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Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:13 am
 

12/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted By Bryan Fischer
  Steve Spurrier thinks his new extension will help recruiting.

  New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman says he'll recruit the state as hard as anyone.

  Michigan had a decommitment from cornerback Anthony Standifer.

  Urban Meyer is a recruiting threat to Michigan State and Michigan. Bri'onte Dunn is solid to the Buckeyes.

  Oregon offensive lineman Mark Asper had some interesting things to say about being recruited by BYU.

  Georgia extended an offer to junior running back Tyren Jones.

  Defensive lineman Tyler Nero will take an official visit to Arkansas in January.

  Mississippi State added JUCO defensive end Denico Autry.
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.

Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:03 am
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Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 10:04 am
 

12/1 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Auburn is recruiting quarterback Jameis Winston, despite their self-imposed restrictions.

 Coaching changes at like Arizona State, Illinois, UCLA and Washington State have recruits concerned about the future.

 Missouri quarterback commit Maty Mauk was named Mr. Ohio.

 Urban Meyer should instantly enhance recruiting at Ohio State.

 Georgia will have its chance to impress defensive back Chaz Elder.

 Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman is ramping up recruiting on defense.

 Tom Bradley is out selling the positives of Penn State to recruits.

Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:54 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Top 2013 defensive lineman Bigelow commits to USC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After crushing crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday, head coach Lane Kiffin had just one thing on his mind as USC served out the final year of their bowl ban: recruiting.

The win over their rival sent the Trojans out on a high note as the staff hit the road to recruit the next day and it's already paying dividends as Bear (Del.) defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow committed Wednesday night, giving the program its first 2013 pledge and one of the nation's top players in the class.

“It’s a beautiful place out there,” Bigelow told 247Sports. “I really liked the environment. Just to be out in California for the weekend and seeing the sights, it’s a really great place. Seeing the alumni come out of USC, and not just football greats, but actors like Will Ferrell and movie producers is amazing.”

Likely to be one of the top players at his position once the rankings come out, the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder already held scholarship offers from Auburn, UConn, Rutgers, Oklahoma and Illinois among others. Bigelow took an unofficial visit to the Coliseum over the weekend to see the win over UCLA and with the Trojans entering scholarship reductions due to NCAA sanctions in 2012, he sees an opportunity for playing time and the chance to learn from the best in line coach Ed Orgeron.

“I think I can go into that football program and standout immediately,” Bigelow said. “They have a great defensive line, I saw a lot of defensive ends, but I didn’t see a lot of defensive tackles. I think I could go there and compete for a starting position and make that defense a lot better.”

Bigelow is USC's first commitment for the class of 2013 and the Trojans have just two defensive ends committed in 2012. He racked up 20 sacks this season while playing on the same high school team as quarterback David Sills, also a Trojan commitment but in the class of 2015.

Photo credit Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com






Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:55 am
 

11/30 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
Arizona State recruits are reacting to Dennis Erickson's firing but most are still committed.

 Could linebacker Keith Brown wind up back in Miami's class of 2012?

 Some highlights of Washington commit Jeff Lindquist.

 A look at how several of Nebraska's recruits did this past weekend on the field.

 Florida could sign as many as 34 players during this recruiting cycle.

 Rich Rodriguez and Arizona are entering a new recruiting frontier.

 Dvario Montgomery
and Joey O'Connor are considering visits to Oregon.

 Recruiting will be key to turning around Illinois.
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: November 30, 2011 12:15 am
 

Isidora adds to impressive Miami class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's been a tumultuous year for the Miami program but through it all, Al Golden has still managed to stick to the plan and recruit really well. He added another commitment Monday to help shore up the offensive line in Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) guard Danny Isidora.

"I just felt like it is home and the right place for me," Isidora told 247Sports. "I felt the most comfortable at Miami and I knew that is where I wanted to play my college football."

An interior presence at 6-foot-3, 320-pounds, Isidora also held scholarship offers from Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina and West Virginia among others. Though the Hurricanes are still in the midst of an NCAA investigation, Golden's recently announced contract extension that will keep him in Coral Gables until well after Isidora graduates contributed to making a decision this week.

"The Miami coaches kept telling me that there was nothing to be worried about," he said. "Once coach Golden announced he was staying at Miami for a long time, I knew that I had nothing to be worried about."

Isidora becomes the 28th commitment for Miami's class of 2012, several of whom will enroll early. He is just the third offensive lineman however.

"An explosive OL, he has good initial punch, shows good awareness, and is very strong in the upper body, which he uses to knock pass rushers off-balance," analyst Tom Lemming says. "He moves his feet well for a 320 pounder and gets good leverage."

Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:12 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Another Florida pledge for W. Virginia in Burney

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Illinois' firing of Ron Zook cost the school at least one recruit and Dana Holgorsen had no problem taking advantage. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) running back Roshard Burney came down to the two schools but committed to West Virginia on Monday.

“It’s been on my mind since I got back,” Burney told the Palm Beach Post. “Ever since I came back from that visit, I’ve loved West Virginia. It was a great atmosphere and I feel good about the coaching. They want what’s best for me.”

The 6-foot, 205-pound running back also held scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, Rutgers and others but it appeared to be a two-horse race the entire time for his pledge. As Burney was in the process of setting up an official visit to see the Illinois, Zook was let go by the school and that made the decision to commit to West Virginia an easy one.

“The whole Coach Zook thing threw me off,” Burney said. “I just talked to him last week. He was trying to set up my visit, and the next day, he was gone.”

Burney is the seventh player from the state of Florida and gives the Mountaineers 21 commitments for the class of 2012. He is the only primary running back in the group and has 1,966 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season.


 
 
 
 
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