Archive for August, 2009
Treasure Coast H.S. Linebacker and Gridironstuds.com member Jeff Luc recorded 10 tackles and blocked a kick in his season debut for the Titans. His team lost a close one however to Ft. Lauderdale Boyd Anderson 20-18 in their kickoff classic. Kickoff classics do not count against your record. View Jeff Luc’s highlight video.
Top rated defensive end prospect and Gridironstuds.com member Chris Martin has been cleared to play at Grandview H.S. in Aurora, Colorado. Early this year, it was announced that Martin would be transfering from Bishop O’Dowd H.S. in California to the Hun School in New Jersey. View Martin’s highlight video.
Kaiser High School OLB and Gridironstuds.com member Josh Shirley is considering the following eight schools: Arizona, California, Miami, Notre Dame, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington.
University of Miami quarterbacks Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith have decided to transfer. Word is Smith is headed to Memphis and Cook to West Texas.
Howell High School WR/DB Robert Handy puts in work. I will skip all the obvious puns that can be used with his last name and tell you that Handy presents a matchup problem for defenders. At 6’2″ 200 lbs, he’s bigger than most cornerbacks lining up in front of him and bigger than most high school safeties for that matter. Handy also has good speed for his size (4.61) in the forty and good ball skills. Watch him on film make catches over defenders and attack the ball in the air. Handy is also an honor student who looks to have a great football I.Q. Time and again you will see him read the coverages, sit in the zones and present himself to the quarterback. If you are a lover of offensive football then Handy is a joy to watch. Check out Robert Handy’s highlight video.
Gridironstuds.com continues to grow in popularity. In just 7 short months, we have become one of the more popular high school football recruiting sites on the web. We would like to thank the Gridironstuds.com fans for spreading the word about our great site.
With that said, we continue to respond to our visitors by adding new features to improve your experience on our site. Here are some of the latest features we have added;
(1) Post a comment: Now you can view a video and post a comment on it. See a great running back, quarterback or linebacker and want to let everyone know about it, just click on post a comment under the video and leave your opinion. You can even ask questions about players, etc.
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July was a very busy month at Gridironstuds.com as over 30,000 Internet football fans came through the site looking at the latest highlight videos and reading up on the latest high school and youth football information.
Below we have listed the Top 10 most viewed videos during July in order:
(1) Trevor Barsamian – RB – New Jersey- view video click here
(2) Patrone Wood – RB – California – view video, click here.
(3) Austin White – RB – Michigan – view video, click here.
(4) Joe Brennan – QB – New Jersey – view video, click here.
(5) Cody Riggs – DB – Florida – view video, click here.
(6) Quentin Tucker – LB – California – view video, click here.
(7) Evan Berry – Youth QB – Georgia – view video, click here
(8) Jeff Luc – LB – Florida – view video, click here.
(9) Antwan Story – RB – Florida – view video, click here
(10) Latwan Anderson – DB – Ohio – view video, click here
Proviso West H.S. (Illinois) wide receiver and Gridironstuds.com member Kyle Prater has set his announcement date for September 2nd. USC is the leader for the stand out pass catcher. Watch Prater’s highlight video, click here.
Trinity Catholic H.S. (Florida) wide receiver and Gridironstuds.com member Kadron Boone has committed to Texas Tech. Boone is also being recruited by Georgia, Miami and Oklahoma. Texas Tech has nabbed two top wide receivers from the state of Florida. Last month, Gridironstuds.com member Shawn Corker committed to the Red Raiders. Watch Kadron Boone’s highlight video.
Bishop Miege H.S. (Kansas) athlete Justin McCay has committed to the Oklahoma Sooners. McCay is also being recruited by Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Notre Dame and Tennessee.
St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. (Florida) cornerback Keion Payne has announced a top 5 of Florida, Florida St., Miami, Ohio St. and Tennessee.
Westlake, GA High School linebacker Michael Taylor has chosen Tennessee. Taylor is also being recruited by Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami and Stanford.
Glenville H.S. defensive back and Gridironstuds.com member Latwan Anderson solidifies that West Virginia is his top choice. He also added that Michigan St. and Georgia are the other two teams in the running for his services. Anderson said to Eersports.com ” I give great consideration to West Virginia.” View Anderson’s video, click here.
Palmdale H.S. cornerback Josh Shaw says that Ohio St. is his leader. Meanwhile he also says that he is considering LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn St., Tennessee, Washington, UCLA and USC. View Shaw’s highlight video.
Arundel High School QB Billy Cosh has chosen Kansas St. Cosh is also being recruited by East Carolina and Kentucky.
Robbie Zauck is a menace…. on the football field that is. The 2010 defensive line prospect patrols the defensive front and busts into the backfield like the Kool Aid man. Watch his clips as he lays into running backs and quarterbacks time and again behind the line of scrimmage. At 6’4″ 220, Zauck presents the tools and the frame to be an impact player on the next level. He also has the proper motor as he gets after the offense and ruins plays. Zauck is attracting interest from big times schools like Syracuse, South Carolina, Texas Tech and Texas A&M. View his video.
There’s this thing known as raw ability and Lawerenceville High School quarterback Aaron Aiken has it in big supply. The 6’5″ signal caller transferred in to Lawerenceville midway through the season and punched up 800 yards and 4 touchdowns in five games. Those are not eye popping numbers but when you consider that he came into the fold midway through the season and had to pick up a new system, I will take those numbers any day. Check out Aaron’s video as he surveys the field, rockets passes into his receivers and pulls it down to rack up some of the 300 yards he put up on the ground for Lawerenceville Prep last year. Click here to view his video.
Recruiting season is alive and well and soon the actual business of football will begin for thousands of class of 2010 college football hopefuls. With each passing day, college football fans hang on the news of where their favorite high school football players will commit to playing for the next 4 to 5 years. The entire process has turned into a sport itself but is it healthy?
From my vantage point, the ongoing sport that is early college football commitments is ruining the college football recruiting process. Increasingly, college football prospects are being pressured and by pressured, I mean really pressured to make a choice long before the actual signing date of February 4th. We are at the point now where kids are forced to make their decision long before they take any of their official visits. How is that right?
More and more, I am seeing these young high schoolers publicly announce their intentions and then another school they had not consider enters into the mix. When that happens, the recruit feels the need to rethink their commitment. Often times, that rethinking gets the kid labeled by fans and media personnel as any thing from wishy-washy to just down right shady. Is this fair? Should a 17 year old student athlete be painted in this light because adults have pressured them into making a decision before they have all of the facts?
Undoubtedly, the practice has already led to kids making the wrong decision on their future. Kids are picking schools under pressure and are not really considering the factors that are important (i.e. education). This will continue and soon measures will have to be taken to preserve the integrity of the process.
This whole thing is like holding the NFL draft but having college players sign before the two day event in April. I understand enough to know that the colleges do need to know before the actually signing date, who is coming to their school. It would be rather rough if 20 schools showed up at the #1 recruit’s home on February 4th and he has to tell 19 schools that they aren’t it. What do those 19 schools do after that? They have wasted their day. However, when it seems that the NCAA has a heavy hand in the recruiting process with their rules and regulations, why have they been so lax on this issue? They can legislate everything else to “protect” the student athlete, why have they not dug their hands into this with a little more zest?
It would seem to me that at the very least, the NCAA should set a date for early commitments. Before that date, there should be no announcements of early commitments either publicly, privately or leaked. That date should be set after that final date allowed for official visits. Will this stop early commitments, no but it won’t be so wide spread, so public and it won’t pressure kids to make quick decisions before they have had a chance to go through the entire process.
Of course provisions would have to be made for those athletes who are going to graduate early and attend college in the spring of their senior year of high school. I am not so sure that I like that idea to begin with. I think I am on the side of having all high school seniors finish their senior year of high school. What’s the rush? However, if this practice continues then perhaps some rules can be made for those players.
Obviously, this is an issue that needs some discussion, attention and planning. However, until someone in power decides to make a commitment to at least begin the process, I think the entire college football recruiting process remains tainted,
When you are a freshman making plays on varsity, people will stand up and take notice. That is exactly the situation that Cardinal Gibbons High School (Florida) linebacker and Gridironstuds.com member Erick Hallmon finds himself in. After an impressive freshman campaign that saw him laying down big hits, important tackles and just overall playmaking, Hallmon’s exploits have landed him on the Max Preps Top 100 for 2012 list. This list is not just for Florida but nationwide. Hallmon is gearing up for his 2009 sophomore campaign where he looks to make an even bigger impact for the Cardinal Gibbons’ defense. Check out the entire MaxPreps Top 100 for class of 2012 list, click here.
The stars came out for the University of Florida’s Friday Night Lights event last month. Many Gridironstuds.com members were there including Lamarcus Joyner, Chris Dunkley, Jeff Luc, Peniel Jean and more. Check them all out in action in the video below. Included in the video is the infamous throwing up of the “U” by Tavadis Glenn, an incident made infamous when the Gators allegedly kicked him out for doing this. Check out the video below: