The past few days, we’ve all gotten a glimpse of how good this recruiting class really is, and they haven’t even gotten to play the games yet. Michigan has representation at both the Army All American game and the ESPN Under Armour game as well. I’ve been a little discouraged lately with rumors and talk of negative recruiting, and the media repeatedly asking commits about decommitting. The positive attention Michigan and their recruits have gotten is a breath of fresh air, and something we didn’t get to see a lot of this past season. At the Army All American game, Justin Turner has turned heads with how well he’s covered some of the top receivers. Jeremy Gallon has shown why he was chosen as an All American in the first place. Anthony LaLota has only been playing football for two years, and said that this experience has already given him confidence knowing he can hang with the best. Craig Roh has shown his athleticism in the few days he’s practiced with the Under Armour teams.
The latest commit, Taylor Lewan, is finally getting a chance to show the nation what all the talk is about. Taylor’s father Dave shared some of the highlights from the Under Armour practice so far. “I’ve read some good things about Taylor so far, and I think he’s doing a good job of showing off his footwork and athleticism.” In practice, Taylor has been going up against Sam Montgomery, one of the top defensive end recruits, and has proven he belongs at this game. “It’s been fun for Taylor, because him and Craig are solid on Michigan, and they’re comfortable with who they are, so they get a chance to just meet some new people, catch up with kids they’ve met at camps, and really test themselves against the best kids in the country,” said Dave.
The fact that Michigan has such a high number of commits at these games bodes well for a couple of reasons. It helps dispel some of the negatives that this past season brought, it gives everyone a chance to see what “Rich Rodriguez’s guys” actually look like, but it also shows the future recruits that Michigan football hasn’t gone anywhere. There will always be negative recruiting that goes on, but if we can continue to pull in high caliber, and character guys we won’t have to worry about a thing.
Below is the list of commits that will be playing in the All American games
Army All American
ESPN Under Armour
Multiple websites have said that Taylor Lewan has been one of the best lineman at the Under Armour game so far. I haven't gotten a chance to speak with him yet, the last I did he was on his way there.
They have also mentioned that Craig Roh has played solid, he needs to add bulk, but he's played solid.
I'm going to give Dave Lewan a call Friday to see how things are going, I'll have an update then.
I'm watching the live stream of the AA skills competition. They're doing the WR drills right now.....
....and sure enough, the "otter" walks in and caught as many passes as Bryce McNeal did. He actually made a pretty good grab on one of the passes too.
Jeremy Gallon looked really smooth in the drill. He caught the passes in stride, and caught them easily.
The announcers actually said, "it's like we have Notre Dame's whole recruiting class here." .......
Per Rivals, Willie Ferrell has set his official visits, and Michigan is on the list. Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Michigan will get a visit from the Inside Linebacker. He was originally committed to LSU, but has opened things up. I'm thinking that Ole Miss might be the leader here, possibly Tennessee, so I think we have some ground to make up. He looks like a definite upgrade from Jordan Barnes though, and would be a great late pick up for us.
So to start off: William Campbell is not enrolled at the University of Michigan…yet.
Uniqnames are given out to people with affiliations to the university. Having a uniqname does not mean that you are a student or faculty at U-M. Go ahead and do some random last name searches on directory. You’ll find a variety of titles, from volunteers to doctors to janitors. Uniqnames are necessary for Mcards, so anybody that has an Mcard has a uniqname. So we can all agree: uniqname does not equal enrollment.
William Campbell is probably not going to be a “Office Assistant, Senior”, you argue. Ok, here’s the second hint. Look at his affiliation. He doesn’t have one, does he?
As a background, students create their uniqnames after they pay their $200 enrollment deposits. The keyword there was not enrollment, but DEPOSIT. As a high school senior, you have the option of paying as many deposits as you want, provided you get into all of those schools. However, in the end you eventually pick one school you go to. The deposits merely hold your place in line, so that the universities don’t give your spot to somebody else. You are free to change your mind at any time, so long as you don’t mind losing that $200. Now, as you may guess, Scholarship Athletes are exempt from paying the $200. They are free to create a uniqname whenever Admissions admits them.
Students are not enrolled at the university until they sign up for their first class. Up until that point, students are free to go to whatever institution they want. For winter term students, this means the first day of winter term. For fall students, this generally means summer orientation. So, until that point, students will HAVE their uniqnames, but WILL NOT be enrolled at U-M…yet.
Once you register for classes, batch security will update your directory account. You will receive an affiliation (Student, Undergraduate Kinesiology) and you will be all set for life as an undergrad. If you notice, Tate Forcier, William Campbell etc. don’t have affiliations and such. Check Elliot Mealer or Martavious Odoms for examples of this.
This was long and probably very unnecessary, but hopefully this will prevent annual internet blowups.
I just talked to Jeremy Gallon about a few things.
He told me that everyone was surprised how well he was doing. He said, "they weren't expecting someone my size to do all that, against people twice my size, we're getting a lot done though."
He said he has been talking to some of the other Michigan commits, and also spoke with Will Campbell.
"Nothing about his comment came up in the conversation, we were talking about plays and joking around about stuff. We talked about Michigan, and nothing ever came up about what he said."
I asked him about the rumor that he wouldn't qualify, and he told me, "No, that's not true. I'm on track, and will qualify to play."
He had an awesome day at practice, which is a good sign on a couple different levels. One, it shows he can play. Two, it shows he can learn fast, and both are what we need.