Tuesday, January 18, 2011

On MSU's recruiting in-state, Red Wings goalies, QBs in NFL Draft

- Doubt if there is any way back in the day - like five years ago - Detroit Renaissance linebacker Lawrence Thomas, the top prospect in the state, would have gone to Michigan State rather than Michigan. But that is what is going to transpire. The Spartans get at least half the top players in the state now. And it does matter. The 11-2 record, the sharing of the Big Ten championship in 2010, is proof.

- Chris Osgood's uncertain injury status has put the Red Wings in a precarious situation. They are lacking experienced depth at Grand Rapids - there is no way former first-round draft pick Thomas McCollum is ready for the NHL.
Joey MacDonald is serviceable only in small doses. It's put a lot of burden on Jimmy Howard to recover quickly from his knee injury, and to continue to play the bulk of the games, upon his return. And still be fresh for the postseason.

- Name you will hear the most leading up to the NFL Draft: Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert. He has the ideal NFL skill set. Big, strong, quick release, rocket arm. He is a better prospect than Washington's inconsistent, although more athletic, Jake Locker.

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4 Comments:

Blogger The D - Zone said...

Lawrence Thomas is overrated... He did not even consider any schools out of state, meaning he was not as coveted as the recruiting sites make him seem. He is a good player but not even top 10 players in the state.

12:13 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting point about the linebacker, if only it were written five years ago. Today, the fact that U-M is getting nobody is not news in the least.

That said, what exactly is your point? Let's see if MSU still lands that same quality recruit in 2-3 years. Then you will have a point worth making.

2:35 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

The D-Zone,
Time will tell on Thomas, but does seem like he might fit at Michigan.
Caputo

1:17 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Anonymous,
I didn't break it as "news." Just that if Michigan wants to be, well, Michigan again, they have to do better in the state.
Caputo

1:18 PM 

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