Sunday, January 13, 2013

Two New Football Verbals, one Walk on

There are visits going on most weekends as signing day approaches, and the BG class has continued to increase.  We are now up to 20 players in the signing class (news on a preferred walk on shortly) and that's 5-6 players more than we expected to have, given our small senior class.  Not sure what is going on...there were also a couple of last year's walk ons who might be getting scholarships.  We'll find out in good time, I suppose, but it wouldn't surprise me at this point if there were a couple of departures that we haven't heard about yet.

The highest ranked player is Isaiah Gourdine, who is listed as an ATH from Farmington Hills.  ESPN has him listed as 2-star recruit.  He was committed to UC and then became available when Tuberville came in and essentially dropped the entire recruiting class without telling any of them.  (Google it, I have seen a couple of stories about it).   Since he became available, there are reports that he was contacted by Virginia Tech and Iowa.

Anyway, the ESPN report says Gourdine is a WR prospect and is very raw and physically under-developed.  On defense, he plays a rover-like position, so perhaps that is where we have him targeted.  He has measurable athleticism, which is what makes him attractive.  He was second-team Detroit Metro West on defense, as selected by the Detroit News.

On twitter he said he gained five pounds on his visit to BG.

The second player is Joseph Davidson from Findlay.  He's a punter.  And he's 6'7".  First guy to call him Big Bird has to walk home.  He's an athlete...he is getting double doubles on the Findlay basketball team.  He was all-TRAC at punter and at defensive back, to further the point.  He was also all-District and second-team All-State on defense.  Clawson has said that what he likes about Schmeidebusch is that he is a football player who happens to punt, and it would appear that's what we are looking at here.  He averaged about 37 yards per punt.

The preferred walk on (reading between the lines) is LB Dezwan Polk of Columbus.  There was interest from Purdue while Hope was there and he reportedly had offers but has decided to walk on at BG, which is not the way things normally go but it could also mean pretty much anything.

Anyway, pretty big news, both with the players and with the numbers continuing to go up.  It's going to be interesting to see how it all sorts out.

Welcome to the Falcons Isaiah, Joseph and Dezwan.

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