...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
I had posted this on Wednesday or Thursday, I can't remember, but then deleted it because I didn't think he wanted it out there. Since it's been out now for awhile and people are asking I'll just post that Kyle Kalis is visiting with his family this weekend.
Like I've said before I think he wants a decent amount of privacy with all this, so I was surprised that this was out there. I spoke with him last night and he hadn't settled on a day to visit yet. I'll talk to him tomorrow to find out if he's coming in tomorrow or Sunday. He wants his mom to see everything that he saw on his last visit. This is a big deal for Michigan.
Somethings to consider in the discussions of moving Mario to OLB.
First - For his high school career he has played with his hand on the ground as a defensive tackle or a defensive end. According to the "Hello" post he is a monster coming off the line:
The 6-3, 215-pounder is undersized in the trenches, but his power and quickness mitigates that disadvantage. So, too, does his relentless aggression. "Mario is unstoppable," said Burbridge. "You never seen him blocked. Mario is a beast." Funchess agreed: "(Ojemudia) is just an animal. He just gets the job done."
Ojemudia made 127 tackles on the season from his defensive end spot, including 12 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Ojemudia was a driving force behind Harrison winning their 13th championship in 2010. He was also one of only three underclassmen to be named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team.
Second - He is only a Junior in high school at 6'2 and 220 lbs. He may add inches and weight over the next year and arrive on campus at 6'3 or 6'4 and 230 or 240. Compare his size and stats as a junior to two Michigan greats when they were high school seniors:
While I realize that it's unfair to expect Mario to measure up to these all-time greats, I thought it was reasonable to remind the many posters who claim he won't play DE that a lot of growing can happen between age 17 and 20. Since we all hope he has that much time to mature he could be 6'3 265 by then and a pass rushing monster.
Isn't it nice to dream about the potential of this 2012 class?
I might be getting a little ahead of myself, but the exciting developments in the recruiting world got me thinking about what our lineup could potentially look like when the 2012 class are seniors. I have put together a projected 2015 starting lineup based upon our current commits and potential 5th year seniors along with their projected eligibility. It gives us a good idea as to where we are at so far and areas of need. The future looks bright and if some of the kids we are recruiting go blue, it will be even brighter.
QB: Shane Morris Jr/Jr
RB: Thomas Rawls Sr/Sr*
TE: Funchess Sr/Sr or Barnett Sr/Sr*
LT: Erik Magnuson Sr/Sr
LG: Caleb Stacey Jr/Sr
C: Jack Miller Sr/Sr*
RG: Blake Bars Jr/Sr
RT: Ben Braden Jr/Sr
SDE: Mario Ojemudia Jr/Sr
DT: Matt Godin Jr/Sr
WDE: Tom Strobel Jr/Sr
WLB: Royce Jenkins-Stone Sr/Sr
MLB: Joe Bolden Sr/Sr
SLB: James Ross Sr/Sr
CB: Terry Richardson Sr/Sr; Anthony Standifer Sr/Sr
SS: Allen Gant Jr/Sr
FS: Jarrod Wilson Sr/Sr
Not sure of the significance considering he didn't have an offer and is heading to JUCO for a year since he'd already spent his academic eligibility (but not his athletic eligibility somehow) so he probably wouldn't qualify at UM anyway.
Some strong offers though according to ESPN; Alabama, Illinois, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, Notre Dame, PSU...
Very telling? Sure, very telling.
Edit: Looks like he's a 4 star on both Rivals and Scout:
Mandel is a decent writer and I certainly hope he is wrong on this one, but it is an interesting an different take than what has been posted here recently.
I am waiting for the other shoe to drop, weren't there supposed to be new allegations coming in August according to the Yahoo! article early this summer?
Just got my MSP in the mail. Totally stoked to dig in. Anyone else get theres yet / what are your thoughts?