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Insider Recruiting Q&A - Auburn, Mary. & More
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 30, 2011


Is Auburn going after more top JUCO players, trying to get another Cam Newton and Nick Fairley? What is Randy Edsall changing right away at Maryland? Is Dennis Erickson’s hot seat status at Arizona State affecting recruiting? These questions and a lot more in Part Three of the key questions and insider answers for the 2011 recruiting season.


Recruiting 2011 - Key Questions

The Inside Info - Part Three

 
What's happening this recruiting season? Several Scout publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. 

- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 1. How is Will Muschamp doing at Florida?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 2. Is Kelly getting the job done at ND?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 3. Is Auburn going after another Cam?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 4. Ohio St, Bama, and their new threats
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 5. Is Oklahoma still getting the top QBs?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 6. Who is Oregon going after?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 7. The Big 10 and Nebraska.

- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200

Q: Considering how the Auburn coaching staff hit the jackpot with Cam Newton and Nick Fairley, is there going to be even more of an emphasis on hitting the JUCO ranks? What’s the main recruiting focus coming off the national championship?


A: Gene Chizik doesn't put a lot of emphasis on recruiting in the junior college ranks because there is so much high school talent in this part of the country , but you’re obviously right about hitting the jackpot with Fairley and Newton.

Fairley was a re-signee who Tommy Tuberville's staff originally signed out of Williamson High School in Mobile. He was expected to be an academic qualifier, but just missed and spent two years at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi before re-signing with the new Auburn staff when Chizik took over in December of 2008.

Newton had been interested while in high school after he camped at Auburn, but the Tigers passed on him as a prospect after showing initial interest. Chizik's staff discovered him when scouting a wide receiver on Newton's team at Blinn Junior College and decided to offer the quarterback a scholarship after Tyrik Rollison, a high school All-American freshman from Texas, decided to quit the Auburn team after his initial college semester.

This year the Tigers looked at several JUCO guys with the most emphasis on big John Jenkins, a defensive tackle. If the Tigers don't sign Jenkins, don't look for them to have any junior college players in the 2011 signee class. – Mark Murphy, AUTigers.com

Q: Danny Hope hasn’t had any luck injury-wise, but is he getting any breaks in recruiting? Does he have the same concerns with recruiting that Joe Tiller complained about?

A: Purdue has still done well going out of state, particularly in Texas and Florida, which is nothing new, but they've also done very well in Pennsylvania. Hope picked up a commitment from four-star tight end/defensive end Robert Kugler, who's going to be an impact player. I think their other key pick-up was Russell Bellomy, a quarterback, who schools like Michigan are moving in on. I think being able to keep him and the other guys committed until Signing Day would be a big key for finishing out the class. – From Allen Trieu, Scout.com Midwest Recruiting Manager

Q: Is the new Temple coaching staff able to keep the Philly players at home like Al Golden did?

A: Only time will tell if Coach Steve Addazio will be able to recruit as effectively as Golden did in the Philadelphia area. But it helps a lot that Addazio recruited Philly and the Northeast Corridor while at Florida. Much of Golden's recruiting success was built on a popular series of one-day camps, and Addazio has indicated that he plans to continue that format. Notably, though, Addazio's first few staff hires don't have the same kind of Northeast connections that Golden's staff had.

As for this recruiting season, Job One has been holding on to the dozen-plus verbal commitments that Golden accumulated. And that job appears to be successful, though Golden convinced prep school tight end Olsen Pierre to join him at Miami. The Owls have fewer than 20 scholarships to hand out this recruiting season, and most of those spots were filled before Addazio arrived. So he has spent much of his first month on the job selling himself to recruits who've already been sold on Temple. – From Shawn Pastor, OwlsDaily.com

Q: What is Randy Edsall changing right away at Maryland? How are things different from the Ralph Friedgen era?

A: There are a number of changes Edsall is implementing with the Terps, starting with the team's persona off the field. After speaking with a number of Maryland recruits and meeting with Coach Edsall, the attitude around the program is one of pride, focused on winning consistently and a team that is on the rise.

We have all seen what Ralph Friedgen did during his time with the team -- a .500 record or so and earning a spot in a mediocre bowl game. With Coach Edsall, recruits are excited about the possibility about being coached by someone who recently took Connecticut to the Fiesta Bowl to play a top-tier team in Oklahoma. That is the excitement that has been lacking the Maryland program is recent years. Edsall's determination to make Maryland a force year in and year out in the Atlantic Coast Conference and a contender for the national championship is becoming more and more attractive to the players, recruits and the fan base.

Since the Terps are considered a notch below programs like Virginia Tech, Miami and Florida State in the ACC, and rightfully so given their records and post-season success over the past few years, the prospect of playing for the Terps, a team on the rise, is an enticing opportunity. With quarterback Danny O'Brien, considered the quarterback in place to lead the team for the next few seasons, and a proven winner in Coach Edsall, the chance of creating new traditions and becoming a part of a history is second to none.

Edsall is a defensive-minded coach with a traditional mindset. No, he is "run the ball and stop the run" approach is not nearly as exhilarating to watch as Mike Leach's "Air Raid" attack, but it is the formula for winning football games. Look for Edsall to continue to recruit solid defensive players, and let up-and-coming coaches like Lee Hull find the right offensive pieces. Having former LSU coordinator Gary Crowton, who is expected to assume the same role with Maryland, will also help. - Sam Spiegelman, TurtleSportsReport.com

Q: Is Dennis Erickson’s hot seat status at Arizona State affecting recruiting? Considering he has to win this year, what is Erickson doing to be better for right now?

A: I have no doubt that schools competing for the same recruits as Arizona State have been using the "hot seat" line and it's fair to assume that it did hurt ASU mainly with some in-state recruits. Luckily for the Sun Devils, their recruiting class this year was going to be small anyways, probably no more than 17-18 players, and the staff is in position to close strong on some quality recruits and even some from its own backyard. Therefore, it appears that the negative recruiting placed towards Arizona State didn't do irreparable damage.

If there is such a thing as being an impressive 6-6 team, ASU surely fits that bill. Four if its losses were by four points or less and during the season it went toe to toe with teams such Oregon, Stanford and Wisconsin. Even though its passing offense had its fair share of miscues it still ranked 14th in the country at the end of the regular season, a dramatic improvement over 2009 and much in part to the hiring of first-year offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. Its defense has been a solid unit in the last few years and in 2010 proved its prowess once again keeping high powered offenses such as Stanford and Wisconsin to under 21 points.

Arizona State’s overall performance last season, 19 returning starters on both sides of the ball, and the abundance of experienced players on the roster are the main reasons why many college football publications are ranking Arizona State top 25 in various pre-season rankings. – From Hod Rabino, Publisher, DevilsDigest.com

- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 1. How is Will Muschamp doing at Florida?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 2. Is Kelly getting the job done at ND?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 3. Is Auburn going after another Cam?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 4. Ohio St, Bama, and their new threats
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 5. Is Oklahoma still getting the top QBs?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 6. Who is Oregon going after?
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Part 7. The Big 10 and Nebraska.

- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions

CFN Top Prospects for 2011
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 
- 2009 CFN Top 150 | 2010 CFN Top 200