The Scout Team: Home Away From Home
Bo Pelini
Bo Pelini
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Posted May 10, 2013


The Scout analysts highlight which national schools are reaching into their region this spring...

The Scout.com 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. Which out-of-region schools have been most aggressive in your region?

Chad Simmons
Chad Simmons (South): It is impossible to only name one when talking about the south. Coaches from all over the country are in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas every day, so it is tough to single out one school. You have schools like Marshall, Maryland, and Virginia from up north who really target the state of Georgia and you have schools from out west like UCLA and USC who jump on top kids from the south. It is a very good and deep class down here, so schools from all over are being very aggressive. Texas has been a little more active I would say too this year.

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Jamie Newberg
Jamie Newberg (South): It seems that every year Georgia comes down to Florida and lands a big time player. Their starting quarterback, Aaron Murray, is from Tampa. Two years ago they landed the state's top offensive linemen, John Theus .Last year they landed five from the Sunshine State. The Dawgs are at it again in this recruiting cycle, as they recently landed the state's top player and the country's No. 2 rated running back in Sony Michel (Plantation, Ga./American Heritage). This is a player that could have named his school and that a year ago no one thought would ever leave the state of Florida. He's from South Florida and dreamed of playing for the Miami Hurricanes yet Georgia and Mark Richt won out for his commitment. What a huge pick up for the Dawgs. By no means is UGA done. They in good shape with offensive guard Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood).

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Brian Dohn
Brian Dohn (East): Take your pick. Michigan State, Notre Dame, Florida, Ohio State and Michigan have each come into the region and pushed hard. Notre Dame already has three commitments (Jay Hayes, Andrew Trumbetti and Quenton Nelson) from the region and will push for a few more.

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Greg Powers
Greg Powers (Midlands): Alabama and LSU have turned up the heat inn the Lone Star State and is in on many of its top players, but they have built up some great wins and muscle to flex. One of the new names you hear on the top of many recruits lips these days is Ole Miss. The Rebels are a hit school on the recruiting front in the Lone Star State especially, where many solid prospects are picking up offers and many more are wishing for one. They have also been able to pull off a true recruiting coup by gaining a commit from 4-star St. Louis, Mo. OL Andy Bauer.

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Allen Trieu
Allen Trieu (Midwest): Oregon has been up in Illinois and the Indianapolis area and have extended a couple of offers. As expected, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss continue to hit Illinois very hard. South Florida has been a little bit of a surprise, they have come up to the Midwest a little more than I remember in past years.

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Greg Biggins, National Recruting Analyst
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Greg Biggins (West): Nebraska has always recruited the West and in particular California hard and that's definitely the case again this spring. It seems every few days we run across another player from the Golden State with an offer from the Huskers and with their recent success signing players from the region including elite running back Terrell Newby last February, look for the trend to continue.

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Brandon Huffman
Brandon Huffman (West): Tennessee has long held a strong presence on the West Coast.  In fact, since 2000, the Vols have had three different quarterbacks start for at least three years that were from the West Coast.  So it's no surprise that Tennessee again finds themselves out West, offering a number of top prospects, not just in the 2014 class but getting a head start on several 2015 prospects too.

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