11 November 2010
Lets start with the Glenville foursome of Aundray Walker, Shane Wynn, Cardale Jones and Andre Sturdivant. The biggest speculation is about Walker and Jones. The reasons for all the buzz are completely different. Jones has had a really good year. It was key that he continue to get better. A player that is behind in his development needs to steadily get better. The consensus is Jones has done that. On the field anyway and there is the rub. Jones is going to have to come up with the kind of test score that is likely going to be red flagged based on what my sources are telling me. That means the kind of delay that could push him out of the class. If he somehow makes a qualifying score I think he gets in this class. Walker, on the other hand, has not had a good year. He continues to make mental mistakes that have hurt his stock. He has missed some time on the field. More than one source says he really does not have an Buckeye offer. The smart money says it is a conditional offer based on his grades. Walker has yet to satisfy that condition. I don't know how this one is going to play out and I doubt anyone outside of Ted Ginns office does.
Andre Sturdivant does not have an offer. I love the player but we have better in this class that are already committed and arguably even better prospects in the next class who are heavy leans. I would not have a problem with Sturdivant in this class. Great player with a great motor. In the end I think his grades will make it a moot point. He is not qualified right now. By the time he is I think the door is likely to be closed.
There is much buzz that Shane Wynn does not have an offer. I believe that buzz. I don't know anyone in this business who believes he has an offer. Some believe like Walker, Wynn has a conditional offer. Recently I mentioned that I had not heard anything about Wynn around here for some time. I believe that is now the consensus. Conditional offer or not, I think the staff would like out of that offer. A couple of other players might have something to do with that.
Everyone is talking about Akise Teague. The name people have forgotten is Darius Patton. If the staff wants a receiver don't be surprised if he gets the nod. He plays receiver. Teague would have to learn to run patterns. Patton already does that. I think Wynn and Teague are a little faster but they all are above the nobody is going to catch them line. Patton is already qualified. That could be huge in this decision. I like Teague best because I see a cornerback, something I think we need even more, but he could be a receiver if necessary. That versatility puts Teague at the top of my want list, behind Doran Grant of course. Like Wynn, Teague and Patton are both top drawer kick returners. Here is the most intriguing thought. I wonder if the staff decides to take two of these three? I think there could be room. I think one of Teague or Patton gets an offer. I think there is a decent chance both do. Based on what I am hearing Wynn may not have an offer no matter what happens with Teague and Patton.
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