Looked like he was a Buckeye lock but now trending heavily to the Trojans... including Balz from Wiltfong.
Sam actually touches on this whole Alabama flight saga if you care to listen to it, but there's nothing real positive or negative that really needs to be added to the discussion. If you care to hear about it, listen to the podcast. We will know where Najee goes on Monday.
On to the other stuff.
Chuck Filiaga - Prepare for a Hello post. Nothing much on performance, but it doesn't sound like much has changed as far as expectations.
Donovan Peoples-Jones/Tarik Black - Tarik Black is "the revelation" to Sam. Tarik Black is now right there with Nico Collins in Sam's opinion (which Sam is very bullish on Nico). He's been the "big play threat" so far, more so than DPJ. Sounds like we should expect a rankings bump, which I believe he's already a composite Top 150. DPJ is still DPJ, but it sounds like Tarik is performing swimmingly.
Ambry Thomas - Going to really be a factor in Michigan's secondary as a Freshman.
Deron Irving-Bey - Looks like he's going to start on the DL for the East team. Not refined with technique so much, but he's really fast off the edge and in that fashion has been turning heads.
Jay Tufele - "Unblockable." Not very big, but "they can't get their hands on him." Don't believe things are trending well for him, but he's still one of Michigan's top targets. I haven't heard about Michigan being completely out of it for him, so there's still at least some hope there.
Aubrey Solomon - While some of you are writing him off and/or don't want to hear his name again after the drama the other day, it sounds like the staff has been pursuing him even harder now. Sam isn't saying Michigan will get him, but mentioned the word "weird" in regards to his recruitment. Michigan not completely out of the picture, and it's hard to tell if maybe this piece of drama between him and Michigan actually helped Michigan's chances? Who knows. If you don't want to hear more about him, just ignore this section. Either way keep your expectations low for your sanity.
This is perphaps the strangest/most dramatic non-Signing Day recruiting season I've ever followed, and it looks like these last four weeks will continue in that trend.
We have a killer class so far, so no matter what happens between Najee, Tufele and Solomon (and others of course), we are still going to end up with a top 5 class. DIB and Tarik Black are two that I would expect to see a rankings bump so far based off this new information.
Back to work. Hope this helps start off your weekend in a positive direction. Have a good day, ladies and gents.
Link to podcast. Sam starts talking about half-way in.
So it's official: P.J. Fleck is going to Minnesota. They're holding a press conference in Kalamazoo at noon.
I'm not sure if Western has a Lloyd Carr waiting in the wings to take over the program, but I'm speculating on who Western's next coach might be. I'd like to see Brady Hoke get a stab at it. (Although he's been rumored to be the next DL coach at Tennessee.)
Hoke was a failure as a Power 5 head coach and a failure as a Power 5 DC, but he was a success as a Group of 5 head coach. This job is made for him. He made $700,000 at Oregon, and Western was paying Fleck $800,000, so the money fits.
Any other thoughts as to what our friends in Kalamazoo should do?
The football gods grant you ONE wish: Jabrill returning for another year or #NH2AA?
Obviously "both" is the correct answer but you only get 1 (play along). Caveats about comparison being the thief of joy temporarily suspended. Who would make a bigger impact on next year's season?
I caved this week and watched Najee's highlights - he'd be a helluva pick up. That said, 5 Star RBs grow on trees every year. Jabrill is a once in a lifetime talent. Pep coming back would instantly raise our collective expectations for 2017-2018.
I'd be thrilled if either of these scenarios happened IRL, but for conversation's sake, I'm going with Peppers