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Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: August 29, 2011 10:05 am
 

8/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The high school season has already started and this week brings the start of the college football season. As a result, here's a supersized roundup.

- Number one recruit Dorial Green-Beckham started his season off with a bang.

- Nice profile of top 10 defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy.

Local talent buying in has been key to South Carolina on the recruiting trail.

Wide receiver Dwayne Stanford will schedule visits to Alabama, LSU and Arizona State.

A look at who has the edge in recruiting among rivals such as Alabama and Auburn.

The stat lines for some notable Texas commitments who began their season this weekend.

Athlete Traveon Henry will visit Florida State and Yale, yes Yale, for sure.

Great story about three players from one high school staring at USC.

Offensive tackle Abraham Garcia has a top three of LSU, Wisconsin and Auburn.

Jeff Scott used his relationship with players to help lure several wideouts to Clemson.

Keeping a recruiting tie to Texas is key for Oklahoma State.

Ron Zook is looking near and far for recruits.

Tennessee hopes for a recruiting boost now that the NCAA investigation is over.

2013 linebacker Peter Kalambayi calls Florida his dream school.

Commitments:

UNLV added running back David Greene this past week.

Colorado received a commitment from Texas offensive tackle Jeromy Irwin.

Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:49 pm
 

10 teams that will rise or fall in the rankings

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Five teams looking up (in alphabetical order):

1. Arkansas

It's a bit surprising to see the Razorbacks missing from the MaxPreps Top 25 but that will likely change in the months leading up to Signing Day. They have just 12 commits halfway through August but are in the running for several top 100 players and landing one or two should boost them up when they do. Number one receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has the program on his short list and has already set an official visit to Fayetteville as well.

2. Notre Dame

The Irish are 18th overall in the rankings but expect Brian Kelly and staff to close strong like they did with last year's top five class. Official visits are a big deal for Notre Dame and it wouldn't be surprising to see a few players move the school up on their list after visiting South Bend. If they can beat Michigan on the road under the lights and have a good showing in a win against USC at home later in the season, the program should be in the top 10 by November.

3. Oregon

Has any team been to the national championship game and not seen a recruiting bounce? At the moment, Oregon has not but that should change if the Ducks get the season started. Obviously the NCAA investigation has hampered their recruiting efforts but there are still several players like Jordan Simmons and Zach Banner with Oregon on their short list. Skill position players will want to play in Chip Kelly's offense and it likely won't be long before several of them commit and the Ducks slide into the top 25.

4. Penn State

The Nittany Lions are sitting just outside of the top 25 but, given the uncommitted talent right in their backyard, it wouldn't be too surprising to see JoePa move up. Noah Spence and Rushel Shell are two of top players who could end up in Happy Valley. This class addresses the guys in the trenches more than the skill positions so grabbing a few impact players should push them higher as well.

5. Tennessee

Seems like forever ago that Tennessee had fewer than five commits. Actually it was about a month ago. With the recent news that there would be no further NCAA sanctions beyond what were already self-imposed, Derek Dooley can now go full bore on the recruiting trail with out any impediments or negative recruiting against him. They've been picking up players left and right and will keep sliding up the recruiting rankings throughout he season as they continue to hear recruits sing Rocky Top.

Five looking down:

1. Arizona State

There's a few shaky verbal commits in the Sun Devils' class and that's one reason why they're on this list. There's no doubt that Dennis Erickson is on the hot seat as well and with so many injuries to the team before the season has begun, an average-at-best year could result in a few players looking for a program on more solid footing.

2. Florida

The Gators land on this not because they're going to see some players leave their strong class but because they're simply going to move down the rankings as others move up. They have 17 players committed and a solid group of targets left on their board but it's hard not to see an Alabama or an Auburn to eventually move above them at the moment.

3. Miami

No surprise to see the Hurricanes on this list given the NCAA investigation and surrounding mess following the Yahoo! Sports report. The recruiting class has stuck together so far but it's hard for anyone to imagine that being the case through Signing Day. There's a good talent base around the school but they have not received multiple top 100 commitments before the big news and likely won't afterwards.

4. Rutgers

The team is one of the top classes in the Big East but it will be tough to see them in the top two come Signing Day. The season will be key; if 2011 is another sub-.500 campaign then recruits could start looking elsewhere. Plus, it's not hard to see West Virginia passing them at some point given the momentum they'll have under a first year head coach that is looking to do big things on offense.

5. Vanderbilt

The Commodores have done big things early in the recruiting cycle but it will be interesting to see how long it lasts as they begin the season and other schools start looking to fill out their classes once they end up missing out on other targets. Like others on this list, a bad year on the field could also cause some commits to look to other programs.

Posted on: August 18, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Tennessee keeps momentum going with WR Croom

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's momentum on the recruiting trail and there's a Mack truck going 80 down the highway. Tennessee recruiting is the latter this month, grabbing yet another commitment Thursday afternoon in Norcross (Ga.) wide receiver Jason Croom.

“I feel like they will be able to make me a better man and push me academically,” Croom told GVX247com, “and it’s a great program.”

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver held offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Michigan, Michigan State and others but selected Tennessee over his other finalist, Mississippi State.

“I didn’t choose Mississippi State because somebody told me when I started visiting these schools that I will know for sure that’s the school I want to go to,” he said. “And when I went down (to Tennessee), I felt different about all the other places."

Croom had caught 30 passes for five touchdowns and over 500 yards last season as a junior. He is Tennessee's 16th commitment and third in the past week.
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 15, 2011 9:57 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Tennessee raids Texas again for talented safety

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With all the talk of Texas A&M going to the SEC, Dallas (Texas) safety LaDarrell McNeil apparently decided he wanted to beat all of the traffic east and commit to an SEC school Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety selected Tennessee over his other finalist Oklahoma State and surprisingly kept his decision under wraps from coaches and family members until making an announcement.

"Everyone was just blowing my phone up and I wanted to tell everyone at the same time," McNeil told Volquest.com. "I wanted to get it out of the way when I knew I was for sure. I have known for a couple of weeks Tennessee was where I wanted to go and I just now want to focus on playing ball my senior year."

McNeil also held offers from Clemson, LSU, Miami, Texas A&M and others. He recently took an unofficial visit to see the Vols up close and personal and that was a key factor in verbally committing over other schools.

"Honestly, I didn't know much about them till I got up there to see the coaches, and the school, but I liked what I saw," McNeil said. "I just felt comfortable there and I feel like I could live up there even if I wasn't playing football."

The talented safety had 132 tackles and three interceptions last season and becomes Tennessee's 15th commitment for the class of 2012. McNeil is the program's second commit from the Lone Star state in the last 10 days as well.


Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Recruiting Weekend Wrap

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Alliteration aside (see what I did there?), a few commitments happened over the weekend and because we'd like to catch you up sooner rather than later, here's an overview of who made a verbal pledge recently.

Tennessee went out of state for Washington, D.C. cornerback Kenneth Crawley. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder is the Vols' 14th commitment and is the first corner in the class.

"I had to get a feel for their coaching staff and how they coach,” Crawley told GVX247.com after attending Tennessee's camp. “When they were coaching me, I actually felt like I was a (Tennessee) player."

Another SEC program, Georgia, picked up a recruit - for the class of 2013. Newnan (Ga.) safety Tray Matthews is likely one of the top 20 prospects for next year's class and held 18 offers already.

"I've always wanted to come to Georgia," Matthews told UGASports.com. "I really didn't want to commit so early, but today when Mark Richt came up and put his hands around me, I just figured I'd better go ahead and do it."

Strong-armed Temecula (Calif.) quarterback Matt Morin committed to San Diego State. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound signal-caller is the ninth commitment and he'll likely be able to compete for the starting job as a freshman.

"The more and more I thought about it with my dad, we thought it was a great fit for me," Morin told Rivals. "It's close to home. They can come watch me. It's a great school and they're up-and-coming, so it's a great decision for us."

Solid pickup for Purdue, who snared a commitment from Celina (Texas) offensive lineman Jordan Roos. He held offers from Colorado and Louisville among others but will be headed to the Big Ten. He is also an elite shot putter.

"I just felt like it was time and there was no reason to wait any longer," Roos told GoldandBlack.com. "When you say the word 'Purdue,' everyone knows what it's all about, both academically and athletically. I'm just ready to go there and show what I've got."

Miami added a nice piece to their class of 2012 in Tampa (Fla.) defensive tackle Earl Moore. He held offers from Florida State, South Carolina and others

"I committed because, just being around the coaches, talking to them, I just felt real comfortable around them," Moore told CaneSport.com. "I was just talking (to Miami assistant Hurlie Brown) and I just let him know what I wanted to do. He was excited, real excited.

BYU added their 17th commitment to the class of 2012 in Richland (Wash.) defender Sawyer Powell. He was a participant in Nike's The Opening this summer and posted a top score during SPARQ testing.

"I just couldn't see myself playing for anyone else, ever," the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Powell told The Deseret News. "BYU has everything, and I've only wanted to play for them for as long as I can remember."

Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:44 am
 

8/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- A top South Florida (the area, not the school) recruit has been ruled ineligible for the upcoming season.

- There's plenty of confusion over the NCAA's interpretation on recruiting services like Rivals and Scout.

Michigan State is one school enjoying the newest trend of getting early commitments.

Good read on Derek Dooley's recruiting methods, which are a little frustrating for some Tennessee fans.

Georgia Tech basketball recruit Chris Bolden will play football this year.

Oklahoma recruit Sterling Shepard talks about the upcoming season.

Quarterback Bennie Coney is one reason why Cincinnati is rolling.

Auburn commit Zeke Pike has thrown a few Twitter bombs at Iron Bowl rival Alabama.

Commitments:

Boise State's newest recruit is linebacker Andrew Pint.

Kentucky received a commitment from defensive back Jacoby Glenn.

Ohio State added local receiver Roger Lewis to their class of 2012.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:10 am
 

Ranking the SEC recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Florida (#3 overall according to MaxPreps)

Three top 100 players and a solid foundation on the offensive line give Florida the top spot at the moment in the SEC. Plenty can change but this class brings a mix of players who fit Will Muschamp and Charlie Weis' style and who are terrific athletes.

2. Alabama (#7)

This class also has three top 100 players and it would be no surprise to see the Crimson Tide end up in the top spot come Signing Day. They lost out on in-state quarterback Jameis Winston but picked up a good replacement signal-caller in Alec Morris and this class features a lot of really good athletes who could play multiple positions.

3. LSU (#9)

The Tigers have two top 100 commits but one of them, Avery Johnson, is on shaky ground and is still pretty open with his recruitment. That said, this class is full of talented athletes that can play on either side of the ball and, though it might take a year or two in the program, could have some impact defensive players.

4. Auburn (#10)

Auburn has certainly seen a championship bounce in their recruiting, grabbing three top 100 recruits for 2012. Tight end Darrion Hutcherson can come in and play right away, as can several others out of this group.

5. South Carolina (#12)

The Old Ball Coach Steve Spurrier has mopped up in-state talent as of late and is doing so again with this class. Shaq Roland is the lone top 100 recruit but this class fills needs and brings in several talented skill position players.

6. Georgia (#20)

Despite Mark Richt being on the hot seat, he certainly can recruit. They have two top 100 players on either side of the line in Jonathan Taylor and John Theus and they've added several other quality players on defense so far.

7. Vanderbilt (#23)

This class is headlined by top 100 recruit Brian Kimbrow but there's also a lot of other talented recruits that Commodores fans have been unaccustomed to landing. James Franklin and company have particularly gone after the defensive line and have hit Georgia and Tennessee hard for recruits.

8. Arkansas

There's no big name for the Razorbacks in this class but it's a solid group of athletes with a lot of potential. The wide receivers in particular could take some time to develop but have the physical tools to be very good in Bobby Petrino's system.

9. Kentucky

Loaded with Blaylocks (three players with the last name) and linemen, this class has done a good job honing in on a few diamonds in the rough. Quarterback Patrick Towles is an Elite 11-level quarterback and could play early in his career.

10. Tennessee

This class has some momentum after being one of the smaller classes at the beginning of July. At the linebacker position in particular they've done a great job of landing talented recruits but have to address other areas to rise up this list.

11. Ole Miss

It's a solid but not spectacular effort so far for Houston Nutt. They are bringing in several good running backs but need to continue their course if they want to move up the pecking order.

12. Mississippi State

The Bulldogs have mined the in-state talent and gotten several above average athletes but there is no big name you would expect after having a big season.
 
 
 
 
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