Will be interesting to see how 1) the class shapes out/how close this prediction ends up being right; and, 2) how the rankings of these kids will fluctuate over the next 364 days.
Partridge had it easy, he had relationships with these Jersey kids and it was a pretty easy sell to follow him to Michigan. Now, he still had go out and get it done, but Harbaugh's tactics are clear, hire people close to the top guys you want and they will come. On a side note, I dont see Jay Harbaugh doing anything worth commenting on. He is a coach who got excited about Michigan's class, which turned out to be pretty decent, at least according to rankings. Going forward, all recruits, regardless of rank, now have to prove they can play at the next level over the succeeding 3-4 years. Right now, no signee from yesterday has played a snap in college and until they do, they are all hype.
364 days to go until NSD 2017, many changes to come.
ESPN is about one thing: page views. They have very little integrity and pay millions to people to share knowingly moronic opinions to drive viewer response and get more page views and time spent on the websites/networks. All of the good and reliable talent goes to the sport-specific networks, ESPN is a dying star. I used to rely on ESPN for all of my sports news. Now, if I want something about OSU, I come here; something about baseball, I go to twitter or MLB Network; something about the NFL, NFL Network. The only time I watch ESPN is when there is a game on I am interested in and even then, I cringe at some of the analysts they talk to during the broadcast. Their reporting, especially for college sports and specifically recruiting is bad. Advise, dont pay any mind to what ESPN says and if you want to know about OSU stuff, come here.
Meh, Ill worry about Gary when he lives up to his hype. Far too many of these top guys end being just good or average players in college. If he dominates games, then Ill give him attention. Right now, he is simply another soon-to-be freshman.
As far as the west goes, Wisconsin has a way of doing things and it works well for them year in and year out. The only real story in that side of the conference that is negative is that Nebraska has completely lost its ability to recruit among the best in the country. They used to be heavily involved in Texas and the midwest in general and they seem to be getting kids that the top programs kind of have as Plan-B's. I really wonder if Nebraska will ever be what they used to be again. Riley was a bad hire and Im not sure he is there very long. Sad to see such a storied program become a middle of the road team in the B1G.
Edit: Apparently thats not him at all.
For both: Who was your favorite non-OSU signee to interact with during this cycle and why?
Was Brady the only person who actually went to Michigan at this event? Jeter, Holtz, Flair, etc. have limited to no true affiliation with the program.
They need to be booted? Its a pretty good academic school, especially for engineering, and I dont know if you know this, but there are more sports than football. With regards to football, they are going to upgrade their facilities and that should help with recruiting but theres no legit reason you "boot" Purdue simply on the basis they struggle at football.
Grimes but not for a little while.
A lot of smoke for Gary to end up at Clemson. I still think Michigan, but man it'd be hysterical if he picked Clemson.
I hope it doesnt become a fad. Its intriguing but its a bit too over the top for me. Michigan has to do this, they do not have any resume quality stuff over the last decade to convince kids. So, they do this crap.
Its pretty crazy the level Harbaugh has taken this NSD thing.
Unlikely, but man how funny would be it be at that event with Brady and Jeter that Gary signs with Clemson. Air sucked out of that room in a hurry.
There were pictures last night of Victor looking over his OSU LOI. All of those rumors that there was/is a problem seem pretty stupid to me.
B1G Media Days will be fun this year. There will surely be many questions regarding Harbaugh's recruiting techniques. A lot of disapproval out there so I wouldn't be surprised if something is addressed by either the B1G or NCAA. So many decommits and shady practices.
With the additions OSU is going to make tomorrow, I think the gap is just too big for Michigan to climb ahead. That being said, I think its pretty remarkable that OSU is going to fall to #5 (at least according to some projections). I know Bama is going to have 60 5 stars sign tomorrow but thats just crazy. Another note: I think there is some serious smoke that Gary will sign with Clemson. I highly doubt he goes anywhere other than Michigan but theres been a lot of discussion in the last 24 hours that Clemson may be the team to beat.
Good for him. Pretty insignificant, but does anyone else cringe at "the University of Ohio State" when its said or posted?
Wait until the kid is in the program for three years and then ask this question. I think its pretty fallacious to draw an opinion on if the guy will play based on a red shirt season and also, didn't he have to come back from a knee injury? So much time left in his career and with OSU's WR group being incredibly inexperienced/unproven, there are opportunities everywhere.
No offense, but trying to figure out where this kid is going based on documenting his twitter posts/changes seems to be a bit too stalkerish. That being said, none of the 'experts' have suggested he is going to come to OSU and there has been pretty much no other smoke other than the kid having fun with fans via twitter.
Is Jones's flip back to Maryland a nothing story or is that still a possibility?
so the sudden interest in the top recruits in America in a poor educational school with little to no real football tradition in a small Mississippi town was actually a result of cheating? No way...
This team has no star player and is still trying to figure out chemistry and how to play big time college basketball. IMO, its not the coaches, its a combination of youth, general inexperience, and a lack of scoring talent. This team will eventually get back to being one of the best in the B1G, but this year is about development and that will always involve a lot of growing pains. The big disappointment, however, is Lyle. He is just a turnover machine and really does not take over ball games against weak competition like he was hyped to do.