The Tigers garnered two commits this week with QB Cole Stoudt and DL Kevin Dodd, bringing the class total to 21.
Stoudt is a 6'4" 190-200lb pro-style (drop-back) passer from Coffman HS in Dublin OH, where he recently broke Brady Quinn's passing TD and completion record. Since we missed out on some of the other bigger names in this class, we were in a bind with QB depth and badly needed one more, and I think Stoudt is a fine pickup. He was recruited by Napier and was a soft commitment to Wyoming. He had other offers from Arizona State, Cinci and Colorado. He plans to enroll in January, along with Tony McNeal.
McNeal is the better player in my opinion, so this makes it feasible to redshirt one of them and give us the depth we'll need behind Tajh Boyd next fall. The fact that Cole's dad is a former NFL QB is an intangible that Charlie Whitehurst had in his favor, and that turned out well enough for us. His brother also plays for a JUCO since leaving Louisville.
At the moment his arm strength (and overall strength) needs work, so he only excels at short-to-intermediate throws. You can see on the film below he gets happy feet and tends to throw flat-footed a bit, so that has to be cleared up as well. McNeal throws the better deep ball, for comparison. Both he and McNeal really do need to add weight.
He's rated #19 drop-back in the nation, a high 3-star by Rivals if that means anything to you. I think its a fair rating.
Kevin Dodd is a 6'5 280lb DE from Riverside HS in Greenville SC that has flown under the radar mostly due to taking up football late. He runs a 4.8 40' and has 9 sacks this season so far. He's unrated by some services but his film shows he has a powerful first step and like most guys this size in HS, he just outmuscles his opponent instead of using his hands or any technique, which is understandable if he has not been coached. I believe he should be around a 5.7 3-star player, certainly better than some others we've taken who had no other offers.
He showcased his skills against current commitment Shaq Anthony and outplayed some other high profile recruits at the Shrine Bowl Camp, and every return I got from those that attended says he's the real deal. A project and needs a RS just to learn, but the real deal. His pad level is way too high and his current size lends him to being moved to a 3-technique DT position.
Unfortunately at the moment he appears Hargrave-bound, so the earliest we get him is 2012. He is a Powell recruit.
We still expect CU to sign no less than 25 players overall, hopefully more.