Wide receivers in the Pac-12 beware—Stanford has landed 4-star cornerback prospect David Long, according to 247Sports.
Long spoke to the outlet about why he chose the school:
First off it's a dream school of mine. Coming into high school Stanford is the school I always wanted to go to. That's why I chose to go to Loyola High School, too, because it would prepare me for a school like Stanford. I know I'll get a great education there and I really like Stanford's coaches, too. I love how Stanford plays hard-nosed football.
A 6'0", 175-pound prospect out of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Long is ranked 70th nationally among all prospects, seventh at his position and 10th in the state, according to 247Sports.
Hudl.com showcased some of his highlights from last year:
Long makes up for his shorter stature with impressive leaping ability while bringing big-time speed to the position, something that Scout.com's Brandon Huffman was able to witness firsthand:
Makeup speed is imperative for a cornerback. If beaten or faked out initially, the ability to recover determines whether a lot of corners sink or swim.
Expect to see Long with the Cardinal in a couple of years, not only in the secondary but maybe even on special teams. With that kind of dynamic play and speed, he has the perfect physique and skill set to return punts as well.
He will need to beef up before he sees the field, though. At 175 pounds, he needs a bit more size to improve his tackling while trying to avoid being pushed around in the secondary when it comes to shedding blocks. With that said, he will also have to make sure he learns how to properly tackle. Instead of launching himself like a missile and leading with the shoulder, Long will have to make sure he wraps up the ball-carrier. It could save him from injury down the road.
Still, it is apparent that Long has the raw capability and intangibles to make any Division I roster. Expect to see him terrorizing quarterbacks in the FBS once he finishes developing and acclimates to the college game.
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The triple-digit temperatures of a Texas summer in August can be physically draining and mentally excruciating for high school football players.
For Deontay Anderson, it's observed merely as routine, just another day in his quest to be the nation's best safety on the nation's best team.
As Anderson, Manvel High School's 4-star defensive standout and the No. 3 safety in the country, prepares for his senior year, he's managed to balance the anticipation of the upcoming season with the stressful world of recruiting. On Sunday, Anderson tweeted his top five schools, trimming his list from a selection of 43 reported offers.
And he did so just in time to focus on the season, which starts in three weeks.
"Practices have been good; I'm just ready to get to fast action and hit somebody," Anderson said. "It's been hot, but it hasn't been an issue. We run a lot, and it's been kind of a challenge, but it hasn't really been a major issue."
Anderson said the five schools that made his list also will be the schools receiving an official visit. The USC visit most likely will be the weekend of Sept. 18, when the Trojans host Stanford. The official stop in Texas will be during the season, but a date hasn't been determined. Anderson added that official visits to Texas A&M, Ole Miss and LSU most likely will happen after the season.
Anderson—the high-octane player known for making plays with the sugar-rush assistance of Welch's Fruit Snacks— said all five schools had the same thing in common: a connection with the head coach and the position coaches.
"The relationship with the coaches is important," he said. "You're always going to be around your coaches, so you have to have good relationships with them. I like the head coach and my position coach with all of them. I think I can learn a lot."
To add, Anderson said that while he has five officials planned, he hasn't shut the recruiting door on other programs. In fact, he said he's still looking at Georgia, Florida, TCU and Mississippi State, and those four schools have just as much of a chance as the ones in his top five.
"[Narrowing it down] has been very difficult, but it had to be done," said Anderson, who won't make a decision until national signing day. "I knew I had to sit down and just pick which ones fit me best. I hated to cut any school out, but it had to be done."
USC is expected to be Anderson's first visit, and it could set the bar overall. There was a time Anderson wasn't interested in the Trojans, but he said the persistence of defensive backs coach Keith Heyward and head coach Steve Sarkisian should be commended.
"[Heyward] has made a couple of visits to see me," Anderson said. "I was in class one day, and my coach said he came by to speak with me unexpectedly. That really caught my eye. Then [Sarkisian] started coming by to visit. We've had great talks."
There are some who feel the battle for Anderson will come down to in-state rivals Texas and Texas A&M. He has a teammate in 4-star wide receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps who has been committed to the Longhorns since October of last year. On the flip side, another former teammate, Koda Martin, is a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M.
Anderson said he's a big fan of the coaching staffs at both Texas and Texas A&M—particularly the coaches who are defensive-minded.
"I love what Coach [Charlie] Strong is doing at UT," he said. "He's a great man, and I feel he's going to change things around. He's a defensive guy, so that's a huge deal to me.
"A&M has been around for a long time. I've built a good relationship with Coach [Kevin] Sumlin, and I love [defensive coordinator] Coach [John] Chavis. He's a cool dude. He's one of the best people I've ever met—a really genuine guy."
LSU and Ole Miss are two schools to keep an eye on. Anderson calls LSU his "dream school" and was excited after receiving the offer. Ole Miss arguably has shown him the most love of the five schools, and he's a big fan of what head coach Hugh Freeze is doing with the program.
"LSU is DBU," Anderson said. "When I first got the offer, I thought about committing, but I didn't because I thought I might get more offers. It's crazy to have your dream school offer. Coach [Les] Miles is unbelievable, and [defensive backs] Coach [Corey] Raymond is unbelievable. It's a great environment there; plus, it's close to home.
"With Ole Miss, I know that Coach Freeze has it rolling over there. He's one special person; he has a certain gift, and that's one thing I've taken notice of. He's one of those coaches who knows himself and really knows his players. Plus, the campus is beautiful, and everybody is genuine. You can't go wrong there."
The winning school gets a dynamic playmaker in the secondary, someone who is as polished a tackler as he is a cover defender. As a junior, he finished the year with 59 tackles, eight pass breakups and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdowns.
Anderson showed his athleticism the last two years as a participant at The Opening in Oregon. This year, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds, completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.01 seconds, threw the power ball 38 feet and showed a vertical jump of 37.4 inches.
For his varsity career—which started his freshman year—Anderson has 184 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions. He also has returned a punt return back for a score, if a school chooses to use him in the special teams department.
Anderson said he's unsure of trimming his list further, but he did say he's excited about giving all of the schools a chance to make their pitches.
For now, however, his primary focus is on Manvel.
"I want to win state with my team," he said. "We've got to take that one day at a time and focus on the details. We can't think about anything else."
Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles
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Redshirt freshman Terrell Cuney is set to see his first action as part of the University of Texas' offensive line during the upcoming season, but that is currently in question due to a reported arrest.
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Just weeks before the start of the 2015 college football campaign, Texas head coach Charlie Strong may have a difficult situation to deal with involving his reserve center.
According to Chris Hummer of 247Sports, Cuney was arrested early Wednesday morning for shoplifting, although specifics regarding the incident have not yet been released.
Cuney is a 6'1", 278-pound lineman from Jasper, Texas, who rated as the No. 7 center recruit in the Class of 2014, per 247Sports.
Senior Taylor Doyle is currently entrenched as the Longhorns' starting center, with sophomore Jake Raulerson behind him, so Cuney isn't in line to play very much in 2015 regardless of his legal situation.
The primary concern relates to his status with the team, as Strong hasn't hesitated to discipline his players. In fact, he dismissed nine players in 2014 during his first season at the helm.
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After thorough study using specific scoring criteria, Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analysts Damon Sayles, Sanjay Kirpalani and Tyler Donohue have graded the top 200 players in the 247Sports composite rankings and provided in-depth analysis on each young athlete. Bleacher Report will run a position-by-position breakdown series of the best college football recruits in the class of 2016. Here we present the Top Pro-Style Quarterbacks.
- Overall Top 200
- Interior Linemen
- Dual-Threat Quarterbacks
- Defensive Backs
- Offensive Tackles
- Running Backs
- Defensive Tackles
- Tight Ends
- Defensive Ends
Every collegiate coaching staff spends a large portion of each recruiting cycle searching for its next offensive leader. The presence of an elite and accountable quarterback commit lends increased legitimacy to a recruiting class and can convince other playmakers to join forces for years to come.
As usual, the majority of America's top-rated passers pledged early and enter their final high school summer break with future intentions revealed. The 2016 crop of quarterback measures up well when compared to groups we've watched develop in recent years and promises to make a major impact on college football's competitive landscape.
We broke down every pro-style quarterback rated among America's top 200 players in 247Sports' composite rankings, taking a look at key attributes and their respective recruitments. Athletes are listed in order of composite rankings and graded based on analysis judging accuracy, arm strength, mobility, leadership, football IQ and pocket presence.
All prospects graded by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue.
Technically, the initial 2015 Amway Coaches Poll doesn’t play a factor in the race toward the College Football Playoff, but best of luck telling that to pigskin-starved fans who have been clamoring for the sounds of the band and the crisp air of autumn Saturdays all summer.
The release of the preseason Top 25 is the clearest signal that football is finally right around the corner, and the poll was particularly good news for the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes, the SEC (eight ranked teams) and Big 12 title contenders TCU and Baylor.
The No. 1 Buckeyes sit in the driver’s seat on the road to a repeat title, but there are plenty of challengers waiting for a shot at Urban Meyer’s squad.
As is always the case with college football, there is an element of subjectivity with the rankings, which opens the door for criticism (and even compliments). After all, these teams haven’t even played a down of actual football this season and are already ranked in best-to-worst fashion.
Here is a look at the complete Top 25, as well as some reasons to praise and complain about the first coaches poll.
Best Selection: Ohio State at No. 1
Last year’s Heisman Trophy finalists were Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Alabama’s Amari Cooper and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. One thing they have in common (outside of their places on NFL rosters) is the fact that they all lost to Ohio State under the bright lights at the end of the 2014 season.
The Buckeyes team that steamrolled its way through the Badgers in the Big Ten title game, the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff and the Ducks in the national championship game is largely still intact heading into the 2015 campaign. That is worrisome news for the rest of the country and makes Ohio State the clear pick atop the initial coaches poll.
In fact, the Buckeyes are so loaded that they have not one, but two quarterbacks who could theoretically challenge for this year’s Heisman in Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett.
Former Big Ten Player of the Year Braxton Miller was set to join them in a quarterback race for the ages, but he will instead play wide receiver and H-back.
Miller's decision will only make Ohio State’s offense even more dangerous given his comments, per Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated: “It’s going to be electric. We had a great season last year, but we didn’t see anyone do off-the-wall type stuff. I’m sure guys miss seeing an explosive, 60-yard shake-and-bake run every once in a while.”
Miller’s electric first step jumped out when he lined up at quarterback, and he will have an even greater opportunity to demonstrate that as a skill player this season. Throw in weapons Jalin Marshall, Mike Thomas, Curtis Samuel, Dontre Wilson, Corey Smith and even youngsters Parris Campbell and Noah Brown, and it’s difficult to envision any defense slowing down Ohio State.
That’s not even mentioning star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who led the way in those final three games last year with a combined 696 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. With all the attention on the quarterback race, Elliott has the talent to win the Heisman Trophy this season behind a loaded offensive line that returns four starters.
The defense also figures to be among the nation’s best behind Joey Bosa (the potential No. 1 pick in next year’s draft), Darron Lee, Vonn Bell, Joshua Perry and Adolphus Washington.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller took the time to evaluate their pro prospects, and the mere fact that a draft expert already has his eyes on so many defenders from one team before the season even starts is testament to the talent and depth the Buckeyes boast:
Ohio State held Mariota and the dynamic Oregon offense to a mere 20 points in the title game, and they will shut down plenty of opponents this year as well.
With a stout defense and an offense loaded with game-changing playmakers, the Buckeyes were an obvious choice for the No. 1 team in the country. The initial coaches poll did not disappoint atop the rankings.
Overrated Selection: Oregon at No. 5
While Ohio State is right where it belongs at No. 1, the team it defeated in the national title contest is overrated at No. 5.
Oregon will still win plenty of games this season, but it is premature to say the 2015 version is one of the five best teams in the country. For one, there is simply no replacing Mariota, who threw for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns and added 770 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground on his way to the Heisman.
What’s more, the offensive line must replace three starters, including star center Hroniss Grasu. It is always difficult to break in a new quarterback, and that task will be even more challenging with a developing line and an early trip to East Lansing to face a daunting Michigan State defense.
Whether Vernon Adams or Jeff Lockie seizes the signal-caller reins, they simply won’t be able to run the offense at full gear until the line is completely ready. That may not come until after the Michigan State showdown, which could mean an early loss.
As for the defense that was last seen on the receiving end of Elliott’s stiff arm in the national championship game, it will no longer have All-American cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, defensive end Arik Armstead or cornerback Troy Hill, among others.
Ted Miller of ESPN.com pointed out that the Ducks could also be in trouble if they take a step back from last season based on the overall strength of the Pac-12:
USC is climbing back to full strength. More than a few folks believe the Trojans will return to the national picture this fall, displacing the Oregon/Stanford domination of the conference that began when Carroll bolted to the NFL after the 2009 downturn. USC remains USC. At full strength and well-coached, the Trojans are perennial national contenders, a combination of tradition, geography and wherewithal.
UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona and Utah all have traction in the South as nationally ranked teams, at least as long as they hold on to present head coaches. Speaking of the 1990s, Oregon's good friend to the North, the Washington Huskies, also should be on the uptick under Chris Petersen. The Huskies, Stanford and a rising California program should provide a challenge in the North over the next three seasons.
In other words, if Oregon football takes a step back, it could mean that its rivals took two steps forward.
Look for Oregon to take that step back without so many key contributors from last season. It will still be a nationally ranked team by December, but that ranking will not be in the top five with so many replacements.
Best Storyline to Follow: The Big 12 Arms Race
Last year, the Big 12 was left out of the playoffs in favor of Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State and Oregon even though TCU and Baylor only had one loss each.
The fact that the Buckeyes in particular had the opportunity to showcase their talent in the Big Ten Championship Game during a destruction of Wisconsin while the Big 12 did not have a title contest certainly contributed to the Horned Frogs’ and Bears’ fates.
If this year’s initial coaches poll is any indication, No. 2 TCU and No. 4 Baylor control their own destiny on the way to the postseason. All it takes is a spot in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings at season’s end to have a shot at the national championship, and this initial coaches poll sets up a thrilling race to the finish.
Around the Big 12 representatives, Ohio State and No. 6 Michigan State play each other, No. 5 Oregon is in a deep Pac-12 and No. 3 Alabama resides in an SEC with eight ranked teams. There will be plenty of losses near the top of the polls throughout the season, which opens up the door for TCU or Baylor to be a bride instead of a bridesmaid in this year's playoff.
What’s more, the actual showdown between the Bears and Horned Frogs happens Nov. 27 during Thanksgiving weekend. It represents a golden opportunity to make a late statement with the entire country turning its eyes toward football.
The winner will almost assuredly be in the College Football Playoff this time around if they avoid any significant upsets along the way. That is just what the Big 12 wants after missing out on the party last year.
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