Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 6:03 pm

Non-AQ Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The impact of signing day isn't just felt inside the BCS conferences, so here's a look at how Wednesday will impact some major non-AQs.

Players to Watch

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Monroe (Monroe, GA): Tuitt could be the third member of the MaxPreps Top 100 to join Notre Dame's defensive line in 2011. The 6'6 255 pound defensive end has been a force at Monroe Area in Georgia, and though he's currently given Notre Dame his verbal, he's flirted with Georgia Tech in the last few weeks. While he's expected to sign with Notre Dame on Wednesday, nothing will be certain until he puts pen to paper. If he does sign with the Irish, he'll join Aaron Lynch (#22 on MaxPreps Top 100) and Ishaq Williams (#70) as defensive linemen in this class. A pretty nice haul. No wonder MaxPreps has Notre Dame atop its team rankings.

Ladarius Brown, ATH, Waxahachie (Waxahachie,TX): Brown is one of the best athletes in the country, and one that Gary Patterson can use in a lot of ways at TCU. Brown could find himself playing anywhere from wide receiver, cornerback, safety or linebacker in Fort Worth. Of course, he has to get to Fort Worth first. He originally gave his verbal to Oklahoma before going with TCU. Should Brown sign on Wednesday he'll be one of key members of a solid if not spectacular TCU class.

Jimmy Laughrea, QB, Rocklin (Rocklin, CA): Chris Petersen and Boise State seldom bring in highly rated recruiting classes, but the Broncos don't exactly pick up scraps either. With Kellen Moore entering his senior season it's time for Boise to look for his replacement, and they may find it in 6'2 180-pound Laughrea. The northern California quarterback gave his verbal commitment to Boise State back in June, and has shown no signs of wavering on it since.

Teams to Watch

Notre Dame: When Brian Kelly took the job at Notre Dame last winter, there were plenty of Irish fans worried about whether or not he'd be able to land the type of recruiting classes to get Notre Dame back to the top of the rankings. Well, is the best class in the country good enough? Of course, with such a strong recruiting class, the already high expectations in South Bend will only get higher. Still, stocking up on the defensive side of the football as Kelly has done in this class is a good first step toward meeting them.

TCU: TCU and Gary Patterson are bringing in a nice class for 2011, the school's final season in the Mountain West before moving on to the Big East. So this is the last class that the school will bring in as a non-AQ, and Patterson will be hoping that guys like Ladarius Brown, Chuck Hunter and Deryck Gildon can help the Horned Frogs get a little more consideration for a national title one of these days.

UCF: The Golden Knights aren't going to finish with a class that's ranked in the Top 25, but after finishing there in the polls following a win over Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, the school will have to bring in some players to make sure they stay ranked. After all, UCF wouldn't mind moving to the Big East along with TCU, and the Knights are hoping players like DE Toby Jackson and DB Jeremy Davis can help them get there.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

You're not going to hear many people complain about the job Kyle Whittingham has done since replacing Urban Meyer at Utah. Still, with the Utes moving from the Mountain West to the new Pac-12, life is going to get a bit tougher. No longer will middle of the pack recruiting classes be good enough to compete for a conference title and possible BCS berth. The Utes will be hoping that having the doors to California opened to them on a larger scale will help, and as of now, over a third of their expected signees come from the Golden State.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 9:28 am
Edited on: January 31, 2011 4:55 pm

1/31 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We have officially entered a ‘dead period’ according to the NCAA recruiting calendar but the recruiting news is anything but.

- Big rumor out of Los Angeles that USC -commit De’Anthony Thomas has flipped to Oregon this weekend. Of course this would be a huge flip but it is – as these things are – just a rumor at this point. Here’s a look at all of the recruits for Oregon at the moment.

- Wide receiver Kyle Washington has committed to Colorado in the latest addition to Jon Embree’s first class.

- Miami picked up the commitment of B.J. Dubose , over Florida State , LSU and Louisville .

- Pitt’s strong closing weekend continued by picking up the commitments of Orlando (FL) safety Roderick Ryles and linebacker LaQuentin Smith .

- Arizona dipped into Southern California to grab offensive lineman Faitele Faafoi .

- Some details on linebacker Kent Turene , who will choose from USC, Georgia , Nebraska and Texas Tech .

- The twists and turns of tight end Chris Barnett’s recruitment continue, as the Arkansas commit visited Michigan and detailed the trip here .

- A detailed list of all the commitments to ACC Coastal Division schools.

- UCF picked up a big, speedy receiver in Rannell Hall Sunday night. Will be very interesting to see all the weapons that head coach George O’Leary gets to surround Knights quarterback Jeff Godfrey .

- Arkansas picked up defensive end Trey Flowers after the Hunstville (AL) product took the risk of losing his scholarship to Georgia Tech with a trip to see the Hogs, who he did not have a scholarship from prior to the trip.

Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: January 25, 2011 5:24 pm

1/25 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The days are flying off the calendar, the coaches are racking up the frequent flyer miles for in-home visits and recruiting websites are starting to feel the rush because we’re almost a week away from Signing Day.

- UCF had the best season in the program’s history and that is paying off on the recruiting trail. A recent surge has brought the Knights five commitments over two days.

- Want to know who’s committed to BYU? Here’s the list for the class of 2011 and 2012.

- It’s rare that an offensive player doesn’t want to go to West Virginia to play for soon-to-be head coach Dana Holgorsen but one tight end has flipped from the Mountaineers to Marshall.

- Bobby Petrino was looking at another recruit and wide receiver Kane Whitehurst happened to catch his eye. A few weeks later and he’s an Arkansas commitment.

- A list of the top 50 players in Georgia and Florida.

- Speaking of Georgia, the Bulldogs picked up the top in-state lineman. Georgia Tech grabbed three commitments but lost out on one player to Illinois.

- Mississippi State picked up a running back commitment from Hargrave Military Academy.

Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:27 am

1/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just nine days until National Signing Day. Stay tuned to the blog for all of the coverage leading up to and following the Super Bowl of the college football offseason.

- Georgia kicker Ammon Lakip chose Clemson over Georgia Tech with a commitment to the Tigers Sunday night. Lakip’s father attended Georgia Tech and his first offer was from the Yellowjackets.

- A junior college recruit who is considering Utah talked about the recent addition of Norm Chow as offensive coordinator.

- Washington picked up a quarterback commitment in dual-threat Derrick Brown out of Murrieta, CA. Brown’s commitment comes as Washington hosted highly regarded quarterback Jacoby Brissett on an official visit. With just two scholarship QB’s for next year, head coach Steve Sarkisian is likely looking to take two quarterbacks for 2011.

- UCF continues to improve their recruiting profile, going out of state to grab Georgia linebacker Troy Gray. The Kennesaw product is the 21st commitment for the Knights.

- Fresh off an appearance in the BCS title game, Oregon has added to their already impressive recruiting class with the pledge of wide receiver B.J. Kelley.

- Rivals analyst Mike Farrell says linebacker Graham Stewart, a Boston College commit, will not sign an letter of intent on Signing Day.

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