August 10th, 2011 at 4:13 PM ^

We could have had him. We chose not to accept a committment until his grades improve enough to make him more than a longshot to qualify. State operated by the same code until they got desperate and needed the committment, however empty it might be until his academics improve. By and large, we operate by the same clearing house standards for athletes as MSU does.





August 10th, 2011 at 2:02 PM ^

O'Brien is a DT. So, given M's stated interested in signing only one DT, why would O'Brien still be in play? I hope he is. But both O'Brien and Pipkins have suggested that the "we're only taking one DT" thing factored heavily in their interest in M. 

Is M parsing a distinction between DT and NT? Pipkins is quite obviously a NT. O'Brien, being a bit more svelte, is a DT?


August 10th, 2011 at 11:47 AM ^

To expound on what the OP included already, here is where the rest of our committed recruits fall:

  • RJS = #4
  • T. Richardson = #5
  • Funchess = #7
  • Ojemudia = #9
  • Braden = #10

Other players of note:

  • O'Brien = #3
  • Ron Thompson = #6
  • Dennis Norfleet = #8

I am also surprised to see Godin rated so low.


August 10th, 2011 at 12:03 PM ^

If the numbers had played out differently we also could have had Burbridge, O"Brien and Thompson but with the awesomeness off the Midwest this year spots filled up quick and besides most of those players we "replaced" with one rated as good or better. 

I did not know Payne and Norfleet committed to Butch Jones though...Norfleet should be able to do work in his system.