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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: January 18, 2012 2:19 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 12:56 am
 

Pre-Signing Day Big East Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the Big East.


   Cincinnati (32)

Wide receiver Shakim Alonzo (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Deyshawn Bond (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Kevin Brown (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Drake Burns (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Running back Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Jonathan Burt (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Linebacker Kenneth Bynum (Jacksonville, Ind.)
Linebacker Errol Clarke (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Nathan Cole (Memphis, Tenn.)
Quarterback Bennie Coney (Plant City, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Alex Dale (Memphis, Tenn.)
Tight end DeShawn Dowdy (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive back Zach Edwards (Middletown, Ohio)
Defensive back Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jeremy Graves (Maple Heights, Ohio)
Athlete Ti'on Green (Altamonte Springs, Fla.)
Linebacker Corey Griffin (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive back Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Linebacker Joey Jones (Homstead, Fla.)
Running back E.J. Junior (Middletown, Ohio)
Linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga.)
Defensive end Ryan Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Linebacker Lester Liston (Grand Blanc, Mich.)
Linebacker Ey'Shawn McClain (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Vincent Miller (Lexington, Ky.)
Running back Dennis Norfleet (Southfield, Mich.)
Quarterback Trenton Norvell (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Defensive end Alex Pace (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Leviticus Payne (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Kyle Williamson (Cincinnati, Ohio)

   Connecticut (22)

Defensive end Brendan Battles (North Eastham, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Bockeloh (Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Rennick Bryan (New Haven, Conn.)
Quarterback Casey Cochran (Monroe, Conn.)
Wide receiver Neally Cunningham (Palm Bay, Fla.)
Athlete Jordan Floyd (Baltimore, Md.)
Offensive lineman Drew Ghio (Widnsor, Conn.)
Wide receiver John Green (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Jon Hicks (Paimyra, Pa.)
Defensive back Chauncey Lanier (Davie, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Richard Levy (Trenton, N.J.)
Athlete Michael Marder (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive back Obi Melifonwu (Grafton, Mass.)
Defensive tackle Mikal Myers (Newburgh, N.Y.)
Linebacker Elijah Norris (Washington, D.C.)
Kicker Bobby Puyol (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Offenisve lineman Zach Rugg (Johnstown, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Tyler Samra (Ramsey, N.J.)
Linebacker Jason Sylva (Plymouth, Mass.)
Quarterback Chandler Whitmer (El Dorado Kan./Butler County JUCO)
Defensive back Jhavon Williams (Wellington, Fla.)
Running back Joseph Williams (Fork Union, Va.)

   Louisville (23)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Joshua Appleby (Harvest, Ala.)
Tight end Hunter Bowles (Glasgow, Ky.)
Defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown (Savannah, Ga.)
Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker James Burgess (Homestead, Fla.)
Linebacker Nick Dawson (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Abraham Garcia (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Quarterback Will Gardner (Douglas, Ga.)
Offensive lineman DeAndre Herron (Avon, Ind.)
Defensive back Gerrod Holiman (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Defensive back Kevin Houchins (South Eucid, Ohio)
Tight end Ryan Hubbell (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western JUCO)
Defensive tackle Dequan Ivery (Lake City, Fla.)
Linebacker Patrick Jean (Port St. Lucie, Fla.)
Defensive end Larry Jefferson (College Park, Ga.)
Offensive lineman T.C. Klusman (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joe Manley (Bowling Green, Ky.)
Defensive back Devontre Parnell (Winnsboro, S.C.)
Running back Brandon Radcliffe (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Sheldon Rankins (Covington, Ga.)
Defensive end Pedro Sibiea (Homestead, Fla.)
Wide receiver Brandon Snell (Miami, Fla.)

   Pittsburgh (18)

Offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Mike Caprara (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Wide receiver Trenton Coles (Clairton, Pa.)
Wide receiver Chris Davis (Austintown, Ohio)
Athlete Demitrious Davis (Austintown, Ohio)
Defensive back Marzett Geter (McKees Rocks, Pa.)
Defensive end Myles Hilliard (Bedford, Ohio)
Tight end JP Holtz (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defensive back Ryan Lewis (Sammamish, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Adam Pankey (Hamilton, Ohio)
Defensive back Jahmahl Parder (Rochester, N.Y.)
Defensive back William Parks (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Defensive back Jevonte Pitts (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Linebacker Devon Porchia (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive end Darryl Render (Brook Park, Ohio)
Running back Rushel Shell (Aliquippa, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Quarterback Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Alkwan Williams (Johnstown, Pa.)

   Rutgers (17)

Wide receiver Carlton Agudosi (Franklin, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Brandon Arcidiaconco (Warminster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Brodie (Long Branch, N.J.)
Wide receiver Leonte Carroo (Ramsey, N.J.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offenisve lineman J.J. Denman (Fairless Hills, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Kicker Kyle Federico (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
Tight end Michael Giacone (Jersey City, N.J.)
Athlete Davon Jacobs (Wayne, N.J.)
Linebacker Quanzell Lambert (Sicklerville, N.J.)
Linebacker Steve Longa (Saddle Brook, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Derrick Nelson (Washington, D.C.)
Wide receiver Ruhann Peele (Linden, N.J.)
Running back Desmon Peoples (Warminister, Pa.)
Defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick (Montclair, N.J.)
Quarterback Blake Rankin (Bloomsburg, Pa.)
Athlete Delon Stephenson (Parlin, N.J.)

   South Florida (14)

Offensive lineman Kofi Amichia (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Defensive back Chris Bivins (Gainesville, Fla.)
Defensive back Josh Brown (Lancaster, Texas/Arizona Western JUCO)
Tight end Guito Ervilus (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive tackle James Hamilton (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive end Eric Lee (Daphne, Ala.)
Offensive lineman Chandler Mathews (Poplarville, Miss./Pearl River JUCO)
Defensive back Jarivs McCall (Seffner, Fla.)
Defensive end Tevin Mims (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JUCO)
Wide receiver D'Vario Montgomery (Winter Park, Fla.)
Defensive back Fidel Montgomery (Marianna, Fla./Southwest Mississippi JUCO)
Defensive end Daniel Perry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Tight end Sean Price (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla.)
Athlete LaMarlin Wiggins (Plant City, Fla.)

   Syracuse (21)

Defensive end Poncho Barnwell (Rochester, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Defensive tackle Harold Brantley (Hershey, Pa.)
Quarterback Ashton Broyld (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Defensive tackle Marcus Coleman (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
Wide receiver Alvin Cornelius (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Defensive end Jason Emerich (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.)
Defensive back Dontez Ford (McKees Rocks, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Zian Jones (Los Angeles, Calif./West Los Angeles Juco)
Offensive lineman Kyle Knapp (Portage, Mich.)
Athlete Ben Lewis (Middletown, Md.)
Defensive end Josh Manley (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Athlete Devante McFarland (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
Running back George Morris (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Kicker Ryan Norton (Garden City, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)
Tight end Joshua Parris (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Tight end Ron Thompson (Southfield, Mich.)
Linebacker James Washington (Winter Park, Fla.)
Defensive back Julian Whigham (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Linebacker Tashon Whitehurst (Gainesville, Fla.)

   West Virginia (26)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Christian Brown (Bridgeton, N.J.)
Running back Roshard Burney (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Quarterback Ford Childress (Houston, Texas)
Running back Torry Clayton (Homestead, Fla.)
Defensive back Kimlon Dillon (Apopka, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Mark Glowinski (Scranton, Pa./Lackawanna Juco)
Running back Jarrod Harper (Frostburg, Md.)
Defensive end Korey Harris (Fruit Cove, Fla.)
Linebacker Garrett Hope (The Woodlands, Texas)
Tight end Will Johnson (Osseo, Minn.)
Defensive back Karl Joseph (Orlando, Fla.)
Wide receiver Darreall Joyner (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive back Nana Kyeremeh (Worthington, Ohio)
Linebacker Sam Lebbie (Hyattsville, Md.)
Wide receiver Devonte Mathis (Miramar, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tony Matteo (Akron, Ohio)
Wide receiver Deontay McManus (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Brandon Napoleon (Jersey City, N.J.)
Defensive end Noble Nwachukwu (Wylie, Texas)
Offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky (Lakewood, Ohio)
Wide receiver Devonte Robinson (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Defensive back Nate Smith (Warminster, Pa.)
Wide receiver Jordan Thompson (Katy, Texas)
Defensive back Sean Walters (Hallandale Beach, Fla.)
Athlete J.T. Washington (Satellite Beach, Fla.)

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:18 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 8:36 pm
 

National Notes: On the way up on offense

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The class of 2012 rankings won't be updated for a few more weeks but with most high school seasons over, it's not too hard to see what players might be moving their way up in the rankings and who might slide down a little bit. Here's a look at each position group and some players that might be a little higher on the board come January.

QUARTERBACK

On the way up: Hueytown (Ala.) dual-threat quarterback Jameis Winston (Committed to Florida State)

What did he do: Winston threw for over 2,400 yards and 28 touchdowns against just two interceptions. He also rushed for over 1,000 yards and had 15 touchdowns on the ground at a pace of nearly one every 10 carries. He was co-MVP of the Elite 11 over the summer and will play in the Under Armour All-American game. He recently performed well in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

The case: He can't move up much further but there's little doubt that he's been the most impressive quarterback in the country since the summer on. He can make plays with his legs and has improved significantly as a passer. There's no doubt that he should be in the top 10 and there's a good case to be made for him to leap-frog Gunner Kiel as the top signal-caller overall.

Also on the way up: Maty Mauk (committed to Missouri), Zach Kline (committed to Cal)

On the way down:
Zeke Pike (committed to Auburn)

RUNNING BACK

On the way up: Houston (Texas) running back Trey Williams (committed to Texas A&M) and Daphne (Ala.) running back T.J. Yeldon (committed to Auburn).

What did they do: Williams has been putting up eye-popping numbers at Dekaney to the tune of over 3,600 yards and 45 touchdowns. He had six touchdowns in his last outing to lead his team to the state title game. Yeldon finished the regular season with close to 2,200 yards and 31 touchdowns.

The case: As much press as top-ranked running back Johnathan Gray gets in Texas, Williams has been doing just as good - if not better - in a tougher district. Both are the focal points for their teams but Williams has done extremely well as an all-around runner. Yeldon has dominated the state of Alabama on the ground and easily has been one of the best backs in the entire country this season.

Also on the way up: Mike Davis, Randy Johnson (Committed to Miami)

On the way down: Johnathan Williams (committed to Arkansas), Malin Jones (committed to Northwestern)

TIGHT END

On the way up: Buford (Ga.) tight end Kurt Freitag (committed to Alabama)

What did he do: Playing for powerhouse Buford, Freitag was an integral part of the offense in the passing game and running game this season. He had several touchdowns as a red zone threat and was a nasty blocker. He also played on defense.

The case: Freitag displayed soft hands and ran solid routes all season - drawing the attention of plenty of major colleges. He's got great size at 6-foot-3, 245-pounds and in a weak year at the position, should be moving way, way up.

Also on the way up: Sean Price (committed to USF), Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (committed to USC).

WIDE RECEIVER

On the way up: Bellflower (Calif.) wide receiver Bryce Treggs (committed to Cal) and Carson (Calif.) receiver Darreus Rogers (committed to USC)

What did they do: Offensive line and wide receiver were extremely deep position groups out on the West Coast and Treggs and Rogers were both among the best of the best. Treggs continued to impress after a terrific summer and finished with close to 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns. Despite being triple-teamed at times, Rogers racked up 1,251 yards and eight touchdowns, including three 200+ yard performances in Carson's biggest games. He stepped up when needed and looked primed for a jump.

The case: Both are ranked as top 15 wide outs but should be ticketed for a jump, possibly into the top 100. Treggs is not the biggest guy but still shows flashes of DeSean Jackson with his ability to get behind defenses and Rogers was a flat-out gamer.

Also on the way up: Amara Darboh (committed to Michigan), Chris Black (committed to Alabama)

On the way down: Jordan Payton

OFFENSIVE LINE

On the way up: DeSoto (Texas) offensive lineman Curtis Riser (committed to Texas) and Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) offensive tackle Max Tuerk (committed to USC).

The case: It's always hard to project certain linemen but these two stated why they're the top linemen in their respective states. It's a good year for versatile players at the position in Texas but Riser had most of the regular season to show why Longhorns fans and coaches are excited about him going to the 40 acres. He got hurt near the end of the season but he was a rock for a big time DeSoto squad. Tuerk started the year overshadowed in Southern California by Erik Magnuson and Kyle Murphy but out played each during the season, including Murphy head-to-head last week.

Video of the week

Since he was mentioned as someone on the rise, here's some senior highlights of running back Trey Williams.




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 16, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 11:54 am
 

11/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Brandon Weeden has transformed Oklahoma State and that will have an effect on recruiting.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is considering Michigan.

 Georgia is in the running for top 2013 player Robert Nkemdiche, who his coach says is better than anybody on Alabama's 1992 national championship squad.

 FAU's poor season won't impact the Owls recruiting, according to Howard Schnellenberger.

 N.C. State and North Carolina have benefited from a few change of hearts.

 Wide receiver Amara Darboh will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.

 Daniel Glauser has a quest to be the first D-I football player from Switzerland and is considering Arkansas.

 Wide out Rayshawn Jenkins flipped his commitment from USF to Miami.

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: 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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