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Posted on: February 3, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2010 2:39 pm
 

UCLA making some great steals

Can UCLA become a major player in the Pac-10? Time will tell, but it is making a good impression today.

The biggest news coming out of Los Angeles is the signing of Giovanni DiPaolo. One of the Top 10 offensive guards in the nation originally signed with USC, but switched to UCLA today.

Another player that was reported going to sign with USC -- Jordan Zumwalt -- decided to sign with UCLA today too.

At a live press conference from his high school, Owamagbe Odighizuwa is also headed to UCLA. Odighizuwa is ranked No. 41 overall by MaxPreps.com. He had narrowed his selctions down to the Bruins, Nebraska and Oregon State.

If the Bruins keep this up, they should easily end up with a Top 20 signing class.

SB Nation: No place like Signing Day | Full Blog

Bleacher Report: UCLA looking for WR, TE help

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Posted on: February 3, 2010 12:15 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Iowa's class looks to be pretty good

Iowa, which will most certainly be ranked in the preseason Top 10 next season, is doing a pretty good building for the future on National Signing Day.

The Hawkeyes have more than 20 recruits locked up, including C.J. Fiedorowicz, who is one of the best tight ends in the nation.

Bleacher Report: Dallas Clark's success in NFL impacts Iowa's recruiting

SB Nation: Iowa players sign on the dotted line

You can watch Iowa's Signing Day press conference today at 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS College Sports XXL.

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Posted on: February 3, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2010 1:39 pm
 

Florida State picking up top players

Jimbo Fisher is doing a great job in his first recruiting class and is picking up some big names today.

Dan Foose signed with Florida State after early reports had him going to Illinois and the Seminoles also landed one of the top linebackers in the nation in Christian Jones.

Add in those two with Lamarcus Joyner and Jeff Luc and Florida State might find itself in the Top 15 recruiting classes by the end of the day.

SB Nation: Breaking down Florida State's recruiting class | Full Blog

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Posted on: February 3, 2010 11:05 am
Edited on: February 3, 2010 8:43 pm
 

Alabama's Fax Cam

Don't tell the people in Tuscaloosa that Signing Day doesn't matter.

Alabama is broadcasting a live video of ... the FAX machine (thanks to CBS College Sports XXL).

The video has me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to hear that annoying sound when a FAX comes in.

Who could it be? A new linebacker? The next great running back?

Damn, it's just an advertisement for a 1.5 percent mortgage over 30 years.


Update (11:20 p.m. ET): They took the FAX cam down! Maybe he was tired and needed a nap. We'll keep an eye on this throughout the day to see if Mr. FAX gets back in front of the camera. I miss him already.

Update (8:40 p.m. ET): I checked back throughout the entire day and Alabama never put the video back up. But we are trying hard to get some archived video of it. I know the users are just dying to see what a FAX machine looks like in the Alabama athletic department.



Posted on: February 3, 2010 10:05 am
Edited on: February 3, 2010 6:37 pm
 

USC snags another huge recruiting class

Who needs Pete Carroll?

Things are looking up at USC again on Signing Day as the Trojans are primed for another big recruiting class. MaxPreps.com has USC in its Top 5 with a haul of six players ranked in the MaxPreps.com Top 100 and four High School All-Americans.

Robert Woods is the No. 6 ranked player, while Kyle Prater is ranked No. 19. The Trojans also got some more good news this morning, as Markeith Ambles signed with USC after giving a verbal to Tennessee last year. 

And at 5:30 p.m. live on CBS College Sports, USC got a commitment from No. 1 recruit Seantrel Henderson. The offensive lineman, who was MaxPreps.com's top-rated player, picked the Trojans over Minnesota, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami and Ohio State.

You can watch USC's Signing Day news conference today at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS College Sports XXL.

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Posted on: February 2, 2010 4:53 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2010 2:27 pm
 

Life at Boise State on Signing Day

Today is a huge day for the Florida, Texas, Alabama and Ohio States of the world.

Their signing day classes will be filled with four- and five-star recruits and every publication will be talking about the 20 or so players they brought in will help bring a national title.

Meanwhile, the winningest college football team of the past decade will do what it always does on this day -- enjoy the small success of signing players nobody knows.

Ahhh, life at Boise State.

No five-star recruits.

No players in the MaxPreps.com Top 100.

No mention of a Top 20 recruiting class.

Something must be working because the Broncos have gone 49-4 in the past four years with two undefeated seasons.

"They do a great job of identifying the kids that slip through the cracks," said Stephen Spiewak, National Football Editor at MaxPreps.com. "They will take a guy who doesn't always fit the mold what other schools are looking at. The guy that doesn't have the premier height at a certain spot ... like Kellen Moore. He was an outstanding high school player, but probably didn't have the height that most Division I schools were looking at."

Moore was the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington and wanted to attend Washington State, but the Cougars weren't interested. So Moore ended up signing at Boise State and we all know how that turned out -- Moore finished seventh in the Heisman voting, while the Cougars ended up 1-11.

With just five seniors on the roster last season, Boise State has just eight players slated to sign this year, one of the smallest classes in Division I. And except for the die-hard fans in Boise or the recruiting geeks, chances are you haven't heard of Bryan Douglas, Grant Hedrick or Troy Ware.

"That's Boise State's M.O. None of their names stand out, but they should become really productive players," added Spiewak.

Two of the biggest examples of the type of players Boise recruits are Douglas and Hedrick.

Douglas, a 5-foot-10 cornerback, was on the same high school team as Sean Parker, who is ranked No. 50 in the MaxPreps.com Top 100. Parker signed with Washington on Wednesday morning after also receiving interest from Michigan and USC. Because of that, Douglas was a recruiting afterthought from the Pac-10 schools.

Hedrick, an all-state quarterback out of Oregon, is just 6-foot-1 and the major schools out west shied away because of his height -- or lack there of. The only other schools that showed any interest were Air Force and FCS school Portland State.

But after a one-day visit to the high school camp, Hedrick decided right there he would accept an offer to Boise State.

"It just felt right," Hedrick told the Idaho Statesmen.

So while the Broncos have to go through this same old story every year, finding players that nobody else wants, things might be starting to change in the land of the Blue Turf.

The Broncos will land one of the best JUCO players in the country in Tyrone Crawford. The defensive end from Canada will transfer after playing two seasons at Bakersfield College and at 6-5, 258 pounds, Crawford should make an immediate impact.

Boise State also landed one of the top players in Montana in 6-4 wide receiver Matt Miller. Even though he is only rated as a three-star recruit, Miller was being recruited by Arizona State and Stanford.

"The football program is outstanding and I like that they win conference championships," said Miller to BroncoCountry.com. "I could see that as an easy transition. Boise also reminds me a lot of Montana."

Former All-American and current NFL star Ryan Clady got a first-hand glimpse of the recruiting process when he was one of the best players in Southern California out of high school. Boise State was the only school that recruited Clady and after spending a year on the Broncos scout team, he flourished into one of the best offensive lineman in the nation before being selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

"It definitely is a great program to go to, especially the guys who are looking at some of the small schools, which is what I was looking at coming out of high school," said Clady. "A lot of the Pac-10 schools weren't looking at me. Boise was a great option because it wasn't too far from home, but at the same time they were winning a lot of ball games."

If Boise State can somehow crash the BCS party and win the national championship, next year the recruiting story might be very different.

Posted on: January 19, 2010 3:46 pm
 

Top recruits still eyeing handful of schools

With just two weeks to go before National Signing Day, some of the biggest high school players in the country still haven't decided where to sign.

Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, MaxPreps.com No. 1 player, is looking at Ohio State, Notre Dame, Southern California, Florida and Miami (Fla.), Iowa and Minnesota. Cleveland.com reports Henderson had taken four visits with Miami still to go.

Lache Seastrunk, one of the top running backs in the nation, still has Auburn in the mix, acccording to The Birmingham NewsOregonLive.com reports Seastrunk will announce his decision Jan. 27 and is down to a handful of teams, including Oregon. He had USC on his list of five, but hasn't take a trip there yet.

Marcus Lattimore, the South Carolina running back, who is MaxPreps.com's No. 3 player in the nation, has pretty much narrowed his choices down either Auburn or South Carolina. The Spartanburg Herald Journal reports Lattimore is giving the slight edge to Auburn.

The other big name out there that hasn't decided yet is Jackson Jeffcoat, a defensive end from Texas. The biggest rumor circulating right now is Jeffcoat's father, who is the defensive line coach at Houston. The Dallas Morning News reported there was a rumor discussing Jeffcoat taking a job with Oklahoma and bringing his son with him.

Jeffcoat, who is a 6-foot-4, 233-pound defensive end, is looking at Houston, Texas, USC, Oklahoma and Arizona State. He had Florida on his list, but canceled a visit earlier this week.

Stay tuned ... Signing Day is Feb. 3.


 

Posted on: January 12, 2010 3:21 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2010 6:10 pm
 

Early Preseason Top 10 for 2010

It's a little early, but time to give my preseason Top 10 for 2010. Lots of things can change, but here is what I got for now:

Mark Ingram1. Alabama: The team will lose some starters on defense, including Terrence Cody, Rolando McClain and Javier Arenas, but there is still a ton of talent on that side of the ball. And look at all the starters back on offense. QB Greg McElroy, RB Mark Ingram, RB Trent Richardson and WR Julio Jones. The schedule works nicely in Alabama's favor too with home games against Penn State, Florida and Auburn. Three landmines which could prevent it from repeating -- at Arkansas (Sept. 25), at Tennessee (Oct. 23) and at LSU (Nov. 6).

2. Ohio State: If the Buckeyes can play like they did in the Rose Bowl, they will find themselves in the BCS championship game next year. Ten starters are back on offense, including Terrelle Pryor, the entire backfield and both wide receivers. Five starters back on the offensive line will be huge too. Ohio State gets Miami (Fla.) at home on Sept. 18 which will be the early test. The season likely comes down to the final three games of the season -- Penn State (Nov. 13), at Iowa (Nov. 20) and Michigan (Nov. 27)

3. Boise State: This is all you have to know about Boise being ranked this high: 21 of 22 starters from a team that went 14-0. Kellen Moore will be entering his junior season after one of the best seasons in college football -- 39 touchdowns and only three interceptions. The defense was great last season and only loses cornerback Kyle Wilson. Assuming Boise goes undefeated in conference play for the third consecutive season, there are two big games on the schedule -- at home against Oregon State and Virginia Tech in Maryland on Oct. 2. Could this be the year the Broncos get into the title game?

4. Oregon: Another team that will be loaded with returners, including all 11 on offense. The Ducks offense was very explosive last year and should be again with the return of QB Jeremiah Masoli and RB LaMichael James. Keep an eye on the defense with the return of all three linebackers. The biggest holes to fill will be on the defensive line and replacing cornerback Walter Thurmond. The Ducks get a quick test playing at Tennessee on Sept. 11. The Pac-10 schedule will be tough again, especially with road games at USC (Sept. 30), at California (Nov. 13) and at Oregon State (Nov. 27).

Ricky Stanzi5. Iowa: The Hawkeyes showed in the Orange Bowl what a difference Ricky Stanzi makes at quarterback. With him back along with running backs Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher and wide receivers Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and Marvin McNutt, Iowa will challenge Ohio State for the Big Ten title. The defense will again be one of the best in the country, especially in the secondary with Tyler Sash coming back. The schedule works perfectly for Iowa in its run to the a perfect season, getting Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State all at home.

6. Nebraska: Yes, Ndamukong Suh will be gone, but he wasn't a one-man team. One of the best defenses in the nation last year will be strong again with the return of DE Pierre Allen and DT Jared Crick. The key will be on offense if QB Zac Lee and RB Roy Helu can keep the ball moving. With the return of four offensive lineman, the Cornhuskers should be in great shape to challenge for the Big 12 Championship. Biggest game of the season will be Oct. 16 vs. Texas.

7. TCU: The Horned Frogs should be strong again with a team that returns a ton of players. It won't be easy to find a replacement for DE Jerry Hughes. With Andy Dalton back for one more season at quarterback and the return of WR Jimmy Young, the team should still be in great shape for another run at a BCS bowl. Obviously the conference has gotten better and a big game at Utah looms. So far TCU has only two non-conference opponents in Baylor and SMU, but it still has to find two more games.

8. Texas: The Longhorns won't be as good as they were this year. Too many key players will be gone, but Texas still has a nice group of returners back and should find itself in the Top 10. QB Garrett Gilbert got something to build on for next year with his appearance in the title game against Alabama. All the running backs return and a good core of wide receivers are back too. Earl Thomas is gone at safety, but Blake Gideon returns. The hardest part to replace will be the defensive line with the loss of Sergio Kindle. Oct. 2 vs. Oklahoma and Oct. 16 at Nebraska will be the season.

9. (tie) Virginia Tech: The defense lost some key players during the offseason, including Kam Chancellor and Jason Worilds, but the Hokies always just plug in newcomers and never miss a beat. The good news for Virginia Tech will be the return of sophomore running back Ryan Williams and junior Darren Evans, along with QB Tyrod Taylor. With those three back, the Hokies should be able to run all over opposing defenses. The Boise State game looms on Oct. 2 before huge road games at North Carolina and at Miami (Fla.)

Robert Quinn9. (tie) Miami, Fla.: The offense is there for the Hurricanes to make a serious run at the ACC title. QB Jacory Harris returns with wide receivers LaRon Byrd and Leonard Hankerson. A big question mark will be at running back, where Craig Cooper might miss the entire season due to a knee injury. The defense must get better at the linebacker position, but the secondary returns four strong players, including Brandon Harris at corner. Two huge out of conferences games will test Miami early -- at Ohio State (Sept. 11) and at Pittsburgh (Sept. 25).

9. (tie) North Carolina: Don't laugh, here is a team that returns nine starters on a great defense and 10 starters on offense. Defensive lineman Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin will anchor the front seven with linebacker Quan Sturdivant controlling the middle of the field. The offense must get better, so with T.J. Yates and WR Greg Little back for one more season ... this is their chance. The Tar Heels play LSU in Atlanta during the opening weekend (Sept. 4), so we'll see how good this team is.

The rest of the Top 25 (alphabetical order): Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Rutgers, Utah, USC, Wisconsin, West Virginia

 
 
 
 
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