top 5 class, would it not?
Man, it's weird to be more excited about hoops than football this time of year.
We'd be a top 5 team with his commitment.
Arizona, Duke, UK, and KU will all be ranked ahead of ND by seasons end.
Lasz and the 3 verbals are ranked between 59 and 105 last I looked. That's awesome for ND, but not top 5.
Only adding Shittu would make this a top 5 class.
Rankings are done on current ability (and projected potential).
But is it better for a school to have a tenth ranked player for one year or a 30th ranked player who stays for three or four years?
As talented as many of these studs are, staying for only their freshman season they are still in early development physically and often don't fit especially well in team chemistry.
Kentucky is flag bearer for one and done strategy and only have one NCAA Championship over the past 19 years.
Of course can't project who will go and who will stay right now. But would be interesting to rank this year's class four years from now.
They have one top 20 stud and could very well land at least 2 more (they have room for 2 more based on available SS numbers).
No doubt a class of 3 top 20 recruits is going to trump what ND will have with the 3 verbals and Lasz.
I did forget about KU recently becoming Transfer U, so that could minimize 2018 recruiting.
While it's not apples to apples- if you insert this projected 4 man 2018 class into the 2017 rankings, it would be 9 at best. Behind #8 Louisville and likely ahead of #9 Xavier.
Reading LSU and Oregon could sign very highly rated classes.
And that's the key. 20-40% of those other players for the higher ranked classes will be gone after 1-2 years. Ours will stay 3-4 years so over the life of the class ND will have a top 3-4 class by junior year.
The trick is to keep loading from the bottom the same way. That turns ND into a team the U.K. Type teams can't beat with their 1-2 and done strategy.
It looks like he has a lot of offers...
...as far as I'm concerned.
Tailgate for a few hours, watch the scrimmage and then head back to Naperville in time to watch the game in the comfort of home.
This guy and it absolutely changes BB the next 5 years and probably has a 10+ year impact because it sets off a chain reaction that leads to continued recruiting success. and the coching that translates that into winning games.