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Ever wonder how detailed signing day announcements are?

Then check out this Deadspin post. It's the national signing day agenda for the country's consensus No. 1 prospect, DE Robert Nkemdiche.

Looks like the program for our wedding, but with a little more detail. And a ram logo. My bride wouldn't go for that.

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More interesting recruiting tactics

I enjoyed compiling this package in today’s paper on creative ways schools try to get recruits’ attention. It's already caused me to commit to FAU. 

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FHSAA exploring policy on transgender athletes

This isn’t the most important topic on the FHSAA board of directors’ agenda for its meeting next week, but it caught my eye.
 
The association is considering a policy for transgender athletes. It shouldn’t be a surprise, because the thorny issue is becoming a major topic of discussion and litigation.

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USF back in touch with Pasco ATH Janarion Grant

An update from my post yesterday about USF and the Bulls' lack of contact with Pasco ATH Janarion Grant:

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The big 3 states in college football recruiting

I love numbers, and I love recruiting, so I enjoyed this ESPN story that combined them both. Turns out three out of every eight college football players in 2010 came from either Florida, Texas or California. That figure has doubled in the last 50 years.

Read the rest of ESPN's nuggets here. 

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Eassa to prep athletes: Be your own 'recruiting service'

Without hesitation, FreeRecruitingWebinar.org founder Dan Eassa says the biggest misconception existing among high school athletes and parents is that "everyone gets a scholarship."

In accordance with that statement, he has some strong feelings about those services -- namely, recruiting services and combines that charge a fee -- that tell kids what they wish to hear.

Eassa, who has made a cottage industry of educating kids and parents about the recruiting process, insists there's nothing a recruiting service can do for a prospect that the prospect can't do for themselves.

"You ask these people, 'Why do you go to these combines?' They say, 'To try to get our name out there.' What the heck are you doing to get your name out there?" said Eassa, a former local TV sports producer and anchor.

"Going to a combine and just throwing rice against the wall and hoping something sticks? Take that time, get a highlight tape on YouTube, get that link, put a player profile together, e-mail the colleges and do 10 a night. In a month you've got 300 colleges blanketed. That's getting your name out there. …

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What should USF football have done about Connor Rafferty?

The biggest surprise of the day: USF pulled its scholarship offer from Robinson LT Connor Rafferty, his mother told our Joey Knight. A snippet from his story:

Tracy Rafferty told the Times early Monday morning that new Bulls offensive coordinator Walt Wells informed Rafferty by phone around 10:30 on Sunday evening. Rafferty's dad, Robin, called Wells back and was told Connor wasn't in the plans of new Bulls coach Willie Taggart's staff, Tracy Rafferty said.

 

"He said it would be in Connor's best interest if he were to pursue other offers at this time," Tracy Rafferty said.

 

"He said that they looked at film and they compared him with other offers they had, and that he was on the list but they didn't think they would get to him. So he said in his professional opinion, it would be in his best interest to pursue any other offers he would have."

 

Stories like this one are part of the underbelly of recruiting.

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Autographed Robert Nkemdiche card? Only $99.99!

Apparently Topps made trading cards for players at last week's Under Armour All-America Game.

How do I know? Because someone is selling one autographed by the country's top recruit, Georgia DE Robert Nkemdiche, on eBay. Yours for only $99.99! Did I mention there's free shipping? 

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Leon McQuay's dad defends son after USC football decommit

News from a California defensive end 2,500 miles away apparently has some Trojans upset with…Armwood S Leon McQuay III. 

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Yahoo!, Robert Weiner and 'Friday Night Lights'

I always like to see how others view Tampa Bay high school sports, so I clicked on this high school sports blog on Yahoo! this afternoon.

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USF football assistant or Plant football coach? Discuss.

 

So Robert Weiner is staying at Plant, thus ending the brief opening for Tampa Bay’s top high school coaching destination.
 
The move raises a good question, which our John C. Cotey brought up on Twitter:
 
Most famous high school football coach in Tampa Bay >>> USF WRs coach? Discuss.
 
Yes, let’s discuss.
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What's Tampa Bay's best coaching job?

By now you’ve seen that Robert Weiner has left his job as Plant head coachto become an assistant at USF. I speculated about Weiner joining the Bulls (as head coach) here a few weeks ago. 

Weiner’s departure means the Panthers will need a new head coach. Obviously the opening will attract attention from all over Tampa Bay – and probably across the country. Plant is a desirable job.
 
But how desirable? Let’s discuss.
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Under Armour: Is TE Josh McNeil committed to LSU? Bama? Neither?

The hardest part of covering recruiting – by far – is knowing what’s true and what isn’t. Did someone really get an offer from School X? Did he really commit? Is someone being misled?

Consider Josh McNeil, a standout tight end from tonight’s Under Armour All-America Game.

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PHOTOS: Vernon Hargreaves, Alvin Bailey, Leon McQuay III, Ryan Green, Sean Covington and more from Under Armour.

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