The major question every recruiting season is what positions are our biggest priorities. The biggest mistake people make when answering this question is not understanding that we are not recruiting to fill our CURRENT needs. We are filling our needs for the future. To understand this, we need to project our depth chart 2 or 3 seasons down the road. Where we see holes in the future, that is where we need to concentrate. Holes in our current roster or our immediate future will almost certainly need to be filled by position changes or JUCO’s. Everything else, needs solid HS recruits. Always beware of positions that look stacked but will be hit hard by attrition down the road. Coaching staffs that do the best job of preparing for such future potential emergencies are the coaching staffs whose programs not only win but win consistently year after year. This thread is designed to help understand our depth needs looking forward 3 years. A couple of rules: Some players may be listed at a secondary position in addition to their primary position. Their names will be surrounded by () at the secondary position. I usually list those players at the end of each position When projecting future starters, in many cases I just systematically rotate players up. The purpose is not to show who will start over who, but to show depth. In many cases, I do not show a given player to be starter even though I may strongly believe he will be one. I just rotate names forward at that position. Starters are listed first in each line. Then the second string. The rest of the reserves are listed denoted by  around list. Then () players. I do place ??? anywhere in the two-deep that is not filled by a player currently on the roster. Recruits do not count in the two-deep until they are signed. Signed players not yet on campus (not yet qualified) denoted by underline. Walk-on players denoted with * after name. Walk-on players do not count in the depth chart until they are on campus. First and Second team in ALL CAPS. First team and second team separated by ~ symbol. Except in specific situations, I assumed no future redshirts, early exits for the draft, or Academic casualties. 2018 thru 2020 Depth Charts will be split up into two separate posts for offense and defense. And look for my detailed annual position by position analysis to follow.