that is nice bonus change
Saw this article at ESPN and didn't see it posted earlier.
Looks like the SEC is considering dropping the number of recruits per year from 28 to 25, which is a step in the right direction and at least seems a little closer to reality than the 30+ classes that were the norm for some programs the past couple of years. As expected, not everyone is a fan.
The people that criticize oversigning, I'm not sure they understand why you do it and what it's all about and how you manage your roster and how you get to (the scholarship limit of) 85...
It's all how you manage your roster. I've always been one that oversigns, knowing that out of these six guys, three of them are going to get eligible and three are going to a junior college and then have a chance to come play for us.
[Blaming the media for the proposed change] Y'all are creating a bad problem for everybody because you're going to mess up the kids getting opportunities by doing what you're doing. You think you're helping them, but you're really going to hurt them.
[Discussing the notion of grayshirts] I have a difficult time defending the immorality of you're going to be able to go to school for free, you're just going to have to wait three months to do it.
And Mr. Oversigning himself, The "Nutter Butter" Houston Nutt:
I have a soft spot in my heart when a (high school) coach says, 'All he needs is you. He's had a few problems, but all he needs is you'...If you say 25 ... you can't make mistakes
And Mark Richt said something about managing your roster appropriately and not promising scholarships to kids you couldn't fulfill..
It is left to the reader to ascertain which one of the coaches above was treated as Buzz Killington.
[I know the excerpts are large swaths of the article, but they were just too juicy to ignore.]
[EDIT: Realized I didn't make the distinction clear about the voting. They considered going down to 25, but that was shot down unanimously. The SEC remains at a VERY flexible 28 per class]
Illinois DB Anthony Standifer sent me a text just now that said he is about to commit to #Michigan. Gave me the go ahead to report it.
Phil Steele has posted the selections for his pre-season All American teams on his site today. He has Molk at 2nd team Center and Martin at 2nd team DL, but no mention of Denard.
Side note: he has OSU at #15 in his pre-season countdown on his site as well with a PDF file of the 2 page coverage that will be available in his 2011 preview which should be in stores next week.
Rivals did a nice little write up about the camp in Columbus and they threw props to Shane Morris. Another stand out mentioned from the 2013 class was cornerback Cameron Burrows, out of Trotwood-Madison. He's listed as a big time prospect, but also a heavy Osu lean. We've pulled from that school in recent years(Roundtree, Shaw, Moore). I'd imagine we'd have a shot at a visit, especially when the NCAA swings the banhammer at Columbus. Unless I've missed it, he hasn't been mentioned as a potential prospect. Any leads?
ESPN Insider article from Todd McShay pretty much says Pryor has little to no shot as an NFL QB. He has him ranked as a third round pick ONLY because of his potential to convert to a WR at the next level.
Bottom line, his inaccuracy is a problem as well as his poor football intelligence. (Let's just call that poor intelligence and not unneccesarily limit it, shall we?).
This kid has built up some really bad karma and it's just sitting in a bank vault somewhere waiting to spill out like an over-packed closet in a cartoon.
Last week, Rivals' mods and recruiting analysts hosted a chat between fans and GA DB Geno Smith. Fans asked Geno questions about football, what he liked in each school, what shot each school has, and his life. The full transcript can be found here. As those of you who follow me on twitter know, this week, they have a chat with MO DT and Michigan Target Ondre Pipkins, where any of you will be able to write in and interact with Pipkins. I think it's a pretty cool idea, and I plan to participate. The tentative time right now is set for Thursday at 9 PM EST. Just a little heads up, hope to see some MGoBloggers there with me.