I'm not going to pay any attention at all, I probably won't even open MGoBlog until just before I head into work ( I work midnights ).
Is there anybody else out there who doesn't care about recruiting?
How many of you will be glued to espnu all day waiting to see who goes where?
And how many of you will be anxiously doing what You're not supposed to be doing?
Interesting article on the 2014 recruiting landscape. Interesting Peppers quote.......
"There's nothing wrong with Michigan. I'm not worried they went 7-6 or about anything else anyone has written. The future is bright for Michigan football. Don't count us out just yet. It's Michigan for God's sake."
-- Jabrill Peppers, the nation's top 2014 cornerback
With the fax machine waiting to receive NLIs, are there any surprises to 2014 classes?
My first very pleasant surprise: MM
My second very pleasant surprise: Gelen Robinson
Given it is 2014, I am pretty sure there is no unpleasant surprise(s).
What you have in store?
On the front page of espn.com right now is the following chantel jennings article:
The headline on the front page is "Hoke: Michigan QB job up for grabs this spring."
Unfortunately, that's not at all what Hoke said. This is a media manufactured qb controversey and it's bad for the team. The actual question and answer was as follows:
Question: To be clear, when Devin is healthy, obviously he will be at some point, Shane is going to get a chance, Devin is going to have a chance or is Devin going to go in as your starter?
Brady Hoke: “I think that is an unknown. Again, we were 7-6 and we’ve got a lot of young guys. We’ve got a lot of competition. Now does Devin have the most experience – yes. There is no question.”
Hoke in no way stated that the qb job is "up for grabs." The above was typical Hokespeech. All he is saying is that there is going to be competition. He always says that there's going to be competition.
[Ed-S: Deleted a few of the knucklehead responses from the Habilines around here.]
I believe everything about this is fantastic, it reminds me of the Breaking Madden posts from a while back, but real life; LINK
EDIT: with this vine thing becoming a thing, we need a tutorial on how to actually post vine. Figured it was just switch to plain text editor but that doesn't seem to be working.
This is done yearly by the Detroit News, and I always think it is an interesting read. Their list of Blue Chip recruits around the state get asked some questions about their experience, and they reflect on it.
Some of the highlights of the article:
4. Lawrence Marshall
DL, 6-4, 240
Best recruiting experience: The Michigan-Ohio State game my junior year. That was my best by far. The atmosphere was intense. It was like you understood why it was a rivalry after watching it.
Worst recruiting experience: After I decommitted (from Ohio State), it was uncomfortable, but they understood. The social media? It comes with the territory.
Why not MSU? It wasn't the school for me. I like the school. I liked the staff. But it wasn't for me.
9. Maurice Ways
Detroit Country Day
WR, 6-4, 196
Best recruiting experience: When the coaches came to the school and the feeling of being wanted. The fact that they wanted me to be a part of their program. The whole process was great.
Worst recruiting experience: I didn't have one. It was positive all the way through.
Why not MSU? They didn't officially offer me. I guess they were going to. I liked it up there on my (unofficial) visit.
Notable: The youngest of three children, Ways is a quiet person for the most part. He likes going to movies with his friends and spending time with his family. “I don't like to boast,” he said. “I let my game speak for itself. I'm a goofy guy. I like to have fun. I know what's serious and what not to take seriously.”