How Are Others Recruiting?

How is Southern Cal recruiting? Has Michigan had a verbal from a top recruit? Which team has the best recruiting class so far? How dominant has Ohio State really been? Read more to find out.

Southern California

Number of Verbals: 12

Five Stars: 2

Four Stars: 8

Three Stars: 1

Two Stars: 0

One Star: 1

Top 100: QB Matt Barkley (1), MLB Vontaze Burfict (24), OT Kevin Graf (54), S Patrick Hall (72)

Top 300: TE Morrell Presley (101), WR Randall Carroll (105), WLB Marquis Simmons (116), S T.J. McDonald (155), WR Alshon Jeffrey (164), WR Devon Flournoy (174)

Southern Cal always has strong recruiting classes. The Trojans, who finished ninth last year in the Scout.com team rankings, have an early start. After getting a verbal early on from Mater Dei High School quarterback and five-star prospect Matt Barkley, Southern Cal has a solid start with recruiting for 2009.

With Barkley's fellow five-star prospect, linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the Trojans also have a number of four-star recruits to their name. With three four-star wide receivers in the 2009 class already, they've added a versatile safety, and one of most dynamic speedsters in the country in Patrick Hall from St. Bonaventure High School.

The one thing Southern Cal needs to do, and most likely will do well at is recruiting outside the state of California. While California is known to always have top talent, the Trojans know they have to get out of state prospects too, and they're usually strong in that aspect as well.

Michigan

Number of Verbals: 9

Five Stars: 2

Four Stars: 4

Three Stars: 2

Two Stars: 0

One Star: 1

Top 100: DT William Campbell (14), QB Kevin Newsome (31)

Top 300: S J.T. Turner (184), WR Bryce McNeal (216), RB Teric Jones (234), WR Shavodrick Beaver (280)

Needing to fill a big hole at quarterback after Terrelle Pryor chose Ohio State, Michigan has done that after receiving a verbal from quarterback Kevin Newsome out of Chesapeake, Virginia. Along with helping out their quarterback needs, the Wolverines have also added a big defensive tackle to their list after six-foot-four 327-pound William Campbell committed.

Michigan also seems to feel the need to add some depth with running backs after losing star back Mike Hart, so receiving three verbals in the 2009 class should help the Wolverines there. The two wide receivers Michigan have verbals from as well, Bryce McNeal and Shavodrick Beaver, show that Michigan wants big receivers. McNeal is six-foot-two, and Beaver is six-foot-four.

Michigan State

Number of Verbals: 7

Five Stars: 0

Four Stars: 3

Three Stars: 4

Two Stars: 0

One Star: 0

Top 100: 0

Top 300: SLB Chris Norman (114), RB Edwin Baker (134), RB Larry Caper (261)

The first year after former Coach John L. Smith left, ended with a loss to Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl. By no means was that bad for the Spartans, but at a school like Michigan State they'll expect a higher finish the following year.

Receiving two verbal commitments from four-star running backs Larry Caper and Edwin Baker will help the Spartans ground game. Both backs have pretty good speed. Another verbal, Blake Treadwell, is the third highest ranked center in the country. Michigan State has added to their offense with another quarterback, three-star Andrew Maxwell and two new wide receiver verbals, three-stars Patrick White and Donald Spencer.

Purdue

Number of Verbals: 0

Five Stars: 0

Four Stars: 0

Three Stars: 0

Two Stars: 0

One Star: 0

Top 100: 0

Top 300: 0

Purdue really need to hit the recruiting trail hard if they're going to want to compete in the Big Ten consistently. With a senior quarterback, Curtis Painter, Purdue will probably want to recruit someone to help them fill that void. With no verbal commitments as of the beginning of June, things aren't looking very bright at the moment for the Boilermakers with recruiting in 2009.

Pittsburgh

Number of Verbals: 1

Five Stars: 0

Four Stars: 0

Three Stars: 0

Two Stars: 0

One Star: 1

Offensive tackle is always a position every team will want to have depth at, and Pittsburgh already have a tackle commitment from six-foot-five 300 pound Cory King. Like Purdue, however, Pitt will need to recruit well for the next seven months if they want to keep an upcoming team going.

Boston College

Number of Verbals: 1

Five Stars: 0

Four Stars: 0

Three Stars: 0

Two stars: 0

One Star: 1

Top 100: 0

Top 300: 0

Despite a strong 2008 season for the Eagles, they're going to need help along the quarterback front much like Michigan, with Chris Crane leaving after 2008 and Billy Flutie being the other quarterback on the roster.

Dillon Quinn, a six-foot-seven 280 pound defensive tackle from New York is the only Boston College commitment so far. Losing many seniors and fifth year seniors after the 2008 season, Boston College will have to start recruiting more just like Pittsburgh and Purdue.

The Eagles do have quite a few players interested in their program, and if they can turn some of those interested players into verbals, that would really help iron out the 2009 class for BC.

Ohio State

Number of Verbals: 17

Five Stars: 2

Four Stars: 9

Three Stars: 4

Two Stars: 0

One Star: 2

Top 100: WLB Dorian Bell (5), DT Johnny Simon (21), DE Melvin Fellows (33), CB C.J. Barnett (86)

Top 300: S Jamie Wood (106), OT Jack Mewhort (120), MLB Jordan Whiting (200), SLB Storm Klein (201), OG Corey Linsley (248), WR James Jackson (253), RB Jordan Hall (297)

Ohio State has done a fantastic job recruiting. Following a very strong 2008 class, the Buckeyes seem to be in form to have a class rivaling their previous one. Led by linebacker Dorian Bell and defensive tackle Johnny Simon, Ohio State has already received 17 verbals – a very high amount for this time of year.

They also have a very spread out class in terms of depth at each position, with a running back, full back, two receivers, a tight end, one offensive tackle and two guards on offense. On the defensive side of the ball they have verbals from a tackle that could possibly bulk up to play end in a 4-3, along with a defensive end, five linebackers, a safety and two cornerbacks.

Alabama

Number of Verbals: 7

Five Stars: 0

Four Stars: 3

Three Stars: 4

Two Stars: 0

One Star: 0

Top 100: 0

Top 300: QB A.J. McCarron (113), RB Trent Richardson (147), DT D.J. Fluker (255)

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have seven verbals as of now. Leading the pack is quarterback, A.J McCarron, a six-foot-three and a-half prospect from Mobile, Alabama. Defensive tackle D.J Fluker is another big commitment for Alabama, because of his enormous size that is already like a college defensive tackles, at six-foot-six, 327 pounds. Alabama have been able to lure one prospect out of Florida, in running back Trent Richardson, who rushed for 1,490 yards and 15 touchdowns in just seven games his junior season.

Florida

Number of Verbals: 5

Five Stars: 0

Four Stars: 4

Three Stars: 1

Two Stars: 0

One Star: 0

Top 100: DT Gary Brown (91)

Top 300: CB Greg Reid (157), WR Nu'keese Richardson (172), RB Mike Gilleslee (206)

Florida's class only has five verbal commitments, but usually finishes off the recruiting season on a strong note. Playing in arguably the conference with the fastest players, the Gators lone wide receiver commit, Nu'keese Richardson has 4.4 speed, while the running back Coach Meyer has recruited, Mike Gillislee, has 4.5 speed. Other players include five-foot-eight 168 pound corner Greg Reid, who will most likely need to bulk up with his current size. Defensive tackle, Gary Brown, ranked ninth in the country at his position will also be a player who needs to add a little weight, while currently weighing 275 pounds. Watch for Florida to come out and surprise fans in the recruiting rankings closer to February.


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