Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Big 12 recruiting nuggets: Yuba Co. DE Rony Nelson picks ISU
By ESPN.com staff
Here's a daily dose of recruiting information from Tom Luginbill, the esteemed national recruiting director from ESPN's Scouts Inc.
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Here's a compendium of Big 12 information provided by Luginbill in his daily missive.
DE Rony Nelson
Yuba College (CA)
Iowa State has added a Class of 2010 commitment from Rony Nelson, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end from Yuba CC, Calif.
Nelson, who played at Miami Jackson (Miami, Fla.) as a prep, also has offers from East Carolina and Florida International.
The Cyclones now have 23 pledges.
DE Scott Smith
Butler County Community College (KS)
Scouts Grade: 40
Butler County CC, Kan., defensive end Scott Smith is near an announcement between Arkansas and Texas Tech for the Class of 2010.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Smith, who was the Jayhawk Conference's 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, is originally from St. Louis School (Honolulu, Hawaii). He signed with California in 2007, but transferred to Butler County following his freshman year.
Smith also holds offers from Louisville and South Florida. He drew late interest from Kansas, Baylor, Louisville and South Carolina.
During 2009, Smith recorded 69 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble for Butler County.
QB Cameron Newton
Blinn College (TX)
Top junior college quarterback Cameron Newton (Brenham, Texas/Blinn College) updated ESPN affiliate Web site OUInsider.com on the latest surrounding his recruitment.
"Talking to Coach Stoops, Coach Heupel and Coach Wilson and all those guys, I have an opportunity to be the man if I commit there," he said. "That is what I want in a school. I want a chance to compete for a starting spot. I don't want anything given to me, because I feel if something is given to you then people won't take you as seriously as if you earned it."
"Oklahoma, North Carolina, Auburn, Mississippi State, Baylor and Arizona," said Newton when asked which schools were still in contention. "But out of those schools, especially with this weekend being as good as it was, Oklahoma is right there in the race. Coach (Bob) Stoops has an excellent coaching staff there, good guys on the team, good personnel and the recruiting class that is coming in is an eye-opener nationally."
"I have had a lot of universities give me a call, but Oklahoma, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Auburn are the top tier of schools in the running right now."
RB Tyler Williams
Scouts Grade: 45
Mighty-mite 5-foot-6, 140-pound running back Tyler Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) currently favors West Virginia, ESPN affiliate Web site EerSports.com reports.
"I'm looking at a couple schools. I like West Virginia a lot though," Williams said. "I want to go there. They've been looking at me."
While he does not have any offers at the moment, programs including Michigan, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Cincinnati, Indiana, UCLA, South Carolina, Iowa, Purdue, Kansas, Wisconsin and Nebraska have showed interest.
He rushed for nearly 900 yards and 12 touchdowns during his junior campaign.
At the Cincinnati Nike Combine he posted an electronically-timed 4.69 40-yard dash, 4.13 20-yard shuttle and 33.4-inch vertical.
ATH Robert Johnson
Oak Grove H.S.
Scouts Grade: 78
Position Rank: 33
Three-star athlete Robert Johnson (Hattiesburg, Miss./Oak Grove) has committed to Mississippi State, ESPN affiliate Web site BullDawgJunction.com reports.
Recruited to play wide receiver, He also seriously considered Auburn, Ole Miss and West Virginia. Amongst his other offers were Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss.
As a senior, he caught 28 passes for 529 yards (18.9 average) and two touchdowns.
Johnson's high school teammate, athlete Jay Hughes, has also picked the Bulldogs.
DE Michael Douglas
Scouts Grade: 75
Position Rank: 88
Defensive end/tight end/linebacker Michael Douglas (Largo, Fla.) has committed to Kentucky over Indiana and Central Florida, ESPN affiliate Web site KentuckyInk.com reports.
Cincinnati, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Purdue amongst others also offered the 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior.
"I watched them a whole lot," Douglas said. "I watched a lot of SEC games. They can definitely make plays. They're just missing a few pieces here and there."
Douglas had a very impressive at the Orlando Under Armour Combine posting a 4.71 40-yard dash, 4.53 20-yard shuttle, 8.0 three-cone drill, 38-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump.
DE Jordan McDonald
Scouts Grade: 75
Position Rank: 90
Arizona State has landed Jordan McDonald, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.), for the Class of 2010.
He chose Arizona State over Fresno State. Among his other offers were Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and New Mexico State.
"They have some of my ex-teammates, but it came down to my parents being able to see me play," McDonald told the Arizona Republic. "Their defensive line coach is a really good coach and he makes me feel like I can fit in there."
McDonald, who registered 16 sacks as a senior, is the 16th pledge for ASU.
ATH Travis Williams
Cooper City, FL
Cooper City H.S.
Scouts Grade: 75
Position Rank: 122
Recruited as a defensive back, Travis Williams of Cooper City, Fla., has committed to sign with Miami (O.)'s Class of 2010.
He was once set for Michigan, but the Wolverines told him to wait. Among his other offers were Clemson, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisville, Syracuse and Wake Forest.