Washington, D.C., NFTC: Recruiting Notebook

CLIFTON, Va.--Recruiting news and notes out of Saturday's Washington, D.C. Nike Football Training Camp...

A number of top prospects were in attendance at Saturday's Nike Football Training Camp and Scout's Brian Dohn, Michael Clark, Jacquie Franciulli, Rachel Klein and Dave Lomonico caught up with the athletes to get the latest on their recruitments…

  • Four-star defensive tackle and Penn State commit Adam McLean, who earned an invitation to The Opening, said he isn't done with recruiting. He is out recruiting others to join him, and he has several targets

    McLean told Scout.com he is talking regularly with four-star tight end Chris Clark, five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle, four-star offensive tackle Matthew Burrell and four-star quarterback Brandon Wimbush about joining him at Penn State.

  • Glenelg (Md.) High offensive lineman David Robbins, who is committed to Florida State, said schools are leaving him alone and he cannot wait to get to Tallahassee, Fla.

    "It's really an amazing opportunity," Robbins said. "It's definitely starting to sink in now and I'm wearing the Florida State gear to school. It's still unreal."

  • Washington (D.C.) Wilson outside linebacker prospect Kareem McDonald said a number of schools came through to see him already, including Duke, Boston College, N.C. State and Villanova. He holds offers from Old Dominion and Toledo.

  • Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara cornerback Ashton White, who was committed to Virginia Tech in the fall, said Michigan, Maryland, N.C. State, Tennessee and Clemson were in to see him already during the spring evaluation period.

    He said Maryland and Penn State are talking to him the most, and the Nittany Lions will be in to see him next month.

  • Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga running back Reggie Corbin holds several offers, including ones from Illinois and Washington State, and he said he can envision himself playing in the Pac-12."

    "I've always wanted to pay in the Pac-12," said Corbin, who added he will try to visit Washington and UCLA as well during the summer. "I like their speed and the way they play."

  • Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga cornerback Marcus Lewis said he is "100 percent" committed to Florida, and he said "how comfortable I feel on campus" was a big reason for his decision. He said the staff sold him on playing press coverage and also being a factor in the return game.

  • Leonardstown (Md.) St. Mary's Ryken offensive lineman Barnabas Banning holds an offer from Syracuse and is also talking to Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Penn State, Marshall, Virginia and Toledo.

    "I've been talking to Syracuse the most," he said.

  • Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin athlete Jacquez Adams said he and his brother, Jordan Adams, are both recruiting several teammates to join them in West Virginia's class. Two top targets are four-star offensive tackle Patrick Allen and four-star class of 2016 receiver Steven Smothers.

    "We're trying to get them down there," Jacquez Adams said. "We're also trying to get (2016 DeMatha receiver) Tino Ellis. He's my cousin."

  • Washington (D.C.) Ballou offensive tackle Levon Livingston, who is committed Kentucky, said his motivation for competing in the NFTC is simple.

    "I want to show everybody what I can do, and why they should have offered me, too," he said.

  • Class of 2016 four-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain said he hasn't set up any visits for the late spring of summer, and he remains completely open. His offer list includes Auburn, Boston College, California, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina and Virginia.

  • Baltimore Gilman School four-star quarterback Kai Locksley put out a Top 10 last week, but that could change after Florida and Louisville came by the school to check on him Friday. Baylor and Stanford also visited this week.

    Miami, Ohio State, Texas, Oregon, Florida State, Ole Miss, Maryland, Auburn, Baylor and Virginia Tech comprised his top 10, but he said "that could be changing." He is looking to set a date for trips to Texas and Baylor next month, but nothing is scheduled at this point.

  • Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic 2016 outside linebacker Shane Simmons recently picked up an offer West Virginia, although Florida State is high on his radar as well. Other schools close behind are Maryland and Arizona State. Simmons does not have any other visits planned this spring, however he may visit Texas to see his future DeMatha Catholic teammate J.P. Urquidez, who currently plays for Copperas Cove.

  • Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic 2015 wide receiver Tino Ellis is up to five offers after picking up his latest verbal from West Virginia last week. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said he has been getting a lot of interest from Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Georgia. He hopes to visit Georgia and Penn State this spring, but has yet to set firm dates for those visits.

  • Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic 2015 safety Tyler Green picked up an offer Indiana last week, and he said Ohio State could be next to offer. Green said he hopes visit Columbus at the end of May just before the Columbus NFTC. West Virginia is another school close to pulling the trigger early next week. Green is aiming for a late summer decision.

  • Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances outside linebacker Rahshaun Smith added a big offer from Notre Dame last week.

    "It was definitely an exciting experience, and a humbling moment to get an offer from a prestigious school like that," said Smith, who holds well over double-digit offers. "I couldn't believe it when my coach told me I got the scholarship."

    However, Oklahoma seems to be a likely leader from Smith, who also added Florida, Florida State, and Virginia Tech to the list of school standing out to him.

  • New Orleans (LA) Warren Easton outside linebacker Arthur McGinnis had a long way to travel, but the trip was worth it as he was one of eight players to receive an invitation to the Opening. McGinnis has 13 offers, however, he said a few schools—UCLA, Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Mississippi State—are beginning to stand out. He does not have any visits planned for the spring, but he hopes to visit the aforementioned four schools this summer and does not plan on making a decision until signing day.

  • Class of 2016 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive tackle J.P. Urquidez has early offers from West Virginia and Baylor. He pulled West Virginia April 24, and two weeks before he got Baylor. Urquidez said Baylor was a cool offer because he's been down in Texas and the family regularly visits there. Florida State, Oklahoma State and Florida are showing solid interest, while others will get involved this summer. He's visiting Texas on May 1, A&M on May 8 and then LSU, Auburn and Alabama this summer. Urquidez said he's open in his recruiting, but is looking at Southern schools. He likes the idea of A&M because it's in Texas but competes in the SEC. He is a Texas transplant who moved to Maryland after his father, who is in the Army, was stationed at the Pentagon.

  • Hyattsville (Md.) Dematha Catholic 2015 defensive end/outside linebacker DeAndre Kelly visited Arizona, Arizona State, Villanova, and ECU this spring, and he has continued to hear from the Arizona staff since his return. Boston College, Toledo, Old Dominion have also been showing interest.

  • Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate 2016 offensive tackle Richard Merritt had a big week picking up offers from Florida and Florida State, two schools he grew up watching and they are high on his radar. He said he is hearing a lot from Maryland, Michigan State, West Virginia, North Carolina, while Clemson and Michigan could be close to offering in the near future. Merritt hopes to visit West Virginia and North Carolina this spring.

  • Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate 2015 offensive lineman Quarvez Boulware was surprised, but excited to find out he picked up an offer from Clemson last week. He said, "It was a big offer but I wasn't expecting it happen, but god blessed me." Boulware is originally from North Carolina, and he hopes to visit UNC, N.C. State, and Wake Forest sometime in the next two months.

    Boulware has five schools at the top of his list: Wake forest, Maryland, Florida State, Auburn, North Carolina and Penn State (although he has not picked up an offer from the Nittany Lions yet), however, he has a strong relationship with each of the aforementioned schools he does have offers from.

  • Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin 2015 offensive tackle Pat Allen has reshuffled his top six after picking up offers from Georgia and Michigan. Now, he said "he s looking to shuffle everything around." He also said he is more comfortable playing down south, and he has the best relationships with his position coaches at Tennessee, LSU, FSU, however if he picked up an offer from Auburn that could be a total game changer.

  • Baltimore (Md.) Gilman 2016 defensive tackle Ellison Jordan recently picked up an offer from Georgia Tech. He said, "I was blessed it was pretty cool to get an offer from Georgia Tech. They have a good team and it was surprising. I was happy about it, I didn't know they were looking at me."

    Ellison also has offers from Virginia Tech, Maryland and Michigan State, and he could be closing in on one from Penn State. Jordan just returned from a trip to State College and he was blown away with him experience, the coaches, and the program.

  • Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga 2015 offensive lineman Richie Peitbone Jr. is a solid verbal to Alabama and he was recruiting hard for the Crimson Tide on Saturday. He said he spoke to Woodbridge (Va.) 2015 offensive lineman Matthew Burrell about attending camp this summer and was working hard to get him to roll with the Tide.

  • Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara 2016 defensive end and outside linebacker Oluwole Betiku has yet to take a snap of high school football, but he already has an offer from Maryland. He has only visited Penn State so far, and the Nittany Lions made quite an impression. Michigan, Duke, North Carolina State, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina have all also come to see Betiku this spring.

  • Rockville (Md.) Wootton sophomore wide receiver Trevon Diggs picked up offers from Georgia and Clemson this week, both of which produced his favorite wide receivers, A.J. Green and Sammy Watkins. Notre Dame, Penn State, and Ohio State have all also checked in to see Diggs workout this spring. Diggs said his friend Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard 2015 DT and recent Penn State commit Adam McLean is recruiting him hard and the two plan to visit State College together next weekend (May 2). Diggs also said he plans to visit Ohio State at some point, most likely for a camp this summer.

  • Potomac (Md.) Bullis 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. was one of the most impressive players at the Washington, D.C. Elite 11 so it is no surprise his offer list is quickly expanding. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder picked up offers from Temple and Nebraska this week, while Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Rutgers, West Virginia

  • Haskins said he could be closing in on offers from Virginia Tech, Boston College, and West Virginia, where his cousin Daikil Shorts is a sophomore wide receiver. The Bullis standout plans to attend LSU camp this summer with his cousin, Kevin Toliver, a five-star 2015 defensive back committed to the Tigers, and he also hopes to visit West Virginia. Haskins said right now he does not have any favorites.

  • Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga 2015 quarterback Nick Johns has three offers, from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina State, however, Miami, BC, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Wake Forest are all checking in on him this spring. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder hasn't made any cuts, but Maryland and Virginia are the assumed frontrunners at this point. Johns said if he does not add any offers during the evaluation period he could make a decision sometime within the next three weeks.

  • Waldorf (Md.) North Point 2015 quarterback Brandon Battle said Old Dominion has expressed interest, and he hopes to get to campus for a visit in the near future. He is also hearing from a handful of Ivy League schools, and recently returned from a visit to Cornell. Battle said he is expecting visits from Northwestern and Cornell next week, and he is visiting Towson on Saturday (April 26) for the Tigers spring game.

  • Bergen Catholic (N.J.) quarterback Jarrett Guarantano holds offers from Virginia, Tennessee, Rutgers, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Clemson, and he said he is growing most comfortable with the staff at Clemson and Tennessee. Guarantano said Ohio State, Penn State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Maryland all came to watch him throw last week, while Auburn, Arizona State, and Florida State are expected to check in next week.

    The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder said he could be close to offers from both Auburn and Oklahoma, and he hopes to make a decision by the end of his junior season.

  • 2016 Graham (N.C.) signal-caller Jamie Newman is attracting interest from Duke, Elon, North Carolina State, Penn State, Wake Forest and Western Carolina.

  • 2016 Dillon (S.C.) four-star quarterback Avery McCall holds offers from Clemson, East Carolina, LSU, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. He is also hearing from Florida State and Duke.

  • Four-star Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton offensive tackle Matthew Burrell has had a busy couple of weeks. The highly touted lineman visited Penn State, Virginia and most recently Ohio State. Burrell was truly impressed by the Buckeyes on his visit.

    "It was awesome. Sat with coach (Urban) Meyer; we were on a first name basis," said the 2015 prospect. "I got really comfortable. I liked him a lot." Burrell's visit will continue this summer. He plans to visit many of the southern schools including Alabama, Florida, Miami and Florida State.

  • Three-star Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock wide receiver A.J. Alexander recently added offers from Miami, Penn State and Navy to his list, which already included: Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Illinois and Wisconsin. Alexander now plans to visit Rutgers next weekend, and hopes to take a visit to every school that has offered him. Also a note on Alexander, both of his parent have a connection with the armed forces. He said he was very honored with the Navy offer, his father currently holds a high position in the Marines and his mother has retired from the Marines.

  • Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes Jahvoni Simmons is ready to hit the road. He plans to visit Ohio State, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami, Clemson and Wisconsin next. He said he has become really close friends with Sterling (Va.) Dominion high and Tigers commit, linebacker Chad Smith. Simmons says the Tigers, Georgia Tech, UVa, Tennessee and Miami are recruiting him the hardest. He plans to trim his list to ten in the next few weeks.

    Clifton (Va.) Centreville running back A.J. Turner has been one of the hottest recruits in the Mid-Atlantic in the last week. Turner picked up offers from Connecticut, East Carolina, Clemson, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio State in the last week. Those seven programs join a list which includes Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Old Dominion, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Turner says he remains open to everyone, but was really taken aback by two newcomers on his offer list.

    "Ohio State and Clemson (stand out)", said Turner." They are rally big schools. They are elite programs. Just the fact that elite programs offered me a ride, means a lot."

    He has no set visits, but he hopes to visit the Buckeyes and the Tigers next.

  • Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown 2015 wide receiver Quincy Watts has made up his decision, but will not reveal his choice until he discusses it further with his mother after his takes care of business in the classroom. Wearing a Virginia visor at the Nike Football Training Camp, Watts says that UVa, West Virginia, ODU and UNC-Charlotte are the three schools recruiting him the hardest. He is hoping to visit the Cavaliers, WVU, ODU and Florida this summer, but has not set any dates.

  • 2016 Hampton (Va.) Phoebus cornerback Robbie Robinson is heating up the recruiting trail. Robinson's offer list includes Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Akron, Hawaii, Old Dominion, Penn State, Virginia and most recently Southern Mississippi. Robinson described the Yellow Jackets as a school that is "standing out" currently because of the "quality" of the school. Robinson hopes to make trips to visit Maryland, Penn State, Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Miami. The 2016 prospect, who is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says the Canes and the Terps could be the next two program to pull the trigger.

  • 2015 Nokesville (Va.) Kettle Run WR David Eldridge recently picked up an offer from Illinois to join Virginia, ODU, ECU, Connecticut, Boston College, Wake Forest and Liberty on his offer list. Eldridge the Monarchs and the Cavaliers have been recruiting him the hardest recently, and he is hoping to visit both schools in the next few months. No other schools or visits have been set.

  • Clifton (Va.) Centreville offensive tackle Justin Skule is gearing up for camp season. Skule, who holds offers from Virginia, Navy and has significant interest from Harvard, will head to Boston College and Duke's summer prospect camps. He says the Eagles or the Blue Devils could be the next team to offer. He has also been hearing a little from West Virginia.

  • Southlake Christian Academy (Huntersville, N.C.) running back Robert Washington has added offers from Stanford, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Nebraska in the last week. The four-star 2016 prospect already holds double digit offers, and hopes to trim his list to a top 15 by November/December. Washington hopes to visit Stanford, Oklahoma, Michigan, Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

  • Washington (D.C.), Woodson cornerback Duwayne Johnson says he remains fully committed to Virginia Tech. He visited the Hokies for their junior day, but says he plans to return on May 10th. He still is seeing interest from Purdue, Ohio State, Maryland and Arizona, but says he is planning no more visits at this time.

  • 2015 Clifton (Va.) Centreville running back Taylor Boose holds offers from Austin Peay, Bucknell, Cincinnati, James Madison and Nevada, with Boston College and Virginia close to offering. He is trying to visit the Eagles, Maryland and Rutgers. No set dates for those visits yet.

  • 2015 Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird running back Stephen Mines is looking for his first offer, but continues to hear from Virginia, James Madison and Howard University. Mines is a UVa legacy, and he said he plans to camp at several instate schools including: Virginia, JMU and ODU. He says he also hopes to see East Carolina this summer.

  • Norfolk (Va.) Christian offensive tackle Mike Carney received two offers this week: Virginia and Old Dominion. The 2016 prospect attended the spring game at UVa and a spring practice at ODU in the last month. He hopes to visit and attend camps at Florida State, South Carolina, Virginia and ODU.

    Thomas Stone (Waldorf, Md.) corner Juwuan Briscoe has four offers from Rutgers, Toledo, ODU and UNC Charlotte. He visited Rutgers recently and highly enjoyed his stay, lauding the coaches and the facilities. He has been hearing from Maryland, Clemson and N.C. State. He is visiting Maryland April 28 for his first trip to College Park, Md. Briscoe wants to commit before his senior season. He will also see Clemson in the next two weeks and N.C. State after that.

  • Cornerback Trey Lee from Thomas Stone (Waldorf, Md.) has one offer from Army and is hearing from Maryland, ODU, Richmond and Temple. He said if Maryland offers he'd probably just commit on the spot as he is high on the hometown program. Lee will be camping at Maryland, Toledo, ODU, Temple, Wofford, Army, Rutgers and a few others.

  • Class of 2016 St. John's (Washington, D.C.) tight end/defensive end Devante Brooks holds offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech and Illinois. He is looking for offers from Ohio State and Tennessee and said UT might be close to pulling the trigger. Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh a few others are in touch. Brooks is looking to camp this summer at Maryland, Virginia Tech, Duke and Florida if he can make it down. He is being recruited on both sides of the ball, but mainly tight end. So far only Illinois has offered him for defensive end.

  • Class of 2016 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive tackle J.P. Urquidez has early offers from West Virginia and Baylor. He pulled West Virginia April 24, and two weeks before he got Baylor. Urquidez said Baylor was a cool offer because he's been down in Texas and the family regularly visits there. Florida State, Oklahoma State and Florida are showing solid interest, while others will get involved this summer. He's visiting Texas on May 1, A&M on May 8 and then LSU, Auburn and Alabama this summer. Urquidez said he's open in his recruiting, but is looking at Southern schools. He likes the idea of A&M because it's in Texas but competes in the SEC. He is a Texas transplant who moved to Maryland after his father, who is in the Army, was stationed at the Pentagon.

  • Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) 2016 offensive tackle Jauan Williams just added offers from Florida, FSU and Michigan to add to his extensive list. He'll be visiting Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, Maryland and has others on the radar as well. He said he wants to find a program where he can play early, get a good degree and fits in well at the school as a whole. Williams claims no leaders right now and said he's wide open in his recruiting. He won't know more until he takes visits this summer and next year.

  • Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) running back Kesean Strong holds offers from Toledo and Buffalo and said Maryland and ODU are in close contact. Strong said Toledo and Buffalo stay in contact often; he recently visited Toledo a couple weeks ago and was impressed with the school. However, he's keeping his options open and wants to see what offers he gets this summer. He's visiting schools all over the map with his team this offseason like Ohio State, Georgia, Penn State, Cincinnati, Tennessee and others. Strong also mentioned that Maryland is an offer he's looking for. He's visited UMD plenty of times before and will be returning for a camp.

  • Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) defensive tackle Keiron Howard has offers from Tennessee, Temple, ODU, Hampton and Buffalo. He said he's in touch with Tennessee and they want him and his mom down for another visit. He is very high on UT and could commit during a return trip this summer. Miami, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Maryland are interested in him. He said UMD could be close to offering and might pull the trigger next weekend when he visits. If Maryland offered Howard would highly consider the Terps and puts them right up there with the Volunteers. He wants to make his decision before the season.

  • Suffolk (Va.) Lakeland 2016 four-star middle linebacker Jaquan Yulee added offers from Clemson and Notre Dame. He recently named North Carolina as his leader and the Tar Heels still lead, followed by Clemson.

  • Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods 2016 tight end Mark Birmingham has six offers, with the latest coming from Virginia. He will visit Duke and North Carolina in May, and Stanford in June.

  • Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith DeShawn McClease 2015 running back has a top three of Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. All three schools are even at this time.

  • Richmond (Va.) Hermitage 2016 defensive tackle Sulaiman Kamara holds offers from Marshall, North Carolina and Old Dominion. Coaches from Florida State, Auburn, LSU, Georgia and Tennessee stopped by his school this week.

  • Gastonia (N.C.) Forestview 2016 running back Moe Neal has offers Akron, Charlotte and Mississippi State. N.C. State and South Carolina are the other schools recruiting him the hardest.<

  • Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian Robert Washington 2016 four-star picked up offers from Penn State, Nebraska, Norte Dame and Stanford this week. He has over 20 offers.

  • Sterling (Va.) Dominion 2015 linebacker and Clemson commit Chad Smith posted the highest SPARQ score – 124.92 – at his position nationally. He said he is 100 percent committed to the Tigers.

  • Woodbridge (Va.) defensive end Kyree Campbell2016 four-star picked up offer No. 12 from Florida State this week.

  • Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge 2015 four-star defensive tackle Aaron Crawford's recruitment continues to gain momentum. He picked up his 8th offer this week from Minnesota. At this time, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech appear to be in the best shape.

  • Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge 2015 outside linebacker Tanner Karafa was offered by Boston College on Thursday. It is his scholarship offer No. 8. Penn State, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Duke are also recruiting him.


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