Mike Lantry, 1972
And thus no blogging today. Lo siento; that's life sometimes.
Update: Never mind. I'm back. I've got a board update about ready to go.
Quickly, since Monday all this will be crusty... You're probably already reading RBUAS on a regular basis, but he's happy about the Illinois win and you should read all about it.
Good news: '06 guard recruit K'len Morris dropped 39 on the same night Horton did. A local television station has a story and some highlights, though the story was written before the 39 points.
Bad news: Lesters Abraham and his severely sprained ankle still have no definite return date. People are thinking maybe the Big Ten tournament... but maybe not.
I have a new favorite reaction to the third down stuff from a Florida State board:
This guy is an Ohio State fan...I looked at his main blog...particularly on his comparison of FSU vs OSU defense.
Um... okay then. It must have been all the maize and blue that gave it away. Or maybe it was Ohio State basketball star Daniel Horton.
Until Monday, at which point I hope to have recovered enough from the asskicking Canada handed the US in curling to address it... and I'm only sort of kidding.
I've always wanted to have the kind of blog where I can post something like "9:00 AM Open Thread," watch it fill up with hundreds of comments, and then post "9:15 AM Open Thread," just because the pageviews must be immense. We aren't there yet, but the blog is getting enough traffic/external opinion that there's a fair chance this upcoming enterprise will not be totally embarrassing.
The enterprise? It's akin to that featured in the BlogPoll roundtables. I'll throw out some questions, you answer to the best of your ability, I round up the general sentiment and highlight any bon mots that set the courtesans a-tittering (hur hur hur). I'll throw in my point of view as well during the roundup. If the comments are filled with things like...
Cricket | Posted at 10:28 AM
...then we will pretend this never happened and any reminders of its existence will be shot. That's life.
Anyway, two parts submitted by readers:
Part I: The Man, The Myth, The Dude Who Tried To Run For The Orange Bowl's Entire First Half
James Scuccimarri asks what's with the sourpuss act in regards to Mike DeBord:
I just wanted to point out that despite your seeming dislike of Mike Debord, as Michigans OC he only lost five games in three seasons and he never lost a bowl game. Now these are facts which I'm sure you knew. I make the point only because I wonder what your actual concerns about him are and if you truly believe our offensive line could be any worse under his tutelage than Terry Malone's? I know that game is changing and that is a fact Michigan is slow to accept, but a running game is a running game and I will take whatever we can get. I'm just another Ann Arbor yokel who despite his own best efforts cannot quell growing feelings of optimism. So if you should have time feel free to crush my happy-go-lucky-things-will-be-looking-up-by-springtime-attitude with a solid dose of reality. thank you
Well? Why does everyone hate the DeBordster?
Part II: It's Different, I Give You That
Mike Brennan asks an interesting question I haven't seen get a full treatment anywhere else:
As Lloyd Carr has reassembled his staff throughout the last several weeks, I've begun wondering what others think about finally having a defensive coordinator that's not also a position coach. I can't say with any certainty that Herrmann's ability to function in either of his roles suffered because of the two sets of responsibilities, but I have a difficult time imagining that it helped. As the years progressed and the defense and linebackers regressed, I became perplexed that he never hired a full-time linebackers coach. It seems to me that doing so would allow him time to take more of a macro-level look at the defense and conceptualize ways to use the whole unit to stop, say, a mobile quarterback.
So is Ron English doing himself and the team a favor by relinquishing responsibilities for coaching the DBs despite the fact that he did a good job in that role? I'm sure there are plenty of cases of successful coordinators that also coached a position group, but I'm wondering if you have a take on the matter. For that matter, have you seen anyone address it anywhere else? Is there a medication I can take for this ailment that has me deeply pondering, in February, the dynamics of the one-day-old Michigan coaching staff?
What say you? After the revamp, Michigan is down one special teams coordinator. In his stead is former Wisconsin DBs coach Ron Lee, who has been assigned to just the corners. Is this a worthwhile trade-off? Will it have any material effect?
If "forget this ever happened" does not come to pass, expect a roundup-type thing in the middle of next week.
You'd best head elsewhere for something informative on the Illinois game, since I was forced to miss it. Lo siento. Joey has a bit. UI's Scout site has an interesting article, too; The Chicago Tribune gets all Peter Gabriel up in here:
Michigan's Daniel Horton was a human sledgehammer Tuesday night at Crisler Arena and he did seemingly irreparable damage to Illinois' hope of winning its third straight Big Ten championship.
Update: Maize 'n' Brew gets all astronomical and wins the Michi-blogosphere race to say something about, you know, the game. Hurray quasi-delegation.
Anyway, college basketball is totally weird. This is the only conclusion you get from last night's Horton explosion. Partially because said circumstances prevented me from watching the game; partially because it just is, especially when games devolve into three-point contests more often than not. Michigan took 47 shots last night, twenty of which were three pointers. Nine went in. Michigan won by eight. Earlier, Michigan went down in flames against Iowa and Ohio State when said opponents rifled in over 50% of their threes. This... is not so good.
Paranoid anecdotes not sufficient for you? A quick glance at Big Ten Wonk's statistics reveals that over a third (34.3%) of all shots launched in the Big Ten are (high-variance, probably ill-chosen) threes. By comparison, fewer than 20% of shots in the NBA are three-pointers. No doubt there are a multitude of reasons for this--lack of dudes like Lebron or Kobe who can drive with impunity, the tendency of college teams to pack the lane--but foremost among them is the three point line, which is almost close enough to make any two-point shot a bad one. Let's leave the kiddie line in high schools and obsolete the term "NBA three." Please.
Also! Apparently the Izzone got punked... or at least they would have gotten punked if they could execute simple instructions. Behold, they said "Go Blue," sort of:
More like "GO BL... um... U/O thing... undefined potential letter," but that's not the fault of the enterprising Maize Ragers who set the stunt up in the first place. Michigan State students: incapable of holding things in the air. Figures, since they were probably all as drunk as the guy who thought that screwing around with the seven-foot guy who never plays was a good idea.
Big Ten Wonk is all over this, scoring the Interview of the Century with one of the planners. And speaking of that MSU game, Critical Fanatic highlights some of the dumber things said during it and titles his post "Someone Please Hire Rick Majerus," which I'm wholeheartedly behind. He's unpossible.
First... best... Google... logo... ever(!):
Say hello to the 2007 recruiting board. With it comes some revamping of the "MGoBricks" section of the sidebar where posts
you I like having handy live. Older recruiting stuff has been, er, stuffed into a single archive link. The third down app gets to rent some space, as do the ethics. Just FYI.
Michigan plays Illinois tonight in an important game for Michigan's tournament prospects, which are much more tenuous than they were a couple weeks ago. Losing four of five will do that. While I putter away at graphs and math and stuff, RBUAS has your preview covered; Maize 'n' Brew takes a look at how Michigan's been karma's bitch of late--maybe we should write a list of all the things we did wrong and go about repairing them one by one:
- Let Ed Martin give a bunch of money to players.
- Inflicted Ann Coulter upon the world.*
- Ditto the Unabomber.
- Defended Leopold and Loeb.
Um... I guess we need to find out a way to un-bomb people. And un-chisel them.
(*Note that this fits snugly into official MGoBlog "no politics" policy, as this antipathy is based solely on Coulter's pundit status. In the cable-news era, "pundit" may as well be a four-letter word.)
Curses! Lloyd was dispatched by Charlie Weis in the 31st round of his opener in the Coaches' Death Match. The good news is that apparently Carr is some sort of unkillable T-1000-esque robot of doom, because he's going to reconstitute himself from his component atoms and fight again:
Carr will ... occupy a slot in the USMC Middleweight division, if only to continue testing the hypothesis that Carr is, like prions, viruses, and Bob Costas, not technically alive.
In other humorous ND-related bashing, the House Rock Built has this comic strip and stuff. Apparently our new coach needs some lactose injections. Or whatever. Do they inject lactose? Probably not. That seems extreme.
Exactly how desperate are you for information about football? Desperate enough to consider a random blog post about an IM basketball team featuring Breaston, Hart, Sears, et al. newsworthy? You, my deranged friend, are in luck. The best news? Sears is currently sporting "an amazing russet-colored afro." Outstanding. Recent state-of-Michigan sports figures to rock afros:
- Braylon Edwards
- Ben Wallace
Undoubtedly this means Sears is going to live up to the hype, and how.
Etc: I know I've shorted the hockey news something fierce lately, but as mentioned earlier, I'm bad at talking bad. The whole enterprise is frustrating to the point where I don't want to think about it... but future seasons? Okay! Bob Miller has a scouting report on 2007 forward commitment Louie Caporusso for your edification.
Be sure to read the official mgoblog recruiting philosophy before committing suicide over anything you read here.
A Note on "Stars": These are my guesstimates. Players don't have stars associated with them yet. When the recruiting services add them I'll adjust my ratings.
A Note on Premium Info: No illict sharing of said material will appear on this site. Players are listed with interested schools in their profiles; this information is public. Commitments are by definition public. Any assertions as to schools in the mix, decision dates, or leaders I will back up with links to public information.
Projected Class Size:
As of right now: 18. By February, probably a full 25.
|Expired Eligibility||Hood, Hall, Van Alstyne, Biggs, Woodley, Oluigbo, Thompson, Barringer, Harris, Burgess, Bihl, Riley, Kolodziej, Rivas, J. Jackson, Ecker, Breaston, Tabb||18|
|Unrenewed Fifth||Possibilities: Sharrow, Campbell, Paul||~3|
Anything not in the "expired eligibility" is a wild-ass guess from me; read nothing into it, I beg you.
1/29: Nothin's going on. Added, uh, QB(?) DT Ronaldo Sagesse, who's from Quebec. Removed OH LB Jermale Hines, who finally committed to OSU. Linked to article on Rashad Mason's trip to Ole Miss.
Update 1/12: Linked to article on IN DT Jeff Boyd: we lead, no offer (academics)... nevermind. Removed commits Jerimy Finch and Marquis Maze. Removed everyone else, basically.
Update 1/9: Removed a fair number of commitments to other schools. Moved CA CB/S Michael Williams to committed. Added NBC's US Army Bowl "highlights" which are less highlights and more "every play." Michael Williams features intermittently, but they're under Mallett (and here: first quarter second quarter third quarter fourth quarter). You'll have to watch Mustachioed Non-Heisman Winner plug Sprint four times, but you can also get in the entire game in like 25 or 30 minutes, which is way less creepy and pedophiliac than watching it live. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself. Game fallout: guy who looks like he walked right off the 1988 World Series of Poker set and into the Texarkana Gazett goes OMG Mallett; GBW gushes; ESPN says that Mallett is at least Clausen's equal($) but they aren't "in love" with any of this year's quarterback class -- they still lifted him from #54 to #12, though.
Meanwhile, three Michigan commits -- WR Toney Clemons, S Jerimy Finch, and C David Molk -- featured in another game that no one saw because it was on ESPNU. Scout has a recap. Sounds like Molk did well; Finch has been shooting up Rivals' -- the lone dissenter on his awesome talent -- board for a while now. He's #30 with a bullet in their latest top 100.
Update 12/20: Added IN DE Jeff Boyd and NC DE Kourtnei Brown, linked to articles on Everson Griffen, SC WR Junior Hemingway, TX CB Troy Woolfolk, and KS LB Austin Panter. Removed AZ OL Jaivorio Burkes, IL RB Robert Hughes, and CA LB Malcolm Smith (dropped us). Added TN WR(!) Rashad Mason and MO OL Donald Stephenson.
Needs: Severe. Michigan has three scholarship quarterbacks and hasn't landed a blue-chipper since Henne three years ago. They will probably take two quarterbacks in this class unless someone like Mallet gets a Henson guarantee. Whoever comes in this year will redshirt and then compete for the starting job as a redshirt freshman.
Update: Mallett's commit likely takes us out of the running for all other highly-touted recruits, but I'll leave them on there until I hear otherwise. I'd think Michigan will attempt to pick up a second player for insurance purposes -- Stephen Threet?
Projected Commits: 2.
|Ryan Mallet||TX||*****||Michigan||Rivals #9 for 2007; mention of Texas and M leading; Dallas Morning News article; Star-Telegram article. May have gotten an ultimatim from UT (did, actually). MGoBlog on Mallet; Texarkana Gazette commit story (and a second one). GBW article.|
Running Back / Fullback
Needs: Michigan had a definite need for a fullback that was taken care of early when Michigan's Vince Helmuth commited at junior day. In a class this large you can expect at least one running back even though Michigan has Grady, Simpson, Brown, and Minor in the last couple classes.
Projected Commits: 2, 1 RB, 1 FB.
|Vince Helmuth(FB)||***||Michigan||Brother is former Spartan Chris Baker. AA News article. Saline Reporter article. Commited at junior day. Good at throwing things real far. MLive article; Free Press article; Jim__S: "If there was ever a prospect born to play fullback at Michigan, it's Helmuth. The position demands a hard-nosed, strong and relatively quick player who is happy to not carry the ball. The fact of the matter is that Helmuth doesn't even get many carries at Saline High. He has great bloodlines, being a half-brother of current NY Jet TE Chris Baker. He is a three-sport athlete and has great strength. He was the Division I state champion in the discus as a sophomore, a tough feat in the weight events for an underclassman, with a toss of 185-4 (Terrance Taylor inished second at 178-9. In the shot put he finished third with a put of 55-2 (Taylor finished just behind him in fourth followed by another talented Class of 2007 prospect, Darris Sawtelle, in fifth). Finally, at just 6-1 he is short enough to get the leverage needed to block out of the backfield in the Big Ten. If he grows a couple of inches he could become an outstanding DT or OG prospect."|
Needs: Moderate. Expect two or three. Michigan has LaTerryal Savoy, Mario Manningham, Antonio Bass, and Greg Mathews in the last two classes--a good mix of speed merchants and towering possesion receivers--but should be in the mode of taking at least one receiver in every class.
Projected Commits: 2.
|James Rogers||MI||**||Michigan||Shock camp commitment from total sleeper. Video. Brief article. More video.|
|Junior Hemingway||SC||****||Michigan||Sun News article; Hemingway Hauls In Victory, offer; BP Thread; GoUpState article. article from senior year opener|
|Toney Clemons||PA||****||Michigan||Scout combine MVP; Scout article; offer.|
|Rashad Mason||TN||**||UCLA, M, UL, Ole Miss||Bonafide sleeper, a 6'6" tower who missed his junior year after a severe car accident. Scout article. Another.|
Needs: Severe. Michigan has redshirt freshman Carson Butler and then maybe '05 recruit Quintin Woods--though he could end up at defensive end--over the past two years. That's not enough. Fortunately, there appears to be a trio of instate prospects that will probably get offers sooner or later, plus Steve Paskorz, an early top 100 player from Pennsylvania.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Steve Watson||MI||***.5||Michigan||MGoBlog on Watson.|
|Martell Webb||MI||****||Michigan||offer; ATH WR; MGoBlog on Webb. Scout article; Oakland Press article.|
Needs: Moderate. Expect four or five after Michigan went relatively light last year with only three recruits.
Projected Commits: 5.
|Dave Molk||IL||****||Michigan||Offer, will camp. Scout #91. Probably not going to ND.|
|Mark Huyge||MI||**||Michigan||In ur face. Rivals article.|
Needs: Moderate to severe depending on the eventual fates of Marques Slocum (still trying to qualify) and Eugene Germany (still trying to outrun cops). Michigan picked up a couple of DT prospects (John Ferrara and Jason Kates) in 2005, but neither is highly regarded.
Projected Commits: 2.
Needs: Minor to moderate, depending on where exac
tly Ferrara, Woods, and Adam Patterson end up. Three defensive ends--Van Alstyne, Biggs, and Woodley--graduate, so at least two players should be brought in to replace them.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Ryan VanBergen||MI||****||Michigan||ATH TE; mention on Rivals. MGoBlog on VanBergen; commit article from the Muskegon Chronicle.|
Needs: Moderate. Michigan took four last year but could use another couple in '07 since they had only one in the previous class. The focus will be more on outside linebackers as both Brandon Graham and Cobrani Mixon look like potential MLBs.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Austin Panter||KS||****||Michigan||A JUCO(!). Went to JUCO after being lightly recruited at a tiny 8-on-8 school and is a good student. Has three years to play two. MGoBlog on Panter. JUCO defensive POY. AA News article.|
|Brandon Herron||TX||***||Michigan||MGoBlog on Herron. Same school as Woolfolk.|
|Marell Evans||VA||**||Michigan||Varina (Brandon Minor's school). Commit article.|
Needs: Desperate. Michigan has two California sleepers from the last two classes after Brandon Harrison's move to safety and Jai Eugene's decommitment. Michigan needs corners in both quality and quantity. Luckily, the 2007 class is loaded with both. Michigan may not have to leave the state to fill this position. Two instate blue-chippahs, Ron Johnson and Dionte Allen, have received offers and are expected to end up in the Maize and Blue sooner or later. A third, Cedric Everson from Detroit, is a track superstar who may get an offer over the summer.
Projected Commits: 3, maybe even 4.
|Troy Woolfolk||TX||***||Michigan||Son of Butch. MGoBlog on Woolfolk. Houston Chronicle article.|
|Michael Williams||CA||****.5||M, ND lead||Michigan in top two according to Scout.|
|Ron Johnson||MI||*****||M, ND, USC, Texas||Same school as Terrance Taylor; Rivals #6 for 2007. UV on Johnson from BP. Mondo Muskegon Chronicle article; second article|
|Donovan Warren||CA||****||USC leads M, UCLA, Cal||offer|
Needs: Moderate. Michigan picked up two in the last class, but Jonas Mouton may grow into an OLB. The year before that Michigan got shut out when Nic Harris made a last second 180 and went to Oklahoma. Michigan's already picked up (probable) four-star Artis Chambers; look for one or possibly two more.
Projected Commits: 2, maybe 3.
|Artis Chambers||IN||****||Michigan||MGoBlog on Chambers; RBUAS on Chambers.|
Needs: None. Michigan redshirted punter Zoltan Mesko last year and recruited kicker Bryan Wright. Sam Buckman also came in as a preferred walk-on. No kickers will be offered scholarships this year.
Projected Commits: 0, though if someone wants to walk on they'll take him.
Update 12/13: Linked to article on LB commit Marell Evans (claims VT and Clemson were interested) and one on JUCO LB Austin Panter (JUCO national DPOY.) Added TN OT Jared McGaha, removed CA RB Curtis Shaw(Washington). Linked to articles on IL DT Josh Brent, FL S/OLB Lorenzo Edwards, FL CB Doug Wiggins, and TX QB Ryan Mallett. Linked some YouTube video of MI WR James Rogers. Linked to article on OH LB Peter Rolf.
Update 12/11: Added CA CB David Ross, a four star without an offer who claims Michigan his "dream school." Removed DE, er, DE Devon Still, who dropped us. Moved KS LB Austin Panter to committed. Linked to article on AZ OL Jaivorio Burkes and one on OT commitment Mark Huyge. Added CA LB Malcolm Smith. Removed some safety chaff. Moved TX LB Brandon Herron to committed. Removed IL DE Martez Wilson, VA CB Cris Hill (dropped us). Added VA LB Marell Evans to committed.
Update 11/30: Wooo! It's back. With the long delay just assume a lot of changes. I've removed a whole host of guys who have committed elsewhere or fallen off the radar and added a separate host, including FL CB Doug Wiggins, OH LBs LeBron Daniel and Jermale Hines, TX LB Brandon Herron, KS LB Austin Panter, CA DT Da'John Harris, and VA CB Cris Hill.
Updates on: AL ATH Marquis Maze, CA RB Curtis Shaw (Michgan and Washington lead), CA CB Michael Williams (still deciding between Michigan and ND), MI FB Vince Helmuth (early enroll), Junior Hemingway (tough mofo, 73 catches for 938 yards and 13 touchdowns, team plays for state championship tonight).
Update 8/24: Removed all quarterbacks, WR Taurian Washington(OSU), TEs Cameron Joplin and Josh Rooks (both NW), WR David Arnold (also NW), OL Lee Ziemba (down to Ark and Aub), a bunch of marginal corners and Dionte Allen (FSU).
Moved David Molk to committed.
Update 6/30: Removed PA S Nick Sukay (PSU), QB Stephen Threet(GT), Dan Herron(OSU), RB Darren Evans (VT), DE Everson Griffen (dropped us), RB John Clay (dropped us, via WBS), WR Mark Dell(dropped us or perhaps vice versa).
Added DE (that's Delaware) DE Devon Still, who says Michigan has offered and leads.
Update 6/15: Linked to David Arnold article and a second -- dude is fast, plus one on commit Vince Helmuths further attempts to throw things really far. Removed SC LB Scotty Cooper (Clemson), S Marshall Jones (USC), CB Marcus Gilchrist (dropped us), OH S Sidney Glover (IU), NC RB Marcus Houston (NC). Linked to article on Mitchell Schwartz. Added MI WR James Rogers as a commit; also moved TX CB Troy Woolfolk to commit. There's very little on Rogers on the internet, but Michigan Elite football has a brief story and some video. Added IL DT Josh Brent. Linked to another one of those big ol' Fox Sports articles and an article on Toney Clemons.
Update 6/10: Added IL OL Dave Molk, who checks it towards the bottom of the Scout 100 and plans to cap for a day. There's also this fantastic, fantastic story. Linked to article on Dionte Allen (will camp) and Marshall Jones (M in top four). Removed Justin Trattou (ND) and John Ditto (PSU). Linked to large thing from Fox Sports that contains notes on MI WR Mark Dell and WI RB John Clay.
Update 6/2: Linked to article on the four major D-I prospects at Warren Central in Indiana, including commit Jerimy Finch, and PittLive article on PA WR Toney Clemons. Removed PA H-back Steve Paskorz (ND); added OK OL Matt Romine, TN LB Chris Walker, CA RB Curtis Shaw. Linked to GBW article on Mallet.
Update 5/24: Added MI OL Mike VanDerBergen, who has a profile with Michigan leading but still is without an offer -- looks like a make-or-break camp for him -- and OH S Diaunte Morrow. Moved Jerimy Finch to committed (sort of). Linked to article on OH CB Jordan Mabin -- much hype for a guy with only one real offer thus far. Linked to an article on CO WR Drew Davis and some Helmuth track exploits and Marshall Jones profile from Scout.
Update 5/11: Removed MI CB Cedric Everson (not listed in his top five) and PA QB Pat Bostick (Pitt), asserted that Michigan leads for IN S/LB Jerimy Finch based on straightforward "Solid Wolverine Lead" head on latest Superprep article. Linked to Scout interview with IL RB Robert Hughes.
Update 5/4: Removed MI LB Chris Colasanti (PSU), added IL DE Martez Wilson, linked to Irish Eyes article with extensive passage on Joseph Barksdale. Linked to article on Brandon Saine -- more track zoomin' -- but it looks like he committed to OSU. Linked to article on OH CB Jordan Mabin, who says that Michigan is in his top three pending an offer. Moved Martell Webb to committed.
Update 4/28: Removed AL CB Phelon Jones(Miami), MI QB Justin Siller(dropped us), NY QB Mike Paulus (ditto, due to Mallett), and VA QB Peter Lalich (UVA). Moved Ryan Mallet to committed. Also linked to Texarkana Gazette article on his commitment, a second Gazette article, and an article on Josh Oglesby -- M in top six... er, then removed Oglesby after he committed to UW.
Update 4/9: Linked to article on MI LB Chris Colasanti. Removed OR DT Myles Wade, who dropped us and CA QB Chris Forcier(UCLA). Linked to meatnormous article on NY QB Mike Paulus. Added FL LB Ronnie Lillard. Linked to article on MI OL Darris Sawtelle -- sounds like it's Tennessee before too long (er... I mean "it's Tennessee, period") and article on MI DE Ryan VanBergen -- yes, a DE.
Also: added OK RB Gerald Jones.
Update 4/5: Added OLs Lee Ziemba (AR) and Jaivorio Burkes (AZ). Linked to article on Brandon Saine's track exploits. Linked to Scout article on IN RB Darren Evans that claims a leader... Mississippi State? Uh, okay. Michigan still in it; no offer. Linked to note on SC LB Scotty Cooper that says he is going to make an unofficial visit to Michigan over spring break and brief Scout article on IN WR Adrien Robinson. Moved Ryan VanBergen to committed.
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.
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. 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.
Update 3/24: Added SC LB Scotty Cooper, who has an offer. Linked to SunshinePreps.com video on Darren Evans, Adrien Robinson, and Jerimy Finch. Removed SC CB Gary Gray (dropped us; probably SoCar soon). Linked to article on Darris Sawtelle and one on Greg Little.
Not credible enough to add to the board, but some UV2 on Saine from the Bucks indicates that they aren't confident at all and expect him to be a Wolverine soon. His BP thread also has similar pessimism.
Linked to a large roundup article on Fox Sports with information on WI RB John Clay (UW #1 right now, Texas would be with an offer, still interested in Michigan), CA CB Michael Williams (Michigan and ND are his leaders), MI DT Joseph Barksdale (nothing new), MI OL Darris Sawtelle (leaders are M, Tenn, USC -- probably decides early), NJ LB Manny Abreu (claiming an offer from M -- added to the board).
Update 3/15: Linked to IL OL Miles Stroter article. Added FL OL James Wilson and MI TE Cameron Joplin. Linked to Josh Oglesby article that is sure to cause conniption fits. Linked to Toney Clemons article. Linked to Rivals piece with content on MI QBs Stephen Threet, DeMarcus Grady, and Justin Siller, plus an initial top five for NC WR and blue-chippah Greg Little that does not include Michigan. Added VA QB Pete Lalich, who has been offered. Added AL CB Phelon Jones.
Update 3/8: Linked to article on CA CB Michael Williams that says Michigan is in his top two. Added PA WR Toney Clemons. Linked to Scout article on MI LB Chris Colasanti and one on IN LB Jerimy Finch. Added MI TE Martell Webb, who has been offered. Linked to Scout article on IL RB Robert Hughes.
BP thinks Brandon Saine just picked up a Michigan offer, BTW.
Update 3/3: Linked to UV on AZ OL Kris O'Dowd. In sum: his brother says OSU leads and that he didn't click with Michigan. The fact that "BigBroO'Dowd" hasn't ever posted before is a red flag, but he's made six coherent posts and I find it difficult to believe someone's spoofing the Buckeyes about an Arizona lineman. Call it UV3; I buy it.
Added MI QBs Justin Siller and Stephen Threet; linked to free Mike Paulus article; added VA DB Davon Morgan, a teammate of Brandon Minor last year. He's been offered. Also added NJ DE Justin Trattou, CA CB Michael Williams, and OH CB Marcus English, though this Scout article on English where he lists Louisville, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pitt implies that he's probably a plan B type.
Update 2/26: Added IN WR Adrien Robinson, NJ OL Matt Bush, NY QB Mike Paulus, FL WR Leonard Hankerson.
Removed TX RB Bradley Stephens (A&M).
Linked to article on Joseph Barksdale that also mentions his teammate Zach Easterly, who has been added. Linked to article on Dionte Allen: he's been offered by FSU and mentions a top two of FSU and Michigan.
Linked to some credible-ish message board speculation. Also: introducing the Star Scale for Rumor Credibility.
- 0-star: incoherent ravings.
- 1-star: clearly biased speculation without backing.
- 2-star: Some guy saying something on some board that claims insider info due to a chance occurence.
- 3-star: Information from someone less established as an insider but a frequent poster who seems sane and useful.
- 4-star: recognized insider-type person with no ax to grind who has established his bonafides on past recruits.
- 5-star: actually verified by an article and a quote from the player, a family member, or a coach.
So. Cutoff is two stars... sometimes three. Played by feel. Anyway: three links to Unverified Voracity. Some guy says we're in good for Finch but not Evans from Warren Central: two stars. Semi-frequent BP poster unionfutura details the RoJo situation and lays out Michigan's advantages in full: three stars. Confirmed inside Colerain dude Honor & Glory says OSU leads for Clifford: four stars. In the future there will be denotations as follows:
UV: the information in sum(star rating).
Links will be provided so you can judge for yourself; posts that will fall into the memory hole will be copied for posterity.