2014 QB Kilton Anderson, Naples HS, Florida

2014 QB Kilton Anderson (6’3, 205, 4.58/40) of Naples High School in Florida threw for 1288 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 839 yards and 28 scores. He was the leading scorer in 6A with 270 total points scored.

Anderson is emerging as one of the country’s top dual-threat quarterbacks and college recruiters have taken notice. “UConn, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Georgia, LSU, and West Virginia are interested, sending me tons of mail.”

He made the trip to San Antonio, TX to show off his talents and compete against the best prospects in the nation. “I participated in the US Army All-American Combine. It was great, I received a Honorable Mention. There was a lot of great competition there from all over the US, so it’s nice to see how I compared.”

The junior signal-caller told Deep South Recruiting that he thinks his game compares favorably with his peers. “I feel that I can compete with anyone and I’ll put my game up against anybody’s. I’m definitely a dual-threat, can hurt defenses with my arm and legs.”

Anderson didn’t take any unofficial visits during his junior season, instead electing to concentrate on football. He has a busy offseason scheduled for himself and he shared the details of those plans. “I did attend camps at Florida St. and Miami last summer,” he said. “I plan on going back to FSU, I’ll camp at Georgia and Indiana if I can get up there. I’ll play 7-on-7 football for Team 239 or the South Florida Express and I’ll play left field for the baseball team.”

He talked about how baseball helps him on the football field. “It keeps my arm in shape, keeps me sharp. It also helps with my burst, running to first base. I feel it helps with my hand/eye coordination, too.”

Anderson spoke about which factors will be important to him in his decision making process. “I’m looking for the right fit and where I feel comfortable,” he said. “Systems don’t really matter. I don’t favor the spread over pro-style, but it would be nice to use all of my skills on the next level.

“Location isn’t a big deal, I’ll play anywhere. I want to have a chance to play after a season or two, and really, it’s about being comfortable in the program.”

While he claims no verbal offers currently, Anderson is close to having several extended in the near future, and he knows when he’d like to have a verbal pledge in place. “I’d like to be committed before my senior season starts, that would be great.”

– Michael Bradley

2015 OL Jake Grant, Horizon High, Arizona

2015 OT Jake Grant (6’4, 265) of Horizon High School in Arizona had a sensational sophomore season, recording 45 pancake blocks and grading out at 88%. The young lineman from Arizona has seen his recruitment take off as result of being invited to all three prestigious individual combines. “I’ve been invited to the Under Armour and US Army All-American Combines, and I’m attending the JuniorRank Semper Fidelis Combine in Los Angeles.” In fact, Grant is in L.A. now and will participate in combine activities tomorrow.

Horizon’s standout told Deep South Recruiting he expects to compete against other talented, college bound prospects at the combine. “It’s going to be a great experience. I expect to play some football, be physical, test better, and start getting my name out there.”

Because of his stellar play and size, Grant has already begun to receive serious college interest. “I’m receiving letters and I’ve unofficially visited Arizona St.,” he said. “Arizona, Oregon St., Northern Arizona, New Mexico, Boise St., Arkansas, TCU, Nebraska, Michigan, and Michigan St. are also interested.”

The 2nd Team All-Section tackle said “I don’t have any favorites, I’m completely wide open at this point, but I feel like ASU is showing me the most attention, but I have strong interest in TCU and Arkansas as well.”

Grant’s offseason plans will keep him busy as he makes the rounds on the college  camp circuit. “I’m going to attend the camps of the schools that are interested in me right now. ASU, Arkansas, TCU, USC, Nebraska, Boise St., and maybe Michigan St.,” he said. “I’ll work out almost everyday and concentrate on my footwork and just getting better.”

Carrying a 3.0 GPA, Grant spoke about the things that will be important to him during his decision making process. “The most important things will be academics and the relationships I build with the assistant coaches recruiting me.

“I’m completely open to location. I’m looking for physical football and someplace I can contribute early.”

Grant said he feels his strengths on the field are “my physicality and aggressiveness. I also think my first step, my punch, and being able to finish plays are strengths.”

– Michael Bradley

2014 OL Brad Lundblade Receives Invitation to US Army Combine

2014 OL Brad Lundblade (6’3, 290, 4.69 shuttle) of Liberty Christian School in Texas received word earlier today that he will be invited to the US Army All-American Combine in San Antonio to compete with the country’s highest rated prospects.

Lundblade is being recruited by LSU, FloridaBaylor, Texas TechOklahoma St., California, Arizona, and Michigan, among several others. His only offer is from North Texas, but that’s inevitably going to change.

Liberty Christian’s star lineman has been taking unofficial visits and he told Deep South Recruiting the latest. He visited the LSU Tigers recently after they sent him 25 letters in September. “I saw the game versus Washington, and we toured the campus and facilities before the game. I was really impressed, I liked it a lot.”

The electric atmosphere in Tiger Stadium also impressed the talented lineman. “It’s absolutely crazy, it’s nuts in Baton Rouge. I felt the energy in the stadium, it was incredible. The fan support is great, it was really fun to get to see up close, experiencing 90,000 people screaming for their team. My visit was a 10 out 10, for sure,” Lundblade said. “LSU continues to send me mail and they want me to take another visit, if possible.”

He talked about his visit to Waco, Texas, to see the Baylor Bears. “I grew up watching Baylor football and it was cool to get to see it from a recruiting perspective. I had a conversation with coach Jim Gush, got to walk on the field before the game,” he said. “Baylor will be in my Top 5 when I trim my list.”

Lundblade recently checked out Oklahoma St. He told Deep South Recruiting he came away impressed from his whole experience in Stillwater. “I got to go on the field, meet some players. I really liked the gameday atmosphere.”

On an earlier camp visit, he got a tour of the Cowboy facilities. “They’re unlike anything I’ve seen, they’re ridiculous,” he said. “Oklahoma St. has really made an investment into their football program.”

Lundblade will head to Lubbock, Texas, in couple of weeks and is working on another SEC visit. “I’ll be visiting Texas Tech, looking forward to that,” he said. “I’ve also been invited by Florida to come see a game, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it. It might interfere with the beginning of our playoffs, but I really want to see the Swamp, I heard it’s a great atmosphere.”

– Michael Bradley

2014 OLB/SS/RB TJ Harrell Talks Recruiting

Harrell has been invited to the US Army All-American Combine

TJ Harrell Junior highlights

2014 OLB/SS/RB TJ Harrell (6’0, 203, 4.6) of Tampa Catholic in Florida has seen his recruitment hit new highs. He claims 11 verbal offers, including Georgia, Florida, FAU, FIU,  UCF, Michigan St.Purdue, and UCLA. Monday evening, he received big news: he got word that he would be invited to the US Army All-American combine to compete with the nation’s best prospects.

Harrell has 425 yards rushing and eight scores, and 50 tackles, three forced fumbles, four sacks, and three blocked punts on defense and special teams.

Central Florida is the latest to offer Tampa Catholic’s versatile young athlete. Despite the 11 offers, Harrell says he doesn’t have any favorites. “Not yet, I’m still taking visits. I’ve been to see Florida, Miami, UCF, and USF. I’m looking forward to seeing Georgia, UCLA, and Michigan St. after the season is over.”

Harrell talked about the programs he has been able to see recently. “I went to Miami this summer after I visited FAU and FIU. I was impressed with the campus in Coral Gables, to be honest. Miami is making additions to their campus, and we saw what it will all look like when they’re done. It’s going to be nice,” he said. “I also got to see the track facilities, speak to the coaches, it was an awesome visit.”

UCF hosted Harrell last weekend and he shared his experience with Deep South Recruiting. “They won a double-overtime game over Southern Miss, 38-31. It was a crazy atmosphere. I was impressed with their facilities, too.”

South Florida has also brought in the talented prospect for an unofficial visit. “I really liked Raymond James Stadium, especially the surface. USF plays a lot of TV games, plays in front of national audiences. I like that.”

Harrell has been invited by the Gators staff to attend the Florida/South Carolina game. “I expect it to be a crazy game. It’s a great matchup, looking forward to seeing it.”

Tampa Catholic is 6-1 on the season and is gearing up for a trip to the playoffs. “We have Alonso and Jesuit left. We’ll have to see what seed we get and see how the rest of the season shakes out,” Harrell said. “If we stay in this mindset we’re in, I absolutely think we can win a state championship. We have what it takes.”

– Michael Bradley