That's good news. Hopefully, he gets out of state and the B1G.
I hate to acknowledge this but going to Wisconsin because they play a 3-4 makes sense. Going to Nebraska for that reason makes no sense. He’d do better learning to play defense under Parker than any system at Nebraska.My understanding is Bollers really wants to play LB in a 3-4, which is why he is high on Wisky and Nebby. Will be interesting if he picks Alabama because they run the same base 4-3 as we do.
I hate to acknowledge this but going to Wisconsin because they play a 3-4 makes sense. Going to Nebraska for that reason makes no sense. He’d do better learning to play defense under Parker than any system at Nebraska.
He says in the story that's linked the OP that he's intrigued my playing in a 3-4 but that won't be the deciding factor.
“Really it depends on them,” Bollers said. “Coach Ferentz was at my practice a little bit ago but other than that I’ve had no contact with them. No invites to junior days. Nothing.”
“There are other places that are putting in effort to come see me and make it to my basketball games instead of saying they would and never coming,” Bollers said.
Pat Hardy said Bollers called out Iowa coaches for ignoring him and not coming to his basketball games when they said they would. Mentioned other coaches from Alabama showed up.
If that's the case and he did say that, I'd think Iowa would walk away. Eno Benjamin was a totally different situation, but I don't see Ferentz getting cozy with a kid who will air dirty laundry in public. Probably weren't going to land the kid anyway, who knows.
The coaches, including KF, did an in-home visit back in mid-January. Things have cooled since then which leads me to believe that the coaches were probably told that Iowa wasn't currently in the Top 5, so they've moved on to other prospects.
I disagree. TJ Bollers can learn more about the coaches and get to know them better if they were willing. Reese Morgan built a strong bond with TJ and when he left, Iowa and Kelvin Bell did not really pick up the ball.
If they're put off by the way TJB and his family are handling recruiting, that's fine. Maybe the Iowa coach don't see him as a good fit. And that's fine.
But to say, hey, we've shown you what we have, take it or leave it, is not a sound recruiting approach if it's someone that's obviously coveted by other top programs and you are interested in having in your program. Again, if Iowa doesn't want him, that's fine. But it's a two-way street.
Do you really think Ferentz would even entertain the kid now that he's bitched about them to the media?How many games has he attended? How many times has he heard their pitch?
I agree that if they think he is an absolute must-get, you plug your nose and play the game. But they must either be getting signals that he is not sincere in his interest, or they think they have options that are equally as good but are more likely gets. It seems like they have earned the benefit of the doubt in their recruiting decision-making.
I think he went to one game last season.
Reese Morgan retiring changed the dynamic here and the flow of this recruitment. It happens.
These things aren't black and white. There's a not of nuance in recruiting.
The narrative that TJ and his family are 100 percent responsible for this thing not working out will prevail here. It's an Iowa board. Again, there are two sides to the story.