Darian Roseboro, a defensive end from Lincolnton, North Carolina, is scheduled to announce his college decision this Friday. He arguably is the most important of the remaining Michigan recruits, because DE is an area of need in the 2015 class.
The local paper wrote:
Roseboro, a rising senior, had 124 tackles, 21 for loss, and 10 sacks as a junior. He was voted the 2013 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and helped the Wolves reach the third round of the NCHSAA state 2A playoffs.
Worthy of note is that when Roseboro narrowed his list down in May, he eliminated Ohio State. (he also eliminated Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Texas.) Still in consideration beyond Michigan are Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Tennessee. While only ranked 165 in the top 300, this is a bit deceiving, because he is a rising star. You only need to look at his offer list to see how Roseboro is thought of by coaches and teams.
The so-called crystal ball has Roseboro 67% to Michigan, 28% to North Carolina State, and 6% to North Carolina. I am an outsider, not an insider, but I find it interesting that the recruiting experts often seem to predict a positive response for the team they cover.
On his twitter page, Roseboro writes,
GOD ,FAMILY, FOOTBALL 1st team All American ... Other people's word doesn't mean a thing !!!!! Believe in Jesus always.
I am thrilled that Michigan is still strongly in the running for so many recruits. Roseboro's major recruiters are listed as Roy Manning and Mattison. I continue to be amazed at Manning's great recruiting. But Mattison also does an incredible job of relating to recruits. He has been mentioned as a big positive by several of the guys Michigan is pursuing.
I haven't heard of anyone beside Roseboro who is making a decision sometime soon. Because of Michigan's general policy (no visits to other schools after you've made a commitment,) it makes sense to me that anyone who wants to take any of their officials needs to hold off on commiting to Michigan until they are done with any officials.
Looking at some of the remaining recruits, Keisean Lucier-South is predicted to go to UCLA, although Michigan is still in there. Asmar Bilal is down to UofM and ND, and predicted 80% to Michigan. Tyrone Wheatley, an awesome legacy playing at SDE and TE, is predicted 100% to UM. (EDIT: per Seth and others, that is not a foregone conclusion. Situation is that Wheatley hasn't tipped his hand much, and many have made the Michigan assumption.) Marcus Lewis, a 6'1" CB from DC, is predicted 79% to the good guys (and he is another one with an offer from OSU.)
If Michigan is fortunate enough to add Roseboro, Bilal, Wheatley, and Lewis, they will add four more guys on defense with four stars, and have the best small recruiting class in the country. If they can actually peel KLS out of California and out of the clutches of UCLA, they add a 5 star, and could possibly end up with the highest average ranked class in the country.
Say what you will about Hoke, but he can recruit. Or, Michigan and it's great staff and facilities recruits for itself.
If anyone has details on the time of Roseboro's announcement, place, manner, etc., that'd be great.
It's likely that the five power conferences get "autonomy" in tomorrow's vote, forever changing the landscape of college football. I hope and believe this will lead to improvements, but if the vote passes, as expected, the sport will never be the same. I apologize in advance for all the Pelini comments, but I think he's on target here:
"This gives you a lot better chance of getting things done," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. "[What we have now] would be like if Microsoft had to operate under the same restrictions as the mom-and-pop store down the street. It's ridiculous, and it doesn't work."
"You have all these committees made up of people with different agendas that meet like twice a year," Pelini said. "It was broken before it ever got started."
"It's tough for an organization as large as ours to keep up with everything," Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said. "My hopes are that maybe we can streamline some policies, re-evaulate some things and come up with a little more efficient way of operating."
I'm curious about the remaining spots in the 2015 recruiting class, announcement dates, needs, etc.
There have been positive reports on all of the following recruits (positions have been edited slightly.)
- CB Marcus Lewis
- RB Mike Weber
- DE Darian Roseboro
- LB/DE Jalen Bates
- OLB Keisean Lucier-South
- DE/LB Asmar Bilal
- DE/TE Tyrone Wheatley
I would assume that the coaches would gladly accept commitments from all of these fine young men. Which of these are expected to commit somewhere sooner rather than later? Which are waiting until NSD? How many of these are likely to come here? Are these all still in a position of need (especially DE Roseboro, Bates, and even Wheatley.) Given the 9 commitments thus far, and the spots remaining in the 2015, I would think we can't accept many more than this.
None of us have a perfect crystal ball. As such, there's no way to really predict the likelihood of any of these recruits actually making a commitment, let alone signing a LOI come February. Nonetheless, I am struck by how many solid and well regarded recruits are seriously considering coming to Michigan. In some years past, Michigan didn't have a realistic chance for many offered recruits to actually come and don the maize and blue. That appears to have changed, and much for the better.
Guess it was a mere formality at this point, but Damien Harris just released a top 5 that didn't include Michigan. Happy trails.
This is something that crossed my mind when I saw that Thornton will visit Kentucky. A guy like Calipari probably has no qualms with negative recruiting, but what would he say? We've got a red hot coaching staff committed to stay together till '19, world class facilities, world class academics, great NBA opportunities, and incredible fans/students/alumni. So what does the guy say?
1) Sure, they're great with development, but you're already Elite. We won't ask you to work.
2) He's only had 5back-to-back tourney teams. That's not THAT many.
I can't think of any.