Rumors and Wires: Week of February 22, 2010

February 25th

Teddy Bridgewater QB Miami Northwestern H.S. has been offered a scholarship by the University of Alabama.  Bridgewater also has offers from Florida, Miami, Rutgers, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Brockton H.S. (Massachussetts) cornerback Albert Louis-Jean has been offered a scholarship by Notre Dame.  Jean also has offers from Miami, Penn St., Boston College and Rutgers.

February 23rd

Seminoles land commitment from Nova H.S. (Florida) DT Nile Lawrence.  Lawerence recently ran a 4.90 forty weighing in a 297lbs at the Miami Under Armour Combine.  Lawerence was also being recruited by Michigan, Cincinnati, Kansas St. and Colorado St.

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Top 40 Yard Dash Times at 2010 Miami Under Armour Combine

Here are the official 40 times from last Sunday’s Under Armour Combine which took place at the Miami Dolphin’s training facility.  As I said in my wrap up of the event,  the overall times were not as fast as last year’s crop but there were some outstanding performances by some of the athletes on hand.

If you are interested in attending one of the upcoming Under Armour Combines in your local area,  go to their website and check the dates and locations.  You can also register on their website:

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2/25/10: Video of the Day: Steven Montgomery – McArthur H.S. (Florida)

From the word go Steven Montgomery is in your face.  The first clip on his highlight video pretty much tells you what he’s about and the hits just keep on coming.  Montgomery plays the safety position like former Denver Bronco Steve Atwater (for those of you old enough to remember his playing days).  Montgomery patrols the secondary looking for his next opportunity to send an opposing player his message and that message seems to be that the safest place for you is the sidelines.  If you love secondary play then you will be entertained by Montgomery’s exploits on his highlight video.  It’s easy to see why schools like Miami, Florida St., Alabama, Georgia Tech, LSU, Cincinnati and Wisconsin are showing interest. Montgomery’s highlight video comes courtesy of Genron Productions in Miami.   Click here to view Steven Montgomery’s highlight video.

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SAT and ACT Remaining Test Dates

Student athletes,  it’s time to take the SAT and/or the ACT if you are a rising senior and have not yet done so.  You would be surprised how many times I run into a senior who has allowed their senior season to pass and they do not yet have a test score.  This is not something to wait on.   It is in your best interest to get a score before your senior year to see where you are at.   Yes,  I know that some of us do not like taking tests but the truth of the matter is that if you want to play college football immediately after your senior year then there’s no way around it.  Just as you make preparations to defeat your opponents each week on the GRIDIRON,  make preparations to defeat these tests.  Use the lessons that football has taught you and go out and get the job done.  Don’t wait.  Don’t put it off.  Don’t procrastinate.  You don’t want to be in a mad scramble and telling a sad story your senior year.

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2/23/10: Video of the Day: Wayne Lyons – Dillard H.S. (Florida)

Some people are just good at everything they do and others just work really hard at everything.  Every now and then you find people that are a combination of both.  That’s Wayne Lyons.  Typically when you hear about a player that’s such a standout on the field and is such a physical specimen,  you have to think well they had to sacrifice something and usually it’s school work.  Not this guy!  Wayne Lyons will come up on the football field and smack you in the mouth.  He can then turn around smack down a 100% on some honors science test as part of a routine that keeps him at a 4.8 GPA.  Lyons is a standout safety with offers from all over the country and while I don’t know if he’s the best defensive back in the country,  I will bet good money that there’s no other safety  in the country with a 4.8 GPA that hits like this.  Lyons finds the football and gets there in a hurry.  His physical talent (6’0″ 190lbs, 4.5 forty) is not wasted and something tells me waste is not something they are fond of in the Lyon’s household.  Check out his highlight video, click here.

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Top 2010 Recruit Killed in Murder Suicide

It’s always sad when you hear stories like this.  A young man on his way to a promising future only to have it cut short by violence.  It seems we are getting at least one of these stories per year now as youngsters struggle to get out of their environment and onto the promise of a great opportunity.

The latest victim is Rajaan Bennett out of Powder Springs, Georgia (McEachern High School).   Bennett was an outstanding running back at McEachern as he racked up over 1,800 yards his senior year and this was after grinding out 1,001 as a junior.  From a recruiting stand point,  Bennett was a 5’11” 210 lbs, could bench press 325 lbs and squat over 500.   That’s a stud by anyone’s standards and with that Bennett had the grades to get into Vanderbilt,  the school he signed with on February 4th.   The promise of a great education and possible football future laid ahead of him.   However,  it was all snuffed out last Thursday as Bennett intervened in an argument between his mother and her ex-boyfriend.   Apparently,  the argument was over money and got out of hand.   When all was said and done,  Bennett was shot and killed by the mother’s ex-boyfriend, Clifton O’Neal Steager a Detroit native who also severely wounded Bennett’s friend before turning the gun on himself.

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