NCF On The Trail: U.S. Army commit analysis

After going more than seven months without a linebacker in the 2013 recruiting class, Ohio State now has two ESPN 150 prospects at the position.


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Quick sends message for Louisville 

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Landing James Quick is proof that Louisville is a constantly improving program. It's also proof that they never gave up on the highly ranked nearby prospect.

The receiver from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity showed strong interest in Ohio State and Oregon throughout the recruiting process. He visited Ohio State often and talked glowingly about the team's passing attack. In fact, it looked at one point like the Buckeyes might lead for his services. Yet Quick always knew he was coveted at nearby Louisville and never ruled the school out.

Quick gives the Cardinals' 2013 class much-needed star power. He becomes the highest-rated commitment for the class. The ESPN 150 prospect is the No. 98 player in the nation, the No. 10 receiver in the country and the top prospect in the state of Kentucky.

Clearly, it would have been understandable if Quick went elsewhere. He had plenty of options and was intent on finding the best fit for him through a thorough evaluation of schools.

However, had the Cardinals lost a local prospect with so much clout, it wouldn't have looked good. They already lost one of Quick's teammates, defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, to USC .


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Muhammad a huge get for Miami 

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With limited scholarships available, the Miami Hurricanes had to focus much of their recruiting efforts on improving one of the worst defenses in the history of the program.


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Welcome to the new world of Texas A&M recruiting.

It's a world where the Aggies can seemingly go anywhere and have a real shot to get a player they want. Head coach Kevin Sumlin spoke in the offseason of expanding his team's recruiting footprint beyond just Texas and Louisiana and into states that are considered "SEC country," and even nationwide.

SEC country is precisely from where ESPN 300 receiver Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) was plucked. Texas A&M got involved with the former Florida State commitment earlier this fall, secured an official visit then blew the 6-foot-4, 184-pounder away when he took in Aggieland.

Yes, the Aggies have higher-ranked players in their recruiting class, but every ESPN 300 member they've scored -- including tight end Derrick Griffin and athlete Ricky Seals-Jones, both of whom will likely end up at receiver -- is from their home base of Texas or neighboring Louisiana.

Stevens is representative of what the success of this season, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and the exposure the SEC provides can do for the program in recruiting circles. Stevens freely admitted earlier this week during practices for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he wouldn't have considered the Aggies if they weren't in the SEC.


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After all of his success bringing top-tier prospects to Cal and now Washington, Tosh Lupoi has earned his reputation as one of the nation’s top recruiters.


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Pitt rebounds with Boyd 

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As artist Meat Loaf once said, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.”


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