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Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:25 am
Edited on: January 18, 2012 11:22 pm
 

O'Brien gets first recruit at Penn State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Even though he's been busy leading the New England Patriots to the AFC Championship Game, new Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien has been working the phones and watching tape in his free time to help cobble together a recruiting class. It paid off on Tuesday with his first commitment in Worcester (Mass.) safety Jordan Lucas, who nearly enrolled at Temple before O'Brien entered the picture.

"I never really thought about it until I heard somebody say it, but that's big. I'm glad to be his first commit,'' Lucas told the Altoona Mirror. "Coach O'Brien accepted this as a challenge, and I take it as a challenge, too. I think that program is going to keep rising. He wants to take the program to the top and keep the tradition going, and I want to be a part of that. That's why I picked Penn State.''

The 6-foot, 190-pounder was also drawing interest from schools like Rutgers but the Nittany Lions were the first BCS school to extend an offer. He was set to enroll at Temple as early as Tuesday but will head to State College in the summer.

"I was surprised. It was nothing I was expecting. I was getting ready to go to Temple for a week here, and they came out of nowhere late in my recruiting process. I'm glad I waited,'' he said.

Lucas picked off one pass on defense and had over 500 yards rushing and 13 total touchdowns on offense during his senior year. He becomes Penn State's 15th class of 2012 commitment and joins fellow recruit Armani Reeves from the state of Massachusetts.

Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:11 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Weis recruiting to Kansas will be different

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Shockingly, Kansas made the most interesting (or bad depending on your point of view) hire of the offseason in former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis. The reaction seems to be the Jayhawks hired him?

Weis went 35-27 over five seasons with the Irish, taking them to two BCS bowls. His teams trailed off after the high-water mark in 2006 and though they never realized his "decided schematic advantage" claim, the offenses weren't terrible and he certainly recruited some talent to South Bend. Most notably he was able to beat Pete Carroll head-to-head for prospects like Jimmy Clausen and Manti Te'o.

That said, Weis recruiting to South Bend and to Gainesville this year (where's done well) is much, much different from recruiting to Lawrence, Kansas and a basketball school. He might understand the difficulties but he's never had the deck stacked against him like this. Former head coach Turner Gill didn't do too much during his time with the Jayhawks in terms of recruiting and while the new hire designed "to put Kansas on the map" will certainly grab some recruits attention, the record over the past few years will probably matter more.

It's not an impossible job but somebody has to do it. There's no talent base like there is at Florida or draw like there is with Notre Dame's national reputation and NBC contract. He can make some connections in Texas and maybe hire a top-notch defensive coordinator but it's an uphill battle from the get-go. Mark Mangino took the program to a BCS bowl but given the state of things right now, you wonder if Weis realizes what he's gotten himself in for.


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Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:29 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Texas A&M class could fall but maybe not by much

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Following a heart-breaking loss to rival Texas that seemed to sum up a season of frustrations, many following Texas A&M football thought it was only a matter of time before head coach Mike Sherman would be let go by the school. They didn't have to wait long, as it was announced Thursday night that he was being let go by the school.

Though it was a rough first few years in College Station, the former NFL coach seemed to hit his stride with the program in the second half of 2010 and the Aggies came into the season ranked in the top 10 with hopes of competing for a Big 12 title and BCS bowl. Several second half implosions later and Sherman is gone and the once promising A&M recruiting class for 2012 might be picked apart.

While former coach Dennis Franchione had recruited well if you go by the rankings, coaching was an issue. It took awhile for Sherman clean up and get up to speed on the recruiting front but appeared to be making significant progress. With the success of last season, 2012 and 2013 especially, appeared to breakthrough classes as the Aggies also gained the additional advantage of being able to pitch playing in the SEC to Texas players.

As with all firings, things are too early to tell with a recruiting class right now but it would surprise no one if A&M's currently 8th-ranked class of 2012 slipped a little. Currently sitting at 24 members almost two months from Signing Day, the group has top 100 players such as running back Trey Williams and a strong offensive lean to the group. With a contact period underway and plenty of coaches doing home visits, you can bet that schools have contacted Aggie commits to gauge their interest. Missouri and Oklahoma Statein particular could be someone to watch out for in terms of stealing a few commitments.

Because Sherman was an offensive coach, it possible several players will look elsewhere. Based on comments from many of the commitments however, it's clear there is a strong bond among the Aggies' class of 2012. The current staff has done a great job selling the school and despite the firing, most of the players should stick around on Signing Day. The key to keeping a top 15 (or higher) class will be on the administration and how quickly they can bring in a new head coach.

If anything, the departure of Mike Sherman will set Texas A&M back with the class of 2013 as the new coach comes in and has to quickly establish the lay of the land while maintaining what is already a very good group of players in 2012. The Aggies should be fine if they find the right guy but then again, that's been said time and time before.



Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:21 am
 

Justin Combs, son of Diddy, commits to UCLA

Posted to Bryan Fischer

Although UCLA just let head coach Rick Neuheisel go, the school still offers a good education, BCS program and the sunny locale of Los Angeles as a backdrop. It was mostly the latter couple of things that New Rochelle (N.Y.) cornerback Justin Combs saw in the Bruins and despite the idea of playing for a new coach, decided to announce that he had committed late Monday night.

“It was love at first sight,” Combs told Scout. “When I first went on a visit, I fell in love with the program and I fell in love with the environment and the tradition. I was good friends with Rahim Moore too and just to hear it from the players, it was love at first sight."

A 5-foot-9, 170-pound cornerback, Combs performed well over the summer at 7-on-7 competitions and camps and held scholarship offers from school such as Illinois, Iowa, Virginia and others. Though he has lived out East close to his father, rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs, the West Coast lifestyle and chance to play Pac-12 football was just too good to pass up despite a coaching change.

“I have faith in the program that everything will be ok,” said Combs. “My love for UCLA is so strong. I trust and know that everything will work out.”

Combs will play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January along with close friend, linebacker Deaysean Rippy. He gives the Bruins 17 commitments for the class of 2012 and becomes the fifth member of the secondary coming in next year.

"Not real tall but very quick and elusive," analyst Tom Lemming said of Combs. "Last year he put together a heck of a season at the CB position showing the ability to turn and run with the swiftest of receivers."



Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Meyer hiring would heat up Midwest recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In such an unstable business, it sometimes is still stunning to see how quickly the recruiting landscape can change.

As news circulated Wednesday morning that Ohio State would (finally) hire former Florida and Utah head coach Urban Meyer, it's clear that the though the toughest recruiting battles lie in SEC country, the Midwest is about to become a battleground for some of the top players in the region and elsewhere.

Meyer's recruiting prowess is unmatched, unless your name is Pete Carroll or Nick Saban and want to make an argument. He won two national championships at Florida, took Utah to a 10-2 season in his first year and an undefeated season and BCS bowl in 2003. He knows the Midwest and Ohio State in particular after serving as a graduate assistant under Earle Bruce and head coach at Bowling Green. An Ohio native, he knows how to go into powerhouses such as Glenville High and get some of the best the region has to offer. Connections to the state of Florida and the rest of the Northeast will prove fruitful as well as he transitions the Buckeyes to his spread offense. Meyer recruited NFL players by the dozen to Gainesville and should have no problem doing so to Columbus.

Even rumors of the hire has had an impact on the Buckeyes current recruiting class.

“I believe Urban Meyer,” defensive end Adolphus Washington told the Columbus Dispatch after committing to Ohio State. “I hope so.”

Meyer's hire is the latest move that has quickly turned the Midwest into an SEC-esque recruiting area. Brian Kelly has gone after defensive linemen and some of the nation's best to help put together a top 10 class last year for Notre Dame. The Irish are the favorite to land the top quarterback in 2012 and appear likely to grab another highly regarded class in 2012. Rival Michigan hired Brady Hoke and he has put together the country's best class that will sign this February. His defensive coordinator, Greg Mattison, coached with Meyer at Florida and knows him well - an interesting subplot. All three head coaches should also find plenty of success getting recruits from across the country.

Ohio State has always recruited well. Despite likely NCAA sanctions coming, Meyer should be able to do even better than Jim Tressel did given his legendary relentlessness on the recruiting trail. With three big names in the Midwest, numerous issues at Penn State and the NCAA easing up on rules regarding communication with recruits, Meyer should be a big splash that causes little drop off for the Buckeyes when the team rankings are announced after Signing Day.


Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 10:51 am
 

11/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Mark Richt thinks there's more momentum coming for Georgia on the recruiting trail.

 Cincinnati has already extended offers to several 2013 recruits.

 Some more on Iowa's pair of recent commitments.

 Nick Saban racked up the frequent flyer miles when he was putting his first recruiting class together.

 Trey Griffey is taking things slow in his recruitment, has BCS offers from Iowa State, Michigan State, and Washington State.

 The story behind De'Anthony Thomas' late switch from USC to Oregon

 Former Michigan recruit Demar Dorsey says Tennessee, Miami and Texas Tech are showing interest.

 The move to the Big 12 won't change how West Virginia recruits.


 
 
 
 
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