Posted by Jerry Hinnen
- The big news in recruiting this week was the release of most services' initial "top 100" lists for the class of 2012, and Tom Lemming and our colleagues at Maxpreps were no exception. The full Tom Lemming top 100 is now available, topped by Springfield (Mo.) receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Eye on Recruiting breaks down the main storylines within the top 100 here; Bryan Fischer discusses the top 100 in a must-listen podcast here; and the recruitment of the list's top 10 prospects (Green-Beckham included) is updated here. There's no better time to get informed on where the 2012 recruiting cycle stands.
- Moving past Green-Beckham, here's five more top wide receivers (with film and an offer update) to keep an eye on as the 2012 cycle moves forward. Eye on Recruiting also does the same for offensive linemen, with Washington tackle Zach Banner one of the nation's top prizes, as well as athletes, defensive ends, linebackers, and defensive backs.
- Here's where the Big Ten's commitment lists stood entering the month. Not surprisingly, Ohio State leads the way, but a year after getting off to one of the slowest recruiting starts in the country, Penn State has also collected several big early pledges. Early commitment lists for the Pac-12 show USC out in front (naturally), but a pipeline to Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School helped Arizona State to three commitments earlier today. The lists for notable non-BCS schools also get an update.
- None of those lists are as full of names as the SEC's, though, with no league save the Big 12 having embraced early commitments the way the SEC powers have; Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Florida all have five pledges or more and only Ole Miss and Vanderbilt have yet to add their first name of the cycle.
- This is not old news: Malcom Brown has committed to Texas. But this time it's not five-star running back Malcolm Brown (who famously joined the Longhorns this past Signing Day,) it's a highly-regarded defensive tackle out of Brenham (Texas), one who Longhorn sports information workers are no doubt very glad spells his first name without a second "L."
- Recruiting in the Bluegrass State is heating up. Charlie Strong has flexed his muscle over the past year at Louisville, but last week it was Joker Phillips who fought off the Cardinals as well as Cincinnati and others) for in-state quarterback Patrick Towles.
- It took a little longer than expected, perhaps, given the Ducks' tremendous 2010 season. But Oregon is on the board all the same after receiving a pledge from Newport (Ore.) athlete Oshay Dunsmore. Staying in the Pac-12, Stanford has continued Jim Harbaugh's nationwide recruiting push under David Shaw, netting a commitment this week from Virginia defensive back Alex Carter.
- Bryan Fischer was on hand to watch Atwater (Calif.) defensive tackle Aziz Shittu dominate the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp; here's his full report on Shittu's performance and all the goings-on at the camp.
- New Miami coach Al Golden has received some skepticism about his ability to recruit at the Hurricanes' traditional level, and losing an in-state commitment to Florida before spring camp is even finished won't do much to quiet that talk. Elsewhere in the SEC, Georgia has added a pair of JUCO standouts that committed to the Dawgs out of high school, and Arkansas received a pledge from Texas athlete Nathan Holmes.