Lemming talks signing day on CTL
Thu, 7 Feb 2013|
CBS recruiting analyst Tom Lemming joins the Chicago Tribune Live panel to discuss Wednesday's national signing day - 2/7
-- -- recruiting day has come and gone to college football joining us discussed the winners and losers he is the best recruiting expert the country. He's Tom lining. All right let's start with Notre Dame we have seen before Charlie Weis getting good classes but it can trance. Form itself in a really good teams how good is this class of the. Is a great class or number three. In the country but Alabama is so far and everybody else and you know I think there were close to two which would -- Ohio State. But I think when learning fans got to realize that I'm Tyrone Willingham had a great class Bob Davie had wondering class sort of Charlie Weis he couldn't put two or three or four together. Nick Saban spent five together -- that's reason why they're so far ahead of Notre Dame -- a bowl game. So I think Irish fans can take this. As a start but they got to finish it now because last year's class slowly lost five of the best -- at the very end. In it in the turn out to have an average and learning class so they got to get to get the depth to compete against Alabama they've got to have about three straight grade classes are. Ohio State goes he gets an SEC guy and Urban Meyer. That from reading what you've written you said he had an SEC -- -- that accurate yeah I didn't mean I had -- urban was here two weeks ago and have breakfast -- of them out by the airport and were talking about that he says you know. I think it started we're really -- -- we just completely recruit almost his entire time and Ed from Ohio maybe now they get a eject him from New Jersey but mainly Ohio Earle Bruce followed that up so Dejan Cooper. And in Tressel his whole life was spent in Ohio so he did it. Urban you know he'll go after top six or seven guys in Ohio get there the other 1518 guys from the rest of the country going after SEC style players and that's what he's doing now. He left Ohio information you know came in and got. The players that are housing to offer and everything -- can beat him on him but almost everybody -- and out of Ohio. Urban that offer right what about locally didn't northern Illinois northwestern. The Illini had a those teams still believe they're not all who did very well which is surprising. -- really had taken -- to -- an -- and with context with the Big Ten Illinois fourth. Had a great year affirmed then you're on the field -- dusty -- -- -- their numbers by junior college players are gonna come in ready to play. And overall high school players the good Aaron Bailey from -- -- an outstanding ball -- they got -- being an athlete out of Columbus, Ohio. I thought you know for only winning one game they did a tremendous job. Did Tim -- who's got the aggressiveness the personality. And the in the world thought of a southeast conference coach he just. He needs to have more time and I know my fans are not patient and hopefully they give -- four years I think he's gonna see the turnaround. Northwestern always a great class to me FitzGerald is a national recruiter he knows the type of ball players that fit into his system. A lot of people that are really big names he's got a couple of them like -- LB I thought was fantastical for the past three years but overall very Smart. -- athletic he's more athletic than most people given credit for and they fit perfectly -- -- Census Bureau wants it would have northwestern. Know pat is a guy he as he let one kid leave to go to cal said. When we got engaged that moment I love seeing that why don't more coaches do that. They're afraid of losing their jobs and not practice georgians got job security he's got the cabin ensuing making go get another ball player of equal ability he's not gonna let somebody dictate to them. Because in my opinion you teach your kids if you give your word you stick to what you shake their hand as a coach and say coach -- -- you expect and listen to it and you and they expect you -- -- -- -- Nowadays there's so many kids flipping that there had to track -- some guys 34 different school. Schools at a time there's one guy so I'm not seeded Georgia this year just two weeks ago committed egos so in the newspaper -- committed to Florida State but I'm. My one and two schools are tennis in Georgia. So he's I think they need to have the definition of the word commitment and I said this. In the papers are likes him I'm engaged but I selected date other girl gets a similar Oliva what I how about Ole miss Ole miss has an unbelievable class hi Hugh freeze pull this off. Lot of people aren't thinking that -- them in some underhanded but I I don't think so I think the number one player in the country driver can -- -- in Allen's. I'm Michelle -- used to not Houston recruiting can be she's brother -- -- brother Denzel. And the families are very close to telling amounts is I don't wanna be gone to different places I don't wanna be going to Baton Rouge in my other sons and and Mississippi. So I think she's gonna pull together so the number one player in the country kind of falls into his lap. The number one wide receiver look on federal lot of -- -- his best friend was first committed to Michigan couldn't give him probably academically. Chose Ole miss and his best friends and all -- Before you freak -- there so he winds up going to Ole -- still sort of got two of the very best players in the country. Who then we're down three or four other ones in this past -- definite hum normalcy proving. Remember what happened country Laramie -- Al wasn't even thinking about all this at this time last week. But my quad and -- say we're we're coming and we want you to come to -- -- in. You -- good recruiter and he's not that good. That the fab five type thing magnet guys work I'll talk to get they talk together I think that's there with the way of the world right now Shane Morris did that permission can talk a lot of plays in. And Ann -- how about northern Illinois coming up the orange ball that they have a solid recruiting year I thought he did fantastic you know -- a coaching change I'm going to be seeing Dave -- another week out in on North Carolina and I was talking about because. It is almost like they didn't skip a B they did lose a little momentum and then two weeks later the right back in and got some good ball players and all. I had the chipping was talking about the turner cannot a couple of high school and -- what you saw him and I -- -- -- Big Ten back that could have played Big Ten. That is running back coach in Cincinnati where he's probably gonna wind up. Chose to come to northern they're below land him and I think he's a big -- they then Michael Turner and they've had dagger wolf some pretty big time backs and I think he's gonna fit right in appreciate you being here my pleasure that is the best recruiting -- there's nobody better he is Tom Fleming -- obviously.