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Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:29 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big East



Posted by Chip Patterson


Breaking down who won and lost in the Big East on National Signing Day

WINNER: Rutgers

Losing your head coach less than a week before National Signing Day should be recruiting suicide, but Kyle Flood was able to not only hold on to most of the Scarlet Knights' class but sign one of the top recruits in the state of New Jersey. The addition of defensive end Darius Hamilton (pictured above, No. 29 overall prospect) gives Rutgers the only Big East class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25.



LOSER: The Big East's national stock

The Big East was not a huge player in National Signing Day this year. Much of that is likely due to the uncertain football future of the league. While schools like San Diego State and Boise State may use the future move to their advantage in recruiting, an existing Big East school cannot promise a future with a BCS automatic bid.

WINNER: West Virginia

With 27 commits in the Class of 2012, Dana Holgorsen is bringing in a healthy load of talent to the Mountaineers program. There were only two National Signing Day commitments, but both were significant additions to the class. Adam Pankey is a 6-foot-5, 290 pound offensive lineman who chose West Virginia after being committed to Pittsburgh since October 2011. Talented athlete Travares Copeland was the eighth Florida prospect in the 2012 class, a new hot spot for West Virginia apparently.



LOSER: West Virginia

Head coach Dana Holgorsen mentioned on National Signing Day that the "in between" stage of the West Virginia program as they transition from the Big East to the Big 12 hurt them on the recruiting trail. While some recruits may have heightened their interest in the Mountaineers because of the opportunity to play in the Big 12, competing schools used the ongoing legal battle as a reason to turn recruits away from Morgantown.  The Mountaineers' staff was able to keep many of the commitments they expected to sign, but it could have made West Virginia a bigger player for top prospects down the stretch.

WINNER: Louisville

Charlie Strong didn't shock anyone with a big National Signing Day surprise, but the Cardinals were able to hold on to a solid class of recruits that ranks among the best in the Big East. Strong once again dipped into the Sunshine State, pulling nearly a third of Louisville's class from the state of Florida. On a day when few Big East hats were on the table for top prospects, holding on to your commits was the best case scenario for the Cardinals.

LOSER: Syracuse

While Louisville was able to hold on to some of their prized recruits, Orange head coach Doug Marrone was not so lucky. Four Syracuse verbal commits changed their mind before National Signing Day, most notably defensive lineman Harold Brantley. Brantley, a 6-foot-3, 280 pound recruit from Hershey, Pa., committed to the Orange on June 29 but had a late change of heart after visiting Missouri this past weekend. Syracuse also lost linebacker Tashon Whitehurst, who signed with South Florida.

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Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:54 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 11:19 am
 

Non-BCS Signing Day Overview



Posted by Chip Patterson


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. For a snapshot of the Non-BCS recruiting scene, we will take a close look at independents Notre Dame and BYU, as well as the five schools headed to the Big East in 2013: Boise State, Houston, San Diego State, SMU, and UCF.


MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Non-BCS
College Commits Top 100 Moving
14. Notre Dame 17 4

Top storylines

1. How quickly will Gunner Kiel see the field at Notre Dame?

One of the storylines of Gunner Kiel's recruitment was the star quarterback's inability to make up his mind. Some have suggested that playing time is a big concern for Kiel, and there is no guarantee on when he may take the starting position. The first-string quarterback spot is there for the taking, but head coach Brian Kelly has already shown a happy trigger finger when it comes to switching signal-callers. How is Kiel, who seemed to be always eyeing greener grass, going take it if and/or when he is sent to the pine.

2. Will there be an effect from the assistant coach changeover at Boise State?

2012 kicked off with Chris Petersen losing two valuable members of his coaching staff to BCS schools. Will Muschamp tapped offensive coordinator Brent Pease to join his staff in Florida, then special teams coach Jeff Choate left to join Mike Leach's staff at Washington State just a week later. Both coaches played a big role in recruiting the 2012 class, and there was some concern that the staff shakeup could have an effect in recruiting. A firm commitment from QB Nick Patti after Pease's move to Florida was a good sign for Boise State. This class still stacks up well against previous groups, but you wonder if/when we will start seeing an on-field effect of this assistant exodus.

3. Schools on the move

Navy recently added themselves to the group of schools headed towards the Big East, leaving Army, BYU, and Notre Dame as the last FBS independents after 2015. The Black Knights have been fairly grounded in their independent status, but both the Irish and Cougars have flirted with the notions of joining one of the power conferences. In announcing their move to the Big East, Navy school officials mentioned the scheduling difficulties associated with being an independent. As more schools hold future dates for conference play, it had become increasingly difficult to assemble a competitive schedule without that built-in slate of opponents. If the Big 12 comes calling again to BYU, Navy's move might have the Cougars reconsidering their options.


Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
2. Gunner Kiel QB Notre Dame
13. Nelson Agholor ATH Uncommitted
16. Arik Armstead OL/DL Uncommitted
22. Jarron Jones OL/DL Notre Dame
27. Ron Darby ATH Uncommitted
30. D.J. Foster RB/DB Uncommitted
39. Tee Shepard CB Notre Dame
45. Deontay Greenberry WR Notre Dame
116. Ronnie Stanley OL Notre Dame
119. Sheldon Day DL Notre Dame
123. Troy Hinds DE BYU
148. Elijah Shumate RB/S Notre Dame
164. Tanner Mangum QB BYU
175. Justin Ferguson WR Notre Dame
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Bob Diaco and Mike Denbrock, Notre Dame
Sean Beckton, UCF
Carlton Hall, Houston
Tony White, San Diego State
Jeff Reinebold, SMU

Non-BCS school-by-school
School Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 QB Nick Patti
LB Ben Weaver
OL Travis Averill
The Broncos have been able to hold on to most of their prized prospects, despite the changeover of assistants.  CB Anthony Standifer is still on the radar, and could strengthen the secondary for the Class of 2012.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DE Troy Hinds
QB Tanner Mangum
LB Butch Pauu
The Elite 11 MVP Tanner Mangum headlines a solid class for Bronco Mendenhall.  Hinds is a tall, athletic pass rush specialist and was considered by many the best prospect in the state of Utah.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DT Donald Hopkins
DT Tomme Mark
RB Terrence Taylor
Not a lot of star power, but still one of the best classes in Conference USA.  The strength of the group is along the offensive and defensive lines.  Left on the board for Tony Levine is Oklahoma State de-commit OL Tim Hines.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 QB Gunner Kiel
OL/DL Jarron Jones
CB Tee Shepard
WR Deontay Greenberry
It was already a nationally ranked class, and then Kiel flipped from LSU to make it one of the best in the land.  Lots of talent at the skill positions and at 6-foot-6, 295 pounds; Jones is one of the most impressive linemen in the class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 DB Kendrick Mathis
OL Kwayde Miller
OL Austin Maass
 It's a good thing the Aztecs are welcoming some new transfers, because head coach Rocky Long's class is looking a little thin compared to last year's class.  Mathis is a dynamic in-state prospect (Ventura, CA), who also spent time playing quarterback in high school.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 DB Daniel Roundtree
OL Seaver Myers
LB Damien Neroes
LB Prescott Line
JUCO prospect Daniel Roundtree has enrolled and will be ready to contribute almost immediately, while June Jones' primary goal is to keep Myers from flipping to Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M at the final hour.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 QB Jonathan Wallace
WR Taylor Oldham
TE Blake Davis
Wallace, a 6-foot-2, 203 pound dual-threat quarterback from Alabama is the prized recruit in George O'Leary's class.  Wallace will be joined by a host of talented in-state prospects, including a pair (Davis and OL Kelly Parfitt) from the same school in Delray Beach.




Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:06 am
 

Boise State big winner with Big East expansion



Posted by Bryan Fischer


Amid some fanfare last Wednesday, the Big East finally announced the addition of Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, Houston and UCF to the conference. The move was designed to replace departing members Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia and marked just the latest chess move in the college realignment chess board. (Navy figures to be next to move)

The reaction, as you can probably tell from the map above, has been mostly incredulous. The Big East includes schools in the Pacific time zone? Well, regardless of how the still-shifting sands settle, the league will have to deal with things on the recruiting trail. Who makes out the best among the new members? It seems pretty clear from a quick glance.

Boise State: Two BCS bowl wins, just three losses in four years.
San Diego State: Two bowl games in 14 years but fertile recruiting area.
SMU: Three straight bowl games but head coach was in talks to go to another school, talent rich city.
Houston: Coach has left for Texas A&M.
UCF: Facing significant NCAA issues.

A lot of the reasoning behind the move to the Big East (football-only for Boise State and San Diego State) is increased access to better bowls, a better chance at making the BCS and greater television exposure. All three matter in recruiting and will no doubt be a selling point each program makes to kids. But more than that, the Broncos success coupled with the increased access to the powerhouse recruiting states of California, Texas and Florida make them a big winner - even if there's elimination of the AQ conference in the near future.

Look at the current class of 2012 for the Broncos and you can understand why they're excited: five players from California, six from Texas and a quarterback from Florida. Due to their success, the program with the blue turf has gotten quite a bit of exposure and figure to become even more of a national brand in a conference that spans four time zones. While there are certainly questions about the Big East in terms of talent and depth, it should also help dispel some concerns that they play "no one."

The other schools will enjoy benefits too. San Diego State should be better able to keep Southern California recruits closer to home and Houston/SMU should be able to get higher caliber players than they have in Conference USA. UCF has issues but is no longer little brother to USF down the road.

There's plenty to dislike about conference expansion but for schools like Boise State, things are not that bad at all from a recruiting perspective. It may seem like a patch-work job in order to keep the league together but it should bring plenty of good things for the new members.



Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:24 am
 

10/28 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Running back Shadrach Thornton will visit Georgia Tech officially this weekend. He's a soft verbal commit to Kentucky.

  Junior quarterback Jake Hall was offered by UNLV with San Diego State, UCLA and others showing interest.

  Fewer players from Texas are on Tulsa's roster but that doesn't make the state any less of a priority.

  Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen bashed team recruiting rankings. Of course.

  Linebacker T.J. Neal has narrowed down his list of schools to Nebraska, West Virginia and Syracuse and doesn't mind traveling to get there.

  There will be no official visitors for Notre Dame's game against Navy but last week's bunch left impressed.

Posted on: September 12, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Surveying the Field: Michigan's big night

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Get kids on campus.

Visits, whether they be of the unofficial or the official variety, are the single biggest recruiting tool coaching staffs have and their best opportunity to leave a lasting impression on recruits. A big win at a full stadium while players are lined up on the sideline? Nothing goes further in terms of moving one school up to the top of the list or gathering a commit.

Brady Hoke had turned around Michigan's fortunes on the recruiting trail before even coaching a game in Ann Arbor, pulling in the top recruiting class in the nation before the season started. Following the team's last second win against Notre Dame Saturday in the first ever night game at home, Hoke made an even louder statement to the nation and, most importantly for his future, to recruits.

When Rich Rodriguez took over the program, one of the first things he tried to do was get a night game scheduled against a big name opponent. Why? It was all about recruiting and bringing in some big names for recruiting purposes. Though RichRod is no longer the head coach, his mission was certainly accomplished and Hoke will be the one to taste the fruits of his labor.

The list of visitors at the Big House this weekend was impressive and will be hard to top by any school this year. Five star offensive tackle Zach Banner, 2013 tackle Steven Elmer, 2013 running back Berkley Edwards (younger brother of Braylon Edwards), former USC commit Jordan Payton and 2013 receiver Laquon Treadwell were among the notable names in town for the game. Current UM commits Pharaoh Brown, Jeremy Clark, Allen Gant, Matt Godin, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Erik Magnuson, Mario Ojemudia, Terry Richardson and others were in attendance as well.

With the school's current recruiting class sitting at 23, Michigan is nearly finished with the class of 2012. As a result, the big win under the lights wasn't so much about this year but next. Following the game, 2013 safety Dymonte Thomas pulled the trigger and committed and he probably won't be the last to commit in the near future either.

Given that fellow Big Ten recruiting powerhouse Ohio State is dealing with an interim head coach and faces possible NCAA sanctions, Michigan is not only the class of the conference for the next couple of years but they appear to be back as a national power. The Midwest hasn't had the depth of previous years in terms of talent but Hoke has grabbed the best of the best and is looking to cherry-pick some of the best players in the West. His staff has several ties out there having coached at San Diego State and with the program rolling so far in 2011, don't be surprised to see more and more kids nationally taking visits to Michigan in the near future. Given the success of the game this past weekend, look for Michigan to continue to host a night game at least once a year going forward.
 
Following the game, 2013 quarterback Shane Morris tweeted Ann Arbor was the place to be. Based on the visitor list, it certainly was.
 
Don Bosco routs California's Mission Viejo

MaxPreps Recap
The game of the week as far as high schools go was probably the cross-country showdown between top ranked Don Bosco Prep and California powerhouse and 23rd-ranked Mission Viejo. One would expect a team as well coached as the Diablos to be pretty competitive despite going up against superior competition but they were blown off the field by Don Bosco. Quarterback Alex Bridgeford, a top Southern California quarterback, was sacked six times and threw four interceptions. Boston College commit Michael Strizak had two sacks by himself as the team applied pressure all night that Mission Viejo just couldn't handle.

It wasn't just Bridgeford that had trouble getting going against a nasty defense either. USC-bound running back Jahleel Pinner, a good-sized back who has no trouble running down hill, was limited to 47 yards on 18 carries. Considering the team has at least three FBS-caliber offensive linemen on the team, it was a bit surprising there were so many problems up front.

The Mission defense didn't help out at all during the game either, allowing Don Bosco running back John Wilkins to rush for 114 yards and two scores. Featuring two Big East commits, an ACC-bound linebacker and stud defensive end Darius Hamilton, this is a talented team that earned their ranking. Several players have mentioned competing for a mythical national championship this year and, based on the start of their season, might be well on their way to accomplishing the goal.

Gray runs into the record books

Ever since taking over as the primary rusher for Aledo (Texas), Johnathan Gray has been scoring touchdowns and racking up the yards at a record pace. The Texas commit set an impressive record on Friday and passed some pretty good players while doing so. Gray scored four times as his team fell to 4A powerhouse Lake Travis but that was still good enough to become the state's all-time leader in touchdowns scored with 148 over his career.

It's an impressive list of names he climbed over to take the record. Traylon Shead of Cayuga (Texas) was the previous record holder with 146. Former Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers had 136 touchdowns in high school. Cedric Benson and legend Kenneth Hall of Sugar Land (Texas) both had 127. Considering that Gray still has most of his season and a playoff run ahead of him, he should extend the record to where it won't be broken in a long time.

Allen tops Longview

Staying in the Lone Star State, huge win for Allen over one of the state's best teams in Longview. The Eagles are led on offense by Alabama-bound quarterback Alec Morris and Missouri commit Jonathan Williams, who both helped the team roll 42-23 on Friday. Morris threw for five touchdowns and the big signal caller is looking at making a big jump in the national rankings based on how he's performed during the summer camp circuit and into his senior year.

Big game Brian

Auburn commit Jovon Robinson and Vanderbilt-bound Brian Kimbrow are good friends and some of the top players in the state of Tennessee. The two played each other on Friday and Kimbrow put on a show, rushing for 367 yards and five (count 'em, five) touchdowns. Amazingly, he has over 1,100 yards through four games.

Video(s) of the week

There were so many good plays this week in high school games across the country that I had to select two videos. The first comes from Chatham (N.J.) as a broken play turns into fumble, pass and eventual 73 yard touchdown.


Florida running back commitment Mike Davis rushed for over 200 yards against Tifton County but this was the best run he had bar none.



Recruiting Roundup

- Several top prospects hold the key to winning the SEC recruiting battle.

Oklahoma State is making recruiting inroads into the Tulsa area.

Across the state, Oklahoma is developing a pipeline from Euless (Texas) Trinity High.

The Alabama game made for an epic recruiting weekend for Penn State even though the Nittany Lions fell short.

2013 receiver Ahmad Fulwood loved his visit to Florida last week.

TCU commit Tyler Matthews pulled out a win and threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns over the weekend.

Florida State and Miami coaches were out at the Miramar-Blanche Ely high school game to watch several top recruits.

Great profile of quarterback Luke Falk, who has Stanford, Arizona State and Utah at the top of his list.


Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: August 22, 2011 11:03 am
 

Ranking the Mountain West recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. TCU

One could technically include this class in the Big East rankings but they top the Mountain West rankings for the last time. Quarterback Tyler Matthews has had a terrific summer and is a sharp signal-caller and the rest of the class is full of speed athletes like defensive back Daje Johnson.

2. Boise State

There seems to be more talent in this class, at this point, than other years thanks to the rise in the Broncos' profile. The staff has done well in talent-rich Florida, Texas and California and have a great quarterback incoming in Nick Patti.

3. San Diego State

The departure of head coach Brady Hoke last year means a new recruiting pitch for the Aztecs but they've managed to bring in some quality players. Quarterback Matt Morin is a strong-armed pick up for the program and they have several other underrated local talents halfway until Signing Day.

4. Air Force

It's always hard to judge service academy recruiting classes but at the moment, Air Force is winning the recruiting version of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Running back Johnathan Johnson has BCS offers and the rest of the class is full of solid players.

5. Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, Wyoming

These four school do not have any commitments for the class of 2012.

Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Recruiting Weekend Wrap

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Alliteration aside (see what I did there?), a few commitments happened over the weekend and because we'd like to catch you up sooner rather than later, here's an overview of who made a verbal pledge recently.

Tennessee went out of state for Washington, D.C. cornerback Kenneth Crawley. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder is the Vols' 14th commitment and is the first corner in the class.

"I had to get a feel for their coaching staff and how they coach,” Crawley told GVX247.com after attending Tennessee's camp. “When they were coaching me, I actually felt like I was a (Tennessee) player."

Another SEC program, Georgia, picked up a recruit - for the class of 2013. Newnan (Ga.) safety Tray Matthews is likely one of the top 20 prospects for next year's class and held 18 offers already.

"I've always wanted to come to Georgia," Matthews told UGASports.com. "I really didn't want to commit so early, but today when Mark Richt came up and put his hands around me, I just figured I'd better go ahead and do it."

Strong-armed Temecula (Calif.) quarterback Matt Morin committed to San Diego State. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound signal-caller is the ninth commitment and he'll likely be able to compete for the starting job as a freshman.

"The more and more I thought about it with my dad, we thought it was a great fit for me," Morin told Rivals. "It's close to home. They can come watch me. It's a great school and they're up-and-coming, so it's a great decision for us."

Solid pickup for Purdue, who snared a commitment from Celina (Texas) offensive lineman Jordan Roos. He held offers from Colorado and Louisville among others but will be headed to the Big Ten. He is also an elite shot putter.

"I just felt like it was time and there was no reason to wait any longer," Roos told GoldandBlack.com. "When you say the word 'Purdue,' everyone knows what it's all about, both academically and athletically. I'm just ready to go there and show what I've got."

Miami added a nice piece to their class of 2012 in Tampa (Fla.) defensive tackle Earl Moore. He held offers from Florida State, South Carolina and others

"I committed because, just being around the coaches, talking to them, I just felt real comfortable around them," Moore told CaneSport.com. "I was just talking (to Miami assistant Hurlie Brown) and I just let him know what I wanted to do. He was excited, real excited.

BYU added their 17th commitment to the class of 2012 in Richland (Wash.) defender Sawyer Powell. He was a participant in Nike's The Opening this summer and posted a top score during SPARQ testing.

"I just couldn't see myself playing for anyone else, ever," the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Powell told The Deseret News. "BYU has everything, and I've only wanted to play for them for as long as I can remember."

Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:18 am
 

Oregon grabs second quarterback for 2012

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oregon doubled up on their quarterback commitments Thursday afternoon when Danville (Calif.) signal-caller Jeff Lockie made a verbal pledge to the Ducks.

"I decided to talk to my parents and coaches and we all talked for awhile cause we all had been kind of waiting for it," Lockie told eDuck.com. "Last night, we called up coach (Mark) Helfrich, gave him the good news and then I talked to coach (Chip) Kelly."

Lockie only had an offer from San Diego State but the Oregon staff saw enough in the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder to ultimately offer him a scholarship. The reason the quarterback committed on the spot was because he already had quite the connection with the school.

"I've always kind of have had a tie there with my brother (enrolled) there as a student," said Lockie. "Also, my relationship with (former Oregon wide receiver) Jeff Maehl, as well as with the way they play and the style of offense; that has always intrigued me."

Elite 11 quarterback Jake Rodrigues committed to the Ducks almost three months ago and it's likely the program was planning on taking two at the position after missing out on one in their last class. Lockie gives Oregon eight commitments for the class of 2012.
 
 
 
 
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