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Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 9:49 am
 

10/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Top recruits continue to check out Michigan State, especially with a rivalry game against Michigan coming up.

The Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma has a Signing Day impact as well.

With Ohio State rolling in for a big night game, recruiting is the second big game for Nebraska this week.

Several recruits have not panned out for Kentucky, leading to their struggles.

TCU's addition to the Big 12 could have a minor effect on Oklahoma and Oklahoma State recruiting.

Hosting defending national champion Auburn makes for a big recruiting weekend for Arkansas.

Michigan is going after 2013 linebacker Michael Hutchings early in the recruiting process.

Top tight end Kent Taylor will announce October 27th between Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia and LSU.

A Washington recruiting update with the Huskies on a bye week.

Florida State commit Dante Fowler is setting up official visits to other schools.

Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Tennessee heads north for DT Danny O'Brien

Posted by Bryan Fischer

College coaches are always trying to recruit a year ahead so they can get a jump on offering the next must-have recruit. Tennessee jumped on Flint (Mich.) defensive tackle Danny O'Brien early, extending him his first scholarship offer, and that paid off Thursday afternoon as the big lineman committed to the Vols.

“The feeling I felt at Tennessee was just a feeling I never got at other schools,” O’Brien told 247Sports. “I definitely can see myself there for four to five years, and I can’t wait to play at Neyland Stadium.”

One of the top interior linemen in the Midwest, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound O'Brien selected Tennessee over offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida, Iowa and Michigan State. While the early offer certainly helped the Vols' case, the deciding factor in favor of the program was the connection he made with his primary recruiter.

"I’m close with a lot of the coaches, but definitely (linebackers) coach (Peter) Sirmon," O'Brien said. "We’ve been on the phone every other week since I was a sophomore, and he helped me through a lot of things I’d gone through in recruiting. He connected with me, and I’m however many miles away. Those coaches are tremendous, and they do a great job there. I can’t wait to play for them.”

O'Brien is the 18th commitment for Tennessee in the class of 2012 and the fourth along the defensive line.

"He refuses to stay blocked, does a great job of handling the double-team, and he's very athletic for a 285 pounder with good lateral agility," analyst Tom Lemming said of O'Brien. "He moves well down the line, has a great motor, and never lets up. I really like this young man's potential, desire, and attitude."
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 10:49 am
 

10/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Number one recruit Dorial Green-Beckham could be at Arkansas' game against Auburn this week.

Tennessee linebacker commit Justin King had to switch to quarterback to help his high school team out.

Shane Beamer is one of Virginia Tech's best recruiters and not just Frank Beamer's son.

Al Golden is satisfied with Miami's recruiting efforts despite losing two recruits.

Notre Dame recruiting by the numbers.

An Ohio State recruiting notebook.

Michigan State is using the bye week to send out staff members to go see recruits.

For Tennessee and Georgia, recruiting in the Peach state can sometimes trump the game with the school in Athens.

With Texas A&M's move to the SEC, the increased exposure in the state could help recruiting.

Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:58 am
Edited on: October 5, 2011 9:58 am
 

10/5 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- New rules will change the state of recruiting at junior colleges.

Defensive tackle Danny O'Brien will announce his commitment on Thursday and is considering Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Alabama.

Alabama commitment Brandon Greene could switch his commitment to Georgia.

Mississippi State's assistant recruiting coordinator Mark Ouimet has resigned.

Offensive lineman Kyle Murphy will take an official visit to Florida.

Luke Adams quietly committed to UCF late Sunday night.

Running back Drake Martinez was offered by Nebraska.

Jordan Washington talked about getting an offer from Ohio State.

Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Surveying the Field: Shell breaking records

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.



Recruiting Roundup

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.

Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Recruiting & Realignment: How does it shake out?


Posted by Bryan Fischer

Peering into the crystal ball is something recruitniks do all the time. Which kid goes where? Is this recruit leaning toward school X or school Y? He talked about early playing time but he also wants to play with his friend in the Big Ten.

There are so many data points but it is still an inexact science. It's hard, but someone has to do it.

With all of the conference realignment news still swirling around college football, it's time once again to look into the future (The future? Yes, the future) and see - at least for the short term - what the landscape might look like. CBSSports.com has gathered up all of our experts on both the football side and the basketball side to project what all six of the current BCS automatic qualifying conferences will look like in 2014.

RapidReports: Up to the minute realignment updates
Eye on College Football: Conference Realignment Central

From the looks of it, no conference is going kaput. There is some shrinking and some bloating but all-in-all, it's just a few alteration from what the landscape will look like in 2012. Here are our projections for further conference realignment once the current wheeling and dealings are complete:

  • Big Ten -- remains at 12 teams
  • Pac-12 -- remains at 12 teams
  • SEC -- Adds Texas A&M and Virginia Tech
  • Big 12 -- Adds BYU to replace Texas A&M, but only in football
  • ACC -- Adds Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Loses Virginia Tech to the SEC
  • Big East -- loses Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Adds TCU, Houston and UCF; Navy and Air Force as football schools.

So we’ve got six conferences ranging in size from 12 to 16 programs. Which is strongest on the recruiting trail? Which is the deepest? Most top-heavy? Let’s take a look in alphabetical order.




Current picture: Four top 25 teams, 2-3 coaches on the hot seat.

#4 Florida State
#6 Virginia
#7 Miami
#17 Clemson

Future outlook: Jimbo Fisher appears to have the Seminoles back and recruiting like they were in the 1990's. Not only is Florida State attracting top talent, they're closing well and look to be a perennial contender with top five class after top five class. Clemson has recruited very well under Dabo Swinney but that hasn't translated into the bowl games the Tigers want to be playing in - which is one reason 2011 is make or break for him. One figures that Miami will get hit with serious NCAA sanctions that will hamper their recruiting abilities going forward. At the same time, the Hurricanes getting fewer players out of their own backyard could allow other schools in the conference to come in and grab better players - which could be a nice boost for schools such as Virginia or Maryland. The additions of UConn, Pitt and Syracuse don't do too much but do provide increased access to both states for the northern end of the conference.




Current picture: Three top 25 teams, one coach on the hot seat.

#2 Texas
#16 Oklahoma
#19 Missouri

Future outlook: The conference everybody is talking about will continue to be the conference everybody will be talking about. Texas and Oklahoma will still be Texas and Oklahoma as long as Mack Brown and Bob Stoops are on the sidelines for the Red River Rivalry every year. The Big 12 staying together means that schools such as Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri and others will continue to have access to a good number of Texas high school players - key in any success any of them have had over the years. Texas will still grab the best players in the state, that much won't change no matter what happens. There could be increased competition however, with Texas A&M being able to play the 'We're in the SEC' card. That probably hurts Oklahoma and Oklahoma State more than anyone. BYU will enjoy reaching into the Southwest even more than they currently do.




Current picture: Two top 25 teams, one coach on the hot seat.

#18 Cincinnati
#24 Rutgers

Future outlook: The realignment shakeup is all about the survival of the fittest but the Big East is, without a doubt, the least fit. They have had schools make waves in the national picture before but they've done so largely by coaching up players, not grabbing five-star recruits. Cincinnati has done a good job in the Midwest and should be helped out by nearby powerhouse Ohio State being down slightly. Rutgers is on shaky ground if Greg Schiano is let go but, if he sticks around, they should be a program that is helped by the trickle affect of Miami being down since they recruit Florida well. Not much is lost with the three schools going to the ACC, a good number of programs will still continue to recruit in states such as Pennsylvania and New York for players. TCU and West Virginia will probably be the top dogs in the rankings with both having strong ties to Texas and Dana Holgorsen's reputation proceeding him. UCF is a hidden gem that adds the most since Orlando has really come along in terms of number of BCS players the area produces.





Current picture: Five top 25 teams, two coaches on the hot seat.

#1 Michigan
#13 Penn State
#20 Indiana
#21 Michigan State
#23 Wisconsin

Future outlook: Oh how the tables have been turned (off the field) in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. No one in the Big Ten has taken advantage of the turmoil in Columbus than the Wolverines under Brady Hoke. Given the quick turnaround, national prominence of the program and Hoke's ties to California, don't expect to see much drop off in Michigan recruiting over the next few years if they continue to win. Joe Paterno figures to retire at some point but Penn State sits in the middle of a talent-rich state and will continue to a solid job on the recruiting trail going forward. New Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson has done good job early on in locking up in-state talent and landing the number one quarterback in the country is a giant block to build on with future recruiting classes. Ohio State has been hampered with all that has gone but if they hire a top flight coach - as one would expect - all bets are off. The recruits in the state of Ohio alone will be able to keep them in the upper echelon of the conference regardless. Also watch out for Wisconsin, which will likely start getting better quality recruits the next few years following their success on the field.




Current picture: Two top 25 teams, five coaches on the hot seat.

#15 Arizona State
#25 Washington

Future outlook: A few strong years of West Coast talent will form the basis of a strong conference going forward. The biggest cause for concern is the number of coaches who are on the hot seat and can lose their jobs. For some programs, that means starting over in recruiting. For others, it could be an upgrade. With both Los Angeles programs each dealing with some issues, the amount of talent available to programs like Washington, Utah, Colorado and others has never been higher. NCAA issues at Oregon might hamper the Ducks a little but as long as they're wearing a crazy uniform and have Phil Knight writing checks, they'll be ok. USC has continued to get top talent despite and should rebound from sanctions quicker than most programs because of that. If anything though, California will become much more of a battleground state with more programs looking at the recruits coming out the next few years.




Current picture: Eight top 25 teams, two coaches on the hot seat.

#3 Florida
#5 Alabama
#8 Texas A&M
#9 Auburn
#10 Virginia Tech
#11 LSU
#14 South Carolina
#22 Vanderbilt

Future outlook: The nation's best conference on the field and the recruiting trail will only get better with the additions of Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. It's scary, actually, to think about. LSU, the Mississippi schools, Florida and Alabama should all benefit to increased access to Texas and the Aggies won't be any slouch by telling recruits that they can stay home and play in the SEC. The same is true of the state of Virginia, which has annually produced plenty of great players. Other schools have taken advantage of Georgia's increase in FBS talent the past several years and even though UGA has a coach on the hot seat, they'll be able to recruit well because of who's nearby. Will Muschamp has shown there's no drop off in the state of Florida for the Gators going forward and the Alabama-Auburn rivalry is becoming just as fierce on the recruiting trail going forward as the Iron Bowl has been on the field. Bottom line, no one recruits like the SEC and they're only getting stronger with their recent additions.




Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:18 am
 

9/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Two sport star Shaq Goodwin, a receiver in football, has Georgia, UCLA, Florida and Memphis on top of his list and had three schools visit with him recently.
For tight ends like Oklahoma commit Laith Harlow, the recruiting road wasn't paved with gold like others.

Quarterback/athlete Devin Fuller is no longer hearing from South Carolina.

Running back Todd Gurley has dropped Clemson from his top five.

An overview of Ohio State's recruiting efforts recently.

Running back Brandon Watkins is on Michigan State's radar.

Commitments

Offensive lineman Terry Davis committed to N.C. State on Tuesday.
Posted on: September 21, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Elmer gives ND recruiting win over Michigan

By Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak

Steve Elmer attended the instant classic between Notre Dame and Michigan two weeks ago on an unofficial visit with the Wolverines, in which Michigan won 35-31 in the game's closing seconds.

One week later, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound tackle from Midland (Mich.) committed to the Fighting Irish.

Elmer made the verbal pledge to Brian Kelly and the Irish over the weekend during a visit to South Bend, Ind. He chose Notre Dame over Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

According to his father, Steve Sr., Elmer made the call when the time was right for him.

"He has been on many campuses many times. We told him to pick one when he felt comfortable and when he knew with certainty, but don't rush it," he told MaxPreps. "He's a smart kid, very analytical by nature. We are confident and pleased with his decision."

According to Elmer, his trip to the Big House solidified his feelings about Notre Dame.

"I went to the Michigan-Notre Dame game last weekend at the Big House (in Ann Arbor)," Elmer told the Midland Daily News. "I'm being recruited by Michigan. I should be jumping around like the other 115,000 people. But I wasn't happy. I was a little bit upset that Notre Dame lost.

"I just knew, walking out to the car after the game, that I was going to go to Notre Dame. ... That was the defining moment. I really like Michigan too, but when I was upset (after that game), I knew that I couldn't go to Michigan because I loved Notre Dame too much."

Elmer's recruiting stock has skyrocketed over the last six months, where he's emerged as a top offensive linemen in the Class of 2013.

It seemed like Elmer's recruitment would be a photo finish between Michigan and Notre Dame, though Elmer did a great job of not tipping his hand. In retrospect, Notre Dame clearly had the inside track.

"I'm not sure how close it really was between Notre Dame and Michigan," Steve Sr. said. "He really liked the football programs at all four schools, but he followed our original plan and chose the best school for him, the one he would choose even if he wasn't playing ball."

Elmer becomes Notre Dame's first recruit for the class of 2013.

Landing him is an impressive recruiting victory for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish beat out a team in Michigan that currently has the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in 2012 and a blue-chip recruit already in the fold for 2013, Shane Morris.

This will likely not be the last time the two schools do battle in the 2013 cycle.

Both schools would love to pluck Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio) defensive back Cam Burrows from Ohio State's backyard. Burrows told MaxPreps that he was in Ann Arbor when the Wolverines took on Notre Dame, like Elmer, and similarly made the trip to South Bend the following week.

Texas offensive lineman Jake Raulerson also has early offers from Michigan and Notre Dame, though it may be difficult to pull the Celina (Texas) junior from Texas.

Taco Charlton, from Pickerington Central (Ohio), also attended the Michigan vs. Notre Dame game in Ann Arbor. He has an offer from Michigan, but also plans to visit South Bend this fall.
 
 
 
 
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