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Over the years, I have felt that recruiting JUCOS is a sign of desperation. I understand that one or two can be brought in but to offer a guy this late makes me wonder what mistakes were made before this. It looks like we can win at least eleven games, counting a bowl victory but it looks like recruits are not impressed, but then giving up 118 points to OU in the last two years, tends to reveal a lot about what outsiders are thinking and saying. \
There's certainly a stigma attached to juco recruiting. Whether that stigma is fair or not is another question.
I personally think juco kids who show the ability to do college coursework and play a higher level of ball are more likely to be successful from a base percentage perspective than high school recruits.
I know that's not saying much but take Hawkins and Moore as examples.
Both players will be at least 1 year starters, possibly/probably two depending on your viewpoint.
Texas will get more value out of the two year scholarships they gave to Moore and Hawkins than they will of four years from half of the other linemen they took last year.
In other words, Texas hit 100pct in juco recruiting. For comparison, there is rarely a high school class that you bat .500.
There is less risk in juco recruiting if you evaluate well than there is in high school recruiting.
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I posted this in the pinned thread but just in case you guys missed it, here is a little background on Campbell:
Campbell was a WR when he came to Hutchinson and switched to LB this past spring. He took to it pretty quickly but he had no film at the position so schools were hesitant to offer. Even the Hutch coaches weren't quite sure what kind of player he would be. Tennessee liked what they saw in spring ball and was the only team to offer at the time and he jumped on that.
Campbell has really looked like a natural at the position this fall though. I watched him vs. Navarro earlier this year and he simply flew to the football. He still needs work on technique but that's to be expected. He has a chance to be very, very good though.
In 11 games so far this year he has 78 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3 sacks and an INT. In the game I saw him against Navarro he was credited with 17 tackles and, like I said, he was flying to the ball all over the field. He's raw but he's got a motor and he's athletic.
This post was edited by Brian Perroni 17 months ago
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