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Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:04 am
 

1/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

 UCLA's Jim Mora has made some good moves with his assistants to make an impact in recruiting.

Ohio State's scholarship limitations means some numbers crunching.

 The Tenneessee recruiting class is more stable than the Vols coaching staff.

 Nicky Baratti made the early decision to go to Notre Dame.

 Despite loses, LSU should still reel in a top recruiting class.

 North Carolina's strong class is mostly headed out of state to Georgia, Florida and others.

 Alabama and Vanderbilt are two schools winning the in-state recruiting battle.

 Offensive tackle Kyle Murphy visited USC this weekend and will not take any more trips.

Commitments

North Carolina added a commitment from defensive end Justin Thomason.

 Wide receiver Joshua Stanford committed to Virginia Tech.

 A pair of recruits, Kenneth Crawley and Derek McCartney, committed to Colorado on Sunday.

 Athlete Guito Ervilus overcame an ACL tear to commit to USF.

 Oklahoma State added two yesterday in offensive tackle Michael Wilson and wide receiver Chance Allen.

 Punter Ryan Rodwell is pledge #17 for Georgia Tech.

 Troubled cornerback Deion Bonner committed to Tennessee.

 Very big pick up for Mississippi State in defensive end A.J. Jefferson.

 Marshall commit Sean Connolly flipped to Kansas.

Minnesota tight end Cal Bloom committed to UCF.

 Illinois added two in running back Devin Church and defensive back Jevaris Little.

Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:01 pm
 

Miami Junior Day nets three 2013 commits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With Miami's class of 2012 pretty much set with Signing Day two and a half weeks out, the coaching staff has turned most of their attention toward next year with one of their annual Junior Days on Sunday and it has paid off in the form of three commitments from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) running back Alex Collins, Delray Beach (Fla.) defensive tackle Keith Bryant and former Auburn pledge and Fort Meyers (Fla.) athlete Jayron Kearse.

"The junior day was awesome and I knew during the visit that was the school I wanted to play for," Bryant told InsidetheU.com. "Miami is my dream school and as soon as they said they were going to offer me, I had to commit."

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Bryant also held an offer from Marshall and was drawing plenty of interest from other top schools. He joined Kearse, a talented athlete who is the nephew of former NFL defensive end Jevon Kearse, and the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Collins as Hurricanes pledges after their trip to Coral Gables.

"I like how it is so close to home and I feel very comfortable with the coaches," Collins said. "I feel like I can go there and play right away."

The trio gives Miami four commitments in the class of 2013 with over a year before things become official. Kearse recently transferred high schools after rushing for 1,459 yards last year as a junior.
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Louisville adds offensive lineman "Nacho" Garcia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Charlie Strong may or may not be someone who orders nachos at a movie or ballgame but he did pick one up on the recruiting trail. Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) offensive lineman Abraham 'Nacho' Garcia became the latest Louisville commitment on Monday following a visit to the school over the weekend.

"Louisville's always been a school I've been watching," Garcia told CardinalSports.com. "This (visit) just puts a picture to the words that people have been telling me about it. I actually have a guy I go to school with whose dad played at Louisville. Bruce Armstrong's son (Nick) goes to our school. He's been up there before and he's told me about Louisville and how great a school it is. This visit just puts a picture to what he's been telling me."

The 6-foot-6, 330-pounder is a someone who will fill a position of need for the Cardinals along the line. Garcia also held offers from Florida, Marshall, South Florida and others but felt the situation at Louisville would allow him to succeed early on.

"The (coaches) were telling me and explaining to me about the program," Garcia said. "It is a young team and they are trying to still learn. They have some injured guys on the offensive line and had to start one freshman and change a defensive guy to an offensive guy. They are really adjusting right now."

Garcia is the 16th commitment for Strong and the Cardinals' class of 2012 and the fifth offensive lineman among the group.

"Nacho proves to be a massive youngster with long arms, relatively quick feet, and enormous strength," analyst Tom Lemming said of Garcia. "He dominates the point of attack and at times has trouble cutting off edge rushers but can bend his knees and shows decent lateral movement. Needs to watch his weight but the technique, temperament and size are certainly there."

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.


COMMITMENTS:

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: August 23, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Ranking the Conference USA recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. SMU

The Mustangs have gone out-of-state a lot for their 2012 commitments and received several verbals from the state of California. With a solid base of Texas talent, especially on defense, to go with skill position players from out-of-state, SMU is doing well under June Jones on the recruiting trail.

2. Tulsa

There's a trio of solid wide receivers coming in 2012 for an offense that is without offensive coordinator Chad Morris (who's now at Clemson) so it will be interesting to see if they can eventually put up numbers like those in the past. Running back Quinton White is small but quick and a good fit at Tulsa.

3. Southern Miss

Offensive lineman Caleb Peterson is the headliner of this class as Southern Mississippi snatched him away from Auburn (the city that is). This is a good mix of players that fills needs while also bringing in good size and speed at the skill positions.

4. Memphis

This class would be a lot higher if they had more commitments but keeping dual-threat quarterback Will Gross at home is big for a program without a lot of success the past few years. Corner Sheldon Dawson is another local player the Tigers have picked up who is going to contribute early.

5. Houston

No surprise to see the Cougars grab several local commitments given the depth of talent in the Houston area. Steven Aikens is an underrated linebacker who has size and speed to play at a high level in college.

6. Rice

A smaller class but one that relies on underrated Texas talent. Darrion Pollard is a really speedy, sharp wideout and the program should continue to receive a few verbals once they have a chance to evaluate players during their senior season.

7. Tulane

It's rare for a program like Tulane to get a player as fast as Walker Van Hooser but the 5-foot-11 wide receiver will bring 10.6 100-meters speed to the team in 2012. Plus his nickname is "Fudge" so that's worth at least a little bump in the rankings.

8. UAB

Pretty quiet on the recruiting front for UAB with a class relying mostly on Alabama and Georgia for recruits. Kelton Brackett is a solid pick up at the corner spot.

9. Marshall/ECU/UCF/UTEP

All four of these schools have fewer than five commitments so it's tough to do anything but lump them together at the bottom of the conference rankings.
Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:11 am
 

March Non-BCS Schools Early Commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

March is over and the calendar has turned to the month of April so it's time to take a look at some notable non-BCS schools' early commitments for the class of 2012.

Boise State (1)

Defensive back Marcus Rios (Elk Grove, Calif.)

BYU (4)

Defensive back Matt Hadley (Connell, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Zach Lindsay (Kaysville, Utah)
Defensive back Rhett Sandlin (Sandy, Utah)
Wide receiver Josh Weeks (Show Low, Ariz.)

East Carolina (1)

Athlete Quataye Smyre (Statesville, N.C.)

Houston (5)

Offensive lineman Blake Herman (Needvile, Texas)

Defensive end Gregory Jackson (Aldine, Texas)

Wide receiver Jordan Jolly (Navarro JUCO)

Running back Terrence Taylor (Diboll, Texas)

Defensive back Davonte Thomas (Aldine, Texas)

Marshall (2)

Offensive lineman Tyler Combs (Louisa, Ky.)

Linebacker Devon Johnson (Richlands, Va.)

Nevada (0)

SMU (1)

Running back Robert Lewis (South Gate, Calif.)

Tulsa (1)

Defensive back Rob Riederer (Holton, Kan.)

UCF (0)

Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:09 pm
 

MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Offer Update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's still over a month to go before coaches hit the road and begin to see recruits up close and personal in the May Evaluation period. Although that's usually the time when you'll see scores of scholarship offers head out, many of the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 are up to double digit offers a little less than a year before Signing Day.

We'll be taking a glance over the next few days at the Top 100 and provide an overview of just what offers are out there for some of the top players in the upcoming class.

Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas)

Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Pitt, Purdue, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulane, Tulsa, Utah.

Running back Brionte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)

Committed to Ohio State.

Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee.

Wide receiver Travin Dural (Beaux Bridge, La.)

No offers.

Defensive tackle Quay Evans (Morton, Miss.)

Offers: Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss.

Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Committed to Florida State.

Offers: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, USF, Tennessee, USC.

Offensive tackle Abraham Garcia (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Offers: Florida, Marshall, USF.

Offensive tackle Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash.)

Offers: Auburn, Boise State, Cal, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State.

Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (Washington, D.C.)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Virginia Tech.

Linebacker Trey Granier (Thibodaux, La.)

Committed to LSU.

Running Back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas)

Offers: Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Big 12 Signing Day: Winners and Losers

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Taking stock of National Signing Day in the Big 12.

WINNERS

Texas Tech: While the Red Raiders ended up outside the MaxPreps Top 25 when Signing Day wound down, there's no denying that Tommy Tuberville brought in an impressive class of signees. Branden Jackson should eventually be an asset to a middling front four once he fills out his frame, and for the meantime Tuberville brought in two well-regarded JUCO defensive linemen. It'll be interesting to see what Tech does with the glut of high-profile tailbacks that signed; DeAndre Washington, Bradley Marquez, and Kenny Williams all look talented enough to start, but Washington and/or Marquez might be better suited to some sort of slotback role instead. It's a nice problem to have at a school that doesn't typically bring in strong recruiting classes. 

Texas A&M: The Aggies don't have the recruiting chops of rivals Texas, but A&M did manage to snag Brandon Alexander from the Longhorns' grasp in a Signing Day showdown, which helps bridge the talent gap between the two programs just that little bit. The Aggies were also odd beneficiaries of forgery, as CB Floyd Raven's LOI to Ole Miss was found to be written by Raven's mother (who clearly had her own very strong ideas about what was best for her son); Raven is now officially an Aggie. No word on how awkward Mother's Day will be at the Raven household.

Texas: While Oklahoma's small signing class left it out of Tom Lemming's Top 25, Texas cruised to yet another Top 10 spot, thanks to the signing of stud tailback Malcolm Brown and freak athlete Steve Edmond (who can play wide receiver, linebacker, or pretty much any position that accommodates those between 200 and 290 pounds). Look out for Cedric Reed, a prototypical blue chip DE who could dominate soon. At 60, Mack Brown's not going to be in Austin forever, but if these types of classes keep up, he is going to leave a glut of talent for whoever takes over for him. 

LOSERS

Kansas State: Head coach Bill Snyder lived up to his reputation by bringing in eight JUCO players to this recruiting class (EIGHT!), and few of them are highly regarded. The high school recruits aren't much better, either; for every Ian Seau (Junior's nephew) with a list of decent offers, there are several high school signees with nearly barren offer sheets. The Wildcats were surprisingly decent in 2010, even reaching the Pinstripe Bowl, but their recruiting shows no signs of momentum. This is the type of class one expects from a 3-9 team. 

Baylor: Baylor's fighting an uphill battle in terms of tradition and resources to begin with, so it doesn't help to see Oklahoma poach longtime commit Nila Kasitati from Baylor for barely any better reason than "because Bob Stoops felt like it." The Bears did snipe talented tailback Jermichael Selders from West Virginia today, so it's not as if Art Briles was completely passive, but this still looks like a level of talent that must depend on a game-changer at quarterback like Robert Griffin III if Baylor's going to make any noise in the conference. Baylor needs wideout Jonathan Lee to contribute in a hurry.

Iowa State: The highlight of Iowa State's day, and probably its entire recruiting class, is landing wideout Quenton Bundrage over Cincinnati, Louisville, and Marshall today. ISU's class may end up good, but it probably won't, considering how few recruits ISU had to beat a BCS team other than Minnesota for. Paul Rhoads is a good coach with a bright future in college football, but he didn't strike gold today.

 
 
 
 
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