Monday, August 26, 2013
The Early Offer: WR recruits key for Bama
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Success recruiting receivers might be the most overlooked reason for Alabama’s recent run; what one Big Ten recruiter said about Michigan’s 2015 class; and how Maryland landing Jesse Aniebonam was huge for in-state recruiting efforts.
Nick Saban is a defensive-minded coach, but what has been one of the most overlooked secrets to the on-field success is Alabama’s recruiting success at receiver. The Crimson Tide’s addition of four-star receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish) Saturday was the latest major commitment at the position. Ranked as the No. 6 receiver in the 2014 class, Sims is a tall, playmaking threat who should thrive in red zone situations. He’s also the seventh receiver ranked in the top 20 at his position to commit to the Tide since 2010, and that group also includes four players -- Robert Foster (2013), Amari Cooper (2012), Chris Black (2012), Bradley Sylve (2011) -- ranked in the top seven. But for one reason or another, the success at receiver hasn’t grabbed as many headlines as Bama’s success with defensive recruits. Maybe with the emergence of Cooper, a consensus freshman All-America selection in 2012, and the addition of Sims on Saturday, that might soon change.
Wolverines not slowing down The Wolverines are recruiting at a torrid pace for the final few spots in the 2014 class and have gotten a huge head start on what is shaping up to be a special 2015 group. Michigan landed highly-recruited 2015 defensive back Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) on Friday, and then safety Tyree Kinnel (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) committed on Saturday. Kinnel became the sixth commitment for 2015, and one Big Ten assistant said the 2015 class is already loaded. “They need to get a quarterback still for depth, but they have the best three commitments of any team in the country for 2015 with George Campbell, Damien Harris and Shaun Crawford,” the coach said.
Terps hold serve in state
Maryland is one of the most talent-rich states and recruiters have had plenty of success plucking players away from the Terrapins over the years. Just in the 2014 class alone, seven of the top 10 players have committed to out-of-state programs. But Maryland received a major in-state boost when it secured a pledge from ESPN 300 defensive end Jesse Aniebonam (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel). Simply put, the commitment was huge and could help lure the top Maryland prospect -- four-star offensive Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) -- to College Park.