Signing Day blog
Thirteen members of UCLA's recruiting class gathered today at the Serving Spoon, an Inglewood, Calif., restaurant run by the parents of receiver signee
That's right, Neuheisel thanked the guy whose firing led to his hiring.
"That's what I was pointing to in terms of congratulating Karl and thanking Karl and all the guys who were on Karl's staff," Neuheisel said in a teleconference. "That's unique when kids bond like that. ... It's a unique class in that regard, and I think it's off to a great start in terms of the kind of chemistry it'll need to be as successful as we want to be here at UCLA."
Neuheisel declined to answer a question about the
"I said, 'It would really be a neat story to come up here, have a cup of coffee and watch the fax machine turn on and watch 43-year-old men act like 2-year-olds when they get a new toy at Christmas,'" Meyer said.
Apparently, it's not so neat when things go wrong. Tuesday night, when it appeared Florida was going to lose Lakeland, Fla., offensive lineman
"Tuesday got a little rough," Meyer said, "with who's coming, who's not coming and coaches firing cell phones across the office when you lose a guy."
Breathe easy, Michigan fans. The Wolverines football staff has received a letter of intent from Cypress, Texas, tailback
While the Wolverines were waiting on McGuffie, they signed
I've always thought that if Miami could sign the best 25 players every year from Dade (Miami), Broward (Fort Lauderdale) and Palm Beach counties, the Hurricanes could compete for the national title every year. So let's look at the breakdown of Miami's 2008 class, the school's best in years.
Of Miami's 32 signees (seven already have enrolled), 19 hail from the three counties that make up South Florida proper. Coach
Maybe I'm jaded from all the Super Tuesday coverage, but it looks as if Rivals.com has called the nation for Alabama with about 75 percent of precincts reporting. The signing of Gadsden, Ala., linebacker
So how is Alabama going to get everyone in when schools are allowed to add only 25 new scholarship players a year? With an assist from
"We have a plan for how we're going to handle our numbers, but I think there were like 14 or 15 teams today that signed more than 30 guys," Saban said. "I'm not going to expound on this or be specific about it, but some guys grayshirt, some guys have academic issues you might have to place [in junior college or prep school], so we have a way to manage the future of that, but that's not something we're going to address publicly or make a public issue, nor is it something I think people need to be worried about."
For those unfamiliar with the term, a player takes a grayshirt when he signs a letter of intent but delays his enrollment until the spring term. That way, his scholarship can count either forward or backward, depending on which suits the program best. For example, a player who takes a grayshirt this year would count either toward his school's 2008 total or its 2009 total.
Now comes word out of Fernley, Nev., that
"I wanted to play D-I ball more than anything. When I realized that wasn't going to happen, I made up what I wanted to be reality," read a statement sent to the
This is sad in a lot of ways. First, for the folks in Fernley who got duped. Second, for Hart. While what he did was reprehensible in every way, he's going to have to deal with the fallout from it for a long time. That's a punishment I wouldn't wish on anyone.
First-year Southern Miss coach
Brown, a 6-foot-6, 208-pounder, picked the Golden Eagles over the likes of LSU, Auburn and Tennessee. He did it because he believed when Fedora, the former Oklahoma State and Florida offensive coordinator, explained that those schools aren't necessarily better for Brown just because they play in BCS conferences.
"You have to make kids understand that's not really what it's all about," Fedora said, referring to the BCS leagues. "We can prepare guys for the next level. We can play in bowl games every year. We can win championships."
Fedora, who said he expects Brown to qualify academically, thinks Brown's choice might be the best recruiting tool he'll have at his disposal when he meets players in the class of 2009.
"It helps tremendously," Fedora said. "Here's a kid who could have gone anywhere in the country. He chose Southern Miss."
"He's cool, though," Johnson told
Sorry to get your hopes up, Miami fans.
They're still waiting in Ann Arbor for a letter of intent from Cypress, Texas, tailback
McGuffie committed to the Wolverines in June, and he said previously that Michigan's coaching change would not be an issue with him, but he took an official visit to Cal this past weekend. Was it enough to flip McGuffie? We may not know today. McGuffie told Rivals he isn't sure if he'll make a decision today.
Couple this with
Florida finally got some good news. Receiver
Besides, no one at Florida should get too upset about today's events. The Gators still have safeties
From the blood-is-thicker-than-national-titles department: Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tailback
This is the type of signing that can help shift the balance of power in a conference. The Big 12 North could get very interesting if Colorado begins stockpiling talent and Missouri and Kansas build on their 2007 success.
Alabama fans have got to be loving this.
When he was at LSU,
Of course, if Auburn fans feel bad about today, they can think about the fact that they've won the past six Iron Bowls.
Bad news, Florida fans. Though Foley (Ala.)
If these schools want Pryor, a deadline probably wouldn't help. Pryor is under enough pressure as it is, and the school that uses a light touch may have a better chance of landing him.
This is where recruiting gets nasty. Detroit defensive end
Some more rational fans have responded by telling their buddies to cool it, but the few have besmirched the reputation of the many. Obviously, most Michigan fans -- or fans of any school, for that matter -- never would think horrible things about a teenager trying to chart his future, but a couple of crazies make everybody look bad.
Petrino seems to have had little trouble convincing recruits to come play for him, which comes as a bit of a surprise. I thought all the negativity surrounding Petrino's exit from the Atlanta Falcons would give players and their parents pause, especially after Falcons safety
Big news in the SEC.
This is a huge signing for first-year Ole Miss coach
Most of the Left Coast news won't start rolling in for another few hours, but the USC coaching staff isn't waiting. According to PeteCarroll.com, the coach's official site, staff members spent the night at the office playing Nintendo Wii before adjourning for brief naps prior to a 4 a.m. PT wake-up call.
By 4:42 a.m., The Who's
"Come on baby, come on! Bring it home!" Carroll said as the fax came in. "Sing to me brother!"
Interesting news out of South Florida about one of the top committed players at LSU. According to
Johnson originally committed to Miami, but he switched his commitment to LSU during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He intended to enroll early at LSU, but the NCAA Clearinghouse flagged his ACT score. (Johnson blamed Florida officials for getting the score flagged, so the Gators probably aren't an option.)
Could Miami be getting another big-time recruit? The Hurricanes already landed Miami Northwestern teammates
The coaching change at Texas A&M may have cost the Aggies one of their top prospects. Weatherford, Texas, defensive end
These things happen when schools make coaching changes, and that's why college football prospects are luckier than college basketball prospects. If Lewis-Moore were a basketball player, he would probably have signed a letter-of-intent before his senior season. The coach he wanted to play for would have been fired, and he would have been stuck with a new coach he didn't know. At least Lewis-Moore got to make his decision after Texas A&M officials made their decision to fire Franchione.
Ricky Barnum wasn't the only committed player to burn Florida on signing day. Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay High defensive back
Watch out for Miami, which has quietly put together an outstanding class. Buchanan, whose hometown is near Cape Canaveral, only adds to a group that could help launch the 'Canes into a new era.
Notre Dame coaches probably understand how Florida coaches feel right now. The Fighting Irish lost two previously committed players to the Gators (DE
No huge surprises yet today, but Alabama pulled one off Tuesday. Running back
"The players [at Alabama] had the same goals and aspirations as me," Ingram told Rivals.com. "They all want to win championships. They all want to get a good education. They all just want to be the best players they can be."
"Coach Saban never promised me anything," Ingram said. "I'm going to have to go in there and compete."
The Jeannette (Pa.) High quarterback decided late Tuesday that he would take his time to decide between Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. This is the second time Pryor has changed his mind about announcing on Signing Day. During the weekend, he said he would wait, but Monday he said he would sign. Now, the plan has changed again.
"I just want to explore my options more," Pryor told Rivals.com on Wednesday morning.
In the same interview, Pryor also bristled at the notion that he is stretching out his recruitment to get more attention. "I hate attention," Pryor said. "I hate it."
This is clearly a case of a young man who feels a lot of pressure as he makes one of the most important decisions of his life. Plenty of recruits get attention, but few have received the kind of coverage Pryor has. So don't get upset, Big Ten fans. Let the guy make his decision on his own terms.
It probably wouldn't be this bad if Pryor's recruitment hadn't become a corollary to the
Pryor probably feels like a wishbone after Thanksgiving dinner. Here's hoping he can make his decision with a clear mind and pick a school where he will be happy.