Conference breakdown: Va. Tech, Ole Miss make big recruiting strides
Virginia Tech made a lot of noise over the weekend with several big-name recruits opting to commit at the spring game. Four-star Salem quarterback
Both Pfaff and Osterloh had pretty much narrowed their options to Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Hokies needed to score big up front this year after a weak offensive line class last year. Defensive back
What's next? The recent commitments guaranteed the Hokies would at least hold their own in Virginia in a year when many of the state's top talents were looking to leave. They might ride their in-state momentum with
After signing a very large class in February, Cincinnati seems to be taking a more conservative recruiting approach with the Class of 2013. This has resulted in a slow recruiting start, with only two commitments so far. The most recent commitment from three-star tight end
Within days of his commitment, Branisel received offers from Nebraska, Indiana, Louisville and, most recently, Tennessee. The Cornhuskers have made an immediate impression on Branisel, making them a player for the talented tight end. With college coaches coming in to visit him over the next month, expect things to get much more difficult for Cincinnati to keep his commitment.
In the meantime the coaching staff has hit the road hard in the last two weeks, handing out new in-state offers to players like offensive lineman
The Hawkeyes were one of the last Big Ten teams to pick up their first commitment in the Class of 2013, but they have quickly played catch up, adding six prospects in less than three weeks. Their run of three commitments in as many days over the weekend started with a pledge from Naperville (Ill.) North three-star offensive guard
The most recent string of commitments did not stem from any particular event. The Hawkeyes had held their final spring scrimmage a week prior, but the afterglow from that event continues to linger. Detroit Cass Tech safety
After a big weekend for West Virginia, Iowa State is now the lone Big 12 program without a football commitment for the class of 2013. The Mountaineers started off slowly, making Texas and Florida heavy priorities with their initial offers. However, it was two prospects from neither of those states that became the first pledges for Dana Holgorsen and company. On Saturday, Bloomfield (N.J.) offensive tackle
Lazard did not have to wait long to find company on the commitment list. Later in the day, Hermitage (Pa.) Hickory running back
Cal did an outstanding job of getting many top prospects to its spring game this past weekend and the reviews have been solid so far. There have been no blockbuster commitments -- and many of the prospects who attended might be leaning to other schools -- but the Golden Bears did a great job getting them on campus and that could go a long way.
Familiarity is an important part of the recruiting process and many of the top recruits in Berkeley last weekend have gotten to know each other well through camps, spring practices and even social media.
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The folks in Oxford, Miss. seem pleased with how things unfolded over the weekend, when several prospects -- including No. 1 overall recruit
On Sunday, the Rebels landed a commit from 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle
Nkemdiche was interviewed during his visit and made it sound as though the Rebels had a fighting chance. His older brother, Denzel, is a defensive back with the Rebels and will certainly factor into his decision. Additionally, Ole Miss has offered up cornerback
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