It's always cool to see MGoBlog mentioned in pieces by major sports outlets like ESPN and SI, but a full article is even better. Ace talks about the state of pre-Harbuagh recruiting, Harbuagh's first half class (2015) and his first full class (2016).
Also, importantly, the SI author (Martin Rickman) name drops the M00N game.
He flipped from Wake Forrest to Jerry Kill last night. Played at Southfield. Has mosty MAC offers and lower level Big Ten. He is 6'2 200 pound safety that is rated 4 stars by Rivals and 3 by Scouts. Neither Michigan or MSU has offered.
Has anyone seen this kid play? Magnus your thoughts? Strange for an instate 4 star to not have either MSU or Michigan offers.
BTW: Michael Ojemudia committed to Iowa yesterday as well. He of course is the brother of Mario.
I don't normally do Bleacher Report , but this came up in my feed, and I thought it was interesting since it also talks about Zach Gentry.
Evidently, this kid is a 2015 6'3", 200lbs QB that three for 4500 yards, 49 TDs and 6 INTs this season - which is pretty indicative of his body of work as a starter - the season wasn't an aberration. Kid has a 4.0 this year and a 3.75 Cumulative.
However, he has zero scholarship offers.
I recall in the comments on Zach Gentry's film, some of the gurus here were saying that the competition was ummm.... not so good at football. Is that the only thing keeping colleges away here? I know it's late and if you're poorly exposed, a lot of schools are filled up, but I have a hard time believing some school wouldn't carry an extra QB with his measurables and performance.
I'm wondering if someone who follows recruiting closely knows something the BR report isn't sharing? It sounds like he hit the camps, so even though he plays in NM, he should be well scouted. Is there a hitch in his game?
Interesting piece on ESPN.com by Ivan Maisel, in which he examines the effort by some college football programs to "go national" in their recruiting -- particularly after winning a national title -- and whether that actually benefits them. I thought this was particularly relevant to us, as Harbaugh and staff look to be recruiting the top names from all across the country.
The news hook here is Urban Meyer's talk the morning after winning the championship game about expanding OSU's recruiting beyond "the footprint of Ohio." Maisel's big point is that emphasizing national recruiting beyond a program's traditional recruiting footprint, especially their home state, doesn't really help.
It all makes sense, but what's significant is that recruiting nationally hasn't resulted in more championships. If it did, a team that won it all would do so again four or five years down the road once those picked cherries have morphed into veteran players. In fact, there are plenty of examples of programs that began to recruit nationally and not only failed to win another national championship, but failed to maintain their status as national contender.
He uses USC under Pete Carroll as an example:
But take a look at USC a decade ago. The Trojans won their second consecutive AP national championship in 2004 with a roster of 82 Californians, 18 of whom started. [...] Then USC's coach, Pete Carroll, once at the top, decided that he wanted to -- as Meyer put it -- cherry-pick the nation's best recruits. One of his USC assistants, Rocky Seto, told author Steve Bisheff for his 2009 book, "Always Compete," that Carroll "tells us he only wants [out-of-state] kids who are capable of being first-round NFL draft picks." The 14 freshmen signed by USC in February 2005 included five out-of-state players, four of whom made the USA Today Top 100.
But Carroll never won another national title. By 2009, the fifth year after he had shifted to his cherry-picking philosophy, USC had virtually the same number (81) of Californians on its roster as it had five years earlier. But the Trojans' starting lineup included only 12 in-state players and 10 from out of state. USC went 9-4 that season, got blown out by Oregon and Stanford and Carroll left for the Seattle Seahawks.
Maisel cites Alabama in recent years as another example. He then goes on to ask why "going national" doesn't seem to help -- and happens to mention a certain Stanford program built by a certain coach we all happen to know:
There's also the theory that kids who don't grow up understanding Alabama football and wanting more than anything to play for Alabama -- or fill in your state university here -- don't make the same emotional commitment, that three-star players with heart supply the guts of a team with a smattering of five-star starters.
That's impossible to measure and doesn't take into account a success story like Stanford, which must recruit nationally because of its academic standards. The Cardinal team that won its second consecutive Pac-12 championship in 2013 included players from 30 states and three countries.
Lots of food for thought here. I'd argue Michigan is in a tougher position than many of these programs, because Michigan simply doesn't produce the quantity of in-state talent that California or Ohio or Texas or Florida or even Alabama do. We have no choice but to recruit nationally to some degree. We do need to concentrate on our traditional footprint -- MI, Ohio especially, and Pennsylvania -- and Hoke did a nice job with that, but I think Harbaugh's right to make a bigger effort going after kids in talent-rich states like FL, TX, and CA.
It is that time of the year again.
Key and Peele have some special guests to make this one really special.
Angelique Chengelis has a brief article up tonight at the News entitled Harbaugh making a big push for Mike Weber, Wilcher says. There isn't much new in the article. The one thing I find interesting is that Wilcher, a former Michigan RB, is no longer making predictions on where Weber will end up. Previously, Wilcher thought Weber was going to OSU. Chengelis writes:
Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said Wednesday he doesn't know where Weber stands on his football future right now.
"Harbaugh has been calling Weber since he got here," Wilcher said.
EDIT: They are following this very closely over at Eleven Warriors. Reading through the comments, they are all over the place (We want him. We have other backs who are better anyway. He wants to go to Michigan. His heart is at OSU but Harbaugh won't leave him alone.)
Eleven Warriors LINK: Weber signs with UofM?
My two cents: Weber himself doesn't know which way to go. Neither school is jumping out to him in a clear and undeniable way. Both schools have pros and cons. He will choose with his gut and maybe those closest to him on Feb. 4. No way to know which way that will be.