NCF On The Trail: Miami (OH) Redhawks

Austin King saw the pile and immediately knew something was different about today’s mail. As one of the Georgia’s most heavily recruited quarterbacks, he’s used to getting letters from schools all over the country. But the stack of 100 envelopes addressed to him from South Florida caught his attention.

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TwitterClass of 2015 signal-caller Austin King received 100 letters at once from South Florida.
As King ripped through envelope after envelope, he discovered this just wasn’t some mass mailing of form letters with a few handwritten notes sprinkled in from a school -- a recruiting tactic used by a number of programs in the past. He knew that this was something different.

“As I opened each letter, I discovered they were 100 hand-written notes with exactly 100 reasons why I should commit to South Florida,” King said. “They’re all handwritten. There’s so many. I haven’t even gotten through all of them yet. It definitely feels great being wanted at a school like this. I'm still in a little bit of a shock."

King isn’t leaning toward a school, but he does have scholarship offers from South Florida, West Virginia, Southern Miss and UCF, among others, with schools such as North Carolina, Mississippi State and Notre Dame showing interest. It’s safe to say he has plenty of reasons now to consider South Florida even more than before.

Altanta Elite 11 regional camp notebook 

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SUGAR HILL, Ga. -- Several talented quarterbacks took the field at the Atlanta Elite 11 regional camp on Friday. Though no official invites for the Elite 11 finals, held in Beaverton, Ore. in July, were extended, there were five finalists with potential to eventually earn an invite. The finalists included Anthony Ratliff, Austin King, Kendall Hinton, Ross Trail and Alex Malzone. Four of the five finalists were from out-of-state. King is from Alpharetta, Ga.

Buffs bolster the trenches 

August, 13, 2013
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Colorado has secured a verbal commitment from defensive end Jase Franke (Ventura, Calif./Saint Bonaventure), according to multiple reports.

He chose CU over offers from Arizona, Miami (Ohio) and San Jose State.

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CB Zach Muniz picks Duke

August, 10, 2013
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Three-star cornerback Zach Muniz (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers) is on board with the Blue Devils, according to multiple reports.

Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Miami-OH, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan also offered the 5-foot-11, 165-pound prospect. Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri and Northwestern expressed interest.

Muniz is commitment No. 14 for Duke.

Hokies continue to build OL with Taylor

July, 31, 2013
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Three-star offensive tackle Brady Taylor (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready) pledged to sign with Virginia Tech, according to multiple reports. He selected the Hokies over Kentucky.

Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Florida, Toledo, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Western Michigan also offered the 6-foot-4, 267-pound lineman.

Taylor is the fifth offensive lineman to choose Virginia Tech for 2014, and he is excited to join the group:

"I talked to them a lot," Taylor told the Roanoke (Va.) Times. "They're all really good kids. I've gotten to know them well. ... It's pretty awesome. Because even if nothing works out and we get to our fifth year, we're eventually going to play together. That's pretty special to have four other kids your age to play with."

Virginia Tech's class is ranked 26th by ESPN RecruitingNation.

Bearcats return to Florida for another pledge

July, 24, 2013
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Class of 2014 safety Carter Jacobs (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) committed to Cincinnati on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot, 186-pound prospect also holds scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Miami-OH and Western Kentucky. Boston College, Louisville, Missouri and Rutgers showed interest.

Jacobs is Cincinnati's fourth verbal from the Sunshine State, and 14th overall, during this recruiting cycle. The Bearcats signed eight players from Florida this past February.

Purdue lands defender Drue Tranquill

July, 24, 2013
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Three-star outside linebacker / safety Drue Tranquill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) committed Tuesday to sign with the Boilermakers, according to the Indianapolis Star.

He selected Purdue over Cincinnati and Indiana. Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Indiana State, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Toledo and Western Michigan also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 207-pound prospect. Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame expressed some interest.

Tranquill said during his press conference, "I believe Purdue is on the rise with this new coaching staff. A new legacy awaits."

Purdue now has eight verbals for 2014. Tranquill is the Boilermakers' highest-rated defensive pledge.

It's Pitt for three-star Phillipie Motley

July, 21, 2013
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Rising senior athlete Phillipie Motley (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) is on board with the Pittsburgh Panthers, according to multiple reports.

The three-star prospect holds scholarship offers from several Mid-American Conference schools including Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio and Toledo.

Conference USA member Marshall, formerly in the MAC, also offered. BCS programs Boston College and West Virginia showed interest in the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect.

He's commitment No. 16 for Pittsburgh.

Weekly Recruiting Roundup

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American Athletic
Cincinnati
Kimoni Fritz DE Ringgold, Va./Dan River
HT: 6-3 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Connecticut
Brice McAllister RB Suffield, Conn./Suffield Academy
HT: 5-11 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Houston
Mason Denley DE Columbus, Texas/Columbus
HT: 6-5 WT: 255
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kaliq Kokuma RB League City, Texas/Clear Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 180
Position Rank: #58 RB
Stars: 3

South Florida
Juwuan Brown OLB Tampa, Fla./Thomas Jefferson
HT: 6-2 WT: 210
Position Rank: #87 OLB
Stars: 3

UCF
Joey Connors DT Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison
HT: 6-4 WT: 270
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

ACC
Georgia Tech
Michael Preddy DE Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud
HT: 6-4 WT: 245
Position Rank: #66 DE
Stars: 3

North Carolina
M.J. Stewart ATH Arlington, Va./Yorktown
HT: 5-11 WT: 191
Position Rank: #67 ATH
Stars: 3

Ty Tomlin ILB Marietta, Ga./Marietta
HT: 6-0 WT: 220
Position Rank: #22 ILB
Stars: 3

Pittsburgh
Marcus Collins ATH Madison, Wis./La Follette
HT: 6-4 WT: 200
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia Tech
Michael Santamaria K Athens, Ga./Athens Academy
HT: 5-10 WT: 165
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Wake Forest
Thomas Dillon CB Houston, Texas/Kinkaid School
HT: 5-11 WT: 173
Position Rank: #61 CB
Stars: 3

Kalin McNeil OLB McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Senior
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Isaiah Robinson RB Charlotte, N.C./Independence
HT: 5-10 WT: 223
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Baylor
Jarell Broxton Gaithersburg, Md./Lackawanna College (JC)
HT: 6-5 WT: 328
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Iowa
Terrence Harris DE Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic
HT: 6-2 WT: 250
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Michigan State
Matt Morrissey S Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Position Rank: #81 S
Stars: 3

FBS Independents
Notre Dame
Corey Holmes WR Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas
HT: 6-2 WT: 176
Position Rank: #8 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#77)

Old Dominion
Christian Byrum S Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood
HT: 6-0 WT: 195
Position Rank: #75 S
Stars: 3

Pac-12
Oregon
Royce Freeman RB Imperial, Calif./Imperial
HT: 6-0 WT: 227
Position Rank: #11 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#154)

Stanford
Harrison Phillips DE Omaha, Neb./Millard West
HT: 6-4 WT: 240
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Lane Veach DE Chandler, Ariz./Perry
HT: 6-5 WT: 220
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

UCLA
Austin Roberts WR Carmel, Ind./Carmel
HT: 6-2 WT: 217
Position Rank: #21 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#166)

Utah
Donovan Isom QB-PP Destrehan, La./Destrahan
HT: 6-4 WT: 245
Position Rank: #34 QB-PP
Stars: 3

Joe Tukuafu TE-Y Salt Lake City, Utah/East
HT: 6-4 WT: 235
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Arkansas
Kweishi Brown CB El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont College (JC)
HT: 6-0 WT: 185
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Christopher Murphy CB Marietta, Ga./Lassiter
HT: 5-10 WT: 177
Position Rank: #45 CB
Stars: 3

Auburn
Raashed Kennion DE Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast
HT: 6-6 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Stanton Truitt ATH Monroe, Ga./Monroe Area
HT: 5-10 WT: 182
Position Rank: #23 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#198)

Sean White QB-PP Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South
HT: 6-1 WT: 199
Position Rank: #16 QB-PP
Stars: 4

Georgia
Kendall Gant S Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson
HT: 6-3 WT: 184
Position Rank: #32 S
Stars: 3

Dyshon Sims OT Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes
HT: 6-4 WT: 265
Position Rank: #28 OT
Stars: 3

Shakenneth Williams WR Macon, Ga./Rutland
HT: 6-1 WT: 196
Position Rank: #45 WR
Stars: 4

Isaiah Wynn OG Saint Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood Senior
HT: 6-2 WT: 274
Position Rank: #5 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#115)

LSU
Cameron Gamble K Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound
HT: 5-11 WT: 185
Position Rank: #12 K
Stars: 3

Brandon Harris QB-DT Bossier City, La./Parkway
HT: 6-2 WT: 186
Position Rank: #2 QB-DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#48)

Sione Palelei RB Gonzales, La./East Ascension
HT: 5-10 WT: 202
Position Rank: #57 RB
Stars: 3

South Carolina
Al Harris CB Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas
HT: 5-11 WT: 158
Position Rank: #72 CB
Stars: 3

Tennessee
Eric Lauderdale WR Fayetteville, Ga./Saddleback College (JC)
HT: 6-1 WT: 195
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Cortez McDowell S Locust Grove, Ga./Locust Grove
HT: 6-1 WT: 200
Position Rank: #13 S
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#221)

Ray Raulerson OT Tampa, Fla./Plant Senior
HT: 6-5 WT: 271
Position Rank: #87 OT
Stars: 3

Vanderbilt
Brendan Brosnan OT Park Ridge, Ill./Maine Township South
HT: 6-5 WT: 250
Position Rank: #77 OT
Stars: 3

Bailey Grainer OT Galliano, La./South Lafourche
HT: 6-6 WT: 350
Position Rank: #29 OT
Stars: 3

Tre Herndon CB Ooltewah, Tenn./East Hamilton
HT: 6-0 WT: 173
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Trace McSorley ATH Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods
HT: 6-1 WT: 182
Position Rank: #57 ATH
Stars: 3

Conference USA
Florida International
Chett Levay TE-H Tampa, Fla./Sickles
HT: 6-2 WT: 195

Chris Miller OT Orlando, Fla./The First Academy
HT: 6-4 WT: 295

Rice
J.T. Ibe S Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield
HT: 5-11 WT: 167

Mid-American
Eastern Michigan
Ian Eriksen RB Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
HT: 5-10 WT: 185

Massachusetts
Frank Carter OG Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough
HT: 6-2 WT: 334

Miami (OH)
Kellen Snider OLB Fort White, Fla./Fort White
HT: 6-0 WT: 212

Northern Illinois
Max Scharping OT Green Bay, Wisc./Southwest
HT: 6-5 WT: 260

Ohio
Robbie Walker WR Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College
HT: 5-9 WT: 173

Western Michigan
Zach Novoselsky OT Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson
HT: 6-5 WT: 260

Mountain West
Colorado State
Johnathan Lewis ATH La Porte, Texas/La Porte
HT: 6-0 WT:179

San Jose State
Thai Cottrell WR Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside
HT: 5-7 WT: 165

Sun Belt
Texas State
Stephan Johnson CB The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park
HT: 5-11 WT: 182

Western Kentucky
Keegan Karim CB Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison
HT: 6-0 WT: 182

 

Hoosiers get first DB for 2014

July, 3, 2013
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Donovan Clark (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side), a 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback, has pledged to sign with Indiana, according to multiple reports.

Prior to receiving his offer from the Big Ten's Hoosiers, Clark was pursued heavily by Mid-American Conference programs such as Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan. Iowa and Michigan State also expressed interest.

Clark is Indiana's seventh verbal for 2014.

ATH Tyrell Gilbert stays home

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Tyrell Gilbert (Cincinnati/Princeton), a receiver, safety and linebacker, has committed to play for his hometown Cincinnati Bearcats, according to multiple sources.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect also holds scholarship offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Toledo and Western Michigan.

Cincinnati has nine verbals.

Louisville continues to build OL with Burns

June, 27, 2013
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Three-star Daniel Burns (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) committed Thursday to play for head coach Charlie Strong's Cardinals, according to multiple reports. He's Louisville's third pledge along the offensive line for 2014.

Burns, a massive 6-foot-7, 318-pound blocker, also holds scholarship offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Iowa State, Kent State, Maryland, Miami (Ohio), Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Toledo and West Virginia. Michigan, Northwestern and Wisconsin showed interest.

He registered an electronically timed 5.41 40-yard dash, 5.00 20-yard shuttle, 20-inch vertical, 33-foot power throw and 62.85 SPARQ this spring at a Nike combine.

Louisville currently sits at No. 18 in the ESPN RecruitingNation class rankings. The Cardinals have 18 total verbal pledges.

Panthers up to a dozen for 2014

June, 24, 2013
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Shane Roy (Reading, Ohio/Reading) and Brian O'Neill (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) are both on board with Pittsburgh, according to multiple reports.

Roy, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end, selected Pitt over offers from Ball State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Illinois, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee, Ohio, Toledo and Western Kentucky.

Reading coach Scott Thamann told Cincinnati.com: "He liked so many schools, but Pitt really stood out for him. He really liked the campus and the coaching staff. He likes that they want him to play a true 4-3 defensive end."

Roy earned a first-team all-league selection last fall after registering 22 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks.

O'Neill, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end, also was offered by Coastal Carolina, Colgate, Old Dominion, Tulane, William & Mary and Youngstown State.

The Panthers held just one commitment -- from three-star guard Connor Hayes (Traverse City, Mich./West) -- entering June.

Wes Martin gets BCS offer, commits

June, 19, 2013
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Previously only holding scholarships from Mid-American Conference programs, guard Wes Martin (West Milton, Ohio/Union) picked up an offer from Indiana and didn't waste much time before committing to the Hoosiers, according to multiple media reports.

Ball State, Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami-OH and Ohio also extended tenders to the 6-foot-3, 295-pound prospect. Other BCS programs, such as Cincinnati, Michigan State and Purdue, showed interest.

Martin is Indiana's fourth pledge for 2014. The class includes two offensive linemen and two players from the state of Ohio.

RedHawks get on the board for 2014

June, 7, 2013
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Rising senior defensive end Mack Duffin (Avon, Ind./Avon) has become Miami of Ohio's first pledge for the Class of 2014, multiple sources report.

According to 247Sports, Ball State, Cincinnati and Indiana also recruited the 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect.

The RedHawks signed 22 players this past February, including three defensive linemen.

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