Tag:Will Muschamp
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:12 am

1/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The big story yesterday was recruit Yuri Wright, recruited by Rutgers, Notre Dame, Michigan and others, getting expelled for tweeting.

 Gunner Kiel is happy and relieved at Notre Dame.

 Tennessee is not recruiting the younger brothers of Eric Berry.

 Andrus Peat will take a late trip to Florida State.

 Alex Balducci and Byron Marshall are among the visitors to Oregon this week.

 This is a big recruiting weekend for UConn.

 Likewise, it's a key weekend for Will Muschamp and Florida.

 Michigan State is seeking a strong finish to the class of 2012.

 A few Texas recruiting updates and analysis less than two weeks away from Signing Day.

 Tosh Lupoi's move to Washington has had a big impact on California's class.


 UCLA picked up tight end Nate Iese Thursday night.

 Quarterback K.J. Maye committed to Minnesota.

 Running back Robert Lewis flipped from SMU to Washington State.

 Offensive lineman Caleb Peterson will follow Larry Fedora from Southern Miss to North Carolina.

 Syracuse added JUCO defensive tackle Zian Jones.

 Georgia Tech picked up commit #16 in Lynn Griffin and could be adding another from Australia.

 Arkansas flipped Missouri pledge and cornerback Will Hines.

 Meanwhile, Missouri flipped Houston commit Levi Copelin.

Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:29 pm

National notes: Movers & shakers in team rankings

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's getting down to crunch time on the recruiting trail, with just over a month until National Signing Day. With most of the Holiday season over with and attention turned to the new year, things are about to pick up even more as the decommits, recommits and surprises start happening.

The Eye on Recruiting has already given you some players ticketed for a rise on offense and defense in the recruiting rankings and now it's time to cast a critical eye on the teams that are looking to move up and a few that could be on their way down.

Team rankings movers


Is there a better recruiter than Nick Saban? Currently, it's hard to argue with the man's success on the field and on the recruiting trail. He could be putting together an all-time great class in 2012 and just recently added lineman Alphonse Taylor and highly regarded running back T.J. Yeldon. Though they already have a quarterback in Alec Morris, the Tide are heavily pursuing dual-threat signal-caller Jameis Winston, one of the best players in the state and at his position, and top safety Landon Collins. If they can add Winston and close in on a few other top targets, Saban's team could vault to the top of the team rankings when everybody signs on the dotted line.

Ohio State

In just a short amount of time, Urban Meyer has made his presence felt in Columbus and nationally thanks to his recruiting acumen. The biggest splash has been made along the defensive line, where's he's grabbed commitments from the number three player in the country Noah Spence, tackle Tommy Schutt and end Se'Von Pittman. Though the NCAA handed out a bowl ban to the program, that probably won't deter too many recruits and playing for Meyer will be enough for some of them. They could land top 100 players like offensive tackle Jordan Diamond and athlete Davonte Neal so expect the Buckeyes to close well.

Notre Dame

The Irish and Brian Kelly put together a great group of defensive lineman last year and appear to have a balanced group of quality players at every position this year. California commits Deontay Greenberry and Tee Shepard seem solid and can make an impact right away after getting aclimated to South Bend. As is usual for Notre Dame, plenty of top recruits like Nelson Agholor, Arik Armstead and Gunner Kiel have the Irish on their short list and could turn a good class into a great one.


The Trojans' great year in 2011 has proven they're one of the few schools who can shake off harsh NCAA sanctions and still play and recruit well. Lane Kiffin has a plan to deal with scholarship reductions and it will be put to the test in 2012 with 2012 being the first class limited to 15 players. USC has already signed a few top players early, such as linebacker Scott Starr and top JUCO safety Gerald Bowman. They have a chance at some top national guys Agholor and Andrus Peat so it's possible for it to be a small but great recruiting class for the Trojans.


Like their Pac-12 counterparts, the Bears could come on strong late with some top recruits. They're in good position to land Armstead and most consider five-star safety Shaq Thompson a lock to go to Berkeley. Ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi is a tremendous recruiter and with a great year out West for talent, should do pretty well. Cal's current group of commits, with quarterback Zach Kline and wide receiver Bryce Treggs, is a good start.

Team rankings shakers

Florida State

This is still a very good group of players but there's no doubt that the Seminoles class has taken hit in the past few weeks - thanks in large part to Alabama. Defensive end Chris Casher is a solid building block but future teammate Mario Edwards is looking hard at Oklahoma and Texas. Losing Winston would be a huge blow and there's a slim chance some, like Dante Fowler and Mario Pender, could pull a switch on Signing Day. Jimbo Fisher has done very well with the 2012 class but fans have a reason to be a little nervous at how they'll close.


A 6-6 season and losing offensive coordinator (and noted recruiter) Charlie Weis to Kansas have caused the Gators to slip a little. It still looks like they'll be a lock for a top 10 class come February with so many top 100 recruits but there's no doubt the uncertainty surrounding the program could come back to bite them. The loss of Weis in particular could hurt with possible pledges like Agholor and put a damper on Will Muschamp's first full recruiting class. Expectations are high with Meyer doing what he's doing in Columbus so a class that isn't filled with five-stars will further the perception that the program is slipping a bit.


Will there be a meltdown on the Plains? It seems as though things haven't been going the Tigers' way recently with rival Alabama in the national championship game and stealing top commit in Yeldon. On top of that, defensive coordinator Ted Roof is gone and big time offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn surprisingly moved on to a head coaching job. This is still a very good class but they'll need to hold the current group together as well as snag a few top recruits to help reload an already young team.

Teams sitting pretty


Mack Brown has pulled in some impressive recruiting classes to Austin but this may be his best yet. The country's top running back and second-ranked wide receiver are headed to the 40 Acres and the depth of the group is one of the reasons why the Longhorns are the top ranked team in the latest Maxpreps rankings. There's no doubt that they should finish among the top three but it still remains to be seen if they can keep the top spot. Texas isn't completely done recruiting and could add a few impact players between now and Signing Day.


Brady Hoke put together the bulk of this class before even coaching a game and has occupied the top team spot for most of the year. From top-to-bottom this might be the best class in the country with plenty of players who should come in and make an impact early  The Wolverines have seemingly filled all their holes and are still in the running for a few national recruits that could bolster their ranking so Michigan definitely has a shot at being ranked as the best.

Mora turning heads in Westwood

As soon as Jim Mora was hired in Westwood, the first question would be how well could the longtime NFL coach recruit at the college level? As it turns out, pretty well if early indications are to hold up in the future.

Mora's best recruiting job was the hiring of his assistants, notably ace recruiter Adrian Klemm, secondary coach Demetrice Martin  and former Arizona State offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. The trio, among others, have plenty of West Coast ties and have allowed the staff to hit the ground running despite being hired so late in the game. Keep an eye on this group poaching a few recruits from the Sun Devils once-promising class as well as a few Los Angeles natives.

December has seen the Bruins' class add several good players. Defensive backs Marcus Rios and Ishamel Adams are two players who could play early on defense and landing linebacker Kenny Orjioke out of Atlanta is a solid get for the staff. For the most part, the commitments prior to the new staff have hung in and seem sold on the direction of the program.

Though they're not anywhere close to getting elite talent, the signs out of UCLA are encouraging for a relatively inexperienced staff. The problem in the past has not been about recruiting however, it's been talent development and in that area things are still TBD. Still, given the progress on the recruiting trail, the coaching change has given plenty of Bruin fans something to smile about in a relatively dour year.

Video of week

I'm headed out to the Rising Seniors Bowl in Atlanta this year, which features some of the top juniors (class of 2013) in the state of Georgia. Among the headliners this week is linebacker Reuben Foster, an Alabama commit and easily one of - if not the - top players at his position next year. Here's some of his highlights:

Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 1:55 pm

Top tight end Kent Taylor picks Florida

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The country's top tight end has made a decision about where he's playing college football and is staying close to home. Land O'Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor committed to Florida Thursday afternoon during a ceremony in which he received his jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity I have to play for Florida,” Taylor said, according to GatorCountry.com. “I’m going to go there and try and win a national championship at Florida.”

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Taylor selected the Gators over Penn State, Florida State and Georgia among others. He should be a good fit in Charlie Weis' offense, which features the tight end more as a receiver than a blocker on the line. Taylor has the frame to add weight but has speed and will likely play early as more of a pass catcher given the school's lack of depth at the position.

Ranked 34th overall in the country this year, the five-star pushes Florida to second overall in the MaxPreps team rankings as the fifth top 100 recruit for new head coach Will Muschamp. Taylor has 18 catches for 322 yards and three touchdowns this season and becomes the 17th commitment for the Gator's class of 2012 and second at the tight end position.

Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:57 am
Edited on: October 20, 2011 9:58 am

10/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Offensive tackle Adam Pankey will take a visit to Pitt this weekend.

Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford will announce their college choices on November 9, both are considering Ohio State.

Alton Howard talked about his trip to Cincinnati, his leader Tennessee and about UCF in this video.

Florida is doing a bit of JUCO recruiting under new head coach Will Muschamp.

Notre Dame has a huge recruiting weekend with USC coming into town.

Michigan State impressed a bunch of recruits with their win over Michigan.

Wide receiver Cameron Posey committed to Purdue.

Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 4:23 pm

Recruiting & Realignment: How does it shake out?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Peering into the crystal ball is something recruitniks do all the time. Which kid goes where? Is this recruit leaning toward school X or school Y? He talked about early playing time but he also wants to play with his friend in the Big Ten.

There are so many data points but it is still an inexact science. It's hard, but someone has to do it.

With all of the conference realignment news still swirling around college football, it's time once again to look into the future (The future? Yes, the future) and see - at least for the short term - what the landscape might look like. CBSSports.com has gathered up all of our experts on both the football side and the basketball side to project what all six of the current BCS automatic qualifying conferences will look like in 2014.

RapidReports: Up to the minute realignment updates
Eye on College Football: Conference Realignment Central

From the looks of it, no conference is going kaput. There is some shrinking and some bloating but all-in-all, it's just a few alteration from what the landscape will look like in 2012. Here are our projections for further conference realignment once the current wheeling and dealings are complete:

  • Big Ten -- remains at 12 teams
  • Pac-12 -- remains at 12 teams
  • SEC -- Adds Texas A&M and Virginia Tech
  • Big 12 -- Adds BYU to replace Texas A&M, but only in football
  • ACC -- Adds Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Loses Virginia Tech to the SEC
  • Big East -- loses Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Adds TCU, Houston and UCF; Navy and Air Force as football schools.

So we’ve got six conferences ranging in size from 12 to 16 programs. Which is strongest on the recruiting trail? Which is the deepest? Most top-heavy? Let’s take a look in alphabetical order.

Current picture: Four top 25 teams, 2-3 coaches on the hot seat.

#4 Florida State
#6 Virginia
#7 Miami
#17 Clemson

Future outlook: Jimbo Fisher appears to have the Seminoles back and recruiting like they were in the 1990's. Not only is Florida State attracting top talent, they're closing well and look to be a perennial contender with top five class after top five class. Clemson has recruited very well under Dabo Swinney but that hasn't translated into the bowl games the Tigers want to be playing in - which is one reason 2011 is make or break for him. One figures that Miami will get hit with serious NCAA sanctions that will hamper their recruiting abilities going forward. At the same time, the Hurricanes getting fewer players out of their own backyard could allow other schools in the conference to come in and grab better players - which could be a nice boost for schools such as Virginia or Maryland. The additions of UConn, Pitt and Syracuse don't do too much but do provide increased access to both states for the northern end of the conference.

Current picture: Three top 25 teams, one coach on the hot seat.

#2 Texas
#16 Oklahoma
#19 Missouri

Future outlook: The conference everybody is talking about will continue to be the conference everybody will be talking about. Texas and Oklahoma will still be Texas and Oklahoma as long as Mack Brown and Bob Stoops are on the sidelines for the Red River Rivalry every year. The Big 12 staying together means that schools such as Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri and others will continue to have access to a good number of Texas high school players - key in any success any of them have had over the years. Texas will still grab the best players in the state, that much won't change no matter what happens. There could be increased competition however, with Texas A&M being able to play the 'We're in the SEC' card. That probably hurts Oklahoma and Oklahoma State more than anyone. BYU will enjoy reaching into the Southwest even more than they currently do.

Current picture: Two top 25 teams, one coach on the hot seat.

#18 Cincinnati
#24 Rutgers

Future outlook: The realignment shakeup is all about the survival of the fittest but the Big East is, without a doubt, the least fit. They have had schools make waves in the national picture before but they've done so largely by coaching up players, not grabbing five-star recruits. Cincinnati has done a good job in the Midwest and should be helped out by nearby powerhouse Ohio State being down slightly. Rutgers is on shaky ground if Greg Schiano is let go but, if he sticks around, they should be a program that is helped by the trickle affect of Miami being down since they recruit Florida well. Not much is lost with the three schools going to the ACC, a good number of programs will still continue to recruit in states such as Pennsylvania and New York for players. TCU and West Virginia will probably be the top dogs in the rankings with both having strong ties to Texas and Dana Holgorsen's reputation proceeding him. UCF is a hidden gem that adds the most since Orlando has really come along in terms of number of BCS players the area produces.

Current picture: Five top 25 teams, two coaches on the hot seat.

#1 Michigan
#13 Penn State
#20 Indiana
#21 Michigan State
#23 Wisconsin

Future outlook: Oh how the tables have been turned (off the field) in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. No one in the Big Ten has taken advantage of the turmoil in Columbus than the Wolverines under Brady Hoke. Given the quick turnaround, national prominence of the program and Hoke's ties to California, don't expect to see much drop off in Michigan recruiting over the next few years if they continue to win. Joe Paterno figures to retire at some point but Penn State sits in the middle of a talent-rich state and will continue to a solid job on the recruiting trail going forward. New Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson has done good job early on in locking up in-state talent and landing the number one quarterback in the country is a giant block to build on with future recruiting classes. Ohio State has been hampered with all that has gone but if they hire a top flight coach - as one would expect - all bets are off. The recruits in the state of Ohio alone will be able to keep them in the upper echelon of the conference regardless. Also watch out for Wisconsin, which will likely start getting better quality recruits the next few years following their success on the field.

Current picture: Two top 25 teams, five coaches on the hot seat.

#15 Arizona State
#25 Washington

Future outlook: A few strong years of West Coast talent will form the basis of a strong conference going forward. The biggest cause for concern is the number of coaches who are on the hot seat and can lose their jobs. For some programs, that means starting over in recruiting. For others, it could be an upgrade. With both Los Angeles programs each dealing with some issues, the amount of talent available to programs like Washington, Utah, Colorado and others has never been higher. NCAA issues at Oregon might hamper the Ducks a little but as long as they're wearing a crazy uniform and have Phil Knight writing checks, they'll be ok. USC has continued to get top talent despite and should rebound from sanctions quicker than most programs because of that. If anything though, California will become much more of a battleground state with more programs looking at the recruits coming out the next few years.

Current picture: Eight top 25 teams, two coaches on the hot seat.

#3 Florida
#5 Alabama
#8 Texas A&M
#9 Auburn
#10 Virginia Tech
#11 LSU
#14 South Carolina
#22 Vanderbilt

Future outlook: The nation's best conference on the field and the recruiting trail will only get better with the additions of Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. It's scary, actually, to think about. LSU, the Mississippi schools, Florida and Alabama should all benefit to increased access to Texas and the Aggies won't be any slouch by telling recruits that they can stay home and play in the SEC. The same is true of the state of Virginia, which has annually produced plenty of great players. Other schools have taken advantage of Georgia's increase in FBS talent the past several years and even though UGA has a coach on the hot seat, they'll be able to recruit well because of who's nearby. Will Muschamp has shown there's no drop off in the state of Florida for the Gators going forward and the Alabama-Auburn rivalry is becoming just as fierce on the recruiting trail going forward as the Iron Bowl has been on the field. Bottom line, no one recruits like the SEC and they're only getting stronger with their recent additions.

Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: September 21, 2011 10:07 am

9/21 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Top tight end recruit Kent Taylor could return to the field from a broken hand soon.

What do Georgia Tech recruits think about ACC expansion?

Moving to the ACC has made James Washington's commitment to Syracuse firmer.

West Virginia and Wake Forest offered 2013 running back Greg Bryant on Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Adam Pankey will take an unofficial visit to Pitt this week.

Will Muschamp's rant against the NCAA earned him some recruiting currency.

A recruiting trip to Ohio State ended up making Colorado head coach Jon Embree a Buff.

Shane Beamer discussed recruiting at Virginia Tech and the NCAA allegations at his previous stop, South Carolina.

Quarterback Shane Morris is both a recruit and a recruiter for Michigan.


Offensive lineman Jackson Bounamia committed to Air Force.

Kentucky landed athlete Fred Tiller out of Georgia.

Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 7:59 pm

Business as usual in recruiting if A&M heads East

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stop if you've heard this before, but it appears that Texas A&M is departing the Big 12 for the SEC. While the move appears all but done to some, to Aggies' head coach Mike Sherman, things around the program could be the furthest thing from his mind. The talk in the media during the week might be all about conference realignment but his team it has been purposefully avoided.

“We’re a very matter-of-fact, work-every-day type of team,” Sherman said. “We don’t think too far ahead – we’re not that smart.”

While Sherman and his team may be focused on their opener against SMU this weekend, other coaches have weighed in on the move and, in particular, the possible affect on recruiting if the Aggies move East. Florida head coach Will Muschamp knows the back roads around the state from his years at Texas but said that his strategy wouldn't change much even if the move occurs.

"If that happens, so be it. I've been really focused on our game," Muschamp said earlier this week. "We're going to recruit the best players in the country. If some of those are in Texas, so be it. It's a great state for high school football. The coaches are outstanding in the state of Texas. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

Other SEC coaches, many of whom were only minimally aware of recent developments about the move, had no problem commenting on what - if any - affect the move would have on their programs.

"We're always going to recruit the state of Texas," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "We've had good success there in the last three years and we're going to work hard to recruit the best players in the country. I don't really have a lot of thoughts on Texas A&M because it'd be very premature for me to discuss anything about that."

"It's not going to hurt us," Mississippi State's Dan Mullen added. "Texas has not been a huge recruiting area for us. We do recruit a little over there so I'm sure it's not going to hurt us extending the footprint into the Houston area and, really, the whole state."

"I can understand why everybody wants to come to out conference," Ole Miss' Houston Nutt said. "The stadiums are full, you're on TV every game and it's just a competitive, competitive conference. The best in America."

If there is one program who might be looking at a bounce, it's Tennessee thanks to the ties of head coach Derek Dooley.

"I've recruited Texas my whole career," Dooley said. "Coaching at SMU and LSU and Louisiana Tech, I've recruited just about every part of Texas for a long time. We have two commitments right now from that state. There's a lot of talent down there but there's a lot of good teams recruiting them too."

Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:38 pm

Will Muschamp eyes Texas recruit Jake Raulerson

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

Although Will Muschamp is already eight months into his role as Florida’s head football coach, he’s hardly forgotten his roots in Texas, where he spent three seasons as the Longhorns' defensive coordinator.

He certainly hasn’t forgotten top recruiting targets in the state of Texas.

Muschamp has the Gators involved in the recruitment of Celina (Texas) offensive lineman Jake Raulerson,  a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tackle who is shooting up recruiting boards.

Raulerson, who recently received his 17th verbal offer by way of Brian Kelly and Notre Dame, told MaxPreps that the two schools recruiting him hardest right now are Florida and Texas.

A member of the MaxPreps 2013 Top 100 watch list, Raulerson was extremely busy visiting colleges this summer, checking out in-state schools Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and SMU, while traveling to visit Oklahoma State, Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas.

His most recent visit was likely his furthest: a trip to Gainesville, Fla.

In the class of 2011, a class largely assembled by Urban Meyer, Muschamp did not sign a single recruit from Texas. In fact the Gators only have one Lone Star State native of the roster, redshirt junior Omarius Hines.


Photo by Lonne Erickson
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