Tag:Jon Embree
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:37 am

12/30 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

2013 recruits Rueben Foster and Tray Matthews are recruiting each other and Foster is flirting with Georgia as a result.

 A Q&A with UCLA linebacker commit Kenny Orjioke.

 Top lineman Arik Armstead will announce shortly and it will likely be to finalist Cal.

 Recapping some of Nebraska's recruits.

 Oklahoma commit Sterling Shepard is proud to carry on his father's legacy.

 Colorado head coach Jon Embree talked a little recruiting.

 A Gator Bowl win could help Florida stave off Ohio State in recruiting.
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:26 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 10:27 am

10/13 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several top prospects will be in East Lansing this weekend as Michigan State plays Michigan.

Colorado coach Jon Embree is recruiting big running backs.

The realities of Georgia's 'Dream Team' recruiting class was not all it was made out to be.

 Some updates on several Ohio State commits and targets in this notebook.

Really good story about Maryland recruit Avery Thompson missing key recruiting time to be with family overseas.

Notre Dame recruit Chris Brown is looking around and will take an official visit to South Carolina.

Two-sport star Shaq Goodwin is setting up official visits to Florida, Georgia, UCLA, Memphis and Arizona.

Wide receiver Monty Madaris said he is considering official visits to Florida State, Michigan and Michigan State.

Running back Traveon Henry verbally committed to Northwestern.
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: October 12, 2011 10:05 am

10/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan commit Royce Jenkins-Stone has been selected to the Army All-American game.

A Thursday night, national TV game provides a recruiting opportunity for USC.

Arizona commits react to Mike Stoops mid-season firing.

With West Virginia off this week, it gives Dana Holgorsen and staff a chance to go recruit.

Florida's struggles on the field have resulted in a mixed bag in terms of recruiting.

Georgia is still recruiting the state's top linebackers even if they're committed elsewhere.

Jon Embree says Colorado's 1-5 record isn't hurting recruiting too much.

Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley enjoyed his official visit to Arkansas.

Alton 'Pig' Howard has Tennessee as his leader.


East Carolina landed linebacker Reece Speight and wide receiver Dayon Pratt.

Wide receiver Cameron Posey commited to Purdue.

Center Cameron Dees becomes the seventh player from his high school to commit to an FBS program, pledging to Marshall.

Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: September 21, 2011 10:07 am

9/21 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Top tight end recruit Kent Taylor could return to the field from a broken hand soon.

What do Georgia Tech recruits think about ACC expansion?

Moving to the ACC has made James Washington's commitment to Syracuse firmer.

West Virginia and Wake Forest offered 2013 running back Greg Bryant on Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Adam Pankey will take an unofficial visit to Pitt this week.

Will Muschamp's rant against the NCAA earned him some recruiting currency.

A recruiting trip to Ohio State ended up making Colorado head coach Jon Embree a Buff.

Shane Beamer discussed recruiting at Virginia Tech and the NCAA allegations at his previous stop, South Carolina.

Quarterback Shane Morris is both a recruit and a recruiter for Michigan.


Offensive lineman Jackson Bounamia committed to Air Force.

Kentucky landed athlete Fred Tiller out of Georgia.

Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:08 am

8/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Lots of top players have been confirmed to play in the first ever Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

- Recruiting will take a back seat to the season for top overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham.

It's Georgia vs. Stanford for defensive tackle Jordan Watkins.

10 questions for Oregon State recruit Isaac Sumalo.

Michigan commit Matt Godin is the latest star lineman from his high school.

Only time will tell if Colorado's first recruiting class under Jon Embree will pan out.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham talks about his philosophy on recruiting junior college players.

Running back Dami Ayoola has set up visits to Notre Dame and Illinois.


Auburn added yet another cornerback to their class in T.J. Davis.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 11:45 am

Embree sees recruiting game change over the years

Posted by Bryan Fischer

New Colorado head coach Jon Embree has several years of college coaching experience under his belt but after spending the past five years in the NFL, getting back into the recruiting game is not without a few growing pains. One of the biggest changes he has had to adjust to is not necessarily the mundane phone call rules or contact periods, but the timetable recruits are making their decisions.

"Kids are committing earlier and earlier," Embree said. "It used to be that kids got on your campus and visited, you'd have some conversations. Now you may have kids that will commit that haven't even seen your campus so that's a little bit different."

Some have suggested that because the recruiting game has moved up that there should be an early signing period like there is in basketball. Embree doesn't see that happening, mostly from a logistical standpoint.

"I don't know how you would do an earlier signing period," he said. "Would they let us do home visits earlier? If you do that then you'll have people doing spring ball at different times and that could eat into the coaches' summers. I just don't know how that would look or fit. If they could do it without being too disruptive, then I wouldn't have a problem with it."

Of immediate concern for Embree however, is the Buffaloes' class of 2012. The group of commitments is currently nine-strong, including four players from Texas and three from California. The two states represent the traditional recruiting grounds for the program and two areas Colorado will sell their school, including - but not limited to - the move to the Pac-12, extremely hard.

"There's some kids that kind of look at it like 'I want to be in the Pac-12, I want to be in the Big 12,'" Embree said. "But ultimately I think kids want to see what kind of program are you running, can I go there and have success and how fast can I go there and have an opportunity to  go there and play? When you start talking to kids now, especially with the new TV contract, they know mom and dad are going to see them play.

"It's probably not as important as it was in the past to say hey, I'm in the Pac-12. It will help us with kids here and there for the kids that want mom and dad to see them play once a year. But for the most part, with the way things are, it's just not as big a deal as it would be in the past."

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:54 am

5/19 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Elite 11 in Columbus tomorrow and it has a chance to be the best stop out of all of them. Zeke Pike and Gunner Kiel among those scheduled to attend.

- Like a good quarterback gives credit to his offensive line, Brady Hoke is giving all of the credit for Michigan recruiting to his assistants.

- Quarterback Patton Robinette picked up an offer from Northwestern and a few other South Carolina notes.

- Colorado's Jon Embree feels handcuffed by the rule preventing head coaches from going on the road to recruit. He's not alone.

- Defensive end Jamichael Winston picked up an offer from Arkansas.

- Former Razorback tight end D.J. Williams was one of the reasons why the Hogs received a visit from tight end recruit Kent Taylor.
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:04 pm

Colorado gets first pledge of 2012

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After doing a very good job on short notice in his first recruiting class, new Colorado coach Jon Embree is off to a good start with his 2012 class, recently picking up the commitment of defensive end Clay Norgard.

"I'm really excited to get up there and get started," Norgard said in a text message to the Boulder Daily Camera. "I'm so glad that I'm getting the chance to be a part this incredible new program."

The 6-foot-2, 240 pound Norgard racked up 65 tackles and 6.5 sacks in his junior year. He is likely to play linebacker for the Buffs and is hoping to enroll next spring. He is also the first commitment for the Buff's class of 2012.

Norgard's father, Erik, played on the offensive line for Colorado in the late 1980's and was a 10 year NFL veteran.

Category: NCAAF
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