Per Steve Wiltfong (http://twitter.com/swiltfong247):
Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Well... damn it all.
Perhaps you should include "by Notre Dame visit" in your title, but that is slightly disconcerting. Since we get the final impression before his decision, I think our coaches will be able to pull it out. I'm happy we're getting a lot of highly-rated depth to our defensive backfield finally.
AGREED. I came here with high hopes only to be mislead and disappointed.
EDIT: That looks much better.
we actually don't, he is visiting UGA on Jan. 20.
We're his childhood favorite though!! We've got that going for us... ... right?
Plus, don't they already have two 5* corners signed? Seems odd that they'd end up with more than two.
Alright, if the kid comes out after the A2 visit and says he had a "golden" experience at Michigan, I'm gonna crown him the King of Screwing With Us-ville.
Has Brian Kelly put any D guys in the NFL? I'm amazed that he can sell D guys to come play for him...
I'm surprised he can sell anyone to come play for him...
Players actually seem to like him a lot.
Manti Teo disagrees.
That's what I thought too, but not enough to go pro even though he'd be a first rounder. He can't hate him that much.
As do some anonymous players from GVSU I know that played for him...
Teo: "I wanted to spend another year with my teammates and the coaches on our team. I don’t think any sum of money can replace the memories I can create in my senior year."
Somebody show Wright the figuring skating special from Sunday. That ought to be enough to sway him not to go there......
To his credit, this is pretty amazing:
that looks more like a purplish red
Notre Dame's ongoing ability to pull puzzles me as well, especially in comparison to Michigan. They haven't had a really good season in what seems like 20 years, and their little stadium makes ours look like exactly what it is--the most awesome stadium and facilities campus on Earth.
I thought human trafficking was illegal
Blanton (corner), Harrison (safety), and Te'o were recruited by Weiss but are highly rated NFL prospects. If they keep bringing in 5-star DB's, knowledge of the 3-4 system is highly desirable to NFL teams so they probably have a good shot of a high draft pick.
Has he put anyone of note in the NFL? Not that Cincinnati and CMU and GVSU were brimming with talent, but it's not like he got anyone highly drafted. I remember David Kircus, but that can't hardly count. Joe Staley of the 49ers might have played for him. Still, it's not like he has had many high draft picks at all.
The NFL often drafts players they might think have been terribly coached but see their potential based on their individual measurables and intangibles.
Brandon Graham, Morgan Trent and Jonas Mouton are three pretty good examples of this theory.
Brandon Graham is not a good example of this. Trent had some solid seasons so he's probably not either.
Jonas is yours, touche.
But I'm sure recruits notice these things (and if they don't, some opposing coaches probably bring it to their attention).
Well, you're not totally wrong, but still kind of wrong. If a coach happens to have one freak athlete come through his program and go on to star in the NFL, most recruits won't think too much of it. But if a coach tends to have multiple guys get drafted highly, especially at a particular position group, then it absolutely says something about the coach. Do you think Wisconsin has recruited only 5-star OLs the last five years? Not a single one, but they've had a number of averagely rated linemen get drafted, often pretty high, into the NFL. Other schools have seen blue chip OL not get a look by the NFL. If I was a top OL recruit, that would be compelling.
Point is, one guy doesn't make a pattern.
Connor Barwin went from nobody to 2nd round draft pick at LB under Kelly.
Kelly hasn't been there long enough to get personal credit for turning kids pro yet, but they do have a few decent draft prospects this year. It never seems to matter who ND gets, though. ND and Florida State always seem to pull great classes, and always seem to underperform. I can't think of any other program that does less with more than those 2.
They are a close third behind those two programs in recent years.
As mentioned above, Clemson, but also Florida State. Those two schools do the least with the most talent, IMO.
He was a tight end for three years and switched to Defensive End his senior season and had a monster year. Drafted 2nd round by the Texans. Has 8 sacks on the year. I only know this because he went to my high school - U of D jesuit.
Your title tricked me. Please edit it, I thought he was amazed with us.
Recruit visits college campus. Recruit speaks positively about his experience at college campus. Internet reacts.
Shocked. SHOCKED, I say.
what probably looked amazing was the depth chart.
....by the grace, poise and elegance that is the Notre Dame secondary as well as their coach, the legendary Peggy Fleming.
It's helpful to know. But let's not play this game. Nine out of every ten visits to top-tier programs end with the recruit expressing amazement. That's well established by now, isn't it? It means very little.
but he wasn't exactly feeling the love in Colorado. Apparently his visit blew, to say the least.
he was amazed that a coach with an exploding, purple head could attract so many good players, and would have the audacity to think he (Yuri) would actually accept a scholarship offer.
It's rare for a recruit to say anything negative about a visit. Think about it, you are being treated like royalty, constantly being told how great you are and how they want and need you so bad. You're shown the best looking buildings on campus, taken to a nice restaurant and the coeds smile and wink. They'd even wipe your backside if you asked nicely.
The only visit he has to compare it to is Colorado though, isn't it? I'm not too worried. If he he has a lukewarm reation to his A2 visit then maybe but I don't see that happening.
I'm sure he's been to Rutgers too, but I don't think he's been there on an official. He seemed disappointed by the Colorado official, so it's not that surprising that he enjoyed the Notre Dame official (low expectations?). I'm not really worried.
That is all.
EDIT: Beaten to the punch earlier. My bad. Still, though, cue the ND figure skating skit.
Is he a fan of ice skating exhibitions?
This only means something if the normal MO for recruits is to be lukewarm about every visit except the visit at the school where they eventually enroll.
I don't think that's true. Top recruits are impressionable, media-savvy, and polite, which means when you ask them about a visit right after it happens, you're going to hear a positive reaction. Even a not-so-great visit (like Colorado) will get a comment no more negative than "If only it wasn't exams."
ND is approaching Cal territory. Good school + nice campus + decent to bad football = lots of 4 and 5 star guys in your recruiting class
to that list as well, except change "decent to bad football" to just bad football
He's coming and will Go Blue!