- Jalen Ramsey, Derrick Calloway, Jason Hatcher, Keith Bryant & Greg Gilmore unofficially visits USC
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- Jalen Ramsey claims renewed interest in AU. 'I want to get back to Auburn'
- TE Josh McNeil deciding July 5th, leaders are Georgia and Alabama, whoever gets him gets a good one, he impressed
- 2014 St. Clairesville LB Michael Ferns confirms he has eliminated the Buckeyes. Take care Ferns was nice knowing ya.
- Darius Latham unofficially visits Wisconsin
- Jalen Tabor unofficially visits Auburn
- Zach Yousey decommits from Miami (OH)
- Malik McDowell unofficially visits Notre Dame
- Adrian Baker is sending his transcripts into tOSU and will know if his grades are good enough on Friday
- Ohio State told Matt Miller they're not likely taking a guard right now
- Marcus Baugh will play in the UA game this January
- Alex Anzalone will visit Penn State on Thursday
- 2014 WR Thaddeus Snodgrass offered by Purdue today
- WR target Laquon Treadwell @SuccessfulQuon: My process is open no rushing!
When it comes to personal goals, Derrick Green doesn't want much — 3,000 yards rushing in a single season will do just fine.
Even suggesting such a lofty mark might seem absurd for most high school running backs, but Green isn't your run-of-the-mill talent. At 5-foot-11 and 223 pounds, he is a compact bundle of power running potential and has drawn interest from some of the nation's top college football programs.
In the midst of piecing together my annual Fab 15 in-state recruiting rankings, which will be released in July for the class of 2013, I had a chance to catch up this week with Green — a rising senior at Hermitage High in Richmond. I met him for the first time in July at the Football University Top Gun camp in Williamsburg, when he still had just five scholarship offers (granted, they were big offers — Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee).
Since then, his number of offers has ballooned to 32. His offers have more than doubled since Christmas.
It's fair to say there's more than a little buzz surrounding Green, who is considered by most recruiting analysts to be among the nation's top 10 running back prospects, and one of the top 60 overall recruits (regardless of position) in the nation.
At this point, Green isn't feeling any strong need to stay in-state, but he's definitely considering both U.Va. and Tech. He's a young man with options, and he plans on exploring them all.
“It doesn't matter,” said Green regarding his potential to stay in-state for college or head elsewhere. “I'm just going to the best school that fits me — where I have the best relationship with the coaching staff and where I can get the best education. Right now, it doesn't matter where that school is.
“I don't have a top 10 right now. Everybody is still on the same playing field. I'm just in the process right now of visiting schools and seeing what the schools have to offer.”
He had a busy spring with unofficial visits to U.Va., Tech, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee and Clemson. He said he plans to tour half the West division of the Southeastern Conference in July when he visits Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi.
He has offers from all of the aforementioned schools, plus Oklahoma, Oregon, Southern California, Miami, South Carolina, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Washington, Rutgers, Purdue, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Illinois and Georgia Tech.
So, where does U.Va. stand in its pursuit of Green?
“(Defensive coordinator Jim) Reid and (defensive line) coach (Jeff) Hanson have been building a good relationship with me,” Green said. “I've been trying to build a good relationship with them so I can see what they have to offer.”
How about Virginia Tech?
“Me and (running backs) coach (Shane) Beamer talk on the phone all the time,” Green said. “He writes me a lot of letters. I keep in contact with him.”
Green is one of two coveted in-state running back recruits in the class of '13 that are getting a lot of love from U.Va. and Tech, in addition to several other elite programs. Taquan Mizell, a 5-10, 182-pound rising senior at Bayside High in Virginia Beach, is looked upon by most analysts as one of the nation's top 30 running back recruits and top 125 overall prospects. He has offers from U.Va., Tech, Ohio State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Clemson, Miami, UNC, N.C. State and Illinois.
It'll be interesting to keep tabs on how intent Tech is on getting Green and/or Mizell, considering the Hokies invested so much time and effort in recruiting the running back position in this past year's class (signees included at least three running backs, and possibly a fourth if Trey Edmunds from Dan River High in Ringgold winds up at the position).
Tech also will go about the process of re-recruiting Drew Harris, a 6-1, 220-pound running back from Downingtown, Pa. who signed in February with Tech, but who's headed to Fork Union Military Academy in the fall. He was considered one of the nation's top 30 running backs in the class of '12.
While Tech's running back situation is anything but settled with redshirt freshman Michael Holmes and true freshman J.C. Coleman from Oscar Smith High in Chesapeake vying for most of the reps this coming fall, the Hokies at least have some options to explore. Still, Green and Mizell are too good to ignore, and Tech surely knows it.
As for U.Va., getting Green and/or Mizell in the fold should be a priority. Perry Jones will leave the program after this coming season, which means Kevin Parks, Khalek Shepherd, Menchville High graduate Clifton Richardson — all rising sophomores this fall — and incoming freshman Kye Morgan from Somerset, N.J. will be left at the tailback spot.
There's plenty of talent for the future with Parks and Richardson on the roster, but Green or Mizell could conceivably end up making a bigger splash at the college level than any of U.Va.'s current backs.
Last season, Green ran for 1,493 yards and 19 touchdowns while leading Hermitage to the Division 6 Central Region championship. With those kinds of numbers, where does Green come up with a number like 3,000 yards as his biggest personal goal?
Well, Green is quick to point out he put up those yards last season while playing only about two quarters in each of his regular season games. He wants to see what he can do if given the chance to play the entire game throughout the season.
“Getting that state championship for my team is the first thing,” Green said. “As far as personal goals, I set goals high for myself. I want over 3,000 yards and about 30 touchdowns. I want to set records and help my team get that championship.
“I think if I did play four quarters, I probably would've gotten close to (3,000 yards) last year. I think I can do that this year.”
Of course, reaching 3,000 yards would be no small feat. No Group AAA player has ever run for more yards in a single season in the state of Virginia than Lee Suggs, who had 2,810 yards in '97 for William Fleming High in Roanoke. Suggs went on to star at Tech.
Thomas Jones ran for a Virginia High School League state-record 3,319 yards in 1994 as a junior for Powell Valley High, a Group A school in Big Stone Gap. He came back in '95 to run for 3,007 yards, which is third all-time in the state, before heading to U.Va. Eric Bates gained 3,039 yards, which is second all-time in the state, in '87 for James Monroe High, a Group AA school in Fredericksburg. He went on to play at Ferrum.
Green will stay busy this summer. In addition to his trips to Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi, he plans to be at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge this weekend in Atlanta. He also intends to go July 5-8 to Beaverton, Ore. for The Opening, another hot-shot invite-only camp for top recruits.
He'd like to make time to return July 19-21 to Williamsburg for the Top Gun camp, but he's not sure he's going to be able to fit it into his schedule, especially since he might consider squeezing in another trip to Oregon to visit the Ducks' camps in Eugene. Gary Campbell, Oregon's running backs coach for the past 29 years, has come to Virginia twice to visit Green — a long journey that hasn't gone unnoticed.
“That's a big thing for him to come all the way from the other side of the country to see me,” said Green of Campbell, who has coached 12 of the 14 running backs in Oregon history that eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in a season. “I'm trying to get out there sometime this summer to see the school, but I haven't been able to set a date.
“I'm blessed to have all these opportunities. I'm taking advantage of everything that's being put in front of me.”
More on Green and Mizell to come in July when the Fab 15 is released.
ORLANDO -- After nearly two years of hard work, it took less than week for Johnny Townsend to decide where he was going to college. The Boone punter recently attended a camp at Ohio State University. When first year head coach Urban Meyer saw Townsend in action he offered him a full scholarship. It turned out to be an offer that Townsend couldn’t refuse.
“It all happened very quickly, a week of solid day after day camps, trying to get as much exposure as possible,” said Townsend. “It was a very quick process, but the work that went into it was about a two year process. It really wasn’t as quick as most people would think. It was a much longer process, getting ready for that one week period of camps.”
Townsend was named the top punter at Nick Saban’s punting camp at the University of Alabama this summer, where he was offered a preferred walk-on spot for the Crimson Tide.
Townsend’s verbal declaration makes him the first Buckeye commit from the Class of 2013 in the Central Florida area, with a possibility of more to come.
“I’m definitely going to try to get a few kids to come up there with me, I’m going to do a little bit of recruiting,” the 6-foot, 200-pound added. “I was handed a list of kids in this area that I need to start speaking to and get them familiarized with Ohio State and the coaching staff and the kind of program they are running up there. I definitely am going to talk to other kids, not only at Boone High School, but other kids through Facebook to try to spark some interest up there.”
Averaging nearly 41 yards per punt, and a hang time of 4.3-4.5 seconds, Townsend looks to fit in to Meyer’s philosophy of high caliber special teams players.
Townsend stopped by our BHSN studios to talk about his verbal commitment to Ohio State.
AUSTIN, Texas - - Three-star outside linebacker Reggie Spearman (Chicago/Simeon) wore a huge smile on his face as he walked off the field at Burger Stadium after Team USA’s practice for the IFAF Under-19 World Championship on Monday. Mind you, this was after he had just endured another practice in triple-digit heat.
New Albany (Ohio) athlete Darron Lee is a jack of all trades player who has seen his recruitment take off the past few months but there was always one offer he always wanted. After impressing Ohio State coaches at their summer camp, Lee ended up earning the coveted offer from the Buckeyes on Tuesday and promptly committed.
"I have committed to Ohio State," Lee told Scout. "I got the offer a short while ago, when I spoke to Coach (Luke) Fickell. He told me they were offering me a scholarship, and I couldn't believe it. Before I could even commit, Coach Fickell made me call my mom and my head coach, to tell them the news."
The 6-3, 200-pounder also had offers from Cincinnati, West Virginia and Illinois, among others. Lee played quarterback at the Columbus Elite 11 and Nike Camp earlier this year but will likely wind up playing safety, wide receiver or other positions in college.
"We didn't really talk about position today, and it doesn't matter to me," he said. "After camp, we talked about playing linebacker, safety, or possibly nickelback. We have to wait and see when I get there, and we will figure that out. Coach Fickell said he would find me a home."
Lee becomes the 13th commitment for Ohio State's class of 2013.