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Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:52 pm
 

McWilson is Nebraska's second 2013 commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Nebraska had a slow start to the class of 2012 and the coaching staff certainly doesn't want a repeat effort. Things are looking better in 2013 with a commitment on Monday from Youngstown (Ohio) defensive back Marcus McWilson.

“I just feel I have an opportunity to play and make a difference,” McWilson told 247Sports. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. “I can get out there on the field which is nice and what I like. Hopefully we can win some championships. I know Nebraska has great potential and great opportunities and I’d like to be a part of that. I was talking to my family about it and we all think it’s a good fit. We’re definitely excited about it.”

The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect also held offers from Illinois, Michigan State and West Virginia among others. McWilson will head to Nebraska however, mainly due to the relationship he's developed with the coaching staff.

“The coaches seem humble,” McWilson said. “I’ve been talking to Coach JP (John Papuchis) and I know Coach (Bo) Pelini. He’s definitely a nice guy and they’re all good people up there. Talking to the coaches they made me feel good.”

McWilson is the second commitment for the Cornhuskers class of 2013, both of whom are from out of state. Last season as a junior, the talented safety had eight interceptions.
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:25 pm
 

2/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster will transfer high schools after his head coach was fired and will take a few visits.

 Several schools are pursuing top talent in Indianapolis, including Elijah Daniel who picked up offers from Kentucky, Michigan and others.

Bo Pelini has enlisted an outside firm in order to help the Nebraska staff recruit better.

 Michigan has filled their early needs but still have plenty of work left to do on the recruiting trail.

 Multiyear scholarships might give Georgia a small recruiting edge.

 D-end Devin Washington is talking with South Carolina.

 Minnesota is the latest to offer running back Jabo Lee.

Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:12 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 5:39 pm
 

Monday Mailbag - Sooners, Aggies and Davonte Neal



Posted by Bryan Fischer


Starting a new feature on the blog as the recruiting season picks up and spring ball starts across the country: The Monday Mailbag. My colleague Bruce Feldman runs a similar feature on Friday that is a must-read but there are plenty of questions out there that need answering and, well, I'm here to answer them since college football is very much a 24/7/365 sport nowadays. So without further ado, let the smorgasbord of questions commence.
Great start to the mailbag because it's a chance to bring up Dennis Dodd and Brett McMurphy's early top 25 ballots. I'm sure there's some griping from plenty of fans about how both have the order but I pretty much see eye-to-eye on most of the picks. To answer the question, I see a few teams that are a tad over-hyped going into next year, starting with Oklahoma, especially at number three overall. Are they top-10 worthy? Absolutely with 15 starters coming back and quarterback Landry Jones among them. But the way they struggled down the stretch last season was worrisome, especially with the injuries to Dominique Whaley and Ryan Broyles and how the offense just wasn't the same. I'm guessing the coaching staff will put more emphasis on spreading the ball around and hope for a boost in the run game with all of the tailbacks healthy to provide more consistency. Don't discount the loss of defensive coordinator Brent Venables either, the guys were not around for when Mike Stoops was and he didn't recruit them so it will take a little time to develop some chemistry. With plenty of time to study it, I don't think the 'Belldozer' package will be as effective as it was in 2011 unless there's more passing to keep defenses honest.

One other factor that should be noted is it'll be a tough Big 12 this year with newcomers TCU and West Virginia both having good teams on top of rival Texas taking what should be a step forward this year. It's possible the Sooners have a better team than last year but doesn't mean they'll be able to take advantage. I also expect several of the incoming recruits to see extended playing time, especially among the tight ends and receivers (I'd guess Taylor McNamara and Durron Neal for sure) Stoops signed.

A few others that are a tad over-hyped: Wisconsin, Florida, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame. Under appreciated? You're looking at TCU, Kansas State, Nebraska and South Carolina.
Great timing for this question considering what the Aggies did on the recruiting trail over the weekend. Seven commitments is an impressive number and pushes the program to a nation's best 13 total commitments for the class of 2013. After already grabbing a top 15 class with the group they just signed, Kevin Sumlin and his staff have certainly hit the ground running. It helps tremendously that several of the coaches came over from Houston and had already been evaluating some of these recruits and developed a prior relationship. One of the things that I got when talking with Sumlin last month was that he certainly would make it a point to sell the fact that A&M was the only SEC program in the state. While Texas will almost always have the pick of the litter when it comes to in-state guys, you can tell recruits going forward will give a longer look at playing in College Station because of that. With the 2013 class, they have two excellent offensive linemen who are two of the top five or ten guys along the line in the state and they have a handful of speedy playmakers on both sides of the ball committed as well. Bottom line is that the program has jumped out to a big start and probably should be able to hold on and better what they did on Signing Day in 2012.

Darrell, surely you know by now not to go against the great Les Miles. The Mad Hatter had a great team last year that went through a lot off the field that some people forget. I think the national title game helped, in some respects, prepare this team for 2012 because it tempered expectations a little and also gave them a reason for the team to think, 'it's us vs. them,' in some respect.

I'm like most writers and have LSU #1 based on what they return and disagree that they lose "key" players so that prohibits them from taking the top spot in the preseason. It could be, for example, a positive that the rotation of Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson is over and the Tigers stick with talented transfer Zach Mettenberger, who many expect to grab hold of the job this spring.

LSU returns only five starters on defense but they rotated so many players in last season that I don't think it will be an issue for them as younger players like Anthony Johnson get more snaps. Incoming freshmen like Avery Johnson - Patrick Peterson's younger brother mind you - should be able to contribute early on special teams and offense to complement the strong run game the team should have. The national championship game really colored a lot of people's opinion of LSU the wrong way and it's sometimes good to remember that there's a lot of talent on this squad.
Neal is referring to Scottsdale (Ariz.) athlete Davonte Neal, who will be committing to a school Tuesday morning. His recruitment has been an interesting one, not only waiting nearly a month after Signing Day to pick but because of all the twists and turns he's taken. First off, he's a dynamic playmaker who is built to be a slot guy in a spread offense and get the ball in space. He's also a solid cornerback and should play early on special teams no matter what - there's a reason he's a top 100 player in the class of 2012.

Neal is quiet and it was like pulling teeth for a while to get him to mention a school he had interest in before his senior season ended. He's taken a lot of recent official visits and most have him picking between Notre Dame, Arizona and Arkansas tomorrow. I've heard good things about Notre Dame in this case but I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up staying close to home and picking Arizona either. His high school head coach was recently hired there and family is very important to Neal so there are definite draws for the Wildcats. Old CBS Sports pal Rich Rodriguez no doubt told the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder how well he'd fit in the offense down in Tuscon too. I'll stick with a cautious prediction of Neal going to South Bend but I would be surprised for him to state in-state either.

That will wrap things up for the first Monday Mailbag, plenty of others to come in the weeks and months ahead. Tweet your questions to me at @BryanDFischer on Twitter and I'll try and answer as many as I can.

Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:08 am
 

2/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Avery Young's high school coach says he wasn't part of a Georgia package deal.

Maryland transfer Max Garcia was offered by Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Ole Miss among others.

 Auburn commit Dee Liner will visit Arkansas for the Hogs spring game.

 Wide receiver Marqui Hawkins picked up an offer from Florida.

 Looking back at Washington's class of 2010.

 North Carolina extended an offer to running back Ryan Green.

 Nebraska offered a few players but isn't rushing after a Junior Day.

 Missouri could add a former Miami commit late in the process.
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:41 am
Edited on: February 19, 2012 12:56 am
 

Taco Charlton, Chris Fox cap off day for Michigan

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan's big day just got better after hours as Pickerington (Ohio) linebacker Taco Charlton and Parker (Colo.) offensive lineman Chris Fox, right, both committed to the Wolverines to run the total to six for the program on Saturday.

"You can't pass something like Michigan up after seeing it," Charlton told 247Sports. "It's everything you want in a college."

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Charlton held offers from Notre Dame, Nebraska, UCLA and others but will stay in the Midwest to play his college ball. On the opposite side of the ball, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Fox is built like a prototype left tackle and held offers from Ohio State, Iowa, Colorado and Purdue and committed to the coaching staff despite making the trip to Ann Arbor for what was a defacto Junior Day.

"It's crazy." Charlton said. "The coaches were going crazy. I'm just excited to be a part of the big family now."

The duo cap off a big day for Michigan recruiting and gives Brady Hoke and company nine commitments for the class of 2013.



Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:52 am
 

2/18 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Alabama is all set for their second Junior Day with a ton of top prospects.

Alvin Kamara received 105 letters from the Crimson Tide on the same day while Reuben Foster is trying hard to recruit top player Robert Nkemdiche to Tuscaloosa.

Recruiting local linemen could be a recipe for success at Notre Dame.

Michigan State is offering several recruits around the country and going after a few Wisconsin players hard.

 Missouri is starting the 2013 class off by getting a few early in-state players.

 Will news of the drug bust at TCU hurt the Horned Frogs recruiting? Some coaches say no.

 There are some familiar names among the recruits at Nebraska's Junior Days. 

 A preview of Florida's Junior Day.

 Catching up with new Ohio State commit Eli Woodard.

 Boise State lands its second 2013 pledge in Alec Dhaenens.

Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:06 am
 

2/16 Recruiting Roundup

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: February 9, 2012 9:46 am
 

2/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

As usual, expect lots of commitments at Texas' Junior Day.

 Urban Meyer calls the Big Ten's gentlement's agreement "nonsense" and Lane Kiffin defends him.

 Defensive tackle Deadrin Senat has a big future ahead of him at Florida State.

 Georgia may add a "mystery" football recruit.

 The final rankings tell the story of how Oregon's past recruiting classes fared.

 Alabama has their eye on Georgia's prized quarterback commit.

 For Oklahoma and others in the state, recruiting is very much a junior-driven thing.

 Ross Els is getting busy as Nebraska's new recruiting coordinator.

 Some video fo Tosh Lupoi talking his departure from Cal and recruiting at Washington.

 Hawaii had a late add to their 2012 class in Juco defensive end Quenton Brown.
 
 
 
 
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