Archive for October, 2009
Another day, another underrated Gridiron Stud. Florida Air Academy does not come up on most people’s radar. It’s not St. Thomas Aquinas, it’s not Elder, it’s not Concord DeLaSalle and it’s not John Curtis but it’s perfectly capable of turning out a future college football star. They may have one here in quarterback Trevius Folston. Folston stands out and stands tall… all 6’7″ inches of him. Watch him take a smooth drop back and deliver the ball with technique and precision. Typically, teenagers with this kind of frame come off as physically awkward. Folston does not. The 2010 prospect carries his 210 lbs with power and command. He is oozing with potential and ready to command the future of a college football program. Folston does not appear in the Rivals rankings so he’s under the radar but he has the potential to be a bullseye for a college football team in search of a future signal caller. Be the judge yourself and check out Trevius Folston’s highlight video, click here.
Offensive linemen rarely get love but this one will. As a coach, it’s a pleasure to see a player execute with great technique and that’ s just what Dylan Admire does for Blue Valley West High School in Overland, Kansas. Like State Farm, Admire is a rock providing insurance for his backfield mates. Watch him serve up pancakes like a short order cook and shuffle his feet to keep hard charing defensive ends away from his signal caller. You can tell that he’s been coached up and he looks like he’s coachable. Admire made the rounds at the camps during the offseaason and left some good impressions and he will leave you with a good impression when you watch this video. This 2011 graduate to be will be a top prospect next season. View Dylan Admire’s highlight video, click here.
Hey look what Adrian can do. There isn’t much he can’t. Mr. Riley is about as underrated as they come and that fact will jump out at you the minute you start watching the film. Within the first minute of his highlight video, Riley lines up at running back and shows you speed, strength and power. He lines up at wide receiver and shows you great hands with solid route running, then he lines up at defensive back and takes a pick to the house. You will be entertained and then you will wonder why he only lists The Citadel and Charleston Southern as teams recruiting him. I see it every day. Talented high school players being overlooked. Adrian Riley is one of them and you will agree when you watch his video. Check out Adrian Riley’s highlight video.
Rumors and Wires: Week of October 26, 2009
One of the most productive backs in St. Thomas Aquinas history made an important choice on Tuesday when Gio Bernard opted for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Bernard was a highly recruited talent that narrowed his choices down to Florida St., Tennessee, Oregon St. Nebraska and Alabama before going with Notre Dame. Bernard has made a career out of both tough running and tough yards. Making this college decision was equally as tough but in the end, Notre Dame, he determined was here he wanted to be. View Gio Bernard’s highlight video.
Other Rumors and Wires
Glades Central H.S. (FL) running back Antwan Chisholm has chosen Mississippi St. over West Virginia, Oklahoma St., Southern Mississippi, Rutgers and Ole Miss.
The University of Miami landed a top recruit they were really after on Friday Night as University School (Florida) defensive end, David Perry committed to “The U’. Perry migrated from Jamaica to South Florida in 2008 and made an immediate impact for the Suns despite playing football for the first time. Perry’s 6’6″ 235 lb. frame and freakish athleticism posed a tough matchup for his high school counterparts. It wasn’t long before he caught the eye of many of the top football programs in the country. In the end it came down to Miami, Florida and LSU for Perry. Perry chose Miami because of their classroom sizes, family type atmosphere and business program. Perry’s commitment may close out the defensive end position for the Hurricanes for the 2010 class. The Canes had Hialeah H.S. (Florida) defensive end Corey Lemonier on their list but it’s a mystery as to what will happen there.
There are plenty of QB’s with eye popping numbers on the prep level in this country. With all the buzz surrounding the stats, sometimes really solid QB’s can fall through the cracks. Nelson Fishback defines solid QB. While watching his highlight video, it becomes readily apparent that Fishback has been coached up and has been camping. He is strong with his fundamentals and really makes the Durham High School offense go. Durham’s offense is not high octane with a bunch of D-I prospects running around. It looks like a bunch of kids who love football and go out with the attitude of wanting to win. Fishback leads that charge and very much presents himself as a Division-I prospect who can do big things on the next level. This Class of 2011 signal caller is drawing interest from West Coast Division-I programs and will continue to gain interest with each solid outing. View Nelson Fishback’s highlight video… click here now.
Glenville H.S. (Ohio) safety Latwan Anderson and cornerback Christian Bryant are set to visit Michigan St. this weekend. Anderson is considering West Virginia, Ohio St., Miami and Michigan St. Bryant has over 30 offers and is considering Michigan St., Ohio St. and Tennessee.
Michigan still recruiting former Duke commit Aramide Olaniyan from Woodberry Forest High School (Virginia).
Palm Beach Central cornerback Peniel Jean had a great visit to Wisconsin last weekend. Many project Jean as a safety but Wisconsin who has zero cornerback commitments for Class of 2010 like Jean as a cornerback. Jean is also considering Connecticut and Maryland.
Pahokee H.S. (Florida) wide receiver DeJoshua Johnson looking to take a trip to North Carolina despite remaining a solid commit to Florida St.
Check out the University of Michigan recruiting board over at UM Varsity Blue… click here.
Don’t ever underestimate the lengths that college football fans will go to in order to get the recruits they want to see at their school. Here’s an example where technology and fandome meet up. Some ingenious fan has collaged Glenville H.S. (Ohio) safety Latwan Anderson’s highlights with NCAA ’10 college football video game to entice Anderson to dress up as a Mountaineer for the next four seasons and of course…… they put it on YouTube. Check it out:
The latest Rivals 100 rankings are out and as expected there has been some movement. We last reported on the Rivals Top 100 back on March 12th at which time Treasure Coast Linebacker Jeff Luc was the 10th ranked player overall in the country. The most recent Rivals 100 has slid him 15 places to #25 in the country. This is still a tremendous ranking however there have been complaints of inability to get off blocks, get to the football and make plays. In the process, Luc last his 5 star rating and is now rated 4 stars by Rivals. I am sure somebody is going to have to pay for this.
Though he was not in the Rivals 100 the last time we reported on it, Gridironstuds.com member Cody Riggs entered the Top 100 during the offseason and remained there until this most recent update. Riggs has fallen out of the top 100 as others have had some strong performances and Riggs had a few ball caught on him in the nationally televised game against South Carolina Byrnes High School two weeks ago. If you have played the cornerback position like I have then you know that these things will happen. Kudos to Riggs and St. Thomas for taking on one of the top teams in the nation and stepping up to the challenge.
The biggest move by a Gridironstuds.com member since our last report in March has been by Glenville H.S. (Ohio) safety Latwan Anderson. Back in March, Anderson was ranked as the 66th best prospect in the country. The latest Rivals 100 rankings has Anderson as the 18th best prospect in the country. That’s an amazing move of 48 spots. Anderson had a great summer and has not disappointed at his new address Glenville H.S. after transferring from St. Edwards where he played last season.
Proviso West H.S. (Illinois) wide receiver Kyle Prater was not a Gridironstuds.com member back in March but he is now and he is also the #2 ranked prospect in the entire country. Prater is a physical specimen who plays to his body’s potential. He is a USC commit and is having a fine season. Lache Seastrunk maintains his 4th in the country rating and Seantrel Henderson holds at #1, a spot he’s not likely to relinquish standing at 6’8″ and 301 lbs with enough athleticism to be a force on the basketball court.
The list below shows where all the Gridironstuds.com members are currently ranked against where they were ranked back in March. Non member means they were not Gridironstuds.com members back in March of this year.
|Player||School||Rank||Rank in March|
|Seantrel Henderson||Hall (MN)||1||1|
|Kyle Prater||Proviso West (IL)||2||non member|
|Lache Seastrunk||Temple (TX)||4||4|
|Lamarcus Joyner||St. Thomas (FL)||14||7|
|DeMarcus Milliner||Stanhope Elmore (AL)||15||non member|
|Chris Martin||Grandview (CO)||16||12|
|Latwan Anderson||Glenville (OH)||18||66|
|Joshua Shaw||Palmdale (CA)||23||non member|
|Jeff Luc||Treasure Coast (FL)||25||10|
|Trovon Reed||Thibodaux (LA)||37||non member|
|Devin Gardner||Inkster (MI)||52||non member|
|Jake Heaps||Skyline (WA)||53||not in 100|
|William Gholston||Southeastern (MI)||55||44|
|Phillip Sims||Smith (VA)||56||non member|
|Chris Dunkley||Pahokee (FL)||65||61|
|Corey Lemonier||Hialeah (FL)||79||63|
|Dion Bailey||Lakewood (CA)||82||non member|
|Terrence Mitchell||Hillsborough (FL)||84||not in 100|
|Jaylen Watkins||Cape Coral (FL)||96||not in 100|
We are mid-way through the 2009 high school football season and college football prospects are making their marks and impressions on both college football fans and coaches. There are many college football recruiting experts out there and there is also much chatter about who the top quarterback prospects are for the upcoming 2010 class. In taking a look at three of the most notable prospect ranking services, it’s plain to see that they don’t all agree on who the top 5 or 10 prospects are for this class.
It would seem from looking at the rankings that Skyline H.S. (Washington) and Gridironstuds.com member Jake Heaps is the closest thing to a consensus #1. Heaps gets the top nod from both Scout.com and Rivals, while Tom Lemming gives Heaps the #2 rating. Lemming’s #1 ranked QB, Blake Bell sits at #3 for Scout.com and #4 for Rivals. Smith H.S. (Virginia) QB, Phillip Sims, who recently became the all time passing yards leader for the state of Virginia is the only other quarterback that is listed in the top 5 for all three experts.
In total 16 quarterbacks are listed amongst the top 10 of all three recruiting analysts (Rivals, Scout.com and Tom Lemming). All 16 of the quarterbacks are committed. Amongst the QB’s listed in the Top 5 of the three services, Blake Bell is committed to Oklahoma, Jake Heaps is committed to BYU, Phillip Sims is committed to Alabama, Connor Wood is committed to Texas, Austin Hinder is committed to California, Paul Jones is committed to Penn St., Devin Gardner is committed to Michigan and Jesse Scroggins is committed to USC. It’s rare for highly rated QB’s to still be open on their decision at this point in the season.
So far as who is having the best year so far from a statistical stand point, that would go to McKinney, H.S. (Texas) Zach Lee. Through a reported six games, Lee has passed for 20 TD’s, 5 interceptions and for 1,613 yards. That’s an average of 269 yards per game. The next out of the list of Top 10 would be Brett Nottingham of Monte Vista H.S. (California) who has played in 5 games. Nottingham has thrown 18 TD’s with 1 interception and 1,557 yards. That’s an average of 311 yards per game. Phillip Sims of Smith H.S. (Virginia) through 5 games has thrown 12 TD’s, 4 interceptions and for 1,408 yards for an average of 235 yards per game.
None of the three experts had the same Top 5 let alone the same Top 10. Devin Gardner only appears in the Scout.com Top 10. Paul Jones, Brett Nottingham and Tyler Bray only appear in the Rivals Top 10 but not in the other two. Jacoby Walker and Peter Thomas only appear in Lemming’s Top 10.
Below is a list of the Top 10 for each of the three analysts as of 10/12/09:
|1||Blake Bell||Jake Heaps||Jake Heaps|
|2||Jake Heaps||Paul Jones||Phillip Sims|
|3||Phillip Sims||Blake Bell||Jesse Scroggins|
|4||Connor Wood||Devin Gardner||Blake Bell|
|5||Austin Hinder||Phillip Sims||Connor Wood|
|6||Peter Thomas||Connor Wood||Tyler Bray|
|7||Joe Boisture||Robert Bolden||Paul Jones|
|8||Zach Lee||Jeremy Johnson||Austin Hinder|
|9||Jacoby Walker||Jesse Scroggins||Joe Boisture|
|10||Jesse Scroggins||Andrew Hendrix||Brett Nottingham|