Top Recruits Turned Bucs

February 1st, 2017
Was top high school recruit.

Was top high school recruit.

If you haven’t noticed (which means you haven’t been online yet this morning), today is National Signing Day, the day top high school recruits sign their Letter of Intent to attend a school.

It’s a huge deal in some pockets of the country, enough for BSPN to go full throttle with coverage. Joe used to get into Signing Day until Joe realized he was spending an inordinate amount of time monitoring the whims of 17-year old kids. Now, Joe does his best to ignore recruiting.

But this story by Pete Fiutak of College Football News caught Joe’s eye in regards to the Bucs.

Fiutak ranks the top 10 schools in the recruiting wars of 2012, and ranks each school’s top five recruits in order. Included in that top 10 are LSU and Ohio State. So what, you ask? Well, the top recruits that winter for both LSU and Ohio State currently play for the Bucs defense.

That would be Kwon Alexander and Noah Spence.

Joe just thought that was interesting; two of the top high school recruits in 2012 are currently teammates on the same unit with the Bucs.

13 Responses to “Top Recruits Turned Bucs”

  1. Joeypoppems Says:

    Thats an interesting nugget of info

  2. Pickgrin Says:

    Jameis has been a 5 star “recruit” at every level going all the way back to pee wee football.

    Licht seems to be doing a very good job of finding highly talented young players who LOVE to play football and are dedicated to getting better and being the best they can be. ASJ aside, that is very much a trend…

  3. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Gawd I hated today when I was still in sports journalism. My small market lived and died on U. Tenn football with a secondary audience that followed VA Tech.

    And I was like you Joe…who cares about a bunch of high school kids…some work out..others do not and there are no surprises overall.

    So are we shocked that Alabama is again going to land the top class…that Ohio State, Florida State won’t be far behind and that will be followed by the usual group of suspects.

    I am mildly interested in how USF does because that is not a given. Taggart has this team on the cusp of being special..let’s see if Charlie Strong can keep it up.

    USF has a chance to break out of that large group of second tier schools simply because of all the local talent…similar to the Hurricanes. Let’s see how Strong does in the state of Florida. Given his UF ties I’m thinking he should do pretty well since he’s already worked with many of the high school coaches in Florida when he was on the Gator staff.

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The irony is this: that year people around hear said LSU players sucked.

  5. Andy Norton Says:

    Good story, as both are the future of this defense. Can’t wait for Free Agency then the draft. In licht I trust, Go Buc’s

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    Strong’s area is defense, granted USF needs help there. Last season games came down to who scored last won the game. High scoring games with little defense. I feel Strong is here until a better offer surfaces. Taggert’s debut in Oregon sure came out twisted. Comical.

  7. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Are you a USF fan. I went to Cincinnati so now I cheer for all the local teams. My wife is a USF grad so I probably like them a bit better than UF or FSU. I’m not a big fan of the Canes but since they hired Richt I’m more interested.

    Certainly take your point about Strong being a defensive coach who just inherited an offensive team. Quinton Flowers is just sick. He’s best player I watched in state and maybe even farther. That dude can ball. Not sure if he has an NFL arm but he’s a competitor and if he doesn’t make it as a QB I see him going the Terrelle Pryor route. Flowers is incredibly exciting to watch.

  8. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    The Defensive triplets of Kwpn,Spawn and VH3 gone be sooo sick when they fully mature in this league man.

  9. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    The offensive one of Fameis,ME and….. Gose without saying.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    St.Pete… everybody generally likes their home college team. I know it’s a struggle landing top talent with the big three tandem of UM, UF and FSU taking the cream of the crop in state talent, also being a draw of national talent. That next level to climb, don’t know if it will ever happen for USF. The AAC has some decent teams, but the bigger conferences have the recruiting edge by far. I remember you said your wife went there. You should get a bumper sticker that reads pushing 70, not mph.

  11. SB Says:

    My dad Graduated from USF and I lived in the Tampa area for 37 years so I always root for USF. I will root harder now that they hired Charlie Strong.

  12. Poor Glennon Says:

    Licht has done nothing!! #3 and #13 were no brainers. Ya Kwon and Ali and Noah were good picks. But ASJ, Sims and the freakin kicker are huge busts. Resigning Martin the lack of WR depth. You all cry about our lack of depth at WR. That’s Lichts job.

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    Sooo nice to have a great GM!
    For many years, it irritated me that my mock draft, turned out better than the Teams draft.
    That should never happen- with all the scouting info at their disposal, no way a guy on that coach should out draft them.
    But here- for many years- it happened guys here at JoeBuc were out drafting our GMs
    Looking at you Bruce Allen and the horrific Mark Dominick.

    Now, Lichts picks are often unexpected- yet turn out to being contributors
    Such a nice change