Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BG with QB Verbal

H/T to Hustle Belt and Ken (in comments) for this one....BG has another verbal and this one is a QB.

His name is Elijah Cunningham, though he looks more like Richie Cunningham.  He is a '16 recruit and a pro-style QB from Springboro, OH.  Springboro is between Dayton and Cincinnati.

He is a highly rated recruit.  Rivals gives him 2-stars and ESPN gives him 3-stars.  He certainly has the right size, at 6'3" and 177 pounds.  As a junior, he was named to the All-Area 2nd team and all-District 2nd team.

His junior stats line is pretty good.  He completed 59% of his passes for a 14.2 yards per completion average and 22 TDs over 7 INT.  His QB rating was 153.   He only attempted about 22 passes per game, so it was not a pass-heavy offense.  They were 9-2 for the year.

There seems to be a lot of interest in him, but his only other reported offer was Akron.  ESPN's scouting report says he has the arm strength to make all the throws and is a smart QB who understands defenses.  He is mobile in the pocket.  Remember, BG doesn't really look for dual-threat QBs under the Babers regime.

Looks like a very interesting player for us.  As last year showed, you can't have too many QBs.  I have a hunch this young man hasn't heard the last from recruiters.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Falcon Football Verbal...

H/T to Hustle Belt for this one....

BG has its 3rd verbal for the 2016 class.  This one is from Terence Stephens, a two-way player from Imperial HS in West Allegheny PA.  That's in the western part of the Pittsburgh metro area...and you know how this blog feels about football players from the Pittsburgh area.

He was a very productive player as a Junior....again from Hustle Belt.

Stephens finished his junior year with 912 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground while also accounting for over 50 total tackles and two sacks on defense to help lead the Indians to an overall record of 11-2.
The assumption seems to be he's going to get to play on offense, but the defense stuff is great for special teams work, which is always important.  He was one of the Post-Gazette's top 25 2016 players and was on the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coach's Association top 2016 recruits list.

He played on a really good team last year-they were 11-2--and the Coach at West Allegheny is Bob Palko, who has been there a long time and whose son was QB for the Panthers.

In today's football, you can't have too many RBs, so welcome to the Falcons, Terence.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Falcons Net First Two Football Verbals

So, BG has its first two football verbals.  It might seem late, but you don't really see us getting many verbals until now...in fact, it is a little bit early, as far as that goes.  Two things here.  Coach Babers alluded to this in his signing day presser, but from what I hear he has a very different recruiting style.  He likes to get to know the players very well...the players and their families.  This makes the process slower, but hopefully more effective and yielding players who are good fits for the program.  We shall see on that.

The other thing is that most of the teams in the MAC have a small number of verbals right now.  The exception, of course, would be the Kalamazoo Boat Rowers who have 13 verbals already, with 2 decommits.  We shall see about that, too, but Fleck's early results are good, for sure.

For BG, the recruiting season started with Kyree Calli, a 2-star WR from Bishop McDevitt HS in Harrisburg, fondly remembered as the HS home of BG's championship QB, Matt Johnson.  He looks to be a nice fit for our offense, at 6'4" and just a nudge under 200 pounds.  He was very productive as a JR, catching 36 passes for 10 TDs and 20 yards per reception on a team that went 14-1.

According to his profile, he was also an all-Mid Penn WR as a junior.  He had interest from a number of schools, including Ohio and Buffalo.  The bias here is FOR players from Pennsylvania, and Calli would appear to be a great fit.  (Update:  Here is a PennLive article about Cali.)

The other player is Sharif Saleem, a DE from Cleveland Central Catholic.  He's tall...6'7" and therefore an imposing pass rusher, either from the edge or blocking lanes in the middle of the line.  He's not heavy--210 pounds based on what I found online--but there's time to build that out once he gets here.  His stats only show him playing 3 games last year, but he transferred from Cleveland Heights, so that could have played a role or maybe the stats are wrong.

Anyway, welcome to the Falcons, Kyree and Sharif.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day to the Falcon Nation

Here's our newest Falcon Mom.  Be nice to your Mom today.  She was nice to you and it wasn't always clear why.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Blade: Austin May Return

It appears Austin may stay.

So, buried in a story about the Anthony Stacey appointment and other men's basketball news is this sentence, dropped at the end of a paragraph, as if to say "I'll just leave this here."

No idea what that might mean, but it is something to watch.  My guess is that things remain unsettled in the program...let's hope they get stabilized soon.  Monitoring....

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Huger Assistants Named

So, the new assistants at BGSU for Men's basketball have been named.  It won't be a surprise to anyone that all the Jans assistants were let go.  Huger brought in three new assistants, each of which has been rumored in various formats.

The big name is Anthony Stacey.  This was picked up when Huger was announced as Head Coach.  There is probably not a bigger hero to Falcon fans in recent years than Stacey, who was MAC Player of the Year and is the all-time leading scorer in BG history.  He played professionally for 9 seasons in Spain before returning to the US.  He coached in HS for three seasons, started last year as an assistant at UT before leaving early in the year.  The announcement says he will work with the post players.

The second assistant is Louis Rowe, who was an assistant at Florida International University, which is in Miami, where Huger also coached.  Rowe played at Florida and James Madison (for the legendary "Lefty--don't talk to me about suhtistics" Driesell).  He was all-CAA at JMU before playing professional in Europe for 11 seasons.  He has been an assistant at JMU, Rider and FIU.

The third assistant is Mike Sumney.  He comes after being the associate head coach at St. Francis, PA, which BG beat in the CIT last year.  He was the DBO for Miami under Larranaga while Huger was there.  Interestingly, he did not play college ball and worked as a student manager for Herb Sendek at NC State.  In addition to St. Francis, he was a head coach for one season at Bethany College (DIII), North Florida, The Citadel and Queens University.

The key take away from this staff is youth.  Stacey graduated from college in 2000, Rowe in 1995 and Sumney in 1997.  I don't know their age, but that would make Rowe the oldest in his early 40s.  Huger graduated in 1998.  Obviously, he is accountable for the results, but Huger has chosen a very young staff to help him coach the Falcons.

One other interesting note is that Rowe's recruiting prowess is mentioned and the mention includes his experience recruiting in Europe.  Something to keep our eyes on....

Welcome aboard gentlemen.  Let's win a MAC Championship.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

It's a FALCON....

Boom!  From the top of the Wood County Courthouse, the chicks have hatched.  Your heartwarming moment for today....enjoy, they will eventually be ruthless predators.

New Falcon Hoops Verbal....

BG has now picked up what is anticipated will be its 3rd new player for next season and the second signed by Coach Huger.  This is Wesley Alcegaire, a G who played JUCO ball at Daytona State.  Before that, he did have a D1 deal at Liberty.

There are some interesting things about him.  He is 6'5" which is long for a G.  He was a big prep player in Miami...

  • Named to the 2011-12 Florida Association of Basketball Coaches 3A All-State team
  • Earned first team All-Dade County honors his senior year
  • Averaged 28.1 points, 11 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game
  • Led the Knights to a 27-3 record, district championship and a regional appearance
  • Second team All-Dade during junior and sophomore season
  • District champion in high jump

When he got to Liberty, he red-shirted and then decided to leave after playing in 13-14 but only about 2 minutes per game.  He transferred to Daytona State, where he had some success.

He only played one season there since he had already played one at Liberty.  He was succesful...he scored 17.1 PPG, shot 46%, made 37% of his 3FG and had 6 RPG, and all that came in only 26 minutes per game.  It was a good team, they were 21-8, they won their conference and those are good numbers.  He does have decent height, which could be an advantage at that level.

With BG losing Clarke and Henderson, we clearly need some help at G and Alcegaire might be able to stretch to a 3 if need be.

Welcome to the Falcons, Wesley!