this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I enjoyed this article in the Detroit News:
"(Michigan) really never stopped recruiting me," Smith said. "
A little snake oil for Brian Kelly!!
And a little eee!
" I was also really impressed with their strength coach. When you hear that guy talk, you can just tell he knows what he is talking about."
They aren't as big of a program so it hasn't gotten as much coverage, but Brian had alluded to USF's oversigning in the past. It seems as though they are using academics as a way to get rid of players from their 29 man class.
Even though the players get through the NCAA clearinghouse and are told everything is ok, they are sent to a review board within USF that ends up denying them.
It's not too big of an issue though because they were given an unconditional release by USF. They've got at least 3 or 4 days until camp begins. I'm guessing this guy lands on his feet.
Before you take away my hard earned points (do you know how many useless comments I had to make? 20) I am not here to whine about our recruit's rankings.
Actually I was thinking back to a quote from Rich Rod (no link, sorry) when he said that he is trying to bring in recruits who have a passion for the game. I am paraphrasing, obviously, but that was the idea. At the time I dismissed it as coach speak, but I think he might be sticking to philosophy.
Of course you can't determine the "passion" of each recruit, but the evidence I offer is Jonathon Hankins, who most of us recruiting nerds probably thought would inevitably receive an offer. While he was very talented by all accounts, he wasn't offered because he couldn't get into shape.
I was thinking at the time, Barwis will fix that in one summer, but the offer never came and it suggests that maybe Rodriguez really means it when he says that he wants players who are truly committed.
The other possibility is that Hankins is just tubby and Rodriguez had flashbacks of Justin Boren.
Anyways, it led me to think that maybe we are bringing in players who are supposedly less talented, but have more desire to win and prove themselves. Thoughts?
Edit: this was a serious idea at first, but my typos are much more interesting
Ok people, I know this is a sore subject, so here goes. Who out of our 2010 commits will decommit between now and signing day? If you answer "none" then its probably because you want to forget last year. TRUST ME, I'm with you. GOD BLESS!
I used Rivals' commit lists and looked to see which recruits had offers from both schools. Some of the 5 star recruits didn't show if sparty offered but it's a safe guess that they did so i counted them, otherwise if it didn't show one of the schools I didn't count it.
Year Competition recruits M Wins MSU wins
2010* 5 2** 2
2009 6 2 4
2008 6 4 2
2007 4 4 0
2006 2 2 0
2005 3 3 0
** maybe 3 doesn't say whether or not Jeremy Jackson was offered by MSU
sorry i don't know how to make tables look pretty
M Wins: DG and Austin White (again not sure about Jackson but he had offers from most of the Big Ten so…)
MSU Wins: Will Gholston and Mylan Hicks
One trend I noticed while doing this is the number of in-state commits for state has increased dramatically in Dantonio’s tenure
Year # of commits
*still not complete
So basically, John L. Smith was useless. He barely tried to compete and failed miserably when he did. Dantonio decided to fight back and has been mildly successful. He won last year but that wasn’t unexpected. Smith wouldn’t have but Dantonio is a much better coach. Right now, it’s neck and neck and it will take this year and at least next to determine who’s winning in-state recruiting. Even with Danonio apparent focus on in-state recruits and M coming off the worst season in its history we are still borderline winning. Once M gets back to its winning ways I think most years it will look like the 2008 class. With M getting most of the recruits but Sparty stealing one or two, and you know what I’m ok with that.
I know it's pretty shoddy statistics and I am welcome to feedback, but I hope i made your work day more enjoyable.
Rumor is Percy Harvin was invited to a UF function by Urban, to talk to recruits about coming to Florida, where he proceeded to: 1) Talk about how he was able to get away with smoking pot for most of his UF career 2) Confirm that he went Sprewell on his position coach at one point and 3) Assure the recruits that football helps with booty.
I thought it was a no-no for former player-alums to pitch a school to recruits. Maybe since this was a school function, it gets a pass? Although it doesn't sound like Harvin did his school any favors here.
Most disturbing of all.... the dude chokes his coach. Add this to Florida's growing list of off-field problems under Meyer, and it doesn't look so good.