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I watch film for entertainment purposes only. I dont watch film and say "this kid shoule be a 4*" or "this kid has great feet" or "they need to switch him from TE to tackle". I admit that I dont have an eye for talent. I base my opinion of this class on how its ranked by the recuiting services. On 247 its ranked in the 56, Rivals 58, Scout 51, ESPN only ranks top 40 so were probably ranked 41 on there.
I've been impressed with the couple prior classes but outside of punter and kicker nobody has came in and made an early impact. I really hope you are correct that 247, Scout, Rivals, and ESPN all underestimated this class. To my knowledge we have no 4*s, which by most services are measured as guys that can contribute within a year or two.
Im not betting the farm on Spearman to Iowa. I would say 30% chance. Im not betting the farm on some difference makers commiting this week. We lost our "best recruiter" in Campbell and word is Lester Erb to Syracuse. Face it, KF and staff are not big time recruiters. Last 3 years they havent been big time game coaches either.
We have enough receivers in this class already... jmho
I'm not quite ready to jump off a bridge anytime soon. I truly believe this team has a significant amount of untapped talent waiting in the wings, that is, assuming of course they actually stay on the team.
I must admit, I miss the good ole days of recruiting against Michigan, Michigan St., Wisconsin, Nebraska, and even occasionally OSU. Now, it seems that we are neck-and-neck with programs like UCONN, Colorado St., Toledo, New Mexico St. and UNI. From a recruiting standpoint, this program has sunk to the point where we are fighting over table scraps, and that's very concerning. Perhaps it's an anomaly coming off a poor season, but if it stays as a trend, we will be in deep trouble. 2014 out of the gate is looking promising, so I'm trying to stay optimistic.
At least Spearman, Smith, Veii and Dunbar are still out there for the taking, so we could still finish on a high note, but it wouldn't surprise me if we only get one out of the four (my money's on Veii).
No, no, no. You're going the wrong way for Greg's offense!
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
I forgot to add this point, and its a good'un....UConn draws less than half the home attendance than Iowa does. Last year, they averaged 34,672 fans to a stadium that holds exactly 40,000. And that was down 5% from the year before. Compare that to the 70,474 average in a stadium that holds 70,585.
What does that prove? Not much other than it appears someone would rather be a "big fish in a little pond."
Every person is different, and that applies to recruits as well. What might be important to some of them isn't important to others. I think the number one thing for Brian was just to feel comfortable. He didn't care that much which conference it was in, where the school was located, how big the stadium was, how many games the team won the year before, etc. UConn just made him feel the most comfortable.
This. Isn't it just possible that he wants to stay closer to home?
It's been a perennial difficulty with Iowa recruiting out east to get guys to visit. Unfortunately, due to distance, a guy like Lemelle can visit UCONN much more easily than Iowa. So, when he's making a decision and he's only visited Iowa once but has visited UCONN several times, its easy to see why he felt more comfortable with UCONN.
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