Orange Football Recruiting Round Up II

Ryan Kill-Um Gillum highlights this Orange Recruiting Roundup. The big hitting strong safety is already wrapped up for Syracuse in the class of 2007. Here's a look at some of the prospects who may join him in Orange.

Lanford Watson Moves On

Apparently, Syracuse has not made the cut onto Watson's short list. The five-star receiver from Brooklyn has said that he wants to "show people what New York football is all about", but seems set on leaving the state of New York to do so.

He plans on announcing during the US Army All-American game over the winter. Penn State, Southern Cal and Florida State have been consistently at the top of his list.

Antonio Jeremiah Impresses at OSU Camp

One of the most impressive performers at Ohio State's second senior advanced camp was Hilliard Darby defensive tackle Antonio Jeremiah.

The 6-5, 275-pound Jeremiah is ranked as Ohio's No. 8 prospect by Ohio High magazine. "Today was fun," Jeremiah said after the camp. "I just went out there and had a ball doing what I love to do, playing football. I like to go out there and work against the best.

"I liked the competition and meeting people. That's what I like to do. I had a ball."

Jeremiah said he is still waiting to hear from Ohio State about a possible offer.

"They want to see how things are going (academically)," Jeremiah said. "We haven't talked that much lately."

Jeremiah has no fewer than 20 college offers as coaches far and wide are starting to discover what he is capable of.

At the OSU Nike Camp in May, Jeremiah ran the 40-yard dash in 5.05 seconds. He also had a 26-inch vertical jump and a 4.88-second time in the pro shuttle.

Jeremiah is also a strong wrestler, finishing sixth in the state in the heavyweight division this past winter.

"Wrestling helps me become quicker and my hands to be quicker," Jeremiah said. "It helps me to be faster on my feet. I think it helps with my agility."

Some of the schools that have already offered Jeremiah include West Virginia, Michigan State, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Syracuse and Boston College.

"The list hasn't really changed since the Nike Camp," Jeremiah said. "I have a couple more camps I might want to choose from." Steve Helwagen, Bucknuts.com

Breaking Down Jeremiah

In ranking Jeremiah in the top 10 in the state, Ohio High editor Duane Long wrote, "If I took a full length picture of Jeremiah and passed it around to every Division I college or university in the country, I am sure he would get offers just on how he looks on the hoof.

"I saw him for the first time when he was a freshman, and at the time I couldn't believe his size and frame. He is tall with very long arms and is a natural wide body. I don't think he could lose weight if his life depended on it.

"Jeremiah is such an athletic player that he plays defensive end. His tape shows he belongs at that position but head coach Paul Jenne is going to play him at defensive tackle this year to prepare him for college.

"When I first saw Jeremiah this year, it was on a tape from another school, so obviously the tape was not meant to showcase Antonio. I always look at the other team because I can find other players and I can sometimes see a player I know already and get a different view of him. Jeremiah leaped out at me. The first thing that caught my attention is just how athletic this huge kid is. He is as explosive as a kid this big can be. Jeremiah is my No. 1 ‘big man'. Ohio High Magazine

Top Corner Back Commits to Temple

Darryl Robinson, who earlier reneged on a commitment to West Virginia, has decided to commit to the Temple Owls.

Robinson, who had interest from Syracuse, Penn State, Rutgers and others, seemed set on his decision.

"I committed (Thursday) and I am done," Robinson said. "I am going to stay in my city. I love Philly and I want my family to be close."

"I am just so happy there," Robinson explained. "I went there and camped and I wanted to go there. I think i can play early and my mom loved it."

We'll write this one in pencil.

Syracuse Commit ‘Kill Um Gillum' Speaks About his Commitment

Sporting possibly the best football name since Lucious Pusey, heavy-hitting strong safety Ryan Gillum will play his college ball for the Orange.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder from Liberty High in Youngstown, Ohio is one of the most underrated players in the Buckeye State.

When Gillum makes contact with the ball carrier, the people in the stands feel the impact of his hits. Gillum was the first verbal to Syracuse's 2007 recruiting class, and he was quickly nicknamed ‘Kill Um Gillum' by the Orange faithful.

"I am just a team player," Gillum said. "I would say the strongest part of my game is my ability to make a big hit or a big play, but I want to do whatever I can to just help the team win. I would compare my style of play to Roy Williams (Dallas Cowboys)."

Gillum, who was also considering Cincinnati, Miami (OH), Purdue, Boston College and Illinois, informed Scout.com why he chose to give an early verbal to play for Syracuse.

"I committed while I was at the spring game," Gillum informed. "I really liked what I saw from the coaches and the players. I was also impressed by the way, that everyone took academics so seriously, and that is very important for me. I just feel like I fit in more there than anywhere else."

"It is a close team. I was really impressed by the defense they ran. Coach (Greg) Robinson is a great defensive mind and he knows what it takes to be successful on every level."

As a junior, Gillum earned All-County and All-Conference honors for his efforts on the field. Greg Powers, Scout.com

Frey Still Waiting on Syracuse

Lehighton (Pa.) running back Robbie Frey has had quite a buzz about his name since he blew up at the Scout.com combine at Rutgers back in April. To date Akron has been the only school to offer, but according to his father Rob Frey, he was at UConn recently and was lights out again.

"Robbie was at UConn Sunday (6/25) for camp and testing." Rob Frey said. "Twenty minutes after he left he received a text message from Coach (Randy) Edsall that they wanted to offer Robbie a scholarship."

He was at Syracuse on Friday (6/23) for camp and testing, but we haven't heard anything as of yet." Bob Lichtenfels

Frey has someone working overtime on his public relations –

Frey Highlight Page

Syracuse Impresses Al-Ghaffar Lane

The evaluation period has allowed the chance for some prospects to shed their sleeper status and emerge on to the National recruiting radar. New Jersey defensive end Al-Ghaffar Lane looked good at the Scout.com combine in Piscataway, and he has added some big offers.

Al-Ghaffar Lane, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound defensive end from Paterson Catholic High in Paterson, N.J. is generating some major recruiting interest.

"I have offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, Rutgers, Duke and Syracuse," Lane said. "There were a bunch of other schools like West Virginia, Virginia, Stanford and Maryland who visited during the evaluation period. There were really too many schools coming through for me to remember them all."

"My biggest strength is my quickness. I am much faster than most of the tackles that I meet up with, and if I can make them start to move their feet then I usually make a big play."

Lane does not plan to rush into a decision, and he will focus back in on recruiting later in the year.

"I plan to look at all of my choices after my senior season is over," Lane began. "I am trying to keep all of the schools on equal ground, and I definitely plan to take all of my official visits."

Lane knows that if he wants to be a successful player in college it is important to find a system that plays to his strengths on the field.

"I want to find a system that runs a 3-4 defense, so I can line up as a defensive end and play with my hand on the ground, but I can also drop back in coverage and use my speed," Lane said.

Lane has had the opportunity to take unofficial visits to Syracuse and Rutgers. Both schools have offered, and he saw positive things from both programs.

"I really love the coaches at Syracuse. I got along great with the linebackers coach and the defensive ends coach. They told me all about their defensive system, and it is a perfect fit for me. I think that they are trying to bring me in to play the SAM backer in their system." Greg Powers, Scout.com

New Jersey Linebacker Claims Syracuse Interest

While Ben Pooler has heard from a lot of schools, the University of Maryland is the only school to formally offer him. Is there a chance that might change in the near future?

"Maryland's offer is still on the table, and fortunately it's a school I'm very interested in," said Pooler. "I feel comfortable with Coach Friedgen and their whole staff, and it's not too far from home. I camped there just before I camped at Virginia. I'm not ready to make a decision yet though, and I'd like to see who else is going to offer me."

Pooler is also receiving a lot of attention from South Florida, Iowa, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Michigan State, Penn State, Kent State and Cincinnati. He mentioned that Maryland has a slight edge, being the only school to offer thus far.

How would Pooler describe his game?

"I think I have a lot of the things that you would want all linebackers to have. I think I have the speed, strength and all the other physical talent you need, but it's more than that. I have the intangibles linebackers need. "I'm intense and I have a love for the game. I react well to developments on the field, and I consider myself very coachable. I have respect for every coach I play under."

Pooler is being recruited as a linebacker by all of the schools he is hearing from, although he has also excelled as a running back. Last year he recorded 50 tackles and five sacks for Lawrenceville Prep. He plans on making a decision before the end of the summer. Justin Rowland, HooNation

Brandon Clear Update

Scout.com was informed months ago of the move of Brandon and Byron Clear to Hoover, (Ala.) The twins from Virginia didn't go public with their decision until recently. They are now officially a part of one of the most dominant football programs in the country. They talk about Hoover football.

"It's been great being here," said Brandon Clear. "They have brought us in here, and we are adjusting well. I have been competing in 7-on-7. We beat Prattville."

"We have another 7-on-7 camp Thursday. I am still trying to pick-up all the new plays. The coaches are doing a really good job teaching me. As soon as I get them down everything will start coming natural to me again."

The Clear twins give the Bucs a lot of height at two different positions. Brandon (6-4, 205-pounds) is a three-star receiver and Byron (6-5, 205-pounds) plays defensive end and linebacker.

"I love it here," said Byron Clear. "We are working hard and getting prepared to win a state championship. We have a real strong team here, and this is a very good program."

"I am playing linebacker. It's new to me but, I am enjoying it. I am starting to catch on. It's been funny because I am use to deflecting the ball at defensive end, and now I am trying to catch it. I started knocking the ball down during 7-on-7, and the coaches were having to tell me to catch it."

Brandon has received scholarship offers from Duke, Stanford and Syracuse. Byron received his first offer recently and more are expected.

"I have my first offer from West Point," Byron said. "Stanford has said they want me to come out there to visit, and they will offer when I am there. I am receiving strong interest from Syracuse, Stanford, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina as well."

According to the twins football in Alabama is a little more intense than in Virginia.

It's a lot different here," said Byron. "You do whatever it takes to get the job done. The coaches don't take any crap. This is the best program I have ever seen. All the coaches are on one page. The two's [second string] and the three's [third string] can cover for you if you can't play. We depended on our one's [first string] for the whole game back in Virginia. Everyone here can play."

"They are really making us work hard," Brandon added. "It is taking a little bit of time to adjust but, it's not going to be a problem." Andrew Bone, Scout.com


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