Wednesday, April 08, 2020

BG Football Lands Additional '20 QB

So, BG has landed another QB for the '20 class.  His name is Kody Sparks and his last port of call was Oakland HS in Murfeesboro TN.

As a junior, he lived in Fishers, IN.  He was off to a good start, with over 1,500 yards and 63% completions before he had a leg injury and missed the last 5 games.  The family moved to TN before his senior year, where he joined Oakland, who needed a QB and had won the state title the year before.  Oakland plays a wing-T and I'm not sure how much he threw the ball.  I found one game where there were 11 passes and one with 139 passing yards.  Just saying that his senior numbers probably didn't reflect his performance or potential.

Anyway, the story above had him list as a 3-star recruit at 247 and he's a 2-star today.  Kent offered him, as did UT-Martin and Northern Iowa, which is a top FCS program.

Strock is 6'4" or 6'5" and 219 pounds, which is something you have to like.

He will join a QB room with Matt McDonald, Tucker Melton, Riley Keller.  Depth matters and he could easily be a diamond in the rough.

Welcome to the Falcons, Kody.

New Falcon Football Verbal

Today's verbal is Chris Phillips from Boca Ciega, FL, which is just south of St. Petersburg.  He's a RB, 5'7" and 153 pounds.  No stars yet, but had offers from Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Iowa State, Southern Miss, Toledo, Tulane and USF.  For sure to get 3-stars.

He was injured with an ankle sprain during his junior year and missed a game and then had a couple of games where he wasn't at his best.  When he was back in form, he ran for 300 yards and 5 TDs. The next game he went for 192 yards and 2 scores.  He was third-team All-State in 6A, the third-largest classification in the state. 

He's fast.  To quote his coach:

“(Phillips) is the fastest player in the county. He runs a 10.8 100-yard (dash). That’s proven. That ain’t no iPhone stopwatch 40 time by a buddy. So he can fly."

For perspective, that time--posted as a sophomore in HS--would have put him #8 in the MAC in men's track at the 2019 championship.

 Elsewhere, his Coach says he's a great receiver as well, and if you keep following the story, the Coach gives a description of his ability to create misses in tight space that might remind you of Travis Greene.

Welcome to the Falcons, Chris.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Falcon Football Player Enters Transfer Portal

Rivals is reporting that BG LB Torrian Hampton has entered the transfer portal.  He will be a grad transfer.

He was mostly a special teams player at BG, playing 28 games and starting 2.  He made 30 career tackles in 3 years of action.

Wishing nothing but the best for Torrian... 

Falcons with new football verbal

BG picked up its second 2021 verbal yesterday, this one from right in the home territory.  Alex Padgett is from Avon Lake, OH.  He is an OT, 6'6" and 310 pounds...and he's not a senior in HS yet.

He had offers from Akron, UB, EMU, Liberty, UT and Youngstown State.  There are no star rankings yet for him, but that often changes.

Typically, there isn't a ton of information on o-lineman. He was second-team all-Ohio in Division II.

Avon Lake is a good program.  They were 11-1 last year and lost in the regional final to Avon. The school is located in eastern Lorain County...They have won a title.

Also, their Head Coach was an All-American at Mount Union.

Welcome to the Falcons, Alex.

Monday, April 06, 2020

A time for nature?

So as long as we have time to contemplate the larger truths in life, here's our annual visit to the Wood County courthouse of our favorite nesting Falcons.  There are two eggs there today...keep watching to see life-giving nature at work as an escape from the deadly, virulent nature we battle.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

BG Football Continues to Add Players

Our numbers problems are well documented.  One way to dig yourself out of that is to do a good job with players who are recruited to walk on.  

It's not easy.  In fact, it's the hard way.  BG has turned walk-ons into starters--I give you Konowalski, Burbrink...there are probably others.  Schweiterman.

Point being is that these players don't count against the limit of who you bring in every year.  And if you have an eye for talent and you can develop players, you can certainly create starters.  You can also create special teams players and depth keeps pressure on the starters.  And there are injuries.

But you have to find guys who were overlooked.  You have to project and see things others did not.

I give you two players.

First, we have Nate Damron of Elyria Catholic.  The linked article tells an interesting story.  Nate was a role player his junior year, which probably stunted his recruiting.  (He was playing behind Griffen Davies, who signed a scholarship at OU). 

He broke out as a senior, making all-state first team in Division V, earning 109 tackles, including 26.5 for a loss, and 11.5 sacks as a D-End.  In the story, he talks about his willingness to be a role player.,.something that you would need if you were going this route.  His coach says he's a little "thin in the hips" to project to D-End in college, but he's 6'5" and 200 pounds.

So you know what Scot Loeffler sees:  tight end.  Everyone looks like a TE.

I kid.

Anyway, the report is that BG projects him at TE.  Like most good players at a small school, he played both ways.  He did play some TE but moved to RB.

Key thing here is that he would appear to be a natural-born football player.  Which is what we need.

Great story.  They were way ahead and he ran out of bounds at the 1-yard on a sure score.  That was so the team's senior kicker-- Sadie Hutsenpiller--could score a touchdown.  They are not dating.

The other young man is Cole Lakatos of Franklin, MA.  He's a WR who is 5'8" and 160 pounds.  You don't see a lot of stats on him, but if you google him you see news stories where he is scoring a TD.  He's a coach's kid--you know how much recruiters love that--the Dad coaches secondary at Bryant and has coached at Georgia.

Anyway, there's no idea what's going to happen this Fall.  But, at FalconBlog I am keeping my eyes open.  We all need diversions.

Welcome to the Falcons, Nate and Cole.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Falcon Football has first verbal

So, the first verbal is in for Falcon Football.  As you can see above, it's a QB.  Just to review, the stated plan is to take one QB in every class...and as it relates to the rules about recruiting our home area, as Coach said, "we'll go anywhere for an arm."

Which in this case is Jacksonville, FL.  The young man's name is JaCory Jordan and he plays for Trinity Christian.  He's 6'2" *and a half* and about 180.  (Rivals has him as 6'4". Some places online list him as a dual threat QB and some as a PRO QB.  He's not rated on 247 yet but that will change eventually.  He had offers from FIU, USF and Western Kentucky, in addition to Valdosta State, the DII national champions.

There are not a lot of stats on him.  He played as a sophomore and a junior and he is mentioned in media stories with TD passes and his team made the state playoffs.

Program-wise, Trinity Christian is a 7-time champion in Florida 3A.  A teammate of his is headed to Clemson.

One note:  he's a 2021 recruit.  Assuming everyone stays, at that time the QB room will feature Matt McDonald, rSr., second-year players Riley Keller and Tucker Melton, and Jordan.  This assumes there is football this Fall.

Welcome to the Falcons, Jacory.

Friday, April 03, 2020

Tayler Mattos enters portal

And now it's 2. l Tayler Mattos has entered the transfer portal and apparently won't return to BGSU.  I know players can return from the portal, but you don't see it happen very often.  My guess would be he finds a school closer to home, which is in New Hampshire.

Mattos played two years at BG.  For one year, he backed up Demajeo Wiggins and played about 4 minutes per game.  As a sophomore, he started every game but ended up playing only 15 minutes per game, averaging 5 points and 5 rebounds per game, which isn't awful for that amount of playing time.  He scored in double figures four times, including a career-only double-double in the first Miami game at 18-11.

For what it was worth, I thought he was improved in his second year and could have developed into a solid but not spectacular MAC player.  BG entered the season with Mattos as its only true 5, but then signed Dylan Swingle as a transfer.  BG applied for immediate eligibility for Swingle and was shocked when it was granted.  Swingle then played only 128 minutes--making you wonder why they bothered with the waiver at all--and you'd expect that he'd be the plan in the post for BG.  The Falcons also lost Marlon Sierra, leaving only Swingle, Plowden and Kulacovsis (and Gadsen?) in the post rotation, unless BG finds a post guy to fill what are now 2 available scholarships.  BG played a smaller lineup most of the year last year and clearly had a good year, but did suffer from the lack of a rim protector against teams who committed to attacking the basket.

Who knows what when we will see college athletics again...but here's some news for now.  Best to Tayler for his future.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Men's Hoops Recruits by Year

I've been running this list for years.  I started it to illustrate a point...that our program struggled for 20 years partly because of a lack of recruiting a consistent critical mass of playing talent.  You need to hit on most of your players--and you need consistent, quality starters every year to keep your program near the top.  You can see plenty of years in this list where that didn't happen...and then toward the end you see things start to shore up and you begin to get a critical mass of talent in the program.

Falcon Hoops Recruiting Scorecard, Updated Spring 2020

Stephen Wright--Productive player, left prior to his senior season.
Ron Lewis--Two productive seasons, no junior year. Prominent Big 10 player.
Raheem Moss--26 games, two starts, 66 career points, left program. Contributed at Cleveland State.

Chris Hobson, 28 games, 51 points, left program.
Austin Montgomery 56 games, 189 points, transferred.
Reggie Harwell--Nada.
Matt Lefeld--A contributing senior and a true warrior. Academic All-American
Isaac Rosefelt--24 minutes, two points. Left Program for stellar DIII career.
John Floyd--Played 59 games averaging 8.4 ppg. 247 career assists Left program.


Scott Vandermeer, 60 points and 40 fouls. Transferred, contributed at UIC where I think he ended up as a pretty good player.
Moon Robinson, Left program after sophomore season. Transferred.
Mawel Soler, completed eligibility. Effective player, even good in spots.


Jeremy Holland--left program after one practice
Nick Wilson--left program without playing a game.
Lionel Sullivan--Sayonara. 30 minutes, 6 points.
Dusan--Minor contributions. Left program prior to Junior Season.
Erik Marschall--Injury-plagued career ended with effective senior season.
Daryl Clements--Good contributing player, played strong D, stable presence, and probably underappreciated player.
Brian Moten--MAC sixth man of the year in junior season and all-MAC HM as a senior. Good player at this level, had game-changing shooting potential.
Martin Samarco--2nd team All-MAC, finished career.


Ryne Hamblett--Contributing player, but kicked off team prior to senior season.
Brandon Bland--Left the program.
Marc Larson--Averaged 17 minutes a game for his career.
Otis Polk--Productive starter.  Left as BG blocked shot leader and led MAC in offensive rebounding as a senior.  Career: 5.9 PPG and 4.8 RPG.
Ryan Sims--left team early in Junior year. Made little contribution.
Nate Miller--All-MAC First team. Great player, carried team into post-season.
Chris Knight--Transferred following two seasons at BG. (Technically, he was a Dakich recruit).

Joe Jakubowski--Four-year starter, among the program's career leaders in assists and steals.
Cameron Madlock--Transferred out.

Dee Brown--1,000 point scorer.
Scott Thomas--Third team All-MAC as senior. 1,000 point scorer. 10th in career assists, 10th in career rebounds, 6th in career 3-pointers.
Au'ston Calhoun--Two-time Second-team All-MAC, 19th all-time leading scorer @BGSU.
Adrion Graves--left before appearing as a Falcon.
Darion Goins--Played sparingly, left team in first season as a Falcon

Jordon Crawford--Honorable mention All-MAC.  1,000 pt scorer, 4th in career assists, 5th in steals.
James Erger--Averaged 10 minutes per game as a Senior.  Role player.
Luke Kraus--Started 25 games as a senior.  Scored 4 points per game.
DaVon Haynes---Left program without playing.  Averaged 12 points and 7 RPG for Ark-Pine Bluff.
Danny McElroy--Left program. Ran afoul of the law.

Anthony Henderson-Made 73 starts, scored 6.4 PPG for career.
Cam Black--Finished in Top 10 in program history in rebounds.  Also 3rd in blocked shots.
Torian Oglesby--Juco. Solid role player. Set NCAA record for most consecutive FGs.
Craig Sealey--Was a career role player at BG, injured in senior year.

Jehvon Clarke--Made 40 career starts, 7.7 PPG for career.
Chauncey Orr--Transferred following his father's dismissal.
Desmond Rorie--Left program without appearing in a game.

Richaun Holmes--All-time leader in blocked shots.  First-team All-MAC, MAC Defensive POY, now in NBA.
Spencer Parker--1,000 point scorer.

Zach Denny...scored 1,000 points, 7th all-time in 3FG and #9 in steals.
JD Tisdale...Left program before his senior year
Garrett Mayleben..left program before senior year
Josh Gomez....Rarely used.  Left during senior season.

Delvin Dickerson.  Played 15 MPG for BG after JUCO transfer.  Fouled out 6 times.  Left when Jans did.
Jovan Austin:  Played 16+ MPG for BG after JUCO transfer. Had 87 assists in 33 games, which was 6+/40.  Left when Jans did.
Rasheed Worrell--Left program after R-SO year.
David Joseph--Made 59 starts for BG

Ish Ali--Graduated, 247 assists in 2 years.
Wes Alcegaire--Graduated, averaged 10.9 PPG for BG.
Antwon Lillard--Successful player, played 121 games for BG, 8.6 PPG
Demajeo Wiggins--All-MAC player, averaged double-double last 2 years
Malik Hluchoweckyj--Left program after playing 21 games.

Dylan Frye--Career 3FG leader
Jeffrey Uju--Solid Role player
Justin Turner--Two-time All-MAC, #7 leading scorer
Rod Caldwell--Transferred to Ashland

Nelly Cummings--Transferred to Colgate
Derek Koch--Transferred to Ashland
Daeqwon Plowden--2nd team All-MAC as JR
Joniya Gadson--Played sparingly to date
Matiss Kulackovskis--Battled injuries, role player as JR

Michael Laster--Contributing bench player for 2 years
Tayler Mattos--Starter in SO Year
Caleb Fields, Consistent starter for 2 years
Marlon Sierra--Contributing role player for 2 years

Davin Zeigler--Made 4 starts as a FR
Chandler Turner--Played 68 minutes as FR
Trey Diggs--Averaged 7 PPG as a JUCO transfer
Dylan Swingle--Transfer, average 5 minutes per game as FR