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Recruiting Insider: February 4, 2007 - February 10, 2007

Never Too Soon...

Obviously schools already are working on next year's recruiting classes, but maybe this puts things in better perspective. Virginia Tech already has made 20 scholarship offers for next year....

By Josh Barr  | February 9, 2007; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More Trouble For Alaeze

One-time top prospect Melvin Alaeze was indicted earlier this week and faces even more charges than first reported. The Baltimore Sun reports that Alaeze was stopped for making an illegal U-turn and police found a loaded revolver with some empty casings behind the driver's seat. He was wanted for the...

By Josh Barr  | February 9, 2007; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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All You Need to Know

Plenty of reading material to go around this morning. Stories about Maryland: Post, Sun, Times. Here's Virginia: Post, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, which says assistant Mike London is staying put. Tech: Post, Fredericksburg, Roanoke. There's Navy. A two-time All-Met pulls a small surprise. Here's one about the top two players in Frederick...

By Josh Barr  | February 8, 2007; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An Inside Look at Austin's Day

Here's what Alan Goldenbach passes on from watching Marvin Austin pledge for the Tar Heels earlier today: Marvin Austin bounced from one television camera to another yesterday afternoon at the ESPNZone, where he made his announcement to sign with North Carolina. Austin, who has long said he hopes to pursue...

By Josh Barr  | February 7, 2007; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lazear Holding Off For Now

Linebacker Pat Lazear, All-Met as a junior, will not sign a letter-of-intent today, according to his father, Harry. "You'll hear it soon," Harry Lazear said. Pat Lazear in December pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the robbery of a Bethesda Smoothie King store. He was sentenced...

By Josh Barr  | February 7, 2007; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local Colleges Do Well, Says Lemming

Caught up with recruiting analyst Tom Lemming last night. He ranks Virginia (18th) and Virginia Tech (21st) in his top 25. Maryland is No. 28, which Lemming attributed to a lack of top local talent. "It was a very weak year in the state of Maryland" for high school players,...

By Josh Barr  | February 7, 2007; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Big Marvin Says the Sky is Blue

Two-time All-Met Marvin Austin today picked North Carolina over Florida State and others. Teammate Alan Goldenbach will have more on this later......

By Josh Barr  | February 7, 2007; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Twyman Plans to Wait and See

All-Met QB Deontay Twyman of Sherwood won't be signing a letter-of-intent anytime soon. He's working on improving his board scores and colleges still are wary of his size. Then there's the matter of whether he could play college basketball. For football, Twyman said he is considering North Carolina Central, Bowie...

By Josh Barr  | February 7, 2007; 6:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Signing Day Bites

It's common for players to retake classes in an attempt to raise their grade-point averages, but All-Met QB Brandon Hogan of Osbourn might be taking things to a different level. According to the Potomac News, Hogan is retaking four classes online as he attempts to meet the NCAA's minimum academic...

By Josh Barr  | February 7, 2007; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quite Impressive...

Of course, tomorrow is the beginning of the National Letter-of-Intent period for many other sports. Here are two notable teams: The DeMatha boys' soccer team has seven players who will sign: S Fernando Duran (Penn), D Brendon Gregoire (Towson), D Trent Hebron (Howard), M Travis Hebron (Howard), D Amir Reda...

By Josh Barr  | February 6, 2007; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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LB Prospect Is Torn

While most of the area's top prospects have made their college choices, Kennedy Coach Gunnary Twyner is unsure what linebacker Chimso Okoji will do tomorrow. On one hand, Okoji has offers from several BCS schools and wants to choose between Michigan State and Iowa. But Okoji took an official visit...

By Josh Barr  | February 6, 2007; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Football Tidbits

A former Central Virginia standout, previously committed to Virginia, now is bound for West Virginia. Woodbridge LB Na'eem Outler is bound for a top Division I-AA program....

By Josh Barr  | February 6, 2007; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Flip-Flopper Says He's Made Up His Mind...

Akron. Virginia. Akron. Virginia. I caught up with Friendly All-Met WR Vinnie Hill on Monday afternoon and he said he is done changing his mind and will sign Wednesday with Akron. Hill said in the end he was swayed by Akron's setting and the opportunity to play as a freshman....

By Josh Barr  | February 6, 2007; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Don't Be Surprised if Lazear...

With the beginning of the signing period two days away, don't be surprised if one-time All-Met LB Pat Lazear signs with West Virginia. The Mountaineers continued to recruit Lazear throughout the fall as he awaited trial for the robbery of a Bethesda Smoothie King. Lazear eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy...

By Josh Barr  | February 5, 2007; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Not a Normal Event for Campbell

There usually isn't much exciting about college announcements. This past Friday afternoon at Forestville, however, was a little different as All-Met linebacker Devonte Campbell made it public that he had accepted a scholarship offer to play for Maryland. The school color guard marched in. Three girls sang the Star Spangled...

By Josh Barr  | February 5, 2007; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More for Monday

ALTHOUGH DeMATHA guard Jeff Peterson has decided to re-open his recruiting process, it doesn't mean going to Princeton is out of the question, Stags Coach Mike Jones said. In the past week, Peterson has heard mainly from schools in the A-10 and CAA and also one Big Ten school, Jones...

By Josh Barr  | February 5, 2007; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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