Tag:Curtis Riser
Posted on: February 17, 2011 5:42 pm

Early signing period not popular among some

By MaxPreps Contributor Matt Wixon

National signing day has come and gone, but the recruiting process really never ends. Now it's on to the Class of 2012, and three of the Dallas-area's top juniors gave their oral commitments over the weekend.

DeSoto (De Soto, Texas) offensive lineman Curtis Riser, Bishop Dunne (Dallas) defensive tackle Alex Norman and Ryan (Denton) linebacker Alex De La Torre all pledged to be Texas Longhorns after their trip to the school's junior day.

Of course, with a year until they can sign a letter of intent, those commitments might change. But for players who are truly 100 percent committed, an early signing period for football could allow them to avoid the distractions of the recruiting process.

The American Football Coaches Association cited that when it proposed an early-signing period, which would've allowed players to sign letters of intent two months before the current signing day in February. The proposal was rejected by NCAA conference commissioners two years ago, but an early-signing period is still discussed. Some have suggested a very early signing period -- in August before a recruit's senior year.

An early-signing period would ease a lot of frustration for college coaches who must continue recruiting kids who have orally committed. But would an early-signing period be better for athletes, too?

Some Dallas-area high school coaches don't think so. Many said the reason so many athletes don't follow through on their oral commitments is because they are asked to choose a school before they have enough time to weigh the decision.

"Schools tell them, ‘we're almost full, you better commit now,'" said Mesquite Horn coach Rodney Webb, who had four players sign with major programs two weeks ago.

"There's just so much pressure each year to make up your mind earlier and earlier," Frisco Centennial coach Mark Howard added, "and they can be life-changing decisions."

Matt Wixon is the high school sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News. He can be reached at mwixon@dallasnews.com or on Twitter @mattwixon. Photo by Jamie Harms
Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 11:00 pm

2/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Pitchers and catchers report for spring training... oh hey, Jadeveon Clowney committed today. Who knew? Check out the front page of CBSSports.com for all of the coverage. And Happy Valentine's Day!

- Texas grabbed one more commitment out of their Junior Day in offensive lineman Curtis Riser. Some more info on several Dallas area recruits.

- Some more details on recent Miami commit Gray Crow. Speaking of Miami, they also landed a few more commits late last night.

- Florida has extended an offer to tight end Kent Taylor. N.C. State also sent out an offer to a tight end, offering A.J. Williams out of Ohio.

- Very good story on Big Ten oversigning and how the conference rules put their schools at a disadvantage.

- Barry Sanders Jr. is one of the biggest names in the class of 2012 - and not just because of his famous father. The electric running back is keeping an open mind on the recruiting front and is looking to pave his own path.

Posted on: February 12, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2011 5:35 pm

Texas begins Junior Day haul early

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Mack Brown likes to wrap up most of his recruiting class early and he’s off to a good start with the 2012 recruits ahead of the first Texas Junior Day. Just five days after picking up commitment number one in quarterback Connor Brewer, the Longhorns grabbed commitment number two in Denton (Tex.) linebacker Alex De La Torre, according to Hookem.com.

“I have a lot of respect for Mack Brown and the coaches at Texas,” De La Torre told Hookem.com. “I like the family environment at Texas and I like the way they run their program.”

The 6-foot, 210 pound linebacker should be the first of many commitments this weekend for the Longhorns. The invite-only Junior Days are typically when coaches extend scholarship offers and receive the bulk of their commitments for the upcoming recruiting class. Recruits usually get a tour of the facilities and meet with the coaches and support staff during the day-long unofficial visit. Technically, Texas is holding Junior Day on Sunday, however several recruits made the trip on Saturday to catch some of the basketball team’s game against Baylor.

According to Orangebloods.com, several high profile recruits will make their way to Austin tomorrow. MaxPreps 2012 Top 100 watch list running back Johnathan Gray of Aledo (Tex.) will be the marquee visitor of the bunch but is not expected to make a commitment. Wide receiver Cayleb Jones, offensive lineman Curtis Riser, defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, linebacker Peter Jinkens, cornerback Will Hines and safety LaDarrell McNeil are some of the other notable players schedule to attend.

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