I think a distinction needs to be made. It's not like Scarlett is begging for an offer and we won't give it to him because we're waiting on Harris. The source said that there's a chance we got Scarlett if we went all in for him. Unlike last year where we could have had Kyle Allen or Drew Barker if we wanted but waited on Watson.
I don't think Shavar Manuel is coming. Bill K talked to him and he said he has not plans to visit this weekend.
We have not offered Alex Stump. There is no battle there.
Kentucky was never in it for Erick Smith either, they were just used to create drama.
Marcelys Jones on the other hand was very close to going to Kentucky.
I think we keep Harris from them.
We were his first offer last summer. Not sure how he doesn't know our coaches.
Don't forget, at this time last year Harris was committed to Michigan and Hilliard and Cornell were locks to Notre Dame.
I don't think it's as simple as the McDowell situation.
Yes, early on it seemed that Van's dad had some concerns about OSU (namely if we could develop him into an NFL WR), but all indications are that his parents are totally on board with OSU if that's what he chooses.
He has developed some good relationships with Tennessee's coaches and players/recruits. He also is feeling some pressure to stay closer to home.
Right now it's probably a toss up. Hopefully it goes our way.
Most believe it's a matter of when, not if.
It's because he put on a lot of 'bad' weight in the spring and was a little slower in the camps than he was before.
It's not a big deal because Mickey will shape his body the way the staff wants once he early enrolls
I believe this is the kid who is taking a missionary trip after he graduates high school and won't enroll into his school of choice until 2017
The content was in regards to the fact that our staff isn't giving up on him. Just like we're still recruiting Shaun Crawford, SKL, Baker and a whole host of others who have committed to other schools.
That's one of the things this staff does so well is leave the lines of communication open just in case a situation like Dontre Wilson happens.
And considering who we'll (probably) have coming in in 2016 with Bosa and possibly Sammons or Smith. Holy.
Personally I hope we cancel TCU as well and replace that with a Florida State, Alabama, LSU, USC, etc.
If they lose a ton (as in under 5 wins), they might lose a few guys. But otherwise they're fine.
What's most impressive about Franklin at this point isn't that he's reeling in a lot of good players. That's not hard to do your first year at a blue blood school. It's the fact that he's selling kids on the future. These recruits know PSU isn't going to be good this year. Yet they still committed.
All they have to do is show progress and they'll be fine.
That and being close to home are two draws for him to Penn State.
Not saying he flips but it can't be denied, PSU has a lot going for them right now here. Doing really well recruiting NJ, his parents were with him on his visit this past weekend, he has been talking to other PSU commits, Franklin can recruit and his teammate (Wimbush) is already committed.
Moyer didn't even let the ink dry on our offer before committing to Syracuse. Looks (and sounds with his dad's comments) like he did it out of spite.
FWIW there is a lot of smoke regarding Minkah Fitzpatrick to PSU as well.
FWIW another site is saying it surprised the coaches as well. They thought they might get him eventually because they saw his interest at FNL but didn't think it'd be us this early.
They are also going to recruit the position (and him) like he's not in this class. Confidence isn't extremely high on him obviously.
1. The majority aren't ripping him apart. Sure some trolls are but that's to be expected. Most are just surprised (as they should be) since this kid wasn't on anyone's radar.
2. I find it funny how Bucknuts is continually bashed on here yet probably a quarter or more of the information that is talked about in the forums here originated from Bucknuts or 247sports. Interesting.
Again, long way to go, but we look to be hitting Florida hard! The difference between this and years past is Grimes and Judson have actually visited. LeCounte too.
Also like where we stand with the in-staters (Myers, Davis, Williamson and Peoples-Jones from that state up north.
EDIT: 305 beat me to it!
I think the point is that he is a 2017 kid from Florida so it would really be too early to tell.
Hell, I don't think Nate Craig is solid to Auburn and he's 2017.
FWIW this kid stated not to long ago that he would commit on the spot when he got his offer.
I do think the southern schools will challenge us for these elite 2016 and 2017 kids but hey, I'd rather have them commit to us this early than another school.
Hausmann is pretty much a lock and we lead by a long way for Sammons. I will say Notre Dame is right with us for Kraemer and especially Eichenberg but let's not overreact. We still have a good shot to land all four.
Didn't even mention Jarrett Guarantano, Xavier Gaines and Brandon McIllwain. We're also in the top group for all three of them too.
I'd be surprised if Craig signs with Auburn on signing day. He may well sign with OSU.
Kid is a lock to stay in Texas, IMO.
Obviously getting an official can change things but it would be an absolute shock to everyone if he left that state.
Reminds me of Tony Brown last year. Cool to get an official, but everyone knew he was Alabama or LSU.
Would be an amazing replacement for Baker though.
I would think the gameplan would be go hard after Michael Weber and the Ohio guys (Darrin Hall or flip Scott). There are also the NC boys (Bryce Love and Nyheim Hines) that we could renew interest with. We could also purue Dexter Williams who liked us a lot prior to his Miami commitment.