QB: 1 - Rohach
RB: 1 - Can afford to be picky, maybe they sign two if Standard doesn't make grades. I really like the Demas kid out of Houston, but I'd be happy with Daniels or Roberts as well.
WR: 2 - They've been going a little crazy on WRs, but they do lose two starters. Need a big Marquis-type WR.
TE: 1 - Maybe the most important signing in the class.
OL: 3 - They've done a good job here. Keep filling the pipeline with HS kids like the 8 from the past two years.
DE: 2 - Lose two SRs, likely have two SRs starting in 2012. I'll say one HS, one JC.
DT/NG: 2 - Lose Rump, likely have two SRs starting in 2012. Again, one HS, one JC.
LB: 3 - Imperative to find replacements for Knott and Klein. I think Klein moves to MIKE for his SR year, so there's no need for a JC player.
CB: 2 - Keep recruiting guys like Thomas, Lynn and Richardson and they'll be fine.
S: 2 - Got one already in Knott. The other might have to be a JUCO to replace TB.
K: 1 - Best kicker available. Have him compete with Guyer and redshirt him if he can't win the job outright.
That's 20 and should leave a couple of spots open for "best available athlete". I wouldn't be against those spots going to in-state guys like Hill, Malloy, Rodgers or Ferch.
As far as TE goes, I agree that they'll find one. I like Daniels there too. He's big enough, fast enough and is used to having the ball in his hands. Lemke I see more as a DE...and I think that he could be a really good one with his wrestling background (that is, if he doesn't end up at a JUCO). The problem as I see it is that both of these kids are going to start out at the wrong position and that will put them behind the curve, where they won't contribute as quickly as they would have if they started at their true position.
I'm not "worried" about TE or LB, but I do think that they are priority positions for the 2012 class.
It is my opinion that both Lemke and Daniels will both be TEs. Lemke can accelerate fairly quickly and is actually a fairly fluid runner. To me, Daniels size and athletism will allow him to do well at whatever position he ends up at.
Isn't there two people from Ellsworth Community College that we placed, and how about other sign and place kids. I hope we can just keep building more depth and upgrading talent.
That would be my top prospect
newtondailynews.com | Cards’ kicker ranked 15th in nation
The article says he's a junior, but he'll be a senior this fall and a freshman in college in 2012.
We've offered this kicker.
Ross Martin - Yahoo! Sports
Lots of chatter speculating about guys who wouldn't see the field until about 2014.
Thats a good thing though. This is a testament to what Rhoads has done building up the roster...for years and years its been all about plugging holes non stop. Now its onto replacing graduates.
Back on topic...probably easier to figure out what positions ISU is stock piled at. OL and RB seem deep. Also seems there's a ton of WR/DB but none of them have experience.