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buck-I.8

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Comment 12 hours ago

Baugh looks shorter than his listing and is much stockier than Heuerman or Vannett. In high school and at The Opening he was lauded for his ability to run and stretch the field, and he doesn't seem to have the same comparative athleticism that led him to excellence at the lower level.

Compared to Vannett, who is a physical freak, both in person and in pads on the field, Baugh doesn't quite pass the eye test the same way. I hope to see a huge step forward and remain cautiously optimistic because something had to give the staff enough encouragement that Hubbard wasn't needed for TE depth. If Baugh didn't buy in early enough and never ends up figuring it out, I hope AJ Alexander and Rashod Berry are able to provide depth early.
 

Comment 03 Jul 2015

This. Which is odd because he's a kid with great size for a DT as a kid that hasn't even started his senior year yet, and he has offers from big programs. He transferred from a huge football school in Tampa to the IMG factory.

What's even more of a firm endorsement of Barrow is that the staff was on him a long time ago. They weren't waiting to see which other targets appeared, they took his commitment way before the picture even started to clear with Gary or any of the other targets.

Comment 03 Jul 2015

Yeah, that's why I noted his listed position (by 247), rather than the position he was recruited as; he has made it clear OSU wants him as a tackle.
 

As for Cornell, I'm not sure I agree. Bennett was 6'2", 293 at the combine testing and that's presumably what he played at in college. He didn't lose any quickness with his size, and I just think Jones is a better prospect on the outside, as an SDE. He has slightly better length and wingspan. Cornell is a bit below the height you want from your DEs, and he's had many scouts predicting a move inside since midway through the last cycle. With that said, if both of them end up moving I won't be surprised. When you have 5 guys at a position like that it's pretty likely that at least one won't pan out.

Comment 03 Jul 2015

There are 5 true freshman who could potentially play DT in college.

Davon Hamilton and Rob Landers are listed at DT and both have pretty good size. Hamilton is listed at 6'4" 300 lbs and Landers at 6'1" 290, good sizes for college DTs, but the issue is whether either have the ability to pick up the game early enough at this level.

Josh Alabi, Jashon Cornell and Dre'Mont Jones were all listed as DEs in recruiting profiles, but at least one of them seems likely to move inside. My guess would be Cornell, as he is about prototypical height for DT, a bit small for an end, but is at least 25 lbs away from having the size to play the position currently. Dre'Mont Jones also fits the profile, but is injured so it's a moot point at the moment where he eventually is used. Josh Alabi is 6'5", 295 and is probably an inside lineman when it's all said and done but he's very raw.

Comment 30 Jun 2015

Has anyone been to the new bar Bullwinkle's where College Town used to be? I'm not in town this summer, but the place is 30 seconds from my house and I'm told it's the love child of a Midway/Big Bar combination.

aka not good

Comment 28 Jun 2015

Purdue had a pretty good week. They got some solid players in the mid-3 star range, which, given that they're basically a MAC tesm trying to stay afloat in the B1G, is about as good as they can hope for in the short term. I've always been fond of Purdue as a program you root for to get back on their feet (even despite some of our more unfortunate outcomes with them over the past decade or so).

Wisconsin also had an encouraging week, given the questions that Chryst had to answer about recruiting in-state. I don't blame them for letting Bredeson get away, he was a bigger fish than perhaps they were prepared to handle presently, and his brother is at Michigan already. Van Lanen is good instate pick-up and Watts was a guy that many thought might be take for OSU for a while.

Michigan's recruiting is basically a very good offensive line group, and a bunch of project types that have the versatility to fit in many different places. Harbaugh has shown he can win with this type of roster, but so far, no one has really proven that you can go all the way with a team as short on pure talent from a recruiting standpoint as Harbaugh's teams have traditionally been.

Comment 28 Jun 2015

A practice squad player's salary is nothing to turn your nose up at, either. Last time I checked, minimum salary for 17 weeks on the practice squad gets you six figures

Comment 24 Jun 2015

The briefing memos I worked with were from 2014, though the exact statistics are not available to me anymore. I won't say for sure that the number of heroin deaths has become the greater one in the U.S. since '13, but at least in parts of the midwest and northeast, the proportion has changed drastically in recent history.

Comment 23 Jun 2015

Just out of curiosity, when were you in the Naval school? I completely agree with your points on legal narcotics, but the situation has really escalated beyond even loosely predictable measures, just in the past few years. I worked on a health policy research team for a Senator whose state is particularly affected by this and heroine-related deaths are increasing almost exponentially. What we looked at was the rising cost of prescription drugs- In the past narcotic overdoses from percocet, oxycodone, etc. outnumbered heroine ODs big-time, but in the present more and more people are finding that legal drugs are extremely expensive, especially when purchased second-hand, while they can get their heroine fix for days for only 10 dollars or so. For this reason, states in the midwest and New England have seen an enormous spike in heroine deaths.

Comment 23 Jun 2015

The "gateway drug" argument is extremely tired. Modern studies in epidemiology overwhelmingly support the role of prescription drugs leading to harder drug use (oxies and percocets => heroin, adderall and other amphetamines => meth). These things are still legal, easy (though expensive, leads to cheaper, harder options) to acquire, highly popular, and probably pose more of health risk when abused.

Comment 23 Jun 2015

Uh yeah, tobacco of all forms slowly murders you from the inside out and is extremely addictive while pot, uhh, might make you eat too much junk food..?

Comment 22 Jun 2015

I have no issues with where he is ranked currently; if I was ranking these prospects I'd be cautious as well with a kid that has burst on the scene through camp performance. The camps are performed without pads or realistic game situations until the Opening (though if the rule the keeps Ohio and few other states' athletes from camping in full padded drills before a certain date is still in place, we won't find out there either) and Cooper, despite putting on muscle is still lacking great length or thickness. His size will develop, it already has started, but scouts need to see how he looks against real game competition, not just one-on-ones in shorts and a t-shirt where the rusher already has an advantage against the blocker. There is a reason some scouts see him as a LB. I'm extremely high on the kid, but I understand fully that scouts want to see him on the field before they do something like blow him up to a 5-star too hastily.

Edit: With that said, ESPN ranks him 93rd overall, #15 DE, 247 has him at 57th, #6 DE, scout at 32nd #4 DE , and rivals at 148th, #7 DE. None of these are low by any standards.

Comment 22 Jun 2015

The way he has increased his mass recently, I'm sure he is already following a training program handed down from Ohio State. This is the development that scouts need to see in order to justify an even higher ranking.

Comment 18 Jun 2015

He makes good cuts, he has above average acceleration, and he hits appears to be able to identify a hole and hit it hard. He probably won't be a guy that catches tons of passes out of the backfield, but he'll be hard to bring down once he gets a head of steam. Paired with McCall, a guy with a smaller stature who can burst into the play, make guys miss and break away, that's all you can really ask for in a RB class. I think most of these kids are not concerned with where they are ranked, or at least they don't take the field with any different mindset when its game time.