"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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.
Forgive my ignorance but what are the hallmarks of a Harbaugh-coached team? For instance, I would characterize a Rich Rod team as made up of typically smaller, shiftier players from the south and being heavily tilted towards offensive output. Dantonio-coached teams might be said to be defense-oriented squads with lots of sleepers from the midwest who get coached up to a high level.
My general impression of Harbaugh-coached teams would be that they have "high-motor", "chip on the shoulder" guys who may have gone under the radar but it's possible I'm conflating Harbaugh's passion and shoulder chip with that of his players. In my mind, his players are Zach Novak, but in football.
What should we expect his teams to look like several years from now? Mostly midwestern kids who specialize in dominating the line of scrimage? Big-time recruits with big-time egos similar to Urban Meyer's Florida teams? I'll be curious to see.
With the surprising departures of 3 starters from the NC team bolting, jumping, and fleeing to the NBA and 1 HUGE cog from the last two years squad throwing the deuces to the program, we ended up scooping up a huge class. Next years team is going to be super interesting to follow and analyze with so much uncertainty. We went from having a stud team to a total rebuild just like that. I trust the coaching staff to do their damnest to mold a masterpiece. And I trust the players to bust their humps to play their best ball the entire way.
But does any on else feel like we're betting the farm on the development of severely underrated players vs. banking the schollies for some higher caliber talent for the future. We might squeeze ourselves out of recuits for the next cycle if things dont all fall into place. On the one hand, we'll have players with 1 year in the program. On the other, we could have first rate talent coming in to bring the wood to michigan hoops.
We wont have guaranteed scholarships left if we offer Huff (or whomever). We'll be recruiting and make offers contingent on Levert, Beifeldt, and Maybe Irving and Walton making the super leap.
I know its all conjecture and BS but I get into the psyche of it. FUCK ! I love michigan ball.
Steve Lorenz @TremendousUMWelcome to Michigan Quinton!
Michigan has added a 2012 preferred walk-on in TE Quinton Mandle out of Fenton, MI. 6'5", 225 lbs. Highlight film:
WolverineNation uploaded a video of the Pee Wee (NTPW) team that Devin Funchess, Terry Richardson, James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone played on. It has Ross, Richardson and Jenkin's Stone talking and joking about their past Pee Wee team.
I personally think it's awesome that we have 4 guys coming to play for us who have played together for so long.