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.
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Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:20 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Tags: Aaron Burbridge, Andrus Peat, Austin Appleby, Big Ten, Bri'onte Dunn, Greg Garmon, Greg Mattison, Gunner Kiel, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jacarri Alexander, Jamil Pollard, Jessee James, Jordan Westerkamp, Malin Jones, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Noah Spence, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Phillip Nelson, Purdue, Signing Day Grades, TaJarvis Fuller, Terry Richardson, Tyler O'Connor, Vince Biegel, Wisconsin
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:34 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Breaking down who won and who lost in the Big Ten on National Signing Day
WINNER: The Recruiting Machine Known To Mankind As Urban Meyer
Scholarship limits, postseason bans, these things matter not to the one known as Urban Meyer. They will not keep him out of your high school classrooms where he's stealing your recruits. Since the day Meyer first set foot in Columbus as its new Caesar, high schoolers have flocked to the Buckeyes, previous commitments be damned. What was already a solid class was boosted on Wednesday by the addition of offensive lineman Kyle Dodson, who had previously committed to Wisconsin. Then there's the work Meyer did on the defensive line, closing on players like Noah Spence, Tommy Schutt, Se'von Pittman and Adolphus Washington, and it's no wonder this class is ranked third in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. Making matters even scarier for the rest of the Big Ten, Meyer's already locked up two top recruits in the 2013 class. The man -- machine? -- just cannot be stopped.
LOSER: The Bottom Of The Legends And Leaders
Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois and Indiana all managed to finish at the bottom of their respective divisions in 2011, and nothing in their 2012 recruiting classes makes you think any of the four will be climbing the standings anytime soon. Particularly when you compare their classes to the teams above them. Only two 4-star recruits signed with any of them, and both of those players are on their way to Northwestern: defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo and defensive tackle Greg Kuhar.
WINNER: Fans Of The Old Big Ten
Remember the long, long ago of the late 20th and early 21st centuries when the Big Ten was dominated by Ohio State and Michigan? Yes, well, it appears those days may be upon us again. While we already went over Ohio State's impressive haul, the work put in at Michigan by Brady Hoke and his staff shouldn't be ignored. The Wolverines put together the fourth ranked class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25 thanks to signings like offensive lineman Kyle Kalis and defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins. Brady Hoke put a lot of emphasis on the offensive line and the defense in this class, and it could go a long way to ensuring that "Ohio" and "That School Up North" play twice a season for the next few years. For more on Michigan's 2012 class, you can watch Brady Hoke talk about his newest players here.
This isn't a knock on Wisconsin's class, though it is the smallest of any class in the Big Ten with only 12 commits. No, it's more a representation of the fact that Ohio State and Michigan seem to be back on their way to national prominence. The Badgers enjoyed the last few years and the struggles of the Wolverines and Buckeyes, taking advantage of their problems with two straight conference titles and Rose Bowl trips. This isn't to say that the Badgers won't win the Big Ten again anytime soon, but it just got a lot harder to do so.
WINNER: Penn State
You're not used to seeing the term "winner" in relation to Penn State's football program lately, are you? Well, when you consider all that has gone on in Happy Valley over the last six months, combined with the fact the team's new head coach is still busy trying to win a Super Bowl, you have to be impressed with what the Nittany Lions did on Wednesday. No, the 19 players that committed to Penn State won't blow you away as a whole, but it's a class that will ensure there's still talent at Penn State as the program tries to transition to a new era of Nittany Lions football.
LOSER: The Lack Of Attention Paid To Purdue's Class
You're probably confused right now, and I apologize for that. What I'm trying to say here is that while you weren't paying any attention, Purdue and Danny Hope went out and put together a pretty nice class in West Lafayette. Athlete Carlos Carvajal -- all 6 feet and 7 inches of him -- and defensive end Ryan Watson are probably the most intriguing prospects, but from top to bottom, this whole class is pretty solid. Especially considering Purdue's recent troubles on the gridiron. What's more surprising is how this class is spread across the country. While 4 of the 25 signees are from Indiana, the rest come from all four corners of the country, including New York, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Ohio and California. Depending on how quickly these players can contribute, the Boilermakers may catch some people by surprise in the next couple of years.
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Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:33 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Illinois had a good Junior Day on Sunday and is looking recruit top 2013 in-state talent.
Offensive line recruit Jake Meador will visit Wisconsin this weekend.
Oregon has 18 commitments and is looking to add more entering the final weekend before Signing Day.
Corner Gary Simon will pick between Iowa State, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
North Carolina has finally made up for a few decommits with recent pledges.
Lane Kiffin and USC have still found success despite NCAA sanctions.
Michigan is looking to land top corner Armani Reeves.
Cal and USC were two in-home visits Arik Armstead had on Tuesday, with plenty more to come.
Washington added a big time offensive lineman Tuesday night in Jake Eldenkamp.
Indiana reached into Florida for wide receiver Ricky Jones.
Nebraska went out to California to snag a pledge from offensive lineman Corey Whitaker.
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:33 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:12 pm
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 Ten used to be like the football on the field against SEC opponents, a step slow and a little behind. That's no longer the case thanks to recent hires Urban Meyer at Ohio State and Brady Hoke at Michigan. They say the rivalry between the two schools is everyday and based on how the two newcomers are hitting the recruiting trail, the Midwest is suddenly one of the top battlegrounds in the country.
1. Who else does Urban Meyer flip?
Big Ten meet Urban, he's a good recruiter. Some would call him relentless. In just a short time since his hiring, Meyer has taken the Buckeyes from middle of the back in the conference to one of the top five classes nationally. He's flipped several players and seems to have targeted what was Penn State's recruiting class in particular. Not everybody was spared, including Michigan State who lost Se'Von Pittman. Although scholarship reductions will put a crunch on the numbers, the current group isn't a finished product and the Buckeyes are still in the running for players like Armani Reeves so it's possible Meyer scores another big time player.
2. Does Michigan win the head-to-head battle with Ohio State?
At one point, Michigan was lapping the rest of the Big Ten when it came to recruiting but with Meyer in Columbus, the equation has changed slightly. The Wolverines have undergone some defections in the last month but the group of current commitments still adds depth at much needed positions and gives the program what might be the best incoming offensive line group in the country. It's possible to call the two schools' classes equal on the home stretch even if Michigan is ahead in the latest Maxpreps team rankings. The Buckeyes have more star power and are loaded along the defensive line, will that be enough to overtake a deep group of UM commits come Signing Day? Should be interesting to find out.
3. Does anyone else come close?
There's only two conference teams listed in the top 25 classes and that about sums up the situation in the Midwest. To be in an analogous mood, Ohio State is like a Ferrari and Michigan is a Lamborghini while the rest of the Big Ten is driving Yugos. It's not that there's bad players coming in, it's just that there's not enough of them. Indiana, Minnesota and others appear to be set in terms of recruiting but they are not filled with elite players. Michigan State, Wisconsin and others have gone for quality but haven't come close to getting any quantity. It should make for an interesting conference reset come February 2 to see if anybody can cobble together a top 25 class and even come close to what Michigan and Ohio State have done on the recruiting trail.
4. What does newcomer Nebraska's class look like?
It's not big, it's not spectacular and it's left many fans wondering what the heck is up. We're not talking about the latest menu addition at Jack-in-the-Box but Nebraska's recruiting class. Although the season fell short of expectations not many expected the Cornhuskers to struggle this much in terms of recruiting. There's some solid players among the commits, such as wide out Jordan Westerkamp and linebacker Michael Rose but there doesn't appear to be a huge name to be found among the bunch that can come in and leave an impression. The overall number of commits, 13 a week away from Signing Day, is also concerning. It's very possible that Bo Pelini ends up with a decent class of 2012 but, at the moment, it's going to take a lot of work to do so.
Most impressive class: Ohio State
Most underrated class: Wisconsin
Work left to do: Nebraska
Assistant recruiters of note:
Mike Ekeler, Indiana
Eric Johnson, Iowa
Fred Jackson, Greg Mattison and Mark Smith, Michigan
Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State
Matt Limegrover, Minnesota
John Papuchis, Nebraska
Matt MacPherson, Northwestern
Luke Fickell, Tom Herman and Everett Withers, Ohio State
Larry Johnson, Mac McWhorter and Ron Vanderlinden, Penn State
Gary Nord, Purdue
Mike Markuson and Matt Canada, Wisconsin
Head coach under pressure: Bill O'Brien, Penn State
Top Big Ten class prediction: Ohio State
Top Big Ten signee: Noah Spence
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Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:26 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 9:53 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
We're less than 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 Ten.
Offensive lineman Robbie Bain (Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Defensive back Taylor Barton (Orlando, Fla.)
Running back Devin Church (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Kicker Ryan Frain (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Athlete Justin Hardee (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Jevaris Little (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Mason Monheim (Orrville, Ohio)
Linebacker Tyrone Neal (McKeesport, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Teko Powell (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jason Robertson (Mokena, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Joseph Spencer (Mason, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey Warburg (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive tackle Vontrell Williams (Chicago, Ill.)
Linebacker Jacarri Alexander (Auburndale, Fla./Iowa Central Juco)
Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey (Carmel, Ind.)
Quarterback Cameron Coffman (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western Juco)
Running back Tevin Coleman (Oak Forest, Ill.)
Linebacker David Cooper (Coffeyville, Kan./Coffeyville Juco)
Wide receiver Caleb Cornett (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Wide receiver Kevin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Dan Freeney (Orland Park, Ill.)
Defensive back Dawson Fletcher (West Chester, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Ralphael Green (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive end Shawn Heffern (Carmel, Ind.)
Wide receiver Ricky Jones (Sarasota, Fla.)
Tight end Tanner Kearns (Lexington, Ohio)
Defensive end Adam Kranda (New Castle, Ind.)
Linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, Ill.)
Defensive back Antonio Marshall (Milledgevilla, Ga.)
Defensive end Justin Rayside (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Juco)
Offensive lineman Wes Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Tight end Jason Spriggs (Elkhart, Ind.)
Defensive back Ryan Thompson (Pontotoc, Miss./Itawamba Juco)
Defensive tackle Alex Todd (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Linebacker Jordan Wallace (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Tregg Waters (Phoenix, Ariz./Glendale Juco)
Defensive back Kevin Buford (Canton, Mich.)
Defensive end Faith Ekakitie (Lake Forest, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Maurice Fleming Jr. (Chicago, Ill.)
Running back Greg Garmon (Erie, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (Westchester, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)
Kicker Connor Kornbrath (Bridgeport, W.V.)
Athlete Ruben Lile (Detroit, Mich.)
Wide receiver Greg Mabin (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Anthony Morgan (Plano, Texas)
Defensive end Drew Ott (Giltner, Neb.)
Offensive lineman Eric Simmons (Madrid, Iowa/Iowa Western Juco)
Wide receivers Tevaun Smith (Kent, Conn.)
Quarterback Cody Sokol (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Juco)
Linebacker Laron Taylor (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Daumantas Venckus (Weston, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.)
Wide receiver Cameron Wilson (Dublin, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.)
Wide receiver Jehu Chesson (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive back Jeremy Clark (Madisonville, Ky.)
Wide receiver Amara Darboh (West Des Moines, Iowa), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Running back Sione Houma (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Drake Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calf.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Jarrod Wilson (Akron, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Christopher Wormley (Toledo, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Michigan State (16)
Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, Ohio)
Defensive tackle David Fennell (Portland, Ore.)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Wide receiver Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kodi Kieler (Gibraltar, Mich.)
Wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Linebacker Jamal Lyles (Southfield, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)
Defensive back Mark Meyers (Toledo, Ohio)
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Lima, Ohio)
Tight end Josiah Price (Greentown, Ind.)
Defensive back Ezra Robinson (Sarasota, Fla.)
Running back Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga.)
Athlete Duke Anyanwu (Blaine, Minn.)
Defensive back Jeremy Baltazar (Mansfield, Texas/Blinn Juco)
Defensive back Briean Boddy (Wilmington, Del./Coffeyville Juco)
Linebacker Drew Davis (Raleigh, N.C.)
Linebacker Cedric Dicke (Cannon Falls, Minn.)
Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (Lewisvile, Texas)
Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (Caledonia, Minn./Rochester Juco)
Running back James Gillum (Pearl River, La./Gulf Coast Juco)
Wide receiver Jamel Harbison (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive back Antonio Johnson (Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Roland Johnson (El Dorado, Kan./Butler County Juco)
Defensive end Alex Keith (Columbia, Mo.)
Quarterback Mitch Leidner (Lakeville, Minn.)
Linebacker Jack Lynn (Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Athlete K.J. Maye (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back Dinero Moss (Surprise, Fla.)
Defensive back Eric Murray (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Brian Nicholson (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (Blue Earth, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Lincoln Pisek (Waco, Texas)
Defensive back Nick Rallis (Edina, Minn.)
Defensive back Martez Shabazz (DeSoto, Texas/Trinity Valley Juco)
Defensive back Damarius Travis (Pensacola, Fla.)
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)
Running back Rodrick Williams (Lewisville, Texas)
Linebacker Jared Afalava (South Jordan, Utah)
Athlete LeRoy Alexander (Toledo, Ohio)
Linebacker Zaire Anderson (Philadelphia, Pa./Riverside Juco)
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas)
Linebacker Thomas Brown (Gardena, Calif.)
Tight end Sam Cotton (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive end Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Avery Moss (Tempe, Ariz.)
Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Mohammed Seisay (Springfield, Va./Eastern Arizona Juco)
Offensive lineman Paul Thurston (Arvada, Col.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Corey Whitaker (Murrieta, Calif.)
Defenisve back Terrance Brown (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Adam DePietro (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Chris Fitzpatrick (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Athlete Traveon Henry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Greg Kuhar (Concord Township, Ohio)
Defensive end Dean Lowry (Rockford, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Connor Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mike McHugh (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (Centerville, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Eric Olson (Cambridge, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Linebacker Jaylen Prater (Wellston, Ohio)
Wide receiver Andrew Scanian (Royersford, Pa.)
Tight end Jack Schwaba (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Athlete Dan Vitale (Wheaton, Ill.)
Defensive back Dwight White (Cypress, Texas)
Defensive back Eric Wilson (Redford, Mich.)
Ohio State (23)
Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Defensive back De'van Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Taylor Decker (Vandalia, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Pat Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Quarterback Cardale Jones (Cleveland, Ohio.)
Wide receiver Roger Lewis (Pickerington, Ohio)
Defensive back Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Colo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker David Perkins (South Bend, Ind.)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Se'von Pittman (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Linebacker Luke Roberts (Lancaster, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Ricquan Southward (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive end Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio)
Wide receiver Michael Thomas (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Defensive end Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Penn State (20)
Quarterback Steven Branch (Cairo, Ga.)
Defensive back Da'Quan Davis (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive tackle Derek Dowrey (Winchester, Va.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Malik Golden (Cheshire, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Richland, N.J.)
Athlete Jake Kiley (New Hampton, N.H.)
Offensive lineman Wendy Laurent (Princeton, N.J.)
Wide receiver Eugene Lewis (Plymouth, Pa.)
Defensive back Jordan Lucas (Worchester, Mass.)
Athlete Akeel Lynch (Athol Springs, N.Y.)
Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Defensive back Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, Mass.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jonathan Warner (Camas, Wash.)
Linebacker Nyeem Wartman (Archbald, Pa.)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Wide receiver Trevor Williams (Baltimore, Md.)
Wide receiver Danny Anthrop (Lafayette, Ind.)
Quarterback Austin Appleby (North Canton, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Brown (Tampa, Fla.)
Athlete Carlos Carvajal (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Cameron Cermin (College Station, Texas)
Tight end Jonathan Curry (Phenix City, Ala.)
Linebacker Andy Garcia (Hialeah, Fla.)
Quarterback Aloyis Gray (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.)
Linebacker Jimmy Herman (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive end Kingsley Ike (Pflugerville, Texas)
Offensive lineman Jason King (Little Rock, Ark.)
Running back Benjamin Knauf (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive end Greg Latta (La Quinta, Calif./College of the Desert Juco)
Quarterback Bilal Marshall (Hialeah, Fla.)
Kicker Thomas Meadows (Goochland, Va.)
Tight end Ryan Morris (Barnegat, N.J.)
Wide receiver Cameron Posey (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Roos (Celina, Texas)
Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Devin Smith (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western JUCO)
Defensive end Ryan Watson (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Dion Witty (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jordan Woods (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Hugs Etienne (Plantation, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Wide receiver Reggie Love (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Athlete Reggie Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defenisve back D.J. Singleton (Jersey City, N.J.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Walker Williams (Tacoma, Wash.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
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Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:00 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 1:31 pm
By Bryan Fischer and Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak
It looks like Gunner Kiel will be Irish after all.
The nation's No. 2 recruit and top quarterback committed to LSU shortly after Christmas, but has spurned the Tigers at the 11th hour, enrolling at Notre Dame.
"This recruitment process was a roller-coaster ride at times, but I know I have made the right decision for my family and me," Kiel said in the school's release. "There were three critical elements I was looking for in my future school: the quality of education I would receive, the distance from home and the comfort level I would have with the players and coaches in the football program. Notre Dame was the perfect fit for me because it hit all three areas.
"Coach Kelly was great throughout my recruitment, as many times our conversations had nothing do with football. That really showed me he had my best intentions in mind. He was persistent yet also patient while recruiting me and I look forward to playing for him the next four years. I couldn't be happier to be a member of the Fighting Irish football team. I'm excited about the future of the program."Kiel, who graduated from Columbus East (Columbus, Ind.) in January, was set to begin classes at LSU when the semester began on Tuesday.
However, rumors began to swirl on Monday that the 6-foot-4, 215-pound signal caller had not traveled to Baton Rouge and may have been wavering on his commitment to LSU.
This marks the second time Kiel has backed off a verbal commitment; he reneged on an earlier pledge to attend Indiana University.
His commitment gives Notre Dame help at a position in which it's sorely needed. It also takes away some of the sting of losing Ron Darby (uncommitted) and Taylor Decker (Ohio State) in recent days.
Jeremy Liggins, a dual-threat quarterback from Mississippi, could now emerge as a top target for LSU, which is also thin at quarterback.
Notre Dame is waiting to receive word on possibly landing Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) star Arik Armstead, who's expected to make his decision today.
According to LSU RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau, Kiel's mother is the biggest reason why the quarterback is in South Bend instead of Baton Rouge.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:43 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 1:34 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Well, I waited before posting something given how fluid the situation is (which, I guess, easily applies to recruiting in general the next few weeks) but a quick update as Monday evening rolls around.
This afternoon TigerSportsDigest.com reported that a source informed them that recent commit and Maxpreps' #2 overall player Gunner Kiel was not in attendance for an early enrollee meeting at LSU ahead of classes starting Tuesday. This was followed by several reports coming out of Notre Dame saying that Kiel could be headed to South Bend, including IrishIllustrated.com and 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong, who is close to the family.
Attempts to reach Kiel were unsuccessful and sources on both sides didn't provide any information on what might be happening.
Obviously this is just another recruiting drama to follow one of the country's top ranked players (think Terrelle Pryor or Jadeveon Clowney in just the past few years). Kiel seemed solidly committed following a so-so performance at the Army All-American Bowl two weeks ago.
"The SEC is just like the NFL," Kiel told CBSSports.com. "It's going to be hard and I know it's going to hard and I have to make a lot of improvements.
"But it is a perfect time for me to go (to LSU) and compete. With Jordan (Jefferson) and Jarrett (Lee) both seniors and leaving it's a perfect time to go and battle for a spot. Baton Rouge is a beautiful place and the people there are so nice, it's like a big family there. It's awesome."
Kiel also briefly mentioned a good relationship with quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe and how hard LSU recruited him despite his commitment to Indiana. All of it seems... interesting in retrospect but we'll see what happens in the next 24 hours. The signal-caller does have time to make up his mind as to where he wants to enroll early but if he does it is notable that he's already cost the Tigers one recruit in offensive tackle Patrick Miller, who surprisingly enrolled at Auburn after there was no room for him in Baton Rouge.
So basically, something's up but nobody knows exactly what is going on - including several coaches. Got it? Get it. Good. That's how recruiting - especially around top five recruits - seems to go this time of year. If there is an update, check back on the Eye on Recruiting.
Otherwise, Where in the World is Gunner Kiel resumes tomorrow.
UPDATE: The Observer has confirmed that Kiel will head to Notre Dame.