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Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:04 pm
 

9/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Iowa is certainly looking at taking a quarterback in 2012.

USC commit David Stills takes on highly touted athlete Stefon Diggs this week.

Good notebook full of nuggets on Ohio State targets and commits.

With Oregon on a bye, the Ducks' coaches are hitting the recruiting trail.

Defensive end Kenderius Whitehead could follow his high school teammate to Georgia.

South Carolina still leads for cornerback Chaz Elder.


Commitments

Charlie Strong got a commitment out of tight end Hunter Bowles.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Georgia loses one WR, gains another

Posted by Bryan Fischer

You win some, you lose some. The old saying certainly applies to the recruiting game and, in the case of Georgia, applied over the weekend. The Bulldogs lost one wide receiver commitment in Goose Creek (S.C.) 2013 wide receiver Tramel Terry and gained one in Lithonia (Ga.) wide out Blake Tibbs.

“Yeah, I pretty much rushed my decision,” Terry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I don’t want to be committed to Georgia unless I’m 100 percent in. I have other schools I’m looking at. Georgia is still on top of my list. I just feel like I wasn’t committed even when I was, so it was time to go ahead and do this.”

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Terry was one of three top 2013 prospects to commit at Georgia's summer camp in July. Though the school is still under consideration, in-state programs South Carolina and Clemson are coming on strong in the recruiting process.

“I feel the same way about Clemson as I do South Carolina," he said. "It’s out in the middle of nowhere but everybody treats each other like family there. It’s real cool.”

Tibbs' commitment softens the blow and fills a more immediate need since he's in the class of 2012. He held offers from North Carolina and Kentucky among others.

“I watched college football all day on Saturday, started thinking about recruiting, and UGA kept popping up in my head,” Tibbs told the AJC. “I was thinking about all the boys in my area that Georgia is recruiting … and that if we all go down to Georgia together, we can make an impact there.”

The pair's decisions give Mark Richt 15 commitments for the class of 2012 and three in the class of 2013.
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 22, 2011 10:18 am
 

9/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Two sport star Shaq Goodwin, a receiver in football, has Georgia, UCLA, Florida and Memphis on top of his list and had three schools visit with him recently.
For tight ends like Oklahoma commit Laith Harlow, the recruiting road wasn't paved with gold like others.

Quarterback/athlete Devin Fuller is no longer hearing from South Carolina.

Running back Todd Gurley has dropped Clemson from his top five.

An overview of Ohio State's recruiting efforts recently.

Running back Brandon Watkins is on Michigan State's radar.

Commitments

Offensive lineman Terry Davis committed to N.C. State on Tuesday.
Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: September 21, 2011 10:07 am
 

9/21 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Top tight end recruit Kent Taylor could return to the field from a broken hand soon.

What do Georgia Tech recruits think about ACC expansion?

Moving to the ACC has made James Washington's commitment to Syracuse firmer.

West Virginia and Wake Forest offered 2013 running back Greg Bryant on Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Adam Pankey will take an unofficial visit to Pitt this week.

Will Muschamp's rant against the NCAA earned him some recruiting currency.

A recruiting trip to Ohio State ended up making Colorado head coach Jon Embree a Buff.

Shane Beamer discussed recruiting at Virginia Tech and the NCAA allegations at his previous stop, South Carolina.

Quarterback Shane Morris is both a recruit and a recruiter for Michigan.

Commitments

Offensive lineman Jackson Bounamia committed to Air Force.

Kentucky landed athlete Fred Tiller out of Georgia.


Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Chris Brown latest pledge to Notre Dame

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Notre Dame turned their season around on Saturday with a win against Michigan State and while that was good news for Irish fans, they received even more good news afterwards as Hanahan (S.C.) wide receiver Chris Brown committed to the program.

“It feels really good,” Brown told Scout. “You can’t beat the tradition, you can’t beat the (degree), they have a real young defense but they make plays. I think with me and (fellow Notre Dame commit Ronald) Darby going there, we can make a positive contribution to them”.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder was in South Bend for the game as part of an official visit and despite offers from Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina and others, the comfort with the Notre Dame coaching staff was one of the deciding factors in verbally committing.

“I talked to the offensive coordinator and the receivers coach, and they said they know I’m a good person,” Brown said. “I want to be challenged, and not only getting my degree there, but working for that degree there. They were really impressed with me, I was really impressed with them and it just felt right."

Brown is the 15th commitment for Brian Kelly's class of 2012 and joins Justin Ferguson and Deontay Greenberry as the third wide out in the group. Maxpreps has Brown ranked 21st among wingbacks across the country.

Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:13 am
 

9/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- If you're looking for a quarterback, Texas is the place to find one if you take into account NFL success.

Florida State had an impressive visitor list for their game against Oklahoma.

Running back David Smith made an unofficial visit to Iowa and tackle Jordan Diamond was at Illinois.

Defensive back Jordan Diggs has set an official visit to South Carolina.

2013 receiver Jorian Jordan-Brown is leaning toward North Carolina and South Carolina among others.

UConn commit Bobby Puyol hopes the Huskies go to the ACC.

Top 2013 prospect Jake Raulerson had a good time at the Arkansas-Troy game and is very interested in the Razorbacks.
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:39 am
 

9/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Notre Dame is pushing hard for offensive tackle Zach Banner. Wide receiver Justin Ferguson is solid with the Irish.
South Carolina has stepped up their recruiting efforts under Steve Spurrier.

Michigan State could land the top prospect in Michigan yet again in wideout Aaron Burbridge. The Spartans are also recruiting Ohio QB Brogan Roback.

Tight end Kurt Freitag will take visits to Florida State, Alabama and Florida.

Could Alabama lose linebacker Dillon Lee to Georgia?

Oklahoma quarterback Brayden Scott has lots of interest in Arkansas.

Commitments:

Boise State received a commitment from safety Chanceller James.

Mississippi State added linebacker Lelland Ducksworth to their class of 2012.
 
 
 
 
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