this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I recently watched the senior year highlight films of some of the incoming recruits. There were a number that exceeded my expectations relative to what I'd seen in their junior year highlight films and following the board comments for a year.
I was very impressed with the ability of both Funchess (reminds me of Shannon Sharpe) and Chesson's ability to make people miss after the catch, and Chesson looked fast on the field to go along with his track exploits.
I know I shouldn't be surprised by Kyle Kalis' ability, but I can't imagine an OL looking more college ready than Kyle Kalis. I expect he'll be the first non-center lineman off the bench in the fall.
I was also positively impressed by Mario Ojemudia. I expected him to look awesome but lacking in size. He looked awesome, but didn't look small to me. Given Beyer and Clark, he likely still redshirts, but I expect him to be a star down the road.
I was very impressed by Terry Richardson and Royce Jenkins-Stone. They look like awesome athletes who will grow into dominant players down the line.
This may be kind of a "no duh" in these parts, but nice to see our schedule strength get some national recognition. Here are the top 10 toughest 2012 football schedules per Bruce Feldman at CBSSports.
2013 elite 5-star safety recruit Su'a Cravens, who had recently listed Michigan in his top 5, has cancelled his midwest visit to Michigan and Nebraska due to a school conflict (finals). No big deal, right? Well, he has not pushed back his June 6th announcement date.
Credit to rossra2 for posting this link in another thread.
Little of note in this week's recruiting rankings, save for Illinois jumping up a couple of spots after breaking double-digit commits. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day; thank you to the incredibly brave people who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their beliefs and country. Changes since the last rankings:
5-22-12: Nebraska picks up Dan Samuelson.
5-26-12: Illinois picks up Reon Dawson.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
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^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as two-star players.
On to the full data after the jump.
Jehu Chesson took 1st in the 100m dash (10.70s), 2nd in the 110m hurdles (14.15s), and 1st in the 300m hurdles (37.77s) at the Missouri Class 4 Track & Field State Championships. He lost the 110m hurdles by 0.01s which kept him from the clean sweep. He could be the sleeper of the 2012 class.
that there is ladue's jehu chesson. won the 100 and 300 hurdles. runner up in 110 hurdles. http://pic.twitter.com/vIaTuhkN
“I thought to myself, ‘Ohio State has got a lot of fans who do crazy things,’ ” Waugh said. “‘What can I do to make myself stand out? Something encouraging and positive.’”Well he definitely stands out now