Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:57 pm
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Where's Curtis Grant going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Richmond (VA) linebacker Curtis Grant. MaxPreps' 19th-ranked player overall and second-ranked inside linebacker.

What's the big deal: As MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak details, Grant is one of the best and most heavily recruited linebackers in the country. After racking up 331 tackles over his final two years at Hermitage High, Grant has impressive size for a high school senior at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Unlike a lot of linebackers at his level, Grant reads plays well and attacks the line of scrimmage with his speed and power. It's no stretch to say he could play as a freshman, at the very least on special teams, but he has all the tools to become a future star wherever he goes.

When: He will announce on Signing Day around 1:30 ET at his high school.

Considering: Florida, Ohio State, Virginia and North Carolina.

Best guess: Ohio State. Spiewak says Grant likely ends up at either Ohio State or Florida, adding that head coach Will Muschamp has worked hard to establish a bond with Grant. While Florida has made a push, ultimately the Buckeyes snatch Grant up to add to an impressive and young linebacking core for the sweater vest.
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:31 am
 

1/26 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One week until Signing Day. A week and a half before most recruitniks get something resembling sleep.

- Miami-area linebacker Arrington Jenkins is headed to Florida State. Jenkins cousin is current FSU defensive tackle Jacobi McDaniel.

- Looking back and comparing Washington’s recruiting class to past classes.

- Utah, including new offensive coordinator Norm Chow, had an in-home visit with wide out Devin Lucien – who is also a UCLA target.

- Wide receiver Trey Metoyer, one of the top wide receivers in the class of 2011, is trying to qualify for Oklahoma academically.

- Miami is hot on the heels for quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who is likely on the top of their board.

- If Ohio State grabs another commitment, they may have to do some scholarship maneuvering in order to make it work. And they will get at least one other commitment.

- The 10 fastest recruits in the class of 2011? The 10 fastest recruits in the class of 2011.

Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Michigan picks up LB, keeps another defender

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Tuesday night was Brady Hoke’s night on the recruiting trail as one of the top uncommitted players in the state of Ohio said he was headed to Michigan and a current recruit reaffirmed his commitment to the maize and blue.

Cincinnati (OH) outside linebacker Antonio Poole selected Michigan over Pittsburgh, Miami and Kentucky, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Defense is an area of need for the Wolverines, who ranked 110th in the country in total defense last season. Poole’s commitment is also the first major recruiting victory for new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who was the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator the past two seasons.

Shortly after Poole’s commitment, Owings Mills (MD) cornerback Blake Countess tweeted that he would stay with his decision to go to Michigan. Countess is MaxPreps' sixth-ranked corner and one of the top players in the state of Maryland. He held offers from schools such as Arkansas, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Stanford.

The two commitments provide not only two good players for Hoke, but some momentum heading into Signing Day.

Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Johnson commits to Ole Miss, Facebook a factor?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Philadelphia (MS) linebacker C.J. Johnson has committed to Ole Miss in an up and down news day for the Rebels, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

MaxPreps’ fourth-ranked inside linebacker, Johnson previously committed to Mississippi State last October but reneged on his pledge following the departure of Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator Manny Diaz to the same position at Texas.

"I wanted to stay in state, first of all," Johnson told The Clarion-Ledger. “I felt comfortable at State because of Diaz. The difference at Ole Miss was that everybody was recruiting me. It was just more of a comfort thing for me. That was the main thing.”

February 2nd is the first day recruits can sign a letter of intent from the class of 2011.

One factor working against Mississippi State might have been the social networking site Facebook. According to a post by Johnson on his profile wall, he stated that the recruiting experience turned into "a living nightmare" thanks to a Mississippi State fan constantly sending messages and posting on his wall.



Johnson is the 27th verbal commitment for Ole Miss, including five early enrollees.

Hat tip to Friends of the Program for the Facebook screen capture.
Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Ole Miss commit faces criminal charges

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of the top football players in the state of Mississippi has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and felony mischief, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Ole Miss verbal commitment Tobias Singleton allegedly punched his former girlfriend, a 16-year-old student at his high school, then kicked a Chevrolet Impala that belonged to the girl’s mother. The report also says that Singleton’s father and two brothers joined him in kicking the car, resulting in $3,321.18 worth of damage. The Madison Central (MS) star, who also goes by Tobias Manning, told police that his former girlfriend had hit his car with her's and then drove off.

“She states that Mr. Manning took it and threw her on the ground and started punching her in the back,” according to the police report obtained by the Clarion-Ledger. “(Redacted) advises that (redacted), the father of Tobias Manning, and his brothers, started kicking the blue Impala, causing damage to the driver and backside of the vehicle.”

A 6-foot-2, 190 pound receiver, Singleton is ranked ninth in the country at his position by MaxPreps and chose the Rebels at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January. A court date has not been set but the charges filed could result in jail time of up to five years if convicted.

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt told the Clarion-Ledger that the school was still recruiting Singleton as of Monday night.

Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:10 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Rich Rodriguez joins CBS College for Signing Day

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Michigan and West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez knows his recruiting. Despite his 15-22 record in Ann Arbor, Rodriguez did bring in three straight top 20 recruiting classes. His list of talented prospects he has recruited and coached is more than impressive, including most notably in recent years the likes of Pat White, Steve Slaton, and quarterback Denard Robinson. Rodriguez has been on five different FBS coaching staffs, and has left his mark at each stop along the way.

Which is why we are proud to announce that Rodriguez will be joining our multi-faceted coverage of National Signing Day here at CBS. CBS College Sports Network will be offering seven hours of live television programming featuring recruiting expert Tom Lemming, Rodriguez, and former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer giving instant updates and analysis as the nation's biggest recruits sign their LOI's on the New Years Day of the offseason.

In addition to the television coverage, keep it locked here at CBSSports.com all day on February 2 as we will be providing breaking news and analysis as soon as pens hit paper. If you haven't already, go bookmark our Eye on Recruiting Blog to get caught up on the latest recruiting news. Bryan Fischer will keep you covered on which way the four and five-stars are leaning, and what their decisions will mean for teams moving forward.

So next Wednesday February 2, join CBS Sports for a truly multi-media experience as we deliver all the biggest news on National Signing Day. Your favorite team is preparing for tomorrow today, because there is no offseason in college football.
Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:49 am
 

Where's Ray Drew going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Thomasville (GA) defensive end Ray Drew. MaxPreps’ third-ranked defensive end and 18th-ranked player overall.

What’s the big deal: Already 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Drew has the frame to add weight and is all you look for in a defensive end coming out of high school. He probably projects better as an end in the 4-3 defense but he could play outside linebacker in the 3-4 if given time to learn the system. A combination of great speed and athleticism, Drew is a going to be a big pick up for whatever school lands him.

When: Drew will announce his college choice on Friday morning at his high school. 

Considering: Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Georgia and Miami.

Best guess: Georgia. The Bulldogs are the local program and they have been on a tear lately, grabbing a commitment from top tight end Jay Rome and are hot on the trail of running back Isiah Crowell too. Several commits to the school have been nicknaming the class of 2011 as the “Dream Team” and Drew would certainly add to that moniker. Drew has played his options pretty close to the vest so don’t be surprised to see him announce for Auburn or LSU either.

Category: NCAAF
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.

 
 
 
 
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