Hot Prospects at Summer Camps Part ll continues the sweep of summer camps across the country where elite recruits are showcasing their talent. Numerous high school players are touring the various camps to establish themselves as top recruits in the class of 2011 as well.

Arizona State - 

George Bell
Josh Fulton, tight end from Phoenix-St. Mary's, Ariz., re-committed to Arizona State after attending camp.

Carl Bradford, fullback from Norco, Calif., received a scholarship offer after his camp performance. He accepted immediately to play for the Sun Devils.

George Bell, four-star wide receiver from Southwestern College in Calif., committed after an unofficial visit. Bell posted 80 receptions for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2008.

Boston College - 
Robert Vardaro, offensive tackle from Andover-Phillips Academy, Md., received a scholarship offer from Boston College while attending camp. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman committed to the Eagles and projects as a guard or center.

Josh Bordner
Josh Bordner, quarterback from Eldersburg-Century, Md., earned a scholarship offer while camping in the first session. He's the second signal caller taken in the 2010 class.

Dave Shinskie, quarterback commitment for Boston College, has played baseball for the past six years when drafted out of high school by the Twins. The 25-year old was a member of the Scout 100 as a senior in high school.

Alexander Amidon, wide receiver from Lakeville-Hotchkiss, Ct., committed to the Eagles after earning a scholarship offer during the second session of camp.

Colorado - Buffalo Sports News 

Mister Jones
Colorado picked up a commitment from Mister Jones, running back from Littleton, Colo., while on campus at a team camp. The three-star ball carrier rushed for 2,400 yards in the last two seasons and 27 touchdowns (16 games).

Kyle Slavin, tight end from Littleton-Chatfield, Colo., received a scholarship offer the last day of camp. He committed to the Buffs which is also his parents' alma mater.

Nick Hirschman, quarterback from Los Gatos, Calif., committed in late June. His had a successful junior campaign passing for 2,191 yards and 15 touchdowns. He led the his team to the CIF-CCS Medium School Championship and named MVP.

Kansas - 
"The Kansas Super Jayhawk camp was extremely well run," said Baron Flenory, Midland Regional Manager. "It was organized, efficient, and active. It was a top shelf event all the way. is very thankful for the access we were granted and generosity we received from the KU coaches."

"As far as the football itself, they got after it. There was a ton of talent. Two upperclassmen who stood out amongst the group, cornerback Kyle Fuller and wide receiver Devin Patterson."

"Fuller came all the way from Baltimore, Md. to show the KU staff that he would compete. He had nothing to prove because he already had a Jayhawk offer to go with Virginia Tech, Maryland and a few others. But he came and worked out anyways."

Chris Barnett
"And to top it off, he was a lock down. He showed natural cornerback abilities and proved himself to be one of the top cornerbacks in the country."

"On "O" Patterson couldn't be stopped. He is a super smooth route runner and catches everything. I knocked him for not being explosive or fast, but when watching him closer you see how deceptive his speed is and how tricky his route running. He has a knack for getting open."

"As for the underclassmen, three high profile player stole the show. Tight end Chris Barnett of A.M. Smith High and safety Franklin Shannon and middle linebacker Anthony Wallace both of Dallas Skyline."

"Barnett is a premiere tight end prospect. He can run, catch, block, and is physical. Head and shoulders above the other tight end prospects at the camp."

"Wallace is a run stopper, but he showed top tier athleticism and instincts during 7-on-7 drills. And Shannon showed off his range and raw ability at safety."

"Those three will likely become national recruits, and they are all considering KU."

"The Maryland prospect camp had its share of name players," said John Wallpher, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst. "Some with a Maryland offer looking to secure their stock, others looking to impress enough to earn an offer before camp ended or to leave a lasting impression for the future."

"On defense, Josh Furman the four-star safety was in attendance and looking good. Maryland offered him back in January, but the talented athlete now has offers around the country including Oklahoma, Michigan and Virginia Tech."

Josh Furman
"Another defensive back in attendance was Titus Till. The Maryland commitment took in the sights while riding around with Head Coach Ralph Friedgen. Don Hursey and Kyle Fuller were two other defensive players at the camp."

"Fuller is a fast rising prospect with offers from Maryland as well as Duke, Kansas, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. Hursey is a three-star player who was there to impress the local school."

"Already receiving offers from North Carolina and Vanderbilt, Hursey said the coaches liked his performance and are currently reviewing his film for future consideration."

"Brian Burns another highly regarded defensive back stood out and feels he is close to a Maryland offer. He recently camped at Temple and received his first offer from Temple the next day."

"Josh Bordner was there looking for his first offer. The two-star quarterback has the size and is a very determined player. Recently Maryland wanted him to meet with Head Coach Ralph Friedgen, but he had received an offer from Boston College in the interim."

"After learning Maryland was going to make a push for his services, Bordner went with his heart and commited to a relieved Boston College staff. No worries for Maryland as they already have a quarterback recruit in the fold with Tyler Smith, the three-star player who was also at camp."

"Ndubisi "Bisi" Ezekoye had a good camp and is hoping for an offer soon. The talented athlete has run sub 4.4 in the forty at different camps this summer. He is also an honors student with offers from Connecticut, Navy, Army and Air Force."

Matt Robinson
"Maryland told Ezekoye they have some offers out ahead of him, but if they don't get the players he is next on their list."

"Alonzo Russell is hoping for a Maryland offer and backed up his wishes with a strong performance. The fast rising wide receiver prospect has earned his two offers through camps at both Pittsburgh and West Virginia. He is hoping to do the same with Maryland."

"Matt Robinson was another talented player in attendance. With offers from several FCS (formerly D-IAA) schools he was still looking for his first FBS (formerly D-IA) offer."

"That changed as Robinson really stood out to the coaches, and they offered him at camp. They had told him coming in that if he performed well he would receive an offer. Robinson did just that, and Maryland backed up their promise. Robinson then rewarded their confidence by committing to them."

Nebraska - 
"The only big news to come out of the Nebraska camps this year was from the commitment of someone from within the state," Steve Ryan explained from "And it was a kid for the class of 2011 at that."

Ryne Reeves
"Ryne Reeves, a 6-3, 285 lbs. offensive lineman projected to play center, did so well against a number of players, including Las Vegas prep defensive end Kenny Mack, the Husker staff almost offered him on the spot."

"Reeves is an outstanding lineman, and he could rank as one of the best in the Midwest before it's all said and done."

"Nebraska entertained current quarterback Tyler Gabbert. But this was Gabbert's third QB Academy, and all with his future position coach and Offensive Coordinator, Shawn Watson. Gabbert came out of the Camp/Competition as the Senior-Class MVP."

"All total Nebraska had approximately 800 kids in for their two sessions meant for grades 9-12. "

Ohio State - 
"The biggest news to come out of any of Ohio State's summer camps was the verbal commitment of Wheaton (Ill.) North quarterback Taylor Graham," stated Adam Jardy of

Taylor Graham
"After a junior season that saw him suffer a broken ankle in week five, the son of former OSU signal-caller Kent needed to impress the Buckeye coaching staff while at camp in order to secure a scholarship offer."

"While in town, Graham showed that he has a strong arm and the size needed to be a quarterback in the Big Ten. His appearance was followed up by an offer from the Buckeyes, and less than a week later he had issued his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes."

"With just three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, it was imperative for the Buckeyes to find one for this class. Although he is just ranked as a three-star prospect, Graham was a big pickup for OSU. He is a different type of quarterback than current starter Terrelle Pryor, showing that the Buckeyes are not solely looking for dual-threat options."

"Two other players with scholarship offers attended the same camp as Graham: five-star OSU verbal commitment Andrew Norwell from Cincinnati Anderson, and three-star uncommitted prospect Darryl Baldwin, who is favoring the Buckeyes."

"OSU also hosted Whitehouse (Ohio) Anthony Wayne offensive tackle Andrew Donnal, who furthered the buzz around himself by impressing while at camp.

"Donnal will have to wait and see if and OSU offer is forthcoming, as will Cleveland Glenville speedster Latwan Anderson, who was also at camp."

"The second one-day camp saw five-star linebacker prospect Jordan Hicks, West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West, make an appearance. Once thought to be a lock to leave the state, it appears the Buckeyes are rising in his eyes. While on hand, he spent time talking with OSU verbal commitment Scott McVey in addition to the coaches."

Jeremy Cash
"McVey's future teammate in Boardman, Ohio defensive end J.T. Moore was also on hand. So, too, was Cincinnati verbal commitment Alex Smith. A teammate of Hicks', Smith does not hold an offer from the Buckeyes."

"Two 2011 prospects made trips to Columbus as well in Plantation, Fla. wideout/cornerback Jeremy Cash and Canton (Ohio) McKinley defensive end Steve Miller. Cash looks to be a sleeper prospect, while Miller has the potential to become a national recruit as a junior."

"With a class that is expected to number just 17 prospects on National Signing Day, the Buckeyes surprised their fan base and issued two scholarships to specialists they saw at camp: three-star kicker Drew Basil from Chillicothe, Ohio, and three-star punter Will Hagerup from Whitefish Bay, Wisc. It seems likely that the Buckeyes will take verbal commitments from one of the two but not both."

"The Buckeyes also received a somewhat-surprise visit from five-star linebacker prospect Jeff Luc who did not camp, but rather visited the school and went away impressed with what the program has to offer."

"While OSU landed just one new verbal commitment for its class of 2010 during camp season, it did pave the ground for a number of new ones further down the road. Now the task is to keep that momentum rolling through the summer and into the fall."

The Sooners hosted a number of top prospects during their six days of camp in early June.

"The top performers were guys Demarco Cobbs, Bronson Irwin, Blake Bell, who is the second ranked quarterback in the country," explained publisher Greg Powers.

"There were also a number of players who came in to the camp and earned scholarship offers. Athlete Julian Wilson from Southmoore High earned an offer by standing out during four different sessions. Lake Dallas High's OL Daryl Williams also had a strong performance and earned an offer."

"Aaron Colvin and Jarrett Lake are two players that had not yet hit the national recruiting radar, but have since exploded with big offers," Powers continued. "Lake is super athlete that could play receiver, running back, safety, or linebacker on the next level and Colvin is a lockdown corner prospect that may have had the most dominating performance of the camp. He shut down every receiver."

Austin Woods, who projects as a center on the next level, participated in a one-day camp in Norman and subsequently made a commitment to Oklahoma.

Oregon State - 
Tyler Perry, tight end from Ventura-Buena, Calif., was offered a scholarship from his performance at a skills camp at Oregon State. He committed to the Beavers a few days later.

Penn State - 
"Summer football camps have been a critical part of Penn State recruiting down through the years," said Mark Brennan publisher of

"The Nittany Lions have held the sessions for nearly three and a half decades now and I would guess, as of late, about 75 percent of the football prospects who commit to PSU have attended at least one of the school's camps.

Evan Hailes
"University Park is unique in that there is not a significant metropolitan area within 90 miles. However, there are any number of large population bases -- New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland, Washington, D.C. — within about 200 miles. And every city and town in Pennsylvania, regardless of size, is within 180 miles."

"So while Penn State might not be an easy day trip for a prospect from one of these major population centers, it is very practical for such a prospect to drive to campus with family and/or teammates and spend a few days in Happy Valley. In that sense, the camps are vital to giving prospects direct exposure to the university and the football program."

"As for this year in particular, Penn State has already seen the benefits of its seniors-only camp last week. The Nittany Lions received commitments from a pair of four-star defensive linemen during the camps -- Evan Hailes and DaQuan Jones -- and in the next few weeks we're expecting at least a couple more commitments from players who went camping at PSU."

"I'm sure it helped that a pair of five-star prospects who had previously committed to Penn State -- quarterback Paul Jones and receiver Adrian Coxson -- also attended the camp. As you know, you can't overstate the value of kids who already believe in the program talking up its virtues to other kids."

Stanford - 
Eddie Plantaric, defensive end from Fair Oaks-Del Campo, Calif., re-committed to Stanford in late June. Duante Carr, safety from Gainesville, Ga., attended the Monday Night Football camp the week before his commitment.

Herschel Sims
"The biggest camp in Texas is the Texas Elite Camp, by the Texas Longhorns," said Alan Zepeda, Southwest Recruiting Analyst. "Basically this one is a who is who camp. The big names in the 2010 class there are all the Texas commits, plus studs like Jackson Jeffcoat."

"The real reason for the excitement at this camp was that it was a preview of the class of 2011. Some of the big names were J.W. Walsh, running back Aaron Green, defensive end James Rushing, running back Herschel Sims, defensive end Nathan Hughes, and many more."

"There were no commits since Texas does not offer juniors until after signing day of their junior year."

West Region - Scout Recruiting 
Brandon Huffman, West Regional Manager, reported last week of a couple of camps where he traveled in June.

Brett Nottingham
"The biggest commitment out of the UCLA camp came from Brett Nottingham, from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista," Huffman said. "The 6-4, 205, quarterback from the Bay Area came down to UCLA after camping at Colorado and Stanford the days before, and getting offers from them, to throw on Tuesday in Westwood."

"His sisters and father attended UCLA and his dream was to attend UCLA. After a good showing at the UCLA camp, Nottingham was offered and committed that day to the Bruins."

"As far as USC's Rising Stars Camp, the Trojans didn't get any commitments, but they made some bigtime offers to elite 2011 prospects, and made their first quarterback offer."

"The quarterback who was offered was Lakewood (Calif.) passer Jesse Scroggins, who has the Trojans in his final three with Florida and Tennessee. Scroggins was offered following a good two-days at USC."

George Uko
"The most dominant performer there was George Uko, the elite defensive tackle from Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo. The Scout 100 member was offered by the Trojans coming out of the camp, and they vaulted right into the mix for him."

"USC also offered another Inland Empire prospect, cornerback Anthony Brown from Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser."

"But USC didn't waste anytime in going after a few top 2011 prospects, including WR George Farmer from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, DE Jalen Grimble from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman and OT Christian Westerman from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton."

Midwest Region - Scout Recruiting 
Allen Trieu, Midwest Recruiting Analyst, blankets his area of the country with the latest news from camps.

"Camp season in the Midwest kicked off with Antonio Gates' Sound Mind, Sound Body camp in Detroit," Trieu said. "It is one of the top camps around with its combination of football teaching and life skills from current and former NFL players."

"This year, several of the top players in Michigan came out and showed that they someday may play on Sundays themselves."

Mylan Hicks
"Inkster (Mich.) four-star quarterback Devin Gardner, came out and not only showed improved passing skills, but also was the best wide receiver at the camp on the days he was there. The Michigan commitment will be behind center for the Wolverines, but his athleticism was on full display at the camp."

"On defense, the most impressive prospect there was eventual Michigan State commitment Mylan Hicks. The Detroit Renaissance cornerback has been excellent this spring and summer, and we once again got to see his quick feet, recovery speed and competitive nature."

"Hicks committed to the Spartans just after the camp, and we think they are getting a future All Big Ten type cover corner."

"Ohio State's camp brought about several strong performances. Wheaton North (Ill.) quarterback Taylor Graham had a great performance, earned an offer and eventually committed to the Buckeyes."

"Other players who potentially earned offers from the scarlet and grey include Indianapolis Ben Davis' versatile defensive back Isaiah Lewis and rising junior defensive back Doran Grant of Akron St.Vincent-St.Mary's, who was named best defensive back at the camp by several observers."

Kyle Prater
"Most of the Big Ten schools hosted 7-on-7 tournaments at their respective campuses, and it allowed us to see some of the region's top players in action.

"The top wide receiver in the country, Kyle Prater of Proviso West (Ill.), participated at the University of Illinois. Prater showed off his fantastic ball skills as well as good speed and route running ability."

"Johnsburg (Ill.) tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz is a 6-7, 240-lb man amongst boys. He runs great routes and has really good speed and athleticism for someone so big. He is also already built like a college player."

"Fiedorowicz informed us at the event that he is down to Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa, with the Illini being the quick riser on his list."

"Michigan's 7-on-7 tournament allowed us to see one of Ohio's top prospects, Cleveland Glenville athlete Latwan Anderson. Anderson made plays at wide receiver, safety and cornerback, showing outstanding speed and ball skills."

East Region - Scout Recruiting 
Bob Lichentenfels, North Regional Manager:

"Brendon Felder once again showed why he should be considered one of the top prospects in the East. If he works out in front of a coach it is almost guaranteed he is coming away with a scholarship offer."

"Days after North Carolina offered him after a strong camp performance; Felder traveled to Cincinnati and did the same. Brian Kelly and his staff promptly offered the Gateway star a scholarship."

"Lexington (Ohio) defensive back Shaquille Jefferson recently picked up his first two scholarship offers after strong camp showings. Bowling Green was first to offer and then Central Michigan followed with Jefferson's second scholarship offer."

"Speaking of Lexington Courtney Avery was lights out at the Michigan camp, and a day later the talented cornerback was holding a Wolverine scholarship offer. Avery is committed to Stanford, but we're guessing Michigan will at least get a closer look."

Ben Koyack
"Pittsburgh is playing host to several talented recruits this weekend led by arguably two of New Jersey's top prospects defensive end T.J. Clemmings and wide receiver Shakim Phillips."

"The Panthers are also playing host to one of the top in-state prospects Anthony Gonzalez. Gonzalez became even more important to the Panthers after losing out on California quarterback Bryan Bennett who committed to Oregon."

"We started talking about class of 2011 tight end Ben Koyack last summer, and we stated at that time that he had the potential to be not only the top prospect in Pennsylvania, but quite possibly the top tight end prospect in the nation."

"The Oil City native proved just how good he is with a standout showing at the Ohio State camp. Koyack has over 20 verbal scholarship offers at this point. His mailbox will be over run on September 1st."

"Another Pennsylvania prospect who we were expecting big things from this summer Jeff Dobbins had his progress sidetracked after suffering a partial ACL tear at the Metro-Index camp in Pittsburgh."

Daniel Easterly
"Dobbins is working hard in rehab and will be fitted with a special knee brace, so he can play this fall. The Bishop Canevin linebacker will not be able to participate in any college camps."

"Detroit (Cass Tech) has been pumping out D-I football players, and they recently saw another defensive back Daniel Easterly pledge his services to a Big Ten program. The three-star safety committed to Illinois over offers from Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Toledo."

"Northwestern landed a running back from Florida recently as Shontrelle Johnson a promising speed merchant from Deland High School who chose the Wildcats over offers from Kentucky and Memphis."

"West Virginia and head coach Bill Stewart continue to stockpile offensive weapons as they added a commitment from three-star Pahokee (Fla.) wide receiver Fred Pickett. Seven of the nine Mountaineer verbal pledges are all offensive players."

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