When Greg Schiano began revamping the Rutgers University football program in December 2000, one of his No. 1 priorities was improving the team's overall speed.
"That's been part of our coaches' philosophy from Day 1," Schiano said. "Every successful team in the country has a need for speed."
In his first recruiting class, Schiano went to the fertile recruiting grounds of Florida to bring in skill position players' Jerry Andre, Eddie Grimes, Jarvis Johnson, Marcus Johnson, Clarence Pittman and Tres Moses.
Rutgers placing emphasis on quicker players when recruiting
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Marcus Vick hasn't thrown a pass yet for Virginia Tech, but the prospect already is tantalizing.
"He reminds me enough of his brother (that) it makes you want to smile," coach Frank Beamer said Wednesday at the Big East media session in East Rutherford, N.J.
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In the kingdom of high school basketball, no player has attained anything greater than jester status when compared to King James. That would be LeBron James, of course, the 6-7 superstar from Ohio who last season became the first junior ever to be named USA TODAY's player of the year.
James, however, broke his wrist in the early summer and was unable to defend his crown at either of the summer's two biggest tournaments, the Nike All-America Camp or adidas ABCD Camp.
Without James, parity carries Nike, ABCD camps
Unless Wayne Arnold gets his high school diploma before classes start at Georgia on Aug. 19, all four of Jim Harrick's recruits for this year will have failed to meet qualifying standards.
Since Harrick took over coaching duties in 1999, nine players have failed to qualify to play for the Bulldogs after signing national letters of intent.
Georgia's Harrick on verge of losing entire recruiting class
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