Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Is It In You?

Captain Eclectic, the House Rock Built's house council and trusted consiglieri, pointed out an interesting fact about this year's recruiting haul while he was bailing me out of the clink for yet another [alleged] DUI. Charlie Weis reminded everyone during today's press conference that this year's class includes an unbelievable nine Gatorade Players of the Year for their home state. For those of you keeping track at home, Weis earned himself a record-setting 143 Electoral Votes this morning. The green states are the ones we're calling for Notre Dame:



State
Gatorade POY
Electoral Votes
New York

Eric Olsen, OL
31
Florida

Sam Young, OL
27
Illinois

Demetrius Jones, QB
21
Georgia

Morrice Richardson, LB
15
Massachusets

Barry Gallup, WR
12
Indiana

Luke Schmidt, FB
11
Missouri

Munir Prince, RB
11
Minnesota

Matt Carufel, OL
10
Nevada

Jashaad Gaines, S
5
Total:
143


Honorable mention to Joe Paterno and Pete Carroll, the only two coaches who managed to land a pair of Gatorade Players of the Year. Paterno takes home 34 electoral votes (Pennsylvania - 21, Virginia - 13) and Carroll takes up the rear with 26 electorates (New Jersey - 15, Washington - 11).

Just one more interesting stat: Of the GPOY's who have signed Letters of Intent to play Division 1 ball, 42% of them went to school in-state (I counted Idaho's Cody Hawkins as in-state, since he's going to Boulder with his old man). As we saw with the epic Mitch Mustain saga, there is an overwhelming pressure on these prized prospects to stay in-state, which makes Weis' pilfering of star recruits from some of the juiciest football territories that much more impressive. We'll do some more analysis in the upcoming days, but tonight we're just celebrating. Slainte!

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