The 247Sports Recruiting Podcast
Summary: The industry leader in college recruiting coverage now has a podcast — with weekly episodes chock full of exclusive analysis and interviews, brought to you by 247Sports’ vast network of experts.
Today on the 247Sports Recruiting Podcast, we’re picking the brains of recruiting gurus Greg Biggins and Steve Wiltfong on the upcoming announcements of the country’s top dual-threat quarterback (Jayden Daniels), the the No. 17 offensive tackle (Trevor Keegan), and the No. 2 overall player in the 247Sports Composite (Kayvon Thibodeaux).
Urban Meyer leaves behind a complicated legacy, but there's no doubt he was one of the best head coaches to ever put on a headset. Where Meyer was especially innovative was on the recruiting trail. We talk to 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong and Ohio State recruiting insider Bill Kurelic about what made Urban Meyer so good and the task that now lies ahead for his replacement, Ryan Day. We also talk to Hank South about the upcoming announcement of five-star center Clay Webb and close out the show with another installment of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Roundup.
On today’s episode of the 247Sports Recruiting Podcast we’ll explain why Brian Kelly was talking about recruiting seconds after finishing off an undefeated regular season. We’ll also talk about the recruiting upside for UNC with Mack Brown back in Chapel Hill (08:25). And Memphis product Eric Gray, the top all-purpose back in the class of 2019, is verbally committed to Michigan right now but hasn’t been to Ann Arbor in a really long time. We talk to Ryan Callahan (27:48), who covers recruiting for GoVols247, about Tennessee’s push to keep Gray in the Volunteer State and how Jeremy Pruitt’s first full cycle is panning out. And as always we’ll wrap up the show with our Crystal Ball round-up (34:47).
Minnesota head football coach PJ Fleck joins the podcast to talk about why he chose the Golden Gophers, the qualities he looks for in a recruiter, and what his famous binder couldn't prepare him for when it came time to run his own program (0:52). Then we explain Rank History, a cool new feature available on 247Sports player profiles (18:30) before Blair Angulo hops on to brief us on the commitment of four-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele to the Washington Huskies (21:15). We close the show with another installment of the Crystal Ball Roundup (25:11).
First up on today’s show we’ve got 247Sports national recruiting analyst Charles Power on to walk us through some of the movement in the class of 2019 rankings update that came out on Tuesday (1:39). Then we’ve got Steve Wiltfong giving us the skinny on Milton Wright’s commitment to Purdue and what happens to the Boilermakers’ top 25 class if Jeff Brohm leaves (19:34). After that we’ve got the return of the Crystal Ball roundup (26:07) and Trey Biddy of HawgSports on how Arkansas is having its best year ever on the recruiting trail despite having perhaps its worst year ever on the football field (32:27). Listen all the way to the end for a teaser for next week's blockbuster guest; if you know the answer, tweet it to @ConnorTapp247 — correct answers will get a shoutout on the next episode.
Within 72 hours, the 247Sports Crystal Ball for No. 1 overall class of 2019 prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux flipped from solidly FSU to solidly Oregon. How did that happen? We check in with a panel of 247Sports recruiting experts to find out (0:52) and also get the rationale behind a few other Crystal Ball picks for high-profile prospects (11:16). Then we look at unique recruiting challenges presented by the now-vacant Kansas job (19:22) and check in with Billy Embody for the latest of recent Georgia decommit and five-star running back John Emery (31:12). Finally, we shout out Adrian Martinez for picking up 247Sports True Freshman of the Week honors (34:52).
On the debut episode of The 247Sports Recruiting Podcast, director of scouting Barton Simmons breaks down the player pool for the class of 2019 and singles out a couple of programs having especially good or bad cycles (2:20); director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong previews a big official visit weekend for Auburn, Michigan, and a handful of others (25:38); and we check in on Trevor Lawrence's development (33:41) after the former No. 1 overall prospect picked up True Freshman of the Week honors in Clemson's historic beatdown of FSU.