MattTheEagle wrote:Overall, it was a good day. I am not too concerned about not getting Robert Davis, whereas landing Patchan was huge. Patchan will be able to help us from Day 1.
This whole HJS stupidity of Addazio recruiting worse than Spaz is horseshit. You inevitably lose a few recruits from coaching changes, particularly when you completely clean house with the staff (which the fact that only Washington remains is a very very good thing). HJS is being a moron for believing that if Addazio was a good recruiter he would have significantly improved this class come signing day. Look at Golden's 2011 class, it sucks, and arguably worse than Spaz's 2011 class. At best Addazio would land maybe one or two quality recruits in 2013. The real test is for the 2014 class, and I have reasons to believe Addazio will do a very good job.
I made some legit excused for Addazio, especially regarding the available schollies, but this is dumb. When Jags got here he landed Momah, Newman, Costanzo, Gause, Dom Davis, Spinney, Elliot and Chris Johnson, and closed on Eason. That's a QB, 2 starting linemen, a starting DE, a contributing WR, a starting corner, and three washouts. Two of the guys, Costanzo and Gause, started from Day 1, and one is in the NFL as a first round pick.
It's not as hard to pick up late talent when you know what it looks like. Hopefully Rouse is one of those guys.
There is nothing more annoying than Matttheagle and Shaddix ruining my arguments.
1) Jags and Spaz both had better transition classes than Addazio, this is really beyond question unless Rouse turns into a four year starter and NFL first round draft pick and Walsh starts (successfully) at QB for multiple years;
2) There is a significant mitigating factor that allows "1)" to not be legitimate grounds for the calling of the end times, most notably the well acknowledged Spaziani recruiting wrap up by September strategy. Examine the following: a) Jags walked into a 10 commit class (put aside the 10 win season the year before for the moment) in December of 2006 then Jeff Rieskamp decommitted and Willis left freeing up an additional scholarship. He had therefore, at least nine spots remaining. Jags did a very solid job under the time constraints as noted above. b) fast forward to the Spaz transition class, Jags left Spazoo with only 8 signees and he left targets that the Jags staff had been recruiting for months e.g. Kuechly, Finch and Naples not to mention significant portions of his staff e.g. Sirmans, Day, McGovern etc. Spaz had at least 9 spots remaining. Enter Addazio: He walks in the door with 17 signed players for a roster of 86 scholarship players (or 88 if you count the walk-ons the 'zoo gave schollies to). It has been accepted here as fact by those with whom I disagree that BC told Addazio he was honoring those scholarships. Thereafter, 4 recruits followed assistant coaches (Montesero) or new offers (Daniels[Iowa], Geiger [MSU]. Addazio brought in a former five star UF player at a position of need for a rental year, possible his kid (depending on if he takes a scholarship or not) and a QB the merits of whom are debatable elsewhere, the QB plus the perceived system cause an additional commit, Boyle, to leave. Rouse is taken after whiffs with Davis and Webb. I don't think it merits the words for why it is easier to recruit with nine+ spots than one or zero, but the bottomline is it is a poor comparison.
3) If someone needs a primer on why the current coach shouldn't be blamed for the recruiting ranking considering what he inherited vs. the other transition classes I suggest a single shot at the base of your skull for the good of the gene pool.
BC once attracted stars like Abrams, Adams, Agbai, Austin, Bagley, Barros, Bell, Curley, Driscoll, Dudley, Eisley, Evans, Huckaby, Jackson, McCready, Murphy, O'Brien, Rice, Smith, Williams, et al.
Those days are gone.
And who is responsible for that?