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Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:01 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Class of 2013 Storylines to Watch



Posted by Bryan Fischer

The class of 2012 is, with one notable exception, signed and done with. That means it is time to turn everybody's attention to the class of 2013 and keep it there. Here are a few storylines to follow on the road to the first Wednesday in February next year - in no particular order.

1. Will Nick Saban be able to close on the country's top prospect?

Nick Saban has certainly earned the title of the country's top recruiter after pulling in the top overall class (or close to it) since arriving in Tuscaloosa. The one thing he hasn't done, however, is land the nation's top recruit. In the class of 2012, he went after Dorial Green-Beckham but couldn't make the final cut. A year before Saban narrowly lost out on Jadeveon Clowney to South Carolina. Is the third time the charm in Grayson (Ga.) defensive end Robert Nkemdiche?

One of the top athletes to play the position coming out of high school, Nkemdiche can play multiple positions in college and has something that you rarely see in some recruits - the drive to be great. At this point, most expect him to sign with the Crimson Tide but in recruiting, as in life, things sometimes have a way of making an unexpected turn. His high school head coach played on an Alabama national championship squad and Nkemdiche has gotten the full court press from the staff for a while. Still, he's listed other schools, taken visits to some like Georgia and has his brother at Ole Miss. It looks good for Saban but we won't find out for sure until next February.

2. Who wins the battle of the Midwest behemoths?

The past year has seen Midwest recruiting go from some yawns and a few eyebrow raises to must-read headlines on a daily basis thanks to Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer recruiting like mad. Hoke had the country's top recruiting class before ever coaching a game and Meyer was able to land an impressive class doing the same. It's been an interesting transformation in the Big Ten over the past few months and turned the conference into two programs and a cloud of dust.

Both are off to a very solid start with the class of 2013 with plenty of momentum from signing top five classes earlier this month. The Buckeyes have landed elite guys like Trotwood (Ohio) linebacker Cam Burrows and are certainly in the mix for plenty of top 100 players. The Wolverines had a monster recruiting weekend to power them to a total of 11 commits, and have a headliner (and one of the top quarterbacks in the country) in Shane Morris. Should be a fun few months as each program jockey's to out do the other on the recruiting trail.

3. Is this the class where being in the SEC really comes into play for Missouri and Texas A&M?

There's no doubt the move to the SEC played a role in the Aggies landing a top 15 class and the Tigers getting a commitment from the number one player in the country but the class of 2013 can really be a selling point for both staffs. More than anything, it gives recruits a chance to watch A&M play Alabama and Florida, see how their fans travel, what the coverage of the team is like and if Mizzou's James Franklin can top Vanderbilt's James Franklin.

Already Kevin Sumlin has jumped out to a big start and has more commitments than anybody in the country right now. He's gotten quality as well as quantity to boot. What remains to be seen is what happens if things take a turn for the worse this season on the field. Will doubts creep into recruits' minds if either school has issues and struggles to get wins? It's something to keep an eye on but, for the moment, things are looking good as each joins the best conference in the country.

4. How will realignment help/hurt West Virginia?

Realignment has made the Mountaineers very interesting on the recruiting trail. There was a lot to like about Dana Holgorsen's first year, capped off with a blowout win in the Orange Bowl and Geno Smith likely entering 2012 as a legitimate Heisman candidate. The staff had a solid effort in recruiting and really got some speedsters out of Florida and from close by (such as Deontay McManus to the right) to sign up for the ride to the Big 12. Yet it's clear that there will be a emphasis on recruiting Texas and the South more with the change in conferences.

As my colleague Bruce Feldman pointed out to me yesterday, all but one of the assistants on staff has ties to the Big 12 footprint and several know the back roads in Oklahoma and Arkansas very well too. Holgorsen's wide open offense will no doubt be a good selling points for kids running the spread across the South and maybe, by hiring defensive staff members with area ties the recruits on the other side of the ball will take a look at the Mountaineers in this cycle as well. Should be an interesting look at how the program handles playing in the Big 12 this year and going forward and whether that translates in terms of recruiting as well.

5. How many does USC sign in year two of scholarship cuts?

If you doubted Lane Kiffin's ability to recruit, well, you must not pay a ton of attention. Despite getting slapped with deep scholarship cuts, the oft-bashed head coach enters 2012 with a preseason top two team and just signed a top 10 class with some elite talent. A pair of All-Americans at wide out were no deterrent to Nelson Agholor, who was lured to USC from Florida. There were a few offensive line targets that the Trojans missed out on late - they still signed a great class at the position - but that might turn out to be a blessing in disguise because they can take a few early enrollees to boost numbers.

Bottom line, who and how many Kiffin's staff sign will be a storyline worth following on the West Coast.

6. Who emerges during the spring and summer camp circuit?

One of the reasons why recruiting evaluation have tended to improve over recent years is the rise in getting a look at top players competing against other top players on the offseason camp circuit. It's also allowed those in the industry to discover more guys who don't back down from a challenge and have the speed and skills to be FBS-caliber talent. Because recruits are not in pads, we don't get a complete picture of a player but we can find out even more about how they play and how their recruitment is going. In many ways, the camps and combines that happen across the country from late February through early July will allow everybody to see who's an elite recruit and who we need to keep an eye on when the pads come on during the fall.

7. What impact will social media have on the class of 2013?

Ask any of the class of 2012 about Twitter and Facebook and they'll say it's changed recruiting. Players from across the country are getting to know each other more and more, going beyond just texting back and forth to DMing and Wall posting as early commitments explain to others why their school is the place to be. Recruiting is becoming more and more interconnected and there is no doubt that the 2013 group will be at the forfront of the new wave of change.

Forget hat dances, keep an eye on how many top 100 guys commit via Twitter. Should be a lot more than last year.

8. Who is the top quarterback nationally?

Upside, production, measurables, arm strength... there are plenty of things that go into deciding who the top quarterback in the country is. The candidates are out there and it will likely boil down to one of Max Browne, Tyrone Swoopes, Shane Morris, Ryan Brurns, Kevin Olsen and a handful of others competing to be the top signal-caller in the final rankings. It's important to keep in mind that quarterback is one position that should see plenty of movement as players go through spring ball, camps, 7-on-7, Elite 11 competitions and finally their senior season.

Olsen, Burns and Browne are your typical pro-style quarterbacks with the size coaches look for and big arms to boot. Swoopes is a dual-threat who some have compared to Robert Griffin III or Vince Young because of how electric he is with the ball in his hands. Morris is the rare lefty that is vying for top billing. Several others are hot on their heels in order to be considered part of the elite QB group in 2013 and will be interesting to see how each does as the pressure mounts each passing week.

9. Can Stanford keep things going?

When was the last time you talked about Stanford recruiting? Prior to the class of 2012: rarely if ever (provided you are not the type that tailgates with wine). All the Cardinal did this year was snag a top 10 class and land one of the best group of offensive line recruits in the modern recruiting era. But can the program keep the momentum going with out Andrew Luck leading the charge on the field? That's a question everybody is asking and at first glance, the answer appears to be yes.

Since David Shaw, a former Stanford player himself, returned to Palo Alto as an assistant under Jim Harbaugh, the program has had a remarkably high success rate when recruiting. If an offer goes out and that player qualifies, there's a very good chance that player will end up signing. The hit rate for Stanford the past few years has been nothing short of remarkable considering the restrictions the staff is under but there's no doubt the education, new stadium, major league and BCS-level success that has happened in the Bay Area has turned the program from doormat to door opener. Should be fun to follow over the next few years.

10. Does somebody finish their class before the season?

Michigan, Texas A&M, Florida and Texas are off to hot starts. The Longhorns are taking a very small class this year so they could wind up filling up with only limited room for recruits based on who leaves for the NFL early. The other schools are recruiting at a pace that will have local analysts taking a vacation much earlier than normal. So, we're left to wonder, could somebody actually get 90% or more of their commitments before the season starts?

Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:11 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 4:13 pm
 

Big East Signing Day Grades



Posted by Bryan Fischer


CBS Sports Top 25 Team Rankings
College Commits Top 100
Rutgers 20 3

Big East school-by-school
Program Commits Top Player Grade
- Team page
- Commitment list
29 QB Bennie Coney B- The class is very solid and brings in plenty of skill position talent on both sides of the ball but they missed out on speedy scat back Dennis Norfleet at the last minute to Michigan
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 QB Casey Cochran C There's not a whole lot to remark on the Huskies class other than they added a strong-armed but small quarterback in Cochran and a little bit of speed at wide out.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 LB Nick Dawson B+ The trio of top linebackers Charlie Strong grabbed are the headliners but don't sleep on the depth that both lines will have.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 RB Rushel Shell B+ Keeping the big time offensive guys in the fold after the coaching staff change is a huge win for Paul Chryst. Landing a local LB like Deaysean Rippy is an added bonus for a small class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Darius Hamilton A One of the big surprises on Signing Day was the ability of Kyle Flood and his staff to keep the class intact after Greg Schiano left. Not only that, they are bringing in impact players from a talented crop of local athletes.
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 TE Sean Price B There were three elite guys in this class that bigger programs coveted but the staff kept in the fold. Chris Bivins and Sean Price could play early and often for the Bulls.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 TE Ron Thompson C- There's really not much to say other than the Orange didn't capitalize on their good season a year ago and turn that into recruiting success.
- Team page
- Commitment list
27 WR Deontay McManus B The coaching staff is really happy with this group and you can see why when you look up and down to see speed among the skill position players and a talented QB. McManus should have an impact early if he can learn the playbook.

Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:55 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 11:10 am
 

Big East Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. Things are in a state of flux in the Big East and it seems that the lack of stability at some programs has hampered some recruiting classes. Things are still going well but it's going to be an interesting Signing Day for the league with several new head coaches and programs shuffling in and out like recruits change commitments.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings
College Commits Top 100 Moving
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Top storylines

1. Does Greg Schiano leaving destroy Rutgers' class? 

If there's a coaching change to come out of left field, it might be Schiano's, who leaves just days before Signing Day. Rutgers had been in the middle of building their best recruiting class in years and had locked up a lot of in-state talent in a great year for recruits in New Jersey. Now all of that is in jeopardy with the shock recruits are feeling quite evident from many of their comments. Expect the Scarlet Knights to drop out of the running for several of the top uncommitted guys on their board and other school calling everybody in their class to see if they want to take a late official visit and reconsider their pledge.

2. Can Paul Chryst build out a good first effort?

Another swift departure out of town for Todd Graham has led to a very good hire for Pittsburgh in Chryst, who jumps over from Wisconsin where he did an excellent job of developing talent. Graham did a good job of keeping top in-state talent close to home and landed the top big back in the country in Rushel Shell. There are a lot of good pieces, especially on offense, but it's up to Chryst to keep everybody committed and build on it with others in his first effort on the recruiting trail as head coach. More than anything, he can hopefully bring some stability to the program.

3. How are the newcomers doing?

Every report and indication has the Mountaineers playing in the Big 12 in 2012, until the i's are dotted and t's crossed, they're going to be stuck in Big East purgatory for now. Dana Holgorsen knows the league and recruiting in Texas in particular but has hit the state of Florida extremely hard with the incoming class. Regardless of the exact timing, this will be the first group of recruits brought in to play in the Big 12 so it's worth tracking to see if that leads to a boost when the faxes are in or whether the big Orange Bowl victory or coaching turnover has a bigger impact.

4. West Virginia's first Big 12 class... at some point.

While the majority of teams the Big East has added over the past year or so won't join the league for another year, it's still worth tracking how the newcomers fare on the recruiting trail. In the case of a school like Boise State, the past success of the program has led to one of the best classes in recent memory with solid depth and a handful of players that should be in the mix for playing time earlier than is normal on the Blue Turf. Houston and UCF have done a solid job considering coaching turnover and scandal while SMU has still tried to keep things going despite losing the school's top recruiter. The class of 2012 might not play right away in the Big East but you have to keep tabs on them since they will in the not to distant future.

Most impressive class: Pittsburgh

Most underrated class: South Florida

Work left to do: Syracuse

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
11. Rushel Shell RB Pittsburgh
27. Ronald Darby ATH Uncommitted
29. Darius Hamilton DE Uncommitted
35. Devin Fuller ATH Uncommitted
91. Leonte Carroo WR Rutgers
95. Bennie Coney QB Cincinnati
105. Chad Voytik QB Pittsburgh
107. Wayne Morgan DB Uncommitted
108. Adam Bisnowaty OL Pittsburgh
109. Quanzell Lambert LB Rutgers
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Kerry Coombs, Mark Elder and Steve Stripling, Cincinnati
George DeLeone, UConn
Vance Bedford, Clint Hurtt and Brian Jean-Mary, Louisville
Bob Bostad and Joe Rudolph, Pittsburgh
Brian Angelichio and Jeff Hafley, Rutgers
Todd Fitch and Phil McGeoghan, South Florida
Scott Shafer and Tyrone Wheatley, Syracuse
Robert Gillespie and Daron Roberts, West Virginia

Head coach under pressure: Skip Holtz, South Florida

Top Big East class prediction: Louisville

Top Big East signee: Rushel Shell

Big East school-by-school
Program Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
32 QB Bennie Coney
RB Dennis Norfleet
OL Caleb Stacey
Butch Jones has done a good job at hitting needs and filling out his class. Coney won't be ready to play right away but has the physical tools to fit right into the offense. Norfleet is an absolute steal at running back.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 QB Casey Cochran
WR Neally Cunningham
WR John Green
Not a lot of remarks about this group other than the fact that Cochran is a very solid pick up at quarterback and is smart and has a strong arm.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 LB Keith Brown
LB James Burgess
LB Nick Dawson
The trio of top linebacker Charlie Strong has managed to grab headline this class but it has several other very good grabs that could have played at bigger programs. OL depth is notable.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 OL Adam Bisnowaty
RB Rushel Shell
QB Chad Voytik
The headliners for the Panthers are on offense and they should fit right into Chryst's system. Voytik has a compact throwing motion and strong arm while Shell is a multipurpose threat who is a load going downhill.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 WR Leonte Carroo
OL J.J. Denman
LB Quanzell Lambert
You can put TBD next to this class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DB Chris Bivins
WR D'Vario Montgomery
TE Sean Price
Bivins and Price are SEC-caliber players and terrific adds by the staff. Montgomery is a big time threat who should see early playing time and is part of a very athletic freshman class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Kyle Knapp
TE Ron Thompson
Knapp and Thompson are two solid adds but other than that, the most remarkable thing about the Orangemen is adding all-Namer Pancho Barnwell.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 QB Ford Childress
WR Deontay McManus
ATH Brandon Napoleon
Childress is a guy you can project to put up big time numbers in Holgorsen's system and you can say the same about a dynamic threat in McManus. Good job at addressing needs while adding athleticism.



Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:19 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 12:56 am
 

Pre-Signing Day Big East Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're 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 Big East.


   Cincinnati (32)

Wide receiver Shakim Alonzo (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Deyshawn Bond (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Kevin Brown (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Drake Burns (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Running back Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Jonathan Burt (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Linebacker Kenneth Bynum (Jacksonville, Ind.)
Linebacker Errol Clarke (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Nathan Cole (Memphis, Tenn.)
Quarterback Bennie Coney (Plant City, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Alex Dale (Memphis, Tenn.)
Tight end DeShawn Dowdy (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive back Zach Edwards (Middletown, Ohio)
Defensive back Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jeremy Graves (Maple Heights, Ohio)
Athlete Ti'on Green (Altamonte Springs, Fla.)
Linebacker Corey Griffin (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive back Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Linebacker Joey Jones (Homstead, Fla.)
Running back E.J. Junior (Middletown, Ohio)
Linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive end Ryan Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Linebacker Lester Liston (Grand Blanc, Mich.)
Linebacker Ey'Shawn McClain (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Vincent Miller (Lexington, Ky.)
Running back Dennis Norfleet (Southfield, Mich.)
Quarterback Trenton Norvell (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Defensive end Alex Pace (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Leviticus Payne (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Kyle Williamson (Cincinnati, Ohio)

   Connecticut (22)

Defensive end Brendan Battles (North Eastham, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Bockeloh (Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Rennick Bryan (New Haven, Conn.)
Quarterback Casey Cochran (Monroe, Conn.)
Wide receiver Neally Cunningham (Palm Bay, Fla.)
Athlete Jordan Floyd (Baltimore, Md.)
Offensive lineman Drew Ghio (Widnsor, Conn.)
Wide receiver John Green (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Jon Hicks (Paimyra, Pa.)
Defensive back Chauncey Lanier (Davie, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Richard Levy (Trenton, N.J.)
Athlete Michael Marder (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive back Obi Melifonwu (Grafton, Mass.)
Defensive tackle Mikal Myers (Newburgh, N.Y.)
Linebacker Elijah Norris (Washington, D.C.)
Kicker Bobby Puyol (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Offenisve lineman Zach Rugg (Johnstown, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Tyler Samra (Ramsey, N.J.)
Linebacker Jason Sylva (Plymouth, Mass.)
Quarterback Chandler Whitmer (El Dorado Kan./Butler County JUCO)
Defensive back Jhavon Williams (Wellington, Fla.)
Running back Joseph Williams (Fork Union, Va.)

   Louisville (23)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Joshua Appleby (Harvest, Ala.)
Tight end Hunter Bowles (Glasgow, Ky.)
Defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown (Savannah, Ga.)
Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker James Burgess (Homestead, Fla.)
Linebacker Nick Dawson (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Abraham Garcia (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Quarterback Will Gardner (Douglas, Ga.)
Offensive lineman DeAndre Herron (Avon, Ind.)
Defensive back Gerrod Holiman (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Defensive back Kevin Houchins (South Eucid, Ohio)
Tight end Ryan Hubbell (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western JUCO)
Defensive tackle Dequan Ivery (Lake City, Fla.)
Linebacker Patrick Jean (Port St. Lucie, Fla.)
Defensive end Larry Jefferson (College Park, Ga.)
Offensive lineman T.C. Klusman (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joe Manley (Bowling Green, Ky.)
Defensive back Devontre Parnell (Winnsboro, S.C.)
Running back Brandon Radcliffe (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Sheldon Rankins (Covington, Ga.)
Defensive end Pedro Sibiea (Homestead, Fla.)
Wide receiver Brandon Snell (Miami, Fla.)

   Pittsburgh (18)

Offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Mike Caprara (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Wide receiver Trenton Coles (Clairton, Pa.)
Wide receiver Chris Davis (Austintown, Ohio)
Athlete Demitrious Davis (Austintown, Ohio)
Defensive back Marzett Geter (McKees Rocks, Pa.)
Defensive end Myles Hilliard (Bedford, Ohio)
Tight end JP Holtz (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defensive back Ryan Lewis (Sammamish, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Adam Pankey (Hamilton, Ohio)
Defensive back Jahmahl Parder (Rochester, N.Y.)
Defensive back William Parks (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Defensive back Jevonte Pitts (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Linebacker Devon Porchia (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive end Darryl Render (Brook Park, Ohio)
Running back Rushel Shell (Aliquippa, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Alkwan Williams (Johnstown, Pa.)

   Rutgers (17)

Wide receiver Carlton Agudosi (Franklin, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Arcidiaconco (Warminster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Brodie (Long Branch, N.J.)
Wide receiver Leonte Carroo (Ramsey, N.J.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offenisve lineman J.J. Denman (Fairless Hills, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Kyle Federico (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
Tight end Michael Giacone (Jersey City, N.J.)
Athlete Davon Jacobs (Wayne, N.J.)
Linebacker Quanzell Lambert (Sicklerville, N.J.)
Linebacker Steve Longa (Saddle Brook, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Derrick Nelson (Washington, D.C.)
Wide receiver Ruhann Peele (Linden, N.J.)
Running back Desmon Peoples (Warminister, Pa.)
Defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick (Montclair, N.J.)
Quarterback Blake Rankin (Bloomsburg, Pa.)
Athlete Delon Stephenson (Parlin, N.J.)

   South Florida (14)

Offensive lineman Kofi Amichia (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive back Chris Bivins (Gainesville, Fla.)
Defensive back Josh Brown (Lancaster, Texas/Arizona Western JUCO)
Tight end Guito Ervilus (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive tackle James Hamilton (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive end Eric Lee (Daphne, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Chandler Mathews (Poplarville, Miss./Pearl River JUCO)
Defensive back Jarivs McCall (Seffner, Fla.)
Defensive end Tevin Mims (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JUCO)
Wide receiver D'Vario Montgomery (Winter Park, Fla.)
Defensive back Fidel Montgomery (Marianna, Fla./Southwest Mississippi JUCO)
Defensive end Daniel Perry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Tight end Sean Price (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla.)
Athlete LaMarlin Wiggins (Plant City, Fla.)

   Syracuse (21)

Defensive end Poncho Barnwell (Rochester, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Defensive tackle Harold Brantley (Hershey, Pa.)
Quarterback Ashton Broyld (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Defensive tackle Marcus Coleman (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
Wide receiver Alvin Cornelius (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Defensive end Jason Emerich (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.)
Defensive back Dontez Ford (McKees Rocks, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Zian Jones (Los Angeles, Calif./West Los Angeles Juco)
Offensive lineman Kyle Knapp (Portage, Mich.)
Athlete Ben Lewis (Middletown, Md.)
Defensive end Josh Manley (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Athlete Devante McFarland (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
Running back George Morris (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Kicker Ryan Norton (Garden City, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)
Tight end Joshua Parris (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Tight end Ron Thompson (Southfield, Mich.)
Linebacker James Washington (Winter Park, Fla.)
Defensive back Julian Whigham (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Linebacker Tashon Whitehurst (Gainesville, Fla.)

   West Virginia (26)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Christian Brown (Bridgeton, N.J.)
Running back Roshard Burney (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Quarterback Ford Childress (Houston, Texas)
Running back Torry Clayton (Homestead, Fla.)
Defensive back Kimlon Dillon (Apopka, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mark Glowinski (Scranton, Pa./Lackawanna Juco)
Running back Jarrod Harper (Frostburg, Md.)
Defensive end Korey Harris (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Linebacker Garrett Hope (The Woodlands, Texas)
Tight end Will Johnson (Osseo, Minn.)
Defensive back Karl Joseph (Orlando, Fla.)
Wide receiver Darreall Joyner (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive back Nana Kyeremeh (Worthington, Ohio)
Linebacker Sam Lebbie (Hyattsville, Md.)
Wide receiver Devonte Mathis (Miramar, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tony Matteo (Akron, Ohio)
Wide receiver Deontay McManus (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Brandon Napoleon (Jersey City, N.J.)
Defensive end Noble Nwachukwu (Wylie, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky (Lakewood, Ohio)
Wide receiver Devonte Robinson (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Defensive back Nate Smith (Warminster, Pa.)
Wide receiver Jordan Thompson (Katy, Texas)
Defensive back Sean Walters (Hallandale Beach, Fla.)
Athlete J.T. Washington (Satellite Beach, Fla.)

Category: NCAAF
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Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:49 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 11:59 pm
 

National Notes: Recruiting the recruited

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.

ACC

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.

Big 12

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.

Big East

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.

Video of the week

Here are some highlights of Texas commit Cayleb Jones, the second best wide receiver in the country and a five-star prospect.



Recruiting Roundup

Guito Ervilus has North Carolina as his leader after a visit.

Georgia Tech impressed a good number of recruits in their game against Clemson.

UCLA is the latest offer for running back Fabian Moreau.

Does playing Florida in Jacksonville hurt Georgia's recruiting?

Offenisve lineman Brandon Fanaika is interested in Arkansas.

 Brian Kelly wants easier access to recruits.


Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Midseason Big East Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the halfway point in the college football season and as part of our midseason look at the sport on CBSSports.com, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big East.


   Cincinnati (24)

Offensive lineman Deyshawn Bond (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Kevin Brown (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Drake Burns (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Running back Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Jonathan Burt (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Linebacker Kenneth Bynum (Jacksonville, Ind.)
Linebacker Errol Clarke (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Nathan Cole (Memphis, Tenn.)
Quarterback Bennie Coney (Plant City, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Athlete Alex Dale (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jeremy Graves (Maple Heights, Ohio)
Athlete Ti'on Green (Altamonte Springs, Fla.)
Defensive back Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Linebacker Joey Jones (Homstead, Fla.)
Linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive end Ryan Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Wide receiver Vincent Miller (Lexington, Ky.)
Running back Dennis Norfleet (Southfield, Mich.)
Defensive back Leviticus Payne (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Williamson (Cincinnati, Ohio)

   Connecticut (18)

Defensive end Brendan Battles (North Eastham, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Rennick Bryan (New Haven, Conn.)
Quarterback Casey Cochran (Monroe, Conn.)
Wide receiver Neally Cunningham (Palm Bay, Fla.)
Running back Montrell Dobbs (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Athlete Jordan Floyd (Baltimore, Md.)
Wide receiver John Green (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Jon Hicks (Paimyra, Pa.)
Defensive back Chauncey Lanier (Davie, Fla.)
Athlete Michael Ellis Marder (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive back Obi Melifonwu (Grafton, Mass.)
Defensive tackle Mikal Myers (Newburgh, N.Y.)
Linebacker Elijah Norris (Washington, D.C.)
Kicker Bobby Puyol (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Offenisve lineman Zach Rugg (Johnstown, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Tyler Samra (Ramsey, N.J.)
Linebacker Jason Sylva (Plymouth, Mass.)
Defensive back Jhavon Williams (Wellington, Fla.)

   Louisville (15)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Joshua Appleby (Harvest, Ala.)
Tight end Hunter Bowles (Glasgow, Ky.)
Athlete Demetrius Frazier (Brunswick, Ga.)
Quarterback Will Gardner (Douglas, Ga.)
Offensive lineman DeAndre Herron (Avon, Ind.)
Defensive back Gerod Holiman (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Defensive back Kevin Houchins (South Eucid, Ohio)
Linebacker Patrick Jean (Port St. Lucie, Fla.)
Defensive end Larry Jefferson (College Park, Ga.)
Offensive lineman T.C. Klusman (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joe Manley (Bowling Green, Ky.)
Defensive back Devontre Parnell (Winnsboro, S.C.)
Linebacker Daqual Randall (Palmetto, Fla.)
Wide receiver Brandon Snell (Miami, Fla.)

   Pittsburgh (18)

Offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defensive back Marchez Coates (Pomfret, Md.)
Wide receiver Trenton Coles (Clairton, Pa.)
Linebacker Dakota Conwell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Brandyn Cook (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Wide receiver Chris Davis (Austintown, Ohio)
Athlete Demitrious Davis (Austintown, Ohio)
Defensive back Marzett Geter (McKees Rocks, Pa.)
Defensive end Myles Hilliard (Bedford, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Wide receiver Corey Jones (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defensive back William Parks (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Defensive back Jevonte Pitts (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Linebacker Devon Porchia (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive end Darryl Render (Brook Park, Ohio)
Running back Rushel Shell (Aliquippa, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Quarterback Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn.)
Linebacker Alkwan Williams (Johnstown, Pa.)

   Rutgers (15)

Wide receiver Carlton Agudosi (Franklin, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Arcidiaconco (Warminster, Pa.)
Wide receiver Leonte Carroo (Ramsey, N.J.)
Defensive back Charles Davis (Fork Union, Va.)
Kicker Kyle Federico (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
Tight end Michael Giacone (Jersey City, N.J.)
Athlete Davon Jacobs (Wayne, N.J.)
Linebacker Steve Longa (Saddle Brook, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Derrick Nelson (Washington, D.C.)
Wide receiver Ruhann Peele (Linden, N.J.)
Running back Desmon Peoples (Warminister, Pa.)
Defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick (Montclair, N.J.)
Quarterback Blake Rankin (Bloomsburg, Pa.)
Athlete Delon Stephenson (Parlin, N.J.)

   South Florida (11)

Offensive lineman Kofi Amichia (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive back Chris Bivins (Gainesville, Fla.)
Quarterback Tyler Cameron (Jupiter, Fla.)
Wide receiver Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Defensive end Eric Lee (Daphne, Ala.)
Defensive back Jarivs McCall (Seffner, Fla.)
Defensive end Daniel Perry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Tight end Sean Price (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla.)
Defensive back D.J. White (McDonogh, Ga.)
Athlete LaMarlin Wiggins (Plant City, Fla.)

   Syracuse (18)

Defensive end Poncho Barnwell (Rochester, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Defensive tackle Harold Brantley (Hershey, Pa.)
Quarterback Ashton Broyld (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Defensive tackle Marcus Coleman (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
Wide receiver Alvin Cornelius (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Defensive end Jason Emerich (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Knapp (Portage, Mich.)
Athlete Ben Lewis (Middletown, Md.)
Athlete Devante McFarland (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
Linebacker Leroy Owens (Palatka, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)
Tight end Joshua Parris (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker Darius Parson (Woodbridge, Va.)
Running back Tyree Smallwood (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Linebacker James Washington (Winter Park, Fla.)
Defensive back Julian Whigham (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Linebacker Tashon Whitehurst (Gainesville, Fla.)

   West Virginia (19)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Ford Childress (Houston, Texas)
Defensive back Da'Quan Davis (Towson, Md.)
Running back Jarrod Harper (Frostburg, Md.)
Defensive back Da'Quan Davis (Towson, Md.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Darreall Joyner (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Sam Lebbie (Hyattsville, Md.)
Offensive lineman Tony Matteo (Akron, Ohio)
Wide receiver Deontay McManus (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Brandon Napoleon (Jersey City, N.J.)
Defensive end Bret Niederreither (Lewisberry, Pa.)
Defensive end Noble Nwachukwu (Wylie, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky (Lakewood, Ohio)
Athlete Albert Reid (Washington, D.C.)
Wide receiver Devonte Robinson (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Defensive back Nate Smith (Warminster, Pa.)
Athlete J.T. Washington (Satellite Beach, Fla.)
Wide receiver Trevor Williams (Towson, Md.)

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:36 am
 

Ranking the Big East recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Rutgers (Ranked 19th overall by MaxPreps)

There's no "wow" class in the Big East but Rutgers is on top of the rankings with a solid class from top to bottom. Recent pick up Leonte Carroo is a talented wide receiver the program was able to keep close to home.

2. Cincinnati (20th)

This class recently received a bump from a couple of Michigan recruits but the prize is quarterback Bennie Coney out of Florida. Plenty of athletes on both sides of the ball in this class.

3. West Virginia (24th) 

With Dana Holgorsen in charge, it's no surprise to see offensive talent commit to West Virginia. Quarterback Ford Childress has a strong arm and receiver Deontay McManus is an explosive pass catcher.

4. Pitt

Todd Graham has assembled a very good first (full) class and it wouldn't be surprising if he makes some more headway out on the recruiting trail. Quarterback Chad Voytik is the star of this group.

5. Louisville

If there's one school that could take advantage of Miami's troubles, it could be Charlie Strong and Louisville. This is a good group of offensive linemen to build around too.

6. USF

It's not a big class at the moment but it does have great talent and the best bang for buck in the conference. Tyler Cameron is a great fit at quarterback and Sean Price had a breakout summer.

7. UConn

Paul Pasqualoni has put together an under the radar group drawing on some Northeast talent with a few Florida players mixed in. Casey Cochran is a nice local pick up at quarterback

8. Syracuse

This is a bit of a grab-bag class with a little bit of everything from everywhere. The best player might be safety Julian Whigham.

Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Halfway to Signing Day: Big East Edition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the Big East and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

Big East Commitment List

Best class: TCU

The Horned Frogs are taking advantage of the move to a BCS conference on the recruiting trail, pulling in a very good class that isn't too far off of the other in-state powers. They've got two good quarterbacks in Austin Aune and Top 100 signal-caller Tyler Matthews, both of whom should benefit from a redshirt year once the arrive on campus. Tight end Griffin Gilbert is a bit of an under-the-radar guy but he catches everything thrown his way and could certainly add to the pro-style offense the team runs. Stud athlete Daje Johnson should be an all-conference performer in no time under Gary Patterson.

Work left to do: Rutgers

It's a solid but not spectacular class for the Scarlet Knights. They have some good pieces that fills some needs but there is no impact player that can come in and make an impact from day one like Savon Huggins was as part of last year's class.

Under the radar class: USF

The Bulls have the smallest class on the list but they have some players who could come in and play right away in tight end Sean Price and cornerback Chris Bivins. They picked up a quarterback who flashed a lot of potential in limited time last year in Tyler Cameron and have done a good job of grabbing other players who could play at one of the state's big three. They still need to find some more players to fill it out but halfway to Signing Day, the program is in good shape.

Top commit: Quarterback Bennie Coney (Plant City, Fla.), committed to Cincinnati.

Loading up: Louisville on offensive linemen (4), West Virginia on wide receivers (4), Cincinnati on defensive backs (4).

Frequent Fliers: Louisville, Syracuse and West Virginia, each with commitments from seven states.

Fence builders: TCU, 13 of 15 commitments from Texas.

Road to Signing Day storyline: Will the new coaches be able to close out?

The Big East is full of new head coaches (and a few entering their sophomore seasons) who are looking to close out their first full recruiting classes with a bang. Dana Holgorsen is out of his normal recruiting area at West Virginia but so far has done well, grabbing very good athletes such as Deontay McManus. Todd Graham has made in-roads at Pitt early on and could land some quality local athletes as well. But it's a long six months to Signing Day and it will be interesting to see if they can make their first effort at their new school a building block for the future.

Top 25 Teams:

22. West Virginia
 
 
 
 
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