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 21, 2011 12:34 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 12:41 pm

Westerman drops Texas, heads to Auburn

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Still basking in the glow of a BCS National Championship, Auburn received another dose of good news Friday morning in the form of a commitment from MaxPrep’s fifth-ranked offensive tackle Christian Westerman

A Texas commitment for nearly nine months, Westerman is the first decommitment from Mack Brown’s recruiting class since seeing six of his nine assistant coaches leave the program following the season. The Chandler (AZ) tackle had considered USC, Oregon, Arizona State, Oklahoma and other schools from around the country. 

For Auburn, not only are they getting a key out of region recruit, but Westerman should have a chance to compete for playing time right away. The Tigers lose four starters off of an offensive line that helped lead Auburn to a national championship. Head coach Gene Chizik retained line coach Jeff Grimes after Texas tried to hire him and was a key factor in landing the commitment. 

Westerman’s pledge is the 20th of the class of 2011 for the Tigers and by flipping from Texas, could cause the Longhorns to drop out of the top spot in the MaxPreps team rankings, according to national football editor Stephen Spiewak.
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 12:18 pm

Texas network a unique recruiting pitch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Wednesday’s announcement of a University of Texas deal with ESPN came as no surprise to anyone. It was, after all, one of the reasons why Texas decided to spurn Larry Scott’s advances to join a Pac-16 superconference last summer. 

As my colleague Dennis Dodd wrote yesterday, “at its core this is about Texas controlling the market, the Big 12, the universe.” 

It may not control the universe but the deal is impressive nevertheless. Worth $300 million over 20 years, it includes one football game broadcasted per year and will be home to coaches shows and hours of additional original programming dedicated to football. At the bottom of ESPN’s press release, it notes that a website will be created that will be dedicated to Texas high school sports. 

So what does all of this mean? Texas’ recruiting advantage, in-state and nationally, will be unique. Who has their own network? We do. Want your own TV show, top recruit? Sure. Want to be an intern for ESPN? Done deal, son. (Of course I’m not implying this is Mack Brown’s recruiting pitch but it certainly could be behind closed doors.) 

Most of Texas’ games are televised anyway so the recruiting advantage isn’t as great as the Big Ten Network’s to those schools. It’s very persuasive if you’re Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald or Purdue head coach Danny Hope to sell an out of state recruit on the ability to be seen every Saturday by all of his family. The Longhorns already get their pick of the best recruits from Texas anyway so while the selling point of a network doesn’t have the impact the Big Ten Network’s does, it still is a factor going forward. 

Other schools, starting with Oklahoma, will likely try and emulate Texas’ model. While only a handful of schools, USC or some in the SEC for example, have the resources and fan bases to follow through, it will be tough to match the money doled out to the Longhorns. 

 In the end, everything’s bigger in Texas. Including, it seems, television networks and media dollars.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 20, 2011 9:14 am

1/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Planned some really great things yesterday for our Signing Day coverage here on the blog and on CBSSports.com. Less than two weeks to go and here's some links to tide you over until then.

- Highly rated offensive tackle Christian Westerman could be primed to switch his commitment from Texas to Auburn after scheduling a surprise announcement for Friday. Combined with the fact that stud offensive tackle (and third-ranked player overall according to Tom Lemming) Cyrus Kouandjio is taking his final offical visit on the Plains, Auburn could be primed for a couple of big pickups. Check out this profile of Kouandjio as well.

- While Texas could lose a recruit, rival Oklahoma has already lost one. Euless (TX) athlete Brandon Carter switched his pledge from the Sooners to TCU.

- Valdosta (GA) teammates Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell are set to make their announcements today, albeit in two very different ways.

- Stephon Tuitt has changed his mind - again - and is now recommitted to Notre Dame after a day of being committed to Georgia Tech. Don't you just love recruiting?

- West Virginia picked up a commitment from offensive lineman Russell Haughton-James. He is the 22nd committment in the final class of the Bill Stewart-era.
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