Hitting the Links Is Antsy
A little harsh on the running backs, who received the lowest grade overall, but a fun exercise.
As the head coach for Fordham, an FCS team in New York, Joe Moorhead resuscitated a program that had gone 1-10 in 2011, immediately went 6-5, then bulldozed his way to 32-8 the next three years.
More importantly for Penn State, Moorhead is a guy with Northeast ties who's a perfect fit (and a brilliant hire) for James Franklin. Moorhead likes spreading out a defense and then hitting them with physical blockers. He's clever with tight ends, gives easy decisions to his quarterback, and would make Christian Hackenberg's life much, much easier. Penn State's roster is tailored to what Moorhead does; this is a great hire.
Michigan isn't the only program trying to recruit New Jersey. But Schiano also spent much of his 11-year career at Rutgers recruiting Florida, which is where Ohio State picked up Joey Bosa, Ryan Shazier, Jeff Heuerman, and Torrance Gibson. A great, great move for Ohio State, and a much better move than Rutgers hiring Ash.
A 28-year old offensive coordinator with no ties to the head coach or the state he'll be recruiting in. Mehringer was a graduate assistant as recently as 2013. This is not going to go well.
Rivals put out a video a little while ago charting Jourdan Lewis's rise from Cass Tech to Michigan stardom.
Bell would be wise to stay in school, I think. Cardale will do fine.
Woodland Hills' Miles Sanders says he will be taking no other visits: "I'm sticking with Penn State." Pitt's OC leaving "made choice easier"— Brad Everett (@BREAL412) December 13, 2015
There are three four-star running backs committed in the Big Ten: Ohio State's Antonio Williams and DeMario McCall, and Penn State's Miles Sanders. Kareem Walker and George Hill are considered likely pledges for Michigan and Little Brother, which would give the East's Big 4 all of the conference's blue-chip running talent in this cycle.
Coney Durr is a composite-three-star, but he's the real deal - a great pick-up from LSU territory. Minnesota also got pledges this weekend from a Georgia defensive end (two-star, and looks like one), a high-three-star Texas quarterback (and an upgrade over last week's QB decommit, Tony Poljan, who's a Lansing, MI guy), a two-star defensive back out of Texas (looks solid), and a totally under-the-radar JuCo offensive lineman from Kansas (who will start for them next year, I guarantee it). Minnesota also got a pledge last week from a potential difference-maker at DT, JuCo Merrick Jackson. This class is shaping up nicely, despite all the two-star grades.
Iowa has four 2017 commits; all of them are Iowans. The star of the bunch is blue-chip defensive tackle Juan Harris, who you might be surprised to know is 395 pounds. You would be much more surprised, though, to know that high school teams actually tried running at him occasionally. It did not work.
Oregon will get a 6'3", 220-pound wide receiver with good running ability. Ohio State is left scrambling late in the cycle for a quarterback.
East St. Louis (Ill.) OG Tre'vour Simms confirms to me that he has flipped his commitment from Illinois to #Mizzou.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) December 14, 2015
Good news, though: Illinois' doing a better job recruiting athletic-enough linemen.
Other recent winners are Patrick Peterson, Darqueze Dennard, Gerod Holliman, and Eric Berry (nickname: the Fifth Dimension, resume: fifth overall pick, cancer survivor). Congrats to Desmond on joining an elite group.
Nebraska was 8th in the country in rush defense. They were 121st in the country in pass defense.
Washington is suspended for the bowl game for a minor infraction, so Ohio State will need to contain Notre Dame without him. The Irish were supremely talented this year; they would probably be in the playoff if Malik Zaire hadn't gotten hurt.
For a transition year, this year's running backs held up pretty well. But the future is brighter than the present, with the following guys - all of them 2014 and 2015 signees - likely in line for 250 carries or more in their upperclassman years.
|Saquon Barkley, Penn State||165||1,007||6.1||7||56||Fr.|
|L.J. Scott, Michigan State||140||691||4.9||11||38||Fr.|
|Robert Martin, Rutgers||141||763||5.4||6||54||So.|
|Josh Hicks, Rutgers||130||674||5.2||4||49||So.|
|Devine Redding, Indiana||191||785||4.1||8
|Shannon Brooks, Minnesota||104||644||6.2||7||75||Fr.|
|Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Illinois||157||723||4.6||6||78||Fr.|
|Markell Jones, Purdue
A great piece by E.W. An underrated part of Braxton Miller's game this year: circus catches. He deserves credit for the work he put in at a new position.
Northwestern had a good recruiting week: they picked up a nice-looking 2017 linebacker, and flipped a Cincinnati pledge who looks like a stud at either running back (which is where he'll end up) or slot receiver.
Best of luck to the young man. Purdue is looking perilously thin at quarterback, a position that has been holding the Boilermakers back. (In fact, here's a fun fact for you. The number of times a Purdue quarterback has thrown for 300 yards under Darrell Hazell: three, in three years. Two were against Indiana, and one was against Bowling Green.)