I like this recruiting class…A LOT and I have my reasons which have no facts, research or professional validity.
Obviously, this became easier to write after Dorian Gerald signed on Friday night.
The last month, we’ve all been stressing over who would sign on NSD, when, just like marrying the most beautiful girl in high school at 21 and “taking her off the market”…Connor Noland, Isaiah Nichols, Mike Woods, Rakeem Boyd, B. J. Ferrell and Ladirious Bishop (I’m not going to try to name them all because that would be an attempt to be more professional than I truly am) are already sitting there, signed and delivered, thinking, “what are we? Chopped liver?” Oh no…the early signing period adds a different dynamic to February NSD but do not lose sight of what a great job was finished up in short time to keep the ones we did and get the ones that we weren’t otherwise going to. Here’s the recurring theme…these kids seem to have a unique desire to be here and to play for this coaching staff. That matters 5-6 plays per game.
Now, to the NSD…Winkel, Gatlin, Andrew Parker, Dorian Gerald, JSJ, Foucha (see the amateur reference in the paragraph above by not listing all signees)…again, you have kids who had choices, could have gone anywhere and either really want to come to UA and/or want to play for these coaches. That matters 5-6 plays per game.
I still believe that when you have to beg kids to come…you will have to beg them to play in adversity. It’s been seen in the past when programs would pay a kid to come to their school and then wonder why they couldn’t get premium effort in the 4th quarter. It’s not that difficult to understand and it works in reverse as well…human nature. If they want to be here and if they want to play for Chavis, Morris, Fry, Stepp, Traylor, Scott, Lunney, GJ Kinne (I like him)…they WILL play those 5-6 plays per game and not only will you not have to beg them…you won’t be able to stop them.
I’m old, fat, have a desk job and take daily medications, but if Warren Harshaw called me today and asked for a wall to be knocked down…I probably wouldn’t question him. I played for him in Junior High, 40 years ago…and I’d still do it today.
There’s just something different about this class…yes, I know that this is how decisions are made by young men in all classes, not just the most recent one. I can’t put my finger on it…but there’s just something different.
There’s some talent returning too…the cupboard is thin but it is NOT empty.
2018 will be more fun than 2017. Could it be that 2019 could be more fun than 2018? Now that would be something different, wouldn’t it?