and... i like them? I think I like them.
Just wanted to give a quick update, I had a long day today so I wanted to at least post something.
I spoke with Ohio RB/FB Alden Hill today and I'm not so sure that Michigan has a great shot with Alden. They're in his top five, but he has other schools ahead of him. He's likely going to make a decision before the end of summer so the coaches would probably need to try to get him back on campus to gain some ground. I don't know how likely that would be.
If he does decide to go elsewhere I would imagine the coaching staff would try to find another prospect. Either new offers or going after EJ Fatu (who is very high on Michigan) or Sione Houma, who still maintains that Michigan has a chance. This might end up being a position that they will have to wait to fill, or they might put out some new offers to gain a commitment.
Okay, people, Jordan Kovacs' once vast lead for "Best SS in CFB" in the Phil Steele.com poll is down to only 15%!
Kovacs is sitting at ~45% of the vote while Harrison Smith of ND is at ~30%; apparently one of the Irish lurkers on our board decided to start "stuffing the box" (that's what she said!) for their guy.
It's a dog fight between two athletically challenged, gritty warriors and we cannot let those f*cking Domers win this battle. Get over to philsteele.com and vote!
24/7 did a write-up of the top ten current linebacker classes for 2012. Michigan came in 2nd behind Alabama and ahead of Texas, USC, and Florida. There were no other Big Ten teams in the top 10:
When putting together a good group of linebackers, it doesn’t hurt to have two of the best in the nation in your back yard. That is the case with Michigan and its instate commits of James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone, both in-state prospects and both members of the Top247. As an added bonus, Michigan’s other two elite linebacker commits are out of rival Ohio State’s backyard. COMMITMENTS: James Ross, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Joe Bolden, Kaleb Ringer
Hoke/Mattison Uber Alles.
(H/T to new user Sean Connery)
I agree with his conclusion that this move likely is solely aimed at calming the nerves of potential recruits and their families.
Here in central PA, there's obviously no bigger name involved in college football recruiting than Noah Spence. Personally I've never seen a local kid catapault himself so far onto the top of all the myriad recruiting lists.
At any rate, the local paper ran a story about Noah's recruitment, quoting his father in the process. Among the notable tidbits:
- He is going to announce at the UnderArmour game, and no sooner
- He has built a strong rapport with Larry Johnson Sr, and thinks very highly of JoePa
- He is taking unofficial visits this weekend to North Carolina and NC State (I'm assuming this is mixed in with a family vacation or something)
- He has put together a short list of seven schools at this point
- And, sadly, there is no mention of UM at all in the article.
I've said it before, but I don't think this will happen for us, especially with all of the DE recruits we've already locked down. I'm hoping he'll at least save one of his official visits for us, perhaps for the ND game. I would love to see a change of heart, because he's the real deal, but I have a feeling he'll be lined up against us in a white helmet in the years to come.
First day of classes is tomorrow. Question for the board: are scholarship players required or encouraged to take classes in the summer half-term? I've seen references to enrollment records of certain players in the past, i.e., "player X is in school as of now".
Sam Webb reported a couple weeks ago that the coaches were telling recruits they had room for 26 in the 2012 class and this board got pretty stirred up about it. Only large attrition would allow for that number and the coaches must have some specific knowledge about kids no longer or not expected to be with the program. I'd think we could know more about that just by seeing who's in school and who's not... anybody know how to find out?