Recent commits to the DE position have had me re-evaluate my outlook on this class. As I would rather procrastinate then move out of my apartment from school here is my boredom. Now I currently have our scholarship number at 18 assuming a DJ Williamson transfer. I would imagine the final number to reach in the 20-22 area with transfers from this spring and after the season before signing day. Here is my ideal/realistic guess and hopes:
QB: (0) Kiel or none. I'd bet he heads somewhere else and here’s hoping we land Morris next year.
RB: (1) Dunn or none, but we'll mark the number at one figuring someone in the mix. Coach Hoke has stated an affinity towards grabbing a RB in every class.
WR: (1-2) Burbridge would be my guess here or going for (cross your fingers) the two'fer with Washington/Stanford teammate deal.
TE: (3) Penciling in Thompson even with the delay to join Funchess and Williams.
OL: (5) Coaches have stated they will take six but with a possible swing man in Williams I would like to use five to free up more scholarships. Penciling in Diamond to nab the 3rd spot, however, too many options for me to give a guess at the other 2 slots. Hopefully, we limit acceptance at this point and pursue the Zac Banner types.
DE: (4-5) Pencil in Brown/Godin/Mario. I think the coaching staff with take 4 and heavily pursue Wormley. Here's where it gets interesting... With Washington/Stanford stating they are attending a school together and we have offered both I say swing for the fences.
DT: (2-3) My hope and realistic approach is Pipkens/Day with an outside shot of Jaleel Johnson/O'Brien/ late emergence.
LB: (4) Already locked out.
CB/S: (2) Solidify Cass Tech by nabbing Richardson and S/CB possibility by the way of Morgan.
Assuming we hit the numbers I listed and pull the unlikely Washington/Stanford this would put our total at the limit of 25. As previously stated, I see the final class at around 22 scholarships so we’ll assume this number. Removing three (4 DE’s, 1 WR, and 2 DT’s) seems likely.
This was just something to waste time and give my best guesses as opposed to packing my apartment to leave school. We’ll see in February if this is anything near the class (probably not).
EDIT: Whoops on edition. Also, if taking 5 DE's I am open to Pittman, Strobel, Spence, etc... instead of Washington. The WR/DE teammate combo just provided a way to solve both needs.