this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Now that we feel comfortable with the roster going into next year...what are your thoughts on these questions that we haven't had to ask in awhile?
In your opinion...
1. Who's the best player on Michigan's team?
2. In a "late game, last shot" situation...who should take the shot? (down by 1...so a 2 or a 3 wins the game)
3. Who starts at PG when we enter the B1G season? Albrecht or Walton?
4. Who starts at SG when we enter the B1G season? Stauskas or Irvin?
5. Who's Michigan's leading scorer next season?
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Again, title says it pretty much says it all. Rundown of the 'top ten' recruiting battles.
A bit discouraging to see how many of the players have interest only in Southern schools. Pretty emblematic of why the B10 is a pretty weak conference right now.
OTOH, very nice to see Michigan feature prominently with two of the top guys in the country.
EDIT: Insider content
Announced on @umichfootball on twitter, several of the annual spring awards were given out today.
Meyer Morton Award winner: James Ross III
The Meyer Morton Award, established by the 'M' Club of Chicago in 1925, is given to the football player who shows the greatest development and most promise as a result of the annual spring practice. Morton, a 1912 Michigan graduate, was a lawyer in Chicago from 1915-48 and served as a Big Ten football official for 23 years. In fact, Morton was the referee in the famous 0-0 tie between Notre Dame and Army played at Yankee Stadium in 1946. A member of the Chicago 'M' Club, Morton traveled to Ann Arbor to present the award for many years, and the award was named in his honor after his death in 1948.
John F. Maulbetsch Award winner: Jarrod Wilson
The John F. Maulbetsch Award is given to the freshman football candidate after spring practice on the basis of desire, character, capacity for leadership and future success both on and off the gridiron. It was established by Frederick C. Matthaei in 1954 in honor of the late John F. Maulbetsch, an All-American halfback in 1914.
Frederick Matthaei Award: Devin Gardner
The Frederick Matthaei Award is given to the junior-to-be gridder who has displayed leadership, drive and achievement on the athletic field and in the classroom. The award was established by Frederick C. Matthaei in 1968.
MGoBoard Hero (judging from the available user tags?) and security blanket TomVH has a great piece on WolverineNation (ESPN Insider, obviously, but seriously get the Magazine when it's on sale to get the year of Insider) about Michigan commits preferring recognition for their entire recruiting class as a whole, rather than high individual rankings. Probably a good call for a group that's courting the #2 and #4 guys out there, but as TomVH asserts,
[T]he commitments have already taken grasp of Bo Schembechler's famous quote: The team, the team, the team.
(The class, the class, the class?)
Pretty impressive that five guys who have been hearing that they're each among the top 150 HS players in the country can keep that in perspective and focus on the success of the whole team. It's easy to love the way the staff recruits!
The topic says it all, article for those who want to read it:
How cool would it be to keep watching Denard on a regular basis? Of course, he would have to play for the Lions, and its hard to wish that on someone I like so much.