Tag:LaQuentin Smith
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 3:46 pm
  •  
 

Big East Recruiting Breakdown

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We continue our daily conference-by-conference breakdown of Signing Day with a look at the Big East.

1. Louisville

Overview: Head coach Charlie Strong knows what Florida talent can do in the college game and he certainly injected a lot of the Sunshine state into his class of 2011. In addition to some solid in-state guys, the wave of Florida talent, especially at the skill positions, should serve the Cardinals well going forward.
Hidden gem: Wide receiver DeVante Parker isn’t the highest ranked receiver in this class but with a redshirt year and a bit of polish, should turn out to be a contributor on offense.
Pencil in for the fall: Safety Gerod Holliman attracted a host of SEC offers but headed to Louisville instead. He should be able to play on special teams and in nickel packages right away but it shouldn’t be too long until he’s the starter.

2. Rutgers

Overview: A good year for talent in the Northeast and Greg Schiano was able to take advantage. Although he missed on a few kids in the state of New Jersey, Josue Matias comes to mind, the Scarlet Knight nevertheless have an impressive class for 2011.
Hidden gem: Defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey originally signed with the class of 2010 but headed to prep school for a year. He’s a player who has the size to jump into the rotation at tackle right away and make an impact.
Pencil in for the fall: Running back Savon Huggins is the headliner in this class and he should jump in at running back right away. Several people have compared him to a bigger Ray Rice.

3. West Virginia

Overview: It’s no surprise to see several speedy offensive players in this class with the arrival of Dana Holgorsen to Morgantown. The final class of the Bill Stewart-era might not be the best brought in but it certainly is very good top to bottom.
Hidden gem: Running back Dustin Garrison is a small speedster out of Texas who impressed many on his high school’s run to a state championship this year. Very quick and very fast, he should fit in well for the Mountaineers.
Pencil in for the fall: The departure of Noel Devine leaves the running back spot open for the taking and Andrew Buie could be the guy that helps fill it. Like Garrison, he’s not the biggest back but he is very explosive and should do well in the passing game too.

4. South Florida

Overview: Although some didn’t think Skip Holtz took advantage of some of the in-state turmoil at programs such as Miami and Florida, he did sign a very solid class. There’s lots of needs filled and several solid contributors.
Hidden gem: A surprising get out of Alabama, offensive tackle David Simon has the size and strength you look for in a tackle. He probably is a bit of a project but he has the tools to develop in to a very solid offensive lineman.
Pencil in for the fall: With B.J. Daniels at quarterback, finding some young targets for him to throw to were key for this class. Receiver Andre Davis should be able to jump in right away and contribute a number of ways on offense.

5. Syracuse

Overview: Doug Marrone has slowly turned the program around this class should help fuel the push up the Big East ladder. There’s a lot to like on the offensive side of the ball coming and that’s good considering where the Orangemen were on offense last year (97th in the country).
Hidden gem: Receiver Brandon Reddish is a very good receiver who could develop into a very good slot receiver. Very fast with good hands, he could also make an impact on special teams early in his career.
Pencil in for the fall: Tight end Louie Addazio stayed with Syracuse instead of going with his dad, Steve, to Temple. Known more as a blocker than a receiver, Addazio should also help the ground game.

6. Cincinnati

Overview: Despite the disappointing season, Butch Jones did turn things around a bit on the recruiting trail. There are several very good prospects in this group as well as a few guys who should use a redshirt to develop.
Hidden gem: Quarterback Stephen Weatherford is a nice player out of Florida with a very good arm. He needs to work on his footwork but could fit in nicely in the Bearcats’ offense.
Pencil in for the fall: Running back Jameel Poteat is a great pickup late in the process after previously committing to Big East rival Pitt. Very impressive when you watch him, Poteat has great speed to go along with his very good frame.

7. Pitt

Overview: It was tough going through three coaches in less than two months and that shows up in this class. That said, new coach Todd Graham did a good job of keeping several recruits in the fold while getting several former Tulsa targets to head to Pittsburgh.
Hidden gem: Running back Malcolm Crockett might need to add a bit of weight to match his running style but he could be a very good fit in Graham’s offense down the road.
Pencil in for the fall: Safety LaQuentin Smith has great size and speed for his position and it wouldn’t shock anybody if he makes an impact right away. He’ll likely start out on special teams but he could be a factor early depending on how Pitt chooses to play him.

8. UConn

Overview: It’s no surprise to see the Huskies at the bottom of the Big East recruiting classes, Randy Edsall or not, UConn never brought in a highly regarded class. There are a few players who should develop in solid players but we still have to see how the new staff chooses to integrate them.
Hidden gem: Corner David Stevenson is small but he has enough speed and leaping ability to cover many of the Big East receivers.
Pencil in for the fall: Don’t be surprised if Marquise Vann immediately makes an impact on defense.

Posted on: January 31, 2011 9:28 am
Edited on: January 31, 2011 4:55 pm
 

1/31 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We have officially entered a ‘dead period’ according to the NCAA recruiting calendar but the recruiting news is anything but.

- Big rumor out of Los Angeles that USC -commit De’Anthony Thomas has flipped to Oregon this weekend. Of course this would be a huge flip but it is – as these things are – just a rumor at this point. Here’s a look at all of the recruits for Oregon at the moment.

- Wide receiver Kyle Washington has committed to Colorado in the latest addition to Jon Embree’s first class.

- Miami picked up the commitment of B.J. Dubose , over Florida State , LSU and Louisville .

- Pitt’s strong closing weekend continued by picking up the commitments of Orlando (FL) safety Roderick Ryles and linebacker LaQuentin Smith .

- Arizona dipped into Southern California to grab offensive lineman Faitele Faafoi .

- Some details on linebacker Kent Turene , who will choose from USC, Georgia , Nebraska and Texas Tech .

- The twists and turns of tight end Chris Barnett’s recruitment continue, as the Arkansas commit visited Michigan and detailed the trip here .

- A detailed list of all the commitments to ACC Coastal Division schools.

- UCF picked up a big, speedy receiver in Rannell Hall Sunday night. Will be very interesting to see all the weapons that head coach George O’Leary gets to surround Knights quarterback Jeff Godfrey .

- Arkansas picked up defensive end Trey Flowers after the Hunstville (AL) product took the risk of losing his scholarship to Georgia Tech with a trip to see the Hogs, who he did not have a scholarship from prior to the trip.



Posted on: January 30, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Sunday recruiting quick hits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Recruiting updates are coming fast and furious as the final weekend before Signing Day winds down. Monday is the beginning of a “dead” period where coaches can only talk to recruits if they call them so things are jumping the past few hours.

The biggest news might be Lauderdale Lakes (FL) linebacker Kent Turene decommitting from USC. Turene had waivered on the Trojans since taking visits and most thought it was 50-50 for him to actually sign with USC. Georgia might be the leader after he recently took an official visit there.

Arizona State also lost a commit this weekend with Oaks Christian (CA) defensive end Dillon van der Wal flipping to Vanderbilt. Van der Wal is a very solid player and a good pickup for the Commodores. His decommitment is the second big blow of the weekend for the Sun Devils after in-state guard Cyrus Hobbi selected USC. News isn’t all bad for Dennis Erickson’s team, they did pick up defensive tackle David Moala from Gardena (CA).

Orlando (FL) linebacker LaQuentin Smith has narrowed his choices down to Pittsburgh and West Virginia. This would be a big pickup for Pitt head coach Todd Graham, who has reeled in six commitments in the past 48 hours after seeing most of the recruiting class dissolve in the wake of the coaching change.
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com