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Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:05 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 10:43 pm
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National Notes: Alabama, Mizzou-SEC, Penn State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

If you were a recruit in the southeastern part of the country, chances are you were at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa for the game built up to be the biggest of the century.

There were over 100 official and unofficial visitors taking in Alabama-LSU Saturday and just about all of them used a synonym of the word "awesome" to describe the atmosphere. No doubt the defensive recruits were a little more impressed at the level and style of play than the offensive recruits but no matter who it was, there were nothing but positive vibes from the experience.

"It was a great game," cornerback and Alabama commit Geno Smith told TideSports.com. "It was a great atmosphere, and I enjoyed the game a lot even though it was a tough loss. It was a fun game."

Smith was one of several Tide commitments in attendance as an unoffiical visitor. With several five-star recruits in on their official visits, such as tackle Arik Armstead and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, recruiting others to join Alabama's class of 2012 was going on by several commits despite the raucous atmosphere.

"It was so hard to talk to people," linebacker Reggie Ragland said. "It was that loud on the field, so I had to get up in people's faces just to talk to them. I know once the game got started, it was hard for the guys playing the game to even hear."

Yes Alabama lost a close game in overtime but there were plenty of positives to take away for those in attendance. Winning is the most important thing in recruiting but a loss to a team like LSU, in that atmosphere, with that head coach, means the Tide won't suffer on the recruiting trail. Come Signing Day, there will be plenty of players who forgot the outcome but remembered what it felt like being in the stadium and on the Crimson Tide sideline.

The biggest effect could be felt in the class of 2013. Five-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche was among the double-digit number of underclassmen prospects in attendance and someone several coaches came over to talk to.

“Everything is still pretty much the same - Alabama and LSU are my top two," he told 247sports. "I liked the game and both teams have very good defenses. I haven’t been down to LSU yet. I really like Alabama, though.”

It wasn't the game of the century but it was Nick Saban's off the field given the quality and quantity of recruits looking on. It's some what early to truly digest if what happened in Tuscaloosa will have a lasting impact with some but we have plenty of time between now and February to figure it out.

Missouri moves to the SEC

The other big news over the weekend was Missouri's move to the SEC (finally, officially). It's important to note that the Tigers will be placed in the Eastern division and will have a game every year against West division "rival" Texas A&M. If you're on the MU coaching staff nothing could make you happier.

Without question, the move is a step up in competition but that doesn't mean Missouri can't compete. They'll still be able to go into Texas, which they have successfully under Gary Pinkel, just as often as they have. They'll also be able to make in-roads in talent rich states like Georgia and Florida with trips every other year. Like most schools, they're not going to be consistently recruiting five-star type players but playing in the SEC is something plenty of players value and will be a selling point.

One player the move could help with is top-ranked Dorial Green-Beckham. Though the talented wide receiver has kept pretty mum on his recruiting, he has talked glowingly about playing in the SEC and proximity to home is a huge factor for him. Though many consider Oklahoma and Arkansas the front-runners for his signature, the move certainly doesn't hurt the Tigers pursuit.

More than anything, winning some games next year will go a long way in the class of 2013.

Penn State issues already having an effect

As big as Alabama-LSU was this weekend, it paled in comparison to the story out of Penn State. We're at an early stage in all of this but no doubt that recruits are beginning to take notice of what is going on in State College.

The Nittany Lions currently have 16 commitments for the class of 2012 and many are taking a wait and see approach right now. As we've seen at other schools dealing with a big scandal, it will take some time to see what will happen with many of the players recruited by the staff at Penn State. Some players choose a school because of academics, location and what not - those will likely stick with their pledge. Others headed to school for a particular coach or Joe Paterno in particular, might find themselves taking additional visits and contacting other schools in order to have options on Signing Day.

Five-star and top defensive end Noah Spence appeared to be dropping PSU, tweeting that the school might not be for him Monday afternoon. It still too early to tell what's going to happen with Penn State's recruiting going forward but it's hard to say things will be ok given the news coming out of the area recently.

Video of the week

This week's spotlight is on running back Keith Marshall, who had quite the game on Senior Night with five touchdowns.





Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Impressive visitor list in Tuscaloosa for LSU-ALA



Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just a few weeks ago, recruitniks were impressed with the quality and quantity of high level recruits that were in South Bend for the USC-Notre Dame game. Several people termed it Brian Kelly's 'Super Bowl.'

This Saturday is college football's actual Recruiting Super Bowl (well, not actual Super Bowl but as close as one gets in the regular season). On the sidelines, a truly star-studded cast, topping the century mark in terms of number of official and unofficial visitors. Though Nick Saban and his staff will no doubt be occupied with the team in purple and gold, they'll be spending some time hosting the biggest recruiting weekend Tuscaloosa has seen in years.

The biggest visitor coming in is five-star safety Landon Collins. Both LSU and Alabama are battling for his services but it will be tough to lure him out-of-state. A big win over the Tigers and an impressive visit however, might be enough to leave a lasting impression that will pay off on Signing Day. Collins isn't the only five-star or big name headed in for the game though, as illustrated by the partial list below.

Official visitors

DT/OT Arik Armstead
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama commit
DB Landon Collins
LB Noor Davis, Stanford commit
DB Travell Dixon, JUCO
DT Eddie Godlman
DE Jordan Jenkins
OT Avery Young

Unofficial visitors

LB Kwon Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis, LSU commit
DE Denzel Devall
DB Trae Elston
DT Quay Evans
TE Kurt Freitag
DT Issac Gross, Ole Miss commit
OT Brandon Hill
QB Jeremy Liggins
RB Barry Sanders Jr.
DT Justin Shanks, Florida State commit
DB Dwayne Thomas, LSU commit
DT Dalvin Tomlinson
DL Channing Ward
DE Jamichael Winston, Arkansas commit
DB P.J. Williams, Florida State commit
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State commit
RB T.J. Yeldon, Auburn commit

Alabama commitments

DE Ryan Anderson
DT Dakota Ball
WR Chris Black
RB Kenyan Drake
WR Casey Gladney
OL Brandon Greene
K Adam Griffith
OL Caleb Gulledge
LB Tyler Hayes
DT Darren Lake
LB Dillon Lee
QB Alec Morris
DT Darius Philon
LB Reggie Ragland
DB Geno Smith
ATH Justin Thomas
DB Eddie Williams

2013 Recruits:

OL Bradley Bozeman, Alabama commit
DB Cameron Burrows
LB Reginald Carter
DB Antonio Conner
LB Rueben Foster, Alabama commit
RB Derrick Henry, Georgia commit
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama commit
DL Dee Liner, Auburn commit
QB Johnathon McCrary
DE Robert Nkemdiche
OL Lovell Peterson
WR Earnest Robinson
RB Kelvin Taylor (Alabama-Florida battle)
DB Tramel Terry
RB Altee Tenpenny

2014 Recruits:

RB Sony Michel
WR Bo Scarborough
LB Tre Williams
DE Gerald Willis



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: November 2, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Examining Alabama's recruiting class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In case you haven't heard there is a, well, epic match up on CBS this week between Alabama and LSU in Tuscaloosa. As part of extensive coverage of both teams on CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Network, the Eye on Recruiting will be breaking down the biggest reason each team is thinking BCS national championship this year: the players they are recruiting.

Today we'll take a look at what Nick Saban is doing on the trail. The Tigers currently have 20 commitments for the class of 2012.

Team Ranking: 4th overall, 2nd in the SEC
Number of recruits: 19
Number of five-stars: One, cornerback Geno Smith.
Best position:
Linebacker. Ryan Anderson, Tyler Hayes, Dillon Lee and Reggie Ragland.
Weakest position:
Offensive lineman, one commitment.
Top recruit:
#19 Geno Smith (left)
Sleeper:
Defensive tackle Darren Lake.
Top target:
#9 overall recruit Landon Collins.

Ever since Nick Saban signed on in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide have been in the running for the top recruiting class in the country. It's remarkable how consistently good they've recruited, grabbing a mix of five-star talent with solid in-state prospects that turn into high draft picks later. If there's an elite recruit somewhere in the country, chances are they have Alabama somewhere on their shortlist, especially on defense.

This year's class isn't complete by any means but is stacked with athletes that can run and that can hit. Geno Smith is the top ranked player committed to the Tide and should be an excellent fit in Saban's defensive system that has churned out an NFL corner just about every year. Safety Eddie Williams is a big safety who can roam the secondary and provide punishing hits while out-leaping opposing receivers for interceptions. No group is as deep as the linebackers the team is looking to sign in February. Dillon Lee is a big interior 3-4 linebacker who can drop quickly in coverage while Reggie Ragland is another polished linebacker that fits the mold of a Courtney Upshaw or Dont'a Hightower. This class is heavy on defense and, frankly, loaded on that side of the ball.

Offensively, wide outs Chris Black and Amari Cooper are not Julio Jones physically but are super fast and quick - just the type of player you want to get into open space so they can score. There's a few athletes, such as Justin Thomas, who could play multiple positions while Kenyan Drake could be the next in line at the running back position to impress with a great blend of speed and power. They didn't land top quarterback Gunner Kiel the first time but have a solid replacement in Alec Morris, who is a big signal-caller at every bit of 6-foot-3, 240-pounds.

The one glaring need for this class is probably at offensive line. That is normally a position the staff has done a great job with but this year it seems to be lacking, with only Brandon Greene committed at the position. Don't be surprised if the school doesn't sign at least one additional tackle if not more.

Heading into the home stretch of this recruiting cycle, Saban is looking to do what he does best: close. With Pete Carroll and Urban Meyer no longer coaching college football, it's fairly easy to say that he's the best recruiting coach in the country. It remains to be seen how hard they'll go after Kiel now that he's back on the market but there's certainly a chance after the Tide lost another highly ranked quarterback, Jameis Winston, to Florida State. Running back Keith Marshall, Barry Sanders Jr., wide receiver Dwayne Stanford, offensive tackle Avery Young, defensive end Jordan Jenkins, tackle Armond Armstead and cornerback Tracy Howard are some other top targets remaining on the board the program is heavily pursuing. Safety Landon Collins will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend for an official visit and a win could go a long way in him putting on crimson instead of purple and gold.

As big a game as this will be Saturday, it is also one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the season for the Alabama coaches. Nick Saban already has a great group committed in 2012 and certainly will add to it between now and Signing Day.

Posted on: October 7, 2011 7:02 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Green-Beckham, Kiel added to Army Bowl roster

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Two of the top players in the country - well, the top two players according to Maxpreps - have been added to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster according to Rivals. Springfield (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and Columbus (Ind.) quarterbackand Indiana commit Gunner Kiel were both announced to be a part of the game Friday, giving the annual high school talent showcase two of the biggest stars in the country.

The game is Saturday January 7, 2012 and the full roster is below.

Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Anthony Alford (Petal, Miss.) Lemming Top Player
Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), Committed to USC  Lemming Top Player
Alex Balducci (Portland, Ore.), Committed to Oregon
Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash.) Lemming Top Player
Brandon Beaver (Compton, Calif.)
Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.), Committed to Wisconsin  Lemming Top Player
Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Committed to Clemson  Lemming Top Player
Drae Bowles (Jackson, Tenn.), Committed to Tennessee
Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.), Committed to Miami
Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C.)
Deon Bush (Miami, Fla.) Lemming Top Player
Joel Caleb (Midlothian, Va.) Lemming Top Player
Leonte Carroo (Ramsey, N.J.), Committed to Rutgers  Lemming Top Player
Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.), Committed to Stanford
Tim Cole (Brenham, Texas), Committed to Texas
Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Committed to Oklahoma  Lemming Top Player
Toshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.), Committed to LSU
Nick Dawson (Charlotte, N.C.)
Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md.) Lemming Top Player
Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio), Committed to Wisconsin
Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash.)
Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Committed to Florida State
Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, N.J.) Lemming Top Player
Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo.)
Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Purdue
Darius Hamilton (Ramsey, N.J.) Lemming Top Player
Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.), Committed to Virginia  Lemming Top Player
Josh Clemons (Valdosta, Ga.) Lemming Top Player
Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Clemson
Tracy Howard (Miramar, Fla.)
D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Florida  Lemming Top Player
Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.), Committed to Michigan
Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Committed to Notre Dame Lemming Top Player
Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas), Committed to Texas
Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Committed to Michigan  Lemming Top Player
Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii), Committed to Stanford
Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.), Committed to Indiana
Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.), Committed to Vanderbilt  Lemming Top Player
Raphel Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Committed to Miami
Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Committed to Alabama Lemming Top Player
Javonte Magee (San Antonio, Texas) Lemming Top Player
Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calif.), Committed to Michigan  Lemming Top Player
Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Committed to TCU  Lemming Top Player
Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla.)
John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas), Committed to Oklahoma
Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.), Committed to Arizona
LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas, Texas), Committed to Tennessee
Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo.), Committed to Washington  Lemming Top Player
Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.), Committed to Virginia
Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.), Committed to Rutgers
Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif.)
Brian Nance (Euless, Texas)
Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Committed to Oklahoma Lemming Top Player
Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Committed to Florida State  Lemming Top Player
Ethan Perry (Spring Branch, Texas), Committed to TCU
Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.), Committed to Florida
Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Committed to Auburn  Lemming Top Player
Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.), Committed to Clemson
Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.), Committed to Michigan
Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas), Committed to TCU
Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas), Committed to Texas
Jovon Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), Committed to Auburn
James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Committed to Michigan
Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.), Committed to USC
KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash.)
Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas), Committed to Oklahoma State
Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla.) Lemming Top Player
Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Committed to Penn State  Lemming Top Player
Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif.)
Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.), Committed to Florida State
Aziz Shittu (Atwater, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Elijah Sumate (Ramsey, N.J.)
Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Geno Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Committed to Alabama  Lemming Top Player
Dwayne Stanford (Cincinnati, Ohio) Lemming Top Player
Michael Starts (Waco, Texas), Committed to Texas Tech
Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes, Fla.) Lemming Top Player
John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.) Committed to Georgia Lemming Top Player
Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Committed to USC
Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Committed to Wisconsin  Lemming Top Player
Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn.), Committed to Pitt
Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.), Committed to Iowa
Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio) Lemming Top Player
Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C.)
Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas), Committed to Texas Tech
Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M  Lemming Top Player
Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif.)
Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J.) Lemming Top Player
T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.), Committed to Auburn


Category: NCAAF
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Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Top 25 recruiting classes & the recruiting title

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Senior Writer Dennis Dodd tackled the difficult task of putting together the CBSSports.com preseason top 25. One of the common themes is that the national champ usually has to come from behind in the polls. Taking a look at the recruiting rankings, it's usually the opposite. Sure there are the Signing Day closers, such at USC or Florida, but the Alabama's, Texas' and Florida State's of the world put together a good class early and head to February with a good idea of who they're signing while holding out hope a top guy will put on their hat late in the process.

Here's a breakdown of the current MaxPreps Top 25 recruiting rankings and a little bit of insight as to who will eventually be declared recruiting national champion.

The favorites

1. Michigan (top recruit: #33 Terry Richardson)

2. Texas (#3 Cayleb Jones)

3. Florida (#12 D.J. Humphries)

4. Florida State (#5 Mario Edwards)

6. Alabama (#19 Geno Smith)

One Big Ten team, one Big 12 team, two SEC teams and the ACC banner-carrier are the favorites to take home the mythical February title. It's no surprise to see some of the names on this list but newcomer Michigan is one considering Brady Hoke has yet to coach a game. It's not a deep year for Midwest talent but the Wolverines have certainly grabbed the creme of the crop and as a result sit in the pole position past the halfway point.

The contenders

5. Miami (#77 Jelani Hamilton)

7. Texas A&M (#51 Trey Williams)

9. Auburn (#30 Zeke Pike)

10. LSU (#58 Avery Johnson)

11. Virginia Tech (Donaldven Manning)

15. Clemson (#16 Travis Blanks)

18. Notre Dame (#13 Jarron Jones)

The next group of teams has an outside shot of moving up into the top five and challenging for the title with a strong close. Miami is in a difficult position in that they have a strong class filled with local talent but given the NCAA investigation swirling around the program, no one knows how long Al Golden can keep things up. With recent news that the Aggies would be moving to the SEC, one figures they could see a bounce and grab one or two top prospects by selling playing time in the nation's best football conference. Auburn has done well again this year and is seeing a championship bounce with their current group and could see other prospects come around to playing on the Plains. LSU and Virginia Tech have put together under the radar classes but they're both strong enough to put them in position to move up with a top 100 recruit committing. Clemson and Notre Dame both have small classes but have shown they can get things done between now and players putting pen to paper.

The pretenders

8. Virginia (#50 Michael Moore)

12. Penn State (#36 J.J. Denman)

13. South Carolina (#20 Shaq Roland)

14. Arizona State (#45 Evan Goodman)

16. Oklahoma (#47 Durron Neal)

This group of teams look like they can make a strong push to finish in the top five but it will be a steep up hill battle. Virginia is ranked highly due to the numbers they have and when others catch up in that department, they'll slide back down to the middle of the pack. Penn State has been solid but not spectacular in a good year for Pennsylvania talent. South Carolina is comfortable with their class but likely won't grab a top 10 player to push them up and Arizona State will likely not finish as the top Pac-12 class at the end of the day. Oklahoma is limited in terms of numbers this year and while they might sneak in the top group, it will be hard to go much further.

No chance

17. Cincinnati (#72 Bennie Coney)

19. Missouri (#91 Jonathan Williams)

20. Michigan State (#63 Sevon Pittman)

21. Wisconsin (#67 Dan Voltz)

22. Indiana (#2 Gunner Kiel)

23. Rutgers (#71 Leonte Caroo)

24. Washington (#70 Cyler Miles)

25. West Virginia (Brandon Napoleon)

It's a nice year for this group of team but it will be tough for any of these schools to move above 15 in the rankings. Likewise, it might be tough for Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Michigan State to stay in the top 25 as other schools start filling out their class with 20 or more recruits.


Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Auburn finds another Georgia corner for 2012

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After Auburn lost Atlanta (Ga.) cornerback Geno Smith to rival Alabama, the Tigers wasted no time in finding a replacement for their class of 2012 and managed to stay in the same state while doing so after Carrollton (Ga.) corner Jonathan Jones committed to the program over the weekend.

"I love everything about Auburn," Jones told AuburnSports.com. "I love the family atmosphere, how close everyone is. I love the coaches. I feel like I have a second family at Auburn."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution labels the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder as the state's "fastest football recruit" thanks to his speed on the track and the gridiron. Jones held offers from a host of schools, including Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Stanford but Auburn ended up the place for him.

"After I got the offer from Auburn, I pretty much knew that is where I would go," he said. "I really like the campus. It's a great college atmosphere and I think a great place to go to college. It's also not too far from home."

Jones is the 14th commitment for Auburn's class of 2012 and second corner from the state of Georgia headed to the Plains.
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:12 am
 

8/18 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Number one overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham talked about his recruitment.

- Junior wide receiver Travis Johnson has his top 10 set.

Defensive tackle Jordan Watkins is down to three, Georgia, Florida and Stanford.

With Texas A&M possibly moving to the SEC, could Florida have an advantage in the state thanks to Will Muschamp?
Running back Barry Sanders Jr. may be the only back on Oklahoma State's radar.

Michigan State is still in the mix for running back Will Mahone.

Florida State is back and recruiting better than ever.

Recent Alabama commit Geno Smith was feeling the Iron Bowl rivalry before his pledge.


Commitments:

Arizona added a cornerback from Texas to their recruiting class.
 
 
 
 
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