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Unexpected 4 Star recruit commits

For Fort Meade (Fla.) four-star ATH Onterrio McCalebb, the hire of Tony Franklin at Auburn was all he needed.

Franklin’s spread offense, which McCalebb got a small taste of watching the Chick-fil-A Bowl, is something he thinks he can thrive in.

McCalebb, rated the No. 14 ATH in the country by Rivals.com, committed to the Tigers Monday during an in-school visit with head coach Tommy Tuberville and lead recruiter Greg Knox.

McCalebb was a standout at an Auburn camp last summer.

“They came down and we talked. They said they loved my speed” said McCalebb, the defending high school state champion in the 100 meters (10.43) and 200-meter dash (21.2) “They told me that I wouldn’t sit out my first year, that I would be on the field somewhere. I told them I was committing.

“I’m really excited about that offense. That is what helped me make up my mind. When they got that offensive coordinator that was it. We run the same offense right now so I know a lot about it.”

McCalebb could play several positions in college including wide receiver, running back and return punts and kicks. As a senior, he rushed the ball 168 times for 1,890 yards (11.3 avg.) and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for nearly 300 yards and two more scores, and added a pair of touchdowns via kickoff returns.

“I think it’s a great situation for him. Obviously it’s a tremendous program and I think regardless of what offense Auburn runs they are going to move the football and be successful,” Fort Meade head coach Mike Hayde said. “But he will probably thrive more in that spread offense, although he would’ve been a good tailback in the I-formation, too.”

McCalebb took an official visit to Auburn back in September, and plans to take two more before Signing Day. He’ll visit Clemson this weekend and Rutgers Jan. 25-27.

McCalebb still has some work to do in the classroom to become qualified.

“He’s not a full qualifier, yet,” said Hayde. “He’s got to improve his GPA and test score.”

McCalebb was Auburn’s 21st commitment in the 2008 class. The Tigers picked up No. 22 Monday afternoon from another standout Floridian, Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas DB Christian Thompson.

National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 6.

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My thoughts:

To put that speed in perspective LSU’s Trindon Holliday (the fastest man in college football) runs a 100-meter dash in 10.06 seconds. McCallebb, the defending HIGH SCHOOL state champion in the 100 meters, runs it in 10.43 seconds. However, I think he is to small to be an everydown running back @ 5’10  154 pounds. I see him used as a slot receiver (i spelled it right scott)… and to dump quick passes in the back field. Other than this guy (and enrique davis) there really are not too many recruits im real real excited about this season…unlike last yr with kodi. Maybe we’ll get a few more suprises. war eagle!

WVU Slaton to go pro

original article here @ ESPN 

West Virginia junior running back Steve Slaton said Sunday he will enter the NFL draft.

“I just told my coaches,” an emotional Slaton said. “This is hard for me. But my coaches that knew me best have left. And now it’s time for me to leave.”

In the school-issued statement, new Mountaineers coach Bill Stewart said his conversation with Slaton was “very private and heart-warming,” and will remain private.

“I believe every student athlete, male or female, should pursue, exhaust and complete their eligibility and academic requirements for graduation at their institution. With that being said, if someone can be financially secure with a large signing bonus, I understand that decision,” Stewart said.

Slaton said he was projected by the NFL advisory committee as a second-round pick.

“Some guys think I’m a step slow,” Slaton said. “So I have to show at the combine that I’m not.”

Slaton said he wasn’t able to consult with former West Virginia and current Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez on the decision, but he did speak with his former position coach, Calvin Magee.

“It’s a good decision for me now, because I’m a versatile back,” Slaton said. “As versatile as any back. I can play running back, wide receiver, kick returner. This was hard for me, but it’s my time now to go.”

After setting West Virginia’s school record with 1,733 yards rushing in 2006, Slaton ran for 1,051 yards in 2007 to surpass 1,000 yards for the third straight year. He also matched his career-high with 17 touchdowns in 2007.

Slaton said that he loved his time as a Mountaineer.

“There wasn’t a place that I would rather be because my teammates, coaches and fans have always supported me,” he said. “It was a great feeling knowing that the fans supported me whether we won or even when we lost.

“We won a lot of games during my time here at West Virginia, and I have made a lot of great friends and have a lot of good memories. I wish the players and coaches nothing but the best in the future.”

Arkansas McFadden, Jones going pro

original article here @ ESPN 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Darren McFadden isn’t sticking around for another run at the Heisman Trophy.

The Arkansas All-American announced Monday he’ll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

“When I was growing up, I dreamed of playing for the Razorbacks,” McFadden said. “Now, the time has come for me to pursue another dream of mine — playing in the NFL.”

McFadden was the Heisman runner-up in 2006 and 2007, so his decision to turn pro wasn’t surprising. He ran for 1,830 yards last season, second on the Southeastern Conference’s single-season list. He is also second on the career list with 4,590 yards rushing.

Felix Jones, the Razorbacks’ other talented tailback, said he’ll also enter the draft a year early.

McFadden rushed for over 1,000 yards all three seasons at Arkansas. Jones did it the last two. They were part of a backfield that also included senior fullback Peyton Hillis, another NFL prospect.

Now Arkansas will have to rebuild under new coach Bobby Petrino.

McFadden’s decision comes a week after he was involved in a “pretty rowdy scene” at a piano bar in Little Rock, when he was handcuffed by police and then released without charges. In the summer of 2006, he severely injured his toe in a fight outside another club, but recovered in time to play in the season opener.

Draft eligible

Who’s decided to leave college before their senior season to enter the NFL draft? Here’s the list.

Late in the season, a local television station reported that sports agent Mike Conley, a former track and field star, had arranged for McFadden to purchase a Cadillac Escalade. The station subsequently backed off the report, and McFadden termed the story “uncalled for.”

Conley is not certified to represent NFL Players, the NFL Players Association confirmed for ESPN.com on Friday. The players union is the body which accredits agents and Conley, who applied for certification last year, apparently did not meet the requirements. Conley cannot become certified before the draft.

McFadden holds Arkansas’ career and single-season rushing records.

McFadden, from Little Rock, made an immediate impression in 2005. He ran for 1,113 yards and was chosen SEC freshman of the year. In 2006, he led Arkansas on a 10-game winning streak and was second in the Heisman race to Ohio State’s Troy Smith.

It was during that season that the Razorbacks began using McFadden in the shotgun at quarterback — he could run, throw or hand off to Jones.

McFadden spoke first at a joint news conference Monday. Then it was Jones’ turn.

“I guess that’ll be the last handoff from D-Mac,” said Jones, a second-team All-American as an all-purpose player.

This season, the Razorbacks lost their first three SEC games but rebounded late. They beat then-No. 1 LSU in the regular-season finale. McFadden ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns and also threw for a touchdown in Arkansas’ triple-overtime 50-48 win.

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Darren McFadden and Felix Jones

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Arkansas tailbacks Felix Jones (25) and Darren McFadden (5) accounted for a chunk of Arkansas’ offense.

McFadden also tied an SEC record with 321 yards rushing in a November win over South Carolina. He figures to be one of the first players taken in the April draft.

“I just want to go play in the NFL,” McFadden said. “Whether I went No. 1 or dead last, it’ll be the same feeling for me.”

McFadden and Jones join an impressive group of running backs in this year’s draft, including Central Florida’s Kevin Smith, Michigan’s Mike Hart, Rutgers’ Ray Rice and West Virginia’s Steve Slaton.

Jones said he filed paperwork asking the NFL to project where he might be picked.

“I got it back and it was first round,” Jones said. “I was pretty confident when I got my report back in making my decision.”

McFadden’s prospects were more clear cut. He struggled a bit in October last season but still did enough to finish second to Florida’s Tim Tebow in the Heisman race.

The 6-foot-2 McFadden overwhelmed college defenses with both his speed and power. Jones, on the other hand, was effective because of his ability to change direction. Jones was also one of the nation’s top kick returners.

Each tailback made the other more dangerous. McFadden, the bigger star of the two, acknowledged that.

“Without Felix being in the backfield beside me, it would have been easier for a defense to just key down on me,” McFadden said. “I feel like without him, some of these things would not have been possible — and I may have been looking to come back for a senior year.”

Arkansas will retain one of its top juniors. Center Jonathan Luigs, another second-team All-American, is staying with the Razorbacks.

Still, Petrino will have to replace several key offensive players. In addition to the three running backs, Arkansas also loses senior wide receiver Marcus Monk.

Monk, the school’s career leader in touchdown catches, passed on the draft to play his senior season. He then hurt his knee during fall practice and caught only 16 passes.

Jones acknowledged that he was concerned about the potential for injury if he came back.

“Anything can happen when you get on the football field. It’s a high-risk, collision sport,” Jones said. “We have a good opportunity right now. We just, like I said, want to take advantage of it.”

Making its debut this morning…

The Macbook Air: the worlds thinest laptop

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3 pounds

0.16-0.76 inch

1.6 HGz

Completely wireless

1700 $

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