MSU shouldn't have spent the offseason eating donuts maybe
http://apps.facebook.com/fanappz/poll/vote?id=29536 We're behind about 2,800 votes!
The money shot:
After the smoke clears, the only game that is still on the books is the only defeat, a 31-18 loss at Wisconsin in October, dropping the official record from 12-1 to 0-1. With that, the Buckeyes' cumulative record over Jim Tressel's decade-long tenure as head coach falls from 106-22, the best winning percentage of any Division I-A/FBS program in that span except Boise State, to 94-22, which ranks a mere fourth. (In the bigger picture, the sudden absence of a dozen wins also drops OSU from third to fifth in all-time winning percentage, to the benefit of Texas and Oklahoma.) Tressel falls from the ranks of the exclusive 200-win club among D-I head coaches, too, including his days at Youngstown State.
As linked by TomVH's twitter, there are lots of good 1 on 1 drill videos that you can check out featuring many Michigan commits and prospects.
There's a run blocking 1 on 1, pass rush 1 on 1, RB vs LB, and WR vs DB.
The Michigan interest is mainly in the linemen drills, as we had no commits in the WR or RB video, and no targets with the exception of Dwayne Stanford.
In the linemen drills, however, Mario is small but impressive. He blows by Zach Banner at one point, who is about double his size. Aziz Shittu, Danny O'Brien, and Sheldon Day are other DL that were impressive in the drills. Joshua Garnett, Banner, and Erik Magnuson are the main targets on OL.
Just some fun videos to check out of some of the best high school players in the country
The crumbling walls of "Fortress Ohio" and what this means for the future of both Michigan and OSU football
From 1991 to 1993 I did some recruiting for Michigan here in Northern Ohio under the leadership of the recruiting coordinator at the time Bob Chmiel. Generally speaking we held our own against OSU in the powerhouse Catholic schools (although Notre Dame could be a problem) and were competitive (not ruled out by any means) in the public schools. We weren't afraid to go after kids anywhere in the state and taking an offer from Michigan was not always viewed by kids down here as an act of treason against mother Ohio.
Now if you are a D1 football program with aspirations of greatness it is imperative you are able to successfully recruit one or more of the "big 5" football states: California, Florida, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. For whatever reason, those five states seem to produce an extraordinarily high number of elite football players year in and year out. A quick look at the home towns for many of the greatest Michigan football players since the Bo era demonstrates this as well. Franklin, Grbac, Howard, Woodson and countless others grew up in Ohio, not Michigan, but chose to come north to play football. And in doing so they not only made Michigan stronger - they made OSU weaker by not attending.
In the Tressel era that all changed however. For whatever reason (charm, personality, fear, payola, cars, tats, etc) that pipeline was basically shut off. If OSU wanted a kid down here they got him - and OSU grew stronger as we grew weaker. Fortress Ohio was real, if a kid down here even considered Michigan as an option he was considered a traitor against the home land and life wasn't very pleasant for him or his family. Look at the rosters of both OSU and Michigan from 1990-1999 and then from 2000-2010 and you'll notice quickly that OSU became almost exclusively an Ohio based recruiting school and we stopped getting the kids we wanted out of Ohio. Double whammy and it played a big part in our conference role reversals this past decade.
Now fast forward to July, 2011. Yesterday Jarrod Wilson, an Akron Buchtel kid coached by Ricky Powers, goes Blue. We hear from TomVH that Kalis is making a second visit this weekend and all told we now have six (I think that's right) Ohio kids coming north this year so far and more (hopefully) on the way. Thanks to Tresselgate it appears the walls of fortress Ohio and now finally coming down and the pipeline is opening back up. If it does, it is my prediction that we will not only get exponentially better as a team - they will get exponentially worse as every kid we get they don't.
Keep it up Hoke and crew. Glory days are coming back soon.
I don't know who else took this great replay in, but man what a stacked Michigan team that was! I was just a kid and didn't know much at the time time, but a look at that team:
Grbac backed up by Collins - both NFLers, not to mention Riemersma before he switched over to TE
Wheatley, Powers and Davis - Davis and Powers ran really well at times I thought, Wheatley was a phenom obviously.
Derrick Alexander, Walter Smith, and then the two freshmen of the time - Hayes and Toomer.
Tony McGee at TE
Everitt and Jenkins on the line
Dyson, Morrison, Law, Horn, Peoples, Brown etc on D
Probably missing some other standouts. I never realized how many of those guys were Freshmen or Sophs at the time either.