also duty-free guys falling over and grabbing their shins
I have to admit that I am starting to get a little annoyed with seeing players out of Cass Tech considering Sparty and others ahead of Michigan. I hope this doesn't start happening too consistently. I understand that we are a national recruiting power, but it just annoys me when you start hearing Sparty fans get cocky because they think they own the state of Michigan when they get a few top recruits out of the state. If Mathis does go elsewhere, we are really going to need to reel in some big recruits in the secondary to fill out the roster.
Also, it has been quite a while since I have posted anything on here, so I was not sure why I was not allowed to post this on the message board. Sorry I made it a diary entry, but I didn't know if there had been some changes made or not.
Anyway, any information on Mathis? I hope he is trying to throw everybody off like Big Will was doing last year.
Rivals released their first team rankings for the 2010 class recently. You can view them at http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
In 2009 you will remember we finished the year 8th with 22 recruits, 1 5-star and 13 4-star, meaning 4-star or better 64% of the time. Our avg. star rank for 2009 was 3.59 good enough for 10th overall. We are currently ranked 9th in 2010 with 16 recruits, 5 of which are rated 4-star and no 5-star. That gives us a 4-star or better 31% of the time. If the percentages hold true that means we should plan on adding 2 more 4-stars before the end. I would predict landing a 5-star recruit this year probably a long shot if you look at the interest lists of the top recruits unless one of our 4-stars move up like Devin or fingers crossed Cullen when he hopefully commits. When you look at avg. stars per recruit we are 3.31. That drops us to 19th overall, still good enough to stay ahead of little brother at 24, but a little bit of a drop when compared to previous years.
2010 – 3.31 ytd – 19th
2009 – 3.59 – 10th
2008 – 3.67 – 7th
2007 – 3.4 – 10th
2006 – 3.63 – 6th
Right now I think the larger concern than stars is that we finish this class with the right recruits. Somewhere we need to pull out a DT or two, DB’s are always a need but things are trending well, and I’d like to see one more OL with all the defections – Seantrel would do just fine.
UPDATE: Voting for this round has closed. Stay tuned for the Elite 8
Two rounds are finished, and already 48 uniforms of white, maize and blue have been eliminated. While the men's bracket has been whittled down to just a few popular, revenue-generating sports, the gals have been playing pretty fair.
Nothing was close in the ladies' 2nd round voting. Basketball lost all three of its remaining unis, and two top seeds fell. The cheer team brings two outfits to the Sweet 16.
Also of interest, another uniform replacement by the Omnipotent (yet very much not omniscient) OP. Having progressed through a relatively weak bracket of one-off basic blues, the heavily wardrobed gymnastics squad got a mid-week play-in game to decide which uni will represent the team in later rounds. Our winner (by a lot): the beady block M's pictured above.
On to the Sweet Seize:
Women's Bracket, True to Blue Region:
Not every women's team needs 15 different outfits, especially when one has already found the perfect look, which is, of course, navy and maize. Oh, some girls may have a maize alternate to spice things up, or a pleasant white for after Memorial Day (again, this is a myth), but for at least half of the ladies' teams, whether it's evening wear or beating the ever-living crap out of Ohio State, when the going gets tough, they reach for the tried-and-true navy blues.
Last round: In a Uni Tournament, it's not endurance, but style that wins out, as we learned while the slick Rowing 2-tones fell to Gymnastics, and the Swimmers and Divers outpaced Cross Country. The gym mice were so far ahead mid-way into the voting, that the OP realized it was time to let the voters decide which gymnastics uni they were actually voting on.
Preview: The gymnasts will be tough to beat now that the MGoBoarder Dudes have hand-picked their favorite bars and mats gear. Then again, let's be fair: this board is mostly men, and if any of you actually know what you're doing when picking out women's clothing, then I welcom you to take my place while spending six hours last night with Misopogal, Misoposister-in-law, Misopogomother-in-law, and Misopomother-in-law's-best-friend while they look through wedding dresses (though I did prove my usefulness when I set up her wireless network and figured out why Misoposister-in-law's Mac wasn't getting online -- you need to add "$" to the start of the WPA key). What?
Women's Bracket, Something Fresh Region:
Sometimes a girl can't get by these days with just one outfit, especially when Adidas is willing to provide a second (or third, or thirtieth) for free. You don't have to be classic to be classy, and the following alternates have it all, from throwbacks, to global consciousness.
Last round: There's just something about that "Yay!" girl, isn't there? The kooky-old-alumni-cheer-guys (recommended) -inspired maize longsleeves won gracefully over the Softball blues, kindly allowing the diamond gals to garner 25 percent of the vote so they wouldn't feel bad. Soccer's blues, on the other hand, simply took care of business, removing the Breast Cancer Awareness Hoops 2-Offs like a ... let's not go there.
Preview: I'm so stoked for this matchup, not only because both unis are 100% Pure Ann Arborian Awesome, but because both championship-caliber outfits are cool for such different reasons. The cheerleaders' turtlenecks are basically a throwback to the afore-linked kooky old alumni sweaters, with a bit of blue and white piping down the sleeves. As much as the cheer unis are classic, the soccer forms are everything great about the brilliant present -- sleek, centered, balanced -- a marvel of modern engineering; them Euro boys at Adidas sure know how to do soccer right!
Women's Bracket, Daisy Looks Crazy in Maize-y Region:
Why wait for summer to let the sun shine? For an afternoon of making everyone around you smile (except your Big Ten opponents that is), maize is all the rage. Try a tasteful two-piece jersey and shorts combo like that favored by the Hoops team, or maybe mix it up with whites and blues to refine or bring out your shine. Comes in t-shirt, tank-top, jersey, or vest, sometimes all for the same squad.
Last round: The Field Hockey team, which had to wait until near the end of the season for their new Adidas duds while the Hoops ladies were showered with white, maize, pink and blue alts. But the hockey ladies got the last laugh, as the main maize basketball outfits fell by the closest margin of the round (which still wasn't that close). The Hooplets had one last shot to move on, but the Nike maize unis went down to the cheerleaders' sleeveless version of the a-maize-in' throwback outfits.
Preview: The cheer outfits here are little different than those in the Fresh region above, but this time they'll have a tough time taking out a fellow tank-top. Those field hockey yellows are tight, if they perhaps overdid it on the white. And the M's -- can't they be at least bigger than the Adidas logo? I love the field hockey team, but if money's down I'm betting with the simple maize and blues of the cheer team.
Women's Bracket: I'm Wearing White Because Me and that Big Ten Trophy are About to be Wed Region
White has a lot of symbolism behind it. There's the purity thing, although many cultures have different ideas of that, and it's by far the least interesting. In literature, white is associated with horror, kind of like the face opposing batters make when a white blur is tossing a neon yellow blur at 100 mph. The toughest region in the tournament is now down to two.
Last round: After replacing the white cheer team's rather plain tankshirts, the dance team did a quick number, turned around, and exited. Don't be down, ladies -- that perfectly balanced (and championship carrying) white volleyball uni is one of the best in the land. Meanwhile, the soccer unis might have overdone it on the white, falling by a clip of 2-to-1 to the simple yet very effective softball whites
Preview: This one should come down to the wire, with two completely awesome unis vying to be the Queens of White. The perfect lines, the dainty shoulder and thigh block M's, the blue-white contrast of the pants, this volleyball uniform is a lesson in fashion smoothness. The only thing it doesn't have going for it: shirt and pant Adidas logos that are literally larger than the school's. Grrr. As for the softball unis, they're not as classic as the baseball version, but on the diamond, simplicity is class.
Misopogon will be visiting Misopogodson in Grand Haven this weekend, then swinging through the AA to scout wedding venues, so voting will likely stay open until mid-next week. But if I get time, and this post has been pushed out of sight because some dude posted like 10 diaries (then an 11th to apologize for posting so many superfluous diaries) then maybe I'll do the Elite 8 on Sunday or something.
perform above expectation:
van bergen - my reasoning here is somewhat limited. for some reason i just like his potential, and i think he will be overlooked as a large portion of attention will be on graham and martin
stevie brown - (unless ur expecting first team all big ten at db) a lot of people have predicted this and i tend to agree. coaches have always been very high on this kid, and his skill level is superb. i think the position switch will really pay off.
troy woolfolk - he performed relatively well in his time in at corner. i think he will perform very well for us at safety
junior hemingway - i think hell bounce back from injury very strongly
stonum - he still wont block worth shit, but i think he will have flashes of the brilliance that many expected when he was recruited. maybe its just wishful thinking but stonum could be the downfield threat that our offense desperately needs in order to spread the field for our speedsters (althou iv heard some rumblings about roundtree being that guy for us, i just dont think his upside is as high as stonum)
schilling and the O-line in general - i think schilling will finally live up to his initial 5* hype now that he is in a position that better fits his abilities. i think all across the board our oline will be vastly improved from last yr. my only concern is at LT but i have faith
donovan warren - i think he will revert to his freshman form after a seriously disappointing season
performs below expectation:
mike martin - simply put i think the bar has just been put way too high for this kid and expectations will ultimately come back down to earth now that he wont be lining up next to will johnson and terrence taylor
brandon graham - i dont think he will have a bad season by normal standards, but i do think there will be a significant drop off from last yr as he will almost certainly be facing constant double team
will campbell - if he even plays, i think he will be less than stellar. but i still think his upside is incredible.
obie ezeh - i hope to god im wrong, because this will have a serious impact on the overall effectiveness of our defense, but his season last yr was simply unimpressive. i think he will prove to be no better than the 3rd best lb on the team, behind stevie brown (if considered a lb) and mouton
booboo - i really love the kids game and he sticks like a wet tshirt in coverage (it killed me to watch morgan trent and his 15 yard cushions.) but i fear that due to his vertical limitations he might be abused by bigger recievers.
tate - i really think that his deadly accuracy and his ability to scramble make him nearly ideal for this type of offense. he can throw on the run, spread the ball to our electrons, hit recievers on the slant routes, thrown the long ball...my only concern is that he had the reputation of being a bit of a gun slinger, and his decision making might be an issue. if he can minimize the turnovers i think he will solidify his starting role and really shock people with his ability to manage this offense
odoms - he, or whoever is in at slot, will be vital to the flow of our offense. odoms, afterall, was our leading reciever last yr (in terms of receptions.) he played pretty solidly last yr, but i still have concerns about his hands.
Last year we saw two highly touted QB recruits opt out of their verbal commitments to the Wolverines. But the circumstances around Beaver’s de-commitment were rather shocking, I mean the kid decided to go to Tulsa?
In his recruitment he listed that Tulsa and TCU were the first to offer, followed by a slew of higher rated programs: Nebraska, Arizona, Clemson, Texas Tech, and Michigan. However, it does seem the prestige of the Wolverines offer won him over because within about 2 months of his first contact with the Michigan coaches he committed.
However, Beaver’s early commitment didn’t seem that strong by the fall and Beaver’s recruitment as a whole seemed to stop after he suffered a season ending shoulder injury. However, he took an official to Tulsa on Dec. 12, an in-home visit by their coaches the next week, and by the 19th, he decided to leave the bright lights of the Big Ten for C-USA.
Beaver is on record as saying:
- "It's about family, faith and friends," said Beaver. "I needed to go to Tulsa. Tulsa is all about family. They have great support there with the coaches, team and university. Picking a school is not all about the logo."
- "Now my mom can come to all the games to watch me."
- "My goal is Tulsa's goal. Tulsa believes in winning, and I'm going to just go out and win."
- "I was impressed with how (the Tulsa coaches) carried themselves. They told me everything that was offered, and everything they said made sense."
We can sort through these quickly: Tulsa is a faith based private school (smallest in I-A and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA), that might remind some of a high school and is certainly more conservative than Michigan’s more liberal atmosphere.
The school is certainly much closer for his mom to visit. Ann Arbor is about 1,158 miles from Wichita Falls, TX (Walking about 15 days, 17hrs…), whereas Tulsa, OK and Wichita Falls, TX are under 4 hours by car.
As for education (which I saw him highlight on some other quotes), though it is not up to Michigan’s World Class standards, Tulsa is no slouch – with high rankings from US News and others.
And as for the winning? Well clearly the football program does not have Michigan’s history, and C-USA is not on the same level as the Big Ten…but the school has a few famous alums including NFL Hall of Fame member Steve Largent. And, if Beaver was referring to last year in particular, then he would be right since the Golden Hurricane football team did win 11 games, including the GMAC bowl against Ball State.
Where Is Beaver Now?
He joins a team that has won the West in C-USA the last two years and had the best offense in the country in 2007 (second best in 2008). He will be joining the team as it sees its Sr. QB exit after throwing for over 4,000 yards and 46 TDs last season.
The offense they run is a pass happy aerial attack that emphasizes lengthening the game and being very aggressive/almost never punting (punting sucks without the space emperor).
Tulsa plays its first three games on the road @Tulane, @New Mexico, @Oklahoma (September 19th). So Beaver should get quite an eclectic experience playing the Tulsa schedule each year… (They also play Sam Houston State and Boise State).
Overall, the opportunity is there for Beaver to start immediately and though he will likely experience growing pains, he should have a productive career in C-USA. And, hopefully he finds that right combination of faith+family+winning+academics+geographical proximity to Wichita Falls that he desires.
Not everything makes perfect sense in the world of College Football, and everyone has heard of a star student opting for a small college or a local university… Why can’t the star QB?
Maybe this is where Beaver was meant to go? Without his de-commitment Michigan likely wouldn’t have landed D-Rob. So maybe this works out best for everyone…