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2012 Spring Practice Schedules!

February 18th, 2012 2 comments

Spring practice is right around the corner and I am already very hard at work for the upcoming 2012 College Football Preview by going through position by position for all 124 teams. In the last couple of days I have wrote the LB section of the magazine for every team! Also I wanted to announce that I am expanding this year’s magazine by 16 pages so now we will have 344 jampacked pages making the 2012 edition the biggest and best yet!!!

Here’s a weekend football fix and an easy guide to see when your favorite team starts spring practice and has their annual spring game. If you see any dates that may be wrong or if you know of a team’s practice dates please feel free to email brandon@philsteele.com and we will continue to update this page. Read more…

Odds To Win 2012-13 BCS National Championship!

February 14th, 2012 No comments

Two weeks ago I released my projected preseason AP Top 10 and I thought I would analyze another set of rankings for the upcoming season. A couple of weeks ago, several casinos released their odds for the 2012-13 BCS National Championship. While PhilSteele.com does not affiliate itself with gambling, I do think it is interesting to see how Vegas is examining the upcoming season.

Here are the Top 10 Favorites to win the title this upcoming year courtesy of Bovada (formerly Bodog).

1. LSU            Odds: 19/4

If you checked out my projected AP Top 10 blog, you would have read that the Tigers are the favorite going into next season and the odds certainly agree here. They return their top 4 rushers and DB Mathieu. Throw in QB Zach Mettenberger who Miles said last year was his best pure passing QB and a home game vs Alabama and the Tigers are the favorites to win the National Title!  Read more…

2012 Top 250 Incoming Frosh

February 6th, 2012 No comments

National signing day was yesterday as the top rated high school players all over the country sign with their favorite school. It is one of the most important days of the year for each college team as usually the teams with the best recruiting classes year in and year out usually find themselves in the Top 25.

Covering college football as I do takes 52 weeks a year as it is and while I personally do not scout the high school games and rate each player I do compile my rankings based on the many different recruiting services across the country that follow and scout HS football year round. I not only like to use all of the biggest and best services, but I also use regional reports as well. The colleges themselves use many of these services to get the latest information on recruits.

One very important part of my College Football Preview Magazine is an individual player’s “PS#”. You will see them on almost every page and I find them vital in my analysis of a team.  A simple definition for a PS# is my ranking of the players at their positions coming out of high school.

When I receive a recruiting magazine, I translate each player’s ranking into a point system from 1-100.  Each and every player is then logged into the computer and give them a point total from each source. This is a very time-consuming process. Many players are listed by just one or two sources. The higher ranked recruits are mentioned by almost every source. The more they are mentioned and the higher they are rated in each publication, the more total points they accrue. After months of entering all of this information, I sort the list by each position and by total points. Naturally, the QB with the most total points then becomes PS#1QB for that year. If a player is PS#99QB, that means he ranks 99th in total points of all QB’s coming out of high school that year.

While my final recruiting rankings for this year will not be completed for awhile, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at my top overall 250 players.

Phil Steele’s Current 2012 Top 250 Incoming Frosh Read more…

Super Bowl XLVI Forecast

February 5th, 2012 No comments
SUPER BOWL XLVI
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5TH
6:30 PM NBC

NY GIANTS (12-7) VS NEW ENGLAND (15-3)

Rushing
Passing
Points
TO’s
ST
A.O.R
NY GIANTS 108
328
26
1.6
#25
98.8
NEW ENGLAND
111
258
28
1.7
#5
99.7
GAME OVERVIEW

The more things change the more they stay the same for Super Bowl XLVI. Both teams return to the Super Bowl for the 1st time since 2007 looking to cement their status in NFL history. Tom Brady has been the starting QB for NE for 10 years and this will be his 5th Super Bowl. He’s tied Joe Montana’s 16 game postseason victory mark and with a win he’d be tied with Terry Bradshaw and Montana with 4 SB victories. Oddly enough Brady has flown under the radar in 2011 due to the success of other QB’s. He also broke Dan Marino’s yardage barrier this season and his 39 passing TD’s was the 2nd best of his career. This game would redeem Brady’s loss in SB XLII and firmly put him ahead of Peyton Manning in the best of this era conversation in Manning’s own house. Winning SB XLII took Eli Manning out of his brother’s shadow but with a win he’d be ahead of his ailing brother in Championships while giving himself and Tom Coughlin a legit shot at the Hall of Fame. Eli is the 1st NFL QB in history with five road playoff victories. He also has more playoff wins in Giants history than Phil Simms (6). This isn’t much of a surprise as under Coughlin the Giants are 43-27 on the road vs 38-30 at home inc playoffs. The Giants survived a 4 game consecutive losing streak and after missing the playoffs LY despite 10 wins there was serious concerns about Coughlin’s future. Much like 2007, the Giants 38-35 loss to an offensive juggernaut gave them a big confidence boost to fuel their playoff drive. They got healthier as the season went along and played their best ball of the season in the 4 games prior to SF. The Giants can be the 1st 9-7 team to win a Super Bowl. Without a doubt SB XLVI looks to be a great way to cap off what had been a very tenuous 2011 for players and owners over the CBA negotiations.

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2012 Top 100 Incoming Frosh!

February 2nd, 2012 No comments

National signing day was yesterday as the top rated high school players all over the country sign with their favorite school. It is one of the most important days of the year for each college team as usually the teams with the best recruiting classes year in and year out usually find themselves in the Top 25.

Covering college football as I do takes 52 weeks a year as it is and while I personally do not scout the high school games and rate each player I do compile my rankings based on the many different recruiting services across the country that follow and scout HS football year round. I not only like to use all of the biggest and best services, but I also use regional reports as well. The colleges themselves use many of these services to get the latest information on recruits.

One very important part of my College Football Preview Magazine is an individual player’s “PS#”. You will see them on almost every page and I find them vital in my analysis of a team.  A simple definition for a PS# is my ranking of the players at their positions coming out of high school.

When I receive a recruiting magazine, I translate each player’s ranking into a point system from 1-100.  Each and every player is then logged into the computer and give them a point total from each source. This is a very time-consuming process. Many players are listed by just one or two sources. The higher ranked recruits are mentioned by almost every source. The more they are mentioned and the higher they are rated in each publication, the more total points they accrue. After months of entering all of this information, I sort the list by each position and by total points. Naturally, the QB with the most total points then becomes PS#1QB for that year. If a player is PS#99QB, that means he ranks 99th in total points of all QB’s coming out of high school that year.

While my final recruiting rankings for this year will not be completed for awhile, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at my top overall 100 players.

Phil Steele’s Current 2012 Top 100 Incoming Frosh

Rank
POS
First Last HT WT State HS or City School
1
WR
Dorial Green-Beckham 6-6 220 MO Springfield Hillcrest Missouri
2
DL
Mario Edwards 6-4 275 TX Ryan Denton Florida St
3
DL
Noah Spence 6-3 230 PA Harrisburg Bishop Mcdevitt Ohio St
4
RB
Johnathan Gray 5-11 190 TX Aledo Texas
5
DB
Landon Collins 6-1 205 LA Geismar Dutchtown Alabama
6
DB
Shaq Thompson 6-2 210 CA Sacramento Grant Washington
7
OL
DJ Humphries 6-6 265 NC Charlotte Mallard Creek Florida
8
QB
Gunner Kiel 6-4 216 IN Columbus East Notre Dame
9
RB
Keith Marshall 5-11 190 NC Raleigh Millbrook Georgia
10
DL
Eddie Goldman 6-4 295 DC Washington Dc Friendship Florida St
11
WR
Stefon Diggs 6-0 175 MD Olney Good Council Unsigned
12
DL
Malcom Brown 6-2 280 TX Brenham Texas
13
RB
Rushel Shell 6-0 215 PA Aliquippa Hopewell Shs Pittsburgh
14
QB
Jameis Winston 6-4 196 AL Bessemer-Hueytown Unsigned
15
OL
Andrus Peat 6-7 280 AZ Tempe-Corona Del Sol Stanford
16
DL
Ellis Mccarthy 6-4 300 CA Monrovia UCLA
17
WR
Nelson Agholor 6-2 180 FL Tampa-Berkeley Prep USC
18
RB
Trey Williams 5-8 175 TX Spring-Dekaney Texas A&M
19
OL
John Theus 6-6 301 FL Jacksonville Bolles Georgia
20
DL
Darius Hamilton 6-4 255 NJ Ramsey Don Bosco Rutgers
21
OL
Kyle Murphy 6-7 275 CA San Clemente Stanford
22
QB
Devin Fuller 6-0 185 NJ Old Tappan UCLA
23
DB
Eddie Williams 6-4 197 FL Panama City-Arnold Alabama
24
DL
Arik Armstead 6-8 280 CA Elk Grove-Pleasant Grove Oregon
25
LB
Josh Harvey-Clemons 6-5 200 GA Valdosta Lowndes Unsigned
26
WR
Cayleb Jones 6-3 198 TX Austin Texas
27
DL
Adolphus Washington 6-5 250 OH Cincinnati Taft Ohio St
28
RB
TJ Yeldon 6-2 210 AL Daphne Alabama
29
DB
Shaq Roland 6-2 180 SC Lexington Hs S Carolina
30
DB
Tracy Howard 5-11 170 FL Miramar Hs Miami(Fla)
31
OL
Joshua Garnett 6-4 300 WA Puyallup Stanford
32
OL
Jordan Simmons 6-5 300 CA Encino Crespi USC
33
DL
Dante Fowler Jr 6-3 232 FL St Petersburg-Lakewood Florida
34
DB
Ronald Darby 5-11 172 MD Oxon Hill-Potomac Florida St
35
DL
Jordan Jenkins 6-3 230 GA Hamilton Harris Co Georgia
36
RB
Mario Pender 6-0 185 FL Cape Coral-Island Coast Florida St
37
OL
Zach Banner 6-8 320 WA Lakewood Lakes USC
38
WR
Thomas Johnson 6-0 180 TX Dallas Skyline Texas A&M
39
RB
Randy Johnson 5-9 170 FL Miami Norland Hs Miami(Fla)
40
DL
Jonathan Bullard 6-4 240 NC Shelby Crest Florida
41
LB
Jabari Ruffin 6-4 230 CA Downey USC
42
OL
Avery Young 6-5 285 FL Palm Beach Gardens Auburn
43
DL
Tommy Schutt 6-3 300 IL Glen Ellyn Glenbard West Ohio St
44
DL
Chris Casher 6-4 225 AL Mobile-Faith Academy Florida St
45
DB
Tee Shepard 6-1 180 CA Fresno-Central East Notre Dame
46
DB
Geno Smith 6-0 165 GA Atlanta St Piux X Alabama
47
WR
Davonte Neal 5-10 180 AZ Scottsdale Chaparral Unsigned
48
OL
Kyle Kalis 6-5 302 OH Lakewood-St Edward Michigan
49
LB
Reggie Ragland 6-4 245 AL Madison-Bob Jones Alabama
50
WR
Durron Neal 6-0 190 MO St Louis Desmet Oklahoma
51
QB
Zach Kline 6-2 210 CA Danville-San Ramon Valley California
52
RB
Barry Sanders Jr 5-9 185 OK Ok City Heritage Hall Stanford
53
DB
DJ Foster 6-0 185 AZ Scottsdale Saguaro Arizona St
54
LB
Noor Davis 6-4 225 FL The Villages Stanford
55
DL
Jonathan Taylor 6-4 295 GA Millen Jenkins Co Georgia
56
DB
Brian Poole 5-11 190 FL Bradenton Southeast Florida
57
DL
Se’Von Pittman 6-5 240 OH Canton-Mckinley Ohio St
58
WR
Deontay Greenberry 6-3 187 CA Fresno-Washington Union Houston
59
DL
Eli Harold 6-4 220 VA Virginia Beach-Ocean Lakes Virginia
60
LB
Channing Ward 6-3 225 MS Aberdeen Mississippi
61
WR
Bryce Treggs 6-0 170 CA Bellflower St John Bosco California
62
OL
Max Tuerk 6-6 294 CA Santa Margarita USC
63
DB
Cyrus Jones 5-11 190 MD Baltimore Gilman School Alabama
64
DB
Travis Blanks 6-1 195 FL Tallahassee N Florida Christian Clemson
65
OL
Jessamen Dunker 6-6 315 FL Boynton Beach Florida
66
OL
Erik Magnuson 6-6 275 CA Carlsbad La Costa Canyon Michigan
67
OL
Kennedy Estelle 6-7 300 TX Pearland Dawson Hs Texas
68
DB
Alex Carter 6-0 193 VA Briar Woods Ashburn Stanford
69
RB
Bri’Onte Dunn 6-2 215 OH Glenoak Ohio St
70
RB
Mike Davis 5-9 192 GA Stone Mountain-Stephenson S Carolina
71
DB
Yuri Wright 6-2 190 NJ Ramsey Don Bosco Prep Colorado
72
DL
Leonard Williams 6-5 257 FL Daytona Beach Mainland USC
73
TE
Kent Taylor 6-5 218 FL Land O’Lakes Florida
74
WR
Joel Caleb 6-3 205 VA Midlothian Clover Hill Virginia Tech
75
DL
Quay Evans 6-3 318 MS Morton Miss St
76
DL
Aziz Shittu 6-3 275 CA Atwater Buhach Colony Stanford
77
LB
Vince Biegel 6-3 210 WI Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin
78
LB
Kwon Alexander 6-3 215 AL Oxford LSU
79
DB
Ishmael Adams 5-10 185 CA Westlake Village Oaks Christian UCLA
80
WR
Chris Black 6-0 175 FL Jacksonville-First Coast Alabama
81
DB
Deon Bush 6-1 180 FL Miami Columbus Miami(Fla)
82
LB
James Ross 6-0 209 MI St Mary’S Orchard Lake Michigan
83
OL
Evan Boehm 6-3 286 MO Lee’S Summit West Missouri
84
DB
Ladarrell Mcneil 6-1 187 TX Dallas Maceo Smith Tennessee
85
RB
Byron Marshall 5-10 191 CA San Jose Valley Christian Oregon
86
WR
Germone Hopper 6-0 165 NC Charlotte-Phillip O Berry Acad Clemson
87
LB
Ukeme Eligwe 6-3 210 GA Stone Mountain Florida St
88
LB
Royce Jenkins-Stone 6-2 215 MI Detroit-Cass Tech Michigan
89
DL
Jarron Jones 6-5 308 NY Aquinas Institute Rochester Notre Dame
90
DL
Carlos Watkins 6-4 280 NC Forest City Chase Clemson
91
LB
Scott Starr 6-3 225 CA Norco USC
92
OL
Isaac Seumalo 6-3 280 OR Corvallis Oregon St
93
LB
Kwontie Moore 6-2 243 VA Norfolk Christian School Virginia
94
DB
Elijah Shumate 6-1 205 NJ Ramsey Don Bosco Notre Dame
95
DB
Kevon Seymour 6-0 170 CA Pasadena Muir USC
96
DL
Ondre Pipkins 6-3 320 MO Kansas City Park Hill Michigan
97
WR
Jordan Payton 6-2 199 CA Oaks Christian Westlake Village UCLA
98
WR
Jaquay Williams 6-4 201 GA Tyrone-Sandy Creek Auburn
99
DL
Sheldon Day 6-2 275 IN Indianapolis Warren Central Notre Dame
100
QB
Cyler Miles 6-4 220 CO Denver-Mullen Washington

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2011′s Top Frosh QB’s: How They fared

February 1st, 2012 No comments

National signing day is today as the top rated high school players all over the country sign with their favorite school. It is one of the most important days of the year for each college team as usually the teams with the best recruiting classes year in and year out usually find themselves in the Top 25.

Covering college football as I do takes 52 weeks a year as it is and while I personally do not scout the high school games and rate each player I do compile my rankings based on the many different recruiting services across the country that follow and scout HS football year round. I not only like to use all of the biggest and best services, but I also use regional reports as well. The colleges themselves use many of these services to get the latest information on recruits.

One very important part of my College Football Preview Magazine is an individual player’s “PS#”. You will see them on almost every page and I find them vital in my analysis of a team.  A simple definition for a PS# is my ranking of the players at their positions coming out of high school.

When I receive a recruiting magazine, I translate each player’s ranking into a point system from 1-100.  Each and every player is then logged into the computer and give them a point total from each source. This is a very time-consuming process. Many players are listed by just one or two sources. The higher ranked recruits are mentioned by almost every source. The more they are mentioned and the higher they are rated in each publication, the more total points they accrue. After months of entering all of this information, I sort the list by each position and by total points. Naturally, the QB with the most total points then becomes PS#1QB for that year. If a player is PS#99QB, that means he ranks 99th in total points of all QB’s coming out of high school that year.

While my final recruiting rankings for this year will not be completed for another week, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back on how some of my top players did from the class of 2011 at the QB spot.

Last year 15 True Frosh QB’s started at least one game for a total of 93 starts. 5 of them were in my Top 30 ranked QB’s coming out of HS including Teddy Bridgewater and Braxton Miller who both had Top 10 PS#’s and also both finished on my postseason All-Frosh team.

Here are my top 30 QB’s from last year (all VHT) and how they did statistically last year as a true frosh. I also included all the QB’s and their stats who started a game. Read more…