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The next Nkemdiche/Clowney star recruit

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08:13 AM ET 02.11 | Signing Day 2014 is roughly a year away, so why not look forward? As was the case this past cycle with Ole Miss signee Robert Nkemdiche, a defensive player is the top-rated recruit right now. The 6-4, 245-pounder is the Nkemdiche/Jadeveon Clowney of the Class of 2014. He has good initial burst off of the ball and already holds offers from major powers such as Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida and Florida State. In his junior season, Hand recorded 110 tackles, including a whopping 40 for loss, 16 sacks and three fumble recoveries. But perhaps most impressive is that he talks as often about Academic Progress Rates as he does about the X's and O's of football. Over the course of the next year, we will be hearing a lot about Da'Shawn Hand.

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February 11, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Come West young man.

February 11, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Well, if he's interested in obtaining an education as well as playing ball, then the obvious choice is ND.

February 11, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Yeah cant get an education anywhere else <rolls eyes>

February 11, 2013  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Well, if he's interested in obtaining an education as well as playing ball, then the obvious choice is ND.

LOL, if the kid is really serious about an education, he would transfer to Stanford or Cal!!!

February 11, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Yeah cant get an education anywhere else <rolls eyes>

I agree!!! I don't think ND is in the top 10 for education, are they???

February 11, 2013  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Yeah cant get an education anywhere else <rolls eyes>

There is no denying that some schools are academically stronger than others. Also, ND has one of the highest graduation rates for scholarship athletes. If the young man is serious about earning a degree, he is smart to look at metrics like Academic Progress Rate. I wish MSU did a better job in this area.

February 11, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

There is no denying that some schools are academically stronger than others. Also, ND has one of the highest graduation rates for scholarship athletes. If the young man is serious about earning a degree, he is smart to look at metrics like Academic Progress Rate. I wish MSU did a better job in this area.

Where in that article did it mention the kid was interested in obtaining a degree? A High School diploma maybe, but it is likely that he will look to the NFL ASAP. If the Domers are able to maintain their success from this year that would mean more skilled recruits. That would also mean that grad rate will fall as they leave early. How many of these top recruited kids who pan out as players actually stay in school long enough to get that sheepskin?

February 11, 2013  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Where in that article did it mention the kid was interested in obtaining a degree? A High School diploma maybe, but it is likely that he will look to the NFL ASAP. If the Domers are able to maintain their success from this year that would mean more skilled recruits. That would also mean that grad rate will fall as they leave early. How many of these top recruited kids who pan out as players actually stay in school long enough to get that sheepskin?

The article didn't "mention the kid was interested in obtaining a degree"!! It was comment #2, that stated: "Well, if he's interested in obtaining an education as well as playing ball, then the obvious choice is ND"!!!!

February 11, 2013  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

There is no denying that some schools are academically stronger than others. Also, ND has one of the highest graduation rates for scholarship athletes. If the young man is serious about earning a degree, he is smart to look at metrics like Academic Progress Rate. I wish MSU did a better job in this area.

never said ND is not a good school, it is.

February 11, 2013  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

There is no denying that some schools are academically stronger than others. Also, ND has one of the highest graduation rates for scholarship athletes. If the young man is serious about earning a degree, he is smart to look at metrics like Academic Progress Rate. I wish MSU did a better job in this area.

if APR is the metric he likes, maybe should consider the following schools too....

FBS schools that received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for finishing in the Top 10 percent in APR scores:

1. Northwestern 995

2. Duke 989

2. Boise State 989

4. Ohio State 988

5. Northern Illinois 987

6. Rice 986

7. Clemson 983

7. Middle Tennessee State 983

9. Rutgers 982

10. Air Force 980

10. Miami 980

12. Vanderbilt 978

February 11, 2013  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Well, if he's interested in obtaining an education as well as playing ball, then the obvious choice is ND.

The article didn't say he's interested in an education, only that he talks often about Academic Progress Rates. It's important to read between the lines. Could be he'd rather go to a school that isn't interested in high numbers.

February 11, 2013  12:51 PM ET

Is he going to medical school or is he going to play football? Enough about the SEC. If he wants a good education it is available to him at LSU. All you have to do is apply yourself and get it. Or you can go to Alabama and have it given to you. Also, if you have a girlfriend that wants to go to BAMA with you, just tell tricky Nicky and he will give your girlfriend a job in his department. Been done before and will continue unless the NCAA passes the same rule they have for basketball.
For the life of me cannot understand why there is one rule for basketball yet it does not apply to football. NCAA makes it easy for BAMA to sign players and then the SEC gives BAMA the weaker schedule in the SEC West.

February 11, 2013  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

There is no denying that some schools are academically stronger than others. Also, ND has one of the highest graduation rates for scholarship athletes. If the young man is serious about earning a degree, he is smart to look at metrics like Academic Progress Rate. I wish MSU did a better job in this area.

I disagree with you. If the kid is already motivated by academics he should give a rats patootie about a metric intended to tell if schools are graduating athletes or not. He will probably graduate. He needs to decide what he wants to major in and then determine the school based on his interest.

MIT is not known as a great accounting school. :-)

February 11, 2013  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The article didn't say he's interested in an education, only that he talks often about Academic Progress Rates. It's important to read between the lines. Could be he'd rather go to a school that isn't interested in high numbers.

That is an interesting spin that I had not thought of. Maybe he is interested in schools with high APR because he assumes those will offer him the most ummm "help" with his classes.

Maybe he should consider TN. Don't they have tutors that take tests for ya? (sorry vol fans. It was there I had to take it!)

February 11, 2013  01:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Is he going to medical school or is he going to play football? Enough about the SEC. If he wants a good education it is available to him at LSU. All you have to do is apply yourself and get it. Or you can go to Alabama and have it given to you. Also, if you have a girlfriend that wants to go to BAMA with you, just tell tricky Nicky and he will give your girlfriend a job in his department. Been done before and will continue unless the NCAA passes the same rule they have for basketball. For the life of me cannot understand why there is one rule for basketball yet it does not apply to football. NCAA makes it easy for BAMA to sign players and then the SEC gives BAMA the weaker schedule in the SEC West.

Wow you sound like you are in pain my friend. Hey there is no shame in being 2nd best. Don't worry LUS will be back to the high standards...... Oh my god I can't even finish that statment without laughing.

February 11, 2013  01:17 PM ET

Quad

February 11, 2013  01:21 PM ET

I love it, finally got a thread on FN talking (semi) seriously about academics and CFB.

The entire college revenue-producing sports myth is going to get blown up one of these days soon, legally, as players ask for compensation beyond tuition, room and board. A smart agent will organize them collectively, and then it will become a real rats nest.
How much will schools pay as signing bonuses to HS kids: when and how can they become free agents if they aren't happy at their first school: what's the rate of pay and how do they distinguish between skill players and guys in the trenches?
It will be fun to watch.

February 11, 2013  01:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Maybe he should consider TN. Don't they have tutors that take tests for ya? (sorry vol fans. It was there I had to take it!)

I think you were referring to Auburn!!!! :-)

February 11, 2013  01:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I disagree with you. If the kid is already motivated by academics he should give a rats patootie about a metric intended to tell if schools are graduating athletes or not. He will probably graduate. He needs to decide what he wants to major in and then determine the school based on his interest. MIT is not known as a great accounting school. :-)

'Graduating' athletes is not up to the school. It's up to him.

 
February 11, 2013  01:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I think you were referring to Auburn!!!! :-)

I am pretty sure back in the day TN did this first. Around 2000 I think.

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