Fridays Masters Tee Times and Scores
T1 Alvaro Quiros 10:41 a -7 65 65
T1 Rory McIlroy 12:42 p -7 65 65
T3 Y.E. Yang 8:51 a -5 67 67
T3 K.J. Choi 10:19 a -5 67 67
T5 Ricky Barnes 9:13 a -4 68 68
T5 Matt Kuchar 1:26 p -4 68 68
T7 Charl Schwartzel E 3 -3 69 69
T7 Trevor Immelman 8:40 a -3 69 69
T7 Geoff Ogilvy 10:30 a -3 69 69
T7 Gary Woodland 10:41 a -3 69 69
T7 Ross Fisher 10:52 a -3 69 69
T7 Brandt Snedeker 11:25 a -3 69 69
T7 Sergio Garcia 1:59 p -3 69 69
T14 Kyung-tae Kim E 1 -2 70 70
T14 Ryan Moore E 1 -2 70 70
T14 Paul Casey 9:57 a -2 70 70
T14 Phil Mickelson 10:30 a -2 70 70
T14 Sean O'Hair 10:52 a -2 70 70
T14 Camilo Villegas 11:14 a -2 70 70
T14 Gregory Havret 12:20 p -2 70 70
T14 Rickie Fowler 12:42 p -2 70 70
T14 Hiroyuki Fujita 12:53 p -2 70 70
T14 Retief Goosen 12:53 p -2 70 70
T24 Angel Cabrera 8:29 a -1 71 71
T24 Miguel A. Jimenez 8:51 a -1 71 71
T24 Fred Couples 9:24 a -1 71 71
T24 Stewart Cink 10:08 a -1 71 71
Ryan Palmer 12:20 p -1 71 71
T24 Ryo Ishikawa 1:04 p -1 71 71
T24 Tiger Woods 1:48 p -1 71 71
Revealing the five stars: class of 2012 loaded with o-line talent
1. Arik Armstead, OT/DE, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) High
Scouting report: On the hoof there's probably not a better looking lineman in the country. Armstead is every bit of 6-foot-7 and can play either side of the ball. Though he's ranked as an offensive tackle, Armstead is projected to play defensive line at USC, which shows his remarkable versatility.
Recruiting buzz: Armstead has been committed to USC since his sophomore year and is firm in that commitment, but does plan to make fall visits to Miami, Alabama and Auburn.
2. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) High
Scouting report: There isn't an offensive skill player in the country as physically gifted as the 6-6, 221-pound Green-Beckham. A big, physical player, Green-Beckham runs well, gets high in the air and is dangerous as both a possession receiver and a deep threat. He's also a multisport athlete who is a standout in track and field and basketball.
Recruiting buzz: Green-Beckham's camp has kept his recruitment close to the vest. Many of the SEC schools figure to be in the hunt. Look for places like Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma to possibly be players as well.
3. Eddie Goldman, DT, Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) Academy
Scouting report: Goldman is a powerful defensive tackle with quick hands and excellent agility for a 300-plus pounder. He's dominant at his current level of play, but his ceiling remains high as he is not a finished product by any stretch. Goldman has been on the radar since his sophomore year and there's a reason nearly 50 college programs have offered.
Recruiting buzz: Goldman's recruitment is wide-open. There is some Miami talk and he could visit North Carolina soon. The Heels signed defensive tackle Marvin Austin out of D.C. in the 2007 class.
4. Andrus Peat, OT, Corona Del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) High
Scouting report: Peat has the ideal body and frame to be a franchise left tackle. He is a lean 6-7 and 280 pounds with long arms and he lacks bad weight. Between the whistles, Peat is very powerful through the hips. When he locks onto a defender, he isn't content just getting a body on a body; he runs his feet, drives his hips and finishes his blocks with a defender's mentality. As a pass blocker, Peat has a textbook pass set, showing a flat back, great knee bend and the foot quickness to combat elite edge speed.
Recruiting buzz: Brother Todd Peat signed with Nebraska in the class of 2011, so the Huskers will be a factor. But the younger Peat looks to be wide open at the moment with offers from around the country.
5. Shaq Thompson, ATH, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) High
Scouting report: At an athletic 6-1, Thompson has a great safety physique. He's got the length to give him a centerfielder's range and the strength to come up and play in the box. On the high school level, Thompson has demonstrated some terrific versatility as an elite running back. Athletically, Thompson has the capability to play running back, receiver, safety or cornerback at the next level. As a defensive back he is advanced in his ability to backpedal and turn-and-run and he has very strong ball skills. He also has speed, having been clocked at under 11 seconds in the 100 and under 22 seconds in the 200 in high school.
Recruiting buzz: Thompson recently de-committed from Jeff Tedford's program, but most expect he'll end up at Cal when all is said and done.
6. John Theus, OT, Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.) School
Scouting report: Theus has everything teams look for in an offensive tackle. The 6-6, 295-pounder has the height, weight distribution, natural strength and foot quickness to translate to the next level. He not only has a quick first step and quickness in his pass set, but the body and reactionary quickness to react to defenders in front of him or after redirecting an initial pass rush move. He is as adept of a run blocker as pass blocker. His initial punch is powerful and he is a finisher in the run game.
Recruiting buzz: Theus is considered a heavy Georgia lean with Florida running second. His brother, Nathan Theus, signed with Georgia in February.
7. Keith Marshall, RB, Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) High
Scouting report: Marshall is the most explosive back in the country. He runs wild through opposing defenses and has excellent balance, vision and feet. Give him a crease and he's gone. Marshall runs a legitimate 4.3-second 40-yard dash and is a standout in track. He's also a good student who plans to enroll at the college of his choice early.
Recruiting buzz: North Carolina and Georgia have long been considered the favorites, but Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina and others could get in the mix as well.
8. Stefon Diggs, ATH, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) High
Scouting report: Diggs is a physical, fast gamer who could play either side of the ball at a high level in college. We like him slightly better as a cornerback because that's where he is more rare, but could just as easily see him being a high-end receiver at a BCS program. Diggs can redirect well and is deceptively quick in addition to having legitimate speed. He's a straight-up great football player.
Recruiting buzz: Nearly every school east of the Mississippi and many west of the Mississippi has offered. Diggs has given no hints about where he wants to go, except to say at one point he is interested in "Florida schools" Florida, Florida State and Miami.
9. Kyle Murphy, OT, San Clemente (Calif.) High
Scouting report: Murphy is a slender 6-7, 275-pounds with plenty of room to add good weight. Already he is a powerful player at offensive tackle. Murphy shows terrific athleticism getting to the second level, locating defenders and being physical at the point of attack. When engaged he keeps a powerful wide base, keeps his legs running and drives through defenders. Athletically Murphy is elite at the offensive line position and that shows in the pass game as well, with a good quick pass set and flexibility through his ankles and hips. A cerebral prospect with a 3.9 GPA and a brother starting at Harvard, Murphy has a low bust quotient as well.
Recruiting buzz: Murphy is open in his recruitment, but has noted that Oregon, Cal, Stanford and USC stick out as he has visited all four.
Gunner Kiel's arm strength and intangibles make him the top quarterback in the class.
Courtesy of 247Sports
10. Gunner Kiel, QB, East (Columbus, Ind.) High
Scouting report: The most polished signal-caller in the nation, the 6-4, 210-pound Kiel has great mechanics, a strong arm and is a physical runner who can make plays with his legs when needed. He displays excellent toughness on film and has other added intangibles that make him the best in the country at his position.
Recruiting buzz: Kiel hasn't narrowed down his lengthy list of scholarship offers, but Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and possibly USC appear to be in good shape early.
11. Eddie Williams, ATH, Arnold (Panama City, Fla.) High
Scouting report: Williams is impressive at first glance before ever watching a play or game. He is a big safety at 6-3, 210-pounds who can run, has ideal quickness for his size, has shown timing for the ball in the air, is a hard hitter filling in the run game, eats up ground with a quickness and stride combination, pursues the ball with nasty intentions and intimidates receivers who challenge the middle of the field. His physicality and ability to take on would-be blockers and make the sure tackle sets him apart from many others. He possesses the body type to carry 230-pounds or more, which brings into question if he will stay at safety long term or grow into an outside linebacker. Wherever he ends up, he's going to be a playmaker.
Recruiting buzz: Williams committed to Alabama in August 2010 after considering offers from Florida State, Florida and many others.
12. Yuri Wright, CB, Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) Prep
Scouting report: Maybe the most natural cornerback in this year's class, Wright has rare instincts that allow him to play two steps faster than anyone else on the field. His transition out of a backpedal is smooth and fluid, he can run with any wide receiver and he has elite size when the ball arrives. Wright's athleticism and makeup speed allow him to be slow in his backpedal and trust his quick recognition skills to make big plays downhill in the quick game and the run game. He also brings special teams value as a player who blocks a lot of kicks off the edge, showing not only athleticism but a playmaking knack.
Recruiting buzz: With offers from around the country, Wright has listed Michigan, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Georgia as schools that stand out.
13. D.J. Humphries, OT, Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) High
Scouting report: Humphries has a big frame and is flexible and strong. He's everything teams look for in a big-time offensive line prospect and has a great pass set for a high school trenchman. He gets good extension with his long arms and moves his feet well enough to make life tough for even the best high school defensive end. There's a reason why nearly 50 schools have offered.
Recruiting buzz: Humphries is an SEC lean with Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU high on his list. The Gators are the team to beat.
14. Mario Edwards, DE, Ryan (Denton, Texas) High
Scouting report: Edwards is a unique prospect. He tips the scales at 280-pounds, but has the ability to play strong side defensive end due to his natural strength, understanding of leverage and the speed and desire to pursue the football. He is a powerful bull rusher who registered nearly 20 sacks in 2010 along with an eye-popping 50 tackles for loss. He doesn't stay blocked long and is very aggressive with the hands. His initial contact with high school offensive linemen normally ends with the opposition getting knocked backward, off balance or to the ground. He has the body type to weigh 300 pounds and be a terrific penetrating, pass rushing three-technique down the line. He is the son of former Florida State and NFL cornerback Mario Edwards, who is on the coaching staff at Denton Ryan.
Recruiting buzz: Edwards has verbal offers from the majority of the nation's top programs, but committed to Florida State over Texas on March 15.
15. Johnathan Gray, RB, Aledo (Texas) High
Scouting report: Gray is a complete back. At 5-11 and 200-pounds, he has the rare ability to run the ball inside with vision, quick feet in the hole, subtle run maximizing power and the speed and quickness combination to get to the edge. He has the ability to score the ball on long runs or in the red zone. In the passing game, he has quality hands and doesn't waste any motion after the catch. He's also capable as a pass protector. Running back is in his bloodlines, as father James Gray played running back at Texas Tech. Gray will enter his senior season with more than 7,000 career-rushing yards.
Recruiting buzz: Gray is likely to announce his decision on his 18th birthday, April 22. Texas is considered the favorite over TCU and Texas A&M. He has been to each school at least twice since the beginning of February.
16. Jameis Winston, QB, Hueytown (Ala.) High
Scouting report: There aren't many concerns when it comes to Winston aside from his baseball ability. A possible early MLB draft pick, Winston's athleticism is evident. He is a prospect with good size who continues to add weight, and he has a big arm that he uses effectively both inside and outside of the pocket. Winston also has great big-play ability on the ground. He can use his speed and elusiveness not only to extend plays, but also to outrun opponents and make defenders miss downfield.
Recruiting buzz: Many consider Winston's recruitment to be a battle between Alabama and Florida State with the Tide on top. Auburn's recent push has made the Tigers a factor as well.
17. Devin Fuller, QB/ATH, Old Tappan (N.J.) High
Scouting report: Fuller is an electric offensive football player with breakaway speed and excellent quickness and change of direction. As a quarterback, he's a good passer in addition to being able to consistently make the magic happen with his legs. If he moves to another position, many believe he could be a big-time cornerback at the college level. After watching him cover at a 7-on-7 event in February, we could see that as well.
Recruiting buzz: Fuller is legitimately wide open. There's some talk that Georgia Tech, Virginia and some other schools that have talked to Fuller about playing quarterback are the teams to watch, but Fuller is the type of prospect who will examine and consider every offer equally.
18. Zeke Pike, QB, Dixie Heights (Fort Mitchell, Ky.) High
Scouting report: The 6-5, 220-pound Pike is a football player through and through. Watch his film and see him not only making outstanding throws and plays from the quarterback position, but wreaking havoc from his defensive end position and blocking field goals.
Recruiting buzz: Pike has yet to name favorites but said that when he narrows his list, Auburn, Arkansas, North Carolina, Purdue and Tennessee will likely make the first cut. Places like Florida, Florida State, LSU and Michigan could also make a strong push.
19. Chris Black, WR, First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) High
Scouting report: Black may not be the most physically imposing wide receiver in the 2012 class, but he is one of the best. The 5-11, 170-pounder is blessed with special quickness and playmaking ability. Black features electric feet, terrific hands, impeccable timing, ideal separation in and out of breaks, the ability to make multiple defenders miss in space and strength with the ball. His ability to snatch the ball out of the air in a crowd sets him apart, along with his ability after the catch. Black is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
Recruiting buzz: Black has Florida State and Alabama as co-leaders with Florida and South Carolina running third and fourth.
20. Darius Hamilton, DT, Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) Prep
Scouting report: The son of former New York Giant Keith Hamilton, Darius is an active defensive lineman with a quick first step and extremely quick hands. He lines up both on the inside and outside for his high school team and makes plays in both spots. His versatility, size, speed, athleticism and bloodlines make him a can't-miss type of prospect.
Recruiting buzz: Hamilton is wide open. He plans to make several unofficial visits before beginning to narrow his list. Rutgers would love to keep him and several of his teammates in state.
2011-2012 College Basketball Pre-Season Top 10
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Even if freshmen Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones leave for the NBA, this Final Four team still returns a bevy of quality players and one of the sport's top recruiting classes in years, led by Michael Gilchrist and Anthony Davis. The Wildcats are now a consistent title contender, and likely will be for as long as John Calipari remains in Lexington.
2. North Carolina
Tyler Zeller and John Henson have decided to return to North Carolina, and now the Tar Heels await word from Harrison Barnes on whether he will stay in school or enter the NBA draft. If all three come back, North Carolina will almost certainly be No. 1 in my next top 25. Kendall Marshall will start the season at the point and will be one of the best in the country. Because of that, expect to see the UNC you saw in the second half of the season, not the first.
3. Ohio State
The Buckeyes will return the best big man in the country, Jared Sullinger (he's adamant about it and I believe him). Aaron Craft is back at the point and William Buford as the sharpshooter. Ohio State is once again the Big Ten's best and there's no reason to believe it won't again contend for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Keep in mind, this ranking projects Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson to remain in Austin. If one (or both) leaves, Texas won't stay in this spot. Although there would still be a lot to like about the Longhorns, especially sophomore-to-be Cory Joseph and another elite recruiting class. This is the team to beat in the new 10-team Big 12. If Hamilton and Thompson return, we're talking a legit national-title contender.
The Huskies are likely to lose soon-to-be graduate Kemba Walker, but Jeremy Lamb isn't ready for the NBA so the Huskies better hope he doesn't get tempted. Alex Oriakhi returns to anchor the inside and Shabazz Napier is only going to get better. I'm convinced Jim Calhoun returns to coach his defending national champs. And then there is the outside shot that the Class of 2012's top player, Andre Drummond, graduates early and chooses UConn.
The Blue Devils do lose Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and will most likely see Kyrie Irving declare. But Duke adds a top recruiting class as usual and it's likely going to be the Austin Rivers Show next season in Durham with Doc's son controlling the ball. That backcourt with Rivers, Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry will shoot the lights out. If Irving somehow returns, then the Devils climb. But even if not, it's hard to believe this program will fall far.
This team started to figure itself out late in the season, but then faded in the final few minutes against Marquette in the NCAA tournament. But like Louisville (see below), the majority of the team returns at every key position and a stellar recruiting class hits campus. There's no reason to doubt Syracuse will be right in the thick of the Big East title chase from start to finish -- not to mention a Final Four contender.
The Cardinals taught me a lesson this past season: Don't dismiss the ability to collectively come together under Rick Pitino. Louisville's style of play was disruptive for everyone in the Big East and the team greatly exceeded expectations. Preston Knowles is a big loss, but the core returns and is joined by freshmen Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan, among others. This time the Cards won't sneak up on anybody. We already know how good they'll be.
Whether or not Josh Pastner was seriously sought after for some of these high-profile openings is a matter of debate. But Memphis and Pastner know they are a good match for each other. The Tigers shouldn't see any major defections from a team that won the Conference USA tournament and pushed Arizona to the brink in the Dance. This is how it should be under a new regime: A super recruiting class carries a team into the NCAAs, develops momentum late and then comes back to take another step, joined by another super recruiting class.
This might be too low for the Wildcats, but this is based on an assumption that Derrick Williams will declare for the draft and be one of the top five picks. If for some reason he returns, then the Wildcats are in my next top five. Williams can affect the game that much. But he wasn't alone last season. Sean Miller had quite a complementary crew and added even more with a productive class to make the Wildcats the team to beat in the new Pac-12.