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I haven't gotten a chance to see much more than YouTube highlight videos of this kid, but from what I've read on this board and others about him, this will probably be one of the more interesting USC recruitment storylines to watch.
Obviously DW is a very highly regarded OLB prospect and is ranked in every recruiting service. He's a local kid who has inherent interest in USC and already seems to feel a bit slighted to have offers from major programs in the SEC and across the country but didn't get one from us after Jr Day (which as we know, isn't necessarily the end of the world). The knock on him, so it seems, is that he's a 4-3 olb and isn't a natural fit in the new 5-2.
Now before I come across as someone questioning or complaining about recruiting strategy, yes, I know we are 11 months out from NSD and things change quickly. I guess my school of thought is, he is an extremely talented local kid that will be excelling at a rival P12 school if we don't take him. So what if he doesn't have a natural position- we will find a spot for kids like this. I would hate to see us slow play this recruitment while he warms to other schools and then make a too little too late push like we did with Kelly.
I know in the past we have all, myself included, said that with limited schollys we need to be extremely careful and not take kids that don't fill an immediate need and fit the scheme perfectly. Welp, we've signed less than 30 kids in the past two years, so I guess I'm not going to be worried about oversigning because the liklihood of us signing exactly 20 guys this year probably isn't much more than 50%.
Just curious to see how the rest of the board feels on situations like this and the recruitment of other local kids, given how the last two recruiting cycles have turned out. should and will there be a shift in strategy for pursuing local talent earlier? It will be an interesting summer with all the 7on7s and other camps and seeing who emerges.
I think we need to give Pendergast and the defensive coaches the opportunity to do their due diligence, if they want DW then well go get him.
Wouldn't you think that CP, being the DC at Cal last year, has already scouted Serra games? How about Coach O? And they saw him in person at USC Jr day.
Not criticizing our staff, but I don't buy the line of them needing more time. If its simply a strategic decision, then sure. But We have offered kids after seeing much less of them than what our coaches have seen from the Serra and Salesian kids.
Like you said, we are 11 months away from signing day. 11 MONTHS
absolutely, of course. That's why I keep wanting to reiterate that this is more of an inquiry on strategy than a criticism.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm assuming that the coaching staff already knows what type of player DW is at this point. They probably already have their opinions on him and the other top local players. They don't need to get more film and evaluate.
So back to my question....Do you hold off on a kid who isn't a perfect fit in the scheme even though he's a top local player?
I believe the staff learned a valuable lesson, and is still licking their jilted lover wounds.
Although 20 recruits will certainly help, NSD is beyond a long way off, and they're centered more on getting the new defense installed, developing the QB competition, having the new coaches get acclimated to campus life, the program and their personal lives, too, as well as see what underclassmen rise to the challenge, especially on defense, to see exactly what/who's needed 11 months from now.
If you thought the USC scholarship was valuable the last two seasons, wait for the platinum comparison in late December.
They are going to be more than meticulous when offering anyone...even a local talent.
Regarding the thread title - just 'Curious'....did you watch Benjamin Button recently?
Saw it when it first came out and was furious when brad pitt wasn't a grown up baby at the end. I sat through 3 hours of that hoping to see a giant baby.
But to your above point, It's interesting that you say we will be more meticulous giving out offers, because one could argue that the same thing was said last year and it partially backfired, because we didn't have enough heavily recruited local kids as "backup plans" when the OOS guys decommitted.
Truly is a Catch 22. I think you could make an argument for and against any strategy in our situation
Not directly on topic but, how many EE's are we going to have this year? It seems the Early Entry recruits are pretty much guaranteed where as the other recruits can flip signing day.
This is what I am thinking. What's important in the short term is getting our current team together and on the same page. Winning is going to be much more important to recruiting than just making phone calls. There is a lot of time between now and signing day, it's waaaay to early to be losing our cool because a couple local recruits are waiting on our phone call.
By the look of things, we aren't just holding off on one or two recruits. We are practically putting recruiting on hold until these coaches settle in.
Signed Jason Gibson. Last Serra linebacker that was highly rated that coaches did not give a real offer too. He has not done squat so far.
He went to Cal right?
This post was edited by SPrice 13 months ago
Jason Gibson RS last year with a broken leg.
The more you know!
Kind of reminds me of the Jason Gibson recruitment a few years back
I agree that DW looks like a good prospect based on his highlights and his offer list. However, maybe the staff just isnt as enamored with him as the recruiting sites and we are.
At this point we will be able to take between 7 and 9
3 star recruit per one other site
What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
do you have the same concerns about the two Salesian HS LB's?
Why is that? I don't see the reasoning. They have more available scholarships this year than either of the last two years (both yearly and total). They should have learned the lesson from last year that you should just go after more kids than you need so you don't get stung in the end with decommits- especially with a roster in great need of depth.
The only way I think it could be more valuable is if USC turns out to have a really good season.
I'm not an insider or a professional talent evaluator but I'm sure that you could make the same argument for Cobb and Ware.
I mean these are D1 kids in our backyard. If they are USC caliber talent, I'd hope we offer them instead of slow playing the local kids while pursuing
I mean these are D1 kids in our backyard. If they are USC caliber talent, I'd hope we offer them instead of slow playing them while pursuing big fish OOS
I don't suppose to know the time our staff has and how they fill it, but is it possible to make a list of the 150 best kids in the state, include maybe AZ and NV and just give them a call and let them know they are on our radar and start a relationship for the future.
The coaches haven't offered any instate LBs. They will eventually decide which players fit the defense and make offers. At this point we don't know if they prefer Williams, Cobb, Ware, Calhoun, or anyone else. When they are ready to pursue local LBs they'll make some offers.
Our new LBer coach has barely had time to unpack
Chill the fyck out
LMAO at Blem!
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