Tag:Tennessee
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:01 pm
 

2/25 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Alabama is off to a quick start in the class of 2013.

 Mark Richt says they are always recruiting at Georgia. The Bulldogs picked up a Juco cornerback commit.

 An early look at Washington's recruiting in the class of '13.

 Derek Dooley defended his decision to sign troubled cornerback Deion Bonner.

 Stanford, Michigan could be trying to flip offensive tackle Steve Elmer.

 Stefon Diggs says he is ready to play at Maryland.

 Running back Ryan Green picked up an offer from USC.

 Arizona, Arizona State are out to change the perception of their program among in-state recruits.

 Michigan State is set to host several prospects on their next Junior Day.

 Greg Schiano is happy Rutgers was able to keep the 2012 recruiting class intact.

 Texas commit Ricky Seals-Jones is a top athlete in the state.

 It's a big recruiting weekend for Virginia and Mike London.

Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:20 pm
 

UCLA reaches into Georgia for RB Keyante Green

Posted by Bryan Fischer

UCLA hasn't been shy about looking at talent from the state of Georgia under new head coach Jim Mora and the Bruins returned to the area for their latest pledge in McDonough (Ga.) running back Keyante Green, who committed to the program Wednesday night.

"I was talking to Coach Mora about everything at UCLA and it is there," Green told BruinBlitz.com. "He told me that he can see me playing running back at UCLA and that he can see me being a big part of this football team and be able to help out UCLA, so he offered me a scholarship."

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound back was a top performer during last December's Rising Seniors Bowl and held offers from schools such as Florida State, South Carolina and Tennessee. Green's close friend, quarterback Eddie Printz, committed to UCLA last month and can be credited for turning the coaching staff on to him.

"I called Coach Jim Mora on Sunday," Green said. "I told him that my friend Eddie Printz is already committed to UCLA and he put in a couple of words for me and they saw my highlight."

The second commit from the Peach state, Green becomes UCLA's third overall in the class of 2013. The Bruins only signed one running back last month with the 2012 class.

"He has great vision, balance, surprising strength, moves, and instincts," analyst Tom Lemming said of Green. "He follows his blockers well, can always make the first defender miss, uses the stiff arm to his advantage, and gets a good amount of yardage after initial contact."

Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:18 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 5:19 pm
 

Offensive lineman Grant Hill is No. 9 for Alabama

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another big Alabama commit? Another big Alabama commit.

The Crimson Tide picked up Huntsville (Ala.) offensive tackle Grant Hill Wednesday afternoon as the program continues to move aggressively on the recruiting trail.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was already drawing plenty of interest from programs across the country and held scholarship offers from Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee. Hill will be sticking close to home however, having visited Tuscaloosa unofficially last weekend.

"I like how professional they handle everything,” Hill told Scout. “They handle everything so well. They have a great program, atmosphere and fans. Everything about the whole program impresses me. The way coach (Nick) Saban handles everything. He knows how to win."

Hill is versatile enough to play either guard or tackle at the next level and has excellent size already as a rising senior. He becomes the ninth commitment for Alabama's class of 2013 and second offensive lineman to join the program.

Photo by Joe Boyd


Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:14 pm
 

Virginia Tech grabs first two commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech is on the board for 2013. The Hokies picked up their first two commitments in the class on Saturday with pledges from Midlothian (Va.) defensive back Holland Fisher and Richmond (Va.) athlete Cequan Jefferson.

"I was just sitting here thinking to myself, out of all the places I've visited, everywhere I've been, nowhere made me feel as good as Virginia Tech did," Fisher told HokieHaven.com. "I feel like I fit in perfectly."

The 6-foot-2, 198-pound safety also held offers from Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia among others but will follow his senior teammate Joel Caleb to Blacksburg. Shortly after Fisher committed, Jefferson did the same after a great experience on his unofficial visit during Junior Day.

"One was their foundation there, it's awesome and then another one is the fact they have a great football team," Jefferson said. "Also, their academic program is out of this world and they will provide all the help you can get. You can't leave there without getting a diploma and I don't want to be just a football player, I want to graduate too. That is a huge part of why I chose Virginia Tech."

Hokies assistant Shane Beamer was responsible for landing both players to kick off Virginia Tech's recruiting in the class of 2013.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Tennessee adds late 2012 linebacker commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Though most have moved on to next year's recruiting class, Tennessee added one the final pieces to their 2012 group on Wednesday as Jacksonville (Fla.) linebacker Kenneth Bynum signed late with the Volunteers following a visit to Knoxville.

“I had a great time on my visit,” Bynum told InsideTennessee.com.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was committed to Cincinnati but delayed signing in order to visit Tennessee. Bynum also held offers from schools such as North Carolina, Rutgers and West Virginia but was impressed with the UT staff and new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri in particular.

“He is an intense guy and he really seems like he knows his stuff,” Bynum said. “He has coached a lot of great players. I think he is a great coach. It was nice to meet with him.”

Bynum becomes Tennessee's 22nd class of 2012 commitment.
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Ohio State adds another in lineman Billy Price

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another day, another top recruit for Urban Meyer. After taking an unofficial visit to Columbus over the weekend, Austintown (Ohio) lineman Billy Price decided to end his recruiting early and commit to Ohio State on Monday.

"I was up there Saturday for a banquet and got a tour ahead of time," Price told Rivals. "It kind of clicked on campus. I really realized Columbus was my home. Talking with the academic staff, some of the football staff and some of the students, it really seemed to be my place."

The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder can play on either side of the line but will probably wind up on defense when he steps on campus next year. Price already had a host of offers from schools such as Michigan, Notre Dame and Tennessee but Ohio State just felt like the place for him.

"It is a huge thing with the fact that my family will be able to come to the home games and some of the away games," he said. "Then, everybody is supporting what you are doing and watching you play every Saturday in front of 105,000 people is unreal."

Price is the third commitment for the Buckeyes' class of 2013, all of whom are in-state recruits. He racked up 40 tackles and three sacks as a defensive tackle last season as a junior.

Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Shaq Wiggins adds to strong 2013 start by Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With a slew of Junior Days scheduled by programs across the country, this weekend figures to be a pretty busy one on the recruiting trail. Tyrone (Ga.) cornerback Shaquille Wiggins decided to start things off early however, committing to Georgia on Friday afternoon.

“It felt right; it’s the place for me,” Wiggins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound defensive back is one of the Peach state's top 10 prospects for the class of 2013 and has shown he can cover receivers of any size on the field. Though he needs to add weight, he showed a lot of toughness at the Rising Seniors Bowl late last year when he battled injuries to be one of the game's top defenders.

Wiggins held offers from schools such as Tennessee, Michigan, Ole Miss and others. He is the fourth class of 2013 commitment for Georgia and joins Newnan (Ga.) safety Tray Matthews in the secondary.

"It's a little bit of everything," Wiggins told CBSSports.com about what he was looking for in a program. "The school itself, the education, the environment - I want to be surrounded by good people. Just things like that. Coaches, players and the team overall too."

Click here to view Wiggins' highlights

Photo courtesy RisingSeniors.com

Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:40 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 4:44 pm
 

Star bright? A closer look at rankings

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of my favorite things after each Signing Day is to go back and look at past classes and see how they turned out. SI.com's Andy Staples re-ranks the classes each year and there are plenty of pieces on various sites (here's one on Auburn and one on Tennessee) analyzing how programs turned out talent and others fizzled with five-stars. I stumbled on this study from 2011 on Twitter today and felt it offered some very interesting information.

Among the notable nuggets:

- There's a direct correlation between a team's home attendance and the number of stars on the team. According to the study, for every five-star recruit on the team, attendance will increase by 885 fans.

- There's no relationship between amount of 3+ star players on a team and overall winning percentage in general. However, the study also controlled for schedule/conference and found that more star players on a team usually means a higher winning percentage than those in their conference with fewer star players. 45% of the time a team with the most stars finished with the best or second best winning percentage.

- Not surprisingly, the survey found Boise State's Chris Petersen as the coach to get the best results from good-but-not-great talent.

- USC, Ohio State and Florida were the top three programs in terms of top recruits drafted. Amazingly, nearly a third of USC's players were drafted into the NFL.

- Virginia Tech was the program singled out for developing non-star recruits into draft picks.

- Looking for a coach that will take to you the next level? Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer and Nick Saban are the best active coaches at it while Pete Carroll was the best from 2006-2010.

Again, read the full thing here and see all the details.

 
 
 
 
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