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Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:08 pm
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Baylor adds its 23rd commitment in Levels

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Baylor picked up its 23rd commitment on Thursday as cornerback Patrick Levels of Roosevelt high school in Dallas committed to the Bears. The 5'9 175-pound corner had offers from UTEP, Central Arkansas, Morgan State and Northern Colorado, but it seems as if the appeal of playing in a BCS conference along with other factors played a role in his choosing Baylor.

He made an official visit to Waco on January 13th.

Levels runs a 4.62 40-yard dash and was measured as having a 34.4-inch vertical leap, which will no doubt come in handy while defending some of the larger receivers in the Big 12.

Levels is the fourth defensive back to commit to Baylor this season, along with Terrell Burt, Aiavion Edwards, and Ryan Reid. It's a position that is very important in the pass-happy Big 12, and Art Briles is certainly focusing on the area as he tried to improve the Baylor defense. 
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:54 am
 

1/26 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Mark Richt went to jail to visit a recruit, but it's not exactly what you're thinking.

 Offensive tackle Vincent Valentine will pick among Florida, Illinois or Nebraska.

 Alabama and Auburn spend a little bit of money to recruit...

 Todd Graham is making progress at Arizona State right before signing his first class.

 A profile of UCLA-bound cornerback Justin Combs.

 Top 100 offensive lineman Jordan Diamond had a great visit to Arkansas.

 Oklahoma early enrollee Taylor McNamara was finally cleared.

 Top Florida cornerback Tracy Howard is giving Miami a chance.

 Washington will host Cedric Dozier on an official visit.

 Chip Kelly is up in the air but, this time, to finish a recruiting class.

Commitments:

 Linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone committed to Houston.

 Nebraska snagged their first 2013 commitment in Tre'vell Dixon.

 Quarterback Steven Bench committed to Penn State.

Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:00 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:03 pm
 

A week out: MaxPreps Top 25 team rankings



Posted by Bryan Fischer


We're a week away - if you can believe it - from the class of 2012 finally putting pen to paper and ending all of the drama surrounding their recruitment. There's still plenty of uncommitted players out there and lots of teams looking to move up in the class rankings. At the moment, it looks like Alabama has a stranglehold on the top spot but there's a small chance that another team could knock them out if a surprise or two ends up committing.

Below is an overview of the current Maxpreps top 25 class rankings,  from the Crimson Tide to the Cardinal, and a few notes on each.


MaxPreps Top 25 recruiting classes for 2012
School Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
27 DB Landon Collins
DB Geno Smith
ATH Eddie Williams
RB T.J. Yeldon
The Crimson Tide have already won a title in January and it's possible they'll get another come February 1st. This group has so many playmakers on both sides of the ball that several in this group will have to redshirt. Alabama is also in the running for several top commits so the rich might get even richer.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DT Malcom Brown
RB Johnathan Gray
WR Cayleb Jones
OL Curtis Riser
Just another ho-hum group of stars for the Longhorns. The class is highlighted by Gray, who set just about every record imaginable in high school and should be a factor early on in running the ball.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 LB Royce Jenkins-Stone
OL Kyle Kalis
OL Erik Magnuson
DB Terry Richardson
The Wolverines held the top spot in the class rankings for most of the year and still have a chance to finish there on Signing Day. This is a great group, especially on the o-line, that fills most of the team's depth needs and should make defensive coordinator Greg Mattison very happy.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Jonathan Bullard
OL Jessamen Dunker
OL D.J. Humphries
TE Kent Taylor
Will Muschamp has a chance to reload quickly with the current group of commits. He's got good depth coming in along both lines and is in the running for several elite players like Stefon Diggs, Nelson Agholor and Tracy Howard.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Bri'onte Dunn
DT Tommy Shutt
DE Noah Spence
DE Adolphus Washington
This class was dead in the water for most of the year but has quickly gone from so-so to top five nationally thanks to Urban Meyer. There's a few offensive contributors but the real star power in this group is along the front seven.
- Team page
- Commitment list
31 DB Deon Bush
DE Jelani Hamilton
RB Randy Johnson
DE Tyriq McCord
There's a ton of explosiveness in this class but there's also a few questionable players in this group in terms of talent level. After "Duke" Johnson's senior year, it looks like the Hurricanes are getting the two best players in the state in him and Hamilton.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 OL John Michael McGee
TE Taylor McNamara
WR Durron Neal
WR Derrick Woods
The offense reloads at receiver quite well and Neal has a chance to be a special playmaker with his talent. The offensive line also gets a nice boost with McGee and Ty Darlington in the interior.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Vadal Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis
LB Trey Granier
WR Avery Johnson
The Tigers are still in the running for some elite players when Signing Day rolls around but Les Miles has to be happy with the speed and athleticism the current class has. Johnson, if he sticks, could fill in quickly for the departed Rueben Randle.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 DE Chris Casher
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
DE Dante Fowler Jr.
QB Jameis Winston
 This might be the best collection of D-linemen in the country. Edwards is likely to end up in Tallahassee and it's almost unfair to pair him with guys like Casher and Fowler off the edge. If Winston arrives on campus, then this group has great potential down the road.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 QB Zach Kline
OL Freddie Tagaloa
DB Shaq Thompson
WR Bryce Treggs
This is a top 10 class for now. The emphasis is added because the departure of Tosh Lupoi to Washington has really thrown this group for a loop and caused several, such as Thompson, to look around before signing.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 QB Matt Davis
DB DeVante Harris
LB Jordan Richmond
RB Trey Williams
This was a top 10 class before Mike Sherman was fired and it looks like Kevin Sumlin will be able to keep the Aggies right around there. Davis and Williams are two dynamic players on offense and it's possible they'll be joined by former Texas commit, wide receiver Thomas Johnson too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 RB Mike Davis
DB Jordan Diggs
DB Chaz Elder
WR Shaq Roland
There's not the buzz with this group like there was last year grabbing #1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney. Still, they have two great pick ups in Davis and Roland on offense and several other pieces that should make this a top 8-12 class come February 2nd.  
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DB Travis Blanks
ATH Germone Hopper
QB Chad Kelly
DT Carlos Watkins
Another very good class for the Tigers, Blanks is versatile and might be the best cover guy in 2012. Kelly has a strong arm and should take over for Tajh Boyd when the time comes.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 QB Gunner Kiel
WR Deontay Greenberry
DB Tee Shepard
DB Elijah Shumate
Landing Kiel is a signature moment for Brian Kelly and gives the Irish their quarterback of the future. The Cali Kids, Greenberry and Shepard, will play right away.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 RB J.C. Coleman
RB Drew Harris
DE Jarontay Jones
DB Donaldven Manning
 Jones is a big time DE but the there's plenty of players who will re-stock the wide receiver and defensive back positions. Coleman and Harris are going to be a very good 1-2 punch in the back field very soon.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DB T.J. Davis
TE Darrion Hutcherson
RB Jovon Robinson
WR JaQuay Williams
Coordinator changes hurt this group, especially in terms of depth, but there are quality ball players from top to bottom. It wouldn't be surprising if Hutcherson and Williams leave a mark as freshmen.
- Team page
- Commitment list
12 WR Darreus Rogers
LB Jabari Ruffin
OL Jordan Simmons
OL Max Tuerk
This is the first class truly limited by NCAA sanctions but that doesn't mean Lane Kiffin hasn't been able to pull in some great players. The Trojans are also in the running for elite, top 20 players on Signing Day too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 RB Todd Gurley
DL Jordan Jenkins
RB Keith Marshall
OL John Theus
It's not a 'Dream Team' like last year but there's several players like Gurley and/or Marshall who will play early on. They have to land their remaining targets, such as lineman Avery Young, to go from solid to a great class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB Devante Bourque
WR Jason Croom
DB LaDarrell McNeil
TE Justin Meredith
With mass staff changes and a down year, the Vols haven't gotten the elite player or two that everybody is used to seeing. Croom and Meredith are excellent weapons on offense though but there's a chance they could lose one of their top defenders on Signing Day too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DE Eli Harold
LB Kwontie Moore
DE Michael Moore
DE Courtnye Wynn
Kwontie Moore is an impressive linebacker who can hit like Ray Lewis and run like a safety. The defensive linemen in this class should have plenty guys who see early playing time.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 DE DeForest Buckner
RB Byron Marshall
QB Jake Rodrigues
WR Dwayne Stanford
Chip Kelly's flirtation with the NFL has thrown some for a loop but it looks like the Pac-12 champs will only add to a very good 2012 class. Marshall and Rodrigues are perfect fits on offense
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Cordale Boyd
OL Jeremy Ward
RB Jonathan Williams
This isn't a great recruiting class for the Hogs but it could be if Dorial Green-Beckham signs, as many expect. Williams has injury concerns but might be the sleeper running back in the class of 2012.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB Brandon Banks
RB Brian Kimbrow
QB Patton Robinette
Kimbrow and Robinette appear to be the future of the Commodores offense and that's a great start for a group that might end up as good or better as their counterparts in the state.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Devonte Fields
ATH Daje Johnson
QB Tyler Matthews
Very few teams in the country are bringing in as fast, collectively, a group as the Horned Frogs are. Johnson is a special talent and Matthews can take his time to develop into a nice signal-caller.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 OL Nick Davidson
LB Noor Davis
RB Barry Sanders
DT Jordan Watkins
It's not often you find the Cardinal in the top 25 in recruiting but things are rolling on the Farm. This is linemen heavy and has several recruits who should see early playing time. Stanford is also in the mix for elite offensive linemen Josh Garnett and Andrus Peat.



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Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:32 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 10:05 am
 

Big 12 Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


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. The Big 12 is once again led by traditional powers Texas and Oklahoma but after that, it's not the drop off that other conferences have with a solid effort by just about every other school. Drawing on the talent-rich state of Texas makes recruiting easier than most but it's interesting to note how schools are developing other pipelines (such as the Sooners and California). The make up and look of the league is different and that makes this Signing Day particularly interesting down in the Big 12.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big 12
College Commits Top 100 Moving
2. Texas 24 5
7. Oklahoma 16 4
24. TCU 20 0

Top storylines

1. Does Texas finish number one?

Mack Brown doesn't have the nickname of Mr. February for nothing, as the long-time head coach can certainly recruit. 2012 might be one of the most talented classes he' brought in during his time on the 40 acres, reeling in the state's top running back for the second year in a row, the top wide receiver, some talented front seven athletes and several offensive lineman who might be playing sooner rather than later. The Longhorns are in the running for a handful of national prospects as Signing Day rolls around so it's possible the current group of 24 picks up another top 100 player to give them an impressive six. If so they have a chance to take the top spot from Alabama and/or hold off Michigan, Florida or Ohio State. It's not a big chance but the Horns have a chance nevertheless.

2. Can Oklahoma move into the top five?

This was supposed to be one of Bob Stoops' smaller classes and for a time it looked like he was taking his time building it up. But things have started to pick up and while it's not as flashy as the school's Red River rival to the South, it brings in several quality pieces along the line and at receiver. In the running for the overall number one recruit and a handful of other top 300 players means the Sooners have nowhere to go but up and might be able to crack the top five depending on who they land. If that happens, it would be a major coup for Stoops considering he lost a talented recruiter in Brent Venables and had to help brother Mike readjust to recruiting players back to Norman.

3. How much better is TCU's class with the Big 12 draw?

From the looks of it, Gary Patterson is bringing in one of his most talented recruiting classes during his tenure in Fort Worth. If the Horned Frogs can't compete in the Big 12, it won't be for lack of resources - brand new facilities should be open by the season - or lack of talent. The team was young last season but still wound up taking the Mountain West conference title and upsetting Boise State and they'll add several players with top-end speed to help fill-out the depth chart. There's more skill position talent for TCU than lineman this year so that will be interesting to note going forward but in landing players like tight end Griffin Gilbert or Elite 11 quarterback Tyler Matthews, Patterson has shown that the conference realignment shuffling has paid off for the school on the recruiting trail.

4. Why is everybody Juco crazy?

One sign that this is something to keep an eye on in the conference this year is the mere fact that Brown is bringing a pair of Jucos to Austin for the first time in a decade. Charlie Weis is hoping for a quick talent influx at Kansas by taking on a host of Jucos and at least two transfers at quarterback. Tommy Tuberville has an impressive eight guys from the junior college ranks headed to Lubbock and, of course, Bill Snyder is going to have plenty lining his recruiting class. As things stand right now, all but one school - TCU - will be bringing in two Jucos come Signing Day which is a bit unusual for the Big 12 as a whole and something to keep an eye out for. It will be interesting to hear the coaches give their press conferences to discuss recruits and give the reason why they dipped into the Juco ranks more than usual this year.

Most impressive class: Texas

Most underrated class: TCU

Work left to do: Kansas

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
1. Dorial Green-Beckham WR Uncommitted
9. Johnathan Gray RB Texas
15. Cayleb Jones WR Texas
33. Malcom Brown DT Texas
48. Durron Neal WR Oklahoma
79. Taylor McNamara TE Oklahoma
84. Thomas Johnson WR Uncommitted
86. Kennedy Estelle OL Texas
88. Wes Lunt QB Oklahoma State
114. Connor Brewer QB Texas
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Chris Chuff and Jim Gush , Baylor
Kenneth Pope, Iowa State
Ron Powlus, Rob Ianello and Buddy Wyatt, Kansas
Michael Smith, Kansas State
Josh Heupel, Mike Stoops and Jay Norvell, Oklahoma
Todd Monken and Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State
Rusty Burns and Jarrett Anderson, TCU
Major Applewhite, Bruce Chambers, Stacy Searles and Duane Akina, Texas
Neal Brown and Robert Prunty, Texas Tech

Head coach under pressure: Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech

Top Big 12 class prediction: Texas

Top Big 12 signee: Johnathan Gray

Big 12 school-by-school
Program Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 WR Kiante Griffin
RB Rashodrick Linwood
DE Javonte Magee
LB Brian Nance
It definitely looks like the Bears experienced a little bounce from their remarkable season and back-to-back years of going to a bowl game. There's some very quick players in this group and Magee and Nance are absolute steals.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 QB Grant Rohach
WR Quan West
OL Duaron Williams
West and Rohach might be hooking up in the passing game a lot down the road as each are very good gets for the Cyclones. After that, there's a lot of 'we'll see.'
- Team page
- Commitment list
13 DB Greg Allen
TE Charles Brooks
Not included but it'd be remiss to not point out is the fact that Weis landed two solid quarterbacks in Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps this year. After that it remains to be see what kind of impact this group can have.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 WR Marquez Clark
LB Will Davis
Clark and Davis might be able to play early but as usual for Kansas State, it might take a few games or years to assess what the 2012 group can do.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 OL John Michael McGee
TE Taylor McNamara
WR Durron Neal
WR Derrick Woods
The offense reloads at receiver quite well and Neal has a chance to be a special playmaker with his talent. The offensive line also gets a nice boost with McGee and Ty Darlington in the interior.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 WR C.J. Curry
QB Wes Lunt
OL Michael Wilson
Curry could see plenty of early playing and looks like he's the latest in a long line of talented Cowboys receivers. The defensive players are all very solid with LB/DE Jeremiah Tshimanda a very intriguing player who can pass rush early on.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Devonte Fields
ATH Daje Johnson
QB Tyler Matthews
Very few teams in the country are bringing in as fast, collectively, a group as the Horned Frogs are. Johnson is a special talent and Matthews can take his time to develop into a nice signal-caller.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DT Malcom Brown
RB Johnathan Gray
WR Cayleb Jones
OL Curtis Riser
Just another ho-hum group of stars for the Longhorns. The class is highlighted by Gray, who set just about every record imaginable in high school and should be a factor early on in running the ball.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 QB Clayton Nicholas
OL Michael Starts
WR Dominique Wheeler
Nichols is still a bit raw but is tough and has the tools to be a good quarterback in the Tech offense. Wheeler is a dynamic talent who easily has a chance to start early.

Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:39 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Sumlin hitting recruiting trail hard at Texas A&M


Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M has not been a regular occurrence in the top 10 team rankings after Signing Day but the school has still done fairly well all on the recruiting trail all things considered. The Aggies are currently 11th in the Maxpreps team rankings and have a good shot to move up and be yet another SEC team within striking distance of the top spot with their class of 2012. New head coach Kevin Sumlin has been on a whirlwind, non-stop march to grab some of the best and brightest in the state of Texas since taking over the program last month and hopes to bring a little more consistency to A&M's recruiting efforts over the coming months and years.

Although most of the leg work for this year's class was done by Mike Sherman and the previous staff, Sumlin has kept things together remarkably well and is even adding a few new recruits here and there. He sat down with CBSSports.com for a wide-ranging Q&A.to discuss his recruiting strategy, how he plans to transition the school to the SEC and why his familiarity with players from being at Houston is an advantage.

CBSSports.com: You're bringing Kliff Kingsbury with you as offensive coordinator, what kind of coach and recruiter is he and how much of an advantage is it to have a guy a lot of recruits grew up seeing play?

Sumlin: "Kliff has been around us for the last four years at Houston. He's done a great job with the quarterbacks, not just Case Keenum but the others. I think we were 13th in the country (in passing) two years ago with a true freshman, 4th string quarterback. He's a great mind and a great player and the kids bond with him.

"It doesn't hurt (in recruiting). There are a lot of kids who know who he is, a lot of parents in the state of Texas who know who he is and remember him for what he accomplished (at Texas Tech). So it doesn't hurt us at all in recruiting, particularly among quarterbacks."

Have you been able to figure out what you have to work with at A&M already
and how do you see the transition going? 


"Winning helps in recruiting. What you want to do is, and what we've done wherever we've been, is utilize the talent that is there and recruit more. We didn't have some big fullbacks at Houston, we had a couple of midgets who were fast. Your job is to win games.

"Some people will look at it as, 'Well, you're losing your quarterback, losing receivers, losing running backs.' But sometimes when you have a young quarterback it's better because you're not having to break somebody down. We've got a freshman that's coming in January (Matt Davis), Johnny Manziel is a redshirt freshman and Jameil Showers is a sophomore. That's three young guys coming into the spring competing. We tried to recruit those guys at Houston too."

How big is it that you know a lot of the roster from recruiting them at Houston?

"We did try to recruit a lot of those guys at Houston so obviously we thought highly of them as prospects. It's going to be fun. Those kids look at is as being fun and they're comfortable with us because they know us."

What's the reception been like in general?

"It's been great. The biggest question I think was what was going to happen to recruiting. For about two weeks, we really just held it together until the Dead Period. We'll have another huge recruiting weekend coming up, the next two weekends will be critical. For the better part of a month, I've been recruiting players and coaches. Coaches are a heck of a lot harder."

Did you make it a point to look for coaches with SEC experience?

"Somebody said that to me, that you have to have coaches with SEC experience. I look at it this way, I've seen it and I know what it looks like. I've coached in two national championship games and every BCS bowl game there is. There's nothing higher than that in college football. We beat Mississippi State in Starkville a couple of years ago with a little bitty team. We'll be alright."

Do you expect some growing pains with the staff transition and the move to a new league?

"There's always growing pains. People forget that at Houston, we started out 1-3. I like the fact that people have forgotten about that. But it gets to a point where the players have a feel for you and you have a feel for them and then you can feel comfortable and handle adversity. I think I'm a better coach now then I was then.

"It helped me to be able out to practice and get a feel for personnel. It helped to go clean up the recruiting board because here are the numbers but here's where we're deficient maybe talent-wise. We've adjusted some of the numbers in recruiting because of that."

A lot of people have questioned the move to the SEC, is there any worry in regards to the level of competition?

"Why isn't it a positive? What's bad about it? You're playing in the best division in the best league in the country. I knew that before I took the job. It's not something they sprung on me. I look forward to it.

"It hasn't hurt (recruiting). We walk around with (SEC logos) on shirts and stuff like that and it hasn't hurt recruiting at all. There are certain kids that just like to compete against what they think is the best league and the best players and be a part of that. Sure it's going to take some work but it also is an opportunity, it gives you a clear choice in the state of Texas right now. It really gives you a division of schools, not just the universities but leagues. You've got the Big East, the Big 12 and the SEC and I think kids pay attention to that."

Of the six straight BCS titles, four teams have won them. Does that parity, if you can call it that, lend encouragement that you can play at a high level in the league?

"If I were to tell you, just five years ago, that Florida or Tennessee were not in the SEC Championship Game and you're talking about South Carolina and Georgia, that's just how much the league has changed. Five, six years ago, the argument was the East was the dominate side. When you look back at it, it's gone back and forth. It's hard to say Tennessee and Florida won't be back. South Carolina was in the game last year for the first time and won 10 or 11 this year. There's been some shifts in power over the last 10, 15 years. From that stand point, you've got to feel good. We're not coming into the league with a short stick, we've got resources. I think we've got a talent pool in the state of Texas and, to a certain extent, Louisiana, that we can draw on and help us and sustain us. So you've got to be encouraged.

Does it help that you coached at A&M before and know the lay of the land there?

"It does. It's a unique place and it has a lot of tradition. A university where, from the outside, you might not understand it but it such a unique environment. I think when we travel and play in some of the venues in the SEC, there may be some people who may be a little shocked when they walk into (Kyle Field) the first time. It is a great place to play, passionate fans, students that stand the whole game. I've come out of both locker rooms there and sometimes you can't even hear anything. As a player and coach, that's the kind of environment you look for. I think that's why we'll be a good fit in the SEC."

Do you worry about other SEC schools invading and recruiting Texas?

"No, I don't worry about that. They came to Houston before this. It's just part of it and it's not going to change."

Did your last game at Houston and the way you went out stick with you a bit?

"It gets under my skin a little bit. I did a poor job. Anytime you play like that, it gets back to you as a coach. Nobody played well, nobody coached well. It was just a poor performance. We've learned from everything. Positives, negatives, handling adversity, that's what you do. Every time, win or lose, we go back and evaluate ourselves and we evaluate ourselves just as much in a win as a loss. You can't take anything for granted and it's damn hard to win every game. We got close but it's hard to do."


Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:47 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 1:49 pm
 

Pre-Signing Day Big 12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the Big 12.

   Baylor (22)

Offensive lineman Tre-Von Armstead (Port Arthur, Texas)
Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive end Dominique Banks (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Devin Chafin (Burkburnett, Texas)
Athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Linebacker Kendall Ehrlich (Pearland, Texas)
Defensive tackle Zorrell Ezell (Humble, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Fuller (Wylie, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Linebacker Eddie Lackey (Riverside, Calif./Riverside JUCO)
Running back Rashodrick Linwood (Linden, Texas)
Defensive end Javonte Magee (San Antonio, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Brian Nance (Euless, Texas)
Defensive end Jamal Palmer (McKinney, Texas)
Defensive back Ryan Reid (Sherman, Texas)
Quarterback Seth Russell (Garland, Texas)
Defensive back Zach Sanchez (Keller, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Searcy (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JUCO)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)

   Iowa State (23)

Defensive end Pierre Aka (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Collin Bevins (Creston, Iowa)
Offensive lineman Daniel Burton (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Wide receiver Dondre Daley (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jacob Dunning (Leander, Texas)
Wide receiver Patrick Harris (Groveland, Fla.)
Defensive end Ishmail Hayes (Brenham, Texas)
Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Athlete Damein Lawry (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Mitchell Meyers (The Woodlands, Texas)
Defensive end Cory Morrissey (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western JUCO)
Defensive back T.J. Mutcherson (Tampa, Fla.)
Kicker Cole Netten (Ankeny, Iowa)
Linebacker Adam Pavlenko (Tempe, Ariz.)
Linebacker Eddie Porter (Brenham, Texas/Blinn JUCO)
Athlete Charles Rodgers (Iowa City, Iowa)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)
Linebacker Kane Seeley (Perry, Iowa)
Defensive back Cliff Stokes (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley JUCO)
Wide receiver Quan West (Willis, Texas)
Linebacker Darius White (Bradenton, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Duaron Williams (Orlando, Fla.)

   Kansas (13)

Defensive back Greg Allen (Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Brian Beckmann (Overland Park, Kan.)
Tight end Charles Brooks (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale JUCO)
Offensive lineman Sean Connolly (Lakewood, Ohio)
Running back Taylor Cox (Weed, Calif.)
Wide receiver Josh Ford (Yumz, Ariz./Arizona Western JUCO)
Defensive tackle Tyler Holmes (Sachse, Texas)
Defensive tackle Ty McKinney (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley JUCO)
Wide receiver Tre Parmalee (Overland Park, Kan.)
Defensive tackle Chaquil Reed (Wichita, Kan./Butler Juco)
Defensive back H.B. Rosser (Clarksville, Texas)
Tight end Jordan Smith (Waco, Texas)
Defensive end Keon Stowers (Milledgeville, Ga.)

   Kansas State (15)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive tackle Travis Britz (Harrisonville, Mo.)
Wide receiver Deante Burton (Manhattan, Kan.)
Wide receiver Marquez Clark (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JUCO)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Offenisve lineman Aderius Epps (Cedar Hill, Texas)
Defensive back Kent Gainous (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley JUCO)
Defensive tackle Wesley Hollingshed (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley JUCO)
Running back Charles Jones (Mandeville, La.)
Running back Jarvis Leverett (Katy, Texas)
Wide receiver Tray Rabon (Dallas, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tavon Rooks (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JUCO)
Athlete Matt Seiwert (Conway Springs, Kan.)
Tight end Cody Small (Cypress, Texas)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)

   Oklahoma (18)

Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Kasseim Everett (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce JUCO)
Tight end Brannon Green (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott JUCO)
Tight end Laith Harlow (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Trey Metoyer (Chatham, Va./Hargrave Military Academy)
Wide receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Chaz Nelson (Garden City, Kan./Garden City JUCO)
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Running back David Smith (Midlothian, Ill.)
Linebacker Eric Striker (Seffner, Fla.)
Athlete Charles Tapper (Baltimore, Md.)
Wide receiver Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

   Oklahoma State (20)

Wide receiver Chance Allen (Missouri City, Texas)
Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JUCO)
Offensive lineman Greg Brantley (Carthage, Texas)
Defensive end Trace Clark (Wichita, Kan.)
Wide receiver C.J. Curry (Flowery Branch, Ga.)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Offensive lineman Chris Grishby (Clute, Texas/Blinn Juco)
Defensive end Victor Irokansi (Pflugerville, Texas)
Tight end Blake Jackson (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale JUCO)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Offensive lineman Paul Lewis (Galena Park, Texas)
Quarterback Wes Lunt (Rochester, Ill.)
Defensive end Emmanuel Ogabah (Richmond, Texas)
Defensive back Kevin Peterson (Wagoner, Okla.)
Athlete Dominic Ramacher (Denton, Texas)
Wide receiver Brandon Sheperd (Chesterfield, Mo.)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)
Tight end Zac Veatch (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Wide receiver Blake Webb (The Woodlands, Texas)
Offensive lineman Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas)

  TCU
(20)

Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Tight end Gerren Ballard (Whitewright, Texas)
Offensive lineman Chad Childs (La Grange, Texas)
Running back B.J. Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Ricky Collins (Kilgore JUCO, Kilgore, Texas)
Defensive end Devonte Fields (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Keivon Gamble (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley JUCO)
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas)
Linebacker A.J. Hilliard (Klein, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Hunt (El Campo, Texas)
Defensive back Zach Jackson (Snellville, Ga.)
Athlete Daje Johnson (Plugerville, Texas)
Athlete Kolby Listenbee (Arlington, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker James MccFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Kicker Jaden Oberkrom (Arlington, Texas)
Kicker Ethan Perry (Spring Branch, Texas)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas)
Offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Haltom City, Texas)

   Texas (24)

Defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette (Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Adrian Colbert (Mineral Wells, Texas)
Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle (Pearland, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Donald Hawkins (Senatoba, Miss./Northwest Mississippi JUCO)
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas)
Defensive tackle Brandon Moore (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi JUCO)
Defensive tackle Alex Norman (Dallas, Texas)
Athlete Jalen Overstreet (Tatum, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas)
Defensive back Kevin Vaccaro (Brownwood, Texas)

   Texas Tech (24)

Defensive end Lee Adams (Riverside, Calif./Riverside JUCO)
Defensive back Micah Awe (Mansfield, Texas)
Wide receiver Javon Bell (Perkinston, Miss./Gulf Coast JUCO)
Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Offensive lineman Rashad Fortenberry (Perkinston, Miss./Gulf Coast JUCO)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri, Texas)
Athlete Sadale Foster (Riverside, Calif./Riverside JUCO)
Defensive back Bruce Jones (Riverside, Calif./Riverside JUCO)
Offensive lineman Jared Kaster (Altair, Texas)
Offensive lineman Trey Keenan (Argyle, Texas)
Defensive tackle J.J. Lollar (College Station, Texas)
Defensive back La'Darius Newbold (Lancaster, Texas)
Defensive back Thierry Nguema (Corona, Calif.)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Linebacker Chris Payne (Perkinston, Miss./Gulf Coast JUCO)
Defensive end Chase Robison (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Anthony Smith (Houston, Texas)
Linebacker Will Smith (Riverside, Calif./Riverside JUCO)
Offensive lineman Michael Starts (Waco, Texas)
Defensive back Austin Stewart (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce JUCO)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas)
Running back Quinton White (College Station, Texas)
Athlete Kris Williams (Dallas, Texas)




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Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:59 am
 

Live Chat: Bryan Fischer talks Recruiting

Join recruiting blogger Bryan Fischer for a live chat at 1 p.m. ET to talk about the Top 25 Recruiting Rankings, which has Alabama at No. 1.

Can Alabama and Nick Saban dominate the college football world for the next few seasons? How are USC and Oregon doing recruiting wise? What should we expect on National Signing Day on Feb. 1? Join us to answer these questions and more.


Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:55 am
 

1/10 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

 Alabama won the national title last night and could be in line for another in February based on the updated Maxpreps team rankings.

TCU is recruiting and signing elite athletes with their move to the Big 12.

 Five West Virginia recruits are already enrolled for the spring.

A look at Georgia's big board and who they have left to recruit.

 Running back David Smith picked up a late Oklahoma offer and will visit the school officially.

 Cal commit Bryce Treggs apparently likes to express himself at basketball games.

 Todd Graham's first commitment at Arizona State is a Canadian.

 Texas recruit Johnathan Gray is in a walking boot after a high ankle sprain suffered in the Under Armour game.
 
 
 
 
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