|Mickey Plyler -- Radio Host - Wednesday, December 5, 2012 10:44 AM||
Below is capsule outlook for the Tigers in terms of scholarship numbers and who the staff is still recruiting:
Returning: Boyd Sr, Stoudt Jr, Kelly Fr, Roberts So, McNeal So
Notes:The assumption here is that Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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Returning:McDowell Sr, Howard Jr, Brooks So
Notes:Ellington is a big loss but McDowell had a good year. Howard has shown some signs. Brooks has a big upside. Both Gallman and Dye will have a chance to play. The 2014 commitments of Cook and Oglesby are future four-star prospects and top 250 according to rivals.com.
Returning:Hopkins Sr, Watkins Jr, Bryant Jr, Peake Jr, Humphries Jr, Hopper Fr
Commitment:Robinson, Williams, Jenkins
Notes:I am not sure Hopkins returns but this group is still deep and talented. Watkins will look to rebound in 2013. Bryant, Peake and Humphries are ready for more responsibility. Hopper is the next star. The incoming class of Robinson, Williams and Jenkins are as good as any in America. North is rated number two in the country according to rivals.com.
Returning:Smith Sr (H-Back), Cooper Jr, Sekinger So, McCullough Fr
Notes:Ford is gone but the staff likes Cooper and Sekinger. McCullough is the next star here. He reminds some of Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
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Returning:Thomas Sr, Shatley Sr, Timothy Jr, Beasley Jr, Webster Jr, Davis Jr, Battle So, MacLain So, Anthony So, Gore So, Region So, Maybank So, Norton So, Jones Fr, Destefano Fr, Guillermo Fr
Notes:This unit got better in 2012 and only lose Freeman next year. This could be the best offensive line in recent memory. Waiting in the wings is future star in Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
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View Full Profile. The staff also loves the red-shirted class including DeStefano and Guillermo. The staff likes Morris. Crowder has been at the top of the board all year.
Returning:Crawford Jr, Beasley Jr, Barnes Jr, Dodd So, Aiken Fr
Targets:Carl Lawson, Ebenezer Ogundeko, Rober Nkemdiche
Notes:Goodman is gone but Crawford and Beasley return. Dodd showed promise as a true freshman. The staff likes Aiken's potential. Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
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Returning:Jarrett Jr, Watson Jr, Williams Jr, Thomas Jr, Reader So, Watkins So, Byers So
Notes:All seven tackles return. Jarrett had a very good year in 2012. Watson and Williams were solid as well. Reader and Watkins are special. Pagano fits right in to the talent pool here. Adams would be the best the Tigers have signed in years.
Returning:Christian Sr, Shuey Sr, Anthony Jr, Steward Jr, Townsend Jr, Parker Jr, Jones So, Goodson So, Burrell Fr
Notes:The Tigers will miss Willard. Shuey helped when he was inserted into the lineup. Anthony may be more comfortable outside. Steward looks to get healthy. Parker is healthy. Jones may be the best of the bunch. He could be a three year starter. The staff thinks highly of both commitments.
Returning:Smith Jr, Blanks So, Geohagen Fr
Notes:Hall and Meeks are gone but that is not a bad thing. I think Blanks moves to safety full time and starts. Look for Kearse to get a long look at the other spot. Dylan Sumner-Gardner is a special looking commitment for 2014.
Returning:Robinson Sr, Breeland Jr, Jenkins Jr, Peters Jr, Davis So
Targets:Mackensie Alexander, David Kamara, Adrian Baker, Korrin Wiggins
Notes:Brewer is gone. The Tigers return Robinson, Breeland, Jenkins, Peters and Davis but improvement is needed here. Another commitment or two would go a long way to improving this unit which is still the biggest concern heading into 2014.
Returning:Catanzaro Sr, Pinion So, Lakip So
Notes:Benton is gone. Catanzaro returns after two great seasons. Pinion should get a chance to handle the punting and kick off duties.
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