So, last night, I was watching an Illinois hs state semifinal- #1 Hales Franciscan from Chicago (Has 4 or 5 D-1 players) vs. #8 Robinson from downstate. Robinson has Rivals #6 center and #39 prospect, this kid named Meyers Leonard, who's a 7 footer who is headed to Illinois next year. They kept discussing how he'd had this great dunk in the quarterfinal round against St. Theresa's. I looked it up. . . it's quite the teabagging of the poor kid in his way. For your reference, the kid he dunks on had been harassing him all game and getting in his head. . . and was only 6'1. It's quite the posterization.
After watching this kid last night- Leonard- I think he's going to be a pretty decent player for the Illini. Already shoots around 82% from the line, and looks like he'll easily get up to 250 (weighs 225-230 now). Also a good passer. The one thing I did notice, though, is that he seems a bit immature and kind of like. . .the kind of player that opposing teams hate for his demeanor. Also seemed a tad prima donna from what I've read and from watching an interview with him after the game. Get ready to be annoyed by this kid for the next few years. Oh, and his team, Robinson, pulled off a major upset and beat Hales; they play for the state championship tonight. Game story from last night is here, for anyone who cares- http://www.herald-review.com/sports/high-school/article_6cb06a72-2e6a-11...
I realize this is a bit off-topic. . . I live in Illinois and played H.S. basketball and football in Illinois, so that's why all the backstory. I guess, basically, it's just "sweet teabag, kid will play at Illinois; we'll hate him probably."
Although collegefootballnews.com is affiliated with scout.com, they still put out their own class rankings. Michigan comes in at #9(!) overall with the highest ranking of any Big Ten team. Just thought I'd share.
So let's assume things don't go that well on on our remaining targets tomorrow. In this scenario Parker goes to SC or Washington, Knight is already at Rutgers, Dorsey commits to FSU and Talbott decomits and goes to NC. In that scenario, beyond the obvious disappointment, do you still like this class?
I'll start. Although disappointed, I would still believe we helped ourselves with this class. And beyond that, while a potential #20 Rivals ranking is not what we are used to, given 3-9 and 5-7 I think our recruiting this year is really about the best that can be hoped for. Given two years of bad on-field results, very poor press coverage of M, negative recruiting against RR and the program, and a pending NCAA ruling that is sure to be overblown by opposing coaches and the media, I would give the staff, purely on recruiting, an A-.
According to Rivals the Talbott brothers are visiting in SEC country this weekend. I know they were supposedly going to visit Wisconsin for the Wisky/M game. Maybe there are going to be more spots opening up? Parker. Dorsey, Black, and Knight we'd love to welcome you to A2.
Steve Mehrer, who probably wasn't going to get a scholarship offer (not right away at least) and everyone's favorite greyshirt candidate, committed to Kent State.
Don't think this is a big deal, just wanted everyone to know.
After the first good weekend in Michigan athletics in some time (Basketball win, signing two football recruits, Gardner early entry, Denard defeating OSU on the track...) I kept frequenting MGoBlog hoping for new content. I read a few of the Forum topics devoted to recruiting and there's one theme that keeps coming up and I wanted to discuss it. The topic is how we're going to fit in all of the recruits considering us into this class - whether it be the 29 we all are hoping for or the 26 that Rodriguez mysteriously mentioned this afternoon.
Obviously we all want the best class possible and right now I really like this class for many reasons. We also know that there are going to be some surprises. Today alone there's talk of Davion Rogers signing, who none of us were talking about, and Jake Ryan, a LB we know little about other than his numerous MAC offers. So needless to say, we'll be surprised again before signing day.
But that's not the theme that keeps bothering me. The talk is about how to fit everyone in this class and whether someone will be asked to Gray Shirt or creatively be encouraged to pursue other schools. That discussion alone concerns me, but when it immediately focuses on Ray Vinopal it frustrates me even more. Why Ray? Let's talk about that for a minute.
Anyone who watched the safeties play last year....or the last two years....or the last TEN years would crave any and all recruits that play safety. And if you knew nothing except that Michigan signed an all-state safety from one of the best teams in Ohio, he has been timed at 4.6 in the 40, he's a legit 5'11" and 190-lbs, and he is a great student - wouldn't you be drooling to sign him? (We'll get back to this...)
Why doesn't anyone bring up Conelius Jones when they talk about freeing up another scholarship? He's barely played high school football, was incredibly mediocre this year, is extremely raw, and was offered before he had even played a game as a QB. Basically we signed him to be our #4 QB and hold a clip board for the next four years. In all reality we hope that his career tops out as being the #2 QB or a moderately productive player at another position. Really? Everyone's okay with that?
The answer? Yes. We're okay with it. Why? Because we need depth at the position - badly. And we need someone who is going to work hard and has potential - even if he rarely sees the field. Now think about Vinopal. He plays a position woefully lacking depth and talent. He may not be a 5* recruit, but as with QB you need to comprise your roster of stars and guys who will push those stars to be better every day and may just turn out to be contributors of their own.
I for one am glad to have Ray in the class and I think that he's going to contribute in the future. And I hope that the coaches aren't even considering asking him to delay his enrollment or look elsewhere. Same with Carvin Johnson, Conelius Jones, or anyone else.
(Sorry for the length. I thought it might be better as a Diary but I don't really have much substance - just ranting opinion.)