’s Picks Emil’s Picks
STANFORD (-8.5) over Washington TCU (+10.5) over Oklahoma
Notre Dame (+6) over Arizona St. Washington (+8.5) over STANFORD
Penn St. (-3.5) over INDIANA BAYLOR (-28.5) over West Virginia
NFL Football Picks
Chad’s Picks Emil’s Picks
Baltimore (+3) over MIAMI CHICAGO (+1) over New Orleans
ST. LOUIS (-11.5) over Jacksonville CINCINNATI (+1) over New England
Houston (+6) over SAN FRANCISCO DALLAS (+9) over Denver

NFL Coaches and More Making Use of FirstDown Playbook

So you are not a NFL coach.  Hell,  you aren’t even a college football coach but if I told you that you have access to a product that is used by NFL and college coaches alike  and they love it,  would you want to use it?  Well that product is here.

First Down Playbook has been taking over the coaching ranks by storm.  Coaches from the NFL, college, high school and youth football levels are all making the move to download this innovative program and make it a part of their coaching tools.  Simply put,  the First Down Playbook App gives you access to 1,000′s of the best offensive plays available for all levels from youth to the NFL and even flag football.  It’s also an outstanding too for organizing your plays in one place.

Don’t just take my word for it,  here are some of the thoughts from some of the NFL coaches that use it:

 

For more information on the First Down Playbook or to order visit FirstdownApp.com

 


GridIronStuds Show Picks: Week 3

Chad Wilson and Emil Calomino previewed this week’s college and NFL action on Friday’s GridironStuds Show including giving our their top picks.  Here’s what they went with this week.

Records:

College Football

Chad Wilson:  5-1
Emil Calomino : 4-2

NFL:

Chad Wilson: 1-1-1
Emil Calomino: 0-3

Week 3 Football Picks
Chad – College Football
LOUISVILLE (-15.5) over Kentucky
Notre Dame (-21) over PURDUE
Wisconsin (+6) over ARIZONA ST.
Chad – NFL
Miami (+3) over INDIANAPOLIS
Carolina (-3) over BUFFALO
Washington (+7.5) over GREEN BAY
Emil – College Football
UCLA (+3.5) over NEBRASKA
OREGON (-28.5) over Tennessee
Ucf (+6) over PENN ST.
Emil – NFL
Dallas (+3) over KANSAS CITY
TAMPA BAY (+4) over New Orleans
NY GIANTS (+5.5) over Denver

 


Gridironstuds.com Play of the Week 9/09/13: Sponsored by FirstDown Playbook

BLUNT PLAY ZONE IT
By: Charlie Coiner – CEOFirst Down Playbook

Anyone who has taught or coached this play knows that there really is no playside or backside to it. The weak side zone play or Blunt as it is commonly referred can hit anywhere. In fact if you charted this play the ball hits back over to the Tight Ends’ side much more than it ever hits to the open end side. The play is designed to start weak and get the defense running before the ball carrier normally cuts and runs the ball directly over the original alignment of the Center. As the defense reacts to the initial footwork of the back and the defensive front fights to maintain their gap control the critical blocks often fall on the two Tight Ends cutting off the Defensive End and Sam LB.

When blocking an over defense the Center, Guard and Tackle are working to block the Shade, 3 technique and MLB.  The Tight Ends are left to zone block the Defensive End and SLB. The Tight Ends have some disadvantages. Size and often times leverage are two things that they must take into account as they attempt to zone block a Defensive End who is bigger and a stand up SLB who is normally a great athlete playing downhill to the ball. Well coached defensive linemen will also do a great job to get their hands on the blocker who is trying to get to the second level defender or they will penetrate upfield making the zone block almost impossible because the two Tight Ends are starting on different levels.

Zone blocking the backside still has it’s merits. As the Tight Ends attempt to cut off the two defenders the flow can work to their advantage if they stay on their blocks and just get some movement. If the Tight Ends will accelerate their feet at the end of their blocks it is very hard for the End or LB to get off of the block and tackle a hard charging RB who should be getting north south off of their blocks.

Zone It

http://youtu.be/0dGggJJ-fbg

 

BLUNT PLAY – MAN IT

However if the play is run enough times in a game then eventually the SLB is going to start flowing fast enough that it is going to be hard for the Y to give enough help to the F on the zone block AND get off on the SLB. The advantages that the Tight Ends have is that one of them is off of the line of scrimmage and can move in motion. This gives your F a chance to do several things. He can keep the defense on their toes up until the last split second before the ball is snapped because the defense does not know if he is going across the formation or not. The Wing can also stop at multiple spots when he begins to return to his original alignment. He can stop inside of the Y, he can motion back to the wing position or he can even motion back outside to an extended alignment. This is why it is important for the Wing to motion with a sense of urgency and also with a body demeanor that is constantly ready for the ball to be snapped.

Man It

http://youtu.be/gIrYnBUnpIo

 

 

As the video shows the man blocking scheme can also be executed without motion. the Y needs to aggressive on the Defensive End so that here is no penetration. The F will need to cheat back a little with his alignment so that he has a chance to fit up on the SLB. The F must also account for the flow of the SLB if he is to have a chance on this block. It is still essential that both players run their feet and finish their blocks.

You will notice that the QB and Strong Safety are also in red on the drawings. Regardless of what run play you call you will always be one player short if the defense plays eight defenders in the box. The QB can help offset this by giving the defense a hard naked fake after the handoff. This will make the Safety hesitate just enough to give the ball carrier a chance to get north south on the run before the Safety can get involved. Even if your QB is not a run threat he can hold the Safety with the threat of a two on one naked pass to one of the Tight Ends or the X on an over route.

For more help with football schemes and ideas for coaches and fans at all levels go to firstdownapp.com.