I was sleepless and bored, so I decided to go back and review our OL recruiting over the past few years. The MGOExperts are well versed in this and nothing of great surprise. But, for me, it helped put into perspective the multi-year struggles we've had and why there should be real hope going forward. I posted because I thought it might do the same for others.
I'll add that it also made me want to cut Drevno a little slack given what he inherited for "veteran" players and how the recruiting went after the 2015 transition class under his watch. He missed on some guys, sure, but he did bring in some significant talent.
2013 Cursed by the Gods. So promising and turned into a complete shit show. So glad we are no longer dependent on this class.
2014-2015 No numbers and it made Newsome injury hurt way worse than it should have. Still paying the price this year. Would cloning Cole to create an entire line have been an NCAA violation??
2016 Small but solid start to first full Harbaugh class. A left tackle would have been appreciated though.
2017-2018 Good foundation of numbers and talent. Hopefully, they will develop quickly. Simplified coaching scheme should be music to our ears given youth.
(Recruiting data from 247)
Patrick Kugler 4* (late blooming contributor)
Kyle Bosch 4* (transfer)
David Dawson 4* (grad transfer)
Chris Fox 4* (medical)
Logan Tuley-Tillman 4* (booted)
Dan Samuelson 3* (transfer)
Mason Cole 4* (NFL)
Juwann Bushell-Beatty 4*
Grant Newsome 4* (injury, possible medical)
Jon Runyan Jr. 3*
Nolan Ulizio 3*
Ben Bredeson 4*
Michael Onwenu 4*
Stephen Spannellis 3*
Cesar Ruiz 4*
Chuck Filiaga 4*
James Hudson 4* DT recruit
JaRaymond Hall 4* (transfer)
Andrew Stueber 3*
Joel Honigford 3*
Philip Paea 3* DT recruit
Jalen Mayfield 4*
Ryan Hayes 4*