Most notable updates from 'wednesday recruiting'...
#1) it sounds like cornelius jones might end up being a DB here. he's pretty big, 6-2, 200lbs, so i'll list him at strong safety for now. makes him even more intriguing...and he was very intriguing to me even before this. #2) it sounds like we're slipping on LB Olaniyan.
So, according to Sam Webb, we've still got 4-6 scholarships available. It's possible that we're going to take more than that (not renewing 5th year seniors, assigning early enrollees to last year's class, etc.). Personally, I think that is true, and I am looking forward to RichRod busting out the snake oil. But for now, for the sake of simplicity, I will keep my predictions at 4-6.
It sounds like we've got the inside track on Christian, Grimes, Beachum, and maybe Murphy. Here is a list of all the players that we SEEM to still be in on, in order of our in-ness. Like I said before, I think Rich Rod's got some under the radar snake oil stuff going on, but I'll leave that alone for now.
RB - McDowell
WR - Stills?
DT - Beachum, Thornton
DE - Murphy, Clemmings, Mackal
LB - Furman, Cornelius, Nealy (new offer), Olaniyan?
S - Knight, Jefferson, Parker
CB - Christian, Grimes, Mathis
If we do indeed land the four players that we seem to have the inside track on, I would like to see us using the last two scholarships on a linebacker (Furman!?), and a safety (Knight!?). If we can land a class of those six, the complete class would look something like this:
WR: Robinson, Williamson
DE: Wilkins, Paskorz
Q: Kinnard, MURPHY
FS: KNIGHT, Johnson
CB: CHRISTIAN, Avery
CB: GRIMES, Talbott
If that is indeed the recruiting class we sign, then this is what I see our starting lineup looking like next year. I'm not going to list BACKUPS here, just guys that I think have a shot to play...a lot.
WR: Hemingway...Stokes/Robinson (jr. will get hurt)
DT: Martin/Van Bergen
DE: Van Bergen/LaLota/Wilkins/Roh