Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Busy time not slowing at Hutchinson
By Bob Przybylo
Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College coach Rion Rhoades has no problems admitting this has been the busiest season in his tenure.
The release of the ESPN Junior College 100 on Tuesday is backing up Rhoades’ statement. Hutchinson has six prospects in the 100 and has 10 total prospects that are ranked as at least three-star prospects.
ESPN Junior College 100
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With the signing period here, nothing is slowing down for Rhoades.
“It has been nonstop all season,” Rhoades said. “I’ve never had as much talent as I had this season. If it’s not one kid, it’s another. And sometimes a coach will want to see several kids at once. It’s great.”
The signing period should end the insanity, right? Rhoades should be able to go back to living a normal life? Wrong.
The only clear-cut thing Rhoades can expect from Wednesday is three-star linebacker Kenny Flowers (No. 86) is definitely going to sign with Texas A&M.
Everything else is up in the air. Three-star defensive tackle Ben Bradley, a Tennessee commit ranked No. 41, is expected to sign Wednesday. However, Missouri made a late run and has put itself into the mix.
Three-star defensive end Demetrius Alston is set for Cincinnati, Rhoades said. Alston has been committed to the Bearcats for almost two years and nothing has changed.
Not much has changed either for three-star cornerback Prince Holloway. Committed to Arizona in June, Holloway (No. 68) has been solid with the Wildcats.
There is uncertainty with three-star defensive tackle Rob Zimmerman. Originally a Texas A&M commit, Zimmerman was dropped by the Aggies last month. Troy and Toledo have shown interest, but Rhoades said he is not sure if Zimmerman will sign during this period.
Three-star offensive guard Devonte Danzey will sign during the period, but he’s not going to do it this week. Danzey said he is going to sign on Christmas. He has been busy making the rounds, most recently at Auburn.
Danzey said the Auburn visit was his favorite, and he respects new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn for his honesty throughout the process.
The other four recruits are expected to sign in February. Four-star defensive tackle Toby Johnson has many suitors. Georgia is leading the pack, but schools such as Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska and Mississippi State have not thrown in the towel for the fourth-ranked juco player in the nation.
Rhoades said three-star wide receiver Jatavius Stewart might have more offers and attention than anybody on his team, but Rhoades said Stewart, ranked No. 58, has to get things straight academically first.
Rhoades said Stewart most likely will end up as a summer graduate.
Three-star inside linebacker Antonio Longino has also been busy. He has made trips to Kansas State and Arizona State in the last two weeks. Rhoades said Longino, ranked No. 96, is on pace to graduate in the spring.
He still has one more official visit left, but Rhoades said that visit has not been determined.
Three-star outside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell confirmed Tuesday in a text message he is not going to sign during this period and will wait until February.
A Tennessee commit, Texas has entered the picture. Campbell made an official visit to Texas two weeks ago. Rhoades said Campbell was very impressed with Austin, the campus and the coaching staff and players.
“These are just some of the names,” Rhoades said. “These are the major prospects, but we have guys going all over. It’s great to see these kids get another chance. “