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Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:15 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 11:23 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: ACC



Posted by Chip Patterson

Breaking down who won and lost in the ACC on National Signing Day

WINNER: Florida State

For the second year in a row, multiple top uncommitted prospects picked Florida State in widely publicized National Signing Day announcements. Cornerback Ronald Darby (pictured above, No. 3 athlete in 2012 class) never even told head coach Jimbo Fisher he was definitely coming to Florida State, but when decision time came he reached for the Seminoles' hat. It started with Mario Edwards, Jr. signing his letter on ESPN in the morning, then on to Eddie Goldman's commitment and Jameis Winston's public recruitment of Darby just before the cornerback's announcement. For Florida State, the revolution was televised.



LOSER: North Carolina schools

Recently, high school football in the state of North Carolina has been on the rise. Unfortunately, it has not resulted in a boost to any of the North Carolina schools in the ACC. North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and Duke missed out on every North Carolina prospect in Tom Lemming's Top 100 Players, and allowed 31 of the 55 in-state prospects to sign with out-of-state schools. If these football programs want to shake the "basketball school" reputation of Tobacco Road, they need to stop letting the best in-state talent get poached by other programs.

WINNER: Miami

The Hurricanes got a jump start on the competition due to self-imposed bowl ineligibility, and those early verbal commits helped secure enough to talent to keep the Hurricanes as a Top 10 class despite some defections. Miami also got a much-needed boost in the secondary with the commitment of Tracy Howard, and defensive end Tyriq McCord signed his letter despite rumors he may flip to USC or South Carolina. The heart of Golden's 2012 recruiting class lies right in Miami's backyard, with over half of the class from Southern Florida - many from Broward-Dade County area. Several Hurricanes' signees openly spoke about expecting NCAA action, and are willing to follow Golden's plan for success anyway.



LOSER: Georgia Tech

Recruiting is just not a great time for the public image of Georgia Tech football. Head coach Paul Johnson was publicly critical of oversigning again, and the Yellow Jackets' stiff academic requirements have become a topic of conversations when competing against the SEC for in-state talent. But Georgia Tech did have a hat on the table when defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was making his decision between the Yellow Jackets, Alabama, and Georgia on National Signing Day. Tomlinson, one of the top uncommitted in-state recruits, paused on the Georgia Tech hat, only to publicly spurn the Yellow Jackets and commit to Alabama. Additionally, Georgia Tech offensive line coach Todd Spencer resigned amidst potential NCAA violations from impermissible text messaging. Just not a good PR day for Georgia Tech.

WINNER: Maryland

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (No. 14 overall prospect) did not commit on National Signing Day. The top ranked unsigned recruit is strongly considering Florida, Auburn, and Maryland. While many believe the Gators are in the lead for Diggs, MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak writes that Maryland still might have a chance. Former Illinois head coach Ron Zook believes that new Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who has a great relationship with Diggs' family, could convince the Olney, Md. standout to stay in-state. With Locksley playing catch up in the recruiting game, every day without a Diggs commitment is likely to Maryland's advantage.

LOSER: Virginia Tech

While the Hokies pulled in another solid class, including talented wide receiver Joel Caleb, there was one decommit that caused an unwanted scene. Linebacker Jawand Blue, a Boca Raton, Fla. native, was committed to the Hokies until an opportunity arose at the last minute to jump in with Miami. When he called Virginia Tech, the phone conversation apparently did not go well. Unfortunately, a local reporter heard the conversation (from Blue's end) and began tweeting quotes "from Frank Beamer." A Virginia Tech spokesperson later clarified it was not Beamer, but assistant coach Charley Wiles. For more on the interaction, you can check out ACCSports.com's Signing Day blog. Blue was not a make-or-break recruit for Beamer, but the whole situation was a loss on a very public day for all recruiting news.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:47 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 11:24 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big East



Posted by Chip Patterson


Breaking down who won and lost in the Big East on National Signing Day

WINNER: Rutgers

Losing your head coach less than a week before National Signing Day should be recruiting suicide, but Kyle Flood was able to not only hold on to most of the Scarlet Knights' class but sign one of the top recruits in the state of New Jersey. The addition of defensive end Darius Hamilton (pictured above, No. 29 overall prospect) gives Rutgers the only Big East class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25.



LOSER: The Big East's national stock

The Big East was not a huge player in National Signing Day this year. Much of that is likely due to the uncertain football future of the league. While schools like San Diego State and Boise State may use the future move to their advantage in recruiting, an existing Big East school cannot promise a future with a BCS automatic bid.

WINNER: West Virginia

With 27 commits in the Class of 2012, Dana Holgorsen is bringing in a healthy load of talent to the Mountaineers program. There were only two National Signing Day commitments, but both were significant additions to the class. Adam Pankey is a 6-foot-5, 290 pound offensive lineman who chose West Virginia after being committed to Pittsburgh since October 2011. Talented athlete Travares Copeland was the eighth Florida prospect in the 2012 class, a new hot spot for West Virginia apparently.



LOSER: West Virginia

Head coach Dana Holgorsen mentioned on National Signing Day that the "in between" stage of the West Virginia program as they transition from the Big East to the Big 12 hurt them on the recruiting trail. While some recruits may have heightened their interest in the Mountaineers because of the opportunity to play in the Big 12, competing schools used the ongoing legal battle as a reason to turn recruits away from Morgantown.  The Mountaineers' staff was able to keep many of the commitments they expected to sign, but it could have made West Virginia a bigger player for top prospects down the stretch.

WINNER: Louisville

Charlie Strong didn't shock anyone with a big National Signing Day surprise, but the Cardinals were able to hold on to a solid class of recruits that ranks among the best in the Big East. Strong once again dipped into the Sunshine State, pulling nearly a third of Louisville's class from the state of Florida. On a day when few Big East hats were on the table for top prospects, holding on to your commits was the best case scenario for the Cardinals.

LOSER: Syracuse

While Louisville was able to hold on to some of their prized recruits, Orange head coach Doug Marrone was not so lucky. Four Syracuse verbal commits changed their mind before National Signing Day, most notably defensive lineman Harold Brantley. Brantley, a 6-foot-3, 280 pound recruit from Hershey, Pa., committed to the Orange on June 29 but had a late change of heart after visiting Missouri this past weekend. Syracuse also lost linebacker Tashon Whitehurst, who signed with South Florida.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:26 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 2:33 pm
 

2012 National Signing Day Tracker (2 p.m. ET)

Posted by Eye On College Football

For all up-to-the-minute updates and analysis throughout National Signing Day, head on over to Signing Day Central and the Eye On Recruiting. If you are just tuning in, here is what you may have missed.


No. 1 overall prospect Dorial Green-Beckham committed to Missouri


Offensive tackle Andrus Peat (No. 8 overall prospect) will be heading to Stanford

Nelson Agholor will join a dynamic group of athletes at USC


Former Cal and Washington commit Jordan Payton flipped again to UCLA


Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons selected Georgia over Florida


Top defensive tackle prospect Eddie Goldman will join Mario Edwards at Florida State


After being "100 percent" set on Florida State, defensive end Dante Fowler flipped his commitment to Florida

Linebacker Reggie Northrup (Jacksonville, Fla.) switched his commitment from Miami to Florida State

Top 100 linebacker Kwon Alexander (Oxford, Ala.) picked LSU over Auburn


Top ranked wide receiver Deontay Greenberry flipped his commitment from Notre Dame to Houston


Standout offensive tackle Kyle Dodson flipped from Wisconsin to Ohio State


Alexander's high school teammate, cornerback Trae Elston, will head to Ole Miss 


Korren Kirven
signed with Alabama over in-state favorite Virginia Tech

Mirmar (Fla.) standout cornerback Tracy Howard will play for the hometown Miami Hurricanes


RB Justin Taylor turns down Alabama grayshirt, signs with Kentucky


MaxPreps' No. 6 athlete Joel Caleb will likely play wide receiver for Virginia Tech


Florida DE Leonard Williams chooses USC over several SEC schools


Defensive back Corey Thompson flips commitment from Texas A&M to LSU


Auburn signs Top 100 WR JaQuay Williams, OL Will Adams



Don't forget to also check the MaxPreps' Team Recruiting Rankings page to see how the teams stack up as the players put pen to paper on Signing Day. You can also sort the committed recruits by conference and check out Tom Lemming's Top 100 Recruits for the class of 2011. More Recruiting Coverage
Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 5:31 pm
 

RB fatally stabbed hours after HS graduation

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Nineteen-year old Isayah Muller of Truman High School in New York City died from stab wounds he received merely hours after graduating from high school. According to a report in the New York Daily News, Muller and his family were leaving his commencement ceremony and on their way to dinner when Muller's father, Andre Muller, got into a fight with a couple of parking attendants whom his father believed stole some items from the family's car.

The joyous family had left the commencement at Lehman College around 4 p.m. to head to a celebratory dinner at City Island, cops said.

But after they pulled out of the Jerome Ave. parking lot, the elder Muller noticed some "expensive fragrances missing from the car," a source said.

He then turned around and drove back to the lot to confront the attendants about the missing cologne, which he had bought as a graduation gift for his son, cops said.

Once back at the M.T. Jerome Town Corp. lot, a furious fight erupted and quickly turned violent as two attendants pulled out knives on the unarmed Mullers, relatives said

"Neither of them were armed," said Myrna Valentin, 54, Muller's grandmother. "[Andre] picked up a shovel and snapped one of them with it and broke his arm."

Isayah Muller was stabbed twice in the fracas - once in his side and once in his chest - as his horrified mother, Rosa, and his girlfriend looked on.

Muller was then put into the car by his family and taken to a clinic ten blocks away before being transported to St. Barnabas Hospital. He died there from his wounds, as his heart was pierced when Muller was stabbed in the chest. In a cruel twist, Andre Muller has been charged with assault and possession of a weapon. The parking lot attendants were still being held for questioning.

Isayah Muller had planned on attending Nassau Community College in the fall. 


Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:56 am
 

Tulane loses assistant to a high school

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In college football, loyalty only goes so far in the world of coaches. The fact of the matter is, unless you're the head coach at your alma mater, a coach is generally always on the lookout for the next job. The next step up on the ladder. So an assistant leaving a school for another is no big deal. But then there's what happened to Tulane this week.

Dan Dodd had been the assistant head coach at Tulane for the last three years, and had been at the school for four. Dodd is now leaving Tulane to become a head coach at another school. Which would be totally normal except for the fact that this new school is a high school.

Dan Dodd, the assistant head football coach at Tulane University, has accepted the position of K-12 athletic director and varsity football coach at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools, the school announced Tuesday. Dodd, a graduate of San Clemente High, replaces Chris Fore, who said he has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

“Coach Dodd will clearly bring a new look to our football program, which will be highly attractive to student athletes who want to play for a coach who believes in young men and what they can accomplish," Dr. Ron Sipus, head of schools for CVCS, said in a press release. "Our athletes will get playing time in a quality program and if they develop their skills, Coach Dodd, because of his background, can connect them to the right college recruiters and coaches.” 

Now, I've no idea how good a school Capistrano Valley is, or how much they'll be paying Dodd at his new job. So I'm not going to question his decision to leave the position of assistant head coach at an FBS school to become a head coach at a high school. I'm just going to wish him luck at the new gig.

As far as Tulane is concerned, ouch. Maybe Dodd just took his dream job, but it's never going to look good when your assistant head coach feels that taking a head coaching job at a high school is a step up in his career. I mean, I can't remember anyone doing something like this since coach Eric Taylor left TMU to return to Dillion High School. 
Posted on: September 15, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Arizona QB commit won't have a senior season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While his future classmates will be painting themselves red this weekend in preparation for their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes, Arizona commit Daxx Garman won't be doing much of anything.  He definitely won't be playing football.  The senior quarterback from Texas' Southlake Carroll via Oklahoma was ruled ineligible to play his senior season because of that whole "via Oklahoma" thing.

Garman was ruled ineligible by a decision of the District 7-5A board in August, and appealed the decision but on Tuesday the University Interscholastic League unanimously agreed to uphold the district's decision, forcing Garman to sit out his senior season.

According to TheOldCoach.com and The Dallas Morning News, a committee made up of Waco ISD athletic director Johanna Denson, San Antonio ISD athletic director Gil Garza, Troy ISD superintendent Kerry Hansen, and Houston ISD athletic director Daryl Wade agreed unanimously with the District 7-5A decision in late August to revoke Garman's eligibility after it determined that he moved from Oklahoma to playing football for Southlake Carroll. One of the key issues of debate -- and possibly the lynchpin that keeps Garman off the field for his senior season -- was a clause in the Garmans' lease within Carroll ISD boundaries that stipulated they could terminate the lease if Garman was found to be ineligible to play sports in the Carroll ISD.

What it all boils down to is this.  Garman's father moved from Oklahoma to Texas while Garman's mother remained at their home in Oklahoma. The move was viewed as nothing more than an attempt to let Daxx Garman play his senior season at Southlake Carroll. 

Why?  Because Daxx had been ruled ineligible to play in his home state of Oklahoma after his family failed to fill out the proper paperwork folllowing his transfer from Carl Albert to Jones.  Which is a bit foolish to punish a kid over some paperwork, but the rules are the rules.  No students are allowed to transfer to a Texas school when they were ineligible to play at their previous school, and when you combine the fact that Garman's transfer seemed to be for nothing more than athletic purposes, odds weren't in the kid's favor.

Driving the final nail in the coffin was a clause in Garman's lease that said "in the event the Tenant's son, Daxx Garman, is not accepted in the Carroll ISD Football program, Tenant will have the option to cancel this Lease..."

So it seems that the next time Garman will be eligible to play football it'll be on a field in Tucson.
Posted on: September 3, 2010 6:38 pm
 

Want to see celebrities' sons play HS football?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's Friday night, and what better way to spend the evening in preparation for the first football Saturday than catching some high school football? "Sure," you may respond, "but the significant other can't be persuaded to join me, as she's no fan of athletics!" And that's a common (if not universal) complaint.

Fortunately, those with no interest in sport often have interest in famous people, and what better way to bring these two great tastes together than with MaxPreps.com's list of the top 10 celebrity's sons in high school football?

The list includes some of the top preps in the nation, including Deion Sanders Jr., Ray Lewis III, and Barry Sanders. You can guess who these guys' dads are. Also, Fred Taylor's son Kelvin--the star of some ridiculous (if slightly contact-averse, but we're picking nits here) highlights--is on the list.

But again, to people whose interests don't directly involve the NFL, the term "celebrity" might not apply. For these people, you'll probably have to pony up the money for a trip to Westlake Village, outside of Los Angeles. That's the alma mater of Nick Montana, son of Joe Montana, and the current home to both Trevor Gretzky (yep) and Trey Smith... that'd be the son of Will Smith. Oh, sure, you can also see one of Will's kids doing sports by just watching The Karate Kid in the theaters, but c'mon, that's not football. Besides, movies are all CGI these days. Gotta see the real thing.

 
 
 
 
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