Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:55 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Notre Dame has started to ramp up recruiting in the class of 2013, not only with a slew of recent offers going out in recent weeks but in picking up a commitment on Wednesday from Columbus (Ohio) athlete Jacob Matuska.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect held offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Michigan, Oklahoma and others. A recent visit to South Bend over the weekend by the defensive end/tight end seamed to seal the deal for the Irish however.
Matuska becomes the second commitment for Notre Dame's class of 2013, joining Midland (Mich.) offensive lineman Steve Elmer. As a junior last season, Matuska caught four touchdowns on offense and racked up 33 tackles on defense.
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:22 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Alabama has only pros and no cons according to the #1 recruit in 2013, Robert Nkemdiche.
Kerry Coombs leaving Cincinnati for Ohio State has shaken up recruiting in the state a little.
Florida and Florida State are the top two for linebacker Stacy Thomas.
Linebacker Mike McCray could pick Michigan this weekend.
Deion Sanders Jr. is bypassing signing with Houston or North Texas to go to prep school in Atlanta.
From UCLA to Alabama, the offers are rolling in for Eddie Vanderdoes.
High school coaches had good things to say when talking about Penn State's new head coach Bill O'Brien.
Running back Eric Harrell picked up his first offer from Kansas.
Ole Miss closed out their 2012 class with cornerback Anthony Standifier and added their third commit in 2013 in wide receiver Dannon Cavil.
Linebacker Reggie Spearman committed to Indiana.
Receiver Austin Bennett pledged to Arkansas over the weekend.
Running back Chase Abbington is staying in state after committing to Missouri.
Tags: Alabama, Anthony Standifer, Arkansas, Austin Bennett, Bill O'Brien, Chase Abbington, Cincinnati, Dannon Cavil, Deion Sanders Jr., Eddie Vanderdoes, Eric Harrell, Florida, Florida State, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kerry Coombs, Michigan, Mike McCray, Missouri, North Texas, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Reggie Spearman, Robert Nkemdiche, Stacy Thomas, UCLA
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:56 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Though most have moved on to next year's recruiting class, Tennessee added one the final pieces to their 2012 group on Wednesday as Jacksonville (Fla.) linebacker Kenneth Bynum signed late with the Volunteers following a visit to Knoxville.
“I had a great time on my visit,” Bynum told InsideTennessee.com.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was committed to Cincinnati but delayed signing in order to visit Tennessee. Bynum also held offers from schools such as North Carolina, Rutgers and West Virginia but was impressed with the UT staff and new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri in particular.
“He is an intense guy and he really seems like he knows his stuff,” Bynum said. “He has coached a lot of great players. I think he is a great coach. It was nice to meet with him.”
Bynum becomes Tennessee's 22nd class of 2012 commitment.
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:11 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 4:13 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Tags: Bennie Coney, Big East, Casey Cochran, Charlie Strong, Chris Bivins, Cincinnati, Conneticut, Deaysean Rippy, Dennis Norfleet, Deontay McManus, Greg Schiano, Kyle Flood, Louisville, Michigan, Nick Dawson, Paul Chryst, Pitt, Pittsbrugh, Ron Thompson, Rushell Shell, Rutgers, Sean Price, Sean Price, Signing Day Grades, South Florida, Syracuse, UConn, USF, West Virginia
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:13 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 10:16 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Linebacker Kenneth Bynum had given his commitment to Cincinnati, but he will not be signing his letter of intent on Wednesday.
Bynum's father confirmed to CBSSports.com on Wednesday morning that his son would delay signing so that he could visit Tennessee this weekend.
The Raines (Fla.) product measures at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds and is considered a three-star prospect.
While February 1st is the first day that recruits can officially sign letters of intent to a school, players don't have to sign right away. Last year Jadeveon Clowney, the top player in the country, didn't sign his letter of intent to play at South Carolina until February 14th.
Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:50 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
A long night for Ole Miss got even longer as the Rebels' Memphis target Sheldon Dawson committed to Georgia Monday instead.
A top athlete projected to play cornerback at the collegiate level, Dawson had long been committed to hometown Memphis but was expected to flip to either the Bulldogs or the nearby Rebels once he began receiving SEC offers. Dawson told Scout.com that he is "100 percent committed" to Georgia and will not consider a late switch to any other team.
"I am definitely signing with Georgia, and I feel relieved to end this process," Dawson said. In addition to the Bulldogs' and Rebels' offers, Dawson visited Cincinnati and claimed interest from Arkansas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.
Maxpreps' Tom Lemming agrees with the consensus that Dawson -- a 5'11", 170-pound athlete from Memphis's Ridgeway High School that has also seen time at running back and wideout -- is "best suited" for cornerback:
Proves to be a flexible athlete with excellent speed, he can flip his hips and run vertically, can support the run, and is also an explosive punt returner.
Dawson is Georgia's 17th commitment for 2012, a class currently ranked 22nd in the Maxpreps team recruiting top 25. For Ole Miss, Dawson's decision was insult to the already sizable injury of seeing hometown quarterback Jeremy Liggins announce in downtown Oxford he would be signing with LSU instead.
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Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:55 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 11:10 am
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. Things are in a state of flux in the Big East and it seems that the lack of stability at some programs has hampered some recruiting classes. Things are still going well but it's going to be an interesting Signing Day for the league with several new head coaches and programs shuffling in and out like recruits change commitments.
1. Does Greg Schiano leaving destroy Rutgers' class?
If there's a coaching change to come out of left field, it might be Schiano's, who leaves just days before Signing Day. Rutgers had been in the middle of building their best recruiting class in years and had locked up a lot of in-state talent in a great year for recruits in New Jersey. Now all of that is in jeopardy with the shock recruits are feeling quite evident from many of their comments. Expect the Scarlet Knights to drop out of the running for several of the top uncommitted guys on their board and other school calling everybody in their class to see if they want to take a late official visit and reconsider their pledge.
2. Can Paul Chryst build out a good first effort?
Another swift departure out of town for Todd Graham has led to a very good hire for Pittsburgh in Chryst, who jumps over from Wisconsin where he did an excellent job of developing talent. Graham did a good job of keeping top in-state talent close to home and landed the top big back in the country in Rushel Shell. There are a lot of good pieces, especially on offense, but it's up to Chryst to keep everybody committed and build on it with others in his first effort on the recruiting trail as head coach. More than anything, he can hopefully bring some stability to the program.
3. How are the newcomers doing?
Every report and indication has the Mountaineers playing in the Big 12 in 2012, until the i's are dotted and t's crossed, they're going to be stuck in Big East purgatory for now. Dana Holgorsen knows the league and recruiting in Texas in particular but has hit the state of Florida extremely hard with the incoming class. Regardless of the exact timing, this will be the first group of recruits brought in to play in the Big 12 so it's worth tracking to see if that leads to a boost when the faxes are in or whether the big Orange Bowl victory or coaching turnover has a bigger impact.
4. West Virginia's first Big 12 class... at some point.
While the majority of teams the Big East has added over the past year or so won't join the league for another year, it's still worth tracking how the newcomers fare on the recruiting trail. In the case of a school like Boise State, the past success of the program has led to one of the best classes in recent memory with solid depth and a handful of players that should be in the mix for playing time earlier than is normal on the Blue Turf. Houston and UCF have done a solid job considering coaching turnover and scandal while SMU has still tried to keep things going despite losing the school's top recruiter. The class of 2012 might not play right away in the Big East but you have to keep tabs on them since they will in the not to distant future.
Most impressive class: Pittsburgh
Most underrated class: South Florida
Work left to do: Syracuse
Assistant recruiters of note:
Kerry Coombs, Mark Elder and Steve Stripling, Cincinnati
George DeLeone, UConn
Vance Bedford, Clint Hurtt and Brian Jean-Mary, Louisville
Bob Bostad and Joe Rudolph, Pittsburgh
Brian Angelichio and Jeff Hafley, Rutgers
Todd Fitch and Phil McGeoghan, South Florida
Scott Shafer and Tyrone Wheatley, Syracuse
Robert Gillespie and Daron Roberts, West Virginia
Head coach under pressure: Skip Holtz, South Florida
Top Big East class prediction: Louisville
Top Big East signee: Rushel Shell
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Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:36 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
There are plenty of factors that go into a recruit making a commitment and distance from home is almost always near the top of the list. Cincinnati (Ohio) offensive lineman Caleb Stacey kept thinking about that in the months since pledging to Michigan, enough that he flipped to nearby Cincinnati on Saturday.
"Before it gets out from anyone but me I have decided to decommit from Michigan to stay home and play ball at the University of Cincinnati," Stacey tweeted.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder will likely wind up at guard in college and was lightly recruited after committing to the Wolverines in March.
"Very athletic for a 285 pounder, he has a great work ethic," analyst Tom Lemming said of Stacey. "He's as intense as they come, shows the ability to slide outside to cut off edge rushers, and dominates as a run blocker. Not super strong but very intense and tough."
Stacey becomes the 32 commitment in Cincinnati's class of 2012. His high school career isn't quite done yet as he will play in the International Bowl on CBS Sports Network, which takes place on Signing Day this year.