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Old 02-05-2014, 12:38 PM   #181
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And FSU just missed on a 5 star DE, who signed with Miami wah wah hahaha
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After Pruitt left staff told him he'd be moving inside. He wants to play DE and didn't feel comfortable with the change at FSU.

He went to Nebraska on his OV because they contacted him literally 10 min after he decommitted (they were at his school recruiting another player). He really liked Neb but was pressured to commit. He did, and I think he was fine with his choice. We stayed after him, wanting him to know he did have a firm offer from us. His parents didn't want him to go that far away from home and convinced him to talk to our coaches.

Once he did it cleared up some of the confusion around what the Neb coaches had told him. Once he looked at both schools evenly he and his parents agreed that we'd be the best choice for him.

Nebraska boards are convinced we either paid him or his parents pressured him where he didn't want to go.

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Is FSU's class so stacked that this kid was expendable? Why the gray shirt offer? I for one am glad to have him as a Gamecock. Best wishes to the young man!
Hope it puts that chip on his shoulder to be a better player. Glad we signed him
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After Pruitt left staff told him he'd be moving inside. He wants to play DE and didn't feel comfortable with the change at FSU.

He went to Nebraska on his OV because they contacted him literally 10 min after he decommitted (they were at his school recruiting another player). He really liked Neb but was pressured to commit. He did, and I think he was fine with his choice. We stayed after him, wanting him to know he did have a firm offer from us. His parents didn't want him to go that far away from home and convinced him to talk to our coaches.

Once he did it cleared up some of the confusion around what the Neb coaches had told him. Once he looked at both schools evenly he and his parents agreed that we'd be the best choice for him.

Nebraska boards are convinced we either paid him or his parents pressured him where he didn't want to go.

Neither is true.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:55 PM   #188
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Wow, look at dat offer sheet. I'm sure some of those weren't legit offers, but this is freakin awesome! Closed with that DE we desperately needed. This is seriously a monumental get, I hope everyone appreciates how big this is.
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Could this be like the Skai Moore get from last year?
This guy can play...he and Dante Sawyer are very similar to me...shorter, stocky but can get under OT's pads a little easier.

Seems we like those type guys to go with Gerald Turner...anyone smell three-deep at that position for the future?
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I dunno.. but FSU and Nebraska only recruit big nasties.. you know this kid is gonna play mean.
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Great pick up from Ward here.
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Jr deserves some, if not most, of the credit for busting his ass on this one.
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Our coaching staff can develop him into a monster on the D-line. Hopefully Wideman follows his lead!
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Yeah, this guy is a big-time DE prospect that can slide inside if needed. He's very quick for his size. FSU crapped the bed on this one.

We're building serious depth along the d-line.
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Very quick off the ball, doesn't have elite pass rushing speed but does a nice job of moving laterally and shedding blocks. Uses great leverage at the line. My guess is that he'll redshirt and eventually slide inside after he picks up another 15 to 20 pounds. I know he wants to play DE, but I think he has a higher upside as a situational DT and a run stopping DE.
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Very quick off the ball, doesn't have elite pass rushing speed but does a nice job of moving laterally and shedding blocks. Uses great leverage at the line. My guess is that he'll redshirt and eventually slide inside after he picks up another 15 to 20 pounds. I know he wants to play DE, but I think he has a higher upside as a situational DT and a run stopping DE.
Of course with Clowney gone, we may change our approach to pass rushing. We haven't done a lot of blitzing lately, I guess Ward didn't feel like we needed to....so with BAW and some of the other LB, may go more with the Eric Norwood bringing pressure. I say this knowing that Thomas, Sawyer and Wideman (hopefully) can bring pressure on their own. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.
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Clearly, they think they have too many other good commitments at DL to take him right now. Who do you think they should have booted to make room for McClain?
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I like a big kid at one DE spot. We can always use a run stopping DE who hold the edge and not get pushed out of the way on outside runs. I feel like LSU always has a huge DE who can do that whereas ours are basically pass rushers.
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Clearly, they think they have too many other good commitments at DL to take him right now. Who do you think they should have booted to make room for McClain?
IMO he's better than 3 of their existing DL commitments, and is more versitile in that he can play the end or slip inside.

That's just my opinion though, I'm glad to have him.

It's not like FSU told him there was no room, Pruitt leaving was directly responsible for him decommitting.
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