Monday, December 14, 2009
Big 12 recruiting: RB Mister Jones headed for Aggies
By ESPN.com staff
Considering that new Kansas coach Turner Gill mentioned recruiting four times among his seven major priorities for his new program, it's understandable how important these December days are for coaches everywhere.
Here's a look at some late afternoon Big 12-related recruiting nuggets compiled by Tom Luginbill, the national scouting director from ESPN's Scouts Inc.
RB Mister Jones
Scouts Grade: 75
Position Rank: 99
Mister Jones, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back from Littleton High (Littleton, Colo.), has made a decision to switch his Class of 2010 commitment from Colorado to Texas A&M.
The three-star prospect was also offered by Kansas and Wyoming. He rushed for 1,317 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior.
"After leaving College Station, I thought a lot about whether I wanted to change my commitment," he told ESPN affiliate Web site TexAgs.com. "I had to decide which school was going to get me to where I wanted to go and help make me successful. My mom and I [called the Colorado coaches] to tell them that I was switching my commitment. It was really tough, but I thought that A&M would be better and that's why I decided to commit to A&M."
He continued, "All I've wanted to do since I was a little kid was make it to the NFL. Having a coaching staff that has been there and done that, it is a huge plus. It's a good thing to know that they have that experience and they know what they're talking about."
Texas A&M now has 21 pledges.
QB Quinn Mecham
Quinn Mecham, a quarterback from Timpview (Provo, Utah)/Snow CC, Utah, has accepted a Class of 2010 offer from Kansas.
He was also recruited by Virginia, Arizona State, Utah State, Utah and Mississippi State.
During the 2009 season, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Mecham finished second in the NJCAA national rankings by passing for 3091 yards and 40 touchdowns. Snow College finished fifth in the final NJCAA poll.
The Jayhawks now have 15 commitments.
ATH Tuswani Copeland
Scouts Grade: 75
Position Rank: 118
Baylor has added defensive back/receiver Tuswani Copeland of MacArthur (Lawton, Okla.) for the Class of 2010.
The 6-foot-0, 175-pound athlete was also sought by Kansas State, Louisville, Michigan State and Western Michigan.
"I feel like Baylor's perfect for me," Copeland told the Waco Tribune-Herald. "I played receiver on my high school team as well as cornerback, but people have been recruiting me as a cornerback. I like taking the ball away from receivers and putting hits on guys."
He is the 15th pledge for Baylor.
T Eric Richter
Mission Viejo, CA
Saddleback College (CA)
6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman Eric Richter of Saddleback CC, Calif., has chosen Colorado for the Class of 2010.
Richter, who is originally from Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.), holds other offers from San Diego State and Arkansas State.
The Buffs have 11 commitments.
CB Anthony Young
Palomar College (CA)
A 5-foot-9, 175-pound cornerback, Anthony Young of Colony (Ontario, Calif.)/Palomar CC, Calif., has chosen Iowa State in the Class of 2010.
He also drew offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, Tulsa and Middle Tennessee State.
T Jon Caspers
North Dakota State College of Sci. (ND)
Iowa State has a pledge from Jon Caspers, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman from Bold HS (Olivia, Minn.)/Bird Island, Minn./North Dakota State College of Science, ND.
Caspers chose the Cyclones over Washington State.
He becomes the 22nd commitment for ISU's Class of 2010.
DE Chris Martin
Scouts Grade: 81
ESPNU150 Rank: 111
Position Rank: 12
ESPNU 150 defensive end Chris Martin (Aurora, Colo.,/Grandview) has decided to come back home, verbally committing to California, choosing the Bears over Florida, USC, and Oklahoma, ESPN affiliate Web site IrishSportsDaily.com reports.
Back in February, Martin, who is an Oakland native, verbally committed to Notre Dame, but dropped the Irish from consideration December 1st.
"One of the things, when Chris committed to Notre Dame, the quote I said to him was Chris, if you do not go to Notre Dame, you need to come back home," Martin's mother Cheryl said. "Well, he's coming back home and this is solid. We're not going to do anymore visits or entertain anyone coming by."
ESPN's Craig Haubert added, "Cal scored big this weekend and it looks like they have coaching changes at two other schools to partially thank for it. Florida seemed to be a strong contender, but it appears the staff turnover there clouded the picture and made the hometown Golden Bears look like right fit. Regardless of the path that led Martin to Cal, the Golden Bears now add to their top-25 caliber class with their highest rated prospect."
"Martin is a kid who possesses good natural size and certainly looks the part. He has played several positions and while we feel overall he will fit best as a defensive end, in Cal's scheme they could get more from him. With his size he could fit well at end, but he could also be a good fit for them at outside linebacker in their 3-4 look as more of that hybrid end / backer. With his size and straight line speed he could be tough to handle."
Martin is the second ESPNU 150 and 11th overall commitment for the Bears' Class of 2010.
DE Wayne Dorsey
Mississippi Gulf Coast Comm College (MS)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, Miss.) defensive lineman Wayne Dorsey has pledged to join Ole Miss' Class of 2010, ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTheGrove.com reports.
He also visited Florida State and North Carolina. Programs including Michigan, Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Florida, Oklahoma State and Iowa State were amongst Dorsey's other offers.
"I like everything about Ole Miss. The city the conference, the team, the assistants, everything," he said.
Another Mississippi Gulf Coast product, safety Damien Jackson (Pineville, La.), is set to play for Ole Miss. The Rebels now have 14 commitments.
S Tejay Johnson
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Egg Harbor Township H.S.
Scouts Grade: 73
Position Rank: 127
A 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver/defensive back, Tejay Johnson of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., has made a decision to play for Rutgers in the Class of 2010.
Cincinnati, Michigan State, Nebraska and Syracuse had also made offers.
Johnson is the 15th commitment for the Knights.
WR Joshua Ford
Calvin Coolidge H.S.
Scouts Grade: 76
Position Rank: 126
Wide reciever Joshua Ford of Coolidge H.S. in Washington has picked New Mexico for the Class of 2010.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ford was also sought by Kansas and Utah. He had 19 receptions for 470 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.
Ford is the 7th pledge for the Lobos.
CB T.J. Ballou
East Mississippi Community College (MS)
Physical cornerback T.J. Ballou, a 6-foot-0, 200-pounder from Northeast Lauderdale (Russell, Miss.)/Alabama/East Mississippi CC, Miss., has made a decision to attend Alabama-Birmingham with the Class of 2010.
Oklahoma State, Western Michigan, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe has also offered.
Ballou spent two years as a walk-on for the Tide before transferring to junior college.
He is the 19th commitment for the Blazers.