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Current ACC Football Commitment List

March 31st, 2011

Here is a current list of football commitments for the ACC Conference.  This comes compliments of the Atlanta Journal Constitution which does a great job of covering college football recruiting.  Check out this latest list of commitments and see where your favorite ACC team is in the recruiting race.  New Miami head coach Al Golden is leading the way with seven commitments.  Virginia Tech is also up there with five commitments.  Everyone else is either sitting at one or two commitments.  These numbers will certainly change in the coming month as coaches hit spring practices at prep schools across the country.

Duke (2)

Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Stars^ High School/Junior College
Allen Jackson DE 6-5/225 -/- Owings Mills (MD) McDonogh
Erich Schneider WR 6-6/200 -/- Jacksonville (FL) Episcopal

Georgia Tech (2)

Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Stars^ High School/Junior College
Junior Gnonkonde DE 6-4/215 -/- Lakeland (GA) Lanier County
Chase Roberts OL 6-3/285 -/3 Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian

Miami (7)

Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Stars^ High School/Junior College
Willie Bailey DB 6-1/165 -/3 Hallandale (FL) High
Keith Brown LB 6-1/210 -/4 Miami (FL) Norland
Jontavious Carter WR 6-4/195 -/- Cordele (GA) Crisp County
Gray Crow QB 6’3/220 -/- Clearwater (FL) Countryside
Randy Johnson RB 5-9/175 -/3 Miami (FL) Norland
Amos Leggett DB 6-0/175 -/3 Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep
Trent Taylor DE 6-3/245 -/- Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson

North Carolina (2)

Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Stars^ High School/Junior College
Shakeel Rashad LB 6-2/210 -/3 Jacksonville (FL) Episcopal
Christian Russell # LB 5-11/220 -/- Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military

Virginia (1)

Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Stars^ High School/Junior College
Mark Hall LB 6-2/210 -/- Virginia Beach (VA) Green Run

Virginia Tech (5)

Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Stars^ High School/Junior College
Dakota Jackson TE 6-4/245 -/- Roanoke (VA) Northside
Donaldven Manning DB 5-10/160 -/3 Miami (FL) Central
Dahman McKinnon LB 6-2/200 -/- Hope Mills (NC) South View
T.J. Millweard QB 6-4/230 -/- Fort Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal
Davion Tookes DB 5-10/165 -/- Fairburn (GA) Creekside

General, In the Pit

Video of the Day: 3/24/11: Johnny Sullivan – QB – Bettendorf Gold Hawks – Clinton, IA

March 24th, 2011

It’s not often that a youth football player makes it to the highlight video of the day but this one demands your attention.  Johnny Sullivan is a youth football quarterback.   There are 1,000′s of them in the United States playing on a given Saturday in the Fall.  So what makes Johnny special?  You have to watch the tape to see.  Johnny can put the ball anywhere he wants.  Through a basketball hoop from a distance,  into a bucket from 40 yards away.  He can knock a bottle off the wall from down the street.  He even hits targets while blindfolded.  It’s a sight to behold.  It’s either the best display of pinpoint accuracy with a football or professional style Hollywood cinematography.   Either way,  you will be highly entertained watching this amazing piece of video.   Click here to view Johnny Sullivan’s highlight video.


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Braverman Putting His Best Foot Forward

March 22nd, 2011

If there’s one thing you need to play the game of football it’s feet.  They have to be nimble,  they have to be quick and it’s great when they are powerful.  Daniel Braverman has always had a great pair of feet.

Braverman’s feet kicked off the 2010 season for the University School Suns in grand fashion when he returned the opening kickoff of the season against Lehigh for a touchdown.   That was just the beginning.   Along the way Braverman danced, returned, faked out and even kicked his way by University School’s opponents as the team marched to Orlando for the state 2B championship.

Along with returning kicks,  Braverman played in the backfield,  caught passes at wide receiver,  occassionally lined up at safety and kicked field goals for the Suns.  His value soared throughout the season and has landed him on the radar of several division one schools.

An early start as youngster playing the game of soccer developed Braverman’s quickness, change of direction and ability to read a defender.  It has driven opponents crazy and makes him standout in 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 situations.  He recently made the highly publicized South Florida Express 7-on-7 team and played with them in the Badger tournament earlier this month.

Braverman is not resting on his 2010 laurels and has set some lofty goals for himself for 2011.

“I want a kick or punt return for a touchdown every game.  75-80 receptions for 1,000 yards,”  said Braverman.

Tough goals for sure considering teams are likely to kick away from him most of the season.

“I want more yards after the catch,”  Braverman added.  “I want to show that I’m a real playmaker from anywhere on the field.

Braverman has displayed enough playmaker ability to get Division I schools on his trail.   Currently, Kansas, Duke, Miami of Ohio, Ohio, Louisiana Tech, Marshall and FAU have issued verbal offers.

“West Virginia is probably going to offer me in the Spring,”  added Braverman.

This offseason he has been to both the University of Miami junior day and the South Florida junior day.  Braverman enjoyed himself at both events but was intrigued by South Florida.

“The facilities and how they are making everything new.   They players really emphasized family,”  said Braverman.

Right now Kansas and West Virginia are Braverman’s two favorites but he would also like to hear from Oregon and Boise St.  He is partial to wide open offenses that like throwing the football.  It suits his skills well.

With feet of fire,  schools will be beating down Braverman’s door in 2011 while he and the Suns chase down a state championship.

Click here to view Daniel Braverman’s 2010 highlight video


High School Football

3/15/11: Video of the Day – Clevonne Davis – OL – 2012 – Miramar H.S., FL

March 15th, 2011

There are offensive linemen that block and there are offensive linemen that block and do a little extra.  That extra is what gets the whole line going, gets the whole offense going and keeps things rolling in favor of their team.  Clevonne Davis brings that “extra”.  Davis will block you and do it with an attitude.  From the first snap you realize that you better have on a suit because this is going to be about business.  His intensity and desire to eliminate the defender makes an impression on you. He goes about his work like he genuinely does not like anyone wearing a different color and that very well may be true.  If he doesn’t really hate you then the kid has a career in acting when the playing days are over.  Not many people get excited about watching offensive line highlights but you will enjoy watching this one.  If you like watching car wrecks, wrecking balls knocking down buildings or national geographic when one animal is taking out another then something about this film will appeal to you.  Click here to view Clevonne Davis’ highlight video.


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3/10/11 – Video of the Day – Jordan Cunningham – WR – 2013 – University School, Florida

March 10th, 2011

Big plays are all this kid is about.  One clip after another involves Cunningham catching a ball for big yards and hurting the defense in some big way.  Cunningham is long on height, long on speed and long on determination.  He’s a tough assignment for a defensive back on a team that presents a load of challenges for any secondary.  Choosing to double cover him only means someone else is going to cut you deep.  Putting your best cover man on him only means he will be less confident about himself when the game is over and there’s another game he needs to play next week.  Cunningham can take the short throw and make it into a disaster for the defense or he can go long and rob a cornerback of his dignity.   It’s a fun video to watch.  Click here to view Jordan Cunningham’s highlight video.


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3/09/11: Video of the Day: Deon Bush – DB – 2012 – Columbus H.S., Miami, FL

March 9th, 2011

The South has had a reputation of producing safeties in recent history and that tradition is being continued with this prospect.  Columbus HS made a lot of noise in the Miami high school football scene last year and Deon Bush played a big part in that.  This talented prospect has come across the desk of many Division-I football programs this off-season and that is likely to continue.  Bush brings nice size, speed and intensity to the table.  He’s one big play just waiting to happen for the defense.  Watch him roam the field,  make big hits, interceptions, cause fumbles and much more.   If you enjoy secondary play then this is the primary video for you to watch.  See what everyone’s talking about with this highly sought after athlete.  Click here to view Deon Bush’s highlight video.


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3/07/11: Video of the Day: Dwayne Stanford III – 2012 – Taft H.S., OH

March 7th, 2011

If you are into big wide receivers and gross mismatches then this is the video for you.  Stanford, measures in at a height reserved for guys who play on the line at 6’5″ but the problem for defenses is that he moves like a guy that is 5’10″.   Needless to say he’s a big time mismatch every Friday night for the guy lined up in front of him and the guy lined up over the top of him and the other guy lined up inside of him.  Stanford is packed with athleticism and a great pair of hands.  Those two elements is all he needs to dominate but he also brings some intelligence to the game which makes even more of a nightmare.  One of the top wide receiver prospects for 2012.  Check out the film and watch the show.  Click here to view Dwayne Stanford III’s highlight video.


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Gridironstuds.com Most Viewed Videos: February 2011

March 6th, 2011

There are certainly a load of talented players on the Gridironstuds.com site with many of them deserving 1,000′s of views from our visitors.  From running backs to wide receivers to quarterback to offensive linemen, defensive backs and more.  There are some seriously talented individuals playing football in this country from the youth level to the high school level.  With that said,  here are the Top 10 most viewed videos on our site for the month of February 2011

(1)  Allan Cui III – youth QB – Hawaii
(2)  Jonathan Rush – youth RB – Texas
(3)   Dylon Leslie – high school LB – Nebraska
(4)  Areg Nazarian – youth RB – California
(5)  Sony Michel – high school RB – Florida
(6) Griffin Elbert – high school DB – Indiana
(7) Macgarrett Kings – high school WR – Florida
(8) Jordan Cunningham – high school WR – Florida
(9) Timonth Jiminez – youth running back – Nevada
(10)  Daniel Braverman – high school WR – Florida


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Ray Buchanan Jr. Headlines New Recruit Watch List Additions

March 4th, 2011

Ray Buchanan is a familiar name to those who have followed the NFL but his son is making a name for himself in the Georgia Prep football scene at Peachtree Ridge H.S.   Buchanan Jr”s film is full of those things you like to see a defensive back do like break on the ball, stick to receivers, make interceptions and come up to make tackles.  He’s following in the old man’s footsteps and is one of the newest members of the Gridironstuds.com Recruit Watch List.

Joining Buchanan as a recent addition is Sierra H.S. (California) wide receiver Sean Ryan.  If you need a ball caught,  Ryan is your guy.  He makes the impossible catches seem routine and has become a reliable target.  His deceptive speed puts him behind defensive backs more than they would like and his production is sure to build on itself this upcoming 2011 season.

A pair of South Florida prospects are also new additions.  Hallandale H.S. went from winless in 2009 to the playoffs in 2010.  Head coach Dameon Jones was awarded Broward County coach of the year and rightfully so.  Jones will have a loaded squad this year and one of those talented players will be wide receiver Dwight Davis.  Davis is as smooth as a marble counter top.  He eats up defensive back cushions, gets behind them and keeps going.  However,  he can also go across the middle and make the tough catch.  Be on the lookout for this prospect.    Miramar high school has produced some solid talent over the last few seasons under head coach Damon Cogdell.   Last season’s group was led by quarterback Cameron Hudge.  Hudge runs the quarterback position well but most likely projects as an athlete at the next level.  He can do many things and he displays that on film with great throws, runs and decision making.


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3/04/11: Video of the Day: Juwan King – LB – 2011 – Archbishop McCarthy H.S. , FL

March 4th, 2011

The 2011 class has passed for the most part but that doesn’t stop me from highlighting this prospect. He speaks to the insanity of recruiting.  Take a look at 30 seconds of this film and ask yourself how this kid is currently unsigned. Before you ask,  he has grades and a test score.   His video features big play after big play on the defensive side of the ball.  Tenacious blitzes,  devastating tackles in the flats, running backs stuffed in the hole, blocked punts and it goes on and on.  He’s a complete menace to offensive advancement.  At 6’1″ 205 lbs. possessing good speed and a track performer,  Juwan King should be on the board of any school who still has scholarships open.

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