so I put this in another thread, but wanted to start a new one to get some people's opinions......my guess is that we sign 3 more players: Mike Mitchell, Vonn Bell and Robert Foster, and here is my reasoning:
Right now we stand at 79 scholarship players after the Klein dismissal. We have 13 seniors on this team. Let's also assume Big Hank jumps ship to the NFL. There is also going to be attrition, and my guess is 4 guys will not be on the team come spring ball. That puts us at 61. If we sign 17, we are at 78. I think we are going to bank those 4 scholarships, along with the 14 seniors that will be gone after we win the national championship in 2013-14, and the natural 3-4 players who will leave for whatever reason. As we all know, we are in on so many top guys for 2014, and that class is ridiculously loaded, plus it is the last year we have to be at 82. Knowing all of this, I think sticking at 78 is the way to go for the 2013-14 class, and then Urban can really load up on talent by getting anywhere from 19-22 guys, depending on how many leave the program. We may get more, as I think a lot of the guys currently on the roster are going to be passed up on the depth chart by guys Urban recruits, and they'll transfer elsewhere. I think ultimately the 2014 class is going to be a top 3 class, maybe even the best overall defined by star average. I think we are ok this year as far as depth goes, and a lot of players will be weeded out, which will open spots for the 2014 class. Again, this is just my opinion, but the more I look at the realistic targets that remain for the 2013 class, the smarter I think it would be to just bank what's left and look forward.