With only two commitments in the 2012 recruiting class up to this point, the Tennessee Volunteer fans were not worried, but maybe a little anxious about recruiting. After back-to-back top 15 classes, things were moving a little slowly.
Today, that changed for Coach Derek Dooley and his staff, as Tennessee picked up not one, but two commitments.
The first player to commit to the Volunteers was Jackson, TN WR Drae Bowles. The 6″1, 195-pound Bowles is rated a four-star prospect by rivals.com, and the 109th ranked player in the nation. Early on Bowles received a lot of recruiting attention, including offers from Auburn, Arkansas, California, Baylor, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and Virginia among many others.
Tennessee first started recruiting Bowles over a year ago, and he decided today they were the team he wanted to play for.
On film Bowles is a receiver with good size and very good speed as well. He is able to take short passes and make them into very long plays, which is always a plus. At the next level, he’ll need to work on his agility and route-running, but Tennessee is getting a very good player in Bowles for sure.
The second commitment for the Volunteers came from Dunwoody, GA Athlete Justin King. The 6″3, 215-pounder currently plays quarterback for his high school team, though he will play linebacker for the Volunteers next year. A very good athlete on film, King has good speed and agility, and deceptive strength as well. However, King will really need to bulk up and learn the finer techniques on defense at the next level. Unfortunately, the Volunteers are very thin at linebacker, so after a redshirt year King may see the field.
The recruitment of Kenton, Ohio QB Maty Mauk has been well-documented in many recruiting circles. The younger brother of former Cincinnati QB Ben Mauk, Maty has shattered many of his brother’s older records in high school. With his brilliant on the field performance, many colleges came calling for his services, including Ben’s former coach, Brian Kelly at Notre Dame, Missouri, Michigan, and many others.
It appeared early in the process that Mauk would head to Notre Dame, where he and his family were very comfortable with Kelly and his offense. But Notre Dame took four QB commitments in the last two classes, and it appeared they were content with not having a quarterback in the 2012 cycle. Mauk visited both Michigan and Missouri as well, and it seemed that the Tigers recruited the talented signal caller the most.
Today, Mauk officially committed to Missouri while on a visit, as he posted on his facebook page. He becomes Missouri’s 12th known commitment n the 2012 class, and only quarterback.
Listed at 6″2, 185 pounds, Mauk is an ideal fit for the Missouri spread offense. He plays in a primarily shotgun-based offense in high school, so the transition to college will not be very difficult. On film, Mauk has a fairly quick release, and solid, but not great arm strength. He’ll need to improve his mechanics and technique at the next level, but should be able to redshirt and learn under Coach Yost and his offensive staff.
Overall, a solid pickup for the Missouri Tigers, as it seems Indiana QB Gunner Kiel is headed to Oklahoma or Indiana at this point.
The national signing day for the 2011 class was only 5 months ago, but in today’s world coaches are often recruiting one, or even two years ahead of time. The 2012 class has yet to play out their senior seasons on the field, but already many prospects have been offered, visited, and committed to various schools.
A few weeks ago we broke down the current SEC recruiting race. Today, we’ll take a look at the Big Ten.
Last season, the Ohio State Buckeyes signed the Big Ten’s top class, which ranked 11th in the nation according to rivals.com. But with recent allegations of player benefits, and the firing of Jim Tressel, a new, or to be truthful, old player has emerged in the Big Ten recruiting race in 2012.
On the heels of another top-5 recruiting class, the USC Trojans have begun the 2012 recruiting cycle right where they left off. With 6 four-star commitments out of 8 total commitments, the Trojans are once again recruiting at the premium level that they have recruited at since the Pete Carroll era.
When it comes to producing west coast talent, California is the state that first comes to mind. The state of Washington, on the other hand, does not produce substantial BCS-talent each year.
With star quarterback Jake Locker getting drafted this year, the Huskies need to continue to address the quarterback position. They added Nick Montana two classes ago, and now have added another talented quarterback prospect, from the state of Washington. Read the rest of this entry →
This past weekend the Virginia Tech Hokies wrapped up spring practice with their annual spring game. Over 80 recruits were in attendance for the game, and the coaches were able to gain public commitments from three players. Not a bad pickup for one weekend eh? Read the rest of this entry →
This is the second part of our Early Conference Breakdown. You can read the SEC West Breakdown here.
Last season the South Carolina Gamecocks captured their first SEC East Title en route to the SEC Championship game. They also signed the #1 prospect in the nation, Javadeon Clowney. Here’s our breakdown of the early SEC East recruiting rankings. Read the rest of this entry →
National Signing Day for the class of 2012 is still many months away. However, recruiting is happening at an earlier pace every year, and many teams have chalked up commitments from players from all over the country already.
In the Early Conference Breakdown, we’ll be taking a look at each major conference, and what teams are really excelling early in the recruiting process. Read the rest of this entry →
The state of New York and “football hotbed” are not two terms with synonymous with each other. But the state does produce it’s share of great talent each year, and they are often recruited by the top teams in the nation.
This year it is no different, with massive defensive tackle Jarron Jones, a 6″5, 305-pound prospect hailing from Rochester New York.
After his junior season Jones saw the offer floodgates open, with teams like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Connecticut, Michigan, North Carolina, South Florida, Rutgers, Penn State, and Tennessee offering him. Jones had an open mind early in his recruitment, with schools from both the North and South offering him.
But as he began to take visits one stuck out in his mind, and that was Penn State. The big tackle hit it off with stud recruiter and ace D-Line Coach Larry Johnson, and was impressed with the school and tradition as well. Today, he made it official.
On film Jarron Jones displays that quick first step off the line, and is a very strong young man. In college he’ll need to play lower and with better leverage, as most defensive lineman his size are able to simply bull rush players at the high school level.
Officially, Jones is the Nittany Lions 5th commitment in the 2012 class.