things go poorly
I know it's a couple years old now. But, if you haven't seen the movie, I highly suggest you do. It's centered around former NBA great Vlade Divac and the former Yugoslovian national team. Covering their struggles through the civil war, with Croatia trying to separate from the former Yugoslovia. There's great stuff in there about Drazen Petrovic, and how great of a player he was. But the heart of the story, is the ruining of the friendship of Vlade and Drazen, because of the war. Worth a watch, if you're even a moderate basketball fan.
Texas SDE and Michigan offer Christian LaCouture (3*, has offers from LSU and Mizzou also) has decommitted from Texas A&M and plans on visiting Michigan sometime in the relatively near future. I'm at work now so can't go further into detail, but that's the important part.
Scout has a header that points to a possible visit this weekend or soon thereafter by Ben Gedeon. Let the speculation begin. One take is that they prefer Ben to McCray (FWIW so do I) and this could head off a McCray committment. With O'Daniel looking good and Levenberry a strong possibility perhaps we take three LBs in this class rather than the presumed two?
A long way to go but McCray's announcement may have speeded up the process for the linebackers. I have total faith in this coaching staff so whatever Mattison decides is OK with me - can I get an Amen?
New Orleans TE Standish Dobard is reporting an offer from Michigan according to 247 Sports.
Dobard is 6'5", 235 and rated a high 3 star on 247 / 4 stars on Rivals. His offer list has all the SEC heavy weights + bunch of other elite programs) (LSU/ Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia)
I couldn't find any higlights of Standish on youtube except this one
Again - one of the most sought after TE's from the south - he'll be difficult to reel in IMO.
I posted a primer on who's remaining offensively for Michigan on their board. It doesn't cover every offer we've made, just ones who are more likely than others. It's still pretty comprehensive. Hope you enjoy: LINK
I am curious about how and when scholarship offers are pulled off the table. There are several instances last year where it seems an offer may have been pulled:
- Yuri Wright (use of social media?)
- Stefon Diggs (going out of town during a scheduled visit?)
- Ron Thompson (didn't need him?)
- Pharaoh Brown (went on an official, therefore rescinding commitment, and possibly offer?)
- Tommy Schutt (didn't want, especially after Pipkins committed?)
In particular, I'm wondering what happens when a position group is largely filled. We have five offers accepted for 2013 on the offensive line. Does this mean that existing offers are "wait listed," ( i.e., "If a spot opens up, we'll let you know, but there isn't space now?") Or, if a player is rated highly enough (Tunsil?) they can commit at any time? Or, if a player is rated low enough, "thanks for your interest, but we no longer have room for you. Sorry it didn't work out."
For those of you who actually either played D-I ball or have been part of a coaching staff or have been related to a player, what does an offer look like? Are there conditions and strings attached?
In some ways, it seems a little bit like a game of "chicken," waiting to see who blinks first. If you wait too long, there is no longer a spot available. If you commit too quickly, maybe you don't investigate the field of suitors as comprehensively as you'd like.
I can see that at some positions, where several athletes have expressed serious interest, you are playing with fire if you don't commit soon enough. I don't think it was a coincidence that some of the offensive linemen who had serious interest pulled the string once they saw the positions filling up.