Weekly Commitment Roundup

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The following is a list of commitments made to FBS programs from Feb. 20 - Feb. 26th:

ACC
Boston College
Scooter Harrington TE-Y
HT: 6-5 WT: 235
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Sean Ragan OG
HT: 6-4 WT: 280
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Florida State
Jamel Cook S
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Keir Thomas DE
HT: 6-2 WT: 235
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Zaquandre White RB
HT: 6-0 WT: 201
Positional Rank: N/A (2017)
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Miami-FL
Robert Burns RB
HT: 5-10 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A (2017)
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tyler Dunning OLB
HT: 6-1 WT: 200
Positional Rank: N/A (2017)
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Deion Jackson CB
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Bentavious Thompson RB
HT: 6-0 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A (2017)
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia Tech
Samuel Denmark WR
HT: 6-1 WT: 176
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Troy Pride Jr. CB
HT: 6-0 WT: 165
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jovonn Quillen ATH
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
TCU
Austin Myers OT
HT: 6-4 WT: 280
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas
Shane Buechele QB-DT
HT: 6-2 WT: 185
Positional Rank: #8 QB-DT
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr300 (#246)

Big Ten
Michigan State
Matt Allen OC
HT: 6-3 WT: 265
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Arizona State

Hunter Kampmoyer DE
HT: 6-4 WT: 240
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

California
Marquel Dismuke S
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Positional Rank: #4 S
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr300 (#82)

Armani Rogers QB-DT
HT: 6-5 WT: 200
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oregon State
Jadarius Byrd CB
HT: 5-10 WT: 170
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Stanford
Bo Peek DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 290
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

SEC
Georgia
Tyrique McGhee CB
HT: 5-10 WT: 170
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kentucky
Justin Rigg TE-Y
HT: 6-4 WT: 215
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Asim Rose Jr. ATH
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Benny Snell RB
HT: 5-11 WT: 200
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

LSU
Saivion Smith ATH
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Positional Rank: #1 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr300 (#19)

American
SMU
Joshua Shelmire WR
HT: 6-1 WT: 180

Tulane
Kwanzi Jackson DE
HT: 6-2 WT: 210

Mid-American
Western Michigan
Joe Bachie OLB
HT: 6-1 WT: 210

Stefan Claiborne S
HT: 6-1 WT: 168
Positional Rank: #17 S
Stars: 4
ESPN Jr300 (#228)

Mike Caliendo OG
HT: 6-3 WT: 275

Emanuel Jackson RB
HT: 6-0 WT: 170

Adetokunbo Ogundeji DE
HT: 6-4 WT: 220

Kalebb Perry WR
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
When looking out west, it’s USC, Oregon, UCLA, and Arizona State receiving the majority of recruiting headlines. On Thursday, it was California’s turn picking up its first ESPN Jr 300 commitment, safety Marquel Dismuke. The Golden Bears equaled the 2015 class on Thursday after having signed just a single ESPN 300 in the 2015 class and finishing No. 53 in the RecruitingNation class rankings.

The Nike Football Opening Regionals will officially begin on Saturday at American Heritage High in Plantation, Florida, with many of South Florida’s best scheduled to attend with hopes of earning invites to The Opening held in early July at the Nike World Headquarters.

Here are five things of many to know.


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Five under-the-radar 2016 QBs 

February, 27, 2015
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As crazy as it seems in today’s fast-paced recruiting world, not every quarterback is a known commodity early. In the 2016 class that is certainly the case led by the son of former Michigan Wolverines assistant Fred Jackson, Joshua Jackson.

Here are four other signal-callers in the class who are under the national radar headed into the spring evaluation period.


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1The Nike Football Opening Regionals will make stop No. 2 of 13 nationally Sunday in Orlando at Austin Tindall Park. Many of Central Florida and South Georgia's best prospects are scheduled to attend -- hoping to earn an invitation to the fifth annual “The Opening Finals” held in early July at Nike World Headquarters.

Here are five things to look for this weekend:


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Hundreds of the West's top prospects will head to Las Vegas this weekend for one of the region's marquee 7-on-7 events -- the Pylon Elite 7v7. For the past seven years, this event has helped unknown prospects become household recruiting names and provides potential bragging rights for the team who can stake a claim as the West's best. Pool play runs all day Saturday with single elimination games beginning Sunday morning. Here are five things to keep an eye on during the event.

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It’s not easy to start at quarterback as a true freshman. College football is a fast-moving game with a lot of information to process quickly, not to mention the pressure of leading a program in front of up to and over 100,000 fans at times. In the Class of 2016, there are a few prospects who will have an opportunity to come in and compete from Day One.

Here are five who stand out above the rest.


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Five programs in need of a 2016 QB 

February, 25, 2015
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Quarterbacks are committing earlier and earlier in the recruiting process. With 16 of the 27 signal-callers in the ESPN Junior 300 already having given verbal pledges, there is increased pressure to get a top quarterback in the fold early. While some programs are set in 2016 or for the future at the vital position, several programs face the task of having to sign a potential difference maker at the position in the 2016 class.

Here are five programs that must sign a difference maker in 2016, and some of those are well on the way.


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After LSU went to Jacksonville, Florida and plucked five-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II for the 2015 class, the Tigers have struck again for 2016. LSU has landed ESPN Junior 300 cornerback prospect Saivion Smith in its 2016 class, making him the Tigers' fifth ESPN Junior 300 verbal, which includes Sunshine State quarterback Feleipe’ Franks.


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Jacob Eason is the No. 4 overall recruit in the 2016 ESPN Junior 300, and the top pocket-passer in the class. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound prospect has been committed to Georgia since July. Here is what makes Eason such a special talent.


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When Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, no other sophomore quarterback had won the prestigious award. In fact prior to 2007, senior quarterbacks had won the award 21 times and juniors were recognized five times. But Tebow’s award displayed the changing landscape of college football where quarterbacks were being asked to do more and more early in their career.

After Tebow, we saw even more evidence of this trend when Oklahoma sophomore Sam Bradford captured the Heisman in 2008, and then Texas A&M freshman Johnny Manziel won it in 2012 and Florida State freshman Jameis Winston won it in 2013. More examples were played out on the fields of ACC schools this past season when five true freshmen quarterbacks started games in 2014. Even going beyond those instances, we see it more than ever before in college football: Freshmen and sophomore quarterbacks are impacting the game like never before.

Here’s a look at four recruiting reasons why quarterbacks are playing earlier

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When listing the programs that needed a top-notch quarterback in the 2016 class, one would start with Texas. The Longhorns took a big step toward addressing the vital need on Feb. 23, securing a verbal commitment from ESPN Jr 300 Shane Buechele. He is the third ESPN Jr 300 commitment for Texas head coach Charlie Strong, joining wide receivers Collin Johnson (No. 130) and Reggie Hemphill-Mapps (No. 161).


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On The Trail Show: Saivion Smith commitment

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Top-ranked athlete Saivion Smith, the No. 19 overall player in the ESPN Junior 300, joined RecruitingNation to announce his decision.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard

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Junior day season is still underway, and that means a lot more offers and new names on the radar. Here's the latest on the 2016 recruiting trail in the Big 12:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 5
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 3
The latest: Baylor running back commit Kameron Martin received an offer from Texas last week, but so far that move hasn't been enough to flip him. The ESPN Junior 300 back is a cousin of former Texas great Jamaal Charles and has called UT his "dream school," but Baylor was the first to offer and he's been a loyal pledge to the Bears since July 2014.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 0
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones were the first to offer 6-foot-5 tight end T.J. Hockenson of Chariton, Iowa. He landed his offer during a junior day visit and put up serious numbers as a junior: 73 catches, 1,116 yards and 18 touchdowns. Hockenson is expected to take a junior day trip to Kansas State as well.

KANSAS
Total commits: 2
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Jayhawks locked up their second commitment of 2016 from Antoine Frazier, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle from Huffman, Texas, who pledged one day after receiving an offer. Frazier was a high school teammate of KU early enrollee receiver Chase Harrell at Huffman.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 2
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: One of the many recruits hoping for an offer at Kansas State's junior day Feb. 28 will be Ian Rudzik, a linebacker/running back from Ulysses, Kansas, who visited KU earlier this month. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior is drawing interest from Arizona State and Minnesota, but a KSU offer might end his recruitment quickly.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 3
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 1
The latest: Though Oklahoma only picked up one commitment from its junior day last weekend, the Sooners did make progress with a number of key targets in the state of Texas. ESPN Junior 300 defensive end Marvin Terry, defensive tackle Chris Daniels and lineman Kellen Diesch all emerged with positive reviews and will be intriguing targets moving forward.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 2
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: Oklahoma State went to the juco ranks for its second pledge of 2016. Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College cornerback Malik Kearse picked the Cowboys on Thursday. He originally hails from Miami, but an elbow injury in his senior year of high school meant no offers. Kearse logged two interceptions and 10 pass breakups in his first year at Fort Scott.

TCU
Total commits: 8
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 3
The latest: TCU hosted another big junior day on Saturday and received a commitment from offensive lineman Austin Myers of Manvel, Texas. The Horned Frogs also made offers to ATH Tyrell Alexander, TE Donte Coleman and 2017 ATH Roshauud Paul and were able to get ESPN Junior 300 running back Trayveon Williams and corner Jared Mayden on campus.

TEXAS
Total commits: 3
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 2
The latest: Texas made a ton of offers this week, and most of them went to quarterbacks. LSU commit Feleipe' Franks, Oregon commit Seth Green, Texas Tech commit Tristen Wallace and Baylor commit Zach Smith all picked up Texas offers, as did uncommitted passers Xavier Gaines, Woody Barrett and Bowman Sells. Considering the Horns' depth issues at QB, taking two in this class might make sense.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 3
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Red Raiders landed their third commitment of the 2016 class from running back Da'Leon Ward of powerhouse Dallas Skyline. The all-purpose back picked Tech over TCU and rushed for 1,779 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, but he is still expected to take more visits despite his pledge.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 4
ESPN Junior 300 commits: 0
The latest: West Virginia is reportedly expected to get an unofficial visit from defensive end Shavar Manuel this spring. The nation's No. 2 overall 2016 recruit has Florida State in the lead following his FSU junior day trip, but WVU is on Manuel's list of upcoming trips along with Clemson, Florida, LSU and Virginia Tech.

Snoop's son gets 'Coming To America' birthday party

February, 23, 2015
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To quote King Jaffe Jaffer of Zamunda: "Time does fly fast, my son. It seems only yesterday I ordered your first diaper changed. Now you're a man ..."

For one night, Prince Akeem of Zamunda became Prince Cordell of Los Angeles.

Snoop Dogg's son, UCLA WR signee Cordell Broadus, turned 18 over the weekend. What did the proud papa do?



Broadus' "Coming To America" party gave plenty of love to the 1988 Eddie Murphy classic, including a throne for the prince, plenty of rose petal scattering and, of course, a photo of the royal family.

The royal family

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