Winners and Losers from the College Football Recruiting Trail for April

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMay 1, 2014

Winners and Losers from the College Football Recruiting Trail for April

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    May is here, which means the month of April has come and gone. The 2015 recruiting cycle is moving along at a good pace, with summer being just around the corner.

    April was a great month of recruiting for some programs. However, a few are more than happy May has started. A Big 12 program lost a couple of key commitments last month, while its in-state rival scored a huge pledge from a talented prospect.

    A dominant SEC team delivered a strong message on the recruiting trail in April. Yet, its archnemesis also had a solid month of recruiting.

Winner: Missouri

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    The month of April was a kind one to Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel and his coaching staff. The Tigers picked up five commitments for their 2015 class.

    Among the five pledges are two 4-star prospects who will join each other in Mizzou's offensive backfield. Quarterback Drew Lock is a 6'5", 195-pounder with outstanding arm strength. Lock will get to play with running back Natereace Strong, who hails from East St. Louis.

    Missouri is starting to get going on the recruiting trail.

Loser: Ohio State

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    Ohio State didn't have its best month of recruiting in April. The Buckeyes lost 4-star safety Ben Edwards to Auburn, which will sting for awhile.

    Edwards is a solid defensive back from Florida who would have excelled at defending the seams in Columbus. To pour salt on Ohio State's wounds, 4-star tight end Chris Clark has Michigan leading the Buckeyes and several other schools, according to 247Sports.

Winner: Texas Tech...and Kliff Kingsbury

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    D'Vonta Hinton, a 3-star linebacker, committed to Texas Tech on April 13. However, the Red Raiders scored a huge pledge on the following day, as that is when 4-star defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko announced he would be playing in Lubbock.

    Fehoko, who is from Hawaii, is a pass-rushing defensive tackle who stands 6'3" and 290 pounds. He had more than 24 sacks as a junior, per 247Sports

    Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is a happy man, but he is probably also chipper for other reasons. According to Chris Vannini of CoachingSearch.com, Kingsbury revealed on The Dan Le Batard Show that mothers of recruits flirt with him.

Winner: Oklahoma State

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    Taaj Bakari is a 3-star defensive tackle who committed to Oklahoma State in April. Bakari will help the Cowboys at some point in his career, but his commitment is not what got Oklahoma State on this list.

    The Cowboys landing elusive 4-star running back Ronald Jones II did. At 6'0" and 185 pounds, Jones has excellent speed and quickness, which is why he is a perfect fit in the spread offense Oklahoma State operates.

    The Texas native could make an impact as early as next season in Stillwater. 

Loser: Texas A&M

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    April was a slow month on the recruiting trail for Texas A&M. Head coach Kevin Sumlin has an excellent staff of assistant coaches who are terrific recruiters, but the Aggies did not gain a single commitment last month.

    Texas A&M also lost a key prospect, as 4-star running back Rodney Anderson decommitted. Anderson is still interested in the Aggies, but 247Sports says Oklahoma has become a major player for him.

Winner: USC

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    USC is starting to return back to its old dominant recruiting ways. The Trojans already have a commitment from 5-star quarterback Ricky Town, but head coach Steve Sarkisian went to the South to get his second 5-star recruit.

    Chuma Edoga, a talented offensive tackle from Georgia, committed to USC on April 21. Edoga is a fantastic athlete at 6'4" and 276 pounds, with left tackle being his possible position in Los Angeles.

Loser: Georgia

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    Georgia did land 3-star defensive end Quincy Vasser in April, but the Bulldogs still didn't have the month they wanted to have.

    The key date was April 24, as that is when head coach Mark Richt saw two key prospects opt to leave the Peach State over playing in Athens. Kaleb Kim, a solid 4-star offensive tackle, committed to rival Auburn.

    Oregon took speedy 4-star running back Taj Griffin. Both players were ideal fits for UGA.

Winner: Auburn

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    April was a huge month for Auburn. Head coach Gus Malzahn scored seven commitments, with five of them being 4-star recruits.

    The best of the bunch is 4-star athlete Kerryon Johnson, who can argue he is a 5-star-caliber player. The instinctive Alabama native can play safety and running back.

    The Tigers also landed a pair of 4-star safeties in Jordan Colbert and Ben Edwards, while 4-star running back D'Anfernee McGriff is already 6'1" and 230 pounds.

Loser: Oklahoma

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    Not only did Oklahoma not gain a commitment in April, but it also lost two key pledges during the month. Houston native and underrated 3-star defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin decommitted from the Sooners on April 22.

    Josh Wariboko made bigger news on April 16 by backing off his pledge to Oklahoma. The 4-star guard is one of the top blockers in America, and he was the headliner of head coach Bob Stoops' 2015 class.

    Greg Powers of Scout.com wrote on April 22, "His younger brother Max Wariboko is starting to secure interest and as the two travel around the country looking at schools and talking to coaches it made more sense for Josh to not be committed."

Winner: Alabama

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    Alabama used the month of April to show the rest of the country it will not be stopping anytime soon on the recruiting trail.

    Head coach Nick Saban secured seven commitments last month, including one from 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick. Elite 4-star prospects such as receiver Calvin Ridley, linebacker Leo Lewis, guard Richie Petitbon and athlete Shawn Burgess-Becker also committed to the Crimson Tide in April.

    Alabama has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports.

     

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports. 

    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.