to play football, not to play trumpet
Kinda like Signing of the Stars but none of us hung on as a bad middle infielder for way too long [photo: Bryan Fuller]
In our annual rite we pose the standard boring questions about the lately received class to our panel of writers, who by nature of being asked questions may appear like experts. One of us might even be one. The lineup:
- Brian: Not a real journalist.
- Ace: Chief enunciator, lead reporter, recruiting/basketball guy.
- Seth: Associate editor/site business guy
- BiSB, esquire. A lawyer who occasionally does lawyer work at his attorney job.
- Adam Schnepp: Press correspondent (Heiko's old job) and hockey guy.
- Dave Nasternak: J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Lead Backend Logistics Strategist and Associate Vice President of Signs Holding Up Of.
Best recruit other than Gary?
Brian: Give me David Long. Long's a legit six-foot corner ranked in the top 100 everywhere. Originally he was thought of as a wide receiver recruit but everyone flipped him to defense after he tore up camps with a combination of acceleration, size, agility, and smarts. He's handsy, he's going to excel at the press coverage Michigan will continue to use, and he is A+ off the field. If you're asking me who other than Gary is the most likely to go in the first round of the draft I'll ride with Long.
|Harbaugh can pick ‘em. [Bryan Fuller]|
Ace: I’ll take Brandon Peters. I had the chance to watch him in two full games this past season—one in person, one on TV—and in both he excelled against high-level competition. Peters has a live, accurate arm, enough athleticism to break the pocket and make plays on the run, and an advanced understanding of how to put touch on the ball to get his receiver in the best possible position to make a big play. Given he enrolled early, I wouldn’t be surprised if he made a push for the starting job, and even if John O’Korn wins it this year (which I expect), Peters should give him a serious run in 2017 before he’s the odds-on favorite to win the job in 2018.
Seth: I'm with Ace on Peters. As long as the physical tools are good enough rating a QB is about how well he sees the game, and he sees it very very well.
Adam: I'm going with Ben Bredeson. I wholeheartedly endorse his billing as Mason Cole 2.0, but versatility doesn't make you the best recruit in the class outside of one of nature's anomalies. Bredeson looks like he's zone blocking on every play because of how quickly he hits the second level; when I realized there was actually a sniveling defensive lineman across from Bredeson that he had just taken for a ride I was sold.
BiSB: Peters. His tape is just throw after throw that isn’t just a good ball, but is also the right kind of ball. I described it at one point as the “lollipop, lollipop, MURDERDEATHLASER” approach; he is extremely adept at putting touch on the ball (which is the right play when playing with high school receivers), but can fire bullets when need be. He’s mobile, and he can move around the pocket. The only real question is how he will adapt to life under center, and as an early enrollee he can probably figure that out. I’m really, really excited to see what Harbaugh can do with him.
[After the JUMP: things we will unwrap sooner and later, and Ace and Seth turn Name of the Year into an argument because that’s how we ‘geddon around here.]
[this is obviously not from the presser but is obviously the photo I was going to use]
[I missed the question but it’s something about the goals of the event]
“That was the main objective, to celebrate these youngsters and all their hard work. Their parents made so many sacrifices; I had a chance to see it up close. So many sacrifices: their money, their energy. This needs to be celebrated, need to have some fun. We’ll go back to work at 2:30 but great to have some fun. ”
Is this everything you hoped it would be?
“It was. Mainly it was inspired by Chad Carr, the ChadTough Foundation, their family, the entire family. Got to see it for an entire year. Got to see the love, a family that loves this youngster and a community that loves Chad and to see all him loved back, it brings you closer to God. Or at least for me it does. And also the sanctity for life. Have been very inspired by Chad Carr
[something about the recruiting class]
“We are so excited about all of our signees. We are tremendously- I’m standing here with you, so…yeah. But from top to bottom, this recruiting class is youngsters that have a real heart for competing and heart for football. They’ve got football faces. Competitive in the classroom. As we said before, they’ve worked so hard to put themselves in a position to be here and they love ball. I have a real appreciation for the families that trust us to coach their sons, to teach them, because when you’re a family it doesn’t matter what you have monetarily or what you don’t have, your most prized possession is your son or your daughter. When you trust somebody to develop them, I take that very seriously. Just happy that they respect us and that they trust us.”
Where did you get the idea for today and how long has it been in the works?
“I guess just how could we do something fun and a celebration. I’ve been watching this process for years and experienced it myself; you pull a fax out of a fax machine and a coach stands up and talks about them and usually says kind of the same thing, so wanted to do something different. Wanted to do something awesome, and was really pleased. Thought today did that.”
On paper this is a great class. Can you talk about the expectations moving forward for this class?
“Yeah, I mean, it’s a process. I love that word, and talk about it especially going from high school to college. That’s…it’s uncharted waters. It’s the unknown. If you have sons and daughters of your own you know that step and what it takes, [and] it’ll be a process. It’s gonna be a team effort to it. Everybody here at the University of Michigan, the love that you surround the youngsters with, and also a team effort with parents and families. Really appreciate the trust there and with that we can do great things and expect great things. I think that’ll happen, especially with the group we have. All these youngsters all come from great families. They have great places to go and get advice from their parents or from their family, and I think they’re going to make the transition very well.”
What’s the cap number on the class? How high can it go?
“Well, there’s going to be some coming. There’s going to be another announcement later today. Youngsters that are going to be preferred walk-ons that we’ve been recruiting for a long time, they’re going to sign as well. It’s gonna be a good, big number.”
Do you know what the number of scholarships you can give out in this class is?
“Uh, yeah, in terms of scholarships I think it’s going to come in somewhere around 29.”
Did you guys use any grayshirts?
Did you guys backdate the early kids?
[After THE JUMP: sleepovers, honesty with early commits, non-apologies]
The number one overall recruit in the 2016 class, Paramus (NJ) Catholic DT Rashan Gary, announced his commitment to Michigan on ESPN this afternoon. Gary had long favored the Wolverines, who held off the likes of Clemson, Ole Miss, and USC to secure his signature.
The impact here is two-fold. Jim Harbaugh landed a Signing Day commit of the highest caliber and visibility, which can only help the program in future recruitments of elite players, especially those in New Jersey. Then, of course, there's Gary's on-field impact, which should be considerable from the moment he steps on campus.
5*, #1 DT,
5*, #1 DT,
5*, 94, #1 DT,
5*, 100, #1 DT,
5*, #1 DT,
HE'S PRETTY GOOD, YOU GUYS.
In addition to being the unanimous choice for top overall recruit, Gary is college-sized already; he's listed at 6'4", 286 pounds on the low end (Scout) and 6'5", 293 on the high end (247). I believe the latter figure has been updated more recently.
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Michigan added a critical piece to its secondary and tallied a head-to-head win over Michigan State this morning when All-American Detroit King CB LaVert Hill announced his commitment to the Wolverines at the PSL Signing Day ceremony. The younger brother of senior safety Delano Hill joins top-100 prospect David Long to give the 2016 class a top-notch cornerback duo.
Hill originally committed to Penn State back in January of 2015. He was a consistent presence in Ann Arbor during the fall, however, and backed off that commitment in November. While MSU made a strong push for his signature, Hill couldn't pass up the chance to play with his brother, as well as his good friend Jourdan Lewis, who happens to be a very similar player.
4*, #7 CB,
4*, #14 CB,
4*, 80, #21 CB,
4*, 95, #6 CB,
4*, #12 CB,
Hill is a four-star across the board and a top-100 prospect on two of the four recruiting sites. His rankings rose over the course of a strong senior year that culminated in a state title and an appearance in the Army All-American Game.
One reason Hill had to work his way up the rankings is his size: he's listed at 5'10", ~175 pounds on three of the four sites, while Rivals gives him an extra inch.
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OKAY SO THIS IS THE SCHEDULE.
- 8:10 AM: TN WR Nate Johnson. Michigan.
- 9 AM: MI CB Lavert Hill. Michigan.
10 AM: MI OL Alaric Jackson. M, Iowa, Nebraska.
- 11 AM: MI K Quinn Nordin. Michigan.
11:30 AM: AZ DE Connor Murphy. Michigan, USC, Oregon, ASU.
- 1 PM: NJ DE Rashan Gary. Michigan.
1 PM: FL WR Pie Young. Michigan, Louisville, USC.
- 3PM: CA TE Devin Asiasi. Michigan.
3PM: CA DT Boss Tagaloa. Michigan, USC, UCLA, UW. 4PM: CA QB Vic Viramontes. Michigan, Utah, Cal.
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Answering questions whilst chained to my laptop all day. If I don't get to yours it's almost certainly because it's already been answered several times already, or I'm answering it right now. Greg Little is not flipping. I deeply regret ever bringing his name up in speculation. There is no silent commit whose name isn't on the schedule above. Don't tweet at croots.
This was nearly the entire recap. [Bryan Fuller/MGoBlog]
I can't fully capture the noise this fan made. A guttural wail, as if Chewbacca had been stabbed in the heart, or a baby elephant had suffered a collapsed lung. It was the sound of a soul forcefully leaving a man's body.
Michigan had a 10:29 scoreless drought in this game, Indiana went on a 28-0 run, and that noise emanated from the seats behind press row. Let's try this sports thing again tomorrow.