Posted on: January 15, 2011 12:59 pm

Notre Dame lands another defensive stud

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has certainly earned his paycheck by locking up top defensive talent for the Irish. After landing talented defensive end/linebacker Ishaq Williams Friday, Rivals affiliate Irish Illustrated is reporting that Cape Coral (FL) defensive end Aaron Lynch has committed to Notre Dame.

Lynch was previously committed to the Irish but dropped them in favor of Florida State in November. According to Irish Illustrated, Lynch took an official visit to South Bend this week and will enroll early following his recent re-commitment.

At the Army All-American Bowl, Lynch had three tackles and 2.5 sacks in a standout performance for the East team. He is the Irish's 22nd overall commitment and seventh high school defensive end.

The 61st overall player in Top 100, Lynch has a very good pass rush burst and the size to be an every down defensive player.
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Posted on: January 15, 2011 11:02 am

1/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NFL playoffs are still going strong this weekend but most college coaches won’t watch a second. Why? This is one of the biggest official visit weekends on the recruiting calendar. One of the many reasons there’s really no offseason in college football. 

- Former Purdue commitment, Marcus Caffey, has changed his mind and is headed to Kentucky. The running back is the seventh player from Georgia to head to the Wildcats. 

- Highly rated linebacker Curtis Grant is taking his official visit to Florida this weekend. He is considering Florida, Ohio State, North Carolina and Virginia. His host will be one of last year’s top recruits Ronald Powell.

- Washington commitment Joel Willis has changed his pledge to a school a little closer to home. The Pacifica (CA) athlete is the latest commit to an impressive California Golden Bears class of 2011. 

- New Colorado coach Jon Embree is experiencing his first recruiting weekend since coming to college from the pros. As Kyle Ringo notes in this story, Embree has made up significant ground given the state of recruiting in the wake of lame duck head coach Dan Hawkins. Things have gotten off to a good start as Colorado has picked up their second verbal commitment under Embree in quarterback Stevie Dorman. 

- Also coming from the pros and going back to college, Charlie Weis made his first recruiting trip as a member of the Florida staff. The former Notre Dame head coach visited quarterback Jacoby Brissett and defensive end/outside linebacker Curt Maggitt. 

- Great story on the academic turnaround of LSU pledge Kenny Hilliard. An Army All-American this year, Hilliard is now getting it done on and off the field. 

- Finally, be sure and check out’ ranking of the top 20 recruiting classes as we approach signing day. Plenty of time for teams to move up or down but it’s a good overview of where everybody’s at right now.
Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:10 pm

Ishaq Williams heads to South Bend

It hasn't happened in some time but we can finally write that Notre Dame has landed one of the top defensive athletes in the nation.

Ishaq Williams, an early enrollee from Lincoln High (NY) adds to an already impressive defensive line class for the Fighting Irish. Williams had narrowed down his list to Notre Dame, Syracuse and Penn State but the outside linebacker/defensive end will head to South Bend after an in-home visit from defensive coordinator Bob Diaco at 4:30 a.m Friday morning.

Yes, an in-home visit at 4:30 a.m. He'll enroll on Monday and go through spring drills with the Irish.

The 6-foot-6, 230 pound Williams is the 21st commitment in Notre Dame's class of 2011 and the 11th on the defensive side of the ball. He is a tremendous athlete with good length and quickness. At the U.S. Army All-American Bowl he recorded two tackles and one tackle for loss.
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Posted on: January 14, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: January 14, 2011 10:23 am

1/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Nineteen days until signing day and the coaches are already hitting the recruiting trail hard to close out their classes. That said, at least most of them play on Saturdays on green grass unlike the coaches in the first link.

- This is not recruiting related but worth passing on as New Braunfels (TX) Canyon High has replaced their stadium turf - Eastern Washington-style. The red turf, the first in the nation at the high school level, might not be the only colored turf in the state of Texas as the University of Texas San Antonio is considering an orange field. Although I like the Boise State blue field, the way things are going, I wouldn't want to be the ones that eventually have a pink football field. 

- The South Florida Blur, a 7-on-7 travel team sponsored by and Under Armour, has released its roster full of underclass all-star talents. All-star teams from Florida, Texas, California and others are always an amazing collection of talent on the field.

- Staying in Florida, one of the top uncommitted quarterbacks has moved Florida State and LSU down on his list. Jacoby Brissett has quickly become a hot name out on the recruiting trail and after taking a visit to South Carolina, is expected to choose between Miami, Florida and Washington.

- Clemson has backed off recruiting running back Marlin Lane after he didn't firm up his commitment to the Tigers. Clemson currently has one running back commit, stud Mike Bellamy.

- Former Ohio State receiver, and son of Cris Carter, Duron Carter will not be returning to Ohio State his junior college coach confirmed. Maimi is an option for Carter, who is from Ft. Lauderdale.

- Stanford commit Amir Carlisle will visit USC this weekend. Carlisle expressed interest in the Trojans before committing to the Cardinal so it will be interesting if this visit opens up his recruitment in the wake of the Stanford coaching change. Another Stanford-commit who is on the fence with the coaching change, linebacker James Vaughters, is also having second thoughts due to the likely departure of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

- has an update on Sam Meredith, who will head to San Diego State despite the departure of Brady Hoke to Michigan. also named Pearland (TX) coach Tony Heath as its U.S. Air Force National Coach of the Year.

- Mississippi State added defensive end Barron Dixon to their recruiting class after canceling a visit to Vanderbilt. Though he is listed at defensive end, he is expected to slide inside to tackle.
- Tosh Lupoi continues to do excellent work and has built Cal's defensive line into one of the best in the nation with the recent commitment of Brandon Scarlett from Portland (OR). Scarlett was pursued by several schools around the country.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 9:33 pm

Markeith Ambles rejoins USC football team

Posted by Bryan Fischer 

Markeith Ambles, one of the top wide receivers in the 2010 recruiting class, has rejoined the USC football team, he confirmed to Thursday night. 

Ambles was suspended indefinitely in October but later allowed to return. He was then dismissed from the team by Coach Lane Kiffin in November. He had considered transferring to a junior college, Tennessee or Georgia. 

The 6-foot-2, 215 pound receiver had one catch for three yards last season and will be a sophomore in 2011.
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Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 2:20 pm

Thursday coaching changes' effect on recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer 

Thursday afternoon saw several well-known names in the college coaching world head to the post office for a change of address form. Despite it being less than three weeks until Signing Day, most of these moves don’t overtly affect the recruiting for each particular school.

Stanford hires David Shaw as head coach 

This comes as no surprise to those involved in the Stanford program. Shaw is an alumnus and played under Denny Green and Bill Walsh while on the Farm. In addition to years of NFL experience as an assistant coach, Shaw has done well at San Diego and Stanford. With Andrew Luck in the fold already, Shaw will look to hold together a promising Top 20 recruiting class and it all starts this weekend when some 20 recruits will be on campus for a visit. After talking with several former Stanford players, Shaw should be better received while recruiting and in the locker room than Jim Harbaugh. Stanford verbal commitment Wayne Lyons has already tweeted that he likes the move.

Norm Chow moves from UCLA to Utah 

It seems like Chow’s dream of landing a head coaching job is just about over with his latest move. UCLA’s move to the Pistol offense didn’t have the desired effect in the wins department this year but Chow’s reputation will always proceed him after working with Phillip Rivers, Carson Palmer, and Matt Leinert. Chow isn’t known to pound the recruiting trail too much but as a former assistant at BYU and a player at Utah, he should be another selling point for the Utes as they join the Pac-12. 

Seahawks’ Jedd Fisch heads to Miami as offensive coordinator

Although Fisch has been in the NFL nine of the past 10 years, he has experience on the college level as a graduate assistant under Steve Spurrier at Florida and a one year stint as offensive coordinator at Minnesota. He should mesh well with Brennan Carroll, the recently hired recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, as both are very energetic coaches. While he’s not the big name like Charlie Weis is as at Florida and he will still be coaching the Seahawks until they’re knocked out of the playoffs, the ties to the state of Florida as an assistant and player should help out on the recruiting trail. 

Gary Crowton leaves LSU for Maryland 

It would be hard to call this move a shock. Although Les Miles is deeply loyal to Crowton, the calls for his head were simply too numerous to ignore for Crowton to not get the hint to look for a job elsewhere. Crowton was far from a big influence on LSU’s recruiting efforts – running backs coach Frank Wilson does a lot of the work on the staff – so this move may be a net gain for the Tigers. It will be interesting to see who Miles will bring in but whoever it is, they should improve upon an offense that had just seven passing touchdowns in the regular season despite a wealth of four- and five-star talent. As for Maryland, we can just mark the Randy Edsall-Crowton combo down as a “we’ll see.”
Posted on: January 13, 2011 8:58 am

1/13 Morning Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
Welcome to a daily feature we’d like to call the Recruiting Roundup, featuring stories, links, tweets and everything else covering the world of college football recruiting. Faster than your 40, we'll go straight to the links for your perusal.

- Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman unfortunately may be best known for missing two kicks against Nevada this year but he did have an excellent career, setting an FBS-record for points scored. The Broncos may have just found his able replacement in Upland (CA) kicker/punter Jake Van Ginkel, who committed on Wednesday. For some background on Van Ginkel, check out this profile from earlier in the year by the L.A. Times. 

- Oregon State picked up a commitment from defensive end Noa Aluesi out of Jefferson High in Oregon. At 6-foot-8 and 255 pounds, Aluesi gives the Beavers an impressive athlete to use on either side of the ball. 

- Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee are on Ashville (NC) defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan’s shortlist. The former Gator commit says they are still in the picture but Clemson is where he’s most comfortable right now. 

- Highly recruited Valdosta (GA) products tight end Jay Rome and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will make their college choices on January 20th. Staying in state, Thomasville (GA) defensive end Ray Drew will take an official visit to Miami this weekend

- A record-setting quarterback from the Dallas-area will enroll early at West Virginia as a walk-on. Flower Mound (TX) signal caller Paul Millard threw for 47 touchdowns last season and commits to West Virginia over offers from UTEP and Stephen F. Austin. 

- Stanford lost out on a commitment from Oradel (NJ) Shutang Mungwa but it was not because of the coaching change but because he was not accepted into the school. Mungwa, a defensive back, switched his commitment to Syracuse about 30 minutes after finding out he was not accepted. Brooklyn (NY) wide receiver Brandon Reddish also committed to the Orange.
Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:28 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 12:32 pm

With no coach, Stanford could lose recruit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The loss of head coach Jim Harbaugh to the San Francisco 49ers and the resulting coaching limbo may cost the Cardinal their first recruit. Absecon (N.J.) linebacker Anthony Sarao will be visiting USC and Stanford this week on official visits but the Stanford commit could leave the West Coast a Trojan according to National Football Editor Stephen Spiewak.

Sarao recently participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio along with current Trojan commitments Cody Kessler, Victor Blackwell, George Farmer, Tre Madden and De'Anthony Thomas. Linebacker is a dire area of need for USC, which loses two starting linebackers to graduation.

USC linebackers coach Joe Barry is recruiting Sarao, who remains committed to Stanford at the moment. The 6-foot, 215 pound outside linebacker is expected to hear Stanford's pitch before choosing USC.

Sarao had 78 tackles and 7.5 sacks as a senior at Holy Spirit High School. He is's seventh-ranked outside linebacker for the class of 2011.
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