College Football Programs Who'll Have a Great Recruiting Month
Although many coaching staffs are focused on how their teams are playing on the field, recruiting does not stop. November is a key month in the cycle, so look for programs to increase their efforts on the trail.
Looking across the recruiting outlook for this month, several programs could be in position to make a lot of noise. An SEC team has a stellar list of visitors for a big game in a few days, while another program could add several significant commitments to its talented class.
Plus, a trio of schools are in the mix for a 5-star defensive end who is announcing in a few weeks.
The Buckeyes have their sights set on a Big Ten title, but November is also usually the month when head coach Urban Meyer starts to make his move on the recruiting trail.
Meyer surely will use this month to put Ohio State in a great position to land several elite prospects before the end of this cycle.
Auburn has the potential to make a big splash on the recruiting trail this month. First, the Tigers have a small class of only 16 commitments. That means they have some room to add more talent, which will see them rise up the recruiting rankings.
Next, Auburn is ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 25 Poll, which is a big help for Gus Malzahn as he approaches recruits about playing on The Plains. With an 8-1 record, the Tigers have been one of the top surprises in college football this season.
A big home game versus Iron Bowl rival Alabama will take place at the end of this month, which Malzahn likely will use as a centerpiece for a big recruiting weekend. November could be huge for the Tigers.
Florida State is No. 3 in the AP Top 25 Poll, thanks to its 8-0 record.
The Seminoles have already made a big recruiting move in November, as they hosted an exceptional list of recruits for their home victory over Miami last Saturday, per 247Sports. With such an impressive atmosphere during the game, Florida State likely moved up on many recruits' lists.
The 'Noles are in recruiting battles for several elite prospects, and November could be the start of a big recruiting payoff for head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Every month is potentially a big recruiting month for Alabama. Head coach Nick Saban is one of the best recruiters in the country, plus the program is admired by many high school players.
With a huge game scheduled this Saturday versus LSU, 'Bama will roll out the red carpet for an impressive list of elite recruits, according to 247Sports. Several prospects who will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend have serious interest in playing for the Crimson Tide, so some recruiting fireworks may be on the horizon.
Do not be shocked if Alabama receives another big commitment or two before this month is over.
Whoever Lands Da'Shawn Hand on November 14
Michigan, Alabama and Florida are the finalists, per 247Sports. All three programs are anxiously awaiting Hand's announcement, as he is one of the best players in the country.
Even if Hand is the only significant recruiting development this month for the program he ultimately chooses, look for that school's staff to point to November as one of its key months in 2014 recruiting.
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 and Cleveland Browns.