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There is a great free article by Chris Balas over at Rivals entitled M is for Momentum. While the article doesn't cover a whole lot of new ground, there are some great quotes, and a good analysis of the future for Michigan in both football and basketball. One prep coach quips,
"If they can get 11 wins out of a group without a single consensus All-Big Ten player, think about what they're going to do with even more talent," one prep coach told TheWolverine.com recently.
Rivals recruiting analyst Mike Farrell says of Michigan's haul,
"I've never seen anything like this. . . it's Texas territory," Farrell said in comparing U-M to the Longhorns, notorious for cleaning up early. "This is something new. It's pretty remarkable. I think they got the right guys on campus and that they really know the kids they are recruiting. . . . Michigan has done everything right, from the way they handled last year's recruiting class to this year's. That's why they're so successful. Brady Hoke is a stand-up guy - not a flashy recruiter, but a guy who just gets the job done. It will be interesting to watch where Michigan and Ohio State finish this year."
Balas also gives props to Beilein and the basketball team, saying
The Wolverines are contending with a single four-star prospect in the top six of the rotation (though in fairness, freshman point guard Trey Burke, now a Big Ten player of the year candidate, obviously should have been).
That changes in the years to come - the part about doing it without highly regarded prep talent, that is. U-M has invested money to put its basketball facilities on par with some of the nation's best, and kids have noticed that and Michigan's success under Beilein.
And we're not done yet. Balas notes that Michigan is seriously in the running for a bunch of four and five star recruits, listing at least six more football players ranked in the top 100 juniors, along with highly ranked basketball recruits.
In terms of having such a successful football, basketball, and hockey team, concurrently, there may be no precedent, at Michigan or any other school, at any other time. Michigan truly may be entering a golden age. Between the coaching, the facilities, and the players themselves, Michigan could scarcely be in a better place. I envy those of you who are current students. Don't take for granted how good you have it now.
[Math teacher] Kristina Lipskis was thrilled to hear Kyle Bosch committed to Michigan on Saturday.
"That's awesome, good for him," she said.
She then realized her math class at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Ill., could have a little more flavor and energy than a typical Monday session. Lipskis was a swimmer at Ohio State.
"I know I'm not going to hear the end of this," said a laughing Lipskis, who has a Buckeyes banner hanging in her class. "... This year the [OSU football] team struggled a little bit. He liked to razz me about that a little bit."
Bosch, who Lipskis named math student of the month in December, said he won't rest at just verbal jabs at Lipskis and Ohio State's expense.
"I'll probably give her a T-shirt or something just to be smart," the four-star offensive lineman joked.
Michigan has offered several new kids like cornerback Devin Butler, linebacker Alex Anzalone, quarterback Shane Cockerille (all from 2013), and then 2014 cornerback Jalen Tabor and offensive tackle Damian Prince. It's interesting that Michigan is pursuing another kid who can play QB in the class of 2013.
EDIT: Michigan has also offered 2013 WR Darrell Daniels.
I know some people were upset Florida got an article earlier and we didn't.
Either Rivals heard your complaints or yous guys were too quick to complain - they recently put out a great free article recapping our weekend and talking about how M-Ohio recruiting is warming up.
Andy Staples has made up an all-star team of current players that received 2 stars (or less) during their recruitment. Nathan Brink, Patrick Omameh, and (obvs) Jordan Kovacs all check in as important contributors that were not highly touted. It's important to remember that even as we celebrate our 4-star haul this weekend, there are always surprise guys that will make a huge impact for us too!
Junker's attorney is saying he will plead guilty to one federal and one state felony for his role in reimbursing $48,000 in campaign contributions by employees. COO Natalie Wisneski is not expected to deal and is under indictment for filing false tax returns and breaking some of the same campaign finance laws as Junker. Lobbyist Gary Husk is not expected to enter a plea, either.
Junker faces a presumptory sentence of two and a half years, but is also eligible for probation.