Insider Recruiting Q&A - Bama, Oregon, Miami
Oregon recruit Arik Armstead
Oregon recruit Arik Armstead
Posted Jan 28, 2012

1) What's the biggest recruiting need the coaching staff has to address and 2) what would make this a successful recruiting season?

Recruiting 2012 - 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 2012 - The Key Questions, OU, Ohio St, Utah, Texas Tech, & more
- Recruiting 2012 - The Key Questions, Texas, Washington, Oregon, State, & more
- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions, Alabama, Oregon, Boise State, & more

- Recruiting 2011 - The Key Questions
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions

CFN Top Prospects for 2012
- 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 | 2011 CFN Top 300 

Q: 1) What's the biggest recruiting need the coaching staff has to address and 2) what would make this a successful recruiting season?


1) Going into recruiting season, there were needs all over the place. Al Golden was left with a fairly depleted roster by former coach Randy Shannon and the departure of several juniors after the season certainly didn't help matters.

On offense, the Canes return just four scholarship receivers and so that was a major need. The Canes did an excellent job of filling that need by landing commitments from six wide receiver prospects.

On defense, the biggest need was at cornerback where the Canes return just four players. Again, Miami did a very good job addressing that need by securing commitments from five cornerback prospects. A few others are still in the mix, too.

2) Nine players enrolled early for the spring semester. That was a huge accomplishment, especially since seven can count back to finish out the 2011 class. It's funny, in NFL Draft terms, the elite guys go first.

In college, the elite kids often go last. Miami has a commitment from one five star (RB Duke Johnson) already. He's been the longest committed player. However, the Canes are still in the mix for four more down the stretch. Getting any of them (OT Avery Young, DT Eddie Goldman, OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons, and CB Tracy Howard) would be a coup for the Canes and would simply add the finishing touches to an already good class in Al Golden's second year. – Mike Bakas,


1) Oregon coaches biggest challenge is taking advantage of three straight conference championships, three straight BCS Bowl games and a Rose Bowl win and landing players who are willing to play at the pace and tempo Oregon operates at in practice and games.

Oregon already has solutions for Darron Thomas and LaMichael James, so the incoming players must provide depth.

The new recruits must buy into Chip Kelly's philosophy of winning the day. Kelly has sculpted a team that prides itself in execution so new comers must buy into the notion on intense practice session where repetition is key. Position-wise, the Ducks would like to add another quality quarterback, running back, two offensive linemen a tight end and a wide receiver. Defensively, Oregon lost two defensive ends two linebackers, a corner back and safety.

The Ducks are in the enviable position of restocking the shelves. It will be difficult for a new recruit to see playing time next season but De'Anthony Thomas proved that true freshman can come into Chip Kelly's system and have immediate success. Of course not everyone is a De'Anthony Thomas.

2) What would make this a successful recruiting season? Signing the current verbals would, but also getting the top players in the country like they did last year with Thomas. Since Oregon is a finalist for such talent as Arik Armstead, Shaq Thompson, Kyle Murphy and Thomas Johnson, the Ducks are in excellent shape to do so. – Stephen Summers, eDuck,com


Alabama's losses in the secondary include first team All-America safety Mark Barron, first team All-America cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, first team All-America cornerback DeQuan Menzie, and back-up cornerback Phelon Jones.

Alabama has addressed those needs by having commitments from:

• junior college cornerback Travell Dixon (6-2, 200, 4.46) from Eastern Arizona CC, a four-star junior college transfer who entered Alabama for the spring semester.

• junior college cornerback Deion Belue (6-0, 170) from Northeast Mississippi CC, a three-star junior college transfer who entered Alabama for the spring semester

• Landon Collins (6-0, 203) from Dutchtown HS in Geismar, La., a five-star safety ranked second in the nation at his position

• Geno Smith (6-0, 165) of St. Pius X Catholic HS in Atlanta, a four-star cornerback ranked eighth in the nation at his position

• Eddie Williams, 6-4, 205) of Arnold HS in Panama City Beach, Fla., a four-star safety ranked third in the nation at his position. - Kirk McNair,


1) Filling in the gaps of a poor 2009 class on the defensive side of the football. The Cajuns are losing 15 seniors in the 2 deep on the defensive side of the ball, DL, LB and Safety are priorities.

2) It will be a successful recruiting class for UL if it can add immediate help at DE, LB and safety. Adding depth to the offensive line is a must, as well. – B.J. Thompson, Louisiana-Lafayette


1. The Golden Bears have had anything but sparkling quarterback play since Aaron Rodgers left in 2004, so the addition of Elite 11 signal-caller Zach Kline is enormous. More importantly, he is already on campus and can participate in spring practice. While Zach Maynard will start as a senior next year, starting in 2013 Kline will be the difference between Cal returning to the top of the Pac-12 or looking for Jeff Tedford's replacement.

2. Cal had the makings of a top 12-15 signing class before the loss of defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi and wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau to Washington. The Bears already lost one commitment while other players are looking at other options, but hanging on to Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco wide receiver Bryce Treggs and landing Sacramento (Calif.) Grant safety Shaq Thompson would show Tedford was able to regroup. – Dan Greenspan,

Louisiana Tech

With four starting offensive lineman (including Kevin Saia and Jordan Mills) being seniors in 2012, Louisiana Tech really needs to replenish the depth up front. To make this a successful class, Tech needs to address the needs on the O-line and secondary, but also capitalize on the momentum from the WAC championship and land a few high profile recruits. – Jason Jones, Here

Boise State

1) After what Boise State lost this off season, there's a real need for depth on all defensive spots, but in the defensive backfield there's a need for immediate help.

Both starting CB's return (one from a medical redshirt) but both are seniors. Both Safeties and backups are gone, both starting linebackers are gone and the co-starters who return will be Seniors, and all 4 starters on the DLine are gone.

There are good replacements for almost all spots on Defense (1 safety spot and 1 DE spot are totally up for grabs), but little proven depth, and safety has really no reliable starters apart from one player who ended up starting at CB as a true freshman, (Lee Hightower) who was recruited to play safety.

Of course replacing Kellen Moore is an impossibility, but there are very good candidates already in the system, and our new QB (Nick Patti from Florida), is a greenshirt so he's already on campus, so we'll have a full 4 QB's competing to replace Kellen.

What would make this class a success? First, finding a reliable kicker, which has been the most glaring weakness over the past two seasons. Apart from that, holding onto all the commits despite losing 3 Asst. Coaches. Filling those coaching spots with quality replacements - not really that big of a concern given Pete is still in Boise – but landing another good defensive lineman would be a plus. – Kevin Hitatt,