that is nice bonus change
Darian Roseboro, a defensive end from Lincolnton, North Carolina, is scheduled to announce his college decision this Friday. He arguably is the most important of the remaining Michigan recruits, because DE is an area of need in the 2015 class.
The local paper wrote:
Roseboro, a rising senior, had 124 tackles, 21 for loss, and 10 sacks as a junior. He was voted the 2013 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and helped the Wolves reach the third round of the NCHSAA state 2A playoffs.
Worthy of note is that when Roseboro narrowed his list down in May, he eliminated Ohio State. (he also eliminated Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Texas.) Still in consideration beyond Michigan are Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Tennessee. While only ranked 165 in the top 300, this is a bit deceiving, because he is a rising star. You only need to look at his offer list to see how Roseboro is thought of by coaches and teams.
The so-called crystal ball has Roseboro 67% to Michigan, 28% to North Carolina State, and 6% to North Carolina. I am an outsider, not an insider, but I find it interesting that the recruiting experts often seem to predict a positive response for the team they cover.
On his twitter page, Roseboro writes,
GOD ,FAMILY, FOOTBALL 1st team All American ... Other people's word doesn't mean a thing !!!!! Believe in Jesus always.
I am thrilled that Michigan is still strongly in the running for so many recruits. Roseboro's major recruiters are listed as Roy Manning and Mattison. I continue to be amazed at Manning's great recruiting. But Mattison also does an incredible job of relating to recruits. He has been mentioned as a big positive by several of the guys Michigan is pursuing.
I haven't heard of anyone beside Roseboro who is making a decision sometime soon. Because of Michigan's general policy (no visits to other schools after you've made a commitment,) it makes sense to me that anyone who wants to take any of their officials needs to hold off on commiting to Michigan until they are done with any officials.
Looking at some of the remaining recruits, Keisean Lucier-South is predicted to go to UCLA, although Michigan is still in there. Asmar Bilal is down to UofM and ND, and predicted 80% to Michigan. Tyrone Wheatley, an awesome legacy playing at SDE and TE, is predicted 100% to UM. (EDIT: per Seth and others, that is not a foregone conclusion. Situation is that Wheatley hasn't tipped his hand much, and many have made the Michigan assumption.) Marcus Lewis, a 6'1" CB from DC, is predicted 79% to the good guys (and he is another one with an offer from OSU.)
If Michigan is fortunate enough to add Roseboro, Bilal, Wheatley, and Lewis, they will add four more guys on defense with four stars, and have the best small recruiting class in the country. If they can actually peel KLS out of California and out of the clutches of UCLA, they add a 5 star, and could possibly end up with the highest average ranked class in the country.
Say what you will about Hoke, but he can recruit. Or, Michigan and it's great staff and facilities recruits for itself.
If anyone has details on the time of Roseboro's announcement, place, manner, etc., that'd be great.
Per Josh Newkirk tweet at press conference. They are appealing but I doubt a reversal happens. Probaly expected and not bad news since we seem to be solid at RB.
Just wondering what some of your favorite gameday snacks/appetizers are. Feel free to include pics or recipes.
Who will score Michigan's first TD against Ap State and what play will it be?
I'm going with a post from DG to Funchess.
University of Michigan football fans will be able to listen to the flagship radio broadcast featuring Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf without delay inside Michigan Stadium this season thanks to a partnership between WTKA Radio and the Michigan/IMG Radio Network. The three parties worked to eliminate several of the elements that normally lead to a significant delay with a radio station.
WTKA’s AM 1050 in Ann Arbor will be airing Michigan football games without delay during the 2014 season, meaning fans can bring a radio to the games and hear the commentary from Brandstatter and Dierdorf in virtual real time as the play unfolds before their eyes.
Okay, so back in like 788 (or maybe 1998, I don't know, it's been a long time) I started writing my own little annual football preview. Back then, there was no paper (or maybe it was just a fledgling internet--again, the details are hazy) so I had to scrawl the preview out on cave walls and sleeve tattoos. Over time, creating the preview became progressively easier with important technological advances like Proto-Indo-European, cuneiform, and the Commodore 64. By now, of course, I am just plain soft.
Thing is, I almost couldn't muster the motivation to do a 2014 edition, having been thoroughly demoralized by the latter half of last season. But it's been written that "Hoke springs eternal," and plus we have this guy named Jabrill, so I've been slowy crawling back into the spirit. And yeah--click the photo below for this year's edition. A couple warnings before you click: (1) the document contains some mild political content, so if some left-coast grumbling about a handful of SCOTUS decisions from the past 60 years is going to bother you, it might be best to skip the first couple pages; (2) actually, (1) was the only warning. Hope you dig.
[Edit: some people reported problems accessing the document from the original link; here is an alternative one to try: LINK; I hope this solves the problem but I will check back in a while to see how things are going with it.]
[Edit #2: Okay, I created the document on my MacBook and had no issues with it, but when I came to my office and tried downloading it my office PC I observed the same problem others have reported. Fortunately, the alternative link worked. So I have replaced the original link with the new link, and believe the problem has been solved. Again, I apologize for inconveniencing many of you. Thanks for being willing to try again.]