Well top 6...
- Price set the meet record in the shot put at 62 feet, 5 inches
- Jalen Reeves-Maybin unofficially visits Mississippi Rebels
- Mitch Trubisky unofficially visits North Carolina Tar Heels
- Cincinnati Bearcats offered Andrew Brown yesterday
- West Virginia Mountaineers offered Michael Ferns
- Ole Miss & South Florida evaluates Ryan Green. Eddie Gran from Florida State evaluated Ryan Green
- Michigan State Spartans offer Kc McDermott
- N.C. State offered Ryan Green
- Matt Rolin named to "The Opening", a national all-star camp help on the Nike Campus
Ra'Shaad Samples at a Texas Tech Junior Day (via @10justcored)
A big day for Ra'Shaad Samples on Thursday included the revelations of his announcement date and top six.
May 18, 2012 - The 2013 wide receiver class in the state of Texas is top-heavy with tall wide receivers, but there's a slight wideout at state powerhouse Dallas Skyline who simply knows how to get open -- Ra'Shaad Samples, son of the head coach there, and possessor of 33 offers.
On Thursday afternoon, Samples broke the news of his announcement date on his Twitter feed:
It's official I will announce my commitment on ESPN July 5-8 at The Opening!— Rashaad Samples (@10justscored) May 17, 2012
The 6'0, 170-pounder earned the invitation to the event despite breaking the fibula in his left leg late in the day at the Fort Worth NFTC, ending a strong performance. Having already dealt with a similar but more serious injury as a sophomore, Samples is on track to recover in time for the Nike-sponsored event and has been outspoken in interviews with the services about his confidence in returning at better than full strength. After all, he emerged from his previous rehab faster and stronger than before his injury.
Resilient kid, Samples.
The significant day in the talented wideout's recruitment didn't stop just with the announcement of, well, his announcement date, but also teased another pending revelation:
Probably will put my top 5 later on tonight— Rashaad Samples (@10justscored) May 17, 2012
Good to his word, Samples dropped his list hours later:
Okay my top 6 in "NO ORDER" is Texas Texas A&M Texas Tech USC Ohio st and Oklahoma St
Of those schools, USC and Ohio State would likely need to receive summer visits from Samples to stand a legitimate shot in his recruitment, though the crafty receiver has not yet scheduled those trips. Nearly a month ago, he spoke about his plans at that time ($) to the Aggie Rivals affiliate, Aggie Yell:
I will try to make some visits this summer. I'm not in any rush to make a decision. I will probably get to some in-state places for second visits and try to go to a couple of out of state ones too like Notre Dame and USC. I may see Texas Tech and A&M again. When I went down to A&M, it was a junior day and it was quick. I want to spend a day on the campus. I want to see them practice but I probably will miss out on that. I'll attend some games next year. I will probably see Texas. I really want to see Tech play and Oklahoma State play. I try to go to a lot of games every year.
The big change clearly is that Samples won't be taking any official visits before making his decisions -- or see any games this fall at all, for that matter -- but the schools that get those visits during the summer could secure on advantage in a recruitment that seems quite wide open at this point, though Samples recently changed the avatar on his Twitter page to a split screen shot including a picture taken at the Texas Junior Day that occupied the same position for much of February.
But how interested is Texas in Samples? Multiple sources have told me that Samples hasn't had a committable offer since the commitment of Cy Falls wide receiver Jacorey Warrick back in late February. What's certainly clear is that the staff has backed off serious pursuit.
In any case, a lack of interest from the staff may ultimately result in the same outcome as informing Samples that there was no more room for him in the Texas class and also represents a more subtle handling of the situation so as not to risk damaging relations with a pipeline school like Skyline that produces serious talent every year.
So which of the other five have the strongest shot at landing Samples?
The in-state schools with the lead are probably Texas Tech and A&M, especially since there was some buzz from Aggie camps that a commitment could be imminent from Samples around the time of the spring game. Still dealing with his injury, Samples didn't take any trips during that time, which killed that speculation.
It's possible that USC or Ohio State could surge into serious contention based on summer visits, but until those trips happen, if they do indeed go down, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State probably have the highest odds of landing Samples because of proximity and familiarity.
Middletown Journal - Jalin Marshall
Lance Johnson and Jalin Marshall made their presence felt Friday night in the finals of the Dayton Division I high school track and field meet at Welcome Stadium.
The juniors were Middletown?s only individuals in the track events and jumps. Usually the Middies are a challenger for boys team trophies at the district, regional and state level. This year, however, those sprinters and scorching relays teams were absent.
?A lot of guys who might have run thought they had to be in the weight room lifting for football,? said Marshall. ?Colleges recruit speed and quickness. But some guys don?t want to hear that. I know running track was a factor in a lot of schools looking at me for football.?
Marshall has given a verbal commitment to play at Ohio State. He won the long jump going 21-feet, 10.50 inches while Johnson was second at 21-10.
Marshall also won the high jump, clearing 6-6 and barely missing at 6-8.
ESPN - Robert Foster
Gators check in on ESPN 150 WR Foster
May, 18, 2012
By Greg Ostendorf | ESPN.com
Florida visited one of the top wide receiver prospects in the nation this week -- Robert Foster.
The ESPN 150 star is the No. 2-ranked wide receiver in the country. He already has more than 30 scholarship offers from top schools and still remains open
Foster hasn't thought much about when he will narrow his list or make a decision. He wants to take the summer to spend time with his family, work out with his team and prepare for his senior season.
Bleacher Report - JT Barrett
J.T. Barrett is rated by some publications as the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the nation. Heralding from the football talent-rich state of Texas, Barrett committed to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes back in April with hopes that he will be the successor to current Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.
Barrett took some time to answer questions for us.
Being from Texas, did the Longhorns try to recruit you?
JT: They did. They were the first camp I went to. I worked out for them, and they were the school I was talking to first. But they ended up not offering, and I was fine. If it were the best place for me to go then I would have been offered.
Being so close to the Oklahoma border, did the Sooners show any interest?
JT: They did, but they came into the game too late. They started talking to me around spring ball and it was too late.
Any other schools you were thinking about?
JT: Texas Tech, Baylor and Nebraska.
What factors made you chose OSU?
JT: They are a big family. I was raised in a big family all my life, and both my mom and dad came from big families, so I am use to being around a lot of people. My high school team is a big family, so I wanted to go to a team that felt like a family. OSU also has lots of alumni everywhere, so the OSU family is all over the world. Coach Meyer has also assembled one of the best coaching staffs in the country.
Tell me your thoughts about Urban Meyer?
JT: He is a great coach. When I first got the offer from OSU I was thinking, "You want me to be your QB?” Ohio State is a great program, so you take the offer seriously. You associate Urban Meyer with greatness and look at the players who have played for him. Tim Tebow. Percy Harvin. He has the best wherever he is at. I want to be part of the best. When you talk about big-time coaches, Urban Meyer is at the top of the list.
Anyone in Texas or elsewhere that you are trying to recruit to come to play with you?
JT: Ra’Shaad Samples a wide receiver out of Dallas is someone I talk to. I also talk to Dontre Wilson.
Do you plan on graduating early?
JT: I plan on graduating on December, then heading up to Ohio State.
On your Facebook, you posted a picture of the “Block O” of life, which was instituted by (former Ohio State coach) Jim Tressel. Is Urban Meyer continuing it?
JT: I believe so. When you walk into the Athletic building, it is right there. I thought it was really interesting. It is not just about being a great football player, but being a great person too.
Thanks, J.T., for your time, and we look forward to following your career at Ohio State.
Parrker Westphal, out of Bolingbrook High School (IL), is yet another player the Buckeyes have set their sights on early in the process. Parrker's teammate is 2013 Illinois quarterback commit Aaron Bailey, who had an offer from Ohio State, so the Buckeyes are likely familiar with his school. It's early, but that Buckeyes have put themselves in a good position with Parrker by offering him early in the process. I caught up with Parrker to chat about his interest in Ohio State and to see how his recruitment was progressing. I will be in contact with Parrker in the future, so keep checking for more updates on this elite 2014 DB.
- Has recently received offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Iowa, Illinois, West Virginia, Florida, Michigan State, Cincinnati, and Indiana.
- UCLA and Wisconsin also showing interest.
- Has not taken any visits yet, but would like to make it to Ohio State, Michigan, and West Virginia over the summer.
- Does not plan on camping anywhere this coming summer.
- On How Ohio State offer went down: "Coach Vrabel went in my coaches office and told my Coach I had an offer from Ohio State. I was really excited to get the offer."
- When asked if he had any leaders: "No, not right now, I am keeping all of my options open."
- On timetable and factors: "I plan on deciding sometime after my junior season. The biggest factors would be the academics and graduation rate."
- Didn't have a favorite team growing up: "I'm just a fan of the game."
- Strengths: Feat and awareness.
- Improvements: Get to the ball faster.
- Goals: Win state championship and all-state.