CID1990 wrote:Once we had 2-3 years of Houston recruits playing we were strong.
That appears to be the case with JMU. 2017, basically Houston's 1st recruit class:
-22 straight out of HS (includes preferred walkons). At least 8 saw 2 deep action. 1 started, the ambidextrous, rugby style punter from Australia who was a freshman All American. 3 of those 8 should be starting next season.
-7 P5 transfers, 6 still on team, 5 were on 2 deep, at least 4 of whom should be starting next season.
2018 early signing:
-14 HS signees, 9 show at least 1 I-A offer, 6 of them show multiple.
-3 P5 transfers, 2 of whom were starters last season, and the 3rd played in 9 of 12 games as of true Fr at UVA in 2016..
One thing Houston has done better than the previous coaches is assistants. Right after the NC game JMU lost their OL coach to Maryland. New OL coach hired this past week has 43 years coaching experience, 35 at the Div I level, 30 of that coaching OL (ECU, Ga Tech, Cincinnatti, S Carolina, USF, FIU), 20 years also was OC (ECU, GA Tech, FIU)..
Was at the Citadel in the early 80s..https://jamesmadison.rivals.com/news/sh ... it-for-jmu
JMU has some old coaches. Began their coaching career/likely age
OC 1984 (55-56) (was an OC at L'ville, ECU, HC at UTC).
DC 1976 (63-64) (was a DC at Arkansas, Clemson, Duke, Baylor, NFL assistant with Giants, Pats, Browns).
OL 1974 (65-66) (was an OC at ECU, GA Tech, FIU)..
DL 1971 (68-69)
One thing is for sure, Houston's baby boomer assistants have worked out a lot better than Everett Wither's millennials did..
BTW the coach JMU got from the Citadel last year, Roy Tesh, I think did an awesome job coaching OLB & special teams. We saw how good the JMU special teams was during the NC game.