Friday, March 7, 2008

Irish Recruiting Recap: Offensive Line

After witnessing the Irish O Line struggle throughout the 2007 season, you can't overestimate the importance of getting some fresh blood injected into this unit. While I expect that significant improvement on the line next year will come from current players refocusing and developing, you always need an infusion of fresh bodies and talent on the line. The Irish added 4 solid prospects to the O line group this recruiting class.

Trevor Robinson: Trevor is the most heralded of the group signed by the Irish and should be a mainstay at guard in the coming years. He is exactly what the Irish needed in an interior lineman. He is big, strong, physical, and not afraid to mix it up. Trevor is already from a size standpoint able to contribute and being an early enrollee will help him even more. I watched Trevor closely at the Army All American game and came away extremely impressed. His run blocking is superior right now. Trevor can come in right now and contribute as a run blocker on the line. Where he really needs to work and improve is in his pass blocking. Watching him, I suspect that his high school did not throw the ball a whole lot. Trevor's pass blocking technique is not awful, it is just pretty raw right now. The good part is that he has all the things you can't coach already there -- size, natural strength, attitude, etc. While I don't know that he will start next season, I do think he will provide some solid competition for Turkovich and Olsen and push them hard. If those guys don't have a fire lit under them now, they soon will. You can clearly tell why Trevor was one of the first prospects targeted by the coaching staff last year.

Braxston Cave: This guy has to be a favorite for Irish fans already. The stuff he did to help cement this recruiting class speaks loudly to his leadership ability and character. As a player, Braxston is pretty darn good in his own right. I had a tough time evaluating Braxston on his high school tape because I am not real high on Indiana high school football and the competition he faced. What I could tell is that he plays hard and he plays nasty. I loved his attitude. What really helped me get a picture of Braxston was his performance at the ESPN Under Armour game. He looked fantastic. I saw a guy who played with much better technique than I previously thought and who is not intimidated in the least (plus he pancaked Omar Hunter which made me smile). Braxston has real good size for a center/guard and could help early, though I don't see him cracking the starting lineup as a freshman. With Braxston and Mike Golic coming in, I expect one of these guys to eventually shift to guard.

Mike Golic: The first recruit to commit in his class, Mike is the son of former Irish player Mike Golic, Sr. Mike is going to contribute to this program before all is said and done, you can count on that. He plays with excellent technique and has a very advanced understanding of technique and leverage. Where he needs to improve is in his size and his adjustment to top competition, as I don't believe he played against very good competition in high school. While I think Mike is at least 2 years away from contributing on the line, I believe he can contribute very early, possibly as a freshman, as a long snapper. While I think Mike has the poise and ability to serve as the long snapper as a freshman, I am really hoping that the Irish find an alternative, because he would really benefit from having the redshirt year to gain size and strength. I think Mike is going to be one of those guys where he kind of goes unseen in the program for a couple of years, people forget about him, and then he makes a big jump and is a contributor likely by his junior year.

Lane Clelland: Lane is probably the only projected offensive tackle that the Irish signed in this recruiting class. He is a hard nosed kid who is not afraid to mix it up. 2 things stand out to me about Lane right now. First, he has a great understanding of leverage. As a wrestler in high school, Lane has really learned the value of playing with leverage. You can't overestimate how important this is. I wish more O linemen had a wrestling background. Second, likely because of his wrestling and weight class restrictions, Lane is small right now. He needs to add a lot of size and strength before he is ready to contribute. If you were to look at Lane right now next to a Sam Young or Paul Duncan or Matt Romine, you would clearly know who the freshman was. This will come with time. While I wish that the Irish could have signed an additional lineman in this class who could contribute as a freshman at tackle, Lane will be a fine player down the road for the Irish. I will say this about Lane -- his freshman year is going to be extremely important for him to make big size gains and a positive impression as I believe the Irish will be targeting at least 2 tackles in this coming class who they feel will be ready and able to play early.

Your thoughts?

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know jack and sh*t about these players. It's obvious that you're basing your entire analysis on the Army All-American game.

"Watching him, I suspect that his high school did not throw the ball a whole lot."

Yeah that pretty much says it all. Elkhorn threw the ball quite a bit. I should know, I went to every one of their games.

Just like every other Notre Dame blogger.... talking out of your ass about players you know nothing about.

Sir John said...

Well anonymous, and by the way being to afraid you use your name or handle in a "negative and attacking post." Jeese you guys must patrol ND sites to be insulting. Get a life dweeb.

I found Irish Glory's analysis very sharp. Great that you could go to every Elkhorn game Mr expert, Presumably you live very close?
Are you confused that Irish Glory and people like me living in different States can attend Elkhorn games? We make judgemnts based on what we see.

IrishGlory said...

Anonymous - I fully respect your right to post your opinions and if you disagree with my views, all the better. Makes for better debates and discussions. I am not sure why you feel the need to spew venom and apparent disdain in expressing your views, as I feel we should be able to have respectful disagreements, but I suppose that is your issue. That is fantastic that you attended all Elkhorn games. That should make you a great resource, should you choose to contribute in that fashion. I simply go by what I see, no more, no less. I do not proclaim to be an expert or to have watched every down of every game. Hence, why I phrased it that I "suspect" that they did not throw the ball often. As I said, I go by what I see, and what I see in Trevor AT THIS STAGE of his development is a dominant run blocker and a good pass blocker with lots of room to improve. Let's keep in mind that we are talking about 18 year old kids here. None of them are remotely close to being finished products.

BigE said...

Good analysis Irishglory. I too expect our two seniors and four junior linemen to turn things around for ND this year. Perhaps anonymous is a scorned big red fan, left at the alter by Robinson's decommit. Get a life.

Face Mask said...

Nice read,good work.Anon can go pound sand.

Anonymous said...

[u][b]Xrumer[/b][/u]

[b]Xrumer SEO Professionals

As Xrumer experts, we possess been using [url=http://www.xrumer-seo.com]Xrumer[/url] quest of a long fix for the time being and know how to harness the enormous power of Xrumer and turn it into a Bills machine.

We also provender the cheapest prices on the market. Numberless competitors see fit cost 2x or consistent 3x and a lot of the opportunity 5x what we charge you. But we feel in providing gigantic accommodation at a low affordable rate. The entire something of purchasing Xrumer blasts is because it is a cheaper substitute to buying Xrumer. So we aim to stifle that thought in cognizant and yield you with the cheapest standing possible.

Not solitary do we take the unexcelled prices but our turnaround time for your Xrumer posting is wonderful fast. We will take your posting done ahead of you certain it.

We also produce you with a ample log of successful posts on contrasting forums. So that you can notice also in behalf of yourself the power of Xrumer and how we hold harnessed it to emoluments your site.[/b]


[b]Search Engine Optimization

Using Xrumer you can think to distinguish thousands upon thousands of backlinks for your site. Scads of the forums that your Location you intent be posted on oblige great PageRank. Having your tie-in on these sites can really help strengthen up some top quality endorse links and as a matter of fact riding-boot your Alexa Rating and Google PageRank rating utterly the roof.

This is making your site more and more popular. And with this inflate in popularity as superbly as PageRank you can keep in view to witness your place really rank expensive in those Search Engine Results.
Conveyance

The amount of conveyance that can be obtained before harnessing the power of Xrumer is enormous. You are publishing your locality to tens of thousands of forums. With our higher packages you may still be publishing your locale to HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of forums. Visualize 1 mail on a stylish forum disposition almost always rig out 1000 or so views, with say 100 of those people visiting your site. Modern create tens of thousands of posts on in demand forums all getting 1000 views each. Your traffic will function at the end of one's tether with the roof.

These are all targeted visitors that are interested or exotic in the matter of your site. Envision how divers sales or leads you can fulfil with this titanic gang of targeted visitors. You are truly stumbling upon a goldmine ready to be picked and profited from.

Reminisce over, Shipping is Money.
[/b]

BECOME ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT YOUR INFERIOR DEFAME TODAY:


http://www.xrumer-seo.com

Anonymous said...

Takings Our Unfit Prices at www.Pharmashack.com, The Eye-catching [b][url=http://www.pharmashack.com]Online Dispensary [/url][/b] To [url=http://www.pharmashack.com]Buy Viagra[/url] Online ! You Can also Espy Monumental Deals When You [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/cialis.html]Buy Cialis[/url] and When You You [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/levitra.html]Buy Levitra[/url] Online. We Also Insult off in a Fundamental Generic [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/phentermine.html]Phentermine[/url] As a employees to Your Nutriment ! We Hawk Possessions [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/viagra.html]Viagra[/url] and Also [url=http://www.pharmashack.com/en/item/generic_viagra.html]Generic Viagra[/url] !

Anonymous said...

Predilection casinos? grill this advanced [url=http://www.realcazinoz.com]casino[/url] number the same and wing it humiliate online casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and more at www.realcazinoz.com .
you can also descry finished our untrained [url=http://freecasinogames2010.webs.com]casino[/url] confide something at http://freecasinogames2010.webs.com and displace in pucka tangled dough !
another braggart [url=http://www.ttittancasino.com]casino spiele[/url] lure is www.ttittancasino.com , as a substitute in compensation of german gamblers, array freed online casino bonus.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ally,

For long time I use this free software: [url=http://www.freeflvtomp3converter.com]FLV to MP3 free converter[/url].

FLV to MP3 free converter is a free YouTube, MegaVideo, vSocial and similar video sites to MP3 Converter and allows you to convert a video to MP3 file.

This software is fast, free, and requires no signup. All you need is a FLV Video file, and this software will extract the MP3, and give you an audio file.

So you are able to listen to your favorite YouTube tracks on every MP3 player.

You can download it for free at [url=http://www.freeflvtomp3converter.com]www.freeflvtomp3converter.com[/url].

I hope this help you.

Anonymous said...

It isn't hard at all to start making money online in the undercover world of [URL=http://www.www.blackhatmoneymaker.com]blackhat tools[/URL], It's not a big surprise if you have no clue about blackhat marketing. Blackhat marketing uses little-known or little-understood avenues to build an income online.

Anonymous said...

www.pornvideoonline.info

http://www.pornvideodownload.info

www.pornvideotorrent.info

http://www.gaypornonline.info

http://www.teenpornonline.info

http://www.freepornvideosonline.info

http://www.bestpornvideo.info

[url=http://www.pornvideoonline.info]Porn video online[/url]
[url=http://www.pornvideodownload.info]Porn video download[/url]
[url=http://www.pornvideotorrent.info]Porn video torrent[/url]
[url=http://www.gaypornonline.info]Gay porn online[/url]
[url=http://www.teenpornonline.info]Teen porn online[/url]
[url=http://www.freepornvideosonline.info]Free porn videos online[/url]
[url=http://www.bestpornvideo.info]Best porn video[/url]

Term Papers said...

I have been visiting various blogs for my Term Papers research. I have found your blog to be quite useful. Keep updating your blog with valuable information... Regards

Anonymous said...

earn money http://www.333eur.com/

Anonymous said...

Generic Viagra contains Sildenafil and it is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is the inability of the penis to become rigid, or stay firm long enough to complete the sexual act.Generic Viagra is used to increase blood flow to certain areas of the body, as a muscle relaxant and as a male impotence or erectile dysfunction treatment. Generic Propecia is a one-a-day, FDA-approved, treatment for male pattern hair loss at the crown or in the middle of the scalp (androgenetic alopecia). Viagra is the world renowned medicine for erectile dysfunction and most men have forgotten they ever had a problem with erections after its use. Take it on empty stomach and it will work in 30 minutes. Erections can be achieved on stimulation.Generic Cialis is consumed orally and has quickly become one of the most prescribed medications. Generic Levitra has been clinically proven to improve erectile function, even in men who had other health factors, like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes

Anonymous said...

link to [b]download software for windows[/b] are available here:

download software for windows
[url=http://www.downloadsoftwareforwindows]download software for windows[/url]

[url=http://www.downloadsoftwareforwindows/products/download-ipod-video-converter/productpage.php]download ipod video converter[/url]

download dvd to zune converter

Anonymous said...

In such case, you will be provided by many affluent institutions just before you act like loans. Consider all finance charges when pay day loans are a outrance high. [url=http://cleverpaydayloans.co.uk]payday loans online[/url] Again, payday cash advance loans are appropriate for getting acceptation checking and anatomize faxing with payday loans as well. It is aesthetically arranged for all those peel who are busy in their life and do not have much time to absorb getting a loan. Problems do be found if you can't pay the loan on time, but when you're to feel more accepting. You must attain above and beyond be able to help you realise that fiercely needed abrade. The most authoritative Western of this kind of finance is that the loan called for, no accept MO absolute and even no pledging collateral. The ability that the borrowed scams in the act you have no idea about it. So, by no means miss out to grab appear like high rate of accent. Furthermore, they accept that you get a loan that you altogether can certainly get the Swiss bank account that they need and deserve within hours.

Anonymous said...


Discount Viagra [url=http://www.viagradiscount.us] Discount Viagra [/url]http://www.viagradiscount.us

Anonymous said...


Cialis[url=http://www.cialis.gd]Cialis[/url]http://www.cialis.gd
Viagra[url=http://www.viagra.gd]Viagra[/url]http://www.viagra.gd
Buy Cialis [url=http://www.buy-cialis-online.biz] Buy Cialis [/url]http://www.buy-cialis-online.biz

Anonymous said...

&&& Viagra Online Without Prescription %%% [url=http://www.viagra-online-without-prescription.biz]Viagra Online Without Prescription[/url] 778856 http://www.viagra-online-without-prescription.biz ((()0
Cialis &&&& [url=http://www.cialis.gd]Cialis[/url] %%% http://www.cialis.gd (()) Viagra **&& [url=http://www.viagra-no-prescription.com]Viagra[/url] %%% http://www.viagra-no-prescription.com
(()) Viagra **** [url=http://www.viagra.gd]viagra online without prescription[/url] %%% http://www.viagra.gd
$$%% Cialis Online (()) [url=http://www.cialisonline-usa.com]Cialis Online[/url] +++ http://www.cialisonline-usa.com

Anonymous said...

the sale or purchase of controlled prescription cialis price cialis price,cialis cialis, viagra cialis price,viagra online cialis price
http://genericcialispricegnf.com#cialis http://cialisonlinepillsgkd.com#cialis online http://genericviagraonlinejvrg.com#viagra http://buyviagraonlinertvr.com#viagra online

Anonymous said...

others refer customers to "script" doctors who cialis cialis,cialis pills cialis price, generic viagra cialis price,buy viagra cialis
http://genericcialispricegnf.com#cialis online http://cialisonlinepillsgkd.com#cialis http://genericviagraonlinejvrg.com#viagra http://buyviagraonlinertvr.com#buy viagra

Anonymous said...

certain stimulants, such as amphetamines, can generic cialis generic cialis,cialis cialis price, viagra cialis,viagra online cialis price
http://genericcialispricegnf.com#cialis pills http://cialisonlinepillsgkd.com#cialis pills http://genericviagraonlinejvrg.com#generic viagra http://buyviagraonlinertvr.com#viagra online

Anonymous said...

This information is overgeneralized or exaggerated. generic cialis generic cialis,cialis cialis, generic viagra cialis price,viagra online generic cialis
http://genericcialispricegnf.com#cialis http://cialisonlinepillsgkd.com#cialis pills http://genericviagraonlinejvrg.com#generic viagra http://buyviagraonlinertvr.com#viagra

Anonymous said...

They're very talkative because they're trying to cialis generic cialis,cialis online cialis, viagra cialis,viagra generic cialis
http://genericcialispricegnf.com#cialis http://cialisonlinepillsgkd.com#cialis online http://genericviagraonlinejvrg.com#viagra online http://buyviagraonlinertvr.com#buy viagra

Anonymous said...

480-391-8600 cialis cialis,cialis pills cialis, viagra online cialis,buy viagra cialis
http://genericcialispricegnf.com#cialis pills http://cialisonlinepillsgkd.com#cialis pills http://genericviagraonlinejvrg.com#generic viagra http://buyviagraonlinertvr.com#viagra online

Anonymous said...

pet insurance Vaccinations and routine treatments, such as worming and flea treatments, are generally excluded from cover, as is neutering. Your furry friend can continue to bust a teeth or bone tissue inside your home, and that may need expensive veterinary clinic treatment.