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Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:15 pm
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Clemson picks up commit number three in McDonald

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Clemson is hoping that the best season in recent school history will translate into even more success on the recruiting trail and it appears to have paid off in the form of a commitment on Wednesday morning from Hialeah (Fla.) linebacker Isaac McDonald after a Junior Day visit this past weekend.

“They showed us a really good time. They showed us that they’re willing to do things for student-athletes that make them want to come to their school,” McDonald told CUTigers.com.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder also held offers from Louisville, South Carolina and West Virginia among others. New defensive coordinator Brent Venables played a big role in McDonald picking Clemson over the other schools recruiting him hard however.

“He was talking about how he was a coach at Oklahoma for 12 years, but when he switched schools, they made them feel like he was at home,” McDonald said.

Clemson is now up to three commitments in the class of 2013. McDonald racked up 75 tackles and five sacks last season as a junior playing multiple positions.


Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:55 am
 

Jacob Matuska commits to Notre Dame

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 2:49 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Mike McCray commits to Michigan

By Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak

Mike McCray, a star linebacker on talent-laden Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, Ohio), committed to Michigan earlier today, according to head coach Maurice Douglass.

He chose Michigan over offers from Oklahoma, Tennessee, Illinois, Purdue and many others.

Douglass told MaxPreps Tuesday morning that he had expected McCray to select the Wolverines.

"I think it's going to come down to Big Blue," he said.

McCray was a defensive leader on a 15-0 Trotwood-Madison team that captured Ohio's Division II state title last year. He gives Michigan a solid piece at linebacker on the heels of a very impressive 2012 haul at the position.

He becomes the second member of Trotwood-Madison's defense to make a college commitment from the class of 2013; defensive back Cam Burrows pledged to Ohio State last month.

Trotwood-Madison is the favorite to repeat as Division II state champions and should be among the state's most talented teams regardless of class.

Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:15 pm
 

Darius James makes it a dozen for Texas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas has now reached a dozen commitments thanks to Harker Heights (Texas) offensive lineman Darius James' pledge on Monday and it is quite the early run on talent by the Longhorns. The latest addition in particular gives the program one of the top in-state linemen and came as a bit of a surprise to some.

"It was more of a gut feeling. I just felt like I needed to do it," James told Orangebloods.com. "I actually decided sometime last week. We set it up this morning. Our coaches were going to come down and watch practice. I just came with them and pulled the trigger."

The 6-foot-5, 325-pound interior player held offers from Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. James, a MaxPreps Top Junior, just felt more comfortable after making a few visits to Austin the past few weeks.

"It's more of a homey feeling. I love everything about Texas. There is no downfall to it. I just love Texas," James said. "It's a big relief. Now I get to focus on my grades more because I don't have people calling me while I'm doing homework and things like that. It should be really good."

Teammate Naashon Hughes is also committed to Texas and James is the second offensive lineman the school is sending to Austin in the past two years after Camrhon Hughes enrolled early as part of the class of 2012.
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Oklahoma's first 2013 commit is RB Keith Ford

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma is on the board for the class of 2013.

Cypress (Texas) running back Keith Ford committed to the Sooners on Saturday morning while in Norman for the program's Junior Day, according to SoonerScoop.com.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Ford is one of the top backs in the state and held offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame and Michigan. Oklahoma signed three running backs, one from a junior college, as part of the class of 2012 but none were as highly regarded as Ford is.


Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:27 pm
 

Another big commit for Ohio State in Evan Lisle

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While the state of Ohio does not necessarily produce the quantity of athletes that Urban Meyer's old haunt of Florida does, there is still plenty of high-end talent with every class. And Meyer is collecting pretty much all of it.

Ohio State continued a stellar start to the class of 2013 on Tuesday by adding a commitment from Centerville (Ohio) offensive tackle Evan Lisle to give the program another big in-state pledge.

"I told coach Meyer that I liked everything about Ohio State, that it's a good program, that it would set me up later in life, and that I just wanted to be a Buckeye," Lisle told BuckeyeGrove.com.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder also held offers from Alabama, Miami, Oklahoma and others despite it being early in the recruiting process. Lisle just felt comfortable at Ohio State after picking up an offer last week however and ended his recruitment before it really got going.

"I just thought that I wanted to have the best senior season that I can and I didn't want to worry about recruiting," he said. "I felt like it was the right time and I didn't want to regret anything and I felt like I just needed to go for it."

The Buckeyes are now up to five commitments for the class of 2013 with Lisle becoming the first on the offensive line.

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Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:54 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 7:16 pm
 

Tuesday Tweetbag: TCU/WVU to the Big 12 and more



Posted by Bryan Fischer

I started a new feature on the blog last week called The Monday Mailbag. I have now changed it to The Tuesday Tweetbag because can and because I like alliteration. I'm here to answer questions tweeted to me so make sure you follow me on Twitter at @BryanDFischer. So without further ado, let the smorgasbord of questions commence.
To be honest, I think both will have no issues transitioning to the Big 12. In 2012, both should have teams that will be very competitive and are likely dark horse picks to win the conference. Had TCU not had their issues, you would have seen plenty of people go out on a limb and put the Horned Frogs atop their preseason ballots. West Virginia returns their starting quarterback, Heisman candidate Geno Smith, and 14 other starters from a team that turned in one of the most impressive bowl performances in history. There are several holes they need to fill but a solid recruiting class should complement who is already on the roster. Both teams fit stylistically into the Big 12 and Dana Holgorsen knows the league well from his days as an assistant.

What really helps the two newcomers is the fact that the Big 12 has never really been this open. The Red River Rivalry might determine the eventual winner but neither Texas or Oklahoma will dominate like they have in the past. Last year Oklahoma State won the whole thing and Baylor - Baylor! - overcame a really bad defense to turn in a historic season. From top to bottom there was more parity than just about every other BCS league. I think TCU stands to benefit more than anybody going forward beyond 2012 as they're now the only BCS-level program in the talent-rich Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and have upgraded facilities to the point that they come into the conference as equals. It's going to be a little more difficult for Holgorsen but he's proven he can turn unheralded recruits into big time offensive players and win at multiple levels. Of all the programs that have changed conferences, I would put all the money in my wallet on TCU and West Virginia being the most successful.
I've heard several good things about Beckman and think he's done a good job getting things going early on but faces an uphill climb. While Zook was known as a good recruiter (both at Illinois and Florida before that), his teams lacked consistency and, outside of when the Illini went 9-4 in 2007, never could break through into the top half of the conference. He had a few surprising gets on the recruiting trail but there were never enough good players on Zook's teams to make a difference. Anytime you upgrade in the coaching department, it's good for the program. How much Beckman elevates Illinois remains to be seen but it's a solid hire. Little things - ok major things - like not knowing the score, probably won't happen with the new staff. While it should mean the team is better on the field in terms of "the little things," I'm not sure that will translate into a huge number of wins.
I've seen Burfict since high school and there's no question that he is a talented linebacker. In his star-crossed career however, it has always come down to what the heck is going on between his ears. There was a point where most people had him pegged as a possible top 10 pick, now he'll be lucky to go on the first two days of the draft. I think there were plenty of issues with him and Dennis Erickson at Arizona State so I wonder if getting out of that environment and into the NFL will be a positive for Burfict. Perhaps the jolt of teams treating him like an adult rather than a kid that a coach's job is depending on will, in turn, make him a better player.

He is a good football player who will be drafted. How good and how high depends on how hard he wants to work and how serious he is about controlling his emotions and playing the right way. If he's still known for picking up personal fouls in two years, I'd say he's going to be looking for a new line of work much quicker than he first thought. Bruce Feldman has plenty more on Burfict and the draft on his blog.
This is such an interesting draft because the drop off from the first two quarterbacks (Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III) to the number three guy is huge. But because so many teams need a signal-caller, Tannehill has the potential to go as high as the top 10 during the draft. If you look at the CBSSports.com quarterback rankings, he has a first round projection but if I were an NFL GM, he would simply be too much of a risk to draft that high. Unlike most of the other guys, Tannehill doesn't have as many reps at the position because he played wide receiver - and was pretty good at it - for a while when in College Station. I think there is a lot to like about him, starting with his size and mobility, but I just can't see how the upside is worth a first round pick when you consider the caliber of players available.

If I had a need at quarterback, I think I would wait things out if I couldn't grab Luck or RG3. There are options on the free agent market (including, likely, some guy named Manning) and several guys who I think could be solid NFL guys in the 2nd round like Kirk Cousins or Brandon Weeden. Don't forget, there should be another strong group of QBs coming out next year like Matt Barkley and Tyler Wilson.

Our draft guys also tackled the Tannehill debtate and went into detail on what they saw from the tape.


Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:41 pm
 

Big OL Kent Perkins commits to Texas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas has been on a roll as of late and kept it going by reaching a double-digit number of commitments on Monday as Dallas (Texas) offensive lineman Kent Perkins pledged to the Horns to give the program their biggest recruit - literally and figuratively - in their young class.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Perkins was named a MaxPreps Top Junior and is one of the best at the tackle position in the state and the Southwest. He held early offers from Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M but is set to go to Austin to play college football after picking up one from Texas over the weekend at Junior Day.

Perkins is the 10th commitment for the Longhorns' class of 2013 and second offensive lineman, joining Celina (Texas) athlete Jake Raulerson.


 
 
 
 
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