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January 30, 2013
Each day leading up to National Signing Day, Rivals.com's analysts will convene at the Recruiting Roundtable and debate a current recruiting topic.
Today's question: What program had you expected to have picked it up in recruiting by this time and it just hasn't happened?
Mike Farrell, National/Mid-Atlantic: I'd have to say Oregon. I know they got a nice pickup in Devon Allen and of course they lost Chip Kelly, but hiring from within with no apparent changes on offense I expected them to have more success down the stretch after the great seasons they've enjoyed in recent years. You could lump Stanford in here as well after finishing No. 5 overall last year.
Adam Friedman, Mid-Atlantic: I expected Maryland to have landed at least two important recruits by now. The Terps lost out on Na'Ty Rodgers to South Carolina and wide receiver Dan Monteroso chose Purdue. Rodgers choosing the Gamecocks really hurt Terp nation because the four-star offensive tackle went to school in the Terrapins' backyard (Pomfret (Md.) McDonough), and Rodgers is very good friends with Maryland commit Derwin Gray. Fortunately, Maryland still has a chance to end strong with Yannick Ngakoue, Gray's high school teammate.
Kynon Codrington, Southeast: Florida State is a team that had picked it up to start the recruiting cycle but hasn't been able to maintain the momentum. That is due in part to head coach Jimbo Fisher losing six assistant coaches. On Monday, the 'Noles lost four-star offensive lineman Austin Golson, who could be now leaning toward Ole Miss. As of Wednesday morning, FSU sat at No. 19 in the Rivals.com team recruiting rankings, and the Seminoles still have a chance with five-star OLB Matthew Thomas and Rivals250 WR Stacy Coley. But if they don't land one of those two, it could be perceived as a down year.
Woody Wommack, Southeast: I think one school that has had a rough go of it is N.C. State. The new staff came in with a lot of promise but has seen Clemson take two of its best commits over the last few weeks. Obviously it's hard when there's a change late in the cycle, but I was thinking the promise of a new, exciting offense and staff would lead to some late gets for the Wolfpack but right now I think they're treading water.
Josh Helmholdt, Midwest: I am very surprised that after an 11-2 season and a big BCS bowl win over a top-five ranked Florida team, Louisville sits outside the top 50 in the team rankings and has just two four-star commits. What makes it even more surprising is that this is a program that has recruited really well under head coach Charlie Strong, going into Florida and stealing top players away from the in-state schools. I expected a big recruiting boost for the Cardinals once the on-field production met the program's promise, but this 2013 class is pretty uninspiring.
Jason Howell, Southwest: I am a bit surprised by Oklahoma. They are sitting with a respectable No. 12 ranking in the Rivals.com team recruiting rankings, but the momentum just seems to be lacking this year. It is not a bad class by any means. Cody Thomas and Keith Ford are solid headliners, and Stanvon Taylor and D.J. Ward are the top prospects in Oklahoma; but there have also been some big misses. Five-star running back Greg Bryant is one that sticks out, and then there was the run at Laquon Treadwell that came up short. Texas A&M's emergence clipped the Sooners wings a bit when Justin Manning and Jordan Mastrogiovanni opted for the Aggies, and late in the game Rami Hammad and Tahaan Goodman both decided to go with other options. During the season the Sooners also suffered key losses to Kansas State and Notre Dame on big recruiting weekends, and that did not help their cause. I do like the three-star additions here over the past few months, but it's just not the punch we are used to seeing from the Sooners.
Rob Cassidy, West: I'm not sure I actually "expected" Kansas State to pick things up because Bill Snyder doesn't place as much emphasis on recruiting as most of his peers. That said, I figured back-to-back impressive seasons would have attracted more talent than they did. There are some solid pieces in the Wildcats' class, but there are also some real misses, especially among the junior college ranks. K-State rarely makes waves on the recruiting front and seems to do just fine in spite of that, but a No. 50 recruiting ranking is underwhelming for any BCS program coming off a conference title. Snyder has added important players late in the game in the past, but a rush of signing-day surprises is highly unlikely this year.
Adam Gorney, West: Miami has to be on this list. The Hurricanes have only 12 commitments; three are already enrolled, and the nine others don't exactly blow anybody away. There are no five-stars in their class, and only one prospect -- defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad -- is in the Rivals100. That is unacceptable for a program with so much talent surrounding the school that the coaching staff could pull kids from just five miles away and field an excellent team. Miami is really losing the battle for Florida talent with the Gators atop the team rankings and Florida State in the top 20. There are a bunch of teams, including some in the ACC, that are ranked ahead of Miami in the team rankings that have no business being there. Al Golden and his staff have to close really strong to stave off a disappointing recruiting class.