Latest 2014 Recruiting Roundup: Michigan, Notre Dame Make Big Headlines
Michigan has the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, according to ESPN Nick Saban is making sure that Alabama recruits know that he has sent a lot of players to the NFL, and Missouri was the standout recruiting program this past week in the SEC
Welcome to this week's edition of the recruiting roundup, now released on Monday morning to help you get through that terrible "case of the Mondays."
This is your one-stop shop for everything that has happened in the recruiting world during the past week. We'll touch on the biggest news, provide you with all of the latest commitments and even watch a highlight clip or two.
If you're a recruiting fan, this is the only place you want to be on a Monday morning. If it happened between 12:01 a.m. last Monday and midnight Sunday night, we'll have it covered.
Even during a relatively slow week, news in the recruiting world is abundant and exciting.
Let's take a look.
Note: Information in this roundup is courtesy of 247Sports.com and the 247Sports Composite Rankings. "Recruit of the Week" scouting report done via tape study and analysis of film provided on recruit's 247Sports profile page.
1. Michigan Lands ESPN's No. 1 Class Ranking
It's still early, but Michigan was the big winner this week when ESPN unveiled the latest edition of its class rankings. The Wolverines jumped over Florida and Texas to move into the No. 1 spot in the ESPN rankings. Eight out of the nine Michigan commitments are ESPN 150 players.
2. Notre Dame Gets Huge Offensive Tackle Commitment
For as good as Michigan has been (See: above point), Notre Dame was able to land Alex Bars—who many thought (247Sports Crystal Ball predictions) was favoring the Wolverines. Bars is 6'6'', 287 pounds , and he has a great combination of size and the ability to block in open space. Here's a full take on the commitment. At the time of this writing, Notre Dame is ranked No. 4 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.
3. Alabama Touts Nick Saban's History of Sending Players to NFL Draft
Alabama doesn't need much help on the recruiting trail, but the Crimson Tide still produce great recruiting content. The latest to emerge on the Internet is a poster (Jerry Hinnen/CBSSports) that features the jerseys of all 111 NFL players that Saban has coached. "The process starts here" is the tagline for Saban, and it's hard to argue with the results.
Michigan State: Matt Sokol, 3-star TE, Rochester Adams High School (Mich.) 5/13/13
Chris Frey, 3-star OLB, Upper Arlington High School (Ohio) 5/15/13
Northwestern: Justin Jackson, 4-star APB, Glenbard North High School (Ill.) 5/14/13
Wisconsin: Billy Hirschfeld, 3-star SDE, Arrowhead High School (Wis.) 5/15/13
Michigan State had a big week, especially in-state, and the same could be said for Wisconsin. Northwestern is undoubtedly the winner of the Big Ten, though, coming away with Jackson, who's ranked as the No. 2 all-purpose back in the nation, according to 247Sports.
Missouri: Finis Stribling IV, 2-star CB, Independence High School (Tenn.) 5/13/13
Michael Fairchild, 3-star OT, Blue Valley West High School (Kan.) 5/13/13
Paul Adams, 3-star OT, Christ Presbyterian Academy (Tenn.) 5/17/13
Kentucky: Kobie Walker, 3-star S, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Md.) 5/13/13
Vanderbilt: Montez Sweat, 3-star TE, Stephenson High School (Ga.) 5/16/13
Florida: Christian Miller, 4-star OLB, Spring Valley High School (S.C.) 5/17/13
Missouri made the biggest splash, coming away with three commitments, and two of those commits are from the state of Tennessee. It's good to see the Tigers standing out in SEC recruiting, at least for the week. Perhaps they can build momentum heading into 2013.
Also, Florida lost the commitment of linebacker Christian Miller. This was a notable recruiting loss for Will Muschamp and his staff, considering that Miller is ranked as the No. 3 outside linebacker in the 2014 class (247Sports Composite).
Washington State: Greg Hoyd III, 3-star OLB, Vista Murrieta High School (Calif.) 5/13/13
Washington: Chase Blakley, 3-star ATH, Coeur d'Alene High School (Idaho) 5/14/13
Utah: Raelon Singleton, 3-star WR, Crosby High School (Texas) 5/14/13
UCLA: Dionte Sykes, 3-star WR, Chandler High School (Ariz.) 5/16/13
UCLA came away with the biggest commitment in the Pac-12. Dionte Sykes checks in at 6'4'', 200 pound,s according to 247Sports. He'll be a deep threat because of his size, and he has good hands. He could also play tight end. Here's a complete take on Sykes.
Duke: Zach Harmon, 3-star OG, Central Catholic High School (Ohio) 5/13/13
Chris Taylor, 3-star WR, North Broward Preparatory School (Fla.) 5/14/13
Kerrion Moore, 3-star RB, Hunter Huss High School (N.C.) 5/14/13
Miami: Brad Kaaya, 3-star PRO-QB, Chaminade College Prep (Calif.) 5/13/13
N.C. State: Jalan McClendon, 3-star PRO-QB, West Mecklenburg High School (N.C.) 5/15/13
Boston College: Connor Strachan, 3-star ILB, St Sebastians School (Mass.) 5/17/13
Florida State: Markell Pack, 4-star WR, Purvis High School (Miss.) 5/18/13
From a pure quantity standpoint, Duke had a standout week. Even more impressive is that Duke was able to land recruits from Florida and Ohio,states known for their great depth and talent. Florida State also had a big commitment, landing Markell Pack, who runs a 4.43 40, according to 247Sports.
Baylor: Xavier Jones, 3-star WDE, Magnolia West High School (Texas) 5/14/13
Patrick Lawrence, 3-star OT, Waxahachie High School (Texas) 5/18/13
Kansas: Kyron Watson, 3-star OLB, East Saint Louis High School (Ill.) 5/14/13
Oklahoma: Alex Dalton, 3-star OT, Troy High School (Ohio) 5/17/13
Baylor had a notable week on the recruiting trail, bringing in two 3-star in-state recruits. In-state recruiting is crucial for the success of a program, especially for the Bears, who have to compete in the talent-rich state of Texas. Kansas also picked up a big commitment in Kyron Watson, who's the No. 11 player from the state of Illinois, according to the 247Sports Composite.
East Carolina: Drew Turnage, 2-star S, Ayden-Grifton High School (N.C.) 5/13/13
San Diego State: Cameron Griffin, 3-star OLB, View Park Prep (Calif.) 5/13/13
Donavin Buck, 3-star WDE, Brawley High School (Calif.) 5/13/13
Daryl Dunlap, 3-star OLB, Troup County High School (Ga.) 5/16/13
Colorado State: Bryson Gates, 3-star ATH, Fairfield High School (Texas) 5/15/13
Jyaz Jones, 3-star S, South Oak Cliff High School (Texas) 5/16/13
Illinois State: Jake Kolbe, 3-star PRO-QB, Naperville Central High School (Ill.) 5/15/13
Georgia State: Niemus Bryant, 3-star WDE, Carver High School (Ga.) 5/16/13
Central Michigan: Zach Oakley, 2-star DUAL-QB, Penn High School (Ind.) 5/16/13
Rutgers: Justin Herron, 3-star OT, Bullis School (Md.) 5/16/13
Old Dominion: Ryan Londree, N/R WDE, Albemarle High School (Va.) 5/17/13
Louisville: T.J. Foster, N/R WR, Union County High School (S.C.) 5/17/13
Notre Dame: Alex Bars, 4-star OT, Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.) 5/17/13
San Deigo State had a notable week, landing three commitments, but it's Notre Dame that received the biggest commitment. The Fighting Irish were able to land Alex Bars, who's ranked as the No. 9 offensive tackle in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. Bars seemed to be a Michigan lean, so he's a big pickup for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are quietly building another great class.
Recruit of the Week
David Cornwell, 5-star PRO-QB, Norman North High School (Okla.)
David Cornwell is 6'5'', 230 pounds and has an extremely strong arm. As a result, he can throw the ball with tremendous velocity and on a line to his receiver.
Cornwell also has the accuracy and touch to fit the football into small windows, and he can go over the top and drop a deep ball in with nice arc.
His size allows him to stand tall in the pocket, and he does a great job of moving his feet and feeling the rush. He can also take off and run, and he has the speed, when combined with his size, to be a running threat once the play breaks down.
Alabama is the top team on Cornwell's 247Sports interest list, and all 15 experts in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predict that he'll commit to the Crimson Tide.
Program of the Week
It was somewhat of a slow week in the world of recruiting, and this may seem like a strange pick considering that the Wolverines didn't land a commitment. That said, coming away with ESPN's No. 1 ranking was the biggest recruiting news of the week, and it will pay off for the Wolverines.
Momentum and hype are everything in recruiting, and Michigan received ton of it when ESPN released the latest edition of the class rankings.
Brady Hoke and his staff don't need much help drawing in talented recruits, but this will certainly be a great talking point on the recruiting trail moving forward.