Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:32 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Breaking down who won and who lost in the Big 12 on National Signing Day
WINNER: Mack Brown
Nothing new for Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns on signing day this year, as the Longhorns put together a class of 28 players. Players that were good enough to earn the Longhorns the second spot in our CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. The Longhorns already had a strong class coming into the Wednesday, but flipping players like Torshiro Davis, Bryce Cottrell, and Daje Johnson in the last few days helped put it over the top.
LOSER: Mack Brown
How can you win and lose at the same time? Well, it's not that hard if you're Mack Brown. After all, Brown has long been considered one of the best coaches on the recruiting trail since taking over at Texas. However, the great classes that he's signed haven't done much to help the Longhorns when it comes to picking up victories the last few years. Now with another top class, the expectations that Texas compete for the Big 12 title will only grow that much larger, and considering that Connor Brewer is the only "top" quarterback in his latest class, Brown will really need the rest of his newest class to start contributing right away. If they don't we can't be sure how many more signing days Brown will have, contract extension or not.
WINNER: Boomer Sooner
While Oklahoma's class may not be as highly regarded as Texas, it's still good enough to finish at #8 in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. It has its share of studs in wide receivers Trey Metoyer and Durron Neal, along with lineman Will Latu and quarterback Trevor Knight, but more than anything Bob Stoops and his staff focused on the areas of need in Norman. Of the 25 players in Oklahoma's class, 12 are either receivers, tight ends or defensive lineman. If the Sooners had been able to add another running back or two -- and this isn't a knock on Alex Ross, David Smith, or Damien Williams -- this class would have been ranked even higher.
LOSER: Oklahoma State
It doesn't seem like the Cowboys and Mike Gundy were truly able to capitalize on their first Big 12 title and win in the Fiesta Bowl. While their 2012 class certainly isn't terrible -- I consider it pretty solid to be honest -- it's not exactly the type of class that will wow anybody either. Still, Gundy and company focused on need, and while a class full of three-star recruits isn't going to knock anybody off their feet, it's those same types of recruiting classes that Oklahoma State rode to the Fiesta Bowl last season. So while I have the Cowboys marked a as "loser" here, it's in the context of the National Signing Day. Besides, if four-star quarterback Wes Lunt and receiver C.J. Curry go on to become the next Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, well, then this class will be magnificent won't it?
WINNER: Tommy Tuberville
Texas Tech went out and, quietly, pulled in one of the better classes in the Big 12. In fact, depending on which recruiting service you fancy, the Red Raiders trailed only Texas and Oklahoma in overall quality this season. While four-star receivers Reginald Davis and Dominique Wheeler are the flashier commits, I feel the best sign for Tech's future is the fact that at least 15 of its 26 commits will play on the defensive side of the ball. We already know Texas Tech can light up a scoreboard, but until it starts playing better on defense, it won't be able to win consistently. Recruiting classes like this one will go a long way to making that happen.
LOSER: Iowa State
Again, like I said in the Oklahoma State entry, don't take this "loser" personally. The fact is that Iowa State just isn't the type of program that is going to pull in a lot of 5- and 4-star recruits. Instead Paul Rhoads pulled in a class of 21 players comprised mostly of 3-star players. So while this class may not have a lot of "sex appeal" it could help Iowa State continue to make bowl appearances under Rhoads, and that's all you can ask of Iowa State right now.
WINNER: Fax machine distributors of the United States
Hope you made enough money this year to tide you over until next signing day.
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Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:19 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Oklahoma State has been a school known mostly for their offense under head coach Mike Gundy. That doesn't mean he can't recruit good defensive players however, as this year's opportunistic defense can attest to. Wichita (Kan.) defensive end Trace Clark was identified early as a priority by the coaching staff and their hard work in selling him on the program paid off Thursday with a commitment.
"Just the feeling that I got when I was down at my official visit," Clark told OStateIllustrated.com of what all factored into his decision. "I liked the place, I liked the coaches, and I liked the players also and so I just had a good feeling from that trip. I came home and sat down with my parents and talked about each and every one of the schools and what I liked about each of them and how they were different. Then on Sunday about a week after my visit we just really looked at it hard and decided that Oklahoma State would be the best place for me and was the best option out of all of those schools."
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound end had offers from across the country but had narrowed his focus on Purdue, Stanford, Iowa and, of course, Oklahoma State. The Cowboys staff recruited Clark heavily throughout the process and was a key factor in him deciding to commit.
"From a football perspective I think the coaching really played a big part because I was comfortable with Coach Gundy and I really like Coach Young the position coach," he said. He's been calling me each week and we talk and I really think that I could play well under him and he could get me where I need to be. He said that the possibility for playing time my first year is there but they're not going to give anything to me so it'll be mine to work and fight for and I thought that could also be good for me."
Clark becomes the 16th commitment for Oklahoma State's class of 2012 and fourth defensive end headed to Stillwater. He posted 106 tackles and six sacks as a senior this season.
"Not yet a dominating player but shows that kind of potential," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He possesses good lateral quickness, is excellent in pursuit, is a sure tackler, can disengage quickly, and shows a big-time closing burst. Not super fast but very, very quick."
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:47 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Oklahoma State's wide open offense is attracting all kinds of talented players on that side of the ball looking to put up big numbers in college. Broken Arrow (Okla.) tight end Zac Veatech is no stranger to what the Cowboys have been doing under Mike Gundy and committed to the program recently.
"I've grown up liking the program, it's close to home and my mom definitely likes that, and they've got great facilities and what not," Veatech told OStateIllustrated.com.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder held scholarship offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas and others but has settled on Oklahoma State to end the recruiting process. He's already seen one game - against Tulsa, which ended in the wee hours of the morning - and has enjoyed his relationship with assistant coach Joe Wickline.
"I really like [Coach Wick]," he said. "He's definitely a no BS kind of guy for sure. He's real straight forward and I like him a lot. He's definitely different than most recruiters I talk to in a good way."
Veatech is the 15th commitment for the class of 2012 for the Cowboys. Surprisingly, he's the first in-state recruit for the program and is the only tight end to give his verbal pledge.
"He shows strong hands, surprising running ability for a 245 pounder, turns up field quickly, and can catch everything within his frame," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Shows good movement skills and can be a very effective blocker while on the run. Not super fast but he shows good initial quickness and strong hands."
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:55 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Texas A&M to the SEC, Oklahoma State to the Pac-12, it's a crazy time in college athletics. One constant? Players flipping commitments from one school to another. Tyler (Texas) defensive end Eric Davis doesn't care what conference he plays in but he does think he'll be a better fit in Stillwater than College Station, changing his commitment between the two schools on Monday.
"Really I was just looking at the defenses that the two schools are playing and I was just thinking about where I do I see myself playing as a defensive end and what type of system do I want to play in when I get to college and things like that," Davis told OStateIllustrated.com. So I felt that I really didn't like it and didn't want to change to a 3-4 because at John Tyler we run a 4-3 too and I didn't really want to change so I feel that just staying in a 4-3 is where I'm more comfortable at and I wouldn't really have to change that much."
The talented 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has only taken an unofficial visit to campus but the biggest reason he decided to switch his verbal to the Cowboys was his primary recruiter, offensive line coach Joe Wickline.
"Really [it was] Coach Wickline too because every time I talk to him he seems like he's just full of energy and things like that," Davis added. "He's just an outstanding guy and I was thinking since he's been so good to me why not just come down there and play ball for Oklahoma State."
Davis is the 13th commitment for Oklahoma State's class of 2012. Mike Gundy and staff have hit Texas hard, as is expected, grabbing 10 players out of the Lone Star state.
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:27 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
1. Texas (Ranked #2 overall by MaxPreps)
It's no surprise to see the Longhorns occupy the top spot in the conference recruiting rankings and this year they have a particularly strong class. Mack Brown has collected five top 100 recruits, including the top running back and a wide receiver who happens to be the number three overall prospect.
2. Texas A&M (#6)
The Aggies have taken advantage of the turn around in College Station on the field with success on the recruiting trail. Quarterback Matt Davis and running back Trey Williams impressed over the summer and there are several explosive players on defense headed to Aggieland.
3. Oklahoma (#15)
A smaller class than normal when all is said and done, Bob Stoops has searched far and wide for some great talent. They managed to grab two top 100 players and several others who certainly could be in the final rankings.
4. Missouri (#16)
This class is a little under the radar with the top-heavy Big 12 rankings but it's a very solid class with some good players to build around. Running back Jonathan Williams is ranked in the top 100 and quarterback Maty Mauk is one of the most prolific high school passers in the country.
5. Texas Tech
Pretty impressive haul for Tommy Tuberville and company. Stealing offensive lineman Michael Starts out of Waco from several other teams was a coup and both lines will be restocked with this group.
The Bears have a surprisingly big class at this point in the year with 18 commitments. Kiante Griffin is a terrific athlete who can play either wide receiver or defensive back and Thaddeus LaGrone is an athletic and rangy linebacker.
7. Oklahoma State
This class has seen some defections and Mike Gundy has finished bridesmaid to several prospects but this is still a solid, if small, group. There's plenty of time for this class to move up, especially if they can land legacy running back Barry Sanders Jr.
8. Iowa State
It's surprising to see such a diverse group headed to Ames with players from Florida to California to Texas. Grant Rohach could compete for the starting quarterback job early.
9. Kansas State
As one would expect, this class will eventually be made up of several junior college transfers so it's hard to figure out just how well the Wildcats are doing on the recruiting trail. Linebacker Will Davis is a good pick up though.
One of the smallest classes in the country, the Jayhawks have work left to do. There's two quarterbacks so it looks like that need is filled and it's time to move on to others.
Tags: Barry Sanders Jr., Baylor, Big 12, Grant Rohach, Iowa State, Jonathan Williams, Kansas, Kansas State, Kiante Griffin, Mack Brown, Matt Davis, Maty Mauk, Michael Starts, Mike Gundy, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Thaddeus LaGrone, Tommy Tuberville, Trey Williams, Will Davis
Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:36 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 3:07 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Hope everyone knows about getting a free Slurpee at 7-11 today. As a result, the roundup is extra sugary...
-- Really good story on something that's asked a lot, just how do recruiting services such as Rivals, Scout and Maxpreps rank players?
-- Cornerbacks in South Florida are flying off the recruiting board.
Great wrap up of Virginia Tech's camp with plenty of recruiting nuggets.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy discusses what he looks for in recruits.
Wide receiver D’Arthur Cowan has Arkansas as his top school behind Mississippi State and Alabama.
Maryland commit P.J. Gallo just fell in love with the school.
West Virginia added JUCO offensive lineman Will Latu as its 12th commitment.
Posted on: July 5, 2011 9:07 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 9:13 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Now back to the recruiting grind with plenty of links:
- The Sporting News has released their list of 125 of the top recruits from the class of 2012 and starts out with Nos. 125-76.
- Depth at offensive tackle is one of the things this year's recruiting class has that last year's didn't.
Defensive back Chaz Elder is down to Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Maryland wide receiver commit Malcolm Culmer is a speedy deep threat for the Terps.
Oklahoma State has lost several commits and that's something Mike Gundy calls 'disappointing.'
Texas and Texas A&M seem to be out front nationally according to some analysts.
Some updates on Michigan targets Josh Garnett, Aziz Shittu and Jordan Payton. The Wolverines still need some help at defensive tackle.
Defensive back Julian Whigham committed to Syracuse.
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:30 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- Georgia spends $600,000 on recruiting according to their budget for this year.
- Tennessee has spent nearly $400,000 on recruiting services since 2008.
- Offensive lineman Adam DePietro has Michigan State high on his list thanks to Spartans line coach Mark Staten.
- Oklahoma State recruiting has taken off under head coach Mike Gundy.
- Offensive lineman Michael Flint decommitted from Auburn last night.
- Offensive tackle Travis Averill picked up an offer from Washington.
- Michigan is close to wrapping up all their needs in the secondary for this upcoming class.