Adversary Recruiting (February); 2011 Recap

Final 2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

1Ohio State University BannerContinues its recruiting dominance.8University of Illinois BannerDecent class for the Zooker.
2University of Notre Dame BannerMade an amazing surge late.9University of Wisconsin BannerNot a great closing effort after a disappointing Rose Bowl.
3University of Nebraska BannerSolid season for Pelini.10Northwestern 3x5 FlagSmall in number, but good star average.
4University of Michigan BannerGreat final couple weeks by Hoke & company.11Indiana University BannerStarted off hot, coaching change hurt.
5Michigan State University BannerClosed with a strong January.12University of Minnesota BannerCoach Kill has his work cut out for him.
6University of Iowa BannerDarian Cooper was a nice get.13Purdue University BannerA small class in size and OK in quality.
7Penn State University BannerSolid finish after a very slow few months.   

I’m going to start the final adversary recruiting of the 2011 class with a few words on Michigan’s final group. On January 11th the University of Michigan had a total of 7 solid verbal commitments for its 2011 recruiting class. Brady Hoke was hired on this day and had the tough task of putting together a full class in three short weeks. During this short amount of time Hoke and the new staff held on to commits from Kellen Jones, Tony Posada and Blake Countess. They also added four star athletes Chris Bryant, Raymon Taylor, Chris Barnett and Antonio Poole; as well as three star kids Tamani Carter, Matt Wile, Keith Heitzman, Russell Bellomy, Thomas Rawls, and Frank Clark. I think they did a darn good job given the circumstances. I am very, very excited to see what this staff can do in 2012 with a full year to build relationships with these kids. I fully expect close to a top ten class in 2012.

LogoThe rich get richer, as the Ohio State Buckeyes closed out their 2011 campaign very strong. In the final month they wrapped up a top five cornerback in Doran Grant and one of the top linebackers in the nation, Curtis Grant. Doran is a great looking corner prospect. He is super fluid, has great hips and super ball skills. Doran chose OSU over Michigan State and had offers from many of college football’s powerhouses. He should make an impact rather quickly. Curtis Grant is an absolute stud linebacker. He has great size, speed and quickness. Curtis gets from sideline to sideline very well. He chose the Bucks over Florida, North Carolina and Virginia on signing day.

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Name

Position

Hometown

Cardale JonesQBGlenville (OH)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Bryce HanesLSPinecrest Academy (GA)ratingratingratingratingratingrating
Curtis GrantILBHermitage (VA)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Ejuan PriceILBWoodland Hills (PA)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Doran GrantCBSt. Vincent St. Mary (OH)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating

Brian Kelly closed out his first Notre Dame class with a bang, inking three of the best defensive ends in the country. Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt both re-committed to ND after thinking things over for a while. Aaron has a great motor and a fantastic frame for a defensive end. In 2009 Lynch had 52 tackles and 16 sacks and earned offers from powers like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State among many others. Stephon Tuitt is a huge get. With offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and LSU (among others) Tuitt is a great combination of size and speed. At this point he relies a bunch on his natural abilities, so he will have to work on his technique and strength in college. Rounding out ND’s crazy good defensive end class is New Yorker, Ishaq Williams. Standing 6’6”, Williams has the abilities to be an absolute freak of nature. He’s still a touch raw, but his ceiling is very high.

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Adversary Recruiting (October & November)

Big Ten Recruiting, Football

2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

1Ohio State University BannerStatus Quo.
2University of Nebraska BannerGreen was a monster get. Their gaining on the Buckeyes.
3University of Notre Dame Banner Falls behind Nebraska.
4Michigan State University BannerLeap frogs Iowa and Michigan.
5University of Michigan BannerDee Hart finally jumps in the mix!
6University of Iowa BannerNeck and neck with Michigan.
7University of Wisconsin BannerHuge October propels UW up a few spots.
8Indiana University BannerThe Hoosiers may be full.
9Northwestern 3x5 FlagNo verbals since August.
10University of Minnesota BannerJumps past the Illini, despite the firing of their coach.
11University of Illinois BannerPretty bad star average. Isn’t the Zooker
12Penn State University BannerNo action since July.
13Purdue University BannerSee above.

Notre Dame received four very solid verbal commitments in September. Stephon Tuitt is a huge get and is one of the top defensive ends in the country. With offers from Aubur n, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and LSU (among others) Tuitt is a great combination of size and speed. At this point he relies a bunch on his pure abilities, so he will have to work on his technique and strength in college. He could possibly end up a defensive tackle as well. Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is a well rounded pass catcher. He has good hands, nice speed and runs pretty good routes. The 6’3” Daniels also has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Miami, Michigan and Michigan State among others. Joining Daniels in the Irish receiving corps will be George Atkinson III. Having offers from all over the country Atkinson also plays safety and running back, but his highest upside is at wide receiver. The best way that I can describe George is a more explosive version of DaVaris Daniels. These two will make for a very scary duo for years to come. Atkinson may also return punts and kicks as well. George’s twin brother Josh is a good looking cornerback prospect. He is a cover corner, who has been overshadowed by his brothers talents, but is a good get for the Domers. Josh has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington.

Unfortunately for the Irish, they also had three decommits from Floridians Clay Burton (verballed to Florida), Aaron Lynch (now considering UF,FSU and Miami) and Jordan Prestwood (considering UF, ND and his childhood fav. FSU).

NamePositionHometownH.S.ScoutProfileRivalsProfileESPNProfile
DaVaris DanielsWide ReceiverVernon Hills, ILVernon Hillsratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Stephon TuittDefensive EndMonroe, GAMonroe Arearatingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Josh AtkinsonCornerbackLivermore, CAGranadaratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
George Atkinson IIIAthlete (WR/S)Livermore, CAGranadaratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating

WisconsinThe Wisconsin Badgers had a great month of October gaining seven verbal commits, five of which were on offense. Ohio wide out A.J. Jordan has a nice blend of size and speed to go along with really good hands. Jordan has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan and North Carolina among others. In the end, Jordan chose Bucky over the Wolverines. Fellow receiver Kenzel Doe did not receive the same amount of attention as Jordan, but he has a chance to make a big splash in Madison. Doe is more of a quick twitch slot type receiver, who may come in and compete for both returner positions from day one. Huge offensive tackle Ray Ball is a perfect fit for what the Badgers do on offense. Ball needs to work on his foot quickness quite a bit, but he is the perfect “road grater” type of lineman. Tyler Marz is a bit of a sleeper OL, but again, he looks to fit the mold of the typical Badger offensive tackle as he stands 6’8” tall. Fullback/running back Trayion Durham could be the next John Clay for the Badgers. At 6’1” 230 Durham is a load to bring down, but also has good speed (4.56 40) to break the big run. During his junior season Trayion had 1,113 yards rushing to go along with 14 TD’s. Defensively Wisconsin added to nice looking defensive end prospects in James Adeyanju and Jesse Hayes. Both Adeyanju and Hayes are explosive pass rushers, who should make a great combo for years to come.

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