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4-29: Video of the Day: Josh Shirley LB – Fontana, CA

April 29th, 2009

Today’s video of the Day comes from Fontana, California and Kaiser High School.  If you are a quarterback and you have played against Josh Shirley you got your ass sacked in the game.  Mr. Shirley will find you the way those people kept finding Will Smith in the movie “Enemy of the State”.  Shirley bursts off the line on the snap and seems rather unblockable.   If you aren’t going to get the ball off fast then get ready to give a weather report because you will be flat on your back.  The 6’3″ 225 lb. linebacker racked up 17 sacks and 123 tackles in 2008.    The entire Pac-10 is on his trail and he has received interest from as far away as Tennessee.  There will be more coming his way,  that’s for sure.  The video is another find production by Stephen Thomas of Under the Radar Productions.  He does great work.  If you are in the Southern California area and you are looking to have a football highlight video made,  that’s the man to reach.  Contact me if you are need of his services.  Watch Josh Shirley’s highlight video.


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What’s In a Wonderlich?

April 26th, 2009

By: Chad Wilson – editor – Gridironstuds.com

When it comes to the NFL draft, obviously the 40 yard dash is the test that gets talked about the most. However, in recent years, there has been much discussion about another test and it’s the Wonderlich test.

In 2006, the big discussion was about a reported score of six on the Wonderlich test turned in by then University of Texas draft hopeful Vince Young. In the end, it turned out that Young had a score of 16 on the test. Some have tried to draw parallels to quarterback performance and intelligence. There’s still more data needed to come to a conclusion on that topic.

Some notable historical high scores on the Wonderlich test for QB’s: Drew Henson (42), Alex Smith (40), Eli Manning (39), Brian Griese (39), Tony Romo (37), Drew Bledsoe (36), Tom Brady (33), Troy Aikman (29), Peyton Manning (28), Ryan Leaf (27), Ben Rothliesberger (25), Brett Favre (22)

Some notable historical low scores on the Wonderlich test for QB’s: Tavaris Jackson (19), Derek Anderson (19), Vince Young (16), Dan Marino (15), Terry Bradshaw (15), Donovan McNabb (14), Jeff George (10).

According to the Wonderlich people, a score of 20 is consider average.

People are also under the assumption that the Wonderlich test is a test created by and only used by the National Football League. That is not the case. There are many companies that use the test on applicants as a measure of their basic intelligence. Below is a table showing the average scores of people by profession in comparison to scores by NFL players according to position.

Scores by Occupation Scores by NFL position
Chemist – 31 Offensive tackle – 26
Programmer – 29 Center – 25
Journalist – 26 Quarterback – 24
Sales – 24 Guard – 23
Bank Teller – 22 Tight end – 22
Clerical worker – 21 Safety – 19
Security guard – 17 Linebacker – 19
Warehouse – 15 Cornerback – 18
Wide Receiver – 17
Fullback – 17
Halfback – 16

The test consists of 50 questions. Players are given 12 minutes to complete the test and are scores are usually published with the amount of questions answered correctly. So a score of 31, means the individual had 31 correct answers out of 50.

So what prospective NFL player scored the highest ever on the Wonderlich test? Accoring to published reports, the honor goes to Pat McInally a former punter and wide receiver who attended Harvard and played 10 seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals (1976-1985). McInally posted the only confirmed 50 score on the Wonderlich which is a perfect score for the test.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis is the current active player with the highest Wonderlich score at 48.

Out of the 2009 NFL draft class, the list below shows the highest and lowest scores of 2009 draftees:

High and Low Wonderlich Scores of 2009 Draftees
Highest Lowest
Quarterbacks
Mike Riley (C. Washington) – 38 Rudy Carpenter (ASU) – 18
Stephen McGee (Tex A&M) – 35
Matt Stafford (UGA) – 35
Running backs
Glenn Coffee (Ala) – 27 Jeremiah Johnson (Ore) – 9
Tight Ends
James Casey (Rice) – 35 Bear Pascoe (Fresno) – 14
Wide Receiver
Tiquan Underwood (Rutgers) – 38 Marco Mitchell (Nevada) -9
Offensive Line
A.Q. Shipley (Penn St.) – 40 Robert Brewster (BallSt.) – 11
Greg Isdaner (WVU) – 38
Defensive Line
Larry English (N.Ill) – 34 Peria Jerry (Miss.) – 10
Darryl Richard (G.T.) – 33
Linebackers
Gerald McRath (S. Miss.) – 32 Jasper Brinkley (S. Car.) – 13
DeAndre Levy (Wisc.) – 31
Defensive Backs
Kevin Barnes (Mizou) – 41 Joe Brunett (UCF) -12
Vontae Davis (ILL) – 33 Macho Harris (Va Tech) – 12
DeAngelo Smith (Cin) – 12
Kickers
Tim Masthay (Ken) – 31 Jose Martinez (Utep) – 17
Louie Sakoda (Utah) – 31

To get a complete list of 2009 NFL Wonderlich scores, go to Pro Football Weekly’s Wonderlich article, click here.


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Wires and Rumors

April 23rd, 2009

From the Rumor and Wires….

April 25, 2009

Nick Montana not attending Ohio St. spring game.  Looks like Notre Dame front runner for Joe’s kid.

Gridironstuds.com member Cody Riggs will be attending Ohio St. Spring Game today along with his mate in the defensive backfield and Gridironstuds.com member Lamarcus Joyner.

Gridironstuds.com member Lynden Trail has been offered by USC.

Wayzata H.S. (Minnesota) LB A.J. Tarpley is in California this weekend visiting UCLA and Stanford.

Pleasant Grove H.S. (Utah) QB, Dallas Lloyd has been offered a scholarship by the University of Miami. Check out his highlight video.

April 23, 2009

Top 40 times at University of Miami’s testing on Wednesday

40-YARD DASH
1 Sam Shields 4.20
2 Brandon McGee 4.23
3 Graig Cooper, 4.37
4T Tommy Streeter 4.40
4T Ryan Hill 4.40

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#1 LB recruit in the nation Jeff Luc has enjoyed his visits to Miami, Florida and Florida St. but is not naming a leader or a top 5. Says USC is recruiting him hard and that he will make decision before December because he plans to graduate early and attend the school of his choice next spring.

April 22, 2009

Miami Northwestern cornerback Khalid Marshall has been offered by LSU.

James Potts (American Heritage, Delray) Florida has just received 3 new offers. The 5’11″ 190 lb. running back has received offers from Vanderbilt, Rutgers and Memphis.

Lamarcus Joyner was impressed with his weekend visits to Florida St. , Tennessee and Alabama. Reportedly a dead heat amongst those three schools and Ohio St. University of Miami recruiting him hard and still in the running, albeit outside of the top four.

April 21, 2009

Word is University of Miami’s Brandon McGee a top 2009 signee, who entered school early, clocked 40 times ranging from 4.19 to 4.26 during testing today. Needless to say this would be a record for Hurricane football.

Florida St. has offered Woodberry Forest, VA linebacker Aramide Olaniyan. As reported earlier, Olaniyan is a Duke Commit but this has not stopped Clemson and Florida St. from making their offers within the last week. I guess folks don’t have much respect for a Duke commit these days.

The University of Miami has made a scholarship offer to David Perry DE at University School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Perry also has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida St., Kentucky, Ole Miss, Oregon, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee and Central Florida.

The Greg Paulus college tour will make a stop in Syracuse.

Former high school #1 recruit Matt Barkley has surpassed Mitch Mustain in reps at USC’s spring practice.

USC is the latest school to offer consensus #1 recruit Seantrel Henderson out of Minnesota. The ridiculously big 6’8″305 Henderson now has over 30 offers. Henderson’s USC offer came over the phone directly from head coach Pete Carroll. Many feel that Minnesota has a legit shot at landing this top prospect.

Former University of Miami quarterback Robert Mavre has announced his final 5 of teams he’s considering transferring to. After recently dropping Michigan and UCLA from the list, he has announced that the final 5 teams are: Nebraska, Texas Tech, Purdue, Arizona St. and South Florida.

April 20, 2009

Despite being an Oklahoma St. commit, Sand Springs, Oklahoma QB, Johnny Deaton has just been offered a scholarship from Kansas St. Deaton passed for 1874 (11 tds) and rushed for 1,665 (19t tds) in leading Charles Page high school last year.

Good news for WVU fans. Quote from Ohio Safety and Gridironstuds.com member Latwan Anderson ” in love with west virginia cant wait to go back I love that place.”

April 19, 2009

Recruits reported to have been at the University of Florida Spring game on Saturday. Matt Elam, Demar Dorsey, Gerald Christian, Quinton Dunbar, Ted Meline, Ivan McCartney, Gideo Ajagbe, Travis Bell, Richard Ash, James Louis, Brandon Linder, Gio Bernard, Vinnie Mauro, Kembrell Thompkins.

Rumors are that Demar Dorsey has eased off of Gator commit because of the depth in the secondary, playing time concerns and the recent commitment of Jaylen Watkins to Gators.

April 18, 2009

Highly recruited Skyline High School (Washington) QB and Gridironstuds.com member Jake Heaps has named his top 5 schools Scout.com is reporting. His five, in no particular order are BYU, California, LSU, Tennessee and Washington. Heaps is expected to make his college choice some time in the summer.

North Broward Prep High School (Florida) RB and Oregon commit Ethan Grant has been offered a scholarship by Wisconsin.


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Gridironstuds.com Motivates Kentucky’s Tyrrell Willis

April 22nd, 2009

By: Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridironstuds.com

Whoops. It seems we got someone fired up. Murray, Kentucky running back, defensive lineman and all everything GRIDIRONSTUD Tyrrell Willis was just moving along,  minding his business. That is until he came across our March 23 “IN THE PIT” segment.

Willis was placed IN THE PIT against #1 linebacker and head cracka in the nation Jeff Luc. It seems that Willis read the first comment posted on the segment which said that Willis would be the loser. According to a MurrayLedger.com story printed today, Willis didn’t take too kindly to it and has resorted to getting up at 5:30 A.M. in the morning to lift weights and get ….. GULP even bigger! As if 6’2″ 255 lbs. moving at 4.65 speed is not enough of a destructive force, Gridironstuds.com has probably contributed to some kind of felony being committed against some innocent Calloway County High School opponent this year. Willis is now on a mission and he will take it out on some linebacker or defensive back who foolishly decides to get in his way. From watching the film, I can compare stopping Willis to impeding the momentum of a grand piano on a decent down a boulevard in the city of San Francisco.

To Calloway County High School opponents this year, all I can say is…… “I sorry!” You can read the entire story about Tyrrell Willis’ newfound motivation at the MurrayLedger.com, click here.


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IN THE PIT: WR – Chris Dunkley vs. CB – Latwan Anderson

April 22nd, 2009

Chris Dunkley – WR – Royal Palm Bay, FL

VS. Latwan Anderson – CB – Lakewood, Oh

In our second edition of “IN THE PIT” we have matched up two of the best athletes in our Gridironstuds.com Database.

In one corner we have the highly recruited Chris Dunkley out of Royal Palm Bay High School in Royal Palm Bay, FL. There are no small plays with Dunkley. The routine play suddenly turns into a crowd on their feet and women screaming as Dunkley eats up the yardage. Blessed with game breaking speed and a thirst for the end zone, Dunkley found pay dirt 13 times last year and opened up a business where he was contracted to make defenders look stupid for free. At 5’11 169 he plays bigger than those numbers and runs a 4.43 forty but will that be enough…. View Chris Dunkley’s highlight video.

In the other corner…..

We have safety who could certainly play cornerback, Latwan Anderson. The recent transfer from St. Edwards High School to Glenville High School in Ohio, has made a name for himself. He boasts a 4.29 in the 40 and while we all hold high school 40 times with a degree of skepticism, Anderson makes a good case for it in his video. There are plenty of clips of him getting his hands on the ball and beating everyone to the endzone. He also shows some solid aggression. At 5’11″ 190 lbs., he’s bigger than Dunkley but is he quick enough to handle Dunkley’s shakes in a 1-on-1 situation?   Watch Latwan Anderson’s highlight video.

So, on a dark mid October Friday night in the Fall, if Anderson was assigned to follow wide receiver Dunkley around for 4 quarters from his cornerback spot, who would get the best of that battle? “In the Pit” wants to know.  Tell us now, CLICK HERE.

As an interesting side note,  The University of Miami has offers on the table for both of these athletes so there is the small chance that this battle could play out on a daily basis in practice on the Hurricanes” campus in the future.


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Penn St. Video Really Sticks it to their Detractors

April 21st, 2009

If you comb the web, you will find many college football team tribute videos. Some are entertaining. Others are loaded with graphics and great tracks. Of all the ones I have had the pleasure of watching, this video is one of the best. I found it on YouTube posted by an individual that goes by the moniker Vinnymckee. He’s an obvious Penn St. football fan and apparently a pretty good producer too if he’s the one that put this video together.

The video takes Penn St.’s doubters to task with printed words and then video evidence to the contrary. Ron Mussleman, a writer for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette will probably throw up watching it as he was the #1 target in this video. Enjoy this…

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Miami Ranked #1 in the Nation….. Party School that Is.

April 20th, 2009

Well, it has been eight years since the University of Miami has won a national title but they were named #1 in the country on Friday by Playboy magazine as the nation’s top party school.

If you are of an academic mind, this distinction is not a bad thing. The magazine used five factors in putting out their rankings and those were campus life, sports, sex and academics. So it would seem that Playboy is indicating that although University of Miami students party hard, they also work hard too. It would seem that this is what we all strive to do and University of Miami has just been named the best at it by this well known magazine.

Determining the academic weighting for inclusion on this list, Playboy researchers used grade point averages, freshman retention and Princeton academic reviews. Combining that factor along with the previously named parts of this ranking spit out Miami as the top school. Here is Playboy’s Top 10 list of party schools:

(1) University of Miami
(2) University of Texas
(3) San Diego St. University
(4) University of Florida
(5) University of Arizona
(6) University of Wisconsin
(7) University of Georgia
(8) Louisiana State University (LSU)
(9) University of Iowa
(10) West Virginia University

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4-18: Video of the Day: Patrone Wood – RB – Concord, CA

April 18th, 2009

Today’s video of the Day comes from Concord California and Ygnacio High School in Concord. Watching Patrone Wood is pure entertainment. Watching opposing defenders try to tackle this 250 lb. (yeah right) swift moving mass of humanity will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Wood throws his weight around like rap star throws money around at a strip club. Defenders bounce off of him, get pushed down by him or flat out avoid him. Others hang on and get a free ride to the end zone. Wood racked up a ridiculouis 2,145 yards on the ground in 2008 and found the end zone 24 times. Watch Patrone Wood’s highlight video.


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Tribute to John Madden

April 16th, 2009

I first began watching football in 1979. Coincidentally, this was the first year that John Madden began broadcasting games on television. Over the next 30 years, he redefined the role of color commentator on television football broadcasts. He also revolutionized football video games when he loaned his name to the EA Sports creation bearing his name. Prior to that, Tecmo Bowl featuring it cookie cutter graphics and annoying music was the best gridiron entertainment fans could get out of a video game console. With Madden announcing his retirement today, I am posting this YouTube video that profiles Madden accomplishments as broadcaster and coach. How many Gridiron Studs do you think this guy has seen over the years?

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Wires and Rumors

April 16th, 2009

From the Rumor and Wires….

April 19, 2009

Recruits reported to have been at the University of Florida Spring game on Saturday. Matt Elam, Demar Dorsey, Gerald Christian, Quinton Dunbar, Ted Meline, Ivan McCartney, Gideo Ajagbe, Travis Bell, Richard Ash, James Louis, Brandon Linder, Gio Bernard, Vinnie Mauro, Kembrell Thompkins.

Rumors are that Demar Dorsey has eased off of Gator commit because of the depth in the secondary, playing time concerns and the recent commitment of Jaylen Watkins to Gators.

April 18, 2009

Highly recruited Skyline High School (Washington) QB and Gridironstuds.com member Jake Heaps has named his top 5 schools Scout.com is reporting. His five, in no particular order are BYU, California, LSU, Tennessee and Washington. Heaps is expected to make his college choice some time in the summer.

North Broward Prep High School (Florida) RB and Oregon commit Ethan Grant has been offered a scholarship by Wisconsin.

April 17, 2009

University of Miami landed commit from Terry Parker H.S.’s Tavadis Glenn. The Jacksonville, Florida prospect was being recruited by Arkansas, Florida, Florida St., Georgia and LSU.

Michigan landed a commit from Lake Region H.S. (Florida) safety Marvin Robinson. The 6’1″ 185 lb. prospect was also being recruited by Florida, Ohio St., South Florida, USC and UCLA.

Lamarcus Joyner had to skip Alabama trip this weekend for “family time”. Recently spent more time at Florida St. than originally planned. Reportedly enjoyed his visit.

April 16, 2009

Gainesville High School’s (Georgia) Tai-ler Jones is going to be a Stanford Cardinal. What a coup for Jim Harbaugh and his staff. They went down into Georgia and got themselves a playa! Kudos to them.

Miami Booker T. Washington High School’s top rated running back Eduardo Clements has apparently named his top 3 and they are as follows: (1) Georgia (2) Miami (3) Florida St.

New offer for Woodberry Forest, Virginia linebacker Aramide Olinayan from Clemson despite being a Duke commit.

April 15, 2009

Standout athlete, Tai-ler Jones from Gainesville High in Gainesville Georgia is set to announce his school of choice on tomorrow Thursday April 16th. Jones has offers from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio St. , UCLA, Stanford and more. Check back here on April 16th for his choice.

Highly recruited University School (Davie, FL) defensive end David Perry enjoyed his Spring Break trip to the University of Florida and has moved them to the top of his list. Perry also visited Central Florida and South Florida during Spring Break.

There’s a rumor floating around that Royal Palm Beach wide receiver Chris Dunkley has a silent verbal commitment to the University of Florida. How do these silent verbals work anyway? What do they do, give a head nod? Then again, there’s also the rumor that if Ohio St. offers him at their spring game which he allegedly will be attending, Dunkley will accept on the spot. Sounds like a Buckeye contrived rumor to me.

Recruits spotted at Notre Dame’s spring game last weekend: Kyle Prater, Corey Cooper, Spencer Boyd, Cody Riggs, Khairi Fortt, Zach FUlton, Lucky Radley, Laken Tomlinson, Tony Jefferson, Detric Riley, Dominic Easley, Dakota Roye.

SoFlaFootball.com reports 4 new offers this month for WR – Shawn Corker (Tennessee, Auburn, West Virginia and Oregon). Despite that, rumors persist that a commitment to the Texas Tech Raiders is coming any day now.

Tomahawknation.com is reporting that Boyd Anderson S Demar Dorsey may be reopening his recruitment after committing to Florida earlier this year.


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