Archive for July, 2010
July 28, 2010
Columbus H.S. (FL) Tacoi Sumler has committed to the Oregon Ducks. Sumler also had offers from Stanford, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Cincinnati among others. Click here to view Tacoi Sumler’s highlight video.
Bishop McDevitt H.S. running back Jameel Poteat has committed to Pittsburgh. Poteat was also juggling offers from Rutgers, Iowa, Cincinnati and USC. Click here to view Jameel Poteat’s highlight video.
By: Ken Mastrole – Mastrole Passing Academy
Boca Raton, Florida
The Air Raid 11 passing camp held by quarterback coach Ken Mastrole at St. Andrews Prep School brought some of the top quarterbacks around south Florida to compete. The camp featured former Pitt Panther QB great and Mastrole Passing quarterback coach John Congemi, along with Ken Mastrole at the three day event. Quarterbacks and receivers received fundamental training, video analysis through state of the art Dartfish, chalk talks, core strength training, and competition during Friday Nigh Lights. Mastrole Passing Academy also brought in Athlete’s Edge for speed and agility training. Quarterbacks Jake Rudock (St. Thomas Aquinas & Iowa commit), Rafi Montalvo (La Salle), Alex Prakas (West Boca), Troy Cook (Palmetto), Max Lescano (St. Thomas Aquinas), and Georgia transfer Chase Bender all looked like the top guns during the camp. Rafi Montalvo and Max Lescano came out on top during the event winning the Friday Night Lights competition. Sophomore quarterback Troy Cook looked very impressive winning the overall accuracy challenge. The acccuracy challeng featured moving and long target throws. The camp not only taught fundamentals and technique but it also provided athletes a stage to compete in the 20 yd shuttle, vertical, arm strength, accuracy, and movement. In the Future Stars group, Dominic DiCaprio, looked sharp displaying a strong and accurate arm. Dicaprio, only going into the 8th grade, threw the ball 55 yards and displayed excellent footwork and mechanics. Dicaprio who has been working with coach Ken Mastrole the past year showed why he will be one of the top signal callers high school coaches are hoping to have in their backfield.
Look for the these following quarterbacks to make an impact next year:
1. Jake Rudock: Led St. Thomas Aquinas with a 35 TD / 5 int. Committed to the University of Iowa the 2011 signal caller has improved ever part of his game the last two years. Excellent footwork, strong arm, and a consistent throwing motion has allowed Rudock to succeed in the Raider offense. Charachter and work ethic are no question two of the strongest qualities of this quarterback.
2. Rafi Montalvo: The La Salle quarterback took home all county honors last year. Currently being recruited by several big east schools, Montalvo is a dual threat quarterback that can beat you through the air and on the ground. A sub 4 sec shuttle performance combined with mid 4.5′s in the 40 this 2011 quarterback has the mechanics and tools to make an impact this season. Montalvo has a fluid 3 and 5 step drop and does an excellent job of releasing the football early. Excellent work ethic and leadership traits, Montalvo has the ability to play at the next level.
3. Chase Bender: 2012 transfer from Georgia. At 6′-2″, Bender showed a strong arm and excellent movement in the agility testing. Has the frame to add solid muscle over the next year. Delivers a very accurate and strong ball from short to intermediate. Best suited for a pro style type offense. Watch for this 2012 signal caller to make a name for him self in the sunshine state of this season
4. Troy Cook: A sophomore to be, Cook does an excellent job locating targets and placing the ball in those windows. Untested at the Varsity level but has the tools to make an impact as a 2nd year player.
5. Alex Prakas: West Boca senior stand 6′-5″ and throws well in the pocket and on the run. Has the frame to add muscle and may be what colleges are looking for this quarterback. Prakas showed off a strong arm and touch through out the camp. Prakas will be looking to continue where he left off from last season leading the bulls to a playoff appearance.
6. Abe Coleman: Now at Jackson high school, this quarterback had an excellent freshman campaign in 2008. The junior quarterback has the intangibles to play at the next level and has to continued to improve since last season. Strong arm, accurate, and excellent footwork describes this qb.
The Results of the competition
20 Yd Shuttle:
1. Max Lescano (St. Thomas) 4.09 sec
2. Rafi Montlavo (La Salle) 4.19 sec
3. Chase Bender (Cardinal Gibbons) 4.26
1. Max Lescano ( St. Thomas) 34.7″
2. Robert Kubond (Charlotte) 30.8″
3. Rafi Montalvo (La Salle) 30.7″
1. Rafi Montalvo (La Salle) 61 yds
2. Gardner Knight (Palm Bay) 56 yds
3. Max Lescano (St. Thomas) & Dominic DiCaprio (Tamarac Cougars) 55 yds
1. Troy Cook (Palmetto) 18 pts
2. Rafi Montalvo (La Salle) 17pts
3. Charlie Cannaday (Gulf Coast) 15 pts
He may be in New Mexico but his running style is all Texas. La Cueva High School tailback Ronnie Daniels will be headed back to the Lone Star State when he heads to college next Fall.
On Monday, Daniels made his college choice and it was for Texas Tech and new coach Tommy Tubberville.
“I’m really excited and confident about my decision,” Daniels said. “I feel Tech is the best fit for me.”
Daniels is originally from Longview, Texas and emigrated to New Mexico at the age of five. He has been ripping up the varsity football gridiron since he was a freshman at La Cueva High School in Albuquergue and attracting attention from all over the country. Daniels was holding offers from Arizona, East Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Mexico St., San Diego St. and Tulsa before committing to the Red Raiders.
Watching Daniels’ highlight video, it’s easy to see why he has drawn comparisons to another native Texan, Adrian Peterson. “I hear that a lot,” Daniels said. “along with Eric Dickerson and Jim Brown.”
Despite Texas Tech being close to home, Daniels found other reasons to make Tech his choice.
“The conference they play in is very competitive and they play in a great atmosphere every game,” explained Daniels. “I built a close relationship with the coaches.”
Daniels’ rugged, downhill style is a fit for any style of offense but he’s happy with the system that Texas Tech is running. Their spread attack gives him more room to work and abuse defenders one one one. Tech fans will certainly have a lot to feast their eyes on when Daniels shows up on campus ready to take the Red Raiders to new heights.
The summer recruiting season is heating up and with each day comes new commitments. One of the latest D-I BCS recruiting commitments comes from University School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Cornerback Devin Gaulden was starting to turn heads and rack up offers when he received an offer from the Auburn Tigers. That was all Gaulden needed to put an end to the process.
“I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity Auburn was offering,” said Gaulden
Things happened fast but fate also had them fall in place. Gaulden and his family were headed to Alabama last weekend for a family reunion and it just so happened to be the same weekend that Auburn was having their camp.
“Coach Thigpen and I spoke on the phone and he wanted me to come to the camp,” Gaulden explained. “So I went and I killed it. The entire staff loved me and everything went from there.”
Late Monday night Gaulden felt like an offer from Auburn was coming and indeed it did on Tuesday. After a conversation with the staff, Gaulden made the commitment to Auburn.
“What really got me was the coaching staff” said Gaulden. “Coach Thigpen and Lolley, they are the secondary coaches and they can help take my game to the next level. Plus I love the atmosphere around campus.”
Gaulden played sparingly in his first year as a varsity player due to injury in 2009 but his potential is apparent any time you watch him. He has been a standout at every camp he has attended and received Defensive Back MVP honors at the Schuan’s National Underclassman combine in Orlando. Gaulden is the second Division-I commitment from University School this offseason after Roger Harriot’s squad had six Division-I signees for the 2010 class.
Gaulden is looking forward to becoming a complete cornerback and to majoring in either sports management or sports medicine at Auburn.
University School (Florida) defensive back Devin Gaulden has committed to Auburn. Gaulden was also being recruited by Wisconsin, Duke, Western Michigan, Marshall, Buffalo and New Mexico among others.
La Cueva High School RB Ronnie Daniels has committed to Texas Tech. Daniels was also being recruited by Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Mexico St. and Illinois. Click here to view Ronnie Daniels’ highlight video.
North Broward Prep (Florida) wide receiver A.J. Sebastiano has received an offer from Florida Atlantic University.
Tarpon Springs (Florida) Offensive lineman Zach Debell has committed to Georgia. DeBell was also considering Tennessee, South Carolina, UCLA, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame.
Only going into the 9th grade but he already has numbers that would put many high school seniors to shame. With that, Peyton Newell walked away with National Underclassman Combine Ultimate 100 Combine King honors. Newell, standing at 6’2″ 221 lbs. , was the strongest 8th grader ever at the event after cranking out 31 reps at 135 lbs. In addition, he ran a 4.81 in the shuttle and 5.24 in the 40 yard dash. To quote the folks and NUC “Newell has major potential”. He has plenty of time to improve on those gaudy number since he won’t be graduating until 2014. Congratulations to Peyton Newell. Click here to view Peyton Newell’s highlight video | Click here to view his NUC 100 Combine highlight video.
If you have made your fair share of visits to Gridironstuds.com over the last year and a half you know that undiscovered talents are the norm on this site. Jaucady Rutledge is another one of those talents. Rutledge’s highlight video is choc-full of great catches, nifty runs and solid feats of athleticism. His impact is felt in all three phases of the game (offense, defense and special teams). His big play ability leaps out at you as he can make the big catch, the pick, the great return or even the big hit. The Gridiron is his playground and Rutledge plays hard. He’s a player that should be getting more attention than he is currently receiving. Click here to view Jaucady Rutledge’s highlight video.
As reported earlier in the week, Seantrel Henderson has chosen Miami now that he has been released from his Letter of Intent from USC. The word is that Henderson will report on August 3rd. Click here to view Henderson’s highlight video.
According to sources, Seantrel Henderson to Miami is going to happen pending Henderson’s acceptance academically into the University. Henderson was apparently spotted over the holiday weekend in Miami.
Southridge H.S. (FL) defensive back Gerrod Holliman has committed to Ole Miss. Holliman was also being recruited by Nebraska, South Florida, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Louisville. Click here to view Gerrod Holliman’s highlight video.
Southridge H.S. (FL) cornerback Andrew Johnson has committed to Ole Miss. Johnson was also being recruited by Kentucky, Louisville, South Florida, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. Click here to view Andrew Johnson’s film.
Gridironstuds.com member and St. Peter’s Prep running back Savon Huggins has narrowed his list down to ten which includes among others Penn St., Rutgers, Notre Dame, Georgia and Miami. Click here to view Savon Huggins’ highlight video.
Rumor has it that 2010 recruit Spencer Boyd Cape Coral H.S. (FL) will be transferring from Notre Dame and is headed for either West Virginia or South Florida.