SDS Mailbag: SEC hot seat, XFL players to watch and ideal recruiting visits
The XFL officially starts this weekend! My (beloved?) St. Louis BattleHawks will take the field against Dallas on Sunday, and I guess I’ll watch the game. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be surprised!
We have a couple of XFL questions coming your way in today’s Mailbag, as well as some other football talk as we enter the offseason.
So, without further ado, here are your questions for this week’s SDS Mailbag:
If you were an elite prospect and could take 5 official visits for a recruiting weekend for any reason, whether for travel, to see the facilities and campus or just to inflate your self worth, where would you go?
I’ve discussed where I’d actually commit before if I were a top-ranked quarterback prospect, but taking official visits is a different story. I’d probably base it mostly on campus experience and cool traveling opportunities (as my self worth is already pretty high). Here are the 5 schools I’d visit:
- Hawaii — Yessir, I’m going to head to the beach for a weekend. I’d never actually play there, but maybe as a visiting elite prospect, I’d be able to give their future recruiting a boost, too. Win-win!
- Alabama — This one is absolutely for the prestige. With what Nick Saban has accomplished in Tuscaloosa, it’d be crazy not to give the Crimson Tide a visit.
- Georgia — I really like the red and black color scheme, and Athens seems like a really nice town to visit.
- Utah — I enjoy the mountain vibes, having lived in a ski town for a few years. Complimentary ski passes via the Utes? I’m in.
- LSU — A night game in Death Valley is definitely on my bucket list.
There you have it. Those are the schools I’d visit. Hard to go wrong taking an official visit to any of those programs.
Over/under 2 SEC coaches gone after next season?
I think that’s a pretty good number, considering the 2 guys who enter the 2020 season on the hot seat are Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp. Everyone else should be safe (although you never can tell with Gus Malzahn at Auburn).
Personally, I’d set the number at 1.5 coaches fired, because I do think there’s a chance Muschamp saves his job. But if I had to bet on 2 coaches being fired, I’d take a push.
And I don’t necessarily see there being any coaching changes due to coaches moving to different jobs. If Mark Stoops didn’t leave for Florida State this offseason, I think he’s sticking around for the long haul in Lexington.
Who are some of the top SEC players to watch in the XFL?
There are 66 former SEC players listed on the XFL’s opening day rosters, and there are more than a few I’m excited to see. I mentioned above that I’ve somewhat adopted the St. Louis BattleHawks as my team, and there are several SEC guys on that list.
Here are the guys I’m most excited to watch:
- Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia — Tampa Bay Vipers
- Ryan Davis, WR, Auburn — Tampa Bay Vipers
- CeCe Jefferson, DL, Florida — Tampa Bay Vipers
- Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M — St. Louis BattleHawks
- Keith Ford, RB, Texas A&M — St. Louis BattleHawks
- Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Ole Miss — St. Louis BattleHawks
- L’Damian Washington, WR, Mizzou — St. Louis BattleHawks
- Kony Ealy, DL, Mizzou — Houston Roughnecks
- Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn — Houston Roughnecks
- Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU — DC Defenders
Those are 10 former SEC guys who are getting another chance. We’ll see if any of them perform so well they end up back in the NFL.
Landry Jones drove a dump truck for 5 weeks while working for a home renovation company in between his NFL and XFL stints. What “between jobs” job could you see yourself doing in the offseason?
That’s quite the offseason job. I don’t think I’d be doing that. Also, with the SEC being a 365-days-a-year conference now, there’s not really much of an “offseason,” per se.
I suppose there are a couple of weeks around July 4 that are really slow when I could do something else if I wanted to. If I were able to take that time off, I’d probably just head out to a cabin in the woods and try to write the great American novel while growing out a nice Ron Swanson beard.
So, yeah, it’s probably a good thing I do this year round instead.
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