Tag:Steve Spurrier
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:50 am
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2/28 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Could Ole Miss pull off the upset and land Robert Nkemdiche?

 Kentucky's Joker Phillips talked about oversigning rules and landing Justin Taylor.

 Michigan's 2013 class continues to grow.

 Notre Dame signee Davonte Neal has withdrawn from his high school.

 Kansas added a late signee in defensive tackle Neal Page.

 Miami offered offensive lineman Colin Goebel.

 Steve Spurrier said South Carolina was 8-0 on the recruiting trail against Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Clemson.

 Ryan White committed to Louisville after visiting Illinois.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:48 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: SEC

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Breaking down who won and who lost in the SEC on National Signing Day:

 

WINNERS

Mike Slive. Anyone who doubted Missouri's conference cred had to fall silent for at least a day as the Tigers introduced the nation's No. 1 recruit into the SEC East. The rest of the Tigers' class may not be as deep as many of their new league rivals', but when said class also includes a star as overpoweringly bright as Dorial Green-Beckham, it's hard to see any flaws.

Players to watch: WR Dorial Green-Beckham, G Evan Boehm, QB Maty Mauk.  

Alabama. Yawn--just another No. 1-ranked class of 25-plus blue-chips for Nick Saban's perpetual recruiting motion machine, with the surprise signing of highly regarded Virginia defensive tackle Korren Kirven the icing on a cake the Crimson Tide had baked long before Wednesday. By his own admission, Saban said they "didn't have any surprises," for worse or -- this being Alabama -- better. Once Kirven had declared and top safety Landon Collins had finally gotten his mother on board, the drama in Tuscaloosa was over.

In fact, after a big Junior Day haul, Saban and Co. are already off and sprinting for 2013. Come next February, it's likely there won't be any surprises then either. It may not be exciting for anyone hoping for stunning announcements, big rankings swings, and overheated speculation -- the Tide may have used it all up in last year's Cyrus Kouandjio saga -- but it's the same lethally efficient formula that's netted Saban two national championships in three seasons. Nothing much changed for Alabama on Signing Day, but unfortunately for the rest of college football, that means nothing much has changed when it comes to the difficulty of knocking the Tide off their perch, either.

Players to watch: S Landon CollinsRB T.J. YeldonCB Geno SmithVideo: Saban on being No. 1 on the recruiting trail. 



James Franklin. When Franklin's blazingly hot start last summer netted him a commitment from All-American running back Brian Kimbrow, the nation's no. 52 player, the response from many observers around the SEC was "That's impressive. It'll be even more impressive if he actually signs."

Not every one of those early Vanderbilt commitments made it across the finish line. But Kimbrow did, along with 20 other quality players that had the 'Dores in the CBS Sports National Signing Day  Top 25 a week beforehand. Vandy couldn't quite hang on to that lofty ranking, but even having the SEC's eternal doormat in a "top 25" conversation is an achievement for Franklin arguably on par with Saban's in Tuscaloosa. 

Players to watch: RB Brian Kimbrow, DE Caleb AzubikeQB Pat Robinette.

Steve Spurrier's nerves. South Carolina isn't traditionally the first team you'd think of when looking for a comparison to Alabama when it comes to recruiting success. But the Gamecocks might be this year, thanks in part to joining the Tide in the team rankings top 10 (believe it or not, Carolina quietly finished third in the SEC). But like Alabama, the Gamecocks also enjoyed a pleasantly uneventful Signing Day, with 19 of the 25 Gamecocks who signed today having already committed before the 2011 season started. 

“It’s been a peaceful Signing Day today, which was kind of nice,” recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. said. And when you peacefully land players like Shaq Roland and Jordan Diggs, doubly so.

Players to watch: WR Shaq Roland, RB Mike DavisDB Jordan Diggs. Video: Spurrier talks recruiting impact. 


LOSERS

Mark Richt's nerves. On the other side of the spectrum from Alabama and South Carolina, there was Georgia's National Signing Day. The day started with the disappointment of missing out on receivers Cordarelle Patterson (Tennessee) and JaQuay Williams (Auburn) (leaving the Bulldogs with just one wideout in the class), then picked up with a commitment from Maxpreps top 100 linebacker/safety Josh Harvey-ClemonsBut that a.m. joy dissolved into p.m. worry as Harvey-Clemons grandfather and legal guardian reportedly refused to sign Harvey-Clemons' letter of intent. Adding insult to injury, Richt's premature public comments on Harvey-Clemons may have even constituted a minor NCAA violation.

With or without Harvey-Clemons, the Bulldogs are still going to boast a star-studded class with nearly as many top 100 recruits (five, or six) as any team in the country. But the potential of losing Harvey-Clemons to hated Florida with the Gators already sitting some 15 spots ahead in the team rankings is likely to cause a restless evening (or evenings) in Athens all the same.

Players to watch: OL John TheusRB Keith MarshallDE Jordan Jenkins. Video: Will Muschamp on Florida's Signing Day.

LSU's in-state clout. There's about 105 FBS teams or so that would gladly trade classes with LSU's, especially after the addition of out-of-state gems like Oxford (Ala.) linebacker Kwon AlexanderBut in a somewhat down year for talent in the Pelican State, the Tigers had to lock down the borders to put together a truly elite class, and that didn't happen--not only did Collins and highly-regarded linebacker Denzel Devall stick with their Alabama commitments, Texas shocked Les Miles by snatching away the Tigers' blue-chip linebacker Torshiro Davis. (Davis rubbed salt in Miles's wound by saying LSU's players "don't seem that happy.")

Those were the top three players in the state by many accounts, and LSU didn't land any of them. It's not the end of the world, but for a program built on an annual harvest of blue-chippers from the bayou, it's a worrying sign all the same.

Players to watch: OL Vadal Alexander, WR Avery Johnson, LB Trey Granier.  

Arkansas. As usual under Bobby Petrino, the Razorbacks signed a respectable-but-not-spectacular class that Petrino will no doubt turn into something far more than the sum of its parts once it comes together in Fayetteville. But to come as close as they reportedly did to signing the player that would have helped cement their status as a national power and come up short has to sting.

Players to watch: LB Otha Peters, OG Jeremy Ward, RB Jonathan Williams.

SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN

Auburn. On the good side: wide receivers JaQuay Williams and Ricardo Louis each stuck with their original commitments to the Tigers, offensive lineman Will Adams flipped from Georgia Tech, and top tackle Avery Young gave Auburn a top-100 cornerstone at Georgia and Florida's expense. On the not so good side: Eddie Goldman, Ronald Darby, Leonard Williams, Alexander and Jordan Moore all had Auburn as one of their finalists and all went in a different direction. Gene Chizik's boom-or-bust Signing Day somehow managed to neither quite boom nor bust.

Players to watch: QB Zeke Pike, RB Jovon Robinson, DB T.J. Davis. And to wrap things up, here's some video of Derek Dooley:


Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:13 am
 

12/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted By Bryan Fischer
  Steve Spurrier thinks his new extension will help recruiting.

  New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman says he'll recruit the state as hard as anyone.

  Michigan had a decommitment from cornerback Anthony Standifer.

  Urban Meyer is a recruiting threat to Michigan State and Michigan. Bri'onte Dunn is solid to the Buckeyes.

  Oregon offensive lineman Mark Asper had some interesting things to say about being recruited by BYU.

  Georgia extended an offer to junior running back Tyren Jones.

  Defensive lineman Tyler Nero will take an official visit to Arkansas in January.

  Mississippi State added JUCO defensive end Denico Autry.
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:28 am
 

10/26 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Where will top tackle Arik Armstead land? Breaking down the former USC commit's options.

Michigan is still searching for a wide receiver for the current class.

Steve Spurrier recruited great quarterbacks to Florida but that hasn't continued at South Carolina.

West Virginia's possible move to the Big 12 should help in recruiting because the coaching staff is very familiar with the area.

N.C. State has aggressively recruited the defensive line this year.

At Nebraska, the focus in recruiting has shifted to defensive playmakers.

Georgia commit John Theus returned from Notre Dame feeling better about the Bulldogs.
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:39 am
 

9/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Notre Dame is pushing hard for offensive tackle Zach Banner. Wide receiver Justin Ferguson is solid with the Irish.
South Carolina has stepped up their recruiting efforts under Steve Spurrier.

Michigan State could land the top prospect in Michigan yet again in wideout Aaron Burbridge. The Spartans are also recruiting Ohio QB Brogan Roback.

Tight end Kurt Freitag will take visits to Florida State, Alabama and Florida.

Could Alabama lose linebacker Dillon Lee to Georgia?

Oklahoma quarterback Brayden Scott has lots of interest in Arkansas.

Commitments:

Boise State received a commitment from safety Chanceller James.

Mississippi State added linebacker Lelland Ducksworth to their class of 2012.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:10 am
 

Ranking the SEC recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Florida (#3 overall according to MaxPreps)

Three top 100 players and a solid foundation on the offensive line give Florida the top spot at the moment in the SEC. Plenty can change but this class brings a mix of players who fit Will Muschamp and Charlie Weis' style and who are terrific athletes.

2. Alabama (#7)

This class also has three top 100 players and it would be no surprise to see the Crimson Tide end up in the top spot come Signing Day. They lost out on in-state quarterback Jameis Winston but picked up a good replacement signal-caller in Alec Morris and this class features a lot of really good athletes who could play multiple positions.

3. LSU (#9)

The Tigers have two top 100 commits but one of them, Avery Johnson, is on shaky ground and is still pretty open with his recruitment. That said, this class is full of talented athletes that can play on either side of the ball and, though it might take a year or two in the program, could have some impact defensive players.

4. Auburn (#10)

Auburn has certainly seen a championship bounce in their recruiting, grabbing three top 100 recruits for 2012. Tight end Darrion Hutcherson can come in and play right away, as can several others out of this group.

5. South Carolina (#12)

The Old Ball Coach Steve Spurrier has mopped up in-state talent as of late and is doing so again with this class. Shaq Roland is the lone top 100 recruit but this class fills needs and brings in several talented skill position players.

6. Georgia (#20)

Despite Mark Richt being on the hot seat, he certainly can recruit. They have two top 100 players on either side of the line in Jonathan Taylor and John Theus and they've added several other quality players on defense so far.

7. Vanderbilt (#23)

This class is headlined by top 100 recruit Brian Kimbrow but there's also a lot of other talented recruits that Commodores fans have been unaccustomed to landing. James Franklin and company have particularly gone after the defensive line and have hit Georgia and Tennessee hard for recruits.

8. Arkansas

There's no big name for the Razorbacks in this class but it's a solid group of athletes with a lot of potential. The wide receivers in particular could take some time to develop but have the physical tools to be very good in Bobby Petrino's system.

9. Kentucky

Loaded with Blaylocks (three players with the last name) and linemen, this class has done a good job honing in on a few diamonds in the rough. Quarterback Patrick Towles is an Elite 11-level quarterback and could play early in his career.

10. Tennessee

This class has some momentum after being one of the smaller classes at the beginning of July. At the linebacker position in particular they've done a great job of landing talented recruits but have to address other areas to rise up this list.

11. Ole Miss

It's a solid but not spectacular effort so far for Houston Nutt. They are bringing in several good running backs but need to continue their course if they want to move up the pecking order.

12. Mississippi State

The Bulldogs have mined the in-state talent and gotten several above average athletes but there is no big name you would expect after having a big season.
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:32 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Roland gives S.C. another big in-state pledge

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Steve Spurrier & Co. picked up the top player in the state of South Carolina as Lexington (S.C.) wide receiver Shaq Roland decided Saturday evening to end the recruiting process and select the Gamecocks.

"It's finally done," Roland posted on his Facebook page, according to TheBigSpur.com. "I've committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks."

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Roland is the 13th commitment for South Carolina's Class of 2012 and the third receiver in a week to commit to the program.

His verbal pledge means Spurrier has received a commitment from the top in-state player for the fourth year in a row, following Jadeveon Clowney in 2010, Marcus Lattimore in 2009 and Stephon Gilmore in 2008.

Roland is ranked 20th overall in the class by MaxPreps and given a five-star rating by Tom Lemming. He had 66 receptions for 1,152 yards and 10 touchdowns last season as a junior and is considered a very good basketball prospect as well.
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 6:02 pm
 

English set for South Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Carolina is inching closer and closer to the double-digit commitment mark for the class of 2012, adding pledge No. 8 late Monday night from Powder Springs (Ga.), defensive end Darius English. He visited the school unofficially Saturday and made his commitment public two days later to become the latest Gamecock.

“When I finished the tour and everything, I told Coach (G.A.) Mangus that South Carolina is where I want to be,” English told TheBigSpur.com. “He was excited. He said that I was the first defensive end commit for them. I just wanted to talk things over with my parents before I went public. They were excited about it as well. That was the school they wanted me to go to. They live in Augusta so they are close to South Carolina.”

One factor that went into his decision was the fact that two high school teammates, linebacker Marcquis Roberts and tight end Rory Anderson, signed with South Carolina in February and will be able to show him the ropes once he gets to Columbia.

“Yes, I’ve got two people there that I know,” English told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That way, when times get tough, I have two friends there for me. They will keep me going, keep pushing me.” 

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound speedy defensive end lived in the opponent's backfield last season, racking up 17 sacks as a junior. He also held offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Michigan State and Ole Miss among others but will wind up at South Carolina. He is head coach Steve Spurrier's second defensive lineman in the upcoming recruiting class, joining fellow Georgian Carlos Hood.
 
 
 
 
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