Any reason those players are trending away from Penn State? Assume the QB depth at both schools (or lack thereof at OSU) plays a part in it. But didn’t know about the OL.
I feel like a giant homer saying this, but that seems low. Feel like 9 is the number this settles on.
I’m really interested to see the difference between Day and Meyer. Does their ceiling decrease 5%? Does their floor now decrease by 10%? Does recruiting slow just a bit and those top 1%’s now go somewhere else?
Its going to be fascinating to see how this plays out. Because any small drop and Penn State is right there to try and capitalize. My gut feeling is they miss the playoffs the next two years, don’t win the conference one of those years, lose to Michigan, and then bam. Bob stoops is the new head coach at osu.
I was going to comment the exact same thing regarding the defense. Number 4 is darn impressive. Especially with how much was lost the year before and the improvements they made as the year went on. Keep adding the talent on that side of the ball and they are going to be scary good.
Just thought I’d ask. Thanks Matt. Awesome work and coverage. Look forward to seeing if anyone else joins tomorrow.
Seems like a lot of these guys are trending away from Penn State as we hit signing day. That possibly the reason Hardy was given an offer?
Awesome content as always. Love the recruiting info you provide.
Realistically, what are your thoughts on how many additional commits Penn State gets to close out the class? Getting Nester and Cross would be massive and make this one of the best classes ever right (hopefully to be surpassed by next years class)?
So truthfully, how worried are you about this? It seems like a lot of guys leaving. They are all understandable when looked at individually, but the optics aren’t great. Also, this now puts them quite far down the scholarship count, right?
Justin Fields transferring? That complicate anything? Or does he look at Penn State?
Awesome work as always! Seems like it’s been awhile since there have been any commitments, so looking to hopefully a couple this week.
I know it’s a long shot, but would be an amazing get for Penn State to land Harrison. Hope he chooses osu if he doesn’t come to happy valley.
Just a random question, but out of the 2 QBs committed already, which prospect could be the better player for Penn State?
I assumed that was the case. Really hope he picks osu over Michigan. Just think it will be easier moving forward if harbaugh isn’t pulling those top guys over us and osu.
Nice. I look forward to that. Always enjoy the recruiting coverage.
So is there any chance at Harrison? Any chance we get a breakdown of the targets left and where you think they end up?
Also, looks like this will be a good class, but next year seems to setting up for a team defining class because of the top end talent.
It seems like this line just struggles with any stunts or different blitz looks. I understand that happens and this Michigan d line is good. But it feels like a line this experienced shouldn’t be this confused all the time. So not sure if it’s coaching or what. But to be a good line, you can’t just be able to handle blocks when it’s a simple 4 man rush.
Not running Sanders more and then the last offensive possession were the two glaring issues for me.
Franklin just said in his press conference that it was the windiest game he has been a part of. Then why wouldn’t they want to run the ball? They had success. Add in the WR struggles and it just was so frustrating. It feels like they saw Indiana give up so many points through the air the last two weeks and just figured they would continue to do that. Having no feel or consideration for the game flow and then weather.
And another week of bad time management. They took I think I saw 19 seconds off the game clock on their last possession. It was like a bad dream all over again. Make Indiana use all their timeouts (they only had 2) and then milk the clock. The last possession of the game doesn’t happen because there’s no time left on the clock.
Its certainly good to get a win, and I don’t think the season is lost and they won’t compete the next three weeks. But man. This one seemed on the coach’s shoulders.
Wonder if we will see more George and Shorter this week. The upper classmen receivers have been pretty disappointing. With the way Michigan state plays coverage, I don’t have much faith in Johnson or Polk or Thompkins getting open. That’s a lot of pressure on Hamler again, if he’s cleared to play.
Think the DL snap count was a double edged sword. The coaching staff obviously felt the young guys weren’t ready for that game. And played the experienced guys most of the game, which is probably why they had so much success. But then the downside was obviously fatigue. And that caught up to them.
Wonder if the staff will handle that different in the future. Because that 4 game rule is obviously new this year and nobody knew how that would work. Moving forward you wonder if they will play the starters a bit more and stagger the young guys instead of the hockey shifts they used this year.
Also, the trio of Johnson, Polk, and Thompson giving the team next to nothing really hurt. Left trace with nobody to count on but hamler (until he got hurt) and another freshman TE.
I agree that I think the Lion package could be useful still moving forward. But it’s tough to tell the real problem. I think some of it is too predictable. When Stevens was in the game, they are getting him the ball. And osu knew it. Would be nice to have some decoy plays off Stevens. Line him up as a receiver on trips, fake the screen to him, and throw it to a receiver who slipped down field. Or bring him in as the actual QB (probably not an idea in the osu game). Do one of those Tebow-esque jump passes with him. Something else that’s creative. But then the announcers made the point that if the lateral to him was executed properly, Penn State had a guy open downfield and it would have been a touchdown. So it’s tough to say.
My thought is they should have used him more. Not necessarily give him the ball more, but put him out there more. They almost have a big billboard with lights and sirens saying “tommy is getting ball...it’s a trick play” when he comes in. So of course osu keys on him. Just feels like there could be room for more creativity to get him involved or use him to open up other things.
And Clemson has only been elite for a few seasons. I mean, it wasn’t too long ago that Clemsoning was alive and well.
So it feels like this team is on the cusp of being elite. And being what I’ve been hoping for since I was in college starting in 2000.
And just for what it’s worth, the last three games against OSU: OSU 87 PSU 88
I agree on the comment that Sanders was a few shoe strings away from breaking a few big runs. He just seemed either a half step slow or osu was just a half step quicker than other teams because he just couldn’t break one.
Wondered why we didn’t see more tommy Stevens. Was disappointed in how little they used him and then the lack of creativity in using him (or not using him).
I agree with you about Tua. But honestly don’t understand how the Haskins heisman hype didn’t suffer after this game. He had some stats, but his yards were on short passes and plays made by the receivers. I can’t imagine anyone watching this game and thinking he is a heisman favorite right now.
Agreed. I think this showed how close we are to Ohio State and I think recruiting just keeps getting better and better. Also, that post game speech from Franklin was directed at the recruits at the game.
I mean, the play call has to be thought number 1. Nothing else really matters other than that.
Missed field goal. Missed opportunities. Not being able to be up by more at halftime after completely shutting osu down. Poor tackling. Not being able to make a solid defensive call against a screen pass. Really poor play calling overall on offense (that’s what they came up with for tommy Stevens?). Can’t hold a lead
But it’s all about the 4th down call. The coaching staff out thought themselves. You gotta put the ball in traces hands. As simple as that.
This one hurts. Bad. The season isn’t over. By any means. But this one is going to hurt for a long time.
I agree with you on your first thought. The hockey rotations have to stop on defense. I understand getting guys playing time, but the defense has had no time to gel. Defense forces a punt the first series and then they bring in a new unit that gets torched the next. The second series (on the road in a big ten game) isn’t when you start making massive substitutions.
Was interesting and encouraging to see the catches from the TE group. Obviously more of a committee to replace Gesicki, but nice that they are catching the ball. Although it’s slightly concerning seeing Holland with the highest catch average. But I think that can be explained by the run game being effective and the offense being less big play oriented at the moment.