OK DT Pearlie Graves has committed to Michigan($). Informative update coming tomorrow AM.
GURU RATINGS AND CHATTER
|NR||4*, #35 DT||75, #64 DT|
Very weird spread in the guru rankings above, with Rivals giving him the fourth star (though barely; he's the second-to-last DT to acquire one), ESPN saying "meh" and Scout not even rating him. ESPN, FWIW:
Graves is a busy body in the trenches. He is an active kid that can be disruptive. He will need to add more good bulk to his frame. … Graves shows some flashes. With some added size and continued fine tuning could develop into a solid college defensive tackle, at least could be a good wave player.
Yeah, at 6'3", 260, Graves is wicked undersized for a college DT. This makes him a project.
Here's some stuff about sharks:
"You have to be vicious to be on the defense," Pearlie Graves said. "You have to be a shark on the water to get out there and get it."
East Central can boast about their Gold Ball in 05 and their back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 06 and 07, but these sharks are still taking a sink or swim approach to the upcoming campaign. …
"You have to stay hungry and have to stay motivated too," Graves said. "If you don't stay hungry you'll never get what you want to get."
Just like a shark.
I bet Pearlie has like 400 teeth and whenever he goes over to someone's house for a barbecue or something he ends up leaving them in the furniture and then people go "Oh, Pearlie" and there's a freeze frame with someone throwing their hat in the air. I bet a lot of money on this.
Here's the good part: Graves had an Oklahoma offer despite those guru ratings. Nice. Also chasing Graves were Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, and other Big 12 programs; in July Graves also claimed an LSU offer. (Tech was his only other official.)
The video you're about to see embedded says as a junior he had 64 tackles and five sacks; I couldn't find any senior stats.
FAKE 40 TIME
Rivals lists his 40 at 4.9 seconds, which is somewhat fake(!) for a guy who runs 260 pounds but not, like, egregiously so.
Here he is awkwardly talking, with bonus footage from so far away you can't see anything:
That man has a kick ass beard for a 17-year old.
PROJECTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Unless people just missed on their evaluations here, Graves shouldn't see a ton of playing time until he's an upperclassman and even then would ideally be a rotation tackle. In terms of what sort of player he'll be like, he's probably more Mike Martin than Terrance Taylor. He'll live on penetration, not sucking up double teams.
Michigan does not have an ideal situation, though, and Graves could see time early as Michigan attempts to figure out what their tackle situation looks like over the next three years.
Arguing against the skepticism are the Oklahoma and LSU offers and West Virginia's success with guys like this in the past. With Barwis, all things are possible.
I should mention this:
"I can see myself playing for OU,” said Graves, who scored a 17 on his first ACT test and has a 2.7 GPA.
That is not qualified, and word is Graves still has work to do. It sounds likely he will make it, but something to keep an eye on.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
Yes, there is still plenty of room for MI DT Will Campbell. Even assuming LA DT DeQuinta Jones sticks, Michigan will have only four DTs on the roster going into next year, and none of them are beastmonsters. Michigan will still pursue Campbell hard and should acquire him.
Aside from Campbell, does this mean Michigan is done on the defensive line? Maybe, maybe not. They'd clearly take a guy like SC DE Sam Montgomery, though he remains a longshot. Outside of Montgomery, the recruiting board now contains exactly one player not already committed or mentioned: MD DE Jason Ankrah, who seems ticketed for Penn State or Maryland.
If they want another DE they'll have to find a sleeper they like (can instate DE Dylan Farrington make the grade?) or pirate some commit away from another school.
OK DT Pearlie Graves has committed to Michigan($). Informative update coming tomorrow AM.
Dangit, published this to the test blog, which is why the delay.
Your top ten:
|1||Texas Tech (48)||24.7||--|
Attrition the second: Rich Rodriguez announced that backup DT Jason Kates has decided to leave the team($, info in header). Kates hadn't seen a single snap this year AFAIK and that was an ominous sign for a redshirt sophomore; he's probably looking for playing time and that Not Throwing Up Every Weekday major mentioned earlier.
Oh, and Steve Schilling might miss the Ohio State game. Not that it's likely to matter.
Back to Kates: he wasn't likely to contribute if he couldn't see the field at all this year. However, defensive tackle is now looking mighty thin: Mike Martin set a high bar for himself this year and will no doubt start; the only other 2009 DT on the roster at the moment is Renaldo Sagesse, who saw spot duty at various points during the season. He had limited impact. If Will Campbell recommits as expected he'll get at least as much playing time as Martin did this year and may leap directly into the starting lineup.
Programming note: I am behind on UFR and will post it tomorrow. I have no excuse for this one other than severe lack of motivation.
Oh, uh, yeah. Article in the Daily on the new blog order interviews me. There is already a thread with jokes about my appearance if you need to get in on that action. This was the most interesting bit of the article to me:
With the day-to-day grind of beat reporting, that type of depth is almost impossible for newspapers to imitate. Here’s a typical workday for Snyder — on the Monday before the Northwestern football game, he attended a nearly two-and-a-half-hour-long press conference, filing a story right there. Snyder then stayed at the building, transcribing football quotes and working until the basketball presser took place at 3 p.m. After the press conference, Snyder attended basketball practice, finally leaving after nine hours and still needing to file a story about the basketball team. That’s time Cook can spend analyzing plays and breaking down each game, while relying on reporters like Snyder to uncover the day-to-day business of the team.
I've never had a problem with beat writers; they do their job and it's necessary. But, man, doesn't that explain a lot? You put yourself in this press-conference-file-story-press-conference-file-story routine, covering a thousand different items shallowly and spending large portions of your time either listening to or transcribing what someone else is thinking. Then you've got the columnists on basically the same schedule, writing three things a week about one of ten different pro or college teams. There's no focus.
This is apparently media-bash day on MGoBlog, so might as well get on with it:
Different. Mark Dantonio took over Cincinnati's football program and left for a bigger one after two mediocre years. The Free Press frames that decision like so*:
A man's word still means something.
Two years ago, the Spartans pursued Cincinnati coach Mark Dantonio. But he rejected the overtures until the Bearcats' regular season was over.
Can you imagine anyone stretching the bounds of praiseworthy behavior in order to find something nice to say about Rich Rodriguez? No. This is the exact thing—leaving a job—that Rich Rodriguez has been killed for, and he stayed at West Virginia for seven years, turning it into a national power.
But Dantonio Keeps His Word.
In fact. Hey, here's a nice thing about Rodriguez in a mainstream newspaper!
Harrison, the safety, was among them. Then last weekend on Senior Day, his parents were late getting to Michigan Stadium from Dayton because of traffic from an accident. So instead of having Harrison take the field unescorted, Rodriguez accompanied him.
"He didn't really need to do that," Harrison said. "I see him in a whole different way. I used to look at him as just my head coach. Now I look at him as if it's a different type of bond."
This is part of an article with extensive quotes from Harrison, Terrance Taylor, Don Dufek, and Rick Leach and an actual quote from someone who interacts with a large number of Michigan fans:
Jason McNamee is an employee at the Buckeye Wolverine Shop in Perrysburg, Ohio, near Toledo.
McNamee said most Wolverines customers understand the situation Rodriguez inherited and are willing to give him time.
"I'd say if we had 100 Michigan fans in here, only 5-10 would say he has to go now," McNamee said.
It's probably the most reasonable, best researched piece that's appeared in a newspaper this year. That newspaper?
Some day I would like to meet the people running the Free Press and News sports pages just so I can ask them "what makes you think annoying your core readership is a good idea?"
Don't take our Spielman away. Chris Spielman and Kirk Herbstreit orchestrated a much-publicized Michigan bashing session on Columbus talk radio recently. One of the more directly inflammatory statements came from Spielman:
"I love seeing them beaten down, man. It's great," Spielman said.
And thus ends (or should end) Chris Spielman's license to call any Michigan game. I like Spielman, I like his transparent love for football, I like that he still seems more like a player than an announcer and that he obviously would rather be on the field colliding with people than in a suit and tie in a booth. I think he's one of the best color guys on the network. But unless ESPN's new strategy is to openly antagonize its viewers, it can't have a born, bred and admitted hater calling the team he hates.
One: yes, ESPN's strategy is to openly antagonize its viewers, something that has been made plain over the last decade. How many 15-minute Nick Lachey MNF interviews must we endure before this is plain?
Two: no. Spielman hates Michigan. Whatever. He's the only color guy working college football who would bother explaining that to stop a power run game like Michigan State the key player is the defensive end, who has to crash inside to eliminate the hole and disrupt the pulling offensive linemen, which will naturally cause the RB to bounce outside into the waiting arms of a linebacker.
Spielman does that. And he cloaks his disdain masterfully when called upon to do so. He can do Michigan games whenever he pleases. Don't leave us with Andre Ware, please.
Etc.: Ohio State fans can't read. The WLA does hate week right; apparently those of us with Fandom Endurance III badges can never leave a game again. McMcMcCabe is seriously pissed off you guys that the Army Bowl is (gasp!) picking guys who he didn't even name all state. Also he would like his cranberry juice. UMTailgate says that was yesterday.
*(Worst Columnist in America link that you are urged to not follow: .)