Tag:Will Muschamp
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:04 am

CB Marcus Roberson signs with Florida

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the most up-and-down recruitments of the past few weeks has ended with Marcus Roberson signing with the Florida Gators .

A 6'1", 180-pound cornerback out of Fort Lauderdale, Roberson is Maxpreps No. 10 CB and possesses excellent size and fluidity. After initially committed to Texas Tech (and defensive backs coach Otis Mounds, Roberson's uncle) before backing out and committing to Auburn earlier this week. But that commitment lasted less than 48 hours, leaving Roberson free to makes his final decision between the Gators and USC.

By pulling the trigger for Will Muschamp and Co., Roberson becomes just the third new commitment for the Gators since their new head coach's arrival and could help ease the sting if --as many expect -- other top prospects like Curtis Grant and Tim Jernigan sign elsewhere. It remains to be seen how successful a Signing Day this will be for Muschamp, but thanks to Roberson it's off to a top-notch start; according to Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak, Roberson's decision has pushed the Gators to the cusp of the top 10 in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings .
Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:18 pm

SEC Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As always, National Signing Day promises to be a seismic day in the nation's most cutthroat recruiting conference, the SEC. Here's a rundown of what you'll need to keep an eye on:

Players to Watch

Isaiah Crowell , RB, Carver (Columbus, Ga.): Potentially the final piece in the puzzle of Mark Richt's "Dream Team" of a 2011 class, Crowell will decide between his home-state Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama. The Maxpreps No. 6 running back and No. 55 player overall, Crowell has all the gifts necessary to make a Marcus Lattimore- esque impact, particularly at a Georgia program desperate for a difference-maker at the tailback position. No recruit at any position at any team in the SEC is as big a "must-get" as Crowell appears to be for the Dawgs.

Cyrus Kouandjio , OT, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The No. 3 player in the country according to Tom Lemming, the 6'7", 290-pound prototype tackle (pictured) might hail from Maryland but nonetheless appears to be an intra-state battle between Alabama and Auburn. The Tide can offer Cyrus to chance to play alongside brother Arie Kouandjio (a redshirt freshman at Tuscaloosa) and are considered the team to beat, but the Tigers have made a late charge after Cyrus's visit to the Plains last weekend.

Jermauria Rasco , DE, Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.): Les Miles has already put together a stunning collection of homebred Louisiana talent for his 2011 class, but LSU fans may feel it won't be complete without the explosive Rasco, the Maxpreps No. 6 DE and a top-50 player overall. But to keep one of the most hotly-contested recruits in the country at home, Miles will have to fend off a serious charge from Florida State.

Teams to Watch

Few teams in the country (if any) close as well as the Tide, and if Nick Saban can land Crowell, Kouandjio, and consensus national No. 1 recruit Jadeveon Clowney (who you probably know by now will delay his announcement until Feb. 14), Alabama will lay claim to the nation's top recruiting class once again. Then again, even if they sign only one of the three, the Tide's class is so deep already they'll be in the mix for that honor all the same.

Georgia: It's not just Crowell; the Bulldogs are in play for several other major recruits, like Maxpreps No. 4 defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and mammoth JUCO defensive tackle Johnathan Jenkins, who could have the same impact as the nose tackle in Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense that Terrence Cody once had at Alabama. Putting the finishing touches on what's already a terrific class could prove to be a critical turning point for Mark Richt's Georgia tenure.

Auburn: As much attention as their competition in Tuscaloosa, Athens and Baton Rouge have received of late, it's Auburn that sits at No. 3 in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings , and the Tigers could move even higher. No. 5 safety Erique Florence and coveted defensive tackle Gabe Wright are both expected to sign with Auburn, and Gene Chizik could also flip Mississippi State commitment Jermaine Whitehead, a prized defensive back. If Auburn can keep Alabama from re-flipping one-time Tide commitment Brent Calloway, their class should rank right alongside their in-state rivals.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

No one's going to complain too terribly much about Will Muschamp's finish on the recruiting trail, given the limited time with which he and his new staff have had to work. (Not to mention the presence of eye-popping skill position talent like ultra-polished quarterback Jeff Driskel.) But with Georgia and Florida State both poised to bring in substantial hauls, Florida fans still can't be happy about a class that stands at just 16 commitments today, or that Muschamp has added just two players to it since his hire. Finishing with big-time talents like fresh Auburn decommitment Marcus Roberson, blue-chip linebackers Curtis Grant or Stephone Anthony, or defensive tackle Tim Jernigan would go a long way towards soothing any frazzled Gainesville nerves.

Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:03 pm

Florida president vocal on recruiting issues

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It’s more common than you might think, especially as coaches look to load up on recruits to fill their rosters to the brim. Grayshirting, as it’s commonly known, is one way to get around the NCAA limit of 25 scholarships per year. By asking recruits to enroll in January, they would count against the previous year’s class if some recruits didn’t qualify or sign.

Of course, if a full class signs, the grayshirts are left out in the cold. That’s something that is not only wrong for a coach to do but morally reprehensible according to University of Florida president J. Bernard Machen.

“The universities, with full knowledge of what they are doing, extend more athletic scholarships than they have,” Machen wrote on SI.com. “These schools play roulette with the lives of talented young people. If they run out of scholarships, too bad. The letter-of-intent signed by the university the previous February is voided. Technically, it's legal to do this. Morally, it is reprehensible.”

Machen, who was president at Utah before taking over at Florida, also called ending student-athletes’ scholarships early, “equally disgusting.” Despite the president’s stand, former head coach Urban Meyer did extend grayshirt offers out to players here and there. So far, new head coach Will Muschamp has not.

Given that the SEC is the most prominent conference where these practices go on, kudos for Machen for being frank, honest and speaking out against a practice that certainly affects student-athletes lives for years to come.

Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:57 pm

Where's Curtis Grant going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Richmond (VA) linebacker Curtis Grant. MaxPreps' 19th-ranked player overall and second-ranked inside linebacker.

What's the big deal: As MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak details, Grant is one of the best and most heavily recruited linebackers in the country. After racking up 331 tackles over his final two years at Hermitage High, Grant has impressive size for a high school senior at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Unlike a lot of linebackers at his level, Grant reads plays well and attacks the line of scrimmage with his speed and power. It's no stretch to say he could play as a freshman, at the very least on special teams, but he has all the tools to become a future star wherever he goes.

When: He will announce on Signing Day around 1:30 ET at his high school.

Considering: Florida, Ohio State, Virginia and North Carolina.

Best guess: Ohio State. Spiewak says Grant likely ends up at either Ohio State or Florida, adding that head coach Will Muschamp has worked hard to establish a bond with Grant. While Florida has made a push, ultimately the Buckeyes snatch Grant up to add to an impressive and young linebacking core for the sweater vest.
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