The Connecticut Huskies picked up a commitment late last week from a solid offensive lineman from Ebensburg (Pa.) Bishop Carroll. Huskies head coach Craig Sponsky alerted us to the news over the weekend that his 6-foot-5, 311-pound protégé had pledged to the Big East squad.
“Steve Greene has committed to UConn,” Sponsky said. “He committed on Tuesday night.”
Last week, we brought you the news that former Temple running back Daryl Robinson who is now playing cornerback at West Hills (Cal.) Community College had picked up his first scholarship offer from Minnesota. Robinson just informed us that he picked up offer number two.
“I just wanted to let you know that I was offered another scholarship,” Robinson said. “I was offered a full ride from Akron.”
Illinois scored a huge in-state commitment over the weekend as four-star defensive end Craig Drummond announced his decision. The 6'5, 260-lb Morgan Park product had narrowed his list to just Illinois and Wisconsin from over 30 offers.
""It feels real good [to be committed], all the pressure is off me," he said and added, "I'm leaving in January, so I'll have a chance to try to start my freshman year."
Inkster (Mich.) wide receiver Cameron Gordon picked up another offer last week when the Iowa Hawkeyes came through with an offer. The 6'3, 195-pound Gordon now has seven offers (Michigan State, Minnesota, Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Western Michigan in addition to Iowa) and Penn State, Michigan, Purdue and Illinois are showing interest. There is also some thought that the three-star wide out could see time at linebacker and that versatility is helping his recruitment.
“Different schools are looking at me at different positions," he said, "With most schools I haven't really got a clear understanding of what they want me to play. I have played pretty good on both sides of the ball, so they’re like, ‘well he’s good here and good there.’ I would say that I am kind of confused about which side they want me to play, but I think that I can take that up with them further we go on.”
Zionsville (Ind.) junior Blake Lueders scored his second offer last week.
“I got a letter saying I had an offer from Northwestern,” he said, “The running backs coach, Coach McPherson, dropped by the school.”
The 6’5, 240-lb Lueders now holds offers from the Wildcats and Stanford and says he is also receiving interest from Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Indiana and North Carolina among others. Northwestern, however, has family ties on their side.
“My dad went there,” he reported, “and I’ve been to a couple games. I know they’re a great academic school and they’re having a great athletic season this year. I’m definitely interested in them.”
Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier defensive end Pat Muldoon saw his season come to a close a week ago as his team lost their final game of the season. Now with his senior season concluded, the standout defensive lineman begins taking a deeper look at who he’ll end up signing with in February. On Thursday night, Muldoon visited Cincinnati for their game against South Florida. When asked where he stands with his recruiting he stressed he is still looking at the same programs and is not close to making a decision.
Not only did Cincinnati have Muldoon on hand for their win over South Florida. They also received a visit from current North Carolina State verbal commitment Bryan Underwood. When asked if he was still open for a possible change in his commitment, Underwood said he was visiting UC for two reasons. One was to see what the Bearcats had to offer but more important was his chance to see his former teammate Travis Kelce who signed with Cincinnati last year.
Ohio State verbal commitment Justin Green returned to the football field this weekend as the Male High School (Kentucky) standout had missed a couple of game with an injured knee. But Green’s return didn’t help Male as they loss 21-14 to Eastern.
The state of Ohio started the first round of their playoffs this weekend and several top prospects were in action.
Ohio State commitments Zach Boren and Jamie Wood played key roles in Pickerington Central’s first round playoff win. Boren had two touchdown runs while Wood scored on an 8-yard run helping Central to a 38-21 victory over Delaware.
Ohio State commitment C.J. Barnett helped his team reach the second round of the playoffs with a 28-27 victory over Fairmont. The win was the school’s first ever playoff victory setting Barnett up with a great test in the second round as Clayton Northmont will battle Cincinnati Elder at Nippert Stadium in the night game of a two-game special next Saturday afternoon.
The other game on Saturday will have Cincinnati Colerain going up against Huber Heights Wayne. The Warriors have been without quarterback Braxton Miller for a few weeks and there is talk he could be ready for this game. If not look for Wayne to push senior running back Erique Geiger who had four touchdown runs in the Warriors first round victory over undefeated Cincinnati Woodward.
Super Sophomore Chris Rock played a key role in Columbus (Ohio) DeSales first round victory over Columbus Watterson 20-17. Rock who many considered to be one of Ohio’s top prospects in the Class of 2011 scored on a touchdown with two Watterson defenders giving tight coverage. Rock has the size (6-foot-4.5, 245-pounds) and physical abilities to be a national recruit. Several programs including Ohio State are looking at Rock early.
Illinois verbal commitment Jake Feldmeyer and Indiana verbal Adam Replogle saw their season end in the first round of the playoffs going down 52-27 against Elder (Ohio) High School. Elder, who has a few of its own D-I verbal commitments in Austen Bujnoch and Josh Jones (Cincinnati) along with a few more top prospects in the 2009 and 2010 class is considered a strong favorite to play for the “Big School” title at the end of the month.
Ohio’s top ranked Big School team Cleveland Glenville cruised to a first round victory despite turning the ball over five times in the first twenty-nine minutes of the game. The victory sets up a battle between the Tarblooders sets up a rematch with longtime powerhouse Cleveland St. Ignatius. The two teams battled early in the season with Glenville winning 20-17 on the last play of the game. Both Glenville and St. Ignatius have major prospects on their rosters as the Tarblooders are headlined by 5-star offensive lineman Marcus Hall and Ignatius by Dan Fox (Notre Dame).
The Playoffs are also in full swing in Indiana with several prospects helping their team to wins.
One of the most underrated running backs is Warren Central’s (Indianapolis, IN) George Cheesebourough who helped the Warriors advance with a 20-carry 159 yard night against Fishers High School.
Georgia Tech commitment Jordan Luallen (Center Grove HS – Indiana) had a two touchdown night in his teams win over Bloomington South. Center Grove scored eight touchdowns before Bloomington South got on the scoreboard. But while all eyes might have been on Luallen it was senior teammate Luke Swift who had an even bigger night rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Kentucky commitment Morgan Newton helped power Carmel High School (Carmel, Indiana) to a 44-21 victory over Lafayette Jeff. Newton would go 10-14 for 104 yards and 1 touchdown while also using his legs carrying the ball ten times for 97-yards and 2 touchdowns in the win.
Allen Trieu and Dave Berk also contributed to this report.