"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Kind of expected, but unfortunate nontheless.
How many more LB recruits do we have legitimate shots at?
Tom (or anyone else in the know) I haven't heard anything on this board in a few months about Skyler Schofner. Are we still after him? I know he's a middle 3-star type but considering Wilson and Henderson will be tough gets at this point, do you know if he will be visiting?
In general I like the idea of signing guys from Ohio. If they blow up here (and were never offered by OSU) you know they're gonna have a little something extra for when the poisonous nuts comes to town.
It appears my comment about Inkster's playoff hopes being dashed was way too early. The fightin' Gardners were able to pull out a win against Ohio powerhouse, St. Edwards, 14-6. I have not seen Gardner's stats for this game, and only know he scored a TD and a 2-pt. conversion, but the story of this game has to be the Inkster defense, which stepped up after dissapointing performances the last 2 weeks and held a very good St. Ed's offense to only 6 points.
St. Ed's was probably the 2nd toughest game on Inksters' schedule, and if the defense can start performing like this regularly, they certainly stand a chance to make the playoffs in Michigan despite a very difficult schedule. I'm looking forward to FNL this week to see exactly how well Gardner performed in his first test against a school that has occaisonally been ranked nationally the past few years. They have 3 games against some average to aboverage Michigan competition, and if they win all 3, will be in a position to win one of their last 2 against national giant St. Ignatious, and a good Ohio program, Steubenville, in order to get into the playoffs. I believe 5 games would get them in because of their 8 game schedule, the very difficult schedule they faced, and their lack of a home game all year.
It appears Barr broke his ankle in his second game of the year. I hope we stay on this kid like we did with Vlad. He's the type of athlete we need to start recruiting on D.
I wonder if Tate's rise to stardom might actually help sway Brennan over from Oklahoma. I remember reading snippets here-albeit awhile ago- about Clay seeming pretty firm, but you never know?
For one, it seems that Rich's lack of hesitation to play talented freshmen might be attractive. Furthermore, Tate's sudden cult-hero status might just create that desire for Clay to re-unite for the same 1-2 punch that they apparently had in highschool.
While I think offensively, Rich has brought on great talent on offense, a killer, absolute top-tier tailback is the missing link, IMO.
With Brown, Minor & Kev. Grady done after this year, it seems like an excellent opportunity for a great back to come aboard and take command, as Mike Shaw has hardly staked his claim to a starting job, IMO.
In any case, here's to continued improvement from the guys; winning and executing at a high level can only help our recruiting prospects. I have to imagine there will be opportunities to pick up blue chip defectors.
any other high profile backs we might be after??
From browsing a few articles there is a general consensus that these AQ teams have coaches on the hot seat:
Notre Dame, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisville, Colorado, Texas A&M, Washington State, Miami, plus a few others that I'm missing.
My question is, if these teams lose their coach at the end of the year which of their committed recruits should be target? This could be based on need, likelihood of UM interest, or just because you like a certain prospect.
My knowledge of specific recruits is pretty limited but my guess is that if a few of these teams lose their coaches, come December we might have a few more targets on our board, and I'm curious who those players might be.