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August 21, 2008

Checking in with Sean Farr

Dunbar wide receiver Sean Farr’s big junior season has paid off on the recruiting trail.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder caught 49 passes for 1,383 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, helping the Poets to the Class 1A state title. Thanks in part to those efforts, Rivals.com rated Farr the No. 57 wide receiver in the country.

Akron and Eastern Michigan have offered Farr, while Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia are showing serious interest. Farr, who camped at Maryland, Memphis, Pittsburgh and West Virginia this summer, expects additional offers to come during the season.

Farr spoke with Recruiting Report recently about his status.
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Do you have any favorites in your recruitment?

I would say Akron is my favorite right now, because they treat me like I’m already one of their players and they were the first one to offer me a scholarship. I know some people might find it surprising it’s my favorite ... maybe because Akron’s not like a Maryland or a Virginia. But it’s a good program.

Was it a relief to get that first offer from Akron? What went through your mind when you received the offer?

Yeah. When I first got the offer it was a relief. I was happy I’d be able to go to college. Then I thought about leaving my family and going to a new city, all the way in Ohio. And I was probably going to get a lot of playing time there. Those were the three things [I thought about].

When did Eastern Michigan offer you?

They offered me three days after Akron offered me, so it was my second offer.

Do you have plans to visit EMU?

Yeah. Probably when they play Akron. I met their coaches at the Pittsburgh camp. They told me they were looking to put me at slot, and I could get a lot of playing time at slot.

What have the Maryland coaches said they’d like to see from you this season?

They want to see me put on a couple pounds and want to see my lifting. They’ll see a couple of our games, see how I’m doing.

What did you like about your visit to West Virginia?

It was a big atmosphere. There are a lot of big players on that team. I like the way their spread offense runs. And they’re on TV the most, too.

When did the Virginia coaches get involved in your recruitment?

Virginia started showing interest before football season even started last year. Because I transferred from Lake Clifton, they figured I’d probably be better going to Dunbar anyway.

Is there any reason that you and Dunbar running back Tavon Austin plan on making your decisions after the season?

We both want to do the best for our team. We want a lot of college coaches to come to see us, but we want them to come to our school and see other guys, too.

Photo of Sean Farr by Kim Hairston / December 1, 2007

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August 4, 2008

Checking in with Gary Onuekwusi

Dunbar linebacker Gary Onuekwusi has been patient.

The 6-foot-2, 217-pounder has waited a long time for his first scholarship offer. Onuekwusi, who recorded 144 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions as a junior, is still waiting, but he thinks his first offers could starting coming any day now.

Onuekwusi spoke with Recruiting Report about his recruitment recently, including why he thinks scholarships could be just around the corner.

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Gary Onuekwusi heads for the end zone against South Carroll in a 1A playoff game / Sun photo by Kim Hairston, Dec. 2, 2007.

Why do you think you haven’t received any offers yet?

I just started sending off my highlight tape, so hopefully everything will be coming in soon. I’ve got to get some more addresses.

Are you anxious to hear back from coaches?

Yeah, I’m anxious to get feedback. I’ve got high hopes for going to a school, so I’m just trying to find out which one.

What schools have shown you the most interest so far?

West Virginia, Bowie State, Maryland, Syracuse, Temple.

What will the coaches see on your highlight tape?

Big plays, big hits, the way I crawl gaps and fill them and [good] technique.

You and several of your teammates at Dunbar went to West Virginia’s camp earlier this summer. How did that go?

Wonderful. There was a lot of publicity. ... I did good on a lot of drills at the West Virginia camp. I did extremely well at the camp. That’s why I had to get my highlight tape and send it off. All the coaches at every camp I went to, all the coaches asked about my highlight tape, but I didn’t have a highlight tape to give them. So I just had to send it off last week.

Did you enjoy your time in Morgantown?

Yeah, it’s wonderful there. I just like [West Virginia] because it’s comfortable. The coaches, they remind me of my school, how our coaches carry themselves and how they communicate with the kids. That’s how it is out there.

Do you and your teammates talk about college frequently? What are the chances that some of you end up at the same place?

We always want to go to the same spot, but more than likely we don’t think we are. But everybody wants to go to the same school. We talk about [recruiting] frequently. We always wonder where we’re going to end up at, but we try not to think about it lately. What [running back] Tavon [Austin] always says is, 'something will come up. The door’s going to open up. Just work hard.' That’s what the coaches say, too.

Click on the You Tube player for highlights of Onuekwusi.

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July 31, 2008

Checking in with Stephen Johnson

Last season City College running back Stephen Johnson burst onto the local football scene, rushing for 1,376 yards and nine touchdowns on 134 carries in his first season as a starter.

Morgan State, Bowie State and a host of out-of-area schools have expressed interest in the 5-foot-7, 175-pounder.

Johnson spoke with Recruiting Report recently about his senior expectations, battling back from an injury and his recruitment.
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You were injured last year, but played through it. Talk about getting hurt and how you’ve responded.

I did have surgery on my right shoulder. Actually I hurt it during the season -- six games into the season -- and I continued playing through my season. After our last playoff game, against Edmondson, I went to the doctor. The doctor said I had a torn labrum and they were surprised I was able to play through it. They said it would take about 6-8 months [to recover], but it took me four.

Are you healthy now?

I’m 100 percent. Definitely.

What else have you been up to this summer?

This summer I’ve been working very hard. If I’m not in the gym, I’m at home doing pushups, staying active. I’ve been running the track a lot, running hills, working with my personal trainer. He works me out in the gym at school. I’m trying to work on increasing my bench. I wake up at nine o’clock in the morning and go somewhere to stay in shape.

What schools have shown the most interest in you?

Northern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Old Dominion, Towson, Bowling Green, Ohio University.

Do you have any favorites?

I really like Old Dominion and Northern Michigan -- they’re my top right now. I like Old Dominion because they’re not far from home and I like Northern Michigan because of the school and they have a lot to offer me.

What do college coaches want to see from you this season?

It’s basically the same thing. They like the highlight tape, but want to see me this season. ... They like my speed. Every college I send it to, they say my speed makes up for my size. They say I run as if I’m a bigger back. ... They want to see me be consistent. They want to see how I do next year because [some running backs will] just be good for one year and then next year they won’t be as good. So I hope to show them that [I‘m a consistent player].

Do you feel like you’ll have to prove yourself to recruiters as a senior in order to get offers?

I never felt like I’ve proved myself enough. I like going over the edge and proving people wrong. This year I’m going to be better. Last year I had almost 1,400 yards. This year I want to go over 2,000.

Click here for Johnson's junior highlights.

Sun photo of Stephen Johnson by Jerry Jackson / Nov. 10, 2007

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July 9, 2008

Checking in with Courtney Bridget

Just when you thought the Dunbar football team couldn’t get any more talented, the defending 1A state champs picked up a high-profile transfer.

Free safety Courtney Bridget decided earlier this summer that he would spend his senior year at Dunbar, transferring from Calvert Hall.

Bridget, who recorded 66 tackles, 13 pass breakups and three forced fumbles as a junior at Calvert Hall, joins his cousin, quarterback Jonathan Perry, on the Poets’ roster. Bridget and the rest of his new teammates have already had an extremely busy summer.

“It’s been kind of hectic the past couple of weeks,” said Bridget, who has camped at Delaware, Maryland, Rutgers, Temple and West Virginia, in addition to participating in 7-on-7 tournaments with Dunbar.

Bridget, 6 feet 3, 185 pounds, spoke with Recruiting Report recently about his transfer and recruitment.

What prompted your transfer from Calvert Hall to Dunbar?

I just felt like I needed a change in scenery. I needed to play against better competition and play with better competition. My father said in order to beat the best, you have to play the best. I felt comfortable with [Dunbar head coach Lawrence] Smith and [assistant] coach Travis [Blackston]. ... I just thought I needed a change of scenery. Hopefully it’s a change for the better. Right now it looks like it is.

Do you have any offers?

I have an offer from Liberty University down in Lynchburg, Virginia. Back in March, Oregon said they were going to offer. They wanted to see my grades and make sure I could qualify. I just sent in my NCAA clearinghouse [materials three days ago], so it’s just a wait-and-see for my grades with the schools. I expect everything [to be OK]. I’ve been on top of my grades and everything. ... I’m in summer school class just getting credits right now. I don’t know if it’s possible -- I just have to talk to coach Smith [and the administrators at Dunbar] -- but I could graduate early. I don’t know where that’s going to go. My plan is to try and graduate early and get into college for January.

Talk about your visit to Rutgers for camp last month.

Going up to Rutgers was really exciting to me. To me, that was the best camp I’ve been to. The best talent was there, it was well constructed, and just a real, real live atmosphere. Everyone was jawing back and forth -- it wasn’t to the point of getting into a physical confrontation, but everyone was competing real hard. The thing that really stuck out was [Rutgers head coach Greg] Schiano was actually on the field helping with the drills. Normally the coaches just walk around, but coach Schiano pulled me over several times, just to help me out, show me how I can disguise my coverages a little bit. It was the elite tips he was giving me. He wasn’t overseeing everything -- he was working, trying to get us better while evaluating talent.

What has been your best camp performance?

I felt I performed my best at the Temple camp. I ran real well, tested real well. … I ran my fastest 40 of the summer, which is 4.48. After the camp I stuck around and worked out actually at receiver. The receivers coach was looking at me possibly as a receiver, but they said they’re not going to keep me there -- they just wanted to see my hips. ... It was a real nice setup there. I enjoyed myself. [The coaches said they were] going to e-mail me soon, so [I’m hoping] to get an offer sometime this week. I basically solidified myself running that 40. They wanted to see if I could move well. Running that 40 basically solidified it.

Are you getting anxious to get more offers?

Yeah, I’m anxious to get offers, but I’m enjoying myself. I’m not saying I like the attention, but it’s fun going around to different colleges, going in and out of state and seeing what the schools have to offer. It does get tiring because you hear the same thing as far as [coaches] getting back to you. But there are a million other guys in the same position as me and I’m hearing the same thing. They only have [85] scholarships, so they have to make the right decision. But I’m enjoying myself, meeting different people and coaches. So I can’t say that I’m not mad, but I’m a little anxious to see what happens in the next couple weeks.

Click on the YouTube player for junior-season highlights of Bridget.

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June 18, 2008

Checking in with Carroll Washington

For the past eight years, Carroll Washington has been the quarterback.

From Pop Warner to the Edmondson varsity, Washington’s been used to running the show. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has played the position to high acclaim, throwing for nearly 1,800 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, while rushing for 434 yards and six scores, according to Rivals.com.

But with recruiting in full swing for the 2009 prospect, it’s become clear that Washington’s collegiate future lies at a position other than quarterback. His size and speed (4.46 hand-timed 40) have college coaches eyeing him as a cornerback or slot receiver.

For Washington, who’s still waiting on his first scholarship offer, changing positions in college is something he’s come to accept, and ultimately embrace.

Has it been difficult coming to the realization that you’ll probably play cornerback or slot, not quarterback, in college?

It took me a while to let that go. It took a lot of people to talk to me and make me realize it’s something I have to do to move on to the next level. It’s something I’ve got to do. There are a lot of colleges out there that said they like me better at [another] position. But I just want to be on the team and contribute as best as I can.
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What schools are you hearing from?

Maryland, West Virginia, Rutgers, UConn, U.Va., Eastern Michigan, Delaware State, Akron, Boston College, Tennessee.

You’ve made unofficial visits to Rutgers and Maryland. How were those trips?

Rutgers, I went down there for a game and the fans were just off the wall. It just blew my mind because it was the first time being on a big college stage. The fans were nice -- they welcomed me in like I was one of the freshmen. It was just a special moment. ...

Maryland -- same thing -- blew my mind once again. Their campus is really huge. It’s very nice. It’s just amazing how the atmosphere changes from Baltimore to all the way down there [in College Park]. It’s very nice.

What are you hoping for in your performance at Maryland’s camp this week, and what have the Terps coaches told you?

I’m hoping to perform to my best ability, try out new things at defensive back and possibly even slot receiver. They told me at this point that I would look good at defensive back because that’s what they’re in need of. And my ability could fit them at cornerback.

You’re camping at West Virginia next week. What have those coaches told you?

They talked to me, and basically said they liked me at slot or [defensive back], but slot more because they need more receivers. Their receiving corps is kind of thin right now, so they think they could use me at slot.

Do you feel that these upcoming camps will make or break your recruiting picture?

Yes. I feel my future is based on these camps right now. It makes me feel like I have to go in there and give 110 percent on everything I do. Just walking in there, I’ll have to give 110 percent. ... Right now, [performing well at the camps is] all I’m worried about -- just selling out on everything I do. That’s just a must.

Credit: Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.

Click on the YouTube player for highlights from Washington's sophomore season.

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May 27, 2008

Checking in with Jonathan Perry

If there were any doubts about Jonathan Perry’s ability to play quarterback at the next level, the Dunbar standout erased those thoughts two months ago in Akron, Ohio.

At Scout.com’s 7-on-7 passing tournament in March, Perry quarterbacked the Maryland team to the championship, throwing eight touchdowns in six games.

“That was fun because we played against the top juniors across the nation,” Perry said. “Logan Heastie, the wide receiver that committed to West Virginia and [W.Va. quarterback commitment] Tahj Boyd, we shut them down. People down there underestimated us because we were a lot smaller, but no team was athletic enough for us.”
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Since the 7-on-7 tournament, Perry and his Dunbar teammates have played host to a number of college coaches. Perry, 6 feet 3, 193 pounds, spoke with Recruiting Report recently about his recruitment.

What’s the latest on your recruiting?

UConn came down [to Dunbar] and it seems like they’re interested. Illinois has been down. I’ve just got to get bigger, improve on my grades and go to a couple college camps. And Maryland said they liked me a lot, too.

Do you think any schools might be close to offering?

I think the closest one is Connecticut. [UConn offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Rob Ambrose] came in, sized me up and said that I could play quarterback. ... But I guess I’ve got to keep my grades up. If I keep my grades up, he can keep recruiting me. He’s one of the realest coaches I’ve met. Rob Ambrose, he came in and was straightforward.

What are you doing to make sure you’re fully qualified?

I’ve been taking SAT classes. ... Hopefully I’ll just keep taking it and get a higher score. I have SAT prep every Tuesday and Thursday, so I’m just keeping my head in the books. I have a tutor. I was taking some classes at Dunbar -- we had some students from Johns Hopkins helping us out, but now I’ve got a one-on-one tutor.

Has it been fun going through the recruiting process with your teammates?

When most coaches come in, I’m in there with all those guys -- Tevin [Brown], Sean [Farr], Tavon [Austin] and Gary [Onuekwusi] -- we’ve got the big five. One of our defensive lineman is starting to hear from schools like Tennessee, James Madison. I’ve been talking to James Madison, too. But the process is just fun. It’s just like a dream, [the possibility of] just playing college football.

Has there been any talk from coaches about trying you at a position other than quarterback?

[West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel] asked me what I would want to play in college and I told him quarterback because I’ve been playing quarterback all my life. He didn’t say any particular position, he just asked. ... I know I’ve got the ability [to play quarterback]. But as long as I’m getting on the field, I’ll go to receiver or the secondary -- as long as I’m getting a free education.

Credit: Sun photo by Kim Hairston

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May 20, 2008

Checking in with Malek Redd

After rushing for 1,300 yards and 20 touchdowns during his junior season, River Hill running back/slot receiver Malek Redd was optimistic that scholarship offers would begin to arrive.

That hasn’t happened yet, but the 5-foot-6, 171-pounder has taken important steps this spring to make sure the offers do eventually come through. For Redd, one of those steps took place about a week and a half ago on the campus of Rutgers.

“I just actually went to the Big Time Showcase combine up in New Jersey and I ran a 4.35, hand-timed [40],” Redd said. “I’ve been training with my coach and I’ve been running 4.3s, but I just hadn’t run it at camps. ... So I was really excited because I had the top time at the camp.”

Redd spoke with Recruiting Report recently about the importance of combine and camp experiences in his recruitment.

What’s the latest on your recruiting?

Actually, UNLV apparently is going to offer soon and I’ve been keeping in contact with West Virginia and a lot of other coaches -- Syracuse, Temple, and I actually visited Connecticut a couple weeks ago. ... I’ve also been talking to [Tony White] the linebackers coach at New Mexico.

How did New Mexico get involved in your recruitment?

Because [coach White] was at UCLA and I was at their camp last year and he was the linebackers coach. I was doing really well against the linebackers there. So he asked me for my contact info. Then he went from UCLA to New Mexico.

Do you expect to receive an offer from New Mexico?

He said that they’re kind of waiting to offer, but they’re definitely going to because they have a lot of big receivers and they need a small, speedy guy.

What have the West Virginia coaches been telling you?

I was talking to the coach at West Virginia and they just want me to come to camp. Because with guys like me, all they have to do is get the ball in my hands and I just go.

Which camps do you plan on attending this summer?

Actually, we have a whole schedule. Boston College, Syracuse, Temple, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio State, Oregon and Akron.

Since you’re traveling to Oregon for camp, and receiving interest from New Mexico and UNLV, would you be comfortable going to a school out west?

Yeah, I’m going to go wherever it’s the best fit for me because I travel out west a lot. My stepfather’s a boxing manger and he has a lot of fighters in California.

What have coaches been saying you need to do to receive offers?

Just a lot of coaches have been talking to me and telling me they want me to come to their prospect camps. The regular camps are still teaching kids. Prospect camps are the big-time camps for top prospects that they may offer. I just want to go up against those guys.

What are the next camps on tap for you?

June 3 [I’ll be] at the Scout.com combine in Baltimore, and June 8 I’ve got the Wake Forest camp.

What are the chances that you end up at Wake Forest with River Hill teammate Michael Campanaro?

I think we’ll probably end up at separate schools. When we were freshmen and sophomores we kind of wanted to go to the same school, but now we’re just looking for the right fit for us.

Have you enjoyed the recruiting process?

I’ve enjoyed it, but I’m ready for the offers to start coming in. I’m ready to get it over with really.

Click on the YouTube player to see Redd’s junior highlights.



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May 13, 2008

Checking in with Tevin Brown

There’s an early favorite in the recruitment of Dunbar linebacker Tevin Brown.

Brown, who recorded 134 tackles, seven interceptions, five forced fumbles and six sacks during the Poets’ run to the 1A state title, is currently receiving interest from West Virginia, Akron, James Madison, Delaware State, Bowie State and Morgan State.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is still waiting for his first offer, but in a month and a half, he’ll have an opportunity to state his case for a scholarship on the campus of the school he currently favors.

Brown spoke with Recruiting Report recently about that school and his recruitment.

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Brown sacks Fort Hill quarterback Rich Shook during the second quarter of the 1A state championship game / AP photo by Gail Burton

Do you plan on going to any camps this summer?

West Virginia. They want me to come down June 29, see my size, how I move on the field and see what position I'd actually play in college. Right now they’re not sure if I could play outside linebacker or strong safety. [They’ve seen me] on film -- now they just want to see me in person.

Do you have plans to visit any other schools?

I do have plans to visit [Akron]. They're just telling me they’re interested and that I could [possibly] be a part of their program. But right now my favorite school out of all these is West Virginia.

Have you visited West Virginia yet?

Me, [Dunbar running back] Tavon Austin and [Dunbar quarterback] Jonathan Perry went down there. We went -- I don't remember the exact day -- but it was for the Junior Day.

What do you like best about West Virginia?

I like their athletic program. I also like the players and the atmosphere as far as academics and athletics. The facilities were nice and the coaching staff too -- they talked to you and made me very interested in coming down there [for camp]. I also heard from the students that it's a good academic school, because I want to go to school for physical education. It's easy to adapt to.

How helpful has it been going through the recruiting process with your teammates?

It’s been helpful. ... Tavon is doing it for all of us. He opened up the door for all of us. We never would've expected some of these schools to step foot in Baltimore. He opened the door for the whole team. And not only us, but all of Baltimore. All the big Division I schools are coming through. And I'm very thankful for that.

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May 1, 2008

Checking in with Terence Garvin

Last month, Loyola safety Terence Garvin saw his Dons teammate, quarterback Leon Kinnard, end his recruiting process by offering a verbal commitment to UConn.

If Garvin has his way, he’ll join Kinnard as a committed Division I prospect sooner rather than later.

“We’re probably going to go to camps [this summer],” Garvin said. “I got invited to the combine at Penn State. [I could do camps at] Maryland and West Virginia, but that’s if I’m not committed yet. I would like to be committed before the summer, but that’s depending on where I’m going.”

Garvin, 6 feet 2, 210 pounds, sports offers from the Terps and Mountaineers. Garvin spoke with Recruiting Report recently about his recruitment.

What do you like about West Virginia?

Well the coach was telling me he runs a defense called the 3-3-5 defense, and that kind of caught my attention because he was saying three safeties play on the field at the same time. And he said he likes my size and I’d be able to blitz a lot. I know traditionally they’re pretty good. They’re bringing in a lot of [commitments so far].

What other schools have you heard from?

Syracuse is talking to me a lot and North Carolina State. Syracuse, their [running backs] coach [Randy Trivers] was at our school [Tuesday]. And he was saying I’m pretty close to getting offered by them. They like me. They like me more as an outside linebacker type, or at free safety.

What stood out about your visit to Syracuse?

I went up there a couple weeks ago. I like their history. I saw Heisman trophies for the first time up there -- it was Ernie Davis’ trophy. It was pretty nice. They've got a whole lot of history with Jim Brown and everything. And The [Carrier] Dome was kind of nice.

How was your visit to Maryland for the spring game last weekend?

It was very enjoyable. That was the first time I’ve ever seen them play at the field. It wasn’t completely packed, but you could see the atmosphere. It gets kind of loud out there if it does get packed. And the field is pretty nice, too. They’re reconstructing stuff so it’s going to get bigger, so I kind of like that.

Who is recruiting you for Maryland?

[Maryland defensive coordinator] Chris Cosh. He’s a real person -- he tells you what’s really going to happen. He kind of likes my size. I’d have a chance at being a strong safety, maybe an outside linebacker, but [I’d play] more of a safety position.

What’s next for your recruitment? Is any school standing out?

I’m just trying to see the right place where I can be. I’ve been up to Maryland a whole lot, and right now, I like it a lot up there. But I have to visit West Virginia, and I like Syracuse. North Carolina State, I’ve never been there, but I’m supposed to visit. But I like Maryland a lot right now.

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April 15, 2008

Checking in with Alec Lemon

It’s been a busy few months for Arundel wide receiver Alec Lemon.

After a season in which the 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior reeled in 70 passes for 969 yards and 13 touchdowns for the 4A runner-up Wildcats, Lemon has been sending highlight film to colleges, sorting through mail, chatting with coaches and taking visits to several interested schools -- including Connecticut, Louisville, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

While it’s been crazy and at times stressful, Lemon’s had the help of two teammates that just recently finished the recruiting process themselves -- quarterback Nick Elko, who signed with Delaware State, and wide receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell, who inked with Rhode Island.

“When they see me walking around with all these letters ... they’ll tell me, ‘Oh, this is a good one,’ or ‘Oh, this is the one they send to everyone,’” Lemon said.

Lemon, who’s waiting on his first DI scholarship offer, spoke with Recruiting Report recently about his recruitment.

What were your impressions of UConn?

Their program is on the rise, and they’ve been good the past couple of years. All of the athletic facilities are brand new. Their weight room is 18,000 square feet. Everything there is brand new and real nice. ... The coaches are real nice. When I first went to UConn, they let me sit in the position meeting with the wide receivers to see what they do.

What did you like best about Louisville?

Well I liked their offense, the spread offense, which is what we run at my school. It’s a high-powered offense. Every play looks like they can score at will. Their facilities are big, their weight room is big, too. They have an indoor practice facility and two outdoor facilities. The stadium is really big.

Do you have any favorites at this point?

Right now I’m open to anyone, but UConn, I feel like they’re high on my list. That’s who I like right now, but I’m still open to all colleges.

What do you have planned for the summer?

I’ll be going to some camps in the summer, hitting up some combines. I’m going to the Nike combine (at M&T Bank Stadium) this Saturday. I’ll hopefully take some more visits, go to some spring games and practices.

What camps do you plan on attending?

I’m signed up for Clemson, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Maryland and UConn. Those are all day camps.

How do you feel about having such a busy summer?

My whole summer is pretty much gone with all the football camps I’m going to. ... At some times I feel like I’m missing a lot with my summer, but I also see it’ll benefit me in going to college with all these camps. It seems like [colleges] want to see me at camp first and see what I can do. Then hopefully the scholarships will come ... But it should be fun this summer.

Click on the video player below for Lemon’s junior highlights.


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April 10, 2008

Checking in with Emmanuel Yeager

After a sophomore season in which Emmanuel Yeager threw for 1,930 yards and 18 touchdowns, and rushed for 350 yards and six scores, the Ballou (D.C.) quarterback measured in at 6 feet, 176 pounds during an offseason combine.

But between then and now, Yeager sprouted two inches, and added nearly 20 pounds to his frame, thanks to late nights in the weight room, eating four times a day, and following Ballou coach Moses Ware’s advice to just “lift, lift, lift.”

Yeager’s current 6-foot-2, 195-pound size, in addition to a successful junior season and a couple of standout combine performances this spring have elevated his recruiting profile. Yeager, who sports offers from Pittsburgh and Richmond, spoke with Recruiting Report recently about his recruitment.

What are your impressions of Pittsburgh?

[Former Terps wide receivers] coach [Bryan] Bossard is now at Pitt and I’m pretty familiar with him. [Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks] coach [Matt] Cavanaugh, is a great position coach. His offense is pretty similar to what we do at Ballou. They do a lot of things from play-action, have a strong running game that sets up the pass. They have a great running back in LeSean McCoy.

What other schools are recruiting you?

Tennessee, they were recruiting me since my 10th-grade year. Their interest has escalated along with Alabama, Syracuse and also Illinois, UVa. ... I’m pretty much just keeping my options open. Also Nebraska, I called and tried to touch base with [offensive coordinator and quarterbacks] coach Shawn Watson. They’ve been showing a lot of interest as of late. Actually, they’ve shown more interest than Tennessee. It’s probably Pittsburgh, Richmond, UVa, Nebraska and Syracuse.

Where does Maryland factor in to your recruitment?

Coach [James] Franklin told me that being a scholarship player for the University of Maryland, your film has to be evaluated at a 35. He told me they had me at a 38. Maryland’s pretty high on my list, but I’m sort of in limbo because I don’t know where I stand. I like their campus, it’s not really far away from home at all, but I don’t really know where I stand. ... My film was evaluated very high and I’m just waiting to see, to tell you the truth.

How would you describe your game?

We run a spread offense, a lot of run-and-gun. It’s a no-huddle offense. I have a strong knowledge for the game; a lot of poise to throw the ball under duress. I would label myself as a dual threat. If the play breaks down, I can make a play with my legs as well as my arm.

What do you have on tap for the rest of the spring?

On May 8 I’m attending the Elite Combine in New Jersey, and I’m going to be attending the Nike Combine at Penn State, and I will be making some trips to Maryland to get a more in-depth experience with Coach Franklin and observe his coaching style. I’ll also be going to Syracuse, North Carolina and Illinois for summer camps.

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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