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Two star Laskey a diamond in the rough

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    I think he's a hard worker but he looks to have two star talent, let's not get too excited yet. He hasn't broken 4 tackles and taken it to the house against UGA yet.

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    Saw this on another board about recruiting rankings and thought it interesting. It's sort of a happy medium between the camp that loves the rankings and the camp that says it's full of bunk. I like it, but it's incomplete. There's guys with low rankings who fit one system better than another and then there's guys that, for one reason or another, completely go under the radar. The "poker" analogy doesn't account for these guys.

    Recruiting rankings are like poker hands. They measure potential, then it's all what the poker player/coach does with them.

    If you or I sat down and played poker for 85 hands with Phil Ivey and we got better hands 55 of the 85 times he'd probably still take our money. (He'd take mine anyway, you might play better than me.)

    Another thing to consider that has been brought up before is that the rankings take a snapshot at that point in a guy's development. Some guys still have spurts left to go through at age 17 or 18. Some kids are Little League All Stars because they are already 5'10", but they don't advance any more and others catch them.

    Of course you have a lot better chance with higher ranked players and you would prefer them if everything else was equal but there are ways to make do. If there weren't you could just hand out the trophies in February.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Reeves View Post
    I think he's a hard worker but he looks to have two star talent, let's not get too excited yet. He hasn't broken 4 tackles and taken it to the house against UGA yet.
    He hasn't played them yet. I agree that we should see him more before annointing him anything. But that goes for saying he "looks to have 2 star talent" too. In what little I've seen, I'd say at least 3 star talent. Another thing, intangibles aren't considered in the ratings, but matter big time in college football. How's that 5 star RB named Crowell working out for Uga?
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    i could care less if zach never had a star at this point. i just care that the OL gives him a hole and he gets us 4-7 YPC, blocks when he needs to, and hauls in 70+ yard TD catches when given the chance, again. i can live with that right now.

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    He hasn't broken 4 tackles total all season.

    He is a 2 star athlete as it relates to any other team but he is good at getting quick yards on dives if the blocking is there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonedwall View Post
    i could care less if zach never had a star at this point. i just care that the OL gives him a hole and he gets us 4-7 YPC, blocks when he needs to, and hauls in 70+ yard TD catches when given the chance, again. i can live with that right now.
    The kid protects the ball, too. I know it's expected, but many have trouble with it. Imo, he's an upgrade over Sims from last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dressedcheeseside View Post
    he's an upgrade over Sims from last year.
    he may be. He's not as strong but he's quicker. We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelluvaMGTmjr View Post
    He hasn't broken 4 tackles total all season.

    He is a 2 star athlete as it relates to any other team but he is good at getting quick yards on dives if the blocking is there.
    you gotta admit that, so far, he's at least giving us production. no, it's not the kinda production we would insist upon from a stud back like JD or even AA, but he's playing his role. he's not tackling himself. not tripping himself. not falling over his own feet. not falling on his tail with minimal contact. this IS an improvement over last season's BB production.

    sims is back this week. he'll get some snaps. we'll see where he stands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelluvaMGTmjr View Post
    he may be. He's not as strong but he's quicker. We'll see.
    He's a true soph. He has a big frame. My guess is he can add size, strength and power. By the time he's a senior, maybe even a junior, he'll be plenty big and strong enough.
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