First and foremost, I'm sure RR has more football knowledge in his pinkie finger than I could ever hope to acquire throughout life. It just seems to me that some of the players that we are offering and receiving commitments from, would be understood if he was at West Virginia, but questionable at M. Tony Drake, for example, received his first offer from M. He was also interested in schools such as TCU and Boise State (I know the interested lists are horrible references). Obviously neither of those schools have near as impressive commit lists as M annually turns out, so why are we offering him so early? I understand that all schools have certain prospects that they have a feeling about or think higher of than the ranking services, but wouldn't you wait longer than 11 months before signing day to offer these kids that have less of a chance to put in contributions on the field? The recruiting rankings put out by services usually are somewhat correct in the fact that a team of 4 stars is most likely going to beat a team of 3 stars. I just don't see how a powerhouse like M is the first to offer these low ranked players instead of waiting it out to see if you could have gotten a better player who is more likely to contribute. So in a way today's commitment of Drew Dileo kind of scares me, because a player like Chris Dunkley or Kenny Shaw might see that we currently have 2-3 slot receivers in the fold in this single class and decide to look elsewhere. I wouldn't want to scare off elite players to fill out a class 9 months before signing day. Now we have two "projects" at the slot in this class instead of waiting out to fill the available scholarships with better players. Don't get me wrong, Dileo and Drake could both be All-Americans, they haven't even stepped foot on campus so I am not knocking them. I just don't see how it is advantageous to offer them so early when I'm sure there were Drew Dileos to find later in the process if the highly ranked prospects that have interest in M have chosen to go elsewhere. It's not just at the slot position I just used that as an example because of the Dileo commitment today. Again I know that RR gets paid to run the program and knows what he is doing or he wouldn't be here. I have the utmost faith that the program will be a BCS (if it's still around) bowl team for many years to come. It just seems like being at a powerhouse like M, he can afford to wait a while before offering the Drew Dileos of the world. I guess I am just looking for another opinion or two or twenty as to what his strategy is with these offers.
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