Conference breakdown: Tennessee, SEC thriving; Big East struggling
It's still early, but Florida State is off to a roaring start with three commitments from four-star prospects and eight commitments overall. Prattville (Ala.) offensive tackle
Several other targets remain on Florida State's radar. In-state linemen
Perhaps not surprisingly, the current Big East member schools are off to pedestrian starts on the recruiting trail. Louisville and South Florida lead the way with three commitments apiece, and UConn picked up two after its recent junior day event. Rutgers has just one verbal, from Springfield (N.J.) Jonathan Dayton Regional athlete
Louisville coach Charlie Strong has proven himself as a strong recruiter, and the Cardinals could be in position to make a serious splash. It'd be surprising if Louisville
The last few months have constituted some of the most trying times in the storied history of Penn State football, but the past week may signify the sun finally breaking through the clouds. New coach Bill O'Brien flexed his recruiting muscle by landing four
Pulling in four prized recruits in a two-week span is certainly a major feat, but the haul may represent something even greater. Many pundits expected it to take years for Penn State to recover from the Jerry Sandusky scandal and loss of legendary coach Joe Paterno, a notion that would be mirrored in its recruiting. Entering the middle of March, however, Penn State is proving it can still recruit with the premier programs in the country -- and could well be on its way to fielding a Big Ten power in the not so distant future.
Heading into last weekend, every school in the Big 12 -- with the exception of Iowa State and Oklahoma -- had at least one verbal commitment in the class of 2013. Sooners' fans were growing restless, especially given that Texas and Texas A&M had gained 11 and 12 pledges, respectively.
Following the team's junior day event, that mindset has changed. Oklahoma nabbed the building block of their 2013 class in Cypress (Texas) Ranch running back
After landing the No. 11 class in the 2012 cycle, Oklahoma could be primed to vault into the top ten with its 2013 crop.
Jim Harbaugh built something special during his tenure at Stanford, transforming the Cardinal from a Pac-12 afterthought to a budding BCS contender. When he left for the NFL, however, many analysts questioned whether David Shaw could continue his success -- especially in the recruiting realm.
Entering his second season as coach, Shaw has eradicated those doubts. He landed the nation's No. 5 class in 2012 -- headlined by five-stars
With outstanding academics, a gorgeous campus and status as a legitimate Pac-12 power, Stanford has quickly emerged as a premier West Coast destination. Harbaugh got the ball rolling, and Shaw has done a sensational job of capitalizing on the program's momentum.
Consider this: A year ago, Tennessee had exactly one pledge. That was Gainesville (Ga.) North Hall running back
What a difference a year makes. As of Monday, Tennessee boasts four commitments and two four-star prospects. And with Memphis (Tenn.) White Station defensive end
The Vols hosted a number of elite prospects last week, including McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing defensive end
Derek Dooley is making strong initial impressions, something that could pay major dividends come Signing Day in 2013.