Commentary

Rumblings from Atlanta's UA combine

Originally Published: April 28, 2009
By Jc Shurburtt | Scouts Inc.

ATLANTA -- There was plenty of recruiting buzz at the Under Armour Combine on Sunday in the Georgia Dome, including news of one program that is getting two unofficial visits from an Under Armour All-American receiver in June.

Markeith Ambles (McDonough, Ga./Henry County) looked dominant at times during the camp and talked about his recruitment. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder said that at the moment, Southern California is recruiting him as hard as anyone and he has plans to see Los Angeles twice during the month of June.

"We are going out there for a visit," he said. "And then I am coming back for their rising stars camp later in June."

Ambles also said that besides the Trojans, Florida is recruiting him hard. He plans to make it down to Gainesville in July for the Gators' Friday Night Lights Camp at The Swamp.

Still the U for Ogletree

Miami (Fla.) remains the team to beat for Under Armour All-American safety Alec Ogletree (Newnan, Ga./Newnan).

Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Auburn are the schools that are in the mix in addition to the Hurricanes. Ogletree said that he will wait until the conclusion of his football season to make a verbal commitment.

Ball bound for Florida?

Defensive end Neiron Ball (Jackson, Ga./Jackson) holds offers from most of the Southeast and his brother Neland Ball plays for Georgia. But as things stand right now, it appears that the younger ball may want to suit up across state lines.

Neiron recently visited Florida unofficially and several at Sunday's event that were familiar with his recruitment said that it looked like the Gators were strongly in the driver's seat.

Ball did nothing to dispel the notion, acknowledging that Florida is in the lead.

"I like all the facilities and the coaches down there," Ball said. "My recruiter (UF running backs coach) Kenny Carter is cool. He's always excited about things and I like that."

Ball did not work out at the event, but was in attendance at the Georgia Dome.

Quick hitters

There are strong indications that safety Daunte Carr (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) will follow his teammate, Under Armour All-American receiver Tai-ler Jones to Stanford. The 6-2, 190-pounder said that he plans to attend Stanford's Junior Day in mid-May. There is a possibility he could commit on that visit because he has often said he would like to get his recruitment wrapped up before the end of summer. Carr had a good day of testing Sunday, posting a 38-inch vertical.

Defensive tackle Shawn Green (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) had an outstanding day of work, posting a 4.56 second shuttle and doing well in the one-on-ones. The 6-1, 283-pounder has held an offer from Ole Miss for some time and recently Florida State jumped in with an offer. Word is that the Seminoles have him high on their board and they are expected to be a major factor. Right now, they are tied with the Rebels at the top. Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Duke, Louisville, BYU, Toledo and East Carolina also have offered.

Green's teammate, linebacker Joseph Champaign, holds an offer from Stanford. A source close to Champaign's recruitment praised the Cardinal and running backs coach Willie Taggart for the way they have been recruiting in the Peach State. BYU and Syracuse also are showing interest, but the Cardinal currently is in the driver's seat.

Athlete James Manuel (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) came all the way from the Hoosier State to compete and claimed offers from Cincinnati, Minnesota, Michigan State and Louisville. He also said that Kentucky is showing interest and the Wildcats could be close to offering as well.

BYU and Kansas have jumped in as the first offers for running back Brandon Bourbon (Potosi, Mo./Potosi). Other programs are showing interest in the versatile 6-1, 203-pounder, who ran a 4.48 40-yard dash and a 4.03 shuttle during his second combine in as many weeks. Bourbon is a tremendous competitor and is going to be an absolute steal for whatever program signs him.

Ole Miss, Mississippi State and East Carolina are among the programs showing interest in offensive lineman Zach Hemmilla (Douglasville, Ga./South Paulding).

South Carolina was the first school to jump on defensive end Kendrick Frazier (Denmark, S.C./Denmark-Olar) with an offer and the 6-3, 241-pounder is currently giving the Gamecocks a hard look.

Duke and West Virginia are the two most recent offers for B.J. Bostic (Louisville, Ga./Jefferson County), who had a tremendous day of testing with a 4.43 40, a 4.18 shuttle and a 39.5-inch vertical. More teams should be jumping in for the 510, 158-pounder soon.

Quarterback Jerry Lovelocke (Baltimore, Md./Edmondson-Westside)currently has no offers, but the 6-4, 200-pounder is getting looks from Boston College, Ohio State and Rutgers.

Class of 2011 running back D.J. Tyson (Augusta, Ga./Greenbrier) has been getting some attention from South Carolina.

JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.