Pretty good group of QB's here....pod #1
Many Michigan fans are mystified by the current recruiting strategy of taking so many low-rated (or unrated) players at this early stage in the process. ‘Does JH know what he is doing?’ ‘Why not wait, as you can scoop up these guys later if the bigger fish don’t come on board.’ Even those of us who totally trust JH must admit to being a bit boggled when he took the 2 star DE; notwithstanding that he had worked him out personally at camp. However, when you look at the numbers - in light of Harbaugh’s track record - his madness makes more than just sense... it is genius.
2015: I believe that we will take Jhonny Williams as a transfer so will need to make some room to get down to 85. That should be no problem with the rumored medicals and other natural attrition.
2016: It looks like we are going for 25 recruits (#Fab 25)... or even more. There are 15 - 16 spots open at present which means that 10 or so more are expected. We do not name names on this site (and I fully agree with that policy), but looking at the roster it is fairly easy to see where the 10+ openings will come from. Medicals, un-offered 5th years and transfers for PT or other reasons could open at least 25 spots for the 2016 class. In fact, 28 (the league maximum if you have at least 3 early enrolees) is a very plausible number. This makes the spate of offers - and the less-than-sexy commitments - more understandable.
The bottom line is that JH is Confident that with his track record, and an EUTM, he can spot the right kind of athletes and mold them into Winners. To get 25 - 28 of those guys you can't sit on your butt waiting for high rated prima donnas to sign your dance card. This is why the 'Swarm' camps were such a stroke of genius. They gave JH the opportunity to see athletes from all over the country up close and personal. All of the ones who checked out as potential winners were offered. Never mind the star ratings of the armchair experts; one of the best talent evaluators in all of football worked these guys out in person. There is absolutely no way that he could have seen the vast majority of these kids if he had just waited for the Michigan camp... Genius!
We've got the Right guy in the Right Place at the Right time... Enjoy!
College Football Talk did an article about Harbaugh effect helping to turn around tickets sales at Michigan. Enjoy
The hiring of Jim Harbaugh has without a doubt been one of the more buzzworthy coaching hires in recent years around college football, and the outlook for the Wolverines seems to have turned around 180-degrees back on track as a result. That could also mean Michigan will not have to resort to any Coca-Cola ticket promotions this fall as well.
Back in April during spring football season, Michigan’s spring attendance saw a massive jump from 15,000 fans in 2014 to aneager and interested turnout of 60,000 Michigan fans. At the time, Michigan’s athletics director Jim Hackett also said the school was seeing steady growth in season ticket sales that forced Michigan to have to start a wait list already 1,500 fans deep. Hackett also said all 81 luxury boxes in Michigan Stadium had been sold out for the 2015 season. The momentum seems to be continuing in Ann Arbor in the ticket sales office too.
In addressing the financial state of Michigan’s athletics department to the regents this week, Hackett outlined a loss of $7.9 million loss from the most recent fiscal year, but highlighted some of the reasons for optimism things will turn around rather quickly, with the football program playing a key role. Hackett says Michigan has sold 18,000 single-game tickets and Michigan is projecting an eight-year high in season ticket sales. If there was any doubt the importance or significance of Michigan bringing Harbaugh back to Ann Arbor for the first time since he played quarterback for Bo Schembechler, Hackett put it to rest.
“We had to get the revenue moving line back up,” Hackett said, according toMLive.com. “One of our core strategies was getting a special football coach.”
8:00 p.m. Great game! Have a cold one and enjoy some Criquifreude.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel had to have his say on satellite camps.
"All of this is a recruiting tool so you can talk to recruits and illegally recruit, that’s all this is. It’s illegal visits, lots of discussions in which you bring parents down and they have home visits in their schools, etc. For all this connection stuff, they’re circumventing the national rule.
Jim Harbaugh, James Franklin and others are not doing anything new here. They're just making it more prominent. But popular or not, Pinkel believes the integrity of the game is being violated.
Among other things, the rule is there in order to keep larger, more successful programs from generating unfair recruiting advantages.