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This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Bullsprig 18 months ago
I had the idea that the four top line recruits we had in for KSU, despite the outcome, were just about sold on us. If I recall, they were Benenoch, Na'Ty Rodgers, Toby Johnson and Justin Manning.
And I'm not nearly an optimist. What other people call life, I call "the death spiral."
I'll bet we'll end up about where we usually do in the recruiting rankings - around #10, give or take a few slots. If you've got good coaches (and not merely good recruiters), that's plenty good enough to compete for a Title.
The three positions I think we're "behind the chains" on at this juncture are OL, DT, and LB.
1) I’d attribute our poor OL depth situation to an improbable streak of bad luck (career ending injuries to Beyer, Dismuke, Habern, plus season-ending injuries to Evans and Kasitati) rather than poor recruiting. That said, we’ve absolutely got to close on some guys in this year’s class. I think we need three more prep OL's in addition to Rodriquez. I can’t say that I see us as the clear leader for any of the guys we’re on. Patton and Kittle have an opportunity in front of them that will either silence the doubters (for a while) or add fuel to the fire.
2) I think that the fact we didn't sign a DT in 2012 says a lot about what our coaches think of the futures of Phillips, Wade, and Anderson. I see their rationale, but respectfully disagree with not bringing in a DT last year. I advocate signing as close to a “full team” as possible each year, and l would have taken a minimum of one DT in the 2012 class (probably two) regardless of the talent in the 2011 class. I feel very good about our chances to get both Manning and Russell at DT, and maybe another as a bonus surprise. Russell would be critical to give us a solid four-man rotation next year, while Manning would be a key get to build for the future at the position. Shipp’s “off the grid” recruiting methods frustrate me just as much as the next guy, but at this point we have no choice but to sit back and let him work. He comes through more often than he fails.
3) We’re short on quantity here, with only three scholarship guys listed as sophomores or freshmen (Franklin, Shannon, Striker). But Shannon and Franklin both look like future starters, and Striker has drawn lots of praise for what he’s shown in practices so far. Mastrogiovanni’s a good commitment, but a 1-man linebacker class will have a lynch mob after Kish. Mike Mitchell would go a long ways towards calming down the over-zealous factions within our fan base. I’m guardedly optimistic that we can land him. Levenberry would be a pleasant surprise, and I can see Deon Hollins thinking long and hard about switching allegiances as he watches UCLA lose games and contemplates how far LA is from Houston.
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