Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Are the days of the terrorizing Michigan defenses over? It certainly appears so on the recruiting trail for linebacker and DE, where Michigan has had much success in the past. Is anybody else concerned that the heart of our defense for 2009+ is a little 3 star guy? And that there's a noticeable dearth of ANY defensive end recruits? We can have 4 star defensive backs all we like, but if we can't generate any semblance of a pass rush or anchor our defense against heavy running games (see annual foes such as Wisconsin or Ohio State), we're going to be toast.
RR's defenses at WVU were actually quite good (#15 Rush defense, #14 Pass defense, #7 total defense all for 2007, all ranked above M... in the Big East take that for what you will). I don't know what this Shafer guy is cooking up with his newfangled blitz-happy defense (*gulp*), but if this is the personnel he's satisfied to recruit, I think we're in trouble. Any comments on the future of the Michigan defense?