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BigDogIsHere

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Ok, folks. After back-to-back stellar classes in '16 and '17, we turn our attention to the Class of 2018. Here are the one's who have verbally committed and chose the road less traveled:

RB/DB Nkem Njoku - 5'10"  180lbs  4.75(V)  St. Pius X Catholic School  Atlanta, GA SIGNED LOI 12/20/17
@NkemNjoku1
https://www.hudl.com/profile/4549049/nkem-njoku/videos

LB Kyler Estes - 6'2"   217lbs   No 40 given  (V)  North Florida Christian  Tallahassee, FL SIGNED LOI 12/20/17
@kyler30estes
https://www.hudl.com/profile/5025561/kyler-estes/videos

RB/DB Keefe White - 5'11"  190 lbs  4.42 (NV) Montgomery Academy  Montgomery, AL
@KeefeWhite
http://www.hudl.com/profile/3322293/keefe-white/videos

QB/RB Jaylan Adams - 5'10"   160lbs   4.48 (NV)   Science Hill HS    Johnson City, TN
@jaylan_adams
https://ww.hudl.com/profile/5327864/jaylan-adams/videos

LB Caleb Deveaux *** - 6'1"   207lbs   No 40 given (NV)   Marvin Ridge HS    Waxhaw, NC
@CalebDeveaux
http://www.hudl.com/profile/4132075/caleb-deveaux/videos

 OG C  Donnie Brechtel  - 6'0"   250 lbs   Niceville High School   Niceville, FL
@dlbrechtell20017
4 year Army Scholarship
http://www.hudl.com/profile/2718776/donnie-brechtel/videos

OL/DL Tyrell Earl   -  6'3"    290 lbs   Central Gwinnett High  Lawrenceville, GA
@Earl_Tyrell52      
https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4558576/5a00c68d15f60418a09bbefb
Offer from Kent State 

K Matt Campbell  - 6'2"  210 lbs.   Mill Creek High School    Atlanta Ga suburb
@MC91P
personal trainer is Greg Davis '87
Army is his other offer. 

WR/DB Joshua Bowers   -  5/9" 170 lbs     4.39   Tarpon Springs HS    Tarpon Springs, Fl.
offers from UMass and Central Ark with looks from others including Buffalo, Dartmouth, Fla Atl
@loco_tres_
http://www.hudl.com/profile/4293509/joshua-bowers

WR/DB Chris Beverly - 5'10"  175 lbs.    4.60     Walkulla High     Crawfordsville, FL
@CB3showtime
http://www.hudl.com/profile/4918876/chris-beverly
Offer from UAB, visited GaState,

DE Mason Kinsey      6'3"  221 lbs   4.83     Mansfield Legacy High       Mansfield, TX
@Mason_Hollywood
http://www.hudl.com/profile/4637716/Mason-Kinsey

WR/DB Jack Yanders     5'10"  165 lbs        Allentown Central Catholic High School     Allentown, PA
@jackyanders_
http://www.hudl.com/profile/3094617/Jack-Yanders/videos

GO DOGS!!

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BigDogIsHere

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Added Copeland. Hopefully we can turn this into "Signed Commits" on the 20th!!

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Copeland 40 time is anywhere from a 4.34 to a 4.38 depending on where you look.
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Copeland 40 time is anywhere from a 4.34 to a 4.38 depending on where you look.


Can he be the next Carlos Franks?  Kick returner extraordinaire!
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Don't care about kick off returns. Just hoping this young man can get to the corner, and turn upfield quicker than we've been able to do it in the past.

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Getting to the corner is important.  However can he block or be thought to block.  On most plays he has to block, if you are not a good blocker I don't think you start or play much.

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Precisely the reason Vinnie Miller was a starting A back in his time. Solid runner, GREAT blocker!
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Goes without saying A-backs need to know how to block well.
We just need more quickness and some backs who can make people miss., a true running threat.

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Is that why Rod Johnson had so few carries this season?  Lack of blocking?
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Is that why Rod Johnson had so few carries this season?  Lack of blocking?
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I doubt that you will get a coach to say that.  I am just a fan and like most of us watch the ball, the lead A back blocker only stands out if he misses badly or makes one that crushes the opponent.  I think that it might be a issue but that is a guess and I think he had some injuries.
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You know it must be the off-season...! LOL!  Gentlemen - News Flash... A-Backs were Not the problem last year!  As a matter of fact, one can make the argument that they should have been called upon more!  Rod did battle injuries but still averaged over 5 yards per carry, Cam had what some might call a "sub-par" year from what we all expected (including Cam) but he still had a nice yard per carry average as well, and Drakeford averaged almost 10.0 yards per carry, which placed him 2nd in all FCS for that category!  Not sure why the perception is that they underperformed.  My bet is that offense will certainly be better with maturation of Guards, both of them battled hard all year, took first year lumps and Learned! I'm also bullish on the fat that the B-Back Position will become more explosive again next year with carries going to Brandon Berry, Lorenzo Ward, and hopefully Evan McField who I hear is expected to play.  Finally, staying with just the offense, I believe we will have a more active and accurate passing game Jordan Black taking the helm, and with Rainey being ready, willing and able behind him just in case.  Gentlemen, I like our chances!!   Go Bulldogs!
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Blocking on the perimeter, or lack there of, was absolutely an area where we can improve in. Speed is great, only when there is somewhere to go. A-backs have to block better.
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Agreed @Freebyrd01, A-Backs can improve their blocking skills and so can the WRs to open up perimeter.  Also, I think the loss of LT Pinson also factored in the ability to run on the perimeter.  His ability to get out and prevent the inside defensive pursuit probably goes unnoticed by the average/casual fan.  I know the Coaching Staff is all over this though and I strongly believe we will see overall improvement in 2018!
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I don't think we will ever know how much youth impacted us this year. But I can assure you the Coaches are ready for spring practice. 
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