Junior offers 13-year old quarterback who, four years later, is having second thoughts about his commitment. Who’da thunk it?
Category Archives: Recruiting
… when Charles Robinson’s reporting something about your program, it’s not good news.
Former University of Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips resigned this week after the NCAA received a photo of the coach sitting in a restaurant with a high school recruit during a mandated dead period in recruiting, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports.
Three sources told Yahoo Sports the photo was turned over to the NCAA by an individual with ties to the Miami Hurricanes athletics program. Should the NCAA determine Phillips improperly recruited during a mandated dead period, it could be considered a major NCAA violation.
Moments like that remind me of this golden oldie.
Go get ‘em, Tiger.
- About those national titles Auburn’s thinking about claiming? Jay Jacobs doesn’t care what you think about it: “We’ve just been looking at it, thinking about it. We just want to do what’s best for Auburn, not necessarily what everybody in the world thinks.”
- I can’t say I’m that passionate about the World Cup, but I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Elkon’s takedown of Clay Travis on the subject.
- Jeremy Fowler takes a look at the seamier side of college camps.
- South Carolina’s defensive line is in a state of flux, which is one reason the ‘Cocks will be flipping in and out of a 3-4 look this season.
- Bill Connelly’s Georgia Tech preview winds up about where you’d think – some praise, but short of a rousing endorsement.
- Chris Low ranks Georgia’s offensive line tenth in the SEC, which isn’t an unfair preseason assessment. But Florida’s eighth?
- A poll of Florida sports fans: “Despite a disastrous season last year, 33 percent of Gator fans approve of Will Muschamp while 19 percent disapprove of him. Only 15 percent of Gator fans want Muschamp fired before the season begins while 43 percent want to keep him.” Looks like an awful lot of undecideds there.
- Another move in Georgia’s secondary, as Wilkerson is getting a shot at safety.
Is it just me, or does it seem like Georgia has seriously accelerated its evaluation and offer time to recruits since Jeremy Pruitt showed up?
The 6-foot-4, 218 pounder camped at Georgia on Tuesday and was offered by Mark Richt and staff on Wednesday during an unofficial visit. During his time at camp, McCrae posted an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.62 seconds.
McCrae had been evaluated by Bobo and Ekeler previously and Tuesday wasn’t his first trip to Athens, but you get the feeling from the story and this tidbit from Carvell…
By the end of the day, McCrae had committed to UGA over Kentucky, Louisville, and Michigan State. His runner-up school was Auburn, even though he hadn’t earned an offer from there yet.
“I think Auburn was fixing to pull the trigger,” he said. “If Auburn would’ve offered first, I would’ve committed there.”
… that the staff moved this into a higher gear once it sensed that other programs were focusing in on the kid. Also, don’t forget this follows on the whirlwind courtship of Quincy Vasser.
Remember, this is the same Mark Richt who liked to move deliberately in making offers and complained about other programs tossing out offers like candy. Now if you don’t want to be guilty of the same practice – and I don’t think Richt does – but you want to be assured you’re making the right calls with your offers, you’ve got to work harder and you’ve also got to be very confident in your player evaluations.
It’ll be interesting to see where this all shakes out in two or three years, but Georgia looks like it’s doing recruiting differently these days.
One of Georgia’s top 2015 targets, five-star safety Rashad Roundtree, has some concerns about the home state team. Specifically, what’s with all those players leaving?
“It is really different,” Roundtree said. “You’re wondering what’s the problem or what’s going on at Georgia that makes everybody either get kicked off or want to leave. So it is kind of like, ‘Is there something under the covers that they are just hiding?’ So there is always that kind of feeling that this could be the wrong choice.”
Since Roundtree goes on to speak highly of Georgia’s coaches (Pruitt by name, in fact), you have to think this is something coming up on the recruiting trail. And before you ask…
“I am hearing from Georgia the most,” Roundtree said. “After that it would be Florida and Ohio State or Auburn…”
What Al Gore is to the Internets, Paul Johnson says he is to the elimination of national signing day. And exactly for the reasons you would expect.
“It would cut all the (crap) out of it. All those people who think they have offers would find out that they really don’t have offers. You know, if somebody walked in your school and said ‘You have an offer,’ the kid could say ‘OK, where is it? I’m ready to sign it.’ This would stop all this foolishness.
“And it would work the same way with the kids saying ‘Yeah, coach, I’m committed.’ The college says ‘OK, here’s your scholarship. Sign it.’ The kid says ‘Well, I don’t want to sign right now.’ Well then that kid is not committed. If a kid didn’t want to sign, they wouldn’t sign. And if he did sign, it’s binding. It would stop all this ‘He’s a soft commit.’ It’s not a commit, it’s a reservation.’
It’s not that he expects to gain an advantage on the recruiting trail from it. He’s just personally affronted by the puffery.
Not that that makes it a bad idea.
I don’t know how much between the lines reading you want to take from this, vis-à-vis Daryl Jones’ departure, but it looks like his replacement’s primary responsibility will be implementing Bryan McClendon’s game plan for recruiting.
The job description (VIEW IT HERE) reads as, “The Director of Player Personnel is responsible for the organization of the recruiting department and its day to day functions. They will work to support the vision of the Football Recruiting Coordinator (who is now Bryan McClendon).”
Reads like a drop down in the chain of command to me. This, as well: “If you’re looking for a comparison, Alabama under Nick Saban has referred to the daily head of its recruiting support staff — see here — as the Director of Player Personnel.”
It also reads like a big vote of confidence in McClendon. Deservedly so. I can remember when a lot of people were knocking Richt for that hire, too.
Okay, here you go.
- Bo Pelini takes a page out of Andy Staples’ book and advocates eliminating national signing day: “If somebody has offered a kid, let him sign, it’s over.” I’m down with that.
- John Theus is named a Sporting News third-team All American.
- Hutson Mason and Amarlo Herrera have kissed and made up.
- The University of California-Berkeley is one of the few schools doing the honorable thing, using increasing revenues to reduce subsidies to its athletics program.
- The Ohio legislature passes bill that says college athletes aren’t employees.
- Here’s Paul Myerberg’s preview of #89 Arkansas. (Still waiting for Troy.)
- Phil Steele has Florida as his preseason #24.
- The power of negative recruiting.
- John Pennington takes a look at non-conference scheduling in the SEC over the past seven seasons. It probably won’t surprise you that Georgia’s taken the toughest road over that time.
- When Bryan McClendon visited Ramik Wilson in high school for the first time, he didn’t offer. See what that led to.
Pre-registration for Georgia State’s football camp is well ahead of last year’s pace.
Penn State coach James Franklin and his coaching staff will be on hand for the June 10 sessions, something that Georgia State coach Trent Miles’ camp website advertises.
Miles said there were 40 or 50 campers who signed up ahead of time last year.
“This year we’ve got a few hundred,” Miles said.
If Miles pulls in even one commitment he wouldn’t have gotten before, isn’t it worth it for him?
Just wait ’til next year, when Notre Dame lends a hand. Assuming the NCAA doesn’t pull the plug on this, that is.