We really need to land some JC DL and LB recruits to have much of a chance at a good defense next year. I wish Earls hadn't blown up and gotten so many good offers lately. We could really, really use at least 1 LB who can step in and start right away.
Really this year we need to go heavy on Front 7 recruits on defense, and high school OL to make up for the low numbers of the last 2 recruiting years. Honestly, we need to recruit as many possible impact JC defenders as we can land, except probably at CB, and I bet we would take one of them if we thought he was good enough.
For JCs I would like to see:
2-3 JC DL
2-3 JC LBs
1-2 JC DBs (1 committed already)
1-2 JC OL (staff is targeting them and our depth is low right now after our starters w/ the loss of Hulbert, and Hicks may not make it back).
1 JC WR and JC 1 TE (already committed)
That would leave this class with ~ 10 JC players. So lets assume we add around another 15 high schoolers:
4 HS OL (very, very necessary to land a good group of HS OL after the shortage of HS OL in the last 2 classes). - 1 committed so far
1 HS QB (committed)
1 HS RB (can live without one but its always nice to get one each class)
1 HS TE and 1 WR (yes I know light on WRs for our offense but we need to fill other positions with poor depth this year).
2 HS LBs (George and Hubert look like likely candidates, would like to take more but running out of schollies at this point)
4 HS DL
2 HS DB
1 Punter (kid from WDM)
OK so that would get us to about 27, which would work fine if a few of the JCs come in during December, plus a couple kids will likely not qualify as usual. Man we really need to land some front 7 defenders in this class!
Starters: 6 seniors and 1 junior
Backups: 1 senior, 2 juniors, 3 sophomores and 1 freshman
As much as our DL struggled last year, it surprises me a bit that the starters have all held onto their jobs. That leads me to question whether the backups have the talent to take over next season.
So far, we have seven commitments and not one of them falls into our biggest area of need. If we can't entice highschool and Juco recruits to come here with a scholarship, maybe we can find a transfer or two from another D1 school.