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Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:17 am

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Dickens interview...

https://youtu.be/GoTVApfK1YM

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edge29 wrote:
Andy wrote:
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Just went through the interview clips last night and this morning (thanks whoever posted those).

Overall I like what we have done, and I am assuming we pick up younger and douglass (Kerstetter would be nice too).

QB we definitely have added options.   Be interesting to see how the guys on the roster look at spring practice, and if any of the freshman can push them in August

OL we are finally 3 deep, I try to avoid negative comments with the old staff, but we were very thin on oline.   Like to see a couple of these guys get down under 300, but they all move well (OL is in my heart, so I went to their hudl tapes), so shedding a few should only make them more dangerous.   By end of season I think there are 2 who could be getting significant playing time

Love the additions of Revere and  Simpson.   See if it translates to college football but I think Simpson could be a beast.   Is Douglas a WR or a DB?

Guidice and Taggert are solid adds.  I love the upside Taggert has, and I think Guidice can make a difference right away

LBs Smith, Dickens, Jordan all nice adds.  Obviously if Jordan lives up to his resume he could be a great.

DBs I have loved Thrasher all along.  I like his speed, intuitition and he plays with an edge.  Murdock can move!  I assume younger will also be a DB, so even more speed.

I think we have added depth and toughness on OL, options at QB, and speed overall.   Great foundation.  Very exciting


I share your excitement, Dad.  

First off, I'm so impressed with Coach JG and his staff. They really hit the ground running. The "high energy" talk is not just talk.  With their knowledge, enthusiasm, recruiting ability,and 15 full (which sadly Tavani wasn't given) I have no doubt "The New Era" will include competing for championships sooner than later.  

Coach gave some insight into his thinking upon arrival. He wasn't going to back off any commitments made by prior staff regardless of quality.  "I have to go into these high schools for the next 20 years."  So, initially that didn't give the impression that he was high on the inherited 8. But, then he talked about them individually, about how he evaluated them, and he sounded genuinely impressed - recall positive comments  on Cole, big John, Hampton and Barclay, Jordan, Thrasher, Revere and Jake.  Nice!

The progress beyond the 8 has been remarkable.  We know little about how he acquired the transfer, but that was certainly an early statement that JG meant business.  Dickens and Pyne were 2* types, talented and well known. Those are impressive gets!  Dickens is a great example of what happens when a SA gets a close look at LC. A lot of kids just don't know about "the small school with big school resources." Or whatever that slogan is.  Then there were the signings of the guys who might be considered "sleepers." JJ and Selwyn. (Douglas & Scott) There wasn't apparently a lot of recruiting interest in these guys, but JG knew what he had there. Impressive to find those guys!  Douglas and or Scott would be super additions based solely on their hudls.  How LC will handle the announcement is questionable. I guess we should look for a release when all are finalized, not piecemeal or just added to the roster.  Then there was the big QB. What a last minute surprise!  This kid would've been the prize recruit in previous classes.  Except in the case of landing a transfer, this group of 3 QBs added to the mix is as good as we could've expected IMO. What's not to like?  And I'm really looking forward to what this staff can put together with a full cycle.

Additions - WR, DB, maybe DL.  Douglas will be a help at either S or WR. I'm thinking CB for JJ just because JG is aware of the depth already at the RB position, but who knows.


JG and staff did an excellent job given amount of time they've been on campus. Take a look at the roster by position.  We now have depth (and talent) at every position.  LB and OL was a worry. Not anymore!!  DB depth was a worry but Powe now moves back to the secondary. Would love to have Kaizer but Paul was unclear on his status. Interior DL could use an extra body...boom!  We got one. A good one who will be ready to play!
6/7 Qbs doesn't seem to make sense given the small roster.  JG and Bartel will find or make a star out of McCrum, Cole, or Reed.  Looking forward to reports from spring practice!!


 My first review of most of our recruits is centered on who is equipped to immediately contribute on the field as a a true freshman.  Two players have skills which separate them and give each an opportunity to compete right away.  I expect Hampton to compete immediately on either side of the line, but more likely on OL.  Has very good footwork, and reaches the second level to block, which is extremely important in college.  And remember, he played at St. Joe's Philly, which plays a highly competitive schedule.

 The other player who separates himself from others in my view is Mussina.  Our qb has to lead, have great footwork, and throw the ball into narrow alleys to be effective.  He moves within the pocket very well, is mobile for a tall kid, and throws very accurately.  Having observed Coach Garretts qb at Richmond, his qb must be capable of making difficult throws and be mobile, simultaneously.

 That said, I look forward to all of these kids, plus additions,contributing to the program and am optimistic for their success.

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Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:36 pm

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Coach put it best, it will depend on who comes to compete, who can be coached, who can be dependable.

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Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:54 pm

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Pardsfriend wrote:
edge29 wrote:
Andy wrote:
PardDad71 wrote:
Just went through the interview clips last night and this morning (thanks whoever posted those).

Overall I like what we have done, and I am assuming we pick up younger and douglass (Kerstetter would be nice too).

QB we definitely have added options.   Be interesting to see how the guys on the roster look at spring practice, and if any of the freshman can push them in August

OL we are finally 3 deep, I try to avoid negative comments with the old staff, but we were very thin on oline.   Like to see a couple of these guys get down under 300, but they all move well (OL is in my heart, so I went to their hudl tapes), so shedding a few should only make them more dangerous.   By end of season I think there are 2 who could be getting significant playing time

Love the additions of Revere and  Simpson.   See if it translates to college football but I think Simpson could be a beast.   Is Douglas a WR or a DB?

Guidice and Taggert are solid adds.  I love the upside Taggert has, and I think Guidice can make a difference right away

LBs Smith, Dickens, Jordan all nice adds.  Obviously if Jordan lives up to his resume he could be a great.

DBs I have loved Thrasher all along.  I like his speed, intuitition and he plays with an edge.  Murdock can move!  I assume younger will also be a DB, so even more speed.

I think we have added depth and toughness on OL, options at QB, and speed overall.   Great foundation.  Very exciting


I share your excitement, Dad.  

First off, I'm so impressed with Coach JG and his staff. They really hit the ground running. The "high energy" talk is not just talk.  With their knowledge, enthusiasm, recruiting ability,and 15 full (which sadly Tavani wasn't given) I have no doubt "The New Era" will include competing for championships sooner than later.  

Coach gave some insight into his thinking upon arrival. He wasn't going to back off any commitments made by prior staff regardless of quality.  "I have to go into these high schools for the next 20 years."  So, initially that didn't give the impression that he was high on the inherited 8. But, then he talked about them individually, about how he evaluated them, and he sounded genuinely impressed - recall positive comments  on Cole, big John, Hampton and Barclay, Jordan, Thrasher, Revere and Jake.  Nice!

The progress beyond the 8 has been remarkable.  We know little about how he acquired the transfer, but that was certainly an early statement that JG meant business.  Dickens and Pyne were 2* types, talented and well known. Those are impressive gets!  Dickens is a great example of what happens when a SA gets a close look at LC. A lot of kids just don't know about "the small school with big school resources." Or whatever that slogan is.  Then there were the signings of the guys who might be considered "sleepers." JJ and Selwyn. (Douglas & Scott) There wasn't apparently a lot of recruiting interest in these guys, but JG knew what he had there. Impressive to find those guys!  Douglas and or Scott would be super additions based solely on their hudls.  How LC will handle the announcement is questionable. I guess we should look for a release when all are finalized, not piecemeal or just added to the roster.  Then there was the big QB. What a last minute surprise!  This kid would've been the prize recruit in previous classes.  Except in the case of landing a transfer, this group of 3 QBs added to the mix is as good as we could've expected IMO. What's not to like?  And I'm really looking forward to what this staff can put together with a full cycle.

Additions - WR, DB, maybe DL.  Douglas will be a help at either S or WR. I'm thinking CB for JJ just because JG is aware of the depth already at the RB position, but who knows.


JG and staff did an excellent job given amount of time they've been on campus. Take a look at the roster by position.  We now have depth (and talent) at every position.  LB and OL was a worry. Not anymore!!  DB depth was a worry but Powe now moves back to the secondary. Would love to have Kaizer but Paul was unclear on his status. Interior DL could use an extra body...boom!  We got one. A good one who will be ready to play!
6/7 Qbs doesn't seem to make sense given the small roster.  JG and Bartel will find or make a star out of McCrum, Cole, or Reed.  Looking forward to reports from spring practice!!


 My first review of most of our recruits is centered on who is equipped to immediately contribute on the field as a a true freshman.  Two players have skills which separate them and give each an opportunity to compete right away.  I expect Hampton to compete immediately on either side of the line, but more likely on OL.  Has very good footwork, and reaches the second level to block, which is extremely important in college.  And remember, he played at St. Joe's Philly, which plays a highly competitive schedule.

 The other player who separates himself from others in my view is Mussina.  Our qb has to lead, have great footwork, and throw the ball into narrow alleys to be effective.  He moves within the pocket very well, is mobile for a tall kid, and throws very accurately.  Having observed Coach Garretts qb at Richmond, his qb must be capable of making difficult throws and be mobile, simultaneously.

 That said, I look forward to all of these kids, plus additions,contributing to the program and am optimistic for their success.



I'm so looking forward to something different. Not the same old, same old we have seen for years and years. Same schemes. Same predictable plays that don't work. Same lousy Oline play and techniques. Same abundance of injuries and especially the same lack of player development.

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Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:02 pm

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Pardsfriend wrote:

My first review of most of our recruits is centered on who is equipped to immediately contribute on the field as a a true freshman.  Two players have skills which separate them and give each an opportunity to compete right away.  I expect Hampton to compete immediately on either side of the line, but more likely on OL.  Has very good footwork, and reaches the second level to block, which is extremely important in college.  And remember, he played at St. Joe's Philly, which plays a highly competitive schedule.

 The other player who separates himself from others in my view is Mussina.  Our qb has to lead, have great footwork, and throw the ball into narrow alleys to be effective.  He moves within the pocket very well, is mobile for a tall kid, and throws very accurately.  Having observed Coach Garretts qb at Richmond, his qb must be capable of making difficult throws and be mobile, simultaneously.

 That said, I look forward to all of these kids, plus additions,contributing to the program and am optimistic for their success.


Edge, thanks for Dickens interview. Great kid, so glad he's with us!

Interesting take pfriend, not exactly what I was thinking but you support your conclusions well. Mussina has surely benefitted from JG's camp.  May give him an edge.  Hope you and the newer posters are frequent contributors to the board.

Now that the admissions guy's interview is audible, I'm not as optimistic regarding our 2 guys who are hanging out. The first part of his spiel seems to be almost an explanation if not an apology for why we don't see  all 19 of our verbally committed.  I certainly could be misapplying - "we do our best to be as supportive as we can BUT..." to our specific situation.  It would be a shame and torture for the kids to come so close, especially JJ having gone through a signing day ceremony. They may have been victimized by the short time span the new staff had to work with which may not have given enough time for a proper vetting of credentials. How does coach know when handing out offers and accepting commitments who fits in what "band?"  I just don't know enough about how the numbers get crunched and who does the crunching in regards to the PL "bands" system. Unfortunately this type of thing ("signing" then no show) has happened at least once in the past that I can recall. I continue to hold out hope for these talented SAs.


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I usually don't get too excited about spring football........gotta say, I might have to make a couple practices


Getting a look at JG's new offense and Coach Thompson's D should be worth the trip down. The make up of the OL should be a point of interest. Everybody starts out fresh. Great opportunity for all the kids.  This fall camp will be so highly anticipated, I may not be able to stand it. Ha!

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Andy wrote:
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Andy ....this might be interesting https://mobile.twitter.com/Akouyate10?p=s  coach Thompson and Abdoul seem to be following each other on twitter.


Yeah, former Coach Dell recruit and other PL but this kid transferred from Hayes in the city to Joes Montvale then to Blair PG trying to up his level. OV to UCONN last weekend.  UCONN board is unsure of his status. Coach Thompson followed recently and wasnt followed back for a few days. Apparently did not sign anywhere, hopefully does not want to walkon anywhere. So who knows. Would be a nice addition.
ugh losing a 3 star recruit to a league rival because our program isn't funded as well is unacceptable. https://mobile.twitter.com/Saylor...status/827691123187544064/photo/1
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Coach Tavani and his staff dealt with that issue for years, and if you thought that would go away with the naming of a new coach, maybe you have to think again. Don't forget that president Byerly was quoted as saying that the new athletics department study would not produce more money for athletics.

Also, note the shuffling of coaching duties after Ian Dell's departure. The new hire, a part-time former grad assistant, gets the linebackers while Luke Thompson is now defensive coordinator-defensive line coach.

And a story in today's Morning Call finally made it official that LU OC has left for Elon (old news, really) but that the DC has been changed and former Leopard Joe Bottiglieri is now a "senior advisor", whatever that means.

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BillS wrote:
Andy wrote:
BillS wrote:
Andy ....this might be interesting https://mobile.twitter.com/Akouyate10?p=s  coach Thompson and Abdoul seem to be following each other on twitter.


Yeah, former Coach Dell recruit and other PL but this kid transferred from Hayes in the city to Joes Montvale then to Blair PG trying to up his level. OV to UCONN last weekend.  UCONN board is unsure of his status. Coach Thompson followed recently and wasnt followed back for a few days. Apparently did not sign anywhere, hopefully does not want to walkon anywhere. So who knows. Would be a nice addition.
ugh losing a 3 star recruit to a league rival because our program isn't funded as well is unacceptable. https://mobile.twitter.com/Saylor...status/827691123187544064/photo/1


Are we just assuming we had no money left?  It seems like we didn't have a ton of momentum with this young man, and perhaps he just preferred Colgate.  We still may have one or two kids to be announced.  I hope.

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Not sure he's committed anywhere as Twitter account notes an offer from HC after the Gate tweets.  Staff in very tough spot this year in terms of time.  While this kid would be a nice add, we have some talent at DL as is.

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BillS wrote:
Andy wrote:
BillS wrote:
Andy ....this might be interesting https://mobile.twitter.com/Akouyate10?p=s  coach Thompson and Abdoul seem to be following each other on twitter.


Yeah, former Coach Dell recruit and other PL but this kid transferred from Hayes in the city to Joes Montvale then to Blair PG trying to up his level. OV to UCONN last weekend.  UCONN board is unsure of his status. Coach Thompson followed recently and wasnt followed back for a few days. Apparently did not sign anywhere, hopefully does not want to walkon anywhere. So who knows. Would be a nice addition.
ugh losing a 3 star recruit to a league rival because our program isn't funded as well is unacceptable. https://mobile.twitter.com/Saylor...status/827691123187544064/photo/1


That's brutal. The kind of late signing I was hoping for. Gate may have had a late defection so money was available. Last year they got stud Daramy late, too. Watch Fordham get Dare, the transfer from UCONN...   Bill - wait till next year and a full cycle for these worker bee coaches JG brought in. These guys are awesome.  LC is back!

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If you're into stars:

Giudice - 3* 247 composite

Pyne -     2* 247 composite

Dickens - 2* 247 composite

Jordan -  2* 247 composite

Harvin -  2* 247 (no composite) 2* scout

Northrup - 2* scout

Some looks at Burk:

"They're all very similar," said McCarthy, the author of the McCarthy Report, an annual recruiting guide for college scouts. "They play offense and defense, and they play hard."

Burk (6-5, 300), a two-way tackle, is a leader of the Red Hawks, which captured one of their biggest wins in many years, beating Mountain Lakes on opening might.

"He's quite agile for a big man," McCarthy said. "He's nasty, which is what I like best. I'd have him as my defensive tackle, but that's just me. He's a 4.0 student, a definite major-college player."////

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/...day-morning-quarterback/90203500/

John Burk was one of the most intriguing prospects at the camp. He has an ideal build for an offensive guard, but started off playing defensive tackle. Burk’s results in the one-on-one session on the defensive line were mixed, but once he flipped over to the offensive line, he won the majority of his reps. His potential as an offensive lineman far exceeds his ceiling as a defensive lineman, but he is still raw. Burk will have to work on sliding laterally, but he is very strong, anchored well against bull rushes and has a punch that will stop defensive linemen in their tracks.

https://n.rivals.com/news/rivals-recap-roman-s-soldiers-showcase

Aichholz:

Reed Aichholz, Indian Hill, QB – Lafayette College

Aichholz  was named the CHL Co-Offensive Player of the Year, first-team all-district, special mention all-state and an Enquirer Fall all-star in 2016. As a senior, Aichholz threw for 2,121 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 492 yards and 14 touchdowns. He committed to Lafayette College out of the Patriot Leatue. He also held offers from schools like Easter Michigan, Eastern Kentucky, Brown, Dartmouth, Davidson, Indiana State and Richmond./////

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/s...8-top-football-recruits/80072400/

Aichholz profile/offers:

http://scoutingohio.com/index.php...e&Itemid=166&userid=12122

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SIDELINER wrote:
Coach Tavani and his staff dealt with that issue for years, and if you thought that would go away with the naming of a new coach, maybe you have to think again. Don't forget that president Byerly was quoted as saying that the new athletics department study would not produce more money for athletics.


Didn't they just announce JG would have the full 15? Which is a step up from what Frank had to work with. Apparently the issue of Friends of Football funding having to be upfont has been resolved. You would know better than I, for sure.

What I would guess is a problem is not letting football go beyond 15 per year despite being below the 60 limit.  But, who knows?

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Note on Kouyate's offer from Holy Cross:  HC suffered a total of 4 decommits. Some very late. They surely have money as a result.

With the results of JJ and Lavandis admission apparently still up in the air, presumably we have to hold on to whatever money they were offered, which I assume are full rides.

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Again, not sure why we are assuming we didn't get someone due to lack of scholarships.  Neither the old or new staff seemed to have a great relationship with the young man.  I think it much more likely he just liked other schools better,rather than being snubbed by LC due to having less funding.

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Andy wrote:
Note on Kouyate's offer from Holy Cross:  HC suffered a total of 4 decommits. Some very late. They surely have money as a result.

With the results of JJ and Lavandis admission apparently still up in the air, presumably we have to hold on to whatever money they were offered, which I assume are full rides.
It would be very disappointing to Coach Garrett and staff if admissions  denies our 2 other commitments.....We should be fully funded at 60 just like Gate!
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"There is no playing for the future."  That was a Garrett quote in the Reinhard blog. That sounds to me like he feels a sense of urgency. That could make practices interesting. If he can get players to buy into the urgency thing, it will be, for sure.

I heard something about a Title IX issue in the midst of the late recruiting push. That kind of thing can be ugly.

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Thought LC hadvfixed their Title IX issues from start of schollie era. Noncompliance can get messy and expensive. Hope its just a reporting issue.

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Andy wrote:
BillS wrote:
Andy wrote:
BillS wrote:
Andy ....this might be interesting https://mobile.twitter.com/Akouyate10?p=s  coach Thompson and Abdoul seem to be following each other on twitter.


Yeah, former Coach Dell recruit and other PL but this kid transferred from Hayes in the city to Joes Montvale then to Blair PG trying to up his level. OV to UCONN last weekend.  UCONN board is unsure of his status. Coach Thompson followed recently and wasnt followed back for a few days. Apparently did not sign anywhere, hopefully does not want to walkon anywhere. So who knows. Would be a nice addition.
ugh losing a 3 star recruit to a league rival because our program isn't funded as well is unacceptable. https://mobile.twitter.com/Saylor...status/827691123187544064/photo/1


That's brutal. The kind of late signing I was hoping for. Gate may have had a late defection so money was available. Last year they got stud Daramy late, too. Watch Fordham get Dare, the transfer from UCONN...   Bill - wait till next year and a full cycle for these worker bee coaches JG brought in. These guys are awesome.  LC is back!
Major Jordan and Ryan Dinkens just started following Abdoul on Twitter so I would say there's some mutual interest OV - Offer who knows but it keeps me hopeful knowing this staff is working their butts off too be successful!
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An aside - we have Army on the schedule in 2018.

Army signed 93 players.

Moncken is worried about depth in the secondary.

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