BFR Recruiting Central: Week 7

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  1. Big D

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    BFR Recruiting Central: Week 7

    An exciting week for recruiting across the nation with lots of soft and hard committs nearly everywhere. Folks in Madison, WI are celebrating perhaps the biggest single week of football recruiting in their programs storied history. Their huge week vaults them to our top spot.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum is perrennial power Penn State. The Nittany Lions have yet to land a single recruit that have folks in Happy Valley questioning the ability of new coach Dunlap.

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    #1) WISCONSIN (UP 2 SPOTS)

    *NEW RECRUIT*ATH-Jim Thomas(#130): Thomas showed up on almost every big time college program’s wish list. He is a superbly well rounded athlete that has shown the ability to play almost anywhere defensively, from end to safety. Such a versatile prospect isn’t as rare as it once was, but still a key early signing for the Badgers.

    *NEW RECRUIT*WR-Ken Gray(#156): This kid has blazing speed (4.36/40) that is packaged into a bit of an undersized frame. At only 5’11, Gray will be relying on his quickness to get open, although his catching abilities have received mixed reviews so far. Gray might be a guy who plays the slot well in Wisconsin if he can work on his catching ability.

    *NEW RECRUIT*LG-Eddie Williams(#191): Williams is an interesting recruit. He has shown great footwork and fundamentals in the trenches that have made him one of the top lineman in this years recruiting class. However he is very undersized at only 261 pounds, and may get pushed around by the behemoths inside in the Big Ten. However if he is able to add some bulk to the skills he will be a nice addition for Wisconsin.

    SS- Robert Vaughn (#223): A 4 Star recruit for the Badgers didn't wow scouts on video and in person, but he is another one of those players that has a solid skill set throughout. He will be more than capable in run support but does lack the raw speed (4.63/40) to chase down backs in the second level. His coverage skills are above average for the SS position and he has shown the ability for some jaw dropping hits on receivers. This is a good signing for Wisconsin, and you'll see Vaughan a staple of Coach Radio's defense for the next few years.

    *NEW RECRUIT*FB-Steve Cook(#227): His twin brother Tyrone was a more highly regarded fullback who has signed with Texas, but Steve still has skills that could make him a very good college player. Cook has nice speed, and ran the ball for over 1000 yards already this high school season. He will be nice contributor to a power running game in Madison.

    *NEW RECRUIT*TE-Walter Jones Jr.(#232): The son of legendary Seattle Seahawks tackle and future Hall of Famer Walter Jones, this kid has the size (6’6) and athletic gifts you expected to be passed down. His father taught him well as he is an outstanding blocker in every way, and could even transition to a full time tackle or guard if need be. Actually, that’s perhaps where he will end up as he has shown a tendency to drop very catchable passes that have left some questioning his desire to play at the tight end spot.

    *NEW RECRUIT*DT-Jonathan Harris (#281): Harris is a towing figure at 6’5, 300 lbs. Although he lumbers a bit on the field, his imposing size is backed up with good strength and pass rushing skills. He is a bit of a liability run defense, at least as a defensive tackle. Yet he should still fit in well with a physical Badgers defense.

    HB- Xavier Newell (#307): Newell is an interesting specimen. He has breakaway speed and fills up his high school highlight reel with some spectacular runs. However he is a completely different back than current Badger runner Clay. With all of the flash and glamour, it's hard to see Newell as an every down back in the Big Ten. Look for this signee to see lots of third down and passing game action by his junior and senior years.

    *NEW RECRUIT*CB-Taylor Key (#453): Blazing speed, good acceleration, good size (6'0, 183), and physicality on the outside. . .all characteristics of a top tier corner. However there are two areas that separate Key from the elite in the recruiting class. First his hands are awful, dropping easy interceptions numerous times throughout his high school career. Also his man coverage skills are adequate, but not great. However Key will definitely have a big role in Madison for years to come.


    #2) MICHIGAN STATE (NO CHANGE)

    HB- Evan Wise (#142): An interesting prospect that lacks the flash and flair of other highly recruited halfbacks, Wise makes up for it with a very balanced skillset and solid fundamentals. He was above average speed and quickness, and has shown the ability to run over undersized linebackers and safeties at the second level. It would be 'wise' for the Spartans to use a redshirt on Evan to give him the most time to develop into a well rounded back. If he does progress, he could be the prototypical every down Big Ten tailback Mighigan State is looking for.

    *NEW RECRUIT*DT- Adam Castillo (#306): This kid is a mammoth in the middle, and will do a lot to solidify the Michigan State defensive front for years to come. At 6'2, 306, Castillo is nearly an immovable object in the middle with Herculean strength. However he a slow trodger and his awareness and tackling skills leave something to be desired. Luckily for the Spartans, those parts are coachable.

    HB- Jeffrey Scott (#363): Undersized with below average speed. Not the characteristics that garner you a lot of attention at the next level. However, Scott has wowed scouts on film with some utterly bruising runs mixed in with ankle breaking open field moves. Scott will eventually be a great compliment to Wise in the Spartan backfield, and there's a chance that he progresses even better than Wise and ends up the starter in East Lansing.

    *NEW RECRUIT*MLB-George Campbell (#550) Campbell is solid, if unspectacular, is many aspects on the field. His 40 time (4.70/40) leaves something to be desired, however he has a well rounded skillset and can rush the passer or drop back in coverage with equal effectiveness. This is a nice recruit whose veratility will pay dividends down the road.

    *NEW RECRUIT*OLB- Vincent White (#602) White is a speedy Three Star recruit that may end up at middle linebacker for the Spartans. His coverage skills are on par for Big Ten linebackers and he has shown a good ability to help in run support. The second linebacker in this recruiting class, White will see lots of playing time down the road in East Lansing.

    C- Chris Coleman (#662): This signing leaves a lot to be desired for MSU. Coleman was one of the top rated Centers in the county before his senior year, but an injury set him back. He has seemed slow and weak at times on film, and scouts have sadi watching his footwork in person leaves a lot to be desired. The 3 star #662 rating looks to be too high for Coleman.

    T- Akim Woods (#667): Woods has good speed for a tackle (5.0/40) and above average strength. Those intangibles are always a positive as the other areas of the game game be coached and worked during 5 years on campus. That's exactly what Woods will need because horrendous footwork at times in pass protection makes it a long shot that Woods will be a starting caliber tackle in the Big Ten.

    MLB- Nick Smith (#995): Smith is one of those prospects you watch on film and nothing jumps out at you. Average speed and strength, and no light 'em up hits on ballcarriers. However when you keep watching you will see that Smith is always in the right spot on the field, commands and leads his defense, and is very solid fundamentally in every aspect that matters for a middle linebacker. We expect Smith to run into a very nice linebacker for Michigan State.

    *NEW RECRUIT*P-Joey Wilson (#1763) Wilson was recruited from the soccer field, where he was an all-american in high school. However, Wilson is the son of a former Spartan so when the offer to play football at Mighican State came up, he couldn't pass. He boasts a spectacular booming leg (like most soccer players) however his relative lack of punting experience means his accuracy leaves something to be desired. The Spartans hope they can coach him up.


    #3) OREGON (DOWN 2 SPOTS)


    CB- Justin Washington (#28): The Ducks have landed themselves one of the best 4 Star recruits in the nation. Washington has blazing speed (4.32/40) and good acceleration at the corner spot. His raw speed coupled with good man and zone coverage ratings, and above average press rating means that Washington has the potential to turn into a true lock down cover corner. Now don't be fooled, that is what Washington will be. . .a cover corner. He lacks the strength and awareness skills to be effective as a combo corner who can help in run defense. This deficiency was the reason for 4 Stars instead of 5.


    #4) OREGON STATE (UP 1 SPOT)

    *NEW RECRUIT*OLB-Anthony Jones (#280): When you look accross the Pac-10, this is exactly the kind of linebacker you see starting everywhere but Southern Cal. A very nice combination of speed and size. and equally good in pass coverage and run support. While not spectacular in any one area, we see a bright future for Jones and for the Beavers.

    FS- Darryl Ferwerda (#281): While the Beavers certainly filled a need with Ferwerda, this signing leaves a lot of fans in Corvalis a bit anxious. The Free Safety position is usually the last line of defense on broken plays and in pass coverage and Ferwerda's poor speed (4.64/40) doesn't bode well for him being a long term starter. He does seem to have the awareness and skills to be a very good in run support, and his strength, block shedding, and hit power ratings all indicate Coach Cimmy may have ideas for him at the Strong Safety position. However it just doesnt seem like he would be a viable long term option at FS. Ferwerda may be relegated to the second string for his career while the Beavers look to fill a gap at FS in next year's recruiting class.

    *NEW RECRUIT*OLB- Michael Dean (#358): Dean was signed as a linebacker, but could see some playing time at defensive end at Oregon State. He has very good pash rushing skills and above average speed. He lacks the coverage skills to be an every down linebacker for Coach Cimmy's defense. A switch to defensive end may help his playing time.

    #5) DT- Willie Bonds (#464): Bonds chose Oregon State over rivals in Utah, TCU, and BYU. That alone makes it a bit of a success for the Beavers. Bonds will make a capable pass rushing DT in a 4-3 system with his decent pass rushing skillset. His good strength makes him a nice recruit to fill the middle. Look for Bonds to be a starter in Coach Cimmy's program after a few years.

    #5) BYU

    *NEW RECRUIT*DT-Buck Perkins (#256): While undersized, Perkins has shown a unique ability to rush the passer with bull rushing moves. He also is fairly aware at the line of scrimmage that makes running inside a difficult prospect for any halfback. This is a good pickup by the Cougars. Look for Perkins to be an impact player in the MWC down the road.

    *NEW RECRUIT*C-John Richardson (#330): Big John has flattened defensive lineman in the swealtering heat of Arkansas for four years in high school. BYU has made a stunning steal from the south with this pickup. Richardson has shown the potential to be a great lineman, equally effective in both pass and run blocking. But perhaps most impressive is the highlight reel found on YouTube that has seen him consistently demolishing defenders at the line of scrimmage.



    #6) USC (DOWN 2 SPOTS)

    C- Derek Yates (#153): The Trojans fill a need with Yates, but this is not a marquee signing. Derek has tested out average on most scouts report cards on all the key attributes. That isn't a completely bad thing, as that means Yates doesn't have any glaring holes. The Trojans wanted a sure thing at Center and Yates gives them that. He will be solid at the college level, but he won't turn any heads. Look for Yates to Redshirt and then capably fill the middle of the offensive line for 2-3 years. Perhaps the best news about this signing was that Yates chose USC over the rival Oregon Ducks.

    K- Matt Davis (#949): USC grabs one of the top kickers on the board in Davis, who has great accuracy and good power. Davis kicked at one of the biggest high schools in the state in Irvine, CA so pressure kicking in the Pac-10 shouldn't be much of an issue.



    #7) TCU (DOWN 1 SPOT)

    CB- Tony Hodge (#400): Hodge is the first recruit of the year for Texas Christian. The Horned Frogs get a very nice home state recruit who could end up playing a lot better than his #400 overall rating would suggest. Hodge boasts an above average skillset across the board, with good speed (4.46/40) and the ability to play in both man and zone systems. This is the exact kind of home state recruit that TCU has thrived on in the past, and it gets them off to a great start in 2010.


    #8) Air Force Academy

    *NEW RECRUIT*CB-Steve Watts (#575): Undersized and slow. Not the description a coach would like out of his cornerbacks. However what Watts lacks in physical gifts he makes up for with solid fundamentals across the board, including his very nice man coverage techniques. With a couple of years learning at the college level, he may turn into a good cornerback in the MWC.

    *NEW RECRUIT*HB-Kelly Jackson (#770): Jackson is a project that won’t turn any heads at The Academy, but he didn’t earn the nickname ‘Mighty Mouse’ for nothing. Jackson has been seen bowling over defenders even in his small frame and has shown flashes of brilliance on occasion. Jackson may end up being a nice change of pace back for the Falcons.

    *NEW RECRUIT*CB-Lester Howell (#1440): Except for his above average speed (4.44/40) and decent size at 6’0, its wishful thinking to believe Howell will turn into a star. However with the intangibles this recruit has there will always be a spot for him at a mid level program, and that’s exactly where he ended up with the Falcons.



    #9) IOWA (DOWN 1 SPOT)

    *NEW RECRUIT*ATH-Billy Anderson (#971): A versatile prospect, Anderson has potential at QB or WR for the Hawkeyes. He has good speed, so if he is able to harness his potential throwing the football he would make an excellent option-style quarterback for Iowa.

    FB- Jake Lucas (#1240): Lucas is a physical speciman with good size, strength, and exceptional speed for a fullback. If he can improve his run blocking and pass catching skills he could turn into a dangerous weapon for the Hawkeyes. He is already a capable pass blocker but is perhaps a bit too raw to avoid a redshirt.

    P- Brad Adams (#1769): Adams is a capable punter hailing from nearby Illinois. The has average power and accuracy ratings. The Hawkeyes quickly filled a hole with this signing which frees up resources to go after the bigger fish.


    #10) BOISE STATE (DOWN 1 SPOT)

    MLB- James Williams (#1105): Williams has exception speed (4.48/40) for a linebacker. That alone is always a wildcard, and as we've seen in the past the Broncos are able to use speed throughout their team to build their program into a powerhouse. Williams has good strengh and has shown a good ability to rush the passer. His weakness is in pass coverage where he can be a liability. The Broncos may be thinking about moving him to the outside backer position where his skillset might be better utilized.



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  2. nrg_qbz-_-

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    Excellent write-up(y)

    My Air Force recruits might not seem like much on paper, but they are all high-character guys that will surprise people!:D
     
  3. Emmdotfrisk

    Emmdotfrisk Working half days on my days off.

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    Ducks had 8 softies this week, hoping to turn them on and see them as raging hard on's after the advance.
     
  4. Cimmy24

    Cimmy24 Candy Ass Self

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    Oregon St had some softs as well, but the loss to Washington hurts!
     
  5. Emmdotfrisk

    Emmdotfrisk Working half days on my days off.

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    LOSS, WTF?!?!
     
  6. tuco418

    tuco418 Older and wiser than you

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    Great job Sdunlap

    The next few weeks should see the commits roll in for the Frogs
     
  7. Cimmy24

    Cimmy24 Candy Ass Self

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    Yeah, lost 24-21 on a 54 yard FG as time expired. Was down 21-7 with about 4 minutes left in the game and was able to do work and tie it with 40 some seconds left. Locker did his thing and with 4 secs left they lined up for the 54 yarder. I had a timeout to try to ice him but I didn't get a chance to call it and it went deep, woulda been good from 60 yards. One of those games the cpu just won't let you win.
     
  8. Diddy81

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    I hate that, that's why I was worried about playing them too. EA has given USC super powers on defense this year, just not in user games lol.
     
  9. Cimmy24

    Cimmy24 Candy Ass Self

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    I honestly looked past them. My final 3 are tough!
     

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