Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Big 12 recruiting nuggets
By David Ubben
We're kicking into the home stretch of the recruiting season with signing day approaching on Feb. 3.
Thankfully, Tom Luginbill, the national recruiting director for ESPN Scouts Inc., never takes a day off.
Here are some Big 12-related recruiting factoids compiled by Luginbill and his crack staff.
You can get all of this and more in real time by checking out ESPN.com's On the Trail, the gathering place of recruiting junkies from all over.
ATH Jake Farley
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cedar Falls High School
Scouts Grade: 74
Position Rank: 168
Jake Farley drops SMU for Kansas
Athlete Jake Farley has decommitted from SMU and pledged to Kansas, ESPN affiliate Web site TheShiver.com reports.
Louisville and Iowa State also extended scholarship offers.
CB Bryce Callahan
Cypress Woods High School
Scouts Grade: 40
A 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback, Bryce Callahan of Cypress Woods (Cypress, Texas) has chosen a scholarship commitment with Rice for the Class of 2010.
Among his other offers were Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Kentucky, Tulsa, UTEP, Air Force and Miami-Ohio.
Callahan was a Class 5A First Team All-State selection as a senior. He registered 120 tackles, 10 pass breakups and six interceptions.
ATH Jeremy Eddington
Chisum High School
Scouts Grade: 76
Position Rank: 98
The Owls have regained a Class of 2010 pledge from Jeremy Eddington, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete from Chisum (Paris, Texas).
Eddington had decommitted from Rice for Purdue, but has pledged to the Owls for a second time. He was also recruited by Texas Tech, Tulsa and North Texas.
The athlete played mostly quarterback for Chisum during his senior season, but is expected to be used at running back or receiver in college. Eddington rushed for 18 touchdowns and more than 1,400 yards, while passing for two scores. He also caught three passes and scored twice.
DE Brandon Joiner
Navarro College (Texas)
Arkansas State has added a commitment from 6-foot-4, 230-pound Brandon Joiner of Shoemaker (Killeen, Texas)/Texas A&M/Navarro CC, Texas, for the Class of 2010.
Joiner decommitted from Colorado State. He also holds offers from Southern Mississippi, Utah and San Diego State.
He had earlier signed with Texas A&M last season before he was suspended for an off-the-field incident.
OLB Fred Harvey
White Station H.S.
Scouts Grade: 77
Position Rank: 44
Outside linebacker Fred Harvey, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound prospect from White Station (Memphis, Tenn.), has decommitted from Texas Tech for the Class of 2010.
Stanford and Middle Tennessee State had extended an offer. Louisville and Memphis also have been involved in recruiting him.
He totaled 78 tackles and 21 sacks during his junior campaign.
WR James Butler
Hahnville High School
Scouts Grade: 40
James Butler of Hahnville (Boutte, La.) has become the 14th Class of 2010 pledge for Louisiana-Lafayette.
A 6-foot-1, 185-pound wideout, he also has offers from Colorado, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State and Tulsa.
DE Malcolm Strong
Stone Mountain, Ga.
Scouts Grade: 40
A 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end, Malcolm Strong of Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) has picked the Herd after decommitting from Louisville.
He also considered Kansas State, Troy, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.
Strong registered 73 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and six sacks during his senior campaign.