Are there set times recruits have to announce commitments? I know Anzalone is doing it today or tomorrow and we all know the deal with LT, but are there any specific times to look forward to? Or will they drop at any time?
The Opening Day 2 Open Thread
According to the The Opening twitter feed, tonight's coverage on espnu will include two games and two commitments.
So if Anzalone is one of two commiting tonight, do we know who the second one is? Should we be buckling up?
Ra'sha'ad Samples is one of the guys committing. Not sure about the other one.
Anzalone is announcing tomorrow.
Samples commited to Oklahoma State... one less WR spot there.
Treadwell is not announcing tonight...
EDIT: Rashaad Samples is the other.
My DirectTV guide says that today is The Opening Day 2, or are we counting check in as day 1?
Also, Bosch tweeted this earlier, hope its not mono like he says it is that will knock you out for a month.
But I will edit it to avoid confusion.
Is Kyle Bosch enrolling early?
I heard Kyle Bosch plans to enroll early.
Shane Morris' Land Sharks are scheduled to duel Hackenberg's (PSU) Alpha Speed (also Laquon Treadwell) in prime time. The other game going on will feature Jake Butt & Mike McCray's Alpha Talon squad vs. Jourdan Lewis' Field Generals.
In case you're interested, here are the highlights of Mike Mitchell, the SPARQ champion:
He's very awkward athletically, but somehow he gets the job done...4.39 speed will do that for you. He also looks like he goes 100 mph all the time.
I watched his film and he does seem a little awkward at times but has a great motor. Almost think he would make a better DE than LB.
What do you think of him Magnus?
I would take him as a WDE or perhaps even a SAM. The speed and motor make him a worthwhile player, and he could definitely help on special teams. I wouldn't want to put him in coverage much, though.
At 6'4'' and 215 lbs, plus an apparent forty time of 4.39, wouldn't you think he would do just fine covering a TE? I know more than size and speed factors into coverage skills, but he has to have at least some agility as well if he won the SPARQ competition.
He does have some agility (a 4.00 shuttle time, for example), but he looks lost in coverage. His footwork isn't very good and he doesn't really know what to do or where to go. You might be able to put him in man coverage on a TE, yeah, but I'd be afraid of putting him in zone.
I believe he's only considering schools that are recruiting him at linebacker. He's been pretty adamant about not playing with his hands down, for what it's worth.
Thanks for the info. I had heard the name but hadn't really paid attention to him until I saw him tearing it up at The Opening.
but why are TomVH or Ace more qualified in evaluating film? I trust them for breaking stories and reporting about our commits, but what exactly are their qualifications that make you trust them in evaluating prospects? Do they have a background in football?
I just asked Magnus his opinion because he had brought the topic up and had also watched the film.
Comparing Magnus to TomVH/Ace is comparing apples to oranges. Tom and Ace aren't really film/talent evaluators. They're recruiting analysts. Sure, they chime in with their two cents, but they wil readily admit they're not football experts when it comes to diagnosing plays or evaluting players. They make hypotheses based on all the information available to them.
I'm no member of the Magnus Fan Club, but I'd say he's much more qualified to evaluate film than either Ace or TVH. Due respect to all parties, of course. At least Magnus is a coach at some level. He's definitely not infallible, though.
I'm glad to see you've worked to improve your weaknesses...
On the flip side, TomVH and Ace do their jobs well and I hope I do my "job" well. We have different roles, and I don't think some people understand that. I'm less of a reporter than a self-appointed analyst; they're more reporters than analysts.
I don't understand why people criticize you, Magnus. You have tons of knowledge and provide good insight. If they don't like what you have to say they can just ignore you.
Laquon Treadwell goes over Michigan CB commit Jourdan Lewis for a long TD. Ball thrown by Christian Hackenberg.
Treadwell is a beast, might be best WR here, open every play
LeQuan Treadwell looks fantastic out here. Tweaked an ankle, but he should be OK.
Hackenberg to Marcus Baugh for the TD, Baugh has been killing it out here today as well, Alpha Speed up 26-19, 7:05 left
Ohio State TE commit Marcus Baugh with a TD. USC RB commit Ty Isaac also playing well.
There is a reason we have Marcus Baugh as the top tight end in the region. Good speed, great hands and gets separation consistently from DB
Sounds like Ohio's Marcus Baugh and PSU's Hackenberg have impressed today.
All the teams are stacked, but Hack has the best group of WR there. Morris apparently has two really good RBs out of the backfield though.
Land Sharks and Alpha speed will be the most interesting matchup. Morris versus Odaniel, and Burrows, and going score for score against Megaquon and seals-Jones and Ty Isaac.
Gettem Land Sharks!
Impressions of Butt at TE?
With guys like Stribling/Conley...I am hoping that Lewis wont be getting stuck on big WR's all the time. Should be a match-up nightmare for slot guys though.
The coaches are recruiting him for field corner, not slot corner.
What is the difference (in play and desired skillset) between the two?
I believe the field corner covers the wide side of the field and the boundary corner covers the short side so it also depends on where the ball is, what hash its on, etc.That's why field corners are usually the quicker fast guy and the boundary is usually bigger and stronger. Somebody correct me if wrong.
You are correct. The field corner defends the wide side, the boundary corner defends the short side.
There may be exceptions in certain situations or packages, but that's the basic difference.
The slot corner can afford to be a little bit slower (but doesn't have to be), will likely blitz more, has to be ready to support the run a little more.
Guys who have played slot corner in recent memory are Courtney Avery and Brandon Harrison. FWIW, Thomas Gordon was working as the slot corner a little bit last spring before he won the FS job.
Comments like that are just ridiculous. What corner is better against bigger WRs? Isn't that the point of having big WRs?
Seriously. As it turns out, Lewis is also better against slow receivers, and receivers who can't catch.
Laquon Treadwell's team is playing in 0-0 game with 9 min remaining 2nd half. PSU's Hackenberg has thrown 5 INTs in the game.
Or both QBs are sucking it up. Maybe a bit of both.
Both QBs threw multiple INTs.
Treadwell's team lost 7-0 to fall to 1-1 in pool play. Plays Shane Morris' team next in prime time.
Jourdan Lewis' squad won their second game 14-7 to improve to 1-1.
13-0 Land Sharks
Shane Morris with a laser to OJ Howard who outruns the whole secondary. Howard is a freak. TD Land Sharks
Who came up with these team names? Alpha Talon? Vapor Carbon? What are these?
everything is "combat" related...(then again, I don't know that they came up with the names, I just wanted to say "Stupid Nike")
And yes, theses names suck more than Legends & Leaders. I do like the fact they held a draft last night to pick teams. I liked the regional format of Rivals Challenge, but this seems the best way to have the teams competitive.
They are the various models of Nike's football cleats
From 247 Barton Simmons:
Jaylon Smith is the truth. I'm not sure I've ever seen a linebacker that can affect 7on7 as much as he can. Length and range is special.
Jaylon Smith runs 30 yards down field with a slot then nearly grabs a pick that he would have scored on. He's awesome in coverage
Sounds like Shane Morris' team could be the best squad there. Not looking forward to playing Jaylon Smith for 4 years but better at ND than Ohio.
Yeah, Smith is an absolute beast athletically. Let's just hope that he can't learn to read pulling linemen or something in the future.
Jaylon Smith is easily the most athletic LB here,
#NotreDame getting a great one
Jaylon Smith is the best high school football player in the country that I've seen in person.
Jaylon Smith is the best player on this field. Period. No question In my opinion.
Hopefully, his career plays out like Manti Teo.
Yeah, ND's next coach is going to have a great player to work with.
but I would advise not throwing the ball in his direction.
Isn't that a Brian Kelly quote?
the "I'm no coach" part? In that case, +1 for your genius.
I'm really counting on Kelly to continue coaching these kids down at ND because his entire 3 deep rotation on defense (and offense for that matter) will be all high4 low5 star players pretty soon. Maybe they can pair off against FSU in the UnderArmor sponsored Underwhelming Bowl
The coach of the Orange Team on ESPN U right now is sporting the Old English D!
EDIT: It was the coach in the huddle, not the coach along the sideline!
jeez Derrick Green looks like a freaking DE playing RB. Dude is huge.
Brutal drop, glad we're not recruiting him at WR. But yes, he looks like a monster.
I think he heard the proverbial footsteps..
I agree though...he looks like he is a beast of a RB
Not sure what difference footsteps would make considering their playing touch football. Maybe just a conditioned response...or just bad hands.
It's just bad hands. He doesn't catch the ball well, whether closely covered or not.
It is too bad that the game they decided to show on ESPN U has one team with ZERO UofM commits in it! Hopefully when all is said and done, there will be at least one (Fuller/Green)
Cooper Bateman looks unimpressive.
I thought he looked pretty good...when he was chasing down Larenz Bryant after a pick.
Unbelievable. They are going to show the Max Browne-Tyrone Swoopes game exclusively it looks like. At least we will be able to watch Jake Butt and Jourdan Lewis.
CONSPIRACY!!! RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!
Where is Swoopes going? Isn't it Texas? I'm looking for some kind of sec conspicary theory here.
But Shane has the only undefeated team left in pool play. And Tyrone Swoopes has already been picked off twice in that game.
Morris is down 12-0 right now, though...
This is ESPN's way of telling us that Texas is moving to the SEC.
I think that is 3 INTs for Tyrone Swoopes in prime time.
Michigan CB commit Jourdan Lewis with an INT
I haven't been watching. Has Shane Morris been the most impressive QB today?
I've seen him ranked #3 of the guys there.
Eh, today Treiu said Morris and Browne are neck and neck and another guy said Morris has been the most impressive today. Yesterday he was the least impressive of the bunch.
247sports take on day 2 QB action.
1- Shane Morris- The Michigan commit had the most consistent day. In a setting where quarterbacks tend to settle for the checkdowns and short, safe passes, he was able to consistently throw the ball down the field successfully. We have seen Morris in this setting throw the ball inconsistently in the past, but today, he was on the money.
2- Max Browne- Browne did not have a bad game during the 7on competition. He’s got a big arm, good leadership ability/intangibles and of course, size/height. Browne, playing for former Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins, had the most command of his team in this setting. He is a USC commit.
3- Christian Hackenberg- The Penn State commit had the best release of any of the quarterbacks there and is the smoothest, most natural quarterback prospect of any in attendance. That being said, he also was the most turnover-prone in this setting and had threw more than 15 picks as a high school junior last year. His skill set is such that he could be the best quarterback prospect in this class.
-The three prospects at the top, Morris, Browne and Hackenberg were very, very close performance-wise on Saturday.
I believe I saw the same update you did but that was about yesterday. From reading updates, it seems like Shane has been top 2 or 3 on everybody's list but the guys in front of him first day are behind him second day and vice versa. Meaning he is playing pretty consistently through the weekend.
Hooray for Lequan Treadwell!
Sounds like he is not playing at the level he played at in the first 2 wins.
Hack by far and away has the best receiving corp in the 7 on 7. Treadwell/RSJ is just stupid.
Espn had to make sure their #1 an looked good. MOAR CONSPIRACYZ!!!
What is the schedule for TV tomorrow? This would be much more interesting of we get a chance to see some of our commits
ESPNU from 8 to 10 p.m. (EST) again.
The 7on7 will be in the tournament portion of competition so only the winners of early games will probably be televised (i.e. don't expect to see more Tyrone Swoopes or Brice Ramsey tomorrow).
This game should have been televised. I hate you ESPN. Shane and the Land Sharks down 18-13.
Shane Morris to OJ Howard for a score then Levonte Whitfield for the conversion. Land Sharks still down 2 scores
Pick six by Colin Spencer. Land Sharks down one score now
OJ Howard with another Circus catch PAT from Morris, Morris and Howard trail Hackenberg 18-13
Appreciate these updates!
"Running backs aren't very helpful in 7-on-7..."
A certain undersold Mgoposter said this earlier. Oops.
Ummm...what does this have to do with anything? OJ Howard is a tight end, and Levonte Whitfield is a wide receiver.
Haha. I just got Magnus'd. For sown reason I thought Howard was a rb. Double post
NEG ME NOW!!!!!
Well, you're not very good at showing it, trying to hurt my feelings like that... I'm very sensitive, you know.
I edited out the love portion of my post. Didn't want to oversell my affection of your posts.
Let's hug it out bro.
Haha. I just got Magnus'd. For some reason I thought Howard was a rb. I blame the heat.
but their are pictures posted of Taco Charlton jumping over a tackling dummy on Go Blue Wolverine.
my other new theory is that espn wants Max Browne to look as good as possible and wanted the Dual Threat QB against him on TV.
I've seen lots of Shane Morris, so I'm kind of looking forward to seeing Browne and Swoopes, anyway...
Max Browne currently at the helm for the Field Generals. He's currently rated higher than Shane. Let's see if he can show why
Leon McQuay intercepts Max Browne.
And swoops throws a truly awful side armed int. This is not swoops' event to shine
Dug too deep a hole in 1st half and down 25-14 now. Hopefully Shane will have his revenge tomorrow and win the 'ship. Overall sounds like he had a terrific day today along with Laquan Treadwell. Both their teams finished 2-1 (as did Jourdan Lewis' squad) while playing key roles for their teams..
Tyrone Swoopes is god awful.
This isn't really his thing. He's a dual-threat quarterback, so sitting in the pocket and being a pure passer is putting him isn't ideal for him. Denard probably wouldn't do well in this type of event, either.
but USA is in a dogfight with Canada in the U19 World Championship right now. Unlike the Opening, this is real football, and Logan Tuley-Tillman, Ethan Pocic, and Hunter Bivin are all starters on the OL. Game is being broadcast live on YouTube:
intended for Jake Butt...too bad didn't count because of the four second rule
Are we sure Max Browne isn't actually Dolph Lundgren's child? It's a pretty decent replica of the mad russian who took rocky to the limit.
Wow. Great break on the ball there for Lewis.
Great pick by Lewis, tremendous break on the ball.
Nice pick by Lewis!
Great int by Jourdon Lewis
Lewis should be getting a bump. Realistically he should be a top 10 CB. He would be if he was committed to an SEC school.
Is anyone else catching on that ND's recruits seem to be playing above their rankings? They may have a better recruiting class than many are giving them credit for.
Anyone specifically that you're referring to?
Obviously Smith has been the best player at multiple camps this summer. Onwualu has also appeared to play above his 3 star rating at several camps as well. Robinson and Butler both 3 stars playing well today although Robinson may have something to do with Morris. Also Anzalone has been getting some mention lately as well (assuming he commits to ND).
Hmmmm...I guess you might be right. Smith is already one of the top few players in the country, so he can't really outplay those rankings. Onwualu had a good camp recently, but had a poor one earlier this summer or late in the spring. I haven't heard much about Robinson/Butler this weekend.
I wonder how long it takes to get used to catching a ball with the opposite spin? I was a lefty but since I was never on the receiving end of passes I never got to experience whether it made a difference or not.