Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Morning Six Pack: February 5, 2013

Happy Signing Day Eve! Start the madness early with these six college football stories from around the country.

Linebacker Reuben Foster commits to Tide

The ongoing saga surrounding the recruitment of Reuben Foster may finally have reached its end. [ed note: but don’t count on it.]

Johnathan Ford's decision highlights National Signing Day in Huntsville region

Ford, a four-star running back, is expected to choose between Auburn and Tennessee after de-committing from Vanderbilt.

Bret Bielema taking head-on approach early at Arkansas

The new Arkansas football coach picked up the microphone at halftime of the Razorbacks' basketball game against Tennessee, said some kind words about his first few months in Fayetteville and then laid down the gauntlet.

Ex-prosecutor to lead probe

Keeping a campaign promise, Pennsylvania's new attorney general appointed a special deputy Monday to investigate Gov. Tom Corbett's handling of the Penn State child sexual abuse case and why it took so long to bring charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Cal reaches settlement with ex-coach Tedford

California reached a settlement with former football coach Jeff Tedford on Monday that will pay him up to $5.55 million for the final three seasons of his contract.

Quotable:

It’s the league’s success, both on the field and in putting players in the NFL, that makes the SEC a difficult draw for many prospects to turn down.

“Because of the SEC dominance on the field, you have guys wanting to go and play for SEC schools,” said Woody Wommack, a Southeast recruiting analyst for Rivals. “It doesn’t necessarily mean just guys from the South. This is the marquee place you want to play — you want to play for the SEC. That’s why they come here. Success begets success. Teams keep winning, guys keep wanting to keep coming, and it’s almost like an unstoppable machine.”

Winning helps, as does location: The heart of the SEC — teams such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Florida — lies in the center of the nation’s most fertile recruiting grounds. Fourteen of the top 25 prospects on Rivals’ list of the nation’s top 100 recruits attend high school in a state with at least one SEC team.

“I think location certainly is a huge factor,” said Jeremy Crabtree, the senior coordinator of recruiting for ESPN. “If you go back and look at where the recruits are from nowadays, there’s a huge skew toward the South, the Southeast states.”

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