Tag:National Signing Day 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:31 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Big Ten Signing Day: Winners/Losers

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Overview: Overall it was a pretty good recruiting season for the Big Ten. There weren't a whole lot of shocking decisions on National Signing Day, though both Ohio State and Iowa were able to pick up some key members of their 2011 class.

Winners

Ohio State - Ohio State generally leads the Big Ten in recruiting every season, and 2011's class doesn't seem to be any different. While the Buckeyes had a strong class coming into Wednesday's festivities, getting Curtis Grant to commit during the day put this class over the edge. Grant joins what should be a strong class on defense, where the Buckeyes will look to replace Cam Heyward with guys like Kenny Hayes, Chase Farris and Steve Miller in a few years. Of course, Jim Tressel didn't concentrate solely on defense, as the Bucks picked up quarterback Braxton Miller as the possible successor to Terrelle Pryor in 2012.

Iowa - The Hawkeyes and Kirk Ferentz never seem to put together a jaw-dropping class, yet every year they tend to find themselves ranked in the top 25 classes. This year is no different, as MaxPreps has Iowa at 17, and the Hawkeyes signed 23 players. The final player was DT Darian Cooper, who chose Iowa on Wednesday, and comes from the same school Iowa landed RB Marcus Coker from last season. Kirk Ferentz generally doesn't go for flash as much as he finds players he can mold and fit into his system at Iowa, but you should expect to grow more familiar with names like Rodney Coe, Ray Hamilton, Austin Blythe and Jordan Walsh in the next few seasons.

Nebraska - Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers had a good class coming into National Signing Day, but added the crown jewel on Wednesday with running back Aaron Green. Green combined with all the beef Bo Pelini is bringing in on the offensive and defensive lines should have his team ready for its new home. Of course, the wild card in all of this is quarterback Bubba Starling. He's the type of player that could make this a great class, but a lot of people seem convinced that Starling will never play a down in Lincoln, as he's expected to be a first round draft pick in the MLB draft this summer.

Losers

Penn State - There are plenty of talented players coming to Happy Valley next season. Defensive ends Deion Barnes, Shawn Oakman and QB/DB Bill Belton are strong, athletic players. The problem with Penn State's class this season is its just not up to snuff for Penn State. A 16-member class just isn't what the Nittany Lions are accustomed to, and you really have to wonder how much longer Penn State can afford to stand by Joe Paterno. When two of your best recruiters, Larry Johnson Sr and Tom Bradley, are spending time looking for new jobs instead of working recruits -- which may have cost Penn State Ishaq Williams -- then things need to be fixed. This may be Joe Paterno's last Signing Day at Penn State.

Michigan - Don't get me wrong, Michigan has a nice class. A class that got even better on Wednesday with tight end Chris Barnett, but I'm putting them in the losers section based on what this class could have been. The Wolverines lost a lot of talent after firing Rich Rodriguez, and Brady Hoke just didn't have a chance to keep guys like Dee Hart in Ann Arbor. As a result, a potentially great class can only be considered solid at this point.

Purdue - Listen, nobody was expecting Danny Hope and Purdue to blow the doors off of this class, but while they put together a nice class, it's certainly not the type that will help propel Purdue up from the bottom half of the Big Ten. Plus, anytime you're a school that needs as many athletes as it can get, getting banned from a high school in Florida is probably the worst thing you can do.



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Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Floyd Raven's mom forged his LOI to Ole Miss

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Whenever a high school football player is trying to make a decision on where to attend college, it's not surprising that he would turn to his family. After all, they've gotten him his far, so why not help him make this next step? Of course, parent and child don't always agree, and sometimes the player may want to go somewhere his parent doesn't want him to. So that's when that parent takes things out of their child's control, and forges his signature on a letter of intent and sends it to Ole Miss.

Just ask Floyd Raven.




I know what you're thinking, that's so Floyd Raven's mom!

Seriously, though, that has to cause some friction in the Raven household right now. I can't even imagine how I'd react if my mother did something similar.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:35 am
 

Troy Niklas chooses ND over USC

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems that Notre Dame's victories over USC these days aren't limited to the football field. What's already been a strong day for Notre Dame on the recruiting front just got a bit better on Wednesday morning, as Troy Niklas chose the Irish over USC.

According to Tom Lemming, the 6'6 255-pound offensive tackle out of Anaheim, CA's Servite High School is one of the top offensive tackles in the 2011 class. 

Niklas is just the latest name to join a recruiting class at Notre Dame that has really put an emphasis on both the offensive and defensive lines. 

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:05 am
 

Stephon Tuitt is headed for South Bend

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame has had a lot of faxes coming in this morning, but perhaps the one the school was anticipating the most belonged to DE Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt, out of Monroe, Georgia, had wavered a bit in his commitment in the last few weeks. He had changed from Notre Dame to Georgia Tech before once again being sold on the Irish, but until that letter of intent came in, nobody could know for sure.

They know now.

Brian Kelly tweeted that Tuitt's LOI had come in, and he's now officially a member of Notre Dame's 2011 class. Tuitt is ranked at 42 in MaxPreps' Top 100 players, and now gives the Irish eight commits from the Top 100.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:44 am
 

Notre Dame adds Atkinson, Rabasa

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The fax machine at Notre Dame keeps on rolling this morning. After receiving 13 letters of intent earlier on Wednesday, head coach Brian Kelly reports that two more players have sent their LOIs in and have been approved.

Those players are RB/DB Josh Atkinson and DE Anthony Rabasa.

Those two players bring Notre Dame's signing day total to 15, and when you add that to the five players who enrolled in January, 20 of the 22 recruits in Notre Dame's class are officially in the fold.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:26 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:27 am
 

Notre Dame's fax machine lighting up

Posted by Tom Fornelli

All the snow in the midwest hasn't slowed down the steady stream of faxes coming in to Notre Dame. According to head coach Brian Kelly on Twitter, the Fighting Irish have received 13 letters of intent before 9am local time.

So far DE Ben Councell, WR/DB Matthias Farley, OT/DT Conor Hanratty, DB Eilar Hardy, OT/DE Chase Hounshell, TE/LB Ben Koyack, T/DE Tony Springmann, RB Cam McDaniel, OL/DL Nick Martin, LB Jarrett Grace, WR/RB Davaris Daniels, WR/FS George Atkinson and OL/DL Matt Hegarty have all faxed in their LOIs to Notre Dame.

None of these 13 are a surprise, and the Irish -- whom MaxPreps has ranked with the top class in 2011 -- still have plenty of big names that they're waiting on. Specifically Stephon Tuitt, who MaxPreps has ranked at 70 in its Top 100.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:59 am
 

Michigan lands Ohio LB Frank Clark

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Michigan recruiting class got a bump early today when linebacker Frank Clark, a product of the famed Glenville football program in Cleveland, selected the Wolverines over Michigan State, Minnesota, and North Carolina this morning. Clark is expected to bolster OLB depth on a linebacking corps that struggled early and often last season.

Michigan is still waiting on the decisions of several other prospects today, including DT Darian Cooper and OL Jake Fisher.

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