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    Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    So I was looking through the key contributors/recruits so-far and this is what I think seem to be the need we have yet to fill in this class

    QB- Two Scholarship QB's
    We need to get a scholarship QB to end this recruiting class (Doak Raulston seems to be obvious front runner)
    RB-Three Scholarship RB's
    Recruits- Two
    We should be done recruiting RB's. We have a lot of apparent young talent at this position, though two are completely unproven. Five should be a nice number though. So I don't see any need for more guys here.
    WR- 7 scholarship WR's
    Recruits- Three
    I think a nice finish to this position for the future with the new Herman offense will be getting either Billy Foster of Hayo Carpenter to finish out the class. The more depth the better for this position. I wouldn't be surprised to see one or two of the current WR's on this team moved to defense.
    TE-7 scholarship/contributing TE's/FB's
    Recruits-One
    This position is done. We have so much depth here already, we really don't need anybody else.
    OL- 11 scholarship OL
    Recruits-Two
    I wouldn't mind seeing us get one more OL (Murphy from Clinton) to wrap this class up. We need to bring in the fringe talent from Iowa and mold them into strong talents. So many times Iowa has gotten these guys and made them good-great players.
    DL- 10 scholarship DL
    Recruits-None
    We need to at least get one DE and DT in this class. We have a lot of youth at these positions that need to be molded. I would like to see us get three guys here if we can. (Martin, Nolan, Spence, Woods-seem to be likely choices right now)
    LB- 8 scholarship LB's
    Recruits-Three
    I think one more LB, possibly two would compliment the very young core nicely. I like the possibility of Mars, maybe Marry, Rashad Smith)(
    DB- 10 scholarship DB's
    Recruits- 4
    I would say one more safety prospect makes this group complete(I like the prospect of moving Lenz here and maybe having Mike Lang at WR).

    Likely distribution of last scholarships
    1 QB
    1 or 2 WR
    1 OL
    2 or 3 DL
    1 LB
    1 S

    That leaves us with 22-23 recruits which about where I expected us to end up.



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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Great breakdown! Nice work.

    This could end up being a real nice class at LB and WR. Hope we can get a QB and another OL as well.

    But we really need some DL to finish out this class, lets get em Coach! That is probably our biggest need and we have no recruits there. There has to be some smart recruits out there that can see that great opportunity.



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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Wish list for the final scholarships:

    Doak Raulston
    Hayo Carpenter or Billy Foster
    Mike Lang
    Matt Murphy
    possibly another OL if Boffeli decommits
    Taylor Martin
    Dearco Nolan
    another DE
    Akeem Spence
    Walter Woods
    Mike Marry
    Larvez Mars



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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Like to see ISU load up on some DT' and DE's!! If they can pressure the QB the secondary looks a lot better fast.



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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Could any of the TE's move to the OL? Im just not sure how many times ISU is going to use multiple TE formations



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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    We do have a lot of depth at TE. I don't know about moving to OL, but I could see a couple of the guys from last year move to defense.

    In my opinion the top four TE for the offense we will be running will be

    Catlett
    Franklin
    Bykowski
    Neal

    Hammerschmidt could be built up to OL, but might want to keep him around as a fifth option. I can really see us moving Taylor Mansfield and Brian Ekwelundu. I really see Ekwelundu's role diminishing and can see him moving to LB for depth. As for Mansfield, I have always asked myself that if he is such a physical specimen and a former wrestler, why isn't he playing DT. I really think we ought to consider pretty strongly trying this kid out at DT.



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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Quote Originally Posted by Cytaki View Post
    As for Mansfield, I have always asked myself that if he is such a physical specimen and a former wrestler, why isn't he playing DT. I really think we ought to consider pretty strongly trying this kid out at DT.
    I agree, Taylor is a heavyweight state champ with excellent footwork and has a reputation for being tough so if we are deficient at DT why not give him a try.


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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Obviously, every good WR or QB we can get is good, but I really want to see an upgrade in the lines. If that means getting by with the QBs and WRs we have, so be it. Remember, Reynolds has allot of time at QB and could fill in the unlikely event that both scholarship QB's go down.



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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Unfortunately it can take time to shore up the offensive and defensive lines. I don't think we usually get OL recruits that can come in and play early.



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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Quote Originally Posted by cyhiphopp View Post
    Unfortunately it can take time to shore up the offensive and defensive lines. I don't think we usually get OL recruits that can come in and play early.
    Agreed.... But I thought we saw some good things from KO, Baysinger, and Houghton towards the end of the year.


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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    this is my kind of thread. dont look now, but we are talking about recruiting and 10 posts in we are still on track.


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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Quote Originally Posted by Splendid View Post
    I agree, Taylor is a heavyweight state champ with excellent footwork and has a reputation for being tough so if we are deficient at DT why not give him a try.
    Maybe because he is only 255 lbs.



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    Hopefully Jerrod Black can have a little more impact this year


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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Quote Originally Posted by CP44 View Post
    Agreed.... But I thought we saw some good things from KO, Baysinger, and Houghton towards the end of the year.
    Understood. I think we can develope that into increased production in the next couple of years. Just not sure if the big reults will come this year or not. (Fingers crossed)
    I think overall our recruiting has improved lately. Under DMac we would take any OL that was over 300 and give him a schollie, especially if he was a local. Now I think we are actually finding some talent for the line.



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    Re: Position Evaluation/Recruiting

    Quote Originally Posted by swimmercy View Post
    Maybe because he is only 255 lbs.
    Lets hope he can beef up to the 280 range at least so he can play DT.



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