in town for free camps
Like this except less flammable
Think Gabe Watson. Yes, you have to include that bit about taking half the plays off, looking and moving quite like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, and probably spending at least a portion of his career in the doghouse because he keeps cheeseburgers under his pillow. But it sounds like you get those instances where he drives a guy five yards into the backfield some, too... depending on who you listen to. The major scouting services disagree more violently on Kates than any recruit I've seen since I started following this stuff. Rivals has him a solid four-star guy. Scout gives him two--a rating usually reserved for MAC/Michigan State recruits.
Who to believe? Hell if I know. Notre Dame recruited him earlier in the year and he might have committed or something... the details are fuzzy. We do know that ESPN was reporting his commitment... and simultaneously taking flak for it:
Tom Luginbill: Hello football fans and welcome. Before I start off, I would like to address the Jason Kates issue as it relates to him commiting to Notre Dame. We have credible sources and believe that he has committed to Notre Dame and we will stick to that notion for the time being. If anything changes, I can assure you we will let you know right away. We do not feel it to be necessary to change our stance at this time.
There are rumors that there were some academic issues, though nothing of the sort has been mentioned since. It sounds like a situation where ND was hesitant to accept a commitment from Kates after offering due to lackluster senior year play and pulled some "er, tests... core thing... um, GPA call us later" thing. If that speculation's correct, that's not a good sign. I'd rather he triumphantly overcome his academic issue than have no serious ones at all and be shooed away. (Obviously, the previous paragraph is mere conjecture.)
ESPN likes him okay, giving him a 6.6:
Kates gives you a big bodied presence on the defensive line with good strength and athletic ability. ... He does a very good job of using his hands to get separation and keeping them active the whole time he is engaged to maintain separation and free himself. He can hold his ground at the point of attack and has the lower body strength to anchor in.
It sounds like this: Kates doesn't have the natural ability of Watson (who was a consensus OMG SHIRTLESS recruit), so if he has Watson's lackadasical work ethic he'll never see the field. If he gets his ass in gear, though, the high-four-star buzz that was being batted around earlier in the year when Kates was being chased heavily by ND and Penn State could come to fruition: he could match Watson's production. That was All Big Ten. He's got upside, baby!
MGoBlue has posted the 18 letters of intent they have recieved. Kates and Mouton are officially in; Slocum did not sign a second LOI but is trying to qualify. Of note are the following listed positions:
Defensive Tackle: John Ferrera, Jason Kates
Running Backs: Obinna Ezeh, Brandon Minor, Carlos Brown
Tight End: Quintin Woods
Woods was thought to be a DE recruit, Ezeh a linebacker, and Ferrera was listed as a defensive end by the recruiting services. Content coming; busy beavering in the background.
Update: Notable by his absence: K Bryan Wright from Ohio. What's the deal?
We now conclude your Signing Day drama: DT Corey Peters is going to Kentucky. Jonas Mouton, Adam Patterson, and Jason Kates are all scheduled to announce today, but Patterson has publicly acknowledged he's heading to Michigan, Mouton was reported to have committed but appears to be holding back final confirmation for a television announcement tonight, and Kates isn't going to Syracuse. Analysis and stuff to follow.
Rivals west coast guru dude Greg "Em" Biggins has posted once more on the fate of CA S Jonas Mouton:
In an earlier story, we wrote DB Jonas Mouton will be announcing tomorrow night at 6:30 on the Fox Sports HS show. That is now off as we're hearing that Mouton has committed earlier today to Michigan. We've heard this from two good sources close to Mouton and we'll be trying to confirm it with the horses mouth himself later this evening.
Sweet. There's some debate over whether Mouton will stick at safety or eventually move to WLB, but in either case he's still a guy rated in the Rivals 100 (#45), Scout 100 (#48), and ESPN 150 (#128). Mr. Burns says eeeexxcellent. Patterson and Mouton have committed; Rose and Matthews have dropped us; only DTs Jason Kates and Corey Peters remain on the board going ito signing day. Kates is looking good. Peters is still uncertain. Informative update on Mouton coming sometime tomorrow.
File under "unpleasant but intriguing mental images." So, there's this big huffy story about Jeb Bush texting Myron Rolle in the AJC. The article is a bunch of society-is-going-to-hell crabbing that buries the lede more than any lede has ever been buried before. The content of this text message follows.
I'm excited you're looking at Florida State. [FSU President] T.K. Wetherell and I are friends. When you come to Tallahassee again, let's hook up with each other.
Great leaping lizards! The mind's been boggling a lot lately, but here it goes again: locked in a dorm-room embrace, Myron fumbles at Jeb's belt, unsuccessfully attempting to free metal from leather. Jeb reaches down and brushes Myron's hands softly. "No... it's not right," says Jeb, moments before he makes the fatal mistake of looking deep into Myron's soulful brown eyes.
Jeb's resolve falters... he laments aloud (wait for it... wait for it...) "I wish I knew how to quit you." Myron's hands slither back to work; idle they shall not be tonight, but the devil's work they will do.
Recruiting tidbits! Expiring soon! Reason for rushed bonus voracity! Thirty Helens... er, seven recruiting analysts agree that Jonas Mouton will be blue:
Only two of the 20 Best in the West football first-team selections have yet to publicly proclaim their college choices with the first day of the national letter of intent signing period Wednesday. According to a consensus of seven recruiting insiders, Jamere Holland of Taft will sign with USC and Jonas Mouton of Venice will fax a signed letter of intent to the office of University of Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.
(HT: The Diag)
Also, there's this sketchy Dispatch article on Greg Mathews and his mother-buckin' mom. "Buck" as in Buckeye, you purient mother-buckers. It suggests that there's a chance Mathews will sign elsewhere tomorrow, but that's contrary to the conventional wisdom... and in the specialized case of recruiting, newspapers are always way behind the times compared to online sites. Breathe easy.
Hurray! Er, probably(!). Though couched in disclaimers like "barring a last minute change in plans" (coughJAIcough), The State.com declares that Adam Patterson has committed to Michigan:
We've got the papers for both (schools),'' Richland Northeast coach Jay Frye said this afternoon. ``As it stands right now, it looks like Michigan.''
... which is conclusive enough to post. Patterson is a DE with great athleticism who disappointed on the field last year--a great NIKE camp had him #41 in the country, but he fell to #91 when the final Rivals 100 was released. That's still pretty good, obviously. Informative update coming.
(Mostly un-) Informative Update: I got nothin'. Well, almost nothing. Here's a picture:
ESPN has him #84 on their top 150 list, rating him a 7.2. It sounds like he's more suited for DE than DT:
He is a strong pas rusher that can quickly get to the shoulder of blockers and get his hips flipped to turn the corner. He plays with a good motor, pursues well, and can move through the trash to make plays on the perimeter.
He's 260 though, so if he adds 20 pounds or so he could be a Branch-style penetrating DT, though not a space-eating NT like Watson (or, say, Jason Kates). Senior stats are okay:
Had 68 tackles, 12 tackles for losses and six sacks at defensive end.
Not great for a guy in the top 100 (McKenzie Matthews, for instance, had 27 sacks as a senior)... probably a redshirt coming; a Clemson poster on the Rivals Auburn board describes him as "very athletic but a project." Some sour grapes perhaps--Patterson never considered Clemson-- but it sounds like he's seen him play a few times.
Scout's profile has this:
Scouting Report: Great strength and size combination, comes off the ball well but has trouble if he gets too close to an offensive lineman. Sells his body to make a tackle, and has a motor that just keeps going.
Coach's Comments: "He is quite a physical specimen just to look at," head coach Jay Frye said. "His arms are huge and he is put together. And he's extremely quick off of the football. He is just a tremendous athlete, but he's just now learning the game. When he really learns how to cut loose and play every play as hard as he can play, he's going to be an unbelievable player. He's got a great attitude and he's a great kid."
Scout gives him four stars but omits him from their top 100, so they're obviously wrong and should be shot.