The college football recruiting week began with word that Michigan
gained eight verbal commitments over the weekend.
That came on the heels of Ohio State landing a prized cornerback, its
fourth verbal commitment in the 2013 recruiting cycle. Three of those
Buckeye pledges are ranked as four-star prospects, the other a
Notre Dame, meanwhile, remains at one verbal commitment, that of
four-star offensive tackle Steve Elmer, who committed in September.
If you're getting ready to ball up your fist and punch the panic
button, however, don't. Yes, the two Big Ten powers are off to
fantastic starts, but ...
"At the same time, and not to sound cliché," 247Sports.com national
recruiting analyst Steve Wiltfong began, "it is a marathon and not a
Case in point: Notre Dame on Tuesday hit the finish line of the 2012
recruiting gruel-athon when it received a letter-of-intent from slot
wide receiver Davonte' Neal. Not only did Neal's recruitment stretch
three weeks past the Feb. 1 national signing day, but it also extended
four hours past Neal's originally scheduled press conference.