Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:44 am

3/1 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stringent standards have helped Stanford elevate itself in recruiting

  Jimbo Fisher thinks Florida State is one of the few schools who can play and recruit against SEC schools.

 It's a big recruiting weekend coming up for Virginia.

 Toledo picked up a commitment.

 Florida has another 2013 player who is a legacy they're recruiting.

 Alabama has offered defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.

 Safety Malik Greaves liked what he heard and committed to Vanderbilt.

 Michigan is turning its attention to recruiting defensive players.

 Texas and Baylor lead the state in stockpiling local recruits.
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:56 pm

Jaron Dukes is Michigan's 12th verbal commitment

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan continues to move quickly in securing commitments in the class of 2013, grabbing a verbal from Columbus (Ohio) wide receiver Jaron Dukes late Wednesday afternoon.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder was flying a bit under the radar and only held major offers from Illinois and Toledo. Dukes visited Ann Arbor to see the school about two weeks ago and it appeared only to be a matter of time before he would ultimately commit.

“It went great,” Dukes told Scout about the visit.  “I saw everything… the facilities, academic programs… just everything!  It was everything I expected it to be plus more.  I thought the town was going to be very small, but it’s not that small.  I liked it… I liked it a lot!”

Dukes becomes the 12th commitment for the Wolverines in next year's class, eight of whom pledged this past weekend, and first wide receiver. He caught 36 passes for 663 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a junior.

Posted on: February 18, 2012 2:09 pm

Michigan State's newest pick up is LB Jon Reschke

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan State added the program's first 2013 defensive commitment on Friday as Bloomfield (Mich.) linebacker Jon Reschke pledged to become a Spartan.

“I’ve been thinking about it for about three weeks,” Reschke told Scout. “I sat down and talked with my dad and family. My dad was asking me questions and there were about a dozen schools that wanted me to come to Junior Days and possibly at least half of them would have offered."

The 6-foot-2, 223-pound outside linebacker only held an offer from Toledo before one from Michigan State came in. Reschke is good friends with Michigan quarterback commit Shane Morris so donning the green and white will make for an interesting relationship going forward.

“I’ve been texting Shane and I thought he was a little mad at me,” said Reschke. “He texted me and I was like I’m sorry man, but this is what I’ve got to do for myself. I have to make the right decision for myself just like you did. He completely understood and was more than happy for me. He’s happy I’m at the right school.”

Reschke's pledge gives Michigan State two commitments in the class of 2013. He had an impressive 140 tackles last season as a junior.

Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:31 pm

12/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Colorado added a pledge from cornerback Marques Mosley to give the Buffs 22 commitments for the class of 2012.

Purdue added commit #23 in defensive end Kingsley Ike.

 Running back Greg Garmon enjoyed his visit to Arkansas.

 Top athlete Nelson Agholor has visited Oklahoma, Florida and Notre Dame already and all three are serious contenders for his commitment.

 Cornerback Tyree Holder was offered by Toledo.

 Big time offensive tackle Jordan Diamond has visits to Michigan, Arkansas and Wisconsin left.

 Arizona State's new coaching staff is going after a few top local players already committed.

 Looking back and evaluating Florida's class of 2010.

Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:47 am

12/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another bowl game in Florida could boost Michigan State's recruiting in the state.

Linebacker Darius Parson decommitted from Syracuse.

 Linebacker Thomas Brown is "set in stone" with Nebraska.

 A Toledo recruit is a big fan of new Illinois head coach Tim Beckman.

New UCLA head coach Jim Mora has plenty of catching up to do, including recruiting.

Funny story about Pete Carroll recruiting Tim Tebow to USC.

 Florida commits won't waver with Charlie Weis at Kansas.


 Offensive lineman Ralphael Green committed to Indiana after visiting Missouri.

 Defensive back D.J. White and athlete Anthony Autry committed to Georgia Tech.

 Colorado received the sixth commitment from a defensive lineman in Josh Tupou.

 Safety K.J. Dillon committed to West Virginia on his visit.

 Quarterback Kendric Bostic flipped his pledge from UCF to Princeton.

 Defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown committed to Louisville.

Posted on: September 5, 2011 3:15 pm

Surveying the Field on September 5

Posted by Bryan Fischer

What a great weekend of football. The college game is back and not only that, we've had five glorious days of it.

In what will be a regular feature called Surveying the Field, I'll be taking a look at the week that was in college football and in high school football to get everybody caught up on the star players, big plays and great wins that happened over the weekend.

The curious case of Gehrig Dieter

If I gave you three guesses as to who was the nation's best wide receiver through the first couple of weeks of the high school season, chances are you would never guess South Bend (Ind.) wide-out Gehrig Dieter.

You likely heard his name this week however, after he racked up 447 yards receiving to set an Indiana and national high school record. Yes, you read that right, 447 yards.

"I just broke the national record for yards in a game. DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAMED the entire game. 447 yards and 4 TDs #humbled," he tweeted after the game.

The amazing accomplishment gives Dieter an impressive 1,158 receiving yards on the year through three games. How many players would be thrilled to get that in an entire season?

Curiously, Dieter's recruitment has tracked with his eye-popping stats. Prior to this weekend he held offers from Akron, Ball State, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, SMU, Toledo and Western Michigan. Yep, not a single BCS offer.

That should change shortly I'm guessing.

"A very good athlete, he can track the deep ball over his head and if it's within reach he'll catch it. He also shows very good moves after the catch," CBS/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming wrote of Dieter.

Having seen Dieter in action during a 7-on-7 tournament over the summer, I was shocked that schools were not showing much interest. As Lemming wrote, he certainly is a great athlete and has the size and speed to be a big contributor for a good program in the future. My guess is he'll wind up in the Big Ten and be a better version of Dane Sanzenbacher at Ohio State.

Diggs helps Good Counsel top Manatee

It was an impressive showing by Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel to beat Manatee (Fla.) on Saturday. The game was a little sloppy but the Falcons still managed to beat a solid team with playmakers on defense like Clinton Heaven and Darius White.

No surprise to see athlete Stefon Diggs power Good Counsel to victory with two touchdowns, including the game winning score in double overtime. Diggs finished the day with six catches for 132 yards and showed why he excels in getting behind the defense. He's one of the fastest players in the country and is ranked 14th overall in the class of 2012.

“There was a lot of speed on both sides of the ball," Diggs told the Maryland Gazette. “Their defense was fast; faster than what we’re used to."

Diggs is being recruited as a wide receiver and defensive back. Having seen him in action, he'd be a great fit either way but he's such a dynamic playmaker it will be hard to put him at corner. He's narrowed his list down to about 10 schools and plans to commit at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He hasn't selected where he'll take all five of his official visits to but Alabama, Cal, Florida State, Maryland and Virginia Tech are all serious players.

Execution powers Bellvue and De La Salle

California was host to some great high school games this weekend between several top 25 teams this weekend.

Just as Boise State used execution and sound defense to beat a Georgia team with superior athletes on Saturday, Bellvue (Wash.) managed to simply out work a talented Oaks Christian (Calif.) team. According to MaxPreps' Mitch Stephens, don't be surprised if Bellvue's talented sophomore running back Bishard Baker starts drawing attention from Pac-12 schools. Defensive back Tyler Hasty also starred with two interceptions and should see several schools show more interest as a result.

On the Oaks Christian side, their two best players have been receiving plenty of attention from schools on the West Coast. Cornerback Ishmael Adams is close to making a decision and it's pretty clear he's not going too far from home. UCLA seems to be the leader in the club house at this point (he visited there unofficially two weeks ago), but Cal, Colorado and Arizona State are pushing hard for his services. Notre Dame is also in the mix.

His teammate, wide receiver Jordan Payton, seems to be intent on leaving the area however. He had a solid game against Bellvue with nine catches for 103 yards and played well on defense. The USC de-commit will be one of several top 100 players headed to Michigan to see their night game against Notre Dame and both teams are in the running for his verbal commitment. At this point it seems like Michigan and Cal are in the lead but don't be surprised if Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Nebraska stay in the race for Payton's signature.

In a big match up between two top California teams, Wisconsin commit Bart Houston managed to give De La Salle a thrilling victory to edge Bellarmine on Saturday. Amazingly, both teams missed extra points late but the third-ranked Spartans still managed to come out on top after Houston sneaked across the goal line for a touchdown.

While Houston is solidly committed to the Badgers, the recruiting attention on the team centers on junior linebacker Michael Hutchings. Playing alongside Cal commit Michael Barton, De La Salle has a fantastic linebacking corps and Hutchings is the player that has scouts most excited for what he can do at the next level. Long thought to a USC lean, he recently came out and said that UCLA and Cal were really recruiting him heavily.

"I think all three in-state schools are about equal," Hutchings told Rivals. "Those are the three teams to beat right now."

With a good number of Spartans already committed to major FBS schools, keeping track of who the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has at the top of the list should be fun over the next year or more.

Video of the day

Check out this crazy punt return by Duluth (Ga.) athlete Myles Campbell and note the big hit that springs him free.

Recruiting Roundup

- Top recruit Dorial Green-Beckham won't reveal his list of schools but he is cutting it down to five.

- The Onion details new NCAA rules that have reduced recruiting to winks and eyebrow raises.

- Great story on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez' ties to his high school and Mission Viejo head coach Bob Johnson.

Texas high school football is big time and now it's a part of Oregon.

Defensive end Jordan Jenkins has Alabama as his leader, Florida in second and Auburn in third. Tigers head coach Gene Chizik made a visit to see Jenkins this week.

USC commit Darreus Rogers had a big game as Carson High beat Mater Dei.

Running back Keith Marshall, one of the top players in the country, defended Georgia coach Mark Richt after their loss to Boise State.

Receiver Corey Jones made a commitment to Pitt over the weekend.

Keep an eye on

Denton Guyer (Texas) vs. Cedar Hill (Texas), 9 ET on September 5

These two teams play in the annual Herbstriet Classic at Cowboys Stadium and it should be a rematch after Cedar Hill edged Guyer 42-41 last year in the event before Guyer got revenge in the state playoffs later that season. Cedar Hill already has a loss on their record after falling to the top team in the state, Allen, last week 28-13. They'll need to get the offense going and tighten their pass defense if they want to compete with Denton. Sophomore Jerrod Heard is the quarterback for Guyer and he showed some good things in the team's win against Garland last week. Should be a great game between two of Texas' top high school teams.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:42 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:47 am

Big Ten Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Adam Jacobi

With Nebraska joining the already tradition-rich Big Ten, the pressure's going to be on the conference's best teams to keep producing more than ever. Here are some key factors coming into National Signing Day.

Players to Watch

Curtis Grant - With the news on Tuesday night that Ohio State was out of the running for Aundrey Walker, Curtis Grant is one of just two uncommitted prospects left on MaxPreps' Top 100 that's still considering the Buckeyes. If the Buckeyes do land Grant, however, he'll be the trophy of the class; Grant is a beast of a linebacker, with the size and speed to play inside or outside. Ohio State loses star linebackers Brian Rolle and Ross Homan this season, and the depth in the LB corps isn't great; between that and the value a fast, hard-hitting safety brings to special teams, it'd be a shock if Grant didn't get on the field immediately for OSU. The Buckeyes' main competition for Grant's services is Florida, though UNC or Virginia could potentially come into play here.

Andre Sturdivant - One of the top remaining prospects in Big Ten country is Andre "Tank" Sturdivant, who played linebacker this year but looks like a classic convert from MLB to DE; he's big and strong, and plays better north-and-south than in space. He could be a multiple-year starter at DE for most Big Ten teams, and he's still weighing his options for next year. Michigan State and Penn State appear to be neck-and-neck for the defender, while Toledo is the default "close to home" option for the Cleveland, Ohio native. Thing of it is, though, if Ohio State starts missing on its several last-minute prospects once the LOIs start rolling in and still has a scholarship open, we could easily see the Buckeyes make an offer to Sturdivant and let him stay close to home with a better program than MSU or PSU. There's really no telling where this commitment goes.

Darian Cooper - DT Darian Cooper is yet another legitimate D-I prospect from the football factory that is DeMatha HS in Baltimore, and it's easy to see why; Cooper is a cannonball of a defensive lineman, standing at 6'1" and weighing close to three bills. He's still fast enough to have lined up at end at times for DeMatha, and that first step quickness combined with his low point of leverage should be enough to give larger, slower offensive linemen nightmares. Cooper will choose between Michigan, Iowa, and Georgia Tech tomorrow, and considering the lack of depth on both Michigan and Iowa's defensive fronts, it seems like Cooper would find immediate playing time if he went to the Midwest.

Teams to Watch

Penn State - The Nittany Lions have the capacity to to fill up just about all of their 25 allotted signing spots this class. What they don't have are the commits themselves; only 15 players have announced verbal commitments to PSU thus far. Joe Paterno's age is obviously limiting the amount of recruiting he can do, and it can't have helped that defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was thisclose to heading to Pitt in the middle of recruiting season. If opposing teams are citing imminent instability in their negative recruiting against PSU, they're wise, and it's working; this class has no business being so small. Let's see if JoePa can work some magic and bring in some late names to help coax the 2011 freshman class into respectability. 

Indiana - Yes, Indiana. Incoming head coach Kevin Wilson has an uphill battle ahead of him, but if his job keeping commitments on board is any indication of how much recruits like the guy, we could see a turnaround in Bloomington. Wilson kept four-star LB Zack Shaw (an April '10 verbal) in the fold, and just this past weekend TE Jake Reed canceled a visit to Iowa and rebuffed offers from Stanford and Louisville -- where Charlie Strong is recruiting like crazy -- to reaffirm his commitment to the Hoosiers. Those two have set a good example; Wilson now needs the rest of his class to follow suit when it comes time to put pen to paper.

Michigan - Coming into Tuesday, the Wolverines had six known offers out and room to accommodate them all; so far, one has committed and the other five are still available. They're no slouches, either; one is the aforementioned Darian Cooper, and the other five all have several major college offers. Brady Hoke could use a strong finish to an otherwise lackluster first recruiting class (hardly his fault, of course), and what better day for such a finish than Signing Day?

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

It's obviously foolish to grant much immediate importance to recruiting rankings; only rarely do true freshmen substantially contribute to a team's success, and by the time most guys in a recruiting class find their way to the field, it's two or three years later and the work they've put in with the program generally outweighs their recruiting bona fides by then. And yet, it has to be pointed out that despite their recent BCS bowl berths, neither Wisconsin nor Iowa is recruiting at a level that's substantially higher than that of incoming Nebraska. Yes, Iowa and Wisconsin are both on the MaxPreps Top 25, but their inclusion over Nebraska may be due to little more than the fact that the Huskers only have 18 players committed, a relatively small class compared to the Hawkeyes and Badgers. Any illusions Big Ten foes may have harbored about a mediocre Nebraska program should be out the window by now.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 

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