just one more reason why recruiting services are sketchy reliable at best...... show me a tangible rubric for a star system and then ill have a little more faith in them....
Hello: Anthony LaLota
Anthony LaLota announces his college decision at eight PM on CSTV. Just in case he picks Michigan, let’s google-stalk!
|5*, #3 OT, #42 overall||4*, #6 SDE, #120 overall||80, #13 DE|
LaLota gets the precious fifth star from Scout, though Scout is an easier lay than prim and proper Rivals—Scout always has exactly 50 five-stars; Rivals usually has 25-30. Rivals is a bit more reserved but still lands him just outside their top 100. ESPN is slightly less enthusiastic, placing him just outside their top 150. He’s the #13 DE to them and #12 is in the 150—he’s close.
You’ll note that Scout rates him an excellent offensive tackle prospect; ESPN also sees it:
LaLota is a pretty exciting prospect. He has good size and athletic ability and when you factor in that he is still pretty new to the game of football you realize this kid has a huge upside. A debate could get sparked over which side of the ball to play him on. A very strong argument could be made that you add 30-40 pounds to his frame and make him a left tackle.
They still see him as a defensive end but do mention that he has “value on both sides of the ball”, which should increase his chances of seeing the field since he’s got more than one place he can go. This is probably moot since LaLota’s been vocal about preferring defensive end and Michigan really needs defensive ends after picking up one in the last two classes, but it’s something to keep in the back of your mind.
Also, there’s this from Tommy Bowden. Weirdly, LaLota’s dad ran into Bowden when he was giving as speech to pharmaceutical sales reps—the mind boggles—and offered Bowden some tape of his kid. Bowden looked at it, provided some advice, and made a sweet comparison:
I've broadcasted several University of Virginia football games over the last couple of years and he reminds me very much of Howie Long's son, Chris. Chris was an offensive and defensive lineman in high school at a small private school in Virginia (Anne's Belfield School) and Howie thought he was destined to be an offensive guard in college. Now, he is the top defensive end in college football and, according to several services, may very well be the No. 1 player taken in this year's NFL draft. Incidentally, in his senior year in high school, Chris had 92 pancake blocks as an offensive lineman.
If Anthony is intent on being a defensive end, and I think he has all the ingredients to be a great one, he just needs to make this very clear in the recruiting process. All I'm saying is that if Howie Long wasn't sure about what position his own son would play, I'm not about to guarantee your son or anyone else where they will eventually end up.
So, hey, that sounds good.
Lots and lots. LaLota’s final seven was M, Notre Dame, Penn State, Boston College, Virginia, Florida and Rutgers. That’s pretty impressive and it’s even more so because his emphasis on academics caused him to drop a number of football powers, including Ohio State, FSU, LSU, and Tennessee.
LaLota’s only played one year of organized football—which means he’s raw but has the proverbial upside—and in that year racked up 10 sacks.
FAKE 40 TIME
Lalota’s listed at 4.6. He is also listed at 6’6”, 260. Fake! Fake, I say!
I can’t get it to work now, but Yahoo posted the LaLota highlight film given to Terry Bowden. The free intertubes turn up nothing else.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Given his lack of experience I assume he’ll redshirt. Barwis will have to keep him at a reasonable size for defensive ends—under the old regime I would have assumed he would put on significant weight and end up at OL or… ick… DT—but once he gets some technique and chocolate milk, he could be a monster. One year of organized football, 6’6”, 260, and those ratings and offers == major upside.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
LaLota is a major, encouraging pull for the Rodriguez regime. Just over a month ago Michigan was hardly being mentioned, the last school of his seven finalists to get an unofficial visit. LaLota had declared he would commit soon after the Michigan official, which usually means the prospect has a school or maybe two in mind and is just doing his due diligence on some others. Up until his visit, I had him colored red and thought Michigan had little chance.
One visit later, he announces he’ll delay his decision and eventually settles on Michigan, filling a major hole in the prospects coming up with a recruit everyone was after. Score.
Michigan now has one defensive end in the class and hopes to get at least one more; they’ll probably take two if they can get two they like. The buzz on top 100 AZ DE Craig Roh remains good, and MI DE Nick Perry is about to be a free agent after the NCAA Clearinghouse shot him down.
Isn't a guy who doesn't get in elsewhere due to clearinghouse issues exactly the sort of person Michigan doesn't really pursue?
chitown, i thought you were part of the richrod revolution. look at jeremy gallon, not 1 florida school even offered cause of academic issues... viva rich!
You know, we do have independent thoughts that we are allowed to express. It's not like we agree on everything.
People are looking at me funny as I knock on my desk. The recruiting Gods are short-tempered and not to be messed with. I know things are looking good, but did I miss something solid saying he's 'Winged'?
I'm not even expressing an opinion: I thought someone in Nick Perry's situation is someone that Michigan would generally not pursue.
He doesn't have academic problems per se, just that his transcripts got jacked around during his high school transfer. He's not as big a risk to flunk out as Slocum, assuming his academic situation has been portrayed correctly by Sam Webb, Detnews, etc.
I didn't realize how good this kid is/can be. Cripes Brian, you'd better know something about this announcement, or you'd better not have jinxed anything! This would be a great catch for a franchise in desperate need for defensive ends. And offensive tackles.
he knows how to put his subscription to the premium sites to good use. lalota will be a wolverine.
That would probably be Terry Bowden (former Auburn coach), not Tommy (current Clemson coach).
It could be Tommy's daughter Lauren (she of the famously fake and NSFW photos), but I doubt that too.
God Lauren Bowden is hot. A girl I went to law school with was in her sorority at Clemson and I got to meet her. Striking, really.
of pulling in the MONSTER d-line.
I missed this - what happened?
Just announced: He'll be playing for the maize and blue!
Thanks ... I'm excited about this kid, and I'm pretty sure that he will become a fan favorite, especially in Markley.
gsimmons: Sunday Morning QB did a report on the correlation between 5 star recruits and the rounds they get drafted in the NFL. If I remember right...it was pretty solid data showing the recruiting sites' know their top tier athletes (top 4 stars and 5 star guys.)
Once you get into the borderline 3/4 star guys and below...that's when what your talking about becomes more evident.
Plus...I love your blog, don't ever stop.
about the study, and i know that a 5 star kid is problaby pretty good. What imsaying is that there is no cut and dry rubric for determining a 4 star form a 5, yet we hold our hats on the number of 4 5 3 ect. and a recruiting service admits to having a quota for the number of 5 stars, regardless of the talent in a particular year, just think its kind of stupid... but hey whatever...
A question on clearinghouse issues in general: Why don't kids with
issues sit out a year and end up at the school they orginally signed
with? i.e, why doesn't perry stay at USC, spoon with us, and play once
the issues are resolved? I mean if they will one day be eligible to
play D1 football somewhere why do they have to jump schools and go to
second or third choice. Its not like if perry ends up wth us he is
going to a school with lower academc requirements.
Yes, I've never quite understood this either and am wondering the exact same thing, so thx for asking... someone please explain..............
I'd tend to agree that if Scout does have a policy of handing out a fixed number of 5-star's, it makes the evaluation itself pretty useless.
Does Rivals have a quota? It seems like their's at least varies from year to year.
can i get hell yeah on the lalota commit?!
I seem to remember Sam Webb saying something to the effect of "the reason why Witherspoon went to Rutgers is because he didn't meet Michigan's standards," but I could be mistaken.
This does seem logical, considering that 'Spoon is all ready enrolled at Rutgers, so it can't be possible that he didn't meet NCAA standards, right? I know it's the stated policy of Michigan that if you're NCAA-eligible, you're Michigan-eligble, but this could be an exception.