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Maybe Joey Bosa can put on some weight.
Not to derail the thread, but during the UA game & practices I couldn't help but think that Bosa has reached his peak physically. He's going to be a solid player no doubt, but I don't think his ceiling is as high as some other guys.
Hell, they're already talking about moving Price to OL. The kid's a better DT than OL though, and that's really not saying much. If he can't get any push against Dawson when he gets a running start, he's going to be pretty pathetic back on his heels against college DLs.
The son of one of the senior partners at my firm (the guy who actually made the recommendation to the exec committee to hire me in the first place) is the QB for Smith's Olathe South team. I'll see if I can get out there and see him in person, and I'll be bringing some updates to the board about him - and if I can put in a good word for Michigan in there, I absolutely will. I saw him once as a junior, and he was quite impressive.
Neat. I'd love to see Smith wearing wings, he would be a great addition
His sister goes to TAMU and he seems to have a strong interest in that region of the country as well as Bama. My guess is he will eventually end up at one of TAMU, UT, Bama, OU or Nebraska.
Here's my quick scouting report on Braden Smith:
The big thing for him this year will be whether he can learn the intricacies and form of the tackle position. He's so much bigger and stronger than any other kid on the field that he's relied a lot on brute strength since he was a freshman. (He's an absolutely ripped 6'6", 275 - it's terrifying to stand next to him.) His footwork is ok, but needs improvement, and he needs to be able to use proper leverage to put DLs off-balance rather than just overpowering them.
One thing I noticed last year is that occasionally he would get a bit lazy if he had been owning a DE all night, and he'd be susceptible to finesse moves. No kid in HS has been able to bullrush him though, so I have yet to really see how he responds to someone of comparable size/strength going heads-up with him. If he can apply his work ethic in the weight room to learning the finer points of the game, he'll be unstoppable.
As for positives: the kid is an absolute beast in the weight room, a strength coach's dream. He doesn't carry any bad weight, and he has the frame to probably get up to a solid 300-310 of pure muscle with a few years in a college strength program. He hasn't peaked physically yet, but he's probably closer than most other linemen his age.
According to the people I've talked to, he's very coachable, and when the game's on the line, he has a nasty streak. A really successful play that Olathe ran last year was a wildcat option to the left behind him - they had three high-quality RBs, so they would line one up at QB and one up at RB, and then allow Smith to cut up and just level a LB while the RBs read the DE. Usually, the DE was so caught off-guard by Smith just blowing past him that he couldn't recover in time to make a play, and Smith often just knocked the LB over and started hunting for other LBs or DBs to hit. It honestly made me cringe seeing him lay into some high school LBs.
We definitely need tackles in 14. Several. Boren is the heir apparent at center, and by all accounts will be a good one. Otherwise we wouldnt have burned his rs this yr. Farris is also a solid backup tackle. Losing joey oc, if true, would hurt. Badly. Rumors of price, munger, hale all/some flipping to oline both due to our lack of depth on oline and strength of depth on the dline. Time will tell. You can figure out guards in an offense like this but we NEED tackles. Skipper would be huge for us. Literally. Im strangely drawn back to this thread. Over and over and...ha
I know...this thread is like a drug, isn't it?
His sister is actually at TCU but A&M does feel confident in their chances with him.
Go Blue & Gig Em'!
Rich rod recruited horrible and when Hoke took over he had a shortage of lineman literally meanwhile Urban has some talented OL already who will devolp now that the Walrus is gone but we need depth at tackle and OT only. We have Unproven tackles
O'Connor hasn't even officially left and Bucknuts is melting down about it. If he does leave, I'll be lurking over there like crazy.
and it sounds like it ISNT Tommy Brown. Sucks if true.
Oops, sorry. Thought is was A&M. I knew it was one of those Texas schools.
Might be Munger....he's visiting FSU as an OL recruit. We had him pegged at DT, but many think his best position to be OL...we'll see...I don't care nor lose sleep over 18 year old kids having trouble deciding where to spend their college career. Hope he makes a decision that's right for him. OSU, nor any other real team will be made or lost with one recruit...meltdowns are funny though...
I just went over and read the entire thread, nobody was melting down....damn it!!
They were jumping all over one of the Buck posters though for calling the kid a name...
Hey now, you know as well as I do that one of the major symptoms of a meltdown is attacking fellow fans in order to take out anger on someone.
i am not a recruiting expert like all of you but this thread makes me wonder how tosu could be left with scraps when we have had two great classes in a row and if i am not mistaken 3 of last four we were ranked higher then mich? not sure about that. if we are left with ol scraps then i would say m has been left with skill possition scraps? ie green will be blue but would have been a buck if we had continued with him and not pulled his offer. i would say that is the defination of picking up scraps....just wondering who will be carring the ball next year and catching your passes? seriously is there some stud redshirt i am not aware of? or is hoke going to switch a lineman to rb? just my opinion but any game that m will need to score more then 21 could be a loss. long term i do think m will be ok but next year i see another drop off coming before the climb
Oh, I got ya, so when they were talking to "dickBuck1" they were REALLY talking to O'Conner?? Now it is all coming clear...I need to go back through all the threads on both boards now and re-read them...Damn.
first of all, we are talking about OL; not the whole class. second, ohio didn't pull his offer; he didn't want to play in ohio's offense. read the thread before you comment or GTFO!!!!!
If Derrick Green ... #1 rated RB in the country on both Rvals and Scout ... qualfies as scraps, then more scraps please!
Their overall classes were excellent. Their OL classes..not so much. Most honest Buckeyes admit they need to have a solid 2014 OL haul, or risk have longer term issues.
Feel free to take your time.
I don't think I can do it....that would mean re-reading 100 threads with "Soflabuck" posting in them. No way....
You could be losing both O'Connor and Munger. Not that either is a "must have" talent, but if you lose Munger he will be the third decommit you've had from this class. Maybe Urbie doesn't have some special magical touch when it comes to retaining and flipping commits after all? And O'Connor is a desperately needed body on the OL, which expains the meltdown on BN. Even if you somehow pull a good 2014 OL class, they won't be ready to really contribute until at least 2015 or 2016. But then again, being the highly knowlegeable football fan that you are, I'm sure you knew that.
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if you take koobjoe, we'll take soflabuck
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