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Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:31 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Big Ten Signing Day: Winners/Losers

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Overview: Overall it was a pretty good recruiting season for the Big Ten. There weren't a whole lot of shocking decisions on National Signing Day, though both Ohio State and Iowa were able to pick up some key members of their 2011 class.

Winners

Ohio State - Ohio State generally leads the Big Ten in recruiting every season, and 2011's class doesn't seem to be any different. While the Buckeyes had a strong class coming into Wednesday's festivities, getting Curtis Grant to commit during the day put this class over the edge. Grant joins what should be a strong class on defense, where the Buckeyes will look to replace Cam Heyward with guys like Kenny Hayes, Chase Farris and Steve Miller in a few years. Of course, Jim Tressel didn't concentrate solely on defense, as the Bucks picked up quarterback Braxton Miller as the possible successor to Terrelle Pryor in 2012.

Iowa - The Hawkeyes and Kirk Ferentz never seem to put together a jaw-dropping class, yet every year they tend to find themselves ranked in the top 25 classes. This year is no different, as MaxPreps has Iowa at 17, and the Hawkeyes signed 23 players. The final player was DT Darian Cooper, who chose Iowa on Wednesday, and comes from the same school Iowa landed RB Marcus Coker from last season. Kirk Ferentz generally doesn't go for flash as much as he finds players he can mold and fit into his system at Iowa, but you should expect to grow more familiar with names like Rodney Coe, Ray Hamilton, Austin Blythe and Jordan Walsh in the next few seasons.

Nebraska - Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers had a good class coming into National Signing Day, but added the crown jewel on Wednesday with running back Aaron Green. Green combined with all the beef Bo Pelini is bringing in on the offensive and defensive lines should have his team ready for its new home. Of course, the wild card in all of this is quarterback Bubba Starling. He's the type of player that could make this a great class, but a lot of people seem convinced that Starling will never play a down in Lincoln, as he's expected to be a first round draft pick in the MLB draft this summer.

Losers

Penn State - There are plenty of talented players coming to Happy Valley next season. Defensive ends Deion Barnes, Shawn Oakman and QB/DB Bill Belton are strong, athletic players. The problem with Penn State's class this season is its just not up to snuff for Penn State. A 16-member class just isn't what the Nittany Lions are accustomed to, and you really have to wonder how much longer Penn State can afford to stand by Joe Paterno. When two of your best recruiters, Larry Johnson Sr and Tom Bradley, are spending time looking for new jobs instead of working recruits -- which may have cost Penn State Ishaq Williams -- then things need to be fixed. This may be Joe Paterno's last Signing Day at Penn State.

Michigan - Don't get me wrong, Michigan has a nice class. A class that got even better on Wednesday with tight end Chris Barnett, but I'm putting them in the losers section based on what this class could have been. The Wolverines lost a lot of talent after firing Rich Rodriguez, and Brady Hoke just didn't have a chance to keep guys like Dee Hart in Ann Arbor. As a result, a potentially great class can only be considered solid at this point.

Purdue - Listen, nobody was expecting Danny Hope and Purdue to blow the doors off of this class, but while they put together a nice class, it's certainly not the type that will help propel Purdue up from the bottom half of the Big Ten. Plus, anytime you're a school that needs as many athletes as it can get, getting banned from a high school in Florida is probably the worst thing you can do.



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Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:24 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 5:26 pm
 

MaxPreps: First-year coaches' grades

By MaxPreps's Stephen Spiewak

A head coach's first recruiting class is often his worst.

Taking a head coaching job in the middle of the offseason, a critical time in the recruiting period, is a burdensome task. New hires rush to retain recruits from the previous regime by quickly building and reaffirming relationships with current commits while also branching out to land their own targets to fit their offensive and defensive philosophies.

However, new hires do benefit from the media deluge that typically follows the announcement that they're taking the job.

Here's a look at some notable coaches in their first recruiting season at their current school and how they fared on the recruiting trail.

Brady Hoke-Michigan 
Notable recruits lost: Demetrius Hart
Notable recruits gained: Christian Bryant 
Analysis: Hoke became the man at Michigan after a long, drawn out process that not only involved former coach Rich Rodriguez but also the likes of Jim Harbaugh and Les Miles. The Wolverines landed on Hoke, who didn't hit many home runs, but brought in solid recruits like Bryant, Antonio Poole, and Thomas Rawls.  Grade: B+

Will Muschamp-Florida 
Notable recruits lost: Nick Waisome, Ryan Shazier
Notable recruits gained: Marcus Roberson 
Analysis: Coming off an epic 2010 recruiting class, it would've been nearly impossible for any coach to match what Urban Meyer did last year - even Urban Meyer himself. Muschamp had to focus his efforts on re-recruiting existing Florida commits. He couldn't close on the type of recruit that the Gators had become used to landing, like Tim Jernigan and Curt Maggitt. He should improve vastly in 2012. Grade: C+

Al Golden-Miami 
Notable recruits lost: Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers
Notable recruits gained: Jalen Grimble 
Analysis: Golden certainly has some work to do, as most of South Florida's top recruits went elsewhere. Bringing in Grimble was a big surprise, and Golden has the Hurricanes poised to land quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He convinced Anthony Chickillo to stick with his commitment while mending fences at Miami Central and bringing in Thomas Finnie. Grade: A

David Shaw-Stanford 
Notable recruits lost: Anthony Sarao, Amir Carlisle 
Notable recruits gained: Wayne Lyons
Analysis: Stanford often loses recruits late in the recruiting cycle due to its strict academic standards, but the departure of Jim Harbaugh exacerbated the Cardinal's losses. However, it was not all bad news for Shaw and Stanford, which still landed Wayne Lyons, the nation's No. 45 recruit. With all of Stanford's success on the field this season, this is a slightly disappointing class, even taking into account the coaching turmoil. Grade: B

Randy Edsall-Maryland 
Notable recruits lost: none 
Notable recruits gained: Jeremiah Hendy 
Analysis: Maryland has seen some change in its recruiting class in the post-Ralph Friedgen era. The Terrapins lost recruits like Ryan Malleck and Jimmy Stewart, but Edsall was able to regain a pledge from A.J. Hendy. Otherwise, this class is similar to what it was before Edsall arrived: underwhelming. However, Edsall did a great job identifying and cultivating talent at UConn. Maryland fans have to hang their hats on next year's recruiting class, because the 2011 group is underwhelming. Grade: C

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Video: Brady Hoke discusses Michigan recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer

New Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke joined the CBS Sports National Signing Day Show to discuss the challenges of recruiting in the short amount of time he's had since being hired. CBS Analyst Tom Lemming and, yes, former Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez discuss the challenges of recruiting and what Hoke hopes to do with the Wolverine's incoming class.



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Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Top 5 SEC Recruiting Rankings

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The SEC continues to mop up on the recruiting trail once again with several programs angling for the top spot in the MaxPrep's Team Rankings for the class of 2011. CBS Sports Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming and former Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez break down the Top 5 teams in the powerhouse SEC conference and how Junior College transfers have made an impact in the league.


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Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:15 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 11:17 am
 

Top DT Tim Jernigan will be a Seminole

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Lake City (Fla.) defensive tackle Tim Jernigan has been a difficult recruit for recruitniks to read, seeming at various times to be headed to either Florida State, or Florida, or LSU, or even Michigan. But the wait and speculation is over: Jernigan has announced that he will join Jimbo Fisher in Tallahassee, turning down runner-up LSU.

Jernigan represents a huge addition for the Seminole defensive line, both in terms of size -- he checks in at a well-built 6'2" and 275 pounds -- and in terms of his talent; Maxpreps lists him as the nation's No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 41 prospect overall. Though Jernigan may have to add a little more weight to become a top-of-the-line run stopper, he plays with superior aggressiveness that puts his impressive raw athleticism to maximum use. (If you're watching CBS College Sports, you just heard Rich Rodriguez call Jernigan the most powerful interior lineman he saw in high school this year.)

Jernigan's decision is just one more feather in Fisher's well-decorated 2011 cap. The Seminoles entered today with the nation's second-best class and even after missing on Tony Steward, don't look like they're going to be backsliding. Between Jernigan and players like safety Karlos Williams, the glory days of the Mickey Andrews 1990s defenses may be back sooner than anticipated.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:48 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:58 am
 

CBS Sports National Signing Day Show

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Super Bowl is still a few days away but college football's offseason equivalent is finally upon us with National Signing Day 2011. CBS Sports is providing fans across the country with the most extensive multi-media coverage of National Signing Day across the CBS College Sports Network, CBSSports.com, MaxPreps.com and the CBSSports.com College Network.

CBS College Sports Network will have seven hours of coverage in households across the country beginning at 10 AM ET. Featuring recruiting expert Tom Lemming and guest analysis from former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, the CBS Sports National Signing Day Show will deliver in-depth analysis of all the news throughout the day.

Hosts Adam Zucker and Molly Qerim will be joined in studio by Lemming, Rodriguez and former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer. Brian Jones reports from Austin, Texas, where he will interview many of the nation’s elite prep players, who are gathered for USA Football's Team USA vs. The World game. Aaron Taylor will report from the west coast on Pac-12 football.

Below is a brief rundown of some of the elements of the show, which features interviews with players and coaches from across the country.

Early Show 10 AM – 1 PM ET

10 AM Hour

Tom Lemming’s Top Ten recruiting classes are unveiled and Brian Jones interviews Notre Dame commits George Atkinson III (#12 WR), Josh Atkinson (#25 CB), and Matt Hegarty (#1 OG).

11 AM Hour

A conference-by-conference recruiting breakdown with Lemming and Rodriguez as well as an interview with Nebraska commit Aaron Green (#3 RB).

12 PM Hour

An interview with Texas head coach Mack Brown, new Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and new Miami head coach Al Golden. Brian Jones also interviews Auburn commit Kiehl Frazier (#2QB).

Late Show 3 PM – 7 PM ET

3PM Hour

Tom Lemming will update his Top Ten Recruiting Classes and there will be interviews with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. Fresh off a win in the BCS National Championship game, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik will discuss the run to the title and the incoming class he hopes fuels the Tigers to another.

4 PM Hour

Rutgers commit Savon Huggins (#1 RB) joins the program for an interview as well has his future head coach Greg Schiano. SEC head coaches Derek Dooley of Tennessee and Nick Saban of Alabama will also discuss their recruiting class of 2011.

5PM Hour

UCF head coach George O’Leary and Boise State’s Chris Petersen join the program to provide prospective from non-BCS conference schools.

6PM Hour

Aaron Taylor will interview new Stanford head coach David Shaw and Cardinal commit Wayne Lyons (#4 safety) will also join the program for an interview. CBSSports.com college football columnist Dennis Dodd will provide his thoughts before the show wraps up with the day’s winning (and losing) recruiting classes.

Tune in and get all the latest about the nation’s best high school athletes and more, only on the CBS College Sports Network. More Signing Day coverage

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