“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Ht/Wt/40: 6'2" / 225 lbs. / 4.59
Location: Archbishop Wood Catholic High School – Warminster, PA
Offers: Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia
Rating: ★★★ .8513 (247 Composite)
Ranking: #711 NAT/ #26 ILB (247 Composite)
Coach Ferrigno stopped by Archbiship Wood Catholic during the first week of February to check in on Ryan Bates, who eventually earned an offer and recently committed to Penn State, and linebacker prospect Jake Cooper. Cooper has a decent offer list at this point and has continued to garner interest from the Wolverines. Ferrigno actually told Cooper that if it was his decision alone, he'd have already offered him.
Jake was very excited to see Coach Ferrigno in his school even if there main focus was Bates.
I'm very interested in Michigan! Coach Ferrigno was cool and spent a little time with me and Ryan. I know Ryan was offered, he's a beast. Hopefully I'm next. Getting an offer from Michigan would be awesome.
The day I spoke with Jake he was actually offered by James Franklin and the in-state Nittany Lions. With Cooper being a Pennsylvania native and a linebacker I assumed he was a lifelong Penn State fan, but it turns out that wasn't actually the case.
My pops is a Notre Dame fan so I grew up liking the Irish. I have to admit I've always had a little something in me for Linebacker U.
Michigan's contact with Cooper could drop off since Ryan Bates is off the table now that he's committed to Penn State, but it was very evident that he has a lot of interest in the Wolverines. At this point he's simply a name to keep an eye on and I will continue to check with him periodically to see if the coaches are maintaining a relationship with him.
This unit will no doubt be the linchpin to our 10 plus win season in 2014. Watching Taylor Lewan on NFL Network inspired me to gander at our O Line situation for next season.
Here is what I project. What do you guys think?
LT. Erik Magnuson
Logan Tulley-Tillman/ Blake Bars
RT. Ben Braden
Chris Fox/ Blake Bars
LG. Kyle Kalis
RG. David Dawson
C. Graham Glasgow
Most of these fellas will have 2 years in the program and should be physically ready to compete at a Big Ten level. The issue should NOT be run blocking. I forsee issues in Pass Pro particularly with two new tackles. This is not good for Gardner who doesn't show the most patience in the pocket. This could potentially lead to so ill advised scrambles or just plain leave us susceptible to stout D lines....unfortunately along the lines of what MSU and Ohio will be rolling out. Given the loss of Butt, it appears MAJOR work needs to be put in by this group come August to regain our BiG title form. It can be done...but it will be an uphill battle. This is a very green bunch....albeit it a very talented one. Go BLue!!!
Looking great! 29 reps is great for him and his winning humor and personality shine through. Here's to hoping his combine and pro-day help him rise up the charts.
PS NFL Network doesn't have an embed code.
This is NOT OT, b/c, it's Jim Harbaugh fergodsake.
ESPN reporting, but 49ers are denying, that the Browns tried to make a package to get Harbaugh to be their coach.
I think it would have been hilarious that Brown/OSU fans would have been conflicted to have the known winner in Harbaugh... but to have a UM QB in Harbaugh. It would be like (for you Lions fans, which I'm not) having your new coach be... wait... uhh... hmmm.... I'm trying to think of a highly-accomplished OSU QB... and drawing a total blank.
Ready for MGoBlog to explode in 3, 2, 1 ...
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (February 21, 2014) – West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that Mountaineer assistant coach Tony Gibson has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Holgorsen will announce the defensive staff positions at a later time.
“Tony has worked in the Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and now the Big 12, and has coached against a lot of different schemes and offenses during his time at the major college level. He is more than ready to take this next step and coordinate our defense,” Holgorsen said. “He is a great evaluator of talent, and Tony is a West Virginia guy who works hard to bring success and good things to this program. I know he will put every ounce of his energy into the job.”
Gibson began his second stint in Morgantown in January 2013 and already has reaped rewards on the recruiting trail, re-opening the pipeline between Pittsburgh and Morgantown. Three players from the Pittsburgh area signed with the Mountaineers in the 2014 signing class, including the top ranked player in the state of Pennsylvania. During the 2013, he also coached two All-Big 12 Conference performers, Darwin Cook and Karl Joseph. Cook also was one of the team’s permanent captains and was named the team’s defensive most valuable player.
He returned to WVU after serving as the assistant head coach, safeties coach and defensive special teams’ coordinator at Arizona during the 2012 season. The Wildcats finished 8-5 overall and won the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
He spent the 2011 season as the secondary coach and pass defense coordinator at Pitt. The Panthers made their fourth straight bowl appearance, and two of Gibson’s pupils were named to Big East all-conference teams. He was responsible for recruiting Rushel Shell to Pitt, the top running back in the nation.
Gibson served as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach at Michigan from 2008-10. He added special teams’ coordinator to his duties in 2010. During his time in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines earned a berth in the Gator Bowl in 2011 and one of his cornerbacks, Donovan Warren, earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. Gibson was responsible for securing the services of Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson, one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation.
He coached defensive backs under Rich Rodriguez from 2001 to 2007 at West Virginia, and was recruiting coordinator his final season in Morgantown. The Mountaineers enjoyed one of their most successful periods on the gridiron, posting a 58-14 record in his final six years on staff and earning a then school record six straight bowl appearances, including two BCS bowl games. Eight of his players earned all-Big East honors and six of his players were selected in the NFL Draft.
His secondary standouts at WVU included first team All-American Adam Jones, who has played with the Titans, Cowboys and Bengals during his eight-year NFL career. The Mountaineers won or shared four Big East titles during Gibson’s time in Morgantown, capturing BCS bowl victories following the 2005 (Sugar Bowl) and 2007 (Fiesta Bowl) seasons. He recruited 32 players on the 2005 team that won the Big East Championship and Sugar Bowl, and secured 40 players who were on the 2007 Big East and Fiesta Bowl championship squad.
Gibson began his career at Glenville State under Rodriguez in 1996, coaching defensive backs and the kickoff teams. In 1997 and ’98, Gibson worked at Cumberland (Tenn.) University, coordinating the program’s special teams and recruitment in addition to mentoring the team’s defensive backs. His career then carried him to West Virginia Tech, where he spent two seasons as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator (1999-2000), before arriving at West Virginia.
Gibson graduated from Glenville State in 1994. He was a defensive back from 1991-94 and was a part of two WVIAC championship teams. The Van, W.Va., native began his coaching career at Gilmer County High School in Glenville, W.Va., in 1995, where he was head coach and interim athletic director. He and his wife, Kerry, have two children, son Cody, who plays football at West Virginia Wesleyan, and daughter, Ashton.
I'm going to the PIttsburgh Coaches Clinic this weekend. Dantonio is the keynote speaker. Is anyone else going? Anything you'd like me to say or ask Dantonio if I should bump into him? Walt Harris and David Shaw are also presenting.