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Eye on CFB Midseason Report: Recruiting

Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 2:22 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

We've reached the halfway point of the college football season and what better way to see how the top 25 is doing on the recruiting front. Using the BCS rankings, here's how each program's class of 2012 is shaping up.

1. LSU (MaxPreps team ranking: 6): The Tigers recently added a good offensive lineman in Vadal Alexander and have built a very good class along both lines. As usual, there's plenty of speed at the skill positions but it remains to be seen if Les Miles can hold on to top recruit Avery Johnson, a talented wide receiver who is Patrick Peterson's younger brother.

2. Alabama (4): No surprise to see the Crimson Tide highly ranked in the polls and the recruiting rankings. They're still in some battles for a few top prospects but the current group of commits has lots of highly regarded defensive talent, such as cornerback Geno Smith. Nick Saban is also reloading on offense, grabbing players such as quarterback Alec Morris, wide receiver Chris Black and running back Kenyan Drake.

3. Oklahoma (18): Bob Stoops' staff has quite a few frequent flier miles based on where the Sooners 2012 class is from. They've gone into Florida and grabbed an excellent interior lineman in Ty Darlington and to Maryland for talented athlete Charles Tapper. They're also in the hunt for number one overall recruit Dorial Green-Beckham and seeing Ryan Broyles set a few NCAA records probably doesn't hurt their chances.

4. Oklahoma State (NR): He's a man, he's (over) 40 and he's doing pretty well on the recruiting trail. Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy isn't landing five-star players quite yet but he's got a very solid class full of athletes, most of whom are from the state of Texas. The big fish out there remains Barry Sanders Jr., who Oklahoma State has a good chance of landing come Signing Day.

5. Boise State (NR): It's always difficult to evaluate a class like the Broncos because they do such a good job of identifying under the radar prospects and coaching them up. This year though, there's no denying that they are doing a much better recruiting, sometimes competing with Pac-12 programs for recruits and winning those battles. Defensive back Chris Santini and offensive lineman Travis Averill are two very good players who would be a great addition to any class.

6. Wisconsin (19): A small class so far, the Badgers don't have the quantity but they do have the quality. Linebacker Vince Biegel is a great defensive addition that they get to keep close to home and Dan Voltz should fit right in as a big offensive lineman headed to Madison. Going to a Rose Bowl and the undefeated team they have so far this year has also allowed them to expand their recruiting reach, going into Florida, Washington and California for players.

7. Clemson (15): There was no question that Dabo Swinney could recruit coming into this season and he's put a lot of his young talent to use to fuel the Tigers undefeated season. This year's class is loaded along the defensive line and have one of the best defensive backs in the country in Travis Blanks.

8. Stanford (NR): The Cardinal play by their own rules in recruiting due to academic restrictions but that probably won't stop them from having a top 25 class come Signing Day when all is said and done. David Shaw and company have a group of national recruits, led by linebacker Noor Davis and defensive tackle Jordan Watkins.

9. Arkansas (NR): Bobby Petrino should see a big boost from Texas A&M's move to the SEC after heavily recruiting the state over the past few years. Wide receiver Jalen Cobb is a great in-state grab but they really have their eye on Dorial Green-Beckham and are one of the favorites to land the top prospect.

10. Oregon (NR): The Ducks don't have a lot of commitments but they're in the running for several big names in a good year for West Coast talent. Jake Rodrigues is an Elite 11 quarterback who is a perfect fit for Chip Kelly's offense.

11. Kansas State (NR): Tough to figure out the Wildcats' recruiting because they rely so heavily on the junior college ranks but they'll no doubt see a boost with the kind of season they've been having.

12. Virginia Tech (10): The Hokies quickly assembled their class, filling up their numbers to the point that they're pretty much full before October. The Tidewater area has plenty of good players that Virginia Tech has snapped up but issues at North Carolina have also allowed them to win more battles for players in the south.

13. Nebraska (NR): This is a really small class with only seven players committed for 2012. The Cornhuskers need to pick it up on the recruiting trail but do have some solid players that might be a few years away from playing.

14. South Carolina (13): Steve Spurrier won't land the number one player in the country this year but he's still recruited a very good class, especially at the skill positions. Wide receiver Shaq Roland is a good fit for the offense and can get up field quickly.

15. West Virginia (NR): With Dana Holgorsen making the move to the big corner office, offensive recruits are excited to head to Morgantown. Wide receiver Deontay McManus is a great fit for the Mountaineers and is one of the fastest players in the Northeast.

16. Michigan State (24): Taking advantage of the troubles at Ohio State, Michigan State has hit Ohio with great success. This is a blue-collar group and defensive tackle Sevon Pittman should be a great fit in Mark Dantonio's defense.

17. Texas A&M (8): Mike Sherman has turned things around and given the Aggies a much-needed boost in recruiting, putting them in rare territory in the top 10. This is a good group of skill position players and with the SEC card to play with recruits going forward, don't be surprised to see A&M in the top 10 again next year.

18. Michigan (1): Not sure any head coach was able to accomplish what Brady Hoke did recruiting-wise before even coaching a game. The Wolverines have the top class in the country and they'll bring a much-needed infusion of talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Kyle Kalis and Erik Magnuson are two good, physical offensive linemen who should be a perfect fit to the UM system.

19. Houston (NR): Off to a good start in 2012, Kevin Sumlin could soon have his school in a BCS league, which should result in better recruits.

20. Auburn (11): The Tigers have seen a nice championship bounce on the recruiting trail and, with the NCAA cloud lifted now, this class is only going to get better. Several players, such as running back T.J. Yeldon or tight end Darrion Hutcherson could wind up playing very early.

21. Penn State (20): A solid year for talent in-state, Joe Paterno's staff has landed several good players who can develop after a redshirt year, such as tight end Jesse James. There's no impact player in this group however.

22. Georgia Tech (NR): The Yellow Jackets haven't taken advantage of the talent in Georgia this year but have landed several talented prospects who are somewhat under the radar.

23. Illinois (NR): Ron Zook can recruit but hasn't done a lot of it so far in 2012. The Illini have only nine recruits and none would be considered a can't miss prospect.

22. Texas (2): A great year of elite offensive talent in the state of Texas has benefited the Longhorns. Record-setting running back Johnathan Gray and wide receivers Cayleb Jones and Thomas Johnson will add to an already young offense.

25. Washington (NR): Steve Sarkisian has done a great job in 2012 and has landed not one, but two really good quarterbacks and a host of defensive help in the back seven.

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Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 5:36 pm

Eye on CFB Midseason Report: Recruiting

No im just a realist..The only schools Michigan can beat are the low end teams in football. There program was good long ago but times change so deal with it..

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 4:49 pm

Eye on CFB Midseason Report: Recruiting

Hey Muscle Head (Teres Minor)  Leave the Sparty Fan alone.  The team has played well in big games, and a little luck is always needed.  Dantonio isn't leaving East Lansing no matter what happens this year.  I don't thing the OSU will even look his way, and he has banked enough good will at MSU to last there for at least a decade more.  I personally don't like the guy, but it seems like MSU is at least making headway under him.  The only concern I have is what happens if Narduzzi gets a head coaching job?  THAT might be something to be afraid of if you are an MSU fan.
 As a Wolverine, I offer MSU a nod and hope you have more luck.  (No, I'm not someone who loves UM and hates MSU...I'm above the age of 12). I want to see both teams win everything except when they play each other.  

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 2:15 pm

He's not an Ohio fan...

Ohio fans don't use "Yzerman" as a handle.  This troll is obviously a delusional Spartyfan who is here to Spartybrag and Spartytroll.  Enjoy your second lucky season in a row while you can, Sparty.  Just remember that if Saint Dantonio wins too many games, he will be contacted by that school down south.  You know: Dantonio's dream job?  The one that he would crawl down US-23 to take?  Yeah, that one.  
If Sparty falls apart, they are "Same Old Sparty."  If they don't, they lose their coach.   Sparty loses either way.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:07 pm

Eye on CFB Midseason Report: Recruiting

You must be a osu fan/student with those stats! 1920's???? Michigan won a National Championship in 97! Haven't won consistently?? Really? Michigan has the longest streak of Bowl apperances than any school in the country! #1 recruiting class coming in because it's a great school and program! Get your facts together then comment!

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:30 pm

Eye on CFB Midseason Report: Recruiting

Hahahahahahaha.  Last time UM was "on top" was in the 1940's. 

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:21 am

Eye on CFB Midseason Report: Recruiting

Funny, I question why any quality player would go to any other school in the entire Midwest.  This type of recruiting will continue to be the case for a great number of reasons.  How about it being one of the programs with the richest and proudest traditions in all of sports, great rivalries, great national TV exposure, the biggest stadium, biggest alumni association, great facilities, great coaches (typically), and a better valued education than pretty much any other top 25 football team out there.  Let's not forget the program also puts out some of the top positional players in the country every other year, gets players into the Heisman conversation, and sends a decent amount of players to the NFL.  The past few years have been bad for Michigan yes, but outside of that they are almost always in the top 15-25 in the country and top 10 isn't that rare in the past 30 years.  You must be only 15 years old or just don't pay attention to anyone other than your own school to make this comment.  You're obviously just a hater or your team is a rival of Michigan.  Get used to it buddy, we're climbing back to the top where we belong.   

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 4:58 pm

Eye on CFB Midseason Report: Recruiting

Why would any kid want to go to Michigan?? They havent had a solid program in 10 years , and haven't won consistently since 1920. 

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