I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
The Wolverine's Michael Spath on recruiting. Basically, we are done except for a certain forward who is rather good. Spath is more confident about Kessel than I am. I have the (completely unsubstantiated) feeling that he's going to be a Gopher. Which is exactly the second-to-last place I want to see him (State is first, but State wasn't even in Kessel's top 5, or any other big time recruit's top 5).
I am more and more disturbed and pleased by what happened to Eugene Germany as time passes. For those who don't remember/never cared, Germany was a top-100 LB/DE recruit last year who went to Pomona(CA) along with actual Michigan recruit Keston Cheathem. Cheathem was a 3* who committed early, his good friend Germany seemed to heavily favor Michigan throughout the process.
Late in the recruiting year, however, USC suddenly got interested. Germany became Pete Carroll's 25th or 26th "#1 guy" and in the aftermath of the Rose Bowl and all that came with it, Germany committed to USC. Then there was a "transcript issue." Which seems like absolutely transparent BS, especially when it converted Germany from a '04 recruit to a winter '05 greyshirt, to conveniently sluff off a player into the next recruiting class. Then USC wanted him to take three classes in the winter semester, perform well in them, and then and only then would he be let on the team. Where has this ever happened before? Uh, nowhere. And USC ain't exactly Stanford. They offered me a full ride sight unseen just because I got some pretty numbers on my SATs. USC is just another football factory, and Eugene Germany was totally qualified. No one comes to Michigan unless they are qualified.
Pete Carroll oversigned and decided to cut bait with Germany because he got two other DE recruits that performed extremely well as freshmen. The rest is window dressing. He screwed with Eugene Germany's life, that's the bottom line. So it's totally disturbing, but also pleasing, because I bet you the next time a Pomona coach goes to bat for USC will be shortly after OSU makes Maurice Clarett athletic director. This is a major red flag for California recruits, and thanks to Ron English, we've got a pipeline in California that just got wider. Now, this isn't going to return USC to its pre-Carroll unglory days, but there are probably a number of coaches in the area who will compare and contrast the approaches of Michigan and USC and quietly support winged helmets for their players.
The other thing is: Germany was a top-100 recruit last year. USC is discarding him completely voluntarily. That says scary things about USC's talent level.
ISS's January top ten NHL draft prospects is out; Jack Johnson is still #2 behind Crosby. He, uh, probably won't pass Crosby, I'm thinking.
Also, they have this note on Cogliano in their "Rising" category:
Cogliano is a Michigan recruit and although it can be difficult evaluating players in the Ontario Tier 2 league, ISS believes that Cogliano has the tools to become a good player at the next level. His speed is incredible and his ability to find teammates makes him an attractive prospect. Although some may question his competition level at the Tier 2 level, we at ISS do not. We feel that he has game breaking abilities as was illustrated at last years World Under-18 Championship where he led the tournament in scoring. We also commend Cogliano for remaining true to his word about attending Michigan because the St. Michaels Majors of the OHL have made incredible offers to him to join the OHL but he has refused on the grounds that he has committed to Michigan. ISS would like to see more kids (and teams for that matter) remain true to their word and honor commitments.
Cogliano was getting some early press as a potential top-10 pick himself. That probably won't happen due to the level of competition he's playing at and his size, but it sounds like somewhere in the 10-20 range is a possibility. He should be an instant star at the collegiate level.
The Crawford family is upset that UK is unlikely to let Crawford out of his LOI commitment. My sympathy meter continues to read zero. I just wonder which side will come out of this looking worse.
Remember Eugene Germany, who was one of two huge disappointments at the end of last year's recruiting year? The guy who was supposedly a Michigan lockeroo and instead decided to USC? Uh, he might be back.
He had a transcript issue and wasn't allowed to enroll in the fall last year so they had set up a greyshirt type situation, but the above link says that he's decided to enroll at Michigan in the fall.
Germany was a big time recruit, a four star guy. Given the scholarship situation, I think it bodes unwell as regards Chris Rogers... looks like Germany might be his replacement. That's just speculation, mind you.
Michigan held serve tonight against Northwestern. Absolutely could not give away a game against NW at home and expect to make the tournament.
No, didn't see it. I was doin' standup for 14 people. But that's life. 24 for Horton, sounds like his knee isn't bothering him too much. Brown played, Petway and Hunter did not.