Rumors and Wires: Week of January 25, 2010

January 29th

St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. (Florida) running back Giovanni Bernard has committed to North Carolina. Bernard had committed to Notre Dame earlier but began looking around when Charlie Weiss was let go.

January 27th

Temple H.S. (Texas) running back and member Lache Seastrunk has committed to Oregon. Seastrunk has been sought after by virtually every school in the country. In the end, Seastrunk chose Oregon over Auburn, LSU, California, USC and Memphis.

Boyd Anderson H.S. (Florida) DB Demar Dorsey has been dropped by Florida as a recruit. There has been much speculation that Dorsey was going to change his commitment from Florida to Florida St. This recent moves all but seals that.

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Rumors and Wires: Week of January 18, 2010

January 20th

American Heritage-Delray (Florida) athlete Darius Milines has dropped West Virginia and has switched to Marshall following former Mountaineer coach Doc Holiday.

St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. (Florida) linebacker Vinnie Mauro has committed to the Navy. Mauro had offers from Rutgers, Wisconsin, Marshall, FIU and Vanderbilt among other schools.

Glenville H.S. (Ohio) safety Latwan Anderson is saying that he recently received an offer from USC and is considering it. Anderson committed to West Virginia at the Army All-American game and was in Cincinnati on an official recruiting visit this past weekend. Anderson stated recently that he will probably not take an official visit to Miami as had been previously reported. Anderson says he has not spoken to Miami coaches in weeks.

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Tevin Drake, Ja’Juan Story Receiver Marshall Offers

Nature Coast coach Mark Lee spent the past few days at the American Football Coaches Association in Orlando talking to former coworkers.

Among them was first-year Marshall coach Doc Holliday, who was hired in December. Lee worked with Holliday at West Virginia in 1999.

The result of their brief reunion was a pair of scholarship offers for Nature Coast senior running back Tevin Drake and junior receiver/defensive back Ja’Juan Story.

Drake spoke with Holliday on Wednesday morning and will take an official visit to the school next week. He has plans to visit Western Michigan this weekend.

Drake, who finished as the North Suncoast’s second leading rusher of all-time with (5,103) career yards and (71) touchdowns, had an offer from Miami last summer (it was later rescinded) and turned down an offer to take an official visit to Minnesota. He also had been in communication with Oregon and Georgia at various points of the recruiting process. Drake said Wednesday in a text message he also has offers from Florida International, Florida Atlantic and Memphis.

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Top Pennsylvania Recruits and Others to Attend Terry Hanratty Camp

MJF College Football Recruiting/Terry Hanratty Elite Football Camp Saturday January, 31, 2010  Pittsburgh PA (Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena)  11am-4pm For Top High School/College Caliber Football Players grades 9-12 Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena -22 Rich Hill Rd. Cheswick, PA 15024

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Disasterous 24 Hours for Tennessee Football

First it started with the decommitment of top rated linebacker from Westlake High School in Atlanta, Michael Taylor on Sunday. Then came the loss of head coach Lane Kiffin. This also resulted in the loss of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and recruiting henchman Ed Ogeron. Now recruits are saying bye-bye to the Vols. Tennessee’s attempt to become relevant in the college football world has been put in a figure four leg lock.

Lane Kiffin leaving is obviously a big deal but the biggest loss for Tennessee is Kiffin’s dad Monte Kiffin. I have spoken to several defensive recruits and the majority have said that the major reason they are considering Tennessee is because of the chance to work under Monte Kiffin and get an “NFL education.” Now that opportunity is gone and so are the recruits, one by one.

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Rumors and Wires: Week of January 11, 2010

January 13th

Brandon Willis DT (Byrnes H.S., S.C.), Calvin Smith  DT (Hialeah H.S., FL), Delvin Jones DE (Palmetto H.S., FL) and A.J. Johnson OLB (Gainesville H.S., FL) have all decommitted from Tennessee following Lane Kiffin’s decision to become USC’s next head coach.

January 12th

Westlake H.S. (Georgia) linebacker Michael Taylor has dropped Tennessee and has committed to the University of Florida. Taylor was the MVP for the White Team in the recent Under Armour All Star Game.

Miramar H.S. (Florida) quarterback Ryan Williams has dropped Eastern Michigan in favor of Memphis. Williams committed to Eastern Michigan less than 10 days ago.

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