Tag:Mississippi State
Posted on: February 19, 2011 7:39 am
 

2/19 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Miami NIKE Combine is set for today and we'll have plenty of coverage from the event over the next few days. In the meantime, here's some links.

- West Virginia and Michigan are the latest programs to offer Palm Beach (Fla.) offensive tackle Avery Young.

- UCF and George O'Leary had best top class ever in 2011 and the Knights are bringing in a lot of athleticism as a result.

- Better late than never for Florida cornerback Joe Eason, who recently signed with Arizona State.

- N.C. State, Miami and Illinois are the latest schools to offer defensive end Ryan Leahy.

- Wide receiver D’Arthur Cowan just picked up offers from two SEC schools, Mississippi State and Arkansas.

Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Friday Offer Tracker

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The recruiting news is a bit slow heading into a weekend full of camps and combines. That hasn’t stopped a few schools from sending out (well, actually informing via phone) a few scholarship offers today. Here’s a quick look at a few that went out today.

- Stone Mountain (Ga.) linebacker Markuss Eligwe grabbed offers from Illinois and Florida.
- Pinellas Park (Fla.) Jeremi Powell added offers from SEC teams Florida and South Carolina.
- Encino (Calif.) offensive lineman Jordan Simmons picked up a Pac-12 offer from Colorado.
- After getting lineman Aundrey Walker out of Glenville (Ohio) from the class of 2011, USC offered defensive back Devan Bogard, in addition to Ohio State. USC also offered Detroit (Mich.) corner Terry Richardson.
- Orchard Lake (Mich.) linebacker James Ross snagged an offer from Illinois.
- Kaysville (Utah) defensive end Troy Hinds picked up an offer from Oklahoma.
- Edgewood (Ky.) quarterback Zeke Pike added offers from Miami, Michigan and Florida State.
- Mississippi State left an offer for Norcross (Ga.) wide out Jason Croom.

Posted on: February 6, 2011 10:26 am
Edited on: February 6, 2011 2:18 pm
 

2/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We couldn't supersize the roundup because some game that is on is taking up most of the news coverage. Speaking of which, who do you have? Steelers or Packers?

- A well-reasoned rebuttal to Nick Saban and oversigning. Stewart Mandel decodes what Saban said in his Signing Day press conference, if you need more on oversigning.

- The Dallas area is known for producing some of the best talent in the country, so be sure and glance at some of the top 2012 recruits from in and around the area.

- Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier is looking at several programs, including Washington.

- Nice list of the 2011 spring games and spring football practice dates, which are usually an opportunity for recruits to take unofficial visits to schools and see what they're all about.

- Some more information about Mississippi State's recruiting class.
Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:21 am
 

2/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There’s not much rest for the weary as we can’t officially close out the class of 2011 yet.

- One key recruit is still on the board in quarterback Jacoby Brissett and he’s especially key to Miami.

- USC might have lost De’Anthony Thomas but their impressive class still means they had more hits than misses on Signing Day.

- CJ Johnson was the prize recruit for Ole Miss in a very impressive class for Houston Nutt. Down the road at Mississippi State, a great defensive line class headlined for Dan Mullen.

- Wrapping up Signing Day at Washington. Another impressive class for Steve Sarkisian so, as he likes to tweet when they get a commitment, Woof!

- Colorado head coach Jon Embree had to hit the recruiting trail hard but had a very solid first class.

- Texas Tech had one of the best classes the school had ever signed yesterday and head coach Tommy Tuberville said recruiting to Lubbock wasn’t an issue.

- Mack Brown told recruits to trust him in the face of the adversity that Texas went through the past few months.

- Great pickup for TCU in Brandon Carter, someone who head coach Gary Patterson had no problem talking about.

- Some more details on Ohio State recruit Chris Carter after he was arrested Tuesday.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 1:44 pm
 

SEC Signing Day: Winners and Losers

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Taking stock of the day in the SEC:

WINNERS:

Alabama:
No surprise that Nick Saban's crew put together yet another huge Signing Day, with the No. 1 spot in the Maxpreps team rankings wrapped up after adding No. 1 offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to what had already been a massive haul. The Tide pulled in a perfect 3-4 defensive end in Jeoffrey Pagan (pictured) and flipped supremely athletic outside linebacker Brent Calloway back from Auburn (after he'd committed to the Tigers at the U.S. Army All-American game), two major missions accomplished. Top those off with the rest of the Tide's commitments -- including five-star teammates RB Dee Hart and S Hasean Clinton-Dix -- staying securely in the fold, and missing out on Isaiah Crowell (and likely No. 1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney ) barely even stings.

Video: Jeoffrey Pagan highlights

Georgia: Linebacker Kent Turene was an awfully nice pickup. But landing Crowell was a seismic development, the one member of the much-ballyhooed "Dream Team" the tailback-starved Bulldogs absolutely had to have. He alone was enough to push Mark Richt into the winner's column, but add in Turene and the successful fending off of challenges for commits like defensive back Corey Moore, and even missing out on Pagan won't be enough to wipe the smile off of the faces of Bulldog fans.

Video: Todd Grantham talks Signing Day  

Auburn: Losing Calloway to the hated Tide stung, and the euphoria of watching Kouandjio announce for the Tigers dissipated quickly as he elected not to sign his LOI on Signing Day, eventually joining Calloway and his older brother in Tuscaloosa. But Chizik got a ton of help for his occasionally-porous defense anyway, inking one of the nation's best safeties in Erique Florence and a rock-solid defensive tackle prospect in Crowell teammate Gabe Wright. The Tigers also wasted no time replacing cornerback decommitment Marcus Roberson with coveted Mississippi athlete Jermaine Whitehead, a Mississippi State commitment. Even without Kouandjio, the Tigers landed a top-10 class that proved their program-changing 2010 haul was no fluke. Still, Tiger fans have to wonder: if they weren't coming to Auburn, couldn't Calloway and Koundjio have gone somewhere other than Alabama?

Video: Gene Chizik talks Signing Day at CBS College Sports , Kiehl Frazier commits , Coaches react to Erique Florence decision

Ole Miss: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen enjoys pointing out the raw numbers of his team's players and recruits come from the state they share with the Rebels, but it was Houston Nutt who ran away with nearly all of the state's top-ranked talent. Having already secured the signatures of former Bulldog commitment five-star linebacker C.J. Johnson and highly-regarded receiver Tobias Singleton, the Rebels added to their in-state haul by keeping top-100 wideout Nickolas Brassell out of the clutches of the Tide. The battle between Nutt and Mullen on the recruiting trail was more-or-less a draw in 2010, but there's little question who had the upper hand this season.

LSU: The day was unusually quiet by the usually madcap Bayou Bengals' Signing Day standards, but that happens when you have your state on virtual lockdown and that state provides enough talent for one of the nation's best classes all on its own. Simply making sure their commitments (most notably offensive tackle La'El Collins and defensive counterpart Anthony Johnson) made it across the dotted line would have guaranteed Les Miles a successful Signing Day. But keeping Shreveport's Jermauria Rasco (pictured) -- one of the nation's most highly sought-after defensive ends -- at home (and away from Texas) more than made up for missing out on Florida defensive tackle Tim Jernigan.

Vanderbilt:
The Commodores won't finish anywhere near the top of the league's recruiting rankings, of course. But given the limited time James Franklin had to work with, the results were quite impressive. Franklin flipped Virginia Tech quarterback commitment Lafonte Thourogood first thing Signing Day morning and brought in several other candidates for immediate playing time, like Ohio tight end Dorien Bryant.

LOSERS:

Florida:
The Gators, as always, can still boast one of the nation's best classes, and no one anywhere signed a better QB-RB combo than Jeff Driskel and the underrated Mike Blakely. Roberson's arrival was a nice Signing Day surprise, and Will Muschamp and Co. turned away a serious Ohio State challenge for receiver JaJuan Story. But particularly looking at the way their rivals at Georgia and Florida State finished, Gator fans won't be happy about being unable to make up any ground with prospects like Jernigan, Curtis Grant, or Stephone Anthony. Roberson wound up the only new addition on Signing Day, and even he somewhat fell into the Gators' laps after his wild commitments and decommitments to Texas Tech and Auburn. Muschamp will be cut plenty of slack this season after his late arrival in Gainesville, but another class that so completely cedes the limelight to the Dawgs and 'Noles won't be as easily forgiven.


Mississippi State:
How thin was the Bulldogs' final class after seeing the likes of Johnson, Singleton and -- most painfully -- Whitehead decommit? Not one of their 23 commitments ranked among the top 25 at their position, according to Tom Lemming. The Bulldogs struggled going head-to-head with Ole Miss within Mississippi, and came up empty when going abroad for players like Washington D.C.-based Kevin McReynolds, who signed with UCLA. Players like receiver Joe Morrow and defensive tackle P.J. Jones are unquestionably SEC-grade talents, but after such a productive, promising year on the field, the lack of recruiting punch is puzzling.

Arkansas: There's nothing particularly disappointing about the Razorbacks' 2011 class (though watching tight end commitment Chris Barnett sign with Michigan wasn't fun), and keeping home-grown talent like quarterback Brandon Allen and tackle Brey Cook in Arkansas was a bright spot. But when you share a division with Alabama, LSU, and Auburn, "nothing particularly disappointing" may not be good enough to stay in the mix for a division title.






Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Good news for UCLA as McReynolds picks Bruins

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If you were watching CBS College Sports a few minutes ago -- and if you weren't, why not? -- you saw Rick Neuheisel get what had to be the best news he's gotten in a while: defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds announced for our CBSCS viewers that he'll be attending UCLA.

The 6'3", 304-pound sparkplug selected the Bruins over heavy interest from programs as diverse as Kansas State, Mississippi State and Syracuse. Tom Lemming rates McReynolds as the nation's No. 5 defensive tackle thanks to his leverage skills and run-stopping ability, with McReynolds showing off his talents at the Under Armour All-American game.

It's been something of a rocky recruiting season for Neuheisel as he worked to overhaul his coaching staff and deal with the fallout from the Bruins' disappointing season, and his failures on the trail have only been magnified by the work done by Lane Kiffin. But McReynolds represents a huge pickup, and shows that the Trojans don't have a monopoly on good Signing Day news out of Los Angeles today.

More Signing Day coverage   is here  at CBS.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:26 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:28 am
 

Nickolas Brassell stays home at Ole Miss

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Mississippi high school powerhouse South Panola has sent more than its fair share of talent onto SEC schools in recent years, and today they've sent another blue-chipper on his way to in-state Ole Miss: top wide receiver Nickolas Brassell, who chose the Rebels today over offers from Alabama and Mississippi State (where Brassell had been previously committed)

Brassell is Maxpreps' No. 81 player overall and Tom Lemming's No. 11 wide receiver, a 6'1" 176-pound target who combines top-notch agility with solid hands and body positioining.

Between Brassell and newly-signed fellow receiver Tobias Singleton, a major prospect in his own right, the Rebels have received a big boost to their receiving corps. Houston Nutt was unable to get much consistency out of his passing game this past season, but with weapons like Brassell and Singleton in place, there should be substantial improvement over the next few seasons.

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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