Judson's recruitment was certainly interesting and, of course, with hindsight, you can ponder the negatives and positives of him staying in this class. Probably better, though, to simply wish him luck at USF. It's a great pickup for them and, perhaps, the best landing spot for him. Good luck, young man.
Here's the second quote that Scarcella references and is the more damning of the two:
What makes it tricky, they're not having to deal with some of the things we're dealing with and working through, which magnifies it. Those programs as well as others know that and use that against us. We have that conversation with every single prospect. We don't usually initiate it, but it's coming from somewhere.
Unless Franklin wants to claim that he has been misquoted here, it's clearly an accusation.
This made me laugh out loud. Thanks, DJ.
Great questions all around. If you're assuming we're good with Grimes (17), Lindsey (18), and Okudah (19), it would seem like we'd be pressed for space and wouldn't take more than one LB (20), possibly the right DT (21) and that's gotta be about it, unless it's someone you couldn't say "no" to (and Holmes or DPJ would fit that bill).
Terrible. Prayers for their families. Cannot imagine losing one of my own so young.
Holmes in the class would have to come at the expense of either Shaun Wade or Okudah. I would be fine with any combination of two of these players. We won't get all three and probably shouldn't take them if we could.
Astute. We'll keep working other DBs to offset a possible Shaun Wade loss. We'll push hard for Tufele as well.
Wiltfong CB'd him to UCLA. Not out of running, but some doubt increasing.
It is not a stretch of reality that we could end up 12 of the top 50 players in 247's composite rankings. Unreal.
I know it will be construed by heresy among some, but if we sign all or most of the guys we want (as is currently the trend), it really doesn't matter if Bama has the the #1 class by someone's computer rankings. I do think that there's a strong chance that the final 1-2 classes this year could both be in the top four or five all time. The Buckeyes and Tide have separated themselves from the pack.
I hope Buckeye Nation appreciates Larry Johnson. An awesome coach and mentor to young kids.
Morgan Ellison is a very interesting recruit. I think he's going to have a big year and see his recruitment blow up.
Shades of JK Dobbins; an out-of-the-blue commitment from a sleeper (if highly rated) recruit.
Josh Gordon did not pick up.
Why is this schlub their spokesperson? Seems like a guy who would date your old girlfriend, but want to be friends with you. Creepy.
Tricky footing, indeed. I'm guessing the conventional wisdom is it's Dobbins, Akers, or both and if it's Akers, there would probably be a time when both are committed, giving the staff a chance to keep both. Akers has been really hard to read in his recruitment, so he's probably not going to tip his hand too much and give Dobbins cause for concern. As much as Dobbins is watching the staff's relationship with Akers, though, I'm guessing the staff is doing the same thing with JK and Texas. 'Crootin.
Sounds like Major is going to have a really big impact on the kind of players coming into the program; a telling development after the disaster that was the class of Giddens, Mitchell, et al.
The Browning CB hurt my feelings, truth be told. The Akers one helps considerably.
Great news for Riep. I'm a firm believer in reading the tea leaves through other offers.
Am I just a nervous Nellie regarding Jeffrey Okudah? I just haven't had the same "lock" confidence since The Opening? Baron Browning?
Does a Wookie have to pay the same amount for a tattoo?
I cannot upvote this enough. That statue is ridiculous.
I don't think there's a clear-cut #1 this year, as evidenced by the revolving door for who the various sites have as #1. Doesn't mean there's not a lot of great players, just that there's a lot of quality at the top.
Andrew: Are we all in on Jaymest Williams if so (considering Shaun Wade's tenuous commitment)?
Not sure why the down-votes for some solid logic. I'm skeptical we end up with Shaun Wade and doubtful, if not resigned to the fact, that we don't get Lamont Wade, so getting Riep is big for us and I would imagine they are selling this to him in any way they possibly can.