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Off Season Work Has Transformed Chris James into a BCS Type Talent

July 23rd, 2012

They say championships are won in the offseason and if that’s true then Notre Dame Dons High School (Niles, IL) running back Chris James is ready for big things.

James was already a talented performer for the Dons as a sophomore in 2011 but was not a featured player in their offense.  However, that could change. Working with rising local athletic trainer Jack Casico of Twicethespeed.com,  James has packed on close to 20 lbs. of muscle and shaved more than a tenth off of his already solid 40 time.  James can only be described as tightly compacted ball of explosion standing at 5’10″ 200 lbs and clocking a 4.40 in the forty.   If those numbers are not impressive enough,  then add to that James’ 290 lb. bench press and 505 lb. squat.

“I’ve been working twice as hard and its going to pay off come game day,”  said James

That’s good news for James and his Dons teammates and bad news for opponents.  Notre Dame featured a wide open passing attack in 2011 run by talented senior QB Nick Pieruccini who will be playing for Minnesota State this season.  This year,  they will have little choice other than to give James a ton of touches.

“The coaches have been telling me we are going to run the a lot  more, so im pretty excited for the season,” James stated.

With the strong offseason work and physical maturity that James has experienced this season, the 2014 running back has evolved into a Division-I prospect.  He was impressive at a number of summer college camps including Illinois and has recently received strong interest from West Virginia University.  Along with that, he has heard from schools like Arkansas and several other quality D-I programs.

“I grew up a Buckeye fan but I had a unofficial visit at Arkansas last summer and loved it,” said James when asked what school stands out the most at this point.

It’s still early in the process for James who,  barring injury, promises to make a huge impact on the field and garner a huge amount of college interest.  James has set his sights on rushing for 1,800 yards and 25 TDs this season but that takes a back seat to some even loftier team goals he has had on his mind.

“We want to get to states this year.  I think we have a good chance.”

A lot of that will ride on the health and performance of James and he has packed on the armor for this upcoming season.  Casico has put a lot of sweat into James as he sees a lot of determination and potential.

James says he is partial to a pro-style offense so teams that run that style will catch his eye.  With that in mind,  James has listed Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Oklahoma as his dream schools.  He will also likely take a bigger interest in West Virginia as they have taken a liking to him.

Gridironstuds.com has added Chris James to our 2014 Recruit Watch List and we are quite anxious to see how James blossoms on the field this season for the Notre Dame Dons.

Click here to view Chris James highlight video and profile,  click here.

 


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Boeing Brown Set to Take Flight in the College Recruiting Scene

July 17th, 2012

Recruiting high school quarterbacks is never easy.  The most important position for any program always has it’s challenged when it comes to recruiting and sorting through the hype can be a difficult task for coaches.

When it comes to Boeing Brown,  there’s no hype,  just substance.  Cut the tape on and you will see Brown looking off defenders, fitting balls into tight windows,  making touch passes, commanding the offense and scrambling for first downs and more.  The 2013 QB out of Brookfield, Connecticut has been finding holes in defenses since his sophomore year and has continued to improve with each season.  The most amazing thing about Brown is not his football IQ, his arm strength or his production,  it’s that he does not yet have a division I offer.

The recruiting game is a puzzle, to say the least but this one is a real head scratcher.  A look at the tape and you think that he was walking around with 10, 15 even 20 division I offers but that’s just not the case. It’s not like he is lacking the physical attributes either.  Brown is 6’4″, weighing 215 lbs.  He also runs a 4.65 forty.  Despite all that, the offers are yet to come despite fielding interest from several top notched programs.

“I have developed very good relationships with Coach Canada at Wisconsin, Coach Bible at NC State, Coach Taaffe at UCF and Coach Werner at Ole Miss. I also communicate still with Coach Mangus at South Carolina for advice and Coach Elrod at Wake Forest to keep in touch,” Brown said.

He has also made his way around the camp circuit in an almost unheard of manner.

“I did Northwestern, Wisconsin, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, Florida, UCF, Maryland, UMASS, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Indiana, Tennessee, UCONN, Yale, and ELON,” replied Brown when asked what camps he has attended this offseason.

He has shown that he is not afraid to lace em up and compete any time, any place.

The biggest obstacle for Brown seems to be the fact that he plays football in Connecticut which is not regarded as a hotbed for high school football. Brown still feels that Connecticut football is highly underrated.

“I feel I face great talent, underestimated talent and when reporters and coaches compare CT to FL, IL, TX, NJ, ETC, it is assumptions, but we play good football here.”

Brown does have a pedigree for college football as his dad played for Central Florida in the 80′s.  This, along with other things, makes UCF one of the teams he would like to play for.  Along with the Knights,  Brown has his sights set on a couple of other schools.

“I would say Wisconsin, UCF and NC State in that order and all dream schools for me,” said Brown when asked what are his top schools.

For now he is finishing up the summer camp circuit and getting ready for his senior year.  His Bobcat football team is looking to improve on last year’s 5-5 finish.  Brown remains patient and feels like he will end up at the right school for him in the end.

“I am confident the right school will come, they all know me and they are watching me.”

“If Wisconsin, NC State or UCF offer soon I would lock it down with them as I have visited, I am communicating with the coaches and so it would make sense, but I am open to options and looking forward to a really good season.”

Click here to view Boeing Brown’s highlight video on Gridironstuds.com


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Florida WR looking for Some Michigan Wolverines Attention

July 12th, 2012

When you are a high school football player holding 21 offers from Division I schools it’s tough to say that you are in need.  However,  2013 wide receiver Dionte Taylor out of University School (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  is looking for some attention from up North.

Specifically,  Taylor has his eyes on the Michigan Wolverines.

“They have a strong academic reputation, a huge fan base and tradition in football,”  Taylor said.  ”I made a checklist of all the things I want in a school and Michigan has them all,” he continued.

Along with reputation, fan base and tradition in football,  Taylor is drawn to the fact that Michigan is one of the top teams in their conference,  they run an offense he can excel in and the school is located not too far from a major city.

The biggest problem with Michigan for Taylor is that he does not yet have an offer from them.  Of the 21 offers that Taylor currently has,  Boston College, Wake Forest, Nebraska, Houston, Cincinnati and UCF stand out for him.  With that said,  Michigan is still a program that Taylor has his eyes on.

“I have a really strong interest in their program and school. I will be a major asset to their team and family and that If given then opportunity, I will be a committed and dedicated player to their program,”  Taylor said about Michigan.

For now,  Taylor will continue to polish the skills that have made him a highly touted recruit with offers from across the country.  His University School team kicks off their 2012 season in Ohio against state power Trotwood Madison.  Look for him to put his skills on display and hopefully catch the eye of the Wolverines in the near future.

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New UMass Commit Plans to Bring Speed and Excitement to Minutemen

July 6th, 2012

There’s a ton of excitement building around the University of Massachusetts campus and it’s about football.  The Minutemen begin their transition into to FBS football and will be competing in the Mid American Conference more commonly known as The Mac Conference.  Such a move dictates that the Minutemen will need to continue to add dynamic players to their roster and the did that today by securing a commitment from 2013 Athlete Donnice Woods out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida’s University School.

Woods has provided excitement on the field since his days as a youth football player.  He was the master of exciting long runs while at Douglas High School as a sophomore and then took his talents to University School his junior year.  It was at University School that Woods made his mark as a dynamic player that can make things happen in all three phases of the game.  Woods’ highlight video is loaded with nifty punt returns and improbable runs after the catch.  It’s this element of play that the UMass coaching staff is looking to bring by signing Woods.

“They want to use me as a speed guy,” said Woods. “Line me up in the slot, outside some times. Run jets sweeps, quick passes and also as a deep threat,”  he added.

Early playing time was a key factor in Woods decision along with a good feeling about the coaching staff for UMass.

“They are great people up there and it’s a great school.  The coaching staff is great and they said they could really use me,”  Wood said.

The Minutemen’s move to an offensive happy MAC Conference means that they will need more players like Woods sooner rather than later.  Woods relationship with current Minutemen Marken Michel and Antoine Tharp assisted in getting him to Massachusetts as both players spoke of highly of the school and the staff.

Woods plans on majoring in business at UMass and plans to visit the campus on September 1st.  His opportunity to make an early impact help Woods choose UMass over Kentucky, Indiana and a few other offers that he had on the table.  He is now focused on the upcoming 2012 season in which his University School team is poised to make a run at a Florida state championship.  Woods is one of 15 players on the roster with offers from Division-I schools.

When asked what he will bring to the table to UMass,  Woods’ answer was simple.

“Speed, swag and leadership”

 

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