From Portage Northern.
If you're into the meta world that is college football blogging, you know there is Cook, there is Hinton, there is Spencer, and there is Jacobi. As of yesterday, Black Heart Gold Pants founder Adam Jacobi is now just a CBS writer. He was hanging around BHGP as kind of an emeritus this year and finally let go the reigns.
It's a rare thing when you find someone who can a.) write, b.) takes his subject matter and journalistic integrity seriously, and c.) takes himself not seriously at all. If you ever waded into the batshit stream of BHGP content you'd find Jacobi's name atop the best of the islands of information (except when he was adding to the batshit). While the cast of Alice in Wonderland (who are admittedly well worth the price of admission on their own) he leaves behind are titans in their own right, I can't help but feel an era has ended now that he's Jacobi of CBS instead of Jacobi of BHGP.
I guess...congratulate and salute the guy. That is all.
As we near Signing Day 2012, the top players in the class of 2014 are beginning to pop up on the radar, and one of the most sought-after sophomore quarterbacks is Orlando (FL) Bishop Moore's Anthony Siciliano. The 5'11", 173-pound QB just attended the Under Armour All-America Combine, and he's also shown off his skills at the Orlando Elite 11 Regional camp and the Scout.com MVP camp. Siciliano sat out the 2011 season after transferring high schools, but he played on his school's JV squad as a freshman and you can see those highlights above. I got the chance to chat with Anthony today, and here's the full transcript of the interview:
ACE: How do you feel you performed at the Under Armour combine? How does it help with your development to be a sophomore playing with and against so many elite junior athletes from around the country?
ANTHONY: First off I want to thank Under Armour!! It was such an honor to be selected to this combine and attend it with the best players. I felt like I performed pretty good as a sophomore, I was able too see where I match [up] with some of the best juniors in the nation. Did pretty well in my testing and did really good in the position drills, 1-on-1s and 7-on-7. Going as a sophomore helps me because I can see what I have to work on coming back to this event next year and preparing for other events in the near future.
ACE: What schools have been in contact with you, and do you have any favorites so far?
ANTHONY: Mississippi State, Clemson, South Carolina, UNC, UCLA, FSU, Purdue, Texas Tech, Boston College, Georgia, Washington, Baylor, Oregon, Texas, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, LSU, Arizona State, Stanford, NC State, Missouri, Michigan State and Michigan (Questionnaires, Emails, and Camp Invites from the schools listed and most of the schools have looked at me through my NCSA Recruiting Site too).
ACE: What level of contact have you had from Michigan specifically? Are they able to contact you directly yet, or has it been all letters/questionnaires so far?
ANTHONY: I have had no contact from Michigan. I'm pretty interested in them and what the school offers.
ACE: For people who haven't seen you play, how would you describe your game? What would say are your strengths, and what are you working on to improve?
ANTHONY: I can make strong accurate plays in and out of the pocket throwing wise. And I can also use my legs if things break down. What I'm trying to work on is my overall speed and quickness. I need to get faster [because] it will help me not only outside of the pocket but in the pocket as well.
ACE: I know you transferred schools, but how did the last year go for you on the football field? What are your goals for your junior year?
ANTHONY: Unfortunately I had to sit out this year because of the FHSAA rules due to my transfer to a new school you can't play in the middle of the season. But I was still in football mode [and] did everything with the varsity football team, [I] just couldn't play in the games. But I will be back 110 percent come spring!
ACE: I know it's early to talk recruitment, but with so much attention from big-name schools, I imagine you're starting to think about where you'd want to go. What traits are you looking for in a potential college program that would make you want to go there?
ANTHONY: The atmosphere is what it's all about. The people around you, what's within the campus and around the campus. There's a lot of things you have to consider when picking a school. I just want to feel comfortable and safe for the next 4 to 5 years.
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I'm very excited to unveil the first edition of THE BLOCKHAMS™, my new ongoing online comic strip featuring the illustrated exploits of a maize and blue family. As I've previously mentioned, THE BLOCKHAMS™ will run every Tuesday here on MGoBlog and every Thursday at its official home page at www.theblockhams.com
If you like what you see, be sure to visit the site to learn more about the cast and the premise of the strip itself, and bookmark it before you leave. As always, be sure to check out the site's awesome sponsors as well. And The Blockhams are also on Twitter at @theblockhams so be sure to follow to receive updates whenever a new strip publishes.
Finally, after some deliberation before Christmas I've chose to 'out' myself here on the blog, simply because this is my creation and I'm too proud of it to hide behind a user name and risk someone else claiming ownership. This strip will run for the foreseeable future and I wanted to do it right. So there it is, here I am, please respect the decision, etc.
Finally, as a gift on the official launch date of the series, I've decided to run a second strip that will publish later this afternoon on THE BLOCKHAMS™ home page. If you like what you've seen, be sure to check back later today at http://www.theblockhams.com for a look at what Christmas was like in the Blockhams home this year.
Thanks everyone and GO BLUE TONIGHT!!!
I posted this comment in the UV thread but thought it might be worth posting on the board. Again, I have never posted stuff like this and wouldn't unless I trusted what I was told. If it turns out to be wrong, I apologize:
A close friend of mine who is very close with a prominent member of the MSU-related media was told that MSU is not interested in Arnett becuase of the way his original recruitment went down and that Dantonio doesn't like the kid and would not take him even if there was a need at WR, which there definitely seems to be. According to him, the ball is in Michigan's court; if they want him, that's where he will end up going.
I wouldn't post this unless I knew my buddy talked to his source. This guy is usually spot on when it comes to MSU stuff. He says they feel good enough about Bennie Fowler and Tony Lippett as future WRs anyways. I also know he wanted Arnett to play for MSU so he's not exactly excited about possibly conceding him to Michigan.
Again, grain of salt, FWIW stuff, but he's been right about 95% of the time with MSU stuff. I've also never posted anything of the sort and wouldn't unless I was confident in what I was told.
as always, comments and changes accepted. few notes - backup QB named Ju-Ju and TE named George George. that is all.
if anyone has any suggestions for next season, please feel free to let me know as the beginning of the season requires more referencing of the roster.