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BuzzMaster (2:51 PM)
Hey guys. ESPN Recruiting's Gerry Hamilton should be online in a few minutes, so keep those football recruiting questions coming.
What are the big name recruits Texas is looking towards in 2011
Gerry Hamilton (3:03 PM)
Hi Randy. That's a good question.
Gerry Hamilton (3:16 PM)
In the 2011 class, Texas has their first junior day February 13. That will be the first round of offers for the 2011 prospects. The position that jump out the most as far as needs are offensive tackle and corner. The top offensive tackle the Longhorns are after is Christian Westerman (Chandler, Arizona/Hamilton High) and he will be in Austin this weekend. Westerman was on campus for a week last summer and Texas is at or near the top of his list. He is one of the top tackles in the country in the class and has offers from coast-to-coast. Texas, Florida, Notre Dame, Arizona State, LSU, Alabama, Michigan and possibly USC. Westerman isn't expected to commit any time soon.Texas is in need of two or three tackles and the same number of corners.The top corners Texas is after are Leroy Scott (Houston, Texas/SouthHouston) and safety/corner Sheroid Evans (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles). Texas could grab commitments from both this weekend.
Nate (South bend)
Any chance Seantrel henderson doesn't sign with USC?
Why did the buckeyes do so badly on signing day?
Gerry Hamilton (3:27 PM)
That's a tough question. I've always felt recruiting is all about momentum and Ohio State didn't capture it to close strong. I didn't think they were in a recruiting battle late (on a national level) they were a lock to get a player with the understanding that Jordan Hicks wasn't really an Ohio kid, but grew up in the Southeast. Ohio State is a pretty young team on offense and I really believe that it was tough for some kids to see the opportunity to walk in and play a lot as a true freshman, which is part of the instant gratification of today. I'm not sure there is one thing to point towards, but the main one for me is that I didn't look at one of the top national guys and think Ohio State was a lock. I do think had Ohio State snagged Sharrif Floyd that would have given them a momentum boost headed into the final weeks leading up to signing day.
Hi guys, USC is scaring me a little bit and i think I may back out. Will I end up at OSU or MIAMI?
Gerry Hamilton (3:30 PM)
I don't think it's a lock Henderson signs with USC. There was obviously enough question in the families mind not to ink on signing day and that really opens the door up for second thoughts and more information gathering. Ohio State and Miami still believe they have a chance to steal away the top offensive line prospect in the class.
With FSU having commits from 4 ESPN150 already for next year could Jimbo be building this team back to the dominence they were in the 1990's? Heck of a start for a coach without much time to prepare.
Gerry Hamilton (3:37 PM)
I think it's a little too early to talk getting back to where FSU was, which was as dominant of a program over a long run as there has been. The first key is to get the talent level back and you are correct that they are doing a great job in that regard. I think it will take two or three classes similar to the one just signed to return the talent level to the upper tier of college football. The talent meshing together and believing they can walk out onto the field and beat anyone and everyone again (along with the opponent knowing that FSU is back) will be the key to truly returning to the dominant days.
Are there any lesser known programs that already look strong for 2011.
Gerry Hamilton (3:43 PM)
Not sure about lesser know programs, but Arkansas, Kentucky and Minnesota have gained ESPNU 150 Watch List commitments already. The Razorbacks have a quality quarterback and jumbo athlete committed.
Do you think Schiano can keep most of the talent home in what looks like a loaded 2011 NJ class?
Gerry Hamilton (3:47 PM)
Great question and do think he can keep his share, but I don't think Rutgers will ever get every or the majority of the blue's on a yearly basis. They inked, what I believe, is a very solid class this year. With Savage, a future NFL QB for me, I think Rutgers has a chance to recruit really well at the skill positions on offense in the 2011 class. I believe he can be a selling point.
Hawkins hasnt done much with Colorado since he has been here and he didnt recruit well this last time either...any chance of him sticking around and do you ever think Colorado can become a big time football program again...thanks
Gerry Hamilton (3:52 PM)
That's another great question. Colorado appears to be making more of a push in Texas earlier right now. That is a start because Colorado has to recruit Southern California, Texas and Louisiana well to get the talent level back. That doesn't even mean they have to snag the top prospects because that will be tough in California with Kiffin at USC and UCLA on the rise along with Texas and Oklahoma being tough to beat, but those are talent rich states that can be evaluated thoroughly with the results being fruitful. Colorado needs to get back in those states with more punch.
What impact do you see Keenan Allen, Gabe King, Cecil Whiteside and Chris Martin having on Cal this year?
Gerry Hamilton (3:59 PM)
I'll be very surprised if Keenan Allen is an All-Pac-10 type of freshman. He has a chance to be special. He can contribute not only at safety (talented enough to get a look at corner), but also make his mark on special teams. I'll also be surprised if Whiteside doesn't have the opportunity to make an impact at linebacker after learning the system. Martin will be interesting because so much is dependent on where his body goes. Obviously in the 3-4 having lost two starters, the opportunity is there on the inside and outside for younger guys.
Where do you think Teddy Bridgewater will end up next year?
Gerry Hamilton (4:04 PM)
When I was down for the Central-Northwestern game, I had the chance to speak with him. He really seemed to like Georgia and that would be a huge offer for him to receive. The interesting part to his recruitment is if every program offers as a quarterback or do some offer as an athlete. The programs that recruit him at quarterback and where he can see himself having the chance to get on the field early will win out. I don't think he is locked in to staying in the Sunshine state, but it will be tough to get him out at the end of the day.
Gerry Hamilton (4:09 PM)
Thanks for the time and questions guys. If anybody didn't get a question answered, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll do my very best to answer them. Have a great day.