Do you feel that
While they were nice to sit there and reminisce, they really took away any momentum that should have been building on the field by taking the crowd out of it. Always good to remember the past and celebrate it, but I think that idea wasn't real well done.
I would guess that you will still
see the bulk of our recruits in the early games (into early November). This is especially for warm-weather area
players. Come to
I also think that you may see
more "tap target" players get in for the early weekends as coaches then can
assess how serious that player is then and there about coming to
I believe that official visits are going to play an even more crucial role this year as I feel that the offense will be quite a bit improved from last season and thusly will give offensive recruits a glimpse at what we're trying to do. From the defensive perspective, one really only needs to look at the depth chart at most positions to see the opportunity to become a star immediately.
Steve: Commits almost always come in spurts. Depending on your idea of "steady", there are lulls in the action as much as there are those spurts, where you could see multiple commits within a week's time.
The official visits are key for a lot of reasons, but especially with this staff, the official visit is a way to lock the door on some of the more coveted prospects around.
Remember, at this point last
Between decisions after official visits and those made during the season, you'll continue to feel the ups and downs of recruiting.
Because of the amount of super recruits
attending the home opener and the
for the coaching staff?
But what really happened that weekend? Anyone remember. Zach Bowman came
in for an official. Not only did Zach Bowman come in for an official that weekend, but he committed. Committed to a team that just lost a game that they barely played and still should have won.
That tells me something. Beyond wins and losses there is character. There is convincing that can be done to tell a player, we don't lose that game if you and some more of these official visitors here are suited up today to play. There are ways to roll with the punch of a loss.
I really don't see any game that we could be an underdog in or a close game as being a must game if we have huge recruiting weekends. There are more than just the game's results that can convince a player to be part of your team. It's about being the future and not necessarily a part of it that
Over the entire course of the
recruiting cycle, it is as well because while you may not get everyone to commit
immediately, the experience at
Steve: With all the emphasis this staff has put on going all out or as much as they can, on official visits and the honest to goodness rapport they have with kids that come in for visits, this is a key this class filling needs to the extent that last year's did.
That doesn't mean the same numbers, but as long as the needs are met, that's what matters in the end.
The official visits are the golden goose for coaches as the facilities and game time atmosphere can be and has been intoxicating teenagers by the allure of it all. You can't put a price on that. Heck, you need that, because it sells everything about the program right there on a Saturday in Fall.
How does Sausman fit into the picture and what does this do to possible OTcommits?
Bryan" Sausman is a jolt of caffeine right into this offensive line for obvious reasons. Matt has the size and ability, from what I understand, to step in and do things for this team right now. Have I not said that this kid at 325 pounds can two-hand slam a basketball? Yes, he's athletic.
Sausman will allow Coach Wagner to have some freedoms now. There is a need for an eight man rotation along this offensive line. A line that last year was lucky to have had seven different people play all of last season. I would look for Pasteur, Sausman and Thomas as my OTs. I would look for Seppo, Koch and Austin as my OGs. Then you have Mann and Roark for your centers. That is a lot better than last year.
Now, take this one step further and look at the future needs of this line. This year we are guard heavy with Christensen and Huff not even making the eight man rotation by my eyes or either of the Picous. Is that disheartening? No, not really. The eight is a minimum. I have been told that Christensen has been seeing time with the one's so "simma don na".
Now, Huff is out of position at
OT, move him back inside and look at what happens at OG after losing Seppo and
Koch to graduation next year:
Picou, Picou, Christensen, Huff, and
You then have Jones to help out
at OT, Henry at C with Mann being a SR in Henry's TR FR year and the need is
really at OT, but not as bad as it might be without Sausman. So does this affect a SR this year from
There is still as much of a need
at OT as there was without Sausman. Remember, Huff is out of position and behind
Sausman, Pasteur and Thomas (if those are our three) is Chris Patrick (a
converted DE). Not good. Depth concerns and quality of depth
concerns should still sell this position to any of the OTs that
Steve: For the lack of a better way to put it, Sausman is just what the doctor ordered. It' s no secret that there isn't a whole lot of confidence in the starting line up on the offensive line, especially at the tackle postions.
What Sausman gives you is the perfect build for his assignment, sporting long arms and enough size that there should be a "Caution, Wide Turns" sign on his back. Now, he just needs to get into the system.
Now, with him arriving so late, it's going to be hard to get even just a rudimentary understanding of what he has to do, but more importantly, what do certain calls on the line of scrimmage mean.
With his size and reported speed,
Sausman could be the biggest steal