#23. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Posted in Football Class of '12 on February 6, 2012 by redshirtscouting

Much respect must be given to the coaching staff of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for being able to keep everyone on board even after their head coach, Greg Schiano left to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a week before signing day. Not only were they able to keep everyone in the fold, but they were able to land some of the guys they were targeting even after Schiano left.

First, and most importantly, was the commitment from the top player in the state of New Jersey, defensive end Darius Hamilton. Hamilton had probably made up his mind for Rutgers before the Schiano news, but for the staff to still land the 6’4”, 245 lber is unbelievable. Hamilton is truly a talented player, and the top rated Rutgers commitment.

The Scarlet Knights were also able to fill up at a position of need in the offensive line. The Knights desperately needed two offensive tackles, and they got two very good ones in Pennsylvania Tackles J.J. Denman and Chris Muller. Both kids were highly rated and highly regarded players. On top of that they landed a pair of other top offensive lineman in New Jersey’s Ryan Brodie, and Pennsylvania’s Brandon Arcidiacano.

The Knights other big time need was to land a quarterback. They did that nicely by adding Bloomsburg’s Blake Rankin. The 6’4”, 190 lbs signal caller is a true talent, and is the best high school quarterback to go to Rutgers since Tom Savage in the class of ’09.

The Knights landed commitments for some other top prospects as well such as New Jersey linebacker Quanzell Lambert and wide receiver Leonte Carroo, as well as Pennsylvania running back Desmon Peoples.

Top Recruit:Darius Hamilton

’12 PA QB Blake Rankin

’12 PA HB Desmon Peoples

’12 NJ WR Leonte Carroo

’12 NJ WR Carlton Agudosi

’12 NJ WR Ruhann Peele

’12 MD WR Ian Thomas

’12 PA OL J.J. Denman

’12 PA OL Chris Muller

’12 PA OL Brandon Arcidiacano

’12 NJ OL Ryan Brodie

’12 NJ DE Darius Hamilton

’12 NJ DT Julian Pinnix-Odrick

’12 NJ LB Quanzell Lambert

’12 NJ LB Steve Longa

’12 NJ ATH Jevon Tyree

’12 FL K Kyle Federico


#24. Missouri Tigers

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2012 by redshirtscouting

Missouri’s Gary Pinkel and staff deserve a lot of credit in this recruiting class, nabbing a spot in our Top 25. They got a lot of talent at positions where you need talent, and as they enter the SEC, it will be important.

The top recruit is the clearly the nations top prospect. Wide Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (DGB) decided to stay home and play for the in-state Tigers. The 6’6”, 225 lber, is certainly an SEC type talent. His chose the Tigers on signing day over Arkansas (where many believed he was going). His hometown of Springfield, MO is actually closer to Fayetteville, Arkansas than Columbia, Missouri.

DGB is good, but somewhat has to throw him the ball in order for him to be great. The Tigers got that guy to. The nations #10 quarterback, Maty Mauk chose Missouri back in July of 2011. Mauk is a 6’2”, 185 lbs quarterback, and the top Quarterback in the state of Ohio for the class of ’12.

Linebacker Donovin Newsom is also a talent worth recognizing. The 6’2”, 220 lber will be competing for early playing time as he has all the tools needed. He will be a very good SEC linebacker. He and fellow linebacker Michael Scherer (6’3”, 230 lbs) are expected to have big futures at Missouri. Both are from St. Louis.

The Tigers also landed a pair of very talented running backs. The first is Kansas City tail back Morgan Steward. Steward (5’11”, 195 lbs) definitely passes the look test. The other, Texas scat back Russell Hansbrough is the better of the two. We like both a lot. 

The Tigers landed a few nice looking defensive lineman in Evan Winston (6’4”, 255 lbs), Harold Brantley (6’3”, 280 lbs), and Rickey Hatley (6’4”, 235 lbs).

Top Recruit: WR Dorial Green-Beckham

’12 OH QB Maty Mauk

’12 MO HB Morgan Steward

’12 TX HB Russell Hansbrough

’12 MO WR Dorial Green-Beckham

’12 FL TE Sean Culkin

’12 TX DE Rickey Hatley

’12 MI DE Evan Winston

’12 PA DT Harold Brantley

’12 MO LB Donovin Newsom

’12 MO LB Michael Scherer

’12 TX LB Torey Boozer

’12 TX CB John Gibson

’12 OK S Levi Copeland

#25. Virginia Cavaliers

Posted in Football Class of '12 on February 4, 2012 by redshirtscouting

The Virginia Cavaliers  capitalized on the success of a very good season on the recruiting trail. Head coach Mike London led the Cavaliers to big wins over teams like Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Miami. However he didn’t have the athletes on the field to compete with teams like Virginia Tech and Auburn. That is why this class of ’12 was crucial for the Virginia Cavaliers.

Getting athletes however, was exactly what they did. Their top prospect in Quarterback Greyson Lambert out of Georgia. Lambert is our second best quarterback for the class of ’12. He enrolled early for the spring, and will be hoping for playing time this upcoming season. At 6’5”, 200 lbs, Lambert has the size, and tools to be a great one.

The Cavaliers also landed several studs on the defensive side of the football. Linebacker/Defensive End Eli Harold is the top player in the state of Virginia, and will be getting early playing time. At 6’3, 225 lbs, he has the size to play either spot. Inside linebacker Kwontie Moore is another one of the very talented players in this class. At 6’1”, 235 lbs, Moore is also physically ready to step in and play right away. 

Safety Demetrie Brim is our fourth highest rated player in this class.  Brim is an exceptional athlete and we believe he will end up as one of the better safeties to come out of Virginia. Hyattsville (Md.) Defensive End Michael Moore will also be pretty good at Virginia. Moore, 6’5”, 255 lbs, is plenty big enough and comes from a high school known for having freakish athletes.

Offensive Lineman Sean Karl and Athlete Maurice Canady are also very talented players, that could have huge careers at Virginia.

Top Recruit: QB Greyson Lambert 

’12 GA QB Greyson Lambert

’12 PA QB Matt Johns

’12 VA WR Mario Nixon

’12 MA WR Canaan Severin

’12 VA OL Andre Miles-Redmond

’12 PA OL Michael Mooney

’12 NY OL Sean Karl

’12 NJ DE Max Valles

’12 MD DE Michael Moore

’12 VA LB Kwontie Moore

’12 VA LB Eli Harold

’12 FL S Demeitre Brim

’12 VA ATH Maurice Canady

Final weekend before signing day……

Posted in Football Class of '12 on January 30, 2012 by redshirtscouting

It was a big weekend, and the final before National Signing Day 2012. The biggest commitment of the weekend came yesterday when the Oregon Ducks landed the 6’8”, 275 lbs Arik Armstead (video below). The former USC commitment wants to play Defensive End in college, but knowing Chip Kelly, he should be an offensive tackle by the end of 2012. Still, he is a huge commitment, and will certainly make an impact at Oregon. Some of Oregon’s other top prospects are DE DeForest Buckner, QB Jake Rodriguez, and TE Pharoah Brown.

Second on the list was Texas middle linebacker Dalton Santos. Santos, who has been committed to Tennessee since what seems like forever, started taking visits this January. Texas was also his dream school which factored into the equation. Once the Longhorns offered him, his decision may have been made. The Longhorns are getting a good one in the 6’2”, 240 lbs Van High School star. Santos was actually the second big time Longhorn commitment of the day. Texas cornerback Daje Johnson also committed. The 5’10, 185 lber is another dynamic weapon that will give Texas a chance to be ranked #1 overall by RedshirtScouting. 

Storyline #3, talented New Jersey Quarterback Devin Fuller chose UCLA yesterday. Fuller chose UCLA over Rutgers and Arizona. The Bruins are getting a nice looking quarterback. He is small at 5’11.5”, but Fuller is certainly a talented player. The change of Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano may have pushed Fuller to UCLA as apposed to Rutgers.

Talented cornerback prospect Armani Reeves joins his teammate and close friend LB Camren Williams as an Ohio State commitment. The run that Urban Meyer has been on since taking the job has been incredible, and a piece about it will be posted in the coming days. Regardless, Reeves is a very talented corner, and at a position of need for Ohio State. The Ohio State Buckeyes are now also in the running for a top finish with guys like Stefon Diggs, Kyle Dodson, Davonte Neal, Jamal Marcus, Joel Caleb, and Bam Bradley still on their board. Speaking of Stefon Diggs, the Buckeyes hosted him this weekend on an official visit.

Speaking of Ohio, big time wide receiver Monty Madaris also made his commitment yesterday. Madaris chose Michigan State. The 6’2”, 180 lber is a big time kid. The Spartans also have a commitment from one of the top in-state kids as well in Aaron Burbridge.

’12 TX LB Dalton Santos

’12 TX CB Daje Johnson

’12 MA CB Armani Reeves

’12 NJ QB Devin Fuller

’12 OH WR Monty Madaris

J.J. Denman is bad luck

Posted in Football Class of '12 on January 27, 2012 by redshirtscouting

Pennsylvania Offensive Lineman J.J. Denman (Video Below) is in the news again. Coaches around the country are again after the 6’6”, 300 lbs offensive lineman. Denman committed just two days ago to Rutgers, however today’s hiring of Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers changes things a little.

Denman has been a bit of bad luck to any school he’s been committed to. He first committed to Penn State last summer. That changed as the Penn State scandal broke. He then flipped to Wisconsin. However earlier this month Wisconsin’s offensive staff was raided by Pittsburgh. Thus, he flipped to Rutgers. Today’s news won’t make Mr. Denman too thrilled. He does report offers from Miami (FL), Michigan, North Carolina, and Notre Dame, among others.

Speaking of big, talented offensive lineman, (Wash.) senior Joshua Garnett made his commitment today. Garnett chose between Michigan and Stanford. The 6’5”, 280 lber chose the Stanford Cardinal. This leaves Michigan in a big of a bind, as they wanted one more talented offensive lineman to go with Ben Braden, A.J. Williams, and Kyle Kalis. Fortunately for the Wolverines they still have two other offensive line recruits, and are the favorites to land Chicago (Ill.) Offensive Lineman Jordan Diamond.

Another Pennsylvania kid made his commitment today. Pennsylvania’s #2 rated Tight End J.P. Holtz committed to Pittsburgh over Michigan State. Holtz becomes the 2nd highest rated commit for Pittsburgh only behind running back Rushel Shell.


’12 WA OL Joshua Garnett

’12 IL OL Jordan Diamond

’12 PA TE J.P. Holtz

Top 2012 Running Back is….

Posted in Football Class of '12 on January 25, 2012 by redshirtscouting

Miami Norland’s Randy “Duke” Johnson (Video Below). This kid out of Miami is electric, and will be making the Hurricanes a better football team. At 5’9″, 185 lbs, he is one of the most electric kids in this class. Miami’s Lamar Miller decided to go pro, so that will leave the door wide open for Duke to come in and win a role right away.

The rest of the top ten goes as follows:

(N.C.) Keith Marshall, (Tex.) Jonathan Gray, (Ohio) Brionte Dunn, (Penn.) Rushel Shell, (Tex.) Trey Williams, (Okla.) Barry Sanders, (Ala.) TJ Yeldon, (Tenn.) Brian Kimbrow, and (Fla.) Mario Pender

A few kids also committed recently. J.J. Denman from Pennsylvania committed to Rutgers. If there is one school that would benefit from Penn State’s sanctions it’s….well, Ohio State, but Rutgers is right up there. They landed the talented Denman from the Keystone state.

The other commitment came from Cornerback Yuri Wright to Colorado. Wright has been in a lot of trouble recently, as he was expelled from the prestigious Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey for his Twitter. That scares most teams off, but when your as talented as 

’12 OH HB Brionte Dunn

’12 AL HB TJ Yeldon

’12 PA OT J.J. Denman

’12 NJ CB Yuri Wright

Tillman Not Going to Stanford

Posted in Football Class of '12, Football Class of '13 on January 24, 2012 by redshirtscouting

Louisiana ATH Jontrey Tillman will not be going to Stanford like he planned since last June. The Stanford coaches told him he wasn’t accepted. Jontrey, while disappointed, now has to look for a new school. Scout.com reports Tillman having offers from SMU, Southern Miss, New Mexico, and Memphis. Tillman, who runs a 4.3, will probably pick up a few more offers now that he isn’t committed.

Class of ’13 Ohio Quarterback Malik Zaire recently stated he has a Top Three. Those are Nebraska, Pittsburgh, and the home state Ohio State Buckeyes. The Nebraska coaches compared Zaire to current star quarterback Taylor Martinez, however with a better arm. At 6’1″, 190 lbs, Zaire has an impressive arm. He is a lefty with a lot of potential. His video is linked below.

UCLA landed the commitment of talented defensive end Jeremy Castro. UCLA was Castro’s first scholarship offer, but it hasn’t been his favorite the whole time. He has spent time committed to both Washington and Oregon, but now plans to sign with the UCLA Bruins after an official visit to sunny L.A. Castro has offers from big time programs like Oklahoma, LSU, and Boise State.

The Penn State Nittany Lions landed four more commitments yesterday. The most notable was New York running back Akeel Lynch. The, 6’1″, 205 lb Lynch has a good chance to be a star for the Nittany Lions, especially saying they still don’t have their head coach on the job. Lynch makes it seven commitments in the past week. The others include CB Da’Quan Davis, S Trevor Williams, WR Jonathan Warner, WR Malik Golden, LB Nyeem Wartman, and S Jordan Lucas.

’12 CA DE Jeremy Castro

’12 NY HB Akeel Lynch