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Signing Day Hijinx: Small Schools Need Not Apply?

I love college football. You can all caps that emotive verb if you’d like: I LOVE it. When I’m on the sideline home or road and I see the teams come out of the tunnel with the band and the students and the vibe and AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! Love it.

So on days like today — National Signing Day — I get all fired up to see whose headed to UB Stadium and the Big House, who’ll be an Aztec or a Spartan. Yep, I get all fired up for about 10 minutes.

Sure the kids committing on ESPN have a significant chance of being major impact players at Bama, Ohio State and FSU, but the larger truth remains that these major networks  know less about these kids prospects than you’d think, in particular if you’re a fan of a non-BCS program. Examine UB’s best scored prospects from UB from 2008-10:

77: CB Carlos Lammons (09), RB James Potts (10)

76: C Rick Perez (09), WR Cordero Dixon (10)

74: DT Matt Hornbuckle (09), OT Jeremy Johnson (09), QB Alex Zordich (10)

72: DT Joel Wilson (08), OLB Dalonte Wallace (08)

71: ILB Dustin Tait (08), S Okoye Houston (10)

By my count, only six of those players wore the blue and white in front of me. Half or less of that number started a game. Granted there’s still time for those classes, but the fact is that those names either come from pedigree schools, families or states. They are getting love because of who is recruiting them and maybe even how they look in the one game versus high school players. This all goes without saying the hijinx we’ve seen involving recruiting “coordinators” at high schools who are essentially guys looking for finder’s fees (You don’t have to picture Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale standing above a high school gym, but you may if it pleases you).

Compare those 70+ numbers to these commits who received a rating of 40 from ESPN: QB Zach Maynard (08), DE Steven Means (08), OG Graham Whinery (08), LB Khalil Mack (09), OG Jasen Carlsen (10), Colby Way (10).

So when you see that UB signed a 76 OT from Michigan that was sought after by San Diego State, Michigan State and Army, that truly could be a legit boon for the Bulls (and here’s hoping Robert Riche is just that!). But it’s also just as likely that 45-rated OT Dan Collura from Dematha will go beast mode for the Bulls.

The point is even ESPN hasn’t reached a point where it can afford to pay “scouts” to really look into the majority of big-time prospects. Heck, Branden Oliver is shaping up to be UB’s best offensive threat ever and was “just” a 65. Mack may already be infringing on Davonte Shannon’s claims on the defensive side of the ball, and he was a 40.

Signing Day is great. It gives us college ball in February… but that’s about it. Bring on Spring ball, and then the Bulls at Georgia in about a half-year’s time.

Email: nick@fcbuffalo.org

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Quinner, Quinner, Chicken Dinner

It would make Buffalo professional sports fans angry to know how highly I prioritize the success of UB athletics, in particular my big three of football, hoops and soccer. If I bled particular hues of paint, it would be Bulls’ blue and white. So it brings me pride that on a relatively non-eventful media day… Continue Reading

College football one-liners: Week Two

— Russell Wilson and Wisconsin look as good as any school in NCAA football right now and I’d pay to watch them play LSU tomorrow. — UB may not have enough to top Ohio and Miami to grab a spot in the MAC Championship Game, but they can find six wins to become bowl eligible… Continue Reading

Opening Week Heightens Expectations for Bulls

Coming off a two-win season, there were far more ifs than expected wins rolling through the minds of UB football fans. IF the Bulls offensive line could hold up at the point of attack… and IF transfer quarterback Chazz Anderson could force defenses to respect the Bulls struggling run game…. and IF pass rushers Steven… Continue Reading

Monday Potluck: Baylor, Bills, UB & More

Follow me on Twitter and Facebook. (WECK 1230) — It was a wild weekend for Buffalo sports that spanned from Baylor to the Bills and from the riveting to Rivet. Bills/Dolphins Redux — I still have no love for the punt-snap safety strategy that cost the Bills one minute of play clock and the opportunity… Continue Reading

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UB Football 2010: Predictions and Preview

WECK GAME NIGHT: UB vs. Rhode Island, 7 p.m., UB Stadium (WECK1230). (WECK 1230) — Once you’ve gone to a bowl game, there is no other goal for a college program regardless of how many starters you lose. The seniors don’t want to hear about building up the team, or a new coach or a… Continue Reading

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Cookies for Rookies: Bills kids learn about town

VIDEO of C.J. Spiller interview VIDEO of Naaman Roosevelt interview (WECK 123o) — For the second-straight year, I found the Buffalo Bills rookies on their introductory tour of the city. Last year, my time with them occurred at New Era and the Commercial Slip. This year, my schedule only allowed for a stop at Spot… Continue Reading

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“The Late Nick Mendola” — Weds. May 5, 2010

” The Late Nick Mendola” debuted on WECK from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday evening.  I had several old friends and a couple new join the show, which was produced by TJ Schratz and Mike Cline. Mike is performing stand-up comedy in Rochester on Thursday night. I’ll be performing “The Late Nick Mendola” from 7-10 p.m. again… Continue Reading

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Bulls will go to one of three bowls

(WGR 550) –You’d think experts would know what they’re talking about. Despite ESPN bowl projections that currently have UB travelling to either Hawaii or Las Vegas for a bowl date due to weak power conferences, it is simply untrue, according to a school official. Now that Buffalo has won the MAC East Division, they can… Continue Reading

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What A Weekend

A riddle: What do a pulled hammy, a Trojan horse, a Catholic prayer, a Hoosier tap dance and a Venezuelan history lesson have in common? Your answer: My favorite sports weekend in recent memory. Let’s walk through it together. Saturday – Noon – Temple at Buffalo, UB StadiumIf there was a danger in my sports… Continue Reading

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