I used to follow the whole recruiting mixup, but I don't care so much for it
anymore. It seems like some stars end up stars, other stars fade, and new stars
are born. Either JC or incoming freshmen, I never know who's going to become
Naval Vet, just based on your reaction to his BYU visit, man.Duckhunter, that's one of the special things about the University of Utah. I
don't think it brings down the perception of academics too much, although it
does appear to be something the new president wants to make some changes to. For
serious student-athletes, programs like engineering, business and healthcare are
top-notch. For students that are athletes first, it affords a chance for
education, and Coach Whit makes sure they get it done in the classroom before
they're allowed to get it done on the field.
StGttoSLC:Why would I be chagrined to see the Utes sign a 3-star
I LOL'd when the utah guy admitted that utah signs so many JC kids because they
have low academic standards.
Much to the probable chagrin of Naval Vet for his prior remarks, Tenny Palepoi
has reportedly committed to Utah today, although it may comfort him to know that
Rivals has now "heard of him" and they rate him with 3 stars, not
"zero stars." Welcome to the family, it adds even more depth to the
D-Line, and if he can emerge as an impact player this year, it will show the
type of competitor he is.
As a general rule I agree you don't want to load your roster with JC kid but do
disagree somewhat. Each situation is different and every JC kid should be
evaluated individually. In some cases you may need to fill a specific need for
2 years to allow other recruits to develop. In some cases the talent level of
the JC kid is too high to ignore - Cam Newton would be the extreme example of
this situation. I would also thinks the Utes are very thankful that they picked
up John White IV from the JC ranks.
I don't think going to get JC recruits is ever ideal for any school. I think
getting JC kids is a sign that you are hurting at whatever position that you
need to go to get JC kids for. Not that JC kids can't contribute, but they are
gone in a couple of years, and if you don't go to the JC ranks, I think that's a
more a sign that you don't need to, and that is a positive thing.