I don't really agree. MU signed four or five STL kids directly after what happened in 2015. MU started losing in 2015 and 2016. That was a bigger problem with local recruits than the off-field stuff in 2015, in my opinion. I can't recall a local recruit ever talking about the protests as a factor in their decision to pick another school.
Agreed. What happened in 2015 surely affected MU's enrollment overall, but I think it had less of a drag on recruiting for athletics.
Yes and yes. I'll throw in Mark Stoops. Kentucky has poured a lot of money into that program and it seems UK has started to stall under his watch. Kentucky is far more competitive than it's been in a long time, but a step back this year will turn up the heat.
I don't have the recruiting financial numbers in front of me, but I can safely say no, they're not similar. Alabama spent $145 million on athletics last year compared to Mizzou at $94 million and Miss State at $84 million.
He'll be in the mix at tight end, but he won't play ahead of the two established tight ends, Okwuegbunam and Blanton. He'll have to compete with Logan Christopherson for the No. 3 tight end - and maybe even Messiah Swinson, the freshman tight end. Dooley used some three- and four-tight end formations in the spring, so there should be no shortage of opportunities for Scales.
I didn't state that Alabama spends that much on recruiting - just athletics overall. That includes salaries, facilities, equipment, recruiting, etc.
I'm not sure what his role will be, but he'll have a chance to compete for time on the wing with Watson. Martin has known him for a long time and said he's got scoring ability. This team needs perimeter scoring.
Albert O certainly has a chance if he has a really strong year. Otherwise, I'm not sure there's a junior or redshirt sophomore on this team I'd expect to make the jump. Maybe if Crockett blows up and has a monster season.
OK, folks. I've got to hit the road to St. Louis. Hope to see you at the MAC tonight. Cheers.