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There’s not a lot going on at
So who better to talk about that future than someone who knows college football better than we do? We got in touch with our old buddy Adam Rittenberg at ESPN to talk a little Big Ten recruiting and how well
Maize n Brew Dave: Adam thanks for joining us. Everyone who’s followed
Outside of Dorsey and Christian, who is the most likely defensive recruit to immediately contribute to the team, and who has the most long term potential?
We're Jake Ryan fans too. via scout.com
We're Jake Ryan fans too. via scout.com
Adam Rittenberg: Frankly, anyone in the backfield will help. Dorsey could start tomorrow. But since we’re excluding Dorsey and Christian, Marvin Robinson is the most likely candidate to contribute immediately. I think Jake Ryan is an interesting prospect. He was a late bloomer in
MnB Dave: Cool. Same questions on offense.
AR: Kinda hard to pick any one prospect. With all the wide receivers
MnB Dave: If there was a weakness in this recruiting class, what is it?
AR: Offensive line. But they recruited well in the previous few years and are stocked with red shirt offensive linemen, so it’s not as stark as it might have been in previous years.
MnB Dave: Let's talk about the stars of the class. When do you see Gardner as a starter? Likewise, when do you see Dorsey and Christian on the field for
As for Christian and Dorsey, I think have to play in the secondary this year. I don't see any way they can't. Justin Turner should play in the secondary in 2010 and as a result Rodriguez might be able to redshirt one of them. But at least one of them will play even if everything goes right in the secondary. I don't see many scenarios where both of those guys don't play right away.
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MnB Dave: Should
AR: People should be excited about this class. But people also need to understand that this recruiting class needs to be a difference making class.
Three Walkons (Jordan Kovacs, Will Heininger, Kevin Leach ) and Troy Woolfolk. Yes, we need defensive help.
MnB Dave: You know that we at Maize n Brew weren't too happy about the hub bub over Demar Dorsey's commitment and have tried not to engage on the specific subject. But on a micro level, have you ever seen something like this before regarding a Big Ten recruit?
AR: Well, I haven't covered the league long enough to remember a specific name in the Big Ten, but the name that jumps to mind nationally in terms of a relatively recent recruitment flap is Willie Williams. Dorsey is an issue because of the other prior issues that popped up: the transfers at the start of Rodriguez’ tenure, the NCAA investigation, and finally Justin Feagin. If these prior events don’t happen, maybe Dorsey’s signing isn’t that big of a deal. But they did, and there’s a higher level of scrutiny that accompanies those events.
On the issue of risk and second chances, this is something every school has to deal with and it’s probably a chance that
MnB Dave: Is this something we're going to see more of in the future with facebook/twitter/et al, or is this something that will go away if there's enough of an uproar about it?
AR: The way recruiting coverage has blown up over the last seven years, if you're a top recruit with a past, it's going to come up. It’s just going to happen. The guys with a past who are under the radar, those two and three star types, they won't have this problem until there's a screw up on their part. But the top 25 guys will have to deal with this going forward. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of the beast.
MnB Dave: All right. Let’s move to something a little more positive. In terms of the Big Ten as a whole, what school did the best this recruiting season. All the services seem to say
Our thanks to Adam Rittenberg for taking the time to chat with us. Make sure you check out the Big Ten Blog on ESPN.com.