GSU recruiting update

My apologies for such a lengthy absence. I’ve been meaning to post for awhile, but have been caught up with a number of assignments. Anyway, enough prattling.

I spoke with Bill Curry Friday for a story that will run on signing day Wednesday, and talked to him a bit about the class he hopes to sign. He’s not allowed to talk names, but he gave some details.

First, while he and recruiting coordinator George Pugh have said in the past they expected the class to be 7 or 8 players, it has grown. Curry said it will be between 8 and 12.

“That could change in a heartbeat,” Curry said. “We could get two or three or we could lose two or three.”

The reason it could go up depends on what will happen with players already committed. For instance, if a committed player decides to take another offer, Curry may not be willing to commit a full ride to the next guy on the list. So he might offer to half-scholarships to two players.

That said, Curry said he felt “reasonably good” about where things stood with the class right now, but added that he always feels that way at this time of year. I asked him how many he commitments he had, and he said, half-joking, “That vacillates about every half-hour.”

Georgia State had its final recruiting weekend this weekend. It started Friday and ends Saturday. From Jan. 31 to signing day is a dead period in which no coaches can contact players.

Curry said in the past few weeks he’d met face to face with every Georgia State commit and also a few who are on the fence. He said he’d been to California, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama besides in-state visits. Two of his trips would jibe with information dug up by my colleague Chip Towers, as well as Ben Moore at Panthertalk.com – Defensive tackle Fatu Ulale (6-2, 275) from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College and kicker Christian Benvenuto (6-2, 190) from Palm Coast, Fla. If I had to guess, his Alabama trip was to see running back Demarcus James from Demopolis.

(UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: Ulale will sign with New Mexico. That’s from a Cerritos spokesman, who got it from the school’s recruiting coordinator.)

There’s also eight commits from in-state linked here.

Curry said he had seven commits, though that was before Brookwood quarterback Ben McLane (6-1, 215) committed Sunday at the end of the recruiting weekend. I’d venture that this is a pretty big commit for Georgia State. About two weeks ago, offensive coordinator John Bond didn’t think there’d be a quarterback in the class, which had been the plan, because other positions were pressing issues.

“It’s hard to justify when you feel like you’re fairly solid at that position,” he said. “Of course, we wouldn’t turn down a great one if we had the opportunity.”

That’s all I’ve got for now. Be sure to check in on Chip Wednesday online and on Twitter, and on the Georgia State page. I’ll have a story following Curry’s news conference, but I’ve been assigned to cover the Isaiah Crowell hubbub down in Columbus.

If you weren’t aware, the school is having a signing day party at 5 p.m. at the student center. Admission is free. Coaches and team members will be there, and there will be a silent auction on memorabilia from the season, and a presentation of the signing class at 5:30.

Thanks!

Ken Sugiura, Georgia State beat

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Ryan

February 1st, 2011
8:07 am

GSUtimes2

February 1st, 2011
9:09 am

Thanks, Ken. I posted on the other blog this question: Do you know whethere there is any basis to the claim that Fatu Ulale has withdrawn his GSU commitment and committed to New Mexico? This link claims that to be the case: http://thelobolair.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26101

GSUtimes2

February 1st, 2011
9:11 am

*whether (not whethere)

GStateBen

February 1st, 2011
9:23 am

Fatu may still sign with us. I haven’t seen a Scout.com rep state that he’s decommitted and it’s only been reported on a New Mexico message board.

Glad that CBC has talked to every prospect, should be a fun 24 hours.

See you guys at the NSD Party!

GSUtimes2

February 1st, 2011
9:30 am

Yeah, rivals.com still has him at GSU. Just wasn’t sure if it was heresay, idle rumor, or fact.

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Ken Sugiura

February 1st, 2011
11:38 am

times2 – not sure. i’ll try to look into it today.

GStateBen

February 1st, 2011
11:42 am

New Mexico publisher is saying that Fatu has verballed to New Mexico. Trying to hunt down someone to confirm it.

Also, it’s possible for a recruit or two to be on a half scholarship so that could increase the numbers.

Hammer22

February 1st, 2011
12:19 pm

Good to hear from you again Ken.

GSUtimes2

February 1st, 2011
1:12 pm

Scout.com has him as a verbal commit to New Mexico per a visit to UNM on 1/28. Rivals.com has him still committed to GSU. I guess we will find out tomorrow! Let us know if you dig anything up, Ken.

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February 1st, 2011
2:29 pm

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GStateBen

February 1st, 2011
3:01 pm

From everything I’ve been told from a contact out West, Fatu will sign his LOI with GSU tomorrow. Nothing to worry about as Fatu is a solid commit to GSU as of this morning.

itsmeagain

February 1st, 2011
3:18 pm

Ben. You are famous

GSUtimes2

February 1st, 2011
3:31 pm

Cool, look for me at the NSD party. I’ll be the guy wearing blue.

Ken Sugiura

February 1st, 2011
3:59 pm

putting an update in the blog.

GSUtimes2

February 1st, 2011
7:53 pm

Why are Imonni Carswell, David Huey, and Jakari Kinnie listed on Chip’s latest GSU commitments? That has to be a mistake, right?

Ken Sugiura

February 1st, 2011
8:37 pm

Times2 – if Chip wrote it, i’m sure it’s accurate.

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February 2nd, 2011
12:32 pm

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GSUAlumBaseball81

February 2nd, 2011
1:17 pm

Awesome news from our GSU Football Panthers! Great job Ken and Ben keeping us informed. Cannot wait until September in the Concrete Jungle. See you all this evening for the celebration! GO PANTHERS!!!