News of the day, 2/8
Gayle (our Alabama beat ace) and I are writing recruiting analyses for Sunday's editions that are supposed to include a letter grade. I said yesterday on the blog that I'd give Auburn a C- or a D+. The final grade, the one that ends up in the paper, will be a tad higher.
I look around and see some pretty good players. Raven Gray should be excellent. Jermaine Johnson should be excellent no later than 2009. Cameron Henderson has stud potential. I feel the same way about Jomarcus Savage, T'Sharvan Bell, Harry Adams, Reggie Hunt and Freddie Smooth. Any number of the other guys could emerge as Sen'Derrick Marks did two years ago.
So I think the final grade will be a C+. A reasonable final day -- say Auburn got Enrique Davis and Robert Quinn -- would have me thinking B+. It's not fair to drop the grade so far based on two guys.
Rivals.com today selected Auburn assistant Eddie Gran as one of the nation's 15 best recruiters. He was one five SEC coaches included. Also earning recognition were Steve Addazio (Florida), Charlie Strong (Florida), Jon Fabris (Georgia), Josh Henson (LSU) and Lance Thompson (Alabama.) Gran handles south Florida for the Tigers. Gran generally doesn't receive the credit he deserves. It's good to see him get some love.
LSU men's coach John Brady is out of a job. LSU held an afternoon press conference to announce the move. Former Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Chuck Culpepper once referred to Brady as the most miserable human being alive, which Brady insisted was inaccurate. Things like that cannot be proven, of course, but Brady is one seriously sour dude.
I know some of you all are familiar with the saga of alleged Cal recruit Kevin Hart, who signed with Cal on Wednesday only to have Cal fail to acknowledge his existence. I felt so bad for the kid. It seemed to be an elaborate prank designed to give Hart the embarrassment of a lifetime.
It was a prank alright. It turns out that Hart was the genius behind this stunt. He concocted the whole story about being recruited by Cal.
"I wanted to play D-I ball more than anything," he said in a statement. "When I realized that wasn't going to happen, I made up what I wanted to be reality."
Add this to the reasons I don't like to cover recruiting.