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Think we close with;
Saw JC posted a thread on TBB saying don't be surprised to see Bryant pick the Gamecocks. Out of the three you listed, I'll be VERY surprised to see Bryant pick the us but it's nice to know that we have a chance with him. Finishing with those three (though I think unlikely) would be a very good (not great) recruiting class. Combine that with next years small but what looks to be loaded class we'll sign and we could be looking very good for the next 4-5 years.
In my opinion, if we get those three then, this would be an extremely good to excellent class. Our o-line will be one of the top two or three rated groups in the nation this year. Everyone of them played tackle for their schools this year, but are projected as a center, two guards and two tackles at the next level, great balance.
We would be getting two of the best defensive tackles in the nation in Griffin and Bryant, also. If games are won along the line of scrimmage, as most experts say, then we hit it big this year on both lines. Our defensive ends are quality players, but maybe even better, seem to be quality future leaders in the program.
We already have on campus our highly ranked and prolific QB for this class, always a good thing for QB's to gain that early acclimation period. We added two RB's, one of which is a concensus 4 star. Both are considered APB's, which translates into fast, quick, and able to receive the ball out of the backfield. An APB was exactly what our depth chart called for this class.
Many will say that we had a need at WR, and missed. I say that between Cooper and Sasser, we very well could have met that need. It is a wait and see where they can help the team the most, but there is no arguement they they are two very good high school athletes.
Linebacker was our biggest need, and it is the spot where we landed the most bodies, several of those bodies are highly thought of by most recruiting services, Bryant and Moore. A couple of the others are very intriquing athletes in their own rights, Walton, Johnson, and Turner. I really like MoMo myself. He is my sleeper of this class.
I like Ronnie Martin, also, and looking back at his HS offers, so did some other very good college programs. We added more safety types than cornerback types, but other than D-tackles, true cornerback is probably the thinnest position available in the recruiting cycle each year.
We are not eat up with 4 stars this year, and we have no concensus 5 star recruits, but the headliners of our class come at the key positions of O-line, D-line, QB, RB, and, most importantly to USC this year, LB. I don't believe, even if we finish out with Walton, Bryant, and Moore, that we will be in more than one services top 10 this year, but I do firmly believe that this class, with that group added, would have the potential to keep USC ranked in the top 10 at the end of next football season and beyond.
This is a very balanced class for its size and addressed our needs numbers wise at every critical position except DB or WR, and depending on where they are placed and how they play, Sasser and Cooper will at least meet our need at one position or the other, but not both. I like the quality of our athletes. I like the quality of the vast majority fo their offer sheets. And I like that none of them appear to be bringing any character concerns to Columbia with them.
This is just my opinion, and as such has no real value, but I have followed recruiting a long time and balance is the key to a productive class. Balance, and keeping them healthy and in school once you get them.
This post was edited by PRGC 14 months ago
IMO I'd go at the present...
Walton -75%(Barners 25%)
Moore - 55% (Vandy 45%)
Bryant - 45% (FSU 55%)
I think we'd be lacking at DE (losing A. Hill sucked) WR, CB and Safety which is why I wouldn't rate it as excellent. Top 10 rated class that fills just about all needs, I would define as excellent. I agree on LB, OL and DT.
Didn't need a wr in this class, 3 four stars last year and lead on at least two really good ones for 14. Think the coaches disagree with you on safety. They are very happy with safety. CB is lacking a big star rating, but we got two solid cb's.
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Wonder why they were going after langley and wiggins so hard for cb if they were content with the 2 we signed.
At wr they wanted 1 and pushed hard for m.williams, j.williams and robinson. It wasn't a huge position of need but they definitely wanted 1 top receiver.
Who said they didn't want another top cb, my.comment was that we signed two solid cb's, and wanted one more big time. never said they were happy with just the two. And i can tell you there isn't any lost sleep on the WR, yes they would have loved to sign a great one, but at least one coach is very excited about the ones we have and what looks to be lining up for 2014, just sayin....
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by rmctacdmc 14 months ago
I believe our coaches hit a home run at OL. We're going to sign a solid RB class. Mitch is a solid QB. We fell short at WR (if we didn't need WRs we shouldn't have wasted time and money recruiting them). We passed on a good TE perhaps in order to increase our chances of getting Crosby. Sure hope that pays off.
Defensively, we have one good DT. We need another one, though I wouldn't sign one unless he improves the overall talent level at the position. IMO, we have 1 LB committed and he's a good one. Turner's already too big to play LB and Johnson is close. As for DEs, Washington and Covington may turn out to be solid players. We're short a CB but we did well at spur and safety.
If we close with 3 among Moore, Bryant, Walton and Yannick we'll end up with a solid class. Nothing special but a well balanced class.
Spurrier...I appreciate him plenty
I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to argue here. The tone of your 1st post seemed arguementative with my orginal point on what I define as a good vs excellent class. I'm not losing any sleep over the wr recruiting this year though I am a little concerned at the CB position signees. It would of been nice to get a top cb who is closer to a guarantee of a all sec type player than what we signed.
I think it will be as good as last years class. Well rounded and balanced with needs filled. It might not have sexy names but good on both lines, good qb rb dbs and filling out at lb
I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I am all out of bubble gum.
Think our lead with Bryant is greater than Moore. Doesn't mean he won't pick fsu but I think we're getting him.
I agree with WR, but as far as CB, we got Martin and Groves, who had commitables from LSU and Fla. Cooper and Sasser at S. DE, we got Washington and Covington, and wherever Turner ends up. Johnson may outgrow LB pretty quickly, or he may keep his weight down. I think there are good players at all positions, except WR, which we didn't really need anyways.
I completely agree that Mo Camara is the sleeper in the class, for the person that said that.
This post was edited by steve miller 14 months ago
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
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