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I was curious if anyone has seen the official ranking of the 68 teams? During the selection show CBS said they would reveal that in their breakdown show. I didn't watch it, but I thought it would be available online. I can't find it anywhere. I thought it might be interesting because it feels like they maybe moved Michigan down a line to make things fit.
For the inevitable, I did spend 10 fruitless minutes with google, ESPN and CBS. I'm sure I'll feel like an idiiot in 25 seconds when someone posts the link, but I'll take the abuse over trying fruitlessly to keep searching. I'll admit defeat.
Like most of you, I'm thrilled with Hoke and his recruiting prowess. I can't begin to imagine what it's like to oversee the recruiting process for a top-tier school like Michigan.
That said, I find it all fascinating -- it's like a chess game overlaid with a ton of psychology. That got me thinking about the various dynamics that swirl around the recruiting process. I commented on this in the "Hello: Gareon Conley" post. User "elaydin" suggest this might better be its own board post, so here it is. User "PurpleStuff" made an interesting comment about Texas and their having to turn away top recruits from Texas seeking to go to UT.
I'm thinking about the dynamics around:
- The pros/cons of capturing 4* commits early vs. holding out for big name 5* recruits
- The strategies behind protecting early commits against poaching
- The perspective from the truly elite 5* recruits
- The perspective from the very good 4* recruits hoping to be 5*
- What schools can truly pull off the "choose only the best" approach .. if any
- Which programs employ what kinds of recruiting strategies
I realize a lot of this is speculation on our part, and I agree that we should trust in Hoke and staff to do what is right. But as we prep for the BBall tournament and spring ball, a little speculation might be fun.
What do you think? As you survey the college football landscape and think about the various recruiting styles and results, is there a way to map it all out in any discernible way?
Redshirt Junior LB has left the program.
Little prospects of playing time, but no reason for leaving were given. Might be trying to transfer somewhere, done with football or something else.
In the next week - we have both DeVeon Smith and Derrick Green visiting us. With Ty Isaac delaying his announcement, it seems we may have to choose between Smith and Green.
Personally I like Green better because of his vision and power running ability. How do we stand with him and is a commit imminent from Green (as we are speculating in Smith's case?)
I know it's a ways out but as the spring game draws closer, the opener against Alabama also draws closer...and this 65 degree weather in Michigan isn't helping things.
At any rate, can anyone recommend hotels in Dallas? We are flying down from GR to Dallas on Friday and leaving Monday. We are about to book the Sheraton Dallas Hotel downtown - looks to be a good location but we'd like to be close to the "fandom" and aren't sure if it would be downtown Dallas or closer to Arlington? Any insight on where to stay, what to see (bars, restaurants), etc. would be appreciated!
Since the first one was pretty successful, I thought I'd continue it. Only a few updates tonight, but one is of particular interest to Michigan fans.
-I STILL hear that Ty Isaac will be off the board soon, and all signs point to Michigan. Look, I get that Tremendous spoke with him personally and he said he's no where near a decision. The people I talk to about this stuff who have connections in the area, all say that it shouldn't be much longer at all. (Also, there was a paid site that said something similar in the last day or so, and someone mentioned it to me. I don't have a subscription to that site, I can only comment on what was passed on to me. But, if everyone will look back in previous threads, I've been saying this about Ty for over a week now, well before the paid site posted this)
-From people that know about these things, Kendal Fuller's recruitment could be more open than had previously been expected. With his family history at Va Tech being what it is, that seemed like a slam dunk. While they are still assumed to be the favorites, it's no where near the margain that it once was.
-FS Antonio Conner (one of my favorite recruits this year and if you haven't seen his tape, do yourself a favor and look it up) appears to be an Alabama lean at this point. There seems to be a heavy stance by his family to keep him in state, which always seems to be the case in Mississippi. He's a unique talent, who reminds me a great deal of the late Sean Taylor.
- QB Max Browne is racking up the offers, and the 5 star Washington product is sure to make someones class. Despite my opinions of his flaws, coaches are falling over themselves to get in line for one of his official visits.Look for him to stay on the west coast, with Stanford and USC being his primary targets.
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