Winners and Losers of November on the 2014 College Football Recruiting Trail

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 2, 2013

Winners and Losers of November on the 2014 College Football Recruiting Trail

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    December is here, so it's time to worry about all the gifts you need to buy. However, it's also time to reflect on what happened on the recruiting trail during November.

    Some programs were nice, while some didn't get presents for being naughty.

    An SEC juggernaut got great news last month, but its recruiting class also took a few hits. A Pac-12 school re-discovered its mojo, which it used to receive a big commitment. Plus, a Big Ten school lost a great underrated prospect.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Winner: Missouri

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    The Tigers have suddenly found themselves in the hunt for the national championship. But a big showdown with Auburn awaits, so they must not get ahead of themselves.

    Head coach Gary Pinkel is sad to see November come to a close, as it was a big month for his program. Aside from playing well on the field, the Tigers received two big 4-star commitments to make noise on the recruiting trail.

    Offensive lineman Andy Bauer kicked things off by flipping from Ole Miss, then linebacker Brandon Lee pledged to Missouri a few days later. The pair of studs are the two best players in the Tigers' class. 

Loser: Purdue

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    It's been a tough season for Purdue, as the Boilermakers are 1-11. Even more bad news came in the month of November.

    Drue Tranquill, a talented 3-star safety from Indiana, flipped his pledge to Notre Dame. At 6'2" and 210 pounds, Tranquill is an athletic defender.

    He would have made an impact immediately for Purdue, but the Boilermakers will now see Tranquill making tackles for the Irish. 

Winner: USC

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    USC went 4-1 in the month of November, with its only defeat coming at the hands of nemesis UCLA. The Trojans did, however, gain some momentum on the recruiting trail.

    They received two commitments last month, the biggest being from 4-star guard Viane Talamaivao. A former Alabama pledge, Talamaivao is a nasty blocker at 6'3" and 310 pounds.

    The California native is now the headliner of USC's class, which should grow before National Signing Day.

Loser: Arkansas

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    November was rough on and off the field for Arkansas, as the Razorbacks are glad December is here. The Hogs failed to win a game last month and lost out on a key prospect.

    Josh Frazier, a huge 4-star defensive tackle, chose to commit to SEC rival Alabama. Frazier is an Arkansas native who was one of the top recruiting targets for the Razorbacks, but now they will have to play against him in their own division.



Push: Alabama

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    It wasn't a great month for Alabama, but November wasn't exactly terrible for the Crimson Tide either. Sure, the loss to Auburn will sting for a long time, but the focus of this piece remains on recruiting.

    'Bama received major news when 5-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand announced he would be playing in Tuscaloosa next season. The Tide also essentially took 4-star defensive tackle Josh Frazier from SEC foe Arkansas last month.

    Alabama also lost 4-star guard Viane Talamaivao to USC, while 4-star cornerback Stephen Roberts flipped to archrival Auburn. 

    The roller coaster of November is over for the Crimson Tide, which could be a good or bad thing. 

Winner: Auburn

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    Fresh off perhaps the greatest game in Iron Bowl history, Auburn also had a great month of recruiting in November.

    The key day was the 20th, as the Tigers received two big commitments. Stephen Roberts, a 4-star cornerback who was committed to Alabama, decided to flip to Auburn. Then, 3-star JUCO defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey spurned Miami in favor of playing on The Plains.

    Both players could see action immediately next season, as Roberts will compete for a starting job in the secondary, while Stuckey should contribute in the defensive trenches.


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    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.