Thursday, January 28, 2010
Big 12 recruiting nuggets: Jeffcoat drops ASU from his list of finalists
By ESPN.com staff
T-minus six days and counting until national signing day.
As such, most of the prospects are starting to firm up their commitments.
That's why it's good to have the esteemed Tom Luginbill, director of college scouting for Scouts Inc., filing his daily updates on the nation's top prospects.
Luginbill provided a copious report this morning of late news among the remaining Big 12-related recruits who haven't decided on their college choices as of yet.
For the latest recruiting information, always consider ESPN.com's On the Trail, which is one of the best highlights of our Insider benefits. I can't pull myself away from it this time of year.
DE Jackson Jeffcoat
Plano West H.S.
Scouts Grade: 88
ESPNU150 Rank: 2
Position Rank: 1
Top recruit Jackson Jeffcoat (Plano, Texas/West H.S.) is now only considering Texas, Oklahoma and Houston after eliminating Arizona State, ESPN's Gerry Hamilton reports.
USC and Florida were also previously included in the ESPNU 150's group of favorites.
Jeffcoat is expected to make his decision soon in the coming days but has not set an announcement date.
He posted 68.5 tackles, 8.5 sacks and two interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown) as a senior. Jeffcoat was named to the First-Team Class 5A All-State team and was his district's defensive player of the year.
ATH Mykkele Thompson
San Antonio, Texas
John Paul Stevens H.S.
Scouts Grade: 45
Class of 2011 athlete Mykkele Thompson (San Antonio, Texas/Stevens) is picking up steam on the recruiting trail, ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTexas.com reports.
Houston, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU and Texas A&M have made trips to Stevens to check out the 6-foot-1, 175-pound talent.
Additionally, the Texas Longhorns have extended a junior day invitation to Thompson.
Last fall he caught 31 passes for 428 yards, rushed for 760 yards and threw for 322 yards accounting for 15 total scores. Thompson has also run a 10.66 100-meter dash.
RB Brandon Bourbon
Scouts Grade: 75
Position Rank: 104
Three-star running back Brandon Bourbon (Potosi, Mo.) remains committed to Stanford but is doing some traveling, ESPN affiliate Web site TheShiver.com reports.
He made an official visit to Kansas last weekend and is slated to check out Notre Dame this weekend.
Boston College also recently offered, joining Vanderbilt, Kansas State, BYU and Missouri.
S Eddrick Loften
Scouts Grade: 79
Position Rank: 19
Three-star safety Eddrick Loften (Irving, Texas/Nimitz) recently committed to Tennessee but plans to visit USC this weekend, one of the nation's top programs, ESPN affiliate Web site VolNation.com reports.
"I canceled my visits to Kansas State and Texas A&M because I committed to Tennessee but just before you and I talked coaches from USC gave me a call and asked me to come out to USC for an official visit this weekend," Loften said. "I don't really know much about USC besides the history part of being a good football team. I'm going out there to check it out, see what Coach Garza has out at USC and learn and compare. I am still a Volunteer but I just want to check out USC."
DT Quincy Russell
San Antonio, Texas
Sam Houston High
Scouts Grade: 45
Junior defensive tackle Quincy Russell (San Antonio, Texas/Sam Houston H.S.) is currently holding a scholarship offer from Baylor, ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTexas.com reports.
He has been invited to attend Texas Tech's junior day and the Red Raiders are expected to offer.
Other junior day invitations include Texas and Oklahoma State for the 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospect.
DT Cassius Marsh
Westlake Village, Calif.
Oaks Christian H.S.
Scouts Grade: 79
Position Rank: 33
Three-star defensive tackle Cassius Marsh (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) has decommitted from LSU and in favor of UCLA, ESPN affiliate Web site BayouBengalsInsider.com reports.
"I just realized that I'm more comfortable in California," Marsh said of his time at the Army Game. "I just thought that maybe traveling for school was a bad idea. I got bored in San Antonio and it made me really think about what I wanted to do about college."
Marsh originally committed to Cal last April. USC, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arizona, Oregon and Washington among others who also offered.
G Zach Bolton
Klein Forest High
Scouts Grade: 76
Position Rank: 50
Three-star offensive lineman Zack Bolton of Klein Forest (Houston, Texas), has changed his Class of 2010 pledge from the Illini to Utah.
A 6-foot-2, 260-pound prospect, who originally committed to Kansas in August, is recovering from a season-ending torn ACL in December. He was also offered by Nebraska, Arizona, Missouri, Wake Forest, Minnesota, SMU, Rice, Baylor, Houston, Iowa State, North Texas and New Mexico State.
Bolton joins prep teammate, Damian Payne, as prospects for Utah.
DT Maurice Hayes
Bakersfield College (Calif.)
Massive 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive lineman Maurice Hayes of Bakersfield CC, Calif., has committed to Alabama-Birmingham for the Class of 2010.
Originally from Pepperell HS (Lindale, Ga.)/Rome, Ga., he had offers from Tennessee and Oklahoma State before undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. He is on pace to be ready by the time the Blazers open fall camp. He also drew interest from Georgia, Auburn, Kansas State, Mississippi State and UTEP.
WR Glenn Coleman
West Jefferson H.S.
Scouts Grade: 73
Position Rank: 189
Florida International University has been picked by West Jefferson (Harvey, La.), receiver Glenn Coleman as his Class of 2010 choice.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Coleman was also offered by Colorado, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Mississippi and Tulsa.
Coleman earned back-to-back First Team Class 5A All-State honors as a junior and senior.
DT Sean Watson
Scouts Grade: 40
Florida Atlantic University picked up a commitment from promising defensive lineman Sean Watson.
A 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle, he was also sought by Arkansas, Baylor, East Carolina, Florida International and Toledo.
S Steve Funderburk
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Treasure Coast H.S.
Scouts Grade: 75
Position Rank: 89
Tulane has landed three-star defensive back Steve Funderburk of Treasure Coast (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) for the Green Waves' recruiting Class of 2010.
Funderburk, a rangy 6-foot-3 player who had six interceptions as a senior, also was offered by Kansas, Florida Atlantic, Louisville, Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State.
OT James Stone
Scouts Grade: 81
ESPNU150 Rank: 100
Position Rank: 9
Four-star offensive tackle James Stone (Nashville, Tenn./Maplewood) has narrowed his choices to two, ESPN affiliate Web site CrimsonConfidential.com reports. He will decide between Alabama and Tennessee, which moved past Auburn.
"I like both of those schools (Alabama and Tennessee) more than Auburn," Stone said Tuesday afternoon. "Ultimately, I just felt like I wasn't going to go to Auburn."
The ESPNU 150 prospect was also offered by programs including Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Stanford, LSU, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida State, Texas Tech, Maryland, Louisville, Cal, Duke and Syracuse.