Winners and Losers of June on the 2015 College Football Recruiting Trail
July is just about here, which means a reflection of the month of June in recruiting would be a wise thing to do. The sixth month of the year featured several twists and turns, as it kept everyone on his toes.
While July figures to be another exciting month on the recruiting trail, several programs were affected by June's developments.
An SEC program lost out on a prized 4-star receiver, while a Big 12 school scored a commitment from a 4-star running back. Also, a Big Ten team used June to come alive on the recruiting trail.
Winner: Texas A&M
Texas A&M surely loves the fact 4-star offensive tackle Keaton Sutherland and 3-star prospects such as kicker Daniel LaCamera, linebacker Richard Moore, defensive tackle Kingsley KeKe and linebacker Landis Durham all chose to be Aggies in June.
However, the biggest news of the month came on June 19. That is the day 5-star receiver Damarkus Lodge announced he would be playing in College Station. To make things even better, head coach Kevin Sumlin landed 5-star 2016 offensive tackle Gregory Little the next day.
Loser: Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic came into this cycle with an early commitment from 4-star running back Jordan Scarlett, which surprised many people when it happened.
However, FAU is not a program known for signing many high-end prospects. It doesn't seem like it will sign one in 2015, as Scarlett decommitted from the Owls on June 27.
Oklahoma got some good news in June, picking up a pair of 4-star prospects out of its three pledges in the month.
OU secured a pledge from 3-star guard Dominique Hearne on June 12. It looks like the Sooners are starting to get going on the 2015 recruiting trail.
On one hand, Florida did land talented 4-star quarterback Sheriron Jones in June. However, on the other, the month was headlined by some bad news for the Gators.
Receivers coach Joker Phillips, who was one of head coach Will Muschamp's top recruiters, was forced to resign. The resignation likely stemmed from a photo Phillips took with a recruit during a dead period, according to Charles Robinson and Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.
This is not the positive publicity Florida needs.
Michigan hasn't had the kind of start to the 2015 recruiting cycle it wanted, but it did have a solid month of recruiting in June.
Andrew David, a 2-star kicker from Ohio, committed to the Wolverines on June 24. However, the two big fish Big Blue caught in June are 4-star offensive tackle Grant Newsome and 4-star tight end Chris Clark.
Newsome announced his decision on June 11, while Clark followed suit on June 19.
While both players will help in Columbia, head coach Gary Pinkel's heart likely broke when 4-star receiver Alex Ofodile spurned Mizzou in turn for Oregon. The 6'3", 185-pounder is a legacy prospect for the Tigers, plus he's from Columbia.
Losing out on Ofodile is a big disappointment for Missouri.
Alabama had another productive month of recruiting in June, earning two commitments from 4-star prospects.
The Crimson Tide landed defensive tackle T.D. Moton on June 2, and the Louisiana native figures to do some damage in Tuscaloosa. However, the headlining news came on June 18, as quarterback Blake Barnett opted to commit to 'Bama.
Barnett may be the most dynamic and athletic quarterback Nick Saban has signed in recent classes.
Barnett told the following to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports on June 18:
"I'm very excited. It means a lot to be a part of such a successful program and university."
Loser: Notre Dame
June 4 could be a key date for Notre Dame in a few years, as that is when 4-star dual-threat quarterback Blake Barnett decommitted from the Irish.
At 6'3.5" and 195 pounds, Barnett has a strong arm to get the ball to all levels of the field. He also has above-average speed and mobility to be used as a designed runner. Barnett would have been a good one for head coach Brian Kelly, but now he is set to take his talents to Alabama.
Winner: Ohio State
Ohio State has 10 commitments, and seven of them have come in June. The top players to pledge to the Buckeyes during the month are 4-star linebacker Nick Conner and 4-star defensive end Dre'Mont Jones.
Head coach Urban Meyer also received a commitment from 2-star long snapper Liam McCullough in June. Ohio State may have gotten off to a slow start to this cycle, but the Buckeyes appear to be finding their mojo.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' composite rankings.
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.