Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:58 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
- Great job by Andy Staples to track down all the decommitments and recommitments in recruiting.
Richie Brown doesn't know where he will commit to but it's down to Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tennessee.
Defensive back Colin Blake decommitted from Texas A&M.
- Great, must-read profile of five-star athlete Nelson Agholor.
Arizona is hosting Trey Griffey and several other top recruits this weekend.
Bobby Petrino and staff checked in on one of the top 2013 recruits, Altee Tenpenny.
What's Adrian Klemm's recruiting pitch at UCLA? Find out here.
Bill O'Brien talked a little about Penn State recruiting.
Cornerback Brandon Beaver didn't make it to Oklahoma.
Georgia Tech picked up a commitment from Australian defensive tackle Adam Gotsis.
Athlete Chris Moody will head to Vanderbilt to play a multitude of positions.
Another athlete, Justin Hardee, has committed to Illinois while the program lost safety Zach Jackson to TCU.
Defensive end John Youngblood is the third player from Alabama to head to UCF.
Nebraska added all-around athlete LeRoy Alexander as their 12th commitment.
Running back Jeremy Hill finally heads to Baton Rouge after numerous issues.
Former UCLA commit Psalm Wooching flipped to Washington.
Tags: Adam Gotsis, Adrian Klemm, Altee Tenpenny, Andy Staples, Arizona, Bill O'Brien, Bobby Petrino, Brandon Beaver, Chris Moody, Colin Blake, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Jeremy Hill, John Youngblood, Justin Hardee, LeRoy Alexander, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Nelson Agholor, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Psalm Wooching, Richie Brown, Southern Miss, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Trey Griffey, UCF, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington, Zach Jackson
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:45 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 6:49 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Given the fact that Urban Meyer spotted programs around the country a few months and still delievered what will likely be a top five recruiting recruiting class in 2012, it's somewhat scary to think what he'll do in 2013. The master recruiter got a off to a great start on Thursday, as one of the top players in the Midwest, Trotwood (Ohio) defensive back Cameron Burrows committed to Ohio State.
"(The hiring of Meyer) helped a lot," Burrows told BuckeyeGrove.com. "Urban is a great man and a great coach."
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Burrows can play multiple positions and picked the Buckeyes over finalists Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Stanford and Wisconsin. Although it's rare for players who are juniors to make commitments this early, the top defensive back wanted to end the process to avoid distractions as recruiting typically picks up after Signing Day.
"I wanted to get it over with before my senior season so I could just focus on the season," Burrows said. "I didn't want to have to worry about recruiting and coaches talking to me and everything. I wanted to focus on my team and on school."
Burrows is not only the Buckeyes' first 2013 commitment but a big recruit to build around. He is a Maxpreps Top Junior and racked up 46 tackles and four interceptions while leading his team to a state title in 2011. He added touchdowns on each side of the ball last season and was an impact player patrolling the secondary for Trootwood-Madison.
"He definitely has what it takes to become an All-American in the class of 2013," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Powerful with great coverage skills, he fills gaps and can turn and run with the best of them. He's active, athletic, and as intense as they come. He needs to get stronger but the rest of his game is already there. He plays big in big games, impresses you with the way he can quickly close on the ball, and has a strong work ethic and leadership skills."
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:03 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Judging by the way Urban Meyer's first recruiting class is going, the bar has been set quite high for things in Columbus - even higher than one might have once he was hired - and the new head coach picked up another top recruit on Wednesday with the commitment of South Bend (Ind.) linebacker David Perkins.
“I held if off for a day and I’m just ready,” Perkins told 247Sports. “I know where I want to go. I don’t want to take anymore visits. That’s a wrap. I’m walking into a perfect situation being around some of the best people. It’s everything I want in a school. This is just great.”
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is a speedy outside linebacker who was originally committed to Notre Dame. Perkins reopened his recruitment in the middle of his senior season and held offers from schools such as LSU, Michigan State and Oregon before settling on Ohio State.
“You hear people say when you get on campus you’ll know, when you get there you’ll know,” Perkins began. “Man when I got there, I just knew off the bat, this is it. I loved it there. It was amazing. I really enjoyed myself up there. I loved the people up there. Talking to the coaches, I loved the coaches. They were all people I could be around. There is so much wisdom and knowledge about the game walking around that facility and being around people like that is something I love and appreciate."
One of the top athletes in the state, Perkins racked up 103 tackles and seven sacks in addition to rushing for over 1,300 yards on offense. He becomes Ohio State's 22nd commitment for the class of 2012.
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:00 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 1:31 pm
By Bryan Fischer and Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak
It looks like Gunner Kiel will be Irish after all.
The nation's No. 2 recruit and top quarterback committed to LSU shortly after Christmas, but has spurned the Tigers at the 11th hour, enrolling at Notre Dame.
"This recruitment process was a roller-coaster ride at times, but I know I have made the right decision for my family and me," Kiel said in the school's release. "There were three critical elements I was looking for in my future school: the quality of education I would receive, the distance from home and the comfort level I would have with the players and coaches in the football program. Notre Dame was the perfect fit for me because it hit all three areas.
"Coach Kelly was great throughout my recruitment, as many times our conversations had nothing do with football. That really showed me he had my best intentions in mind. He was persistent yet also patient while recruiting me and I look forward to playing for him the next four years. I couldn't be happier to be a member of the Fighting Irish football team. I'm excited about the future of the program."Kiel, who graduated from Columbus East (Columbus, Ind.) in January, was set to begin classes at LSU when the semester began on Tuesday.
However, rumors began to swirl on Monday that the 6-foot-4, 215-pound signal caller had not traveled to Baton Rouge and may have been wavering on his commitment to LSU.
This marks the second time Kiel has backed off a verbal commitment; he reneged on an earlier pledge to attend Indiana University.
His commitment gives Notre Dame help at a position in which it's sorely needed. It also takes away some of the sting of losing Ron Darby (uncommitted) and Taylor Decker (Ohio State) in recent days.
Jeremy Liggins, a dual-threat quarterback from Mississippi, could now emerge as a top target for LSU, which is also thin at quarterback.
Notre Dame is waiting to receive word on possibly landing Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) star Arik Armstead, who's expected to make his decision today.
According to LSU RapidReporter Glenn Guilbeau, Kiel's mother is the biggest reason why the quarterback is in South Bend instead of Baton Rouge.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:43 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 1:34 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Well, I waited before posting something given how fluid the situation is (which, I guess, easily applies to recruiting in general the next few weeks) but a quick update as Monday evening rolls around.
This afternoon TigerSportsDigest.com reported that a source informed them that recent commit and Maxpreps' #2 overall player Gunner Kiel was not in attendance for an early enrollee meeting at LSU ahead of classes starting Tuesday. This was followed by several reports coming out of Notre Dame saying that Kiel could be headed to South Bend, including IrishIllustrated.com and 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong, who is close to the family.
Attempts to reach Kiel were unsuccessful and sources on both sides didn't provide any information on what might be happening.
Obviously this is just another recruiting drama to follow one of the country's top ranked players (think Terrelle Pryor or Jadeveon Clowney in just the past few years). Kiel seemed solidly committed following a so-so performance at the Army All-American Bowl two weeks ago.
"The SEC is just like the NFL," Kiel told CBSSports.com. "It's going to be hard and I know it's going to hard and I have to make a lot of improvements.
"But it is a perfect time for me to go (to LSU) and compete. With Jordan (Jefferson) and Jarrett (Lee) both seniors and leaving it's a perfect time to go and battle for a spot. Baton Rouge is a beautiful place and the people there are so nice, it's like a big family there. It's awesome."
Kiel also briefly mentioned a good relationship with quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe and how hard LSU recruited him despite his commitment to Indiana. All of it seems... interesting in retrospect but we'll see what happens in the next 24 hours. The signal-caller does have time to make up his mind as to where he wants to enroll early but if he does it is notable that he's already cost the Tigers one recruit in offensive tackle Patrick Miller, who surprisingly enrolled at Auburn after there was no room for him in Baton Rouge.
So basically, something's up but nobody knows exactly what is going on - including several coaches. Got it? Get it. Good. That's how recruiting - especially around top five recruits - seems to go this time of year. If there is an update, check back on the Eye on Recruiting.
Otherwise, Where in the World is Gunner Kiel resumes tomorrow.
UPDATE: The Observer has confirmed that Kiel will head to Notre Dame.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:34 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
It was a productive weekend for Tennessee despite some coaching uncertainty as the program added two players who are complete opposites in terms of what they do on the field with pledges from speedy Crowley (La.) athlete Davante Bourque and mammoth Milledgeville (Ga.) junior college defensive tackle Daniel McCullers.
“They were the first one to offer me, so that was a big thing to me,” McCullers told GoVols247.com. “When they came up here, we talked. We had a good time. They’re real down-to-earth, the whole coaching staff. The new D-coordinator (Sal Sunseri), I know him from Alabama."
In addition to the Vols and Crimson Tide, Peters - all of 6-foot-6, 380-pounds - also held an offer from N.C. State and was drawing interest from several other programs. He will team up with the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Bourque, who previously was committed to Texas A&M and LSU before settling on Tennessee after an official visit and close ties with the current staff.
“Coach (Terry) Joseph and I have developed a really good relationship,” Bourque told InsideTennessee.com. “He is my main recruiter and he is a Louisiana guy so that has made things easier. He has been to the house a couple of time for visits and we sat down on the couch and had some gumbo.”
The pair gives the program a total of 20 commitments for the class of 2012. Bourque is ranked as the 20th best athlete in the class by Maxpreps.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:28 am
By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak
Patrick Miller, once committed to LSU, has enrolled at Auburn, Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) head coach Jack Daniels confirmed.
Daniels told MaxPreps today that Miller was set to enroll early at LSU. However, the day after the BCS title game, LSU told Miller that it only had five scholarships available and seven players enrolling early.
LSU asked Miller's father to pay for the spring semester, which prompted Miller and his family to explore other options.
Auburn, which currently has a small recruiting class, welcomed Miller with open arms.
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Miller had been verbally committed to LSU since the fall, and was part of a loaded offensive line group that included Vadal Alexander and Derek Edinburgh.
Now, Miller joins an Auburn recruiting class that features quarterback Zeke Pike, who has also enrolled early.
The weeks leading up to National Signing Day often see a number of recruits decommit.
Last week, Top 100 defensive back Ronald Darby reneged on his verbal commitment to Notre Dame, while Devante Harris backed off his pledge to Oklahoma.
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:59 am
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