Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:18 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 5:19 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Another big Alabama commit? Another big Alabama commit.
The Crimson Tide picked up Huntsville (Ala.) offensive tackle Grant Hill Wednesday afternoon as the program continues to move aggressively on the recruiting trail.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was already drawing plenty of interest from programs across the country and held scholarship offers from Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee. Hill will be sticking close to home however, having visited Tuscaloosa unofficially last weekend.
"I like how professional they handle everything,” Hill told Scout. “They handle everything so well. They have a great program, atmosphere and fans. Everything about the whole program impresses me. The way coach (Nick) Saban handles everything. He knows how to win."
Hill is versatile enough to play either guard or tackle at the next level and has excellent size already as a rising senior. He becomes the ninth commitment for Alabama's class of 2013 and second offensive lineman to join the program.
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Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:52 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
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Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:00 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
It seemed unthinkable that any recruit could find a cuter prop for a Signing Day announcement than Georgia commitment Isaiah Crowell's bulldog puppy in 2012. But new Mississsippi State linebacker Richie Brown has come up with a serious challenger, and despite the nickname of his new team in Starkville, he hasn't followed in Crowell's footsteps.
Brown instead borrowed his infant nephew, whose Mississippi State onesie helped the Long Beach (Miss.) linebacker announce his pick of the Bulldogs over Southern Miss, Tennessee and Ole Miss. Video:
Brown has more going for him than clever Signing Day announcements, though. Here's Tom Lemming's scouting report on the 6'2", 228-pound linebacker:
Right now he ranks as the #1 LB prospect in the state. He shows good range and a nose for the ball. Has the frame to weigh 240 in college and can run with the best of them. One of the more competitive ball players in the state.
We're guessing you can go ahead and add "creative" to that last sentence, too.
HT: SBNation.Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD 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 30, 2012 9:19 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Dual-threat quarterback Jeremy Liggins made his commitment official at a restaurant on Oxford's Square. The Lafayette (Oxford, Miss.) High School star was choosing between Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, and staying home at Ole Miss.
Any potential hometown celebrations were spoiled when Liggins spurned both in-state schools and chose LSU.
Liggins, with Mardis Gras beads around his neck, told the crowd that he was "100 percent" committed to LSU. The 6-foot-4, 265 pound signal caller joins a LSU class lacking a quarterback after Gunner Kiel flipped his commitment to Notre Dame. He led his high school team to back-to-back 4A state championships, including 32-straight wins. In 2011, he there for 1,678 yards and 16 touchdowns, while rushing for 953 yards and adding 18 touchdowns on the ground.
LSU's 2012 commits were ranked No. 14 nationally in the latest update to MaxPreps Top Classes, catch up on the last minute targets at the SEC Signing Day Overview.
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Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:41 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
A strong finish on the trail by Jim L. Mora and UCLA continued Monday as they added a fifth offensive lineman to their growing 2012 class. And unfortunately for Gary Pinkel, this one came at the expense of Missouri.
Tiger commitment Simon Goines announced Monday that he would be signing with the Bruins instead, bringing Mora's first class in Westwood to 26 players overall and further cementing their spot among the nation's top 20 classes according to Maxpreps.
Maxpreps' Tom Lemming writes that Goines should be a major addition to a Bruin offensive line that has struggled mightily with depth in recent seasons--at least once he's given time to fill out:
He proves to be one of the more aggressive LT prospects in the Southwest. Blessed with quick feet, he's passionate about the game of football, works hard to improve his game, and is athletic enough to have played a little TE in 2010. Looks thin at 272 and should weigh between 310 and 320 in college. He's not there yet but his potential is unlimited.
So why is a prospect from Texas spurning dozens of offers to stay closer to home to hit the far left coast? A big part of the answer is likely Adrian Klemm, the former SMU assistant turned ace recruiter for Mora's staff at UCLA--one of those offers was also from the Mustangs.
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:10 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 2:58 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. Nobody treats the day more like a national holiday than those in the SEC and this year could be a banner year for the conference, especially with newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri. There's a chance half the league ends up with a top 15 class and it is looking favorable that one team signs the country's top recruit. The rich, it seems, just seem to get richer on Signing Day.
1. Is this an all-time great class for Alabama?
As good as Nick Saban is at winning games and building all-time great defenses, he might be even better at recruiting. It hurts to lose trusted lieutenant Sal Sunseri to Tennessee but this still has the makings of one of Alabama's greatest hauls ever. In addition to the elite players the Crimson Tide have already landed, they have a really good chance at grabbing defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and there's still an outside chance they can flip quarterback Jameis Winston. Still, as presently constructed, there's no doubt Alabama winds up #1 in the team rankings and is in the discussions for one of the top classes in recent memory.
2. How well do the newcomers fare?
Welcome to the big, bad SEC Missouri and Texas A&M. Now, how well do you recruit? At the moment, not bad at all. Despite a head coaching change, the Aggies have several talented top 100 players and should finish in the top 12 if they don't crack the top 10. The Tigers grabbed one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country and are in the running for the nation's top recruit (though they may be behind, they're still in the race). The quality depth might be present like elite classes Florida or Alabama have but it appears that the move to a new league hasn't hurt either program.
3. Does Auburn expereince a championship bounce?
It's a catch-22 for the Tigers, on one hand they won a BCS national championship not too long ago and were cleared by the NCAA. On the other hand they've lost both their coordinators and have seen some waffling from some of their commitments. It still looks like they're destined for a top 15 class but it's also possible they lose a top player or two, such as recent decommit Ricardo Louis (whose recruitment isn't over). If they can land one of the elite prospects left on their board, such as lineman Avery Young or linebacker Kwon Alexander, it would be safe to say Auburn's class got a nice uptick from winning a title. If they don't, the staff turnover might have negated it.
4. Can Vanderbilt top Tennessee in the class rankings?
The fact that this is even a storyline is a testament to what James Franklin has done. Neither team has an incoming class that screams 'wow,' but each has a few impressive recruits. Tennessee will probably finish with a deeper class but it might lack an elite prospect while Vanderbilt could wind up with a few top players and solid but not great depth. It's a pivotal year for both programs and you wonder if getting someone like current pledge and top 25 running back Brian Kimbrow to sign will provide a boost for the Commodores over their in-state rival.
Most impressive class: Alabama
Most underrated class: South Carolina
Work left to do: Ole Miss
Assistant recruiters of note:
Jeremy Pruitt, Chris Rumph, Kirby Smart and Lance Thompson, Alabama
Curtis Luper, Trooper Taylor and Tommy Thigpen, Auburn
Kris Cinkovich, Tim Horton and Chris Klenakis, Arkansas
D.J. Durkin, Aubrey Hill, Derek Lewis and Dan Quinn, Florida
Todd Grantham and Rodney Garner, Georgia
Tee Martin, Randy Sanders and Chuck Smith, Kentucky
Brick Haley, Greg Studrawa and Frank Wilson, LSU
Maurice Harris and Chris Kiffin, Ole Miss
Greg Knox, Tony Hughes and Chris Wilson, Mississippi State
Andy Hill and David Yost, Missouri
G.A. Mangus, Steve Spurrier Jr. and Lorenzo Ward, South Carolina
Darin Hinshaw, Terry Joseph and Sal Sunseri, Tennessee
Clarence McKinney, Brian Polian and Terrell Williams, Texas A&M
John Donovan, Herb Hand and Ricky Rahne, Vanderbilt
Head coach under pressure: Derek Dooley, Tennessee
Top SEC class prediction: Alabama
Top SEC signee: Dorial Green-Beckham
Tags: A.J. Jefferson, Alabama, Andy Hill, Arkansas, Aubrey Hill, Auburn, Avery Johnson, BCS, bo Wallace, Brandon Banks, Brian Kimbrow, Brian Polian, Brick Haley, Channing Ward, Chaz Elder, Chris Kiffin, Chris Klenakis, Chris Rumph, Chris Wilson, Chuck Smith, Clarence McKinney, Cordale Boyd, Curtis Luper, D.J. Durkin, D.J. Humphries, Dan Mullen, Dan Quinn, Darin Hinshaw, Darrion Hutcherson, Dave Yost, Derek Dooley, Derek Lewis, Devante Bourque, DeVante Harris, Dorial Green-Beckham, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Williams, Evan Boehm, Florida, Frank Wilson, G.A. Mangus, Geno Smith, Geno Smith, Georgia, Greg Knox, Greg Studrawa, Herb Hand, I'Tavius Mathers, Jadeveon Clowney, Jameis Winston, James Franklin, JaQuay Williams, Jason Croom, Jeremy Liggins, Jeremy Pruitt, Jeremy Ward, Jessamen Dunker, John Donovan, John Theus, Jonathan Bullard, Jonathan Williams, Jordan Diggs, Jordan Jekins, Jordan Richmond, Jovon Robinson, Justin Meredith, Keith Marshall, Keith Marshall, Kent Taylor, Kentucky, Kirby Smart, Kris Cinkovich, Kwon Alexander, LaDarrell McNeil, Lance Thompson, Landon Collins, Landon Collins, Lorenzo Ward, LSU, Matt Davis, Maty Mauk, Maurice Harris, Mike Davis, Mike Sherman, Mississippi State, Missouri, NCAA, Nelson Agholor, Nick Saban, Ole Miss, Patrick Towles, Patton Robinette, Quay Evans, Randy Sanders, Ricardo Louis, Richie Brown, Ricky Rahne, Rodney Garner, Rueben Randle, Sal Sunseri, SEC, Shaq Roland, Shaq Roland, Signing Day Overview, Simon Goines, South Carolina, Stefon Diggs, Steve Spurrier Jr., T.J. Davis, T.J. Yeldon, Tee Martin, Tennessee, Terrell Williams, Terry Joseph, Texas, Texas A&M, Thomas Chapman, Thomas Johnson, Tim Horton, Todd Grantham, Todd Gurley, Tommy Thigpen, Tony Hughes, Torshiro Davis, Tracy Howard, Trey Granier, Trey Williams, Trooper Taylor, Vadal Alexander, Vanderbilt, Will Muschamp, Will Redmond, Zach Blaylock
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:04 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
UCLA's Jim Mora has made some good moves with his assistants to make an impact in recruiting.
Ohio State's scholarship limitations means some numbers crunching.
The Tenneessee recruiting class is more stable than the Vols coaching staff.
Nicky Baratti made the early decision to go to Notre Dame.
Despite loses, LSU should still reel in a top recruiting class.
North Carolina's strong class is mostly headed out of state to Georgia, Florida and others.
Alabama and Vanderbilt are two schools winning the in-state recruiting battle.
Offensive tackle Kyle Murphy visited USC this weekend and will not take any more trips.
North Carolina added a commitment from defensive end Justin Thomason.
Wide receiver Joshua Stanford committed to Virginia Tech.
A pair of recruits, Kenneth Crawley and Derek McCartney, committed to Colorado on Sunday.
Athlete Guito Ervilus overcame an ACL tear to commit to USF.
Oklahoma State added two yesterday in offensive tackle Michael Wilson and wide receiver Chance Allen.
Punter Ryan Rodwell is pledge #17 for Georgia Tech.
Troubled cornerback Deion Bonner committed to Tennessee.
Very big pick up for Mississippi State in defensive end A.J. Jefferson.
Marshall commit Sean Connolly flipped to Kansas.
Minnesota tight end Cal Bloom committed to UCF.
Illinois added two in running back Devin Church and defensive back Jevaris Little.
Tags: A.J. Jefferson, Alabama, Cal Bloom, Chance Allen, Colorado, Deion Bonner, Derek McCartney, Devin Church, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Guito Ervilus, Illinois, Jevaris Little, Jim Mora, Joshua Stanford, Justin Thomason, Kansas, Kenneth Crawley, Kyle Murphy, LSU, Marshall, Michael Wilson, Mississippi State, Nicky Baratti, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ryan Rodwell, Sean Connolly, South Florida, Tennessee, UCF, UCLA, USC, USF, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech