I just returned from the Catholic League Championship between Warren De La Salle and Orchard Lake St. Mary. During the regular season DLS routed OLSM 31-8, holding the Eaglets to under 120 yds on offense. Today the tables were turned with OLSM winning 38-0 on the strength of KJ Hamler and to a lesser degree Josh Ross.
KJ Hamler was a star on both sides of the ball. On defense he was in the pocket of DLS's best receiver all day with numerous pass break ups. On offense, unlike in their earlier match up, he was the go to target. Of 219 passing yards in the game he had 176 yards receiving on just five catches with two going for touchdowns. In the second half OLSM switched to a wishbone with Hamler on the sideline and DLS shut them down. Hamler ran out on third and long and we called it before it happened, deep out touchdown. Everyone in the stadium knew it was going there but he beat his defender like he was standing still.
Josh Ross was solid but not devastating. He probably lead the team in tackles. He had a good eye for the ball carrier and DLS was held to under 40 yds rushing. His name was called several times but I didn't see any memorable plays. This isn't meant to denegrate his skill. I'm just not sure there were opportunities for him to stand out.
On the DLS side, Michigan is recruiting Allen Stritzinger, DLS's star RB/CB. He didn't play supposedly due to injury. I heard an interesting rumor from two parents of DLS starters. They said that he sprained his ankle on September 19 against Brother Rice and he hasn't played since. They said he used to come to practice even with his injury but he hasn't been back in two weeks. They told me he doesn't want to aggravate his injury this season. He will transfer to Cass Tech for his senior year and plans to play at Michigan. These parents sounded a little frustrated by this. Their kids are both seniors and would like him out there.
Do we have an accurate list of visitors for the game this Saturday? Is Isaac Nauta the biggest name that will be in? Here are the names I have seen. This is by no means inclusive.
After attending the Michigan-Northwestern game, everyone is trying to gauge Kareem Walker's interest in Michigan. In order to quell rampant rumors about his interest in Michigan, Walker released the following statement:
“I had a good trip to Michigan. It’s the second time I’ve been there but the first time with this staff. I have a friend on the team so it was good to see him as well. The game atmosphere was tremendous, fans really love the team. I enjoyed speaking with the coaches and meeting everyone.
“I know people are trying to figure my situation out and are creating rumors all over the place. I’m humbled that many people care about what I’m doing but at the same time I’m a low key guy and not looking to make a story for someone when there really isn’t any story. Yes, I will take all my visits. Right now, I don’t have the dates to where I’m headed next.”
While the purpose of Walker's statement is ostensibly to quell rumors of interest in Michigan, I'd have to say the above statement sounds as positive as one could hope for Michigan's chances. That he made a statement at all suggests he may be feeling some pressure to clarify his intentions.
Just win, baby. Do so and everything--including recruiting--takes care of itself.
MSU now has the #1 class in 2016. Good thing the game is on!
Miles Bridges gives the Spartans the uncontested No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for 2016 pic.twitter.com/HDHrQQFghQ— Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) October 3, 2015
Miles Bridges on MSU commit Cassius Winston: “When he committed, then I basically switched over to Michigan State from Kentucky,”— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) October 3, 2015
Between Michigan and Florida State according to Sam Webb ....( My embed skills are like Dwight Howards free throw shooting skills)
Starting at 7:00pm (ct) the Arrowhead (Bredeson's school) will be facing Homestead tonight to kick off the high school season in WI. You can watch live on My24 Milwuakee's Thursday Night Lights (channel 24.1 for non-cable subscribers).