no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
Action since last rankings:
8-3-10 Illinois gains commitment from Carl Williams. Iowa gains commitment from Torrey Campbell.
8-4-10 Illinois gains commitment from JT Thornton. Michigan State gains commitment from Ed Davis.
8-5-10 Michigan State gains commitment from Darien Harris.
8-7-10 Northwestern gains commitment from Treyvon Green.
Action might slow down now that summer camps are over. The ramp-up to the season and the first couple weeks could bring many commits though.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg|
Rivals rankings have been converted to their "RR" scale, which is on a scale from about 5 to about 6.1. Unrated prospects are given a 5.1 rating, on par with the worst of any Big Ten commit last year. Scout is on the 5-star system (unranked players earn star), and ESPN uses grades out of 100 (unranked is 40 or 45).
|#1 Ohio State - 17 Commits|
|#2 Notre Dame - 16 Commits|
Nothing new for Notre Dame.
|#3 Michigan - 9 Commits|
Michigan might grab FL OL Tony Posada next week, unless South Florida has something to say about it.
|#4 Nebraska - 13 Commits|
No change for the Huskers.
|#5 Michigan State - 13 Commits|
Spartans pick up a couple of commits. I think that's enough to bump them past Indiana.
|#6 Indiana - 21 Commits|
Nothing new for IU.
|#7 Northwestern - 13 Commits|
NU snags Treyvon Green. Rivals hasn't rated him yet.
|#8 Iowa - 12 Commits|
Torrey Campbell picks Iowa, becoming their third-best recruit.
|#9 Minnesota - 13 Commits|
No change for Minnesota.
|#10 Wisconsin - 8 Commits|
Nothing new for the Badgers.
|#11 Penn State - 4 Commits|
PSU still taking it easy.
|#12 Illinois - 13 Commits|
Illinois is pretty close to passing Wisconsin.
|#13 Purdue - 6 Commits|
Boilers still bringing up the rear.
Bad news on the baseball recruiting front this weekend as outfield prospect Zach Fish of Gull Lake High School (Richland, MI) has stepped back from his verbal commitment to the University of Michigan. Fish had previously committed to UM coach Rich Maloney in May to accept a 50% scholarship to the school he had been a fan of since he was a small kid.
Things have changed over the course of the summer. Fish now holds offers from Oklahoma State and Florida Gulf Coast, two solid baseball schools in more baseball-friendly weather states. On top of that, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Louisville are also showing interest. If they get involved with decent scholarship offers, any of those three would probably hold a huge upper hand on Michigan.
U-M is “still in the mix,” Fish noted. He admitted, however, some doubts crept in when a Wolverines coach was talking to the Cincinnati-based Midland Redskins organization for which Fish plays in the summer and did not mention that Fish was a U-M commit.
“You’d think that you would want it reflected on (the Redskins) roster that Zach has committed to your school,” Fish’s father, Duane Fish, said about the U-M coach. “You would think the first thing you would say is, ‘Zach Fish is ours, keep your hands off him.’”
Duane Fish said his son also had second thoughts about playing in a northern climate and concerns about not getting the exposure he might at a southern program.
Zach Fish said the phone call to U-M head coach Rich Maloney was “probably one of the most nerve-racking conversations I’ve had, just because I gave the man my word that I was going to be a Wolverine and I gave him my commitment and he gave me his.”
I'm not sure what to make of a coach not mentioning his commitment. Fish can't sign his letter of intent until the early signing period in November, and therefore, the program isn't allowed to discuss commitments. I'm missing the context here, so maybe there is something deeper to this.
As far as losing exposure, I think that's just talk. Michigan did just have an outfielder go in the first round after being listed as a preseason All-American. I'm sure Fish and his father are well aware of that, but it's definitely something the other schools are trying to sell.
If Michigan isn't able to re-secure the commitment from Fish, it's a pretty big loss for the program. Fish is one of the better position players to come out of Michigan in a few years, and Maloney unloaded the kitchen sink (50% scholarship is reserved for the best of the best).
Fish seemed like a lock to start as a freshman along side Biondi and O'Neill. If Michigan can't re-secure a commit, they do have a few other outfield options, but they'll probably try to secure another commit in this class.
We had over 180 participants in the "Prediction Survey". The results were a bit cheery, at 9-3. Perhaps everyone was a bit geeked up with the "Countdown to Kickoff" starting that day and various other prediction threads and hype videos. Without futher ado, here's the data...
At one point within the predictions thread, another user thought it'd be a good idea to provide a probability or likelyhood for a Michigan victory in each game. The online survey maker I used wouldn't tally the results in any valuable way, so I had to transfer all the data into an excel spreadsheet. I've uploaded the individual game results onto a Google Docs page. The link to that document is here:
Here are the results of the probability survey
Interesting, yet not entirely unexpected, the results came out to an 8-4 finish. What was surprising was the one game that flipped was the Penn State game. I was more expecting Notre Dame, or even perhaps the Michigan State game to be closer. Anyway, thanks for everyone's involvement. We had over 130 participants in the probability survey.
Will Cameron Gordon bring balance to the force? Will Vlad the Impaler ever transition from psych to sang? Is Marvin the Marvelous Marvel just an empty OMG shirtless? Do 40-times matter at all? Will Misopogon exhaust his annual allotment of rhetorical questions before this deck is even finished? I dunno, but I was seriously freaking about about free safety, man, so I dipped into UFRs of yore and found….hope?
Question for you Cam: What has two thumbs, and is responsible for stopping the big play?
Tthere are things that concern me very much about 2010. Chief among these, and that which I would like to now give the full Misopogonal logorrhea treatment in an attempt to allay those fears in my own head (and SLEEP dammit), is the position of Free Safety.
Or Deep Safety.
Or Deathbacking D-Back of Defensive Doom.
You know what I'm talking about: the middle safety who is supposed to play Cover 1, or center Cover 3, or clean up anything that runs by Obi Ezeh and whichever lineman Obi has affixed himself to for the duration of that play.
The position which, at least in our current defensive terminology, I believe is officially called the…
* Good news is none of those links are RickRolls. Bad news is they are all much, much worse.
To really grasp what kind of play to expect this season from the quarterback of the defense, and what kind of player tends to succeed in that position I felt it necessary to go over the kind of deep safety play that Michigan has had since, oh, 2005.
…[Misopogon spends two full evenings in old UFRs]
Omigod guys, there's some seriously bad safety play in there. But I learned some things today… Fortify your stomach, then click to continue.