Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:23 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The Oscars are tonight and while Hollywood and the recruiting world don’t often mesh, we’re about to change that. Although the class of 2011 didn’t put on a tuxedo to announce what college they’re committing to (though we assume that’s coming), pretend for a second that they did and the NCAA handed out some golden statues to the best stories of the year. Who would they go to?
May we present the Recruiting Oscars for 2011:
Best Picture goes to...
Georgia running back commit Isaiah Crowell for ‘Bulldog’s are for me.’
Actor in a leading role goes to...
Georgia commit Jay Rome for being the ringleader for the ‘Georgia Dream Team.’
Actor in a supporting role goes to...
Alabama offensive lineman Arie Kounadjio for helping convince his brother Cyrus to attend Alabama and then announcing it to the world on his Twitter account.
Best costume design goes to...
Alabama for the presentation (and subsequent controversy) of 'Fax Cam' and the outfit worn by Fax Cam Girl.
Best director goes too...
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, who, despite being a head coach for less than two years, cleaned up in the state of Florida and brought in one of the top classes in the nation.
Best visual effects goes to...
Defensive back Floyd Raven, who's mother designed a picture perfect forgery of a Letter of Intent to send to Ole Miss before Raven eventually signed with Texas A&M.
Best makeup goes to...
USC head coach Lane Kiffin for being able to put a lot of makeup on USC's sanctions and scholarship limits to bring in 30 recruits to the land of Troy.
Best adapted screenplay goes to...
It's rare for sequels to win Oscars but Jadeveon Clowney takes home the golden statue for 'Number One Recruit Waits to Sign.'
Posted on: February 19, 2011 4:42 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
We're still digesting the class of 2011 and what better way to look at it than through the lens of two rivals. Texas and Texas A&M have been going at each other on the recruiting trail for decades and the regular season each team had in 2010 certainly added a bit of intrigue to each class. Despite the down year for the Longhorns, Mack Brown still managed to bring a lot of talent to Austin for next season.
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Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:17 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Taking stock of National Signing Day in the Big 12.
Texas Tech: While the Red Raiders ended up outside the MaxPreps Top 25 when Signing Day wound down, there's no denying that Tommy Tuberville brought in an impressive class of signees. Branden Jackson should eventually be an asset to a middling front four once he fills out his frame, and for the meantime Tuberville brought in two well-regarded JUCO defensive linemen. It'll be interesting to see what Tech does with the glut of high-profile tailbacks that signed; DeAndre Washington, Bradley Marquez, and Kenny Williams all look talented enough to start, but Washington and/or Marquez might be better suited to some sort of slotback role instead. It's a nice problem to have at a school that doesn't typically bring in strong recruiting classes.
Texas A&M: The Aggies don't have the recruiting chops of rivals Texas, but A&M did manage to snag Brandon Alexander from the Longhorns' grasp in a Signing Day showdown, which helps bridge the talent gap between the two programs just that little bit. The Aggies were also odd beneficiaries of forgery, as CB Floyd Raven's LOI to Ole Miss was found to be written by Raven's mother (who clearly had her own very strong ideas about what was best for her son); Raven is now officially an Aggie. No word on how awkward Mother's Day will be at the Raven household.
Texas: While Oklahoma's small signing class left it out of Tom Lemming's Top 25, Texas cruised to yet another Top 10 spot, thanks to the signing of stud tailback Malcolm Brown and freak athlete Steve Edmond (who can play wide receiver, linebacker, or pretty much any position that accommodates those between 200 and 290 pounds). Look out for Cedric Reed, a prototypical blue chip DE who could dominate soon. At 60, Mack Brown's not going to be in Austin forever, but if these types of classes keep up, he is going to leave a glut of talent for whoever takes over for him.
Kansas State: Head coach Bill Snyder lived up to his reputation by bringing in eight JUCO players to this recruiting class (EIGHT!), and few of them are highly regarded. The high school recruits aren't much better, either; for every Ian Seau (Junior's nephew) with a list of decent offers, there are several high school signees with nearly barren offer sheets. The Wildcats were surprisingly decent in 2010, even reaching the Pinstripe Bowl, but their recruiting shows no signs of momentum. This is the type of class one expects from a 3-9 team.
Baylor: Baylor's fighting an uphill battle in terms of tradition and resources to begin with, so it doesn't help to see Oklahoma poach longtime commit Nila Kasitati from Baylor for barely any better reason than "because Bob Stoops felt like it." The Bears did snipe talented tailback Jermichael Selders from West Virginia today, so it's not as if Art Briles was completely passive, but this still looks like a level of talent that must depend on a game-changer at quarterback like Robert Griffin III if Baylor's going to make any noise in the conference. Baylor needs wideout Jonathan Lee to contribute in a hurry.
Iowa State: The highlight of Iowa State's day, and probably its entire recruiting class, is landing wideout Quenton Bundrage over Cincinnati, Louisville, and Marshall today. ISU's class may end up good, but it probably won't, considering how few recruits ISU had to beat a BCS team other than Minnesota for. Paul Rhoads is a good coach with a bright future in college football, but he didn't strike gold today.
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Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 3:44 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Whenever a high school football player is trying to make a decision on where to attend college, it's not surprising that he would turn to his family. After all, they've gotten him his far, so why not help him make this next step? Of course, parent and child don't always agree, and sometimes the player may want to go somewhere his parent doesn't want him to. So that's when that parent takes things out of their child's control, and forges his signature on a letter of intent and sends it to Ole Miss.
Just ask Floyd Raven.
I know what you're thinking, that's so Floyd Raven's mom!
Seriously, though, that has to cause some friction in the Raven household right now. I can't even imagine how I'd react if my mother did something similar.
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