When he got hired, the only thing he could really do was bring in Eblen from VCU. Eblen is serviceable at best so that was a bad year. So what I consider his first real class, he signed two guys that have already transferred, Releford who is a stud for us most of the time, and Hankerson who is starting to play like many of us had hoped he would. That may turn out to be an underrated signing if he keeps playing well. Engstrom sucks, but maybe he will turn it around. Last year was a great year for him to recruit. He was able to keep our three local guys home, go get Moussa from a junior college and I think Moussa will be a decent player once he fully recovers from tearing his ACL injury, and he got Jacobs from Georgia. Jacobs has played really well for us most of the year. We also signed Obasohan from Belgium, but he's redshirting this year so time will tell if that was a good signee or not. This year hasn't been a good year for us recruiting wise. We missed out on Marcus Hunt and Willie Cauley who I feel were our top two targets besides Pollard. Pollard will probably go to MSU so I just hope we can get an okay JUCO big to provide energy and minutes next season. 2013 is the class he needs to make a splash in just like the 2011 class. I think that 2013 class will be almost as highly ranked as the 2011 one.
If ya'll miss the tournament this year, that will be three straight. Is it time for alarms?
I'd definitely be disappointed in missing the tournament this year, but I think we make it. We've had a cancer on the team this year, so it'll be nice to see how we keep playing without him. I think Grant has done a good job. We exceeded expectations last year and winning 12 games in the SEC is impressive even in a down year. This year we haven't lived up to the hype and that's a bit disappointing, but I still have all the faith in the world in Grant.
You guys have got to be very disappointed in Grant's recruiting thus far.
Like I stated well above, I think he's done a good job recruiting. The one thing he's lacked in a class is a dominant big man. It'd really be beneficial to find a great player like Green. Jacobs probably won't ever put up the numbers Green does until he fine tunes his shot. That's the only area I'd like for us to improve our recruiting in.