Friday, September 18, 2009
DE Olaniyan picks Penn State over Big 12 schools
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Ready for a little recruiting information on a Friday?
Tom Luginbill, the national recruiting director for ESPN's Scouts Inc., provides us with a couple of Big 12-related recruiting nuggets this morning:
DE C.J. Olaniyan
Scouts Grade: 80
Position Rank: 19
Nittany Lions land four-star defensive lineman C.J. Olaniyan
Highly-recruited defensive end C.J. Olaniyan of Warren-Mott (Warren, Mich.) has given a Class of 2010 commitment to Penn State.
He holds nearly 30 offers, including Illinois, Iowa, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and Virginia Tech. Among many others were Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
As a junior, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Olaniyan registered 85 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and nine sacks while also catching 33 passes and scoring three touchdowns playing tight end.
The Nittany Lions now have 17 pledges.
WR Kyle Prater
Proviso West H.S.
Scouts Grade: 82
ESPN150 Rank: 43
Position Rank: 8
USC pledge Kyle Prater comments on Illinois, Oklahoma
ESPNU 150 wide receiver Kyle Prater (Hillside, Ill./Proviso West) told ESPN affiliate Web site OUInsider.com that he remains committed to USC, but still is considering Illinois and Oklahoma.
He said of USC: "I like everything about USC. There is nothing bad about them. You can't down them because it is a great program overall with a great tradition. Then you have Coach (Pete) Carroll, Coach Mort (John Morton) and Coach Norton (Ken Jr.). It is just an exciting offense."
Prater was similar enthused about Oklahoma.
"Right now it is the same, and solid. Just the same thing," Prater said. "Oklahoma is a great team and they are very explosive especially passing the ball. Coach Norvell (Jay) is a great wide receiver coach who has coached in the NFL. So I have a lot of trust with them too."
And he also likes what he's seen from Illinois.
"Oh, I love Illinois," Prater said. "They have been there since day one. Coach Zook (Ron) and Coach Schultz (Mike) have been talking to me a long time. I have always had a relationship with those guys.
"A lot of the key things that I am going to be looking for I have seen already on some of these visits. I have already been to all these schools, so I am going to go out there and take my last look."
DE Carlos Thompson
Scouts Grade: 79
Position Rank: 38
Relationships, academics, location top factors for Thompson
Three-star defensive end Carlos Thompson (Hollandale, Miss./Simmons) spoke with ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTheGrove.com about his top four of Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Baylor and Vanderbilt.
"I really like the coaches at Ole Miss, and their team is great," Thompson said. "Same thing with Mississippi State. I like their coaches and I know a lot of players on the team."
"I really like Baylor because of their academic program, and I also like the coaches. I know they have a chance to build that football team, and Waco is a real nice town. Vanderbilt, I guess I like the academic program the most. I liked Nashville, in certain areas."
Location will also play a role in the decision but each of his top four schools are close enough according to Thompson.
DE Max Beauileu
Fort Lauderdale, FL
University School of Nova Sout
Scouts Grade: 76
Position Rank: 81
Defensive end Max Beauileu begins to set up official visits
Three-star prospect Max Beauileu (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova Sout) spoke with ESPN affiliate Web site TheBigSpur.com about his official visit plans.
"I have set one of my official to Purdue on Oct. 3," Beaulieu said. "I'm going to wait it out and see who else offers before setting up my others. It will probably be halfway through my season before I set them up. Wake Forest and South Carolina are the one that are pretty much definitely going to get a official. I'm also looking at Syracuse, Tennessee, and Arkansas for the last spots."
Other programs including Illinois, Nebraska, Syracuse and Wisconsin, Marshall, Tulane and Colorado State have also offered.