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Recruiting News - 03/13/05


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Just some news from the past few days ...

<font color="#b90000">Sunday, March 13, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 03/13/05

Ohio QB also thinking basketball (Nate Davis) - Rivals PREMIUM

March 13, 2005
Ohio QB also thinking basketball

Bill Kurelic
Rivals100.com Recruiting Analyst *
Bellaire, Ohio, quarterback Nate Davis says he thinks one Big Ten school is nearing a scholarship offer for his grid-iron talents. But Davis is also thinking about basketball at the next level.

<font color="#b90000">Saturday, March 12, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 03/12/05

Northmont's Coleman Says Buckeyes Have Offered - Scout PREMIUM

Northmont's Coleman Says Buckeyes Have Offered
By Duane Long
Date: Mar 12, 2005

The Buckeyes appear to be continuing to hit the instate recruiting early and often this year. DB/WR Kurt Coleman of Clayton Northmont is the latest to say the Buckeyes have offered, and they are not the first. We caught up with Coleman a short time ago to find out more about the offer and where things stand with his recruitment.

Prospect Video - Robert Williams, Kallen Wade - Scout PREMIUM

Prospect Video - Robert Williams, Kallen Wade
By Bucknuts.com Staff
Date: Mar 12, 2005

Two of the top prospects in Cincinnati this year can be found at Withrow High School - CB Robert Williams and DE Kallen Wade. Each player has at least one early offer, and Williams has attended junior day at OSU. We have junior video of each player posted now.

<font color="#b90000">Friday, March 11, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 03/11/05

Star NJ DB Myron Rolle on Recruiting (Part 1) - Scout

Star NJ DB Myron Rolle on Recruiting (Part 1)
By Don Hoekwater Columnist/Photographer
Date: Mar 11, 2005

Defensive back Myron Rolle of The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., is possibly the No. 1 recruit in the nation for the recruiting class of 2006. He recently responded to an interview request from GoBlueWolverine Magazine and agreed to take time out of his hectic schedule to talk recruiting. This is Part One of our conversation.

With 40-offers already this recruiting season, defensive back Myron Rolle of The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., is in demand not only by top Division 1-A college coaches, but by media outlets wanting to get his story. "You probably have an idea, but I have been getting swamped with interview requests daily," he said in an e-mail to GoBlueWolverine.com. "I must turn down three a day. I have three production companies wanting to send cameras to my house and school to film my every move. It is pretty crazy!"

Needless to say GBW greatly appreciates that Rolle agreed to talk about his recruiting. "I feel I owe it to the Michigan fans considering that U-M is one of my finalists," he said in the same e-mail.

GBW contacted Rolle at his home in Princeton Thursday evening, and we bring you part one of our interview.

Rolle, who in January measured 6-foot-2, 206-pounds at the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio, Texas could possibly end up being the No. 1 prospect in the nation when rankings are released early this summer. What is that like for the young man? "It's feels great," he said. "I've worked hard and invested so much into my development, along with my family, and now I'm reaping the benefits of all the hard work. Now, I just have to handle it correctly."

Rolle is the youngest sibling in a family of four boys, and credits his brothers for a lot of his current success. "They put a football in my hands," he said. "We're all athletes and my brothers taught me everything. I've learned from each one not only how to play but how to do well in the classroom; that is very important to me, and to everyone in my family."

Talented in the classroom as well as the football field, Rolle reports a 4.0 grade-point-average with a desire to attend medical school once he finishes his undergraduate work. "Although I am looking to play football after college, things can happen," he said. "I know I need to be prepared and I take my education very seriously."

In Part Two of our interview with Rolle, which will be available on Monday to GoBlueWolverine.com Premium Subscribers, Rolle talks about his relationship with the Michigan coaching staff, and how the Wolverines stand in his recruitment. He also tells the story behind The Photo.

Palmer Hopes To See Ohio State Offer - Bucknuts

Palmer Hopes To See Ohio State Offer
By Gary Housteau
Date: Mar 11, 2005

Ohio State has already offered three offensive linemen from the state of Ohio, but Ryan Palmer of Canton GlenOak wants to be number four. The senior-to-be is already getting looks from all over the Midwest, but Ohio State is the school he's looking at the most. Gary Housteau has more on this fine prospect.

There’s a plethora of really good offensive linemen in the 2006 recruiting class in Ohio, and Ryan Palmer of Canton GlenOak High School is one of them. He was very busy making the rounds at the various junior days throughout the month of February hoping to make a favorable impression on someone.

"Everything is going real good. I’m getting recruited by a lot of Big Ten schools," said Palmer about his recruiting experience thus far. "I’m getting recruited by Ohio State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Boston College, and a bunch of other schools. I’m having a lot of fun going to junior days and seeing a part of the tradition that other schools have."

Palmer attended the junior days of Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue and Notre Dame.

"They were all about the same for me," he said. "I think they all have great facilities, great locker rooms and great coaches."

Include Pittsburgh with that group of four and you have Palmer’s top five schools at this early stage of the recruiting season.

"I’m going down to a spring practice at Pittsburgh on the 19th," he said. "I couldn’t go to their junior day because I was at Purdue at the time."

Like his Golden Eagle teammate, Mike Hartline, Ohio State is a school that Palmer is very interested in.

"Of course, I love the coaching at Ohio State and the great tradition they have," Palmer said. "I love Jim Bollman, the offensive line coach, he talks with me like he’s my best friend. He’s a great guy."

The Buckeyes, however, have already extended scholarship offers to three offensive linemen in Ohio for next season and Palmer isn’t one of them.

"That doesn’t really bother me right now," Palmer said. "I know there’s a lot of kids out there and there’s a lot of competition, and I have a lot of schools looking at me."

Standing at 6' 7" tall and weighing 280 pounds, Palmer started on the offensive line for the first time last season at guard, and he’ll likely play there again in his senior season. But that might not necessarily where he’ll play at on the next level.

"I’ve been told many times that I’ll be a tackle since I have great feet and I’m quick, and I have long arms and I can get to those defensive guys that blitz off the end," said Palmer who will play on both sides of the ball this coming year on offense at left guard, and he’ll be a regular for the first time on defense at end as well. "But I’ve been told that I’ll probably be a tackle in college."

He certainly looks the part when you seen him perform on the gridiron, but Palmer knows that he is still a work in progress.

"I have good size of course, and I run pretty well," he said. "The only thing I have to work on is probably my strength; that’s probably my only weakness. I’m alright with that, but I’ll probably get a lot stronger along the way."

He intends to be a regular on the camp tour this spring and summer.

"I’m going to the Nike camp in April at Penn State and I’m going to the Adidas camp in Pittsburgh," Palmer said. "And I’m going to a lot of senior camps at places like Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh."

Last year at Ohio State’s summer camp, Palmer ran a 5.2 second 40-yard dash, and he knows that he’ll improve on that number this year.

"I’ve gotten a lot quicker since then," said Palmer who played center on his school’s basketball team this winter. "My goal is to run a 4.9 this year."

Palmer thinks his team has the talent this year to go even deeper into the playoffs last season. GlenOak has been turning out some top Division I talent on a regular basis over the recent years and this team, led by Hartline under center, could possibly be their best one yet.

"I can’t wait. We’re going to be really good, I think, with me and Mike getting recruited for Division I," he said. "And our senior class is really good and we’re really athletic. I just can’t wait."

Although Palmer would love to go to Ohio State if things would work out that way, he knows that he has to be patient and perform to the best of his ability and let the chips fall where they may.

"I always wanted to be a Buckeye and that’s my dream, so I’ll just wait and see. That’s probably my top school out of my top four or top five," he said. "But if it don’t work out that way, I’ll just move on to different schools and see what else is going on."

In the mean time, he’s really looking forward to playing with Hartline in his senior season.

"Mike is definitely a top-five quarterback, I think. He’s amazing," he said. "He has a great arm and he runs well, and he’s lifting weights too, so he’s going to be a lot stronger than last year."

Up to this time, Palmer has no scholarship offers to report. He carries and 3.2 core GPA and has yet to take either of the two entrance exams.

Jeremiha Hunter doubles offers - Rivals PREMIUM

March 11, 2005
Jeremiha Hunter doubles offers

Mike Farrell
Rivals100.com Recruiting Analyst *
Standout Jeremiha Hunter out of Manheim (Pa.) Manheim Central is arguably the top linebacker recruit out of Pennsylvania in 2006. Recently he's seen the number of written offers on the table double.

Glass ready for another junior day - Rivals PREMIUM

March 11, 2005
Glass ready for another junior day

Bill Kurelic
Rivals100.com Recruiting Analyst *
Springfield (Ohio) South quarterback Brennen Glass has been to junior days at Purdue and Notre Dame. Where is he headed on Saturday?

Falk receiving plenty of Big Ten mail - Rivals PREMIUM

March 11, 2005
Falk receiving plenty of Big Ten mail

Bill Kurelic
Rivals100.com Recruiting Analyst *
Olentangy, Ohio, offensive lineman Zach Falk says he is receiving mail from almost half the schools in the Big Ten as well as Notre Dame.

<font color="#b90000">Thursday, March 10, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 03/10/05

VAUGHT: Micah Johnson speaks on UK connection - Scout

VAUGHT: Micah Johnson speaks on UK connection
By Larry Vaught**
Date: Mar 10, 2005

He already knows he’ll use one of his five official visits to take a trip to defending national champion Southern California. He also just got a call from Louisville coach Bobby Petrino Wednesday telling him that he could the powerful tailback the Cardinals need in their high-powered offense.

He already knows he’ll use one of his five official visits to take a trip to defending national champion Southern California. He also just got a call from Louisville coach Bobby Petrino Wednesday telling him that he could the powerful tailback the Cardinals need in their high-powered offense.

But while college coaches from coast to coast line up for a chance to recruit Fort Campbell standout Micah Johnson, he still has connections to the University of Kentucky that will keep the Wildcats firmly in the recruiting chase.

The biggest factor in UK’s favor is his brother, Christian, a recent UK signee.

“I am trying to look at like if he was not there, would I still have Kentucky in high regards,” Johnson said. “But he is there and that’s having a huge impact on me. Me and him are like best friends. It would be a difficult decision not to play with him, but he understands I have to go where I fit best. I do feel comfortable with Kentucky. Eveything is good from the school to the facilities to the coaches. Even if my brother wasn’t there, Kentucky would be a good school for me.”

Kentucky is also recruiting Nathaniel Johnson, a 220-pouund outside linebacker-strong safety playing in California.

“Right now he’s looking at Kentucky and Michigan State. It would be something if all three of us got to play together,” Micah Johnson said.

Former Fort Campbell players Marcus McClinton and Gabe Wallace both got to play as true freshmen lasts season. Johnson is friends with both. Kentucky is also recruiting Johnson’s current teammate, Leonard Gordon.

“Leonard likes Kentucky, too,” Johnson said. “They could have a lot of players I know, which makes a big difference.”

He also grew up a fan of former UK running back Derek Homer, who played at Fort Knox when Johnson’s family was there several years ago.

“He came to our house. We had a good relationship and I kept a good eye on him at Kentucky,” Johnson said.

Will these UK connections be enough to get the state’s top-rated prospect to sign with the Wildcats? Don’t expect an early answer. Johnson will attend one combine, possibly in Mississippi, later this spring. He’ll definitely go to UK’s team camp -- Fort Campbell always does -- and may make another camp visit or two in the summer. He also definitely plans to take five official visits, probably after his high school season ends.

He’s not going to rush his decision. He wants to weigh his options. He would probably prefer to play running back, but also knows his size, speed and power could make him a perfect linebacker.

“It really doesn’t matter. I’m open on where I play depending on where I go,” Johnson said.

So while Kentucky won’t get an early commitment, the Cats are positioned well with a player that has to be at the top of their 2006 wish list.