chance of bowl: 13.6%
Good and bad reviews of the Michigan recruits.
First the bad:
Taco Charlton (Bear Market Award)
This award goes to the player who lowered his stock the most from the camp. While Pickerington (Ohio) Central defensive end Taco Charlton looks the part, he really struggled. He has great size, long arms and he is very athletic. However, he is also very upright, only has an outside move and when coaches tried to teach him misdirection or crossover, he didn't grasp it well at all. He was beaten on almost every 1-on-1 rep he took.
The not so bad:
Shane Morris (Honorable Mention - Tunnel Vision Award)
Honorable mention:Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris was clearly one of the top three quarterbacks at the event, but his team was the favorite to win it all with weapons like O.J. Howard, Taquan Mizzell and Ahmad Fulwood. However, his Land Sharks team was eliminated early mainly because Morris focused on one side of the field and locked in on certain players. He has a cannon of an arm and a ton of upside, but his field vision needs to improve.
Shane Morris (Spin It Award)
It was very clear that Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris had the best arm at the event. He has a cannon of an arm and there's not a throw he can't make. With some of the other quarterbacks showing funky mechanics or not spinning the ball that well, it was fun to see him rear back and let it rip. He has a hose, as they say in the quarterback business.
Also an interesting part on Joe Mathis and his poor attitude.
Always love to see evidence that Brady (as in Tom, not Hoke) is the tops of his profession. ESPN has one of those survey questions today: If you had to pick a QB to win just one game, who would it be -- Tom, Rodgers, Eli, Payton, or Brees?
Tom won the poll, and won EVERY state in the union, except for those states that showed total homerism. Eli won the Packers' home turf (Wisconsin, Dakotas, Montana); Eli won NY; Payton won Indianapolis, Tennessee (barely) and Colorado (barely). Brees won Louisiana and Mississippi.
It's not scientific, but anyone who wants to argue -- as objectively as possibly -- that Tom isn't the top QB in the league is probably being just a homer or a hater.
NOTE: I guess Amani Toomer would have added Tony Romo to that list..... /wtf?
So on WolverineNations' recruiting chat yesterday, there were more than a few people who tried comparing Treadwell to the Diamond situation yesterday. Tom vehemently denied this twice, his last response looking like this:
The Treadwell/Diamond comparison isn't too bad looking at it from a high level, you hear the "oh he's almost a lock for UM" for so long, then boom. hopefully a boom in the other direction though this time.
Yeah, but a closer view I'm telling you is not the same. Trust me.
My 2 cents is that Treadwell knows he wants to commit but is playing the numbers game. He wants to take visits but he can't once he commits. He knows there are 2 open spots and no rush to commit unless one fills up.
Vegas just released the updated baseball odds for 2012. They show:
Tigers at 14/1 to win the World Series
Tigers at 15/2 to win the American League
(Apologies for lack of link. I'm behind a nasty work naughty filter that prevents betting sites as a category. Perhaps someone can post link)
Weren't the Tigers pre-season favorites to win the World Series -- something like 6:1?
Btw. Today's updated odds show Yankees at the top with 9/2 odds to win WS, Texas at 5/1. Yankees and Rangers are tied at 5/2 to win the American League
There's an article over at ESPN on UofM recruits fraternizing with Ohio recruits at The Opening. (LINK: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/recruiting/football/story/_/id/8143990/michigan-ohio-state-rivalry-put-hold-opening)
Really, just a piece of fluff. But as I think about this, it just goes to who people are. If someone is cool and you get along with them, it doesn't matter what school they go to, or will go to, or went to. The flip side is true: just because someone is at Michigan doesn't automatically mean that you're going to be friends.
I remember several Michigan athletes who were jerks. And also have known some from other schools who were good guys. You never know.
Erik Magnuson took a picture of his new Michigan locker on June 22, which incidentally had his number on it.
He will be wearing No. 78.
I figured a lot of the incoming freshman who have similarly found out their numbers would have updated that info on their twitter profiles, so I did some "research." Lo and behold, here's what the twitterverse says so far:
- OT Erik Magnuson -- No. 78
- OL Kyle Kalis -- No. 67
- OL Dan Gibbs -- No. 79
- OL Ben Braden -- No. 62
- OL Blake Bars -- No. 71
- RB Dennis Norfleet -- No. 26 (Dileo is wearing No. 9)
- RB Drake Johnson -- No. 29
- FB Sione Houma -- No. 39
- TE AJ Williams -- No. 84
- TE Devin Funchess -- No. 19
- WR Amara Darboh -- No. 82
- WR Jehu Chesson -- No. 86
- WR Bo Dever -- No. 3
- DT Ondre Pipkins -- No. 56
- DT Willie Henry -- No. 69
- DE/DT Matt Godin -- No. 99 (Thanks mgouser Denarded)
- DE Chris Wormley -- No. 43
- DE Mario Ojemudia -- No. 53
- DE Tom Strobel -- No. 50
- LB Joe Bolden -- No. 35
- LB Kaleb Ringer -- No. 49
- LB Royce Jenkins-Stone -- No. 52
- LB James Ross -- No. 15
- CB Terry Richardson -- No. 13
- S Jarrod Wilson -- No. 22
- S Allen Gant -- No. 12
- S Jeremy Clark -- No. 34
- P Kenny Allen -- No. 91
And bonus pics:
Seth will have a post about it once all the numbers get revealed.