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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: July 14, 2011 9:28 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 9:33 am
 

Buckeyes grab commitments from two Ohioans

Posted by Bryan Fischer

For most Ohio State fans, recruiting talk recently has mostly been about who has decommitted -- like top 100 offensive lineman Kyle Kalis -- and not who could commit. There was some positive news' however, for Buckeyes across the country late Wednesday: Word leaked that Pickerington (Ohio) offensive lineman Patrick Elflein and Lancaster (Ohio) linebacker Luke Roberts would commit to the school Thursday.

“I was real excited when I heard about the offer,” Elflein told Bucknuts.com. “That was the school I was holding out for and it happened.”

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Elflein should soften the blow of losing Kalis at least a little bit. He held scholarship offers from Northwestern, Purdue and Indiana among others.

For Roberts, who also picked up an offer from Ohio State this week, the combination of playing for the school of his dreams and for someone like new linebackers coach Mike Vrabel was too much to pass up.

"Ohio State has a very good business school, and that's going to be my major," Roberts told The Columbus Dispatch. "And considering I'm a linebacker, the hiring of Coach Vrabel was a huge plus for me."

Even though the school is facing possible NCAA sanctions, that didn't seem to be a deterrent to either player from committing to the school and coach Luke Fickell.

"My thoughts on that are, I think what's being said in some parts of the media is as bad as it really happened," Roberts said. "I think it is being blown out of proportion a little. And at the end of the day, Ohio State is Ohio State. It has been one of the more successful programs and it will continue to be a successful program."

The verbal pledges give Ohio State 11 commitments for the class of 2012 with both players becoming the second commitment for the Buckeyes at their position.
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:17 am
 

7/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Does 7-on-7 success equal real football success? It seemed to last year in Texas.

Cool look back over the past 10 years from Rivals, which found that USC was the school that recruited the best over the past decade.

Good story on Maty Mauk, a Missouri commit who is racking up the yards and on pace to break a lot of records.

Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis talks some more about his flip from Ohio State to Michigan.

New linebackers coach Mike Vrabel brings some credibility with him on the recruiting trail.

A recruiting surge means the future is bright for Virginia Tech.

Some more on Iowa commitment Jaleel Johnson.

Commitments:

Virginia Tech landed former Georgia offensive lineman Brent Benedict.

Quarterback Will Gardner selected Louisville over Alabama and Mississippi State.
 
 
 
 
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