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Did we recruit the Levert kid from Michigan . When you add him to missing on Burke, Matta has really blown hometown recruiting lately .
LeVert actually signed with OU in the early signing period last November, but decided he wanted to be released from his scholarship and look around once Groce left for Illinois. By that time he had improved his recruiting stock enough that a few B1G teams were looking for a late addition to their roster, and LeVert was a guy they wanted to check out.
This is the price you pay for recruiting on a more national stage - you have to get in on the top prospects early to have a chance at signing them, and if you feel you have a legitimate chance you aren't going to drop out just to recruit/sign someone locally. LeVert and Burke are two instances where it pays to be more patient with recruiting and take the chance that a kid may blow up in his senior high school season.
Burke was known as a hot dog coming out of High School, yea he is playing well at Michigan but having Craft is the reason we never went for Burke. I think Burke leaves this year.
LeVert is averaging 2.1 points a game 1 reb. we never had a scholarship to offer him last year. what we have to get every below average player in Ohio? What is so special that makes Matta horrible at home town recruiting not taking a 6' 5" kid who plays 12 min a game ? I think Adrian Payne (Dayton area) is a bigger loss or several kids Michigan State has gotten from Ohio. With the record Matta has I think i will trust him lol.
I don't know if you are directing this at me or not, but I was merely answering the question by reachin.
I don't think LeVert is an Ohio State caliber player at this time, so I'm not calling out Matta at all for the fact he didn't recruit LeVert. Same basically goes for Burke, although that one obviously hurts much more. The reason OSU didn't go after Burke is actually Shannon Scott. Scott was very highly rated coming out of HS, and was already signed by OSU. That left no more room for Burke even as he began to develop into a legitimate top 50 recruit nationally.
No qualms about Matta's recruiting coming from me. He's not going to hit on everyone, and he may miss a guy here or there, but he's shown to have gone after the best of the best. Even the guys he "missed out" on have tended to develop into terrific players at the college level.
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