SMU signed probably its best class since it closed the checkbook. Scout.com’s listed SMU as the No. 1 AQ (non-BCS) recruiting class. SMU focused on the offensive and defensive lines, which is a really, really good thing. First, because Padron has a good amount of his throws batted down. This is due to partly to his low release, partly to him staring down receivers, but also because the offensive line is not engaging the opposing team’s defensive line effectively (for example, not keeping them off-balance or keeping their hands down). Second, it will lead to better pass protection, which is an absolute necessity in a June Jones offense.
The defensive line was pretty strong last year, though having more good players rather than a couple standouts is always better. In football, the whole is often greater than the sum of the parts, or maybe I just can’t add. The best part of this class, though, is the depth it adds to the team. SMU has had some pretty good recruits in recent years. What is different for 2011, though, is that there are more than a some, there are a lot. The drop-off in talent from starters to second string has been pretty drastic, so it is nice to see more consistency.
DE Devon Moreland (probably the best recruit since the ’80s) and RB K.C. Nlemchi are two players to watch out for. A bunch of these players had offers from legit BCS schools, so SMU is headed in the right direction.
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