here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Michigan picks up a commitment from Ben Gedeon, so the rankings hit the front page this week. Here's a fun stat that I tweeted out yesterday: Michigan has 17 commits with a star average of 3.80. If you combine Ohio State's and Penn State's classes, there are 16 commits with a star average of 3.58. Holy Moses. Anyway, here's the changes since last rankings:
4-10-12: Michigan picks up Ben Gedeon. Ohio State picks up Marcus Baugh. Iowa picks up Derrick Willies.
4-12-12: Nebraska picks up Josh Banderas. Illinois picks up Kendrick Foster.
4-13-12: Illinois picks up Christian DiLauro.
4-14-12: Iowa picks up Delano Hill. Northwestern picks up Matt Alviti.
4-15-12: Penn State picks up Andrew Nelson.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
^The average of the average rankings of the three recruiting services (aka the previous three columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as one-star players. This may be a bit unfair this early in the process, considering there are many unevaluated recruits out there at this stage, but that's life.
On to the full data after the jump:
Michigan Hockey: Rookie Recap
Since it's a slow day today, here is a look at how each player from the 2010-2011 hockey team did during their respective NHL/ECHL/CHL seasons.
|Connecticut Whale (AHL)||17||7-6-13||6||+12|
|New York Rangers (NHL)||64||14-24-38||24||+21|
Everyone is familiar with the success Carl had in his first season with the Rangers. Carl fit in well alongside Richards and Gaborik despite all three having similar skill sets, and provided a much needed scoring option for a Rangers club that at times struggles to score goals.
|Elmira Jackles (ECHL)||29||16-16-32||8||+5|
|Binghamton Senators (AHL)||13||0-0-0||6||-2|
Louie spent most of his season in the ECHL and had some pretty good numbers, finishing fifth on the team in scoring. I think he has the skill to eventually play in the NHL, but for right now the ECHL is where he will continue to play at.
|Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)||20||1-5-6||19||-2|
Scooter tried out for San Jose last season as a defenseman, but was cut after breaking his arm. After he signed with Wheeling he played twenty games before another injury ended his season for good.
|Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)||3||0-0-0||0||-4|
|Scranton Penguins (AHL)||42||4-7-11||14||+2|
Rust played almost his entire season with the Baby Pens, finishing with a moderate scoring line. I always loved his work ethic and style of play, which is why I expect a big jump from Rust next season in production. He should have the opportunity to make the NHL club next season as long as Columbus does not trade him.
|Albany Devils (AHL)||56||1-7-8||21||-4|
Burlon played all season in Albany and put up ok numbers. They look much worse then they actually are, but a quick look at the Albany roster shows that only a handfull of blueliners finished with a positive +/-. I'm not a close follower of the New Jersey organization so I can't say what his future looks like, but NJ not pushing Merrill to come up tells me that they are confident with what they have.
|Dayton Gems (CHL)||43||1-11-12||22||-7|
|Evansville Icemen (CHL)||24||1-6-7||10||+1|
The Ironman started out with Dayton before being traded to Evansville. His stats were decent, but he is going to need to put in work to continue his hockey career in the future.
|Dayton Gems (CHL)||23||1216||71||3.50||630||.899||7-11-5|
|Wichita Thunder (CHL)||14||790||25||1.90||371||.937||10-3-0|
|Wichita Thunder Playoffs||1||39||1||1.56||15||.938||0-0-0|
Hogan had the best Non-Hagelin season for Michigan rookies. After a shaky start on a not so good Dayton team he was traded to Wichita and exploded. Although he only played fourteen games with the Thunder, his GAA and SV% easily led the CHL. The future looks bright for Hogan.
|Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)||1||0-1-1||0||+1|
|Dayton Gems (CHL)||21||5-4-9||4||-5|
Winnett followed most of our 2010 team to Wheeling and then to Dayton. Ben never really took off with Michigan after being drafted in the fourth round by Toronto, but you never know when the switch can come on and a player takes off. The perfect example would be Dustin Gazley, who was a role player for MSU in his four years and was best known for getting jacked by Hunwick. He exploded for Elmira and lead the CHA in scoring after one year.
I'm not saying Ben Winnett will turn into a top six forward but you never know, so it's something to keep an eye on.
|2010 Elmira Jackals (ECHL)||33||1-5-6||29||+1|
|Fort Wayne Komets (CHL)||11||0-1-1||10||+1|
|Missouri Mavericks (CHL)||33||2-8-10||29||+5|
|Missouri Mavericks Playoffs||6||1-3-4||4||+5|
I included Tristin even though he was not a rookie last season, I figured no one knew what he was up too anyways so I included him. Llewellyn was a pretty good player when he wasn't in the box, which was all the time. He drew the ire of Michigan fans with his knack for bonehead penalties, which usually came at the worst times.
He was kicked off the team for an off-ice incident with Fallon and joined Elmira midseason.
|Indiana Ice (USHL)||58||13-33-46||71||+8|
Fallon was kicked off the team in 2010 with Llewllyn, he joined Indiana in the USHL during the 2011 season. Fallon will join the University of Vermont for the 2012 season.
Here are some random thoughts after going up to the Big House to see the next team in person. I will preface all this by saying that I have no credentials, no true facts or basis for my opinons, no charts, and no real desire to convince any of you. I just feel like putting all my thoughts down on paper, and it's fun to get torn apart by the mgocommunity once in a while. This will be long, so instead of posting tl;dr just click on something else Mr. Snarkypants.
Jerald Robinson is not ready. He does seem to have the physical skills to become a good reciever in the future, but I doubt he will be a significant contributor this year. During the warm up drills he dropped several balls, which he continued to do in the game also. I could be wrong, but I think his only catch was when he dropped to his knees (rookie mistake) and was down immediatley. I know he's young, but all the coach-speak so far is that he is our solid #3 option at WR, and he will also be a deep threat for us. I don't believe any of that. Jeremy Jackson is far more poised, runs better routes, catches the ball better, and has real in-game experience in high pressure situations. Jeremy is a solid possesion reciever, but not really the gamechanger we need to start at WR.
Devin Gardner is not our second best QB. This is a harsh statement that I'm sure some of you will not like, but it's how I feel. I really don't see any improvement from him compared to last year. He is a "one read and take off downfield" passer. This can be really effective in high school, but it won't work in Div.1 college football. Borges talks about "getting into the fight" when he refers to stepping up into the pocket and keeping your shoulders square with your eyes downfield (ready to pass). The only times Devin moves in the pocket, he is taking off to run down the field. Russ was poised and seemed to lead the team well. I like the way he checks down recievers, and his few mistakes were easilly fixed teachable moments. Russel did not move backwards several times like Devin did, and he was even dealing with a center who consistantly snapped the ball really high. This kid has some promise, yo.
Why not move Devin to WR? We need a true athletic threat at our #3 spot, and to me Dileo and Gallon are slots that don't match up well on the outside. I'm not saying that Devin shouldn't get some reps at QB, but he will help our team this year so much better on the outside. The guy has some amazing skills - he is fast, has great range, good leaping ability and he's 6'4" forgodsakes. He is also a way better option for Dennard's "throw it up for grabs" style of long pases, and could replace Hemmingway in that capacity.
I'm not sure who will win out the LB competition, but this is going to be fun to watch. I saw really good things out of the two freshman, Bolden and Ringer. Bolden has some good instincts and just needs to learn his assignments a bit better. This defense will be scary good in 4 years. Hawthorn has made a statement that he needs PT. Playmakers find their way on the starting roster, and the UM coaches will be watching #7 pop out on film all summer. I can't wait to see the other freshman linebackers compete for a spot on the two-deep.
Blake Countess will make game-changing plays this year and continue to be a solid rock we can depend on in the defensive backfield. I really like how Mattison is emphasizing that he hasn't arrived yet, and it's nice to hear that Blake continues to bust his ass in hopes to get better every day. I am concerned about us getting beat deep still. I think the fact that our offense doesn't throw downfield much gives our back end less reps in live action agianst attacks that take several shots downfield. Jarrod Wilson looks comfortable at safety, and I like his physical presence in support of the run defense. He's not afraid to stick his nose in there, and he made some nice plays.
Our running back situation is nice right now. Fitz is a beast, and I really like how he has the ability to run downhill or cut it to the backside to expoit over-pursuit. Rawls looks like Mike Hart with bigger lower body. I know that's a bit "Fred Jackson" of me, but he gains yardage with every move. He is the kind of back that can wear on you throughout a game and really dominate in the 4th quarter. Hoke mentioned that Hopkins is our short yardage back, but I like Hopkins leading Rawls up the middle more. This kid will be special by the time his Michigan career is over. Justice Hayes is sneaky fast, and he will be a nice third down back after Vincent Smith graduates. I also love the playaction fulback flat pass you see so much in the NFL. Our FB's are capable of making a big first down/touchdown once a game on this play.
As far as the defensive line is concerned, we aren't looking very solid right now. Jabreel Black looks gigantic compared to last year, and the coaches are saying he needs to put on more weight this summer. How much bigger can his body get? I guess we'll see. Washington is our best nose option IMO, and that's not saying a ton. Campbell is OK, but I still don't believe he's a starter. Ash made some good plays getting into the backfield, and Chris Rock looks like he could beef up and be a solid player on the DL in the future. We need to be stout up the middle, or teams that like to smash it could find playcalling a bit too easy against this defense.
All in all, it was a great time at the Big House like it always is. I can't wait to go to the opener at home, and we will now spend too much time over-analyzing all the film we have from the spring. Go Blue!!!
This was a triumph. I'm making a note here:
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.
We do what we must because we can.
For the good of all of us
Except the ones who are dead.
But there's no sense crying over every mistake
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake
And the science gets done and you make a neat gun
For the people who are still alive.
I'm not even angry.
I'm being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart and killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because
I was so happy for you.
Now these points of data make a beautiful line
And we're out of beta we're releasing on time.
So I'm GLaD I got burned think of all the things we learned
For the people who are still alive.
(I was all like…)
THAT WAS A JOKE. HA HA, FAT CHANCE.
Anyway, this cake is great:
It's so delicious and moist.
(But now I'm all like…)
Look at me still talking when there's science to do.
When I look out there it makes me GLaD I'm not you.
I've experiments to run there is research to be done
On the people who are still alive
And believe me I am still alive.
I'm doing science and I'm still alive.
P.S. I feel FANTASTIC and I'm still alive.
P.P.S. While you're dying I'll be still alive.
Final thought: And when you're dead I will be still alive.
well, the spring game is here and whether you are there in person or watching at home, there will be some confusion with familiar faces gone and fresh faces arrived. as you can see on the right margin, there is some work to do to get fully up and running, so all comments and criticisms are welcome.
special for this miniprogram, the opponent's tidbits, roster and key players are removed in favor of some broad UM factoids. also, the roster has many empty spots reserved for fall's freshmen, who are listed but, with the exception of early enrollees, will not be participating.
Indianapolis (IN) Pike WR Dominique Booth is one of the top Midwest prospects in the class of 2014, and he's off to a quick start in his recruitment. Booth already holds scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Missouri, with interest from several other schools across the region, including Michigan. Booth visited Ann Arbor at the tail end of March, and I had the chance to chat with him last night about his recruitment. Here's the full transcript:
ACE: First of all, what schools are currently contacting you the most in your recruitment?
DOMINIQUE: All of them are contacting Coach Moyers about me the same amount. There are so many schools and I think there are some my coach hasn't even told me [about]. Every day it seems like I'm hearing from a new school.
ACE: Of the schools you've heard from, who do you most want to get an offer from that hasn't offered yet?
DOMINIQUE: Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Michigan.
ACE: I know you visited Michigan recently. What was your favorite part of the visit?
DOMINIQUE: I didn't get to go around the whole campus but their indoor practice facility stood out from any other, and all the championships they have won.
ACE: Which Michigan coaches have you been in contact with, and what's your impression of the coaching staff?
DOMINIQUE: Coach Mallory is the one recruiting me and they seem very enthusiastic.
ACE: Do you have any other visits planned for the spring/summer?
DOMINIQUE: Cincinnati this Saturday and Ohio State the Saturday after that.
ACE: Any plans to see Michigan again down the road?
DOMINIQUE: Yes, they made me promise to come back so they can show me all they have to offer. They also called my coach making sure he stresses to me that I need to come back and spend more time with them.
ACE: I know it's early in the process, but what attributes are you looking for in a school?
DOMINIQUE: A good medical school, a good teacher in the wide receivers coach, and a head coach that is going to be there the whole time I am.
ACE: What would you say are your biggest strengths on the field?
DOMINIQUE: Changing speeds in my route running, just being an athlete when the ball is in the air, I catch with my hands, and I'm really good in the screen game because I'm hard to bring down as a ball carrier. Another thing I'm good at is recognizing coverages and exploiting them.
ACE: And what parts of your game are you trying to improve?
DOMINIQUE: I can work on having cleaner cuts and being more aware of my surroundings while going up on the ball and using my hands more on the top of my routes.
ACE: When you're not on the field, what do you like to do in your spare time?
DOMINIQUE: Basketball and I'm a big movie watcher. I feel like I have to see every good new movie that comes out.