Big 12: Kirifi Taula

McDonald dumps Illini for Missouri offer

December, 23, 2009
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The holidays might be fast approaching, but recruiting time never really stops for college coaches.

Some Big 12 coaches got some presents under their trees recently and others got lumps of coal in their stockings.

Tom Luginbill, the esteemed national recruiting director for ESPN's Scouts Inc., provides a daily dose of Big 12-related recruiting information.

You can get all of this and more in real time by checking out ESPN.com's On the Trail, which is one of the best parts of the Insider benefits.

S Dexter McDonald

Kansas City, MO
Rockhurst H.S.
Scouts Grade: 79
Position Rank: 28

Rockhurst defensive back Dexter McDonald dumps Illini for Missouri

A three-star 6-foot-2, 190-pound cornerback, Dexter McDonald of Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) has pledged to sign with the Tigers' recruiting Class of 2010 after decommitting from Illinois. McDonald holds other offers from Kansas and Iowa State.

ESPN's Bill Conley added: "Talented defensive back Dexter McDonald ended his love affair with Illinois and switched to Missouri. The Tigers are putting together and excellent group of skilled athletes in a class that is nearly maxed out. It will be interesting to see if this commitment stays solid since it is only his second official visit and there is six weeks to go till signing day."

"McDonald is a defensive back with speed, quickness and range. He is a versatile defender that is sound in both zone as well as man to man coverage. McDonald is also solid in run support but pass defense is his forte."

Missouri now has 24 pledges.

DE Dartwan Bush

Clute, TX
Brazoswood H.S.
Scouts Grade: 77
Position Rank: 65

Brazoswood HS (Brazoswood, Texas) defensive end Dartwan Bush has committed to Texas Tech for the Class of 2010.

The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Bush chose the Red Raiders over offers from Baylor, Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, New Mexico State, North Texas and Wyoming.

A three-star prospect, he logged 81 tackles, 30 for loss, and 15 sacks during his senior season.

QB Jordan Rodgers

Chico, CA
Butte College (CA)


Vanderbilt has signed Jordan Rodgers, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback from Butte CC, Calif., for the Class of 2010. Originally from Pleasant Valley (Chico, Calif.), he was also offered by Kansas, Western Kentucky, Arkansas State and Washington State.

His older brother, Aaron, is the starting quarterback for the NFL Green Bay Packers. Aaron also played at Butte before he transferred to California.

"The coaches told me their main goal was to bring in a junior college quarterback who could bridge the gap between the older and younger guys," Rodgers told the Tennessean. "Obviously, with my playing experience, I'm going to be able to come in and compete."

"I know with Vanderbilt being such a prestigious academic school, junior college players traditionally fall through the cracks because of grades," he continued. "I was a qualifier out of high school. I choose junior college because I really needed to grow. My grades have stayed really good and I think that helped out with the whole process."

Jordan passed for 2,219 yards and 18 touchdowns during the 2009 season.

DT Kirifi Taula

Anaheim, CA
Servite H.S.
Scouts Grade: 79
Position Rank: 25

Four-star 6-foot-4, 275-pound Kirifi Taula, a defensive lineman from Servite (Anaheim, Calif.), has committed to Arizona for the Class of 2010.

Among his many offers were Arizona State, Nebraska, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State and Utah.

He told ESPN's Greg Biggins: "I was getting worn down and tired of it so I decided to follow my heart and committed to Arizona. I really liked Arizona a lot and my family felt a connection to. There were just so many pluses with going to Arizona and I really didn't think I needed to do the visits."

ESPN's Craig Haubert elaborated on the move: "As the Wildcats try and build off their strong 2009 campaign they just added a good defensive tackle prospect in Taula."

"From a good program in California, Taula could use some more bulk, but he has a good frame and also a good motor. He can be explosive out of his stance and has one of the best bull rushes in the class."

"Arizona had a good defensive line this season, but youth is needed as the main contributors were upperclassmen. Taula is a prospect with the ability to develop into a player that can be as productive as some of the players he will be coming in to replace."

Arizona now has 20 pledges.

QB Jacoby Walker

Houston, TX
Westfield H.S.
Scouts Grade: 75
Position Rank: 77

Three-star quarterback Jacoby Walker (Houston/Westfield) has decommitted from Utah and is now on board with Arkansas, ESPN's Gerry Hamilton reports.

Walker initially committed to Kansas but switched to Utah following the Jayhawks' coaching change.

Other programs including Houston, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Syracuse have also offered.

OLB Josh Furman

Millersville, MD
Old Mill Senior H.S.
Scouts Grade: 78
Position Rank: 38

Old Mill (Millersville (Md.) outside linebacker Josh Furman has announced for Michigan over Virginia Tech. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound prospect is expected to play safety/linebacker for the Wolverines.

"I was thinking real hard about the playing time, academics and the atmosphere and that was everything I wanted to be in, so that's why I chose Michigan," Furman told the Detroit Free Press.

Among other schools were Illinois, Maryland, Oklahoma, Miami-Florida, North Carolina, Purdue and West Virginia.

He rushed for 2,200 yards and 31 touchdowns while also racking up 50 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions as a senior.

Furman is Michigan's 24th commitment in the Class of 2010.

DE Greg Hickman

Tampa, FL
Tampa Bay Tech Senior High
Scouts Grade: 40

Greg Hickman, a 6-foot-1, 255-pound defensive lineman from Bay Tech (Tampa, Fla.,), has chosen Florida International.

Iowa State, Purdue, South Florida and Marshall had also made Class of 2010 offers.

S Michael Coley

Hyattsville, MD
DeMatha Catholic H.S.
Scouts Grade: 78
Position Rank: 45

Three-star safety Michael Coley (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) committed to sign with California during Monday night's Crab Bowl, ESPN affiliate Web site BearInsider.com reports. He visited Cal on Dec. 11th.

"I had a very nice visit," said Coley. "The campus was nice. The players and the coaches get along well and the players themselves get along really well. They have great facilities, too. Overall, it was just a great visit."

Maryland, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Kansas State, Connecticut, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Iowa and New Mexico also offered.

"The academics mean a lot to me, too," Coley said. "Getting a degree from the University of California -it's one of the top academic programs in the country. After football, a degree from Cal will help me be set financially for my future."

As a senior, he registered 65 tackles, 20 passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

CB Louis Young

Olney, MD
Our Lady of Good Counsel H.S.
Scouts Grade: 78
Position Rank: 26

Three-star cornerback Louis Young of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), has made his commitment to Stanford after taking an official visit to Boston College.

The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect was also still considering Virginia and West Virginia.

Several other programs including Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Rutgers, Illinois, N.C. State, Wisconsin and Syracuse also offered.

QB Andrew Manley

Wahiawa, HI
Leilehua H.S.
Scouts Grade: 78
Position Rank: 27

Sleeper quarterback Andrew Manley (Wahiawa, Hawaii/Leilehua) committed to sign with New Mexico State Monday night, ESPN's Greg Biggins reports.

"I've never been to New Mexico but I liked what the coaches were telling me and decided to commit," Manley said. "I actually told the coaches on Sunday and I'm very excited about my decision."

Luginbill stated: "It is about time that someone takes notice of Manley and his talents. We have been very surprised that no BCS level or really any non-BCS level schools have shown a serious interest and credit the New Mexico State coaching staff for gaining this commit. Manley has good size, good arm strength and nice upside and he is a winner. These are the types of prospects that you can rebuild a program with and Walker is doing just that."

Hawaii extended an early offer to the three-star signal-caller. Washington, Baylor and Idaho were also showing interest.

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