How will the new landscape of college football impact recruiting? It is a bit early to tell for sure, but of course the biggest boost will be for Utah. Utah has done a good job of getting solid pipelines in California, and in Texas. The fight in California between Colorado and Utah should start to develop, while potentially Colorado may lose some steam in Texas. Since the rest of the PAC-10 (12) depends heavily on California for football prospects one would assume the intensity will heat up even more.
If Utah and Colorado do pick off a few more recruits in California, then likely other schools will have to move to look elsewhere to pick up a few commitments. I have noticed already this year Washington State offering prospects in the Orlando, Florida area. Following the path of Colorado State the last two years, WSU is trying to build back up a program at the bottom of their conference. WSU does not have any current Florida players on their roster, but according to Scout.com the Cougars have offered eight Florida prospects so far. If anyone should be considered about being competitive in the new PAC-12, WSU is going to feel the heat possibly increase. Boise State’s move to the MWC may produce a few better commitments for them, but they have already done a really good job of recruiting. BSU will continue to do well in Idaho, Montana, and parts of Washington.
Will BSU now move more into Texas? They have done some recruiting in Texas, but with TCU on the schedule now they may make more of a move into Dallas/Fort Worth. Utah has also done a decent job of getting a few Hawaiians, and again they should only be helped more by the move. Oregon State probably won’t welcome the competition as they have always picked up a few good prospects in Hawaii. The Beavers currently have 13 Hawaiian players on their roster. Colorado may also may more of an attempt to land some Hawaii/Samoan prospects.
Nebraska might have picked a good time to move to the Big 10, and could create new interest among prospects for a program that has not been at the levels of success they have enjoyed historically. The Huskers may try to cherry pick a few of the top prospects from Detroit and Chicago that they may have had a tougher time engaging in the past. Hard to say what prospects from the likes of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri will be thinking.
For the Rams it is hard to see anything really changing as far as recruiting. Perhaps CSU will be going up against Boise State a bit more in Texas, but success in the next couple of years is paramount to selling prospects wherever they are from. What about prep players in the state of Colorado? It’s no secret that CU and CSU have both fallen short in keep top prospects from leaving. CU may have a new selling point, but at the same time, perhaps Stanford gets even more help in picking up Colorado recruits. Brendon Austin the top rated prep prospect from Parker, Colo. has already committed to Stanford for 2011. Stanford signed two Colorado prep players in last year’s class. Cal-Berkley, UCLA, and Arizona State also signed prep players last year from Colorado. Arizona State will probably continue to go after a few of the top prospects. Washington and Oregon may become more active in Colorado recruiting in the future making things tougher for both the Rams and Buffs.
In other recruiting news, CSU has offered Javante Berry Highlights a 6’0”/220lb middle linebacker from Mount Dora, Florida.
The Rams have also returned to Thousand Oaks, Calif. to offer receiver Richard Mullaney 6’3”/185lb. Thousand Oaks produced CSU great and current Houston Texan David Anderson. Mullaney came within three catches of tying Anderson’s school single season reception record as a junior.
For anyone interested in reading up regarding NCAA scholarship revocation might want to check out this article from the AP which quotes former CSU kicker Durrell Chamorro and head coach Sonny Lubick. Revoked scholarships surprise college athletes
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