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'14 TX ILB Grant Watanabe (Signed to COLORADO)

Discussion in 'University of Colorado Recruiting Archive' started by Quattro, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    William J. Brennan H.S. (San Antonio, TX)

    Ht: 5'11"
    Wt: 215
    40: 4.87(ESPN)

    Rivals rating: 3*-5.5rr; unranked ILB
    Scout rating: 3*; #38 MLB
    ESPN rating: 3*-77 grade; #69 OLB
    247s rating: 3*-84 Rating; #45 ILB

    Reported Offers: COLORADO, Utah
     
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  2. Duff Man

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    Interesting. Not the best size/speed combo, but will need to dig up some highlights.
     
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    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    Looks like a very good player, and yes that 40 time can be worked on with College level strength and conditioning coaching.
     
  5. FLounder

    FLounder The Buffs will rise again! Club Member

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    '14 TX ILB Grant Watanabe

    Maybe to a 4.3?
     
  6. Tractor

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    :facepalm:
     
  7. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    The "40 time can be worked on" is about as flimsy a statement you can make. Of course, it can. The issue is how much. We need to be looking at LBs in the high 4.6/low 4.7 range IMO.
     
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    While this kid is probably smaller and slower than what we'd ideally be looking for, I love the violence with which he strikes people. Fun highlights to watch.
     
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    '14 TX ILB Grant Watanabe

    It looks like a relative of his is an alum.
     
  10. MtnBuff

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    ^^Agree^^

    We need to be recruiting athletes who can compete on a PAC 12 level. Last couple years we have put teams on the field that on a man for man basis were smaller, slower, weaker, and less skilled than the guys they were playing against.

    40 times are a good reflection of a kids game speed. I don't worry if a kid is a 4.5 or a 4.6 which is the kind of difference that "coaching" can make. What I am worried about is if a kid has the speed to play at this level. When you are looking at LBs if you put guys out there who run 4.8 or slower on a track you can be pretty sure that they aren't going to keep up with a 4.5 RB or a 4.6 TE running through his zone on third and 6.
     
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    Can't really trust that reported time. But just for sake of argument, if the likes of Kevin Minter 4.81, Mantei Teo 4.83 can succeed in College, I see no reason why Watanabe can't play in the low 4.8 in College. 4.8 40 for a MLB is about right. I am more concerned about the first 20 yards time for MLBs.
     
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    The like this kids film. No false steps. Seems to play the game with a high football knowledge. Would like to see a whole game instead of just a highlight reel.
     
  13. Darth Snow

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    http://colorado.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1489233

    doing a full circuit of spring visits, including CU in a week.

    We are in this to win this.
     
  14. SuperD

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    How much of an issue is the reported height of 5'11, seems too small to me for MLB, but I'm not sure how critical height is for the position.
     
  15. MtnBuff

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    Height for a MLB is an issue but not a deal breaker. Been quite a few very good ILBs who weren't very tall. Al Wilson of the Broncos and out of Bama was listed at 6'1" and was probably closer to 5'11" and was an all-American and all-pro.

    My concern here would be that if he is listed at 5'11" what are the chances that he is really closer to 5'9" which would be an issue.
     
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    Al Wilson went to Tennessee
     
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    Correct, I was thinking SEC. Tennessee was good then.
     
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    Size at MLB doesn't matter as much if it's a 4-3 and the DTs are huge and can eat up blockers.

    Sam Mills was like 5'9, Dat Nguyen was around 5'10 or 5'11, Dexter Coakley was around there, Zach Thomas was 5'9 or so. All pretty damn good linebackers in their time.

    I personally think height is a pretty overrated measurement for football. Some positions it's pretty important, but LB isn't one of them.
     
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    Height isn't a big deal for a linebacker. Speed, otoh, is.
     
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    London Fletcher is a good example, he's around 5'9" 5'10". Geez it seems like he's been in the NFL for like 25 years.
     
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    [tweet]322170357178040320[/tweet]
     
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    Based on the Rivals article, it sounds like we're in the early lead here.
     
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    In an interview on Scout, he mentioned really liking the PAC-12.
     
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    With the Watanabe name, I expected a Japanese American, but he's clearly very, very Poly. Has a lot of relatives (cousins and uncles) that played in college and higher, all with Samoan/Tongan surnames. Stan Havili is Tongan. Tony Moeaki is Samoan (I believe). Paul Soliai is definitely Samoan. I would guess his surname came from Japanese lineage, living in Hawaii at some point in the past. Just some interesting background (to me).

    There appears to be a strong bond to Utah as several of these guys played at Utah or BYU, or went to HS in Utah. Havili went to HS in SLC before going to USC.

    More than a little resemblance to a former LB recruit? At any rate, I'd LOVE to have this tackling machine.

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    I have had two acquaintances, bith surnamed Watanabe. Both were of Japanese decent FWIW. But who cares, looks to me like the kid can play.
     
  26. sliderNcider

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    Just looked it up and Watanabe is the 5th most common Japanese surname fwiw
     
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    I don't care if he's North Korean! I just find genealogy to be very interesting. I'll bet you his Dad's family was from Hawaii!
     
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    I took Japanese in high school. Lots of Watanabe san this and Watanabe san that.
     
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    At first I though this was a pic of Lynn Katoa?!?!
     
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    You'd have to be stoned to think that was Katoa.
     

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