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I really doubt he gets a USC offer. They already took 2 DTs (each rated 98). Insane class they have so far. 4 five-stars, 12 four-stars... average player rating is just under 95. Daaamn.
yeah fuck usc.
Peko is already a Spartan. He just hasn't committed yet.
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I dont see USC taking JUCOs. They pretty much are getting every 4 and 5 star recruit they offer. Its interesing now that we have offered 2 juco DTs in this class. I dont think we would take both but I am wondering about some of our young depth players and their development. We should eventually get to a point where we dont need to offer JUCOs. I thought DL was one area where we had really good depth and numbers. I wonder if there are any other impending transfers or attrition that we dont know about yet. Last year we took Fonoti as a JUCO and he vaulted over many of our current players in the pipeline to get a starting job. Taking a JUCO usually means an immediate need due to attrition, injury or lack of development of current players in the system.
it means this kid is good
that's all it means
We've got depth. We've got numbers.
they don't play for three years anyway - who cares whether they ride the bench at State or play for a junior college?
with a juco you are getting a proven commodity
it's smart. should look there every year.
Even the best SEC teams make liberal use of JUCO DTs. Nick Fairley was a JUCO player.
I think you would always prefer to recruit a HS kid and have them for 4 or 5 years. JUCOs are pretty much used to shore up thin spots on the roster when you can see an immediate need arrising. This might be a result of the Romando transfer.
USC has taken two jucos per year for the last three years.
"losing Caleb Benenoch is a blow that Dantonio will never recover from. Izzo has lost it as well. Hoke and Beilein own the state."
Reading the latest mag article is awesome. If true Mr. Peko prefers MSU. There is such a strong history between his family and MSU it makes sense he should be at MSU. Besides the MSU Peko historical connection, based on offers the talent level is exceptional. I hope the report turns out right and this is our next DT commit.
Alabama uses jucos quite a bit more than MSU does, as well. Lots of SEC schools do. Take two jucos a year isn't necessarily a bad idea imo
Your 100% dialed in on that. I believe bama took two last year. Bottom line, you take talent where you can get it.
or more importantly, where you need it
SEC teams use JUCO ranks to bridge the gap between their roster cuts and the new draftees whose contracts they are still negotiating.
Gotta hit 30+ recruits somehow
Injuries and attrition are going to happen and that at times necessitates taking a JUCO or transfer. That, IMO, is not an indicator of poor recruiting or a lack of development. Sometimes, its just dumb luck. OT over the last couple of years is a perfect example. With Zach Hueter developing nicely and with the signing of Conway and Barrent people thought we were set at OT for years to come. Unfortunately all three of those guys suffered career ending or altering injuries. The result was that we had to bring in Fou last year. He ends up playing well and was a big reason we had an 11 win season. An intelligent coaching staff isn't going to sit still in situations like that. It also isn't going to ignore opportunities to bring in good players whether they are incoming freshman, transfers, or JUCOs. When players like Nichol, Linthecum, and Kittridge became available via transfer the staff went and got them. They also occasionally went the JUCO route for guys like White, Funoti and Mills. Every single year MSU has taken a kid via this route and there's no reason to think it won't continue to. IMO that isn't a sign of weakness in recruiting or development. Its a sign of intelligence.
Tupe Peko ... Domata Peko ... Kyle Peko? The family tradition could be set to continue in East Lansing ...
Fou Fonoti (two-year starter at OT, excellent player)
Anthony Rashard White (two-year starter at DT, contributor for three, excellent player)
Besides that though hey you're dead on about JUCO's being panic moves
Deandra Cobb, Kerry Reed and Ervin Baldin are 3 more that come to mind.
JUCOs can be used to fill holes, but that's not the only reason to take a JUCO kid. Talent is talent and more is better, regardless of where it comes from. If you have 2 guys of equal talent and one is a JUCO and the other is right out of high school, of course you take the guy that you can have for four years. But if the JUCO guy is better and has a higher ceiling then you take him. There's obviously a limit to how many JUCOs you take because you don't want too many guys with shorter eligibility, but a few on the roster can be very useful.
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I would agree. Alabama takes somewhere between 2-5 Juco transfers each year to supplement talent. It's why their depth is where it is. That and the fact that Saban could sell ice to eskimoes.
Taking 1-2 JUCOs is fine, IMHO. Taking 5-6 messes up the class balance.
MD has been pretty good with JUCOs, but for every Peko, Cobb, Reed, G-ball or St. Dic (who did nothing his first 2 years on campus, btw), you have a John Goss, Kenny Jackson, Daniel Zynn, Bobby Jones, Emory Jones, Demond Williams or Michael Jordan.
Dantonio has taken just 1 JUCO in each of the last 3 years: White, Fonoti and Mills. Taking Peko seems like a solid idea, given his bloodlines and the impending graduation of White and Hoover. That said, I'd expect MSU to hover around 0-1 JUCOs/year.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
He couldn't when he was at MSU. Said he always finished second to um as a reason he was leaving.
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