Tag:Oklahoma State
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 10, 2011 8:39 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 8:43 pm
 

TCU big winners in realignment recruiting derby

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's official, TCU has traded in San Diego for Storrs for Stillwater. No more Laramie or Louisville when they've got Lubbock.

Spurning the chance to play in the Big East before they ever became an actual member of the conference, the Horned Frogs officially accepted an invitation to the Big 12 today. With a ceremony held at the school today, the program officially joins their fifth conference since leaving the old SWC but become a part of the one they've been looking to join ever since it was formed.

As one of the true success stories in college football, TCU has gone from an after thought in the 1990's to a perennial top 25 team and Rose Bowl champion under head coach Gary Patterson. Already selling recruits on his coaching ability and a move to a BCS automatic qualifying conference (with the Big East), the staff can now tell players they can stay closer to home and play traditional powers like Texas and Oklahoma. (And beat them, as the Horned Frogs did in Norman in 2005.)

The 2012 recruiting class Patterson and company have assembled so far has the makings of the best ever in their time in Fort Worth. Defensive end Edward Pope held offers from LSU and Texas A&M among others but was an early commit to the Horned Frogs. McPherson (Kan.) quarterback Tyler Matthews was an Elite 11 and 'The Opening' selection and will be headed south to play college football. Tight end Griffin Gilbert is the younger brother of former Texas signal-caller Garrett Gilbert and one of the top tight ends in the southwest. Running back LaDarius Anthony was drawing SEC interest and held an offer from Tennessee.

With the move to the Big 12, recruiting at TCU should continue to improve and being the only BCS conference school in the talent rich Dallas-Fort-Worth metroplex is a huge advantage no other program in the country can claim. It could also hurt programs that look to Texas for much of their roster, such as future conference foes Missouri or Oklahoma State. Either way you look at it though, Patterson and the Horned Frogs are the big winners in the realignment derby.

Posted on: October 7, 2011 7:02 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Green-Beckham, Kiel added to Army Bowl roster

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Two of the top players in the country - well, the top two players according to Maxpreps - have been added to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster according to Rivals. Springfield (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and Columbus (Ind.) quarterbackand Indiana commit Gunner Kiel were both announced to be a part of the game Friday, giving the annual high school talent showcase two of the biggest stars in the country.

The game is Saturday January 7, 2012 and the full roster is below.

Ishmael Adams (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Anthony Alford (Petal, Miss.) Lemming Top Player
Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif.), Committed to USC  Lemming Top Player
Alex Balducci (Portland, Ore.), Committed to Oregon
Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash.) Lemming Top Player
Brandon Beaver (Compton, Calif.)
Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.), Committed to Wisconsin  Lemming Top Player
Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Committed to Clemson  Lemming Top Player
Drae Bowles (Jackson, Tenn.), Committed to Tennessee
Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.), Committed to Miami
Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C.)
Deon Bush (Miami, Fla.) Lemming Top Player
Joel Caleb (Midlothian, Va.) Lemming Top Player
Leonte Carroo (Ramsey, N.J.), Committed to Rutgers  Lemming Top Player
Alex Carter (Ashburn, Va.), Committed to Stanford
Tim Cole (Brenham, Texas), Committed to Texas
Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Committed to Oklahoma  Lemming Top Player
Toshiro Davis (Shreveport, La.), Committed to LSU
Nick Dawson (Charlotte, N.C.)
Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md.) Lemming Top Player
Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio), Committed to Wisconsin
Cedric Dozier (Lakewood, Wash.)
Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Committed to Florida State
Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, N.J.) Lemming Top Player
Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo.)
Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Purdue
Darius Hamilton (Ramsey, N.J.) Lemming Top Player
Eli Harold (Virginia Beach, Va.), Committed to Virginia  Lemming Top Player
Josh Clemons (Valdosta, Ga.) Lemming Top Player
Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Clemson
Tracy Howard (Miramar, Fla.)
D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C.), Committed to Florida  Lemming Top Player
Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.), Committed to Michigan
Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Committed to Notre Dame Lemming Top Player
Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas), Committed to Texas
Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Committed to Michigan  Lemming Top Player
Luke Kaumatule (Honolulu, Hawaii), Committed to Stanford
Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.), Committed to Indiana
Brian Kimbrow (Memphis, Tenn.), Committed to Vanderbilt  Lemming Top Player
Raphel Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Committed to Miami
Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.), Committed to Alabama Lemming Top Player
Javonte Magee (San Antonio, Texas) Lemming Top Player
Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calif.), Committed to Michigan  Lemming Top Player
Byron Marshall (San Jose, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M
Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Committed to TCU  Lemming Top Player
Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla.)
John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas), Committed to Oklahoma
Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.), Committed to Arizona
LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas, Texas), Committed to Tennessee
Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo.), Committed to Washington  Lemming Top Player
Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.), Committed to Virginia
Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.), Committed to Rutgers
Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif.)
Brian Nance (Euless, Texas)
Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Committed to Oklahoma Lemming Top Player
Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Committed to Florida State  Lemming Top Player
Ethan Perry (Spring Branch, Texas), Committed to TCU
Dante Phillips (Venice, Fla.), Committed to Florida
Zeke Pike (Edgewood, Ky.), Committed to Auburn  Lemming Top Player
Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.), Committed to Clemson
Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.), Committed to Michigan
Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas), Committed to TCU
Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas), Committed to Texas
Jovon Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), Committed to Auburn
James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Committed to Michigan
Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif.), Committed to USC
KeiVarae Russell (Everett, Wash.)
Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas), Committed to Oklahoma State
Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla.) Lemming Top Player
Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Committed to Penn State  Lemming Top Player
Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif.)
Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.), Committed to Florida State
Aziz Shittu (Atwater, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Elijah Sumate (Ramsey, N.J.)
Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Geno Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), Committed to Alabama  Lemming Top Player
Dwayne Stanford (Cincinnati, Ohio) Lemming Top Player
Michael Starts (Waco, Texas), Committed to Texas Tech
Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes, Fla.) Lemming Top Player
John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla.) Committed to Georgia Lemming Top Player
Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) Lemming Top Player
Max Tuerk (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Committed to USC
Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Committed to Wisconsin  Lemming Top Player
Chad Voytik (Cleveland, Tenn.), Committed to Pitt
Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.), Committed to Iowa
Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio) Lemming Top Player
Carlos Watkins (Forest City, N.C.)
Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas), Committed to Texas Tech
Trey Williams (Spring, Texas), Committed to Texas A&M  Lemming Top Player
Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif.)
Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J.) Lemming Top Player
T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala.), Committed to Auburn


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Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 9:49 am
 

10/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Top recruits continue to check out Michigan State, especially with a rivalry game against Michigan coming up.

The Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma has a Signing Day impact as well.

With Ohio State rolling in for a big night game, recruiting is the second big game for Nebraska this week.

Several recruits have not panned out for Kentucky, leading to their struggles.

TCU's addition to the Big 12 could have a minor effect on Oklahoma and Oklahoma State recruiting.

Hosting defending national champion Auburn makes for a big recruiting weekend for Arkansas.

Michigan is going after 2013 linebacker Michael Hutchings early in the recruiting process.

Top tight end Kent Taylor will announce October 27th between Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia and LSU.

A Washington recruiting update with the Huskies on a bye week.

Florida State commit Dante Fowler is setting up official visits to other schools.

Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:47 am
 

Oklahoma State nabs in-state tight end Veatech

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma State's wide open offense is attracting all kinds of talented players on that side of the ball looking to put up big numbers in college. Broken Arrow (Okla.) tight end Zac Veatech is no stranger to what the Cowboys have been doing under Mike Gundy and committed to the program recently.

"I've grown up liking the program, it's close to home and my mom definitely likes that, and they've got great facilities and what not," Veatech told OStateIllustrated.com.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder held scholarship offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas and others but has settled on Oklahoma State to end the recruiting process. He's already seen one game - against Tulsa, which ended in the wee hours of the morning - and has enjoyed his relationship with assistant coach Joe Wickline.

"I really like [Coach Wick]," he said. "He's definitely a no BS kind of guy for sure. He's real straight forward and I like him a lot. He's definitely different than most recruiters I talk to in a good way."

Veatech is the 15th commitment for the class of 2012 for the Cowboys. Surprisingly, he's the first in-state recruit for the program and is the only tight end to give his verbal pledge.

"He shows strong hands, surprising running ability for a 245 pounder, turns up field quickly, and can catch everything within his frame," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Shows good movement skills and can be a very effective blocker while on the run. Not super fast but he shows good initial quickness and strong hands."
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Surveying the Field: Shell breaking records

Posted by Bryan Fischer
 
Shell runs into the record book

Pennsylvania has annually produced a number of great high school players that go on to have lots of success in college. Aliquippa (Pa.) running back Rushel Shell has topped most of them after the weekend however, rushing for 205 yards and three touchdowns to break the Western Pennsylvania (WPIAL) career rushing record. Amazingly, he's rushed for at least 100 yards in 33 consecutive games.

Shell is ranked by MaxPreps as the top big back in the country and is a load to bring down at 5-foot-11, 215-pounds. He's been first-team in the state for three years now and figures to make it four straight this year after an excellent start to the season. The team around him is no powerhouse but it's Shell who literally powers them to wins despite being the target of opposing defensive game plans. Not only can he withstand the punishment, he excels at breaking tackles and hitting another gear to get to the end zone.

At the moment, Shell is one of the few top backs who is uncommitted. He's been pretty quiet about his recruitment, not going to any big summer camps and limiting contact with the media. He appeared on The Lemming Report on CBS Sports Network last week and revealed that Alabama, Pitt and Oregon were his final three schools. After he wraps up his official visits to each school, we'll have a better idea of who is in the lead but it'd be shocking to see him wind up anywhere but with the Panthers. There's an outside shot Alabama could lure him south but from all indications, he'll be staying close to home.

Maulhardt sets California record

Shell wasn't the only player to set a personal best and state record over the weekend. Camarillo (Calif.) wide out Jake Maulhardt caught a California record 28 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder is well known for his great hands but lacks the speed off the line to be a top prospect. He holds scholarship offers from Boise State, Colorado and BYU and figures to pick up several more after his performance this weekend. Maulhardt has the frame to bulk up and become a tight end at the next level.

Washington continues monster year

How about this stat line for defensive end Adolphus Washington: 10 tackles - six of which were for a loss - three sacks and a forced fumble. That's even better when you consider it came in just over half of play in Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft's game against Aiken. Add in the fact that he also caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown and you can't help but be impressed.

Although he's probably a tad smaller than his listed 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, there's no doubting that Washington is a monster coming off the edge. Unlike most defensive ends his age who are solely in the game to rush the quarterback using their speed, Washington can play the run very well. He fights off double and triple teams just about every snap but still gets underneath to use his power and leverage to split them. He can run in the 4.8 range in the 40-yard dash and has a motor that just keeps churning - one of several reasons why college coaches are the ones chasing after him.

Ranked as the 8th-best defensive end in the country and 57th overall, Washington has a top six of Alabama, Ohio State, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan and Michigan State. As he's repeated several time, there's a good chance he winds up playing college ball with his highly recruited teammate, receiver Dwayne Stanford. Cincinnati is recruiting him very hard but figure to be on the outside looking in despite getting an official visit in the future. Don't be surprised if it comes down to an Ohio State/Michigan State battle closer to Signing Day.

Video of the week

Auburn commit T.J. Yeldon's senior highlights slide into the video of the week spot.



Recruiting Roundup

Nice review of all the Texas high school football games from Friday night with an emphasis on Texas recruits.

Arizona State is seeing the benefits of better recruiting over the past few years.

Good profile of Florida State-bound quarterback Jameis Winston.

Al Golden jumped on The Lemming Report to talk about Miami recruiting.

Despite a loss to Florida, Kentucky landed two commitments in running back Shadrach Thornton and linebacker Kadeem Thomas.

Defensive end D.J. Ward took another visit to Oklahoma for the Missouri game.

Oklahoma State commit Kendall Sanders had a big night and receiver Brandon Shepard will pick between OSU and Missouri.

Georgia commit Brice Ramsey, a quarterback, kicked a 57-yard field goal.

2013 quarterback Tyler Cogswell will take an unofficial visit to Ole Miss next month.

Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Recruiting & Realignment: How does it shake out?


Posted by Bryan Fischer

Peering into the crystal ball is something recruitniks do all the time. Which kid goes where? Is this recruit leaning toward school X or school Y? He talked about early playing time but he also wants to play with his friend in the Big Ten.

There are so many data points but it is still an inexact science. It's hard, but someone has to do it.

With all of the conference realignment news still swirling around college football, it's time once again to look into the future (The future? Yes, the future) and see - at least for the short term - what the landscape might look like. CBSSports.com has gathered up all of our experts on both the football side and the basketball side to project what all six of the current BCS automatic qualifying conferences will look like in 2014.

RapidReports: Up to the minute realignment updates
Eye on College Football: Conference Realignment Central

From the looks of it, no conference is going kaput. There is some shrinking and some bloating but all-in-all, it's just a few alteration from what the landscape will look like in 2012. Here are our projections for further conference realignment once the current wheeling and dealings are complete:

  • Big Ten -- remains at 12 teams
  • Pac-12 -- remains at 12 teams
  • SEC -- Adds Texas A&M and Virginia Tech
  • Big 12 -- Adds BYU to replace Texas A&M, but only in football
  • ACC -- Adds Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Loses Virginia Tech to the SEC
  • Big East -- loses Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Adds TCU, Houston and UCF; Navy and Air Force as football schools.

So we’ve got six conferences ranging in size from 12 to 16 programs. Which is strongest on the recruiting trail? Which is the deepest? Most top-heavy? Let’s take a look in alphabetical order.




Current picture: Four top 25 teams, 2-3 coaches on the hot seat.

#4 Florida State
#6 Virginia
#7 Miami
#17 Clemson

Future outlook: Jimbo Fisher appears to have the Seminoles back and recruiting like they were in the 1990's. Not only is Florida State attracting top talent, they're closing well and look to be a perennial contender with top five class after top five class. Clemson has recruited very well under Dabo Swinney but that hasn't translated into the bowl games the Tigers want to be playing in - which is one reason 2011 is make or break for him. One figures that Miami will get hit with serious NCAA sanctions that will hamper their recruiting abilities going forward. At the same time, the Hurricanes getting fewer players out of their own backyard could allow other schools in the conference to come in and grab better players - which could be a nice boost for schools such as Virginia or Maryland. The additions of UConn, Pitt and Syracuse don't do too much but do provide increased access to both states for the northern end of the conference.




Current picture: Three top 25 teams, one coach on the hot seat.

#2 Texas
#16 Oklahoma
#19 Missouri

Future outlook: The conference everybody is talking about will continue to be the conference everybody will be talking about. Texas and Oklahoma will still be Texas and Oklahoma as long as Mack Brown and Bob Stoops are on the sidelines for the Red River Rivalry every year. The Big 12 staying together means that schools such as Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri and others will continue to have access to a good number of Texas high school players - key in any success any of them have had over the years. Texas will still grab the best players in the state, that much won't change no matter what happens. There could be increased competition however, with Texas A&M being able to play the 'We're in the SEC' card. That probably hurts Oklahoma and Oklahoma State more than anyone. BYU will enjoy reaching into the Southwest even more than they currently do.




Current picture: Two top 25 teams, one coach on the hot seat.

#18 Cincinnati
#24 Rutgers

Future outlook: The realignment shakeup is all about the survival of the fittest but the Big East is, without a doubt, the least fit. They have had schools make waves in the national picture before but they've done so largely by coaching up players, not grabbing five-star recruits. Cincinnati has done a good job in the Midwest and should be helped out by nearby powerhouse Ohio State being down slightly. Rutgers is on shaky ground if Greg Schiano is let go but, if he sticks around, they should be a program that is helped by the trickle affect of Miami being down since they recruit Florida well. Not much is lost with the three schools going to the ACC, a good number of programs will still continue to recruit in states such as Pennsylvania and New York for players. TCU and West Virginia will probably be the top dogs in the rankings with both having strong ties to Texas and Dana Holgorsen's reputation proceeding him. UCF is a hidden gem that adds the most since Orlando has really come along in terms of number of BCS players the area produces.





Current picture: Five top 25 teams, two coaches on the hot seat.

#1 Michigan
#13 Penn State
#20 Indiana
#21 Michigan State
#23 Wisconsin

Future outlook: Oh how the tables have been turned (off the field) in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. No one in the Big Ten has taken advantage of the turmoil in Columbus than the Wolverines under Brady Hoke. Given the quick turnaround, national prominence of the program and Hoke's ties to California, don't expect to see much drop off in Michigan recruiting over the next few years if they continue to win. Joe Paterno figures to retire at some point but Penn State sits in the middle of a talent-rich state and will continue to a solid job on the recruiting trail going forward. New Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson has done good job early on in locking up in-state talent and landing the number one quarterback in the country is a giant block to build on with future recruiting classes. Ohio State has been hampered with all that has gone but if they hire a top flight coach - as one would expect - all bets are off. The recruits in the state of Ohio alone will be able to keep them in the upper echelon of the conference regardless. Also watch out for Wisconsin, which will likely start getting better quality recruits the next few years following their success on the field.




Current picture: Two top 25 teams, five coaches on the hot seat.

#15 Arizona State
#25 Washington

Future outlook: A few strong years of West Coast talent will form the basis of a strong conference going forward. The biggest cause for concern is the number of coaches who are on the hot seat and can lose their jobs. For some programs, that means starting over in recruiting. For others, it could be an upgrade. With both Los Angeles programs each dealing with some issues, the amount of talent available to programs like Washington, Utah, Colorado and others has never been higher. NCAA issues at Oregon might hamper the Ducks a little but as long as they're wearing a crazy uniform and have Phil Knight writing checks, they'll be ok. USC has continued to get top talent despite and should rebound from sanctions quicker than most programs because of that. If anything though, California will become much more of a battleground state with more programs looking at the recruits coming out the next few years.




Current picture: Eight top 25 teams, two coaches on the hot seat.

#3 Florida
#5 Alabama
#8 Texas A&M
#9 Auburn
#10 Virginia Tech
#11 LSU
#14 South Carolina
#22 Vanderbilt

Future outlook: The nation's best conference on the field and the recruiting trail will only get better with the additions of Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. It's scary, actually, to think about. LSU, the Mississippi schools, Florida and Alabama should all benefit to increased access to Texas and the Aggies won't be any slouch by telling recruits that they can stay home and play in the SEC. The same is true of the state of Virginia, which has annually produced plenty of great players. Other schools have taken advantage of Georgia's increase in FBS talent the past several years and even though UGA has a coach on the hot seat, they'll be able to recruit well because of who's nearby. Will Muschamp has shown there's no drop off in the state of Florida for the Gators going forward and the Alabama-Auburn rivalry is becoming just as fierce on the recruiting trail going forward as the Iron Bowl has been on the field. Bottom line, no one recruits like the SEC and they're only getting stronger with their recent additions.




Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:40 am
Edited on: September 15, 2011 9:40 am
 

9/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Wide receiver Brandon Sheperd has Missouri and Oklahoma State at the top of his list.

Michigan State is targeting several players from the state of Florida.

UCF's game at FIU could have a recruiting impact for both programs.

Taft High teammates Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford are both considering a trip to Alabama.

Georgia commit Collin Barber apologizes to fans for his arrest last month.


 
 
 
 
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