Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:12 am

3/31 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Safe to say NCAA President Mark Emmert's speech at the Final Four will be well attended after the recent Frontline and HBO Real Sports programs this week.

- An ESPN report says Texas A&M was told they had to pay $80,000 to Will Lyles in order to land coveted recruit Patrick Patterson.

- Keller (Texas) offensive tackle Simon Goines could be close to a Missouri offer.

- Atlanta (Ga.) corner Geno Smith likes the way Georgia's number four jersey looks on him.

- Linebacker Kwontie Moore and quarterback Zeke Pike will be visiting Arkansas starting on Friday.

- Allen (Texas) quarterback Alec Morris is drawing interest from SMU, Baylor, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State among others.

Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:28 am

3/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Certainly an entertaining start to the NCAA tournament with the First Four in action last night. We're slowly getting closer and closer to the real madness this weekend.

- USC has finally signed defensive end Steve Dillon to a letter of intent. Dillon did not sign with the Trojans on Signing Day due to academic issues.

- Some more on Mario Edwards Jr.'s decision to commit to Florida State last night.

- Wide receiver Austin Aikens of Florida powerhouse Plant High has picked up an offer from Vanderbilt.

- Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas Tech are just some of the schools who are heavily recruiting offensive lineman Keenan Allen.

- Quarterback Colby Brown was one of the youngest players at the Orlando Elite 11 last weekend but he was also one of the most impressive.

- Offensive lineman Dan Voltz has committed to Wisconsin.

- Miami is off to a pretty good start with the class of 2012.

Posted on: March 15, 2011 8:47 am

3/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In a bit of recent news, the Badger Sports 7-on-7 held at the University of Michigan has been canceled. The event was scheduled for April 2nd and 3rd.

- Oregon is staying quiet about their use of scouting services as the NCAA investigates. Meanwhile, LSU has confirmed that it made a payment to one of the services in question.

- Wide receiver Dvario Montgomery has Alabama, Florida and LSU on the top of his recruiting list.

- Some more news and notes from the Badger Sports 7-on-7 at USF.

- The "missing man" formation that Georgia used to help recruit running back Isaiah Crowell has been deemed to be a secondary violation by the NCAA. As a result, Mark Richt has been hit with some recruiting restrictions.

Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:29 am

3/10 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Quite the blunder at the end of the St. Johns - Rutgers basketball game in the Big East tournament. What would the football recruiting equivalent be? An NCAA violation that the association does nothing about?

- In case you've missed it, Oregon is not the only program that pays for recruiting services.

- Georgia has self-reported five NCAA violations concerning the recruitment of defensive end Ray Drew.

- More on Miami's most recent commit, wide receiver Jontavious Carter.

- Michigan is looking to go back to Our Lady of Good Counsel High School after signing cornerback Blake Countess in 2011. The Wolverines are hoping to land a commitment from Countess' close friend, wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:51 pm

Dodd: Recruiting may be headed down a dark alley

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Street agents, Oregon and 7-on-7 camps are the talk of college football following reports of the school paying a scouting service $25,000 shortly after signing five-star running back Lache Seastrunk.

CBSSports.com columnist Dennis Dodd takes a look at the recruiting world in his latest column and why the NCAA is gathering information as part of a new initiative. Well worth the read as recruiting could be headed down a dark alley with so many shady figures starting to pop up around high profile players. 
Posted on: March 5, 2011 10:31 am

3/5 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some great college basketball on CBS today as we draw closer and closer to March Madness. We're also drawing closer to the college football coach's equivalent with the April-May evaluation period.

- Orlando (Fla.) athlete Guito Ervilus thought he would be picking up scholarships to play basketball but it's football that might be his meal ticket to college.

- An ex-Oregon recruiting coordinator says there's nothing out of the ordinary with the recruiting services the NCAA is probing.

- One of the top players in the midwest, Durron Neal, picked up offers from USC and Alabama this week.

- An update on North Carolina offensive lineman Brock Stadnik.

- Michigan State recently extended offers to several recruits.

- Nebraska commit Michael Rose is taking an unofficial visit to Arkansas.

- Texas defensive end Taiwan Johnson is high on the Razorbacks after receiving an offer from Bobby Petrino and staff.

Posted on: March 4, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 4:34 pm

NCAA taking a closer look at oversigning

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The hot button issue of oversigning is no longer just being examined by the media, the NCAA is taking a closer look into the issue as well.

The Division I Football Issues Committee has agreed to monitor a recent rule limiting schools to signing 28 recruits to a National Letter of Intent (NLI). Coaches have only 25 scholarships per year to give out but may sign up to 28 in case several recruits do not qualify academically.

The hot button issue of oversigning becomes especially newsworthy when schools have to tell recruits that they are no longer welcome because there is not a scholarship available. South Carolina, for example, signed 31 players to a letter of intent in 2011. Coaches usually try to keep players committed to the school but will re-route them to a prep school for a year or grayshirt them by having them enroll in the spring.

According to the NCAA release, the administrator of the NLI, Susan Peal, says the NLI's governing body does not support the grayshirting policy some schools use. If a player is persuaded by a coach to grayshirt and does not wish to so, their letter of intent can be considered void and they may sign when another school.

The new rule on oversigning,, and the rise in ways around it are forcing the NCAA to take a serious look at the practices schools use when signing football players.

“This rule has only been in effect for one year, and we want to take some time to see if that’s the perfect number," NCAA Division I Football Committee Chair Nick Carparelli said. “Certainly, the committee will continue to monitor it, and we can re-evaluate to see if there is a more appropriate number if necessary.”

The NCAA is not the only group of people taking action to combat oversigning as several high school coaches are becoming proactive in trying to stop the practice by outright banning colleges from recruiting their kids if they oversign. South Lake High School (Groveland, Fla.) head coach Walter Banks banned South Carolina after one of his players, Jordan Montgomery, was told he could not enroll because of the numbers crunch.

“I cannot look a kid and their parent in the face and say you can trust what a University of South Carolina coach says,” Banks told The State newspaper.

The NCAA also issued a staff interpretation on a rule which clarified that schools may not give a prospect a scholarship indirectly, such as through a coach or a friend. Players cannot receive any written scholarship offer prior to August 1st of their senior year but often receiver verbal offers from coaches.

Posted on: March 3, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 2:55 pm

De'Anthony Thomas debunks Twitter rumors

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Social media can be a wonderful thing. Sometimes though, it is often the cause of unsubstantiated rumors.

Such was the case early Thursday morning as several Oregon fans and media outlets picked up on something tweeted by a Twitter account supposedly belonging to recent commitment De'Anthony Thomas:

The rumor started to pick up steam due in part to ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd saying on his national radio show that a major program was about to be cited for NCAA recruiting violations. Brooks of SportsByBrooks.com confirmed shortly afterwards that the program Cowherd was talking about was Oregon. The NCAA also recently sent a Notice of Allegations to USC head coach Lane Kiffin due in part to his recruiting practices while he was at Tennessee

Thomas was committed to USC for several months before eventually signing with the Ducks in a last minute change of heart. 

When reached by phone Thursday morning, Thomas said the Twitter account is not his and that there are no truth to the rumors.

"No," he said flatly when asked if the NCAA had spoken with him.

Two sources also confirmed to CBSSports.com that the NCAA is not looking at Thomas nor have they heard anything about an investigation into Oregon's football team.

All rumors begin somewhere and with the increased look into football recruiting that the NCAA has taken, it's easy to see why these rumors seem to spread like a wildfire.

This one, however, seems to be put out.

Screenshots courtesy of SportsbyBrooks and SBNation's Holly Anderson.
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