with all of these de-commitments, our recruiting class is now 10th

Submitted by reddogrjw on December 5th, 2017 at 10:13 AM

who knew that was the way to raise our team ranking?



December 5th, 2017 at 10:54 AM ^

I want to be know as a top 5 overall team. Based on wins. Not recruiting wins. I realize it’s off season and that more talent puts us in a better position to win but I’m so sick of relying on these little moral victories and our constant Infatuation of beating the recruiting win drum and losing the big games.

Hope we can get that part figured out here real quick as all the “lesser” recruiting schools that beat us every year laugh at our paper champion recruiting titles.

Flame away.

Blue in Paradise

December 5th, 2017 at 11:08 AM ^

We just want to win in the recruiting rankings.  

Of course, the fact that our 2014 and 2015 classes flamed out has nothing to do with our team losing big games in the clutch moments.  There is no correlation between veteran leadership and clutch plays in college football.




December 5th, 2017 at 11:14 AM ^

to win


we need to do well to overcome our 2014 and 2015 classes


the bulk of our players are coming from the 2016 and 2017 classes


once we fill that hole we should do better on the field as well

Der Alte

December 5th, 2017 at 12:33 PM ^

and arrives in Ann Arbor ready to take on (not necessarily take over) the QB duties for the 2018 campaign, it will only happen because Coach Jim is not ready to give the car keys to either Brandon or Dylan. 

By contrast, a sports writer in the Atlanta paper said yesterday that despite his true-freshman status, Georgia's Jake Fromm matches up well with the other three QBs in the playoffs, even "occasional knucklehead" Baker Mayfield. Fromm, says columnist Steve Hummer, has several "unquantifiable gifts," including "the ability at such a tender age to instill belief that no matter what problems the playoffs may present, he'll figure it out." 

IMHO had Brandon Peters convinced Coach Jim that he, Peters, possessed similiar leadership qualities, he would have gone in for Speight in the Purdue game, just as freshman Fromm replaced an injured Jake Eason in the App State (!) game. Then with a hotshot Peters at the helm, M would have no doubt beaten Sparty and coulda, shoulda taken at least one of Badgers-Buckeyes. PSU I don't know about; that seemed more of then-OC Moorehead's plan to exploit defensive matchups rather than offensive limitations. But M would have been more competitive with a more competitive QB.

In any event, Brandon has now had some combat experience. That blindside shot he took in Madison might have resulted in a sudden, maturational growth spurt. We'll see on New Year's Day, and best of luck to him.


December 5th, 2017 at 11:25 AM ^

My conspiracy theory--remember you heard it here first (!)--is that Saban is retiring in 2-3 years and is therefore devoting less time and resources to recruiting future classes.  Remember Spurrier's last recruiting classes at Florida and South Carolina were both subpar.  Bobby Bowden's recruiting fell off his last few years.  My bet is that Alabama's recruiting starts falling off relative to the last 10 years.


December 5th, 2017 at 11:08 AM ^

It’s crazy. It’s like the rankings on these sites aren’t final until signing day and things change drastically between now and then. Who would have guessed that?!?’