Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:28 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Breaking down who won and lost in the ACC on National Signing Day
WINNER: Florida State
For the second year in a row, multiple top uncommitted prospects picked Florida State in widely publicized National Signing Day announcements. Cornerback Ronald Darby (pictured above, No. 3 athlete in 2012 class) never even told head coach Jimbo Fisher he was definitely coming to Florida State, but when decision time came he reached for the Seminoles' hat. It started with Mario Edwards, Jr. signing his letter on ESPN in the morning, then on to Eddie Goldman's commitment and Jameis Winston's public recruitment of Darby just before the cornerback's announcement. For Florida State, the revolution was televised.
LOSER: North Carolina schools
Recently, high school football in the state of North Carolina has been on the rise. Unfortunately, it has not resulted in a boost to any of the North Carolina schools in the ACC. North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and Duke missed out on every North Carolina prospect in Tom Lemming's Top 100 Players, and allowed 31 of the 55 in-state prospects to sign with out-of-state schools. If these football programs want to shake the "basketball school" reputation of Tobacco Road, they need to stop letting the best in-state talent get poached by other programs.
The Hurricanes got a jump start on the competition due to self-imposed bowl ineligibility, and those early verbal commits helped secure enough to talent to keep the Hurricanes as a Top 10 class despite some defections. Miami also got a much-needed boost in the secondary with the commitment of Tracy Howard, and defensive end Tyriq McCord signed his letter despite rumors he may flip to USC or South Carolina. The heart of Golden's 2012 recruiting class lies right in Miami's backyard, with over half of the class from Southern Florida - many from Broward-Dade County area. Several Hurricanes' signees openly spoke about expecting NCAA action, and are willing to follow Golden's plan for success anyway.
LOSER: Georgia Tech
Recruiting is just not a great time for the public image of Georgia Tech football. Head coach Paul Johnson was publicly critical of oversigning again, and the Yellow Jackets' stiff academic requirements have become a topic of conversations when competing against the SEC for in-state talent. But Georgia Tech did have a hat on the table when defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was making his decision between the Yellow Jackets, Alabama, and Georgia on National Signing Day. Tomlinson, one of the top uncommitted in-state recruits, paused on the Georgia Tech hat, only to publicly spurn the Yellow Jackets and commit to Alabama. Additionally, Georgia Tech offensive line coach Todd Spencer resigned amidst potential NCAA violations from impermissible text messaging. Just not a good PR day for Georgia Tech.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (No. 14 overall prospect) did not commit on National Signing Day. The top ranked unsigned recruit is strongly considering Florida, Auburn, and Maryland. While many believe the Gators are in the lead for Diggs, MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak writes that Maryland still might have a chance. Former Illinois head coach Ron Zook believes that new Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who has a great relationship with Diggs' family, could convince the Olney, Md. standout to stay in-state. With Locksley playing catch up in the recruiting game, every day without a Diggs commitment is likely to Maryland's advantage.
LOSER: Virginia Tech
While the Hokies pulled in another solid class, including talented wide receiver Joel Caleb, there was one decommit that caused an unwanted scene. Linebacker Jawand Blue, a Boca Raton, Fla. native, was committed to the Hokies until an opportunity arose at the last minute to jump in with Miami. When he called Virginia Tech, the phone conversation apparently did not go well. Unfortunately, a local reporter heard the conversation (from Blue's end) and began tweeting quotes "from Frank Beamer." A Virginia Tech spokesperson later clarified it was not Beamer, but assistant coach Charley Wiles. For more on the interaction, you can check out ACCSports.com's Signing Day blog. Blue was not a make-or-break recruit for Beamer, but the whole situation was a loss on a very public day for all recruiting news.
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Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:42 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Here's a podcast I did where Gunner Kiel and parents in the recruiting process came up. Kiel is settling into life at Notre Dame today.
SMU got four early enrollees this year, including a Parade All-America.
Dalvin Tomlinson not visiting Georgia could be good news for Georgia Tech.
Quarterback Kanler Coker flipped from East Carolina to North Carolina.
West Virginia added athlete Nana Kyeremeh.
Houston added a commitment from defensive tackle Donald Hopkins.
Bret Bielema has been working to keep his recruiting class together.
Defensive end Michael Onuoha will visit Missouri this weekend.
Several prospects, such as Jordan Diamond, enjoyed their trip to Michigan.
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:56 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Top quarterback Gunner Kiel will take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.
Several Oklahoma State commits are upset at the Cowboys missing out on the title game.
N.C. State commit Charlie Hedegus has some interest in South Florida.
Steve Fairchild's firing has left Colorado State's recruiting in limbo.
What happens if top running back Keith Marshall does not pick Georgia?
Defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson rated his visit to Georgia Tech as a '8 or 9.'
Carl Pelini was hired in part to fix FAU's recruiting problems.
Rice fired recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Rick LaFavers.
Quarterback Tyler Cameron switched his commitment from USF to Wake Forest. The Bulls added a JUCO offensive lineman however.
Wide receiver Chris Harper became the latest in a Southern California to SMU pipeline.
Former Texas Tech pledge Christian Okafor has committed to Cal.
Washington added North Torrance (Calif.) athlete Ryan McDaniel.
Another commit for UCLA despite the coaching change as running back Paul Perkins pledged to be a Bruin.
Tags: Cal, California, Carl Pelini, Charlie Hedegus, Chris Harper, Christian Okafor, Colorado, Dalvin Tomlinson, FAU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Gunner Kiel, Keith Marshall, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Paul Perkins, Rice, Rick LaFavers, Ryan McDaniel, SMU, South Florida, Steve Fairchild, Texas Tech, Tyler Cameron, UCLA, USF, Wake Forest, Washington
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 5:52 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Just a few weeks ago, recruitniks were impressed with the quality and quantity of high level recruits that were in South Bend for the USC-Notre Dame game. Several people termed it Brian Kelly's 'Super Bowl.'
This Saturday is college football's actual Recruiting Super Bowl (well, not actual Super Bowl but as close as one gets in the regular season). On the sidelines, a truly star-studded cast, topping the century mark in terms of number of official and unofficial visitors. Though Nick Saban and his staff will no doubt be occupied with the team in purple and gold, they'll be spending some time hosting the biggest recruiting weekend Tuscaloosa has seen in years.
The biggest visitor coming in is five-star safety Landon Collins. Both LSU and Alabama are battling for his services but it will be tough to lure him out-of-state. A big win over the Tigers and an impressive visit however, might be enough to leave a lasting impression that will pay off on Signing Day. Collins isn't the only five-star or big name headed in for the game though, as illustrated by the partial list below.
DT/OT Arik Armstead
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama commit
DB Landon Collins
LB Noor Davis, Stanford commit
DB Travell Dixon, JUCO
DT Eddie Godlman
DE Jordan Jenkins
OT Avery Young
LB Kwon Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis, LSU commit
DE Denzel Devall
DB Trae Elston
DT Quay Evans
TE Kurt Freitag
DT Issac Gross, Ole Miss commit
OT Brandon Hill
QB Jeremy Liggins
RB Barry Sanders Jr.
DT Justin Shanks, Florida State commit
DB Dwayne Thomas, LSU commit
DT Dalvin Tomlinson
DL Channing Ward
DE Jamichael Winston, Arkansas commit
DB P.J. Williams, Florida State commit
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State commit
RB T.J. Yeldon, Auburn commit
DE Ryan Anderson
DT Dakota Ball
WR Chris Black
RB Kenyan Drake
WR Casey Gladney
OL Brandon Greene
K Adam Griffith
OL Caleb Gulledge
LB Tyler Hayes
DT Darren Lake
LB Dillon Lee
QB Alec Morris
DT Darius Philon
LB Reggie Ragland
DB Geno Smith
ATH Justin Thomas
DB Eddie Williams
OL Bradley Bozeman, Alabama commit
DB Cameron Burrows
LB Reginald Carter
DB Antonio Conner
LB Rueben Foster, Alabama commit
RB Derrick Henry, Georgia commit
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama commit
DL Dee Liner, Auburn commit
QB Johnathon McCrary
DE Robert Nkemdiche
OL Lovell Peterson
WR Earnest Robinson
RB Kelvin Taylor (Alabama-Florida battle)
DB Tramel Terry
RB Altee Tenpenny
RB Sony Michel
WR Bo Scarborough
LB Tre Williams
DE Gerald Willis
Tags: Adam Griffith, Alabama, Alabama-LSU, Alec Morris, Altee Tenpenny, Amari Cooper, Antonio Conner, Arik Armstead, Arkansas, Avery Young, Barry Sanders Jr., Bo Scarborough, Bradley Bozeman, Brandon Greene, Brandon Hill, Brian Kelly, Caleb Gulledge, Cameron Burrows, Casey Gladney, Channing Ward, Chris Black, Dakota Ball, Dalvin Tomlinson, Darius Philon, Darren Lake, Dee Liner, Denzel Devall, Derrick Henry, Dillon Lee, Dwayne Thomas, Earnest Robinson, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Williams, Florida State, Geno Smith, Georgia, Gerald Willis, Issac Gross, Jameis Winston, Jamichael Winston, Jeremy Liggins, Johnathan McCrary, Jordan Jenkins, Justin Shanks, Justin Thomas, Kelvin Taylor, Kenyan Drake, Kurt Freitag, Kwon Alexander, Landon Collins, Lovell Peterson, LSU, LSU-Alabama, Nick Saban, Noor Davis, Notre Dame, O.J. Howard, Ole Miss, Quay Evans, Reggie Ragland, Reginald Carter, Robert Nkemdiche, Rueben Foster, Ryan Anderson, Sony Michel, Stanford, T.J. Yeldon, Torshiro Davis, Trae Elston, Tramel Terry, Travell Dixon, Tre Williams, Tyler Hayes, USC
Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:43 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Oregon and Oregon State use cool summers in the state as a positive recruiting angle.
Recent Maryland pledge Sean Davis is 'unbelievably smooth.'
Alabama and Georgia Tech are the co-leaders for top Georgia prospect Dalvin Tomlinson.
Louisville commit Will Gardner suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
South Carolina is still in it with defensive back Lucas Thompson.
Clemson is on top of defensive back Trae Elston's list.
Safety D.J. Singleton committed to Wisconsin on Monday.