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Ohio State head oach Jim Tressel
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Posted Jan 30, 2011


How much is Auburn’s national championship changing Alabama’s recruiting? Has the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten had any impact on Ohio State? Has West Virginia recruiting picked up with the addition of Dana Holgorsen? These questions and a lot more in Part Four of the key questions and insider answers for the 2011 recruiting season.


Recruiting 2011 - Key Questions

The Inside Info - Part Four

 
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: How much is Auburn’s national championship changing Alabama’s recruiting? Do the Bama coaches see the Tigers as a yearly threat now, or was it a one shot, thanks-to-Cam Newton thing?

A: I have never heard an Alabama coach concerned about Auburn as a recruiting rival. Alabama knows that Auburn is going to get some good players, including some who have grown up Auburn fans. All things being equal, Alabama believes that facilities, coaching, television, academics, tradition, and national recognition will always tip the scales in favor of the state university. – From Kirk McNair, BamaMag.com

Q: Is Ball State's new coaching staff able to make any head way early on? What is the most glaring need?

A: It's been a bit of a tough road for the new staff. They lost a handful of verbal commitments to other schools notably Collin Perchinske, Ben McCord and Andrew Ness - all of whom are moving to other MAC schools. On the bright side, they have been able to haul in a group of solid recruits including massive OT Jalen Schlachter (the former Indiana recruit), bruising RB Jahwan Edwards and Nick Miles, an under-the-radar DE from North Carolina. The new staff has definitely brought in a southern flavor to recruiting as 3 of the 5 verbals for Coach Lembo's staff have come from North Carolina.

As for the major weakness, I would say defensive end, the Cardinals lost top DE Robert Eddins and are thin at that spot on the roster with only Andrew Puthoff and Matt Mosely as major contributors returning. They have added Miles, but need to get more help. – Andrew Thorpe, BallStateInsider.com
 
Q: Has the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten had any impact on Ohio State? Did beating Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl and finally getting over that hump make a difference?


A: 1. If adding Nebraska will have an effect on Ohio State’s recruiting, the soonest it will happen is next season. Although it will begin play in the Big Ten this fall, it does not seem that the significance of that fact has resonated with recruits in the class of 2011. Not a single one of OSU’s verbal commitments had the Cornhuskers among their finalists and vice versa. For Nebraska to start impacting OSU’s recruiting efforts, Bo Pelini will have to start strengthening his Ohio ties and luring some of the state’s talent away from Jim Tressel – a very tall order given how things currently stand in the conference.

2. Although it has done a lot for Ohio State from a national perspective, the win against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl has not really galvanized recruits to the Buckeyes like many might expect. More often than not, the outcome of a single game has little to do with why any given recruit picks a school. If you think back to OSU’s debacle against Florida in the national championship game a few seasons ago, there were no recruits who suddenly dropped the Buckeyes from consideration because of the loss. Rather, kids typically pick schools based on their overall comfort level with the program.

3. The Buckeyes had to focus on a few key things for this recruiting class. With a graduating class of more than 20 seniors, nearly every position will have to replace at least one starter when next season begins. As a result, the class had to address a number of areas while not getting too loaded at one particular spot. There are potential impact players at every position in what might go down as the most balanced class in Jim Tressel’s tenure in Columbus to date. - From Adam Jardy, Buckeyesports.com

Q: Has West Virginia recruiting picked up with the addition of Dana Holgorsen, or is the coaching situation an issue for recruits?

Like any coaching transition, a new staff will always bring some changes to a recruiting class. However, there are a couple of factors that have made the switch at West Virginia less damaging than it has been at other schools.

First is the fact that the entire staff didn't depart and that head coach Bill Stewart, while admittedly entering into lame duck status in his final year at West Virginia, is still on the job. Thus, he's been able to help introduce Holgorsen, Bill Bedenbaugh, Robert Gillespie and Shannon Dawson to West Virginia's existing recruits and ease some of the fears that always follow a coaching change.

Second is that the defensive staff, which remains intact, has provided a stable base for WVU's recruiting efforts as the new coaches came on board and got up to speed.

Third is the excitement generated by Holgorsen's offensive success, which was instrumental in generating some excitement for the Mountaineer program. While most top tier players have already committed, the new coaches have been able to pick up quarterback Paul Millard, running backs Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison, and offensive linemen Russell-Haughton James and Brandon Jackson in the space of just one week.

With those factors in play, WVU has lost just one player so far that can be directly attributable to the coaching change. While losing any recruit isn't good, that's probably about as good as any school that turns over nearly half its staff could hope for.

West Virginia's main remaining priorities are along the lines on both sides of the ball. Due to injuries and transfers, the Mountaineers are very short in numbers on the offensive line, and will need to have at least five, and probably six, players at those positions in this year's class. WVU also lost two outstanding defensive linemen to graduation in the form of Chris Neild and Scooter Berry, and must find players that can develop into starters over the next year or two. – From Kevin Kinder, BlueGoldNews.com

Q: Is there more of a buzz now at Louisville recruiting-wise, especially for defensive players, after the rebound year? Is there a concern among recruits that Charlie Strong might be using UofL as a stepping stone?

A: Charlie Strong has elevated the bar on the recruiting front in his first year at Louisville. Strong landed a marquee commitment in U.S. Army All-American quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and has commitments from two other ESPNU 150 players in safety Gerod Holliman and wide receiver Eli Rogers.

Strong's main objective after leading Louisville to a surprising bowl win this season was to upgrade talent within the Cardinals program. Mission Accomplished. Louisville has the best recruiting class in the Big East, and a group that could finish in the Top 25 nationally if the Cards finish strong before National Signing Day. – From Mike Hughes, InsideTheVille.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