College Football Recruiting 2013: 5 Teams in Danger of Over-Signing
One of the overlooked skills that a college coach needs to have is to be good at roster management. Not only must a coach know where his roster is weak at, but he also needs to know exactly how many players he has and how many available scholarships he has.
This is something that many schools don't do as good of a job as they should, that is creating situations where they "over-sign" on national signing day. Over-signing is not a good thing, and it creates some bad problems for a program's roster and recruiting.
For this read, we are going to focus on five schools that are in danger of over-signing recruits for this 2013 class.
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This Tigers have 24 commitments and could be close topping out this year. Les Miles likely will start to get even more selective in who he really pursues on the recruiting trail as we move closer to February.
With the Tigers still having prospects like Ricky Seals-Jones, Tim Williams, Motravius Adams, Robert Nkemdiche, Priest Willis and Tahaan Goodman all on their radar, things could get interesting on the Bayou.
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Rich Rodriguez could end up in the top 25 recruiting rankings this year. He has a huge class that has about 27 commitments in it.
That's a big class and Rodriguez probably will continue to recruit more players that he likes. He's excited about what the future holds in the desert but being cautious about not signing more prospects to LOI's than he has available scholarships should be his first priority.
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If you want to see a case where a coach has to put his roster and numbers management skills to work, look no further than USC and Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin gets a ton of criticism routinely, but the way he's managed USC recruiting and the roster's numbers during this time of scholarship sanctions should be applauded.
Right now the Trojans hold 17 pledges and probably will top out at 18. Kiffin needs to continue managing his numbers well and not over-sign more prospects than his limited roster allows.
2. Texas A&M
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The Aggies have a whopping 32 commitments, and that would be a monster class in any recruiting cycle. I really dig Kevin Sumlin's first full-year haul and think this group will impact the program greatly.
Yet, Sumlin must proceed with some caution and not spill over. He still must leave room for WR/TE Ricky Seals-Jones in case the big pass-catcher chooses to play in College Station.
Also, Sumlin still has players like Isaac Savaiianea, Justin Manning and Mike Mitchell as possible prospects that will need room in the Aggies' class. That is 36 possible commitments—wow.
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The Bulldogs are coming off a heartbreaking defeat from Alabama that went down to the wire. Mark Richt has to keep his focus, and that includes monitoring his recruiting numbers perfectly.
UGA has 30 commitments so far, but its hand is still in several big-name prospect pots. Recruits like Robert Nkemdiche, Reuben Foster, Alvin Kamara, Montravius Adams and Tyrone Crowder could be Bulldogs.
Richt has to make sure he has room for a few of these guys or he could be in danger of over-signing.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.