A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
Positive News for the Good Guys? Chris Allen (LB) may flip from 'Bama to LSU -> 4* OLB Willie Gay to UM?
I don't know how to embed the Twitters (I am old, so sue me! But get off my lawn while you do it!).
However, high 4* LB Chris Allen of Baton Rouge might be considering sticking close to home after he took a recent visit to LSU.
His immediate reaction after the visit was: "Home do sound nice." And the speculation of a flip began in earnest.
Wiltfong got in on the action with this comment:
"Whoever blue chip linebacker commits to LSU, they're going to have a chance to start," 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong said. "That's one of the biggest needs in college football."
Ballz are heading LSU's way as well...
So does this potentially mean Willie Gay might be more of a possibility than previously thought?
Willie mentioned earlier that the ability to see the field early on was a reason to go to LSU...maybe Allen flipping could flip Gay to the Good Guys?
I'm not very good at all this flippity floppity recruiting stuff - but I found it very interesting nonetheless.
A blog post Ben Weiss wrote for a Northwestern fan site made its way to the desk of athletics director Jim Phillips, who then forwarded the link to Chris Bowers, the Wildcats’ director of football player personnel.
Inside Weiss’ article was a breakdown of Northwestern football’s recent recruiting efforts –— a deep dive into the Wildcats’ hits and misses, and so detailed in its methodology that Bowers called Weiss into his office and offered him a position.
“Schools are looking, naturally, for the best players in the country that are somewhat likely to commit to their school,” Weiss said. “So what we’re saying is, ‘Look, you’re essentially trying to do this in your head.’ We have proof that this can work and this is how we do it, and this is what we do.”
Boiled down, Zcruit’s goal is to assist a program’s efforts by streamlining the process — by taking all the streams of data at their disposal and creating a formula for recruiting success, in the same way a university’s admissions office attempts to pinpoint the best and most likely fits for the student body at large.
Three baseline factors are taken into account. The first is demographic information: background information, such as where a recruit is from. The second is a prospect’s interactions with the school, such as how many visits he has made on campus, whether he attended any camps or when the scholarship offer was tendered.
The third is the prospect’s interactions with other schools. Is he showing any interest? When was he offered by another school, when did he visit, how many times did he visit? In the end, the data compiled by Zcruit creates a threshold, for lack of a better word, between whether a program should recruit a player — if the data suggests he’s gettable — or whether it should move on to another prospect.
The algorithms created by Zcruit have predicated which recruits would not sign with Northwestern with 94% accuracy; the same algorithms predicted which recruits would sign with the Wildcats with 80% accuracy.
After all, an entire regular season is simply composed of a dozen 60-minute chunks. In comparison, exponentially more time is spent recruiting, from the period of early evaluation — when teams create their general board of prospects — through the final home stretch into signing day. So an analytical approach wouldn’t simply help programs sign specific recruits; it would streamline the entire operation, allowing coaches to not just save time but spend their time effectively.
Up for anything that might give Michigan an edge in recruting
Buckle up? According to Sam Webb, Melifonwu will visit tomorow and if he is offered a flip from Syracuse is likely. For those who missed it - marginal 3 star safety/athlete prospect from Mass. with great athleticism. His brother was a safety at U Conn who is getting a lot of NFL draft buzz. Looks like a diamond in the rough unearthed from Don Brown's contacts in the Northeast.
All you Washington, DC area-based Wolverines will have a chance to see Mr. Gallon when the inaugural season of the AFL's DC Valor kicks off this April. It was announced Jan 12 that he is on the Valor's roster.
I was a big fan of Gallon's time at the Big House and who can forget his amazing performance against ND in the night game. A true Michigan man. Look forward to seeing him resume his pro career stateside and I hope he gets called back up to the NFL one day soon.