I just recently read the Travante Stallworth post regarding him sticking with Auburn. I knew that this was probably going to be the case, so when it actually happened it was expected. That is how I am approaching the rest of this recruiting year. Ever since we lost Beaver who was supposed to be a "True Blue", I no longer put my hope in to any one of these kids unless of course they have signed the dotted line. As I have said before "HOPE FOR THE BEST, PREPARE FOR THE WORST." In this recruiting scenario the worst would be 1)Not signing another recruit in this class. 2) Losing DQ jones and Pearlie Graves. So folks I say again, Prepare yourselves! Your thoughts.
Hope for the best Prepare for the worst.
not sign any of the verbals that are not enrolled?
I think that is unlikely to happen.
If you mean that we don't sign another recruit beyond the remaining 13 verbal commits minus Jones and Graves - I think that is also unlikely, but certainly possible.
Were that to happen, this class will still have seriously addressed needs and added depth at most positions.
You have to look at a lot of this in a logical way, even though most of this is not logical. We already have the core of the class filled out. We've got some really good players, at positions of need. These last guys are extras, but won't break the class. The only ones left I'm honestly hoping for are Sam Montgomery and Denard Robinson. They could add help at positions that we really need help, and could make an impact a lot earlier than some of the other kids. Quinton Washington is a monster, and would be awesome, but if we don't get him, I'm not worried about our O-Line.
You forgot Stokes in the list of impact players.
Yea him too.
In general that is good advice. In the case of recruiting, after a season like we had that is very difficult to do. Emotions run high when you have expectations that haven't been fufilled and rumors persist about the tactics and business practices of your team.
The worst thing to do is to pin your hopes on the decision making process of teenagers with stars in their eyes.
It seems since last year after we lost Pryor, and this year once we lost McNeal,and Newsome, I have come to the realization that these kids don't know what to do. Look at what is already happening with the 2010 class. Devin Gardner is already drawing oohs and ahhs and the hopes of a Michigan commit with them. If we don't get him and we have to settle for next years version of Tate Forcier, people are going to freak out again. Trust me, Its going to happen. Watch and see.
I don't know why everyone thinks we're a lock for Devin Gardner. His recruitment hasn't even really begun. The offers are going to start to roll in for him after signing day, and after his camps. I'm sure he has a group of schools he likes, but has no idea where he wants to go yet. I wouldn't even think that way. Wait until they narrow their lists down, then start caring more.
I don't think his post was predicting a Gardner commitment. I thought he was predicting that a bunch of fans will place way too much importance on a Gardner commitment and then freak out when he goes somewhere else. I agree that that sort or overreaction is highly probable.
Imagine the reaction if McGuffie had committed to Cal last year. In hindsight, it wouldn't have made much of a difference.
Unless it is Tim "son of GOD" Tebow, I really don't think one recruit is going to make or break any program so I find it funny how worked up some people get over certain recruits.
I agree that one recruit may not make or break a class, but do you think that we would have been at least a 6 or 7 win team if we had gotten T. Pryor? I think we would have been. Threet and Sheridan both limited the Spread Offense playbook dramatically. Its all about the right player in the right spot especially in the QB position. Just my opinion. What do you think?
Yeah, we probably would have went to a bowl game. Plus not getting him put us about 2 years behind.
I think we may have had two more wins but that's about it. He wouldn't have had a big impact early and only a few late games were close. I think the O line problems would have limited his impact and then we had that issue at safety.
My main point is that the future of a program should never really hinge on one recruit. Gardner may be worth a few wins, but so are a bunch of other kids including Forcier. I try and look at a class as a whole and see if it addresses needs as opposed to getting too excited about one kid before he hits the field.
That said, Pryor looks like he would have been a good addition.
Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?