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Craig Haubert (3:01 PM)
Hello everyone - Thanks for joining me for another round of recruiting talk. National Signing Day (NSD)is getting closer!! First though we have coaching changes and All-Star season to deal with. The teams for the Under Armour All-American game were released this week and you can catch the selection show special tonight on ESPNU @ 7:30 - so please check that out. Let's get starterd.
Ronald Powell, USC or Florida?
Craig Haubert (3:03 PM)
We will have to see what impact the Charlie Strong move has on Florida, but I say the Gators have led for Powell for a while and will get him.
Beau (State College)
What the latest on Easley??? He comitted to PSU but now is looking at Oregon. Where do you think he will end up in the end???
Craig Haubert (3:06 PM)
UA All-American Dominique Easley is set to visit Penn State this weekend. I know he was impressed by Oregon on his visit and the Ducks are working hard on the east coast, but I think Penn State solidifies things this weekend with Easley. The Nittany Lions have done well in NY and I say they keep him.
Why is Lamarcus Joyner such a highly touted recruit at only 5-8 165?
Craig Haubert (3:09 PM)
Good question John - size is important, but it is not everything. Sometimes players can overcome a lack of ideal size (see Dion Lewis or Zach Thomas) and I think Joyner is one of those players. He is a great football player and could have an impact on offense, defense, or special teams. Also, while not having great height he is a bit weird in that he has long limbs and looks in person bigger then what he measures. So while listed at 5'8 you don't look at him and worry about him being too small.
where do you think the hokies rank in the recruiting class as of now?
Craig Haubert (3:12 PM)
Well we have expanded the team rankings to 20 recently and the Hokies were not a part of that. I think they are close but more at that #25 cut-off area at this point. A solid class led by safety Nick Dew and they are in contention for a top 25 finish, but unless they make some big moves down the stretch it will likely be more around No. 25.
Do you see Alabama finshing strong in recruiting this year and who are the headliners of their class?
Craig Haubert (3:17 PM)
Well David, Alabama just landed a big one yesterday with the addition of Adrian Hubbard a monster defensive end with great upside. I think that Bama is close to done and Hubbard may be the last big name.
Craig Haubert (3:19 PM)
They already have the No. 3 overall class and some of the key pick-ups are QB Phillip Sims, CB DeMarcus Milliner, and "Jack" LB/DE Alfy Hill. The Tide are still in the running for some good players, but don't expect too much more.
How is BC doing? are they in on any big names?
Craig Haubert (3:22 PM)
Patrick your persistence got me - BC is doing well, but I don't see this being a top 25 class or even in the top half of the ACC. It does though have one key player and that is QB Chase Rettig. He has great raw tools and could develop into a very good college quarterback.
Blake (Abilene, TX)
Is Jeffcoat coming to Texas? Does anyone get more sons or brothers of curent or former NFL players than Texas.
Craig Haubert (3:26 PM)
Well to answer your second part first, Texas does well with relatives of NFL players, but USC, Ohio State, and Penn State do well also and have great lineage recruiting along with Texas. For your first part I think Texas has a good shot at Jeffcoat, but I wouldn't say at this point he is going there. Very tough to get a read on his recruitment Jeffcoat keep things under wraps very well.
Is Jefferson putting on an SC cap on the 18th?
Craig Haubert (3:27 PM)
I assume you mean Tony Jefferson - I am not sure - tight race between them and Oklahoma. At this moment I think he goes to Norman though.
Chad (Las Vegas)
LSU lost Larry Porter to Memphis. How will this effect their recruiting class/abilitiies?
Craig Haubert (3:31 PM)
Chad I would not worry too much. LSU will not lose players to Memphis and they have rebounded well staff wise by bringing in Frank Wilson from Tennessee. Wilson is a very good recruiter who made his name in Louisiana and the New Orleans area. That was a great addition to the Tigers staff.
Any chance Hendrix defects from ND and lands at OSU?
Craig Haubert (3:32 PM)
I don't think so- especially if Kelly gets the ND job.
Not too much more from Bama? They will at least snag CJ Mosely, James Stone, and John Fulton.
Craig Haubert (3:35 PM)
I would agree that they get Mosley, but i think Fulton will pick South Carolina (FYI - Fulton will announce on air with us on the Recruiting Insider on 12/17.
Can a player like Seantrel Henderson play immediately at a large school, since lineman is one of the harder positions to play immediately?
Craig Haubert (3:37 PM)
Offensive line is a tough position to start at as a freshman - especially at tackle. Henderson though has very good athleticism and size and could do it. I think he may need to start off on the right side and there would be some rough patches, but he can be good enough to start his freshman year.
Do you think South Carolina will get Lattimore?
Craig Haubert (3:41 PM)
I think they have a very good shot and could be looked at as the leader. I am not willing to say 100% at this point, but if I had to pick a team I would say the Gamecocks.
how has the retirement of bowden affected the recruiting? and what chance is the chance that FSU will have a top 10 recruiting class?
Craig Haubert (3:45 PM)
With the uncertainty of whether Coach Bowden is staying or going or how long he will be there now cleared up - it seems to be helping. They have recently landed a few 2011 prospects and just added Jeff Luc to the mix which is huge. I think some will be upset to see Bowden leave, but for the most part I think the change will help.
What are Auburn's chances to get a re-commitment from Antonio Goodwin and to sign Seastrunk?
Craig Haubert (3:47 PM)
At this point I would say slim on both.
Bernard (Princeton, NJ)
Where does Michael Thronton end up?
Craig Haubert (3:48 PM)
I am going: 1. Georgia 2. Penn State 3. Auburn
Craig, do you think that the lack of offense at Nebraska helps or hinder big time offensive recruits?
Craig Haubert (3:52 PM)
Well at this moment it seems to be hurting. I think they can regain some footing with a good showing in their bowl game. The offense was very poor on a national stage this past Saturday and that will make some kids nervous, but obviously the Huskers need offensive help and the opportunity to play right away is there so that will also appeal to some recruits.
Where do you think Jordan Hicks ends up
Craig Haubert (3:54 PM)
At this point I am sticking with either Texas or Ohio State. I am not writing off Florida or Bama, but I still think the two original players are the main ones. It looks like Hicks will take this recruitment to NSD.
brandon linder? where do you see him ending up?
Craig Haubert (3:55 PM)
possibly Ohio State, but I think it will be Miami
John (New York)
What's the chances Harbaugh gets a re-commit from Tai-ler jones or from Marcus Lucas? Also, any decent defensive players incoming for the Cardinal?
Craig Haubert (3:58 PM)
I think Jones is sticking with Notre Dame - they do have some solid secondary help (which is needed) coming in led by Devon Carrington out of Arizona.
Craig Haubert (3:59 PM)
GOODWIN UPDATE - He now looks to be re-committed to the Auburn Tigers.
Do you see the NCAA investigation into Tennessee's recruiting affecting this years class?
Craig Haubert (4:02 PM)
Information is still coming in - so I don't want to comment too much, but at this point I doubt it will have a big negative impact on the Vol's class.
Craig Haubert (4:03 PM)
Thanks to all for stopping by! Great questions, but have to run. Take care!!!