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    Everything posted by smckenz3

    1. Not sure about the Eastern Michigan thing.. That seems odd to me as well. Where do you think Rice should be ranked?
    2. Dave Boomstache The DA Coach, the recruiting guides project that Callahan, Abiodun, and Bethea have different strengths and skill-sets that might make their transition a little more difficult that expected. How do you plan to mitigate that risk?
    3. The past few seasons in recruiting we have been focused on building up the lost depth that happened during the previous coaching regime. We would take chances on some NFLHC potential guys, but in reality we were much more focused on ensuring we had solid players at every position. After the success of the 2020 season we knew that it was time for us to ratchet up the aggression in our recruiting strategy. Because of the Big XII WVU spends a lot of time playing games in Texas, combine that with my ties to Texas high school football from my time at Texas A&M it only makes sense to utilize those connections as a pipeline. We wanted to focus on the offensive and defensive line along with the linebacking corp this season so we identified the targets we wanted and went after them. I think at the end of the day we've had a lot of success here at WVU and previously at Texas A&M. We've coached a Heisman winner, 2 Bednarik winners, We've had All Americans, All Conference players, 4 first rounders, etc. We're able to convey to these kids that if you choose to come to Morgantown we're going to put them in a position to be successful and help to achieve as much as they can achieve.
    4. West Virginia University Welcomes 2022 Recruiting Class Recruiting expectations were sky-high in Morgantown after making a run to the 2020 Big XII title and CFBHC playoffs. The previous two classes at WVU were focused on getting the scholarship player count up to a reasonable level after the poor recruiting classes during the previous coaching regime. With proper depth in place and a case full of accolades coach smckenz3 hit the trail hard with the goal in bringing in as much talent as possible. In an early season interview coach smckenz3 said, "After the success of last season, Mo winning the Heisman, J.C. winning the Bednarik, Hudson going in the 1st round. We really sold players on the success they could have here in Morgantown. As a staff we've been really good at developing players, and having proper synergy across the roster. We had a Heisman finalist at A&M with Matty Swift, two Bednarik winners, we've been able to get former 3* guys accolades, so I think we have a lot to offer to these guys." West Virginia has had a difficult season after the early departure of Mohammed Foster and J.C Weldon, a long with an additional 4 players being drafted in the NFLHC draft so it was imperative that the Mountaineers capitalize on the success from prior seasons. The Mountaineers were very successful at bringing in skill position players last season so this year they focused on the offensive line and defensive side of the ball. Currently WVU boasts the 18th ranked class in the nation and with a few recruits yet to sign we expect them to maintain that ranking. Without further ado let's dig into the 2022 WVU recruiting class. Statistics: 21 total recruits 2 JUCO recruits 2 5-star recruits 4 4.5 star recruits 7 4 star recruits 2 3.5 star recruits Key Recruits: OG Mario Lawton 6-3 273 Sr Roane State Community College (Harriman TN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] DE Dominic Acuna 6-5 255 Fr Pottsboro (Pottsboro TX) 1.5 of 5.0 [Blitz] QB Martin Lake 6-1 228 Jr College of Central Florida (Ocala FL) 4.0 of 4.5 [Hybrid] OT Julien Vincent 6-4 324 Fr Kashmere (Houston TX) 2.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] ILB Lavonte Jones 6-1 252 Fr Cooper (Cooper TX) 1.5 of 4.5 [Mike] DT Jack Yazzie 6-5 294 Fr Azle (Azle TX) 1.0 of 4.5 [2-Gap] OG Derrick Sanders 6-6 264 Fr St. James (St. James LA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] Full Class (As of Now): Note: Thanks to @SlinkyJr for the template. I totally copied the format he used for his recruiting article.
    5. When we sat down and watched Lake's tape we saw a guy who showed the ability to make all the throws, but yet has the ability to escape and extend plays with his legs. Martin sometimes will tuck the ball and run a little too early which causes him to miss open guys down the field, while that isn't as bad as making poor decisions we'll work with him to stick in the pocket and let plays develop. Martin shows a lot of leadership and that's going to be vital for us since we will likely be starting 3 (Fr) at the wide receiver position next season.
    6. Heartbreaking season. We've gotten stomped by Missouri and TCU.. That's not terribly surprising. However going to the brink in 5 losses vs. teams that were far more talented than us is really tough.
    7. Greg Cobb has been a joy to coach the past 2 seasons.
    8. Matty Swift... Matty is part of the reason that I joined the site. He was so much fun to coach in college and I loved the Heisman website and the story that went a long with him. I'm happy to see him playing better with the Chargers. I really think he can be a decent quarterback once the roster isn't so barren of talent.
    9. Thanks coach! At times I still struggle putting coherent sentences together as you can tell by my use of the word "different" 17 times in my original question. Looking forward to seeing you back on the sidelines.
    10. The Miami Herald

      Bounce Back! Dolphins recover from last week's loss to beat 49ers 35-24 Brian Brown looks for a receiver down field during the 1st half against San Francisco.
    11. The Miami Herald

      No More Perfection.. Dolphins lose a close one to the Rams, fall to 10-1 on the season. Dolphins' fans react after losing 31-23 to the LA Rams, ending their bid for a perfect season.
    12. Burt McPhee Fort Collins Herald Coach, what are some of the different things you bring to the table that are different than what coach Jieret brought?
    13. [2021] Week #13 - 4 PM

      Seems like a personal problem to me.
    14. [2021] Week #13 - 4 PM

      Hard to be upset with an injury-free road victory. GG 9ers.
    15. [2021] Big XII POTW Week 13

      Simeon Wells will probably win this next weekend.
    16. [2021] Week #13 - Saturday Morning

      GG @acewulf This is the 2nd or 3rd OT loss that WVU has had this season. Add 2 additional one poession losses and that's a recipe for a ton of heartbreak. Note - didn't see storm's post above. Man this season has been tough.
    17. We've made some changes that hopefully gets back to the way we were playing earlier in the season.
    18. So Brannon Austin could be really good if LAC gets a decent line?
    19. Change my View

      That's how the real coaches poll works though.
    20. Change my View

      Tucker Dowden has recently been getting "hate" because he has a lot of weapons around him this year. I just want to point out that last season Tucker Dowden put up really fantastic numbers with significantly less talent around him. Last season: 241/339 - 3,180 Yards, 31 TDs, 5 INT - 177.12 rating. 66 rushes for 558 yards, 6 TDs. The Missouri Depth Chart last season had the following skill position players: 4/4 RB 4/5 WR 3/4 WR 3.5/3.5 TE as the slot WR. 4.5/4.5 blocking TE as the TE Now sure, that's not a "bad" set of skill positions, but it's not some epic set either. The TE at slot is definitely not ideal and the 3/4 WR is going to be inconsistent.
    21. All-Time starting 5

      So my team would be as follows: PG - Magic Johnson - Obviously one of if not the best PGs in the game. I chose him because of his size, vision, and also because in his career he played with other huge superstars. I think when building this fictional team you have to balance "alpha" dogs with these superstar guys who can fit into a role. SG - Michael Jordan - the GOAT. SF - Kawhi Leonard - "OMG YOU'RE DUMB, WHY NOT LEBRON?!?!?!" Listen - MJ is my alpha dog on this team. Kawhi brings a lot of things to the table. He's the best defender in the NBA, he's the only person who has been able to consistently make life difficult for Lebron. Also, isn't Kawhi basically just a evolved version of Scottie Pippen? He can shoot the long ball a little better, he might be a little better individual scorer. Pippen probably has him beat on playmaking, but that's why we have Magic. PF - Larry Bird - Bird does a lot of things very well. He's clutch, he can shoot multiple types of shots, and he's a bad bad man. I think he gives us a lot of flexibility with our lineup. C - Tim Duncan - Normally I'd put Tim at the PF position, but with Larry on the roster I'll bump him to Center. Frankly, I think Tim Duncan should be on every single person's all-time starting 5. He is a top 10 player of all time, that fact can not be disputed. For a franchise player he had the best attitude and was the best teammate of any superstar in the history of the NBA. When the Spurs needed him to score 40 he did it. He had a near quadruple double in the closeout game of the 2003 NBA finals. He's the perfect fit for a team of the game's best players. 6th man - Jerry West - the logo... 'nuff said. Coach - Gregg Popovich - Every Spurs team that won a championship had a different flavor on how they got it done. Gregg is the best coach in the NBA when it comes to adjusting the gameplan to the team he is provided. I trust Gregg more than any other coach to find the best system for my group.
    22. All-Time starting 5

      If you could create an all-time NBA starting 5, who would you pick and why? What coach would you choose to coach them? Imagine that they would be able to practice together and the coach would implement a system that works. Bonus: Pick a 6th man.
    23. [2021] By the Numbers: Third Quarter Edition

      I think this timeline works just fine. Let's all agree this is what happens and move on.
    24. All-Time starting 5

      True. The spacing might be a little funky in the half court, but Dirk is a good counter for that.