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Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 30, 2011


With the success Oklahoma has had with quarterbacks, can Bob Stoops pick and choose his top recruits? How is Tommy Tuberville doing at Texas Tech compared to Mike Leach? Is there enough of a buzz about Orange football to get recruits fired up? These questions and a lot more in Part Five of the key questions and insider answers for the 2011 recruiting season.


Recruiting 2011 - Key Questions

The Inside Info - Part Five

 
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: Is there enough of a buzz about Orange football to get recruits fired up? Is Doug Marrone doing a decent job of keeping the New York talents in-state?


A: There is a growing buzz for SU football. Attendance has gone up by close to 10K since he took over, season ticket sales are way up, there is a lot more traffic on the Syracuse scout football board, his weekly lunches with the fans are sellouts....you name it, interest is up significantly.

He did a very good job recruiting NYS this year. Hard to say exactly when dealing with recruiting but I think based on the recruiting analysts, he got 8 or 9 of the top 12 players from NYS, including the NYS player of the year and the NYC player of the year. The main focus on the recruiting season was on getting big fast WRs, a couple of QBs, some defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs and he appears to have been successful. Of course, as always with recruiting, you don't know for sure how it went for a couple of years. - Tom Holtsbery, Syracusefan.com

Q: Considering the loss of Randy Edsall, and the delay in finding a new head man before hiring Paul Pasqualoni, is Connecticut’s recruiting season a wash? Will there be an upgrade in this class for the passing game?

A: First of all, I love the hiring of Coach P. Edsall and UConn both got the most out of each other. His moving on looks to be a win-win situation for all concerned.

Edsall's best (and most recent) WR's and QB's seem to have been walk-ons and transfers. Edsall did a great job in most areas, but Coach P looks to have a considerable edge with high school coaches in the NE, and will likely have a better shot at being put on the short list for players Edsall may not have even been able to speak with.

This year? UConn may now get a second look from players who previously were not interested. If this does happen, it'll likely be because of the respect Coach P's has with the high school coaches in the NE. – Tom Emery, UConnFan.com

Q: How is Tommy Tuberville doing at Texas Tech compared to Mike Leach? Is Tuberville slowly drifting away from the high-octane passing attack with this recruiting class?

A: While there are still some revisionist Leach "deadenders" who want to knit pick everything Tuberville has done and try to have you believe TTU was challenging for a Big 12 championship and playing in BCS bowls every other year, Tuberville is doing GREAT. He fully embraces ALL that is required of a head coach. He does a tremendous job meeting and greeting. He is personable and engaging. The recruiting class he's got lined up this first full year shows that he and his assistants know the importance of recruiting and selling the university as a whole. Considering the tremendous number of injuries suffered this year, still going to a bowl ... winning it ... and finishing with an overall 8-5 record, would also seem to indicate he's a pretty nifty coach as well.

I think he's really trying to maintain the passing attack. Otherwise, he never would've brought in Neal Brown from Troy State as the OC; hired former Texas Tech QB Sonny Cumbie to coach WR or kept OL coach Matt Moore. These guys are intimately knowledgeable with the spread offense and all have a history with Leach.

Clearly, Tuberville comes from a background (SEC) where running backs and defense are kings. However, he has mentioned more than once he knows that in the Big 12 it is much more about quarterbacks and receivers. He does want a little more balanced attack but not at the expense of alienating the fan base accustomed to the excitement of before. If he manages to field an improved defense with the addition of new DC Chad Glasgow (fresh from TCU and a Rose Bowl appearance), bells will be ringing in RaiderLand.

There seems to be an emphasis on a pretty respectable stable of three 4-star running backs (Deandre Washington, Bradley Marquez and Kenny Williams). The O-line should get a couple of impact players and the D-secondary as well. It never hurts to add to the QB inventory with one who just led his HS team to a state championship ... Michael Brewer. The theme and key for Tuberville in all positions is SPEED!! If they can hold on to signing day, this promises to be one of the best recruiting classes in years and perhaps ranked as high as 13th in the nation. – From Steve Pitts, RaiderPower.com

Q: Are recruits showing interest because of the former Texas Tech-like, Sonny Dykes offense at Louisiana Tech?

A: Recruits are showing a lot of interest in the offense; quarterbacks from all over are wanting to be recruited by Tech. Coach Dykes and Coach Franklin have recently received a commitment from Nick Isham from Westlake, CA. He runs a very similar offense at his high school and had several offers to play at Division One schools.

The main focus of this class was to increase quality depth. They wanted to get players in who were qualified so they would not risk having any of them not qualify. Coach Dykes brought in a nice mix of junior college players who can compete for starting positions right away and also high school players with potential to be stars down the road. Most of the high school players had solid lists of Division One offers.

The second focus was strengthening the lines. Several key offensive and defensive line players with great size have committed to play for Coach Dykes. Jon'al White and Malcolm Pichon on the defensive line have potential to play right away. Jeremy Graffree and Oscar Johnson are two highly decorated junior college offensive linemen that can play early. – Jason Jones, HereComeTheDawgs.com

Q: With the success Oklahoma has had with quarterbacks, can Bob Stoops pick and choose his top recruits? How much do he and his staff have to hustle compared to previous years?

A: I think Oklahoma, along with other top name programs like Texas, Ohio State, USC, etc., always has an advantage in recruiting because of history and tradition along with the fact that they've been so consistently good in recent years. But coaches even at these big name universities, like Stoops, always have to hustle some to get the most suitable guys to fit their program. Now, as Stoops would tell you, they don't have to reach for these guys. But there's a difference between hustling to get guys and reaching for them. The Sooners obviously have to work to get the top players in the nation, any team does, but they don't have to reach for lesser talent just because the program has performed at such as high level in the past.

With that said, OU has had a ton of success in recent years at the quarterback position. Six different signal callers have commanded them to a Big 12 Championship in the past 11 years, with those guys being Josh Heupel, Nate Hybl, Jason White, Paul Thompson, Sam Bradford and Landry Jones. Out of those, three have played in a national championship game, pending the rest of Jones' career. Obviously, Bradford was the No. 1 draft pick last season and started for the Rams this year. Add to that quarterback prestige the fact that Heupel is now the co-offensive coordinator after serving as the quarterbacks coach and it's easy to see why great quarterbacks want to come to OU.

For the 2011 class, it's Southmoore High's Kendal Thompson and Broken Arrow High's Archie Bradley that have committed to the Sooners. And that adds to a group that also features Drew Allen and Blake Bell to go along with Jones. So, there's clearly not a lack of talent at the quarterback position, and I think that is hugely impacted by this recent success.

So far, the goal hasn’t been to go after one spot, but to bolster the positions the Sooners are already strong in, reloading so to speak. Stud wide receiver Trey Metoyer is a great addition to what figures to be one of the top receiving units in the country next season with Ryan Broyles, Trey Franks, Dejuan Miller and the rest of those guys. Star running back Brandon Williams arrives and joins Roy Finch, Brennan Clay, as well as Iowa transfer and walk on Brandon Wegher. There's clearly no lack of talent there. Guys like defensive tackle Jordan Phillips and defensive end Nathan Hughes will add depth there in the coming years. The focus has been on both sides of the ball, with nine offensive commits and eight defensive commits out of the 17 currently in the class. So, the main focus has just been on keeping the foundation set that's been built. – From Joey Helmer, FOX Sports/Scout.com/Sooners Illustrated

- 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