Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Chat wrap: UT recruiting, top 25 players
By Brandon Chatmon
Thanks for your questions during my chat, you can find the transcript here.
Brady (Florida) I know that you and Trotter have said you don't see Big 12 expansion anytime soon. But if it were to happen, who would you say are the best two teams the Big 12 could actually get to join?
Brandon Chatmon I like UCF and maybe BYU, Cincinnati or the like. It will have to be a team that opens up new markets. Not just adding a school just to do it.
Keith (Austin) How much should I be worried that Joe Wickline will call the plays instead of S.Watson? Wickline hasn't called a play in almost 30 years.
Brandon Chatmon Not at all. Wickline is better prepared than some people think he is. That was a devastating blow for OSU, most people don't recognize that yet.
Jake (Dallas) So I was scanning the top 25 players in the Big 12 and it shows two wide receivers(Jalen Saunders, Tyler Lockett) ahead of the No. 1 receiver in the league (Antwan Goodley). Why?
Brandon Chatmon For me it's about special teams and impact on the offense as a whole. Both of those two guys get the nod over Goodley in those categories.
John (Norman) What do you think of the union talk?
Brandon Chatmon Good question John. I think it's all kinds of interesting. Everyone can see where this is heading, it's going to reach a point of climax at some point, it's just interesting to see what will be the tipping point. Will it be this? The other thing is, unless I'm mistaken, they aren't even looking to get paid, just get insurance and scholarship protection, yet you saw how some people reacted. Like I said, it's going to be interesting to watch it all unfold.
Jon (Santa Fe) Who do you think will the player that is drafted the highest out of the Big 12?
Brandon Chatmon Justin Gilbert.
Chad (I-State ) Which team could you see taking the biggest jump and biggest fall in the standing next year? Iowa State is my pick for jump and Baylor for fall.
Brandon Chatmon I'm going TCU to make a jump, Oklahoma State to take a step backward (mainly because of Wickline, loss of seniors on D). I could also see WVU making a jump. I don't see any type of Baylor slide coming.
ChrisJ (Houston) Hey Brandon (no nicknames this week), honestly I think we are starting to miss Mr. February a little bit, but I saw someone comment on Trotter's chat saying, it wasn't recruiting that was Mac's problem but coaching. So are the days of Texas fans googling over how many stars are in the recruiting classes over with? And will Charlie Strong start taking more of the underrated recruits that he believes will develop into the type of players needed to fit his system? (I mean of course we would take championship titles over recruiting titles, but man it sure was fun when Mack was here.)
Brandon Chatmon No nicknames? Boo! … I think so. And that's the way to go. I think UT's biggest weakness in the past few years has been evaluation and development. You have to build a team, not just recruit bunch of great players. It's about … how they fit in your system? What role they can excel in? Have they maximized their ability in high school? Those are the important questions. Not how many stars is he or who else wants him. And I get the impression Strong is more concerned about those questions than star ranking.