Who’s Chris Partridge? He’s the head football coach at Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey. With much of the focus here yesterday having been on losing Malik McDowell to Michigan State, I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned how close Michigan was to becoming the biggest loser on college football’s National Signing Day. Chris Partridge might’ve saved Michigan from that ignominious fate.
According to an article today in one of the northern New Jersey newspapers, Jabrill Peppers was wavering on his commitment to Michigan as late as Tuesday night. Peppers reportedly said, I guess I got nervous [Tuesday] and started doubting myself. But Coach Partridge spent a lot of time with me and put everything back into perspective. I realized Michigan is the place I wanted to be. http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Jabrill_Peppers_signs_Michigan_letter_of_intent.html
So, thank you, Chris Partridge.
On a side note, there might be reason to root for another one of Jabrill Peppers’ teamamtes, besides Juwann Bushell-Beatty. Alex Beards of Paramus Catholic signed with Slippery Rock!
I think we'll miss Gallon and Dileo, but the staff's strategy with receivers is apparent: get some big targets. Except for Norfleet, whom we have barely used as a receiver (total of 6 catches for 46 yards), everybody else is 6'2" or taller. Da'Mario Jones is the smallest at 6'2" 190.
Add that to the Funchess/Butt tandem at TE (the leading returning receivers) and we have some real weapons.
The question is who gets the catches. It's a rare first-year player who gets more than 2/game...Manningham had 27 in 2005. Martavious Odoms had 49 to lead the team in (year redacted). Roundtree had 32 as a redshirt freshman in 2009, 26 of them in the final three games. Those were not banner years.
Maybe we'll spread it around because everybody is so awesome.
I just thought these were interesting little tidbits/confirmations:
Per Mark Snyder, Coach Mallory says that Dymonte Thomas will be strictly a safety this spring. I love this, clearly.
Per Nick Baumgardner, Coach Hoke says that Freddy Canteen is "truly a slot guy", which leads me to believe that he'll play pretty early, considering the only other true slot guy is Norfleet (and maybe Hayes?)
And per Zach Helfand, Hoke said that Noah Furbush cut his own cast off using a hedge trimmer because he wanted to play so badly. Early nominee for #want of the year.