The Scout Team: Regional Aggressiveness

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones

Scout's national analysts talk about which schools are being more aggressive in their own regions with this class...

The national recruiting analysts will answer questions about the 2013 recruiting class season in a feature called "The Scout Team." Each day this week, we'll look at the topics on hand. The national analysts include Scott Kennedy (Director of Scouting), Chad Simmons (South), Jamie Newberg (South), Allen Trieu (Midwest), Greg Powers (Midlands), Brian Dohn (East), Greg Biggins (West) and Brandon Huffman (West).

  1. 4- Which school in your region has surprised you with their aggressiveness in recruiting?

Chad Simmons
Chad Simmons (South): Tennessee has been very aggressive in the south since Butch Jones took over a few months ago. They have really hit the road hard, they have extended a lot of offers, they have had many recruits on their campus this spring, and you hear a different buzz about the Vols down here now. Recruits and high school coaches seem to like with they are doing and they are off to a good start in the 2014 and 2015 classes.

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Jamie Newberg
Jamie Newberg (South): USF has been active and everywhere, especially in their backyard in the Tampa Bay area. This is where they have to have a huge presence and get back in the game. In their previous regime under Skip Holtz the Bulls did a poor job recruiting, especially within a 60 mile radius of campus. That's not good. Every since USF named Willie Taggart as their head coach, the Bulls have been a hot team and recruits are excited about this program's future.They already have commitments from a pair of teammates nearby Largo High School (Jarvis Stewart, Frankie Hernandez). USF was practically absent and missing in action in southwest Florida under Holtz but they have a pledge from Immokalee's Jummy Bayes. Taggert had a late addition to his staff in former Miami Central head coach Telly Lockette. He should really help South Florida recruit south Florida, as he knows all those kids. The Bulls already have a commitment from Central offensive guard Michael Smith.

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Brian Dohn
Brian Dohn (East): Temple has done a very good job sending out offers and pushing for commitments under new coach Matt Rhule. The Owls have four commitments, including two out of western Pennsylvania, and are active throughout the region.


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Greg Powers
Greg Powers (Midlands): Since getting installed as head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff at Texas Tech have worked tirelessly on the recruiting trail. They pulled off an amazing finish in the Class of 2013, reevaulating all of the Tuberville offers and then closing strong on National Signing Day, inking 24 in all. They are off to another quick start for the 2014 class. Yesterday's commitment of San Antonio (Texas) Madison three-star wide receiver Byron Daniels brings them to 11 known commits.

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Allen Trieu
Allen Trieu (Midwest): The usual suspects have been active, but I'd say Buffalo has been very aggressive and that's a little bit of a surprise. They have had success in Michigan before, so they recently came through and offered a bunch of kids there and they've been active in Ohio as well.

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Greg Biggins
Greg Biggins (West): USC has been much more aggressive this spring in offering not just local players but underclassmen in the region. In the past, the Trojans waited until their summer camp to offer all but the very elite players in the state, but have changed their approach with the class of 2014-15. 

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Brandon Huffman
Brandon Huffman (West): You could easily name a half-dozen Pac-12 schools but the biggest surprise this spring has been how the Mountain West has stepped up its game.  Not just one school in the conference, but really, a whole slew of them.  With the conference finally looking stable, Boise State and San Diego State staying in the conference, and the final additions from the former WAC now on board, a number of conference schools have been more aggressive then ever before.  Boise State is still the toast of the conference, and continues to be deliberate in their approach (it's worked for a decade), while San Diego State is also continuing their high level of recruiting that Brady Hoke implemented.  But this year, a number of schools with new head coaches, San Jose State (Ron Caragher), Nevada (Brian Polian) and Utah State (Matt Wells), have their schools recruiting harder and making more offers than ever before.  And schools like Wyoming and Colorado State have also upped their aggressiveness more than in years past. 

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