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Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:14 am
 

11/11 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
Good comparision here, is Nelson Agholor Florida's version of Julio Jones?

Michigan State has another shot at David Perkins.

Houston Nutt took a few shots at the state of Mississippi about recruiting issues at Ole Miss.

Oregon State picked up a commitment from Garrett Weinreich.

Penn State recruits are taking a wait and see approach. Offensive tackle Joey O'Connor has decommitted.

Defensive end Taylor Harris and running back Tevin Horton took in Arkansas' game against South Carolina.

Is Auburn in danger of losing wide out commit Jaquay Williams to Georgia?


Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 11:03 am
 

11/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Carolina tight end Kelvin Rainey took an official visit to Arkansas.

Paul Johnson spent a full day observing Georgia Tech's top recruit Francis Kallon.

Dwayne Stanford will take an official visit to Oregon in a week and then commit with Adolphus Washington before Thanksgiving.

 Utah coach Kyle Whittingham learned his recruiting tactics from the Utes former head caoch.

Still months from Signing Day, Michigan is turning their attention to the class of 2013.

Recruits are taking a wait-and-see approach on Ole Miss with Houston Nutt gone after the end of the year.



Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Business as usual in recruiting if A&M heads East

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stop if you've heard this before, but it appears that Texas A&M is departing the Big 12 for the SEC. While the move appears all but done to some, to Aggies' head coach Mike Sherman, things around the program could be the furthest thing from his mind. The talk in the media during the week might be all about conference realignment but his team it has been purposefully avoided.

“We’re a very matter-of-fact, work-every-day type of team,” Sherman said. “We don’t think too far ahead – we’re not that smart.”

While Sherman and his team may be focused on their opener against SMU this weekend, other coaches have weighed in on the move and, in particular, the possible affect on recruiting if the Aggies move East. Florida head coach Will Muschamp knows the back roads around the state from his years at Texas but said that his strategy wouldn't change much even if the move occurs.

"If that happens, so be it. I've been really focused on our game," Muschamp said earlier this week. "We're going to recruit the best players in the country. If some of those are in Texas, so be it. It's a great state for high school football. The coaches are outstanding in the state of Texas. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

Other SEC coaches, many of whom were only minimally aware of recent developments about the move, had no problem commenting on what - if any - affect the move would have on their programs.

"We're always going to recruit the state of Texas," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "We've had good success there in the last three years and we're going to work hard to recruit the best players in the country. I don't really have a lot of thoughts on Texas A&M because it'd be very premature for me to discuss anything about that."

"It's not going to hurt us," Mississippi State's Dan Mullen added. "Texas has not been a huge recruiting area for us. We do recruit a little over there so I'm sure it's not going to hurt us extending the footprint into the Houston area and, really, the whole state."

"I can understand why everybody wants to come to out conference," Ole Miss' Houston Nutt said. "The stadiums are full, you're on TV every game and it's just a competitive, competitive conference. The best in America."

If there is one program who might be looking at a bounce, it's Tennessee thanks to the ties of head coach Derek Dooley.

"I've recruited Texas my whole career," Dooley said. "Coaching at SMU and LSU and Louisiana Tech, I've recruited just about every part of Texas for a long time. We have two commitments right now from that state. There's a lot of talent down there but there's a lot of good teams recruiting them too."


Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:10 am
 

Ranking the SEC recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Florida (#3 overall according to MaxPreps)

Three top 100 players and a solid foundation on the offensive line give Florida the top spot at the moment in the SEC. Plenty can change but this class brings a mix of players who fit Will Muschamp and Charlie Weis' style and who are terrific athletes.

2. Alabama (#7)

This class also has three top 100 players and it would be no surprise to see the Crimson Tide end up in the top spot come Signing Day. They lost out on in-state quarterback Jameis Winston but picked up a good replacement signal-caller in Alec Morris and this class features a lot of really good athletes who could play multiple positions.

3. LSU (#9)

The Tigers have two top 100 commits but one of them, Avery Johnson, is on shaky ground and is still pretty open with his recruitment. That said, this class is full of talented athletes that can play on either side of the ball and, though it might take a year or two in the program, could have some impact defensive players.

4. Auburn (#10)

Auburn has certainly seen a championship bounce in their recruiting, grabbing three top 100 recruits for 2012. Tight end Darrion Hutcherson can come in and play right away, as can several others out of this group.

5. South Carolina (#12)

The Old Ball Coach Steve Spurrier has mopped up in-state talent as of late and is doing so again with this class. Shaq Roland is the lone top 100 recruit but this class fills needs and brings in several talented skill position players.

6. Georgia (#20)

Despite Mark Richt being on the hot seat, he certainly can recruit. They have two top 100 players on either side of the line in Jonathan Taylor and John Theus and they've added several other quality players on defense so far.

7. Vanderbilt (#23)

This class is headlined by top 100 recruit Brian Kimbrow but there's also a lot of other talented recruits that Commodores fans have been unaccustomed to landing. James Franklin and company have particularly gone after the defensive line and have hit Georgia and Tennessee hard for recruits.

8. Arkansas

There's no big name for the Razorbacks in this class but it's a solid group of athletes with a lot of potential. The wide receivers in particular could take some time to develop but have the physical tools to be very good in Bobby Petrino's system.

9. Kentucky

Loaded with Blaylocks (three players with the last name) and linemen, this class has done a good job honing in on a few diamonds in the rough. Quarterback Patrick Towles is an Elite 11-level quarterback and could play early in his career.

10. Tennessee

This class has some momentum after being one of the smaller classes at the beginning of July. At the linebacker position in particular they've done a great job of landing talented recruits but have to address other areas to rise up this list.

11. Ole Miss

It's a solid but not spectacular effort so far for Houston Nutt. They are bringing in several good running backs but need to continue their course if they want to move up the pecking order.

12. Mississippi State

The Bulldogs have mined the in-state talent and gotten several above average athletes but there is no big name you would expect after having a big season.
Posted on: July 23, 2011 2:55 pm
 

7/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Defensive end Tyriq McCord received an invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

  Does Michigan have a spot for running back Dennis Norfleet?

 Receiver D’Arthur Cowan made his second trip to Arkansas.

 Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is focused on recruiting, not what Mississippi State is doing with billboards.

 Florida State commit Marvin Bracy ran a very impressive 10.09 100-meter dash.

 Pretty cool video from Florida's famous summer camp, Friday Night Lights:



Commitments:

Baylor added defensive back Zack Sanchez to their class.

 Offensive tackle Adam Taraschke became Virginia Tech's 23rd commit, which gives the program the most in the nation.

 Wideout Keithon Redding committed to Tennessee.

 Defensive back Antonio Crawford verbally pledged to Georgia Tech.


Posted on: June 3, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2011 11:37 am
 

SEC changes tune, says no more oversigning

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oversigning. Roster Management. Initial counters. Transfers. Those were some of the buzz words as the SEC wrapped up their annual spring meetings this week in Destin, Florida (CBSSports.com colleague Brett McMurphy has been covering the meetings on his blog). Oversigning, a topic that has been debated at length in the media coming into the meetings, was expected to be one of the things the league actually took action on and that they did Friday afternoon.

The SEC presidents voted to approve several proposals that will be adopted league-wide immediately, with several expected to be forwarded for possible adoption by the NCAA. The most noteworthy of the proposals was reducing the annual cap on signees from 28 to 25. Several schools, such as Florida and Georgia, had already been abiding by the lower limit.

Current NCAA rules permit schools to take 25 "initial counters" per year (high school players who enroll at a school for the first time are considered an initial counter) but schools can sign up to 28 players to a letter of intent to take into account players who do not qualify academically.

Several SEC coaches developed a reputation of being notorious oversigners. Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt signed 38 players in 2009 (though fewer than 25 actually enrolled in school), prompting the currrent limit of 28 signees that commonly became known as 'The Houston Nutt Rule.' All 12 of the league's coaches were also at the meetings this week and voted to keep the limit at 28 but were overturned by the presidents, who voted 12-0 in favor of the new rule.

"No one wants to win more than I do," commissioner Mike Slive told reporters. "But you don't want to win at the expense of young people. You want to win for them." 

The 25 signee limit is just one of several that will change the way the SEC (and possibly others in the future) recruits. Other new rules were adopted to address the number of signees, how players are counted when they enroll and having the league office oversee all medical scholarship exemptions. The conference also eliminated an exception allowing graduate students to transfer and not have to sit out a year. This rule will not start until October, allowing transfers considering SEC schools to still enroll without a penalty, such as former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson.

"You should stay at our institutions long enough to have the type of academic experience that you expect student-athletes to have," Slive said. "You shouldn't solely transfer in for an athletic experience."

All of the talk and actual change that came about in Destin this week is a remarkable turnaround for the conference. Last year the conference pushed through legislation related to how to count incoming players that essentially created a loophole to the 28 man limit and other changes related to counting financial aid. It was just two years ago that the SEC submitted the 28 signees limit to the NCAA membership, which was subsequently accepted and made a national rule.

Slive and the presidents didn't think about things or slowly phase in legislation, they made a hardline stance this week and said no more oversigning.

What does this mean going forward? At the moment, these proposals are limited to the SEC so Texas A&M or Washington can still sign 28 players in the upcoming class of 2012. Big Ten schools have already adopted even stricter signing rules and have been leading the outrage over oversigning for several years.

The deadline to submit NCAA legislation is in a few weeks so we'll know exactly what is on the horizon nationally but there's at least one or two SEC coaches going back to their recruiting board and making a few adjustments. Many of the league's coaches sign a player they know cannot qualify in hopes of placing him in a junior college and then getting him eligible. Starting this year, the so-called 'sign and place' kids will be no more.

Bottom line is you'll see 25 or fewer players actually sign a letter of intent with SEC schools come February. The days of kids getting squeezed out of a scholarship because of a coach oversigning appear to be over and no matter what you think of the oversigning debate, that's a good thing.

Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Ole Miss adds defensive duo

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Panola High has sent it's share of athletes to Ole Miss over the years. Just last year, wide receiver Nickolas Brassell became a Rebel and on Tuesday the school sent two players in the class of 2012 to Houston Nutt with the commitments of defensive tackle Issac Gross and linebacker Temario Strong.

"I've been thinking about it," Gross told RebelGrove.com. "I have always loved Ole Miss. I visited some other schools and I liked them and I have a lot of respect for the coaches. But I love Mississippi and I want to play close to home and I've always loved Ole Miss."

"I just always wanted to go to Ole Miss," Strong added. "I just decided it was time to do it. This is what I always wanted to do."

The 6-foot-3, 245 pound Gross held offers from just about every SEC program and from schools across the country. He'll likely end up as a defensive end once he gets to Oxford but can also play outside linebacker. At the end of the day though, it's not about where he plays but getting the win for his team.

"When I was growing up, all I knew was winning," Gross told the website. "You have to realize when you lose, you have to go back, watch the film and try to get better. You have to lean on each other and come together to change the program. I don't want to accept losses."

Strong, a 6-1, 220 pounder, is the nephew of former Ole Miss linebacker Eddie Strong and also had a cousin that played defensive tackle at the school. He'll slide in at outside linebacker to start his career in college, which he is certain is with the Rebels.

"I'm through with recruiting," Strong said. "I couldn't see myself anywhere else."

The duo give Ole Miss three commitments for the class of 2012. Strong had 69 tackles and 14.5 sacks as a junior last season while Gross added 75 tackles and 10 sacks.

Posted on: February 12, 2011 11:41 am
 

2/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several “Junior Days” are about to kick off in a few hours around the country. Don’t be surprised to see several offers and/or commitments late tonight.

- The nation’s top recruit, Jadeveon Clowney, may have eligibility questions, according to the New York Times. Stewart Mandel writes that the long-awaited decision will be worth it for either of the South Carolina programs.

- Houston Nutt has come under heavy fire for oversigning so the coach allowed the school to release the scholarship numbers for the Rebels.

- Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino says going to the Sugar Bowl should provide a big boost on the recruiting trail.

- A look at a few of Washington’s 2012 targets.

- Colorado is still looking to add two wide receivers to their class of 2011.

- Kenton (Ohio) quarterback Maty Mauk talks about his recent offer from Michigan.

- The grandson of a former Dallas Cowboy is getting a lot of attention from major programs and will head to Texas' Junior Day.
 
 
 
 
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