Tag:Bill Snyder
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:56 am
 

1/1 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The first recruiting roundup of 2012! Hope everybody has a great and happy new year.

Tee Shepard is a Notre Dame commit who will still pick between the Irish and USC.

 The Orange Bowl is a big positive for West Virginia recruiting.

 Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. is no longer considering Oklahoma.

 To say Wisconsin recruits their home state is an understatement.

Getting to the Cotton Bowl won't change how Bill Snyder recruits at Kansas State.

 A look back at Stanford's 2008 recruiting class, one of the best in school history.

 A Georgia commit attended Florida's bowl practice.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:03 am
 

12/21 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel will pick among Notre Dame, LSU and Vanderbilt by Christmas.

 Receiver Brett Bartolone picked up an offer from Washington State.

 Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is playing catch up in recruiting.

 Mark Richt's contract extension at Georgia could help recruiting.

 Defensive end Jonathan Bullard will pick among Clemson, South Carolina and Florida.

 Kansas State's success this season won't change Bill Snyder's recruiting approach.

 Recruiting is a tricky situation for West Virginia.

 Penn State coaches are telling recruits to keep their options open.

 Nebraska and Maryland landed JUCO cornerbacks.

 Michigan extended offers to a couple of 2013 prospects.
Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Kansas State taps Texas pipeline for linebacker

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Thanks to the new round-robin play in the 10 team Big 12, Kansas State will be making a few more trips to Texas in conference play. Although the Wildcats have always been able to dip into the state to grab some talented players, they certainly have an opportunity to sell the program a bit more with the new setup.

Southlake (Texas) linebacker Will Davis liked what the program had in store for the future enough to pull the trigger on an early commitment over the weekend.

"I just decided to commit to K-State," Davis told GoPowerCat.com. "I just felt that it was the right place for me. Because of all of the places I have been, that was where I felt the most comfortable. I was up there last month, for a junior day.

The 6-foot-1, 210 pounder from Texas high school powerhouse Southlake Carroll was recruited heavily by Wildcat assistant coach Sean Snyder.

"We have built a great relationship over the phone and when I was up there I felt comfortable talking to him," Davis told the website. "While I was up there I also got to talk to Coach Bill Snyder. He asked me how my offseason program was going and the other stuff we talked about was mostly about football."

Davis did not hold any other FBS scholarship offers but several schools were showing interest, especially with the May Evaluation period underway. He plans to head up to Manhattan one more time for the Wildcats' Spring Game this upcoming weekend.

Davis is the third commitment for the class of 2012. He racked up 124 tackles and two quarterback sacks last year as a junior.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Big 12 Signing Day: Winners and Losers

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Taking stock of National Signing Day in the Big 12.

WINNERS

Texas Tech: While the Red Raiders ended up outside the MaxPreps Top 25 when Signing Day wound down, there's no denying that Tommy Tuberville brought in an impressive class of signees. Branden Jackson should eventually be an asset to a middling front four once he fills out his frame, and for the meantime Tuberville brought in two well-regarded JUCO defensive linemen. It'll be interesting to see what Tech does with the glut of high-profile tailbacks that signed; DeAndre Washington, Bradley Marquez, and Kenny Williams all look talented enough to start, but Washington and/or Marquez might be better suited to some sort of slotback role instead. It's a nice problem to have at a school that doesn't typically bring in strong recruiting classes. 

Texas A&M: The Aggies don't have the recruiting chops of rivals Texas, but A&M did manage to snag Brandon Alexander from the Longhorns' grasp in a Signing Day showdown, which helps bridge the talent gap between the two programs just that little bit. The Aggies were also odd beneficiaries of forgery, as CB Floyd Raven's LOI to Ole Miss was found to be written by Raven's mother (who clearly had her own very strong ideas about what was best for her son); Raven is now officially an Aggie. No word on how awkward Mother's Day will be at the Raven household.

Texas: While Oklahoma's small signing class left it out of Tom Lemming's Top 25, Texas cruised to yet another Top 10 spot, thanks to the signing of stud tailback Malcolm Brown and freak athlete Steve Edmond (who can play wide receiver, linebacker, or pretty much any position that accommodates those between 200 and 290 pounds). Look out for Cedric Reed, a prototypical blue chip DE who could dominate soon. At 60, Mack Brown's not going to be in Austin forever, but if these types of classes keep up, he is going to leave a glut of talent for whoever takes over for him. 

LOSERS

Kansas State: Head coach Bill Snyder lived up to his reputation by bringing in eight JUCO players to this recruiting class (EIGHT!), and few of them are highly regarded. The high school recruits aren't much better, either; for every Ian Seau (Junior's nephew) with a list of decent offers, there are several high school signees with nearly barren offer sheets. The Wildcats were surprisingly decent in 2010, even reaching the Pinstripe Bowl, but their recruiting shows no signs of momentum. This is the type of class one expects from a 3-9 team. 

Baylor: Baylor's fighting an uphill battle in terms of tradition and resources to begin with, so it doesn't help to see Oklahoma poach longtime commit Nila Kasitati from Baylor for barely any better reason than "because Bob Stoops felt like it." The Bears did snipe talented tailback Jermichael Selders from West Virginia today, so it's not as if Art Briles was completely passive, but this still looks like a level of talent that must depend on a game-changer at quarterback like Robert Griffin III if Baylor's going to make any noise in the conference. Baylor needs wideout Jonathan Lee to contribute in a hurry.

Iowa State: The highlight of Iowa State's day, and probably its entire recruiting class, is landing wideout Quenton Bundrage over Cincinnati, Louisville, and Marshall today. ISU's class may end up good, but it probably won't, considering how few recruits ISU had to beat a BCS team other than Minnesota for. Paul Rhoads is a good coach with a bright future in college football, but he didn't strike gold today.

Posted on: January 29, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Big 12 needs, commits and hopes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Baylor

Biggest need: Defensive linemen. Baylor has struggled over the years to get a decent pass rush and the Bears lose their best defensive tackle in Phillip Taylor to the NFL Draft. Getting quality and quantity at this position will be key to continue the momentum from their first bowl season in over a decade.

Best verbal commit: Offensive lineman Spencer Drango.

Hope to get: Running back Jermichael Selders.

Iowa State

Biggest need: Receiver. Iowa State loses their two leading scorers in the passing game and saw Sedrick Johnson transfer. There’s playing time available right away but the Cyclones need someone to break out and not just fill out the depth chart.

Best verbal commit: Running back Devondrick Nealy.

Hope to get: Wide receiver Cedric Gilbert.

Kansas

Biggest need: Defensive line. The Jayhawks lose three of the four starters off of the line and will need to bring in some players to bolster a unit that was 105th in the country in sacks and 107th in rush defense.

Best verbal commit: Athlete Anthony Pierson.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Terry Redden.

Kansas State 

Biggest need: Offensive line. All three interior linemen are gone from a unit that paved the way for running back Daniel Thomas. While head coach Bill Snyder will typically get some help from the junior college ranks, the Wildcats need some bodies to build around on the O-line.

Best verbal commit: Defensive end Meshak Williams.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds.

Missouri

Biggest need: Defensive line. Missouri has been hit by graduation and impact player Aldon Smith leaving for the NFL. Finding players who can play right away will be key if they are to re-tool on defense.

Best verbal commit: Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Christopher Cormier.

Oklahoma

Biggest need: Secondary. Two starters have graduated and their two replacements should both be upper classmen. The fact that they play in a pass-happy league also means it’s never a bad thing to have several defensive backs.

Best verbal commit: Running back Brandon Williams.

Hope to get: Class is pretty much set for 2011.

Oklahoma State

Biggest need: Linemen. Three starters depart from the defensive line and there will be four seniors on the offensive line. The Cowboys are looking for depth as much as they are players who can compete early.

Best verbal commit: Running back Herschel Sims.

Hope to get: Defensive end Brandon Alexander.

Texas

Biggest need: Secondary. Aaron Williams, as expected, left early for the NFL draft and the departures of several seniors leave this group thin. If they’re going to compete against some prolific offenses, Texas needs to grab a few players who can play immediately.

Best verbal commit: Running back Malcolm Brown.

Hope to get: Defensive end Brandon Alexander.

Texas A&M

Biggest need: Linebacker. The loss of Von Miller and Michael Hodges are huge for a defense that was starting to turn the corner under defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter. In the 3-4 scheme, the Aggies need depth as well as playmakers.

Best verbal commit: Quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Hope to get: Linebacker and soft verbal commit Shaun Ward.

Texas Tech

Biggest need: Receiver. All-everything receiver Lyle Leong is gone and the depth at the position looks thin after 2011.

Best verbal commit: Running back Kenny Williams.

Hope to get: Cornerback Marcus Roberson.

 
 
 
 
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