NCF On The Trail: David Blough

Midyear signings:  Purdue

December, 23, 2013
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According to ESPN's Jared Shanker, the following players have signed with Purdue:

David Blough, QB-PP, Carrollton, Texas/Creekview
HT: 6-1 WT: 187
Positional Rank: No. 33 QB-PP
Stars: 3

Kirk Barron, OG, Mishawaka, Ind./Marian
HT: 6-3 WT: 297
Positional Rank: No. 45 OG
Stars: 3

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

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The Big Ten conference standings are taking shape and battles are heating up on the recruiting trail. Here is a look at the latest happenings in recruiting over the weekend.

B1G high school performers 

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Here are this week's top performances from Big Ten commits and targets:

Illinois

Mike Dudek: Seven receptions, 97 yards, one touchdown, 103 kick return yards and a touchdown in a 40-25 win over Waubonise Valley.

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Big Ten class rankings analysis 

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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the Big Ten conference, check out our conference rankings:

1. Michigan, 15 commits: The Wolverines are No. 6 in the RecruitingNation class rankings, which includes nine ESPN300 prospects -- among them headliner and No. 2 overall Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic High). Michigan could make a move into the top-5 by winning the race for No. 4 Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge High). Defensive tackle and No. 67 Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mi./Southfield High) is another top target still in play. No. 41 overall John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Polytechnic High) will visit Nov. 29, and is another top target remaining.

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From official visits past and future to a commitment, the Big Ten was buzzing with headlines this week.

Here’s a look at a few programs that highlight a busy week in this week’s Big Ten storylines.

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Big Ten class rankings analysis 

September, 11, 2013
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Week three of the regular season and there still isn't much movement with Big Ten recruiting. The class rankings didn't shift too much because there wasn't a lot of news outside of Ohio State's new addition to the 2014 class.

Big Ten recruiting reporters give you a look at some of the trends and things to watch within the conference recruiting landscape:

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B1G high school performers 

September, 2, 2013
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With the start of high school football this past weekend, there were plenty of big performances on the field. Big Ten recruiting writers Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival outline a few top performers from Big Ten commitments over the weekend.

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The Big Ten needs to add impact players across the board, so this 2014 recruiting class is going to be a crucial one. While Michigan and Ohio State lead the way in the class rankings, each team has important commitments in their own right.

Here is a look at the most important commit for each Big Ten team in the 2014 class:

Illinois
WR Tyrin Stone-Davis
6-3, 190
ESPN 300 Rank: N/A (Juco)

Jabrill Peppers
Jared Shanker/ESPNFive-star defensive back Jabrill Peppers, a Michigan commit, is the highest ranked commitment Michigan has landed since 2006.
Illinois has four senior receivers this season, so the offense is going to need help in that category. Since Stone-Davis is a junior college prospect he will most likely be able to make an impact earlier than other receivers coming in this class. Add in the fact that he’s coming as a package deal with his twin brother Tyree, a cornerback, then it’s an added bonus for the Illini.


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#AskLoogs: Crafting the perfect QB

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Sure, we’ll give this a try with QB’s in the current 2014 class with the categories below…

Arm strength: Georgia commit Jacob Park (Stratford/Goose Creek, S.C.). This was close, could have put Alabama commit David Cornwell (Norman North/Norman, Okla.) here as well. The ball jumps out of Park's arm with velocity, power and RPMs to drive the ball vertically and into tight spots.

Accuracy: Stanford commit Keller Chryst (Palo Alto/Palo Alto, Calif.). Chryst shows terrific ball placement and timing with the ability to change ball speeds and drop the ball in over coverage to small windows. His ability to anticipate allows him to throw to a spot before the receiver breaks.

Delivery: Purdue commit David Blough. Is is an uncoachable trait, in my opinion, and one that is highly coveted. Blough pops the ball out of his hand with a lightning quick stroke. It is tight, compact and smooth.

Running ability: Florida commit Will Grier. He is a true dual-threat only when needed. If asked to be an integral part of the running game, Grier can really hurt you with his legs and is not a guy you want to let out of the pocket.

Mental toughness: Chryst. This is where his aptitude and upbringing (his uncle is Pitt coach Paul Chryst) come into play. Chryst is mature and capable of handling the ups and downs of the position having grown up around the game in ways few prospects have.

Competitiveness: LSU commit Brandon Harris. This was close; Texas A&M pledge Kyle Allen also fits the bill. Harris wants to be great and is willing to do what it takes to make it happen. He had received limited exposure and offers in the spring, but proved himself on the camp and combine circuit.

Poise: Clemson commit Deshaun Watson. Calm, cool and collected. Watson has a quiet swagger and calming pocket presence that exudes confidence and control. He weathers the peaks and valleys of the game with an even keel.

Instincts: Oklahoma commit Justice Hansen. Hansen and Grier could swap categories here. Hansen is just one of those guys that knows when to pull the trigger and is at his best when improvising and on the move. He has a sixth sense about where pressure is coming from, can evade defenders and keep plays alive instinctively.

Lessons Learned: The Opening, Day 2 

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With the elite lineman challenge, numerous 7-on-7 games and five college commitments on Tuesday, there was plenty to learn at The Opening. Here are four things that stood out on a busy day.

Cameron Robinson doesn't need pads
In normal camp settings, the offensive linemen usually have a disadvantage when going against defensive linemen in one-on-one drills. At The Opening, both square off in pads, making it a more even matchup.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- At the Elite 11, throw the rankings out the window. It doesn't matter which quarterback is a five-star or which has a three-star grade entering the event. What matters most is what happens on the field, during chalk talk and from repetition by repetition.

After three days of competition, Elite 11 coach Trent Dilfer said that in no order Sean White, Kyle Carta-Samuels, Kyle Allen, Deshaun Watson, Brad Kaaya and David Blough have emerged as the best of the 18 at the event.

White, the four-star pocket passer from Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School of Nova South, continues to be one of the event's most pleasant surprises. Sure his offer list is quite long and includes Boston College, Cincinnati, USF, Syracuse, Wake Forest, West Virginia, as well as heavy attention from a number of SEC and ACC schools, but few expected him to steal headlines like he has.

"His accurate isn't just accurate," Dilfer said. "It's exact. It's an NFL type of ball. I'm stealing this from Steve Young, but he has an artistic ball. He paints a picture with his ball. He just doesn't throw a hinge. He throws the receiver open with the hinge. He just doesn't throw a skinny post. He sends a message with his skinny post.

"Johnny Manziel and Tajh Boyd had a 10-minute conversation about him today. His pass proficiency blows your mind."

While some of the other highly ranked passers haven't quite hit their stride yet, both Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) and Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) have.

Watson, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and highest ranked player at the Elite 11, showed why Clemson made him its highest priority recruit for the 2014 class with a tremendous first three days. The same can be said about Allen, a Texas A&M commit who is the third-ranked pocket passer in the country.

"He's Mr. Consistency," Dilfer said. "He's got nothing working against him at this point. He does nothing bad. He does everything better than good. I'm going to challenge him to be great at The Opening."

Don't have to worry about that. With the lessons Allen is taking from the Elite 11, he's up for just about any challenge.

"This is not only improving me as a quarterback," Allen said. "It's improving every facet of my game and every facet of my life. They're giving us techniques on how to calm your breathing down. They have a psychological coach here. It's just the little things that give you the edge up on everyone else."

Watson, meanwhile, might have started slowly but picked up the pace quickly.

"Deshaun started a little sloppy, to be honest. He's an East Coast guy coming west, so I'm sensitive to that, especially the first day of the event. He lit everything up yesterday. He's a much better passer than he was in Atlanta. He is a sponge. For a highly touted kid that's had so many accolades for years, he embraces the journey of getting better with the best of them."

Miami commitment Brad Kaaya of West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Prep was one of the top six passers after Saturday's drills, and he carried it through to Sunday. The 6-foot-4, 213-pounder showed early and often throughout Sunday's practice why the Hurricanes ventured all the way across the country to snag his commitment.

"He makes the extremely difficult look really easy," Dilfer said. "When you're looking for greatness in any walk of life, you want to find somebody that makes extremely difficult look easy. And he makes everything look incredibly easy."

Carrollton (Texas) Creekview three-star quarterback David Blough continues to turn heads as one of the event's biggest surprises. The Purdue commitment ranks as the nation's No. 42 pocket passer, but here he's showing he belongs with the best of the best. The same can be said about Kyle Carta-Samuels (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep). The Vanderbilt commitment ranks as four-star prospect, but he has wowed with his intensity.

"David is so fiercely competitive," Dilfer said. "He's so determined to be the best he possibly can be. He doesn't let the pressure of that weigh him down.

"Much like David, Kyle's fiercely competitive. On a score of 1 to 5, he's a 6 on the competitive temperament. Trainability is another one of our evaluation points, and he'd be a 6 there again. His passing proficiency, which I thought would be in a 3, is probably 4-plus. He's hit the balance there."

Mitch Sherman contributed to this story.

QBs impress as Elite 11 begins 

June, 30, 2013
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Through two days of competition at the Elite 11 finals, Trent Dilfer identified Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) as among the most impressive of the 18 quarterbacks in attendance at Nike headquarters.

No surprise there, as the Clemson commit is the nation's top-ranked quarterback, No. 15 overall in the ESPN 300.

Texas A&M pledge Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), the third-ranked pocket-passer QB and 99th overall prospect, also caught Dilfer’s eye.


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Boilermakers get Elite 11 qualifier 

June, 15, 2013
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If all plays out until February, David Blough’s storybook recruiting process will have a happy ending involving not only a Big Ten school but also the first school that took a chance on him.

After watching his recruiting process sputter early, Blough decided to make Purdue his future home. The Carrollton (Texas) Creekview 2014 quarterback and Elite 11 national qualifier committed to the Boilermakers Saturday afternoon after taking in a weekend visit to West Lafayette, Ind.

Blough, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound, pocket passer, chose Purdue over offers from Memphis and New Mexico State and interest from Iowa, Iowa State and Utah State. He was recruited to Purdue by offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach John Shoop.


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Class of 2014 quarterback David Blough (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) described the last few days as “one of the best weeks of my life.”

Earlier in the week, Blough received an invitation to the Elite 11 national quarterback competition. Along with earning praise from Elite 11 coach Trent Dilfer, Blough also received praise via Twitter from Drew Brees. Few high school players can say they were recognized by two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.

Then on Thursday, Blough’s exciting week continued with his first scholarship offer.

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