You guys are absolutely crushing it -- thanks.
I wonder: JT's success seems to be making WRs more interested in coming here. Will it have the opposite effect on QBs? Gibson, for instance, could have to wait a long time to play.
Edit: I suppose this shouldn't be much of an issue for 2016 kids, maybe just Gibson.
That makes sense. Thanks to you both for your thoughts.
So if JT plays all year, and Braxton gets a redshirt, where would that leave us in 2015? Seems potentially really awkward.
Somewhat OT, but it sounds like Kwon & Dixon are ALWAYS working out!
It's always great to see local kids come here -- welcome!!
I think my favorite was the one with Kobe.
"Snakes don't get nervous."
That's interesting that this happened so quickly.
Who knew Iowa State was such a coaching hot bed...
Whoa, Thamel is just killing it with these scoops. Also, lol Bert!
Now I just need someone to tell me if this guy is any good :)
That's a good point re: Braxton.
I hope I didn't celebrate too early!
As of earlier this morning, high-level OSU source told me Larry Johnson acquisition still classified a maybe, not final.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 14, 2014
The staff here has definitely said that OSU stopped recruiting Holley. However, I've never seen an explanation for why that happened. I wonder whether LJ coming here changes that calculation.
Thanks for the response. I'll keep an eye out for your future posts.
As for Chavis, has anyone explained why he would want to leave LSU?
SEC, I remember that last year you called Clark, Wilson, and Bell, so if you have any future predictions, I'm all ears!
Jeremy, I noticed you didn't mention the 2014 DL guys we've been in on (Thomas & McDowell). Do you think Vrabel's leaving is fatal to our chances with those guys, or could a good new hire keep us alive?
This is a really helpful article. I sort of wish though for each possibility there was a section titled something like, "why he's a possibility" or something. For instance, I don't know anything about Vance Joseph beyond what I've read on this site. From what I can tell, he's been in the NFL for the last ten years. In those circumstances, it would seem to me like a return to college would be a longshot. Likewise, it's not clear to me why John Chavis would leave LSU. There might be good answers to these questions! I'd just love to see someone address that angle for each prospect.
That was my question too. Does he have any ties to the area that would make him want to come here? Or is the idea that we'd just offer him a boatload of money?
Thanks for the quick write up. Bummer about Thomas & McDowell. I guess that's the way recruiting goes -- sometimes you're on the right side and can grab a D. Wilson or N. Spence, and sometimes this happens...
This sucks. The only bright side I can see is that the new co-DC can now also coach either the DL or the secondary, which should increase the number of options. That's pretty small potatoes when stacked against losing Vrabel, though.
I didn't really follow recruiting during the Tressel years, so I was a little surprised to read that he had 13 five-star guys in ten years. That is 1.3 per year, which isn't so different from what Urban has so far (the article says he has five in three years, or 1.66 per year). Urban's been getting top-five classes each year; did the Vest do that too?
Birm, if I understood your column correctly, you projected the class to end up at 23-24, we currently have 21 commitments, and your best projection is that we'll get just one of the OL/DL guys you discussed. Does that mean you think there will be a surprise or two? Is there a chance that the class could end up at 22?
Thanks as ever -- you do such a great job!
So what is Thomas's ceiling? Do people expect much from him? Will he play above guys like Curtis Samuel or Noah Brown or Jalin Marshall?
Bryant's tweets aren't provided above, but you can read them by clicking here (even if you don't have a twitter account). The ones above that begin "@2CBryant" are just ones where Thomas is responding to Bryant. But like the poster above said, Bryant handled this in about the best way possible. Wish he had another year!
Even your conservative prediction sounds pretty darn good.