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Though Crete (IL) Monee receiver Laquon Treadwell maintains he has no favorites, Michigan has been a constant presence in his recruitment and they are, at the very least, among his leaders. Treadwell picked up offers from Nebraska and Indiana in December to go along with early offers from Michigan and Notre Dame, and the four-star receiver recently was named to the MaxPreps 2011 Junior All-American first team after a stellar junior season. I caught up with Laquon this afternoon, and he talked about the status of his recruitment, including an early top five:
ACE: First of all, I know you added a couple offers in December. Which teams are having the most contact with you right now?
LAQUON: The teams with the most contact would have to be Ohio State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Michigan.
ACE: Three of those teams have come through with offers—Nebraska, Michigan, and Notre Dame—and you've also got one from Indiana, correct?
ACE: Would you say you've got any favorites right now?
LAQUON: I don't have any favorites, but I do have a top five that I like.
ACE: And what's the top five?
LAQUON: Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, and then Tennessee—oh yeah, I've been hearing from Tennessee, too.
ACE: Did you get a chance to watch the Sugar Bowl last night?
LAQUON: No, I didn't. I was actually watching the [Semper Fidelis] high school All-American game, and then I didn't get a chance to watch.
ACE: How is everything going for you with your basketball season?
LAQUON: It's going good. We're 12-3 right now, just lost in the championship game of a Christmas tournament, but it's going pretty good.
ACE: Are you planning on making it to any junior days or camps during the offseason?
LAQUON: I haven't made any plans about any visits because a lot of coaches have been pretty busy lately and I haven't heard from them, so I haven't had the chance to make any visits happen. I plan on over the offseason trying to do Core 6 [a training facility for high school athletes in Illinois]—they have a showcase thing with Fox [news coverage] and all that.
ACE: We just came out of a dead period for recruiting, but have Michigan's coaches been in contact with you at all recently, or has it been quiet on that front?
LAQUON: It's been quiet, for all the coaches actually. I haven't heard from a coach in about a week, a week or two.
Torrent: 2012 Sugar Bowl 720p MP4 (6.18GB)
Quick and dirty highlights:
MGoBlue's usual lo-fi offering:
Holly Rowe stiffarms the competition:
Trophy presentation and Hemingway interview:
Hoke, Denard, Hemingway, Van Bergen, Gibbons:
Special teams guru Frank Beamer:
NOLA kids are fast learners:
Back at the real job today after a great two weeks of football, ready to start cheering for the team I love, not just the one I
have money on like the uniforms better.
Virginia Tech Preview
PAN, National Rank (leader)
Michigan: +5, 4th (Oregon)
vs VT: +1, 40th
Michigan: +3, 29th (Baylor)
vs VT: +3, 22nd
Michigan: +1, 46th (Alabama)
vs VT: +2, 28th
Michigan: +1, 39th (Texas)
vs. VT: +2, 31st
Michigan: +0, 60th
vs VT: –0, 73rd
A pretty close match-up in all areas except when Michigan is rushing the ball. That’s likely the best avenue for Michigan to leverage. With arrests, suspensions and a late season Michigan surge, special teams could be an opening as well. This should be a close one but this game is Michigan’s to lose, 31-28 Michigan.
Ron Zook Memorial Dumb Punt of the Bowl Season
Haven’t had a chance to review all of the bowl games, but Wisconsin’s first quarter punt has to be the top contender. Two potent offenses, touchdowns on the first three possessions and the Badgers face 4th and 3 at the Oregon 38. Despite the best scrambling QB in college football and an offense geared to pound the ball on the ground against a defense that hadn’t stopped them in their first two drives, Wisconsin played field position. Against Oregon. Two plays later the Black Mamba is flashing chrome 91 yards for a TD in a 7 point Ducks win. Wisconsin is 22/30 on 3rd and 2-4 yards on the season in competitive situations.
Richt/Shaw/NFL Coaching Conservatory
This was just brutal watching teams play for field goals. It’s not a great strategy in the NFL where nearly all the kickers are money inside of 40 and pretty good from 40-55. College kickers, even the good ones, not so much. Here is the table I use to estimate kicker success. From the 25 even a top-notch college kicker is going to miss 20%, an average one is going to miss nearly half the time. Getting a single first down moves the odds significantly.
One other update to the Game Theory Manifesto that I tweeted about during the MSU/Georgia trying not to lose-fest, if you are in the lead and the other team has time-outs left, don’t run up the middle on third down unless you think that’s your best shot to get the first down. The clock is going to stop after your play no matter what. One extra timeout in your opponent’s pocket has very little chance of deciding the game. A first down in most cases will end or nearly end the game. Don’t be careless but if you have a dependable QB like Aaron Murray, throw the ball and give yourself a chance to end the game.
As we near Signing Day 2012, the top players in the class of 2014 are beginning to pop up on the radar, and one of the most sought-after sophomore quarterbacks is Orlando (FL) Bishop Moore's Anthony Siciliano. The 5'11", 173-pound QB just attended the Under Armour All-America Combine, and he's also shown off his skills at the Orlando Elite 11 Regional camp and the Scout.com MVP camp. Siciliano sat out the 2011 season after transferring high schools, but he played on his school's JV squad as a freshman and you can see those highlights above. I got the chance to chat with Anthony today, and here's the full transcript of the interview:
ACE: How do you feel you performed at the Under Armour combine? How does it help with your development to be a sophomore playing with and against so many elite junior athletes from around the country?
ANTHONY: First off I want to thank Under Armour!! It was such an honor to be selected to this combine and attend it with the best players. I felt like I performed pretty good as a sophomore, I was able too see where I match [up] with some of the best juniors in the nation. Did pretty well in my testing and did really good in the position drills, 1-on-1s and 7-on-7. Going as a sophomore helps me because I can see what I have to work on coming back to this event next year and preparing for other events in the near future.
ACE: What schools have been in contact with you, and do you have any favorites so far?
ANTHONY: Mississippi State, Clemson, South Carolina, UNC, UCLA, FSU, Purdue, Texas Tech, Boston College, Georgia, Washington, Baylor, Oregon, Texas, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, LSU, Arizona State, Stanford, NC State, Missouri, Michigan State and Michigan (Questionnaires, Emails, and Camp Invites from the schools listed and most of the schools have looked at me through my NCSA Recruiting Site too).
ACE: What level of contact have you had from Michigan specifically? Are they able to contact you directly yet, or has it been all letters/questionnaires so far?
ANTHONY: I have had no contact from Michigan. I'm pretty interested in them and what the school offers.
ACE: For people who haven't seen you play, how would you describe your game? What would say are your strengths, and what are you working on to improve?
ANTHONY: I can make strong accurate plays in and out of the pocket throwing wise. And I can also use my legs if things break down. What I'm trying to work on is my overall speed and quickness. I need to get faster [because] it will help me not only outside of the pocket but in the pocket as well.
ACE: I know you transferred schools, but how did the last year go for you on the football field? What are your goals for your junior year?
ANTHONY: Unfortunately I had to sit out this year because of the FHSAA rules due to my transfer to a new school you can't play in the middle of the season. But I was still in football mode [and] did everything with the varsity football team, [I] just couldn't play in the games. But I will be back 110 percent come spring!
ACE: I know it's early to talk recruitment, but with so much attention from big-name schools, I imagine you're starting to think about where you'd want to go. What traits are you looking for in a potential college program that would make you want to go there?
ANTHONY: The atmosphere is what it's all about. The people around you, what's within the campus and around the campus. There's a lot of things you have to consider when picking a school. I just want to feel comfortable and safe for the next 4 to 5 years.
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Finally, after some deliberation before Christmas I've chose to 'out' myself here on the blog, simply because this is my creation and I'm too proud of it to hide behind a user name and risk someone else claiming ownership. This strip will run for the foreseeable future and I wanted to do it right. So there it is, here I am, please respect the decision, etc.
Finally, as a gift on the official launch date of the series, I've decided to run a second strip that will publish later this afternoon on THE BLOCKHAMS™ home page. If you like what you've seen, be sure to check back later today at http://www.theblockhams.com for a look at what Christmas was like in the Blockhams home this year.
Thanks everyone and GO BLUE TONIGHT!!!
as always, comments and changes accepted. few notes - backup QB named Ju-Ju and TE named George George. that is all.
if anyone has any suggestions for next season, please feel free to let me know as the beginning of the season requires more referencing of the roster.