Coaching moves may spark verbal switches

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The big news in this week's recruiting circles is Jeremy Gunn's hiring Wednesday by Stanford. Gunn recently guided UNC-Charlotte to the NCAA College Cup final, where it lost to instate rival North Carolina 1-0.

The hiring, like so many high-profile coaching changes, begs the question -- what will this do to the recruiting classes at both universities?

Already this week, one big-school coaching change led to a verbal change by one of the nation's top prospects as Zach Carroll decommitted to Michigan and committed to Virginia, beefing up an already strong 2012 recruiting class.

As for the Stanford and UNC-Charlotte situations, the Gunn move is such recent news (less than 16 hours old at this point) that there have not been any commitment changes yet.

This time of year -- between the end of the college season and about a week after the NSCAA Convention in mid-January -- is when most of the Division I coaching changes tend to occur. In fact, a number of interviews take place during the NSCAA Convention since an abundance of coaches are already in a central location, with several angling for a better job.

The coaching moves over the next month -- head coaches as well as assistants who conduct much of the recruiting -- could be unsettling to the Class of 2012 recruits who have made early verbals months ago and basically shut down recruiting figuring their futures were secure.

TRACKING COMMITS: The release of last week's Class of 2012 total commits-by-state list proved to be a popular item on the ESPNHS boys' soccer site. This week's update is below. New York moved within two commitments of top-ranked California, although the Golden State will soon surge further ahead as the instate schools start to firm up their recruiting classes. Overall, there was no change in the order among the top 10 states.

PER CAPITA LEADERS: Virginia maintains its position as the state with the most NCAA Division I recruits relative to the state's total population (one commit to every 223,270 residents). The rest of the top five are: 2. South Carolina (1:258,109), 3. New Jersey (1:259,044), 4. Maryland (1:304,733) and 5. North Carolina (354,288).

EXPORTING TALENT: Texas is a runaway leader in terms of exporting players to NCAA Division I programs, relative to the number of instate options. The rest of the top five are: 2. Georgia, 3. Missouri, 4. New Jersey, 5. (tie) New Mexico, Kentucky and Iowa.

Where’s The Talent?

ESPNHS maintains a list of boys’ soccer verbal commitments by state. Currently, California and New York account for 20 percent of all NCAA Division I commitments for the Class of 2012. The following is a breakdown of verbal commitments by state, as confirmed by ESPNHS. The list includes only high school seniors, not transfers or international students. A player’s state is recognized as his place of fulltime residence, not the location of his high school or club team.