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Posted on: January 30, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Sunday recruiting quick hits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Recruiting updates are coming fast and furious as the final weekend before Signing Day winds down. Monday is the beginning of a “dead” period where coaches can only talk to recruits if they call them so things are jumping the past few hours.

The biggest news might be Lauderdale Lakes (FL) linebacker Kent Turene decommitting from USC. Turene had waivered on the Trojans since taking visits and most thought it was 50-50 for him to actually sign with USC. Georgia might be the leader after he recently took an official visit there.

Arizona State also lost a commit this weekend with Oaks Christian (CA) defensive end Dillon van der Wal flipping to Vanderbilt. Van der Wal is a very solid player and a good pickup for the Commodores. His decommitment is the second big blow of the weekend for the Sun Devils after in-state guard Cyrus Hobbi selected USC. News isn’t all bad for Dennis Erickson’s team, they did pick up defensive tackle David Moala from Gardena (CA).

Orlando (FL) linebacker LaQuentin Smith has narrowed his choices down to Pittsburgh and West Virginia. This would be a big pickup for Pitt head coach Todd Graham, who has reeled in six commitments in the past 48 hours after seeing most of the recruiting class dissolve in the wake of the coaching change.
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:31 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Big East needs, commits and hopes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Cincinnati

Biggest need: Offensive line. Two starters are already gone due to graduation and next season could feature seniors across the board. This is not only an area of need for the future but one that needs bodies heading into next season as well.

Best verbal commit: Running back Jameel Poteat.

Hope to get: Linebacker Dexter Moody.

Connecticut

Biggest need: Receiver. The new staff will likely see a big hole at a lot of positions with several seniors gone from the Big East champion. Finding a dynamic wide receiver to help take pressure off the running game will likely be at or near the top of the recruiting board.

Best verbal commit: Linebacker Jefferson Ashiru.

Hope to get: Defensive back Adrian Amos.

Louisville

Biggest need: Offensive linemen. The Cardinals take a huge hit on the offensive line due to graduation so it’s important to find players to fill out the depth chart and be ready to step in if there’s injuries.

Best verbal commit: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Hope to get: Tight end Jon Davis.

Pitt

Biggest need: Defensive end. Brandon Lindsey returns to a unit that should be solid next year but will be a senior so new head coach Todd Graham will have to replace him shortly. It’s tough to recruit when you’re the third coach since the end of the season but Graham will have to make adding an end a priority.

Best commit: Defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith.

Hope to get: Quarterback Michael Eubank.

Rutgers

Biggest need: Defensive line. Rutgers was dead last in the Big East in sacks by a mile. They need at least one player in the current class to step in and help out.

Best verbal commit: Running back Savon Huggins.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Marquise Wright.

South Florida 

Biggest need: Skill players. The Bulls have someone to build around in quarterback B.J. Daniels but the key is finding some playmakers to put around him. There are a few on the roster but adding to the current group can give USF a chance in the Big East.

Best verbal commit: Wide receiver Andre Davis.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Elkino Watson.

Syracuse

Biggest need: Secondary. Syracuse had a lot of youth on the team last year but can still improve in several areas. The Orangemen will pencil in three seniors at the backend so there’s at least one position group that needs some added depth.

Best verbal commit: Wide receiver Dyshawn Davis.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds.

West Virginia

Biggest need: Defensive line. The Mountaineers had a very good defense last year (third in the country in total defense) but will need to add a player or two to the defensive line with an eye for 2012 with a senior-laden bunch already in Morgantown.

Best verbal commit: Defensive back Terrell Chestnut.

Hope to get: Safety Roderick Ryles.

Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:10 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Rich Rodriguez joins CBS College for Signing Day

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Michigan and West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez knows his recruiting. Despite his 15-22 record in Ann Arbor, Rodriguez did bring in three straight top 20 recruiting classes. His list of talented prospects he has recruited and coached is more than impressive, including most notably in recent years the likes of Pat White, Steve Slaton, and quarterback Denard Robinson. Rodriguez has been on five different FBS coaching staffs, and has left his mark at each stop along the way.

Which is why we are proud to announce that Rodriguez will be joining our multi-faceted coverage of National Signing Day here at CBS. CBS College Sports Network will be offering seven hours of live television programming featuring recruiting expert Tom Lemming, Rodriguez, and former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer giving instant updates and analysis as the nation's biggest recruits sign their LOI's on the New Years Day of the offseason.

In addition to the television coverage, keep it locked here at CBSSports.com all day on February 2 as we will be providing breaking news and analysis as soon as pens hit paper. If you haven't already, go bookmark our Eye on Recruiting Blog to get caught up on the latest recruiting news. Bryan Fischer will keep you covered on which way the four and five-stars are leaning, and what their decisions will mean for teams moving forward.

So next Wednesday February 2, join CBS Sports for a truly multi-media experience as we deliver all the biggest news on National Signing Day. Your favorite team is preparing for tomorrow today, because there is no offseason in college football.
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: January 25, 2011 5:24 pm
 

1/25 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The days are flying off the calendar, the coaches are racking up the frequent flyer miles for in-home visits and recruiting websites are starting to feel the rush because we’re almost a week away from Signing Day.

- UCF had the best season in the program’s history and that is paying off on the recruiting trail. A recent surge has brought the Knights five commitments over two days.

- Want to know who’s committed to BYU? Here’s the list for the class of 2011 and 2012.

- It’s rare that an offensive player doesn’t want to go to West Virginia to play for soon-to-be head coach Dana Holgorsen but one tight end has flipped from the Mountaineers to Marshall.

- Bobby Petrino was looking at another recruit and wide receiver Kane Whitehurst happened to catch his eye. A few weeks later and he’s an Arkansas commitment.

- A list of the top 50 players in Georgia and Florida.

- Speaking of Georgia, the Bulldogs picked up the top in-state lineman. Georgia Tech grabbed three commitments but lost out on one player to Illinois.

- Mississippi State picked up a running back commitment from Hargrave Military Academy.

Posted on: January 20, 2011 9:14 am
 

1/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Planned some really great things yesterday for our Signing Day coverage here on the blog and on CBSSports.com. Less than two weeks to go and here's some links to tide you over until then.

- Highly rated offensive tackle Christian Westerman could be primed to switch his commitment from Texas to Auburn after scheduling a surprise announcement for Friday. Combined with the fact that stud offensive tackle (and third-ranked player overall according to Tom Lemming) Cyrus Kouandjio is taking his final offical visit on the Plains, Auburn could be primed for a couple of big pickups. Check out this profile of Kouandjio as well.

- While Texas could lose a recruit, rival Oklahoma has already lost one. Euless (TX) athlete Brandon Carter switched his pledge from the Sooners to TCU.

- Valdosta (GA) teammates Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell are set to make their announcements today, albeit in two very different ways.

- Stephon Tuitt has changed his mind - again - and is now recommitted to Notre Dame after a day of being committed to Georgia Tech. Don't you just love recruiting?

- West Virginia picked up a commitment from offensive lineman Russell Haughton-James. He is the 22nd committment in the final class of the Bill Stewart-era.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 8:58 am
 

1/13 Morning Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
Welcome to a daily feature we’d like to call the Recruiting Roundup, featuring stories, links, tweets and everything else covering the world of college football recruiting. Faster than your 40, we'll go straight to the links for your perusal.

- Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman unfortunately may be best known for missing two kicks against Nevada this year but he did have an excellent career, setting an FBS-record for points scored. The Broncos may have just found his able replacement in Upland (CA) kicker/punter Jake Van Ginkel, who committed on Wednesday. For some background on Van Ginkel, check out this profile from earlier in the year by the L.A. Times. 

- Oregon State picked up a commitment from defensive end Noa Aluesi out of Jefferson High in Oregon. At 6-foot-8 and 255 pounds, Aluesi gives the Beavers an impressive athlete to use on either side of the ball. 

- Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee are on Ashville (NC) defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan’s shortlist. The former Gator commit says they are still in the picture but Clemson is where he’s most comfortable right now. 

- Highly recruited Valdosta (GA) products tight end Jay Rome and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will make their college choices on January 20th. Staying in state, Thomasville (GA) defensive end Ray Drew will take an official visit to Miami this weekend

- A record-setting quarterback from the Dallas-area will enroll early at West Virginia as a walk-on. Flower Mound (TX) signal caller Paul Millard threw for 47 touchdowns last season and commits to West Virginia over offers from UTEP and Stephen F. Austin. 

- Stanford lost out on a commitment from Oradel (NJ) Shutang Mungwa but it was not because of the coaching change but because he was not accepted into the school. Mungwa, a defensive back, switched his commitment to Syracuse about 30 minutes after finding out he was not accepted. Brooklyn (NY) wide receiver Brandon Reddish also committed to the Orange.
 
 
 
 
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