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Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:42 am
 

1/18 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Here's a podcast I did where Gunner Kiel and parents in the recruiting process came up. Kiel is settling into life at Notre Dame today.

 SMU got four early enrollees this year, including a Parade All-America.

 Dalvin Tomlinson not visiting Georgia could be good news for Georgia Tech.

 Quarterback Kanler Coker flipped from East Carolina to North Carolina.

 West Virginia added athlete Nana Kyeremeh.

 Houston added a commitment from defensive tackle Donald Hopkins.

 Bret Bielema has been working to keep his recruiting class together.

 Defensive end Michael Onuoha will visit Missouri this weekend.

 Several prospects, such as Jordan Diamond, enjoyed their trip to Michigan.

Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Oklahoma adds Midwest running back Smith

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma was the final official visit for Midlothian (Ill.) running back David Smith and it appears he liked what he saw, making things official and committing to the Sooners on Tuesday.

"I talked it over with my parents, my coach, and next fall I'll be attending the university of Oklahoma," Smith said at a press conference.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound back also held offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Purdue and West Virginia. Maxpreps' 15th-ranked tailback has been high on Oklahoma for some time and should fit in well in their offensive system.

"Shoot, I'm just excited, I don't know. I'm just excited about this, I don't know what to say really. It's crazy man," Smith told SoonerScoop.com. "I mean, it's a dream come true."

Smith rushed for 837 yards and topped 1,000 all-purpose yards last season as a senior. He is Oklahoma's 19th class of 2012 commitment.

"He shows outstanding vision, speed, and cutting ability," analyst Tom Lemming said. "A compact type of back who is a patient runner, he can accelerate on a dime, plays with good balance, runs hard between the tackles, and seems to get stronger as the game progresses. He really came into his own the second half of last season and has become one of the more heavily recruited RB prospects in the Midwest."
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:55 am
 

1/10 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

 Alabama won the national title last night and could be in line for another in February based on the updated Maxpreps team rankings.

TCU is recruiting and signing elite athletes with their move to the Big 12.

 Five West Virginia recruits are already enrolled for the spring.

A look at Georgia's big board and who they have left to recruit.

 Running back David Smith picked up a late Oklahoma offer and will visit the school officially.

 Cal commit Bryce Treggs apparently likes to express himself at basketball games.

 Todd Graham's first commitment at Arizona State is a Canadian.

 Texas recruit Johnathan Gray is in a walking boot after a high ankle sprain suffered in the Under Armour game.
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Leach adds two from Southern California

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It hasn't taken Mike Leach too long but he's already hit the fertile Southern California recruiting grounds hard at Wazzu. Culver City (Calif.) wide receiver Alex Jackson and linebacker Khalil Pettway like what the new Washington State coach was selling and promptly committed on Wednesday after getting offers.

"It is a real big opportunity," Pettway told Rivals. "I've been watching the Pac-10 since I was a kid and now to be a part of it is kind of humbling. The education is great in the Pac-12."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Pettway also held offers from Arizona, SMU and West Virginia among others. He'll join teammate Jackson on the Palouse, who was excited to be part of the program with Leach in charge.

"I wanted to be part of an up and coming program and I felt like that's what they have at Washington State," Jackson told Scout.

The pair gives the Cougars 19 commitments for the class of 2012 with National Signing Day almost a month away.

"Blessed with good hands, he has big-time speed, and excellent body control," analyst Tom Lemming said of Jackson. "He catches everything within reach and once he gets into the open field, look out."

Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:48 am
 

Big 12 junior college early signees

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Wednesday, December 21st was 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 Big 12 team and who has signed or is expected to sign paperwork soon. This is for the early period only.

Baylor

Riverside C.C. (Calif.) linebacker Eddie Lackey
Corsicana JUCO (Texas) defensive tackle Joey Searcy

Iowa State

Iowa Western C.C. (Iowa) defensive end Cory Morrissey
Trinity Valley C.C. (Texas) defensive back Clifford Stokes

Kansas

None.

Kansas State

Navarro J.C. (Texas) wide receiver Marquez Clark
Trinity Valley C.C. (Texas) defensive tackle Wesley Hollingshed
Navarro J.C. (Texas) offensive lineman Tavon Rooks

Oklahoma

Pierce C.C. (Calif.) defensive back Kasseim Everett
Fort Scott C.C. (Kan.) tight end Brannon Green

Oklahoma State

Navarro J.C. (Texas) defensive tackle Calvin Barnett
Scottsdale C.C. (Ariz.) tight end Blake Jackson

TCU

None.

Texas

Northwest Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) offensive lineman Donald Hawkins
East Mississippi C.C. (Miss.) defensive tackle Brandon Moore

Texas Tech

Riverside C.C. (Calif.) defensive end Lee Adams
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) wide receiver Javon Bell
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) Rashad Fortenberry
Riverside C.C. (Calif.) Sadale Foster
Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) linebacker Chris Payne
Riverside C.C. (Calif.) linebacker Will Smith
Pierce C.C. (Calif.) defensive back Austin Stewart

West Virginia

None.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:03 am
 

12/21 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Top quarterback Gunner Kiel will pick among Notre Dame, LSU and Vanderbilt by Christmas.

 Receiver Brett Bartolone picked up an offer from Washington State.

 Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is playing catch up in recruiting.

 Mark Richt's contract extension at Georgia could help recruiting.

 Defensive end Jonathan Bullard will pick among Clemson, South Carolina and Florida.

 Kansas State's success this season won't change Bill Snyder's recruiting approach.

 Recruiting is a tricky situation for West Virginia.

 Penn State coaches are telling recruits to keep their options open.

 Nebraska and Maryland landed JUCO cornerbacks.

 Michigan extended offers to a couple of 2013 prospects.
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:06 am
 

Boise State big winner with Big East expansion



Posted by Bryan Fischer


Amid some fanfare last Wednesday, the Big East finally announced the addition of Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, Houston and UCF to the conference. The move was designed to replace departing members Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia and marked just the latest chess move in the college realignment chess board. (Navy figures to be next to move)

The reaction, as you can probably tell from the map above, has been mostly incredulous. The Big East includes schools in the Pacific time zone? Well, regardless of how the still-shifting sands settle, the league will have to deal with things on the recruiting trail. Who makes out the best among the new members? It seems pretty clear from a quick glance.

Boise State: Two BCS bowl wins, just three losses in four years.
San Diego State: Two bowl games in 14 years but fertile recruiting area.
SMU: Three straight bowl games but head coach was in talks to go to another school, talent rich city.
Houston: Coach has left for Texas A&M.
UCF: Facing significant NCAA issues.

A lot of the reasoning behind the move to the Big East (football-only for Boise State and San Diego State) is increased access to better bowls, a better chance at making the BCS and greater television exposure. All three matter in recruiting and will no doubt be a selling point each program makes to kids. But more than that, the Broncos success coupled with the increased access to the powerhouse recruiting states of California, Texas and Florida make them a big winner - even if there's elimination of the AQ conference in the near future.

Look at the current class of 2012 for the Broncos and you can understand why they're excited: five players from California, six from Texas and a quarterback from Florida. Due to their success, the program with the blue turf has gotten quite a bit of exposure and figure to become even more of a national brand in a conference that spans four time zones. While there are certainly questions about the Big East in terms of talent and depth, it should also help dispel some concerns that they play "no one."

The other schools will enjoy benefits too. San Diego State should be better able to keep Southern California recruits closer to home and Houston/SMU should be able to get higher caliber players than they have in Conference USA. UCF has issues but is no longer little brother to USF down the road.

There's plenty to dislike about conference expansion but for schools like Boise State, things are not that bad at all from a recruiting perspective. It may seem like a patch-work job in order to keep the league together but it should bring plenty of good things for the new members.



Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:47 am
 

12/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another bowl game in Florida could boost Michigan State's recruiting in the state.

Linebacker Darius Parson decommitted from Syracuse.

 Linebacker Thomas Brown is "set in stone" with Nebraska.

 A Toledo recruit is a big fan of new Illinois head coach Tim Beckman.

New UCLA head coach Jim Mora has plenty of catching up to do, including recruiting.

Funny story about Pete Carroll recruiting Tim Tebow to USC.

 Florida commits won't waver with Charlie Weis at Kansas.

Commitments

 Offensive lineman Ralphael Green committed to Indiana after visiting Missouri.

 Defensive back D.J. White and athlete Anthony Autry committed to Georgia Tech.

 Colorado received the sixth commitment from a defensive lineman in Josh Tupou.

 Safety K.J. Dillon committed to West Virginia on his visit.

 Quarterback Kendric Bostic flipped his pledge from UCF to Princeton.

 Defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown committed to Louisville.

 
 
 
 
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