Anyone that Hoke signs at this late date will be (at best) a mid-level three-star — someone totally unready to play Division I football. If said QB sees the field in 2011, it will only mean that both Devin Gardner and Denard Robinson are injured, and it won’t be pretty.
For the 2012 class, I am sure that Hoke will be looking for a 4+ star kid with a much higher ceiling. With a year to work on it, he is probably going to find that kid. That means the QB he signs this year, if any, will be a transitional figure: a David Cone type who is unlikely ever to see substantial playing time in a Michigan uniform.
The thing is, most recruits are going to look at the depth chart and see these same facts, which limits the kind of QB that Hoke can hope to get — basically, those who realize that in exchange for a Michigan degree, they are probably going to spend four years running the scout team and holding a clipboard on game day. That's not a bad deal, but a kid who wants a serious likelihood of starting will probably choose to go elsewhere.
Do new coaches have a "combine" with the remaining players to see what they really have? It seems that height/weight and 40 times tend to be exaggerated. Also, it would be useful to know the actual strength of players. Would this be considered organized activities (ie practice) or could it be done as winter conditioning?
Looking around for what QB's are still available, and gleaned this from ESPN:
Jacoby Brissett(West Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer)
Player rank: NR | Position rank: 25 | Grade: 78 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 220 pounds |
Brissett is one of the most physically impressive quarterback prospects this class has to offer. He is tall, strong and can make all the throws you want from within the pocket. He is a good athlete, but we would not necessarily call him a dual-threat. He plays under center in the shotgun, has the size to scan the field and is an imposing figure within the pocket. Reminds us of former LSU QB JaMarcus Russell.
Recruiting update: The Badgers could be the team to beat right now if Brissett leaves the state. Miami and coach Al Golden are coming on strong, while new Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis recently made a big impression on Brissett. He potentially has two more visits, and the Gators, Huskies, Gamecocks and Hurricanes are possible candidates.
Cameron Coffman(Peculiar, Mo./Ray-Pec)
Player rank: NR | Position rank: 33 | Grade: 78 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 175 pounds |
There is an awful lot to like about the gritty signal-caller. He is a sneaky athlete who is much more of a runner than you might think. He has great feet and pocket movement with awareness of pressure and the tools to elude it. He has a live arm, not elite, but powerful enough to take some shots downfield and fit the ball into tight spots underneath because of his quick delivery.
Recruiting update: Unless someone comes in late, it's basically down to Arizona State and Alabama for Coffman. He has already visited the Sun Devils, and he made an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa over the summer. If the Crimson Tide have room, they could take him.
Stephen Weatherford(Land O'Lakes, Fla./Land O'Lakes)
Player rank: NR | Position rank: 44 | Grade: 77 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 200 pounds |
Weatherford is the type of guy who grows on you the more you watch him. He is an athletic pocket passer with good overall size and a sturdy frame. He can make plays with his legs when he has to and possesses deceptively good arm strength, as evidenced by his throwing at times with not a single foot on the ground and many back-foot tosses.
Recruiting update: The South Florida decommit recently visited Miami and is scheduled to visit Cincinnati this coming weekend or next. Western Kentucky could also get an official visit.
I didn't think there were offensive position coaching spots still available, but I just read this off of Twitter. Please God do not let this be true.
This is probably not the best game to get us pumped up about Borges but it's the only torrent from Auburn's 2004 season that I can find still seeded.
Seems like he would fit nicely into the passing attack that Borges wants to implement