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By Geraldos Mustache
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#624399
Environment and exposure matters.

Look at today's article on Malik Willis - projected to be a 1st round NFL pick in the 2022 draft.
If someone would have told the Auburn players and coaching staff this back in 2018-2019, they would have laughed.
What changed?

Environment. Exposure.

Willis always had the talent and ability. He needed to get into an environment where he could develop and have an opportunity to see the field and showcase his athleticism. He needed exposure. Something Auburn was not able to give him buried 2nd or 3rd on the QB depth chart. Liberty gave him the environment and exposure to become a 1st round draft pick. Auburn didn't.

Same goes for Zach Rice. Potentially. He might not see the field for a couple years at a P5 school. Liberty can give him the opportunity to play early and often. He wouldn't be a fool to choose Liberty. Was Willis a fool? Who's laughing now?
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By LoneStar
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There is a HUGE difference between Zach Rice and Malik Willis--at the time Willis left Auburn, he had been shuffled down the depth chart and there was no chance he would start for Auburn unless there were multiple injuries to QBs. Liberty provided him an opportunity he was not going to get at Auburn or any other P5 school. Rice will be the player passing older players on the depth chart.

Last year, Rice was the #1 OT prospect and for whatever reason his ranking has dropped to #3 last I checked. He will be starting year 2 at whichever school he goes to if his talent is actually as good as his ranking, of which I have no doubt. He would likely play sooner at Liberty than any P5 school, but in the long run, the competition against P5 DEs week in and week out will be better for his NFL opportunities than playing non-P5 DEs most weeks at Liberty.
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By Sly Fox
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#624752
I have nothing to add to the Zach Rice commentary. I would just like to point out that I live in the birthplace of the Lone Star flag. Charles B. Stewart designed the iconic flag. It is everywhere in my little corner of the Promised Land. Last year during the pandemic down time, I painted the shed at my cabin as a tribute.

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The more you know ...
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#629579
Love that there is a chance. Parsing through Momma's words, you get the impression that this is just a nice formality.
"They are definitely on the rise."
"We want to make the most informed decision possible."

Niceties

However, Hugh can sell the program better than anyone we have ever had.
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I think there is also a bit of, "I know you can't decide to come here right now, but if something happens with family health, feel free to give me a call and we can see if we can get you back home"

People can get sick. Players transfer to be close to home all the time. We've benefit from it before too. Keeping that door open could take a stressful time and relieve an additional hurdle.
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Class of 20Something wrote: July 29th, 2021, 9:23 am I think there is also a bit of, "I know you can't decide to come here right now, but if something happens with family health, feel free to give me a call and we can see if we can get you back home"

People can get sick. Players transfer to be close to home all the time. We've benefit from it before too. Keeping that door open could take a stressful time and relieve an additional hurdle.
Rashad.
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Class of 20Something wrote: July 29th, 2021, 9:23 am I think there is also a bit of, "I know you can't decide to come here right now, but if something happens with family health, feel free to give me a call and we can see if we can get you back home"

People can get sick. Players transfer to be close to home all the time. We've benefit from it before too. Keeping that door open could take a stressful time and relieve an additional hurdle.
I feel like the transfer portal will be more considered now (more than usual) since we can collect some great players who are not getting playing time at their P5 schools. I'm sure that was mention at the meeting.
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By BJWilliams
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Here's the thing tyndal...

The P5s that have a serious shot at the playoffs, even once they expand, aren't going to schedule Liberty because that isn't a game that would move the needle in their favor with the selection committee. The ones who don't but once in a blue moon have playoff aspirations would be hard pressed to schedule Liberty because they want to get wins and keep the boosters somewhat happy. As hard as Ian McCain is working behind the scenes, we aren't going to get 7 even lower level P5 games a year on our schedule. I can see maybe 4 but not 7
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