Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:06 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Georgia and Georgia Tech might sign a few more recruits in 2012. Mark Richt has never been a part of one controversey.
The full, behind the scenes story of how Shaq Thompson signed with Washington.
Notre Dame is a finalist for the late recruitment of Davonte Neal.
Offensive lineman Zach Hannon has Arkansas as his top team.
BYU is slowing down the offer process after a fast start for the 2013 class.
Quarterback Asiantii Woulard has USF near the top of his list.
Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott is visiting Nebraska this weekend.
UConn is already looking at 2013 recruits.
Michigan offered sophomore offensive lineman Andy Bauer.
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:33 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The good recruiting news in the Pac-12 isn't limited to USC and Washington in these final hours before signing day, nor is just the Trojans and Huskies who are proving they can pull quality recruits from outside their immediate recruiting footprint--just ask Utah and Washington State.
The Utes received a key pledge Tuesday from Dallas-area four-star guard Hiva Lutui, who picked Utah over competing offers from USC and Ute archrivals BYU.
The 6'2", 275-pound Lutui is the second player from Euless Trinity to commit to a BCS school in a matter of days, following Trojan defensive end Polo Manukainiu, who committed to Texas A&M. Lutui was named a first-team Maxpreps U.S. Air Force All-American after a dominating senior season and ranks as the No. 21 interior lineman in the 2012 class. Tom Lemming writes of Lutui:
He is a dominator from the word go. There's no OL prospect in the state of Texas who has completely dominated the way Mr. Lutui has over the past two years. He plays tackle and guard and is best suited to play guard in college. A mean, tough, and nasty disposition, he has very good straight ahead speed, dominates the point of attack, and has enough mobility to keep the defense honest.
Allison is a 6'1, 210-pound defensive playmaker from Dorsey High School who could play either outside linebacker or defensive end for the Cougars. He averaged better than a sack and a half per game and just over six tackles.
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:24 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Great story about the long journey to South Carolina for commit Shaq Roland.
Washington has one solid quarterback commitment and another they're not 100% sure about.
Chip Kelly landed his big fish in Arik Armstead.
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker is ready for Florida.
Baylor is doing a very good job on the recruiting trail this year.
Recruiting is on the upswing for Utah, BYU and others in the state.
Arkansas is Missouri's new talent rival.
Alabama's Junior Day was very, very successful.
Oklahoma added junior college offensive tackle Will Latu over the weekend.
Linebacker BJ Bello made a last minute flip to Illinois.
Michigan State came close to filling out its class with the commitments of wide receiver Monty Madaris and running back Marcus Horne.
Colorado added two commits over the weekend.
Texas Tech grabbed a late pledge from Juco cornerback Olaoluwa Falemi.
Nice pick up for Houston in wide receiver Andrew Rodriguez.
Vanderbilt continues to grow their class, adding offensive lineman Kevin McCoy after a visit.
Wide receiver Travin Henry committed to Georgia Tech.
Sleeper linebacker Courtney Arnick has decided to play for Kansas.
Another wide receiver is going to Arkansas with the commitment of Demetrius Wilson.
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Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:54 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 11:19 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. For a snapshot of the Non-BCS recruiting scene, we will take a close look at independents Notre Dame and BYU, as well as the five schools headed to the Big East in 2013: Boise State, Houston, San Diego State, SMU, and UCF.
1. How quickly will Gunner Kiel see the field at Notre Dame?
One of the storylines of Gunner Kiel's recruitment was the star quarterback's inability to make up his mind. Some have suggested that playing time is a big concern for Kiel, and there is no guarantee on when he may take the starting position. The first-string quarterback spot is there for the taking, but head coach Brian Kelly has already shown a happy trigger finger when it comes to switching signal-callers. How is Kiel, who seemed to be always eyeing greener grass, going take it if and/or when he is sent to the pine.
2. Will there be an effect from the assistant coach changeover at Boise State?
2012 kicked off with Chris Petersen losing two valuable members of his coaching staff to BCS schools. Will Muschamp tapped offensive coordinator Brent Pease to join his staff in Florida, then special teams coach Jeff Choate left to join Mike Leach's staff at Washington State just a week later. Both coaches played a big role in recruiting the 2012 class, and there was some concern that the staff shakeup could have an effect in recruiting. A firm commitment from QB Nick Patti after Pease's move to Florida was a good sign for Boise State. This class still stacks up well against previous groups, but you wonder if/when we will start seeing an on-field effect of this assistant exodus.
3. Schools on the move
Navy recently added themselves to the group of schools headed towards the Big East, leaving Army, BYU, and Notre Dame as the last FBS independents after 2015. The Black Knights have been fairly grounded in their independent status, but both the Irish and Cougars have flirted with the notions of joining one of the power conferences. In announcing their move to the Big East, Navy school officials mentioned the scheduling difficulties associated with being an independent. As more schools hold future dates for conference play, it had become increasingly difficult to assemble a competitive schedule without that built-in slate of opponents. If the Big 12 comes calling again to BYU, Navy's move might have the Cougars reconsidering their options.
Assistant recruiters of note:
Bob Diaco and Mike Denbrock, Notre Dame
Sean Beckton, UCF
Carlton Hall, Houston
Tony White, San Diego State
Jeff Reinebold, SMU
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Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 4:30 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The class of 2012 rankings won't be updated for a few more weeks but with the high school football season over, it's not too hard to see what players might be moving their way up in the rankings and who might slide down a little bit. Here's a look at each position group and some players that might be a little higher on the board come January.
On the way up: Ramsey (N.J.) five-star end Darius Hamilton.
What did he do: A terror for opposing offensive lines all season, Hamilton was a constant presence in his opponents' backfield. In the state championship game alone he had a hand in four sacks and you would need a super computer to count the number of defensive pressures he had this year. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder finished his senior year with 74 tackles and an impressive 17 sacks.
The case: He's already a five-star so he won't get a bump in that department but based on his season, should move up into the 20's in the overall rankings (he's 38th right now) and at least leap-frog Dante Fowler among defensive ends given that Fowler didn't play a snap this season. Bosco had a great season and Hamilton was a big reason why.
Also on the way up: Jelani Hamilton (Committed to Miami), Tyriq McCord, Faith Ekakitie (Committed to Iowa)
On the way down: Dante Fowler (Committed to Florida State)
On the way up: Prattville (Ala.) defensive tackle Justin Shanks (committed to Florida State)
What did he do: Despite often drawing double or triple teams, Shanks was a key cog in Prattville's 3-4 defense this season. He racked up 60 tackles and 5.5 sacks but was a big factor in stopping the run. He's got a great motor and helped lead his team to a state title.
The case: Shanks is ranked 21st among defensive tackles - one spot behind future teammate Dalvon Stuckey. He put together a great season and has the size, speed, and quickness you look for in a run-stopping interior lineman.
Also on the way up: Sheldon Day (Committed to Notre Dame), Dante Phillips (Committed to Florida)
On the way down: Aziz Shittu
On the way up: Stone Mountain (Ga.) linebacker Raphael Kirby (Committed to Miami) and Madison (Ala.) linebacker Reggie Ragland (Committed to Alabama)
What did they do: Kirby had a great senior year and really showed his speed and explosiveness off his senior year. He played inside for Stephenson but projects well as an outside linebacker who can do well in pass coverage despite being a little undersized. In contrast, Ragland looks like he's ready to play for the Crimson Tide in New Orleans this season. He's another prototype inside backer that runs well and is a great tackler in space or in traffic.
The case: Both sit outside the top 10 at their positions and don't have a spot on the overall rankings but that should change. Each has a chance to play early and develop into all-conference selections.
Also on the way up: Anaheim (Calif.) inside backer Butch Pauu (Committed to BYU) and Norfolk (Va.) inside backer Kwontie Moore (Committed to Virginia).
On the way up: Miramar (Fla.) corner Tracy Howard.
What did he do: You can tell how good a cornerback is by how often teams don't throw their way and hardly anybody in the state of Florida even looked Howard's way. He still ended the season with an impressive 10 picks and was easily one of the best defenders along the East Coast.
The case: Howard has been a star for a while now and though he doesn't have 4.3-40 speed, is still fast and fluid. He's also very instinctive and really attacks the ball in the air. Howard is ranked as the 20th best cornerback but should easily be in the top 10 at the very least.
Also on the way up: Pasadena (Calif.) corner Kevon Seymour, Elk Grove (Calif.) corner Marcus Rios (Committed to UCLA), Ocala (Fla.) defensive back P.J. Williams (committed to Florida State).
On the way down: Westlake Village (Calif.) corner Ishmael Adams.
On the way up: Fairfax (S.C.) safety Ronald Geohaghan (committed to Clemson)
What did he do: He's a terrific athlete who can play just about any back seven position if needed. He's best suited as a safety and is rangy and physical enough to take away entire parts of the field.
The case: Geohaghan currently sits as the 23rd-ranked safety in the Maxpreps rankings and based on his physical play and coverage skills should see a bump in the position rankings.
On the way down: Lakewood (Wash.) safety Cedric Dozier, College Park (Ga.) defensive back Chaz Elder.
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Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:13 am
Posted By Bryan Fischer
Steve Spurrier thinks his new extension will help recruiting.
New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman says he'll recruit the state as hard as anyone.
Michigan had a decommitment from cornerback Anthony Standifer.
Urban Meyer is a recruiting threat to Michigan State and Michigan. Bri'onte Dunn is solid to the Buckeyes.
Oregon offensive lineman Mark Asper had some interesting things to say about being recruited by BYU.
Georgia extended an offer to junior running back Tyren Jones.
Defensive lineman Tyler Nero will take an official visit to Arkansas in January.
Mississippi State added JUCO defensive end Denico Autry.
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:11 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Boise State was on a bye this past week but they did some work on the recruiting trail, grabbing a commitment from Eagle (Idaho) athlete D.J. Dean Sunday night.
“It’s close to home. I know a lot of people don’t like that, but for me, all my family is here and it will give them an opportunity to see me play,” Dean told the Idaho Statesman. “Everything I love to do is in Idaho. I didn’t have a reason to leave or keep looking at schools. When I got the offer, I knew it was what I needed to do.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety/wide receiver also held an offer from Idaho and is teammates with BYU commit Tanner Mangum.
“They said they’re leaning toward receiver, but that’s not 100 percent,” Dean said of which position he would play for the Broncos.
Dean's pledge gives Boise State 16 for the class of 2012.
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:50 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Mike Sherman finally breaks his silence on Texas A&M's move to the SEC and discusses the impact on recruiting.
Minnesota is the first offer for defensive end Corey Vereen.
Several top 2013 recruits in Georgia are playing at the Rising Seniors Bowl, including Robert Nkemdiche and UGA commit Brice Ramsey.
Junior quarterback Tyrone Swoops holds offers from Texas and Stanford, with Notre Dame about to offer shortly.
Arkansas coaches are hitting the road to recruit with the team on a bye week.
Tough news for BYU commit Phillip Amone, who is out for the year with a torn ACL.
Michigan State is using the Michigan game to host several top juniors.
Safety Leo Thomas decommited from Arizona following Mike Stoops' firing.
LSU has a huge edge recruiting in-state talent.