Luginbill's Sept. Premium Prospect Board

September, 2, 2014
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The September addition of Tom Luginbill's Premium Prospect Board is out and two new, and very familiar, names have joined the board.

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2015's breakout candidates

September, 2, 2014
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Senior seasons are here for the 2015 class. Here are 10 under-the-radar prospects poised to become household names.

DE Canton Kaumatule

ESPN 300 rank: 48


Kaumatule missed the majority of the 2013 season due to a pair of injuries. Now back and healthy, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound prospect has the chance to make a big jump during the season and at the Under Armour All-America Game. The only sophomore named to the 2012 USA Today Preseason All-USA team in 2012 is the younger brother of Stanford defensive end Luke Kaumatule. The Cardinal and Oregon Ducks are considered the favorites to land No. 48 Kaumatule.

Scouts' Edge: Kaumatule hasn't lost a step with his ability get off the football and disrupt in the first couple scrimmages of the 2014 season. He's pursued the ball with relentless effort and proper angles while showing little signs of rust. Kaumatule made key tackles with his long reach and seems ready to reach his potential this season.



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Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

September, 2, 2014
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The Oregon Ducks made the biggest splash on the recruiting trail over the weekend, landing a commitment from ESPN 300 athlete Malik Lovette. The Ducks had the nation's No. 276 prospect on campus for an official visit and sealed the deal rather quickly. Elsewhere, it was a fairly quiet weekend for the conference overall, as three Thursday games, two Friday game and several away games left only four programs hosting Saturday contests and even fewer official visitors.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

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The opening week of college football is in the books, and recruits definitely were paying attention to how teams in the Big 12 played. While Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas State all dominated, Oklahoma State nearly pulled off an upset against reigning national champion Florida State, and West Virginia gave Alabama all it could handle before taking a loss.

The week wasn't one featuring multiple athletes taking official visits, but from a recruiting spin, it did have its moments. Here is a quick recap of what happened.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

September, 2, 2014
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The college football season is officially underway with the first week of games now in the rearview mirror. While the opening weekend was a slow one with the first official visits on tap this weekend, one team did pick up a key quarterback commitment while another program hosted a number of top targets for unofficial visits.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

September, 2, 2014
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The first weekend of college football means there is plenty of recruiting news to watch. To keep you up to speed on some of the more important recruiting news within the Big Ten conference, here is a recap of what happened this past weekend.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

September, 2, 2014
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There were several key SEC games over the weekend and plenty of recruiting news to go along with them. From Texas A&M’s impressive victory over South Carolina to Georgia’s dominating second half performance against Clemson, recruits from all over the country had a chance to finally see teams they are considering in action. Here is a closer look at some of the top recruiting news around the SEC.

Texas A&M catches the attention of top recruits

Even though Texas A&M has put together a tremendous recruiting class this year, many expected it to be a down year on the field for the Aggies. After all A&M lost three first-round draft picks including Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Much to the delight of the Aggie faithful, Texas A&M dominated SEC East opponent South Carolina last Thursday evening.


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Watch On The Trail Live (Noon ET)

September, 2, 2014
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Join ESPN RecruitingNation's Phil Murphy, Tom VanHaaren and Jeremy Crabtree as they discuss the news from Week 1 in college football and look ahead to big visits upcoming in Week 2.

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting news across the country. Today’s offerings: Not only was Monday the beginning of the contact period for 2015 recruits, it also marked the first time coaches could contact 2016 prospects on social media, and schools like Arizona wasted little time reaching out. Plus, David Ash’s injury at Texas shows why Zach Gentry might be the most important prospect in the country for a program, and we continue our tour of the top recruiting happenings on social media.


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#AskLoogs: Why DEs at No. 1?

September, 1, 2014
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Want to ask ESPN RecruitingNation senior analyst Tom Luginbill a question about your team? Tweet it to @TomLuginbill using the hashtag #AskLoogs.



There are four positions we place a premium on, because quite frankly, those players aren’t standing on every street corner. Those positions are defensive line (DE over DT), offensive line (OT), quarterback and cornerback. These are the “championship” caliber positions. Wide receivers and running backs are everywhere, and there is enough to go around for everybody, but what separates the good from the great are those four positions listed above. Having a quarterback No. 1 overall at the high school level is a huge risk, and we try and use caution with that position as best we can. Defensive ends are also the position that can not only contribute early as designated pass-rushers, but also still have a high ceiling for development due to growth potential and improved run support to develop into a complete player over time. In other words, there is not as much risk or downside with that position as there is with others.
The start of football season means we are starting a new period in recruiting. September 1 marked the first day that juniors can receive certain contact from coaches, and seniors will start to hear more and more from the programs trying to recruit them.

To ensure you are up to speed on the recruiting rules and calendar, here are the pertinent rules and dates you need to know.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting news across the country. Today’s offerings: Despite losing to Florida State, Oklahoma State could end up being a winner on the recruiting trail because of its effort. Plus, Oregon brought in two key official visitors for its first game of the season and was rewarded with an ESPN 300 commitment, and we continue our tour of the top recruiting happenings on social media.


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Best from the weekend: Pac-12 

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It was something of an odd opening weekend for Pac-12 teams looking to bring in recruits for official and unofficial visits. Only four programs hosted Saturday games and the conference had just two official visitors in total. But even without a significant number of visitors, there was important news for the conference.

Malik Lovette commits to Oregon

Lovette’s head coach, Kurt Bruich, offered his congratulations to his star athlete, who committed to Oregon while on an official visit. The commitment didn't come as much of a shock, and Oregon continues to stockpile talent in the offensive backfield, as Lovette teams with fellow ESPN 300 running back Taj Griffin to give the Ducks a potent duo.

2016 talent takes in big USC win

With UCLA on the road this weekend, USC coaches took advantage of being the only game in town, bringing in a number of bigtime 2016 prospects. ESPN 300 quarterback KJ Costello and ESPN 300 wide receiver Tyler Vaughns are pictured above, and there was plenty more junior talent in attendance. Cornerback C.J. Polland, athlete Brandon Burton and linebackers Darrian Franklin and Blake Walls were a few other 2016 ESPN 300 prospects in attendance.

Trojans make solid first impression under Sarkisian

Scout's Take: ATH Lovette to Oregon 

August, 31, 2014
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ESPN 300 athlete Malik Lovette committed to the Ducks while on an official visit. Below, find out more about Oregon's newest weapon:


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Official Visits: Aug. 29

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Baylor
Deya Mhiesen OT
HT: 6-7 WT: 305
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Status Undeclared

Iowa State
Darrell Stewart WR
HT: 6-1 WT: 195
Positional Rank: # 94 WR
Stars: 3
Status: Committed to Boise State

Darreyl Patterson ATH
HT: 6-0 WT: 165
Positional Rank: #94 ATH
Stars: 3
Status: Undeclared

Antoine Albert CB
HT: 6-1 WT: 210
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Status: Undeclared

Chris French TE-Y
HT: 6-4 WT: 245
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Status: Undeclared

Loni Fa DE
HT: 6-4 WT: 270
Positional Rank: N/A Juco
Stars: Evaluation Pending
Status: Undeclared

Pac-12
Oregon
Malik Lovette ATH
HT: 5-11 WT: 187
Positional Rank: #23 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#276)
Status: Undeclared

SEC
Auburn
Kevin Toliver II CB
HT: 6-2 WT: 188
Positional Rank: #1 CB
Stars: 5
ESPN 300 (#5)
Under Armour All-American
Status: Committed to LSU

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