Okay... I know it's a FREEP article, but it was kind of interesting. Sorry about the journalistic faux pas of searching their site. I didn't see this posted previously (after searching), so sorry if this info is a repeat:
Michigan safety Vladimir Emilien, who played five games as a freshman last season 2009, apparently took questions from the public in a chat format today.
Among the highlights:
• Asked whether a lingering injury limited his playing time last season, he wrote: “to be honest i dont know why i wasnt playing... my coach told me he felt i wasnt ready yet.”
• Emilien expects center David Molk and tailback Vincent Smith, who suffered ACL tears, to be ready for the season.
• He believes QB Denard (Shoelace) Robinson is faster than DB Troy Woolfolk.
• He thinks most of U-M players have bought into coach Rich Rodriguez’s vision for the program.
• Charles Woodson is his favorite Wolverine, Molk is the strongest player on the team, in his opinion, and the most difficult receivers to cover on the team are Darryl (DC) Stonum, Martavious Odoms, Roy Roundtree, Jeremy Gallon, Junior Hemingway and Cameron Gordon.
• Asked about the team exceeding NCAA limits for workout hours, as alleged in a Free Press report citing claims by current and former players: “hell naw we didn’t.”
• On the upcoming season: “i feel we are going to go far this year i mean there were a couple of key parts missing last year and we fell that we have filled the void... and as far as i... im going to start and going to be the bestt that i can be.”
• A reason to be optimistic about the defense: “we are fast and aggressive this year and now we know the system."
• Whom he models his game after: “sean taylor and ed reed.”
• The team’s biggest trash talker: QB Tate Forcier.
• The new leaders: “troy woolfolk and obi and jonas,” referring to linebackers Obi Ezeh and Jonas Mouton.
• He said his knee is 100% healthy and he benches 360 pounds.
• He said he predicts U-M will finish 12-0 because the Rose Bowl is their goal.
Notebook: Rivals.com college football expert Tom Dienhart reported on his Twitter account that David Blackwell, the former defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at South Florida, is the “hot name” to fill Michigan’s vacancy as linebackers coach. Former U-M linebackers coach Jay Hopson left Dec. 23 to become Memphis’ defensive coordinator.
Here's a picture of Vlad Emilien on his visit to Ohio State, truly amazing, I'll let you guess which one he is.
That had to have been a message, and it makes me giddy.
What time is Vlad Emilien making his announcement today?? (PAGING TOM VANHAAREN... PAGING DR. VANHAAREN)
Would really appreciate someone posting it up when the decision is made, and I'm sure they will. I'd really dare to hope that he makes the right choice and goes for the winged helmet... I mean, really, WISCONSIN?? Last big recruit I remember losing to the Badgers was Johnathan Orr, and that name doesn't exactly roll of the tongue on Sundays.
Oh, and is there any chance Vlad Emilien can TACKLE A TAILBACK????
Tom VanHaaren interviews FL S Vlad Emilien, who visited last weekend.
We're starting to get down to crunch time with the recruiting process, and Michigan has a need at safety. Vlad Emilien is a hard hitting safety from, you guessed it, Florida. There's been a lot of hype about the 6' 1" safety despite a torn his ACL. The injury might have sidelined him for this season, but it hasn't changed his goal of playing for a big time college program.
TOM:How was your trip to Michigan this weekend?
VLAD: It was pretty good, I really enjoyed it. Everybody asked how I compared it to Wisconsin, and I like Wisconsin and Michigan the same. I try to put pros and cons about each of them, and there’s no leader yet. Both schools have strong coach to player relationships, which is what I really like.
TOM:Who was your player host? Did you get along with him?
VLAD:Brandon Smith and Kenny Demens. They’re good freshman, we got along real well. They’re young, and they were telling me how competitive it really is. Everybody gets a chance to play, no matter how old.
TOM:Do you have a top 3?
VLAD:If I had to name a leader today it’s Wisconsin and Michigan.
TOM:What do you think will be the deciding factor?
VLAD:Just how the school is academic wise, and atmosphere wise. How I feel around the team and players. I like the little details of the schools. I’m trying to look at the things that would be beneficial after 4 years.
TOM: I read that you have a 3.8 GPA, so academics must be important to you. How will that play in?
VLAD: Yea I’ve been weighing the pros and cons again. Michigan has a very good business school, and Wisconsin has a good school too. Those schools ranked very high in the country. It hasn’t been hard in that aspect, because either way I’ll have a good degree from a good school.
TOM:On your visit, did the coaches talk about early playing time? Is that important to you?
VLAD:It’s very important. I’m always going to have to battle, I love competition. But I like that there’s a better opportunity to play early and battle out freshman rather than juniors or seniors at Michigan. I’m going to be pretty smart about the depth charts and deciding.
TOM:How many more visits are you planning?
VLAD:I plan to visit Stanford November 16th, and I’m still scheduling the Ohio State vs. Michigan Game, I still haven’t officially done it yet.
TOM:What happened with Ohio State? Does it bother you?
VLAD:They just started talking to me the last couple months. There was a misunderstanding with the recruiting. They were trying to take in two safeties, because of a mishap with one of their safeties. I’m very interested. I felt kind of like I was the second choice, but business is business. I would love a chance to go that school. It just didn’t happen the way I wanted to happen, I just have to move on from that.
TOM:When do you think you’ll make your decision public?
VLAD:I’m going to make it public November 23rd. I’m not sure where yet.
TOM:Wherever you go, do you plan on graduating early?
VLAD:Yes I do. I want to get to college as soon as possible.
TOM:You missed this year with a torn ACL, are you excited to get back out there? Have any of the schools shown concern about the injury?
VLAD:I’m just training right now. It’s very exciting, the thought of getting back out there. I didn’t have a chance to prove to these colleges and recruiting sites that I should have been an all American. They’re not concerned, because I’m going to play spring ball, and I’m very anxious to get out there.
TOM:So what are your strengths, and what are your weaknesses?
VLAD:My personality is a strength. I am like an extra coach on the field, very vocal, and try to be a leader.One of my weaknesses is I’ve been working on my tackling, and getting my technique better. I want to be more of a dynamic player. I still have a lot to learn. When I learn what’s needed for college, I’ll be an explosive player. I want to learn as much as I can right away.
TOM:Have you analyzed what defense you think you would fit into the best?
VLAD:I focus on everything; I like a two back safety type of defense. I can play anything as long as they let me roam, and just make plays.
TOM:Was there a dream school growing up that you always wanted to go to?
VLAD:University of Miami. As I got older I realized that’s not going to be the right place. I didn’t even really have a dream school that much; I just focused on doing the best I can, so everybody considered me the best.
TOM:Now that you’ve had the chance to see all these schools recruiting you, how do you make sure you make the right decision?
VLAD:I feel like I’m going to follow my gut. This is a very important decision, it’s my future. I’m looking at what school will help me be the kind of person I want to be. A lot of the schools offer the same thing, so I’m trying to weigh the options.
TOM:Was there one thing about any school that has really stuck out to you? Something that you still think about?
VLAD:There are a lot of similarities, both Michigan and Wisconsin coaches treat their players like their sons. I think that’s what stuck out the most, I really like that.