Mike Lantry, 1972
After getting a quick update yesterday evening that Michigan was in his top five, I was able to get Logan Tuley-Tillman on the phone for a full interview last night. For those who didn't see the update, Tuley-Tillman is a 6'7", 275-pound 2013 OL recruit from Peoria (IL) Manual with early offers from Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. Logan visited Ann Arbor for both the Nebraska and Ohio State games, and said he "never had an experience like it." His top five is now Michigan, Mizzou, Oregon, Boise State, and Illinois. Here's the lowdown on his recruitment:
ACE: First of all, I guess I'll ask you to expand on how the visits were, both for the Nebraska game and the Ohio State game.
LOGAN: The visit for Nebraska, it was really fun just getting down there and seeing what it is like. Then the visit last Saturday, it was like that times three—just the whole overall experience, it just really opened my eyes to what Michigan really is.
ACE: When you say it opened your eyes to what Michigan really is, what did you take away from that visit?
LOGAN: That they have great pride and great tradition. The winning ways are there if you just buy into the system. I can tell that their success, the success they're having this year, it's something I could probably build off of if I would choose to go there.
ACE: You've got a couple early offers right now, and you've got Michigan now in your top five. Do you know how your recruitment is going to play out at this point? Any idea of a timeline or is it too early to be thinking about that?
LOGAN: I'm pretty sure an offer from [Michigan] is going to come when I get film to them, but I'm not really going to make any decisions any time soon. I'm just going to play it out and see what happens.
ACE: Were you able to talk to any of the coaches when you were up here?
LOGAN: Yeah, I actually have a pretty good relationship with Coach Funk. I talked to him a couple times this past week. I actually talked to him last night, too, before I left. He's a real good guy, we have a pretty strong relationship.
ACE: Were you able to get your film to him? Has he said anything about seeing you on tape?
LOGAN: Yeah, I got him my highlights, but they need two full game films just to see, because all the players that they're recruiting, they know they can play, but they just want to see what type of guy they are. So, I'm just trying to get them the full-length videos now. I tried to get it to them digitally, but our school doesn't have it on hudl or anything, so I have to physically send them DVDs.
ACE: There were a bunch of prospects up there the last couple weeks. Were you able to connect with any of the recruits who were at the game?
LOGAN: Actually, I haven't really had the chance to talk to anyone like that, because I didn't really know anybody. I knew one, though, because we used to play AAU together. Amara... I can't think of his last name, but he used to play on my AAU team a little bit ago. [Amara Darboh?] Yeah.
ACE: Michigan fans might not be too familiar with your game at this point. How would you describe your strengths and weaknesses on the football field?
LOGAN: Some of my strengths would be just pass protection and just getting down and dirty in the trenches. I just like to go heads up with people.
ACE: You look on the video like you've got a bit of a mean streak when you get on the field. Is that something you take pride in?
LOGAN: Yeah, that's really just how everybody is from this area. When you come from Peoria, you've got to be tough, so that's one of the things that I take with me on the field. I just keep that chip on my shoulder that I've just got to get myself out of this town—even though I love it, it's my hometown, I don't want to end up staying here forever.
ACE: How would a Michigan offer affect your recruitment?
LOGAN: I think that would shake up the whole landscape, and I'm pretty sure they would skyrocket to number one, just from what I've seen and the relationship I have with Coach Funk.
ESPN released it's announcing teams for the bowl season:
Sugar Bowl announcing team is Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe on TV and then Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, and Heather Cox on the radio.
The Capitol One Bowl is Joe Tessitore, Rod GIlmore, and Quint Kessenich.
All the Bowl:
No Craig James! Hooray!
On the way home Valenti and Foster were doing the usual baiting Michigan fans into calling up since there are no ratings in talking MSU football.
The premise was would you root for MSU to help Mich get to the BCS? I don't care about that but based on all the diaries posted on here and the callers it does appear that a lot of fans do want to go to the BCS.
My question is why? Bowls hold very little interest for me. The only bowls that I find compelling are against top teams. I would much rather test ourselves against Arkansas than play Houston. If the BCS bid meant we were guaranteed to play Oklahoma, Oklahoma or Stanford than I would be fine with it, but Houston? Who wants that?
If you are not going to the game the only thing that matters about the bowl game is bragging rights and entertainment. Michigan does not need publicity. Come on it's Michigan! So I don't but that argument to go to the BCS
Let's look at the other factors.
Gametime- Advantage Citrus. 1:00 start day off work vs a midnight finish on a work night
Opponent- Advantage Citrus. Arkansas vs Houston Not even close. Plus a win gives us Seee Ceee bragging rights and continues our historical domination of them.
So to those of you that want to go to the Sugar Bowl can you explain why?
Just thought I'd share this news. I found the results on his conference's website, but not on the OHSAA site. I am guessing they have not posted there yet, and may be waiting until after the state championship games are played this weekend. Caleb Stacey was selected as Honorable Mention All-Ohio as well. Link:
I am hoping there will be at least a few more players to add once I find the rest of the players selected.
EDIT: Caleb Stacey is Special Mention, not Honorable Mention.
I'm sure many of you saw the tweets & articles this morning regarding the Big10 championship game "seat-filler" Craigslist posting.
A few people on the internet got a little over zealous and posted a bunch of
info thoughts that weren't true.
Here is a rundown of what was going on with actual researched facts.
Dear Brian, aka Our Fearless Leader, aka OFL,
One tiny humble suggestion from a small voice in the wilderness. I am on your website, which might be the MOST PERFECT website ever created in the history of the Internets, which were created by Al Gore, about once ever five minutes. I started this compulsive habit either during the RR coaching search, or the JB coaching search, or The Process, or all of the above. But this website has become my #1 site on the Internets, which were created by Al Gore.
MY SUGGESTION: Maybe a page with a scoreboard of UM teams? Or a frame on the front page? Something with the most recent results, like the last week. Obv I know the football score the moment it happens; but I live not close to Michigan so getting UM hockey scores, or UM women's team scores (who knew, they were undefeated this year?), or gymnastics, or wrestling... I can't get those scores easily. I know MGoBlue has that sort of stuff, but frankly, that site makes my head dizzy.
Maybe users can populate it. Followers of each team could race to be the one to post the score, or you could deputize certain users to be in charge of the scores for certain teams. Someone already has the softball team covered, I think.
Just one little thing to make this website, already the BEST on the Internets, which were invented by Al Gore, even all the MORE perfect. Hmm? Even moar perfect? I think this has been pointed at (to?) by Brady Hoke.
And moar pics of the gymnasts, while you're at it.
Edit; I thought it would be obv., but the mis-spelling - SCOARBOARD - was an intentional play off of MOAR. And Brian can even use the misspelled name as the official title, if he wants, I promise I won't sue. (For a fee, that is.)