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Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:44 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 12:18 pm
We're just a little more than a week away from National Signing Day (Shameless Plug Alert: Check out our NSD show next Wednesday, beginning at 9 AM ET here on CBSSports.Com) and there are still a lot of blue-chippers uncommitted. This week's Top 10: Best recruiting battles:

1. WR Dorial Green-Beckham --
 Arkansas vs. Alabama vs. Mizzou  vs. Texas vs. Oklahoma: Many of the national recruiting services have pegged this 6-foot-6, 220-pound Missouri product as the top overall prospect in the Class of 2012. He certainly looks the part and has the film to back it up. Just like last year's consensus No. 1 guy, Jadeveon Clowney, DGB is such a freak, it's expected no matter where he signs, into no matter how stacked a depth chart, he'll still force his way into significant reps. He's taken official visits to Texas (back in November) and to Arkansas last weekend. Unlike many recruits, DGB has been fairly quiet throughout the recruiting process, so it's even harder to get a read on how things are shaping up. Landing him would be a huge coup for any of these schools, especially home state Mizzou, where he'd team with a good young quarterback in James Franklin as the Tigers make the jump into the SEC. At OU and Arkansas, DGB would slide into the most advanced situations in terms of getting to play with a top QB as both OU's Landry Jones and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson are more established guys running prolific passing games, whereas at UT, the QB situation is still quite murky. Arkansas and OU also both have sizeable holes at wideout given the fact that the Hogs lost three very gifted senior receivers and OU just lost the great Ryan Broyles.

The Guess: Arkansas

2. OT Andrus Peat -- FSU vs. Nebraska vs. Stanford vs. USC: The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Arizona native, who also is a pretty good basketball player, sparked quite a turnout in the crowd for one of his hoops games last week. In the stands: Lane Kiffin and a few USC coaches, the entire Nebraska offensive staff and a few Stanford staffers. His older brother Todd Peat signed with the Huskers last year, and given NU's tradition with O-linemen, it's no stretch to think that the No. 8 overall prospect in MaxPreps Top 100 could be headed to Lincoln.  

The Guess: Nebraska

3. WR Nelson Agholor -- FSU vs. UF. Notre Dame vs. OU vs. USC:
A smooth 6-1 receiver from Tampa, Fla., Agholor has an interesting backstory as detailed in this Tampa Bay Times story. The No. 13-ranked prospect overall has already taken official visits to Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma and just returned from a trip to Florida State that apparently went quite well. His final trip is to USC, which many insiders think is the leader for his services. Getting the last chance to make a big impression, especially with potential new teammates, is always preferred and the lure to catch passes from Matt Barkley may prove too tempting.

The Guess: USC

4. WR Stefon Diggs -- Auburn vs. Cal vs. Florida vs. Ohio State: The speedy wideout from Maryland, No. 14 nationally, just returned from a visit to Florida, which he described to reporters as "awesome" thanks in large part to his time around new Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease. The former Boise State assistant was able to detail how his offense will run in Gainesville. Diggs still has an official visit coming up this weekend to Ohio State, which has a ton of recruiting momentum since Urban Meyer took over. Never underestimate Urban Meyer. Then again, don't underestimate Trooper Taylor and Auburn either.

The Guess: Florida

5. OT Arik Armstead -- Auburn vs. Cal vs. Notre Dame vs. Oregon vs. USC vs. Washington: A talented two-way lineman who also could play college hoops as an imposing power forward, the No. 16-ranked prospect had been committed to USC for a long time but his recruitment got very cloudy once his big brother Armond's medical situation at USC took a curious turn. The elder Armstead, a former starter on the defensive line for the Trojans, has not been cleared by USC doctors and is looking at transferring to play his senior year someplace else, and there is a shot his brother could join him. There's also been added intrigue to the other colleges, with Chip Kelly almost bolting for the NFL and Cal's ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi leaving for Washington while Auburn also has had a big staff shake-upm too. Then again, so has Notre Dame. According to the Sacramento Bee, the family has been told Armond could play right away at Auburn as a graduate transfer, despite SEC rules and contrary to some reports. I am assuming that is based on his medical circumstances. He also could play in 2012 at Notre Dame.

The Guess: Notre Dame

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6.  DT Eddie Goldman -- Alabama vs. Auburn vs. FSU vs. Miami: An athletic 300-pound DT from the DC area, there has been some speculation that the Maryland Terps had a shot here once they hired Mike Locksley as an assistant, similar to some buzz that swirled around Diggs a while back, but we're not hearing that much at this point. Goldman had a good relationship with former Alabama assistant Sal Sunseri, but he has since moved on to take a job to Tennessee. Will that really hurt the Tide's chances with the No. 17 overall recruit in the Class of 2012?

The Guess: FSU

7. OT  Zach Banner -- OU vs. Washington vs. USC: The tallest, at 6-9, 310, of an impressive group of offensive tackle prospects in this year's class, the Seattle area talent would be a huge pick-up for U-Dub and Steve Sarkisian, especially since the Huskies appear to be missing out on the other elite O-line recruit in the area, Josh Garnett. The Trojans had the last official visit and made a very good impression with the No. 21 overall prospect. It also doesn't hurt their cause that Lane Kiffin is pitching an opportunity to the nimble big man that he can compete for Matt Kalil's vacated slot at LT and be the missing piece for a loaded offense ripe for a BCS title run in 2012.

The Guess: USC

8. OL Josh Garnett -- Michigan vs. Notre Dame vs. Stanford: Speaking of that other blue-chip Washington O-linemen, the 6-5, 295-pound Garnett could probably play either guard or tackle and give some team a big boost. Reportedly, earlier this week Garnett trimmed his list to two, cutting Notre Dame. We'll see. Both David Shaw and Brady Hoke have plenty of momentum on the recruiting trail.

The Guess: Stanford

9. CB Ronald Darby -- Auburn vs. Clemson vs. FSU vs. Notre Dame: A Notre Dame commit since last spring, the speedy 5-11 180-pounder from Maryland de-committed in January, which looks like a tough blow for Brian Kelly's program. Every team covets speed, but the Irish has an even bigger need for guys with this kind of athleticism than everyone else he's considering. The 'Noles' top track program also is a big plus for Jimbo Fisher's school.

The Guess: FSU

10. DE Darius Hamilton -- Florida vs. Rutgers: Greg Schiano's program has done a much better job of keeping high-profile, in-state recruits at home the past few years, and the battle for the No. 29 overall prospect in the country would be a huge coup. Rutgers, coming off a bounce-back season, seems to be in the midst of pulling together a very impressive group. Hamilton might visit Miami still, but has told reporters his two big leaders are the Gators and the Scarlet Knights.

The Guess: Rutgers


Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:24 pm

Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

I think Darius Hamilton #29 prospect DE player; will now head to Gainesville, FL.  Coach Schiano's sudden departure will cause Rutger's to lose some of their top prospects. We still have room for #13 prospect Nelson Agholor WR , and #14 prospect Stephon Diggs WR. I feel very, very good about #'s 29 & 14. Hopefully, # 13 doesn't betray his home state for LAME Lane Kiffin.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:07 pm

Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

Lets see now, that would be
Pac 12...13
big 12...10
Who rules college football??

not to mention the numbers i posted left out schools like auburn who have had 3 over the past 5, arkansas has had about the same, same as ole miss, georgia has had 2 or 3 etc.. but to be fair i left out several big 12 schools who have had 3 or 4 like texas, okie st, i count nebraska's 3 until this coming year as big 12, texas am has had a couple, definitely a big gap between the SEC and the rest of the conferences, but it is pretty easy to tell who is #2 in the pros eyes as well, even if schools are leaving their conference i dont expect it to change much, the pac 12's picks most all come from USC and CAL, oregon may have 2

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:13 am

Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

I guess the penalties did not prevent those that would want to be in championship games and fulfill the dream of playing in the NFL from committing to the school that could cause those dreams to happen.

We have a great nucleus returning this season, along with a Heisman potential quarterback that has us ranked in the top five by some pollsters.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:22 am

Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

USC looking good!

Fight On! 

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:03 am

Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

I'm gonna commit a few moments of my time to explaine to you something you don't understand about these kids.... Nah nevermind. lol

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:22 am

Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

Two Stanford OL will go in first round in NFL draft.  Luck and Gerharts success over the past few years point to great coaching and ability to develop top OL.  Garrnett and Peat should give high consideration to the Cardinal.

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:59 pm

Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

Lets see now, that would be
Pac 12...13
big 12...10
Who rules college football????

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:17 pm

Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

Whats funny is that Mizzou has had the MOST 1ST ROUND PICKS IN THE NFL DRAFT the last 5 years...except for ALABAMA.

TRY AGAIN, by putting it in bold letters i figured you were pretty certain you were correct, the problem is you didnt bother actually verifying that "fact" before going all CAPS on us lol, but just to hit you with a little knowledge, 6 schools actually have more first round draft picks over the last 5 years than mizzou does (including alabama of course, so at least you got one right) in order by the number of picks over the past 5 years:
Ohio St.-6

Not bad none the less

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:13 pm

Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

I do not understand the "de" commit thing.  Come these young men actually understand what the word "commit" means? All of us, in business or whatever endeavor you are in, make commitments.  We keep them!  If you are not ready to make that true "commitment", THEN DON'T DO IT!

Look up the word..."COMMIT" -  To pledge or obligate.  To give in trust..  To pledge...

I guess these young gentleman don't quite grasp those concepts...

My humble opinion.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:29 pm

Tuesday Top 10: Best recruiting battles

Welcome to the Razorbacks DGB !!
Check out the huge smile on the man wearing #5 !

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