Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:17 am

2/18 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While the NBA descends upon Los Angeles for All-Star weekend, the recruiting world takes their talents to South Beach this weekend for the Miami Nike Combine and NUC Underclassman combine.

- After getting through his first class at Michigan, Brady Hoke has now turned his attention to the class of 2012. Speaking of Michigan, many of the best in the midwest region are headed to Ann Arbor for UM's annual camp.

- A nice Q&A with Miami commit Gray Crow (and yes, it's Gray).

- A pair of South Florida prospects are taking an unofficial visit to Miami but still have UCF in the lead.

- Arizona extended an offer to Dallas area offensive tackle Trey Keenan.

- Lots of Arkansas recruiting tidbits from this notebook.

Posted on: February 10, 2011 8:44 am

2/10 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While most people are sipping their coffee, many coaches across the country are doing the same in a dark film room evaluating recruits and hoping to bring in the next class of great players for their school.

- An early list of the top ten players for the state of Georgia from the class of 2012.

- Oklahoma has hired a new on-campus recruiting coordinator in former Minnesota recruiting coordinator Dan Berezowitz.

- SI.com’s Andy Staples goes back and re-ranks the 2008 recruiting classes with the added bonus of hindsight.

- Miami (Fla.) athlete Deandre Jasper claims offers from Florida State, UCF and Rutgers.

- Texas Tech has made a push into the state of Florida under Tommy Tuberville and they did so once again in extending an offer to cornerback Joseph McClary.

- Miami picked up two players yesterday, transfer Tate Forcier from Michigan and 2012 cornerback A.J. Leggett.

Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:14 am
Edited on: February 8, 2011 9:15 am

2/8 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

College football never stops and there is no offseason: two things reporters and fans in the south know and think quite often.

- It was a very good year for talent in the state of Georgia (see the Georgia Bulldog’s ‘Dream Team’). As of yesterday though, an astonishing 736 players from the state had signed to play college football, a remarkable number.

- Of course, Florida is not to be left behind, as it has more talent per capita than any other state, joining Georgia as one of six states that signed more than 100 players to a Division I school.

- One columnist says UCF is doing great in recruiting and that’s one of the reasons USF is trying to block their possible move to the Big East.

- Arizona quarterback Connor Brewer is the first commitment for Texas for the 2012 class. We’ll have more on Brewer’s commitment later on the blog.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:23 pm

UCF grabs another in QB DaMarcus Smith

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Longtime Louisville commitment DaMarcus Smith finally signed his letter of intent today… with Central Florida, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

A Cardinal commit for well over a year, Smith waivered in the process following the early enrollment of touted All-American quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

"I love the University of Louisville, all the fans and the passion,” Smith said at his press conference. “But for the next four years I'll be with Central Florida."

The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Smith tried to enroll early at Louisville but was not cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse after enrolling at an accelerated high school program. He is the 30th player to sign with the Knights as part of their highly regarded 2011 class.

Posted on: February 4, 2011 10:10 am

2/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The day after the day after Signing Day could actually bring two commitments in Jacoby Brissett and Cyrus Kounadjio.

- UCF has already brought in the top class in school history but it could get even better.

- Stanford offered 2012 linebacker Joe Bolden.

- Utah joining the Pac-12 has allowed the Utes to grab a talented recruiting class, a sign that the move has already paid off.

- Some more Washington-related links from after Signing Day.

- One prediction of where quarterback Jacoby Brissett will go. His announcement is tonight at halftime of his basketball game.

Posted on: February 3, 2011 3:11 pm

UCF gets late commit, beats the big boys

Posted by Bryan Fischer

UCF has taken steps to compete with major BCS programs over the past few years. Last year marked the most success the program ever had as head coach George O’Leary led the Knights to their first ranking in the final AP Top 25 poll following a win over SEC power Georgia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Now UCF is competing with the likes of Michigan, Washington and Colorado for recruits. In the case of Denver (CO) linebacker Leilon Willingham, they’re actually winning a few recruiting battles with the big boys.

Willingham is MaxPreps 13th-ranked outside linebacker. He had to wait until after Signing Day to fax in his letter of intent in due to inclement weather. Willingham was committed to Texas A&M in December but later decommitted.

Also following Willingham to UCF is teammate Rayshon Williams. The 6-foot-1 wide receiver is the cousin of Miami Dolphins star Brandon Marshall.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:31 pm

Georgia nabs another top recruit in Kent Turene

Posted by Adam Jacobi

If the Georgia Bulldogs underwhelmed on the field in 2010 -- and they most certainly did, finishing 6-7 with a bowl loss to UCF -- you'd never know it by the Bulldogs' recruiting class, which is currently in MaxPreps' Top 10 and just got better with the addition of linebacker Kent Turene.

In a rare miss for Lane Kiffin and USC -- who have been absolutely solid today -- Turene decommitted from the Trojans in January and opened up his recruiting to several programs, including Georgia. USC stayed in the hunt, though, and Turene narrowed his choices to USC and Georgia before making his decision today.

While both schools' classes would still be Top-10 caliber without Turene's services, this is still a big recruiting win for the Bulldogs as they strengthen their defensive front seven. Turene can play inside or out for Georgia, and he might even benefit from a move to defensive end to make the most of his explosive athleticism.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 

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

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