With just eight weeks til signing day and the regular season over, coaches are free to focus on nothing but recruiting. Things are really heating up.
The Texas Longhorns won the week in recruiting, which is odd because UT usually has its class sewn up by August and then adds a piece or two on signing day. But Texas wasn't about to turn away these prospects just because the calender read December. First, four-star receiver Kendall Sanders decommitted from Oklahoma State and pulled the trigger for Texas. Then, Oklahoma State commitment Donald Hawkins, a JUCO offensive lineman, also decommitted from the Cowboys. Texas insiders believe the Horns have the edge there. And four-star receiver Marcus Johnson, who decommitted from Texas A&M a week ago, chose Texas yesterday. Texas now has an excellent crop of receivers. Not a bad week for Hook' Em.
For more on Texas Longhorns recruiting, visit Burnt Orange Nation.
Some consider Quay Evans the top defensive tackle in the country. Mississippi State fans don't disagree, as Evans decided to become a Bulldog last week. Evans held offers from most everyone and chose MSU over Alabama.
For more on Mississippi State Recruiting, visit For Whom The Cowbell Tolls.
Florida got good news with its selection to the Gator Bowl, but the Gators were sad Sunday night, as four-star running back Mike Davis decommitted. The reason is rumored to be some angst over UF's continued pursuit of five-star running back Keith Marshall.
The Cal Bears snagged offensive tackle Christian Okafor of Houston. Okafor is a recent decommitment from Texas Tech, and his brother also plays at Tech. This is a good pickup for Cal at a position of need.
For more on the Cal Bears recruiting efforts, visit California Golden Blogs.
The Miami Hurricanes grabbed a commitment from Danny Isidora, a massive 6'4", 325-pound guard from Cypress Bay High School in south Florida. Isidora held offers from Wisconsin, N.C. State and West Virginia. And while a three-star by most services, Isidora is close to four-star level.
Miami also landed a commitment from three-star JUCO cornerback Ladarius Gunter. Gunter has good size at 6'1" and 185 pounds, but his offer list is suspect, with only Indiana and North Texas pulling the trigger. Miami loses an enormous senior class and desperately needs help at corner, and there's a chance Gunter's senior film just got out and that it is impressive and will draw many more offers, but as of now this is a bit of a suspect take for a program trying to compete with the Gators and Noles.
75 percent of Miami's class (non-kickers) are made up of prospects rated at three stars or lower. Compare that to just 27 percent for UF and only 23 percent for the 'Noles.
During his season-ending press conference Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden talked about how he is changing the way Miami recruits. How? By going after bigger players and not recruiting exclusively for speed. Was that a shot at the Randy Shannon method? Perhaps. It does create an interesting dynamic in a state short on power and long on speed, particularly with UF and FSU also emphasizing power, power and more power -- the method learned by Will Muschamp and Jimbo Fisher from Nick Saban. If Golden can get these kids, it's obviously a good idea because when a team recruits for power in Florida, is still gets speed. But it might also be smarter to do the opposite and focus on market inefficiency, by going all-out for speed, speed and more speed. Miami isn't winning many recruiting battles against the 'Noles or Gators, and with all three teams targeting the same type of player, the 'Canes are increasingly being left out. Moneyball, y'all.
For more on Miami Hurricanes recruiting, visit Seventh Floor Blog.
The Bayou Bengals had quite the week. An SEC championship, a trip to play for the national title and a local linebacker once headed to Nebraska decided to stay home. That linebacker? Deion Jones of New Orleans' Jesuit High School, a 6'2", 200-pound athlete holding 20 offers. After a year in the weight room, Jones should have the requisite SEC size. Until then, he'll go all-out on special teams.
For more on LSU recruiting, visit And The Valley Shook.
Tennessee landed a commitment from Quenshaun Watson. Watson does not have a highlight tape, but is apparently very fast. His commitment is even more important amid rumors that Tennessee lost the commitment of running back Imani Cross, of Georgia.
For more on Tennessee recruiting, check out Rocky Top Talk.
From our friends at The Ralphie Report:
The Colorado Buffaloes have received a verbal commitment from Washington D.C. defensive end De'Jon Wilson. Wilson had been committed to Kansas since August, but decided to make the switch to Colorado after Turner Gill was fired as the head coach of the Jayhawks. This verbal could be considered somewhat shaky since he told Adam that he does plan on taking other visits, but hopefully his former teammate and current Buffalo Sherrard Harrington can help make the decision stick.
Justin Combs, the son of rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs committed to UCLA, despite UCLA not having a coach. He was not highly recruited, but is quick and his dad is Puff Daddy.
For more on Combs and UCLA recruiting, visit Bruins Nation.
Arizona State is searching for a head coach, and if it gets one quickly, perhaps the Sun Devils can regain the commitment of Kenny Lawler, the California receiver who decommitted last week. Cal and Colorado will try to sign him as well.
For more on Arizona State recruiting, visit House Of Sparky.
While USF missed out on a bowl game and fell to 1-6 in the Big East after losing at home to West Virginia, the week wasn't all bad for the Bulls. South Florida did manage to grab a commitment from receiver D'Vario Montgomery of the Orlando area. Most regard Montgomery as a three-star player. He's not incredibly fast, but is strong and tough.
For more on USF recruiting, visit Voodoo Five.
The Oregon Ducks grabbed a commitment from safety Reggie Daniels of Chandler, Arizona's Hamilton High School. Hamilton needs to add size to play safety at the college level (6'2" 185), but he has excellent athleticism.The four-star safety chose Oregon over offers from Arizona, Washington and Arkansas.
For more on Oregon Ducks recruiting, visit Addicted To Quack.
The Florida State Seminoles gained a commitment from JUCO offensive lineman Daniel Glauser. Originally from Switzerland, Glauser has improved in each of his years at New Mexico Military Institute.
For more on FSU recruiting, visit Tomahawk Nation.