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    Why do these guys who have a good chance at making the nfl go to the big schools with a ridiculous amount of rbs on the depth chart... yes i know they do it so they can get the national spotlight and be a national championship contender... but if i was in their shoes i'd choose a school like a Rutgers, Arkansas, etc... where i could be the starter as a soph instead of going to USC, Michigan, etc... where i MIGHT start as a senior...

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...ing.backs0820/
    The cold truth for Bradford is that he'll need to keep making special plays like that to earn even a modest number of touches this season. No other team has more depth at any one position than USC has at tailback, where Bradford will compete with nine other former high school phenoms for the right to be the feature back on the nation's top team.
    just saying
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  • #2
    Originally posted by mangini for pres View Post
    Why do these guys who have a good chance at making the nfl go to the big schools with a ridiculous amount of rbs on the depth chart... yes i know they do it so they can get the national spotlight and be a national championship contender... but if i was in their shoes i'd choose a school like a Rutgers, Arkansas, etc... where i could be the starter as a soph instead of going to USC, Michigan, etc... where i MIGHT start as a senior...

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...ing.backs0820/


    just saying
    Yeah, I agree it's become kinda ridiculous at SC. But hey, just because you don't start doesn't mean you won't get a shot in the NFL. I know of a few Ducks backup QB's who made it to the NFL with minimal playing time at Oregon. The NFL knows who's capable of playing in the league. If they're good enough, they'll get a shot. But I agree. Why not go to UCLA?

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    • #3
      You have to remember that 99% of these prospects are completely obliterating their high school competition and have the mindset that noone can beat them for a starting spot since they've dominated all their lives.
      I'm a state.

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      • #4
        wow, Rutgers considered a big school for football. never thought I'd see the day. does a heart good.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by scottyboy View Post
          wow, Rutgers considered a big school for football. never thought I'd see the day. does a heart good.
          reread the first post...

          "but if i was in their shoes i'd choose a school like a Rutgers, Arkansas, etc... where i could be the starter as a soph instead of going to USC, Michigan, etc... where i MIGHT start as a senior..."
          I'm a state.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Michigan View Post
            You have to remember that 99% of these prospects are completely obliterating their high school competition and have the mindset that noone can beat them for a starting spot since they've dominated all their lives.
            Exactly, the coaches are telling each player that, if he is the best player, he's going to play. After being better than everyone you've played your entire life along with probably being full of yourself, you believe that you can beat out all of the other high school all-americans.

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            • #7
              1. All of them think they are the best because they have been the best their entire lives.
              2. They don't have to be the #1 RB to get drafted. You can split time and still get picked. Look at Lendale/Reggie. Jones/McFadden will both be picked high.
              3. Rutgers is in Jersey,... Arkansas is in Arkansas,..... Southern Cal is in California....
              4. At some schools, like USC, you only need to start for 1 year. You are playing against top notch competition every day in practice and NFL scouts know that. Starting for 4 years can actually hurt your draft stock because a RB has only so many runs in his joints/knees.
              5. These kids are competitive and want to win. Going to USC or Michigan they are going to win. At Rutgers/Arkansas there is not guarantee... both probably will not be that good before long.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by scottyboy View Post
                wow, Rutgers considered a big school for football. never thought I'd see the day. does a heart good.
                Hate to ruin your day but he kind of said the opposite.

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                • #9
                  The main reason all these RB recruits choose SC is that they'd rather have a chance to play in the National Championship Game then the Texas or Capitol One Bowl. A good college career doesn't necessarily mean a chance to play in the NFL. If you compare it to the NFL, would you rather split carries in New England and have a chance to get a ring or be the feature back for the Lions and pick in the Top 10 every year? I know what team I'd pick.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TACKLE View Post
                    The main reason all these RB recruits choose SC is that they'd rather have a chance to play in the National Championship Game then the Texas or Capitol One Bowl. A good college career doesn't necessarily mean a chance to play in the NFL. If you compare it to the NFL, would you rather split carries in New England and have a chance to get a ring or be the feature back for the Lions and pick in the Top 10 every year? I know what team I'd pick.
                    Barry Sanders disagrees with you...


                    Originally posted by Halsey
                    I don't have to watch it to know it was not interesting.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TACKLE View Post
                      The main reason all these RB recruits choose SC is that they'd rather have a chance to play in the National Championship Game then the Texas or Capitol One Bowl. A good college career doesn't necessarily mean a chance to play in the NFL. If you compare it to the NFL, would you rather split carries in New England and have a chance to get a ring or be the feature back for the Lions and pick in the Top 10 every year? I know what team I'd pick.
                      That's not really the same thing since teams other than USC aren't exactly the Lions and being a feature back means a better chance at a future in the NFL.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cardsalltheway View Post
                        That's not really the same thing since teams other than USC aren't exactly the Lions and being a feature back means a better chance at a future in the NFL.
                        And more money...



                        Originally posted by Halsey
                        I don't have to watch it to know it was not interesting.

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                        • #13
                          I would be shocked if a number of them did not transfer within 2 years.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 504 to ATL View Post
                            I would be shocked if a number of them did not transfer within 2 years.
                            that's always what happens. when adrian peterson signed with oklahoma, tashard choice and courtney tennial transferred out. last year, choice and tennial led their teams (GTech and Tulsa) in rushing and combined for a total of 28 TD's.
                            I'm a state.

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                            • #15
                              USC and FSU pay better then the small schools do :P

                              Seriously though there is alot of reasons to go to a ND, Michigan, Penn State, Da U, FSU, UF, UG, etc etc etc

                              Big time schools and all get more exposure for their players. They believe they can beat out folks and they have history of successful running backs.

                              When I think USC football I think of OJ
                              When I think UM football I think of Portis or McGhee, Edge, etc etc etc

                              You can go down the list school by school of course and find top flight talents at lot of these programs with the traditions. Remember colleges are about more then football as well. From the atmosphere to the enviroment where they are at. (If you had the chance to look at hotties on south beach or the crappy NJ shore, which would you pick really?). No Offense to New Jersey but I think the weather and women here are bit, more ... yep :) Same could be said for UCLA or USC.

                              You can find a lot of reasons for them to go there. Also the locations where the schools are play a big part if the kid grew up a michigan fan you really think he will go to Ohio State or Penn State? That would be the same as a Miami Fan going to UF or FSU. Or visa versa

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