The West Virginia vs Virginia Tech showdown in Landover, Maryland, which I’ve previewed over at SB Nation. I had to look up where that town was using Google Maps, which revealed to me that it’s in between Washington D.C. and Baltimore but really within the D.C. metroplex. This is a sneakily important area in recruiting … [Read more…]
I went on David Smoak’s radio show on ESPN Central Texas 1660 to talk about Matt Rhule’s overhaul of Baylor, the new offense, and how the current players will fit in. You can check out the interview here. The column series we discussed on Rhule’s overhaul of Baylor is a three-parter. Part one on Rhule’s recruiting/player … [Read more…]
BYU and LSU are facing off in Houston to open this upcoming season and I previewed their battle over at SB Nation. Both teams covet the ability to recruit Houston but both teams are looking for very different types of players. LSU has been pilfering some of the top DBs (and top players in general) out … [Read more…]
One of the biggest shocks that has come from the new #RhuleofLaw in Waco has been the physical nature of Baylor Bear practices. This has been a major departure from the Art Briles regimen of extremely rep-heavy, up-tempo practices designed to get as many reps in as possible every day. Most teams find that these up-tempo, … [Read more…]
Because of the nature of Briles’ Baylor program towards the latter end of that regime, before things went horrifyingly wrong, it has become a bit easy to forget how Briles built that program in the first place. After consecutive Big 12 titles in 2013 and 2014 the Bears were cruising in recruiting, snatching up highly touted … [Read more…]
Over at Inside Texas I took the time to find a full Cam Rising game on youtube, broke down his performance in it, and then did a thorough writeup on what I saw from the 4-star signal-caller. Rising was an OU-commit and it looked like Texas had settled on 3-star Oklahoman Casey Thompson with perhaps … [Read more…]
I examine the issue over at Football Study Hall. * Of course it’s always possible that the NFL is simply overlooking Big 12 players that might be better than expected.
You can read up for FREE over at Inside Texas on some of the more important targets for Texas in recruiting this year and why they are so important.
Now that we’ve gone through every Big 12 recruiting class, I guess it makes sense to grade them all in comparison. This is a little tricky since each team has different goals for their program and different approaches to getting it done, but I’m basically going to rank each class on how likely it is … [Read more…]
Matt Rhule walked into a tough situation, a true fixer-upper if you’ll forgive me, in taking over Briles’ Baylor program. Beyond the acrimony over the scandal that took down Briles and much of the leadership at Baylor, Rhule also came to find a gutted roster and a recruiting class with only a single committed player. … [Read more…]