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Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 8:58 pm
 

SEC junior college early signees

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Wednesday, December 21st is the first day Junior College players can sign with schools across the country and the faxes are already in for several commitments. Here's a list of each SEC team and who has signed or is expected to sign paperwork soon. This is for the early period only.

Arkansas

Los Angeles Harbor C.C. (Calif.) defensive end Austin Flynn

Alabama

Eastern Arizona C.C. (Ariz.) cornerback Travell Dixon

Auburn

None.

Florida

East Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) defensive tackle Damien Jacobs

Georgia

Coffeyville C.C. (Kan.) offensive lineman Mark Beard

Kentucky

East Central C.C. (Miss.) defensive back Kory Brown

LSU

None.

Mississippi

Coahoma C.C. (Miss.) offensive lineman Darone Bailey
City College of San Francisco (Calif.) offensive lineman Pierce Burton
Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) defensive back Dehendret Collins

Mississippi State

East Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) defensive end Denico Autry
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) offensive lineman Dylan Holley
Butte C.C. (Calif.) offensive lineman Charles Siddoway

Missouri

None.

South Carolina

None.

Tennessee

Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) defensive end Darrington Sentimore

Texas A&M

Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) defensive back Otis Jacobs

Vanderbilt

None.


Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:12 am
 

12/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Running back Mike Davis liked his unofficial visit to Georgia so much, he will return for an official.

Michigan State continues to recruit around the country to fill out their class of 2012.

Texas A&M commit Trey Williams wants to take a visit to Oregon.

A notebook filled with Ohio State recruiting nuggets.

 Oregon State is looking to sign several JUCOs during the early signing period.

 Recruiting is an early priority for Todd Graham at Arizona State.

 Penn State recruits face an uncertain future.

 Texas Tech gained a pair of JUCO commitments.

 Minnesota offered offensive lineman Adam Pankey.

 Wide out Monty Madaris is considering Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State and Kentucky.

 Stanford and Oklahoma State are the top two choices for Barry Sanders Jr.


Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 11:36 pm
 

National Notes: Top assistants to keep an eye on

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Welcome to December, otherwise known as closing time. Bowl practices and holidays make things a little more complicated for some coaches but others enjoy the grind as they hit the home stretch two months out from Signing Day. Here's a list of four recruiters in each part of the country to keep an eye on in each part of the country.

West

Ed Orgeron, USC

Does any recruiter have a better reputation than Ed Orgeron? Probably not. The Trojans defensive line coach has been relentless in the recruiting trail and instrumental in helping manage the program's numbers situation with limited scholarships to hand out. He's hit SoCal hard and been a big reason why plenty of offensive (Max Tuerk, Jordan Simmons) and defensive (Ellis McCarthy, Noah Spence) are committed to, or looking at, USC. Also note that linebackers coach Joe Barry has done a great job with his position group, Orange County (Calif.) and Arizona during his time in LA.

Tosh Lupoi, California

It's been pretty amazing to see Lupoi's rise as a recruiter and coach at Cal but you can see why when looking at his handiwork. He's a younger Orgeron but is quickly becoming his equal after landing players such as Brennan Scarlett and Viliami Moala last year. As a Bay Area-native, he's done a great job of getting talent close to home while also going national and bringing players in. Though the Bears class is somewhat small, expect it to grow in a cover as Lupoi enters the home stretch. His top target right now is five-star Arik Armstead.

Demetrice Martin, Washington

The Huskies staff has lots of Southern California connections but Martin has been a great closer down the stretch with kids. He's relatable as a young guy and knows many of the high school coaches in the area. Don't be surprised if he lands some skill position talent for UW's class this year from the LA area.

John Neal, Oregon

One of the Ducks' ace recruiters, Neal has hit other areas of the country with success and does well in the cities. He landed nearby athlete Oshay Dunmore and had a hand in defensive backs Eric and Stephen Amoako committing from the Dallas-area. Several athletes from the East and Southern California are in contact with him and don't be shocked to hear his name come up some more.

South

Dameyune Craig, Florida State

Not sure anybody has gone into another powerhouse's backyard and raided it like Craig has Alabama's. The big star was quarterback Jameis Winston but he's also been instrumental in landing Chris Casher and Justin Shanks. There's a few more targets on the Seminoles board and don't be surprised if Craig is the one helping get them to Tallahassee.

Mike Bobo, Georgia

It's funny but Bobo's on the field duties have caused a few Georgia fans to want him out of the program but his time spent in recruits' homes and on the trail has been a big asset to the Bulldogs. He was one of the people behind last year's 'Dream Team' and has managed to sell stability at a program that only got it with 10 straight wins during the regular season. This year appears to be another time for him to shine with in-state recruits once again.

Tee Martin, Kentucky

That Martin has done a good job as a recruiter should surprise no one but given that he the former Tennessee star has done it at Kentucky is a little bit. He managed to get a huge surprise last Signing Day in wide out Daryl Collins and might be able to pull off the same magic again this year. Martin has done a great job in Alabama in particular and the only question seems to be if he can resist heading back to Knoxville with a staff opening there.

Frank Wilson, LSU

Last year he was a machine, with a hand in landing offensive tackle La'El Collins, defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and running back Kenny Hilliard among others (all three saw plenty of playing time in LSU's run to New Orleans). Easily the Tigers' best recruiter, Wilson has been one reason why there's a figurative fence around the state of Louisiana. Linebacker Trey Granier was one of his big gets with the 2012 group and don't be surprised if he gets a few others as well.

Midwest

Tony Alford, Notre Dame

Don't be surprised if Alford can snag a big fish for Notre Dame late in the process. He got a commitment from Justin Ferguson out of Florida and appears to be focusing his time on the state to land a few others. With some issues at Florida, he could be one person to take advantage given his ties in the northern part of the state.

Fred Jackson, Michigan

The Wolverines have put together the best class of 2012 in the country and Jackson is a big part of it. He's mainly an in-state guy and lucky for him he's got a great group coming out and done an even better job of keeping them home. He's plucked two out of Farmington Hills (Mich.) in Devin Funchess and Mario Ojemudia and played a role in Royce Jenkins-Stone's pledge. He's been at the school a long time and knows how to sell Michigan to players.

Adrian Klemm, SMU

Klemm is not a household name by any means but should be based on what he's done this year. Though SMU isn't exactly a powerhouse, June Jones has engineered a turnaround in Dallas and Klemm has been a big part as recruiting coordinator. Though the school is located in a talent-rich area of a talent-rich state, the former New England Patriot has done a great job getting talented Los Angeles-area players to come East. Six SoCal natives are committed to the Mustangs class of 2012 at the moment and more could be coming. With rumors of Jones taking the Arizona State job, expect Klemm to come along to really ramp up the LA ties.

Urban Meyer/Luke Fickell, Ohio State

Yes, Meyer's not an assistant coach. But he hasn't really assembled his staff at this point and thus is going a significant share of the recruiting himself. He has certainly been active and because Fickell is remaining on staff, we'll count these two as one super-recruiter. Though recruiting hasn't been up to Ohio State standards with the 2012 group, that was to be expected given the turnover at head coach and NCAA violations in Columbus. Fickell landed Curtis Grant and Ryan Shazier last year and did a good job with Adolphus Washington this year. The two are going to be a very good asset despite what amounts to a false start with the upcoming class. Things have already paid off dividends and the Buckeyes are in the running for defensive end Noah Spence.

Davis decommits from Florida

Been a wild few days down in the South. Stone Mountain (Ga.) running back Mike Davis was one of the recent invites to the Army All-American Bowl and had the jersey ceremony for himself and fellow teammate Raphael Kirby on Thursday. At the time, rumors started to surface that he was having issues with the staff and would soon decommit.

Over the weekend he went on an official visit to Tennessee and finally on Sunday night, he made the new official that he was no longer a Florida pledge.

"My mind right now is open," Davis told Rivals. "My recruitment has opened back up. I've talked to my parents, my mom, my brother, all my family. Right now it's Florida State, South Carolina, Alabama and Miami. But things can change."

From the sounds of things, the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder is completely wide open and will not be considering the Gators despite being in their 2012 class since February and one of their biggest supporters.

"I can't really talk about it," he said cryptically. "Some things happened that I don't want to comment on between me and the coaches. All I'll say is that it was a miscommunication between them, me and my brother. Some things that weren't supposed to happen." 

Ranked as the 10th-best running back in the country by Maxpreps, losing Davis is big blow to Florida as the new staff tries to remake the team using more of a pro-style offense. One of the central pieces of the class and expected to compete early on for some playing time as a change of pace guy, Charlie Weis is now down to just Matt Jones at running back in 2012. With their top 2013 target off the board to Georgia in Derrick Henry, Florida now has to scramble to get another player back into the fold at the position.

Busy week for Armstead

After decommitting from USC, the recruitment of Pleasant Grove (Calif.) lineman Arik Armstead has steadily picked up. He's been going on several official visits the past few weeks and has kept his phone close by.

USC and Notre Dame are among the schools that have already stopped by for an in-home and several more are lined up over the next few days. Among the scheduled ones this week are Washington, Oregon and Auburn. He'll be making the short trip to Cal at some point during the weekend. Also keep in mind that Armstead wants to play basketball and that will be a factor in his decision.

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:31 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Former Nebraska pledge decides on LSU

Posted by Bryan Fischer

New Orleans (La.) linebacker Deion Jones was set to head to Nebraska earlier in the recruiting process but has decided on going to LSU to play college football, informing coaches that he wanted to be a Tiger just days before the team would play in the SEC championship game.

"I committed to LSU (Thursday) night," Jones told TigerBait.com.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound outside linebacker held offers from Arizona, Kentucky and TCU among others before committing to Nebraska and, now, LSU. One of the biggest reasons why Jones made the switch was his desire to remain close to home.

"I thought mostly about family," he said. "I wouldn't have been able to see my family as much. To me family is a big thing. I have a feeling I will excel."

Playing for a national championship contender year-in and year-out doesn't hurt either. Jones had 169 tackles, eight sacks and three interceptions during his senior campaign. He is LSU's 21st commitment in the class of 2012 and the third from a linebacker.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Shadrach Thornton commits to N.C. State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Despite a coaching staff on shaky ground, former Kentucky commitment and Hinesville (Ga.) running back Shadrach Thornton committed to N.C. State last Friday night.

“I really like the pro-style offense that North Carolina State runs and I like (running backs) coach (Everette) Sands. After he saw my highlights, he was all over it,” Thornton told the Savannah Morning News. “Even when I took trips to other schools, he stayed on me and let me know how much he wanted me to play there.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound back picked the Wolfpack over his other finalists Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.

“I hope I can have an impact right away,”  he said. “I’m a competitor and I believe anything is possible.”

Thornton is the 16th commitment for N.C. State's class of 2012. He rushed for 1,738 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.

"He runs low to the ground, breaks tackles, falls forward, keeps his pads low, and does a good job of finishing off his runs," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Not a super blazer but a very dependable back who can get you the tough inside yards but also has enough pop to cause problems on the outside. A bit of a one move TB but has proven to be capable of carrying a heavy load."


Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: November 11, 2011 11:36 am
 

Crimson Tide add offensive tackle for 2012

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Though Alabama didn't win their 'Game of the Century' against fellow SEC West member LSU, the Crimson Tide did come out of it with a commitment from Collierville (Tenn.) offensive tackle Brandon Hill.

“I committed to Alabama three hours before the game on Saturday,” Hill told BamaOnLine.com. “I was talking to my mom and she always asks me what college I want to go to and that she wants me to be close. I’ve always been thinking to myself that I would get that feeling on what college to go to when I’m asking myself ‘why wouldn’t I go to that college?’ When I got to Alabama over the weekend and we were talking about academics and all that, I thought ‘Why wouldn’t I go to Alabama?’”

The 6-foot-6, 350-pounder also held offers from Georgia, Kentucky, Memphis and Ole Miss but picked Alabama due to a number of factors, including sending a good number of their players to the NFL.

“Most players that go to Alabama and do well go to the league and I want to make my dreams come true," he said. "Why wouldn’t I want to go to Alabama and go against the best of the best every day? The atmosphere, the academic plan, and the coaches all stood out."

Hill's commitment gives Nick Saban and staff an even 20 commitments - three of whom are offensive linemen - for the class of 2012 with a few months left until Signing Day.

Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:22 am
 

11/1 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  More on former Notre Dame  commit David Perkins shopping around and taking visits.

  Junior offensive tackle Ethan Pocic was at the Nebraska-Wisconsin game and is drawing plenty of attention.

  Michigan is recruiting 2013 lineman Kyle Bosch.

  Georgia Tech made a big impression on Kentucky commit Shadrach Thornton.

  UCF received a commitment from offensive lineman Kelly Parfitt.


Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:24 am
 

10/28 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Running back Shadrach Thornton will visit Georgia Tech officially this weekend. He's a soft verbal commit to Kentucky.

  Junior quarterback Jake Hall was offered by UNLV with San Diego State, UCLA and others showing interest.

  Fewer players from Texas are on Tulsa's roster but that doesn't make the state any less of a priority.

  Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen bashed team recruiting rankings. Of course.

  Linebacker T.J. Neal has narrowed down his list of schools to Nebraska, West Virginia and Syracuse and doesn't mind traveling to get there.

  There will be no official visitors for Notre Dame's game against Navy but last week's bunch left impressed.

 
 
 
 
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