MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: Snow falls on the endzone during play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The 2019 recruiting class is not believed to be a good one for quarterbacks. Some analysts are calling it the worst QB class they’ve ever seen. There’s not a ton of depth or elite talent at the top.The best quarterback in the class might be Graham Mertz, a four-star pro-style quarterback out of Kansas. “I’ve heard from coaches that (he) is the best QB recruit nationally and gotta say, he looks damn good at Elite 11,” says SB Nation Recruiting.Mertz is currently committed to Wisconsin. However, the commitment to the Badgers might not last…Several other major programs are pursuing Mertz hard. Despite the fact that he’s committed to Wisconsin, those programs are making him a serious priority.Both Ohio State and Notre Dame have made him their No. 1 QB target.A flipped commitment might be on the table.“Notre Dame working hard to flip him from Wisconsin,” says Irish Illustrated.Good show from Irish quarterback target Graham Mertz at Elite 11. Notre Dame working hard to flip him from Wisconsin. https://t.co/EzIyaStO5S— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) June 2, 2018Ohio State, meanwhile, has reportedly “zeroed in” on him.Some analysts expect him to make the flip, too.This is a recruitment that will likely last through the summer. It’s unclear if Mertz will start taking visits to other schools.Stay tuned.
TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday amid a strong housing sector report while traders looked ahead to key employment data coming out Friday.The loonie rose 0.38 of a cent to 90.98 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the total value of building permits issued by municipalities rose 8.5 per cent to $7 billion in January. That was much higher than the 1.7 per cent rise that economists expected and followed a 4.8 per cent decrease in December.The agency said the increase in January came from higher construction intentions in the residential sector, which more than offset a decline in the non-residential sector.Economists looked for the Canadian economy to have created about 15,000 jobs in February.Markets will also look to American job creation figures from last month on Friday.Harsh winter conditions have crimped job creation and expectations for the February U.S. non-farm payrolls report are muted. Economists looked for around 145,000 new positions to have been created last month after only 113,000 jobs were created in January.There was positive news out ahead of that data. Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, declined to 323,000 last week from 348,000, the lowest level in three months.Markets are still monitoring developments in Ukraine after getting off to a rocky start at the beginning of the week after Russia invaded the country’s Crimean peninsula. Russia has major military installations in Crimea and many people are Russian speaking.European leaders said Thursday that Russia will face sanctions unless it withdraws its troops from Crimea or engages in credible talks to defuse the situation.But leaders appeared divided between countries close to Russia’s borders and some western economic powerhouses — notably Germany — that were taking a more dovish line.On the commodity markets, April crude was up 11 cents to US$101.56 a barrel.May copper was ahead two cents at US$3.22 a pound while April gold bullion gained $11.50 to US$1,351.80 an ounce.Overseas, China’s finance minister said Thursday that creating jobs is the government’s priority this year and economic growth below the official target of 7.5 per cent might be acceptable. China’s economic growth tumbled to a two-decade low of 7.7 per cent last year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 6:44 am MDT Canadian dollar up amid strong housing sector data; traders look to jobs report Loonies are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward