Hearing Daniel Horton speak on "Inside Michigan Basketball" brought back some memories, good and bad. It made me think about how far the program has come, and the obstacles that they have overcome.
Inexplicably, my Michigan basketball fandom originated from watching this guy
Jack up contested 3 pointers that would make Tim Hardaway Jr. blush. Dom Ingerson was like the NFL Braylon Edwards of college basketball. He couldn't hit a 3 pointer for his life unless he was falling out of bounds with three guys draped over him. My fandom grew out of free tickets and a love for the University of Michigan. I suppose thats why Brian's wording, "Right now we're going through the last vestiges of having no expectations because we have no program" made me just a little bit angry. Because I can remember when we had no program. I remember when beating Bowling Green was a big deal. I was there, and it was actually quite a while ago.
There were starts and stops along the way. When Daniel Horton came on the scene and ripped off 13 wins in a row including Michigan's only contest against baby brother
finishing third in the big ten conference, I thought the program had arrived. Several thousand key injuries, a costly suspension, and several broken promises from Bill Martin later, and hindsight tells a different story.
That beautiful sparkling player development center standing next to Crisler. That tells me that the program has arrived. You see, that practice facility was promised to Tommy Amaker in 2001. And when Daniel Horton came back to Crisler and remarked, "This was promised to us as freshmen. We were going to be using this facility as juniors" it brought back all the old anger. I cannot blame Tommy Amaker for telling him that, as it was the same line of garbage Bill Martin was selling him. Years later in a rivals article about the big house renovation, Martin would comment on the (then)dilapidated state of Crisler Arena, stating "I know what side my bread is buttered on. If basketball recruits care about facilities, they wont come to Michigan."
Oh how far we have come. Can you imagine David Brandon saying that? Just look around that arena. Look at that gorgeous scoreboard, every inch of it flat panel display. At the brand new block "M" adorned seating. Look at that shining glass-encased practice facility. Go ahead tell me that Martin layed the groundwork for it. Then I'll remind you that he promised it a DECADE ago. Think for a second where the program would be if he had kept his promise. I know, I know, he had the Ed Martin scandal to think about. But look at USC. Look at OSU. If I'm not mistaken, OSU's basketball program actually got STRONGER in the wake of their scandal. USC's football team seems to be doing just fine. You are blaming the wrong Martin.
But enough of the old anger. Four years ago this young man stepped onto the Crisler floor for the first time
I'm going to say that the moment Novak walked out onto the floor, that was the moment Michigan had a program again. That team went on to beat #4 UCLA, #4 Duke, beat Clemson in the NCAA tournament, until finally conceding a tight game to the #2 Blake Griffins and their ridiculous officiating crew.
Just look at where Michigan Basketball is today, and what they have overcome. I dont think they have played a home game this year in front of less than 10,000 fans. Thats a testament to both the marketing department and the team on the floor. Just standing there in that mostly-dead crowd at the Wisconsin game. Having witnessed Michigan totally embarrass a ranked Wisconsin team. And it didn't even seem like a big deal. Like it was expected. How far we have come. And what fun we have to look forward to in the coming years. I guess what I am trying to say is...
How much fun is this?
As we approach the finish line for recruiting, I thought it might be interesting to compare the Top 100 players for each of the top 3 recruiting sites.
As fans, we tend to favor the particular site that ranks our recruits the highest. I thought it might be interesting to see how many players are universally lauded.
Seven of our current commits are in the Top 100 of at least one site, but surprisingly only two* of our current commits made all three lists. Scout would seem to be our favorite service this year since they have five our our current commits on their list.
Other schools of note for their success:
- Alabama has ten recruits that make at least one of the lists.
- Florida State has seven recruits that make at least one of the lists.
- Texas has eleven recruits that make at least one of the lists.
- Miami (YTM) has six recruits that make at least one of the lists.
B1G Members & Notre Dame:
- Iowa has only one recruit that makes at least one of the lists.
- Michigan State has only one recruit that makes at least one of the lists.
- Northwestern has only one recruit that makes at least one of the lists.
- Notre Dame has seven recruits that make at least one of the lists.
- Ohio State has five recruits that make at least one of the lists.
- Penn State has two recruits that make at least one of the lists (one is Armani Reeves).
- Wisconsin has three recruits that make at least one of the lists.
With just a few weeks until signing day there are still 35 uncommited players that make one of the three top 100 lists.
The composite list in alphabetical order by School of interest:
|Name||Pos||School||Hometown||Schools of Interest||247 Rank||247 Rating||Rivals Rank||Rivals Rating||Scout Rank||Scout Rating|
|Amari Cooper||WR||Northwestern||Miami, FL||Alabama||N/A||N/A||62||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Chris Black||WR||First Coast||Jacksonville, FL||Alabama||27||5 stars||37||4 stars||92||4 Star|
|Cyrus Jones||ATH||Gilman||Baltimore, MD||Alabama||93||4 stars||N/A||N/A||46||5 Star|
|Eddie Williams||ATH||Arnold||Panama City Beach, FL||Alabama||13||5 stars||23||5 stars||54||4 Star|
|Geno Smith||CB||St. Pius X||Atlanta, GA||Alabama||39||4 stars||61||4 stars||82||4 Star|
|Kenyan Drake||APB||Hillgrove||Powder Springs, GA||Alabama||73||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Landon Collins||S||Dutchtown||Geismar, LA||Alabama||3||5 stars||15||5 stars||12||5 Star|
|Reggie Ragland||ILB||Bob Jones||Madison, AL||Alabama||66||4 stars||83||4 stars||36||5 Star|
|Ryan Anderson||WDE||Daphne||Daphne, AL||Alabama||51||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|T.J. Yeldon||RB||Daphne||Daphne, AL||Alabama||16||5 stars||24||5 stars||59||4 Star|
|JaQuay Williams||WR||Sandy Creek||Tyrone, GA||Auburn||N/A||N/A||78||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Ricky Parks||TE||Callaway||Hogansville, GA||Auburn||67||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Tanner Mangum||PRO||Eagle||Eagle, ID||BYU||43||4 stars||42||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Bryce Treggs||WR||St. John Bosco||Bellflower, CA||California||N/A||N/A||73||4 stars||47||5 Star|
|Ellis McCarthy||DT||Monrovia||Monrovia, CA||California||31||4 stars||17||5 stars||33||5 Star|
|Jordan Payton||WR||(Oaks Christian HS)||Westlake Village, CA||California||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||91||4 Star|
|Shaq Thompson||ATH||Grant Union||Sacramento, CA||California||10||5 stars||7||5 stars||11||5 Star|
|Zach Kline||PRO||San Ramon Valley||Danville, CA||California||72||4 stars||63||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Carlos Watkins||DT||Chase||Forest City, NC||Clemson||40||4 stars||86||4 stars||65||4 Star|
|Chad Kelly||QB||St. Joseph School||Buffalo, NY||Clemson||87||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Germone Hopper||WR||Phillip O Berry Acad Of Tech||Charlotte, NC||Clemson||N/A||N/A||67||4 stars||97||4 Star|
|Travis Blanks||DB||North Florida Christian||Tallahassee, FL||Clemson||N/A||N/A||41||4 stars||88||4 Star|
|Brian Poole||DB||Southeast||Bradenton, FL||Florida||N/A||N/A||85||4 stars||28||5 Star|
|D.J. Humphries||OT||Mallard Creek||Charlotte, NC||Florida||9||5 stars||3||5 stars||19||5 Star|
|Jessamen Dunker||OT||(Boynton Beach Community HS)||Boynton Beach, FL||Florida||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||66||4 Star|
|Jonathan Bullard||SDE||Crest||Shelby, NC||Florida||44||4 stars||20||5 stars||31||5 Star|
|Kent Taylor||TE||Land O' Lakes||Land O'Lakes, FL||Florida||N/A||N/A||56||4 stars||86||4 Star|
|Chris Casher||WDE||WP Davidson||Mobile, AL||Florida St.||37||4 stars||43||4 stars||64||4 Star|
|Dante Fowler||WDE||Lakewood||Saint Petersburg, FL||Florida St.||50||4 stars||35||4 stars||79||4 Star|
|Jameis Winston||DUAL||Hueytown||Bessemer, AL||Florida St.||4||5 stars||10||5 stars||20||5 Star|
|Marcus Maye||S||(Holy Trinity Episcopal School)||Melbourne, FL||Florida St.||N/A||N/A||51||4 stars||94||4 Star|
|Mario Edwards||SDE||Ryan||Denton, TX||Florida St.||6||5 stars||4||5 stars||7||5 Star|
|Mario Pender||RB||Island Coast||Cape Coral, FL||Florida St.||36||4 stars||33||4 stars||50||4 Star|
|Ukeme Eligwe||LB||Stone Mountain||Stone Mountain, GA||Florida St.||N/A||N/A||38||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Justin Shanks||DT||(Prattville HS)||Prattville, AL||Florida State||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||90||4 Star|
|Markuss Eligwe||OLB||(Stone Mountain HS)||Stone Mountain, GA||Florida State||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||77||4 Star|
|John Theus||OT||The Bolles School||Jacksonville, FL||Georgia||8||5 stars||11||5 stars||4||5 Star|
|Jonathan Taylor||DT||Jenkins County||Millen, GA||Georgia||62||4 stars||55||4 stars||81||4 Star|
|Keith Marshall||APB||Millbrook||Raleigh, NC||Georgia||11||5 stars||31||4 stars||5||5 Star|
|Justin Thomas||ATH||Prattville||Prattville, AL||Georgia Tech||94||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ryan Ward||OL||Providence Catholic||New Lenox, IL||Iowa||N/A||N/A||84||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|A.J. Leggett||CB||South Miami Senior||Miami, FL||list||96||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Andrus Peat||OT||Corona Del Sol||Tempe, AZ||list||17||5 stars||14||5 stars||3||5 Star|
|Arik Armstead||OT||Pleasant Grove||Elk Grove, CA||list||1||5 stars||29||4 stars||1||5 Star|
|Avery Young||OL||Palm Beach Gardens||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||list||N/A||N/A||60||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Aziz Shittu||DT||Buhach Colony||Atwater, CA||list||79||4 stars||27||5 stars||68||4 Star|
|Bralon Addison||WR||(Hightower HS)||Sugar Land, TX||list||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||89||4 Star|
|Brian Nance||OLB||Trinity||Euless, TX||list||88||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|D.J. Foster||ATH||Saguaro||Scottsdale, AZ||list||N/A||N/A||53||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Darius Hamilton||SDE||Don Bosco Prep||Ramsey, NJ||list||19||5 stars||5||5 stars||24||5 Star|
|Davonte Neal||ATH||Chaparral||Paradise Valley, AZ||list||86||4 stars||N/A||N/A||80||4 Star|
|Devin Fuller||ATH||N Valley Reg H Old Tappan||Westwood, NJ||list||21||5 stars||34||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Dorial Green-Beckham||WR||Hillcrest||Springfield, MO||list||2||5 stars||1||5 stars||2||5 Star|
|Eddie Goldman||DT||Friendship Collegiate Academy||Washington, DC||list||5||5 stars||2||5 stars||40||5 Star|
|Elijah Shumate||S||Don Bosco Prep||Ramsey, NJ||list||82||4 stars||N/A||N/A||60||4 Star|
|Javonte Magee||DT||Sam Houston||San Antonio, TX||list||35||4 stars||N/A||N/A||85||4 Star|
|Jeremy Liggins||ATH||Lafayette||Oxford, MS||list||99||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Joel Caleb||WR||Clover Hill||Midlothian, VA||list||57||4 stars||71||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Joey O'Connor||OL||Windsor||Windsor, CO||list||N/A||N/A||87||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Jordan Diamond||OT||Simeon||Chicago, IL||list||60||4 stars||N/A||N/A||42||5 Star|
|Jordan Jenkins||WDE||Harris County||Hamilton, GA||list||38||4 stars||65||4 stars||30||5 Star|
|Josh Clemons||OLB||Lowndes||Valdosta, GA||list||63||4 stars||19||5 stars||51||4 Star|
|Joshua Garnett||OT||Puyallup||Puyallup, WA||list||47||4 stars||28||4 stars||38||5 Star|
|Kwon Alexander||OLB||Oxford||Oxford, AL||list||78||4 stars||N/A||N/A||35||5 Star|
|Kyle Murphy||OT||San Clemente||San Clemente, CA||list||7||5 stars||22||5 stars||18||5 Star|
|Leonard Williams||DE||Mainland||Daytona Beach, FL||list||N/A||N/A||70||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Mike Davis||RB||Stephenson||Stone Mountain, GA||list||65||4 stars||95||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Nelson Agholor||ATH||Berkeley Prep||Tampa, FL||list||28||4 stars||12||5 stars||25||5 Star|
|P.J. Williams||S||(Vanguard HS)||Ocala, FL||list||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||99||4 Star|
|Ronald Darby||CB||Potomac||Oxon Hill, MD||list||64||4 stars||72||4 stars||13||5 Star|
|Stefon Diggs||ATH||Good Counsel||Olney, MD||list||23||5 stars||8||5 stars||9||5 Star|
|Todd Gurley||RB||Tarboro||Tarboro, NC||list||49||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Tracy Howard||CB||Miramar||Hollywood, FL||list||45||4 stars||16||5 stars||43||5 Star|
|Wayne Morgan||CB||Erasmus Hall||Brooklyn, NY||list||97||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Yuri Wright||CB||Don Bosco Prep||Ramsey, NJ||list||25||5 stars||57||4 stars||75||4 Star|
|Zach Banner||OT||Lakes||Lakewood, WA||list||N/A||N/A||40||4 stars||39||5 Star|
|Avery Johnson||WR||Blanche Ely||Pompano Beach, FL||LSU||N/A||N/A||75||4 stars||14||5 Star|
|Gunner Kiel||PRO||Columbus East||Columbus, IN||LSU||12||5 stars||18||5 stars||16||5 Star|
|Torshiro Davis||OLB||Woodlawn||Shreveport, LA||LSU||71||4 stars||N/A||N/A||96||4 Star|
|Wes Brown||RB||(Our Lady Good Counsel HS)||Olney, MD||Maryland||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||58||4 Star|
|Sheldon Dawson||ATH||Ridgeway||Memphis, TN||Memphis||90||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Deon Bush||DB||Columbus||Miami, FL||Miami (FL)||N/A||N/A||68||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Duke Johnson||APB||Norland||Miami, FL||Miami (FL)||29||4 stars||N/A||N/A||21||5 Star|
|Jelani Hamilton||DE||St. Thomas Aquinas||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Miami (FL)||N/A||N/A||90||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Randy Johnson||RB||Miami Norland||Miami, FL||Miami (FL)||N/A||N/A||39||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Raphael Kirby||LB||Stephenson||Stone Mountain, GA||Miami (FL)||N/A||N/A||89||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Tyriq McCord||DE||Jefferson||Tampa, FL||Miami (FL)||N/A||N/A||74||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Chris Wormley||SDE||Whitmer||Toledo, OH||Michigan||58||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Erik Magnuson||OT||La Costa Canyon||Encinitas, CA||Michigan||61||4 stars||49||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|James Ross||MLB||(St. Mary Preparatory School)||Orchard Lake, MI||Michigan||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||76||4 Star|
|Joe Bolden||OLB||(Colerain HS)||Cincinnati, OH||Michigan||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||95||4 Star|
|Kyle Kalis||OT||St. Edward||Lakewood, OH||Michigan||48||4 stars||21||5 stars||32||5 Star|
|Ondre Pipkins||DT||Park Hill||Kansas City, MO||Michigan||91||4 stars||59||4 stars||100||4 Star|
|Tom Strobel||DE||(Mentor HS)||Mentor, OH||Michigan||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||73||4 Star|
|Aaron Burbridge||WR||Harrison||Farmington, MI||Michigan State||70||4 stars||100||4 stars||62||4 Star|
|Channing Ward||WDE||Aberdeen||Aberdeen, MS||Mississippi||41||4 stars||88||4 stars||41||5 Star|
|Quay Evans||DT||(Morton HS)||Morton, MS||Mississippi State||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||29||5 Star|
|Ifeadi Odenigbo||DE||(Centerville HS)||Centerville, OH||Northwestern||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||70||4 Star|
|Deontay Greenberry||WR||Washington Union||Fresno, CA||Notre Dame||20||5 stars||69||4 stars||52||4 Star|
|Jarron Jones||DT||Aquinas Institute||Rochester, NY||Notre Dame||26||5 stars||N/A||N/A||56||4 Star|
|Keivarae Russell||APB||Mariner||Everett, WA||Notre Dame||80||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ronnie Stanley||N/A||(Bishop Gorman HS)||Las Vegas, NV||Notre Dame||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||78||4 Star|
|Sheldon Day||DT||Warren Central||Indianapolis, IN||Notre Dame||75||4 stars||N/A||N/A||45||5 Star|
|Taylor Decker||OT||(Butler HS)||Vandalia, OH||Notre Dame||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||74||4 Star|
|Tee Shepard||CB||Washington Union||Fresno, CA||Notre Dame||52||4 stars||82||4 stars||48||5 Star|
|Se'von Pittman||DE||McKinley||Canton, OH||Ohio St.||N/A||N/A||81||4 stars||57||4 Star|
|Adolphus Washington||WDE||Taft||Cincinnati, OH||Ohio State||22||5 stars||36||4 stars||15||5 Star|
|Brionte Dunn||RB||(GlenOak HS)||Canton, OH||Ohio State||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||26||5 Star|
|Tommy Schutt||DT||Glenbard West||Glen Ellyn, IL||Ohio State||100||4 stars||52||4 stars||44||5 Star|
|Noah Spence||WDE||Bishop Mcdevitt||Harrisburg, PA||OhioState||14||5 stars||9||5 stars||6||5 Star|
|Alex Ross||RB||Jenks Hs||Jenks, OK||Oklahoma||30||4 stars||N/A||N/A||93||4 Star|
|Derrick Woods||WR||Inglewood||Inglewood, CA||Oklahoma||N/A||N/A||98||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Durron Neal||WR||DeSmet||Saint Louis, MO||Oklahoma||76||4 stars||47||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|John Michael McGee||OL||Texas||Texarkana, TX||Oklahoma||N/A||N/A||91||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Taylor McNamara||TE||Westview||San Diego, CA||Oklahoma||N/A||N/A||97||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Byron Marshall||RB||Valley Christian||San Jose, CA||Oregon||92||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Isaac Seumalo||OG||Corvallis||Corvallis, OR||Oregon St.||33||4 stars||96||4 stars||83||4 Star|
|Armani Reeves||CB||Catholic Memorial||West Roxbury, MA||Penn State||59||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Eugene Lewis||WR||(Wyoming Valley West HS)||Plymouth, PA||Penn State||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||63||4 Star|
|Rushel Shell||RB||Hopewell||Aliquippa, PA||Pittsburgh||54||4 stars||45||4 stars||17||5 Star|
|Chris Muller||OL||Boyertown Area Senior||Boyertown, PA||Rutgers||N/A||N/A||79||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Brock Stadnik||OT||Western Guilford||Greensboro, NC||South Carolina||74||4 stars||N/A||N/A||84||4 Star|
|Shaq Roland||ATH||Lexington||Lexington, SC||South Carolina||32||4 stars||80||4 stars||34||5 Star|
|Anthony Alford||QB||Petal||Petal, MS||Southern Mississippi||69||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Alex Carter||DB||Briar Woods||Ashburn, VA||Stanford||N/A||N/A||66||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Barry Sanders||RB||(Heritage Hall Schools)||Oklahoma City, OK||Stanford||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||53||4 Star|
|Noor Davis||OLB||Leesburg||Leesburg, FL||Stanford||56||4 stars||46||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Adrian Colbert||S||Mineral Wells||Mineral Wells, TX||Texas||89||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Camrhon Hughes||OT||(Harker Heights HS)||Killeen, TX||Texas||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||72||4 Star|
|Cayleb Jones||WR||Austin||Austin, TX||Texas||N/A||N/A||26||5 stars||23||5 Star|
|Connor Brewer||PRO||Chaparral||Paradise Valley, AZ||Texas||84||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Curtis Riser||OG||DeSoto||DeSoto, TX||Texas||83||4 stars||94||4 stars||27||5 Star|
|Johnathan Gray||RB||Aledo||Aledo, TX||Texas||15||5 stars||6||5 stars||8||5 Star|
|Kendall Sanders||ATH||Athens||Athens, TX||Texas||N/A||N/A||64||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Kennedy Estelle||OT||Dawson||Pearland, TX||Texas||68||4 stars||50||4 stars||49||5 Star|
|LaDarrell McNeil||S||Wilmer-Hutchins||Dallas, TX||Texas||98||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Malcom Brown||DT||Brenham||Brenham, TX||Texas||18||5 stars||30||4 stars||22||5 Star|
|Thomas Johnson||WR||Skyline||Dallas, TX||Texas||46||4 stars||32||4 stars||71||4 Star|
|Matt Davis||QB||(Klein Forest HS)||Houston, TX||Texas A&M||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||55||4 Star|
|Trey Williams||APB||Dekaney||Houston, TX||Texas A&M||24||5 stars||13||5 stars||10||5 Star|
|Dominique Wheeler||ATH||Crockett||Crockett, TX||Texas Tech||85||4 stars||77||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Michael Starts||OG||(La Vega HS)||Waco, TX||Texas Tech||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||69||4 Star|
|Darreus Rogers||WR||Carson Senior||Carson, CA||USC||55||4 stars||N/A||N/A||87||4 Star|
|Jabari Ruffin||OLB||Downey||Downey, CA||USC||81||4 stars||58||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Jordan Simmons||OG||Crespi Carmelite||Encino, CA||USC||95||4 stars||25||5 stars||61||4 Star|
|Kevon Seymour||CB||Muir||Pasadena, CA||USC||N/A||N/A||93||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Max Tuerk||OL||(Santa Margarita Catholic HS)||Santa Margarita, CA||USC||N/A||N/A||48||4 stars||98||4 Star|
|Travis Wilson||PRO||San Clemente||San Clemente, CA||Utah||77||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Brian Kimbrow||RB||Memphis East||Memphis, TN||Vanderbilt||N/A||N/A||99||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Eli Harold||WDE||Ocean Lakes||Virginia Beach, VA||Virginia||42||4 stars||44||4 stars||37||5 Star|
|Kwontie Moore||ILB||Norfolk Christian||Norfolk, VA||Virginia||53||4 stars||76||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Cyler Miles||QB||Mullen||Denver, CO||Washington||N/A||N/A||54||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
|Bart Houston||QB||(De La Salle HS)||Concord, CA||Wisconsin||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||67||4 Star|
|Dan Voltz||OG||Barrington||Barrington, IL||Wisconsin||34||4 stars||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Vince Biegel||LB||Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln||Wisconsin Rapids, WI||Wisconsin||N/A||N/A||92||4 stars||N/A||N/A|
* Edit - Corrected an error in the Rivals list and resorted by School of interest. Thanks to RickH for pointing out the error (I left off two players on the Rivals list which moved all the players below them up two spots.)
Matthews (NC) Butler wide receiver Uriah LeMay is off to a fast start in his recruitment, garnering over 20 scholarship offers and being named to the ESPN 150 Watch List, and his latest offer came from Michigan last week. LeMay, who stands at 6'2", 188 pounds, also has notable offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, LSU, Miami (YTM), Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech, among several others. According to his Scout profile, the junior had 43 receptions for 842 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns to go along with 38 rushes for 397 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns in the 2011 season. I caught up with Uriah this evening, and here's a full transcript of the interview:
ACE: First of all, how did you find out about your Michigan offer, and how does it affect your recruitment going forward?
Really I'm just staying the same course that I have since the summer, just evaluating each team and giving everybody a shot. The Michigan offer, when it came in, was a big shock. I was just sitting there in English class and Coach Montgomery pulled me out. It really got me excited and there were a lot of Michigan fans in my English class at the time, so it was a big discussion later on during the day.
ACE: Is Coach Montgomery your main recruiting contact at Michigan?
ACE: What other teams have been contacting you the most in your recruitment? Do you have an early list of favorites or is it wide open right now?
URIAH: It's pretty wide open right now. [My recording cut out here, unfortunately, so I didn't catch the next sentence, but he doesn't have any favorites at the moment. He did say to 24/7 that Alabama, Arkansas, and LSU are recruiting him the hardest as of last week ($).]
ACE: Just to go back and recap your junior season, how would you say that went for you, and what kind of numbers did you put up?
URIAH: Number-wise I did pretty good. I think I had 1,000+ all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns. As far as the season went we came just short of the goal, we lost in the third round of the playoffs, I think two games before states, which is not something you want to do, but it wasn't too bad a way to end number-wise and it was a good development year.
ACE: Your older brother [class of 2011 QB Christian LeMay] was recruited by Georgia, correct? [Uriah: Yes.] Has he given you any advice in terms of going through the whole recruiting process?
URIAH: He's been really helpful for me going through the process. Any time I have a question I can always give it to him. Most of the time what he'll tell me is, if I like a school, if I visit, or if I have a conversation with one of the coaches, make sure your conversation is open, make sure you go back and visit the school, just to get a different and second opinion and evaluation on it, because anything can look good the first time you see it. He'll tell to make sure that everybody and the coaches are open with you, to be open with them about yourself, and to make sure you make the best decision for yourself when it comes down to it at the time.
ACE: In terms of making that decision, do you have an idea for a timelime right now?
URIAH: For right now, the way things are going, it looks like I'll be committing at one of the All-American games. But if not then, definitely around signing day. [UPDATE: I talked to Uriah's father, and he says that they're looking at a summer decision date instead of waiting until the All-American games to make a choice, so this one could wrap up sooner than initially expected.]
ACE: If you had to scout yourself, what would you say are the biggest strengths in your game, and what are the areas that you're working on for your senior year and then on to the next level?
URIAH: My strengths would have to be size, physicality, aggression, and hands, as well as the ability to stretch the field and make plays at random times. Things that I'm going to want to be working on are just the fundamentals, that's one thing you can't really ever get enough of doing, back to the basics—footwork, speed drills, hands drills, all that kind of stuff.
ACE: In terms of setting up your summer schedule, are you planning on making any junior days or visits, and are you looking at Michigan as a possible visit destination?
URIAH: Yes, after the offer we're starting to put into the planning to make it down there. I'm trying to visit schools on the East Coast and then go out to the Midwest and visit some of those schools if we can. But then after that, that'll probably be it for this summer.
Before we dive into the details, here are some things that you should know so that you can understand what’s below better:
1. * : When you see an asterisk by a number, know that it means that I included at least 1 Jr who I am projecting or has said that they will leave in those numbers. When you see a * by a name, it means that the player is a Jr projected to leave or is leaving.
2. 17 starters is the number that you want to return if you want to have at least the same amount of wins as the previous year. So the greatest number of starters that you would want to leave would be 5. After 5 starters leave, you expect to lose more games than the previous year. (Note: That number is from memory, I could not find the diary with that number so if someone could link to that in the comments, that would be great.)
3. I used the depth chart from each team’s Rivals site and the NFL draft projections from http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings. If a player was around the top 3 at his position, I projected him to leave unless, obviously, he’s already said that he’s coming back.
Now for a chart, keep in mind that the numbers are in terms of players lost. Remember, losing more than 5 total starters is not a good thing. The chart breaks it down into lost starters on offense, defense and then total.
Continue on for a more in depth look at each team. This includes starters lost by position, list of each starter lost, some notes on back ups, notes on new coaches or leaving coaches, and other general observations on each team. After the draft, I will break down each team in terms of percentage of yards, TDs, tackles, interceptions, forced fumbles, etc. lost with each starter.
**If I didn't include a leaving starters, leaving/new coachs, or if someone I've included has said they're coming back to school, please let me know so that I can fix it.**
5 Starters lost: 1 RB*, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 C
*Trent Richardson, RB
Darius Hanks, WR
Marquis Maze, WR
Brad Smelley, TE
William Vlachos, C
Quick Notes: Replacement TEs will be a true sophomore. Richardson is a top 5 pick and was a Heisman candidate, he’ll be tough to replace.
8 Starters lost: 1 NT, 3 LB*, 2 CB, 2 S*
Josh Chapman, NT
Jerrell Harris, LB
Courtney Upshaw, LB
*Dont’a Hightower, LB
*Dre Kirkpatrick, CB
DeQuan Menzie, CB
Mike Barron, S
*Robert Lester, S
Quick Notes: The talent Alabama will be losing is ridiculous. Everyone they’re losing will be playing in the NFL. At least half of them are ranked in the top 3 at their positions. Yeah, Alabama will replace that talent, but there is no way that the talent coming in is greater than the talent going out. 2 possible LB replacements will be JRs. The rest of the possible replacement LBs will be true sophomores.
Offensive Coordinator is leaving.
13 starters lost.
8 Starters lost: 1 QB, 1 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 C, 1 RG, 1 RT
Tim Jefferson, QB
Asher Clark, RB
Jonathan Warzeka, WR
Zack Kauth, WR
Joshua Freeman, TE
Jeffrey Benson, C
A.J. Wallerstein, RG
Kevin Whitt, RT
Quick Notes: Back Up QB is graduating too.
9 Starters lost: 2 DE, 1 NT, 3 LB, 2 CB, 1 S
Zach Payne, DE
Harry Kehs, DE
Ryan Gardner, NT
Jordan Waiwaiole, LB
Brady Amack, LB
Patrick Hennessey, LB
Anthony Wright, CB
Josh Hall, CB
Jon Davis, S
No Changes. (Note: These guys are going on to do something greater than playing football, a thank you to all of them and to everyone else serving.)
17 starters lost.
5 Starters lost: 1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE
Jonathan Hernandez, RB
Tom Gilson, WR
Julian Talley, WR
Jesse Julmiste, WR
Emil Igwenagu, TE
3 Starters lost: 1 DT, 2 LB
James Gilchrist, DT
Tyler Holmes, LB
Shane Vivieros, LB
New head coach (Former ND OC). Also first year in the FBS.
8 starters lost.
4 starters lost: 1 WR, 1 OT, 1 OG, 1 C,
Michael Floyd, WR
Taylor Dever, OT
Trevor Robinson, OG
Mike Golic Jr., C
Quick Notes: You all know about the talent of Michael Floyd, and no, I’m not talking about drunk driving. Losing him is a huge, huge, huge loss for ND, especially with the QB questions that they have. It looks like the replacement OT and OG could be true sophomores.
6 starters lost: 1 DE, 1 LB, 2 CB, 2 S
Ethan Johnson, DE
Darius Fleming, LB
Gary Gray, CB
Robert Blanton, CB
Harrison Smith, S
Jamoris Slaughter, S
Quick Notes: Manti Te’o is returning. That’s huge for ND.
New Offensive Coordinator, RB coach, OL coach, and QB coach. Also Brian Kelly is still there.
3 Starters lost: 1 WR, 1 OT, 1 OG
Justin Siller, WR
Dennis Kelly, OT
Nick Mondek, OG
4 Starters lost: 1 DE, 1 LB, 2 S
Gerlad Gooden, DE
Joe Holland, LB
Albert Evans, S
Logan Link, S
7 starter lost.
4 Starters lost: 1 RB, 1 WR, 1 OT, 1 OG
Jason Ford, RB
A.J. Jenkins, WR
Jeff Allen, OT
Jack Cornell, OG
Quick Notes: A.J. Jenkins is a pretty big loss for Illinois.
4 Starters lost: 1 DE*, 2 LB, 1 CB
*Whitney Mercilus, DE
Trulon Henry, LB
Ian Thomas, LB
Tavon Wilson, CB
Quick Notes: Mercilus is the #3 DE, if he leaves, which is likely, it’ll be a huge loss for Illinois.
You know the deal with Zook, he’s gone so there’ll be a new HC and a new coaching staff.
8 starters lost.
6 starters lost: 1 QB, 2 WR, 1 OG, 1 FB, 1 RB*
Kirk Cousins, QB
B.J. Cunningham, WR
Keshawn Martin, WR
Joel Foreman, OG
Todd Anderson, FB
*Edwin Baker, RB
Quick Notes: Replacement QB will be a Jr or Sr. B.J. Cunningham is a beast, losing him really hurts. Replacements will be Arnett, providing the NCAA grants a waiver, or will be a Jr or a few sophomores. Losing Baker is another hit to MSU’s offense
2 starters lost: 1 DT*, 1 S
*Jerel Worthy, DT
Trenton Robinson, S
Quick Notes: Worthy’s back-up is graduating too. Robinson’s replacement will be a Jr or sophomore. The defense looks to be much the same as it was last year.
As of the time of this writing, rumors of Narduzzi to Texas A&M continue to run rampant. Losing him is huge.
8 starters lost.
2 starters lost: 1 OT, 1 C
J. Hardrick, OT
Mike Caputo, C
Quick Notes: Offense looks to be as potent as you can be with a QB who throws like a girl.
4 starters lost: 1 DT, 1 LB, 1 CB, 1 S
Jared Crick, DT
Lavonte David, LB
Alfonzo Dennard, CB
Austin Cassidy, S
Quick Notes: Nebraska loses their top 3 players on D. Tough to replace losses like that.
New DL coach.
6 starters lost.
7 starters lost: 1 RB, 1 WR, 1 FB, 1 TE, 2 OG, 1 C
Duane Bennett, RB
Da’Jon McKnight, WR
Eric Lair, FB
Collin McGarry, TE
Chris Bunders, OG
Ryan Orton, OG
Ryan Wynn, C
Quick Notes: Ouch.
6 starters lost: 2 DT, 1 LB, 1 CB, 2 S
Anthony Jacobs, DT
Brandon Kirksey, DT
Gary Tinsley, LB
Troy Stoudermire, CB
Shady Salamon, S
Kim Royston, S
Quick Notes: Ouch again. Minnesota looks to stay Minnesota.
13 starters lost.
6 starters lost: 1 QB, 2 RB, 1 WR, 1 OT, 1 OG
Dan Persa, QB
Jacob Schmidt, RB
Drake Dunsmore, RB
Jeremy Ebert, WR
Al Netter, OT
Ben Burkett, OG
Quick Notes: Losing Persa is pretty big but Colter filled in pretty well for him this year.
3 starters lost: 1 DT, 1 CB, 1 S
Jack DiNardo, DT
Jeravin Matthews, CB
Brian Peters, S
9 starters lost.
4 starters lost: 1 WR, 2 OT*, 1 OG,
Marvin McNutt, WR
*Riley Reiff, OT
Markus Zusevics, OT
Adam Gettis, OG
Quick Notes: Losing McNutt is pretty big for Iowa.
6 starters lost: 1 DE, 2 DT, 1 LB, 1 CB, 1 S
Broderick Binns, DE
Mike Daniels, DT
Thomas Nardo, DT
Tyler Nielsen, LB
Shaun Prater, CB
Jordan Bernstine, S
Quick notes: Defense looks to worsen with the loss of 6 starters and the DC.
New DL coach. New DC.
10 starters lost.
5 starters lost: 1 RB, 1 WR, 2 OT, 1 C
Dan Herron, RB
DeVier Posey, WR
Mike Adams, OT
J.B. Shugarts, OT
Michael Brewster, C
Quick Notes: New offense, new schemes, new plays, etc. Remember the offense without Posey and Herron? Couldn’t score if they were playing a middle school football team.. Remember the offense without Posey? Not much better. Now they’ll have a new offense without 3 new starters on the OL and without their 2 biggest playmakers on offense.
0 starters lost.
Quick Notes: The defense that we owned this year looks to be the same next year.
New HC, mostly new coaching staff.
5 starters lost.
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Today the Blockhams are attending services at East Pneumonia Lutheran Church, and youngest son Desmond has recruiting on his mind. It won't be long before he heads back to the South Quad for spring classes. Sitting beside him is the middle child, Chalmers, better known as 'Bump'... who we'll get to know better on Thursday.
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The recruiting rankings return after the dead period and a New Year's Day siesta. Despite the dead period, there were a fair amount of commitments since the last rankings, including the Wolverines picking up Jehu Chesson (yes, it's been a while since I did one of these). Action since last rankings:
12-18-11: Ohio State picks up Noah Spence. Steffon Martin decommits from Purdue.
12-19-11: Indiana picks up Ryan Thompson. Illinois picks up Mason Monheim.
12-20-11: Nebraska picks up Mohammed Seisay.
12-21-11: Michigan picks up Jehu Chesson. Indiana picks up David Cooper. Ryan Frain re-committed to Illinois.
12-22-11: Indiana picks up Antonio Marshall.
12-26-11: Purdue picks up James Prince and Jason King.
12-29-11: Notre Dame picks up KeiVarae Russell. Penn State picks up Jamil Pollard. Purdue picks up Ryan Watson.
1-3-12: Iowa picks up Greg Garmon. Keith Brown decommits from Illinois. Nebraska picks up Jared Afalava and Avery Moss.
1-4-12: Sebastian Smith decommits from Indiana.
1-5-12: Illinois picks up Teko Powell.
1-7-12: Notre Dame picks up Elijah Shumate.
UPDATE 1-8-12: Ronald Darby decommits from Notre Dame (to answer your question: no, he is not considering Michigan, or at least they're not among his planned visits—Clemson, Florida State, and possibly LSU).
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
*ESPN doesn't rate JuCos, so they are counted as unranked recruits for the sake of consistency (trust me, it makes sense when you look at the spreadsheet).
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
On to the full data, after the jump.