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Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:37 am
 

Top 100 WR Thomas Johnson signs with Texas A&M

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Texas's loss was Texas A&M's gain as top 100 wide receiver and former Longhorn commitment Thomas Johnson turned the Aggies' Signing Day around in a big way by heading to College Station.

A 6'0", 180-pound three-and-a-half star prospect from Dallas's Skyline High School, Johnson chose the Aggies over local offers from teams like TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma and national programs like Cal and Oregon.

Johnson ranks as the class of 2012's No. 84 overall prospect in the Maxpreps top 100, and the nation's No. 8 wide receiver--meaning his signature will go a long way (and then some) towards easing the sting from receiver Bralon Addison's defection to Oregon earlier Wednesday.

Tom Lemming writes of Johnson:

He is a home run threat who gets significant yardage after the catch, runs precise routes, shows soft hands, brilliant speed, quickness, does a great job of beating the press, and catches the ball with his hands and away from his body. A go-to type of guy with average size and above average speed and athletic ability.

Johnson offers a big boost to a strong Aggie class that currently ranks 11th in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:13 pm
 

CB Zack Sanchez switches from Baylor to Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There had been some question as to whether or not cornerback Zack Sanchez would switch his commitment from Baylor to Oklahoma in recent weeks, and Sanchez has put the speculation to an end.

Sanchez took to his Twitter account on Monday to make the announcement official.



Sanchez had originally committed to Baylor when Oklahoma didn't show much interest in him, but that changed once Mike Stoops replaced Willie Martinez as the Sooners secondary coach. Sanchez took an official visit to Norman over the weekend, and obviously he enjoyed the trip.

The 6-foot-1 170-pound corner becomes the 21st member of Oklahoma's 2012 class, and the second player to hop on board Monday, following tight end Sam Grant.
Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Texas OT Goines flips from Mizzou to UCLA

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A strong finish on the trail by Jim L. Mora and UCLA continued Monday as they added a fifth offensive lineman to their growing 2012 class. And unfortunately for Gary Pinkel, this one came at the expense of Missouri.

Tiger commitment Simon Goines announced Monday that he would be signing with the Bruins instead, bringing Mora's first class in Westwood to 26 players overall and further cementing their spot among the nation's top 20 classes according to Maxpreps.

Though the Bruins and Tigers were Goines' two finalists, the 6'7", 290-pound tackle from Central High School in Keller, Texas, also claimed offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Mississippi State and others.

Maxpreps' Tom Lemming writes that Goines should be a major addition to a Bruin offensive line that has struggled mightily with depth in recent seasons--at least once he's given time to fill out:

He proves to be one of the more aggressive LT prospects in the Southwest. Blessed with quick feet, he's passionate about the game of football, works hard to improve his game, and is athletic enough to have played a little TE in 2010. Looks thin at 272 and should weigh between 310 and 320 in college. He's not there yet but his potential is unlimited.

So why is a prospect from Texas spurning dozens of offers to stay closer to home to hit the far left coast? A big part of the answer is likely Adrian Klemm, the former SMU assistant turned ace recruiter for Mora's staff at UCLA--one of those offers was also from the Mustangs.

Mora may not have been seen as a smash hire at the time of his arrival and will still have plenty to prove no matter how well the Bruins finish in recruiting, but to date there's no arguing with the success of his staff selections so far.

Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Pair of defenders choose Texas A&M

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Texas A&M will need plenty of solid defenders to match up against their new competition in the SEC West. Fortunately for Kevin Sumlin, the Aggies received pledges from two such defenders Sunday.

The first was Polo Manukainiu, 6'5" 255-pound defensive end from Euless Trinity High School in the Dallas area. A former Oklahoma commitment whose senior season was delayed by a summer knee injury, Manukainiu chose the Aggies over offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Nebraska and UCLA. 

"I love the tradition, the fans, everything," Manukainiu said of selecting the Aggies. "My mom likes it, and I like it."

But the news would get even better for the Aggies as they landed an even higher-profile commitment just minutes later: Edward Pope, a coveted athlete from Carthage, Texas who flipped to A&M from TCU. Though Pope played multiple positions for Carthage, he projects as a safety at the next level.

Pope also claimed offers from the Aggies' new SEC rivals at Arkansas and Missouri and ranks as the Maxpreps No. 14 safety in the class of 2012. Tom Lemming writes this in his preseason evaluation of Pope: 

When I watched Edward on sophomore film I was convinced he would rank among the very best FS prospects in the country. As it is he still ranks among the very best and with a good 2011 season there could be no stopping him. Edward shows great range, instincts, vision, and ball-hawking skills. He breaks and closes on the ball as well as any FS prospect in the state, is smooth in transition, and shows natural movement skills. He rarely takes a missed step. A major talent with five-star potential.

With the additions of Manukainiu and Pope, the Aggies are up to 22 commitments and could be poised for a top-10 finish in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings. Things are quite as rosy for TCU, who lost commitments from two key recruits in Pope and new Texas commitment Daje Johnson in the span of two days.

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 27, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Baylor adds its 23rd commitment in Levels

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Baylor picked up its 23rd commitment on Thursday as cornerback Patrick Levels of Roosevelt high school in Dallas committed to the Bears. The 5'9 175-pound corner had offers from UTEP, Central Arkansas, Morgan State and Northern Colorado, but it seems as if the appeal of playing in a BCS conference along with other factors played a role in his choosing Baylor.

He made an official visit to Waco on January 13th.

Levels runs a 4.62 40-yard dash and was measured as having a 34.4-inch vertical leap, which will no doubt come in handy while defending some of the larger receivers in the Big 12.

Levels is the fourth defensive back to commit to Baylor this season, along with Terrell Burt, Aiavion Edwards, and Ryan Reid. It's a position that is very important in the pass-happy Big 12, and Art Briles is certainly focusing on the area as he tried to improve the Baylor defense. 
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:32 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 10:05 am
 

Big 12 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. The Big 12 is once again led by traditional powers Texas and Oklahoma but after that, it's not the drop off that other conferences have with a solid effort by just about every other school. Drawing on the talent-rich state of Texas makes recruiting easier than most but it's interesting to note how schools are developing other pipelines (such as the Sooners and California). The make up and look of the league is different and that makes this Signing Day particularly interesting down in the Big 12.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big 12
College Commits Top 100 Moving
2. Texas 24 5
7. Oklahoma 16 4
24. TCU 20 0

Top storylines

1. Does Texas finish number one?

Mack Brown doesn't have the nickname of Mr. February for nothing, as the long-time head coach can certainly recruit. 2012 might be one of the most talented classes he' brought in during his time on the 40 acres, reeling in the state's top running back for the second year in a row, the top wide receiver, some talented front seven athletes and several offensive lineman who might be playing sooner rather than later. The Longhorns are in the running for a handful of national prospects as Signing Day rolls around so it's possible the current group of 24 picks up another top 100 player to give them an impressive six. If so they have a chance to take the top spot from Alabama and/or hold off Michigan, Florida or Ohio State. It's not a big chance but the Horns have a chance nevertheless.

2. Can Oklahoma move into the top five?

This was supposed to be one of Bob Stoops' smaller classes and for a time it looked like he was taking his time building it up. But things have started to pick up and while it's not as flashy as the school's Red River rival to the South, it brings in several quality pieces along the line and at receiver. In the running for the overall number one recruit and a handful of other top 300 players means the Sooners have nowhere to go but up and might be able to crack the top five depending on who they land. If that happens, it would be a major coup for Stoops considering he lost a talented recruiter in Brent Venables and had to help brother Mike readjust to recruiting players back to Norman.

3. How much better is TCU's class with the Big 12 draw?

From the looks of it, Gary Patterson is bringing in one of his most talented recruiting classes during his tenure in Fort Worth. If the Horned Frogs can't compete in the Big 12, it won't be for lack of resources - brand new facilities should be open by the season - or lack of talent. The team was young last season but still wound up taking the Mountain West conference title and upsetting Boise State and they'll add several players with top-end speed to help fill-out the depth chart. There's more skill position talent for TCU than lineman this year so that will be interesting to note going forward but in landing players like tight end Griffin Gilbert or Elite 11 quarterback Tyler Matthews, Patterson has shown that the conference realignment shuffling has paid off for the school on the recruiting trail.

4. Why is everybody Juco crazy?

One sign that this is something to keep an eye on in the conference this year is the mere fact that Brown is bringing a pair of Jucos to Austin for the first time in a decade. Charlie Weis is hoping for a quick talent influx at Kansas by taking on a host of Jucos and at least two transfers at quarterback. Tommy Tuberville has an impressive eight guys from the junior college ranks headed to Lubbock and, of course, Bill Snyder is going to have plenty lining his recruiting class. As things stand right now, all but one school - TCU - will be bringing in two Jucos come Signing Day which is a bit unusual for the Big 12 as a whole and something to keep an eye out for. It will be interesting to hear the coaches give their press conferences to discuss recruits and give the reason why they dipped into the Juco ranks more than usual this year.

Most impressive class: Texas

Most underrated class: TCU

Work left to do: Kansas

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
1. Dorial Green-Beckham WR Uncommitted
9. Johnathan Gray RB Texas
15. Cayleb Jones WR Texas
33. Malcom Brown DT Texas
48. Durron Neal WR Oklahoma
79. Taylor McNamara TE Oklahoma
84. Thomas Johnson WR Uncommitted
86. Kennedy Estelle OL Texas
88. Wes Lunt QB Oklahoma State
114. Connor Brewer QB Texas
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Chris Chuff and Jim Gush , Baylor
Kenneth Pope, Iowa State
Ron Powlus, Rob Ianello and Buddy Wyatt, Kansas
Michael Smith, Kansas State
Josh Heupel, Mike Stoops and Jay Norvell, Oklahoma
Todd Monken and Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State
Rusty Burns and Jarrett Anderson, TCU
Major Applewhite, Bruce Chambers, Stacy Searles and Duane Akina, Texas
Neal Brown and Robert Prunty, Texas Tech

Head coach under pressure: Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech

Top Big 12 class prediction: Texas

Top Big 12 signee: Johnathan Gray

Big 12 school-by-school
Program Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 WR Kiante Griffin
RB Rashodrick Linwood
DE Javonte Magee
LB Brian Nance
It definitely looks like the Bears experienced a little bounce from their remarkable season and back-to-back years of going to a bowl game. There's some very quick players in this group and Magee and Nance are absolute steals.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 QB Grant Rohach
WR Quan West
OL Duaron Williams
West and Rohach might be hooking up in the passing game a lot down the road as each are very good gets for the Cyclones. After that, there's a lot of 'we'll see.'
- Team page
- Commitment list
13 DB Greg Allen
TE Charles Brooks
Not included but it'd be remiss to not point out is the fact that Weis landed two solid quarterbacks in Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps this year. After that it remains to be see what kind of impact this group can have.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 WR Marquez Clark
LB Will Davis
Clark and Davis might be able to play early but as usual for Kansas State, it might take a few games or years to assess what the 2012 group can do.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 OL John Michael McGee
TE Taylor McNamara
WR Durron Neal
WR Derrick Woods
The offense reloads at receiver quite well and Neal has a chance to be a special playmaker with his talent. The offensive line also gets a nice boost with McGee and Ty Darlington in the interior.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 WR C.J. Curry
QB Wes Lunt
OL Michael Wilson
Curry could see plenty of early playing and looks like he's the latest in a long line of talented Cowboys receivers. The defensive players are all very solid with LB/DE Jeremiah Tshimanda a very intriguing player who can pass rush early on.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Devonte Fields
ATH Daje Johnson
QB Tyler Matthews
Very few teams in the country are bringing in as fast, collectively, a group as the Horned Frogs are. Johnson is a special talent and Matthews can take his time to develop into a nice signal-caller.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DT Malcom Brown
RB Johnathan Gray
WR Cayleb Jones
OL Curtis Riser
Just another ho-hum group of stars for the Longhorns. The class is highlighted by Gray, who set just about every record imaginable in high school and should be a factor early on in running the ball.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 QB Clayton Nicholas
OL Michael Starts
WR Dominique Wheeler
Nichols is still a bit raw but is tough and has the tools to be a good quarterback in the Tech offense. Wheeler is a dynamic talent who easily has a chance to start early.

Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:00 am
 

Baylor nabs running back Linwood from TCU

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Baylor and TCU have had a longtime rivalry dating back to their Southwest Conference days and it should only grow as the two programs join the same conference. Things should heat up as the two battle for players in the lead up to Signing Day and Linden (Texas) running back Rashodrick Linwood made things that much more interesting as he flipped his commitment from the Horned Frogs to the Bears on Friday.

"It was the right decision for me overall,'' Linwood told SicEmSports.com. "I'm very happy.''

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound speedster committed to TCU in the middle of June. He was lightly recruited following his pledge and didn't hold any other BCS offers but felt comfortable switching to Baylor right before Signing Day.

"I really like the coaches and how they treat their players,'' he said. "I can't wait to graduate in May and get down there.''

Linwood becomes the 21st commitment for the Bears' class of 2012. He rushed for over 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns last season as a senior.
 
 
 
 
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