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Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:49 am
 

2/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Brady Hoke's recruiting success has turned up the heat in the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry.

 Poaching verbal commits isn't new to the Big Ten according to Ron Zook.

 Notre Dame has offered tight end Hunter Henry.

 Defensive back Anthony Cioffi is Rutgers' first commitment in 2013.

 R.J. Prince committed to North Carolina over several others.

 Texas Tech added a pledge from defensive back Will Barrow.

 Punter Jimmy Hutchinson committed to Auburn on Tuesday.

 Quarterback Asiantii Woulard is now in South Florida's 2013 class.

Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:59 am
 

J.J. Gustafson the latest to commit to A&M

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M is one of the major programs on a roll early in the recruiting process and kept up the momentum from a big weekend with a commitment from Dallas (Texas) offensive tackle J.J. Gustafson on Monday.

"I've been going to A&M games since I was one or two years old," Gustafson told Rivals. "I've always loved the atmosphere at Kyle Field. I've been to camps there too. I liked the coaching staff. I enjoy College Station too."

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound tackle held offers from schools such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Stanford and Texas Tech. Gustafson was considered an A&M lean for most of the recruiting process with several family members having attended the school but waited to see what new coach Kevin Sumlin brought to the table before committing.

"I really like the A&M staff," Gustafson said. "I am getting a feel of the team and staff and where the depth chart is. I am discovering the A&M philosophy going forward and how they see their season is shaping up."

The pledge gives Texas A&M seven commitments in the past three days and give the program 12 total for the class of 2013. Gustafson is the second offensive lineman of the bunch.

Photo by Lonnie Erickson


Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:32 pm
 

Aggies add two more commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was already a successful weekend for Texas A&M based on what the school did on the recruiting trail on Saturday but good news continued on Sunday as the Aggeis added two more commitments from Pearland (Texas) running back James White and Houston (Texas) defensive back Jonathan Wiggins, TexAgs.com reports.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wiggins also held a scholarship offer from Utah and will line up at safety upon his arrival in College Station next fall. He was one of several players to make the journey down for the Aggies' Junior Day on Saturday, which is where he picked up his offer from A&M.

White is one of the top rushers in the state and held offers from Auburn, Baylor and Texas Tech on top of interest from several other major programs. He decided to end the process early however and will bring his 6-foot, 200-pound frame to Aggieland after rushing for over 1,800 yards as a junior.

The pair gives Texas A&M 12 commitments in the class of 2013, half of which pledged to the school this weekend. Kevin Sumlin and staff certainly have hit the ground running and added a few players who can do the same thing on the football field as well.


Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:41 pm
 

Duo becomes Texas Tech's first 2013 commits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville received an early Valentine on Monday night as Texas Tech's class of 2013 received its first two commitments in Manvel (Texas) defensive back Tavares Garner and Houston (Texas) wide receiver Devin Lauderdale.

"Texas Tech is always been where I wanted to go," Lauderdale told RedRaiderSports.com. "That's what I would play on video games and stuff like that. I knew I was going to make my decision today because I told my friend -- he's like a cousin to me -- Tavares Gardner. We've known each other since second grade, he told me, 'Whatever college you go to, I'm going to go to.' And I told him the same thing.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide out also held offers from Baylor, Notre Dame and TCU among others. His close friend Gardner only had an offer from Tech but the 5-foot-11 corner enjoyed his unofficial visit so much he quickly committed.

"The reason I committed is because I like the campus and the coaching staff was great, especially coach Chad Scott," Garner said. "Coach Scott made me like I was at home. It was just a great trip. All the coaches showed a lot of love and made it feel like home so that's why I committed."

Texas Tech signed 26 players in their class of 2012, including six defensive backs and four wide receivers. Garner had three interceptions and nearly 50 tackles last season as a junior.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:51 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Huggins is number six for Texas A&M

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M had a very good haul on Signing Day with their 14th-ranked recruiting class and it looks like the Aggies might be able to best that effort based on their start with the 2013 class. Dallas (Texas) defensive tackle Kerrick Huggins was the latest to commitment to the SEC-bound program, picking A&M on Saturday.

"I like the tradition, the coaches, the academics, all of that," Huggins told AggieYell.com. "Really, I like everything."

A 6-foot-3, 280-pound interior presence also held offers from Colorado State, SMU and Texas Tech with plenty of others showing interest.

Huggins' Skyline High teammate, wide receiver Thomas Johnson, signed with Texas A&M and it looks like the Aggies are getting two impact players on both sides of the ball in consecutive years.

"I'm a straight defensive tackle," Huggins added. "I like to take on blockers and get in the backfield after whoever's got the ball."

The pledge gives new head coach Kevin Sumlin six commitments for 2013, three of whom play along the defensive line.

Photo by Lonnie Erickson
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:39 am
Edited on: February 7, 2012 9:55 am
 

2/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Louisville intends to spread a wider net for recruits going forward.

 A look at some of Georgia's top 2013 targets.

 Ohio State and Michigan are back to being major players in recruiting thanks to their head coaches.

 Quarterback Kenny Hill could be the top 2013 player in the Dallas area and already has Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech offers.

 Comparing Virginia Tech and Virginia's recruiting classes.

 Florida State's big time defensive line class could lead to fearsome play out of the unit.

 Chuck Martin gave some insight into the Notre Dame recruiting process.

 The recruitment of James Gray was a lot different than his son Johnathan's to Texas.

 Alabama comes out on top in a re-ranking of 2009 classes.

 Bo Pelini's first recruiting class is striving to go out with a bang.

 An Australian weightlifter is looking at playing football, possibly at Michigan State.

Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Big 12 Signing Day Grades



Posted by Bryan Fischer


MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big 12
College Commits Top 100
2. Texas 28 4
8. Oklahoma 24 2

Big 12 school-by-school
Program Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 DE Javonte Magee B Call it the RGIII bounce but Baylor definitely improved upon what they've been doing on the recruiting trail, landing the talented Magee and several athletes that will improve the overall team speed.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 QB Grant Rohach C This is a pretty tall group coming in that is heavy on the lines and at wide out but the marquee guy is Rohach. There are a few underrated players here but it's not what you'd call a special class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 DB Greg Allen F Well, Charlie Weis, you're in Kansas and not South Bend or Gainesville. This year was a recruiting class well below average and might not add much at all unless you count transfer quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 WR Marquez Clark C+ Not many of these guys, outside of the Jucos, are expected to play much early on but a decent effort this year for the Wildcats.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 WR Durron Neal A- They addressed the big need at wide receiver and brought in several other nice pieces on offense. This wasn't a class that drew on Texas for talent but was really all over the map but still pulled in a top 10 class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 QB Wes Lunt B The Cowboys aren't quite at the point where they're competing for elite talent on the recruiting trail yet but they're doing a great job of grabbing kids that will fit in their system on both sides of the ball.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 QB Tyler Matthews B This could have been in 'A' territory had they managed to keep a few kids but it's still a very good effort for the first class they're able to sell playing in the Big 12.
- Team page
- Commitment list
28 RB Johnathan Gray A+ Once again, the Longhorns swept the elite in-state talent and landed the top RB in the country. They also grabbed some elite and underrated defenders to complete one of the better classes under Mack Brown.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 WR Dominique Wheeler B This is actually a pretty underrated class and the amount of Jucos is certainly interesting but when you consider needs, understandable.

Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:32 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big 12



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Breaking down who won and who lost in the Big 12 on National Signing Day

WINNER: Mack Brown

Nothing new for Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns on signing day this year, as the Longhorns put together a class of 28 players. Players that were good enough to earn the Longhorns the second spot in our CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. The Longhorns already had a strong class coming into the Wednesday, but flipping players like Torshiro Davis, Bryce Cottrell, and Daje Johnson in the last few days helped put it over the top.

LOSER: Mack Brown

How can you win and lose at the same time? Well, it's not that hard if you're Mack Brown. After all, Brown has long been considered one of the best coaches on the recruiting trail since taking over at Texas. However, the great classes that he's signed haven't done much to help the Longhorns when it comes to picking up victories the last few years. Now with another top class, the expectations that Texas compete for the Big 12 title will only grow that much larger, and considering that Connor Brewer is the only "top" quarterback in his latest class, Brown will really need the rest of his newest class to start contributing right away. If they don't we can't be sure how many more signing days Brown will have, contract extension or not.

WINNER: Boomer Sooner

While Oklahoma's class may not be as highly regarded as Texas, it's still good enough to finish at #8 in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. It has its share of studs in wide receivers Trey Metoyer and Durron Neal, along with lineman Will Latu and quarterback Trevor Knight, but more than anything Bob Stoops and his staff focused on the areas of need in Norman. Of the 25 players in Oklahoma's class, 12 are either receivers, tight ends or defensive lineman. If the Sooners had been able to add another running back or two -- and this isn't a knock on Alex Ross, David Smith, or Damien Williams -- this class would have been ranked even higher.

LOSER: Oklahoma State

It doesn't seem like the Cowboys and Mike Gundy were truly able to capitalize on their first Big 12 title and win in the Fiesta Bowl. While their 2012 class certainly isn't terrible -- I consider it pretty solid to be honest -- it's not exactly the type of class that will wow anybody either. Still, Gundy and company focused on need, and while a class full of three-star recruits isn't going to knock anybody off their feet, it's those same types of recruiting classes that Oklahoma State rode to the Fiesta Bowl last season. So while I have the Cowboys marked a as "loser" here, it's in the context of the National Signing Day. Besides, if four-star quarterback Wes Lunt and receiver C.J. Curry go on to become the next Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, well, then this class will be magnificent won't it?

WINNER: Tommy Tuberville

Texas Tech went out and, quietly, pulled in one of the better classes in the Big 12. In fact, depending on which recruiting service you fancy, the Red Raiders trailed only Texas and Oklahoma in overall quality this season. While four-star receivers Reginald Davis and Dominique Wheeler are the flashier commits, I feel the best sign for Tech's future is the fact that at least 15 of its 26 commits will play on the defensive side of the ball. We already know Texas Tech can light up a scoreboard, but until it starts playing better on defense, it won't be able to win consistently. Recruiting classes like this one will go a long way to making that happen.

LOSER: Iowa State

Again, like I said in the Oklahoma State entry, don't take this "loser" personally. The fact is that Iowa State just isn't the type of program that is going to pull in a lot of 5- and 4-star recruits. Instead Paul Rhoads pulled in a class of 21 players comprised mostly of 3-star players. So while this class may not have a lot of "sex appeal" it could help Iowa State continue to make bowl appearances under Rhoads, and that's all you can ask of Iowa State right now.

WINNER: Fax machine distributors of the United States

Hope you made enough money this year to tide you over until next signing day.

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