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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
6-6/225
Considering: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Auburn, Alabama
2. Gunner Kiel, QB
6-4/215
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
6-1/190
Considering: Auburn, Florida, Virginia, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Florida State among others.
21. Eddie Goldman, DT
6-4/315
Alabama and Florida State are the leaders with Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Maryland and South Carolina under consideration.
22. Nelson Agholor, ATH
6-2/185
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
6-7/285
Football and basketball recruit, de-commit from USC. Considering Alabama, Cal, Alabama, Notre Dame and Arkansas among others.
37. Darius Hamilton, DL
6-4/250
Rutgers is the favorite but Cal, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech are under consideration.
40. Joel Caleb, ATH
6-3/205
Likely down to Virginia Tech and West Virginia with Penn State issues.
41. Jordan Diamond, OL
6-6/310
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 16, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Five-star tailback Marshall commits to Oregon

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oregon's recruiting for the class of 2012 hasn't received the boost many thought it would with an appearance in the BCS national championship game and back-to-back Pac-10 titles. Wednesday morning however, it did get a big bump with the commitment of San Jose (Calif.) running back Byron Marshall.

"Yes I committed to Oregon last night," Marshall told 247sports.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior selected the Ducks over Arizona State, California, Notre Dame and Washington. He is regarded as the top tailback on the West Coast and is ranked as the fourth-best in the country.

"He runs low to the ground with great speed, vision and balance," Maxpreps analyst Tom Lemming said of Marshall. "A physical runner, he will not go down with arm tackles, shows good cutback ability and is even effective between the tackles. He shows the good vision to find an open space in the defense and exploits it for big gains."

The five-star is easily Chip Kelly's top recruit for the class of 2012 and was a priority for his staff with needs to fill at the position. Marshall's father told 247sports that the speedy running back will take his official visit to Eugene for the Civil War game against Oregon State.

Marshall is the younger brother of Arizona State running back Cameron Marshall.





Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: November 4, 2011 10:48 am
 

11/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some commitments on the Nebraska visitor list this weekend.

Alabama has recruited Louisiana with mixed results.

Maryland, Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida State and Miami are finalists for DT Eddie Goldman.

Chris Moody is down to South Carolina, Mississippi State, N.C. State and Memphis but has to decide what position he wants to play first.

 Ohio State's recruiting woes are not as bad as first thought.

 Tennessee commit Dalton Santos will take visits to Arkansas and Texas A&M.

 Georgia is keeping tabs on N.C. State commit Niles Clark.


Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:53 am
 

Midseason Pac-12 Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the halfway point in the college football season and as part of our midseason look at the sport on CBSSports.com, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Pac-12.

Arizona (16)

Wide receiver Jarrell Bennett (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive tackle Gerron Borne (Reserve, La.)
Offensive lineman Beau Boyster (Bellflower, Calif.)
Wide receiver Julian Brooks (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Defensive lineman Cayman Bundage (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Offensive lineman T.D. Gross (Santee, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Zach Hemmila (Chandler, Ariz.)
Linebacker A.J. Hilliard (Klein, Texas)
Defensive end Kyle Kelley (Irvine, Calif.)
Quarterback Josh Kern (San Antonio, Texas)
Running back Anthony Lopez (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.)
Defensive end Dwight Melvin (Laveen, Ariz.)
Offensive lineman Steven Moore (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Defensive back Devian Shelton (Inglewood, Calif.)
Quarterback Nathan Sudfeld (Modesto, Calif.)

Arizona State (24)

Defensive back Jamar Allah (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Offensive lineman Dejon Allen (Compton, Calif.)
Wide receiver Josiah Blandin (Long Beach, Calif.)
Linebacker C.J. Dozier (Temecula, Calif.)
Linebacker Salamo Fiso (Long Beach, Calif.)
Wide receiver Randall Goforth (Long Beach, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Evan Goodman (Lakeland, Fla.)
Running back Russell Hansbrough (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Oliver Johnson (Pierce JUCO/Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Milo Jordan (Corona, Calif.)
Tight end Kody Kohl (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Wide receiver Kenny Lawler (Upland, Calif.)
Defensive end Jarvis Lewis (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Defensive end Michael Mann (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Offensive lineman Stephon McCray (Fresno, Calif.)
Linebacker Carlos Mendoza (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Quarterback T.J. Millweard (Fort Worth, Texas)
Linebacker Kimball Niumatalolo (Pasadena City JUCO/Pasadena, Calif.)
Linebacker Kimball Rowe (Long Beach, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Niu Sale (LA Harbor JUCO, Wilmington, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Jake Sheffield (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Wide receiver Richard Smith (Long Beach, Calif.)
Wide receiver Al Thompson (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Offensive lineman Easton Wahlstrom (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

California (8)

Linebacker Michael Barton (Concord, Calif.)
Athlete Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash.)
Running back Maximo Espita Jr. (Salem, Ore.)
Defensive back Zach Hoffpauir (Peoria, Ariz.)
Quarterback Zach Kline (Danville, Calif.)
Linebacker Hardy Nickerson (Oakland, Calif.)
Wide receiver Bryce Treggs (Bellflower, Calif.)
Wide receiver Kenneth Walker (Richmond, Calif.)

Colorado (14)

Running back Terrence Crowder (Galena Park, Texas)
Quarterback Shane Dillon (El Cajon, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Tyler Henington (Denver, Col.)
Offensive lineman Jeromy Irwin (Cypress, Texas)
Tight end Sean Irwin (Cypress, Texas)
Offensive lineman Gerrad Kough (Pomona, Calif.)
Defensive back Ma'ne Manaea (Lakewood, Wash.)
Defensive end Clay Norgard (Highlands Ranch, Col.)
Running back Davien Payne (Perris, Calif.)
Defensive tackle Justin Solis (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Wide receiver Gerald Thomas (The Colony, Texas)
Wide receiver Jeffrey Thomas (Duncanville, Texas)
Wide receiver Peyton Williams (Southlake, Texas)
Athlete Erich Wilson (San Mateo, Calif.)

Oregon (11)

Defensive back Eric Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Stephen Amoako (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive end Alex Balducci (Portland, Ore.)
Tight end Evan Baylis (Aurora, Colo.)
Defensive end Cody Carriger (Butte, Mont.)
Defensive end Jeremy Castro (Murrieta, Calif.)
Linebacker Bryce Cottrell (Plano, Texas)
Defensive end Terrence Daniel (Oakland, Calif.)
Wide receiver Oshay Dunmore (Newport, Ore.)
Quarterback Jeff Lockie (Danville, Calif.)
Quarterback Jake Rodrigues (Rocklin, Calif.)

Oregon State
(11)

Offensive lineman Gavin Andrews (Granite Bay, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Grant Bays (Oceanside, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Chase Eldredge (Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Wide receiver Malik Gilmore (Lakewood, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Josh Mitchell (Snoqualmie, Wash.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore.)
Linebacker Joel Skotte (Bend, Ore.)
Tight end Caleb Smith (Renton, Wash.)
Tight end Dustin Stanton (Marysville, Wash.)
Quarterback Brent Vanderveen (Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
Wide receiver Cleveland Wallace (San Jose, Calif.)

Stanford (14)

Safety Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.)
Offensive line Johnny Caspers (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Wide receiver Connor Crane (Denton, Texas)
Linebacker Noor Davis (The Villages, Fla.)
Wide receiver Deante' Gray (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Dontonio Jordan (Cornith, Texas)
Defensive end Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive back Drew Madhu (Tampa, Fla.)
Linebacker Blake Martinez (Oro Valley, Ariz.)
Defensive Tackle Ikenna Nwafor (Irving, Texas)
Offensive lineman Graham Shuler (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Athlete Jontrey Tillman (Baldwin, La.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Watkins (College Park, Ga.)
Wide receiver Kodi Whitfield (Los Angeles, Calif.)

UCLA (12)

Defensive end Eli Ankou (Bear, Del.)
Defensive end Morgan Breslin (Diablo Valley JUCO, Pleasant Hill, Calif.)
Defensive back Shannon Edwards (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Isaiah Folasa (Corona, Calif.)
Defensive back Raymond Ford (Gardena, Calif.)
Running back Steven Lakalaka (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Offensive lineman Hiva Lutui (Euless, Texas)
Linebacker Aaron Porter (La Habra, Calif.)
Defensive back Jerico Richardson (Mission Hills, Calif.)
Tight end Ian Taubler (Fresno, Calif.)
Running back Psalm Wooching (Kailua Kona, Hawaii)
Offensive lineman Mario Yakoo (Spring Valley, Calif.)


USC (10)

Tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif.)
Athlete Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Running back Jahleel Pinner (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Wide receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif.)
Linebacker Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.)
Linebacker Scott Starr (Norco, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Defensive end Pio Vatuvei (Patterson, Calif.)
Defensive end Chad Wheeler (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Running back Kevin York (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton JUCO)

Utah (13)

Defensive end Hunter Dimick (Syracuse, Utah)
Defensive end Moses Folauhola (West Valley City, Utah)
Athlete Chase Hansen (Highland, Utah)
Linebacker Jake Jackson (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Lio Lafaele (Corona, Calif.)
Defensive back Austin Lee (Sandy, Utah)
Offensive lineman Zach Lindsay (Kaysville, Utah)
Wide receiver Delshawn McClellon (Cerritos, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Nua Poteki (Sandy, Utah)
Offensive lineman Kiha Sai (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Defensive back Justin Thomas (Orange, Texas)
Defensive end Sione Tupouata (Ephraim, Utah)
Quarterback Travis Wilson (San Clemente, Calif.)

Washington (187)

Defensive end Kalei Auelua (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Wide receiver Braden Bishop (Mountain View, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Nathan Dean (Kirkland, Wash.)
Kicker Korey Durkee (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Athlete Bryan Harper (Ontario, Calif.)
Defensive end Malcolm Jackson (Spring Valley, Calif.)
Defensive back Damontae Kazee (San Bernardino, Calif.)
Wide receiver Taylor Lagace (Arcadia, Calif.)
Quarterback Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash.)
Quarterback Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Tairen Owens (Pasadena, Calif.)
Wide receiver Michael Rector (Tacoma, Wash.)
Linebacker Blake Rodgers (Las Flores, Calif.)
Athlete Kendyl Taylor (Chandler, Ariz.)
Quarterback Jason Thompson (Renton, Wash.)
Defensive back Darien Washington (Orange, Calif.)
Wide receiver Dwayne Washington (Cerritos, Calif.)

Washington State
(16)

Quarterback Austin Apodaca (Longmont, Colo.)
Defensive tackle Maurice Bennett (Madison, Miss.)
Defensive back David Bucannon (Fairfield, Calif.)
Running back Terrell Davis (Saanichton, B.C., Canada)
Offensive lineman Denzell Dotson (Glendale, Ariz.)
Offensive lineman Sam Flor (Bothell, Wash.)
Wide receiver Travis Gardner (Chula Vista, Calif.)
Athlete Rashad Jackson (Missouri City, Texas)
Defensive back Vershad Jackson (Missouri City, Texas)
Wide receiver Dalen Jones (Woodland, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Eduardo Middleton (Oceanside, Calif.)
Linebacker Jordan Pulu (Federal Way, Wash.)
Offensive lineman B.J. Salmonson (Everson, Wash.)
Defensive back Taylor Taliulu (Alea, Hawaii)
Offensive lineman Fernando Villanueva (San Jose, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Person Villarrubia (Mandeville, La.)

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Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:01 am
 

Surveying the Field: News & notes from all around

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Plenty went on over the weekend in the recruiting world it's time to get caught up and figure out what it all means.

The big news was five-star tackle Arik Armstead had decommitted from USC. Perhaps one of the few recruits who you figured would follow through on his verbal pledge because his brother was a senior defensive lineman at the school, Armstead surprised many observers by announcing that he was exploring other options. His brother, Armond, was expected to play significantly at defensive end and tackle for the Trojans but has been withheld from competition after a medical scare sent him to the hospital in March. No reason was given by USC coaches and Armond has apparently passed all tests.

"Obviously, [Arik] was disappointed with the way things were handled between the school and our family the last six months," said his father, Guss Armstead, in a statement.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Arik is also a standout basketball player, adding a layer to his recruitment. He is still considering USC for both sports but it appears he'll be taking other visits and listening closer to what other coaches have to say. He'll be in South Bend for an official visit to see Notre Dame play USC this week and will take one to Alabama for their big showdown against LSU.

"It weighs on me a little bit, and I know I have a tough decision coming ahead, but I'm looking forward to it," Arik told USCFootball.com. "Going through the recruiting process, this will definitely change a lot for me. But I'm eager to see what new schools and other options I'll have after making this decision [to de-commit]."

As soon as he opened his recruitment up, Armstead picked up offers from Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon. It sounds as though they might be too late and the big tackle's recruitment will come down to the schools he was considering before pledging to the Trojans: Cal, Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame and Arkansas.

It will be tough to read how the rest of his recruitment will shake out simply because he's been off the market for so long. The Trojans aren't a long shot to get his signature on Signing Day but they certainly are not the favorite given the history over the past few months. That's a big blow as Armstead was USC's big fish in a small recruiting class this year. Family is important so that might give Cal a leg up for Arik but don't sleep on Notre Dame.

Either way, plenty of time for Armstead to figure out things and he is someone to keep tabs on.

Oregon hosts five-star talent and leave impression

While USC lost a five-star, Oregon is doing their best to land a few. They hosted a number of quality recruits for their game against Arizona State and managed to land two of them. The two the Ducks are really hoping to get a commitment out of however are Sacramento (Calif.) safety Shaq Thompson and Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy.

Oregon hasn't seen their recruting reflect their status as a top 10 team and BCS bowl participant, showing modest improvement over the past few years but still behind other schools in the Pac-12. It's been a great year for West Coast talent however and it looks like they could capitalize with a few of the upper tier prospects.

"The crowd was amazing," Thompson told 247Sports. "It was probably the best part for me. They just stay crazy the whole game. I've never heard anything like it and I've been in a lot of different environments. You can tell the whole community rallies around the team, which is cool because that's how it is in Del Paso Heights (his neighborhood)."

A longtime Cal commit, Thompson opened things back up and has started to show considerable interest in Oregon and Washington, to the point that it appears to be a three-way race. His brother was a Bear and he's made good connections to the staff in Berkeley but the other two Pac-12 programs have come after him hard. Adept at playing either running back or safety at the next level, most schools are recruiting the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder on the defensive side of the ball. Don't expect a decision you can count on until he puts pen to paper even if he verbally commits to a school.

For McCarthy, it was a busy week as he was presented with his Army All-American jersey Monday afternoon. Despite the festivities going on, he still had his trip to Eugene on his mind.

"They don't spare any expense on their players, on anything, for academics and athletics," he told Rivals. "They spend whatever money they need to for their players to get better and to be in better shape and to stay healthy."

It might be a stretch to say that Oregon is the leader for McCarthy, long thought to be considered a USC lean, but the Ducks are certainly high on the list. He'll take several other official visits, so look for a commitment afterward but before Signing Day.

Eye-popping numbers all over

It seemed like everywhere you looked a high school player was throwing or rushing or catching an insane amount of yards or touchdowns this week. Here's a sampling of the records that happened over the weekend.

- Orlando (Fla.) freshman quarterback Tucker Israel tied a national record with 10 touchdown passes in a 68-10 win last Friday. At 6-foot, 180-pounds, he's bound to have a college coach or 10 keep tabs on him in the future.

- Future 2013 five-star - and son of Florida legend Fred Taylor - Kelvin Taylor rushed for 426 yards in a win, setting a county record. He's being heavily recruited by Florida and Alabama right now but it would be shocking to see him get away from the Gators. As this story notes, he could break Emmitt Smith's state rushing record this season as a junior and is within straking distance of the all-time high school mark.

- Wide receiver Robbie Rhodes caught 10 passes for 394 yards and eight touchdowns to tie a national receiving record. Both the yards and touchdowns scored were state records.

- Number one overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham came close to matching Rhodes last week (354 yards, three touchdowns) but has a chance to set a national receiving record this week against Marshfield High. Here's some highlights of Green-Beckham's game from this week.

Video of the week

Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins committed to Clemson after his high school game and did so in a very unique manner.



Recruiting Roundup

Auburn commit Josh Holsey is planning visits to Florida State, LSU and maybe Georgia.

Offensive tackle Avery Young's first official visit will be to Auburn.

If recruits pick TCU, it might not be because of the Horned Frogs move to the Big 12.

Oklahoma State commit Zac Veatch is a versatile athlete.

Conference realignment concerns are clouding West Virginia's recruiting.

Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:01 am
 

Surveying the Field: News & notes from all around

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Plenty went on over the weekend in the recruiting world it's time to get caught up and figure out what it all means.

The big news was five-star tackle Arik Armstead had decommitted from USC. Perhaps one of the few recruits who you figured would follow through on his verbal pledge because his brother was a senior defensive lineman at the school, Armstead surprised many observers by announcing that he was exploring other options. His brother, Armond, was expected to play significantly at defensive end and tackle for the Trojans but has been withheld from competition after a medical scare sent him to the hospital in March. No reason was given by USC coaches and Armond has apparently passed all tests.

"Obviously, [Arik] was disappointed with the way things were handled between the school and our family the last six months," said his father, Guss Armstead, in a statement.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Arik is also a standout basketball player, adding a layer to his recruitment. He is still considering USC for both sports but it appears he'll be taking other visits and listening closer to what other coaches have to say. He'll be in South Bend for an official visit to see Notre Dame play USC this week and will take one to Alabama for their big showdown against LSU.

"It weighs on me a little bit, and I know I have a tough decision coming ahead, but I'm looking forward to it," Arik told USCFootball.com. "Going through the recruiting process, this will definitely change a lot for me. But I'm eager to see what new schools and other options I'll have after making this decision [to de-commit]."

As soon as he opened his recruitment up, Armstead picked up offers from Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon. It sounds as though they might be too late and the big tackle's recruitment will come down to the schools he was considering before pledging to the Trojans: Cal, Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame and Arkansas.

It will be tough to read how the rest of his recruitment will shake out simply because he's been off the market for so long. The Trojans aren't a long shot to get his signature on Signing Day but they certainly are not the favorite given the history over the past few months. That's a big blow as Armstead was USC's big fish in a small recruiting class this year. Family is important so that might give Cal a leg up for Arik but don't sleep on Notre Dame.

Either way, plenty of time for Armstead to figure out things and he is someone to keep tabs on.

Oregon hosts five-star talent and leave impression

While USC lost a five-star, Oregon is doing their best to land a few. They hosted a number of quality recruits for their game against Arizona State and managed to land two of them. The two the Ducks are really hoping to get a commitment out of however are Sacramento (Calif.) safety Shaq Thompson and Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy.

Oregon hasn't seen their recruting reflect their status as a top 10 team and BCS bowl participant, showing modest improvement over the past few years but still behind other schools in the Pac-12. It's been a great year for West Coast talent however and it looks like they could capitalize with a few of the upper tier prospects.

"The crowd was amazing," Thompson told 247Sports. "It was probably the best part for me. They just stay crazy the whole game. I've never heard anything like it and I've been in a lot of different environments. You can tell the whole community rallies around the team, which is cool because that's how it is in Del Paso Heights (his neighborhood)."

A longtime Cal commit, Thompson opened things back up and has started to show considerable interest in Oregon and Washington, to the point that it appears to be a three-way race. His brother was a Bear and he's made good connections to the staff in Berkeley but the other two Pac-12 programs have come after him hard. Adept at playing either running back or safety at the next level, most schools are recruiting the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder on the defensive side of the ball. Don't expect a decision you can count on until he puts pen to paper even if he verbally commits to a school.

For McCarthy, it was a busy week as he was presented with his Army All-American jersey Monday afternoon. Despite the festivities going on, he still had his trip to Eugene on his mind.

"They don't spare any expense on their players, on anything, for academics and athletics," he told Rivals. "They spend whatever money they need to for their players to get better and to be in better shape and to stay healthy."

It might be a stretch to say that Oregon is the leader for McCarthy, long thought to be considered a USC lean, but the Ducks are certainly high on the list. He'll take several other official visits, so look for a commitment afterward but before Signing Day.

Eye-popping numbers all over

It seemed like everywhere you looked a high school player was throwing or rushing or catching an insane amount of yards or touchdowns this week. Here's a sampling of the records that happened over the weekend.

- Orlando (Fla.) freshman quarterback Tucker Israel tied a national record with 10 touchdown passes in a 68-10 win last Friday. At 6-foot, 180-pounds, he's bound to have a college coach or 10 keep tabs on him in the future.

- Future 2013 five-star - and son of Florida legend Fred Taylor - Kelvin Taylor rushed for 426 yards in a win, setting a county record. He's being heavily recruited by Florida and Alabama right now but it would be shocking to see him get away from the Gators. As this story notes, he could break Emmitt Smith's state rushing record this season as a junior and is within straking distance of the all-time high school mark.

- Wide receiver Robbie Rhodes caught 10 passes for 394 yards and eight touchdowns to tie a national receiving record. Both the yards and touchdowns scored were state records.

- Number one overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham came close to matching Rhodes last week (354 yards, three touchdowns) but has a chance to set a national receiving record this week against Marshfield High. Here's some highlights of Green-Beckham's game from this week.

Video of the week

Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins committed to Clemson after his high school game and did so in a very unique manner.



Recruiting Roundup

Auburn commit Josh Holsey is planning visits to Florida State, LSU and maybe Georgia.

Offensive tackle Avery Young's first official visit will be to Auburn.

If recruits pick TCU, it might not be because of the Horned Frogs move to the Big 12.

Oklahoma State commit Zac Veatch is a versatile athlete.

Conference realignment concerns are clouding West Virginia's recruiting.

Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:29 pm
 

USC flips Wheeler from Arizona State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Santa Monica (Calif.) offensive lineman Chase Wheeler was all set to go to Arizona State for school, committing over a month ago to the Sun Devils and excited about the team's good start to the season. Then hometown USC came calling and offered him a scholarship and things changed.

"It seemed like they were going to offer me but it was still unexpected," Wheeler told Rivals. "They were telling me that if I could come in mid-term that they would offer. It was awesome that I can do that."
It appears that the 6-foot-6, 265-pounder can enroll early and flipped his commitment to the Trojans late Thursday night. Several other Pac-12 schools continued to recruit him but the opportunity to play at USC was just too much to pass up.

"That's a real honor," he said. "There is great tradition at that school and it's amazing to be a part of that family."

Wheeler also held offers from Arizona, Cal and Washington State among others. He is the 11th commitment for USC's scholarship limited class of 2012 and can play on both offensive and defensive lines.
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Top 10 safety Blake commits to Texas A&M

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While most of Texas A&M's class of 2012 was on board before the Aggies rumored move to the SEC surfaced, it appears their latest addition is very excited about the possible departure from the Big 12. San Antonio (Texas) defensive back Colin Blake is the latest commitment for the program and the pending move was one of the reasons why he committed over the holiday weekend.

"I think it makes them more attractive to me because that's the best conference in college football so I would love to have a chance to play in the SEC," Blake told AggieYell.com. "They look real good going into the year this year and I think they are going to do well in the Big 12 this year. I like A&M a lot, so I want them to win the Big 12."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder held offers from Arizona, Cal, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Missouri and others. Interestingly, Blake had given up football early in his career to concentrate on basketball but ended up coming back to play on the gridiron and, as a result, ended up with a full ride to a great in-state school.

"I wasn't excelling in basketball though," he said. "Football is the sport at our school so I decided to go back, give it a try, and see what happened. I came out during our boot about three weeks before spring practice. That's when I figured out that I could still play football."

Blake had 68 tackles and one interception last season as a junior. He becomes the Aggies' 22nd commitment for the class of 2012 and is ranked as the 10th-best safety in the country by MaxPreps.

 
 
 
 
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