This edition of Meyer’s Mailbag addresses the impending commitment announcement from top five prospect Jabari Smith, Alabama and LSU recruiting and more.
What will Jabari Smith do? Seems to be a lot of differing opinions.
Corch Adam Snyders @TheAdamSnyder
As 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Travis Branham reported, Jabari Smith will announce his college decision on Friday at 3:00 pm EST. The six school on his official list are Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina and Tennessee.
According to the Crystal Ball, Auburn is the likely destination. Four predictions are in for Smith, and all four are Auburn.
At 6-10 and out of Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek High School, Smith is a consummate athletic stretch four-man. He reminds me some of Jaren Jackson Jr.
Here is his 247Sports scouting report:
Smith is a face up four who has continuously grown in height over the last couple of years. He now has good size for the position to go with a still extremely physically immature frame with plenty of room to gain strength. While Smith has a jump hook and can post up, he is most comfortable facing up. He has a smooth stroke with range to the perimeter. Improving athletically and as a passer. Rebounds area well and has made progress as rim protector. Projects as first round pick with normal expected development.
If you had to put 2 Crystal Ball in for Alabama. Who would they be?
Alabama is coming off an enormous recruiting win in landing JD Davison, the No. 1 point guard in the 247Sports Composite Ranking. Nate Oats and company also have a commitment from four-star wing Jusaun Holt.
The two recruits that I actually Crystal Balled today to join this recruiting class are Charles Bediako and Langston Wilson. Bediako is a five-star center out of Canada who is attending IMG Academy. Wilson is a highly ranked ranked forward out of the junior college ranks.
If Alabama were to land both Bediako and Wilson, the Crimson Tide would have the No. 2 class in the 247Sports Team Rankings for 2021 as it currently stands.
In today’s recruiting environment, is it fair to term offers as offers and committable offers? There is a big difference and this is why we have so many offers out there especially for underclassmen.
You bring up an insightful point, Sal. What is an offer? Yes, not every offer is the same. There is likely a spectrum of sorts on what an offer to a recruit really means. But the fundamental dichotomy is if an offer is committable. When an offer isn’t committable, it really isn’t an offer. Uncommittable offers are going to be reported as offers. That is what the coaching staff and the recruit want. But that really isn’t an offer.
Often vague language is used with underclassmen when it comes to offers. A coach might say to an underclassman, “We would love to have you in the program one day” when he is on an unofficial visit. Tough to say that would be a legit offer. But it is often going to be interpreted as a legit offer by most recruits and then reported as such.
So much of following recruiting is reading between the lines. Distinguishing between committable and uncommittable offers is a big part of this process.
Where I find a problem in this practice of the uncommittable offer is that it is so prone to produce delusions of grandeur in recruits who develop a false reality about their ability as a player. Bottom line is that is not a healthy thing.
Is LSU ever going to get anything for all the violations from Will Wade other than top ranked recruits?
Matt Tyler @TheMattTyler
I have found it odd in my 17 years in this business, that programs more times than not experience even an improvement in their recruiting when dealing with allegations of improper recruiting. I haven’t really figured out as to why but truly feel it is a real phenomenon.
What I do expect to happen for LSU recruiting in the near future is a commitment from Alex Fudge on Saturday. Four Crystal Ball picks are registered for LSU at the moment.
Fudge is a 6-8 small forward out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Robert E. Lee High School and ranked No. 45 in the 247Sports Composite rankings for 2021.
If he does commit to LSU, he would be the fourth commit in the recruiting class and push its ranking to No. 9 in the 247Sports Composite Recruiting Rankings.
Here is the 247Sports scouting report on Fudge:
Has positive length for a combo forward. Needs to add weight and strength to his slim frame. Is a high rising leaper with smooth athleticism in general. Has a finesse based game. Quick first step going either direction. Jump shot keeps defense honest. Can score at all three levels. Dangerous running the lanes in transition. Picks up points as an offensive rebounder. Opportunistic defender. Comes up with steals. Also has defensive versatility. Has a lot of potential. Needs to develop a more physical and attacking edge to his game.
If your Dad was coaching today, how do you think he would have adjusted to the “modern game” with his style of play?
Pete Villecco @PeteVillecco
Coach Don Meyer would be right there with the modern game. In his heyday during the 80’s and 90’s at Lipscomb, he was ahead of the curve. Prior to the introduction of the three-point line and shot clock, he often played games in the 50 to 60 point range. Running a lot of Four Corners offense and milking the clock. When the three-point line and shot clock came into the game, he had Lipscomb averaging over 100 points per game. He was all about adapting to the rules to maximize his advantage.
Although perceived as an old school coach, Meyer always studied shot charts and the stat sheet at halftime and post game before addressing the team. He was doing analytics of a sort in his head before analytics was even a term.
I remember when playing for him at Lipscomb we were on the forefront of concepts like the stretch four-man in a four out/one in offense attack, European influenced action like the dribble follow against the zone, dribble handoffs, the baseline drift for opposite corner threes and consecutive cutter action against the zone.
I remember one practice after he had hung out with Rick Majerus, he had our big men shooting Tony Parker style floaters.
If still coaching, I’m certain he would be playing with a less motion on offense and more spacing and would defend with more of a Pack Line defensive concept.
The bottom line is that at anytime Coach Don Meyer would have an organic system of play but it would constantly be adapting to the evolution of the game.