STXBuck...Here are some reasons that graduation rates are important for recruits to look at: Some schools do not allow football players to enroll in certain degree programs, certain schools limit classes players can enroll in (due to football conflict), in the past schools filtered students towards certain degrees and away from others, schools have been accused of enrolling players in courses that don't lead to a degree/graduation but allow eligibility, lastly, look at the whole UNC Chapel Hill debacle recently. While all of these things may not impact grad rates they will impact academics and require student athletes to pay attention in order to be able to achieve academic goals.
Who is the former captain/uncle?
Nice, I only scored an 18 so I would be a terrible NFL QB (not really news). My guess is that the average is a 40% because people don't realize you need to rush. The questions are not really that hard, but if you don't pay attention to the clock you definitely can end up in trouble. I guess I should give my 4 degrees back and ask for a refund, LOL. In all seriousness, I would bet if NFL scouts took the test they would not make ridiculous comments.
Unfortunately, I thought this class was supposed to cap around 15 (due to space limitations)? If the current class loses 1 to a decommit (or if somehow 16 is possible), 3/4 of the above would be spectacular. 4/4 just seems improbable unless someone leaves early for the NFL that is unexpected.
I don't think they took the focus out of TX, the difference was Herman was in Houston. Texas Tom was the connection that we used to rope in the big fish prior to last year...his region was passed on to Beck (Nebraska connections in the state). I don't really see tOSU making inroads again down here. Barrett was an also ran for UT, they chose to recruit others over him. Mitchell family seemed fascinated with tOSU and Dontre seemed to want out of TX (we pulled him away from Oregon late). Meechy on the other hand was a real surprise and great job by Herman and co.
I would be happy if they can just hold onto JK and pull one other from the list, Okudah seems most probable.
DANZ.. I have been living in ATX for 9 years and have to disagree, Charlie is on loose ground for sure. Have you listened to sports talk radio? Do you know any higher up alumni donors? The donors are not big fans of Charlie, especially the big names, he has lost many of the fans as well. The late rise in last years recruiting class may buy him another year but I wouldn't bet on it. Add in the realistic possibility they cannot win more than 8 games this year and unfortunately Strong will be sent packing (hopefully to a D Coordinator post in Cbus). He has not really been given a fair shake here in Austin, Mack left him a complete mess and bare QB cupboard. That said, Sumlin is sitting pretty unsteady as well following the transfers, although if he wins 8 games I think he will be back.
I for one don't think there is any dilemma, tOSU made an offer that was accepted by Sibley. Sibley has done nothing to cause regret in the coaches, he continues to hold up his end of the agreement, he is a quality young man. Urban should honor the commitable offer unless Sibley doesn't compose himself like a Buckeye (otherwise Urbs should lose respect from every Buckeye fan out there). This is not TTUN, there is more to life than winning football games, if the coaches attempt to convey this fact to the young men they recruit then winning will take care of itself.
That said if the staff never promised Sibley they would only take a said # of RBs then I don't see any problem with accepting a third commitment and letting competition sort itself out (as long as the staff is willing to honor 3 commitments if nobody decommits).
Infantry, I agree 100%, for all those interested in #s I'd love to see the number of players from these universities who played for the Bengals by decade. I would bet the #s would show less Buckeyes on the Bengals in the modern decades; surely the numbers would show less UC Bearcats alumni on Cincy teams since 2000.
I'm all for academics, but what was your major? Guessing it was not Finance, as its a simple risk/return model with playing unpaid FBS college football vs. NFL money. There is no reason to be disappointed in players leaving early to play in the league, it's almost more disappointing to see a kid stay who could get drafted in the first 3-4 rounds. Ask Jaylon Smith and Marcus Lattimore if they wish they could have left school a little earlier. Sure its nice to see a "loyal" guy stick around, but why waste your body if you don't have to? Personally, I just feel lucky to see some of these talents play for the team I cheer for. They can come back and get their degree later if they need it (hopefully that message is conveyed to the early entrants).
We are all forgetting that Elflein elected to return. Sadly, he was the only one. But you can't blame these young men....they earned it, best of luck to all of them.
Georgia, Bama, Florida, Vandy, AtM are all very good academically. All top 75 programs as of last years US News and World Report. In fact there are quite a few schools better than Nebraska in the SEC. Overall you are not wrong though SEC academics are not nearly as strong as other conferences.