Recruiting Roundup: Nkemdiche drama persists, Big Ten suffers
In this week's edition of the Recruiting Roundup, Mike Farrell explores the enduring Robert Nkemdiche saga, the appeal of the Big-10 after a rough weekend, and whether Rivals got their stars right with some current college players.
• Ranking Notre Dame defensive end signee Stephon Tuitt higher than fellow Irish signee (and former FSU verbal) Aaron Lynch was highly controversial at the time. Now we are feeling better about that decision. Tuitt, who outraced the entire Navy team for a 77-yard fumble recovery in the season opener despite checking in at 6-foot-6 and more than 300 pounds, has NFL scouts drooling over his athleticism, discipline and character. Meanwhile, scouts are scratching their collective heads at Lynch, who transferred to South Florida after a great start to his Notre Dame career. The difference between No. 22 overall in the country (Tuitt) and No. 28 (Lynch) was miniscule, but Tuitt has emerged as a three-and-out kind of talent while Lynch looks to rebuild his career in Tampa.
• FSU fans can gripe about this ranking - defensive tackle Bjoern Werner being ranked as a three-star and the No. 65 player in the country at his position in 2010. Now the nation's leader in sacks, Werner is projected by some to be a first-round draft pick next year. Honestly, we were hesitant about Werner because he came to the United States from Germany to play football, went back because he was homesick as a junior and then returned, so his desire for football was questionable. Not anymore.
• Brady Hoke's offense needs a pro-style quarterback who can thrive off play action and the running game if they are to compete for a national title.
• I know Wisconsin only tallied 35 net rushing yards in a 10-7 loss to Oregon State, but firing offensive line coach Mike Markuson after the game? That's ridiculous and would make me wonder as an offensive line recruit or perhaps any Wisconsin target if my coach will be around with Bret Bielema showing off such a quick trigger finger.
• It looks like Auburn's chances to become one of the few teams in Rivals.com history to reel in five or more five-star prospects could be heading out the window with an 0-2 start.
• Arkansas has always wanted to recruit on a bigger stage and that window is quickly closing. If back-to-back double digit win seasons still ended in recruiting classes ranked near the bottom half of the SEC, what happens now?
• Don't think one game can lead to a commitment? Ask Arizona four-star offensive lineman