The run on early commitments from top recruits continues. It will be interesting to see if it plays out like last year. I like it.
Hugh Freeze may be the whipping boy of the moment, but one can never forget that Houston Nutt signed 37 (thirty-fucking-seven!!!) players in 2009. That may be my all-time favorite recruiting statistic.
Andrew basically answered the question that I have and probably answered the "why aren't we putting more pressure on Gant" one, too. There are other players higher on the board at his position (hence our patience), but we'd prefer to take him. Is that about right?
E-town is definitely not a traditional B1G college town in that regard. Hope you enjoyed anyway.
I know more than a few people, unfortunately, with a DUI on their record. I don't know anyone with three. Like Sarkisian last fall, Williams has a problem.
If I were Ole Miss, with the talent they've amassed over the past several years (whatever their methods), I'd fire Hugh Freeze immediately. There are a lot of good coaches out there who could do something with that talent, which would keep more coming in. Freeze doesn't have enough results to justify flirting with a program-killing penalty and firing him would be be a more meaningful gesture than taking a year bowl ban.
That part was sarcasm and a reference to the Gerald Ford/Richard Nixon transition. Old guy humor.
Jones seems like a no-brainer due to his versatility. Other guys who are more one-dimensional (in college football terms, anyway) might prove to be the more difficult, interesting choices.
Thanks for input. Wiltfong's CB has him at DT, but where he ends up probably depends on team and scheme.
I am by no means a fan of Beck, but I think anytime a former employee gives an "exit" interview of sorts and cites issues that we can all pretty much concede were in place, that there needs to be reflection. The whole "fuck Beck" and "sour grapes" line of thinking will get us into trouble.
From 5* recruit to dreams of the WWE. I don't like to talk shit about college kids, but Kalis's story is a great lesson about watching what you wish for and the fickle nature of recruiting.
Don't discount the Jarez Parks effect on this one (or others this year). A high four-star having to take a grey shirt, coupled with the breakups of other commitments over the last couple of years (and I think you can include our relationship with Todd Sibley in this discussion) may have recruits feeling like they should grab a spot when it's available. Frankly, I feel like if you know where you want to go, it's not a bad decision.
He was committed to the Wolverines for nearly two months but reopened his recruitment last August due to a lack of communication with the staff
Say one thing for Michigan and their recruiting tactics: they are consistent.
Hey, what's with all the facts?
Forum title was a little alarming; not gonna lie.
Illinois is weirdly like Indiana in terms of preferring basketball over football. Peoria, Rockford, and, obviously, Chicago are all great high school basketball cities and produce a ton of D1 talent.
Would be surprised if Clement did not commit this weekend.
Well, that sucks. In a sport full of shitty people, Bill Snyder is a prince.
Have to think in a situation like Allen's that our depth at CB hurt us a bit, though with Woodbey in, we probably need only two more DBs tops in this class. Good Gawd, Robert Cooper.
One of the reasons this is a bad idea goes beyond the shadiness of it all. It's just a bad idea. You're giving employment to a dad whose kid is two years from playing (presumably at Michigan). What happens if the kid gets hurt? What happens if he stops developing? What happens if he's a bust? It's just poor management, however crafty some may think it is.
With Wyatt Davis here, Woodbey's commitment does not seem like such a leap of faith. On top of that, while it's still tough to get some kids out of their necks of the woods, it's becoming increasingly more frequent.
Davonte Neal is a perfect example of a kid whose talents just weren't worth the headaches that came along with them.
Not RS freshmen, but I look for Barrow, Cooper, Jones, Mack, and Victor to all make big strides this year. As noted above, we fall into a trap in thinking that still-HS seniors or, at best, early enrollees, who've only competed against high school competition (which means, sometimes, 185-lb LBs) will come in and blow away RS freshmen, true freshmen, and sophomores, who are older and who've had time in the system to mature, both physically and emotionally.
Love the optimism on Parsons (though it seems more are suggesting it's more realism) and I like our approach to TE recruiting in taking the more polished guy and an athletic project.