Tag:West Virginia
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:08 am

12/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

  Excellent story about seeing Notre Dame through the eyes of a Chicago recruit this week.

  West Virginia is hosting plenty of official visiotrs this weekend, including several from the state of Florida.

  Likewise, Michigan State has plenty of top prospects coming into town for visits.

  College coaches have changed how they recruit at state championship games such as ones in Georgia.

  Bobby Petrino is having to recruit and search for a pair of coordinators at the same time.

  Michigan coach Brady Hoke is making moves on the recruiting trail, as is the man who held his job, Rich Rodriguez.

  There will be more players from Texas than any other when Army-Navy take to the field on CBS, which makes the state a big target for recruiting.

  More on recent Iowa commitment Faith Ekakitie.

  Penn State's Tom Bradley is still recruiting as he prepares the program for a bowl game and the future.


  Oregon State added No. 21 in running back Chris Brown.

  Washington picked up a commitment from defensive end Cory Littleton.

  Louisville landed two players, defensive tackle DeQuan Ivery from Florida and JUCO tight end Ryan Hubbell.

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.

Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:27 am
Edited on: November 22, 2011 2:40 pm

National Notes: Who ends up where?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're a little over two months away from Signing Day and with the end of the regular season - both high school and college - approaching, now's a good time to survey recruits in the top 50 and look at who they're considering and where they might end up. The list will see plenty of players verbally commit in January with several all-star games and the pressure to publicly announce so don't be surprised to see this list shrink quickly.

Rank Player Notes Best Guess
1. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR
Considering: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Auburn, Alabama
2. Gunner Kiel, QB
Kept quiet since decommitting from Indiana. Visited Notre Dame, looking at Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee and USC as dark horses.
3. Noah Spence, DE 6-4/245 Considering: Penn State, Maryland, Florida, Notre Dame, N.C. State (Dad's alma mater) and USC.
4. Mario Edwards, DE 6-4/285 Committed to Florida State, but watch out for Oklahoma.
5. Shaq Thompson, DB/RB 6-2/210 Two horse race between California and Washington. Shock if he goes anywhere but Berkley.
7. Andrus Peat, OL 6-6/310 Considering: Nebraska (Brother plays there), Notre Dame, Texas, Florida State, Stanford and Arizona State.
8. Ellis McCarthy, DT 6-4/310 Crosstown battle between USC and UCLA.
12. Landon Collins, DB 6-1/205 Comes down to LSU/Alabama.
15. Barry Sanders, RB 5-11/195 Considering: Oklahoma State (Dad's alma mater), Stanford, Alabama, Florida State.
16. Zach Banner, OL 6-8/295 Considering: Michigan, Oklahoma, USC, Notre Dame, Washington.
18. Stefon Diggs, WR
Considering: Auburn, Florida, Virginia, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Florida State among others.
21. Eddie Goldman, DT
Alabama and Florida State are the leaders with Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Maryland and South Carolina under consideration.
22. Nelson Agholor, ATH
Kept recruiting under wraps and doesn't talk schools. Stays in-state it's Florida, leave the state it's USC.
25. Davonte Neal, WR/DB 5-10/180 Waiting until after the season to look at recruiting.
26. Keith Marshall, RB 5-11/190 Looking at Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, North and South Carolina.
31. Kwon Alexander, LB 6-3/215 Tore his ACL during the season.
32. Arik Armstead, OL/DL
Football and basketball recruit, de-commit from USC. Considering Alabama, Cal, Alabama, Notre Dame and Arkansas among others.
37. Darius Hamilton, DL
Rutgers is the favorite but Cal, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech are under consideration.
40. Joel Caleb, ATH
Likely down to Virginia Tech and West Virginia with Penn State issues.
41. Jordan Diamond, OL
Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin seem to be contenders.
43. Josh Garnett, OL 6-5/300 Education is a major factor, looking at Auburn, Miami, Michigan and Washington.
44. Quay Evans, DL 6-3/310 Most of the SEC is after Evans.
49. Ifeadi Odenigbo, DL 6-4/220 Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and late player USC are in the running.

Oregon loses but still wins the weekend

It wasn't a great Saturday for Oregon fans after USC's upset win in Eugene but spirits were brightened as soon as they heard junior Beaverton (Ore.) running back Thomas Tyner committed to the program.

The 6-foot, 210-pound junior was at the game and made his pledge known on Twitter later on. Tyner will be ranked as one of the top backs on the West Coast in 2013 after rushing for 1,821 yards and 19 scores last season.

Running back Byron Marshall also committed to Oregon this week giving the Ducks a combo of speedsters to plug into Chip Kelly's offense. A good weekend despite the loss for the program and it just goes to show that, in cases like Tyner's, atmosphere is just as important as winning a big game. It's one reason why most head coaches don't mind inviting plenty of players in if a top ranked team is in town. In many ways, it's hard to lose if the stadium is rocking.
Rich Rodriguez hires will be important but will do well at Arizona

News broke late Monday night that former Michigan and West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez was hired by Arizona. I'd agree with my colleague Dennis Dodd that the hire is a home run. Mike Stoops wasn't a bad recruiter but his staffs did miss on a few players and never seemed to get a marquee in-state recruit. Southern California and Texas were two areas where the Wildcats did well in and expect much of the same under RichRod.

Though his tenure in Ann Arbor didn't end well, Rodriguez still proved he could evaluate and recruit - landing several top 25 classes despite mounting losses. His background has been on the East Coast but he's got connections to Florida and should do well in attracting players to his spread offense. Two priorities when building his staff need to be addressed first however: a good defensive coordinator and someone with West Coast ties.

There's a lot of flash surrounding the hire and Rodriguez has had success just about everywhere he's been outside of Michigan so expect recruits in 2012 to take notice but with Signing Day so close, this hire will make an impact on the class of 2013. With instability at Arizona State and possibly at UCLA plus USC hampered by scholarship reductions, there's a chance he could make a splash and leave his mark early in Southern California.

Video of the week

Some highlights of Oregon's latest pledge.

Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 5:42 pm

Malcolm Lewis says he will head to Miami

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Miami has done a good job of keeping their recruiting class together despite the Nevin Shapiro allegations thanks to a mix of Al Golden's relentless recruiting and plenty of local players looking to play for the Hurricanes. Though the program lost a commitment recently, they added one Thursday in Miami (Fla.) speedster Malcolm Lewis.

"I am hoping to make a big impact," Lewis told CaneSport.com. "The thing that really made me want to go there was that they bring freshmen in to play. I saw Philip Dorsett getting a lot of playing time this year and I am hoping that will be me next year."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound wide receiver committed to Miami over West Virginia, Florida State and LSU. Lewis has already taken a few official visits but seems firmly committed to being a Hurricane.

"I don't know if I will take any more visits," he said. "I am feeling real good right now about the situation at Miami. I spent a lot of time there in the summer and went to a couple of their camps. I am real comfortable with the coaches. They are good coaches, coaches I feel I can be around for four years."

Lewis is ranked as the 23rd best wingback in the class of 2012 by Maxpreps and gives the nation's 4th best recruiting class their 27th overall commitment.

"All you need to do is throw him the ball," analyst Tom Lemming said about Lewis. "He shows elite speed, runs precise routes, can create after the catch, and does a great job of finding the opening."

Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 10:51 am

11/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Mark Richt thinks there's more momentum coming for Georgia on the recruiting trail.

 Cincinnati has already extended offers to several 2013 recruits.

 Some more on Iowa's pair of recent commitments.

 Nick Saban racked up the frequent flyer miles when he was putting his first recruiting class together.

 Trey Griffey is taking things slow in his recruitment, has BCS offers from Iowa State, Michigan State, and Washington State.

 The story behind De'Anthony Thomas' late switch from USC to Oregon

 Former Michigan recruit Demar Dorsey says Tennessee, Miami and Texas Tech are showing interest.

 The move to the Big 12 won't change how West Virginia recruits.

Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 5:06 pm

West Virginia gets commitment from Florida WR

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With the arrival of head coach Dana Holgorsen and the school's move to the Big 12, most people thought that West Virginia would be heading to Texas for a good portion of their talent. While that still may be true in the future, the staff is still maintaining close ties to the state of Florida and picked up a commitment Tuesday morning from Hollywood (Fla.) wide receiver Devonte Mathis.

“I had one more talk with my family and we all felt that [West Virginia] is the best option," Mathis told EerSports.com.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound wide out also held offers from Florida State, North Carolina, UCLA, Ohio State and others. One of the key reasons in picking the Mountaineers over such notable schools is largely due to the coaching staff in Morgantown.

“[Coach Holgorsen and Coach Robert Gillespie] were really excited and said they wanted to add to the offense heading into the Big 12,” said Mathis.

Mathis is the 20th commitment for West Virginia's class of 2012 and fifth from the state of Florida.

Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 12:20 pm

Cornerback Ezra Robinson commits to Michigan St

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan State has recruited out-of-state increasingly better over the past few years and did so again this week, grabbing the commitment of Sarasota (Fla.) cornerback Ezra Robinson on Thursday.

"I knew during my visit that Michigan State was the right place for me,” Robinson told SpartanTailgate.com. “I just got along so well with [commitments Kyle Kerrick and Jermaine Edmondson]. Also, I just was on the same page with some of the players and their whole entire coaching staff."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back visited campus during the Spartans upset win over Wisconsin a few weeks ago. He held offers from Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Florida and West Virginia among others but was sold on playing defense for Mark Dantonio and his staff.

"It's just a great program," he said. "They’re really defensively sound and I love that. Coach Dantonio is a defensive back coach by nature. That kinda gives you that edge being a defensive back. Michigan State is the perfect place to be. The coaching staff and the players. They all make you feel like you’re a part of a family already. If you have that type of relationship with your coaches and teammates you can never go wrong with it."

Robinson's pledge gives Michigan State 15 class of 2012 commitments, just two of which are defensive backs.

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