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Oregon Pulls In First 5 Commits
Eugene, OR- The coaches got the first five letters of intent faxed in over the weekend, and since the players are now officially committed, the can talk about them.
On TE Javan Gunn
"We've been trying to get an athletic freak on the field at the TE spot for a while. And a 6'8" 260 pound monster with 85 speed is exactly what we've been searching for. When he and Barrett are paired together at the TE spots it will give us a lot of versatility having two big guys with the speed to stretch the LB and the safeties. Can't wait to get his redshirt year behind him.
On C Brandon Barnes
"We pulled in several offensive lineman last season, but they are all still very raw. They will need some serious work before they're ready for the grind of a Pac-12 schedule. Barnes could start for us next season if necessary, but we should be able to redshirt him. Any offensive line worth it's salt needs a great guy in the middle, and we think we found a good one."
On T Jason Robinson
"He's a bit unheralded, but the in-state schools in Texas knew about him and the skills he brings to the table, and we feel fortunate that we were able to beat them out for him. He's big, he's mean and he is a very good all-around blocker. We think he's the future of this offensive line at left tackle, especially if we have the flexibility to redshirt him next season. Anytime you can get a 6'5" 320-330 pound guy at tackle with a mean streak, you pull out all the stops to get him."
On G Paul Williams
"Road-grader. He loves firing off and putting his hat on somebody, between him, Robinson and Barnes we feel very good about 3/5 of the offensive line class this year. Williams and Barnes should do a great job clearing bodies and making space for the speedy skill position guys we hope to bring in."
On ATH Preston Stevenson
"The NFL is going to bigger corners and we like to put our guys in the league, so we're changing some of our criteria as well. He's tall at 6'2" he has excellent speed and he plays the ball well. We hope to slot him in as a lockdown corner after a redshirt season. If things on the offensive side of the ball get dicey he can play some WR or RB as well, but we want him to perfect his craft at the cornerback position. We think he can be a difference maker."
Those are the first of five commits for a small Oregon class of 13, and the Ducks are still chasing some excellent players along the offensive line and at the skill positions. There could be a few more commits coming in the next few weeks.
Oregon Hauls in 6th Commit
On DE Mike Williams
"Oregon is kind of dead as far as high level prospects go, so when we find an in-state guy we can grab we pull out all the stops. Mike is a guy we feel can become an excellent pass rusher for us as he develops. He needs to add some size and strength, but what defensive lineman coming out of high school doesn't? He's got a good set of pass rush moves and loves to punish the ball carrier. and excellent speed for the position. Which he'll need facing some of the spread attacks the Pac 12 has out there. We think we pulled in some difference makers on the offensive line, and now we need more of the same for the defensive side of the ball."
Oregon has 3 guys high on their board visiting this week, and the coaches hope to secure commits from all of them. Williams commit leaves Oregon 8 spots to fill for this season in a small class of 14.
UCLA is right around 1/3rd of the way done with its class as we have 5 / 16 commits.
Webber is the #4 Wideout in the nation. A true possession receiver, he isn't going to beat anyone deep, but he runs clean crisp routes, can make the tough catches and isn't afraid to come across the middle. At 6'3 215 he comes in ready size wise and could possibly see action as a WR4/5 next season.
A defensive end so nice they named him twice! A little light for a 3-4 defensive end, but his technique is so good that we have no problem throwing him into the mix. Especially since we only have 3 scholarship defensive ends next season.
Miller was a real steal. We came on him a little late, but once we came knocking he couldn't wait to become a bruin. He will be a starter for us eventually, but in year 1 he will redshirt, get bigger, stronger and quicker.
Bennett is from a JuCo and will see spot action as WR is a position of need. Runs nice routes, decent hands. Not going to wow you, but he will be a contributor during his time in LA.
Huffman has fans excited, he is instantly a threat as a playmaker for the offense. If he played for us right now he would be our fastest offensive player by a mile. The coaching staff has struggled to bring in speed guys and they can't wait for him to see the field and try to get him the ball in space and on the edge.
Arizona State finally signs their first recruit.
#54 ( #14 ATH)
ATH Noah Davis really has the coaching staff excited. Davis stands 6-6 22 from Witchita Falls, TX and is quite the athlete and has the possibility to play multiple positions but the coaching staff hasn't quite figured out where to put him. With his height and arm power (90/83), Davis could be a great quarterback and has some speed (78) for a big guy. He would look to beat too many people in a foot race but would be adequate enough to run the little read option that the Sun Devils a accustomed to running. The QB position is a little log jammed with High being a SO, Wilkins RsSO, and McPherson red shirting this year.
The other option is to play some defense. Davis has the coverage skills (74/70/73) and and tackling ability (71/81/79) and size to play at the safety position. Not quite enough speed as they would like for there but being in the 4-2-5 and close to the line they could use him almost like a linebacker.
Only time will tell what they decide to do. Obviously QB is his best position but they will have to decide if they can wait that long for him to see the field.
Ducks Grab 2 More
Oregon Up To 8 Commits
On T Jonathan Anderson
"We think Anderson will develop into a very good two way blocker. He's solid in pass protection and does a good job clearing space in the run game as well. We think we'll eventually move him to guard, but we hope to wait until after a redshirt season next year so he can get used to being part of a college program. It's no secret that we have, or will have, holes in the o line, and we think Anderson can be a big part of helping to fill those holes going forward."
On ATH George Warren
"Obviously we like Warren as a QB and he's splitting his time between that and safety down at Texas High in Texarkana. We've had good success with kids from that area before. LaMichael James from Liberty-Eylau specifically, and the coaches in that region keep us in mind when the in-state programs are going to whiff on a good player. Warren has good size at 6'3" and throws the ball better than he gets credit for. In addition to that he has good speed and is a definite threat in the run game. We like what we have going at the QB position, and Warren should be a big part of our offense going forward. We're excited to see him on campus."
The 2 most recent commits leave Oregon with 6 spots left to fill. They are likely done bringing in offensive lineman. Oregon fans have been paying attention to two recruits the Ducks are hoping to bring in and fill holes at the running back position; Kellen Williams and Jeff Hall. Oregon is battling Oregon State and UMass for Willams and trying to hold off Arizona State and Notre Dame for Hall. Those 2 and James Tyler, the presumptive kicker commit, fill up three of the remaining slots. The rest will go to the first of several players to commit.
Oregon Pulls In #9
On K James Tyler
"He's a kicker."
Arizona State signs 4 after visit
Home: Lauderdale Lakes, FL
OVR: 77 (+1)
Rank: 1481 (#8 P)
As hornfaninbama would say, "he's a punter"
Watkins originates from Cuba. He was too fat and slow (55 spd) to play soccer but still has a "boot" so he tried kicking a football. And boy does he have a leg (85 pwr). He will need to work on his accuracy (69 accuracy). Watkins will step in day one as the kick off specialist and hopefully not have to punt too much.
Home: Baldwin, PA
OVR: 76 (+6)
Rank:261 (40 ATH)
Sykes comes in and looks to help a very young secondary. He has good speed (91) and great coverage skills (80/84/79) with the to lay a boom. It isn't decided yet which position he will play but it is more than likely he will redshirt for a year to get his new position figured out.
Home: Edmond, OK
OVR: 79 (+2)
Rank: 60 (#3 MLB)
Harrell will redshirt his first year on campus and then look to be the starting MLB. The coaches are excited about his speed (85) and ability to play all over the field. Harrell fills a big need for the future of the Sun Devil football team.
Home: Concordia, KS
Rank: 42 (#5 TE)
Whitmore comes in as the first recruit of the year. TJ will be a good serviceable TE for the Sun Devils. He will likely redshirt his first year and then become a primarily blocking TE. ASU will have a couple TE's ahead of him that have a bit more ability receiving the ball but not quite his blocking ability. There is a chance he may even be moved to FB. In all honesty, it is kind of a waist of a 5 star to be spent on a blocking TE for this offence since only 3 are allowed but we will take talent where we can get it.
The Sun Devils have now signed 5 recruits and are really spreading out to a national recruiting base. ASU has now set up recruiting connections from west, south, east, and midwest. The Sun Devils look like the Notre Dame of the south, large recruiting base, lots of hype, but just cant deliver in the big games.
ASU now has 16 spots open yet with 2 left for 5 star recruits.
2 More sign with ASU
Home: Prescott, AZ
Rank: 334 (#8 C)
The coaching staff is excited to find a D1 recruit in their home state with Love. Love comes in with the opportunity to start day 1, not out of skill, but out of need. The coaching staff would really like him to red shirt for a year to add some size and maturity They may have to move a T or G to C for a year as a stop gap. Regardless, ASU is excited to keep some talent at home.
Home: Marietta, GA
OVR: 79 (+7)
Rank: 958 (#141 WR)
Bowers is the real find for this recruiting class. Bowers took a year at the Georgia Military Academy due to some off the field problems that wouldn't allow him to sign last year. Bowers has really turned his act around and looks to be a star in the making. He broke every receiving record for Junior College players in only one year. Many other top D1 programs tried getting the services of Bowers but ASU was with him through the long hall. ASU does have a concern with Bowers and the notorious social life on/off campus at school. Tyler Whiley has been put in charge of watching over (babysitting) Bowers to make sure football, I mean school, is his number one priority.
Bowers has good speed and acceleration (93/92) which the coaches are excited to have somebody with decent speed instead of possession receivers.
Bowers will likely redshirt next season due to the deep receiving corps already on campus. This will also give him time to get his grades under control.
7 signed. 14 still open
2 Defensive Linemen sign with ASU
Home: Mineral Wells, TX
OVR: 73 (-2)
Rank: 124 (#9 DT)
Minor comes in as a pass rushing specialist from the DT position. As much as we would like to redshirt him next season I dont think our depth is going to let us. Minor will probably be the 3rd DT in rotation unless we can find a DE within limitations to move to DT.
Home: Socorro, NM
OVR: 78 (+4)
Rank: 187 (#13 DE)
Watson comes in from New Mexico and is extremely excited to be in the PAC 12. Watson will red shirt for a year and then be fighting for playing time at either DE position depending on if somebody gets moved to DT. Watson has good size and leverage and has really out performed his initial ranking by ESPN. Watson was a one time prospect but a knee injury during his Junior year scared many teams away. ASU brought in Dr. James Andrews to check him out and got a "all systems go". We are excited to see this young man grow and think he has potential to be playing on Sunday's in the future if he adds a little bulk.
9 signed. 12 open
Week 13 Recruiting Round Up
Matthew Carter was a big grab for the Spartans as they get the #4 Athlete in the Country. He will bring some size and speed to the WR core and will get a chance to crack the two deep as he comes in. Coach Knight will look to get him at the #2, #3 or #4 slot position and go to him early and often.
In order to get the ball down the field whether by throwing or rushing the ball, it is good to have a 4 star and #1 center committed to your program. Evan will bring in good size, and the ability to block well for a freshman that might get him on the field early in his career.
State continues to find OL gems, as Justin comes in more polished than the #1 center. Depending on the depth chart and progression of our current players through an offseason, Justin could find his way onto the two deep.
Games are won upfront and Michael showed the Spartans something in order for him to receive a scholarship and then ultimately commit. He will certainly redshirt unless depth proves otherwise, a decision I don't think he will think too negatively upon.
Adam continued to improve as he took his visits and attended some camps over the summer. He has a first step to the hole and can make a big hit when the opportunity presents itself. He will most likely be redshirted but could be a special teams contributor as a freshman.
#10 For Ducks
On DT Grant Spicer
"We've had some trouble filling spots on the defensive line the past few seasons, and hopefully Spicer represents a shift in our ability to pull in recruits. He's a big guy who does a good job getting off blocks, and we hope he can make a jump in ability after a redshirt year. We have to change the perception that we're an offense only school, and getting big time players on the other side of the ball will help that. We're excited about Spicer, because he has a lot of room to grow."
I took everyone off my board since the CPU oversigned for me while I was on my sabbactical.
ASU signs their #1 recruit!
Home: Apache Junction, AZ
OVR 76 (+3)
Rank: 86 (#21 ATH)
ASU keeps the states #1 prospect in state and at home with the "good" school. Hill has a multitude of talents. In High School he played every position on the field other than OL., and he tried his hardest to get the coaches to let him. Hill doesn't have alot of size but hes tough and scrappy. As his HS principal says, "He's one of those kids you just don't mess with". Hill will enroll in January, his HS is very thankful for this. The coaches plan to use spring ball to figure out the best spot for Hill.
Hill could be a dynamic spread option QB with his 92 spd and good arm (80/84). Hill would resemble the Sun Devils current QB Kahlif High but with a little better speed. QB is definitely Hill's first choice but he knows he would have to sit for awhile before it was his turn to get a chance.
Hill could also be a speedy receiver. He has decent hands and route running ability and could be a major deep threat. It is unlikely he will move to receiver to be a 1 trick pony, but the Sun Devils are definitely missing somebody with speed at the WR position.
If Hill wants to get on the field sooner he may have to play defense. He could be a shut down corner (89 man, 84 zone, 79 press). He doesn't have the size or brute tackling ability we would like for a SS which is the biggest need but Hill has the attitude to be able to grow into whatever position the coaches seem fit.
With the signing of Hill, ASU has cracked the top 15 in recruiting ranks.
10 signed. 11 open
Michigan State Loses Out On A Gem Guard
Week 14 Recruiting Round Up
All four guys are three star caliber recruits and all of them will most likely be redshirted. Chris Reed has a shot to play, at 6'5'' 215 pounds he is projected as a DB as he runs quite well for a big body (90 acc and 92 speed), he could be slotted into the FS or SS category. The only other attribute that pops out, is Bell's 95 acc as an OLB which might be crucial as he develops his overall game in the coming years.
Steve is going to develop into a great corner for us, already great in coverage and not a bad tackler, starting potential from day 1.
We went to Palo Alto high which is literally across the street from the Stanford football Stadium and grabbed J.T. Strong and quick, he will redshirt to work on his run blocking a bit but he is a great offensive lineman prospect.
Juan will be a bit of a project for us, but he comes in at a position of need and will be a stop gap as more talent flows in.
Donald is in much the same positon as Juan. Haven't decided if we will give him looks as a defensive end or inside at Nose Tackle. Probably a mixture of both.
Johnnie is from right here in LA and grew up a Bruin fan. He played QB and RB in high school ,he doesn't possess the speed to continue at RB at this level so he will provide depth at the QB position and maybe be an emergency option QB when needed.
Cory will try to help fill the large shoes that Myles Jack will be leaving behind. Solid all around, probably won't make an all american list but we don't think he will make any glaring mistakes either.
Punter. Solid Leg.
Athletic fullback from Florida, could catch a lot of balls. Envision him as more of an H-Back in our pistol sets.
Went up north a bit to grab Steve , another future starter at the CB positon. He will pair nicely with Steve Kane, the other CB we brought in.
The #1 Quartback in the Nation is officially a Bruin. We could start him Day 1 and be comfortable, but he will have competition. Current starter Asiantii Woulard will be returning as a Senior next season, while last years #2 QB in his class Richard Green will be coming off a redshirt season and lets not forget current RS Freshman Chris James who is just as good as any of them. A plethora of riches under center for the Bruins.
Oregon Grabs Athlete
On ATH Jeff Hall
"We set out this recruiting period to build our offensive line of the future, and add speed. We took care of the O line early and now we're taking care of the speed problem. I know a lot of prognosticators are penciling Hall in as a defensive back...we're not. He's a running back through and through. He's a little on the small side at 5'10" 180 pounds, but he's as fast as they come and has a great ability to shake tacklers. We are planning to redshirt the youngster, but he looks to be the future at the running back position. He will give us the ability to use Troy Turner and either Hall or the bruiser Erik Thomas in 2 back sets. We can't wait to see what happens when we are able to get all that speed on the field."
ASU signs their 2nd 5 star prospect in Miller
Home: Blue Island, IL
OVR: 76 (+3)
Rank: 37 (#9 ATH)
Miller comes in as the 2nd of this class. Once again, not a game changing 5 star that we would like to see but it looks good in the recruiting rankings. Miller is projected as a WR/TE. He does't have the speed that we would like at WR (87), and he would be a little under sized at TE. He will likely sit and red shirt for a year and figure out where he is going to play. If it is WR he may be sitting for awhile, at TE he could get a chance in a couple of years to be a great receiving TE. Miller will also get tested out at FB during spring drills to see if maybe he can make the adjustment there.
Home: Seneca, SC
OVR; 67 (-1)
Rank: 573 (#33 G)
Brooks comes from SEC country and we hope that we can get a few more of those big boys in the future. Brooks has a younger brother that is an even bigger stud that we are hoping on landing next year. Brooks will add some good depth to the future of the OL at ASU. He has a monster frame that has the ability to add even more muscle too, which he will need to do to improve on his run blocking. He has the wing span and quick feet right now to be a good pass blocker, but needs a little more bulk and strength to drive his opponent off of the ball.
12 signed. 9 spots open with 8 on the board. We are really putting all of our eggs in the basket of #1 SS Brad Robinson for the off season part of recruiting. He is a game changer that could have an immediate impact of the defense.
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