Friday, May 30, 2014
Early Offer: Aggies, Tide rule spring
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: We’ve reached the end of the spring evaluation period, and college coaches will head home from the road today and shift their focus to upcoming summer camps. There was plenty of movement over the last six weeks as Penn State, Clemson and USC made plenty of noise, but Texas A&M Aggies and Alabama were the stories of the spring.
You can say that again Aggie fans got used to seeing Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin tweeting “YESSIR!!!!” quite a bit this spring. It was Sumlin’s way to indicate to fans that A&M had received another commitment, and the Aggies received four major commits in May to springboard them into the No. 2 spot in the RecruitingNation class rankings and become the nation’s hottest team on the recruiting trail.
None of the pledges were bigger than five-star quarterback Kyler Murray. His decision acted as a catalyst to get five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack to reaffirm his Texas A&M pledge and cancel planned summer visits to LSU, Alabama and others. No. 16 receiver Kemah Siverand said Murray’s decision was a key factor in his recent commitment. Plus, Murray is one heck of a player. He’s won two state championships at the highest classification of Texas high school football and has thrown for 5,673 yards and 63 touchdowns and rushed for 2,644 yards and 44 touchdowns.
“I think we’re off to a good start,” Sumlin said. “We're about right where we want to be with our number of early commitments.”
Roll Tide Roll The Crimson Tide continued to roll like nobody else in the country. Alabama’s class was already extremely strong before spring sprung, but eight commits over the last six weeks surely cemented the Tide’s grip on the No. 1 class. Alabama’s recruiting brand is so strong that they’ve landed pledges from players in nine different states.
“It’s already over,” one SEC assistant said. “Alabama will have the nation’s top class. Again.”
Other spring winners • Penn State: The Nittany Lions climbed to No. 3 in the class rankings with four commitments in the spring evaluation period and a pledge from No. 5 offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins and No. 5 dual-threat quarterback Brandon Wimbush. PSU coach James Franklin’s aggressive approach on the trail this spring has built a buzz around Nittany Lion recruiting that’s not been seen in years.
• Clemson: The Tigers had a good foundation already built before the spring evaluation period, but six commitments pushed Clemson up to the No. 4 class. Landing No. 11 defensive tackle Sterling Johnson surely made defensive coordinator Brent Venables smile.
• USC: The Trojans also made a nice push this spring, flexing their national recruiting muscle by going into Georgia to land No. 3 offensive tackle Chuma Edoga. Plus, the additions of ESPN 300 defensive tackle Jacob Daniel and ESPN 300 linebacker Cameron Smith pushed USC to the No. 11 spot. Expect more big things form Steve Sarkisian over the summer.