Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday Under Armour Early Offerings
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Tuesday's Early Offering is coming to you from the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando. Here’s a sampling of some of the top news from the event so far, a look at who stood out in the second day of practices, and three-star athlete Isaiah McKenzie debates who the fastest player in the country really is.
Gopher recruit become a top target Minnesota commit Jeff Jones (Minneapolis/Washburn) came to the UA Game as the No. 14 running back, but he’ll likely leave much higher ranked. He has played like a top-five back so far, and schools have noticed. “Florida called me [Sunday] on the way to the Orlando Magic game,” Jones said. “Their running backs coach, Brian White, said he liked my film and liked what they saw on tape. He wanted me to come take an official visit, and I agreed.”Michigan State also has shown interest. Jones is planning on taking a visit to East Lansing but does not have a date set.
Crabby’s Fab Five Here are five players whcaught my attention at Monday’s second day of practice: Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) continues to show how deep the receiver position is for the UA game. Lane, the No. 2 receiver and a Florida commit, put on a show Monday. He made the difficult catches look routine. Alabama receiver commit Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish) cracks the top five again after another impressive day. Nobody could stop him again on Monday. Tennessee linebacker commit Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra Beach) made tremendous strides in day two and made would-be blockers look silly with his ability to shed blocks and find the ball carrier. Alabama defensive end commit Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./ Woodbridge) was extremely strong during the one-on-ones, including back-to-back reps when he slung Michigan offensive line commit Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Paramus, N.J./Catholic) off him. I also really liked what I saw from Notre Dame offensive line commit Alex Bars (Nashville/Montgomery Bell Academy) during one-on-ones. He took on talented guys such as five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and Miami d-end commit Chad Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) and overpowered them with strength and footwork that allowed him to use good leverage.
Fastest man around The UA Game features some of the fastest players in the country, including Tony Brown who clocked the fastest indoor time in the country in the 60-meter hurdles and Adoree' Jackson who excels in the 100, 200 and long jump. But do-it-all running back/receiver Isaiah McKenzie (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), who will likely end up at Notre Dame if he qualifies, believes he can keep up with anybody when the pads and helmets are on. “There’s track speed, and then there’s football speed,” McKenzie said. “I’ve got football speed. It's the Under Armour All-American Game, everybody is fast and everybody is good, but I could take them. I don't care that they’re one of the biggest track stars in the world. It would be a good race.” McKenzie has developed into the do-it-all player for Team Nitro. Originally listed as a receiver, McKenzie has been given opportunities to touch the ball on traditional runs, reverses, screen passes, passes while lined up in the slot and even took snaps while lined up in the Wildcat.