What Curtis Is Hearing...

By Adam Caparell - February 07, 2007

Brian Curtis talked to a bunch of schools and head coaches around the country today. He's literally been maning the phones throughout the afternoon. As I'm writing, he's speaking right now to Wake Forest's Jim Grobe.

So here's a quick breakdown of what he's heard...

Maryland: Ralph Friedgen said that the Terps recruited the DC, Northern Virignia area this year as usual, but it was one of the weaker years for recruits in that area. And don't expect too many freshman to play this season. Freidgen played only one kid from last year's class. He's in no rush to play anyone.

Stanford: New coach Jim Harbaugh needed safeties and he went out and got one was looking for in Taylor Skaufel. He also picked up a QB, Kellen Kiilsgaard who is poised, but Harbaugh isn't sure when he'll be in the lineup.

Colorado: Dan Hawkins said his team has "got a little edge" after going 2-10 and, surprisingly, it didn't hurt their recruiting all that much. Hawkins said they recruited better than their record and that Ryan Miller attracted better recruits because he wanted to be in Boulder.

Iowa: Eric Johnson, their recruiting coordinator, said the Hawkeyes focus was on defense and that they didn't even venture out to the West Coast to look at anyone. They stay in the Midwest.

Arizona State: Dennis Erickson has worked with most of the staff at ASU so just about everyone felt comfortable with him coming in. They were able to convince a number of guys who were on the fence to sign with the Sun Devils, changing three or four guys' minds in the process. They got immediate help from Junior College transfer Luis Vasquez. Their big pick up was Samson Szakacey, a QB from L.A. who chose the Sun Devils over USC.

Pittsburgh: Dave Wannstedt said this recruiting class was the best Pitt has had in 25 years. They concentrated on kids within a 5 hour radius of campus.

Tennessee: Phil Fulmer called the players he recruited from the state of Tennessee the best in the 20-plus years he's been coaching in Knoxville, including his time as an assistant. The Vols picked up a ton of talent that could play right away. Ahmad Paige was a last minute signee that was huge for the Vols.

Miami: Randy Shannon recruited strictly based on speed. It didn't matter what position they played. If they had speed, Shannon wanted them. The new coach of the Hurricanes didn't see much of a dropoff with the dismissal of Larry Coker.

UCLA: The Bruins had a small class, pickup up a bunch of inner city L.A. recruits. They also said a few guys went with the Bruins based on their win over USC at the end of the season.

North Carolina: Butch Davis loved Marvin Austin signing with the Tar Heels, obviously. He also picked up a couple of NFL style running backs as well.

USC: The Trojans went after wide receivers and added depth at RB, especially with the signing of Joe McKnight. USC doesn't lose very many recruits. Hardly any at all. But if they're going to lose a recruit, it's going to be because of business.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 03:34 PM on February 07, 2007

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