Re: For me, the biggest concern about this football season is
Oct 24, 2021, 6:10 PM
Success attracts success, so the L’s will not help attract recruits. We can withstand a clunker of a season, but not more than one before the slide becomes hard to stop.
DJ should enter next season as starter. Dabo should look to add a competent 1 year QB through the portal for depth and/or a chance to compete for QB1. Cade will be the future, but we are seeing what happens if a QB is pushed in too soon. TP to portal.
I feel ok about WR. Ngata will be a stud if he can stay on the field. Assuming Ross is gone, Ladson or EJ should be serviceable, again, if healthy. We still need a quality Amari/Artavis guy. Maybe that is Stellato or a transfer. My guess is that we lose at least one receiver to the portal.
TE will be an afterthought again. I’d lock Ajou in the weight room and try to build him into Kyle Pitts by the time he graduates.
OL should have the Help Wanted sign out front, hopefully this is it for Caldwell and we can bring in an experienced guy with an NFL background and some recruiting cache. Some thinning could be done on the roster and 1-2 upperclassmen via portal for quality depth.
RB should improve with another year. Need to line up a 5 star in the 2023 very badly since it looks like we’ll whiff on the position this class.
All in all, I’m pretty bullish on 2022, if we can take in enough talent through the portal to replace what we lose. This doesn’t need to be the top O in the country but realistically we need to make huge strides to compete in the playoffs.
We have been in the “elite” conversation for the last 6 years. Recruits care about it. Words like “a Bama” or “a Clemson” meaning way above the rest. The cream of the crop want to be in the big show. We will pay for this. Dabo may have to get back to square one to rebuild this.