Opposite Problem of 2008 Recruiting?

Submitted by coastal blue on January 23rd, 2011 at 9:14 PM

At this point we have only 14 recruits, of which 11 on the defensive side of the ball along with a kicker (much needed by the way). We have only 1 RB and 1 OL.

One of the big complaints with RR was that he went after offensive guys while neglecting the defense in his first year of recruiting. I know we are pretty well set for at least a year or two on the offensive side of the ball, but it's worrying to me that we have very little talent coming in in this class. We've seen what wasting classes on the defensive personnel has done the past few years, be it neglect or busts and now I feel like Hoke is at risk of doing the same.

Anyway, hopefully we retain Fisher and add Rawls along with a WR and/or QB, but right now I'm concerned.



January 23rd, 2011 at 9:35 PM ^

It sounds like he was recruited for defense.  Key passage:

"They haven't really gone into detail about it, but I have only been talking to the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach," Heitzman said. "They have only been talking to me about defense, so I'm assuming that's where they are thinking about playing me. I feel like I should play whatever benefits the team the most, but if I did have to decide I would probably pick defense."




January 23rd, 2011 at 9:17 PM ^

I understand you're point but I don't think it is. Like you said we have a lot of talent on the offense side of things. We do have needs there but still it's not the same. If Hoke does the same thing next year then I would be a little worried.


January 23rd, 2011 at 9:38 PM ^

I do understand where you are coming from.  My honest opinion is that we are stacked for a year or so with the O players we have, except for needs at QB OL and at TE.  The D is where we are very thin.  With Hoke a D minded coach, I strongly believe he forsees the problems in depth on the entire D and is doing what he needs to do to fill those voids first.  Our O should score points next year, there is no doubt in my mind, however, our D is the question mark.  If we can't shore up our voids and needs on D, Hoke will be in the same situation as RR. 


January 24th, 2011 at 9:08 AM ^

As long as we get a decent-to-solid offensive line class every year, I think the offense will be fine.  Remember, we've got Gardner coming in as a Redshirt freshman, and the following underclassmen on offense: Lewan, Omameh, Toussant, Hopkins, and something like 5 receivers.  

We should have enough to survive one defensive-oriented class.  I agree that this kind of thing isn't ideal though.


January 23rd, 2011 at 9:36 PM ^

given his January 11th hire.

And clearly, the defense is awful and needs some infusions.  A low 3* has a better chance of seeing the field on defense than on offense.  So I wouldn't read too much into what has to be a scattershot effort (through no fault of Hoke).

Mr Mackey

January 23rd, 2011 at 9:18 PM ^

it seems like defense was obviously our area of need, and we're getting a whole lot of help because that's where we need it. Our offense is pretty set, and should still be successful, hopefully adding some depth at RB and OL. I don't think that Hoke could have recruited too many defensive players in this class.. we desperately need it. 

That being said, it sure would be nice to pick up a QB in this class, even though it's not looking good.


January 23rd, 2011 at 10:03 PM ^

i also agree, defense wins championships; however, you have to scores points to win - otherwise the best you can hope for is the longest game in history that ends in a 0-0 tie after everyone goes home.

Denard cant be the quarterback forever.... he will eventually graduate.... unless he uses his dilithium power to turn back time like superman did.


January 24th, 2011 at 9:12 AM ^

We're really going to benefit from all these bodies that will be working out for new coaches.  All those 'deathbacker/hybrid/whatever it ended up being called' types will be trying out at safety and linebacker for a brand new set of coaches.  There's a lot of dudes with a lot to prove.   


January 23rd, 2011 at 10:27 PM ^

I've been saying the same thing for the last three years (actually a whole lot longer, but three years seems about right), and I'm going to continue saying it.  Why?

What else am I going to say that will make a difference?

I figure that's why they do what they do and why I do what I do.


January 24th, 2011 at 12:59 AM ^

perfectly said.  Everyone needs to just sit back, relax, and watch the Hoke do his work.  The fans are the fans for a reason.  Brady Hoke is the coach for a reason.

Fans watch. Coaches coach.  They know what they need and they will do whatever it takes to succeed.  They aren't not doing their homework and doing something that they think will hurt them in the future...

Just trust.


January 23rd, 2011 at 9:31 PM ^

The offense for the most part, especially at most of the improtant positions, are young.  Molk, Stonum, Jr. will all be graduating, but hopefully Pace, Stokes, etc. will be more than able to step in.


January 23rd, 2011 at 9:38 PM ^

Not so concerned about getting more defensive recruits this year so long as we fill the offensive areas of need next year. 

I'm more concerned that we get the right guys and keep them--and keep the APR from biting us.

Tommy Want Wingy

January 23rd, 2011 at 9:40 PM ^

We will still take a QB (hopefully) in this class and a TE. But if we need a D heavy recruiting class to fix that thing I watched all year I'm ok with it. Hopefully it just doesnt become a trend.

King Douche Ornery

January 23rd, 2011 at 9:43 PM ^

Is certainly out of left field. I guess someone had to be the first guy to complain about recruiting too many defensive players.

I have to think with Hoke and Mattison there will be an emphasis on defense in a big way for this year and next.

I'd say the next priority will be offensive line.

Trenches, baby. Trenches.

coastal blue

January 23rd, 2011 at 9:57 PM ^

about recruiting too many defensive players.

I'm very happy about that.

I am concerned about having a large gap of offensive talent in two or three  years time.

It reminds me of either LC's 2005 or 06 class where ESPN ominously asked "But where are the defensive backs?".

Maybe you should try and broaden your viewpoint.