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Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:53 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 11:17 am
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Signing Day Coast-to-Coast Wrap



Posted by Bryan Fischer


It's time to pick up the wrapping paper, survey the damage and get excited to play with your new toys as Signing Day - i.e. Christmas in February for college football coaches and fans - has come to a close. Here's a broad overview of what happened from coast-to-coast.

Houston, we have a five-star

If there was one big - to borrow a metaphor from another sport - curve ball on Signing Day that made everybody scratch their head in disbelief it was word that Fresno (Calif.) wide receiver Deontay Greenberry had surprisingly signed with Houston during the middle of the day. It's normally a bit unusual when a program like UH signs anybody from outside the states of Texas or Louisiana and even more puzzling when they sign a highly rated player. But Greenberry? In addition to becoming the highest-ranked recruit the program has ever inked, the switch was cause for celebration inside the football office for a coup of epic proportions.

In short: Houston stole a five-star recruit on the week before Signing Day from Notre Dame.

This wasn't a local big time kid, this was the state of California's best wide receiver and somebody the Irish were counting on to play early and often with the departure of guys like Michael Floyd. The Cougars were not only closer to a BCS game than the storied program but they picked their pockets for one of their top recruits. It should have been a big day for Brian Kelly to trumpet guys like number two overall player and Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel or Greenberry's cousin, cornerback Tee Shepard. Instead it was Kelly who was trying to spin the loss during his annual press conference.

"It is hard for me to feel disappointed about something I have never had, or someone I have never coached," Kelly said. "I'm more excited about the 16 who did sign."

The reason the 6-foot-3, 187-pound wide out flipped was primarily due to Houston receivers coach Jamie Christian, who came over from Arizona State. Christian had kept the Sun Devils in the running (Greenberry took a visit in October and considered them as late as December) despite a commitment to Notre Dame until Dennis Erickson's staff was fired and deserves the lion's share of the credit for getting Greenberry on campus last weekend and for ultimately landing a top-ranked guy. Cougars' head coach Tony Levine has developed some very successful wide receivers over the past several years and it appears he's got somebody a lot more talented than he's ever coached coming in with the class of 2012.

One in January, another in February

Texas coach Mack Brown has picked up the title Mr. February due to his penchant for winning a recruiting title but lack of success in translating that into a national title. After the run Nick Saban has had at Alabama recently, it might be time to find something that accurately describes his dominance in the first two months of the year because he's not limited to one or the other. As expected, the Crimson Tide took home the top recruiting class in the country in 2012 but perhaps the only thing that was surprising about it was that it wasn't, well, surprising.

"We knew exactly pretty much what we were gonna get," Saban said. "We didn't really have any surprises."

The only thing that even registered on the meter was when defensive tackle Korren Kirven decided to go away from home and play for the Crimson Tide (part of the reason why a numbers crunch led to some like defensive tackle Darius Philon signing at Arkansas). All told, 28 players will be considered part of yet another recruiting title for a program that seems to land any recruit they want, including an impressive six top 100 players.

The headliner is Geismar (La.) defensive back Landon Collins, who signed sans drama Wednesday and even seems to have patched things up with his mother following the bizarre reaction she had when he committed at the Under Armour All-American Game early last month. A ball-hawk who isn't afraid to lower the shoulder and stick the ball carrier, Collins is bound to find a role early on in the secondary. This class didn't really load up on offensive lineman but filled out just about everywhere else was stacked. The front seven in particular could see plenty of recruits turn into All-Americans, led by the impressive Reggie Ragland and Dillon Lee. Offensively there are some speedsters at wide out and T.J. Yeldon might be the best running back coming into the conference.

The Tide, it appears, just can't stop rolling.

M-I-Z-D-G-B

Though the news had broken that the country's top overall player in the class of 2012 would likely be headed to Columbia, nobody was truly sure until the the 6-foot-6 Dorial Green-Beckham put on the Missouri hat and officially sent his LOI in. The announcement seemed a little ho-hum despite the nearly 1,000 people watching locally and the national television audience but that's mainly a testament to the reserved Green-Beckham himself.

With many analysts calling him the second coming of Randy Moss, there's immense pressure on the top-ranked wide receiver and for good reason. There are few prospects as impressive physically as Green-Beckham and though he doesn't have great hands and needs some polish, the underlying natural talent is a good reason why he was highly regarded and highly recruited. Missouri has had success building around taller, bigger pass catchers in their offense and it looks like they'll have three years to see what kind of eye popping numbers

It can't be understated how big this is for a program like Mizzou. Landing the top recruit in the country is not just about getting a good player, it's about adding a level of prestige to the program. A talent like DGB only comes along once in a generation and for the Tigers to keep him at home is understandably huge, especially with the move to the SEC. Gary Pinkel has had plenty of success over the past several years even if it hasn't resulted in a championship and everybody understands that the competitions is about to be ratcheted up several notches going forward. With the signature of Green-Beckham, Pinkel and Mizzou proved that even if guys like Mack Brown, Bob Stoops and Nick Saban really want a kid, the Tigers can compete off and - hopefully - on the field in their new league going forward.

Nerd Search 2012

Outside of alumni and those that have to write about the Pac-12, there weren't too many mentions of Stanford on Signing Day every year.

My how times have changed.

Not only did the Cardinal tie for the national lead with six top 100 prospects, but they landed multiple five-stars and had people talking less about Andrew Luck and more about the fact that maybe this program can indeed sustain excellence going forward. There's no denying that it was one of the best years for talent on the West Coast in some time and the big reason why was the number of elite offensive lineman. If this were a few years ago, many of them would be penciled in to go to USC or Oregon or out of the area to programs like Notre Dame but instead it was Stanford who reeled the majority of the elite guys in this year (Josh Garnett, Andrus Peat, Kyle Murphy). If you were to call this the best offensive line class in recent recruiting history, you wouldn't find too many who would argue. That's just how much of a difference the school was this year and the coaches' efforts were rewarded with a top 10 class ranking.

It wasn't just an academic powerhouse like Stanford who made waves either. Northwestern landed a pair of top players in Malin Jones and Ifeadi Odenigbo. Vanderbilt brought in what some called the best class in school history. Duke landed a lightly recruited guy who, according to recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick on the CBSSports.com Signing Day Central Show, runs a sub-4.3 40 yard dash. Lots of recruits talk about wanting academics but it appears they're finally following up.

Pocket squares and pads seem to be the latest thing on the recruiting trail.

More recruiting SECcess

It wasn't quite the banner year for the league that it could have been but 2012 certainly was a great Signing Day for the best conference in the country. Eight of the SEC's 14 teams finished in the final top 25 class rankings, highlighted by Alabama at the top and both of the league newcomers turning in great first efforts. Texas A&M ended up stealing defensive tackle Edmund Ray from Missouri and added wide receiver Thomas Johnson, a former Texas commitment, to a group that finished 14th. Florida was a top five class despite missing out on some guys and even a few programs that have recently struggled did well with Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn grouped together from 20-22.

The Bulldogs had to land just about every target left on their board and they did ok, notably beating Florida State late for linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons despite a little issue with his grandfather not signing his letter of intent until Thursday. The Bulldogs missed out on Juco wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (who went to Tennessee) and offensive tackle Avery Young (to Auburn) but also landed five-star offensive lineman John Theus and what might be the best one-two punch at running back in the class with Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley. It wasn't a "Dream Team" but Georgia still showed you can have a very good class and it only be alright in such a deep league.

Kentucky brought in what might be the top quarterback in the state this year in Patrick Towles and took advantage of Alabama's number crunch in grabbing running back Justin Taylor. The state of Georgia was a big producer of talent for a lot of the league's schools and is quickly becoming the go-to state for most FBS programs after the big three of California, Texas and Florida. The theme this year was even if a school didn't pick up a commitment from a kid, there's a high chance he went to another SEC school.

Quality over quantity

This was finally the year that we'd see NCAA sanctions limit USC and Lane Kiffin had to be creative in how he managed the numbers on top of grabbing the best talent available. Even though the Trojans missed out on linemen Peat and Murphy, it was still a good haul with Zach Banner, Jordan Simmons and Max Tuerk on top of skill position talent like five-star Nelson Agholor, linebacker Jabari Ruffin, end Leonard Williams and wide receiver Darreus Rogers. Given the way the staff has recruited over the past two years, it's looking more likely that the school can get through harsh NCAA sanctions better than was previously thought. Missing out on three guys may seem like a lot but it should help next year by giving Kiffin those scholarships to use for early enrollees in 2013.

Meyer Mayhem

FYI to coaches across the country, if Urban Meyer starts circling your recruits, you better be prepared to bring your A+++ game if you want to land them. The master recruiter took Ohio State's class from middling prior to his hire to tying the nation's lead with six top 100 recruits and a number three overall class ranking. This was, mind you, with only two months on the job to recruit with a program that just got slapped with a bowl ban from the NCAA. Meyer really attacked the defensive line and looks like he'll be importing a high quality, SEC-caliber defensive line with Se'Von Pittman, Tommy Schutt, Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington. He's already jumped on several top 2013 players and if this year was any indication, it could be a long couple of years for his Big Ten counterparts.

Seminole DLight

Mark Stoops is the defensive coordinator at Florida State and he might be the happiest man in the state of Florida. As good as Ohio State's defensive line class was, FSU's might be the best in the country. Though they lost Dante Fowler Jr., they still signed Chris Casher, Mario Edwards, Eddie Goldman, Justin Shanks and should get Dalvon Stuckey in a year or two after he goes to a Juco. The thing about the Seminoles is that they don't need every guy to come in and play right away but each is talented enough to make an impact in certain situations. Edwards has the pedigree and drive to become a high first round draft pick with his skill set and Stoops should use him in multiple spots. Adding guys like Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams are also huge gets for the program in the secondary. Whoever plays the best defense likely has a leg up in the ACC and it appears that's where Florida State did the best on Wednesday.

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The early indication that things would be going Miami's way came when one of the country's top uncommitted recruits, Miramar (Fla.) cornerback Tracy Howard, flashed the "U" sign on national television and made, to some, the surprising decision to stay home and play for the Hurricanes. Although Howard's recruitment was a bit difficult to read, it appeared there was only a slim chance that he'd leave the state and most were predicting he was Florida's to lose down the stretch.

Much like Stanford this year, there weren't a whole lot of recruits the program missed out on that they were after hard - a remarkable accomplishment given what's swirling around Coral Gables. The loss of linebacker Reggie Northrup hurts because he could play multiple positions and is easily one of the top linebacker prospects in the state. That he switched to archival Florida State stung a little but that was one of the rare occasions were the Hurricanes were slowed down. This was the largest class in the country and plenty of the recruits should see early playing time with guys like Duke Johnson making an impact from the moment they step on campus. Al Golden had to climb a mountain but did a great job grabbing the guys he did.

Tosh.Ohhh

Not sure any assistant had a greater impact on multiple programs than new Washington coach Tosh Lupoi. California's class imploded, Washington landed the #5 player in the country in Shaq Thompson, UCLA added Jordan Payton and Oregon picked up Arik Armstead due to the uncertainty. One wonders if Lupoi had been hired earlier how much more impact he would have had for the Huskies' class but it's clear he shifted the recruiting trail in the conference in just a few short weeks.

In addition to Washington, USC, Stanford, plenty of other Pac-12 programs landed strong classes in what was a very, very good year for talent West of the Rockies. Oregon managed to flip several recruits, such as wide receiver Chance Allen from Oklahoma State and a terrific pick up in Bralon Addison from Texas A&M (who took a late visit and should fit perfectly in Chip Kelly's system). Though many were skeptical of the hire initially, Jim Mora grabbed a terrific class and fellow newcomers Rich Rodriguez and Mike Leach also had good first efforts. There really wasn't a "bad" class among the bunch and even lowly Colorado landed a top 100 player.

Texas being Texas

The Longhorns finished in a familiar spot right at the top of the class rankings and even though they couldn't push Alabama off the top spot, this has some major players who can play early and often. Malcom Brown is a beast at defensive tackle and Manny Diaz' defensive staff pulled one of the big surprises in taking Torshiro Davis away from LSU. The class has the top running back in the country with record-setter Johnathan Gray and the state's top wide out in Cayleb Jones. Mack Brown also closed very well, grabbing speedy Daje Johnson and linebackers Dalton Santos and Bryce Cottrell in addition to Davis. It will be a young Texas team in 2012 but with this class and the current roster, it will certainly be a talented one.



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National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big Ten



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Breaking down who won and who lost in the Big Ten on National Signing Day

WINNER: The Recruiting Machine Known To Mankind As Urban Meyer

Scholarship limits, postseason bans, these things matter not to the one known as Urban Meyer. They will not keep him out of your high school classrooms where he's stealing your recruits. Since the day Meyer first set foot in Columbus as its new Caesar, high schoolers have flocked to the Buckeyes, previous commitments be damned. What was already a solid class was boosted on Wednesday by the addition of offensive lineman Kyle Dodson, who had previously committed to Wisconsin. Then there's the work Meyer did on the defensive line, closing on players like Noah Spence, Tommy Schutt, Se'von Pittman and Adolphus Washington, and it's no wonder this class is ranked third in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. Making matters even scarier for the rest of the Big Ten, Meyer's already locked up two top recruits in the 2013 class. The man -- machine? -- just cannot be stopped. 

LOSER: The Bottom Of The Legends And Leaders

Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois and Indiana all managed to finish at the bottom of their respective divisions in 2011, and nothing in their 2012 recruiting classes makes you think any of the four will be climbing the standings anytime soon. Particularly when you compare their classes to the teams above them. Only two 4-star recruits signed with any of them, and both of those players are on their way to Northwestern: defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo and defensive tackle Greg Kuhar.

WINNER: Fans Of The Old Big Ten

Remember the long, long ago of the late 20th and early 21st centuries when the Big Ten was dominated by Ohio State and Michigan? Yes, well, it appears those days may be upon us again. While we already went over Ohio State's impressive haul, the work put in at Michigan by Brady Hoke and his staff shouldn't be ignored. The Wolverines put together the fourth ranked class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25 thanks to signings like offensive lineman Kyle Kalis and defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins. Brady Hoke put a lot of emphasis on the offensive line and the defense in this class, and it could go a long way to ensuring that "Ohio" and "That School Up North" play twice a season for the next few years. For more on Michigan's 2012 class, you can watch Brady Hoke talk about his newest players here.

LOSER: Wisconsin

This isn't a knock on Wisconsin's class, though it is the smallest of any class in the Big Ten with only 12 commits. No, it's more a representation of the fact that Ohio State and Michigan seem to be back on their way to national prominence. The Badgers enjoyed the last few years and the struggles of the Wolverines and Buckeyes, taking advantage of their problems with two straight conference titles and Rose Bowl trips. This isn't to say that the Badgers won't win the Big Ten again anytime soon, but it just got a lot harder to do so.

WINNER: Penn State

You're not used to seeing the term "winner" in relation to Penn State's football program lately, are you? Well, when you consider all that has gone on in Happy Valley over the last six months, combined with the fact the team's new head coach is still busy trying to win a Super Bowl, you have to be impressed with what the Nittany Lions did on Wednesday. No, the 19 players that committed to Penn State won't blow you away as a whole, but it's a class that will ensure there's still talent at Penn State as the program tries to transition to a new era of Nittany Lions football.

LOSER: The Lack Of Attention Paid To Purdue's Class

You're probably confused right now, and I apologize for that. What I'm trying to say here is that while you weren't paying any attention, Purdue and Danny Hope went out and put together a pretty nice class in West Lafayette. Athlete Carlos Carvajal -- all 6 feet and 7 inches of him -- and defensive end Ryan Watson are probably the most intriguing prospects, but from top to bottom, this whole class is pretty solid. Especially considering Purdue's recent troubles on the gridiron. What's more surprising is how this class is spread across the country. While 4 of the 25 signees are from Indiana, the rest come from all four corners of the country, including New York, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Ohio and California. Depending on how quickly these players can contribute, the Boilermakers may catch some people by surprise in the next couple of years.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:33 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Big Ten Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. The Big Ten used to be like the football on the field against SEC opponents, a step slow and a little behind. That's no longer the case thanks to recent hires Urban Meyer at Ohio State and Brady Hoke at Michigan. They say the rivalry between the two schools is everyday and based on how the two newcomers are hitting the recruiting trail, the Midwest is suddenly one of the top battlegrounds in the country.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big Ten
College Commits Top 100 Moving
3. Michigan 24 4
5. Ohio State 23 5

Top storylines

1. Who else does Urban Meyer flip?

Big Ten meet Urban, he's a good recruiter. Some would call him relentless. In just a short time since his hiring, Meyer has taken the Buckeyes from middle of the back in the conference to one of the top five classes nationally. He's flipped several players and seems to have targeted what was Penn State's recruiting class in particular. Not everybody was spared, including Michigan State who lost Se'Von Pittman. Although scholarship reductions will put a crunch on the numbers, the current group isn't a finished product and the Buckeyes are still in the running for players like Armani Reeves so it's possible Meyer scores another big time player.

2. Does Michigan win the head-to-head battle with Ohio State?

At one point, Michigan was lapping the rest of the Big Ten when it came to recruiting but with Meyer in Columbus, the equation has changed slightly. The Wolverines have undergone some defections in the last month but the group of current commitments still adds depth at much needed positions and gives the program what might be the best incoming offensive line group in the country. It's possible to call the two schools' classes equal on the home stretch even if Michigan is ahead in the latest Maxpreps team rankings. The Buckeyes have more star power and are loaded along the defensive line, will that be enough to overtake a deep group of UM commits come Signing Day? Should be interesting to find out.

3. Does anyone else come close?

There's only two conference teams listed in the top 25 classes and that about sums up the situation in the Midwest. To be in an analogous mood, Ohio State is like a Ferrari and Michigan is a Lamborghini while the rest of the Big Ten is driving Yugos. It's not that there's bad players coming in, it's just that there's not enough of them. Indiana, Minnesota and others appear to be set in terms of recruiting but they are not filled with elite players. Michigan State, Wisconsin and others have gone for quality but haven't come close to getting any quantity. It should make for an interesting conference reset come February 2 to see if anybody can cobble together a top 25 class and even come close to what Michigan and Ohio State have done on the recruiting trail.

4. What does newcomer Nebraska's class look like?

It's not big, it's not spectacular and it's left many fans wondering what the heck is up. We're not talking about the latest menu addition at Jack-in-the-Box but Nebraska's recruiting class. Although the season fell short of expectations not many expected the Cornhuskers to struggle this much in terms of recruiting. There's some solid players among the commits, such as wide out Jordan Westerkamp and linebacker Michael Rose but there doesn't appear to be a huge name to be found among the bunch that can come in and leave an impression. The overall number of commits, 13 a week away from Signing Day, is also concerning. It's very possible that Bo Pelini ends up with a decent class of 2012 but, at the moment, it's going to take a lot of work to do so.

Most impressive class: Ohio State

Most underrated class: Wisconsin

Work left to do: Nebraska

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
3. Noah Spence DE Ohio State
14. Stefon Diggs WR Uncommitted
26. Josh Garnett OL Uncommitted
34. Vince Biegel LB Wisconsin
40. Phillip Nelson QB Minnesota
 47. Tommy Schutt DT Ohio State
49. Adolphus Washington DE Ohio State
52. Chris Wormley DL Michigan
54. Greg Garmon RB Iowa
55. Jordan Westerkamp WR Nebraska
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Mike Ekeler, Indiana
Eric Johnson, Iowa
Fred Jackson, Greg Mattison and Mark Smith, Michigan
Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State
Matt Limegrover, Minnesota
John Papuchis, Nebraska
Matt MacPherson, Northwestern
Luke Fickell, Tom Herman and Everett Withers, Ohio State
Larry Johnson, Mac McWhorter and Ron Vanderlinden, Penn State
Gary Nord, Purdue
Mike Markuson and Matt Canada, Wisconsin

Head coach under pressure: Bill O'Brien, Penn State

Top Big Ten class prediction: Ohio State

Top Big Ten signee: Noah Spence

Big Ten school-by-school
Legends Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 DE Faith Ekakite
RB Greg Garmon
DT Jaleel Johnson
A solid class that is heavy along both lines, Ekakite and Johnson are two top pick ups for the Hawkeyes. Given depth issues and his talent, Garmon has a chance to start right away.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 LB Royce Jenkins-Stone
OL Kyle Kalis
OL Erik Magnuson
DB Terry Richardson
The Wolverines held the top spot in the class rankings for most of the year and still have a chance to finish there on Signing Day. This is a great group, especially on the o-line, that fills most of the team's depth needs and should make defensive coordinator Greg Mattison very happy.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 WR Aaron Burbridge
LB Jamal Lyles
QB Tyler O'Connor
A solid but not spectacular class, the Spartans have several diamonds in the rough (so to speak). O'Connor might need a few years but he's got the talent to develop into a very good Big Ten signal-caller.
- Team page
- Commitment list
28 QB Phillip Nelson
OL Jonah Pirsig
 It's not often the Gophers land one top 250 player so it's impressive that Jerry Kill was able to snag two of them. Nelson is a local kid who should adjust well after a redshirt year. There's plenty of Juco transfers to help provide an immediate boost.
- Team page
- Commitment list
13 DE Greg McMullen
OL Paul Thurston
WR Jordan Westerkamp
Needless to say, Bo Pelini still has a lot to work on with this class. The size stands out first and it remains to be seen if the Huskers close strong or just fill out spaces this year. Westerkamp is a good pick up who should play early.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 RB Malin Jones
DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
OL Ian Park
It's always difficult to project where Northwestern's class ends up but there a lot of solid contributors in this group mixed with some impact players like Jones. Odenigbo is a huge boost and should be a situational pass rusher from the start.
Leaders Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DB TaJarvis Fuller
DT Teko Powell
DT Vontrell Williams
Ron Zook didn't exactly get this class off to a flying start and once he was fired, it took a further nose dive. There's some solid players committed so far but it remains to be seen what becomes of this essentially lost class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 LB Jacarri Alexander
WR Kevin Davis
Kevin Wilson has gone after a few guys that fit his system and though they might not be as big or fast as others, might work out just fine in Bloomington.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Bri'onte Dunn
DT Tommy Shutt
DE Noah Spence
DE Adolphus Washington
This class was dead in the water for most of the year but has quickly gone from so-so to top five nationally thanks to Meyer. There's a few offensive contributors but the real star power in this group is along the front seven.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 TE Jesse James
RB Akeel Lynch
DB Armani Reeves
It's amazing this class is as big as it is given all that has happened in State College and the fact that the new head coach hasn't done any in-home visits. James is the best of the bunch and has the potential to be an all-conference tight end.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 QB Austin Appleby
QB Bilal Marshall
OL Jordan Roos
DE Ryan Watson
The Boilermakers got themselves a steal in the strong-armed Appleby. Watson and Roos will be two solid contributors along each line too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
11 LB Vince Biegel
QB Bart Houston
OL Dan Voltz
OL Walker Williams
Quality not quantity is the phrase used for the Badgers class. While there's not a breakaway skill position player in the group, the OL is one of the best in the conference and Houston is a perfect fit for the offense at quarterback.

Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:26 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 9:53 am
 

Pre-Signing Day Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're less than two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the Big Ten.


 Illinois (15)

Offensive lineman Robbie Bain (Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Defensive back Taylor Barton (Orlando, Fla.)
Running back Devin Church (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Kicker Ryan Frain (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Athlete Justin Hardee (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Jevaris Little (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Mason Monheim (Orrville, Ohio)
Linebacker Tyrone Neal (McKeesport, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Teko Powell (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jason Robertson (Mokena, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Joseph Spencer (Mason, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey Warburg (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive tackle Vontrell Williams (Chicago, Ill.)

Indiana (23)

Linebacker Jacarri Alexander (Auburndale, Fla./Iowa Central Juco)
Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey (Carmel, Ind.)
Quarterback Cameron Coffman (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western Juco)
Running back Tevin Coleman (Oak Forest, Ill.)
Linebacker David Cooper (Coffeyville, Kan./Coffeyville Juco)
Wide receiver Caleb Cornett (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Wide receiver Kevin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Dan Freeney (Orland Park, Ill.)
Defensive back Dawson Fletcher (West Chester, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Ralphael Green (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive end Shawn Heffern (Carmel, Ind.)
Wide receiver Ricky Jones (Sarasota, Fla.)
Tight end Tanner Kearns (Lexington, Ohio)
Defensive end Adam Kranda (New Castle, Ind.)
Linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, Ill.)
Defensive back Antonio Marshall (Milledgevilla, Ga.)
Defensive end Justin Rayside (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Juco)
Offensive lineman Wes Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Tight end Jason Spriggs (Elkhart, Ind.)
Defensive back Ryan Thompson (Pontotoc, Miss./Itawamba Juco)
Defensive tackle Alex Todd (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Linebacker Jordan Wallace (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Tregg Waters (Phoenix, Ariz./Glendale Juco)

Iowa (19)

Defensive back Kevin Buford (Canton, Mich.)
Defensive end Faith Ekakitie (Lake Forest, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Maurice Fleming Jr. (Chicago, Ill.)
Running back Greg Garmon (Erie, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (Westchester, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)
Kicker Connor Kornbrath (Bridgeport, W.V.)
Athlete Ruben Lile (Detroit, Mich.)
Wide receiver Greg Mabin (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Anthony Morgan (Plano, Texas)
Defensive end Drew Ott (Giltner, Neb.)
Offensive lineman Eric Simmons (Madrid, Iowa/Iowa Western Juco)
Wide receivers Tevaun Smith (Kent, Conn.)
Quarterback Cody Sokol (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Juco)
Linebacker Laron Taylor (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Daumantas Venckus (Weston, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.)
Wide receiver Cameron Wilson (Dublin, Ohio)

  Michigan (23)

Offensive lineman Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.)
Wide receiver Jehu Chesson (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive back Jeremy Clark (Madisonville, Ky.)
Wide receiver Amara Darboh (West Des Moines, Iowa), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Running back Sione Houma (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Drake Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calf.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Jarrod Wilson (Akron, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Christopher Wormley (Toledo, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

Michigan State (16)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, Ohio)
Defensive tackle David Fennell (Portland, Ore.)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Wide receiver Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kodi Kieler (Gibraltar, Mich.)
Wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Linebacker Jamal Lyles (Southfield, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)
Defensive back Mark Meyers (Toledo, Ohio)
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Lima, Ohio)
Tight end Josiah Price (Greentown, Ind.)
Defensive back Ezra Robinson (Sarasota, Fla.)
Running back Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga.)

Minnesota (28)

Athlete Duke Anyanwu (Blaine, Minn.)
Defensive back Jeremy Baltazar (Mansfield, Texas/Blinn Juco)
Defensive back Briean Boddy (Wilmington, Del./Coffeyville Juco)
Linebacker Drew Davis (Raleigh, N.C.)
Linebacker Cedric Dicke (Cannon Falls, Minn.)
Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (Lewisvile, Texas)
Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (Caledonia, Minn./Rochester Juco)
Running back James Gillum (Pearl River, La./Gulf Coast Juco)
Wide receiver Jamel Harbison (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive back Antonio Johnson (Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Roland Johnson (El Dorado, Kan./Butler County Juco)
Defensive end Alex Keith (Columbia, Mo.)
Quarterback Mitch Leidner (Lakeville, Minn.)
Linebacker Jack Lynn (Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Athlete K.J. Maye (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back Dinero Moss (Surprise, Fla.)
Defensive back Eric Murray (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Brian Nicholson (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (Blue Earth, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Lincoln Pisek (Waco, Texas)
Defensive back Nick Rallis (Edina, Minn.)
Defensive back Martez Shabazz (DeSoto, Texas/Trinity Valley Juco)
Defensive back Damarius Travis (Pensacola, Fla.)
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)
Running back Rodrick Williams (Lewisville, Texas)

  Nebraska (13)

Linebacker Jared Afalava (South Jordan, Utah)
Athlete LeRoy Alexander (Toledo, Ohio)
Linebacker Zaire Anderson (Philadelphia, Pa./Riverside Juco)
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas)
Linebacker Thomas Brown (Gardena, Calif.)
Tight end Sam Cotton (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive end Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Avery Moss (Tempe, Ariz.)
Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Mohammed Seisay (Springfield, Va./Eastern Arizona Juco)
Offensive lineman Paul Thurston (Arvada, Col.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Corey Whitaker (Murrieta, Calif.)

Northwestern (20)

Defenisve back Terrance Brown (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Adam DePietro (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Chris Fitzpatrick (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Athlete Traveon Henry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Greg Kuhar (Concord Township, Ohio)
Defensive end Dean Lowry (Rockford, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Connor Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mike McHugh (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (Centerville, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Eric Olson (Cambridge, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Linebacker Jaylen Prater (Wellston, Ohio)
Wide receiver Andrew Scanian (Royersford, Pa.)
Tight end Jack Schwaba (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Athlete Dan Vitale (Wheaton, Ill.)
Defensive back Dwight White (Cypress, Texas)
Defensive back Eric Wilson (Redford, Mich.)

  Ohio State (23)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Defensive back De'van Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Taylor Decker (Vandalia, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Pat Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Quarterback Cardale Jones (Cleveland, Ohio.)
Wide receiver Roger Lewis (Pickerington, Ohio)
Defensive back Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Colo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker David Perkins (South Bend, Ind.)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Se'von Pittman (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Linebacker Luke Roberts (Lancaster, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Ricquan Southward (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive end Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio)
Wide receiver Michael Thomas (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Defensive end Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

  Penn State (20)

Quarterback Steven Branch (Cairo, Ga.)
Defensive back Da'Quan Davis (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive tackle Derek Dowrey (Winchester, Va.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Malik Golden (Cheshire, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Richland, N.J.)
Athlete Jake Kiley (New Hampton, N.H.)
Offensive lineman Wendy Laurent (Princeton, N.J.)
Wide receiver Eugene Lewis (Plymouth, Pa.)
Defensive back Jordan Lucas (Worchester, Mass.)
Athlete Akeel Lynch (Athol Springs, N.Y.)
Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Defensive back Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, Mass.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jonathan Warner (Camas, Wash.)
Linebacker Nyeem Wartman (Archbald, Pa.)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Wide receiver Trevor Williams (Baltimore, Md.)

  Purdue (25)

Wide receiver Danny Anthrop (Lafayette, Ind.)
Quarterback Austin Appleby (North Canton, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Brown (Tampa, Fla.)
Athlete Carlos Carvajal (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Cameron Cermin (College Station, Texas)
Tight end Jonathan Curry (Phenix City, Ala.)
Linebacker Andy Garcia (Hialeah, Fla.)
Quarterback Aloyis Gray (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.)
Linebacker Jimmy Herman (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive end Kingsley Ike (Pflugerville, Texas)
Offensive lineman Jason King (Little Rock, Ark.)
Running back Benjamin Knauf (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive end Greg Latta (La Quinta, Calif./College of the Desert Juco)
Quarterback Bilal Marshall (Hialeah, Fla.)
Kicker Thomas Meadows (Goochland, Va.)
Tight end Ryan Morris (Barnegat, N.J.)
Wide receiver Cameron Posey (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Roos (Celina, Texas)
Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Devin Smith (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western JUCO)
Defensive end Ryan Watson (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Dion Witty (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jordan Woods (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Wisconsin (11)

Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Hugs Etienne (Plantation, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Wide receiver Reggie Love (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Athlete Reggie Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defenisve back D.J. Singleton (Jersey City, N.J.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Walker Williams (Tacoma, Wash.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

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Pre-Signing Day Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're less than two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the Big Ten.


 Illinois (15)

Offensive lineman Robbie Bain (Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Defensive back Taylor Barton (Orlando, Fla.)
Running back Devin Church (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Kicker Ryan Frain (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Athlete Justin Hardee (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Jevaris Little (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Mason Monheim (Orrville, Ohio)
Linebacker Tyrone Neal (McKeesport, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Teko Powell (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jason Robertson (Mokena, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Joseph Spencer (Mason, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey Warburg (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive tackle Vontrell Williams (Chicago, Ill.)

Indiana (23)

Linebacker Jacarri Alexander (Auburndale, Fla./Iowa Central Juco)
Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey (Carmel, Ind.)
Quarterback Cameron Coffman (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western Juco)
Running back Tevin Coleman (Oak Forest, Ill.)
Linebacker David Cooper (Coffeyville, Kan./Coffeyville Juco)
Wide receiver Caleb Cornett (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Wide receiver Kevin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Dan Freeney (Orland Park, Ill.)
Defensive back Dawson Fletcher (West Chester, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Ralphael Green (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive end Shawn Heffern (Carmel, Ind.)
Wide receiver Ricky Jones (Sarasota, Fla.)
Tight end Tanner Kearns (Lexington, Ohio)
Defensive end Adam Kranda (New Castle, Ind.)
Linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, Ill.)
Defensive back Antonio Marshall (Milledgevilla, Ga.)
Defensive end Justin Rayside (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Juco)
Offensive lineman Wes Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Tight end Jason Spriggs (Elkhart, Ind.)
Defensive back Ryan Thompson (Pontotoc, Miss./Itawamba Juco)
Defensive tackle Alex Todd (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Linebacker Jordan Wallace (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Tregg Waters (Phoenix, Ariz./Glendale Juco)

Iowa (19)

Defensive back Kevin Buford (Canton, Mich.)
Defensive end Faith Ekakitie (Lake Forest, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Maurice Fleming Jr. (Chicago, Ill.)
Running back Greg Garmon (Erie, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (Westchester, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)
Kicker Connor Kornbrath (Bridgeport, W.V.)
Athlete Ruben Lile (Detroit, Mich.)
Wide receiver Greg Mabin (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Anthony Morgan (Plano, Texas)
Defensive end Drew Ott (Giltner, Neb.)
Offensive lineman Eric Simmons (Madrid, Iowa/Iowa Western Juco)
Wide receivers Tevaun Smith (Kent, Conn.)
Quarterback Cody Sokol (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Juco)
Linebacker Laron Taylor (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Daumantas Venckus (Weston, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.)
Wide receiver Cameron Wilson (Dublin, Ohio)

  Michigan (23)

Offensive lineman Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.)
Wide receiver Jehu Chesson (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive back Jeremy Clark (Madisonville, Ky.)
Wide receiver Amara Darboh (West Des Moines, Iowa), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Running back Sione Houma (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Drake Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calf.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Jarrod Wilson (Akron, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Christopher Wormley (Toledo, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

Michigan State (16)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, Ohio)
Defensive tackle David Fennell (Portland, Ore.)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Wide receiver Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kodi Kieler (Gibraltar, Mich.)
Wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Linebacker Jamal Lyles (Southfield, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)
Defensive back Mark Meyers (Toledo, Ohio)
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Lima, Ohio)
Tight end Josiah Price (Greentown, Ind.)
Defensive back Ezra Robinson (Sarasota, Fla.)
Running back Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga.)

Minnesota (28)

Athlete Duke Anyanwu (Blaine, Minn.)
Defensive back Jeremy Baltazar (Mansfield, Texas/Blinn Juco)
Defensive back Briean Boddy (Wilmington, Del./Coffeyville Juco)
Linebacker Drew Davis (Raleigh, N.C.)
Linebacker Cedric Dicke (Cannon Falls, Minn.)
Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (Lewisvile, Texas)
Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (Caledonia, Minn./Rochester Juco)
Running back James Gillum (Pearl River, La./Gulf Coast Juco)
Wide receiver Jamel Harbison (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive back Antonio Johnson (Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Roland Johnson (El Dorado, Kan./Butler County Juco)
Defensive end Alex Keith (Columbia, Mo.)
Quarterback Mitch Leidner (Lakeville, Minn.)
Linebacker Jack Lynn (Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Athlete K.J. Maye (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back Dinero Moss (Surprise, Fla.)
Defensive back Eric Murray (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Brian Nicholson (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (Blue Earth, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Lincoln Pisek (Waco, Texas)
Defensive back Nick Rallis (Edina, Minn.)
Defensive back Martez Shabazz (DeSoto, Texas/Trinity Valley Juco)
Defensive back Damarius Travis (Pensacola, Fla.)
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)
Running back Rodrick Williams (Lewisville, Texas)

  Nebraska (13)

Linebacker Jared Afalava (South Jordan, Utah)
Athlete LeRoy Alexander (Toledo, Ohio)
Linebacker Zaire Anderson (Philadelphia, Pa./Riverside Juco)
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas)
Linebacker Thomas Brown (Gardena, Calif.)
Tight end Sam Cotton (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive end Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Avery Moss (Tempe, Ariz.)
Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Mohammed Seisay (Springfield, Va./Eastern Arizona Juco)
Offensive lineman Paul Thurston (Arvada, Col.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Corey Whitaker (Murrieta, Calif.)

Northwestern (20)

Defenisve back Terrance Brown (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Adam DePietro (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Chris Fitzpatrick (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Athlete Traveon Henry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Greg Kuhar (Concord Township, Ohio)
Defensive end Dean Lowry (Rockford, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Connor Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mike McHugh (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (Centerville, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Eric Olson (Cambridge, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Linebacker Jaylen Prater (Wellston, Ohio)
Wide receiver Andrew Scanian (Royersford, Pa.)
Tight end Jack Schwaba (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Athlete Dan Vitale (Wheaton, Ill.)
Defensive back Dwight White (Cypress, Texas)
Defensive back Eric Wilson (Redford, Mich.)

  Ohio State (23)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Defensive back De'van Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Taylor Decker (Vandalia, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Pat Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Quarterback Cardale Jones (Cleveland, Ohio.)
Wide receiver Roger Lewis (Pickerington, Ohio)
Defensive back Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Colo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker David Perkins (South Bend, Ind.)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Se'von Pittman (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Linebacker Luke Roberts (Lancaster, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Ricquan Southward (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive end Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio)
Wide receiver Michael Thomas (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Defensive end Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

  Penn State (20)

Quarterback Steven Branch (Cairo, Ga.)
Defensive back Da'Quan Davis (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive tackle Derek Dowrey (Winchester, Va.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Malik Golden (Cheshire, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Richland, N.J.)
Athlete Jake Kiley (New Hampton, N.H.)
Offensive lineman Wendy Laurent (Princeton, N.J.)
Wide receiver Eugene Lewis (Plymouth, Pa.)
Defensive back Jordan Lucas (Worchester, Mass.)
Athlete Akeel Lynch (Athol Springs, N.Y.)
Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Defensive back Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, Mass.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jonathan Warner (Camas, Wash.)
Linebacker Nyeem Wartman (Archbald, Pa.)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Wide receiver Trevor Williams (Baltimore, Md.)

  Purdue (25)

Wide receiver Danny Anthrop (Lafayette, Ind.)
Quarterback Austin Appleby (North Canton, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Brown (Tampa, Fla.)
Athlete Carlos Carvajal (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Cameron Cermin (College Station, Texas)
Tight end Jonathan Curry (Phenix City, Ala.)
Linebacker Andy Garcia (Hialeah, Fla.)
Quarterback Aloyis Gray (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.)
Linebacker Jimmy Herman (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive end Kingsley Ike (Pflugerville, Texas)
Offensive lineman Jason King (Little Rock, Ark.)
Running back Benjamin Knauf (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive end Greg Latta (La Quinta, Calif./College of the Desert Juco)
Quarterback Bilal Marshall (Hialeah, Fla.)
Kicker Thomas Meadows (Goochland, Va.)
Tight end Ryan Morris (Barnegat, N.J.)
Wide receiver Cameron Posey (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Roos (Celina, Texas)
Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Devin Smith (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western JUCO)
Defensive end Ryan Watson (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Dion Witty (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jordan Woods (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Wisconsin (11)

Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Hugs Etienne (Plantation, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Wide receiver Reggie Love (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Athlete Reggie Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defenisve back D.J. Singleton (Jersey City, N.J.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Walker Williams (Tacoma, Wash.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

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Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:29 pm
 

National notes: Movers & shakers in team rankings

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's getting down to crunch time on the recruiting trail, with just over a month until National Signing Day. With most of the Holiday season over with and attention turned to the new year, things are about to pick up even more as the decommits, recommits and surprises start happening.

The Eye on Recruiting has already given you some players ticketed for a rise on offense and defense in the recruiting rankings and now it's time to cast a critical eye on the teams that are looking to move up and a few that could be on their way down.

Team rankings movers

Alabama

Is there a better recruiter than Nick Saban? Currently, it's hard to argue with the man's success on the field and on the recruiting trail. He could be putting together an all-time great class in 2012 and just recently added lineman Alphonse Taylor and highly regarded running back T.J. Yeldon. Though they already have a quarterback in Alec Morris, the Tide are heavily pursuing dual-threat signal-caller Jameis Winston, one of the best players in the state and at his position, and top safety Landon Collins. If they can add Winston and close in on a few other top targets, Saban's team could vault to the top of the team rankings when everybody signs on the dotted line.

Ohio State

In just a short amount of time, Urban Meyer has made his presence felt in Columbus and nationally thanks to his recruiting acumen. The biggest splash has been made along the defensive line, where's he's grabbed commitments from the number three player in the country Noah Spence, tackle Tommy Schutt and end Se'Von Pittman. Though the NCAA handed out a bowl ban to the program, that probably won't deter too many recruits and playing for Meyer will be enough for some of them. They could land top 100 players like offensive tackle Jordan Diamond and athlete Davonte Neal so expect the Buckeyes to close well.

Notre Dame

The Irish and Brian Kelly put together a great group of defensive lineman last year and appear to have a balanced group of quality players at every position this year. California commits Deontay Greenberry and Tee Shepard seem solid and can make an impact right away after getting aclimated to South Bend. As is usual for Notre Dame, plenty of top recruits like Nelson Agholor, Arik Armstead and Gunner Kiel have the Irish on their short list and could turn a good class into a great one.

USC

The Trojans' great year in 2011 has proven they're one of the few schools who can shake off harsh NCAA sanctions and still play and recruit well. Lane Kiffin has a plan to deal with scholarship reductions and it will be put to the test in 2012 with 2012 being the first class limited to 15 players. USC has already signed a few top players early, such as linebacker Scott Starr and top JUCO safety Gerald Bowman. They have a chance at some top national guys Agholor and Andrus Peat so it's possible for it to be a small but great recruiting class for the Trojans.

California

Like their Pac-12 counterparts, the Bears could come on strong late with some top recruits. They're in good position to land Armstead and most consider five-star safety Shaq Thompson a lock to go to Berkeley. Ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi is a tremendous recruiter and with a great year out West for talent, should do pretty well. Cal's current group of commits, with quarterback Zach Kline and wide receiver Bryce Treggs, is a good start.

Team rankings shakers

Florida State

This is still a very good group of players but there's no doubt that the Seminoles class has taken hit in the past few weeks - thanks in large part to Alabama. Defensive end Chris Casher is a solid building block but future teammate Mario Edwards is looking hard at Oklahoma and Texas. Losing Winston would be a huge blow and there's a slim chance some, like Dante Fowler and Mario Pender, could pull a switch on Signing Day. Jimbo Fisher has done very well with the 2012 class but fans have a reason to be a little nervous at how they'll close.

Florida

A 6-6 season and losing offensive coordinator (and noted recruiter) Charlie Weis to Kansas have caused the Gators to slip a little. It still looks like they'll be a lock for a top 10 class come February with so many top 100 recruits but there's no doubt the uncertainty surrounding the program could come back to bite them. The loss of Weis in particular could hurt with possible pledges like Agholor and put a damper on Will Muschamp's first full recruiting class. Expectations are high with Meyer doing what he's doing in Columbus so a class that isn't filled with five-stars will further the perception that the program is slipping a bit.

Auburn

Will there be a meltdown on the Plains? It seems as though things haven't been going the Tigers' way recently with rival Alabama in the national championship game and stealing top commit in Yeldon. On top of that, defensive coordinator Ted Roof is gone and big time offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn surprisingly moved on to a head coaching job. This is still a very good class but they'll need to hold the current group together as well as snag a few top recruits to help reload an already young team.

Teams sitting pretty

Texas

Mack Brown has pulled in some impressive recruiting classes to Austin but this may be his best yet. The country's top running back and second-ranked wide receiver are headed to the 40 Acres and the depth of the group is one of the reasons why the Longhorns are the top ranked team in the latest Maxpreps rankings. There's no doubt that they should finish among the top three but it still remains to be seen if they can keep the top spot. Texas isn't completely done recruiting and could add a few impact players between now and Signing Day.

Michigan

Brady Hoke put together the bulk of this class before even coaching a game and has occupied the top team spot for most of the year. From top-to-bottom this might be the best class in the country with plenty of players who should come in and make an impact early  The Wolverines have seemingly filled all their holes and are still in the running for a few national recruits that could bolster their ranking so Michigan definitely has a shot at being ranked as the best.

Mora turning heads in Westwood

As soon as Jim Mora was hired in Westwood, the first question would be how well could the longtime NFL coach recruit at the college level? As it turns out, pretty well if early indications are to hold up in the future.

Mora's best recruiting job was the hiring of his assistants, notably ace recruiter Adrian Klemm, secondary coach Demetrice Martin  and former Arizona State offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. The trio, among others, have plenty of West Coast ties and have allowed the staff to hit the ground running despite being hired so late in the game. Keep an eye on this group poaching a few recruits from the Sun Devils once-promising class as well as a few Los Angeles natives.

December has seen the Bruins' class add several good players. Defensive backs Marcus Rios and Ishamel Adams are two players who could play early on defense and landing linebacker Kenny Orjioke out of Atlanta is a solid get for the staff. For the most part, the commitments prior to the new staff have hung in and seem sold on the direction of the program.

Though they're not anywhere close to getting elite talent, the signs out of UCLA are encouraging for a relatively inexperienced staff. The problem in the past has not been about recruiting however, it's been talent development and in that area things are still TBD. Still, given the progress on the recruiting trail, the coaching change has given plenty of Bruin fans something to smile about in a relatively dour year.

Video of week

I'm headed out to the Rising Seniors Bowl in Atlanta this year, which features some of the top juniors (class of 2013) in the state of Georgia. Among the headliners this week is linebacker Reuben Foster, an Alabama commit and easily one of - if not the - top players at his position next year. Here's some of his highlights:

Posted on: December 18, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Meyer lands top defensive end Noah Spence

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Urban Meyer has taken over Ohio State and quickly brought in a defensive line class that rivals any in the country. The latest addition came Sunday with Harrisburg (Pa.) five-star Noah Spence, who committed on his official visit to Columbus on Sunday.

"I am committed to Ohio State and I just decided to do it before the Under-Armour game," Spence told Scout. "I We went into Urban Meyer's office and I said Coach I am done and I want to be a part of the Buckeye Nation. I'd still like to announce on TV where I am going, but I didn't want to wait anymore."

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Spence is ranked as the nation's top defensive end and number three overall prospect by Maxpreps. He held scholarship offers from just about every program from coast-to-coast but the comfort factor with Meyer and Ohio State allowed him to commit while on his visit.

"It feels so great, I am truly blessed," he said. "Feels like I got the monkey off my back and I thank God for being with me every step of the way and for blessing myself and my family."

Spence is the Buckeyes' 19th commitment for the class of 2012 and joins fellow top 100 recruits Se'Von Pittman and Tommy Schutt on the defensive line. He amassed 98 tackles and 12.5 sacks during his senior season and should compete for a starting spot early on at Ohio State.

"He blends great size with speed, quickness, and power," analyst Tom Lemming said of Spence. "He has a keen sense for the football and uses it on every down. Remarkably active with a terrific burst, he's able to rip off blocks with strong hands and tremendous natural strength."

Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Urban Meyer pushing hard for Noah Spence

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Urban Meyer has made quite the splash on the recruiting trail since being named head coach at Ohio State and just recently landed two big-time defensive linemen in Tommy Schutt and Se'Von Pittman.

The top-flight recruiter could be on the verge of landing another top player in Harrisburg (Pa.) defensive end Noah Spence, the nation's third overall recruit. The Buckeyes have made a serious move up Spence's list as of late and drawn the personal attention of Meyer this week.

Maxpreps has a full update on Spence and his official visit to Columbus this weekend.

 
 
 
 
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