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Lots of uncertainty

Posted: 2/6/2013 10:42 AM

Lots of uncertainty 


I cannot remember a recruiting class that presented the fans with so much uncertainty. We have a large number of student-athletes in this class, headed by Igwebuike, who enter without a clearly expressed position. Several players are listed at one position in databases but were seemingly recruited to play another (North, Watkins, Harris, et. al.) and several more are listed as athletes. I am sure that the coaches have a much more established idea of where these guys will end up - I'll be anxious to hear what Fitz says later today.
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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:15 AM

Re: Lots of uncertainty 


They've pretty much already answered those position questions in the press release:

Northwestern's 2013 Recruiting Class
PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.HometownHigh School
Matt AlvitiQB6-0185Park Ridge, Ill.Maine South
Sam CoverdaleOT6-6265Chagrin Falls, OhioKenston
Tom FuesselWR6-4185Mokena, Ill.Lincoln-Way East
Matthew HarrisCB5-11180La Grange Highlands, Ill.Lyons
Godwin IgwebuikeRB6-0190Pickerington, OhioPickerington North
Eric JoraskieDT6-4260Mount Carmel, Pa.Mount Carmel
Blake KingOL6-3250Shorewood, Ill.Minooka
Tyler LancasterDT6-3275Romeoville, Ill.Plainfield East
Warren LongRB6-0180Union City, Calif.James Logan
Marcus McShepardCB5-11185University Heights, OhioCleveland Heights
Xavier MenifieldRB5-10190Valencia, Calif.Sierra Canyon
Hunter NiswanderP/PK6-5210Peninsula, Ohio.Woodridge
Brad NorthOL6-2280Allen, TexasAllen
Kyle QueiroSAF6-3190Verona, N.J.Bergen Catholic
Jayme TaylorSB6-4225The Woodlands, TexasThe Woodlands
Anthony WalkerLB6-1200Miami, Fla.Monsignor Edward Pace
Brett WalshLB6-1205Monrovia, Calif.Monrovia
Keith Watkins II CB5-11170Cincinnati, OhioArchbishop Moeller
Macan WilsonWR6-0185Houston, TexasKinkaid
2013 Walk-Ons
PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.HometownHigh School
Graham BullmoreOL6-7275Kenosha, Wis.Bradford
Zack GuritzOL6-3285Darien, Ill.Hinsdale South
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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:29 PM

Re: Lots of uncertainty 


Thanks - obviously I had not seen that. The only big surprise for me is that Lancaster will play defense. I also thought we had heard of some other walk-ons earlier. Given this list, it seems like our needs next year are pretty clear: DE, WR, LB, in that order, and we always need at least one QB. When was the last time we brought in three RBs? I am guessing it was under Walker.
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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:54 PM

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Regarding walk-ons, the NCAA rule is that coaching staffs can announce their intent once the prospect makes a financial commitment to the school (usually a tuition and/or room and board deposit).  These two young men are likely the only ones that met that requirement in time for Signing Day.

The need at DE is pretty clear, but I don't think nearly as pressing at WR or LB.  We should instead focus on taking the best available prospects in what will be an extremely small class.
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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:11 PM

RE: Lots of uncertainty 


We need a DE who will literally eat baby pandas for breakfast... a mean beast that causes left tackles to lose their bowel control.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:35 PM

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I always project 3-5 years out for the needs of a recruiting class. I assume very few true frosh will even burn shirts and very few RS frosh will break the 2-deep. Looking at our roster and the needs 3,4, and 5 years from now, I think WR and LB are needs for the class of 2014. While I do not give great credibility to the rankings, they do indicate some sense of value. Look both at the numbers and the rankings of our LBs and WRs in last year's class and this year's class. We have a total of three LBs and 5 WRs and none are among our top recruits. I further assume that at most maybe 60% of the recruits ever make the two deep, meaning that you must recruit three players for every two that play a considerable amount of time. Given that, and assuming no injuries, in four years we will have only two LBs and three WR whom we hope we can count on - that indicates need.

Last edited 2/7/2013 9:31 AM by AgingBooster

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