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Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Top 10 safety Blake commits to Texas A&M

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While most of Texas A&M's class of 2012 was on board before the Aggies rumored move to the SEC surfaced, it appears their latest addition is very excited about the possible departure from the Big 12. San Antonio (Texas) defensive back Colin Blake is the latest commitment for the program and the pending move was one of the reasons why he committed over the holiday weekend.

"I think it makes them more attractive to me because that's the best conference in college football so I would love to have a chance to play in the SEC," Blake told AggieYell.com. "They look real good going into the year this year and I think they are going to do well in the Big 12 this year. I like A&M a lot, so I want them to win the Big 12."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder held offers from Arizona, Cal, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Missouri and others. Interestingly, Blake had given up football early in his career to concentrate on basketball but ended up coming back to play on the gridiron and, as a result, ended up with a full ride to a great in-state school.

"I wasn't excelling in basketball though," he said. "Football is the sport at our school so I decided to go back, give it a try, and see what happened. I came out during our boot about three weeks before spring practice. That's when I figured out that I could still play football."

Blake had 68 tackles and one interception last season as a junior. He becomes the Aggies' 22nd commitment for the class of 2012 and is ranked as the 10th-best safety in the country by MaxPreps.

Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Business as usual in recruiting if A&M heads East

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stop if you've heard this before, but it appears that Texas A&M is departing the Big 12 for the SEC. While the move appears all but done to some, to Aggies' head coach Mike Sherman, things around the program could be the furthest thing from his mind. The talk in the media during the week might be all about conference realignment but his team it has been purposefully avoided.

“We’re a very matter-of-fact, work-every-day type of team,” Sherman said. “We don’t think too far ahead – we’re not that smart.”

While Sherman and his team may be focused on their opener against SMU this weekend, other coaches have weighed in on the move and, in particular, the possible affect on recruiting if the Aggies move East. Florida head coach Will Muschamp knows the back roads around the state from his years at Texas but said that his strategy wouldn't change much even if the move occurs.

"If that happens, so be it. I've been really focused on our game," Muschamp said earlier this week. "We're going to recruit the best players in the country. If some of those are in Texas, so be it. It's a great state for high school football. The coaches are outstanding in the state of Texas. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

Other SEC coaches, many of whom were only minimally aware of recent developments about the move, had no problem commenting on what - if any - affect the move would have on their programs.

"We're always going to recruit the state of Texas," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "We've had good success there in the last three years and we're going to work hard to recruit the best players in the country. I don't really have a lot of thoughts on Texas A&M because it'd be very premature for me to discuss anything about that."

"It's not going to hurt us," Mississippi State's Dan Mullen added. "Texas has not been a huge recruiting area for us. We do recruit a little over there so I'm sure it's not going to hurt us extending the footprint into the Houston area and, really, the whole state."

"I can understand why everybody wants to come to out conference," Ole Miss' Houston Nutt said. "The stadiums are full, you're on TV every game and it's just a competitive, competitive conference. The best in America."

If there is one program who might be looking at a bounce, it's Tennessee thanks to the ties of head coach Derek Dooley.

"I've recruited Texas my whole career," Dooley said. "Coaching at SMU and LSU and Louisiana Tech, I've recruited just about every part of Texas for a long time. We have two commitments right now from that state. There's a lot of talent down there but there's a lot of good teams recruiting them too."


Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Senior Writer Dennis Dodd tackled the difficult task of putting together the CBSSports.com preseason top 25. One of the common themes is that the national champ usually has to come from behind in the polls. Taking a look at the recruiting rankings, it's usually the opposite. Sure there are the Signing Day closers, such at USC or Florida, but the Alabama's, Texas' and Florida State's of the world put together a good class early and head to February with a good idea of who they're signing while holding out hope a top guy will put on their hat late in the process.

Here's a breakdown of the current MaxPreps Top 25 recruiting rankings and a little bit of insight as to who will eventually be declared recruiting national champion.

The favorites

1. Michigan (top recruit: #33 Terry Richardson)

2. Texas (#3 Cayleb Jones)

3. Florida (#12 D.J. Humphries)

4. Florida State (#5 Mario Edwards)

6. Alabama (#19 Geno Smith)

One Big Ten team, one Big 12 team, two SEC teams and the ACC banner-carrier are the favorites to take home the mythical February title. It's no surprise to see some of the names on this list but newcomer Michigan is one considering Brady Hoke has yet to coach a game. It's not a deep year for Midwest talent but the Wolverines have certainly grabbed the creme of the crop and as a result sit in the pole position past the halfway point.

The contenders

5. Miami (#77 Jelani Hamilton)

7. Texas A&M (#51 Trey Williams)

9. Auburn (#30 Zeke Pike)

10. LSU (#58 Avery Johnson)

11. Virginia Tech (Donaldven Manning)

15. Clemson (#16 Travis Blanks)

18. Notre Dame (#13 Jarron Jones)

The next group of teams has an outside shot of moving up into the top five and challenging for the title with a strong close. Miami is in a difficult position in that they have a strong class filled with local talent but given the NCAA investigation swirling around the program, no one knows how long Al Golden can keep things up. With recent news that the Aggies would be moving to the SEC, one figures they could see a bounce and grab one or two top prospects by selling playing time in the nation's best football conference. Auburn has done well again this year and is seeing a championship bounce with their current group and could see other prospects come around to playing on the Plains. LSU and Virginia Tech have put together under the radar classes but they're both strong enough to put them in position to move up with a top 100 recruit committing. Clemson and Notre Dame both have small classes but have shown they can get things done between now and players putting pen to paper.

The pretenders

8. Virginia (#50 Michael Moore)

12. Penn State (#36 J.J. Denman)

13. South Carolina (#20 Shaq Roland)

14. Arizona State (#45 Evan Goodman)

16. Oklahoma (#47 Durron Neal)

This group of teams look like they can make a strong push to finish in the top five but it will be a steep up hill battle. Virginia is ranked highly due to the numbers they have and when others catch up in that department, they'll slide back down to the middle of the pack. Penn State has been solid but not spectacular in a good year for Pennsylvania talent. South Carolina is comfortable with their class but likely won't grab a top 10 player to push them up and Arizona State will likely not finish as the top Pac-12 class at the end of the day. Oklahoma is limited in terms of numbers this year and while they might sneak in the top group, it will be hard to go much further.

No chance

17. Cincinnati (#72 Bennie Coney)

19. Missouri (#91 Jonathan Williams)

20. Michigan State (#63 Sevon Pittman)

21. Wisconsin (#67 Dan Voltz)

22. Indiana (#2 Gunner Kiel)

23. Rutgers (#71 Leonte Caroo)

24. Washington (#70 Cyler Miles)

25. West Virginia (Brandon Napoleon)

It's a nice year for this group of team but it will be tough for any of these schools to move above 15 in the rankings. Likewise, it might be tough for Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Michigan State to stay in the top 25 as other schools start filling out their class with 20 or more recruits.


Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Will Muschamp eyes Texas recruit Jake Raulerson

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

Although Will Muschamp is already eight months into his role as Florida’s head football coach, he’s hardly forgotten his roots in Texas, where he spent three seasons as the Longhorns' defensive coordinator.

He certainly hasn’t forgotten top recruiting targets in the state of Texas.

Muschamp has the Gators involved in the recruitment of Celina (Texas) offensive lineman Jake Raulerson,  a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tackle who is shooting up recruiting boards.

Raulerson, who recently received his 17th verbal offer by way of Brian Kelly and Notre Dame, told MaxPreps that the two schools recruiting him hardest right now are Florida and Texas.

A member of the MaxPreps 2013 Top 100 watch list, Raulerson was extremely busy visiting colleges this summer, checking out in-state schools Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and SMU, while traveling to visit Oklahoma State, Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas.

His most recent visit was likely his furthest: a trip to Gainesville, Fla.

In the class of 2011, a class largely assembled by Urban Meyer, Muschamp did not sign a single recruit from Texas. In fact the Gators only have one Lone Star State native of the roster, redshirt junior Omarius Hines.

READ MORE OF THIS ARTICLE ON MAXPREPS

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:47 pm
 

A&M to the SEC will alter recruiting in Texas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SECede.

That's the phrase on a popular t-shirt in College Station, Texas. That is of course the home of Texas A&M, a school currently considering leaving the Big 12 and heading east to the SEC. The administration has tapped the brakes recently however, saying they would explore the issues further. One aspect they'll undoubtedly take a look at is football recruiting.

Take a look at the current Big 12 team rankings and you'll see the Aggies occupy the second spot in the conference behind rival Texas. No matter what move the school makes, that likely won't change. Both schools draw heavily on in-state talent and, for the most part, elite talent will always head to Austin. A move to the SEC will allow A&M to compete better but on the whole it will be tough for the school to beat Texas on a consistent basis for some of the top players in the state.

Out of 12 players in the class of 2011 with both a Texas and Texas A&M offer, all 12 picked the Longhorns over the Aggies. Will the SEC card allow A&M to win one or two of those head-to-head battles? Likely, yes. But in terms of depth, the top prospects will usually be headed to Texas for the forseeable future. If anything, schools such as Oklahoma and Texas Tech will see their ability to go against A&M diminished. The Aggies have done well in Louisiana and playing in the SEC will probably help them in that area as well.

On the other side, being able to play in Texas will certainly open a few doors to some SEC teams. Plenty of teams have been able to come into the state when they want for top players but for programs such as Tennessee, Arkansas or LSU, the ability to sell a SEC game close to home is another thing to sell the recruits on. There won't be a massive gold rush of SEC programs coming into the state but it will be interesting to see how high school coaches react to plenty of suitors coming calling on their kids year after year.

Bottom line, A&M going to the SEC will have some impact. How much? Probably not as much as some Aggies are hoping but we'll just have to wait and find out when the dust settles.

Read more on Maxpreps: Texas A&M recruits support move to the SEC
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:27 am
 

Ranking the Big 12 Recruiting Classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer
1. Texas (Ranked #2 overall by MaxPreps)

It's no surprise to see the Longhorns occupy the top spot in the conference recruiting rankings and this year they have a particularly strong class. Mack Brown has collected five top 100 recruits, including the top running back and a wide receiver who happens to be the number three overall prospect.

2. Texas A&M (#6)

The Aggies have taken advantage of the turn around in College Station on the field with success on the recruiting trail. Quarterback Matt Davis and running back Trey Williams impressed over the summer and there are several explosive players on defense headed to Aggieland.

3. Oklahoma (#15)

A smaller class than normal when all is said and done, Bob Stoops has searched far and wide for some great talent. They managed to grab two top 100 players and several others who certainly could be in the final rankings.

4. Missouri (#16)

This class is a little under the radar with the top-heavy Big 12 rankings but it's a very solid class with some good players to build around. Running back Jonathan Williams is ranked in the top 100 and quarterback Maty Mauk is one of the most prolific high school passers in the country.

5. Texas Tech

Pretty impressive haul for Tommy Tuberville and company. Stealing offensive lineman Michael Starts out of Waco from several other teams was a coup and both lines will be restocked with this group.

6. Baylor

The Bears have a surprisingly big class at this point in the year with 18 commitments. Kiante Griffin is a terrific athlete who can play either wide receiver or defensive back and Thaddeus LaGrone is an athletic and rangy linebacker.

7. Oklahoma State

This class has seen some defections and Mike Gundy has finished bridesmaid to several prospects but this is still a solid, if small, group. There's plenty of time for this class to move up, especially if they can land legacy running back Barry Sanders Jr.

8. Iowa State

It's surprising to see such a diverse group headed to Ames with players from Florida to California to Texas. Grant Rohach could compete for the starting quarterback job early.

9. Kansas State

As one would expect, this class will eventually be made up of several junior college transfers so it's hard to figure out just how well the Wildcats are doing on the recruiting trail. Linebacker Will Davis is a good pick up though.

10. Kansas

One of the smallest classes in the country, the Jayhawks have work left to do. There's two quarterbacks so it looks like that need is filled and it's time to move on to others.

Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:34 pm
 

NCAA decision has impact beyond HS games

Posted by Bryan Fischer

On Thursday, the NCAA moved swiftly to end any talk of high school games on The Longhorn Network or conference networks but upon closer examination, the decision could have a bigger impact than once thought.

The Board of Directors, responsible for passing the interpretation on games, also appeared to close the door to another significant programming source: recruiting. Other programming featuring recruits, such as shows or highlights, look to be off the table for the networks.

The interpretation approved by the Board:
Broadcasts of Youth Programming on Institutional- or Conference-Branded Networks (I)
The academic and membership affairs staff determined it is not permissible for an institution- or conference-branded network to broadcast (audio or video) programming involving prospective student-athletes. [References: NCAA Constitution 2.11 (the principle governing recruiting) and NCAA Bylaws 13.2.1 (general regulation), 13.4.3.1 (recruiting advertisements), 13.10.3 (radio/TV show), 13.10.3.1 (announcer for broadcast of prospective student-athlete’s athletics contest), 13.10.3.2 (game broadcast/telecast), 13.15.1 (prohibited expenses) and 13.15.1.2 (fundraising for high school athletics program)]
The language obviously rules out high school games on for the Longhorn Network and others, such as those run by the Big Ten, Mountain West and, soon, by the Pac-12. By saying those networks can't air any "programming involving prospective student-athletes," any shows dedicated to recruiting appear to be off the table. This could include Signing Day coverage which would have been a stable of the February programming for all of the networks given the frenzy around that time of year.

The interpretation should also extend to school-owned radio networks broadcasting high school games or airing shows dedicated to recruiting. The language of "branded network" could also mean that respective digital networks and websites are also limited in what they can show.

Of course, NCAA interpretations have caused confusion before, such as the one involving recruiting services such as Rivals or Scout. At the moment however, it appears the NCAA has plugged a bigger hole then intended. Is a YouTube video ok?
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 11:45 am
 

Embree sees recruiting game change over the years

Posted by Bryan Fischer

New Colorado head coach Jon Embree has several years of college coaching experience under his belt but after spending the past five years in the NFL, getting back into the recruiting game is not without a few growing pains. One of the biggest changes he has had to adjust to is not necessarily the mundane phone call rules or contact periods, but the timetable recruits are making their decisions.

"Kids are committing earlier and earlier," Embree said. "It used to be that kids got on your campus and visited, you'd have some conversations. Now you may have kids that will commit that haven't even seen your campus so that's a little bit different."

Some have suggested that because the recruiting game has moved up that there should be an early signing period like there is in basketball. Embree doesn't see that happening, mostly from a logistical standpoint.

"I don't know how you would do an earlier signing period," he said. "Would they let us do home visits earlier? If you do that then you'll have people doing spring ball at different times and that could eat into the coaches' summers. I just don't know how that would look or fit. If they could do it without being too disruptive, then I wouldn't have a problem with it."

Of immediate concern for Embree however, is the Buffaloes' class of 2012. The group of commitments is currently nine-strong, including four players from Texas and three from California. The two states represent the traditional recruiting grounds for the program and two areas Colorado will sell their school, including - but not limited to - the move to the Pac-12, extremely hard.

"There's some kids that kind of look at it like 'I want to be in the Pac-12, I want to be in the Big 12,'" Embree said. "But ultimately I think kids want to see what kind of program are you running, can I go there and have success and how fast can I go there and have an opportunity to  go there and play? When you start talking to kids now, especially with the new TV contract, they know mom and dad are going to see them play.

"It's probably not as important as it was in the past to say hey, I'm in the Pac-12. It will help us with kids here and there for the kids that want mom and dad to see them play once a year. But for the most part, with the way things are, it's just not as big a deal as it would be in the past."


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