Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:54 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 6:28 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
After Jim Harbaugh left Stanford for the San Francisco 49ers following the 2010 season, there were plenty of people openly wondering about how successful the program would be, even with Andrew Luck returning for another season. The Cardinal responded to any doubters by returning to the program's second consecutive BCS bowl.
Now that Andrew Luck will be taking his talents to the NFL, there are even more doubters about what Stanford will be on the football field in the future. While we won't know for sure for another seven months, if National Signing Day is any indication, the Cardinal are going to be just fine.
Stanford put the finishing touches on one of the best recruiting classes in the country on Wednesday, a class that is currently ranked #11 in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25.
Throughout the day big name recruits like Andrus Peat (pictured above in black), Aziz Shittu, Alex Carter, Kyle Murphy, Noor Davis, and Barry Sanders sent their signatures through a fax machine on their way to Palo Alto. The signatures of football players who should go on to prove that Stanford football is much more than just Andrew Luck or Jim Harbaugh.
The biggest reason this signing class will have such a positive impact on the program is because of the biggest players -- literally -- that were a part of it. The Cardinal signed six of the top offensive lineman in the country in Peat, Murphy, Joshua Garnett, Graham Shuler, Nick Davidson and Brandon Fanaika.
Stanford head coach David Shaw said his offensive line class "could be one of the best in modern football history," and I'm inclined to agree with him.
Matt Hinton of Yahoo's Dr. Saturday blog joked on Twitter Wednesday that Stanford's haul of offensive lineman was so impressive that whoever ends up playing quarterback behind it will have enough time to finish their homework while standing in the pocket. While that may be true, Stanford's identity the last few seasons, the one that has led them to BCS bowl games, has not been that of a passing team.
No, this is a squad that likes to line up their big men against yours and ram the ball down your throat with a power running game.
A tradition that should continue thanks to this newest class of offensive lineman, plus the running back skills of Barry Sanders. Yes, this Barry Sanders happens to be the son of the running back of the same name who dazzled football fans at both Oklahoma State and in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. So we know of the talent that flows in his blood.
Of course, the Cardinal didn't just pay attention to needs on offense, as it added players like defensive lineman Aziz Shittu, linebacker Noor Davis and defensive back Alex Carter. Three premiere recruits at each level of the defense. The type of defensive playmakers that are needed in a Pac-12 conference that seems ready to explore the very edges of what college offenses are capable of.
So if you were one of the people that were ready for Stanford to fall back to the 2-10 seasons of old and fade from national relevance, it looks like you're going to be waiting a bit longer.
Photo of Andrus Peat by Marc Estrada
Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:06 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 2:41 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
We're less than two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the Pac-12.
Quarterback Javelle Allen (Prosper, Texas)
Wide receiver Jarrell Bennett (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive tackle Gerron Borne (Reserve, La.)
Offensive lineman Beau Boyster (Bellflower, Calif.)
Wide receiver Julian Brooks (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Defensive lineman Cayman Bundage (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Athlete Dakota Conwell (Upper St. Clair, Pa.)
Linebacker C.J. Dozier (Temecula, Calif.)
Wide receiver Trey Griffey (Orlando, Fla.)
Offensive lineman T.D. Gross (Santee, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Zach Hemmila (Chandler, Ariz.)
Defensive end Kyle Kelley (Irvine, Calif.)
Quarterback Josh Kern (San Antonio, Texas)
Running back Anthony Lopez (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Defensive end Dwight Melvin (Laveen, Ariz.)
Defensive back Yamen Sanders (Culver City, Calif.)
Defensive back Leo Thomas (San Antonio, Texas)
Arizona State (19)
Wide receiver Alonzo Agwuenu (Chino Hills, Calif./Mt. San Antonio Juco)
Defensive back Jamar Allah (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Josiah Blandin (Long Beach, Calif.)
Running back Terrell Davis (Victoria, B.C., Canada)
Linebacker Salamo Fiso (Long Beach, Calif.)
Wide receiver Randall Goforth (Long Beach, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Evan Goodman (Lakeland, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Nate Ingram (Ashley, Mich./Pierce Juco)
Defensive back Oliver Johnson (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce Juco)
Defensive tackle Milo Jordan (Corona, Calif.)
Tight end Kody Kohl (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Offensive lineman Stephon McCray (Fresno, Calif.)
Linebacker Carlos Mendoza (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Linebacker Kimball Niumatalolo (Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena City Juco)
Athlete Darwin Rogers (Chicago, Ill./Arizona Western Juco)
Linebacker Matthew Rowe (Long Beach, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Jake Sheffield (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Wide receiver Richard Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Easton Wahlstrom (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Linebacker Michael Barton (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Matt Cochran (Atwater, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash.)
Running back Damariay Drew (Livermore, Calif.)
Running back Maximo Espita (Salem, Ore.)
Wide receiver Chris Harper (Encino, Calif.)
Defensive back Zach Hoffpauir (Peoria, Ariz.)
Quarterback Zach Kline (Danville, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Cole Leininger (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Steven Moore (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Linebacker Hardy Nickerson (Oakland, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Wide receiver Darius Powe (Lakewood, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa (Richmond, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Bryce Treggs (Bellflower, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Kenneth Walker (Richmond, Calif.)
Running back Donta Abron Jr. (Upland, Calif.)
Defensive back Kenneth Crawley (Washington, D.C.)
Running back Terrence Crowder (Galena Park, Texas)
Quarterback Shane Dillon (El Cajon, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Tyler Henington (Denver, Col.)
Offensive lineman Jeromy Irwin (Cypress, Texas)
Tight end Sean Irwin (Cypress, Texas)
Defensive end Kisima Jagne (Chandler, Ariz.)
Defensive end Samson Kafovalu (Riverside, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Gerrad Kough (Pomona, Calif.)
Defensive end Derek McCartney (Arvada, Colo.)
Athlete Marques Mosley (Upland, Calif.)
Defensive end Clay Norgard (Highlands Ranch, Col.)
Running back Davien Payne (Perris, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Kory Rasmussen (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Tight end Austin Ray (Columbia, Mo.)
Defensive tackle Justin Solis (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Defensive end John Stuart (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Wide receiver Gerald Thomas (The Colony, Texas)
Wide receiver Jeffrey Thomas (Duncanville, Texas)
Defensive tackle Josh Tupou (Buena Park, Calif.)
Defensive back John Walker (Washington, D.C.)
Wide receiver Peyton Williams (Southlake, Texas)
Athlete De'Jon Wilson (Washington, D.C.)
Defensive back Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J.)
Defensive back Eric Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Stephen Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Linebacker Brett Bafaro (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Defensive tackle Stetzon Bair (St. Anthony, Idaho/Iowa Western Juco)
Defensive end Alex Balducci (Portland, Ore.)
Tight end Evan Baylis (Aurora, Colo.)
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Defensive end DeForest Buckner (Honolulu, Hawaii), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Cody Carriger (Butte, Mont.)
Linebacker Bryce Cottrell (Plano, Texas)
Defensive end Terrence Daniel (Oakland, Calif.)
Defensive back Reggie Daniels (Chandler, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Oshay Dunmore (Newport, Ore.)
Quarterback Jeff Lockie (Danville, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Long (Charlottesville, Va./Saddleback Juco)
Running back Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Jake Rodrigues (Rocklin, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dwayne Stanford (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Oregon State (24)
Offensive lineman Gavin Andrews (Granite Bay, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Grant Bays (Oceanside, Calif.)
Defensive back Kentrell Brice (Ruston, La.)
Running back Chris Brown (Fresno, Calif.)
Linebacker Cade Cowdin (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Chase Eldredge (Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Wide receiver Malik Gilmore (Lakewood, Calif.)
Defensive back Tyler Hasty (Bellevue, Wash.)
Defensive back Kendall Hill (LaMarque, Texas)
Defensive back Chris Miller (Pomona, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Josh Mitchell (Snoqualmie, Wash.)
Defensive back Cyril Norland (Ruston, La.)
Wide receiver Zach Robinson (Tahlequah, Okla.)
Linebacker Caleb Saulo (Kent, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore.)
Defensive back Devian Shelton (Inglewood, Calif.)
Linebacker Joel Skotte (Bend, Ore.)
Tight end Caleb Smith (Renton, Wash.)
Tight end Dustin Stanton (Marysville, Wash.)
Defensive tackle Calvin Tonga (Yuma, Ariz.)
Quarterback Brent Vanderveen (Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
Wide receiver Cleveland Wallace (San Jose, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Garrett Weinreich (Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
Defensive back Chris Young (Auburn, Wash./Arizona Western Juco)
Safety Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive line Johnny Caspers (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Wide receiver Connor Crane (Denton, Texas)
Offensive lineman Nick Davidson (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Noor Davis (The Villages, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Brandon Fanaika (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
Wide receiver Deante Gray (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Dontonio Jordan (Cornith, Texas)
Defensive end Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive end Nathaniel Lohn (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Drew Madhu (Tampa, Fla.)
Linebacker Blake Martinez (Oro Valley, Ariz.)
Defensive Tackle Ikenna Nwafor (Irving, Texas)
Running back Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Graham Shuler (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Watkins (College Park, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Kodi Whitfield (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Defensive back Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Eli Ankou (Bear, Del.)
Defensive end Jeremy Castro (Murrieta, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Alexandru Ceachir (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica Juco)
Defensive back Justin Combs (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Colby Cyburt (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Defensive back Shannon Edwards (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Offensive lineman Carl Hulick (Anaheim, Calif.)
Tight end Nate Iese (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Wide receiver Taylor Lagace (Arcadia, Calif.)
Running back Steven Lakalaka (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas)
Running back Fabian Moreau (Davie, Fla.)
Linebacker Kenny Orjioke (Marietta, Ga.)
Running back Tairen Owens (Pasadena, Calif.)
Athlete Paul Perkins (Chandler, Ariz.)
Linebacker Aaron Porter (La Habra, Calif.)
Athlete Christian Powell (Upland, Calif.)
Defensive back Jerico Richardson (Mission Hills, Calif.)
Defensive back Marcus Rios (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Tight end Ian Taubler (Fresno, Calif.)
Athlete Trayvon Watson (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Lacy Westbrook (Compton, Calif.)
Defensive back Gerald Bowman (Philadelphia, Pa./Pierce Juco)
Defensive end Morgan Breslin (Walnut Creek, Calif./Diablo Valley Juco)
Tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif.)
Running back Jahleel Pinner (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif.)
Linebacker Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Scott Starr (Norco, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Pio Vatuvei (Patterson, Calif.)
Defensive end Chad Wheeler (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Wide receiver Brian Allen (La Marque, Texas)
Offensive lineman J.J. Dielman (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Defensive end Hunter Dimick (Syracuse, Utah)
Defensive end Moses Folauhola (West Valley City, Utah)
Athlete Chase Hansen (Highland, Utah)
Linebacker Resahwn Hooker (Fontana, Calif.)
Linebacker Jake Jackson (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Lio Lafaele (Corona, Calif.)
Defensive back Austin Lee (Sandy, Utah)
Defensive end Koliniasi Leota (Walnut, Calif./Mt. San Antonio Juco)
Offensive lineman Zach Lindsay (Kaysville, Utah)
Wide receiver Delshawn McClellon (Cerritos, Calif.)
Athlete Reginald Porter (Amite, La.)
Offensive lineman Nua Poteki (Sandy, Utah)
Offensive lineman Cedrick Poutasi (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Offensive lineman Marc Pouvave (San Diego, Calif./Southwestern Juco)
Offensive lineman Junior Salt (Salt Lake City, Utah./Mt. San Antonio Juco)
Defensive back Justin Thomas (Orange, Texas)
Defensive end Sione Tupouata (Ephraim, Utah)
Defensive tackle Vaha Vainuku (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Tight end Jeremiah Valoaga (Oxnard, Calif.)
Quarterback Travis Wilson (San Clemente, Calif.)
Running back Kevin York (Geismar, La./Fullerton JUCO)
Defensive end Kalei Auelua (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive tackle Josh Banks (Clovis, Calif./San Joaquin Delta Juco)
Offensive lineman Nathan Dean (Kirkland, Wash.)
Kicker Korey Durkee (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Jake Eldenkamp (Bellevue, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Cory English (Auburn, Wash.)
Defensive end Malcolm Jackson (Spring Valley, Calif.)
Quarterback Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Cory Littleton (Spring Valley, Calif.)
Running back Ryan McDaniel (Torrance, Calif.)
Quarterback Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Michael Rector (Tacoma, Wash.)
Linebacker Blake Rodgers (Las Flores, Calif.)
Athlete Kendyl Taylor (Chandler, Ariz.)
Quarterback Jason Thompson (Renton, Wash.)
Defensive end Damion Turpin (Compton, Calif.)
Defensive back Darien Washington (Orange, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dwayne Washington (Cerritos, Calif.)
Athlete Erich Wilson (San Mateo, Calif.)
Running back Psalm Wooching (Kailua Kona, Hawaii)
Washington State (23)
Quarterback Austin Apodaca (Longmont, Colo.)
Wide receiver Brett Bartolone (La Habra, Calif.)
Defensive back David Bucannon (Fairfield, Calif.)
Running back Teondray Caldwell (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Defensive back Freddie Davey (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Denzell Dotson (Glendale, Ariz.)
Linebacker Kieth Ewing (Bellaire, Texas)
Offensive lineman Sam Flor (Bothell, Wash.)
Defensive tackle Ioane Gauta (Placentia, Calif./Fullerton Juco)
Wide receiver Alex Jackson (Culver City, Calif.)
Running back Robert Lewis (South Gate, Calif.)
Wide receiver Gabriel Marks (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Eduardo Middleton (Oceanside, Calif.)
Defensive end Kache Palacio (Gardnea, Calif.)
Linebacker Khalil Pettway (Culver City, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Niu Sale (Los Alamitos, Calif./LA Harbor Juco)
Offensive lineman B.J. Salmonson (Everson, Wash.)
Defensive back Taylor Taliulu (Alea, Hawaii)
Defensive end Jacob Tuivaiave (Tacoma, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Pierson Villarrubia (Mandeville, La.)
Running back Theron West (Wilmington, Calif./LA Harbor Juco)
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Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:41 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
It was a busy Thursday night for commitments at the Offense-Defense Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Four players committed to schools according to reports and each were major additions to their respective recruiting classes.
Westville (N.J.) defensive tackle Jamil Pollard was the first to put the hats on the table and picked up a Penn State one, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound interior presence makes up for the loss of Tommy Schutt to Ohio State earlier this month.
Pollard is ranked as the 10th best defensive tackle by MaxPreps in the class of 2012 and selected PSU over Boston College and also held offers from Alabama and Florida among others. He is the 14th commitment for Penn State's class of 2012.
"He shows enormous strength, burst off the ball, and an aggressive, take no prisoners style of play," analyst Tom Lemming said. "This young man never quits, never lets up, and he will chase until the whistle. He just fires off the snap and is an explosive violent tackler. He shows quick hands and surprising range for a 285 pounder. He's also considered a Division I prospect at the tackle position on offense but prefers to play DT."
That wasn't the only big lineman to commit at the game. Las Vegas (Nev.) offensive guard Cedrick Poutasi gave Utah's recruiting class a big boost when he committed to the Utes.
"This guy proves to be very explosive off the line and he's powerful, quick-footed, smart, and tough. Has a take no prisoners' attitude at the LT position and doesn't just like to block players, he likes to bury them," said Lemming. "He does a very good job of getting into position in both the run and pass game, sealing off defenders, and keeps his legs moving while he's finishing off his blocks. He runs exceptionally well for a 325 pounder and will do nothing but get better."
In a good year for linemen out West, Poutasi was one of the better interior linemen and is a notable pickup as the program continues to transition to the Pac-12. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound guard also held offers from Arizona, Oregon and Oklahoma State among others.
Poutasi is Utah's 17th commitment for the class of 2012 and sixth on the offensive line.
In addition, Lyndhurst (Ohio) tight end/defensive end Pharaoh Brown committed to Oregon.
"I was blown away by his pass rushing skills, instincts, and potential," said Lemming. "A tall, lengthy DE, he will gain 40 to 50 pounds over the next couple of years and develop into an All-American pass rusher. He's not yet there but he looks very good on junior film. He's as athletic as they come, can dunk a basketball with either hand, does a great job of playing off blocks, staying on his feet, and getting to the ball."
The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Brown was previously committed to Michigan but recently reopened his recruitment. Maxpreps ranks him as 25th in the class as a defensive end but he'll likely head to Eugene as the Ducks' second tight end in 2012.
Pleasant Grove (Utah) guard/tackle Brandon Fanaika continued the run of linemen committing at the game, pledging to Stanford over local school Utah State. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder can play on either side of the ball for the Cardinal but will likely end up as an offensive guard.
"Shows very good feet, a passion for the game, and an aggressive style of play," said Lemming. "He performs very well at LT and OG and is exceptional at DT. He's one of those types of players with the attitude that he will not stay blocked. Shows exceptional initial quickness off the ball, strong hands, keeps his pads low, and knows how to split the double team. Very strong, he can dominate the point of attack and is known for his ability to stop everything up the middle."
Stanford is losing several offensive linemen so Fanaika will at the very least provide depth for the team. He is Stanford's 16th commit for the upcoming class and fourth to join the line.
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:49 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 11:59 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Three months. Three stress-filled, long months until Signing Day.
To complicate things, it's the stretch run of the season, the holidays and bowl game time. Coaches have to worry about filling out a recruiting class as well as keeping their current commitments from looking around. Surprise official or unofficial visits can sometimes throw staffs for a loop. It's a complicated time of numbers juggling, keeping kids happy and, oh yeah, coaching.
With all that in mind, here's a run down of the top commitments from the ACC, Big 12 and Big East that each school has to keep in the fold and sign in February.
Boston College: Steven Daniels, linebacker. He signed with the Eagles last year but didn't qualify and could be looking around, they need the tackling machine quickly.
Clemson: Travis Blanks, defensive back. One of the top defensive backs on the East Coast, he can play right away with his coverage skills.
Florida State: Mario Edwards, defensive end. They've got a great defensive line class but no one like Edwards, who is strongly considering Oklahoma.
Maryland: Mike Madaras, offensive linemen. A local kid from a power conference at an area of need, the staff has burned some bridges locally and making sure Madaras stays in the fold is big.
N.C. State: K'Hadree Hooker, defensive tackle. The staff is on shaky ground but they'd be wise to keep the in-state DT.
Wake Forest: Jared Crump, wide receiver. 6-foot-3, 4.5 receivers don't grow on trees nor come from Florida to the Triangle often.
Duke: Deion Williams, linebacker. He's a tad undersized but a great cross-country get for the Blue Devils.
Georgia Tech: Tyler Stargel, linebacker. Would be a big interior presence with his size.
Miami: Jelani Hamilton, defensive end. One of the top players in the area, keeping him home would do wonders for the rest of the class.
North Carolina: Patton Robinette, quarterback. The Elite 11 signal-caller has already taken a few visits elsewhere.
Virginia: Kwontie Moore, linebacker. The complete package, he'd be a much-needed upgrade on defense.
Virginia Tech: Jarontay Jones, defensive end. One of the top players in Georgia, it's possible he could pull a late switch.
Baylor: Kiante' Griffin, athlete. Could come in and play on either side of the ball.
Iowa State: Grant Rohach, quarterback. It's not too often ISU gets a quarterback like Rohach out of California.
Kansas: Brian Beckmann, offensive lineman. Big body like Beckmann is someone they must have to build around.
Kansas State: Aderius Epps, offensive lineman. See above.
Missouri: Jonathan Williams, running back. Henry Josey has done a great job and Williams is that type of player.
Oklahoma: Polo Manukainiu, defensive end. He's already a shaky commitment and is taking visits elsewhere.
Oklahoma State: Kendall Sanders, athlete. He would be a great fit for the Cowboys.
Texas: Johnathan Gray, running back. He's pretty solidly committed but that still doesn't mean you stop recruiting #1 RB in the country.
Texas Tech: Dominique Wheeler, wide receiver. He should play early with his speed.
TCU: Daje Johnson, defensive back. You need defensive backs in the Big 12 and Johnson is one of the fastest in Texas.
Cincinnati: Dennis Norfleet, running back. He's small but he's dynamic in space a great fit for the offense.
Connecticut: Casey Cochran, quarterback. Grabbing the best in-state player is always a good start for a new head coach.
Louisville: Larry Jefferson, defensive end. He could provide a nice boost on either side of the ball.
Pittsburgh: Rushel Shell, running back. He was likely to end up at Pitt all along but they need to keep the five-star happy.
Rutgers: Leonte Carroo, wide receiver. One of the top players in the state, he could help them with his Don Bosco teammates.
South Florida: Chris Bivins, defensive back. One of the better corners in Northern Florida, one wonders if the Gators came in with a later offer.
Syracuse: Tashon Whitehurst, linebacker. Not the fastest player, he's still a nice get from Florida at his position.
West Virginia: Deontay McManus, wide receiver. He's a great fit in Dana Holgorsen's offense but the commitment isn't super strong.
Notre Dame sees Perkins decommit
First it was USC that saw a high-profile decommit and now the team they recently beat is suffering the same thing. South Bend (Ind.) linebacker David Perkins opened things up Monday, a loss for the Irish on the defensive side of the ball.
“There are a lot of good schools out there interested in me, and Notre Dame doesn’t let you take visits, and I want to take visits,” Perkins told 247Sports. “I feel like I committed too fast and didn’t give myself a chance to go through the whole recruiting process. I’m going to reopen it and go through the process and see what all is out there."
It's not unusual to hear this kind of thing from kids as we draw closer to Signing Day but interesting to hear it from a local player like Perkins. He has several programs such as LSU, Michigan State, Tennessee and Oregon that could be players if he doesn't keep Notre Dame in the mix.
The Irish have 15 commitments for 2012 as of now.
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