The Verbal Commitment - UC RecruitingNation Weekly

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    Welcome to the Underclassmen Network's newest segment, The Verbal Commitment! This will be your one-stop for all the latest info and rumors in the mad world that is college recruiting. Stay tuned to see where the top recruits in the country land, and find out how your team does come signing day. Without further ado, lets get started!

    Weekly Spotlight
    Each week, we will be covering one of the top recruits in the country. Discussing their stats as well as their decisions. What better place to start then with the #1 prospect in the country? Here is look at the ESPN150 top player in the country:

    TE Mike Bailey
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    • 4.72 - 40
    • 430lbs Bench Press
    • 305lbs Squat
    • Status: Undeclared
    • Top Schools: Utah, BYU, Oregon State, Boise State, Oregon
    Mike Bailey, is the top prospect in the nation. He is listed as a Blocking TE, but this kid can do it all. Run, block, catch, you name it. Just a great football player. Has good size at 6'4 239lbs, but where he stands out is his athleticism and skill work. Very agile for his size and great footwork, excels in pass blocking and in space vs linebackers. Says he is "definitely trying to stay close to home, and wants to get a lot of exposure". Bailey also played at Tackle in High School, which surely helped develop his blocking skills. He is more developed at TE, but could contribute on the OL if needed.
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    Recruiting Battles
    These are the recruits who have multiple UC teams in their Top-5. Things might get ugly here as teams are fighting for commitment's and rules might be broken. As it gets closer to signing day, look for these battles to start heating up!
    WR Mark Smith
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    Stage: Top 10

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    Mark is ranked as the #5 WR in the country, and the #27 overall prospect. The California prospect, stands at 6' 3" with good speed (ran a 4.6 in the 40). He has sure hands, that would make any QB look good. As a Senior, Smith had a year that thrust him into the national spotlight. Catching 46 passes for 923 yds and 19 TD's en route to Player of the Year honors. Smith told The Verbal Commitment in interviews last week that he wants to stay in the southwest, or somewhere close to home. Also, that he is cares a lot about tradition, and wants to be a part of a prestigious program. With that being said, it is no question why USC is #1 on the prospect's list right now. However, it is still early in the season and UCLA, Arizona, Cal, and Oregon State are all still in the running. It is still early in the season, look for his choices to narrow down as we draw closer to spring time and Smith attends more prospect camps.

    DE Keith Hood
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    Stage: Top 6

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    Keith Hood is a monster of prospect out of Arizona. A 257 lb DE that has WR speed, and RB acceleration can be a lethal weapon on any D-Line in the country. Rated as the #1 DE in the country, Hood certainly will be a starter at whatever school he chooses to attend. He is the type of player that recruiter's dream of and offensive coordinators have nightmares about. One Pac-12 recruiter said, "Unbelievable power and acceleration off the line, can run down any player on the field. Posses the pursuit skills of a linebacker, and the tackling ability of a Safety". Hood has made it clear he wants to stay in AZ, or at the least stay in the southwest, so his choices are limited to PAC-12 teams. ASU and Zona are the front runners right now, as these rivals throw out all the stops to try and land this stud. It will be interesting to see who these teams sign, given the NCAA's recruiting restriction of only 1 5-star athlete per class.

    OL John Durbin
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    Stage: Top 9

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    Meet John Durbin. The #1 G prospect in the country, and the smartest HS football player you will ever meet. This Tennessee prospect is one of the most intriguing players we've seen this year. Because he was relatively an unknown until last season. Durbin played DT for most of his football career, until depth concerns caused the coaches to approach Durbin in the spring and ask him to make the switch to Guard. It was a risky move, as Durbin was drawing attention at DT from FCS schools. Durbin, being the type of guy he is, agreed. His coach had this to say about Durbin's decision "Durbin is a one-of-a-kind guy, I knew he would agree to move positions. He is one of those rare players who puts the team before himself. He coulda said no, and stuck it out, but that's not who he is". So Durbin made the switch, and has devoted himself 100% to being the best guard he can be. What a guard he is, indeed. Durbin possesses quick hands and feet, a must for the guard position. He has shown the ability to swing out to the open-field and make some great downfield blocks, and he excels in pass blocking. This kid can do it all.

    Committed!
    2 prospects committed this week, to powerhouse and defending national champs, Alabama. Both Roy McKinney and Jim Williams will join Saban's team next year as they are the Tide's first commits of the year. Congratulations to them!

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    Well that wraps up this week's show. Tune in next week, for more battles, more commits, and more football!
     
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    Welcome to the Underclassmen Network's newest segment, The Verbal Commitment! This will be your one-stop for all the latest info and rumors in the mad world that is college recruiting. Last week, we discussed a few of the top-rated prospects in the country. We will revisit those prospects for a bit, and then move on to our regional coverage. Let's get started!​


    Last week we visited the #1 recruit in the nation, TE Mike Bailey. Let's check in with him again and see if any developments have been made in the last week.

    TE Mike Bailey
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    • Status: Undeclared​
    • Top Schools: Utah, BYU, Oregon State, Boise State, Oregon​
    It was reported on Sunday, that Bailey has received his first scholarship offer, according to sources. The Utah Utes are the #1 team on Bailey's list and have solidified their position by offering him a scholarship. Although no decision was made by Bailey, he said the offer has influenced his list.


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    Stage: Top 10

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    Last week you learned a bit about the #3 WR in the country, Mark Smith. Well, according to AZ recruiting blog, Desert Swarm, the Wildcats have backed out of the recruiting race for WR Mark Smith. Coach Rodriguez said last week that the team had "other needs to fill" and have chosen to pursue other prospects. The Wildcats were #2 on Smith's short list, but now that spot looks to have fallen to UCLA.
    Weekly Spotlight
    Each week, we will be covering one of the top recruits in the country. Discussing their stats as well as their decisions.​

    CB Tony Strickland
    • 40 Time: 4.5
    • Bench Press: 255lbs
    • Squat: 290lbs
    Stage: 9 Schools
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    This week's spotlight is going to a player not ranked in the ESPN 300, but a solid player none-the-less. CB Tony Strickland is a Vacaville, CA native out of Vaca High. Through 4 games in his senior season, Strickland has recorded 2 INTs and 23 Tackles. Tony has shown great closing speed, and the burst needed to be effective in zone coverage. He has great hands in jamming receivers, and has shown to be a more than competent defender in man-to-man defense. Look for Strickland to start slimming down his list soon, but as of right now, he has 9 schools still in the mix. With offers from Oregon State, Washington, and UCLA, Strickland will most likely stay close to home and play in the PAC-12 conference.
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    Recruiting Battles
    These are the recruits who have multiple UC teams in their Top-5. Things might get ugly here as teams are fighting for commitment's and rules might be broken. As it gets closer to signing day, look for these battles to start heating up!​
    OLB John Jones
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    Stage: Top 8

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    John Jones is the #166 prospect in the class and the #5 OLB. Jones has phenomenal speed for a LB, but has the quickness and size to even play some S, if needed. At The Opening last year as a junior, Jones was clocked at 4.62 in the 40 and had an impressive workout. He has excellent upper-body strength, and can make all the tackles, there is nobody on the field he can't bring down. Does take poor pursuit angles, at times, and tends to go for the big hit instead of wrapping up and making the sure tackle. Has received offers from Arkansas, UCLA, CSU, and Army, but still nothing from Ole Miss.


    Committed!
    2 more prospects committed this week, both to in-state schools. Ohio prospect Greg Humphrey, a 4-star WR from Stow, OH committed to Miami University (Ohio). He was the #20 WR in the 2014 class, and is sure to be a huge contributor come next season. The second prospect, Ashton Perez is a pass-rushing DE out of Cedar Hill, TX who committed to Rice University. Perez averaged 4.2 GPA in high school and is certainly looking to continue his academic success at the academic Rice University. A 3-star DE prospect, Perez has great acceleration and pursuit skills, given the right training he can certainly become a solid starter for Rice. Congrats to those 2 gentlemen!

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    Unfortunately, that is all the time we have for this week. Hopefully we can cover a bit more next time on, The Verbal Commitment! Thanks for watching!

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