Recruiting Round-Up 7/8/22
In today's recruitment round-up edition, we will tell you before it's too late: Buy your stock in first-year head coach Dan Lanning while you can. The former Georgia defensive coordinator was a hot name during the coach's previous carousel searches. I had heard he would have been the top candidate for the Oklahoma job had they been unable to secure Brent Venables. Several other programs researched him as they searched for their next headman. Ultimately, Oregon was an attractive landing spot, and Lanning did not hesitate to take the opportunity. His recruiting prowess is well known, but parents and recruits are buying in, as before he even coaches a game, recruits are excited to sign with the ducks. Buy your Dan Lanning stock NOW.
Five-Star QB Dante Moore is an Oregon Duck
Quack! Quack! What a coup by Dan Lanning to go into the backyard of the program with the brand of Michigan and steal away the best player in their state. More impressive is that Lanning has no ties to the region. This should not be the case for a first-year head coach who has yet to coach a game. Yet here we are, the Ducks have to feel on top of the world after losing Mario Cristobal.
About Moore, the kid is a ball player; he's a leader, and as Michael Jackson would say, he is a smooth criminal. Calm, leader, poised, clutch. The young man has winning football in his DNA. He was impressive at the Elite 11, leading Mike Farrell to declare he would have been his MVP. The young man from Detroit, Michigan led King to a state title last year and has been their guy since he was a freshman. He has rare maturity, which will allow him a chance to compete right away for the job.
Four-Star IOL Cole Dellinger Commits to Michigan State
After landing Bai Jobe yesterday, Mel Tucker's crew has another blue-chip commitment just a day later. Cole Dellinger is an excellent pick-up for the Spartans from Clarkston, Michigan. While it is likely he will need to redshirt before competing for playing time, he has quite a few traits that should excite you if you bleed green. He is physical and a mauler; he played some tackle in high school. He was also a nationally ranked DT as a recruit but will play on offense for Michigan State. The 6'4 280 pounder has plenty of room to add onto his frame, meaning he has not physically peaked. Good pick-up!
Four-Star OT Cayden Green Chooses Oklahoma
Green is a 6'5 315 pound mountain! The Lees Summit, MO kid, had a plethora of offers from other top-notch contenders and chose Oklahoma. The Sooners have a key component that always gives them an advantage regardless of what school they go up against for linemen in offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Cayden is a tremendous athlete with incredible fast-twitch talent. He is powerful and has a strong base. You can pull him in the run game, and he will eat your soul with a nasty finish—Bedenbaugh's kind of guy.
At Oklahoma, you go there to be developed for the next level and often won't get playing time right away, but Green could be one of the few exceptions. OU's starting tackles, Wanya Morris, and Anton Harrison, are both expected to hear their names called early in the NFL draft, which will give him a chance to compete for a two-deep spot right away. While rare for a young guy to play immediately at OU, Bedenbaugh will play the best man. Creed Humphrey, Orlando Brown, Anton Harrison, and Dru Samia all began playing early in their careers. Big get for Oklahoma, which has a lot of momentum and more good news to come this July.
Four-Star Safety Elliot Washington Flips from Alabama to Penn State
Penn State got some rough news yesterday when they were victim of a QB flip when Marcus Stokes chose to take his talents to Gainesville. But the master of all flips is to take one from Nick Saban, which is exactly what James Franklin did getting 5'11 195 pound safety from Venice Florida changed sides today. Elliot has elite physical tools and is a thumper. He also has a quick first step and recovery speed important for a defensive back. He will need to put on some weight but has the frame to do so. Washington likely won't compete for time right away in Happy Valley, but should play relatively early.
Five-Star WR Jalen Brown Commits to LSU
This is the whole reason for Brian Kelly going to LSU, to get away from the restrictive academic requirements of Notre Dame and gain access to more highly coveted athletes. Brown is exactly what the doctor ordered for a shot in the arm for the LSU class. Jalen Brown is one thing, he is a burner he has elite speed. In the new era of wide open passing of the ball, and downfield shots he is exactly the type of guy you want. He has been compared by some to Cleveland Browns wide receiver Anthony Scwartz who played in college at Auburn. True track speed talent. Huge get for Kelly who is adding a nice collection of talent to the already thick cupboard in Baton Rouge
Five-Star DL Peter Woods commits to Clemson
Peter Woods is an Aalabaster, Alabama native, but in what would be an oddly bad day for Alabama recruiting, Woods would take his talents to Clemson. The 6'3 270 pound monster can play both on the edge and in the interior of the defensive line. The big news here is Clemson recruiting they have recently been accustomed to is not going away anytime soon. Sure Brent Venables may be in Norman but they can still get young talented athletes to Clemson. Woods is the kind of player who can play right away, in some capacity as he has legitimate edge size already as a senior in high school.
Other recruiting round-up news:
Four Star athlete Collins Acheampong committed to Michigan
Four Star ATH Eugene Wilson committed to Florida
Four-Star OT Shamurad Umarov committed to Tennessee
Three-Star Edge DJ Samuels committed to Maryland
Three-Star CB Andre Piper-Jordan Jr committed to Oregon State
Three-Star IOL Anthony Miles committed to Vanderbilt
That's it for today's recruiting round-up! Don't forget to buy up that Dan Lanning Stock!