that makes one of us
I noticed below that I got called out a little bit on a previous statement that Michigan would be the beneficiary of the Ewing theory sans Horton. I should clarify that I mean in a couple years, when (presumably) someone like Jerrett Smith takes over the point when Horton graduates. You know, someone with a scholarship. There's certainly no way that Michigan will experience any benefit this year when his replacements are Dani Wohl and Ashtyn Bell.
Horton is shooting at a frigid 0.387 rate and has 54 assists to 43 turnovers... he just hasn't played very well. Sometimes he'll get streaky hot but the reason his shooting percentage is so low is that the guy makes a ton of bad decisions. That doesn't exactly make him unique on the team, but as the titular point guard, it's part of his job description.
Their impression from the Senior Bowl:
Another player who I really liked was Michigan offensive guard / center David Baas, who does an excellent job in a small area and is going to be able to step in and start for the team that drafts him very early on as a rookie. What I like most about him though is his attitude and demeanor because the guy is just nasty. When I asked him which position he preferred to play he said he didn't care, it's all physical and you just hit somebody. The guy is simply a football player through-and-through.
Scroll down. He gives Michigan the edge for both, even though he's not quite sure how to spell "McKinney." Interestingly enough, Newberg predicts NJ LB Jerome Hayes, who Michigan was peripherally interested in, to PSU. Penn State probably has the best recruiting class in the nation on a per-2004-win basis by a mile.
The only explanation is that JoePa is paying these kids. Like, a lot. Investigate PSU! (That's also a JOKE, people.)
Expect a big flurry of STUFF YOU EXPECTED TO HAPPEN!!! Michigan has three relevant announcements tomorrow: Nic Harris, Eugene Germany, and James McKinney. Plus after signing day there will probably be anywhere from one to three juniors announcing commitments that have been silent for a while, like Schifano and Manningham this year.
Once the three targets left on the docket for this year announce I'll drop the remaining recruit summaries, which are almost ready to go. Also, I'll pull it all together in a summary post, update anything that's changed with the already-published ones, and play a fun game of "Brian makes outlandishly specific predictions and returns to them years down the road to see how inaccurate they are!"
Then it's hockey hockey hockey. And any basketball I can force myself to watch.
This article in the Cincinatti Enquirer has a bit of an incendiary quote from OSU commit and former Michigan recruit Rob Schoenhoft, but I think various internet people are blowing it out of proportion. Ask any NDNationite... Schoenhoft is a "major headcase." (That's a JOKE, people.)
Anyway, after he commited he recieved a single phone call from "a Michigan coach" (99% Loeffler) who told him that attending a school that hasn't sent a quarterback to the NFL since the Battle of Hastings when he had the opportunity to go to QB U was a mistake.
In the immortal words of my seventh-grade self, "no doy."
Guess who's bidding on the Frozen Four? Ford Field. I'm not sure if that's a super cool idea or a horrible one. Ah hell, it's probably the only chance the Frozen Four will ever end up in Michigan so I'll go with super cool.