Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 11:48 am

Clemson picks up two more 3-stars late

Posted by Chip Patterson

Big offensive lineman Spencer Region (pictured) played the recruiting game.  One of the top offensive guards in the state of Alabama, he bounced back and forth early between the Tigers and the Tide to a point of frustration for both fan bases.  The 345 pound propspect supposedly had his choices narrowed to Wisconsin and LSU back in December, until Dabo Swinney and the Clemson staff made a late charge.

South Carolina defensive end Roderick Byers was an Oregon commit until National Signing Day, when he stunned the Ducks by announcing his intentions to play for Clemson .  While Region was much more of a wild card, Byers' announcement feels like a steal for the Clemson coaching staff.  At 6-4, 270 pounds, Byers will has a frame similar to Da'Quan Bowers , Clemson's 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.  Swinney hopes the surprise commit can develop into a simllar pass rushing threat for the Tigers.

More Recruiting Coverage can be found here at CBSSports.com


Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:15 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 11:17 am

Top DT Tim Jernigan will be a Seminole

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Lake City (Fla.) defensive tackle Tim Jernigan has been a difficult recruit for recruitniks to read, seeming at various times to be headed to either Florida State, or Florida, or LSU, or even Michigan. But the wait and speculation is over: Jernigan has announced that he will join Jimbo Fisher in Tallahassee, turning down runner-up LSU.

Jernigan represents a huge addition for the Seminole defensive line, both in terms of size -- he checks in at a well-built 6'2" and 275 pounds -- and in terms of his talent; Maxpreps lists him as the nation's No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 41 prospect overall. Though Jernigan may have to add a little more weight to become a top-of-the-line run stopper, he plays with superior aggressiveness that puts his impressive raw athleticism to maximum use. (If you're watching CBS College Sports, you just heard Rich Rodriguez call Jernigan the most powerful interior lineman he saw in high school this year.)

Jernigan's decision is just one more feather in Fisher's well-decorated 2011 cap. The Seminoles entered today with the nation's second-best class and even after missing on Tony Steward, don't look like they're going to be backsliding. Between Jernigan and players like safety Karlos Williams, the glory days of the Mickey Andrews 1990s defenses may be back sooner than anticipated.

More Signing Day coverage is here  at CBS.

Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:18 pm

SEC Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As always, National Signing Day promises to be a seismic day in the nation's most cutthroat recruiting conference, the SEC. Here's a rundown of what you'll need to keep an eye on:

Players to Watch

Isaiah Crowell , RB, Carver (Columbus, Ga.): Potentially the final piece in the puzzle of Mark Richt's "Dream Team" of a 2011 class, Crowell will decide between his home-state Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama. The Maxpreps No. 6 running back and No. 55 player overall, Crowell has all the gifts necessary to make a Marcus Lattimore- esque impact, particularly at a Georgia program desperate for a difference-maker at the tailback position. No recruit at any position at any team in the SEC is as big a "must-get" as Crowell appears to be for the Dawgs.

Cyrus Kouandjio , OT, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The No. 3 player in the country according to Tom Lemming, the 6'7", 290-pound prototype tackle (pictured) might hail from Maryland but nonetheless appears to be an intra-state battle between Alabama and Auburn. The Tide can offer Cyrus to chance to play alongside brother Arie Kouandjio (a redshirt freshman at Tuscaloosa) and are considered the team to beat, but the Tigers have made a late charge after Cyrus's visit to the Plains last weekend.

Jermauria Rasco , DE, Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.): Les Miles has already put together a stunning collection of homebred Louisiana talent for his 2011 class, but LSU fans may feel it won't be complete without the explosive Rasco, the Maxpreps No. 6 DE and a top-50 player overall. But to keep one of the most hotly-contested recruits in the country at home, Miles will have to fend off a serious charge from Florida State.

Teams to Watch

Few teams in the country (if any) close as well as the Tide, and if Nick Saban can land Crowell, Kouandjio, and consensus national No. 1 recruit Jadeveon Clowney (who you probably know by now will delay his announcement until Feb. 14), Alabama will lay claim to the nation's top recruiting class once again. Then again, even if they sign only one of the three, the Tide's class is so deep already they'll be in the mix for that honor all the same.

Georgia: It's not just Crowell; the Bulldogs are in play for several other major recruits, like Maxpreps No. 4 defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and mammoth JUCO defensive tackle Johnathan Jenkins, who could have the same impact as the nose tackle in Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense that Terrence Cody once had at Alabama. Putting the finishing touches on what's already a terrific class could prove to be a critical turning point for Mark Richt's Georgia tenure.

Auburn: As much attention as their competition in Tuscaloosa, Athens and Baton Rouge have received of late, it's Auburn that sits at No. 3 in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings , and the Tigers could move even higher. No. 5 safety Erique Florence and coveted defensive tackle Gabe Wright are both expected to sign with Auburn, and Gene Chizik could also flip Mississippi State commitment Jermaine Whitehead, a prized defensive back. If Auburn can keep Alabama from re-flipping one-time Tide commitment Brent Calloway, their class should rank right alongside their in-state rivals.

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

No one's going to complain too terribly much about Will Muschamp's finish on the recruiting trail, given the limited time with which he and his new staff have had to work. (Not to mention the presence of eye-popping skill position talent like ultra-polished quarterback Jeff Driskel.) But with Georgia and Florida State both poised to bring in substantial hauls, Florida fans still can't be happy about a class that stands at just 16 commitments today, or that Muschamp has added just two players to it since his hire. Finishing with big-time talents like fresh Auburn decommitment Marcus Roberson, blue-chip linebackers Curtis Grant or Stephone Anthony, or defensive tackle Tim Jernigan would go a long way towards soothing any frazzled Gainesville nerves.

Posted on: January 28, 2011 7:37 pm

Where’s Antonio Richardson going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Nashville (TN) offensive lineman Antonio Richardson. MaxPreps’ 40th-ranked player overall and fourth-ranked offensive tackle.

What’s the big deal: Richardson has the prototypical left tackle’s body at 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds. Smart and hard working, he is equally adept at pass blocking and run blocking. Although he’s not as advanced as say, Seantrel Henderson was last year, but Richardson should still be able to play as a freshman in the right situation.

When: Richardson has not set a date or time to commit but look for him to do so around Signing Day.

Considering: Auburn, LSU, Miami, Tennessee and Georgia.

Best guess: Tennessee. Richardson has been pretty quiet about who his leader is at any point in the recruiting process and makes his choice a tough read. He recently enjoyed his visit to Georgia last and is scheduled to visit to Auburn this weekend. Despite all of this, look for him to stay in-state and go to Tennessee. If you’re looking out for a dark horse, don’t look past Auburn.
Posted on: January 26, 2011 7:21 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 7:24 pm

Auburn picks up running back Tre Mason

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A key cog in Auburn’s run to the national championship – someone not named Cam Newton – was freshman running back Michael Dyer. The presence of a young, impact running back was considered by some to scare off potential recruits at the position in the class of 2011.

Lake Worth (FL) running back Tre Mason apparently doesn’t mind at all after committing to the Tigers Wednesday afternoon, reports the Palm Beach Post. Rated as a four-star back by most recruiting services, Mason chose Auburn over Ole Miss and LSU and is the second running back in the class of 2011 to head to the Plains.

A 5-foot-10, 190 pound speedster out of the backfield, Mason rushed for over 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns last season at Park Vista High. Mason’s college choice has attracted a lot of attention from media outlets over the past month or so but despite all the attention, he’ll still be the second-most famous member of his own family.

Mason’s father is best known as the musician D.J. Maseo from the hip-hop group De La Soul. Producing hits such as Me, Myself and I and contributing to the 2005 hit Feel Good Inc. with the Gorillaz, D.J. Maseo has been making hits while his son will soon take them at the college level. De La Soul’s most recent material was released on iTunes as part of the Nike+ Sport Music series but with his son now bound for Under Armour-affiliated Auburn, he just might have to come out with a new album as a result.

Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:49 am

Where's Ray Drew going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Thomasville (GA) defensive end Ray Drew. MaxPreps’ third-ranked defensive end and 18th-ranked player overall.

What’s the big deal: Already 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Drew has the frame to add weight and is all you look for in a defensive end coming out of high school. He probably projects better as an end in the 4-3 defense but he could play outside linebacker in the 3-4 if given time to learn the system. A combination of great speed and athleticism, Drew is a going to be a big pick up for whatever school lands him.

When: Drew will announce his college choice on Friday morning at his high school. 

Considering: Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Georgia and Miami.

Best guess: Georgia. The Bulldogs are the local program and they have been on a tear lately, grabbing a commitment from top tight end Jay Rome and are hot on the trail of running back Isiah Crowell too. Several commits to the school have been nicknaming the class of 2011 as the “Dream Team” and Drew would certainly add to that moniker. Drew has played his options pretty close to the vest so don’t be surprised to see him announce for Auburn or LSU either.

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: January 22, 2011 10:24 am

1/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Final weekend of NFL football before the Super Bowl but to college coaches, they are thinking every weekend they're recruiting is like the Super Bowl.

- The recruitment of quarterback Jacoby Brissett has heated up, with Florida, Miami and Washington all charging hard. One note in that article says that Hurricanes coaches have even been at Brissett’s high school from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. Some details on Florida and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis’ efforts to land Brissett.

- Big time defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan has eliminated Alabama and is down to Florida, Florida State and LSU.

- Andrew Peterson, a tight end from the Dallas-area, has seen his recruitment also pick up significantly. USC, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Oregon coaches are all scheduled to drop in.

- A few quotes and notes about new Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels.

- New head coach Brady Hoke is hosting several players on an official visit this weekend, here’ s a list of just who is scheduled to be in Ann Arbor.
Posted on: January 15, 2011 11:02 am

1/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NFL playoffs are still going strong this weekend but most college coaches won’t watch a second. Why? This is one of the biggest official visit weekends on the recruiting calendar. One of the many reasons there’s really no offseason in college football. 

- Former Purdue commitment, Marcus Caffey, has changed his mind and is headed to Kentucky. The running back is the seventh player from Georgia to head to the Wildcats. 

- Highly rated linebacker Curtis Grant is taking his official visit to Florida this weekend. He is considering Florida, Ohio State, North Carolina and Virginia. His host will be one of last year’s top recruits Ronald Powell.

- Washington commitment Joel Willis has changed his pledge to a school a little closer to home. The Pacifica (CA) athlete is the latest commit to an impressive California Golden Bears class of 2011. 

- New Colorado coach Jon Embree is experiencing his first recruiting weekend since coming to college from the pros. As Kyle Ringo notes in this story, Embree has made up significant ground given the state of recruiting in the wake of lame duck head coach Dan Hawkins. Things have gotten off to a good start as Colorado has picked up their second verbal commitment under Embree in quarterback Stevie Dorman. 

- Also coming from the pros and going back to college, Charlie Weis made his first recruiting trip as a member of the Florida staff. The former Notre Dame head coach visited quarterback Jacoby Brissett and defensive end/outside linebacker Curt Maggitt. 

- Great story on the academic turnaround of LSU pledge Kenny Hilliard. An Army All-American this year, Hilliard is now getting it done on and off the field. 

- Finally, be sure and check out MaxPreps.com’ ranking of the top 20 recruiting classes as we approach signing day. Plenty of time for teams to move up or down but it’s a good overview of where everybody’s at right now.
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