Early commitments began with JoePa and Penn State
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Early commitments began with JoePa and Penn State

Recruiting season expanded from couple months to couple years

Photo: Joe Paterno changed recruiting in 1994.

The glossary needed to define the wild, wild world of college football recruiting continues to evolve and expand.

I started thinking about this when I read that Michigan State 4-star defensive tackle recruit Naquan Jones of Evanston (Ill.) Township “re-committed” to the Spartans in December after he had originally committed in June and then de-committed in November. ... 



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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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