Jadeveon Clowney to South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney made the call on his birthday.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2011 by ESPNU announced his college choice Monday morning on ESPN.

“I’m heading to the University of South Carolina,” Clowney, out of Southe Point High in Rock Hill, S.C., said as he put a Gamecocks hat on. To read more of this story, click here

Clemmings to Visit Pitt

Now that his season has ended with another State sectional  championship, Paterson Catholic defensive end Trevor Clemmings is set to take college visits.

The 6-foot-6, 263-pound Clemmings will visit Pittsburgh Dec. 11 but no other visits have been set, according to PC coach Benjie Wimberly.

The top New Jersey recruit in the Class of 2010 despite playing in just his second year of organized football, Clemmings initially verballed to Pitt in June but then reopened his recruitment. He is also considering Florida, Ohio State and Rutgers.

“He’s high on Pitt but he’s looking at Ohio State and Florida,” said Chris Melvin of EliteRecruits.com, an advisor to Clemmings. “I think the frontrunner has to be Pitt.” To read more of this story, click here

Austisic Football Player Nominated for Rudy

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, here’s a great story to warm your heart.

Kyle Weafer is a football player at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas, who just happens to be austistic.

According to this column by Mark Dewar of Sun Publications, Weafer had never shown much interest in football until his past offseason.

“Then in January of this year, Kyle looked at me and said, ‘I play football,’” his father, Bob, told Dewar.

And with the support of Coach Mike Zegunis and his Huskies teammates, Kyle trained and practiced with the team and played in several games.

“It  is a blessing,” Huskies senior quarterback Koby Chadick said, “to see him every day. Because even when you are down and you’ve got a bad attitude, he always comes to practice with a good attitude. He’s always high spirited. Just to see him makes us happier, makes us want to be here…He works just as hard as anyone on the team.”

For the first time this year, high school players can be nominated for a Rudy award.

According to the official criteria, Rudy Awards “measure the size of a player’s  heart. We are searching for high school football players who demonstrate what Rudy calls “The Four C’s”: Character, Courage, Contribution and Commitment.

During this Thanksgiving Week, I humbly encourage all of you to to go online here and vote for Kyle Weafer.

Thanks and happy holidays.

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Johnson Balances Sports & Leadership

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. –  Dontae Johnson doesn’t keep a calendar or a daily planner with him, but with all the events he’s involved with at the Pennington (N.J.) School, you would think he should.

Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior, is a captain on both the football and basketball teams. As a safety, he holds more than a dozen Division I scholarship offers in football and said he has narrowed his list to Stanford, NC State, Maryland, UConn and North Carolina.

He will also serve as a hall proctor for the second year in a row, and this year he opted to join the Peer Leadership Program. Oh, and he maintains a 3.7 grade point average, too.

Read the full story here.

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Football Update: Clemmings Lists Two Leaders

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Since I last wrote about Trevor “T.J.” Clemmings of Paterson Catholic back in February, he has added a slew of big-time scholarship offers and made quite a name for himself.

Chris Melvin, a recruiting analyst for EliteRecruits.com, calls Clemmings the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey in the Class of 2010.

“He’s my top player in the state, without a question in my mind,” Melvin said at the recent Big Time Football Showcase at Rutgers. “He’s raw. The kid still has a long way to go.” To read more of this story, click here

Big Time Football Showcase Draws Recruits

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The thundershowers had just turned to sunshine and Chris Melvin was standing on the turf at Rutgers Stadium surrounded by nearly 200 of the top high school football players on the East Coast.

Divided into position groups and wearing numbers to identify them, the players performed drills under the watchful eyes of high school coaches who barked out suggestions and directions.
NCAA regulations prevent college coaches from attending the Big Time Football Showcase, but Melvin says many are dying to know these elite-level players performed in the one-day event held May 7.

“There are a lot of coaches trying to find out what’s going on here,” said Melvin, a recruiting analyst for EliteRecruits.com who is in charge of inviting the players. “By the time nine o’clock [tonight] hits I guarantee you my phone is going to be ringing beyond its capability. I’m sort of like Barack Obama right now. Everyone’s calling me trying to be my best friend.” To read more of this story, click here

Don Bosco Knocks Off De La Salle

In a remarkable ending that was broadcast on ESPNU, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep edged Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, 23-21, when kicker Patrick Murray made a 19-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining.

“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Murray, who missed an extra-point try on the Ironmen’s final touchdown, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Bosco, No. 29 in the RivalsHigh 100, trailed No. 15 De La Salle, 21-7, at the half. The loss snapped a 15-game winning streak by the Spartans, who once held a 151-game streak until 2003.

Read the full story here.

East Meets West in Football

Like two heavyweight boxers trying to make a championship fight, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School have been working to set up a football game on and off for the past five years.

The showdown will finally take place Saturday night when De La Salle (2-0), No. 15 in the RivalsHigh 100, plays host to No. 29 Bosco (1-1) in a nationally televised game on ESPNU.

Read the full story here.

St. Xavier Downs Bosco, 17-10

For the first time since the 2005 state championship game, Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep lost a football game.

The Ironmen, No. 3 in the RivalsHigh Top 100, fell at No. 24 St. Xavier of Ohio, 17-10, before 5,500 fans Saturday afternoon. The Ironmen had a 24-game winning streak snapped in the RivalsHigh Game of the Week.

On a fourth down late from the St. Xavier 20 in the final quarer, Don Bosco senior quarterback Brett Knief launched a pass down the middle of the field, but Justinian Mason of St. Xavier deflected the ball away from Ryan Cobb.

“We had the ball on their 5 going in and we got a penalty that pushed us back to the 20 and we didn’t get it in,” Bosco offensive coordinator Nunzio Campanile said by phone. “We gave them the ball back with 1:10.”

The defending Ohio Division I state champs improved to 3-1 on the season, while Bosco dropped to 0-1. It was their first lost since falling to St. Peter’s Prep of Jersey City in the 2005 Non-Public Group 4 state game. To read more of this story, click here

Schiano: Teel Still My QB; Bosco Takes on St. X

The morning after his starting signal-caller threw three more interceptions in a 44-12 home loss to North Carolina on ESPN, Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano insisted he wasn’t contemplating a quarterback change.

“Mike (Teel) is our quarterback,” Schiano said of the senior from Oakland, N.J. “We’re going to have our package for (backup QB) Jabu (Lovelace). We’ll get it back on track.”

Read the full story here on SNY.tv. Tom Luicci, who has been covering Rutgers forever, says the Knights need a more mobile QB than Teel, someone akin to North Carolina’s TJ Yates, who can gain ground with his feet and throw on the run.

Speaking of Teel, his alma mater Don Bosco Prep, No. 3 in the RivalsHigh 100, travels to Ohio Saturday to play No. 24 St. Xavier in a battle of two national powerhouses. Read the story here.