Tag:Chip Patterson
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:19 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Florida DB flips from Georgia Tech to Miami

Posted by Chip Patterson

Defensive back Antonio Crawford, from Tampa, Fla., has flipped his commitment from Georgia Tech to Miami.

“It was a pretty hard decision because I’ve been committed to Georgia Tech for a long time.” Crawford told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I got to know the coaches and I got to know some of the other recruits. It was pretty tough to do it, but they respected my decision and I respected them for that.”

Crawford had been committed to the Yellow Jackets since last summer, but received a last-minute offer from the Hurricanes last week and took a recruiting trip over the weekend. After a weekend in Coral Gables, Crawford returned home with a change of heart.

Georgia Tech assistant Charles Kelly hoped that Crawford would remain committed to the Yellow Jackets after the visit, but apparently took the news of the de-commit well on Sunday.

"No, I'm not surprised [by Georgia Tech's reaction]," Crawford said. "The Georgia Tech people are real classy. They are respectable people, and I know they wouldn't do anything like be angry and mad at me."

For Miami head coach Al Golden, Crawford's commitment is another payoff from an aggressive recruiting effort that began in early December. When the school made themselves ineligible for postseason play due to the ongoing NCAA investigation, Golden and his staff hit the recruiting trail hard in an effort to build for the future.

Miami's 2012 class, currently with 31 verbal commitments, is ranked No. 6 nationally by MaxPreps. For more on the Hurricanes, check out the ACC Signing Day Overview.

Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the opening kick of the year all the way through the offseason, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. View a preview.

Get CBSSports.com College Football updates on Facebook   

Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:17 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Coach denies Green-Beckham to Missouri report

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd spoke with John Beckham, Green-Beckham's high school coach and adoptive father, who denied the Tulsa World report.



The nation's No. 1 recruit, Dorial Green-Beckham, has the college football world scratching their heads wondering where the 6-foot-6, 225 pound wide receiver will sign on National Signing Day?

The standout from Springfield, Mo. has kept his decision-making process under wraps throughout his recruitment, only recently narrowing his list to Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Which school will add Green-Beckham to their 2012 recruiting class has been a matter of intense debate among recruiting experts for weeks.

A report from Tulsa World reporter John Hoover on Monday morning suggested that Missouri has moved into the top spot and will be Green-Beckham's selection on Wednesday.

"Extremely good source just told me Dorial Green-Beckham to Missouri," Hoover reported from his Twitter account. "Influential visit last weekend. Things can change but I trust him."

The combination of Green-Beckham's potential and the uncertainty regarding his decision will likely lead to plenty of "sourced" reports over the next two days, but one certainly is worth some attention. To catch up on Green-Beckaham's recruitment and learn more about the school's hoping to receive his commitment, check out Stephen Spiewak's profile from Monday at MaxPreps.com.



Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the opening kick of the year all the way through the offseason, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. View a preview.

Get CBSSports.com College Football updates on Facebook   






Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:54 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 11:19 am
 

Non-BCS Signing Day Overview



Posted by Chip Patterson


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. For a snapshot of the Non-BCS recruiting scene, we will take a close look at independents Notre Dame and BYU, as well as the five schools headed to the Big East in 2013: Boise State, Houston, San Diego State, SMU, and UCF.


MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Non-BCS
College Commits Top 100 Moving
14. Notre Dame 17 4

Top storylines

1. How quickly will Gunner Kiel see the field at Notre Dame?

One of the storylines of Gunner Kiel's recruitment was the star quarterback's inability to make up his mind. Some have suggested that playing time is a big concern for Kiel, and there is no guarantee on when he may take the starting position. The first-string quarterback spot is there for the taking, but head coach Brian Kelly has already shown a happy trigger finger when it comes to switching signal-callers. How is Kiel, who seemed to be always eyeing greener grass, going take it if and/or when he is sent to the pine.

2. Will there be an effect from the assistant coach changeover at Boise State?

2012 kicked off with Chris Petersen losing two valuable members of his coaching staff to BCS schools. Will Muschamp tapped offensive coordinator Brent Pease to join his staff in Florida, then special teams coach Jeff Choate left to join Mike Leach's staff at Washington State just a week later. Both coaches played a big role in recruiting the 2012 class, and there was some concern that the staff shakeup could have an effect in recruiting. A firm commitment from QB Nick Patti after Pease's move to Florida was a good sign for Boise State. This class still stacks up well against previous groups, but you wonder if/when we will start seeing an on-field effect of this assistant exodus.

3. Schools on the move

Navy recently added themselves to the group of schools headed towards the Big East, leaving Army, BYU, and Notre Dame as the last FBS independents after 2015. The Black Knights have been fairly grounded in their independent status, but both the Irish and Cougars have flirted with the notions of joining one of the power conferences. In announcing their move to the Big East, Navy school officials mentioned the scheduling difficulties associated with being an independent. As more schools hold future dates for conference play, it had become increasingly difficult to assemble a competitive schedule without that built-in slate of opponents. If the Big 12 comes calling again to BYU, Navy's move might have the Cougars reconsidering their options.


Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
2. Gunner Kiel QB Notre Dame
13. Nelson Agholor ATH Uncommitted
16. Arik Armstead OL/DL Uncommitted
22. Jarron Jones OL/DL Notre Dame
27. Ron Darby ATH Uncommitted
30. D.J. Foster RB/DB Uncommitted
39. Tee Shepard CB Notre Dame
45. Deontay Greenberry WR Notre Dame
116. Ronnie Stanley OL Notre Dame
119. Sheldon Day DL Notre Dame
123. Troy Hinds DE BYU
148. Elijah Shumate RB/S Notre Dame
164. Tanner Mangum QB BYU
175. Justin Ferguson WR Notre Dame
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Bob Diaco and Mike Denbrock, Notre Dame
Sean Beckton, UCF
Carlton Hall, Houston
Tony White, San Diego State
Jeff Reinebold, SMU

Non-BCS school-by-school
School Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 QB Nick Patti
LB Ben Weaver
OL Travis Averill
The Broncos have been able to hold on to most of their prized prospects, despite the changeover of assistants.  CB Anthony Standifer is still on the radar, and could strengthen the secondary for the Class of 2012.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DE Troy Hinds
QB Tanner Mangum
LB Butch Pauu
The Elite 11 MVP Tanner Mangum headlines a solid class for Bronco Mendenhall.  Hinds is a tall, athletic pass rush specialist and was considered by many the best prospect in the state of Utah.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DT Donald Hopkins
DT Tomme Mark
RB Terrence Taylor
Not a lot of star power, but still one of the best classes in Conference USA.  The strength of the group is along the offensive and defensive lines.  Left on the board for Tony Levine is Oklahoma State de-commit OL Tim Hines.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 QB Gunner Kiel
OL/DL Jarron Jones
CB Tee Shepard
WR Deontay Greenberry
It was already a nationally ranked class, and then Kiel flipped from LSU to make it one of the best in the land.  Lots of talent at the skill positions and at 6-foot-6, 295 pounds; Jones is one of the most impressive linemen in the class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 DB Kendrick Mathis
OL Kwayde Miller
OL Austin Maass
 It's a good thing the Aztecs are welcoming some new transfers, because head coach Rocky Long's class is looking a little thin compared to last year's class.  Mathis is a dynamic in-state prospect (Ventura, CA), who also spent time playing quarterback in high school.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 DB Daniel Roundtree
OL Seaver Myers
LB Damien Neroes
LB Prescott Line
JUCO prospect Daniel Roundtree has enrolled and will be ready to contribute almost immediately, while June Jones' primary goal is to keep Myers from flipping to Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M at the final hour.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 QB Jonathan Wallace
WR Taylor Oldham
TE Blake Davis
Wallace, a 6-foot-2, 203 pound dual-threat quarterback from Alabama is the prized recruit in George O'Leary's class.  Wallace will be joined by a host of talented in-state prospects, including a pair (Davis and OL Kelly Parfitt) from the same school in Delray Beach.




Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:59 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 5:00 pm
 

QB Summers flips commitment from NC State to UNC

Posted by Chip Patterson

NC State verbal commit James Summers has decided to take his talents a half-hour down Interstate 40 to North Carolina, switching his commitment on Thursday.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound quarterback from Greensboro (N.C.) Page, considered one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2012 class, led his team to the 4AA state title in 2011. Summers collected MVP honors after completing 11 of 16 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns while adding 116 yards rushing and an interception on defense in the title game. He was a runner-up for AP state player of the year, and previously committed to the Wolfpack in April 2011.

Summers' arrival is a huge boost to Larry Fedora's first class at North Carolina, after losing top QB recruit Patton Robinette to Vanderbilt during UNC orientation earlier this month. Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, who served in the same position under Fedora at Southern Miss, continued to recruit Summers despite his commitment to the Wolfpack. The dynamic quarterback also had offers from Clemson and East Carolina.

Another factor in Summers' decision may have been the transfer of Colorado State quarterback Pete Thomas. Thomas will first be eligible to play for NC State in 2013, with two seasons of eligibility remaining. If the transfer works out well for Thomas, the in-state quarterback may not see the field until 2015. At North Carolina, the competition is wide open behind junior quarterback Bryn Renner.

For much more on North Carolina and NC State, check out the ACC Signing Day Overview as well as Tar Heels RapidReports and Wolfpack RapidReports.

Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the opening kick of the year all the way through the offseason, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. View a preview.

Get CBSSports.com College Football updates on Facebook   


Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:50 pm
 

Paul Johnson criticizes oversigning in recruiting

Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson has never been afraid to speak his mind, and he certainly has plenty to say when it comes to oversigning in recruiting.

Johnson has openly criticized the practice over oversigning in the past, but chose to address the issue directly in a news conference on Friday. The practice has been a local topic of conversation after Alabama pulled their 2012 offer from North Atlanta High running back Justin Taylor. Taylor, one of the top running backs in the state, was offered a grayshirt from the Crimson Tide and promised a spot in the 2013 class.

“That’s like (if) we go out there, we’ve got 15 commitments and we just keep recruiting over the top of them,” Johnson said. “Now, people do that, but not many. And then they just come back and they tell ‘em, ‘Hey, sorry, you’ll have to come next year. You’ll have to come in the spring. We found somebody better than you. We oversigned.’ That’s wrong. And it’s wrong on both sides. It’s just wrong.”

Taylor is reportedly considering his options, and may take head coach Nick Saban's offer to join the program in 2013. The running back missed his senior season with a knee injury, and could benefit from the extended rehab. In addition to criticizing programs, Johnson has publicly expressed discontent with prospects who treat the verbal commitment as a flexible agreement.

Recruiting has always been a hot button topic for Paul Johnson, especially at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets must compete with the top SEC schools in the nation for in-state recruits, while still maintaining the school's academic standards. When other schools like Alabama are using oversigning to lock up the best local recruits, it makes the job for Johnson's staff even more difficult as they fight the uphill battle to assemble the strongest class possible.

Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the regular season all the way through the bowl games, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. View a preview. Like us? Tell our Facebook page.

Get CBSSports.com College Football updates on Facebook   
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com