North Recruiting Notebook
Scott McVey
Scott McVey
Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted Dec 8, 2008
Bob Lichtenfels


The regular college football season has ended, the coaching carousel is in full stride and the high school playoffs are nearing an end. Official visits and commitments are now happening at an alarming rate and Scout.com is covering the action.

Former Long Island (N.Y.) More Catholic/Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy wide receiver and former five-star recruit Vidal Hazelton was back in the news recently after he asked for and was granted a release from USC. The talented junior is now reportedly looking at Texas Tech, Missouri and Rutgers as possible destinations.

Central Michigan, Ball State and Akron are three MAC schools that have made Alpharetta (Ga.) cornerback Vincent Williams a priority this recruiting season.

According to his father Vince Williams Sr. his son will take a few official visits to those schools beginning with a trip to Akron.

"Vince has official visits scheduled for Akron (12/5) and Ball State (12/12)." Williams Sr. said. "He also plans on visiting Central Michigan next month."

Jefferson Hills (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson proved they were not one dimensional as they advanced to the PIAA Class AAA Championships with a 49-21 win over West York. The Jaguars have been riding their horse in running back Brian Baldrige who left the game early in the first quarter with a thumb injury.

Head coach Bill Cherpak then went to the air with quarterback Tyler Wehner and junior sensation Jim Giansante. Wehner completed 10 of 14 passes for five touchdowns and 274 yards. Giansante was on the receiving end of 197 of those yards on six receptions and three long scores. The Jaguars (14-1) will meet Archbishop Wood at Hershey Park Stadium this weekend.

Bethel Park (Pa.) has continued their Cinderella story by advancing to the Class AAAA State Championship game against Bethlehem Liberty after knocking off Wilson West Lawn 38-35 in triple overtime. The (15-0) Blackhawks usually feature and stellar run game led by Kyle Marsh, but he was held in check for the most part gaining 83 yards on 28 carries. The Blackhawks decided to use the passing game and it looks like they made the right choice as senior quarterback Erik Olson completed 17 of 27 passes for 288 yards and five scores. Ten of his 17 completions went to John Schademan. Three of his ten catches went for scores and he tallied 127 yards. Former soccer player Patrick Lydon kicked the 25-yard game winning field goal.

The Michigan Wolverines knocked off No. 4 Duke in basketball, and there were several big time football recruits there to see it. Four players from Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech made the trip. Commitments Thomas Gordon and Teric Jones were on their official visits along with teammate William Campbell. Junior cornerback Dior Mathis was there as an unofficial visitor. Another top in-state junior William Gholston of Detroit (Mich.) Southeastern was also in the house.

The Wisconsin Badgers had Chicago (Ill.) Leo defensive tackle and Illinois commitment Lendell Buckner in town. Buckner has been committed to the Illini since last February, but made no secret of his plans to take official visits. He will also take a visit to Michigan State in January. The Badgers had another recruit make the trip up from Illinois, Loyola Academy junior DE Chance Carter was also in Madison.

The Indiana Hoosiers had numerous committed players on official visits this weekend. The solidly committed players were joined by Livonia Clarenceville (Mich.) linebacker Jeremy Gainer and his cousin, Birmingham Brother Rice (Mich.) defensive back Kenny Watkins, both soft verbals to Indiana. Both have also visited Minnesota together and may take a look at Iowa. Gainer was offered by Michigan State this past week and will visit the Spartans in the near future, possibly as soon as this weekend.

Adrian (Mich.) defensive end Dylan Farrington was a strong report card away from some big time offers and it appears as though it is about to happen for the 6’5, 225-lb senior. Farrington reported that he received all A’s and B’s for the first semester and an offer from South Florida came last week. Iowa, Kansas, Michigan and Michigan State have all increased their interest in him and more offers are expected to be on their way.>p> Northwestern and head coach Pat Fitzgerald have enjoyed a strong recruiting year so far and the Wildcats secured another verbal commitment last week when Arrowhead (Wisc.) kicker Jeff Budzien gave them his pledge. He chose the Wildcats over offers from Kansas State and Army.

Louisville (Ky.)Central junior wide receiver Stephan Robinson has his first offer from Illinois. The speedy 5’9, 160-lb Robinson is also hearing from Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, Central Michigan, Indiana and Notre Dame.

West Virginia commitment Chris Snook Medina (Ohio) Highland took his official visit with the Mountaineers this weekend and said he’s solid with the staff and not looking to make a change.

Pat Muldoon from Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier will be taking his official visit with the Big East Champions Cincinnati this weekend as the defensive end looks to narrow his college choices down. There is also talk that Sycamore (Ohio) safety Steve Hull may also be taking an official visit with Cincinnati but he’s not confirmed if he will or not.

Columbus (Ohio) DeSales defensive end Davon Custis has two of his official visits done after returning from Notre Dame this past weekend. Still to come are Stanford (January) and next weekend Northwestern. Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius junior Scott McVey saw his outstanding performance in the state championship game earn him a big offer a few days later. The Ohio State University offered the linebacker a scholarship just days after he helped his team to the schools tenth state championship.

Ohio State commitment Jordan Whiting and Central Michigan commitment Tim Phillips helped Trinity High School (Louisville, Ky) advance to another state finals with huge games. Whiting posted 18 tackles and Phillips rushed 20 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-21 victory over rival St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky). St. Xavier played most of the fourth quarter without star running back Rolandan Finch who was knocked out of the game. Simon Kenton (Kentucky) junior running back Miles Simpson continued his impressive showing by rushing 17 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-10 victory over Male High School and Ohio State commitment Justin Green. The win sets up a battle with Trinity in the championship game.

Kentucky verbal commitments Ridge Wilson and Mister Cobble (Central HS, Louisville, Ky.) will look to win another state title to end their career as they defeated Union County 49-21. Wilson posted eight tackles while Cobble had seven for the game. Their teammate and one of the top players in Kentucky Tim Patterson posted nine tackles during the game and is a name to remember for the Class of 2010.

Allen Trieu, Dave Berk and Matt Alkire contributed to this report.


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