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Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 11:49 am
 

Pete Carroll not at USC but still recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Twitter and recruiting are two things that Pete Carroll was well known for during his days at USC and even though he has moved on to the Seattle Seahawks, it appears he is still using a few of the tricks he learned in college.

Currently locked out of the NBA, Miami Heat forward LeBron James kicked off a series of events by sending a Tweet to ESPN reporter John Clayton in which he jokingly asked about the NFL deadline for signing free agents. James is familiar with playing football; in his sophomore year of high school he was named first-team all-state in Ohio as a wide receiver. At 6-foot-8, 250-pounds though, he would probably be a tight end or defensive end if he were playing now. His inability to finish games though, would probably hold him back from getting a fifth star.

CBSSports.com NFL Insider Mike Freeman said in his Daily Shoutout that some in the league have told him James could be a Pro Bowl tight end if he worked at it. Freeman, like just about everyone, believes it wouldn’t happen and won't happen.

It would be a disaster because of the contact. It's been a while since James was hit and the last time that happened was in high school for him. And don't give me the NBA is physical. The only thing that rivals the NFL in terms of physicality are the fighting sports.

That's not stopping the rambunctious Carroll from at least making a pitch. After first asking if James knew what the NFL rookie minimum is (about $375,000 in 2011), the unemployed basketball star responded that it was still more than he was making now (unlikely, especially considering that he made $16 million from the Heat alone last season, but I digress).

That didn't deter Carroll from continuing his pitch, offering to set up a tryout at Miami, where his son Brennan is the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. He also sent a long a present should James be interested:



Now, if Carroll were still in college and James were a recruitable athlete, what he did would make up several NCAA violations. Of course, he's somewhat familiar with those. Regardless, the head coach's frequent saying of 'Always Compete' continues to come across as 'Always Recruit' to this blog.

And based on this simulation of King James in the video game Madden, it's easy to see why Carroll thought the locked out basketball player was worth pursuing on the gridiron.

(Hat tip to the Eye on Football blog)
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Miles to the NFL? LSU's recruits will hear it



Posted by Bryan Fischer


"Any little edge."

That's what one assistant once told me about recruiting. Their staff, another staff, everybody's staff. It's how the game is played nowadays.

That's why news that NFL teams might pursue LSU head coach Les Miles after this season will - in some form or fashion - affect the Tigers' recruiting. LSU currently has 19 players committed for the class of 2012, most of whom are solid and will end up putting on the purple and gold. But for some, like wide four-star Pompano Beach (Fla.) receiver Avery Johnson - younger brother of former Baton Rouge star Patrick Peterson - the article about Miles will likely be printed out or emailed to him by the end of the day by other SEC programs.

Any little edge. Create some doubt about the head coach being there to coach a recruit all three or four years he's at a school is one of the most common tactics other coaches use to negative recruit. It was used against Pete Carroll and Kirk Ferentz for years and the same was said of Nick Saban during his time at LSU before he ultimately left for the NFL. Coaches hate it and will do as much as they can to dispel it but still, this type of negative recruiting goes on all the time.

On the NFL side, it's easy to see why Miles fits the mold of a college coach who could make a successful jump up. According to CBSSports' Michael Freeman:

League executives also seem to be impressed with Miles' ability to build and maintain a top-level program. While the challenges and differences between professional and college are obvious -- the salary cap being the biggest -- Miles has made LSU into a staying power in the toughest conference in the country.

The Hat on the NFL sidelines? For LSU and college football fans, we hope not. But either way, it will probably come up to a few players in the Tigers' 11th-ranked recruiting class.


Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:13 am
 

9/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- If you're looking for a quarterback, Texas is the place to find one if you take into account NFL success.

Florida State had an impressive visitor list for their game against Oklahoma.

Running back David Smith made an unofficial visit to Iowa and tackle Jordan Diamond was at Illinois.

Defensive back Jordan Diggs has set an official visit to South Carolina.

2013 receiver Jorian Jordan-Brown is leaning toward North Carolina and South Carolina among others.

UConn commit Bobby Puyol hopes the Huskies go to the ACC.

Top 2013 prospect Jake Raulerson had a good time at the Arkansas-Troy game and is very interested in the Razorbacks.
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Vanderbilt reaches into Alabama for DL

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Vanderbilt has been on quite the roll recently, not only posting a 2-0 record but grabbing a commitment from a top 25 wide receiver recently. James Franklin's staff kept things rolling this week, going into Opelika (Ala.) to grab a commitment from defensive end Torey Agee on Wednesday.

"I called up the coaches yesterday and told them Vandy was the school I want to be at," Agee told Rivals Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder held offers from Arkansas State, Duke, Memphis, Southern Miss and Stanford but went with Vandy due to their academics and the fact that the program was on the rise under their new head coach.

Agee's father, Tommie Agee, played running back at Auburn next to Heisman winner Bo Jackson and in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys.

The younger Agee racked up 29 tackles and two sacks in an injury shortened junior year. He is the 17th commitment for the Commodores' in the class of 2012.

"His coach calls him a monster who is hard to block and I concur," Maxpreps analyst Tom Lemming said. "His film shows him disrupting the opposition's backfield more times than not. Plays with good pad level, his motor is always going, and he's been blessed with a explosive first step."
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Combs drawing attention, set for Lemming Report

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Look up and down the top 100 lists for the class of 2012 and a few people out there might spot a famous last name or two among the bunch.

Top quarterback and Indiana pledge Gunner Kiel's a recognizable name to Notre Dame fans who saw his uncle, Blair, play for the Irish. Auburn commit Zeke Pike's dad Mark played several years in the NFL. Mario Edwards Jr. is headed to Florida State because his father starred there under Bobby Bowden.

As much as those players have made a name for themselves on the football field, there's another 2012 recruit who is hoping more and more coaches are noticing him only for his play. If you're wondering where you might have heard of New Rochelle (N.Y.) cornerback Justin Combs, chances are you were likely thinking of his father, Sean "Diddy" Combs. Slowly but surely however, several FBS programs are coming around to see him as a legitimate defensive back prospect at the next level.

UCLA is the most recent scholarship offer for the younger Combs after he took a trip West to unofficially visit the Bruins during a pre-season scrimmage. Virginia, Illinois, Wyoming, Iowa and West Virginia are other programs to extend an offer with several other schools showing legitimate interest depending on how he plays his senior year.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder performed well for the 7-on-7 travel team "Goon Squad" over the summer and was a top performer at the Badger Sports national tournament. Combs was also recently invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January and joins his friend and top 100 linebacker Deaysean Rippy in the game. He'll be in-studio with his rap mogul father on the Lemming Report on CBS Sports Network Friday at 7 PM ET to discuss the latest with his recruitment and where he can see himself playing.

Click here for an excerpt from the interview. Combs' highlights from last season are below. 



Posted on: August 29, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Jevon Kearse's nephew commits to Auburn

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Former NFL Pro Bowler Jevon Kearse was nicknamed "The Freak" thanks to his size and speed coming off the edge at Florida in the mid-90's. While he'll always be a Gator, he might have to start pulling for Auburn when the two schools are not playing each other after his nephew, Fort Myers (Fla.) athlete Jayron Kearse, committed to the Tigers on Sunday.

"I talked to Coach (Gene) Chizik and told him I am going to be a Tiger," Kearse told AuburnSports.com. "I told him I already knew where I wanted to go to college so I wanted to go ahead and get it out of the way. I knew I wanted to be an Auburn Tiger and I said, 'Why not just go ahead and do it.'"

The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder is a class of 2013 athlete and will likely head to the Plains as a wide receiver. Kearse held offers from Clemson, West Virginia and UCF among others but selected Auburn with the backing of a supportive uncle.

"He told me it was my decision," said Jayron. "He is really supportive of my decision. He told me he wouldn't have a problem with whatever school I chose to go to."

The younger Kearse rushed for 1,049 yards and 18 total touchdowns last season as a sophomore quarterback. He is Auburn's third commitment for the class of 2013 and first on the offensive side of the ball.



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 15, 2011 9:27 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 9:27 pm
 

UNC recruiting put in a difficult spot

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There might not be a more interesting recruiting situation in the country than at the University of North Carolina. Their head coach was fired before the season - but after ACC Media Day. The program is in the middle of putting together their response to a set of serious allegations from the NCAA and, by the way, they're still facing a rebuilding job from a pure numbers standpoint because they've had so many players declared ineligible or leave to the NFL draft.

It's going to be a tough road to Signing Day for interim head coach Everett Withers. Not only must he continue to keep the current 12 players in the Tar Heels' recruiting class committed but he'll have to deal with plenty of negative recruiting out on the road. Unlike a USC, Miami or Ohio State that can sell players on their history and tradition of sending players to the NFL when times are tough, North Carolina isn't an elite school when it comes to that. Given the fact that there is so much uncertainty surrounding possible - and by possible we mean likely - NCAA sanctions, it's going to be difficult for the school to land high end talent.

That's not to say they can put together a solid class however. UNC is well known for its academics and Chapel Hill is a great college town. There's a good deal of talent in the Carolinas and nearby states such as Virginia and Tennessee. There's some solid players already committed at the moment, such as offensive lineman J.J. Patterson, tight end Justin Meredith and quarterback Patton Robinette. If they can build around that group, possibly target a few speedsters on either side of the ball and evaluate others well, there's no question the program can make it through this year before learning how handcuffed they'll be going forward.

Butch Davis, John Blake and the school administration have put the Tar Heels football program in a tough spot. They certainly can dig out of it with good effort but it will be an uncertain road until Signing Day and beyond.

 
 
 
 
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