The 2011 Recruiting Battle

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  1. distrktFIVE

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    The 2011 Recruiting Battle

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    This is where I will break down the recruiting war. I will evaluate each hard commit and also the team's class as a whole. In our other recruiting thread, feel free to write a little "blurb" about how you think he might help you (or not) in the future and I will include pieces of it (like you were interviewed about the player). Any other suggestions, feel free to let me know.
     
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    Week 10 Update


    Arkansas State Red Wolves
    - (**) WR Brandon Fields has committed to UL Monroe
    - (***) C Terrence Lester has committed to UTEP
    - (*) MLB Jason Thompson has committed to Arkansas State
    - (*) HB Kevin Powell has committed to Arkansas State

    FIU Golden Panthers
    - (**) CB Robby Galloway has committed to FIU
    - (**) HB Devin Tucker has committed to Florida Atlantic
    - (**) DT Chris Conley has committed to FIU
    - (***) HB Nick Langford has committed to UCF

    Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
    - (***) WR Josh Flores has committed to Tulane
    - (***) QB Alex Pettway has committed to Baylor

    Nevada Wolf Pack
    -(***) DT Spencer Tanner has committed to Colorado State

    Ohio Bobcats
    - (**) DT Chris Conley has committed to FIU
    - (***) ROLB Jack Brown has committed to Kentucky
    - (***) CB Mike Owens has committed to Bowling Green
    - (***) LE Brent Underwood has committed to Ohio
    - (****) WR Brian White has committed to South Carolina

    San Diego State Aztecs
    - (**) CB Keith Powers has committed to San Jose State
    - (***) FS Mike Johnson has committed to San Diego State

    SMU Mustangs
    - (***) QB Alex Pettway has committed to Baylor
    - (***) P Kareem Jefferson has committed to USC
    - (*) P Terrance Watkins has committed to SMU

    Toledo Rockets
    - (***) CB Mike Owens has committed to Bowling Green

    UNLV Rebels
    - (***) RE Mike Felder has committed to UNLV
    - (***) FS Mike Johnson has committed to San Diego State

    Utah State Aggies
    - (***) P Kareem Jefferson has committed to USC
    - (****) DT Dominic Harper has committed to Oregon
    - (****) DT Steve Hearn has committed to Alabama
    - (****) LE Lewis Berg has committed to Notre Dame
    - (*) WR Ken Evans has committed to New Mexico State

    UTEP Miners
    - (***) C Terrence Lester has committed to UTEP

    Wyoming Cowboys
    - (**) WR Josh Wynn has committed to Idaho
    - (**) FS Art Roach has committed to Idaho
     
  3. ChaoticUT

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    Sounds great so far. Really love the recruiting battle tag. My only suggestion, which is actually what i was gonna do before you took the recruiting reigns was to make a table. that would simply list all our teams and how many recruits they got so far. So pretty much just take the "top classes" page from the game and put it in the thread. kinda like this....

    --------- 5* -- 4* -- 3* -- 2* -- 1*

    #96 UTEP -- 0 -- 0 -- 3 -- 6 -- 0

    #102 UNLV -- 0 -- 0 -- 2 -- 4 -- 8

    Under our recruiting page i got a nice table that you could steal and change around a bit.
     
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    Our recruiting specialists looked at the Week 10 commitments and summarized some of the high points:

    Ark St
    The HB Powell will bring some depth to the Wolves but doesn't look likely to factor into the playing time mix in the next few years. ASU has a few Frosh RBs on the depth chart already including the standout Frankie Jackson (who already leads the team in yards, attempts, and TDs). The impact here is minimal.
    Thompson, the Mike LB, will also be stuck behind a starter who looks to be entrenched in his position for at least to more years. The Wolves don't have tons of talent at the MLB position, so playing time could open up for Thompson if current starter, (RS) Soph Nathan Herrold is injured for any amount of time.

    FIU
    FIU lands two players as well this week: (**) CB Robby Galloway & (**) DT Chris Conley has committed to FIU. Galloway has a chance to help out in a hurry for the Panthers. FIU will be graduating both starting corners without much depth behind them. Soph Derreck Jones Jr seems to be the only one guaranteed to secure a spot for next year. FIU did a good job addressing this need.
    DT Chris Conley essentially comes into the same situation. Soph Andrew Mattox will most likely retain his starting position next year, there could be a nice battle for the 2nd DT spot and Conley has a chance to sneak into it.

    Ohio
    Ohio lands one of the biggest pulls of the week with (***) LE Brent Underwood. Ohio will be graduating both starting ends from the 2010 season, with no real standout back-ups to slot in. Our best guess here at ESPN U is that you will see Underwood on the field next year a good deal and probably in a starting capacity.

    San Diego St
    The Aztecs won a long running recruiting battle wrestling (***) FS Mike Johnson to SDSU and, perhaps just as importantly, away from conference foe UNLV. SDSU will have a vacancy to fill at FS next year with current starter Brandon Davis graduating. Johnson has a chance to come in a start as a Frosh and make a big time 4 year impact.

    Southern Methodist
    SMU locked up (*) P Terrance Watkins this week. Watkins was brought in to replace (RS) Sr Matt Szymanski and will start right away.

    UNLV
    The Rebels welcomed in (***) RE Mike Felder to Las Vegas for the 2011 season. The Rebels, who are graduating many starters on both sides of the ball, need a big time recruiting class to stay in the top half of the Mountain West next year. ESPN U feels very confident Felder was recruited to come in as a starter and make a 4 year impact for the Rebels.

    UTEP
    UT El Paso's offense looks a little brighter in the future with the addition of (***) C Terrence Lester to the fold. UTEP will be losing its starting C next year but does have an interesting in house candidate to take over for departing (RS) Sr Tanner Cullumber. (RS) Soph Eloy Atkinson is showing some promise and his progression this season and next spring will probably determine if Lester comes in and starts as a true Frosh or not.
     
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    Good call. I will put that in the first post and edit it each week.
     
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    This is really cool.. You're doing a great job.

    I thought I had 10 hard commits already though... Or did I miss something? :D
     
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    trustandfall, I just did Week 10's commits. I am going to update the total amount of recruits each team has in the first post. I'll probably get to that Sunday or Monday.
     
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    that's awesome, thanks for the hard work man
     
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    Week 12 Hard Commits

    Ark St
    - (**) CB John Huggins has committed to Arkansas State
    - (**) TE Donnie Britt has committed to Arkansas State
    - (**) LOLB Jesse Warren has committed to Arkansas State

    FIU
    - (*) P Pat Hayden has committed to FIU
    - (**) CB Landon Thompson has committed to FIU
    - (**) LT Shaun Johnson has committed to FIU

    La Tech
    - (**) CB Michael Bracken has committed to Louisiana Tech

    Nevada
    - (***) FS Adam Murray has committed to Nevada
    - (***) LE Julius Simpson has committed to Nevada

    Ohio
    - (***) HB Josh Gay has committed to Ohio

    San Diego St
    - (**) HB Mike Rhodes has committed to San Diego State
    - (**) CB Brent Collins has committed to San Diego State
    - (**) WR Jake Franklin has committed to San Diego State
    - (**) LE Lonnie West has committed to San Diego State
    - (**) FS Chris Watkins has committed to San Diego State
    - (***) CB Adam Sanders has committed to San Diego State


    UNLV
    - (***) LG Greg Thomas has committed to UNLV
    - (***) LT Tim Caldwell has committed to UNLV

    UTEP
    - (*) RT Damian Harrell has committed to UTEP
    - (**) FS Zac Smith has committed to UTEP
    - (***) RT John King has committed to UTEP
     
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    Nice week for SD State(y)
     
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    Week 12 brings a bunch of commitments to the schools in the Z2H dynasty. These lower tier schools have impressed many high school kids this year as they have over performed the experts predictions this year. San Diego State had the largest haul with 6 commitments, 5 2* and 1 3*. Bitter rivals Nevada and UNLV matched each other's weeks, both receiving 2 3* players this week, which was tied for the most "high caliber" players.

    Below is the breakdown for each of the school's Week 12 commitments:

    Arkansas State had a great week, drawing 3 players to the 'Boro. LOLB Jesse Warren is the player of this crop that we here at ESPN U feel will have the largest and most immediate impact. Warren has the ability to come in and compete for a starting spot, most likely at the ROLB position, right away. Even if he doesn't win a starting spot right away, he will make an impact on special teams and could find lots of playing time if an injury occurs. Our bet is the Warren finds the field a bunch as a Frosh and continues to make a difference for the Wolves.

    TE Donnie Britt will be looking at some stiff competition for playing time during his tenure at Ark St. The Wolves have 3 young TEs already on the depth chart with Kedric Murray, the 6'3" Alabama native, being the best of the bunch. There is a solid chance Britt may be looking at a Red-Shirt year his Freshman year on campus.

    Another signee, CB John Huggins, will be battling to get on the field during his tenure at ASU. While the Red Wolves are losing one starting CB, they have tremendous depth, returning 7 CBs next year.


    FIU adds three players of their own this week. Punter Pat Hayden will come in and start right away as a Freshman. It is tough for us to get to excited about a punter but he will make an impact at some point in the season, good or bad.

    CB Landon Thompson has a chance to come in a contribute in a hurry. While the Panthers are returning 5 CBs next year, they are losing both starters and none of the others seem to have separated themselves from the group. There could be a good battle for playing time next year.

    LT Shaun Johnson is the best signing of this trio for the Panthers. While he is not necessarily higher ranked, he will mean more to FIU than the others. FIU's line is not overly deep nor a strength of this team. Johnson will come in and start some where on the line for the Panthers next year, most likely at his natural position of LT.


    Louisiana Tech brings in CB Michael Bracken to provide more depth in the secondary. The Bulldogs have a few younger players on the corner but are losing some of their most talented players. There will be some spots open and Bracken has a chance to get on the field quickly with a good showing.


    Nevada signed 2 3* kids this week to add to an already talented roster. FS Adam Murray will have an uphill battle to fight to try and get on the field with Nevada returning both of their safeties from 2010. While Murray is a pretty talented kid, he will need to work hard to surpass the starters.

    Julius Simpson, the defensive end, is another story. While Nevada returns one starting DE that is very talented, the other end spot is wide open for the taking. A solid summer from Simpson may just be enough to win him a starting role for the Wolf Pack in 2011.


    Ohio adds HB Josh Gay to the roster for 2011. Not many schools understand the need for depth at the HB position like the Bobcats do as they currently have two backs in the trainer's room and not on the field next week. Gay will have a good bit of competition next year even with Davidson and Inks graduating. Look for Gay and (RS) Jr Donte Harden to duke it out for snaps next year. ESPN U's predictions is that Harden gets the most snaps while Gay plays one year in a "secondary" role to the then Sr Harden.


    San Diego State pulls in a major haul this week with 6 fresh faces for 2011. CB Adam Sanders is the class of this group and will add even more talent to the young secondary of the Aztecs. For many teams Sanders would be an instant starter at CB but he will have to fight for even a nickel position in 2011 (and beyond). CB Brent Collins is mostly a depth play, as ESPN U doubts he will have the skills to start in the talented pool of CBs at SDSU.

    DE Lonnie West is the other player from this group that has a chance to make a big impact. The Aztecs will be losing their talented Sr ends this year and don't have tons of talent or depth behind them. Look for West to work his way onto the field in 2011.

    HB Mike Rhodes and WR Jake Franklin will not be factors for the Aztecs for at least a few years. They are coming into a program with really talented skill players. FS Chris Watkins is the wild card of these three. Depending on how quickly he picks things up for SDSU, he could see some time on the field sooner than later.


    UNLV looks to replace some of its loses for 2011 by filling voids in the O-Line. G Greg Thomas and T Tim Caldwell both have chances to start as true Freshmen. It looks as if Caldwell will slide to RT next season with Thomas moving from his natural position of G to C. With UNLV's emphasis on the running game, building the line is critical to their future success.


    UTEP reels in 3 new players for 2011. RT Damian Harrell and RT John King are both headed to El Paso. Harrell will provide depth for the Miners while King looks to come in and make a big impact. ESPN U's insiders predict that King will start for the Miners next year at RT and that he makes a 4 year impact there.

    FS Zac Smith has a bit more difficult of a road to playing time than his peer King does. UTEP has some depth at both safety positions and he will have to earn whatever playing time he can.
     
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