It hasn’t even been 24 hours since Western signed 26 recruits to play football, and the dust has settled.
First off, I would encourage you to check out our coverage at wkuherald.com, which includes stories on Franklin-Simpson quarterback Courtney Dalcourt, the popularity of signing day, an overall look at the class, and a column by David Harten.
I had the opportunity to stop by the Topper Club last night as Western hosted their first Signing Day celebration.
With just about a month before spring practice starts, an event like the celebration could be the link between the regular season and spring practices that Western needs to keep momentum and excitement building around the program in the offseason.
Like David talks about in his column, we won’t see the fruits of these players’ labor for quite some time. Nonetheless, it forces you to start thinking about spring camp and the storylines that could arise from those practices.
Five questions about the class of 2009:
1) How quickly do we see quarterback Courtney Dalcourt’s impact? It’s already a crowded quarterback race, and Dalcourt just makes it more interesting.
2) With four offensive lineman that average 271 pounds, how do they develop, and how can they improve an offensive line that gave up 25 sacks for 204 yards last season?
3) How do kickers Casey Tinius and Zac Minturn improve in spring camp before the 16th-best place kicker in the country according to ESPN.com, Monte Merrick, arrives on campus and potentially threatens their jobs?
4) According to Scout.com, Western’s 2009 class is the best in the Sun Belt Conference. How long before Western finishes at the top of the Sun Belt Conference standings and earns a bowl bid?
5) Ten years down the road, when people look back, will there be a player from this class that they talk about?