"We didn't want him anyway so Harbaugh pulled this stunt on purpose to get him out of the class."-- Michigan fan, probably.
I am definitely buying the concern. Burrell practiced with the Freshman the first day of camp and Knox isn't even been discussed lately as a starting candidate well into his 3rd year in the program. Worth mentioning because these are the two Meyer said need to provide depth. Add in the fact Bowden clearly isn't ready by Meyer's own admission, Trout practicing on 3rd team, no mentions of Lisle, and Feder being hurt doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.
It bothers me when people don't understand the significance of recruiting and rankings, especially more so when they knock others who get excited about it. It's not a coincidence the best teams are very often on top of the yearly recruiting ranks.
I enjoy watching the game with friends at a bar a lot more than the stadium. Each year I start seeing Ohio State Football more about the atmosphere around the stadium and an excuse to have a full day of fun with friends rather than the actual team success itself.
I hate snobby alumni who question the fanhood of those who didn't attend Ohio State. You sir/m'am aren't half the fan as some of those said people you criticize, and frankly it is upsetting how often this happens.
I passionately dislike Gene Smith. He is overlooked in the whole Tatgate mess and we nearly lost Urban because he didn't impose a bowl ban on a 6-6 team. Also, he hardly came to Tressel's support during it all.
The #FireThad fans are totally out of scope. He brought a football school to four straight Sweet Sixteen's, the highest streak at the time. He's earned the right to go out on his own terms, which I don't think will be long because of his health.
I agree with this logic, but if the goal is too pick the four most deserving teams what was the point of ridding the BCS system? If the goal is too pick the four best teams then I feel we undeservedly got left out. That's my confession.
I think one of the best thing about these QB's is the versatility they all bring. Burrows and Haskins are pass first QB's that can also run, Clark is essentially a pure pocket passer, and Martell is the definition of duel threat. This doesn't just give Urban multiple capabile quarterbacks, but multiple skill sets as well.
Now I hope QB Giddeon doesn't bite us again in the near in the future because with this much talent it could realistically happen.
Well considering Urban said multiple times that Burrow/Haskins were going to battle for the #2 spot ahead of Collier doesn't bode well for him ever taking meaningful snaps here. And that doesn't even take into account Martell and Clark arriving next year.
The ones you mentioned plus Akers and Wade could possibly make HALF our class 5-Stars. Has that ever been done?
I don't think it's too much to ask to have your future head coach know your name after being committed for 10 months. I don't blame him at all for being rubbed the wrong way, people have de-committed before over less.
Hey Cooper! Fellow soon-to-be '16 grad here as well, would be neat to know if there are any other fellow 11W members joining us on Sunday. Anyway, best of luck on your future endeavors. Go Bucks!
I want Wade as much of the next guy, as a matter of fact I don't think it would be unethical to ask a commit who was planning on enrolling early to wait until the summer so we can make room for him. That said I wouldn't throw Wint under the bus like that, looks like we all have something to be excited about with him.
It only takes one team to like ya...
Seriously though, the right team taking Cardale in the 3rd could do wonders for the young man. Wish him well.
I recall Birm once mentioning in a Hurry-Up that there is NFL talent in Pridgeon. That's obviously hard to project coming from a school of his size, but if there is decent chance of that then you'd imagine he would land a starting spot. I am all about getting the best 5 on the field so it seems premature that Jones is already permanently set at LT. This especially since Prince and Pridgeon have more prototypical tackle length (which I think gets overrated, especially at the college level).
I can 100% understand why they chose this weekend to why they "dropped" him. A recruiting pitch to the #1 RB in the nation sounds a lot better when you tell him there is one RB in the class compared too two. If you want to win championships, which the school and fans essentially asks for, you need the best players to make that happen and if Sibley's spot is filled by a better player then so be it. No matter how much it sucks for the kid, and I do feel bad for him, its the nature of the business and to be frank you can't have it one way while also asking for the other.
I am sure the staff likes their standing with Harris and Akers and since we have limited spots, I am sure worst case they may be ok with just taking Dobbins.
This team will be better than expected, but still not good in large part due too the bullpen. I believe this because I think we'll have a surprising good second half.
Come All-Star break, our rotation could consist of Iglesias, Desclafani, Bailey, and the two young studs in AAA Reed and Stephenson. Now I am not expecting them to live up to their ceiling right away, but on pure talent alone this is an above average rotation with a top-5 upside. Plus, the cast-offs from the rotation (Read: Lorenzen/Finnegan) paired with Cingrani, Diaz, and Straily could be an above average bullpen as well. Lastly, I think the line-up is better than given credit for. Plus with Winker coming up as our future left fielder and Pereza, I think trading Cozart and Bruce could be an addition by subtraction so these guys can get some playing time.
In summation, I think this is a slightly below average team on 2016 with great reason for optimism for 2017.
The Reds sprint Marathons.....
I don't know the last time I did watched one of these videos without getting goosebumps. It's so easy liking this football team, really awesome video. Again.
I am increasingly confident this unit is going to be an asset this Fall. Ends seem to make more game impacting plays so it benefits us this group is a little stronger than the interior line. Hubbard has star potential and Lewis performed great last year and will only improve. Plus, Holmes in rushing downs should create some havoc as well.
The interior is bit more of a worry, but the shire numbers makes me believe we can find three who aren't liabilities. Michael Hill performed admirably last year, so if we can find two more who can free up Lewis, Hubbard, and Holmes while filling the gaps during running plays, we will be more than fine. Plus, little Bosa has 3-Technique written all over him when it comes to passing downs. I'm not worried about this unit being good, I just hope they can become great.
Those Z receivers could be the 4x100 on the track team. Some serious reported speed by those fellas.
Corner: Conley and Lattimore/Ward. Safety: Webb and Smith.
On paper this looks best based on what i've seen the previous season. There must be something about Hooker that is impressing the staff because it doesn't sound like he is running first team just because other guys are out. I just don't understand how your starting nickel from last year doesn't crack the starting rotation with the exodus we've seen in the secondary, which is why I believe we see Webb at FS.
Not saying you are one of them Barfolomew, but I don't understand why people assume it would be Jamarco that loses the spot to Pridgeon. By all indications it seems that Jones has outperformed Prince this Spring. If it's about getting your best 5 on the field and Prince is better than on of the competing LG's, then fine I get that. But in a vacuum Jones vs. Prince, i'd rather see Jones out there regardless of Prince's higher potential. We all know how Urban feels about that word.
I don't know if our d-line is going to be elite by any measure, but I am increasingly optimistic this group is going to become an asset rather than liability come Fall.
Lewis, Hubbard, and Holmes will be plenty good on the edge and it seems we have depth developing even before Bosa arrives and Barrow gets healthy.
What's becoming a good problem with this class is that there are people we can't say no too that we might have to say no too.
When we were first recruiting him I remember thinking he seemed too flabby to play early. After looking at the picture above it seems that Mickey changed that in a hurry, which isn't unexpected.
Bosa gets a lot of the attention of potentially starting at 3-Tech as a freshman and deservedly so, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Burrow taking a lot of snaps there this year. He was dominant before the injury and if he can gain the strength to handle the rigors of a full season then watch out.