Chat with Scouts Inc.'s Bill Conley
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Bill Conley (3:00 PM)
It seems there is a lot of anxiety out there about recruits that are changing or having second thoughts about the commitments they have made for 2009. It's important to understand that this will continue for the next five months. Some kids will waiver or change their minds several times before signing day. It's nothing new, it happens every year.
Bill Conley (3:01 PM)
It's time to talk football. Fire away!
Michael (Richmond, Va)
With QB Kevin Newsome offically de-committing from Michigan yesterday any guess on where he ends up?
Bill Conley (3:03 PM)
Michigan still is in the picture but don't count out Virginia Tech. They have no QB commits for 2009 although their starter is only a sophomore. WVa and Va both have a QB verbal. The darkhorse may be Penn State.
Mike, Ft Worth
What are your thoughts on a couple of Texas safety recruits Marcus Davis and Kenny Vacarro? Both are highly thought of on other sites.
Bill Conley (3:05 PM)
Good players but we predict Davis will be an excellent corner. He blankets receivers and is very good in press coverage. He also has excellent recovery speed.
Bill Conley (3:07 PM)
Vacarro is a real hitter. He plays with intensity and is quicker than fast. I like him a lot and he comes from a good program.
Nick (Shrewsbury, PA)
Do you think the Irish have a good shot at getting Nyshier Oliver now tht he decommited from the Vols?
Bill Conley (3:10 PM)
Always a chance but don't ever count Phil Fulmer out, he is an intense recruiter. Notre Dame does have a very good chance and want him to play wide receiver which they have no commitments as of this point.
Steve (West Palm Beach, FL)
Hi Bill, Great job!!! I have a two part question...What to you think of UW Huskies recent recruit and what other top prospects are leaning towards UW? I would think if these kids want early playing time, UW would be a good fit. Thoughts? Thank you.
Bill Conley (3:12 PM)
They are starting to pick up some needed steam in recruiting. I assume you mean Nate Fullner. He is a talented athlete that can play several positions.
Bill Conley (3:14 PM)
He is a slashing running back and an outstanding special teams player. I know the Huskies like him as a safety where he is a devastating hitter. He is also a solid pass defender.
Will (Denver, CO)
Hi Bill, do you see the Hurricanes getting any of the top offensive lineman this year? I think that is a point of need more than anything. Especially since we missed out on Patchan and Washington is not academically eligible and supposedly not planning on going to the U next year.
Bill Conley (3:16 PM)
That position is a huge need for the Canes in the future. They have only two sophomores in their two deep, the rest are seniors or juniors.
Bill Conley (3:18 PM)
I know they would like to getat least one of the two "X" factors; Xavier Nixon or Xavier Su'a Filo.
blake, Lynchburg VA
do you think logan thomas the 6'6 tight end from lynchburg VA could be a future all american?
Bill Conley (3:20 PM)
Logan Thomas is a very well rounded athlete that has all kinds of talent. He can run, throw and catch. To be a great tight end at the next level he will have to gain weight and prove he can be a sound blocker. No question about his receiving talent.
Andrew (Hoboken, NJ)
Now that it seems Florida has cooled on Nick Kasa does Notre Dame have a good shot to land him?
Bill Conley (3:21 PM)
Absolutely, but watch out for Oregon and the home state school.
depak (metrakis, ma)
how does notre dame's class look this year? can they make up for a horrible last season?
Bill Conley (3:22 PM)
They have made some hige recruiting strides within the last month. They need to keep recruiting speed on defense.
Brianna (Macahaterton, MA)
With all the good recruits he is getting from Miami Northwestern why isn't Randy Shannon winning at the U?
Bill Conley (3:24 PM)
I've known Randy for a long time and I definitely see light at the end of the tunnel. I think he will have a good season this year and is starting to control south Florida like before.
Where does Oregon stand on the National landscape of recruiting?
Bill Conley (3:25 PM)
Great question. There seems to be a real commitment to win at Oregon and everyone knows they have super facilities.
Bill Conley (3:27 PM)
They must, however, start getting some of the best talent in California. There's not enough in the state of Oregon on a yearly basis. Right now USC is ruling California.
Do you think Antwan Lowery ends up at Rutgers with his brother?
Bill Conley (3:28 PM)
Sure would make it easy on the relatives to watch them both play.
How bout those Boilers? Do you have a good sense of what recruiting will look like after Tiller's departure?
Bill Conley (3:29 PM)
It's beeen tough to recruit with a lame duck coach in a state where you have to compete with Notre Dame and Indiana for the in-state talent.
Grey Gallagher (Byebill, Tx)
Is there any question that USC has the easiest time recruiting out of any school in the country?
Bill Conley (3:31 PM)
I think USC, Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Georgia, and the Florida scholls all have an easier time than the rest because they all have a lot of players in their own state.
MIKE (NY NY)
What has ND done in last month to improve their class?
Bill Conley (3:33 PM)
No magic, just a lot of hard work. Notre Dame always has a chance becuse they are a national name with great tradition.
I didn't realize their was that much talent in Indiana.
Bill Conley (3:34 PM)
Good point. The answer to the previous question is why Notre Dame always has a chance. Their reputation is national in scope.
Bill Conley (3:36 PM)
As usual a ton of great questions. Talk to you in the near future. See you in the endzone!