Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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.
I'm planning on getting a subscription to one of the recruiting web sites leading up to National Signing Day. Last year I had a one month subscription to Rivals that was extended when I called to cancel for an additional 3 months.
Which sites are the best for info on recruits and why? 247 seems newer and I really like their Targets chart. Rivals seemed to have a bit broader coverage, and maybe more national, while Scout seems dominated by Sam Webb.
What makes these sites most valuable to you? Which seems to have the most unique and insightful writers and/or ratings?
With all this discussion of how lucky Michigan was, how brilliant the result was in the face of the mistakes, etc. when will we hear what all the recruits thought of that atmosphere? I'm serious, because after that game I really don't want to hear about the X's and O's, the UFR's or any other analytical acronym. I want to hear about what people thought and felt after experiencing that game.
Thank you Jamiemac for maintaining the proper priority and perspective after that game.
[ED:BISB; Changed title. You aren't Ace, Ace.]