Rivals #1 overall player for the class of 2014, Da'Shawn Hand, announces his decision today. As most of you all know, he's narrowed his choice down to Alabama, Florida, and Michigan. So if you're trying to figure out how to pass the time until his announcement this afternoon - besides refreshing the MGoBlog browser tab every 15 seconds - below are some links that might fill said time.
Commence with wild speculation.
Da’Shawn Hand’s announcement will be broadcast and streamed live
TIME: 12pm ET
NBCSports Network (220 on DirecTV, 267 Time Warner)
INTERNET LIVE STREAM
(If you’re really creepin’ this post shows you that his statements on academics aren’t just for show...)
Scout’s Rachel Klein will be at the announcement
Rivals is expected to have recruiting analysts Mike Farrell and Adam Friedman there
DA'SHAWN'S RECRUITING PAGES
Position #1 , State #1, National #1
Position #2, National #10
Position #2, State #2, National #6
Position #1, State #2, National #5
247 Composite Rankings
Position #1, State #1, National #4
Video interview from 2012 with some highlights. (I know the rule on B/R stuff, but this seems legit)
Senior Highlights From Rivals
Mike Farell Sit Down with Da’Shawn from 10/26/2013 ($$)
WASHINGTON POST DOCUMENTARY
The Washington Post followed Da’Shawn’s senior season on the field and throughout the recruiting process. You can find all the webisodes here:
A few of particular interest.
EP 3 – Under The Lights Highlights his official visit to Michigan.
Here is the first-hand account of that trip from mgoblogger, Canzio
EP 9 – Then and Now Of note, Da’Shawn has a female kicker on his team.
EP 10 – A Rising Tide - Focusing on his trip to Alabama. Also of note towards the end, his coach is talking to Mike Farrell of Rivals about which school he might choose. UM's Coach Manning visits and his high school coach is seen talking to Manning after the game.
EP 12 – Down To The Wire – His recruiting trip to FL...and plenty of Michigan stuff throughout. The girl kicker gets a tackle, and Da’Shawn gets a suit.
On Da'Shawn's visits to UM he was blown away by the sports marketing professor, Mark Rosentraub. Aka "Professor Needs A Raise." Crain's Detroit has a profile here.
If you want to know which school he chooses before he makes the announcement, click here
One hour until puck drop, let's get some hockey conversation going to take our minds off the football game. Michigan goes for the sweep tonight against Michigan Tech, with a few changes to the lineup.
We're getting close to puck drop, Michigan closes out the weekend with UMass-Lowell
Just a few minutes until Michigan drops the puck at Yost, with special guest Carl Hagelin in attendance.
Despite its weak offensive output, MSU has only one loss this year, mainly due to its aggressive, physical defense. However, MSU's aggressive, physical defense has led them to becoming the 117th worse NCAA team (out of 125) for penalty yardage [70 yards/gm].
At ND, MSU's aggressiveness on defense led to numerous key defensive penalties which gave away the game to the Irish.
After the ND game, MSU AD Mark Hollis made an inquiry to Big Ten officials regarding the penalty calls against the Spartans. Mark Dantonio was quoted by the Detroit Free Press as questioning whether the penalty calls against his DB's reflected a change in standards for pass defenders. Many media members questioned the calls against MSU. In MSU's most recent home game vs. Purdue, MSU was only called for 2 penalties for 14 yards.
I think the key determinant in Michigan's upcoming game at Michigan State will be whether the refs fairly call MSU penalties, especially for pass interference/defensive holding and roughing the passer. If Big Ten officials continue to experience a "backlash" effect and exhibit reluctance to fairly call MSU penalties in East Lansing, it will doom Michigan's chances for a big road win. In addition, excessively rough play by MSU (as has occurred in past match-ups) could also result in injuries to Michigan's key players.