Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:05 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Signing Day and its aftermath appear to be over so it's time to recap everything that happened with the latest and greatest.
Great look at what went on behind the scenes in the recruitment of Dorial Green-Beckham. Emptying the Missouri Signing Day notebook.
Georgia's record-breaking recruiting rankings streak appears to be over.
Bobby Petrino and the Arkansas staff talked about their recruiting class.
Florida struck out on Signing Day with some uncommitted prospects.
Great story about Vanderbilt's recruiting class with a behind the scenes look.
Negative recruiting was a hurdle for Miami leading up to Signing Day but if Al Golden can keep it up, watch out for the Canes.
It was smooth sailing for Oregon despite the Chip Kelly uncertainty.
Here's everything new Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze had to say about his recruiting class.
Some recruiting wins notwithstanding, Derek Dooley needs to win at Tennessee now.
Darius Philon was more committed to Alabama than the school was to him.
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:56 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 2:04 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
A new Kentucky signee who was asked to take a "grayshirt" by Alabama -- delaying his enrollment until January of 2013 and not joining the Crimson Tide until that spring -- has told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he feels Nick Saban and his program "did me wrong."
Three-star running back recruit Justin Taylor of North Atlanta High School committed to the Tide in early 2011 but suffered a knee injury at the start of his high school season. In January, Taylor was informed by Saban that he would not be able to sign with the Tide on National Signing Day as planned, though Alabama would honor the scholarship offer if he was willing to delay enrollment. Taylor elected to accept a late offer from Kentucky instead and signed with the Wildcats yesterday.
“I knew I wasn’t going to Alabama when I met with Coach Saban at my high school a couple of weeks ago,” Taylor told the AJC. “When Coach Saban came down, I just had this feeling in my heart. I prayed about it and God told me … and I know this sounds kind of crazy … but God told me that Alabama was not the place for me.”
Saban told Taylor the revocation of his original offer was due to his torn ACL, but North Atlanta head coach Stanley Pritchett (a former South Carolina star running back) believes otherwise.
“If you look back on it, you see that it was a numbers game, that Alabama really wanted [Taylor] to sit out because of the numbers,” Pritchett said, referring to the SEC-imposed limit of 25 signees per class. “It kind of makes you mad, but you also feel good that he didn’t go there. Because if he had gone to Alabama, he would’ve probably just have been another number.”
Alabama's final class included 26 signees, one of which "back-counted" to the 2011 class, putting the Tide at exactly 25 players for 2012.
Philon refused to speak to the media following the signing ceremony and has yet to make any public comment. Taylor, however, was less shy about his feelings regarding the Tide.
“The way they talked to me, they respected me … but as far as pulling the scholarship, I think they did me wrong," he said. "I was the No. 7 to commit, that’s all I’ve got to say. I was committed to them for a year. They could’ve handled it better.”
Given that Saban's method of "handling" injured commitments appears to be simply finding players he likes better and forcing those commitments to deal with the consequences, we're inclined to agree.
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Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:53 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 11:17 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's time to pick up the wrapping paper, survey the damage and get excited to play with your new toys as Signing Day - i.e. Christmas in February for college football coaches and fans - has come to a close. Here's a broad overview of what happened from coast-to-coast.
Houston, we have a five-star
If there was one big - to borrow a metaphor from another sport - curve ball on Signing Day that made everybody scratch their head in disbelief it was word that Fresno (Calif.) wide receiver Deontay Greenberry had surprisingly signed with Houston during the middle of the day. It's normally a bit unusual when a program like UH signs anybody from outside the states of Texas or Louisiana and even more puzzling when they sign a highly rated player. But Greenberry? In addition to becoming the highest-ranked recruit the program has ever inked, the switch was cause for celebration inside the football office for a coup of epic proportions.
In short: Houston stole a five-star recruit on the week before Signing Day from Notre Dame.
This wasn't a local big time kid, this was the state of California's best wide receiver and somebody the Irish were counting on to play early and often with the departure of guys like Michael Floyd. The Cougars were not only closer to a BCS game than the storied program but they picked their pockets for one of their top recruits. It should have been a big day for Brian Kelly to trumpet guys like number two overall player and Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel or Greenberry's cousin, cornerback Tee Shepard. Instead it was Kelly who was trying to spin the loss during his annual press conference.
"It is hard for me to feel disappointed about something I have never had, or someone I have never coached," Kelly said. "I'm more excited about the 16 who did sign."
The reason the 6-foot-3, 187-pound wide out flipped was primarily due to Houston receivers coach Jamie Christian, who came over from Arizona State. Christian had kept the Sun Devils in the running (Greenberry took a visit in October and considered them as late as December) despite a commitment to Notre Dame until Dennis Erickson's staff was fired and deserves the lion's share of the credit for getting Greenberry on campus last weekend and for ultimately landing a top-ranked guy. Cougars' head coach Tony Levine has developed some very successful wide receivers over the past several years and it appears he's got somebody a lot more talented than he's ever coached coming in with the class of 2012.
One in January, another in February
Texas coach Mack Brown has picked up the title Mr. February due to his penchant for winning a recruiting title but lack of success in translating that into a national title. After the run Nick Saban has had at Alabama recently, it might be time to find something that accurately describes his dominance in the first two months of the year because he's not limited to one or the other. As expected, the Crimson Tide took home the top recruiting class in the country in 2012 but perhaps the only thing that was surprising about it was that it wasn't, well, surprising.
"We knew exactly pretty much what we were gonna get," Saban said. "We didn't really have any surprises."
The only thing that even registered on the meter was when defensive tackle Korren Kirven decided to go away from home and play for the Crimson Tide (part of the reason why a numbers crunch led to some like defensive tackle Darius Philon signing at Arkansas). All told, 28 players will be considered part of yet another recruiting title for a program that seems to land any recruit they want, including an impressive six top 100 players.
The headliner is Geismar (La.) defensive back Landon Collins, who signed sans drama Wednesday and even seems to have patched things up with his mother following the bizarre reaction she had when he committed at the Under Armour All-American Game early last month. A ball-hawk who isn't afraid to lower the shoulder and stick the ball carrier, Collins is bound to find a role early on in the secondary. This class didn't really load up on offensive lineman but filled out just about everywhere else was stacked. The front seven in particular could see plenty of recruits turn into All-Americans, led by the impressive Reggie Ragland and Dillon Lee. Offensively there are some speedsters at wide out and T.J. Yeldon might be the best running back coming into the conference.
The Tide, it appears, just can't stop rolling.
Though the news had broken that the country's top overall player in the class of 2012 would likely be headed to Columbia, nobody was truly sure until the the 6-foot-6 Dorial Green-Beckham put on the Missouri hat and officially sent his LOI in. The announcement seemed a little ho-hum despite the nearly 1,000 people watching locally and the national television audience but that's mainly a testament to the reserved Green-Beckham himself.
With many analysts calling him the second coming of Randy Moss, there's immense pressure on the top-ranked wide receiver and for good reason. There are few prospects as impressive physically as Green-Beckham and though he doesn't have great hands and needs some polish, the underlying natural talent is a good reason why he was highly regarded and highly recruited. Missouri has had success building around taller, bigger pass catchers in their offense and it looks like they'll have three years to see what kind of eye popping numbers
It can't be understated how big this is for a program like Mizzou. Landing the top recruit in the country is not just about getting a good player, it's about adding a level of prestige to the program. A talent like DGB only comes along once in a generation and for the Tigers to keep him at home is understandably huge, especially with the move to the SEC. Gary Pinkel has had plenty of success over the past several years even if it hasn't resulted in a championship and everybody understands that the competitions is about to be ratcheted up several notches going forward. With the signature of Green-Beckham, Pinkel and Mizzou proved that even if guys like Mack Brown, Bob Stoops and Nick Saban really want a kid, the Tigers can compete off and - hopefully - on the field in their new league going forward.
Nerd Search 2012
Outside of alumni and those that have to write about the Pac-12, there weren't too many mentions of Stanford on Signing Day every year.
My how times have changed.
Not only did the Cardinal tie for the national lead with six top 100 prospects, but they landed multiple five-stars and had people talking less about Andrew Luck and more about the fact that maybe this program can indeed sustain excellence going forward. There's no denying that it was one of the best years for talent on the West Coast in some time and the big reason why was the number of elite offensive lineman. If this were a few years ago, many of them would be penciled in to go to USC or Oregon or out of the area to programs like Notre Dame but instead it was Stanford who reeled the majority of the elite guys in this year (Josh Garnett, Andrus Peat, Kyle Murphy). If you were to call this the best offensive line class in recent recruiting history, you wouldn't find too many who would argue. That's just how much of a difference the school was this year and the coaches' efforts were rewarded with a top 10 class ranking.
It wasn't just an academic powerhouse like Stanford who made waves either. Northwestern landed a pair of top players in Malin Jones and Ifeadi Odenigbo. Vanderbilt brought in what some called the best class in school history. Duke landed a lightly recruited guy who, according to recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick on the CBSSports.com Signing Day Central Show, runs a sub-4.3 40 yard dash. Lots of recruits talk about wanting academics but it appears they're finally following up.
Pocket squares and pads seem to be the latest thing on the recruiting trail.
More recruiting SECcess
It wasn't quite the banner year for the league that it could have been but 2012 certainly was a great Signing Day for the best conference in the country. Eight of the SEC's 14 teams finished in the final top 25 class rankings, highlighted by Alabama at the top and both of the league newcomers turning in great first efforts. Texas A&M ended up stealing defensive tackle Edmund Ray from Missouri and added wide receiver Thomas Johnson, a former Texas commitment, to a group that finished 14th. Florida was a top five class despite missing out on some guys and even a few programs that have recently struggled did well with Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn grouped together from 20-22.
The Bulldogs had to land just about every target left on their board and they did ok, notably beating Florida State late for linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons despite a little issue with his grandfather not signing his letter of intent until Thursday. The Bulldogs missed out on Juco wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (who went to Tennessee) and offensive tackle Avery Young (to Auburn) but also landed five-star offensive lineman John Theus and what might be the best one-two punch at running back in the class with Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley. It wasn't a "Dream Team" but Georgia still showed you can have a very good class and it only be alright in such a deep league.
Kentucky brought in what might be the top quarterback in the state this year in Patrick Towles and took advantage of Alabama's number crunch in grabbing running back Justin Taylor. The state of Georgia was a big producer of talent for a lot of the league's schools and is quickly becoming the go-to state for most FBS programs after the big three of California, Texas and Florida. The theme this year was even if a school didn't pick up a commitment from a kid, there's a high chance he went to another SEC school.
Quality over quantity
This was finally the year that we'd see NCAA sanctions limit USC and Lane Kiffin had to be creative in how he managed the numbers on top of grabbing the best talent available. Even though the Trojans missed out on linemen Peat and Murphy, it was still a good haul with Zach Banner, Jordan Simmons and Max Tuerk on top of skill position talent like five-star Nelson Agholor, linebacker Jabari Ruffin, end Leonard Williams and wide receiver Darreus Rogers. Given the way the staff has recruited over the past two years, it's looking more likely that the school can get through harsh NCAA sanctions better than was previously thought. Missing out on three guys may seem like a lot but it should help next year by giving Kiffin those scholarships to use for early enrollees in 2013.
FYI to coaches across the country, if Urban Meyer starts circling your recruits, you better be prepared to bring your A+++ game if you want to land them. The master recruiter took Ohio State's class from middling prior to his hire to tying the nation's lead with six top 100 recruits and a number three overall class ranking. This was, mind you, with only two months on the job to recruit with a program that just got slapped with a bowl ban from the NCAA. Meyer really attacked the defensive line and looks like he'll be importing a high quality, SEC-caliber defensive line with Se'Von Pittman, Tommy Schutt, Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington. He's already jumped on several top 2013 players and if this year was any indication, it could be a long couple of years for his Big Ten counterparts.
Mark Stoops is the defensive coordinator at Florida State and he might be the happiest man in the state of Florida. As good as Ohio State's defensive line class was, FSU's might be the best in the country. Though they lost Dante Fowler Jr., they still signed Chris Casher, Mario Edwards, Eddie Goldman, Justin Shanks and should get Dalvon Stuckey in a year or two after he goes to a Juco. The thing about the Seminoles is that they don't need every guy to come in and play right away but each is talented enough to make an impact in certain situations. Edwards has the pedigree and drive to become a high first round draft pick with his skill set and Stoops should use him in multiple spots. Adding guys like Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams are also huge gets for the program in the secondary. Whoever plays the best defense likely has a leg up in the ACC and it appears that's where Florida State did the best on Wednesday.
The early indication that things would be going Miami's way came when one of the country's top uncommitted recruits, Miramar (Fla.) cornerback Tracy Howard, flashed the "U" sign on national television and made, to some, the surprising decision to stay home and play for the Hurricanes. Although Howard's recruitment was a bit difficult to read, it appeared there was only a slim chance that he'd leave the state and most were predicting he was Florida's to lose down the stretch.
Much like Stanford this year, there weren't a whole lot of recruits the program missed out on that they were after hard - a remarkable accomplishment given what's swirling around Coral Gables. The loss of linebacker Reggie Northrup hurts because he could play multiple positions and is easily one of the top linebacker prospects in the state. That he switched to archival Florida State stung a little but that was one of the rare occasions were the Hurricanes were slowed down. This was the largest class in the country and plenty of the recruits should see early playing time with guys like Duke Johnson making an impact from the moment they step on campus. Al Golden had to climb a mountain but did a great job grabbing the guys he did.
Not sure any assistant had a greater impact on multiple programs than new Washington coach Tosh Lupoi. California's class imploded, Washington landed the #5 player in the country in Shaq Thompson, UCLA added Jordan Payton and Oregon picked up Arik Armstead due to the uncertainty. One wonders if Lupoi had been hired earlier how much more impact he would have had for the Huskies' class but it's clear he shifted the recruiting trail in the conference in just a few short weeks.
In addition to Washington, USC, Stanford, plenty of other Pac-12 programs landed strong classes in what was a very, very good year for talent West of the Rockies. Oregon managed to flip several recruits, such as wide receiver Chance Allen from Oklahoma State and a terrific pick up in Bralon Addison from Texas A&M (who took a late visit and should fit perfectly in Chip Kelly's system). Though many were skeptical of the hire initially, Jim Mora grabbed a terrific class and fellow newcomers Rich Rodriguez and Mike Leach also had good first efforts. There really wasn't a "bad" class among the bunch and even lowly Colorado landed a top 100 player.
Texas being Texas
The Longhorns finished in a familiar spot right at the top of the class rankings and even though they couldn't push Alabama off the top spot, this has some major players who can play early and often. Malcom Brown is a beast at defensive tackle and Manny Diaz' defensive staff pulled one of the big surprises in taking Torshiro Davis away from LSU. The class has the top running back in the country with record-setter Johnathan Gray and the state's top wide out in Cayleb Jones. Mack Brown also closed very well, grabbing speedy Daje Johnson and linebackers Dalton Santos and Bryce Cottrell in addition to Davis. It will be a young Texas team in 2012 but with this class and the current roster, it will certainly be a talented one.
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Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:34 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 1:39 pm
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 SEC.
Defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dakota Ball (Lindale, Ga.)
Defensive back Deion Belue (Tuscumbia, Ala./Northeast Mississippi Juco)
Wide receiver Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Landon Collins (Geismar, La.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Amari Cooper (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Denzel Devall (Bastrop, La.)
Defensive back Travell Dixon (Miami, Fla./Eastern Arizona Juco)
Athlete Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end Kurt Freitag (Buford, Ga.)
Athlete Casey Gladney (Columbia, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Greene (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Kicker Adam Griffith (Calhoun, Ga.)
Defensive end Caleb Gulledge (Prattville, Ala.)
Athlete Tyler Hayes (Thomasville, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Hill (Collierville, Tenn.)
Athlete Cyrus Jones (Baltimore, Md.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Darren Lake (York, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Alec Morris (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end Darius Philon (Prichard, Ala.)
Linebacker Reggie Ragland (Madison, Ala.)
Defensive back Geno Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Running back Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.)
Athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Ray Buchanan Jr. (Suwanee, Ga.)
Defensive back Jared Collins (Tulsa, Okla.)
Wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan (Olive Branch, Miss.)
Defensive end Austin Flynn (Torrance, Calif./LA Harbor Juco)
Wide receiver Courtney Gardner (Reno, Nev./Sierra Juco)
Wide receiver Keon Hatcher (Owasso, Okla.)
Wide receiver Eric Hawkins (Longview, Texas)
Defensive back Will Hines (Waco, Texas)
Athlete Nathan Holmes (Port Arthur, Texas)
Defensive end Taiwan Johnson (Manvel, Texas)
Defensive end Brandon Lewis (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Defonta Lowe (Bearden, Ark.)
Running back Donovan Roberts (Norman, Okla.)
Defensive end Jeremy Sprinkle (White Hall, Ark.)
Linebacker Jakarri Thomas (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Linebacker A.J. Turner (Lepanto, Ark.)
Offensive lineman Jeremy Ward Pottsville, Ark.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end JaMichael Winston (Prichard, Ala.)
Defensive end Deatrich Wise (Carrollton, Texas)
Offensive lineman Shane Callahan (Parker, Colo.)
Defensive back T.J. Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Joshua Holsey (Fairburn, Ga.)
Athlete Darrion Hutcherson (Dadeville, Ala.)
Defensive back Jonathan Jones (Carrollton, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Robert Leff (Fairhope, Ala.)
Defensive end Cassanova McKinzy (Birmingham, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Miller (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Linebacker Javiere Mitchell (Leeds, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Tyler Nero (Atmore, Ala.)
Tight end Ricky Parks (Hogansville, Ga.)
Quarterback Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Gimel President (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.)
Running back Jovon Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver JaQuay Williams (Tyrone, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla.)
Defensive end Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Brian Cox Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Austin Hardin (Atlanta, Ga.)
Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Damien Jacobs (Gray, La./East Mississippi Juco)
Running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Rhaheim Ledbetter (Bolling Springs, N.C.)
Defensive tackle JaFar Mann (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Marcus Maye (Melbourne, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Alex McCalister (Clemmons, N.C.)
Linebacker Antonio Morrison (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.)
Wide receiver LaTroy Pittman (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Brian Poole (Bradenton, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Jeremi Powell (Largo, Fla.)
Tight end Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Colin Thompson (Warminster, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Quinteze Williams (Tyrone, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle John Atkins (Thomson, Ga.)
Kicker Collin Barber (Cartersville, Ga.)
Athlete Faton Bauta (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mark Beard (Adamsville, Ala./Coffeyville Juco)
Defensive end James Deloach (Millen, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Leonard Floyd (Eastman, Ga.)
Running back Todd Gurley (Tarboro, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Quayvon Hicks (Blackshear, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Marshall Morgan (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Greg Pyke (Baltimore, Md.)
Tight end Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Blake Tibbs (Lithonia, Ga.)
Defensive back Daron Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Shawn Blaylock (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Zach Blaylock (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Kory Brown (Moncks Corner, S.C./East Central Juco)
Defensive tackle Thomas Chapman (Louisville, Ky.)
Kicker Landon Foster (Thompson's Station, Tenn.)
Defensive tackle Patrick Graffree (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Athlete Jadarion Harmon (Paduchah, Ky.)
Defensive back Josh Harris (Maysville, Ky.)
Offensive lineman T.J. Jones (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Wide receiver A.J. Legree (Fort White, Fla.)
Running back Dyshawn Mobley (Powell, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Zach Myers (Miamisburg, Ohio)
Defensive end Langston Newton (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive back Cody Quinn (Middletown, Ohio)
Defensive back Jonathan Reed (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Daniel Ross (Jeffersontown, Ky.)
Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Swindle (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Linebacker Kadeem Thomas (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Athlete Fred Tiller (Homerville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Jon Toth (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Quarterback Patrick Towles (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Watson (Fayetteville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Vadal Alexander (Buford, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.)
Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.)
Offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive end Ronnie Feist (Edgard, La.)
Offensive lineman Reid Ferguson (Buford, Ga.)
Tight end Dillon Gordon (River Ridge, La.)
Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Jerald Hawkins (Baldwin, La.)
Running back Jeremy Hill (Baton Rouge, La.)
Wide receiver Kavahra Holmes (Breaux Bridge, La.)
Defensive end Danielle Hunter (Katy, Texas)
Wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Deion Jones (New Orleans, La.)
Athlete Lamar Lewis (Lafayette, La.)
Defensive back Jalen Mills (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Lorenzo Phillips (Patterson, La.)
Defensive back Derrick Raymond (Metairie, La.)
Defensive back Jerquinick Sandolph (Boutte, La.)
Defensive back Dwayne Thomas (New Orleans, La.)
Tight end John Thomas (Bossier City, La.)
Ole Miss (15)
Offensive lineman Darone Bailey (Cleveland, Miss./Coahoma Juco)
Quarterback C.J. Beathard (Franklin, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Pierce Burton (Sacramento, Calif./City College of S.F. Juco)
Defensive back Dehendret Collins (Meadville, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln Juco)
Offensive lineman Robert Conyers (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Issac Gross (Batesville, Miss.)
Linebacker Khalid Henderson (Mabelton, Ga.)
Athlete Mike Hilton (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Kenno Loyal (Decatur, Ga.)
Running back I'Tavius Mathers (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Ben Still (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Temario Strong (Batesville, Miss.)
Quarterback Bo Wallace (Pulaski, Tenn../East Mississippi Juco)
Running back Jaylen Walton (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive end Channing Ward (Aberdeen, Miss.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Mississippi State (26)
Defensive end Nelson Adams (Brandon, Miss.)
Defensive back Quadry Antoine (Belle Chasse, La.)
Defensive end Denico Autry (Albermarle, N.C./East Mississippi Juco)
Athlete Adairius Barnes (Port Gibson, Miss.)
Kicker Devon Bell (Vicksburg, Miss.)
Linebacker Torrey Bell (New Oreleans, La.)
Wide receiver Frederick Brown (Jackson, Miss.)
Defensive end Ryan Brown (Marrero, La.)
Offensive lineman Cole Carter (Caledonia, Miss.)
Defensive back Kivon Coman (Florence, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Devon Desper (Madison, Miss.)
Linebacker Lelland Ducksworth (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Athlete Deonte Evans (McComb, Miss.)
Defensive tackle Quay Evans (Morton, Miss.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Xavier Grindle (Columbia, Miss.)
Offensive lineman Dylan Holley (D'Iberville, Miss./Gulf Coast Juco)
Athlete Brandon Holloway (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Nick James (Long Beach, Miss.)
Defensive end A.J. Jefferson (Summit, Miss.)
Defensive back Cedric Jiles (Clinton, Miss.)
Athlete Adarrius Perkins (Brooklyn, Miss.)
Athlete Will Redmond (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Justin Senior (Chatham, Va.)
Offensive lineman Charles Siddoway (Eugene, Ore./Butte Juco)
Tight end Gus Walley (Leakesville, Miss.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Washington (Suwanee, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Levi Copelin (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Tight end Sean Culkin (Largo, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Simon Goines (Keller, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Running back Russell Hansbrough (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive end Rickey Hatley (Atlanta, Texas)
Quarterback Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive tackle Edmund Ray (St. Louis, Mo.)
Linebacker Michael Scherer (St. Louis, Mo.)
Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Ka'Ra Stewart (O'Fallon, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Williams (Denton, Texas)
Defensive end Evan Winston (Muskegon Heights, Mich.)
South Carolina (24)
Athlete Jerell Adams (Summerton, S.C.)
Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Jordan Diggs (Capre Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Chaz Elder (College Park, Ga.)
Defensive end Darius English (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive back Kyle Fleetwood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Wide receiver Jody Fuller (Monroe, N.C.)
Defensive back T.J. Gurley (Cairo, Ga.)
Linebacker T.J. Holloman (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Carlos Hood (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker Kaiwan Lewis (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Rico McWilliams (Hampton, Ga.)
Quarterback Brendan Nosovitch (Allentown, Pa.)
Tight end Kelvin Rainey (Yulee, Fla.)
Wide receiver Shaq Roland (Lexington, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Kendric Salley (Williston, S.C.)
Wide receiver Kwinton Smith (Dillon, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Brock Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Clayton Stadnik (Greensboro, N.C.)
Kicker Nick St. Germain (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive end Jhaustin Thomas (Decatur, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (Seffner, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mason Zandi (Chapin, S.C.)
Athlete Cody Blanc (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Defensive back Deion Bonner (Columbus, Ga.)
Defensive back Devante Bourque (Crowley, La.)
Wide receiver Drae Bowles (Jackson, Tenn.)
Kicker George Bullock (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Wide receiver Jason Croom (Norcross, Ga.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Alden Hill (Alliance, Ohio)
Athlete Alton Howard (Orlando, Fla.)
Athlete Justin King (Dunwoody, Ga.)
Defensive end LaTroy Lewis (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Daniel McCullers (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Defensive back LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive Danny O'Brien (Flint, Mich.)
Quarterback Nathan Peterman (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Linebacker Otha Peters (Covington, La.)
Linebacker Dalton Santos (Van, Texas)
Defensive end Darrington Sentimore (Destrehan, La./Gulf Coast Juco)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Running back Queshaun Watson (Athens, Ga.)
Texas A&M (20)
Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Wide receiver Sabian Holmes (Southlake, Texas)
Offensive lineman Germain Ifeadi (Houston, Texas)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Defensive end Julien Obioha (New Orleans, La.)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Wide receiver Derel Walker (Athens, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Torey Agee (Opelika, Ala.)
Defensive end Caleb Azubike (Nashville, Tenn.)
Defensive back Brandon Banks (Brandywine, Md.)
Defensive end Ladarius Banks (Dallas, Ga.)
Wide receiver Cory Batey (Nashville, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Adam Butler (Ducanville, Texas)
Kicker Colby Cooke (Goochland, Va.)
Defensive end Josh Dawson (Tucker, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Blake Fromang (Orlando, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Barrett Gouger (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Defensive back Paris Head (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Darreon Herring (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Will Holden (Green Cove Springs, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Andrew Jelks (Paris, Tenn.)
Running back Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Jaborian McKenzie (Natchez, Miss.)
Athlete Chris Moody (McDonough, Ga.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jacob Sealand (Tucker, Ga.)
Defensive end Stephen Weatherly (Atlanta, Ga.)
Tags: A.J. Jefferson, A.J. Legree, A.J. Turner, Adairius Barnes, Adam Butler, Adam Griffith, Adarrius Perkins, Adrian Bellard, Alden HIll, Alec Morris, Alex McCalister, Alex Taylor, Alonzo Williams, Alphonse Taylor, Alton Howard, Amari Cooper, Andrew Jelks, Antonio Morrison, Arkansas, Auburn, Austin Flynn, Austin Hardin, Avery Johnson, Barrett Gouger, Ben Still, Blake Fromang, Bo Wallace, Bralon Addison, Brandon Banks, Brandon Greene, Brandon Hill, Brandon Holloway, Brandon Lewis, Brendan Nosovitch, Brian Cox Jr., Brian Kimbrow, Brian Poole, Brock Stadnik, C.J. Beathard, C.J. Curry, Caleb Azubike, Caleb Gulledge, Carlos Hood, Casey Gladney, Cassanova McKinzy, Cedric Jiles, Channing Ward, Charles Siddoway, Chaston Cuffee, Chaz Elder, Chris Black, Chris Moody, Clayton Stadnik, Cody Blanc, Cody Quinn, Cody Waldrop, Colby Cooke, Cole Carter, Colin Thompson, Collin Barber, Commitment List, Cordale Boyd, Corey Thompson, Cory Batey, Courtney Gardner, Cyrus Jones, D'Arthur Cowan, D.J. Humphries, Dakota Ball, Dalton Santos, Damien Jacobs, Daniel Gray, Daniel McCullers, Daniel Ross, Danielle Hunter, Danny O'Brien, Dante Phillips, Darion Monroe, Darius English, Darius Philon, Daron Blaylock, Darone Bailey, Darren Lake, Darreon Herring, Darrington Sentimore, Darrion Hutcherson, Deatrich Wise, Defonta Lowe, Dehendret Collins, Deion Belue, Deion Bonner, Deion Jones, DeMarcus Sweat, Denico Autry, Denzel Devall, Deontay Evans, Derek Edinburgh, Derel Walker, Derrick Raymond, Devante Bourque, DeVante Harris, Devon Bell, Devon Desper, Dillon Gordon, Dillon Lee, Donavin Newsom, Donovan Roberts, Drae Bowles, Dwayne Thomas, Dylan Holley, Dyshawn Mobley, Eddie Williams, Edmund Ray, Eric Hawkins, Evan Boehm, Evan Winston, Faton Bauta, Florida, Fred Tiller, Frederick Borwn, Geno Smith, George Bullock, Georgia, Germain Ifeadi, Gimel President, Greg Pyke, Gus Walley, I'Tavius Mathers, Issac Gross, Jaborian McKenzie, Jacob Sealand, Jadarion Harmon, JaFar Mann, Jakarri Thomas, Jalen Mills, James Deloach, JaMichael Winston, JaQuay Williams, Jared Collins, Jason Croom, Javiere Mitchell, Jaylen Walton, Jerald Hawkins, Jerell Adams, Jeremi Powell, Jeremy Hill, Jeremy Sprinkle, Jeremy Ward, Jerquinick Sandolph, Jessamen Dunker, Jhaustin Thomas, Jody Fuller, John Atkins, John Theus, John Thomas, Jon Toth, Jonathan Bullard, Jonathan Jones, Jonathan Reed, Jonathan Taylor, Jonathan Williams, Jordan Diggs, Jordan Jenkins, Jordan Richmond, Jordan Washington, Jordan Watson, Jordan Williams, Josh Dawson, Josh Harris, Joshua Holsey, Jovon Robinson, Julien Obioha, Justin King, Justin Meredith, Justin Senior, Justin Taylor, Justin Thomas, Ka'Ra Stewart, Kadeem Thomas, Kaiwan Lewis, Kavahra Holmes, Keithon Redding, Kelvin Rainey, Kendric Salley, Kenneth Marshall, Kenno Loyal, Kent Taylor, Kentucky, Kenyan Drake, Keon Hatcher, Khalid Henderson, Kimo Tipoti, Kivon Coman, Kory Brown, Kurt Freitag, Kwinton Smith, Kyle Fleetwood, Ladarius Banks, LaDarrell McNeil, Lamar Lewis, Landon Collins, Landon Foster, Langston Newton, LaTroy Lewis, LaTroy Pittman, Lelland Ducksworth, Lemming Top 100, Leonard Floyd, Levi Copelin, Lorenzo Phillips, LSU, Marcus Maye, Markus Golden, Marshall Morgan, Mason Zandi, Matt Davis, Matt Jones, Maty Mauk, Michael Richardson, Michael Scherer, Mike Davis, Mike Hilton, Mike Matthews, Mississippi State, Missouri, Morgan Steward, Nathan Holmes, Nathan Peterman, Nelson Adams, Nick James, Nick Saban, Nick St. Germain, Ole Miss, Otha Peters, Otis Jacobs, Paris Head, Patrick Graffree, Patrick Miller, Patrick Towles, Patton Robinette, Pierce Burton, Pre-Signing Day Commitment List, Quadry Antoine, Quay Evans, Quayvon Hicks, Queshaun Watson, Quinteze Williams, Ray Buchanan Jr., Reggie Ragland, Reid Ferguson, Rhaheim Ledbetter, Rickey Hatley, Ricky Parks, Rico McWilliams, Robert Conyers, Robert Leff, Ronnie Feist, Russell Handbrough, Ryan Anderson, Ryan Brown, Sabian Holmes, Sean Culkin, SEC, Shane Callahan, Shaq Roland, Shawn Blaylock, Simon Goines, South Carolina, Stephen Weatherly, T.J. Davis, T.J. Gurley, T.J. Holloman, T.J. Yeldon, Taiwan Johnson, Taylor, Temario Strong, Tennesee, Texas A&M, Thomas Chapman, Todd Gurley, Torey Agee, Torey Boozer, Torrey Bell, Toshiro Davis, Travell Dixon, Travin Dural, Trent Momon, Trent Taylor, Trey Granier, Trey Williams, Ty Smith, Tyler Hayes, Tyler Nero, Tyrone, Vadal Alexander, Vanderbilt, Will Hines, Will Holden, Will Redmond, Willie Bailey, Xavier Grindle, Zach Blaylock, Zach Myers, Zeke Pike
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:40 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Recruiting is tough for Arizona's interm head coach Tim Kish.
An interesting letter that Penn State has sent out to recruits with their recruiting class is in a holding pattern.
Missouri's recruits are split on the move to the SEC next year.
The Tigers already lost a commitment from running back Jonathan Williams.
Wisconsin added wide receiver Reggie Love to their recruiting class.
Alabama commit Darius Philon suffered a knee injury but the extent is unknown right now.
Auburn pledge Zeke Pike has been suspended for violating team rules. Not the first time he's had issues.
An Ohio State recruiting notebook with plenty of details.
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 5:52 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Just a few weeks ago, recruitniks were impressed with the quality and quantity of high level recruits that were in South Bend for the USC-Notre Dame game. Several people termed it Brian Kelly's 'Super Bowl.'
This Saturday is college football's actual Recruiting Super Bowl (well, not actual Super Bowl but as close as one gets in the regular season). On the sidelines, a truly star-studded cast, topping the century mark in terms of number of official and unofficial visitors. Though Nick Saban and his staff will no doubt be occupied with the team in purple and gold, they'll be spending some time hosting the biggest recruiting weekend Tuscaloosa has seen in years.
The biggest visitor coming in is five-star safety Landon Collins. Both LSU and Alabama are battling for his services but it will be tough to lure him out-of-state. A big win over the Tigers and an impressive visit however, might be enough to leave a lasting impression that will pay off on Signing Day. Collins isn't the only five-star or big name headed in for the game though, as illustrated by the partial list below.
DT/OT Arik Armstead
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama commit
DB Landon Collins
LB Noor Davis, Stanford commit
DB Travell Dixon, JUCO
DT Eddie Godlman
DE Jordan Jenkins
OT Avery Young
LB Kwon Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis, LSU commit
DE Denzel Devall
DB Trae Elston
DT Quay Evans
TE Kurt Freitag
DT Issac Gross, Ole Miss commit
OT Brandon Hill
QB Jeremy Liggins
RB Barry Sanders Jr.
DT Justin Shanks, Florida State commit
DB Dwayne Thomas, LSU commit
DT Dalvin Tomlinson
DL Channing Ward
DE Jamichael Winston, Arkansas commit
DB P.J. Williams, Florida State commit
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State commit
RB T.J. Yeldon, Auburn commit
DE Ryan Anderson
DT Dakota Ball
WR Chris Black
RB Kenyan Drake
WR Casey Gladney
OL Brandon Greene
K Adam Griffith
OL Caleb Gulledge
LB Tyler Hayes
DT Darren Lake
LB Dillon Lee
QB Alec Morris
DT Darius Philon
LB Reggie Ragland
DB Geno Smith
ATH Justin Thomas
DB Eddie Williams
OL Bradley Bozeman, Alabama commit
DB Cameron Burrows
LB Reginald Carter
DB Antonio Conner
LB Rueben Foster, Alabama commit
RB Derrick Henry, Georgia commit
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama commit
DL Dee Liner, Auburn commit
QB Johnathon McCrary
DE Robert Nkemdiche
OL Lovell Peterson
WR Earnest Robinson
RB Kelvin Taylor (Alabama-Florida battle)
DB Tramel Terry
RB Altee Tenpenny
RB Sony Michel
WR Bo Scarborough
LB Tre Williams
DE Gerald Willis
Tags: Adam Griffith, Alabama, Alabama-LSU, Alec Morris, Altee Tenpenny, Amari Cooper, Antonio Conner, Arik Armstead, Arkansas, Avery Young, Barry Sanders Jr., Bo Scarborough, Bradley Bozeman, Brandon Greene, Brandon Hill, Brian Kelly, Caleb Gulledge, Cameron Burrows, Casey Gladney, Channing Ward, Chris Black, Dakota Ball, Dalvin Tomlinson, Darius Philon, Darren Lake, Dee Liner, Denzel Devall, Derrick Henry, Dillon Lee, Dwayne Thomas, Earnest Robinson, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Williams, Florida State, Geno Smith, Georgia, Gerald Willis, Issac Gross, Jameis Winston, Jamichael Winston, Jeremy Liggins, Johnathan McCrary, Jordan Jenkins, Justin Shanks, Justin Thomas, Kelvin Taylor, Kenyan Drake, Kurt Freitag, Kwon Alexander, Landon Collins, Lovell Peterson, LSU, LSU-Alabama, Nick Saban, Noor Davis, Notre Dame, O.J. Howard, Ole Miss, Quay Evans, Reggie Ragland, Reginald Carter, Robert Nkemdiche, Rueben Foster, Ryan Anderson, Sony Michel, Stanford, T.J. Yeldon, Torshiro Davis, Trae Elston, Tramel Terry, Travell Dixon, Tre Williams, Tyler Hayes, USC
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:06 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The Iron Bowl rivalry is as heated as they come and it is 24/7/365 in the state of Alabama even if the teams only play one Saturday a year in football. One reason? Both Auburn and Alabama battle over several of the same recruits and one of those Prichard (Ala.) defensive tackle Darius Philon.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder had been committed to the Tigers since late May but re-opened his recruitment in early August. Enter Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, who pushed hard to land his verbal pledge and did so Thursday morning.
"Basically it's just where I really wanted to play at," Philon told TideSports.com. "I always watched 'Bama. I went up (there a lot). Basically, that's where I'm familiar with. I'm familiar with the campus, familiar with the coaches. I just love to put on the crimson."
In addition to both in-state powers, Kentucky, Mississippi State and others extended Philon a scholarship offer. At the end of the day however, he felt Alabama was the place for him given the opportunity to play all along the defensive line.
"I just want to play football," he said. "Basically I'll be playing all across the front line from nose to end. It really don't matter as long as I get playing time. I like end, but I'll play nose if I have to. I like using my speed."
Philon is the 18th commitment for Alabama's class of 2012. He had an impressive junior year with 93 tackles and nine sacks.
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:47 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Call it Newton's law of recruiting: for every decommit, an equal commit will take its place. At least this was the case at Auburn over the past two days.
On Monday, the Tigers saw Prichard (Ala.) defensive tackle Darius Philon decommit from the school and re-open his recruitment. On Tuesday, Auburn replaced the rather large hole left by him in the current recruiting class with Atmore (Ala.) defensive tackle Tyler Nero.
“I’ve been weighing my options for a good while and kind of I boiled it down over the last week and I feel like Auburn is the place to me,” Nero told AuburnUndercover.com. “I’m going off my gut feeling, my heart, my morals."
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Nero held offers from other SEC schools such as Florida and Arkansas but just felt like the Plains were where he felt most comfortable going to college for four years.
“I feel at home when I go to Auburn,” he said. “It’s like one big family there. The coaching staff, the players and just the way they run things -- I like the way it’s done."
Nero is the second defensive lineman to commit to the Tigers in the past week, joining end Gimel President. He is the 13th overall in the class of 2012 for the program and racked up 73 tackles and seven sacks last season as a junior.
A few of Nero's highlights are below: