The Recruiting Class a week later

Its been a week, and daCoach, distracted by the Court Cats' play, is just now beginning to form an opinion of the new Class of 2004 for Football.<br><br> Here's his first analysis of Signing Day...

Just a few things that have percolated up in my mind a week after Signing Day....
1. I'd be surprised if C.J. Bacher jumps to the top of the depth chart at QB. 
Its hard for a frosh to jump in and run the NU offense, with its multple sets and routes.

First off, the Cats would have to be really down and struggling for Coach Randy Walker to start a frosh. Second, remember all the "Webb will start" rumors during the early season last year -- it didn't happen.
Third, C.J. won't be able to practice with the Cats until August...even with the playbook in his hands now, he's got a lot to learn.

Besides, current starter Brett Basanez is hitting his Junior year -- when most QB's really start to shine. Like the roundball team, NU hasn't had an upperclassman run the team in a while, since Zak Kustok took us to Big 10 glory.
2. Which new Back could play first?
I'm trying to sort out in my mind which of the 3 backs looked the best on film...

All 3 were shown running almost the same play, that delayed handoff that goes over the guard, for TDs or long yardage. All 3 are quick - in the Jason Wright mold.

But I'm still not sure any of them will beat out Noah Herron, and the "Rells" have looked good at times last year.

Randy Walker is supposed to have really liked Gerard Hamlett [5-10 175], but Brandon Roberson [5-9 190] is the guy with the most rushing credentials. Then there is the biggest of the 3, home town Akeem Hunter[5-11 205], who looked a bit like Erin Cobb [one of NU's Middle Linebackers] rushing on his tape.

Kevin Johns and RW mayhave to flip a coin.
3. Which Frosh plays first?
If there are some D-line injuries, expect to see Matt Clark [6-3 290] in the middle, or Kevin Mims [6-3 250] sneak into the lineup.

If we have trouble with long snaps, don't rule out Mims there either.

But the best shot at playing early [in my humble opinion] rests with WR Jeff Yarbrough [5-11 175] as a kick or punt returner.
All in all, this is a true stealth recruiting class. Nobody, except Bacher, caught the eye of the recruiting gurus, but the Coaches seem to like what they got.

What is great this year is that none of these 13 Frosh have to start come the Fall, something we haven't seen in Evanston in many years.

Spring ball starts March  30th!
-- da Coach

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1. I'd be surprised if jumps to the top of the depth chart at QB. 
Its hard for a frosh to jump in and run the NU offense, with its multple sets and routes.

off, the Cats would have to be really down and struggling for Coach to start a frosh. , remember all the \"Webb will start\" rumors during the early season last year -- it didn't happen.
, C.J. won't be able to practice with the Cats until August...even with the playbook in his hands now, he's got a lot to learn.

Besides, current starter is hitting his Junior year -- when most QB's really start to shine. Like the roundball team, NU hasn't had an upperclassman run the team in a while, since took us to Big 10 glory.
2. Which new Back could play first?
I'm trying to sort out in my mind which of the 3 backs looked the best on film...

All 3 were shown running almost the same play, that delayed handoff that goes over the guard, for TDs or long yardage. All 3 are quick - in the Jason Wright mold.

But I'm still not sure any of them will beat out , and the \"\" have looked good at times last year.

Randy Walker is supposed to have really liked [5-10 175], but [5-9 190] is the guy with the most rushing credentials. Then there is the biggest of the 3, home town [5-11 205], who looked a bit like [one of NU's Middle Linebackers] rushing on his tape.

and mayhave to flip a coin.
3. Which Frosh plays first?
If there are some D-line injuries, expect to see [6-3 290] in the middle, or [6-3 250] sneak into the lineup.

If we have trouble with long snaps, don't rule out there either.

But the best shot at playing early [in my humble opinion] rests with WR [5-11 175] as a kick or punt returner.
All in all, this is a . Nobody, except , caught the eye of the recruiting gurus, but the Coaches seem to like what they got.

What is great this year is that none of these 13 Frosh come the Fall, something we haven't seen in Evanston in many years.

Spring ball starts March  30th!
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