Jamie's Mailbag
Ted Ginn
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 5, 2006
Jamie Newberg, TheInsiders.com National Recruiting Analyst

What college team(s) has the most players in the NFL right now? Who will win the big game between Ohio State and Texas this weekend? Can Arizona ever challenge for the Pac 10 title? What are some names of some sleeper recruits? I will answer these questions and more in this week's mailbag.

NFL Players By College
A few weeks ago I tallied up the number of college football alum in the NFL. But that was with full rosters before all the cut downs. Here is the current list of players in the NFL by college.

1) FSU (43)
2) Miami (41)
3) Georgia (40)
3) Ohio State (40)
3) Tennessee (40)
6) Michigan (36)
7) Florida (34)
8) LSU (33)
9) Nebraska (32)
10) Penn State (30)
11) Notre Dame (28)
11) USC (28)
13) Auburn (27)
13) Wisconsin (27)
15) UCLA (26)
15) Virginia Tech (26)
17) North Carolina (25)
18) Oklahoma (24)
18) Purdue (24)
18) Texas (24)
18) Texas A&M (24)
18) Virginia (24)
22) Cal (22)
22) Syracuse (22)
24) South Carolina (20)
24) Stanford (20)
24) Washington (20)

Troy Smith
Who do you like between Ohio State and Texas this week?
Craig (El Paso, Texas)

What a game, especially this early in the season, as No. 1 Ohio State travels to Austin to take on the defending National Champion Texas Longhorns. I like the Buckeyes because of Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith and the Buckeye defense.

As good as red-shirt freshman Colt McCoy played in week one this Buckeye defense is not North Texas. Granted, Ohio State is breaking in a new starting back seven and they did give up some yards to Garrett Wolfe and Northern Illinois. But the Buckeyes still have a terrific defensive front that should put plenty of pressure on the young Texas quarterback. McCoy passed with flying colors against the Mean Green but Saturday will be a different test. Ohio State will load up the box to stop the run and put pressure on McCoy to try and force mistakes.

Smith is a fifth year senior that has been there before and he's playing the best football of his life. He has a dominating offensive line to protect him and to open up holes for running backs Antonio Pittman and Chris Wells. They should be able to control the line of scrimmage and balance is the key.

First down will be critical for both teams, particularly for Texas. I certainly feel more confident in Smith than McCoy in situtations of second and third and long. Also, what teams will score touchdowns rather than field goals? Last season Ohio State kicked field goals rather than finding the endzone. I don't think that will be the case with Smith, Pittman, Wells, Ginn and that o-line.

The Ohio State defense will step up this week and Troy Smith will be the difference maker offensively for the Buckeyes.

Erik Ainge
Erik Ainge
What team were you most impressed with last weekend?
Bubba (Huntsville, Alabama)
That’s easy, the University of Tennessee. Man they looked good. I picked them to win the East but I never would have thought that they would have come out of the gate looking like that. Head Coach Philip Fulmer and his Volunteers crushed No. 9 ranked Cal at home 35-18. The Vols looked nothing like last year's 5-6 squad and looked more like a team that should have been in the top five.

Of course Fulmer made coaching changes bringing in former offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe back to the same position. Greg Atkins was given the full time offensive line coaching position and running backs coach Trooper Taylor was moved to coach wide receivers. If what we all saw on Saturday in Knoxville is a preview of what the Vols will look like this season the SEC better take note because Tennessee will certainly challenge for the East and perhaps the overall title. Yes, they looked that good.

The offense was balanced and more importantly quarterback Erik Ainge looked confident and in control from start to finish. He finished 11/18 for 291 yards and threw for four touchdown passes. The Vol running game rushed for 216 yards against a very good Bear defense. Another huge sign was the Tennessee wide receivers finally made big plays.

Let me ask this question, if Cal is a top ten team what is Tennessee then?

Mike Stoops
Arizona has recruited well under Mike Stoops. When do you see them challenging for the Pac 10 title?
Nick (Phoenix, Arizona)

Be aware of the Wildcats! Yes, those Arizona Wildcats of the Pac 10. They are a football program on the rise that will soon challenge for the conference title. Over the past two seasons, University of Arizona Head Coach Mike Stoops and his staff have done very well in the recruiting battles. They have replenished the talent in Tuscon, although the talent is young. They have signed back to back top twenty recruiting classes and this is the key. Arizona has a perfect formula of recruiting their state and then going to the talent rich states of Texas and California, as UA has loaded up on speed and athleticism.

Sophomore quarterback Willie Tuitama is a signal caller Stoops can hang his hat on. The Wildcats have young talent at the skill positions. The defense returns 10 starters and Arizona plays excellent special teams.

The key will be two-fold – learning how to win and playing with consistency. Being so young they will play with inconsistency, and that showed in their win over the weekend against a pretty good BYU team, 16-13. Arizona plays LSU and USC in week two and four of this season respectively. Stoops will have a good indication by October 1st where his reclamation project is by playing the Tigers and Trojans.

They won three games last season and they should at least double that total this year. Seven wins is certainly attainable, depending on the development of Tuitama and this team playing with more consistency as a whole.

The Wildcats must continue to recruit “lights out”. Who knows, maybe next season but more likely '08 and/ or '09, the Arizona Wildcats can really challenge Southern Cal for the title.

Noel Devine
Noel Devine
I know Scout.com has defensive tackle Marvin Austin as the top prospect in the nation. Do you think he is the best player in the country or do you like someone else?
Dale (Atlanta, Georgia)

There is no question that defensive tackle Marvin Austin (Washington D.C.) is worthy of the No. 1 overall distinction. The same can be said for a few other prospects like quarterback Jimmy Clausen (Westlake Village, Calif.), defensive end Everson Griffen (Avondale, Az.) and defensive tackle Torrey Davis (Seffner, Fla.).

Having said that I personally feel running back Noel Devine (North Fort Myers, Fla.) is the nation’s top prospect. I don’t even think it’s close. In fact, he is one of the top prospects of this decade! There is no doubt that Devine has unreal God given talent. He is not a big back (5-8, 185) but he runs with surprising power. Devine is blessed with amazing speed, quickness, balance and vision. He has a sixth sense or instincts that the average back just doesn’t have and he does things on the football field you just shouldn’t be able to do. I hate to give analogies to high school football players but he is the closest back I have seen to Barry Sanders, who happens to be one of the all-time greats.

The question with Devine is can he get it together off the field? Academics and personal issues will be his biggest challenge. We have seen what can happen, or not happen, depending on how you look at it, with great prospects like defensive tackle Callahan Bright and wide receiver Fred Rouse. Hopefully it will all work out for Devine.

Who are some prospects that you are high on that you feel are flying under the radar?
Rob (Nashville, Tennessee)

Here are six prospects that I think are flying under the radar that are very, very good.

Victor Anderson
Victor Anderson is a running back prospect from Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier High School. Anderson, 5-9 and 180 pounds, is one of the most elusive and electrifying prospects among the Class of 2007 and he is headed to play for West Virginia. He is not a big back nor is power one of his better attributes. What Anderson gives you is a home run threat because he has the uncanny ability to make defenders miss. He has super vision and balance, breakaway speed, he can start and stop and accelerate quickly and he also has the unique ability to change directions. If your the defense and you think you have Anderson bottled up he can work his way out of trouble with a 360 spin move, a little shake and bake or change of direction. He just plays the game with great instincts. Anderson is considered a soft commitment to West Virginia.

Ahmad Black is a defensive back for Lakeland (Fla.) High School. Black, 5-10 and 170 pounds, has committed to play for Florida. Black has it all but great size. He is quick, fast and very aggressive. Black can support the run and he can be very a physical player, especially for his size. At the same time he shows excellent cover skills and he's masterful at playing the ball in the air. Black has great hands, hips, instincts and a burst. Overall, he is a defensive back with terrific upside.

Houston Cassita is a running back prospect from Sandy (Utah) Jordan High School. Cassita, 5-10 and 197 pounds, is an explosive back with exceptionally quickness, balance and vision. He hits the hole hard and has a great change of direction. Cassita can start and stop on a dime and then hit his fifth gear very quickly. In other words he has a great burst when he needs it. Cassita will surprise you with his strength as he has a powerful lower body. He can pound it between the tackles and has the speed for the outside runs. In the open field he is very dangerous and a big time threat to take it to the house because he can beat you with his power, speed or quickness. Cassita is also a good receiver out of the backfield. In a year of some very good backs, Cassita is one of the best.

Scotty Cooper is a linebacker from Lake City (S.C.) High School. Cooper, 6-1 and 195 pounds, has committed to Clemson. Cooper has terrific speed and is a great hitter. He plays everywhere on defense and shows great range in getting to the ball, no matter where it is. Cooper can chase the ball down, fight off blocks and then he makes a “B” line to the ball carrier. And when he gets there he can pack a wallop. He is not the biggest linebacker but he can certainly bring the wood. This kid is a true sideline to sideline guy that projects as a “Will” linebacker or even safety at the next level for Clemson.

Emeka Nwankwo is an offensive line prospect from Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna High School. Nwankwo, 6-5 and 270 pounds, has to be one of the most underrated prospects from the Sunshine State. The first thing that jumps out at you is his size and frame. Nwankwo has a great frame and those long arms coach's covet. He could easily add a ton of weight and muscle. Secondly, he has great feet and moves well both laterally and north-south. Nwankwo has a good first step, uses leverage and plays low. Once he gets his hands on you it's pretty much over. Nwankwo is strong at the point of attack, can block down and steer a defender the way he wants to. Basically, he has all the physical attributes you look for in an offensive tackle and has smarts. Nwankwo has big time upside. He favors Florida, FSU and Notre Dame and has offers from all three.

Daryl Robinson is a two-way standout from Philadelphia (Pa.) Northest Catholic High School. Robinson, 5-9 and 175 pounds, plays running back, wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner. In all honesty he kind of reminds me of Warrick Dunn (Atlanta Falcons). Like Dunn he is undersized but plays bigger than he is. As an offensive player, whether it's at running back or receiver, he is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. Robinson has excellent speed and quickness, can start and stop on a dime, has great balance, instincts, vision and elusiveness. He has good hands and is at his best in space. Robinson also has a deadly 360 degree spin move. Defensively, he has a knack for being around the ball. He has good hips, closing speed, quickness and coverage skills. Robinson has committed to Temple, as the Owls beat Connecticut, West Virginia and others for him. That's a great get for new Temple Head Coach Al Golden.

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