PALO ALTO, Calif.- More odds and ends from this past weekend’s loaded Nike Football Training Camp and Elite 11 Regional Workout on the campus of Stanford University.
Safety Dominique Love performed well during Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp at Stanford University.
-Safety Dominique Love (La Jolla, Calif./The Bishop’s School) has good size and was very active during the event. He looked fluid during position work and made some plays in coverage during one-on-ones. He’s a sleeper to keep an eye on moving forward in this recruiting cycle.
-SMU commit Robert Lewis (South Gate, Calif.) is a quick running back/scat back prospect that will fit in very well with what June Jones likes to do on offense. He won the running back MVP award from the NFTC coaches and showed good wiggle and burst during the drills.
-Linebacker Daniel Halverson (Portland, Ore./Grant) was named the linebacker MVP. This was the second time he showed out in a camp setting. National Recruiting Analyst Barton Simmons took notice of him at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January. He’s a big, thick inside linebacker type that moves well laterally and has good overall athleticism.
-Athlete Thomas Singleton (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) has outstanding film as an option quarterback at the high school level. On Sunday, he worked out as a cornerback (his probably college position) and impressed. He transitions extremely well, has good closing speed and ball skills and advanced quickness. He will need to get bigger and add strength, but he definitely proved he can play cornerback at a high level. Air Force has already offered and more should be coming.
-Defensive back Dalis Bruce (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) impressed during one-on-ones with his competitiveness and physical play. He’s got good size and uses his hands well in coverage. Currently, only Oregon State has offered, but he could get more as the cycle moves on.
-Four-star offensive lineman Cedrick Poutasi (Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Oasis) may be better suited to play guard than tackle at 6-foot-5, 320-pounds. He was up and down during Sunday’s event, but did show good ability to move his feet and pass protect during the one-on-one drills. He’s a prospect that honestly could go either way as far as guard or tackle goes, but at this point, his highest upside is likely in the interior.
-Two-way lineman Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore.), the nation’s No. 134 overall prospect, worked out on the offensive line on Sunday, but given the quickness of his hands, his overall athleticism and what he does on film, we feel like even though he could be a great offensive lineman in college, the defensive side of the ball is where he is most rare and potentially special.
-Based on what we heard and saw at Stanford Sunday, it probably is just a matter of time before four-star wide receiver Deontay Greenberry (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union) commits to Notre Dame, joining fellow Fresno-area star and friend Tee Shepard (Fresno, Calif./Central East) on the Fighting Irish commit list.
The nation's top outside linebacker, Noor Davis, is heading to Stanford.
-The Elite 11 featured the best group of signal callers at any camp this cycle. Zach Kline (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley), Connor Brewer (Paradise Valley, Ariz./Chaparral) Bart Houston (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) and Tanner Mangum (Eagle, Idaho) all are rated four stars or higher by 247Sports and are among the top pro-style quarterback prospects in the country. Throw in Iowa State commit Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.) and promising 2013 prospect Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) and it was an extremely impressive group of signal callers.
-Tight end Ian Taubler (Fresno, Calif./Bullard) had some nice moments catching the football and during position drills. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder has offers from Fresno State and Yale, but that could increase in time as teams look for quality tight end prospects.
-The ball really jumped out of the hands of quarterback Jake Rodrigues (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) both at the Elite 11 and the NFTC. Expect his stock to really rise this summer as he camps at various colleges. He has excellent, consistent mechanics to go along with the aforementioned live arm.
Three quick thoughts
-Sticking with the current theme, is there a more impressive recruiting program right now in the country than Stanford? It wasn’t long ago the Cardinal was at the bottom of the Pac-10 and had trouble signing anybody, now it appears they can go anywhere in the country and land players, like four-star Noor Davis (The Villages, Fla.), the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker, who committed to the Cardinal last week. It’s a tribute not only to former coach Jim Harbaugh, who had the belief and knowledge required to resurrect the program, but also current coach David Shaw, who has kept it going.
-It’s hard to predict where four-star linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.) will commit to today. Put a gun to our head and we’d say Alabama, simply because they’ve been stronger longer, but he could easily pick Florida State and the momentum may very well be with the Seminoles.
-Look for Virginia Tech to potentially get involved with five-star defensive lineman and Penn State soft verbal commit Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas School). There is some interest on both sides for the talented big man.
More offers for Williams
Dalton Santos de-committed from Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys landed a good one in Domini Ramacher.
Offensive lineman Duaron Williams (Orlando, Fla./Jones) has picked up offers from Duke, Kentucky and Florida International in recent days. We like the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder because of his versatility and size. He could play center, guard or tackle in a pinch on the offensive side of the ball and possibly could even play defense in college.
Oklahoma State strikes again at Guyer
With this week’s news of inside linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas) officially backing off of his verbal commitment and athlete Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas/Hightower) switching to Texas A&M on Saturday, the Oklahoma State Cowboys were in need of some good news.
They got it Saturday night with the commitment of tight end/inside linebacker prospect Domini Ramacher (Denton, Texas/Guyer). The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder became the fourth Denton Guyer prospect to pick the Cowboys in the last two classes following 2011 prospects J.W. Walsh, cornerbacker/receiver Josh Stewart and defensive end Jimmie Bean.
“When I visited today, I fell in love with the facilities,” Ramacher said Saturday night. “The coaches, the familiarity, everything about the school drew me to going there.”
Ramacher selected Oklahoma State over offers from Arkansas, Arizona, Baylor, Oregon, Purdue, Wake Forest, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, San Diego State, Oregon State, Iowa State and Louisiana Tech.
Also in Oklahoma State recruiting news, athletic 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive tackle prospect Trey Keenan (Argyle, Texas) said on Sunday he plans to camp at Oklahoma State June 12. Keenan has verbal offers from Texas Tech, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas State, Kansas, Colorado, Baylor, Mississippi State and others. He has been on the campus of Texas Tech numerous times in the last 12-months.
Still Baylor for Coleman
Linebacker Bryce Cottrell is a prospect whose stock is skyrocketing.
The247 athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas/Pearce) told 247Sports.com in early April that Baylor was standing out among his offers of West Virginia, Virginia, Oklahoma State and Baylor.
A few weeks later, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound versatile prospect that could play corner or receiver as well as return kicks has been offered by Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas State and Kansas to go with the previous offers.
Even with the offer list expanding, the Bears are still in a good spot.
“Yes, Baylor is still standing out,” Coleman said on Sunday. “Oklahoma is up there too.”
Coleman continues to see his stock rise in May with Texas A&M and a host of others showing interest. He is unsure of his summer camp plans at this time.
Richardson Pearce plays its spring game at 7 p.m. May 25.
Cottrell blowing up
Outside linebacker Bryce Cottrell (Plano, Texas/West) has seen his stock rise as much as any from the Lone Star state during the evaluation period.
Oklahoma is the latest offer for defensive back Ryan Reid.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder who is receiving looks as a weak side defensive end and outside linebacker entered the month of May with verbal offers from Syracuse, Mississippi State and Baylor, but his list has expanded quickly.
“I have new offers from Wake Forest, SMU and Colorado,” Cottrell said Sunday evening. “North Carolina, Boise State and LSU are on the verge of offering me. Same with TCU and Pitt,”
Next up for Cottrell is deciding on summer visits.
“Nothing is really set right now, I’ll decide after the spring.” He said.
Texas quick hitters
-Offensive tackle Seaver Myers (Friendswood, Texas) continues to pick up verbal offers in May. Utah and Iowa State offered the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder joining Houston, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane, UNLV and Utah State. Myers continues to be wide open with the process.
-Tight end Trevor Stephens (Friendswood, Texas) picked up his first offer last week, Iowa State. Rice is also close to offering the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder.
-The247 offensive line prospect John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas/Texas High) has a top two of Oklahoma and Missouri with a number of others still in contention. Among those are four expected summer camp visits for the 6-foot-4, 255-pound uber athletic center prospect. McGee plans to camp at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, LSU and Baylor this summer.
-Defensive back Ryan Reid (Sherman, Texas) recently picked up a verbal offer from Oklahoma to go with previous offers from Arizona, Texas Tech and Baylor. The 5-foot-9, 182-pound safety that is getting looks as a corner says he doesn’t have a favotire and isn’t sure of any summer camp plans at this time.
-Outside linebacker Michael Hargis (Manor, Texas) is seeing his stock rise this month. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Hargis has a verbal offer from North Texas along with serious interest from Missouri, Baylor and Texas-San Antonio. Wyoming, Iowa State and Baylor were by Manor last week to watch practice. Hargis said on Sunday he plans to camp at TCU, Texas, Baylor, Rice, Houston, North Texas and possibly Missouri and Oklahoma State this summer.
-Sleeper strong-armed quarterback Riley Toler (Kilgore, Texas) is receiving serious interest from Baylor, Kansas, SMU, Texas State and others. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound football and baseball standout will camp at SMU June 2, Baylor June 5 and TCU June 9 for sure. He may visit Kansas as well in June or July.
-Inside linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas) plans to visit Alabama and Tennessee among others this summer. The 6-foot-3, 247-pound downhill hill hard-hitting linebacker with 4.65-speed picked up a verbal offer from Alabama last week and is considering the Crimson Tide and Tennessee along with Arkansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and a number of others. He is wide open with the process at this time after recently backing off of a verbal commitment to the Cowboys.
Around the Network
-Shane Youngblood of BamaOnline breaks down the Lee decision
-Bryan Matthews of AuburnUndercover reports that Auburn is recruiting four-star offensive tackle Javarious Leamon the hardest.
National Recruiting Analyst Gerry Hamilton contributed