Big wins for Florida, Notre Dame bound to affect recruiting classes
In this week's edition of the Recruiting Roundup, analyst Mike Farrell examines the resurgence of Florida after its win over LSU and how that could shake up the recruiting landscape in Florida among a litany of topics.
• If Ohio State goes undefeated, and that could very well happen, what will Meyer's recruiting look like next year and beyond? If there is one head man who can recruit like an SEC coach outside the conference, it's Meyer, and he could take the Buckeyes national with a special year, sanctions or not.
• It's unclear if Penn State will be able to land major recruiting classes with such crippling sanctions, but Bill O'Brien has masterfully navigated his opening season. After an 0-2 start, this team has showed a ton of heart and he has shown he can be a very good head coach at the college level. If he continues to be successful, what happens when another team without sanctions comes calling with a job offer?
• I disagreed with Wisconsin's Bret Bielema firing offensive line coach Mike Markuson after two games this season. I felt recruits, especially offensive linemen, should question the quick trigger. However, after six games and a 2-4 start where the defense gave up an average of 46 points and 573 yards in three straight losses, I can't argue with the firing of Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh. Many defensive recruits raved about Groh and his former head coaching experience in the NFL and in college, so it will hurt recruiting in that regard, but not as much as losing to teams like Middle Tennessee State will.