Monday, February 1, 2010
Big 12 recruiting tidbits: Has Carnes turned away from Nebraska -- or not?
By ESPN.com staff
With National Signing Day 36 hours away and counting, you can understand that news is flying around pretty heavily during the final stages of the recruiting process.
That's why Tom Luginbill's daily updates are so vital to all of us.
Here are some late afternoon Big 12-related recruiting nuggets provided by the esteemed the national recruiting director for ESPN Scouts Inc.
And for up-to-the-minute recruiting information, always look at ESPN.com's On the Trail, which legitimately is one of the highlights of our Insider benefits.
Especially this time of year.
QB Brion Carnes
Scouts Grade: 77
Position Rank: 39
Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) three-star quarterback Brion Carnes, who had his Class of 2010 offer withdrawn on Friday by South Florida, and has now committed to Western Kentucky, according to a report in his hometown newspaper.
But the Omaha World-Herald reported late Sunday that Carnes is saying he is not committed to the Hilltoppers and will announce his decision on National Signing Day.
Carnes had taken an official trip to Nebraska last week and reportedly pledged to the Hilltoppers during a visit this weekend -- a decision that Carnes disputed late Sunday.
Carnes, who committed to USF last summer, is a cousin with former Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier and WKU head coach Willie Taggart was a standout player at Manatee. The late visits didn't sit well with new head coach Skip Holtz of the Bulls..
Manatee coach Joe Kinnan called USF's actions "classless" in the Bradenton Herald, and added "USF is no longer welcome at our school."
Carnes threw for 2,245 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in helping of the Hurricanes go 13-2.
The Bulls are now recruiting LaGrange, Ga., athlete/quarterback Jamius Gunsby, who has offers from Florida and Kentucky. The three-star 6-foot-5, 220-pound Gunsby may commit to USF during his visit this weekend.
DE Mike Jones
Sugar Land, TX
Scouts Grade: 40
Texas Tech has added a defensive lineman to its recruiting Class of 2010 with the offer to Mike Jones of Kempner (Sugar Land, Texas).
Jones (6-foot-3, 255-pounds) also considered Boise State and Louisiana-Lafayette.
RB Justin Torres
La Mirada, CA
La Mirada H.S.
Scouts Grade: 40
Justin Torres, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound running back from La Mirada, Calif., has pledged to Colorado for the Class of 2010.
Torres rushed for 827 yards and 16 touchdowns on 104 carries, and also caught 23 passes for 318 yards and two scores as a senior. He was named CIF Co-Offensive Player of the Year and the Suburban League Most Valuable Player in 2009.
CB Tony Grimes
Hollywood Hills H.S.
Scouts Grade: 80
Position Rank: 16
Highly-coveted senior Tony Grimes (Hollywood, Fla./Hills) has committed to Mississippi over Michigan and Maryland, ESPN affiliate InsideTheGrove.com reports.
"I had two good trips to Michigan and Maryland there's just something about Ole Miss that stuck with me. I like the other schools but I think Ole Miss beats them out and that's where I belong," he said.
West Virginia, Oregon, Ohio State, South Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas Tech, Iowa, Miami-FL, Purdue and Wisconsin among others also recruited the 6-foot, 170-pound player.