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Recruiting 2010 - The Insider Answers, Part 5
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 27, 2010


Is Brian Kelly having any success at Notre Dame? Has the loss of Pete Carroll mattered at USC? Is Missouri worrying about the rise of Nebraska? These questions and more in Part Five of the key questions and insider answers for the 2010 recruiting season.

Recruiting 2010 - 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 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 1 - Is Bama taking advantage?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 2 - Is Miami keeping the top players home?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 3 - Do recruits care about JoePa's future?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 4 - How is FSU doing without Bowden? 
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 6 - Did the rumors about Stoops matter at OU?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 7 - Are Urban's health issues a problem? 
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions

Q: Are recruits caring at all about the loss of Pete Carroll and the addition of Lane Kiffin? How much are potential NCAA sanctions effecting this year's USC class?

A: When the news first broke that Pete Carroll was going to leaving USC for the Seattle Seahawks, the recruiting world was quickly turned upside down. Carroll has been the top recruiter in college football since his arrival in Los Angeles, and had another stellar group of commits in the 2010 class, along with several other top prospects considering USC when he made the jump.

In the first few days after Carroll’s departure it looked like there was a chance that USC’s recruiting class could take a major hit with de-commits, but since that time the class has stayed almost entirely intact, thanks in large part to the hiring of Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron, who are widely regarded as two of the top recruiters in college football.

The hiring of Kiffin may have sparked controversy in the media, but it has been a major success in terms of stabilizing USC’s 2010 recruiting class. Most of the current commitments were also recruited by Kiffin and Orgeron at Tennessee so they are familiar with the new coaching staff. While Kiffin has kept the class solid for the most part, there have been a few uncommitted out-of-state recruits whose interest level in USC has dropped since Carroll’s departure.

As far as the possible NCAA sanctions, it’s mentioned every once in a while but I haven’t seen any evidence to indicate that it has had a major impact on USC’s recruiting efforts. ...  From Kevin Carden, SCPlaybook.com

Q: Is the Mizzou staff worrying about the rise of Nebraska, and is there anything different this recruiting season as opposed to past years (before the recent success)?

A: No. The Mizzou staff does not worry about the rise of Nebraska nor any other school. They have their own way of doing things- evaluating talent on their own timetable that has been successful for them in the past and more recently including this year. I know it is early, but the top players in the class of 2011 in-state all have Missouri listed among their top schools of interest. They seem to focus on what they do and not worry about other schools in recruiting. ... From J.P. Rock, ShowMeMizzou.com

Q: Q: Is Brian Kelly having any early success, and how is he doing compared to Charlie Weis recruiting-wise?

A:  With any coaching change it is going to be difficult for the incoming staff to have a great deal of success with the top prospects in the country, because they’re just beginning relationships while the other schools have had a relationship with these recruits for two years. I believe the first priority for a new coach is to lock down the commitments that were already committed to the school. Notre Dame lost four prospects that had been committed to Charlie Weis to date. Defensive end Chris Martin had already decommitted by the time Notre Dame named Brian Kelly as the head coach. Shortly after Kelly took over cornerback Toney Hurd decommitted, followed by running back Gio Bernard and defensive end Blake Lueders just recently. All those losses could end up hurting Notre Dame, but it is unusual for a school not to suffer a setback during a coaching transition.

Kelly has been able to hold onto the other 15 commitments, with defensive tackle Louis and offensive lineman Christian Lombard headlining that group. Kelly has added two commitments to the 2010 recruiting class, and it is possible that he could add as many as seven from a group of prospects that will be taking official visits this weekend. The three highest rated recruits that Notre Dame could grab before signing day are offensive lineman Matt James, defensive end Ego Ferguson and linebacker Christian Jones. Notre Dame is in a dead heat with Ohio State for James, while they probably are behind for the other two prospects. If Kelly can steal two of the three, I would consider the job he did a success.

Comparing where Brian Kelly is in relation to where Charlie Weis was at this time, I’d say that Kelly might be a little further along. Weis end up losing three 4-star commitments, after he took the Notre Dame job. Weis did add about four or five commitments to his first class, but had little success with the highly rated players. Kelly on the other hand has been able to stay on three highly rated recruits and could add as many as 10 recruits from the group that was there when he arrived. … From Jeff Baumhower, Senior Write and Recruiting Analyst, IrishEyes.com, Notredame.scout.com/

Q: Is June Jones recruiting players to fit his system at SMU or is he trying to get the best players possible? 

A: I don't think they there are quite yet as far as getting the top prospects. A lot of the recruiting class is made up of guys that are being projected at other positions. They have three high school quarterbacks that will play in other spots. This coaching staff has a good track record of changing things around and making those players being productive. June has talked about needing three recruiting classes to really get this program going. I would say that in 2011, is when SMU really starts to focus on certain positions in their system. .... From Josh Harvey, PonyStampede.com

Q: What’s the San Jose State recruiting pitch right now, or is the program going to try to patch holes with JUCO players as much as possible?

A: For the first time in several years, San Jose State will be able to sign a full allotment of 25 players in 2010. APR penalties handed out by the NCAA have cost the Spartans approximately 50 scholarship players since 2005. With a full deck to play with, new head coach Mike McIntyre and his staff have been cramming 12 months of recruiting into the past three weeks, and their success has exceeded their expectations.

Expect only 5-6 of the players signed to come from the junior college ranks. Already signed are defensive lineman Ja’Rodd Watson from Grossmont College and linebacker Rashad Gayden from the College of the Sequoias. The staff also received a big upgrade at quarterback when Matt Faulkner of Mt. San Antonio College gave his verbal commitment. The staff appears to be recruiting heavily at the skill positions from the high school ranks. They have already received verbal commitments from three running backs, including one from Forrest Hightower of Concord (Calif.) High, who passed on Arizona and Wyoming to be a Spartan.

The staff would like to sign two high school quarterbacks and are pushing hard to sign Cody Fajardo from Servite High in Anaheim (Calif.) With plans to a run a version of the no-huddle offense, new offensive coordinator Hugh Freeze wants to bring in offensive lineman that are a bit lighter and more athletic, especially at the tackle spots. For the most part, the staff is concentrating their recruiting focus within California, but are looking at a short list of out-of-state players for key positions. ... From Mike Morgan, InsideSparta.com

- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 1 - Is Bama taking advantage?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 2 - Is Miami keeping the top players home?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 3 - Do recruits care about JoePa's future?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 4 - How is FSU doing without Bowden? 
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 6 - Did the rumors about Stoops matter at OU?
- Recruiting 2010 - The Key Questions, Part 7 - Are Urban's health issues a problem? 
- Recruiting 2009 - The Key Questions