somehow we're only 124th
The Center for Campus Involvement posted the following on its website:
"Michigan students are invited to open the football season in the Big House for a Go Blue Pep Rally on the field and to watch the first away game! Experience the Michigan tradition of our stadium, cheer on Maize & Blue, and have fun with multiple activities and free food as the Wolverines tackle the Crimson Tide in Texas. Be sure to bring your MCard for entry. Let's Go Blue!"
Edit: more details here, thanks Captain Blue:
For those who can't wait for Ace's recruiting update tomorrow, here's a few tidbits from post-BBQ recruiting interviews (please see earlier thread for comprehensive coverage of Derrick Green). Feel free to add other reactions that you've come across.
2013 WR Devon Allen has no stated leaders. On the impact of his visit to the BBQ on his interest in Michigan: “It increased,” Allen said. “It really opened my eyes.”
2014 CB Parrker Westphal has Michigan as leader per 247. His reaction to the BBQ visit: "They're [Michigan] still the standard."
2014 OT Tommy Doles, Michigan and ND leading per 247. “I like it a lot,” Doles said of Michigan. “The fact that they offered me first – that means something. And they stress leadership and academics and a lot of cool stuff there. I really don’t have a list of schools, but I really do like it at Michigan a lot.”
2014 LB Michael Ferns, Michigan, ND, PSU leading. On whether or not he almost commited at the BBQ: "It crossed my mind," Ferns stated. "You get up there and you start seeing the people you're going to be around for the three, four years I'll be there. It's a great group. The coaching staff is great and knowing you're going to be around great people, it's kind of an easy deal."
2014 WR Artavis Scott (not yet offered), no stated leaders. Impressions: “It was raw,” Scott said. “I liked it. Everything – there’s nothing not to like. The campus – it’s raw. There’s nothing else to say about it. It’s sick.” On whether Michigan would be amongst his leaders if they offer: "Hell yes."
2014 DE Conor Sheehy, offered at the BBQ, no stated leaders. “The long-lasting tradition, and just the way they do things right, and always have, stand out to me about Michigan.”
2014 OT Mason Cole, Michigan now stated leader. "Very high," Cole said. "It just had that home feeling. For right now, it's my favorite."
I think this is pretty cool. 247Sports just put together a composite recruiting ranking that averages across the four major recruiting services.
Here's where the Michigan recruits landed in 247's calculation of the four-site average:
16. Shane Morris
55. Dymonte Thomas
62. Kyle Bosch
74. Patrick Kugler
82. Chris Fox
114. Henry Poggi
116. Mike McCray
122. David Dawson
133. Logan Tuley-Tillman
137. Taco Charlton
146. Jourdan Lewis
153. Jake Butt
191. Ben Gedeon
203. DeVeon Smith
215. Gareon Conley
242. Wyatt Shallman
301. Maurice Hurst, Jr.
311. Jaron Dukes
355. Ross Douglas
541. Csont'e York
641. Khalid Hill
Also of note:
40. Leon McQuay
41. Laquon Treadwell
60. Derrick Green
I don't see Channing Stribling or Scott Sypniewski in the top 1250.
Michigan has 16 guys in the top 250. By my count, OSU currently has 10, Notre Dame currently has 10, and MSU doesn't have anyone. Keep in mind that their classes aren't as large as ours right now.
For those who care, the details are below (and a little unclear). I've tried this myself in a couple of diaries, and there are a lot of decisions that you have to make as you're doing it.
The 247Composite Rating is a proprietary algorithm that compiles prospect "rankings" and "ratings" listed in the public domain by the major media recruiting services. It converts average industry ranks and ratings into a linear composite index capping at 1.0000, which indicates a concensus No. 1 prospect across all services.
The 247Composite Rating is the industry's most comprehensive and unbiased prospect ranking and is also used to generate 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.
All major media services share an equal percentage in the 247Composite Rating.
The composite index equally weights this percentage among the services that participate in a ranking for that specific prospect.
A composite strength meter, indicated by red bars, illustrates the total number of industry services that have ranked the prospect. A full strength meter indicates the prospect has been ranked by all industry services participating in the composite.
All industry services have a different philosophy on number of "stars" distributed with each class. The 247Composite Rating assigns stars based on an approximate average distribution of stars from the industry.
[ED-S: This article was posted by KayKay, whose account is currently disabled from something unrelated to this thread -- it'll just say it's by me while I fix this]
Look, I know. These guys haven't even begun their frosh season. There'll be attrition, busts, redshirts, other classes and other intangible normalcies that are a part of football. That's a fact. But it's still fun to look at what could (and will) be one damn good team in 2015!
WDE: Mario Ojemudia SR. Taco Charlton JR.
NT: Ondre Pipkins SR. Maurice Hurst Jr. JR.
3tech: Henry Poggi JR. Matthew Godin SR./Willie Henry SR.
SDE: Christopher Wormley SR. Tom Strobel SR.
WLB: James Ross SR. Ben Gedeon JR.
MIKE: Joe Bolden SR. Mike McCray JR. Kaleb Ringer SR.
SAM: Royce Jenkins-Stone SR.
Field CB: Jourdan Lewis JR. Terry Richardson SR. Ross Douglass JR.
Boundary: Gareon Conley JR. Channing Stribling JR.
Slot CB: Terry Richardson SR. Ross Douglass JR.
SS: Dymonte Thomas JR. Allen Gant SR.
FS: Jarrod Wilson SR. Jeremy Clark SR.
QB: Shane Morris JR.
RB: Deveon Smith JR. Drake Johnson SR.
FB: Wyatt Shallman JR. Sione Houma SR.
RT: Erik Magnuson SR. Ben Braden SR.
RG: Kyle Bosch JR. Blake Bars SR.
C. Patrick Kugler JR. Blake Bars SR.
LG: Kyle Kalis SR. David Dawson JR.
LT: Chris Fox JR. Logan Tuley-Tillman JR.
WR1: Amara Darboh SR. Jaron Dukes JR.
WR2: Jehu Chesson SR. Csont'e York JR.
Slot Reciever: Dennis Norfleet SR.
TE: Devin Funchess SR. Jake Butt JR.
U-Back: AJ Williams SR. Khalid Hill JR.
....Obviously the team won't look anything like this come 2015, but imagining Hoke fielding a team like this, captained by Mattison and Borges, makes for some nice fantasies on a dreary Monday.
That's not your mother, it's a MAN BABY!
Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams has made waves since arriving in Tuscaloosa from his homeland of Australia, standing out with his unique look and big personality as well as his performance on the field.
The latest feat from Williams that has fans buzzing came in the weight room on Thursday when the 320-pound lineman reportedly bench pressed 600 pounds.
To give that achievement some perspective, former Memphis star Dontari Poe, the top bench press performer at this year's NFL Combine, maxed out at 500 pounds on the bench press.
This was all over twitter recently, and I didn't see it posted anywhere. That's one strong dude. It's going to be one heck of a trench battle for the Michigan offensive lineman.
Ok, boys and girls, here's my first wallpaper of the season. I'm going to try to make multiple styles for each upcoming game. I'm also going to work on making mobile versions of each one this year. I hope you all like this first one. Let me know what you think! Go Blue! Beat 'Bama!