Tag:Jay Rome
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:23 am

2011 Recruiting Oscars

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 2, 2011 1:49 pm

Isaiah Crowell joins Georgia "Dream Team"

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Maybe the most important member of the Georgia "Dream Team" has officially joined up, as running back Isaiah Crowell has announced -- while holding a live bulldog puppy -- that he will be a Bulldog.

Why the most important? Because with all due respect to Washaun Ealey and Caleb King, Georgia showed a desperate need this past season for an explosive, game-changing tailback to take the pressure off of Aaron Murray and the Dawg passing game, and Crowell has the potential to be that tailback. True freshmen like Marcus Lattimore, Michael Dyer, and Trent Richardson have all made substantial impacts at running back in the SEC in recent years, and Crowell -- the No. 55 player in the country according to Tom Lemming -- has the opportunity to follow in their footsteps.

The Columbus-based Crowell completes a massive in-state sweep for Georgia, adding him to a collection that already includes five-star defensive end Ray Drew, blue-chip receiver Malcolm Mitchell, and dynamic tight end Jay Rome. Most of those recruiting wins came at the expense of Alabama and Nick Saban --showing how much determination Mark Richt and his staff showed down the stretch on the recruiting trail.

And thanks to players like Crowell, this "Dream Team" class -- now seventh and climbing in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings -- should reward that effort with immediate dividends.

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:48 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 6:59 pm

Where’s Isaiah Crowell going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Columbus (GA) running back Isaiah Crowell. MaxPreps’ sixth-ranked tailback and 55th-ranked player overall.

What’s the big deal: Crowell is one of the more impressive backs to come out of the state of Georgia in recent memory. He already has great size but when combined with his impressive speed, it’s hard not to be impressed when takes the handoff. Some have compared him to Alabama’s Trent Richardson and others to LaDainian Tomlinson coming out high school.

When: He will commit on Signing Day at 1:30 ET on ESPNU.

Considering: Alabama and Georgia.

Best guess: Georgia. The talk of Georgia assembling a ‘Dream Team’ of recruits for the class of 2011 has come true in the eyes of many with defensive end Ray Drew, tight end Jay Rome and corner Damian Swann among the notable commitments to the Bulldogs in recent weeks. Most of the talent making up Georgia’s class is from Georgia and it’s a good bet that Crowell’s name is latest on the list come Signing Day.

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 8:21 pm

Valdosta pair stays in-state, heads to Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Two talented players from Valdosta High decided to stay in-state and add to a “Dream Team” recruiting class by putting on Georgia hats and committing to the Bulldogs in separate ceremonies Thursday night. 

Jay Rome, rated the number one tight end and 26th best player overall in 2011 by MaxPreps.com, picked Georgia in a pre-taped announcement on ESPNU. 

“At the end of the day, I wanted to stay home, stay in-state and get all the in-state love,” Rome said on the show. 

After committing, the tight end publicly pleaded for several other in-state recruits, including highly ranked running back Isaiah Crowell and defensive end Ray Drew, to join him in his commitment. Rome actually had to drive 80 miles to Florida to tape his announcement but ended up making it back to Valdosta in time to see Mark Richt and company pick up another recruit in teammate wide receiver/cornerback Malcolm Mitchell.  

Mitchell, like Rome, chose Georgia over Alabama in a long and drawn out ceremony. Traffic to the radio station carrying the ceremony live actually crashed before the announcement due to the huge surge in internet traffic.

“Both schools have been great throughout this whole process,” Valdosta coach Rance Gillespie told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “All the coaches have done a great job of recruiting these guys and conducting themselves courteously and professionally. They’ve all worked hard.”  

The recent Valdosta High commitments give Georgia 21 commitments for the class of 2011. Considering Georgia finished the season with a losing record, including a 3-5 mark in SEC play, the recruiting haul for this year’s class is particularly impressive.
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Posted on: January 20, 2011 9:14 am

1/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Planned some really great things yesterday for our Signing Day coverage here on the blog and on CBSSports.com. Less than two weeks to go and here's some links to tide you over until then.

- Highly rated offensive tackle Christian Westerman could be primed to switch his commitment from Texas to Auburn after scheduling a surprise announcement for Friday. Combined with the fact that stud offensive tackle (and third-ranked player overall according to Tom Lemming) Cyrus Kouandjio is taking his final offical visit on the Plains, Auburn could be primed for a couple of big pickups. Check out this profile of Kouandjio as well.

- While Texas could lose a recruit, rival Oklahoma has already lost one. Euless (TX) athlete Brandon Carter switched his pledge from the Sooners to TCU.

- Valdosta (GA) teammates Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell are set to make their announcements today, albeit in two very different ways.

- Stephon Tuitt has changed his mind - again - and is now recommitted to Notre Dame after a day of being committed to Georgia Tech. Don't you just love recruiting?

- West Virginia picked up a commitment from offensive lineman Russell Haughton-James. He is the 22nd committment in the final class of the Bill Stewart-era.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 8:58 am

1/13 Morning Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
Welcome to a daily feature we’d like to call the Recruiting Roundup, featuring stories, links, tweets and everything else covering the world of college football recruiting. Faster than your 40, we'll go straight to the links for your perusal.

- Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman unfortunately may be best known for missing two kicks against Nevada this year but he did have an excellent career, setting an FBS-record for points scored. The Broncos may have just found his able replacement in Upland (CA) kicker/punter Jake Van Ginkel, who committed on Wednesday. For some background on Van Ginkel, check out this profile from earlier in the year by the L.A. Times. 

- Oregon State picked up a commitment from defensive end Noa Aluesi out of Jefferson High in Oregon. At 6-foot-8 and 255 pounds, Aluesi gives the Beavers an impressive athlete to use on either side of the ball. 

- Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee are on Ashville (NC) defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan’s shortlist. The former Gator commit says they are still in the picture but Clemson is where he’s most comfortable right now. 

- Highly recruited Valdosta (GA) products tight end Jay Rome and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will make their college choices on January 20th. Staying in state, Thomasville (GA) defensive end Ray Drew will take an official visit to Miami this weekend

- A record-setting quarterback from the Dallas-area will enroll early at West Virginia as a walk-on. Flower Mound (TX) signal caller Paul Millard threw for 47 touchdowns last season and commits to West Virginia over offers from UTEP and Stephen F. Austin. 

- Stanford lost out on a commitment from Oradel (NJ) Shutang Mungwa but it was not because of the coaching change but because he was not accepted into the school. Mungwa, a defensive back, switched his commitment to Syracuse about 30 minutes after finding out he was not accepted. Brooklyn (NY) wide receiver Brandon Reddish also committed to the Orange.
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