Parker and Woolfolk be on the field at the same time?
at least it's not just us?
Parker and Woolfolk be on the field at the same time?
Woolfolk plays strong safety (think deep safety in Greg Robinson's defense). This is where Parker is projected.
I wouldn't count on USC giving up without a fight for Parker. He's too good of a prospect, especially an instate kid, for USC just to let slip by.
Should be interesting to see how the next 20 days play out. USC is up to their eyeballs in elite corners and safeties, and they're still probably going to reel in Dietrich Riley. Even if they put the press on Parker (which they may, who knows how the new staff will evaluate), one thing that hasn't changed is the depth chart, which is still in Michigan's favor, and was one of the main factors in Michigan surging to the top of Parker's list.
but i want it now!!!
I have a gut feeling that either way hes playing football in america
Unless he commits to Ohio State, in which case he plays most his games in hell.
I will ask about him on every recruiting thread.
while brushing his teeth he questioned whether there could be meaning in a godless universe. He decided that while he might be Sisyphus, he could imagine Sisyphus as happy, and so, yes, there could be meaning.
he pushes rocks up hills
He's in Milwaukee.
It's a step above the typical gut feeling, yet not as high as the "super-cosmic interplanetary gut feeling".
Woolfolk is a strong safety, and Parker would be a strong safety. That's why they wouldn't be on the field at the same time.
This is b/c Michigan's staff uses "strong" safety to refer to the deep (typically "free") safety, correct?
Would the coaches start Woolfolk and Kovacs and get Parker on the bench even if he could do a better job then Kovacs?
If Parker comes in and is solid and it looks like both Woolfolk and Parker can play as well as if not better then Kovacs, why wouldn't you start both?
Being good at one position doesn't necessarily mean you'd be good at another, even among more closely related things like safeties. The point is, a deep safety usually has to be better in pass coverage than a shallow safety, who conversely is typically better at run support, blitzes, etc. Its a different skill set, and personally I think Parker's strong suit is his abilities in coverage, hence the projection at strong (deep) safety.
They'll play the 2 guys who give them the best chance of winning, no matter what position they are put it. At least that would be what makes the most sense.
Magnus -- do you think that it is a foregone conclusion that Woolfolk will play safety? If we have a viable option at strong safety, doesn't Warren's departure make Woolfolk playing corner a little more likely? I guess it boils down to whether the coaches will be more comfortable starting a true freshman (or freshmen) at corner or safety. Of all the new guys coming or potentially coming, who do you think are the most ready to see the field?
If you ask about Baxter on every recruiting thread, you will be negged on every recruiting thread (and not just by me).
People don't withhold information. If there's news, you will hear it.
You forgot how to use the reply button again, didn't you...
Magnus "claims" that his reply button doesn't work when he's on his work computer, but I don't know...
They started Kovacs over Emilien and Williams last year. I don't see why they wouldn't continue to do that if Kovacs is a better option.
Regardless, neither Parker or Woolfolk is a free safety in this defense. Free safety will be played by Kovacs, Emilien, Williams, or Marvin Robinson.
If we land Parker, do you think the coaches continue to pursue Knight since he's sort of a safety/corner 'tweener?
Yes they should take both, I believe the staff is recruiting Parker as a strong and Knight as a free.
Yes, I think we will continue to pursue Parker. Not only can he play both positions, but we need depth at strong safety, which would be his most likely destination. I think that's especially true because other guys seem to be going off the board (Grimes, Murphy, Taylor, Wilson, Beachum, Hankins, etc.) that we thought we had a good shot at.
That being said, I don't have a good feeling about Knight anymore. I think he'll go elsewhere, whether we continue to pursue him or not.
If sam keeps getting these feelings in his gut and they don't come true, we may need to send him for a colonoscopy
just gas he is feeling...... Colonoscopy.... thanks for the laugh...
I am equally excited about the chances of having two highly ranked safety prospects (Parker, Robinson) in this class. But I'm even more excited about having FOUR safety prospects in one class (Vinopal and Johnson included).
In my opinion, recruiting success is as much based on quality as quantity. If you recruit two guys to play two positions and one of them falls short of expectations for any number of reasons (injury, grades, homesick, etc.) you're left scrambling. That's been the problem with our secondary the past three years more than anything. Having four guys competing for two spots means that you could be successful even if something doesn't pan out.
For all we know, Carvin Johnson could be the best of the bunch and underrated for other reasons. Or maybe Robinson will bulk up to play LB and we'll need to shuffle things around. Depth is as exciting as talent - especially when you play multiple players at that position throughout a game.
"I am equally excited about the chances of having two highly ranked safety prospects (Parker, Robinson) in this class. But I'm even more excited about having FOUR safety prospects in one class (Vinopal and Johnson included)."
Don't forget about Conelius Jones.
I'd be a lot more excited if we had a couple of good linebacker prospects in this class who could contribute immediately and replace Mouton and Ezeh next year.
That you should just recruit the best football players. Position skill is important at the college level, but Ill take 4 guys who are ball hawk destroyers over 2 cb, 1 fs, 1 s.
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I think Woolfolk will be a safety next year. Our defense played better this year when he was at safety. It's better to have experienced guys in the deep secondary rather than experienced guys at the corners. That's one reason that you see veteran NFL cornerbacks often move to free safety - they can diagnose players quicker and don't get fooled by play action (the other reason being that they lose a step).
The guys that I think will come in ready to contribute are Marvin Robinson, Cullen Christian, Drew Dileo, Austin White, and Ken Wilkins. (EDIT: You could add Parker and Baxter if they come, although the latter probably won't.) Miller and Jackson will probably play, but I don't think they'll contribute much. The vast majority of this class is going to redshirt, IMO.
on special teams? Or do you think he will contribute right away at slot? I'm assuming you mean Special teams due to the depth chart at slot.
Where do you see Wilkins playing early on? Seems like he could grow into a pretty good DE but I'm not sure he is big enough yet. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Yeah, I think Dileo might be our punt returner next year. Hemingway can't do it, Mathews is gone, Warren is gone, Odoms' hands are questionable. That basically leaves it up to guys like Robinson (see Odoms), Gallon, and Dileo, all unknown quantities. But this is what Dileo's being brought in to do - return kicks.
Oh yeah, I think Wilkins could get some playing time at DE/Quick next year. He's a young'n but we don't have much depth, and I think we'll have to play one young DL (at least). Wilkins is the most physically ready. I expect him to end up at DE eventually, but it could be one of those things where he starts out at Quick and eventually has his hand down 100% of the time.
Thanks, Magnus. I appreciate your knowledge and willingness to share it.