The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
Let me apologize in advance. I know a good amount of us are fed up with the recruit rankings talk, but I've been thinking of it in a way I haven't really seen discussed.
Some Things We Know:
-Harbaugh likes tough "chip on the shoulder types"
-He is also fairly accomplished at developing unheralded players into players to be proud of.
-Players pay attention to their recruiting rankings. An actual number representation of your perceived value.
Do you think recruiting a handful of decent upside, low star guys is being looked at as a "Win Win" for Harbaugh and Co.? You get guys willing to commit to a demanding team of coaches, and not drag the recruiting process along. These guys also come into it knowing they have to earn spots against players they are already being told are better. Before they even start they know they have a little more to prove. And a handful could eventually turn into All-Conference type players under this coaching staff.
Oddly enough, I also see this as being better motivation for the higher rated players. A four or five star sees someone ranked lower outperform them, or win praise from coaches, maybe it serves as inspiration to prove themselves. Think of the little things that motivate you. It may be easier to be second on the depth chart when you lose out to a fellow four star recruit, than to someone with one or two D1 offers.
tl;dr - Does Harbaugh view these unheralded commits as a "win win?" Could they help in development of higher rated teammates?
Sorry for being long-winded. Long time reader, first time forum MGoBoard thread creator.
Looks like MSU's class jumped up in the rankings due to a couple recent commitments.
OSU is ranked #1 or #2 nationally, depending on the service, and we're rated 22, 25, and 29.
EDIT: Link to the stats. I could have sworn I posted it when I made the thread.
ESPN revealed their first rankings for 2016 recruits.
Players of note:
Brandon Peters #142 (committed)
Matt Falcon #246 (committed)
Rashan Gary #1
Michael Jordan #110
Khalid Kareem #126
Donnie Corley #261
Lavert Hill #265
If there is anybody else of note you want added, let me know. I know we have offered a lot of kids for 2016, but I have no clue who of those are high on Michigan.
So excited for football season!
ND: 16 -> 11
MSU: 7 -> 13
Nebraska: 19 -> Unranked (After a win. Umph. Can that be right??)
ohio: 8 -> 22 (dropped 14 spots...ouchie).
Silver lining: When you're unranked to begin with, nobody can see how far you dropped after a crushing loss. So we've got that going for us.
Edit: Title and...Link?
It's just one voter but I expect Michigan will end up in the top 10 in this weeks ranking when they are released later today. Michigan is currently Kenpom #8 and RPI #13.
*Edited RPI is #13 not #12
It seems that OSU will play in the championship game should they win. MSU could go to Rose Bowl. We are off to Gator.