Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Christmas come early...enjoy!

One recent trend that I am noticing as I watch ESPNU and their signing day scrolling line, is how many of the top notch payers ( primarily skilled guys) who are already enrolled in school. It will be interesting to see if the pressure of not coming early to school ( in essence graduating early) becomes an recruiting hindrance by some programs. Hear me out..... So a well known recruiting factory tries to offer an athlete a scholly but really emphasizes the need to enroll early, but then the athlete is not prepared to graduate early ( maybe due to being a later riser in the recruiting game), will that well known recruiter pass on the said athlete, in order to go after another athlete who can benefit from getting in the weight room ( 5-6 months ahead of other recruits). I am just saying this could be a slippery slope in a few years. Right now, I think all of the top notch recruits should sign early and enroll in the spring, to grasp the playbook, hit the weight room and slowly engage in the college lifestyle. This early enrollment is not for everyone, clearly, but I can see this being a decisive factor in some recruiting battles down the line ( perhaps less than 5 years). Thoughts? Some prefer to stick around to attend prom or compete in other sports, but priorities are priorities, right?

link to statesman
updated as of 140pm
Here's the list:
--QB Joe Southwick, 6-2, 190, San Ramon Valley HS (Danville, Calif.)
--CB Ebo Makinde, 5-11, 170, Paradise Valley HS (Phoenix)
--RB Malcolm Johnson, 5-10, 185, Barlow HS (Gresham, Ore.)
--CB Quaylon Ewing, 6-0, 180, Kempner HS (Sugar Land, Texas)
--TE Gabe Linehan, 6-4, 205, Banks (Ore.) HS
--LB Allen Mooney, 5-11, 220, O'Dea HS (Seattle)
--LB John Michael Davis, 6-0, 220, Tesoro HS (Las Flores, Calif.)
--TE Trevor Peterson, 6-4, 220, El Dorado HS (Placerville, Calif.)
--DE Justin Jungblut, 6-6, 248, Saguaro HS (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
--DE Kharyee Marshall, 6-3, 208, Washington HS (Phoenix)
--WR Kirby Moore, 6-3, 205, Prosser (Wash.) HS
--WR Geraldo Hiwat, 6-3, 185, Capital HS (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
--OL Bryant Thomas, 6-2, 250, Capital HS (Boise)
--QB Mike Tamburo, 6-1, 180, North Gwinnett HS (Suwanee, Ga.)
--OT Jake Broyles, 6-6, 250, Foothill HS (Henderson, Nev.)
--OT Charles Leno Jr., 6-5, 265, San Leandro HS (Oakland)
--S Jonathan Brown, 5-10, 205, Encinal HS (Alameda, Calif.)
--DL Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, 6-3, 303, Boise HS (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
--DE Nicholas Alexander, 6-4, 230, Crenshaw HS (Los Angeles)
Already enrolled
--OL Spencer Gerke, 6-3, 245, Bishop Kelly HS (Boise)
--S Winston Venable, 6-0, 210, Glendale (Ariz.) C.C. (San Rafael, Calif.)
--WR Aaron Burks, 6-4, 180, Mansfield Timberview HS (Arlington, Texas)

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