this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
To start, I'm a RR supporter and I'm not trying to complain about him here. Also mandatory, didn't-see-this-on-the-board-sorry-if-it's-been-posted comment.
Smart Football has an article talking about Notre Dame's recruiting under Charlie Weis, and how it was impersonal, unresponsive, and too business-like. It had little to do with Michigan until this tidbit:
"Now, I know he (ed: Brian Kelly, referring to him asking about the coach's family) isn’t really interested in talking to me and that it’s all about my player but still it makes a difference. Ohio State, Alabama, Virginia Tech, and others all recruit about the same way as Cincinnati. Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Michigan . . . they recruit like Notre Dame."
I understand that this is just 1 high school coach. I also understand that he lives in Ohio, so it might have been a throwaway jab at Michigan. I did think it was an interesting insight into a high school coach's perspective, and was curious as to what people might think.
We had a bunch of guys at the game today. How was the atmosphere? Did we make strides? How did we do?
In his radio show yesterday RR addressed recruiting with that comment. Given our severe shortage on defense I was hoping there was a way to add one or two more somehow, but it seems not. I'm at the point of hoping for an offensive de-commitment from someone just so we can bring another defender in.
If Cornelius can do it so can the Maize and Blue! Beat OSU!
"Thirteenth-seeded Spartanburg, just 3-8 during the regular season, dealt fourth-seeded Rock Hill its first loss in 12 games this season in the biggest shocker of the 4A playoffs, officially announcing Cinderella’s arrival at the ball."
This was quite a surprise, folks. Glad to see the team of one of our recruits get a big win. The Rock Hill Bearcats entered ranked No. 21 nationally by USA Today. Jones had a TD run in the first half and a TD run in the second half, finishing with 19 rushes for 116 yards.
I was wondering, if Weiss does get the boot, does that re-open Notre Dame's latest recruiting class, especially if, say, we pick up one of their position coaches or something?
|Chris Martin||DE||*****||6'4||240||4.65||6.1||Aurora, CO|
|Giovanni Bernard||RB||****||5'9||198||4.5||5.8||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|Andrew Hendrix||QB||****||6'3||220||4.7||5.8||Cincinnati, OH|
|Tai-ler Jones||WR||****||6'0||184||4.46||5.8||Gainesville, GA|
|Blake Lueders||DE||****||6'5||250||4.79||5.8||Zionsville, IN|
|Kendall Moore||LB||****||6'2||232||4.6||5.8||Raleigh, NC|
|Cameron Roberson||RB||****||6'1||215||4.55||5.8||Newbury Park, CA|
|Prince Shembo||LB||****||6'2||232||4.62||5.8||Charlotte, NC|
|Alex Welch||TE||****||6'5||225||4.85||5.8||Cincinnati, OH|
|Chris Badger||DB||***||6'0||178||4.65||5.7||Provo, UT|
|Spencer Boyd||DB||***||5'10||178||4.56||5.7||Cape Coral, FL|
|Toney Hurd Jr.||DB||***||5'9||184||4.48||5.7||Missouri City, TX|
|Bennett Jackson||WR||***||6'1||165||4.44||5.7||Hazlet, NJ|
|Tommy Rees||QB||***||6'3||192||-||5.7||Lake Forest, IL|
|Lo Wood||DB||***||5'10||160||4.58||5.7||Apopka, FL|
|Christian Lombard||OL||***||6'5||290||5.4||5.6||Palatine, IL|
|Daniel Smith||WR||***||6'4||205||4.6||5.6||South Bend, IN|
|Justin Utupo||DT||***||6'2||240||-||5.6||Lakewood, CA|
I don't think we really went head-to-head on any of these guys except perhaps Lo Wood.
It drove me nuts when our 2008 class suddenly became a target for poachers (and it ended up giving us a terrible defensive class). I guess I feel differently, though, when the shoe is on the other foot.