2011 Recruiting Class
Just think...with a 3:30 gametime we might have seen a HaHa commitment before day's end....
Oh well. This game will be a boon to recruiting regardless; what playmaker in the country couldn't want to take their talents to Ann Arbor?? Go Blue.
Nice article on 2011 verbal committ Jack Miller from Toledo St. Johns. Focus is off-the-field rather than on-field.
Possibly more good news from an offensive lineman out of Florida, James Elliott (6'4", 299 lbs.) is visiting Michigan this Friday until Sunday. I caught up with him to talk about the upcoming visit:
TOM: What made this visit come about? Why now?
JAMES: I kept in touch with Coach Smith for awhile now. We kept talking about how they have a couple linemen committed, and it's closing down pretty fast. Michigan's in my top three with Louisville, and USF, so I wanted to get up there and check everything out.
TOM: Who's coming with you on this trip?
JAMES: I'm going up with my mom and sister. We're going to come back for an official visit, too. On the official visit we're going to try to bring my offensive line coach, because he played football with Coach Frey at FSU. We'll take the official visit whenever my bye week is; I just can't remember when that is right now.
TOM: That's right, I forgot about that. Has your coach been helping you with the process?
JAMES: Yeah, definitely. He's going to be very influential in my decision. He's a great coach, and he always tells me how good a guy Coach Frey is, and so I want to see that for myself. Seeing a practice will help me see more on one visit. It will help me figure out a lot more in a shorter period of time, too.
TOM: You said you keep in touch with the coaches. Have they told you where they want you to play on the line?
JAMES: Some schools are saying guard, because I'm about 6-foot-4, 6-foot-4 and a half. Michigan said that I could play right tackle for them, because of my footwork. I have a good punch off the line, and they said my height isn't a big deal.
TOM: After this visit, what does your timeline look like, and what are you going to do from here?
JAMES: Well, I'm not sure yet. I could decide at the beginning of the season, or I could wait until signing day. I just talked to Penn State, and I sent them my film. They said if they like my film they're going to offer me. There's about eight or nine other schools that said I'm next on their list, after they see some more film of me after my first game. It's going to depend on how a few things play out.
Side Note: He wasn't aware that Tony Posada had committed today. He is however very aware that Michigan only has a few limited spots left on the line. I'm under the impression that this visit will be the deciding factor with Michigan. He either figures it out now, or he will wait and see if there's a spot open later.
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 haven't seen any of the other boards talking about this, but I am fearful to know how this will impact the 2011 recruiting class. With these allegations out in the open, I can only imagine the amount of negative garbage is going to be thrown at any potential Michigan recruits. I wonder if Tom VH or Brian anyone else has talked to any potential recruits and can share their thoughts with us.