TCU Horned Frogs
The most significant challenge TCU faced in moving from the non-BCS Mountain West Conference into the Big 12 is recruiting head-to-head with nationally prominent programs. The Horned Frogs scored a recruiting coup against the nationally prominent program, the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Rivals network TCU site Purple Menace reports Gary Patterson landed a commitment from 2014 quarterback prospect Foster Sawyer. Sawyer is a three-star local product out of Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal, and Rivals’ No. 12 ranked Pro Set quarterback prospect in the class.
Sawyer spurned both college football recruiting maven Nick Saban, as well as TCU’s new in-conference rival, Oklahoma State. Both teams appeared in BCS bowls recently; Alabama has won three of the last four national championships, and Oklahoma State was in contention for the 2011 title. Patterson is pushing ahead in building TCU into similar national contention.
Sawyer is just one piece in a larger puzzle of local recruiting, per ESPN.com Big 12 blogger David Ubben.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Urban Meyer has scored several noteworthy recruiting wins in his short tenure as Ohio State head coach. He’s won battles against other Big Ten schools, gone into SEC Country and pilfered prospects, and this week he even beat out another sport.
Ohio State gained a verbal commitment from Sam Hubbard, a three-star linebacker who is also a coveted lacrosse prospect. Hubbard entertained lacrosse offers, including from Notre Dame, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Hubbard bolsters a 2014 Buckeye signing class already ranked No. 9 on Rivals.com.
Northern Illinois Huskies
Among the many perks in Northern Illinois reaching the 2013 Orange Bowl is the opportunity to parlay its new-found, national recognition into recruiting advantage. Huskie head coach Rod Carey is apparently taking advantage in pursuit of in-state quarterback prospect Bret Mooney.
Mooney, a 2014 recruit, visited NIU’s DeKalb campus this week per EdgyTim.com. The Algonquin (Ill.) Jacobs product has garnered interest from other Mid-American Conference programs, as well as the Big Ten Conference’s Illinois Fighting Illini, Northwestern Wildcats and Purdue Boilermakers.
Stealing away Big Ten caliber recruits is exactly what Northern Illinois needs to take the next step on its progression as a football program.