Tag:Big 12
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:12 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Another Florida pledge for W. Virginia in Burney

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Illinois' firing of Ron Zook cost the school at least one recruit and Dana Holgorsen had no problem taking advantage. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) running back Roshard Burney came down to the two schools but committed to West Virginia on Monday.

“It’s been on my mind since I got back,” Burney told the Palm Beach Post. “Ever since I came back from that visit, I’ve loved West Virginia. It was a great atmosphere and I feel good about the coaching. They want what’s best for me.”

The 6-foot, 205-pound running back also held scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, Rutgers and others but it appeared to be a two-horse race the entire time for his pledge. As Burney was in the process of setting up an official visit to see the Illinois, Zook was let go by the school and that made the decision to commit to West Virginia an easy one.

“The whole Coach Zook thing threw me off,” Burney said. “I just talked to him last week. He was trying to set up my visit, and the next day, he was gone.”

Burney is the seventh player from the state of Florida and gives the Mountaineers 21 commitments for the class of 2012. He is the only primary running back in the group and has 1,966 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season.


Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 10:51 am
 

11/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Mark Richt thinks there's more momentum coming for Georgia on the recruiting trail.

 Cincinnati has already extended offers to several 2013 recruits.

 Some more on Iowa's pair of recent commitments.

 Nick Saban racked up the frequent flyer miles when he was putting his first recruiting class together.

 Trey Griffey is taking things slow in his recruitment, has BCS offers from Iowa State, Michigan State, and Washington State.

 The story behind De'Anthony Thomas' late switch from USC to Oregon

 Former Michigan recruit Demar Dorsey says Tennessee, Miami and Texas Tech are showing interest.

 The move to the Big 12 won't change how West Virginia recruits.


Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 5:06 pm
 

West Virginia gets commitment from Florida WR

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With the arrival of head coach Dana Holgorsen and the school's move to the Big 12, most people thought that West Virginia would be heading to Texas for a good portion of their talent. While that still may be true in the future, the staff is still maintaining close ties to the state of Florida and picked up a commitment Tuesday morning from Hollywood (Fla.) wide receiver Devonte Mathis.

“I had one more talk with my family and we all felt that [West Virginia] is the best option," Mathis told EerSports.com.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound wide out also held offers from Florida State, North Carolina, UCLA, Ohio State and others. One of the key reasons in picking the Mountaineers over such notable schools is largely due to the coaching staff in Morgantown.

“[Coach Holgorsen and Coach Robert Gillespie] were really excited and said they wanted to add to the offense heading into the Big 12,” said Mathis.

Mathis is the 20th commitment for West Virginia's class of 2012 and fifth from the state of Florida.

Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 3:06 pm
 

SEC quarterback recruiting more misses than hits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Look up and down the depth charts of NFL teams and you'll find five starting quarterbacks from SEC schools. 15% of the league seems like a good number but for a conference that has won five straight national championships and is widely considered to be home to the best football in the country, it's much smaller than you'd expect. After all, one school - USC - has three starting quarterbacks in the league and one was a career backup in college.

In light of the so-so quarterback play around the SEC this year (apart from Arkansas' Tyler Wilson and generally from Georgia's Aaron Murray), the question should be asked: Why can't SEC teams recruit great quarterbacks? There's not a single SEC quarterback in the top 20 in passing efficiency and a signal-caller has thrown for more than 350 yards in a game this season just twice. Twice. They play great defense in the league but that doesn't explain why Jarrett Lee throws up easy interceptions from time-to-time or the position is an open door at schools like Ole Miss.

One reason the league has struggled to churn out good quarterbacks is schools generally don't find many good ones in their own backyards. Tennessee feels great about their (now injured) quarterback Tyler Bray but remember he's from California. Of those starting quarterbacks in the NFL, Matthew Stafford is from Texas and Jay Cutler played high school football in Indiana. Both had solid careers in college but have blossomed at the next level while Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has struggled to produce at the next level. Is it conservative coaching (or lack of any good QB coaching), systems, too much defense or something in the water? States like Florida have been known to produce a good quarterback from time-to-time but it's just not a strength of the region. In the end, it comes down to recruiting a quality player and there just haven't been enough of them headed down South.

This season for example, Alabama lost out on five-star quarterbacks Gunner Kiel and in-state prospect Jameis Winston. Sure a big time quarterback commits to an SEC school from time-to-time but generally, you don't have top high school players at the position flocking to play at schools in the league. Meanwhile, Pac-12 and Big 12 schools, among others, keep churning out great passers. Increasingly, it seems, the high-flying offenses elsewhere have attracted the good ones and resulted in diminished play at SEC schools. Even when they do grab a big name, such as Florida's John Brantley, things just haven't worked out. Russell Shepard went to LSU with great fanfare but is now a play-making wide receiver as another example.

In the class of 2012, Auburn has the highest rated prospect at the position in Zeke Pike but there are plenty of questions about his mechanics, arm strength and maturity. Newcomer Texas A&M might have the best recruit in dual-threat Matt Davis. In 2011 the Gators grabbed two of the best in the country but we'll see how they play down the road after being thrown to the wolves as freshmen. One of them, Jeff Driskel, is the first consensus top quarterback to go a league school in years. Recruiting is an inexact science - look at powers like Texas struggle to find "the guy" - but it seems like more schools have a QB lab with issues in the SEC.

It's tough to succeed with great defenses but you can't fault lack of skill position on offense for lack of production if look at the rosters and incoming classes. There are plenty of reasons why each school in the SEC has struggled with quarterback play over the years - from development to playing against tough defenses - but ultimately it comes down to recruiting the right guys. There is a secret to success and conference schools have seemingly found it at every position but one. We'll see if things improve going forward but for now, no one is confusing the SEC as the cradle of quarterbacks.
 
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Texas Tech reaches into A&M territory for commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

To say Texas Tech does not like Texas A&M is an understatement. There is a statue in Lubbock, where Tech is located, where the rear end of a horse is pointed at College Station, where A&M is located. While you won't catch many - if any - Red Raiders fans in the city, there will be at least one family proudly wearing the red and black after College Station (Texas) running back Quinton White committed to Texas Tech Wednesday.

“I was nervous, because I didn’t know if Tech was going to offer me,” White told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “I’m a smaller running back. I’m not that fast. I originally committed to Tulsa and was pretty solid there. Then I got the offer today and was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. It’s for real.’"

The 5-foot-8, 190-pound back was not recruited by A&M and held offers from the service academies, UTEP and Louisiana Tech among others before committing to Tulsa. The offer from a Big 12 school was his first from a BCS school but White had plenty of reasons to commit to the Red Raiders.

“I like their offense,” White said, “and (receiver) Detron Lewis went there who was a graduate from A&M Consolidated. I like what they did with him. It’s a good program to be in, and Tommy Tuberville’s a great head coach.”

White is the 19th commitment for Texas Tech's class of 2012 and only running back. He has rushed for 714 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Texas adds second quarterback in Jalen Overstreet

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Rarely does Mack Brown take two quarterbacks in one recruiting class but a numbers crunch thanks in part to the transfer of Garrett Gilbert has left the Longhorns looking for another signal-caller in 2012. They found one over the weekend in Tatum (Texas) quarterback Jalen Overstreet, who committed to Texas following a visit to Austin.

"I liked the environment. It was crazy. The facilities are just really, really nice there. I've been before, but first was my first time really going in depth," Overstreet told Orangebloods.com. "I liked the environment, how close knit everything is. It's like one big family. Everyone there is well taken care of."
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is much more of an athletic dual-threat quarterback, a contrast to long-time commitment Connor Brewer. Overstreet held offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech and Michigan among others but stayed in-state and will remain a quarterback for the Longhorns.

"A lot of people think I'm not good as a quarterback just because of some of the things I need to do at Tatum to help us win," he said. "But I believe I can do a good mixture of run and pass. I can throw a lot better than people might think."

Overstreet's pledge gives Texas 19 commitments for the class of 2012. The Horns are currently second in the Maxpreps team rankings three months from Signing Day.
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:49 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 11:59 pm
 

National Notes: Recruiting the recruited

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Three months. Three stress-filled, long months until Signing Day.

To complicate things, it's the stretch run of the season, the holidays and bowl game time. Coaches have to worry about filling out a recruiting class as well as keeping their current commitments from looking around. Surprise official or unofficial visits can sometimes throw staffs for a loop. It's a complicated time of numbers juggling, keeping kids happy and, oh yeah, coaching.

With all that in mind, here's a run down of the top commitments from the ACC, Big 12 and Big East that each school has to keep in the fold and sign in February.

ACC

Boston College: Steven Daniels, linebacker. He signed with the Eagles last year but didn't qualify and could be looking around, they need the tackling machine quickly.

Clemson: Travis Blanks, defensive back. One of the top defensive backs on the East Coast, he can play right away with his coverage skills.

Florida State: Mario Edwards, defensive end. They've got a great defensive line class but no one like Edwards, who is strongly considering Oklahoma.

Maryland: Mike Madaras, offensive linemen. A local kid from a power conference at an area of need, the staff has burned some bridges locally and making sure Madaras stays in the fold is big.

N.C. State: K'Hadree Hooker, defensive tackle. The staff is on shaky ground but they'd be wise to keep the in-state DT.

Wake Forest: Jared Crump, wide receiver. 6-foot-3, 4.5 receivers don't grow on trees nor come from Florida to the Triangle often.

Duke: Deion Williams, linebacker. He's a tad undersized but a great cross-country get for the Blue Devils.

Georgia Tech: Tyler Stargel, linebacker. Would be a big interior presence with his size.

Miami: Jelani Hamilton, defensive end. One of the top players in the area, keeping him home would do wonders for the rest of the class.

North Carolina: Patton Robinette, quarterback. The Elite 11 signal-caller has already taken a few visits elsewhere.

Virginia: Kwontie Moore, linebacker. The complete package, he'd be a much-needed upgrade on defense.

Virginia Tech: Jarontay Jones, defensive end. One of the top players in Georgia, it's possible he could pull a late switch.

Big 12

Baylor: Kiante' Griffin, athlete. Could come in and play on either side of the ball.

Iowa State: Grant Rohach, quarterback. It's not too often ISU gets a quarterback like Rohach out of California.

Kansas: Brian Beckmann, offensive lineman. Big body like Beckmann is someone they must have to build around.

Kansas State: Aderius Epps, offensive lineman. See above.

Missouri: Jonathan Williams, running back. Henry Josey has done a great job and Williams is that type of player.

Oklahoma: Polo Manukainiu, defensive end. He's already a shaky commitment and is taking visits elsewhere.

Oklahoma State: Kendall Sanders, athlete. He would be a great fit for the Cowboys.

Texas: Johnathan Gray, running back. He's pretty solidly committed but that still doesn't mean you stop recruiting #1 RB in the country.

Texas Tech: Dominique Wheeler, wide receiver. He should play early with his speed.

TCU: Daje Johnson, defensive back. You need defensive backs in the Big 12 and Johnson is one of the fastest in Texas.

Big East

Cincinnati: Dennis Norfleet
, running back. He's small but he's dynamic in space a great fit for the offense.

Connecticut: Casey Cochran
, quarterback. Grabbing the best in-state player is always a good start for a new head coach.

Louisville: Larry Jefferson,
defensive end. He could provide a nice boost on either side of the ball.

Pittsburgh: Rushel Shell
, running back. He was likely to end up at Pitt all along but they need to keep the five-star happy.

Rutgers: Leonte Carroo,
wide receiver. One of the top players in the state, he could help them with his Don Bosco teammates.

South Florida:
Chris Bivins, defensive back. One of the better corners in Northern Florida, one wonders if the Gators came in with a later offer.

Syracuse: Tashon Whitehurst,
linebacker. Not the fastest player, he's still a nice get from Florida at his position.

West Virginia: Deontay McManus
, wide receiver. He's a great fit in Dana Holgorsen's offense but the commitment isn't super strong.

Notre Dame sees Perkins decommit

First it was USC that saw a high-profile decommit and now the team they recently beat is suffering the same thing. South Bend (Ind.) linebacker David Perkins opened things up Monday, a loss for the Irish on the defensive side of the ball.

“There are a lot of good schools out there interested in me, and Notre Dame doesn’t let you take visits, and I want to take visits,” Perkins told 247Sports. “I feel like I committed too fast and didn’t give myself a chance to go through the whole recruiting process. I’m going to reopen it and go through the process and see what all is out there."

It's not unusual to hear this kind of thing from kids as we draw closer to Signing Day but interesting to hear it from a local player like Perkins. He has several programs such as LSU, Michigan State, Tennessee and Oregon that could be players if he doesn't keep Notre Dame in the mix.

The Irish have 15 commitments for 2012 as of now.

Video of the week

Here are some highlights of Texas commit Cayleb Jones, the second best wide receiver in the country and a five-star prospect.



Recruiting Roundup

Guito Ervilus has North Carolina as his leader after a visit.

Georgia Tech impressed a good number of recruits in their game against Clemson.

UCLA is the latest offer for running back Fabian Moreau.

Does playing Florida in Jacksonville hurt Georgia's recruiting?

Offenisve lineman Brandon Fanaika is interested in Arkansas.

 Brian Kelly wants easier access to recruits.


Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:28 am
 

10/26 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Where will top tackle Arik Armstead land? Breaking down the former USC commit's options.

Michigan is still searching for a wide receiver for the current class.

Steve Spurrier recruited great quarterbacks to Florida but that hasn't continued at South Carolina.

West Virginia's possible move to the Big 12 should help in recruiting because the coaching staff is very familiar with the area.

N.C. State has aggressively recruited the defensive line this year.

At Nebraska, the focus in recruiting has shifted to defensive playmakers.

Georgia commit John Theus returned from Notre Dame feeling better about the Bulldogs.
 
 
 
 
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