It certainly appears that our guys cut less weight than everyone else. You see the monsters they have at Ohio State, Bo Jordan looks like he could wrestle Bo Nickal without breaking a sweat. NaTo is a jacked 133-er too. But I also think you hit the nail on the head with re: to offensive wrestlers too. Cael just gets the most out of guys, Joseph/Kemerer were very much in the same tier coming into college, and look where they are now after the same period of time. He just gets these guys improving year to year, no matter who it is.
Thankfully weight cuts are a trend that has been declining, not just in wrestling, but in MMA as well. I've had to cut weight for jiujitsu tournaments (cutting from 170-175 to 155 is not hard, but it's not easy), and it's not a particularly fun process. I've been working to lower my walk around weight to 155-160 to make the cut much easier for me, even if I know it'll give me a size disadvantage.
It's all pretty quiet on that front so far, but that of course doesn't mean anything. It's still early, many more decisions for transfers will be made over the next week or two.
As far as your concerns for next season, we'll see! It all depends on how much our core guys improve, as it always was going to.
Having one recruit for the class ahead is not uncommon at this point for college programs. To my knowledge, we only had Nazeer Bostick going into the summer where we landed Lamar and Tony (and Joe too after he decommitted). Having one recruit, one who looks to be pretty good like Myles Dread, is a good thing. Obviously, the keys for us moving forward are keeping Dread, and building on the class.
To me, our best case scenario could very well be something like Dread, Cohill, Forrester, Littles (the absolute best case scenario). I don't expect us to land all of these kids, but if we did, then that's a huge win for the program.
I hope you check out our article going up this morning about points scored. I'd be surprised if we had such a low total without Suriano, but stranger things have happened I guess.
I hope you are way wrong too, and have to buy a shirt instead! :)
The big thing that I think people don't understand with college basketball recruiting is that it doesn't follow the same calendar as football. Too many people out there believe that a good 17-18 season would allow Chambers to effectively recruit the class to enroll in the Summer/Fall of 2018. This is incorrect. The early signing period puts kids in a position to get their secure scholarship in place that the university has to honor. That's why summer/AAU recruiting is so critical for basketball. But that's also why a good 17-18 season won't lead to a good 2018 class.
Now, it could lead to a good 2019 and 2020 class, but what are the chances success can be maintained if the 2018 class is sub par to the rest of the Big Ten? It's not likely, right? Recruiting in basketball happens a season ahead, it's not like football where a bunch of kids can be swung in December and January, those kids have already made up their mind, and schools aren't going to release them absent exigent circumstances.
For instance, Villanova hasn't even seen the recruiting boost from the national title yet. They're bringing in another good class, but they'd been recruiting for the class of 2017 already for a year. While getting Samuels, DCR and Gillespie is a good haul, they still couldn't land someone like Lonnie Walker from Miami. The boost for Nova's recruiting will begin in 2018, and extend out. There's a big difference to approaching a recruit as a national champion when they're freshmen and sophomores from when they're juniors and been recruited for a year+ by other coaches they trust and have developed a relationship with already.
So let's extend that to Chambers. I think we can all agree that even in the best of circumstances next year, we're not winning a title. So where does that put us? It means we need to be able to hammer home this recruiting class. The point of the extension isn't to reward Chambers for a 15-18 season (duh, no one is happy with our final record this year, including the coaches and players), it's to give Chambers a chance to land more talent so that they can build on the 17-18 season should the team be much more successful.
Good thing brevity is my best quality.
What do you mean by the "do or die" scenario? What would attract recruits to a do or die scenario?
My bad, I thought it was under my comment.
Do you even realize what comment I was responding to? I was talking about this blog.
Was this meant for me?