On the recruiting trail
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is Saturday, and it’s a showcase event where many of the nation’s top seniors verbally commit to a school. But two players involved in the game leaked their commitments a little early Friday on Twitter, as safety Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant High) and wide receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian High) said they will play for Jeff Tedford and Cal next fall. They later removed the tweets, but both are expected to commit to the Golden Bears on Saturday. Thompson is one of the best safeties in the nation while Payton is one of the best receivers in the state who was an early commitment to USC before decommitting.
In all, fourteen players are set to announce their intentions at the Army Bowl.
Bo Wallace could provide an instant impact no matter where he lands.
There was a lot of chatter this week about junior college quarterback Bo Wallace possibly landing at Texas with the Longhorns’ long-documented struggles the past two seasons at the position. The nation’s top JUCO signal-caller from East Mississippi Community College is ready to step in immediately, which would allow David Ash and Case McCoy to take a step back and learn from the sideline. Wallace was expected to visit Austin this weekend, but he is currently visiting with Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen in Starkville. Of course, the Bulldogs had their own struggles at QB this fall. Could MSU beat Texas out for Wallace’s services?
Iowa landed a pair of junior-college commitments this week when quarterback Cody Sokol of Scottsdale Community College and running back Greg Garmon from Erie, Pa., decided to play for head coach Kirk Ferentz in 2012. The Hawkeyes beat out Arizona for the services of the 6-2, 205-pound Sokol, who could possibly compete with starter James Vandenberg next season or redshirt in 2012 and compete with Jake Rudock for the starting job in 2013 while still having three years of eligibility remaining. Garmon, meanwhile, is a 6-2, 200-pound bruiser who has good speed as well as the ability to break tackles. He reportedly had offers from other major Big Ten programs, and the Hawkeyes are always in need of good running back depth.
With Brice Butler once again pondering transferring from USC, Kansas could be in play for the wide receiver’s services. Charlie Weis is looking to instantly upgrade the Jayhawks’ offense, and new quarterback Dayne Crist will need weapons to throw to on Saturdays. Butler didn’t see much time on the field with the Trojans this fall because of the superb play of Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, only logging 12 catches for 150 yards. Because he already graduated from ‘SC, he won’t have to sit out 2012. Look for Weis to at least put out a feeler if he hasn’t already. The former Notre Dame head coach has already landed Justin McCay, a former four-star recruit from Kansas who played in three games for Oklahoma this season. He will sit out in 2012 due to NCAA transfer rules and be eligible to catch passes from BYU transfer Jake Heaps in 2013.
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