Re: Rainy day random thoughts

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Posted by Big Ron on November 22, 19 at 08:19:57:

In Reply to: Re: Rainy day random thoughts posted by LocoDiablo on November 22, 19 at 00:26:24:

Don't get me wrong. Signing a bunch of 4 star players is better than signing a bunch of 3 star players. It increases the probability of success. But there are not enough blue chip players to go around. And very few teams can sign 25 top players every year. Therefore, the coaching staff better be able to find good 3 star development players. I call the foundation players.

Not all HS 3 star players are alike. Some skill players can be very good in HS with 4.8 speed, but will not be able to compete in P5 football. Same with a 6'2" 240 lb O-line. Maybe he can bulk up to 290, but his natural size will remain around 250. Another HS kid might be a natural 6'5" 310 lb. But it takes a couple more years for such a youth to gain strength and coordination to control his bigger body. So recruiters need the vision to see a kid 3 or 4 years in the future.

I always liked Kyle Whittingham's approach at Utah. He brings in naturally big linemen and naturally quick skill players. Most are 3 star rated by necessity. It's hard to sell Utah to blue chip recruits. But his players come with a hard edge and discipline. Once at Utah, he has an experienced, stable staff that does a fine job of coaching. Here is his recruiting class PAC-12 ranking in recent years

2014 - - 11
2015 - - 10
2016 - - 8
2017 - - 7
2018 - - 5
2019 - - 7

Yet Utah is 9-1 this year starting virtually all 3 star players. A 1 TD loss to USC is the team's only loss. I'm willing to bet the farm that Utah beats Arizona and Colorado to finish the season and goes to a major bowl. I prefer this over the ASU NFL model.

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