Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 5:52 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Just a few weeks ago, recruitniks were impressed with the quality and quantity of high level recruits that were in South Bend for the USC-Notre Dame game. Several people termed it Brian Kelly's 'Super Bowl.'
This Saturday is college football's actual Recruiting Super Bowl (well, not actual Super Bowl but as close as one gets in the regular season). On the sidelines, a truly star-studded cast, topping the century mark in terms of number of official and unofficial visitors. Though Nick Saban and his staff will no doubt be occupied with the team in purple and gold, they'll be spending some time hosting the biggest recruiting weekend Tuscaloosa has seen in years.
The biggest visitor coming in is five-star safety Landon Collins. Both LSU and Alabama are battling for his services but it will be tough to lure him out-of-state. A big win over the Tigers and an impressive visit however, might be enough to leave a lasting impression that will pay off on Signing Day. Collins isn't the only five-star or big name headed in for the game though, as illustrated by the partial list below.
DT/OT Arik Armstead
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama commit
DB Landon Collins
LB Noor Davis, Stanford commit
DB Travell Dixon, JUCO
DT Eddie Godlman
DE Jordan Jenkins
OT Avery Young
LB Kwon Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis, LSU commit
DE Denzel Devall
DB Trae Elston
DT Quay Evans
TE Kurt Freitag
DT Issac Gross, Ole Miss commit
OT Brandon Hill
QB Jeremy Liggins
RB Barry Sanders Jr.
DT Justin Shanks, Florida State commit
DB Dwayne Thomas, LSU commit
DT Dalvin Tomlinson
DL Channing Ward
DE Jamichael Winston, Arkansas commit
DB P.J. Williams, Florida State commit
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State commit
RB T.J. Yeldon, Auburn commit
DE Ryan Anderson
DT Dakota Ball
WR Chris Black
RB Kenyan Drake
WR Casey Gladney
OL Brandon Greene
K Adam Griffith
OL Caleb Gulledge
LB Tyler Hayes
DT Darren Lake
LB Dillon Lee
QB Alec Morris
DT Darius Philon
LB Reggie Ragland
DB Geno Smith
ATH Justin Thomas
DB Eddie Williams
OL Bradley Bozeman, Alabama commit
DB Cameron Burrows
LB Reginald Carter
DB Antonio Conner
LB Rueben Foster, Alabama commit
RB Derrick Henry, Georgia commit
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama commit
DL Dee Liner, Auburn commit
QB Johnathon McCrary
DE Robert Nkemdiche
OL Lovell Peterson
WR Earnest Robinson
RB Kelvin Taylor (Alabama-Florida battle)
DB Tramel Terry
RB Altee Tenpenny
RB Sony Michel
WR Bo Scarborough
LB Tre Williams
DE Gerald Willis
Tags: Adam Griffith, Alabama, Alabama-LSU, Alec Morris, Altee Tenpenny, Amari Cooper, Antonio Conner, Arik Armstead, Arkansas, Avery Young, Barry Sanders Jr., Bo Scarborough, Bradley Bozeman, Brandon Greene, Brandon Hill, Brian Kelly, Caleb Gulledge, Cameron Burrows, Casey Gladney, Channing Ward, Chris Black, Dakota Ball, Dalvin Tomlinson, Darius Philon, Darren Lake, Dee Liner, Denzel Devall, Derrick Henry, Dillon Lee, Dwayne Thomas, Earnest Robinson, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Williams, Florida State, Geno Smith, Georgia, Gerald Willis, Issac Gross, Jameis Winston, Jamichael Winston, Jeremy Liggins, Johnathan McCrary, Jordan Jenkins, Justin Shanks, Justin Thomas, Kelvin Taylor, Kenyan Drake, Kurt Freitag, Kwon Alexander, Landon Collins, Lovell Peterson, LSU, LSU-Alabama, Nick Saban, Noor Davis, Notre Dame, O.J. Howard, Ole Miss, Quay Evans, Reggie Ragland, Reginald Carter, Robert Nkemdiche, Rueben Foster, Ryan Anderson, Sony Michel, Stanford, T.J. Yeldon, Torshiro Davis, Trae Elston, Tramel Terry, Travell Dixon, Tre Williams, Tyler Hayes, USC
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:58 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's the halfway point in the college football season and as part of our midseason look at the sport on CBSSports.com, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the SEC.
Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.)
Wide receiver Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Athlete Casey Gladney (Columbia, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.)
Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Tyler Hayes (Thomasville, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Darren Lake (York, Ala.)
Linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Quarterback Alec Morris (Allen, Texas)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland (Madison, Ala.)
Running back Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athlete Justin Thomas (Prattville, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (Memphis, Tenn.)
Wide receiver Jalen Cobb (Warren, Ark.)
Defensive back Jared Collins (Tulsa, Okla.)
Wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan (Olive Branch, Miss.)
Defensive back John Gibson (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Keon Hatcher (Owasso, Okla.)
Wide receiver Eric Hawkins (Longview, Texas)
Athlete Nathan Holmes (Port Arthur, Texas)
Defensive end Brandon Lewis (Memphis, Tenn.)
Running back Donovan Roberts (Norman, Okla.)
Defensive end Jeremy Sprinkle (White Hall, Ark.)
Linebacker Jakarri Thomas (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward Pottsville, Ark.)
Defensive end Deatrich Wise (Carrollton, Texas)
Offensive lineman Shane Callahan (Parker, Colo.)
Defensive back Joshua Holsey (Fairburn, Ga.)
Athlete Darrion Hutcherson (Dadeville, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Will Latu (College of the Canyons JUCO, Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Wide receiver Ricardo Louis (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy (Birmingham, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Tyler Nero (Atmore, Ala.)
Tight end Ricky Parks (Hogansville, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive end Gimel President (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.)
Running back Jovon Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.)
Wide receiver JaQuay Williams (Tyrone, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Running back T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.)
Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Kicker Austin Hardin (Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive back Rhaheim Ledbetter (Bolling Springs, N.C.)
Defensive tackle JaFar Mann (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Marcus Maye (Melbourne, Fla.)
Linebacker Antonio Morrison (Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.)
Linebacker Lorenzo Phillips (Patterson, La.)
Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Brian Poole (Bradenton, Fla.)
Linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla.)
Tight end Colin Thompson (Warminster, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Kicker Collin Barber (Cartersville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chester Brown (Hinesville, Ga.)
Wide receiver C.J. Curry (Gainesville, Ga.)
Defensive end James Deloach (Millen, Ga.)
Defensive end Jalen Fields (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Athlete Leonard Floyd (Eastman, Ga.)
Athlete Quayvon Hicks (Blackshear, Ga.)
Kicker Marshall Morgan (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Greg Pyke (Baltimore, Md.)
Tight end Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Offensive lineman John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Offensive lineman Darone Bailey (Coahoma JUCO/Clarksdale, Miss.)
Defensive back Daron Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Shawn Blaylock (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Zach Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman (Louisville, Ky.)
Kicker Landon Foster (Franklin, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Patrick Graffree (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Defensive back Josh Harris (Maysville, Ky.)
Offensive lineman T.J. Jones (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Zach Myers (Miamisburg, Ohio)
Defensive end Langston Newton (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive back Jonathan Reed (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Daniel Ross (Jeffersontown, Ky.)
Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jon Toth (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Watson (Fayetteville, Ga.)
Athlete Devante Bourque (Crowley, La.)
Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.)
Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.)
Offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.)
Offensive lineman Reid Ferguson (Buford, Ga.)
Tight end Dillon Gordon (River Ridge, La.)
Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive end Jerald Hawkins (Baldwin, La.)
Wide receiver Kavahra Holmes (Breaux Bridge, La.)
Defensive end Danielle Hunter (Katy, Texas)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Athlete Lamar Lewis (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Jalen Mills (DeSoto, Texas)
Defensive back Derrick Raymond (Metairie, La.)
Defensive back Jerquinick Sandolph (Boutte, La.)
Defensive back Dwayne Thomas (New Orleans, La.)
Tight end John Thomas (Bossier City, La.)
Ole Miss (10)
Defensive back Jordan Batiste (Lutcher, La.)
Quarterback C.J. Beathard (Franklin, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.)
Athlete Mike Hilton (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back I'Tavius Mathers (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Jake Meador (Whiteland, Ind.)
Tight end Austin Ray (Columbia, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Temario Strong (Batesville, Miss.)
Running back Jaylen Walton (Memphis, Tenn.)
Mississippi State (16)
Defensive end Nelson Adams (Brandon, Miss.)
Defensive back Quadry Antoine (Belle Chasse, La.)
Athlete Adairius Barnes (Port Gibson, Miss.)
Kicker Devon Bell (Vicksburg, Miss.)
Linebacker Torrey Bell (New Oreleans, La.)
Wide receiver Frederick Brown (Jackson, Miss.)
Defensive end Ryan Brown (Marrero, La.)
Offensive lineman Cole Carter (Caledonia, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Devon Desper (Madison, Miss.)
Athlete Deonte Evans (McComb, Miss.)
Running back Xavier Grindle (Columbia, Miss.)
Athlete Brandon Holloway (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Nick James (Long Beach, Miss.)
Defensive back Cedric Jiles (Clinton, Miss.)
Athlete Will Redmond (Memphis, Tenn.)
Tight end Gus Walley (Leakesville, Miss.)
South Carolina (18)
Defensive end Darius English (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive back Kyle Fleetwood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Wide receiver Jody Fuller (Monroe, N.C.)
Defensive back T.J. Gurley (Cairo, Ga.)
Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker Kaiwan Lewis (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Rico McWilliams (Hampton, Ga.)
Quarterback Brendan Nosovitch (Allentown, Pa.)
Tight end Kelvin Rainey (Yulee, Fla.)
Wide receiver Shaq Roland (Lexington, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)
Wide receiver Kwinton Smith (Dillon, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brock Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Clayton Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (Seffner, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mason Zandi (Chapin, S.C.)
Athlete Cody Blanc (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Wide receiver Drae Bowles (Jackson, Tenn.)
Kicker George Bullock (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Running back Imani Cross (Gainesville, Ga.)
Linebacker Khalid Henderson (Austell, Ga.)
Running back Alden Hill (Alliance, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Damien Jacobs (East Miss. JUCO, Scooba, Miss.)
Athlete Justin King (Dunwoody, Ga.)
Defensive end LaTroy Lewis (Akron, Ohio)
Quarterback Nathan Peterman (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Linebacker Otha Peters (Covington, La.)
Wide receiver Keithon Redding (Decatur, Ga.)
Linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas)
Defensive end Caleb Azubike (Nashville, Tenn.)
Defensive back Brandon Banks (Brandywine, Md.)
Defensive end Ladarius Banks (Dallas, Ga.)
Wide receiver Cory Batey (Nashville, Tenn.)
Kicker Colby Cooke (Goochland, Va.)
Defensive end Josh Dawson (Tucker, Ga.)
Wide receiver Jaydrick Declouet (Patterson, La.)
Offensive lineman Barrett Gouger (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Defensive end Tre Griffin (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Defensive back Paris Head (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Darreon Herring (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Running back Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Athlete Jaborian McKenzie (Natchez, Miss.)
Linebacker Jacob Sealand (Tucker, Ga.)
Defensive end Stephen Weatherly (Atlanta, Ga.)
Tags: A.J. Turner, Adairius Barnes, Adam Griffith, Alden HIll, Alec Morris, Alex Taylor, Antonio Morrison, Arkansas, Auburn, Austin Hardin, Austin Ray, Avery Johnson, Barrett Gouger, Ben Still, Brandon Banks, Brandon Greene, Brandon Holloway, Brandon Lewis, Brendan Nosovitch, Brian Kimbrow, Brian Poole, Brock Stadnik, C.J. Beathard, C.J. Curry, Caleb Azubike, Caleb Gulledge, Carlos Hood, Casey Gladney, Cassanova McKinzy, Cedric Jiles, Chester Brown, Chris Black, Clayton Stadnik, Cody Blanc, Cody Waldrop, Colby Cooke, Cole Carter, Colin Thompson, Collin Barber, Commitment List, Cordale Boyd, Cory Batey, D'Arthur Cowan, D.J. Humphries, Dakota Ball, Dalton Santos, Damien Jacobs, Daniel Ross, Danielle Hunter, Dante Phillips, Darius English, Daron Blaylock, Darone Bailey, Darren Lake, Darreon Herring, Darrion Hutcherson, Deatrich Wise, DeMarcus Sweat, Deontay Evans, Derek Edinburgh, Derrick Raymond, Devante Bourque, Devon Bell, Devon Desper, Dillon Gordon, Dillon Lee, Donovan Roberts, Drae Bowles, Dwayne Thomas, Eddie Williams, Eric Hawkins, Florida, Frederick Borwn, George Bullock, Georgia, Gimel President, Greg Pyke, Gus Walley, I'Tavius Mathers, Imani Cross, Issac Gross, Jaborian McKenzie, Jacob Sealand, JaFar Mann, Jakarri Thomas, Jake Meador, Jalen Cobb, Jalen Fields, Jalen Mills, James Deloach, JaQuay Williams, Jared Collins, Jaydrick Declouet, Jaylen Walton, Jerald Hawkins, Jeremi Powell, Jeremy Sprinkle, Jeremy Ward, Jerquinick Sandolph, Jessamen Dunker, Jody Fuller, John Gibson, John Theus, John Thomas, Jon Toth, Jonathan Reed, Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Batiste, Jordan Watson, Josh Dawson, Josh Harris, Joshua Holsey, Jovon Robinson, Justin King, Justin Taylor, Justin Thomas, Kaiwan Lewis, Kavahra Holmes, Keithon Redding, Kelvin Rainey, Kendric Salley, Kentucky, Kenyan Drake, Keon Hatcher, Khalid Henderson, Kwinton Smith, Kyle Fleetwood, Ladarius Banks, Lamar Lewis, Landon Foster, Langston Newton, LaTroy Lewis, LaTroy Pittman, Lemming Top 100, Leonard Floyd, Lonnie Outlaw, Lorenzo Phillips, LSU, Marcus Maye, Marshall Morgan, Mason Zandi, Matt Jones, Midseason Commitment List, Mike Davis, Mike Hilton, Mississippi State, Nathan Holmes, Nathan Peterman, Nelson Adams, Nick James, Nick Saban, Ole Miss, Otha Peters, Paris Head, Patrick Graffree, Patrick Towles, Quadry Antoine, Quayvon Hicks, Quinteze Williams, Reggie Ragland, Reid Ferguson, Rhaheim Ledbetter, Ricardo Louis, Ricky Parks, Rico McWilliams, Ronnie Feist, Ryan Anderson, Ryan Brown, SEC, Shane Callahan, Shaq Roland, Shawn Blaylock, South Carolina, Stephen Weatherly, T.J. Gurley, T.J. Holloman, T.J. Yeldon, Temario Strong, Tennesee, Thomas Chapman, Torrey Bell, Toshiro Davis, Travin Dural, Tre Griffin, Trey Granier, Ty Smith, Tyler Hayes, Tyler Nero, Vanderbilt, Will Latu, Will Redmond, Willie Bailey, Xavier Grindle, Zach Blaylock, Zach Myers, Zeke Pike
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:43 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Shell runs into the record book
Pennsylvania has annually produced a number of great high school players that go on to have lots of success in college. Aliquippa (Pa.) running back Rushel Shell has topped most of them after the weekend however, rushing for 205 yards and three touchdowns to break the Western Pennsylvania (WPIAL) career rushing record. Amazingly, he's rushed for at least 100 yards in 33 consecutive games.
Shell is ranked by MaxPreps as the top big back in the country and is a load to bring down at 5-foot-11, 215-pounds. He's been first-team in the state for three years now and figures to make it four straight this year after an excellent start to the season. The team around him is no powerhouse but it's Shell who literally powers them to wins despite being the target of opposing defensive game plans. Not only can he withstand the punishment, he excels at breaking tackles and hitting another gear to get to the end zone.
At the moment, Shell is one of the few top backs who is uncommitted. He's been pretty quiet about his recruitment, not going to any big summer camps and limiting contact with the media. He appeared on The Lemming Report on CBS Sports Network last week and revealed that Alabama, Pitt and Oregon were his final three schools. After he wraps up his official visits to each school, we'll have a better idea of who is in the lead but it'd be shocking to see him wind up anywhere but with the Panthers. There's an outside shot Alabama could lure him south but from all indications, he'll be staying close to home.
Maulhardt sets California record
Shell wasn't the only player to set a personal best and state record over the weekend. Camarillo (Calif.) wide out Jake Maulhardt caught a California record 28 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder is well known for his great hands but lacks the speed off the line to be a top prospect. He holds scholarship offers from Boise State, Colorado and BYU and figures to pick up several more after his performance this weekend. Maulhardt has the frame to bulk up and become a tight end at the next level.
Washington continues monster year
How about this stat line for defensive end Adolphus Washington: 10 tackles - six of which were for a loss - three sacks and a forced fumble. That's even better when you consider it came in just over half of play in Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft's game against Aiken. Add in the fact that he also caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown and you can't help but be impressed.
Although he's probably a tad smaller than his listed 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, there's no doubting that Washington is a monster coming off the edge. Unlike most defensive ends his age who are solely in the game to rush the quarterback using their speed, Washington can play the run very well. He fights off double and triple teams just about every snap but still gets underneath to use his power and leverage to split them. He can run in the 4.8 range in the 40-yard dash and has a motor that just keeps churning - one of several reasons why college coaches are the ones chasing after him.
Ranked as the 8th-best defensive end in the country and 57th overall, Washington has a top six of Alabama, Ohio State, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan and Michigan State. As he's repeated several time, there's a good chance he winds up playing college ball with his highly recruited teammate, receiver Dwayne Stanford. Cincinnati is recruiting him very hard but figure to be on the outside looking in despite getting an official visit in the future. Don't be surprised if it comes down to an Ohio State/Michigan State battle closer to Signing Day.
Video of the week
Auburn commit T.J. Yeldon's senior highlights slide into the video of the week spot.
Nice review of all the Texas high school football games from Friday night with an emphasis on Texas recruits.
Arizona State is seeing the benefits of better recruiting over the past few years.
Good profile of Florida State-bound quarterback Jameis Winston.
Al Golden jumped on The Lemming Report to talk about Miami recruiting.
Despite a loss to Florida, Kentucky landed two commitments in running back Shadrach Thornton and linebacker Kadeem Thomas.
Defensive end D.J. Ward took another visit to Oklahoma for the Missouri game.
Oklahoma State commit Kendall Sanders had a big night and receiver Brandon Shepard will pick between OSU and Missouri.
Georgia commit Brice Ramsey, a quarterback, kicked a 57-yard field goal.
2013 quarterback Tyler Cogswell will take an unofficial visit to Ole Miss next month.
Tags: Adolphus Washington, Al Golden, Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Boise State, Brandon Shepard, Brice Ramsey, BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado, D.J. Ward, Dwayne Stanford, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Jake Maulhardt, Jameis Winston, Kadeem Thomas, Kendall Sanders, Kentucky, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pitt, Rushel Shell, Shadrach Thornton, T.J. Yeldon, Texas, Tyler Cogswell
Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 7:59 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Stop if you've heard this before, but it appears that Texas A&M is departing the Big 12 for the SEC. While the move appears all but done to some, to Aggies' head coach Mike Sherman, things around the program could be the furthest thing from his mind. The talk in the media during the week might be all about conference realignment but his team it has been purposefully avoided.
“We’re a very matter-of-fact, work-every-day type of team,” Sherman said. “We don’t think too far ahead – we’re not that smart.”
While Sherman and his team may be focused on their opener against SMU this weekend, other coaches have weighed in on the move and, in particular, the possible affect on recruiting if the Aggies move East. Florida head coach Will Muschamp knows the back roads around the state from his years at Texas but said that his strategy wouldn't change much even if the move occurs.
"If that happens, so be it. I've been really focused on our game," Muschamp said earlier this week. "We're going to recruit the best players in the country. If some of those are in Texas, so be it. It's a great state for high school football. The coaches are outstanding in the state of Texas. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."
Other SEC coaches, many of whom were only minimally aware of recent developments about the move, had no problem commenting on what - if any - affect the move would have on their programs.
"We're always going to recruit the state of Texas," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "We've had good success there in the last three years and we're going to work hard to recruit the best players in the country. I don't really have a lot of thoughts on Texas A&M because it'd be very premature for me to discuss anything about that."
"It's not going to hurt us," Mississippi State's Dan Mullen added. "Texas has not been a huge recruiting area for us. We do recruit a little over there so I'm sure it's not going to hurt us extending the footprint into the Houston area and, really, the whole state."
"I can understand why everybody wants to come to out conference," Ole Miss' Houston Nutt said. "The stadiums are full, you're on TV every game and it's just a competitive, competitive conference. The best in America."
If there is one program who might be looking at a bounce, it's Tennessee thanks to the ties of head coach Derek Dooley.
"I've recruited Texas my whole career," Dooley said. "Coaching at SMU and LSU and Louisiana Tech, I've recruited just about every part of Texas for a long time. We have two commitments right now from that state. There's a lot of talent down there but there's a lot of good teams recruiting them too."
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:49 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
There are a ton of great high school football games this weekend and the biggest reason they are, well, big games are the recruits leading their teams into action. MaxPreps took a look at the top 10 games on Friday and Saturday and here's a list of the recruits to watch in five of the games.
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Prattville
Keep an eye on: Florida State commit and defensive tackle Justin Shanks, Alabama-bound athlete Justin Thomas and defensive end Caleb Gulledge and corner/Wake Forest verbal LaRonji Vason for Prattville. St. Thomas Aquinas is powered by defensive end/Miami commit Jelani Hamilton, uncommitted running back Dami Ayoola and defensive end Bryan Cox Jr.
Armwood vs. Bishop Gorman
Keep an eye on: Armwood is loaded with talent, including offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (going to South Carolina), linebacker Eric Striker (Oklahoma), defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Wake Forest) and uncommitted defensive back Jarvis McCall. The team will be without Florida-bound running back Matt Jones due to an injury. Gorman has several uncommitted recruits leading the charge, including offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley and Ron Scoggins and running back Shaq Powell.
South Panola vs. Hoover
Keep an eye on: Panola is powered by Ole Miss commits Issac Gross and Temario Strong on the defensive line.
Cedar Hill vs. Allen
Keep an eye on: For Cedar Hill, offensive lineman Aderius Epps is headed to Kansas State next year and defensive end David Harris is drawing some interest. Allen has a trio of commits leading the top five team with quarterback Alec Morris (Alabama), running back Jonathan Williams (Missouri) and linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Baylor).
Harrison vs. Cass Tech
Keep an eye on: Cass Tech is loaded once again with Michigan-bound cornerback Terry Richardson and linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone, along with linebacker Laron Taylor (committed to Iowa). There's two future Wolverines on Harrison as well in tight end Devin Funchess and defensive end Mario Ojemudia. Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge is headed to Michigan State.
For more, be sure to check out MaxPreps' weekend preview.
Tags: Aaron Burbridge, Aderius Epps, Alabama, Alec Morris, Baylor, Bryan Cox Jr., Caleb Gulledge, Cody Waldrop, Dami Ayoola, David Harris, Devin Funchess, Eric Striker, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Issac Gross, Jarvis McCall, Jelani Hamilton, Jonathan Williams, Justin Shanks, Justin Thomas, Kansas State, Laron Taylor, LaRonji Vason, Mario Ojemudia, Matt Jones, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, ron Scorggins, Ronnie Stanley, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Shaq Powell, Sheldon Lewison, South Carolina, Temario Strong, Terry Richardson, Thaddeus LaGrone, Wake Forest, Wake Forest
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:04 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
1. Dorial Green-Beckham
The nation's top recruit overall has played the recruiting game pretty close to the vest so far and will withdraw from most media opportunities as the season begins. He has apparently cut his list down to five schools and took unofficial visits to schools such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Alabama and Texas this summer. The one thing to keep an eye on with Green-Beckham (besides how he dominates defensive backs in high school this season) is where he takes his official visits to. Look for a commitment after the season.
2. Noah Spence
The number four overall recruit, and top defensive lineman, has narrowed his list of schools down to seven and probably won't make a decision until right before (or on) Signing Day. His dad played at one of his finalists, N.C. State, so they are a dark horse in a group of powers like Penn State, Florida, Notre Dame and USC. Maryland and North Carolina both have gone through coaching changes which could have an impact but look for an official to either ot them. After racking up 22 sacks last season, you can also keep an eye on if he gets in the backfield even more too.
3. Ellis McCarthy
There's big defensive tackles and there's McCarthy, who is big, quick and really, really good. From a lot of indications, it appears the seventh overall will state in-state given the frequent unofficial visits to Cal, USC and UCLA. He took in the Bruins scrimmage over the weekend and has shown up at USC several times during the spring. He's been pretty adamant that he'll make a decision on Signing Day so it wouldn't be surprising if he takes all five official visits.
4. Barry Sanders Jr.
You were probably already keeping tabs of Sanders Jr. because of his last name but he's someone to keep an eye on considering he's a top 10 recruit. He's been all over the map on the recruiting trail however, taking plenty of unofficials over the past few months and having a somewhat fluid top group of schools. He has apparently narrowed it down to Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Stanford. There could be a school (Notre Dame? UCLA?) that also sneaks onto the list. It will be a circus wherever he takes an official visit so it probably won't be hard to watch Sanders' recruitment from afar this year.
5. Rushel Shell
Another player who you didn't hear much about this summer, Shell begins the season with plenty of hype and the skills to back it up. Because he didn't really go to any camps, the first month of the season will be the first chance to see if he's improved any since last year. He hasn't talked about recruiting hardly at all, leaving most of the media to talk to his head coach. Alabama and local schools Pitt and Penn State are somewhere on his list and likely will remain there until he makes his decision after the season.
6. Andrus Peat
A five-star who is part of a strong group of linemen out West, Peat will likely be playing college football out-of-state. His brother Todd is at Nebraska and the Huskers will be a player until the end for the younger and more talented of the two brothers. He's taken unofficials to Florida State, Texas, Notre Dame and Michigan and that group of schools will likely get an official visit during the season as well. Longhorn commit Connor Brewer, from just down the road in the Phoenix area, has been doing his best talking about what Texas has to offer him too.
7. Zach Banner
While Peat is likely headed East, Banner is likely staying out West. He's narrowed down his list to 10 and will cut it again shortly. Florida State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan and Notre Dame are some of the non-Pac-12 options for the mammoth offensive tackle but it's likely that Cal, Washington, Oregon and USC all will be in-line for an offical visit when the time comes. Expect a decision before Signing Day in late January.
8. Nelson Agholor
It's like pulling teeth to get Agholor to even name a school but it appears there might be some movement on that front soon. He's said he cut list down but isn't naming schools until discussing things with his coach and his mother, who has been out of the country for some time. The Florida schools will be major players but several indications are that USC is also a strong out-of-state contender. It will certainly be interesting to see where Agholor goes on official visits but don't hold your breath waiting on a decision before Signing Day.
9. Keith Marshall
There's plenty of rumors surrounding the all-purpose back, who hasn't come out with a set list of schools and stuck with them. He has scheduled three official visits to Georgia, Notre Dame and Florida and it looks like those three are his leaders but there are several other schools fighting for an offical and he seems to be pretty open at this point.
10. Robert Nkemdiche
The only junior to make this list does so for a reason. Likely the number one overall recruit for the class of 2013, he already has offers from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and others. There's very few players coming out of high school who have pass rush skills as polished as Nkemdiche. He will take several unofficial visits this year and will likely see his brother at Ole Miss for sure. It's a long time before he'll sign but it will still be interesting to see how the nation's top junior handles the increased attention this year.
Tags: Alabama, Andrus Peat, Arkansas, Barry Sanders Jr., Cal, Connor Brewer, Dorial Green-Beckham, Ellis McCarthy, Florida, Georgia, Keith Marshall, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, N.C. State, Nebraska, Nelson Agholor, Noah Spence, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoama State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pac-12, Penn State, Pitt, Robert Nkemdiche, Rushel Shell, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas, Todd Peat Jr., UCLA, USC, Washington, Zach Banner
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:03 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- Wide receiver Trey Griffey has seen his offer list grow as he's gotten more aggressive.
Notre Dame's performance on the field will be a big factor in recruiting.
Wisconsin's recruiting classes aren't highly ranked but that's ok by them.
Virginia Tech may have to wait for their next few commitments.
Pitt offered underclass quarterback Chandler Kincade.
Florida State has raided Alabama and recruited well, which is having an impact on the in-state programs.
Prized recruit Jelani Hamilton is sticking with Miami for now.
Recruiting in Texas would heat up if Texas A&M moves to the SEC.
UCF will have 17-19 spots in their upcoming recruiting class.
Junior Scott Orndoff committed to Wisconsin.
Running back Leonard Aikens pledged to Ole Miss.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:10 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
1. Florida (#3 overall according to MaxPreps)
Three top 100 players and a solid foundation on the offensive line give Florida the top spot at the moment in the SEC. Plenty can change but this class brings a mix of players who fit Will Muschamp and Charlie Weis' style and who are terrific athletes.
2. Alabama (#7)
This class also has three top 100 players and it would be no surprise to see the Crimson Tide end up in the top spot come Signing Day. They lost out on in-state quarterback Jameis Winston but picked up a good replacement signal-caller in Alec Morris and this class features a lot of really good athletes who could play multiple positions.
3. LSU (#9)
The Tigers have two top 100 commits but one of them, Avery Johnson, is on shaky ground and is still pretty open with his recruitment. That said, this class is full of talented athletes that can play on either side of the ball and, though it might take a year or two in the program, could have some impact defensive players.
4. Auburn (#10)
Auburn has certainly seen a championship bounce in their recruiting, grabbing three top 100 recruits for 2012. Tight end Darrion Hutcherson can come in and play right away, as can several others out of this group.
5. South Carolina (#12)
The Old Ball Coach Steve Spurrier has mopped up in-state talent as of late and is doing so again with this class. Shaq Roland is the lone top 100 recruit but this class fills needs and brings in several talented skill position players.
6. Georgia (#20)
Despite Mark Richt being on the hot seat, he certainly can recruit. They have two top 100 players on either side of the line in Jonathan Taylor and John Theus and they've added several other quality players on defense so far.
7. Vanderbilt (#23)
This class is headlined by top 100 recruit Brian Kimbrow but there's also a lot of other talented recruits that Commodores fans have been unaccustomed to landing. James Franklin and company have particularly gone after the defensive line and have hit Georgia and Tennessee hard for recruits.
There's no big name for the Razorbacks in this class but it's a solid group of athletes with a lot of potential. The wide receivers in particular could take some time to develop but have the physical tools to be very good in Bobby Petrino's system.
Loaded with Blaylocks (three players with the last name) and linemen, this class has done a good job honing in on a few diamonds in the rough. Quarterback Patrick Towles is an Elite 11-level quarterback and could play early in his career.
This class has some momentum after being one of the smaller classes at the beginning of July. At the linebacker position in particular they've done a great job of landing talented recruits but have to address other areas to rise up this list.
11. Ole Miss
It's a solid but not spectacular effort so far for Houston Nutt. They are bringing in several good running backs but need to continue their course if they want to move up the pecking order.
12. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs have mined the in-state talent and gotten several above average athletes but there is no big name you would expect after having a big season.
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