Tag:David Shaw
Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:31 am

Stanford adds Virginia defensive back

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stanford is one of the few schools who truly recruits nationally and they proved it once again by getting a commitment out of Ashburn (Va.) defensive back Alex Carter Saturday afternoon.

"I was at Stanford today on campus watching practice and told them I wanted to commit," he told Rivals. "They were pretty excited. At the end of practice, they pulled all the guys around and made an announcement. Everyone was happy for my decision and it felt pretty good."

The trip out West was actually Carter's third visit to see the Cardinal in person. Being on campus and seeing Palo Alto again only served to reinforce his decision to commit this weekend.

"I've been pretty heavy on Stanford for awhile. I knew before that I wanted to come here and there is no point in dragging out the process, why not end it now," Carter said. "I couldn't find a better school than what Stanford had, athletically, academically and the beautiful weather."

The talented cornerback had been recruited by Stanford for some time and in the end, the recent coaching change did not have much of an affect Carter's recruitment.

"Their coaching staff is still for the most part the same," he said. "Coach (David) Shaw is a bit different from Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, but I love Coach Shaw. I'm happy with him, it's great."

Carter is the second commitment for Stanford in the class of 2012.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:48 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:58 am

CBS Sports National Signing Day Show

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Super Bowl is still a few days away but college football's offseason equivalent is finally upon us with National Signing Day 2011. CBS Sports is providing fans across the country with the most extensive multi-media coverage of National Signing Day across the CBS College Sports Network, CBSSports.com, MaxPreps.com and the CBSSports.com College Network.

CBS College Sports Network will have seven hours of coverage in households across the country beginning at 10 AM ET. Featuring recruiting expert Tom Lemming and guest analysis from former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, the CBS Sports National Signing Day Show will deliver in-depth analysis of all the news throughout the day.

Hosts Adam Zucker and Molly Qerim will be joined in studio by Lemming, Rodriguez and former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer. Brian Jones reports from Austin, Texas, where he will interview many of the nation’s elite prep players, who are gathered for USA Football's Team USA vs. The World game. Aaron Taylor will report from the west coast on Pac-12 football.

Below is a brief rundown of some of the elements of the show, which features interviews with players and coaches from across the country.

Early Show 10 AM – 1 PM ET

10 AM Hour

Tom Lemming’s Top Ten recruiting classes are unveiled and Brian Jones interviews Notre Dame commits George Atkinson III (#12 WR), Josh Atkinson (#25 CB), and Matt Hegarty (#1 OG).

11 AM Hour

A conference-by-conference recruiting breakdown with Lemming and Rodriguez as well as an interview with Nebraska commit Aaron Green (#3 RB).

12 PM Hour

An interview with Texas head coach Mack Brown, new Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and new Miami head coach Al Golden. Brian Jones also interviews Auburn commit Kiehl Frazier (#2QB).

Late Show 3 PM – 7 PM ET

3PM Hour

Tom Lemming will update his Top Ten Recruiting Classes and there will be interviews with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. Fresh off a win in the BCS National Championship game, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik will discuss the run to the title and the incoming class he hopes fuels the Tigers to another.

4 PM Hour

Rutgers commit Savon Huggins (#1 RB) joins the program for an interview as well has his future head coach Greg Schiano. SEC head coaches Derek Dooley of Tennessee and Nick Saban of Alabama will also discuss their recruiting class of 2011.

5PM Hour

UCF head coach George O’Leary and Boise State’s Chris Petersen join the program to provide prospective from non-BCS conference schools.

6PM Hour

Aaron Taylor will interview new Stanford head coach David Shaw and Cardinal commit Wayne Lyons (#4 safety) will also join the program for an interview. CBSSports.com college football columnist Dennis Dodd will provide his thoughts before the show wraps up with the day’s winning (and losing) recruiting classes.

Tune in and get all the latest about the nation’s best high school athletes and more, only on the CBS College Sports Network. More Signing Day coverage

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:33 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 8:34 am

Pac-12 Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Here's what you'll need to keep an eye on during the Pac-12's first Signing Day with newcomers Utah and Colorado on board:

Players to Watch

De'anthony Thomas , ATH, Crenshaw (Los Angeles): Maybe no player in the country has had their recruitment take a more intriguing turn in the past few days than Thomas, a USC commitment who surprised nearly everyone but Chip Kelly and his staff by taking a last-minute visit to Oregon. Now rumors are swirling about the "Black Mamba's" ultimate destination, and whether it's the Trojans or Ducks, someone's going to end up with quite the prize in the 5'9" 175-pound blazer; he's No. 15 in the Maxpreps top 100 and has All-American potential at either tailback or cornerback.

Marqise Lee , ATH, Juniper Serro (Gardena, Calif.): Another top California athlete, another battle between the Trojans and Ducks (though Miami could reportedly also sneak in here). A livewire 6'1" and 185 pounds, and the Maxpreps No. 16 athlete, Lee could play either offense and defense but is expected to find his highest ceiling as a playmaking safety. Lee is believed to be a lean to USC and will announce at 3 EST.

Christian Heyward , DT, Point Loma (San Diego): Not all of the nation's top defensive lineman are in the Southeast. Maxpreps' No. 9 defensive tackle, Heyward recently named a top three of USC, Oregon and San Diego State, though some feel even UCLA could be part of the conversation. An accomplished pass rusher, Heyward could be at home as an end in a three down linemen set--part of the reason the dark horse Aztecs (who run a base 3-3-5) could have a legitimate shot, even if Heyward is favored to wind up in the Pac-12.

Team to Watch

Oregon: Despite boasting every recruit's favorite set of uniforms, the Ducks have never been a major player on the national recruiting scene ... until now. Led by Maxpreps 100 tight end Colt Lyerla and top-shelf talent hailing from locales as diverse as Miami (receiver Tacoi Sumler), Iowa (linebacker Christian French) and Arizona (offensive linemen Tyler Johnstone and Andre Yruretagoyena), the Ducks have already built their strongest class in years, potentially ever. If they can close the deal with the California-based talent listed above, the foundation could be built for a USC-like deathgrip on the conference over the next few years.

USC: Of course, maybe we shouldn't start worrying about the next USC when the original isn't going anywhere. Lane Kiffin has continued to prove his mettle as arguably the nation's most dogged recruiter, The Trojans have worked around NCAA restirctions to pull in 26 commitments already, including four members of the Maxpreps top 100, including Thomas, 6'2" receiver George Farmer, and the latest West Coast quarterback blue-chipper, Cody Kessler. If the Trojans can fend off the Ducks for the likes of Thomas and Lee, they'll claim the best class in the Pac-12.

Stanford: The Cardinal class has suffered somewhat with the departure of Jim Harbaugh, but David Shaw is still sitting on one of the best classes in the league behind national-grade recruits like Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) five-star Wayne Lyons (the No. 45 recruit overall and No. 4 safety) and Tucker (Ga.) linebacker James Vaughters. If Shaw can simply keep all the current Cardinal commits in the fold and signed on the dotted line, this is a group that will do nothing to slow the momentum generated by Harbaugh's tenure in Palo Alto.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

Many are expecting Utah to come into the Pac-12 and immediately begin throwing its weight around, but if the Utes do, it might not be because of a mind-blowing recruiting haul tomorrow. The Utes have always done a nice job of locating underrated local talent and have several gems in their current class, including in-state running back Harvey Langi (No. 53 in the Maxpreps top 100) and Moreno Valley (Calif.) defensive back Ryan Anderson. But quarterback Derrick Brown recently decommitted to Washington, one of five Pac-12 teams that land in the Maxpreps top 25 classes that aren't Utah. Landing Anderson --a threat to sign elsewhere -- and his teammate, highly-regarded receiver Junior Pomee, would be a huge help, though. In the end, how will the Utes measure up to their new conference mates?

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS.

Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 2:20 pm

Thursday coaching changes' effect on recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer 

Thursday afternoon saw several well-known names in the college coaching world head to the post office for a change of address form. Despite it being less than three weeks until Signing Day, most of these moves don’t overtly affect the recruiting for each particular school.

Stanford hires David Shaw as head coach 

This comes as no surprise to those involved in the Stanford program. Shaw is an alumnus and played under Denny Green and Bill Walsh while on the Farm. In addition to years of NFL experience as an assistant coach, Shaw has done well at San Diego and Stanford. With Andrew Luck in the fold already, Shaw will look to hold together a promising Top 20 recruiting class and it all starts this weekend when some 20 recruits will be on campus for a visit. After talking with several former Stanford players, Shaw should be better received while recruiting and in the locker room than Jim Harbaugh. Stanford verbal commitment Wayne Lyons has already tweeted that he likes the move.

Norm Chow moves from UCLA to Utah 

It seems like Chow’s dream of landing a head coaching job is just about over with his latest move. UCLA’s move to the Pistol offense didn’t have the desired effect in the wins department this year but Chow’s reputation will always proceed him after working with Phillip Rivers, Carson Palmer, and Matt Leinert. Chow isn’t known to pound the recruiting trail too much but as a former assistant at BYU and a player at Utah, he should be another selling point for the Utes as they join the Pac-12. 

Seahawks’ Jedd Fisch heads to Miami as offensive coordinator

Although Fisch has been in the NFL nine of the past 10 years, he has experience on the college level as a graduate assistant under Steve Spurrier at Florida and a one year stint as offensive coordinator at Minnesota. He should mesh well with Brennan Carroll, the recently hired recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, as both are very energetic coaches. While he’s not the big name like Charlie Weis is as at Florida and he will still be coaching the Seahawks until they’re knocked out of the playoffs, the ties to the state of Florida as an assistant and player should help out on the recruiting trail. 

Gary Crowton leaves LSU for Maryland 

It would be hard to call this move a shock. Although Les Miles is deeply loyal to Crowton, the calls for his head were simply too numerous to ignore for Crowton to not get the hint to look for a job elsewhere. Crowton was far from a big influence on LSU’s recruiting efforts – running backs coach Frank Wilson does a lot of the work on the staff – so this move may be a net gain for the Tigers. It will be interesting to see who Miles will bring in but whoever it is, they should improve upon an offense that had just seven passing touchdowns in the regular season despite a wealth of four- and five-star talent. As for Maryland, we can just mark the Randy Edsall-Crowton combo down as a “we’ll see.”
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