Gridiron on the Plains: Webb Works with Whitfield; Kaster Honored; Camps vs. Film

QB Davis Webb works with a guru, Jared Kaster receives a preseason honor and considering camps versus film on prospects.

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Webb Working with Whitfield. Cool to see Davis Webb working with quarterback guru Geore Whitfield:

I’ll continue to preach this, but I think having Webb continue to hone his game and work at it rather than just accept being second string (which there’s no guarantee that he is second string) is the best thing that could happen for this team. Having two quarterbacks push each other is a blessing.

Kaster Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List. Congrats to Jared Kaster for being named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List and is one of 52 centers to make the list.

Camps Help, But Film Is Where It’s At. From ESPN’s Erik McKinney, we get a timely article about how or why coming to a camp can be the worst thing to happen to a prospect. Cal’s Sonny Dykes said that the best thing that ever heppened to Wes Welker was that he didn’t come to camp, but that the film is what set him apart.

“At the end of the day what you have to do is not forget that good football players in high school become good football players in college,” Dykes said. “Wes was not one of those guys that was going to stand out at a camp. But if you turn the film on, he’s going to stand out a lot.”

It’s a good reminder for recruits wondering why certain offers haven’t come to this point, and for recruiting fans asking why their favorite team hasn’t extended an offer to a prospect generating buzz on the camp circuit. It also helps explain why so many prospects can become hot recruiting targets heading toward signing day without earning their first offer until after their senior seasons, and why so many summer sensations don’t always work out at the next level.

“Everybody wants to sign the big, tall, fast guy,” Dykes said. “But the important thing is if you sign a big, tall, fast guy, that he’s also a good football player. And you have to realize that there are a lot of good players that aren’t the big, tall, fast guys.”

In light of the most recent commits, see below, this really comes down to whether or not you trust your staff to make the correct evaluation. Thus far, I’ve been more pleased than not on the offensive commits that they’ve recruited over the years, but Dykes makes a good point here in that there’s no secret recipe as to how this all works. Once I’ve had some time to sit down and watch Bowman’s and Willie’s film, I think I’ll have a better idea as to why players are being offered.

Recruiting Profiles. After two commits yesterday in WR De’Quan Bowman and WR Derrick Willies, I’m probably not going to have the opportunity to get those recruiting profiles ready for a couple of days.


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