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Wow, you put a lot of stock into the ratings systems of college recruiting sites. Do you worry that they were terribly wrong? Or that they might be doing a bit of sensationalizing to sell more subscriptions and gain more ad revenue?
I'd rather get the guy our coaches have #1 on their board (Cole, Speight, Ferns, Mone, Harris etc....) than who 247 thinks is #1 any day.
Edit: Sorry, didn't mean that in a demeaning way to the staff of this site. I just think our coaches have worlds more talent and experience in evaluating players than the good folks here at 247 and other recruiting sites.
This post was edited by Betelgeuse 12 months ago
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I included the ranking along with how the recruits are doing so far. I also trust our staff more than anything else. They have been pretty clear (as clear as a coaching staff can be without using recruits names) that LB is a much bigger priority than DB at this point, and Kwon obviously tops the LB wish-list. Peppers and Kwon are both prospects a school wouldn't say no to. For OSU LB is a bigger priority at this point. I hate that you guys are getting Peppers, he is a heck of a player, and true game changer.
FWIW I've seen Mitchell play(I went to the same high school, before he transferred) and I'm not overly impressed. If he stays at LB, chances are that he won't be heard from or that he'll have to move down on the line. He's athletically gifted but he doesn't play at that same pace. I'm also not impressed that he felt the need to transfer out of the toughest district in the state JMO.
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If that's the case, which I have heard before (it may have been from you lol) it make MLB an even bigger priority. You seem to have a good read on kids from down in TX, what was the word on JT Barrett and how do you feel about the OL Knox?
JT Barrett, underrated(as far the instate programs go), really good get. Knox, probably the #2 OT instate, in a weak year for OT's. Knox could be a good but I think at the college level, he's more of a depth guy. FWIW I think the #1 OT in TX won't play OT, Koda Martin has 1st round potential at OT but he's pretty set on playing TE.
Also, Dontre Wilson will be a good one. DeSoto(always a top TX program) relied pretty heavily on him and he performed week in and week out. I don't know how he'll translate to the slot, though.
Thanks for the info. Do you see Knox at OT in college? I keep hearing OG.
I would guess LG, definitely one of the top 2-3 OL instate, though.
on that note, is there anything physically about a player that screams left vs right side? assuming you have a right handed QB. i know there are physical traits that make someone more suited for OG than OT in college, even if they played OT in high school.
kyle kalis, for example, seemed to be talked about at the LG spot when he was being recruited, but now seems to have found a home on the right side of the line. is that due to the coaches wanting to balance the line? or because he would be pulling to lewan's side so they could destroy people together? always wondered that
I've never heard of anything that specifically differentiates RG from LG. I think our shuffling was simply due to Kalis being capable of standing on his own next to Schofield, while Braden can get covered up a bit by Lewan so he isn't on as much of an island. The interior OL is really interchangeable though - guys like Bars, Glasgow and Burzynski are just our backups at every interior position.
I thought it was so when Kalis pulls, he's next to Lewan.
Agree with what CMXI said, although because most teams tend to run to the right, you'd like to have a LG with the ability to effectively pull to the right. Now obviously, it's important for the RG as well but I would say slightly more important for the LG.
In Michigan's case, our strength in the running game is to the left(behind Lewan), so it's important to have a RG that can pull(Kalis), most teams however tend to run behind their RT.
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