Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:48 am

1/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Nick Saban told a running back that he can't sign this year and will have to wait a year to go to Alabama.

 Five-star Arik Armstead got back from Auburn and is enrolled at three places as he prepares to make his decision.

Kansas added a few commitments to help with the numbers due to the coaching change.

Pitt recruits have embraced new head coach Paul Chyrst and his demeanor.

 Bob Stoops paired two of his best recruiters together to close on some pledges.

 North Carolina commit Joseph Jackson enjoyed his visit to UCF but is all Heels.

 UCF did add offensive lineman Colby Watson.

 Several players enjoyed their official visit to Arkansas.

 Linebacker T.J. Neal committed to Illinois.

 Ole Miss added another as offensive lineman Robert Conyers committed.

 Number 15 is in for Georgia Tech with the commitment of Freddie Burden.

 Athlete Damein Lawry pledged to Iowa State.

 Colorado added another cornerback to their class in John Walker.

Kentucky grabbed a commitment from linebacker Cody Quinn.

Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:28 am

Patrick Miller shockingly enrolls at Auburn

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

Patrick Miller, once committed to LSU, has enrolled at AuburnDwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) head coach Jack Daniels confirmed.

Daniels told MaxPreps today that Miller was set to enroll early at LSU. However, the day after the BCS title game, LSU told Miller that it only had five scholarships available and seven players enrolling early.

LSU asked Miller's father to pay for the spring semester, which prompted Miller and his family to explore other options.

Auburn, which currently has a small recruiting class, welcomed Miller with open arms.

The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Miller had been verbally committed to LSU since the fall, and was part of a loaded offensive line group that included Vadal Alexander and Derek Edinburgh.

Now, Miller joins an Auburn recruiting class that features quarterback Zeke Pike, who has also enrolled early.

The weeks leading up to National Signing Day often see a number of recruits decommit.

Last week, Top 100 defensive back Ronald Darby reneged on his verbal commitment to Notre Dame, while Devante Harris backed off his pledge to Oklahoma.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:23 am

1/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Fresh off a national title, Jim McElwain is eager to hit the recruiting trail for Colorado State.

 Florida State hopes to build another top ranked recruiting class.

 Brian VanGorder is ready and able to recruit for Auburn now.

 Quarterback Nick Schuessler has moved to the top of Mississippi State's recruiting board.

 Running back Mike Hilton committed to Ole Miss but will visit North Carolina.

 Quarterback Anfornee Stewart has Michigan State as his leader.

Georgia may be close to offering safety Jordan Moore.
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:26 am

Top 100 OL Jordan Diamond down to five

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With official visits being scheduled left and right and coaching hires being made, the recruiting process for several top players is still in flux during the month of January. Such is the case for Chicago (Ill.) offensive lineman Jordan Diamond, who has a short list of schools but his final destination is still undetermined.

"I've got five but things could change," Diamond said. "With coaching staff changes going on, I'm definitely going to wait it out."

Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Auburn and Arkansas are the final five listed by the Maxpreps number seven offensive tackle in the class of 2012. He has officially visited all but the Wolverines so far and is looking for each program to match the criteria he's laid out.

"The opportunity to play early is going to be key," he said. "The ultimate thing is being comfortable though. Wherever I go I want to feel comfortable and fit in with the players and coaching staff. I want to bond as soon as I get there. When that feeling comes, I'll make the decision."

The Buckeyes, with new head coach Urban Meyer, appear to be one of the favorites to land the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder. In addition to being on the short list, Diamond's visit last month was a chance to get to know the program better.

"I took a visit on the 17th," he said. "The staff is very energetic. I love the players there and the coaching staff. Urban Meyer brings a lot of energy to what he does. I just had a good time overall there."

Diamond is ranked as the 41st overall recruit in the class of 2012 and plans on making an announcement on Signing Day.
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:13 am

Georgia lands big committment from top 100 end

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After trailing for nearly all of his recruitment, Hamilton (Ga.) defensive end Jordan Jenkins surprised a lot of folks by staying home and committing to Georgia Monday night.

“Georgia is a better fit for me and my family together because I don’t want to go to some place where my mom is worried about me all the time," Jenkins said on Fox Sports South. I just want to go to a place I can feel comfortable, and I can go to the coach and I can confide in him and stuff like that. And that’s why I chose [Georgia].”

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder qualifies as the biggest commitment defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has landed, with Jenkins picking Georgia over Alabama, Florida and Auburn.

"[It was] just that the depth chart wasn’t as deep, and my family … they didn’t exactly feel safe with me going to Alabama," he said. "And I love Alabama, I love them to death. My first few years ago, I thought I was going to end up at Alabama. I never would’ve thought I was going to Georgia."

Jenkins becomes commitment 16 for the Bulldogs and is one of their highest rated pledges with Maxpreps ranking him as the 13th best defensive end in the country and 97th overall in the class of 2012.

"Kind of a tweener size-wise but not talent-wise," analyst Tom Lemming said. "A dynamic ball player who is versatile, strong, hard to move off the ball, has proven to be a force against the run, and is an exceptionally affective pass rusher. His first step is explosive and he plays the game as it should be played, all out on every down. He plays best going downhill. A natural defender who could wind up playing DE or OLB in college. "

Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:09 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:29 pm

Top 100 defensive back Deon Bush commits to Miami

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Torn between staying home and playing for Miami or heading to the SEC to play for Alabama or Auburn, Miami (Fla.) cornerback Deon Bush couldn't really lose. The top five recruit defensive back finally made the though decision with a public announcement Saturday before the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl to stay home and play at Miami.

"It was a hard decison and all of them were a great schools," Bush said. "But I think I've got to put my city back on the map right now."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is another talented athlete out of the area. Bush is ranked by Maxpreps as the fifth-best corner in the country and cracks the top 100 at #65 in the class of 2012.

"Tall, he's a legit 6-footer with very long arms, a smooth backpedal and he can turn and run with the best of them," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Smart, technically sound, very fluid in coverage, can turn his hips, and gets in and out of his breaks quickly. He is excellent in man coverage and does everything effortlessly and athletically. Blessed with long arms, he has great acceleration."

Bush had seven interceptions and 40 tackles his senior year at Columbus High.

Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:48 pm

Junior Shaq Wiggins drawing plenty of attention

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Though he's a year and a couple of weeks away from signing his name to a letter of intent, Tyrone (Ga.) cornerback Shaq Wiggins is already getting into the thick of recruiting. One of the top players at the Rising Seniors Bowl at the end of last year, the talented defensive back recently picked up several scholarship offers and is seeing plenty of attention as schools turn their sights to the class of 2013.

"The latest are Wake Forest, Virginia and Tennessee," Wiggins said. "Tennessee, Virginia and Michigan are recruiting me the hardest."

"The DB coaches are great. Coach Lance Thomas from Tennessee is a cool guy and Coach (Derek) Dooley is a great guy and a good coach. The environment and the people around the college are great too. I've been down there like three times."

Wiggins exploded onto the scene with a terrific junior year that saw him snag nine interceptions. Schools from across the country are in contact with him and several others are on the cusp of offering.

"I'd say South Carolina, Florida, Michigan State, North Carolina and USC are close," he said. "Schools like that."

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound corner was one of the top competitors at the Rising Seniors Bowl in Atlanta, limited by cramps and a minor knee issue for most of the week before performing well in a game many didn't expect him to play. He had four tackles and led the victorious West team in pass breakups while running onto the field after icing between plays. While Wiggins knows what to look for in games, he also has an idea what he's looking for in colleges.

"It's a little bit of everything," he said. "The school itself, the education, the environment - I want to be surrounded by good people. Just things like that. Coaches, players and the team overall too."

Wiggins is planning on using the spring to get to campuses around the country and already has an idea as to when he wants to sit down and make his commitment.

"I've (already) visited Auburn, Michigan, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech," he said. "I might camp out at Alabama. I'm going to South Carolina's Junior Day, Florida's Junior Day, Virginia's Junior Day and maybe one more.

"I would like to get (a decision) done over the summer. I want to focus on my senior season, I want to have fun. Last year of high school, I'd never be able to it again. I plan on committing in June or July, sometime around then. I'll take a few visits during the spring."

Photo courtesy RisingSeniors.com
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:47 pm
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