Every Monday, our weekly Recruiting Review recaps the past week's top headlines from our sister blog, Bryan Fischer's Eye on Recruiting . Enjoy:
- Oklahoma capitalized on a family legacy to land a commitment from in-state receiver Sterling Shepard, who had offers from Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and others. Shepard's father Derrick was a star for the Sooners under Barry Switzer. Clemson would bounce back quickly by landing in-state defensive end Shaq Lawson.
- A couple of high-profile teams snagged their first commitments for 2012 last week, both looking west to California. Notre Dame secured a pledge from Fresno cornerback Tee Shepard, who boasted 27 offers from a who's who of schools around the country. A little closer to the coast, Boise State has a rare early commitment in the person of Elk Grove cornerback Marcus Rios. But Rios's coach says the commitment won't keep some higher-profile Pac-12 schools from coming after him later in the year.
- Just days later, the Irish got their second commitment , Vandalia (Ohio) tackle Taylor Decker. Decker made his decision just a week after receiving his offer, saying "It's just where I wanted to go."
- Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak reviews lots of recruiting news from around the country , including a top tackle from Washington being impressed with Michigan and Brady Hoke.
- Lorenzo Mauldin, his options narrowed after South Carolina oversigned and asked him to grayshirt, could wind up at Louisville whether he qualifies as part of the 2011 class or not.
- USC claimed their fifth commitment for 2012 , nabbing local linebacker Jabari Ruffin. Staying out west, Lakewood (Calif.) receiver Malik Gilmore shone at the Los Angeles Under Armour Combine , but despite offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, and San Diego State isn't planning on committing anytime soon.
- Texas A&M surprisingly leads the nation with 16 total commitments, the most recent being San Antonio quarterback Trevor Knight. Knight chose the Aggies over offers from Texas Tech and TCU. A team not surprisingly cleaning up early is Alabama, which added its 10th commitment in the person of Ellenwood (Ga.) offensive lineman Brandon Greene. A 6'6" former basketball player, Greene committed after attending Alabama's Junior Day.
- Maybe no position in 2012 is more loaded than running back, and Eye of Recruiting updates the recruitment on two of the best: Texas's Johnathan Gray and Oklahoma's Barry Sanders Jr.