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Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:31 am
 

2/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Word on the street is that Carmelo Anthony also insisted on two five-star linebackers going to Syracuse in his deal to go to New York. Still trying to confirm...

- Boise State has a late add to their class of 2011 in cornerback Malcolm Holland.

- An update on a few recruiting tidbits from the Chicago area.

- Wide receiver Connor Crane picked up offers from Kansas and Kansas State after visits.

- Cornerback Tracy Howard was invited to both the Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-American game.

- More quotes from Alabama commit Justin Taylor.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Video: Lemming on non-BCS conference schools

Posted by Bryan Fischer

CBS College Sports analyst Tom Lemming takes an in-depth look at non-BCS conference programs' signing classes. Did college football's underdogs like Boise State and TCU manage to grab some of the top recruits in the country?   

Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Boise St signs 19, welcomes them to the blue turf

Posted by Bryan Fischer

They may be light on the star ratings coming out of high school but Boise State’s 2011 recruiting class is heavy on accomplishments. The Broncos announced that they signed 19 players to a letter of intent, many of whom were named to various all-state or all-county teams.

The majority of the class is composed of linemen, three on each side of the ball. Boise State’s elevated profile the past few years is evident in where the student-athletes hail from, eight from California, four from Texas and one from Oregon, Washington and Canada.

Junior college kicker Dextrell Simmons transfers in from Blinn Junior College. In what might be taken as a good sign for Broncos fans, Simmons played on the same Blinn junior college team as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. Perhaps some of Newton's luck rubbed off.

Boise State also said three players were brought in as grayshirts and will be part of the 2010 signing class.

The Broncos open the 2011 season against Georgia on September 3rd.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:48 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:58 am
 

CBS Sports National Signing Day Show

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

3PM Hour

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.

5PM Hour

UCF head coach George O’Leary and Boise State’s Chris Petersen join the program to provide prospective from non-BCS conference schools.

6PM Hour

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.

Tune in and get all the latest about the nation’s best high school athletes and more, only on the CBS College Sports Network. More Signing Day coverage

More Signing Day Coverage
Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Non-AQ Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The impact of signing day isn't just felt inside the BCS conferences, so here's a look at how Wednesday will impact some major non-AQs.

Players to Watch

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Monroe (Monroe, GA): Tuitt could be the third member of the MaxPreps Top 100 to join Notre Dame's defensive line in 2011. The 6'6 255 pound defensive end has been a force at Monroe Area in Georgia, and though he's currently given Notre Dame his verbal, he's flirted with Georgia Tech in the last few weeks. While he's expected to sign with Notre Dame on Wednesday, nothing will be certain until he puts pen to paper. If he does sign with the Irish, he'll join Aaron Lynch (#22 on MaxPreps Top 100) and Ishaq Williams (#70) as defensive linemen in this class. A pretty nice haul. No wonder MaxPreps has Notre Dame atop its team rankings.

Ladarius Brown, ATH, Waxahachie (Waxahachie,TX): Brown is one of the best athletes in the country, and one that Gary Patterson can use in a lot of ways at TCU. Brown could find himself playing anywhere from wide receiver, cornerback, safety or linebacker in Fort Worth. Of course, he has to get to Fort Worth first. He originally gave his verbal to Oklahoma before going with TCU. Should Brown sign on Wednesday he'll be one of key members of a solid if not spectacular TCU class.

Jimmy Laughrea, QB, Rocklin (Rocklin, CA): Chris Petersen and Boise State seldom bring in highly rated recruiting classes, but the Broncos don't exactly pick up scraps either. With Kellen Moore entering his senior season it's time for Boise to look for his replacement, and they may find it in 6'2 180-pound Laughrea. The northern California quarterback gave his verbal commitment to Boise State back in June, and has shown no signs of wavering on it since.

Teams to Watch

Notre Dame: When Brian Kelly took the job at Notre Dame last winter, there were plenty of Irish fans worried about whether or not he'd be able to land the type of recruiting classes to get Notre Dame back to the top of the rankings. Well, is the best class in the country good enough? Of course, with such a strong recruiting class, the already high expectations in South Bend will only get higher. Still, stocking up on the defensive side of the football as Kelly has done in this class is a good first step toward meeting them.

TCU: TCU and Gary Patterson are bringing in a nice class for 2011, the school's final season in the Mountain West before moving on to the Big East. So this is the last class that the school will bring in as a non-AQ, and Patterson will be hoping that guys like Ladarius Brown, Chuck Hunter and Deryck Gildon can help the Horned Frogs get a little more consideration for a national title one of these days.

UCF: The Golden Knights aren't going to finish with a class that's ranked in the Top 25, but after finishing there in the polls following a win over Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, the school will have to bring in some players to make sure they stay ranked. After all, UCF wouldn't mind moving to the Big East along with TCU, and the Knights are hoping players like DE Toby Jackson and DB Jeremy Davis can help them get there.

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

You're not going to hear many people complain about the job Kyle Whittingham has done since replacing Urban Meyer at Utah. Still, with the Utes moving from the Mountain West to the new Pac-12, life is going to get a bit tougher. No longer will middle of the pack recruiting classes be good enough to compete for a conference title and possible BCS berth. The Utes will be hoping that having the doors to California opened to them on a larger scale will help, and as of now, over a third of their expected signees come from the Golden State.

More Signing Day coverage
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:08 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Monday night recruiting update

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After a full day in which rumors ran wild, at least one site has finally caught up with Crenshaw (CA) athlete De’Anthony Thomas. The speedy Thomas has been committed to USC since May of last year and one of the Trojans biggest recruiters but late Sunday night, several reports had him switching his commitment to Oregon.

One of the chief reasons for the speculation was a last minute trip to officially visit Oregon over the weekend.

“Man, it was everything I thought it would be and more,” Thomas told DuckTerritory.com. “That program is loaded with talent. It is one of the things that caught my eye when I was there.”

Thomas has not told any outlets what his plans are and if he has even decommitted for USC. Multiple USC recruiting cites are reporting that he will announce at 5 pm PT on Signing Day. USC has their Signing Day press conference scheduled for 5:30 pm, while Oregon’s is scheduled for 1 pm.

There was positive news for USC today with the commitment of Moreno Valley (CA) wide receiver Junior Pomee. At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, Pomee can play receiver or grow into a tight end in college. He is the Trojans’ 25th commitment and 17th that will sign on Wednesday.

News also broke out of Florida on two commitments, one of which is a big change of commitment. West Boca Raton (FL) receiver Robert Lockhart verbally committed to Virginia Tech. In non-BCS recruiting news, Dade City (FL) safety Jamie Byrd changed his commitment from Boise State to TCU.

More nuggets will be posted in tomorrow’s Recruiting Roundup.

Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:55 am
 

1/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It’s not every day that you see a sub-.500 team in the playoffs coached by a successful college coach going against a team quarterbacked by a guy from Vanderbilt. In fact, I don’t think anybody’s seen it. Or could have predicted it. Either way, on to the links. 

- Boise State has been on a little roll lately, recently picking up the commitment of Pasco (FL) safety Jamie Byrd. One of the better players in the north Tampa area, grabbing Byrd is not only an indication of the Broncos grabbing better talent with their recent success but also a sign of their expanded recruiting reach. 

- Former Tennessee wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson is looking to return to Division I football and offers from Syracuse and Kansas have peaked his interest. The talented but troubled wide receiver also played cornerback last season in junior college. 

- Oklahoma commit Brandon Carter has taken an official visit to TCU. Recruits Kendal Thompson, Brandon Williams and Marquis Anderson have also planned to enroll early at Oklahoma. 

- Highly recruited offensive lineman Errin Joe has committed to Georgia Tech. He is the 19th commitment for the class of 2011 and apparently really likes run blocking.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 8:58 am
 

1/13 Morning Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
Welcome to a daily feature we’d like to call the Recruiting Roundup, featuring stories, links, tweets and everything else covering the world of college football recruiting. Faster than your 40, we'll go straight to the links for your perusal.

- Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman unfortunately may be best known for missing two kicks against Nevada this year but he did have an excellent career, setting an FBS-record for points scored. The Broncos may have just found his able replacement in Upland (CA) kicker/punter Jake Van Ginkel, who committed on Wednesday. For some background on Van Ginkel, check out this profile from earlier in the year by the L.A. Times. 

- Oregon State picked up a commitment from defensive end Noa Aluesi out of Jefferson High in Oregon. At 6-foot-8 and 255 pounds, Aluesi gives the Beavers an impressive athlete to use on either side of the ball. 

- Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee are on Ashville (NC) defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan’s shortlist. The former Gator commit says they are still in the picture but Clemson is where he’s most comfortable right now. 

- Highly recruited Valdosta (GA) products tight end Jay Rome and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will make their college choices on January 20th. Staying in state, Thomasville (GA) defensive end Ray Drew will take an official visit to Miami this weekend

- A record-setting quarterback from the Dallas-area will enroll early at West Virginia as a walk-on. Flower Mound (TX) signal caller Paul Millard threw for 47 touchdowns last season and commits to West Virginia over offers from UTEP and Stephen F. Austin. 

- Stanford lost out on a commitment from Oradel (NJ) Shutang Mungwa but it was not because of the coaching change but because he was not accepted into the school. Mungwa, a defensive back, switched his commitment to Syracuse about 30 minutes after finding out he was not accepted. Brooklyn (NY) wide receiver Brandon Reddish also committed to the Orange.
 
 
 
 
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