ESPN recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton provided a massive public service through his Twitter account on Tuesday, releasing a data dump of fascinating information about the signing class of 2016.
In short, Texas was the most popular breeding ground for FBS prospects, but half of all signees came from a clean sweep from Texas, across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida and up to North Carolina.
The Lone Star State produced 359 players, with nearly half of those heading to Power 5 institutions. In fact, Hamilton reports, 72 of 128 FBS programs and 38 of 64 Power 5’s signed at least one player from Texas.
Florida trailed with 327 players, followed by California with 248 players and Georgia with 225. For what it’s worth, Ohio was not included in the study.
Data dump, begin!
Thomas Tyner isn’t the only Power Five running back forced to step away from the sport because of injury.
Back in November of 2014, Morgan Steward sustained a hip injury during the early portion of Missouri’s summer camp. Specifically, the running back said at the time, “[m]y hip joint popped out of place, tore things around, pulled off some of the bone.”
Surgery that November sidelined him until camp the following year, but Steward managed to play the first three games of the 2015 season. Unfortunately, the back was shut down in late September for the remainder of the year; five months later, he’s being shut down permanently as Mizzou officials have confirmed that Steward will be forced to retire from the sport and end the playing portion of his football career.
A three-star member of the Tigers’ 2012 recruiting class, Steward ran for 84 yards and a touchdown as a redshirt freshman. Prior to the hip injury the following year, Steward was viewed as a back who could potentially shoulder a significant portion of the running-game load, rushing for 117 yards and three touchdowns in a scrimmage during spring practice in 2014. Post-injury, he ran for 18 yards in the three 2015 games.
The good news for Steward is that he has his degree from Mizzou in business communications.
Michigan State was not the only power conference program with a national signing day legal cloud floating above it. Missouri signed all but one of their commitments on signing day. The lone outlier in the crowd, defensive end Marvin Terry of Texas, spent his national signing day in a county jail for suspicion of assault. The St. Louis Dispatch reports Missouri is no longer recruiting Terry as a result. The details shedding some light on the incidents leading to the jailing may explain why.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Terry, has been sitting in Dallas County Jail in Texas since January 25 as he faces felony charges for family violence assault with intent to impede breathing or circulation as well as family violence assault for at least the second time over the past year. He also faces another charge, a misdemeanor, of family violence assault that causes bodily injury and insufficient bond for family violence assault. He is scheduled for a court appearance next week, on February 11. The incidents leading to the jail time span from July 9, when he is accused of pushing his eight-month-old girlfriend in the face. He was later arrested for this incident in mid-August.
The incidents leading to the jail time span from July 9, when he is accused of pushing his eight-month-pregnant girlfriend in the face. He was later arrested for this incident in mid-August. The second incident occurred in early January. He was again accused of pushing his girlfriend and hitting her multiple times after she fell. The victim accused Terry of threatening to kill her as well. He now sits in jail on a $34,500 bond.
Terry was rated as a three-star defensive end by Rivals. He was to accept an offer from Missouri over programs like Oklahoma, Arkansas, Miami, Texas Tech and UCLA. There is no indication whether any of these programs will keep a door open for Terry once this legal issue is put to rest, for better or worse.
Prior to today, Todd Graham had lost four assistants from his Arizona State coaching staff the last five-plus months. Less than two days before National Signing Day, that number has climbed to five.
The Arizona Republic is confirming the initial radio report coming out of the area that ASU defensive line coach Jackie Shipp is leaving the Sun Devils to take the same job at Missouri. If the reports come to fruition, Shipp would replace Chris Wilson, who was hired by first-year Mizzou head coach Barry Odom in mid-December but then left for a job with the Philadelphia Eagles late last month.
Wilson had replaced Craig Kuligowski, who had been a Tigers assistant for the previous 15 seasons before leaving for a job on Mark Richt‘s new Miami staff.
Mizzou beat writers, however, are warning that the reports are premature, although none have labeled them as inaccurate. Regardless, an official announcement is not expected until after signing day Wednesday.
Shipp has spent the past three seasons with the Sun Devils. Prior to that, he spent 14 seasons as the line coach at Oklahoma.
Graham has already lost Mike Norvell to the Memphis head-coaching job, with the offensive coordinator taking two of his boss’ assistants along with him. The man hired by Graham to replace Norvell, Chip Lindsey, very nearly left to take the head-coaching job at Southern Miss before electing to stay in the desert.
The initial defection hit close to home as Bo Graham, the head coach’s son, abruptly resigned as running backs coach last August.
Chris Black may have left Alabama, but he’s not leaving the SEC.
As he did when he announced his decision on Twitter to leave Alabama back in December, Black took to the same social media website to announce his landing spot, revealing in a tweet that he will continue his playing career at Missouri. Because he’ll join the Tigers as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2016.
This upcoming season will be his final year of eligibility.
Black was fifth on the team in 2014 with 15 receptions for 188 yards. With the departures of Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White and Christion Jones, Black was the Tide’s leading returning wide receiver. However, he caught just two passes for 23 yards this past season due to a combination of the emergence of transfer Richard Mullaney (54-600-4) and true freshman Calvin Ridley (75-893-5) as well as an ankle injury.
A four-star member of Alabama’s 2012 recruiting class, Black was rated as the No. 8 receiver in the country; the No. 11 player at any position in the state of Florida; and the No. 58 player overall by Rivals.com.