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Recruiting was once a regional chore — and to a certain extent, still is. But establishing pipelines away from a school’s only footprint of influence is gaining importance. The 2013 signing class shows plenty of migration, which is one of the topics in today’s Four Downs reading.
Rivals.com: Prospects Hitting The Road to Find A Good Fit
The highly touted crop of commitments to the Florida Gators wasn’t mined exclusively from its talent-rich home state. Will Muschamp landed notable pledges from Big Ten country, including linebacker Alex Anzalone (Pa.) and offensive lineman Cameron Dillard (Mich.). Dillard told Rivals.com he actually had just one Big Ten offer, itself an astounding fact.
The separation gap between the SEC and Big Ten will only widen as more southern schools go north for big-time prospects. The promise of sunny weather is just one allure to a destination like Florida. And for as much criticism as Brent Musburger sustained for his comments regarding Katherine Webb, his similar sentiment when ogling Jenn Sterger in 2005 holds weight. Don’t think for a moment that 10,000 red-blooded males enrolling down South isn’t apt for 18-year-olds.
It’s not all doom-and-gloom in Big Ten land. The conference is still producing plenty of talent, evident in the upcoming draft class. Michigan State Spartans alumni, including defensive end William Gholston and running back Le’Veon Bell, are seeking movement up the boards in the weeks leading to the 2013 NFL Draft.
Reign of Troy: Tee Martin Is The Hidden Gem of USC Recruiting
USC’s recruiting class has made its share of headlines, but despite recent decommitments remains one of the nation’s most impressive. Helping to establish its collection is assistant coach Tee Martin. Martin rebuffed advances to join the coaching staff at his alma mater, Tennessee, and the Trojans are reaping the rewards. Kenny Bigelow, Jason Hatcher and Khaliel Rodgers are among the ballyhooed prospects Martin was integral in adding to the USC fold.
Sports Illustrated: Big 12 Wants The NCAA to Allow A Conference Championship Game
A Forbes report released this month showed the Big 12 Conference is coming out ahead of its counterparts in per-member payouts, but the league wants to sweeten its pot with a conference championship game. Current rules dictate a conference must have 12 members or more for a conference title game; the Big 12, of course, has 10.