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Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:32 am
Edited on: September 23, 2011 10:33 am
 

9/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Good profile of top overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham.

Linebacker Josh Witt says he is 100% committed to Miami.

Arkansas has plenty of top recruits coming in for the next home game and hope to be 5-0 when they take the field.

Cyrus Jones has Virginia Tech, Auburn, Alabama, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio State on his short list.

Receiver Richard Benjamin has planned visits to Florida and USF.

Wisconsin and Miami are still on top for lineman Danny Isidora.

All-purpose threat Jeremy Smith will give FIU a replacement for T.Y. Hilton.

Visits to Georgia, Florida, LSU and Louisville have been set up for Josh Harvey-Clemons.

2013 running back Kamani Thomas has been compared to Trent Richardson by some and has Michigan as his dream school.


Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 9:54 am
 

9/13 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Florida's big rivals around the South are doing well on the recruiting trail.

  2013 running back Greg Bryant has the Gators as his leaders.

  How does Georgia's 0-2 start affect their recruiting?

  It's Stanford or Georgia for defensive tackle Jordan Watkins Tuesday afternoon.

  Greg Schiano says Rutgers offensive line recruiting has dipped the past few years.

  Defensive end Faith Ekakitie has narrowed his list to Northwestern, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Oregon and UCLA.

  Louisville vs. Kentucky will be a recruiting tool for both programs.

Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:43 am
 

8/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oregon and Oregon State use cool summers in the state as a positive recruiting angle.

Recent Maryland pledge Sean Davis is 'unbelievably smooth.'

Alabama and Georgia Tech are the co-leaders for top Georgia prospect Dalvin Tomlinson.

Louisville commit Will Gardner suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

South Carolina is still in it with defensive back Lucas Thompson.

Clemson is on top of defensive back Trae Elston's list.

Commitments:

 Safety D.J. Singleton committed to Wisconsin on Monday.


Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Ray Buchanan Jr. on board with Arkansas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's something to be said about being first in recruiting. Naturally, the first school to make someone an offer has a connection with a recruit that nobody else has. That early bond with the staff at Arkansas was key for Suwanee (Ga.) defensive back Ray Buchanan Jr., who committed to the program before his high school season opener at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

“I chose Arkansas because I like Coach (Bobby) Petrino’s way of leading his team and I am now a Razorback,” Buchanan told Scout. “I committed to Coach (Steve) Caldwell and Coach Petrino and both were excited about it. I have a great relationship with the staff and I will be able to be an impact player there."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder is the son of former Atlanta Falcons defensive back Ray Buchanan Sr., a 12-year NFL veteran who played college football at Louisville. The younger Buchanan held an offer from the Cardinals but is excited for what he can do after enrolling in Fayetteville.

“I know I can get a great degree there, play for them in the future and bring leadership to the team," he said. "It is an honor for me to be a Razorback.”

Buchanan had 30 tackles as a junior in an injury-shortened season. His highlights are below.

Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:36 am
 

Ranking the Big East recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Rutgers (Ranked 19th overall by MaxPreps)

There's no "wow" class in the Big East but Rutgers is on top of the rankings with a solid class from top to bottom. Recent pick up Leonte Carroo is a talented wide receiver the program was able to keep close to home.

2. Cincinnati (20th)

This class recently received a bump from a couple of Michigan recruits but the prize is quarterback Bennie Coney out of Florida. Plenty of athletes on both sides of the ball in this class.

3. West Virginia (24th) 

With Dana Holgorsen in charge, it's no surprise to see offensive talent commit to West Virginia. Quarterback Ford Childress has a strong arm and receiver Deontay McManus is an explosive pass catcher.

4. Pitt

Todd Graham has assembled a very good first (full) class and it wouldn't be surprising if he makes some more headway out on the recruiting trail. Quarterback Chad Voytik is the star of this group.

5. Louisville

If there's one school that could take advantage of Miami's troubles, it could be Charlie Strong and Louisville. This is a good group of offensive linemen to build around too.

6. USF

It's not a big class at the moment but it does have great talent and the best bang for buck in the conference. Tyler Cameron is a great fit at quarterback and Sean Price had a breakout summer.

7. UConn

Paul Pasqualoni has put together an under the radar group drawing on some Northeast talent with a few Florida players mixed in. Casey Cochran is a nice local pick up at quarterback

8. Syracuse

This is a bit of a grab-bag class with a little bit of everything from everywhere. The best player might be safety Julian Whigham.

Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Recruiting Weekend Wrap

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Alliteration aside (see what I did there?), a few commitments happened over the weekend and because we'd like to catch you up sooner rather than later, here's an overview of who made a verbal pledge recently.

Tennessee went out of state for Washington, D.C. cornerback Kenneth Crawley. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder is the Vols' 14th commitment and is the first corner in the class.

"I had to get a feel for their coaching staff and how they coach,” Crawley told GVX247.com after attending Tennessee's camp. “When they were coaching me, I actually felt like I was a (Tennessee) player."

Another SEC program, Georgia, picked up a recruit - for the class of 2013. Newnan (Ga.) safety Tray Matthews is likely one of the top 20 prospects for next year's class and held 18 offers already.

"I've always wanted to come to Georgia," Matthews told UGASports.com. "I really didn't want to commit so early, but today when Mark Richt came up and put his hands around me, I just figured I'd better go ahead and do it."

Strong-armed Temecula (Calif.) quarterback Matt Morin committed to San Diego State. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound signal-caller is the ninth commitment and he'll likely be able to compete for the starting job as a freshman.

"The more and more I thought about it with my dad, we thought it was a great fit for me," Morin told Rivals. "It's close to home. They can come watch me. It's a great school and they're up-and-coming, so it's a great decision for us."

Solid pickup for Purdue, who snared a commitment from Celina (Texas) offensive lineman Jordan Roos. He held offers from Colorado and Louisville among others but will be headed to the Big Ten. He is also an elite shot putter.

"I just felt like it was time and there was no reason to wait any longer," Roos told GoldandBlack.com. "When you say the word 'Purdue,' everyone knows what it's all about, both academically and athletically. I'm just ready to go there and show what I've got."

Miami added a nice piece to their class of 2012 in Tampa (Fla.) defensive tackle Earl Moore. He held offers from Florida State, South Carolina and others

"I committed because, just being around the coaches, talking to them, I just felt real comfortable around them," Moore told CaneSport.com. "I was just talking (to Miami assistant Hurlie Brown) and I just let him know what I wanted to do. He was excited, real excited.

BYU added their 17th commitment to the class of 2012 in Richland (Wash.) defender Sawyer Powell. He was a participant in Nike's The Opening this summer and posted a top score during SPARQ testing.

"I just couldn't see myself playing for anyone else, ever," the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Powell told The Deseret News. "BYU has everything, and I've only wanted to play for them for as long as I can remember."

Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Arizona reaches into Texas for linebacker

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Arizona has had recruiting success in Texas thanks in large part to head coach Mike Stoops' ties with coaches around the Lone Star state built up when he was at Oklahoma. Things paid off once again Sunday evening as Klein (Texas) linebacker A.J. Hilliard decided to head west for college football with a commitment to the Wildcats.

"I just woke up today and I just wanted to pull that trigger," Hilliard told Rivals. "I had to talk to my dad a lot, talk to my brother and some more family. I knew I for sure wanted to do it after that."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker gives Arizona a much-needed defender with the size and speed to play early on in the Pac-12. Hilliard held offers from Louisville, Michigan State, West Virginia and others but was impressed with the direction Arizona was heading.

"I was just amazed by all the things they were installing," he said. "There are new facilities and the jumbotron they're getting is probably like third in the nation. All the facilities are new and kept up really well. All the people I met there were really nice like the coaching staff and the strength coach."

Hilliard racked up 101 tackles and two interceptions last season. He is the 13th commitment for the Wildcats and the only linebacker as part of the class
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Halfway to Signing Day: Big East Edition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the Big East and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

Big East Commitment List

Best class: TCU

The Horned Frogs are taking advantage of the move to a BCS conference on the recruiting trail, pulling in a very good class that isn't too far off of the other in-state powers. They've got two good quarterbacks in Austin Aune and Top 100 signal-caller Tyler Matthews, both of whom should benefit from a redshirt year once the arrive on campus. Tight end Griffin Gilbert is a bit of an under-the-radar guy but he catches everything thrown his way and could certainly add to the pro-style offense the team runs. Stud athlete Daje Johnson should be an all-conference performer in no time under Gary Patterson.

Work left to do: Rutgers

It's a solid but not spectacular class for the Scarlet Knights. They have some good pieces that fills some needs but there is no impact player that can come in and make an impact from day one like Savon Huggins was as part of last year's class.

Under the radar class: USF

The Bulls have the smallest class on the list but they have some players who could come in and play right away in tight end Sean Price and cornerback Chris Bivins. They picked up a quarterback who flashed a lot of potential in limited time last year in Tyler Cameron and have done a good job of grabbing other players who could play at one of the state's big three. They still need to find some more players to fill it out but halfway to Signing Day, the program is in good shape.

Top commit: Quarterback Bennie Coney (Plant City, Fla.), committed to Cincinnati.

Loading up: Louisville on offensive linemen (4), West Virginia on wide receivers (4), Cincinnati on defensive backs (4).

Frequent Fliers: Louisville, Syracuse and West Virginia, each with commitments from seven states.

Fence builders: TCU, 13 of 15 commitments from Texas.

Road to Signing Day storyline: Will the new coaches be able to close out?

The Big East is full of new head coaches (and a few entering their sophomore seasons) who are looking to close out their first full recruiting classes with a bang. Dana Holgorsen is out of his normal recruiting area at West Virginia but so far has done well, grabbing very good athletes such as Deontay McManus. Todd Graham has made in-roads at Pitt early on and could land some quality local athletes as well. But it's a long six months to Signing Day and it will be interesting to see if they can make their first effort at their new school a building block for the future.

Top 25 Teams:

22. West Virginia
 
 
 
 
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