What's up, everybody? Like a grown-up, I've been writing, watching recruit highlight videos and eating cereal all day. Ready to chat it up. Who has the first question?
I think Bohl has done a very good job in his time frame. It's definitely not the most talented group, but what I'm seeing are a bunch of kids who are really excited about being there. They're excited about starting something special. I'd put it somewhere in the B range right now, but you never know with recruiting classes.
I'm hoping we see a few more DBs, LBs and WRs in the next week, though. Still a few schollies on the table.
Just got off the phone with him, and I think he's a good prospect. Ideal size -- 6-4, 215. Very solid, powerful, fall-forward runner. I think he needs to improve accuracy and probably some decisionmaking. Good get, but hard to think he'll be the starter right away.
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Like I said, I think they would be wise to sign a few more LB, DB and FB. As for specific players, Lee Crosby (a JC DB) visited both UW and New Mexico recently and will decide on signing day. He'd be a nice add to the class.
FB Jack Flor also visited recently but hasn't decided. He'd be a nice fit, and they don't have a FB commit yet.
I'm very excited for the spring/summer, Scott. Going to be fun to watch. Right now we're looking at Young, Kirkegaard and Thompson in the spring and Smith and Fort coming in the summer.
TJ Patterson is also a walk-on QB, but I don't think he'll compete for the spot.
Not Thompson, Thornton. My bad.
Personally, I like seattle. In Super Bowl battles of great defenses against great offenses, I still have to lean towards defense. And I don't think Denver has seen that physical a defense in a while. But it could go either way.
Gardner is still out there, but I'd be surprised if he came. UW had two RB commit yesterday, and Gardner is probably more likely to stay in state and go to FIU.
From what I've hear, Malik Johns is still in the mix.
Right now, I like Aaron Young. Not a great athlete, but extremely intelligent and driven, and he has all semester to learn the playbook. I just can't see Thornton or Kirkegaard being the guy come next fall. We'll see.
Yeah, it's a back-oriented offense but they have a ton there right now. Obviously Wick, May coming back, Stover was a big recruit, and I really like Tapscott, who redshirted. Now you also have Hill and Evans coming in.
I was a little surprised Hill didn't commit as a safety. He played both in high school, and that's a big need for them right now.
I disagree. They had two commit yesterday and signed one from JC previously. That's three in this class, with JD Krill already here. Plenty of guys to compete there.
Jolly Brinkley and Tyree Mayfield, both from MO, committed yesterday.
That is a little bit surprising, I agree. LB is a strength of next year's team, but beyond that they need to build more depth. Same at safety.
They're both coming back. Their numbers will most likely go down, not just because of a new system but because the new guy will not be Brett Smith. Hard to match that chemistry, production.
No on the linebackers, but I previously heard that TE Drew Van Maanen, who was previously a TE who didn't play last season, will try to move to FB. So there's another one.
Bohl's staff has very good Missouri ties, it's true. AJ Cooper also has a ton of ties in AZ and FLA, which is why we're seeing so many kids come from there.
I'm mildly surprised there haven't been more kids from Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana, etc. Could be because they started here so late in the game, but that will probably be more of a focus in future seasons.
I can't attest to that, since I wasn't here last year. But guys are excited. Seems like a lot of enthusiasm coming out of the visits.