Brendan Kelly, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound junior defensive end from Richfield Academy of Holy Angels in Minn., has committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Kelly made the decision after visiting the Minnesota campus Saturday morning. Kelly met with the Gopher coaches and then confirmed his commitment with Golden Sports.Net.
"It's the truth. I've been talking to the coaches for awhile. This is where I want to go. I had been telling people that I'll probably just wake up and know that it is time to make a decision. I thought this morning "Hey, I want to go to this school." I have a good feeling about the U and what they have got going on. The U is where it's at."
Kelly has been working hard in the weight room to get ready for his senior season and college football.
"I'm working on staying low, my explosiveness off the line and my speed. I'm working on my fundamentals and core strength. I'm bench pressing 300 pounds max, Clean 300 pounds and squat 470.
Kelly had offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas State and Iowa State was expected to extend a scholarship offer.
Kelly said his decision to commit to Minnesota had a lot to do with the new coaching staff.
"The main factor was the excitement of the coaches. I can see that school doing big thing in the future and I did not want to hesitate. I was ready to jump on board."
The interest in the huge Daniel Campbell, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound offensive guard from Aldine High in Texas continues to grow from the most prestigious programs in the country - including at least half of the teams in the Big 12 Conference alone.
Some of the things making Campbell such an attractive prospect are his surprising quickness and his ability to both run and pass block effectively. He works low to the ground and with his size and strength allowing him to often over power opposing defensive linemen.
Campbell currently bench presses 320 lbs.and squats 510, with his latest time in the 40 clocked at 5.4.
Campbell, as a junior was a first team All-District 19-5A player. He has offers from both USC and Lousiana State as well as Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas State with others sure to jump in as his stock continues to rise.
We caught up with Daniel Campbell to see those schools he was interested in and recruiting him the hardest. Several different schools are on his radar at this time but Campbell has narrowed his choices to Louisiana State and USC with Kansas State currently lagging behind.
"I would say right now I'm leaning toward LSU because I liked the time I spent there on my visit," said Campbell. "It was a nice place when I was down there. I also met with the offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and he was a great guy. I want to start as a freshman and that's something I've told any school that I've talked to. I told LSU that as well and Coach Studrawa told me that if I got the work done that I needed to do, and show I'm ready then he saw no reason why I wouldn't start as during my Freshman year."
"The reason I'm considering USC is simple, its about the fact they win championships and I want to be on a team that wins. They have such a incredible tradition and I think it would be a great team to be apart of."
It's been a lot of hard work up to this point for J.B. Shugarts. The 6-foot-7 and 290-pound offensive lineman from Klein High in Texas has been on a couple of recent trips to see some schools. He has a couple more planned and at least one camp where he hopes to have a repeat performance of last year.
"I went up to Texas A&M for their night of champions and I headed over to LSU and saw one of their spring practices,” Shugarts informed. “That is all I have done so far."
"Later this spring I might go up to Ohio State for their spring game. In the summer I am going to go over to Florida for a camp, Friday Night Lights. I was the camp MVP last year and I want to go back and re-claim my title."
"I will be going up to Texas A&M this Saturday. They are supposed to be having a scrimmage this Saturday. I will try and make it up to Oklahoma again, after going to their junior day earlier this year and last summer, and maybe Michigan."
There is only so much that you can typically get done in the late spring to early summer and there is at least one school that Shugarts said that he would like to see, but wasn't sure if there would be time.
"Maybe Alabama. I am really being heavily recruited by Alabama lately and by Coach Major Applewhite. I am not sure if I will be able to make it over there this spring or summer."
Shugarts will tell you that there are some drawbacks to naming names on your leader board. When other schools see that they didn't make the cut they usually turn up the recruiting pressure. For Shugarts though, it's really been a top five or six for him all long.
"I made a top four, but when that happened all of the colleges that weren't on that list started recruiting me like crazy,” Shugarts said. “So right now, it's pretty wide open. I have about five or six that are in mind. It would be LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Michigan are all right up there."
"It becomes really hard. You find yourself liking one school more than the other, but that's because you are talking more to that one school and not the others. Then you start talking to the others more. It's really hard to pick one out and balance all of it."
Nebraska is one of the 30+ teams to offer Shugarts. Last year, the Nebraska coaches had to sit through a rain-delay to catch a game where Shugarts was playing.
Sean Fisher, a 6-5, 210 pound OLB/S out of Millard North HS in Omaha Neb. took another visit up to Iowa City this weekend, with a few more visits planned for next week. Read about it in this premium recruiting update.
Sean Fisher, a 6-5, 210 pound safety out of Millard North HS in Omaha, Neb., was in Iowa City this weekend along with plenty other junior recruits, finding out more about the Hawkeye program.
"We went to watch practice, then we got a chance to watch meetings in the afternoon," Fisher said. "Then later we had lunch, got to talk with the coaches. That was good."
Fisher, who plays mostly safety on his high school team, is being recruited as a linebacker, mainly because of his size potential, and that's where he was put this weekend, watching position meetings with the other Iowa linebackers.
"I think that's kind of becoming the consensus as to where I'll end up," Fisher said. "I'm leaning toward linebacker right now, it'll be a little better fit for me. I still weigh about 210, but with summer, we'll be training pretty hard. I wouldn't mind putting on a little more weight for next season."
Fisher's high school is on spring break next week, so he plans on visiting Kansas and Kansas State during the week. We'll check in with Sean throughout the spring and summer as he prepares for his senior season.