Monday, February 3, 2014
Monday chat wrap
By Edward Aschoff
Another great chat, as usual. Here's the wrap for your viewing pleasure and here's a quick preview in case you missed the chat because you were too sad to roll out of bed after a subpar Super Bowl and set of commercials:
Andy (South Carolina) Any comments on the Kentucky class?
Edward Aschoff (12:08 PM) I think Mark Stoops has done an excellent job with his first true class in Lexington. He has six ESPN 300 members and just got DT Matt Elam to commit to the Wildcats over Alabama. He had to hit this class hard and he did. This is exactly what he needs to attempt a rebound at Kentucky. DE Denzel Ware picked the Cats over FSU. QB Drew Barker could compete for playing time immediately. Now it's all about developing these guys when they get on campus.
Steve Spurrier and his staff will develop their talent regardless of recruiting rankings and stars.
Johnny (South Carolina) Ed! How was your weekend? Your thoughts on South Carolina recruiting? Not really the caliber of players, but the coaches coaching them up. What do you think about South Carolina getting 3- and 4-star players and turning them into 5 star caliber players?
Edward Aschoff (12:12 PM) I don't think Steve Spurrier has ever really cared about stars. He and his coaches have done a great job developing players for a long, long time. Right now, the Gamecocks have seven ESPN 300 guys and I think a few could make immediate impacts, including DE Dante Sawyer. For South Carolina to be competitive, the Gamecocks have to get those top guys here and there, and they will as long as Spurrier is there. I think this class is solid and fills some big needs.
Matt McLendon from Douglasville GA [via mobile] Who do you think will have the biggest turnaround, good or bad, this season?
Edward Aschoff (12:16 PM) I think Florida has a chance to make a big turnaround in a good way. I know, I know: believe it when I see it. But I think that you'll see a lot more from the offense with Kurt Roper bringing in the spread. I think Jeff Driskel will be much better in that offense and I think the defense will continue to be elite. The Gators have to find an identity on offense and have to be tougher. Plus, I don't see the injury bug creeping its ugly head like it did last year. The schedule is tough but I think the Gators will be much better than 4-8.
JDK (Nashville TN) How much of a hit do you think the Commodores under new head coach [Derek] Mason will take? Still good enough for a bowl trip this year?
Edward Aschoff (12:19 PM) Honestly, it's tough to say, but I think this team does take a hit overall. There is a lot of talent coming back, but will this team have the same intensity and mindset? Will it have that edge that James Franklin brought? I don't know. I think we'll know more this spring when the coaches and players get to interact more.
Boone chackalacka (Tookiedoo, SC) If Connor Shaw has a good showing at the combine and SC's pro day, what round would you see him going in the draft?
Edward Aschoff (12:19 PM) I still think he's at best a late-round pick, regardless. I could see six or seven because of his arm. Has the intangibles, but doesn't have an elite arm.