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Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The rumors had been circulating for weeks that Daphne (Ala.) running back T.J. Yeldon would be decommitting from Auburn and flipping to rival Alabama. Sunday afternoon, the four-star running back turned the rumors into news and officially changed his commitment to the Crimson Tide.

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve really put a lot of time and thought into where I want to go to school and continue my football career. I am blessed to be in a situation where I have several great opportunities and I appreciate everyone involved who has helped me get to this point," Yeldon said in a statement issued to the media. "I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on the things I need to do to prepare for college both athletically and academically. I am going to enroll at the University of Alabama in January"

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder had been hotly pursued by the Tide coaching staff despite his commitment. Ranked 123rd overall and the 7th-best big back in the country by MaxPreps, Yeldon gives the program an able replacement should Heisman finalist Trent Richardson depart to the NFL.

"I have a lot of respect for Auburn, the coaches, and all of the people there, but at the end of the day I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation and fit for me and my family," Yeldon said. "I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about it and I’m excited to get started.”

An early enrollee, Yeldon becomes the 22nd commitment for Alabama's class of 2012 and is joined at the running back position by Kenyan Drake. He was recently named MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game and rushed for 2,193 yards and 31 touchdowns during his senior season.

"T.J. blends good size with great power and speed," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows explosive big-play capabilities, good movement skills, and is able to cut on a dime. He's a reliable receiver and also a very reliable between the tackles runner."

Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:12 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Alabama-LSU recruiting head-to-head

Recruiting Head-to-Head
Dennis Dodd Nick Saban
51-11 at Alabama. Two National Championships, three SEC Championships.
Dennis Dodd Les Miles
70-17 at LSU. One National Championship, one SEC Championship.
Recent Recruiting Classes
  •  4th-ranked class in 2012
  • 19 commitments in 2012, four in top 100
  • 3rd-ranked class in 2011
  • 9th-ranked class in 2010
  •  6th-ranked class in 2012
  • 20 commitments in 2012, three in top 100
  • 5th-ranked class in 2011
  • 5th-ranked class in 2010
Beat LSU for: Beat Alabama for:

Running back Trent Richardson
LSU came hard after the Pensacola (Fla.) back but he wound up with picking Alabama on Signing Day.


Wide receiver Rueben Randle
Alabama was one of the few realistic out-of-state options for Randle, who didn't surprise many by choosing to stay close to home on Signing Day.
Battling for in 2012


Landon Collins

#9 overall, #1 defensinve back

Geismar, Louisiana

6-foot-1, 205-pounds

Visiting Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Tom Lemming evaluation: In person he already looks like an NFL FS. Physical, he reminds me of Karlos Williams.

Top 2012 Recruit
 
Geno Smith
Five-star cornerback
Atlanta, Georgia
6-foot, 165-pounds
Tom Lemming evaluation: Slightly built but there's not a better cover corner in the country. He explodes to the ball, shows good leaping ability, timing, and anticipation. He dominated everyone he went up against in 2010 and he's exceptional when the ball is in the air.
 
Vadal Alexander
Four-star offensive lineman
Buford, Georgia
6-foot-6, 310-pounds
Tom Lemming evaluation: He's big, tough, aggressive and technically sound. On a team with several potential All-Americans, Mr. Alexander really stands out. He shows the potential to play either left or right tackle, extends his arms, shows good initial quickness and plays the game on his feet.
Top 2013 Recruit

Robert Nkemdiche
Defensive end
6-foot-5, 275-pounds
Older brother plays at Ole Miss, would be top-ranked DE in 2012 class as well.

Ricky Jefferson
Wide receiver
5-foot-11, 185-pounds
Younger brother of Tigers' QB Jordan Jefferson, one of the few in-state players with an LSU offer.




Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:32 am
Edited on: September 23, 2011 10:33 am
 

9/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Good profile of top overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham.

Linebacker Josh Witt says he is 100% committed to Miami.

Arkansas has plenty of top recruits coming in for the next home game and hope to be 5-0 when they take the field.

Cyrus Jones has Virginia Tech, Auburn, Alabama, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio State on his short list.

Receiver Richard Benjamin has planned visits to Florida and USF.

Wisconsin and Miami are still on top for lineman Danny Isidora.

All-purpose threat Jeremy Smith will give FIU a replacement for T.Y. Hilton.

Visits to Georgia, Florida, LSU and Louisville have been set up for Josh Harvey-Clemons.

2013 running back Kamani Thomas has been compared to Trent Richardson by some and has Michigan as his dream school.


Posted on: August 23, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Ranking the decade's top recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

When I saw my colleague Jeff Borzello rank the decade's top basketball recruiting classes, I thought it was such a good idea I decided to steal follow his lead and do the same on the football side.

Little did I know what a tough job it was, first sorting through each class and then deciding where to rank each one. It's much easier on the basketball side from a sheer numbers standpoint too, an issue when you're talking about several thousand more players on the football field versus on the court. It's a fun experiment and a good chance to see just how far recruits from each year panned out however.

There's no set formula for determining where each class ranks, it's too hard to compare one class with a great college player like Tim Tebow with one that has several players who developed into great players later in their careers. So, after looking up and down plenty of recruiting lists, are the decade's top recruiting classes by year. Feel free to disagree and complain in the comments.

1. 2003

Top Players: Reggie Bush, Ernie Sims, Greg Olsen, LaMar Woodley, Chris Leak, Steve Smith, Vernon Davis, Dennis Dixon, Michael Griffin, Sedrick Ellis, JaMarcus Russell, LaRon Landy and Sam Baker among others.

The class of 2003 laid the foundation for four national titles at two different schools (LSU and USC). The headliner looking back is Bush who, though his many records have an * next to them, was among the most electrifying players on the field. Leak and Caldwell led Florida to a national title and Dixon was on his way with Oregon until injuring his knee. LSU also grabbed first-round picks JaMarcus Russell, Dwayne Bowe, Craig Davis and LaRon Landry.

2. 2008

Top Players: Terrelle Pryor, DaQuan Bowers, Blaine Gabbert, Julio Jones, Patrick Peterson, Tyron Smith, Marcus Fortson, A.J. Green, Mark Ingram, Terrence Cody, Michael Floyd, Andrew Luck, Jeff Fuller and Corey Liuget among others.

A loaded class at quarterback and wide receiver, 2008 was one of the deepest classes in recent memory and several players are only now wrapping up their college careers. Pryor was the top player coming out of high school and though some people question how he went out, he was nevertheless 31-4 as a starter. It's hard to argue against one of the top NFL prospects in a long time with Luck and Ingram has a Heisman Trophy and national title to his name. With a  strong push from some seniors this season, this class could move into the top spot.

3. 2006

Top players: Percy Harvin, Andre Smith, Beanie Wells, Brandon Spikes, Gerald McCoy, Tim Tebow, Matthew Stafford, C.J. Spiller, DeMarco Murray, Jake Locker and Knowshon Moreno among others.

This class is littered with first-round draft picks and big-time college stars. Stafford the top pick in the draft and Harvin helped Tebow win two national championships before both left with plenty of records at Florida. This also was one of the more balanced classes with plenty of talent at multiple positions.

4. 2007

Top players: Eric Berry, Noel Devine, Ryan Mallet, Carlos Dunlap, Marvin Austin, Joe Haden, Dez Bryant, Tyrod Taylor, Rolando McClain, Lee Ziemba, Brian Price, Aaron Hernandez, Steven Garcia, Brian Bulaga and Joe McKnight among others.

Call this the class of misfits for their share of off-the-field issues but there's no denying this was a group of talented players. The top two guys, Jimmy Clausen and McKnight, failed to live up to expectations placed on them but still put together solid careers in college. Price, Austin, Dunlap and others are part of a great defensive line and Berry was one of the top safeties in the last several years.

5. 2009

Top players: Rueben Randle, Russell Shepard, Garrett Gilbert, Matt Barkley, Trent Richardson, Christine Michael, Cliff Harris, Devon Kennard, Vontaze Burfict, Shane Skov, Aaron Murrary, Dre Kirkpatrick, Manti Teo and Alshon Jeffrey among others.

This is still a class that's a work in progress but you can recognize several of these names on all-conference and all-America lists. There's some great running backs in Richardson and Michael among others and Murray and Barkley have been good, young signal-callers. Some elite linebackers in 2009 as well in Teo, Burfict and even Skov at Stanford.

6. 2005

Top players: Derrick Williams, Eugene Monroe, Mark Sanchez, Rey Maualuga, Jonathan Stewart, Darren McFadden, DeSean Jackson, Brian Cushing, Jamal Charles, Malcolm Kelly, Michael Oher, Doug Worthington, Ndamukong Suh, Colt McCoy and Mario Maningham among others.

Look up and down the top 100 recruiting lists and there were a lot of busts but this year still produced a lot of talent that had success. USC grabbed Sanchez, Cushing and Maualuga among others and they led the Trojans to the best four year winning percentage out this group of recruits (just six losses). Texas also found the winningest Division I quarterback in McCoy and Nebraska got one of the most dominant defensive linemen in years in Suh.

7. 2002

Top players: Vince Young, Haloti Ngata, Marcus Vick, Winston Justice, Tamba Hali, Tony Ugoh, Leonard Washington, Reggie McNeal, Eric Winston, Aaron Ross, Maurice Clarrett, A.J. Hawk and Troy Smith among others.

Not a deep group but a collection of college stars that proved they could beat top teams by themselves. Young is the big name after leading Texas to BCS Championship and upsetting USC in a magical run to the title. Clarrett, Hawk and Smith won a title early on and helped the Buckeyes to years of dominance in the regular season later on.

8. 2011

Top players: Jadeveon Clowney, Curtis Grant, Cyrus Kouandjio, Karlos Williams, Charone Peake, Malcolm Brown, James Wilder, Tony Steward, Stephon Tuitt, Colt Lyerla, Aaron Lynch, Nick O'Leary, Jeff Driskel, Savon Huggins, Ray Drew, Brett Hundley and Jaxon Shipley among others.

The players from the 2011 group haven't taken a snap in college yet but read the fall camp reports and you can see why they're higher than other classes. It wasn't a great year for quarterbacks but there were a ton of defensive linemen that will have an impact early, topped by one of the most dominant players in the country (and athletic freak) in Clowney. Lyerla and O'Leary will play early at tight end and Shipley should have fans in Austin thinking he's a mirror image of his older brother.

9. 2004

Top players: Adrian Peterson, Ted Ginn, Calvin Johnson, Early Doucet, Keith Rivers, Chad Henne, Fred Davis, Marshawn Lynch, Zach Miller, Dwayne Jarrett, Glen Dorsey and Michael Bumpus among others.

Peterson burst onto the scene as a freshman and established himself as a top tier running back. Johnson is one of the most athletic wide receivers in the game (some would call him a freak of nature) and he developed in a run-based college offense no less. Doucet and Dorsey had fun in the SEC and Henne was a successful quarterback at Michigan.

10. 2010

Top players: Ronald Powell, Seantrel Henderson, Kennan Allen, Robert Woods, DaRick Rodgers, Marcus Lattimore, Jackson Jeffcoat, Michael Dyer, Jake Heaps, Tony Jefferson, Sharrif Floyd and Jake Matthews among others.

Also a work in progress, were not a ton of impact players outside of Lattimore, Dyer, Heaps and Woods. The two players at the top, Powell and Henderson, have loads of talent but will need battle others to stay on the field. There's time for this group to rise up the list but for now, they're at the bottom.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: A.J. Green, A.J. Hawk, Aaron Hernandez, Aaron Lynch, Aaron Murrary, Aaron Ross, Adrian Peterson, Alshon Jeffrey, Andre Smith, Andrew Luck, Beanie Wells, Blaine Gabbert, Brandon Spikes, Brett Hundley, Brian Bulaga, Brian Cushing, Brian Price, C.J. Spiller, Calvin Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, Chad Henne, Charone Peake, Chris Leak, Christine Michael, Cliff Harris, Colt Lyerla, Colt McCoy, Corey Liuget, Craig Davis, Curtis Grant, Cyrus Kouandjio, DaQuan Bowers, DaRick Rodgers, Darren McFadden, DeMarco Murray, Dennis Dixon, Derrick Williams, DeSean Jackson, Devon Kennard, Dez Bryant, Doug Worthington, Dre Kirkpatrick, Dwayne Bowe, Dwayne Jarrett, Early Doucet, Eric Berry, Eric Winston, Ernie Sims, Eugene Monroe, Florida, Fred Davis, Garrett Gilbert, Gerald McCoy, Glen Dorsey, Greg Olsen, Haloti Ngata, Heisman Trophy, Jackson Jeffcoat, Jadeveon Clowney, Jake Heaps, Jake Locker, Jake Matthews, Jamal Charles, JaMarcus Russell, James Wilder, Jaxon Shipley, Jeff Driskel, Jeff Fuller, Jimmy Clausen, Joe Haden, Joe McKnight, Jonathan Stewart, Julio Jones, Karlos Williams, Keith Rivers, Kennan Allen, Knowshon Moreno, LaMar Woodley, LaRon Landy, Lee Ziemba, Leonard Washington, LSU, Malcolm Brown, Malcolm Kelly, Manti Teo, Marcus Fortson, Marcus Lattimore, Marcus Vick, Mario Maningham, Mark Ingram, Mark Sanchez, Marshawn Lynch, Marvin Austin, Matt Barkley, Matthew Stafford, Maurice Clarrett, Michael Bumpus, Michael Dyer, Michael Floyd, Michael Griffin, Michael Oher, Michigan, Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, Nick O'Leary, Noel Devine, Ohio State, Patrick Peterson, Percy Harvin, Ray Drew, Reggie Bush, Reggie McNeal, Rey Maualuga, Robert Woods, Rolando McClain, Ronald Powell, Rueben Randle, Russell Shepard, Ryan Mallet, Sam Baker, Savon Huggins, Seantrel Henderson, SEC, Sedrick Ellis, Shane Skov, Sharrif Floyd, Stanford, Stephon Tuitt, Steve Smith, Steven Garcia, Tamba Hali, Ted Ginn, Terrelle Pryor, Terrence Cody, Texas, Tim Tebow, Tony Jefferson, Tony Steward, Tony Ugoh, Trent Richardson, Troy Smith, Tyrod Taylor, Tyron Smith, USC, Vernon Davis, Vince Young, Vontaze Burfict, Winston Justice, Zach Miller
 
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Isaiah Crowell joins Georgia "Dream Team"

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Maybe the most important member of the Georgia "Dream Team" has officially joined up, as running back Isaiah Crowell has announced -- while holding a live bulldog puppy -- that he will be a Bulldog.

Why the most important? Because with all due respect to Washaun Ealey and Caleb King, Georgia showed a desperate need this past season for an explosive, game-changing tailback to take the pressure off of Aaron Murray and the Dawg passing game, and Crowell has the potential to be that tailback. True freshmen like Marcus Lattimore, Michael Dyer, and Trent Richardson have all made substantial impacts at running back in the SEC in recent years, and Crowell -- the No. 55 player in the country according to Tom Lemming -- has the opportunity to follow in their footsteps.

The Columbus-based Crowell completes a massive in-state sweep for Georgia, adding him to a collection that already includes five-star defensive end Ray Drew, blue-chip receiver Malcolm Mitchell, and dynamic tight end Jay Rome. Most of those recruiting wins came at the expense of Alabama and Nick Saban --showing how much determination Mark Richt and his staff showed down the stretch on the recruiting trail.

And thanks to players like Crowell, this "Dream Team" class -- now seventh and climbing in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings -- should reward that effort with immediate dividends.

More Recruiting Coverage can be found here at CBSSports.com
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:48 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Where’s Isaiah Crowell going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Columbus (GA) running back Isaiah Crowell. MaxPreps’ sixth-ranked tailback and 55th-ranked player overall.

What’s the big deal: Crowell is one of the more impressive backs to come out of the state of Georgia in recent memory. He already has great size but when combined with his impressive speed, it’s hard not to be impressed when takes the handoff. Some have compared him to Alabama’s Trent Richardson and others to LaDainian Tomlinson coming out high school.

When: He will commit on Signing Day at 1:30 ET on ESPNU.

Considering: Alabama and Georgia.

Best guess: Georgia. The talk of Georgia assembling a ‘Dream Team’ of recruits for the class of 2011 has come true in the eyes of many with defensive end Ray Drew, tight end Jay Rome and corner Damian Swann among the notable commitments to the Bulldogs in recent weeks. Most of the talent making up Georgia’s class is from Georgia and it’s a good bet that Crowell’s name is latest on the list come Signing Day.

More Signing Day coverage

 
 
 
 
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