Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
Rivals west coast guru dude Greg "Em" Biggins has posted once more on the fate of CA S Jonas Mouton:
In an earlier story, we wrote DB Jonas Mouton will be announcing tomorrow night at 6:30 on the Fox Sports HS show. That is now off as we're hearing that Mouton has committed earlier today to Michigan. We've heard this from two good sources close to Mouton and we'll be trying to confirm it with the horses mouth himself later this evening.
Sweet. There's some debate over whether Mouton will stick at safety or eventually move to WLB, but in either case he's still a guy rated in the Rivals 100 (#45), Scout 100 (#48), and ESPN 150 (#128). Mr. Burns says eeeexxcellent. Patterson and Mouton have committed; Rose and Matthews have dropped us; only DTs Jason Kates and Corey Peters remain on the board going ito signing day. Kates is looking good. Peters is still uncertain. Informative update on Mouton coming sometime tomorrow.
File under "unpleasant but intriguing mental images." So, there's this big huffy story about Jeb Bush texting Myron Rolle in the AJC. The article is a bunch of society-is-going-to-hell crabbing that buries the lede more than any lede has ever been buried before. The content of this text message follows.
I'm excited you're looking at Florida State. [FSU President] T.K. Wetherell and I are friends. When you come to Tallahassee again, let's hook up with each other.
Great leaping lizards! The mind's been boggling a lot lately, but here it goes again: locked in a dorm-room embrace, Myron fumbles at Jeb's belt, unsuccessfully attempting to free metal from leather. Jeb reaches down and brushes Myron's hands softly. "No... it's not right," says Jeb, moments before he makes the fatal mistake of looking deep into Myron's soulful brown eyes.
Jeb's resolve falters... he laments aloud (wait for it... wait for it...) "I wish I knew how to quit you." Myron's hands slither back to work; idle they shall not be tonight, but the devil's work they will do.
Recruiting tidbits! Expiring soon! Reason for rushed bonus voracity! Thirty Helens... er, seven recruiting analysts agree that Jonas Mouton will be blue:
Only two of the 20 Best in the West football first-team selections have yet to publicly proclaim their college choices with the first day of the national letter of intent signing period Wednesday. According to a consensus of seven recruiting insiders, Jamere Holland of Taft will sign with USC and Jonas Mouton of Venice will fax a signed letter of intent to the office of University of Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.
(HT: The Diag)
Also, there's this sketchy Dispatch article on Greg Mathews and his mother-buckin' mom. "Buck" as in Buckeye, you purient mother-buckers. It suggests that there's a chance Mathews will sign elsewhere tomorrow, but that's contrary to the conventional wisdom... and in the specialized case of recruiting, newspapers are always way behind the times compared to online sites. Breathe easy.
Hurray! Er, probably(!). Though couched in disclaimers like "barring a last minute change in plans" (coughJAIcough), The State.com declares that Adam Patterson has committed to Michigan:
We've got the papers for both (schools),'' Richland Northeast coach Jay Frye said this afternoon. ``As it stands right now, it looks like Michigan.''
... which is conclusive enough to post. Patterson is a DE with great athleticism who disappointed on the field last year--a great NIKE camp had him #41 in the country, but he fell to #91 when the final Rivals 100 was released. That's still pretty good, obviously. Informative update coming.
(Mostly un-) Informative Update: I got nothin'. Well, almost nothing. Here's a picture:
ESPN has him #84 on their top 150 list, rating him a 7.2. It sounds like he's more suited for DE than DT:
He is a strong pas rusher that can quickly get to the shoulder of blockers and get his hips flipped to turn the corner. He plays with a good motor, pursues well, and can move through the trash to make plays on the perimeter.
He's 260 though, so if he adds 20 pounds or so he could be a Branch-style penetrating DT, though not a space-eating NT like Watson (or, say, Jason Kates). Senior stats are okay:
Had 68 tackles, 12 tackles for losses and six sacks at defensive end.
Not great for a guy in the top 100 (McKenzie Matthews, for instance, had 27 sacks as a senior)... probably a redshirt coming; a Clemson poster on the Rivals Auburn board describes him as "very athletic but a project." Some sour grapes perhaps--Patterson never considered Clemson-- but it sounds like he's seen him play a few times.
Scout's profile has this:
Scouting Report: Great strength and size combination, comes off the ball well but has trouble if he gets too close to an offensive lineman. Sells his body to make a tackle, and has a motor that just keeps going.
Coach's Comments: "He is quite a physical specimen just to look at," head coach Jay Frye said. "His arms are huge and he is put together. And he's extremely quick off of the football. He is just a tremendous athlete, but he's just now learning the game. When he really learns how to cut loose and play every play as hard as he can play, he's going to be an unbelievable player. He's got a great attitude and he's a great kid."
Scout gives him four stars but omits him from their top 100, so they're obviously wrong and should be shot.
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If you had "Terence Moore" in the pool, please pick your winnings up. Moore is the first dimwitted media hack to bag on Detroit. Not that bagging on Detroit makes you a dimwitted media hack: Terence had that all sewed up already.
I've not come here to praise Detroit, but to bury it. The city is a monument to decay. It probably isn't the best place for a Super Bowl. But there's an interesting (and cautionary) tale told by the city. Unfortunately, no one coming into town has the ability to see past the blindingly obvious. That's why they're sportswriters--every time you set the bar for them they manage to snake under it. Luckily for you, the outstanding detroitblog has been chronicling the city's history and architecture for going on three years. A single post is more worthwhile than all the forthcoming Super Bitch columns combined. Highest recommendation.
See! See! Dude, the Knight commission is getting all up in Lemming's creepy business. I'm just going to quote the same stuff Fanblogs did, so here's a link to their fine article on the situation. Here's Rolle:
"He told me if I kept Notre Dame in mind, the NBC (TV) guy would interview me and they would showcase me during the game. He told me I'd have a higher chance of being MVP. I took it as having less of a chance of getting MVP if I didn't keep Notre Dame on my list."
And here's Lemming:
"Myron is the biggest media hound that I've ever seen, I selected him for this game in September, and he played in the game. (Criticism) is part of the business when you select an All-American team. Myron's taking it to a new level. It hurt his ego when he wasn't first-team All-American."
Winner? Well, neither. Both accusations are probably correct. Rolle was hyped as the second coming of Jesus Nagurski earlier in the year as a result of a carefully orchestrated image projection campagin--he plays football! And OMG he wants to be a doctor and has the grades to do so! Meanwhile, Lemming equates Florida State with rectal cancer and Notre Dame with former postman heaven. Pox upon both.
(An aside: if you made me bet on Rolle's future I would say "disappointment." Dude is way too big to play the position he wants to, didn't perform well in the AA bowl, and--this is important--is more than a year older than most high school seniors. This happens all the time in the hockey world, and fans of NCAA Hockey are used to mentally rounding overage seasons down. He's a year closer to his ceiling than everyone he plays against. Note that this also applies for OMG SHIRTLESS QB Jimmy Clausen, who's ranked the #1 player in 2007 by everyone so far. He plays at a school with a ton of DI prospects in a league of scrubs and went through the same "do eighth grade twice" thing Rolle did. Plus, he's a Clausen. This == extremely high probability of hilarious, Powlus-level bust.)
One last thing on the recruiting tip: this Jim__S guy who posts on the message boards is really, really into Michigan high school football and recruiting. He occasionally dumps opuses that are worth reading if you're into the recruting thing. You can read his latest on the Rivals free board... or pay for a Scout subscription(!!!) if you like. You stay classy, Beaver, and I'll continue being that naysaying bible guy.
The Basketball Relevance Tour gets started tomorrow in Happy Valley. Big Ten Wonk discusses the #1 dullest hoops blog topic (officiating) and comes to the conclusion that Michigan is getting pity whistles. Wonk also points out this wack article in the Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel that starts with this graf:
What Michigan has done so far shouldn't have surprised anyone.
Say what what? Sure, Daniel Horton operating at unprecedented levels of efficiency was totally expected. That's why we were all telling Daniel to stop shooting, stop shooting, and for the love of God, please stop shooting.
Etc.: Jim Tressel's blog features headlines like "It's a Pitty You Can't Stab Real Hookers," "Global Warming is Horse Shit," and "The Five People You Meet In Mitch Albom's Vagina." It is obviously the best thing ever. I want to stress one point: This is the real blog of Jim Tressel. It is not a fake.
The stars! They spread to hockey!
Update 1/30: Linked to a couple articles on DE Adam Patterson, Detroit News article in which Lemming asserts that PA DT Jason Kates will commit to Michigan. There's also an South Bend Tribune article with a mention that ND was going to pursue Kates after losing out on some high profile DTs. Linked to Columbus Dispatch article with reference to Peters (and Greg Mathews) and an older article. At the time it was written Peters was down to UK and Auburn. Linked to short squib in which Patterson's coach declares he's down to South Carolina and Michigan. Removed OL Daron Rose.
The madness! Does not stop! Here's Rivals' initial top ten for '07. Three Michigan recruits are on it: WI OT Josh Oglesby, MI CB Ronald Johnson, and TX QB Ryan Mallet.
Removed CB commit Jai Eugene.
Editorial Opinion: I am extremely upset about a cornerback prospect who may or may not be very good who I have never seen play deciding to play somewhere else! Balls! Eugene decided that he was going to go to LSU and stay home with his kid, which is amongst the best reasons you can have to do a kinda-crappy thing like tell a school you'll play for them and then not. This did not prevent several message board posters from diving into the douchebag playbook and setting off my Internet Pet Peeve alarm, We Never Wanted That Program Savior Anyway version:
we never wanted him anyway. He's a head case, a loser, afraid of competition, who wasn't any good anyway, who beats his mother I heard. He isn't man enough to play for Old State U. He lied to the coaches. He looks suspiciously like a witch. Let's kill him!
Joey eviscerates said Internets creeps, asking if these people are indeed grown-ass men, to paraphrase. This is "yes" for a certain definition of grown, "no" for another.
So, this sucks--I like to get a gradual runup on panic about a position group instead of having it thrust upon me suddenly--but Michigan should be okay as long as the practice hype on one Johnny Sears pans out. The 2007 class in Michigan is knee-deep in defensive backs of all descriptions (see above: Ron Johnson, #6 on Rivals' early top ten), two of whom are widely expected to commit sooner rather than later. A blow that leaves a sour aftertaste (er... um... that didn't come out right), yes. Reason to run screaming into the hills, yelling "only the strong will survive" at the top of your lungs... probably not. You have the permission of this blog to do so if 2007 looks as bare at corner as this year did, however.
A brief rundown on Michigan's remaining targets:
- OL Daron Rose: Dropped us, unsurprisingly.
- DT Corey Peters: Visited OSU and M recently; those two with UK and Auburn are the final four. I think the late visits to Big Ten schools that had not offered indicate serious interest.
- DT Jason Kates: His Scout profile has the following two teams as "high" interest: Michigan and Syracuse. No offense to Matt Glaude, but, uh, I think we win this battle.
- S Jonas Mouton: Down to USC, Michigan, and Texas, though USC has about four guys of the exact same size and build as Mouton--I doubt he ends up there.
- DE Adam Patterson: Down to Michigan and South Carolina, as the article above notes.
- DE McKenzie Matthews: Haven't heard much about Matthews as of late. He still maintains a nominal top four of Michigan, Pitt, BC, and Syracuse. With things looking good for Peters, Kates, and Patterson he may get slow-played to one of the other schools, though with the Eugene decommit we do have room.
Michigan also picked up its first 2007 commitment, though it's decidedly unsexy as these things go: FB Vince Helmuth from Saline, Michigan. Scout has an interview with Helmuth, who is the half-brother of ex-Spartan TE Chris Baker, now with the Jets. Junior fullbacks from Saline are not noted for having a ton of press, so information is slim on him.
Update: We be out with Matthews. Curses! Foiled again! Although... given the low profile schools remaining on his list, what I bet happened is this: Patterson commits; Matthews is informed that his spot has been filled.
Kevin's brother Kelvin Grady, a 2007 PG/WR/RB/CB/KR/pocket magnifying glass, has committed to Michigan (scroll down) on a basketball scholarship. Now a source of confusion in the Grady household can be shared by the entire Michigan family... awwwww.
Grady's going to be the anti-Matt Trannon: he's short (5'10"), will start with basketball and may move over to football after his first year, and has the good sense to stay the hell away from East Lansing. As a football player he had a trio of impressive early offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, and Michigan State; he also had a basketball offer from Xavier. Here's an MLive article if you're so inclined.
The fact that Grady will be occupying space on Tommy Amaker's roster does not stop the super geniuses at ND Nation from proclaiming that this is obviously a sign of Lloyd Carr's desperation:
...what interests me here isn't the pledge itself but what the pledge signifies. It seems to me that Carr is adopting a far more aggressive posture earlier in the recruiting season than what he has operated under recently.
This is the approach that Weis used in his first year in order to build his reputation as a recruiter, some class momemtum and a sense of ineviatably about ND landing a top class under an untested coach.
What's interesting is that in 07 ND and UM seem to have reversed their postures with ND, having established itself under Weis as a strong recruiter/gameday tactician, taking a wait and see approach while Carr jumps out of the gate early.
While I can't pretend to be objective about Michigan the move by Carr reeks of panic.
Here's to you, Mr. Totally Insane Overanalyzing Weis Ballwasher (Mr. Totally Insane Overanalyzing Weeeeeeeeis Ballwasher)!
Kevin and Kelvin have
another brother cousin Kervin... ha! I kill me! His name's actually DeMarcus. He's also a junior who plays basketball and football. No word on whether he'll get an offer.
As it stands, Michigan has three commitments for '06 and six open spots for '07. NCAA rules declare that the maximum number of recruits you can have in a basketball class is five, so if Michigan does not pick up a fourth member of the '06 class they have to sit on that scholarship for a full two years. I would expect someone, anyone, to fill that spot, hopefully Illinois SG Patrick Beverly. Michigan now has Alex Legion and Grady in the '07 class and will be scouring the nation for posts.