Tag:Big Ten
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Ohio State flips Southward without Meyer

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Yes, there's some guy named Urban Meyer - with two shiny national title rings - taking over in Columbus but even with out him being officially named as head coach, Ohio State was landing a player from the state of Florida. Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Ricquan Southward was committed to Miami but an official visit a week ago was enough to cause him to switch his commitment to the Buckeyes on Sunday ahead of his new coach's announcement.

"I had a good visit last week," Southward told BuckeyeGrove.com. "I talked to some people and got some advice and stuff and I just feel like it's a better fit for me, going to Ohio State."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver was recruited heavily by receivers coach Stan Drayton, who appears to one of the current assistants retained my Meyer. Rumors of the new head coach coming into town had little effect on Southward in flipping his commitment, who seemed to be more enamored with the team itself and atmosphere around campus.

"I've been a Gator fan my whole life," he said. "I like Urban Meyer but really this didn't have a real big effect on me."

Southward becomes the 16th commitment for the class of 2012 for the Buckeyes and fourth at the wide receiver position. He had committed to Miami in early November.
Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:55 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Recruiting is a difficult task for Penn State



Posted by Bryan Fischer


Recruiting in and of itself is extremely difficult. The stakes are high, jobs are at risk and the payoff at the end might be one kid making one play years down the road to win a game. Add in the amount of time college football coaches spend on the trail - recruiting is not a sometimes thing, it is an all the time thing - and one quickly understands why plenty of coaches will privately say that what they do leading up to Signing Day is one of their least favorite things about the job.

Some schools have a built-in advantage when it comes to players, others have to work extremely hard just to get a recruit to visit. For the most part, Penn State has been in the former category - a big state school, fertile recruiting ground in Pennsylvania, a legendary head coach, unmatched tradition and, literally, generations of players committed to play for the Nittany Lions since birth.

Now, following the shocking allegations involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky and involvement (or lack thereof) of Penn State officials, all of the factors the school had going for it have been shown the door just as quickly as Joe Paterno was pushed out. One of the men at the center of the scandal, Mike McQueary, was the recruiting coordinator (he's on administrative leave) and it's very likely nobody from the current staff will be retained. The house is going to be cleaned but the only problem is the people still inside it are going to have to cobble together a class of 2012 first.

"Penn State's reputation, especially in the Northeast part of the country was second to none," CBS Sports analyst Rich Rodriguez said last week. "If there was a player in that quadrant in the country, they had a chance to get them. ... They'll take a little hit and they'll recover and still be the choice in the Northeast part of the country."

The current recruiting class for the school is led by Glen Ellyn (Ill.) defensive lineman Tommy Schutt and totals 15 players. There has only been one public decommitment since the scandal broke but keep in mind that it is very early and plenty of the players have barely had time to think about recruiting with teams in the middle of playoff runs. The commits that have made public comments all generally have said they're taking a 'wait and see" approach and that's pretty consistent with other places that have seen a cloud hover over the program.

But soon, there won't be a time to wait and players will have to see what Penn State is offering and what others are. Don't be surprised if most of the class takes at least one visit to another school and continues to open the phone lines up to other staffs. There will be recruits among the 15 in the current class and others out there that simply want to go to Penn State and will likely end up signing in February. For those that aren't fully committed to the university, those that wanted to play for Joe Paterno and the current staff or those that are simply uneasy with the whole situation, it's going to be extremely tough for them to fax their letter of intent to State College.

Some uncommitted players who had been considering the school have already dropped them from consideration and that is the area the staff will have the most difficult time with. Athlete Joel Caleb, defensive end Noah Spence and defensive tackle Jamil Pollard are among the prospects that have decided to drop the Nittany Lions down on their list or take them off all together.

Can Penn State rebuild their reputation and recruit as good, if not better, than they were before? It depends on who they hire as head coach. The school is not going to receive NCAA sanctions from all indications so there will be no bowl bans or scholarship reductions to speak about. The most difficult thing going forward is the current group of coaches going into the living rooms of recruits across the country and convincing them and their parents that things will be ok in State College and Penn State is still a great place to get an education and play football.

It will get easier as time goes on and especially once a new head coach and staff are hired but for right now, recruiting players to become a Nittany Lion is the hardest sell in college football. Penn State should be back, some day down the road. For now though, it's tough roads ahead and an even tougher task on the recruiting trail.

Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Illinois flips Miami commit, adds two others

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Ron Zook is known as an excellent recruiter despite his on the field coaching abilities falling short of expectations. How good of a recruiter? Despite being very much on the coaching hot seat, Zook and his staff flipped linebacker and Miami commitment Keith Brown and added commitments from Miami (Fla.) linebacker Lamar Atkins and Bolingbrook (Ill.) offensive lineman Robbie Bain in less than 24 hours.

"I have just been talking with my family and I've been thinking about it lately," Bain told Orangeandbluenews.com. "I felt like it was the right school. I love the coaches, good academics, good school. I just think it's the right fit for me."

The possibility of the Illinois coaching staff moving on after the season didn't weigh much on Bain, who also had interest from several other Big Ten schools.

"I've heard that, but I'm not really paying attention to it," he said. "I hope the coaches stay, but I'm committed to Illinois."

While Bain committing to an in-state school is not that much of a shock, grabbing two linebackers out of South Florida is. Brown had been wavering on his commitment to the Hurricanes ever since the Nevin Shapiro allegations came out and had been taking official visits to several schools. He recently took one to Illinois with Atkins, his teammate and brother, and things went so well both ended up committing to the Illini.

"I really like coach Zook," Brown said. "He's a great coach, a real team player. He's all about his players and would do anything for them, and I love that."

The trio give the program 12 commitments for the class of 2012, with Brown and Atkins being the only linebackers to make a pledge. Illinois still has plenty of work left to do on the recruiting trail as they have one of the smallest classes in the Big Ten. Brown is ranked as the 16th-best outside linebacker in the country by Maxpreps.

"He makes plays from sideline to sideline, is excellent in coverage, rarely gets caught up in traffic, plays the game on his feet, and is known for his hard-hitting style of play," analyst Tom Lemming said of Brown. "He shows good ball skills, is as durable as they come, and can effectively plug the gap and shut off the inside run."
 

Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Wide receiver Greg Mabin latest to commit to Iowa

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Iowa has gone outside their normal recruiting areas a few times the past couple of years and did so again Tuesday to nab Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) wide receiver Greg Mabin, who committed to Hawkeyes assistant coach Rick Kaczenski.

“I’m pretty sure I’m all set now,” Mabin told 247sports. “I definitely don’t want to de-commit. Iowa was the only one that took a chance with me and stuck with me.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver had interest from other schools but only held a BCS conference offer from the Hawkeyes. Though that was a factor, committing to Iowa was also about the relationship he built with the coaching staff.

“They seem so sincere with everything,” Mabin said. “They treated me like I was family. And Coach (Kirk) Ferentz is going to be there for a while.”

Maybin is the 11th commitment for Iowa's class of 2011 and just the fifth on offense.

Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Michigan adds local back Drake Johnson

Posted by Bryan Fischer

To say that Ann Arbor (Mich.) running back Drake Johnson wanted to play football at Michigan would be a drastic understatement considering he lives extremely close to the school. On Tuesday, his dreams came through with a scholarship offer from Brady Hoke and staff followed by his quick commitment to the program.

"When I was in little league, we used to be the Washtenaw Jr. Wolverines," Johnson told Rivals. "I always had really close ties to Michigan within my family and within the people I know. Michigan has always been the place I wanted to go, and now that the chance has come up it is almost magical."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder only had one other scholarship before the Wolverines came through with one, to Eastern Michigan. Though he was starting to see attention from other BCS schools, he's excited to head to the school he's always wanted to go to with a new offense that appears to be a perfect fit.

"I'm more of a power kind of tailback, so I like the pro and I like running from under center," Johnson said. "With Brady Hoke coming here and his success this season, that is something that is attractive and somewhere I could definitely see myself playing."

Johnson is the second, and likely last, running back to commit to Michigan for the class of 2012. He is the 24th overall commitment for the Wolverines' class and have an extremely productive season as he is close to breaking the single season state rushing record.



Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Cornerback Ezra Robinson commits to Michigan St

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan State has recruited out-of-state increasingly better over the past few years and did so again this week, grabbing the commitment of Sarasota (Fla.) cornerback Ezra Robinson on Thursday.

"I knew during my visit that Michigan State was the right place for me,” Robinson told SpartanTailgate.com. “I just got along so well with [commitments Kyle Kerrick and Jermaine Edmondson]. Also, I just was on the same page with some of the players and their whole entire coaching staff."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back visited campus during the Spartans upset win over Wisconsin a few weeks ago. He held offers from Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Florida and West Virginia among others but was sold on playing defense for Mark Dantonio and his staff.

"It's just a great program," he said. "They’re really defensively sound and I love that. Coach Dantonio is a defensive back coach by nature. That kinda gives you that edge being a defensive back. Michigan State is the perfect place to be. The coaching staff and the players. They all make you feel like you’re a part of a family already. If you have that type of relationship with your coaches and teammates you can never go wrong with it."

Robinson's pledge gives Michigan State 15 class of 2012 commitments, just two of which are defensive backs.


Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Midseason Big Ten 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 Big Ten.


 Illinois (9)

Defensive back Taylor Barton (Orlando, Fla.)
Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Defensive back Zach Jackson (Snellville, Ga.)
Defensive back Cody Quinn (Middletown, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jason "JJ" Robertson (Mokena, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Joseph Spencer (Mason, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey Warburg (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive tackle Vontrell Williams (Chicago, Ill.)

Indiana (19)

Linebacker Jacarri Alexander (Fort Dodge, Iowa/Iowa Central JUCO)
Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive back Dante Blackmon (Covington, Ga.)
Wide receiver Caleb Cornett (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Linebacker Mike Cotton (O'Fallon, Ill.)
Wide receiver Kevin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Dan Freeney (Orland Park, Ill.)
Defensive back Dawson Fletcher (West Chester, Ohio)
Defensive end Shawn Heffern (Carmel, Ind.)
Tight end Tanner Kearns (Lexington, Ohio)
Quarterback Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Adam Kranda (New Castle, Ind.)
Linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Wes Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Sebastian Smith (Pickerington, Ohio)
Tight end Jason Spriggs (Elkhart, Ind.)
Linebacker Darrius Stroud (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Alex Todd (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Linebacker Jordan Wallace (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Iowa (10)

Athlete Maurice Fleming Jr. (Chicago, Ill.)
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (Westchester, Ill.)
Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)
Kicker Connor Kornbrath (Bridgeport, W.V.)
Athlete Ruben Lile (Detroit, Mich.)
Athlete Michael Malloy (Sioux City, Iowa)
Defensive end Drew Ott (Giltner, Neb.)
Linebacker Laron Taylor (Detroit, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.)
Wide receiver Cameron Wilson (Dublin, Ohio)

Michigan (23)

Offensive lineman Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.)
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Defensive back Jeremy Clark (Madisonville, Ky.)
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Running back Sione Houma (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calf.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Standifer (Crete, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Jarrod Wilson (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive end Christopher Wormley (Toledo, Ohio)

Michigan State (14)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Wide receiver Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kodi Kieler (Gibraltar, Mich.)
Wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Linebacker Jamal Lyles (Southfield, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Lima, Ohio)
Defensive end Se'von Pittman (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Tight end Josiah Price (Greentown, Ind.)
Running back Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga.)

Minnesota (21)

Linebacker Josh Ballesteros (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Drew Davis (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (Lewisvile, Texas)
Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (Rochester JUCO/Rochester, Minn.)
Wide receiver Jamel Harbison (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Defensive back Tyren Hills (Boutte, La.)
Tight end Samad Hinds (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Mitch Leidner (Lakeville, Minn.)
Linebacker Jack Lynn (Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Linebacker Barrington Morris (Lauderhill, Fla.)
Defensive back Dinero Moss (Surprise, Fla.)
Defensive back Eric Murray (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.)
Linebacker Brian Nicholson (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (Blue Earth, Minn.)
Defensive end Dominic Twitty (Mount Holly, N.J.)
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)
Running back Rodrick Williams Jr. (Lewisville, Texas)

Nebraska (5)

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas)
Tight end Sam Cotton (Lincoln, Neb.)
Lineabcker Deion Jones (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive end Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio)
Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Paul Thurston (Arvada, Col.)
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.)

Northwestern (17)

Defenisve back Terrance Brown (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Adam DePietro (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Chris Fitzpatrick (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Athlete Traveon Henry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Greg Kuhar (Concord Township, Ohio)
Defensive end Dean Lowry (Rockford, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Connor Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mike McHugh (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Eric Olson (Cambridge, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Linebacker Jaylen Prater (Wellston, Ohio)
Tight end Jack Schwaba (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Athlete Dan Vitale (Wheaton, Ill.)
Defensive back Dwight White (Cypress, Texas)

Ohio State (13)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Defensive back De'van Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Pat Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Quarterback Cardale Jones (Fork Union, Va.)
Wide receiver Roger Lewis (Pickerington, Ohio)
Defensive back Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio)
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Linebacker Luke Roberts (Lancaster, Ohio)
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio)

Penn State (16)

Defensive tackle Derek Dowrey (Winchester, Va.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Tight end J.P. Holtz (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Richland, N.J.)
Athlete Jake Kiley (New Hampton, N.H.)
Wide receiver Eugene Lewis (Plymouth, Pa.)
Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Col.)
Defensive back Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, Mass.)
Defensive tackle Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Linebacker Nyeem Wartman (Archbald, Pa.)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.)

  Purdue (20)

Wide receiver Danny Anthrop (Lafayette, Ind.)
Quarterback Austin Appleby (North Canton, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Brown (Tampa, Fla.)
Athlete Carlos Carvajal (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Tight end Jonathan Curry (Phenix City, Ala.)
Linebacker Andy Garcia (Hialeah, Fla.)
Quarterback Aloyis Gray (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.)
Linebacker Jimmy Herman (Carmel, Ind.)
Running back Benjamin "BJ" Knauf (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive back Steffon Martin (Arizona Western JUCO, Yuma, Ariz.)
Kicker Thomas Meadows (Goochland, Va.)
Tight end Ryan Morris (Barnegat, N.J.)
Wide receiver Cameron Posey (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Roos (Celina, Texas)
Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Devin Smith (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western JUCO)
Wide receiver Jordan Woods (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Wisconsin (11)

Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offenisve lineman J.J. Denman (Fairless Hills, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Hugs Etienne (Plantation, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Athlete Reggie Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defenisve back D.J. Singleton (Jersey City, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Walker Williams (Tacoma, Wash.)

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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.




 
 
 
 
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