this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Good read from Sam Webb regarding the 2013 TX O-Lineman.
Michigan offered him last week and it would be great to see him blocking for Morris in the future. Impressive offer list that includes Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame.
Interesting that he's a little undersized at 6'5, 250 but he's definitely a gamer:
I go 100 percent all the time," he said. "What the coaches love about me is my motor and just going 100 percent. Wherever I'm at, whether it's backside or play-side, I'll finish the play. I'll try to get a second or third block and try to spring the play open. I'm going to try my hardest on every play because I want to win. That's the main thing about me — it is just me going all out every play, no matter what."
Makes sense since the kid has some upside and they might as well get his growing pains out of the way.
EDIT: This post is not OT see posting rule "Anything related to other Big Ten teams or upcoming opponents"
I figured someone would have posted this already, but today is Denard's 21st birthday. I hope he celebrates by putting a complete game together on Saturday.
On a side note, anyone do anything especially memorable on their 21st?
This is pretty much standard procedure, but in the interest of tosu schadenfreude, I wanted to update everyone on the ESPN lawsuit against our friends down south, or next door for some of us. One interesting and encouraging part of the article about FERPA.
Timothy Smith said that FERPA is a "limited utility."
"(FERPA does not cover) relationships with third parties or people of campus, or people not related to their education. And clearly all this stuff falls outside," Smith said.
OSU's media relations department cited FERPA as the reason for not initially supplying the records to ESPN.
I'm assuming that's supposed to read "off campus". I'm still holding out hope that someone on the Ohio Supreme court has some cajones, or the female equivalent, to force the release of the unredacted documents to ESPN and that those documents reveal some major violation involving Mr. Sarniak and TP or JT.
Also interesting, some of the comments are pretty well written, especially the one about ESPN's conflict of interest. I guess Bucknuts readers don't venture over to The Lantern.
Fred Jackson His high school coach compares him to Trent Richardson of Alabama.
“If it was my choice, I’d sign with Michigan,” Thomas told the AJC. “I’ve always been a Michigan fan. My dad is a Michigan fan. I’ve got a lot of family up there.”
Thomas, who rushed for nearly 2,000 yards last year as a sophomore, has early scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Troy, along with serious interest from many SEC and ACC schools, including Alabama, LSU and Georgia Tech.
Edit: He goes by the name of "Kamani Thomas." If that's even his real name.
Warning: If anyone is still boycotting the Freep after the Jihad of 2009, do not click the following. It's a Snyder piece, although it's short and thus lacks room for much opinion.
For everyone else, the piece demonstrates Hoke's continued ability to prove himself a Jedi Master of all things coaching, including completely supporting the passion of a former SDSU player who didn't mince words in criticizing Hoke (EDIT: the link to the remarks themselves is included in the text of the piece).
“When you look at him as an offensive lineman, how he would finish and all those things. Kyle is passionate about his alma mater, which he should be. That doesn’t bother me one bit. He was passionate about the Aztecs when we were, and he’s still passionate. That doesn’t bother me.” It’s simply part of the excitement of college football. “That’s a guy who’s passionate about his school,” Hoke said.
Can the man do no wrong?*
*Half-serious: From where I stand, he's pretty much batting 1.000 so far.