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Recruiting News - 03/18/05


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<font color="#b90000">Friday, March 18, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 03/18/05

Offers piling up for Maryland OL (J.B. Walton) - Rivals PREMIUM

March 18, 2005
Offers piling up for Maryland OL

Chad Simmons
UGASports.com *
Offers are rolling in for one of the best offensive line prospects on the east coast. J.B. Walton has around fifteen offers now, and, according to Coach Chadwick (Lackey Head Coach), more are on the way as we speak. Yesterday, Rivals put up the video entitled, "J.B. Walton owns the line", and that is exactly what he does. Does this dominating lineman have a list of favorites or is he wide open?

(J.B.) Walton dominates both sides of the ball - Rivals PREMIUM

March 18, 2005
Walton dominates both sides of the ball

Pat Tholey
BlueWhiteIllustrated.com *
As scholarship offers continue to pour in for Lackey's J.B. Walton, Penn State has been there from the beginning. According to Walton's head coach Scott Chadwick, the Nittany Lions were the third team to offer both a verbal and written scholarship to his stud lineman.

NU the latest to offer talented James Aldridge - Rivals PREMIUM

March 18, 2005
NU the latest to offer talented James Aldridge

Bob Dean
HuskersIllustrated.com *
One of the top backs in the Midwest, if not the nation, has seen his offer total increase almost daily. And, today Nebraska jumped in the fray. The Huskers aren't the first to offer the powerful, speedy running back, and probably won't be the last. With 4.45-second speed in the 40-yard dash, to go along with a GPA of 3.0, the talented Aldridge had to be prodded to admit he has special football talents many others don't.

Relationships could be key in (John) Maddox recruitment - Rivals PREMIUM

March 18, 2005
Relationships could be key in Maddox recruitment

Josh Helmholdt
TheWolverine.com *
Fresh off a championship appearance at his school's own version (a three-on-three tournament) of March Madness, Philadelphia (Pa.) West Catholic athlete John Maddox sat down to talk a little recruiting. The attention has been consistent and exciting for this member of Rivals.com's top 100 and he talked about where, if anywhere, Michigan fit into his process.

Warren RB has OSU high on his list - Rivals PREMIUM

March 18, 2005
Warren RB has OSU high on his list

Bill Kurelic
BuckeyeSports.com Recruiting Analyst *
This running back from Warren (Ohio) Howland says Ohio State and Notre Dame are very high on his list and plans to attend an OSU spring practice session later this month.

Sophomore already making visits (Donnie*Evege) - Rivals PREMIUM

March 18, 2005
Sophomore already making visits

Bill Kurelic
Rivals100.com Recruiting Analyst *
This fine sophomore from the state of Ohio is already drawing interest from a number of Big Ten schools and has already visited several colleges.

Ohio linebacker names favorite (Greg Gay) - Rivals PREMIUM

March 18, 2005
Ohio linebacker names favorite

Bill Kurelic
Rivals100.com Recruiting Analyst *
Akron (Ohio) Central-Hower linebacker Greg Gay is drawing interest from many schools despite missing his junior season with an injury. Which Big Ten school sits at the top of Gay's list?

Focus '06 - Justin Boren (OL) - Scout PREMIUM

Focus '06 - Justin Boren (OL)
By Chris Pool
Date: Mar 18, 2005

One of the top offensive line prospects in the Midwest is Justin Boren, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound, road grader, from Pickerington (Ohio) North. Boren is a definite National “Hot 100” prospect who will be given consideration for U.S. Army All-American honors.. Boren told Scout.com that there’s one school in the lead for his services and six others that he’s considering.

<font color="#b90000">Thursday, March 17, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 03/17/05

Classic Lake's top hockey players cited (James Laurinaitis) - St. Louis Park Sun Sailor

Classic Lake's top hockey players cited
By John Sherman
Sun Newspapers
(Created 3/17/2005 9:42:40 AM)

Even though the Classic Lake Conference failed in its bid to get a team to the state boys hockey tournament this season, I thought it was an outstanding year for CLC teams and players.

From my press box view, Iíd like to share my unofficial Classic Lake boys hockey awards for the 2004-05 season.

Most Valuable Player: Tony Lucia of Wayzata led his team to the co-championship with Edina. He led the conference in scoring with 27 goals and 36 assists, while also playing outstanding defense. The son of University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia, Tony has obviously picked up a lot from his dad. In my mind, he was the most complete player in the conference, and therefore, the MVP. Other standouts who deserve mention are Joe Miller of Wayzata, Dylan Mueller of Armstrong, Derek Woelflin of Cooper, Will Collins of Edina and Jack Paul of Minnetonka.

Most Improved Players: Itís difficult to pick just one player. Iíd have to mention Jake Erickson of Cooper, Michael Kolles of Edina, Jason Ridge of Minnetonka and Mike Jorgensen of Edina. Jorgensenís passing played a key role in the Hornetsí success. He had 19 assists.

Best Playmaker: Joe Miller of Wayzata had 37 assists, as many of his passes set up Luciaís goals. Kurt Davis of Wayzata also deserves mention after piling up 30 assists.

Best Defenseman: Kevin Wehrs, a great all-around player, helped Wayzata to a 20-7 overall record. At 5-8 and 165-pounds he is tough, fast and fearless.

Best Goalies: It is incredible to me that the top three goalies in the Classic Lake had almost identical statistics. David Goullaud of Wayzata had a goals-against average of 2.44, while Andy Cook of Armstrong and Dylan Eastman of Edina had goals-against averages of 2.46. Cook gave up 51 goals, Goullaud and Eastman each allowed 53.

Most Physical Player: James Laurinaitis, who was named Mr. Football of Minnesota last fall, had a football-style presence on the ice. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound senior is a capable scorer, too. He had 10 goals and 15 assists.

Most Versatile Player: Andy Sackrison of the St. Louis Park High boys hockey team led the Orioles in scoring even though he switched from forward to defense midway through the season. He scored 15 goals.

Best Clutch Player: Edina senior forward and co-captain Will Collins probably had more game-winning goals than anyone in the CLC. He led the Hornets in scoring with 24 goals and 15 assists.

Most Improved Player: Cooperís junior center, Jake Erickson, emerged as an impact player, and his contributions, along with those of Woelflin and Mike Tonsager, made the Hawks (11-12-3) a much-improved team.

Rising Stars: Ninth-grader Nick Smith showed good skills in goal for St. Louis Park in two late-season starts. Cory Thorson, a 6-foot, 160-pound freshman forward from Armstrong, showed signs that he will be one of the leagueís best within a year or two.

Coach of the Year: Wayzata was expected to win the CLC title outright, however, Edina snuck into a share of the championship. Give Edina coach Curt Giles credit. He got the most out of his talent.

EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB Regional Workout Schedule - Rivals

March 17, 2005
EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB Regional Workout Schedule

Brian Stumpf
StudentSportsFootball.com Recruiting Analyst *
Coach Bob Johnson and the Student Sports staff will lead this elite high school quarterback event. Top high school quarterbacks around the country are invited to workout to not only compete for a spot in the final EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback "Campetition" in July, but also to receive advanced, one-on-one quarterback instruction.

Mark Sanchez, at the 2004 EA SPORTS Elite 11Be prepared to walk away from this workout a better football player after going through two hours of quarterback-specific instruction. The first hour rotates participants through a series of drills at different station and the second hour consists of throwing every route in the book to wide receivers.

This will be the seventh year of the EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Camp ó a combination camp and competition ("Campetition") designed to give the best signal-callers in the nation top-level schooling by the best in the business.

Notable EA SPORTS Elite 11 alumni include current NFL QB starters David Carr, Kyle Boller, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer and Ben Roethlisberger as well as current college stars Matt Leinart, Chris Leak, Vince Young and many more like Aaron Rodgers, a projected top three pick in this year's NFL Draft.

2005 EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Regional Workout schedule
Saturday, April 9th - Miami, Fla. @ Miami Dolphins facility, 11 am - 1 pm
Friday, April 22nd ñ Fort Worth, Texas @ TCU's practice fields, 4 - 6pm
Friday, May 6th ñ Ann Arbor, Mich. @ Michigan's indoor practice facility, 6 - 8 pm
Friday, May 13th ñ Atlanta, Ga. @ Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium, 4 - 6 pm
Sunday, May 22nd ñ Berkeley, California @ Cal's Memorial Stadium, 11 am - 1 pm
Saturday, June 25th ñ Las Vegas, Nevada @ UNLV's practice fields, 9 - 11 am

(Miquale) Lewis likes the Big Ten - Rivals PREMIUM

March 17, 2005
Lewis likes the Big Ten

Bill Kurelic
Rivals100.com Recruiting Analyst *
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Snider running back Miquale Lewis likes the Big Ten conference, and one Big Ten school in particular.

Tight end (Blake) Mulder drawing interest - Rivals PREMIUM

March 17, 2005
Tight end Mulder drawing interest

Bill Kurelic
Rivals100.com Recruiting Analyst *
Hamilton (Ohio) Badin's Blake Mulder is receiving mail from many Big Ten schools as well as others.

Ill. WR Beauty and the Beast (Carl Fisher) - Scout PREMIUM

Ill. WR Beauty and the Beast
By Don Hoekwater
Date: Mar 17, 2005

Wide receiver Carl Fisher of Bolingbrook, Ill., High School grew up a Michigan fan. A talented football player indeed, Fisher will present talents of another sort this weekend as his school troupe puts on the play "Beauty and the Beast". GoBlueWolverine Magazine talked with Fisher on Thursday to get the latest on the show, and his recruiting.

On The Lighter Side, Part Two - Scout PREMIUM

On The Lighter Side, Part Two
By Gary Housteau
Date: Mar 17, 2005

Mike Boren was a top prep linebacker in Columbus at Eastmoor Academy but he ended up going to Michigan when the school that he grew up rooting for didn't want him any longer. Now his son will soon decide if he will follow the path his dad took and go to Michigan or stay at home and play for Ohio State. What does dad think of his son's situation? Could Mike Boren ever root for Ohio State if his son went there?

<font color="#b90000">Wednesday, March 16, 2005</font> Recruiting News - 03/16/05

Two Big Offers (Roscoe Parrish) - Scout

Two Big Offers
By Jamie Newberg National Recruiting Analyst
Date: Mar 16, 2005

Devin Parrish, the younger cousin of former Miami standout wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, will be one of the top wide receiver prospects from South Florida this season. He has one major SEC offer and a verbal offer from a Big 10 power. More are certainly on the way with the May Evaluation Period starting next month.

Roscoe Parrish (Miami wide receiver) was a hot commodity at the end of the recruiting season several years ago. Parrish, who had been committed to Ole Miss, ended up signing with Miami and he made his decision in the 11th hour to the ‘Canes. This will not happen with his cousin, Devin Parrish. Devin may end up following Roscoe’s footsteps to Coral Gables but he will enter the May Evaluation Period next month as one of the top prospects from Dade County among the class of 2006. In fact, he already has a scholarship offer from Tennessee and a verbal offer from Ohio State.

Parrish, 6-0 and 169 pounds, runs in the high 4.4, low 4.5 range. He stars on both sides of the ball at wide receiver and cornerback. Last season as a junior at Hollywood Christian High School he caught 13 passes for 370 yards and scored five touchdowns. Defensively he recorded 20 tackles.

”As a receiver I have good hands and I make plays,” said Parrish. “I have that shake ‘n bake and I am a playmaker. I am just like Roscoe only I am bigger. As a corner, I have a good understanding of what the receiver is going to do because I play the position. I can tell by just the way the line up and react.”

Devin has learned a lot from his good friend and cousin Roscoe. Roscoe will be a high draft pick next month in the NFL Draft and he had a super career for his hometown Hurricanes.

”He (Roscoe) has taught me a lot,” said the younger Parrish. “Roscoe mainly taught me to be prepared… to study the game and the players. He told me I need to understand how to read defenses and know what you are going up against.”

Will Devin follow Roscoe to Miami and play for the Hurricanes?

“I always wanted to play for UM. I love UM. But right now I am open and I want to see who’s interested in me and check everyone out. I have lots of friends that grew up wanting to play for Miami but they signed elsewhere like Lorenzo Ferguson (Auburn), J.R. Bryant (FSU) and Dan Guthrie (Florida). I really want to see what I like and where I fit in. Roscoe wants me to go to Miami but even he told me to make the decision that is best for me.

“Right now I like Miami, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Texas, Ohio State and Georgia. If all things are equal at the end I know Miami could be tough to beat but that’s why I have to check everything and everyone out.”

Parrish plans on camping at Ohio State this summer. He is currently going to Gulliver Prep in Miami after leaving Hollywood Christian. Parrish spent his freshman season at Miami Southridge.

Recruiting: updated master verbal list - Rivals

March 12, 2005
Recruiting: updated master verbal list

Student Sports
StudentSports.com Staff *

Every Friday from now until next February's Signing Day we'll present the list of football players who have finalized their college choice. Players with an asterix (*) committed in the last week. If you know of any verbals not included on this list, e-mail them to [email protected]. Pictured: Chris Wells from Akron (Ohio) Garfield, who has picked Ohio State.

Jerami Holifield (NW Mississippi JC MS) DE
Nikita Stover (Itawamba JC MS) WR

Chris Guarnero (Mullen, Denver CO) OL

Brandon Wood (Haralson County, Tallapoosa GA) DE/LB

Munir Prince (DeSmet Jesuit, St. Louis MO) DB/RB
Julian Smith (Miflord Academy NY) LB

Anthony Boudreaux (Dodge City JC KS) OL

Antonio Logan El (Forestville MD) OL

Matt Bosher (Jupiter FL) K

Brandon Graham (Crockett, Detroit MI) LB

*Josh Davis (Tylertown MS) OL
Brandon Jackson (Briarcrest, Memphis TN) LB
Kendrick Lewis (O. Perry Walker, New Orleans LA) WR
Terry Levy (Kosciusko MS) WR

Courtney Jones (Pensacola FL) RB

Tim Barnes (NW Pettis County, Hughesville MO) OL
Bart Coslet (Francis Howell Central, St. Charles MO) TE/DE
Julius Denzmore (Coffeyville JC KS) DB

Gavin Smith (Wakefield, Raleigh NC) DT

Ross Homan (Coldwater OH) LB
Chris Wells (Garfield, Akron OH) RB/LB

*Deron Fontenot (South Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie TX) LB

*Jeff Lindsey (L'Anse Creuse North, Macomb MI) QB
Kyle Sheehan (Grayson, Loganville GA) DT

Jacque McClendon (Baylor, Chattanooga TN) OL
Lee Smith (Powell TN) TE/DL

Buck Burnette (Wimberly TX) OL
Dustin Earnest (Texas, Texarkana TX) LB
Britt Mitchell (Kilgore TX) TE
Steve Moore (Jersey Village, Houston TX) OL
Montrae Webber (Hearne TX) WR
*Roy Watts (Worthing, Houston TX) OL

Pierre Fleurinor (Wharton TX) LB
Trent Hines (Lee, Midland TX) RB
Jerrod Johnson (Humble TX) WR
Lucas Patterson (King, Kingsville TX) OL
Leslie Ray (Lee, Midland TX) DE

*Domonique Johnson (Valley, Moreno Valley CA) WR
*Tobi Umodu (South Hills, Covina CA) LB
Walter Watts (Los Banos CA) OL

*Adan Smotherman (Smyrna TN) OL

George Johnson (Glassboro NJ) DE/LB

Jake Bscherer (Sturgeon Bay WI) OL/DL