Michigan has been essentially under the thumb of Ohio State and Jim Tressel for the tenure of his 9-1 record against the Wolverines. Frankly, so has the rest of the Big Ten. With Tressel’s resignation and the NCAA allegations surrounding the Buckeye program, there was bound to be some shift in power. Initially though, Ohio State’s nine commitments – all from within the home state – remained firm. Not anymore.
Top100 offensive tackle, Kyle Kalis, one of Ohio State’s best and most solid commitments decommitted this week. Our guess as to where he ends up now? Michigan. There are also rumors swirling that four-star running back Brionte Dunn may be wavering.
Conversely, Michigan is one of the hottest teams in the country on the recruiting front. Among Brady Hoke’s 16 2012 commitments, nine are rated as four-star prospects by 247Sports. The Wolverines have also secured a commitment from one of the top 2013 signal callers in the country in Shane Morris.
If Kyle Kalis were to commit to Michigan along with another Michigan lean out of Ohio in Top100 DE Chris Wormley, Michigan could find itself taking some big steps towards knocking the Buckeyes off their perch atop the Big Ten.
2. James Franklin’s first full season at the helm will produce Vanderbilt’s top recruiting class of the modern era.
As first reported on The Blue Board on Wednesday, Vanderbilt could be in for a very big Friday next week. Sources have now indicated that the state’s top prospect, Brian Kimbrow along with three-star DE Caleb Azubike and three-star WR Cory Batey are all set to announce their college commitments next Friday. All signs are pointing towards the three prospects picking the Commodores.
With eight commitments already in place, all five that have been evaluated are rated three-stars or better. Seven of those eight hail from the state of Georgia. Recent commit Josh Dawson chose the Commodores over his home-state program of Georgia as well as other national powers like Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.
Now, assuming Kimbrow, Azubike and Batey do indeed select Vanderbilt next Friday as many expect, Vanderbilt would get a momentum push unlike any it has ever seen in recruiting.
Brian Kimbrow and James Franklin may be ushering Vanderbilt into unchartered territory.
James Franklin is acing the recruiting portion of his SEC entrance exams but recruiting is the easy part, particularly in the pre-season. Once SEC play begins, the test really begins.
3. Lorenzo Phillips and LSU aren’t done yet
One of the top prospects in Louisiana, four-star linebacker Lorenzo Phillips has shunned an LSU offer and committed to Florida after previously being committed to Texas A&M earlier in the process. LSU is still recruiting Phillips and still wants his commitment. For that reason alone, this recruitment is far from over.
Occasionally highly rated Louisiana prospects will flee LSU’s backyard to rival programs but rarely does it happen with prospects that LSU really wants. In the past two years, lightning struck twice with players that LSU wanted – Trovon Reed and Greg Robinson, both to Auburn – at a very LSU friendly program – Thibodaux High School.
Once again, Phillips is at the pro-LSU Patterson High School and is resisting an LSU commitment but come signing day, I don’t think lightning strikes a third time.
4. Wisconsin has the best recruiting class that nobody is talking about.
When you hear debate about the top recruiting classes in the country, the usual suspects of Alabama, Texas, Florida State, LSU, USC and Auburn get thrown around but you rarely hear Wisconsin’s name mentioned. You should.
Granted, the Badgers only have six verbal commitments, but they are sure making each one count. Wisconsin’s first five commitments were all four-star prospects and their most recent commitment, Hugs Etienne, could be a major steal out of south Florida.
5. Cameron Broadnax will emerge as the top wide receiver in Alabama.
‘The top receiver in Alabama’ may not be a label that can hold Cameron Broadnax. He may be better than that.
Broadnax’s recruitment has been slow. He had to sit out his junior season due to transfer rules. This spring, he has made up for lost time though. His five-star quarterback Jameis Winston has been attracting loads of attention and college coaches have found plenty to like at the receiver position as well.
Broadnax’s real coming out party may have been this weekend at North Carolina’s camp. Jon Leggett of CarolinaBlue reported that Broadnax ran a 4.52 at 6-3 and totally dominated the event.
One way or another, Broadnax is about to start getting noticed.
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