Just curious. Do you think the emphasis on the running game, and moderate amount of passing will effect recruiting of WR’s and TE’s? TE’s seem to have emphasized earlier, but last game or so, not so much.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe in a strong running game, but I have to wonder if modest number of pass attempts might cause WR talents to look for more prolific pass offenses.
Yeah, I think some receivers are going to want to play in more pass-happy offenses. I’ve mentioned before that I think someone like Donovan Peoples-Jones’s ceiling is limited at Michigan, because he’s never going to catch enough passes to warrant being a Biletnikoff Award candidate or All-American. He’s had pretty good production and yards per catch this year, but he’s tied for #21 in the conference in receptions (30) and #17 in receiving yards. He’s #12 in yards per catch (14.9) and tied for #6 in touchdown receptions (7). The sheer volume for DPJ and other Michigan WRs is just going to be limited.
The recruitment of quality talent at the wide receiver position should not be a problem for Harbaugh & Co.at Michigan. Given that they coach these guys to excel in a pro style offense and given that a perspective quality recruit aspires to be a future NFL caliber WO; AND given that most college football programs do such a piss poor job of preparing potential NFL wideouts for actually the job they’ll need to perform IF they make it to the NFL…..
And #of catches at the college level is probably not really that important given all the other variables that NFL Wide receivers need to be able to accomplish:
Here’s 3 articles ranging in date from 2005 thru 2018 that basically say the same thing: HOW Ill prepared for the NFL most wide outs really are (and I’ll add a coach like Jim Harbaugh has the ability to teach/coach what really is needed desired for a WR/WO to succeed) http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000246769/article/toughest-transition-why-rookie-wide-receivers-struggle-in-nfl
Conclusion: IF a high schooler aspires to make it to the NFL as a Wide Receiver I would think that a staff like Harbaugh’s would be exactly the kind of program such a youngin’ would most likely need to be a part of; even if its at the ‘price’ of not running up huge pass catch numbers becuase Harbaugh will teach said player the OTHER things necessary to make it to the NFL and to also stay in the NFL.