Archive for July, 2009
Gridironstuds.com creator and owner Chad Wilson is featured on ProCanes.com, a website dedicated to former Miami Hurricane athletes and alumni. Wilson gave an indepth interview to the website and discussed a wide range of topics from how and why he started Gridironstuds.com, his early playing days, his path to the University of Miami, his playing days at the U and life after football.
ProCanes.com continues a “Tracking proCanes” feature in which they interview former Miami Hurricane athletes (mainly) football about several interesting things concerning the former players. Check out Part I of Wilson’s interview with the site: Click here to read the story.
Ohio Glenville High School safety Latwan Anderson is good and he’s not afraid to let you know. The speedster from Ted Ginn’s High School has gone on a mission this summer to prove the words in the headline of this story.
Some people go on fact finding missions, some people go on award tours, Anderson has been on a “prove it to you” expedition. The play making safety is brash and even cocky as some would describe but you have to say that this summer he has backed it up. The cherry on Anderson’s sundae came last week at the ESPN Gridiron Kings event at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. With a motherlode of top athletes and recruits competing at the event, Anderson shined from his safety position. Anderson used his track speed and instincts to nab 6 Int’s during the tournament (one for a 98 yard touchdown) and walked away with defensive MVP honors. If you didn’t know him when the summer began, you know who he is now.
“Not to sound cocky but if I’m not the best safety in the country, I can’t say who is, seriously” Anderson told me upon returning from the Gridiron Kings event.
After his performances, it’s not hard to see how he would not feel that way and it’s also hard to argue with him. Highly recruited safeties like Jonathan Dowling and Matt Elam were also at the Gridiron Kings event and neither put on the display that Anderson did.
“After watching the other safeties who are said to be better than me, I’ve come up with the fact that they are really just a little above average,” said Anderson.
“Take it how you want it, I am the best until proven wrong. I don’t care what these rankings say,” Anderson continued.
The Rankings are catching on to what Anderson is saying. In March, Rivals.com came out with their Top 100 rankings. Anderson at the time was rated the 66th prospect overall in the country. Fast forward to July and Anderson is sitting at #35. He’s also rated the #2 safety prospect in the country. Remarkably, Scout.com does not have Anderson ranked in the Top 100 and have somehow listed him as the 25th best safety in the country. Where have they been this summer?
Despite his new found climb up the ranks, Anderson’s list of top schools remains the same: West Virginia, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and Miami, FL. Anderson did camp at Michigan St. during the summer so I would not count them out down the road in this process. With Anderson’s recent performances, more schools may attempt to enter into the race but for now, West Virginia is his number one with the four others running the race.
Eventhough he was busy getting busy at the Gridiron Kings event, Anderson was not so blind as to not see who was doing their thing around him. Anderson was very impressed with Proviso West’s (Illinois) wide receiver Kyle Prater.
“He really is 6’5″ probably taller and he is a legit 4.4, 4.5 speed,” said Anderson. “That kid is sick, I can’t lie.”
Despite such a great report on Prater, Anderson says Dr. Phillip High School’s (Orlando) Kenny Shaw was the best receiver.
“Kenny Shaw from Florida, he was the best wide receiver to me by far,” Anderson said.
Anderson also gave Louisiana QB Munchie Legaux a lot of love saying that he had a rocket for an arm with accuracy. Video clips from the event back up Anderson’s summary of Legaux’s skills.
Despite all of the props, Anderson held his own against the wide outs which begged the question whether or not he would play cornerback in college, to which Anderson said this:
“I’m probably going to end up playing it anyway. They always say that I’m 5’10” or 5’11” but I’m actually 5’8 3/4″ and I don’t think I am getting any bigger. A lot of coaches have seen me cover and I think I can just take a wide receiver out of a game which I think I can also.”
With Anderson’s 10.9 speed in the 100, 21.73 speed in the 200 and reported 4.29 speed in the 40, he has the tools to get it done. You can make your own judgements on Anderson’s skill and performance this evening when ESPN airs the Gridiron Kings Event on ESPNU at 7 P.M. est. Tuesday.
Plenty of top names were on hand for the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament in Orlando’s Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex. As for who won the tournament, it was the Southeast team led by Miami Central quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey who hit Miramar (Florida) wide receiver Ivan McCartney for the game winning touchdown in the final with no time on the clock.
Below are some video clips of the event. Check out Godfrey, McCartney, Orlando wide receiver Kenny Shaw, Ohio safety Latwan Anderson, Florida TE Gerald Christian and more as they duke it out in the tournament.
Videos are courtesy of: highschoolplaybook.com
Vid Clip: Southeast vs. West
Gerald Christian’s 3 TDs. Kenny Shaw going deep on the defense. Christian Jones playing great D and more. Southeast won 32-0.
Vid Clip: Southeast v. Midwest
Godfrey hooking up with Gerlad Christian on several occasions. Latwan Anderson plucking one from Godfrey and blazing a trail to the end zone for about 98 yards. Midwest wins the game 30-22.
Vid Clip: Southeast v. Southwest
Godfrey finding a smooth Ivan McCartney in the endzone. Munchie Legaux showing off his cannon arm and pin point accuracy.
The Elite 11 QB camps took place last week at Soka University in Orange County, California. This was the 11th year of the Elite 11 QB camp and there were some great performances. Each Elite 11 QB camp, the counselors give out awards for different aspects of the camps and below, I have listed this year’s award winners. Gridironstuds.com member Jake Heaps was the overall camp MVP. Gridironstuds.com member Devin Gardner also took home several honors while Jesse Scroggins was voted most likely to win a BCS title. Scroggins has committed to USC.
2009 Elite 11 QB Camp Awards:
Golden Gun Accuracy Award: Tyler Bray
Best Feet: Devin Gardner
Most Likely To Play Early: Jake Heaps
Most Upside: Tyler Bray
Best Leader By Example: Nick Montana
Best Leader Vocally: Jake Heaps
Highest Football IQ: Jake Heaps
Best In The Classroom: Devin Gardner
Best Arm: Robert Bolden
Most Accuracy: Chandler Whitmer
Best In Any System: Nick Montana
Quickest Release: Robert Bolden
Most Improved: Nick Montana
Most likely to win BCS Title: Jesse Scroggins
Overall MVP – Jake Heaps
MVP Second – Tyler Bray
MVP Third – Chandler Whitmer
MVP Fourth – Nick Montana
MVP Fifth – Robert Bolden
The SouthEast team were the winners in the final game of the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament in Orlando this weekend. Miami Central’s Jeffrey Godfrey fired a pass to Miramar H.S. (Florida) WR Ivan McCartney with no time remaining for the 12-6 win over the West team. Gridironstuds.com member Latwan Anderson was named the Defensive MVP. Anderson played for the Midwest team which dealt the Southeast team their only loss in the tournament. The offensive MVP of the tournament was Palm Beach, Fla Dwyer H.S. tight end Gerald Christian.
University of Miami commit Tavadis Glenn was asked to leave the Florida Gators event “Friday Night Lights” after flashing a U Sign to stands.
Martin Luther King H.S. (Georgia) running back Mack Brown has committed to Florida. Brown is also being recruited by Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and Auburn.
Highly recruited LB and Gridironstuds.com member Jeff Luc has named a final four of Florida St., Florida, Georgia and LSU. Interestingly enough, the University of Miami was not named in Jeff’s top four. Many had considered him leaning towards the Hurricanes. Gators fans think he’s a Florida St. lean. Florida St. think he’s a Gator lean. I think Luc’s going to ride the process out as long as he can.
Highly sought after quarterback from Lakewood H.S. (California) and Gridironstuds.com member Jesse Scroggins has chosen USC. Scroggins was also considering Florida, LSU, Arizona and wait for it… wait for it… Tennessee. Look at Scroggins’ highlight video, click here.
A ton of top prospects expected to attend the University of Florida’s Friday Night Lights event. In attendance will be: Venice quarterback Trey Burton, Mobile (Ala.) Murphy receiver Solomon Patton, West Palm Beach Dwyer teammates Matt Elam and Gerald Christian, Bradenton Southeast defensive back Jon Dowling, Cape Coral athlete Jaylen Watkins, New Port Richey Gulf defensive lineman Leon Orr and Orange Park Fleming Island offensive lineman Ian Silberman, Moreno Valley (Cal.) Rancho Verde defensive end Ronald Powell, Lithonia (Ga.) King running back Mack Brown, Tampa Catholic athlete Christian Green, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast linebacker Jeff Luc, Hialeah defensive end Corey Lemonier, Miami Northwestern running back Corvin Lamb, Pahokee receiver Chris Dunkley, Philadelphia George Washington defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and Staten Island (NY) Curtis defensive lineman Dominique Easley. Also, Punta Gorda Charlotte running back Mike Bellamy, Davenport Ridge Community athlete Karlos Williams, DeLand running back Deaunte Saunders, Columbus (Ga.) Crowell running back Isiah Crowell, Tampa Jefferson receiver Andre Davis, Belle Glade Glades Central receiver/tight end Kelvin Benjamin, Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day quarterback Price Litton and Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline receiver Kasen Williams. Finally, Glades Day (Florida) running back Kelvin Taylor (son of former Gator Fred Taylor) will be at the event.
Byrnes H.S. (South Carolina) running back Marcus Lattimore has named his top 3 schools as Penn St., North Carolina and Oregon.
As expected, Opelika H.S. (Alabama) running back Corey Grant chose Alabama over Auburn and Florida. View Grants’s video here.
Cedar Park H.S. (Texas) defensive end Holmes Onwukaife has committed to Florida St. Onwukaife is also being recruited by UCLA, Baylor, Texas Tech, Michigan and Colorado.
Booker T. Washington H.S. (Georgia) wide receiver Antonio Goodwin has chosen Auburn over Alabama, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and wait for it, wait for it …… Tennessee.
JAKHARI GORE UPDATE: After going back and forth with whether or not the University of Miami accepted the commitment of Jakhari Gore or not, I have confirmed from what I consider to be an EXTREMELY reliable source that the University of Miami HAS NOT accepted Gore’s commitment and the Columbus H.S. (Florida) running back will be most likely playing somewhere other than for the Hurricanes in his college career.
Top rated Dr. Phillips H.S. (Florida) wide receiver Kenny Shaw has named Florida St. as his top school after taking part in their camp this past weekend. Shaw says Georgia, Bama, Tennessee, Florida and Ohio St. are also teams in the running for his services in 2010.
East Lake H.S. (California) athlete Tony Jefferson has committed to UCLA. Jefferson rushed for 1,328 yards and 28 touchdowns last season and also recorded 88 tackles with four sacks on defense. Jefferson is also being recruited by Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Georgia, Miami, Florida, USC and wait for it…. wait for it…. TENNESSEE. It was earlier reported the Jefferson dropped USC from his list and that UCLA was not even on his top school list. I guess this kids favorite play is “the end run”.
Highly recruited Southwest DeKalb (Georgia) defensive end T.J. Stripling has become the 18th commitment for the Georgia Bulldogs from the 2010 class.
Jeff Luc is amongst several other highly recruited prep stars including several Gridironstuds.com members competing in the Gridiron Kings event at Disney Wide World of Sports this week. Luc will be joined by fellow Gridironstuds.com members Aramide Olaniyan and Kyle Prater. A total of 64 players will take part in the event. The Gridiron Kings is a three-day event featuring players at the seven skill positions: quarterback, running back, tight end, wide receiver, linebacker, cornerback and safety. It culminates in 7-on-7 competitions Saturday
Reports are that the University of Miami has accepted the commitment of Columbus H.S. (Miami, FL) running back prospect Jakhari Gore (cousin of former Hurricane Frank Gore). It was reported earlier that UM told Gore that things were full when he attempted to commit. View Jakhari Gore’s highlight video.
Penn Hills H.S. (Pennsylvania) cornerback Cullen Christian maintains that Michigan is his #1 but he has planned official visits to West Virginia and UCLA along with Michigan for games this Fall. View Cullen Christian’s highlight video.
Ohio (Glenville H.S.) defensive back and Gridironstuds.com member Latwan Anderson has ascended from #74 rated prospect in the country to #35. Anderson is now also rated the #2 safety in the country. Anderson’s strong showing in a couple of camps this summer has led to this move up the list. Check out some of Anderson’s camp highlights, click here now.
Former Miami Hurricane quarterback Robert Marve has torn his ACL and will be out of practice at least until October. Marve has to sit out a year anyway but this injury prevents him from practicing and getting familiar with the offense and personnel at Purdue.
Frostproof H.S. (Florida) four star rated cornerback Nickell Robey has committed to the University of Georgia. Robey is also being recruited by Michigan, Ohio St., USF, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Clemson and Florida. Robey has rushed for over 3,100 yards and has picked off 13 passes over the last two seasons.
West Virginia still running in first place for Ohio safety and Gridironstuds.com member Latwan Anderson. “West Virginia is my favorite. I really like their coaches. I enjoy talking to them and I like the family environment with their players,” Anderson said. Anderson announced a top six last month of West Virginia, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, Miami and Michigan St. All but Michigan St. are recruiting him as a safety. Michigan St. likes him as a cornerback.
Top rated linebacker Jeff Luc landed on the Alabama Crimson Tide campus on Monday visiting the team, coaches and facility.
Provisio H.S. (Illinois) wide receiver and Gridironstuds.com member Kyle Prater has planned trip to Alabama before the start of the season. Prater has Alabama in his top 10. “What I like about Alabama is I love the SEC,” said Prater. “I love competition and they have it.”
Opelika H.S. (Alabama) running back and Gridironstuds.com member Corey Grant plans to announce his decision on Thursday. He has a final three of Alabama, Auburn and Florida. Some believe that Bama will be his choice.
Nature Coast Tech H.S. running back and Gridironstuds.com member Tevin Drake has listed a top 5 of Miami, Florida St., Georgia, Oregon and Ole Miss in that order. Says he’s still interested in hearing from other schools and that he won’t be making a decision any time soon.
Clive Walford, TE from Glades Central H.S. (Fl0rida) has committed to the University of Miami. Also being recruited by Purdue, FIU and Indiana.
East Lake H.S. (California) running back Tony Jefferson has dropped USC from his list and now has a top 5 of Penn St., Michigan, Notre Dame Oklahoma and Florida.
Byrnes H.S. (South Carolina) Defensive End Corey Miller has committed to Florida St. Miller is also being recruited by South Carolina, Miami, North Carolina, Georgia and… wait for it, wait for it…. Tennessee.
Douglass H.S. (Georgia) Defensive End, Garrison Smith has committed to Georgia. Smith is also being recruited by Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio St. and USC.
Dr. Phillips H.S. (Florida) wide receiver Kenny Shaw says he will not make a decision until the end of the season but says Florida St. is the current leader for his services.
By now you should know that Jeff Luc is a beast on the football field. There is much evidence that he will hit you if you are carrying the football around and when he hits you it’s with serious intent. You already know that he hunts down quarterbacks and makes them scream out like a chick in a horror flick. You are well aware that he will dig a running back’s feet out of the ground and lay him on his back like a Miami Beach tourist trying to get a sun tan. However, not many people expect a 6’1″ 240 lb. hulk of a teenager to get out and run around in coverage at a 7-on-7 tournament.
Oh yes, Jeff Luc can cover receivers too. He displayed that skill at the Nike Camp at the University of Miami earlier this year and has done so at several 7-on-7 events this off season. Luc, once again, put his athleticism on display for all to see at the recent Sling and Shoot 7-on-7 event at the University of South Florida.
Check out the video clips below courtesy of Rivals. They show Luc amongst others doing their thing at the tournament:
Last week’s Nike 7 on 7 tournament in Beaverton, Oregon hosted some of the best high school football talent in the country and the players did not disappoint.
In the legion of stars on the fields, none shined brighter than Miami Northwestern quarterback and Gridironstuds.com member Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater led his team Miami Vapor Trail to the overall championship with precision passing and great athleticism. Through five games, Bridgewater was 150-103 for 68% completion rate. He totaled 1,739 yards passing and threw 19 TD’s against only one interception. With that kind of performance there’s little wonder why Vapor Trail took home the trophy.
Other Gridironstuds.com members putting up strong performances were Jesse Scroggins QB Lakewood H.S. (California), fellow Lakewood standout DB Dion Bailey. Pahokee High School’s Chris Dunkley and DeJoshua Johnson. Bridgewater’s Miami Northwestern teammates Michaelee Harris and Khambrel McGee. DeSoto H.S. (Texas) cornerback Adrian White.
There really were some outstanding individual performances, plays and displays of athleticism in the tournament. You have to be amazed at the level of speed, strength and power of the high school football players today.
Check out some of the top plays from two days of the tournament:
Dunnellon H.S. (Florida) cornerback Terrence Brooks has committed to Florida St. Brooks is also being recruited by Florida, Miami, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Florida and UCF.
Columbus H.S. (Miami, FL) running back Jakhari Gore was turned down by Miami upon attempting to commit. Gore was told by Miami that they were full and could not accept his commitment. Gore was offered way back in September of 2008. Gore is the cousin of former Miami Hurricane and current San Francisco 49er Frank Gore.
The much anticipated matchup between Miami Northwestern and Pahokee that was scheduled for August 28th has been canceled. According to reports, there was a dispute between the two programs over where the game should take place plus there was rising tension between the two teams at a few meetings during the summer. FNF has more on this story, click here.
As expected, Cape Coral athlete Spencer Boyd committed to Notre Dame. Boyd is also being recruited by Miami, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and others.
Northwestern wins the 7-on-7 tournament at Oregon. Northwestern beat DeSoto Texas in the final. Northwestern quarterback and Gridironstuds.com member Teddy Bridgewater was named M.V.P. Threw for 400 yards and 5 touchdowns in the finale.
Westlake H.S. (Georgia) linebacker Michael Taylor reveals that his top two schools are Miami, Fla and LSU. Taylor is also being recuited by Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Mississippi, West Virginia and others.
Ball hawking safety and Gridironstuds.com member Dion Bailey (Lakewood, Ca) has committed to USC. He is also being recruited by Tennessee, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona St., California, Colorado, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon St.
Northwestern High School is currently 3-0 in the Nike 7-on-7 tournament in Oregon beating three impressive and well known programs. The Bulls defeated Serra High School (California), Byrnes High School (South Carolina) and Skyline High School (Dallas, Texas). Pahokee High School is 2-1 and still in the tournament.
Hollywood Hills H.S. cornerback and Gridironstuds.com member Tony Grimes says Michigan and Georgia are the two top teams on his list and that Michigan will be tough to beat. He also says he will wait until national signing day to announce what school he’s going to.
Cape Coral H.S. (Florida) athlete Spencer Boyd is expected to choose Notre Dame as his school on Friday. Boyd is also being recruited by North Carolina, Mississippi, Miami, Stanford, Duke and more.
The University of Miami has offered Pace H.S. (Miami) quarterback Stephen Morris. Morris is also being recruited by Purdue, Virginia, UCF, Northwestern, Central Michigan and FIU.
Trinity Catholic WR and Gridironstuds.com member Kadron Boone has named his Top Nine as the following: Texas Tech, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Clemson, Cincinnati, Miami and Notre Dame.
Top rated DeSoto High School OL, Evan Washington has committed to LSU. Washington is also being recruited by Auburn, Nebraska, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. and Baylor among many others.
Tulsa Central H.S. athlete DeMarco Cobbs has removed Texas and USC from his top schools list. His list now consists of, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Florida.
Penn St. has secured a commitment from highly recruited State College H.S. wide receiver Alex Kenney. Kenney is also being recruited by Pittsburgh, Purdue, Wake Forest, Stanford, Illinois and Northwestern among many others.
Evangelical Christian H.S. (Tennessee) tight end and Gridironstuds.com member Harrison Jones has a top three of Oklahoma, North Carolina and Alabama. In state program, Tennessee, interestingly enough, is not on his list.
San Clemente H.S. QB Chase Rettig has chosen Boston College. He is also being recruited by USC and Tennessee.
Camden Catholic High School QB and Gridironstuds.com member Joe Brennan has committed to Wisconsin. Brennan is also being recruited by Miami, Stanford, Duke, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.
Joe Brennan video added. Brennan is from Camden Catholic High School in New Jersey. He is a recent commit to the University of Wisconsin. View his video.
Jalen Holmes is a 6’2″ 218 lb. QB from Stamford Connecticut. Holmes is a 2010 prospect. View his video.
Check out this great video taken of the spring game between Glades Central and Miami Central. This game features a number of big time prospects on both sides including Jeffrey Godfrey and Brandon Gainer from Miami Central and LJ Thomas and Kelvin Benjamin from Glades Central. This video is cut up into 5 parts. Enjoy: