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Sparty player development (or talent scouting, or luck)
This morning the Rivals player countdown features a Sparty (Joel Foreman) wholly unfamiliar to me at #76:
Where was he in 2007?
That's right, two stars. Not that I'm counting or anything, but that's at least the third such instance for Sparty from that era. The other two on my mind?
* Kirk Cousins: http://rivals.yahoo.com/michiganstate/football/recruiting/player-Kirk-Co...
* Jerel Worthy: http://rivals.yahoo.com/michiganstate/football/recruiting/player-Jerel-W... (2008 class)
They were both three-star recruits, but they've been mentioned as future high NFL draft picks, for what that's worth. Note that Worthy had an offer from Nebraska, so he's wasn't as obscure as the other two.
Other three-star guys from the '07 class that prospered include Greg Jones (a recent NFL draftee) and Arizona transfer Nick Foles.
I realize that plenty of "threes" (e.g., David Harris and Mike Hart) at Michigan end up doing well, but it seems that Dantonio has been doing a good job with player development, talent scouting, or just being lucky. Thoughts?
With yesterday's commits the class is up to 16 and there are only 18 spots available, it seems. Yet, there's also talk of a full class. I know this has been discussed in several threads already, but I feel it needs its own now that we're so close to seemingly critical mass.
If you look at 2 spots left, who do you take?
I don't ever remember UM having this problem of so many more potential recruits than room left, and certainly never realistically staring at the problem in freaking early June!
I know some hope for more attrition and/or not granting 5th years, but if Hoke has talked about a full class, what do you think his plan is? Just sit back and hope some kids that don't land a spot in the 2 deep get disgruntled and transfer? While that would solve a problem, it's not so much a "family atmosphere" anymore. I would imagine that's causing some sleep loss in the Hoke home.
Anyone care to speculate on players that could go?
Sorry if already posted, search yielded no results of this. 24/7sports article about Yuri Wright was released today. Article is not VIP.
“I don’t really have a top five or anything like that,” Wright said. “I do like (in no order) Michigan, Notre Dame, Colorado, Rutgers and Georgia right now.”
Our Michigan Bloggers keep retweeting his tweets and i noticed that he was going to announce his top 5 but then gave out 5 random school (except illinois and Minnesota) and the last one that was retweeted was this one.
Quiz from the Cleveland Plain Dealer about NCAA rules. It's interesting to think about how difficult it must be to actually get 18 year-olds to understand the various minor violations.
2. The team's star linebacker is headed to the local banquet hall to speak (for free) at a pee-wee football dinner. He swings by the athletic offices, where the head coach notices he's not wearing a tie. The coach pulls one from his drawer, tosses it to the linebacker and wishes him good luck with the speech.
4. After practice, the team trainer notices a few players walking to their off-campus apartment in a snowstorm. He stops to give them a lift.
In a March 21, 2007 email to Tressel, which was provided to the Plain Dealer, a source gave the following warning about the alleged online activities of Talbott, a Columbus-based freelance photographer who also is involved in memorabilia sales:
"He has sold over 50 items with underclassmen signatures before their eligibility expires and would seem to be someone that both you and the university is aware of. I have a full report of his eBay activities if you would like to explore further or require documentation."
The email was sent to the account email@example.com. That is the same address that Columbus attorney Chris Cicero used to email Tressel in April of 2010 about OSU players selling memorabilia, an email that Tressel did not disclose to his bosses, an NCAA violation that eventually led to his May 30 resignation.