January 6th, 2013 at 11:19 PM ^

He's a bit shorter than the WRs we've been targeting under this coaching staff, but he seems to have the speed to be a legitimate deep-threat—something we could really use in our offense going forward.  I'd love to see him in a winged helmet.

Mr. Yost

January 7th, 2013 at 8:51 AM ^

Who cares about his height?

We don't want every WR to be a possession receiver. In the end, we need PLAYMAKERS - The best 2 WRs in the Outback bowl? Ace Sanders and Jeremy Gallon...both are smaller guys who return kicks and are lethal in space. We need just as much of that as we need the next Julio Jones.


January 6th, 2013 at 11:29 PM ^

What the heck...it's worth a shot at Larue. I take nothing from the AU game and his offer list says he is legit.

At this point with some of he big WR's that have come in a nice slot guy has to be appealing for Big Al. I hope the emergence of Gallon/Dileo with their route running gave Al the confidence for some fo the smaller WR's.


January 7th, 2013 at 1:32 AM ^

How is that even possible? Didn't the SEC update their recruiting rules a few years ago? I thought 85 schollies was max, 25-28 max in any given year without back dating. Did they repeal that idea in the SEC?


January 7th, 2013 at 12:11 PM ^

2012 was a relatively small class. On top of that, several of those players were able to be backdated to 2011 due to EE. Thus, technically, A&M had a tiny 2012 class. So, A&M is able to get a ton of recruits for 2013 via EE.

IMO, the whole recruiting numbers things is kinda odd, but A&M is playing by the rules. There's no St. Nick Saban Memorial Hospital shenanigans going on.

A&M does have a TON of WR commits. One of them, Griffin (4*/5*) is not expected to make it in due to grades. WRs recognize the chance to play with JFF and that 4-5 WRs are on the field at any time.


January 7th, 2013 at 12:17 AM ^

I don't think there is a better route runner in the league. Welker also has a great knack for finding pocket of space in a defense and settling in to provide Brady with a target. Now, would he have as many receptions without Brady? Probably not. Would Brady be as prolific stats wise without Welker? Probably not. They're kind of made for each other in that Brady's bread and butter is the short quick throws and that's a lot of what Welker's been used for (though he's been running deeper patters more recently). The Patriots have had contract issues with Welker, and it seemed early on this season that they were trying to phase him out and try to get Julian Edelman to do what Welker does. In those games, the Pats went 3-3. Since then, when Welker has been more involved, the Patriots have been 9-1. 

You have to be doing something right if you're catching to catch 100 balls in 5 of the last 6 seasons. 

(I don't know if this was a "Tom Brady is the greatest and a Michigan man" type of question, so I answered it honestly)


January 7th, 2013 at 12:41 PM ^

I hope not. I was impressed with what I saw from Demps in preseason, but I don't think that he could replace Welker. He's a burner and he can definitely make an impact on special teams, but I don't see him as an underneath receiver yet. I don't know if I've seen enough of his shiftiness to really get a gauge of what he can do though.

Regardless, I think the Pats will resign Welker to a long-term deal. I know that the Krafts want him to stay. I know Brady definitely wants him to stay. I think that the deal gets done. Hopefully. 


January 7th, 2013 at 12:01 AM ^

We need corners. Top corners haven't exactly been flocking to Michigan. Re-aquiring the coach that molded Charles Woodson would be a huge pull for corner and safety recruits.


January 7th, 2013 at 1:20 AM ^

We have corners, we just couldn't keep them all on the field this year for one reason or an other. We have Countess, Taylor, and Avery starting next year which will be pretty awesome. We don't really sub corners in for the most part, but we also have at least 5 more corners in Jourdan Lewis, Ross Douglass, plus Hollowell, T-Rich, Stribling, and maybe Jeremy Clark or Delano Hill backing them up, too.