Recruiting Notebook: Penn State, Texas making early 2013 moves
The East Valley (Calif.) defensive end has enjoyed a memorable couple of days. Fitts received an offer to USC on Wednesday and was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Thursday. Even though the Trojans have long been one of his favorites, the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder plans to take visits to Notre Dame and Oklahoma, among others, before making a commitment. Fitts finished with 79 tackles and 8.5 sacks during his junior season and is a big, strong and athletic defensive end who can make plays all over the field. He already has double-digit offers.
A standout at St. Peter's Prep (N.J.), Bell has become one of the hottest prospects in the Northeast region over the last month. After starting slowly, he has reeled in offers from Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Carolina and West Virginia. He added his 15th offer on Monday, from Boise State, and should continue to see his total grow as the spring evaluation period approaches. A 5-foot-11, 170-pounder, Bell has visits scheduled for Florida and South Carolina in addition to West Virginia for the Mountaineers' spring game.
Igwebuike's teammate, Pickerington (Ohio) North four-star tight end
The San Antonio Christian (Texas) wideout, and the son of NBA legend David Robinson, seemingly emerged from nowhere at last month's U.S. Army Combine. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior picked up his first offer from Notre Dame two weeks ago, and additional ones haven't stopped pouring in since. Robinson has been offered by Navy, his father's alma mater, Iowa, Kansas and North Carolina. The Tar Heels were the latest enter the mix, and, as with Kansas, have mentioned the possibility of Robinson playing basketball as well as football. Stanford has yet to offer, but could be in very good position if it did.
The Archer (Ga.) star was virtually unknown outside of the Atlanta area until recently. Then Kentucky offered. Florida, Georgia and Tennessee followed suit. Now, Riles is one of the most coveted prospects in the talent-rich Southeast. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder is still a tad raw, but makes plays and boasts one of the most impressive frames in the region. Expect more offers to come his way in the very near future.
The Nittany Lions had a very nice day on Wednesday, landing four-star quarterback
The Spartans hosted another big junior day on Saturday, gaining two significant commitments despite the absence of coach Mark Dantonio. They landed Warren (Ohio) Harding athlete
Jimbo Fisher hosted another fruitful junior day last Saturday, helping the Seminoles land four commitments, including three from the 2013 ranks. Florida State landed verbals from Orlando (Fla.) Evans wide receiver
After handing out just one offer at this weekend's junior day event, the Longhorns dished out some additional offers on Saturday night and Sunday morning. They were immediately rewarded. Texas received verbals from four-star linebacker
The Utes picked up two commitments from Woods Cross (Utah) linebacker
Washington State held its first junior day under coach Mike Leach, and things went well. Wenatchee (Wash.) offensive tackle
• Ontario (Calif.) Colony is again producing D-I caliber talent. Athlete
• Here's one of the more eye-popping stats demonstrating the acceleration of the recruiting process: Of the 13 Midwest prospects in the Rivals100, eight have already made their college commitments and a ninth, Trotwood (Ohio) linebacker