By convincing stud combo guard Kevaughn Allen (6-3, 175) of Little Rock, Arkansas to stick with his letter of intent to Florida, White gets the athletic (reported 42-44 inch vertical) open court player who should flourish in his press till they puke system that utilizes all 90 feet of the court. Allen averaged 25.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.1 assists while leading North Little Rock to its second straight state championship. Allen can get to the rim any time he wants and he proved on the Nike AAU circult the last two years that he’s a deadly 3-point shooter. Even without Noah Dickerson (6-8, 240), who opted out of his LOI and was given his release, getting Allen to go with Kevarrius Hayes (6-9, 210) and Keith Stone (6-7, 230) assures White of a talented group of freshmen who should have a first year impact. Hayes and Stone excel in the open court
Landing Allen also sends a message to all the 2016 kids on the recruiting trail that he’s a determined recruiter who isn’t going to back down from a challenge. This is important because the state is loaded with athletic, high caliber players who will fit perfectly in White’s system such as Dewan Huell (6-10, 210, Miami, FL Norland), Juwan Durham (6-10, 200, Tampa, FL Tampa Prep) and Eric Hester (6-4, 180, Clearwater, FL/Oldsmar, FL Oldsmar Christian).
White could also score another important recruiting coup in the next few days if Eli Carter elects to return. Carter, who has graduated, announced that he would transfer even before Billy Donovan made it official that he was leaving Florida to coach the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder but there just might be legs to the rumor that Carter is reconsidering the move. White’s full court running game might be just what the doctor ordered to revive the once-promising career of Carter, who averaged nearly 15 points per game in two seasons at Rutgers before breaking his leg and subsequently transferring to UF.
If Carter were to return, the Gators would have 12 scholarship players for 2015-16 for a roster that would look like this:
Dorian Finney-Smith (6-8, 220, RSR)
Alex Murphy (6-8, 225, RSR)
* Schuyler Rimmer (6-10, 250, JR)
John Egbunu (6-11, 266, RSO)
Devin Robinson (6-8, 180, SO)
Kevarrius Hayes (6-9, 210, FR)
Keith Stone (6-7, 230, FR)
* Stanford transfer; non-scholarship; eligible second semester
* * Graduated; asked for release for transfer but may return
The Florida coaching staff will have a very familiar feel for White, who completed his staff by adding Dusty May, who was his associate head coach at Louisiana Tech. May spent six years at Louisiana Tech and was such an outstanding recruiter that the three players Tech signed for its 2015 class kept their word and elected to go somewhere else when May wasn’t chosen to succeed White. May got his start as a video coordinator at Indiana during his undergraduate days. He’s said to be outstanding in the area of advanced statistical metrics that so many coaches use these days to figure their matchups and both offensive and defensive advantages.
Former University of Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert announced over the weekend that he’s transferring out with two years of eligibility remaining. Lambert graduated in three years so he is eligible to play immediately.
While there has been no announcement where Lambert may wind up, figure Georgia is out of the running. UGa head coach Mark Richt said Monday that he’s not looking to add a transfer to a roster that has three highly regarded underclassmen in the running for the #1 job in 2015 and 2016 commitment Jacob Eason, considered by most recruiting services to be the #1 prep QB in the country.
The four schools that now seem most likely landing spots for Lambert are Florida, South Carolina, LSU and Colorado State, which all four have quarterback issues heading into next season. Florida might have the ultimate advantage because head coach Jim McElwain was recruiting Lambert to Alabama back in 2011 and tight end Jake McGee was a teammate of Lambert’s at Virginia in 2012-13.
Lambert is the seventh QB to transfer from Virginia since 2012, which might have something to do with why UVa head coach Mike London isn’t expected to be gainfully employed in 2016 unless he wins something like nine or ten games in 2015.
When he graduated from Notre Dame back on Saturday, Everett Golson announced he would have a decision where he will play next season by Monday, Tuesday at the latest. Well, that’s been put on hold because Golson wants to look at some more schools, which undoubtedly means that announcement that he will play for Jimbo Fisher at FSU isn’t exactly the slam dunk that it’s reported to be.
Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden thinks Golson could hurt team chemistry, stating on Sirius XM last week “If you’re bringing [Golson] in you’re showing now confidence in your other quarterbacks.”
Fisher admitted a week ago that he’s “negotiating” with Golson, but has publicly stated, “We never tell a guy he’ll be the starter. It’s a competition no matter what. Let him earn his way through it.”
Still, even without the guarantees, FSU seems like the most likely place Golson will wind up. His transfer waiver from Notre Dame prevents him signing with Texas, which could certainly use his help and Miller would need a waiver from the SEC commissioner to transfer to an SEC school. Florida, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina are on his approved list but some say it’s a longshot that the SEC would issue the waiver. If he were to look to the Big 12, there is a need for a quarterback at Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Perhaps it doesn’t make any sense that Braxton Miller would remain at Ohio State but athletic director Gene Smith told ElevenWarriors.com that “He’s [Miller] not going anywhere.” Of course, Smith’s conversation with Miller did take place before spring football practice so the jury is still out and while there is a lot of speculation that Miller might elect to transfer to either Texas, LSU or Alabama, it must be noted that he’s coming off shoulder surgery and still hasn’t been cleared to throw a football at full speed. That is unlikely to happen before mid-July so anyone that would take Miller in as a transfer would have to deal with the possibility that he’ll never have the zip on the football that he once had. Although Miller wasn’t a bad passer (5,292 yards; 52 touchdowns, 17 interceptions) he wasn’t exactly a thread the needle type when he was at his best either. He’s better known for his running (3,054 yards and 32 touchdowns in three seasons).
Meanwhile at Ohio State, last year’s replacement J.T. Barrett threw the ball better than Miller ever did (2,834 yards; 34 TDs, 10 picks) and was a very effective runner (938 yards, 11 TDs). When Barrett broke his ankle in the Michigan game, Cardale Jones took over and won the three most important games on the Ohio State schedule (59-0 over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game; 42-35 over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl; 42-20 over Oregon in the national championship game) by going 46-75 passing for 742 yards and five touchdowns with only two picks. He’s not the runner that either Miller or Barrett are, but Jones is big enough and nimble enough to avoid the rush and can throw 60-yard lasers, something neither Miller nor Barrett can do.
If Miller stays it would seem certain that he will have to move to another position or spend most of his time carrying a clipboard and wearing a ball cap on the sideline. If Miller goes, everyone will have to hold their collective breaths to see if he can (a) throw the ball effectively and (b) take a hit on that shoulder.
Perhaps playing in the secondary for Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Since the January arrival of Muschamp and Robinson on the Auburn campus, five defensive backs have elected to transfer out. Monday it was announced that the latest to opt out are safety Derrick Moncrief and corners Kamryn Melton and Joe Turner. Moncrief, the former #1 juco defensive back in the country, was in on 27 tackles last season while Melton saw no action while still recovering from a knee injury suffered in 2013 and Turner took a redshirt after transferring in from a California juco.
Now that he’s saved Kevaughn Allen for the recruiting class of 2015, what are your first two weeks on the job impressions of new Florida basketball coach Mike White?
One of BB King’s biggest fans was Eric Clapton, who collaborated with King in 2000 for “Riding with the King,” an album that hit #3 on the Billboard charts in the US and went platinum twice. I could listen to their version of the old Big Maceo Merriweather classic “Worried Life Blues” over and over again.