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Comment 26 Jan 2020

My guess is that it will be like a popular restaurant changing head chefs. The new chef will add new twists, but the menu largely stays the same.

IMO the biggest change from 2018 to 2019 came from Mattison. He simplified the scheme so the players were more confident in their responsibilities, thinking less and playing faster. Hafley added a personal touch with NFL-level coaching of the corners.  I think we'll have the same basic recipe (good fundamentals, NFL-level secondary), but the finishing touches will be slightly different.

Comment 26 Jan 2020

Barring some major shakeup, Clemson is going to be in the top 3 of recruiting classes for the foreseeable future.  They were already recruiting well on the defensive side of the ball, now they're in the CFP every year.  It is what it is. 

It's not really anything to worry about as long as OSU is consistently in the top 5.  We just have to focus on ourselves and continuing to develop the talent we have.

Plus, there seems to be a saturation point in recruiting, a point at which you're getting so many highly ranked players that you can't hold on to all of them. Alabama is pretty much there. OSU is getting very close, we're loaded at QB and WR now. Clemson will be there very soon.

Comment 26 Jan 2020

Scarlet-tinted glasses or not, the fact is that Notre Dame is not a significant competitor to Ohio State in recruiting, apart from a few midwestern kids, especially if they're Catholic and/ or attended a Catholic high school. For the most part we're competing with Alabama, Clemson, PSU and Georgia for the elite kids.

Comment 26 Jan 2020

The Michigan podcast guys touched upon this after the latest beatdown in The Game. They were actually pretty rational (unlike Mgoblog).  They talked about the widening recruiting gap between TTUN and TOSU.  One key aspect is that Harbaugh's honeymoon period is over. He's had 5 years to beat TOSU, 5 years to get to the B1G championship, 5 years to surprise in a bowl game.  He can't sell "TTUN will be different now" to recruits. It's all wishful thinking with no evidence at this point.

Comment 26 Jan 2020

Maybe I'm just out of touch, but what on earth do 4 different coaches text a recruit about every day? How was breakfast? Which shoes are you wearing today?

It would seem to be overwhelming. I remember all of the college mailings I received my senior year in HS, and that was more than I could process. 

Comment 22 Jan 2020

Oregon can't be Clemson because they are located in a recruit cold zone. 

^This x100. I live in Seattle, and UW has it better than Oregon, but not by much. The NW is just thin on talent. There's the pipeline from CA, but USC can shut that off with a resurgence, just as OSU shut down Ohio once Tressel took over.

Comment 20 Jan 2020

Etienne coming back just underscores the need to beat back Clemson. They're recruiting much better than they did before -- and even before they always had monster DLs.  They need to be taken down a notch on a consistent basis.

Comment 20 Jan 2020

Coaching in the NFL is a grind, and it’s all football. At least in college, you can get out and recruit and meet kids and high school coaches and get down to the roots of what football is all about. He might’ve missed that.

I thought this was an interesting take.  There's a common view that recruiting is just a taxing chore, and that the NFL is more desirable because you don't have to recruit. But maybe 365 days of football coaching with very little variety isn't all that great if one enjoys meeting new people and developing new relationships.