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Recruiting Insider: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

Big Money Spent on Recruiting

Wow. It is simply amazing how much money college athletic programs spend recruiting players. This terrific report in the Chronicle of Higher Education notes that no university with a major football program saw a bigger percentage boost than Maryland, which spent more than $900,000 on recruiting in 2007. The Terps,...

By Josh Barr  | August 1, 2008; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Spotlight on Tennessee Recruit Damien Thigpen

This week's Recruiting Spotlight features Stonewall Jackson's Damien Thigpen -- a 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back and cornerback who has orally committed to Tennessee. Thigpen comes from a football family; his father Doug played at Southern Miss and his uncle Gene Lang played at LSU before a seven-year career in the...

By Josh Barr  | July 31, 2008; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lineman Could Choose Soon, Possibly Between U-Md. and Penn State

Gwynn Park lineman Raynard Randolph is strongly considering Penn State and Maryland so that he can stay close to home, according to Yellow Jackets Coach Danny Hayes, adding "he'll probably [choose] before the season." Hayes said that defensive back Nygee Carmichael has offers from Army and Towson, while defensive back...

By Josh Barr  | July 31, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Georgia Tech Nets Local Center

Riverdale Baptist Coach Louis Wilson always thought highly of Bassirou Dieng and now many others are going to have a chance to see Dieng on a larger stage. After one season at Norfolk State and two at St. Francis (Pa.), the 6-9 center has transferred to Georgia Tech. As a...

By Josh Barr  | July 30, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland About to Land Former Penn State Tackle?

Former Gwynn Park All-Met lineman Phil Taylor was kicked off the team at Penn State for unspecified reasons. He had been suspended from summer school for his role in an altercation and received one year probation. Taylor, who has two years of eligibility and a redshirt season remaining, could find...

By Josh Barr  | July 30, 2008; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Spurrier Lashes Out at Websites

There has always been a certain amount of skepticism by some involved with college sports, wondering about the role of unofficial mouthpieces several websites have taken for their schools they cover. Do they get special access? Are they given insider info to pass along to the fan base? When they...

By Josh Barr  | July 30, 2008; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Montrose Adds Talented Forward

Caught up with Montrose Christian Coach Stu Vetter yesterday and he said that 6-5 forward Dadrian Collins has transferred from Woodside High in Virginia Beach. Here's some highlights on the Division I prospect:...

By Josh Barr  | July 29, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Penn State or State Penn? Rivals Set to Use Report?

I held off on posting this for a day, but after talking to some local high school coaches there seems to be little question that rival coaches will use Penn State's off-field struggles when recruiting against the Nittany Lions. ESPN reported that 46 players have been charged with nearly 200...

By Josh Barr  | July 29, 2008; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Episcopal's Kalipinde Chooses Loyola Marymount

Big Boss Man Dan Uthman, fresh off his month-long sojourn (ok, maybe it only felt that long) to Hawaii, has this contribution: Given Kalipinde, a rising senior guard at Episcopal in Alexandria, has committed to play men's basketball at Loyola Marymount. Kalipinde, whose mother and five siblings live in his...

By Jon DeNunzio  | July 28, 2008; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Early Commitments Don't Mean Much

Here's a good read on how those early verbal commitments don't mean too much. "If you went back over the last five to 10 years, of the freshmen and sophomores who committed, over half of them haven't held up," said Clark Francis, editor and publisher of hoopscooponline.com....

By Josh Barr  | July 28, 2008; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Should the NCAA do away with the pretense that college athletes are amateurs? That's the topic in a series down by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's like a job. We get up early, work out, meetings, class and practice," Brace said. "We're giving up a big chunk of our life. I...

By Josh Barr  | July 28, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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