Christian Hackenberg finally got his fifth star from Rivals.com this week. - USA TODAY Sports
With National Signing Day inching closer and closer, we're delving into all things 'crootin in this week's SwH.
Tim Beckman may be hearing this on the other end of the phone line a lot more once the NCAA's newest rule changes come into effect (and get used to these tenuous potshots, 'cause I'll be shoehorning a QOTSA song into every SwH I write):
(Music likely NSFW)
Bad news, recruits. Y'know how you were already inundated with letters and phone calls from coaches before? Well, you ain't seen nothin' yet. The NCAA has repealed all restrictions on contacting recruits within the live period. That means any and all e-mails, phone calls, text messages, Snapchats, tweets, Farmville requests, and carrier pigeons are fair game now (as long as you don't keep the carrier pigeon).
The decommission of a rule that was likely broken a bazillion times is a step in the right direction by the NCAA. Diverting resources that could be used elsewhere in an effort to find out how many recruits Lane Kiffin is texting "how u" was always going to be a fruitless task. Hopefully coaches will show some discretion and not abuse this privilege (if they weren't already) at the expense of a teenager's privacy.
ALL the stars: Rivals became the latest recruiting service to hop on the five-stars-for-Christian Hackenberg bandwagon when they released their newest rankings on Monday afternoon.
Rivals analyst Kynon Codrington explains what pushed Hackenberg into such rarefied air:
"Hackenberg showed at Under Armour that he was the most consistent quarterback in attendance. He has good anticipation and when his timing is down he is superb. The Penn State pledge has above average arm strength to go with solid accuracy," Codrington said. "He should thrive working with Bill O'Brien at the next level. His release is effortless and his mechanics are very polished. He shows good pocket presence and understanding of his progressions and reads. His performance throughout the week and was head and shoulders ahead of the other quarterbacks and gave him the nod for the coveted fifth star."
Hack had already earned the prestigious five-star rating from Scout and 24/7 after his performance in the Under Armor All-American game, and it appears that he is now--more than ever--the consensus top quarterback in the class of 2013. The crown jewel of BO'B's first recruiting class is one of three Lions in the latest Rivals100--OL Brendon Mahon and TE Adam Breneman are ranked 58th and 78th, respectively.
In slightly less good Penn State recruiting news: Former linebacker commit Jonathan Walton is no longer considering the Nittany Lions after he stated that he would remain in SEC country on Monday. Walton received a boatload of SEC offers after committing to BO'B in December (Ole Miss, Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn), and without Ted Roof's Southern connections it seemed a longshot the rising two-star would re-commit, and that theory has proven true in the end. I'll defer to Jeff as to whether there are other linebacker targets the staff is looking towards as a possible replacement for the 2013 class.
Today in Notre Dame and things that aren't real: The mothership's Jason Kirk has the story on a class of 2014 Georgia commit that enjoyed a visit to South Bend despite the fact that he never went. Reality is not having a good week against the Fightin' Irish.
Lightning round: Stephon Morris is no longer a member of the footbaw team, but this is probably why BO'B isn't a big fan of the Tweeter. There's plenty more of that on his feed if you're so inclined.....Dave Joyner and Rodney Erickson have been handcuffed together and somebody threw away the key.....Your Lady Lions went to Ann Arbor and staked their claim as the best team in the Big Ten on Monday night. The incomparable Maggie Lucas led Penn State with 19 points.....In national hoops news, former Penn State assistant and current Missouri head coach Frank Haith is in trouble with the NCAA over his alleged involvement with Nevin Shapiro during his time at Miami (FL).
Have a great Tuesday. Bum-dance like nobody's watching.
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