A Plea for Sanity

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16Feb 2018
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A Plea for Sanity

 

I almost never delve into politics, but I can’t help it at this point. On Wednesday afternoon, 17 students and staff members in Parkland, Florida were gunned down by a crazed murderer, a 19-year-old kid who had been expelled from the school. As a coach who spends a lot of time in and around a high school, this hits close to home.

Our schools are under attack.

This isn’t hyperbole. It’s a fact. According to some, this was the 19th school shooting . . . of the 2018 calendar year. And it occurred on February 14, only 45 days into 2018. That’s just over two days between school shootings. If almost any other institution were under this frequent of attack, there would be significant changes taking place to security procedures. (UPDATE: The definition of “school shooting” is unclear at times, so thanks to reader Mark for sending me this LINK. The actual number of shootings during the school day appears to be lower, but is still very concerning.)

If someone walked into courthouses around the country and opened fire every two to three days, things would change. (Note: They don’t have to change, because many courthouses have security guards, metal detectors, and other safety features.)

If someone walked into an NBA arena every few days and started shooting, there would be changes. (Note: They don’t have to change, because NBA arenas have security guards, metal detectors, bag searches, and other safety features.)

This isn’t happening at malls or fast food restaurants. It’s happening where children go to school. According to the National Center for Education statistics, there are 50,700,000 students across the country, and there are 3,200,000 teachers. That’s almost 54 million people who walk into schools about 180 days per year, and they’re largely unprotected.

There are a lot of possible reasons for schools being targeted. Maybe the killers know they’ll get a lot of publicity. Maybe when someone is 19 years old and his brain isn’t fully formed yet, the thing that makes the most sense is to go after people who are roughly his own age. Maybe they know a school is a pretty soft target. But regardless of the reason, they’re aiming at schools.

So we need to do something. I don’t have all the answers, but we as a group must have it somewhere inside of us to help effect change. Some combination of the following options (or things I haven’t listed) has to make a difference:

  • Take away guns
  • Improve mental health treatment
  • Install metal detectors
  • Hire more security personnel
  • Make it more difficult to purchase weapons
  • Build fences around schools
  • Secure school entrances
  • Arm and train more school personnel

Very few problems in America have ever been so big that we haven’t been able to beat them. We’re building electric cars. We put men on the moon. We cured polio. We know how to drastically slow the progression of HIV/AIDS.

But until we see school shootings as a common enemy – like we saw the Russians and tuberculosis – we won’t take the epidemic of violence seriously enough to fix it.

 

15Feb 2018
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2020 Offensive Recruiting Update: February 15, 2018

Houston (TX) North Shore RB Zachary Evans (image via VYPE)

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ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2020

Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha offensive guard Golden Achumba was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 335 lb. prospect, and Michigan appears to be his first offer. He benches 335 lbs. and squats 430. DeMatha is a powerhouse, but Michigan has had a difficult time getting its foot in the door.

Lakeland (FL) Lakeland running back Demarkcus Bowman was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, and Oregon, among others. As a sophomore in 2017, he ran 113 times for 1,136 yards (10.1 YPC) and 10 touchdowns.

Houston (TX) North Shore running back Zachary Evans was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 207 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #4 running back, and #39 overall. As a sophomore in 2017, he ran 184 times for 1,483 yards and 27 touchdowns. Evans is a little bit reminiscent of Dalvin Cook with his running style.

Hit the jump for several more offensive players offered recently.

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14Feb 2018
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Review of 2008 Recruiting: Tight Ends

Kevin Koger

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THE ROSTER

Mike Massey (RS Sr.)
Carson Butler (RS Jr.)
Martell Webb (So.)
Steve Watson (RS Fr.)

THE COMMITS

Kevin Koger
High school: Toledo (OH) Whitmer
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #4 TE, #144 overall
College: Michigan
Other notable offers: Michigan State, Ohio State
Scoop: Koger played as a backup in 2008, but he then went on to start 30 games over his final three years in Ann Arbor. He made 59 career receptions for 756 yards (12.8 yards/catch) and 9 touchdowns. He did not pursue an NFL career and has been coaching high school and college ball since then, including being an offensive graduate assistant at Michigan. He is currently the wide receivers coach at Eastern Kentucky.

Brandon Moore
High school: Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #8 TE, #187 overall
College: Michigan
Other notable offers: Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami
Scoop: Moore redshirted in 2008 and struggled to get on the field for the next couple years. He would go on to make one start in 2012, but he totaled just 2 catches for 28 yards in his career. He went undrafted in 2012 and did not play in the NFL.

Hit the jump for more on the 2008 class.

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