Tag:Kyle Flood
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: February 2, 2012 6:01 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Class of 2012 Recruiters of the year

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The letters have been faxed and the recruiting classes set so it's time to assess how each and every team did. While the program and head coach played huge roles in recruits committing to a school, the assistants who developed a bond with them are just as big - if not bigger - of a reason as to why they're headed to the college campus of their choice by the fall. Here are the top assistants who hauled in their fair share of top prospects in the class of 2012, sorted by each conference.

ACC: Brennan Carroll
  Tight Ends coach & Recruiting Coordinator
School: Miami
Class: #7 overall
Background: 2nd year at the school
Comment: Landing 33 commitments is notable but the quality of guys Carroll was able to help land - with the NCAA hovering over the program - is pretty remarkable. The fact that the Hurricanes landed just about every target is also impressive. Though he was mainly involved with the out-of-state guys personally, he helped Al Golden plan and execute a strategy for the class of 2012.
Notable recruits
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) defensive end Jelani Hamilton
Miramar (Fla.) defensive back Tracy Howard
Miami (Fla.) running back Duke Johnson
Runner ups
Florida State's Dameyune Craig, Virginia's Chip West
Big East: Jeff Hafley
  Secondary coach
School: Rutgers
Class: #23 overall
Background: 2nd year at the school
Comment: The fact that Rutgers was able to not only keep an impressive class together but add to it following the departure of Greg Schiano is very impressive. Hafley was the man at Don Bosco and he cleaned up most of the top targets there and in the area with new head coach Kyle Flood.
Photo courtesy of Rutgers



Notable recruits
Ramsey (N.J.) wide receiver Leonte Carroo
Ramsey (N.J.) defensive end Darius Hamilton
Saddle Brook (N.J.) linebacker Steven Longa
Runner ups
Louisville's Clint Hurtt, USF's Phil McGeoghan
Big Ten: Mike Vrabel
  Defensive line coach
School: Ohio State
Class: #3 overall
Background: 2nd year at the school
Comment: One of the holdovers from the previous staff, Vrabel is a big name among recruits from his playing days. He was instrumental in landing the #3 overall player in the country and teamed with Urban Meyer to land one of the top defensive classes in the country.






Notable recruits
Harrisburg (Pa.) defensive end Noah Spence
West Roxbury (Mass.) linebacker Camren Williams
 
Runner up
Michigan's Fred Jackson
Big 12: Jay Norvell
  Wide receivers coach
School: Oklahoma
Class: #8 overall
Background: 5th year at the school
Comment: If there was one area of need for the Sooners with the class of 2012 it was at wide receiver. Norvell not only kept highly ranked recruit Trey Metoyer from last year in the fold, but added four others that are good fits for the system and all highly regarded. Norvell has landed players from all over the country and did so once again this year.



Notable recruits
St. Louis (Mo.) wide receiver Durron Neal
Oklahoma City (Okla.) wide receiver Sterling Shepard
Inglewood (Calif.) wide receiver Derrick Woods
Runner ups
Texas' Major Applewhite, Baylor's Jim Gush
SEC: D.J. Durkin
  Linebackers coach & Special Teams Coordinator
School: Florida
Class: #5 overall
Background: 3rd year at the school
Comment: When a school like Florida (and a coach like Durkin) owns a state - in this case North Carolina - better than any of the BCS programs there, that's notable. The fact that the talented recruiter had a haul that fueled the Gators top five finish and added significant depth is the reason why he's in this spot.




Notable recruits
Shelby (N.C.) defensive end Jonathan Bullard
Bowling Springs (N.C.) safety Rhaheim Ledbetter
Venice (Fla.) defensive tackle Dante Phillips
Runner ups
Alabama's Jeremy Pruitt, UGA's Bryan McClendon
Pac-12: Tosh Lupoi
  Defensive line coach
School: Washington
Class: #24 overall
Background: 1st year at the school
Comment: Lupoi is easily the top choice in the Pac-12 where his departure from Cal affected the recruiting trail out West just as much as he did Washington's class. Arik Armstead going to Oregon and several decommits from the Bears are a few of the big waves his move caused and shows how good and well connected a recruiter Lupoi is.




Notable recruits
Sacramento (Calif.) safety Shaq Thompson
 
 
Runner ups
UCLA's Adrian Klemm, Stanford's Lance Anderson

Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:29 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big East



Posted by Chip Patterson


Breaking down who won and lost in the Big East on National Signing Day

WINNER: Rutgers

Losing your head coach less than a week before National Signing Day should be recruiting suicide, but Kyle Flood was able to not only hold on to most of the Scarlet Knights' class but sign one of the top recruits in the state of New Jersey. The addition of defensive end Darius Hamilton (pictured above, No. 29 overall prospect) gives Rutgers the only Big East class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25.



LOSER: The Big East's national stock

The Big East was not a huge player in National Signing Day this year. Much of that is likely due to the uncertain football future of the league. While schools like San Diego State and Boise State may use the future move to their advantage in recruiting, an existing Big East school cannot promise a future with a BCS automatic bid.

WINNER: West Virginia

With 27 commits in the Class of 2012, Dana Holgorsen is bringing in a healthy load of talent to the Mountaineers program. There were only two National Signing Day commitments, but both were significant additions to the class. Adam Pankey is a 6-foot-5, 290 pound offensive lineman who chose West Virginia after being committed to Pittsburgh since October 2011. Talented athlete Travares Copeland was the eighth Florida prospect in the 2012 class, a new hot spot for West Virginia apparently.



LOSER: West Virginia

Head coach Dana Holgorsen mentioned on National Signing Day that the "in between" stage of the West Virginia program as they transition from the Big East to the Big 12 hurt them on the recruiting trail. While some recruits may have heightened their interest in the Mountaineers because of the opportunity to play in the Big 12, competing schools used the ongoing legal battle as a reason to turn recruits away from Morgantown.  The Mountaineers' staff was able to keep many of the commitments they expected to sign, but it could have made West Virginia a bigger player for top prospects down the stretch.

WINNER: Louisville

Charlie Strong didn't shock anyone with a big National Signing Day surprise, but the Cardinals were able to hold on to a solid class of recruits that ranks among the best in the Big East. Strong once again dipped into the Sunshine State, pulling nearly a third of Louisville's class from the state of Florida. On a day when few Big East hats were on the table for top prospects, holding on to your commits was the best case scenario for the Cardinals.

LOSER: Syracuse

While Louisville was able to hold on to some of their prized recruits, Orange head coach Doug Marrone was not so lucky. Four Syracuse verbal commits changed their mind before National Signing Day, most notably defensive lineman Harold Brantley. Brantley, a 6-foot-3, 280 pound recruit from Hershey, Pa., committed to the Orange on June 29 but had a late change of heart after visiting Missouri this past weekend. Syracuse also lost linebacker Tashon Whitehurst, who signed with South Florida.

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Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:34 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 8:34 pm
 

DE Darius Hamilton chooses Rutgers

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Big East teams aren't supposed to be able to snag nationally-recognized consensus five-star recruits, especially not when that team has undergone a sudden coaching transition just days before signing day. But don't tell that to Darius Hamilton.

The five-star defensive end out of Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey decided that he'd like to stay close to home, announcing that he had committed to Rutgers on Tuesday night.  

A huge recruiting victory for Rutgers, and new head coach Kyle Flood, as Hamilton is not only considered the top player in the state of New Jersey, but MaxPreps has him ranked at #30 in the entire 2012 class.

Making Hamilton's decision even more significant, he chose Rutgers over schools like Miami and Florida. Two schools who may have experienced some struggles in recent seasons, but two programs with a deeper history of success both on the field and on the recruiting trail. So the fact that Flood was able to keep Hamilton in state could be a good omen for his future as a recruiter at Rutgers.

This commitment also erases the sting of seeing tight end Michael Giacone flip his commitment from Rutgers to Boston College earlier on Tuesday. So on the same day Kyle Flood lost his first recruit, he picked up an even bigger one.

A trade off I think Rutgers fans will gladly make over and over again. 

Photo by Vincent Carchietta
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:49 pm
 

TE Giacone flips from Rutgers to BC

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Rutgers' 2012 class has suffered its first casualty in the wake of Greg Schiano leaving the school to become head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

MaxPreps is reporting that tight end Michael Giacone of St. Peter's Prep has switched his commitment from Rutgers to Boston College.

Giacone is considered the nation's #21 ranked tight end by MaxPreps. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder played in a run-oriented offense at St. Peter's Prep. As a result, he only had 13 receptions for 191 yards and a touchdown in his senior season.

Giacone may be the first member of Rutgers class to flip since Schiano left and was replaced by Kyle Flood, but it remains to be seen whether or not he'll be the last. Flood and the Rutgers coaching staff has been working extremely hard to keep its 2012 recruiting class in order since Schiano left, but it appears that work wasn't enough to keep Giacone in the fold.

"I realized when I committed to Rutgers too much of my decision was based on coaching," Giacone told EagleAction.com. "You know, when I committed to Rutgers, BC had been my second choice.

"After Coach Schiano left I talked to my coach and he told me to visit a couple of schools to help in my decision."

Giacone becomes the 16th commitment in Boston College's 2012 class. 
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:52 am
 

Report: Darius Hamilton choosing Miami or Rutgers

Posted by Chip Patterson

One of the advantages of Rutgers promoting interim head coach Kyle Flood to the full time position has been his ability to continue the recruitment of top prospects after Greg Schiano's exit.

Arguably the top uncommitted prospect left on the Scarlet Knights' wish list is defensive end Darius Hamilton, the top ranked player in New Jersey and one of the best in the nation at his position. According to The Star-Ledger, Hamilton has narrowed his choices to Rutgers and Miami.

Scarlet Knights' fans felt good about their chances to keep Hamilton in-state, but the 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive end just returned from an official visit to Miami this past weekend. The Hurricanes have already received some verbal commitments from Hamilton's group, and head coach Al Golden is hoping to add Hamilton to his strong 2012 recruiting class.

Rutgers is expected to formally announce Kyle Flood as the next head coach on Tuesday, and Hamilton will announce his decision on Tuesday night. Flood is reportedly a popular choice among New Jersey high school coaches, but he faces a tough challenge recruiting against Golden - who has already assembled a group currently ranked No. 6 in the MaxPreps Top 25 classes.

To catch up on Miami and Rutgers, check out the ACC Signing Day Overview and Big East Signing Day Overview at the Eye On Recruiting

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