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Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:55 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 11:10 am
 

Big East Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


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. Things are in a state of flux in the Big East and it seems that the lack of stability at some programs has hampered some recruiting classes. Things are still going well but it's going to be an interesting Signing Day for the league with several new head coaches and programs shuffling in and out like recruits change commitments.

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Top storylines

1. Does Greg Schiano leaving destroy Rutgers' class? 

If there's a coaching change to come out of left field, it might be Schiano's, who leaves just days before Signing Day. Rutgers had been in the middle of building their best recruiting class in years and had locked up a lot of in-state talent in a great year for recruits in New Jersey. Now all of that is in jeopardy with the shock recruits are feeling quite evident from many of their comments. Expect the Scarlet Knights to drop out of the running for several of the top uncommitted guys on their board and other school calling everybody in their class to see if they want to take a late official visit and reconsider their pledge.

2. Can Paul Chryst build out a good first effort?

Another swift departure out of town for Todd Graham has led to a very good hire for Pittsburgh in Chryst, who jumps over from Wisconsin where he did an excellent job of developing talent. Graham did a good job of keeping top in-state talent close to home and landed the top big back in the country in Rushel Shell. There are a lot of good pieces, especially on offense, but it's up to Chryst to keep everybody committed and build on it with others in his first effort on the recruiting trail as head coach. More than anything, he can hopefully bring some stability to the program.

3. How are the newcomers doing?

Every report and indication has the Mountaineers playing in the Big 12 in 2012, until the i's are dotted and t's crossed, they're going to be stuck in Big East purgatory for now. Dana Holgorsen knows the league and recruiting in Texas in particular but has hit the state of Florida extremely hard with the incoming class. Regardless of the exact timing, this will be the first group of recruits brought in to play in the Big 12 so it's worth tracking to see if that leads to a boost when the faxes are in or whether the big Orange Bowl victory or coaching turnover has a bigger impact.

4. West Virginia's first Big 12 class... at some point.

While the majority of teams the Big East has added over the past year or so won't join the league for another year, it's still worth tracking how the newcomers fare on the recruiting trail. In the case of a school like Boise State, the past success of the program has led to one of the best classes in recent memory with solid depth and a handful of players that should be in the mix for playing time earlier than is normal on the Blue Turf. Houston and UCF have done a solid job considering coaching turnover and scandal while SMU has still tried to keep things going despite losing the school's top recruiter. The class of 2012 might not play right away in the Big East but you have to keep tabs on them since they will in the not to distant future.

Most impressive class: Pittsburgh

Most underrated class: South Florida

Work left to do: Syracuse

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
11. Rushel Shell RB Pittsburgh
27. Ronald Darby ATH Uncommitted
29. Darius Hamilton DE Uncommitted
35. Devin Fuller ATH Uncommitted
91. Leonte Carroo WR Rutgers
95. Bennie Coney QB Cincinnati
105. Chad Voytik QB Pittsburgh
107. Wayne Morgan DB Uncommitted
108. Adam Bisnowaty OL Pittsburgh
109. Quanzell Lambert LB Rutgers
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Kerry Coombs, Mark Elder and Steve Stripling, Cincinnati
George DeLeone, UConn
Vance Bedford, Clint Hurtt and Brian Jean-Mary, Louisville
Bob Bostad and Joe Rudolph, Pittsburgh
Brian Angelichio and Jeff Hafley, Rutgers
Todd Fitch and Phil McGeoghan, South Florida
Scott Shafer and Tyrone Wheatley, Syracuse
Robert Gillespie and Daron Roberts, West Virginia

Head coach under pressure: Skip Holtz, South Florida

Top Big East class prediction: Louisville

Top Big East signee: Rushel Shell

Big East school-by-school
Program Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
32 QB Bennie Coney
RB Dennis Norfleet
OL Caleb Stacey
Butch Jones has done a good job at hitting needs and filling out his class. Coney won't be ready to play right away but has the physical tools to fit right into the offense. Norfleet is an absolute steal at running back.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 QB Casey Cochran
WR Neally Cunningham
WR John Green
Not a lot of remarks about this group other than the fact that Cochran is a very solid pick up at quarterback and is smart and has a strong arm.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 LB Keith Brown
LB James Burgess
LB Nick Dawson
The trio of top linebacker Charlie Strong has managed to grab headline this class but it has several other very good grabs that could have played at bigger programs. OL depth is notable.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 OL Adam Bisnowaty
RB Rushel Shell
QB Chad Voytik
The headliners for the Panthers are on offense and they should fit right into Chryst's system. Voytik has a compact throwing motion and strong arm while Shell is a multipurpose threat who is a load going downhill.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 WR Leonte Carroo
OL J.J. Denman
LB Quanzell Lambert
You can put TBD next to this class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DB Chris Bivins
WR D'Vario Montgomery
TE Sean Price
Bivins and Price are SEC-caliber players and terrific adds by the staff. Montgomery is a big time threat who should see early playing time and is part of a very athletic freshman class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
21 OL Kyle Knapp
TE Ron Thompson
Knapp and Thompson are two solid adds but other than that, the most remarkable thing about the Orangemen is adding all-Namer Pancho Barnwell.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 QB Ford Childress
WR Deontay McManus
ATH Brandon Napoleon
Childress is a guy you can project to put up big time numbers in Holgorsen's system and you can say the same about a dynamic threat in McManus. Good job at addressing needs while adding athleticism.



Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:04 am
 

1/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

 UCLA's Jim Mora has made some good moves with his assistants to make an impact in recruiting.

Ohio State's scholarship limitations means some numbers crunching.

 The Tenneessee recruiting class is more stable than the Vols coaching staff.

 Nicky Baratti made the early decision to go to Notre Dame.

 Despite loses, LSU should still reel in a top recruiting class.

 North Carolina's strong class is mostly headed out of state to Georgia, Florida and others.

 Alabama and Vanderbilt are two schools winning the in-state recruiting battle.

 Offensive tackle Kyle Murphy visited USC this weekend and will not take any more trips.

Commitments

North Carolina added a commitment from defensive end Justin Thomason.

 Wide receiver Joshua Stanford committed to Virginia Tech.

 A pair of recruits, Kenneth Crawley and Derek McCartney, committed to Colorado on Sunday.

 Athlete Guito Ervilus overcame an ACL tear to commit to USF.

 Oklahoma State added two yesterday in offensive tackle Michael Wilson and wide receiver Chance Allen.

 Punter Ryan Rodwell is pledge #17 for Georgia Tech.

 Troubled cornerback Deion Bonner committed to Tennessee.

 Very big pick up for Mississippi State in defensive end A.J. Jefferson.

 Marshall commit Sean Connolly flipped to Kansas.

Minnesota tight end Cal Bloom committed to UCF.

 Illinois added two in running back Devin Church and defensive back Jevaris Little.

Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:56 am
 

12/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Top quarterback Gunner Kiel will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.

  Several Oklahoma State commits are upset at the Cowboys missing out on the title game.

  N.C. State commit Charlie Hedegus has some interest in South Florida.

  Steve Fairchild's firing has left Colorado State's recruiting in limbo.

  What happens if top running back Keith Marshall does not pick Georgia?

  Defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson rated his visit to Georgia Tech as a '8 or 9.'

  Carl Pelini was hired in part to fix FAU's recruiting problems.

  Rice fired recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Rick LaFavers.

Commitments

  Quarterback Tyler Cameron switched his commitment from USF to Wake Forest. The Bulls added a JUCO offensive lineman however.

  Wide receiver Chris Harper became the latest in a Southern California to SMU pipeline.

  Former Texas Tech pledge Christian Okafor has committed to Cal.

  Washington added North Torrance (Calif.) athlete Ryan McDaniel.

  Another commit for UCLA despite the coaching change as running back Paul Perkins pledged to be a Bruin.

Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:13 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 4:13 pm
 

NCAA issues cause Montgomery to cross off UCF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With the resignation of wide receivers coach David Kelly and serious NCAA issues at the school, UCF has been dropped as a school under consideration for Winter Park (Fla.) receiver Dvario Montgomery.

“That basically wrapped it up for me and showed me that that’s not where I want to be at all,” Montgomery told the Orlando Sentinel. “I kind of [crossed] them off my list.”

Montgomery is still looking at South Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Louisville. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete recently returned from an official visit to College Park and is now high on the Terps along with the Bulls.

“It was real good,” he said of his visit. “I liked the atmosphere, the only thing about it, it was cold. I could adapt to that fine. Other than that, everything was nice. I loved the coaches. Coach (Randy) Edsall, all of them … they were showing me so much love. They showed me basically everything that happens. The players, everyone was true, there was no messing around … I respected it.”

Montgomery is planning to commit after the season and figures to take his time looking at schools after crossing off local option UCF for numerous reasons.

Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Louisville adds offensive lineman "Nacho" Garcia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Charlie Strong may or may not be someone who orders nachos at a movie or ballgame but he did pick one up on the recruiting trail. Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) offensive lineman Abraham 'Nacho' Garcia became the latest Louisville commitment on Monday following a visit to the school over the weekend.

"Louisville's always been a school I've been watching," Garcia told CardinalSports.com. "This (visit) just puts a picture to the words that people have been telling me about it. I actually have a guy I go to school with whose dad played at Louisville. Bruce Armstrong's son (Nick) goes to our school. He's been up there before and he's told me about Louisville and how great a school it is. This visit just puts a picture to what he's been telling me."

The 6-foot-6, 330-pounder is a someone who will fill a position of need for the Cardinals along the line. Garcia also held offers from Florida, Marshall, South Florida and others but felt the situation at Louisville would allow him to succeed early on.

"The (coaches) were telling me and explaining to me about the program," Garcia said. "It is a young team and they are trying to still learn. They have some injured guys on the offensive line and had to start one freshman and change a defensive guy to an offensive guy. They are really adjusting right now."

Garcia is the 16th commitment for Strong and the Cardinals' class of 2012 and the fifth offensive lineman among the group.

"Nacho proves to be a massive youngster with long arms, relatively quick feet, and enormous strength," analyst Tom Lemming said of Garcia. "He dominates the point of attack and at times has trouble cutting off edge rushers but can bend his knees and shows decent lateral movement. Needs to watch his weight but the technique, temperament and size are certainly there."

Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Cornerback Ezra Robinson commits to Michigan St

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan State has recruited out-of-state increasingly better over the past few years and did so again this week, grabbing the commitment of Sarasota (Fla.) cornerback Ezra Robinson on Thursday.

"I knew during my visit that Michigan State was the right place for me,” Robinson told SpartanTailgate.com. “I just got along so well with [commitments Kyle Kerrick and Jermaine Edmondson]. Also, I just was on the same page with some of the players and their whole entire coaching staff."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back visited campus during the Spartans upset win over Wisconsin a few weeks ago. He held offers from Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Florida and West Virginia among others but was sold on playing defense for Mark Dantonio and his staff.

"It's just a great program," he said. "They’re really defensively sound and I love that. Coach Dantonio is a defensive back coach by nature. That kinda gives you that edge being a defensive back. Michigan State is the perfect place to be. The coaching staff and the players. They all make you feel like you’re a part of a family already. If you have that type of relationship with your coaches and teammates you can never go wrong with it."

Robinson's pledge gives Michigan State 15 class of 2012 commitments, just two of which are defensive backs.


Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:49 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 11:59 pm
 

National Notes: Recruiting the recruited

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Three months. Three stress-filled, long months until Signing Day.

To complicate things, it's the stretch run of the season, the holidays and bowl game time. Coaches have to worry about filling out a recruiting class as well as keeping their current commitments from looking around. Surprise official or unofficial visits can sometimes throw staffs for a loop. It's a complicated time of numbers juggling, keeping kids happy and, oh yeah, coaching.

With all that in mind, here's a run down of the top commitments from the ACC, Big 12 and Big East that each school has to keep in the fold and sign in February.

ACC

Boston College: Steven Daniels, linebacker. He signed with the Eagles last year but didn't qualify and could be looking around, they need the tackling machine quickly.

Clemson: Travis Blanks, defensive back. One of the top defensive backs on the East Coast, he can play right away with his coverage skills.

Florida State: Mario Edwards, defensive end. They've got a great defensive line class but no one like Edwards, who is strongly considering Oklahoma.

Maryland: Mike Madaras, offensive linemen. A local kid from a power conference at an area of need, the staff has burned some bridges locally and making sure Madaras stays in the fold is big.

N.C. State: K'Hadree Hooker, defensive tackle. The staff is on shaky ground but they'd be wise to keep the in-state DT.

Wake Forest: Jared Crump, wide receiver. 6-foot-3, 4.5 receivers don't grow on trees nor come from Florida to the Triangle often.

Duke: Deion Williams, linebacker. He's a tad undersized but a great cross-country get for the Blue Devils.

Georgia Tech: Tyler Stargel, linebacker. Would be a big interior presence with his size.

Miami: Jelani Hamilton, defensive end. One of the top players in the area, keeping him home would do wonders for the rest of the class.

North Carolina: Patton Robinette, quarterback. The Elite 11 signal-caller has already taken a few visits elsewhere.

Virginia: Kwontie Moore, linebacker. The complete package, he'd be a much-needed upgrade on defense.

Virginia Tech: Jarontay Jones, defensive end. One of the top players in Georgia, it's possible he could pull a late switch.

Big 12

Baylor: Kiante' Griffin, athlete. Could come in and play on either side of the ball.

Iowa State: Grant Rohach, quarterback. It's not too often ISU gets a quarterback like Rohach out of California.

Kansas: Brian Beckmann, offensive lineman. Big body like Beckmann is someone they must have to build around.

Kansas State: Aderius Epps, offensive lineman. See above.

Missouri: Jonathan Williams, running back. Henry Josey has done a great job and Williams is that type of player.

Oklahoma: Polo Manukainiu, defensive end. He's already a shaky commitment and is taking visits elsewhere.

Oklahoma State: Kendall Sanders, athlete. He would be a great fit for the Cowboys.

Texas: Johnathan Gray, running back. He's pretty solidly committed but that still doesn't mean you stop recruiting #1 RB in the country.

Texas Tech: Dominique Wheeler, wide receiver. He should play early with his speed.

TCU: Daje Johnson, defensive back. You need defensive backs in the Big 12 and Johnson is one of the fastest in Texas.

Big East

Cincinnati: Dennis Norfleet
, running back. He's small but he's dynamic in space a great fit for the offense.

Connecticut: Casey Cochran
, quarterback. Grabbing the best in-state player is always a good start for a new head coach.

Louisville: Larry Jefferson,
defensive end. He could provide a nice boost on either side of the ball.

Pittsburgh: Rushel Shell
, running back. He was likely to end up at Pitt all along but they need to keep the five-star happy.

Rutgers: Leonte Carroo,
wide receiver. One of the top players in the state, he could help them with his Don Bosco teammates.

South Florida:
Chris Bivins, defensive back. One of the better corners in Northern Florida, one wonders if the Gators came in with a later offer.

Syracuse: Tashon Whitehurst,
linebacker. Not the fastest player, he's still a nice get from Florida at his position.

West Virginia: Deontay McManus
, wide receiver. He's a great fit in Dana Holgorsen's offense but the commitment isn't super strong.

Notre Dame sees Perkins decommit

First it was USC that saw a high-profile decommit and now the team they recently beat is suffering the same thing. South Bend (Ind.) linebacker David Perkins opened things up Monday, a loss for the Irish on the defensive side of the ball.

“There are a lot of good schools out there interested in me, and Notre Dame doesn’t let you take visits, and I want to take visits,” Perkins told 247Sports. “I feel like I committed too fast and didn’t give myself a chance to go through the whole recruiting process. I’m going to reopen it and go through the process and see what all is out there."

It's not unusual to hear this kind of thing from kids as we draw closer to Signing Day but interesting to hear it from a local player like Perkins. He has several programs such as LSU, Michigan State, Tennessee and Oregon that could be players if he doesn't keep Notre Dame in the mix.

The Irish have 15 commitments for 2012 as of now.

Video of the week

Here are some highlights of Texas commit Cayleb Jones, the second best wide receiver in the country and a five-star prospect.



Recruiting Roundup

Guito Ervilus has North Carolina as his leader after a visit.

Georgia Tech impressed a good number of recruits in their game against Clemson.

UCLA is the latest offer for running back Fabian Moreau.

Does playing Florida in Jacksonville hurt Georgia's recruiting?

Offenisve lineman Brandon Fanaika is interested in Arkansas.

 Brian Kelly wants easier access to recruits.


Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:28 pm
 

DT James Hamilton switches commitment to USF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Florida head coach Skip Holtz has done well on the recruiting trail in Florida and may bring his best class in with the Bulls' 2012 group. The young coach grabbed one of his biggest recruiting coups on Tuesday, flipping Florida State commitment James Hamilton to USF.
“Me and my family sat down and talked about it and it seemed like the right thing for me and my family,” Hamilton told the Orlando Sentinel. “Playing time played a role in my decision a little bit but the major role was staying close to home so I can be close to my mom and lil sis.”

The 6-foot-3, 340-pound Orlando (Fla.) defensive tackle committed to the Seminoles in June over offers from Clemson, Michigan State, Texas A&M and others.

 “The coaching staff is great, the campus is amazing and the faculties were amazing too and it just seemed like the right place for me,” he said.

Hamilton is the 12th commitment for USF's class of 2012. His cousin Corian Hamilton is a freshman linebacker.

"He's a big body with quick feet and always seems to be able to get the job done," analyst Tom Lemming said of James. "Not fancy but effective. He already has NFL size, sustains his blocks well, can anchor and effectively pull and trap. He needs to watch his weight but certainly shows the quickness and overall athletic ability to excel at the next level."
 
 
 
 
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