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Posted on: February 9, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Five days out, Clowney still hard to read

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several experts have said MaxPreps number one overall player Jadeveon Clowney is one of the few players coming out of high school who could jump straight to the NFL Draft. Given how long it has taken Clowney to decide on where he will play college football, the NFL Draft might actually be over by the time he puts on an Alabama, Clemson or South Carolina hat.

The latest twist in the saga appears to be the Rock Hill (S.C.) defensive end wavering on having his announcement televised, according to Phil Kornblut of the Spartanburg Hearld-Journal. Clowney is scheduled to announce Monday at 10:15 AM Eastern and many thought he would announce live on ESPN. His high school coach, Bobby Carroll, says that the ceremony will be a likely small gathering with selected media.

The Charleston Post and Courier’s South Carolina beat reporter Travis Haney has heard conflicting information about the announcement being televised. Like many, Haney expects ESPN to play some role in the announcement of the nation’s number one recruit but notes that Clowney has gone back and forth before:
 
Beyond the decision itself, I'm intrigued about ESPN presence (or lack of presence) at Clowney's signing. Kornblut said last night that an ESPN official says there are no plans to carry Clowney's announcement live on ESPN or ESPNU. Surprising.

Clowney seems to go back and forth on whether he's tired of the spotlight or not. He says he is - and then goes on ESPNU. He says he is - and then wears a USC shirt and a Clemson hat to some event.

It will all be over soon. Sort of.

Multiple sites are reporting that Clowney is down to either South Carolina or Clemson, with the Gamecocks as the favorite to land him. All we know is that five days is a long time from now.

Expect plenty of twists and turns until then.

Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:49 am
 

2/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

As you sip on the coffee, enjoy some links from across the nation to get you caught up on all the latest news.

- Oklahoma picked up their second commitment for the class of 2012 in athlete Alex Ross, who hails from local powerhouse Jenks High.

- Recruiting has become like a second job for some players due to the number of hours they have to devote to it and many players think it’s no longer fun as a result.

- San Diego State and new head coach Rocky Long won’t be dipping into the junior college ranks as much going forward and the numbers say that’s a good decision.

- An update on Jadeveon Clowney in this MaxPreps notebook.

- We’ve heard of programs going to great lengths to reach recruits and Arkansas putting up a billboard in Arizona is an example of literally going the extra mile.

- A breakdown of the top players in Georgia and who will contribute right away and who might need a redshirt year.

Posted on: February 7, 2011 11:08 am
 

Report: Clowney closing in on Gamecocks, Tigers

Posted by Chip Patterson

As the college football world continues to drool over the highlights of Jadeveon Clowney, three schools continue to sit on the egde of their seat with a scholarship extended.  South Carolina, Clemson, and Alabama all await with a scholarship extended for the highly-touted defensive end to announce his collegiate plans on February 14, his birthday.  Everyone has speculated where Clowney will end up, but his high school coach told local media this weekend that he believes things are looking bleek for Alabama, and very good for the in-state Gamecocks.

South Pointe High School head coach Bobby Carroll told the Charleston Post and Courier on Saturday night that Alabama is not as strong with Clowney, citing distance as a determining factor.  He also believes that his recruitment is South Carolina's to lose at this point.

"That's what my gut feeling is," Carroll said regarding the Gamecocks' chances. "He's not saying a whole lot. I think he pretty much knows where he wants to go, though."

If Alabama is fading out of the picture, it is good news not only for the Gamecocks but also for Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers.  Clemson made a huge splash on National Signing Day, pulling a couple of last minute prospects to finish off one of the best classes in the program's recent history.  If distance is a determining factor for the Rock Hill native, Clemson is still very much in the picture.

Dennis Dodd believes that Clowney belongs in the SEC, to follow in the footsteps of Glenn Dorsey, Terrence Cody, Nick Fairley, and the endless list of playmaking defensive lineman from the conference.  The Post and Courier also reports a source close to the situation who said that Clowney may know where he is going, but "wants it to be a shock."

Amongst all the speculation is the reminder that this is a decision being made (or so we believe) by a high school senior.  A radically unpredictable specimen, the high school senior is capable of changing ideals, beliefs, and decisions in real-time.  Regardless of any source or tips, the fact remains that we will need to see that LOI before any team is comfortable celebrating Clowney's arrival.

Click here for the latest updates on Jadeveon Clowney's recruitment
Posted on: February 7, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: February 7, 2011 10:14 am
 

2/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another great Super Bowl, congrats to all of the Packers fans. Unlike the NFL however, college football knows that there will a game played when the calendar turns to fall.

- The PARADE All-America Team was announced yesterday, a terrific honor for all of the athletes selected.

- Interesting note about Iowa’s class of 2011 compared to a few other Big Ten classes, the new Hawkeyes live twice as far from Iowa City than Ohio State’s do from Columbus. That’s notable considering some of the out of state recruits the Buckeyes picked up this year.

- Good look at the recruitment of Isaiah Crowell and how the freshman might be ready to make an impact early at Georgia.

- Jadeveon Clowney has set his announcement time for Valentine’s Day and it’s still a three horse race between Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama.

- An update about some 2012 prospects for Michigan and who Brandy Hoke’s staff might target.

- It flew under the radar but the dates and locations for the Elite 11 quarterback camps were announced for 2011.

Posted on: February 5, 2011 9:30 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Updated MaxPreps team recruiting rankings

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not quite finished (we'll be waiting until February 14th to find out where number one recruit Jadeveon Clowney signs) but there has been movement at the top in the MaxPreps top team recruiting rankings.

The commitment of Cyrus Kouandjio to Alabama Saturday afternoon gives the already-loaded Crimson Tide the top class, while rival Auburn slides to number nine. MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak has the full details on the top 10 here.

Updated MaxPreps Top 10 Recruiting Classes:

1. Alabama
2. Notre Dame
3. Florida State
4. LSU
5. Clemson
6. Georgia
7. USC
8. Ohio State
9. Auburn
10. Texas

Complete Top 25
Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 1:44 pm
 

SEC Signing Day: Winners and Losers

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Taking stock of the day in the SEC:

WINNERS:

Alabama:
No surprise that Nick Saban's crew put together yet another huge Signing Day, with the No. 1 spot in the Maxpreps team rankings wrapped up after adding No. 1 offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to what had already been a massive haul. The Tide pulled in a perfect 3-4 defensive end in Jeoffrey Pagan (pictured) and flipped supremely athletic outside linebacker Brent Calloway back from Auburn (after he'd committed to the Tigers at the U.S. Army All-American game), two major missions accomplished. Top those off with the rest of the Tide's commitments -- including five-star teammates RB Dee Hart and S Hasean Clinton-Dix -- staying securely in the fold, and missing out on Isaiah Crowell (and likely No. 1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney ) barely even stings.

Video: Jeoffrey Pagan highlights

Georgia: Linebacker Kent Turene was an awfully nice pickup. But landing Crowell was a seismic development, the one member of the much-ballyhooed "Dream Team" the tailback-starved Bulldogs absolutely had to have. He alone was enough to push Mark Richt into the winner's column, but add in Turene and the successful fending off of challenges for commits like defensive back Corey Moore, and even missing out on Pagan won't be enough to wipe the smile off of the faces of Bulldog fans.

Video: Todd Grantham talks Signing Day  

Auburn: Losing Calloway to the hated Tide stung, and the euphoria of watching Kouandjio announce for the Tigers dissipated quickly as he elected not to sign his LOI on Signing Day, eventually joining Calloway and his older brother in Tuscaloosa. But Chizik got a ton of help for his occasionally-porous defense anyway, inking one of the nation's best safeties in Erique Florence and a rock-solid defensive tackle prospect in Crowell teammate Gabe Wright. The Tigers also wasted no time replacing cornerback decommitment Marcus Roberson with coveted Mississippi athlete Jermaine Whitehead, a Mississippi State commitment. Even without Kouandjio, the Tigers landed a top-10 class that proved their program-changing 2010 haul was no fluke. Still, Tiger fans have to wonder: if they weren't coming to Auburn, couldn't Calloway and Koundjio have gone somewhere other than Alabama?

Video: Gene Chizik talks Signing Day at CBS College Sports , Kiehl Frazier commits , Coaches react to Erique Florence decision

Ole Miss: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen enjoys pointing out the raw numbers of his team's players and recruits come from the state they share with the Rebels, but it was Houston Nutt who ran away with nearly all of the state's top-ranked talent. Having already secured the signatures of former Bulldog commitment five-star linebacker C.J. Johnson and highly-regarded receiver Tobias Singleton, the Rebels added to their in-state haul by keeping top-100 wideout Nickolas Brassell out of the clutches of the Tide. The battle between Nutt and Mullen on the recruiting trail was more-or-less a draw in 2010, but there's little question who had the upper hand this season.

LSU: The day was unusually quiet by the usually madcap Bayou Bengals' Signing Day standards, but that happens when you have your state on virtual lockdown and that state provides enough talent for one of the nation's best classes all on its own. Simply making sure their commitments (most notably offensive tackle La'El Collins and defensive counterpart Anthony Johnson) made it across the dotted line would have guaranteed Les Miles a successful Signing Day. But keeping Shreveport's Jermauria Rasco (pictured) -- one of the nation's most highly sought-after defensive ends -- at home (and away from Texas) more than made up for missing out on Florida defensive tackle Tim Jernigan.

Vanderbilt:
The Commodores won't finish anywhere near the top of the league's recruiting rankings, of course. But given the limited time James Franklin had to work with, the results were quite impressive. Franklin flipped Virginia Tech quarterback commitment Lafonte Thourogood first thing Signing Day morning and brought in several other candidates for immediate playing time, like Ohio tight end Dorien Bryant.

LOSERS:

Florida:
The Gators, as always, can still boast one of the nation's best classes, and no one anywhere signed a better QB-RB combo than Jeff Driskel and the underrated Mike Blakely. Roberson's arrival was a nice Signing Day surprise, and Will Muschamp and Co. turned away a serious Ohio State challenge for receiver JaJuan Story. But particularly looking at the way their rivals at Georgia and Florida State finished, Gator fans won't be happy about being unable to make up any ground with prospects like Jernigan, Curtis Grant, or Stephone Anthony. Roberson wound up the only new addition on Signing Day, and even he somewhat fell into the Gators' laps after his wild commitments and decommitments to Texas Tech and Auburn. Muschamp will be cut plenty of slack this season after his late arrival in Gainesville, but another class that so completely cedes the limelight to the Dawgs and 'Noles won't be as easily forgiven.


Mississippi State:
How thin was the Bulldogs' final class after seeing the likes of Johnson, Singleton and -- most painfully -- Whitehead decommit? Not one of their 23 commitments ranked among the top 25 at their position, according to Tom Lemming. The Bulldogs struggled going head-to-head with Ole Miss within Mississippi, and came up empty when going abroad for players like Washington D.C.-based Kevin McReynolds, who signed with UCLA. Players like receiver Joe Morrow and defensive tackle P.J. Jones are unquestionably SEC-grade talents, but after such a productive, promising year on the field, the lack of recruiting punch is puzzling.

Arkansas: There's nothing particularly disappointing about the Razorbacks' 2011 class (though watching tight end commitment Chris Barnett sign with Michigan wasn't fun), and keeping home-grown talent like quarterback Brandon Allen and tackle Brey Cook in Arkansas was a bright spot. But when you share a division with Alabama, LSU, and Auburn, "nothing particularly disappointing" may not be good enough to stay in the mix for a division title.






Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:18 pm
 

SEC Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As always, National Signing Day promises to be a seismic day in the nation's most cutthroat recruiting conference, the SEC. Here's a rundown of what you'll need to keep an eye on:

Players to Watch

Isaiah Crowell , RB, Carver (Columbus, Ga.): Potentially the final piece in the puzzle of Mark Richt's "Dream Team" of a 2011 class, Crowell will decide between his home-state Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama. The Maxpreps No. 6 running back and No. 55 player overall, Crowell has all the gifts necessary to make a Marcus Lattimore- esque impact, particularly at a Georgia program desperate for a difference-maker at the tailback position. No recruit at any position at any team in the SEC is as big a "must-get" as Crowell appears to be for the Dawgs.

Cyrus Kouandjio , OT, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The No. 3 player in the country according to Tom Lemming, the 6'7", 290-pound prototype tackle (pictured) might hail from Maryland but nonetheless appears to be an intra-state battle between Alabama and Auburn. The Tide can offer Cyrus to chance to play alongside brother Arie Kouandjio (a redshirt freshman at Tuscaloosa) and are considered the team to beat, but the Tigers have made a late charge after Cyrus's visit to the Plains last weekend.

Jermauria Rasco , DE, Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.): Les Miles has already put together a stunning collection of homebred Louisiana talent for his 2011 class, but LSU fans may feel it won't be complete without the explosive Rasco, the Maxpreps No. 6 DE and a top-50 player overall. But to keep one of the most hotly-contested recruits in the country at home, Miles will have to fend off a serious charge from Florida State.

Teams to Watch

Alabama:
Few teams in the country (if any) close as well as the Tide, and if Nick Saban can land Crowell, Kouandjio, and consensus national No. 1 recruit Jadeveon Clowney (who you probably know by now will delay his announcement until Feb. 14), Alabama will lay claim to the nation's top recruiting class once again. Then again, even if they sign only one of the three, the Tide's class is so deep already they'll be in the mix for that honor all the same.

Georgia: It's not just Crowell; the Bulldogs are in play for several other major recruits, like Maxpreps No. 4 defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and mammoth JUCO defensive tackle Johnathan Jenkins, who could have the same impact as the nose tackle in Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense that Terrence Cody once had at Alabama. Putting the finishing touches on what's already a terrific class could prove to be a critical turning point for Mark Richt's Georgia tenure.

Auburn: As much attention as their competition in Tuscaloosa, Athens and Baton Rouge have received of late, it's Auburn that sits at No. 3 in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings , and the Tigers could move even higher. No. 5 safety Erique Florence and coveted defensive tackle Gabe Wright are both expected to sign with Auburn, and Gene Chizik could also flip Mississippi State commitment Jermaine Whitehead, a prized defensive back. If Auburn can keep Alabama from re-flipping one-time Tide commitment Brent Calloway, their class should rank right alongside their in-state rivals.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

No one's going to complain too terribly much about Will Muschamp's finish on the recruiting trail, given the limited time with which he and his new staff have had to work. (Not to mention the presence of eye-popping skill position talent like ultra-polished quarterback Jeff Driskel.) But with Georgia and Florida State both poised to bring in substantial hauls, Florida fans still can't be happy about a class that stands at just 16 commitments today, or that Muschamp has added just two players to it since his hire. Finishing with big-time talents like fresh Auburn decommitment Marcus Roberson, blue-chip linebackers Curtis Grant or Stephone Anthony, or defensive tackle Tim Jernigan would go a long way towards soothing any frazzled Gainesville nerves.

Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Video: Highlights of some 2011 stars

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While signing day is less than 24 hours away, we're all still a few months from having the chance to see college football's newest players on a football field. So for now, we'll have to do with highlights from their high school careers. Here are some of the top guys from the class of 2011, featuring Jadeveon Clowney, James Wilder and Kiehl Frazier just to name a few.


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