this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
per Tremendous via facebook
Following up on a Sam Webb report, 2013 commitment Henry Poggi tells me that five-star LB Reubon Foster "wants to visit Michigan". He says they've been talking a lot and that he thinks Foster is serious about taking a visit.
It's still a long-shot either way, but apparently it's worth at least speculating on in regards to a visit. Director of Player Personnel Chris Singletary was following him on twitter yesterday afternoon; this is only meaningful because Singletary is the guy who sets up and coordinates recruit visits.
I know this was touched on yesterday in another thread, but felt it was thread worthy with this update. This would be a HUGE GET for Michigan.
His Rivals Profile - Link
He's listed as a 5 star and the #6 player in the nation.
I dislike these threads but thought I could start one and title it in a way that would not cause panic. It's January 2013 and Denzel Ward may have committed too soon and that's ok. He spoke to the coaches about taking visits and was told he would need to decommit first but would still be a UM recruit. He's thinking about visiting Florida, Purdue, ASU, Stanford and UCLA. There is no cause for concern. Michigan is on the minds of several big time 2014 OL and the haul will be Tremendous no matter what.
Edit: Ward has this to say on Twitter: Denzel Ward @DW75_
Just got done working hard and I come back to tweets and threads about me and my Michigan status, tell the fam and Coach Hoke I'm All Blue!
Imo, this is just another kid who wants to travel for free and capitalize on the opportunity he's worked so hard for. Don't we all wish we had that opportunity? Nothing to see here.
I’ve been a very vocal opponent of all the Uniformz that we’ve seen the football team break out over the years, and since we’ve seen some hockey successes (and failures) and there’s now talk about basketball “special” unis, and well… I don’t have a lawn, but I do have a suggestion.
Many have noted that we’ve got history and tradition that very few schools can match. With the demand for more revenue from the AD (for new… everythings) some of us have accepted “alternate” jerseys as inevitable. I think that we can have alternate jerseys and they CAN be successful and they CAN look good. Remember, it’s not about being new, fresh, etc. it’s about selling more jerseys. Best way to do that without looking like clowns? History.
Home Blues are untouchable. The UTL jerseys sold well, and looked good on the players, but frankly the ones for sale to the public look awful. Sleeves are too long/too many stripes. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
HOWEVA, I’d be fine with Adidas tweaking the road jersey just about annually, it's changed a bunch over the years. I didn’t mind the look of last year’s Sugar Bowl jersey, but I didn’t like that it was our 6thlook in the same year.
ALSO, we should have some historical, REAL, throwback alternates that can be in the rotation for road/bowl games. DB wants to sell other jerseys? Offer these bad boys and wear them:
Bam. Problem solved. There are white alternates for our next 3 years. They even look like Michigan Jerseys! If Brandon thinks he can sell jerseys because we wore them when we were team “coconut shrimp”, he better believe that we can sell the jerseys we wore when we won the ’97 MNC.
This came up in the BBall Uniformz thread http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/basketball-uniformsz-watch-sunday-against-io..., but we’ve worn some good ones in the past. The Fab 5 shorts. The ’89 large block M Michigan blues, etc. Bam, we’ve got 5 basketball jerseys to sell.
- why aren't these in the rotation and for sale?
We’ve tried enough combos here that we should know what works. Try a new one occasionally (the Big Chill ones that didn’t have giant Arbys logos looked OK) but remember what you’ve got to draw from. I for one have ALWAYS wanted a “tournament” jersey with the script Michigan.
If the AD wants to sell jerseys, why aren’t they selling those!?!?!
Block Ms in every color worked, we’ve got the Rangers style Maize, plus the Red Era arc Michigan.
We’ve got good options to choose from in all 3 major sports that we've worn in the past. Change up a jersey a sport (bball change the blues one year, hockey try a new Maize, etc.) to see if we hit a new combo that works, but enough of the special edition one-offs that look like nothing we've ever worn. Let’s use some of these good looking old jerseys as alternates. I'd bet the AD will sell a few too.
Kid is interested in music production, so Vandy was in the mix. However, prognosticators' tea leaves generally read FSU or SC (despite both teams changing D-coordinators). Had M with Vandy and SC in his top three for a long spell.
Weirder things have happened. Cross 'em if you've got 'em. Go Blue.
This is what an alternate uniform looks like for Alabama. Dave Brandon makes me sad sometimes.
"This man knows... RT @caplannfl Bill O'Brien will stay at Penn St. No more interviews, source confirmed. There you go."
Great for PSU. Without him, they were going to plummet. Maybe now they will be able to ride their punishment out.