A couple days ago I did some sleuthing and posted about a new DB target on Michigan's radar. His name is Ifeatu Melifonwu, and he's a 2 star athlete currently committed to Syracuse. Here's a link to the post:
Twitter provided some updates tonight. First, Coach Harbaugh went to his basketball game tonight. Here's the tweet showing their meeting after the game:
Mark Snyder from the Free Press is reporting that he will visit:
The article has a video of him in his basketball game with a steal and a dunk along with this from his football coach:
"Grafton coach Chris McMahon told the paper that Melifonwu can play either spot in the secondary or a skill position on offense."
Also, Tom VanHaaren reported that Don Brown already has a connection since he recruited his brother Obi to UConn.
BTW - Obi is an NFL Draft prospect this year at the same position his brother is being recruited for. An NFL executive had this to say about him when asked by NFL.com to name a prospect with the most upside in the draft:
UConn safety Obi Melifonwu"The UConn safety is really intriguing. He's freaky athletic and he's going to put up big-time testing numbers. He'll run low 4.4s (in the 40-yard dash) and jump over 40 inches. He can play in the slot as well. Huge upside." Link
I just wanted to personally thank Maizen and GoBlue2323 and the rest of you that captured screen shots of the SoS ticket orders and sent them to me. They were easily identified and the barcodes were deactivated and reissued to Wolverine fans. By the way, it wasn't as bad as they tried to make it sound. Nobody was able to get thousands of tickets. It was only one ore two users for a couple of hundred tickets. The Athletic Ticket Office took care of it this morning. So, to the bad guys.....good plan....horrible OPSEC! We have the last laugh. Your tickets are null and void.
Traditionalists have long believed that the value of the OSU game lies, at least in part, in its culmination as the last game. In years past it was generally a winner-take-all game. The winner likely to play in the Rose Bowl, the lose relegated to a lesser Bowl and a tarnished season.
Things are different now, though. Now, there is also the BIG championship game and playoff berth at stake. If the ultimate goal is a National Championship, should we consider moving the OSU game to a point earlier in the season? Should it be played when tboth teams would have the ability to recover physically, emotionally and in the rankings? If this year's game had been played earlier in the season, would Michigan have recovered enough in the committee's eyes to have been given a playoff berth? Does keeping The Game last on the schedule doom the loser to be a playoff outsider every year? What do we value more, tradition or National Championships? Can we have both?EDIT: This OP was not intended to support, nor does it suggest The Game be moved. It was rather, an effort to promote a conversation about users' preference for tradition vs. the prospect of on field success at the expense of that singular tradition.
[Duplicating my post on the Kyle Kalis thread, because the title did lead to confusion. Next week's all-star game is officially "The Reese's Senior Bowl." Snyder's tweet uses the term Senior Bowl as he adds Kalis was chosen for today's East-West Shrine Bowl.]
Today's Shrine Bowl roster for the East Team with a link to audio of the game for those who don't have NFL Network. Our guys as listed as of now:
Kyle Kalis #67
Erik Magnuson #77
De’Veon Smith #2
Channing Stribling #31
Matt Godin #98
Dymonte Thomas #23
“Lano” Delano* Hill (S) #39
Also on the East Team: Cooper Rush (QB, #10) from Central Michigan. Western's QB Zach Terrell (#11) is, of course, on the Western team. Because Western.
*In a previous post some of us wondered why he suddenly became Lano post-school. My new theory: Pre-emptive move so commentators who know not Michigan wouldn't assume he was related to FDR.
The worldwide leader only has one Wolverine on this top 25 list in Speight at #12. I'm surprised at no Cole or Hurst, but it kind of makes sense with so many graduating and the stupid ways they put these lists together (represent as many teams as plausible to get more #clicks).
Slow news day while we await the Rome(?) announcement; who do you think makes the list at the end of the year?
My best guess is dudes above, Gary, Evans and Clark if he gets a 6th year.