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Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:20 pm
 

Big Ten Signing Day Grades



Posted by Bryan Fischer


MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big Ten
College Commits Top 100
3. Ohio State 24 6
4. Michigan 24 4

Big Ten school-by-school
Legends Division Commits Top Players Grade
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 RB Greg Garmon B- You're not blown away with this group but guys like Garmon will come in and play early. It's just not a deep class but some of the guys at the top are very nice grabs for the Hawkeyes.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DB Terry Richardson A The Wolverines accomplished the two big things you want in bringing in guys that will add depth on top of several that will play right away. The defensive guys in particular looks like they're great fits in Greg Mattison's system and the OL group might be the best in the conference.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 WR Aaron Burbridge B It lost its luster down the stretch with a notable decommit but this is a sneaky good class. Don't sleep on Tyler O'Connor taking over under center before too long.
- Team page
- Commitment list
29 QB Phillip Nelson C+ An interesting mix of guys in this class between Jucos that are hoping to come in and play right away and other players who might need a few years. Nelson could challenge for the starting QB spot early.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 WR Jordan Westerkamp C Perhaps this was the first year where not playing in Texas hurt the Cornhuskers (despite two commits from there) because they appeared to be all over the map. Losing Andrus Peat, with his brother on the team, hurt.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DE Ifeadi Odenigbo B+ It's not too often the Wildcats are landing some high-end talent like Odenigbo or Malin Jones so kudos to the staff for identifying guys that fit the school well and can play.
Leaders Division Commits Top Players Grade
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 DB TaJarvis Fuller C- The group held up surprisingly well considering the coaching turnover but it's not a particularly good group outside of a handful of guys. It's just a very average class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 LB Jacarri Alexander D It's not just losing Gunner Kiel but the lack of landing some immediate playmakers.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DE Noah Spence A+ There's a great argument to be made about this being the best DL group in 2012. Don't sleep on the offensive guys coming in for spot duty like Bri'onte Dunn either.
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 TE Jesse James D+ Let's face it, this wasn't going to be a great class given all that has happened in State College. James is a nice player and Jamil Pollard is a Big Ten player but just hit the reset button this group.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 QB Austin Appleby C There were a few surprising gets in this class but nobody outside of Appleby that screamed that the Boilermakers did a great job.
- Team page
- Commitment list
11 LB Vince Biegel B The numbers hold back this class from a higher grade but there's definitely some quality players. More than that, each guy is a great fit for the offense/defense that the Badgers run.

Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:34 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big Ten



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Breaking down who won and who lost in the Big Ten on National Signing Day

WINNER: The Recruiting Machine Known To Mankind As Urban Meyer

Scholarship limits, postseason bans, these things matter not to the one known as Urban Meyer. They will not keep him out of your high school classrooms where he's stealing your recruits. Since the day Meyer first set foot in Columbus as its new Caesar, high schoolers have flocked to the Buckeyes, previous commitments be damned. What was already a solid class was boosted on Wednesday by the addition of offensive lineman Kyle Dodson, who had previously committed to Wisconsin. Then there's the work Meyer did on the defensive line, closing on players like Noah Spence, Tommy Schutt, Se'von Pittman and Adolphus Washington, and it's no wonder this class is ranked third in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. Making matters even scarier for the rest of the Big Ten, Meyer's already locked up two top recruits in the 2013 class. The man -- machine? -- just cannot be stopped. 

LOSER: The Bottom Of The Legends And Leaders

Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois and Indiana all managed to finish at the bottom of their respective divisions in 2011, and nothing in their 2012 recruiting classes makes you think any of the four will be climbing the standings anytime soon. Particularly when you compare their classes to the teams above them. Only two 4-star recruits signed with any of them, and both of those players are on their way to Northwestern: defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo and defensive tackle Greg Kuhar.

WINNER: Fans Of The Old Big Ten

Remember the long, long ago of the late 20th and early 21st centuries when the Big Ten was dominated by Ohio State and Michigan? Yes, well, it appears those days may be upon us again. While we already went over Ohio State's impressive haul, the work put in at Michigan by Brady Hoke and his staff shouldn't be ignored. The Wolverines put together the fourth ranked class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25 thanks to signings like offensive lineman Kyle Kalis and defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins. Brady Hoke put a lot of emphasis on the offensive line and the defense in this class, and it could go a long way to ensuring that "Ohio" and "That School Up North" play twice a season for the next few years. For more on Michigan's 2012 class, you can watch Brady Hoke talk about his newest players here.

LOSER: Wisconsin

This isn't a knock on Wisconsin's class, though it is the smallest of any class in the Big Ten with only 12 commits. No, it's more a representation of the fact that Ohio State and Michigan seem to be back on their way to national prominence. The Badgers enjoyed the last few years and the struggles of the Wolverines and Buckeyes, taking advantage of their problems with two straight conference titles and Rose Bowl trips. This isn't to say that the Badgers won't win the Big Ten again anytime soon, but it just got a lot harder to do so.

WINNER: Penn State

You're not used to seeing the term "winner" in relation to Penn State's football program lately, are you? Well, when you consider all that has gone on in Happy Valley over the last six months, combined with the fact the team's new head coach is still busy trying to win a Super Bowl, you have to be impressed with what the Nittany Lions did on Wednesday. No, the 19 players that committed to Penn State won't blow you away as a whole, but it's a class that will ensure there's still talent at Penn State as the program tries to transition to a new era of Nittany Lions football.

LOSER: The Lack Of Attention Paid To Purdue's Class

You're probably confused right now, and I apologize for that. What I'm trying to say here is that while you weren't paying any attention, Purdue and Danny Hope went out and put together a pretty nice class in West Lafayette. Athlete Carlos Carvajal -- all 6 feet and 7 inches of him -- and defensive end Ryan Watson are probably the most intriguing prospects, but from top to bottom, this whole class is pretty solid. Especially considering Purdue's recent troubles on the gridiron. What's more surprising is how this class is spread across the country. While 4 of the 25 signees are from Indiana, the rest come from all four corners of the country, including New York, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Ohio and California. Depending on how quickly these players can contribute, the Boilermakers may catch some people by surprise in the next couple of years.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:24 am
 

1/30 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Great story about the long journey to South Carolina for commit Shaq Roland.

Washington has one solid quarterback commitment and another they're not 100% sure about.

 Chip Kelly landed his big fish in Arik Armstead.

 Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker is ready for Florida.

 Baylor is doing a very good job on the recruiting trail this year.

 Recruiting is on the upswing for Utah, BYU and others in the state.

 Arkansas is Missouri's new talent rival.

 Alabama's Junior Day was very, very successful.

Commitments

 Oklahoma added junior college offensive tackle Will Latu over the weekend.

 Linebacker BJ Bello made a last minute flip to Illinois.

 Michigan State came close to filling out its class with the commitments of wide receiver Monty Madaris and running back Marcus Horne.

 Colorado added two commits over the weekend.

 Texas Tech grabbed a late pledge from Juco cornerback Olaoluwa Falemi.

 Nice pick up for Houston in wide receiver Andrew Rodriguez.

 Vanderbilt continues to grow their class, adding offensive lineman Kevin McCoy after a visit.

 Wide receiver Travin Henry committed to Georgia Tech.

 Sleeper linebacker Courtney Arnick has decided to play for Kansas.

 Another wide receiver is going to Arkansas with the commitment of Demetrius Wilson.

Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:12 pm
 

Alabama adds two for 2013 at Junior Day

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Most schools are hoping for a big finish to their 2012 classes. But with Alabama's loaded current class already at a full 27 commitments and ranked No. 1 in the nation, the Tide have mostly moved their focus to 2013--and seeing that focus pay off with a rash of early commitments.

The Tide received three of them over the weekend at their annual Junior Day, including a pair Sunday in New Orleans wide receiver Raheem Falkins and Fultondale (Ala.) athlete ArDarius Stewart. Arkansas running back Altee Tenpenny committed to the Tide on Saturday. The commitments bring Alabama to a total of seven for their 2013 class already.

"I like their program, they've got a nice program,'' Falkins told the Times-Picayune. "Coach [Nick] Saban, he recruited me the hardest. He competed with other schools and showed the most interest.''

Both Falkins and Stewart project as two of the higher-ranked prospects at their positions for next year's class. The 6'4", 190-pound Falkins pulled in 53 passes for 989 yards as a junior and earned all-state honors. He claims early offers from Tennessee, Colorado and Illinois--though not home-state LSU, which still might complicate things for the Tide down the road.

Stewart was named Alabama's class 2A Back of the Year after piling up 50 total touchdowns and more than 3,400 yards of total offense in 2011.

Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:50 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Mornhinweg flips to Florida from Penn St.

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the most famous names -- and better quarterbacks -- in the class of 2012 has reportedly decided to head for the SEC.

Gator Country has reported that Skyler Mornhinweg, son of current Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator and former Detroit Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg, has pledged to sign with Florida over Penn State. Skyler originally committed to Stanford as a rising sophomore at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, but switched to the Nittany Lions last summer when Jim Harbaugh left the Cardinal.

New Gator offensive coordinator Brent Pease and Marty Mornhinweg played together at Montana, potentially giving Pease a window in which to make his pitch to Skyler after the recent coaching transition at Penn State. Skyler visited Florida's campus last weekend, Gator Country reports.

At 6'3" and 190 pounds, Mornhinweg has been among his class's more highly-prized pro-style quarterbacks, with reported offers from programs like Tennessee and Illinois as well as Stanford, Penn State, and the Gators. Tom Lemming writes this in his evaluation of Mornhinweg:

He impresses you with his arm strength, poise, smarts, and overall game. You can tell he's the son of a coach, I watched him throw down in Phoenix last December and was impressed with his quick setup and even quicker release. Shows great poise and field vision, not a sprinter but he can escape the rush and buy time with his feet. A winner with a great attitude.

Mornhinweg becomes the 21st commitment --and only quarterback -- of Will Muschamp's impressive 2012 class. The Gators currently rank fourth in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings.

Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:54 am
 

1/26 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Mark Richt went to jail to visit a recruit, but it's not exactly what you're thinking.

 Offensive tackle Vincent Valentine will pick among Florida, Illinois or Nebraska.

 Alabama and Auburn spend a little bit of money to recruit...

 Todd Graham is making progress at Arizona State right before signing his first class.

 A profile of UCLA-bound cornerback Justin Combs.

 Top 100 offensive lineman Jordan Diamond had a great visit to Arkansas.

 Oklahoma early enrollee Taylor McNamara was finally cleared.

 Top Florida cornerback Tracy Howard is giving Miami a chance.

 Washington will host Cedric Dozier on an official visit.

 Chip Kelly is up in the air but, this time, to finish a recruiting class.

Commitments:

 Linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone committed to Houston.

 Nebraska snagged their first 2013 commitment in Tre'vell Dixon.

 Quarterback Steven Bench committed to Penn State.

Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:33 am
 

1/25 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Illinois had a good Junior Day on Sunday and is looking recruit top 2013 in-state talent.

 Offensive line recruit Jake Meador will visit Wisconsin this weekend.

 Oregon has 18 commitments and is looking to add more entering the final weekend before Signing Day.

 Corner Gary Simon will pick between Iowa State, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

 North Carolina has finally made up for a few decommits with recent pledges.

 Lane Kiffin and USC have still found success despite NCAA sanctions.

 Michigan is looking to land top corner Armani Reeves.

  Cal and USC were two in-home visits Arik Armstead had on Tuesday, with plenty more to come.

Commitments

 Washington added a big time offensive lineman Tuesday night in Jake Eldenkamp.

 Indiana reached into Florida for wide receiver Ricky Jones.

 Nebraska went out to California to snag a pledge from offensive lineman Corey Whitaker.

Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:46 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 12:48 am
 

Arizona adds another in Leo Thomas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Rich Rodriguez has always been a coach who has recruited nationally and he's bringing the same philosophy to his new job at Arizona. After picking up a commitment from Florida on Monday, he added another out-of-state player on Tuesday in San Antonio (Texas) defensive back Leo Thomas.

“The visit was really nice out there,” Thomas told WildcatAuthority.com. “I liked everything about Arizona. When I first got there, the campus was beautiful and the coaching staff from Rodriguez to (Tony) Gibson told me how much I would like it there and it was a good environment.”

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound safety was recruited by Mike Stoops and had committed to the previous staff but opened things up and held offers from schools such as Colorado, Illinois and Utah. A recent official visit over the weekend was chance to see Tuscon and get to know the program better, all that was needed to make Thomas feel comfortable enough to pull the trigger and commit.

“I just wanted to go back home and talk it over with my family,” he said. “When I got on the campus I closed my eyes and then opened them and everything just stood out to me and I felt like I fit. I can come right in and play. I just have to do what I do and keep working hard.”

Thomas gives Arizona 17 commitments for the class of 2012 and is the second from San Antonio.

 
 
 
 
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