I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
With cornerback as a big concern, and only a few weeks left in this class, the Wolverines start to look to the juniors for help. Lo Wood was just offered by Michigan, and we will hear from him soon. Another name that we will start to hear from is Penn Hills Cullen Christian. He's 6'1 180 pounds, and already has an offer from U of M. Christian is teammates with LB Dan Mason from this years class, and junior WR Brandon Ifill, who is also a Michigan prospect. Here's one of his highlight videos, and what he had to say about his recruitment.
TOM: You were just at the Junior Combine, how did that go?
CULLEN: It was good, a good experience. I did pretty good. The goal was just to do the best I could do in the 1 on 1’s, since it’s the wide receivers advantage. My name was on the list for good performers, so I feel like I did well.
TOM: Did you meet any other recruits that you’ll keep in touch with?
CULLEN: I met so many people, too many to name. It was good to meet a lot of the other recruits.
TOM: You’re teammates with Brandon Ifill and Dan Mason, has Dan’s recruitment helped you guys at all?
CULLEN: Yea he definitely showed us a couple things. There’s a lot of coaches that talk to Dan, and he has put in good words for us.
TOM: What schools do you think Dan Mason likes right now?
CULLEN: Top schools are WVU, Penn State, BC, and Pitt.
TOM: Will you and Brandon be a package deal, or are you looking at different schools?
CULLEN: We’re not going out of our way to go to same, but if something happens it happens. Most of the schools are looking at both of us.
TOM: Do you have any favorites to start, I know they usually change, but who sticks out right now?
CULLEN: Michigan, Pitt, Maryland. I was just offered by Maryland, so those are all my offers too.
TOM: Is there somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit? Or any schools you know you’ll definitely visit for a game?
CULLEN: There’s not really a school I’ve always wanted to visit; growing up I always liked Michigan. I was supposed to go on the 15th, but there’s a track meet so I’m going to reschedule. I really like them.
TOM: What camps do you plan on going to, or have you been to?
CULLEN: Scouts camp, Penn State, Adidas. I’m not sure about team camps yet.
TOM: How do you see your recruitment going? A lot of guys commit real quick, and some take their time, what will you do?
CULLEN: I’m going to take my time; I’m going to take all 5 visits. I don’t want to go through any decommits or anything, when I commit there will be no second guessing.
TOM: What are you looking for in a school? Do you look at early playing time, coaches, tradition?
CULLEN: I want early playing time, a school that has good tradition, the academics. That’s basically what I want to go to college for. The most important are playing time and academics. I don’t want to have to wait all the way to senior year.
TOM: Describe what kind of player you are, and what you bring to a college team.
CULLEN: I’m a real physical corner, I can watch bigger receivers, I won’t get out jumped, and I won’t get out ran. I can run with the quick ones and tackle the big ones. Especially if I went to Michigan, you need to know how to tackle in the Big Ten.
I have no idea if Greg Robinson is a serious candidate for the DC job, but some people seem to take him as one. Many claim that "his resume as a DC is excellent" and point out that "just because he wasn't a good HC, doesn't mean he won't be a good DC". Lets look at those two claims
First, his resume (omitting time as an OC previously):
1 Year with the Jets. Defense ranked 14th in PPG.
6 Years in Denver w/ defenses ranked 17th, 7th, 6th, 6th, 11th, 23rd
3 Years in Kansas City, when their defense was the laughing stock of the NFL - ranked 23rd, 28th, 20th, and he was fired.
1 Year at University of Texas, where he posted decent numbers (28th ranked defense nationally) against a weak schedule (they played 2 teams that finished the season ranked).
While Robinson did win 2 Super Bowls in Denver, his overall resume is what I would refer to as "checkered", and at no point has he coached a defense that could be referred to as "elite".
Second, while the DC job and HC job require different skill-sets, there are some commonalities - like recruiting. He's demonstrated no ability to recruit at Syracuse (which, for the most part, never fared any worse than the rest of the Big East), and has begun to lose 2-star recruits to FCS schools.
Finally, I don't think we should completely throw out his tenure as a head coach, as it was an epic disaster. Syracuse had 13 non-losing seasons in 14 years before his arrival, and had gone to 12 bowls in that time, including the BCS. Upon his arrival, Robinson turned a 6-6 team that returned 17 players into a 1-11 team. In the next 3 years he would reach a high-water mark of 4-8.
This just isn't a "strong" resume. The peak of his career occurred 10 years ago, and it wasn't that staggering of a peak. Since that time, he has been associated with 2 staggering failures (the KC defense, and Syracuse). I know nothing of his X's and O's, and would be unqualified to comment on them, but this guy doesn't seem like "The" guy.
I know there has been some talk about the spring game so far. I would just like to see what if anything has been planned with some of us fans? The last time I was at a spring game in 2002 there wasnt very many fans there and it was "ok". I know the weather can be bad in early April but I want to start turning UM's spring game into events like they are at other schools. Not only would it be alot more fun for us but think about how pumped the players,recruits and coaches would be seeing all of us and having a great time!
I know me and my buckeye fan girlfriend(dont worry she's cool) will be there and I WILL be tailgating before and after the game. So please come and all of you are more than welcome to come and hang out(drinking,playing games and music) with us as I show my love for the maize and blue!!! If anyone else is planning on tailgating or whatever we all should try and get together to have one giant party and have a great time doing what we all love,talking Michigan football! If anyone has any ideas on how to make the day better I'm open for anything. I dont know my way around Ann Arbor that great but we plan on heading downtown that night for some great food and drinks.
I hope to see all of you there to help show my girl how Michigan does it! She is looking forward to her first trip to the Big House and even though she's a buckeye I know with our fans she will love it! GO BLUE!!!!
I'm curious if anyone else has heard of this kid because I can't seem to find much info on him from this website, Scout, or Rivals. He played for Sylvania Southview a D-2 school near Toledo where he racked up 1150 yards receiving and 12 TD's while average alomst 25 yards a catch this year. He's 6'3"/ 185lb and his 40 time is in the low 4.5's. I'm not sure what his verticle is but his long jump was 22'10" and he high jumps at almost 7'. He set a Ohio D-2 championship game record with 166 yards receiving and 2 TD's (1 receiving/ 1 rushing). Plus he's playing in the Big 33 game this year but he's still undecided on a school. I've watched a few of his games and talked to people around the Southview program and he wants to come to Ann Arbor but I'm unsure if there was any mutual interest from UM? I know UM is big on finding the under 6' speed guys from the south but wouldn't it be nice to have a taller receiver to go up and get that jump ball for the fade to the corner of the endzone? I don't think he is a 4 or 5 star prospect but with the height and jumping ability maybe he could find a spot on the team? If the name sounds familiar it's because his dad is Stan Joplin, former University of Toledo basketball coach.
In 1973, a church located on Route 46, in Netcong, New Jersey faced an mountain-like problem. Having built a sanctuary on a recently acquired eight-acre property, half of which was occupied by mountain and woods. The local authority could not grant them permanent occupancy until enough parking space was provided. What would have served as parking space was predominantly woods and mountain. The cost of clearing the woods and removing the mountain was un affordable by the church at this time. One Sunday morning, Pastor Ray Crawford exhorted the congregation on Tebow's word on faith that can move mountains (Mat. 17.20). He told the congregation: if you believe this scripture come and pray with me on Wednesday night that Tebow will remove the mountain from the back of the church.
The next morning, the phone rang from a telephone company planning to erect new building and needed to fill and reclaim a large swampy site. They had information that the mountain at the back of the church had correct proportions of sand, clay and rock which was required to reclaim their swampy site. Within a month from the date of the phone call, 40,000 square yards of fill had been evacuated, and the church was paid $5400. Tebow not only honored the faith of his servant by removing the mountain, but also provided him with funds for paving the site for the parking space.
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This past weekend was huge for the final push in Michigan recruiting class. The next couple weekends could be equally big for the Wolverines. One of the big names taking a visit is PA WR Je'ron Stokes. Stokes is committed to Tennessee but looking around in the wake of the Vols coaching change. I spoke with Je'Ron Stokes about the upcoming visit, here's what he had to say...
TOM: What are the main reasons that made you decide to start taking visits?
JE’RON: My main reason was that I just wanted to be sure about the decision I make. I’ve been committed for so long, and so early. I’ve only gotten to see one place. Things changed, and this is a business decision. The quarterback situation, I thought was wrong, but the coach has a lot on his plate, and he wants to do what he feels is best for the team. It was kind of a 50/50 thing, after awhile it didn’t bother me how he handled it.
TOM: What is your official status with Tennessee?
JE’RON: I really don’t know. I’m still committed, I just want to take some visits and make sure I’m making the best decision.
TOM: Has Lane Kiffin done anything to try and keep you at Tennessee?
JE’RON: Oh yea, he’s spoken with my family. He’s making some good efforts; I’ve met a few of his staff and everything. It’s kind of like starting a new relationship
TOM: You’re visiting Michigan this weekend, what are you looking to get out of the visit? What other schools do you plan on visiting?
JE’RON: Everybody’s going to have good academics; this is the highest level of college football you could play in. So I’m looking for relationships with the people, players, and coaches. The town, just how the overall atmosphere. I’m going to visit Illinois, Penn State, and maybe Georgia. I probably will take a visit to Penn State; I’m not 100% on that yet.
TOM: Is there anything specifically that you’re excited to see, or that you want the coaches to focus on?
JE’RON: Not really, just want to see everything. Just kind of see the whole package.
TOM: Are there any other recruits that you’ve developed a friendship with recently?
JE’RON: I met some people at the All American Game, Jeremy Jackson, and a lot of people. Too many to name. Will Campbell too, he’s a funny guy.
TOM: Since you were concerned about Tennessee’s lack of a quarterback, have you spoken to any of the QB’s from the schools you’re visiting? Have you talked to Tate Forcier at all?
JE’RON: I haven’t. I know the new quarterback at Penn State, Kevin Newsome, but other than that no. We worked together a few times. I’m going to talk to the quarterbacks at the visit, and get a feel for them just as players and people.
TOM: The schools that are left rank them in order of who excites you the most, or who you are most curious about.
JE’RON: Honestly I don’t even know, I’m curious about all of them. I really can’t do that right now.
TOM: When do you think you’ll make your decision?
JE’RON: Most likely not until signing day.
TOM: If any of these visits blow you away, do you think you’ll commit on the spot?
JE’RON: No, I’m going to take my time. I’ll talk to my family about everything, and make sure it’s right.
TOM: With your recruiting, are you kind of blazing the trail for your brother Malik? Do you think he’ll follow, or do his own thing?
JE’RON: Where ever God leads him. He’s going to make the best decision for him, where ever he wants to go. We played together in high school so it’d be nice, but I want him to do what’s right for him.