By: Michael Holloway
Total Post: 2
I want a Do over!
Nov 2, 2010
For the first time since 2005 and only the 4th time this century none of the big three are in national title contention. This is simply amazing to me considering that all three programs have recruited extremely well on the surface but when you take a deeper look their personnel decisions(especially UF and UM) as much as their coaching have lead to their lackluster seasons. These scenarios always leave room for the what-ifs and here are a couple decisions that I think that the involved coaches would like a do-over on.
We will start with the most blatantly obvious mistake and that was the decision of the Florida Gators to recruit Quarterback John Brantley. First of all let me say that of all the great High School QBís that have come through Florida in the last decade(Xavier Lee, Tim Tebow, Robert Marve, Aaron Murray, and Stephen Garcia) Brantley was the only one that had the makings of a High NFL first round pick. Brantley had a quick release, made great decisions with the football, was deadly accurate, and has a Rocket attached to his right arm. The only problem was Brantley was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. The spread offense was all the rage in college football at that point in time and there were very few teams running the traditional Pro-Style Offense that Brantley would have thrived in. Keep in mind Nick Saban was still in
Let me start out by saying that at heart I am a FSU fan but I have rooted for the Hurricanes since Shannon arrived(accept of course when they were playing FSU) due to the fact that I wanted to see an African-American head coach be successful at a tradition rich school such as Miami.
Yes Jacari Gore is skinny probably too skinny to ever develop into a reliable tailback at the collegiate level. However he is special in space and LSU will benefit from having the speed demon on campus for the next 4 years. Travis Benjamin and Lamar Miller are great players but I think Gore would have made plays in space that the Hurricanes have definitely needed this year. To be honest if Eduardo Clements is playing as a true freshman the canes could have found room for Gore who practically begged for an offer. Instead he could become LSUís primary playmaker in 2 years.
Finally we arrive at Patrick Peterson (AKA Patrick Johnson) considered to be the cornerstone of Miamiís Top Ranked 2008 recruiting class before switching his commitment to LSU. Everyone knew Peterson was the real deal from his junior year on. He is a lock down once in a decade talent that any school would have done anything to have (Iíve heard that LSU did ďa lotĒ to get him but thatís another segment). The point is that Peterson was then and is now the best player in the country and although Brandon Harris is a very good player pairing him with Peterson would have been lethal to opposing offenses. Peterson changed his commitment at the Under Armour All-American game but changed his mind before signing day supposedly due to the fact that he felt
Its been said that hindsight is 20/20 and it should be pointed out that there have been hundreds of decisions on players that both of these programs that have made that have turned out great for the program. However we live in a culture where the grass is always greener and it has to be painful for Gators and Canes to look at their rosters and think of what could have been.
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