Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:48 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:58 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The Super Bowl is still a few days away but college football's offseason equivalent is finally upon us with National Signing Day 2011. CBS Sports is providing fans across the country with the most extensive multi-media coverage of National Signing Day across the CBS College Sports Network, CBSSports.com, MaxPreps.com and the CBSSports.com College Network.
CBS College Sports Network will have seven hours of coverage in households across the country beginning at 10 AM ET. Featuring recruiting expert Tom Lemming and guest analysis from former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, the CBS Sports National Signing Day Show will deliver in-depth analysis of all the news throughout the day.
Hosts Adam Zucker and Molly Qerim will be joined in studio by Lemming, Rodriguez and former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer. Brian Jones reports from Austin, Texas, where he will interview many of the nation’s elite prep players, who are gathered for USA Football's Team USA vs. The World game. Aaron Taylor will report from the west coast on Pac-12 football.
Below is a brief rundown of some of the elements of the show, which features interviews with players and coaches from across the country.
Early Show 10 AM – 1 PM ET
10 AM Hour
Tom Lemming’s Top Ten recruiting classes are unveiled and Brian Jones interviews Notre Dame commits George Atkinson III (#12 WR), Josh Atkinson (#25 CB), and Matt Hegarty (#1 OG).
11 AM Hour
A conference-by-conference recruiting breakdown with Lemming and Rodriguez as well as an interview with Nebraska commit Aaron Green (#3 RB).
12 PM Hour
An interview with Texas head coach Mack Brown, new Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and new Miami head coach Al Golden. Brian Jones also interviews Auburn commit Kiehl Frazier (#2QB).
Late Show 3 PM – 7 PM ET
Tom Lemming will update his Top Ten Recruiting Classes and there will be interviews with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. Fresh off a win in the BCS National Championship game, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik will discuss the run to the title and the incoming class he hopes fuels the Tigers to another.
4 PM Hour
Rutgers commit Savon Huggins (#1 RB) joins the program for an interview as well has his future head coach Greg Schiano. SEC head coaches Derek Dooley of Tennessee and Nick Saban of Alabama will also discuss their recruiting class of 2011.
UCF head coach George O’Leary and Boise State’s Chris Petersen join the program to provide prospective from non-BCS conference schools.
Aaron Taylor will interview new Stanford head coach David Shaw and Cardinal commit Wayne Lyons (#4 safety) will also join the program for an interview. CBSSports.com college football columnist Dennis Dodd will provide his thoughts before the show wraps up with the day’s winning (and losing) recruiting classes.
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Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:41 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
The Big 12 may not have 12 members anymore, but it still does recruiting big -- especially down in Texas. Here's what to expect on National Signing Day.
Players to Watch
Brandon Alexander - Typically, Texas gets most of its recruiting out of the way early, and who can blame Mack Brown for that? When recruits in the most football-crazed state in America are beating down your door to get an offer, after all, filling a class full of blue-chippers months ahead of schedule isn't exactly difficult. And yet, when Texas jumps in late on a recruit, the team that was there first may have the inside track. So it appears with Alexander, a highly-touted DE who came into Tuesday still undecided between Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, and many other high-profile schools. According to Burnt Orange Nation, Alexander reportedly gave a verbal to Texas A&M Tuesday afternoon, but the commitment hasn't been confirmed elsewhere quite yet. We won't have to wait long for an answer on that front, but if it holds up, it's a coup for the Aggies, and a blow to Texas' depth at DE this season and beyond.
Nila Kasitati - TE/OL Nila Kasitati has been a soft verbal for Baylor for a while now, so Signing Day can't get here quick enough for the Bears -- especially since Oklahoma is pushing hard for Kasitati to switch his commitment. Oklahoma has a scholarship open after athlete Brandon Carter flipped from OU to TCU so he could play WR instead of defensive back (OU's favored position for Carter), and while the Sooners don't appear to have a replacement DB in mind, they do have their sights set on Kasitati as a potential star at offensive lineman instead. Does Kasitati honor his 10-month-long commitment to Baylor, or flip at the last second for the Sooners? Missouri is also in the mix here, but this appears to be a two-team race.
John Jenkins - This mammoth 6'4", 340-pound JUCO defensive tackle was an Oklahoma State commit for a while, but he decommitted in January to look farther east. OSU is still in the mix for Jenkins, who probably leans toward Georgia but didn't get an offer from Florida. He'd be a nice cap on an solid recruiting class, plus immediate help in the trenches for a defense that loses its two starting DTs. If OSU can get Jenkins back in the fold even after signing another JUCO DT in the meantime, Mike Gundy should be thrilled.
Teams to Watch
Texas - For somebody whose age suggests he's over the hill, Mack Brown can still recruit like nobody's business. Sure, the school recruits for itself quite a bit, but don't tell that to John Mackovic. Malcolm Brown is a potential Heisman winner at tailback, and Steve Edmond is one of three other MaxPreps Top 100 members of the class if it holds up (most of these commits are almost a year old, so we're assuming they're solid). Texas may have gone 5-7 this year, but it's recruiting like it's never going back. If Alexander's commitment to A&M holds up, it'll be interesting to see what Texas does with the freed scholarship.
Oklahoma - OU doesn't have a lot of players committed for this season -- just 17, which is enough to knock the Sooners down a few pegs on the MaxPreps rankings. There's lots of playmaking ability on offense though, with Troy Metoyer coming in as one of the best wideouts in the nation. Even adjusting for size, Oklahoma's class is good, but it isn't "Texas" good; we'll see what that does to the balance of power in the Red River Rivalry over the coming years.
Oklahoma State - Any thought that OSU is a flash in the pan brought on by QB Brandon Weeden and/or a couple of stud wideouts should be gone by now; OSU's imminent signings of stud RB Herschel Sims and versatile QB J.W. Walsh mean that the Cowboy offense should keep putting numbers on the scoreboard for years to come. It's the rest of the class that Mike Gundy should focus his attention on; can he and his coaches mold the 10+ linemen in the class into the road graders necessary to compete against elite foes?
The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow
With Nebraska and Colorado officially departing from the conference, the Big 12 really had no choice but to do away with its championship game and just go with a nine-game, round-robin football schedule. One indirect result of that decision is that the remaining four Big 12 North teams no longer have the luxury of telling high-profile recruits they could help turn the North into a two-team division. Now, there's no getting around anybody in the South, and that may be the reason that all four of those North teams turned in frankly lackluster classes. Turner Gill recruited reasonably well to a woeful Kansas squad, but "reasonably well" doesn't beat Texas much more than once or twice out of ten tries -- especially at KU. Who's going to be the school from up north that makes a serious run at the conference crown, and how many years will it take before that happens?
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Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:34 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 12:41 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Still basking in the glow of a BCS National Championship, Auburn received another dose of good news Friday morning in the form of a commitment from MaxPrep’s fifth-ranked offensive tackle Christian Westerman.
A Texas commitment for nearly nine months, Westerman is the first decommitment from Mack Brown’s recruiting class since seeing six of his nine assistant coaches leave the program following the season. The Chandler (AZ) tackle had considered USC, Oregon, Arizona State, Oklahoma and other schools from around the country.
For Auburn, not only are they getting a key out of region recruit, but Westerman should have a chance to compete for playing time right away. The Tigers lose four starters off of an offensive line that helped lead Auburn to a national championship. Head coach Gene Chizik retained line coach Jeff Grimes after Texas tried to hire him and was a key factor in landing the commitment.
Westerman’s pledge is the 20th of the class of 2011 for the Tigers and by flipping from Texas, could cause the Longhorns to drop out of the top spot in the MaxPreps team rankings, according to national football editor Stephen Spiewak.
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 12:18 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Wednesday’s announcement of a University of Texas deal with ESPN came as no surprise to anyone. It was, after all, one of the reasons why Texas decided to spurn Larry Scott’s advances to join a Pac-16 superconference last summer.
As my colleague Dennis Dodd wrote yesterday, “at its core this is about Texas controlling the market, the Big 12, the universe.”
It may not control the universe but the deal is impressive nevertheless. Worth $300 million over 20 years, it includes one football game broadcasted per year and will be home to coaches shows and hours of additional original programming dedicated to football. At the bottom of ESPN’s press release, it notes that a website will be created that will be dedicated to Texas high school sports.
So what does all of this mean? Texas’ recruiting advantage, in-state and nationally, will be unique. Who has their own network? We do. Want your own TV show, top recruit? Sure. Want to be an intern for ESPN? Done deal, son. (Of course I’m not implying this is Mack Brown’s recruiting pitch but it certainly could be behind closed doors.)
Most of Texas’ games are televised anyway so the recruiting advantage isn’t as great as the Big Ten Network’s to those schools. It’s very persuasive if you’re Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald or Purdue head coach Danny Hope to sell an out of state recruit on the ability to be seen every Saturday by all of his family. The Longhorns already get their pick of the best recruits from Texas anyway so while the selling point of a network doesn’t have the impact the Big Ten Network’s does, it still is a factor going forward.
Other schools, starting with Oklahoma, will likely try and emulate Texas’ model. While only a handful of schools, USC or some in the SEC for example, have the resources and fan bases to follow through, it will be tough to match the money doled out to the Longhorns.
In the end, everything’s bigger in Texas. Including, it seems, television networks and media dollars.