Tag:Big 12
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Midseason Big 12 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 12.

   Baylor (18)

Offensive lineman Tre-Von Armstead (Port Arthur, Texas)
Offensive lineman Cameron Bailey (Athens, Texas)
Defensive end Dominique Banks (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Terrell Burt (Wylie, Texas)
Defensive back Devin Chafin (Burkburnett, Texas)
Athlete Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas)
Defensive back Aiavion Edwards (Stephenville, Texas)
Linebacker Kendall Ehrlich (Pearland, Texas)
Defensive tackle Zorrell Ezell (Humble, Texas)
Wide receiver Kiante' Griffin (Carrollton, Texas)
Athlete Lynx Hawthorne (Weimar, Texas)
Defensive back Sabian Holmes (Southlake, Texas)
Linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone (Allen, Texas)
Defensive end Jamal Palmer (McKinney, Texas)
Defensive back Ryan Reid (Sherman, Texas)
Defensive back Zach Sanchez (Keller, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Searcy (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JUCO)
Athlete Terrence Singleton (Port Arthur, Texas)

   Iowa State (13)

Defensive end Pierre Aka (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Collin Bevins (Creston, Iowa)
Offensive lineman Daniel Burton (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Wide receiver Patrick Harris (Groveland, Fla.)
Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Quarterback Luke Knott (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive end Mitchell Meyers (The Woodlands, Texas)
Kicker Cole Netten (Ankeny, Iowa)
Linebacker Adam Pavlenko (Tempe, Ariz.)
Athlete Charles Rodgers (Iowa City, Iowa)
Quarterback Grant Rohach (Moorpark, Calif.)
Linebacker Kane Seeley (Perry, Iowa)
Wide receiver Quan West (Willis, Texas)

   Kansas (8)

Offensive lineman Brian Beckmann (Overland Park, Kan.)
Defensive back Daniel Gray (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
Running back Derek Keaton (Camden, Ark.)
Quarterback Bilal Marshall (Hialeah, Fla.)
Defensive back H.B. Rosser (Clarksville, Texas)
Quarterback Seth Russell (Garland, Texas)
Tight end Jordan Smith (Waco, Texas)
Defensive end De'Jon Wilson (Washington, D.C.)

   Kansas State (10)

Quarterback Tavarius Bender (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive tackle Travis Britz (Harrisonville, Mo.)
Linebacker Will Davis (Southlake, Texas)
Offenisve lineman Aderius Epps (Cedar Hill, Texas)
Defensive tackle Wesley Hollingshed (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley JUCO)
Wide receiver Tray Rabon (Dallas, Texas)
Athlete Matt Seiwert (Conway Springs, Kan.)
Tight end Cody Small (Cypress, Texas)
Wide receiver Vernon Vaughn (Kansas City, Kan.)

   Missouri (15)

Offensive lineman Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Defensive back Torey Boozer (Everman, Texas)
Defensive back Chaston Cuffee (Cleburne, Texas)
Offensive lineman Simon Goines (Keller, Texas)
Linebacker Markus Golden (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Defensive back Will Hines (Waco, Texas)
Defensive tackle Donald Hopkins (Lago Vista, Texas)
Offensive lineman Germian Ifedi (Houston, Texas)
Quarterback Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio)
Linebacker Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive tackle Edmund Ray (St. Louis, Mo.)
Linebacker Michael Scherer (St. Louis, Mo.)
Running back Morgan Steward (Kansas City, Mo.)
Running back Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive end Evan Winston (Muskegon Heights, Mich.)

   Oklahoma (14)

Athlete Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Tight end Laith Harlow (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back DeVante Harris (Mesquite, Texas)
Quarterback Trevor Knight (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive end Polo Manukainiu (Euless, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kyle Marrs (San Antonio, Texas)
Offensive lineman John Michael McGee (Texarkana, Texas)
Wide receiver Trey Metoyer (Chatham, Va./Hargrave Military Academy)
Wide receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla.)
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Linebacker Eric Striker (Seffner, Fla.)
Athlete Charles Tapper (Baltimore, Md.)

   Oklahoma State (15)

Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro JUCO)
Offensive lineman Greg Brantley (Carthage, Texas)
Wide receiver C.J. Curry (Flowery Branch, Ga.)
Defensive end Eric Davis (Tyler, Texas)
Offensive lineman Donald Hawkins (Senatoba, Miss./Northwest MS JUCO)
Defensive end Victor Irokansi (Pflugerville, Texas)
Defensive back Ashton Lampkin (Fort Worth, Texas)
Offensive lineman Paul Lewis (Galena Park, Texas)
Quarterback Wes Lunt (Rochester, Ill.)
Defensive end Emmanuel Ogabah (Richmond, Texas)
Athlete Dominic Ramacher (Denton, Texas)
Athlete Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas)
Linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanda (North Richland Hills, Texas)
Tight end Zac Veatch (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Wide receiver Blake Webb (The Woodlands, Texas)

  TCU
(16)

Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Running back B.J. Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Wide receiver Ricky Collins (Kilgore JUCO, Kilgore, Texas)
Defensive end Devonte Fields (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Keivon Gamble (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley JUCO)
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Hunt (El Campo, Texas)
Athlete Daje Johnson (Plugerville, Texas)
Running back Rashodrick Linwood (Linden, Texas)
Athlete Kolby Listenbee (Arlington, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive end James McFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Kicker Jaden Oberkrom (Arlington, Texas)
Kicker Ethan Perry (Spring Branch, Texas)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas)

   Texas (18)

Defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas)
Defensive tackle Paul Boyette (Humble, Texas)
Quarterback Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas)
Linebacker Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas)
Defensive back Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle (Pearland, Texas)
Running back Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas)
Linebacker Peter Jinkens (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Thomas Johnson (Dallas, Texas)
Wide receiver Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Kicker Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas)
Defensive tackle Alex Norman (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas)
Offensive lineman Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas)

   Texas A&M (23)

Wide receiver Bralon Addison (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Adrian Bellard (Brenham, Texas)
Defensive back Colin Blake (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive tackle Logan David (Blinn JUCO/Brenham, Texas)
Quarterback Matt Davis (Houston, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012
Running back Troy Green (Brenham, Texas)
Running back Marion Grice (Brenham, Texas/Blinn JUCO)
Defensive back Otis Jacobs (Perkinston, Miss.)
Defensive back Kenneth Marshall (South Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Mike Matthews (Fort Bend, Texas)
Wide receiver Trent Momon (Hempstead, Texas)
Athlete Darion Monroe (Reserve, La.)
Defensive end Julien Obioha (New Orleans, La.)
Wide receiver Jaevon Richardson (Baytown, Texas)
Linebacker Michael Richardson (DeSoto, Texas)
Linebacker Jordan Richmond (Denton, Texas)
Defensive end Tyrone Taylor (Galena Park, Texas)
Athlete Corey Thompson (Missouri City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Kimo Tipoti (Hurst, Texas)
Defensive end Alonzo Williams (Abbeville, La.)
Running back Trey Williams (Spring, Texas)
Offensive lineman Michael Wilson (Aledo, Texas)

   Texas Tech (18)

Defensive back Micah Awe (Mansfield, Texas)
Defensive tackle J.J. Bynum (College Station, Texas)
Wide receiver Reginald Davis (Tenaha, Texas)
Linebacker Ryan Flannigan (Missouri, Texas)
Defensive end Desimon Green (Chatham, Va./Hargrave Military Academy)
Wide receiver Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas)
Offensive lineman Jared Kaster (Altair, Texas)
Offensive lineman Trey Keenan (Argyle, Texas)
Defensive back La'Darius Newbold (Lancaster, Texas)
Quarterback Clayton Nichols (Abilene, Texas)
Offensive lineman Christian Okafor (Houston, Texas)
Defensive tackle Anthony Smith (Houston, Texas)
Offensive lineman Michael Starts (Waco, Texas)
Offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Haltom City, Texas)
Athlete Keenon Ward (Snyder, Texas)
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler (Crockett, Texas)
Athlete Kris Williams (Dallas, Texas)

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Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:01 am
 

Surveying the Field: News & notes from all around

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Plenty went on over the weekend in the recruiting world it's time to get caught up and figure out what it all means.

The big news was five-star tackle Arik Armstead had decommitted from USC. Perhaps one of the few recruits who you figured would follow through on his verbal pledge because his brother was a senior defensive lineman at the school, Armstead surprised many observers by announcing that he was exploring other options. His brother, Armond, was expected to play significantly at defensive end and tackle for the Trojans but has been withheld from competition after a medical scare sent him to the hospital in March. No reason was given by USC coaches and Armond has apparently passed all tests.

"Obviously, [Arik] was disappointed with the way things were handled between the school and our family the last six months," said his father, Guss Armstead, in a statement.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Arik is also a standout basketball player, adding a layer to his recruitment. He is still considering USC for both sports but it appears he'll be taking other visits and listening closer to what other coaches have to say. He'll be in South Bend for an official visit to see Notre Dame play USC this week and will take one to Alabama for their big showdown against LSU.

"It weighs on me a little bit, and I know I have a tough decision coming ahead, but I'm looking forward to it," Arik told USCFootball.com. "Going through the recruiting process, this will definitely change a lot for me. But I'm eager to see what new schools and other options I'll have after making this decision [to de-commit]."

As soon as he opened his recruitment up, Armstead picked up offers from Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon. It sounds as though they might be too late and the big tackle's recruitment will come down to the schools he was considering before pledging to the Trojans: Cal, Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame and Arkansas.

It will be tough to read how the rest of his recruitment will shake out simply because he's been off the market for so long. The Trojans aren't a long shot to get his signature on Signing Day but they certainly are not the favorite given the history over the past few months. That's a big blow as Armstead was USC's big fish in a small recruiting class this year. Family is important so that might give Cal a leg up for Arik but don't sleep on Notre Dame.

Either way, plenty of time for Armstead to figure out things and he is someone to keep tabs on.

Oregon hosts five-star talent and leave impression

While USC lost a five-star, Oregon is doing their best to land a few. They hosted a number of quality recruits for their game against Arizona State and managed to land two of them. The two the Ducks are really hoping to get a commitment out of however are Sacramento (Calif.) safety Shaq Thompson and Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy.

Oregon hasn't seen their recruting reflect their status as a top 10 team and BCS bowl participant, showing modest improvement over the past few years but still behind other schools in the Pac-12. It's been a great year for West Coast talent however and it looks like they could capitalize with a few of the upper tier prospects.

"The crowd was amazing," Thompson told 247Sports. "It was probably the best part for me. They just stay crazy the whole game. I've never heard anything like it and I've been in a lot of different environments. You can tell the whole community rallies around the team, which is cool because that's how it is in Del Paso Heights (his neighborhood)."

A longtime Cal commit, Thompson opened things back up and has started to show considerable interest in Oregon and Washington, to the point that it appears to be a three-way race. His brother was a Bear and he's made good connections to the staff in Berkeley but the other two Pac-12 programs have come after him hard. Adept at playing either running back or safety at the next level, most schools are recruiting the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder on the defensive side of the ball. Don't expect a decision you can count on until he puts pen to paper even if he verbally commits to a school.

For McCarthy, it was a busy week as he was presented with his Army All-American jersey Monday afternoon. Despite the festivities going on, he still had his trip to Eugene on his mind.

"They don't spare any expense on their players, on anything, for academics and athletics," he told Rivals. "They spend whatever money they need to for their players to get better and to be in better shape and to stay healthy."

It might be a stretch to say that Oregon is the leader for McCarthy, long thought to be considered a USC lean, but the Ducks are certainly high on the list. He'll take several other official visits, so look for a commitment afterward but before Signing Day.

Eye-popping numbers all over

It seemed like everywhere you looked a high school player was throwing or rushing or catching an insane amount of yards or touchdowns this week. Here's a sampling of the records that happened over the weekend.

- Orlando (Fla.) freshman quarterback Tucker Israel tied a national record with 10 touchdown passes in a 68-10 win last Friday. At 6-foot, 180-pounds, he's bound to have a college coach or 10 keep tabs on him in the future.

- Future 2013 five-star - and son of Florida legend Fred Taylor - Kelvin Taylor rushed for 426 yards in a win, setting a county record. He's being heavily recruited by Florida and Alabama right now but it would be shocking to see him get away from the Gators. As this story notes, he could break Emmitt Smith's state rushing record this season as a junior and is within straking distance of the all-time high school mark.

- Wide receiver Robbie Rhodes caught 10 passes for 394 yards and eight touchdowns to tie a national receiving record. Both the yards and touchdowns scored were state records.

- Number one overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham came close to matching Rhodes last week (354 yards, three touchdowns) but has a chance to set a national receiving record this week against Marshfield High. Here's some highlights of Green-Beckham's game from this week.

Video of the week

Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins committed to Clemson after his high school game and did so in a very unique manner.



Recruiting Roundup

Auburn commit Josh Holsey is planning visits to Florida State, LSU and maybe Georgia.

Offensive tackle Avery Young's first official visit will be to Auburn.

If recruits pick TCU, it might not be because of the Horned Frogs move to the Big 12.

Oklahoma State commit Zac Veatch is a versatile athlete.

Conference realignment concerns are clouding West Virginia's recruiting.

Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:39 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 8:43 pm
 

TCU big winners in realignment recruiting derby

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's official, TCU has traded in San Diego for Storrs for Stillwater. No more Laramie or Louisville when they've got Lubbock.

Spurning the chance to play in the Big East before they ever became an actual member of the conference, the Horned Frogs officially accepted an invitation to the Big 12 today. With a ceremony held at the school today, the program officially joins their fifth conference since leaving the old SWC but become a part of the one they've been looking to join ever since it was formed.

As one of the true success stories in college football, TCU has gone from an after thought in the 1990's to a perennial top 25 team and Rose Bowl champion under head coach Gary Patterson. Already selling recruits on his coaching ability and a move to a BCS automatic qualifying conference (with the Big East), the staff can now tell players they can stay closer to home and play traditional powers like Texas and Oklahoma. (And beat them, as the Horned Frogs did in Norman in 2005.)

The 2012 recruiting class Patterson and company have assembled so far has the makings of the best ever in their time in Fort Worth. Defensive end Edward Pope held offers from LSU and Texas A&M among others but was an early commit to the Horned Frogs. McPherson (Kan.) quarterback Tyler Matthews was an Elite 11 and 'The Opening' selection and will be headed south to play college football. Tight end Griffin Gilbert is the younger brother of former Texas signal-caller Garrett Gilbert and one of the top tight ends in the southwest. Running back LaDarius Anthony was drawing SEC interest and held an offer from Tennessee.

With the move to the Big 12, recruiting at TCU should continue to improve and being the only BCS conference school in the talent rich Dallas-Fort-Worth metroplex is a huge advantage no other program in the country can claim. It could also hurt programs that look to Texas for much of their roster, such as future conference foes Missouri or Oklahoma State. Either way you look at it though, Patterson and the Horned Frogs are the big winners in the realignment derby.

Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 9:49 am
 

10/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Top recruits continue to check out Michigan State, especially with a rivalry game against Michigan coming up.

The Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma has a Signing Day impact as well.

With Ohio State rolling in for a big night game, recruiting is the second big game for Nebraska this week.

Several recruits have not panned out for Kentucky, leading to their struggles.

TCU's addition to the Big 12 could have a minor effect on Oklahoma and Oklahoma State recruiting.

Hosting defending national champion Auburn makes for a big recruiting weekend for Arkansas.

Michigan is going after 2013 linebacker Michael Hutchings early in the recruiting process.

Top tight end Kent Taylor will announce October 27th between Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia and LSU.

A Washington recruiting update with the Huskies on a bye week.

Florida State commit Dante Fowler is setting up official visits to other schools.

Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:47 am
 

Oklahoma State nabs in-state tight end Veatech

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma State's wide open offense is attracting all kinds of talented players on that side of the ball looking to put up big numbers in college. Broken Arrow (Okla.) tight end Zac Veatech is no stranger to what the Cowboys have been doing under Mike Gundy and committed to the program recently.

"I've grown up liking the program, it's close to home and my mom definitely likes that, and they've got great facilities and what not," Veatech told OStateIllustrated.com.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder held scholarship offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas and others but has settled on Oklahoma State to end the recruiting process. He's already seen one game - against Tulsa, which ended in the wee hours of the morning - and has enjoyed his relationship with assistant coach Joe Wickline.

"I really like [Coach Wick]," he said. "He's definitely a no BS kind of guy for sure. He's real straight forward and I like him a lot. He's definitely different than most recruiters I talk to in a good way."

Veatech is the 15th commitment for the class of 2012 for the Cowboys. Surprisingly, he's the first in-state recruit for the program and is the only tight end to give his verbal pledge.

"He shows strong hands, surprising running ability for a 245 pounder, turns up field quickly, and can catch everything within his frame," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Shows good movement skills and can be a very effective blocker while on the run. Not super fast but he shows good initial quickness and strong hands."
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 13, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Eric Davis flips from Texas A&M to Oklahoma State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M to the SEC, Oklahoma State to the Pac-12, it's a crazy time in college athletics. One constant? Players flipping commitments from one school to another. Tyler (Texas) defensive end Eric Davis doesn't care what conference he plays in but he does think he'll be a better fit in Stillwater than College Station, changing his commitment between the two schools on Monday.

"Really I was just looking at the defenses that the two schools are playing and I was just thinking about where I do I see myself playing as a defensive end and what type of system do I want to play in when I get to college and things like that," Davis told OStateIllustrated.com. So I felt that I really didn't like it and didn't want to change to a 3-4 because at John Tyler we run a 4-3 too and I didn't really want to change so I feel that just staying in a 4-3 is where I'm more comfortable at and I wouldn't really have to change that much."

The talented 6-foot-3, 240-pounder has only taken an unofficial visit to campus but the biggest reason he decided to switch his verbal to the Cowboys was his primary recruiter, offensive line coach Joe Wickline.

"Really [it was] Coach Wickline too because every time I talk to him he seems like he's just full of energy and things like that," Davis added. "He's just an outstanding guy and I was thinking since he's been so good to me why not just come down there and play ball for Oklahoma State."

Davis is the 13th commitment for Oklahoma State's class of 2012. Mike Gundy and staff have hit Texas hard, as is expected, grabbing 10 players out of the Lone Star state.
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Texas defensive end latest Sooners pledge

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma has been the center of attention in the college football world this week, thanks to realignment and due to the Sooners' number one ranking in all of the polls. Fans of the team received news of a different kind on Monday night however, as Euless (Texas) defensive end Polo Manukainio committed to the school.

"For the past three months I had been going back and forth between OU, Baylor and Arkansas," Manukainiu told SoonerScoop.com. "Oklahoma is perfect because it's not that far from home but it really isn't that close either."

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound end also was considering Miami and Nebraska among his double-digit list of offers but liked the pitch from Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and defensive coordinator Brent Venables best.

"Coach Stoops said the same as Coach Venables," Manukainiu said. "He said that I'm physical enough and I've got the attitude and I'm humble enough to come in and play as a freshmen and get some playing time and he said that I have the academic knowledge to come and get though school and earn my degree. And also I could be lucky enough to go to the league with it and he believes I could do that."

Manukainiu is the 14th commitment for the Sooners in the class of 2012 and second at the defensive end position.



 
 
 
 
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