I've noticed that seemingly every Georgia prospect we offer, UGA has already offered them. Are they not as hesitant with in state prospects as we are with Ohio guys?
Malik Hooker is a probable top 15 draft pick at safety. I doubt Okudah wants to solely play CB because of the money.
LSU hasn't beaten Bama since 2011. They're riding a 6 game losing streak and their matchup in 2017 is in Tuscaloosa.
The secondary isn't as worrisome as some might think. Denzel Ward returns and no doubt he's going to occupy one of the spots, he's the fastest guy on the team. Incoming JUCO DB Kendall Sheffield is an early enrollee, a part of Bama's 2015 class and a former 5* recruit. He's really good.. might as well pencil him in as another starter, I'll be shocked if he gets beaten. In the secondary you have guys like Damon Webb who will be in his 2nd starting season under Schiano, and you have talented but unproven guys like Jordan Fuller and Erick Smith that will most likely battle it out for the other spot. And while it's unrealistic to expect them to win a starting spot.. you have 2 unbelievable DB's from the 2017 class that enrolled early and will more than likely crack the 2 deep. Jeffrey Okudah is 6'1" 1/2 and 190lbs (right now) and Shaun Wade is 6'1" 177lbs (right now), both of those kids will do winter workouts coming up. By the time fall practices roll around, I expect both of those guys to put on a little more muscle and get to play some good backup minutes as they get acclimated to the college speed.
He's an all purpose back, the slot below.
Crazy to think the highest rated RB and TE committed in the Big Ten in 2017 doesn't even score a .90, granted ttun almost had a .99 RB... almost
Not sure if it was said in this thread, but Brandon Saine comes to mind for me.
MLB is a huge need... whoever plays that position has to play it well. If this defense has one weakness, it's a team that can line us up in the I formation and pound the rock. I believe our defense is better suited against spread teams with all the team speed we have, specifically at DE and OLB/DB's.
Any SEC team is going to be far away from the playoffs with Bama and Nick Saban there.
I definitely don't think Marvin is as solid to LSU as some think. I think if he had to choose right now it would be LSU, but he seems pretty undecided and Urban is going in home with him on Wednesday. We'll know a lot more by then.
They're notoriously bad homers who think everyone thats showing FSU interest is headed there. I dont pay attention.
Marvin Wilson would play a lot his freshman year, I think he could even supplant Michael Hill for the starting spot. I'm serious, Marvin is a big guy.. he's got 30lbs' on Hill, he's a mountain. He's the kind of guy that makes the jobs of the other 6 guys in the front 7 a whole lot easier. Freshman playing time is absolutely there for Big Marv, at LSU he probably wouldn't even play his first year because of depth alone and if he does it's in garbage time. If he's serious about early PT, OSU and FSU would be your two best choices.
Haskins ran in high school, albeit not much but he definitely ran. Plus you can see him escape the pocket sometimes. He's definitely more agile than Joe Burrows, and maybe a slight notch below JT. But that's purely based on his HS senior tape that I watched. After watching Haskins senior tape... he's the real deal, I don't know how he's kept off the field with the kind of arm he possesses. Lightning quick release and powerful arm and very smart with the ball.
Right guard and right tackle is definitely going to be interesting. At tackle you have Prince, but I think he can and might get beat out by a healthy Pridgeon. Then you have 2 really good freshman coming in that can contribute right away at that guard spot, but perhaps whoever doesn't end up at right tackle can slide in and play at RG.
I expect there to be a lot of open competition across the board including QB. I don't think JT is as solid a starter as some think, especially with this new offense coming in. There's going to be less QB running and more QB passing and JT has to be ready for that because I think Burrow and Haskins are naturally better passers. He may very well be the starter but he's going to have to earn it, it shouldn't be given to him.
Having official visits in the spring and summer is huge for Ohio State, getting some of these southern and western kids to come for visits and get involved with their recruitment much earlier will definitely give us a better chance at picking up some of these guys.
The recruiting services never miss a chance to drop OSU committed recruits.
For 330lbs he doesn't appear to have a belly on him. Kid must be pretty muscular.
Absolutely not true. None of Alabama's top high school teams are anywhere near the top of the rankings of the best high school teams in the country. I looked at USA Today's rankings of top 25 high school football teams for the past 5 or so years and I only seen one team, Hoover Alabama appear on the list in FIVE years. Ive seen multiple Ohio teams like St. Edward, La Salle, Archbishop Moeller, Huber Heights all appear on there through the past few years.
All schools usually do after the dead period ends.
I don't think LSU is in any way an overwhelming favorite. I think his recruitment is pretty wide open with LSU, OSU, FSU, and OU all having a great shot. He didn't HAVE to post that edit, but he did and I don't think it was to create any kind of suspense for his LSU bound decision.
Ohio does have better HS talent than Bama from top to bottom. The only states Id say have better HS talent than Ohio are Cali, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana.
Josh Myers will be a tackle once he learns how to pass block. That's where his future is. His quickest way to PT is at guard.
The services always over rank uncommitted guys, to generate a "buzz" when he commits to a school. Then he falls in the rankings to make way for more uncommitted guys to leap frog him. Unless of course you're Alabama, where just about all your prospects see significant jumps in their rankings when another team (OSU) threatens their chance for a millionth straight recruiting title.
I think the OL is going to have some nice depth on it next year with guys like Pridgeon, Wyatt Davis, and Josh Myers in the fray either starting or being a 2nd stringer.
What are some things you've taken from basketball and implied to football as you make the transition to college football?