I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Update 3/29: Added CA RB Marc Tyler. Linked to (fairly content free) John Clay profile -- he's good. Also found an unexpected bounty of interesting information at HornFans. Check IBFC for some analysis of Ryan Mallet's situation; there's also a huge post on Clay from one of the proprietors of WisFootball.net. More Mallet: opening it up? Still Texas and Michigan only? It is the mystery.
Editorial Opinion: Tyler's been listing us for a while, but I've refrained from adding him because I think he's an extreme longshot. His father played at UCLA. He's from California. He goes to the same school as Jimmy Clausen, who will attend either USC or ND, and lists both of those schools. He plans on taking an official, though...
"Michigan is another school I like," he said. "I don't know a whole lot about the place. They've had a lot of great guys come out of there. Plus, Coach (Lloyd) Carr is such a great coach. It would be great to play for him. I want to take an official visit out there for sure so I can see for myself what they have to offer.
... so on the board he goes.
Relevant excerpt from the post on John Clay:
I work for a high school football site out of Wisconsin and I've actually had a phone interview with John Clay in the past. ...
John Clay is probably the best player ever to come out of Wisconsin high school football. He not only is one of the top RB's in the nation, but he is also the top DE in Wisconsin. I have his film and his combination of size and speed is just amazing. He was named 1st team all-state as a sophomore (very rare in Wisconsin), and then named the state POY as a junior. ...
Clay has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State. He is expecting another one soon from Michigan.
In my phone interview with Clay, which I believe was in January, he told me he would like to stay in "Big Ten Country." I was told he grew up as both a Wisconsin and Michigan fan. In the past he has attended Wisconsin's camp and attended their Junior Day. He also plans on visiting Michigan sometime in the near future with teammate Matt Simmons.
According to Simmons, the writer of the article about Clay and Texas kind of chopped his comments up and Clay wasn't too happy with the result.
Personally I think all signs are pointing to Clay ending up at Wisconsin or Michigan. He grew up as a fan of both. He is also close to his parents and so he would either be staying in-state, or attending a collge that isn't too far away.
The site he references is WisFootball.net, which looks fairly serious. Call it UV3, since the information about Clay's eventual destination is only a third party's speculation, but in terms of Internets credibility that's at least a four.
Mallet... well, this is probably a great example of recruiting excess that shouldn't be given attention, but depending on who you talk to he's "opening it up" or "not opening anything it all." This has caused needless consternation and likely means precisely nothing. What is interesting is another thread from HornFans.com on Mallet's situation:
I just spoke with a close friend of Ryan's mom who said that she had spoken with Mrs Mallet this morning. Word is that they're "not too happy with Texas". Said that "they" gave them 24 hours to accept/reject the offer.
That would be good.
(HT to IBFC, which first brought it to general attention.)
All this is FWIW; I think the general opinion of the Internets is that Mallet is going to Michigan and any other result would be a shock. Disclaimer: shocks happen.
3/28/2006 - Michigan 66-43 Old Dominion - We Be In Da Final
Ownzoring the NIT
The cognitive dissonance of this year's NIT would be much like that I would have experienced watching the Lions beat the Saints late last year if
- I cared about the Lions in the slightest
- I had so little to do that I would actually bother watching a Lions-Saints game.
- I mean, seriously, am I in traction in this hypothetical scenario? Do I have legs? A channel other than "worst football games of all time"?
At least, I'm guessing it's similar. It's an uncomfortable experience watching a game featuring one of your teams and not knowing whether or not you'd like them to lose. It goes against years of training.
Unlike the Lions, no rational case can be made for Michigan losing, especially when they have an important recruit watching their games -- there's no draft position to tank, there is a little money to be made -- but... still. Should Michigan beat South Carolina on Thursday, Michigan basketball will briefly surface in the national consciousness, but only for some halfhearted mocking. Signatures across the RCMB will be littered with sarcastic paeans to Tommy Amaker's Izzonian dominance of the NIT. Michigan will have confirmed that it blew a shot at its first tournament since the Long Long Ago. On the upside: free hats.
At some point I'd rather just forget last season happened; instead I am contractually obligated to scream "why couldn't you do that against Minnesota?" every time Courtney Sims shows off his impressive skill level. Michigan's thumping of ODU was mindbending. I could not decide whether each progressive basket made me pleased or angry. I'm confused. I want a banana.
Also: caption contest!
I don't suppose alumni dancing arrests qualify for the Fulmer Cup? Lincoln shot alert: yes, Dhani Jones got arrested for his irrepressible need to dance. West Side Story's casting director on line two.
Patrick Beverly: still not named "Eric," despite my attempts to convince the world otherwise. Things on the recruting front for Er-- er... Mr. Beverly appear to be going very well:
"I really just want him to go visit the three schools he's going to visit and then let him compare," [Beverly's coach Lamont] Bryant explained. "He doesn't have anything to compare it with. Your first visit is always your big visit. Once he goes to St. John's and Arkansas, he'll have something to compare it to. But Michigan looks good. He really likes it."
Less encouragingly, Keith Langlois says '07 commit Kelvin Grady "might have been the seventh-best point guard" at the state basketball finals this past weekend. That's not quite fair since there was only one junior on Langlois' list of better-than-Grady -- MSU commitment Kalin Lucas -- but it's still less than wonderful.
This is stupid:
In a sign of growing campus resistance to the Athletic Department's proposal to build luxury boxes in Michigan Stadium, 33 past and present faculty members have signed a letter urging the University Board of Regents to reject the private boxes.
Joey already demolished this; I co-sign.
And now for something completely obsessive. Michigan's roster has been updated with new weights (and heights, I believe). A favorite pastime of the deranged is to read far too much into listed positions, heights, and weights, as getting information out of Fort Schembechler is harder than a contrived similie that references hilarious pop culture. In that vein:
- Any worry that Michigan would senselessly put Alan Branch at DE should be put to bed: he's listed at 330 pounds. It should then be awoken: his position is listed as DE/DT.
- Redshirt freshmen James McKinney (279 lbs.) and Eugene Germany (ditto) are both bulking up to the point where DT may be a possiblity.
- McKinney, Tim Jamison, and Chris McLaurin are all listed at the anachronistic RLB position... as is Lamarr Woodley. Hopefully that does not imply those three guys get to watch Biggs and Van Alstyne play unsexy librarian at DE. Quiero dual headhunters. Also of note: both Jamison and McLaurin are up to that 240-250 range at which you're leery about every additional pound robbing them of explosiveness.
- Grady's down to 216. No word on whether he's gotten contacts.
- Wasn't Brandon Harrison listed at 5'10" last year? I seem to remember many jokes about lifts and such coming from OSU fans. Apparently that fanciful notion has been discarded: he's back down to a Bob Sanders-esque 5'8". Now if he could only play like Sanders.
- Marques Walton's problem was supposed to be mondo-overweightness, but he's listed at a (relatively) svelte 291.
Our Fairly Brief National Bout of Pissiness is Over. Cowherd was brought to heel by the Internet hordes. Our next stop: the White House. The MZone emerges from their bunker. Hey Jenny Slater gets a link for incorporating Melissa Theriau into the proceedings.
Etc.: Yost's getting a second locker room; from now on players will enter at opposite ends of the ice. File under wishful thinking:
The new locker room should improve Michigan's chances of hosting an NCAA Tournament regional. Yost has hosted five such regionals - the last in 2002 - but there were serious problems with finding adequate locker room space for all of the teams. ...
"It certainly won't hurt (our chances) of hosting another regional," [associate executive AD Michael] Stevenson said.
Since the general opinion of the college hockey world is that it will be a cold day in hell when Yost gets another regionals bid, Stevenson is technically right. The lowest a "chance" can go is axiomatically zero.
Braylon Edwards is endowing a scholarship for the #1 jersey -- check out the sweet video with AC and BE on the Braylon Edwards Foundation's website; Maize 'n' Brew re-works some musical memery; Michigan students, James Bond, Legos == A Good Time.
Update 3/28: Removed CA CB Courtney Viney(UCLA) and SC S Mark Barnes(has dropped us). Linked to mondo Muskegon Chronicle article on MI CB Ron Johnson. Michigan is named as the favorite within (by the author, not Johnson). Added a link to the (surprisingly professional) Piqua HS website -- that's Brandon Saine's school. Linked to video of OH RB Dan Herron and Rivals roundup article with mentions of MI TE/DE Ryan Van Bergen and MI CB Chris Rucker.
Added MI DT Ryan Wheat and MI OL Darrell Davis-Budnaro based on the latest JimS opus.
Editorial Opinion: The passage in question from the Ronald Johnson article:
Michigan is considered the frontrunner in the "RoJo" recruiting battle, for many reasons. First, is his friendship with Taylor, a projected starter at noseguard this fall for the Wolverines. Second, his closest relationship with a college coach is with U-M defensive backs coach Ron English. Third, he took his first official visit there.
But unlike Taylor, who verbally committed to U-M before his senior season began, Johnson has no plans to do that and said he might not make a final decision before the official signing day in February.
"Part of me wants to stay close, so that everyone can come see me play," said Johnson, who some schools have not ruled out as a receiver, or even a running back. "But part of me wants to go south where it's warm. I don't want to rule out any options."
Also, the article contains further evidence that Pete Carroll is kind of a tool:
Annese laughs when he plays the message, which he has kept on the answering machine in the Muskegon High School football office.
"Hey Tony, this is Pete," the message goes, sounding like an old friend. "I'll be around today. Give me a call back."
But that is neither here nor there, as they say.
Chris Rucker is listed at 5'9" 170 and has offers from BG and Cincinatti so far. That height combined with his list -- the two offers, Michigan, and mid-level BCS schools BC and Georgia Tech -- makes it seem doubtful that he'll receive an offer if DB recruiting goes to plan. It's well known that Ron English likes his corners big and ornery. We'll probably see how much mutual interest there is at camp; the bet here is that Rucker stops listing Michigan sometime during the summer.
Ryan Van Bergen, however, may receive an offer at either DE or TE, both positions of need going into the year that don't have a lot of high profile offers out at the moment. At TE there's PA H-back offer Steve Paszkorz, but that's about it. Van Bergen's early offers -- Indiana and Purdue -- are also a notch above Rucker's. Junior year stats:
He was a junior all-state selection in 2005, after recording 59 tackles, seven sacks and four interceptions at defensive end and catching 20 passes for 274 yards and four scores on the offensive side of the ball.
Allot of people think that with him being a huge fan all he needed was an offer from them. With most of us being Buckeyes fans....that just isn't good news. haha
Obviously that's all very, very [sic]. Also, BP resident insider unionfutura on OH S Eugene Clifford:
Gonna be a battle
Pros: Likes OSU, is/will be receiving a ton of attention by the OSU staff
Cons: The coach he likes the most is Ron English, and he's now personally recruiting him, will camp at
Not as optimistic as others (the people who have emailed me saying he's done deal to OSU are flipping crazy), but we have a better chance than I thought possible.
That's a step back from the optimism shown recently by BP residents. Especially like the last bit ("we have a better chance than I thought possible") and the implication that English can snatch away an Ohio player who grew up an OSU fan -- that's mojo. Wonder if he calls up the coaches at Colerain and says "hey, it's Ron. I'm getting some java, let's exchange beat poetry. Lataz."
Just freakin' yesterday:
[The Jack Johnson departure] Survey says "probably not"...
"I think the only way you're going to get me out of here is at gunpoint," Johnson told reporters after a win in the conference playoffs.
... but we've been here before.
Today, the Michigan Daily makes a small but appreciable contribution to the profit margins of Ann Arbor-area ulcer treatment purveyors:
Michigan defenseman Jack Johnson may not be as sure about staying in Ann Arbor as he claimed to be all season long. ... "At this point, I'm kind of up in the air, I guess," Johnson said in an article published yesterday in the Raleigh News and Observer. "I still feel hesitant on making the jump. I want to make sure. I'm going to talk to a few people who I really confide in, and after talking to them try to make a pretty good decision. Right now, I'm really torn."
The Wolverine's Michael Spath chips in:
Red's nervous. Been trying to reach the Johnson's but no one is picking up the phone. Not a done deal, but definitely sounds like something is in the works.
Urgh. At least it sounds like if Jack goes he'll do so soon and not leave the team in the lurch a couple weeks before the season as has been the wont of your Helminens and Tambellinis. Still... gunpoint, man.
One bit of good news: '06 forward recruit Trevor Lewis has been named the USHL's player of the year. That's good company to keep: Last year's top forward*, Ferris State's Dan Reidel, scored 31 points as a freshman. The 2003 winner was Ryan Potulny, the nation's leading scorer.
*(MSU goalie Jeff Lerg won the POY award.)