Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hassan Belton to Retire

So, Hassan Belton has decided to leave football for medical reasons.  He will graduate in August and we wish him nothing but the best for his future.

It is a reminder of the risk that these young men take to play college football.

Belton came to BG in January of 2018 as a JUCO transfer at LB.  Also, he was injured playing Maryland, the type of game BG plays to fill the coffers for the entire athletic department.  After the game, Coach Jinks said his injury "doesn't look good."

Belton started last year on the starting line of the depth chart.  He was expected to contribute right away and was part of a catastrophic string of injuries that crippled an already challenged defensive unit.

Again, congrats on the graduation and best of luck.

Football Verbal, Shon Strickland

BG has a new verbal commit.  Shon Strickland, a WR from Reynoldsburg, OH, has now committed to be in the fold.

He's 6'0" and 175.  Reyoldsburg had an unusually good season last year, going 10-2 and making the regional semi-final.  They beat Start 52-0 in the state playoffs.

Shon was second-team all-league with 27 receptions, 408 yards, 5 TDs.

He also played basketball and his Mom ran for City Council.

Welcome to the Falcons, Shon.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Football Verbal: Dylan Walker

Another football verbal.  Dylan Walker is from Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, PA.  (Birdsboro is about 4 miles from the Daniel Boone Homestead.)

He's listed on HUDL as a WR, TE and DE.  He's 6'5" and 225 pounds, if that's something that might be of interest to you.  He doesn't have a ton of notoriety or offers due to the fact that he missed his entire junior season due to injury.  Even so, he was named by this writer as the #64 ranked prospect in football-rich PA.  The only offer I could find was from New Hampshire.

Anyway, he seems tailor-made for our offense, which values dual-threat TE and WRs who put pressure on the defensive coordinators when they are putting their personnel on the field.

Welcome to the Falcons, Dylan.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Falcon Verbal from Sandusky

BG has another highly-ranked verbal commit on board.  This one is a young man named Terion Stewart, who is a RB from Sandusky.

If you like production, he's your guy.  He was first-team all-Ohio last year, rushing for 2,731 yards on 10.9 yards per carry.  He has 3,964 yards in two varsity seasons.  He had 39 TDs last year and 61 for his career.  He brings a combination of power and speed.  He is 5'9" and 205 pounds, and ran a 10.9 100-yard dash in track.

247 has him ranked as a 3-star recruit and he's just outside the top 100 RBs in the country.  Neither 247 nor twitter lists any offers for him other than BG, for whatever that is worth.

Welcome to the Falcons, Terion.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Football Verbal, Aaron Washington

Another verbal!  Coming hot and heavy now.  This is a 3-star ILB from Atlanta, GA.  He's about 5'11' and 202 pounds.  He was highly recruited...including App State, Air Force, UB, CMU, Coastal Carolina, Columbia, FIU, FAU, Georgia Southern, Kent State, Liberty, Marshall, Mercer, South Alabama, Tulane, and Western Kentucky.

He was first team, all-region for 4-AAAA.  He's in this story for having six TFL as a sophomore.  This is a high-quality program.  Their QB is on his way to UCF...and they have been regularly winning their district championship and made the state semi-finals recently.

Welcome to the Falcons, Aaron

Friday, June 21, 2019

Springdale ARK to the DOYT...pipeline continues

So, amazing as it is....BG has now picked up its 3rd and 4th commits from the football hotbed of Springdale, AR, courtesty of Har-Ber High school.  The previous two, Jay Brown and Torance Farmer have committed earlier and then yesterday and today this two young men also committed.  It's just unusual to get four players from one school and to have it be a school 807 miles away.

If you are curious, the school is named for local industrialists Harvey and Bernice Jones.

They won the state title in 2009.  Last year they had a bunch of controversies.  So the school paper (I swear to God) broke a story about a transfer violation, the school tried to shut it down and then ended up forfeiting 3 wins.

My understanding is that BG has a family link to the area and has been riding it to recruit Har-Ber HS.

So, the players. 

JaJuan Boyd is a 6'0" and 160 lb CB.  This story said he was one of the top juniors in Arkansas.

Boyd returns from a sophomore season that saw him collect 32 tackles, including one for loss, four interceptions, seven pass breakups, one fumble recovery and a forced one. He returned three kickoffs for 44 yards. On offense, Boyd caught 12 passes for 116 yards.  This story says he ran a sub 4.5-40.

His twitter feed revealed one FCS offer and if there are others I was unable to find them.

The other is LB JB Brown.  He's 6'2" and 210 and runs a 4.6 as well, based on his hudl page.  This is a guy who there's not much out there on, but he offers from NE State, Missouri State, and Indiana State on his twitter feed.

Welcome to the Falcons, JaJuan and JB.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Falcon Football Verbal--Dontrez Brown

BG has another football verbal, as the commits are coming in fast and furious now.  Dontrez Brown is a DT from Fremont Ross HS.  The Little Giant is 6'1" and 280 at the end of his junior year.  He doesn't have a ranking from 247 right now, though they have been going back and giving 2 stars to guys.

Based on his twitter feed, he had offers from Air Force, WMU, Ball State, EMU, Akron, and Toledo, as well as Fordham, Georgetown and Robert Morris.  If you have Georgetown and Air Force, you can figure you have a good student.

He was also first team all-state as a junior in DII.  He had a big year.  As a junior, he had 59 total tackles in 2018, eight TFL and 14.5 quarterback sacks along with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two pass break-ups.

Looks like another really strong recruit for BG, which is racking up commits now. 

I have this as BG's 14th verbal.  We can expect a full class, due to BG's soft numbers, so there's a way to go yet.  Brown is the first d-lineman BG has gotten a commit from, but I'd expect you will see more in the next 11 guys, because it is a position of severe need.

Current Position breakdown:

DL:  1
WR:  2
QB:  2
OL: 2
TE: 2
DB: 3
LB: 1
RB: 1


Offense:  9
Defense: 6

So, I'd suspect you'll see D-lineman and defensive players coming, as that is an area where we are very short of quality players.

Football Verbal

BG has netted another verbal commitment from ground zero for our program....this one from Detroit. His name is Marcus Sheppard and he's a DB from Detroit Country Day.  He's 5'11 and 167 and 247 says he had offers from Kent, Alabama A&M, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State, Morgan State and Western Illinois.  Additionally, the d-zone says he was also recruited by Ohio, Grand Valley and Ferris State.

247 has him as a 2-star recruit and the #71 recruit in Michigan.

As a JR he had 3 INT and 19 passes defended.  Also 6 TFL.

Welcome to the Falcons, Marcus.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Two more football verbals

So, I guess I posted the last verbal a little early, as we learned of two more in recent minutes.

The first is the second three-star QB to come BG's way in about a month. The first was Riley Keller of Whitmer. Now, BG has a verbal from Tucker Melton, a 3-star QB from Phenix City, AL. He had offers from Akron, Arkansas State, Troy, South Alabama, Southern Miss, UAB, USTA, along with EKU, Youngstown St and Chattanooga.

He's 6'2" and 220 pounds.  24/7 gives him a 3-star rating.  His twitter profile indicates that he is going to enroll early.  Obviously, he lands at a position of extreme need for BG, even including Keller.

He was a backup his junior year, which makes all this really interesting.  The starter is committed to LSU.  He did get in some games last year and threw 10 TDs, even as a backup.  His coach says he put enough onto film to show he has a strong arm and there was spring practice as well.  He made some big visits, including to Georgia.  The HS team won the state title last year.

The other new verbal is Javonte Kinsey of Jacksonville, FL.  Javonte is also a 3-star recruit with offers from UC, Colorado State, UConn, FIU, South Alabama, Charlotte, East Carolina, FAU, Southern Miss, Troy, USF and UAB.  That's a good list.

He's 6'5" and 200 pounds with a reported 4.5 40, if that's something you might be interested in.  This article here says he goes after ball like a small forward getting a rebound.

That's 3 highly ranked players committed today as BG looks to rebuild it's talent pool.  Welcome to the Falcons, Tucker and Javante.

Falcons Post DB Verbal

So, BG has a new commitment, this one a highly-ranked CB.  His name is Elijah Eberhardt, who attends Cincinnati Princeton.

Here is his story.  He was a very highly ranked CB entering his junior year.  In fact, he was the #13 player in Ohio, according to 247.  He was off to a big start for his junior year, with seven tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception in Princeton's first two games.  Then, he injured his ACL and missed the remainder of the season, but was expected to be back for camp season, which I assume he was.

He had an offer from WMU as well, his only other reported offer.  247 has him a 3-star recruit and is the #98 CB in the country.  And yes, we all know that the rankings are only part of the story--they have to get here, fit in, and then turn into players at the higher competitive level.  Still, he's ranked as the #20 recruit in Cincy by the Enquirer.

Welcome to the Falcons, Elijah.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Football Verbal

BG has another football verbal.  This one is named Fortune Woods, a LB from Clark High School in Whiting, IN.  He lists himself on HUDL at 6'3" and 188.  In today's hybrid game, you're never sure if a guy is a LB or a S or maybe one of those in-between things.  Also, he just finished his junior year of HS so by the time he gets into the game, he could be bulked up a little.

He also played RB and was one of the better ones in their area.  He was honorable mention all-area in the Chicago Tribune.

Welcome to the Falcons, Fortune.