Monday, July 16, 2018

Falcons Garner Transfer WR

So, BG has added another transfer WR, I assume to be eligible in '19 but I'm never sure whether there is some secret codicil of the transfer rules being triggered.

The young man is Isaiah Johnson-Mack and he's from Palm Beach.  He was a highly decorated player in HS, ranked as a 3-star recruit by Rivals, along with being all-state, region, etc, as both a junior and a senior.

He then went to Washington State, where he played for two seasons.  He made 95 catches in that time, for an odd 8.4 yards per reception.  He scored 6 touchdowns.

Then, he decided to transfer.  He got into a public fight with Mike Leach over his release.  At the time, he said he wanted to transfer to be closer to his "2-year-old son and soon to be 1 year-old-daughter.”  So, Leach did grant a release, but only to FBS schools in Florida and then also FCS schools.

That occurred last December.  Then, he was apparently unable to land with any FBS school in Florida--something that seems very surprising to me--and went to Duquesne, which is definitely closer to Florida than Washington is, but still probably not what was intended at the beginning.  (His HS QB is also at Duquesne, FWIW).

Anyway, he never played at Duquesne at all, and announced his transfer to BG yesterday.  He was going to be eligible at Duquesne immediately, but I don't know if that applies to BG.

He's 6'3" and 216 pounds, which is good size for a MAC WR.  He was clearly productive in the PAC-12, though it seems odd to me that none of the mid-major Florida schools were available to him.  He left the program voluntarily, unlike our previous star WR transfers.

Also, he played for Mike Leach, proving again that all roads lead to Lubbock. 

Welcome to the Falcons, Isaiah.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Future Football Schedules

Just a quick note on this scheduling announcement from BGSU, which is based not so much on the fact that we have scheduled Murray State and Fordham, but to notice a trend in those schedules.  Basically, for the next three years, BG plays 2 P5 teams, one G5 team and one FCS team....something I think is the right balance for us.  I would prefer to only play 1 P5 team, but I do understand the financials. 

Anyway, the best part of this plan for the next 3 years is that those G5 games are going to be at home, meaning BG will have six home games each of those years, something I think it really positive.  (Assuming this all goes as scheduled, sometimes these schedules can get upended.)

8/29 - Morgan State
9/7 – at Kansas State
9/14 – Louisiana Tech
10/5 - at Notre Dame

9/5 - at Ohio State
9/12 - Robert Morris
9/19 – at Illinois
10/3 - Liberty

9/4 - at Tennessee
9/11 – South Alabama
9/18 - Murray State
9/25 - at Minnesota

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Michael Love Commits to BG

BG has another commit and this one is a player rated with 3-stars who had other D1 options.  His name is Michael Love, and he's a Chicago-area RB who 24/7 projects as a WR in the MAC.  I know that ratings are suspect, but you do like to see your program picking up guys who had been offered by other FBS programs.  In this case, the young man was offered by NIU, WKU and Western Illinois.

His brother plays at Notre Dame and in this article Michael is described as sneaky fast.  He played on a good HS team, which lost in the final in DeKalb for the Illinois title in 6A, the third-largest classification in that state.  Love finished the big game with 6 catches for 121 yards and a score.

Overall, for his junior season he had 12 touchdowns.

Overall, this is the 3rd straight player BG has signed who had FBS options and was ranked.  It should help calm the nerves about the recruiting mojo at BG for the time being.

Welcome to the Falcons, Michael.

Update:  Here's an excellent local article on Michael.  His brother was a second-team All-American, and they seem very high on him at Nazareth.

Friday, June 29, 2018

3-star DB from Detroit Verbals to BG

BG has another verbal, and this one the highest ranked player of the class to date.  He's a 3-star player and the first one in this class with a large number of FBS offers, in this case including Ball State, Buffalo, EMU, Indiana, Iowa State, Miami, Syracuse and WMU.

He was a CB/RB in HS, but is listed on 247 as a safety.  He is 5'10" and 177.

He played at East English Valley Prep last year and then went to Harper Woods with the Coach this year.  He was 2nd-team all-Detroit at RB for the Free Press and 1st-team all Detroit for the Detroit News as a DB.  They said...

Anderson was a force from his secondary position where he got in on 43 tackles while getting six interceptions and breaking up nine passes to lead East English to the PSL championship game. He was also an impact player on offense, rushing for 1,210 yards and 14 TDs while also grabbing 16 passes for 137 yards and four TDs. Anderson has been offered by Syracuse. 
“Jordan is versatile where he can cover anybody’s No. 1 receiver, plus he is very supportive in the run game,” Coach Rod Oden said.

Welcome to the Falcons, Jordan.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

BG Adds Additional Defensive JUCO

BG adds another JUCO player on the defensive side of the ball.  As you can see on the post above, he has had quite a trip and is willing to own it.  He's a 6'3" CB, which is something you don't see too often. His name is Jai Nunn-Liddell.

He was a 2-star recruit on 247 when he signed at Troy.  As far as I can see, Troy was his only FBS offer.

Here's what Troy said about his HS career

Three-year starter at wide receiver and defensive back for Pebblebrook High School … Finished his senior season with 61 tackles – 29 solo – to go along with nine pass break ups, two interceptions and four tackles for loss.

He did not play at Troy.  At NEO, where he was only one year, he played in 4 games and had 2 tackles.

Welcome to the Falcons, Jai.

That's the fifth immediately-eligible JUCO player, 3 of them on defense, in the past couple weeks.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Falcons Nab Three '19 Verbals

So, BG had its most productive week of recruiting this week, heading into the "dead period" with verbals from 3 offensive players.

The highest profile player is QB Logan Holgorsen, whose Father coaches West Virginia.  He was committed to North Texas, but flipped that to BGSU today.  He's a 3-star recruit on 24/7.  He didn't have a lot of offers--reported to be just BG and North Texas--though that might be because of his height, at 6'0".   This is today's latest episode of "all roads lead to Lubbock" reveals that Holgorsen's Dad coached at Texas Tech, which got him to North Texas and to BG.

In a statement that will have people in BG scratching heads, he said “Bowling Green also runs almost the exact same offense that my dad runs at West Virginia.”

If you say so.

I saw somewhere, though I can't find it now, that he is a run-pass threat, something that we keep saying we don't want...something I can't figure out.

When he arrives in '19, he'll be the 3rd highly-recruit QB in the program.  There's Jarrett Doege, Bryce Veasley and then Holgorsen.  Most coaches like one QB per class...and the issue this year is with Morgan leaving, BG is short on depth and will need to hope very much that Doege stays healthy.

The second player is Jaden Gragg, a CB/WR from Melbourne, Florida, which is on the Atlantic Coast of the state.  From what I have seen, I think he'd be a CB or S in college.  There isn't a lot of info about him...scanning his twitter feed reveals a number of FCS offers and I didn't see any other FBS offers.

Luke Harmon is from Grand Rapids Central Catholic.  He's an OT, 6'5" and 240.  He has a 24/7 page for no rankings or reports of offers.  A local blogger ranked him as the #50 player in the Western Michigan/Lake region.

Lucas, Jaden, Luke...welcome to the Falcons.