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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappDaddy View Post
    What is the story with Porter? Do they expect him to be eligible or is he hope for the best recruit? I find it unlikely that he turned down all of the offers it shows him getting to come here. They were likely retracted at some point.
    He was in national honors society so don't think eligibility is a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappDaddy View Post
    What is the story with Porter? Do they expect him to be eligible or is he hope for the best recruit? I find it unlikely that he turned down all of the offers it shows him getting to come here. They were likely retracted at some point.
    ESPN had him rated as a 4 star with a composite rating of 80 which is, by far, our highest rated recruit if that is what you are asking.

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    One thing that I think is causing people to be disappointed in this class is that they had way over the top expectations. It takes more than 2 months to build a high level class. Take into account that a lot of the players that we would have recruited were already signed or committed to other programs by the time we started the process, just adds to how hard it would have been to put together a big time class. We lost 2 top commits to SEC programs and lost a battle to Kiffin. With all that we still found pieces that fit needs and guys that we can redshirt and develop.

    Expectations are high with a new coach but it is a process that takes time. Napier doesn't come across as a guy who doesn't have a plan. We still have 2 scholarships available and next year Louisiana is loaded with talent. We are fine and this staff will put together a great class for 2019.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zephyr View Post
    ESPN had him rated as a 4 star with a composite rating of 80 which is, by far, our highest rated recruit if that is what you are asking.
    Not what I was asking. Asking why he chose us and not Florida, Auburn, Louisville, etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clutch0364 View Post
    One thing that I think is causing people to be disappointed in this class is that they had way over the top expectations. It takes more than 2 months to build a high level class. Take into account that a lot of the players that we would have recruited were already signed or committed to other programs by the time we started the process, just adds to how hard it would have been to put together a big time class. We lost 2 top commits to SEC programs and lost a battle to Kiffin. With all that we still found pieces that fit needs and guys that we can redshirt and develop.

    Expectations are high with a new coach but it is a process that takes time. Napier doesn't come across as a guy who doesn't have a plan. We still have 2 scholarships available and next year Louisiana is loaded with talent. We are fine and this staff will put together a great class for 2019.
    To your point, Napier said after a break, they'll start working on the 2019 class Feb. 15. As in ... next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappDaddy View Post
    Not what I was asking. Asking why he chose us and not Florida, Auburn, Louisville, etc...
    His weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by jllanclos View Post
    To your point, Napier said after a break, they'll start working on the 2019 class Feb. 15. As in ... next week.
    Yup. With a focus on Louisiana. They are going to move outward once they have Louisiana evaluated.

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    344 lbs, big schools were worried about how much he needs to lose


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    For those worried about the Cajuns ranking being low in the SBC, consider this. 8 players from this class will likely be contributors in 2018. Those include the 3 JUCO's, the 2 grad transfers, and three freshman. The three freshman are the punter Burns, the big guy in Porter, and LB Kris Moncrief. Why do I say Moncrief? Answer is because a staff member told me after the program last night that Moncrief is by far the best player we signed yesterday. That is a surprise to some as some of his other offers were by FCS schools. That may be because he focused on offense for most of his HS career as a RB. Once again point of all this post is that the rankings/stars etc. are meaningless at our level. Getting eight players to be contributors in Year 1 is something most would be pleased with.


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    Pretty sure he's eligible.....I think they are scared of his weight. He's gonna have to lose bigly, 30 to 40 pounds, to play. we couldn't pass on this one...


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    If you get and offer from Vandy you are eligible


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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappDaddy View Post
    Not what I was asking. Asking why he chose us and not Florida, Auburn, Louisville, etc...
    He's very smart.

    If he ran the talent graveyard numbers, Louisiana is a noBrainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by basinbear View Post
    Pretty sure he's eligible.....I think they are scared of his weight. He's gonna have to lose bigly, 30 to 40 pounds, to play. we couldn't pass on this one...
    Hamilton was the same weight when he signed. He started four years and played in the NFL. There is a precedent in getting a contribution from someone like Porter. They can start getting this guy in shape come June when he enrolls and participates in the summer workout program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajunsmike View Post
    Hamilton was the same weight when he signed. He started four years and played in the NFL. There is a precedent in getting a contribution from someone like Porter. They can start getting this guy in shape come June when he enrolls and participates in the summer workout program.
    Not only Porter, but our overall OL and especially our DL. For Hud's first 3-4 years, we had a really hard training regiment that had our players tough and in great shape with no injuries. Things fell apart when Hud bowed down to player requests to stop the hard training, then he lost control of the locker room. Our linemen are overweight and out of shape and injuries started to mount. Practice tackling was at a minimum and that was reflected in our play. We likely have good enough talent to win. We certainly have the skill players to win. Put these guys on a weight loss schedule getting to more ideal playing weight, go back to training hard, put on a good strength and conditioning program, provide better coaching, unite the locker room, get injured players back and redshirts eligible, add the new players we signed, and watch what we will accomplish this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonCajun View Post
    Put these guys on a weight loss schedule getting to more ideal playing weight, go back to training hard, put on a good strength and conditioning program, provide better coaching, unite the locker room, get injured players back and redshirts eligible, add the new players we signed, and watch what we will accomplish this season.
    Is that all?

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    With the NCAA's Feb. 7 National Signing Day having come and gone, what follows is a list of UL's known additions (signees, midyear additions, blueshirts) along with links to recruiting-related stories in which more can be learned about the Ragin' Cajun signees ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jllanclos View Post
    Is that all?
    Sounds like a tall climb... but it really isn't. Our prior program allowed each of these categories to slide. All Napier has to do is what he knows how to do... and every one of these situations will improve. With some serious effort, they'll improve radically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonCajun View Post
    Not only Porter, but our overall OL and especially our DL. For Hud's first 3-4 years, we had a really hard training regiment that had our players tough and in great shape with no injuries. Things fell apart when Hud bowed down to player requests to stop the hard training, then he lost control of the locker room. Our linemen are overweight and out of shape and injuries started to mount. Practice tackling was at a minimum and that was reflected in our play. We likely have good enough talent to win. We certainly have the skill players to win. Put these guys on a weight loss schedule getting to more ideal playing weight, go back to training hard, put on a good strength and conditioning program, provide better coaching, unite the locker room, get injured players back and redshirts eligible, add the new players we signed, and watch what we will accomplish this season.
    Players requested easier workouts? Not sure if serious

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clutch0364 View Post
    One thing that I think is causing people to be disappointed in this class is that they had way over the top expectations. It takes more than 2 months to build a high level class. Take into account that a lot of the players that we would have recruited were already signed or committed to other programs by the time we started the process, just adds to how hard it would have been to put together a big time class. We lost 2 top commits to SEC programs and lost a battle to Kiffin. With all that we still found pieces that fit needs and guys that we can redshirt and develop.

    Expectations are high with a new coach but it is a process that takes time. Napier doesn't come across as a guy who doesn't have a plan. We still have 2 scholarships available and next year Louisiana is loaded with talent. We are fine and this staff will put together a great class for 2019.
    Clutch, I listened to Coach Napier's comments on the class and the task they faced coming in after the early signing period, putting together a staff and losing his DC to Alabama. If anyone thinks losing Karl Scott didn't hurt us, they might want to 5 Star DB Patrick Surtain Jr. about why he chose Alabama over LSU. All of that is true and unlike a number of people on RP today, had we signed Southall and Dungy, I would have been fine with this class regardless of what happened with Jones and Knight.

    My disappointment is not closing the deal on Dungy and Southall. Neither lose had anything to with the hurdles they faced, it was just about closing the deal. I expect better of Napier and his staff, and there are no excuses for it.

    Now for those that are upset about the lack of 3 stars in this class, I take you back to Hudspeth's first class in 2011, he had only Harris and Aucoin as 3 stars in the class. Now let's look at the number of 2 stars in the class that were major contributors in this program.

    Chris Ringo
    Juice Hamilton
    Harry Peoples
    Darryl Surgent
    Mykhael Quave
    Jamal Robinson
    Larry Pettis
    Octravion Anderson
    Dominique Tovell
    Chris Prater
    Jemarius Moten
    Trae Johnson
    Jake Molbert
    Sean Thomas

    It's all about identifying talent that can play in your system and coaching them up in the right positions. Win and adding more 3 stars to signing classes will become more common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunT View Post
    Clutch, I listened to Coach Napier's comments on the class and the task they faced coming in after the early signing period, putting together a staff and losing his DC to Alabama. If anyone thinks losing Karl Scott didn't hurt us, they might want to 5 Star DB Patrick Surtain Jr. about why he chose Alabama over LSU. All of that is true and unlike a number of people on RP today, had we signed Southall and Dungy, I would have been fine with this class regardless of what happened with Jones and Knight.

    My disappointment is not closing the deal on Dungy and Southall. Neither lose had anything to with the hurdles they faced, it was just about closing the deal. I expect better of Napier and his staff, and there are no excuses for it.

    Now for those that are upset about the lack of 3 stars in this class, I take you back to Hudspeth's first class in 2011, he had only Harris and Aucoin as 3 stars in the class. Now let's look at the number of 2 stars in the class that were major contributors in this program.

    Chris Ringo
    Juice Hamilton
    Harry Peoples
    Darryl Surgent
    Mykhael Quave
    Jamal Robinson
    Larry Pettis
    Octravion Anderson
    Dominique Tovell
    Chris Prater
    Jemarius Moten
    Trae Johnson
    Jake Molbert
    Sean Thomas

    It's all about identifying talent that can play in your system and coaching them up in the right positions. Win and adding more 3 stars to signing classes will become more common.
    I noticed yesterday that's Surgent was listed as a 2011 recruit by 247 but he was definitely a bustle recruit.

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