With the unbelievable recruiting success this early in the 2013 class, people are beginning to talk and debate about available spots and the best ways to use them. I figured it was time to begin the discussion on what everyone believes and would do if they had the choice. We are at 14 commits and the common belief is that we will get to (at least) 22 scholarships. The great debate arises mostly at LB, where McCray has committed, and Gedeon, Levenberry, and O'Daniel all have us as their leader. But other position needs and best use of scholarships is also debatable. One thing that some may disagree with me on below is that I think we only take 1 DT. Explain to me why you disagree with anything i say here as this is meant to be discussed.
Further needs combined with projections IMO:
1 WR (possibly 2)
1 TE (looks like the coaches want 1 more)
That puts us at 22 exactly.
In my opinion, if we missed on the top TE's or DE's we're after, we could possibly fill that scholarship with the 4th LB or a 3rd WR could be added. McCray could move to DE eventually, and O'Daniel could be taken as a Safety or Running Back if we missed on Isaac, so there is that possibility as well.
We could also get to higher than 22 available scholarships* which would free up one or two "best available spots" and take the 4th LB in that place. It could then come down to if we get a guy like Cravens (Safety) or Tunsil or possibly Pocic (OT) to take that "best available spot" in which we would then not likely have room for all 4 of them.
Overall, I think this is a great problem to have mainly because a lot can change between now and February. I think if any of these 4 get turned away, it's more a sign that we got the guys we wanted at other positions, rather than we didn't have space.
* One thing that I ask is that we do NOT debate how we could get to 22 or more than 22 scholarships via attrition or not renew 5th year scholarships to certain players.
Let the debate begin!