Recruiting 2015, What You Need To Know Part 2

Part 2 of the Q&A on the big trends & stories with Allen Trieu and Brandon Huffman

What's happening in the recruiting world? What do you really need to know? Here to answer some key questions are Brandon Huffman and Allen Trieu, two of Scout.com's recruiting gods/ scouts. Allow them to make sense of it all.

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6. How is Jim Harbaugh doing with no real time to prepare? How about Mike Riley? Jim McElwain? Paul Chryst?

Allen Trieu: Harbaugh and McElwain had the toughest jobs because they had such few commits at the time. Riley and Chryst had to try to add a few commits while keeping theirs on board, but Harbaugh and McElwain had to fill classes out. I think Harbaugh has done a good job of getting kids to come on visits and flipping a few guys already. Chryst has done a really nice job. He's kept the class together and emphasized in-state recruiting, something that's very important at Wisconsin.

Brandon Huffman: Harbaugh is offering everyone - and that’s not a huge exaggeration. Most of his offered guys are committed, but he’s willing to go at it. He’s trying to flip Zach Gentry, a four-star quarterback committed to Texas (he visited this weekend). McElwain and Florida, it’s all about rekindling the relationships with key Florida targets who cooled on them, but they should close well. Mike Riley and his staff are doing a great job holding on to guys but also flipping a couple he had committed at Oregon State.

7. Who are the three recruits that average college football fans will care about this year?

Allen Trieu: Josh Rosen because he's a quarterback and UCLA just lost Brett Hundley, so the question will be if he can get in and start any games this year. Cordell Broadus because he's Snoop Dogg's kid. And DT Kahlil McKenzie because he's the number one guy and I think he will play a lot for Tennessee.

Brandon Huffman: Kyler Murray. Whether he goes to Texas A&M to battle Kyle Allen or flips to Texas, he’s one of the best schoolboy quarterbacks ever out of Texas will be one to watch and the last time an in-state sub 6-0 quarterback from the state signed with an in-state program.

Malik Jefferson. No one has been bigger to the recruiting efforts of Charlie Strong than Texas’ No. 1 prospect. He’ll play early and often and is an instant-impact recruit

Josh Rosen. While Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are gone, Brett Hundley leaving is another huge loss at the quarterback position. However, the Bruins, who return ten other starters on offense, have the pieces to make it a seamless transition the nation¹s No. 1 quarterback.

8. How much did winning the national title matter for Ohio State - or is Urban Meyer getting anyone he wants, anyway?

Allen Trieu: They were recruiting well regardless. I don't think the title will make a huge difference in 2015, but it has already shown up in 2016, 2017 and I think it will beyond that, too.

Brandon Huffman: All it does is help Urban get who Urban wants. It’s his world, the rest of the Big Ten is just trying to stay in the conversation. The Buckeyes have a top ten class - the best in the Big Ten, again - and they’ll really see the bump with next year’s class.

9. Which program is going to make the biggest late push? Which key one is going to miss some big prospects on Signing Day?

Allen Trieu: Florida has the best chance to make the late push. It has three top ten national prospects in Martez Ivey, Cece Jefferson and Byron Cowart with the Gators in the final group, and our analysts believe they will get all three. By that same token, some of the schools in on those guys like Auburn and Ole Miss could miss out and see them go to the Gators.

Brandon Huffman: Florida, no question. The recruits wanted the Gators, but they also wanted a coach to make them want them. Michigan will likely miss out on some of the late targets it’s trying to pursue, but it’ll be fine moving forward because a full year on the road for Jim Harbaugh will pay off handsomely down the line.

10. What are the three things the average fan should know about the 2015 recruiting season?

Allen Trieu: 1. The rankings, which take a beating sometimes, do matter. All four playoff teams averaged a top 16 national class in the four years leading up to the playoff. Ohio State and Alabama both averaged out in the top four and Florida State in the top seven. Yes, individuals like J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson will happen, but on the whole, the teams with the team classes tend to compete more for championships than those who don't. It sounds simple, but it needs to be said still.

2. This is a great defensive class. Kahlil McKenzie, Trenton Thompson, Derwin James, Kendall Sheffield, Kevin Tolliver, Tarvarus McFadden, Malik Jefferson, etc., these guys look like future pros. The guys at the top of the defensive board are all next-level looking prospects.

3. It wasn't a great quarterback class. But that's the way it seems to go now. Even in the NFL Draft, you hear that quarterback talent dwindles and then sleepers come along and rise to the occasion. I think that's how this class will go. There are some good ones at the top, but don't be surprised to see a few low 4-stars and high 3-stars end up making names for themselves too, but we felt there wasn't a ton of depth there.

Brandon Huffman: 1. The amount of decommits has been down from years past, which is a good thing.

2. The amount of early commits sticking have been up compared to years past, which is a good thing.

3. Fans tweeting at recruits continues to increase, which is a bad thing.

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