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20 Big Recruiting Questions - No. 13 to 16
Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani
Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani
Posted Feb 2, 2009

What's happening this recruiting season? Has Florida's success hurt LSU? Did Arizona State's dip cause a problem? Is TCU getting better recruits? Did the BC coaching fiasco matter? Check out CFN's Big 20 Questions for the 2009 Recruiting Season.

Recruiting 2009 - The 20 Big Questions

No. 13 to 16 - What's happening with LSU, Arizona State, TCU and Boston College?

The 20 Big Questions of the Recruiting Season
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16. Q: How much has Florida’s success and the emergence of Alabama hurt LSU’s recruiting efforts? What’s the biggest area of need for LSU to hit this recruiting season?

A: From Sonny Shipp.

The recent success of Florida and Alabama hasn't had any effect on LSU's class mainly because LSU has done such a good job in Texas. LSU has only one commitment from Alabama and Florida combined but they've made up for that by nabbing two of the top prospects in Georgia in Kevin Minter and Drayton Calhoun. Safety and Defensive line is the biggest area of need along with receiver.

15. Q: Did last year’s dip at Arizona State hurt the recruiting for this year? What’s the focus for Dennis Erickson going forward?

A: From Hod Rabino, Publisher,

Almost every team that finishes 5-7 will take some kind of hit when it comes to recruiting, and Arizona State is no exception. However, even though it's a class that on paper doesn't have a lofty star ranking, it still features several solid prospects at areas of need. It already got a commitment from five-star prospect DT Corey Adams and is expected to land another five-star prospect in LB Vontaze Burfict, so this class is far from being a bust. This class added a lot of quality on defense, and I expect next year's class to go heavy on offense, especially at OL and RB.

14. Q: Because of the recent success, how many players are coming to TCU who would normally look at a Big 12 school? What's the biggest area of need for TCU to hit this recruiting season?

A: From Gordon Reese, Assistant Publisher,

The TCU Horned Frogs are really starting to reap the benefits of head coach Gary Patterson's labor.  Five 10-win campaigns in the last seven years is nothing to sneeze at.  Neither is finishing the 2008 season ranked 7th in the AP, despite two losses.  But the biggest difference in the TCU program may be the amount of talent making its way to Fort Worth for 2009 and beyond.

Many Horned Frog fans and media in Fort Worth are calling the TCU recruiting class for 2009 the best in the last 30 years, if not the greatest of all time.  Whichever it is, the Frogs are winning recruiting battles over many Big 12 and SEC schools. With ex-Brownwood High School gunslinger Casey Pachall, the Frogs have a future field general that comes to TCU ranked as the highest quarterback in years.  In deciding on the Frogs, Pachall turned down Big 12 schools such as Baylor, Iowa State and Nebraska. He also turned offers from Notre Dame and Florida.  

Running back is another position where the Frogs may have hit a homerun. Heck, they might have gone back-to-back, to use a baseball term, at this position.  At 5'9,203 pounds, some scouts have called ex –Sherman running back Waymon James too short.  But when you have 4.4 speed and score 30 touchdowns in a season like James did this past season, there are going to be a lot of schools that will be willing to give a scholarship to such a "short" back. Those that offered  James include Texas Tech, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.  On Dec. 14, Chapel Hill running back Matthew Tucker also gave his verbal commitment to the Frogs.  Tucker was named the 2008 3A Offensive Player of the Year and held offers from Big 12 North programs Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.

But anybody who has followed TCU during the Patterson era knows that the team's bread- and butter is slapping their opponent silly with a tenacious defense. In order for the Frogs to continue to dominate on defense, they needed to recruit great players for the linebacker position. For the incoming class, TCU received commitments from three-time all-state linebacker Tanner Brock from Copperas Cove, TX as well as Justin Isadore, an all-state linebacker from Beaumont Ozen. Brock, now enrolled at TCU, had offers from four Big 12 schools, including Oklahoma. 

With 18 verbal commitments for 2009 , the future is bright for TCU. The Frogs are competing and winning recruiting battles for great Texas players with the Big 12.  11 of the 18 players with verbal commitments to the Frogs hold offers from a variety of Big 12 schools, with the exception of the University of Texas. 

The Frogs have come a long way in the last 10 years, when many of their recruits were not being sought after by any Big 12 programs.

13. Q: How much did the Jeff Jagodzinski fiasco hurt Boston College’s recruiting?

A: From Bill Plaidman,

The change in coaching has had little impact on recruiting. On the one hand, the new coach had to scramble to shore-up the current commits. On the other hand, his energy help close some kids who were wavering even before the change. Overall, Frank Spaziani brought much needed energy to the effort and is proving to be a very good closer. In the long run, he will be an upgrade on the recruiting front over the previous coach.