BOOM! Coogs land commitment from '19 Elsik DE Rason Williams II (Update: Released from NLI)

Nice! That spells chip on his shoulder and he will be proving people wrong on the field.

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This staff really seems to like tall, underlooked, athletic DEs that haven’t really put on weight yet. Cam Malveaux may have been the prototype that this staff references, but Payton Turner, Logan Hall…seems we try and find at least one guy in each class that fits this mold.

Worked with Malveaux and Turner had a productive season last season after getting in the strength program so there is definitely precedence here. Very low risk (of getting poached), possibility of high reward type recruits.

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Very well stated. 100% agree. Those are the players that I was thinking of too. I think that Bowser was a little bit higher on the radar but he was similar in height and build before they bulked him up.

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39 posts were split to a new topic: Recruiting discussion: “Diamonds in the Rough”

We used to do that a lot when Yeoman was coaching. I seem to remember Joey Banes was 210 when he signed, but after being beefed up, he was about 300.

If he’s a diamond in the rough, he should be All-District as a senior.

He was not as a junior.

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I think they get overlooked instead of underlooked. Speaking from experience, if someone is skinny due to a really high metabolism, it’s really hard to put on weight. You can get stronger of course, but you don’t get much heavier. Some of these kids, their metabolism doesn’t slow down til they are near their mid 20’s. So it’s a gamble because a tall skinny defensive end has no leverage against offensive tackles that are shorter and outweigh the DE by 50 to 75 lbs.

So the question they hopefully ask the kid or the parents, does he eat a lot or does he not eat that much. If he eats a lot, he probably has a high metabolism.

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Can always hope he is like “The Stork”.

Don’t forget that just because they are a DE in high school does not mean that they might not be an outside LB in college or play the Rush End as we sometimes call them. I think these guys that are 6-3 or 6-4 and 220 or 230 pounds are perfect as they will put on muscle and weight in the normal maturing process, not to mention with proper eating and strength conditioning.

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Rason Williams has opted out of his NLI. hopefully this does not effect Rodquice Chaney in any way.

I remember seeing somewhere that Rice had taken a pass on Williams. My sense was we offered him because we desperately needed quality at OT, we knew we had a decent shot at Chaney, and we may have thought signing his friend and teammate would get us over the hump with him. We really don’t want to lose Chaney, who had offers from Missouri and Arizona. Hopefully he’ll stick.

I don’t understand. How does a player opt out of signing a letter of intent? I thought decommitting was a verbal? What’s the point of early signing day if recruits can then opt out at a later date?

They can’t. The problem is the player’s are calling it decommitting when they are really being let out of their NLI by the Program. Just from his remarks “unfortunately my journey” tells me they let him know he wouldn’t fit in their future plans. Just my perspective on it.

Your perspective is correct. Of the “de-commits,” the only one that wasn’t about the staff telling the recruit he’d be better off looking elsewhere is Essissima. Hopefully we’re done with that and now just looking to add players. We’re looking locally as well as in Louisiana, Georgia, and Alabama. I think we’ll do well, at least in the context of a completely new staff taking over in January.

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Don’t forget about Arkansas, Sam. Won’t shocked me if in the future, UH takes a stab at Florida. This staff led by CDH, doesn’t want to waste ships on players who may never played for them. Bravo, :clap: to this current staff for aiming higher in talent, than the previous one.

Before giving them props, lets make sure they fill the scholly with someone better or a bigger need. As of this moment we only have losses. Bird in hand is better than two in the bush. It is possible staff knows we will get some others, but also possible they are overconfident. We’ll know after the next month.

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