Rumors and Wires: Week of June 29

July 2nd

St. Mary’s Prep H.S. (Michigan) safety and member Earnest Thomas has chosen UCLA over Stanford, Illinois, Wisconsin, Penn St., Missouri and Louisville.

Big time running back Harding H.S. (Indiana) recruit Roderick Smith has committed to Ohio St.  over Michigan, Iowa and Michigan St.

June 30th member Cody Riggs (St. Thomas Aquinas H.S., Florida) is closer to making a decision. Notre Dame, Georgia, Tennessee are the front runners. More on this later.

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Oh Yes, It’s True… Tennessee Football Secures Commitment from 13 Year Old

Once again, Lane Kiffin and the Tennesse Volunteers have remained relevant and in the news. I reported on their inordinate amount of offers out to 2010 prospects and now Kiffin and Co. are the first to go out and secure a commitment for, get this, Class of 2013.

Yes, you heard me, the Tennessee Volunteers have nailed down a commitment from a 13 year old. Now before you go willy nilly on Lane Kiffin, I am going to give some blame to the media on this one (I guess that’s going to involve me too!). I am sure there are many 13 year olds in the country that think they have a firm idea as to where they want to play college football. However, I am sure that this particular 13 year old’s declaration has been made public because it’s Tennessee and makes for a good news story. Kiffin gets some blame here because he wanted an atmosphere where the Vols are constantly on the tip of everyone’s tongue and by golly, that’s what he’s getting.

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6-30: Video of the Day: LB Michael Carlisle – Jonesboro H.S. (Georgia)

Dr. Dre cranked out one of the best rap flows in history with “Keep Their Heads Ringin”, Michael Carlisle has made that his motto. Playing against Jonesboro H.S. in 2009? Take 2 aspirin before the game, because Carlisle’s out there…. you’ll thank me later. The first clip on his highlight video is a car wreck. It’s the reason some kids just don’t come out for football in high school. It doesn’t stop there. Carlisle patrols around the field checking head gear and chin straps. He gets to the ball in a hurry and does things when he gets there. A very impressive piece of prep linebacker video. Carlisle totaled 125 tackles as a junior in 2008. He has received interest from a lot of major division I schools but is only holding offers from Mississippi St., Toledo, Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee St. There’s no doubt more school will follow with their offers. View Michael Carlisle’s video.

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Rumors and Wires: Week of June 22nd

Rumors and Wires

June 26

Apopka H.S. cornerback and member Lo Wood has chosen Notre Dame as his school. Wood also has offers from Michigan, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, North Carolina St., Central Florida and Stanford.

Gulliver Prep H.S. (Miami) Quarterback Marc Strauss has committed to Tulane.

USC has offered Lakewood H.S. (California) and member Jesse Scroggins.  Scroggins has offers from all over the country including Florida,  Arizona St., North Carolina, LSU and,  wait for it….  wait for it….  Tennessee!

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Randy Shannon Football Camp Video

Thanks to Tyler Mugar of Melbourne High School (Florida) for posting video of the Randy Shannon football camp. Tyler has good reason for being on video. He tore the camp up and surprised a lot of people. Mugar is an undersized cornerback / wide receiver that would lead people to ignore him in this setting. Once the whistle blew, there was no ignoring Mugar and his skills.

To begin with, Mugar ripped off a high 4.4, low 4.5 forty yard dash. He bounced around the 3 cone and shuttle drills like a super ball out of one of those gumball machines at the Supermarket. Mugar’s athleticism transferred to 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills as he stuck to receivers like gum on a shoe. Mugar competed well and not only that, hung right in there with some of the top athletes in talent rich South Florida.

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Terry Hanratty Camp Recap

Despite the weather, the Terry Hanratty camp was a great success on June 14th at Montclair University in New Jersey. It was a rain soaked weekend but several hard working future college football players ignored the elements and displayed their talents. Hanratty received a lot of compliments for his work with the players, teaching style and organization of the event run in conjunction with Mike Fenske of

Below are a list of just some of the athletes that made a strong impact and put themselves on the radar of Division I, I-AA and Division-II coaches. The camp staff sent information on the camp out to several college football programs.

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