It has been a busy weekend for ODU in signing JUCO defensive players from California. Kohl Adams-Hurd has become the latest, joining Justin Gilchrist in granting a verbal on campus this weekend.
Adams-Hurd is listed at 6-2, 215 and has experience at both linebacker and safety, both positions of need for ODU. All positions need depth for that matter.
He spent this past season at Pierce College as a sophomore and will have two years of immediate eligibility at ODU if he chooses to sign in February.
He had one other FBS offer from South Alabama and several FCS offers.
Here his highlight video:
247sports is reporting that Justin Gilchrist #9, from Antelope Valley College (JUCO) has committed to ODU over the weekend.
He had a visit to campus this weekend where he allegedly gave the verbal.
The Monarchs desperately need immediate help at the linebacker position, it’s their thinnest position going into next season. Gilchrist is bigger than most of their linebackers and some of their ends at 6-3, 230.
He will have two years remaining beginning this season.
Here’s a link to his highlight film:
I don’t know what’s worse, a 21 point loss to VCU that’s not that big of a deal or Seth Greenberg firing off this during the game:
At a time when most ODU fans are still evaluating the hire and wondering what the future may look like, we don’t appreciate feedback from a former rival coach who ran away from playing ODU. His opinion isn’t of much value with the ODU fans that have been around.
Greenberg was beaten by Blaine Taylor and ODU while at Virginia Tech four out of five times and then decided to announce that scheduling ODU hurt their NCAA tournament chances. Yet ODU was the better program, higher RPI’s, during those seasons.
Here’s a link from 2011 where Greenberg was on a local station, which ironically enough just like him, is no longer in the business.
Conference USA has six teams that will play in bowl games in 2013. Florida Atlantic (7-5), who is bowl eligible, did not make the cut.
Next season ODU has a minimal chance to go bowling if they achieve six wins or more. For many reasons that’s not looking like a real safe bet.
Here are the games CUSA teams will be in:
ODU played pretty well for 28 minutes on the road against VCU, in their first true road game of the season. Unfortunately the requirements of the game state that 40 minutes are needed and VCU rallied from down 41-40 to win 69-48.
VCU wore down the eight man rotation of 6-6 bodies or less. The Rams tallied 27 offensive rebounds, which is the most in the Shaka Smart era.
After the game, Jeff Jones, Keenan Palmore and Aaron Bacote were made available to the media. The word fatigue was thrown around a lot. Bacote is the last to be interviewed and his interviews are always the best.
Here’s the video:
Offensive rebounding and Juvonte Reddic, that was the entire game. ODU played well for 32 minutes, really well but in reality failed to capitalize on a sound gameplan. ODU held a 41-40 lead with 12:50 remaining, then VCU closed on a 29-7 run to defeat ODU 69-48.
Juvonte Reddic went for 24 points and 12 rebounds and the VCU team combined for 27 offensive rebounds. 11 different Rams collected an offensive board. VCU had more offensive rebounds than ODU had defensive rebounds. Coming into the game the Monarchs had out rebounded the Rams in the last eight meetings and have been no slouch this season.
ODU was able to get by on erratic VCU shooting. The Rams finished the game at 37.5 percent from the field, nobody on that team should scare anyone other than Melvin Johnson and Treveon Graham. The rest of the team is suspect from deep and that allowed ODU to stay in the game.
Richard Ross was a beast for ODU, his stat line (8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks) doesn’t do his effort justice. His presence gave ODU life and allowed the game to be as close as it was. Aaron Bacote struggled yet again, 13 points 3 assists and 9 turnovers on 4-12 shooting.
Keenan Palmore had 13 points and 5 assists and was another bright spot until fatigue and sloppy ball handling (6 turnovers) took it’s toll.
ODU was 3 for 7 from the free throw line and did not get any bench scoring, for the entire game. VCU received 22 points off the bench, nearly the margin of the game.
Yesterday Bobby Wilder took a brief break from recruiting to make an appearance at the 46th annual Charity Bowl at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach. The event raised over 150k for the joy fund which provides kids with toys over the holidays that may not receive much otherwise.
Wilder also provided the crowd a lesson on how to play the Quarterback position.
Actually his first pass of the game was returned back the other way and unlike Taylor Heinicke, he did not pursue the ball carrier in a fit of rage.
Here’s the video: