I don't really consider most of these recruiting battles. I think a recruiting battle only occurs when both teams actively recruit a player and the player highly considers both teams leading up to their decision. For instance, the Glenville Trio, Hilliard, Fitzpatrick and Foster (we dropped him after a bad visit) weren't battles between us and Bama IMO.
Ever think he had his hat off because they knew they were going to show him on TV so someone told him to take it off for that moment?
I was there and that was my initial thought process. I didn't once think that he had it off because he WANTED to be shown.
Demario McCall is the best player in the state next year.
Birm, saw you cystal ball Hausmann to Ohio State today.
Is that based on new information and where did you have him crystal balled to previously?
Including Porter Gustin?
S Tyree Kinnel also might flip to Notre Dame. The new coach is going to have to do a hell of a job to even manage a decent class.
To be fair, I read an insider article where an NFL scout said that he would have Cardale as the best NFL prospect QB on our team right now.
I do agree sample size is small but if, like the OP says, Cardale has similar games against Alabama and then in the NC it wouldn't be out of the question for him to submit his name. You never know.
Let's not turn into Michigan fans now.
Probably means Isaiah Prince
Funny thing is is that Cager might get left out of all three classes (ND, Bama, OSU). We told him we only have so many spots left, Alabama is running out and so is Notre Dame. I'm all for taking visits and making sure you're making the right decision but he's already been to all three schools. I don't know.
Though if we flip Van Jefferson I'd say that's more than good enough.
I'm guessing it's not the exact reason but it's probably part of it.
When a kid sees us filling up on DBs, sees the talent level of the DBs that will be above him when he gets here, I don't blame the school and kid for mutually parting ways.
Tell that to Justin Boren and Gareon Conley
Does Terry Beckner have the frame to move to DT?
Would love to land him or Gallimore. Or both.
The thing is, you have no way of knowing that. Pretty much everyone said after we lost to VaTech that there was no way we were even in the playoff hunt, let alone would make it.
You cannot make that claim right now. Teams always lose. You don't know how the Big Ten will do next year. You don't know what other powers will lose. You don't know anything about next year yet, so why make the claim that we MUST do this, that and the other?
Doubtful. Before this move Kirk was pretty much down to USC and A&M with some insiders feeling that Kirk was leaning USC recently.
I don't think we've been in the picture for 6 months.
No way he goes to Nebraska.
He will either go to OSU or go to OU, IMO.
Some smoke though that he's being told that he will never play at OSU. Hopefully he sees through the BS. Kid is a stud.
Idea situation IMO is Gerald, Jauan Williams and Eichenberg and then Sammons and Onwenu as either OL or DL.
The negative WR recruiting is really getting annoying. We made progress this season with Barrett showing we can definitely throw the ball but we really need a few WRs drafter in order to put all worries from recruits to rest.
Really hope we can convince Cager that we can develop him. If not, Van Jefferson is supposed to visit. Would be great to flip him back.
I'm pretty sure he has said that he pushed his decision timeline back. I believe he was considering enrolling early but is not going that route anymore and is going to take more time to decide.
Maybe it relates to your crystal ball to Memphis thing. Grades? Regardless, seems like there is more to the story then just "he doesn't want to come here".
So essentially we're telling him to not waste our time?
Ok, thanks for the reply.
Birm, are you going to do another "Finish the class" type of article before the winter recruiting really gets rolling?
It would be interesting to see your and Rock's predictions compared to the one you did a few months ago.