Posted on: January 31, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 4:29 pm

New rule changes how some recruits may be counted

Posted by Bryan Fischer

As fans, coaches, administrators, boosters and the media eagerly await National Signing Day on Wednesday, one recently enacted rule change has flown under just about everyone’s radar. While most in the media have talked about a new oversigning rule put in place this year - one that limits schools to 28 signees during the signing period - there’s another impactful rule also on the books.

Passed in early January at the NCAA's annual convention, the new rule – Proposal 2010-78 – specifies that an initial counter (an incoming player who receives financial aid in a sport for the first time) can replace a midyear graduate in either the current or following year's class. Like the rule limiting schools to 28 signees, 2010-78 was sponsored by the SEC.

“We really started it at the institutional level and, on this particular proposal, about a year ago one of our universities submitted the idea to change the rule as it’s presented,” Greg Sankey, SEC Associate Commissioner of Compliance said. “The basis was before 2010-78, if you had a midyear graduate and you’re at your 85 maximum (number of scholarships), you can replace that person but you’d have to count the initial counter forward.

“If they’ve done things well and graduated a player and been under the initial counter limit for the current year, why not allow us the flexibility to count that individual for the current year as an initial counter?”

The proposal sailed through the NCAA pipeline without comment or challenge from any cabinet or committee. NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn confirmed that the rule is in effect now unless an override vote is called for. 

“It was ultimately seen as a good idea nationally based on the outcome of the convention vote,” Sankey added.

In essence, if a school fails to use the full initial counter limit in a recruiting class and graduates a few players early, they can maximize the number of players they can bring in. Oversigning though, is not the term one uses when talking about 2010-78.

“It’s actually tied to not oversigning,” Sankey said. “You would have to have someone on your 85-man limit leave for graduation. I think we all agree that’s a positive. And then you have to have room in your current initial counters to bring someone new in. You’re not, in any way, disenfranchising someone.”

Indeed, the new rule should provide a competitive advantage to schools that graduate players early. Many would consider this a good thing. It could also mean some players are pushed to graduate early in order to get them out and bring new players in. Given the time constraints already placed on some student-athletes, it could be something schools use to push their athletes academically to their detriment and the school's benefit.

Regardless of how the process is played out and the rule used, the topic of signing players is not going away in the near future.

“At our annual meetings, I anticipate there will be some ideas that will alter what was identified as the signing limit in the past,” Sankey said. “It’s been an active issue, certainly before any attention this week.”

With Signing Day approaching, you bet that this is an issue that will continue to be a topic for discussion.

Posted on: January 31, 2011 12:44 pm

Following the uncommitted recruits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Want to plan your Signing Day itinerary? We already know you’ve got the excuse to tell your boss, now when do all of the top commits sign on the dotted line? Look no further than the MaxPreps list of the top uncommitted players from the Top 100 for the date and time they’re expected to commit.

The list will be updated with all the latest information throughout the week. Also be sure to use the hashag #NSD11 if you're Tweeting on Wednesday.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:09 am

Auburn picks up top flight corner in Roberson

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of the top cornerbacks in the nation decided not to wait until National Signing Day to announce his commitment, instead making his school of choice known on Facebook early Monday morning.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) defensive back Marcus Roberson announced that he would attend Auburn, since confirmed by He is MaxPrep’s 10th-ranked cornerback in the country and the 23rd commitment to the Tigers for the class of 2011.

At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Roberson has ideal size for a cornerback and a very quick reaction to the ball. He was previously committed to Texas Tech, where his uncle was recently hired as the defensive backs coach.

Category: NCAAF
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 30, 2011 5:57 pm

Sunday recruiting quick hits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Recruiting updates are coming fast and furious as the final weekend before Signing Day winds down. Monday is the beginning of a “dead” period where coaches can only talk to recruits if they call them so things are jumping the past few hours.

The biggest news might be Lauderdale Lakes (FL) linebacker Kent Turene decommitting from USC. Turene had waivered on the Trojans since taking visits and most thought it was 50-50 for him to actually sign with USC. Georgia might be the leader after he recently took an official visit there.

Arizona State also lost a commit this weekend with Oaks Christian (CA) defensive end Dillon van der Wal flipping to Vanderbilt. Van der Wal is a very solid player and a good pickup for the Commodores. His decommitment is the second big blow of the weekend for the Sun Devils after in-state guard Cyrus Hobbi selected USC. News isn’t all bad for Dennis Erickson’s team, they did pick up defensive tackle David Moala from Gardena (CA).

Orlando (FL) linebacker LaQuentin Smith has narrowed his choices down to Pittsburgh and West Virginia. This would be a big pickup for Pitt head coach Todd Graham, who has reeled in six commitments in the past 48 hours after seeing most of the recruiting class dissolve in the wake of the coaching change.
Posted on: January 30, 2011 12:16 pm

1/30 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The week of National Signing Day has officially arrived. Some fans are already planning to be “sick” on Wednesday just to get off work and follow all of the coverage.

- Ohio State picked up commitment number 22…  from a long snapper. As this story notes, this is believed to be the first time a long snapper has come to Columbus with a scholarship.

- The NCAA investigation into North Carolina hasn’t necessarily slowed the Tar Heels recruiting efforts.

- Missouri’s efforts to comply with NCAA rules while recruiting has become tricky thanks to cell phones and technology.

- Great insight into the various recruiting services and the who, what, where and why.

Posted on: January 29, 2011 10:25 pm

New Jersey tackle flips from Rutgers to FSU

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida State has been on a recruiting roll in the state of Florida so far but they’ve extended that success to one out of state recruit late Saturday night. The latest addition to the highly regarded class of 2011 comes from offensive lineman Josue Matias, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Union City (NJ) tackle committed to Rutgers this past Sunday but has instead decided to head south and join the Seminoles.

“That’s where I thought I’d have the most success at,” he told the Sentinel. “It was a hard decision but I just had to do what was right.”

Recruiting website Noles247 reported that FSU offensive coordinator James Coley had an in-home visit today to lockup the commitment. One of the top tackles on the East Coast, the 6-foot-6, 300 pound Matias is the 25th commitment for the Seminoles.

Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:31 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 11:12 pm

Big East needs, commits and hopes

Posted by Bryan Fischer


Biggest need: Offensive line. Two starters are already gone due to graduation and next season could feature seniors across the board. This is not only an area of need for the future but one that needs bodies heading into next season as well.

Best verbal commit: Running back Jameel Poteat.

Hope to get: Linebacker Dexter Moody.


Biggest need: Receiver. The new staff will likely see a big hole at a lot of positions with several seniors gone from the Big East champion. Finding a dynamic wide receiver to help take pressure off the running game will likely be at or near the top of the recruiting board.

Best verbal commit: Linebacker Jefferson Ashiru.

Hope to get: Defensive back Adrian Amos.


Biggest need: Offensive linemen. The Cardinals take a huge hit on the offensive line due to graduation so it’s important to find players to fill out the depth chart and be ready to step in if there’s injuries.

Best verbal commit: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Hope to get: Tight end Jon Davis.


Biggest need: Defensive end. Brandon Lindsey returns to a unit that should be solid next year but will be a senior so new head coach Todd Graham will have to replace him shortly. It’s tough to recruit when you’re the third coach since the end of the season but Graham will have to make adding an end a priority.

Best commit: Defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith.

Hope to get: Quarterback Michael Eubank.


Biggest need: Defensive line. Rutgers was dead last in the Big East in sacks by a mile. They need at least one player in the current class to step in and help out.

Best verbal commit: Running back Savon Huggins.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Marquise Wright.

South Florida 

Biggest need: Skill players. The Bulls have someone to build around in quarterback B.J. Daniels but the key is finding some playmakers to put around him. There are a few on the roster but adding to the current group can give USF a chance in the Big East.

Best verbal commit: Wide receiver Andre Davis.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Elkino Watson.


Biggest need: Secondary. Syracuse had a lot of youth on the team last year but can still improve in several areas. The Orangemen will pencil in three seniors at the backend so there’s at least one position group that needs some added depth.

Best verbal commit: Wide receiver Dyshawn Davis.

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds.

West Virginia

Biggest need: Defensive line. The Mountaineers had a very good defense last year (third in the country in total defense) but will need to add a player or two to the defensive line with an eye for 2012 with a senior-laden bunch already in Morgantown.

Best verbal commit: Defensive back Terrell Chestnut.

Hope to get: Safety Roderick Ryles.

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