Archive for March, 2009
Latest Gridironstuds.com Member’s Recruiting Updates:
There’s been a rumor going around of late that Jeff Luc committed to Miami over the weekend. That is not true says the Jeff Luc camp. No commitments have been made and Luc continues to be wide open in the recruiting process and scheduled to take an unofficial visit to the University of Central Florida in the near future.
Springtown, Texas’ Clayton Cooper is receiving interest from Vanderbilt, OSU, Texas Tech, Missouri, Baylor, SMU and Texas A&M. The 6’1″ 180 lb. wide receiver is still awaiting his first offer but he’s receiving his strongest interest from Vanderbilt who he says is recruiting him pretty hard.
Ohio St. Edwards’ Latwan Anderson now has 11 offers from schools all across the midwest and east regions. The four star rated prospect has received interest from Penn St. and has spoken to the Buckeyes but is still awaiting offers from these two Big-10 heavyweights. For now Anderson continues with his track season and studies.
The Under Armour All American Game, which has quickly become a premier post season high school event, was blessed with four great commitments from Gridironstuds.com members this weekend.
Defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, linebacker Jeff Luc, wide receiver Chris Dunkley and linebacker William Gholston have all committed to play in the third annual All Star Game to be played on January 2, 2010. All four players are members of the Rivals Top 100 list. Joyner and Luc are also members of Scout.com’s Top 100 list. Othern notable commits are quarterbacks Blake Bell and Nick Montana, son of Hall of Famer Joe Montana. 41 members have committed to the game. For a complete list, go to: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/news/story?id=4014318
In a showdown of some of the top sprinters in Broward County, FL, Gridironstuds.com member DeMar Dorsey was upset by Deerfield Beach and Michigan bound senior Denard Robinson in the 100 meters. It took Robinson’s personal best to get it done as he blazed through the line at 10.44 seconds to take first in the event. Dorsey was second with a time of 10.60. Seven of the eight competitors in the event went under 11 seconds in the final.
Other Gridironstud members in the meet were St. Thomas Aquinas’ Cody Riggs who won the 300 meter hurdles with a Florida H.S. season best time of 37.28. Riggs is the defending state champ in the event. He also won the Long Jump with a mark of 23-05 and placed a close third in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.53. Everglade H.S. and Kansas St. bound senior Courtney Thompson won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.51.
Talk about fun to watch! You will be hard pressed to find sweeter feet than those that belong to Lucky Radley. The 5’10” junior from Agoura Hills High School in California makes one defender after another look really stupid on film. He’s a bar of soap, he’s shifty, he’s hard to catch and as rapper Lil Wayne says he’s mother%$# problem. The guy even has a Fan Club page on Facebook and he’s not the one who started it. What’s interesting is that Radley only has two scholarship offers (Arizona & San Diego St.) but he’s being recruited by teams as far away as the Florida Gators. Notre Dame, LSU, USC and UCLA all have shown interest so it’s only a matter of time before the offers come rolling in. For now, check out his video and get your popcorn ready: Lucky Radley Highlight video.
Chooses the Blue Devils over Other High Profile BCS Schools
By: Chad Wilson
Holding true to his word that academics were going to play the biggest part in his college decision, Woodberry Forest School, VA linebacker Aramide Olaniyan committed to the Duke Blue Devils while attending their junior day event this past weekend.
Olaniyan’s speed and strength combined with his play making ability attracted some of the biggest football factories in the nation. Top historical football schools like Michigan, Auburn, Tennessee and UCLA all offered scholarships to the 6’2″ prep star but he shunned them all in favor of Duke because of academics.
“I will either major in economics or political science,” said Olaniyan. “I have always wanted to be a lawyer.”
When faced with the offers that Olaniyan had, it is not typical for Duke to come out ahead. This is a testament to Olaniyan, his parental upbringing and the new energy infused into the Duke football program. Former Tennessee assistant David Cutcliffe is going the extra mile to make Duke a factor in the college football landscape. That’s good news for Olaniyan who hopes to get the best of both Worlds at Duke.
“”It would be great if we (Duke) could get some more great guys on board for next year,” said Olaniyan. With four commits already for the Duke 2010 class it appears that Olaniyan could be getting his wish.
Olaniyan may still take trips with some teammates out West to UCLA and Stanford but both he and his parents are still solid on a Duke education. Olaniyan has amassed 22 sacks from his linebacker spot over the last two seasons. He is 6’2″ 201 lbs, runs a 4.51 forty and reports a 495 lb. squat. Scout.com has him rated as a 4-star recruit.
Martin, Seastrunk, Joyner and Luc are Gridironstuds Ranked in Scout’s Top 10
Scout.com recently released their top 100 Prospect List for 2010 High School football graduates. A total of eight Gridironstuds.com members were present on the list with four of them making the the Top 10.
San Leandro California’s Chris Martin a defensive end at Bishop O’Dowd High School was the highest ranked Gridironstud.com member at #4. The 6’4″ 222 lb. playmaker is a Notre Dame commit and was ranked 12th on the Rivals.com list. Coming in at #7 was Lache Seastrunk, running back from Temple High School in Texas. Seastrunk earned a #2 ranking in the Rivals 100 list. His ability to make the explosive play has all the big schools chasing after him. Texas, USC, Miami, Florida, LSU and Oregon are just some of the many schools with offers on the table for Seastrunk’s services. Miami Florida defensive back Lamarcus Joyner ranked 8th on the Scout.com list. The 5’9″ junior transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas High School this spring and is juggling offers from a couple dozen schools. Ohio St., Florida St., Alabama, Georgia and Miami, FL. seem to be the front runners. Joyner earned a #7 ranking from the Rivals.com list. Port St. Lucie Linebacker Jeff Luc ranked 9th on the list after being ranked 10th on the rivals.com list. Luc has offers from coast to coast with Miami, USC, Florida St., Florida, Georgia and others making a run at him.
Here are the remaining Gridironstuds.com members that made the Scout.com Top 100 List:
#14: Jake Heaps – QB – Skyline H.S. – Issaquah, WA (5 Stars)
#44: Corey Lemonier – DE – Hialeah H.S. – Hialeah, FL (4 Stars)
#57: William Gholston – DE – Southeastern H.S. – Detroit, MI (4 stars)
#93: Chris Dunkley – WR – Royal Palm Beach H.S. – Royal Palm Beach, FL (4 Stars)
Other Gridironstuds.com in the Scout.com Rankings
Check out the complete Scout.com 100 list: click here.
Jeff Luc – LB – Port St. Lucie, FL
VS. Tyrrell Willis – RB – Murray Kentucky
In our first edition of “IN THE PIT” we have matched up two of the most physical players on the entire Gridironstuds.com website.
In one corner we have Jeff Luc out of Treasure Coast High School. Since landing on Gridironstuds.com in January, Luc has become legendary. His penchant for the big hit has made his video a must see on this site. Football fans from coast to coast have been stunned by his level of violence on the football field. His hits have been so hard that some have speculated that they may be fake (don’t know how you would do that but…). Nevertheless, let it be known, Jeff Luc will hit you and at 6’1″ 235 lbs, he is equipped to bring the pain. If somehow you were under a rock, locked up in prison or shipwrecked on the high seas and have not yet seen Luc’s film, you can look at it here: Jeff Luc’s highlight video.
In the other corner….
Tyrrell Willis may not be as well known as Jeff Luc but he brings the pain just the same. Rumor has it that defensive backs from schools slated to face Willis this season have transferred out of the area for what appears to be no apparent reason. At 6’2″ 255 lbs, Willis is a load. It’s not just Willis’ size that causes a defense problems it’s the way he carries it. Willis moves well for a guy his size (reported 4.65 forty yard dash) and like Luc, plays with an attitude. When Willis has the ball, Newton’s Laws of motion are in full effect. Watch Tyrrell Willis’ highlight video.
So, what would happen if the unstoppable force (Jeff Luc) faced the immovable object (Tyrrell Willis) full speed at the line of scrimmage? Who would win that matchup? “In the Pit” wants to know. Tell us now, CLICK HERE.
Today’s Video of the Day comes from Apopka, Florida and Apopka High School. Hailing from the same high school as former standout NFL performer Warren Sapp, Lo Wood has continued on the great football tradition at Apopka High School by making plays all over the field at his defensive back position. Wood has drawn a lot of interest from top schools around the country for his football exploits and holds more than a dozen offers from Division I schools. Among the many suitors for Wood’s services are Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford, Georgia Tech and NC State. Watch Wood make plays at defensive back and on special teams where he is also a standout performer. View Lo Wood’s highlight video.
Much has been written in this blog about 40 yard dash times. We have seen the times run by guys across the country, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2. How do guys run that fast? The guys at completespeedtraining.com can show you how. Many people get all caught up in the workouts that you need to do to run faster but few people spend time examining the technical aspects of running fast. This is where more time should be spent. Many athletes think they know how to run and figure all they need to do is lift more weights and run more sprints and they will magically run a 4.3 forty. This is not the case.
There’s a technical aspect to running fast. How the arms should move, where the foot should land. The angles you need to come out at in your sprints, etc. The guys at completespeedtraining.com can help you with that. They have plenty of manuals with great information that will make you a faster athlete. Before you invest $100’s and $1,000’s in equipment and training, check them out and make an investment into their information. It may be all you need. Visit them today and get a copy of their speed manual. As it says, it’s all you need to know about speed and running a faster 40 yard dash.
If you believe combine 40 times in high school then the fastest football player in the country is Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson High School’s Demar Dorsey who clocked a 4.25 at the Under Armour Orlando combine in February. The 6’2″ 180 lb. junior has committed to the University of Florida. Posting the 2nd fastest time was Dunnellon High School running back prospect Angelo Cabrera who put up a 4.30 at the Orlando Under Armour combine. Coming in third and fourth were a couple of Robey’s. Angelo Robey out of Norristown H.S. in Pennsylvania put up a 4.33 at the Philadelphia Nike Combine and Nickel Robey out of Frostproof H.S. in Florida put up a 4.34 at the Orlando Under Armour Combine.
Here are the top times and performances from all of the Under Armour Combines to date:
(courtesty of ESPN.com)
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