Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Recruiting Update: 1 Week to Signing Day

Ricky Thenarse will make his announcement tomorrow at halftime of his basketball game on ESPNU. Colorado looks like his choice from his recent statement after his visit this past weekend. Thenarse originally committed to Nebraska, but has retracted that verbal and named three finalist, NU, CU, and Fresno State. New Buffs head coach, former Boise State HC, Dan Hawkins looks to have won the battle for the services of the talent athlete from Jordan HS in Los Angeles. CU has told him that he could play as a true freshman at either WR or DB.

If he came to Fresno State, more than likely he would be asked to redshirt. Wide receiver is the deepest and strongest position for the Bulldog offense next year. Thenarse could play safety, where Fresno State deeply needs the help, but almost every high school player dreams of playing a skill position. Unlike some coaches Pat Hill is straight forward and will tell a recruit how the water runs in his program. He will not promise a recruit the world and then bench him when he doesn't perform well. Hill tells his recruits they will start at the bottom like everyone else and have to earn their playing time.

In other recruiting news former Fresno State strong safety Micheal Stewart's son, Andru Stewart(at left) is hoping to become a Bulldog. Stewart has no offers at the moment and signing day in just a week away. Tennessee and Cal have showed some interest in Stewart but not enough to offer yet. My guess is he is on Fresno State's wait and see list. If Thenarse signs with CU or NU then Stewart could get an offer at the last minute by Fresno State. Hill still has the chance to pull a few rabbits out of his hat, but the class looks just about done. I have eliminated Hamler from the list, as all signs point to him signing at Oregon. Lewis is off the still deciding list, as his verbal to Miami is pretty solid.

The all-important legend:
regular text- verbal but not solid
italics-soft verbal
bold- solid verbal

Name Pos Ht Wt 40time Hometown (Stars)

  1. Lorne Bell LB 5-10 197 4.88 Simi Valley, CA (2)
  2. Anthony Harding RB 6-0 202 4.6 Turlock, CA (3)
  3. Kenny Hedrington RB 5-10 190 Fresno, CA (2)
  4. Nico Herron LB 6-2 222 4.9 San Leandro, CA (3)
  5. Andrew Jackson DE 6-5 237 5.24 Grass Valley, CA (3)
  6. Ben Jacobs LB 6-3 225 4.83 Las Vegas, NV (2)
  7. A.J. Jefferson CB 6-1 175 Bakersfield, CA (2)
  8. Robert Malone TE/DE/P 6-2 225 Riverside, CA (2)
  9. Lonyae Miller RB 5-11 205 4.5 Fontana, CA (3)
  10. Damion Owens DB 5-11 180 4.99 San Leandro, CA (3)
  11. Charlie Robbins OL 6-2 265 5.4 Fresno, CA (2)
  12. Mark Roberts DT 6-2 275 4.8 Modesto, CA (2)
  13. Robert Schenck LB 6-3 235 4.7 San Marcos, CA (3)
  14. Taylor Smith DE 6-2 224 4.84 Clovis, CA (3)
  15. Will Smith LB 6-3 215 Fresno, CA (2)
  16. Ken Wiggins OL 6-6 265 5.6 Elk Grove, CA (2)
  17. Barry Wilson WR 6-4 185 Tulare, CA (2)

still decding....

Ricky Thenarse Ath 6-0 175 4.48 Los Angelese, CA (4) will choose from FS,Colo, Neb on 1/25 on ESPNU


bdogpridevalleywide said...

well i dont really have a comment as much as i do a question. i was wondering what time on the 25th (today) was thenarse going to make his decision. it would be HUGE for this guy to come out infront of however many thousands of fans and say, "I will be attending Fresno State". it'd be especially nice since the husker fans said "it'd be embarassing to lose a recruit to fresno state".

mdg said...

He will make his announcement during halftime of his basketball game. The game is suppose to be broadcast on ESPNU, but I don't have the U and the listings on the web don't show the game time.

bdogpridevalleywide said...

ok thanx. im sure we'll here about it on sportscenter or something.....unless he chooses us, at which point we'll have to wait until our local news ;]

Anonymous said...

What about phillip Vournazos "invited Walk-on" for Fresno State, HS Western, Anaheim calif. 6-4 300 two- way starter, under the radar screen, due to a small school. One of the strongest and quickest line man in southern california?

Anonymous said...

I agree they passed up on the vournazos kid and now he is going to end up at a rival school after a year at juco BIG mistake