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  1. Beaker

    2019 5* WR George Pickens Flips to UGA

    I know this may be hard for some to believe - but kids lie. Say what?!?!??!??!??!!? I teach school now and had to reprogram my brain....Some kids will absolutely lie to you and to your face. Some you can tell and some you can't. It's human nature, less I digress. This is not on Gus. I will be the last one to rejoin those on the Gus bus, but honest enough to correctly categorize this 'miss' on recruiting day. This still smells 'dirty' to me and the smell of money is coming from the East. That is my conspiracy theory. It is fun to see the progress / updates on the 2020 class!
  2. Beaker

    2019 5* WR George Pickens Flips to UGA

    Great point - never seen players turn on a recruit. Wow, good catch. I saw his video clip when he selected. I didn't see a bunch of joy/elation/relief. Makes me wonder if some cash may have been involved. Man I wish stuff was investigated and things were on the up and up. Start banning coaches for 10 yrs and that sheet would stop.
  3. E - you really make recruiting fun and keep me updated on all things. Thanks for your patience with all of us knuckleheads. Cheers!
  4. Beaker

    2020 NR Juco OT Jonathan Buskey Commits To AU!

    late bloomer - I like it. Need to find another one. Wonder if we can scour the Cali JUCO ranks...
  5. Beaker

    2019 5* WR George Pickens Flips to UGA

    No one person or persons needs to be blamed. The issue is how the young man conducted himself. He did so poorly. If you want to blame Gus, go ahead, but that is an overreach, as stated, George was on campus 3 days prior and told future teammates and coaches he was Auburn bound. Could a bag-man have played a role? Sure. Do we all suspect "Short-round" of playing dirty? Sure - makes no difference, Pickens showed horrible judgment and character. I agree, this kid may have so many issues in the future, his impact may be minimal. Think about Dez Bryant at Ok State - didn't even play his last year due to off the field issues.
  6. Beaker

    2019 5* WR George Pickens Flips to UGA

    What you miss is not the decision but the total lack of respect he showed for Auburn. Why should he show any respect toward Auburn? 1. we were his first D1 offer AND HE COMMITTED 2. the coaches remained committed to him for 550 days 3. the Auburn players he spent countless weekends with, stood by his decision to visit other programs 4. the weekend before NSD, he told players and coaches he was still coming All this would be 100% different if he had just decommitted and pursued all options and been honest with players and coaches. He could have still chosen Auburn on NSD...Had he done this, Auburn could have had a contingency plan on NSD. I would be endlessly embarrassed had my son done something so trashy. Even if he is 18, there would be consequences in my family for such.
  7. Beaker

    2019 Transfer Portal Thread

    dumb question - maybe... can a grad transfer come to Auburn, sit out a year, work on his grad work, then play the next year as he finishes his grad degree, graduating in that December? Gives him two Spring practices and two summers! You have to be patient, but you finish your masters and you will be fully integrated into Auburn and better prepared for the NFL, if that is your goal. ( I know grad transfers are not NFL ready or they would be going to the NFL, but you see where I am going with this....)
  8. yeah, pls share why the longer arms and height. I think it is to keep the guy away from the QB a bit more (ie - DL arms outstretched create problems), but I don't know either.
  9. Beaker

    Coaching Staff Changes?

    B Bryant did this a lot at bama in the 70s
  10. I like how you guys broke it down by position. Really do... I am a simpleman and I give the program a C- for this cycle. 1. yes - we got Bo (thanks to Pat Nix 20 yrs ago) & yes some positions we did great. Best recruit in 15 yrs prob (out of HS) 2. the truth is, we just regressed in OL development b/c we lose everyone of our OL next year ( I think ) and with that kind of carrot out there, we got two OL? No elite players to replaced those leaving or the major whiff on C Ashley! With those kind of holes, we can't do better? WOW This was our #1 NEED. 3. we only filled 21 slots, our competition brought in 20% more players to develop and share reps which helps with injuries and development. HUGE PROBLEM that we can't find 25-26 prospects we like, that like us enough. 4. We have 6 opponents we play that had higher ranked classes. Do we think Gus will be able to outcoach those 6 opponents and have less talent? ( I know, "but we won't play Oregon or UF in 2-3 yrs."...whatever, it will be someone else that is very competitive, you get my point: we are getting passed by TAMU now in our division and outgunned by 4-5 SEC schools every year). This is becoming a trend. Something has to change with our staff or recruiting to address the systemic problems I listed above. War Eagle, bring on A Day!
  11. Beaker

    Coaching Staff Changes?

    you guys are right, it's all about the relationship 1st and the right message 2nd. Unfortunately, you can you have a great coach, but if #1 is not there, #2 will never get through. Truth is, JB isn't making connections, thus the relationships aren't being built. How did we get the two we got? I am guessing the relationship is built with the area recruiter and they meet JB who "is out recruiting another area" and not spending a lot of time with them during the recruiting process. This worked on 2 OL, but we need this to work on 5 or 6 next cycle? Not gonna happen. Especially with elite OL prospects. something has to change.
  12. Beaker

    2019 Offical NSD Thread

    Gus needs to be on the phone tonight calling 2020 kids.... We literally have all the parts to have an elite team in 2020 and 2021, but we are going to be lacking an OL. How is that possible??? Gosh I hope I am wrong. We are really in a catch 22: Simmons has no coaching or recruiting experience and Grimes doesn't recruit well. Gus can't recruit highly credible coaches from other P5 programs. War Eagle & thanks for the banter today, boys. Still averaging much better classes than Tubs put together. Thus there is hope.
  13. Beaker

    2019 Offical NSD Thread

    When do the two OL players announce? Bothers? Will we offer another WR or athlete?
  14. Beaker

    2019 5* WR George Pickens Flips to UGA

    my meltdown: George Pickens acting like a punk and not showing Auburn any respect considering we were his first D1 offer. and of course OL recruiting