"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Michigan WR/OLB Quintin Patilla has committed after getting a camp offer. Patilla will come in as a linebacker. mgoblog generally likes anyone who gets offered at camp and a Rivals guru or two really liked Patilla as long as a year ago. Some concerns about his speed--which either is poor or does not translate to 40 times--seemed to be the only thing people worried about. Patilla's flexibility probably helped him get the offer. Michigan could accept a commitment from another linebacker past Graham, Patilla, and (presumably) Mixon and let everyone battle it out. Graham could end up at DE or Patilla at WR. As the #8 prospect in Michigan in what's regarded as a weak year in-state, he'll definitely be a three-star.
Also, Scout.com has released its initial Top 100 list with the ever-popular Myron Rolle at the top. Recruiting board will be updated within a day or two with the information. Initial impression is that there are a freaking ton of Ohio guys on the list, probably far too many. Current commitments Brandon Graham and Justin Boren are #12 and #29, respectively, and almost-commitment Cobrani Mixon is #79. Haven't had time to look at the list extensively yet but at first glance there is a lot of disagreement between Rivals and Scout, seemingly more so than usual.
I just need a name for it. Suggestions are being taken.
Click-equivalent-run, don't click-equivalent-walk over to Straight Bangin' for a dystopian vision of internet obsession that even mgoblog hasn't reached yet:
I woke up at least four times last night because I was having a nightmare in which Michigan lost its season-opening game against (the) Ohio State (joke of a) University.
Dude. Vijay at IBFC also has a schedule proposal that will never ever happen even though it should.
GBW has an article on incoming CB recruit Chris Richards. Richards has joined the Brandon Harrison "I was short but now I tower over you peons" campaign by growing from 5'11" to 6'1". Richards will redshirt. Scout also has more Myron Rolle. Same carefully neutral tone but if you'd like to overanalyze what he said I would say that the article is a negative one for Michigan. I am moving my tiny Myron Rolle figurine farther away. (Also, more mention of Meyer and his goddamn text messaging. OMG LOL U R A LOOSER!!!)
Other people are still talking about this whole Braveheart thing though I have personally sworn off it. CFR weighs in (negative) with a philosophical take that accuses mgoblog of "living what amounts to a fairly numb existence," which means that he definitely hasn't read any of my liveblogs. A brief clarification: when I ask "How would I know?" The question is more "how would I be able to tell if your hypothesis is correct, given that you have given essentially no reasoning to support it?" New blogpoll voter Braves & Birds (<--blogroll and link away, EDSBS) then does a demolition job on CFR's Boise-Georgia post. Never attack Georgia in winter. Or something.
Also, Blogpoll Roundtable #2 should be coming up soon, whenever EDSBS stops looking for naked pictures of Rosario Dawson.
Finally: A blog from the cradle of Joe Tiller! And a blogpoll voter, completing our collection of conferences. In other blogpoll voter news, Football Outsiders has provided a severe injection of credibility by deigning to participate. Excited am I.
shalÂ·low adj. shalÂ·lowÂ·er, shalÂ·lowÂ·est
- Measuring little from bottom to top or surface; lacking physical depth.
- Lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge: "Â“This is a shallow parody of America."Â” (Lloyd Rose).
- Marked by insufficient inhalation of air; weak: shallow respirations.
- In the part of a playing area that is closer to home plate: shallow left field.
- Done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; easy. See Synonyms at easy.
- Working, acting, or speaking with effortless ease and fluency.
- Arrived at without due care, effort, or examination; superficial: proposed a facile solution to a complex problem.
- Readily manifested, together with an aura of insincerity and lack of depth: a facile slogan devised by politicians.
- Archaic. Pleasingly mild, as in disposition or manner.
This is what we are talking about, is it not? The mindless pregame blather about wanting it more? How sports commentators are, more often than not, just saying something to say it?
If you want to read HP's response, it's here. But I'll save you the time. HP's response to my duel-inducing slap consists of: cheap shots at Lloyd Carr and Dr. Z, links to his posts which I declared to be characterized by the above nasty words with a reasoning-free declaration that they are not those things, and mischaracterization of my post via omission, and... Christ... a lot of words full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Yes, mainstream dumb drives me crazy. Yes, I'd like it if that was no longer the case. But HP is no Kwisatz Haderach. Look. I don't want his to get "fisky," as EDSBS has accurately accused me of being in the past. I don't want to pull something out of context and hold it up and beat it to shreds. So what I'm going to do is pull something that I believe sums up the whole thing. HP says:
...I did explain what the offenses had in common (comparing their balance and yardage and scoring output) and why they are so hard to defend and how it affected the teams (I noted they went 55-2 against the rest of college football last season)....
He references this post, which is all the explanation we get. Read it. If it's something you find convincing and thorough, well, I guess I've lost. To me it consists of "these six teams have good records and rack up a lot of yards and are balanced so they're real good but Oklahoma doesn't count because Oklahoma isn't sophisticated." This is nothing you wouldn't read from, say, Matt Hayes. Same with useless top ten lists of fastest players or best Heisman winners. Superficial, all of it, and when the Superficial One calls out everyone else for being superficial, well, them's sissy-boy slapfight words.
Respect from the MSM (and anybody, really) will come from actually doing good work with research behind it--and I don't mean checking the top ten offenses last year to see which of them had really good seasons. Others are capable of doing this and have done so. I think it's under a year before BGS starts getting a lot of mainstream attention, not because they're calling people out for accountability, but because they're covering Notre Dame better than anyone else. So. I suggest everyone put up or shut up.
I promise that I'm shutting up on this now. And then I will put up sweet things later that will make Trev Alberts collapse to the ground, repentant, crying, begging for penance.
(And why do I blog? For the hot blog groupies.)
Update 6/26: Added GA QB David Cone and MI LB Quintin Patilla. Cone apparently got a camp offer despite hardly throwing for his option-crazy high school team. Linked to two Canton Repository articles on OH QB Mike Hartline, who camped at both Michigan and OSU recently. Asserted that Harline will commit if offered. Removed OH QB Miles Schliester (no way he gets offered) and OH OL Connor Smith (trust me). Linked to GBW article indicating that OH WR Robby Paris has been offered. Added NH(!) FB(!) Scott Spyrka because of same article. Also linked to a couple of recent reports from the Pittsburgh Sports Report. Each covers multiple players. To sum up: UF, ND, UM for Darrin Walls, Jared Odrick has us in his list of 15, PA QB Kevan Smith may get an offer sometimes soon, we're there with Jeremiha Hunter but no longer a clear leader, and Nate Byham did not mention Michigan on his list of five schools.
Editorial opinion: Much news due to the recently-completed Michigan summer football camp. More on the way in the near future, methinks. Things to pull out here: Cone offer is odd. Don't know if he just killed everyone at camp or Michigan thinks that it's going to strike out on the big names. Byham was supposed to be considering us strongly so I won't panic about one report that doesn't mention us--Micah Johnson went a couple articles without a Michigan mention but that seems to have been an aberration and we're amongst the favorites once more.
All the QB stuff flying around may indicate that Devlin and Tebow are not likely to end up here. If Hartline or Smith gets offered you can cross them off, especially because a Hartline offer will be followed immediately by a Hartline commitment. Why I say such thing? Here:
Hartline spent Wednesday in Ann Arbor at Michigan's camp. He worked closely with Wolverines quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler, but Hartline returned home without an offer.
"I will know Monday what their situation is," Hartline said. "Coach Loeffler said to call him them. They've offered four quarterbacks, most of them from the south, and they're waiting until July on those guys. If nothing happens with any of them, they told me I was their next one. I'm at the top of their list, right there."
And a bit more:
With offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Kentucky, Marshall and Cincinnati on Mike Hartline's table, the GlenOak quarterback needs to keep in mind that time is of the essence. If an offer from Michigan or Ohio State does not come by the first week in July, he should seriously consider one of the offers he has before it's too late and one of those schools fills its quarterback quota.
Hartline is waiting to see if Michigan will offer. The guess is the Wolverines are targeting three or four other quarterbacks and are stringing along Hartline in case the others fall through.
"I will know Monday ... if they're going to take two quarterbacks or stick with one," Hartline said. "They're supposed to have a meeting Sunday and make that determination."
Hartline could commit to say, Wisconsin, now. Then if Ohio State or Michigan comes in with an offer in September, he can reconsider. A verbal commitment isn't binding and can be changed until signing day â€” the first Wednesday in February.
Those passages are lifted from the two Canton Repository articles. Watch Hartline to see about Devlin and Tebow.
Update: More Robby Paris: check out this video of what appears to be about half of his catches last year. Footage is seriously kick-ass, dude looks like a 6'4" version of Jason Avant. Buckeye fans who have seen Paris in person are pissed.
Redshirt freshman Keston Cheathem has announced that he'll transfer to Oregon State. Cheathem was a three star last year and likely saw the writing on the wall when he was transferred from Michigan's paper-thin secondary to the eight-headed monster of its receiving corps. The chances of Cheathem ever seeing the field at WR were very lo--
"They told me I was number 3 on the depth chart."
Uh. Good god. No offense, Keston, but I really hope that was sort of a "you're in a six-way tie for third" because if it wasn't you're seriously harshing my buzz as regards Doug Dutch and Carl Tabb (yes, Carl Tabb, he's fast). And next time warn me when you're going to do that. Not that you'll have much cause to as a Beaver. Now if we could only get some news on your former high school teammate Eugene Germ--
"He's there to stay.... He's happy there and he's been told he's going to qualify."
I appreciate the content there, if not the extremely rude delivery.
So. One more scholarship for next year. Possible negative revision of expectations RE: Arrington, Tabb, Dutch. Germany shouldn't have eligibility issues but still may have to sit out next year as a "transfer." Enjoy talking in imperatives.