Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Recruiting rankings

Where does everyone think the recruiting final ranking will look like in two weeks? Just by

1. Alabama
2. Texas
3. Auburn
4. FSU
5. LSU
6. USC
7. OU
8. OSU
9. Oregon
10. Clemson

List of current top classes:

-I'm just guessing based off of how many slots are left plus who are their remaining targets. Obviously schools like Clemson would move up big time if they got a guy like Clowney, who would contribute bit time to overall points.
-Auburn is my biggest question. It'll depend on how they finish with the big Georgia prospects (Wright, Drew, Crowell). Getting Quan Bray away from UGA was a big win. The BCS title could bolster them enough down the stretch to really finish strong.
-Apparently no one told the USC recruits about the NCAA issues. Lane Kiffin, for all his flaws, is a heck of a recruiter.
-Fisher is going to be a force for a while if he continues to recruit at this pace over the next two or three years. I will say that I think Al Golden will lock down the greater Miami area talent to a much greater degree than Shannon ever did.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Early declarations list for the 2011 NFL draft

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

Running Back
John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
Darren Evans, RB, Virginia Tech
Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh
Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
Jordan Todman, RB, UConn
Shane Vereen, RB, California
Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
Henry Hynoski, FB, Pittsburgh

Wide Receiver
Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsubrgh
DeAndre Brown, WR, Southern Miss
Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana
AJ Green, WR, Georgia
Tori Gurley, WR, South Carolina
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn

Tight End
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

Offensive Line
Nick Claytor, OT, Georgia Tech
Tyron Smith, OT, USC

Defensive Line
Daquan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Zane Parr, DE, Virginia
Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
Marcell Dareus, DL, Alabama
Lawrence Guy, DL, Arizona State
Corey Liuget, DL, Illinois
Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah
Muhammed Wilkerson, DT, Temple
Jerrell Powe, NT Ole Miss

Akeem Ayers, DE/OLB, UCLA
Thomas Keiser, DE/OLB, Stanford
Martez Wilson, MLB, Illinois
Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia

Defensive Back
Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Will Hill, FS, Florida
Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
Robert Sands, S, West Virginia
Tyler Sash, S, Iowa
Jarrard Tarrant, S, Georgia Tech
Kenny Tate, S, Maryland

Quick notes:
-Of the draft eligible QBs, I'm interested to see what will be the largest factor in the draft order. Ryan Mallett and Cameron Newton both will have lengthy interview processes, but they both have tremendous upside. Newton, if properly coached in the right system, could flourish because of his athletic ability. Don't write him off as Jamarcus Russell's or Vince Young's clone yet.
-I think Mark Ingram and John Clay will have a battle to be the top RB taken.
-Prince Amukamara will have his hands full if he wants to fend off Patrick Peterson from being the top DB taken.

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Figuring out the controls.