Pretty interesting article on how an unrelated phone call led Mike Zordich to head to Ann Arbor.
Two weeks ago, as the Baltimore Ravens were preparing for their wild-card playoff game against the Steelers, Youngstown State safeties coach Mike Zordich called Ravens coach John Harbaugh to wish him good luck.
“John and I are good friends and we communicate quite a bit,” said Zordich, a Chaney High graduate. “John was my special teams coach in Philadelphia [in 1998, his last year in the NFL] and we’ve kept in contact.”
The call ended up changing his life.
At the time, John’s brother, Jim, had just been hired at Michigan and was in the early stages of assembling a staff. Zordich had just finished his first year at YSU and wasn’t looking to move on, but John mentioned Zordich’s name to Jim. Next thing Zordich knew, he got a call from Jim asking him to drive to Ann Arbor for an interview.
We've been hearing a lot about how OSU's recruiting geography is changing under Urban, so thought I'd take a look to see how real that meme is. Often once a view becomes stated enough it becomes taken as fact even if not so, but in this case the data bears out a changing recruiting profile.
OSU will always be Ohio centric as Ohio is the one true powerhouse state in the north in terms of producing both depth of talent and elite talent. (Other schools in the Midwest cannot follow the same blueprint since they just don't have the same # of upper echelon guys in their state borders) But Tressel was known for "putting a f****** wall" up around the state borders, whereas Urban still wants the elite OH talent but is willing to let some secondary guys go (that Tressel still wanted) in lieu of chasing non OH elite talent.
Below are 2 tables:
- The first is the 3 most recent years Urban recruited (2013-2015). I don't know if they are done with 2015 but the class is pretty huge already.
- The second table is 3 years of Tressel+Fickell.
I chose these 3 years because they are the only 3 year period I could find of similar size classes to what Urban has been bringing in. A lot of Tressel's classes of the 2000s were 16-18ish in size. This would indicate to me some (ahem) "aggressive attrition" is going on in Urban's OSU whereas Tressel was more "player friendly" in retaining recruits through all 4-5 years in the program. It could also indicate Tressel redshirted more than Urban. There is certainly some combination of the two happening.
|Urban Classes||Total||OH||Not OH||"South"|
|Non Urban Class||Total||OH||Not OH||"South"|
- Urban era shows about 40-45% of players are from in state. Tressel era 55%ish. A significant reduction.
- Urban is not surprisingly grabbing a good chunk of players from the "South" (SEC/southern ACC footprint). Whereas it was just under a quarter of the class on average in the Tressel/Fickell era, it's one third of a typical Urban class.
- Again the 2009-2011 class is not indicative of what an OSU class looked like in say 2004-2006; Tressel's classes were generally smaller so Urban is cycling kids thru his program much quicker - part of that might be less redshirts and part of that might be "aggressive attrition" that we see in parts of the SEC.
I would suggest a similar Michigan footprint to mimic the Meyer strategy, while accounting for less depth of talent in state, would be something along the lines of:
- 25% Michigan
- 20% OH/PA
- 55% non OH/PA Out of State with 33% of that coming from the "South"
This seems to fit well with our current staff's regional backgrounds and a secondary reason Durkin (and to a lesser degree Jackson and Fisch) are key.
Big weekend for recruiting! Let's get it started with a Friday Posbang...
Ace just tweeted a post at jimlightfootball.com that I figure many posters will be interested in. It's a run down of Harbaugh's passing offenses. The first paragraph contains links that outline his running philosophy (i.e. POWER!!!). Have at it. I am not a football coach so I won't expand on what's linked here. Others are more qualified. I'm sure much of this material will be broken down in detail on the front page over the offseason.
Looks like he will not be a graduate transfer after all.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan will return to school as a fifth-year senior, opting to make one more run with the Cardinal next season instead of entering the NFL draft or pursuing other career paths. Hogan announced his decision via Twitter on Thursday, the final day for underclassman to declare for the draft. The school confirmed he would be back.