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I realize we have Holmes and the kid from Waukesha (on mobile and it's a bitch to look up) coming in an have Horne and Tompkins redshirting, but are we in on any elite RB talent for 14'? Seems like it should be a priority along with line talent. I think we have the receivers to be special and also the QBs, but it would be nice to start seeing us go after some top RB recruits since we do emphisize "pounds green pound" which by the way is in no way representative of our most efficient offenses (except when we had ringer who was a freak). Just a question.
RJ shelton, beaver dam, whoops.
But just lookin through, have we even offered many top RB prospects the past 2 years? Remember the year we pulled in baker, caper and hill? That's what I am talking about.
Jeff Jones out of MN.
Well Nick Hill wasn't the same class as Caper and Baker I don't believe. As far as the best rb's we've offered for 2014, Jeff Jones from Minnesota seems to be the top target along with maybe Mikale Wilbon from Chicago and if Lorenzo Collins from FHH gets his grades in order I think they offer him. Just wish we'd go after more pure burners as a change of pace. Look down south for some pure speed!
There is also Jordan Scarrlett who could be one of the top RB pros[pects of all time. He looks to Macgarrett as an older brother and seems to have a good head on his shoulders. Like any big time southern prospect we will be fighting an uphill battle, but we should be in it. Hiring a top notch OC will be neeeded to get some of these guys. Kids want to play in the Oregon, Okalahoma type offenses. Bama gets elite kid, but they also have an all pro O Line (literaly probably stronger than some Pro O Lines).
Yea, supposedly Jones likes us a lot too but it's early. I would be really worried if Bell leaves. That leaves us with Hill, Tompkins, Horne, and true frosh Shelton and Holmes.
For a team that likes to pound the rock, I wish we were better at running the ball.
This post was edited by CaseHallBaller 18 months ago
Collins from Farmington Harrison if he gets his grades up.
Scarlett is 2015
Rogue Leader= Obese coward who didn't attend MSU and has no college degree
Jeff Jones (offer) and Lorenzo Collins seem to get most of the early print for 2014 RBs.
I agree that there may be a little bit of an issue if Bell leaves this year because most of the RBs on the depth chart for next year are smaller guys (Hill, Tompkins, Shelton). Holmes has some size, but he'll be a true freshman. True freshman can obviously come in and contribute (look at Bell), but that's not always the case.
I think one thing to remember with the RBs that are on the roster now though is these are guys the staff made a priority and got. Whether or not they pan out remains to be seen, but while they might not be 4/5* guys, they were offered and accepted pretty early in the recruiting cycle.
Shouldn't be hard to get talent in here when you consider what we do with running backs. Ringer and baker in the nfl and we run the ball 30-40 times a game.
To die in ann arbor is redundant
Baker ain't in the NFL, and Ringer barely gets tick. So that's not something to point out to high school kids, WR's in the NFL yes. I do think the amount our offense likes to run is a selling point, but it doesn't matter how good a RB you bring in if you can't recruit the horses in front of them to plow.
Back in 09 when we had almost entirely young RBs, how was the running game? I know we cycled through like 6 backs over the course of the season, but I think I remember the freshmen & sophomores doing a pretty good job.
Glenn Winston was our best RB back then. Too bad he was a schmuck off the field.
"This is the strangest life I've ever known"
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People, we do NOT emphasize pound green pound. Thats a bunch of BS. Roushar wants to PASS.
When the game was on the line vs. UM and Iowa, what did we do late in the 4th Q? We passed. We lost, but we passed.
Gotta have an o-line that can open up holes or it doesn't matter who you have in the backfield! Need some beasts in the trenches!
A man's gotta eat!
This is true, your offense is only ever as good as your line. We have a first round NFL, Beanie Wells talent and he's only managing 3 ypc in conference play.
If you want to just talk about next year's back's though I think Langford is getting overlooked. It would be great if he could get up to 215-220 and maintain his agility because we are going to need someone for short yardage. If not I think the man child that is Gerald Holmes may end up being the thunder to Thompkins' lightning next year. This is all assuming LeVeon is gone, fingers crossed that he stays.
Part of my cynical mind thinks Scarlett has had something to do with Mac Kings not getting shirted.
If you want to see a burner check out Tompkins HS film. Jeff jones comes from a big program outside Minneapolis and we're in decent shape there. Lorenzo Collins is more of a big back. In spite of a pretty nagging hamstring injury he still racked up 15 Td's as a jr.
I had forgotten all about Horne. Did he end up on scholarship or did he walk-on?
He grey-shirted, which means he paid his way for a semester and will get a scholarship in January
Running backs are a dime-a-dozen. Every good-great program can plug in inexperienced guys and get good production
-UGA has two true FR RBs and they're running the ball just fine
-Iowa beat us with their 5th string RB who didn't take a snap with the 1s until week 3 of this season
-Mizzou consistently has 1,200+ yard rushers with 2-3 star recruits
Delton Williams can also play RB if the guys in front of them can't produce.
Tompkins and Langford are the only backs on our roster that look like game breakers. Everyone else is set for a specific role - 3rd down, short yardage, draw plays, etc.
I'd like to see what Langford could do back there. Amazing MSU doesn't have a 2nd RB they trust. Coaches can't be happy with these guys.
Super awesome crazy happy fun prediction.
Gerald Holmes starts midway through next year.
Edit: he'll be a great weapon for the new OC
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"losing Caleb Benenoch is a blow that Dantonio will never recover from. Izzo has lost it as well. Hoke and Beilein own the state."
I don't agree with that. Unfortunately due to an inept OC we've had to constantly keep our best players on the field. And our oline can't open holes for a battering ram like bell with all their injuries, I don't think guys without the unique skill set of bell would get much more productivity. Nick Tompkins should excite everyone. Along with shelton and Holmes coming in. Rb is, thankfully, perhaps the "easiest" position for young players to contribute. With the return of probably every olinemen sans McDonald, and Dantonio willing, a new coordinator the run game can be a good unit with bell playing on Sundays next year.
what about Barry Sanders' kid? It would be Sucking Kate Upton's Tits if we could land that guy!!
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