this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I put together a scouting report on Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Corey Holmes, who at one time proclaimed Michigan as his leader. I was pretty impressed by how ready he appears to be for college, although he checked in at the recent Under Armour combine at 166 lbs., so that's an obvious place for improvement. Of the 10 receivers Michigan has offered so far, he's perhaps the most polished one.
Denard Robinson will play wide receiver at the Senior Bowl on January 26, televised nationally on the NFL Network. Just a small bit of news, but I imagine this gives us some actual insight into his intentions for the combine, draft, and playing in the NFL.
To add on to the post from yesterday,
Drake Harris has reopened his recruitment and said he is considering Michigan.
Also considering 4 powerhouse schools in the south (Not sure how much I can/should say since it's paywalled)
Info from TomVH on ESPN. LINK ($)
EDIT: Reason is because he wants to focus solely on football
There was some speculation on the board about this earlier, but Tyrone Wheatley has officially followed Doug Marrone from Syracuse to the Buffalo Bills to be their new RB coach. First NFL coaching job for Tyrone, and he gets to be the position coach to 2 pretty good backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Congrats to Tyrone!
I know we all tired quickly of the replay of Clowney's hit on Vincent Smith. One of the guys at WolverineNation did a short article about Smith's perspective on the hit.
A good read and the best part of the article is how pissed Smith's older brother got at the endless replays for the next two weeks (can't say I blame him!). "Smith's older brother, Jaworski Bowie, actually took the impact of the hit harder. Bowie texted his younger brother, perturbed the hit was being shown ad nauseam. It reached the point where Smith told his brother to stop. Smith wasn't bothered by it, so why should his brother be? Besides, Smith said, he has been hit harder."
Smith's feeling on the hit reminds me of Jim Carey's great line in Liar, Liar, "I've had better."
247's final Top 247 is not the most kind ranking system applied to M's class. David Dawson is our highest rated commit on their site, coming in at 65 overall. The rest of our class breaks down as follows:
- 80 - Dymonte Thomas
- 81 - Shane Morris
- 97 - Patrick Kugler
- 103 - Kyle Bosch
- 108 - Taco Charlton
- 120 - Henry Poggi
- 129 - LTT
- 137 - Chris Fox
- 190 - Maurice Hurst
- 194 - Mike McCray
- 199 - Ben Gedeon
- 218 - DeVeon Smith
Derrick Green checks in at 84 overall.
247 lists Michigan's class 6 overall. The question for the recruitniks/talent evaluators: is M's class lacking top end talent/supreme playmakers or are 247's rankings unduly harsh to our commits? Obviously this isn't bad - 6 overall is an incredible class. I'm just surprised by some of the rankings here.