"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
2010 recruiting class
Does anyone happen to know what became of Demar Dorsey? It was announced back in June that he'd ended up in Louisville, but he's listed on neither their depth chart nor roster, for that matter.
Would it be out of the question for him to get his grades in order and transfer to U of M and play as a Junior?
This is alabama's depth chart at RB per rivals
|22 Mark Ingram | 5-10, 215, Jr., 2V|
|3 Trent Richardson | 5-11, 224, So., 1V|
|42 Eddie Lacy | 6-0, 212, Fr., RS|
|6 Demetrius Goode | 5-9, 191, Jr., 1V|
Ingram may jump to the pros, leaving Trent Richardson as the #1 guy. And every batman needs a robin.
This is our depth chart w/out Dee
|RB (6 + 2)||J. Hayes||
There are a lot of guys on this list, and Fred Jackson loves them all.
It is entirely possible he likes his chances at Alabama better
Also, it seems as if Alabama uses more a feature back offense whereas we use a ton of subs.
This could have nothing to do with anything other than a kid making a decision on playing time.
This is old news, but sums up the story about Dorsey, Kinard and Jones not joining the team as expected. This was on the Big Ten Blog this morning and discusses that with the loss of Dorsey, the recruiting class has dropped down a notch.
http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten (no link to the exact story)
It drives me nuts to see three players, including one with the potential to make a large impact, not showing up. While we don't lose the scholarships, we lose an opportunity and that is something that should not keep happening. Plus, I hate the idea that information about our recruiting class dropping a notch becomes even more nationally disseminated.
Between items like this, the NCAA investigation and our W-L record over the last two season, the hole keeps getting deeper and makes it harder to get great talent.
I was browsing for the epic number of Stanford decommitments this past cycle and came across this site, which listed Michigan as having exactly zero decommitments last year. A big change from the previous year, where I can think of at least two big decommitments just for the QB position (not that I mind anymore).
Despite losing Jay Hopson (a dubious recruiter, I know), Rodriguez and company held onto everybody. Kudos to the staff, I could've sworn there was at least one.
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The last few years there has been a lot of discussion of the number of stars that Coach Rodriguez's committed recruits are rated with. I am certain that as Michigan's record improves, the higher rated recruits will start committing again.
Scout.com posted information on the 2010 NFL draft, and the number of stars (scout eval only) each player was given when they were coming out of highschool. Here is the article:
I figured there would be fewer 5 star players than the other rated players, simply because there are so few players given a 5 star rating each year. Although, I was surprised how even it was across all rankings.
Here are the totals:
5* - 30
4* - 65
3* - 50
2* - 63
NR - 47
In summary, as has been posted here many times before... Recruiting ranking doesn't determine how good a player will turn out to be.
I live in Ohio, so I DVR'd the Ohio North/South High School Football All Star Game that took place at Ohio State. Many UM recruits were there:
Terry Talbott (injured DNP)
Here are some observations--keep in mind, I was fast forwarding quite a bit to get through this before my 18 month old daughter woke up from her nap.
Courtney Avery- Played CB. Didn't start. Good in pass coverage, needs to work on some tackling.
Jake Ryan- Played ILB. Good hitter. Big kid. Did not look comfortable in pass coverage. Did not drop into his zones well...was just staring into the backfield
Antonio Kinnard- Played OLB (similar to Roh last year). 2 pt stance on the LOS. Listed as 220 lbs, looks skinny though. Played with good discipline and had an INT return for a TD when the QB was hit as he was throwing, the ball went right to him and he showed good athleticism to catch it and take it back 40 yards for a TD.
Terrence Talbott- Played CB. Did well in coverage. Looked like he made a breakups.
Jibreel Black- The South D played a 3 man front. He started at LDE. In the 2nd half he moved to NT and then RDE. He made a huge stop on Erick Howard on a 4th and 1 when he slanted inside the RT and hit Howard in the backfield. He had 3 1/2 sacks in the 2nd half...and probably 3 more QB pressures. As a NT, he ate up Jeff Myers (2 star recruit going to Toledo). It wasn't even fair. He will remind people of BG when you look at him. Has a great first step and a great motor getting after the passer. Had some trouble at the point of attack when the ball was run right at him.
Some other names:
Chase Hammond WR from Youngstown Boardman. 6'5 215 lbs. Committed to Wisconsin. Caught 2 50+ yard TD's. On the 2nd one he threw a CB off of him like he was a small child. Good speed for such a big WR. Very impressive.
Tyson Gulley RB from Akron Garfield (Chris Wells school)going to Syracuse. The teams MUST pass at least 60% in these games (stupid, IMO), but when he had the ball in his heads he impressed. He showed good vision, agility, and he ran tough. I find it hard to believe he is only the 149th best RB in the country.
And to just so you didn't forget the game was in Ohio. The MVP of the game was....
Jibreel Black?? Noooo
Chase Hammond?? Of course not
It was none other than Verlon Reed. Ohio State QB recruit who wowed those in attendance by going 1-7 through the air. He had one play all game. A 40 yard TD run. A total joke.