Football Recruiting Roundup

In this week's Football Recruiting Roundup, get the scoop on recruiting news from Top 100 prospects Tray Blackmon, C.J. Byrd and Greg Paulus and find out how Tyrone Willingham's firing could shake up the recruiting world.

Auburn has made a case as the top football team in the country this year, and the Tigers' strong season has led to success on the recruiting front.

Never was that more evident than this past week, when Auburn snagged a commitment from LaGrange (LaGrange, Ga.) senior linebacker Tray Blackmon, who is rated the No. 3 linebacker and No. 13 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by

The 6-foot, 195-pounder, who chose Auburn over Georgia, can hit like a truck and has recorded 102 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and six sacks this season. LaGrange (14-0) will be playing Washington County (Sandersville, Ga.) in the Class AAA state title game this weekend.

Auburn also received a pledge this week from First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) senior linebacker Ryan Stamper. Stamper made 120 tackles this fall after making 150 stops as a junior.

Coaching Carousel

Notre Dame's surprising firing of head coach Tyrone Willingham earlier this week is likely to cause a ripple effect throughout the recruiting world.

Rumors are circulating that Willingham's firing has led to an increased interest in Notre Dame by Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.) senior quarterback Greg Paulus, who is rated the No. 2 quarterback and No. 44 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by

Paulus, who is also one of the nation's top hoop recruits, has committed to Duke for hoops but did not sign a letter of intent with the Blue Devils last month, leading some to speculate whether his future will be in football after all. According to several reports, Paulus will hold a press conference on Monday to discuss his future plans.

Utah head coach Urban Meyer is rumored to succeed Willingham in South Bend, and that may have led Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) senior quarterback Josh Portis to de-commit from Utah this week. Portis is now considering the likes of Maryland, Washington, Kansas State, LSU and Oregon.

With Steve Spurrier taking over as head coach at South Carolina and the Florida head coaching position still up for grabs, the coaching carousel in college football will have a significant impact on where some of the nation's top recruits are headed. Stay tuned to for the latest.

More Recruiting News

Though Georgia missed out on Blackmon, the Bulldogs still scored big this week when they received commitments from North Augusta (North Augusta, S.C.) wide receiver/defensive back C.J. Byrd and Red Bank (Little Silver, N.J.) defensive lineman Kade Weston.

Byrd is rated the No. 2 athlete and No. 16 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder had 76 tackles and two interceptions in seven games this fall. He'll likely play safety at Georgia.

Byrd picked the Bulldogs over Clemson, Florida State and USC.

Meanwhile, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Weston is considered one of the top defensive tackles in the country. He committed to Georgia over the likes of Maryland, Tennessee, Florida and Florida State.

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