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Recruiting Analyst for Voice of the Hawkeyes. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @ToddWorly247
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I'm pretty happy with who we landed. I don't see how the grade could be anything less than A- IMO.
I'm stoked about every WR. Willies has top end speed. Harris looks very shifty and had home run threat written all over him in HS. Powell has a crazy highlight video & JUCO stats. Two of our HB's can flex out wide which is even crazier for depth. The list goes on... what couldn't Mitchell do with the ball in his hands last year, gotta love athletes. Even a forgetable Vandeberg's greyshirt commitment has me stoked, his highlight film looks awesome and I'm curious if he be as good as his record setting senior was.
Shumpert isn't going to contribute as a senior. Cotton is a great kick returner but wouldn't be start as a number 1 on any other B1G team. Hillyer had preseason hype but fizzled to hopes of Smith next year. Long story short the WR future is murky and now it's a little crowded for competition. Very good thing.
I'm very glad we didnt just waste it on a walk on or give a Rudy 5th year scholarship. That stuff got us in trouble last year.
We landed so many guys this year and last year, that it could even pay off this year. I could see us putting more attention/time on some high priority targets during recruiting.
My grade is an A-, would've been an A+ with Lemelle.
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I hear you Todd, the team took a lot of WR's and not enough DE's and what-not. I don't know why they did that but I do know that they did try to get those DE's. My guess is that they were faced with this problem: If they take a DE and hope he pans out even though he is NOT rated as high on their board (you know what I mean) as "the one that got away" or as high as guys that are now stuck on their bench, then all they're probably doing is adding another guy that won't play. BUT if they take enough WR's to ensure that they can score more points next season, even with injuries, then they made a wise decision. If they can't stop the other team on 3rd down then they better make sure the other team can't stop them either.
With that said, I think the Iowa coaches went with plan B and took more offense to help balance out the lack of defensive pressure.
Because of that, I don't penalize the WR recruiting grade and I give the position an A-, maybe B plus but if so it's for a different reason than yours. I like the talent they brought in, it's just that I see only the highlights, I want to see the bad plays before I get too happy. You have seen way more than we have.
This post was edited by CrestHawk69 on 2/18/2013 at 12:03 AM
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