The Importance of Gerald Willis in Recruiting

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Yo whats up fam first and foremost I hope you all are prepping for tailgate season in anticipation of an undefeated home slate. Make sure not to skimp on the tequila.

All jokes and formalities aside, there have been some really good conversations about the lack of viable examples in terms of players going high in the draft after being coached by this staff at certain positions. One of which, and very ballyhooed, is Defensive tackle. Nesta aside we have been doing extra evals to identify players further down the developmental pipe to fill out our recruiting classes. Much like the DB convo Coach Macho introduced, the DT position hasn't had a strong opportunity very recently to display individuals going day 1 or early day 2 in the draft that recruits can point to and say, "Hey Miami put 2-3 players at DT in the first/second/third round, I can go there, go high ain the draft and get paid." The closest would be Chad Thomas who went in the third and play sometimes at DT.

The biggest reason in my eyes to this is that most DTs that go high are usually seniors, and the two we sent last year were juniors, who, we all can agree, would have seen better paychecks staying for their senior seasons and going into the draft 2019.

Enter Gerald Willis. After reading the Q&A with Coach Richt in the PBP, where he mentions Gerald probably would have left as well had he not sat out last year, it dawned on me how important it is for recruiting that Willis live up to potential this year. Most importantly live up to his potential in his SENIOR year, rather junior. With his documented growing (up) pains at UF and UM, hes a more public example of the shortcomings of immaturity. I believe if he balls out and is able to get to rd2 or rd3, due to staying through his senior year purposely to mature himself, that it can go along way to: A) begin a proving ground for recruits to see us put that position high in the draft, and B) tell players that are here and are coming in the future, don't be like Norton and Mac and leave early to get drafted late, be like Willis, mature, stay full term and get drafted early. Just my thoughts. Pick apart and give your opinions fam. Bless up.
 

Umbra

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100% agree. I think Willis will spend most of the season taking the opposing line's lunch.
 
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good post. very true. if those two bozos would have came back we really might have had the best defense in the nation.
 
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Yo whats up fam first and foremost I hope you all are prepping for tailgate season in anticipation of an undefeated home slate. Make sure not to skimp on the tequila.

All jokes and formalities aside, there have been some really good conversations about the lack of viable examples in terms of players going high in the draft after being coached by this staff at certain positions. One of which, and very ballyhooed, is Defensive tackle. Nesta aside we have been doing extra evals to identify players further down the developmental pipe to fill out our recruiting classes. Much like the DB convo Coach Macho introduced, the DT position hasn't had a strong opportunity very recently to display individuals going day 1 or early day 2 in the draft that recruits can point to and say, "Hey Miami put 2-3 players at DT in the first/second/third round, I can go there, go high ain the draft and get paid." The closest would be Chad Thomas who went in the third and play sometimes at DT.

The biggest reason in my eyes to this is that most DTs that go high are usually seniors, and the two we sent last year were juniors, who, we all can agree, would have seen better paychecks staying for their senior seasons and going into the draft 2019.

Enter Gerald Willis. After reading the Q&A with Coach Richt in the PBP, where he mentions Gerald probably would have left as well had he not sat out last year, it dawned on me how important it is for recruiting that Willis live up to potential this year. Most importantly live up to his potential in his SENIOR year, rather junior. With his documented growing (up) pains at UF and UM, hes a more public example of the shortcomings of immaturity. I believe if he balls out and is able to get to rd2 or rd3, due to staying through his senior year purposely to mature himself, that it can go along way to: A) begin a proving ground for recruits to see us put that position high in the draft, and B) tell players that are here and are coming in the future, don't be like Norton and Mac and leave early to get drafted late, be like Willis, mature, stay full term and get drafted early. Just my thoughts. Pick apart and give your opinions fam. Bless up.
we just gotta win.
 

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This is the blessing part of the curse of Norton and RJ leaving early. I think if both of them stayed, we never see what Gerald can do as one of the guys. He's just a guy. Now we can hopefully see the best of him. I think he's going to have a massive year.
 
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Dont know why he aint use Willis and Stan Dobard and get a footing in at their old high school Edna Karr. New Orleans people love Miami. We really could pull a kid every other year from that city
 
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Ive said it in multiple threads and I’ll eat crow if I’m wrong...he will have the best season that a UM DT has had since Sapp daddy in 1994.
 
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Yo whats up fam first and foremost I hope you all are prepping for tailgate season in anticipation of an undefeated home slate. Make sure not to skimp on the tequila.

All jokes and formalities aside, there have been some really good conversations about the lack of viable examples in terms of players going high in the draft after being coached by this staff at certain positions. One of which, and very ballyhooed, is Defensive tackle. Nesta aside we have been doing extra evals to identify players further down the developmental pipe to fill out our recruiting classes. Much like the DB convo Coach Macho introduced, the DT position hasn't had a strong opportunity very recently to display individuals going day 1 or early day 2 in the draft that recruits can point to and say, "Hey Miami put 2-3 players at DT in the first/second/third round, I can go there, go high ain the draft and get paid." The closest would be Chad Thomas who went in the third and play sometimes at DT.

The biggest reason in my eyes to this is that most DTs that go high are usually seniors, and the two we sent last year were juniors, who, we all can agree, would have seen better paychecks staying for their senior seasons and going into the draft 2019.

Enter Gerald Willis. After reading the Q&A with Coach Richt in the PBP, where he mentions Gerald probably would have left as well had he not sat out last year, it dawned on me how important it is for recruiting that Willis live up to potential this year. Most importantly live up to his potential in his SENIOR year, rather junior. With his documented growing (up) pains at UF and UM, hes a more public example of the shortcomings of immaturity. I believe if he balls out and is able to get to rd2 or rd3, due to staying through his senior year purposely to mature himself, that it can go along way to: A) begin a proving ground for recruits to see us put that position high in the draft, and B) tell players that are here and are coming in the future, don't be like Norton and Mac and leave early to get drafted late, be like Willis, mature, stay full term and get drafted early. Just my thoughts. Pick apart and give your opinions fam. Bless up.
This is about as dumb as it gets. He has no chance at being a 2nd & 3rd rounder outside of having a generational senior season. But congrats. Nice try, nice effort.
 
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Nick Fairley says hello. It can be done.

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GW has all the talent in the world so if he gets it all together i think he'll have a monster year and maybe he can be like Colbert and mentor some of the recruits
 
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good post. very true. if those two bozos would have came back we really might have had the best defense in the nation.
I won't call them bozos you never know the financial situation in a young kids family but yeah if they'd stayed we could really match Clemson
 
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I always pull for an underdog. According to several of our coaches, GW is a completely different man after taking last season off to get his head on straight. Got to admire GW's acknowledgement that he needed to take a step back and re-focus his efforts on not only becoming a better football player, but, most importantly, a better man. Additionally, the coaching staff sticking with him, supporting him, and giving him every opportunity to succeed. I hope he has a monster season, not only for the team, but as a reward for all of his hard work and determination.
 

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Ive said it in multiple threads and I’ll eat crow if I’m wrong...he will have the best season that a UM DT has had since Sapp daddy in 1994.
If he has a better than Wilfork, D Lewis or William Joseph than we are in for a great year...I hope you’re right.
 

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This is about as dumb as it gets. He has no chance at being a 2nd & 3rd rounder outside of having a generational senior season. But congrats. Nice try, nice effort.
You do realize that happens with a good percentage of players yearly right?
 
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Dont know why he aint use Willis and Stan Dobard and get a footing in at their old high school Edna Karr. New Orleans people love Miami. We really could pull a kid every other year from that city
N.O. always has very good talent. Same with rest of that state.
 
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This is about as dumb as it gets. He has no chance at being a 2nd & 3rd rounder outside of having a generational senior season. But congrats. Nice try, nice effort.
I've lost count of how many lineman have had 1 great year and then killed it in workouts, combine, interviews and the coaches back them up. If GW does all of that and we kill it this year trust he'll have a great chance for the first 2 rounds
 
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