Ties that Bind ? . . .
Today marks a renewal of one of football's best rivalries; Oklahoma - Nebraska. Both schools have proud traditions and have ties that reach into their respective coaching staffs. Oklahoma co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Bo Pelini was Nebraska's defensive coordinator last season and served as the Cornhuskers' interim head coach after Frank Solich was released. Current Nebraska defensive line coach John Blake was Oklahoma's head coach from 1996-98, and played for the Sooners from 1979-82. And also on the other side, Nebraska offensive coordinator Jay Norvell spent less than one month on the OU staff (receivers coach) in 2002 before leaving to join Bill Callahan on the staff of the Oakland Raiders.
The series has been marked by both peaceful accord and strong disagreements between current and former coaches of the two schools, going back over forty five years to the 1959 Wilkinson - Jennings debate. Although that debate was eventually settled by the intervention of the NCAA, the current week offered a few fireworks for the current participants.
Much conflicting information was published this week about the contributions of former Sooner coach John Blake, who testified that he had the program going 'in the right direction,' while the history books record a mark of12-22 with the Sooners. To stop there would be favorable to Blake, as the history books do not record the despair, disappointment, and lack of discipline and self esteem that Bob Stoops found upon his arrival in Norman. Stoops took exception to Blake's' remarks, and those comments might be good for another Sooner score or two as Bob Stoops is not someone you want to taunt when you're heading into town with inferior talent, as Les Miles learned when he rolled into Norman last year and left on the short side of a 41 point disaster. Lesson: Don't taunt Stoops.
OU's Merv Johnson does issue caution however; "That QB is scary. Although he can really look bad sometimes, on occasion he can get hot and he actually plays very well. If today's a 'hot' day for him, the Sooners, and anyone else, could have all they can handle." Why? "For one their lines are solid. That always gives your team a chance, depending on breaks and turnovers. But yes, the Sooners should win by a couple of touchdowns, as I don't think he's seen the pressure that our ends can put on him anytime this year, but beware of a turnover or two that can make this much closer than most people think."
Here's some OU Nebraska records that could fall today: Rushing Yards (247), Billy Sims, 1979; Scoring (30 points), Steve Owens, 1968; Passing Yards (300), Josh Heupel, 1999; Pass Completions (20), Josh Heupel, 1999; and TD Passes (3), Monte Deere, 1962.
For the Last Time . . . SENIOR SALUTE
Oklahoma plays its final home game of the season when Nebraska visits. Twenty-three Sooner seniors will be on Owen Field for the last time. Any combination of an OU win and a Texas loss would secure the Sooners' third consecutive Big 12 South Division title.
Oklahoma has won its last 23 regular season games, and today we salute the 23 Oklahoma seniors who will be playing in their final game in Norman:
WR Mark Bradley: Where would OU be without Mark? A big, dangerous athlete, who is in his first year as the holder for placements, son of former OU QB Danny Bradley, he threw a touchdown pass last season ... ran 51 yards for a touchdown on a reverse against Houston ... three TD grabs, one shy of school record, for 128 yards at Oklahoma State.
OT Jammal Brown: The right tackle had the top grade on the line last season. A bright pro prospect who ranks fourth on the team with 37 career starts.
C Vince Carter: Was a finalist for the Rimington Award last season.
WR Mark Clayton: Clayton has eight career multi-touchdown reception games. He averages one touchdown every 7.2 receptions. This season, 317 of his 653 receiving yards have come after the catch. Mark is the OU leader with 14, 100-yard receiving games, he obliterated the previous mark of four by Eddie Hinton (1966-68) . Twenty-four of Clayton's 46 receptions this season have resulted in first downs for the Sooners. Clayton, in his first career game as OU's full-time punt returner, ran 50 yards for a touchdown at Oklahoma State. The play came on just his fourth career punt return attempt. He's averaging 14.4 ypr.
DE Dan Cody was one of six finalists for last season's Hendricks Award. Said Bowling Green QB Omar Jacobs, "That No. 80 is a monster." Dan leads the team in sacks with nine and in hurries with 11, he had three sacks at Kansas State, eight of his sacks came over the last five games.
DE Jonathan Jackson has seven sacks, including two each against Houston and Oklahoma State.
WR Brandon Jones: Eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for career receiving yards in the win over Texas Tech. Had a 69-yard TD grab vs. Kansas, and at least one catch in every game this season. Also great on special teams.
DT Lynn McGruder: Co-Big 12 Sportsman of the Year with Mark Clayton for his role in assisting victims in a serious automobile accident in the summer of ‘03 ... season-high four tackles, including two for loss, against Texas.
MLB Lance Mitchell: Played in three games last season before going down with a season-ending knee injury. Lance was the team's top tackler in 2002 with 124 and led the Sooners in the opener with nine tackles. Lance knocked down a pair of passes against Texas Tech and had a 8-yard fumble return for TD and game-high 11 tackles vs. Kansas, and three tackles for loss at A&M, including a nine-yard sack.
TE Bubba Moses: TD receptions vs Oregon and A&M and a career-long grab of 40 yards at A&M.
SS Donte Nicholson is the top returning tackler after posting 90 last season as the Big 12's Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Donte had a season-high 11 tackles vs. Oregon, and his two sacks have resulted in 19 yards in losses. He picked off just the second interception yielded by A&M's Reggie McNeal and returned it 32 yards.
WR Will Peoples has 15 career starts at receiver. He became the 19th 1,000-yard career receiver at OU when he crossed that mark against Kansas.
CB/RS: Antonio Perkins graduated in May with a degree in criminology/sociology and is presently attending graduate school. He has missed the last four games with an injury, but could play a bit today. Perkins tied the NCAA record for punt returns for TD when he registered No. 8 against Houston. Perkins already is the NCAA record holder for punt returns for touchdowns in a game (3 vs. UCLA in 2003) and season (4 in 2003), and he set the punt return yardage record with 277 vs. UCLA last season. Perkins also tied another NCAA record for combined kicks (kickoffs and punts) returned for touchdowns even though all of his are of the punting variety.
DB Brandon Shelby: Per snaps played, Brandon is one of the most effective players on the team. Brandon made All-Big 12 HM in 2002 with no starts, he has three career blocked kicks, and had an interception and a career-high nine tackles in the win over Texas Tech, his lone start of the season.
OT Wes Sims: A fixture on the left side with 44 career starts.
QB Jason Whitehas moved to another stage in repeating as the winner of the The Davey O'Brien Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top quarterback. He won the honor last year and was listed Thursday as one of 13 semifinalists for the 2004 award. Perhaps the best QB in Oklahoma history, 2003 winner of the Heisman and O'Brien Awards, Jason will graduate in December with a degree in sociology.
Also playing for the last time are seniors: LB Gayron Allen; P Blake Ferguson; OL John Flynn; WR Ataleo Ford; DL Grant Hulsey; DB Darren Stephens; DL Vershun Sublet; and WR Sadiki Wilson.
Here are some school records held - or that are within reach, by members of this outstanding class:
Passing Yards • Career: 1. Josh Heupel (1999-00) 7,456; 2. JASON WHITE (1999-) 6,847; 3. Cale Gundy (1990-93) 6,686.
Touchdown Passes • Career: 1. JASON WHITE (1999-) 71; 2. Josh Heupel (1999-00) 53.
Receptions • Career: 1. MARK CLAYTON (2001-) 201
Receiving Yards • Career: 1. MARK CLAYTON (2001-) 3,028
100-Yard Receiving Games • Career: 1. MARK CLAYTON (2001-) 14
Touchdown Receptions • Career: 1. MARK CLAYTON (2001-) 28
Punt Return Yards • Career: 1. ANTONIO PERKINS (2001-) 1,427
Sacks • Career: 4. DAN CODY (2000-) 23; 9. JONATHAN JACKSON (2001-) 16
Sacks by a Defensive Lineman • Career: 4. DAN CODY (2000-) 23; 9. JONATHAN JACKSON (2001-) 16
Tackles for Loss by a Defensive Back • Career: 4. DONTE NICHOLSON (2003) 13
A Few Parting Comments . . .
Kevin Wilson commented on a few of his favorite seniors; "We have seniors, but I think they are getting better. I respect that and I like that. I see Jammal Brown playing the best he has played and Wes playing the best he has played and when you have fifth year players that have played a lot and working to get better that makes a statement buying into what we are doing so I appreciate and love them to death for what they are doing.
All four guys have bought into what we are doing. Wes, Vince and Jammal all came in with a bunch
of accolades but they have gotten better. That says a lot about them. I am not going to be sentimental
about, because I am so impressed with who they are and how far they have come. Hopefully we are
going to be strong enough to finish so they can go out the right way.
They are setting a legacy here on how to work and how to prepare. That is more than just winning the game when you play on the offensive line. How to work every day, in the weight room, in the off season, preseason. We have every lineman practicing every day. They are setting a legacy on how we win in the line."
OT Jammal Brown: "Senior day - and is sad to see it come. I knew it was coming and we want to go out with a win. They beat us last time and we feel that we need to reverse that this week by winning this game."
"If we keep winning and quit making these mistakes we're not going to lose this year. Maybe last
year we peaked too early and didn't have enough left at the end. We are going to play a great football
game pretty soon. "Having Jason in the huddle is a great thing. He's been in the program a long as we have - eight years or so (Ha), and it just gives you a comfort that he understands the game and what's going on. We have a veteran leader in there and that is always good to have."
"Coach Wilson is a physical guy and that has helped my game. He is a great leader and he has turned
me into a man. He has made me a much better player and he has always stuck with me even when I didn't p[lay well. However, that hasn't happened in a while and he has been able to get the most out of me. We've accomplished a lot, but what we want to accomplish we haven't done yet. We want to win the Big 12 and the National Championship and when we do that then we can sit back a brag on what we accomplished."
C Vince Carter: "I can remember when I got my first start and I was thrown into the fray against Nebraska, (seems like Jammal was in there too). We've been together a long time. It's been a long ride. We haven't always played great, but we've always played hard. Seems like it was a lot of fun early because were so wet behind the ears sometimes we didn't know what we were getting into. We've had our disappointments, but we've had a lot more successes. I most proud of all of us have become better football players and better men too. Playing with these guys at this great team is something I will never forget."
"Coach Wilson is the total reason why I'm a much better football player today and the reason why our OL did much better last week. Coach Wilson has never given up on us but has made us responsible FB players. He's great at what he does good and has a unique way of pushing us to the limit. He pushes us hard; but he has such a unique personality that we don't hate him for it, (laughs)."
DE Dan Cody: This three year starter got his first taste of championship action vs Florida State in 2000. He has been named a finalist for the 2004 Ted Hendricks Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top defensive end. The Hendricks Foundation announced the finalists Monday. What is his overall assessment of the senior class and their accomplishments? "Probably that the program was definitely re-established as a perennial powerhouse. Now, we are good every year here."
LB Lance Mitchell: The Butkus semifinalist is second on the squad with 61 tackles. How does Lance see the year ending? "The best is yet to come. We haven't played our best game yet and I can't wait until that happens, because I think we have been down a lot and been in some great games. So, the best is yet to come and I am looking forward to that."
Race for the Orange . . .
Of the top three rated teams, USC, Auburn and Oklahoma, none has a win over a higher ranked foe than OU's over then-No. 5 Texas. Oklahoma (9-0) has played three ranked opponents (none at home) and Sooner opponents are a combined 48-33 (.593); USC 42-38 (.525); Auburn 33-44 (.429).
Games vs. Ranked Opponents: OU No. 5 Texas*, No. 20 Okla. St., No. 22 A&M. USC No. 7 California, No. 15 Arizona State. Auburn No. 5 LSU, No. 10 Tennessee
Road Games vs. Ranked Opponents: OU No. 5 Texas*, No. 20 Okla. St., No. 22 A&M. USC none. Auburn No. 10 Tennessee.
It Pays to Play the best . . .
Sometimes National Championships are not totally won on the field.
If the Sooners make it all the way to Miami and win their eighth National Championship, you can write a 'thank you' note to Joe Castiglione. Oklahoma's primary opposition to an Orange Bowl appearance is a resurgent Auburn that may go through their schedule undefeated, mirroring Oklahoma's 12-0 record. If Auburn defeats Georgia this weekend and Tennessee in the SEC Championship game, the two teams figure to finish very close in the BCS final standings.
What might determine who goes and who stays? Auburn has played a 'soft as Charmin' out of conference schedule. The Tiger's home slate included such 'pastry shop' crème puffs as Louisiana Monroe (31-0); The Citadel (33-0); and Louisiana Tech (52-7).
Although strength of schedule has been officially removed from the BCS formula, there is no way to totally remove it from the computer polls, (and from the minds of human voters in the AP and USA polls as well). SOS has helped move Oklahoma to a slight edge over USC (.99 to .97) in the current computer rankings, while Auburn (.87) trails OU by .12 and USC by .10. You can't fool the computers, the difference is obviously who you play, and where you play them.
In Sagarin's Ratings, (November 7), USC's current schedule is ranked 5th nationally, (78.80), OU's 7th, (77.17) and Auburn's (66.62), a lowly 91 out of 117 Division I teams.
While their SEC and Big 12 schedules may be similar, three weak non conference opponents destroy Auburn's computer ranking. Although Auburn has three relatively difficult games remaining, their projected SOS will probably end up at 70.0, (with OU projected to finish at 75.6 and USC to finish at 77.9).
A year ago, Oklahoma's 2004 non conference schedule included: Bowling Green; Florida A&M and Arkansas State. Don't even think about OU's chances if Joe Castiglione had not worked very hard to make the necessary changes, bringing in Oregon and Houston. Had that not happened - detractors and SEC apologists could have easily said, "Oklahoma played a weaker schedule than Auburn." Forget facts, the SOS would still favor OU, but not by the overriding margins the Sooners now enjoy.
Local scribes, (why do we continue to listen to these guys?), were very quick to tell us that we'd never see another marquee match up and all we'd see would be these weak match ups in non conference action. Let Auburn be a lesson to everyone out there. If you're serious about going to the BCS, then schedule quality opponents. Auburn chose their schedule for easy home wins and made no attempt to upgrade it. If the Tigers sit while the Sooners and Trojans play for the crystal ball, they only have their AD to blame - just as Sooner fans have Joe C to thank.
Oklahoma Offense . . .
Did the Sooners learn a lesson from last year? Probably not the players. After all, you play your best every game. What's to learn? However, perhaps the coaching staff did. They were determined to do a better job of getting Jason to the NC game in better health than last year. That would require fewer passes.
Oklahoma had 214 rushing yards and 213 passing yards against Oregon. And that's been fairly typical of the entire season. OU has 1,888 (51%) passing yards and 1,804 (49%) rushing yards, but is still capable of the quick strike (OU has 11 scoring drives of less than two minutes this season). However in 2004, the Sooners have shown an ability to go on more sustained marches. This season's team has seven drives of five plus minutes. Last year's team had only five drives of that length over 14 games.
Chuck Long commented on the consistency gained this year; "The thing about the run game is that it makes you look conservative. However, it also makes you consistent and if you are good a the running the ball it gives your offense something that you can count on every game, and that is what it has done for us thus far."
Marcus to the rescue . . .
We first met Marcus Walker last February in Ennis, Texas. Marcus, Adrian Peterson, Lendy Holmes and Rhett Bomar had met for an OU Insider photo session, and it was fun to talk to these kids who were still in high school.
We knew then that Walker was the number three corner in the country - the coaches knew that Walker could play, but it was planned to red shirt Walker while he gained the necessary experience. Five weeks ago, the OU defensive coaches took Walker off of the scout team and had him work with the varsity. He looked so good that for five weeks the coaches debated about bringing Walker out of redshirt.
An injury to Perkins made the situation at corner suddenly dangerous, and an avalanche of rainbow passes from OSU and in the first quarter of the A&M game signaled a code blue. Walker was summoned to go into the game in front of a hostile crowd last Saturday in College Station, replacing junior Eric Bassey. After Walker entered the game, OU gave up very few passes to his side. Obviously, the OU coaches noticed as tomorrow Walker will earn his first start against Nebraska.
As defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright said this week; "If you have played defensive back, or if you know anything about playing that position then you know that you are going to give up some balls back there occasionally. Certainly our goal is to not give up any, but you certainly want to keep them to a minimum. Saturday, we gave up too many and gave them a chance to get back in the ballgame. It was especially painful in that they happened at a point in the game when we had a chance to pull away as we took a 14-point lead twice in that game, but we let the deep ball get them back in it. You can't allow that I don't care how good a player you are or if the NFL is looking at you or not. I know that we looked at it and we didn't like it!"
Was Walker ready to play against Texas A&M and did he understand all the calls? "I did a pretty good job of understanding the calls. My teammates helped me with them. They would ask me questions during the game and if I didn't know something they would tell me. Antonio Perkins was on the sidelines and he would talk to me after every series and tell me what I was doing wrong and what I was doing right. He has been helping me out with the whole defense sense he has been on the sidelines and since I have been here in June. It has been a blessing to have Antonio Perkins on this football team."
"Once I got in there we just made an agreement that we would talk after every play. The coaches talked to me a little more because I had never played. My teammates wanted to talk to me because they knew that I was young and that I needed the extra communication."
Walker came to OU highly rated yet knew he had to get better to play here; "You have to more of a complete player at OU. That was one of the reasons why I came here. When you come to a school like this you have to be a complete player, you just can't play man coverage. You have to do all things to play here. You have to tackle in the run game and in the pass game, and you have to be able to cover. That was an adjustment for me because I am not in press man all the time. Until last week I haven't been playing, so I have been using practice as my 'game.' I went against Mark Clayton or BJ and played them in practice as if that was my Saturday. They are all great, so I have been using that as my game. That is how I got my work."
CB Chijioke Onyenegecha had a career-high seven tackles and a key forced fumble at A&M. But he still knows he's not as dominant as he was in JC ball. "I looked at some tape when I was playing in junior college and I have some pop on my step and quickness in my skills. I'm used to playing all the time and then nobody could even throw a deep ball on me as I had great break on the ball and I was breaking up every pass. Here I am just starting to get my mojo back. I'm learning more every day and I am getting better. I am getting my field presence back and my mental part of the game back. It is just slowly coming on so hopefully you are going to see that I have the whole package back together. I am just trying to work harder as you see me after practice trying to get better."
Recruiting . . .
This weekend will be huge for Oklahoma, one of their biggest 'game day' recruiting sessions of the year. As we have said many times, prospects schedules are subject to many changes and the coaches will not know until Monday exactly who made it in. Over twenty five recruits have been invited and Oklahoma expects perhaps as many as eight to ten top prospects to visit for Nebraska. Below is a list of athletes coming into Norman this weekend. And as always, be aware that this list is subject to change because recruiting changes it seems on the hour:
1) Dan Doering, OL, 6'6, 280, 5.1, Barrington, Illinois - The Sooners have made up major ground on this top five OL in recent weeks and now stand a decent chance to sign him. Doering will bring his entire family to Norman this weekend and he has indicated that he is really looking forward to this visit. Doering has never been to Norman, but knows a great deal about the OU football program and he is well aware that the Sooners don't have a great number of OTs in the program. Doering has already been to Tennessee and he says he liked his trip to Knoxville despite the fact that the Vols lost to Notre Dame. Doering says he will also visit Notre Dame (12-03), Iowa (12-10) and Nebraska (12-17). Doering says that Ohio State and Miami are no longer in the picture with him. Doering has known OU offensive line Coach Kevin Wilson since the days he coached at Northwestern and that strong relationship has pulled the Sooners back into the game. Doering is ranked the fifth-best offensive tackle in the country, and at this point the Sooners have as good a shot as anybody.
2) Duke Robinson, OL, 6'5, 325, 5.7, Atlanta Booker T. Washington, Georgia - Robinson is an offensive tackle that the Sooners have had their eye on for over a year. Blessed with great size, Robinson has a tremendous upside and many believe that he will be a great collegiate offensive tackle. Robinson says that Oklahoma and Georgia are his top two schools with Florida and UCLA also getting visits. Robinson says he is not locked in on staying close to home, but the decision may come down to whether Robinson really wants to get away from home. Georgia is tough to beat in their home state on local talent they really want. However, Robinson has always liked OU and the Sooners have a good chance.
3) Curtis Crouch, OL, 6'6, 325, 5.2, Fayetteville Smith, North Carolina - Curtis is another big offensive tackle prospect that the Sooners like a lot more than the national recruiting experts do. OU has been on Crouch for over a year, but the Scout Network still does not rank him very high. Crouch's visit to OU will be his first of the year and he has a second set up to Virginia Tech (11-27). Crouch admits that he has been looking forward to his visit to OU for a long time. North Carolina, Clemson and Tennessee round out his top five. This is another big man that the Sooners have an excellent chance to sign and they could care less about where he stands in the recruiting ranking.
4) Brian Simmons, DT, 6'5, 305, 5.0, Hargrave Military Academy, Virginia - Simmons is not rated high because he is a year removed from high school and is spending his extra year at Hargrave. Simmons has tremendous strength, size and moves well for a big man. The Sooners have led for Simmons for over year and that lead is holding up as he gets ready to visit Norman this weekend. Oklahoma was the first school to offer Simmons and that means a great deal to him. Simmons is being recruited as a defensive tackle, but it is no secret that he could wind up on either side of the ball. Auburn is the only other school that Simmons says will definitely get a visit, but he admits that Miami and Tennessee have also started calling recently. OU could very well get Simmons' commitment this weekend.
5) Averell Spicer, DE, 6'2, 296, 4.65, Rancho Cucamonga, California - The Sooners will be throwing out all the stops in their effort to impress the No. 1 defensive end in the country. Spicer has shown interest in the Sooners all year and that interest has led to his visit to Norman this weekend. Spicer says he doesn't know much about OU or Norman, but he has always had a great interest in the Sooner football team. Spicer has already visited Nebraska and said that visit was nice, but you don't get the impression he really likes Nebraska. Spicer says he has no leader at this time and he set two other visits to Florida State (11-19) and USC (1-10). Oregon State figures to get his final visit towards the end of January.
6) Travis Bechum, DE/LB, 6'5, 218, 4.5, Oak Creek, Wisconsin - Bechum is somewhat of a wildcard in the Sooners recruiting picture because he has never shown much more than luck warm interest until he decided to visit the Sooners this weekend. Bechum was scheduled to visit Tennessee last weekend, but cancelled that visit at the last minute. Oklahoma will be the first visit for Bechum, who is being recruited by the Sooners as both a linebacker and defensive end. Bechum is considered the top prospect in Wisconsin and he is looking at OU, Tennessee, Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan and Miami. He says he will reschedule his Tennessee (11-26) visit and that he is still working to schedule visits.
7) Roy Miller, DT, 6'2, 295, 4.95, Killeen Sho
emaker, Texas - Miller was one of the first players to commit to the Sooners and he is still holding strong. Yes, he still flirts with Texas on occasion as he grew up a big Longhorn fan. Miller is a good friend of Tommie Harris and that friendship has helped the Sooners in this recruiting effort. The Sooners win in the Cotton Bowl has all but sealed the deal for Miller. The official visit this weekend will totally close the book.
8 ) Brody Eldridge, DE, 6'5, 230, 4.7, La Cygne, Kansas - Brody is also committed to the Sooners. Eldridge committed to the Sooners after taking an unofficial visit during the Sooners fall camp and he has never waivered from that commitment. A broken ankle cost Eldridge his senior season, but that has not slowed down the Sooners enthusiasm for Eldridge. Eldridge is still sold on the Sooners and the feeling is mutual.
Ohio athlete Alex Daniels and cornerback Keith Massey of Columbus, were scheduled to visit this weekend, but their team continues to roll on creating scheduling conflicts. Both are still very interested in the Sooners, but both will probably wait until their prep season is over before they take official visits. With this week's meltdown at Ohio State due to the Clarrett allegations, you'd have to think that the Sooner's chances were enhanced with these two outstanding players.
All-American wide receiver Derrick Williams of Greenbelt, Maryland was also originally scheduled on this weekend, however Williams' prep squad is in the playoffs and they will probably be there for a long while. Williams continues to show a great deal of interest in the Sooners and OU appears to be getting stronger with him as each week passes. Williams and his family will come up in mid-week sometime early in December, and if he takes another visit it will be to Texas. However, at the moment it is not clear whether Williams will take another visit or not outside of OU and Texas. He has all but ruled out Florida (first visit) with the coaching change and he doesn't appear to have a big interest in Penn State at the moment either, which that was his second visit. Virginia is still a possibility for a visit and so is Florida State, but the Sooners are still his leader and they will soon get a visit.
This weekend will give the Sooners a pretty good idea of where they stand in recruiting with less than three months remaining. The Sooners are actively recruiting 36 prospects at this time, Naturally, others will be added if some of the visits this weekend indicate that the recruit is likely to sign elsewhere.
It shapes up to be an interesting week.
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