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Recruiting Report Card
Gene Menez
February 14, 2005
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February 14, 2005

Recruiting Report Card

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A flood of late signees led by WR Fred Rouse and top five RB Antone Smith, both in-state pickups, helped the Seminoles outrecruit rival Miami for the first time in years.

LOSERS

FIRST-YEAR COACHES RON ZOOK AND TYRONE WILLINGHAM

A dynamic recruiter at Florida, Zook didn't have nearly that success with his first class at Illinois (ranked as low as 51st by the experts). Willingham, who had trouble bringing in talent at Notre Dame before taking the Washington job, lost out on several of the state's best, including RB Jonathan Stewart (above), who chose Oregon.

MIAMI

The 'Canes failed to sign a skill player on offense despite their pursuit of Florida RB Antone Smith and California QB Derek Shaw. They enter '05 with two scholarship QBs (zero starts).

NOTRE DAME

A late-arriving new coaching staff handcuffed the Irish, whose class generally ranked outside the top 30. They lost top Ohio DL Lawrence Wilson to Ohio State and New Jersey OL Brian Roche to Louisville.

TEXAS

The Longhorns missed out on three top targets-- TE Martellus Bennett, QB Ryan Perrilloux and WR Fred Rouse--and signed only one QB (from a small school) after coach Mack Brown said he needed two "great ones." -- Gene Menez

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