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Very true. I think the fact alone that BK put more kids in the NFL during his time at Cincy then we did during the same period says alot about him "getting it" with the challenges of college ball opposed to x's and o's of the NFL, not to mention almost all of those Cincy kids were graded as 2 or 3 star recruits. Development and mental toughness are the only 2 things that truly matter in college football.
I'm very encouraged by the kids we are getting that are 3 and 4 star guys, outside of the top 150, that have great offers. Montelus (Florida, Ohio St) Heuerman (Florida St., LSU) Onwualu (Stanford, Michigan) Matuska (Oklahoma, Nebraska) McGlinchey (Florida, Florida St, Tennessee), these are all high upside guys that could really grow into something special at ND. There are always five star guys going in the first round of the NFL draft (Floyd, Kalil, Richardson) but then every year there are also 2 and 3 star guys that just develop into something special (Dontari Poe, 2 star 2008, Kendall Wright, 3 star 2008, Whitney Mercilus, 3 star 2008, Chandler Jones, 2 star TE 2008). Granted these aren't 247 player ratings, but still, you just never know where a kid will develop from and you need to find athletic, intelligent guys that fit your system. That is how you maximize potential. I love what Kelly and Co is doing right now.
I am Mardi Gras
Kelly and his Krew are Recruiting their ass off, that's without a doubt. But i know in order for him to win at GVSU and Cincy, he had to "coach up his kids". You can't compare the talent he has now and what he had at those previous stops, but he coached those kids up and had them ready to play EVERY WEEK. That's all we need, for them to coach everyone up and be ready to go every Saturday. If we can get that, i really really like our chances week to week.
Good thoughts George, this staff seems to be coaching them up and hopefully the growing pains are behind the staff. Now put a "E" at the back of that new nickname to give it a Mardi Gras flavor - Kelly Krewe
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Hodges, what happened, did your wife sneak some Kool-Aid into your bowl of Cap'n Crunch this morning?
Seriously, that was a very good post, and some strong follow-ups on the thread. There were plenty of positive signs last year, when you consider how erratic the quarterback play was and how disproportionate the turnover ratio was (and how bizarre some of them were). I see plenty of signs of life, and more talent on the way. Yes, there are still unanswered questions about Kelly and his staff, but I do get a bit excited about the recruits, because you have to start with a baseline of talent. It's absolutely no guarantee, but it's a heckuva lot better than not getting any talent in the first place.
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I am optimistic period. Why? Because I see real development along both ol and dl. Do not know how long it takes for us to get to 10+!win seasons but to me Kelly is the right coach.
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Hodges, you couldn't have said it any better man.
We are moving in the right direction even with the unfortunate transfers/decommits. Holding us back has been the play of the QB, causing our offense to perform not as well as the talent and skill indicates. It's a vital position obviously.
Once we play an Alex Smith type, ie few TOs, or a true playmaker, our record will finally reflect our talent/skill. Defense is very close and much improved; just missing the QB.
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