According to our friends at CF.C, Mike Leach has added another player to the Class of 2012 with Brandon Bagley. Bagley played this past season at the College of the Sequoias after failing to drum up interest as a HS Senior. Usually kids go the JC route when they don't qualify academically out of HS. Bagley's grades are fine, he just had zero interest coming out of HS. That's a bit of a red flag. After only playing one year, however, Bagley received scholarship offers from WSU, Nevada, San Jose State, and Texas Tech. (Woo! Suck it again, Texas Tech!)
Scout lists Bagley at 5'10 and 165 pounds, while also saying he runs a 4.45 in the 40. He will have 4 to play 3.
First of all, this video is absolutely horrible. So it's pretty tough to evaluate off of that. I originally posted this as a FanShot, but Mark being the Best Googler in the World™ found more video of him. You can go watch those highlights here.
The first thing we all need to take into account is the fact that it's June. Leach and staff are bringing in a JC CB four months after Signing Day. That's more than a little worrisome. Also of note: did you watch his video? I don't want to outright slam the kid, because, hey, congrats on getting a scholarship, Brandon. Washington State University is amazing, and I'm glad you want to be a Coug. But guys, I just don't see anything other than depth at best. When 50% of your highlight video is you making assisted tackles on punt team coverage, I'm not sure it's in the cards.
Scout says he runs a 4.45 in the 40, but here's a secret: when Scout gets heights, weights, and 40 times, you know who they ask? The coach. I've seen guys who run legit 4.4s before. Running that fast is rare, even though it gets thrown around a bunch. Maybe he does run a 4.45, but I don't see it in the video. There's a huge difference between what you run when you're in nothing but spandex and what you run in pads. I don't see him jamming his man at the line with any real aggressiveness, I don't see his footwork as outstanding, and I don't see his hip turning as anything other than just ok.
I don't know. Perhaps Leach has more tape or has seen him in person. With the huge caveat that I watched what everyone else just watched, I'm not overly impressed. I'll always be happy to welcome a kid into the fold and hope he becomes something, but with what I have to go off of currently, I wouldn't hold your breath that he turns into anything other than depth chart fodder.
(I realize I'm probably going to get killed for this evaluation. I'm ok with that. If you see something different, great. Don't listen to me. I'm just some dude. Take everything you see here and form your own opinion. But don't call me out for simply being negative. Tell me why you agree or disagree other than "LOL who made u a scout")