Completely speculative uninformed but un-biased projection for Michigan's 2009 recruiting class. I'm guessing we find a way to take 22 in this class. If 20, I'd scrap a DE and an OL recruit. Bold indicates a verbal committment as of 8/4
QB (2) – Kevin Newsome; Shavodrick Beaver
RB (2) – Fitzgerald Touissant; Vincent Smith
Slot WR (2) – Teric Jones, Jeremy Gallon
Outside WR (2) – Bryce McNeal; a four or five-star wild card (Shaq Evans??)OT (2) – Michael Schoefield; a 3-star recruit
OG (1) – Either Kyle Koehne or Ricky Clemons
C - none
TE - none
DT (2) – William Campbell; Dequinta Jones
DE (2) – Craig Roh; Will Hill
LB (2) – Jordan Barnes; Mike Jones; Brandin Hawthorne
S (2) – Justin Turner; Isaiah Bell
CB (2) – Dewayne Peace; Mywan Jackson
K (1) – Anthony Fera or Brendan Gibbons
P - none
So, yes, this means whiffing on:
- CBs: Dre Kirpatrick, Darius Winston and Gabe Lynn
- OTs: Marcus Hall, Chris Freeman and Brennan Williams
- RB David Oku
And, yes, it means projecting:
- DeWayne Peace as a CB
- Justin Turner as a Safety (not sure why he is sometimes listed as a CB)
- Teric Jones as a slot WR
- Dequinta Jones as a DT
- Mywan Jackson as a CB
I know Brian has already done extensive coverage of Michigan's recruiting, but I figured I'd take my own stab at projecting the Class of '08. Before I made my guesses, I went through 11 years of Michigan recruiting data (covering 1993-2003) to see trends in how the average recruiting class turns out. Revelations included:
- 22% of recruits end up getting drafted, which is way higher than I would have thought
- Just about as many end up being All-Big Ten
- Half the guys who leave early for the NFL go undrafted. The other half go in the first round. (This doesn't include Manningham/Arrington, both of whom fall in the middle but also fall outside the years I was looking at).
- Almost 40% of scholarship recruits don't make it through their full eligibility.
- You're just as likely to show your bits to girls on Minerva Street as you are to win the Heisman
Since Brian was one of the main bloggers to call attention to Saban's oversigning, I'd be curious about what you think the "ethical" thing to do at this point would be.
As you say, with the Florida kids and the kicker, we will have one more commitment than we have scholarship spots. You point out Winston, the additional Florida kids, and (maybe?) a DE that may be committing in the class. Would it be "ethical" for Rich Rodriguez to continue to recruit kids he's not sure will have space for a scholarship? I understand that these are verbals now, and aren't binding, but what happens if we gain commitments from Hawthorne, Smith, Jackson, Winston, Roh, a kicker, and either Hadley or Teague? That puts us with 5 more verbals than we have scholarships.
What happens if, in February, we only have 2 kids leave the team? Does RR call 3 kids and tell them "tough shit"? Would that be "ethical"? Is it just a race, and the three last kids to sign have to go elsewhere? Wouldn't signing more kids, right now, essentially be "hoping" that we have a certain level of attrition...which is exactly the charge levied against Saban?
I understand that this is a hypothetical, but I wonder if the situation (a potential to not have scholarships for everyone) would hurt on the recruiting trail?
Nice Article by Drew Sharp on Sunday saying that Pudge's Detroit Jersey should be retired.
However even the the fact that it is rediculously short doesnt mean Drew decided to fact check it.
"It's unlikey that Rodriguez will insist upon the Olde English D on his ceremonial Hall of Fame plaque. He'll probably pick Texas because it was the Rangers who gave him his start."
Of course this is simply not how the Hall of Fame works. The Hall of Fame chooses which cap to put the Hall of Famer under. Now this was changed about 1o years ago, beause Wade Boggs wanted to have a Tampa Bay cap, and some players were having auctions on which team they would go under. So it did make news and oh its on the FAQ of the Hall of Fame website. So it didnt take much looking up, maybe 2 minutes.
The choice of which team’s logo appears on a player’s plaque is the Museum's decision, though we always consider the wishes of an inductee. As a history Museum, it's important that the logo be emblematic of the historical accomplishments of that player's career. A player's election to the Hall of Fame is a career achievement, and as such, every team for whom he played is listed on the plaque; however, the logo selection is based on where that player makes his most indelible mark."
Why does the Free Press put up with such a lackadaisical and horrible writer that makes all its sports coverage suffer? He drags the whole quality of their sports section down. There's probably 50 more sports writers in the area who would spend more time and energy than Mr. Sharp, I think Brian spends more time on his writing in a day than Drew Sharp does in a month.
So I made the annual trek to Blimpies on Wednesday. But I have to preface that story with a couple from antiquity (late 90s). Back in college a friend and I go to Blimpy. As you probably know, the food's a bit greasy so we both grab a pretty tall stack of napkins. We order the food, etc. and when we get up to the register (the owner is working) he says to us, "too many napkins, you get two apiece." He takes the napkins off our trays and reissues us two apiece. Needless to say, we were flabbergasted. Since then, customers aren't allowed to grab their own napkins... they are dispensed by the staff (two apiece).
A couple years later, another friend & I partake in the yearly artery assassination. Again, the owner is working the register. We're up at the register about to pay. Now, I don't like ketchup and my friend comments that he always runs out b/c they only give you one little ounce in those tiny paper cups. So I say, "Heck, I'll get ketchup and just give it to my friend here." So the owner comes back with, "No way, if he wants another ketchup, he can finish the first one, show me the empty cup, and then he can have another ketchup." Again, we're floored but don't say anything for fear of being blacklisted.
Of course, these stories are just two of the many that build the reputation of the place. So back to the present. Wednesday another friend and I go. The owner isn't working & I don't recognize anyone behind the counter. Now, I don't know if this is due to the owner being AWOL or if the place is going down hill, or what.... but we're in line and there's this guy ordering for like 3 other people who aren't in line. This is pretty unremarkable in most food joints and it turns out that the 'other people' were his kids, but at Blimpie's? No way would that have stood 10 years ago. On top of that, they guy never grabbed a lunch tray at the start of the line! Again, in the old days, he'd be singled out and ridiculed by the staff. Today? They give him a tray with a smile. What's happened to the Blimpy Burger we used to know and lover?